Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the explosive attack on the Kerch bridge constituted an act of terrorism by Ukraine. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has set up a command center in the German city of Wiesbaden to coordinate military operations in Ukraine.

In other news, Pope Francis said that Europe’s rejection of migrants constitutes a sin.

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USA
» “It’s Become a Political Arm of White House”: ATF Gun Store Revocations Hit 16-Year High
» “What I’ve Seen in the Past Two Years is Unprecedented”: Renowned Ob/Gyn Tells Dr. Drew That He Has Seen an “Off the Charts” Rise in Miscarriages and Fetal Abnormalities Since the Vaccine Was Introduced — (Video)
» 34-Year-Old Detroit Man Charged With Murder in Dearborn Hampton Inn Shooting
» California’s Tech Mecca Saw Largest Drop in Median Income During Pandemic as the Wealthy Fled Cities
» Chess Champ Gets His Butt Scanned After Being Accused of Using Wireless Vibrating Anal Beads to Cheat (Video)
» Exclusive: Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers’ Dept. of Public Instruction Told White People to Wear Wristbands as ‘Reminder of Your Privilege’
» Fight Over Sandwich Leads to Brother Stabbing Brother
» Former WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Has Died at the Age of 30
» GOP-Led House Could Force FBI Director to Testify on Hunter Biden Probes: Rep. Jordan
» Governor DeSantis Continues to Shine With Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts— Power Almost 100% Restored
» ‘Intolerant, Stuck-in-His-Ways Old Man’ — Major UK Newspaper Slams ‘Useless and Nasty’ Biden
» New York Rep. Lee Zeldin Says 2 People Shot Outside His Home
» Orthodox Jews Sue New York Over Gun Law Banning Concealed Carry in Houses of Worship
» Pfizer Partners With Marvel to Release a Digital Comic Book Encouraging People to Get Their COVID Shot and Become an ‘Everyday Hero’
» Philadelphia Democrat Endorses Dr. Oz, Calls on Other Dems to Put Public Safety Ahead of Party
» Stacey Abrams’ Campaign Has Spent Over $1.2M on Private Security Since December
» Tomorrow is Ashli Babbitt’s 37th Birthday and Her Mother Has a Special Request: ‘We Ask That You Set Flowers on the Steps to Your Local Capitol Building, ‘ ‘Display a Single Candle in Your Window’
» Watchdog Files Lawsuits Over Voter Registration Duplicates, Finds Millions Lacking Required ID
» Woman Duct-Taped, Slashed Naked Tinder Date — Then Ordered Doordash: Cops
 
Europe and the EU
» Austrian President Secures Re-Election With Clear Win, Avoiding Runoff
» Forcing Farmers to Join the Rush for Net Zero Will See Millions Go Hungry, Warns Cattle and Wheat Farmer of 40 Years
» Germany: No Consultation: US to Set Up New Ukraine Command in Wiesbaden
» Germany: Dissatisfaction With Scholz Administration Growing
» Italy’s Meloni Furious After France Vows to Monitor Rule of Law
» Italy: Meloni May Appoint Technocrats to Govt Ministries to Avoid Party Squabbles
» Poland: Ruling Party Leads Support Poll
» Swedish Right-Wing Parties Oppose Repair of Nord Stream Pipelines
» Trump Speaks Via Video at Rally of Global Far-Right in Spain
» UK: ‘I Have to Go to Hospital… Stop Interfering With Us!’…
» UK: Police Charge Woman, 26, And Man, 40, On Suspicion of Criminal Damage After Animal Rebellion Protest in Which Activists Poured Milk Over Shop Floor at Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason
 
Middle East
» Protests in Iran: Two Members of Security Forces Killed
 
Russia
» “Declaration of War Without Rules”: Russian Officials Fume Over Crimea Bridge Blast as Ukraine Celebrates
» Putin Says Ukraine Planned Crimea Bridge Explosion, Calls it Terrorism
» Ukraine War: Key Developments You Need to Know Today
» Watch: John Bolton Calls for Putin Assassination, Regime Change
 
Far East
» Renowned Marvel and DC Comics Illustrator Dies Suddenly as He Was About to Board a Plane in Paris
 
