Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/1/2022

Ukrainian troops entered the city of Lyman, which had previously been occupied by the Russians, who were forced to withdraw. The action is widely regarded as a setback for Russia, but a Russian military spokesman said that troops were simply regrouping to take up a more advantageous position.

In other news, according to Denmark, the damaged Nord Stream 2 pipeline is no longer leaking natural gas.

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Financial Crisis
» California Gasoline is Now More Than Double the Price in Texas
 
USA
» “Globalists Are Marching Us Relentlessly Toward Nuclear Armageddon, “ Warns Former Senator
» Behemoth 1000 Pound Pumpkins Drop From 100 Feet and Explode at Bauman’s Giant Pumpkin Drop
» Bravo, Judge Ho
» D.C. Police Officers Under Investigation for Confiscating Guns Without Arresting Suspects
» Enemies List? Fed-Backed Censorship Machine Targeted 20 News Sites
» FBI Agents Improperly Saw Privileged Trump Communications: Lawyers
» Florida Man Using Toddler as a Human Shield TASED in McDonald’s Drive-Through
» Florida Officials Say One Man is Dead After Shooting at Youth Sports Complex
» Jury Acquits 64-Year Old Veteran in Fatal Gas Station Shooting
» ‘Just Kidding’: Biden Yanks Student Loan Forgiveness From 770,000 Borrowers
» Lawyer Who Threw Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Car During George Floyd Protests Says She Was Drunk and Dealing With ‘Unprocessed Trauma’ At the Time, As She Asks for Reduced Sentence
» New York City Democrats Push to ABOLISH NYPD Gang Database as Crime Soars
» Officials: Deputies Fatally Shoot N.C. Hostage-Taker
» Police: Man Dead After Girlfriend Stabs Him in the Chest at Balcones Heights Apartment
» Shooting Death of Teen Who Crashed Car in Central Islip Probed
» South Carolina Grapples With Storm Damage as Florida Searches for Survivors
» U.S. Suicide Rates Climb in 2021 After Declining for Two Years
» Woman Charged With Murder After Fatally Stabbing Boyfriend, SAPD Says
 
Canada
» Canada’s RCMP Extends Its Use of Facial Recognition
 
Europe and the EU
» Baltic Nord Stream 2 Pipeline No Longer Leaking Natural Gas, Says Denmark
» French Ministry of Economy Wanted to Access Real-Time Banking Transaction Data of All French Citizens
» German Households Are Burning Through Gas Too Quickly, Warns Agency Head
» Greece-Bulgaria Pipeline Starts Operations to Boost Non-Russian Gas Flows
» Latvia: Exit Polls Put PM’s New Unity Party Ahead in Vote Amid Ukraine War and Soaring Inflation
» Leftist UK Newspaper Confuses Chancellor Kwarteng With ‘Random Black Guy in a Suit’
» Rejoining EU by the Back Door? PM Truss Signs Up to First Meeting of Macron’s ‘European Political Community’
» Russian Gas Stops Flowing to Italy After ‘Problem’ In Austria
» UK: Climate Protesters Sit in Road and Block Major Bridges in London
» UK: Climate Activist Pours Feces on WWII Veteran’s Memorial
» UK: Khan’s London: Park Named for Famous Prime Minister to be Transformed Into ‘Slavery Garden’
» US Helicopters Circled Over Nordstream for Weeks
» What Were Swedish Navy Ships Doing in the Area of Nord Stream Attacks Just Days Before?
 
Middle East
» Iran Protests Enter Third Week Despite Heavy Crackdown
 
Russia
» ‘Russia Will Always be Russia’: Putin’s Full Speech on Accession of Former Ukrainian Territories (Video)
» Russian Troops Pull Out of Lyman as Ukraine Forces Enter — and Other Key Stories
 
South Asia
» Breaking: At Least 120 Dead and 180 Injured in Indonesia After Football Match Riots
» Hundreds in Bangkok Protest Court Ruling Allowing Thai PM to Stay in Office
 
Far East
» Ambassadors’ Links to Xinjiang Abuses Get Censored on Chinese Social Media
 
