Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/12/2022

French mayors have warned the national government that the country is hurtling towards a catastrophe in the coming winter due to surging energy costs. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if Europe wants natural gas, it can be supplied via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is once again operable.

In other news, according to the latest polls, Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), is even more popular now than she was during last month’s elections.

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Financial Crisis
» America’s Largest Newspaper Chain Announces Hiring Freeze, Benefit Cuts
» Angola Will Cut Interest Rates as Long as Inflation is Low, Says Central Bank Governor
» Biden Admits a ‘Very Slight’ Recession is Possible But Says ‘I Don’t Anticipate It’ After IMF Cut Forecast for US Economy and JP Morgan Chase CEO Warned of Downturn Within Months
» Bidenflation Strikes Again as Devastating PPI Numbers Emerge for September
» Czech Inflation Soars to 18%, Highest Level Since 1993
» Europe’s Winter of Chaos: France Heading ‘Straight Into the Wall’ With Massive Energy Costs
» UK Economy Went Into the Red in August Shrinking by 0.3% — Far Worse Than Expected — as Rampant Inflation and Ukraine Crisis Caused Havoc… With Fears a Full-Blown Recession is Inevitable
» Videos: Biden Gibbers, Drops Cheat Cards, Declares There is No Recession
 
USA
» Biden Says the US Has Contingencies if Putin Uses Nuclear Weapons, The War ‘Could End in Armageddon’ And Says Russian Leader Has Acted ‘Brutally’ After Killing Civilians With Missile Strikes
» Biden Administration Considers a Ban on Russian Aluminum — Integral to Cars, Skyscrapers and iPhones — in Response to Putin’s Escalation in Ukraine
» Biden Admin Official Privately Briefed Former Employers’ Donors on Energy Policy, Text Messages Show
» Breaking: LA City Council Member Nury Martinez Resigns Following Racist Remarks
» Breaking: JP Morgan Chase Cancels Kanye West’s Bank Accounts
» California Court Rules Against Geofence Warrant
» Enthusiasm for Biden ‘Remains Scarce, ‘ 63% of Americans Disapprove of His Handling of Economy: Poll
» Exclusive: Nebraska Legislators Prep Investigation Into Education Docs That Claim Conservatives Are ‘Racist’
» Facebook ‘Whistleblower’ Teams Up With Ex-Feds, Left-Wing Billionaire to Police Social Media
» Flower Power: AZ Dem Wants to ‘Convert’ Military Resources to Fight Climate Change
» George Soros Provides Another $1m Boost to Stacey Abrams’ Candidacy
» How FEMA Put ‘Equity’ Ahead of Disaster Management
» How to Delete Your PayPal Account
» Igor Danchenko Trial: Durham Hammers FBI Over Lack of Corroboration of Steele Dossier Used for FISA Warrant
» Jury Awards $965 Million to Sandy Hook Families in Alex Jones Case
» Killings in NYC Subway System Skyrocket to Highest Level in 25 Years — Even as Ridership Plummeted
» Member of ‘Green Goblin’ Girl Gang That Terrorized Subway Riders Turns Herself in to NYPD, Released Without Bail
» NYC Man Released Without Bail for McDonald’s Ax Attack Arrested Again and Released Without Bail
» Odysee Introduces Creator Memberships — a New Way to Support Creators
» Ohio Man Tells Investigators He Delivered Bomb, Tried to Kill Romantic Rival in Carroll County, Maryland
» PayPal is Still Threatening to Fine Users $2,500 for Promoting “Intolerance That is Discriminatory”
» Penn State is About to Host the Proud Boys Founder, And Its Students Are Protesting
» Police in Wealthy Chicago Suburb Take Down $7.5m Theft Ring Allegedly Stealing and Reselling Retail Items
» Project Veritas Video Exposes Why Katie Hobbs Won’t Debate Kari Lake
» Seven Times ‘Disinformation’ Turned Out to be Just the Opposite
» Severely Abused in D.C. Jail, Jan. 6 Prisoners Ask for Transfer to Guantanamo
» Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Biden for Misjudging the Ukraine War — and Says the President is ‘Actively Pushing US to the Brink of a Nuclear Holocaust’ After He Called Putin a ‘Rational Actor’ Who ‘Miscalculated Significantly’
» Tulsi Gabbard Blames ‘Fanatical Ideologues’ In the Democratic Party for Her Decision to Leave — and Says One Liberal Congressperson Even Texted Her ‘Three Thumbs Up’ After Her Fiery Announcement Tuesday
» Tulsi Gabbard Endorses Trump-Backed Republican Candidate Joe Kent
» Video: Biden Says He’s “Proud” of Hunter When Asked About Possible Criminal Charges
» Whoops: Soros-Backed Prosecutor in Virginia Mistakenly Freed Murder Suspect
 
Canada
» CBC Breached Journalistic Standards by Linking Russia to Freedom Convoy
» Doctor Challenges Professional Censure After Questioning COVID Lockdowns
» Trudeau on the Stand: Emergencies Act Inquiry Begins This Week
 
Europe and the EU
» Countries Ask EU to Speed Up Work on Joint Gas Purchases, Czech Minister Says
» Germany Delivers First State-of-the-Art Air Defense Battery to Ukraine
» Hungary’s Ex-EU Commissioner Offers Inside Scoop on Hungarian-EU Negotiations in Kovacs’ Podcast Premiere
» Ireland: Study: Pandemic-Era Babies Have Social Communication ‘Deficits’
» Leak Detected in Pipeline That Brings Crude Oil to Germany
» Meloni Polling at Record Highs Ahead of Forming Centre-Right Government
» Nurse Accused of Murdering 7 Babies in UK Socialised Healthcare System
» Orban is ‘The Hungarian Asterix’ Defending Against ‘Romans’ From Brussels, Writes German Catholic Paper
» Poland Arms Its Territorial Defense Forces With Javelin Missiles
» Police Arrest Dozens of Protesters as Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil Eco Zealots Descend on Westminster as Met Chief Says Road-Blockers Are Not Causing Enough ‘Serious Disruption’ To be Removed — But Says Officers Must Stop Giving Them ‘Cups of Tea’
» The Left Calls for a Ban on Germany’s AfD Party — Right When it’s Surging in Popularity
» Train Chaos in Germany Coincided With AfD Call to Rally in Berlin
» UK: Pubs Warn of Booze Shortage This Winter Unless They Are Put on Priority List for Gas Supplies Amid Fears Blackouts Will Impact Brewery Production and Stop Draught Beer Lines Working
 
Balkans
» Serbia Believes Latest Pipeline Accident a Continuation of Nord Stream Events
 
