Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/2/2022

German Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck warned citizens that Germany may run out of natural gas during the coming winter. Meanwhile, Giorgia Meloni, expected to be the next Italian prime minister, said that her government will make it a priority to help citizens deal with alarmingly high energy prices.

In other news, Mohammad was once again the most popular name for newborn baby boys in Israel in the past year.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy’s Meloni Vows Government Action to Tackle Soaring Energy Prices
» S&P Lowers Poland’s GDP Growth Forecast for 2022
 
USA
» 2 Berkeley High School Students Dead Following Oakland Shooting
» Actor Kevin Sorbo: I’d Get Oscar Nomination ‘If I Played a Radical Islamic Pedophile Terrorist’
» California Decriminalizes Jaywalking Because ‘People of Color’ Are Most Often Ticketed
» Christian Nurse Sues UK’s NHS for ‘Forcing Racist Ideology’ on Students
» ‘Family Weekend’ Killing: Relative Dies in NY Hotel Shooting Near Marist College
» FBI Draft Letter Firing Anti-Trump Agent Peter Strzok: ‘Sustained Pattern of Bad Judgment’
» Gavin Newsom Signs Bill to Punish Doctors Who Spread ‘COVID Misinformation’
» New Yorkers on Edge After Series of Violent, Unprovoked Attack
» Northern California Churches Vandalized, ‘Kill MAGA/Pigs’ Spray Painted With Antifa and Satanic Symbols
» Police: Man Shoots Up Bloomfield Twp. Workplace Injuring Co-Worker Before Shooting Himself
» Poll: Americans Distrust Think Tanks Even More Than Media
» Poughkeepsie PD: Male Fatally Shot at Courtyard Marriott; 2 Suspects in Custody, Explosive Material Found
» The Normalization of Previously Unheard of Heart Conditions in Children
» Twitter Apologizes for Banning United Auto Workers Presidential Candidate
» University of Chicago Student Organization Hosts ‘BIPOC-Only’ Discussion About Race on Campus
» US Army Fails Recruitment Targets by 25 Percent, Enlistment Plummets After Going Woke
» Woke Portland Mayor Laughs at Woman’s Safety Concerns Over Growing Homelessness
 
Canada
» Former Judge Pokes Holes in ‘Mass Grave’ Narrative at Kamloops Residential School
» Quebec Election: Commentary With YouTuber, Viva Frei
» Saskatchewan Joins Alberta, Rejects Justin Trudeau’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban That Targets Bolt-Action Rifles
» ‘They Are Now Alberta Political Prisoners’: Pastor Artur Pawlowski Speaks Out for Many Charged at the Coutts Blockade
» Western University Students to Appeal Court’s Decision Over Privacy Rights and COVID Mandates
 
Europe and the EU
» German Govt Warns Gas May Run Out Over the Winter Months
» German MP Petr Bystron Speaks to 100,000 in Prague: “Donald Trump’s Populism is Sweeping the World!”
» Italy: Meloni Sticks to Anglo-Saxon Course
» Pfizer CEO Bails on EU Testimony After Report Highlights ‘Secretive’ Vaccine Deal
» Scottish Government Orders Investigation Into Recent Spike in New Born Baby Deaths
» Sweden Stops Recommending Coronavirus Vaccines for Children
» Swedish Populists Land Chairmanships of Major Parliamentary Committees
» The Growing Global Reliance on Antidepressants
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Mohammad Again Ranks Most Popular Baby Name in Israel
 
Russia
» Nord Stream Whodunnit: CIA Fingers the Ukrainians
» Russia Blocks SoundCloud
» Ukraine’s Path to NATO Membership Gains Support of 9 Countries Including Some Former Soviet Bloc States
 
South Asia
» How Victims of Rape Are Viewed: The Persecution of Christians, August 2022
» Pakistan Government’s Twitter Account Gets Blocked in India
» World Class Pakistani Cricketer Dead at 36 Years of Age From “Horrific Cardiac Arrest”
 
