Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/28/2022

Russia called for a meeting of the UN Security Council over the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, and blamed the United States for the attack. The Biden administration, however, said Russia was responsible for the sabotage. Meanwhile, the US government urged all Americans to leave Russia immediately.

In other news, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa on the west coast of Florida as a Category 4 storm, but gradually weakened to a Category 1 as it moved inland.

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Financial Crisis
» Bank of England Takes Emergency Action to Stabilise UK Economy, After Earlier IMF Warning
» Crisis Looming as 60% of German Households Dipping Into Their Savings to Say Afloat
» German Business Confidence Plummets to Two-Year Low as Recession Looms
» Hungary Hikes Interest Rate to 13%, Highest Level in 22 Years
» Over 70% of Workers Say Inflation is Outpacing Their Salary: Survey
» Slovak Economy on Verge of Collapse as Energy Prices Soar, Prime Minister Warns
» Spain’s Food Prices Rise as Much 118 Per Cent in Just One Year
» Sweden’s Steel Industry on Verge of Collapsing Due to Skyrocketing Energy Costs
 
USA
» 12 GOP Senators Demand Explanation for FBI Arrest of Pro-Life Activist
» Biden Appears to Look for Deceased Congresswoman in Crowd: ‘Where’s Jackie?’
» Breaking: Libs of TikTok Suspended Again From Twitter
» Breaking: Elon Musk Expresses Interest in Doing Business With Rumble
» Coast Guard Spots Chinese, Russian Warship Formation Off Alaska
» Donald Trump Jr Leads Backlash Against Trending #bringmasksback
» Exclusive: GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Announces ‘Largest Tax Cut in South Dakota History’
» Gates Foundation Boosts Funding for Digital ID Projects
» Hurricane Ian Storm Surge Floods Homes, Sends Boats Floating Down Streets of Southwest Florida
» Ian Downgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane as it Pushes Inland
» Lawsuit Demands San Francisco Stop Homeless Camp Sweeps
» Lawsuit Filed to Stop Biden Administration’s Unlawful Student Loan Cancellation
» Murder Suspect, 15-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Shootout With Police on California Highway
» Oakland School Shooting Leaves 6 Adults Injured, Police Searching for Suspect
» Philadelphia PD Seeks to Identify 100 Juveniles in “Riot” At Wawa Convenience Store Last Weekend
» Soros-Backed Prosecutors Face Backlash in Virginia
» Tulsa Prosecutor Recovering After Being Stabbed by Daughter
» Video: Ted Cruz Points Out Democrats Have Objected to Election Results Multiple Times
» Video: Tucker Carlson Suggests Biden Admin Blew Up Russian Gas Pipelines
» Washington Sheriff Slams Failed Liberal Policies as Homeless Encampment ‘Devastates’ Spokane Neighborhood
» Watch: White House Denies Allegations That the Biden Administration Sabotaged Nord Stream Pipelines
» Water Drains From Tampa Bay From Ian’s Winds, Then Refills
» Waukesha Parade Accused Killer Allowed to Represent Himself After Testy Exchange With Judge
 
Canada
» ArriveCAN Chaos Caused Some Travellers to Defecate Themselves While Waiting to Cross Border
» Calgary Warns Ottawa’s Net-Zero Electricity Plan Would Hike Costs by $45 Billion
» Trudeau Government Allows China to Open Police Stations in Canada to Monitor Chinese Nationals
 
Europe and the EU
» Almost Half of Poles Fear Russia Will Use a Nuclear Weapon, Poll Shows
» As Italy Election Dust Settles, Looking at the State of European Conservatism Today
» CIA Warned Germany About Gas Pipeline Attack Weeks Ago
» Germany and EU Have Been Handed Over a Declaration of War
» Germany: Breaking News: AfD Headquarters Raided by Prosecution Officials
» Germany’s Population Exceeds 84 Million for the First Time
» Gun Violence Continues to Grip Sweden as Country Surpasses Previous Record Number of Fatal Shootings in a Year
» Hungary to Hold National Consultation on EU’s Russia Sanctions
» Hungarian Police Launch Investigation Into Election Intererence, Focus on US NGO That Funneled Millions to Left-Wing Opposition
» Hungary’s Drought Problem Could Force a Switch From Growing Corn to Millet
» Italy’s New Government Should Follow Hungary’s Blueprint, Says Italian Conservative Writer
» Nord Stream Pipelines in the Baltic Sea Have Four Leaks, Not Three
» Oil Rigs in Norway’s North Sea Buzzed by Mysterious Drones
» Poland Plans New Push for €1.3 Trillion in Reparations From Germany, Says Poland’s Ruling Party Leader
» Poland’s President Slams EU Leaders for ‘Haughtiness, Arrogance and Contempt’ Over Italy’s Election Results
» The EU Establishment Will React ‘Brutally’ After Italian Election Out of Fear of Losing Power, Says Polish MEP
» UK: This Shocked Even Me
» UK: YouTube Censors Russell Brand, Re-Affirming the Switch to Rumble
» Video: Meloni Slammed ‘Disgusting’ Macron, Accused Him of Impoverishing Africa and Causing Migration Crisis in Epic Speech
 
Russia
» Apple Removes Russian App VK and Others From App Store After UK Sanctions
» EU Proposes Fresh Sanctions on Russia After ‘Sham Referendums’ In Ukraine
» Russia Calls UN Security Meeting Over Pipeline, Blames United States for ‘Terrorist Attack’
» Russia Expected to Proclaim Annexation of Occupied Ukrainian Territories Within Days
» Trump Pleads for Biden to Make Russia-Ukraine Deal, Offers to Help Negotiate
» US Urges Americans to Leave Russia Immediately
 
South Asia
» India: Centre Bans PFI and Eight Affiliate Organizations for 5 Years, Cites ‘Unlawful Activities’
 
