Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/5/2022

An airport employee in Tupelo, Mississippi stole an aircraft and circled over the city, threatening to crash it into a Walmart store. After being talked into landing, he was taken into police custody. His motive is not yet known.

In other news, members of the “Conservative” Party in the UK voted for Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister after the latter resigned.

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Financial Crisis
» ‘20 Quid for a Pint!?’ UK Pubs Forced to Hike Prices or Die
» Czech PM Blames Russian Propaganda for Mass Protests in Prague
» Germany and Europe Set for Energy Rationing After Russian Gas Cuts
» Slovakia’s Coalition Govt Disintegrating Amid Energy and Inflation Crisis
» UK Police Prepare for “Breakdown in Public Order” Caused by Cost of Living Crisis
 
USA
» Andy Ngo Reports: Portland Antifa Riot Arrestee Charged in Child Sex Sting
» Biden Faces More Heckling as He Refines Attack on ‘MAGA Republicans’ As Threat to Democracy
» Biden Doubles Down: Tweets “MAGA Proposals Are a Threat to the Very Soul of This Country”
» California to Experience Power Outages as Energy Demands Passes Supply
» Coal Miners Push Stranded DC Driver’s Dead Electric Car to Charge it Up at Coal Mine
» Daily Mail: ‘My Son Hunter’ A Hit at Hollywood Screening: ‘Not Your Mother’s Conservative Movie’
» Exclusive: Steve Bannon Swatted During Labor Day Special, NYC Number Reported
» Federal Judge Hands Trump Win, Orders Special Master to Review Evidence Seized From Mar-a-Lago
» Hate Hoax: Claims of Racial Slurs Yelled at College Volleyball Star Debunked
» Judge Tosses Lawsuit by Hitler-Praising, TDS-Stricken Fired Yale Psychiatrist
» Report: Biden Has Spent 40% of His Presidency on Vacation
» Tupelo, Mississippi Pilot Who Threatened to Ram Plane Into Walmart is Down, in Custody
» Va. Gov. Youngkin to Travel to Maine to Endorse GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
» Video: MSNBC Declares All Republicans “Evil” and a “Threat to Democracy”; Pundit Says “We Are at War”
 
Canada
» Civil Liberties Protesters Can’t Pay Legal Fees After Bank Accounts Were Frozen by Trudeau Government
» Suspect in Canadian Mass Stabbing Spree Found Dead, Wounds Don’t Look Self-Inflicted: Police
» Trudeau Says COVID is Not Done With Canada, Urges 80-90% of Canadians to Get Booster Shot
 
Europe and the EU
» A Strange Time in the UK
» After Split Over Ukraine War, Poland and Hungary Will Restore Relations
» Average Price of Electricity in Spain Rises Dramatically on Tuesday, September 6
» Breaking: Liz Truss Has Been Named as the UK’s Next Prime Minister
» English Criminal Barristers Begin Indefinite Strike Over Pay, Court Case Backlog Already Crippling
» EU High Representative Warns Bloc Running Out of Arms and Ammo After Ukraine Giveaways
» Germany Warns Russian Gas-Supply Woes Will Test European Unity
» Germany Wants Poland as a Colony, Say Conservative Polish Leaders
» Google is Ordered to Censor YouTube Rippers From Search Results in UK
» Hate Hoax in Germany: Green Politician Resigns After Inventing Nazi Death Threats Against Himself
» Italian Town Introduces Social Credit Style Scheme
» Italy Turns to Candles Amid Energy Price Hikes
» Netherlands: New Tech Allegedly Detects COVID Through Voice Analysis
» Survivors of Mass-Casualty Islamic Terror Attack in France Speak of Ongoing Trauma
» The World Economic Forum Doesn’t Like the Criticism
» Times Newspaper Highlights How “No White Men” Will Hold Major Office in New UK Government
» UK: Animal Rebellion Mob Targets New PM Liz Truss as They Stage Protest Outside QEII Centre in Westminster — as 34 Are Arrested
» UK: Update: ‘Honour of My Life to Serve as Home Secretary’ Says Priti Patel in Resignation Letter
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israeli Researchers Cast Doubt on Bats as COVID-19 Source
 
Middle East
» Iran Plans to Use Facial Recognition Tech to Enforce Strict Hijab Law
 
Russia
» Pro-Ukraine Actors Ben Stiller, Sean Penn Banned From Russia in Response to ‘Russophobic’ Sanctions
» Russia Says No More Gas Unless Sanctions Are Lifted
» Ukraine’s First Lady to Struggling Britons: You Count Pennies, But We Count Casualties
» Zelensky Warns Zaporizhzhia ‘A Step Away From Radiation Catastrophe’ — Again
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: Suspect Who Stabbed Transgender Person to Death Arrested
 