Australia — Pacific
» Why Thousands of Young Australians Want to Ditch the Country and Move Overseas by the End of the Year
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Burkina Faso: Protesters Attack French Embassy as Ousted President Signs Resignation
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s Presidential Election Appears Headed for a Runoff
 
Immigration
» Over 6.72 Mln Refugees Have Entered Poland Since War in Ukraine Started
» Poland Completes Construction of Wall on Border With Belarus
» UK Govt Cancels Weddings at Victorian Country Mansion Hotel to Make Way for Migrants
 
Culture Wars
» New Virginia Law Mandates Public Schools Alert Parents to Sexually Explicit Instructional Material
» Professor Reports to WEF, Expresses Frustration About “Misinformation” Because it’s Legal Speech
» Revealed: Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine Offers Gender Transition Services for 9-Year-Olds
» The End of Debate
» UN Tells WEF How it Partners With Tech Platforms to Promote Narratives
» Woke Assistant Principal Tells Staff to ‘Use Your Straight, White Privilege’ — Nearly 100 Students Walk Out in Protest
 

Italy’s Meloni Vows Government Action to Tackle Soaring Energy Prices

MILAN (Reuters) — Italy’s next government will direct its efforts to trying to tame soaring energy prices, Giorgia Meloni, who is widely expected to be named prime minister, said on Saturday.

Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party and allies Forza Italia and the League face a daunting list of challenges, including the spike in energy prices largely caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I still think this is a primary responsibility of the new government, and we are obviously committed to working on this,” said Meloni, who was speaking in Milan at an event held by Italy’s biggest agriculture lobby Coldiretti in her first public appearance since the election night.

Welcomed by rapturous applause, Meloni took the stage and blamed the ballooning cost of energy on speculation.

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

S&P Lowers Poland’s GDP Growth Forecast for 2022

Rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded Poland’s economic growth forecast to 4.0 percent in 2022 from 4.5 percent.

At the same time, S&P has lowered its forecast regarding Poland’s economic growth in 2023 from 2.1 percent to 1.2 percent, the company said in a report published on Wednesday.

The downward forecast revision “reflects a larger than expected contraction in Q2, increasing headwinds for private consumption from higher inflation, declining confidence amid worsening geopolitical conditions, and an expected downturn in the eurozone, which is Poland’s largest trading partner,” S&P said.

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

2 Berkeley High School Students Dead Following Oakland Shooting

The Oakland Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two people dead and two others injured, authorities confirmed.

The shooting took place in the 950 block of Apgar Street just before 10 p.m. where officers tried to help two injured victims, but they died at the scene.

The other two victims were taken to a hospital for medical treatment but no details have been released about their condition.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the shooting unfolded during a house party where most of the people there were teenagers from Berkeley High School.

The Berkeley Unified School District released a statement saying they “are deeply saddened to have learned that two Berkeley High School students and beloved members of the BUSD family lost their lives.”

In the statement, the district said counselors, district and school leaders will have resources available for students returning to school Monday.

The shooting is under investigation.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Actor Kevin Sorbo: I’d Get Oscar Nomination ‘If I Played a Radical Islamic Pedophile Terrorist’

Kevin Sorbo won worldwide fame as a young actor playing Hercules, but today as one of Hollywood’s few openly conservative actors he laments the industry’s cancel culture and its embrace of dark, radical and negative movies.

“It’s unfortunate,” he told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show in a recent interview. “I always joke that if I played a radical Islamic pedophile terrorist in a movie, I get nominated for an Academy Award. And that’s really a weird world we’re in right now.”

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California Decriminalizes Jaywalking Because ‘People of Color’ Are Most Often Ticketed

California has decriminalized jaywalking because “people of color” are the ones who are most often ticketed.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the new law, AB 2147, or The Freedom to Walk Act, on Friday.

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Christian Nurse Sues UK’s NHS for ‘Forcing Racist Ideology’ on Students

A Christian Nurse in the United Kingdom is suing the Portman Clinic in North London, part of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, over claims it is forcing students to learn a racist ideology.