Australia — Pacific
» Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glue Their Hands to a Priceless Picasso Triggering a Mass Evacuation at One of Australia’s Biggest Galleries
» They Had Comfortable Lives and Happy Families — But Now These Australian Women Are Forced to Stay in Cars or Hostels After They Were Suddenly Left Without a Home: ‘It Can Happen to Anyone’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» South Africa May Soon Take Land Without Compensation
 
Immigration
» Around 6.89 Mln Refugees Have Entered Poland Since War in Ukraine Started
» Hungary Ready to Contribute More to the Protection of the Serbian-North Macedonian Border
» Poland Plans Barrier on Russian Border Reveals Official
» Pope Francis: Europe’s Rejection of Migrants is ‘Disgusting, Sinful, And Criminal’
» Raid on Illegal Migrant Camp Near Hungarian Border Sees 200 Arrests
» The One Good Thing the Half-Billion Dollar COVID White Elephant Lying Empty in Melbourne Could be Used for as it Gets Ready to Close Down Just Eight Months After Opening
 
Culture Wars
» Biology Teacher Reinstated After Refusing to Use Trans Student Pronouns
» Breaking: Parents Protest California Pediatrics Convention Over Medicalized Transitioning of Children
» Federal Judge Rules Biden’s LGBTQ+ Employee Protections Go Too Far
» These Are the World’s Most-Surveilled Cities
 

“It’s Become a Political Arm of White House”: ATF Gun Store Revocations Hit 16-Year High

Under the Biden-Harris administration, there has been a considerable rise in gun stores having their licenses revoked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The Trace reported that 92 Federal Firearm Licenses (FFLs) had been pulled so far this year — this is the highest number since 2008.

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

“What I’ve Seen in the Past Two Years is Unprecedented”: Renowned Ob/Gyn Tells Dr. Drew That He Has Seen an “Off the Charts” Rise in Miscarriages and Fetal Abnormalities Since the Vaccine Was Introduced — (Video)

Dr. James Thorp — a board-certified OBGYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician with over 43 years of clinical experience — joined Dr. Kelly Victory and Dr. Drew earlier this week to discuss recent studies on mRNA Covid vaccines and the adverse effects they have had on pregnant women since they were introduced.

In the past two years (since the mRNA vaccine was introduced), Dr. Thorp explained that he has seen an “off-the-charts” rise in sudden fetal death and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as fetal malformation and even fetal cardiac arrest, among his patients.

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

34-Year-Old Detroit Man Charged With Murder in Dearborn Hampton Inn Shooting

A 34-year-old Detroit man has been charged with multiple felonies, including murder, in Thursday’s fatal shooting of a Dearborn hotel clerk.

Reichard Lee Williams-Lewis was arraigned Sunday Sunday in 19th District Court in Dearborn on one count of premeditated first-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer, and five counts of felony firearm. Thursday’s incident resulted in the death of a 55-year-old Riverview man and injuries to a 21-year-old female hotel employee.

On Thursday, traffic in the city’s west downtown was stopped as law enforcement officials negotiated with Williams-Lewis, who was barricaded on the hotel’s third floor, for seven hours. Responding officers found that Williams-Lewis had fired rounds at a hotel clerk in the lobby then went up to the third floor, where he remained holed up until he surrendered to authorities at around 8:30 p.m.

“The evidence is this case is alarming,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement Sunday. “We have long learned that no place is sacred when it comes to gun violence. Not churches, not movie theaters, not grocery stores or hotels. I would like to pose a question to every legislator in this state. When is enough enough? Please let me know.”

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

California’s Tech Mecca Saw Largest Drop in Median Income During Pandemic as the Wealthy Fled Cities

San Francisco saw the single largest drop in median income of any major city in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic as wealthy tech workers fled the city in droves, according to census data.

The U.S. Census Bureau compiled data on the nation’s top 25 most populous metropolitan areas from 2019 to 2021 to help determine the impact of the pandemic. Median household income for the area of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland fell 4.6% from $121,551 in 2019 to $116,005 in 2021. New York City followed closely, however, with a drop of 4.2%.