Far East
» China’s Lockdown Horror Continues: 70 Cities Under Quarantine, Terrified Citizens Take to the Streets
 
Australia — Pacific
» NZ Police Hunt Interpol Whistleblower With Media’s Help
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Vehicle Hits Explosive Device in Burkina Faso; 35 Civilians Dead
 
Latin America
» Chile Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Left-Wing Constitution: ‘A Path of Hope’
 
Immigration
» France: Up to 400 Homeless Immigrants Occupy Building in Paris Suburb, Demand Housing
» Germany: Trans Man Beaten to Death by Asylum Seeker Who Should Have Been Deported
» Hundreds of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean Dock in Italy After Uncertain Days
» Irish Nursing Homes Closing at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate and Converted to Ukrainian Refugee Shelters
» UK: Migrant Crossings: More Than 2,000 People Cross Channel at Weekend
» Why I’m Glad to See the Back of My Ukrainian Refugee: As Someone Whose Family Escaped Persecution, Tanya Fox Wanted to Help Those Fleeing Vladimir Putin’s War. But Months Later, She Dares to Say the Unsayable
 
Culture Wars
» Exclusive Video: Pro-Abortion Activists Crash London March for Life, Chant ‘I F**k to C*m, Not to Conceive’
» PR Firm Drops Country Singer Jason Aldean After His Wife’s Instagram Posts Criticizing Trans Ops on Minors
» Tennessee Schools Told Not to Implement Biden’s Title IX Changes Protecting ‘Gender Identity’ Instead of Biological Sex
» ‘TikTok Channel for Cosmic Gendersmurfs’: Science Journals Bow to Woke Orthodoxy, Provoke Ridicule
» Youngkin Slams Virginia School District for Transitioning Trans Students Without Parental Consent
 

‘20 Quid for a Pint!?’ UK Pubs Forced to Hike Prices or Die

Thousands of UK pubs face closure this winter as soaring electricity bills signifies cost pressures will render the businesses uneconomical to operate. The question is, at what price does a pub need to charge a pint of beer to become profitable?

That question was answered by Tom Stainer, the chief executive of real campaign group CAMRA, who told the Daily Star that parabolic electricity prices suggest pubs would need to hike a pint of beer about 500% from 5 pounds to a “ridiculous” 15-20 pounds.

Stainer said a “perfect storm” of energy hyperinflation “will affect just about every pub out there.”

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

Czech PM Blames Russian Propaganda for Mass Protests in Prague

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala is blaming pro-Russian forces for mass demonstrations this weekend that saw tens of thousands of people protest against the government, the European Union and NATO amid soaring energy prices and inflation.

The “Czechia First” demonstration saw 70,000 people gather to protest the government in a development the Czech prime minister is blaming on elements influenced by Russian propaganda.

“It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns repeatedly appear on our territory and that someone is simply succumbing to them,” Fiala said, as reported by Euractiv.

Protesters, brought together by the Communist Party, the Freedom party, the Direct Democratic Party, and other groups labeled as “radical” — both far-left and far-right—called on the government to address soaring energy prices and the highest cost of living since the early 1990s for everything from housing to consumer goods.

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

Germany and Europe Set for Energy Rationing After Russian Gas Cuts

German gas importer Uniper has said that the country does not rule out undertaking gas rationing at some point following Russia’s decision to indefinitely halt gas flows via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Uniper, Germany’s biggest importer of Russian gas, says it’s also considering legal action against Gazprom to compensate its shareholders for a 90% drop in the company’s market value following a sharp drop in Russian gas supply since June.

We cannot rule out that Germany might look at rationing gas as something that might have to be considered. We know that the government wants to avoid this as much as possible because that would be a disaster for so many reasons,” CEO Klaus-Dieter Maubach has told Reuters.

Europe’s gas prices surged 26% on Monday after Russia stopped pumping via Nord Stream 1, a major supply route to the continent.

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

Slovakia’s Coalition Govt Disintegrating Amid Energy and Inflation Crisis

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s political crisis has deepened after a junior partner completed its withdrawal from the governing four-party coalition, leaving Prime Minister Eduard Heger without a parliamentary majority.

Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok, Justice Minister Maria Kolikova and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling, all from the liberal Freedom and Solidarity party, submitted their resignations on Monday. They followed the example of the party leader and former Economy Minister Richard Sulik, who resigned from his government post last week.

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

UK Police Prepare for “Breakdown in Public Order” Caused by Cost of Living Crisis

Police in the UK are preparing for a widespread “breakdown in public order” caused by the cost of living crisis if new Prime Minister Liz Truss doesn’t authorize a big enough government handout.

After a huge spike next month, energy bills are set to soar to around £6,522 a year by next April, a level that threatens to push a third of the country into poverty.

