Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/18/2022

According to the latest information released by Greenwood police, Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, the young man who shot up a mall yesterday, fired 24 rounds with his rifle in the space of just two minutes after he emerged from the bathroom. In an apparent attempt to thwart investigation into his activities, he had dropped his cell phone into a toilet in the mall bathroom, and left his laptop in the oven of his apartment with the temperature turned up high.

In other news, a homosexual writer in Sweden demanded that mosques welcome and include gays.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, Hellequin GB, LP, MM, Reader from Chicago, Roger, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Congress Grants Pentagon $58 Billion More Than Requested: DoD Report
 
USA
» American Confidence in Media Now Lower Than Ever: Poll
» Breaking: Fifth Largest Life Insurance Company in the US Paid Out 163% More for Deaths of Working People Ages 18-64 in 2021 — Total Claims/Benefits Up $6 BILLION
» Breaking: Parkland Shooter’s Attorneys Move for Mistrial as Sentencing Begins
» Breaking: DeSantis Dishes Out $6.5M to Launch New Civics Academies
» Desantis’ Education Agenda is Winning in Battleground States, Teacher Union Poll Finds
» Facebook Introduces Encrypted Links to Hinder Privacy Efforts
» Federal Prosecutors Decline to Prosecute Stephen Colbert’s Team for Unlawful Entry Into Capitol
» Florida Quarterback Drops “AR-15” Nickname, Rebrands Merchandise After Uvalde
» Former White House Physician: Biden May be on Cognitive Drugs to Get Him Through the Day
» Funeral Home Whistleblower: Hospitals Are Covering Up Baby Vaccine Deaths by Cremating Babies Themselves
» ‘Good Samaritan’ With a Gun Kills Indiana Mall Shooter: Police
» Greenwood Mall Shooting: Suspect’s Residence Searched
» Greenwood Mall Mass Shooting Suspect Fired 24 Rounds in 2 Minutes; Motive Unclear
» Gunman Kills 3 in Indiana Mall Shooting Before Being Fatally Shot by Mall Patron: What We Know
» House Democrats Push Bill to Add Four Seats to Supreme Court
» ‘It Was Clearly Self Defense’: New Yorkers Weigh in on Bodega Worker Jose Alba Facing Murder Charges
» Just 30% of Left-Leaning Journalists Say Every Side Deserves Equal Coverage
» Mayor Wheeler Releases New Analysis of Portland’s Rising Homicides and Shootings
» NPR Criticized for Hypocritical New “Disinformation Reporting Team”
» Pictures: People Are Doing a #BidenBikeChallenge Where Biden Face Planted Off His Bike
» Rand Paul Blasts Biden for “Begging and Bowing Down’ to Saudis
» San Francisco’s New DA Goes on Firing Spree After Voters Recall Soros-Backed Predecessor
» Steve Bannon Contempt Trial Set to Begin
» The Great Barrington Declaration Nears 1 Million Signatures
» Twitter Filing Dismisses Musk’s “Irrelevant Sideshow” Ahead of Hearing-by-Zoom After Judge Catches COVID
» Uvalde SWAT Member Wanted to Breach Classroom Door But Was Told to Stand Down
 
Canada
» Freedom Convoy Organizer Pat King Granted Bail With Conditions
» Interview: Maxime Bernier on Poilievre, Lich and Alberta
» Joe Rogan Calls Trudeau a Dictator, Says Canada is a Communist Country
» Poll: Nearly 60% of Canadians With One or Two COVID Vaccine Doses Don’t Want Boosters
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech PM: ‘We Don’t Rely on Others; We’re Stocking up on Gas for the Winter Ourselves’
» Dutch Farmers Call on Farmers of the World for Day of International Demonstrations
» English Farmers to be Paid to Retire
» ‘Enough is Enough, We Don’t Have to Obey the EU’ — Kaczynski Tells Poland to Defend Its Judicial Sovereignty
» France: Bitter Defeat for Macron: Parties Unite to Smash New Corona Harassment
» Gazprom Declares Force Majeure, Will Halt Gas Flows to Germany Indefinitely
» Germany to Re-Impose Mask Mandate in September Despite COVID Wave Already “Losing Momentum”
» ‘He’s a WEF Puppet’: Rebel’s Lewis Brackpool Discusses the Farmer Rebellion and Dutch PM Mark Rutte
» ISIS Planned Chemical Attacks in Europe, New Details on Weapons Program Reveal
» Jewish Communities Feel Safest in Hungary and Denmark; Less So in France and Belgium
» Majority of Poles Support Country’s Claim to Reparations for Occupation by Nazi Germany
» Swedish Left Party Abandons NATO Opposition
» Syrian Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Schoolgirl in Germany
» Thermogeddon
» UK: Potential Next PM Vows to Make Police Fight Actual Time, Not “Hurt Feelings”
» Why Farmers’ Protests That Kicked Off in the Netherlands Are Spreading Across Europe
 
Middle East
» Price of Oil Soars After Biden Fails to Clinch Production Deal With Saudis
 
Russia
» Russia Failing to Protect Tanks Against U.S. Weapons, Causing Mass Losses
» Russia Tries to Ban Censorship-Resistant Crypto Payments
» Ukraine Round-Up: Treason Claims and Russians Regroup
» Ukraine Plots Partnership With Big Tech, A Cashless Society, And the Use of AI to Assess Criminals
 
South Asia
» Hindu Student Murdered by Muslim People in Bangladesh for Having an Affair With Their Girl
» India: Uttar Pradesh: Violence Erupts in Kannauj After Muslims Throw Meat in Hindu Temple, Idol Desecrated
» India Considers New Law to Target Online “Misinformation”
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Spent $2 Billion on COVID Camps That Will Likely Never be Used
» Victoria Police Forced to Pay Journalist Pepper-Sprayed by Cops
 
Latin America
» Mexican President Renewed Asylum Offer for Assange in Letter to Biden
 
Immigration
» Biden Drastically Slows Prosecution of Illegal Immigrants During Record Border Surge
» France: Sudanese Refugee Arrested After Stabbing Spree Leaves 3 Dead
» Italy: Moroccan Migrant Drug Gang Accused of Cutting Off Ears, Torturing Victims
» NIMBY DC Mayor Decries Surge in ‘Asylum Seekers’ Bused Into City
» UK: ‘No Clear Evidence’ Rwanda Migrant Plan is Deterring Illegals — MPs
» UK: More Than 2,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel by Small Boat This Month Government Figures Show — as 300 Arrived at Dover During Weekend Heatwave
 
