Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2022

The Disney franchise in Japan announced that it will be charging unvaccinated patrons extra to enter its theme park. Meanwhile, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that the CDC add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of recommended vaccinations for children.

In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law in the recently-annexed Russian regions of eastern Ukraine.

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Financial Crisis
» Food Prices in Canada Continue to Climb, Says New Statscan Report
» How Everyday Food Items Have Risen in Price in the Past 12 Months
» Mortgage Rates Hit 20-Year High
» UK Inflation Accelerates to 40-Year-High Amid Food Cost Rise
» UK ‘Misery’ Surges as Inflation Unexpectedly Hits 40 Year High
 
USA
» Advisory Committee Recommends CDC Add COVID Shot to Free Children’s Vaccine Program
» After Doubting Ye’s Mental Health, Cuomo Admits He Takes Anti-Depressants “Every Day”
» Akron Police: Amid Dispute Over Change, Innocent Customer Killed by Gunfire
» Brave Browser Adds Advanced Ad-Blocking Feature to Its IOS App
» CEO Says San Francisco is a ‘City of Chaos’ Where Retail Workers Are ‘Terrified’
» Fauci’s Agency Now Scrutinizing University Study of Hybrid COVID Strain That Killed ‘80 Percent’ of Mice
» Federal Advisory Group Suggested Charging All Employees of Libertarian Think Tanks With Treason
» Florida State Fire Marshal Calls on Elon Musk, Other EV Producers for Answers About Vehicles Catching Fire From Hurricane Ian Flooding
» Georgia Woman Hit With Rare Criminal Charges for Felony Manslaughter After Her 3 Pit Bulls Maul Her Mother to Death
» GOP Will Likely Oppose More Ukraine Aid if Republicans Win House Back: McCarthy
» Hate Hoax: ‘Racist’ Texts to Black Air Force Member Were Faked
» In Black Eye for Katie Hobbs, Arizona Mails Thousands of Incorrect Ballots
» Judge Rules Pennsylvania County Does Not Have to Provide in-Person Monitoring of Ballot Boxes
» Meghan McCain: Millions of Americans May Freeze This Winter Because of Far-Left Anti-Human Energy Policy. Voters Are Sick of This Garbage — and Democrats Will Pay for it at the Ballot Box
» Military Rated as ‘Weak’ Due to ‘Underfunding, ‘ ‘Exceedingly Poor Discipline, ‘ Report
» Mysterious GPS Disruptions Spread in Texas Near Fort Hood
» New York Wants to Ban the Sharing of Violent Crime Videos Online
» NHL Goes Full Woke After Internal Review Finds it’s Too White
» Nineteen State AGs Probe Major Banks Over Environmental, Social and Governance Policies
» Over 8 Million Applied Online for Student Loan Forgiveness by Official Start Monday
» Psychology Academic Was Suspended From Twitter After Complaining About Self-Harm Glorification on the Platform
» Renowned Cardiologist Says mRNA COVID Shots Have ‘Unprecedented Harms’ And Must be Suspended
» Rumble Announces Pre-Roll Ads to Better Compete With Youtub
» Sheriff: Father, Son Shoot at Innocent Woman While Looking for Nonexistent Burglar
» St. Louis Police Department Resignations Stack Up as Leaders Sound the Alarm: ‘Reaching Critical Mass’
» Video: Moderna CEO Admits COVID is Like Seasonal Flu, Only Vulnerable Need Jabs
» Wisconsin Taxpayer Group Asks Supreme Court to Block Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program
 
Canada
» Canadian Court to Hear Appeal of Woman Denied Organ Transplant Over COVID Vaccine Status
» CSIS Told Cabinet Convoy Wasn’t Foreign Funded Days Before Emergencies Act
» OPP Officer Says No Intel of Convoy Violence — Day 5 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings
» Poilievre Decries Assisted Suicide for Minors and the Mentally Ill
» Security Guard at Canadian COVID Jab Clinic Claims He Witnessed ‘Hundreds’ of Adverse Reactions
 
Europe and the EU
» AfD Soars to New High in the Polls, Anti-Sanctions Wagenknecht Now 2nd Most Popular Politician in Germany
» Croatia Joins Hungary in Refusing to Train Ukrainian Troops
» ‘EU Funds Are Already Flowing Into Poland, ‘ Says Polish PM Morawiecki
» Exclusive — Eva Vlaardingerbroek: ‘Climate Transition’ Is Globalist Pretext to ‘Starve’ And ‘Freeze’ Europe
» Former Polish PM Calls for Scrapping of ETS and Fit for 55
» Germany Fines Telegram $5M
» Italy: Coffins Left Hanging in Air After Second Naples Cemetery Collapse This Year
» Liz Truss Most Unpopular British Political Leader on Record, Pollsters Claim
» Mother of 12-Year-Old Girl Pimped Out to Over 200 Men in Greece Remanded in Custody
» Over 150 Feet of Nord Stream Pipeline Gone as Denmark Confirms Explosion
» Poland Elections 2023: Poll Shows Ruling Conservative PiS Party is Still Ahead But Would Lose Its Parliamentary Majority
» Suella Braverman Out as UK Home Secretary as Conservatives Accuse Jeremy Hunt of Plotting ‘Globalist Coup’
» Sweden Democrats Not Included in Government But Weigh in on Policy
» The Germans Are One of the Main Reasons Behind the EU’s Energy Crisis, Says Czech MEP
» Truss UK Govt Survives ‘Confidence Vote’ In Tumultuous Evening of Westminster Drama
» UK: Home Secretary Warns UK Police Force Over Confusing ‘Hate Crime’ Messaging
» Video: Bill Gates Says European Energy Crisis is “Good”
» Von Der Leyen ‘Must Resign’ Over Vaccine Procurement Transparency Failings, MEP Claims
 
Middle East
» Meghan Markle Wears T-Shirt With ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ Written in Farsi as She Makes Surprise Appearance at Spotify HQ in La to Praise ‘Courage’ Of Iranian Protestors Fighting Hijab Rules
 
Russia
» Putin Declares Martial Law in Annexed Regions of Ukraine
» Ukraine War: Russia ‘Evacuates’ Kherson, Blackout Warnings, Berlusconi ‘Rekindles’ Putin Friendship
» Ukrainians Told to ‘Charge Everything’ As Power Grid Hit by Russia
» Vladimir Putin’s Blitz Plunges Ukraine Into Darkness: Missile Attacks Knock Out One in Three Power Stations as War-Torn Nation Faces Winter
 
South Asia
» Eight Killed as Parcel Bombs and Gunfire Rock Myanmar’s Biggest Jail
 
Far East
» Disney to Charge Unvaccinated Customers Extra at Tokyo Theme Park
» South Korea Plots Digital ID System
 
