Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/20/2022

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s final words to Parliament before his departure were: “Hasta la vista, baby.” Meanwhile, the annualized inflation rate in the UK has risen to 9.4%.

In other news, EU authorities in Brussels are requiring member states to cut their natural gas usage by 15% during the coming winter.

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Financial Crisis
» 9.4%: UK Inflation Surges to 40-Year High… Food Up 9.8%, Fuel 42.3%
» Against Its Own Advice, EU Gives Employees Inflation-Matched Pay Rise
» Biden Transport Secretary AGAIN Says “PAIN” of High Gas Prices is a Benefit
» Housing Market Continues Slowdown With Fifth Straight Month of Declining Sales
» Poll: 3 Out of 4 Middle Class Families Are Falling Behind as Prices Rise
 
USA
» Arizona District Accused of ‘Intimidation’ After Publicly Exposing Names of Parents Requesting Records
» Biden Appears to Say He Has Cancer; White House Clarifies
» Biden Approval Rating Hits New Low, Poll Shows
» DC Reports Highest Rate of Monkeypox Cases in the Nation
» Deadly Garfield Heights Home Explosion Caused by Manufacturing of Explosives
» Drug Overdose Deaths Rise, Hitting Minorities Hardest
» Former GA. Governor Candidate Says Her Home Was Swatted
» Former Trump Official in Demand After Convincing Twitter to Back Down on COVID Censorship
» Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary is Preparing to Run Again in 2024
» Guilford County Law Enforcement Officials Deal With Repeat Swatting Calls to Greensboro Home
» Half of Americans Expect a Second U.S. Civil War Within Years, More Than 40% Agree With ‘Great Replacement Theory’ And Nearly a Fifth Expect They Will Choose to Bring a Gun to a Violent Political Row, Alarming Poll Shows
» House Democrats Don’t Have the Votes for an Assault Weapons Ban
» Indiana Constitutional Carry Went Into Effect Just 16 Days Before ‘Good Samaritan’ Took Out Mall Shooter
» Jury Convicts Man of Murdering Retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn During 2020 Riot
» Man Who Set PA. Trooper’s Car Ablaze During Philly George Floyd Protests Sentenced
» Missouri Shopper Shoots, Kills Armed Robber Holding Knife to Clerk’s Neck
» Mystery Solved: DOJ Secretly Thwarted Release of Russia Documents Declassified by Trump
» Not a Scam: Receive a $450 Check in the Mail From Gov. DeSantis? Don’t Toss it, Cash it
» Person Killed by Gastonia Police Officer After Kidnapping Call
» Police: Security Guard Stabs Man Over Trespassing Argument, Hides Knife Under Bag of Chips
» Poll: Americans Trust Armed Citizens More Than Law Enforcement to Protect Them in Mass Shooting
» Truckers Protesting California’s AB5 Block Port of Oakland
» Uvalde School Police Chief Arredondo to be Fired After Failing to Stop Massacre
» Violent Crime Up as Washington State Sees Decrease in Police Officers: 2021 Crime Report
 
Canada
» Could Ottawa be the Wokest City in Ontario? Let’s Take a Tour!
» Elites Want US to Eat Bugs: Montrealers Take a Taste Test
» Protests in Support of Dutch Farmers Set to Happen Across Canada This Coming Weekend
» Support Among Canadians for Mask Mandates, Vaccine Passport Plunges: Poll
» Trudeau Liberals Seeking to Cap Oil and Gas Sector to Force Emissions Down 40% by 2030
» ‘Unscientific, Unconstitutional, And Discriminatory’: Viva Frei on Canada’s Travel Restrictions
» ‘Your Gas Guzzler Kills’: Eco-Extremists Deflate Tires, Leave Leaflets on SUVs
 
Europe and the EU
» Amsterdam Reacts: What Do Locals in the Capital City Think About the Dutch Farmer Protests?
» Cold Winter Ahead: EU Wants to Force Member States Cut Gas Usage by 15 Per Cent
» Denmark Bans Google Software and Laptops in Schools
» Rand Paul: ‘Senate Just Rejected My Attempt to Reaffirm the Constitution’
» Sunak, Truss to Face Off in British Election for Prime Minister
» The Pro-Ukraine Front in Germany is Crumbling
» Tour De France: ‘A Lot of Guys Have Breathing Problems’
» Truth Social Goes Global With British Launch
» UK: ‘Hasta la Vista, Baby’: Boris Johnson’s Final Words to Parliament as Prime Minister
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Chain Themselves Inside Lincoln Bank in Fossil Fuel Protest
» UK: Green Globalist Blob: IMF Tells PM Hopefuls to Not Cut Taxes, Make Climate Investments Instead
» UK: Just Stop Oil: Protesters Force Sections of M25 to be Closed
» Watch: Rebels Talk Farmer Rebellion With Independent Dutch Journalist
 
Russia
» Gazprom Declares Force Majeure on Some European Gas Buyers
» Putin Blasts “Globalist” World Order as “Totalitarian”
» Ukraine War: Russia’s Lavrov Says Ready to Expand War Aims
 
South Asia
» India: Shiva Kanwariya Camp in Delhi’s Seelampur Area Desecrated by Meat Throwing by Suspected Muslim Miscreants, Hindus Jammed Gt Road
» Sri Lanka Lawmakers Elect Unpopular PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as New President
 
Far East
» China Censors Strive to Filter or Erase Details of Mortgage Protests
 
Australia — Pacific
» COVID Infections and Deaths in Mask Mandate New Zealand Soar Above Those in Mask Free Australia
» Truck Drivers Protest Soaring Fuel Costs in Melbourne
 
Latin America
» 3 Weeks of Protests in Panama Cause Food, Fuel Shortages
 
Immigration
» 15,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Reach Britain This Year, Double Last Year’s Record Pace
» France: Complaining Ukrainian Refugees Treated Better, African Migrants Occupy Paris Facility
» Grassley, Jordan Press Garland on DOJ Firing Immigration Judges
» UK: First Jet Deporting Migrants to Rwanda Could be Delayed Until Next Year After Hearing is Put Back Over Human Rights Concerns
» UK: Government’s New £420,00 Drone Hailed as the Answer to the Migrant Boat Crisis Ditches in the English Channel and is Found by Fisherman
 
