Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/27/2022

Three Dutch commandos suffered gunshot wounds in Indianapolis in the wee hours of this morning. The incident occurred in front of the hotel where the soldiers were staying. Two of them are in the hospital in critical condition.

In other news, at a press conference in Alberta, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that global warming makes it easier for Russia to attack Canada.

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Financial Crisis
» German Households Facing Mass Poverty
 
USA
» Bail Denied for Suspect in Deadly River North Road Rage Stabbing
» Biden Calls Trump and MAGA Supporters Semi-Fascists
» Biden Energy Secretary Quietly Bullies US Refiners to Reduce European Fuel Exports
» Breaking: Twitter Censors TPUSA’s Great Reset Documentary Trailer Featuring Jack Posobiec
» Collin College Administrators Are Personally Liable for Firing Professor Over Social Media Posts, Judge Rules
» Conservative Orgs. Notch a Major Win in Arizona for Election Integrity
» FBI Does Not Deny it Warned Facebook of Imminent ‘Dump’ of ‘Russian Propaganda’ Before Hunter’s Laptop Story Broke
» Former Phoenix Reporter Who Broke Story of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Found Dead
» Gov Glenn Youngkin Vows to Block CA’s ‘Ridiculous’ Gas-Powered Vehicle Ban Slated to be Imposed in Va
» Judge: Inclined to Appoint Special Master as Trump Wants
» Meghan McCain Slams N.H. Libertarian Party for Celebrating Dad’s Death
» New Poll Shows Gascon Recall Could Have Succeeded if it Had Made it on the Ballot
» Retired FBI Boss Disassembles Trump Search Warrant: Feds ‘Going to Regret This’
» Three Dutch Commandos Wounded in Shooting in Indianapolis’ Entertainment District: Two Are in Critical Condition
» Watch: Georgetown Students Say Mask Mandate ‘Isn’t Doing Anything’
» White House Memo Calls for the End of Paywalls on Publicly-Funded Research
» Wikimedia Foundation Launches Legal Challenge Against NSA Mass Surveillance
 
Canada
» B.C. Judge Slams Save Old Growth for Using Front-Line Protesters as ‘Sacrificial Lambs’
» Donors and ‘Prospective’ Donors Exempt From Western University Vaccine Policy
» Justin Trudeau: ‘Climate Change’ Makes Canada Easier for Russia to Attack
» Students of Western University in Canada Are Censored Online for Criticizing Mask Mandates and Vax Passes
 
Europe and the EU
» Assange Appeals US Extradition in UK Court
» Iranian Brothers Who Inflitrated Swedish Intelligence to Face Spying Trial
» Italian Election Pollster: Left Likely Cannot Bridge Gap With Right-Populist Coalition
» Italy: Expert Calls for All Young Homosexual Men to Get Monkeypox Vaccine
» Pics: Streets of Scottish Capital Fill With Garbage as Workers Hit by Cost of Living Crisis Strike for Pay Rise
» Report: UK’s Liz Truss Considers 5 Percent Tax Cut if She Becomes PM
» Several Killed in the Netherlands as Truck Rolls Into a Neighbourhood Barbecue
» UK: Abolitionist ‘Father of Conservatism’ Edmund Burke Put on BLM-Inspired Slavery Shame List
» UK: Man Cuts His Throat After Being Confronted by ‘Paedophile Hunters’ On Livestream
 
Middle East
» West’s NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Unleashes Barrage of Threats at Greece
 
Russia
» Russia Burning Off $10m in Gas a Day That Would Have Been Sent to Europe
» Ukrainian Official Who Defected to Russia in 2014 Killed: Report
 
South Asia
» India: Man Stabbed to Death Over Parking Issue Near Shopping Mall in Kolkata: Cops
 
Australia — Pacific
» Fireys, Cops Called in After Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glue Themselves to Adelaide Mall Awning
 
Immigration
» Bus Loads of Migrants Arrive in the Big Apple From Texas, As City Officials Condemn Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Plan as ‘Inhumane’
» Channel Crisis: Albanian Police to be Stationed in Britain to Help Deport Illegal Boat Migrants
» How Will the Dutch Government Solve the Asylum Crisis?
» UK: Migrant Makes Sign of Albanian Eagle as He is Brought Ashore in Dover — Amid Fears That Country’s Ruthless Gangs Are Behind 2022 Explosion in Cross-Channel People Trafficking
 
Culture Wars
» Cornell Perpetuates ‘Colonialism, Slavery, Racism, Classism, Sexism, Transphobia, Homophobia, Ableism,’ School’s Website States
» Facebook to Let “Fact Checkers” Comment on Posts That “May Not be Verifiably False”
» Federal Court: HHS Can’t Require Religious Docs to Perform Transgender Surgeries
» Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions is Unconstitutional, California Federal Court Rules
» German Beastiality Buffs Demand Legalization of Sex With Animals
» Oh No! Laid-Off HBO Max Execs Confirm Warner Bros. Is Ditching Wokeness and Embracing ‘Middle America’
» Revealed: Hidden Complications of Transgender ‘Bottom Surgeries’
 

German Households Facing Mass Poverty

The German policy catastrophe is picking up speed. The banks are now warning that a large proportion of Germans will in future reach the limits of their financial resilience due to the rapidly increasing cost of living.

