Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/4/2022

King Charles III has decided not to attend next month’s climate summit in Egypt. Meanwhile, a Vatican cardinal said that the science on climate change is settled, and there is no place for any discussion with those who deny the climate crisis.

In other news, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a prestigious award from the UN for her role in protecting asylum seekers during the Great Migration Crisis of 2015.

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Financial Crisis
» Meloni Vows to Fight Against Energy ‘Speculators’ And Lower Costs for Italians
» ‘Our Great-Grandchildren Will Pay for This’ — Germany’s Plan to Borrow €200 Billion in ‘Shadow’ Debt to Pay for Gas Price Cap Criticized by Federal Audit Office
» Over 500,000 Austrians Demand ‘Right to Cash Payments’ Be Added to Country’s Constitution
 
USA
» Biden’s Defense Department Urges Killing U.S. Babies for National Security
» Biden Told Al Sharpton He Intends to Run Again in 2024
» China Launches Police Station in New York City: Report
» Chinese National Who Applied to US Army Reserves Convicted of Espionage, Perjury
» Detroit Police Chief White Details Fatal Shooting of Porter Burks
» Elon Musk Agrees to Buy Twitter at His Original Price of $54.20 Per Share
» Fauci Says His Pandemic Messaging Should Have Been ‘More Careful’
» Florida Woman Accused of Stabbing Sister to Death for Flirting With Boyfriend
» Former Northeastern Employee Arrested, Charged With Staging Reported Package Explosion on Campus
» Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary May Run in 2024
» Gaige Grosskreutz, the Man Who Survived Being Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wants to Change His Legal Name
» Gang of Women in Neon Green Bodysuits Attack Passengers on NYC Subway
» Green Bay Taxpayers Group Sues Biden Administration Over Student Loan Forgiveness Plan
» Greenwald Calls Out NBC Reporter Over His Panic About Elon Musk Potentially Buying Twitter
» Judicial Watch Uncovers Biden Administration Propaganda Plan to Push COVID Vaccine
» Kanye West Calls Black Lives Matter a ‘Scam’
» Mandated Diversity Statement Drives Jonathan Haidt to Quit Academic Society
» NYU Fires Chemistry Professor After Students Sign Petition Complaining That His Class is Too Difficult
» Rantz: City of Olympia Embraces Racist Segregationist Meeting at Taxpayer Expense
» Republicans File FEC Complaint Over Gmail Sending Campaign Emails to Spam
» Residents Who Sued Minneapolis Over Police Staffing Drop Lawsuit
» Revealed: John Fetterman Cast Only ‘Yes’ Vote to Release First-Degree Murderer From Prison
» Supreme Court Orders Lower Court to Reconsider Massachusetts Gun Control Law
» The Precipitous Fall of the Facebook Empire
» Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Mar-a-Lago FBI Case
» Video: Lost Biden Speaks Total Gibberish, Asks for Help Completing Sentences
» Waukesha Parade Murder Trial: Judge Orders Erratic Defendant Darrell Brooks Removed From the Courtroom Again
» Woman Stabbed From Behind While Riding Bike in Fort Lauderdale
» Zuck’s Nightmare: UK Coroner Lists Instagram Algorithm as Contributing Cause of Death in 14-Year-Old Girl
 
Canada
» Canada Commits $200 Million for ‘Black-Led,’ Black-Focused,’ ‘Black-Serving’ Organizations to Fight ‘Racism’
» ‘Enough With the Woke S**t’: Conservative MP Slams Trudeau Liberals for Raising Taxes While Canadians Suffer From Inflation
 
Europe and the EU
» #MeToo Backlash: UK Looks to Grant Anonymity to Suspected Criminals to Prevent ‘Trial by Media’
» Economics Professor Censured Live on TV for Suggesting US Role in Nord Stream Leaks
» France: Artist Charged After ‘Anti-Semitic’ Mural of Macron as Globalist Puppet
» French School Shut Down After Teens Attack Student With Machetes
» Green Energy Scandal: UK Energy Company Drax Received Billions in Grants for Renewable Energy While Cutting Down and Burning Primeval Forest
» Hungary Delays Vote on Swedish and Finnish NATO Membership
» King Charles III Decides Not to Attend Climate Summit
» Nordic Countries’ Response to Nord Stream Sabotage
» Poland Has the Lowest Electricity Prices in the EU
» Poland Formally Demands $1.3 Trillion in Reparations From Germany for WWII Damages
» Sneako Switches to Rumble After YouTube Censorship
» Speech Police: UK Writer Caroline Farrow Arrested, Accused of Posting “Offensive” Message Online
» UK: 54 Arrests After Just Stop Oil Protest in London
» UK: Conservative Voters ‘Shouldn’t be Resuscitated’ by NHS, Claims Left-Wing Ex-Nurse
» UK: Khan’s London: Albanians Kidnap and Torture Man for £400,000 Ransom
» UK: Six Extinction Rebellion Activists Including Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Canoeist Etienne Scott ‘Tampered With Brakes of Shell Oil Tanker During Protest’
» UK: Somerset Councillor Arrested for Role in Just Stop Oil Protest
» Vatican Cardinal: No Place for ‘Skepticism and Denial’ of Climate Crisis
» White Council Member Resigns in France After Spate of Racist Abuse From Local Community
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israel’s Devastating Capitulation to Hezbollah
 
Middle East
» Instagram Puts Women Protesters Burning Hijabs Behind “Sensitive Content” Warning
» Iran Schoolgirls Remove Hijabs in Protests Against Government
 
Russia
» Greenwald: No One Talks About Ending Ukraine War for Fear of Being Labelled a ‘Traitor’
» Kharkov and Mobilization
» Ukraine Regains Kherson Villages From Russians
 
South Asia
» India: Hindu Police Officer’s Throat Cut With Ketchup Bottle, Muslim Domestic Help Arrested
» India: Woman Accused of Husband’s Murder Stabbed by Father-in-Law Outside Amritsar Court
 
Immigration
» Dutch Government Gives Luxury Cruise Ship to Illegal Migrants While Native Citizens Struggle to Pay Heating Bills
» Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wins UN Refugee Prize
» Home Secretary Suella Braverman Says it Would be Her Dream to Send a Flight of Channel Migrants to Rwanda by Christmas and Outlines Her ‘Ultimate Goal’ Of Cutting Immigration Into the UK to Tens of Thousands
» Merkel to Receive Award for Hosting Refugees Amid Syrian Conflict
» Now Eric Adams Moves Planned Migrant Camp at Orchard Beach to Randalls Island Over Flooding Fears — as Five More Buses Arrive in New York City
» Orban Summit: Central European Countries Agree to Extend Border Fence
» UK: Suella Braverman Eyes System of ‘Nightingale Courts’ To Handle Huge Number of Migrants Facing Prosecution for Illegal Entry
» WEF Attendee Liz Truss Says British Economy “Needs a Reset” As Market Conditions Worsen
 
Culture Wars
» The Damning Proof That Trans Women Shouldn’t Compete in Female-Only Sports? Major Study Finds Their Heart and Lung Capacity as Well as Strength Exceeds That of Cis Peers Years After Taking Hormones
 
General
» Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Quantum Entanglement Experimentalists
 

Meloni Vows to Fight Against Energy ‘Speculators’ And Lower Costs for Italians

Italy’s likely next Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has vowed to fight against speculators she claims are distorting the energy markets and lower the costs of energy for Italians while also promoting those who create wealth in the country.

