Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/8/2022

A powerful explosion hit the Kerch Bridge last night, killing three people. The bridge connects the Crimea with the rest of Russia, and has two separate spans, one for rail and one for motor vehicles. Part of the vehicle span collapsed into the strait, and fuel tanker cars caught fire on the rail bridge. Ukrainians celebrated the event in videos shown on media outlets, but Ukraine has not taken official credit for the blast.

In other news, ten people were killed, including children, and eight others were taken to hospital after a petrol station exploded in the Irish village of Creeslough.

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Financial Crisis
» Polish Interest Rates Set to Rise Further Amid Inflation Rise -Rate Setter
 
USA
» 14th Federal Judge Join Boycott, Refuses to Hire Yale Students as Law Clerks
» Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ Talk Edges Beyond Bounds of US Intelligence
» Biden Admin Wanted to Embed ‘Trusted COVID Messenger’ on Joe Rogan, Barstool Sports
» Congressman Says Daughter Died of Unexplained ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrhythmia’
» Elon Musk Blames Woke Colleges for Turning His Transgender Daughter Vivian, 18, Against Him and Accuses America’s Elite Institutions of Teaching ‘Full-on Communism’
» Exclusive: Living it Up! Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Cullors Has Installed Swanky New Garden Sauna and Plunge Pool at Her $1.4m LA ‘Marxist Mansion’, After Kanye Slammed Movement as ‘Scam’
» FBI and CISA Tell People to Flag “Misinformation” To Social Media Platforms
» FBI Team Involved in Censorship of Hunter Biden Laptop Story Identified
» Florida Surgeon General Recommends Against mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines for Males Aged 18-39
» Meghan McCain: Biden Terrified Millions With His Panic-Stricken Warning of a Nuclear Armageddon…
» Nebraska Governor Promises Not to Appoint Himself to Ben Sasse’s Vacant Senate Seat
» New Lawsuit Challenges California Law Punishing Doctors That Spread COVID-19 Misinformation
» No Election Do-Overs: Wisconsin Judge Overrules Regulators on Spoiling Ballots
» PayPal Reverses Course, Says Company Will Not Seize Money From People for Promoting ‘Misinformation’
» Pedestrian Killed on Rt. 30 Stole Child and Car Prior to the Accident
» Texas Woman Dead After Teens Allegedly Fired 100 Rounds and ‘Hit the Wrong House’ In Drive-by Shooting, Sheriff Says
» ‘Unknown Substance’ On New York Metro Causes Coughing, Vomiting Among Crowd
» West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds School Choice Law
» YMCA Calls Police on Julie Jaman After Dropping Off Petition to Allow Her to Swim
 
Canada
» Canada Bans Thousands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Entering Country in Major Escalation
» Danielle Smith Becomes the New Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta
» Laval University Immunology Professor Facing Potential Termination Over COVID-19 Vaccine Comments
» Mischief Charges Against ‘Key Participants’ Of Coutts Blockade Adjourned Until Nov. 4
» Proposed Canadian Law Would Force Facebook and Google to Pay Mainstream Media Outlets $329.2m Per Year
» Students Suing Western University for Being Denied Religious Vaccine Exemptions
 
Europe and the EU
» “We Must Speak With Prudence”: Macron Scolds Biden for ‘Armageddon’ Rhetoric
» 2 Scenarios Describe How Nord Stream ‘Attack’ Could be the First of Its Kind
» Assange Supporters Form Human Chain at UK Parliament
» Germany: Far-Right Demo Protests Russia Sanctions, Energy Policy
» Ireland: Ten Dead, Including Children, After Creeslough Blast
» Older Britons Back UK Role in Ukraine Much More Strongly Than Military-Age Britons: Poll
» ‘Sabotage’ Disrupts Train Travel in Northern Germany
» Scottish Mother Facing Coronavirus Act Prosecution
» Swedish Churches Forced to Close Due to Heating Costs
» UK: Like a Moth to Flame! Candle Sales Soar With Wholesalers Warning Panic Buyers Are Depleting Their Stocks as Fears Persist Over ‘Three-Hour Blackouts’ This Winter
» UK: Vegans and Just Stop Oil Eco-Zealots Join Forces to Bring Central London to a Standstill by Pouring Milk All Over the Roads and Covering Shopfronts With Paint
 
Middle East
» Protests in Iran: State-Run Live TV Hacked by Protesters
» Top Saudi Official Says it’s Biden’s Fault US Gas Prices Are High, Because President Hasn’t Increased Domestic Oil Production
 
Russia
» Bolsonaro: Ukraine War ‘Would Not Have Happened’ If Trump Was Still President
» Breaking: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant Now Running on Emergency Diesel Generators
» Have the Russians Already Planted Mines on Britain’s Ocean Cables Network? Ministers Order Urgent Check of Power and Internet Lines Amid Fears Vladimir Putin Will Ramp Up ‘Sea-Bed Warfare’ Following Last Month’s Nord Stream Sabotage
» Key Bridge Between Russia and Crimea Damaged, Ukraine Says
» Pics: Ukrainians Celebrate Partial Destruction of Crimean Bridge in Kyiv
» Russia to Create a National Biometric Database
» Russians Claim Crimean Bridge Partly Reopen, Damage ‘Insignificant’
» Video Shows Mystery ‘Wave’ Under Crimea Bridge Just Before it Was Blown to Smithereens…
 