Russia
» How Putin’s ‘General Armageddon’ Built His Career — and His Wife’s Fortune — on a Mountain of Corpses After Serving the Kremlin in Five Wars
» Putin Gives His Coat to Ruler of Abu Dhabi to Help Him Keep Warm… While He Tries to Freeze Millions Across Europe
» Putin’s New Ukraine Commander Dubbed “General Armageddon” For Ruthless Track Record
» Putin Says He’s Ready to Resume Gas Exports to Europe Through Single Remaining Nord Stream Pipeline
» Russia Arrests Eight Over Crimean Bridge Bombing
» Russia Arrests 8 People for the Blast on a Crimea Bridge as Ukraine Denies Involvement
» Vladimir Putin ‘Told Elon Musk He Was Prepared to Use Nuclear Weapons to Defend Annexed Regions of Ukraine’ When Billionaire Tesla Founder, 51, Spoke Privately With the Warring Dictator, 70, In a Bid to Act as a Peacemaker
» Zaporizhzhia Power Cut Again, Plant Using Diesel Generators -IAEA Chief
» Zelenskiy Says Increased Donor Support Will Help End Russian War Sooner
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand: Fatal Gang Stabbing Over Hat Colour
 
Immigration
» Children Wrapped in Blankets Are Carried to Safety in Kent as Number of Migrants Crossing the English Channel This Year Passes 35,600 — With Nearly 400 Making the Trip Yesterday
» France: Undercover Cop Robbed by ‘North African’ Suspects in Paris Metro
» France: NGOs and Activists Claim White People Are ‘Racist’ For Complaining About Too Much Noise, Label it ‘Volume Racism’
» Greek Coastguard Launches Investigation Into People Smugglers and NGOs
» Hours Before Decrying ‘Horrifying Images,’ Mayorkas Was Told CBP Agents Did Not Whip Haitian Migrants
» ‘More and More Member States Are Dissatisfied With EU Migration Policy’ — Austrian Chancellor Demand Firmer Migration Stance From Europe
» Trafficked at Sunrise: Migrants Carrying Their ‘Death Trap’ Boats Near Dunkirk Set Off for British Waters
 
Culture Wars
» At Drag Queen-Themed Fundraiser, Colorado’s Michael Bennet Tells Donors He’s ‘More Progressive Than Bernie Sanders’
» Democrat Spox Claims Authorities Should Consider Removing Children From ‘Transphobic’ Parents
» ‘It’s Not Women That Produce Eggs’: Biden Education Department Plays Host to Woke Biology Teacher on Taxpayer Dime
» Residents of Crime-Ridden Portland Area to Vote on Ballot Measure Removing Gendered Language
» They Hate You
» Wisconsin School District Requires Parental Consent for Name, Pronoun Changes Following Backlash
 

America’s Largest Newspaper Chain Announces Hiring Freeze, Benefit Cuts

Gannett, America’s largest newspaper chain, has announced a hiring freeze, alongside a string of other benefit reductions and cost-cutting measures intended to save the firm from financial ruin.

Employees will endure a five-day unpaid leave in December, a six-month sabbatical, and the suspension of 401k matching, according to Deadline. Employees may also opt for a four-day work week or voluntary severance. The hiring freeze will not apply to revenue or administrative positions deemed essential.

The chain has over 16,000 employees across more than 200 newspapers. It laid off 400 employees earlier this year. Revenue dropped 7% in the second quarter of 2022.

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

Angola Will Cut Interest Rates as Long as Inflation is Low, Says Central Bank Governor

WASHINGTON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) — Angola will keep cutting interest rates as long as inflation is kept low, central bank governor Jose De Lima Massano said on Wednesday, forecasting that inflation will fall to 16% this year and 9-10% by the end of 2023.

“Today we have interest rates in Angola above 20%. So those are too high. And if we have room to keep on reducing them, we’ll do it,” De Lima Massano told Reuters on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington.

Unlike most other central banks, Angola has started to lower interest rates, delivering a rate cut in September for the first time since 2019 by 50 basis points to 19.5%.

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

Biden Admits a ‘Very Slight’ Recession is Possible But Says ‘I Don’t Anticipate It’ After IMF Cut Forecast for US Economy and JP Morgan Chase CEO Warned of Downturn Within Months

Biden’s comments came after the IMF said global growth is expected to slow further next year, downgrading its forecasts. It also cut forecasts for both the US and China.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Bidenflation Strikes Again as Devastating PPI Numbers Emerge for September

Wednesday should be interesting in the White House Briefing Room as press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will undoubtedly be questioned about disturbing new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding the unexpected increase of the Producer Price Index (PPI), otherwise known as the metric that measures inflation at the wholesale level.

Yep, it’s still really bad. Economists and analytical firms had predicted that the proverbial tides would begin to turn in the economy’s favor with September’s data, but instead, only brought headwinds. According to CNBC, wholesale prices rose 0.4% in September, for an annual number of 8.5%.

“Excluding food, energy and trade services, the index increased 0.4% for the month and 5.6% from a year ago,” CNBC’s report added.

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

Czech Inflation Soars to 18%, Highest Level Since 1993

Price growth in the Czech Republic accelerated again after year-over-year inflation reached 18 percent this September, according to data published by the Czech Statistical Office (CSÚ) on Tuesday. It is the highest level of annual inflation since December 1993.

In the year-over-year and month-over-month comparison, prices related to housing, especially energy prices, contributed the most to the growth. Consumer prices rose by 0.8 percent month-over-month in September.

In August, year-over-year price growth slowed to 17.2 percent for the first time in 13 months, but in September, price increases accelerated again.

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

Europe’s Winter of Chaos: France Heading ‘Straight Into the Wall’ With Massive Energy Costs

French mayors have warned the Macron government that the country is heading “straight into the wall” over surging energy costs in the country.

Municipality energy cost increases of up to 400 per cent will drive significant portions of France “straight into the wall” in 2023, a host of mayors have warned the country’s government, with local leadership now reportedly struggling to even conceive how they could possibly balance the budget of their local regions.

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

UK Economy Went Into the Red in August Shrinking by 0.3% — Far Worse Than Expected — as Rampant Inflation and Ukraine Crisis Caused Havoc… With Fears a Full-Blown Recession is Inevitable

GDP fell by 0.3 per cent in August, much worse than the flatlining analysts had expected, with factories and consumer services firms struggling.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Videos: Biden Gibbers, Drops Cheat Cards, Declares There is No Recession

In a car crash interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Tuesday, Biden stammered and stuttered, often speaking absolute gibberish, and dropped the cheat cards his handlers had given him while declaring that there is no recession in the U.S.

