Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/15/2022

A missile exploded today in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine, killing two people. The missile was reportedly Russian-made, which led to initial accusations that Russia launched it. However, missiles used by Ukraine are also Russian-made, so the origin of the attack is still unknown.

In other news, potato prices in Germany have risen at an annualized rate of 73%, with an overall increase in food prices at 40%.

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Financial Crisis
» “He Set Off My BS Detector”: Elon Musk Passed on Having Sam Bankman-Fried as Investor in Twitter
» Amazon to Lay Off 10,000 Employees in Preparation for Tech Downturn
» Americans to See Highest Thanksgiving Gasoline Prices Ever
» Exclusive: Anthony Albanese Deletes Promise to Cut Millions of Australians’ Power Bills by $275 From His Campaign Website as Electricity Prices Are Forecast to Soar 56 Per Cent
» FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Faces ‘Trip’ For Questioning in US
» Get Woke, Go Broke: Disney to Lay Off Employees After Billions in Operating Losses
» Kids Toys Are Shrinking Due to Inflation — Retailers Are Putting Out Less Expensive, Smaller Toys This Holiday Season to Appeal to 4.5 Million Cash-Strapped Americans
» Major Blow for Australia’s Biggest Toilet Paper Producer as Skyrocketing Gas Bill Forces it to Hike Its Prices: ‘There is a Real Crisis Looming’
» Poland’s Central Bank Forecasts Double-Digit Inflation Until 2024
» Potato Prices Jump 73% in Germany, Food Inflation Rises 40% Overall
» UK Hit Hard by Bond Blunder: The Bank of England Must Accept Responsibility for the Fiscal Black Hole We Will All End Up Paying for, Says Alex Brummer
» UK: Child Benefit is Set to be Cut for 700,000 Households as Top-Earning Threshold Could be Frozen for Six Years
» UK: Young People Will be Hit Hardest by Spike in Energy Bills — Think Tank
 
USA
» Amazon Says Its in-Vehicle Surveillance is for Employee Safety, Not to Spy on Them
» Biden Unveils $37BN More in Emergency Ukraine Aid on Heels of Polish Border ‘Attack’
» Breaking: Republicans Take the House of Representatives
» Breaking: Antifa Member Found Not Guilty of Robbery in Andy Ngo Attack Case
» California Law School Implements Policy Banning Protests That ‘Substantially Disrupt’ Events and Speeches
» Dave Chappelle Tricked SNL Producers by Giving Them Fake Monologue During Dress Rehearsal
» Election Machines Reported More Votes Than Ballots in Two Virginia Precincts, Nonprofit Alleges
» FBI Contractor Spied on GOP Congressman to Protect Muslim Brotherhood
» FBI Had Up to 8 Informants Inside Proud Boys: Court Documents
» Ill-Exit? Movement to Create a New State in Southern Illinois Gains Momentum
» Key House Investigator Fears Feds Used Grants as Hush Money to Keep COVID Origins Quiet
» Michigan Parents Sue District Over ‘X-Rated’ Sexually Explicit Books in School Library
» Pennsylvania Republicans Advance Impeachment Effort Against Philadelphia DA Over City’s Crime Woes
» Philadelphia Hires Citizens to Do Police Work Due to Staffing Shortages
» Report: Body Cam Footage Shows Paul Pelosi Opened Door for Police, Contradicting DOJ’s Claims
» Rick Scott Launches Senate Leadership Bid Against Mitch McConnell
» Senator Josh Hawley Demands Answers From DHS Over Social Media Censorship Collusion
» Teach the Constitution: Democrat Attorney Who Halted Hochul’s Quarantine Camp Regulation
» Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls for Investigation of Harris County Over Election Irregularities
» The State of Colorado Embraces Apple’s Digital ID Tech
» Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Campaign
» University of Idaho Homicide Victims Believed Stabbed to Death in ‘Isolated, Targeted Attack’: Police
» Video: Biden Calls on Just Four Pre-Selected Reporters for Questions
» Warnock Boosted by Soros-Funded PAC Linked to Liberal Dark Money Group, Records Show
» Watch: DeSantis Punches Back at Trump: ‘Go Check Out the Scoreboard’
» ‘We Have Rewritten the Political Map’: How the GOP Turned Florida Into a Red State
» Xbox Suspended 970,000 Accounts for “Hate Speech,” “Harassment,” and “Bullying” in H1 2022
 
Canada
» Day 23 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria: Klimt Gets Splashed With “Oil” In Latest Climate Protest
» Belgium: Suspected Brussels Police Killer Had Hundreds of Islamic Books at Residence
» EU Admits Sanctions Didn’t Stop Russia, But They’ll Still Continue the Policy
» France Has Released 343 Convicted Islamist Terrorists in Last Four Years
» Iranian Brothers Allegedly Spied on Sweden
» Ireland: Six Injured After ‘Anti-Fascists’ Raid Populist Party Conference With ‘Hammers’ — Reports
» NATO Leaders Hold Emergency Meeting After Missile Kills Two in Poland
» Poland Seizes Russia’s Gazprom Assets
» Polish President Andrzej Duda Verifies ‘Premises’ of NATO Article 4, Spoke With Jens Stoltenberg
» Populist ANO Would Win Czech Election With ODS Losing Ground, Polling Shows
» The EU Ignores Pushback, Plots Digital ID for 2024
» UK: One of England’s Largest Solar Farms Goes Bust After Borrowing £655 Million
» UK: Princes in the Tower? King Charles Asks Parliament to Sideline Harry and Andrew
» UK: William Warrington: Man Accused of Harassing Kate Moss Admits Stabbing Parents to Death After Fleeing Psychiatric Unit
» Wales: ‘You F***ing Headcase’: Angry Passer-by Clashes With Protesters Chained to Bank in Cardiff
» Why Was Germany AfD Party Suspended From Twitter?
 