Culture Wars
» Any Arrests So Far in Attacks on Catholic Churches and Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers? Here’s What We Know
» Appeals Court Allows Georgia ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law to Take Effect
» Drag Queens, Incest, Pedophilia Dominate Taxpayer-Funded Film Festival
» Merriam-Webster Changes Definition of “Female” At the Behest of Transgender Activists
» New Mum is Outraged After Being Called a ‘Birthing Parent’ Instead of a Mother by the Australian Government — as Ally Langdon Slams the Move as ‘Dehumanising’
» Same-Sex Marriage Bill Faces Uncertain Future in the Senate
» UCLA Professor Quits Job, Says ‘Woke Takeover’ Of Education ‘Intellectually Corrupt’
» Video: Democrat Pro-Abortion Witness Suggests Black People Better Off Aborted Than Being Born
» Wow, What a Great Idea
 

9.4%: UK Inflation Surges to 40-Year High… Food Up 9.8%, Fuel 42.3%

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the United Kingdom has accelerated to a new 40-year high, driven by rising food and fuel prices that are contributing to a cost-of-living crisis.

Consumer prices rose 9.4% this year through June, up from 9.1% the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. The new figure is the highest since 1982, when inflation peaked at 11%.

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

Against Its Own Advice, EU Gives Employees Inflation-Matched Pay Rise

European Commission staff have been granted an automatic pay raise to match the current levels of inflation, despite the rise being against prior Commission advice to national governments.

Inflation has drastically increased across the European Union in recent months, with some countries experiencing over eight per cent inflation, increasing the costs of goods and services for everyday citizens. The European Commission has warned member states that giving automatic payrises to employees risks turbocharging inflation and should be avoided.

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

Biden Transport Secretary AGAIN Says “PAIN” of High Gas Prices is a Benefit

Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has again suggested that high gas prices are a good thing because it forces people to accept a transition to the green energy agenda.

During a congressional hearing, Buttigieg said that “the more pain” Americans experience from high gas prices, the more “benefit” there is “for those who can access electric vehicles.”

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

Housing Market Continues Slowdown With Fifth Straight Month of Declining Sales

Existing home sales continued to decline for the fifth straight month in June, dropping over five percent from the month before and a whopping 14 percent year-over-year.

Sales in June “declined for the fifth straight month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million,” the National Association of Realtors said in a press release on Wednesday. Sales “were down 5.4% from May and 14.2% from one year ago.”

That decline occurred alongside a notable price increase in homes throughout the country, with “the median existing-home sales price [climbing] 13.4% from one year ago to $416,000, a new record high,” NAR said.

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

Poll: 3 Out of 4 Middle Class Families Are Falling Behind as Prices Rise

(The Center Square) — Three out of 4 middle class households report falling behind the rising cost of living as inflation continues to soar., according to a new poll.

Primerica released the report, which found that 75% of middle-income families “say their income is falling behind the cost of living,” an eight-point rise since March. The poll found only 16% of those surveyed think they will be better off financially in a year.

Surveyed American middle-income families cited inflation as a top concern. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest federal inflation data showed a 9.1% increase in consumer prices in the past year and a rise in the producer price index of more than 11%, nearly the highest ever recorded.

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

Arizona District Accused of ‘Intimidation’ After Publicly Exposing Names of Parents Requesting Records

FIRST ON FOX — An Arizona district decision to publicly release the names of parents requesting records, including the nature of the request, on its official website, led to accusations the district was trying to humiliate them. Parents have since experienced online harassment following the disclosures.

The Scottsdale Unified School District claimed the move was for the sake of transparency — but it did not intend to publish the actual documents requested when they are fulfilled — only “the name of the requesting party, the request made and the status.”

The district also said the policy would be effective July 1, but up to 10 months of parents’ names were originally released in the rollout.

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

Biden Appears to Say He Has Cancer; White House Clarifies

(The Center Square) — During a climate speech in Massachusetts Wednesday, President Joe Biden appeared to say he has cancer.

“That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up with have cancer and why for the longest time Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation,” Biden said, referring to emissions from oil refineries near his childhood home in Delaware.

But a White House spokesperson later clarified that Biden was referring to having non-melanoma skin cancers removed before he took office.

It initially was unclear whether this was an admission of Biden’s health status or a verbal flub where the president was trying to say that he “has had” cancer in the past.

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

Biden Approval Rating Hits New Low, Poll Shows

(The Center Square) — President Joe Biden’s approval rating has hit another new low.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday showed 60% of surveyed Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president while only 31% approve, the lowest Quinnipiac has found since Biden took office.

“Two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say the country is worse off today than it was a year ago, while 26 percent say the country is better off and 4 percent volunteer that it is the same,” Quinnipiac said.

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

DC Reports Highest Rate of Monkeypox Cases in the Nation

Washington, D.C., has the highest per-capita rate of monkeypox cases of any city in the United States, according to health officials.

As of Sunday, the capital had 122 confirmed cases of the disease, The Hill reported. The absolute figures are lower than those for New York, California, Florida, and Illinois, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though the overall ratio of confirmed cases per resident is the highest in the country.

There have been more than 1,800 confirmed cases of the disease nationwide and more than 11,500 globally, the Hill said. The first reported case of monkeypox disease came in early June.

[Comment: Wow, Washington D.C. must have a lot of homosexuals.]

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

Deadly Garfield Heights Home Explosion Caused by Manufacturing of Explosives

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — The State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigative Bureau has determined that a Garfield Heights home explosion that killed three people last month was caused by the manufacturing of explosives.

Firefighters responded to the home at 4930 E. 81st St. on June 12 upon reports of an explosion. Firefighters found only debris when they arrived. The adjacent homes had caught fire. Three people inside the home were initially reported missing.