Australia — Pacific
» Extinction Rebellion Activists Shut Down Sections of Melbourne’s CBD Protesting Against Logging the State’s Forests
» Man, 31, Stabbed in the Chest by a Stranger After a Fight at a Suburban Train Station — as Commuters Call for Extra Security After a Spate of Incidents
» The Australian Government is Offering to Pay for Funerals of Those Who Die From COVID Vaccines
 
Immigration
» 400 Illegal Migrants Arriving in Germany Every Day
» Adams’ Tent City Opens for Business: At Least 500 Single Male Migrants Will Flood Into Randall’s Island Makeshift Camp Set Up by Mayor Eric Adams as the Big Apple Buckles Under the Weight of Nearly 20,000 Asylum Seekers
» ‘Allahu Akbar!’ — Somali Migrant Stabs Two Germans and Cuts One Victim’s Head Off Before Being Shot by Police
» Biden Admin Tells Arizonans: Using Shipping Containers to Plug Gaps in Border Wall is Illegal
» Egyptian Migrant Tries to Kidnap a Baby, But is Released the Next Day. He Then Attacks German Police and Pedestrians 2 Days Later
» France: You’re Not Supposed to Talk About It
» France: Twelve Arrested for Embezzling Over Half a Million Euros Meant for Asylum Seekers
» France: After Murder of Schoolgirl Lola in Paris by Illegal Algerian Migrant With Deportation Order, Data Reveals Only 0.2% of Algerians Are Successfully Deported
» Greece Blasts EU Vote Nixing Budget for Border Protection Agency After Naked Migrants Found at Turkey Border
» Migrants Who Survived Shooting in West Texas Have Been Detained for Weeks by Immigration Officials
 
Culture Wars
» Andy Ngo Reports: Oregon Child Starring in Controversial Drag Queen Event Had Been Mentored by an Accused Child Sex Offender
» Biden Promises He’ll Codify Roe v Wade if Democrats Take Control in the 2022 Midterms
» DOJ Ramps Up Charges Against Pro-Life Activists: 4 Last Year, 26 This Year
» Florida Department of Education Amends Rule to Strip Licenses of K-3 Teachers Who Discuss Gender Identity
» Furious Dad Loses it as Australian Workplaces Are Told to Stop Using the Words Father and Mother: ‘Stop Spending Our Money on This Crap’
» House GOP Bill Seeks to Ban Tax Dollars for Sexually Explicit Children’s Material
» Images of Gay Gangbangs on Life-Size Billboards in Dutch City
» ‘Screw Parental Interference’: Inside the Online Community Encouraging Kids to Transition
 

Food Prices in Canada Continue to Climb, Says New Statscan Report

The latest monthly report on inflation from Statistics Canada reveals that the price of food and other consumer goods continues to rise, a sign that the damaging effects of inflation are far from over.

Most alarmingly, StatsCan writes in their October release that “in September, prices for food purchased from stores (+11.4%) grew at the fastest pace year-over-year since August 1981 (+11.9%).” This means the ongoing rise in food prices has hit a 40 year high.

The grocery products that, on a year-over-year basis, are surging the highest include cereal at 17.9%, coffee and tea at 16.4%, bakery items at 14.8%, fresh vegetables at 11.8% and dairy at 9.7%. Meat has gone up 7.6%.

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

How Everyday Food Items Have Risen in Price in the Past 12 Months

The cost of low-fat milk has increased by 42%, olive oil by 27% and eggs by 22%.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Mortgage Rates Hit 20-Year High

The interest rate for a standard 30-year, fixed-mortgage has reached a 20-year high, a top industry group announced Wednesday.

The weekly report by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows the rate reached 6.94% in the week ending Oct. 14 — the highest level since 2002.

The report is another sign of the country’s slowing U.S. housing market and showed mortgage applications decreased 4.5%, on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared to the previous week.

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

UK Inflation Accelerates to 40-Year-High Amid Food Cost Rise

LONDON (AP) — U.K. inflation accelerated to a 40-year high in September as the soaring cost of food squeezed household budgets.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK ‘Misery’ Surges as Inflation Unexpectedly Hits 40 Year High

With every development in the political and fiscal basket case that is the UK under the microscope, today’s news that inflation in the United Kingdom unexpectedly hit a fresh 40-year high of 10.10% was not taken too well by markets.

Core CPI inflation in the UK increased from 6.26%yoy in August to 6.54% Y/Y in September, above consensus expectations. But it was headline CPI inflation that stole the show, coming in far above consensus expectations, and increasing from 9.87%yoy in August to 10.10% Y/Y in September, driven by the highest food price increases in decades.

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

Advisory Committee Recommends CDC Add COVID Shot to Free Children’s Vaccine Program

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday voted to recommend that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) add vaccinations against COVID-19 to a program that provides free inoculations to children.

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

After Doubting Ye’s Mental Health, Cuomo Admits He Takes Anti-Depressants “Every Day”

After suggesting that Kanye West’s recent statements were proof that he was mentally unwell, former CNN host Chris Cuomo acknowledged that he was taking anti-depressants “every day.”

Cuomo, who now works for a YouTube channel called NewsNation, made the remarks during a combative interview with Ye which ended with the music icon abruptly ending the interview.

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

Akron Police: Amid Dispute Over Change, Innocent Customer Killed by Gunfire

AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — Gunfire during a dispute over incorrect change at a Lovers Lane convenience store struck an innocent customer, who later died, Akron police said.

It happened after 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Police said 34-year-old Andre Lee was arguing with the cashier over incorrect change and threatened to kill her. Lee “began damaging the store, throwing items at the cashier and trying to grab her through the plexiglass divider.”

Deadly shooting outside CLE wireless store

The cashier then pulled a handgun, which fired, striking a 48-year-old customer who was not involved in the altercation in his upper body, according to a police report.

The man was taken to Summa Health System Akron Campus in critical condition. Police on Tuesday, Oct. 18, learned the man had died of his injuries. His identity has not yet been released.

Lee reportedly fled the store but was apprehended later in the 800 block of Bertha Avenue. He had two outstanding arrest warrants, including one for a felony offense, according to police. He was charged with aggravated menacing in the Sept. 1 incident. Those charges could now be upgraded.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Brave Browser Adds Advanced Ad-Blocking Feature to Its IOS App

Private web browser Brave has added a new custom content filtering to the latest version of its iOS app (version 1.44) which gives users access to more ad and tracker blocking controls and let them block other annoyances.

Custom content filtering is already available in Brave’s desktop and Android apps. The addition of this feature to iOS app means that it’s now available to all of Brave’s desktop and mobile users.

The feature lets users enable custom content filters that block regional ads and trackers, cookie notices, and other annoyances (such as in-page pop-ups).

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

CEO Says San Francisco is a ‘City of Chaos’ Where Retail Workers Are ‘Terrified’

The progressive CEO of a clothing store chain announced yesterday that he would be closing the San Francisco store because of the frequent break ins by gangs of thieves. Davis Smith who runs the active-wear chain Cotopaxi, described San Francisco as a “city of chaos” and one in which his retail workers are “terrified.” He also described how practical efforts to deal with the problems, such as private security, don’t help because the thieves have learned they won’t be physically stopped or arrested.

