Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/20/2022

In response to a series of attacks on its bases in the Crimea, Russia has begun shooting down Ukrainian drones. Meanwhile, Russian forces renewed their offensive against one of the few cities in eastern Ukraine that they do not already control.

In other news, a high-end boutique in Beverly Hills has banned the wearing of masks by customers after a wave of recent robberies by thieves wearing masks.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, MissPiggy, MM, Plum McCauley, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Dutch Purchasing Power Expected to Fall 6.8 pct. This Year, Child Poverty Could Hit 9.5%
» Half of American Companies Set to Cut Jobs After Hiring Surge
 
USA
» Another First Amendment Lawsuit Against Facebook Censorship Fails
» ATF Shows Up at People’s Homes to Confiscate Rare Breed Frt-15 Triggers
» Bank Executive Dies Days After Double Shooting in Wilmington, Delaware
» California Store Bans Masks After Thieves Use Them to Avoid Identification
» DeSantis’ Stop WOKE Act Blocked by Florida Judge
» DeSantis: Democrats’ Plan to Hire 87,000 IRS Agents a ‘Middle Finger to the American Public’
» Doctors Working High, Drunk Due to Burnout, Report Finds
» Facebook and Instagram Ban Andrew Tate
» Facebook Bans Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Children’s Health Defense
» FBI Arrests and Charges Incel for Threatening to Commit Terrorist Attack at TPUSA Conference, Possession of Child Pornography
» Husband, Wife Strolling NYC Neighborhood Caught in Late-Night Shooting
» In NCLA Win Against IRS, First Circuit Rules Taxpayers Can Indeed Take the Agency to Court
» Oklahoma Woman Steals Police Rifle, Fires at Officers After Slipping Out of Cuffs
» Principal Calls Police on 4-Year-Old Who Refuses to Wear Face Mask
» Rethinking Salman Rushdie
» Twitter is Reportedly Working on a “Reply Filter” To Filter Out “Potentially Unwelcome Replies”
 
Canada
» A Tenured Professor is Fired for Challenging Woke Ideologies
» Artur Pawlowski Announces Run for Leadership of the Independence Party of Alberta
» Elites Try to Normalize Bug Eating: Would Montrealers Do It?
» Government of Canada Officially Logs Nearly 50,000 Adverse Reactions Reports to the Vaccine
» Mainstream Media Pushes Fear and Double Masking
» NDP MP Wonders if Canada Should Abolish Ice Hockey to Fight Climate Change
» Quebec Says No Plans to Bring Back Vaccine Mandate
» Rural Municipalities of Alberta to Study Economic Impact of Climate Policies
» Small Businesses Struggling to Deal With Pandemic Debt: Survey
» Trucker Rebellion: The Story of the Coutts Blockade
» Watch: Seven Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Officially Debunked
 
Europe and the EU
» EU Commission Promotes Islamic Youth Org With Alleged Ties to Muslim Brotherhood
» Netherlands: Another Home Explosion Rocks Amsterdam in Growing Trend
» Netherlands: Hundreds of Farmers Protest Along La Vuelta Course in Woudenberg
» Police Confront Man Wielding Samurai Sword Inside French Mosque
 
Middle East
» FIFA World Cup 2022 to be Monitored by Facial Recognition Tech, Drones, Digital ID Facilitated by Huawei
 
Russia
» Russians Down Ukrainian Drones in Crimea as War Broadens
» Ukraine War: Drone Attack Targets Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea
 
Far East
» China’s Endless COVID Hysteria is a Dark Experiment in Social Conditioning
» China is Watching: TikTok’s in-App Browser Can Monitor Keystrokes, Capture Sensitive Info
» MSN Prints WEF Propaganda Originally Written for Chinese Publication by PR Firm
 
Australia — Pacific
» Fit and Healthy Kiwis Dying Unexpectedly From Mysterious Adult Condition
 
Latin America
» Body of Canadian Tourist Found in Puerto Vallarta Along With Distraught Son
 
Immigration
» $22 Glasses of Champagne, $20 ‘Hand-Stretched’ Pizzas and Views of the NYC Skyline: Inside the $700-a-Night Manhattan Hotel That’ll be Home to Migrants Bussed From the Texas Border…
» France: Migrant Indicted for Raping and Robbing Prostitutes in Paris No-Go Zone
» Regain Control of Britain’s Borders? It’s the Post-Brexit Slogan Spouted by Politicians, But a Record 21,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel in Trafficker’s Boats So Far This Year
» Sweden’s Social Democrats: ‘Every Residential Area’ Must be Mixed
» Sweden: ‘Next Stop Kabul’ — Populist MP Branded ‘Racist’ For Proposing Migrants be Put on One-Way ‘Repatriation Train’
 
