Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/5/2022

The price of oil spiked upward after the OPEC nations agreed to cut crude production. Meanwhile, the French government tapped its strategic fuel reserve after gas stations started running out of fuel.

In other news, a petition has been launched in Czechia to annex the Russian territory of Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg), citing a prior claim justified by the fact that the city was founded by Czech King Ottokar II during the 1200s.

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Thanks to Dean, Diana West, DV, JW, LP, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» “Please Don’t Panic Buy”: France Taps Strategic Reserve After Gas Stations Run Out of Fuel
» ADP Reports Better Than Expected Jump in Jobs in September, Wage Growth Accelerates
» Gas Prices to Spike by 10 Cents Across Ontario This Week
» Oil Prices Rise After OPEC+ Agrees to Slash Crude Output
» Video: Reporter Asks White House if Biden is Responsible for Gas Prices Rising Again
 
USA
» “Be Afraid, Be Actually Afraid”: Reporters Panic at the Thought of Twitter Restoring Free Speech Protections
» Alec Baldwin Shooting: Filming to Resume After Halyna Hutchins Death on Set
» ‘Betrayed’ Twitter Staff Resume Exorcist-Like Tantrums After Musk Deal Back on
» Breaking: Oklahoma Principal BEGS Not to be Recorded After Project Veritas Busts Teacher Saying ‘Burn Down the Entire System’
» Chicago Faces More Corporate Departures as Tyson Foods Moves to Arkansas
» DHS is Spending Millions to Combat “Misinformation” And “Disinformation”
» DNA on Seized Hand Grenades Does Not Belong to Oath Keepers Defendant Jeremy Brown: FBI Lab
» Expert: FBI Undercounts Armed Citizens Stopping Attacks
» Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law
» Former NSA Staffer Charged With Espionage After Trying to Sell Information to Undercover FBI Agent
» Gunman Kills 4, Including Himself, In Lafayette Parish Shooting Spree
» It’s Happening
» Joe Biden Claims He is Greek, Jewish, Black, But Also an Irish Catholic Raised by Puerto Ricans
» Lawsuit Settled, Film May Resume After Alec Baldwin Shooting
» Missing Murders: Latest FBI Homicide Numbers Omit New York and LA
» New York Has More Than 3 Million Voters Lacking Proof of Identity: Analysis
» Now That Twitter Belongs to Elon, Here is What He Will Do to the Platform in His Own Words
» NYT ‘Right Wing Conspiracy Theory’ Comes True in Less Than 24 Hours
» School Board Members Reported Mom to Employer, DOJ for Criticizing COVID School Closures
» The Opening of the American Mind
» Trump Calls for Return to Paper Ballots, End of No-Excuses Mail-in Voting
» Trump Backs Liz Truss and Says ‘Friend’ Boris Lost Support When He ‘Went Liberal All of a Sudden’
» U.S. Suicides Increased in 2021 After 2 Years of Progress
» Watch the Utter Disdain Biden Has for the Free Press
» Weapons: Homemade Explosive Devices Found in Henry County Home Search, Authorities Say
 
Canada
» Billions of Dollars Lost in Tourism Industry Due to ArriveCAN
» Liberal Gov Confesses to $105M World Economic Forum Digital ID Contract
» Liberals Have Spent $3.7m on Gun Buyback Without Purchasing One Firearm
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Fracking Protesters Disrupt UK PM Liz Truss’s Leadership Speech
» ‘Beacon of Bountiful, Green Energy’ — UK Will Attempt to Build World’s First Nuclear Fusion Plant
» Church of England Crisis Grows Deeper as 400 New Abuse Allegations Revealed
» Czechs Launch Petition to Annex Russian Territory of Kaliningrad
» Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen Calls Early General Election After Government Support Drops
» European Union to Place Price Cap on Russian Oil, Imposes Another Round of Sanctions
» Finland Removes Last Public Lenin Statue
» France: Unvaccinated Are ‘The Best of Mankind’
» France: 92-Year-Old Allegedly Attacked by Transgender Crack Addict Given Six Months to Live
» French Court Orders Instagram to Reinstate Rapper Booba’s Banned Account
» Germany’s Foreign Minister Belittles Polish Government and Thanks Russia
» Kaczynski: Germans Dig in on WWII Reparations to Poland
» Kremlin: Russia Must be Part of Nord Stream Pipeline Probe
» Orban: ‘Sanctions Were Not Decided Democratically’
» Police Actually Doing Their Job? England and Wales Chiefs Pledge Officers Will Attend Every Burglary
» Swiss Company Offers Fortified Luxury Bunkers for the Apocalypse
» UK Mom Arrested, Searched in Front of Children Over ‘Offensive’ Online Comments
» UK: Just Stop Oil Activists Arrested During London Protests After Gluing Themselves to Road
» Vatican Cardinal Condemns ‘Reckless’ New Fossil Fuel Projects
» What Giorgia Meloni Thinks Today, The World Leadership Has to Think Tomorrow
 
Middle East
» “Heart-Warming for the Revolution”: Hacktivists From Anonymous Join Iran Protests
 
Russia
» US Intelligence Places Blame for Dariya Dugina’s Assassination on Ukraine
» ‘We’re Hunting Them Down and Shooting Them Like Pigs’: How the Ukrainians Are Taking Brutal Revenge on the Collaborators Who’ve Betrayed Their Neighbours — and Country — to the Russians
 
South Asia
» Taliban: Mosque Blast at Interior Ministry in Kabul Kills 4
 
Far East
» A $4 Million Jackpot in the Philippines Ended Up With 433 Winners. Officials Are Calling for an Inquiry.
 
Australia — Pacific
» Heartbreaking Photo Shows the Dire Reality of Australia’s Housing Crisis as a Mum is Forced to Live in Her Ute With Her Son, Six, Through a Freezing Winter — and Their Message for Everyone With a Spare Room
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Ugandan Dictator’s Son Promoted to General After Offering 100-Cow Dowry for Giorgia Meloni
 
Immigration
» Cyprus’s ‘State of Emergency’: Turkey’s ‘Weaponization’ of Illegal Mass Migration
» Europe’s New Migrant Crisis: Czechia Asks EU for Help After Illegal Immigration Surges 1,200% in One Year
» Finland’s ‘Party Girl’ PM Backs Building Fence on Russian Border
» Finland: Ukrainian Refugees Alarmed Over Being Housed With Russians Seeking Asylum From Mobilization
» Gov. DeSantis: Three Hurricane Ian Looters Were ‘Illegal Aliens’
» Immigrant Shot and Killed by Border Patrol Reached for Agent’s Gun, Had Criminal Record: Source
» Savanah Hernandez Reports: Homeless Getting Kicked Out of Shelters to Make Room for Illegal Immigrants in Eric Adams’ NYC
» ‘This Seems Clandestine’: NY Mayor Rips Into Biden After Dozens of Migrant Kids Secretly Flown to Small Town
 
