Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/22/2022

More than 26,000 migrants are now being housed in hotel accommodations in the UK. The current number is almost twenty times higher than it was in 2019.

In other news, Russia and Ukraine have signed an agreement that will allow grain to be shipped abroad from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, JAS, JW, LP, Reader from Chicago, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Florida Boasts Massive Job Growth Under DeSantis, Outpacing National Figures
» Virginia GOP Gov Youngkin: $2 Billion Surplus Sign State Taxes Too High
 
USA
» “Offer Large Sums of Public Money”: Law Professor Calls for Congress to “Buyout” Conservative Justices
» 3 Killed in Shooting at Iowa State Park; Gunman Also Dead
» Baltimore Reaches 200 Homicides After Multiple Shootings Across the City
» Brawl Breaks Out in Los Angeles’ Fashion District
» DeSantis Live From TPUSA’s SAS: ‘I Want to Wish the United States of America a Speedy Recovery From Biden’
» Dr. Deborah Birx Says She ‘Knew’ COVID Vaccines Would Not ‘Protect Against Infection’
» Elected Officials Ready to Go to Jail Over the FBI’s Anti-Second Amendment “Audits”
» Entire North Carolina Police Department Resigns After New Town Manager is Hired
» Hillary Posts Campaign Photo Minutes After Biden COVID Diagnosis
» Jury Finds Bannon Guilty on Both Contempt of Congress Charges
» LA DA Gascon Losing a Second Top Adviser Amid Recall Effort and Public Fury Over Crime
» Man Indicted on Hate Crimes Charges for Punching 67-Year-Old Asian Woman 125 Times
» Man Who Allegedly Attacked Zeldin Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Assault, Released With No Bail
» Michigan City Decriminalizes Public Urinating and Defecating to Become More ‘Equitable’
» More Empty Shelves Coming — Cali Truck Convoy Fights Ex-Commie Union Leader’s Mandatory Unionization
» Most Americans Disapprove of Everything Biden Does Including His Handling of Ukraine
» New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Encouraged Supporters to Confront Rep. Zeldin’s “Far Right Agenda” Before Attempted Knife Attack
» NIH Accidentally Unmasks Official Who Hid Chinese-Submitted Coronavirus Data in March 2020
» One Armed Citizen Did in Two Minutes What One Hundred Cops Couldn’t Do in Over an Hour: Stop a Mass Killing
» Pennsylvania Prohibits ‘Zuck Bucks’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms
» Police: Longwood 12-Year-Old Played Dead as Dad Attacked Her, Killed 3-Year-Old Sister
» Portland’s Homeless Problem Grows as Local Residents Complain of Violence, Safety Issues
» Rescued Beagles Await New Homes at Animal Shelter in Fairfax
» Shippers Are Avoiding the Port of Oakland as Trucker Protests Over Gig Worker Law Stop Flow of Trade
» Trump Gave Order to ‘Make Sure’ Jan. 6 Rally Was ‘Safe Event, ‘ Pentagon Memo Shows
» Trump Would ‘Fire Tens of Thousands of Civil Servants’ And ‘Gut the Government’ to Sort His Agenda if He Runs and Wins in 2024
» Twitter Operating Loss $344 Million in Q2, Blames ‘Musk Deal’
» US Army to Dismiss Scores of Unvaccinated Soldiers
» Video: DeSantis Jokes That He’d Rather be Dead Than Stranded on an Island With Biden or AOC
» Warrantless ATF Agents Show Up at Delaware Man’s Home, Demand to See His Guns
» Who Will Tyrants Get to Do the Dirty Work?
 
Canada
» Breaking: Pastor Art Pawlowksi’s Contempt Conviction Set Aside on Appeal
» Chad Williamson on Court of Appeal Victory for Chris Scott and the Pawlowskis
» Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis Calls Tamara Lich a ‘Freedom Fighter’
» Court of Appeal Gives Total Vindication to Pastor Artur Pawlowski!
» Farmer Protest Taking Place Across Canada This Weekend
» Legal Update on Massive Win for Pastor Artur
» Rural Ontario Councillor Will Have Pay Suspended After Breaking Code of Conduct During Freedom Convoy: Integrity Commissioner
» Trudeau Plans to Destroy 2 Conservative Provinces in the Near Future
» Two Charged by Windsor Police in Connection With Ambassador Bridge Blockade
» Uninformed Consent: Documentary That Challenges the Prominent COVID-19 Narrative
 
Europe and the EU
» A Third of Germans Want Apology From Merkel Over Energy Crisis
» Anniversary — When Spain Crushed Islamic Jihad on the Battlefield
» BBC Article Pushes Eating Crickets Instead of Beef
» Broken Britain: Rapes, Sexual Offences, Violent Crimes at Highest Level Since Records Began
» Climate Activists in Italy Glue Themselves to Botticelli Painting
» Environmental Protests Disrupt Tour De France for a Third Time
» France: Le Pen Demands Sanctions Over Macron MP Who Gave Hitler Salute in Parliament
» Germans Taking Fewer Showers in Response to Cost of Living Crisis
» Ireland Wants to Criminalize “Online Hateful Content”
» Italy to Hold Snap Election on September 25th After Eurocrat PM Draghi Resigns
» Laptop With Classified NATO Info Stolen at Paris Meeting
» Liz Truss is Favorite to be Next UK Prime Minister, Polling Suggests
» Swedish Skating Club Pressured Into Canceling Russian Masterclass
» UK Spy Agency (Unsurprisingly) Wants the Ability to Scan People’s Phones
» UK: Fuel Protest: M5 and A38 Hit by Slow Convoys as More Chaos Expected on Roads
» Vatican Cardinal Calls for ‘Immediate’ End to New Fossil Fuels
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Biden’s Trip to the East Jerusalem Hospital
 
Russia
» “A Beacon of Hope’: Ukraine, Russia Sign Grain Export Deal
» Grain Deal Signed and Russia’s Steel ‘Looting’ — Ukraine Round-Up
 
South Asia
» Love Jihad: Laborer Shahzad Ansari Pretends to be Ravindra to Marry a Hindu Woman, Finally Abandons Her After Exploited in Jharkhand
» Sri Lanka: Forces Raid Anti-Government Protest Camp
» Sri Lanka Introduces Digital Pass to Limit Access to Fuel
» Tensions Prevail in Rajasthan’s Alwar as Some Muslim Youths Thrash a Sikh Man, Cut Off His Hair
 
Far East
» Tanks for the Memories
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand: Protests Planned by Brian Tamaki-Led Freedom and Rights Coalition
» New Zealand COVID Cases Skyrocket Despite Widespread Vaccinations, Long-Term Lockdowns
 
Latin America
» Mexican President Mocks Biden’s Threats
 
Immigration
» Illegal Immigrant Indicted in Rape of 10-Year-Old Girl Who Needed Abortion
» Josh Hawley Blasts TSA for Allowing 1,000 Illegal Immigrants to Use Arrest Warrants as Valid ID
» Over 26,000 People Being Housed in Asylum Seeker Hotel Accommodation in Britain
» Rwanda Says British Streets Are Not ‘Paved With Gold’ As it Admits it Can Only Accommodate 200 Channel Migrants Despite UK Paying £120m Upfront for it to Take Thousands
» Shock Video: Feral Mob Attacks French Cops During Arrest of Migrant Thief
» UK: Channel Migrant Crisis Declared a National Security Risk by Watchdog
» UK: Tony Blair Institution Calls for the Introduction of Digital IDs
 