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

Fauci’s Agency Now Scrutinizing University Study of Hybrid COVID Strain That Killed ‘80 Percent’ of Mice

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases official said the agency will further evaluate a controversial Boston University-commissioned preprint study that developed a COVID-19 hybrid that killed “80 percent” of lab mice, saying the team involved didn’t clear the work with the federal agency.

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

Federal Advisory Group Suggested Charging All Employees of Libertarian Think Tanks With Treason

A federal advisory group recommended members of two libertarian think tanks be charged with treason in 2020, according to documents released Tuesday by the Cato Institute.

MARAD, a federal agency tasked with stewarding the U.S. maritime industry under the Department of Transportation, provided Cato with a series of documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which Cato said was a monthslong process only completed after MARAD missed several deadlines and was threatened with legal action. The documents reveal that a subcommittee within MARAD comprised of both federal government employees and private individuals, known as the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), recommended in March 2020 that the government “charge all past and present members of the Cato and Mercatus Institutes with treason,” which the Cato Institute alleges is due to their criticism of a controversial law regulating maritime trade known as the Jones Act.

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

Florida State Fire Marshal Calls on Elon Musk, Other EV Producers for Answers About Vehicles Catching Fire From Hurricane Ian Flooding

Florida State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis has called for electric car companies to answer for electric vehicles that have burst into flames from the storm surge of Hurricane Ian.

The State Fire Marshall issued a letter to over 30 electric vehicle manufacturers, including Tesla, Rivian, Ford, GM and others, calling on the companies to “step-up, demonstrate leadership and partner with the State of Florida and local officials in this recovery.”

Patronis noted that the vehicles are a hazard to vehicle owners, fire teams and nearby Floridians. He chastised manufacturers for not building in safeguards against spontaneous combustion.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Georgia Woman Hit With Rare Criminal Charges for Felony Manslaughter After Her 3 Pit Bulls Maul Her Mother to Death

A Georgia woman was charged with Felony Involuntary Manslaughter after her three pit bulls attacked and killed her elderly mother, accroding to a local ABC affiliate.

The tragic incident occured on October 7th, when Troup County 911 was contacted by a neighbor after seeing an elderly woman screaming out of an open window, claiming that her sister was being attacked by dogs.

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

GOP Will Likely Oppose More Ukraine Aid if Republicans Win House Back: McCarthy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has indicated that if Republicans retake control of the House in next month’s midterm elections, the GOP will likely oppose sending more aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia, the Washington Post reports.

The US has authorized upward of $60 billion in aid to Ukraine, along with over $18.2 billion in security assistance given since January 2021. In May, the Senate voted to finalize over $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance — a package which many Republican lawmakers voted against. On Friday, an additional $725 million in security assistance was announced — including more ammunition for HIMARS rockets, precision-guided artillery rounds, antitank weapons and Humvees, according to the Pentagon.

“There’s the things [the Biden administration] is not doing domestically,” McCarthy told Punchbowl News. “Not doing the border, and people begin to weigh that. Ukraine is important, but at the same time, it can’t be the only thing they do, and it can’t be a blank check.”

McCarthys comments come days after the latest NYT/Siena college poll reveals that just 2% of likely voters think the war in Ukraine is the most important issue facing the country, while 44% think the economy and inflation are the two two issues. Of the 2% that said Ukraine, 3% voted for Biden in 2020 and 1% voted Trump.

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

Hate Hoax: ‘Racist’ Texts to Black Air Force Member Were Faked

On Tuesday, the US Air Force revealed that racist text messages allegedly sent to a black senior airman by a white technical sergeant had been fabricated.

The airman was found to have faked the messages in an attempt to highlight discrimination in the promotion process.

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

In Black Eye for Katie Hobbs, Arizona Mails Thousands of Incorrect Ballots

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat now running for governor, is acknowledging that as many as 6,000 voters got a mail ballot with only federal races.

Hobbs, whose campaign is staked largely on defending the integrity of the 2020 elections, said Tuesday the mistake was the result of a database glitch.

She also said affected voters will receive the correct ballot shortly.

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

Judge Rules Pennsylvania County Does Not Have to Provide in-Person Monitoring of Ballot Boxes

A Pennsylvania judge this week ruled that a major state county does not have to provide in-person monitoring of ballot boxes there, declaring that the boxes are secure and that electronic oversight of the locations is sufficient.

Judge Thomas Capehart in his Tuesday night ruling turned down all four requests made by the plaintiffs, four Lehigh County voters, specifically that the county “provide in-person monitoring” of its ballot boxes, that the county locate its boxes “in buildings,” and that the boxes only be available for deposits during certain hours of the day.

Capehart argued in the decision that all the county’s drop boxes “are secure, are video monitored, and are located inside a building” except for one.

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

Meghan McCain: Millions of Americans May Freeze This Winter Because of Far-Left Anti-Human Energy Policy. Voters Are Sick of This Garbage — and Democrats Will Pay for it at the Ballot Box

MCCAIN: We take it for granted in America in 2022. When we turn up the thermostat, we expect the heat to kick on. Well, not so in Joe Biden’s America. Welcome to the new green future.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Military Rated as ‘Weak’ Due to ‘Underfunding, ‘ ‘Exceedingly Poor Discipline, ‘ Report

The U.S. military is rated as weak relative to the force required to defend the country’s interests worldwide and its power has decreased over the past year, a new Heritage Foundation report shows.

The weakest branch of the Armed Forces is the Air Force, which slipped two rankings over the past two years, falling from “marginal” in 2021 to “very weak” in 2023, according to the report released Tuesday.

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

Mysterious GPS Disruptions Spread in Texas Near Fort Hood

Update (2053ET):

GPS interference in Texas has spread from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area to now east and west regions of Waco, Texas.

One area west of Waco with high levels of GPS interference is butting up against America’s third-largest military base, Fort Hood.

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

New York Wants to Ban the Sharing of Violent Crime Videos Online

Leaders in the state of New York are calling for the criminalization of sharing videos of violent crime.

While the proposals are seemingly ignorant of the First Amendment, and were spurred by a mass shooting, they also could be used to stop people from sharing videos of crimes that take place in the city.

Overall indexed crime in New York City increased in July 2022 by 30.5% compared with July 2021 and, after a recent uptick in crime in New York over the last two years, social media users are sharing videos of violent crime to draw attention to a reversing trend.

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

NHL Goes Full Woke After Internal Review Finds it’s Too White

An internal demographics study by the NHL of its 32 franchises’ staff has found that 83.6 percent of the workforce is white, and that men make up just under 62 percent of those employed at the major sports organization.

On the ice, over 90 percent of players are white, and nearly all coaches and officials are white. This information is being used to create “strategies” to hire more diverse staff.