Australia — Pacific
» Far-Left Protesters Attempt to Storm CPAC Australia
» It Was the Week Australia Killed Off Coal-Fired Power. Now the Nation is Left Asking One Important Question — How Will We Keep the Lights on?
» Watch the Disgusting Moment Feral Aussie Soccer Fans Boo During the Welcome to Country and Make Nazi Salutes at Historic Cup Final: ‘Pathetic. Absolute Village Mentality’
 
Immigration
» Democrat Texas Mayor Says She BACKS GOP Governors’ Bussing of Illegal Migrants to Sanctuary Cities, Insists They Aren’t Lied to — and That They Usually Want to Head to Those Destinations Anyway
» George Soros’s Open Society Foundation Puts Millions Behind Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups
» Report: Afghan Man, Brought to U.S. by Biden, Accused of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy
» The Netherlands Tries to Fight Off Asylum Collapse
 
Culture Wars
» France: Feminists Attacked at Pro-Abortion Rally for Not Believing Men Can Have Abortions: Reports
» PayPal to Expand Its Speech Restriction Rules in November
» Vermont High School SHUTS DOWN Girls Locker Room After Complaints of ‘Inappropriate Comment’ From ‘Trans’ Volleyball Player
 

California Gasoline is Now More Than Double the Price in Texas

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

California leads the nation in top gasoline prices, over double Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana…

According to the AAA, the National Average Gas Price on October 1, 2022 is $3.80.

California lead the nation in price at $6.358 per gallon. That’s more than double the price paid in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Its nearly double the price paid in eight other states.

Oregon has the second highest average price at $5.41 per gallon. That’s about 95 cents less than California pays.

Mono County California has the dubious distinction of the highest county in the highest state at $6.937 per gallon.

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

“Globalists Are Marching Us Relentlessly Toward Nuclear Armageddon, “ Warns Former Senator

Fears of nuclear war are increasing across the West as Russia mobilizes hundreds of thousands of troops and declares annexation of parts of Ukraine. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine is applying for membership in NATO. These two developments could be the most significant escalation since the war’s start.

Today’s developments are a sobering reminder that nuclear war threats are mounting. Retired Virginia State Senator and retired Marine Col. Richard Black addressed members of the US Congress in an open letter on Tuesday about “globalists are marching us relentlessly toward this nuclear Armageddon.”

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

Behemoth 1000 Pound Pumpkins Drop From 100 Feet and Explode at Bauman’s Giant Pumpkin Drop

Two behemoth pumpkins, one over 600 pounds and another over 1,000 pounds, were dropped from a 100-foot tall crane into an inflatable pool full of apples Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Gervais, Oregon.

The event, called Bauman’s Giant Pumpkin Drop, took place at Bauman’s Farm and Garden after a giant pumpkin weigh-off. Hundreds of people watched as the pumpkins exploded into the pool making massive splashes and leaving a giant pumpkin “soup” that kids were later allowed to explore and play with.

If you’re interested in seeing pumpkins between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds, they are on display during Bauman’s Harvest Festival. They also have a produce market, bakery, garden center, petting zoo and hayrides.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Bravo, Judge Ho

NRO’s Nate Hochman obtained a copy of Fifth Circuit Judge James Ho’s keynote address to the Kentucky Chapters Conference of the Federalist Society and reports on it in “Federal Judge Vows to Stop Hiring Law Clerks from Yale Law School.” Judge Ho’s address — “Agreeing to Disagree — Restoring America by Resisting Cancel Culture” — cited a number of high-profile examples of speakers being shouted down or otherwise censored at law schools across the country but singled out Yale Law as “one particular law school where cancellations and disruptions seem to occur with special frequency.”

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

D.C. Police Officers Under Investigation for Confiscating Guns Without Arresting Suspects

Several police officers in Washington, D.C., are under investigation for reportedly confiscating illegal guns from criminal suspects while allowing the criminals themselves to go free.

City Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed the investigation on Friday, saying it covered seven officers and supervisors within the city’s law enforcement apparatus.

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

Enemies List? Fed-Backed Censorship Machine Targeted 20 News Sites

The private consortium that reported election “misinformation” to tech platforms during the 2020 election season, in “consultation” with federal agencies, targeted several news organizations in its dragnet.

