Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/23/2022

Poland has floated a plan to lease Germany’s three remaining nuclear reactors so that they can stay online and keep providing electricity, and not be shut down later this year as planned. Meanwhile, the Polish government is sending a one-time payment to households to help offset rising coal prices.

In other news, the World Health Organization has declared monkeypox to be an international health emergency.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Poland to Give Households One-Off Payment to Offset Rising Coal Prices
 
USA
» All of the Bases in DNA and RNA Have Now Been Found in Meteorites
» Biden, the Most Unpopular President Ever
» Breaking: Left-Wing Protesters Clash With Conservatives Outside TPUSA’s Student Action Summit in Tampa
» California Truckers Halt ‘Gig-Worker’ Law Protests Over Weekend as Port Activity Slows
» Google Fires Software Engineer Who Claimed AI Bot Was ‘Sentient’
» Gov. Newsom Signs Law OKing $10k to Citizens Who Sue Over Illegal Guns
» Jill Biden Heckled at Connecticut ICE Cream Shop: ‘Your Husband is the Worst’
» Lee Zeldin’s Attacker Arrested on Federal Assault Charge
» Marine Allegedly Stabs His Pregnant Wife to Death in Frenzied Attack by the Side of Honolulu Road During Furious Argument Before Trying and Failing to Take His Own Life
» Talking About the Adverse Effects of the Vaccine is Finally Mainstream
» Tulsi Gabbard Slams Biden Admin for Hypocrisy of Bannon Conviction, While Clapper, Brennan Weren’t Charged
» U.S. Joins Canada & Europe in Its Own Scheme to Eliminate Farmers, Transform Food System
» US Drug Overdoses Break Record
» Wayne Root: 33 Dead & Sick Friends Since Our Wedding Only 8 Months Ago. All 33 Vaxxed. A “Vaccine Death & Disease Cluster.”
 
Canada
» Canadians Stage Nationwide Protests to Support Dutch Farmers
» Canadian Government Funds Plan to Combat Online “Disinformation”
» Canadian Censors Won’t Stock Andrew Lawton’s Convoy Book — But You Can Still Buy Mein Kampf
» Ottawa Police Prepares for Protests in Solidarity With Dutch Farmers
» Toronto Pearson International Airport Ranks as Worst Airport for Flight Delays in the World
» Trudeau Moves Forward With Fertilizer Reduction Climate Policy
» Watch: Canadians Across the Country Rally in Solidarity With Dutch Farmers
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘Europe is Weakened by Its Own Sanctions, ‘ Says Hungarian Finance Minister
» Germany’s Winter Heating Problem Got Worse on Wednesday
» Germany: Wolves Reliably Predict ‘Far-Right Voting’
» Hungary’s Viktor Orban Sees Russia-US Talks as ‘New Strategy’ For Ukraine
» Hungary Requests Additional Gas Shipments From Russia
» Italy Will Keep Supporting Ukraine if Right Wins Vote, Says Meloni
» Poland Opposes EU Proposal to Reduce Gas Use by 15%
» Poland Wealthier After Pandemic Than Before it
» Poland Should be Ready to Function Without EU Recovery Fund, Warns Senior MEP
» Polish Environment Minister Reassures Public Over Coal Stocks
» Pope Francis Demotes Status of Conservative Opus DEI Group
» Restoring Gas Deliveries Means More Time to Fill the Tanks, Says Czech Trade Minister
» Sweden: Three Sentenced for Easter Qur’an Riots as Activist Prepares More Burnings
» Troll Energy: Poland Offers to Lease Germany’s Nuclear Plants to Keep Them From Closing
 
Russia
» Russian Missiles Blast Port of Odessa Hours After Deal on Grain Shipments Signed
» Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine Port; Kyiv Says it is Still Preparing Grain Exports
 
South Asia
» Being Discriminated by Islam, Muslim Man Converts Himself as Hindu
» India Bans Forced Vaccination, And the Vaccine Mandate
» Nationwide Protests in Bangladesh Over Attack on Hindus
 
Far East
» Anti-CCP Activist Arrested in London, Claims He Was ‘Framed’ By Chinese Embassy With ‘Fake’ Bomb Threat
» Behind China’s Use of Interrogation Chamber Tech
» Chinese Social Platforms Rush to Censor Mortgage Protests
» Japan’s Population Falls by Record 644,000 to 125.5 Mil. In 2021
 
Immigration
» Channel Migrant Gives Officials the Slip — Then Gloats About How Easy it Was to Escape
» France: 21-Year-Old Senegalese Arrested After Stabbing Two Men and Assaulting Two Women
» Quebec Has Seen Near Record-Breaking Illegal Immigration for Several Months
» UK Govt Loses Hundred of Migrants Staying at Supposedly ‘Secure’ Hotels
» UK: Tory Leadership Favourite Liz Truss Vows to Extend the Rwanda Migrant Scheme to More Countries and Boost Border Staff by 20% if She Wins the Keys to No10
 
