Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/10/2022

The Ukrainian army said that it has made major gains in the front near Kherson after Russia announced its withdrawal from the city. Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Italy is fully committed in its support of Ukraine.

In other news, inflation in Hungary has risen to over 21%, the highest it has been in 26 years.

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Financial Crisis
» Canadians Resorting to Skipping Meals, Stockpiling Food to Deal With Inflation: Poll
» German Finance Minister Pushes Digital Euro, Claims There Are No Plans to Abolish Cash
» Hungarian Inflation Hits 26-Year High
» ‘I’m Sorry, I F****d Up.’ Sam Bankman-Fried Needs $4 Billion. Fast
» Inflation: Grocery Prices Jumped 12.4% Compared to October Last Year
» Key Sign That Inflation is About to Stop Rising Amid Crippling Cost of Living Crisis — But Fears Grow That Reserve Bank Have Got it Wrong Yet Again
» Musk Warns Twitter Bankruptcy Possible if Cash Burn Doesn’t Stop
» Reserve Bank Boffin Slams Australians for Trying to Look Rich With Flashy Cars and a Nice House — Amid a Warning of More Rate Rises and an Admission the Officials Got Inflation Very Wrong
» Stock Market News Live Updates: Stocks Stage Blowout Rally After Milder CPI Print
» Tech Layoffs Now Hit Amazon: Workers in ‘Unprofitable’ Units, Like Alexa Which Has Lost $5b, Are Told to ‘Look for Other Jobs in the Company’ As $1 Trillion is Wiped Off Its Value
» The Digital Euro May Have Spending Limits
» Watch: Riots Break Out Over Inflation in Athens, Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Police
 
USA
» b l a c k p i l l e d
» Biden Torched Over Call to Investigate Elon Musk’s Foreign Ties: ‘One of the Most Hypocritical Statements’
» Biden’s Student Loan Handout Struck Down by Federal Judge in Texas
» Breaking: Trump Accuses Ron DeSantis of ‘Playing Games’
» Breaking: LA Drops Charges Against Konnech CEO Over Storing Data on Chinese Servers
» Breaking: Biden to Send More Weapons to Ukraine
» Breaking: Connecticut 7th Grade Teacher Details Sexual Fantasies With Minor Students to Project Veritas
» Businesses in Long Beach Threaten to Move if Violence, Rampant Drug Use Are Not Cleaned Up
» FBI, ATF Helping With Little Free Library Explosion Investigation
» Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says Zeldin Losing by Only Five Points is a ‘Wake Up Call’
» George Soros-Backed District Attorney Candidates Sweep Elections
» Here We Joe Again! Biden Says Russia is Pulling Out of ‘Fallujah’ Instead of Kherson in Latest Brutal Slip of the Mind for 79-Year-Old President
» Homeowner Defends Self, Family by Shooting Man Who Followed Him Inside With Large Rock
» Kari Lake Says She’s Putting Together a Transition Team, Confident of Victory in Prolonged Election
» Man Who Threw White Claw Can at Ted Cruz Says He Wanted Senator to ‘Chug’ It
» Musk Tells Twitter Employees to Show Up at the Office or ‘Resignation Accepted’
» New Yorker Editor Complains Anti-CRT Candidates Did ‘Depressingly Well’ in the Midterm Elections
» Not So Green: California Voters Reject Tax Hike on Millionaires to Fund EV Incentives
» Pfizer Boasts of “Multi-Billion Dollar” COVID Vaccine Franchise as it Marks Up Price by 10,000 Per Cent
» Piece of the Space Shuttle Challenger Found by Divers in the Atlantic Ocean Off Florida
» Portland Antifa Member Who Advocates for Political Violence Works for Far-Left Group Hired by City to Train Cops
» Senate Republicans Call for TikTok Ban: ‘Major Threat to U.S. National Security’
» Swalwell Says Parent Oversight of Education Like ‘Putting Patients in Charge of Their Own Surgeries’
» Two Days After Midterms, Slow Arizona Vote Count Exasperates Twitter: ‘School Children Can Count Faster’
» US Military Service Couple-Turned-Spies Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempt to Sell Nuclear Secrets to Brazil
» Video: Victorious Rand Paul Vows to “Subpoena Every Last Document of Dr. Fauci”
» Video: Biden Thinks Russia Invaded Iraq
» West Virginia Democratic Sen. Manchin Comes Out Against President Biden’s Energy Commission Nominee
 
Canada
» “Mask Mandate is a Joke” — Waterloo Students Rebel Against Return of Masking
» Day 21 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings
» Guess What? Money Does Buy Happiness! People Given $10,000 in One-of-a-Kind Experiment Report Feeling Happier Months After Spending it All, Study Finds
» Journalists Win Legal Battle Against Antifa-Linked Canadian Anti-Hate Network
» Ontario Judge Rules Supporting Freedom Protests Online is Not Criminal
» Saskatchewan Concerned About “Possible Mandates” on Fertilizer
 
Europe and the EU
» 2022 Birth Decline in Germany and Sweden Explained by ‘Vaccines’
» Brussels: Police Officer Stabbed to Death
» Climate Activists in at Least 13 Countries Protest Private Jets
» Czech Trade Minister Slams EU’s Slow Response to Energy Crisis
» Germany Wants More Scrutiny of Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover
» Italy is ‘Fully Committed’ To Ukraine Support, Meloni Tells NATO Chief
» KFC Apologizes After ‘System Error’ Invites Germans to Commemorate Kristallnacht With Crispy Chicken
» Murder and Attempted Murder Between Criminals Up 25 Per Cent in France This Year
» Northeast Greenland Ice Sheet is Melting So Rapidly it Could Cause Sea Levels to Rise by 0.5-Inches by the End of the Century, Study Warns
» Poland’s Conservative Ruling Party to Propose Severely Restricting Parliamentary Immunity
» Poland Brings Back Country’s Presidents-in-Exile to Reinforce Its National Identity, Says PM Morawiecki
» Striking Correlation Between Autumn Vaccine Boosters and Excess Deaths in England as Total Non-COVID Excess Tops 23,000
» Swedish Education Minister Announces Investigation Into ‘Cancel Culture’ In Universities
» UK: M25 Disruption: Arrests Over Fourth Day of Just Stop Oil Protests
 
North Africa
» Energy Rationing for Plebs Only: COP27 Bigwigs Blast Air Conditioning in 80 Degree Egypt
 
Middle East
» Qatar’s Towering Influence Over UK: World Cup Host Has Snapped Up Stakes in Everything From the Shard and Heathrow to Barclays and Sainsbury’s
» Turkey Demands Sweden Hand Over Journalist Accused of Being a ‘Terrorist’ By President Erdogan in Order for it to Back the Scandinavian Country’s Bid to Join NATO
 
Russia
» How an Energy Crisis is Testing Moldova’s Mettle to Turn Away From Russia
» Kyiv Claims Major Gains as Russia Exits Kherson
» Sanctions Won’t Fell Putin: The War in Ukraine Shows No Real Sign of Abating in Spite of Setbacks for Russian Forces, Says Alex Brummer
» US Military General Estimates Over 100,000 Russians Killed or Wounded in Ukraine
 