Websites for Just the News, New York Post, Fox News, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Epoch Times and Breitbart were identified among the 20 “most prominent domains across election integrity incidents” that were cited in tweets flagged by the Election Integrity Partnership and its collaborators.

The Washington Post, New York Times and CNN also appeared on the list, though the consortium’s after-action report emphasizes most of the mainstream media reports “were referenced as fact-checks” that played a “corrective role” against “misleading narratives.”

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

FBI Agents Improperly Saw Privileged Trump Communications: Lawyers

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

The FBI team that seized documents from former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort improperly viewed communications between Trump and an attorney, violating attorney-client privilege for a third time, lawyers for Trump said in a new filing.

The filter process set up by the government to try to prevent FBI agents from viewing privileged materials has already failed twice, the government has acknowledged. On Sept. 26, government officials informed Trump lawyers of a third failure, the lawyers said in a new filing lodged in a federal court in southern Florida.

FBI agents viewed an email that they sent to the Privilege Review Team, a team that was supposed to filter out all potentially privileged materials before agents were able to view any.

The review team has characterized the email as non-privileged, but Trump disagrees.

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

Florida Man Using Toddler as a Human Shield TASED in McDonald’s Drive-Through

27-year-old kidnapping suspect Brandon Matthew Douglas Leohner of Palm Coast, Florida used a baby as a human shield on Tuesday during a police standoff in the drive through of a McDonald’s.

According to Breaking911, the 1-year-old is the child of Leohner’s girlfriend, and after the brief standoff, police were able to tase Leohner and safely remove the toddler from his grasp.

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

Florida Officials Say One Man is Dead After Shooting at Youth Sports Complex

Florida officials say that many kids were present when the shooting happened

Officials in Florida say that one man is dead after a shooting took place at a youth sports complex in Pensacola, Florida.

Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said the incident happened just before 6 p.m. on Saturday when his office received reports of shots fired at the Bellview Athletic Park. Simmons said a 22-year-old man was killed in the shooting, and another man is hospitalized.

Simmons said that two men wearing masks came up to the victims and fired their weapons, adding that dozens of shots were exchanged.

The shooting took place between the football and baseball field at the sports complex and there were many kids present during the incident.

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Jury Acquits 64-Year Old Veteran in Fatal Gas Station Shooting

After reading the details of the case, it’s no wonder that a jury found 64-year old Marvin Humphrey not guilty of murder. The real question is why on earth prosecutors ever charged him in the first place.

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

‘Just Kidding’: Biden Yanks Student Loan Forgiveness From 770,000 Borrowers

In a jarring reversal, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday quietly revised its online guidance on who qualifies for the $10,000 of student loan forgiveness that President Biden announced in August. In doing so, it pulled the rug out from under at least several hundred thousand people.

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

Lawyer Who Threw Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Car During George Floyd Protests Says She Was Drunk and Dealing With ‘Unprocessed Trauma’ At the Time, As She Asks for Reduced Sentence

A New York lawyer who torched an NYPD van with a Molotov cocktail during the George Floyd protests in 2020 begged for sympathy and a lenient sentence by blaming her vandalism on ‘unprocessed trauma’ and alcohol.

Urooj Rahman, 33, a human rights attorney, along with Colinford Mattis, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges punishable by no more than five years imprisonment in June over the destruction.

Federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison sentence of 18 to 24 months in return for the plea.

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

New York City Democrats Push to ABOLISH NYPD Gang Database as Crime Soars

Three progressive Queens Councilmembers are co-sponsoring a bill that would permanently abolish the NYPD’s Gang Database as violent crime surges in the Big Apple, including gang related incidents.

According to the Astoria Post, one of the sponsors, Tiffany Caban, said “The gang database is nothing but a dragnet to surveil and criminalize Black and brown New Yorkers, especially youth.”

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

Officials: Deputies Fatally Shoot N.C. Hostage-Taker

MOUNTAIN VIEW, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina fatally shot an armed man who had taken a relative hostage, authorities said Saturday.

Neither the hostage nor law enforcement officials were injured in the incident Saturday morning in the Catawba County community of Mountain View, TV station WSOC reported.