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

Nineteen State AGs Probe Major Banks Over Environmental, Social and Governance Policies

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) on Wednesday announced he is leading a coalition of 19 states in a probe of six major banks over environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing policies and involvement with the United Nations’ Net-Zero Banking Alliance.

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

Over 8 Million Applied Online for Student Loan Forgiveness by Official Start Monday

The Biden administration on Monday officially began accepting applications for its student-debt cancellation program and said over 8 million people have already applied.

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

Psychology Academic Was Suspended From Twitter After Complaining About Self-Harm Glorification on the Platform

Pamela Paresky, visiting fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, was suspended from Twitter for saying that Twitter does not enforce its policy against self-harm.

“On October 3, I criticized Twitter for how it deals with self-harm—specifically that Twitter does not enforce its ‘gratuitous gore’ policy for self-harm images, nor does it enforce its policy of prohibiting tweets that ‘promote or encourage suicide or self-harm,’“ she wrote in an article published by Wesley Yang’s newsletter Year Zero. “To illustrate how easy Twitter makes it to find posts with extremely graphic images and videos depicting severe self-harm (cutting), I tweeted some common self-harm codewords along with screenshots of a horrific self-harm post & accompanying comments.”

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

Renowned Cardiologist Says mRNA COVID Shots Have ‘Unprecedented Harms’ And Must be Suspended

(LifeSiteNews) — A COVID-jabbed cardiologist is now calling for the suspension of the mRNA-based COVID-19 shots due to the “significant harm” they have caused, calling the situation a “global scandal.”

United Kingdom-based Dr. Aseem Malhotra spoke this week to Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham about his recent declaration that, “having been double-jabbed, being one of the first to take the Pfizer vaccine, I have, after several months critically appraising the data […] reluctantly concluded that this vaccine is not completely safe and has unprecedented harms, which leads me to conclude that it needs to be suspended until all the raw data has been released.”

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

Rumble Announces Pre-Roll Ads to Better Compete With Youtub

The fast-growing video platform and YouTube competitor Rumble has announced that its Rumble Advertising Center (RAC) is launching a beta version of pre-roll video ads.

A pre-roll ad plays automatically before a video, meaning a higher likelihood of users seeing them before they get to the content.

Rumble Chairman and CEO Chris Pavlovski says this is a major milestone regarding the company’s monetization capability, but also regarding its ability to offer creators better opportunities.

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

Sheriff: Father, Son Shoot at Innocent Woman While Looking for Nonexistent Burglar

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Gray News) — A Florida sheriff says a father and son are facing attempted murder charges after shooting at an innocent woman while searching for a person they thought wanted to burgle their home.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd described the incident as “really, really stupid” in a Monday press conference posted to Facebook.

“You just absolutely cannot believe. This ranks among the craziest stuff that I have seen in a while, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff,” he said.

Judd says a resident in a Winter Haven apartment complex found a package Saturday morning that had been mistakenly delivered to his address, instead of that of 73-year-old Gino Colonacosta and his 15-year-old son.

Acting as a good Samaritan, the neighbor took the package containing medicine to the Colonacostas’ apartment, hung it on their front door and left.

The Colonacostas’ Ring doorbell camera notified the father and son that someone had approached their door. Judd says that the two assumed the person was a burglar, armed themselves with .45 caliber firearms and went outside to search for that nonexistent burglar.

About 100 yards from their house, Judd says the Colonacostas saw a woman in a dark-colored car with dark windows and engine running. He says the woman, whom he described as an innocent victim, was on her cell phone, “minding her own business.”

From behind the car, Gino Colonacosta pointed the gun at the woman and screamed for her to get out of the car, the sheriff says.

“She thinks, ‘He’s about to carjack me. He’s going to rob me,’“ Judd said.

He says the woman put her car in reverse and tried to leave.

Colonacosta’s son heard the commotion and came over. Judd says he thought the victim was trying to back into him and began shooting at the car. That’s when Gino Colonacosta also began shooting at the car, the sheriff says.

The two allegedly shot at the car seven times total before the victim managed to speed away. She was not hit by any of the bullets, but one went through a baby’s car seat in the back of the car and lodged in the driver’s seat, according to Judd.

“Our victim was that close to death, and certainly, had there been a baby in the car seat, the baby would have been killed,” the sheriff said.

He called the Colonacostas’ alleged actions “way out of line, way out of control.”

Attempted murder charges are among the many charges the father and son face.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

St. Louis Police Department Resignations Stack Up as Leaders Sound the Alarm: ‘Reaching Critical Mass’

Resignations have continued piling up at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department this year, setting off concerns from top law enforcement leaders.

“We’re reaching critical mass,” St. Louis Police Officers Association President Jay Schroeder said this month of staffing issues on the city’s force.

About 819 officers have left the department since 2017, according to the St. Louis Police Pension Board. The department lost an average of 119 officers each year between 2017 and 2019. In 2020, 129 officers left the force, with an additional 174 leaving in 2021, according to the pension data.

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

Video: Moderna CEO Admits COVID is Like Seasonal Flu, Only Vulnerable Need Jabs

In a rare moment, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel admitted that COVID is akin to a seasonal flu and that only older people and those who have compromised immune systems need to get vaccinated.

Speaking at a finance conference Monday, Bancel noted “I think it’s going to be like the flu. If you’re a 25-year-old, do you need an annual booster every year if you’re healthy?”

“You might want to… but I think it’s going to be similar to flu where it’s going to be people at high-risk, people above 50 years of age, people with comorbidities, people with cancer and other conditions, people with transplants,” the Moderna head added.

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

Wisconsin Taxpayer Group Asks Supreme Court to Block Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program

A Wisconsin taxpayer group is petitioning the Supreme Court to bring a halt to the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program as millions of applications for that program have begun flowing into the federal government.

The Brown County Taxpayers Association asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday for an injunction against the White House initiative, claiming President Joe Biden was violating the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers by undertaking it.

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

Canadian Court to Hear Appeal of Woman Denied Organ Transplant Over COVID Vaccine Status

(Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) — The Justice Centre is announcing that legal counsel for Sheila Annette, who has been prohibited by Alberta Health Services (AHS) from receiving a life-saving transplant unless she first receives the COVID-19 vaccines, will appear in the Alberta Court of Appeal at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2022 to challenge the requirement.

Lewis has a terminal condition and needs an organ transplant to survive. In November 2021, she filed a lawsuit in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench asking the court to uphold her Charter-protected right to conscience, bodily autonomy, freedom to choose without coercion, and freedom from discrimination.

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

CSIS Told Cabinet Convoy Wasn’t Foreign Funded Days Before Emergencies Act

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) informed the Liberal cabinet that there were no signs of foreign financing or state actors involved in the Freedom Convoy only days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act.

Contrary to misleading reports of foreign financing, minutes tabled as evidence in the Public Order Emergency Commission pertaining to a Feb. 6 meeting show CSIS director David Vigneault dismissing the theory.

