Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/27/2022

Enrico Letta has resigned as leader of the Democratic Party in Italy in the wake of his overwhelming defeat by Giorgia Meloni and the Fratelli d’Italia. Meanwhile, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the characterization of Ms. Meloni as a fascist is absolutely false.

In other news, Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in about 24 hours as a Category 3 storm, or possibly even a Category 4.

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Financial Crisis
» OECD Predicts Near-Zero Eurozone Growth in 2023, German Recession
» SEC Alleges Market Manipulation, Charges 3 Men With Fraud, In $100 Million New Jersey Deli Scheme
» The Digital Dollar Will Not be Anonymous, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Says
» The Wall Street Cull Begins: Goldman Sachs Fires Bankers at All Levels After Dishing Out Bonuses and Hiking Salaries During Pandemic — as the Bank is Expected to Record More Than 40 Percent Drop in Earnings This Year
» Upwards of 1 Million Americans Could Lose Their Jobs Due to Interest Rate Hikes
 
USA
» “Murderapolis”: Ground Zero for ‘Defund the Police’ Movement Now Suffering Horrendous Crime Wave
» 2.5 Million Floridians Ordered to Evacuate Ahead of Major Hurricane
» Bill Gates Pushes for “Trusted Sources, “ Has a Group That Tracks What People Say About Him Online
» CDC Walks Back COVID Guidance Again, Finds Lasting Post-Vaccine Heart Problems in Young Adults
» Chris Wallace’s New CNN Show Flops, Posts Dismal Viewership for Debut Episode
» Facebook Censors Wife of FBI Whistleblower
» Fake Meat Sales Plummet on High Prices, Woke Messaging
» FBI Had 5 Informants With Oath Keepers, None Provided Evidence of Guilt: Defense Lawyer
» Mayor Eric Adams’ Tent City Roundly Opposed by New Yorkers
» Occupy Democrats Founders Called Out for Allegedly Funnelling Money From PAC to Personal Business
» Post Office IG Report Finds Shortcomings in Election Mail Processing
» Video: Biden Advisor Declares MAGA Conservatives Want to ‘Destroy’ America
» WaPo Publishes Headline “Should I Get My Anti-Vax Friends’ Baby Vaccinated Without Telling Them?’
 
Canada
» “Arrogant, “ “Dishonest” And “Corrupt” Among Top Words Canadians Use to Describe Trudeau
» 1.6 Million Travellers Entered Canada Without Using ArriveCAN
» All-Cause Deaths Continue to Skyrocket in Canada
» Conservatives Seven Points Ahead of Trudeau Liberals as Poilievre Benefits From PPC Exodus: Poll
» Councillor Takes Township to Court After Being Punished for Attending Freedom Convoy
» Mount Royal University Halts Intramural Hockey Program Over Inclusion and Equity Concerns
 
Europe and the EU
» AfD Strongest Party in East Germany
» Baltic Pipe: Norway-Poland Gas Pipeline Opens in Key Move to Cut Dependency on Russia
» Belgian Justice Minister Under Protection Over Alleged Kidnap Plot by Drugs Criminals
» Conservatives Across Europe Flood to Congratulate Giorgia Meloni After Historic Italian Electoral Victory
» Deserted by Voters for Surging Right-Wing Meloni, Populist Italian Salvini Faces Leadership Challenge
» Did Putin’s Frogmen Blow Up Europe’s Gas Supplies? Western Leaders Blame ‘Deliberate’ Sabotage After Nord Stream Pipe From Russia Ruptured Off Sweden Causing 3000ft-Wide Bubbles and Sending Prices Spiking
» EU Chief Calls Nord Stream Attack “Sabotage”, Warns of “Strongest Possible Response”
» Former Italian Footballer Norberto Bianchi Dies From Cardiac Arrest in Football Match
» Germany: This Shocked Even Me
» German Government Thinks Russian Gas Pipelines Could Have Been Deliberately Sabotaged
» Germany: Andy Ngo Reports: Antifa Target Berlin Jordan Peterson Event
» Head of Italy’s Largest Left-Wing Party to Resign After Party Crushed by Meloni Coalition
» Hungarian FM: Europe’s Narrative About War No Longer Relevant
» Italy’s Move to the Right Shakes Europe’s Political Elites as Giorgia Meloni Readies to Govern
» Leftist Former Italian PM Says ‘Return of Fascism’ Narrative is “Absolutely Fake News”
» Meloni Smashes Through Italian ‘Red Wall’ Winning in Traditional Leftist Areas
» Meloni to Become First Truly Elected Italian PM in Over a Decade
» Nord Stream: Explosions Recorded Prior to Discovery of Major Gas Leaks
» Norway, Germany, Brace for Insecurity After Nordstream Explosions
» Seismograph Spiked Twice on Day of Baltic Pipeline Leaks — Germany’s GFZ
» U.S. Blew Up Russian Gas Pipelines Nord Stream 1 & 2, Says Former Polish Defense Minister
» UK: Labour Party Will Ban Fracking Again if Handed Power, Will Push Green Agenda Instead
» UK: Leading Labour Politicians Khan, Rayner, Demand Regulation of ‘Online Hate’
» UK: Pro COVID Vaccine Doctor Calls for Worldwide Suspension of mRNA Shots
» Women, Children, Elders ‘Living in Fear’ Amid Inter-Ethnic Violence in England
 
Russia
» 15 Dead in Russia School Shooting Despite ‘Restrictive’ Gun Control
» Reports: Russians Attack Conscription Centers With Gunfire, Molotov Cocktails
» Results Show Huge Majorities in Favor of Joining Russia as Ukraine Annexation Polls Close: State Media
» Russian Instagram User Faces Jail for Using the Platform
» US Tells Snowden Return Home to “Face Justice” Or Risk Conscription in Russian Army
 
South Asia
» India: Mumbai: An Angry Muslim Husband Killed His Hindu Wife as Refusing to Wear Burqa
» India to Require Citizens to Register ID to Use Email, Communication Apps
 
Far East
» China’s Very Clever Plot to Make Australia Dependent on it for Electric Cars Like it is for Virtually Everything Else — and it’s Already Happening as Labor Pushes Its Green Agenda
» China: The ‘Massive’ Threat
» China President Xi Jinping Reappears on State TV Amid Rumours Over ‘Absence’
» Meta Shuts Down Chinese Propaganda Operation Targeting U.S. Midterms, Including Attacks on Republicans
» Philippines: Man Stabbed to Death by Aunt and Her Live-in Partner
» Tibet Lockdown Abuses Are Censored on Chinese Social Media
 