Culture Wars
» Mom Wears Skimpy ‘Drag Queen’ Outfit to School Board Meeting to Protest Explicit Performance for Students
» ‘Nonbinary’ Runners Get Their Own Division in Chicago Marathon
» Slovenia Becomes First Former Communist European Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, But There’s a Catch
» Spotify Buys Company That Detects “Dangerous Misinformation” And “Harmful Content”
» Virginia: Democrat LGBT Group to Pay for Gender-Confused Children to ‘Rehome’ Against Parents’ Wishes
» Watch: Planned Parenthood Cartoon Touts Puberty Blockers for Children
 

“Please Don’t Panic Buy”: France Taps Strategic Reserve After Gas Stations Run Out of Fuel

There are “emergency” reasons to drain one’s petroleum reserve — like, for example, approaching midterm elections that give you absolutely no right to drain a country’s strategic reserve but you do it anyway in hope of picking up some votes from idiots who don’t realize that gas will soar to record highs right after the elections — and then there are emergency reasons.

The Biden administration, of course, is dealing with a the quote-unquote emergency…

[…]while France is about to get hit with a bad case of the real deal.

Several days after we learned that gas stations in France have run out of gasoline due to long-running oil refinery strikes, today the French government said that France has tapped its strategic fuel reserves to resupply petrol stations that have run dry, amid ongoing strikes by workers that have stunted refining production and blocked gasoline deliveries.

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

ADP Reports Better Than Expected Jump in Jobs in September, Wage Growth Accelerates

Ahead of Friday’s big number, and following last month’s dismal print (under its new model regime) which dramatically under-predicted the payrolls print in August, ADP was expected to show a modest uptick in September of 200k jobs. The actual print came in at +208k jobs but most notably, the +132k print from August was revised drastically higher to +185k…

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

Gas Prices to Spike by 10 Cents Across Ontario This Week

Ontarians can expect a crushing blow to their wallets this week as gas prices are predicted to jump by 10 cents in the following days.

According to experts, this is the biggest single overnight gas spike the province has seen in years.

Drivers can expect to pay up to 163 cents per litre by the end of the week compared to the current price of 152.9.

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

Oil Prices Rise After OPEC+ Agrees to Slash Crude Output

(Reuters) — Oil prices edged up in early Asian trade on Thursday after OPEC+ agreed to further tighten global crude supply with a deal to slash oil production by about 2 million barrel per day.

The agreement between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, would squeeze supplies in an already tight market.

Brent crude futures rose 46 cents, or 0.5%, to $93.83 per barrel by 0027 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 45, or 0.5%, cents at $88.21 per barrel.

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

Video: Reporter Asks White House if Biden is Responsible for Gas Prices Rising Again

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy once again exposed the hypocrisy of the Biden administration Tuesday by asking the White House Press Secretary if Joe Biden is still responsible for changes in gas prices after they spiked again.

When gas prices dropped by cents a few weeks ago, Joe Biden took a massive victory lap, with aides celebrating how the administration was responsible for prices coming down, despite the fact that they were still close to $2/gal HIGHER than when Biden took office.

Now gas prices have gone back up, so is Biden still responsible?

No, according to Karine Jean-Pierre it’s “a lot more nuanced than that”.

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

“Be Afraid, Be Actually Afraid”: Reporters Panic at the Thought of Twitter Restoring Free Speech Protections

Authored by Jonathan Turley

“Be afraid, be actually afraid.”

Those words from former Politico Magazine editor Garrett M. Graff captures the hyperventilation in the media week. No it is not Vladimir Putin’s threat of unleashing a nuclear war or the word that our national debt has reached a staggering $31 trillion. No, it is the news that Elon Musk may go forward with the purchase of Twitter and . . . [triggering warning] . . . free speech protections might be restored on the platform. The pearl-clutching of various media and academic figures show how engrained the censorship culture has become in the United States.

After Musk indicated that he was going forward, the Twitter stock quickly soared. The news that Musk might bring an end to Twitter’s extensive censorship system has previously drawn people back to the platform. However, the media is in full panic mode that the control over speech could be loosened with Musk.

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

Alec Baldwin Shooting: Filming to Resume After Halyna Hutchins Death on Set

Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement with the family of Halyna Hutchins, after she was killed on a film set when he fired a prop gun.

Filming of Rust will continue in January, with Ms Hutchins’ husband Matthew on board as an executive producer.

A lawsuit filed against Mr Baldwin, producers and others, alleged several violations of industry standards.

All parties believe Ms Hutchins’ death was an accident, her husband said.

The exact terms of the settlement, which is subject to court approval, have not been disclosed.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

‘Betrayed’ Twitter Staff Resume Exorcist-Like Tantrums After Musk Deal Back on

In the wake of yesterday’s news that the Musk — Twitter deal is back on (or is it?), along with a dump of Elon Musk text messages that made it crystal clear he’s about to clean house, employees are a *tad* emotional.

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

Breaking: Oklahoma Principal BEGS Not to be Recorded After Project Veritas Busts Teacher Saying ‘Burn Down the Entire System’

Project Veritas has done it yet again. This time, the news organization has obtained source-recorded audio of an Oklahoma principal begging her staff not to record her in the wake of revelations that Tyler Wrynn, who also goes by Tyler Parks, teaches at the school and wants to “burn down the entire system.”

Principal Nicolette Dennis begs her staff not to film her as she denies that there is a woke agenda in the school.

“There is no secret. Please take your phones off. Don’t videotape me, please. Don’t, like, put this on social media. Don’t make me feel like Project Veritas is with us…We just have to be careful right now. Everybody’s got their phones out,” Dennis begs.

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

Chicago Faces More Corporate Departures as Tyson Foods Moves to Arkansas

Tyson Foods Inc. is joining other corporate heavyweights in moving jobs out of Illinois.

The biggest U.S. meat company by sales said on Wednesday it will relocate about 1,000 corporate employees from offices in Chicago and suburban Downers Grove, along with those in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, to its headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas.

It is the latest shakeup for Tyson, which has about 1,000 corporate employees in the Chicago-area and South Dakota offices. Nationwide, the meat company has about 120,000 employees, with about 114,000 of them working in production plants.

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

DHS is Spending Millions to Combat “Misinformation” And “Disinformation”

Despite shutting down its “Disinformation Governance Board” after First Amendment violation concerns, the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still handing out millions in grants in order to combat “misinformation,” “disinformation,” and “conspiracy theories.”

The DHS has previously claimed that online misinformation is a terror threat and these grants were made in a similar vein and doled out as part of a “Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program.”