It all started to go wrong for Biden after Tapper had asked about Hunter Biden facing criminal prosecution.

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

Biden Says the US Has Contingencies if Putin Uses Nuclear Weapons, The War ‘Could End in Armageddon’ And Says Russian Leader Has Acted ‘Brutally’ After Killing Civilians With Missile Strikes

Asked if he intends to speak with Putin at the upcoming G20 Summit, Biden said: ‘I think he’s committed war crimes. And so, I don’t — I don’t see any rationale to meet with him now.’

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Administration Considers a Ban on Russian Aluminum — Integral to Cars, Skyscrapers and iPhones — in Response to Putin’s Escalation in Ukraine

The Biden administration is reportedly considering a total ban on Russian aluminum after Russia stepped up its assault on Ukraine with a storm of missiles directed at civilian targets this week.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Admin Official Privately Briefed Former Employers’ Donors on Energy Policy, Text Messages Show

FIRST ON FOX: A top Biden administration official briefed a “funders only” event hosted earlier this year by the Energy Foundation, her former employer, according to records obtained by an energy policy group.

Allison Clements, a Democratic commissioner on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ultimately agreed to attend the Jan. 10 funder event despite an Energy Foundation official suggesting her presence might be “inappropriate,” according to text messages and emails obtained by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and shared with Fox News Digital.

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

Breaking: LA City Council Member Nury Martinez Resigns Following Racist Remarks

On Wednesday, former Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez resigned fully from the council after backlash regarding racist remarks made in a resurfaced audio clip of a meeting. This after she had already resigned as council president.

In a statement, Martinez announced that, “It is with a broken heart that I resign my seat for Council District 6, the community I grew up in and my home.”

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

Breaking: JP Morgan Chase Cancels Kanye West’s Bank Accounts

Candace Owens reported on Wednesday that entertainer Kanye West has been removed as a client from Chase Bank. Owens shared the letter from the multinational banking company, which was headed “Closing of Our Banking Relationship.”

Addressed to Ye, it read “We are sending this letter to confirm our recent discussion with [redacted] that JPMorgan Chase Bank… has decided to end its banking relationship with Yeezy, LLC and its affiliated entities.”

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

California Court Rules Against Geofence Warrant

A court in California ruled that a geofence warrant issued in a case involving a burglary in 2018 violated both the Fourth Amendment and the California electronic communications privacy act (CalECPA).

The ruling was handed down in People v. Dawes, which involved a burglary in a residential neighborhood. The suspects were caught on camera but the images were not clear enough for the suspects to be identified. So the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) got a geofence warrant.

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

Enthusiasm for Biden ‘Remains Scarce, ‘ 63% of Americans Disapprove of His Handling of Economy: Poll

President Biden’s approval rating among American adults has ticked up since lows in the summer, but a deeper look at a new poll shows scant enthusiasm for Biden and poor marks for his handling of the economy.

President Biden’s approval rating is currently sitting at approximately 44% of U.S. adults, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. This is higher than previous CNN polls that put the president around 38% over the summer.

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

Exclusive: Nebraska Legislators Prep Investigation Into Education Docs That Claim Conservatives Are ‘Racist’

The Nebraska legislature is calling for an investigation into the state’s Education Department after unearthing documents promoted to educators that claim conservatives are “racist” for opposing Critical Race Theory, the Daily Caller has learned exclusively.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s Education Department created the “Launch Nebraska” platform to provide schools with reopening guidelines in the post-COVID era. By the 2021-2022 school year, the website evolved into a resource for promoting Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other left-wing tropes such as “anti-racism.”

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

Facebook ‘Whistleblower’ Teams Up With Ex-Feds, Left-Wing Billionaire to Police Social Media

Former Facebook employee and “whistleblower” Frances Haugen is heading a new initiative, featuring a slew of former intelligence officials and bankrolled by a left-wing billionaire, that aims to influence how social media companies moderate speech and content.

Haugen will co-chair the Council for Responsible Social Media, according to a Wednesday press release from Issue One, a non-profit sponsoring the initiative.

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

Flower Power: AZ Dem Wants to ‘Convert’ Military Resources to Fight Climate Change

As an environmental law professor, Arizona House candidate Kirsten Engel (D.) touted a manifesto that calls for demilitarizing America’s “national security systems” and using the resources to fight climate change.

It’s a stance that would likely not go over well in the Democrat’s military-friendly district.

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

George Soros Provides Another $1m Boost to Stacey Abrams’ Candidacy

FIRST ON FOX: Liberal billionaire George Soros dropped another $1 million into Georgia to boost Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial run, campaign finance records reviewed by Fox News Digital show.

Soros’ Democracy PAC II, a federal committee bankrolled by $125 million from the financier, sent the cash to One Georgia Inc. on Sept. 30, according to state filings. One Georgia Inc. is a leadership committee chaired by Abrams and used to aid her candidacy, and it also shares an address and treasurer with her campaign.

Soros’ latest contribution follows the $2.5 million he pushed into the committee between March and June, bringing his support for the group to $3.5 million and putting him among its largest donors.

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

How FEMA Put ‘Equity’ Ahead of Disaster Management

by Daniel Greenfield

“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions,” Kamala Harris told the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum during the recovery effort for the victims of Hurricane Ian.

“We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity.”

That is what FEMA is already doing.

FEMA uses something called the National Risk Index to calculate the risk to any area. The NRI can then be used to determine which communities should get how much funding to cope with natural disasters. Armed with an NRI evaluation, cities, counties and towns can apply for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. Billions in these grants have been handed out. The trouble with the NRI is that it’s less science and more sociology. And very leftist sociology at that.

The Index is made up of three components, the actual natural hazard, “community resilience” and “social vulnerability”. The last is really affirmative action for natural disasters. As FEMA puts it, social vulnerability calculates the “susceptibility of social groups to the adverse impacts of natural hazards”.Or as the old joke has it, “Earth destroyed: minorities hardest hit.”

Except with FEMA, it’s not a joke, it’s policy…

           — Hat tip: Daniel Greenfield [Return to headlines]
 

How to Delete Your PayPal Account

Payments company PayPal’s threat to expand its speech restrictions (which it later claimed was an “error” after facing mass pushback) and its growing levels of censorship have led to many people deciding to cut ties with the company and delete their PayPal accounts.

Follow these steps to delete your PayPal account.

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

Igor Danchenko Trial: Durham Hammers FBI Over Lack of Corroboration of Steele Dossier Used for FISA Warrant

Neither the FBI nor any other intelligence agency had any corroboration for allegations included in the anti-Trump dossier that was used to justify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant and its renewals to monitor Trump campaign aide Carter Page, an FBI official testified on the second day of the Igor Danchenko trial.