Australia — Pacific
» Astonishing Moment Teammates Get Into a Wild Punch-Up at a Press Conference During Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney — as Star Player Blames Mayhem on a ‘Family Misunderstanding’
» Brazen Daylight Smash and Grab Shocks NZ Shoppers
» Chocolate-Coated Bugs Touted as an Australian First
» Climate Extremist Has Charges Dropped Due to ‘Climate Change-Induced Anxiety’
» Exclusive: Terrifying Moment Elite Cyclist Chases Frightened Girls, 13 and 14, Into a Hotel Room Before Assaulting Them Over ‘Knock and Run’ Prank — as Dad Reveals Their Scars and Why They Are in Trouble
» Pandemic Accelerated Australia’s Shift Away From Cash
» Watch the Fiery Moment Pauline Hanson Offers to Drive Greens Senator to the Airport as She Doubles Down on Brutal ‘P*** Off Back to Pakistan’ Attack Sparking Wild Cries of ‘Scumbag’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Excusive Interview: The Russians Gained Control of Several African Countries ‘Because France Shot Itself in Both Feet, ‘ Says French Expert on Africa
 
Immigration
» Canada: Border Guards Searched Electronic Devices of 33,000 Travellers
» French Sink Migrant Deal in a Fit of Pique: Joint Beach Patrols on Northern Coast Are Cancelled at the 11th Hour Amid Anger Over Emmanuel Macron ‘Friend or Foe’ Row
» ‘It’s Absurd’ — Plan to Increase UK Immigration Split PM Truss’ First Cabinet
» Record Number of Illegal Crossings Into Canada by Asylum Claimants in 2022
» Russian Migrant Wave Hits Central Asia as Men Avoid Putin’s Ukraine Conscription
» UK: Labour Says it Will Cancel Rwanda Migrant Deportation Scheme With Yvette Cooper Branding it ‘Deeply Damaging, Extortionately Expensive, Unworkable and Unethical’ And Vowing to Use Money for a New Immigration Police Force
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: YouTube Censors Russell Brand on Eve of His New Rumble Show Debut
» EU Will be ‘Vigilant’ Towards Any Threat to Abortion After Italy Election, French PM Threatens
» Netflix Accused of ‘Hate Crime’ After Labelling Jeffrey Dahmer Series as LGBTQ Content
 

OECD Predicts Near-Zero Eurozone Growth in 2023, German Recession

THE eurozone is set for near-zero growth next year, as Germany enters a recession , the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts.

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SEC Alleges Market Manipulation, Charges 3 Men With Fraud, In $100 Million New Jersey Deli Scheme

Back in April of 2021, we highlighted when fund manager David Einhorn pointed out a single New Jersey deli that was trading with an insane market cap of over $100 million as one of the hallmarks of the bubble the market was in. Einhorn wrote:

“Strange things happen to all kinds of stocks. Last year, on one day in June, the stocks of about a dozen bankrupt companies roughly doubled on enormous volume. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported a boom in penny stocks.

Someone pointed us to Hometown International (HWIN), which owns a single deli in rural New Jersey. The deli had $21,772 in sales in 2019 and only $13,976 in 2020, as it was closed due to COVID from March to September. HWIN reached a market cap of $113 million on February 8. The largest shareholder is also the CEO/CFO/Treasurer and a Director, who also happens to be the wrestling coach of the high school next door to the deli. The pastrami must be amazing. Small investors who get sucked into these situations are likely to be harmed eventually, yet the regulators — who are supposed to be protecting investors — appear to be neither present nor curious.”

And now, so goes the bubble, so goes the deli…

The Securities and Exchange Commission has officially put the kibosh on the fairly obvious scam, suing the deli and its related personnel for fraud in what is being called the “$100 million New Jersey deli scheme” by CNBC.

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

The Digital Dollar Will Not be Anonymous, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Says

Despite privacy being one of the main concerns citizens have about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the heads of the United States (US) Federal Reserve and European Central Bank (ECB) have confirmed that their respective CBDCs will not be anonymous.

During an appearance at a Banque de France (Bank of France) event, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, said if the US were to pursue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), it would be “identity verified” and “not anonymous.”

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The Wall Street Cull Begins: Goldman Sachs Fires Bankers at All Levels After Dishing Out Bonuses and Hiking Salaries During Pandemic — as the Bank is Expected to Record More Than 40 Percent Drop in Earnings This Year

The big bank, headed by CEO David Solomon, launched the effort last week, firing nearly a dozen bankers in the bank’s technology, media and telecommunications division alone.

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Upwards of 1 Million Americans Could Lose Their Jobs Due to Interest Rate Hikes

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s efforts to combat inflation through interest hikes threaten to “destroy” at least 1 million jobs, economists warn.

Last week, the central bank approved the third straight 75 basis point rate hike and released quarterly economic forecasts showing that they anticipate unemployment to surge in the months ahead. Speaking at a press conference following the meeting, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said that higher interest rates could “give rise to unemployment.”

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“Murderapolis”: Ground Zero for ‘Defund the Police’ Movement Now Suffering Horrendous Crime Wave

In the mid-1990s, the murder rate was so high in Minneapolis that it earned the nickname, “Murderapolis.”

Now, more than two years after the Democrat stronghold turned into ground zero for the ‘defund the police’ movement after the murder of George Floyd, Murderopolis is back.

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

2.5 Million Floridians Ordered to Evacuate Ahead of Major Hurricane

Update (1404ET):

Residents of coastal communities along Florida’s west coast have been ordered to evacuate, especially ones around the Tampa Bay region, ahead of menacing Hurricane Ian’s landfall expected late Wednesday or early Thursday.

USA Today said Ian is a “major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida, where officials ordered 2.5 million people to evacuate.”

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

Bill Gates Pushes for “Trusted Sources, “ Has a Group That Tracks What People Say About Him Online

During an appearance at the “Goalkeepers 2022” event, investor and philanthropist Bill Gates lamented “misinformation” that was shared about him amid the coronavirus pandemic and complained that so-called misinformation about masks and vaccines reduced compliance with mandates.

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CDC Walks Back COVID Guidance Again, Finds Lasting Post-Vaccine Heart Problems in Young Adults

The CDC continues to erase distinctions by COVID-19 vaccination status in public health guidance as ongoing global research — including its own — documents the mediocre performance of COVID vaccines and their unexpectedly high rates of lasting harm in some groups.