Middle East
» Could Iraq be the Next Big Tourist Hot Spot? Michael Palin Suggests 4,000-Year-Old Temples Are a Rival to the Pyramids of Egypt While Kurdistan Could be the Next Dubai After Touring War-Torn Nation for Ch5
 
Russia
» Biden Says “Unlikely” Missile That Hit Poland Was Fired From Russia
» Explosions and Power Outages Reported Across Ukraine
 
South Asia
» Breaking: G20 Panel Calls for Global Digital Health Passports
» Facial Recognition Tech is Deployed at G20
 
Far East
» China is Biggest State-Based Threat to UK Economic Security, Sunak Says
» FBI Director Wray: China Could Use TikTok to ‘Control Software on Millions’ of Americans’ Devices
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia to Grant Djokovic Visa Despite Vax Deportation Fiasco in January
» Single Detail Exposes Why an Angry Aussie Smashed Up a Very Ordinary-Looking Car: ‘Some Dude Jumped on the Car and Windshield and Kicked it’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Britain to Withdraw All Its Troops From Mali Despite Violence by Groups Linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS Amid Growing Ties Between West African Nation’s Military Junta and Russia’s Wagner Group
 
Immigration
» Austrian Mayor Defies Vienna and Orders Migrant Tents to be Dismantled
» France to Expel 44 Migrants From Ocean Viking Rescue Ship, Says French Interior Minister
» Judge Strikes Down Title 42 Immigration Policy Blocking Asylum-Seekers
» Netherlands: Migrant Arrested for Setting Fire to Amsterdam Asylum Facility
» People Smugglers Arrested After Opening Fire on Hungarian Police
» Texas Governor Declares Invasion at Border, Invokes Constitutional Powers in Historic Action
» Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Sending Immigrants to Philadelphia
» UK Border Force Caught Red-Handed Taking Channel Migrants From French
» UK is Too Welcoming to Migrants, Calais Mayor Claims
» UK: More Than 42,000 Migrants Have Now Crossed the Channel So Far This Year — Including 400 Who Arrived Yesterday as Suella Braverman Signed a £63m Deal With France to Tackle the Crisis
 
Culture Wars
» Aborted Run: Soros-Backed Candidate Loses Arizona DA Race, Blames ‘Corruption’
» The Message
» Watch: FBI Releases Surveillance Footage of Suspect in Buffalo Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Arson Attack
 
General
» Sperm Count Drop is Accelerating Worldwide and Threatens the Future of Mankind, Study Warns
 

“He Set Off My BS Detector”: Elon Musk Passed on Having Sam Bankman-Fried as Investor in Twitter

While Elon Musk is certainly busy dealing with his own set of problems in the world of Tesla and Twitter, one thing he doesn’t have to worry about is being entangled with the now-defunct FTX, or its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried.

That’s because, according to Musk, Bankman-Fried set off his “BS detector” when he approached Musk about a potential investment in Twitter, according to Musk and a new Yahoo! Finance article.

The crypto tycoon turned likely fugitive on the run reached out to Musk in March of this year, the report says, through William MacAskill from FTX’s Future Fund philanthropic arm.

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

Amazon to Lay Off 10,000 Employees in Preparation for Tech Downturn

Amazon intends to lay off thousands of workers in what some call the most significant round of cuts in the company’s history.

The company will lay off an estimated 10,000 workers in corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, according to the New York Times. The jobs account for roughly 3% of Amazon’s workforce. Other tech companies are making similar cuts in preparation for an expected economic downturn in the industry.

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

Americans to See Highest Thanksgiving Gasoline Prices Ever

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

This year’s average U.S. gasoline prices on Thanksgiving are expected to be at their highest level ever for the holiday and beat the previous record from Thanksgiving of 2012, according to estimates from fuel-savings app GasBuddy.

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

Exclusive: Anthony Albanese Deletes Promise to Cut Millions of Australians’ Power Bills by $275 From His Campaign Website as Electricity Prices Are Forecast to Soar 56 Per Cent

The websites for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party have deleted references to an election promise to cut average electricity bills by $275 come 2025.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Faces ‘Trip’ For Questioning in US

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is facing the possibility of a ‘trip’ to the US (not an ‘extradition’ — as Bloomberg puts it), as US and Bahamian authorities have been discussing the possibility of bringing him to America for questioning over this firm’s devastating implosion, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.

Conversations between law-enforcement officials in the two countries have recently intensified, as they probe what led up to cryptocurrency firm FTX’s meltdown. He has reportedly been cooperating with Bahamian authorities, according to one source.

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

Get Woke, Go Broke: Disney to Lay Off Employees After Billions in Operating Losses

The company that once defined family entertainment is going from media giant to epic failure, suffering over $1.4 billion in streaming losses and a stock drop of around 39% for the year. And, it would appear that these financial declines are inevitably leading to employee layoffs.

Disney has put a freeze on hiring, it is limited employee travel and is also reviewing workers for efficiency with plans to introduce cuts as a means to make the company “more nimble.”

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

Kids Toys Are Shrinking Due to Inflation — Retailers Are Putting Out Less Expensive, Smaller Toys This Holiday Season to Appeal to 4.5 Million Cash-Strapped Americans

Toy companies like WowWee and MGA Entertainment have begun producing miniature versions of their popular toys and selling them at slashed prices.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Major Blow for Australia’s Biggest Toilet Paper Producer as Skyrocketing Gas Bill Forces it to Hike Its Prices: ‘There is a Real Crisis Looming’

Another iconic Australian brand said it has been forced to up its prices to keep up with soaring gas bills. Sorbent CEO Steve Nicholson said the company’s energy bill has tripled since February.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Poland’s Central Bank Forecasts Double-Digit Inflation Until 2024

Poland’s central bank (NBP) has forecast that inflation in 2022 will be 14.5 percent, fall to 13.1 percent in 2023, and decrease to 5.9 percent in 2024. The bank’s inflation target of 2.5 percent is only likely to be realized in 2025.

According to Statistics Poland (GUS), in September of this year, the rate of inflation in Poland reached 17.2 percent, while the October figure was 17.9 percent.