Special Counsel John Durham, who has been investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe since 2019, led questioning of FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten on Tuesday, the first day of the trial, and continued on Wednesday.

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

Jury Awards $965 Million to Sandy Hook Families in Alex Jones Case

Ajury has awarded $965 million to the families of eight victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and one first responder, resolving a lawsuit that began in 2018 over Jones’s claims the event never occurred, according to Reuters.

In December 2012, 20 students and six adults died in a mass shooting at the Newtown, Connecticut school. Jones claimed that the victims’ families and the first responders to the 2012 tragedy were “crisis actors” on multiple occasions and asserted the massacre was staged to push gun control. Jones generated hundreds of millions of impressions on social media with his false claims about the event. The plaintiffs sought a sum of $550 million to match the total views his claims received, per CNN Business. Ultimately, the jury awarded the plaintiffs nearly double the already enormous sum.

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

Killings in NYC Subway System Skyrocket to Highest Level in 25 Years — Even as Ridership Plummeted

The Murder Express is running local.

Killings in the New York City subway system since 2020 have skyrocketed to the highest annual levels in 25 years, even amid plummeting ridership numbers, as the city grapples with an overall spike in random violence, NYPD data show.

Since 1997, the earliest data The Post was able to access, there had never been more than five subway murders in a single year until the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020 and brought that number up to six for the first time in decades.

The next year, murders shot up to eight. So far in 2022, there have already been seven killings.

Together with 2020’s toll, that’s 21 slayings — which is more murders than the transit system saw between 2008 and 2019 combined.

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

Member of ‘Green Goblin’ Girl Gang That Terrorized Subway Riders Turns Herself in to NYPD, Released Without Bail

Last week, four members of what has been dubbed the “green goblin” gang were identified after being caught on camera assaulting passengers on the subway in New York City while wearing tight green bodysuits.

One of the women identified, 26-year-old Mariam Issouf, turned herself in to police on Monday.

According to The Daily Mail, Issouf appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday facing a second-degree robbery charge, but was later released without bail.

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

NYC Man Released Without Bail for McDonald’s Ax Attack Arrested Again and Released Without Bail

A 31-year-old New York City man who was arrested and released without bail last month after terrorizing McDonald’s patrons with an ax was arrested again this week for graffiti, stealing a bike and evading police, and was again released without bail.

Michael Palacios was approached by police Sunday evening after being spotted spraying graffiti in Brooklyn, prompting him to snatch an expensive bike from a nearby coffee shop and lead officers on a chase before eventually being arrested, the New York Post reported.

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

Odysee Introduces Creator Memberships — a New Way to Support Creators

Video sharing platform Odysee has launched a beta version of its new “Creator Memberships” feature which lets creators offer paywalled members-only content to their followers.

The beta version is currently available to Odysee Premium members but Odysee plans to roll it out for all creators within the next two weeks.

Creators can offer multiple tiers with unique members-only perks such as exclusive content, members-only chats, early access content, and member badges.

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

Ohio Man Tells Investigators He Delivered Bomb, Tried to Kill Romantic Rival in Carroll County, Maryland

BALTIMORE — A 32-year-old man has pleaded guilty to building an explosive bomb in Ohio and then driving to Carroll County, Maryland, with the intention of killing a romantic rival, according to authorities.

Clayton McCoy intended to kill the boyfriend of the woman he liked, Department of Justice officials said.

He had known the couple for years through a live-action role-playing battle game/social club, investigators said.

McCoy confessed his feelings for the woman in October 2020 but the woman informed McCoy that she was in a relationship and did not reciprocate his feelings, according to authorities.

This rejection prompted McCoy to devise a plan to build and deliver a bomb to her boyfriend’s house, thereby eliminating his competition, Department of Justice officials said.

Investigators say that McCoy researched the necessary materials and plans for building a pipe bomb. He went to multiple stores in search of the ingredients necessary to make the required explosive powder and other bomb materials, according to authorities.

Investigators believe that McCoy tried to evade the attention of law enforcement officers by buying the items at various stores and paying in cash.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday provided details of the lengths that McCoy took to create the deadly concoction.

He made shrapnel for the bomb by using an angle grinder to saw to cut scrap metal into small, triangular pieces, according to authorities.

Then he inserted that homemade shrapnel into the metal pipe, to increase the deadliness of the pipe bomb when it exploded, Department of Justice officials said.

To mask his criminal intentions, McCoy put the bomb into a white gift box and tied a red ribbon around it, according to authorities.

Investigators say that he had rigged the gift box so that the bomb would explode whenever somebody opened it.

He even created a prototype and tested it in his yard to make sure the gift would detonate when it was opened, according to authorities.

On Oct. 30, 2020, he put the bomb in the back of a truck and drove it to the residence of his romantic rival from Ohio to Carroll County, Maryland, Department of Justice officials said.

McCoy then left the “gift” concealed in a box on his rival’s front porch. The grandfather of his rival discovered the box and put it on the kitchen counter where it remained until the rival returned home, according to authorities.

That evening around 5:30 p.m., the romantic rival noticed the box. He opened it and saw a smaller white box with a ribbon in it inside, Department of Justice officials said.

The romantic rival sent a text to his girlfriend asking if she had sent him a present and then took both boxes to his bedroom to open the gift in private, according to authorities.

As he opened the gift box, he heard a whistling/hissing sound right before the bomb detonated, Department of Justice officials said.

Investigators say the shrapnel from the bomb ripped into the romantic rival’s body, injuring his chest, legs, and other body parts. He had to go to a hospital to receive treatment for his injuries and wasn’t able to leave the medical facility until Nov. 17, 2020…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

PayPal is Still Threatening to Fine Users $2,500 for Promoting “Intolerance That is Discriminatory”

While PayPal has walked back its threat to fine users $2,500 for “misinformation,” the payments company is still reserving the right to fine users the same amount for other alleged transgressions.

In its current “Acceptable Use Policy,” which has been active for a year, PayPal states that: “Violation of this 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 which may be debited directly from your PayPal account(s).”

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

Penn State is About to Host the Proud Boys Founder, And Its Students Are Protesting

Penn State University says Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spouts “hateful and discriminatory” rhetoric — but the school also says a student group has the right to bring McInnes to speak on campus this month, at an event paid for with thousands of dollars in student fees.

Students have launched a petition and plan to protest the Oct. 24 event, seeking to block McInnes and another controversial far-right figure, Alex Stein, from speaking in State College, Pa.