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Chris Wallace’s New CNN Show Flops, Posts Dismal Viewership for Debut Episode

After nearly twenty years with Fox News, Chris Wallace left to sign with its competitor, CNN, in 2021.

Following months of turbulence at the network, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace debuted on Sunday night to a much smaller audience than anticipated.

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Facebook Censors Wife of FBI Whistleblower

Facebook may be actively snooping on private messages of select individuals, the New York Post alleges. The platform suspended the account of FBI whistleblower Steve Friend’s wife after she sent a message in response to a parent’s post asking if her husband needed support.

Friend made a whistleblower complaint with the Department of Justice inspector general, alleging that the FBI had been manipulating case-file management to inflate the threat of domestic terrorism and using excessive and illegal force against the Biden administration’s political opponents.

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Fake Meat Sales Plummet on High Prices, Woke Messaging

A few years ago, life was good for the fake meat industry. Beyond Meat had been given vast amounts of real estate in grocery stores, and had scored a deal with Burger King to sell “Impossible” Whoppers. McDonald’s rolled out a McPlant burger (which was quietly shelved last month). Snarky woke advertisements permeated the airwaves and interwebs as plant-based ‘meats’ were on the rise. In fact, Beyond Meat waas valued at over $10bn in 2019, more than Macy’s or Xerox —with the most bullish investors claiming that plant-based meat would make up 15% of all meat sales by 2030.

Now, as Bloomberg reports, the fake meat industry is getting ground into hamburger — and that doesn’t include cannibalistic nose-biting execs, according to Deloitte Consulting, LLC.

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

FBI Had 5 Informants With Oath Keepers, None Provided Evidence of Guilt: Defense Lawyer

None of the five confidential human sources (CHS) the FBI had embedded with the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6, 2021, provided the bureau with any evidence of the group’s alleged criminal activity, defense attorney David Fischer has claimed.

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Mayor Eric Adams’ Tent City Roundly Opposed by New Yorkers

New York is constructing its first set of tent cities for illegal migrants in the Bronx, with workers “getting stuff done” to lay out the welcome mat in an Orchard Beach parking lot, reports the New York Post.

Poles and beams were being erected by around 30 workers in what will eventually be five massive, heated tents to house 1,000 adults for as many as four days each while they are screened before entering the city’s shelter system.

Photos of Orchard Beach show rows of camping cots without mattresses, with some now wondering if it’s such a good idea to place migrants in the 1.1-mile strip along the Long Island sound. New York Mayor Eric Adams has said that the migrant influx could reach 75,000 people.

“Why send them to a low-income area?” Soto, 35, of Soundview, told the Post. “Why don’t they send them to the Hamptons? It’s elected people being petty and the people suffer.”

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Occupy Democrats Founders Called Out for Allegedly Funnelling Money From PAC to Personal Business

Since its founding in 2021, Occupy Democrats has consistently ranked among the least credible sources of political information in the United States. Nevertheless, its simple, reactionary posts have earned it a massive following of over 10 million, many of whom donate to the group’s political action committee.

It has since been revealed that over a quarter of the money raised in 2021-2022 was allegedly deposited directly into a company owned and directed by Occupy Democrats founders Omar and Rafael Rivero.

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

Post Office IG Report Finds Shortcomings in Election Mail Processing

An Inspector General report released Monday found that the United States Postal Service, while largely prepared to handle an increase in election mail, still was unable to fully process significant portions of election materials from the 2022 primary cycle.

“We found that generally, the Postal Service is ready for timely processing of Election Mail for the 2022 mid-term election,” the report begins. “However, we did find examples where the Postal Service was not in compliance with Election Mail policies.”

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Video: Biden Advisor Declares MAGA Conservatives Want to ‘Destroy’ America

A senior Biden advisor declared Sunday that it is “important to call out” MAGA conservatives as people who “essentially want to destroy the United States of America.”

Keisha Lance Bottoms, the president’s “senior advisor on public engagement,” made the comments during an interview on MSNBC.

Host Jonathan Capehart asked Bottoms “will folks in the administration between now and the November 8th elections keep hammering away at that phrase? At that imagery?” referring to ‘the MAGA agenda’.

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WaPo Publishes Headline “Should I Get My Anti-Vax Friends’ Baby Vaccinated Without Telling Them?’

The Washington Post has published a column titled “Should I get my anti-vax friends’ baby vaccinated without telling them?”

A Washington Post reader wrote to the publication’s advice columnist saying they have a best friend who is an “antivaxxer” and opposes all vaccines.

“They have a 9-month-old baby and they haven’t vaccinated him,” the query goes.

“I babysit for them every other weekend. Should I take the baby to get his shots without telling them?”

The Post published the column despite the query likely suggesting illegal activity. Forty-three states require a parent’s permission to vaccinate a child in America.

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

“Arrogant, “ “Dishonest” And “Corrupt” Among Top Words Canadians Use to Describe Trudeau

A large portion of Canadians believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “arrogant,” “dishonest” and “corrupt,” a new Angus Reid poll reveals.

According to the Sept. 27 poll, 49% of respondents believed that the word “arrogant” best described the prime minister. Another 45% said they believed that Trudeau was “dishonest,” while 39% said he was “corrupt.”

37% of those polled picked the word “charismatic” to describe Trudeau while 36% said he was weak.

In comparison, 40% of Canadians said Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre was “arrogant.” Other words used to describe Poilievre include “strategic”, “bully” and “dishonest.”

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1.6 Million Travellers Entered Canada Without Using ArriveCAN

Despite the Trudeau government’s defence of its controversial ArriveCan app, new data shows a total of 1,651,900 travellers entered Canada this year without using the app.

According to documents tabled in the House of Commons, 1,651,900 travellers between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 had “presented themselves at the border for entry into Canada without having submitted their public health information through ArriveCan prior to arrival.”

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All-Cause Deaths Continue to Skyrocket in Canada

In early April, data analyst Kelly Brown began sounding the alarm on concerning trends in all-cause mortality that were not related to COVID-19 deaths.

This has been further confirmed by the report published by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), a Canadian organization and federally registered charity that vigorously defends and fights to preserve the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through legal representation and education.

JCCF recently published a 21-page report titled “Excess Deaths Contradict Narrative of Success.”

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Conservatives Seven Points Ahead of Trudeau Liberals as Poilievre Benefits From PPC Exodus: Poll

Since being elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre has made an impact on the political landscape of the country.

A new poll shows his party ahead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as he garners support from those who voted for the People’s Party in the past.