Culture Wars
» Biological Male Earns Spot on Women’s Pro Golf Tour After Transitioning LAST YEAR
» CRTC Commissioner ‘Would Have Made it Mandatory’ To Purchase LGBT TV Program
» Here’s How Much Drag Queen Story Times Are Costing Calgary Taxpayers
» Over £1 Million Spent on Woke LGBT and Racial Staff Networks by UK Health Service
» Scotland: Bailed Out, Govt-Backed Bank to Fund Trans Drugs for Staff Privately
» World Economic Forum Suggests There Are “Rational” Reasons to Microchip Your Child
 

Dutch Purchasing Power Expected to Fall 6.8 pct. This Year, Child Poverty Could Hit 9.5%

The recent rising prices has become a serious detriment to the people living in the Netherlands. According to the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), the government’s macroeconomic planning office, purchasing power will probably fall by as much as 6.8 percent this year, something that has certainly not occurred in the Netherlands in decades. It is expected that more people will wind up in poverty as a result.

“Households are noticing the consequences of high inflation, and that has repercussions on the economy,” CPB director Pieter Hasekamp said in a statement. There is a growing number of people who can barely make ends meet, and they are in danger of not being able to pay their energy bills, he said

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

Half of American Companies Set to Cut Jobs After Hiring Surge

Numerous companies across the United States are planning to trim their employee numbers, Fox Business reported Friday.

The outlet continued:

That’s according to a new survey published on Thursday by consultant PwC, which last month polled more than 700 U.S. executives and board members from various industries. About half of respondents said they are preparing to reduce headcount — or already have — while 52% have implemented hiring freezes.

On top of that, roughly 46% of companies are either dropping or reducing signing bonuses, which became commonplace over the past year as businesses tried to lure in new workers amid an increasingly tight labor market. Another 44% are rescinding offers entirely, the survey showed.

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

Another First Amendment Lawsuit Against Facebook Censorship Fails

The US judicial system has dismissed yet another lawsuit filed by censored users of Big Tech’s social media platforms, who allege First Amendment free speech violations.

This time it was the US District Court for the Northern District of California that granted a motion to dismiss filed by the defendant, Facebook (Meta). The plaintiff in this case, Richard Rogalinski, sued on First Amendment grounds after a number of his posts about Covid got censored on Facebook.

One of the posts expressed Rogalinski’s skepticism about the efficacy of masks, saying that he has not seen scientific evidence of their usefulness, but instead, “just talking heads who want to spread fear and control you.”

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

ATF Shows Up at People’s Homes to Confiscate Rare Breed Frt-15 Triggers

A new report from the gun blog website AmmoLand Shooting Sports News claims that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents have shown up at the homes of “multiple people” to confiscate previously legal forced reset triggers for AR-15 style rifles that were recently classified as “machine guns.”

According to the report, it is unknown how the ATF acquired the customers’ information — though the owners in question acquired their triggers via Gun Broker or the Rare Breed Triggers website.

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

Bank Executive Dies Days After Double Shooting in Wilmington, Delaware

A 37-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were shot at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Washington Street.

Carrie Mondell crashed her white Honda when a stray bullet hit her after flying in through the passenger side of her car.

Mondell was the Vice President and Director of Operational Risk Management at WSFS Bank.

The WSFS building is located just around the corner from the shooting scene.

On Friday, the bank’s president released a statement:

“It’s impossible to put into words the grief and shock we all feel. She was a caring and passionate person who served WSFS for more than 14 years. Carrie loved and supported her family and many friends.”

A 22-year-old man was also shot. He suffered critical injuries.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

California Store Bans Masks After Thieves Use Them to Avoid Identification

One store in Beverly Hills, California is banning visitors from wearing masks, citing the recent wave of robberies in which employees have been unable to identify thieves because their faces were covered.

The owner of the boutique clothing store, Kitson, said he has noticed a “disturbing” trend of people using masks to avoid detection , according to FOX 11.

“The mask mandate may have begun as a health precaution but we believe it is now being used by some people for nefarious purposes. To that end, we enacted our own mandate of sorts,” Fraser Ross said. “We do not allow the wearing of masks in the store during regular business hours. Those people who wish to wear masks are free to set up an appointment for a personal shopping experience or visit our website.”