Culture Wars
» AP Stylebook Pushes Gender Ideology With New ‘Transgender Coverage Topical Guide’
» Breaking: WHO Declares Monkeypox an International Health Emergency
» Republicans Tell Google Not to Censor Pro-Life Clinics
» School District Requires Students to Share ‘Inclusive’ Locker Rooms or Face Counseling
» State-Sponsored Stonewall: Children Aged Two Can be Trans, Nurseries Should Teach ‘Gender Identity’
» Twitter Begins Banning “Groomer” Insults
» UK Police Told to Back Off “Offensive” Tweets and Get Back to Real Crimes
» WEF Issues Edict to Global Leaders: Phase Out Car Ownership, People Can ‘Walk or Share’
 

Poland to Give Households One-Off Payment to Offset Rising Coal Prices

WARSAW, July 19 (Reuters) — Poland will offer households a one-off payment of 3,000 zlotys ($646) to help cover the rising cost of coal amid surging energy prices prompted mainly by the war in neighbouring Ukraine

Polish households and heating plants in smaller towns mostly used Russian coal on account of its high quality but imports were banned by Warsaw in April in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The subsequent spike in prices caused by the shortfall has left many Poles fearing they will be unable to heat their homes this coming winter.

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

All of the Bases in DNA and RNA Have Now Been Found in Meteorites

Space rocks that fell to Earth within the last century contain the five bases that store information in DNA and RNA, scientists report April 26 in Nature Communications.

These “nucleobases” — adenine, guanine, cytosine, thymine and uracil — combine with sugars and phosphates to make up the genetic code of all life on Earth. Whether these basic ingredients for life first came from space or instead formed in a warm soup of earthly chemistry is still not known (SN: 9/24/20). But the discovery adds to evidence that suggests life’s precursors originally came from space, the researchers say.

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Biden, the Most Unpopular President Ever

Never before has a US President met with so much rejection in such a short time. And he has managed this with full mainstream media backing.

According to a recent CNBC All-America poll, just 36 percent of US voters are overall happy with Biden’s performance. That’s one percent below Trump’s worst approval rating. An even smaller proportion, 30 percent, approved of his economic performance, more than 10 percent down from Trump’s worst rating of 41 percent. Other polls have come to similar conclusions.

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

Breaking: Left-Wing Protesters Clash With Conservatives Outside TPUSA’s Student Action Summit in Tampa

Left-wing activists gathered en masse on Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, and have marched to the event’s location at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida.

In footage posted by The Post Millennial‘s Katie Daviscourt, one protester threatened attendees saying “I have two words for Turning Point USA and everyone involved with it, be scared. Actually, be terrified”

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

California Truckers Halt ‘Gig-Worker’ Law Protests Over Weekend as Port Activity Slows

July 23 (Reuters) — Independent truckers who have been protesting at California’s busy Oakland seaport over the past week against a new state law known as the “gig-worker” law took a break on Saturday, when the port business slowed to a crawl.

But some truckers said protests may resume on Monday when normal port traffic is scheduled.

“Protests are scheduled for Monday to Friday, as the port also does not have any major operations scheduled through the weekend,” Bill Aboudi, owner of a trucking company and supporter of the protests, told Reuters.

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Google Fires Software Engineer Who Claimed AI Bot Was ‘Sentient’

Google has fired a senior software engineer who claimed that the company had developed a “sentient” artificial intelligence bot, the company announced Friday.

Blake Lemoine, who worked in Google’s Responsible AI organization, was placed on administrative leave last month after he said the AI chatbot known as LaMDA claims to have a soul and expressed human thoughts and emotions, which Google refuted as “wholly unfounded.”

Lemoine was officially canned for violating company policies after he shared his conversations with the bot, which he described as a “sweet kid.”

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

Gov. Newsom Signs Law OKing $10k to Citizens Who Sue Over Illegal Guns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a first-of-its-kind gun law on Friday that will award at least $10,000 to residents that can successfully sue people who sell, manufacture or distribute assault weapons and ghost guns across the state.

The controversial new bill is a swipe at Texas’ anti-abortion law that allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman obtain an illegal abortion in the Lone Star state.

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Jill Biden Heckled at Connecticut ICE Cream Shop: ‘Your Husband is the Worst’

First lady Jill Biden was heckled by unknown bystanders on Wednesday as she walked into a Connecticut ice cream shop.

“Your husband is the worst President we ever had, you owe us gas money,” a man shouted at Biden as she walked into the Arethusa Farms ice cream shop in New Haven.