Culture Wars
» Exclusive: Doctors Give ‘Gender Card’ to Children, Offer to Keep Identifiers Secret From Parents
» Gender Activists Urge Anthropologists to Stop Labeling Human Remains ‘Male’ or ‘Female’
» George Soros and Teachers Unions Behind Biden’s Radical Title IX Changes
» GLAAD CEO Calls for “Government Intervention” To Stop “Hate Speech” Online
» Reddit Bans “Anti-LGBTQ+ ‘Groomer’ Slur”
» Science: Dem Rep. Says it’s Not Only Women That Can Have Babies
» ShutDownDC Vows to Disrupt Congressional Baseball Game in Protest of Roe v Wade Decision
» Swedish LGBT Writer Demands Mosques Welcome and Include Homosexuals
 

Congress Grants Pentagon $58 Billion More Than Requested: DoD Report

Authored by Naveen Athrappully via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

US lawmakers granted the Department of Defense (DOD) more money than the Pentagon requested for in the fiscal 2022 defense budget, a recent Pentagon report shows.

In total, Congress sanctioned $58.55 billion in additional funds, according to the report. This includes $25.70 billion for operations and maintenance, $17.67 billion for procurement, $9.89 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation, $4.32 billion for military construction, and $947 million for military personnel.

The DOD initially had a base budget appropriation of $742.3 billion for fiscal 2022. As such, the extra $58.55 billion represents an almost 8 percent increase from the base budget. The Pentagon did not put in a request for any of the programs funded with the extra $58.55 billion.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

American Confidence in Media Now Lower Than Ever: Poll

Americans are less confident than ever before in newspapers and television news, according to a survey released Monday by Gallup.

Only 11% of U.S. adults polled stated that they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in television news, while 16% said the same about newspapers.

Americans’ faith in both media institutions has fallen 5 points from last year.

At its height, 51% of Americans expressed a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers in 1971.

When Gallup first started asking about television news in 1993, faith was at a record high, with 46% of U.S. adults saying they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Fifth Largest Life Insurance Company in the US Paid Out 163% More for Deaths of Working People Ages 18-64 in 2021 — Total Claims/Benefits Up $6 BILLION

Company cites “non-pandemic-related morbidity” and “unusual claims adjustments” in explanation of losses from group life insurance business: Stock falling, replaces CEO

Five months after breaking the story of the CEO of One America insurance company saying deaths among working people ages 18-64 were up 40% in the third quarter of 2021, I can report that a much larger life insurance company, Lincoln National, reported a 163% increase in death benefits paid out under its group life insurance policies in 2021.

This is according to the annual statements filed with state insurance departments — statements that were provided exclusively to Crossroads Report in response to public records requests.

The reports show a more extreme situation than the 40% increase in deaths in the third quarter of 2021 that was cited in late December by One America CEO Scott Davison — an increase that he said was industry-wide and that he described at the time as “unheard of” and “huge, huge numbers” and the highest death rates that have ever been seen in the history of the life insurance business.

The annual statements for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company show that the company paid out in death benefits under group life insurance polices a little over $500 million in 2019, about $548 million in 2020, and a stunning $1.4 billion in 2021.

From 2019, the last normal year before the pandemic, to 2020, the year of the Covid-19 virus, there was an increase in group death benefits paid out of only 9 percent. But group death benefits in 2021, the year the vaccine was introduced, increased almost 164 percent over 2020.

Here are the precise numbers for Group Death Benefits taken from Lincoln National’s annual statements for the three years:

  • 2019: $500,888,808
  • 2020: $547,940,260
  • 2021: $1,445,350,949

           — Hat tip: Hellequin GB [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Parkland Shooter’s Attorneys Move for Mistrial as Sentencing Begins

The sentencing trial for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooter Nikolas Cruz began Monday with the prosecution’s opening statements calling the gunman “cold, calculated, manipulative, and deadly.”

The trial is being broadcast live on the Law & Crime network from the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and will decide the fate of Cruz, who entered his high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018 and murdered fourteen students and three faculty. The jury of twelve must decide if Cruz should be sentenced to death, or life without the possibility of parole.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: DeSantis Dishes Out $6.5M to Launch New Civics Academies

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded three state-funded colleges with $6.5 million to launch civics academies, for the purpose of training the next generation of state and local leaders on Monday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Desantis’ Education Agenda is Winning in Battleground States, Teacher Union Poll Finds

A survey conducted by a Democratic pollster for one of the largest teacher’s unions in the country showed challenges for progressives, as voters in battleground states are approving of Florida Governor Ron Desantis’ education plan.

The American Federation of Teachers circulated the poll, conducted by the liberal firm Hart Research as a call to arms to its allies and members to support proposals like increased public school funding, reported NBC. In May, 250 respondents were surveyed from each of the political battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Introduces Encrypted Links to Hinder Privacy Efforts

Facebook is actively fighting back the attempts by browsers to provide their users with better protection against unwanted tracking on the web.

And for all the talk about using encryption to ensure privacy and improve security in its apps, Facebook seems to have managed to find a way to turn encryption against internet users’ best interest.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Prosecutors Decline to Prosecute Stephen Colbert’s Team for Unlawful Entry Into Capitol

The same U.S. Attorney’s office that has prosecuted scores of Jan. 6 protesters for trespassing and other crimes has declined to prosecute nine members of TV comedian Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show production team for unlawful entry into a congressional office building, Capitol Police announced Monday evening.

“The United States Capitol Police (USCP) has been working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on the June 16, 2022, Unlawful Entry case that involved a group of nine people associated with The Late Show,” the department said in a press release.

“The United States Capitol Police was just informed the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is declining to prosecute the case,” they added.

[Comment: Two-tier justice system.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Quarterback Drops “AR-15” Nickname, Rebrands Merchandise After Uvalde

University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson will no longer use the nickname “AR-15” and will rebrand a line of merchandise linked to him.

Driving the news: Richardson had used “AR-15,” a combination of his initials and his jersey number, as his brand, but now says it’s important his name is not linked in any way to the semiautomatic rifle used in several recent mass shootings…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Former White House Physician: Biden May be on Cognitive Drugs to Get Him Through the Day

Congressman and former White House physician Ronny Jackson says Joe Biden may be on cognitive drugs to get him through the day and will be forced to resign as a result of his mental impairment.

Jackson made the comments on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures Fox News show.