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

DeSantis’ Stop WOKE Act Blocked by Florida Judge

On Thursday, a federal judge in Florida ruled that a portion of Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Stop WOKE” act violates the First Amendment in preventing discussions regarding race.

According to Politico, Tallahassee US District Judge Mark Walker wrote in his 44-page ruling that the act violates the First Amendment, is too vague in its wording, and criticized it as “bordering on unintelligible.”

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

DeSantis: Democrats’ Plan to Hire 87,000 IRS Agents a ‘Middle Finger to the American Public’

When discussing Florida’s new plan to hire more teachers this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis described the Biden administration’s plan to hire 87,000 IRS agents as giving “a middle finger to the American public.”

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis also announced a new plan this week that he said is designed to protect Floridians from IRS auditors.

Congressional Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act allocates $80 billion to the IRS, with $45.6 billion to hire new agents. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects the new law will lead to tax increases for nearly every American, including those in the lowest income bracket. This comes after the IRS purchased $750,000 worth of ammunition this year and advertised to hire new agents stating they must be willing to use deadly force. Democrats who voted for the bill maintain no one who earns under $400,000 will see their taxes go up.

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

Doctors Working High, Drunk Due to Burnout, Report Finds

Healthcare workers are turning to drugs and alcohol during periods of burnout — including while on the job.

In the last three months, 1 in 5 healthcare workers reported that they checked into rehab or detox, 1 in 5 doctors said they drank or took drugs daily, and 1 in 7 doctors said they turned to substances while on the clock.

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

Facebook and Instagram Ban Andrew Tate

Self-described success coach Andrew Tate has been permanently banned from both Facebook and Instagram for violating Meta’s policies on “dangerous organizations and individuals.”

The ban appears to have been influenced by an online campaign against him over his influence on his primarily young audience and statements he made that are accused of being misogynistic.

Tate’s views have been widely shared on Instagram Reels and TikTok. On Instagram, he had over 4 million followers.

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

Facebook Bans Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Children’s Health Defense

Children’s Health Defense (CHD), one of the largest anti-vaccine mandate groups in the US, was banned on both Facebook and Instagram for spreading Covid “misinformation.” Meta claimed that the group had repeatedly violated its misinformation rules.

A screenshot shared by the organization shows that Meta banned the pages for “misinformation that could lead to real-world harm.”

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

FBI Arrests and Charges Incel for Threatening to Commit Terrorist Attack at TPUSA Conference, Possession of Child Pornography

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged 19-year-old Alejandro Richard Velasquez Gomez, who goes by the online personality of “LatinoZoomer” online, for allegedly planning to commit a terrorist attack at a Turning Point USA event in Florida.

Velasquez has been charged with making threatening interstate communications by San Antonio FBI and charged by Tampa police with making written or electronic threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

Additionally, prosecutors charged Velasquez with possession of child pornography after investigators found images of children being sexually exploited by adults on his phone.

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

Husband, Wife Strolling NYC Neighborhood Caught in Late-Night Shooting

A couple out for a walk wound up in a hospital when a pair of suspects recklessly opened fire on a Bronx street, authorities said Friday.

Police said the shots rang out around 12:20 a.m. in the Morrisania section of the borough.

A group had gathered outside on East 165th Street when two individuals pulled out guns and began firing at an unknown target, NYPD officials said.

It wasn’t clear if they hit their target, but the duo did strike an innocent bystander walking nearby.

Police said a man, walking with his wife, was struck in the arm by one of the bullets. The 47-year-old was transported to Lincoln Hospital by EMS for treatment.

Three unoccupied cars parked in the area were also shot up by the gunfire.

Police are looking for the two suspects caught on video, as well as witnesses to the overnight shooting.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

In NCLA Win Against IRS, First Circuit Rules Taxpayers Can Indeed Take the Agency to Court

Washington, D.C., Aug. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has unanimously ruled in Harper v. Rettig that taxpayer James Harper can take the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to federal court for gathering private financial information about his use of virtual currency from third-party exchanges without a lawful subpoena.

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

Oklahoma Woman Steals Police Rifle, Fires at Officers After Slipping Out of Cuffs

Rachel Zion Clay of Grady County, Oklahoma was high on meth on August 12 when she was left alone in the back of a police vehicle. She slipped out of her handcuffs, reached over into the console, managed to unlock the cop’s AR-15, and then started blasting.

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

Principal Calls Police on 4-Year-Old Who Refuses to Wear Face Mask

A California father is calling for change after police escorted him and his son, 4, from school property for attempting to drop his son off without a mask.