South Asia
» Crime and Violation of Human Rights Perpetrated Against Hindu Minorities and Others All Time High in Pakistan
» India: Muslim Youths Beat Tribal Man to Death Over Taking Water From a Bore-Well in Rajasthan
 
Far East
» Banned WeChat Users Are Forced to Write Handwritten Note to Get Their Accounts Back
» Japanese Twitter Trends Shift From Politics to Anime in Wake of Curation Team Layoffs
 
Australia — Pacific
» Airbus Albo Jets Off Overseas Again as Australians Battle With a Cost of Living Crisis and the Prime Minister Comes Under Fire for Breaking His Election Promises
» Dramatic Moment Cyber Security Minister Holds Back Tears and Her Voice Shakes as She Promises to Stand With Women Whose Abortions ‘Were Exposed in Medibank Leak’
» Fiery Moment a Race Row Erupts Between Jacinta Price and Penny Wong in the Senate Over Controversial Plan to Have a World Ambassador for Aboriginal Australia and the Voice to Parliament
» Mayor Doubles Down on ISIS Brides and Their Children’s Relocation as He Compares the Move to Putting ‘Hitler’s Wife in the Middle of a Jewish Settlement’ And Slams Waleed Aly for Being Out of Touch
» Mum’s ‘Heart is Bleeding’ After One of Her Daughters is Accused of Killing Her Other Child in Hit and Run Where Victim Was Allegedly Dragged Under a Moving Car Before Being Smashed Into a Jeep
» Truckies Are Furious About a High-Tech Australia-First Trial to Turn Their Huge Vehicles Into ‘Job-Killing’ Driverless Robots Starting Tonight — and Melburnians Are the Guinea Pigs
» Urgent Warning to 9.7million Australians as Russian Hackers Publish New Dirt File Exposing Medibank Patients With Booze and Mental Health Problems — and Issue Chilling Message
 
Latin America
» El Salvador President Says US Now Feels Less Safe Than His Third-World Country: ‘it’s Unthinkable’
 
Immigration
» Austria to Place Ukrainian Refugees in Luxury Hotel After Running Out of Space
» Migrant Crisis: Nearly 9 in 10 Britons Believe Govt is ‘Performing Badly’
» Poland: Migrants Rushing Border Before Surveillance Installed
» Sex Offenders Apprehended Illegally Crossing US-Mexico Border
» Surge of Albanian Migrants Expected to Attempt to Cross the Channel Tomorrow as People Smugglers Use TikTok to Promote ‘100,000% Secure Passage From Calais to Dover’
» Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says 300th Bus of Illegal Immigrants Left for Chicago as ‘Biden Does Nothing’ on Border
» TikTok Video Shows Man Mocking German Energy Crisis by Turning Up Heating to Max in Asylum Camp
» UK: Exclusive: Heavily-Guarded Secret Dawn Flight Takes 22 Albanian Criminals and Illegal Immigrants Back to Their Home Country
» UK: Home Office Considers Housing Migrants on Cruise Ships or in University Halls of Residence to Slash £6.8m Daily Cost of Putting Them Up in Hotels
 
Culture Wars
» Boston Agrees to $2.1M Settlement for Refusing to Fly Christian Flag
» Exclusive: I’ve Been Cancelled in My Own Home.
» Montana Rejects Ballot Measure to Require Medical Care for ‘Infants Who Are Born Alive’
» Mum-of-Three Claims Four-Year-Old Daughter’s Pre-School is Teaching Her That ‘Girls Marry Girls and Boys Marry Boys’ — After the ABC Was Accused of ‘Grooming’ Kids by Having a Drag Queen Read a Book on TV
» Music School in Trans Row After Telling Students to ‘Report’ Women Who Oppose the Ideology
» UK Home Secretary: The “Public Want the Police Tackling Crime, Not Debating Gender on Twitter”
 

Canadians Resorting to Skipping Meals, Stockpiling Food to Deal With Inflation: Poll

Canadians are resorting to desperate measures as they struggle to deal with the rising cost of food and inflation.

According to a Nanos Research survey commissioned by CTV News, nearly 60% of Canadians said they switched to less expensive brands in the last month to cope with the situation.

Another 25% said they were stockpiling food, while 17% resorted to cutting out meals altogether because groceries were too expensive.

The survey found that young Canadians were the most impacted with over 70% of people between the age of 18 and 34 saying they are purchasing cheaper food items.

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

German Finance Minister Pushes Digital Euro, Claims There Are No Plans to Abolish Cash

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) has spoken out in favor of introducing “digital cash,” while adding such a move could “make everyday life easier and be a growth engine for the economy.” However, concerns remain that such a move would only be a stepping stone towards abolishing cash, a claim that Lindner currently denies, saying both cash and a digital euro can run side by side.

In a short message on Twitter, Lindner added the digital euro would not be a “self-starter,” warning that “digital cash” would only be widely accepted as a “supplement or equivalent replacement for bills and coins” if privacy is protected.

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

Hungarian Inflation Hits 26-Year High

Inflation in Hungary reached a 26-year high of 21.1 percent year-over-year in October, and officials expect it to rise further.

According to data released by the Central Statistics Office (KSH) on Monday, food prices rose by 40 percent compared with October 2021, within which eggs and bread showed an increase of 87.9 percent and 81.4 percent, respectively. Household energy prices were up 64.4 percent, with natural gas rising by 121 percent despite a government scheme that caps domestic energy prices up to an average consumption level.

The Central Bank did not comment on the inflation data, but Minister of Economic Development Marton Nagy said recently that inflation could peak toward the end of the year at around 25 percent.

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

‘I’m Sorry, I F****d Up.’ Sam Bankman-Fried Needs $4 Billion. Fast

Sam Bankman-Fried is on a race to secure $4 billion to save FTX, after rival Binance ditched its 11th-hour bid to buy the collapsing crypto exchange.

Bankman-Fried reportedly told investors on Wednesday evening that FTX is facing a shortfall of funds up to $8 billion and is in danger of bankruptcy if the company doesn’t receive at least $4 billion to stay solvent, according to separate reports from Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Bankman-Fried said FTX is willing to take the cash in whatever form it comes in, be it debt, equity, or a mixture of both.

Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital meanwhile told investors that it would be marking down its previous $214 million investment in FTX all the way down to zero after the bank run on the crypto exchange—triggered by Binance head Chengpeng Zhao’s liquidation of his $2 billion dollar position in the native token of the FTX exchange—put the company’s survival in doubt.

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

Inflation: Grocery Prices Jumped 12.4% Compared to October Last Year

Inflation in the U.S. eased a bit, up 7.7% year-over-year, however the cost of groceries is up by 12.4% compared to a year ago.

Consumers saw the lowest jump since December of 2021 on a month-to-month basis for groceries, up 0.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) October Consumer Price Index (CPI).

BLS economist Steve Reed emphasized to Yahoo Finance this can be seen as a “deceleration in grocery prices, not a decrease.”

Compared to prior months, when Americans saw “virtually everything rising,” Reed said the report showed “more of a mixed bag.”