According to NBP’s November report on inflation, the current rise in the rate of inflation can be largely attributed to the increase in food and energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine and a massive increase in money printing by global central banks during Covid-19. The rise in these costs meant that input costs also rose, forcing companies to hike the prices they charge consumers.

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

Potato Prices Jump 73% in Germany, Food Inflation Rises 40% Overall

Germans are known for their love of the potato to the point that the country’s controversial anti-discrimination commissioner, Ferda Ataman, referred to ethnic Germans as “potatoes” as a slur in February of this year. Now, the price of potatoes has soared 73 percent compared to the previous year, which is one of the steepest increases of any food product at the supermarket.

Overall, the price of food has jumped 40 percent compared to last year, and certain products, such as milk and meat, have risen even more, according to the German Federal Statistical office.

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

UK Hit Hard by Bond Blunder: The Bank of England Must Accept Responsibility for the Fiscal Black Hole We Will All End Up Paying for, Says Alex Brummer

Last week the Bank of England’s chief economist Huw Pill acknowledged that quantitative easing partly is responsible for runaway inflation of 10.1%.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Child Benefit is Set to be Cut for 700,000 Households as Top-Earning Threshold Could be Frozen for Six Years

Whitehall sources told the Daily Mail last night that the £50,000 threshold at which parents start to lose child benefit will be frozen for another six years despite rampant inflation.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Young People Will be Hit Hardest by Spike in Energy Bills — Think Tank

Younger generations in Britain will be the worst hit by rising energy bills, a think tank in the country has claimed.

The Resolution Foundation, a think tank that focuses on those on low to middle incomes, has claimed that individuals from younger generations will experience the most hardship as a result of spiralling energy prices.

It comes as many across the UK are already struggling to deal with the ongoing cost of living crisis, which has seen the price of food, fuel and services all rise significantly over the last number of months.

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

Amazon Says Its in-Vehicle Surveillance is for Employee Safety, Not to Spy on Them

Amazon has been criticized for its surveillance technology that is spying on delivery drivers in their vehicles.

Amazon claims that the camera surveillance of its drivers has cut accidents by almost half and is only there for safety. The in-vehicle cameras have been in the trial phase since 2020 in the US and since 2022 in the UK.

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

Biden Unveils $37BN More in Emergency Ukraine Aid on Heels of Polish Border ‘Attack’

At the close of a wild roller-coaster of a day following the alleged “Russian missile attack” on a Polish border town, and despite little to nothing in the way of official confirmation of just what happened or whodunnit, and urgent phone calls flying between Western heads of state pledging “solidarity” — it’s perfect timing for the US to shovel out another nearly $40 billion to Ukraine…

“President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide more than $37 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, a massive infusion of cash that could help support the nation as Russian forces suffer battlefield losses in their nine-month-old invasion,” Reuters is reporting late in the day.

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

Breaking: Republicans Take the House of Representatives

Republicans have taken back the house after gaining their 218th seat, Decision Desk HQ projects.

In the 117th Congress, Democrats held a narrow majority in the chamber, 220 to the Republicans’ 212, but it appears he GOP has flipped that.

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

Breaking: Antifa Member Found Not Guilty of Robbery in Andy Ngo Attack Case

A Portland, Oregon judge on Tuesday found Rose City Antifa member John Colin Hacker not guilty of violently stealing the phone of journalist Andy Ngo.

Hacker waived his right to a jury trial at the Multnomah County Circuit Court. He was facing a third-degree felony robbery charge for allegedly pouring water on Ngo and snatching his phone at a 24 Hour Fitness Gym on May 7, 2019.

Deputy District Attorney Maggie Burgess says Hacker’s actions were part of an ongoing harassment campaign targeting Ngo, who testified on the stand for more than an hour. She asked Ngo if he was nervous to be in the courtroom. Ngo responded, “Yes because I’m in the presence of Mr. Hacker,” who sat quietly next to his defense attorneys.

The encounter at the gym was recorded by Ngo on his cell phone more than three years ago, and was finally played in court. The shaky video is less than 30 seconds long, but prosecutors say it’s a key piece of evidence showing Hacker approaching Ngo, grabbing the device, and yelling, “I will break your f*cking phone.”

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

California Law School Implements Policy Banning Protests That ‘Substantially Disrupt’ Events and Speeches

A law school in California recently implemented a free speech policy aimed at protecting free speech during events at the university.

The event policy by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law was adopted on Oct, 1 and defines “permissable forms of protest” during events that are hosted at the law school. According to the policy, protesters cannot “substantially disrupt” an event that is held in-person or virtually.

“Impermissible forms of protest are those that substantially disrupt an in-person or virtual event in a way that has the effect of silencing a speaker,” the policy states.

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

Dave Chappelle Tricked SNL Producers by Giving Them Fake Monologue During Dress Rehearsal

Comedian Dave Chappelle reportedly tricked SNL producers into allowing his controversial stand-up routine in relation to Kanye “Ye” West to be broadcast by providing them with a fake monologue during dress rehearsal.

Chappelle was blasted for “desensitizing” Americans to anti-semitism after he told a number of jokes relating to Jewish power interests in Hollywood and the media.

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

Election Machines Reported More Votes Than Ballots in Two Virginia Precincts, Nonprofit Alleges

Election machines reported more votes than physical ballots cast in two precincts in an influential Virginia county, raising concerns about election administration in the midterms after the county’s former registrar was charged earlier this year with multiple election-related offenses.

In Prince William County, one of Virginia’s most important electoral counties, at least two precincts had more ballots reported on the machine scanners’ tallies of ballots than were tabulated by election officers, according to a report by Electoral Process Education Corporation (EPEC), a nonprofit that performs election data analysis.

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

FBI Contractor Spied on GOP Congressman to Protect Muslim Brotherhood

by Daniel Greenfield

The death of Qatari operative Jamal Khashoggi has been the subject of front page headlines, press conferences, a documentary, and speeches by top figures including Joe Biden.

Qatar employing an ex-CIA officer who set out to spy on a Republican congressman to help protect the Muslim Brotherhood has received virtually no coverage in the media.