The father, who is only identified as Shawn by the Daily Mail, was confronted by local police on Thursday at Theuerkauf Elementary School in Mountain View, a city in Silicon Valley.

In a video recorded by Shawn, the little boy is maskless and being escorted from school by a staff member.

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

Rethinking Salman Rushdie

We can condemn Salman Rushdie’s attacker without celebrating Rushdie.

If someone insults your mother, you clock him. As a man, at least, there’s really nothing else you can do. It may not be strictly legal, but it’s perfectly honorable. Conversely, if you don’t want to get clocked, don’t insult anyone’s mother. Legally, he may be in the wrong. Morally, though, he’s right.

Free speech has limits—legal, yes, but also moral. You can’t shout fire in a crowded movie theater without legal consequences, and you can’t rip on someone’s mom without having to square up.

Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses didn’t violate the legal limits of free speech. But, as even his staunchest defenders will admit, it was deliberately insulting to Islam. Though Rushdie now calls himself a “hardline atheist,” he was born to a Muslim family in Mumbai, a city with a large Muslim minority. He knew what he was doing. He knew that he was offending the deepest convictions of two billion Muslims around the world. He wasn’t offering an intelligent critique of their faith. He was mocking it. That’s not incidental to the book. For Rushdie’s biggest fans (like Christopher Hitchens), it’s part of the appeal.

No, he didn’t deserve to be stabbed last week. That should go without saying. But getting stabbed doesn’t make him a hero, either. On the contrary. Rushdie is a first-rate wordsmith, but a very banal blasphemer. His treatment of Islam was shallow and flippant, and Muslims have every right to be angry with him. We’re not obliged to lionize him because some have overreacted so terribly…

           — Hat tip: Plum McCauley [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter is Reportedly Working on a “Reply Filter” To Filter Out “Potentially Unwelcome Replies”

According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter is working on another feature called a “reply filter.”

The new feature would allow users to “filter potentially unwelcome replies.” The platform says the feature will filter “potentially harmful or offensive language.”

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

A Tenured Professor is Fired for Challenging Woke Ideologies

Frances Widdowson, a former professor of economics, policy, and justice, was fired from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She was fired after colleagues and activists called for her termination because she dared to challenge the groupthink on some apparently untouchable issues.

Widdowson suggested that progressive activism and woke ideology were undermining academia and the capacity to engage in productive dialogue so fundamentally as to render it unrecognizable.

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

Artur Pawlowski Announces Run for Leadership of the Independence Party of Alberta

Artur has had change boiling in his bones since he began his battle with the establishment over 20 years ago, when he started experiencing arrests and injustice for feeding the homeless and reading his Bible in the streets. These unfortunate experiences intensified during these last two years, as the crackdown on our rights and civil liberties reached a new peak. You can see Artur’s run-ins with the law in the name of religious freedom, and his legal wins made possible by your tax-deductible donations, at SaveArtur.com.

In spite of all of the challenges these last few years, Artur has found motivation to call for change in the province of Alberta. He joins us today to give you more information on why he has made the choice to run for leadership of the Independence Party of Alberta, as well as provide details outlining his platform.

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

Elites Try to Normalize Bug Eating: Would Montrealers Do It?

With the rise of the farming industry for insects for human consumption, Rebel News continues to investigate this new ideology that seems to be slowly taking hold in society. Several food production companies, such as Actually Food, have begun adding cricket meal to their products.

Recently, a viral video showed researchers have found a way to produce butter from dead insects. But is the public really aware of what is quietly happening? Small steps are being taken to normalize insect consumption in our culture.

Will we be able to turn back the clock once this is hard-wired? The general public is being convinced to change our eating habits to fight climate change, while big multinationals and cooperations get richer and continue polluting our planet. Do you really think that the people who run this world will submit to eating these insects?

I took to the streets of Montreal to ask citizens if they would trade out eating meat for insects to help combat climate change.

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

Government of Canada Officially Logs Nearly 50,000 Adverse Reactions Reports to the Vaccine

The Government of Canada has officially logged nearly 50,000 adverse reaction reports to COVID vaccines, 10,047 of which were classified as severe.

As of July 22, 2022, there have been 49,921 reports of adverse reactions to the various COVID vaccines, 10,047 of which were considered “serious.” According to the government’s own figures, this puts reports of adverse reactions at a rate of 57.9 per 100,000 doses administered.