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

OPP Officer Says No Intel of Convoy Violence — Day 5 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings

On Day 5 of the Emergencies Act hearings, explosive cross examination of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) intelligence officer Pat Morris confirmed that there was no intelligence that indicated the Freedom Convoy met the legal threshold required for the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act.

When cross examined by Convoy lawyer Brendan Miller, officer Morris said that he had no evidence of espionage or support of espionage, no evidence of sabotage or support of sabotage and that there was no evidence of foreign influence activities that involved the threat to any person.

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Poilievre Decries Assisted Suicide for Minors and the Mentally Ill

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has denounced physician assisted suicide for minors or the mentally ill in a recent correspondence.

A letter published by Canadian Physicians for Life addressed to Pastor David Cooke at Baptist House and signed by Poilievre decries recent calls to expand the availability of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) to more demographics.

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Security Guard at Canadian COVID Jab Clinic Claims He Witnessed ‘Hundreds’ of Adverse Reactions

(LifeSiteNews) — A security guard working at a vaccine clinic in Alberta says he saw “hundreds” of people — the majority of them young — experience terrible reactions after taking the COVID jabs, which led to him refusing to take the shots himself.

In an interview last week with the Western Standard, Albertan security guard Bob Burke said the adverse reactions he witnessed while working as a contractor at an unnamed vaccine clinic in Alberta starting in December of 2020, became so numerous that staff began placing “mats outside all the rooms because so many people were either fainting or feeling faint and had to lay down.”

Burke, who said the incidents “started to disturb me,” told the outlet that while there were some reactions among those who were over 50, it was nothing like what started happening after those under 50 were able to receive the shots.

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AfD Soars to New High in the Polls, Anti-Sanctions Wagenknecht Now 2nd Most Popular Politician in Germany

Calls to ban the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party may grow even more desperate from the country’s left-liberal parties after the Insa opinion poll reported the party has scored its best result in three years, jumping another 0.5 percentage point to 15.5 percent.

The conservative German party is only three points behind the Greens (18.5 percent), who lost half a point, while SPD reached only a little more with an unchanged 19.5 percent in the survey commissioned by the Bild newspaper.

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Croatia Joins Hungary in Refusing to Train Ukrainian Troops

Croatia joined its northern neighbor and fellow EU member state Hungary in refusing to train Ukrainian troops on its territory, a decision made on Monday during a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.

“I don’t want Croatia to get more involved in this war than it has to be,” President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

“As the commander-in-chief of the Croatian army, I will not approve the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Croatia,” he added.

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‘EU Funds Are Already Flowing Into Poland, ‘ Says Polish PM Morawiecki

It is possible to resolve the conflict over EU funds with the European Commission but “it takes two to tango,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in response to claims the country could see over €100 billion in EU funds cut from its budget.

Morawiecki said he believes Poland has shown an abundance of goodwill and compromise and that it was the turn of the European Commission to do likewise.

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Exclusive — Eva Vlaardingerbroek: ‘Climate Transition’ Is Globalist Pretext to ‘Starve’ And ‘Freeze’ Europe

Dutch commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek said on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that left-wing globalist interests use what they they say is the threat of “climate change” as a pretext to “freeze” and “starve” people.

“[Globalists] are the ones that say we need to transition into renewable energy and all these things, and just starve to death and be hungry, basically, and freeze to death in our homes, because energy prices are skyrocketing,” Vlaardingerbroek stated. “But they themselves never have to deal with any of the consequences of the policies that they’re pushing, and that’s just what is so incredibly sinister — but also evil — about this.”

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Former Polish PM Calls for Scrapping of ETS and Fit for 55

The former Polish prime minister and current Law and Justice (PiS) MEP, Beata Szydlo, has once again appealed in the European Parliament for the European Commission to scrap the ETS (Emission Trading System) and the Fit for 55 initiative to reduce emissions.

In a speech in the European Parliament, she pointed to the horrendous costs of the ETS and Fit for 55 policies.

The Fit for 55 packet of policies envisages increasing the emission reduction target from 40 to 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990.

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Germany Fines Telegram $5M

Germany has slapped Telegram with a $5 million fine for refusing to comply with German censorship orders.

The Federal Office of Justice claimed that the messaging platform has refused to create a way for users to report illegal content or established a physical office where complaints can be filed, as required by German laws governing social media platforms.

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Italy: Coffins Left Hanging in Air After Second Naples Cemetery Collapse This Year

Critics blame poor management of cemeteries in Italian city as collapse at Poggioreale cemetery exposes at least a dozen coffins

At least a dozen coffins have been left dangling in the air after the collapse of a four-storey building containing burial niches at the oldest cemetery in Naples.

It is the second such incident at the site this year, with critics blaming the poor management of cemeteries in the southern Italian city.

Authorities sealed off the Poggioreale cemetery — the biggest in Naples — as an investigation into the collapse of the marble building, called the Resurrection, in the cemetery’s Porta Balestrieri area, got under way. No visitors were at the cemetery at the time of the collapse on Monday afternoon as it had closed for the day.

“The collapse was preceded by a bang and a dense cloud of dust,” said Vincenzo Santagada, a Naples councillor with responsibility for cemeteries. “As an administration we are taking care of all the necessary formalities.”

A separate investigation is continuing after about 300 burial niches were destroyed in the collapse of a building in another area of the cemetery in January.

Families of the dead held a protest on Tuesday.

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Liz Truss Most Unpopular British Political Leader on Record, Pollsters Claim

Britain’s newly minted Prime Minister Liz Truss is already the most unpopular UK political leader in the history of polling.

The UK is currently awash with a wide variety of political polls — a number of which seemingly contradict each other — as publications chart what appears to be the terminal decline of the Truss premiership, despite the former Lib-Dem politician being less than two months in the job.

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Mother of 12-Year-Old Girl Pimped Out to Over 200 Men in Greece Remanded in Custody

The mother of a 12-year-old girl who was sexually abused by a 53-year-old who allegedly helped over 200 other men abuse the child, has been remanded into custody after a court refused to believe she was not involved.

An Athens court remanded the mother of a 12-year-old girl alleged to have been sexually abused by over 200 men this week after the mother was initially arrested in the case last Wednesday.

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Over 150 Feet of Nord Stream Pipeline Gone as Denmark Confirms Explosion

Around 164 feet of the Nord Stream One pipeline is reportedly gone following the alleged sabotage of the pipelines as Danish authorities confirm the damage was caused by an explosion.

The damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines was caused by explosions, according to Danish police, who, along with the intelligence service PET and the Danish Armed Forces, announced that investigations at the sites revealed the damage had been caused by powerful blasts.

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Poland Elections 2023: Poll Shows Ruling Conservative PiS Party is Still Ahead But Would Lose Its Parliamentary Majority

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) has increased its share of the potential vote from 32 to 33 percent, according to a poll carried out by IBRiS for portal onet.pl, however, the poll also shows that PiS would likely lose its parliamentary majority if elections were held today.