A call came in about the hostage situation around 6:30 a.m., according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Crisis negotiators and deputies responded and tried to de-escalate the situation, but the suspect continued to threaten the hostage, who was an adult male family member, the news release said. Deputies fatally shot the hostage-taker, who was armed with a handgun. EMS workers provided treatment, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The hostage’s “life was in danger,” Capt. Aaron Turk with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office told the TV station. “We took action that we felt was necessary to save the hostage and bring the situation to an end.”

Sheriff Don Brown said in a statement that his department would fully cooperate with the State Bureau of Investigation as they conduct an investigation.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Police: Man Dead After Girlfriend Stabs Him in the Chest at Balcones Heights Apartment

SAN ANTONIO — A man is dead after being stabbed in the chest by his girlfriend after a physical altercation in Balcones Heights, San Antonio police said.

Officers with the Balcones Heights Police Department responded to a call for an assault in progress about 4:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Babcock Road, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

Upon arrival, the Balcones Heights officers found a 22-year-old woman who told them she stabbed her 26-year-old boyfriend once in the torso with a knife after an “argument and a physical encounter with her boyfriend,” SAPD said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

SAPD, which shares jurisdiction over the apartment complex with Balcones Heights PD, has taken control of the case, SAPD said.

SAPD booked the woman on a murder charge, according to a preliminary report.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Shooting Death of Teen Who Crashed Car in Central Islip Probed

Suffolk County police are investigating the shooting death of a Suffolk teen.

Carlos Guillen, 19, was driving an Acura east on Francisco Avenue when the vehicle struck a parked trailer and fence at the intersection with Lurcott Lane in Central Islip at about 12:30 p.m., police said in a news release.

Guillen of Bay Shore was taken to South Shore University Hospital and doctors there discovered he had a bullet wound. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

It’s unclear where he was shot but police are investigating. Police ask anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6394 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

South Carolina Grapples With Storm Damage as Florida Searches for Survivors

Saturday promised to reveal Hurricane Ian’s true impact in South Carolina after the storm’s second landfall, while rescuers continued to comb hard-hit Florida, where record river flooding was expected.

At least 73 people have died in the storm in Florida and four in North Carolina, according to state officials and an NBC News count.

Ian made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Friday afternoon and has since been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Saturday that the storm would continue to weaken near the border of North Carolina and Virginia throughout the day, adding that it would weaken even more through Sunday. Still, officials have warned that Ian and its aftermath pose a grave danger, with warnings of flash flooding across parts of both states.

And Ian is expected to produce between 3 to 6 inches of rainfall on Saturday across parts of North Carolina and West Virginia.

More than 1.3 million customers in Florida were without power early Saturday, three days after Ian slammed into the state. In South Carolina, more than 63,000 homes and businesses were without power after the hurricane hit. Throughout the day, power came back slowly in these states as rescue efforts continued in Ian’s wake.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Suicide Rates Climb in 2021 After Declining for Two Years

The suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021, following two years of decline, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of suicides increased to 47,646 in 2021, up from 45,979 in 2020, according to researchers at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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

Woman Charged With Murder After Fatally Stabbing Boyfriend, SAPD Says

Police say a 22-year-old woman told them she had been in a fight with her boyfriend and stabbed him once in the chest.

SAN ANTONIO — A woman has been arrested and charged with murder after police say she fatally stabbed her boyfriend.

Balcones Heights police responded to a call for an assault in progress at the 1138 block of Babcock Road on the northwest side Friday evening. They found a 22-year-old woman at the scene who told them that she had been in an argument and a physical altercation with her boyfriend, and stabbed him once in the torso with a knife.

Police said the man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Jacob Aleman.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Canada’s RCMP Extends Its Use of Facial Recognition

In 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) admitted that it used Clearview AI, claiming it used it in 15 cases and some divisions were trialing the technology to “determine its utility to enhance criminal investigations.”

Clearview AI is a controversial tech start-up that develops facial recognition technology from photos obtained from the internet. The company provides law enforcement with access to its technology.

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

Baltic Nord Stream 2 Pipeline No Longer Leaking Natural Gas, Says Denmark

Denmark’s Energy Agency says one of the two ruptured pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas.