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

Chess Champ Gets His Butt Scanned After Being Accused of Using Wireless Vibrating Anal Beads to Cheat (Video)

A 19-year-old chess grandmaster got his butt scanned amid cheating accusations.

A chess event official waved a metal detector over Hans Neimann’s butt after he was accused of using wireless vibrating anal beads to cheat in a tournament last month.

*Yikes*

It all started last month when Hans Neimamm was accused of cheating at a tournament at the St. Louis Chess Club.

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

Exclusive: Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers’ Dept. of Public Instruction Told White People to Wear Wristbands as ‘Reminder of Your Privilege’

White people were told to engage in a racial shaming exercise to remind them of their privilege by Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers’ Department of Public Instruction (DPI) when he was its superintendent.

A document promoted by the Department of Public Instruction, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, suggested white people “wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege.”

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

Fight Over Sandwich Leads to Brother Stabbing Brother

PAOLA, Kan. (KSNT) — A fight over a sandwich between two brothers ended when one brother stabbed the other in the leg, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in Paola.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Miami County Sheriff’s office was called to the Miami County Medical Center in Paola, Kan., for the report of a stabbing. Deputies investigating discovered two brothers had gotten into a fight over a sandwich in the 32000 block of Lone Star Road.

When the argument over the sandwich became physical, deputies discovered one brother had stabbed the other, but the wounded brother suffered non-life-threatening wounds and was taken for medical help in a personal vehicle.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the brothers. The investigation arm of the Miami County Sheriff’s office is still investigating.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Former WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Has Died at the Age of 30

Sara Lee Weston, a former WWE wrestler and the winner of WWE’s reality competition series Tough Enough in 2015, suddenly passed away at the young age of 30.

Sara’s mother, Terri Lee shared the tragic news on her Facebook account Thursday but did not provide any details on the cause of death.

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

GOP-Led House Could Force FBI Director to Testify on Hunter Biden Probes: Rep. Jordan

Rep. Jim Jordan said Sunday that if Republicans gain control of the House after November’s midterm elections, they may force FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify on the agency’s investigations into Hunter Biden.

The Ohio Republican said the GOP-led probe into the first son would likely start in the House Oversight and Reform Committee with Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), if Republicans win control of the chamber in the elections.

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

Governor DeSantis Continues to Shine With Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts— Power Almost 100% Restored

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is showing what true leadership is in the wake of the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc and caused widespread destruction across Florida leaving towns destroyed and millions of Floridans without power.

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

‘Intolerant, Stuck-in-His-Ways Old Man’ — Major UK Newspaper Slams ‘Useless and Nasty’ Biden

President Joe Biden, whose inauguration was supposed to herald a return to international esteem for the U.S., has been slammed as “useless and nasty” by one of Britain’s leading newspapers.

The Telegraph, close to Britain’s governing Conservative (Tory) party and the country’s best-selling broadsheet, published an article by Associate Editor Camilla Tominey suggesting that “Biden’s qualities for the Oval Office are almost non-existent.”

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

New York Rep. Lee Zeldin Says 2 People Shot Outside His Home

He said the two people who were shot were found under his porch and in the bushes in front of his house.

NEW YORK — New York congressman and Republican candidate for governor Lee Zeldin says his family is safe after two strangers were shot outside his Long Island home on Sunday.

Zeldin said in a statement that he does not know the identities of the two people who were shot but that they were found under his porch and in the bushes in front of his home in Shirley, New York. The congressman and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting but their teenage daughters were in the home and heard gunshots and screaming, he said in the statement released by his office.

Zeldin said his 16-year-old daughters locked themselves in a bathroom and called 911. The family is shaken but OK, he said. Zeldin and his wife were returning from a parade in the Bronx when the shooting occurred.

He said police officers were at his home investigating Sunday evening and were looking over the home’s security cameras. The two people who were shot were taken to local hospitals, he said.

The Suffolk County Police Department issued a brief statement saying it was investigating the shooting, which appeared to have no connection to Zeldin’s family. Police had no information to release about who fired the shots or who first found the two people shot, a spokeswoman said.