The firebrand leader of the national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) stated that energy costs for Italians remain a major priority for her likely incoming government.

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

‘Our Great-Grandchildren Will Pay for This’ — Germany’s Plan to Borrow €200 Billion in ‘Shadow’ Debt to Pay for Gas Price Cap Criticized by Federal Audit Office

Germany’s ambitious plan to take out €200 billion in debt to pay for a gas price cap is designed to shelter consumers and businesses from skyrocketing energy prices, but Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors is already calling the entire scheme into question.

The German government has long employed “special funds” in its budget practices to avoid labeling spending as official debt. The questionable practice allows little oversight from parliament, but the Federal Court of Auditors points out that the €200 billion, which is yet another such item in the “shadow budget,” would further cloud the already murky boundaries of the country’s budget.

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

Over 500,000 Austrians Demand ‘Right to Cash Payments’ Be Added to Country’s Constitution

More than half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a referendum on the constitutional enshrining of the right to unlimited cash payments. In a country of 8.9 million, the massive show of support for the “right” to pay with cash demonstrates the growing movement against digital currencies promoted by central banks across the world and institutions like the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The deadline for submission of petitions regarding proposals for seven national referendums ended on Monday. As reported by the Austrian daily Kurier, the right to cash payments received the most support of seven different petitions, with 530,938 Austrians signing it.

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

Biden’s Defense Department Urges Killing U.S. Babies for National Security

by Daniel Greenfield

Biden’s Secretary of Defense sponsored a Rand paper which claims abortion is vital to national security. The paper, “How the Dobbs Decision Could Affect U.S. National Security”, warns that the inability to promptly kill children due to the Supreme Court’s decision will lead to “higher health care, child care, and education costs”.

If you don’t kill ‘em, you’ll have to teach ‘em.

While lefties loved attacking Rand, a think tank created by a defense contractor that is now a subsidiary of Boeing, only when lefties fully took it over did it become capable of this level of sociopathy. Civilized societies didn’t send women into front line combat except as an act of total desperation. The Biden administration has financed a survey arguing that not only should we send women into combat, but that we’ll have deployment issues if we don’t kill their babies.

Moloch wept.

The Rand survey argues that, “Women play an integral role in the U.S. military. A threat to their health and well-being is a potential threat to our national security.” A footnote however cautions that, “although we use the term woman or women throughout this piece, we recognize that these terms are not necessarily inclusive of all individuals who might seek abortion services.”

           — Hat tip: Daniel Greenfield [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Told Al Sharpton He Intends to Run Again in 2024

Despite continued questions over his mental degradation, Joe Biden has reportedly told Al Sharpton that he plans to run again for president in 2024.

Biden made the remark during a meeting with with the leaders of black civil rights groups at the White House last month.

An official from Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) told NBC that Biden had informed Sharpton of his plans to seek re-election.

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

China Launches Police Station in New York City: Report

The People’s Republic of China has established an “overseas police service station” in New York City to monitor Chinese nationals in the United States, according to a human rights group.

Watchdog group Safeguard Defenders asserted that Beijing had established “110 overseas stations” to monitor its citizens abroad, per the New York Post. A total of 54 are police stations, most of which exist in Europe.

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

Chinese National Who Applied to US Army Reserves Convicted of Espionage, Perjury

A Chinese national has been found guilty of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government by a federal jury in Chicago.

Ji Chaoqun, 31, was found guilty of the charge, as well as one count of making false statements to the U.S. Army. Chaoqun remained in regular contact with Chinese government officials while living and working in Chicago.

Chaoqun kept Chinese officials abreast of information regarding individuals targeted for recruitment by the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security.

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

Detroit Police Chief White Details Fatal Shooting of Porter Burks

Detroit Police Chief James White on Tuesday detailed what occurred earlier this week regarding the fatal shooting of Porter Burks, who was struck at least 15 times by police bullets.

At least four Detroit police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into Sunday’s fatal shooting of Burks, a 22-year-old mentally ill man who reportedly refused officers’ orders to drop a knife.

White said officers responded to a 5 a.m. 911 call reporting that a man with a knife was having a mental health crisis in an apartment on Littlefield Street on Detroit’s west side. Upon arrival, officers spoke to a family member who advised them that his brother was suffering from a mental health condition and that he was in crisis. He further told police that Burks slashed the tires on his vehicle,

White said officers canvassed the area and made it to the area of Snowden near Lyndon, where they found Burks holding an 8-inch knife walking in the middle of the street. After encountering him on foot, he became irate. The chief said the officers tried to verbally de-escalate the situation.

A crisis intervention officer extended his hand saying, “You’re not in any trouble, just drop the knife and we’ll get you some help.”

When verbal commands failed, White said, one of the officers deployed a Taser, but he said the stun gun didn’t take effect as Burks was standing 6 feet away.

Burks suddenly charged at one of the officers, with knife in hand. Five officers fired 38 shots in 3 seconds.

“Without warning, Burke charged at one of the officers,” White said. “Fearing for his safety, and the other officers fearing for their partner’s safety, (the officers) fired their weapons.

“Despite this horrific act, the officers were able to quickly transition to a first aid mode and began to render first aid. The officers then conveyed Mr. Burks to a local hospital where he, unfortunately, was pronounced dead.”

“This is a tragic situation,” White continued. “Anytime we use force, it’s not the desired outcome. Anytime we use fatal force, it’s the worst outcome.”

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Elon Musk Agrees to Buy Twitter at His Original Price of $54.20 Per Share

After a months-long legal battle, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has agreed to buy Twitter for the originally agreed price of $54.20 per share. The deal values Twitter at around $44 billion.

Musk first reached an agreement with the Twitter board to buy the company in April and proposed free speech changes to the platform. However, in May, Musk announced that the deal was “temporarily on hold” pending investigations into spam bots. In July, Musk said he was terminating the deal because Twitter had not provided the necessary information to calculate the number of spam bots on the platform. Twitter subsequently sued Musk to force him to complete the deal. Since July, both parties have been engaged in a months-long legal battle.

Twitter confirmed that it received a letter from Musk and that it intends to sell the company at $54.20 per share.

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

Fauci Says His Pandemic Messaging Should Have Been ‘More Careful’

Biden’s chief Covid czar Tony Fauci admitted on Tuesday that he should have been “much more careful” in the early days of the pandemic in how he spoke to Americans and relayed information about Covid.

When asked if he would do anything differently if he could go back and do it again, he said “You know, the answer is yes.”