“Are they hiding this and feeding him drugs to allow him to function?” asked Bartiromo, adding, “I know he goes home to Delaware a lot, more than any other president.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Funeral Home Whistleblower: Hospitals Are Covering Up Baby Vaccine Deaths by Cremating Babies Themselves

Update:

Since publishing this story, we have learned that Dr. Marty Makary, a top public-health expert at Johns Hopkins University, has gone public with information that at the NIH, FDA & CDC employees are quitting in droves over these recently approved infant COVID vaccines. See:

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Funeral home director John O’Looney (UK) was interviewed by Maria Zeee (Australia) yesterday, where he discussed that hospitals were directly cremating babies who allegedly died after a COVID vaccine, most of them prenatal, rather than going to a funeral home.

He states that he has never seen anything like this in his professional career as a funeral director, and that the only reason as to why hospitals were doing this was to prevent this information from reaching the public.

Mr. O’Looney became a whistleblower early on in the vaccine roll outs, as he had bury so many young, previously healthy people in their early to mid-20s shortly after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, and his embalmer was seeing things in the arteries of those who were vaccinated that he had never seen previously.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Good Samaritan’ With a Gun Kills Indiana Mall Shooter: Police

A “good Samaritan” fatally shot the gunman who killed three people Sunday at a mall in Greenwood, Ind., city officials say.

Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says a total of four people including the gunman are dead and two others are injured, including a 12-year-old girl, in connection with the incident.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Greenwood Mall Shooting: Suspect’s Residence Searched

Local and federal law enforcement have searched the apartment where the suspected assailant in the Greenwood Park Mall shooting lived, according to the FBI.

FBI officials on Monday said they assisted Greenwood police in executing a search warrant after the shooting at the suspect’s residence, Polo Run Apartments at 800 Kings Mill Road, which is roughly a mile west of the mall. The results of the search are not clear. Greenwood police are holding a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday.

Elian Aguilar, a resident of the apartment complex, said his building and another building nearby were evacuated and searched approximately between midnight and 3 a.m. — when he said they were allowed to return inside. Aguilar, 21, recalled seeing officials from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a bomb squad…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Greenwood Mall Mass Shooting Suspect Fired 24 Rounds in 2 Minutes; Motive Unclear

GREENWOOD — In just two minutes, police said a mass shooter fired 24 rounds, killing three and injuring two more inside the Greenwood Park Mall Sunday night before the suspect was shot to death by an armed citizen.

From 5:55 to 5:57 p.m., Jonathan Douglas Sapirman sprayed two dozen 5.56-caliber rounds into the food court using a Sig Sauer M400, an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said.

“He had multiple magazines and over 100 rounds of ammunition on his person and in his possession,” Ison said.

Sapirman, 20, Greenwood, was seen on video surveillance entering the mall through a door near the food court at 4:54 p.m., Ison said. He spent an hour inside a bathroom before coming out shooting…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Gunman Kills 3 in Indiana Mall Shooting Before Being Fatally Shot by Mall Patron: What We Know

INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities are expected to release more information Monday afternoon after a deadly shooting over the weekend at Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana.

A shooter opened fire in the food court Sunday just before the mall’s 6 p.m. closing time, police said. The gunman was killed by a 22-year-old mall patron legally carrying a gun, according to authorities.

Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said the man was able to stop the shooter not long after he opened fire. Two other victims were being treated at a hospital as of Sunday night, Ison said…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

House Democrats Push Bill to Add Four Seats to Supreme Court

House Democrats on Monday demanded legislation to add four seats to the Supreme Court in hopes of moving the judicial body away from its current conservative slant.

The lawmakers made their push at a press conference hosted by the Take Back the Court Action Fund on Monday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘It Was Clearly Self Defense’: New Yorkers Weigh in on Bodega Worker Jose Alba Facing Murder Charges

In early July, Jose Alba, a 62-year-old convenience store worker, was attacked and reportedly stabbed behind the register counter while at work in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem, New York.

Alba defended himself and fought off his attacker with a knife and unfortunately it ended with his attacker dead. Alba is being charged with murder and facing decades in prison. This is despite calls from the local and even national community to drop charges against Alba because he was acting in self defense.

On Wednesday, Alba will find out if the criminal courts of New York City are going to continue to pursue murder charges. NYC Attorney General Alvin Bragg has signaled he’s considering dropping the charges against Alba citing self defense, but has yet to do so.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Just 30% of Left-Leaning Journalists Say Every Side Deserves Equal Coverage

A majority of U.S. journalists say every side doesn’t always deserve equal coverage in news reporting, according to a new survey from Pew Research.

That troubling attitude is openly embraced by 55% of all journalists. However, since people are prone to giving poll responses that are deemed more socially acceptable, it’s likely an even higher percentage are actually dismissive of the notion of balanced reporting.

That puts them sharply at odds with the average U.S. adult — 76% of whom agree that “journalists should always strive to give every side equal coverage.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Mayor Wheeler Releases New Analysis of Portland’s Rising Homicides and Shootings

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office released a newly updated report on Saturday detailing Portland’s rise in shootings and homicides over the last three years, finding that the city compared unfavorably even when stacked up against similarly sized metropolitan areas around the country.

The analysis was conducted by the firm California Partnership for Safe Communities (CPSC), examining both homicides and non-fatal shootings in Portland from 2019 through 2021.

“This report confirms the unfortunate reality of what we already knew — that gun violence is on the rise in Portland and that it is being driven by a very small percentage of our population,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I look forward to incorporating this important data and the recommendations from California Partnership into our future efforts to address gun violence, including Safer Summer PDX and beyond.”

Over those three years, the analysis found, Portland saw a 144% increase in its homicide count and a 241% increase in non-fatal shootings that resulted in injury.

When compared relative to five “peer comparison cities” — Minneapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver and Nashville — the report found that Portland had the largest increase in its homicide rate, at 207%. Minneapolis was next highest at 104%, and the third highest was Atlanta at 54%.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

NPR Criticized for Hypocritical New “Disinformation Reporting Team”

Being arbiters of truth is a growing enterprise and NPR has announced that it has created a “Disinformation Reporting Team.” The announcement has been particularly controversial as the media group has been accused of spreading disinformation and misinformation several times.