In total, over $3 million of taxpayer money was handed over to universities, think tanks, and nonprofits who will use the money to fund projects that fight what they deem to be misinformation and disinformation.

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

DNA on Seized Hand Grenades Does Not Belong to Oath Keepers Defendant Jeremy Brown: FBI Lab

Authored by Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Defense attorneys in the Oath Keepers seditious-conspiracy trial renewed their request to block federal prosecutors from mentioning two hand grenades allegedly brought to the Washington area after they discovered that DNA found on the grenades does not belong to Florida Oath Keepers member Jeremy Brown.

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

Expert: FBI Undercounts Armed Citizens Stopping Attacks

The FBI has been vastly undercounting the times a mass shooting or active shooting event has been stopped by legally armed citizens, according to an independent report provided to Secrets.

In the new report, some undercounting has been “by an order of more than 10,” suggesting that the so-called “good guy with a gun” event is not rare and may be involved in a third or more of the attacks.

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

Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and other state officials in response to the controversial Parental Rights in Education law on Tuesday.

Judge Allen Winsor struck down the suit originally filed in March but later revised by LGBTQ+ advocacy groups Equality Florida and Family Equality along with students and educators, issuing a 25-page order that claimed the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to proceed but neglected to assess the constitutionality of the case.

“The principal problem is that most of plaintiffs’ alleged harm is not plausibly tied to the law’s enforcement so much as the law’s very existence,” Winsor’s dismissal read, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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

Former NSA Staffer Charged With Espionage After Trying to Sell Information to Undercover FBI Agent

Authored by Bill Pan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) was charged with espionage for allegedly trying to sell classified national defense information to an undercover agent he believed to be working for a foreign government, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

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

Gunman Kills 4, Including Himself, In Lafayette Parish Shooting Spree

LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. (KLFY) — A shooting spree across Lafayette Parish Tuesday has left four people dead, including the suspected gunman.

Police said a man identified as Andres Jamal Felix, 36, shot three people in three different locations, including his estranged wife, before taking his own life.

Lafayette Police Spokesperson Sgt. Matthew Benoit, Duson Police Chief Kip Judice and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Valerie Ponsetti have all confirmed with News 10 detailed information, including a timeline of events.

According to Lafayette Police, the first shooting happened just after 10 a.m. on Tournoir Street where a man was shot to death and that the shooter, identified as Felix, had fled the scene.

Police have identified the deceased as Ross Chiasson, 29.

Lafayette Police say the vehicle Felix was traveling in was located in Iberville Parish, where detectives approached the vehicle but found it to be abandoned.

It was later discovered that Felix stole a vehicle in Iberville Parish and traveled back to Lafayette Parish, police said.

The second shooting, according to Duson police, happened just after 5:30 p.m. and claimed the life of Paige Lewis, 25 of Duson. Lewis leaves behind three young children.

According to Judice, it happened at a home in the 400 block of Toby Mouton Road. Felix was identified as the suspected shooter.

And then just after 6 p.m. Lafayette Police responded to a fatal shooting at a home in the 100 block of Clara Street where they found Kawanna Felix, 43, the estranged wife of the gunman.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

It’s Happening

The same people crying over “threats to democracy” if Elon Musk buys Twitter successfully lobbied for the elected leader of the free world to be banned from the de facto public square.

They’re the real threat to democracy.

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

Joe Biden Claims He is Greek, Jewish, Black, But Also an Irish Catholic Raised by Puerto Ricans

According to US President Joe Biden, he is as Greek as Zeus, brought up in both the Puerto Rican community and the Black community, and is supposedly more Jewish than the Jews, but also an Irish Catholic.

“I probably went to shul more than many of you did. You all think I’m kidding,” Biden said during a ceremony celebrating Rosh Hashanah, pointing at a rabbi from Wilmington, Del, according to The Washington Post. “He can tell you I’m not. I’m not.”

“I’m a practicing Catholic, but I’d go to services on Saturday and on Sunday,” he added. Amid the laughter, he again affirmed: “You all think I’m kidding. I’m not.”

And this week, speaking to a group of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, Biden found kinship with a different culture.

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

Lawsuit Settled, Film May Resume After Alec Baldwin Shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a cinematographer shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust” has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the actor and the movie’s producers, and producers aim to restart the project in January despite unresolved workplace safety sanctions.

“We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust including Alec Baldwin,” said a statement Wednesday from Matthew Hutchins, widower of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and a plaintiff in the lawsuit along with their 9-year-old son Andros. “As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed. The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board, in January 2023.”

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

Missing Murders: Latest FBI Homicide Numbers Omit New York and LA

On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released their national crime statistics report for 2021. However, that report leaves out key data from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and other high-crime locales.

That report revealed that the murder rate had increased compared to the previous year.

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

New York Has More Than 3 Million Voters Lacking Proof of Identity: Analysis

The state of New York has more than 3 million individuals on its voter rolls missing key identifying documents to prove their identities, according to a recent analysis.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), found that 3.1 million New Yorkers, roughly 23% of New York’s 13.3 million voters, lacked either a driver’s license or Social Security number to prove their identity.

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

Now That Twitter Belongs to Elon, Here is What He Will Do to the Platform in His Own Words

Now that the dramatic, if pointless and expensive, interlude of Musk trying to sabotage his own (extremely overpriced) purchase of Twitter is finally over with Musk conceding to buy the social network at the original proposed price of $54.20.

So what’s next? Will Musk keep Twitter as is, or will he burn it down, fire all its employees,and rebuild it from the ground up? Conveniently, Musk’s Twitter-linked text messages, publicly released as part of the Twitter lawsuit legal disclosure, provide enough information for what Musk really wants in terms of a final product.

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

NYT ‘Right Wing Conspiracy Theory’ Comes True in Less Than 24 Hours

The latest salvo from the left in the ongoing ‘unpersoning’ of anyone (on the right) who questions election integrity fell flat on its face in less than a day.

On Tuesday, the New York Times framed a story circulating on the right over a software company’s connection with the Chinese Communist Party as a “right-wing conspiracy theory.”

“At an invitation-only conference in August at a secret location southeast of Phoenix, a group of election deniers unspooled a new conspiracy theory about the 2020 presidential outcome,” was the Times’ original lede (via the Daily Caller).

In it, the Times wrote that “right-wing” election deniers in Arizona had fabricated a conspiracy theory that election software company Konnech had secret ties to the CCP, and was passing them information on around two million US poll workers.

“In the two years since former President Donald J. Trump lost his re-election bid, conspiracy theorists have subjected election officials and private companies that play a major role in elections to a barrage of outlandish voter fraud claims,” reads the article. “But the attacks on Konnech demonstrate how far-right election deniers are also giving more attention to new and more secondary companies and groups. Their claims often find a receptive online audience, which then uses the assertions to raise doubts about the integrity of American elections.”