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

Key Sign That Inflation is About to Stop Rising Amid Crippling Cost of Living Crisis — But Fears Grow That Reserve Bank Have Got it Wrong Yet Again

The Reserve Bank’s Deputy Governor Michele Bullock has declared the worst will be over by the end of next month. ‘We are approaching the peak of inflation this cycle,’ she said.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Musk Warns Twitter Bankruptcy Possible if Cash Burn Doesn’t Stop

(Bloomberg) — Elon Musk, in his first address to Twitter Inc. employees since purchasing the company for $44 billion, said that bankruptcy was a possibility if it doesn’t start generating more cash, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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

Reserve Bank Boffin Slams Australians for Trying to Look Rich With Flashy Cars and a Nice House — Amid a Warning of More Rate Rises and an Admission the Officials Got Inflation Very Wrong

The Reserve Bank has released a paper suggesting Australians were more likely to borrow big to buy a flashy car if they lived in a nice suburb. It also warned of more rate rises as inflation peaked.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Market News Live Updates: Stocks Stage Blowout Rally After Milder CPI Print

U.S. stocks posted outsized gains Thursday, logging their biggest one-day climb in two years, as Wall Street cheered lighter-than-expected inflation data and monitored midterm election tallies.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for October reflected a 7.7% increase over last year and 0.4% increase over the prior month, better than Wall Street expected. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 7.9% annual rise and 0.5% monthly gain.

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

Tech Layoffs Now Hit Amazon: Workers in ‘Unprofitable’ Units, Like Alexa Which Has Lost $5b, Are Told to ‘Look for Other Jobs in the Company’ As $1 Trillion is Wiped Off Its Value

Other divisions deemed unprofitable by the monthlong probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal , have yet to be specified.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

The Digital Euro May Have Spending Limits

Fabio Panetta, an Executive Board Member of the European Central Bank (ECB), has proposed that users of the digital euro should only be allowed to spend €50 per transaction and have a maximum monthly spending limit of just €1,000 if they want to avoid having their transaction data recorded by the ECB.

The digital euro is the European Union’s (EU’s) proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC) and officials involved with the project have already confirmed that it will have less anonymity than cash.

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

Watch: Riots Break Out Over Inflation in Athens, Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Police

Riots broke out in Athens as thousands of people protested in the Greek capital in response to the soaring inflation rates befalling the country.

Molotov cocktails and rocks were thrown at Greek police on Wednesday as workers went on another general strike, walking off the job for 24 hours to demand pay hikes to alleviate the growing cost of living crisis.

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

b l a c k p i l l e d

A historically unpopular president with rapidly declining cognitive abilities.

Presiding over a crippling inflation crisis and an economy heading south in a hurry.

And he has a better mid-term record than Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

Makes perfect sense.

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

Biden Torched Over Call to Investigate Elon Musk’s Foreign Ties: ‘One of the Most Hypocritical Statements’

Rep. James Comer called out President Biden’s hypocrisy after he suggested new Twitter CEO Elon Musk should be investigated for his ties to foreign countries.

“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate,” Biden said at the White House Wednesday when asked if Musk is a national security threat.

Comer, R-Ky., called the president’s statement “amazing.”

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

Biden’s Student Loan Handout Struck Down by Federal Judge in Texas

A federal judge in Texas struck down President Biden’s student loan handout in a Thursday night ruling.

Biden’s plan, which aims to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients in college and up to $10,000 for others who borrowed using federal student loans.

“Whether the Program constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine. Still, no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the

United States,” United States District Judge Mark Pittman wrote.

“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government…The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary.”

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

Breaking: Trump Accuses Ron DeSantis of ‘Playing Games’

In a news release which saw also posted in part to Truth Social, former President Donald Trump accused Florida Governor Ron DeSantis of “playing games,” calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Trump also suggested in the statement that DeSantis lacked “loyalty and class” for not denying a potential 2024 presidential run.

“NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average — middle of the pack—including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!” said Trump.

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

Breaking: LA Drops Charges Against Konnech CEO Over Storing Data on Chinese Servers

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County prosecutor George Gascon dropped criminal charges against Eugene Yu, CEO of the Michigan election software company Konnech.

Yu was arrested in October, and stands accused of storing data on poll workers in a China-based server, which was a breach of the company’s contract with LA County.

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

Breaking: Biden to Send More Weapons to Ukraine

Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced Thursday that the United States will be sending another package of relief to Ukraine.

“I want to provide a brief update on our efforts to ensure Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself,” Sullivan said. “Today, the United States will be announcing another package of security assistance for Ukraine, including important air defense contributions like missiles for Hawk air defense systems, as well as for us Avenger air defense systems that come equipped with Stinger missiles.”

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

Breaking: Connecticut 7th Grade Teacher Details Sexual Fantasies With Minor Students to Project Veritas

Project Veritas reporters spoke to the 7th grade dean at Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut, and detailed the sexual fantasies that he has about his students. This is part of Veritas ongoing series exposing the problems with American schools.

The undercover journalist heard a detailed account from Imran Rasti, who also serves as an English teacher at the school, of how he sees the female students in his class. He claimed that students intentionally spread their legs and show their panties to him.

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

Businesses in Long Beach Threaten to Move if Violence, Rampant Drug Use Are Not Cleaned Up

Prominent businesses in Long Beach, California, are threatening to pack up and move if issues such as crime, drug use and homelessness are not addressed, according to a local report.

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

FBI, ATF Helping With Little Free Library Explosion Investigation

Federal and state law enforcement have joined the investigation into a series of small explosions in the Arlington Forest neighborhood.

As ARLnow first reported, someone blew up a Little Free Library on the 100 block of N. Columbus Street and caused another small explosion at the nearby Lubber Run amphitheater early Wednesday morning.

The Arlington County Fire Department was joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Virginia State Police in processing evidence from the scene.

“The Fire Prevention Office is asking anyone that lives in the immediate area with home surveillance equipment to please review their video for any information that could assist with the investigation,” ACFD said Thursday evening.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says Zeldin Losing by Only Five Points is a ‘Wake Up Call’

Former New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin’s close race with current Gov. Kathy Hochul should be a “wake-up call” to Democrats.

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

George Soros-Backed District Attorney Candidates Sweep Elections

Far-left district attorney candidates who appeared on November ballots and received backing from billionaire George Soros have swept their elections, according to a nationwide search of records and election results.

Fox News Digital performed a 50-state search of campaign finance databases and identified at least four prosecutor candidates who received financial backing from Soros and won their November elections, including two newcomers and two candidates he’s previously backed.

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

Here We Joe Again! Biden Says Russia is Pulling Out of ‘Fallujah’ Instead of Kherson in Latest Brutal Slip of the Mind for 79-Year-Old President

Fallujah is a city in Iraq where the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War took place, whereas the Russian military recently announced they’d be pulling out of the southeast Ukrainian city of Kherson.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Homeowner Defends Self, Family by Shooting Man Who Followed Him Inside With Large Rock

A homeowner in Oakton in Fairfax County shot and killed a rock-wielding intruder in self-defense just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The interaction between the two men began outside on the homeowner’s property.

At some point in the physical altercation between the two, the homeowner went inside to retrieve a firearm. The victim followed, hefting a large landscaping rock as he entered the house. The homeowner then shot the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re fortunate nobody else was injured by this incident. … It’s still a very, very active investigation. But preliminarily, we are investigating this as a self-defense, fatal shooting,” said 2nd Lt. James Curry of the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department in a press conference at the scene…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Kari Lake Says She’s Putting Together a Transition Team, Confident of Victory in Prolonged Election

Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake says she is confident that she will win the governorship despite the prolonged election, and has already begun putting her team together.