NPR posted news about the disinformation team on Twitter and immediately users began posting replies of instances where the outlet has spread misinformation.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pictures: People Are Doing a #BidenBikeChallenge Where Biden Face Planted Off His Bike

People in Delaware are reenacting the moment Joe Biden face planted into the ground while falling off his bike in Delaware last month.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Rand Paul Blasts Biden for “Begging and Bowing Down’ to Saudis

Senator Rand Paul slammed Joe Biden Sunday for “begging and bowing down” to murderous authoritarian royalty in Saudi Arabia in a desperate attempt to increase the supply of oil.

Appearing on the John Catsimatidis WABC 770 AM radio show, Paul stated “Rather than traveling to Saudi Arabia, [Biden] should be traveling to Texas or North Dakota, and he should be … asking our country to ramp up the supply instead of begging and bowing down to the Saudis and asking them to bump up their supply.”

“It’s not only bad economics, but it’s embarrassing for him to be over there … begging them for more oil. I couldn’t be more opposed to what he’s doing,” Paul further asserted.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco’s New DA Goes on Firing Spree After Voters Recall Soros-Backed Predecessor

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

The new district attorney in San Francisco fired at least 15 employees from the prosecutor’s office after her left-wing predecessor Chesa Boudin was recalled last month.

“Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” DA Brooke Jenkins said in a statement about the firings.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Steve Bannon Contempt Trial Set to Begin

Jury selection in the contempt trial for former White House strategist Steve Bannon begins Monday, where he faces contempt charges for defying a Jan. 6 committee subpoena after asserting executive privileges, AP reports.

Bannon has told the Jan. 6 committee to pound sand after defying a subpoena to obtain his records and testimony — the same thing Obama AG Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for in relation to the “fast & furious” scandal in 2012 — except with no trial or consequences.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

The Great Barrington Declaration Nears 1 Million Signatures

The Great Barrington Declaration

The Great Barrington Declaration — As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health — leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Filing Dismisses Musk’s “Irrelevant Sideshow” Ahead of Hearing-by-Zoom After Judge Catches COVID

Update (1730ET): In an interesting twist, NYPost reports that ‘a source’ claims that Musk plans to file a counter-lawsuit against Twitter in the coming days. The countersuit’s purpose would be to push a Delaware Court of Chancery judge to grant Musk’s lawyers more time and power to gather information about bots on Twitter, sources close to the situation said.

The chancellor is “likely to grant” Twitter’s request for a quick trial, University Of Iowa law corporate and finance law professor Robert T. Miller said in a Monday Wells Fargo investor note obtained by The Post.

Musk then filing a countersuit would make sense because “if he doesn’t do that, he’s surrendering,” Miller added in an interview with The Post.

* * *

In response to Elon Musk’s lawyers’ filing urging the judge to delay the “breakneck” speed of the trial to determine the outcome of the Twitter deal, Twitter’s lawyers dismissed Musk’s complaints that he doesn’t have enough information about spam and robot accounts as an “irrelevant sideshow” and urged a judge to hold a trial as soon as possible

As The Wall Street Journal reports, Twitter’s lawyers claimed Musk’s motion opposing the company’s request to expedite the trial, saying it “fails at every level.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Uvalde SWAT Member Wanted to Breach Classroom Door But Was Told to Stand Down

A Uvalde, Texas SWAT chief, Sgt. Eduardo Canales, who was early on the scene at Robb Elementary School told the other police “we gotta get in there” after gunman Salvador Ramos entered classrooms full of children.

The New York Post reports that bodycam footage reveals Canales yelled “Watch that door! Watch that door!” directly before Ramos shot through the door at Canales and the police. Canales checked for personal injuries and then pressed his fellow police and said, “Dude, we’ve got to get in there. We’ve got to get in there, he just keeps shooting. We’ve got to get in there.”

Despite his pleas for action Canales was repeatedly told by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer to stand down and that DPS was “sending their people” to deal with the situation.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Freedom Convoy Organizer Pat King Granted Bail With Conditions

After five months behind bars at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Freedom Convoy organizer Pat King has been granted bail. His release comes with a lengthy number of conditions.

King was arrested and sentenced to jail on February 18.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Interview: Maxime Bernier on Poilievre, Lich and Alberta

Maxime Bernier was in Calgary participating in a People’s Party of Canada Stampede-oriented event and he joined me to dissect the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race, ongoing Covid-19 enforcement, and Alberta politics.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Rogan Calls Trudeau a Dictator, Says Canada is a Communist Country

Renowned podcast host Joe Rogan called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a dictator and said that Canada is a communist country in a rant which has now gone viral.

Rogan made the comments on the 1844th episode of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience that featured comedian Tom Segura. Both men discussed Canada, its Covid restrictions and Trudeau.

“Canada’s communist… they’re f****d,” said Rogan, adding that “they got to get rid of that guy (Trudeau).”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Nearly 60% of Canadians With One or Two COVID Vaccine Doses Don’t Want Boosters

As the government grapples with redefining what it considers fully vaccinated, a new study shows Canadians have a waning interest in taking more COVID vaccines.

While Canadians rank among the highest in world for vaccine uptake, new data from Angus Reid shows a growing disinterest in future shots, particularly from those who have received one or two shots.

Only 17% of respondents with one or two doses say they are willing to take another injection, Angus Reid found; a further 60% said they had no desire for any additional COVID vaccines.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Czech PM: ‘We Don’t Rely on Others; We’re Stocking up on Gas for the Winter Ourselves’

The Czech government is not relying on someone else to take care of the country during the approaching energy crisis; it will instead ensure the country has sufficient raw materials, especially gas, to survive the winter without disruption, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has said.

Fiala’s government, which has been in power for exactly seven months, has been filling Czechia’s gas reservoirs and resumed negotiations on a new oil pipeline, he claimed.

“We are taking fundamental steps towards the energy self-sufficiency of the Czech Republic. We are not relying on someone to take care of us. Instead, we are active on many levels,” Fiala wrote in a Facebook post published on Sunday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Dutch Farmers Call on Farmers of the World for Day of International Demonstrations

Dutch farmers have called on the world’s blue-collar workers to come together for a Day of International Demonstrations against radical climate policies on July 23.

In a video that’s gaining traction and going viral, the creators call for “Dutch Lions [to] Rise Up Now” before launching into a compilation of civil rights movements featuring the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi.

Interspersed throughout the video is footage of Dutch farmers, fishermen, truckers, and general protesters in the Netherlands taking to the streets and blockading highways and distribution centres.

As MLK’s voice plays in the background, the words “Let’s unite, stand up & rise” fades in and out.