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Suella Braverman Out as UK Home Secretary as Conservatives Accuse Jeremy Hunt of Plotting ‘Globalist Coup’

Suella Braverman has left her position of Britain’s home secretary after less than six weeks in the job.

Braverman, a prominent Brexiteer and skeptic of the European Convention on Human Rights, was allegedly relieved of her duties “after mishandling secret documents on a personal phone,” according to Bloomberg reporter Alex Wickham, who cited “multiple sources with direct knowledge” of the circumstances surrounding her departure.

She becomes the second holder of one of Britain’s great offices of state under Prime Minister Liz Truss’ fledgling government to leave her job within the last week after former chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, was sacked on Friday evening and replaced by Remainer Jeremy Hunt.

British conservatives have suggested that something else may be afoot with Nigel Farage tweeting: “The Hunt reshuffle is on. Suella Braverman looks to be out. According to reports, she will be replaced by Grant Shapps,” who the former UKIP and Brexit Party leader describes as a “Remainer and Globalist.”

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Sweden Democrats Not Included in Government But Weigh in on Policy

Sweden’s political parties were able to announce recently that they had reached an agreement called “Tidöavtalet: Agreement for Sweden”. The Sweden Democrats (SD) will not be included in the government, announced the four right-wing parties in a jointly held press conference after a consensus was reached.

Ulf Kristersson meanwhile will become Sweden’s 35th Prime Minister. He held a press conference where he emphasized that he is humbled by the important task of leading Sweden in a difficult time.

The so-called “Tidöavtalet”, a document of 62 pages, was named after the negotiations that were held at Tidö castle outside Västerås and included several points where, in seven collaborative projects, the new government’s planned policy in areas such as crime, migration and integration, energy policy, healthcare and schools were discussed.

Even though the Sweden Democrats will be outside the government, it is clear that they will come out as a winner after the negotiations, as several extensive changes have been agreed regarding migration, criminal and aid policy, depending on the demands of the SD.

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The Germans Are One of the Main Reasons Behind the EU’s Energy Crisis, Says Czech MEP

Europe needs to have some “straight talk” with Germany about its role in the current energy crisis and the sharp rise in electricity prices, said Czech MEP Alexandr Vondra.

“The German energy policy of recent years is undoubtedly one of the main reasons. Of course, the gold medal for the biggest contribution to the sharp price rise goes to Vladimir Putin and Russia, but the silver medal belongs to the Germans, who greatly contributed to the situation with their decisions to leave nuclear power and coal and bet on cheap Russian gas,” said Vondra in the Salon of the Echo weekly and the Vaclav Havel Library in the Czech Republic.

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Truss UK Govt Survives ‘Confidence Vote’ In Tumultuous Evening of Westminster Drama

More chaos from Westminster as the nominally Truss government calls a confidence vote in itself, decides not to make it a confidence vote at the last moment, and then wins it anyway, allegedly amid rowdy scenes in the voting lobbies and alleged resignations of government whips.

While most of the Truss government’s policy platform has been demolished by the new finance minister, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt — the man now widely agreed to be the true power behind the throne, the Prime Minister in all but name — small elements remain. One of those is the dedication to preventing the energy crisis Britain is facing this winter from becoming permanent every winter by increasing the aggregate supply of energy.

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UK: Home Secretary Warns UK Police Force Over Confusing ‘Hate Crime’ Messaging

Authored by Owen Evans via The Epoch Times

Leicestershire Police have removed a social media post that suggested calling a transgender person by their previous name was a crime after the British home secretary intervened.

To raise awareness for National Hate Crime Week, Leicestershire Police put out a post on Saturday on its Twitter account about a fictional transgender person called “Jane.”

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Video: Bill Gates Says European Energy Crisis is “Good”

While people in Europe face the prospect of not being able to afford to heat their homes this winter, and experiencing freezing dark blackouts, Bill Gates declared that “in the long run” the energy crisis is a “good” thing.

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Von Der Leyen ‘Must Resign’ Over Vaccine Procurement Transparency Failings, MEP Claims

Ursula von der Leyen is facing a call to resign as president of the European Commission after the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) confirmed on Friday it has opened an investigation into the EU’s coronavirus vaccine purchases.

Speaking in the European Parliament on Monday, Romania’s MEP Cristian Terhes of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group called for the Commission chief to step down from her role “since her actions are [being] criminally investigated by EU prosecutors.”

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Meghan Markle Wears T-Shirt With ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ Written in Farsi as She Makes Surprise Appearance at Spotify HQ in La to Praise ‘Courage’ Of Iranian Protestors Fighting Hijab Rules

Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at an event at Spotify HQ in Los Angeles Tuesday, wearing a shirt with a the words ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ written in Farsi across the front.

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Putin Declares Martial Law in Annexed Regions of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow annexed last month.

The regions — Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson — will come under martial law Thursday, the Kremlin announced in a translated decree.

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Ukraine War: Russia ‘Evacuates’ Kherson, Blackout Warnings, Berlusconi ‘Rekindles’ Putin Friendship

1. Russia plans Kherson ‘evacuation’ as Ukrainian counteroffensive looms

Russia has organised what is called an “evacuation” of thousands of civilians from the area around Kherson, amid expectations of a possible assault to recapture the city by Ukrainian forces.

Moscow-backed authorities in the southern region said they would provide a “safe evacuation”.

A senior Ukrainian official accused Russia of organising a “propaganda show”.

Text messages on Wednesday urged people to leave Kherson, which was annexed by Moscow in September, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Russian State TV showed people gathering at a local river port waiting for “evacuation”.

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Ukrainians Told to ‘Charge Everything’ As Power Grid Hit by Russia

Ukraine’s national energy company has urged citizens to “charge everything” by 07:00 (04:00 GMT) Thursday because of expected power cuts caused by Russian missile strikes.

Energy plants were hit by Russian missiles again on Wednesday — part of a wave of such strikes since 10 October.

Outages of up to four hours at a time will affect the whole country on Thursday, grid operator Ukrenergo said.

Phones, power banks, torches and batteries need to be charged, it urged.

The operator also appealed to Ukrainians to stock up with water and ensure they have “warm socks and blankets and hugs for family and friends”.

Earlier President Volodymyr Zelensky said 30% of Ukrainian power stations had been damaged by Russian air strikes.

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Vladimir Putin’s Blitz Plunges Ukraine Into Darkness: Missile Attacks Knock Out One in Three Power Stations as War-Torn Nation Faces Winter

A missile and drone blitz has knocked out a third of the country’s power stations in just eight days as winter approaches, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

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Eight Killed as Parcel Bombs and Gunfire Rock Myanmar’s Biggest Jail

Oct 19 (Reuters) — Bombs inside parcels exploded at Myanmar’s biggest jail on Wednesday prompting soldiers to return fire in a confrontation in which at least eight people were killed, state media and a witness said.