A leaked national strategy paper obtained by the Times reveals that police chiefs fear “economic turmoil and financial instability” has the “potential to drive increases in particular crime types.”

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

Andy Ngo Reports: Portland Antifa Riot Arrestee Charged in Child Sex Sting

A Portland, Ore. far-left activist who was repeatedly charged with felonies during the summer of Antifa riots in 2020 has been arrested last Friday in a child sex sting.

Aubrey Ryan Quinn-Ward, 25, was arrested on Sept. 2 in neighboring Washington County by deputies following an investigation into online pedophiles. Law enforcement posed as children on social media platforms in a child predator sting that also resulted in the arrests of four other men in the Portland area. Quinn-Ward allegedly traveled to meet a child for sex but was instead arrested by law enforcement.

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

Biden Faces More Heckling as He Refines Attack on ‘MAGA Republicans’ As Threat to Democracy

President Biden faced his second heckling in a public speech in less than a week as he continues to hammer “MAGA Republicans” as an existential threat to America.

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

Biden Doubles Down: Tweets “MAGA Proposals Are a Threat to the Very Soul of This Country”

Joe Biden doubled down on his ‘Battle for the Soul of the Nation’ speech from hell last week, tweeting on Sunday that “MAGA proposals are a threat to the very soul of this country.”

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

California to Experience Power Outages as Energy Demands Passes Supply

California will likely experience rolling power outages over the next several days as the state wrestles with a heat wave causing energy demand to surpass an energy supply that heavily relies on “renewables.”

According to CBS News, Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator, said “This is about to get significantly more intense.”

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

Coal Miners Push Stranded DC Driver’s Dead Electric Car to Charge it Up at Coal Mine

Getting stuck on the side of the road may not be a new problem faced by motorists, but some car troubles sting a little more than others as one electric vehicle driving tourist learned Friday on the side of the road in West Virginia.

An unidentified driver was making his way to Davis, West Virginia for a Labor Day weekend getaway from Washington, D.C. Friday when he got stranded on the side of the road having exhausted the charge in the car’s battery. As it happened, the green energy dilemma befell the traveler within walking distance to the nearby Mettiki Coal access road in Tucker County, WV.

West Virginia state Sen. Randy Smith (R), who also happens to be the safety coordinator for Mettiki Coal documented as five of his fellow coal miners came to the aid of the motorist, pushing his car up to the guard shack to recharge his battery.

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

Daily Mail: ‘My Son Hunter’ A Hit at Hollywood Screening: ‘Not Your Mother’s Conservative Movie’

The upcoming film My Son Hunter “was a hit” with the audience at a private screening in Los Angeles this week, according to the UK Daily Mail. The crowd of Hollywood conservatives, producers, and influencers gave the film a rousing standing ovation, with one audience member telling the Daily Mail that the movie is “not your mother’s conservative movie.”

Indeed, the subject matter of My Son Hunter is not about “family values”—unless you’re talking about the Biden family.

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

Exclusive: Steve Bannon Swatted During Labor Day Special, NYC Number Reported

A false police report used on Monday to swat former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon during the airing of his Labor Day War Room show.

This is the fourth time that Bannon has been “swatted” which is described as a “criminal harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police or emergency service response team to another person’s address.”

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

Federal Judge Hands Trump Win, Orders Special Master to Review Evidence Seized From Mar-a-Lago

A federal judge on Monday handed Donald Trump a significant win, ordering a special master to review evidence seized by the FBI during its raid of the former president’s Florida estate last month.

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon said the independent master can “review the seized property, manage assertions of privilege and make recommendations thereon, and evaluate claims for return of property.”

Trump responded to the victory on his social media platform Truth Social.

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

Hate Hoax: Claims of Racial Slurs Yelled at College Volleyball Star Debunked

Last week, Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson, a black woman, claimed she was called a racial slur from the bleachers of an opposing team, BYU, during an August 26 game. As days pass, evidence is mounting that her claim is a fabrication.

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

Judge Tosses Lawsuit by Hitler-Praising, TDS-Stricken Fired Yale Psychiatrist

A far-left psychiatry professor who sued Yale for firing her over unhinged comments she made against then-President Donald Trump, just had her lawsuit tossed by a federal judge, according to the Hartford Courant.

Lee argued that Yale fired her in response to a January 2020 tweet that characterized “just about all” Trump supporters as suffering from “shared psychosis,” and that Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz had “wholly taken on Trump’s symptoms by contagion.”

She also tweeted that Trump was “worse than Hitler,” and then when challenged, stuck her other foot in her mouth — tweeting “Donald Trump is not an Adolf Hitler. At least Hitler improved the daily life of his followers, had discipline, and required more than himself to gain the respect of his followers.”