Also included in the video are those who’ve protested various destructive climate policies or stood in solidarity with the Dutch in their own countries, including those in France, Italy, Australia, Canada, and the US. Germany and Poland have also been supporting the farmers’ protests.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

English Farmers to be Paid to Retire

Farmers in England are to receive a lump sum from the UK government to retire. The Lump Sum Exit Scheme is for Basic Payment Scheme (BSP) applicants in England who wish to leave farming, either to retire or to take up another occupation.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Enough is Enough, We Don’t Have to Obey the EU’ — Kaczynski Tells Poland to Defend Its Judicial Sovereignty

Poland wants to remain in the European Union, and its membership in the community has been helpful, but it is imperative that the Polish government defends the “fundamental value of sovereignty of the state” and stands up to Brussels’ “leftist ideology,” the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, told a rally in the city of Plock over the weekend.

Using the event as an opportunity to comment on the ongoing rule of law dispute between the European Commission and the Polish government, Kaczynski told attendees what he thought of the milestones the Commission had set for Poland to obtain funding from the EU recovery fund.

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France: Bitter Defeat for Macron: Parties Unite to Smash New Corona Harassment

In France, the current distribution of political power is having an effect. The Macron government has suffered a resounding defeat with its first legislative proposal — which is all the more important because it is the main agenda of Western elites, namely vaccination. There will now be no QR vaccination controls at the entry and exit from France.

To this end, the right, left and conservatives had come together in an alliance of convenience: the Rassemblement National, left-wing alliance and right-wing conservative Republicans (LR) voted together against Macron and his minority government under Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne.

The government wanted to tighten Corona measures again with a new health law because of the allegedly increasing number of infections. When entering and leaving France, vaccination status would have been checked using a Covid health pass. But the opposition parties stood together and threw a spanner in the works

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Gazprom Declares Force Majeure, Will Halt Gas Flows to Germany Indefinitely

Already days before the July 22 European “Doomsday” when the scheduled Russian 10-day maintenance of the crucial Nord Stream pipeline to Germany is slated to end — but which was thrown into deep doubt given Gazprom recently said it can no longer guarantee its “good functioning” due to crucial turbines being previously held up in Canada related to sanctions — the Russian energy giant has declared Force Majeure to one major European customer.

Simply put, Gazprom declared extraordinary and extreme circumstances to void itself from all contractual obligations to this customer, thus the gas will stop flowing indefinitely, as Reuters reports in a breaking development Monday, “Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Europe to at least one major customer starting June 14, according to the letter seen by Reuters.” The letter is dated July 14. “It said the force majeure measure, a clause invoked when a business is hit by something beyond its control, was effective from deliveries starting from June 14,” writes Reuters.

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Germany to Re-Impose Mask Mandate in September Despite COVID Wave Already “Losing Momentum”

Germany is set to re-impose its mask mandate in September despite the summer COVID wave already “losing momentum,” indicating such rules are being made permanent.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann announced that Germans would have to mask up this autumn when indoors and that the rules would be in place throughout the winter.

Ludicrously, such measures are being finalized months in advance when nobody even knows what the COVID situation will be later in the year.

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‘He’s a WEF Puppet’: Rebel’s Lewis Brackpool Discusses the Farmer Rebellion and Dutch PM Mark Rutte

On Friday’s episode of Rebel Roundup, David Menzies was joined by Rebel News reporter Lewis Brackpool live from the Netherlands to discuss the ongoing farmer protests which have taken the nation by storm.

Dutch farmers have been rising up across the country and protesting to voice their opposition to potentially devastating ‘climate-friendly’ government policies that are in the process of being imposed on them against their will.

Regarding the Dutch government’s proposed policies, the Indian Express reported, “The ruling coalition wants to cut emissions of pollutants, predominantly nitrogen oxide and ammonia, by 50% nationwide by 2030. Ministers call the proposal an ‘unavoidable transition’ that aims to improve air, land, and water quality. They warn that farmers will have to adapt or face the prospect of shuttering their businesses.

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ISIS Planned Chemical Attacks in Europe, New Details on Weapons Program Reveal

In the summer of 2014, as his followers were ravaging the cities of northern Iraq, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi convened a secret meeting with a weapons expert whose unusual skills the terrorist chief was anxious to acquire.

His guest was a small man, barely above 5 feet tall, and he had only recently been freed from a years-long stint in U.S. and Iraqi prisons. But before that, Salih al-Sabawi had been an Iraqi official of some renown: a Russian-trained engineer who had once helped President Saddam Hussein build his extensive arsenal of chemical weapons.

Baghdadi had summoned Sabawi, 52, to offer him a job. If supplied with the right equipment and resources, could he produce the same weapons for the Islamic State? Sabawi’s reply, according to a later intelligence report about the meeting, was yes. He could do that and more.

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Jewish Communities Feel Safest in Hungary and Denmark; Less So in France and Belgium

Irrespective of what the European Parliament’s LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee claims, Hungary is among one of the best countries in Europe for Jewish communities to settle in and thrive, a recent study shows.

The study, jointly authored by the European Jewish Association and the British Institute of Jewish Policy Research, takes into account surveys previously conducted on the sense of security of Jews and also summarizes the data showing the level of personal attacks on Jews and antipathy toward Jews across various European nations.

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Majority of Poles Support Country’s Claim to Reparations for Occupation by Nazi Germany

Almost two-thirds of Poles support the country’s claimed entitlement to reparations for damages suffered as a result of German occupation during World War II.

According to a survey carried out by the Social Changes polling agency for the wPolityce.pl news outlet, 64 percent of respondents backed the move with just 16 percent opposed and 20 percent undecided.

The poll comes in the aftermath of recent remarks made by the leader of Poland’s governing party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who told a rally in central Poland over the weekend that Poland would not give up on its right to claim war reparations from Germany. He emphasized that Germany still has a material as well as moral debt it must pay to Poland.

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Swedish Left Party Abandons NATO Opposition

During the NATO accession process, the Swedish Left Party was the only party in the Riksdag that had clearly taken a stand against Swedish NATO membership. Now, however, party leader Nooshi Dadgostar announced that the party was abandoning its opposition to the defense alliance, contrary to what was promised in its election programme.

“Now that the application has been submitted, so be it,” said Dadgostar. When Nooshi Dadgostar of the Swedish Left Party was interviewed by Mikael Sjödell at Ekot in Almedalen Week on July 4, she announced that the Left Party has in practice now abandoned the NATO issue and will not demand that it be withdrawn.