Savings Bank President Helmut Schleweis informed German weekly Welt am Sonntag: “We expect that due to the significant price increase, up to 60 percent of German households will have to use their entire disposable income — or more — monthly for only living expenses.

“This part of the population is then simply no longer able to save.”

With 40 million households nationwide, this would affect 24 million households. According to the Sparkasse wealth barometer, a year ago only 15 percent were unable to put money aside. The Sparkassen itself has 50 million customers.

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

Bail Denied for Suspect in Deadly River North Road Rage Stabbing

Alan Perez, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Jeremy Walker

A Cook County judge on Saturday denied bail for a 25-year-old man accused of first-degree murder in connection with a road rage attack in which he allegedly stabbed another driver in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Alan Perez, 25, was charged in connection with Tuesday night’s fatal stabbing of 36-year-old Jeremy Walker in the first block of West Ohio Street, police said. Prosecutors say Walker was trailing Perez’s vehicle, eventually cutting him off and Perez honked.

Perez and Walker both got out of their vehicles, with Walker unarmed and Perez possessing a knife. Walker tried to hold Perez off, but Perez stabbed him in the neck then took off.

One day later, police made contact with Perez’s passengers, his wife and brother, while Perez fled to Indiana. Perez eventually turned himself in Thursday and gave police information about the crime as well as the knife. At Saturday’s hearing, the presiding judge told the courtroom the road rage should have stopped at honking.

Signs have been placed across the Chicago area, reminding drivers to keep their cool while behind the wheel. Perez will be back in court Tuesday.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Calls Trump and MAGA Supporters Semi-Fascists

President Joe Biden used his bully pulpit Thursday to call roughly half the country that supported former President Donald Trump semi-fascists during an outdoor fundraising gathering with donors prior to a Democratic rally in Maryland.

“We’re seeing now either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA agenda,” Reuters reported Biden saying at the fundraiser, referring to former President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. “It’s not just Trump. … It’s almost semi-fascism.”

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

Biden Energy Secretary Quietly Bullies US Refiners to Reduce European Fuel Exports

Back in June, we reported that overall US Nat Gas exports had exploded thanks to soaring LNG flows to Europe which has grown increasingly desperate for any “friendly” nat gas now that Russia has almost shut off all pipelines toward Europe, in the process pushing US nattie prices sharply higher — if nowhere near where they are in Europe currently.

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

Breaking: Twitter Censors TPUSA’s Great Reset Documentary Trailer Featuring Jack Posobiec

Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec on Friday tweeted a trailer for the Great Global Reset, the docuseries he made with Turning Point USA — only to find the tweet tagged with a “warning” as it may contain “sensitive information.”

In a statement to The Post Millennial, Posobiec said, “Twitter is censoring the trailer to our Great Reset series for the same reason Klaus Schwab sent thugs with guns and uniforms after me in Davos. They are terrified of how much Turning Point is exposing them and they have no other response than to swing the hammer down. The problem for them, is that our leader is a carpenter.”

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

Collin College Administrators Are Personally Liable for Firing Professor Over Social Media Posts, Judge Rules

A federal judge ruled that administrators at Collin College who fired professor Suzanne Jones for views she expressed on her personal social media can be held personally and financially responsible.

The judge ruled that the termination was “clearly unconstitutional” because the administrators admitted that they fired Jones “for using her private social media account to inform the public about a matter of public concern.”

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

Conservative Orgs. Notch a Major Win in Arizona for Election Integrity

At a time when conservatives are still absorbing some depressing news on a ballot initiative out of neighboring California where citizens tried to recall radical leftist dream team member, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, it’s heartening to be able to disseminate news about a stupendous win for election integrity in my state of Arizona.

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

FBI Does Not Deny it Warned Facebook of Imminent ‘Dump’ of ‘Russian Propaganda’ Before Hunter’s Laptop Story Broke

The FBI on Friday did not deny it warned Facebook of the imminent “dump” of “Russian propaganda” before the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop broke in the 2020 election cycle.

The agency did, however, try and distance itself from the Facebook actions the bureau fueled. NBC News reported the FBI admitted the bureau did provide “companies with ‘foreign threat indicators’ to help protect their platforms and customers, but that it ‘cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received.’“

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

Former Phoenix Reporter Who Broke Story of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Found Dead

Veteran Alabama reporter and anchor Christopher Sign, who previously worked in Phoenix for more than a decade, was found dead by the local Hoover police Saturday morning, according to Hoover Police Department Capt. Keith Czeskleba.

Sign broke the news of a 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary Clinton at the time was running for president and was being investigated by the FBI, and the then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport tarmac. At the time, their meeting was cast as a potential conflict of interest.