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

Police in Wealthy Chicago Suburb Take Down $7.5m Theft Ring Allegedly Stealing and Reselling Retail Items

Police in Wilmette, a wealthy suburb north of Chicago, have arrested eight suspects tied to a theft ring accused of stealing $7.5 million with of goods from a number of retail stores in and outside Chicago.

With assistance from local, federal and retail-focused law enforcement partners, the Wilmette Police Department (WPD) executed 12 search warrants on Oct. 6 in Chicago, Cicero, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook, as well as three in California, resulting in the recovery the $7.5 million worth of stolen property after about a yearlong investigation.

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

Project Veritas Video Exposes Why Katie Hobbs Won’t Debate Kari Lake

Project Veritas has had another successful undercover sting.

On Tuesday, the journalism organization released a scathing undercover video compilation exposing Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs and several campaign staffers. The footage sheds new light on Hobbs’ refusal to debate Republican opponent Kari Lake. It exposes Hobbs’ blatant desire to conceal her position on guns and other policies from constituents and reveals how her campaign staff strategized ways to keep her off the debate stage.

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

Seven Times ‘Disinformation’ Turned Out to be Just the Opposite

At the heart of the second trial to come out of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe is a story of disinformation.

Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, testified both during a House Intelligence Committee investigation in 2017 and recently during Durham’s ongoing probe that he was the one who hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion GPS went on to commission former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to create the infamous “Steele dossier,” which purported to show collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. It contained several salacious and since-debunked claims about Trump and his alleged ties to Russia.

The federal government infamously used the now-discredited dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump 2016 campaign aide Carter Page. The Justice Department later admitted the warrant application was full of misinformation and the surveillance warrant should’ve never been approved.

The primary source of the Steele dossier was Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who’s now on trial as part of Durham’s investigation for allegedly lying to the FBI about his own sources for the information that he provided to Steele.

Federal prosecutors allege that Danchenko, who has pleaded not guilty, fabricated and concealed his sources in conversations with the feds. The trial began in Alexandria, Va. on Tuesday.

The case highlights how potent a weapon disinformation can be in today’s political climate, where falsehoods can slip through the cracks and transform into received truth without the public noticing.

However, it works the other way as well.

Indeed, in the past few years the opposite has more often been the case: Something deemed disinformation ultimately turns out to be true.

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Severely Abused in D.C. Jail, Jan. 6 Prisoners Ask for Transfer to Guantanamo

Is this America? Gateway Pundit recently published a letter to Gestapo chief Merrick Garland from 34 of the prisoners who are being held under inhuman conditions in the District of Columbia Jail because of their role in the Jan. 6 “insurrection.” But can these unfortunate prisoners really expect any justice from Garland, a rabid partisan and sinister authoritarian who has sicced the FBI on parents protesting the woke agenda at school board meetings? He is virtually certain to ignore the letter and allow the heartless treatment it describes to continue. In reading their description of their treatment, the question is inescapable: How can this be happening in what was once known as the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

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Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Biden for Misjudging the Ukraine War — and Says the President is ‘Actively Pushing US to the Brink of a Nuclear Holocaust’ After He Called Putin a ‘Rational Actor’ Who ‘Miscalculated Significantly’

The former Congresswoman on Tuesday announced she was leaving the Democratic Party, and said she was troubled by their policies on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Tulsi Gabbard Blames ‘Fanatical Ideologues’ In the Democratic Party for Her Decision to Leave — and Says One Liberal Congressperson Even Texted Her ‘Three Thumbs Up’ After Her Fiery Announcement Tuesday

The former Hawaii congresswoman, who quit politics in 2021 after a failed Democrat presidential bid in 2020, announced earlier on Tuesday she was leaving the Democratic Party.

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Tulsi Gabbard Endorses Trump-Backed Republican Candidate Joe Kent

Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has endorsed Trump-backed Republican Joe Kent for a U.S. House seat from Washington state.

“My friend Joe Kent is a fighter,” Gabbard said in an ad endorsing Kent. “He’s dedicated his life to ensuring the safety, security and freedom of the American people and our country. With your vote, Joe’s going to go to Washington and work tirelessly to secure the border and bring you and your loved ones peace of mind.”

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Video: Biden Says He’s “Proud” of Hunter When Asked About Possible Criminal Charges

Joe Biden declared that he is “proud” of his son Hunter when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about the potential of criminal charges being brought against him by federal prosecutors.

The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department has for months had enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with several crimes related to taxes and lying to investigators about a firearms purchase.

Tapper asked Biden what he feels about the position his son is in “personally and politically.”

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Whoops: Soros-Backed Prosecutor in Virginia Mistakenly Freed Murder Suspect

A George Soros-backed prosecutor in Virginia mistakenly freed a man charged with murder who was apprehended the following day in Georgia.

The office of Loudoun County prosecutor Buta Biberaj (D.) on Thursday dropped second-degree murder charges in general district court for 25-year-old Stone Colburn, who last year was accused of stabbing his brother’s girlfriend to death. Biberaj’s office dropped charges in an effort for the Loudoun County Circuit Court to declare Colburn mentally fit to stand trial. Biberaj said the district court was on the verge of committing him to a mental hospital.

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CBC Breached Journalistic Standards by Linking Russia to Freedom Convoy

The CBC Ombudsman ruled that he was “disappointed that programmers” linked Russia to the Freedom Convoy during a Power & Politics segment with Liberal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino in January.

The Oct. 6 review by Ombudsman Jack Nagler followed a complaint against CBC news anchor Nil Koksal by viewer James Sali. During that episode, Koksal asked without any substantiating evidence whether “Russian actors” were involved in organizing the convoy.

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Doctor Challenges Professional Censure After Questioning COVID Lockdowns

An Ontario doctor is challenging a professional censure placed on her record by the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) after she took to social media to warn against the harms of Covid lockdowns.

The Democracy Fund (TDF) and Libertas Law lawyer Lisa Bildy are representing Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill. Dr. Gill will appear before the Health Professionals Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) to request that the cautions against her record be scrubbed.

In a TDF press release, Dr. Gill claims that she was the subject of a malicious online campaign due to her advocacy on Twitter against lockdowns.

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Trudeau on the Stand: Emergencies Act Inquiry Begins This Week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will finally have to answer for his dictatorial use of the federal Emergencies Act, which he invoked to brutalize peaceful Freedom Convoy protestors opposed to his pandemic regime.

The Public Order Emergency Commission announced hearings would begin this week. The first appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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Countries Ask EU to Speed Up Work on Joint Gas Purchases, Czech Minister Says

PRAGUE, Oct 12 (Reuters) — European Union energy ministers want work on joint purchases of gas to be ready for next winter, Czech Industry Minister Jozef Sikela said on Wednesday.