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Syrian Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Schoolgirl in Germany

Authorities have arrested a man from Syria suspected of murdering a teenage girl who went missing last week in Germany, according to reports.

On July 12, the 17-year-old victim told her parents she was taking a bus from her town of Asperg to nearby Ludwigsburg to do some shopping.

When the girl never came home, her parents reported her missing, and a full-scale manhunt was launched.

On Saturday, a 35-year-old Syrian national was apprehended and his home and vehicle were searched, Bild reports.

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Thermogeddon

Until they try to bring back all the COVID restrictions, a new reason for everyone to be cowering inside their homes terrified has been discovered.

It’s called summer.

Oh no, it’s a bit hot, better panic!

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UK: Potential Next PM Vows to Make Police Fight Actual Time, Not “Hurt Feelings”

One of the candidates in the running to become the next Prime Minister of the UK has vowed to make police fight actual crime, rather than hurt feelings on Twitter.

Wow, what a novel concept.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Kemi Badenoch, one of the four remaining hopefuls to become the next leader of the country, made the comments in an interview with the Daily Mail.

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Why Farmers’ Protests That Kicked Off in the Netherlands Are Spreading Across Europe

A farmers protest that began in The Netherlands over proposals to slash emissions has spread to other parts of Europe with cultivators in Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland taking to the streets in solidarity with their counterparts.

It all kicked off in June as Dutch farmers protested over their government’s proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force cultivators to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether.

Let’s take a closer look at what happened in the Netherlands and why the protests are spreading across Europe.

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Price of Oil Soars After Biden Fails to Clinch Production Deal With Saudis

The price of crude oil surged on Monday following President Joe Biden’s failure to secure a deal to boost production in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the kingdom.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) August crude oil futures for August rose to $102.14 on Monday, for an increase of 4.67%, while Brent crude futures for September rose to $105.73 as of 4:38 p.m. EST.

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Russia Failing to Protect Tanks Against U.S. Weapons, Causing Mass Losses

Russia is struggling to protect its tanks from weapons sent to Ukraine from the United States, leading to significant losses amid the Russia-Ukraine war, according to a new report.

Russian troops’ failure to strategically deploy their tanks is adding to their mounting losses, according to a new report from The Moscow Times, an English-language Russian online newspaper.

“Tanks are supposed to fight as part of combined formations, but in terms of how they’ve been tactically used, Russia hasn’t done that effectively,” Nick Reynolds, a military expert at London’s Royal United Services Institute, told the Times…

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Russia Tries to Ban Censorship-Resistant Crypto Payments

On Friday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the use of censorship-resistant digital assets like crypto as a form of payment.

The law will ban the accepting or transferring “digital financial assets as a consideration for transferred goods, performed works, rendered services, as well as in any other way that allows one to assume payment for goods (works, services) by a digital financial asset, except as otherwise provided by federal laws.”

The new also has a provision that requires exchanges and crypto providers not to accept transactions of digital assets that could be considered payment.

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Ukraine Round-Up: Treason Claims and Russians Regroup

It was a day of complex political and military manoeuvres as Ukraine sought to defend itself from external and internal enemies alike.

Away from the battlefield, President Volodymyr Zelensky suspended the head of Ukraine’s spy agency (SBU) and the prosecutor general, saying there were many cases of treason in the two organisations.

He gave some striking figures: more than 60 former employees were now working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied areas, while 651 collaboration and treason cases had been opened against law enforcement officials.

Mr Zelensky signalled his intention to root out such behaviour, saying the “array of crimes” posed “very serious questions”.

Six die in shelling as new assault looms

But bloodshed was never far away. As Russian forces geared up for their next major push, six people were killed in shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town of Toretsk.

The Ukrainian military says Russia appears to be regrouping for an offensive in the direction of nearby Sloviansk.

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Ukraine Plots Partnership With Big Tech, A Cashless Society, And the Use of AI to Assess Criminals

Ukraine hopes to team up with Big Tech for some big plans to make the war-torn country “digitally indestructible,” reports citing statements made by officials during recent conferences suggest.

The main goal is to move towards a cashless society by introducing non-crypto digital money, and use AI systems even for purposes like producing “pre-trial and pre-sentencing reports assessing the risk of a suspect re-offending.”

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Hindu Student Murdered by Muslim People in Bangladesh for Having an Affair With Their Girl

A Hindu college student named Nayan Kumar Sarkar was beaten to death for having a love affair with a Muslim girl in Kushtia’s Kumarkhali in Islamic Bangladesh.

Atul Das | HENB | Dhaka | July 17, 2022:: Another shocking news surfaced as a Hindu young man beaten to death by the relatives of a Muslim girl with whom Nayan had a love affairs as reported.

Nayan (22) was the son of Yogesh Kumar Sarkar of Nandanalpur village and was a 12th class student of Alauddin Ahmed Degree College, Kumarkhali, Kusthia of Islamic Bangladesh. The family of the deceased Nayan claimed that because of his relationship with a Muslim girl, the girl’s relatives called Nayan and beat him to death with a hammer. He has bloody injury marks all over his body.

According to local sources, college student Nayan Kumar Sarkar was missing since midnight on Saturday. The family members searched all night but could not find him anywhere. Then, in the morning, news came on the mobile phone that Nayan was lying on the side of the road in the Sondah Nahunpara field of Nandanalpur Union with bloody injuries. On hearing the news, the relatives quickly rushed and rescued him injured and sent him to Kushtia General Hospital. The doctor there sent him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment. He died on the way to Dhaka in the afternoon.

Nayan’s father Yagesh Kumar Sarkar said, “Nayan had a love affair with the niece of former UP member Abdur Razzak of that area. I gave caution to Nayan over this matter as a family member. Maybe the girl’s family members called her and beat him to death. I want proper justice.”

Nayan’s sister Lata Rani said, “They called my brother and beat him to death with a hammer. We want justice.”

In this regard, Nandanalpur Union Parishad member Shahinur Rahman said, “In the morning, Nayan was lying on the side of the road in a bloody state. He had fatal injury marks all over his body.”

Meanwhile, since this incident, Abdur Razzak and his brother’s family are absconding…

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India: Uttar Pradesh: Violence Erupts in Kannauj After Muslims Throw Meat in Hindu Temple, Idol Desecrated

The officials said the situation was under control and they had increased multiple police patrolling in the entire city.