“They are forcing Critical Race Theory onto people — you’re not allowed to disagree with it, or they will bully you for two years,” 33-year-old forensic psychology student Amy Gallagher said last week, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Gallagher, who said she is in the second year of her two-year course, claims that she has been discriminated against on the basis of her Christian faith and race.

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

‘Family Weekend’ Killing: Relative Dies in NY Hotel Shooting Near Marist College

ATF members responded to the hotel after materials “used to make explosives” were found on site, Poughkeepsie’s police chief said

The relative of a Marist College student died Sunday morning in a shooting at a hotel 10 minutes down the road from the school where “Family Weekend” was underway, college and police officials said.

Multiple agencies responded to the Courtyard by Marriott in the Town of Poughkeepsie around 7:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired inside the hotel, police said in a statement.

Officers arrived at the hotel on South Road and located a man inside, suffering from an apparent fatal gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Two suspects were also located in the area of the hotel and taken into custody, according to Chief Joseph Cavaliere. Investigators recovered a firearm as well as materials “used to make explosives,” the chief told News 4.

“During the building search, a hotel room was found to contain manuals related to the making of explosive devices, as well as materials with the potential to be used as explosives,” police said in a statement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said members of its New York team were on scene assisting police.

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FBI Draft Letter Firing Anti-Trump Agent Peter Strzok: ‘Sustained Pattern of Bad Judgment’

Asenior FBI official accused the anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok of “repeated, sustained errors of judgment,” which calls into question many of the bureau’s decisions involving high-ranking political cases, according to a newly released 2018 draft letter firing him for misconduct.

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

Gavin Newsom Signs Bill to Punish Doctors Who Spread ‘COVID Misinformation’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Friday that will allow for physicians to be disciplined for “misinformation” and “disinformation” in relation to Covid, sparking a protest at the State Capitol.

Newsom defended his approval of the bill, AB 2098, permitting the state medical board to punish doctors for infractions.

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New Yorkers on Edge After Series of Violent, Unprovoked Attack

They are the buzzwords of New York City crime circa 2022: Random and unprovoked.

A chilling spate of recent incidents involving innocent victims runs the gamut from a woman savagely beaten inside a Queens subway station to a 17-year-old Brooklyn girl killed by a stray bullet to a Mexican immigrant nearly killed by a sucker-punch outside a Manhattan restaurant.

The latest terrifying attack took the life of of a veteran city EMS lieutenant on her way to grab lunch in Astoria this past Thursday, with a schizophrenic stranger knocking her to the sidewalk before stabbing her 20 times for no apparent reason.

“There’s something profoundly wrong with New York,” said Mary Hassler, 66, an Astoria resident and cosmetics sales person. “The number of these attacks are growing. There seems to be more and more all the time.

“It’s every New Yorker’s fear.”

Only the shooting this past Wednesday of teen victim Shayma Roman, out of the cited incidents, did not involve suspects with mental health issues, police said. The NYPD does not keep count of random or unprovoked attacks committed by the mentally ill — or anyone else.

But the department reports an uptick so far this year in 911 calls involving emotionally disturbed people. Through Sept. 29, police cited an 8% hike with the latest numbers at 131,199 — roughly 500 per day, up from 128,488 over the same stretch of 2021.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Northern California Churches Vandalized, ‘Kill MAGA/Pigs’ Spray Painted With Antifa and Satanic Symbols

Four Northern California churches were vandalized with far-left extremist messaging last weekend, leaving messages reading “KILL MAGA” and “666” that have an “undercurrent of people not feeling safe.”

The Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside, the Eureka Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arcata, and the First Covenant Church in Eureka, all located in Humboldt County — about 270 miles north of San Francisco — were all spray-painted with similar slogans, according to Times Standard.

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

Police: Man Shoots Up Bloomfield Twp. Workplace Injuring Co-Worker Before Shooting Himself

A 53-year-old man fired shots into a Bloomfield Twp. delicatessen where he worked, wounding one woman, and later killed himself after fleeing the scene, police said.