Culture Wars
» Association of American Medical Colleges Implements DEI Competencies for Students, Faculty
» Even Kavanaugh’s Pro-Choice Neighbors Are Over the Protests Outside Their Homes
» Exclusive — ‘I’d Respect Them More if There Was at Least One Black Person!’ Dave Chappelle Mocks Protesters Who Forced Him to Move Minneapolis Show Over His ‘Transphobia’ — and the Fans Love it!
» James Madison’s Home Gets Anti-American Makeover
» Mask Mandates Are Coming Back
» UK: Biological Males No Longer Allowed to Compete in Women’s Rugby
» Whatever the Left Touches it Destroys — The Banner on Boston’s Church of the Covenant
» YouTube to Start Banning Abortion “Misinformation”
 

Florida Boasts Massive Job Growth Under DeSantis, Outpacing National Figures

Speaking on Friday, DeSantis announced that Florida’s June 2022 data indicates that the statewide unemployment rate has declined or held steady for 23 consecutive months. The figures show the national unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 3.6%, 0.8% higher than in Florida.

Over the course of the month, Florida’s workforce grew by an estimated 40,000, the figure represents a 0.4% jump in growth over the previous month. In contrast, the national labor force shrank by 0.2%. In total, Florida’s job force grew by 293,000 —or 2.8% in June.

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

Virginia GOP Gov Youngkin: $2 Billion Surplus Sign State Taxes Too High

Virginia recorded a budget surplus of nearly $2 billion at the close of the fiscal year, which GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin thinks is a sign taxpayers are forced to give too much money to the government.

“While I am pleased that our additional revenue can be reinvested in Virginia, the commonwealth’s general fund revenue surplus confirms that Virginians have been overtaxed for way too long,” Youngkin said.

“As inflation hits another 40-year high, I’m proud that our budget provides almost $4 billion in tax relief to Virginians, the largest tax relief in the commonwealth’s history,” the governor also said.

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

“Offer Large Sums of Public Money”: Law Professor Calls for Congress to “Buyout” Conservative Justices

Authored by Jonathan Turley

Critics of the Supreme Court have tried every means to change the balance or decisions of the Court from threats of impeachment to harassing justices at homes or restaurants.

Some of these reckless measures have been encouraged by law professors, including a Georgetown law professor who encouraged more “aggressive” measures targeting the justices. Now, Seton Hall Law Assistant Dean Brian Sheppard has called for Congress to “buyout” justices by offering them “large sums of money.” If needed, he suggests that President Joe Biden could scrape up the dough to prompt justices to cash in and get out.

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

3 Killed in Shooting at Iowa State Park; Gunman Also Dead

Four people have died in a shooting at Maquoketa Caves State Park, north of the Quad-Cities.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, DCI, has confirmed that the suspected shooter is among the dead. Though the threat is considered resolved, DCI officials said, the park remains closed as an investigation continues.

According to a statement from the agency, DCI so far has learned: “At about 6:23 a.m. this morning, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and DCI were notified of a triple homicide at the Maquoketa Caves State Park campground.

“Officers located three deceased bodies. Officers later found that a camper was unaccounted for. Following a search of the area, officers found the deceased body of Anthony Orlando Sherwin, 23, west of the park.

“Sherwin appears to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and there is no danger to the public.”

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Baltimore Reaches 200 Homicides After Multiple Shootings Across the City

Ages of victims range from 16-52

BALTIMORE — One man died and several other people were injured after multiple shootings across Baltimore on Friday evening. With the latest fatal shooting, the city reaches 200 homicides so far this year.

The first round of shootings started around 5:41 p.m. in the 1500 block of Clifton Avenue in west Baltimore.

Officers arrived and found an unknown male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his foot. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said.

During the investigation, a 16-year-old boy walked into a hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg and shoulder.

Shortly after, around 6:03 p.m., officers responded to an area hospital where a 21-year-old man walked in to seek treatment for a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Brawl Breaks Out in Los Angeles’ Fashion District

A video shared on social media shows a violent brawl that broke out in Los Angeles’ Fashion District last weekend.

The nearly 90-second clip of the Sunday chaos features multiple men swinging at each other with crutches in Santee Alley. It happened in the 1100 block of Santee Street between E. 11th and E. 12th streets.

A trash can is hurled by one man, and several bystanders filmed the fight.

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

DeSantis Live From TPUSA’s SAS: ‘I Want to Wish the United States of America a Speedy Recovery From Biden’

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the crowd at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, issuing a speech that slammed Biden, Disney, and woke ideology.

“In Florida, we lead on all the big issues of the day. We stood up over the last two years against the corporate media, against bureaucrats like Fauci, and against Brandon himself to keep the state of Florida open, to protect people’s jobs to save businesses.” DeSantis told the crowd in Tampa, Florida.

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

Dr. Deborah Birx Says She ‘Knew’ COVID Vaccines Would Not ‘Protect Against Infection’

Former White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she “knew” that COVID-19 vaccines “were not going to protect against infection” Friday on “Your World.”

DR. BIRX: I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection. And I think we overplayed the vaccines, and it made people then worry that it’s not going to protect against severe disease and hospitalization. It will. But let’s be very clear: 50% of the people who died from the Omicron surge were older, vaccinated. So that’s why I’m saying even if you’re vaccinated and boosted, if you’re unvaccinated right now, the key is testing and Paxlovid. It’s effective. It’s a great antiviral. And really, that is what’s going to save your lives right now if you’re over 70, which if you look at the hospitalizations, hospitalizations are rising steadily with new admissions, particularly in those over 70. And so if you live in the South — I know people keep talking about the fall — I’m worried about the South.

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

Elected Officials Ready to Go to Jail Over the FBI’s Anti-Second Amendment “Audits”

In August, the FBI is reportedly set to audit 24 Missouri counties concerning Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) information.

Last week, the state’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray informing him Missouri state laws prevent federal, state and private entities from obtaining private information regarding concealed carry permits for citizens.

In addition to state laws, Schmitt said he thinks the act would be a violation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“The FBI has absolutely no business poking around in the private information of those who have obtained a concealed carry permit in Missouri,” Schmitt wrote. “The Second Amendment rights of Missourians will absolutely not be infringed on my watch. I will use the full power of my Office to stop the FBI, which has become relentlessly politicized and has virtually no credibility, from illegally prying around in the personal information of Missouri gun owners.”

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney also publicly rejected the federal agency’s plan to abuse the law.

“As the sheriff of Scotland County, I want all my citizens to know that I will not allow, cooperate or release any CCW information to the FBI, ‘even at the threat of a federal arrest,’“ Whitney wrote to his community in a letter published Monday. “Point Blank, I will go down with the ship if need be.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Entire North Carolina Police Department Resigns After New Town Manager is Hired

An entire police department in North Carolina resigned Friday after the hiring of a new town manager.

Police officers and other officials in the small town of Kenly have submitted mass-resignation letters citing stress, a hostile work environment and an inability to continue the department’s long-term betterment projects.

In a letter to Town Manager Justine Jones, Police Chief Josh Gibson expressed regret toward the negative changes he felt were occurring in the department.