The next morning, Konnech executive Eugene Yu was arrested for the alleged theft of poll workers’ personal information.

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

School Board Members Reported Mom to Employer, DOJ for Criticizing COVID School Closures

School board members reported a police detective to her employer and the U.S. Department of Justice for showing “disrespect,” making “over dramatic” comments about COVID-19 school policies and threatening to sue the district if it kept interrupting her at board meetings.

According to the lawyer for Michigan’s Chippewa Valley Schools, the elected school board members were just exercising their First Amendment rights as private citizens, and the board had no involvement.

Sandra Hernden filed a First Amendment retaliation lawsuit against the school board and members Frank Bednard and Elizabeth Pyden, seeking to remove qualified immunity from the individual public officials for violating “a clearly defined constitutional right.”

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

The Opening of the American Mind

by Diana West

[…]

This is Thomas Guerra, Dirt Cowboy’s owner. Notice the early spring daffodils? This forces me to confess how long I have been meaning to write this story; but it also shows everyone what a special ornament the café is to Main Street. The flower carts outside change with the season.

There’s something even more special inside — something you will not find anywhere else around.

Come on in and take a look.

From the flavor shots on the shelf to the pastries behind glass to the beans in burlap bags to the deep and rich aroma (you’ll have to take my word on that but you can order your own here), you might think you’re looking at the typical chi-chi coffee shop that college towns depend on for their caffeinated sustenance.

But what’s that behind the counter, above Guerra’s head? No, not the Espresso Bar options or Hot Beverages menu, but that blonde with the dead eyes. Why, it’s Deborah Birx!

The caption:

On December 15, 2020, she told ABC: “This is one of the most highly effective vaccines we have in our infectious disease arsenal.”

However, on July 22, 2022, she told Fox: These vaccines were not going to protect against infection. And I think we overplayed the vaccines.”

Birx lied, people died.

But wait a minute, hold on. This is Dartmouth, this is Hanover, where the “covid” “vaccine” is still king, where the monkey pox vaccine is offered to “eligible students,” where faculty, staff, and students to this day are vaxxed and boosted within 30 days of CDC-ordained eligibility.

Catching Birx out as a liar on an Ivy League town capuccino menu? Why, that’s almost as bad as criticizing St. Anthony Fauci himself! (More on that below.)

After a bit, the menu screen changes. Debby-Downer’s face is gone, and epigrams appear from a pantheon of luminaries, past and present.

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

— Galileo Galilei.

Trust yourself, not “the science.”

Another quotation from Galileo, after being forced to recant his assertion that the earth moves around the sun.

“Eppur si muove.”

(“And yet, it moves.”)

Defiance in the face of the coercive state.

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness.

— Mohatma Gandhi

Clearly, this is all more bracing than coffee, if any of the college kids at the counter are paying attention. Now, take another look at the photo above. What’s behind the guy in the Patagonia t-shirt, just above the shelves lined with bags of fresh roasted coffee beans?

It may be hard to believe your eyes (and, alas, rubbing them won’t change the fuzzy focus), but, yes, those really are copies of The Real Anthony Fauci by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Or, as The Dartmouth newspaper put it in its story on same, “by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.” What more sure-fire way to trigger mentally locked down and very recently social-distanced Ivy League elites than to display the NYT-ignored but NYT-best-selling expose of evil itself? Guerra knows he lost a few customers, at least at the beginning, but he was resolved to provide people with an opportunity to expand their understanding of events.

Over two million copies of RFK Jr.’s Fauci book have been sold, but it is not to be found anywhere else in Hanover, NH — and that includes the college library and town bookshop.

But the book alone is not what makes Dirt Cowboy Café unique. Rather, it is dedication to presenting the censored side of a life-or-death debate that we as a country have never had over the rise of the biosecurity state. Of course, debate was the first thing to go under the new regime unveiled by Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Government and Big Media. Elites, such as those who teach and study and buy coffee at Dartmouth, were and remain willing accomplices to this assault on free thought.

Since Dirt Cowboy is Tom Guerra’s livelihood and not a debating society, it took courage to make his café an outpost of dissenting ideas. Note well that the resource-rich liberal arts campus across the street never sought to foster one. That such an ideas-vaccuum existed — and probably exists in every other American college town — is further proof of the strangled state of public debate today. Not that we need further proof.

           — Hat tip: Diana West [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Calls for Return to Paper Ballots, End of No-Excuses Mail-in Voting

Former President Donald Trump is offering a specific policy prescription for restoring Americans’ confidence in elections, saying it is time for states to return to paper ballots and to end no-excuses absentee ballots so that results can be finalized on Election Day and the nation can stop looking like a “laughing stock” to the world.

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

Trump Backs Liz Truss and Says ‘Friend’ Boris Lost Support When He ‘Went Liberal All of a Sudden’

Boris Johnson’s demise was due to the fact he stopped governing conservatively and “went liberal all of a sudden,” former U.S. President Donald Trump claimed in an interview on U.K. television.

Speaking to Laurence Fox, filling in for Nigel Farage on the fledgling news channel, GB News, Trump offered his thoughts on the difficulties facing new Prime Minister Liz Truss, the extent to which King Charles III should continue to be politically active, and the downfall of previous Conservative leader, Boris Johnson.

“I like some of the things she’s done. She seems very nice, very good, I like some of the things,” Trump said when asked for his opinion of Liz Truss. He then spoke highly of the low tax ideology she is attempting to instill with considerable opposition.

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

U.S. Suicides Increased in 2021 After 2 Years of Progress

New federal data offers a sobering indicator of Americans’ mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both the overall suicide rate and total number of suicides increased in the U.S. by approximately 4% from 2020 to 2021, according to an analysis of provisional data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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

Watch the Utter Disdain Biden Has for the Free Press

Joe Biden expressed complete disdain for reporters attempting to ask him questions Tuesday, as they were manhandled out of the State Dining Room at the White House during a closed abortion ‘task force’ meeting.

While Kamala Harris, Secretary Xavier Becerra, Secretary Cardona and others were present in the meeting, the press were almost immediately kicked out as moderator Jen Klein announced “We’re now going to move to the closed press portion of our task force meeting so thank you very much.”

Reporters were then shooed out of the room by Biden handlers as he looked on.

When the press attempted to ask questions, Biden’s face betrayed a look of pure hatred, before he began smirking as they were forced out.

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

Weapons: Homemade Explosive Devices Found in Henry County Home Search, Authorities Say

Deputies were making an arrest when they noticed weapons inside of the home, the Sheriff said

BASSETT, Va. — Henry County authorities found homemade explosive devices and several weapons in a home when arresting a man on Tuesday.