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

Gov Glenn Youngkin Vows to Block CA’s ‘Ridiculous’ Gas-Powered Vehicle Ban Slated to be Imposed in Va

On Thursday, California Air Resources Board approved a regulation banning new sales of gas-powered vehicles, as my RedState colleague reported. The regulations require all new cars, trucks, and SUVs to be powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2035, with one-fifth permitted to be plug-in hybrid vehicles. The plan stems from CA Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order signed nearly two years ago. But, the newly approved plan doesn’t just impact the Golden State, it puts 17 other states including Virginia on a path to adopt the regulations.

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

Judge: Inclined to Appoint Special Master as Trump Wants

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2020, Saturday signaled she has a “preliminary intent” to agree to his request to appoint a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of evidence and materials seized on Aug. 8 at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Cannon, in an order issued on Saturday, ordered responses by Trump and the Department of Justice to be filed before the hearing, scheduled for Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Paul G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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

Meghan McCain Slams N.H. Libertarian Party for Celebrating Dad’s Death

Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is calling out the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire for tweeting a photo of her crying over her father’s flag-draped coffin with a caption reading: “Happy Holidays.”

The tweet came on Thursday, exactly four years after John McCain died.

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

New Poll Shows Gascon Recall Could Have Succeeded if it Had Made it on the Ballot

Last week the LA County Registrar announced that the effort to recall George Gascon had failed. Supporters had submitted just over 715,000 signatures and needed a total of 566,857 valid signatures to get the recall on the ballot this fall. But an examination found that only 520,050 of the signatures were valid. The rest didn’t count for a number of reasons including those who signed twice, those whose address didn’t match county records and nearly 90,000 who simply weren’t registered to vote in LA County.

Today the LA Times highlights just how lucky DA Gascon was. Had LA residents cared enough to get this on the ballot, there’s a good chance the vote would have gone against him.

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

Retired FBI Boss Disassembles Trump Search Warrant: Feds ‘Going to Regret This’

The FBI’s former intelligence chief declared Friday the agency should not have criminalized the records dispute between Donald Trump and the National Archives and that the bureau appears to have failed to meet the probable cause standard for the invasive search of the former president’s Florida estate.

“I think they’re going to regret this,” retired Assistant Director Kevin Brock told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show after reviewing a heavily redacted affidavit the FBI used to persuade a judge to allow the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.

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

Three Dutch Commandos Wounded in Shooting in Indianapolis’ Entertainment District: Two Are in Critical Condition

Three Dutch commandos were wounded in a shooting in Indianapolis’ entertainment district around 3:30 am on Saturday morning.

At least two of the soldiers in critical condition following the attack, according to a Dutch Ministry of Defense spokesperson who was speaking to NL Times.

The NL Times report says that there was an argument prior to the shooting.

The ministry spokesperson said: ‘The shooting took place in front of the hotel where the commandos are staying. The incident happened during the military members’ free time.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Dutch defense ministry for comment.

The three are members of the Dutch Commando Corps and were in Indiana as part of training program. The group was staying at a local Hampton Inn.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Georgetown Students Say Mask Mandate ‘Isn’t Doing Anything’

Campus Reform Correspondents and Georgetown University (GU) students Jessica Costescu and Katelyn Rickert appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning to discuss their university imposing mask mandates for “indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories.”

This mandate comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has rolled back certain COVID-19 guidelines, suggesting that masks are options during periods of low cases.

Georgetown University is located in Washington, DC, where the current case rate is 89.6 cases per week and is categorized as low.

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

White House Memo Calls for the End of Paywalls on Publicly-Funded Research

The White House has released new public access guidelines, requiring publicly-funded research to be available for free immediately after it is published. Currently, publicly-funded research can be put behind journals’ paywalls for 12 months before it is available for free.

A memo on the new public access guidelines was released by the new Office of Science and Technology Policy. It states that individual agencies will have to draft their policies based on the guidelines within a year, but larger agencies have 180 days. The updated guidelines are expected to take effect by the end of 2025.

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

Wikimedia Foundation Launches Legal Challenge Against NSA Mass Surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, has petitioned the US Supreme Court to review a legal challenge to NSA’s mass surveillance of communications of US citizens with people overseas. In the litigation, Wikimedia is being represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Cooley LLP.

The surveillance, dubbed “Upstream” surveillance, allows the NSA to intercept internet messages, private emails and web communications. It is conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows the government to intercept international communications without a warrant, as long as the target individual is not located in the US.

The surveillance allows the NSA to see what people around the world are writing and reading online, including what articles they are accessing on Wikipedia. Wikimedia argues that the surveillance has had a chilling effect on Wikipedia users, with data showing that traffic has dropped on Wikipedia pages about sensitive topics.

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

B.C. Judge Slams Save Old Growth for Using Front-Line Protesters as ‘Sacrificial Lambs’

A B.C. judge has slammed an environmental activist group for using protesters as “sacrificial lambs” in its campaign to draw attention to old-growth logging using high-profile but disruptive traffic blockades.

Provincial court judge Laura Bakan had harsh words for Save Old Growth during the June 30 sentencing hearing for Ian Schortinghuis, a 30-year-old protester who was arrested after blocking key Metro Vancouver thoroughfares and bridges in three separate protests in April and June.

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

Donors and ‘Prospective’ Donors Exempt From Western University Vaccine Policy

With the new school year fast approaching, Western University has updated its vaccine policy for campus visitors.