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

Florida Woman Accused of Stabbing Sister to Death for Flirting With Boyfriend

Florida prosecutors said Fatiha Marzan stabbed her sister several times after finding out she flirted with her long-distance boyfriend

A Florida woman has been charged with murder after stabbing her sister to death because she reportedly flirted with her boyfriend.

Fatiha Marzan, 21, has found out her long-distance boyfriend of five years had flirted with her 20-year-old sister, identified as Sayma Marzan in court documents, and he would tell her he loved her.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Orlando home on Sept. 26 where the sisters shared a bedroom, the news outlet reported. They found the sister dead inside.

Fatiha Marzan allegedly called 911 saying she stabbed her sister. She then allegedly admitted to stabbing the girl three to four times in the heart. She reportedly purchased a knife set on Amazon two weeks earlier and hid it in a closet.

“Fatiha knew she had to wait until her family was asleep to stab Sayma because she did not want anyone to hear the incident,” an affidavit stated. “Fatiha consciously decided to kill her sister, Sayma, and the decision was present in her mind at the time of the killing.”

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Former Northeastern Employee Arrested, Charged With Staging Reported Package Explosion on Campus

Jason Duhaime, 45, is accused of fabricating the entire incident on Sept. 13 and lying to investigators.

Authorities announced a former Northeastern University employee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the reported package explosion on the Boston campus last month.

Jason Duhaime, 45, allegedly fabricated the entire incident, falsely reporting to 911 and investigators that he had been injured by small sharp objects expelled from a case that he said contained a note that directed threats at the lab where he worked, federal authorities said during a Tuesday morning press conference.

The FBI Boston said Duhaime was arrested Tuesday morning near his residence in San Antonio, Texas. He has been charged with conveying false information and hoaxes related to an explosive device and making material false and fictitious statements in a matter within an executive branch of the U.S. government.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Former Clinton Advisor Says Hillary May Run in 2024

Following comments criticising the handling of mass immigration on the southern border, a long time Clinton advisor says that it appears Hillary may be positioning herself for another presidential run in 2024.

The New York Post reports that strategist Dick Morris believes Hillary is moving toward presenting herself as a “moderate” centrist candidate in 2024.

“I see more and more signs that Hillary’s going to run,” Morris, a former aide to Bill Clinton, said during a radio interview.

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

Gaige Grosskreutz, the Man Who Survived Being Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wants to Change His Legal Name

It’s been two years since Gaige Grosskreutz became linked to the deadly actions of one-time homicide suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, and he says he can’t shake them.

This week, Grosskreutz filed a secret petition to change his legal name — that was quickly reported by a conservative news outlet, prompting his call for a leak investigation by the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court.

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

Gang of Women in Neon Green Bodysuits Attack Passengers on NYC Subway

Passengers on a Queens-bound N train witnessed a bizarre situation unfold near Times Square station early Sunday morning, as a gang of women dressed in neon green bodysuits began attacking fellow riders.

The incident was caught on camera, and police are currently searching for those involved.

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

Green Bay Taxpayers Group Sues Biden Administration Over Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

A conservative Wisconsin law firm on Tuesday sued to overturn President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers, the latest in a flurry of lawsuits nationally that allege the move is unfair and unwise.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, also known as WILL, filed the lawsuit against Biden and the U.S. Education Department in U.S. District Court in Green Bay on behalf of the Brown County Taxpayers Association. The taxpayers association promotes limited government and includes more than 100 members who pay federal taxes and are “on the hook” to pay for Biden’s plan.

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

Greenwald Calls Out NBC Reporter Over His Panic About Elon Musk Potentially Buying Twitter

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald called out an NBC reporter on Tuesday over their freakout about Elon Musk potentially buying Twitter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Tuesday that he intends to pursue his original deal to purchase Twitter, which caused NBC News “disinformation” and “extremism” reporter Ben Collins to panic. He warned that if Musk “gets full control” of Twitter, “it could actually affect midterms” and there would be “no immediate replacement.”

However, independent journalist Glenn Greenwald turned the tables and slammed Collins and his colleagues in the mainstream media for “capriciously” promoting “lies and disinformation” whenever they want.

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

Judicial Watch Uncovers Biden Administration Propaganda Plan to Push COVID Vaccine

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced today that it received 249 pages of records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) detailing the extensive media plans for a propaganda campaign to push the COVID-19 vaccine.

The records were received in in response to an August 2021 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)lawsuit filed after HHS failed to respond to a April 19, 2021 request for records related to the Biden HHS’ “COVID-19 Community Corps” program (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:22-cv-02315)).

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

Kanye West Calls Black Lives Matter a ‘Scam’

Early Tuesday morning, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West took to Instagram to call Black Lives Matter a “scam,” saying that the movement is “over.”

“Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam,” a post to West’s Instagram story read.

“Now its over. You’re welcome,” he added.

The post comes after West was seen at Paris Fashion Week sporting a White Lives Matter T-shirt, and photographed alongside commentator Candace Owens, who wore a matching shirt.

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

Mandated Diversity Statement Drives Jonathan Haidt to Quit Academic Society

It was probably inevitable that Jonathan Haidt, an academic long concerned about the politicization of academia, would eventually be caught up in the displacement of intellectual inquiry by ideological rigidity.

Last week the New York University (NYU) psychology professor announced that he would resign at the end of the year from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, his primary professional association, because of a newly adopted requirement that everybody presenting research at the group’s conferences explain how their submission advances “equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.” It was the sort of litmus test against which he has warned, and which he sees as corroding institutions of higher learning.

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

NYU Fires Chemistry Professor After Students Sign Petition Complaining That His Class is Too Difficult

Maitland Jones Jr., a chemistry professor at New York University who also taught for four decades at Princeton, was fired in August after undergraduate students circulated a petition complaining that his course was too difficult.

Dozens of the college students, many of them aspiring doctors, signed on to the petition in the spring.

“We are very concerned about our scores, and find that they are not an accurate reflection of the time and effort put into this class,” the petition read, according to the New York Times.

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

Rantz: City of Olympia Embraces Racist Segregationist Meeting at Taxpayer Expense

The City of Olympia is hosting a racially segregated community safety meeting as officials continue to advance Black Lives Matter-inspired initiatives. The meeting appears to come after community outreach resulted in too much pro-police and law enforcement feedback.

City leaders created a nine-member Community Work Group to “reimagine public safety” via an “inclusive” process that included a survey and both in-person and digital community meetings. The bulk of their work was completed and summarized in June.

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

Republicans File FEC Complaint Over Gmail Sending Campaign Emails to Spam

The Republican National Committee (RNC) says that in September alone, Google censored about 22 million fundraising and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) emails by sending them to the spam folders of Gmail users. The RNC is now considering legal options to end what they see as a “clear pattern of bias,” Fox Digital said.

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

Residents Who Sued Minneapolis Over Police Staffing Drop Lawsuit

The lawsuit ultimately resulted in a ruling this past summer, with the Minnesota State Supreme Court ordering the city to bring its police staff to a minimum of 731 officers. The decision came months after voters also rejected a city charter change that would have removed the minimum police staffing requirement, which was being supported by “defund the police” advocates.