The Washington Post, which platformed Khashoggi and labored to turn the old friend of Osama bin Laden into a martyr, did not feel that Qatar spying on a congressman was worth more coverage than rerunning the AP’s wire story. The New York Times didn’t even do that much.

The AP’s story alleged that Qatar employed Kevin Chalker, a former CIA officer, and his company, Global Risk Advisors, to target opponents of the Islamic terror state which has ties to everything from 9/11 to Hamas to the Taliban. That included “pitching a sprawling covert influence operation to damage the reputations of U.S. officials perceived as Qatar’s enemies.”

One of those “enemies” of the Islamic terror state may have been Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart…

           — Hat tip: Daniel Greenfield [Return to headlines]
 

FBI Had Up to 8 Informants Inside Proud Boys: Court Documents

Recent court filings show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had as many as eight informants inside the Proud Boys in the months leading up to the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The filings bring up new questions regarding how much federal investigators were able to discover about the group before and after the riot took place.

According to the New York Times, court filings by defense lawyers for Proud Boys members Enrique Tarrio, Joseph Biggs; Ethan Nordean; Zachary Rehl, and Dominic Pezzola who are set to go on trial next month on charges connected to the Capitol attack revealed the existence of the informants.

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

Ill-Exit? Movement to Create a New State in Southern Illinois Gains Momentum

A growing list of Illinois counties disenfranchised with the goings-on in Cook County have voted in nonbinding resolutions to leave Illinois and form a new state.

Residents in three more counties — Brown, Hardin and a portion of Madison County — voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution allowing their county board to explore the possibility of leaving the state, bringing the total to 27. In all three counties, close to 75% of residents were in favor of the idea.

The driving force behind the referendums was to allow the county board of each area to coordinate with other county boards to explore the possibility of leaving Illinois because of the influence that Chicago and Cook County have on the state’s political decisions.

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

Key House Investigator Fears Feds Used Grants as Hush Money to Keep COVID Origins Quiet

The top Republican House investigator says his team has uncovered evidence suggesting federal health officials used grant dollars to keep private scientists on script and have them deny COVID-19 originated with a lab accident despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the likely chairman of the House Oversight Committee if the GOP wins control of the House, told Just the News on Monday night that his investigators have evidence showing that even though Dr. Anthony Fauci was warned the virus likely originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, he constructed, with the aid of federally funded private scientists, a counternarrative that COVID-19 evolved naturally from animals.

“Everyone in the medical community backed up Dr. Fauci, and what we now know is they were receiving a lot of grant dollars,” Comer said Monday during a wide-ranging interview on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show.

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

Michigan Parents Sue District Over ‘X-Rated’ Sexually Explicit Books in School Library

Parents in a Michigan suburb are taking legal action against their children’s public school for allowing sexually explicit books into the school library, despite repeated calls for their removal.

The Dearborn Public School board was notified of the lawsuit during a Department of Education meeting on Monday night, where parents in the predominantly Muslim community expressed outrage over the board’s approval of books that feature “pornographic” content in the K-12 student library.

The lawsuit comes one month after an October meeting was cut short by school administrators when a group of angry parents first confronted the board with their concerns, questioning the school’s process for determining if a book is appropriate for the school library.

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

Pennsylvania Republicans Advance Impeachment Effort Against Philadelphia DA Over City’s Crime Woes

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania voted Tuesday to advance impeachment articles against Philadelphia’s top prosecutor, who they blame for the city’s spiraling crime problem.

The vote to impeach Democratic Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner took place in the Judiciary Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A floor vote to send the matter to the state Senate is expected Wednesday.

The two impeachment proposals claim that Krasner’s leadership has been a direct cause of increasing violent and property crimes and that he obstructed the House’s work by not sufficiently complying with a subpoena from the legislative committee investigating him.

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

Philadelphia Hires Citizens to Do Police Work Due to Staffing Shortages

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced on Tuesday that the city will be moving to have civilians take on some roles of police officers as Philadelphia struggles with an officer shortage.

In a press release, the city said it will have citizens take over many duties so that officers can focus on fighting crime.

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

Report: Body Cam Footage Shows Paul Pelosi Opened Door for Police, Contradicting DOJ’s Claims

The Department of Justice claimed in their indictment of Paul Pelosi’s alleged nudist attacker that “two officers opened the door” to his San Francisco home before witnessing him getting attacked but body cam footage reportedly shows Pelosi himself opened the door for police and stayed inside the home with his alleged assailant rather than run to safety.

NBC Bay Area reported on Saturday that they “spoke with a source familiar with the Pelosi investigation” who “personally viewed body camera video recorded by officers responding to the Pelosi’s San Francisco home” and it shows Pelosi “opened the door with his left hand.”

“The source tells us the body cam video shows officers having a brief conversation with Pelosi and David DePape, before DePape starts beating Pelosi with a hammer,” NBC Bay Area reported.

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

Rick Scott Launches Senate Leadership Bid Against Mitch McConnell

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has launched a bid for Senate minority leader, challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the top leadership spot.

The Florida senator’s office confirmed to the Washington Examiner that he announced a bid to lead the Senate GOP at a conference lunch Tuesday. McConnell has been in Senate leadership since 2003 and is the current minority leader.

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

Senator Josh Hawley Demands Answers From DHS Over Social Media Censorship Collusion

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for continuing “disinformation” operations despite the Disinformation Governance Board being disbanded.

The Intercept reported that the DHS was still continuing its speech suppression efforts, citing leaked Facebook documents containing instructions on how law enforcement officers and government workers can access a “Facebook Content Request System.”

In a letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Hawley criticized the department for continuing to suppress free speech.

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

Teach the Constitution: Democrat Attorney Who Halted Hochul’s Quarantine Camp Regulation

Authored by Jan Jekielek and Masooma Haq via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

In what she has called a David versus Goliath battle, New York real estate lawyer Bobbie Anne Cox sued Governor Kathleen Hochul for issuing directives mandating quarantine for people exposed to or infected with highly contagious diseases such as COVID-19. The directives, dubbed “quarantine camp regulations,” have been compared to laws that relocated Japanese during World War II without due process. Cox won the lawsuit on the grounds that Hochul’s regulation was unconstitutional.