Investigators say firefighters located remnants of cardboard tubes, consistent with the manufacturing of explosive devices in the basement of the home. Investigators also found fuses, equipment and chemicals associated with the manufacturing of explosives.

State Fire Marshal Forensic Lab Bureau Chief Chad Wissinger said, “The materials recovered from the scene are used in the manufacturing of M-series type explosive devices, which contain higher amounts of explosive powders than what is typically found in consumer-grade fireworks.”

Fire investigators say the official cause will remain undetermined pending the final report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Drug Overdose Deaths Rise, Hitting Minorities Hardest

The nation’s opioid epidemic is hitting minorities the hardest, with the latest government study reporting the steepest increases in overdose deaths among Black Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

While overdose deaths climbed 24% among White Americans in 2020, still an historic high, they jumped 44% among Black people and 39% among American Indian and Alaska natives.

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

Former GA. Governor Candidate Says Her Home Was Swatted

APPLING COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) — A former candidate for Georgia governor said her home was swatted this week.

Kandiss Taylor posted to Twitter on Tuesday that law enforcement responded to her home with “guns drawn.” Her children were home at the time.

Taylor said in the video, “But in my sheriff’s defense they thought they were protecting me. They got a call, a female voice to text, saying they had shot their husband five times and were going to shoot themselves…I don’t care what political party you are, this is evil. This is not OK.”

[Comment: A pay-walled article from the Epoch Times says that the former Ga. governor candidate is a critic of the Georigia Guidestones.]

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

Former Trump Official in Demand After Convincing Twitter to Back Down on COVID Censorship

A Trump administration lawyer secured journalist Alex Berenson’s reinstatement to Twitter in a legal settlement and got quick results when he warned the social media platform on behalf of Ivy League epidemiologist Andrew Bostom last week.

James Lawrence III, former Department of Health and Human Services deputy general counsel and chief counsel at the FDA, is now being sought by other users also sanctioned for sharing “misleading and potentially harmful” information related to COVID-19.

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

Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary is Preparing to Run Again in 2024

A former top advisor to Bill Clinton claims that Joe Biden will be forced to step aside and be replaced by Hillary, who is preparing to run again for president in 2024.

No, not again!

The prediction was made by Dick Morris, who ran Bill Clinton’s successful re-election campaign in 1996 and was once touted as Clinton’s most influential advisor.

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

Guilford County Law Enforcement Officials Deal With Repeat Swatting Calls to Greensboro Home

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A 911 call jeopardized time, resources and people’s safety in Greensboro.

The report of a deadly shooting at a home in the Ridgewood Community on James Doak Parkway in north Greensboro ended up being a prank 911 call.

It’s something called “swatting,” a false alarm, which has happened across the country.

The same home was targeted twice for fake emergencies within days. The caller used the same name for each call.

[Comment: The penalties for swatting should be stiffened.]

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

Half of Americans Expect a Second U.S. Civil War Within Years, More Than 40% Agree With ‘Great Replacement Theory’ And Nearly a Fifth Expect They Will Choose to Bring a Gun to a Violent Political Row, Alarming Poll Shows

More than two-thirds of respondents said they saw a ‘serious threat to our democracy’ and 50.1 percent agreed with the statement that ‘in the next few years, there will be civil war in the U.S.’

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

House Democrats Don’t Have the Votes for an Assault Weapons Ban

Following a string of mass shootings across the country, the Democratic Party has set its sights on restoring the federal assault weapons ban, but many of its own congressional lawmakers remain skeptical of such a move.

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

Indiana Constitutional Carry Went Into Effect Just 16 Days Before ‘Good Samaritan’ Took Out Mall Shooter

Indiana’s constitutional carry law went into effect just over two weeks before an armed civilian put a stop to a mass shooting at Greenwood Park Mall.

“Indiana’s constitutional carry law has been in effect for less than three weeks, but it made it possible for Mr. Dicken to lawfully carry and courageously put a stop to a vicious attack,” National Rifle Association spokesperson Lars Dalseide told Fox News.

The law, which allows residents who can legally purchase and possess a firearm to conceal and carry one outside the home without a permit, was signed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 21. The legislation, which was passed by Indiana’s Republican controlled legislature earlier in March, went into effect on July 1, 16 days before a gunman opened fire on shoppers in a shopping mall.

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

Jury Convicts Man of Murdering Retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn During 2020 Riot

Stephan Cannon was convicted Wednesday of murdering retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn during the 2020 riots.

A jury found Cannon guilty of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and a bevy of other charges related to his fatal encounter with Dorn, according Fox 2 Now.

Dorn died on June 2, 2020, amid a string of riots and looting that swept the nation following the murder of George Floyd. Dorn sustained a fatal gunshot wound in the torso at 2:30 a.m. while protecting a friend’s pawn shop from looters. He was 77 at the time of his death.

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

Man Who Set PA. Trooper’s Car Ablaze During Philly George Floyd Protests Sentenced

The first of six people charged with setting fire to police vehicles in Philadelphia during the 2020 protests after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has been sentenced.

Ayoub Tabri, 25, was sentenced Monday to 364 days behind bars — less time than he’s already served in custody, and short enough to avoid triggering deportation proceedings for the Moroccan immigrant.

Lawyers for Tabri, of Arlington, Va., said the green card holder has been in the U.S. since he was 6 years old. A longer sentence, which he and the others faced under the original arson charges that carried a minimum sentence of seven years in prison, could have sent him to a country where he knew no one and didn’t speak the language, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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

Missouri Shopper Shoots, Kills Armed Robber Holding Knife to Clerk’s Neck

An unassuming customer saved a gas station clerk’s life Saturday morning in Missouri after a robbery suspect put a knife to the employee’s neck.

Lance Bush, 26, allegedly held the female clerk of the gas station at knifepoint while the customer, who was concealed carrying, sat in his car in the parking lot.