After the state supreme court ruling, the city was set to appear in court in the coming weeks to explain why they have been able to meet staffing requirements. With the dismissal, that hearing now won’t happen.

Speaking with FOX 9, Upper Midwest Law Center president Doug Seaton said his clients decided to end the lawsuit because they were pleased with efforts by Mayor Frey to bolster police staffing and his budget proposal for the department. Seaton says the group didn’t want the lawsuit hanging over the city as they attempt to make changes.

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

Revealed: John Fetterman Cast Only ‘Yes’ Vote to Release First-Degree Murderer From Prison

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman has been called out yet again for his lenient approach to dealing with criminals, this time for casting the lone “yes” vote to commute the life sentence of a man accused of first-degree murder.

The attacker, Alexis Rodriguez, was one of five convicted of gang-beating then murdering the 17-year-old son of a Philadelphia police officer in 1989.

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

Supreme Court Orders Lower Court to Reconsider Massachusetts Gun Control Law

The Supreme Court this week ordered a lower court to reconsider a controversial Massachusetts gun control law, a directive the high court gave in light of recently issued jurisprudence regarding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Massachusetts law in question was brought by a state resident who was prohibited from purchasing pistols there due to his having been convicted of unlawfully carrying a handgun in 2004. The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts found that the law in question was constitutional under the Second Amendment, which broadly recognizes a right to possess firearms; an appeals court subsequently affirmed that decision.

The Supreme Court, however, this week ordered the ruling vacated, and the case “remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for further consideration” in lights of its decision earlier this year in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen.

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

The Precipitous Fall of the Facebook Empire

Outpaced by the competition, targeted by the antitrust authorities, sanctioned for its privacy violations, the former Silicon Valley star no longer inspires confidence. Not for its users. Nor its customers. Nor the stock market. Will it succeed in reinventing itself?

Eighteen years after its creation, the social network is at the centre of all attacks. And rather than reassure, its founder continues to stir up political trouble: in American society, on the markets and even within his company, which now employs more than 83 000 people worldwide. Around three billion people spend every day on one of its platforms, Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp.

Mark Zuckerberg is also known to have influenced the outcome of the most contentious US presidential election. The true extent of Zuckerberg’s financial contributions only became known after the voting had taken place. In a 40-minute documentary film from Citizens United Productions, Rigged: The Zuckerberg-Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump, the machinations of the billionaire were brought to light.

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

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Mar-a-Lago FBI Case

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the ongoing legal dispute between him and the Department of Justice over his alleged mishandling of classified materials that led to the FBI raid on his Florida estate.

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

Video: Lost Biden Speaks Total Gibberish, Asks for Help Completing Sentences

Here we go again.

During an appearance in Puerto Rico Monday Joe Biden suddenly started acting as if he had lost something, before asking for help to deliver pre prepared remarks, and then devolving into speaking gibberish.

Biden was walking to the podium when he suddenly stopped and looked at the ground as if he had lost something.

He appeared to mutter “look for here somewhere” while scanning the ground, perhaps looking for a place he was ordered to stand by handlers.

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

Waukesha Parade Murder Trial: Judge Orders Erratic Defendant Darrell Brooks Removed From the Courtroom Again

The accused Waukesha Christmas parade killer was removed from the courtroom Tuesday on the second day of jury selection after his near-constant interjections brought his murder trial to a standstill.

Brooks, 40, is accused of plowing his SUV into holiday revelers Nov. 21, 2021, killing six and injuring more than 60.

Court was in session for less than 10 minutes when Waukesha Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow ordered that Brooks, who is representing himself, be moved to an adjacent courtroom where he participated by video.

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

Woman Stabbed From Behind While Riding Bike in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale police are investigating a stabbing that injured a woman early Tuesday morning.

The stabbing was reported just after 12:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Northwest 15th Terrace.

According to Detective Ali Adamson, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the victim was riding her bicycle in the area when she was approached from behind by an unknown person and stabbed.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel transported the victim to Broward Health Medical Center. Her condition has not yet been released.

A motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Zuck’s Nightmare: UK Coroner Lists Instagram Algorithm as Contributing Cause of Death in 14-Year-Old Girl

A UK coroner recently listed the Instagram algorithm as a contributing cause in the death of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life in 2017 after viewing thousands of posts on the platform promoting self-harm. The coroner described the teen’s death as “an act of self-harm whilst suffering from depression and the negative effects of online content.”

Bloomberg reports that during a court hearing in London last week, a coroner named Andrew Walker began the task of determining how responsible social media content algorithms are for the mental health of their underage users.

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

Canada Commits $200 Million for ‘Black-Led,’ Black-Focused,’ ‘Black-Serving’ Organizations to Fight ‘Racism’

The Canadian government announced its launching of a $200 million (CAD) endowment fund for “black-focused,” “black-led,” and “black-serving” organizations on Monday.

In the federal government’s solicitation of proposals from organizations seeking to become the administrator of its forthcoming “Black-Led Philanthropic Endowment Fund,” it applied the left-wing stylistic capitalization of “black,” partly popularized by the Associated Press.

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

‘Enough With the Woke S**t’: Conservative MP Slams Trudeau Liberals for Raising Taxes While Canadians Suffer From Inflation

During Question Period on Tuesday, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner took aim at the Trudeau Liberals’ tax hikes, warning they will make life even more unaffordable for already struggling Canadians.

She urged the government to ditch their “woke” attitude, and focus on solving the real problems facing the nation.

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

#MeToo Backlash: UK Looks to Grant Anonymity to Suspected Criminals to Prevent ‘Trial by Media’

In a potentially major backlash to the #MeToo movement, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that she is considering granting legal anonymity to suspected criminals in order to prevent “trial by media”.

Making her first appearance at a Conservative party Conference as the head of the Home Office, Suella Braverman said that in the wake of several high-profile incidents of false accusations of sexual assault, she would look to reform reporting regulations surrounding those merely accused, but not proven of wrongdoing in order to prevent a “media circus” from damaging people’s reputations without justification. It is claimed that such incidents have occurred during the #MeToo movement.

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Economics Professor Censured Live on TV for Suggesting US Role in Nord Stream Leaks

A Columbia university Economics professor was censured during a live TV interview when he suggested that US and Poland might be responsible for the mysterious leaks on the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

He further claimed that several journalists have reported insinuating Washington for the sabotage of pipelines

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France: Artist Charged After ‘Anti-Semitic’ Mural of Macron as Globalist Puppet

Graffiti depicting French president Emmanuel Macron as a puppet of Jacques Attali is at the centre of a controversy, with Jewish associations denouncing an “anti-Semitic fresco”. The prosecutor in Avignon has decided to prosecute Lekto, the creator of the mural.

Regional French daily Le Dauphiné reported that the artist depicting Emmanuel Macron as a puppet manipulated by Jacques Attali, will now be facing criminal charges.

The large caricature was drawn on the side of a water management building, near the public car park on Rue de la Synagogue in Avignon, a place well known to street artists, who regularly decorate this wall in total freedom.