Lee, herself clearly suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), used her Yale credentials to author a book, conduct interviews, and form a group — the “Independent Expert Panel for Presidential Fitness” — all aimed at taking down Trump over what they said was a lack of mental fitness.

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

Report: Biden Has Spent 40% of His Presidency on Vacation

The New York Post noted last week that Joe Biden has spent a whopping 40% of his time as President on vacation.

This past weekend, Biden again left the White House for a vacation, meaning that during the past month he’s been on vacation for 23 days.

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

Tupelo, Mississippi Pilot Who Threatened to Ram Plane Into Walmart is Down, in Custody

Pilot of stolen plane has been detained by authorities

The pilot flying a small plane over Tupelo, Mississippi has landed after threatening to crash into a Walmart Saturday, authorities said.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the plane, flown by a man later identified as Cory Patterson, had landed in a field in Ashland, roughly 60 miles northeast of Tupelo.

Details on the plane’s landing remain unclear.

The Tupelo Police Department said it was notified around 5 am this morning that a pilot flying a “King Air type” airplane was considering crashing into a Walmart located on West Main street.

Authorities have confirmed the plane, which is believed to have been stolen, was a fixed wing multi-engine 1987 Beech C90A model.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Va. Gov. Youngkin to Travel to Maine to Endorse GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin plans to travel to Maine to endorse GOP gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage for the upcoming election.

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

Video: MSNBC Declares All Republicans “Evil” and a “Threat to Democracy”; Pundit Says “We Are at War”

Following Joe Biden’s Darth Brandon’s official declaration from the bowels of hell that half of all voters in America are dangerous extremists, MSNBC fell in line behind their dear leader, with one pundit proclaiming that Republicans are “evil” and that “we are at war”.

MSNBC host Tiffany Cross used her platform to hammer home the message from last week’s blood red theatre performance, dialling up the division another notch, stating “Obviously, Republicans are, I think, the biggest threat to democracy. We don’t separate right-wing extremists and Republican Party anymore.”

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

Civil Liberties Protesters Can’t Pay Legal Fees After Bank Accounts Were Frozen by Trudeau Government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, freezing the bank accounts of freedom protesters in Canada is hindering due process as the civil liberties protesters are unable to pay their legal bills.

The organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” protest have asked a court to unfreeze $450,000 in donations so that they can pay for legal fees in the upcoming case challenging the legality of the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

To end the protests against COVID-19 measures, Trudeau’s government invoked, for the first time in history, the Emergencies Act. It allowed the government to order the police to use force against protesters. It also gave the government the authority to order financial institutions and crowdfunding sites to freeze the accounts of protesters, without the need for a warrant.

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

Suspect in Canadian Mass Stabbing Spree Found Dead, Wounds Don’t Look Self-Inflicted: Police

Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police have changed their view of the mass stabbing spree in and near Saskatchewan’s James Smith Cree Nation that has now killed 11 and left 19 injured, including the suspects.

Saskatchewan RCMP found the body of suspect Damien Sanderson, 31, outside a house in the area with “visible injuries … not believed to be self-inflicted” and no longer believe he was involved in the homicides, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said.

His brother Myles Sanderson, 30, is still at large, considered armed and dangerous, and is injured and may seek medical attention, the Regina Leader-Post reports. He’s now charged with “three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of break and enter.”

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

Trudeau Says COVID is Not Done With Canada, Urges 80-90% of Canadians to Get Booster Shot

Even as countries around the world have moved on from Covid and have learned to live with the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is threatening Canadians with more restrictions and mandates if 80-90% of eligible Canadians are not “up-to-date” with their Covid vaccines.

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

A Strange Time in the UK

The UK’s new Prime Minister is essentially preparing to authorize a massive taxpayer-funded handout to ensure Britain’s underclass don’t go on criminal looting sprees.

All caused by her government’s desperation to prolong a war 1500 miles away.

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

After Split Over Ukraine War, Poland and Hungary Will Restore Relations

Polish Prime Minister Meteusz Morawicki has signaled Poland’s desire to return to close relations with Hungary within the Visegrad Four format, according to an interview published on Monday in the weekly Sieci.

Relations between Poland and Hungary deteriorated markedly as a result of the divergent stances taken by both countries regarding the war in Ukraine. The conflict has divided the V4 group, with Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia firmly backing Ukraine against Russia, whereas Hungary has adopted a policy of keeping its distance from the conflict.

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

Average Price of Electricity in Spain Rises Dramatically on Tuesday, September 6

The average price of electricity for regulated rate customers linked to the wholesale market in Spain will rise by 20.3 per cent this Tuesday, September 6, compared to today Monday, September 5. Specifically, it will stand at €291.57/MWh.