Immigration
» Albanian People Smuggler Allegedly Makes a Million Pounds a Week From Channel Migrants
» Backlog for Dutch Asylum Applicants as High as During the 2015 Migrant Crisis
» Belarus Continues Pushing Migrants Across Poland’s Border
» Biden Admin Awards $41m in Contracts to New Left-Wing Group That Helps Illegal Immigrants Fight Deportations
» Farage: Liz Truss is ‘Betraying Brexit’ With Pro-Immigration Push
» France: Public Demo Planned in Nantes to Highlight Citizens’ Insecurity Following Arrests of Sudanese Migrants for Gang Rape of Woman Walking Home Alone
» Germany the Victim of ‘Social Tourism’ by Ukrainian Refugees, Opposition Leader Claims
» Majority of Texas Voters Support Migrant Bussing, Hispanics List Border as Top Election Issue: Poll
» Ninth Circuit Says California’s Ban on Private ICE Detention Facilities is Unconstitutional
» Quebec: Legault Says Immigration Hike Would be “A Bit Suicidal” for French Fluency
 
Culture Wars
» “All Ages” Drag Show in Tennessee Canceled After Protesters Arrive
» Climate Activist’s Rank Hypocrisy Exposed in Hilarious Radio Interview
» Communication Platform Front Deplatforms the Babylon Bee
» Google Silences Women: YouTube Removes Giorgia Meloni’s Viral 2019 Speech
» ‘I’ve Gone From Children’s Author to Truck Driver — All Because I Stood Up for JK Rowling’…
» UK Police Department Savaged for Defending Convicted Serial Pedophile Against ‘Hate’
» Virginia Gov. Youngkin Defends Transgender Policies After Student Protests: Parents Will Not be ‘Excluded’
 
General
» Brave Browser Adds Privacy-Friendly Language Translation
 

Bank of England Takes Emergency Action to Stabilise UK Economy, After Earlier IMF Warning

The Bank of England has stepped in to stabilise financial markets after the British government’s tax-cutting plans caused economic chaos.

In an emergency intervention, the central bank warned of a “material risk to UK financial stability” if market dysfunction continued.

It came after the IMF urged the UK government to rethink its fiscal strategy that saw the pound plummet to a record low against the US dollar this week.

On Wednesday, the Bank of England said it would buy long-dated government bonds — issued to support public spending — on “whatever scale is necessary”.

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

Crisis Looming as 60% of German Households Dipping Into Their Savings to Say Afloat

German households are increasingly tapped out financially, with more and more of them not only using all of their income to get by each money, but also dipping into their savings and relying on debt. If inflation continues to rise, it may spark a financial crisis in the country seen as the engine that keeps the European economy running.

Helmut Schleweis, president of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV), recently warned that 60 percent of Germans households, which amounts to 25 million people, are already putting their entirely monthly income and some savings to keep up with the country’s rising cost of living.

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

German Business Confidence Plummets to Two-Year Low as Recession Looms

The mood in the German economy has deteriorated considerably in the past month with the ifo Business Climate Index falling by 4.3 points to 84.3 in September, its lowest value since May 2020.

The drop in confidence was sharper than experts had predicted, with economists polled by Reuters only expecting a decline to 87.0 points.

The slump was felt across all four major sectors of the German economy, including manufacturing, services, trade, and construction, with President of the ifo Institute Clemens Fuest warning that the country “is slipping into recession.”

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

Hungary Hikes Interest Rate to 13%, Highest Level in 22 Years

On Tuesday, the Monetary Council of the Hungarian Central Bank (MNB) increased its base rate by an unexpected 125 basis points to 13 percent, a 22-year high.

MNB governor György Matolcsy said this was the last in a 16-month-long string of base rate hikes.

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

Over 70% of Workers Say Inflation is Outpacing Their Salary: Survey

Seventy-one percent of American workers say the cost of living is outpacing their salary, according to a new Bank of America survey.

The survey was published Tuesday in the commercial bank’s annual Workplace Benefits Report, which also found that 48% of respondents are concerned about not being able to make ends meet amid high inflation.

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

Slovak Economy on Verge of Collapse as Energy Prices Soar, Prime Minister Warns

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said on Wednesday that energy crisis and rising electricity prices could put the country’s economy on the verge of collapse unless the European Union provides more financial help.

Heger said that money allocated from an EU windfall tax, which is put on “abnormally high profits” of energy companies, should be equally distributed and Slovakia should receive 1.5 billion euros ($1.5 billion).

The prime minister also hopes for additional help from Brussels that could provide Slovakia with 5 billion euros more from unused regional development funds to reduce energy bills for businesses.

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

Spain’s Food Prices Rise as Much 118 Per Cent in Just One Year

Spain’s food prices have risen at record rates according to the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), who said that sunflower oil had risen the most at 118 per cent.

The OCU said on Wednesday, September 28 that with prices rising it was important to shop around as this could save as much as 20 per cent on your shopping basket.

They add that in general terms prices have risen far quicker than what consumers are used to, with items like cleaning products rising 15.3 per cent the fastest in 34 years.

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

Sweden’s Steel Industry on Verge of Collapsing Due to Skyrocketing Energy Costs

Spiraling energy costs in Sweden have several manufacturing companies on the verge of closure, with the country’s steel industry being hit particularly hard by a dramatic rise in production costs, the Swedish Samnytt publication reports.

Steel forging company Bharat Forge in Karlskoga has experienced a quadrupling of its electricity prices and now risks being forced to halt its operations. This is primarily due to the fact that its furnaces are electric and consume up to 60,000 megawatt-hours per year, according to the news portal, and the rise in energy prices has seen production costs soar by many millions.

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

12 GOP Senators Demand Explanation for FBI Arrest of Pro-Life Activist

EXCLUSIVE — Twelve Republican senators are demanding an explanation from the Justice Department about the FBI’s decision to surround the home of a pro-life activist and arrest him in front of his family.

In a Tuesday letter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and 11 other senators asked Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray for more information about the arrest and indictment of pro-life activist Mark Houck. Officials have charged Houck with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act), apparently in relation to an incident in which Houck pushed an abortion clinic worker who allegedly yelled profanities at Houck’s 11-year-old son.

While the incident between the two parties was dropped, the Justice Department told Houck in April 2022 that he was being investigated for violating the FACE Act. The Senate letter says Houck’s lawyer said he was willing to cooperate in the investigation, and then, last week, as many as 20 FBI agents surrounded Houck’s home “wearing armor plated tactical vests, ballistic helmets and holding ballistic shields and long guns.”