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Councillor Takes Township to Court After Being Punished for Attending Freedom Convoy

West Lincoln Councillor and truck driver Harold Jonker is suing the Township of West Lincoln after being reprimanded for participating in the Freedom Convoy earlier this year.

In July, the town council voted to penalize Jonker by suspending his pay and requiring him to reimburse any gifts he received in the form of food or fuel during the convoy trip.

On Monday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announced a lawsuit on behalf of Jonker.

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Mount Royal University Halts Intramural Hockey Program Over Inclusion and Equity Concerns

Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta has decided to scrap its intramural hockey program to be more “accessible and inclusive” for its students. Based on an “Accessible and Inclusive Programs Audit,” the university said that the program did not meet the standards to make everyone feel that they “belong” due to costs and ice time availability, making it inaccessible to some students.

In their public statement, they expressed that their hockey program is banned until they “can implement strategies to ensure the ice hockey program we could potentially put forward in the future is equitable, inclusive, and accessible to program participants.”

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AfD Strongest Party in East Germany

For the AfD, things are going splendidly. According to a survey by the opinion research institute Insa, it is now the strongest force in East Germany. The trend is seen nationwide. On the other hand, the once-popular ministers Karl Lauterbach and Robert Habeck (Greens) have imploded.

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

Baltic Pipe: Norway-Poland Gas Pipeline Opens in Key Move to Cut Dependency on Russia

Leaders from Poland, Norway and Denmark have attended a ceremony to mark the opening of the new Baltic Pipe, a key stage in the drive to wean Poland and Europe off Russian gas.

The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Norwegian shelf via Denmark and through the Baltic Sea to Poland. It is the centrepiece of a Polish strategy to diversify away from Russia that began years before Moscow’s February invasion of Ukraine triggered a global energy crisis.

The flows from Norway along with supplies via liquefied gas terminals are central to Poland’s plan. The country was cut off from Russian gas supplies in April, allegedly for refusing to pay in roubles.

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Belgian Justice Minister Under Protection Over Alleged Kidnap Plot by Drugs Criminals

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s justice minister remained under protection Monday after four people suspected of taking part in a plot by alleged drugs criminals to kidnap him were arrested in the Netherlands.

Vincent Van Quickenborne said in a message on social media that he is “safe and in good hands” but will have to skip some planned activities in the coming days.

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Conservatives Across Europe Flood to Congratulate Giorgia Meloni After Historic Italian Electoral Victory

Italy’s right-wing Giorgia Meloni will become the country’s first female prime minister after a historic victory in Sunday’s national election, and conservatives across the European continent have declared the electoral success as marking a seismic shift in public opinion away from the liberal status quo.

One of the first to congratulate the Fratelli d’Italia leader was former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who praised the Italian people’s decision to “take their destiny into their own hands by electing a patriotic and sovereignist government.”

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Deserted by Voters for Surging Right-Wing Meloni, Populist Italian Salvini Faces Leadership Challenge

Populist League leader Matteo Salvini is facing a leadership challenge after his party underperformed in Sunday’s election, with right-wing voters moving to Giorgia Meloni instead, taking the right coalition to an overall victory but leaving Salvini trampled beneath the surging Brothers party.

Leading up to Sunday’s election, many opinion polls put the League (Lega) at around twelve per cent or more but the first projected results of the vote put the party at just 8.8 per cent, a huge decline for the party which achieved over 17 per cent of the vote in the last election held in 2018 and also governed the country alongside the Five star Movement (M5S) in recent memory.

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Did Putin’s Frogmen Blow Up Europe’s Gas Supplies? Western Leaders Blame ‘Deliberate’ Sabotage After Nord Stream Pipe From Russia Ruptured Off Sweden Causing 3000ft-Wide Bubbles and Sending Prices Spiking

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said her government believes the leaks were caused by ‘deliberate actions’, adding that the pipeline will be out of action for around a week.

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EU Chief Calls Nord Stream Attack “Sabotage”, Warns of “Strongest Possible Response”

Update (1910ET):

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen confirmed the Nord Stream pipeline system leaks were caused by “sabotage,” and warned of the “strongest possible response” should active European energy infrastructure be attacked.

Earlier, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the three separate leaks on NS1 and NS2 as “deliberate acts,” adding: “It’s hard to imagine that it’s accidental.”

On Monday, Swedish seismologists reported the detection of underwater explosions — shortly after which large patches of roiling gas could be seen on the surface in the same area.

As rumors swirl over who is responsible for the incident, one message it sent was clear — vital systems are vulnerable to attack.

“The most important message that somebody wants to send, is what one is capable of doing with an offline pipeline can also be done with active pipelines, or undersea cables, or other infrastructure,” said Julian Pawlak, a researcher at the German Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies, in a statement to the NY Times.

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Former Italian Footballer Norberto Bianchi Dies From Cardiac Arrest in Football Match

Former footballer Norberto Bianchi died from cardiac arrest in Sorso, Italy, in the Borgo degli Ulivi sports centre.

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Germany: This Shocked Even Me

Authorities in Germany are raiding people’s homes for ‘online hate speech’.

This included someone who highlighted the hypocrisy of politicians, another man who called a journalist “stupid,” people who misattributed quotes, and other who made fun of people in authority.

Hate speech laws don’t protect the weak, they protect the powerful.

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German Government Thinks Russian Gas Pipelines Could Have Been Deliberately Sabotaged

Tagesspiegel newspaper reports that a sudden loss of pressure in three natural gas pipelines between Russia and Germany is likely to have been a “targeted attack” carried out by either Russia or Ukraine.

Pressure in the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline dropped from 300 to 7 bars on Sunday night, followed by a similar occurrence in Nord Stream 1’s on Monday afternoon.

The sudden drop of pressure in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline may also have caused a gas leak near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, a situation being monitored by Danish authorities.

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

Germany: Andy Ngo Reports: Antifa Target Berlin Jordan Peterson Event

For weeks, Antifa members in Germany have been organizing to shut down a sold-out Jordan Peterson event in Berlin being hosted at a venue in the heart of their neighborhood.

Peterson is scheduled to speak at the Tempodrom on Thursday, Sept. 29. The venue is in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough of Berlin, an area infamous for its violent far-left politics and Antifa organizing. Far-left protest-turned-riots occur there nearly every year on May Day. Law enforcement officers are also routinely assaulted and injured when trying to clear the illegal anarchist-communist squats and encampments that sometimes line the neighborhood.