Of the vaccines taken, the Pfizer vaccine resulted in the most adverse reaction reports, followed by Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Most adverse event reports came from females, with the reporting rate for females being 78.1 reports per 100,000 doses administered, compared to 31.2 per 100,000 doses administered for males. However, within the 12 to 17 age group, the proportion and reporting rate in males was slightly higher.

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

Mainstream Media Pushes Fear and Double Masking

The mainstream media is up to its old antics again, trotting out ‘experts’ to warn the public of COVID and push the unavailing practice of double masking.

“[The pandemic] is raging around as wildly as it has ever been,” claims Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist who routinely pushes for restrictions and is frequently cited by Global News.

He, along with Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam, are now saying that we need to be “readying ourselves for the fall” and are expecting potential new variants to emerge just as people settle back into the old normal and put pandemic nonsense behind them.

Horacio Bach, another of Global News’s frequently cited ‘experts,’ obviously agrees with renewing COVID measures, going so far as telling Canadians that they should consider double masking — perhaps the most ineffectual, nonsensical, ridiculous COVID measure ever posited.

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

NDP MP Wonders if Canada Should Abolish Ice Hockey to Fight Climate Change

An NDP MP questioned if we should terminate Canada’s national sport of ice hockey — as in eliminating all ice rinks — to save the climate.

After retweeting an article about an electric Zamboni, NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo tweeted, “Is indoor skating ice even necessary anymore? Can every ice sport be done without ice and different equipment?… just pondering the climate impact of human-made indoor ice.”

To be fair to Zarrillo, she quickly deleted her tweet after getting ratio’d, but the internet never forgets.

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

Quebec Says No Plans to Bring Back Vaccine Mandate

The Quebec government announced that they currently have no plans to bring back their vaccine mandate in the fall.

Indeed, despite being the worst province in Canada for COVID lockdowns, curfews, and even levying financial penalties against the unvaccinated, Premier Francois Legault said he has no intention of bringing back a mandate.

With that said, Legault added that a high vaccination rate is the only reason Quebec is currently open, and he urged citizens to line up, roll up their sleeves, and get a booster dose.

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

Rural Municipalities of Alberta to Study Economic Impact of Climate Policies

Rural Municipalities Alberta (RMA) is seeking a qualified contractor to analyze the effects of the carbon tax on rural people and tabulate the increase costs to towns trying to provide services and maintain facilities as the Liberals continue to hike their climate tithing.

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

Small Businesses Struggling to Deal With Pandemic Debt: Survey

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) revealed that small businesses were facing an average debt of $158,000 due to the pandemic.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the report titled Small Business Insolvency: The Tip Of The Iceberg found that a total of 17% of small businesses were considering shutting their doors completely due to the prospect of not being able to pay off debts.

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

Trucker Rebellion: The Story of the Coutts Blockade

You’ve heard of the Canadian ‘freedom truckers’ protesting discriminatory vaccine mandates. But they didn’t all go to Ottawa.

Many truckers decided to take a stand at a small border crossing in Coutts, Alberta.

This is their story.

Rebel News reporters Kian Simone and Sydney Fizzard were embedded in the truckers’ border blockade for nearly two weeks.

In this exclusive and hard-hitting documentary, Rebel News displays never-before-seen footage that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes view of the nine-day freedom protests in Coutts. Learn about the dramatic showdown with RCMP, watch never before seen footage from negotiations with authorities and help expose the shocking lies from media and politicians.

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

Watch: Seven Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Officially Debunked

Several key pieces of testimony have poked holes in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s justification for using the Emergencies Act to quash peaceful freedom convoy protestors in February.

True North has listed seven instances where officials have categorically disputed the Liberal government’s claims about the Freedom Convoy.

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

EU Commission Promotes Islamic Youth Org With Alleged Ties to Muslim Brotherhood

The European Commission has come under criticism over its decision to promote an Islamic youth organisation with alleged ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

French broadcaster CNews revealed on Thursday that, earlier this month, an Instagram post celebrating International Youth Day from the European Commission featuring Commission president Ursula von der Leyen had promoted the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO).

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

Netherlands: Another Home Explosion Rocks Amsterdam in Growing Trend

Amsterdam saw another explosion on Friday, part of a string of such incidents in recent weeks. A house at Wieringerwaardstraat was damaged from the blast, AT5 reports.

An explosive device went off in front of the house in Amsterdam-Noord around 4:30 a.m. on Friday. No one was injured, the police reported, but residents of the house were “shocked.” At least one suspect is connected to the incident and police are seeking witnesses, according to AT5.