After noticing the bizarre dynamic between the would-be robbery suspect and his hostage, the anonymous customer repeatedly asked if everything was “okay.”

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

Mystery Solved: DOJ Secretly Thwarted Release of Russia Documents Declassified by Trump

In the final hours of the Trump presidency, the U.S. Justice Department raised privacy concerns to thwart the release of hundreds of pages of documents that Donald Trump had declassified to expose FBI abuses during the Russia collusion probe, and the agency then defied a subsequent order to release the materials after redactions were made, according to interviews and documents.

The previously untold story of how highly anticipated declassified material never became public is contained in a memo obtained by Just the News from the National Archives that was written by then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows just hours before Trump left office on noon of Jan. 20, 2021.

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

Not a Scam: Receive a $450 Check in the Mail From Gov. DeSantis? Don’t Toss it, Cash it

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Viewers contacted News4JAX looking for answers on Wednesday after Floridians began receiving $450 checks in the mail from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. They wanted to know: Is it a scam?

Nope. It’s real! The one-time payment is part of an initiative called “Hope Florida — A Pathway to Prosperity.”

First Lady Casey DeSantis held a roundtable discussion in Tampa on Friday and said that foster families, adoptive families, and single mothers are eligible for the checks.

“… you know, the governor signed his budget, and obviously we’re putting a lot into that,” Casey DeSantis said. “Making sure that we’re doing everything we can on behalf of Florida families… so $35 million within that budget will then go to support our foster and adoptive families — our single moms across the state — so they will get a one-time payment of $450. “

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

Person Killed by Gastonia Police Officer After Kidnapping Call

Gastonia Police is investigating an shooting involving an officer that left one person dead Wednesday, according to the department.

One police officer was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle, police said on Twitter at 1:30 p.m. It’s not clear if this is the same officer who fired their weapon.

The shooting occurred in the 400 block of North Edgemont Avenue, Gastonia Police said in a tweet at 1:10 p.m. Officers had responded to a reported kidnapping at 12:34 p.m., the tweet said…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Police: Security Guard Stabs Man Over Trespassing Argument, Hides Knife Under Bag of Chips

SEATTLE, Wash. (KOMO) — A security guard has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man outside of a Washington business Monday afternoon after asking the man to leave private property.

Multiple people called 911 just after 2:30 p.m. Monday, saying the security guard stabbed the man in the 1600 block of Broadway in Seattle.

Officers say they got to the scene and found the victim, a 25-year-old man, stabbed near his collarbone. Seattle Fire Department medics rushed the man to Harborview Medical Center. He was in stable condition.

The investigation soon revealed the 57-year-old security guard initially talked to the victim about drinking and trespassing on private property outside of the business. Police say the guard escalated the confrontation and it became a physical fight before stabbing the man.

When police spoke to the security guard, he denied stabbing the victim or even having a knife at all but officers later found the knife in a break room hidden underneath a bag of chips…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Americans Trust Armed Citizens More Than Law Enforcement to Protect Them in Mass Shooting

(The Center Square) — Americans trust armed citizens more than law enforcement to stop mass shooters, according to a new poll.

Convention of States Action, along with the Trafalgar Group, released the poll Monday, which showed that 41.8% of surveyed voters “believe that an armed citizen would be their best protection if they were caught in a mass shooting event.”

Only 25.1% say local police would be their best protection while 10.3% said federal agents. About a quarter of those surveyed said “none of the above.”

The poll found that 62.2% of those surveyed “are not confident their local law enforcement and government officials could identify and and stop a violent person before they started a mass shooting.”

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

Truckers Protesting California’s AB5 Block Port of Oakland

Beginning yesterday and continuing into today, truckers protesting against California’s AB5 have essentially blockaded the Port of Oakland. They have used their trucks to block entrances to the port’s terminals. The protests are gaining momentum, with the growing crowd of truckers now saying, “Cargo won’t flow until AB5 goes.”

AB5 is a law that seeks to classify more workers as employees rather than independent contractors. It established a three-prong test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor, and it’s generally believed that truckers who are currently independent owner-operators would not pass that test and would be required to be classified as employees. It was passed in 2019, but court challenges have meant it is taking effect only now for truckers.

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

Uvalde School Police Chief Arredondo to be Fired After Failing to Stop Massacre

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials will fire police chief Pete Arredondo on Saturday, after he held officers back for an hour while a gunman killed 21 students and teachers inside the school he was in charge of protecting back in May, the Daily Mail reports.

Sources close to the school board told CNN the chief will be fired. His actions at the Robb Elementary School massacre left 19 students and two teachers dead on May 24.

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

Violent Crime Up as Washington State Sees Decrease in Police Officers: 2021 Crime Report

SEATTLE — Violent crimes and murders increased while the number of police officers available to respond to incidents decreased in 2021, according to a state crime report released by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

The annual crime report, compiled by WASPC, tracks crime and arrest data from law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

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

Could Ottawa be the Wokest City in Ontario? Let’s Take a Tour!

Everyone has seen what the city of Ottawa looked like during the Freedom Convoy back in February. Everyone has seen what the city of Ottawa looked like during the Canada Day celebrations.

But have you ever seen what downtown Ottawa looks like when woke civilians are left in their natural habitat? Without being confronted by freedom protesters or more conservative-leaning folks?

This is a city where the Canadian flag seems less important than the LGBT rainbow coalition flag.

Well, in this video, Rebel News reporter William Diaz-Berthiaume steps away from his role as a reporter and becomes your tour guide in Mayor Jim Watson’s woke city.

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

Elites Want US to Eat Bugs: Montrealers Take a Taste Test

A new ideology that governments want to indoctrinate citizens with is one claiming that if we want to save the planet, we will have to turn to alternative sources of protein. Alternative sources such as insects, of course.

The World Economic Forum has even produced a video explaining the so-called benefits of this new diet. Ideas that have sprouted in the heads of the elites for the purpose of imposing restrictions on the population when will only do the opposite.