As of now, Arizona’s gubernatorial race is too close to call, with counties such as Maricopa still counting ballots. Kari Lake currently has 49.6% of the vote while her Democratic opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, has 50.4% of the vote with 70% reporting.

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

Man Who Threw White Claw Can at Ted Cruz Says He Wanted Senator to ‘Chug’ It

The man who threw a can of White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claims he was not trying to hurt the politician but instead wanted him to chug the drink, his lawyer says.

Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, faces felony charges after allegedly throwing two cans at Cruz during a World Series victory parade for the Houston Astros. Footage shows a can flying at Cruz, striking him in the arm, before body guards begin pointing at Arcidiacono in the crowd. Lawyers for the man say he had no intention of hurting Cruz, however.

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

Musk Tells Twitter Employees to Show Up at the Office or ‘Resignation Accepted’

Twitter owner Elon Musk on Thursday reportedly reiterated his expectations about going into the office to the social media platform’s staff.

“If you can physically make it to an office and you don’t show up, resignation accepted,” he said during an all-hands meeting with Twitter employees, Platformer Managing Editor Zoe Schiffer reported in a tweet.

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

New Yorker Editor Complains Anti-CRT Candidates Did ‘Depressingly Well’ in the Midterm Elections

A New Yorker article is getting backlash on social media for saying that anti-Critical Race Theory superintendent and school board candidates did “depressingly well.”

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been a flashpoint among the culture wars that have plagued education since the start of the pandemic, mobilizing parents to run for school board and speak out against race and gender ideology, school closures, mask mandates and vaccine requirements.

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

Not So Green: California Voters Reject Tax Hike on Millionaires to Fund EV Incentives

California’s high earners won’t see a tax hike after voters rejected a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have raised taxes on income over $2 million to fund electric vehicle incentives and wildfire prevention.

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

Pfizer Boasts of “Multi-Billion Dollar” COVID Vaccine Franchise as it Marks Up Price by 10,000 Per Cent

Pfizer’s Chief Financial Officer boasted that the COVID vaccine franchise represents a “multi-billion dollar” market for years to come as it marked up prices by 10,000 per cent.

The comments were made by David Denton during an earnings call with investors last week.

The CFO asserted that the virus had become “somewhat like a flu… but more deadly,” and that the vaccines and anti-virals produced by Pfizer to combat it would be “relevant for many years to come.”

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

Piece of the Space Shuttle Challenger Found by Divers in the Atlantic Ocean Off Florida

NASA has confirmed that a piece of the space shuttle Challenger has been found in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, nearly 37 years after the shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff.

The discovery was made by a History Channel documentary crew who were searching for the wreckage of a World War II-era aircraft, according to a press release from NASA. Divers noticed what was described as a “large humanmade object,” partially covered with sand. Because of the “proximity to the Florida Space Coast” and the item’s “modern construction and presence of 8-inch square tiles,” the documentary team alerted NASA to their discovery.

The History Channel posted a video of the discovery on social media, calling it the “first discovery of wreckage from the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger in more than 25 years.”

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Antifa Member Who Advocates for Political Violence Works for Far-Left Group Hired by City to Train Cops

Beatrix Wing Ling Li, an advocate for “political violence” and a member of Antifa based in Portland, Oregon, works for the Oregon Justice Resource Center, an “Antifa legal group” that has been hired by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to train police on how to identify white supremacy.

The Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo revealed that “Breatrix Wing Ling Li, a violent extremist #Antifa member in #Portland who celebrated the violent attack on Indigenous-owned Bison Coffehouse & is threatening @reneforportland, works for Antifa legal group @OJRCenter. Li had also suggested killing people in a post.

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

Senate Republicans Call for TikTok Ban: ‘Major Threat to U.S. National Security’

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., said Thursday that they will introduce legislation to effectively ban TikTok in the United States, citing concerns that the social media app’s popularity in the United States could give the Chinese Communist Party the ability to “subtly indoctrinate American citizens” and collect info on users.

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

Swalwell Says Parent Oversight of Education Like ‘Putting Patients in Charge of Their Own Surgeries’

California Rep. Eric Swalwell says parental involvement in education is the equivalent of allowing medical patients to dictate their own surgeries, a biting remark in an ongoing political fight over what children learn in the classroom.

Swalwell made the remarks on his Twitter feed Wednesday night, responding to a remark from South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott that Republicans were planning to put “parents back in charge of their kids’ education.”

Swalwell wrote: “Please tell me what I’m missing here. What are we doing next? Putting patients in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials? When did we stop trusting experts. … This is so stupid.”

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

Two Days After Midterms, Slow Arizona Vote Count Exasperates Twitter: ‘School Children Can Count Faster’

Conservative Twitter users slammed Arizona election officials for not having finished the state’s vote count.

Nearly two days after polls closed in Arizona’s midterm elections, there are still many votes left uncounted. As such, the state’s two major races — the gubernatorial contest between Republican Kari Lake and her Democratic opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs; and the Senate race between GOP nominee Blake Masters and Democrat Mark Kelly — have yet to be decided.

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US Military Service Couple-Turned-Spies Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempt to Sell Nuclear Secrets to Brazil

A former nuclear engineer for the Navy’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, Jonathan Toebbe, was sentenced to 19 years in prison, and his wife Diana was sentenced to 21 years, for selling restricted information about the design of nuclear-powered naval vessels to a foreign nation.

According to the Daily Mail, Judge Gina Groh said the couple’s actions were “greedy and self-serving” and put “every citizen of this country in a vulnerable position and at risk of harm from adversaries.”

The Annapolis, Maryland spies were arrested in 2021 by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on charges related to espionage. 44-year-old Jonathan Toebbe and 46-year-old Diana thought they were selling sensitive data to a representative of Brazil, but that figure was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Judge Groh said, “This is an exceptional story, right out of the movie.”

According to court documents viewed by the Daily Mail, Jonathan Toebbe, who had top secret security clearance, as well as active Q clearance from the US Department of Energy (DOE), loaded restricted data onto SD cards and concealed them in half a peanut butter sandwich using a sealed Band-Aid wrapper and a chewing gum package. He then left the sandwiches at drop points in West Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, and eastern Virginia. Diana served as a lookout while he made the drops.

Diana Toebbe’s attorneys argued that she wanted to leave the US because she hated Donald Trump.

A picture of a home they identified as the Toebbe’s prominently featured a Black Lives Matter sign on the front lawn. The organization has been widely criticized for anti-capitalist ideology as well as encouraging the violent anarchist riots across the US in the summer of 2020 and seeking to defund law enforcement agencies across the country.

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Video: Victorious Rand Paul Vows to “Subpoena Every Last Document of Dr. Fauci”

After winning a decisive victory to secure his third term as Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul promised to end the “COVID cover up,” by forcing Anthony Fauci into court.

Paul told supporters that he intends to focus on uncovering the evidence for COVID emerging from a lab, and whether it was manipulated with funding from Fauci’s NIH.

“Thanks for coming out to Dr. Fauci’s retirement party!” Paul joked.