According to Bloomfield Township police, the suspect fired multiple shots at Steve’s Deli. The man, who was a current employee at the business, fled the scene in a vehicle after the shooting, police said.

Southfield police located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the man took his own life before officers could make contact, Bloomfield Township police said.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Americans Distrust Think Tanks Even More Than Media

“Think tanks are suffering from a crisis of public confidence. A 2018 poll showed that just 20 percent of Americans trust what think tanks have to say. And, according to polling just released today, the situation has only gotten worse,” said Ben Freeman, a researcher at the Quincy Institute.

Often called the “the death of expertise,” “truth decay,” or the “post-factual” world, Americans especially distrust think tanks, according to Cast From Clay, the same UK firm that conducted the 2018 poll. Only 48 percent of respondents believe “think tankers and public policy experts” were “valuable” to society.

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

Poughkeepsie PD: Male Fatally Shot at Courtyard Marriott; 2 Suspects in Custody, Explosive Material Found

Poughkeepsie police say a male was found fatally shot Sunday morning at the new Courtyard Marriott hotel off Route 9, and explosive material was found in the room of two male suspects in custody.

The Poughkeepsie Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance at the Courtyard Marriott located at 2641 South Road around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. During the phone call, it was reported that shots had been fired.

A male victim was found inside the hotel and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No details have been released surrounding the victim’s identity or age.

Police evacuated the building and searched it from top to bottom to learn as much information as possible about the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Hotel guests told News 12 they dove from their beds onto the floor as they heard gunshots. Within minutes, Poughkeepsie police were on the scene along with state troopers, the Dutchess County sheriff and their emergency response team.

“Some officers confronted a person out in front of the hotel and took him into custody. Another suspect then ran into the hotel courtyard and he threw an item and right after he threw an item, surrendered to the officer pursuing him,” said Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Chief Joseph Cavaliere.

Once they checked the suspects’ hotel room, the investigation took a different turn.

“In the suspects’ room, there were materials that could be used to make explosives and some manuals regarding how to put explosives together,” Cavaliere said.

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The Normalization of Previously Unheard of Heart Conditions in Children

Recently, children’s hospitals, schools, and sports associations have been putting out previously unheard-of statements on childhood heart and cardiovascular issues to raise awareness of the emerging phenomenon.

Prior to 2021, medical conditions like myocarditis were generally unheard of, but they are becoming commonplace now, especially if you follow the COVID narrative closely. The alarming rise in the normalization of heart issues like myocarditis is evidenced by an ad campaign video put out by the New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.

The ad seems to suggest that heart inflammation in children is a common condition. Titled “Pediatric Patient Story — Suri,” the description detailed a young girl who was experiencing bad stomach pains which turned out to be myocarditis. It further read that the “pediatric critical care team worked to regulate her heartbeat and got her back to feeling like herself.” The video has now been made inaccessible to the general public.

However, a copy was shared by a cardiologist on Twitter, who notes that this was the first child myocarditis ad that he’s ever seen.

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

Twitter Apologizes for Banning United Auto Workers Presidential Candidate

Twitter suspended and then finally reinstated the account of Will Lehman, a worker who is running for president of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The account was locked without warning or explanation, the World Socialist Web Site reported. Twitter just said that one of his tweets violated the platform’s policies. The platform said he had to delete the tweet and acknowledge that it violated Twitter rules.

The tweet that led to the suspension was a video of a worker at John Deere, the agricultural equipment manufacturer, expressing support for Lehman and how he wants “equal rights.”

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

University of Chicago Student Organization Hosts ‘BIPOC-Only’ Discussion About Race on Campus

A student organization at the University of Chicago is hosting a discussion on race that is “BIPOC-Only.”

The student organization, UChicago United, is hosting an event titled “Race @ UChicago” as part of its “Dis-orientation” on Oct. 15 that is listed as a “BIPOC-Only space.”

“A BIPOC-ONLY space for honest discussion of navigating race at UChicago between new and old students,” the event description reads.