IANS | Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh) | July 17:: Communal clashes took place in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh after some unidentified miscreants allegedly threw pieces of meat in the compound of a village temple and desecrated idols at two places which led to protests during which several shops were set on fire, police said.

The police added that the gate of a graveyard was also damaged in the violence that ensued. According to police, the incident took place in Rasoolabad village located within the Talgram police station limits when the temple priest, Jagdish Chandra found the pieces of meat inside the temple and informed the police about it.

Circle officer Shiv Pratap Singh and Station House Officer Hari Shyam Singh reached the site and got the entire place cleaned. However, a mob gathered on the road accusing the police remaining silent over the incident and blocked the Talgram-Indergarh road.

The blockade continued for three hours before the police managed to pacify the protestors. As the blockade was lifted, there was information that idols were desecrated at two places. The mob became angry and burnt four shops as well as entered a graveyard where they damaged its gate.

Late on Saturday evening, Inspector General (Kanpur range), Prashant Kumar and Commissioner (Kanpur division), Raj Shekhar also reached Talgram. According to police officials, they were identifying those behind the incident. The officials said the situation was under control and they had increased police patrolling on foot in the entire city.

District Magistrate Rakesh Mishra said that two FIRs had been registered in connection with the incidents. “Strictest action will be taken against those who are trying to disturb peace,” he added.

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India Considers New Law to Target Online “Misinformation”

India is considering a new IT Act to replace the current one that was passed over 20 years ago. The new legislation, dubbed the Digital India Act, will tackle “deliberate” misinformation and doxxing, and is expected to have provisions to ensure social media platforms’ algorithmic accountability, data privacy, and net neutrality.

Speaking to India Express, a government official said that the new legislation would focus on offenses in the online world that have significantly “diversified” since the last amendment to the IT Act in 2008.

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Australia Spent $2 Billion on COVID Camps That Will Likely Never be Used

Australia’s COVID-19 quarantine facilities are sitting empty across the nation after politicians spent $2 billion of taxpayers’ money to build the controversial facilities.

The quarantine facilities were still in its early blueprint stages when Australian borders were close to being reopened and quarantine requirements were about to being lifted. However, state and federal governments decided to complete construction regardless, Daily Mail reported.

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Victoria Police Forced to Pay Journalist Pepper-Sprayed by Cops

Victoria Police have been forced to pay an undisclosed financial settlement to a photojournalist who was pepper-sprayed while covering an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne last year.

The news comes just a week after police were forced to apologise to Rebel News Australia’s bureau chief Avi Yemini who was falsely arrested on three occasions by the force while reporting on the streets of Melbourne.

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Mexican President Renewed Asylum Offer for Assange in Letter to Biden

(Reuters) — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he gave a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden where he defended Julian Assange’s innocence and renewed a previous offer of asylum to the WikiLeaks founder.

The United Kingdom last month approved Assange’s extradition to the United States to face criminal charges relating to WikiLeaks’ release of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables.

“I left a letter to the president about Assange, explaining that he did not commit any serious crime, did not cause anyone’s death, did not violate any human rights and that he exercised his freedom, and that arresting him would mean a permanent affront to freedom of expression,” Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conference.

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Biden Drastically Slows Prosecution of Illegal Immigrants During Record Border Surge

Despite a record-high number of illegal immigrants pouring into the United States along the country’s southern border, President Biden has remarkably reduced the number of prosecutions for that crime.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday that they obtained a memo from the Department of Homeland Security detailing how migrant prosecutions dropped by almost 80 percent in 2021. That year only 2,896 border crossers were apprehended and transferred to U.S. Marshall custody compared to 12,213 who were transferred in 2020.

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France: Sudanese Refugee Arrested After Stabbing Spree Leaves 3 Dead

A Sudanese refugee has been arrested by police in France on suspicion of murdering three young men, including a minor, during a stabbing spree in the center of the western French city of Angers on early Saturday morning.

The attack reportedly took place around 3 a.m. local time on the Coeur de Maine promenade, French media reported. According to prosecutor Érik Bouillard, an initial theory that an argument took place over the volume of some music is not accurate, and eye-witness accounts suggest the victims were defending two young girls who were being sexually assaulted by the assailant.

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Italy: Moroccan Migrant Drug Gang Accused of Cutting Off Ears, Torturing Victims

A gang of Moroccan illegal migrant drug dealers in northern Italy has been accused of carrying out brutal acts of torture, including cutting off a man’s ear and beating him for seven hours straight.

The illegal migrant drug trafficking gang is said to operate in wooded areas of the northern province of Varese and has become known by local Italian law enforcement for their particularly brutal behaviour, including acts of torture, violence and threats.

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NIMBY DC Mayor Decries Surge in ‘Asylum Seekers’ Bused Into City

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Washington, D.C.’s mayor is criticizing two border states for busing illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital, which bills itself as a sanctuary city.

Texas and Arizona authorities have for months been offering free rides to illegal aliens who have claimed asylum, citing a lack of resources in dealing with the immigrants and the hope that sending them to Washington will help convince President Joe Biden to increase immigration enforcement amid a record number of arrests at the border.

But Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, another Democrat, is not on board.

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UK: ‘No Clear Evidence’ Rwanda Migrant Plan is Deterring Illegals — MPs

The UK government’s plan to send boat migrants to Rwanda is failing to deter illegals from coming to the country, MPs have claimed.

A number of MPs have concluded that there is little evidence that the government’s plan to send illegal migrants to Rwanda is effective at deterring the number of illegal migrants making the journey to Britain.

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UK: More Than 2,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel by Small Boat This Month Government Figures Show — as 300 Arrived at Dover During Weekend Heatwave

More than 2,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel by small boat this month, according to official government figures.

As it stands, a total of 2,079 people have made the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits in July — with more expected to arrive as the month progresses.

Over the weekend, almost 300 migrants arrived in Dover, with more people arriving along the Kent coast today as temperatures are predicted to reach highs of 40C in the UK.

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Exclusive: Doctors Give ‘Gender Card’ to Children, Offer to Keep Identifiers Secret From Parents

The “Gender Card” is being distributed by local pediatricians to children in the Greater Seattle area.

The card has a section to fill out where the child can ask the doctor to call them by whatever name or pronoun they prefer. Additionally, multiple options for gender identity are given including “trans woman,” “trans man,” “agender,” “non-binary,” “genderqueer,” “questioning” and even has a line to fill in if none of the others apply.