“We want to speed up the joint purchases, and to use the purchasing power of the whole… EU economy in order to get security in supplies for the next winter, which might be even more critical than this one,” said Sikela, after a meeting of EU ministers in Prague.

“So the Commission was asked to speed up the works,” he said. (Reporting by Robert Muller; editing by Kate Abnett)

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Germany Delivers First State-of-the-Art Air Defense Battery to Ukraine

Germany has delivered the first of four Iris-T SLM air defense batteries to Ukraine, daily Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

The Iris-T SLM is a ground-launched variant of the original Iris-T air-to-air missile developed by German company Diehl Defense as a modern and in many ways superior missile to the U.S.-made AIM-9 Sidewinder, the standard equipment of many NATO air forces.

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Hungary’s Ex-EU Commissioner Offers Inside Scoop on Hungarian-EU Negotiations in Kovacs’ Podcast Premiere

Hungary’s former EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics didn’t pull any punches in the first episode of a new podcast by Hungary’s state secretary for international communication, Zoltan Kovacs.

The new series, entitled “The Bold Truth About Hungary,” seeks to bypass the often misleading liberal mainstream media and publicize the work the Hungarian government is doing under the mandate it was once again handed by the Hungarian people back in April.

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Ireland: Study: Pandemic-Era Babies Have Social Communication ‘Deficits’

A recent study from Ireland found that babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic had “deficits” in social communication, including speech. Who would have thought that locking developing infants in their homes and preventing them from any outside-the-home interaction would end up hindering their development?

The study abstract said, “The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic was managed with sustained mass lockdowns to prevent spread of COVID-19 infection. Babies born during the early stages of the pandemic missed the opportunity of meeting a normal social circle of people outside the family home.” The study then noted, “Compared with a historical cohort, babies born into lockdown appeared to have some deficits in social communication.”

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Leak Detected in Pipeline That Brings Crude Oil to Germany

The Druzhba pipeline originates in Russia.

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Meloni Polling at Record Highs Ahead of Forming Centre-Right Government

Firebrand conservative Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy (FdI) have reached a new record high in the polls as she continues her work in forming the next Italian government.

The new poll, conducted by the firm Swg, shows Meloni and her FdI polling even higher than their September 25th election result at 27.5 per cent, the highest polling number the party has ever achieved in its history.

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Nurse Accused of Murdering 7 Babies in UK Socialised Healthcare System

A British nurse stands accused of murdering seven babies in the hospital in which she worked as a court heard testimony from a mother who allegedly witnessed the nurse in the process of murdering her child.

British nurse Lucy Letby is currently on trial at the Machester Crown Court over allegations that she murdered five baby boys and two baby girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016 and attempted to murder another ten more children. She is facing 22 charges overall.

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Orban is ‘The Hungarian Asterix’ Defending Against ‘Romans’ From Brussels, Writes German Catholic Paper

German Catholic daily Die Tagespost likened Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to French comic book character Astérix, defender of his small Gallic village against the mighty Roman Empire. The paper was reporting on the Tuesday roundtable discussion entitled “Storm over Europe — the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis and geopolitical challenges.”

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Poland Arms Its Territorial Defense Forces With Javelin Missiles

Poland’s Territorial Defense Forces (WOT) reserve brigades now have access to Javelin anti-tank guided missiles, announced Polish Minister of Defense, Deputy PM Mariusz Blaszczak. The Javelin system is a U.S.-made anti-armor “fire-and-forget” guided missile that can be used by a single soldier, with the missile using a built-in thermal imaging header to lock-in on targets.

Territorial Defense Forces (WOT) use the FGM-148F version of the missile that allows striking armored targets located up to 4 kilometers away. The launcher is operated by a team consisting of two soldiers.

Javelins delivered to Ukrainian forces by Western countries gained popularity in the first phase of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, when it proved to be a very efficient weapon against Russian armored and mechanized forces.

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Police Arrest Dozens of Protesters as Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil Eco Zealots Descend on Westminster as Met Chief Says Road-Blockers Are Not Causing Enough ‘Serious Disruption’ To be Removed — But Says Officers Must Stop Giving Them ‘Cups of Tea’

Police have arrested dozens of protesters after Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil eco zealots descended on Westminster today.

Insulate Britain — who caused chaos for motorists last year — blocked the route to Westminster as they attempted to disrupt Prime Minister Liz Truss’s trip to Parliament.

In the 12th consecutive day of demonstrations, at least 27 people were arrested after eco-warriors blocked the roads around Parliament Square.

[Comment: Article dated October 12, 2022.]

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The Left Calls for a Ban on Germany’s AfD Party — Right When it’s Surging in Popularity

Members of the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Left party (Die Linke) are calling for a ban on the conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) party just as it surges in the polls, raising fears that Germany, which prides itself on being democratic, will attempt to completely ban one of the largest parties in the country.

Dorothea Marx (SPD), a member of the Thuringian state parliament, is one of the politicians calling for the AfD party to be banned.

“The time is ripe,” Marx told the dpa news agency. Above all, she said, the Thuringian state assembly must act quickly.

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Train Chaos in Germany Coincided With AfD Call to Rally in Berlin

The AfD had called for a large rally in Berlin, but rail traffic stopped in large parts of northern Germany on Saturday. Unknown persons had destroyed important Deutsche Bahn communication cables in two places. International connections were also affected.

In the past there had been repeated attacks on the Deutsche Bahn rail system around Berlin. The suspects are again believed to be from the far-left, often deployed as a battering ram against conservatives.

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UK: Pubs Warn of Booze Shortage This Winter Unless They Are Put on Priority List for Gas Supplies Amid Fears Blackouts Will Impact Brewery Production and Stop Draught Beer Lines Working

Drinks industry bosses called for pubs to be put on a priority list for gas supplies to avoid running out of stock in a matter of months, following National Grid’s warning of power cuts this winter.

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Serbia Believes Latest Pipeline Accident a Continuation of Nord Stream Events

Reports about a leak on the Druzhba oil pipeline and other problems around Russian oil supplies look like a continuation of the events on the Nord Stream gas pipeline as part of an energy war, Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic said on Wednesday.

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How Putin’s ‘General Armageddon’ Built His Career — and His Wife’s Fortune — on a Mountain of Corpses After Serving the Kremlin in Five Wars

IAN BIRRELL: Vladimir Putin has handed Sergei Surovikin full command of Russia’s war in Ukraine, entrusting him with saving the dictator’s beleaguered presidency.

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Putin Gives His Coat to Ruler of Abu Dhabi to Help Him Keep Warm… While He Tries to Freeze Millions Across Europe

He gave the Italian coat in chilly St Petersburg to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, third president of the United Arab Emirates.