Zeldin, who is running against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, has made rising crime rates and violent crime a focus of his campaign. He has called for the state’s bail laws to be toughened, among other measures.

“Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally made its way to our front door,” Zeldin said Sunday.

He said later in a post on Twitter that his daughters were at the kitchen table when the shooting occurred and that one of the bullets was found 30 feet away from them.

It’s the second scare he’s had in several months. In July, he was assaulted while campaigning in upstate New York when a man approached him onstage and thrust a sharp object near his head and neck. He was uninjured and the man was arrested.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Orthodox Jews Sue New York Over Gun Law Banning Concealed Carry in Houses of Worship

A group of Orthodox Jews in New York City are suing the state’s new law banning carrying a firearm in a house of worship and arguing that it essentially makes them “sitting ducks.”

The Jewish congregation in Midwood, Brooklyn, in a suit organized by the New York State Jewish Gun Club in Rockland County, filed the lawsuit on September 29 objecting to the state’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act signed by New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, the New York Post reported.

The legislation banned concealed-carry permit holders from carrying weapons into “sensitive locations” that includes “places of worship or religious observation” which the lawsuit alleges puts Jewish synagogue-goers at risk.

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

Pfizer Partners With Marvel to Release a Digital Comic Book Encouraging People to Get Their COVID Shot and Become an ‘Everyday Hero’

Pfizer announced on Tuesday that it would issue a digital comic book in collaboration with Marvel to urge people to get the COVID shot and become an ‘everyday hero.’

“Pfizer and BioNTech announced our new collaboration with Marvel Comics. Together we created a custom comic book featuring the Avengers who fight to protect their community,” Pfizer said in a statement.

We hope that people around the world enjoy reading the comic book… At Pfizer, we encourage people to come together to help protect themselves by staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.”

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

Philadelphia Democrat Endorses Dr. Oz, Calls on Other Dems to Put Public Safety Ahead of Party

The former deputy mayor of Philadelphia, a Democrat, is endorsing Republican Dr. Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Rampant crime has been a driving issue in the 2022 midterms and Pennsylvania is no exception, especially Philadelphia.

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

Stacey Abrams’ Campaign Has Spent Over $1.2M on Private Security Since December

FIRST ON FOX: Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has spent over $1.2 million on private security since announcing her candidacy in December 2021 despite her ties to multiple abolitionist groups and opposition to the “privatization of justice.”

A Fox News Digital review found that the Abrams campaign doled out over $400,000 between July and August of this year alone for private security.

These payments follow an exclusive report from July that found the Abrams campaign paid out over $800,000 to Executive Protection Agencies, LLC, an Atlanta-based private security firm, between December 2021 and June of this year.

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

Tomorrow is Ashli Babbitt’s 37th Birthday and Her Mother Has a Special Request: ‘We Ask That You Set Flowers on the Steps to Your Local Capitol Building, ‘ ‘Display a Single Candle in Your Window’

Ashi Babbitt, the slain Air Force veteran who was murdered by Capitol Hill Police officer Michael Byrd on January 6, would be celebrating her 37th birthday tomorrow if her life wasn’t suddenly taken by a leftist who the federal government continues to protect.

Ashli’s mother, Micki Witthoeft, continues to relentlessly fight for justice.

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

Watchdog Files Lawsuits Over Voter Registration Duplicates, Finds Millions Lacking Required ID

With midterm elections a month away, an election integrity watchdog has filed multiple lawsuits in Minnesota over duplicate registered voters while also finding millions of voter registrations in New York missing personal identifying information.

Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law nonprofit, filed six lawsuits in Minnesota counties over 515 duplicate registrants. The lawsuits were filed in Nicollet, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Todd and Ramsey counties.

PILF also found that 3.1 million registered voters in New York were missing personal identifying information, such as a driver’s license number or Social Security number, which makes it difficult for the state to accurately maintain its voter rolls.

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

Woman Duct-Taped, Slashed Naked Tinder Date — Then Ordered Doordash: Cops

A Colorado woman has been arrested after she allegedly duct-taped her naked Tinder date, choked him and slashed him with a knife — before ordering food from DoorDash.