Most visitors are required to fill out a form attesting they’ve received three doses of the vaccine, but there are some notable exceptions.

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

Justin Trudeau: ‘Climate Change’ Makes Canada Easier for Russia to Attack

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described “climate change” as a threat to Canadian national security during a press conference on Friday in Cold Lake, Alberta, alleging that global warming increases Russian military “accessibility” to Canada’s Arctic north.

Trudeau was joined by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as they delivered remarks on what they both described as the dangers of “climate change” to the “security” of Canada, the United States, and Europe.

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

Students of Western University in Canada Are Censored Online for Criticizing Mask Mandates and Vax Passes

Students at Western University, in London, Ontario, are pushing back against the mask and vaccine mandate and are getting censored online because of it. When school resumes in the fall, all students and teachers will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks on campus.

Students have organized a protest for Saturday, according to the Instagram account students4agency, which is using the hashtag #ENOUGHISENOUGH to protest the mandates.

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

Assange Appeals US Extradition in UK Court

Lawyers for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange have filed an appeal against his extradition to the US, as the UN human rights chief lends support to the Australian’s cause.

Assange, 51, has been indicted on 17 espionage charges in the US and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of military and diplomatic documents leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

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

Iranian Brothers Who Inflitrated Swedish Intelligence to Face Spying Trial

Two Iranian brothers are set to face trial over allegations one acted as a mole in the Swedish security police and military intelligence.

The brothers, who were born in Iran but came to Sweden as children in 1994, are accused of spying activity from March of 2011 until their arrest in September and November of last year, but it is not immediately clear if they were passing information to Iranian intelligence or any other party.

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

Italian Election Pollster: Left Likely Cannot Bridge Gap With Right-Populist Coalition

An Italian pollster says trends indicate that the left-wing parties will not be able to bridge the gap with the centre-right coalition, which is polling around 20 points ahead.

Lorenzo Pregliasco of the firm Youtrend has claimed that the large gap between the right-populist coalition, which includes firebrand social conservative Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, populist Matteo Salvini’s League, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, and the left-wing parties is not likely to reverse before next month’s national election.

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

Italy: Expert Calls for All Young Homosexual Men to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

Italian infectious disease expert Matteo Bassetti has called on young homosexual men to take the vaccine for the monkeypox virus, arguing that the number of people infected with the disease could rapidly grow.

Professor Bassetti, who serves as head of the infectious diseases department at the San Martino hospital in Genoa, called for young homosexual men to get vaccinated against the virus, claiming that while the virus has a relatively low death rate, the symptoms ar enot mild.

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

Pics: Streets of Scottish Capital Fill With Garbage as Workers Hit by Cost of Living Crisis Strike for Pay Rise

LONDON (AP) — Stinking piles of garbage on the streets of Edinburgh are threatening the health and safety of the public, a health authority warned Saturday as strikes by garbage collectors in the Scottish capital moved into their ninth day.

The warning from Public Health Scotland came as garbage collectors in Newham, a borough of London, also walked out for a week over a pay dispute.

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

Report: UK’s Liz Truss Considers 5 Percent Tax Cut if She Becomes PM

British foreign secretary Liz Truss, the front-runner to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister, is considering cutting value added taxes (VAT) across the board by 5% to address a cost-of-living crisis, the Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The plan is being considered as a “nuclear” option, the Telegraph quoted an unnamed source as saying. Other options being considered include a 2.5% cut in VAT, from the current standard rate of 20%.

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

Several Killed in the Netherlands as Truck Rolls Into a Neighbourhood Barbecue

Unclear on precise number of people killed or injured as the truck has not yet been removed from the site

Dutch police said on Saturday that several people had died in an incident when a truck rolled into a street party in the town of Nieuw Beijerland in the south of the Netherlands.

Police, who did not give specific figures for casualties, said it was investigating the incident, which happened at about 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), around 30 km (19 miles) south of Rotterdam.

“At some point a truck went off the road and crashed into the party,” police spokesperson Elianne Mastwijk told local broadcaster Rijnmond.

It was unclear what had caused the incident, Mastwijk said, or the precise number of people who had been killed or injured as the truck had not yet been removed from the site.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Abolitionist ‘Father of Conservatism’ Edmund Burke Put on BLM-Inspired Slavery Shame List

British statesman and slavery abolitionist Edmund Burke, widely regarded as one of the fathers of conservativism, has been added to a BLM-inspired shame list by UK parliamentarians for historical figures with supposed connections to the slave trade.

Despite never owning slaves himself, and his fierce opposition to the barbaric practice, Edmund Burke’s statues and portraits are now under review for possible removal from the Palace of Westminster by a group of MPs tasked with assessing the building’s artwork to see if they fall in line with woke progressive standards.

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

UK: Man Cuts His Throat After Being Confronted by ‘Paedophile Hunters’ On Livestream

A man slashed his own throat live on a Facebook stream after being confronted by paedophile hunters in the English city of Liverpool.

The Facebook Live video, now deleted, showed the man going into his car, taking out a knife, and slitting his own throat, according to a MailOnline report.