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Putin’s New Ukraine Commander Dubbed “General Armageddon” For Ruthless Track Record

“Russia and Russia’s commanders are worried about the state of their military machine,” the head of British intelligence agency GCHQ Jeremy Fleming, told BBC Radio on Tuesday. “We can see that desperation at many levels inside Russian society and inside the Russian military machine,” he described in an assessment which comes days after a big Russian military command shake-up.

Following the past weeks of a rapid roll-back of Russian positions in Ukraine’s east, President Vladimir Putin sacked two of his senior military commanders and appointed General Sergey Surovikin to lead the next the next phase of the war effort in Ukraine, which began with Monday’s major escalation in airstrikes on over a dozen cities, which was a response to the Kerch Bridge bombing.

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Putin Says He’s Ready to Resume Gas Exports to Europe Through Single Remaining Nord Stream Pipeline

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow is ready to resume gas supplies to Europe via a link of Germany-bound Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea which has never been in use.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline has never brought natural gas to Europe because Germany prevented the flows from ever starting just before Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Russia Arrests Eight Over Crimean Bridge Bombing

Russia on Wednesday announced the arrest of eight people in connection to the weekend bombing of the country’s bridge to Crimea.

Moscow’s Federal Security Service said it arrested five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in connection to the attack, according to state-run media outlet TASS.

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Russia Arrests 8 People for the Blast on a Crimea Bridge as Ukraine Denies Involvement

Russia says it has detained eight people it suspects in carrying out last Saturday’s explosion on a key bridge linking annexed Crimea to Russia.

According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, its agents arrested five Russian citizens as well as two Ukrainians and an Armenian national suspected in the bridge blast.

In a statement, the FSB said the individuals helped load 22 tons of explosives into a truck in the Ukrainian city of Odesa. The vehicle then went through several other countries before entering Russia and exploding on the Kerch bridge Saturday morning, killing several people and briefly rendering the bridge unusable.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Ukraine’s intelligence services for carrying out what he has called a terrorist attack. The Kremlin leader has responded with a massive series of Russian airstrikes across Ukraine that began Monday — the largest wave since the earliest days of the invasion.

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Vladimir Putin ‘Told Elon Musk He Was Prepared to Use Nuclear Weapons to Defend Annexed Regions of Ukraine’ When Billionaire Tesla Founder, 51, Spoke Privately With the Warring Dictator, 70, In a Bid to Act as a Peacemaker

Elon Musk was said to have spoken to Putin privately in recent weeks in a bid to act as a peacemaker. Tesla boss Mr Musk told others that Putin was determined to win ‘no matter what’.

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Zaporizhzhia Power Cut Again, Plant Using Diesel Generators -IAEA Chief

VIENNA, Oct 12 (Reuters) — The recently restored power line supplying the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been cut again.

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Zelenskiy Says Increased Donor Support Will Help End Russian War Sooner

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday that increased financial support from international donors will help end Russia’s devastating war in Ukraine more quickly, citing the need for $38 billion to close next year’s estimated budget deficit.

“The more assistance Ukraine gets now, the sooner we’ll come to an end to the Russian war, and the sooner and more reliably we will guarantee that such a cruel war will not spread into other countries,” Zelenskiy said in a virtual address to a high-level forum during International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Washington. (Reporting by David Lawder and Andrea Shalal; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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New Zealand: Fatal Gang Stabbing Over Hat Colour

Jamaine? Wharton was killed outside a 21st birthday party at the Waiohau Rugby Club, 40km south of Whakatane, in February 2021.

His mother, Sherry Wharton, addressed the two men found guilty of killing him as they were sentenced in the High Court in Rotorua on Thursday.

“My son would probably forgive you, that’s the kind of man Jamaine was, but we will never forgive you for taking one of our own on our whenua.”

Wharton was stabbed outside the Waiohau Rugby Club when Kayleb? Renata and Roger Tutakangahau?, both Mongrel Mob affiliates, appeared to take offence at a black hat he was wearing.

Renata, 18 now but 16 at the time, was found guilty of murder by a jury while Tutakangahau, 28, was found guilty of manslaughter.

Renata was sentenced to life with a minimum term of imprisonment of ten years, while Tutakangahau was sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment.

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Children Wrapped in Blankets Are Carried to Safety in Kent as Number of Migrants Crossing the English Channel This Year Passes 35,600 — With Nearly 400 Making the Trip Yesterday

Children wrapped in blankets were carried to safety as Channel crossings continued for the fifth day in a row on Wednesday.

Migrants were taken to Dungeness beach in Kent on Wednesday after making the journey, with several youngsters seen being helped ashore from a packed lifeboat by the crew.

More than 35,600 people have arrived in the UK so far this year after attempting the perilous journey from France, crossing the world’s busiest shipping lanes in dinghies and other small boats.

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France: Undercover Cop Robbed by ‘North African’ Suspects in Paris Metro

A plainclothes police officer was attacked and robbed by a group of ‘North African’ suspects at a metro station in Paris last week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 10:15 p.m. on October 7 in the French capital.

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France: NGOs and Activists Claim White People Are ‘Racist’ For Complaining About Too Much Noise, Label it ‘Volume Racism’

Anti-racism organizations and ethnic-group activists in France are trying to link those who complain about noise on buses, trains, and subways with racism.

The question is not just about how immigration is leading to record population levels in Western countries, which means more people in cars, buses, and on the streets and invariably increases noise pollution, but also how these different ethnic groups and cultures conduct themselves in relation to “noise,” all the way from personal conversations on a bus to how they celebrate weddings and other events.

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Greek Coastguard Launches Investigation Into People Smugglers and NGOs

The Greek coastguard has launched an investigation into the activity of people smugglers in Turkey which is also said to involve two NGOs suspected of working with the people traffickers.

The investigation is related to illegal boat crossings that took place in the summer of last year, with the first taking place near the island of Kos, which saw police discover that the head of an NGO possessed emails with a list of the passengers aboard the boat, including names and photographs.

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Hours Before Decrying ‘Horrifying Images,’ Mayorkas Was Told CBP Agents Did Not Whip Haitian Migrants

You may recall an incident last year in which Leftists from Biden, all the way down to your neighbor with the “In This House We Believe” sign became absolutely apoplectic over the cruel and sadistic border agents riding down Haitian immigrants and whipping them. Whipping them, I say! Comparisons were even made to antebellum slavery as the Left worked itself into a full-on foaming-at-the-mouth rage.