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

Hillary Posts Campaign Photo Minutes After Biden COVID Diagnosis

Eyebrows were raised Thursday after Hillary Clinton posted an old campaign photo and captioned it “on the move” shortly following the announcement that quadruple vaxxed Joe Biden has COIVD.

The photo shows Hillary in 1992 standing in front of the Clinton/Gore campaign plane.

The move prompted many to ask the question, is Clinton preparing to run again?

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

Jury Finds Bannon Guilty on Both Contempt of Congress Charges

A jury in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday found former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon guilty on both counts in his contempt of Congress trial.

The 12-member jury found him guilty on both counts of contempt for failing to comply with two subpoenas issued by the Democrat-led House committee investigation the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

“I stand with Trump and the Constitution, and I will never back down,” Bannon told reporters afterward, outside of the courthouse. “I only have one disappointment: The Jan. 6 committee members didn’t have the guts to come down here and testify.”

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

LA DA Gascon Losing a Second Top Adviser Amid Recall Effort and Public Fury Over Crime

Alisa Blair, a key deputy to Democratic Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon who spearheaded his juvenile justice directives, is leaving her post.

She told Fox News Digital Friday she will be taking a position as the policy and special projects director for the Community Based Public Safety Collective, a national progressive neighborhood-oriented public safety think tank.

“[It] is an organization that helps to train and manage and has contracts with various cities across the country to show public safety that includes the public is a complementary strategy to law enforcement,” she said. “So, organizations work hand in hand with law enforcement but have more credible messengers and community members actually stopping violence in their own communities.”

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

Man Indicted on Hate Crimes Charges for Punching 67-Year-Old Asian Woman 125 Times

The suspect that viciously attacked an elderly Asian woman in Yonkers, New York earlier this year has been indicted on hate crime charges, court documents show.

Tammel Esco, a 42-year-old black male with an extensive and violent criminal record, was caught-on-camera brutally beating a 67-year-old Asian woman on March 11. Esco allegedly punched the victim more than 100 times, and repeatedly stomped on her body.

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

Man Who Allegedly Attacked Zeldin Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Assault, Released With No Bail

The man accused of attempting to attack New York GOP gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin during a campaign event Thursday night has been released without posting bail after being charged with a lower-level attempted assault.

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

Michigan City Decriminalizes Public Urinating and Defecating to Become More ‘Equitable’

Everyone in Kalamazoo, Michigan can now go to the bathroom anywhere they like as city officials decriminalized the discharge of most bodily materials expelled in public spaces.

Local news reports that the Kalamazoo City Commission made changes to its code of ordinances on Monday night to reflect that “public urination, defecation, and littering are now decriminalized from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction.”

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

More Empty Shelves Coming — Cali Truck Convoy Fights Ex-Commie Union Leader’s Mandatory Unionization

Last Wednesday, hundreds of truckers protested at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port, some trucks slowed down traffic on the 110 while others took part by refusing to take on loads.

Their message was timed not just for Los Angeles County voters who backed the leftists threatening to put them out of work, but for retired general Stephen Lyons.

The former general who had served as the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command had been picked by the Biden administration as its Port and Supply Chain Envoy and was there to see the ports through which much of the country’s international cargoes flow.

Or don’t.

The truckers had a simple message for Lyons and his boss, they shouted it and waved it on signs, “No to AB5.” … Assembly Bill 5, originally aimed at Uber and Lyft, missed the two companies when voters agreed to exempt the ride sharing companies from it…

Bloomberg notes that “more than 70% of truckers serving some of the country’s largest ports — including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland — are owner-operators” and that “the law comes into effect for truckers in the busiest months of the year.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Most Americans Disapprove of Everything Biden Does Including His Handling of Ukraine

The study was conducted for CNN by SSRS, an independent research company. Surveys were obtained June 13-July 13, 2022 with a representative sample of n=1,459 respondents…

A1.   Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?
    Approve: 38%   Disapprove: 62%
A2.   Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the economy?
    Approve: 30%   Disapprove: 69%
A2.   Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling immigration?
    Approve: 39%   Disapprove: 59%
A2.   Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling The situation in Ukraine?
    Approve: 46%   Disapprove: 52%
A2.   Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling inflation?
    Approve: 25%   Disapprove: 74%
 

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Encouraged Supporters to Confront Rep. Zeldin’s “Far Right Agenda” Before Attempted Knife Attack

New York Gov. Kathy Hochu encouraged her supporters to confront Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin on his “far-right agenda” hours before a man wielding a knife tried to attack Zeldin at a campaign stop in Fairport, New York.

A video of the incident shows Zeldin giving a speech about bail reform before he is confronted on stage by a man who “wrestled with him a bit, and pulled a blade out,” before AMVETS national Director Joe Chenelly intervened to stop him.

A group of men then wrestled the attacker to the ground and Zeldin, who was unharmed, was subsequently able to continue his speech.

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

NIH Accidentally Unmasks Official Who Hid Chinese-Submitted Coronavirus Data in March 2020

The National Institutes of Health deleted two “sequencing runs” of pangolin coronavirus from its National Library of Medicine (NLM) at a Chinese researcher’s request on the eve of U.S. COVID-19 lockdowns, months before a previously known removal requested by a different Chinese researcher, according to newly disclosed records.

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

One Armed Citizen Did in Two Minutes What One Hundred Cops Couldn’t Do in Over an Hour: Stop a Mass Killing

The Greenwood Park Mall shooter was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman on Monday. He shot and killed a married couple, Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, as well as Victor Gomez, 30, on Sunday, before being gunned down by a good Samaritan.

Sapirman, of Greenwood, entered the mall at 4.54pm and proceeded to enter a food court bathroom. He stayed in the bathroom for about an hour before leaving and shooting into the crowd. Police believe he spent the time in the bathroom assembling the Sig Sauer AR-15-style rifle he used in the attack.

He fired 24 rounds in two minutes before he was stopped by an armed shopper.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Pennsylvania Prohibits ‘Zuck Bucks’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms

Authored by Rita Li via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Pennsylvania has banned public officials from receiving and using private election grants, including those from nonprofits, in a bid to boost election integrity by reducing outside influence.

As of July 2022, over 20 states have passed laws banning or restricting public officials’ use of unregulated third-party monies when conducting elections. It comes after conservative analysts contend that such funds — dubbed “Zuck Bucks” — were allegedly strategic in their placement in swing states, beefing up vote totals in 2020 for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden to eventually win the election.

Election offices across Pennsylvania received more than $25 million in “Zuck Bucks” grants during the 2020 election cycle, according to data released by Capital Research Center.

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

Police: Longwood 12-Year-Old Played Dead as Dad Attacked Her, Killed 3-Year-Old Sister

A Longwood father has been charged after police say he stabbed his two daughters and himself, killing his youngest.

Juan Bravo-Torres, 39, faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree attempted murder.

He remains in critical condition at a local hospital. Upon discharge, he will be transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford.

Police were called early Thursday morning to a home on Highland Street when officers found a 3-year-old girl dead, Sgt. Derek Chenoweth stated. Officials had previously incorrectly stated the child was 4.

A 12-year-old girl and Bravo-Torres were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Police said they found Bravo-Torres with stab wounds believed to be self-inflicted.