“I promise you this: the COVID cover-up will end,” the Senator urged, adding “I will not only hold Dr. Fauci accountable, we will finally investigate why your tax dollars were sent to fund dangerous research in Wuhan.”

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Video: Biden Thinks Russia Invaded Iraq

During a bumbling speech Wednesday, a reporter had to remind Joe Biden where Russia is currently engaged in conflict after the President suggested Putin’s troops were about to pull out of a city in Iraq.

Biden was asked about reports that the Russian military is to leave the city of Kherson in Ukraine, one of the only major cities they have successfully occupied since the invasion began.

“I think the context is that whether or not they’re pulling back from Fallujah,” Biden said before racking his brain to try and recall where Russian troops really are.

Fallujah is in Iraq.

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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Manchin Comes Out Against President Biden’s Energy Commission Nominee

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Joe Manchin has come out against President Joe Biden’s renomination of an interstate energy regulator, The Hill reports.

Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon said in an email that the senator was “not comfortable holding a hearing” on Biden’s nomination of Richard Glick for another term as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Manchin has also been critical of FERC’s move to scrutinize proposed certificates for natural gas projects.

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“Mask Mandate is a Joke” — Waterloo Students Rebel Against Return of Masking

A University of Waterloo student scrawled “mask mandate is a joke” before class in one lecture hall, according to a post from a university instructor.

The Ontario school controversially reinstated an indoor mask mandate on Wednesday, giving students less than 24 hours notice. But it seems that not all students are willing to go along with it.

“This was on the board in my classroom,” business lecturer Brent Matheson wrote on social media. “I guess at least one student doesn’t like that masks are back at the University of Waterloo.”

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Day 21 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings

No concerns about convoy crime, says govt official

On Day 21 of the Emergencies Act hearings, the Ontario Deputy Solicitor General testified that he did not have any concerns about violent crime at any time throughout the Freedom Convoy protest.

Under questioning from Commission counsel, Mario Di Tomasso was asked, “did you have public safety concerns about what was happening in Ottawa by February 6?”

“No,” Di Tomasso replied. “I was still not seeing any significant serious violent crime concerns at all.”

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Guess What? Money Does Buy Happiness! People Given $10,000 in One-of-a-Kind Experiment Report Feeling Happier Months After Spending it All, Study Finds

In a one-of-a-kind social experiment, researchers at the University of British Columbia recruited 300 people in seven countries — and gave around half $10,000.

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Journalists Win Legal Battle Against Antifa-Linked Canadian Anti-Hate Network

An Ottawa judge has dismissed a case against journalists Jonathan Kay and Barbara Kay, which accused them of libel. The case was brought forth by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN), which had previously received government funding for its programs.

The suit was brought forth by Richard Warman, a board member of the group, in 2019. According to Jonathan kay, Warman had claimed that the two defendants linked the organization to Antifa.

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Ontario Judge Rules Supporting Freedom Protests Online is Not Criminal

In a case brought against an Ontario resident who participated in the Freedom Convoy protests, a judge ruled that political commentary posted on social media cannot be used to charge or jail an individual.

Ontario resident David Romlewski was arrested on February 19 for refusing to comply with an order to leave an area close to the Parliament. He was charged with obstructing police.

Prosecutors also wanted him to be charged with mischief, presenting evidence from his Facebook account, where he had posted content supporting the “protest movement in general.”

“He is not to be convicted because of his political views, only criminal acts he committed,” Judge Robert Wadden said in his ruling.

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Saskatchewan Concerned About “Possible Mandates” on Fertilizer

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Bronwyn Eyre said her province is concerned about the prospect of the Liberal government’s fertilizer emissions reduction scheme.

While speaking to reporters on the recently-introduced Saskatchewan First Act, otherwise known as Bill 88, Eyre said the law was a reaction to “intrusive federal policies” citing fertilizer emission caps as an example.

“We’re concerned that as in so many areas— methane, clean electricity regulations, the carbon tax — it very, very, very quickly becomes not a partnership of equals, not working together but a dictation about compulsory measures, which absolutely harm the province and the ag sector, which is the most sustainable of any ag sector in the world,” said Eyre.

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2022 Birth Decline in Germany and Sweden Explained by ‘Vaccines’

An alarming German study revealed how the “vaccine” rollout coincided with a sudden and dramatic drop in fertility rates in Germany and Sweden.

“Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, several countries faced short-term fertility declines in 2020 and 2021, a development which did not materialize in Scandinavian and German-speaking countries. However, more recent birth statistics show a steep fertility decline in the aftermath of the pandemic in 2022.”

The study provided data on the unexpected birth decline in 2022 in Germany and Sweden and examined how pandemic-related contextual developments could have influenced the post-pandemic fertility development. They relied on monthly birth statistics and present seasonally adjusted monthly Total Fertility Rates (TFR) for Germany and Sweden.

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Brussels: Police Officer Stabbed to Death

One police officer has been killed and another has been injured in a knife attack in Brussels.

The two officers were taken to hospital after they were attacked close to Brussels North railway station on Thursday evening.

Local media are reporting that the attacker also died at hospital after he was shot at the scene.

The attacker’s motive is unknown, but anti-terrorist officials say they have taken over the investigation.

“We took charge of the case because there is suspicion of a terrorist motive, which will be confirmed or disproved by the investigators,” spokesman Eric Van Duyse said.

The two police officers were on patrol in the area before being attacked.

Police say another patrol arrived at the scene and “neutralised” the attacker. He was shot in the legs and abdomen before being taken to hospital.

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Climate Activists in at Least 13 Countries Protest Private Jets

Climate activists across Europe and the United States blocked entrances to airports Thursday to protest emissions from the aviation industry and call for a ban on private jets.

Activists with three groups — Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion and Guardian Rebellion — descended on the airport terminals as part of organized actions in at least 13 countries.

Protests were staged in the United Kingdom at Farnborough Airport and London Luton Airport’s Harrods Terminal. Similar actions were carried out in Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden.

In the U.S., activists gathered at King County International Airport in Seattle and blocked entrances to a private jet terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

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Czech Trade Minister Slams EU’s Slow Response to Energy Crisis

The European Commission is proceeding too slowly in solving the energy crisis, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Sikela said recently in an interview with the Financial Times.

He warned that insufficient steps could worsen the energy crisis next year and cause economic damage that would undermine public support for Ukraine. However, he praised the measures taken so far to reduce gas demand and to develop energy infrastructure.

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Germany Wants More Scrutiny of Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover

Germany’s ruling party the Social Democrats (SPD) has called for more scrutiny of Twitter, following the takeover by tech billionaire Elon Musk.

There have been mixed reactions to the new ownership of Twitter. Some politicians are complaining about a potential rise in “misinformation” and “hate speech,” while some are anticipating the changes he plans to make to make the platform more free-speech-friendly.

Some members of SPD have called on the relevant regulators and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann to put Twitter under tighter scrutiny to make sure it follows EU’s rules on content.

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Italy is ‘Fully Committed’ To Ukraine Support, Meloni Tells NATO Chief

Italy’s new prime minister pledged the country’s “strong commitment” to NATO and efforts to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Giorgia Meloni took a firm pro-alliance stance on Thursday after members of her ruling coalition expressed pro-Russian sentiments.

“Given our principal challenge today, Italy strongly supports the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and freedom of Ukraine,” Meloni said with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at her side.