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

Biden Appears to Look for Deceased Congresswoman in Crowd: ‘Where’s Jackie?’

President Biden forgot about the death of Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski while at an event Wednesday, repeatedly searching the crowd for her and calling her name while on stage.

Biden made the grim mistake during an appearance at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in Washington. Walorski was one of four lawmakers who sponsored legislation pushing for the conference last year.

The Republican was killed in a tragic car accident along with two of her staffers in early August.

The president attempted to give her a shoutout along with others during his address.

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

Breaking: Libs of TikTok Suspended Again From Twitter

On Wednesday, the popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok revealed that she has been suspended from Twitter once again, receiving yet another seven day suspension.

“Once again, I have received a wrongful 7-day suspension as the result of a targeted harassment campaign from the Left to deplatform me,” Libs of TikTok wrote on Substack.

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

Breaking: Elon Musk Expresses Interest in Doing Business With Rumble

Elon Musk responded to Rumble founder and CEO Chris Pavlovski on Twitter late Tuesday, suggesting that the two should perhaps meet up. “Maybe worth talking at some point,” Musk said to Pavlovski.

It all began when Russell Brand was censored by YouTube, which led to Brand moving to the rival platform. Brand released a video talking about that censorship, which was over Covid vaccine information, and how YouTube leaves up videos that claim Covid vaccines are super effective, while taking down those that question it.

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

Coast Guard Spots Chinese, Russian Warship Formation Off Alaska

The US military revealed Monday that earlier this month a US Coast Guard had ship embarked on a routine patrol in the Bering Sea and its crew was surprised to come across a Chinese PLA Navy guided missile cruiser.

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

Donald Trump Jr Leads Backlash Against Trending #bringmasksback

On Twitter this week, the hashtag “Bring Back Masks” began trending on Twitter, with numerous users expressing how they will be masking for the fall and winter, will continue masking, or were calling on leaders to reinstitute mask mandates.

At the forefront of backlash against the viral hashtag is son of former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr.

“All of you mentally ill covid freaks are more than welcome to voluntarily wear masks. No one is stopping you. But no more allowing your mental illness and irrational fears to control the lives and behaviors of sane people,” he wrote.

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

Exclusive: GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Announces ‘Largest Tax Cut in South Dakota History’

FIRST ON FOX: Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., who is seeking re-election in the midterms this November, announced that she will eliminate the sales tax on all grocery purchases in South Dakota, the governor’s office told Fox News Digital.

“I have seen families across South Dakota struggling to make ends meet with rising inflation because of President Biden’s policies. His failed liberal agenda has caused the cost of food to skyrocket, and family budgets are being stretched thin,” said Noem while announcing the new tax cut in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Wedne

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

Gates Foundation Boosts Funding for Digital ID Projects

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has increased its investment in digital ID projects through part of a $1.27 billion package to support “global health and development projects.” Part of the funding, $200 million, will go to digital public infrastructure, including civil registry databases and digital ID.

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

Hurricane Ian Storm Surge Floods Homes, Sends Boats Floating Down Streets of Southwest Florida

Conditions continued to deteriorate Wednesday in southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian made landfall with 150 mph winds and a forecast 18-foot storm surge.

As a Category 4 hurricane, Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa in Lee County just after 3 p.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Videos and images from south Naples and Marco Island in Collier County painted a dangerous picture of how serious the storm surge would become as Ian’s eyewall came ashore.

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

Ian Downgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane as it Pushes Inland

Hurricane Ian has now weakened to a Category 3 storm as it continues its push inland.

With maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, it’s still a major storm with a life-threatening storm surge and strong winds battering Florida’s southwest coast.

Over the next 24 hours, inland flooding and tornadoes could threaten several areas across the state.

Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm at 3:05 p.m. near Cayo Costa, packing maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

The storm has weakened as it pushed inland, and it will continue to weaken over the next few days. But it’s still wreaking havoc on Florida as a devastating storm.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Lawsuit Demands San Francisco Stop Homeless Camp Sweeps

Homeless people and their advocates sued the city of San Francisco on Tuesday, demanding that it stop harassing and destroying the belongings of people living on the streets with nowhere to go, and with the goal of forcing the city to spend billions of dollars on affordable homes that will keep residents housed.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and others filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the Coalition on Homelessness and seven individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Defendants include the city, several city departments and Mayor London Breed.

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

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Biden Administration’s Unlawful Student Loan Cancellation

Indianapolis; September 27, 2022: Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit against the U.S. Department of Education to block its illegal move to cancel more than $500 billion in student loan debt.

“Congress did not authorize the executive branch to unilaterally cancel student debt,” said Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. “It’s flagrantly illegal for the executive branch to create a $500 billion program by press release, and without statutory authority or even the basic notice and comment procedure for new regulations.”

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

Murder Suspect, 15-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Shootout With Police on California Highway

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. — An Amber Alert ended Tuesday after a fugitive father and his missing teenage daughter were shot and killed during a shootout with sheriff’s deputies along a California Highway.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said Anthony John Graziano, 45, and 15-year-old Savanna Graziano died following the shooting on Interstate 15 just east of Los Angeles.

According to preliminary reports, the girl may have fired back at the deputies during the vehicle pursuit that started at 10:25 a.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing Graziano’s Nissan Frontier near Highway 395, Discus said.

After a pursuit on southbound I-15, which included an exchange of gunfire, the suspect’s vehicle went off the road between the freeway and an off ramp.

The suspect began firing at deputies, who fired back. During that time, a passenger wearing a tactical helmet and “trauma plate” on their chest exited the passenger side of the vehicle and ran toward deputies.

As the gunfight continued, deputies fatally struck the driver inside his truck. The passenger, who was later identified as the teenager, was also struck as she ran toward deputies.

The girl was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead just before noon, Dicus said.

Authorities did not say whether the girl was struck by gunfire from deputies or her father, later found dead in his truck.

“This all needs to be confirmed,” as it is preliminary information, Dicus emphasized.

Dicus did not know how many times the teenager was shot. Only one AR-15-type rifle was found at the scene, he said.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Oakland School Shooting Leaves 6 Adults Injured, Police Searching for Suspect

Six people were injured in a school shooting Wednesday in Oakland’s Eastmont Hills, police said.