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Lee Zeldin’s Attacker Arrested on Federal Assault Charge

The man who attacked New York Republican candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin, on Thursday night has been arrested on a federal assault charge.

Fox News reports that 43-year old David Jakubonis was arrested Saturday afternoon and will make his first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marion W. Payson.

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Marine Allegedly Stabs His Pregnant Wife to Death in Frenzied Attack by the Side of Honolulu Road During Furious Argument Before Trying and Failing to Take His Own Life

A Marine stands accused of fatally stabbing his 27-year-old pregnant wife on the side of a busy Honolulu, Hawaii, highway as witnesses driving by saw the horrifying attack and attempted to intervene, according to police.

Dana Alotaibi, who was 13 weeks pregnant, died from multiple stab wounds to the neck.

Now her estranged husband, Bryant Tejeda-Castillo, a Marine in the 3rd Littoral Combat Team that is stationed in Kanehoe, has been charged for second degree murder. His bail is set at $1 million.

During the heinous attack on Thursday, witnesses ‘observed a male standing over a female, stabbing her multiple times,’ Deena Thoemmes, homicide lieutenant of the Honolulu Police Department’s criminal investigation division, said at a press conference…

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Talking About the Adverse Effects of the Vaccine is Finally Mainstream

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has made talking about the vaccine’s adverse effects go mainstream after pointing out studies that suggest they hurt the immune system.

Using President Joe Biden (who has received four Covid vaccines and just got infected with Covid) as a segue, Carlson highlighted studies that suggest vaccines might be making people sicker.

“But is there a connection between getting multiple Covid vax shots — and getting sicker? Is it possible that the vaccine can actually hurt you, especially if you keep getting boosted? Can it weaken your immune system? Well, that looks possible. Multiple studies have looked into this,” he said.

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Tulsi Gabbard Slams Biden Admin for Hypocrisy of Bannon Conviction, While Clapper, Brennan Weren’t Charged

Former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) posted a fiery statement to Twitter Saturday morning, showing her contempt for the Biden administration and the “elite” for “shamelessly weaponizing law enforcement into a political hit squad” following the conviction of Trump-ally Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress.

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U.S. Joins Canada & Europe in Its Own Scheme to Eliminate Farmers, Transform Food System

In March 2022, the SEC proposed a regulation that “would mandate publicly traded companies to report on their carbon emissions and other climate-related information,” as well as report similar information from any companies with which they do business, according to an SEC statement.

As a consequence, all companies in the business supply chain of a publicly traded entity would have to report their carbon emission and climate-related data.

U.S. Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led 30 lawmakers to urge SEC to repeal its proposal, calling it a “regulatory overreach.”

“Imposing regulatory overreach on farmers and ranchers falls outside of the SEC’s congressionally provided authority,” the senators said in a statement. “This substantial reporting requirement would significantly burden small, family-owned farms.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation said in a statement that the proposed rule could create “substantial costs” for farmers because they do not have teams of compliance officers or attorneys like large corporations. Moreover, it may push out of business small and medium-sized farmers and force food-processing companies to look for agricultural raw products outside of the United States [such as the Canadian cricket farm], the statement asserted.

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US Drug Overdoses Break Record

More than 107,600 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Wednesday. The record-setting figure, driven by fentanyl and other synthetic opioid abuse, represented a 15% increase over the previous year’s 93,655 overdose deaths.

The massive number is the highest recorded since the CDC began keeping track of overdoses, representing a whopping one overdose every five minutes across the US. However, the rate of increase has slowed by half since the previous year. Overdose deaths surged 30% between 2019 and 2020. The largest increase was seen in Alaska, where drug-related deaths soared 75.3% over the previous year.

[Comment: Article dated May 11, 2022]

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Wayne Root: 33 Dead & Sick Friends Since Our Wedding Only 8 Months Ago. All 33 Vaxxed. A “Vaccine Death & Disease Cluster.”

Yes, you read correctly. There are (so far) 33 friends and relatives dead or sick since our wedding eight months ago. I’ve done the research. All 33 were vaxxed. Every one of them.

This is a “vaccine death and disease cluster.”

This is like the “Love Canal” cancer cluster of the 1970s. It can’t be ignored when you see so many people dead, or very ill in just one group.

But it has nothing to do with our wedding. Open your eyes. This is happening everywhere. Non-Covid deaths are up dramatically in the United States (and all over the world). Life insurance companies report non-Covid deaths are up 40% or more among young, working age Americans. Lincoln National reports death benefit payouts are up over 163% in the year since Covid vaccines came out. These are death increases not seen during World War II.

Read the headlines- every day a new celebrity, actor, rock star, athlete or CEO is dropping dead “suddenly and unexpectedly.” Most of them are way too young to die, or suffer strokes or heart attacks. I’m betting they all have one thing in common- they are VACCINATED.