Lauren Marie Dooley, 22, was hit with multiple felony charges last week over the bizarre attack on her 21-year-old date inside her apartment in Colorado Springs, a newly released affidavit says.

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

Austrian President Secures Re-Election With Clear Win, Avoiding Runoff

VIENNA, Oct 9 — Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen secured a second six-year term in office on Sunday by winning a clear majority of votes in an election to avoid a runoff, according to projections based on almost all votes cast except postal ballots.

The 78-year-old former leader of the Greens has garnered broad popularity by projecting calm during times of national crisis, including the collapse of the government in 2019 and the resignation of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz a year ago over corruption allegations that Kurz denies.

The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) was the only party in parliament to field a candidate against Van der Bellen, who won a much tighter race against an FPO opponent in 2016. Grandees from all other parties in parliament backed the president.

The Austrian president performs a largely ceremonial role, but also has sweeping powers that mean overseeing periods of transition and turbulence.

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

Forcing Farmers to Join the Rush for Net Zero Will See Millions Go Hungry, Warns Cattle and Wheat Farmer of 40 Years

GEORDIE BURNETT-STUART: The public is as confused as it is misinformed by zealots blinded by self-important activism. But it’s not just a British problem.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: No Consultation: US to Set Up New Ukraine Command in Wiesbaden

Germany is becoming a war party and thus the target of possible Russian military strikes without its consent. The US is making use of the right of occupation and wants to set up its own command center for better coordination of its military activities in the Ukraine — in Wiesbaden.

This was reported by the US news channel CNN, citing government officials. There was apparently no consultation or coordination with German authorities.

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

Germany: Dissatisfaction With Scholz Administration Growing

German dissatisfaction with the traffic light coalition has reached new heights since they took office in December 2021. At 68 percent, more than two thirds are less or not at all satisfied with the work of the SPD, Greens and FDP, as the ARD Deutschlandtrend has shown. Only 29 percent stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the traffic light coalition.

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

Italy’s Meloni Furious After France Vows to Monitor Rule of Law

ROME — Italy’s prime minister-in-waiting Giorgia Meloni reacted with fury after French European Affairs Minister Laurence Boone said that after Italy’s new government takes power, France will monitor the rule of law in Italy.

In an interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Boone said: “We want to work with Rome but we will monitor respect for rights and freedoms” and “we will pay close attention to respect of values and the rule of law. The EU has already shown that it is vigilant toward other countries such as Hungary and Poland.”

Meloni, who is expected to be appointed prime minister of Italy after her right-wing coalition won 44 percent of the vote in an election on September 25, called the comments “an unacceptable threat of interference in a sovereign state.”

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

Italy: Meloni May Appoint Technocrats to Govt Ministries to Avoid Party Squabbles

National conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni, likely Italy’s next Prime Minister, says she may appoint technocrats to ministerial positions if no suitable candidates can be found within her centre-right coalition.

Meloni met with the members of her party this week to discuss the formation of the next Italian government, which she is expected to lead as Italy’s first female prime minister.

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

Poland: Ruling Party Leads Support Poll

Ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) would win an election this Sunday with 33.9 percent of the vote, an IBRiS survey showed on Friday.

The authors of the survey noted that support for PiS had risen slightly from the previous month’s level of 33.2 percent.

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

Swedish Right-Wing Parties Oppose Repair of Nord Stream Pipelines

Swedish conservative and populist parties have expressed opposition to allowing the repair of the damaged Nord Stream pipelines as Swedish investigators have confirmed they were damaged by explosions.

As the damage to the pipelines took place in Danish and Swedish waters, permission will likely be required from both governments in order to repair the damage done by the alleged sabotage late last month.

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

Trump Speaks Via Video at Rally of Global Far-Right in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump threw his weight behind Spain’s far-right Sunday in a video shown at a rally in Madrid that also featured messages by the leading stars of Europe’s populist right like Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

In a recording that lasted under 40 seconds made while Trump was on a plane, Trump thanked Spain’s far-right Vox party and its leader Santiago Abascal for what he called the “great job” they do.