But is the population going to embrace entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, and forget about actual meat forever?

We visited downtown Montreal and the Old Port to ask people what their opinion was when it comes to eating insects and to see how they react to the challenge of eating a grasshopper.

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

Protests in Support of Dutch Farmers Set to Happen Across Canada This Coming Weekend

Recently the Dutch government decided to implement globalist policies under the guidance of the World Economic Forum. These policies being implemented under Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, would absolutely obliterate the country’s farming industry.

Rebel News had a team of reporters in the Netherlands providing the world with extensive coverage of the protests occurring there. To view all of our content, visit FarmerRebellion.com.

Now, multiple sources online have started sharing the same video promoting rallies all across the country in preparation for protesters to stand in solidarity with Dutch farmers.

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

Support Among Canadians for Mask Mandates, Vaccine Passport Plunges: Poll

Canada is not completely out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19, with new variants causing a surge in cases.

A new poll shows, however, that Canadians have had enough of government-enforced precautions, namely mask mandates and vaccine passports.

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

Trudeau Liberals Seeking to Cap Oil and Gas Sector to Force Emissions Down 40% by 2030

On a recent Rebel News DAILY Livestream, Sheila Gunn Reid and Adam Soos discussed the Trudeau Liberals’ plan to cap oil and gas emissions using an “industry-specific” carbon pricing system to force emissions down almost 40% by the end of this decade.

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

‘Unscientific, Unconstitutional, And Discriminatory’: Viva Frei on Canada’s Travel Restrictions

It all started with the complications at the airports. With the increased lack of personnel due to the pandemic, the airports became a real nightmare. Cancelled or delayed flights were common.

Then the passport offices got out of control, causing Canadian citizens to lose many travel opportunities. Now, it is the ArriveCAN application that is mandatory to enter Canada, regardless of citizenship. The application sometimes does not work, creating delays and flight cancellations. A hefty fine of $5,750 is given to people who refuse to comply with the application.

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

‘Your Gas Guzzler Kills’: Eco-Extremists Deflate Tires, Leave Leaflets on SUVs

Activists with the goal of making it impossible to own an SUV in urban areas say they were behind the deflating of tires on more than 30 vehicles in Kitchener, Ontario.

Police in the Waterloo Region said notes were left on windshields that stated “your gas guzzler kills.” No damage beyond the deflating of tires was done, police said.

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

Amsterdam Reacts: What Do Locals in the Capital City Think About the Dutch Farmer Protests?

After spending roughly two weeks covering the farmer protests throughout the Netherlands, a theme with locals from the northern and more rural parts of the Netherlands was that they believed the people in Amsterdam are not exactly aware as to why these protests are happening.

For those who don’t know, farmers and their supporters have been protesting the Dutch government’s environmental policies on nitrogen emission. The farmers believe that these new policies are going to completely decimate the agricultural sector in the Netherlands.

We went to ask the locals of Amsterdam what their thoughts were on the ongoing protests and how they feel about the situation in general. The answers we got surprised us, as it seemed that most people we interviewed understand there is something not right with these environmental policies and simply understood why the farmers are protesting.

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

Cold Winter Ahead: EU Wants to Force Member States Cut Gas Usage by 15 Per Cent

Eurocrats in Brussels are looking to force EU member states to cut gas usage by 15 per cent in the hopes of surviving the coming cold winter.

Each individual EU member state should be expected to cut its gas usage by 15 per cent, the EU Commission has said, emphasising that a reduction in usage is needed in order to get through the current energy crisis brought about due to the bloc’s overreliance on Russian exports.

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Denmark Bans Google Software and Laptops in Schools

Last year, officials in a municipality in Denmark were ordered to conduct a risk assessment on Google’s processing of personal data. Last week, the country’s data protection agency Datatilsynet ruled that Google services used in schools, including Drive, Gmail, and Docs, do “not meet the requirements of the EU’s GDPR data privacy” rules and banned their use in schools.

The data protection agency said that Google’s terms and conditions allow the transfer of data to other countries, yet the GDPR regulations stipulate that data should be stored in data centers within the region.

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Rand Paul: ‘Senate Just Rejected My Attempt to Reaffirm the Constitution’

Senator Rand Paul warned Tuesday that the Senate “shockingly” rejected his efforts to reaffirm the Constitution as far as declarations of war go, noting that NATO does not have the authority to supersede Congress in the U.S.

Paul’s comments came after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the accession of Finland, Sweden to NATO ahead of a full vote in the Senate on its expansion, the first of its kind for three decades, which could happen next week.

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Sunak, Truss to Face Off in British Election for Prime Minister

July 20 (UPI) — Britain’s Conservative Party whittled down its field of candidates for the next prime minister to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss after Wednesday’s vote.

Sunak, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chancellor of the exchequer, and Truss, foreign secretary, will now go head-to-head in voting by the entire dues-paying party, about 200,000 people. The party is expected to announce its new leader Sept. 5.

[Comment: Not inspiring.]

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The Pro-Ukraine Front in Germany is Crumbling

The first cracks in the anti-Russia united front are beginning to appear in the German political landscape. Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer, from the CDU, was the first to come out publicly and contradict the official line of the parties in the Bundestag, according to which Ukraine should continue to be supported without ifs and buts and the course of sanctions against Russia should be maintained.

Kretschmer believes that the war in Ukraine is too high an economic risk for Germany and Europe. One must recognize that the war is pushing the entire world, and Europe in particular, towards chaos, he said on Tuesday. If it continues as before, there is a risk of Germany losing economic strength that is necessary to organize security and remain competitive.

Kretschmer said that the current public debate was totally “one-sided” and stressed that the war was becoming a huge burden for Germans. “We need negotiations as soon as possible now, the war must be frozen,” Kretschmer demanded.

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Tour De France: ‘A Lot of Guys Have Breathing Problems’

Victor Lafay (26) dropped out on the 13th stage of the Tour de France, after the Frenchman from Cofidis, who has been tipped as a possible candidate for a win, said that by the sixth stage victory was no longer possible. There are 21 stages in the cycling competition.