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

Breaking: Liz Truss Has Been Named as the UK’s Next Prime Minister

FOLLOWING the resignation of Boris Johnson, the leadership race to be crowd the UK’s next prime minister boiled down to just two — Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

On Monday, September 5, it was announced that Liz Truss had won the Conservative leadership election and will become Prime Minister of the UK.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss won the race by 81,326 votes, against Rishi Sunak’s 60,399 votes.

The UK’s next PM said that after “one of the longest job interviews in history” it was “an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist party.”

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

English Criminal Barristers Begin Indefinite Strike Over Pay, Court Case Backlog Already Crippling

English criminal barristers have begun an indefinite strike over pay and conditions, at a time when a stricken criminal justice system is already facing crippling backlogs.

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) strike will see defence barristers refuse to attend court for criminal cases funded by legal aid, likely worsening backlogs which have already seen over 5,800 alleged victims of violent crime and sexual offences, among many others, forced to wait years before their cases are brought to Crown Court.

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

EU High Representative Warns Bloc Running Out of Arms and Ammo After Ukraine Giveaways

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weapons stocks in the European Union are running low as member countries continue to sends arms and ammunition to Ukraine, the bloc’s top diplomat warned Monday as he urged EU nations to better coordinate their spending on military materiel.

“The military stocks of most member-states has been, I wouldn’t say exhausted, but depleted in a high proportion, because we have been providing a lot of capacity to the Ukrainians,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a debate with European lawmakers.

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

Germany Warns Russian Gas-Supply Woes Will Test European Unity

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned that uncertainty over gas supplies from Russia will pose a stiff test for European Union solidarity this winter.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Germany Wants Poland as a Colony, Say Conservative Polish Leaders

Both the leader of Poland’s ruling party and the country’s justice minister are accusing Germany of wanting to control Poland and bring down its government.

“I said from the start that we will not get EU Recovery Fund money because Germany is determined to help Tusk back into power in Poland at the head of a colonial administration,” said Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro in an interview with Poland’s largest commercial radio station, RMF FM.

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

Google is Ordered to Censor YouTube Rippers From Search Results in UK

Following a notice from groups representing rights holders, Google has removed several YouTube rippers from search results in the UK. The notice stated that last year, a High Court order required ISPs to block the sites.

Last year, the British Recorded Music Industry Ltd (BPI) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) won a case that saw the High Court order ISPs to block several popular YouTube rippers, including 2Conv and Flvto.

The purpose of the order was to make these YouTube rippers harder to find. However, there are still ways to access these sites and rights holders have been complaining about Google allowing these domains in search results.

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

Hate Hoax in Germany: Green Politician Resigns After Inventing Nazi Death Threats Against Himself

The alleged death threats from neo-Nazis against Green politician Manoj Subramaniam have made headlines across Germany and led to tension in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest state by population. However, the councilor from Erkelenz staged the various threats in an elaborate scheme, according to the result of an investigation published by the public prosecutor’s office.

The 33-year-old, whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka, had submitted numerous complaints. First, his car windows were smashed, and swastikas sprayed on the vehicle. Another time, he claimed SS runes and a swastika were drawn on the doorbell of his house. Then, he revealed that a swastika was scrawled on the sidewalk in front of his apartment and that he found razor blades in the mail. The politician also received death threats signed by NSU 2.0, referring to the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group that committed a number of murders across Germany for years.

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

Italian Town Introduces Social Credit Style Scheme

Codogno, a town in Italy’s north, is introducing a social credit style app, local authorities have announced. It will be happening via the EcoAttivi app, to be used “to certify virtuous behavior” via geo-localization and QR codes.

The social credit system that most people are aware of these days was pioneered by China, essentially as yet another way to exert control over the population by conditioning its responses to various rules with awards and punishment.

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

Italy Turns to Candles Amid Energy Price Hikes

Stores in Italy are turning off their lights and opting for candles amid a massive increase in energy bills.

Some reports peg the energy hikes at a 500% increase. Amid the price spike, some stores also removed food items that require cold storage because it costs too much to power refrigerators.

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

Netherlands: New Tech Allegedly Detects COVID Through Voice Analysis

Dutch scientists say they have developed technology that is said to highlight those infected with COVID-19 by scanning their voice, according to Imperial College London.

It has a reported accuracy of 89% for positive cases and 83% for negative cases.

Aside from supposedly being more accurate than lateral flow tests, the technology can detect the virus in less than a minute.

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

Survivors of Mass-Casualty Islamic Terror Attack in France Speak of Ongoing Trauma

PARIS (AP) — A special French terrorism court on Monday opened the trial of eight people accused of helping a man who, on Bastille Day six years ago, ploughed a heavy truck through crowds in a southern French resort town leaving 86 dead.