Far East
» Boston Dynamics Pledges Not to Weaponize Robots While China Arms Robo-War Dogs With Machine Guns
» China’s “TikTok” Blocks the Cantonese Language
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aussie Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever, Study Says
» Australia Post Stops All Sea Mail Coming Into the Country Because of Sharp Rise in Prohibited Items
» Shocking Moment Teen Gang Armed With a Giant Knife Chase Through a Crowded Shopping Mall as Terrified Mum Screams in Horror
» Victorian Vaccine Mandate to Stay in Place Even After Pandemic Declaration Ends
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» The U.K. Government is Experimenting on African Children by Feeding Them a Bug-Based Diet
 
Culture Wars
» Grassley Spurns Lindsey Graham, Will Vote Against 15-Week Abortion Ban: ‘It’s a State Issue’
» UN Says Gamers Leverage “Toxic Masculinity” To Disguise Extremism
 

Polish Interest Rates Set to Rise Further Amid Inflation Rise -Rate Setter

WARSAW, Oct 7 (Reuters) — Interest rates are expected to rise further in Poland in line with an expected ongoing increase in inflation, Polish rate setter…

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

14th Federal Judge Join Boycott, Refuses to Hire Yale Students as Law Clerks

Elizabeth Branch, a federal judge serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is joining a concerted push by conservatives on the federal judiciary to no longer hire clerks from Yale Law School. Judge Branch, who was nominated for the Eleventh Circuit by Donald Trump in 2017, informed National Review of her decision in response to NR’s inquiry about the trend, citing the “legitimate concerns” that had been “recently raised . . . about the lack of free speech on law school campuses, Yale in particular.” Branch is the 14th federal judge to have pledged to decline clerkships from Yale Law over the course of the past nine days. …

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

Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ Talk Edges Beyond Bounds of US Intelligence

US security officials continue to say they have no evidence that Vladimir Putin has imminent plans for a nuclear strike.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Admin Wanted to Embed ‘Trusted COVID Messenger’ on Joe Rogan, Barstool Sports

The Biden administration attempted to place a “trusted messenger” on the Joe Rogan podcast and Barstool Sports to push Covid-19 jabs, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch.

Contained within 249 pages of records obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — because they had to sue the to obtain them — is evidence of a massive public education campaign plan dated April 19 to May 31, 2001, which laid out the agency’s plans to push the vaccine through various media outlets.

In it, the agency wanted to “Place a trusted messenger on the Joe Rogan Show and Barstool Sports to promote vaccination (work with outside expert to identify who will be most effective).”

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

Congressman Says Daughter Died of Unexplained ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrhythmia’

A U.S. representative this week revealed that his young daughter died earlier this year of an unexplained cardiac event for which the family still does not have an answer.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Sean Casten said on social media on Friday that in June his daughter, Gwen Casten, “died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia.”

“In layman’s terms, she was fine, and then her heart stopped,” he wrote, adding that “we don’t know what caused the arrhythmia, and likely never will.”

Casten said his late daughter was “a healthy 2022 teenager. She ate well, exercised, got regular check-ups, didn’t suffer from any behavioral health issues, and had close relationships with family and friends.”

“She was fully vaccinated, and quarantined after occasional positive, asymptomatic COVID tests during the omicron wave.”

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

Elon Musk Blames Woke Colleges for Turning His Transgender Daughter Vivian, 18, Against Him and Accuses America’s Elite Institutions of Teaching ‘Full-on Communism’

In a new interview with the Financial Times, the world’s wealthiest man Elon Musk slammed America’s colleges for his transgender daughter, Vivian, 18, wanting nothing to do with him.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive: Living it Up! Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Cullors Has Installed Swanky New Garden Sauna and Plunge Pool at Her $1.4m LA ‘Marxist Mansion’, After Kanye Slammed Movement as ‘Scam’

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been feathering her new nest in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Topanga Canyon. The 39-year-old social activist has installed a new backyard.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

FBI and CISA Tell People to Flag “Misinformation” To Social Media Platforms

The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have put out a warning about foreign actors pushing 2022 midterm election “misinformation,” encouraging people to flag “disinformation” to social media platforms.

“If appropriate, make use of in-platform tools offered by social media companies for reporting elections related disinformation,” the report, released by CISA reads.

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

FBI Team Involved in Censorship of Hunter Biden Laptop Story Identified

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

The FBI team that was in communication with Facebook before the social media company censored the original Hunter Biden laptop story has been identified, according to a new court filing.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, identified the team as the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), according to an updated complaint entered late on Oct. 6.