On Tuesday around 10:10 p.m., Henry County authorities said they were arresting Barry Witt in the Bassett area for two outstanding warrants for contempt of court.

The Sheriff’s Office said when they were arresting Witt, the deputies noticed a weapon in the residence, which they say Witt is not qualified to have.

Officers issued another warrant for ‘Purchase, Possess, Transport Firearm by a person Involuntarily Committed,’ then obtained a search warrant for the home, the Sheriff said.

Several weapons were found during the search, authorities said, along with three items they believed to be explosive devices.

Virginia State Police was called to assist with the devices, and State Police Bomb Technicians safely removed them before defusing what authorities said were homemade explosive devices.

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Billions of Dollars Lost in Tourism Industry Due to ArriveCAN

The controversy-plagued ArriveCAN app caused billions worth of lost revenue for the Canadian tourism industry, parliamentarians heard on Tuesday.

As first reported by The Epoch Times, Mayor of Niagara Falls, Jim Diodati, gave a scathing testimony on the impact that ArriveCAN had on the tourism industry in the House of Commons Standing Committee on International trade.

“It’s been hugely impactful and devastating,” said Diodati.

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Liberal Gov Confesses to $105M World Economic Forum Digital ID Contract

The Liberal government has admitted in writing that they have an ongoing $105.3 million contract with the World Economic Forum to introduce digital identities for travel to Canada.

Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis published an Inquiry of Ministry she sent to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in June.

The Inquiry focuses on the federal government’s Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI) program first introduced in 2018.

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Liberals Have Spent $3.7m on Gun Buyback Without Purchasing One Firearm

The Liberal government has spent millions on its federal gun buyback scheme despite not yet buying a single firearm from law-abiding gun owners.

According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), there are looming signs that the cost of the program will continue to balloon without producing any results.

“This is more evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s gun ban and buyback is going to be another taxpayer boondoggle,” said CTF Federal Director Franco Terrazzano.

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Anti-Fracking Protesters Disrupt UK PM Liz Truss’s Leadership Speech

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s closing speech at her Conservative Party’s annual conference was disrupted by a pair of green ultras Wednesday morning, unfurling a banner attacking the government’s fracking policy before being helped out of the hall by security.

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‘Beacon of Bountiful, Green Energy’ — UK Will Attempt to Build World’s First Nuclear Fusion Plant

The United Kingdom will construct its first nuclear fusion power plant in a bid to provide the nation with “a beacon of bountiful, green energy,” Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg announced at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Monday.

Attempting to strike a balance between the government’s commitment to the green agenda and the supposed belief in free market principles, the Business Secretary said that the country needs “intelligent greenery, not religious zealotry”. Mr Rees-Mogg said that the country can achieve the lofty aim of Net Zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through pursuit of new technologies: notably, nuclear fusion power.

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Church of England Crisis Grows Deeper as 400 New Abuse Allegations Revealed

The crisis facing the Church of England has grown deeper after it revealed nearly 400 new cases of abuse, almost half of which were sexual.

Announcing the new cases today Wednesday, October 5 independent reviewers said they had assessed some 75,000 files, the oldest dating back to the 1940s. That had revealed a further 383 cases of abuse, some of which are more recent dating back to 2018.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York said they felt “great sadness and profound shame” with many of those found guilty and relieved of their duties over the years, being reinstated due to the lack of proper process and procedure.

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Czechs Launch Petition to Annex Russian Territory of Kaliningrad

An online petition is proposing that the city of Kaliningrad in the Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, be annexed to the Czech Republic. According to the authors of the petition, Czech King Ottokar II founded the city in the middle of the 13th century, which means Czechia is entitled to it.

“We, therefore, demand the government of the Czech Republic to send Czech soldiers to Kaliningrad, announce a referendum that will end with a result of 98% in favor of joining the Czech Republic, and subsequently annex Kaliningrad and rename it Kralovec,” the petition states. The petition also won the favor of the Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovský as well as Ivo Lukacovic, the founder of the Seznam.cz search engine.

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Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen Calls Early General Election After Government Support Drops

Denmark’s prime minister was forced into the unusual situation of calling a snap general election Wednesday, after falling out of favour with a parliamentary ally.

Mette Frederiksen, who has headed the Social Democratic minority government since June 2019, said the poll would be on 1 November, seven months earlier than planned.

Frederiksen has seen her popularity dwindle in recent weeks due to her role in a pandemic-era decision to cull Denmark’s entire captive mink population.

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European Union to Place Price Cap on Russian Oil, Imposes Another Round of Sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries agreed Wednesday to impose a price cap on Russian oil and other new sanctions after Moscow illegally annexed four regions in Ukraine amid its monthslong war, EU officials said.

Diplomats struck the deal in Brussels that also includes curbs on EU exports of aircraft components to Russia and limits on steel imports from the country, according to an official statement from the Czech rotating EU presidency.

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Finland Removes Last Public Lenin Statue

The last public statue of Lenin has been removed in Finland, local news portal Yle reported on Tuesday.

The bust was located in a central park next to a wooden house in the port city of Kotka, a town of 52,000 people near the Russian-Finnish border. Tradition has it that Lenin himself, later the founder of the Bolshevik party, once stayed in the chalet for a time. The statue was hoisted onto a truck by workers from a construction company and transported to the local museum warehouse.

The statue of Lenin was brought to Kotka in 1979 as a gift from the port city’s sister city Tallinn in Estonia. Although it has been vandalized several times over the decades, the municipality has only now decided to have it removed in response to local public pressure. The decision was probably influenced by the fact that, since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, several other countries have decided to remove similar monuments left over from Soviet times. The bust was created by an Estonian sculptor, Matti Varik.

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France: Unvaccinated Are ‘The Best of Mankind’

French General Christian Blanchon, aged 58, commanded the 1st Parachute Regiment at Toulouse. He served as an officer in operations in Lebanon, Chad, Central Africa and Kosovo. And on September 9, 2022, this highly respected general published a tribute to the unvaccinated, which has gone viral on social media, but is being ignored by the mainstream media.

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France: 92-Year-Old Allegedly Attacked by Transgender Crack Addict Given Six Months to Live

A 92-year-old man who was brutally attacked in Paris, allegedly by a transgender crack addict, last month has been given six months to live by doctors as the victim’s son spoke out about his father’s assault.

The attack took place on September 9th in the Porte de la Villette area of Paris’ 19th arrondissement (district) and saw 92-year-old Jean-Baptiste allegedly set upon by a 24-year-old ‘transgender woman’ is said to have allegedly violently assaulted the elderly man to steal his wallet to pay for crack cocaine.