In a recent interview on Epoch TV’s American Thought Leaders, Cox told host Jan Jekielek that it’s crucial Americans learn about the U.S. Constitution so that they can prevent similar acts by state and federal governments.

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls for Investigation of Harris County Over Election Irregularities

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday called for an investigation into Harris County’s handling of its elections during the November 2022 midterms.

“I’m calling on the Secretary of State, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Texas Rangers to initiate investigations into allegations of improprieties in the way that the 2022 elections were conducted in Harris County,” he said in a press release.

The county in question includes the city of Houston, a major metropolitan area represented in Washington by several different congressional districts that include part of the county’s boundaries. Abbott pointed to “missing keys, insufficient paper ballots in Republican precincts, staffing problems,” and other issues that plagued voters throughout the electoral process.

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

The State of Colorado Embraces Apple’s Digital ID Tech

Apple has brought its digital ID technology Colorado.

Coloradans can now upload mobile versions of their state ID or driver’s license to their iPhone or Apple Watch, announced the TSA, DMV, and Colorado’s Department of Revenue. Colorado is the third state to support the feature.

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

Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Campaign

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening announced that he would again seek the presidency in 2024.

“I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he said. The former president spent much of his speech lamenting the state of the nation under his successor, President Joe Biden.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” he said. He also recalled many of his own successes during his time in office.

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

University of Idaho Homicide Victims Believed Stabbed to Death in ‘Isolated, Targeted Attack’: Police

No suspects in the University of Idaho attack are in custody as of Tuesday morning

The four University of Idaho students who became the targets of what police are now calling an “isolated, targeted” attack over the weekend were apparently stabbed to death, according to authorities.

Police in Moscow, Idaho, on Sunday initially responded to reports of an unconscious individual on King Road around noon and located the four deceased students upon arrival.

Their deaths have been ruled homicides, and while “no weapons have been located, based on preliminary information, investigators believe that an edged weapon such as a knife was used” in the attack, the Moscow Police Department said in a Tuesday morning statement.

Police do not have any suspects in custody as of Tuesday.

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The students’ autopsies are scheduled to be completed later this week, at which point police will” hopefully provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths,” MPD said.

Police added that “based on information from the preliminary investigation, investigators believe this was an isolated, targeted attack and there is no imminent threat to the community at large.”

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Biden Calls on Just Four Pre-Selected Reporters for Questions

During a press briefing Monday, Joe Biden called on just four pre approved reporters to ask questions and insisted that they were only allowed one question each.

Biden announced that he’d been “told there will be four questioners.”

“But I’m not gonna do ten questions from each questioner, lets make that clear from the outset here,” Biden tersely told the reporters.

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

Warnock Boosted by Soros-Funded PAC Linked to Liberal Dark Money Group, Records Show

A George Soros-funded political action committee that has ties to a liberal dark money group has spent thousands boosting Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in his reelection bid against Republican Herschel Walker, filings show.

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

Watch: DeSantis Punches Back at Trump: ‘Go Check Out the Scoreboard’

Fresh off his midterm election win, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) responded to recent comments made by former President Donald Trump saying he won more votes in the 2020 election than DeSantis received this time.

“One of the things I have learned in this job, when you’re leading, when you’re getting things done, you take incoming fire. That’s just the nature of it,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.

DeSantis said he doesn’t think any other governor was attacked more during his first term by “corporate media.”

“All of that is just noise, and really what matters is, are you leading? Are you getting in front of issues? Are you delivering results for people, and are you standing up for folks? And if you do that, none of that stuff matters,” DeSantis added.

“At the end of the day, I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night,” DeSantis said. “The fact of the matter is, it was the greatest Republican victory in the history of the state of Florida.”

DeSantis also pointed to the wins by Republicans statewide.

“We swept in supermajorities in the Florida legislature,” he said. “We have 85 Republicans out of 120 in our state House. We’ve never had that many before. We have 28 senators out of 40 that are Republicans.”

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‘We Have Rewritten the Political Map’: How the GOP Turned Florida Into a Red State

Aaron Bean has seen a lot during his more than two-decade career in Florida politics. The Republican won his first state House campaign during Florida’s razor-tight presidential contest in 2000, and he went on to serve in the legislature under four different GOP governors before his election to the U.S. House last week.

But even a grizzled Sunshine State political veteran such as Bean had not witnessed the level of success his party enjoyed during Tuesday’s midterms. Republicans dominated up and down the ballot, a resounding success that cemented Florida’s transformation from the nation’s premier swing state to a conservative stronghold. “We not only won this election,” Governor Ron DeSantis (R.) said during his victory speech Tuesday night, “we have rewritten the political map.” That rewriting, top party officials and strategists say, is attributable to three primary factors: years of effective and popular governance, an influx of new residents seeking freedom from stringent COVID restrictions, and a large-scale minority voter outreach effort.

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Xbox Suspended 970,000 Accounts for “Hate Speech,” “Harassment,” and “Bullying” in H1 2022

The first Digital Transparency Report for Xbox revealed that it took “proactive” action against 4.78 million accounts for violating its community guidelines between January 1 and June 30 this year.

The report is part Microsoft’s commitment to “online safety.”

The proactive enforcement increased 10x compared to the last reporting period.

In the first half of 2022, 211,000 accounts were banned for “hate speech” and 759,000 accounts were banned for “harassment or bullying.”

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Day 23 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings

RCMP had a plan to clear Convoy but did not communicate to government

On Day 23 of the Emergencies Act hearings, documents revealed that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki had a plan to clear Freedom Convoy protesters from Ottawa without the use of the never-before-used Act but it was never communicated to cabinet prior to the invocation of the Act.

Commission lawyers focused their examination of Lucki on her communication with the federal government throughout the protest to determine whether the RCMP had exhausted all available law enforcement tools prior to the invocation and whether that had been clearly communicated to cabinet.