Chenoweth said the critically injured 12-year-old girl had walked about a mile away from her home to a nearby McDonald’s to get help…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Portland’s Homeless Problem Grows as Local Residents Complain of Violence, Safety Issues

The problem with homelessness in Portland, alongside many other blue cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, has spiralled out of control in recent years, as liberal policies prohibit the removal of property belonging to the so-called “unhoused” has superseded the safety of local residents.

Speaking to local news station KGW8 in Portland, a local resident named Christina Hartnett complained that her home “is now becoming a public bathroom.

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

Rescued Beagles Await New Homes at Animal Shelter in Fairfax

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The first of the 4,000 beagles that were rescued from a Virginia medical facility arrived Thursday at a local animal rescue center.

Federal officials have forced the medical company to shut down and accused it of several animal welfare violations.

The dogs were rescued from Envigo medical facility in Cumberland, Virginia, and made their way to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Fairfax Station.

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

Shippers Are Avoiding the Port of Oakland as Trucker Protests Over Gig Worker Law Stop Flow of Trade

The trucker protests at the Port of Oakland have stopped the flow of trade for at least two days and some vessels are now either pulling up anchor to go to another port or skipping the port. In an effort to restore production, the port has established “Free Speech Zones” which were described in an open letter to the trucking community last night.

Truckers have been protesting since Monday against the California gig labor law. That law classifies workers as employees rather than independent contractors. Truckers who are classified as independent owner and operators were protected from the law during a two-year legal stay, but after the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case, that protection was lifted.

“Strikers say the bill’s classification requirements are unreasonable and will negatively impact around 70,000 truckers, accounting for two-thirds of port truckers in California,” explained Everstream Analytics to clients.

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

Trump Gave Order to ‘Make Sure’ Jan. 6 Rally Was ‘Safe Event, ‘ Pentagon Memo Shows

House Democrats’ marquee summer show of primetime investigative hearings ended Thursday night where it began: unable or unwilling to answer essential questions about the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

Chief among them: If Donald Trump wanted to incite violence that fateful day, as his critics suggest, then why did he order the Pentagon to have a large military force ready to quell a disturbance? And why did a Democrat-led Congress turn down the assistance of pop National Guard troops in the face of intelligence warnings about violence?

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

Trump Would ‘Fire Tens of Thousands of Civil Servants’ And ‘Gut the Government’ to Sort His Agenda if He Runs and Wins in 2024

Donald Trump has plans to purge the so-called ‘deep state’ beyond what any president has done before if he runs for and wins the presidency in 2024 and as many as 50,000 government workers could find themselves on the chopping block.

The former president, if elected again, would move in with a plan being drawn up now to ‘drain the swamp’ and cut tens of thousands of civil servants from what are typically apolitical roles, according to an Axios report.

He would clean house of mid-level staffers at the Pentagon, Justice Department, State Department and beyond and bring in thoroughly vetted candidates who were found to be more closely aligned with his ‘America First’ agenda.

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

Twitter Operating Loss $344 Million in Q2, Blames ‘Musk Deal’

The second quarter was not a good one for Twitter.

Top-line revenue missed expectations ($1.18bn vs $1.32bn exp) as Ad Revenue disappointed ($1.08bn vs $1.23bn exp) — echoing SNAP’s results.

Bottom-line was worse as the social media firm lost 8c (adjusted).

Finally, Twitter suffered a $344 operating loss in Q2, which it blamed on the macroenvironment and the Musk deal.

There were two silver linings:

Q2 Subscription (and Other) Revenue was $101mm (better than the $96.2mm expected)

Q2 Monetizable DAUs were at 237.8 million (better than the 237.5 million expected) — which seems like a big deal amid all the chaos.

The company added 8.8 million new users during the quarter, in line with analysts’ expectations.

The company cited foreign exchange impacts, as well as “advertising industry headwinds” and uncertainty surrounding the acquisition by Elon Musk.

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

US Army to Dismiss Scores of Unvaccinated Soldiers

Almost a quarter of the US army that has not yet received the second vaccine will be facing dismissal. President Joe Biden is ready to purge those in the military who have not received their second jab.

Currently, more than 260 000 US Military personnel are not “fully vaccinated” which means that they have only received one jab against Covid instead of two or more. Of the more than 268 000 soldiers who are not fully vaccinated, more than 252 000 are in the Army, according to the US Department of Defense (DoD). These soldiers, at least 27,5 percent of the more than 914 000 serving members, are now facing discharges.

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

Video: DeSantis Jokes That He’d Rather be Dead Than Stranded on an Island With Biden or AOC

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was asked earlier this week who he would choose between Joe Biden and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if he were stranded on a desert island, he quipped that he’d have to just give in and die before making that choice.

“I mean, could I just end the misery right now and have my Maker call me back?” DeSantis joked.

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

Warrantless ATF Agents Show Up at Delaware Man’s Home, Demand to See His Guns

Warrantless ATF agents showed up on the front porch of a Delaware man’s home, demanding to see his firearms. The agents claimed they were investigating “straw purchases” and that the man had been flagged in their system after making a “large firearm purchase” of a whopping two guns.

The Delaware man, who has not shared his name, posted a video of the interaction with ATF agents and a member of the Delaware State Police online. The footage was captured from his family home’s Ring doorbell and shows one ATF agent and a Delaware state cop standing on his front porch, while another ATF agent takes up a position in the yard.

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Who Will Tyrants Get to Do the Dirty Work?

The shameful video of Uvalde cops cowering in the hallway while some freakish mutant murdered little kids brings to mind an important point. It’s not a point about the cowardice of badly-led police officers — that point has been made. It’s not the hygiene focus of the guy who paused just standing there to splurt a dollop of hand sanitizer into his paw. It’s not even about the fact that we normal citizens cannot rely on the forces of the government to protect us.

It is the fact that the members of our garbage ruling elite cannot rely on the forces of the government to protect them.

We have seen the systematic weaponization of law enforcement against normal people under the Biden dorktatorship. The FBI has become the personal Stasi of the Democrats, seizing elderly men with SWAT teams, while the DOJ has been selectively prosecuting conservatives, or those believed to be conservative-aligned, but giving a pass to those terrorists, rioters, and scumbags aligned with the trash donkey political party… The FBI is not Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., chasing bank robbers, mob bosses, and commies but, rather, that satanic-looking Peter Strzok weirdo trying to frame the enemies of Hillary.

As my just released non-fiction book “We’ll Be Back: The Fall and Rise of America” points out, a crucial nutrient for the growth of social/political conflict is the corruption of the justice system. A two-track system cannot endure; justice cannot be just for them. If people are not getting their end of the social contract, they will rightfully treat it as breached. And then things will get ugly.

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Breaking: Pastor Art Pawlowksi’s Contempt Conviction Set Aside on Appeal

Alberta appeals court panel of Justice Barbara Lea Veldhuis, Justice Michelle Crighton and Justice Jo’ Anne Strekaf ordered Alberta Health Services to reimburse Artur Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid, for the costs of their appeal and the return of any fines and penalties paid. The appeals panel concluded the original injunction banning protests in the name of public health “was not sufficiently clear and unambiguous”

The appeals panel also reduced the penalties of restaurant owner Chris Scott to time served and penalties already paid.

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Chad Williamson on Court of Appeal Victory for Chris Scott and the Pawlowskis

The Alberta Court of Appeal issued a verdict today that can only be considered a categorical victory for freedom and for justice as it ruled that the injunction against Pastor Artur Pawloski, his arrest, his jail time, the censorship order and fines against him were illegal, thanks to the legal efforts of JSS Barrister’s Sarah Miller and your donations at SaveArtur.com.