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French Court Orders Instagram to Reinstate Rapper Booba’s Banned Account

After a complaint filed by reality TV agent and media personality Magali Berdah, French rapper Booba’s OKLM account was banned in the summer. However, a ruling by a court in Marseille ordered a review of the ban, which it deemed “illegal.”

Berdah, who has 1.3 million subscribers on Instagram, is the head of Shauna Events — a marketing agency for influencers. Her company specializes in finding commercial partnerships with brands for celebrities — mostly reality TV figures.

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Germany’s Foreign Minister Belittles Polish Government and Thanks Russia

A meeting with Polish journalists and politicians took place at the German embassy on Monday evening as a part of the German Unity Day celebration, and commentary from one Polish journalist painted a poor picture.

Aleksandra Rybinska covered the event, offering her opinions about the proceedings for Polish news outlet wPolsce.pl. She relayed how German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock failed to mention the Polish government in the context of helping Ukraine, saying only that Germany is grateful to Poles and civil society.

Even more surprising was a speech by a German senator from Hamburg who thanked the Russians for the reunification of Germany, “a very curious statement given the aggression against Ukraine with whom Putin claims he wants to reunify,” noted Rybinska.

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Kaczynski: Germans Dig in on WWII Reparations to Poland

After Poland formally requested $1.3 billion in reparations for damages suffered during Germany’s Second World War occupation, the leader of Law and Justice (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynsk, said Germany is digging in and refusing to pay.

On Monday, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau issued the diplomatic note for a war reparations claim against Germany, and the next day, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Poland, where she met with Rau.

At a joint press conference, she said that the question of reparations from Germany’s point of view was closed.

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Kremlin: Russia Must be Part of Nord Stream Pipeline Probe

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) — The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russia must be part of investigations into last week’s explosions in the two Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea.

“So far, from those news conferences which took place in Denmark and Sweden, we’ve heard disturbing statements that any cooperation with the Russian side is ruled out,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“We, obviously, will be waiting for some clarification on that as we believe that, definitely, participation of the Russian side in examining the damaged area and investigating what happened should be mandatory.”

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Orban: ‘Sanctions Were Not Decided Democratically’

Hungarian President Orban has once again positioned himself as a committed advocate of genuine European interests and persists in his criticism of the EU’s sanctions policy against Russia.

At least in Hungary, citizens will be able to vote on the sanctions that are causing massive damage to Europe, after Orban confirmed that there would soon be a referendum on this.

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Police Actually Doing Their Job? England and Wales Chiefs Pledge Officers Will Attend Every Burglary

All 43 chief constables in England and Wales have signed a pledge to dispatch officers to the site of every house that is burgled after coming under fire for failing to focus police manpower on actual crimes instead of monitoring memes on social media.

For the first time in British history, all police chiefs in England and Wales have made a commitment to have officers personally investigate the site of home burglaries, in the wake of an August report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Andy Cooke, which found that the rate of solving thefts or burglaries was “unacceptable and unsustainable”, with just 6.3 per cent of home burglaries resulting in criminal charges.

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Swiss Company Offers Fortified Luxury Bunkers for the Apocalypse

A Swiss firm which supplies fortified underground residences has unveiled its new L’Heritage bunkers — for ultra high-net worth individuals who want to ride out the apocalypse bathed in the lap of luxury they’ve grown accustomed to.

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UK Mom Arrested, Searched in Front of Children Over ‘Offensive’ Online Comments

On Monday, Catholic feminist and mother of five Caroline Farrow was arrested while cooking dinner for her husband and children at their home in Guildford, England.

Police, who claimed she was suspected of sharing “grossly offensive” posts on social media, seized all her devices and took her to jail, however she was later released under investigation.

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UK: Just Stop Oil Activists Arrested During London Protests After Gluing Themselves to Road

Just Stop Oil activists have been arrested during London protests after disrupting roads in the capital.

In a series of tweets the activist group shared updates, detailing their movements.

They said: “At 11:30am today, around 30 supporters of Just Stop Oil blocked two junctions leading up to Lambeth Bridge — one on Millbank and the intersection of Horsferry Rd and Marsham St.

“Some have glued their hands to the pavement and a number have locked on. Ordinary people have to resist our criminal Government. Step up into Civil Resistance — meet at 11am outside Downing St every day of October to demand an end to new oil and gas.

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Vatican Cardinal Condemns ‘Reckless’ New Fossil Fuel Projects

ROME — Vatican Cardinal Michael Czerny condemned the “reckless” launch of new fossil fuel projects as Europe gears up for a massive fuel shortage this winter.

“The global situation is more desperate than it was seven years ago,” the Jesuit cardinal (pictured) said Tuesday. “Despite the Paris Agreement, the goal of a temperature increase of only 1.5°C is virtually unattainable; the planet is already 1.2°C warmer.”

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What Giorgia Meloni Thinks Today, The World Leadership Has to Think Tomorrow

Unless, Biden-Modi-Putin-Truss-Trudeau-Macron-Scholz-Herzog-Others find an unity in the line of Meloni, even God Almighty will fail to save this civilization from making an Islamic state worldwide.

Upananda Brahmachari | HENB | Haridwar | Oct 5, 2022:: Obviously, the Europe and America including the other parts of the world are under the dangerous aggression of radical Islam.

Leaders of some of the Nations are thinking seriously about it. But the newly elected Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni surpasses all in this matter for being unequivocal to express the upcoming new govt policy to control the radical Islam in her country.

Eminent scholar Tarek Fatah has shared a video of Giorgia Meloni in his twitter account, in which Meloni is seen talking about Muslims and Mosques policy to be implemented in Italy.

Form the available video it is known that Meloni wants to crack down the growing Islamic fundamentalism in Italy.

“We are in Marciano, Umbria in an area where a new mosque is about to be built. We’re here to say no to the creation of new mosques. No mosque until we pass the new law regulating norms for citizen’s safety drafted by Brothers of Italy. We want a professional register for Imams to be instituted. We want to know what kind of people preach in mosques. We want all sermons to be given in Italian, since we are in Italy and the official language is Italian so anyone can understand. And we want to know who funds these cultural centers and mosques. Because it’s no mystery that most centers are funded by fundamentalist countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia… countries where the death penalty is applied for apostasy, the death penalty is applied for homosexuality, stoning for adulterers, zero rights for women. Well… it deals with the (Islamic) models we wouldn’t want to be advertised in our country. And we don’t want a law that establishes the crime of Islamic fundamentalism. Unfortunately, Islamic fundamentalism is a reality we face on a daily basis. We have seen that in recent weeks. We saw a person who was nearly slaughtered for wearing a cross, and evidently someone was bothered by the fact that in Italy you can wear a cross. So, we are asking for more safety for our citizens and asking government not to allow new mosques until our draft law is passed”. —— the video surfaced the statement of Giorgia Meloni.