Over 10 explosions have shaken various parts of the city in the past five weeks. Homes, catering companies and ATMs have all been targeted. Most recently, robbers attempting to steal money set off an explosive at an ATM in Amsterdam’s Osdorp neighborhood.

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

Netherlands: Hundreds of Farmers Protest Along La Vuelta Course in Woudenberg

Several hundred farmers are gathered in Woudenberg for a demonstration of Agractie during the second stage of La Vuelta. Tractors, agricultural vehicles and trucks line the route in a long line and there are many inverted flags, where cyclists will pass through around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The farmers’ action group said on Friday it expected thousands of people and hundreds of tractors on the action area next to the route in Woudenberg. But with the turnout so far, Agractie leader Bart Kemp says he is “satisfied.” The action is intended to protest against the nitrogen measures that the Cabinet wants to take. There will be no blockades, Kemp said earlier. A little before 2 a.m., cyclists passed the first farmers’ protests in Den Bosch without issue, according to the NOS.

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

Police Confront Man Wielding Samurai Sword Inside French Mosque

A man, said to suffer from some form of mental illness, was arrested by French police this week after bursting into a mosque while armed with a samurai-style katana sword.

The man, who is said to be a “familiar face” around the Light of Dawn Mosque in the Northern French commune of Feignies, burst into the mosque at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday while wielding a katana sword and reportedly made “incoherent remarks” — but did not engage in violence.

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

FIFA World Cup 2022 to be Monitored by Facial Recognition Tech, Drones, Digital ID Facilitated by Huawei

While millions of fans around the world will tune in to watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, those attending matches in person will themselves be watched by 15,000 CCTV cameras equipped with facial recognition technology. Fans seeking access to World Cup events will also require a digital identity document, which must include a passport scan and high-resolution facial image.

Drone technology will also be deployed as part of the monitoring regiment.

The security measures function through a command and control centre, described by the events chief technology supervisor, Niyas Abdulrahiman, as “a new standard, a new trend in venue operations, this is our contribution from Qatar to the world of sport.”

“What you see here is the future of stadium operations,” Abdulrahiman said, per France24.

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

Russians Down Ukrainian Drones in Crimea as War Broadens

Russian authorities have reported shooting down Ukrainian drones in Crimea, while Ukrainian officials said Russian forces pressed ahead with efforts to seize one of the few cities in eastern Ukraine not already under their control

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian authorities on Saturday reported shooting down Ukrainian drones in Crimea, while Ukrainian officials said Russian forces pressed ahead with efforts to seize one of the few cities in eastern Ukraine not already under their control and kept up their strikes on communities in the north and south.

In Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, Russian authorities said local air defenses shot down a drone above the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. It was the second drone incident at the headquarters in three weeks and followed explosions at a Russian airfield and ammunition depot on the peninsula this month.

An aide to Crimea’s governor, Oleg Kryuchkov, also said Saturday that “attacks by small drones” triggered air-defense systems in western Crimea. He did not elaborate. Russia considers Crimea to be Russian territory now, especially after building a huge bridge to the peninsula from the Russian mainland, but Ukrainian officials have never accepted its annexation by Russia.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine War: Drone Attack Targets Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

Russian forces in Crimea have been targeted by a fresh drone strike.

The Russian-appointed regional leader said a Ukrainian drone targeting Russia’s Black Sea fleet in the city of Sevastopol was shot down on Saturday.

It follows a string of attacks on Russian forces and installations in the annexed peninsula this month.

Meanwhile Ukraine’s president has welcomed a deal allowing UN inspectors to visit the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, further north.

Early on Saturday a video showed smoke rising from the area in Sevastopol where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based. The BBC News has not been able to independently verify the footage.

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

China’s Endless COVID Hysteria is a Dark Experiment in Social Conditioning

There are many people that will say that Americans “rolled over” in the face of covid restrictions and vaccine pressures despite extensive evidence that neither of these things had any effect on stopping or stalling the pandemic. But the notion of American pacifism is simply not true. If it were then the US would be looking a lot more like China right now.

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

China is Watching: TikTok’s in-App Browser Can Monitor Keystrokes, Capture Sensitive Info

A software researcher recently claimed that China-owned TikTok’s in-app browser is capable of monitoring and recording user keystrokes, which the company has since confirmed. Of course, the Chinese company is quick to state that the code in its app is only used for “debugging,” but this may be another lie from the company known for its mistruths.