During the planned three and a half months of court proceedings in Paris, survivors and those mourning loved ones will recount the horrors inflicted along the beachfront of Nice on the night of July 14, 2016.

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

The World Economic Forum Doesn’t Like the Criticism

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been inserting itself into a number of core issues for humanity with ever-increasing vigor over the past couple of years, that coincided with the pandemic: publishing information about the future of artificial intelligence to the future of education, technology tracking humans, and so on and on.

One would think that when an unelected and unaccountable group like this decides to not merely offer its two cents on a topic but position itself as a de facto policymaker that wants to steer regulation and “ethics” standards — it would also be open to criticism.

But in thinking that, one would be wrong. It looks like the WEF can dish it out — but can’t really take it.

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

Times Newspaper Highlights How “No White Men” Will Hold Major Office in New UK Government

The Times newspaper in the UK has published an article noting how “no white men” will hold major office in the new government, set to be led by Liz Truss.

Truss is widely expected to win the contest to become PM later today, defeating her only remaining opponent, Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent.

The new leader is set to name a cabinet that will contain zero white men, with the Times apparently believing this to be a good thing.

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

UK: Animal Rebellion Mob Targets New PM Liz Truss as They Stage Protest Outside QEII Centre in Westminster — as 34 Are Arrested

Police arrested dozens of vegan activists today as they targeted Britain’s next Prime Minister Liz Truss after trespassing in dairy plants across the country.

Animal Rebellion protestors launched a second day of direct action at Arla and Muller’s processing plants as they drilled through truck tyres and filled pipes with expanding foam on Monday.

Another protest from the offshoot of Extinction Rebellion took place outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, just hours before the new Tory Party leader was named.

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

UK: Update: ‘Honour of My Life to Serve as Home Secretary’ Says Priti Patel in Resignation Letter

Priti Patel took to her official Twitter account on Monday, September 5, to comment on her resignation as Home Secretary in Boris Johnson’s government. She said that it had been the honour of her life serving for the last three years as the British Home Secretary.

Ms Patel added that she was proud of the reform carried out to the UK’s immigration system. She also said how proud she was of the department’s work in backing the police, and of helping to protect the county.

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

Israeli Researchers Cast Doubt on Bats as COVID-19 Source

A review of dozens of studies on the alleged ties between bats and viruses including SARS-CoV-2 has found no “sufficient compelling scientific proof” that the flying mammals are responsible for the emergence of COVID-19 in humans, according to Tel Aviv University researchers in Israel.

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

Iran Plans to Use Facial Recognition Tech to Enforce Strict Hijab Law

The Iranian government plans to use facial recognition on public transport to identify women in violation of new strict hijab law.

The use of facial recognition was announced by the secretary of the Headquarters for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Voce, Mohammad Saleh Hashemi Golpayegani.

The new strict hijab law was signed by Iran’s hardline president Ebrahim Raisi on August 15. It followed the Hijab and Chastity Day, a national holiday held on July 12, which saw women protest all over the country by posting on social media pictures of themselves without the head covering.

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Pro-Ukraine Actors Ben Stiller, Sean Penn Banned From Russia in Response to ‘Russophobic’ Sanctions

Veteran American actors Sean Penn and Ben Stiller have been blacklisted by Russia as retaliation for the “hostile actions of the US government, which continue to follow a Russophobic course,” the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

The “Dead Man Walking” and “Zoolander” stars are prohibited from entering Russia along with 23 others in the latest round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the U.S. over the Ukraine war, the New York Post reports.

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Russia Says No More Gas Unless Sanctions Are Lifted

Russia says no more gas until sanctions are lifted making good on its threat to cut off supplies.

The Kremlin made the announcement on Monday, September 5 with Dimitri Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.

The Interfax news agency quoted Peskov as saying that Russia will not resume gas supplies to Europe until the West lifts sanctions on Moscow for invading Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s First Lady to Struggling Britons: You Count Pennies, But We Count Casualties

Ukraine’s First Lady’s message to Britons facing crippling energy bill hikes and a cost of living crisis is that while they might be “counting pennies”, her county is counting casualties.

“There is no comparison to the suffering of people here, but at home in the United Kingdom, as you acknowledge, people are facing very painful choices because of the soaring cost of energy that’s going to make things very tough for people,” said BBC presenter Laura Kuenssberg in an interview with President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife, First Lady Olena Zelenska.

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Zelensky Warns Zaporizhzhia ‘A Step Away From Radiation Catastrophe’ — Again

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President, said a new cut-off of power connecting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station to the national grid had placed the plant “a step away from a radiation catastrophe” again.

Mr Zelensky said Russian shelling was responsible.

Power at the Ukrainian plant was all but cut off on Monday for the second time in two weeks as Kyiv accused Moscow of pushing the war to the brink of nuclear catastrophe, one day before the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog was due to issue an assessment of the station.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the plant’s backup power line had been cut to extinguish a fire, but that the line itself was not damaged and would be reconnected.