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

US Army Fails Recruitment Targets by 25 Percent, Enlistment Plummets After Going Woke

The US Army fell behind in their recruiting goals this year, dropping 25 percent short of their target, military officials confirmed on Friday.

Fox News reports that the Army enlisted roughly 45,000 soldiers during the most recent fiscal year, falling short of their objective of 60,000. The Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines are now admitting recruits that had been rejected or delayed in the past to better meet their enlistment goals.

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Woke Portland Mayor Laughs at Woman’s Safety Concerns Over Growing Homelessness

Over the past few years, homeless encampments in Portland, Oregon have grown to unprecedented levels, leading to increased unease among the city’s residents.

During a recent city council meeting, Portlander Gillian Rose called on Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler to take the issue seriously, however he simply laughed off her concerns that the encampments posed a safety risk.

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

Former Judge Pokes Holes in ‘Mass Grave’ Narrative at Kamloops Residential School

In today’s report, I sit down to interview retired judge Brian Giesbrecht to help bring the public more insight into the flawed claim that 215 children’s remains were discovered buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last year.

Giesbrecht served as a Manitoba Provincial Court judge for over 30 years, so he definitely knows a thing or two about sorting through the facts and fiction tied to claims.

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

Quebec Election: Commentary With YouTuber, Viva Frei

Quebec Premier François Legault refused to participate in an English-language debate as part of the current provincial election campaign, which resulted in two official debates in French.

The second debate, which took place on Radio-Canada, was very interesting and featured the candidates discussion on the healthcare system, energy exploitation, pandemic management, inflation and much more.

Here, Alexa Lavoie and David Freiheit (Viva Frei) comment on the Quebec elections in English, and offer an in-depth analysis of the debate, as well as the election campaign as a whole, which will come to an end with the vote on October 3.

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

Saskatchewan Joins Alberta, Rejects Justin Trudeau’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban That Targets Bolt-Action Rifles

Saskatchewan joined Alberta on Saturday in rejecting enforcement of Justin Trudeau’s “assault weapons” ban.

On September 28, 2022, Breitbart News noted Alberta’s rejection of the ban, pointing to a CBC report that Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro made clear there would be no cooperation in the enforcement of confiscatory policies to “take the property of law-abiding firearm owners.”

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

‘They Are Now Alberta Political Prisoners’: Pastor Artur Pawlowski Speaks Out for Many Charged at the Coutts Blockade

After new charges were laid against three individuals in relation to demonstrations near the Coutts border crossing, Pastor Artur Pawlowski sought to bring awareness to the tactics being used against those who supported the peaceful protests against government COVID mandates and impositions.

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

Western University Students to Appeal Court’s Decision Over Privacy Rights and COVID Mandates

A recent court decision found that Western University’s collection of data related to students’ vaccination status does not infringe on students’ rights to privacy, where it ruled against The Democracy Fund (TDF) in whether or not the university could lawfully collect the students’ vaccination status.

The court explained its decision by mentioning that it does “not accept that the Policy will ‘force’ members of the university community to disclose their personal information.”

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

German Govt Warns Gas May Run Out Over the Winter Months

German Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck expressed concern over the looming energy crisis this winter, telling German media that the situation was extremely tense and there is a possibility that Germany may run out of gas.

Habeck spoke on Friday, appealing to Germans to reduce their consumption of natural gas ahead of this winter a day after the German government launched a new price break programme to help Germans with the rising costs of energy.

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

German MP Petr Bystron Speaks to 100,000 in Prague: “Donald Trump’s Populism is Sweeping the World!”

100,000 Czech citizens gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest against the government, skyrocketing energy prices and an out-of-control war on the brink of going nuclear on Wednesday, 9/28 under the motto “Czechia First”.

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

Italy: Meloni Sticks to Anglo-Saxon Course

For those who had hoped that cooler heads would prevail, Italy’s likely new head of government, Giorgia Meloni, has made an important political announcement: immediately after her election victory, she declared her solidarity with Ukraine and assured Kiev’s President Zelensky of Italy’s continued full support.