Meta named the team after receiving a subpoena in a case alleging the federal government pressured Big Tech firms to censor users.

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

Florida Surgeon General Recommends Against mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines for Males Aged 18-39

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times

Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, announced new guidance on messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines on Friday, specifically recommending against mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for males aged 18 to 39.

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

Meghan McCain: Biden Terrified Millions With His Panic-Stricken Warning of a Nuclear Armageddon…

But even more petrifying? Not knowing if he’s intentionally frightening America… or just making yet another horrific gaffe

MCCAIN: Granted, this may be a dramatic reaction on my part but excuse me if the threat of potential nuclear holocaust causes me fear and anxiety.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Nebraska Governor Promises Not to Appoint Himself to Ben Sasse’s Vacant Senate Seat

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts released a statement on Friday addressing speculation that he intends to appoint himself into the Senate seat left vacant by Ben Sasse, who announced he is resigning from Congress on Wednesday.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Ricketts said, “The first I learned about Senator Sasse’s plan to resign from the United States Senate was yesterday, when he called to notify me. If I choose to pursue the appointment, I will leave the appointment decision to the next governor and will follow the process established for all interested candidates.”

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

New Lawsuit Challenges California Law Punishing Doctors That Spread COVID-19 Misinformation

Two Southern California doctors who stood up against mandatory masking and raised concerns about COVID-19 vaccines are challenging a new law that allows medical professionals to be disciplined — even lose their licenses — for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

Los Angeles psychiatrist Mark McDonald and Orange County primary care physician Jeff Barke filed a federal lawsuit this week to stop a new California law that labels the spread of misinformation or disinformation about COVID-19 as “unprofessional conduct.” The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the Medical Board of California and Attorney General Rob Bonta. They are represented by the Liberty Justice Center, a nonprofit legal group based in Chicago.

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

No Election Do-Overs: Wisconsin Judge Overrules Regulators on Spoiling Ballots

Voters in Wisconsin don’t get a do-over once they’ve turned in their ballot.

A judge in Waukesha on Thursday overruled the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s guidance that people can vote a second time if they change their mind.

Wisconsin law allows voters to “spoil” their ballots and get a second ballot, but Judge Brad Schimel said that law applies before voters submit their ballots. Once that happens, Schimel ruled, those votes are final.

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

PayPal Reverses Course, Says Company Will Not Seize Money From People for Promoting ‘Misinformation’

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

PayPal on Oct. 8 said it was not implementing a new policy that would have enabled the company to seize money from users who allegedly promote “misinformation” or “hate.”

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

Pedestrian Killed on Rt. 30 Stole Child and Car Prior to the Accident

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHP) — The pedestrian killed on Rt. 30 in an incident from Oct. 7 was reported to have been involved in a domestic dispute the same day where he stole a car and child, prior to him being killed, according to Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Police say that they were dispatched to a verbal domestic dispute at a business on Oct. 7 at around 11:20 a.m. between a man and woman.

The woman told police that after a dispute over the custody of their child, the man took the child and the woman’s car and drove off.

Additional information revealed that the woman was ordered to have custody of the child and that the man was possibly unstable.

After conducting an extensive search, police located the stolen vehicle nearby at around 2:05 p.m., unoccupied.

The child was then returned to the mother at around 3:42p.m. by the father, which prompted police to go and check on the child’s condition.

At around 4 p.m., police received reports of the same man being seen in the area of Rt. 462.

After searching the area for him, officials were informed of a man that was running along businesses in the area.

Officers were finally able to find the man who began to run close to the guard rail of Rt. 30 Eastbound, near the back of a building on the 3700 block of Hempland Road.

Police say that at this point, the man had hopped over the guard rail and ran into on-coming traffic, being eventually hit and killed by an eastbound car.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Texas Woman Dead After Teens Allegedly Fired 100 Rounds and ‘Hit the Wrong House’ In Drive-by Shooting, Sheriff Says

Two teenagers were arrested after Texas deputies said they allegedly fired 100 rounds and “hit the wrong house” in a drive-by shooting, killing an innocent woman and wounding another person.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in San Antonio. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said deputies were patrolling the neighborhood when they heard a series of gunshots and saw a vehicle “fleeing the area at a high speed.”

The vehicle was eventually stopped and two suspects, 14 and 15, were arrested, Salazar said at a news conference. They have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to NBC affiliate WOAI of San Antonio.

Salazar said he believes the suspects “came to this location and did a drive-by shooting” and “hit the wrong house.”

A 25-year-old woman, identified by the news station as Novita Brazil, was killed. The sheriff said the woman was in her bedroom doing some work when the suspects fired upwards of 100 rounds of various calibers into her home. A second woman, who was an Airbnb guest staying in one of the bedrooms, was injured.

Salazar said they were both “completely innocent.”

“We’ve got a pretty heartbreaking scene. Quite frankly, it shocks the conscience to know what happened out here,” he said.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

‘Unknown Substance’ On New York Metro Causes Coughing, Vomiting Among Crowd

The release of an unknown substance on a New York metro platform at Union Square caused a panic among the crowd on Friday and induced many to coughing fits and vomiting.