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KFC Apologizes After ‘System Error’ Invites Germans to Commemorate Kristallnacht With Crispy Chicken

KFC Germany has apologized after a promotional notification was delivered to customers inviting them to commemorate Kristallnacht with cheese-covered crispy chicken.

In a follow-up email, the fast food chain attributed the mistake to a “system error.”

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Murder and Attempted Murder Between Criminals Up 25 Per Cent in France This Year

The number of murders and attempted murders in France between known criminals in the first six months of this year has been 25 per cent higher than in the same period last year, with much of the violence linked to drug trafficking.

Over the first six months of 2022, France saw a total of 110 murders and attempted murders between criminals compared to 88 over the same period in 2021, a 25 per cent increase, according to figures from the French judicial police.

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Northeast Greenland Ice Sheet is Melting So Rapidly it Could Cause Sea Levels to Rise by 0.5-Inches by the End of the Century, Study Warns

The flow rate of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream has increased since 2012, and experts from the Technical University of Denmark modelled how this affects ice loss on the sheet.

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Poland’s Conservative Ruling Party to Propose Severely Restricting Parliamentary Immunity

The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has decided to propose a change in Poland’s constitution in order to limit immunity for both parliamentarians and judges.

PiS will propose that MPs and judges face prosecution for any alleged breach of the law and will only have immunity for any material consequences of the legislative decisions they take.

Currently, any removal of parliamentary immunity requires a vote by deputies of the lower house, Sejm, for MPs, or by the Senate for senators. Under the new proposal, MPs would no longer have immunity for drunk driving, petty theft, or any other case involving criminal prosecution. Parliamentarians will however still have immunity for anything they say in parliament, the way they vote, and the legislation they sponsor both during and after the completion of their term of office.

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Poland Brings Back Country’s Presidents-in-Exile to Reinforce Its National Identity, Says PM Morawiecki

The remains of three Polish presidents-in-exile, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, August Zaleski, and Stanislaw Ostrowski, were exhumed last Thursday at the Newark-on-Trent cemetery in England and will be transported to Poland on Nov. 12.

The very same day, they will be solemnly placed in the Church of Divine Providence in Warsaw, where the Mausoleum of Polish Presidents-in-Exile will be erected.

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Striking Correlation Between Autumn Vaccine Boosters and Excess Deaths in England as Total Non-COVID Excess Tops 23,000

The excess deaths crisis continues, with 1,232 excess deaths — 12.3% above the five-year average — registered in England and Wales in the week ending October 28th, according to the ONS. Of these, 804 were attributed to an underlying cause other than COVID-19, bringing the total excess non-Covid deaths since the wave began in April to 23,287.

I have previously noted what appeared to be a correlation of excess non-Covid deaths with the rollout of the spring vaccine booster in April and May.

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Swedish Education Minister Announces Investigation Into ‘Cancel Culture’ In Universities

Swedish Education Minister Mats Persson has written an article for Swedish newspaper Expressen detailing how his ministry will launch an investigation into instances of “cancel culture” in Swedish universities, which he says inhibits freedom of speech and creates a “stale” academic environment.

“If reality is to be understood, certain words or theories cannot be forbidden. A culture of silence and finger pointing — also called cancel culture — creates a vapid and stale academic environment. I will initiate a review to map how widespread it is,” writes Persson, adding that such a culture “threatens the ability of individual researchers to make assessments based on their knowledge and professional skills.”

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UK: M25 Disruption: Arrests Over Fourth Day of Just Stop Oil Protests

Several people who climbed gantries on the M25 have been arrested, as the motorway is disrupted for a fourth day.

Essex Police said it detained a woman at about 07:10 GMT on the clockwise carriageway about 1.5 miles (2.4km) before junction 28 for the A12.

Surrey Police made two arrests and removed two people from gantries. The Met Police has made one arrest.

National Highways said there were “multiple police-led incidents” on the M25 this morning.

One lane of the M25 was closed for a short time, but all lanes between junctions 28 and 29 for the A127 were now open.

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Energy Rationing for Plebs Only: COP27 Bigwigs Blast Air Conditioning in 80 Degree Egypt

Despite many green agenda-loving bigwigs pushing for countries to ration the use of heating and cooling to save energy, the COP27 conference is reportedly blasting its elite attendees with air conditioning in 80-degree Egyptian heat.

Despite sweltering temperatures in Egypt, there is said to be very little sweating going on at the COP27 climate conference, with green agenda officials attending the event reportedly being blasted with air conditioning while pushing for more to be done about carbon emissions.

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Qatar’s Towering Influence Over UK: World Cup Host Has Snapped Up Stakes in Everything From the Shard and Heathrow to Barclays and Sainsbury’s

The Qatar Investment Authority has stakes in, several notable London properties including The Shard skyscraper (pictured).

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Turkey Demands Sweden Hand Over Journalist Accused of Being a ‘Terrorist’ By President Erdogan in Order for it to Back the Scandinavian Country’s Bid to Join NATO

Turkey, which joined NATO in 1952, has not yet endorsed the accession of Sweden and Finland to the security bloc, which requires unanimous approval from existing alliance members

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How an Energy Crisis is Testing Moldova’s Mettle to Turn Away From Russia

Divisions are deepening in Moldova as an energy crisis engulfs the former Soviet country ahead of winter.

In the space of a just month, Chisinau has seen Russian gas imports cut in half and electricity from the pro-Russia breakaway region of Transnistria — which supplied 70% of Moldova’s needs — stop completely. The other 30%, imported from war-hit Ukraine, has also been cut as Moscow bombs the country’s energy infrastructure.

Household energy tariffs have soared in the last year, with the price of electricity jumping by around 50% this month alone. It’s pushed people to consume less and turn to alternative heating sources, such as firewood and coal.

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Kyiv Claims Major Gains as Russia Exits Kherson

The Ukrainian army says it has made major gains over the last day around Kherson, after Russia said it was withdrawing from the southern city.

Ukrainian troops say they have taken back the key town of Snihurivka, 50km (30 miles) to the north of Kherson.

Kyiv has also claimed big pushes on two fronts near Kherson, including advances of 7km in some places.

Russia says it has started to exit the city — its top gain in the invasion — but the process could take weeks.

Wednesday’s announcement was viewed as a major setback for Moscow’s war effort, though Ukrainian officials were sceptical — warning that the manoeuvre could be a trap.

There was no immediate evidence of any mass-scale Russian withdrawal from Kherson.

Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Valeriy Zaluzhny said on Thursday that he could not confirm or deny the pull-out — but said his own forces had made important advances.

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Sanctions Won’t Fell Putin: The War in Ukraine Shows No Real Sign of Abating in Spite of Setbacks for Russian Forces, Says Alex Brummer

As part of the global sanctions regime Britain has frozen a record £18bn of assets either controlled directly by Moscow or supporters of Putin.

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US Military General Estimates Over 100,000 Russians Killed or Wounded in Ukraine

More than 100,000 Russian servicemen have been killed or wounded since the start of the war in Ukraine, and Ukrainian casualties are likely similar, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the New York Economic Club, General Milley revealed “You’re looking at well over 100,000 Russian soldiers killed and wounded. Same thing probably on the Ukrainian side.”