I surfed over to TMZ.com one night this week. Here were the headlines:

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Canadians Stage Nationwide Protests to Support Dutch Farmers

Today, Canadian truckers and farmers have hit the roads to stage nationwide protests and slow-rolls to support Dutch farmers fighting the Netherlands’ starvation policy.

Early Saturday morning, Canadian farmers and truckers were spotted in parking lots in Niagara, Ottawa, and Hamilton waving Dutch and Canadian flags to show solidarity with Dutch farmers.

At the same time, journalist Andy Lee has been following a massive convoy of farmers and truckers from Red Deer, Alberta, to Edmonton and Calgary.

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

Canadian Government Funds Plan to Combat Online “Disinformation”

In another effort to control the content consumed by people online, the Canadian government announced a $2.4 million funding to combat “harmful online disinformation.”

In a statement, the Heritage Ministry said the project’s purpose is to promote “civic, news, and digital media literacy through funding third-party educational activities and programming to help citizens become resilient against disinformation.”

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the project was inspired by a desire to “have a common set of facts.”

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Canadian Censors Won’t Stock Andrew Lawton’s Convoy Book — But You Can Still Buy Mein Kampf

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, guest host Sheila Gunn Reid discussed ‘Canadian-style censorship’ making its way to China.

What’s Canadian-style censorship?

True North‘s Andrew Lawton wrote a best selling book about the convoy to Ottawa. The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks That Shook The World was a best seller in multiple categories before it was even published. Yet, Canada’s largest physical book retailer, Chapters Indigo, won’t stock it and won’t say why.

But if you need a copy of Mein Kampf or The Communist Manifesto, Chapters Indigo has you covered.

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

Ottawa Police Prepares for Protests in Solidarity With Dutch Farmers

On July 22, 2022, the Ottawa Police published a map of Downtown Ottawa on Twitter indicating a vehicle exclusion zone similar to the one put in place during the Freedom Convoy, Rolling Thunder and Canada Day protests.

The Ottawa police wrote, “Wellington Street remains closed to vehicles and there is zero tolerance for vehicle-based demonstrations or within the city’s designated control zone in the downtown core.”

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Toronto Pearson International Airport Ranks as Worst Airport for Flight Delays in the World

Trudeau has managed to screw up the Canadian travel industry so bad that Toronto Pearson International Airport has been ranked as the worst airport for delays on the planet.

According to a CNN Travel report based on data compiled from the flight tracking site FlightAware, 52.5% of all of Toronto Pearson’s scheduled flights were delayed between May 26 and July 19.

This puts Toronto Pearson into the number one spot for flight delays in the world, ahead of Frankfurt Airport (45.4% delays) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (43.2% delays).

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

Trudeau Moves Forward With Fertilizer Reduction Climate Policy

Trudeau has decided to move forward with his cap on nitrogen emissions by reducing fertilizer use even as provincial Agriculture Ministers beg him to stop.

As per a Government of Saskatchewan news release, both the Alberta and Saskatchewan Ministers of Agriculture have expressed “profound disappointment” in Trudeau’s decision to attempt to reduce nitrogen emissions from fertilizer.

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Watch: Canadians Across the Country Rally in Solidarity With Dutch Farmers

Protests have been organized across the country by Freedom Fighters Canada, to arrange slow rolls to raise awareness to the 40% cap on nitrogen emission by 2030 which will ruin Dutch farmers’ livelihoods.

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‘Europe is Weakened by Its Own Sanctions, ‘ Says Hungarian Finance Minister

The European Union is weakening itself with its own sanctions; the question is whether it can survive the punitive measures introduced against Russia, Hungarian Minister of Finance Mihaly Varga said on Thursday at a conference in Tusnadfürdo, Romania.

“Europe needs Russian energy for the time being, and the transition will take a long time and would require resources,” he told attendees.

The imposed sanctions do not work, Varga claimed. He said that there is no international cooperation in this matter, and the change in the exchange rate of the euro and the dollar is a big problem for the Union. In this respect, Europe is “deeply among the losers” of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, and the sanctions policy is currently causing more trouble for Europe than the country against which it was introduced.

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Germany’s Winter Heating Problem Got Worse on Wednesday

Just yesterday [on July 19], Gazprom announced that a “Force Majeure,” the legal term for circumstance beyond their control, had occurred, and Gazprom could not fulfill its contract. In other words, the other side of the border, Gazprom, is saying that even when those turbines are operational, Gazprom will not be delivering any oil.

If there is a bright spot in this entire mess, it is that Germany is in the middle of summer.

Currently, Germans are looking to cool their homes. Coal-fired plants produce nearly three-quarters of German’s electricity. And because almost all air conditioners run on electricity, this is not the peak time of the year to use oil and gas. Only 11% of German electricity comes from oil or gas.