Authorities later confirmed the substance to have been pepper spray and said they had received reports of someone spraying it into the crowd, according to the U.S. sun.

The city announced in late September that it would install cameras in all 6,400 subway cars. New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul took a cavalier attitude toward concerns the cameras would infringe on individual privacy.

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

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds School Choice Law

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling and upheld a statewide school choice law.

Under the law, those wishing to pursue education for their children outside of the public system would receive up to $4,300 to fund the effort, according to the Epoch Times.

A lower court blocked the program, deeming it “an incentive to leave the public school system, reducing its enrollment and funding.”

“The loss of this funding will impact public school students, including Plaintiffs’ children who have special needs that can only be met through West Virginia’s public schools,” the court wrote.

The state Supreme Court overruled that determination, but provided little explanation, instead issuing a brief order with a promise to provide a detailed opinion later.

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

YMCA Calls Police on Julie Jaman After Dropping Off Petition to Allow Her to Swim

The war against the Port Townsend YMCA, and the banning of 80-year-old Julie Jaman from the Mountain View swimming pool continued Thursday when she went to drop off a Rebel News petition to allow her to swim again.

Jaman, who was a 30-year patron of the swimming pool, was permanently banned by the YMCA for hate and discrimination after she spoke out against allegedly witnessing a trans woman watching little girls undress in the women’s changing room. Before a police investigation was conducted, the YMCA immediately sided with the trans woman—a biological male who is also a staff member at the YMCA—and said that it is company policy to have staff escort children to the locker room.

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

Canada Bans Thousands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Entering Country in Major Escalation

In a major escalation against Tehran’s regime, Canada on Friday permanently banned large numbers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) from crossing its border.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s declaration stopped short of legally declaring the IRGC a terrorist organization as conservatives had sought.

But it nonetheless will reduce Iran’s presence in the West while increasing pressure on its ruling mullahs as they try to violently suppress nationwide protests.

Trudeau said the move would ban over 10,000 members of the IRGC, including many prominent leaders, from entering Canada and was appropriate punishment for a regime he said was engaged in “heinous state behavior.”

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

Danielle Smith Becomes the New Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta

Former Premier Jason Kenney announced his resignation after securing 51% support in a leadership review in May.

Smith, as leader of the Official Opposition, along with several Wildrose MLAs, crossed the floor to join the Progressive Conservative Party in 2014, triggering a cascade of events that contributed to the election of the far-left New Democratic Party in Alberta.

Smith left politics for seven years before re-entering the race to replace Kenney on an anti-lockdown, pro-freedom platform.

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

Laval University Immunology Professor Facing Potential Termination Over COVID-19 Vaccine Comments

A professor at Laval University in Quebec City is facing possible dismissal due to a second complaint against him. For about a year, Laval University has suspended two professors for expressing concern about childhood vaccination.

These two teachers and researchers are uniquely specialized in the field of RNA. However, they were penalized after participating in a video interview where they expressed concern about vaccination decisions for children.

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

Mischief Charges Against ‘Key Participants’ Of Coutts Blockade Adjourned Until Nov. 4

On September 16, RCMP charged three individuals, Alex, Marco and George, with mischief over $5,000. The three men have been accused by RCMP of being ‘key participants’ of the Coutts blockade.

The blockade was a peaceful protest against vaccine mandates at the Canada-U.S. border between Sweet Grass, Montana, and Coutts, Alberta, which took place from January 29 to February 15 of this year. This protest saw the lifting of COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates in Alberta, and acted as a catalyst for Premier Jason Kenney stepping down as leader of the United Conservative Party.

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

Proposed Canadian Law Would Force Facebook and Google to Pay Mainstream Media Outlets $329.2m Per Year

A report from Canada’s Officer of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) estimated that Facebook and Google would be forced to pay mainstream news publishers CA$329.2 million annually if the Online News Act passes.

The bill is currently in the House of Commons and is expected to pass before the end of the year or in 2023. The legislation would require Facebook and Google to negotiate “fair commercial deals” with news businesses in Canada.

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

Students Suing Western University for Being Denied Religious Vaccine Exemptions

Christian students at Western University who have continually been denied religious exemptions to the school’s three-dose vaccine mandate are suing on the grounds of discrimination.

In a press release, Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC), an organization advocating for human rights and constitutional freedoms, announced it will be representing Western students who have not complied with the university’s mandates due to their deeply held Christian beliefs.

LCC lawyer James Kitchen said he has reviewed several letters of exemption denials students received from the university. Each one contained similar form, brevity, anonymity and included no details as to why students were denied or how they could appeal the decision.

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

“We Must Speak With Prudence”: Macron Scolds Biden for ‘Armageddon’ Rhetoric

In a rare rebuke from a leading European NATO ally, French President Emmanuel Macron when asked about US President Joe Biden’s Thursday warning of Russia posing the threat of nuclear “Armageddon” strongly suggested the words were imprudent.