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Head of Italy’s Largest Left-Wing Party to Resign After Party Crushed by Meloni Coalition

The leader of Italy’s most popular left-wing party has announced he will resign after its catastrophic defeat to a coalition of right-wing parties led by Giorgia Meloni.

Enrico Letta, the head of Italy’s Democratic Party, has announced that he will resign following his party’s seismic defeat to a right-wing coalition headed up by populist firebrand Giorgia Meloni during the country’s general election on Sunday.

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Hungarian FM: Europe’s Narrative About War No Longer Relevant

At the UN General Assembly in New York, Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjartó made an interesting observation: Europe has long since lost the “race of narratives” in connection with the Ukraine war.

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Italy’s Move to the Right Shakes Europe’s Political Elites as Giorgia Meloni Readies to Govern

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party that won the most votes in Italy’s national election, was preparing to be the country’s first woman premier on Monday. The center-right coalition leader is bound for office declaring “We defend God, country, and family” built on opposition to gender ideology and the LGBT lobby alongside support for strong borders and an end to limitless mass migration.

Meloni sounded a moderate, unifying tone in a victory speech that noted Italians had finally been able to clearly determine who they wanted to govern and the direction they wished to go in defiance of establishment elites.

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Leftist Former Italian PM Says ‘Return of Fascism’ Narrative is “Absolutely Fake News”

The notion that right-wing candidate Georgia Meloni’s victory in Italy represents a threat to Italian democracy or the return of fascism is “absolutely fake news,” according to the country’s leftist former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Whoops, narrative fail.

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Meloni Smashes Through Italian ‘Red Wall’ Winning in Traditional Leftist Areas

The Italian centre-right alliance led by firebrand conservative Giorgia Meloni has overtaken the left-wing Democratic Party in traditionally leftist regions, smashing through the historic “red wall” of the Italian election landscape.

Election data suggests that the centre-right, which includes Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), Matteo Salvini’s League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, have beaten the Democratic Party even in former leftist strongholds such as Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

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Meloni to Become First Truly Elected Italian PM in Over a Decade

National conservative Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni is set to become the first elected, rather than appointed, Prime Minister of Italy in well over a decade following a series of technocrat and otherwise imposed Prime Ministers leading unstable and untenable coalitions.

Giorgia Meloni will be the first party leader to win a national election and then become Prime Minister as a consequence of that vote since Silvio Berlusconi and his centre-right coalition won a majority in 2008 following a snap election after the fall of “caretaker” Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s technocratic government in January of that year.

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Nord Stream: Explosions Recorded Prior to Discovery of Major Gas Leaks

Seismologists recorded what they think were explosions before gas began pouring out of two Russia-to-Germany pipelines under the Baltic Sea.

It’s unclear what caused the blasts but they are the result of “deliberate actions”, according to Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen.

Her Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, called it “an act of sabotage”.

Two leaks were discovered on Nord Stream 1, which Moscow shut down earlier this month in retaliation for Western sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“This is not a small crack. It’s a really big hole,” said the Danish Energy Agency.

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Norway, Germany, Brace for Insecurity After Nordstream Explosions

Norway will beef up its security at its oil and gas installations after three explosions rocked the Nordstream 1 & 2 pipelines, the country’s oil and energy minister said on Tuesday.

Germany’s economy minister also offered words of strength on Tuesday, saying that it knows how to—and can—defend its infrastructure.

This week, both Danish and Swedish authorities reported leaks from both the Nordstream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea. Neither pipeline was operational at the time, but contained gas, which is now leaking into the surrounding waters.

European officials and analysts say the leaks cannot be coincidental. A German official says evidence points to sabotage rather than a mere technical issue.

The Swedish National Seismology Center said that measurement stations in Sweden and Denmark had registered powerful subsea blasts.

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Seismograph Spiked Twice on Day of Baltic Pipeline Leaks — Germany’s GFZ

BERLIN, Sept 27 (Reuters) — A seismograph on the Danish island of Bornholm twice recorded spikes representing earth tremors on Monday, the day on which the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines underwent dramatic falls in pressure, German geological research centre GFZ said.

The seismograph recorded near-silence until 0003 GMT (2am local time) when there was a spike representing a tremor in the earth followed by a continuous hissing waveform. The pattern repeated itself at 1700.

European politicians and security experts have suggested that the pipeline rupture near Bornholm could have been caused by sabotage. GFZ declined to be drawn on whether the tremors recorded could have been the result of an explosion.

“There was a spike and then regular noise,” said GFZ spokesperson Josef Zens. “We cannot say if that could be gas streaming out.”

Nord Stream 2 was first reported to have depressurised on Monday afternoon. The depressurisation in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was reported in the early evening, shortly after the second of the two spikes.

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U.S. Blew Up Russian Gas Pipelines Nord Stream 1 & 2, Says Former Polish Defense Minister

Authored by Michael Shellenberger via Substack

A former Polish Defense Minister, Radek Sikorski, has attributed to the United States the sabotage of two pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, which carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. “Thank you, USA,” Sikorski wrote on Twitter. Sikorski was Minister of National Defense from 2005 — 2007 and served as Deputy Minister of National Defense and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, previously. He is currently an elected member of the European parliament.

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UK: Labour Party Will Ban Fracking Again if Handed Power, Will Push Green Agenda Instead

Despite the ongoing energy crisis, the UK Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor has announced that her party will re-ban fracking and push their green agenda should they find themselves in power.

Calling fracking a “dangerous” technology that is “bad for our planet”, the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves, has vowed that her party will ban fracking.

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UK: Leading Labour Politicians Khan, Rayner, Demand Regulation of ‘Online Hate’

Two leading figures in the UK Labour Party, deputy leader Angela Rayner and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, are pushing the government to speedily pass new regulations on “online hate” — a sign of the party’s priorities if it defeats the ruling conservative party at the next election.

Speaking at an event at the annual Labour Party conference this weekend, the leftist politicians demanded more action from the government, even though British laws already criminalize “hate speech.”

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UK: Pro COVID Vaccine Doctor Calls for Worldwide Suspension of mRNA Shots

A British doctor has reversed his stance on the COVID-19 vaccines and called for a worldwide suspension, pending an inquiry.

“There is a smoking gun,” says Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist, referring to the Pfizer phase 3 trials.

“If you look at the supplementary appendix there, there were four cardiac arrests in the vaccine group versus one in the placebo,” he told Freeman Reports.