Georgia Meloney on Mosque

As Meloni is able to find the right points about the aggression of Islam in her country which is really a threat to the safety of the Italian citizens, the same thing must be realized by the world leaders facing the Jihad reality in various forms causing danger to the human civilization.

Declaring an end to dole policy, Melony was seen to be strictest to the Muslim immigrants and refugees in the country.

The most important thing is that she is going to end the minimum wage policy.

Her party says, Italians are paying taxes and these Bangladeshi, Libyans, Syrians who are having fun under minimum wages policy.

In addition to that, the policy of the Italian government for which it has been paying 700 euro per child, is about to close under new regulations.

The Brothers of Italy party says, “Italy is not a child-raising country that you keep giving birth to 10-12 children one after another and Italian tax money to you 700 euro per child we pay as a living allowance. Also we are going to stop the unemployment allowance”.

The world is now facing a greater challenge to combat the Radical Islam coming as avalanches to end the existence of all non-Muslims ceaselessly.

The standpoint and thinking of Meloni can change the scenario of Islamic aggression with a success if the world leaders support the same to keep this word Jihad free.

As it poses a challenge for the survival of the non-Muslims (they say infidel), the Hindu-Christian-Jew and all leaders should come together to fight against Jihadi Islam.

Unless, Biden-Modi-Putin-Truss-Trudeau-Macron-Scholz-Herzog-Others find an unity in the line of Meloni, even God Almighty will be unable to save this civilization from making an Islamic state worldwide.

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“Heart-Warming for the Revolution”: Hacktivists From Anonymous Join Iran Protests

Civil unrest has rocked Iran since September 25, when the news of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was publicised. Amini was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code by wearing her hijab too loosely. She died in hospital in Tehran on September 16, with injuries sustained during her arrest reportedly causing her death, though the Iranian government denies. Since then, thousands have taken to the streets in protest, leading the government to reportedly shutting off the country’s internet access to try and quell the disturbances.

Thousands of members of the online hactivism collective Anonymous have since joined the protests, claiming to have targeted Iranian government websites and national online infrastructure. The Anonymous protest initiative has been nicknamed OpIran (Operation Iran) and has already hit several high profile targets.

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US Intelligence Places Blame for Dariya Dugina’s Assassination on Ukraine

Via BlueApples

In the wake of explosions damaging the Nordstream pipelines which led to Russia and the United States exchanging claims of the other’s responsibility over their sabotage, the countries find themselves in an unusual position on another high profile attack. For the first time since her assassination in August, the United States has acknowledged intelligence which has led them to believe that the Ukrainian government was responsible for her murder.

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‘We’re Hunting Them Down and Shooting Them Like Pigs’: How the Ukrainians Are Taking Brutal Revenge on the Collaborators Who’ve Betrayed Their Neighbours — and Country — to the Russians

Recent fatalities include Ivan Sushko, a wedding toastmaster appointed mayor of a town in the Zaporizhzhia region, who died in August after his car was blown up.

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Taliban: Mosque Blast at Interior Ministry in Kabul Kills 4

KABUL, Afghanistan — (AP) — A suicide bomber struck at a center of Taliban power Wednesday, setting off a blast at a government ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul. At least four people were killed, a Taliban official said.

The afternoon explosion took place as workers and visitors were praying inside a mosque of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, which is responsible for security and law enforcement in the country. The ministry is on Kabul’s main road next to Kabul International Airport, and is in its own fortified compound.

A Taliban-appointed spokesman for the ministry, Abdul Nafi Takor, said in a tweet: “Unfortunately this afternoon, around 1:30 pm, there was an explosion in a sub mosque at the Ministry of Interior, as a result four worshippers were martyred and 25 others were wounded. The incident is under investigation, we will share the details with the media when it is done.”

He said earlier that the blast happened as ministry workers and visitors were praying.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan, the chief rival of the Taliban, has been waging a campaign of violence targeting the Taliban and minority Shiites that has intensified since the Taliban took power in August 2021.

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A $4 Million Jackpot in the Philippines Ended Up With 433 Winners. Officials Are Calling for an Inquiry.

Government officials in the Philippines are calling for a probe into a Grand Lotto outcome that saw hundreds of people win a jackpot worth 236 million peso, or around $4 million.

Participants in the Grand Lotto select six numbers ranging from one to 55, and all six numbers have to match those drawn by the lottery operator, the BBC reported.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the lottery organizers, announced that 433 people had won the lottery held on October 1. Each of the winners is set to win nearly $10,000.

That’s the highest number of people to have ever won the Philippines’ Grand Lotto top prize, the BBC reported, citing local media.

The kicker? All winning numbers were multiples of nine: nine, 18, 27, 36, 45, and 54, Bloomberg reported.

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Heartbreaking Photo Shows the Dire Reality of Australia’s Housing Crisis as a Mum is Forced to Live in Her Ute With Her Son, Six, Through a Freezing Winter — and Their Message for Everyone With a Spare Room

A picture of a six-year-old boy living in a car with his mother shows the reality of Australia’s housing crisis. Mackay and her child lived in her ute for six months until she was eventually offered housing.

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Ugandan Dictator’s Son Promoted to General After Offering 100-Cow Dowry for Giorgia Meloni

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, son of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni, was promoted to the rank of general on Tuesday. Kainerugaba caused a stir on the previous day with a saucy Twitter rant in which he offered a 100-cow dowry for the hand of newly elected Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and threatened to invade Italy if his offer was refused.

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Cyprus’s ‘State of Emergency’: Turkey’s ‘Weaponization’ of Illegal Mass Migration

The Republic of Cyprus, 36% of which is illegally occupied by Turkey, is increasingly struggling with a massive wave of illegal migration from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.

Cyprus now has the highest number of asylum applications per capita of any EU country. Nearly 5% of the island population, according to the country’s officials, is now made up of asylum seekers.

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Europe’s New Migrant Crisis: Czechia Asks EU for Help After Illegal Immigration Surges 1,200% in One Year

As Europe reels from a new migrant crisis, Czechia is one of the EU countries seeing the most dramatic increase in illegal border crossings over previous years, prompting the government to demand EU intervention.

“What we are experiencing is unprecedented. The annual increase in migration to Czechia is 1,200 percent. That is a situation that we as the Czech Republic had to react to,” Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan stated.

In response to the crisis, the Czech government will intensify the current border controls with Slovakia due to growing irregular immigration. The government is also asking the European Commission to propose a solution since the problem concerns all of Europe.

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Finland’s ‘Party Girl’ PM Backs Building Fence on Russian Border

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has expressed approval for building a partial fence along her country’s border with Russia in order to maintain better control of who comes into the country.