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Crime and Violation of Human Rights Perpetrated Against Hindu Minorities and Others All Time High in Pakistan

Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | Nov 10, 2022: What is the serious human rights violation for the minority Hindus in Pakistan. Silently, the vulnerable minorities are being persecuted, abducted, killed, raped, forcefully converted, uprooted… all under an Islamic conspiracy for the ethnic cleansing of marginal Hindus. The details of such Islamic treatment for the non-Muslims in Pakistan are mostly unknown to the rest of the world.

The Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN Human Rights, Human Rights Campaign and other watchdogs just simply indulged into the horrible rights violation in Pakistan for the minority Hindu-Sikh-Christian-Ahmadiya as they all get good donations from the Arab world and sanctify the Islamic insanity upon minorities in Pakistan.

Recently, an independent agency named “Voice Of Pakistan Minorities” (VOPM) published a persecution calendar of last month (October 2022) where they were able to capture 34 cases of human rights violation and crime perpetrated against minorities there including abduction/forced conversion/marriage (12 cases); Dead body hanged by neck (7 cases); Murder (5 cases); Extortion/Gunshot injury (1 case); Torture (3 cases); Attack/decoit on House (1 case); Harassment (2 cases) and Worship Place/Graveyard desecration (3 cases)…

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India: Muslim Youths Beat Tribal Man to Death Over Taking Water From a Bore-Well in Rajasthan

Shakeel, Nasir, and Bablu, three Muslim youths beat Kishanlal Bheel, a tribal man to death over taking water from bore-well in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.

Swati Parmar | HENB | Jodhpur | Nov 9, 2022:: The most of the Indian secular media houses always try to depict Islam is a ‘Religion of Peace’ and Muslims are the most peace-lovers. Their foreign counterparts in BBC, Reuters, New York Times, Washington Posts, Guardian also endorse it by putting bad lights on Hindus as racist, Islamophobic, communal and so on.

But, when a Bheel man (tribal Hindu) is lynched by three Muslim youths only for taking water from a particular source being a low caste category, then nobody in the media in India or abroad is found to condemn the horrific matter with a minimum interest. Perhaps, such Islamic treatment for their neighbours of other faith is accepted as Muslim rights by their friends in mainstream media.

In a shocking incident, a 46-year-old tribal Hindu man of Bheel community was beaten to death reportedly by people belonging to the Muslim community over taking of water from a bore-well in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, police said on Monday.

According to PTI, the accused even hurled casteist slurs at the man, named Kishanlal Bheel, and did not allow his family members to take him to a hospital, his brother Ashok alleged.

The incident took place in Bhomiyaji ki Ghati in Soorsagar.

It was only after police reached the spot that the seriously injured man was hospitalised where he succumbed to injuries, he added.

So far, three people — Shakeel, Nasir, and Bablu — have been arrested and booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

The search for others involved in the incident is on, SHO, Soorsagar Police Station, Gautam Dotasara said.

After the incident, Bheel’s family and community members staged a protest and refused to perform his last rites. They even demanded immediate arrest of all the accused as well as financial compensation and a government job for the next of kin.

“We have been in conversation with the demonstrators so that the postmortem can be done and the body be handed over to the family for funeral,” Dotasara said.

The victim’s brother has alleged that some of the locals, including the three detained, have control over the bore-well installed in the locality. They have also fitted a pump on it and do not let others use it.

“On Sunday night, Kishanlal had gone to the bore-well for water but these people pushed him away and hurled casteist slurs at him,” Ashok alleged.

Soon after he returned home, some people, including Nasir, Shakeel and Bablu, attacked our house and beat up Bheel and his son with rods and sticks, Ashok said.

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Banned WeChat Users Are Forced to Write Handwritten Note to Get Their Accounts Back

WeChat users are being forced to submit handwritten apology letters to get their suspended accounts back. The major app is so essential in the lives of Chinese residents that users will do a lot to get reinstated.

Speaking to Rest of World, a Chinese student living in California posted about the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, a topic that is a taboo in China. Hours later, his account was suspended. To regain access to his account, he had to write a sincere apology letter to Tencent, WeChat’s parent company.

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Japanese Twitter Trends Shift From Politics to Anime in Wake of Curation Team Layoffs

Twitter owner Elon Musk started laying off employees on Friday which included the Twitter Curation team, likely causing Japanese Twitter trends to shift from politics to discussions around anime such as the popular mecha franchise, Gundam.

According to nichegamer, Ikeko Takeshita, a journalist who writes for Business Insider Japan, “attributed this change from politics to entertainment on the (Curation) team’s dissolution.”

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Airbus Albo Jets Off Overseas Again as Australians Battle With a Cost of Living Crisis and the Prime Minister Comes Under Fire for Breaking His Election Promises

The Prime Minister will travel to Cambodia on Friday for the East Asia summit before then attending the G20 in Bali and APEC in Bangkok.

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Dramatic Moment Cyber Security Minister Holds Back Tears and Her Voice Shakes as She Promises to Stand With Women Whose Abortions ‘Were Exposed in Medibank Leak’

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has given an impassioned speech to parliament vowing to track down and and punish the ‘scumbag’ Medibank hackers.

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Fiery Moment a Race Row Erupts Between Jacinta Price and Penny Wong in the Senate Over Controversial Plan to Have a World Ambassador for Aboriginal Australia and the Voice to Parliament

Senator Jacinta Price has furiously rejected the government’s plans to appoint a First Nations foreign ambassador, arguing the role will only cause further divisions.

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Mayor Doubles Down on ISIS Brides and Their Children’s Relocation as He Compares the Move to Putting ‘Hitler’s Wife in the Middle of a Jewish Settlement’ And Slams Waleed Aly for Being Out of Touch

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone, furious a group of ISIS brides and their kids have been relocated to his area, has doubled down on his comments, bringing up the Holocaust to make his point.

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Mum’s ‘Heart is Bleeding’ After One of Her Daughters is Accused of Killing Her Other Child in Hit and Run Where Victim Was Allegedly Dragged Under a Moving Car Before Being Smashed Into a Jeep

The tight-knit Sunshine community in Melbourne’s west is this week mourning the loss of 24-year-old Anong Luk who died on Monday after suffering severe head injuries in a hit-and-run crash.

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Truckies Are Furious About a High-Tech Australia-First Trial to Turn Their Huge Vehicles Into ‘Job-Killing’ Driverless Robots Starting Tonight — and Melburnians Are the Guinea Pigs

Driverless trucks operated by satellite technology will be tested on a major freeway in Melbourne from today through to mid-December as the industry fumes over the high-tech trial.

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Urgent Warning to 9.7million Australians as Russian Hackers Publish New Dirt File Exposing Medibank Patients With Booze and Mental Health Problems — and Issue Chilling Message

The hackers behind the Medibank data theft claim to have released more personal medical records despite being warned the ‘smartest and toughest’ people in Australia are coming after them.

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El Salvador President Says US Now Feels Less Safe Than His Third-World Country: ‘it’s Unthinkable’

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, who managed to transform his country from the murder capital of the world into one of most innovative in all of Latin America, said that he would no longer feel safe living in most modern American cities as violent crime and misguided policies have turned them unrecognizable.