“We have to make sure that we protect our borders and do lots of very good conservative things,” Trump said. “Spain is a great country and we want to keep it a great country. So congratulations to Vox for so many great messages you get out to the people of Spain and the people of the world.”

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

UK: ‘I Have to Go to Hospital… Stop Interfering With Us!’…

Furious motorists DRAG Just Stop Oil protesters out of the road while one eco activist clambers on top of a police van and GLUES himself to it on day nine of protests

Furious motorists have been pictured dragging members of the environmental group Just Stop Oil from the roads surrounding Westminster as activists stop traffic for the ninth day in a row, resulting in 45 arrests.

Dozens of protesters against the continued use of oil and gas despite their detrimental climate impacts have blocked roads in central London around the Houses of Parliament today, in a bid to force government to take action on the climate crisis.

One was filmed clambering on top of a police van which had arrived to deal with the protesters and gluing himself down to it by the hand.

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

UK: Police Charge Woman, 26, And Man, 40, On Suspicion of Criminal Damage After Animal Rebellion Protest in Which Activists Poured Milk Over Shop Floor at Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason

Police have charged two people on suspicion of criminal damage and theft after an Animal Rebellion protest in which activists poured milk over shop floors in central London.

Stephen Bone, 40, from Essex, and Sofia Fernandes Pontes, 26, from Islington, were both charged this morning with two counts of criminal damage and two counts of theft.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘A man and a woman have been charged following incidents of criminal damage at two shops in central London on Friday afternoon.

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

Protests in Iran: Two Members of Security Forces Killed

Two members of Iran’s security forces have been killed in continuing protests against the authorities, state media have said.

Videos on social media show students and schoolgirls joining the demonstrations across the country.

Dozens of protesters have been killed since unrest began last month following the death of a young woman in custody.

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

“Declaration of War Without Rules”: Russian Officials Fume Over Crimea Bridge Blast as Ukraine Celebrates

Update(1435ET): Russia’s state Investigative Committee has put out a statement saying at least three civilians died as a result of the attack on the Crimean Bridge, which was likely a fertilizer-laden truck bombing. “According to preliminary data, three people died as a result of the incident.

They were presumably passengers of a car, which was near the exploded track. As of now, the bodies of a man and a women have been recovered from the water, their identities are being established,” the committee said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at the same time blasted what she called the “criminal logic” of some NATO officials who are positively cheering the attack.

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

Putin Says Ukraine Planned Crimea Bridge Explosion, Calls it Terrorism

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the explosion on a key bridge linking Crimea and the Russian mainland was a terrorist act planned by the Ukrainian special services.

“There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure,” Putin said in a video on the Kremlin’s Telegram channel. “This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services.”

Putin was meeting Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, who was presenting findings of an inquiry into Saturday’s explosion and fire on the bridge.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine War: Key Developments You Need to Know Today

1. US reassures Ukraine of continued security assistance

The White House said on Sunday it would continue to arm Ukraine, while declining to comment on an explosion that damaged Russia’s Crimea bridge.

“We don’t really have anything more to add to the reports about the explosion on the bridge,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

“What I can tell you is that Mr. Putin started this war, and Mr. Putin could end it today, simply by moving his troops out of the country.”

Kirby said both sides needed to negotiate an end to the war but that the Russian president had shown no interest in doing so.

“Quite the contrary,” he added. “By calling up hundreds of thousands of reservists, by politically annexing, or at least trying to annex four areas of Ukraine, he has shown every indication that he is doubling down.”

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

Watch: John Bolton Calls for Putin Assassination, Regime Change

Former White House national security adviser John Bolton is now taking to the networks to call for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assassination. “I think we should make it clear publicly so that not just Putin but that all the top Russian leadership… that if Putin authorizes the use of a nuclear weapon he’s signing his own suicide note,” the well-known neocon hawk said to CBS in a Friday appearance.

Describing that Putin is head of command and control for all Russian — including nuclear — forces, Bolton continued by stating what he says should be official US policy: “He’s a legitimate military target… he needs to know that he’s on our target list at this point.” Bolton essentially called for the US to assassinate the Russian leader if the opportunity ever arises.