Prime Minister Marin, who recently made headlines across the world for her party lifestyle, stated Monday that she would support building a partial fence along the border with Russia after the Finnish Border Guard proposed creating fencing at key points along the border.

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Finland: Ukrainian Refugees Alarmed Over Being Housed With Russians Seeking Asylum From Mobilization

Ukrainian refugees living in Finland are reportedly alarmed over Russians seeking asylum from military conscription, as authorities propose to house those from each nationality in separate accommodations.

The Association of Ukrainians in Finland has stated that they are concerned over Russian asylum seekers being placed in the same asylum reception centres as those who fled the conflict, arguing they may pose a threat to the mental and physical well-being of Ukrainian children.

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Gov. DeSantis: Three Hurricane Ian Looters Were ‘Illegal Aliens’

‘They should be prosecuted, but they need to be sent back to their home country. They should not be here at all.’

Three of four suspects arrested in Lee County on looting charges were in the country illegally, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Florida’s Republican Governor made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference in Fort Myers about the response to Hurricane Ian. He has touted “law and order” in Southwest Florida following the destruction from the Category 4 hurricane, and Tuesday’s update connected that effort with his opposition to President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

“These are people that are foreigners, they’re illegally in our country, but not only that, they try to loot and ransack in the aftermath of a natural disaster,” DeSantis told reporters.

“They should be prosecuted, but they need to be sent back to their home country. They should not be here at all.”

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Immigrant Shot and Killed by Border Patrol Reached for Agent’s Gun, Had Criminal Record: Source

The Mexican immigrant shot and killed by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday reacted to agents learning about his criminal record by grabbing for an agent’s gun, a source with knowledge of the investigation told The Post.

The unidentified Mexican national reached for the weapon after agents ran a background check and discovered he had criminal charges, the city’s Mexican consulate confirmed to The Post.

He was then shot by officers and transported to a local hospital but died from his injuries.

The FBI has stepped in as the lead investigative agency into the deadly shooting, due to the nature and location of the incident.

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Savanah Hernandez Reports: Homeless Getting Kicked Out of Shelters to Make Room for Illegal Immigrants in Eric Adams’ NYC

Multiple sources in the Bronx have alleged that New York’s homeless are being kicked out of shelters to make room for the illegal immigrants making their way to New York City.

“I’ve seen a high traffic of immigrants who are seeking political asylum overcrowding these shelters,” a high level Bronx community leader who wished to remain anonymous shared, “our local citizens who have been in these shelters for over 2 years have been kicked out and are sleeping in the streets and not getting the resources they need.”

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‘This Seems Clandestine’: NY Mayor Rips Into Biden After Dozens of Migrant Kids Secretly Flown to Small Town

An upstate New York mayor ripped into President Biden and his team after dozens of migrants kids were secretly flown to his small town by the feds last week, telling The Post: “This seems clandestine.”

At least two migrant flights have touched down at Orange County Airport in Montgomery from El Paso, Texas in recent weeks, according to officials.

The latest flight, which landed last Friday night, was carrying 25 minors ranging between 13 and 18 years of age, who were quickly shipped off to 12 locations, including children’s homes and shelters, scattered across the tri state and New York City suburban areas.

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Mom Wears Skimpy ‘Drag Queen’ Outfit to School Board Meeting to Protest Explicit Performance for Students

An Iowa mother attended a school board meeting dressed up in the costume of a drag performer who had performed for students at the local high school. Kimberly Reiks went to the Ankeny School Board meeting wearing a black, high cut body suit, with one shoulder showing, and tall black boots.

Reiks’ purpose was to show the school board what was being permitted at local schools, and to show that this was not at all acceptable for school-sponsored entertainment. Reiks, who is a founder of the local Mama Bears, demanded that the board apologize and pass a resolution “to make sure that this doesn’t happen again on school grounds,” the Des Moines Register reports.

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‘Nonbinary’ Runners Get Their Own Division in Chicago Marathon

Earlier this year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon quietly introduced a new race division for runners who do not identify as men or women. However, while men’s and women’s categories have additional heats, such as “elite,” with monetary prizes for the top runners, the non-binary category lacks those bells and whistles, leaving some non-binary runners feeling left out of the running.

The marathon, which takes place October 9, has drawn an estimated 40,000 participants, less than 100 of whom are registered in the new “nonbinary” division.

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Slovenia Becomes First Former Communist European Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, But There’s a Catch

Slovenia’s parliament adopted on Tuesday an amendment making it the first country in Eastern Europe to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, but the path towards legalization has been a fraught one and some critics would even claim the entire process was anti-democratic.

Although Slovenes have rejected same-sex marriage in three separate national referendums, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled in July that the law defining marriage as the sole union of a man and a woman discriminated against gay and lesbian couples. The law was suspended, and the court ordered parliament to amend the text within six months.

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Spotify Buys Company That Detects “Dangerous Misinformation” And “Harmful Content”

Audio streaming service Spotify has acquired Kinzen — a company that detects and flags “dangerous misinformation and harmful content” within audio content by generating and analyzing audio transcriptions.

Spotify began partnering with Kinzen in 2020. In a blog post about the acquisiton, Spotify said Kinzen’s technology helps Spotify “analyze potential harmful content in multiple languages and countries.”

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Virginia: Democrat LGBT Group to Pay for Gender-Confused Children to ‘Rehome’ Against Parents’ Wishes

A far-Left LGBT lobby group is making plans to help young children “rehome” under the care of LGBT activists if the gender-confused teens want to run away from their parents.

The Pride Liberation Project, based in Virginia, wants to put angsty, gender-confused teenagers into the care of “queer friendly” guardians.

Leaked internal messages from the group show it intends to pay children to run away from their parents.

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Watch: Planned Parenthood Cartoon Touts Puberty Blockers for Children

Not content with staying in its lane as abortion champions, Planned Parenthood has produced a cartoon, aimed at children, promoting the virtues of puberty blocking pharmaceutical drugs.

Yes, really.

The video was shared to Twitter by Inside the classroom, a conservative group that has previously focused on exposing efforts to indoctrinate school children with critical race theory.

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

  1. As far as the czech claim for Königsberg is concerned, send a letter to Mr. Putin. He will thoroughly scrutinize the legal foundation and keep you posted, dear czech friends.
    May I add an advise: you better go back to growing hops for the fine brews you make and give up those plants you smoke.

  2. The ceks were never that bright, like their polish cousins. Does kaliningrad have a 90% cek population? I spit on this pathethic licking of American boots

  3. It’s not merely a petition… but a fully-fledged referendum, in which 98% voted to be joined to Czechia. Now the only thing needed, is approval of the annexation by the Czech parliament and voila – Russia is illegally occupying Czech territory! Time for Nato Article 5? 😉

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