On Twitter, the agency said it had been told by the company operating Nord Stream 2 that pressure appeared to have stabilised, indicating that gas is no longer escaping from the pipeline.

Earlier this week Denmark and Sweden told the United Nations Security Council that the leaks were caused by “at least two detonations” with “several hundred kilos” of explosives.

President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging the Russia-built pipelines, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies.

In Washington, US President Joe Biden dismissed Putin’s pipeline claims as outlandish.

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

French Ministry of Economy Wanted to Access Real-Time Banking Transaction Data of All French Citizens

In September 2021, France’s Ministry of Economics and Finance requested access to the account balances and number of monthly transactions for all individual and business bank accounts in France. Not only did the Ministry of Economics and Finance want access to this sensitive personal data but it also wanted to be able to collect this data in real-time.

The request was made as part of an effort to expand the data collected by France’s “national bank accounts and similar” (Ficoba) file which lists all bank accounts opened in France including current accounts, savings accounts, and securities accounts.

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

German Households Are Burning Through Gas Too Quickly, Warns Agency Head

Germans are reportedly using too much gas and ignoring political appeals to reduce consumption, after the Federal Network Agency reported last week that gas consumption was 14.5 percent above the September average for the past four years.

The news prompted the head of the agency, Klaus Müller, to issue a threat to private households, arguing they are using too much gas.

“Regardless of what the weather is like: We need savings of at least 20 percent across all areas,” the former Green Party politician told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily, adding that otherwise, Germany will not get through the winter without a gas shortage.

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

Greece-Bulgaria Pipeline Starts Operations to Boost Non-Russian Gas Flows

Greece and Bulgaria have started commercially operating a long-delayed gas pipeline, which will help decrease southeast Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and boost energy security.

The 182-kilometre pipeline will provide a relief to Bulgaria, which has been struggling to secure gas supplies at affordable prices since the end of April, when Russia’s Gazprom cut off deliveries over Sofia’s refusal to pay in roubles.

Russia has decreased its gas deliveries to Europe after the West imposed sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, leaving European Union countries scrambling to secure alternative supplies amid surging prices.

The European Commission president welcomed the pipeline’s launch on Saturday, which she said was key to breaking away from Russian energy.

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

Latvia: Exit Polls Put PM’s New Unity Party Ahead in Vote Amid Ukraine War and Soaring Inflation

Latvia has been voting on Saturday in a general election that has been overshadowed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising energy costs.

The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins was set to win Saturday’s national election, an exit poll showed.

He is given 22.5% of the vote, ahead of the United List (Greens and regional parties, 11.5%) and the Greens and Farmers (centre right, 10.9%). This should strengthen Karins’ chances of being asked by President Egils Levits to form a new government when the new parliament starts functioning in early November.

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

Leftist UK Newspaper Confuses Chancellor Kwarteng With ‘Random Black Guy in a Suit’

The left-wing Daily Mirror is under fire for confusing Kwasi Kwarteng, Britain’s first black Chancellor of the Exchequer, with a “random black guy in a suit”.

The leftist tabloid illustrated an article critical of the Chancellor with an image of a black man other than the Chancellor himself, prompting the Conservative MP to tweet a screengrab of it with the words “This isn’t me…”

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

Rejoining EU by the Back Door? PM Truss Signs Up to First Meeting of Macron’s ‘European Political Community’

Prime Minister Liz Truss has signed up to attend the first meeting of the Emmanuel Macron-driven “European Political Community”, feared by some to be an extension of the European Union.

“We must unite our Europe in the truth of its geography with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent,” the French leader had said when proposing his ‘European Political Community’ in June. The organisation was described in French proposal documents as “a coordination political platform for European countries across the continent.”

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

Russian Gas Stops Flowing to Italy After ‘Problem’ In Austria

Russian energy giant Gazprom PJSC suspended natural gas deliveries to Eni SpA, Italy’s largest oil company, on Saturday, reported Bloomberg.

“Gazprom informed that it is not able to confirm the gas volumes requested for today, stating that it’s not possible to supply gas through Austria. Therefore, today’s Russian gas supplies to Eni through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero. Eni will provide updates in case supplies will be restored,” Eni wrote in a statement on its website.