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Austria: Klimt Gets Splashed With “Oil” In Latest Climate Protest

This morning, November 15, the climate emergency activism group Letzte Generation’s Austrian branch took to the Leopold Museum in Vienna for another demonstration in the recent wave of substance-based attacks on revered masterpieces. One activist splattered the protective glass covering Gustav Klimt’s “Death and Life” (1915) with a viscous, oily black liquid. The same group made the news last month after smearing mashed potatoes on Claude Monet’s “Grainstacks” (1890) in the Barberini Museum in Germany.

Despite strict security precautions at the Leopold Museum, activists of Letzte Generation were able to sneak in the black liquid through a hot water bottle hidden underneath their clothing. One activist was quickly apprehended by a museum guard after splashing the black substance over the painting, while another activist took the opportunity to glue themselves to the protective glass.

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Belgium: Suspected Brussels Police Killer Had Hundreds of Islamic Books at Residence

The main suspect in an alleged terrorist attack that left one police officer dead and another injured last week in Brussels is said to have been in possession of hundreds of Islamic books.

Yassine Mahi, the man arrested for the killing of 29-year-old police officer Thomas M. in the Brussels area of Schaerbeek last Thursday, is said to have possessed hundreds of Islamic books in his home in the Evere area of the Belgian capital.

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EU Admits Sanctions Didn’t Stop Russia, But They’ll Still Continue the Policy

The European Union never expected sanctions to stop Russia from waging its war in Ukraine, but the policy of sanctions will still continue, said EU foreign affairs head Josep Borrell.

While the sanctions will not stop the war in Ukraine, they are clearly weakening the Russian economy and Moscow’s ability to continue financing its war against Ukraine, Borrell told a press conference in Brussels on Monday after a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

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France Has Released 343 Convicted Islamist Terrorists in Last Four Years

Over the last four years, France has released 343 convicted terrorists from prison, releasing 72 so far this year, with detainees still considered threats and placed under intelligence and judicial supervision.

Islamic terrorist convicts are still numerous in French prisons, with the French Ministry of Justice stating at 406 convicted Islamist terrorists still remain behind bars, while 343 have been released from various prisons over the last four years, reports claim.

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Iranian Brothers Allegedly Spied on Sweden

Two Iranian-born brothers have been indicted for selling vast amounts of classified information — of an extremely sensitive nature — to the Russian intelligence agency GRU. For the Armed Forces and the Security Police, it will be extra embarrassing because the brothers held several important positions in the most secret parts of the Swedish security apparatus.

The two Iranian-born brothers Peyman Kia, 42, and Payam Kia, 35, have been in custody for a year after they were suspected of sharing large amounts of top secret information from the Security Police and the Armed Forces with Russia.

The two brothers, who were hired as a result of a “diversity investment”, are now charged with gross espionage after potentially making millions of kroner by selling out Sweden.

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Ireland: Six Injured After ‘Anti-Fascists’ Raid Populist Party Conference With ‘Hammers’ — Reports

Six people are reported as being injured after a large number of “anti-fascists” allegedly attacked an annual conference of a political party in Ireland.

The annual conference of a political party in Ireland was reportedly disrupted on Sunday after an unknown number of “anti-fascists” allegedly attacked it, resulting in six people being injured, four of which were reportedly brought to hospital.

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NATO Leaders Hold Emergency Meeting After Missile Kills Two in Poland

Global leaders gathered for the Group of 20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, were holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday after deadly explosions in Poland that Ukraine and Polish authorities said were caused by Russian-made missiles.

The meeting was convened by U.S. President Joe Biden, the White House said, after two people were killed in an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine.

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Poland Seizes Russia’s Gazprom Assets

Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda has acted on advice of the Internal Security Agency (ABW) to take over the shares owned by Gazprom in the EuRoPol Gaz company. EuRoPol is the owner of the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe gas pipe network.

Up until now, Gazprom owned 48 percent of the shares, with 48 percent owned by PGNiG and 4 percent by PKN Orlen.

The government decided to take the assets belonging to Gazprom into receivership on the grounds of national security. This is a logical consequence of the fact that Gazprom is on the list of sanctioned companies; also, the Polish Ministry of the Interior had recommended freezing Gazprom’s assets in EuRoPol Gaz.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda Verifies ‘Premises’ of NATO Article 4, Spoke With Jens Stoltenberg

Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a tweet that he spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and verified “the premises of Article 4,” which allows NATO member countries to bring security concerns for discussion.

The discussions come after Russian missiles crossed into Poland on Tuesday and killed two people, according to a U.S. intelligence official who spoke with the Associated Press.

The two people were reportedly killed when the projectile struck near the village of Przewodów, which is near the Ukrainian border.

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Populist ANO Would Win Czech Election With ODS Losing Ground, Polling Shows

The ANO movement, led by former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, would win the hypothetical elections to the Chamber of Deputies in October with 31.5 percent, latest polling showed.

According to the Median polling agency, the ruling Civic Democrats (ODS) dropped to 13.5 percent while the Social Democrats (CSSD) slightly exceeded the 5 percent threshold.

Babis, an ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, saw his party increase its support by 1 percentage point compared to September while support for ODS decreased by 2.5 percentage points. The ODS is led by Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

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The EU Ignores Pushback, Plots Digital ID for 2024

The European Union is preparing to launch the EU digital wallet by 2024. The wallet will allow residents to store digital identification documents, like driver’s licenses and national IDs.

The EU’s Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy member Romana Jerkovic said that, for the bloc to stick to the schedule, it plans to publish specifications and standards before 2023.

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UK: One of England’s Largest Solar Farms Goes Bust After Borrowing £655 Million

Believe it or not, another solar energy company has gone bust. This time, it was one of the largest in England.

Toucan Energy Holdings 1 Ltd., based in Essex, Southern England, has gone into administration after racking up a whopping half a billion pounds in debt, according to a new Bloomberg report.

The company owns 53 solar farms across the country and had borrowed £655 million from Thurrock Council over the course of four years to try and finance its expansion, the report notes.