An armed anti-junta group claimed responsibility for the attack at Insein Prison in a statement posted on social media, saying it was “retaliation against (junta chief) Min Aung Hlaing”.

“Today…the Special Task Agency of Burma (STA), carried out two attacks to execute the prison head. We’re retaliating against Min Aung Hlaing and…the prison officers for continuously oppressing our revolution comrades,” it said.

State-owned MRTV said the explosions were caused by “mines inside parcels” that killed three prison officers and five visitors and wounded 18 people. A wounded witness said gunfire also broke out after the bombs exploded at the parcel counter.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the military overthrew an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, and launched a brutal crackdown on dissent.

The witness told Reuters soldiers at the prison had opened fire in response to the blasts.

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Disney to Charge Unvaccinated Customers Extra at Tokyo Theme Park

Even though the general narrative around the covid “threat” has fallen apart and the majority of western nations have mostly abandoned their attempts to institute mandates and restrictions, in many parts of Asia the fear mongering continues. Disney appears to be taking full advantage of the lingering hype in Japan and is using it to impose their own politically motivated mandates.

Tokyo Disney theme park will now be offering 20% cheaper rates for customers with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of admission. Unvaccinated customers get the old rates.

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South Korea Plots Digital ID System

South Korea plans to offer its citizens a digital ID secured by blockchain technologies. The country alleges that digital ID will boost the economy.

Proponents of digital identity systems say the technology will make online verification more efficient, thereby controlling activities like accessing government services and money transfers by eliminating the need to log-in via authentication codes and images of government-issued documents.

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Extinction Rebellion Activists Shut Down Sections of Melbourne’s CBD Protesting Against Logging the State’s Forests

Extinction Rebellion activists have shut down part of the Melbourne CBD to protest logging by Vic Forests.

The climate protesters gathered on Bourke and Queen Street intersections on Wednesday at about 12pm, which blocked off access to the roads in both directions.

Two protesters on Queen Street were seen hanging from six-metre-high tripods in koala suits.

Around the corner on Bourke Street, two other activists had their hands in barrels which had been glued to the road.

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Man, 31, Stabbed in the Chest by a Stranger After a Fight at a Suburban Train Station — as Commuters Call for Extra Security After a Spate of Incidents

Emergency services were called to Albion station in Brisbane’s north-east around 8.15pm Tuesday night following reports of a violent altercation.

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The Australian Government is Offering to Pay for Funerals of Those Who Die From COVID Vaccines

The Australian government has seemingly acknowledged that COVID vaccines can kill people by updating its website to introduce a policy to pay funeral costs of people who die after getting vaccinated.

The policy also includes a provision to pay compensation of up to $600,000 if hospitalisation is necessary due to injuries or health issues from vaccine.

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400 Illegal Migrants Arriving in Germany Every Day

Hundreds of illegal aliens are arriving in Germany daily amid another major migration crisis unfolding in Europe, according to reports.

German authorities recorded more than 86,000 illegal entries through the end of August — triple the number of the same period last year.

On average, 400 illegal migrants are being caught in Germany every day, with many more likely entering the country unnoticed, according to Junge Freiheit.

Most of the migrants reportedly hail from Afghanistan and Syria.

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Adams’ Tent City Opens for Business: At Least 500 Single Male Migrants Will Flood Into Randall’s Island Makeshift Camp Set Up by Mayor Eric Adams as the Big Apple Buckles Under the Weight of Nearly 20,000 Asylum Seekers

NYC Mayor Eric Adams — who has refused to reveal the cost of running the makeshift shelter — has set up a number of massive tents on the island, each of which are filled with hundreds of cots, couches, and rows of folding tables and chairs. Outside, soccer nets have been set up on a large lawn.

Migrants — most of whom are single men from Venezuela — will be given three meals a day, snacks, endless coffee supplies and will have access to a ‘fluff-and-fold’ laundry service. They will also have access to legal aid at the site.

The tents on the island are equipped with cafeterias, banks of telephones, laundry facilities and entertainment centers with plush couches where the migrants can play games on X-boxes or watch TV.

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‘Allahu Akbar!’ — Somali Migrant Stabs Two Germans and Cuts One Victim’s Head Off Before Being Shot by Police

A Somali national was shot and wounded by police after he stabbed two German men to death while screaming “Allahu akbar,” in the German city of Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. A third individual was wounded at a separate location.

Police sources indicate that the 24-year-old Somali man screamed “Allahu akbar” before stabbing the 20— and 25-year-old victims on the street. Police also told Spiegel Magazine that the Somali cut off the hands of one of his victims. However, police say the motive for the murder is unclear and still under investigation.

“We are investigating in all directions,” said the spokeswoman for the police headquarters.

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Biden Admin Tells Arizonans: Using Shipping Containers to Plug Gaps in Border Wall is Illegal

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

Using shipping containers to plug gaps in the U.S.—Mexico border wall violates federal law, a Biden administration official told top Arizona officials in a recent letter.

“The unauthorized placement of those containers constitutes a violation of federal law and is a trespass against the United States,” Jacklynn Gould, a regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, told Arizona Homeland Security Director Tim Roemer and Arizona Division of Emergency Management Director Allen Clark in the missive.

“That trespass is harming federal lands and resources and impeding Reclamation’s ability to perform its mission.”

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Egyptian Migrant Tries to Kidnap a Baby, But is Released the Next Day. He Then Attacks German Police and Pedestrians 2 Days Later

A rejected asylum seeker tried to kidnap a baby in the German town of Gaussig near Bautzen, but the public prosecutor responded by immediately releasing the 29-year-old Egyptian migrant.

According to police, the illegal immigrant pushed the parents aside and ran away with the stroller carrying the baby. The father and two other witnesses were able to stop the man, overpower him, and hand him over to the police. According to information from Radio Lausitz, the perpetrator reportedly lives in Dresden.

While the incident happened on Saturday, police are only now releasing this information, according to a report from German news outlet Junge Freiheit.

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France: You’re Not Supposed to Talk About It

It happened again.

The Algerian migrant who tortured, branded and murdered a 12-year-old girl in Paris was in the country illegally and should have been deported by authorities over a month ago.

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France: Twelve Arrested for Embezzling Over Half a Million Euros Meant for Asylum Seekers

Twelve people, allegedly members of two illegal immigration networks, have been arrested by French police after being accused of embezzling at least 560,000 euros worth of money meant for asylum seekers.

The members of the two networks, one of which was Moldovan and the other Ukrainian, appeared in the criminal court of Melun this week accused of embezzling 560,000 euros meant for allowances for asylum seekers who had entered France.

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France: After Murder of Schoolgirl Lola in Paris by Illegal Algerian Migrant With Deportation Order, Data Reveals Only 0.2% of Algerians Are Successfully Deported

Two Algerians were charged over the weekend for the murder and rape of Lola, a 12-year-old French schoolgirl, and despite the main female perpetrator having a deportation order, she was never sent back to her country. However, official data from the French government shows that the Algerian murder suspect is one of many who have avoided deportation, with the case showcasing how despite promises from the Macron government, French authorities have been unable or unwilling to enforce immigration law.