This particular graffiti shows Emmanuel Macron as Pinochio on a theatre stage. The President of the Republic, dressed as a puppet, is manipulated by strings held by Jacques Attali, the Jewish writer and economist known to be close to the Head of State.

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French School Shut Down After Teens Attack Student With Machetes

A school in France was shut down after armed teens attacked another student with machetes this week, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Wattrelos, a commune along the Belgian border.

Students in their late teens stormed a building at Cite Scolaire Emile Zola during recess and targeted a 19-year-old male in what authorities believe was a ‘settling of scores,’ France Info reports.

The suspects, aged 18 and 19, were reportedly carrying large blades in their backpacks.

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Green Energy Scandal: UK Energy Company Drax Received Billions in Grants for Renewable Energy While Cutting Down and Burning Primeval Forest

Energy company Drax operates the United Kingdom’s largest power plant, a converted coal-fired power plant that burns millions of tons of imported wood pellets, which counts as renewable energy, according to British and European Union standards. .

The power plant accounts for 12 percent of the U.K.’s renewable energy Drax has received £6 billion (€6.9 billion) to run the business with “green” grants from British taxpayers; however, BBC’s “Panorama” has revealed that Drax cut down virgin forest in Canada to produce the wood pellets it uses to burn and generate energy.

While Drax claimed that the company only used sawdust and other leftover wood, the BBC indicates that satellite images, logging licenses, and drone footage reveal that Drax’s claims are untrue.

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Hungary Delays Vote on Swedish and Finnish NATO Membership

Hungary’s opposition Socialists (MSZP) are up in arms after Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party voted down in parliament on Monday their proposal to put on the assembly’s agenda for Tuesday a vote on ratifying the NATO membership request of Sweden and Finland.

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King Charles III Decides Not to Attend Climate Summit

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III has decided not to attend the international climate change summit in Egypt next month, fueling speculation that the new monarch will have to rein in his environmental activism now that he has ascended the throne.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that the decision came after Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss objected to Charles attending the conference, known as COP27, when she met with the king last month at Buckingham Palace.

While there was no official rebuttal, other British media quoted unidentified palace and government sources as saying that Charles made his decision after consultation with the prime minister and that any suggestion of disagreement was untrue.

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Nordic Countries’ Response to Nord Stream Sabotage

The explosions took place in the Swedish and Danish exclusive economic zones, and the Danish Navy was quick to send both naval and airborne units to investigate, while on the Swedish side the Coast Guard is responsible with the Navy standing by to provide assistance if needed.

The Swedish Armed Forces in a statement released on 1 October note that the earlier heightened level of alert is kept up and they cooperate closely with other government agencies. The submarine rescue vessel HMS Belos was dispatched to the Nord Stream leaks sites. The Danish vessels deployed to the site of the leakages include environmental protection ship HDMS Gunnar Thorson as well as the frigate HDMS Absalon. Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen has also discussed with a number of European leaders as well as NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg regarding cooperation on securing critical infrastructure.

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Poland Has the Lowest Electricity Prices in the EU

Energy prices in Poland are almost half that of those in Sweden and a third of those in the Netherlands and Italy, the country’s Climate Minister Anna Trzeciakowska revealed in a tweet on Sunday.

“Another day with the lowest energy prices on the EU’s day-ahead market,” she wrote, adding that the government will not slow down and will continue to work hard “so that prices in Poland are stable and low for everyone.”

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Poland Formally Demands $1.3 Trillion in Reparations From Germany for WWII Damages

Poland’s foreign minister issued a diplomatic note to Germany officially on Monday formally demanding $1.3 trillion in war reparations for damages suffered by Poland during the Second World War. That means the issue is now officially on the table regarding Polish-German relations.

The issue of reparations may have already been discussed between Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during her visit to Warsaw on Tuesday, although any such discussion has not yet been confirmed.

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Sneako Switches to Rumble After YouTube Censorship

Popular YouTuber Sneako, who had over 1.3 million subscribers, had both of his YouTube channels removed over “severe” or “repeated” violations of the platform’s terms of service.

The exact reason for the ban was not provided, with most speculating the ban could be the result of his association with Andrew Tate, a British-American personality that has been banned from most social media platforms over previous comments accused of being misogynistic.

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Speech Police: UK Writer Caroline Farrow Arrested, Accused of Posting “Offensive” Message Online

Police officers from the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Surrey Police force arrested journalist Caroline Farrow after she was reported for allegedly posting a “grossly offensive message.” The officers seized Farrow’s electronic devices, questioned her at Guildford Police Station, and released her under investigation.

Farrow has denied posting the messages, said that she was falsely accused of posting messages wrote by other people, and described the police’s actions as “absurd.”

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UK: 54 Arrests After Just Stop Oil Protest in London

Police have arrested 54 people after environmental protesters blocked roads in central London.

The Metropolitan Police said 54 protesters were arrested on suspicion of wilful obstruction of the highway on Tuesday during a fourth day of demonstrations in Westminster.

They remain in custody at various police stations in the capital.

Just Stop Oil said 60 supporters of its group “disrupted traffic in Westminster today…in a row to demand an end to new oil and gas”.

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UK: Conservative Voters ‘Shouldn’t be Resuscitated’ by NHS, Claims Left-Wing Ex-Nurse

A former NHS nurse has sparked outrage for claiming that people who vote Conservative do not deserve to be resuscitated by those working for Britain’s publicly funded healthcare provider.

Speaking as an audience member on Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 show, “Britain on the Brink,” Miranda Hughes said that if you have voted Conservative, you do not deserve to be resuscitated by the NHS.

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UK: Khan’s London: Albanians Kidnap and Torture Man for £400,000 Ransom

A group of Albanians are accused of kidnapping and torturing a man in an attempt to extract a £400,000 (~$452,000) ransom from his family overseas.

The 30-year-old victim, himself an Albanian and so far unnamed by the authorities, is said to have been held for four days at a location in the east of Britain’s multicultural capital and subjected to terrible abuse.

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UK: Six Extinction Rebellion Activists Including Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Canoeist Etienne Scott ‘Tampered With Brakes of Shell Oil Tanker During Protest’

Six Extinction Rebellion activists including an Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist appeared in court today accused of tampering with an oil tanker during a protest.

Sporting hero Etienne Stott, 43, of Nottingham; Nichola Andersen, 50, of Cornwall; Erika Curren, 65, of Cornwall; Shaun Davies, 32, of no fixed address; and Amy Rugg-Easey, 31, of Newcastle, have been charged with tampering with the brake or another part of the Shell tanker in west London earlier this year.

They all deny the charge.

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UK: Somerset Councillor Arrested for Role in Just Stop Oil Protest

A Somerset councillor has been released from prison after being arrested following an environmental protest.

Richard Morgan, the Labour councillor for the Fairfax East ward on Bridgwater Town Council, was one of 51 people accused of contempt of court after sitting outside the Kingsbury Oil Terminal near Tamworth in a peaceful protest as part of Just Stop Oil. The protesters appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and were sent to HMP Pentonville after being found guilty of breaching a High Court injunction aimed at preventing protests outside the terminal.