Macron said “we must speak with prudence” in reacting to Biden’s comments, explaining that world leaders must speak with care on questions of a nuclear threat. “I have always refused to engage in political fiction, and especially… when speaking of nuclear weapons,” Macron said Friday at an EU summit in Prague.

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

2 Scenarios Describe How Nord Stream ‘Attack’ Could be the First of Its Kind

Whatever caused the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, it appears to be the first major attack on critical “subsea” (underwater) infrastructure in Europe. It’s now widely thought — not least by Nato — that the explosions that led to major leaks in the two pipelines were not caused by accidents. The alliance says they were a deliberate act of sabotage.

The attacks occurred in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden and demonstrate the risks that Europe’s subsea infrastructures are facing. This raises the question of the vulnerabilities of European pipelines, electricity and internet cables, and other maritime infrastructure. Europe will have to revisit its policies for protecting them.

But it is still unclear how the attacks were carried out. The investigations will probably take months to complete, but there are two likely scenarios. A first option is that the attacks could have been carried out as an underwater operation using advanced submarine technology.

This implies that we are looking at a state and its navy. Although the attacks took place outside the territorial waters of the Nato members Denmark and Sweden, they could be interpreted as an act of war.

The second scenario is an operation launched from a privately owned surface vessel, such as a fishing boat being used as a platform for divers or submersibles to place explosives. In this case, the attack vessel was hiding in everyday maritime traffic.

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

Assange Supporters Form Human Chain at UK Parliament

LONDON (Reuters) — Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange formed a human chain outside Britain’s parliament on Saturday to demand an end to an attempt by the United States to have him extradited to face criminal charges.

Hundreds of protesters, including Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, gathered in a line which stretched from parliament’s perimeter railings and snaked across nearby Westminster Bridge to the other side of the River Thames.

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

Germany: Far-Right Demo Protests Russia Sanctions, Energy Policy

Supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party gathered in front of Berlin’s Reichstag building on Saturday to protest rising prices in Germany. The party’s co-leader accused the government was waging war on its own people by sanctioning Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The protest comes as the costs of natural gas and electricity shoot up in the country, largely because Russia has greatly reduced or cut off gas deliveries to the EU amid tensions between the West and Moscow.

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

Ireland: Ten Dead, Including Children, After Creeslough Blast

Ten people, including a young child and two teenagers, are confirmed to have died following yesterday’s explosion in Creeslough, Co Donegal.

Four men and three women died in blast, along with a teenage boy and girl and a girl of primary school age.

Eight people were taken to hospital for treatment after the explosion. One person has since been transferred to a burns unit in Dublin.

Gardaí said emergency services do not expect any more casualties at the scene and that no one else is unaccounted for.

During a service to remember the victims tonight, Local priest Fr John Joe Duffy hailed a major rescue effort over the last two days as “ unparalleled in measure” during the service at St Michael’s Church.

He added that the days ahead will be difficult days.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Older Britons Back UK Role in Ukraine Much More Strongly Than Military-Age Britons: Poll

Polling suggests that only a minority of young, military-age Britons support their country’s role in the Russo-Ukrainian war, while a huge majority of much older Britons are in favour of it.

Research carried out by Ipsos for The Times found that only 45 per cent of people aged 16-34 support the British government’s current role in Ukraine — arming and training Ukrainian forces, often on British soil, and engaging in a sanctions war with Russia — compared to 80 per cent of people aged 55-75.

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

‘Sabotage’ Disrupts Train Travel in Northern Germany

An act of “sabotage” disrupted train travel across northern Germany Saturday morning.

All high-speed, regional and freight trains in the north of the country were interrupted for nearly three hours Saturday morning due to radio link cables being cut.

Deutsche Bahn claimed that the paralysis was caused by a deliberate act, which halted trains in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Bremen.

Long-distance trains between Berlin and Cologne and Berlin and Amsterdam were also affected, while trains from Denmark weren’t crossing the border into Germany.

Germany’s Minister of Transport Volker Wissing said it was “clear that this is a targeted and deliberate action”, adding that the motive was not “yet known”.

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Scottish Mother Facing Coronavirus Act Prosecution

Gabbie Burnett was thrown to the ground and arrested in January 2021 by Scottish police in Aberdeen for the suspected crime of breaking lockdown restrictions.

The police used the Coronavirus Act to enter Gabbie’s house and conduct a search because they suspected her of having an ‘illegal gathering.’

The truth was that Gabbie hadn’t broken any lockdown restrictions, she had just returned home from collecting her daughter, who’d just been discharged from the hospital.

The young mother heard a knock at the door and was confronted by police officers.

Gabbie stood her ground, protesting her innocence and refusing the police entry into her property. What happened next was caught on camera by her daughter and the video went viral.

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

Swedish Churches Forced to Close Due to Heating Costs

The Church of Sweden is closing down its houses of worship this winter because they are unable to pay heating bills. It is not certain how many churches will be closed and there have been no orders from the dioceses. However, it is certain that many will resort to closure to save on energy.