An Eni spokesperson told Bloomberg that Austria is still receiving NatGas from Gazprom:

“We are working to check with Gazprom whether it is possible to reactivate the flows to Italy.”

Gazprom said NatGas flows from Austria to Italy were suspended because the Austrian operator refused to confirm “transport nominations” after recent regulatory changes in the landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe.

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

UK: Climate Protesters Sit in Road and Block Major Bridges in London

Climate protesters say they have “occupied” major bridges in central London, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Dozens of people sat in the road and blocked Westminster Bridge near parliament as they chanted slogans about the climate crisis.

Several people played instruments decorated with the logo of climate activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR).

Lambeth Bridge and Waterloo Bridge were also “occupied”, XR said on Twitter, adding: “We won’t stand by while an unelected, illegitimate PM with no mandate destroys our future to make millionaires richer.”

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

UK: Climate Activist Pours Feces on WWII Veteran’s Memorial

A UK activist campaigning to “End UK Private Jets“ dumped a plastic container full of what she claimed was “actual liquid human s***“ over a memorial to Covid-19 fundraiser and World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on Friday, seeking to call attention to the government’s hypocrisy about climate change.

Every time [a private jet] takes off, it pours a bucket of s*** and blood onto everything Captain Tom stood for,” says Maddie Budd, described by the End UK Private Jets Twitter account as a 21-year-old “former medical student,” in a video accompanying the clip of the fecal stunt.

People are going to say that he’s a hero. People are going to say that this is profoundly, obscenely disrespectful to his life and the NHS that he stood up for and I agree,” she explains, questioning why “we“ are “forcing our healthcare system into collapse… forcing our civilization into collapse“ while “the government won’t even end UK private jets!

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

UK: Khan’s London: Park Named for Famous Prime Minister to be Transformed Into ‘Slavery Garden’

A London park named for four-time prime minister William Gladstone, one of the most famous premiers of the Victoria era, will be transformed into a “slavery garden” at the behest of the Labour-run local government.

Brent London Borough Council, which is dominated by Labour Party councillors, are paying ethnic minority artists to populate the part with prickly plants from Africa and other areas to “[mirror] the emotions contested history can elicit… something may seem pleasant enough from a distance, but uncomfortable when seen up close”, according to a horticulturist quoted by The Telegraph.

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

US Helicopters Circled Over Nordstream for Weeks

More and more disturbing details are coming to light in connection with the bombing of the Nordstream pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

The Arabic news channel Al Mayadeen reported that weeks before the attack, US helicopters were circling over the sea area where the fatal explosions took place on September 26 with a striking frequency.

This can be reconstructed using the flight data from the online service “Flightradar24”. According to this, at the beginning of September, just under a month before the attack, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter was circling for hours on several consecutive days — especially on September 1, 2 and 3 later over the area of the damaged natural gas pipelines not far from the island of Bornholm.

According to the aircraft tracking portal, the US helicopter flew from Gdansk to the area where the Nordstream pipelines were several times.

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

What Were Swedish Navy Ships Doing in the Area of Nord Stream Attacks Just Days Before?

A Swedish newspaper has discovered that just days before the Nord Stream pipeline attacks, ships from the Swedish Navy were operating in the vicinity.

The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter has reported that it mapped ship movements in the area where the explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines took place. It turns out that the Swedish Navy had ships in the area in the days before the sabotage.

According to Niklas Granholm — a research leader at the Total Defence Research Institute, FOI, and knowledgeable about military activity in the Baltic Sea — there is very little that matches in time and space for it to be a coincidence.

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

Iran Protests Enter Third Week Despite Heavy Crackdown

Anti-government protests have entered their third week in Iran despite severe internet restrictions and a heavy crackdown that human rights groups said has killed dozens.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show protests in cities across Iran on Friday night and Saturday, with students at several universities shouting chants such as “Death to the dictator!”

Other forms of civil disobedience, such as residents chanting from rooftops, drivers honking their horns in unison, and public figures speaking out for the demonstrators have emerged.

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

‘Russia Will Always be Russia’: Putin’s Full Speech on Accession of Former Ukrainian Territories (Video)

By recognizing the free will of the residents of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye, Russia has embraced people who share its history and culture and repaired some of the injustices created by the Soviet Union and its destruction, President Vladimir Putin claimed in Moscow on Friday.