Oakland police officials said the shooting took place at the King Estate campus on Fontaine Street, which houses multiple schools. Officers are looking for at least one shooter, but add other suspects might be involved.

“Today’s gun violence at Sojourner Truth school shocks the soul,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a tweet. “Our schools are sanctuaries for our children.”

[…]

The school has since been cleared by police.

Highland Hospital in Oakland confirms it is treating three of the victims, who all are in critical condition with gunshot wounds. The other three victims were transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to the hospital.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Philadelphia PD Seeks to Identify 100 Juveniles in “Riot” At Wawa Convenience Store Last Weekend

It’s just another day in Democrat-run Philadelphia. Police are attempting to identify 100 juveniles who stormed and ransacked a Wawa in Philadelphia over the weekend.

On Sunday, at around 8:15pm, a Wawa convenience store on Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard was overrun by juveniles who caused more than $10,000 in damages and vandalized the property.

Surveillance video shows the juveniles “screaming, throwing merchandise and breaking things in the store”, Philly Voice reported. Police believe that some of the juveniles were coming from the roller skating rink located next door.

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

Soros-Backed Prosecutors Face Backlash in Virginia

In what has become a disturbing and alarming pattern in Fairfax County, Virginia, a defendant charged with sexually assaulting a minor walked free with only misdemeanor charges last week following a mishandling of the case by Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, one of nearly 100 Democrat prosecutors funded by far-left billionaire George Soros. Now, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares are ramping up pressure on Descano as well as the Old Dominion’s other radical prosecutors to enforce the law, just the latest example of widespread backlash against Soros-backed prosecutors’ radical criminal justice “reform” agenda.

In the case that concluded last week and drew considerable public outrage, 36-year-old Ronnie Reel, who was originally arrested in July of 2021 on charges of forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery against an 11-year-old boy, was released on time served. According to the victim’s mother, Reel “was confessing every little detail that he did, and it was making me sick to my stomach…It was horrible. He literally confessed to me why he did it.”

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

Tulsa Prosecutor Recovering After Being Stabbed by Daughter

An Oklahoma prosecutor was recovering Wednesday at his home in Tulsa, one day after police said he was stabbed by his adult daughter.

“Unfortunately (Tuesday), I found myself in a situation that I hoped would never happen,” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, 60, said in a statement. “Fortunately, my injuries are such that I am able to go home.”

Jennifer Kunzweiler, 30, Kunzweiler’s daughter, was arrested following the stabbing at Kunzweiler’s home, according to a social media post Tuesday night by Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin.

“Tulsa Police has criminal jurisdiction and will work this case like all other cases,” Franklin wrote.

Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said Jennifer Kunzweiler was taken to a hospital after her arrest at the family home, where she also lived. She was treated for self-inflicted cuts sustained before she stabbed her father in the arm and midsection.

A motive for the stabbing remained under investigation, according to Meulenberg.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Ted Cruz Points Out Democrats Have Objected to Election Results Multiple Times

GOP Senator Ted Cruz noted Tuesday that while repeatedly accusing Republicans of being a threat to Democracy for questioning election results, The Democratic Party has done that exact thing on multiple occasions.

Speaking at a hearing exploring potential reform of the presidential Electoral Count Act, Cruz noted “This bill is all about Donald J. Trump. Nobody in our lifetime has driven Democrats in this body out of their minds more than President Trump.”

“We know that Democrats aren’t opposed to objecting to elections and presidential electors,” Cruz continued.

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

Video: Tucker Carlson Suggests Biden Admin Blew Up Russian Gas Pipelines

As evidence piles up that the Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines were deliberately sabotaged, Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested Tuesday that the Biden regime is to blame.

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.

Explosions were detected in the vicinity off the undersea pipelines early Monday morning and Monday evening, registering 1.9 and 2.3 respectively on the Richter scale.

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

Washington Sheriff Slams Failed Liberal Policies as Homeless Encampment ‘Devastates’ Spokane Neighborhood

A Washington state sheriff blamed Democrats for Spokane’s homeless crisis Wednesday, telling “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday that his community is dealing with one of the largest homeless camps in the nation.

“It’s devastating that entire neighborhood,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told Carley Shimkus.

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

Watch: White House Denies Allegations That the Biden Administration Sabotaged Nord Stream Pipelines

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday responded to speculation that the Biden administration sabotaged two gas pipelines that run between Russia and Germany, denying allegations of interference with Nord Stream 1 and 2 despite the administration previously promising to put an end to Nord Stream 2 should Russia invade Ukraine.

Responding to a reporter who asked about Russia’s claims that the Us was behind the leaks, Jean-Pierre said, “so, look, the President said that NS 2 wouldn’t become operational and we would work with Germany on that,” she said. “And he was right, because Germany took the step in February to freeze it, which was widely reported by all of you. And so that is what the President was talking about at that time.”

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

Water Drains From Tampa Bay From Ian’s Winds, Then Refills

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Water driven back by powerful winds drained from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and some dared to venture out on the exposed bay floor.

Ian eventually made landfall as a major hurricane near Fort Myers, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the south.

A number of people posted photos on social media of themselves and others walking out on the exposed sand and silt, despite warnings from local officials to stay back. Tampa Bay has a normal average depth of about 12 feet (4 meters).

The phenomenon of the bay emptying out also occurred in 2017 when Hurricane Irma caused another so-called negative surge, according to experts.

Because hurricane winds blow counterclockwise, the winds at the northern edge of Ian’s circular system were blowing from east to west with such force that they pushed bay water into the Gulf of Mexico.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Waukesha Parade Accused Killer Allowed to Represent Himself After Testy Exchange With Judge

A Wisconsin judge ruled Wednesday that Darrell Brooks can represent himself at his upcoming murder trial for allegedly plowing his SUV into a Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six and injuring dozens.

The decision came after a combative hearing that stretched over two days in which Brooks, 40, repeatedly interrupted and challenged Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow.