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

West’s NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Unleashes Barrage of Threats at Greece

Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay and Defence Minister Hulusi Akar launched a barrage of threats toward Greece this week, as tensions between the two countries remain high.

Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated Friday that Greece should not undergo “new adventures” in the region while marking the 100th anniversary of an attack by Turkish forces on the Greeks in 1922 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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

Russia Burning Off $10m in Gas a Day That Would Have Been Sent to Europe

Residents of Finland began reporting a huge jet of flame from across the Russian border last month. Satellite images detected a massive heat bloom that turned out to be a Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant burning off millions of cubic meters of gas that were supposed to be sold to European customers.

Senior VP Sindre Knutsson of Norway-based research firm Rystad Energy told Sky News on Friday the Russians are burning 4.34 million cubic meters of gas worth about $10 million every day, destroying enough fuel to supply 1.5 million European homes.

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

Ukrainian Official Who Defected to Russia in 2014 Killed: Report

Video has emerged reportedly showing a Ukrainian who defected to Russia eight years ago being killed in a car bomb attack.

The clip, which has been shared on social media and messaging service Telegram, is said to show the moment Askyar Laishev was killed following a targeted attack in the Russian-held city of Staroblisk, in eastern Ukraine, on August 11.

The footage shows a dark-colored vehicle bursting into flames while driving down a road, with black smoke billowing out of it.

Laishev is said to have been inside the car at the time of the suspected bomb attack. Laishev worked for Ukraine’s security service before joining the separatist military state, the Luhansk People’s Republic, as head of intelligence in 2014.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

India: Man Stabbed to Death Over Parking Issue Near Shopping Mall in Kolkata: Cops

A fight broke out between Ujjwal Halder and Shiekh Riasuddin, both bus conductors, over the parking of their buses, the police said.

Kolkata: A man was stabbed to death over parking near a shopping mall in south Kolkata’s Kasba area, police said on Saturday.

The incident happened on Friday night near Acropolis Mall, they said.

A fight broke out between Ujjwal Halder and Shiekh Riasuddin, both bus conductors, over the parking of their buses, they added.

As the fight escalated, Riasuddin allegedly stabbed Ujjwal multiple times with a vegetable knife, police said.

He died within a few hours while undergoing treatment at a hospital, they said.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Fireys, Cops Called in After Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glue Themselves to Adelaide Mall Awning

A section of Adelaide’s busiest mall was brought to a standstill as climate activists glued themselves to the awning of the plaza to protest the government’s “woeful” actions to curtail the fossil fuel industry.

Firefighters were called to remove two Extinction Rebellion protesters from the Rundle Mall plaza after they scaled the awning on Saturday morning.

Part of Rundle Mall was closed off as a fire truck and police swarmed the area just after 11am.

Two protesters were unglued from the roof.

The well-known climate protest group announced they were highlighting the lack of action from the federal government to combat Australia’s “climate and ecological crisis”.

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

Bus Loads of Migrants Arrive in the Big Apple From Texas, As City Officials Condemn Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Plan as ‘Inhumane’

Migrants from Texas are arriving by the busload in the Big Apple, as part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plan amid a growing feud between the states over asylum seekers, despite some city officials calling it ‘inhumane.’

On Saturday, nearly 50 migrants, mostly young men and some women, arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, with another busload expected later in the day, The New York Post reported.

Between 250-300 migrants were reported to have arrived on Wednesday at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, making it the largest total to arrive in one day so far.

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

Channel Crisis: Albanian Police to be Stationed in Britain to Help Deport Illegal Boat Migrants

Police from corruption-riddled Albania are to be stationed in Britain to help deport illegal boat migrants from the Muslim-majority country.

Senior police officers from Albania are to be stationed in Britain with the aim of helping the British authorities deport boat migrants; part of a range of measures aimed at finally deterring would-be illegals from the Muslim-majority country.

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

How Will the Dutch Government Solve the Asylum Crisis?

Will the Dutch government misuse the controversial Population Movement Act to “solve” the asylum crisis?

In the coming months, municipalities must make 20 000 houses available for asylum seekers. In the coming years, no less than 730 million euro will be allocated to combat the asylum crisis. This involves emergency accommodation, flexible housing, integration and tackling troublemakers. For the time being, there will be no end to asylum.

It is unclear where the 20 000 houses will come from. Throughout the country, there is a large housing shortage. Former member of the European Parliament Lucas Hartong commented: “This disaster cabinet is crazy!

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

UK: Migrant Makes Sign of Albanian Eagle as He is Brought Ashore in Dover — Amid Fears That Country’s Ruthless Gangs Are Behind 2022 Explosion in Cross-Channel People Trafficking

A migrant mockingly made a sign of the Albanian eagle as he was brought ashore in Kent today, amid fears the country’s ruthless gangs are behind the recent explosion in people trafficking across the Channel.

Security services are applying extra scrutiny to Albanians arriving in the UK as concerns grow over involvement in organised crime.

Surging numbers from the Balkan state are ‘rising up the security services list’ of priorities, sources said this week.