Skara Pastorate has decided to completely close 11 of its 16 churches over the winter due to unaffordable electricity.

“Now we are closing completely and we have never done that before. We will close from All Saints until April completely, and not open them until the spring heat comes, hopefully in early April,” Robert Lorentzon, the provost, told national broadcaster SVT.

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

UK: Like a Moth to Flame! Candle Sales Soar With Wholesalers Warning Panic Buyers Are Depleting Their Stocks as Fears Persist Over ‘Three-Hour Blackouts’ This Winter

Britons worried about the National’s Grid’s warnings of blackouts are stockpiling candles to see them through winter, it has been revealed.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Vegans and Just Stop Oil Eco-Zealots Join Forces to Bring Central London to a Standstill by Pouring Milk All Over the Roads and Covering Shopfronts With Paint

Vegans and Just Stop Oil eco-zealots have joined forces to bring central London to a standstill by pouring milk all over the roads and covering shopfronts with paint.

Protesters from the groups, offshoots of Extinction Rebellion, blocked roads and bridges in the capital this afternoon in order to highlight their demand that the government stops new oil and gas projects.

Members of the environmental protest groups Animal Rebellion and Just Stop Oil poured milk on Regent Street and St James’s Street as they marched through central London.

The shopfront of William Evans gun room was covered with green paint and red paint was poured on the floors of Farlow’s fishing, hunting and shooting supply store, as well as placing paper flowers outside.

The group say this is to expose the outdated practices of hunting, shooting and fishing, whilst also showing that a better world is possible.

Animal Rebellion say the act highlights the need for urgent and immediate transition towards a plant-based food system, away from the current one that includes the inefficient and unnecessary exploitation of nonhuman animals.

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

Protests in Iran: State-Run Live TV Hacked by Protesters

Iran’s state-run broadcaster was apparently hacked on air Saturday, with a news bulletin interrupted by a protest against the country’s leader.

A mask appeared on the screen, followed by an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with flames around him.

The group called itself “Adalat Ali”, or Ali’s Justice.

It comes after at least three people were shot dead when protesters clashed with security forces in new unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini.

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Top Saudi Official Says it’s Biden’s Fault US Gas Prices Are High, Because President Hasn’t Increased Domestic Oil Production

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State, spoke to Fox News Friday and said it’s Washington’s fault for not increasing domestic production.

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Bolsonaro: Ukraine War ‘Would Not Have Happened’ If Trump Was Still President

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has said he agrees that Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February “would not have happened” if Donald Trump was still U.S. President.

Bolsonaro, himself dubbed the ‘Tropical Trump’ or ‘Trump of the Tropics’ during and after his first successful presidential run in 2018, made the remarks in an interview with Brazilian news magazine Veja.

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Breaking: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant Now Running on Emergency Diesel Generators

UKRAINE’S Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant has lost its last remaining external power source and is now relying on emergency diesel generators, as reported on Saturday, October 8.

“Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has lost its last remaining external power source due to renewed shelling and is now relying on emergency diesel generators for the electricity it needs for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions,” Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on October 8.

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Have the Russians Already Planted Mines on Britain’s Ocean Cables Network? Ministers Order Urgent Check of Power and Internet Lines Amid Fears Vladimir Putin Will Ramp Up ‘Sea-Bed Warfare’ Following Last Month’s Nord Stream Sabotage

Ministers have ordered an urgent survey of undersea power and internet cables amid fears Russia may have already targeted them with mines.

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Key Bridge Between Russia and Crimea Damaged, Ukraine Says

Ukraine said the Kerch Bridge had been a symbol of Russian power in Crimea.

Three people were killed on Saturday in the explosion that collapsed portions of the bridge linking Russia to Crimea, a Russian official said.

The Russian Investigative Committee also said it had identified the driver of the truck that was allegedly blown up on the bridge.

Russia’s response should be tough, said Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.

“If the Ukrainian trace is confirmed in the state of emergency on the Crimean bridge, the consequences will be inevitable,” Slutsky wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

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Pics: Ukrainians Celebrate Partial Destruction of Crimean Bridge in Kyiv

Ukrainians are posing in front of a giant mocked-up commemorative stamp showing Russia’s bridge to Crimea on fire after it was damaged on Saturday morning.

The propaganda potential of the rail and road bridge linking the annexed peninsula to Russia proper being partly destroyed has been realised quickly, with a giant mock commemorative postage stamp featuring an artist’s impression of the event appearing quickly in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv (Kiev).

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Russia to Create a National Biometric Database

The Russian government is set to create a biometrics technology center, called the JSC Center for Biometrics Technologies (CBT). It was announced months after the Ministry of Digital Development recommended the use of biometrics to access sensitive services.

The center will develop authentication and digital identification technologies, focusing on technologies relying on biometric data, said Rostelecom, Russia’s largest telecom company, which will own 49% of CBT shares. The Bank of Russia will own 25% of the shares and the Russian Federation will own 26% of the shares.