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UK: Princes in the Tower? King Charles Asks Parliament to Sideline Harry and Andrew

King Charles III has asked Parliament to effectively sideline his woke son Harry and disgraced brother Andrew by amending the Regency Act.

King Charles, 74, wishes to make his sister, the 72-year-old Princess Anne, and youngest brother, the 58-year-old Prince Edward, Counsellors of State, so they can officially deputise for him at state functions should the need arise — and Harry and Edward, who hold Counsellor roles more or less automatically despite not being “working” royals, never can.

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UK: William Warrington: Man Accused of Harassing Kate Moss Admits Stabbing Parents to Death After Fleeing Psychiatric Unit

The 42-year-old ran his mother over before cutting her throat. He then drove to his father’s home and stabbed him to death.

A mentally ill man, who was accused of harassing supermodel Kate Moss, has been detained indefinitely for stabbing his divorced parents to death after fleeing a psychiatric unit.

William Warrington launched the attacks on his father Clive, 67, and his 73-year-old mother Valerie hours apart at their homes in Gloucestershire on 2 March.

The 42-year-old from Cheltenham denied two counts of murder but admitted to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

He has now been made the subject of a hospital order without limit of time under Sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act.

Warrington killed his parents after believing he had been sent messages from the government, the secret services and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bristol Crown Court heard.

He had been voluntarily detained at the Wotton Lawn mental health unit in Gloucester after being arrested for attacking a housemate.

Unknown to staff, on the evening of 1 March he left the unit and got into a taxi he had booked that morning and went to Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

He was reported missing shortly before midnight.

Warrington broke into his mother’s home and attacked her as she slept — gouging her eyes with his fingers, dragging her body outside to the lawn and running her over with her car, before finally cutting her throat.

He then drove to his father’s home where neighbours were woken by shouting and called police.

“They heard Clive Warrington shouting, pleading for help and asking, ‘Why are you doing this?’,” said Anna Vigars KC, prosecuting.

“While they were making the call they heard the other man calling Clive Warrington a ‘c***’ and saying, ‘I am really going to enjoy this’.”

Police arrived at Mr Warrington’s home and found his body covered in blood and his son was arrested a short time later.

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Wales: ‘You F***ing Headcase’: Angry Passer-by Clashes With Protesters Chained to Bank in Cardiff

A passer-by aimed angry criticism at Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Cardiff city centre as the climate protest group occupied Barclays bank. Seven XR members had chained themselves to the interior of the bank in St David’s Way at around 12pm on Monday to protest its funding of fossil fuels.

One man walking past the protest at 3.40pm stopped to criticise the demonstrators. He told David, a 36-year-old XR member from west Cardiff, that the group was causing “chaos”. By this point police had already used bolt cutters to remove all seven of the chained protesters and marched them into police vans.

David, who was supporting the protest with placards opposing Barclays’ investment in fossil fuels, told the passer-by: “The police have caused it [the chaos].” But the man replied: “No, you’ve caused the chaos.”

Pointing at the five police vans on the scene, the passer-by continued: “If you weren’t here, they wouldn’t be here would they? You f***ing headcase.” David responded: “They don’t need to be here.”

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Why Was Germany AfD Party Suspended From Twitter?

The conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party had access to its Twitter account revoked on Monday before being reinstated on Tuesday following an objection, according to information made available to the Junge Freiheit news outlet.

It is understood the political party was obligated to delete two posts published on Monday related to the German coalition government’s asylum policy, specifically regarding benefit payments handed to asylum seekers.

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Could Iraq be the Next Big Tourist Hot Spot? Michael Palin Suggests 4,000-Year-Old Temples Are a Rival to the Pyramids of Egypt While Kurdistan Could be the Next Dubai After Touring War-Torn Nation for Ch5

Speaking on Alan Carr’s Life’s a Beach podcast, the writer and presenter said parts of Iraq could become a ‘tourist paradise’ if they are managed and promoted properly.

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Biden Says “Unlikely” Missile That Hit Poland Was Fired From Russia

Update (2100ET): So much for Russia almost starting World War 3 (even if under the guise of a false flag). As we noted earlier (see below), even pro-Ukraine accounts noted that the S-300 SAM that fell in Poland was a Ukrainian one. And while Biden will never admit that Ukraine nearly started war with Poland (as much as the deep state via its AP connections or the Ukraine president would have wanted Russia to get the blame), moments ago Biden explicitly said that based on preliminary information, it is “unlikely” that the rocket strike in Poland originated in Russia. Oops.

“There is plenty of information to contest that. I don’t want to say until we completely investigate. It’s unlikely in the minds of [sic] the trajectory that it was fired from Russia. But we’ll see.”

So if it was not fired by Russia, where was it fired from?

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Explosions and Power Outages Reported Across Ukraine

Deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office Kirill Timoshenko said the energy situation in the country is critical

KIEV, November 15. /TASS/. Blackouts and water supply problems began Tuesday across the entire Ukraine after numerous reports about explosions, including at vital infrastructure facilities.

An air-raid warning was issued across all of Ukraine.

Deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office Kirill Timoshenko said the energy situation in the country is critical.

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Breaking: G20 Panel Calls for Global Digital Health Passports

The Indonesian minister of health said during the B20 summit that the G20 should adopt a global framework to track vaccination status.

Speaking in a crowd in Bali, Budi Gunadi Sadikin said, “Let’s have a digital health certificate acknowledged by WHO. If you have been vaccinated or tested properly, then you can move around. So for the next pandemic, instead of stopping the movement of the people, one hundred percent… you can still provide some movement of the people.

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Facial Recognition Tech is Deployed at G20

To ensure the safety of world leaders, Indonesia has launched facial recognition technology at Gilimanuk Harbor, Bali.

Passengers arriving at the harbor will have their identities verified by the facial recognition system. The data collected could help identify people in case of a crime.

Local outlets claim that the national police will use the same technology in the summit’s security systems. The facial recognition technology has been integrated with the networks of the Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) and the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil).

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China is Biggest State-Based Threat to UK Economic Security, Sunak Says

The Prime Minister could meet President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Bali.