It’s in the winter that everything will change.

Germany is dependent on heating oil and natural gas to warm its homes in the winter. The combination of those two fuels, heating oil, and natural gas, make up three-quarters of all the heat for Germans in the winter. And I don’t need to tell you that it gets mighty cold in Germany come wintertime.

A real crisis is brewing for Germans come this cold season.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Wolves Reliably Predict ‘Far-Right Voting’

In Germany, “the wolf revival was accompanied by electoral gains for far-right parties,” according to a new study by social scientist Bernhard Clemm von Hohenberg (University of Amsterdam).

The AfD won between one and five percentage points in elections in municipalities that had been attacked by a wolf. Why is there a connection?

First of all, the Alternative für Deutschland party is not happy about the return of the wolf. Not because the party is against “undesirable migrants” in this case, but because of another reason: “The wolf is a predator, which leads to the loss of livestock among farmers”. The AfD has actively campaigned against the animal.

While von Hohenberg could not establish a causal relationship between AfD’s anti-wolf stance and election success, there is a correlation, stemming from voters’ economic and environmental skepticism.

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

Hungary’s Viktor Orban Sees Russia-US Talks as ‘New Strategy’ For Ukraine

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s populist prime minister, called for “a new strategy” to end the war in Ukraine Saturday — saying that only direct negotiations between Russia and the US can bring peace.

“As Russia wants security guarantees, this war can be ended only with peace talks between Russia and America,” Orban said during a wide-ranging speech.

On the 150th day of fighting in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion, Orban argued that a Ukrainian military victory is impossible, “quite simply because the Russian army has asymmetrical dominance.”

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Hungary Requests Additional Gas Shipments From Russia

Even in a continent-wide energy crisis, the Hungarian government has a duty to ensure the full energy supply of the country, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó said after meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday.

“That is why we decided to purchase an additional 700 million cubic meters of natural gas over and above the amount fixed in the long-term contracts, which, whether you like it or not, would not be possible without sources from Russia,” Szijjartó said.

He added that the gas storage facilities are being filled according to schedule, the level of which currently stands at 27.3 percent of the annual consumption, while the European average is 17.3 percent.

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Italy Will Keep Supporting Ukraine if Right Wins Vote, Says Meloni

ROME, July 22 (Reuters) — Italy will keep sending arms to Ukraine and back Kyiv in its war against Russia if the conservative bloc wins a forthcoming national election, the head of the most popular party in the alliance has said.

The far-right Brothers of Italy, led by Giorgia Meloni, has been one of the few Italian parties that has wholeheartedly endorsed Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s decision to ship weapons to Ukraine, even though it was in opposition to his government.

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Poland Opposes EU Proposal to Reduce Gas Use by 15%

Poland is among several member states to have expressed doubts about the European Commission’s proposal to reduce gas consumption, as the bloc prepares for potential further supply cuts from Russia. Warsaw argues that the EU is calling for sacrifices and solidarity in one area but not in others.

Brussels proposes that countries reduce gas usage between August and March by 15% compared to average consumption between 2016 and 2021. It suggests that member states switch to renewable energy sources instead of gas, although it allows for the possibility of using coal, oil or nuclear power

This is not a solution that sits well with Poland, whose gas storage facilities are among the fullest in Europe but which is grappling with the possibility of coal shortages this winter, in a country where 70% of electricity is generated from coal and 35% of households use it for heating.

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Poland Wealthier After Pandemic Than Before it

Poland is in a better financial situation now than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, latest data shows.

The National Wealth Indicator of the Warsaw Enterprise Institute (WEI) is an attempt to assess and estimate the degree of prosperity of societies and presents an additional or even alternative indicator to the traditional GDP measurement.

The second edition of the WEI’s wealth of nations indicator measured the outcome of the pandemic between 2020 and 2021. It included EU and OECD states, measuring the value of private spending and the quality of public spending rather than its size, thereby attempting to measure quality of service and quality of life.

According to the research, nearly all countries recorded a fall in comparison to the previous edition. The exceptions were Poland and Ireland. However, the Irish example is exceptional, as it is dominated by the transfer of assets there by foreign companies. The biggest falls in the index were recorded by Spain, Greece, U.K., and Croatia.

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Poland Should be Ready to Function Without EU Recovery Fund, Warns Senior MEP

Poland is getting in the way of the creation of a Franco-German centralized superstate that would otherwise cut a deal with Eurasia controlled by Vladimir Putin, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a senior Polish ruling party MEP has claimed.

In an interview with conservative TV station wPolsce.pl, Saryusz-Wolski also discussed the saga surrounding payments from the EU Recovery Fund and the real intentions of the European Commission.