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

Cornell Perpetuates ‘Colonialism, Slavery, Racism, Classism, Sexism, Transphobia, Homophobia, Ableism,’ School’s Website States

Cornell University perpetuates “settler colonialism, indigenous dispossession, slavery, racism, classism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and ableism,” according to a statement posted on its School of Integrative Plant Science’s website.

The statement appears to have been posted in March 2021 but remains up to this day and recently drew some criticism, chiefly from Randy Wayne, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, or SIPS, a division of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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

Facebook to Let “Fact Checkers” Comment on Posts That “May Not be Verifiably False”

Just in case anything slips through the existing “fact-checking,” narrative-enforcing cracks of Facebook’s censorship, a new “feature” is now being introduced as a pilot.

Through it, Facebook is letting a small group of US “fact-checkers” leave comments on public posts, which “may not be verifiably false, but that people may find misleading.”

This has been revealed in the tech and social media behemoth’s Community Standards Enforcement Report for the second quarter of this year. One of Facebook’s (Meta’s) activities covered in the report concerns its third-party fact-checker — aka, the “hired censorship guns” program.

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

Federal Court: HHS Can’t Require Religious Docs to Perform Transgender Surgeries

A federal appeals court on Friday struck down President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services mandate requiring doctors to perform medical procedures, including transgender procedures, that are against their religious beliefs.

According to The Washington Times, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a lower court’s judgment in Franciscan Alliance v. Becerra. The decision would protect roughly 19,000 health care professionals in Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic health care network, from performing medical procedures that go against their beliefs.

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Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions is Unconstitutional, California Federal Court Rules

A federal district court in California ruled Thursday that a state law requiring churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans is unconstitutional.

Three California churches, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, in 2015 challenged the constitutionality of California’s Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, which mandates that companies—including churches and other religious organizations—include coverage for elective abortions in their employee group health plans. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on Thursday sided with the churches, stating that Mary Watanabe, the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, “has not shown ‘[she] lacks other means of achieving [her] desired goal without imposing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion by [plaintiffs].’“

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German Beastiality Buffs Demand Legalization of Sex With Animals

Germans beastialitists are protesting to eliminate the country’s animal protection law — which forbids having any sexual relations between humans and animals.

To that end, Bavarian zoophiles held a public demonstration demanding recognition in a ‘Zoophilia Pride March.”

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Oh No! Laid-Off HBO Max Execs Confirm Warner Bros. Is Ditching Wokeness and Embracing ‘Middle America’

All the clues have pointed toward Warner Bros. stepping away from the leftist infection that has plagued it and so many other corporations and studios for some time. Thanks to some angry former HBO Max executives, we’ve got confirmation that the house of Bugs Bunny is pushing away the disease that has destroyed a laundry list of franchises.

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Revealed: Hidden Complications of Transgender ‘Bottom Surgeries’

Media coverage of scientific studies—and sometimes the studies themselves— downplay the severity and frequency of complications for those who identify as transgender and seek surgery to give their genitals the appearance and functionality of those of the opposite sex.

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11 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/27/2022

  1. All this mess around makes me irritated. And I can’t influence it in any way. And so I decided to abstract from it internally and take care of my own soul, at the same time eliminating gaps in education.

    And so, at my leisure, I am leafing through the works of the Stoic Epictetus.
    There is an interesting chapter in his Discourses on adultery. Interestingly, Epictetus places all the blame for adultery on a man. He believes that this dishonorable act undermines the foundations of society and violates harmony. (It must be said that women are referred to as public property, but this is a topic for another conversation).
    So, what kind of society is more patriarchal then? One that blames women for all sins (and may even stone a raped woman to death if she does not present 4 male witnesses) or a society that calls men for self-control?

    I am definitely sorry that this great culture was destroyed by the Abrahamists.

  2. Russia restarting LNG exports to India as India now more relaxed about disobeying their US masters. I think some the gas Russia was flaring may have been due to that too. Anyway. why should they are who buys it as long as someone does and pays rubles. India will be paying in rubles and some EU countries refused. Bulgaria is reconsidering as winter nears.

  3. “Justin Trudeau said that global warming makes it easier for Russia to attack Canada.”

    Because tanks love driving through the mire of melting permafrost?

  4. Re: Canada: Justin Trudeau: ” ‘Climate change’ makes it easier for Russia to attack Canada”.

    Maybe he hasn’t seen the 1967 Ken Russell spy movie, “Billion Dollar Brain”, in which the mad billionaire’s force invading Russia sinks into the collapsing ice? Or indeed Eisenstein’s 1938 masterpiece, “Alexander Nevsky”, in which the same fate befalls the heavily-armoured Teutonic Knights?

    Yes, I know it was Russia being invaded in both cases, but I can hardly imagine Canada invading Russia!

  5. THE IMPORTED GANGSTER GANGS OF sWEDEN

    Magnus Sjöberg, head of the tactical council at the police’s National Operations Department (NOD), is critical of politicians who promise to crush criminal gangs. It’s simply not possible, he says.

    – We can’t crush or win over these gangs. They are not organisations that you put out of business and then they are out of business,” says Magnus Sjöberg, who has worked against gang violence at Noa since 2020.