This ruling also yielded a significant albeit not absolute win for Whistle Stop Cafe owner and COVID-19 resister Chris Scott saw the vast majority of the soviet style sanctions levied against him by Justice Adam Germain dropped against him and his fines dropped significantly.

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Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis Calls Tamara Lich a ‘Freedom Fighter’

Dr. Leslyn Lewis made an appearance Thursday night in Toronto to speak with her supporters as she continues her run in the Conservative leadership race to one day potentially become the next Prime Minister.

Rebel News asked Lewis what she thought of Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich remaining in prison, and if she is concerned about the state of civil liberties in Canada.

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Court of Appeal Gives Total Vindication to Pastor Artur Pawlowski!

Some would say it’s a miracle.

Some would say it’s simply the rule of law finally asserting itself over lawless politicians, lockdown police and health bullies.

Today’s unanimous ruling by Alberta’s Court of Appeal is a total legal, moral and constitutional victory for Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother David.

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Farmer Protest Taking Place Across Canada This Weekend

This Saturday, across Canada, protests are being held in solidarity with Dutch farmers. Among the locations for the demonstrations are Vaughan, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.

The vast majority of the demonstrations have been organized by Freedom Fighters Canada; a group associated with the Ottawa trucker convoy. As part of the protest, the farmers will be creating a convoy and “slow rolling” through towns and cities across Canada.

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Legal Update on Massive Win for Pastor Artur

Sarah Miller and her team at JSS Barristers have secured a total victory for Pastor Artur Pawlowski over Alberta Health Services with the Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that the troubling sanctions imposed by Justice Adam Germain, which included a travel ban and a compelled speech provision, were unlawful and that the court order under which he was charge never applied to him in the first place.

Despite this absolute victory, Artur’s legal counsel Sarah Miller, who has been provided to Artur at no cost thanks to your donations at SaveArtur.com, views the win as bittersweet because this is a fight that Artur should not have had to fight in the first place had the courts done their jobs in the first place.

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Rural Ontario Councillor Will Have Pay Suspended After Breaking Code of Conduct During Freedom Convoy: Integrity Commissioner

After taking part in the Freedom Convoy earlier this year, West Lincoln County councillor and trucker Harold Jonker found himself subject to an investigation by local Integrity Commissioner John Mascarin.

The investigation, carried out by Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis LLP, concluded that during his time participating in the protest, Jonker violated two sections of the code of conduct.

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Trudeau Plans to Destroy 2 Conservative Provinces in the Near Future

Authoritarian wrecking ball Justin Trudeau has plans to destroy two provinces that aren’t supportive of him.

Alberta, Canada, in the Western part of the country, has the fourth largest oil reserves in the world after Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. And they’re conservative. Trudeau has a plan that will seriously harm them.

“We do not need a Conservative government that won’t be able to show the leadership on vaccinations and on science that we need to end this,” Trudeau told reporters while campaigning in 2021. He said they make “wrong choices.”

Trudeau is also after Saskatchewan, which is oil-rich and Conservative.

Alberta produces 79.2% of Canada’s oil, and Saskatchewan produces 13.5%.

The liberal party has tried to get control of the two provinces without success. So, now he will inflict a cap on oil and gas emissions to cut greenhouse gases in Alberta. It’s all political as far as the Conservatives are concerned. They have condemned the plan. Alberta said they will not accept any plan that keeps them from developing their resources.

The Trudeau government responded by saying they will cut emissions up to 45% below 2005 levels and reach net zero by 2050.

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Two Charged by Windsor Police in Connection With Ambassador Bridge Blockade

In February, members of the Freedom Convoy blockaded the Ambassador Bridge, essentially shutting down the international crossing between Windsor and Detroit.

Two people were recently charged for their involvement in the blockade as authorities continue their crackdown on those who participated in events across the country protesting the Trudeau Liberals’ Covid policies.

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Uninformed Consent: Documentary That Challenges the Prominent COVID-19 Narrative

Is it just me, or does it seem like almost daily little truth bombs of knowledge get dropped that show that the so-called “COVID conspiracy theorists” that prominent politicians and the government-backed media painted as “far-right” cooks, were actually on to something this whole time?

Well, it looks like more of those truths are about to be told in a new documentary that premieres tomorrow called Uninformed Consent. The Matador Film’s production was directed and produced by Love in the Time of COVID director Todd Michael Harris. Co-producers Odessa Orlewicz, a BC pro-freedom activist and a founder of the Canadian Social media platform “Librti”, as well as retired psychotherapist and Founder of Vaccine Choice Canada’s Ted Kuntz also collaborated with Harris to make the documentary happen.

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A Third of Germans Want Apology From Merkel Over Energy Crisis

Around a third of Germans believe that former German Chancellor Angela Merkel should offer a public apology for her failed energy policy due to Germany’s reliance on Russian gas.

A total of 32 per cent of Germans said they agreed that former Chancellor Merkel should publicly apologise for her energy policies that led to German having such a reliance on Russian natural gas, according to a new survey.

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Anniversary — When Spain Crushed Islamic Jihad on the Battlefield

This week in history, on July 16, 1212, an epic battle—which the Islamic State still vows vengeance for—took place between Christians and Muslims, and presaged the demise of Islam in Spain, five hundred years after Muhammad’s followers first invaded and subjugated that nation beginning in 711.

From the start, a small pocket of Christian resistance remained in the northwest of Spain; from this “mustard seed” the Reconquista—the Christian reconquest of Spain from Islam—spread out. Century after century, the Christians made slow advances south, until they had reclaimed nearly the northern half of Spain.

By the early thirteenth century, the Muslims, under Almohad caliph Muhammad al-Nasir, decided enough was enough. They marshalled one of the largest armies ever to march on Spanish soil, intent on extirpating Christianity by fire and sword. In a widely circulated letter attributed to the caliph himself, Muhammad declared that all Christians must “submit to our empire and convert to our [sharia] law.” Otherwise, “all those who adore the sign of the cross … will feel our scimitars.”

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BBC Article Pushes Eating Crickets Instead of Beef

An article titled “Why I prefer eating grasshoppers to beef” has surfaced on the BBC where it argues the need to eat grasshoppers and other insects over meat.

It begins with the opening statement:

“For most people in Europe and the US, the idea of eating crickets and grasshoppers can seem revolting, but they are a popular snack in parts of Africa and Asia. Not only are they packed with nutrients but they are less harmful to the climate too.”

With the opening statement alone, the direction in which the article wants to take you is that “it’s fine, because other cultures eat bugs — and you can be climate conscious simultaneously!” It tries to invoke the normalisation of eating insects from the offset.

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Broken Britain: Rapes, Sexual Offences, Violent Crimes at Highest Level Since Records Began

Police-recorded crimes including rape, general sexual offences, and violence against the person have hit an all-time high since comparable records began in 2002.

Fully 6.3 million crimes were recorded in England and Wales in the year to March 2022 — a double-digit increase of 16 per cent on the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Climate Activists in Italy Glue Themselves to Botticelli Painting

Environmental protesters have glued themselves to the glass protecting Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera which is on display at an art gallery in Florence.