“Again — already for the second time — because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly video message.

“The shelling of the (plant’s) territory means that the terrorist state does not care what the IAEA will say, it is not concerned about what the international community will decide.”

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Pakistan: Suspect Who Stabbed Transgender Person to Death Arrested

The Keamari district police have claimed solving the murder case of a eunuch who was brutally killed a few days ago in the Shershah area.

Majid Saeed alias Khushboo had been stabbed by unknown attackers in a house located in the Jinnah Road area of the Shershah police limits on September 1. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. After the incident, a case was registered against the unknown persons at the Shershah police station.

On instructions from the DIG South, the SSP investigation formed a team, headed by SIO Shershah Sub-Inspector Yaqoob, and issued orders to arrest the culprit as soon as possible. The team started a probe and obtained CCTV footage in which a suspect is seen running away from the scene after the incident. The team, with the help of technical and intelligence sources, solved the mystery in a short time and arrested the suspect, identified as Mohammad Nauman, son of Mohammad Sulaiman Ansari. Nauman is said to have admitted stabbing the transgender person after the victim did not do what he was told to do.

Additional IG Karachi Jawed Alam Odho felicitated the police team on solving the murder case and appreciated their professional performance. The district investigation team very skillfully traced and arrested the suspect, he added. Odho announced certificates of appreciation and cash rewards for the cops for their excellent performance. The Karachi police were using all resources to improve the investigation department so that the accused involved in murders and other incidents could be brought to justice, he added.

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China’s Lockdown Horror Continues: 70 Cities Under Quarantine, Terrified Citizens Take to the Streets

The huge Chinese city of Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan province, extended its coronavirus lockdown and mass testing program on Sunday, trapping most of its 21 million citizens in their homes. At least 70 cities are now under full or partial lockdown, including the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, Wuhan.

Chengdu went under lockdown on Thursday, to the surprise and terror of its inhabitants, who were given no time to prepare. On Sunday, city officials announced the lockdown would be extended for most of the city, with the exception of two small districts.

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NZ Police Hunt Interpol Whistleblower With Media’s Help

The New Zealand Herald has been blasted on social media after it labelled a whistleblower who leaked a secretive plot to stop reporters Avi Yemini and Rukshan Fernando from attending an anti-government protest a ‘mole’.

A NZ Police spokesman confirmed the veracity of the leaked Interpol email in an article written by New Zealand Herald journalist David Fisher.

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Vehicle Hits Explosive Device in Burkina Faso; 35 Civilians Dead

Ouagadougou: At least 35 civilians were killed and 37 injured in northern Burkina Faso on Monday when a vehicle in a convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED), the interim government said in a statement.

The escorted supply convoy heading to the capital, Ouagadougou, hit the IED between the northern towns of Djibo and Bourzanga, an area where Islamist militants have escalated attacks on villages, police and military outposts since 2015.

“Escorts rapidly secured the perimeter and took measures to assist the victims,” the military government said in a statement.

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Chile Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Left-Wing Constitution: ‘A Path of Hope’

Chilean voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to overhaul a 41-year-old charter with a constitution that would have been among the most progressive in the world.

With 96% of the votes counted in Sunday’s plebiscite, the rejection camp had nearly 62% support compared to more than 38% for approval amid what appeared to be a heavy turnout with long lines at polling states. Voting was mandatory.

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France: Up to 400 Homeless Immigrants Occupy Building in Paris Suburb, Demand Housing

Some 300 to 400 homeless immigrants occupied an empty building in Gentilly in the Paris suburbs over the weekend, and several dozen of them have taken refuge on the roof to avoid being expelled, French news agency AFP reported on Sunday.

The migrants entered around midnight on Saturday. The empty building of 8,000 square meers had been “scheduled for destruction,” and they made “a citizen requisition,” indicated United Migrants, an association that supports them.

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Germany: Trans Man Beaten to Death by Asylum Seeker Who Should Have Been Deported

The case shocked not only the LGBTQ community: On the fringes of a gay parade in Germany, a trans man (25) was beaten so brutally that he later died in hospital.

Austrian outlet eXXpress reported that the perpetrator is a previously convicted asylum seeker (20) from Chechnya. The victim saw the the perpetrator insulting participants of the parade as “lesbian whores”. The German then intervened and tried to calm him down but the Chechen knocked him to the ground. The trans man hit his head on the asphalt so hard that he did not survive his injuries.

The perpetrator, Nuradi A. was the German youth boxing champion in 2017, according to a report in Bild. After the crime, a large-scale manhunt was launched for him. After a few hours, a policewoman recognised him at Münster’s main railway station and was able to arrest him.