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

Renowned Marvel and DC Comics Illustrator Dies Suddenly as He Was About to Board a Plane in Paris

Famous comic book artist and illustrator Kim Jung Gi suddenly died on October 3 from heart failure just before he was to board a flight in Paris bound for New York.

The 47-year-old South Korean artist experienced severe chest pains at the airport, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, where he later died, according to a post on his Twitter account.

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

Extinction Rebellion Protesters Glue Their Hands to a Priceless Picasso Triggering a Mass Evacuation at One of Australia’s Biggest Galleries

Two advocates from a climate protest group have been arrested after gluing their hands to a priceless piece of art, triggering an evacuation at one of Australia’s biggest galleries.

A 49-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man from Extinction Rebellion Australia (ERA) glued their hands to the glass of a framed painting by Pablo Picasso, titled Massacre in Korea, at midday on Sunday at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The pair stood either side of the 1951 piece each with a hand glued to the glass and above a banner reading ‘climate chaos = war + famine’.

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

They Had Comfortable Lives and Happy Families — But Now These Australian Women Are Forced to Stay in Cars or Hostels After They Were Suddenly Left Without a Home: ‘It Can Happen to Anyone’

Narrated by Margot Robbie, Under Cover will be released in select cinemas across Australia on October 6, and will chart the stories of 10 women suddenly left without a home.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

South Africa May Soon Take Land Without Compensation

Authored by Nathan Worcester via The Epoch Times

South Africa’s National Assembly passed a bill on Sept. 28 that would allow the government to seize land without paying the owners, a practice known as ‘expropriation without compensation.’

“This thing is emotional. We cannot deny it,” said South African farmer Herman J. Roos in a Sept. 29 message to The Epoch Times.

He noted that the law would not change Article 25 of South Africa’s constitution—a more radical move that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has frequently advocated.

The Expropriation Bill, the latest gesture toward land reform in a racially and economically divided nation, still awaits approval from the National Council of Provinces.

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

Around 6.89 Mln Refugees Have Entered Poland Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, around 6.89 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.

According to the SG, on Saturday Border Guard officers carried out around 24,800 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, and by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday the number of arrivals had reached around 6,700 people.

The Border Guard also said that close to 5.11 million people had left Poland for Ukraine since the beginning of the war. On Saturday, around 26,800 people crossed the border from Poland to Ukraine.

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Hungary Ready to Contribute More to the Protection of the Serbian-North Macedonian Border

Hungary is ready to participate in the joint border protection force that would protect the Serbian-North Macedonian border against illegal immigrants and make a significant contribution both in terms of border guards and technology to ensure the best possible protection of the border, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó said in Belgrade on Thursday.

In the Serbian capital, the Hungarian minister held talks with the Serbian finance minister, foreign minister and interior minister, as well as the Austrian foreign minister and interior minister, on issues related to illegal migration.

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Poland Plans Barrier on Russian Border Reveals Official

Next year’s budget will include funds for the construction of a perimetric barrier on Poland’s border with Russia, a government official said on Friday.

Maciej Wasik, a deputy interior minister, told Polish Radio that the barrier should be built as soon as possible to prevent further hybrid attacks by Russia.

“I believe further hybrid attacks on the Polish border are a certainty. We have to be tough and show resistence,” Wasik said.

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Pope Francis: Europe’s Rejection of Migrants is ‘Disgusting, Sinful, And Criminal’

ROME — Pope Francis employed some of his strongest language to date Sunday in denouncing Europe’s “scandalous” rejection of migrants.

“The exclusion of migrants is scandalous. Even more, the exclusion of migrants is criminal, it kills them right before our eyes,” the pontiff said in his Sunday homily, departing from his prepared remarks.

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Raid on Illegal Migrant Camp Near Hungarian Border Sees 200 Arrests

Over 200 migrants were arrested this week after Serbian authorities cleared a makeshift migrant camp along the Hungarian border. Traffic along the Balkan migration route continues to surge.

The group of around 200 migrants were arrested on Wednesday morning as they were planning to illegally cross the border into Hungary, according to the Serbian Interior Ministry.