Except, of course, that wasn’t the case. The agents were using the reins to control the horses and no immigrants were harmed. There even were pictures of immigrant children petting the horses. The truth eventually came out and of course was largely ignored by the media, Democrat politicians, and your neighbor. But as it turned out, the government knew that the allegations were false, but decided to let the narrative take its course.

Hours before DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas took part in a press conference, he was informed that the photographer who took the photos had said that the agents were not whipping the immigrants.

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‘More and More Member States Are Dissatisfied With EU Migration Policy’ — Austrian Chancellor Demand Firmer Migration Stance From Europe

The European Commission needs to do more to combat illegal mass immigration, according to Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

In an interview with the liberal-conservative German newspaper Die Welt, Nehammer complained that the EU executive “as a defender of declarations does not address the constant violation of EU laws.”

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Trafficked at Sunrise: Migrants Carrying Their ‘Death Trap’ Boats Near Dunkirk Set Off for British Waters

Framed by a touch of mist in the soft pink of the rising sun, this could almost be an idyllic autumnal seaside scene.

But it shows scores of migrants — including a small girl — about to risk their lives crossing the Channel at dawn yesterday from the French town of Gravelines near Dunkirk.

The human cargo — in two boats — is likely to have paid around £3,000 each to ruthless people-traffickers for their passage.

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At Drag Queen-Themed Fundraiser, Colorado’s Michael Bennet Tells Donors He’s ‘More Progressive Than Bernie Sanders’

In a state where independent voters make up a plurality of the electorate, Colorado Democratic senator Michael Bennet has focused his reelection campaign on appealing to centrist voters. In private, however, he’s reminding left-wing donors at a drag queen-themed fundraiser that he has a “more progressive” record than socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.).

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Democrat Spox Claims Authorities Should Consider Removing Children From ‘Transphobic’ Parents

A campaign surrogate of Democrat Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger said authorities should look into taking children from parents who do not affirm their child’s gender identity, reports the Daily Caller.

The statements were made at a school board meeting in Prince William County (PWC), Virginia, when an individual questioned Democrat PWC Supervisor Kenny Boddye about a recent announcement by the group Pride Liberation Project about wanting to establish “affirming households.” The questioner filmed the exchange.

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‘It’s Not Women That Produce Eggs’: Biden Education Department Plays Host to Woke Biology Teacher on Taxpayer Dime

The Education Department in April hosted a webinar on supporting transgender and nonbinary students that featured a Denver public school teacher who says women don’t produce eggs for ovulation.

Sam Long, a biology teacher at Denver South High School, said during the event that teachers must “clean up” their language of gendered terms, including “males are more likely to be colorblind” and “women produce eggs.”

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Residents of Crime-Ridden Portland Area to Vote on Ballot Measure Removing Gendered Language

Multnomah County, Oregon, which contains the city of Portland and is responsible for prosecuting criminal activity in the city, is looking to remove gender-related language from its charter.

Voters in the county are set to vote on a local ballot measure that would remove language in the 1966 charter that includes “gender binary pronouns,” such as “he, she, his and her,” and instead use gender-neutral terms.

Measure 26-230, also known as the Gender Neutral Charter Amendment, if approved, would adopt terms like “the sheriff” to refer to a particular position within the county, rather than one that associates the office with a particular gender.

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They Hate You

They want you drugged. They want you fat. They want you sick. They want you lonely.

They want you depressed. They want you demoralized. They want you atomized.

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Wisconsin School District Requires Parental Consent for Name, Pronoun Changes Following Backlash

A Wisconsin school board approved a policy Monday that requires students to receive authorization from a parent for pronoun changes at school.

The Rice Lake School Board in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, passed a policy that requires parent permission for a student to change what pronouns and name they go by at school. Critics of the policy, including a former board member and students, said at the meeting that the policy threatens student’s mental health and safety if they are not ready to reveal their gender transition to their parents, according to WQOW News.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/12/2022

  1. The Lars Vilks Unsolved Murder Case – Intro
    436 visningar 24 aug. 2022 Lars Vilks had a price on his head. There had been several attempts to kill him, including by Jihad Jane. He had constant police protection. When he died in a car cr …

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    Ulf Erlingsson is a Swedish-American who, after many years in Florida, has moved back to Sweden and now lives at Altaböke near Markaryd, three kilometres from the bend in the E4 where Lars Vilks was killed.
    He believes the accident was a Muslim attack and that the shot at Vilks’ car came from behind and was fired from an abandoned house with a slightly elevated view of the motorway. There were about 200 metres between the house and the car at the time. He names the two policemen killed as Andreas Gustafsson and David Omelius. Erlingsson’s You Tube page. The same videos are also available in Swedish. – For the record, I myself think it’s hard to have a firm conviction about the accident/murder. Erlingsson’s scenario is definitely not inconceivable.
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  2. Meloni Polling at Record Highs Ahead of Forming Centre-Right Government-
    Perhaps we could with this lady here in the UK-it needs a firm arm to steady our ship that could sink with all the thousands of immigrants that have landed on our UK shores.

    • Bloody britain with all it’s sheep needs to sink, for the taxpayer who is to busy with fooooooseball to worry the country is being over run with the 3rd world and cannot bend over fast and far enough to appease them and let’s over a million white native girls get trafficked and raped? Why the hell should any concern ourselves? Germany should have won the wars, for they would never ever let these GD 3rd worlders into Europe in the first place, thus we would not be in the position we are now.

      • Yes G, and my late Jewish friend, one of the most generous and decent people I’ve known, would have been liquidated like much of his family who had the misfortune to live, and die, in countries occupied by the Nazis. Britain should rather apologise for its failure to carry out its League of Nations mandate to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine, resulting in more Jewish deaths in the Nazi Holocaust than would otherwise have happened,

        • Mark ole boy, It was you bloody Brits who put a stop to jews emigrating to the holy land, not the Germans. So those deaths are on your hands! Not ours!

  3. The lefties in Germany was the AdF banned because they are a threat to democracy? Do the lefties think they are safe from jihad terror? What a bunch of idiots.

    • This traitors doing this for purpose, because AFD is winning, they afraid of them !! This scums belongs in prison all of them !!SPD, Greens , FDP , and Merkel also , if people don’t fix the problem with this so called government, Germany is on the path to collapse, like for real ..

  4. If you measure the supposed ‘civil’ war of Yugoslavia, by the percentage of Serbs to a republic— more Serbs more war. Then, more invaders, more crisis. It is natural France is at the front of feeling this pain.

      • I’m not against Islam per se, it’s just as foreign to our people as Christianity. There are many things I take issue with and Islam happens to be the face. There is one narrative where, the turks offered Islam in peace, and it was the Europeans that reacted violently

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