In front of the Eurosport camera, Lafay said he could not keep up with the peloton and ended up alone. The interviewer asked him if he was ill. “Yes, I’m ill. I’m not the only one in the peloton. I spoke to Castro [Jonathan Castroviejo, editor] at the start and he told me that he wasn’t feeling well either.”

Lafay added: “He came to me and asked me, ‘Are you sick? Do you also suffer from breathing problems? I have great difficulty breathing. I feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen. I have pain everywhere, in my legs and so on. I have no strength and it’s getting worse with each stage’,” according to the cyclist.

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Truth Social Goes Global With British Launch

Former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social is expanding globally, with the social media platform launching Wednesday in Great Britain, Trump Media and Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes told the “John Solomon Reports” podcast.

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UK: ‘Hasta la Vista, Baby’: Boris Johnson’s Final Words to Parliament as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson signed off his final appearance before Parliament at Prime Minister’s Questions in citing a particular California governor known for remarking “I’ll be back”, telling the chamber “hasta la vista, baby”.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced the House of Commons on Wednesday for the weekly ritual of Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), the last to take place before the house goes into its summer recess. Johnson’s appearance would consequently be the last PMQs of his time in power, assuming a handover to the next leader of the governing party takes place as planned on September 5th.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Chain Themselves Inside Lincoln Bank in Fossil Fuel Protest

Barclays Bank on Lincoln High Street has been targeted by protest action from climate activist group Extinction Rebellion — with five members chaining themselves inside.

It happened on Lincoln High Street on Wednesday afternoon, protesting what they call a continued investment into fossil fuels by Barclays Bank.

A large banner was unveiled reading “Warning! Barclays — Killing Our Future” on the High Street, while five female members of Extinction Rebellion went inside the Lincoln branch to chain themselves to a railing.

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UK: Green Globalist Blob: IMF Tells PM Hopefuls to Not Cut Taxes, Make Climate Investments Instead

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told the three remaining candidates to replace Boris Johnson as Tory leader and ultimately as Prime Minister in September that they should walk back promises of tax cuts as they should be focussing on spending more money on the green agenda.

Globalists at the IMF have intervened in the UK political system to ensure that the Build Back Better green agenda continues no matter who comes into power after Boris Johnson leaves office. Britain’s mission chief for the globalist institution, Mark Flanagan, said that financing tax cuts with more debt “would be a mistake”.

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UK: Just Stop Oil: Protesters Force Sections of M25 to be Closed

Protesters climbed signs above the M25, forcing police to shut sections of the motorway and to close lanes.

Five Just Stop Oil campaigners scaled three gantries, including at Heathrow and the Dartford Crossing, where sections of the motorway were closed.

They also targeted a sign near Cobham, Surrey, but by late afternoon all the protesters were moved on and the only closure in place was at the crossing.

Just Stop Oil said it was declaring the M25 “a site of civil resistance”.

It also warned it would carry out further protests on the motorway in the coming days.

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Watch: Rebels Talk Farmer Rebellion With Independent Dutch Journalist

Blckbx TV is an independent media company in the Netherlands that was founded in November 2020 by former cyclist Flavio Pasquino. An opponent of the hysteria surrounding COVID-19, Pasquino focuses on issues the mainstream media won’t discuss.

With the legacy media both in the Netherlands and around the world failing to tell the story of the farmers protesting against Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s radical climate policies, Rebel News sent a team of three journalists — Lewis Brackpool, Lincoln Jay and The Post Millennial’s Katie Daviscourt, who was freelancing with our team — to cover the ongoing demonstrations in the country.

After our team’s on-the-ground coverage went viral with FarmerRebellion.com, blckbx reached out to Brackpool and Jay and invited them onto Pasquino’s show.

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Gazprom Declares Force Majeure on Some European Gas Buyers

Gazprom PJSC declared force majeure on several European natural-gas buyers, a move that may signal it intends to keep supplies capped, reinforcing Russia’s grip on the region’s energy.

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Putin Blasts “Globalist” World Order as “Totalitarian”

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted earlier today that the “globalist” world order is “totalitarian” and is “holding back creative pursuit.”

Putin made the comments during a forum in Moscow.

The notorious leader claimed that the west had only achieved its global preeminence due to the historic plunder of other nations and had no moral right to enforce a unipolar model on the planet.

“The model of the total dominance of the so-called ‘golden billion’ is unjust. Why should this ‘golden billion’ among the planet’s population dominate others, impose its own rules of conduct?” Putin asked.

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Ukraine War: Russia’s Lavrov Says Ready to Expand War Aims

Russia’s military focus in Ukraine is no longer “only” the east, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

In an interview with Russian state media, he implied Moscow’s strategy had changed after the West supplied Ukraine with longer-range weapons.

Russia would now have to push Ukrainian forces further from the front line to ensure its own security, he explained.

His comments came as the US announced it would provide Ukraine with more long-range weapons.

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India: Shiva Kanwariya Camp in Delhi’s Seelampur Area Desecrated by Meat Throwing by Suspected Muslim Miscreants, Hindus Jammed Gt Road

To hurt religious sentiment, piece of meat thrown in Shiva Kanwar camp at Seelampur in Delhi; fierce ruckus and long road jams in GT Road by Hindu devotees.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | July 19, 2022:: There was a big stir after a piece of meat was found in a Shiva Kanwar camp in Seelampur, North-East Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. A piece of meat was lying near Kanwad camp of Kanwadiyas (devotees carrying Ganga water in a procession by foot from one place to another for worshiping Lord Shiva in the Hindu month of Shravan- Sawan) going to Alwar in Rajasthan with Ganga water from Haridwar. Seeing this, the kanwariyas started a ruckus. Gradually, hundreds of Kanwariyas reached the spot and these people started shouting slogans. A mob of Kanwariyas blocked GT Road at Dharmapura red light signal. The devotees suspected some people of another faith of Jihadi mentality could throw the meat to hurt the Hindu sentiment of the Kanwariyas.