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Vatican Cardinal: No Place for ‘Skepticism and Denial’ of Climate Crisis

ROME — Vatican Cardinal Michael Czerny insisted Tuesday there is no place for discussion with those who doubt or deny the “climate crisis.”

Over the past seven years, “the environmental crisis of our common home has worsened drastically,” declared Cardinal Czerny, who like Pope Francis is a member of the Jesuit order.

The cardinal’s words came during a presentation in the Vatican of a new documentary film celebrating the pope’s “great encyclical letter Laudato Si,” a 2015 text dealing with care for the environment and the climate crisis.

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White Council Member Resigns in France After Spate of Racist Abuse From Local Community

A Socialist council member in the small central French town of Les Mureaux has been driven to resign from his position following a series of violent, racist attacks against him within his community.

“Over the past two years — I’m referring to my own personal experience — I have suffered 11 attacks where myself or my family have felt threatened even in our physical integrity, whereas during 12 years I have never experienced episodes of this nature,” Boris Venon told a press conference.

“The nature of these last episodes, I do not hide from you, have been violent and have deeply called into question the link I had with the town and with its inhabitants.”

Venon went on the explain that the attacks against him are proof that Europeans can be subject to racism in their own native countries.

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Israel’s Devastating Capitulation to Hezbollah

t is almost impossible to grasp the danger of Israel’s present moment. A month before the Knesset elections, the caretaker government led by Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz is moving full speed ahead with a maritime agreement with an enemy state that it insists will obligate Israel in perpetuity. The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement Israel is concluding with Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon will fundamentally alter Israel’s maritime borders, deny the Jewish state tens of billions of dollars, which will go instead to a government controlled by Iran’s Lebanese foreign legion, Hezbollah, and transform Hezbollah and Iran into actors in the eastern Mediterranean.

The deal in question has been under negotiation for more than a decade. In 2010, as the natural gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean were being rapidly explored and developed by Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, Israel signed agreements with its neighbors to delineate the boundaries of each state’s EEZ. Since Israel and Lebanon are enemy states, Israel did not negotiate an agreement with Lebanon. Lebanon did however negotiate an agreement with Cyprus, as part of which it drew a line delineating the southern boundary of its maritime waters. Israel accepted the Lebanese line and submitted its maritime economic zone borders to the United Nations on the basis of the Lebanese/Cypriot agreement and the bilateral agreement it had concluded with Cyprus.

Given that Hezbollah rejects Israel’s right to exist, Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon surprised no one when it immediately objected to Israel’s map, even though it was based on Lebanon’s own demarcation.

Lebanon demanded 854 square kilometers of Mediterranean waters that formally belonged to Israel. The Lebanese demand included complete control over the massive Qana natural gas field, much of which extends into Israel’s waters. Fred Hoff, who served at the time as the Obama administration’s point man for the eastern Mediterranean, offered a compromise deal which would have given around 55 percent of the area to Lebanon and left 45 percent under Israeli sovereignty. Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon rejected the deal, and there the negotiations stood, more or less, until last July…

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Instagram Puts Women Protesters Burning Hijabs Behind “Sensitive Content” Warning

In protests of the strict hijab law following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody, Iranian women in several cities removed and burned their hijabs. Yet, Western platforms such as Instagram are censoring some of this content with a “sensitive” content warning.

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Iran Schoolgirls Remove Hijabs in Protests Against Government

Schoolgirls in Iran have been waving their headscarves in the air and chanting against clerical authorities, in an unprecedented show of support for the protests engulfing the country.

Videos verified by the BBC showed demonstrations inside schoolyards and on the streets of several cities.

They echoed the wider unrest sparked by the death last month of a woman who was detained for breaking the hijab law.

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Greenwald: No One Talks About Ending Ukraine War for Fear of Being Labelled a ‘Traitor’

Journalist Glenn Greenwald noted Monday that talks to deescalate or end the conflict in Ukraine are virtually nonexistent because the legacy media and political elites have nurtured an atmosphere where to do so is considered ‘unpatriotic’.

Speaking to Tucker Carlson, Greenwald stated “There is a very real threat of a nuclear exchange, or even a direct confrontation with Russia and the United States. And over what? Over who governs and rules, not even Ukraine, but the Donbas, the eastern region in Ukraine, where a majority of people actually identify as ethnic Russians and want to be part of Russia.”

Greenwald continued, “Yet there’s almost no debate about whether we should be sending huge amounts of money there and risking the lives of American citizens through the possibility of a nuclear war.”

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Kharkov and Mobilization

by Jacques Baud

The recapture of the Kharkov region at the beginning of September appears to be a success for Ukrainian forces. Our media exulted and relayed Ukrainian propaganda to give us a picture that is not entirely accurate. A closer look at the operations might have prompted Ukraine to be more cautious.

From a military point of view, this operation is a tactical victory for the Ukrainians and an operational/strategic victory for the Russian coalition…

For the Ukrainians, it is a Pyrrhic victory. They advanced into Kharkov without encountering any resistance and there was hardly any fighting. Instead, the area became a huge “killing zone” (“???? ?????????”), where Russian artillery would destroy an estimated number of 4,000-5,000 Ukrainians (about 2 brigades), while the Russian coalition suffered only marginal losses as there was no fighting.

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Ukraine Regains Kherson Villages From Russians

Ukrainian forces have liberated a key village in the southern region of Kherson, hastening another Russian military retreat.

The defence ministry in Kyiv posted a video showing the 35th marine brigade hoisting a Ukrainian flag above Davydiv Brid, amid reports of several other nearby villages being recaptured.

Russian forces have already been forced to retreat in Ukraine’s north-east.

They are now being pushed back in the south as well.

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India: Hindu Police Officer’s Throat Cut With Ketchup Bottle, Muslim Domestic Help Arrested

Hemant Lohia Murder: Based on early investigations and security footage, the police are focusing on his 23-year-old domestic help, Yasir Ahmed, hired six months ago.

Prem Singh Mankotia | HENB | Jammu | Oct 4, 2022:: A senior Hindu police officer in Jammu and Kashmir was found dead at home late last night, with his throat slit and burn injuries on his body.

His Muslim domestic help, Yasir Ahmed the prime suspect in the case, has been taken into custody.

Hemant Kumar Lohia, the officer in charge of prisons in Jammu and Kashmir, was murdered at a friend’s house on the outskirts of Jammu, where he had been staying with his family while his own home was being renovated.

Mr Lohia, 57, was appointed Director General of Prisons (J&K) in August.

Based on early investigations and security footage, the police are focusing on his 23-year-old Muslim domestic help, hired six months ago.

The killer had first suffocated Lohia to death and also used a broken ketchup bottle to slit his throat and later tried to set the body on fire.

The guards present at the residence of the officer saw fire inside Lohia’s room. They had to break open the door as it was locked from inside, he said.