The activists, from the climate activist group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation), said the protest was the first in “a new season of actions” targeting museums. It appeared inspired by Just Stop Oil activists in the UK who recently conducted a similar campaign of protests in art galleries.

Two protesters stuck their palms to the exhibit at the Uffizi gallery beforehand, with the help of a third, unfurling a banner reading “Ultima Generazione No Gas No Carbone (Last Generation, No Gas, No Coal).”

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Environmental Protests Disrupt Tour De France for a Third Time

The Tour de France was once again interrupted this afternoon as the environmental campaigning group Dernière Rénovation temporarily brought racing to a standstill.

Not long after the action had begun on stage 19, the breakaway riders including Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) skirted around a group of people who appeared to have encroached on the road.

Not long after the peloton were ordered to a standstill by Tour directors as the protest was cleared from the road.

Soon after, Dernière Rénovation claimed responsibility for the disruption.

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France: Le Pen Demands Sanctions Over Macron MP Who Gave Hitler Salute in Parliament

Populist French MP Marine Le Pen has called for sanctions to be enacted against a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party who gave a Hitler salute in the French parliament.

Renaissance MP Rémy Rebeyrotte claims that he made the Hitler salute in the parliament toward a member of Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) on July 12th, alleging he made the gesture to show an RN member not to do it, saying “we must not do this” while making the gesture.

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Germans Taking Fewer Showers in Response to Cost of Living Crisis

Germans are taking fewer showers in response to energy shortages and the cost of living crisis, it has been revealed.

A poll conducted by INSA on behalf of Bild newspaper finds that almost two thirds of Germans are now taking shorter showers in response to numerous government appeals to do so.

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Ireland Wants to Criminalize “Online Hateful Content”

Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee plans to introduce new legislation that will harm free speech and will make it easier to prosecute online “hate speech.”

In Ireland, so-called hate speech is already a crime under the prohibition of incitement to hatred act of 1989. But McEntee noted that the law has only led to 50 convictions since its introduction.

“We need a law that has teeth, that you can prosecute, but we also need a law around hate crimes,” McEntee told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

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Italy to Hold Snap Election on September 25th After Eurocrat PM Draghi Resigns

Italy will hold fresh national elections on September 25th after Prime Minister Mario Draghi gave his resignation on Thursday, ending the globalist national unity government that controlled Italy through the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian Council of Ministers decided on the date of September 25th on Thursday just hours after Prime Minister Draghi handed his resignation to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

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Laptop With Classified NATO Info Stolen at Paris Meeting

Senior officers from all the armies of the Atlantic Alliance met in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, in the Cercle National des Armées for a seminar on defence on 1 July.

The French daily, le Canard Enchaîné first reported on the meeting in which a strange set of circumstances played out. According to another daily, Le Parisien, the laptop of a German soldier, which contains highly confidential information, disappeared.

The mystery was quickly solved thanks to the surveillance cameras that showed a man entering the building, right under the noses of the security guards. He passed the checkpoint by approaching a woman. The way in which he did it, made the guards believe that he was her companion.

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Liz Truss is Favorite to be Next UK Prime Minister, Polling Suggests

Conservative Party members who will make the choice on the next Tory leader and hence Prime Minister prefer Liz Truss over rival Rishi Sunak, polling suggests.

The Parliamentary Conservative Party spent the last two weeks whittling down a field of 12 candidates to just two, and with the elite of the party having handpicked their two favourite candidates the final choice on which of them gets to be leader is now being handed over to the party’s 180,000-odd members in the wider country.

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Swedish Skating Club Pressured Into Canceling Russian Masterclass

Russian Olympic silver medalist Alexandra Trusova will no longer hold a set of masterclasses in Stockholm after the Swedish Figure Skating Federation canceled them, according to reports.

The classes were scheduled to take place over two days on the weekend of August 27 and 28 in Sweden’s capital, while costing around 1,895 Swedish Krona ($185) for locals looking to emulate the prodigious 18-year-old and learn a few tips from her.

According to Match TV, however, the budding hopefuls will not have the chance to meet their idol after the Swedish federation sent a letter to skating clubs confirming its wishes, claiming that the classes would be “contrary to the values of the association” and capable of causing “serious damage to Swedish figure skating.”

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UK Spy Agency (Unsurprisingly) Wants the Ability to Scan People’s Phones

In a discussion paper published this week, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) said tech companies should proceed with implementing technologies that would go around end-to-end encryption to scan phones for child abuse images.

The discussion paper, authored by GCHQ’s technical director of cryptanalysis Crispin Robinson and NCSC’s technical director Ian Levy, suggested “client-side scanning” would protect children and still maintain privacy.

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UK: Fuel Protest: M5 and A38 Hit by Slow Convoys as More Chaos Expected on Roads

Fuel-price protesters launched slow convoys on the M5 and A38 as part of demonstrations during the busy summer getaway period.

On the M5, the action was partly responsible for 45-minute delays.

More disruption was feared later, including along the M4, from slow-moving convoys by drivers calling for action to cut the soaring cost of petrol.

In a similar protest earlier this month, around a dozen people were arrested for driving too slowly.

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Vatican Cardinal Calls for ‘Immediate’ End to New Fossil Fuels

ROME — “All new exploration and production of coal, oil, and gas must immediately end, and existing production of fossil fuels must be urgently phased out,” declared Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny Thursday.

Cardinal Czerny, who runs the Vatican’s ecology and development office, endorsed calls for a fossil fuels nonproliferation treaty, insisting that production of oil and gas is accelerating “our race towards the precipice.”

[Comment: He’s nuts.]

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Biden’s Trip to the East Jerusalem Hospital

A disturbing part of Joe Biden’s visit to Israel was the trip he took to east Jerusalem to visit the Augusta Victoria Hospital. The hospital caters to Palestinian patients, and the media coverage — especially that from NPR’s Daniel Estrin — made it seem that Palestinian and Arab Israeli patients have no other options save these “underfunded” facilities. A few sob stories, about how difficult Israel makes it for Palestinians to come to Jerusalem for treatment of cancer and for dialysis, which are the focus of care at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, were broadcast on NPR; It is not true, of course, that Israelis deliberately delay Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank from being admitted to hospitals in east Jerusalem.

All of those with life-threatening illnesses that can best be treated in Israel are quickly admitted, and so are many other Palestinians and Israeli Arabs with ordinary illnesses who simply prefer Jewish doctors. Both Israeli Arabs and Palestinians are treated in all the Israeli hospitals, and often received as charity patients, who pay nothing. None of that was mentioned in the coverage of Biden’s visit to the hospital. It wouldn’t fit the NPR narrative.

In fact, both the leaders of Hamas and of the PA, despite ranting about Israeli killers of Palestinians, have deliberately sought medical treatment for themselves and their relatives in Israeli hospitals.

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“A Beacon of Hope’: Ukraine, Russia Sign Grain Export Deal

ISTANBUL (AP) — Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements Friday with Turkey and the United Nations clearing the way for exporting millions of tons of desperately needed Ukrainian grain — as well as Russian grain and fertilizer — ending a wartime standoff that had threatened food security around the globe.

The deal will enable Ukraine — one of the world’s key breadbaskets — to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural products that have been stuck in Black Sea ports due to Russia’s invasion. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called it “a beacon of hope” for millions of hungry people who have faced huge increases in food costs.