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Russians Claim Crimean Bridge Partly Reopen, Damage ‘Insignificant’

Russian authorities claim the rail and road bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula is already partly open and the damage to it “insignificant”.

Vladimir Konstantinov, a key figure in Crimea’s Russian-backed regional government, blamed the damage on “Ukrainian vandals, who have finally managed to reach their bloody hands to the Crimean bridge,” according to the BBC.

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Video Shows Mystery ‘Wave’ Under Crimea Bridge Just Before it Was Blown to Smithereens…

Speculation grows that Ukraine used a boat or explosive-laden drone — despite Russian claims of truck bomb — as attack threatens Putin’s supply lines

A mysterious ‘wave’ which appeared under the bridge between Russia and occupied Crimea moments before it was blown up has fuelled speculation that Ukrainian special services used a boat or explosive-laden drone to launch an attack that has damaged Putin’s supply lines.

Moscow furiously claimed a truck bomb caused the blast which killed at least three people but did not apportion blame — while the speaker of Crimea’s Kremlin-backed regional parliament accused Kyiv of being behind the explosion which took place early this morning, just hours after Putin’s 70th birthday.

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Boston Dynamics Pledges Not to Weaponize Robots While China Arms Robo-War Dogs With Machine Guns

While several robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, are pledging not to weaponize their robots and asked others in the industry to do the same, Chinese firms couldn’t care less and have created the most ridiculous drone that carries a robot war dog equipped with a machine gun.

Let’s start with an open letter obtained by Axios penned by Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree Robotics. Here’s an important section of the letter:

“We believe that adding weapons to robots that are remotely or autonomously operated, widely available to the public, and capable of navigating to previously inaccessible locations where people live and work, raises new risks of harm and serious ethical issues.”

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China’s “TikTok” Blocks the Cantonese Language

China’s version of TikTok, Douyin, is now blocking videos in Cantonese, flagging them with an “unrecognizable language” message.

According to a report by the South China Morning Post, video streams in Cantonese began being blocked midstream. The streamers said that they have been streaming to millions of viewers on Douyin for years without problems, though there were a few cases of similar interruptions in the past.

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Aussie Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever, Study Says

Depression among Australian teenage girls is at record levels, a report has found.

The level of depression in Australian girls has more than doubled over the past 14 years and mental health problems among boys had also increased, according to the Black Dog Institute study.

The report, which looked at how the lives of Australian teenagers have changed during the past 20 years, found cyberbullying was having a major impact on young people’s mental health.

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Australia Post Stops All Sea Mail Coming Into the Country Because of Sharp Rise in Prohibited Items

A steep rise in people attempting to ship prohibited items into the country has prompted Australia Post to pause the arrivals to process them temporarily.

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Shocking Moment Teen Gang Armed With a Giant Knife Chase Through a Crowded Shopping Mall as Terrified Mum Screams in Horror

A 14-year-old boy was in hospital after an alleged assault was caught on camera at the Pacific Werribee shops in Hoppers Crossing, in Melbourne’s west on Thursday.

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Victorian Vaccine Mandate to Stay in Place Even After Pandemic Declaration Ends

Thousands of Victorians will still be subject to vaccine mandates even after the state government drops its pandemic declaration next week.

The Herald Sun reported that the declaration, in place since 2021, was expected to be dropped on October 12.

But government departments and private sector employers would be able to enforce vaccine mandates, even without the pandemic declaration in place, under existing occupational health and safety laws.

The Victoria Health Department had already confirmed it would extend vaccine requirements for workers.

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The U.K. Government is Experimenting on African Children by Feeding Them a Bug-Based Diet

The world’s elites are using the developing world as a testing ground for their bad green ideas. The U.K. government is experimenting on African children by feeding them a bug-based diet.

In an article by LifeSiteNews, it talked about the inhumane way that Western elites treat children in the developing world. It’s a common theme with these people, especially on all their green agenda ideas, that they use the developing world as guinea pigs for their experiments.

Poor African kids are the subject of an experiment to determine whether regular bug consumption can improve their nutrition without consideration of potential inflammatory effects from insects.

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Grassley Spurns Lindsey Graham, Will Vote Against 15-Week Abortion Ban: ‘It’s a State Issue’

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley says he will vote against a proposed 15-week abortion ban at the federal level, arguing the issue should be taken up by state legislatures as a recent Supreme Court decision mandates.

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UN Says Gamers Leverage “Toxic Masculinity” To Disguise Extremism

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) has released a report examining gaming and violent extremism.

The report, titled Examining the Intersection between Gaming and Violent Extremism, is a result of surveys of gamers, expert consultations, and focus groups, and was prepared by Linda Schlegel, co-founder of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network, and Amarnath Amarasingam, an assistant professor at Queen’s University.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/8/2022

  1. The Russians seem to have gotten things up and running again no problem. The Ukrainians have upped the ante. The Russians have expressed a willingness to talk. All that seems to be coming out of the
    diverse NATO mess that is the UKrainian driver is Kill! Kill! Kill! GHU.