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Hundreds of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean Dock in Italy After Uncertain Days

Hundreds of migrants and refugees reached the southern Italian port of Taranto on Sunday, after uncertainty surrounding whether they could dock.

459 individuals were brought to shore early on Sunday morning, having waited several days onboard the rescue vessel Ocean Viking in the waters of the Meditteranean.

60 unaccompanied minors were among them.

They were saved during ten operations last week in the waters between Italy and Libya, with many crammed onto unseaworthy vessels.

Around 210 migrants are thought to be from Bangladesh, 120 from Egypt and the others come from Tunisia, Pakistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Palestine and Nigeria.

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Irish Nursing Homes Closing at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate and Converted to Ukrainian Refugee Shelters

An “unprecedented” number of nursing homes are being closed and converted to refugee shelters for Ukrainians, warned a Waterford TD and junior minister for older people, Mary Butler.

The government minister said she traveled to Dublin to hold an emergency meeting about the issue and to speak with officials in her department. In total, 11 nursing homes have closed their doors in 2022, with Butler saying she is “genuinely concerned” about a trend she has seen over the last three months involving these homes closing in favor of hosting Ukrainian refugees, according to an interview on Irish radio network WLR FM.

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UK: Migrant Crossings: More Than 2,000 People Cross Channel at Weekend

More than 2,000 migrants crossed the English Channel over the weekend.

The Ministry of Defence said 1,160 people arrived in Kent on Sunday in 25 boats. On Saturday 960 people arrived.

The latest crossings mean the total number of migrants for 2022 is already approaching the tally for the whole of last year. This year’s tally now stands at 27,415.

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Why I’m Glad to See the Back of My Ukrainian Refugee: As Someone Whose Family Escaped Persecution, Tanya Fox Wanted to Help Those Fleeing Vladimir Putin’s War. But Months Later, She Dares to Say the Unsayable

When our two Ukrainian guests first arrived, I was a tad nervous. But, feeling sure I was doing the right thing, my heart was warm and the door to my home open wide.

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Exclusive Video: Pro-Abortion Activists Crash London March for Life, Chant ‘I F**k to C*m, Not to Conceive’

Thousands of anti-abortion activists flooded the streets of Central London on Saturday, culminating in a gathering in Parliament Square to demand the repeal of the Abortion Act in Britain. The peaceful demonstration was met with a counter-protest from a few dozen far-left pro-abortion activists, who chanted profanities and allegedly threw eggs at pro-life activists.

According to organisers of the March for Life UK, a record 7,000 people came out to decry the proliferation of abortion in Britain and the new pregnancy-ending pills by post system that the so-called Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instituted.

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PR Firm Drops Country Singer Jason Aldean After His Wife’s Instagram Posts Criticizing Trans Ops on Minors

A PR firm cut ties with country music star Jason Aldean amid controversy over Instagram comments made by his wife, Brittany Aldean, condemning gender transformation surgery in children.

“Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender affirming care’ is one of the worst evils,” she wrote in an Instagram Stories post.

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Tennessee Schools Told Not to Implement Biden’s Title IX Changes Protecting ‘Gender Identity’ Instead of Biological Sex

After the Biden administration proposed changes to Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to interpret the Act as protecting people against discrimination on the basis of gender identity as well as biological sex, universities across the country took it upon themselves to make changes to their own programs to reflect that proposal. Tennessee schools were put on notice by a local lawmaker.

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‘TikTok Channel for Cosmic Gendersmurfs’: Science Journals Bow to Woke Orthodoxy, Provoke Ridicule

Before “The Science” became the default invocation in response to criticisms of COVID-19 policies, scientific journals, academic departments and faculty sought to unshackle the discipline from its purported white male heterosexist biases.

With COVID mitigations receding from American public life, the earlier ideological battles in science are are now reemerging.

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Youngkin Slams Virginia School District for Transitioning Trans Students Without Parental Consent

At a rally last week, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) criticized a school district for directing teachers to transition “transgender” students without their parents knowledge.

To recap, Townhall reported last month how it was revealed that teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia were required to a complete training program ahead of the 2022-2023 school year that says parental consent is not required for transgender students who want to “socially” transition. “Social transitioning” includes going by a preferred name and preferred pronouns that align with someone’s “gender identity.”

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/5/2022

  1. “After a huge spike next month, energy bills are set to soar to around £6,522 a year by next April, a level that threatens to push a third of the country into poverty.

    A campaign has started in the UK called “Don’t pay UK” urging people not to pay their heating bills. They are hoping to have 1 million refuseniks by 1 October.

    This could be extended to include an embargo on taxes and other charges.

    What would the UK, the EU and their handlers do if everyone refused to give them any more money? Could be promising.

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