A large number of policemen, including Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar Sain, reached the spot as soon as the matter was reported. He somehow persuaded and removed the Kanwariyas from the road. After assuring the Kanwariyas of appropriate action, a police vehicle was sent along with Kanwariya to Haridwar to retrieve the broken Kanwar. It is believed that some mischievous element did such a thing with the intention of spoiling the atmosphere. The North-East District Police is investigating the whole matter. Senior officials say that legal action will be taken against whoever is found guilty after the investigation.

According to the police, the incident took place at the Kanwar camp near Seelampur metro station. After the start of Sawan month, at present, Kanwariyas of Haryana and Rajasthan are returning to their respective homes via Delhi carrying Ganga water from Haridwar. On Tuesday afternoon at 3.00 pm, a Kanwariya from Alwar, Rajasthan reached the Kanwar camp of Seelampur metro station via Yamuna Vihar. He stayed here to have a meal and rest for a while. He kept his kanwar at one place and went to wash his hands and feet. When he returned after some time, he saw that a piece of meat was lying very near his kanwar. Seeing this, he immediately started crying. The Seelampur areas have been populated by many Bangladeshi and Rohingya Muslims in last couple of years. And these fanatic people usually confront with the Hindu people of the area getting a slightest clue of dispute.

Soon a crowd of Kanwariyas gathered there. Everyone started agitation. The crowd reached the Dharmapura red light signal on GT Road. The road was blocked on both sides. Police immediately reached the spot after getting the information. The victim Kanwaria was talking about breaking his rituals of kanwar Yatra. He said that the person who did this should be caught and handed over to him.

Reaching the spot, Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar Sain tried to explain the situation to everyone to normalize the situation. About one-and-a-half hours GT Road was completely closed. Due to this there was a long traffic jam on both sides of the road. The police officers visited the Kanwar camp to start an investigation of the case. The authority had sent a police vehicle along with victim Kanwariya to Haridwar to complete his ritual and it was assured to be brought him back by late night. The entire matter was being investigated with the help of CCTV camera footage.

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Sri Lanka Lawmakers Elect Unpopular PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as New President

July 20 (UPI) — Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a largely unpopular figure whose house was set on fire during recent protests fueled by the country’s ongoing economic crisis, was elected president on Wednesday by Sri Lankan lawmakers — a move that may lead to yet more unrest.

The 73-year-old Wickremesinghe — a seasoned and savvy politician after more than four decades in office — now takes over handling of the crisis, formally succeeding ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled the country for Singapore earlier this month when protests became more violent.

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China Censors Strive to Filter or Erase Details of Mortgage Protests

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) — As China grapples to contain a mortgage boycott that has triggered rare protests, censors have gone into overdrive with social media messages blocked, videos of demonstrations wiped and key word searches coming up blank.

Censors are scrambling to filter or erase details of angry homebuyers threatening to stop paying mortgages on hundreds of unfinished housing projects, as regulators seek to reassure residents that everything will be taken care of.

The protests have erupted at a sensitive time for Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to secure a third leadership term at the 20th Communist Party Congress later this year, and social stabililty is crucial ahead of the meeting.

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COVID Infections and Deaths in Mask Mandate New Zealand Soar Above Those in Mask Free Australia

COVID infections and deaths in New Zealand have soared above those in neighboring Australia, despite New Zealand maintaining strict mask mandates and Australia dropping them almost entirely.

Wow, it’s almost like masks don’t work. Surely not?

The data is explained in a Daily Mail article entitled ‘The astonishing data that may prove masks don’t work’.

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Truck Drivers Protest Soaring Fuel Costs in Melbourne

A large convoy of truck drivers gathered across Melbourne this morning, causing traffic chaos in the city.

Up to 200 owner-drivers converged on the city to campaign for a fuel levy due to soaring diesel prices.

VTU secretary and owner driver Luke McCrone told Rebel News that the drivers are in ‘desperate need’ of a fuel levy and protection from the rise and fall of fuel costs.

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3 Weeks of Protests in Panama Cause Food, Fuel Shortages

PANAMA CITY — Three weeks of continuous demonstrations and road blockades to protest high fuel and food costs in Panama have begun to cause shortages of some food products, fuel and medicine.

The closures, including of the Pan-American Highway, have forced the national electric company to ration electricity in Darien province, which borders Colombia. Tankers carrying gas to run the power generation plant cannot arrive. Some 7,000 families have been affected by the reduction of electricity to 11 hours daily.

In Panama’s main wholesale market that supplies both supermarkets and individual consumers, there was little foot traffic Wednesday. Display tables usually stacked high with produce had far less on offer. Some vegetables like lettuce and tomatos, in particular, were in short supply.

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15,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Reach Britain This Year, Double Last Year’s Record Pace

The UK has seen over 15,000 illegal boat migrants land on its shores so far this year after another 100 aliens arrived on Tuesday.

The furious pace of illegal migration facilitated by people smugglers operating on both sides of the English Channel has doubled that seen during the record year of 2021 when 7,735 arrived by this point in the year, compared to 15,107 this year, according to calculations made by the Daily Mail.

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France: Complaining Ukrainian Refugees Treated Better, African Migrants Occupy Paris Facility

A group of migrants, mostly from east Africa, illegally occupied a centre for Ukrainian refugees in Paris on Sunday over alleged double standards and unfair treatment.

The occupation was organised by the far-left group Le Chapelle Debout and saw the activists alongside the migrants occupy the reception centre which only had 80 of its 600 places full last month.

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Grassley, Jordan Press Garland on DOJ Firing Immigration Judges

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding information about the Biden administration’s alleged purge of Trump-appointed immigration judges to make room for replacements more sympathetic to the White House’s agenda.

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UK: First Jet Deporting Migrants to Rwanda Could be Delayed Until Next Year After Hearing is Put Back Over Human Rights Concerns

Immigration barristers have delayed the first asylum seekers’ flight to Rwanda until November — and possibly next year.