“A deal that allows grain to leave Black Sea ports is nothing short of lifesaving for people across the world who are struggling to feed their families,” said Red Cross Director-General Robert Mardini, who noted that over the past six months prices for food staples have risen 187% in Sudan, 86% in Syria, 60% in Yemen and 54% in Ethiopia…

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Grain Deal Signed and Russia’s Steel ‘Looting’ — Ukraine Round-Up

Russia and Ukraine signed a deal with the UN and Turkey on Friday to allow grain exports through the Black Sea.

It represents the first major agreement involving Moscow and Kyiv since the conflict broke out in February.

The UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres described it as a “beacon of hope” in the war and spoke of his hope that it would help alleviate the global food crisis.

Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain producers but Russia has been blockading its major Black Sea ports.

Russia denies responsibility for the blockade, instead blaming Ukraine for laying mines in the sea.

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Love Jihad: Laborer Shahzad Ansari Pretends to be Ravindra to Marry a Hindu Woman, Finally Abandons Her After Exploited in Jharkhand

Tragic end of a Love Jihad in Jharkhand: Hindu girl married to one Ravindra, when she reached her husband’s home he was exposed as Shahzad; after rejection now she is spending the sleepless nights at a railway station helplessly.

Swati Sharma | HENB | Ranchi | July 22. 2022:: Seven years ago, a Muslim young man from Jharkhand married a Hindu girl from Azamgarh in UP in a temple hiding his real identity. When the girl reached her in-laws place, she came to know that the young man was a Muslim, now the woman is wandering from door to door after being rejected her Muslim husband.

A young man, a resident of Jharkhand, has been accused of plotting a love jihad by going to Uttar Pradesh. In this plotting, Muslim youth married a Hindu girl of Azamgarh in UP who had married her in a temple, seven years ago. When the girl reached her in-laws’ house, she came to know that the young man was a Muslim. The woman fled from the Muslim-Tola and came to Garhwa and pleading for justice.

In fact, a Muslim youth, a resident of Kumba Khurd of Sagma block of Garhwa district in Jharkhand, married a Hindu girl living in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh according to Hindu rituals in a temple, but when the girl visited in-laws home with her husband the senses were blown, because that boy turned out to be a Muslim, not a Hindu.

Now the Muslim youth has left the woman and the victim is seeking help from door to door. She has appealed to Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Gholap for justice. Even before this, she has appealed to the Mahila Police Station and Superintendent of Police, Banshidhar Nagar. The victim is a resident of Beladi village in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh…

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Sri Lanka: Forces Raid Anti-Government Protest Camp

Security forces in Sri Lanka raided the main anti-government protest camp in the capital early on Friday, arresting protesters and dismantling tents.

Hundreds of troops and police commandos moved on the protesters outside the presidential offices in Colombo, hours before they were due to leave the area.

A BBC video journalist was beaten by the army and one soldier snatched his phone and deleted videos.

Nine people, including two who are injured, have been arrested by police.

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Sri Lanka Introduces Digital Pass to Limit Access to Fuel

The Sri Lankan government has introduced digital fuel passes in an effort to provide all citizens with fuel in an “orderly manner.”

Amidst fuel shortages, there have been fights at fuel lines and people have died due to heat and exhaustion after waiting for so long at the miles-long queues.

“Today we have introduced the national fuel pass. This will guarantee a weekly quota for each vehicle,” Power and Energy minister Kanchana Wijesekara said.

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Tensions Prevail in Rajasthan’s Alwar as Some Muslim Youths Thrash a Sikh Man, Cut Off His Hair

Upon learning that the victim was a Sikh and wrongly targeted, the Muslim miscreants decided not to kill him and instead cut off his keshas (unshorn hair), which is prohibited under Sikhism. The miscreants then fled away leaving Gurbaksh Singh with injuries.

Upon learning that the victim was a Sikh and wrongly targeted, the Muslim miscreants decided not to kill him and instead cut off his keshas (unshorn hair), which is prohibited under Sikhism. The miscreants then fled away leaving Gurbaksh Singh with injuries…

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Tanks for the Memories

Tanks are being put on the streets in China to protect the banks. This is because the Henan branch of the Bank of China declaring that people’s savings in their branch are now ‘investment products’ and can’t be withdrawn.

Clif High posted this on his Substack today:

“As the Federal Reserve Note, aka, the ‘dollar’, as the global reserve currency sinks under the waves for this last time, the planetary financial structure unravels the social infrastructure threatening to take all governments down.

“China is entering the ‘active’ phase now. The CCP is feeling the heat. Not only is the populace of China rising up in numbers not seen since Mao’s Long March, but the flow of funds through, and from the World Economic Forum is also drying up just when the CCP is in a very large hiring binge to keep up with popular uprisings.

“So now, tanks on the streets, surrounding the banks for safety from their ‘former’ depositors, and now ‘shareholders (with no rights)’.

“Soon the inevitable will occur, and people who have lost everything, with nothing left, will lose their minds, attacking the tanks with their bare hands. Initially they will be repulsed. That will only last until the first wave is blooded, then the people will simply attack and die, until the tanks, and then the banks, are overwhelmed.

“After that, the local government will fall. Then the regional government will call for help just before it falls. The CCP will panic, shit themselves, and many people will perish in the confusion. And so goes the death of the FRN [Federal Reserve Note].”

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New Zealand: Protests Planned by Brian Tamaki-Led Freedom and Rights Coalition

Destiny Church founder Brian Tamaki and the Freedom and Rights Coalition are planning to cause “major public interruption and disruption” through protests in three cities tomorrow.

In a press release from the Tamaki-led coalition, it stated “massive” public marches would take place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in response to what the coalition deemed was Government-inflicted damage on the country.

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New Zealand COVID Cases Skyrocket Despite Widespread Vaccinations, Long-Term Lockdowns

New Zealand’s high rates of vaccination and severe lockdowns appear to be offering little protection, as a new Omicron wave gripping the country is resulting in record high death rates.

In fact, experts told Mail Online that previously low levels of infection due to strict Covid restrictions is behind the high fatality rate. Once dubbed the “hermit kingdom,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s economically-crippling measures delayed “inevitable” infections that could have built-up immunity, experts say.

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Mexican President Mocks Biden’s Threats

Mexican President Andre’s Manuel López Obrador mockingly dismissed the Biden administration’s recent threats to take actions possibly leading to tariffs imposed on Mexican goods Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Ooooh, I’m so scared…,” Obrador sarcastically said when asked about possible U.S. enforcement measures for practices that allegedly favor Mexico’s national energy companies, CFE and Pemex, the WSJ reported.

Obrador made the comments on the same day that United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with Mexico under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which could end up placing penalties on some Mexican exports if the two sides can not come to an agreement.

Mexico is the United States’ second largest trading partner behind Canada, but Obrador and President Joe Biden have been increasingly at odds in recent months, including on matters of trade policy, energy and the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to the WSJ.

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Illegal Immigrant Indicted in Rape of 10-Year-Old Girl Who Needed Abortion

A grand jury in Ohio has indicted the 27-year-old illegal immigrant accused of raping and subsequently impregnating a 10-year-old girl who then traveled to Indiana to receive an abortion.

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Josh Hawley Blasts TSA for Allowing 1,000 Illegal Immigrants to Use Arrest Warrants as Valid ID

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske told Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri on Thursday that roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants have been allowed to use their arrest warrants as valid ID’s for travel.