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The One Good Thing the Half-Billion Dollar COVID White Elephant Lying Empty in Melbourne Could be Used for as it Gets Ready to Close Down Just Eight Months After Opening

A $580million quarantine centre in Mickleham, 50km north of Melbourne, will close within days, eight months after it opened. But a radical plan could save it from being a white elephant.

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Biology Teacher Reinstated After Refusing to Use Trans Student Pronouns

A biology teacher who was suspended last week after refusing to use transgender students’ preferred pronouns was reinstated after over 400 people showed up at the school’s auditorium last Wednesday — most of whom were there to support the educator.

Biology and anatomy teacher Daren Cusato was suspended by officials at South Side Area School District in rural Beaver County, PA, despite citing religious beliefs for his refusal use the trans students’ pronouns.

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Breaking: Parents Protest California Pediatrics Convention Over Medicalized Transitioning of Children

Members of parents and anti-child grooming groups on Saturday gathered outside the American Association of Pediatrics Convention in Anaheim, California for the “First Do No Harm Unity Rally,” protesting against the “medicalization of gender-nonconforming kids.”

Representatives from the organizations Advocates Protecting Children, Gays Against Groomers, Lesbians United, MOM Army, Our Duty, Partners for Ethical Care, and others peacefully protested at the Anaheim Convention Center, holding banners with phrases such as “STOP TELLING GAY GIRLS THEY’RE TRANS BOYS,” and “MOMS AGAINST MASECTOMIES FOR MINORS.”

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Federal Judge Rules Biden’s LGBTQ+ Employee Protections Go Too Far

A federal judge in Texas ruled that the Biden administration’s policies that allow LGBTQ+ people to use the bathroom of their gender identity went too far.

A 2021 guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission aimed to protect LGBTQ+ employees from workplace discrimination and allow them to use whatever pronouns and bathroom corresponded with their gender identity, The Daily Caller reported.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled that this guidance went too far and said that while Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects the LGBTQ+ community from discriminatory hiring practices, that doesn’t necessarily include “all correlated conduct,” such as bathroom and pronoun use.

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These Are the World’s Most-Surveilled Cities

This may come as a surprise, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the global urban population overtook the rural population. At that time, the two groups were split nearly 50/50, with around 3.3 billion people apiece.

Today, the percentage of people living in urban areas has grown to over 55%, and is expected to reach 68% by 2050. Due to this trend, many of the world’s largest cities have become home to tens of millions of people.

In response to such incredible density, governments, businesses, and households have installed countless security cameras for various purposes including crime protection. To grasp the scale of this surveillance, Visual Capitalist’s Marcu Lu used data from a recent report by Comparitech to visualize the most surveilled cities in the world.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2022

  1. Did you see what Putin did?
    And this is because the ideologists of the Kremlin have suicidal-apocalyptic thinking. I read the news from Europe, I read the Canadian writer Douglas Copeland – there is also suicidal-apocalyptic thinking.

    I don’t have suicidal-apocalyptic thinking. What am I doing among all these people? Recently, I came to the conclusion that I am still a pagan (I read Epictetus). I believe that some divinity gave me life.
    Why did some motherf***rs think they have the right to take her away from me?
    I don’t understand anything!

  2. When Russia bombs the bridge over the Dniester estuary, Putin doesn’t call this terrorism.

    When Russia bombs kids’ playgrounds, pedestrian bridges, museums and the German consulate (just today), Putin doesn’t call this terrorism.

    Only when a bridge crucial for his military aggression, illegally built on Ukrainian territory gets bombed, Putin calls this terrorism.

    Sounds like Putin can dish it out, but cam’t take it.

  3. “Think Twice Before You Vaccinate Your Kids”, Dr. Robert Malone Warns Parents On COVID-19 Shots

    JANUARY 11, 2022
    Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist and immunologist who has contributed significantly to the technology of mRNA vaccines, issued a strong caution for those who seek to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19

    https://www.algora.com/Algora_blog/2022/01/11/think-twice-before-you-vaccinate-your-kids-dr-robert-malone-warns-parents-on-covid-19-shots

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