Bukele made the comment in a wide-ranging interview on Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today,” where he joined the Fox News primetime host to discuss law and order and how his government’s efforts to combat the stranglehold MS-13 had on the country effectively drove the murder rate down by 75% since he took office.

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Austria to Place Ukrainian Refugees in Luxury Hotel After Running Out of Space

The Austrian city of Vienna is set to house 350 Ukrainian refugees in a luxury hotel in the centre of the Austrian capital as the country struggles to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers.

The 350 Ukrainian refugees, all women and children, will be residing in the currently vacant Hotel de France, located on the famous ring road that circles the heart of the city.

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Migrant Crisis: Nearly 9 in 10 Britons Believe Govt is ‘Performing Badly’

The British public overwhelmingly believe that the government is performing badly in handling immigration and asylum, with nearly nine in ten expressing their disdain for the Conservative party response to the growing crisis.

As nearly 40,000 illegals aliens have crossed the English Channel in small people-smuggler operated boats from the beaches of France since the start of the year, a poll from YouGov has found that 87 per cent of the public believe the government’s handling of immigration has been ‘bad’. Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) also believe that the government is doing “very badly” on that front.

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Poland: Migrants Rushing Border Before Surveillance Installed

Polish border authorities have reported a new surge in illegals crossing the border from Belarus, claiming they are taking advantage of the fact that electronic surveillance systems have yet to be installed.

Polish Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska has claimed that there has been a recent surge of new illegals trying to cross the border from Belarus to Poland and were doing so before the electronic surveillance systems along the border could be installed.

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Sex Offenders Apprehended Illegally Crossing US-Mexico Border

Migrants from a number of different Central and South American countries continue to flood the US border in ever-increasing numbers. Thursday morning alone saw a single group of several hundred migrants crossing the border illegally at Quemado, Texas.

Fox News correspondent Bill Melvin told America’s Newsroom that on Thursday morning, Eagle Pass border agents arrested two convicted sex offenders attempting to cross the border illegally. One came from Mexico, the other from Nicaragua.

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Surge of Albanian Migrants Expected to Attempt to Cross the Channel Tomorrow as People Smugglers Use TikTok to Promote ‘100,000% Secure Passage From Calais to Dover’

The Home Office is braced for an increase in migrant crossings in the coming days to coincide with a spell of calmer weather.

Friday is forecast to be dry and bright with a maximum temperature of 18C and only moderate winds after a week of heavy rain and storms stopped people from attempting the journey.

Slick videos promoting £3,000 tickets for journeys across the Channel are regularly posted by smugglers on platforms including TikTok, and they now appear to be exploiting the better conditions as an excuse for a marketing spree.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says 300th Bus of Illegal Immigrants Left for Chicago as ‘Biden Does Nothing’ on Border

The 300th bus filled with migrants left Texas on Thursday for Chicago as President Biden continues to ignore the border, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

The latest bus operation is part of an effort by Abbott to transport illegal immigrants released into border towns to liberal areas with sanctuary city policies in an effort to bring attention to the crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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TikTok Video Shows Man Mocking German Energy Crisis by Turning Up Heating to Max in Asylum Camp

A man professing to be an asylum seeker at a camp in Germany is mocking the country’s energy crisis by filming himself on TikTok turning the gas heating up to the max in his asylum home.

The short video, posted on the social media platform back in September, was accompanied with the caption: “Life as asylum in camp in Germany… You don’t care about bills and it’s on 5 all night.”

The post has been viewed more than 750,000 times to date, prompting furious German taxpayers to express their disgust at the provocative and wasteful act in the comments.

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UK: Exclusive: Heavily-Guarded Secret Dawn Flight Takes 22 Albanian Criminals and Illegal Immigrants Back to Their Home Country

A heavily guarded deportation flight carrying 22 Albanian criminals and illegal migrants left the UK at dawn on Wednesday.

The secretive flight to the capital Tirana was personally authorised by Home Secretary Suella Braverman in a bid to deter Albanians from slipping into Britain by crossing the Channel in small boats from France.

Most of the deportees were delivered in secure vans to the waiting plane from closed deportation centres where they had been held as convicted criminals or for entering Britain clandestinely by sea as economic migrants rather than asylum seekers.

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UK: Home Office Considers Housing Migrants on Cruise Ships or in University Halls of Residence to Slash £6.8m Daily Cost of Putting Them Up in Hotels

Migrants could soon be housed in disused cruise ships and university halls as the cost of putting them up in hotels continues to spiral.

The Home Office’s hotel bill is a staggering £6.8million per day — or more than £2billion per year — with 50,000 asylum seekers and Afghan refugees being placed in private accommodation.

That number is set to grow as the number of Channel crossings reaches new heights, with almost 40,000 making the perilous journey so far this year.

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Boston Agrees to $2.1M Settlement for Refusing to Fly Christian Flag

The city of Boston agreed to pay $2.1 million to a Christian legal group Tuesday after refusing to fly a Christian flag outside city hall in 2017. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court in May.

The $2.1 million settlement will cover attorney fees and costs, Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization, said in a released statement. Liberty Counsel represented Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, in their case against the city starting in 2017.

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Exclusive: I’ve Been Cancelled in My Own Home.

By My Four Yip Children Who Insist All My Opinions Are Offensive!

Lucy Cavendish’s three children, aged 15, 19, and 26, are quick to silence her. UK-based journalist calls her children YIPs — Young Illiberal Progressives.

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Montana Rejects Ballot Measure to Require Medical Care for ‘Infants Who Are Born Alive’

Montana voters rejected the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that would have required medical professionals to perform lifesaving medical care on infants who survived abortions or were born prematurely.

The pro-life measure would not have prevented Montana residents from receiving abortions, but would have required “medical care be provided to infants born alive” as a result of a natural or induced labor, failed abortion or a cesarean section.

The measure failed by around 20,000 votes, with 52.6% voting against it and 47.4% in favor of its passage at the time The Associated Press called the race.

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Mum-of-Three Claims Four-Year-Old Daughter’s Pre-School is Teaching Her That ‘Girls Marry Girls and Boys Marry Boys’ — After the ABC Was Accused of ‘Grooming’ Kids by Having a Drag Queen Read a Book on TV

A One Nation MP said she was shocked when her four-year-old child came home from school to tell her ‘girls marry girls and boys marry boys’ with a poster made in class that only had those options.

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Music School in Trans Row After Telling Students to ‘Report’ Women Who Oppose the Ideology

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) put up a sign claiming female students who wanted single-sex spaces were ‘transphobic’.

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UK Home Secretary: The “Public Want the Police Tackling Crime, Not Debating Gender on Twitter”

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman told police chiefs to focus on “common sense policing” instead of “debating gender on Twitter.”

She made the remarks at a summit organized by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. She insisted that police should use a “back to basics approach” and avoid “politically correct distractions.”

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/10/2022

  1. Europe is mentally ill. It feeds its anxiety disorder and various other upside down isms with massive overdoses of Muslims. What a mess. Democrazy tools.

  2. Armistice Day today. Just barely makes news way down the front page of the popular Daily Mail UK. Do our minority rulers find it too something or other.

    • On Armistice Day, we should always remember the First World War was made possible by the many alliances and treaties in which the European countries had tangled themselves.
      “No foreign entanglements”. Thomas Jefferson.

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