Pekoske said that the TSA isn’t “looking at whether a person is legal or illegal in the country” because they only look at “people who may pose a risk to transportation.”

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Over 26,000 People Being Housed in Asylum Seeker Hotel Accommodation in Britain

The number of alleged asylum seekers being put up in hotels across the country increased by nearly threefold last year, with over 26,000 migrants living in hotel accommodations.

A report from the pro-migrant Refugee Council NGO entitled: Lives on Hold: The Experiences of People in Hotel Asylum Accommodation found that as of the end of 2021, there were 26,380 asylum seekers living in hotels across the UK, compared to 11,076 at the end of 2020 and 1,490 in 2019.

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Rwanda Says British Streets Are Not ‘Paved With Gold’ As it Admits it Can Only Accommodate 200 Channel Migrants Despite UK Paying £120m Upfront for it to Take Thousands

Rwanda blasted critics of its deal to take thousands of Channel migrants from Britain today — and revealed the UK has stumped up £120million to fund the scheme before even one person has arrived in Africa.

A senior official lashed out at people opposed to the scheme, saying they were unfairly casting the continent as a ‘hellhole’ and a ‘terrible place to live’.

Yolande Makolo, a spokeswoman for the government of Paul Kigame, made the claim as she revealed that Rwanda currently only has capacity to take in 200 people.

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Shock Video: Feral Mob Attacks French Cops During Arrest of Migrant Thief

French police officers suffered serious injuries when a feral mob attacked them as they attempted to arrest a suspected jewelry thief from Algeria this week, according to reports.

The shocking incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the culturally-enriched city of Lyon.

Plainclothes cops from the interdepartmental public transport security service (SISTC) were pursuing a man in La Guillotière district who had allegedly ripped a necklace off a passerby when a crowd surrounded them, Actu17 reports.

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UK: Channel Migrant Crisis Declared a National Security Risk by Watchdog

The “inexcusably awful” collection of data on illegal migrants landing in Britain after crossing the English Channel puts the UK’s national security at risk, a government watchdog has found.

A report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Neal found that there is a systemic failure by immigration authorities to properly collect information on illegal migrants entering the country, with some being allowed in without so much as being fingerprinted or having their identity checked to determine if they are a criminal or terrorist.

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UK: Tony Blair Institution Calls for the Introduction of Digital IDs

A report by the Tony Blair Institute has recommended the adoption of digital IDs to help solve the problem of illegal immigration in the UK.

The report argues that one of the reasons the UK has an illegal immigration problem is the government’s failure to do away with a black market of agencies and employers who give jobs to illegal immigrants. So, it proposes a “digital identity verification” system that would be mandatory for every UK resident seeking work or benefits.

To obtain the digital ID, an immigrant would have to prove that they reside in the UK legally through the verification of their passport or an equivalent document.

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Association of American Medical Colleges Implements DEI Competencies for Students, Faculty

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) competencies that lay out ideas and knowledge that students, residents, and faculty should be able to demonstrate, which includes topics regarding intersectionality, white privilege, and racism, amongst many other topics.

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Even Kavanaugh’s Pro-Choice Neighbors Are Over the Protests Outside Their Homes

Since the Dobbs decision was first leaked, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has faced a constant onslaught of hate: an assassination attempt, harassment at dinner, and protesters demonstrating weekly outside his private home.

It turns out his pro-choice neighbors are over it. Two months into the protests, Kavanaugh’s neighbors told the Washington Post that the children on their street are now afraid to leave their homes. Parents are worried too, especially as protesters become “more belligerent, using lots of foul language in their chants,” said a resident. Another resident, Lyric Winik, said protesters have called her and other neighbors “fascists” for requesting that they keep the volume down.

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Exclusive — ‘I’d Respect Them More if There Was at Least One Black Person!’ Dave Chappelle Mocks Protesters Who Forced Him to Move Minneapolis Show Over His ‘Transphobia’ — and the Fans Love it!

Dave Chappelle returned jubilantly to the stage in Minneapolis on Thursday night to blast the woke protesters trying to cancel him, joking to the crowd of fans: ‘I’d respect them more if there was at least one black person!’

DailyMail.com was at the sold-out show at the Varsity Theater to hear Chappelle rattle off jokes about cancel culture and his ongoing difficulty using pronouns.

Chappelle, 48, said he found it confusing ‘when the reproductive system is made out of words and semantics.’

[Comment: There’s some good jokes in the article.]

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James Madison’s Home Gets Anti-American Makeover

It’s clear now: the Left has embarked upon a concerted effort to rewrite American history and make Americans ashamed of our heritage at the very sites where it should be most celebrated. Last Sunday I reported that Thomas Jefferson’s home has been taken over by Leftist America-haters, and they didn’t stop there: now the same woke revisionists have gotten their clutches on the home of James Madison, and it’s easy to see why they would want to target the fourth president. He is, after all, known as the Father of the Constitution.

Madison’s home has the feel of having been taken over by an invading army, and in a certain sense, it has been. The New York Post reported Saturday that at Montpelier, Madison’s Virginia plantation, “not a single display focuses on the life and accomplishments of America’s foremost political philosopher, who created our three-branch federal system of government, wrote the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and served two terms as president. Instead, blindsided tourists are hammered by high-tech exhibits about Madison’s slaves and current racial conflicts, thanks to a $10 million grant from left-leaning philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.”

Rubenstein is no ordinary philanthropist. The Post has noted that he is behind the woke-ification of Jefferson’s Monticello also, forking over $20 million for that. Oh, and here’s a shocker: Rubenstein is “on the boards of the globalist World Economic Forum, China’s Tsinghua University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among others.” Who could have guessed?

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Mask Mandates Are Coming Back

Here we go again.

They’re about to start bringing back the mask mandates.

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UK: Biological Males No Longer Allowed to Compete in Women’s Rugby

New recommendations from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body for the sport in England, will block biological men from playing in contact rugby competitions alongside female athletes.

Following a two year review of guidelines and rules, the RFU is now recommending to their Council that athletes assigned male at birth should not be allowed to play in women’s rugby, reports The Times.

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Whatever the Left Touches it Destroys — The Banner on Boston’s Church of the Covenant

On the front of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country, the Church of the Covenant in Boston, hangs a large banner on which is written:

“And God said…

“Protect Abortion Access 4 All

“Ensure Black Lives Matter

“Honor Bodily Autonomy

“Defend LGBTQ+ Rights

“End Voter Suppression…

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YouTube to Start Banning Abortion “Misinformation”

YouTube announced it will begin cracking down on “abortion misinformation” by removing videos with false claims.

“Starting today and ramping up over the next few weeks, we will remove content that provides instructions for unsafe abortion methods or promotes false claims about abortion safety under our medical misinformation policies,” the company tweeted on Thursday.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/22/2022

  1. UK Spy Agency (Unsurprisingly) Wants the Ability to Scan People’s Phone.
    Not on your nelly I say- even with the supposed reasosns for such undertaking it would be seen as further creeping measures of control, of which populations have far too many.

    • You in Britain have been under control since the 2nd World War, you just didn’t know it. Too a much lesser extent so has the US, the only thing that is keeping the total state at bay is the fact is Americans are armed to the teeth and trust in government is at an all time low.

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