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Women, Children, Elders ‘Living in Fear’ Amid Inter-Ethnic Violence in England

Members of the South Asian community in the multicultural city of Leicester are “living in fear” as violent clashes between Muslims and Hindus continue, according to a local official.

Rita Patel, who chairs the race activist Operation Black Vote campaign and serves as a councillor for the leftist Labour Party in Leicester, made the admission during a public address aimed at cooling tensions in the city.

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15 Dead in Russia School Shooting Despite ‘Restrictive’ Gun Control

Fifteen people were killed and 24 wounded during a school shooting in Russia on Monday despite that country’s “restrictive” gun control policies.

The attack occurred in “School No. 88 in Izhevsk,” which is approximately 600 miles east of Moscow, and “educates children between grades one and 11,” the Associated Press reported .

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Reports: Russians Attack Conscription Centers With Gunfire, Molotov Cocktails

A man upset at being conscripted into Russia’s war on Ukraine opened fire at a recruiting office in Irkutsk on Monday, gunning down a recruiter at point-blank range.

Another man hurled firebombs at an enlistment office in Uryupinsk, making it the latest of 20 such offices to be set ablaze since Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced nationwide mobilization to support the flagging war effort.

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Results Show Huge Majorities in Favor of Joining Russia as Ukraine Annexation Polls Close: State Media

Annexation polls have closed Tuesday in four occupied regions of Ukraine, after five days of voting on whether or not citizens in these territories wish to join the Russian Federation. Marking the occasion, President Vladimir Putin said in a televised meeting with officials: “Saving people in the territories where this referendum is taking place… is the focus of the attention of our entire society and of the entire country.”

Russia’s state RT has announced partial results late in the evening (local time) showing a huge majority in both the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) supporting uniting with the Russian Federation. “In DPR, more than 98% of voters supported the idea to join Russia, according to early official figures. The referendum in LPR yielded a similar result, with more than 97% of voters supporting the potential reunification. In Lugansk, all the ballots have been already counted, according to local authorities, while Donetsk, so far, has processed just over a half of votes.”

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Russian Instagram User Faces Jail for Using the Platform

19-year-old Russian influencer Veronika Loginova was threatened with prison time for using Instagram. Both Facebook and Instagram were banned in Russia in March, after the government declared their parent company Meta an “extremist organization.”

Loginova, who has over 550,000 followers on Instagram, describes herself as a “fashion lover.”

According to Roskomsvoboda, a digital rights nonprofit providing Loginova with legal support, she created her account at the age of 15. Since then she has used the platform to talk about creating a business and fashion.

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US Tells Snowden Return Home to “Face Justice” Or Risk Conscription in Russian Army

Upon learning of Monday’s decree signed by Vladimir Putin to grant Russian citizenship to ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden after having been given asylum since he arrived there in 2013, the US administration called on Snowden to return to American soil to “face justice”.

“Mr. Snowden should return to the United States where he should face justice as any other American citizen would,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday.

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India: Mumbai: An Angry Muslim Husband Killed His Hindu Wife as Refusing to Wear Burqa

Fanatic Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh kills his Hindu wife Rupali for refusing to wear burqa and not following the Muslim customs; arrested by Mumbai Police.

Preeti Chapalgaonkar | HENB | Mumbai | Sept 27, 2022:: The fanatic Muslim husband killed his Hindu wife by slitting her throat with a knife for not following Muslim customs and wearing a burqa. Then absconded from the scene. But soon the Tilak Nagar police of Mumbai arrested him. Currently, the police are interrogating the accused husband.

In Mumbai, Maharashtra, a Muslim husband killed his 23-year-old wife by slitting her throat with a knife in public. The case happened in the Tilak Nagar area. It is being told that Rupali was Hindu, whereas, her husband Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh is Muslim. Both had a love marriage three years ago. Both have a son. Iqbal and his family always forced Rupali to follow Muslim customs and wear burqa etc. But Rupali did not agree to it.

There was often a fight between the two on this matter, due to which Rupali started living apart from Iqbal. However, the two often talked on the phone. On Monday, Iqbal called Rupali to meet as usual. But, the two began to quarrel again about many matters. In anger, Rupali talked then about getting a divorce.

At first Iqbal started convincing him by referring to his son. But when Rupali insisted on divorce, Iqbal dragged Rupali to the street. Then he cut his throat with a knife, which killed Rupali on the spot. Hearing Rupali’s scream, people started gathering there. In a moment, Iqbal ran away from the scene as soon as he saw the people coming around.

When people informed the police,the police reached the spot as soon as the information was received. Rupali’s body was taken into custody and sent for post-mortem. The police immediately started looking for the accused and arrested Iqbal after a while.

In the police interrogation, Iqbal told that this was his second marriage. Before this he had a marriage. But Iqbal divorced him when he did not have children from his first wife. Then three years ago he married a Hindu girl Rupali. Rupali had a son with Iqbal. But Rupali separated from him a few days ago. She often fought him. On Monday he went to convince her. Even then she started fighting him, which angered him and he killed Rupali by slitting her throat with a knife. This was the cool narration made by the accused before the police.

On the other hand, Rupali’s sister says that Iqbal has killed Rupali because he was forcing her to follow Muslim customs and wear burqa and Iqbal and his family used to torture upon Rupali on a regular basis.

Tilak Nagar police inspector Vilas Rathore said that the incident happened on Monday night around 10 o’clock. Accused Iqbal Sheikh killed his 23-year-old wife by slitting her throat with a knife. At present, the accused is being interrogated. Also, the real reasons for the murder are also being investigated.

It’s not any another exception to reveal the end result of a Hindu woman’s fate who loved and married a Muslim man. Marriage to a Muslim man always bears a high risk to be separated through triple talaq, immense torture according to Quranic dictum meant for the women and finally to meet a horrific death matured by her dangerous counterparts.

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India to Require Citizens to Register ID to Use Email, Communication Apps

The Indian government is considering new telecom legislation that would cover social media platforms and messaging services like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal, telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

The messaging services are already regulated under the Indian Telegraph Act. However, Vaishnaw said they are specified in the proposed legislation.

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China’s Very Clever Plot to Make Australia Dependent on it for Electric Cars Like it is for Virtually Everything Else — and it’s Already Happening as Labor Pushes Its Green Agenda

Chinese-made cars last month had a whopping 83 per cent share of Australia’s electric vehicle market. This occurred after the Greens agreed to back Labor’s climate change policies.

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China: The ‘Massive’ Threat

In an unprecedented move, the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, and the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, the MI5, Ken McCallum, came together in July to warn against the “massive” threat that both intelligence services consider China presents.