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Gender Activists Urge Anthropologists to Stop Labeling Human Remains ‘Male’ or ‘Female’

Authored by Jonathan Turley

There is an interesting controversy brewing in anthropology departments where professors have called for researchers to stop identifying ancient human remains by biological gender because they cannot gauge how a person identified at that the time.

Other scholars are calling for researchers to stop identifying race as a practice because it fuels white supremacy. One of the academics objecting to this effort to stop gender identifications, San Jose State archaeology Professor Elizabeth Weiss, is currently suing her school. Weiss maintains that she was barred from access to the human remains collection due to her opposition to the repatriation of human remains. The school objected that she posted a picture holding a skull from the collection on social media, expressing how she was “so happy to be back with some old friends.”

The conservative site College Fix quotes various academics in challenging the identification of gender and notes the campaign of the Trans Doe Task Force to “explore ways in which current standards in forensic human identification do a disservice to people who do not clearly fit the gender binary.”

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George Soros and Teachers Unions Behind Biden’s Radical Title IX Changes

The Biden Administration was recently handed a temporary defeat by Federal District Court Judge Charles Atchley, when he blocked that the Education Department’s latest Title IX guidance regulations. This injunction is not just a major blow to the Biden Administration, but also a major blow to the Left’s most influential powerbrokers who have been funding groups that secretly set the agenda for Biden behind the scenes, namely George Soros and teachers unions.

Governing for Impact

In April of this year Capital Research Center (CRC) alerted Fox News to the existence of a secret organization called Governing for Impact (GFI), which had received nearly $13 million exclusively from George Soros and had been working since 2019 to write new federal regulations for the Biden administration to issue.

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GLAAD CEO Calls for “Government Intervention” To Stop “Hate Speech” Online

Sarah Kate Ellis, the chief executive of the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization GLAAD, suggested that there is a need for government intervention in the prevention of online “hate speech” against the LGBTQ+ community.

In an appearance on “CBS Mornings,” Ellis was asked who and what should be cracking down on hate speech against LGBTQ+ people on online platforms.

“We do need government intervention here and we need the right policies,” Ellis responded.

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Reddit Bans “Anti-LGBTQ+ ‘Groomer’ Slur”

Pink News, an LGBTQ+ media outlet, has praised Reddit’s censorship of the term “groomer.” The outlet described the term “groomer” as an “anti-LGBTQ+” slur and called on other platforms such as Twitter to also ban the phrase.

Announcing the move on Twitter, journalist Alejandra Caraballo said that Reddit would begin enforcing its “hate speech policy on content that utilizes the groomer libel.”

Caraballo added: “Reddit is now more proactive than Twitter. Your move @TwiterSafety.”

Twitter has long been pressured to censor more “hate speech.”

The “Against Hate Subreddits” community added that the platform will not only enforce its hate speech policy against the “groomer” phrase but also against content that describes being transgender as a mental illness or quotes trans suicides rates in a way that could be considered hateful.

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Science: Dem Rep. Says it’s Not Only Women That Can Have Babies

During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on abortion last week, New York Democrat Representative Carolyn Maloney declared that women are not the only people who can become pregnant.

Maloney complained of the GOP’s “decades long goal of overturning Roe v. Wade,” claiming that it has “stripped away a constitutional right relied on by generations of American women.”

That was the first lie.

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ShutDownDC Vows to Disrupt Congressional Baseball Game in Protest of Roe v Wade Decision

A radical left-wing group is planning on disrupting the Congressional Baseball Game in Washington D.C. next Thursday, as protests continue throughout the United States following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.

ShutDownDC, a group that organizes mass demonstrations that often target Supreme Court Justices, planned out their next move in a Twitter post on Monday.

“We disrupted Brett Kavanaugh’s steak dinner and we will disrupt the Congressional Baseball Game. The monsters tearing apart our country deserve no peace,” ShutDownDC said.

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Swedish LGBT Writer Demands Mosques Welcome and Include Homosexuals

Swedish writer Jonas Gardell has demanded that mosques welcome and include members of the LGBT community and examine their attitudes toward homosexuals following the Oslo gay pub shooting.

Jonas Gardell, who self-identifies as gay, stated that after two people were killed in last month’s Oslo shooting at a well-known gay pub ahead of the city’s Pride festivities, mosques should be more inclusive toward the LGBT community.

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15 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/18/2022

    • I am curious as to how an American AT-4 ended up in Sweden in muslim hands? Looks like the Afghan route with all the bloody weapons we left behind for the arms bazaar.

  1. Re: “Swedish LGBT Writer… etc.”

    Reminds me of “Gays for Palestine”. I’ve known several gay men, had some as friends, and they seemed to be of at least average intelligence. This strikes me as being like turkeys voting for Christmas (or Hallowe’en?).

        • You’re only likely to see that “look” if you just happen to be staring out of your 3rd floor window when he “drops by”.

          • The muslims are making hay with the alphabet people and never complain, they only complain when a white, straight, native male hurts their feelings, so frankly speaking, I don’t give a damn what happens to the alphabet people, let nature take it’s course.

    • I don’t mind watching this all unfold with a good bourbon and a cigar watching this episode of Animal Kingdom all work out.

  2. A metaphysical thought came to my mind. The Russians who colonized Central Asia in the 19th century were called by the locals “People who brought the cold”. There is even a book of the same name by the writer Nesterov

    “After our conquest of Central Asia, the locals assured that the winters in Turkestan after the arrival of the Russians became much more severe – the Russians, they say, brought the cold with them. It’s interesting how they explained this fact. Allah, they claimed, loves the Russians, otherwise he would not have given And since Russians love the cold, he made the climate cooler – so that it would be easier for them to live here.

    When I told this to my wife, a professional historian studying the pre-revolutionary Far East, she replied that the Zazeya Manchus in the Amur region said the same thing – they never had such cold winters as after the arrival of the Russians.
    ===========
    Hm. Is it because it became so hot in Europe that the migrants brought the heat with them.

      • I live in a territory where there were no wars. And the soil here is very poor, although very tall grass grows during the summer. A real riot of greenery. (I have not seen grass grow so quickly in any region) In biology classes at school, we were taught that a fertile soil layer is formed due to dying grass and other plants.
        Hm. Nothing helps – only clay is everywhere.
        But very fertile land where there were many wars.
        Is there a connection between the fertility of the soil and shed blood?
        After all, as the Hermeticists argued, “the universe is something mental”

    • I want to reiterate, it may be worth watching. I learned some realities or details about how things work.

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