Asked whether Poland should just give up on its share of the EU Recovery Fund, Saruysz-Wolski said that it must be remembered that this money is not a gift but has to be repaid over a number of years. Only the first amount is given in the form of a grant, and then it must be returned in the form of an increased contribution; the second part is directly returned.

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Polish Environment Minister Reassures Public Over Coal Stocks

Poland’s climate and environment minister has offered reassurances that the current coal shortage in the country is under control.

In an interview for Polish public Radio 1, Anna Moskwa explained that Poland had by April received 3 million tons of coal from Russia, while another 3 million tons had been imported since that time and contracts had already been signed for an additional 7 million tons.

The minister said that the coal was coming mainly from Colombia and Indonesia and that more contracts were going to be signed. She pointed to the logistics effort required to actually offload and distribute the imported coal, saying that this is the biggest operation of its kind ever carried out by Polish ports.

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Pope Francis Demotes Status of Conservative Opus DEI Group

ROME — Pope Francis has demoted the leader of the conservative Opus Dei group from bishop to priest, revoking the structure ordained by Saint John Paul II.

In an apostolic letter ironically titled “Ad Charisma Tuendum“ (In defense of the charism), Pope Francis reversed measures enacted by Saint John Paul II in 1982 that ensured that the Opus Dei personal prelature would always be governed by a bishop, thus guaranteeing a certain degree of independence and flexibility.

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Restoring Gas Deliveries Means More Time to Fill the Tanks, Says Czech Trade Minister

Yesterday’s resumption of gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline means more time to fill the reservoirs before winter, Czechia’s Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Sikela said on Twitter. According to him, the Czech Republic must continue preparing for winter and end its energy dependence on Russia.

After the regular 10-day maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, Russian gas began to flow again to the European Union on Thursday morning, according to the spokesperson for Nord Stream AG. The report eased fears that the maintenance time would be extended, although the spokesperson warned that complete restoration of the gas flow could take several hours.

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Sweden: Three Sentenced for Easter Qur’an Riots as Activist Prepares More Burnings

Three men in the Swedish city of Linköping have been sentenced to prison over their involvement in riots triggered by anti-Islam activists burning the Qur’an. More burnings are now planned.

The three men, 21-year-old Moulham Abo Gamous, 26-year-old Elvedin James Emini, and an unnamed 19-year-old were given sentences of between two and a half and four years for sabotaging police operations during the Easter riots on April 17th.

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Troll Energy: Poland Offers to Lease Germany’s Nuclear Plants to Keep Them From Closing

A group of Polish lawmakers have presented Germany with a proposal to lease the country’s three remaining nuclear power plants, which, despite the energy crisis in Europe, the German government has maintained its commitment to shut down.

“If the Germans do not want to use their nuclear energy themselves, they should lease it,” argued Polish MP Paulina Matysiak of the Lewica Razem (Left Together) party.

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Russian Missiles Blast Port of Odessa Hours After Deal on Grain Shipments Signed

(AFP) — Russian missiles struck Ukraine’s key Black Sea port of Odessa Saturday, officials said, in an attack Kyiv described as a “spit in the face” of a deal signed by the warring neighbours a day earlier to resume grain exports blocked by the conflict.

Two cruise missiles hit terminal infrastructure, regional authorities said on social media, casting a shadow over the landmark agreement hammered out over months of negotiations aimed at relieving a global food crisis caused by stalled deliveries that sent wheat prices tumbling.

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Russian Missiles Hit Ukraine Port; Kyiv Says it is Still Preparing Grain Exports

KYIV, July 23 (Reuters) — Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s southern port of Odesa on Saturday, the Ukrainian military said, threatening a deal signed just a day earlier to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the strike showed Moscow could not be trusted to implement the deal. However, public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the Ukrainian military as saying the missiles had not caused significant damage and a government minister said preparations continued to restart grain exports from the country’s Black Sea ports…

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Being Discriminated by Islam, Muslim Man Converts Himself as Hindu

Abdul Jameel converted to Hinduism, became Shravan Kumar; Wearing Janeu in Hanuman temple, said — there is a lot of discrimination in Muslim religion.

Upendra bharti | HENB | Fatehpur | July 22, 2022:: Abdul Jameel of Fatehpur embraced Hinduism with Vedic chants wearing a janeu (holy threads) in a Hanuman temple here on Thursday. Now he will be known as Shravan Kumar. He said, “There is a lot of discrimination in Muslim religion. There is no real brotherhood. No brother is there brother indeed.”

Jameel is a retired railway employee. He is survived by wife, three daughters and one son. None of them have left Islam. All live in Lucknow. The eldest daughter is married.