A number of charities, a trade union, and individual migrants who crossed the Channel by dinghy or hidden in lorries, are together contesting the policy of deporting ‘irregular’ refugees to Rwanda.

Those who arrive by clandestine means are supposed to be flown to Africa to seek asylum there.

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UK: Government’s New £420,00 Drone Hailed as the Answer to the Migrant Boat Crisis Ditches in the English Channel and is Found by Fisherman

The Government’s new £420,000 drone which has been hailed as the answer to the migrant boat crisis has fallen into the English Channel where it was found by a fisherman.

It is believed the drone is a Tekever AR3 drone, which Boris Johnson proudly posed with at Lydd Airport in Kent in April while pledging £50million to stop the number of migrant dinghies entering the UK.

A confused fisherman found the 11-foot wide device floating in the water on July 5 and dragged it back to port in Dover on the back of his boat, according to The Sun.

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Any Arrests So Far in Attacks on Catholic Churches and Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers? Here’s What We Know

An arrest has been made in connection with the arson and vandalism of both a Catholic church and a Methodist church in Bethesda, Maryland, that occurred on July 9 and July 10.

Peter Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County fire department, said that charges have been filed against a juvenile and will be handled in juvenile court, the Washington Post reported.

Father Samuel Giese, pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, told his parishioners the day after the vandalism at Sunday Mass, that he believed the attack was aimed at the church because of its pro-life views.

The attack on the Bethesda parish is one of dozens of acts of vandalism and arson that have targeted Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers across the nation in recent months since reports began circling that Roe v. Wade would be struck down by the Supreme Court — which happened June 24. That ruling delegated authority to the states to regulate abortion.

Some arrests have been made in connection with the vandalism. Here’s what we know so far.

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Appeals Court Allows Georgia ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law to Take Effect

July 20 (UPI) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled to allow Georgia’s so-called “heartbeat” abortion law to take effect following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

The panel of judges instructed U.S. District Judge Steve Jones to overturn his ruling blocking the law and lifted the prior ban, allowing the law to take effect immediately.

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Drag Queens, Incest, Pedophilia Dominate Taxpayer-Funded Film Festival

American taxpayer dollars contributed to a queer film festival that featured films on drug culture, incestuous siblings, and sexual relationships between adults and minors.

The U.S. State Department contributed $10,000 to the Queer Lisboa, a Portuguese film festival held in September 2021, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to promote acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community internationally, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Among the plethora of provocative content featured was the documentary film P.S. Burn This Letter Please, which detailed drug culture in New York City after World War II. Saint-Narcisse meanwhile displayed a story of twins in an incestuous relationship, while Minyan depicted an underage boy engaging in a sexual relationship with an adult bartender in New York City.

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Merriam-Webster Changes Definition of “Female” At the Behest of Transgender Activists

Merriam-Webster has bowed to transgender activists by literally changing the definition of the word “female” to include anyone who identifies as one.

Yes, really.

A new entry for the word female includes the description, “having a gender identity that is the opposite of male.”

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New Mum is Outraged After Being Called a ‘Birthing Parent’ Instead of a Mother by the Australian Government — as Ally Langdon Slams the Move as ‘Dehumanising’

Gold Coast mother Sall Grover said she was shocked by the new consent form that asked for the signature of the ‘birthing parent’ of her newborn rather than the baby girl’s mother.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Faces Uncertain Future in the Senate

(The Center Square) — The U.S. House passed a bill to codify same-sex marriage late Tuesday, but whether it will pass the Senate remains up in the air.

The “Respect for Marriage Act” passed the House 267-157 with 47 Republicans voting in favor. The legislation would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. That law has been largely gutted by the Supreme Court but still remains on the books.

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UCLA Professor Quits Job, Says ‘Woke Takeover’ Of Education ‘Intellectually Corrupt’

A UCLA professor wrote a scathing blog post detailing his exit from his tenured job over the “woke takeover of higher education,” which he described as causing havoc at the powerful California institution and at colleges across the country.

“I’m a professor, retiring at 62 because the Woke takeover of higher education has ruined academic life. ‘Another one?’ you ask. ‘What does this guy have to say that hasn’t already been said by Jordan Peterson, Peter Boghossian, Joshua Katz, or Bo Winegard?’“ UCLA professor Joseph H. Manson wrote in a post on July 4.

Manson had been a tenured professor of anthropology at the university since 2000 and described that the school’s department was “unusually peaceful, cohesive, and intellectually inclusive” when he was tenured.

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Video: Democrat Pro-Abortion Witness Suggests Black People Better Off Aborted Than Being Born

Another pro-abortion activist called to ‘testify’ by Democrats in the House suggested Tuesday that it is better for minorities in America to be aborted than to be born and that she ‘owes her life’ to an abortion.

The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations panel heard from Renee Bracey Sherman, the founder and executive director of abortion ‘storytelling group’ We Testify.

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Wow, What a Great Idea

The WEF is now advocating blocking out the sun with a giant raft to ‘stop climate change’.

Perhaps putting Dr. Strangelove in control of our planet’s future isn’t exactly the best idea.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/20/2022

  1. ** The UK has seen over 15,000 illegal boat migrants land on its shores so far this year **

    And the good news is they were immediately returned to their embarkation point in France.

    Ok. Ok. Just kidding. What a ridiculous thought.

  2. I don’t know what is worse. JT or eating bugs.
    Mud-slime conspiracy I would guess.
    Does not the un-holy Koran forbid cannibalism?

  3. Johnson is not from the U.K. Erdogan refers to him as his Ottoman Son. Certainly Johnson is a conman and a liar. Creates conflict like a common touch. Dangerous company.

    • He was born in New York, New York, so he can run for US President. Whether he would be elected President is another issue.

  4. Boris Johnson was born in America.

    And Erdogan is like soros only he’s in Turkey. Boyfriend of Angela Merkel the German Muslim loving daughter of Hitler

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