    According to Sjöberg, politicians who talk about “breaking the gangs” have a simplistic view of a more complex cultural problem. He argues that deadly violence has a function for those, preferably young immigrants, who perpetrate it. The violence gives them something they otherwise lack in society – status.

    Sjöberg also explains how violence is “contagious” within these circles. Each act of violence creates more violence, as new people are constantly offended, angry and wanting revenge. They “have to regain respect”, he says.

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    “Using violence as a conflict resolution method”
    – These are social structures where people who know each other in different ways come in and out, and where violence serves a purpose. Violence is a point of view, it is an ideology, these are violence-promoting. It is a first choice to resort to serious or deadly violence and these structures do not disappear, says Magnus Sjöberg to GP.

    The belief that you can “crush” or “break the gangs” will in a few years lead to the realization that you have failed, he says and explains that: “Crime will not disappear. Where there are people in a society, there will be crime”.

    Instead, the focus should be on bringing down the death rate, says Sjöberg. The problem lies in “certain specific groups that use extreme violence as a method of conflict resolution,” he says, arguing that this is what society needs to get rid of.

    While the number of fatal shootings this year has hit a new record, Sjöberg says he is nevertheless positive. He says that with the exception of “gross oversimplifications in the election debate”, the problems are being discussed properly for the first time in 25 years.

    • You list criminal chronicles. Is there any action being taken in your country to stop this?
      For example, in Russia lately, cases related to ethnic crime have raised a great public response. And the authorities have no choice but to take control of these cases.

      And do you know what it is connected with?
      This is connected with the war in Ukraine. Or “special military operation”. The authorities want to strengthen their authority in the eyes of the Russians. They just want Russian cannon fodder. That’s all.

    • Yes, you can crush them.

      Imprison all of them. Including all members of their families etc.
      Yes, it smells of Sippenhaft, but give the mothers a chance to tell the truth in a court about their husbands, sons, uncles etc. If they remain silent then they are accomplices to crimes and belong in prison.

      Send the youngest children to upstanding, law-abiding cittizens and raise them.

      Or sent them all back to the hellhole they came from.

      Their choice.

      • Imprison you say? Your civilized means with uncivilized savages is going to get you and yours killed or worse, others killed. You eliminate them to the last one, That is how you fix this 3rd world problem and that is how it is exactly going to come to pass, so prepare to get your hands dirty, or perish.

    • Re: “According to Sjöberg, politicians who talk about “breaking the gangs” have a simplistic view of a more complex cultural problem. He argues that deadly violence has a function for those, preferably young immigrants, who perpetrate it. The violence gives them something they otherwise lack in society – status.”

      What lightweight pseudo-intellectual nonsense! This Sjöberg character, this functionary, is so uninformed about Islam that he does not even fathom the depths of his own ignorance. No wonder the Swedes are losing their country, if this clown is typical of the sort of “public servant” they have there!

      Yes, young men fight for status amongst their peers and within their groups, but the underlying reason for all of it – the violence, chaos and mayhem – lies within Islam itself. Specifically, within the Koran, the Hadiths, and the Sira.

      Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, once said himself to his followers that the waging of holy war (jihad) in the name of the faith ought to be regarded as the “sixth pillar” of the faith, it is so essential. The “Five Pillars” of Islam are five things every devout Muslim must do, namely, the profession of the faith or shahada; daily prayer (salat); the giving of alms (zakat); fasting (sawm): and the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj).

      Islamic doctrine divides the world into two spheres: Dar al-Islam – which means “The House of Islam” (also seen as “The House of Peace” or “House of Submission”), which is composed of the world’s Muslims, wherever they may live, and Dar al-Harb, which means “The House of War,” which is where the unbelievers and infidels dwell.

      All Muslims, but in particular young Muslim males of fighting age, are called upon to go forth into lands of the infidels and spread Islam, by the sword of jihad if necessary.

      Does that idiotic Swedish policeman know any of this?? If he does not, how can he possibly hope to make any positive difference whatsoever?

  6. CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ANDERS AND HIS MOTHER

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    Dear Mom!
    I have now been to my first day of work at the new school in Mälarhöjden and it feels really good. Your beloved granddaughter Angela is starting here at the same time in first grade and we are both very excited. This is a very progressive and gender-neutral school where all teachers are socially aware. Textbooks and many other things are reused and we have regular seminars on human rights, values and climate. It is also LGBTQi-certified by RFSL. However, there is one big problem, and that is that the school is not multicultural. The handful of more dark-skinned children are all adopted. I mention it because in Bredäng, the suburb next door to the south, there are several schools where the problem is the opposite. There are far too few Swedish pupils. I raised the issue with the teaching staff and they also recognised that it was a problem.

    Diversity is not least important for our Swedish children. We live in an age of globalisation, so they not only need to practise their tolerance but also become better at understanding cultural differences. Put simply, they need to raise their cultural IQ. I was therefore immediately asked by the headmaster to become our school’s diversity coordinator. Diversity is enriching and it was time to do something about it here in Mälarhöjden!