In fact, of the 7,731 Algerians set for deportation between July to January 2021, only 22 have actually been sent back to their home countries, a rate of a mere 0.2 percent. The overall deportation rate for those with deportation orders during the same period is only 5.7 percent, according to French news media outlet BFMTV, which utilized official government data in its report.

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Greece Blasts EU Vote Nixing Budget for Border Protection Agency After Naked Migrants Found at Turkey Border

Greece blasted the decision by European Parliament to reject the budget for the bloc’s border protection agency after nearly 100 migrants were found naked at the country’s border with Turkey.

The United Nations has called for an investigation after Greek police said officers found 92 migrants, mostly men from Afghanistan and Syrian, stark naked and some with bodily injuries along the Evros River. Greek migration and asylum minister Notis Mitarachi, in sharing a photo of the migrants, condemned Turkey for forcing them across the border, allegations which Turkey denied and categorized as “fake news.”

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Migrants Who Survived Shooting in West Texas Have Been Detained for Weeks by Immigration Officials

AUSTIN, Texas — One migrant is dead, another is wounded and at least seven others are languishing in detention three weeks after twin brothers allegedly opened fire on them in the Texas desert, claiming they mistook them for wild hogs during a hunting trip.

Yet, the accused shooters, 60-year-old brothers Michael and Mark Sheppard, who both worked in local law enforcement, were initially released on half a million dollars bail after being jailed briefly on manslaughter charges.

The case has caused outrage among advocates for the victims and survivors, who say their detention violates a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive that calls for giving strong consideration to the fact that they were crime victims who cooperated with authorities in determining whether they should be released.

“This is a hate crime that occurred immediately after they were crossing into the United States,” said Zoe Bowman, the supervising attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, who is representing the seven detained survivors.

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Andy Ngo Reports: Oregon Child Starring in Controversial Drag Queen Event Had Been Mentored by an Accused Child Sex Offender

Controversy has erupted after a pub in Eugene, Ore. announced it is hosting a drag queen event featuring an 11-year-old child. An investigation by The Post Millennial has revealed that one of the child’s “drag moms” was recently charged with child sex abuse offenses.

“Are you excited for drag queen story time brunch this Sunday morning?” Old Nick’s Pub asked in a Facebook announcement. “Vanellope is here to show you what a 11 year old drag queen can do.” The post featured several photos of “Vanellope Craving MacPherson DuPont,” the stage name of the child, including one where she is touching her chest and her mouth is open. The Post Millennial is not publishing the real name of the child.

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Biden Promises He’ll Codify Roe v Wade if Democrats Take Control in the 2022 Midterms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. President Joe Biden, a self-professed Catholic, once again used the promise of unrestricted legal abortion to rally his base Tuesday, saying he will prioritize the codification of Roe v. Wade if Democrats maintain control of the House and voters elect more Democrat senators in the 2022 midterm elections.

“The court got Roe right nearly 50 years ago and I believe the Congress should codify Roe, once and for all,” Biden told supporters during a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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DOJ Ramps Up Charges Against Pro-Life Activists: 4 Last Year, 26 This Year

The Justice Department has ramped up prosecutions of pro-life activists in the months following the Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, under a law that was barely used in 2020 and 2021 but has now been used to indict 26 people this year.

In the last four weeks alone, the Justice Department has indicted 14 people under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act. That Clinton-era law makes it a federal crime to use or threaten to use force to “injure, intimidate, or interfere” with anyone seeking either abortion services or pro-life pregnancy counseling services.

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Florida Department of Education Amends Rule to Strip Licenses of K-3 Teachers Who Discuss Gender Identity

The Florida State Board of Education adopted new rules on Wednesday, which include revoking or suspending the license from teachers who teach K-3 students about gender or sexuality.

The board “unanimously” voted to amend their “Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession” to penalize teachers for teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in grades kindergarten through third grade.

The language stated teachers “shall not intentionally provide classroom instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 3 on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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Furious Dad Loses it as Australian Workplaces Are Told to Stop Using the Words Father and Mother: ‘Stop Spending Our Money on This Crap’

Indignant parents have hit back at a new plan to ban the word ‘father’ and ‘mother’ in Australian workplaces in a bid to be more inclusive.

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House GOP Bill Seeks to Ban Tax Dollars for Sexually Explicit Children’s Material

More than 30 House Republicans have introduced legislation to keep federal tax dollars from funding sexually explicit material for children under 10.

House GOP Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson introduced the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022.”

The Louisiana lawmaker’s measure targets any depiction of sexual activity or genitalia and “any topic involving sexual orientation, gender identity, gender dysphoria or related subjects,” according to an announcement Tuesday about the bill.

The legislation would allow parents to file a lawsuit against any public or private entity that uses federal tax money for programs or materials.

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Images of Gay Gangbangs on Life-Size Billboards in Dutch City

In the “rainbow city” of Assen in the Netherlands, it is no longer possible to go shopping with kids. Cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School was expelled from Germany in 1933, then settled at Columbia University in New York and is now coming back to Europe to take revenge.

After a deluge of complaints from parents, the Assen municipality moved the vile “exhibition”, reported RTV-Drenthe.

Pride director Hein-Jan Keijzer accepted their decision. “It is not our aim to provoke or cause offence,” he claimed disingenuously. The new location chosen by the municipality appears to have been quite a cynical move.

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‘Screw Parental Interference’: Inside the Online Community Encouraging Kids to Transition

In sequestered parts of the internet — blacklisted from Google searches — parents are discussing the spread of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD), attributing their child’s newfound gender identity to online influence.

Reddit, a popular anonymous internet forum, harbors one such online community that promotes “affirming” a child’s gender confusion with or without adequate medical or psychological examination. The community, “r/trans,” allows self-identified minors to discuss cross-dressing, surgeries, and hormone replacement treatment with transgender individuals, most of whom identify online as adults.

Chloe Cole, an 18-year-old who detransitioned after undergoing cross-sex hormones and a double mastectomy, told the Daily Caller that she likely would not have transitioned if it weren’t for social media.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2022

  1. Quote: The Disney franchise in Japan announced that it will be charging unvaccinated patrons extra to enter its theme park.

    What happened to the law saying discrimination is not allowed.

    • I was thinking the same.

      What indeed.

      Plus this makes it clear that even they (Disney) don’t think that it’s about contagion. It’s about punishing people financially for not being compliant.

      Which brings the question: what’s in it for Disney?

  2. Re the item on Naples’ second cemetery collapse this year, it’s rather close to Vesuvius; hope that’s the worst that happens.

    The Letters of the Younger Pliny( 61-113 AD) contain a vivid description ot the destruction of Pompeii; he was trying to organise rescue boats. Sadly his uncle was a victim.

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