Forbes reports that TikTok has confirmed that it has the ability to monitor the activity of users when browsing the web via the platform’s in-app browser. TikTok can monitor the keystrokes that users type and what they click on a web page inside the in-app browser, meaning TikTok could capture a user’s credit card information or passwords.

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

MSN Prints WEF Propaganda Originally Written for Chinese Publication by PR Firm

The Microsoft Network (MSN) recently parroted a climate-centric “circular economy” pushed by China, initially propagated by a public relations company with big connections.

The economic theory is a position firmly held by, you guessed it, the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Brian P. Klein, Founder of international communications firm Ridgepoint Global, authored a piece for the South China Morning Post directly parroted by MSN regarding the need to tighten the economy in the name of climate change.

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Fit and Healthy Kiwis Dying Unexpectedly From Mysterious Adult Condition

Every year, otherwise healthy New Zealanders drop dead with no warning. Researches hope new funding will prevent more deaths, writes health reporter Emma Russell.

Ifan Jones remembers kissing his 30-year-old wife goodbye and saying “I love you”, as he did every morning before she left for work.

That Saturday afternoon, on May 28, the New Zealander was found dead at a tanning salon in Swansea, Wales.

Piata Tauwhare was healthy, loved to exercise, ate well, didn’t smoke and rarely drank alcohol, Jones told the Herald on Sunday.

While her death is being investigated by the Coroner, Jones had been told by police the cause was suspected to be sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), also known as sudden adult death syndrome.

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Body of Canadian Tourist Found in Puerto Vallarta Along With Distraught Son

The 5-year-old was lying next to his father’s remains

The remains of a Canadian man were found in a vacation rental north of Puerto Vallarta alongside his 5-year-old son who was crying and in shock while lying next to his father’s decomposing body. The body was found in the Vilanova subdivision in Jarretaderas, Nayarit.

The man, 44-year-old John Poulson, was found by his neighbor, also Canadian, who was contacted by Poulson’s ex-wife when she couldn’t get in touch with him by telephone from her home in Canada. According to reports, Poulson hadn’t been seen since August 7.

A terrible smell greeted the neighbor who went to the home to inquire. Inside, he found the air conditioning running, the lights off and Poulson’s body in his bedroom, his young son lying beside him.

Authorities said the body was in an advanced state of decomposition. Officials have not announced an official cause of death. The boy is now in the care of the neighbor while authorities await his mother who was traveling to Mexico from Canada to collect him.

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$22 Glasses of Champagne, $20 ‘Hand-Stretched’ Pizzas and Views of the NYC Skyline: Inside the $700-a-Night Manhattan Hotel That’ll be Home to Migrants Bussed From the Texas Border…

— but they’ll be made to use a SEPARATE entrance to tourists

Migrants arriving in New York City from the border will be housed temporarily in this luxury Manhattan hotel — the $700-a-night The Row in the tourist hotspot of Times Square, but they’ll be assigned to ring-fenced floors and will be told to use a separate entrance to the tourists being charged top dollar to stay there.

Popular with people traveling for business and pleasure, The Row — described on travel review sites as ‘merging NYC’s grit with grandeur’ — will become a hub for housing migrants on the taxpayers’ dime in the coming weeks.

The four-star Row, on 8th Avenue between 44th and 45th streets, is in the heart of Manhattan’s Broadway Theater District and boasts classic NYC views, a full fitness studio, a communal workspace equipped with Apple’s $2,000 iMac desktops and a lounge where ‘hand-stretched’ pizzas are $20. Its bar menu boasts cocktails costing up to $19 each. A glass of champagne is $22. Room prices vary depending on the size — but the executive suite is $719 a night.

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France: Migrant Indicted for Raping and Robbing Prostitutes in Paris No-Go Zone

A 28-year-old man from Mali has been indicted for raping prostitutes in the no-go Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis last month and robbing them afterwards.

The incidents are said to have taken place last month in July in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis but the Malian migrant was not taken into custody until last Friday, when he was intercepted as investigators believed he was heading to Charles-de-Gaulle airport on the Paris metro.

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Regain Control of Britain’s Borders? It’s the Post-Brexit Slogan Spouted by Politicians, But a Record 21,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel in Trafficker’s Boats So Far This Year

Ever since a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU was mooted, politicians have said Brexit will allow us to take back control of our borders.

But a Government report, which shows migrants will continue to arrive on our shores in huge numbers for at least another five years, makes a mockery of those promises.

According to the National Strategy for Maritime Security, up to 250,000 are set to make the Channel crossing to the UK by 2027.