Upon visiting Lohia’s residence, the ADGP said the preliminary examination of the scene of crime points towards murder.

Yasir was on the run after the murder.

Police said Yasir was arrested from a field in the Kanhachak area after a major all-night manhunt. Interrogations with him in the case have begun…

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India: Woman Accused of Husband’s Murder Stabbed by Father-in-Law Outside Amritsar Court

An attempt to murder case has been registered against Karnail Singh.

A woman was severely injured after her father-in-law stabbed her multiple times with a sword outside Amritsar court on Tuesday afternoon.

The woman, identified as Manreet Kaur, is facing trial along with three other accused for her alleged role in the murder of her husband.

Kaur, who was lodged in Amritsar Central Jail under judicial custody, was admitted to hospital. Her father-in-law has been identified as Karnail Singh, a native of Wadala Bhitte Vad village.

Sukh Dayal, in-charge of the court complex police post, said, “Karnail Singh’s son Jodhbir Singh was married to Manreet Kaur but Manreet was having an affair with one Jagpreet Singh. Manreet and her lover Jagpreet, accompanied by Jagpreet’s friends Gurjant Singh and Aman Singh allegedly murdered Jodhbir Singh. A murder case was registered at the Kambo police station and Manreet was brought to Amritsar court for the hearing when Karnail Singh attacked her.”

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Dutch Government Gives Luxury Cruise Ship to Illegal Migrants While Native Citizens Struggle to Pay Heating Bills

While Dutch citizens struggle to heat their homes and pay for groceries, their government has just paid for thousands of illegal migrants to enjoy free accommodation, food and entertainment on board a 5 star luxury cruise ship docked in Amsterdam.

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wins UN Refugee Prize

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday won the United Nations refugee agency’s prestigious Nansen Award, receiving praise for her determination to protect asylum seekers while in office.

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman Says it Would be Her Dream to Send a Flight of Channel Migrants to Rwanda by Christmas and Outlines Her ‘Ultimate Goal’ Of Cutting Immigration Into the UK to Tens of Thousands

Home Secretary Suella Braverman revealed today her ‘dream’ would be to have the first plane-load of failed migrants send to Rwanda by Christmas.

The senior Cabinet minister outlined her homes that the £120million scheme would overcome legal hurdles this year as she spoke at Conservative Party Conference.

She also told an audience in Birmingham that her ultimate goal was to reduce net migration to ‘tens of thousands’.

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Merkel to Receive Award for Hosting Refugees Amid Syrian Conflict

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive a prestigious award by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for hosting and protecting asylum seekers amid the Syrian conflict, the agency said on Tuesday.

“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany, will receive the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award,” the agency said in a statement.

Under Merkel’s leadership, Germany hosted more than 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers in 2015-2016 at the height of the conflict in Syria and amid violence in other places, according to the statement.

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Now Eric Adams Moves Planned Migrant Camp at Orchard Beach to Randalls Island Over Flooding Fears — as Five More Buses Arrive in New York City

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is moving his ‘tent city’ to Randalls Island as new photos show flooding in the original location at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, which was built just two weeks ago.

Late Monday evening, Adams announced that the complex, meant to give temporary housing to migrants, would move due to flooding concerns.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson had previously said of tent site that it was ‘not the ideal location’ and was prone to flooding, according to the Daily News.

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Orban Summit: Central European Countries Agree to Extend Border Fence

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met Monday in Budapest to discuss the surge of new activity along the Balkan migrant route.

Prime Minister Orban and the other two leaders made a statement following the Monday meeting that argued the European Union asylum system no longer works and stated that the European Commission has not been active in tackling the issue for several years.

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UK: Suella Braverman Eyes System of ‘Nightingale Courts’ To Handle Huge Number of Migrants Facing Prosecution for Illegal Entry

Ministers plan to set up Nightingale-style courts to prosecute huge numbers of Channel migrants for illegal entry to the UK.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman wants wider use of laws that allow jail terms of up to four years for anyone convicted of entering this country without permission, sources said.

She is understood to be working with Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis to establish temporary courts to handle thousands of prosecutions, based on the Nightingale ones used to deal with a backlog of criminal cases in the pandemic.

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WEF Attendee Liz Truss Says British Economy “Needs a Reset” As Market Conditions Worsen

New British PM Elizabeth Truss has been touted by many including the mainstream media as a “far-right” politicianwith wide appeal to British conservatives.

This is fast becoming a prerequisite ideological position to take in Europe as the open border/socialist policies of leftist political leaders are leaving the EU in economic ruins and as they approach an energy based catastrophe not seen since WWII.

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The Damning Proof That Trans Women Shouldn’t Compete in Female-Only Sports? Major Study Finds Their Heart and Lung Capacity as Well as Strength Exceeds That of Cis Peers Years After Taking Hormones

The study was done by Brazilian experts. University of Pennsylvania transwomen swimmer Lia Thomas (left) is pictured next to Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines in March 2018.

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Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Quantum Entanglement Experimentalists

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists for their work in pioneering quantum information science. Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger all conducted some of the first experiments with entangled photons, enabling a future for commercial quantum computers.

The spooky world of quantum physics predicts a few unexpected quirks, including quantum entanglement. This state allows two particles to become so entwined with each other that changes made to one will instantly affect the other, no matter how far apart they are.

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23 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/4/2022

    • Know what the poope says while on his balcony over looking the crowd below?

      While crossing himself he yells “All you damned Italians Get Offa My Lawn.

  1. Ok, so thats what the Vatican says:
    “Vatican cardinal said that the science on climate change is settled, and there is no place for any discussion with those who deny the climate crisis.”

    Hm, wasnt it also settled that Earth was the exact middlepoint of the universe according to the church?
    And dissenters were tortured and burned at a stake.

    When will this happen to climate change deniers?
    Or as the pope is a leftwing “guy”, will it be like a Cambodian / Red China / Communist Re-Education camp?
    Recant or you are taken behind the shed where a 9mm will “heal” you.

  2. And that rug Angela Merkel, she got award !!, for distraction on own country,, and betrayal own people, it’s just bizarre, that women should be in prison.. , no words ..

  3. re: Jesuit Cardinal Czerny and ‘climate change’ :

    Every time some woke Jesuit (or other Catholic clergyman) says or does something stupid, people who have an animus against the Catholic Church take it as an excuse to bash the Church, often for things having nothing to do with what the idiot said or did, and frequently for things many centuries old. This irks me.

    As an older (Traditionalist) Roman Catholic I’m fortunate to have received my education in the Faith before the Second Vatican Council of the early ‘Sixties. Catholics of my vintage know that we are obliged, in Religion, to pay heed to what our clergy says ONLY when they are teaching in matters of Faith and Morals.

    ( Further, any such teaching must be consistent with the authentic, perennial doctrine of the Church … which we all can know by reading it ! Beyond that, it is our choice whether or not to give a respectful hearing to a clergyman, according to his age, experience, formal education, holiness, etc.)