Due to this decision of Shravan alias Abdul, there is social pressure on his entire family. In such a situation, Shravan alias Abdul has left Lucknow and now living in Fatehpur. The program to get him included in Sanatan Dharma was done under the supervision of Manoj Trivedi, State General Secretary of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM)…

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India Bans Forced Vaccination, And the Vaccine Mandate

In India, the Supreme Court just banned forced vaccines and the vaccine mandate, stating it violates section 21 of their constitution that protects individuals’ bodily integrity and personal autonomy.

Judge Rao stated that:

“With respect to the infringement of bodily integrity and personal autonomy of an individual considered in the light of vaccines and other public health measures introduced to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are of the opinion that bodily integrity is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution and no individual can be forced to be vaccinated.” [Emphasis added]

“Further, personal autonomy of an individual, which is a recognized facet of the protections guaranteed under Article 21, encompasses the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment in the sphere of individual health.”

[Comment: Article dated May 5, 2022.]

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Nationwide Protests in Bangladesh Over Attack on Hindus

Organisations across Bangladesh held protests against the attack on the Hindu community in the country. A protest march was held in Chittagong on Friday against the attack on the Hindu community and the ongoing killing of Hindu teachers and rape of Hindu women in Bangladesh, reported local media.

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Anti-CCP Activist Arrested in London, Claims He Was ‘Framed’ By Chinese Embassy With ‘Fake’ Bomb Threat

Australian anti-CCP activist Drew Pavlou has claimed that he has been framed after London police arrested him over an allegedly “fake” bomb threat email provided to police by the Chinese Embassy.

Drew Pavlou, who has risen to international attention for his viral protests against Beijing on issues such as the Uyghur genocide and the treatment of Chinese tennis star Peng Shui, has claimed that the email is a fabrication, stating that the address “drewpavlou99@protonmail.me” from which the alleged bomb threat was sent is fake and that he has never had such an address.

[Comment: Very interesting. I reserve judgment at this time.]

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Behind China’s Use of Interrogation Chamber Tech

Chinese state-owned video surveillance company Hikvision provides a custom interrogation solution to law enforcement in China. The interrogation console integrates with tiger chairs and metallic restraints.

As reported by IPVM, the Interrogation Console is an NVR that has been customized with a screen, hard drive space, and a CD burner. Hikvision has a promo video showing how the set up works.

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Chinese Social Platforms Rush to Censor Mortgage Protests

Amid a mortgage crisis in China, which has sparked protests and homebuyers threatening to boycott payments, social media companies have stepped up censorship; blocking messages, keywords and videos of demonstrations.

In China, social media companies are required to censor or remove content that “undermines social stability,” like the ongoing mortgage protests.

On Twitter-like Weibo, the hashtag #stopmortgagepayments has been blocked, reported Reuters.

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Japan’s Population Falls by Record 644,000 to 125.5 Mil. In 2021

Japan’s population had its largest drop on record, falling by 644,000 to just over 125.5 million in 2021, reflecting a decline in foreign residents amid tighter border controls over the coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly aging society, government data showed Friday.

The population stood at 125,502,000 as of Oct. 1, down 644,000 from a year earlier for the 11th consecutive year of decline. The drop was the biggest since comparable data became available in 1950, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.

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Channel Migrant Gives Officials the Slip — Then Gloats About How Easy it Was to Escape

An illegal migrant who last month crossed to Britain in a small boat has been caught by The Mail on Sunday gloating about the ease with which he has been able to ‘disappear’.

Elvis Zoto, 19, boasted on social media about entering the UK illegally and even posted a picture of his Home Office registration form that shows the Albanian arrived in Dover on June 29.

He claims to have been moved from detention to a hotel after just two days and says he promptly escaped by climbing through a window. Asylum seekers are required to maintain contact with the Home Office as part of their release and to inform the authorities of any new address.

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France: 21-Year-Old Senegalese Arrested After Stabbing Two Men and Assaulting Two Women

A 21-year-old Senegalese national has been arrested in France for a violent attack in which two men were stabbed multiple times and two women were assaulted in two separate attacks in the northern city of Rouen.

The first incident took place on the evening of July 19 in a restaurant on the Place du Vieux-Marché. According to local media, the attacker, who was a staff member at the Cancan restaurant, stabbed a colleague several times. Local reports suggest an argument ensued after the assailant was asked to “clean a cutting board” by his victim.

The attacker proceeded to flee the scene, allowing a Spanish doctor, who was on vacation, to intervene and provide the victim with first aid before he was transferred to the hospital.

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Quebec Has Seen Near Record-Breaking Illegal Immigration for Several Months

Illegal immigration levels in Quebec have nearly broken all records over the last couple of months.

According to the latest report on asylum claims and interceptions from the Government of Canada, the RCMP made 16,319 interceptions in Quebec between January and June 2022, with 3,449 interceptions and 3,066 interceptions being made in May and June, respectively.