  2. “The former US president says nothing will be left on the planet unless the Russia-Ukraine conflict is settled.” Biden + Boris + Brux Elles = real democratic levelling.

  3. The history of Ukraine before during and after WW2 is worth a glance. With dames and dunces currently dismantling civilisation in the West all will surely cheat up in common with the same bloody chaos quite soon?

  4. If you live in Sweden, the ultra magnum Democracy, you will not know about
    the political events down in Europe
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    European protests are increasingly directed against NATO
    8 October 2022 at 23.13

    As Germans get clear on what happened to the Nord Stream pipelines, German protesters’ discontent is increasingly directed at NATO. In Paris, too, a demonstration was held today solely against NATO. But there is also anger against the government’s pre-announced worm and vaccine campaign.

    Berlin
    Tens of thousands of Germans have gathered in Berlin today. Against anti-Russian sanctions, against high energy prices, against NATO and for an end to the war in Ukraine.
    The popular slogans “wir sind das Volk” (“we are the people”) and “unser Land zuerst” (“our country first”) are chanted at the demonstration. Some Russian flags were seen in the crowd and anti-American sentiments were evident due to last week’s Nord Stream sabotage.

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    Berlin Saturday 2022-10-08. Photo and timing: The Biggest Awakening

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    CLICK HERE – 8 VIDEOS FROM EUROPE:

    https://frihetsnytt.se/de-europeiska-protesterna-riktas-allt-mer-mot-nato/

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    Paris
    In Paris, songs were sung on the theme “get out of NATO”.
    Paris today according to The Biggest Awakening

    Munich on Wednesday
    Judging by the posters, Wednesday’s demonstration in Munich was primarily against vaccine security.

    Hanover on Wednesday
    Demonstration against compulsory vaccination – “Stop your compulsory vaccination in the ass”

    Stuttgart on Wednesday
    Also in Stuttgart there was a march against the “poison syringes”

    Oberhausen on Wednesday
    For Christ, peace, truth and love

    Grosschwachzwitz on Wednesday
    Out of NATO and peace with Russia

    Bad Nauheim
    Our city says no

    Bad Doberan on Wednesday
    End of the war

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  5. Russia should be Germany’s best friend. It’s tragic what we, as Europeans, have to suffer because of American over reaching and delusion

      • And George Washington said to avoid foreign entanglements, yet here we are.

        This really has little to do with Germans or Americans or Russians or Ukrainians. It is the Atlantic Council Feudal Lords who are driving all of this. They recognize Lords of the Keep, the economic/political Knight Vassals, and all else are serfs. No one gives a crap what a serf thinks.

  6. Ukrainians celebrated the event in videos shown on media outlets, but Ukraine has not taken official credit for the blast.

    Yesterday I met a few people< doctor, cellphone sellers, … they were so busy with making money that they are not aware of the approaching Armageddon, which fits the use of Nuclear Weapons. As if they sure see year 2023 and enjoy their money.

    Biden and its tail NATO exert unlimited pressure on Russia by any means all means.

    From day one, indeed, since 2014, NATO's devilish support for Ukraine and forcing Ukraine to antagonize Russia until Russia was forced to save Russian speaking Ukrainians.

    Do Europeans know about Minsk Agreement, on which Macron signed. Dare Macron talk about NATO's betrayal of agreements.

    Why Europeans are more than happy to give muslims money for petrol and also their 13 yearold girls/ women.

    WE import rice from Vietnam because we cannot grow rice here. We import dates from Iran and Saudi Arabia that's fine. Saudi import machinery, dairy, meats from the west. That's also fine. BUt when it comes to Russia, …

    Any muslims has the natural right to live in any western country. Muslims have all human rights but no human rights to Trump, Nigel Farage, Geert Wilders, Katie Hopkins, Marie Le Pen, and similar patriots.

    Oh patriots is wrong it is mutually exclusive to muslim replacement.
    Just go to Iraqi Kurdistan and Istanbul and see the huge armies of Ukrainian blonds sold to muslims. And some swedish. Yes they pray to the pirate .

    NATO is pressuring RUssia , Nay begging Russia to explode a nuclear device. As if to start nuclear war and bbbbblame Russia. As they did pressuring Russia until Russia had no choice but go to save the Ukrainian Russians.

    • Human trafficking to islamic nations of our women has been going on for years, the Balkan route towards Turkey and the middle east was horrific and brutal, I was hired a decade ago to interrupt these networks using any means at our disposal to stop it. Lets just say we did our job to well until interpol got involved and showed us what real corruption looks like. They put a stop to what we were doing. Looking back, I call that one of my greatest successes, for no one involved with that trade from top to bottom survived the operation and over a thousand young women and girls didn’t suffer a fate worse than death. It is one of the reasons why I have a burning passion against all things muslim.

    • “It is a puzzlement.”

      As Mickey Rooney would say, “Gee kids lets but on a Congressional Hearing.” (Que showbiz busy music) Fade to — nothing.

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