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

ArriveCAN Chaos Caused Some Travellers to Defecate Themselves While Waiting to Cross Border

Parliament was told on Tuesday the government’s controversial ArriveCan app, which was designed to speed up border crossings, actually increased the amount of time travelers spent entering Canada.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, officials with the Customs and Immigration Union told the House of Commons trade committee that things got so bad for some travellers that they defecated themselves while waiting to cross the border.

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

Calgary Warns Ottawa’s Net-Zero Electricity Plan Would Hike Costs by $45 Billion

A new energy industry update for the City of Calgary found that proposed net-zero federal electricity regulations would increase electricity prices in Alberta by $45 billion over 15 years.

The report, prepared by the City’s Corporate Planning and Financial Services, comes amid climbing electricity prices in Alberta partly due to the quick transition from coal to renewable sources.

The update found that there was a significant change in electricity price predictions from the second financial quarter to the third financial quarter — the latter of which came after the federal government released its Clean Electricity Regulations which includes a commitment to net zero by 2035

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

Trudeau Government Allows China to Open Police Stations in Canada to Monitor Chinese Nationals

On September 12, human rights watchdog Safeguard Defenders published their latest report on the phenomenon of Chinese transnational policing.

The group revealed that over the past year, China had set up dozens of overseas “service stations” in order to police Chinese nationals living abroad, including three such facilities in Toronto.

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

Almost Half of Poles Fear Russia Will Use a Nuclear Weapon, Poll Shows

Nearly half of Poles fear Russia will use a nuclear weapon, according to the latest poll from the Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IBRiS) for commercial Radio Zet.

The poll showed that 49.6 percent of Poles believe Russia will launch a nuclear weapon, while 29 percent of the respondents do not believe that it will use a nuclear weapon. Another 24.1 percent have no opinion on this matter. The last group, asked if it fears such a scenario, answered: “It is hard to say.”

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

As Italy Election Dust Settles, Looking at the State of European Conservatism Today

The apparent victory of the Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Salvini, and Silvio Berlusconi coalition in Italy’s election may mark a new high point for the broader right in Europe, which has been in a back and forth battle with the left-liberal establishment across the continent since 2016.

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

CIA Warned Germany About Gas Pipeline Attack Weeks Ago

According to a report by German magazine Der Spiegel, the CIA warned Berlin about a potential attack on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea “weeks ago.”

Citing “several people familiar with the matter,” the publication reports that a tip from the US spy agency was “received in Berlin during the summer.”

As we highlighted yesterday, Germany’s initial response to the incident was that it was likely to be a “targeted attack” carried out by either Russia or Ukraine.

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

Germany and EU Have Been Handed Over a Declaration of War

By Pepe Escobar

The sabotage of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipelines in the Baltic Sea has ominously propelled ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a whole new, toxic level.

This episode of Hybrid Industrial/Commercial War, in the form of a terror attack against energy infrastructure in international waters signals the absolute collapse of international law, drowned by a “our way or the highway”, “rules-based”, order.

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Germany: Breaking News: AfD Headquarters Raided by Prosecution Officials

The national headquarters of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin have been raided by officials from the capital’s prosecutor’s office.

As FWM reported, according to a survey by the opinion research institute Insa, the AfD is now the strongest force in East Germany. The trend is seen nationwide. On the other hand, support for the once-popular ministers Karl Lauterbach and Robert Habeck (Greens) have imploded.

The officials raided six other locations in the German capital and the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia were also searched. According to investigators, certain party members allegedly may have violated the country’s political parties act and committed breach of trust.

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Germany’s Population Exceeds 84 Million for the First Time

The German population has surpassed 84 million people for the first time after the highest biannual rise in population growth since reunification, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday.

The German stats office confirmed that 843,000 more people were residing in Germany as of June 30, 2022, than at the end of last year, a population growth of 1 percent.

The number of inhabitants increased in all federal states, but particularly strong growth was recorded in Berlin, up 1.3 percent, followed by Bavaria and Hesse, both at 1.2 percent.

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Gun Violence Continues to Grip Sweden as Country Surpasses Previous Record Number of Fatal Shootings in a Year

A record number of people have been murdered as a result of gun violence this year in Sweden — with a quarter of the year still to go.

In total, 48 people have been shot dead in 2022 across the country with the latest fatal shooting taken place in the southern city of Kristianstad on Thursday where a man in his 20s was murdered.

Like many of the reported cases, authorities have no suspects at this moment, according to officer Mikael Lund who spoke to Swedish broadcaster SVT.

The previous record year for fatal shootings was 2020 when 47 people were killed by guns — 35 had taken place by the end of September.

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Hungary to Hold National Consultation on EU’s Russia Sanctions

Hungary is planning to launch a national consultation over the EU’s Russia sanctions, with the consultation asking citizens whether they support the sanctions or not. The Hungarian government has vocally opposed many of the sanctions imposed on Russia arguing they harm Europeans more than they hurt Russians, and Hungarian Prime Viktor Orban just last week called for an end to Russian sanctions by the end of the year in order to halt inflation, halve food prices, and bring soaring energy costs under control.

Hungary has long put questions of vital national importance — such as border security, pro-family policy and immigration to a national consultation — to its citizenry, asking the Hungarian population how it should proceed. While the consultation is non-binding, the government views the citizens’ opinion as a guiding principle related to decisions it takes at the national level, with the consultations designed to help gauge public support for specific policies.

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Hungarian Police Launch Investigation Into Election Intererence, Focus on US NGO That Funneled Millions to Left-Wing Opposition

Hungarian police have launched an investigation into allegations that millions of dollars in foreign aid were funneled to the Everyone’s Hungary Movement (Mindenki Magyarorszaga Mozgalom or MMM), which is a political organization aligned with the left-wing opposition. The National Investigation Agency (NNI) is now investigating suspicion of embezzlement and money laundering.

The investigation is currently being pursued by the Emergency Police National Investigation Bureau, and was initiated after Péter Marki-Zay, the opposition’s former candidate for prime minister, admitted during a podcast interview that MMM had received €4.4 million in funding from the Action for Democracy NGO, going so far as to thank individual board members from the NGO for their advice and financial support during Hungary’s domestic elections.