As noted by Brian Lilley, writing for the Toronto Sun, this is more interceptions in six months than all of 2019, with June and May being the “second— and third-highest months on record, surpassed only by August 2017.”

Due to the influx of illegal immigrants flooding into Quebec from New York, the province of Quebec wants to shut down Roxham Road, an infamous unofficial border crossing in Hemmingford, 50kms from Montreal.

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UK Govt Loses Hundred of Migrants Staying at Supposedly ‘Secure’ Hotels

The British government has lost hundreds of migrants staying at supposedly “secure” hotels, many of whom have not been properly identified or even had their photographs and fingerprints taken.

“[T]he Home Office has failed over the past three years to move from a crisis response to having better systems and procedures in place and treating this as business as usual,” warned David Neal, former Provost Marshal of the Royal Military Police (RMP) and currently the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, in his latest Inspection Report, taking aim at the government department led by Home Secretary Priti Patel MP which has broad responsibility for border control, policing, and national security.

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UK: Tory Leadership Favourite Liz Truss Vows to Extend the Rwanda Migrant Scheme to More Countries and Boost Border Staff by 20% if She Wins the Keys to No10

Liz Truss has said she will extend the controversial Rwanda asylum scheme, in a move to firm up support among Tory party voters in the race to succeed Boris Johnson.

The Foreign Secretary, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, suggested that as Prime Minister she would extend the Rwanda policy, despite it currently being in legal limbo.

Britain currently stands to lose £120 million it has paid to Rwanda if the plan to deport migrants is ruled unlawful by the courts.

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AP Stylebook Pushes Gender Ideology With New ‘Transgender Coverage Topical Guide’

The Associated Press Stylebook has released a “Transgender Coverage Topical Guide” that orders journalists to “use the term sex (or gender) assigned at birth” and to “let your sources guide you on how they want to be identified.”

The National Review reports that AP’s stylebook has served as the default style manual for most news organizations for decades and “appears to explicitly embrace the language and claims of transgender activists.”

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Breaking: WHO Declares Monkeypox an International Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.

Speaking at the World Health Organization on Saturday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom made the announcement.

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Republicans Tell Google Not to Censor Pro-Life Clinics

In a letter to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, 17 Republican attorneys general have warned the company against limiting search results for pro-life clinics, and threatened legal action of the company continues to do so.

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School District Requires Students to Share ‘Inclusive’ Locker Rooms or Face Counseling

A Maryland public school district’s “Gender Identity” guidelines calls for students who feel uncomfortable sharing a locker room with trans peers to be sent to counseling to “foster understanding of gender identity.”

Montgomery County Public Schools services over 166,000 students in 210 schools in the suburbs of the Washington D.C. metro-area, as Maryland’s largest school district. The school system’s student handbook on gender identity was posted on the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter page, an account dedicated to reposting content from the Left.

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State-Sponsored Stonewall: Children Aged Two Can be Trans, Nurseries Should Teach ‘Gender Identity’

The far-left, state-funded Stonewall organisation says children as young as two can be trans and gender identity should be taught in nursery schools.

This week, an unnamed mother penned an article in the Metro newspaper about her allegedly “gender nonconforming” four-year-old daughter and how her nursery school failed to “respect” her supposed transgender identity.

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Twitter Begins Banning “Groomer” Insults

Following pressure from journalists, Twitter has followed Reddit and has started censoring the word “groomer,” suggesting that it is an anti-LGBT slur.

Cultural and political commentator James Lindsay was locked out of Twitter after calling Ari Drennen, who works at left-wing pressure group Media Matters, a groomer.

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UK Police Told to Back Off “Offensive” Tweets and Get Back to Real Crimes

New interim guidance by the UK’s College of Policing says police should focus on catching criminals rather than social media “offensive” speech. The guidance reminds police that they have to respect freedom of speech and avoid getting involved in lawful debate on social media simply because an individual has been offended.

Last year, former police officer Harry Miller successfully challenged the recording of non-crime hate incidents after he got a visit from an officer from the Humberside Police over a tweet that was considered transphobic.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the recording of non-crime hate incidents was “plainly an interference with free speech.”

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WEF Issues Edict to Global Leaders: Phase Out Car Ownership, People Can ‘Walk or Share’

Earlier this month Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum ordered compliant governments around the world to increase the already sky-high price of gas. Now the WEF is claiming people have no right to own cars and must instead “walk or share.”

In a paper published by the WEF on Friday, the globalist elites claim that communal sharing of cars is part of a “circular approach” necessary to reduce global demands for precious metals and fossil fuels. Thousands of private jets fly into Davos each year for the WEF’s summit, but according to Klaus Schwab ordinary people should not own their own car.

The global elites in Geneva, Switzerland, are now instructing their Young Global Leaders embedded in governments around the world that far too many people own private vehicles and this situation must be changed by pricing people out of the market.

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