Meloni wrote on Twitter: “You know that you can count on our loyal support for the cause of the freedom of the Ukrainian people. Stay strong and hold on to the faith.”

Moreover, Zelensky had previously sent a congratulatory address to Meloni on her election success: “Congratulations to GiorgiaMeloni and her party on their election victory. We welcome Italy’s continued support for Ukraine in fighting Russian aggression. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the new Italian government.”

The Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader on Friday said that Russia’s declaration that it has annexed areas of Ukraine that it has occupied is of no value.

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

Pfizer CEO Bails on EU Testimony After Report Highlights ‘Secretive’ Vaccine Deal

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has bailed on an appointment to testify before the European Parliament’s special committee, where he was expected to face tough questions over secretive vaccine deals, Politico reports.

Bourla was scheduled to appear before the panel on Oct. 10, alongside key officials involved in the EUs vaccine procurement process, in order to discuss how to respond to future pandemics. According to the report, “Other pharmaceutical executives have addressed the committee, including the CEO of Moderna and senior officials from AstraZeneca and Sanofi.”

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

Scottish Government Orders Investigation Into Recent Spike in New Born Baby Deaths

The Scottish Government announced an investigation of why newborn deaths were higher than expected in both September 2021 and March 2022, as published by Public Health Scotland.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to investigate the high incidence of newborn mortality in the country.

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

Sweden Stops Recommending Coronavirus Vaccines for Children

The Swedish Public Health Authority has stopped recommending that healthy children aged 12 to 17 take the vaccine against the Chinese coronavirus and that only children in special circumstances should be vaccinated going forward.

The Public Health Authority (FHM) has acknowledged that very few healthy children in Sweden have come down with serious cases of the coronavirus and have ended its recommendation for children to receive coronavirus vaccines.

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

Swedish Populists Land Chairmanships of Major Parliamentary Committees

Following their strong election showing, the populist Sweden Democrats have landed the chairmanship of several important parliamentary committees including justice and foreign affairs.

The Sweden Democrats (SD) have been able to secure the chairman position in the labour market committee, the business committee, the justice committee, and the foreign affairs committee, while also receiving the vice-chairmanship of the civil committee, the traffic committee, the defence committee, and the tax committee.

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

The Growing Global Reliance on Antidepressants

According to the latest OECD data, Iceland continues to have one of the highest levels of antidepressant use in the world — with an average consumption of 16 daily doses per 100 inhabitants in 2021.

In general, the northern countries are among the biggest consumers, with Canada and Sweden also showing a ratio of over 10 doses per 100 inhabitants per day.

Worth noting however is the absence of the United States from the data.

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Mohammad Again Ranks Most Popular Baby Name in Israel

Mohammad was once again ranked the most popular name overall given to newborns in Israel in the past year, Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority said this week in its annual report released for the Jewish New Year.

The name was given to 1,949 Israeli-Arab babies in 5782 and was followed by Adam (1,364).

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

Nord Stream Whodunnit: CIA Fingers the Ukrainians

The whodunnit around the greatest act of industrial sabotage since WW II, blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on Monday 9/26, continues. While Mainstream Media have already concluded with no evidence that “Russia, Russia, Russia” did it, critical pundits like Tucker Carlson and Darren Beattie have pointed out the US has much more motivation and repeatedly demanded an end to Nord Stream.

Now, a CIA report raises another possible culprit no one has mentioned so far: Our good friends, the Ukrainians.

An article from the English-language edition of German left-wing “Der Spiegel” magazine claims the US secret service tapped the Russians and learned they had expressed the suspicion that Kyiv was planning an attack on the pipelines. The Ukrainians are said to have even tried to rent a boat in Sweden for this purpose.

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

Russia Blocks SoundCloud

Music sharing and streaming website SoundCloud was blocked in Russia on October 1 by the media regulator Roskomnadzor at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Roskomnadzor said that the platform violated the “Information protection law,” which bans “calls for massive civil unrest, extremist activities,” and spreading “false information of public importance,” which might endanger public peace. However, the specific reason the platform was banned was not made clear.