“We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our’, I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” Wray said in a joint address by the two directors at the London headquarters of MI5.

“Today is the first time the heads of the FBI and MI5 have shared a public platform,” McCallum said. “We’re doing so to send the clearest signal we can on a massive shared challenge: China.”

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China President Xi Jinping Reappears on State TV Amid Rumours Over ‘Absence’

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday appeared in public for the first time after his return from the SCO summit on September 16. He visited an exhibition of the Communist Party amid rumours of his absence from public events.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, September 27, reappeared on state TV when he visited an exhibition of the Communist Party. This was his first appearance in public life after his return from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand on September 16, which sparked rumours about his absence from public events ahead of next month’s key Congress of the ruling party.

According to rumours on the Internet, Jinping had been removed as the chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army, or the PLA.

Jinping on Tuesday called for “concerted efforts to forge ahead determinedly toward a new victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics”. He was accompanied by No. 2 leader and Premier Li Keqiang and other top CPC officials.

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Meta Shuts Down Chinese Propaganda Operation Targeting U.S. Midterms, Including Attacks on Republicans

Meta Platforms, which operates Facebook, said on Tuesday that it removed the first known China-based propaganda operation targeting the upcoming U.S. midterm elections in November.

One example of the operation’s efforts included a targeted attack on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio asking him to stop gun violence. It used the hashtag #RubioChildrenKiller.

The Chinese operation maintained a network of accounts across Facebook and Instagram, as well as Twitter, but failed to attract much of a following, Meta said in a report of its findings.

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Philippines: Man Stabbed to Death by Aunt and Her Live-in Partner

A couple remains at large after they allegedly attacked a 35-year-old man afternoon of Sept 25, 2022 in Batad, Iloilo.

Police are now preparing a case for murder against Alma Villanueva and her live-in partner Reynaldo Maderaje of Barangay Bulak Sur, Batad.

Villanueva and Maderaje allegedly conspired in killing Villanueva’s nephew, Bernardo de Julian Jr., following a fight at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The incident happened after a heated argument between Villanueva and de Julian while they were on the roadside at Bulak Sur village.

Lieutenant Jaypee Silvestre, Batad police chief, said the misunderstanding between the aunt and her nephew occurred after the latter called her out for not taking care of her son.

Villanueva has three children from her previous relationship.

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Tibet Lockdown Abuses Are Censored on Chinese Social Media

The lockdown in Tibet and forcing residents in Covid quarantine camps has triggered anger among Tibetans, who have taken to social media to express their frustration. The social media posts were followed by massive censorship on social media.

Voice of America reported about videos on social media sites like Weibo and Douyin of Tibet residents complaining about people disappearing into quarantine camps, where they are taken using a bus that comes in the middle of the night.

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Astonishing Moment Teammates Get Into a Wild Punch-Up at a Press Conference During Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney — as Star Player Blames Mayhem on a ‘Family Misunderstanding’

Two players on the Mali women’s basketball team have been filmed physically fighting one another following their World Cup loss to Serbia in Sydney.

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Brazen Daylight Smash and Grab Shocks NZ Shoppers

Shoppers in regional New Zealand have been left shaken after two brazen smash and grab robberies on Sunday.

A group of between seven and 10 masked robbers — some thought to be aged 13 years old — walked into Michael Hill Jewellers at The Base, Te Rapa Hamilton just before lunchtime and began smashing glass cabinets.

The group escaped with jewellery and hit an elderly man in the head with a hammer as they made their getaway.

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Chocolate-Coated Bugs Touted as an Australian First

A West Australian sweets company has begun selling chocolate coated insects in what they claim is an Australian first.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company launched the choc-covered bugs at the weekend, insisting there was enormous potential in the creepy-crawly treats.

Company co-founder Martin Black said insect candy, unlike conventional confectionary, would be rich in protein, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, and various vitamins.

“We believe there is huge potential for interesting and delicious chocolate insect combinations that are healthy, environmentally friendly and a rich source of protein,” he said.

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Climate Extremist Has Charges Dropped Due to ‘Climate Change-Induced Anxiety’

A climate protestor who blocked the Sydney tunnel by locking her neck to her car has had all charges dropped because of her climate change-induced anxiety.

Mali Cooper, formerly of Lismore, now from Bellingen, brought traffic to a standstill when she stopped her car on a major Sydney road and locked her neck to the car’s steering wheel.

Peak hour traffic backed up for kilometres as Cooper live streamed the moment.

Police charged her with entering the tunnel to disrupt traffic and obstructing vehicles as a pedestrian.

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Exclusive: Terrifying Moment Elite Cyclist Chases Frightened Girls, 13 and 14, Into a Hotel Room Before Assaulting Them Over ‘Knock and Run’ Prank — as Dad Reveals Their Scars and Why They Are in Trouble

The footage, taken by a 12-year-old girl, shows her 14-year-old sister in the Novotel Brighton Le Sands at 10.40pm last Saturday before being chased by Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel

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Pandemic Accelerated Australia’s Shift Away From Cash

Two of Australia’s largest cash-in-transit companies are set to combine, arguing that the lack of cash in circulation makes the merger necessary.

The companies claim cash has gone from being used in 50% of transactions a few years ago to just 20% of transactions today, with that percentage set to fall even further.

Linfox Armaguard and Prosegur Austalia have argued that their merger, which would create a single player with 90% of the market, was necessary because their real competition was burgeoning electronic payment systems.

Paypal managing director Peter Cowan told Sky News at the weekend that 97% of people now shopped online.

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Watch the Fiery Moment Pauline Hanson Offers to Drive Greens Senator to the Airport as She Doubles Down on Brutal ‘P*** Off Back to Pakistan’ Attack Sparking Wild Cries of ‘Scumbag’

Pauline Hanson has been called a ‘scumbag’ in the Senate for refusing to withdraw a tweet saying Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi should ‘p*** off back to Pakistan’.

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Excusive Interview: The Russians Gained Control of Several African Countries ‘Because France Shot Itself in Both Feet, ‘ Says French Expert on Africa

Born in Morocco during the French protectorate, Bernard Lugan worked at Rwanda’s University of Butare from 1972 to 1982. After moving back to France in the 1980s, he held a chair at the Jean Moulin University in Lyon and until recently, before his retirement, he taught at the École de Guerre officers’ school and the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan military academy. He was an expert witness for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2002 to 2012, producing several reports. He is the author of an online monthly magazine called “L’Afrique Réelle” (The Real Africa) and has written a number of books, the latest of which, published in 2022, is entitled “Comment la France est devenue la colonie de ses colonies” (How France has become a colony of its colonies).