He added that Ukraine intended to target Russian speakers within its borders with the same treatment that the “colonial” West wants to inflict upon the entire world in its desire for hegemony.

Below is the full text of Vladimir Putin’s speech, published by the Kremlin’s official website.

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

Russian Troops Pull Out of Lyman as Ukraine Forces Enter — and Other Key Stories

1. Russian troops withdraw from Lyman as Ukraine forces enter town

Ukrainian forces entered the eastern Russian stronghold of Lyman on Saturday after encircling thousands of Russian troops, Kyiv has said.

Moscow has confirmed that its forces have left the town it had been using as a front-line supply hub. The state-owned RIA Novosti agency quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying that “due to the threat of encirclement”, Russian soldiers had “retreated to more advantageous lines”.

The capture of Lyman, a bastion that is critical for Moscow, would be a major setback for Moscow after President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of the Donetsk region — where Lyman is situated — along with three other regions on Friday.

“We’re already in Lyman, but there are battles,” Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces, said.

Two grinning Ukrainian soldiers taped the yellow-and-blue national flag on to the “Lyman” welcome sign at the town’s entrance in Donetsk region’s north, a video posted by the president’s chief of staff showed.

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

Breaking: At Least 120 Dead and 180 Injured in Indonesia After Football Match Riots

Riots at a football match in Indonesia have left at least 120 fans dead and around another 180 injured.

At least 128 people are thought to have died this evening, Saturday, October 1, at a football match in Indonesia. It is believed that fans attending a big derby match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya were cornered by riot police who fired tear gas at them after fighting broke out.

With no escape route available the deceased are thought to have died through a lack of oxygen due to the gas. The fans died on the football field during a pitch invasion in the Kanjuruhan Stadium in the East Javan city of Malang. A large number of fans were also transferred to the Wava Husada and Kanjuruhan Hospitals located near the stadium.

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Hundreds in Bangkok Protest Court Ruling Allowing Thai PM to Stay in Office

BANGKOK — Anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in Thailand’s capital Saturday following a court ruling allowing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to stay in office.

Around 500 demonstrators gathered at Bangkok’s Victory Monument to protest the decision.

Background ruling

Prayut, 68, is a former Royal Thai Army officer who led a military coup in Thailand in 2014 and has been in power since. In 2017 a new constitution was drafted by the military, limiting a prime minister’s time in the job to only eight years.

In August, Thai opposition political parties filed cases with Thailand’s Constitutional Court arguing that the prime minister’s time in the job should have ended this year, saying his term began with the coup takeover.

But after suspending Prayut to review the case, the court Friday ruled in favor of the prime minister, stating his term as the head of the government had not exceeded its limit. It ruled 6-3 that Prayut’s time in charge began August 6, 2017, a day after the new constitution took effect.

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Ambassadors’ Links to Xinjiang Abuses Get Censored on Chinese Social Media

The US and Canadian embassies in China said that Chinese censors removed its posts about a UN report on human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.

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Far-Left Protesters Attempt to Storm CPAC Australia

Activist groups have tried to enter Sydney’s International Convention Centre to protest against the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The activists who claimed to be representing groups ‘Community Action for Rainbow Rights’ and ‘Campaign against Racism and Fascism’ attempted to enter the convention centre ahead of former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage’s address to the conference.

The two-day event in Sydney’s Darling Harbour is hosting conservative speakers with current and former elected officials from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Speakers included Sky News Australia’s Rita Panahi, Rowan Dean and James Morrow, current and former politicians including Tony Abbott and Senators Jacinta Price and Matt Kanavan, and former Brexit campaigner and GBNews host Nigel Farage.

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It Was the Week Australia Killed Off Coal-Fired Power. Now the Nation is Left Asking One Important Question — How Will We Keep the Lights on?

The end of coal-fired power in Australia was essentially sealed this week with the nation’s largest power company and an entire state pledging to go ‘net zero’ by 2035.