    After I got the assignment, I went off to Bredängsskolan and met, among others, Ahmed, an amazingly charming guy who could crack the biggest and warmest smile I’ve ever seen. He belongs to a family of five children and they don’t have it easy as his mother is a single parent. I can’t imagine what hard work it would be to raise and keep five children in order when there is no father.

    Poor Ahmed goes to a school that is very run down. There’s graffiti everywhere and there’s a lot of trouble in class. At recess, the students split into different gangs that don’t seem to get along. I guess that’s why the school has hired security guards to keep the school grounds in order. Unfortunately, they don’t always succeed. It is also very littered, both inside and outside. Several bins are black because someone has set fire to them. Ahmed shouldn’t have to have it that way!

    School results are also generally poor. Grades are well below the average for Swedish schools. I thought, why does Ahmed have to go to such a hopeless school when it is only two kilometres to our own well-functioning school? It’s easy to see what this is all about. It is pure racism! The best way to fight racism is to make good schools, like our own, accessible to all. So it will have to be my job, as diversity coordinator, to make sure our school becomes more multicultural.
    Your son Anders

    Dear Mom!
    It’s been a year since I became Diversity Coordinator and I’ve just put together a report for the college. I am pleased to report that our school has made good progress. Our Mälarhöjds School no longer has 95 percent Swedish children. We have about 30% diversity and we are all delighted that recruitment has been able to take place so quickly. This is a great victory for us! Unfortunately, we have also faced some challenges. We have had behavioural problems and, it pains me to say, also some discrimination. Some of the children we have taken in from Bredäng have not always behaved well. Again, it feels hard to admit, but that’s the way it is. One example is Ahmed, the wonderfully charming boy I reported on after my first visit to Bredäng School. He is very easy to talk to and difficult to sit still. In a maths lesson he walked around talking to everyone. He also demonstrated a new dance that he had learned. When the teacher told him to stop and sit down, he didn’t. Nor did he want to leave the classroom. Although Ahmed is just as smart as the Swedish kids, he has very low grades. It’s a case of him not really being able to concentrate, which I see as a teacher problem.

    Teachers need to understand that there are cultural differences, so that they don’t discriminate against children from Bredäng. I actually gave a little talk about racism at the last teachers’ college and everyone realised that it was important to tighten up, now that we have become a diversity school. The fact that many of the children from Bredäng School have difficulty sitting still and get lower grades is a clear sign that the teachers are not sufficiently trained in diversity. After all, all the teachers are Swedish and so are the rest of the staff. We have decided that I will hold seminars with them and train them in multicultural thinking. The hope is that our school will become more vibrant and interesting. I would like it to be a model for other schools that are too Swedish.
    Your son Anders

    Dear Mom!
    I have just finished writing the report of our second year as a diversity school for the college and the principal. We have made progress and the good news is that our school now has fifty percent of students from other countries. Unfortunately, not everyone is adjusting to the new situation easily. We have gang fights in the school and we have been forced to call the police quite a few times during the school year. It pains me to have to report that Ahmed has been involved in some trouble. He’s a great kid but he was bullied by another student and then he took out a knife and stabbed him in one shoulder. It is clear that he caused a multicultural problem. However, I do not want to put the blame on him; it lies with the teachers and staff. I have spoken to them and explained that the broad-minded children are not always able to relate to pupils who have a different skin colour. Many of them also find it difficult to accept reprimands from female teachers, which is another cultural problem. So I’ve had conversations with the principal about this. Hopefully we can get rid of these older and uneducated Swedish teachers and have them replaced with others who are more like our students. That way we will also have a multicultural teaching staff, which is a good thing!

    We have some problems with low grades and many failing pupils, which increases the urgency of getting the right teachers, who are of the same kind. I will sort this out, Mum, I have promised the teaching staff! We will also hire more guards. After several incidents, I also think we will acquire metal detectors, so that students do not bring weapons of various kinds to school. We will probably also have to carry out random searches. That will be good! Unfortunately, the parents of Mälarhöjds have started to take their children out of school, which only confirms how racist this neighbourhood is. They just don’t seem to understand how valuable and enriching multiculturalism is.
    Your son Anders

    Dear Mom!
    I have now compiled my report for the first three years and this will be my last update. The school has continued to make progress and the diversity rate is now as high as 70%. That’s great, but unfortunately I’ll have to let your beloved grandson Angela change schools. It is a safety issue as there is a lot of crime at the school. It mainly affects the Swedish students. Sometimes girls have been caught in the toilets. What happened there absolutely must not happen to Angela, so I have no choice. Ultimately, it’s a case of both teachers and other staff failing in their mission to adapt to the multicultural environment. They have simply not been progressive enough! It’s not because of racism, segregation or anything like that that I’m now moving Angela to a safer school. And, dear mother, I have found a fine such school. It really is progressive. The teachers are well aware of things that are important, i.e. values, LGBTQ and the climate issue. They may not be knowledgeable enough about cultural diversity, but I have three years of experience. I’ll raise the issue at the first parents’ meeting and we’ll see what can be done.
    Your son Anders

    Karl-Olov Arnstberg
    https://morklaggning.wordpress.com/2022/08/28/sondagskronika-mangfalden/

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