How did the Russians manage to replace the French in Mali with their Wagner Group?

The truth is the French have put themselves out of Mali on their own, just as they had already done in the Central African Republic. There has been an accumulation of French political errors and this is what I have been explaining for years on my blog and in my books. Nature abhors a vacuum and in Mali, as in the Central African Republic, the Russians came up because the French shot themselves in both feet.

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Canada: Border Guards Searched Electronic Devices of 33,000 Travellers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) searched the phones and electronic devices of over 33,000 travellers before a court case struck down the border agency’s ability to conduct random searches.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the data was provided in an Inquiry of Ministry filed by Conservative MP Raquel Dancho.

A total of 33,373 devices were randomly searched by CBSA officers between Nov. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2021.

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French Sink Migrant Deal in a Fit of Pique: Joint Beach Patrols on Northern Coast Are Cancelled at the 11th Hour Amid Anger Over Emmanuel Macron ‘Friend or Foe’ Row

Liz Truss’s remarks over whether Emmanuel Macron should be considered a ‘friend or foe’ led to France pulling out of a major deal to tackle the small boats crisis.

Boris Johnson’s government had been poised to announce an agreement with France allowing British immigration officers to be deployed on the other side of the Channel.

But Miss Truss unintentionally scuppered the ‘ground-breaking’ deal during her Tory leadership campaign when she said the ‘jury is out’ on whether the French president was a ‘friend or foe’.

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‘It’s Absurd’ — Plan to Increase UK Immigration Split PM Truss’ First Cabinet

New U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss is facing her first Cabinet revolt among key allies understood to be unhappy with government plans to relax immigration rules — a plan she claims will boost economic growth.

MailOnline reports that both recently appointed Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg are opposed to the plan, instead advocating for a more conservative social policy.

The new Conservative Party leader is expected to announce a relaxation of rules governing the shortage occupations list, widening the criteria to allow businesses greater flexibility to recruit cheaper migrant labor to critical roles.

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Record Number of Illegal Crossings Into Canada by Asylum Claimants in 2022

The number of asylum claimants entering Canada illegally at border crossings like Roxham Road reached a six-year high in 2022.

>From January to August, RCMP figures showed that 23,358 migrants were encountered at illegal border crossings, 13% higher than in 2017 after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that refugees were welcome in Canada and when the federal government first started reporting the data.

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Russian Migrant Wave Hits Central Asia as Men Avoid Putin’s Ukraine Conscription

Tens of thousands of Russians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s military conscription to fuel the Ukraine invasion have flooded neighboring central Asian countries in the past week, leaving governments such as Kazakhstan and Mongolia with few resources to process the sudden and growing migrant wave.

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UK: Labour Says it Will Cancel Rwanda Migrant Deportation Scheme With Yvette Cooper Branding it ‘Deeply Damaging, Extortionately Expensive, Unworkable and Unethical’ And Vowing to Use Money for a New Immigration Police Force

Labour today vowed to ‘cancel’ deportation flights taking migrants to Rwanda if they take power and used the saved millions to build a new immigration police force.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper branded the £120million scheme ‘deeply damaging, extortionately expensive, unworkable and unethical’ as she addressed the party conference.

She vowed to spend the saved money on ‘a new cross-border police unit’ working with authorities in France to stop people smuggling gangs.

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Breaking: YouTube Censors Russell Brand on Eve of His New Rumble Show Debut

On Tuesday, Russell Brand announced that YouTube had removed one of his videos for “misinformation,” coming just one day before Brand is set to air a new show exclusively on Rumble.

In Brand’s most recent YouTube video, he recounted how a video posted earlier in the month regarding changing narratives surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and treatments.

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EU Will be ‘Vigilant’ Towards Any Threat to Abortion After Italy Election, French PM Threatens

France’s Prime Minister has threatened that the EU will be “vigilant” towards any threat to its pro-abortion regime after Italy’s historic general election.

The European Union will be “vigilant” of any threats to “human rights”, especially in regards to its pro-abortion regime, after the Italian public decided to hand the country’s right-wing a sizable victory during the country’s general election on Sunday.

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Netflix Accused of ‘Hate Crime’ After Labelling Jeffrey Dahmer Series as LGBTQ Content

NETFLIX has been accused of committing a ‘hate crime’ by tagging its new series on mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer as LGBTQ content with outraged viewers successfully campaigning to have the label removed.

Dahmer, who killed and ate 17 people between 1978 and 1991, was a homosexual whose victims were also homosexuals.

Dahmer’s crimes included dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism.

But LBGTQ subscribers to the steaming service expressed outrage on social media that the popular series had been advertised under the LGBTQ heading.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/27/2022

  1. Dumb, dumber, DUMBEST

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    IQ levels in Sweden are currently falling sharply, according to the results of recurring PISA measurements.
    Citizens’ IQ best predictor of countries’ prosperity

    Published 20 September 2022 in Fria Tider

    SCIENCE.
    A country’s average IQ level has an “extremely strong” correlation with its GDP per capita, a new British study shows.

    About 70 percent of the differences in wealth between the world’s countries can be linked IQ level as the sole explanatory factor.

    – We found that IQ level was the most reliable predictor of economic growth with the highest impact, compared to more than 70 other variables drawn from the growth literature, says researcher Emil O. W. Kirkegaard of Ulster University.

    “Low IQ explains why immigrants don’t integrate”

    According to the study, there are also other indicators that correlate with high prosperity, such as access to natural resources, social institutions, cultural development and so on. Several of these indicators were strongly correlated with prosperity, but none was as important as the IQ level of the population.

    Perhaps surprisingly for the general public, there are strong doubts about whether democracy improves or worsens economic growth in a country. This study does not answer that question either, but it has long been known among researchers that the situation is highly unclear.

    – As early as 1993, about half of the studies showed that democracy led to higher economic growth, while almost as many argued the opposite, says Kirkegaard.

    In recent years, IQ levels in Sweden have fallen sharply, as evidenced by lower maths and other skills in the country’s PISA results, but according to a study by the Institute for Business Research, this is entirely due to immigration, i.e. the very high levels of subsidised immigration from low-IQ Third World countries.

    • The Bell Curve is real and it shows exactly what happens when you bring in the 3rd world, it dumbs down the population to it’s lowest common denominator.

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