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Watch the Disgusting Moment Feral Aussie Soccer Fans Boo During the Welcome to Country and Make Nazi Salutes at Historic Cup Final: ‘Pathetic. Absolute Village Mentality’

Unsavoury scenes marred Sydney United’s maiden Australia Cup final, with fans reportedly signing throughout the national anthem and the Welcome to Country.

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Democrat Texas Mayor Says She BACKS GOP Governors’ Bussing of Illegal Migrants to Sanctuary Cities, Insists They Aren’t Lied to — and That They Usually Want to Head to Those Destinations Anyway

A Democratic mayor in Texas says she backs Republican governor’s decision to bus illegal migrants to liberal sanctuary cities — and insisted those moved were never lied-to about their final destination.

Yolanda Ramon, mayor pro-tem of Eagle Pass, Texas, said migrants she’s met who have crossed into the US are often just looking for get further away from the border and would appreciate the help getting there.

She told Fox News she agrees with moves by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to move migrants to so-called sanctuary cities including New York and Chicago, as well as ritzy and woke Martha’s Vineyard.

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George Soros’s Open Society Foundation Puts Millions Behind Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups

George Soros’s Open Society Foundation donated millions of dollars to organizations dedicated to advocating for mass immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

George Soros’s organization has offered millions in monetary support to organizations that advocate for unfettered mass immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Press Secretary of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Ron Kovach explained the role that globalist billionaire George Soros has had in the push for mass immigration and amnesty, telling Breitbart News “Soros and his shadow organizations have worked hand in hand with the Biden administration since Biden took office to not only shield, but encourage more illegal aliens to flock to the United States.”

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Report: Afghan Man, Brought to U.S. by Biden, Accused of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy

An Afghan national, brought to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation over the last year, has been charged with violently attacking and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Shah Mahmood Selab, 35, was charged last week in federal court for alleged child sex crimes. An exclusive report by Fox News’s Adam Shaw reveals that Selab was brought to the U.S. by the Biden administration as part of a resettlement operation following the withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan in August 2021.

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The Netherlands Tries to Fight Off Asylum Collapse

The Netherlands has been experiencing an onslaught of asylum seekers for months. In Amsterdam, no one knows what to do with the new arrivals, and communities are resisting, refusing to bear the brunt of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s failed asylum policy, but they are forced by law to take these people in.

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France: Feminists Attacked at Pro-Abortion Rally for Not Believing Men Can Have Abortions: Reports

A French feminist group attending a protest in favour of abortion was allegedly attacked in Paris this week, claiming that transgender activists labelling them transphobic were behind the violence.

Members and supporters of the feminist group L’Amazone took part in a pro-abortion demonstration in Paris earlier this week — part of a number of demonstrations across the country in several cities that saw several thousand people participate and demand abortion as a fundamental right in Europe for women.

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PayPal to Expand Its Speech Restriction Rules in November

On the heels of its censorship spree in the UK — that received backlash so great it got the attention of lawmakers — PayPal is rolling out a new agreement that gives itself more censorship powers and the ability to strip income from those who don’t abide to its speech rules.

Violation of the “Acceptable Use Policy constitutes a violation of the PayPal User Agreement and may subject you to damages, including liquidated damages of $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation,” PayPal writes.

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Vermont High School SHUTS DOWN Girls Locker Room After Complaints of ‘Inappropriate Comment’ From ‘Trans’ Volleyball Player

A Vermont high school’s girl’s volleyball team has been banned from using its own locker room following a complaint made against a biologically male student who identifies as a girl, who allegedly made an “inappropriate remark” to some of the players while they were changing.

The female volleyball players at Randolph Union High School in the Orange Southwest School District are now being forced to change in a single bathroom stall while school officials investigate the conflict involving the student who identifies as transgender, reported Daily Mail.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/1/2022

    • He could go to the taiga. Or go to jail. For refusal to mobilize give from 3 to 10 years in prison. Putin doesn’t have that much time.
      This is psychosis. I know several people who fled to Kazakhstan, although they are not subject to military conscription.
      I think they will soon begin to kill those who carry the draft cards.

    • In WWII, some draftees resorted to going to their family podiatrist to have a foot professionally broken to avoid defending the USA against the Nazis. During Vietnam, 210,000 men fled to Canada for the same reason while others. like Biden, used family doctors to get exempting medical excuses.

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