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Hungary’s Drought Problem Could Force a Switch From Growing Corn to Millet

The traditional African and Asian grain sorghum, also known as millet, should be a good replacement crop for corn in Hungary, as the country is facing increasing periods of drought, said State Minister for Agriculture Zsolt Feldman.

He pointed out that research data suggest grain sorghum is a real alternative and complementary option to corn and other crops in animal feed, and one worth considering.

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Italy’s New Government Should Follow Hungary’s Blueprint, Says Italian Conservative Writer

After the historic election victory of the Italian right, the country’s new government has some useful Hungarian blueprints it should follow, conservative writer and activist Francesco Giubilei told news and opinion portal Mandiner in an interview.

“Of course, there are differences between the two countries, but obviously certain policies can serve as an example, such as family policy to change birth rates in a positive direction,” Giubilei said. “Orban has also set up great conservative think tanks in Hungary which could be a good model,” he added.

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Nord Stream Pipelines in the Baltic Sea Have Four Leaks, Not Three

It has been revealed this evening, Wednesday, September 28, that there are actually four leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea. Previously reports, including one from Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson stated yesterday, Tuesday 27, that there were three leaks.

According to a source with access to the Coast Guard, the person told SVT Nyheter that there are in fact four leaks — two in Sweden’s economic zone and two in Denmark’s.

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Oil Rigs in Norway’s North Sea Buzzed by Mysterious Drones

Update (1445ET):

Norway has displaced Russia as Europe’s top natural gas supplier as energy supply chains are rejiggered. According to Daily Mail, being the biggest supplier to the energy-stricken continent comes with risks, as the Scandinavian country’s oil and gas rigs in the North Sea have been buzzed by mysterious drones.

The country’s Petroleum Safety Authority warned these mysterious drones could unleash “deliberate attacks” on critical energy infrastructure and or even smash into a helicopter on an offshore oil rig to wreak havoc.

Energy minister Terje Aasland explained the government is “increasing security at infrastructure sites, land terminals and platforms on the Norwegian continental shelf.”

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Poland Plans New Push for €1.3 Trillion in Reparations From Germany, Says Poland’s Ruling Party Leader

The head of ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, commented on Second World War reparations from Germany and revealed that Poland would soon start pursuing the matter.

During the weekend, he met with inhabitants of towns in the Lower Silesia region in Poland, and during one of these meetings in the town of Olesnica, Kaczynski announced that Poland will send a diplomatic note regarding the matter “very soon.”

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Poland’s President Slams EU Leaders for ‘Haughtiness, Arrogance and Contempt’ Over Italy’s Election Results

The weekend’s general election in Italy saw a clear victory for the Italian right, with Georgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party obtaining 26 percent of the popular vote. Meloni is now likely to be nominated as the new prime minister of Italy.

The outcome of the Italian election was not welcomed by EU leaders such as Ursula von der Leyen and the French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. Interviewed by French television, the French prime minister said she would observe the new government of Italy to see if human rights and values such as abortion rights are observed.

Polish President Andrzej Duda took to social media to comment on such reactions.

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The EU Establishment Will React ‘Brutally’ After Italian Election Out of Fear of Losing Power, Says Polish MEP

While conservatives may be celebrating, the election victory of Giorgia Meloni and the recent victory of Swedish conservatives have produced a hysterical reaction from the European Union’s establishment, and they may react with brutality to stamp out any future threat to their power, said MEP Ryszard Legutko during an interview with Polish media outlet Niezalezna.pl.

“We must be prepared for attacks on us to intensify. We can see how the other side is already in hysterics and that this could lead to some brutal reactions by them,” warned the Polish MEP.

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UK: This Shocked Even Me

I know I bang on about the shambolic state of speech policing in the UK.

But this one shocked even me.

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UK: YouTube Censors Russell Brand, Re-Affirming the Switch to Rumble

Award-winning British Comedian and commentator Russell Brand announced that YouTube had censored a video he posted for misinformation. The comedian is airing a new show exclusively on YouTube alternative Rumble today, September 28.

Brand talked about the censorship in a Rumble video. In the censored video, the comedian talked about the changing narratives surrounding Covid and its treatments.

Brand acknowledged that he made slightly inaccurate statements in the video but questioned why mainstream media organizations are not censored for making similar mistakes.

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Video: Meloni Slammed ‘Disgusting’ Macron, Accused Him of Impoverishing Africa and Causing Migration Crisis in Epic Speech

Giorgia Meloni, soon to be Italy’s first female prime minister, once slammed French President Emmanuel Macron after he described the Italian government’s decision to refuse to receive a ship carrying hundreds of migrants across the Mediterranean as “disgusting, shameful and irresponsible.”

In recently unearthed footage, Meloni can be seen speaking at the Atreju conference in September 2018, an annual event typically attended by Italy’s right-wing politicians, in which she accuses the French president of impoverishing African states and recklessly causing the migration crisis in North Africa that Italy has had to combat for the last decade.

[Comment: If I recall correctly, the video was shown here at Gates of Vienna.]

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Apple Removes Russian App VK and Others From App Store After UK Sanctions

Apple removed all apps owned by VK, a Russian tech company that owns Russia’s Facebook-like social network VKontakte, Mail.ru, Youla classifieds, and VK Music.

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EU Proposes Fresh Sanctions on Russia After ‘Sham Referendums’ In Ukraine

The European Union aims to impose a price cap on Russian oil and further restrict commercial links with Moscow with a fresh package of sanctions announced on Wednesday by Ursula von der Leyen.

The latest proposal comes in direct response to the referendums held in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine and the decree of partial mobilisation signed last week by Vladimir Putin to bring up to 300,000 reservists into the national army.

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Russia Calls UN Security Meeting Over Pipeline, Blames United States for ‘Terrorist Attack’

Russia on Wednesday called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over the Nord Stream pipeline “sabotage,” on which Moscow officials are blaming the United States.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines that run from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea on Tuesday each reportedly started leaking after reports of blasts.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked via Telegram whether former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski’s speculation that the United States was behind the pipeline leaks is an “official statement about a terrorist attack.

Zakharova also posted footage of Biden from early February when he said that the United States would “bring an end” to the Nord Stream pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine.

Former President Trump on Wednesday also reposted the video of Biden’s comments with the caption: “Wow, what a statement. World War III anyone?”