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Sweden’s Social Democrats: ‘Every Residential Area’ Must be Mixed

Swedes and immigrants will no longer be able to live separately, according to the Social Democrats. In this year’s election, the party’s most important election issue is that segregation should be ended and that all areas should become multiculturally “mixed”.

When an area reaches over 50 percent residents with a non-Nordic background, powerful efforts must be put in place to bring Swedes to the area or to relocate the immigrants to Swedish areas. “We Social Democrats have always stood for the fact that mixed areas are good,” explained Premier Magdalena Andersson.

Swedish weekly Nya Tider launched an investigation into how the members of the Social Democrats’ party board themselves actually live, and found that not a single person lived in any “mixed” or “diverse” area. The typical Social Democrat party leader instead lives segregated in an affluent and ethnically homogeneous residential area.

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Sweden: ‘Next Stop Kabul’ — Populist MP Branded ‘Racist’ For Proposing Migrants be Put on One-Way ‘Repatriation Train’

A member of Sweden’s populist Sweden Democrats (SD) was branded racist this week after a tweet joking that a subway train decorated in SD colours was a “repatriation train” taking migrants to Kabul.

Tobias Andersson, who serves as a member of the Swedish parliament and as legal policy spokesman for the Sweden Democrats, commented on a picture of a Stockholm subway train decorated eith the blue flowers of his party on Tuesday.

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Biological Male Earns Spot on Women’s Pro Golf Tour After Transitioning LAST YEAR

A biological male golfer who identifies as transgender is poised to receive a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour card after transitioning just last year.

According to the Daily Mail, Hailey Davidson, 29, would be the first ‘transgender woman’ to win the title after beating much of the competition in the first two qualifying rounds of the LPGA and Epson Tour Qualifying School in Palm Springs this week.

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CRTC Commissioner ‘Would Have Made it Mandatory’ To Purchase LGBT TV Program

On Thursday August 18, 2022, a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) commissioner stated her wishes that cable and satellite TV customers in Canada should have been forced to pay for gay programing.

Indeed, she claimed that evidence showed “the necessity of the service to all Canadians,” as reported by Blacklock’s.

The person who made such remarks is named Claire Anderson, who is the CRTC commissioner for Yukon and British Columbia. She is also described on the CRTC website as the first Indigenous woman and first Yukon resident to be appointed to the CRTC.

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Here’s How Much Drag Queen Story Times Are Costing Calgary Taxpayers

All-ages children’s events?

I think not.

At least, not anymore. It’s frustrating seeing the progressive left (whose narrative is ever-unravelling) carry out wicked attacks aimed at infiltrating the minds of children and young adults.

This summer, ‘Reading With Royalty,’ a program funded by the city of Calgary, has drag queens travelling to libraries around the city, spreading their woke views on gender. This is all being done under the premise of said events being suitable for “all ages of children.”

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Over £1 Million Spent on Woke LGBT and Racial Staff Networks by UK Health Service

Britain’s socialised healthcare system has spent over £1 million on woke LGBTQ+ and racial staff networks, despite persistent claims of underfunding and long waiting lists for patients.

Research from the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) has found that some 493 staff networks are being funded by branches of the National Health Service (NHS) throughout the country. The most prevalent networks are for LGBTQ+ issues, with 101 such groups being funded by the taxpayer, followed by racial networks, of which there are at least 99.

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Scotland: Bailed Out, Govt-Backed Bank to Fund Trans Drugs for Staff Privately

NatWest, a private bank bailed out by the taxpayer in 2008, has announced it will start blowing money funding transgender hormone therapy and other treatments for its staff.

Still 48.1 per cent owned by the public, NatWest has become something of an albatross around the taxpayer’s neck, with the government gradually selling off the shares it acquired in the banking corporation — then known as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) — after bailing it out to the tune of £45 billion in 2008, but expected to end up making a “huge loss” of “at least £26 billion” by the time it has fully divested.

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World Economic Forum Suggests There Are “Rational” Reasons to Microchip Your Child

The latest highly controversial technology/policy that the World Economic Forum (WEF) has set out to normalize is the idea of implanting tracking chips into humans.

It wasn’t that long ago that those speculating on a future where this is happening would get dismissed as conspiracy theorists, but now the world elites’ most vocal outlet is predicting that chip implants will eventually become just a commodity.

And the WEF makes a case that implanting chips into children could be viewed by parents as a “solid, rational” move. All of this crops up in a blog post on the organization’s website dedicated to the future of augmented reality (AR), and what is referred to as “an augmented society.”

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