    Pretty much everything else comes under the heading of ‘prudential judgment,’ where lay people are free to form their own opinions. When bishops and cardinals start spouting off on national economic policies (or climate change), they are outside their field of expertise and competence, and legitimate authority.

    Prominent Catholic laymen (such as William Simon, Treasury Secretary, with a group of others including Michael Novak) have sometimes issued their own national letters of rebuke to the bishops, calling them on the carpet when the bishops have issued national letters on economic policy, overreaching their competence, and abusing (and undermining) their own moral authority.

    The Church DOES have a body of Social Teaching, but in the modern era almost all of that pre-dates the Second Vatican Council. It is also the body of teaching that has been co-opted and distorted by the Modernists, under the label of ‘Social Justice.’ (And that seems to be a pet project of Jesuits, along with ‘liberation theology’. The modern stuff is pure politics.)

    Many non-Catholics have been brought up to believe that Catholics don’t think for themselves, and are obliged to blindly obey whatever they’re told by the Church – in short, that Catholics are brainwashed automatons. Obviously, they don’t know any real, live Catholics.

    To reassure those who think this way, let me say that Catholics are under no religious obligation to pay any more attention to what Cardinal Czerny has to say about ‘climate change’ than we are to pay attention to the local woke, Democratic schoolboard superintendant. That’s how much ‘clout’ his statement has.

    We only know about it because it meshes with the agenda of others : the media, WEF, UN, Schwab, Soros, etc.

    The Argentinean pope is one of the very worst we’ve had in centuries … but the Church has survived many bad popes. ( I’ll concede, though, that it DOES look as though we’re going to need an extra measure of Divine Assistance to survive this one. )

    As a fellow educated by the Jesuits, it hurts me to say this, but it may be time to suppress the Society of Jesus once again. The Church has been infiltrated and severely compromised for a long time … and the Jesuits aren’t helping. )

    An excellent article, related :
    Two Views on the Economy: A Comparison of the Bishops’ and Lay Commission’s Letters “, by James Hitchcock, in Crisis Magazine, Feb. 1, 1985

    https://www.crisismagazine.com/1985/two-views-on-the-economy-a-comparison-of-the-bishops-and-lay-commissions-letters

    • There’s a joke that goes something like this:

      A Catholic bishop is at the pulpit, with an economics book upside down, spouting collectivist nonsense. One of the faithful says, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they talk about.”

    • Not Catholic and can’t claim a great deal of knowledge about it, but I do know something about history. It’s outrageous how the Galileo lie is the go to slander whenever “science” and religion are parts of a story. Galileo Galilei , Michael Mann, and Anthony Fauci would get along famously. Galileo was lucky Maffeo Barberini was his friend, he got off light.

    • I believe someone has written a book which documents the takeover of the Catholic Church by homosexuals and them proudly announcing they had 80% control. It was in a video discussing archbishop Vigano’S book about the WEF and great reset.

  4. The church also thought the science was “settled” when it put Galileo under house arrest. This notion of a “settled” science is really scary, coming as it is from people who should know better. After all, they have the full transcript of Galileo’s trial in the Vatican archives.

    Christ!! What’s wrong with these people?

        • The Seventh Day Adventist, The Roman Catholic church and the Church of Christ say the say.

          NONE of them teach or adhere to the Holy Bible because they are legalist, Mary worshipers and pedophiles and sodomites.

    • That isn’t a fair telling of it. The Church never said, “the science is settled.” They said, “until you can prove it, definitively, don’t teach it as fact.” Galileo could not, ever. Through obtuseness or hubris he inserted himself into Church politics by ridiculing the Pope in his “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” while simultaneously, consciously, violating the terms of his 1616 “parole” (his oath) to not teach heliocentrism as fact without being able to prove it, which he could not do.

      Maffeo Barberini (Urban VIII) was considered one of the most intelligent, urbane men in Europe. Most that knew them both thought him every bit Galileo’s intellectual equal, and his ego was also a match for Galileo’s, which is saying something. Galileo’s arrogance would not have allowed him to recognize a lesser being as a friend, and friends they clearly were as nearly as two such egos could recognize friendship. Barberini had been instrumental in securing the very favorable parole conditions for Galileo in 1616 and largely agreed with the theory of heliocentrism; but, the leap from speculation around the dinner table to radically changing Doctrine for the Catholic world was far to great a stretch and Barberini took his responsibility to protect the Church deadly seriously. With Tilly dead after the Battle of the Rain, Gustavus Adolphus’ Protestant army ranging about Germany, Cardinal Richelieu spending French Catholic money to raise Protestant armies against Catholic princes, The Spanish Church involved in all sorts of political skullduggery to seize control the Catholic Church over all, and the necessity of, for the first time, an armed guard to accompany the Pope in his travels within the Vatican because of proven assassination plots 1632 was not the year to stand in front of the Inquisition to answer for publishing a story apparently designed as a thumb in the eye of the Papacy as an institution, an undermining of Church authority, and painting the Pope as a fool. It was just too much; and Galileo still couldn’t prove heliocentrism. Proof would arrive in the calculations of Isaac Newton, which the Church accepted, who would be born the year Galileo died, and the “house arrest” Galileo was placed under was no Gulag by any stretch. If anything the Church was, however unconsciously, standing up for science by demanding proof, which Galileo, out of sheer hubris, could not admit he did not have.

      The Church fully deserves criticism for many things, but this isn’t one of them. This slander was one of several invented during the Enlightenment to bolster reputations by creating straw opponents to denigrate. It ranks with the, “Before us (the Enlightenment) everyone believed the Earth was flat,” lie.

      A “Vatican Cardinal” running his mouth about something that is outside the purview of Church Doctrine is just some guy running his mouth. Barberini, and most of the Church leadership, understood that Doctrine can not be based on supposition, conjecture, or fads; otherwise you become the Church of What’s Happening Now, and soon no Church at all (hello post-modern American Protestantism).

      • Thanks for that, Tom ! There’s no substitute for examining both sides of the History.

        For those interested in that sort of thing, I highly recommend Prof. Rodney Stark’s “Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History.” It covers about ten of the ‘Black Legends’ against the Church (which isn’t all of them, by any means).

        Stark isn’t a Catholic, and relies on evidence for what he writes. That may reassure potential readers. From over 400 reviews, his book gets a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Amazon.

        See https://www.amazon.com/Bearing-False-Witness-Debunking-Anti-Catholic/dp/1599475367/

        • I have no brief with the Catholic Church one way or another. I consider myself Protestant by studied choice and a poor excuse of a Christian by weakness of character. However, I have to be honest and give full credit to the Catholic Church, and it alone as an institution warts and all, was responsible for holding the darkness at bay for at least a thousand years thereby allowing the rise of what we today call Western Civilization. I look at the rest of the world and say, “There, but for the grace of God (and the tenacity of Catholic Church), go we.”

          The other aspect of the lie I detest is the implied nobility of Galileo. It is hard to imagine an individual of lower character than Galileo Galilei. Not someone I would want my children to chose as a role model or mentor. Brilliant yes, but by all accounts a real low-life as a human being.

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