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Russia Expected to Proclaim Annexation of Occupied Ukrainian Territories Within Days

Russia positioned itself Wednesday to announce the annexation of four occupied areas of Ukraine where ‘sham’ referenda — denounced as being unlawful by the West — had been held.

In Moscow’s Red Square, a tribune with giant video screens has been set up, with billboards proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson — Russia!”

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to proclaim these territories’ annexation within days. Since last week, he has also enforced a partial mobilisation, with 300,000 reservists called up to fight, and has threatened to defend Russia’s territory with nuclear weapons if needs be.

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Trump Pleads for Biden to Make Russia-Ukraine Deal, Offers to Help Negotiate

Former President Trump on Wednesday offered to help negotiate a deal to end Russia’s now 7-month-old war on Ukraine, following reports of a major natural gas pipeline from Russia to Europe appearing to have been sabotaged.

“Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW,” Trump posted on his social media platform Truth Social. “Both sides need and want it. The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???”

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US Urges Americans to Leave Russia Immediately

The United States Embassy located in Moscow is warning Americans to flee the country, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of troops last week.

According to the US Department of State, “Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ US citizenship, deny their access to US consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service.”

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India: Centre Bans PFI and Eight Affiliate Organizations for 5 Years, Cites ‘Unlawful Activities’

With this, the Popular Front of India (PFI) has been added to the list of 42 banned terrorist organisations under Section 35 of the UAPA.

Asha Saxena | HENB | New Delhi | Sept 28, 2022:: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday morning banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associates, including the Rehab India Foundation (RIF) and Campus Front of India, for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The PFI was engaged to the terror plans of killing various Hindu leaders belonging to RSS and BJP and associated with many anti-national and subversive activities all along in a target of making India as an Islamic State within 2047.

The MHA banned the PFI and its associates and issued the gazette notification a day after the second nationwide crackdown on the radical outfit in five days with police teams across seven states conducting raids Tuesday and detaining or arresting more than 270 people with alleged links to the radical outfit.

The ministry in its notification said the PFI and its associates, affiliates, and fronts have been indulging in unlawful activities, which are prejudicial to India’s integrity, sovereignty, and security, have the potential of disturbing public peace and communal harmony, and supporting militancy in the country.

“The Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary to exercise its powers under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the UAPA Act as the PFI is involved in several criminal and terror cases and shows sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority of the country and with funds and ideological support from outside it has become a major threat to the internal security of the country, investigations in various cases have revealed that the PFI and its cadres have been repeatedly engaging in violent and subversive acts,” stated the notification.

After banning the PFI, the MHA also issued another notification with a subject line of delegation of power and said under the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 42 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Central Government directs State Governments and the Union Territory administrations to exercise all the powers under Section 7 (to prohibit the use of funds) and Section 8 (notify places used for the purpose of an unlawful association) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA.

In the first notification, the MHA said some of the PFI’s founding members are the leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and that the radical outfit has links with the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are proscribed organisations. “There had been a number of instances of international linkages of PFI with Global Terrorist Groups like Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have been working covertly to increase radicalization of one community by promoting a sense of insecurity in the country, which is substantiated by the fact that some PFI cadres have joined international terrorist organisations,” it states…

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Albanian People Smuggler Allegedly Makes a Million Pounds a Week From Channel Migrants

An Albanian people smuggler nicknamed the “Golden Lion” is said to make around a million pounds a week profiting from migrants looking to cross the English Channel from northern France to the United Kingdom as arrival numbers continue to break records.

An undercover investigation into people smuggling across the English Channel has allegedly uncovered a major player in the people smuggling business from Albania, who aids migrants in crossing into the UK illegally aboard rubber dinghies. Nicknamed “the Golden Lion,” the smuggler told undercover reporters he could get them into the UK for around £4,500 ($4,800) for each person wishing to undertake the journey.

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Backlog for Dutch Asylum Applicants as High as During the 2015 Migrant Crisis

The backlog of asylum applications in the Netherlands is almost as high as during the 2015 refugee crisis, according to new data.

Figures from Eurostat show that the Dutch immigration service has not yet responded to almost 30,000 asylum seekers.

A total of 29,460 asylum applications to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are pending, Eurostat noted.

This is only 180 applications fewer than the backlog in 2015, even though the number of new applications in 2022 is much less.

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Belarus Continues Pushing Migrants Across Poland’s Border

Belarus is currently putting increased pressure on the Polish border, with authorities under Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko helping foreigners to reach Poland, according to Polish law enforcement. These Belarusian authorities provide illegal immigrants with ladders to climb the newly built barrier and inflatable boats that are used to cross border rivers and lakes.

Most illegal migrants have valid Russian visitor visas, and there are situations where all detained individuals apprehended throughout a single day had such visas. The overwhelming majority were “students” from African, Asian or Middle-Eastern countries, who came to Russia using those visas.

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Biden Admin Awards $41m in Contracts to New Left-Wing Group That Helps Illegal Immigrants Fight Deportations

The Biden administration awarded $41 million in taxpayer-backed government contracts to a new liberal nonprofit working to help illegal immigrants fight deportation amid the escalating border crisis, Fox News Digital has discovered.

The Acacia Center for Justice, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit born from a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR), has received six “legal services” contracts from the Department of Justice that carried start dates of Sept. 1, according to records.

The multimillion-dollar contracts began just months after the under-the-radar nonprofit received a July 29 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, which stated the group’s effective date of tax exemption was Dec. 29, 2021.

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Farage: Liz Truss is ‘Betraying Brexit’ With Pro-Immigration Push

Liz Truss’ plan to push for more immigration into Britain constitutes “betraying Brexit voting Tories”, Nigel Farage has said.

“Brexit voting Tories” look like they will soon be betrayed by newly minted Prime Minister Liz Truss, Nigel Farage has claimed, with the so-called ‘Conservative’ leader now looking at further loosening requirements for legal immigrants entering the country.

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France: Public Demo Planned in Nantes to Highlight Citizens’ Insecurity Following Arrests of Sudanese Migrants for Gang Rape of Woman Walking Home Alone

The abhorrent attack on a French woman who was gang raped by three Sudanese migrants while walking home alone in Nantes on Saturday has sparked national outrage and a debate on the extent to which mass migration has affected national security.