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Ukraine’s Path to NATO Membership Gains Support of 9 Countries Including Some Former Soviet Bloc States

The leaders of nine NATO nations from Central and Eastern Europe issued a joint statement on Sunday in support of Ukraine’s path to membership in the alliance.

“We firmly stand behind the 2008 Bucharest NATO Summit decision concerning Ukraine’s future membership,” the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Czechia, Romania, North Macedonia, and Slovakia said on Sunday.

At that 2008 summit, NATO allies said they “welcomed” Ukraine and Georgia’s aspirations to the join the alliance, though no clear timetable has ever been announced.

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How Victims of Rape Are Viewed: The Persecution of Christians, August 2022

The following are among the abuses Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of August 2022:

The Jihad on Christian Girls

Pakistan: After refusing to review evidence from a Christian couple trying to recover their 12-year-old daughter from a married Muslim man accused of kidnapping her and forcing her to convert to Islam and marry him, Muslim judge Sadaqat Ali Khan threw the case out of court on Aug. 18.

When the parents first reported the kidnapping, her kidnapper, Imran Shahzad and his wife Adiba, were brought in for questioning. However, when the 12-year-old girl was produced at court and said that she had converted of her free will and married her Muslim kidnapper, the judge—ignoring the girl’s young age and distraught demeanor—ordered the accused released and the girl returned to him, even though there was massive contrary evidence to indicate that the girl was being coerced to lie under duress.

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Pakistan Government’s Twitter Account Gets Blocked in India

Pakistan’s official Twitter account has been withheld in India a second time in the past few months. Users in India trying to access @GovtofPakistan got the “Account Withheld” notice, the explanation being the account has been withheld “in response to a legal demand.”

This is the second time the account has been withheld for Indian users. In June, at the request of the Indian government, Twitter withheld the official account of the Pakistan government, as well as others including the accounts of the Pakistani missions in the UN, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey. The account of the state-run Radio Pakistan was also withheld.

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World Class Pakistani Cricketer Dead at 36 Years of Age From “Horrific Cardiac Arrest”

The Gateway Pundit shared a report last month that showed 1101 athletes were known to have died from “Sudden Cardiac Death” from 1966 to 2004. That number is up to at least 673 from January 2021 thru April 2022. It continues to grow. TGP also reported on a new commercial spot in New York normalizing myocarditis, an inflamed heart condition, in children.

On September 30, 2022, another athlete “died suddenly” from cardiac arrest. Shehzad Azam Rana, a 36 year old cricketer died from a “horrific cardiac arrest.” This is not normal. Young athletes are dying at astounding numbers, primarily from cardiac events.

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Why Thousands of Young Australians Want to Ditch the Country and Move Overseas by the End of the Year

Droves of young Australians are thinking about leaving the country within the next year, mainly for job opportunities, with almost 40% considering greener pastures.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Burkina Faso: Protesters Attack French Embassy as Ousted President Signs Resignation

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO — On Sunday afternoon and throughout last night, large groups of protesters took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, attacking the French embassy, burning tires and waving Russian flags. Chaos has descended on the city after a new military junta claimed power Friday but appears to lack full control of the country.

Explosions and gunfire outside the French embassy in Ouagadougou Sunday afternoon. Protesters had been filling the streets of the capital since the evening before when they began burning projectiles and throwing stones over the embassy walls.

On social media, call-outs from unknown sources encouraged the protesters to take to the streets and prevent France from reversing Friday’s military coup in the country. Both the new junta and the French embassy have denied France has any involvement in the coup.

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Brazil’s Presidential Election Appears Headed for a Runoff

With more than 90% of the vote counted in the election for president of Brazil, neither major candidate appears to be crossing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff.

Leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, commonly known as Lula, currently holds the lead with 47% to 44% for the current President Jair Bolsonaro, according to Brazilian election authorities.

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Over 6.72 Mln Refugees Have Entered Poland Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, over 6.72 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.