After spending the evening with friends, the 40-year-old victim was returning home early on Saturday morning at approximately 5 a.m. On her way home, she asked a group of males if they had a lighter for a cigarette, the public prosecutor of Nantes, Renaud Gaudeul, said during a press briefing. She was then accosted by three males who first requested she hand over her mobile phone and personal belongings.

When she refused their request, the victim was struck by a punch that threw her to the ground. The gang proceeded to steal her mobile phone before at least one of the attackers ripped her clothes off and raped her as she lay on the ground.

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Germany the Victim of ‘Social Tourism’ by Ukrainian Refugees, Opposition Leader Claims

A number of Ukrainian refugees are gaming the system and exploiting the German welfare state to obtain benefits before traveling back to their homeland, according to CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz.

Speaking to Bild TV, the German politician highlighted the problem that he claimed is “only getting bigger” and accused the government of choosing to ignore the warnings heeded by Germany’s opposition party back in the spring.

“We are now experiencing social tourism from these refugees — to Germany, back to Ukraine, to Germany, back to Ukraine,” he told Bild.

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Majority of Texas Voters Support Migrant Bussing, Hispanics List Border as Top Election Issue: Poll

A new poll indicates that incumbent GOP Gov. Greg Abbott maintains his lead over his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, in the Texas gubernatorial race. The poll shows many voters in the state, Hispanics in particular, are concerned with conditions at the border and support the state’s effort to bus migrants to other U.S. cities.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, which surveyed 1,327 likely Texas voters, revealed that if the election were held today, 53% of respondents would vote for Abbott and 46% would vote for O’Rourke.

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Ninth Circuit Says California’s Ban on Private ICE Detention Facilities is Unconstitutional

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt a major blow to California’s attempt to ban private immigration detention facilities — ruling that the liberal state’s 2019 law is unconstitutional.

A larger panel of the traditionally liberal-leaning court ruled against the law on Monday, having already ruled against it in a three-person panel last year. It found that the law violated the Supremacy Clause, which prohibits states from interfering with the operations of the federal government.

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Quebec: Legault Says Immigration Hike Would be “A Bit Suicidal” for French Fluency

Premier Francois Legault said on Wednesday that accepting over 50,000 immigrants a year into Quebec would be “a bit suicidal” for French language fluency.

Legault made the comments while fielding questions from reporters on the decline of Quebeckers who speak Frenc

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“All Ages” Drag Show in Tennessee Canceled After Protesters Arrive

The sexualization and ideological indoctrination of children has become a major point of political conflict in the US in the past year as progressives ramp up a flurry of “family friendly” and “all ages” drag show performances across the country. In the majority of documented cases the performances include sexual elements common to most drag shows, but in this case in the presence of young children. The shows have specifically targeted predominantly conservative states and venues in what appears to be an attempt to incite a reaction from residents.

If that was the goal, then leftists got what they wanted.

An all ages drag show scheduled this past week at the Memphis Museum of Science and History was suddenly cancelled as groups of conservative protesters including the Proud Boys arrived to show opposition. Mainstream media affiliates and progressives were quick to admonish the decision to shut down the event as “censorship,” and accused protest groups of “intimidation” (Yes, it’s rather hypocritical). Many in the media fail to mention the “all ages” aspect of the shows, which is the main reason why protesters show up in the first place.

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Climate Activist’s Rank Hypocrisy Exposed in Hilarious Radio Interview

A Greta Thunberg-style climate activist asserted that people shouldn’t be allowed to fly to places like Fiji due to the harm it does to the planet, before admitting that she had just flown to Fiji.

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Communication Platform Front Deplatforms the Babylon Bee

The Babylon Bee, a political satire website, announced that its internal email service provider withdrew its services without explanation.

The website speculated that it was suspended because of its political slant.

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Google Silences Women: YouTube Removes Giorgia Meloni’s Viral 2019 Speech

Google-owned YouTube removed the video of a 2019 speech from incoming Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni which had been going viral across numerous platforms. The internet giant claims the video “breached” its community guidelines, a transgession that apparently took several years and a successful election for it to notice.

In the fiery speech, delivered at the World Congress of Families in 2019, Meloni laid into globalist elites who attack national identity, gender identity, and the family.

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‘I’ve Gone From Children’s Author to Truck Driver — All Because I Stood Up for JK Rowling’…

A powerful account of what it feels like to be cancelled — and lose your livelihood — just for being true to your beliefs

Gillian Philip, a former children’s author is now a truck driver. She gets candid about being dumped by her literary agent and company after showing support for JK Rowling.

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UK Police Department Savaged for Defending Convicted Serial Pedophile Against ‘Hate’

A police department in the UK has come under fire after it appeared to defend a convicted pedophile, asserting that anyone ‘misgendering’ the individual would not be tolerated.

Sussex Police responded to posts from women’s rights campaigners who expressed concerns that the 58-year-old transgender pedophile, going by the name of Sally Ann Dixon, could be incarcerated in a women’s prison.

The individual, a biological male previously known as John Stephen Dixon until 2004, was sentenced to prison after being found guilty of 30 indecent assaults against children dating from 1989 to 1996.

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Virginia Gov. Youngkin Defends Transgender Policies After Student Protests: Parents Will Not be ‘Excluded’

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R., defended his new draft policies relating to transgender students in public schools on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, saying the rules would protect the dignity, privacy, and safety of students.

Youngkin’s 2022 Model Policies define the word “sex” as biological sex, and the phrase “transgender students” means “a public school student whose parent has requested in writing, due to their child’s persistent and sincere belief that his or her gender differs with his or her sex, that their child be so identified while at school.”

The governor added that the new policies would bring parents more fully into the fold.

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Brave Browser Adds Privacy-Friendly Language Translation

Brave has has introduced a privacy-friendly way of automatically translating websites, without relying on Big Tech companies such as Google.

From Brave 1.43.88, which was released earlier this month and is available for all users now, the browser started using Lingvanex to translate pages. When users visit a webpage in a foreign language (a language not installed on their device), Brave provides the option to translate it.

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