According to the SG, on Saturday Border Guard officers carried out around 27,000 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, and by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday the number of arrivals had reached around 7,700 people.

The Border Guard also said that more than 4.93 million people had left Poland for Ukraine since the beginning of the war. On Saturday, around 29,000 people crossed the border from Poland to Ukraine.

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Poland Completes Construction of Wall on Border With Belarus

The completion of the wall was announced on Twitter by Stanislav Zaryn, the commissioner of the Polish government for the security of the information space.

“Poland has completed the construction of a protective barrier on the border with Belarus,” he wrote.

“Illegal entry to Poland is now impossible. Today, the Polish border is the most protected one in Europe.”

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UK Govt Cancels Weddings at Victorian Country Mansion Hotel to Make Way for Migrants

Weddings booked by Britons at a stunning Victorian country mansion have been cancelled after the Home Office announced it needed the hotel for migrants.

At least three weddings have reportedly been cancelled at the Grade II-listed Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire.

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New Virginia Law Mandates Public Schools Alert Parents to Sexually Explicit Instructional Material

A new Virginia law will mandate that every family in the state will be alerted if their children could be exposed to sexually explicit content in public schools.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) said the regulations, which school boards have until January to adopt, are aimed at reinforcing parents in their right to decide what their children are exposed to and at protecting their innocence, according to local Richmond outlet WTKR. They also noted that the law is not intended to censor books or instructional material based on the sexual orientation of characters in such books.

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Professor Reports to WEF, Expresses Frustration About “Misinformation” Because it’s Legal Speech

Brown University Professor Claire Wardle told The World Economic Forum that she’s frustrated about “misinformation” because it’s legal speech: “I keep saying: Well, it might be legal, but if it’s leading to harm, can’t we actually have a conversation about that?”

Wardle addressed Adrian Monck, the Managing Director, Head of Public And Social Engagement, who was moderating the panel.

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Revealed: Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine Offers Gender Transition Services for 9-Year-Olds

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine promotes services for “transgender children,” offering life-altering drugs such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments, as well as how-to guides on genital “tucking” for boys and “chest binding” methods for girls.

Libs of TikTok posted a video on Twitter featuring a 9-year-old biologically male child who identifies as transgender and went through Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital’s clinic. Erin Belfort, a psychiatrist at the clinic, said, “these kids aren’t just kind of wishing to be the other gender I mean, they really come into my office and say, ‘No, I am. I am not a girl or I am not a boy, this doesn’t feel right.’“

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The End of Debate

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Disinformation rapidly became a catch-all term for delegitimizing disagreement on moral grounds using conspiracist fig leaves to depict dissent as an existential threat. To the political establishment, there are no legitimate grounds for disagreeing with it on any issue.

The establishment designates experts to establish a manufactured consensus, denounces those who disagree as pawns of some larger conspiracy whose ideas endanger us all. When everything is either a public health crisis (COVID-19, racism, transgender mutilation) or a threat to the survival of the human race (war, global warming) the threat is too serious for democratic norms. The only thing to be done is to expose the conspiracy and silence its perpetrators.

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UN Tells WEF How it Partners With Tech Platforms to Promote Narratives

The World Economic Forum (WEF) held the Sustainable Development Impact Meetings, where unelected groups held a “Tackling Disinformation” panel, with participants including the UN, Brown University, and even CNN.

The panel discussed how best to control narratives on issues like climate change and COVID-19.

The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, noted that the UN had partnered with Big Tech companies, including Google and TikTok, to control narratives surrounding COVID and climate change.

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Woke Assistant Principal Tells Staff to ‘Use Your Straight, White Privilege’ — Nearly 100 Students Walk Out in Protest

A Minnesota high school assistant principal is facing backlash from students and parents after a circulated email showed her telling staff to use their “straight, white privilege” when defending the school’s decision to do away with traditional homecoming titles.

In an email to colleagues, Laura Wagner mentioned that she and another staffer were discussing how to address the “keyboard warriors” concerned about the school’s decision to axe the homecoming “king and queen” titles in favor of a genderless “royalty” title.

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