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FBI Director Wray: China Could Use TikTok to ‘Control Software on Millions’ of Americans’ Devices

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The U.S. operations of Chinese-owned TikTok raise national security concerns, FBI Director Chris Wray said on Tuesday, flagging the risk that the Chinese government could harness the video-sharing app to influence users or control their devices.

Risks include “the possibility that the Chinese government could use [TikTok] to control data collection on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations,” Wray told U.S. lawmakers.

Beijing could also use the popular app, owned by ByteDance, to “control software on millions of devices,” giving it the opportunity to “technically compromise” those devices, he added.

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Australia to Grant Djokovic Visa Despite Vax Deportation Fiasco in January

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is set to be granted a visa to play in next year’s Australian Open despite his high-profile deportation in January.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Tuesday said it had confirmed newspaper reports that the immigration minister had overturned a potential three-year exclusion period for Djokovic.

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Single Detail Exposes Why an Angry Aussie Smashed Up a Very Ordinary-Looking Car: ‘Some Dude Jumped on the Car and Windshield and Kicked it’

Australians have been left divided over whether a man alleged to have smashed the windscreen of a silver hatchback sporting a Russian flag sticker on its passenger door was justified.

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Britain to Withdraw All Its Troops From Mali Despite Violence by Groups Linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS Amid Growing Ties Between West African Nation’s Military Junta and Russia’s Wagner Group

The withdrawal comes after France and its military allies began pulling out thousands of troops earlier this year amid Mali’s decision to allow Wagner mercenaries to deploy there.

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Austrian Mayor Defies Vienna and Orders Migrant Tents to be Dismantled

The mayor of a small Austrian village has defied the federal government and ordered tents housing migrants to be dismantled, in a standoff over the rising number of asylum-seekers in the central European nation

After a weeks-long conflict, St. Georgen Mayor Ferdinand Aigner had more than a dozen tents removed that were set up in his village last month.

Workers started taking down the 17 white tents on Monday after the mayor ruled they were unsafe, “inhumane” and wouldn’t survive the next storm.

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France to Expel 44 Migrants From Ocean Viking Rescue Ship, Says French Interior Minister

Forty-four of the asylum seekers on board the Ocean Viking rescue vessel that docked in the French port of Toulon on Friday will soon be expelled from the country, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told French lawmakers on Tuesday.

Speaking to France’s National Assembly, Darmanin revealed that of the 234 passengers rescued in the Mediterranean by the humanitarian ship, 44 had their asylum request refused and would be returned to their country of origin “as soon as their condition of health allows it.”

Victor Boiteau, a journalist at the Libération newspaper tweeted: “At the Assembly, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that among the 234 migrants received in Toulon, 44 were recognized as minors. 60 can apply for asylum, 44 cannot. Those who can will be relocated to 11 European countries.”

Remix News previously reported that of the 234 people on board the ship, just 21 were women. It was also initially reported that 81 minors were on the boat, with the revision suggesting that a number of those claiming to be minors were in fact over the age of 18.

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Judge Strikes Down Title 42 Immigration Policy Blocking Asylum-Seekers

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Title 42 policy that permitted border agents to expel immigrants from the country quickly without letting them seek asylum, overturning a Trump-era policy that carried into President Joe Biden’s administration.

D.C. federal district court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled the policy was in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, effectively preventing the Biden administration from using it as a way to deter immigrants.

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Netherlands: Migrant Arrested for Setting Fire to Amsterdam Asylum Facility

A male suspect has been arrested following a massive blaze at a housing complex for ‘asylum seekers’ in the Netherlands this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in Amsterdam.

Emergency services were alerted about a “very large fire” that had broken out at Startblok Riekerhaven, a facility where hundreds of shipping containers have been repurposed to house ‘young refugees.’

It took nearly six hours for firefighters to bring the conflagration under control.

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People Smugglers Arrested After Opening Fire on Hungarian Police

Two people smugglers were arrested in Hungary on Monday after they shot at police and fled after being stopped with 21 asylum seekers crammed into their vehicle.

Hungarian police attempted to stop the vehicle containing the smugglers and the migrants on the M5 motorway near Budapest but as the police attempted to stop the vehicle, the smugglers tried to outrun the officers, then stopped and fired several shots.

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Texas Governor Declares Invasion at Border, Invokes Constitutional Powers in Historic Action

Frustrated by an unending crisis fueled by drug and human trafficking at the southern border, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared his state was under an invasion and invoked special powers granted under the U.S. and Texas constitutions.

Abbott’s decision came after three dozen counties in his state passed resolutions calling for the dramatic action. The Republican governor said the declaration allows him to send National Guard troops to the border, treat drug cartels as terrorist organization and to build his own border wall separate of the federal government.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Sending Immigrants to Philadelphia

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced he will send the first bus full of immigrants to Philadelphia, adding the sanctuary city as another destination for the buses.

The Republican said in a press release Tuesday that the buses have been providing much-needed relief to Texan communities near the southern border since he began transporting immigrants elsewhere in April.

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UK Border Force Caught Red-Handed Taking Channel Migrants From French

Radio chatter between Britain’s ineffectual Border Force and the French authorities has revealed them arranging regular transfers of boat migrants into British territory.

In recordings passed to The Daily Mail by a source described as a “businessman trading in seafood from Ramsgate “, a relationship between the British and French authorities described by one Conservative MP representing a constituency on the frontlines of the Channel crisis as “very chummy” emerges. It is claimed the recordings show Border Force happily arranging to pick up migrants escorted into British territorial waters by the French.

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UK is Too Welcoming to Migrants, Calais Mayor Claims

The British government must introduce measures to make the U.K. less appealing for asylum seekers and economic migrants if it is to stem the flow of record illegal immigration currently being experienced via the English Channel, Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said.

The mayor of the French port town, now infamously known as a base camp for those waiting to cross the Channel in small boats to reach Britain, told Sky News that her town was being used to do “the dirty work” of Britain; she warned that while Britain remains an appealing destination for economic migrants, the core problem of illegal immigration will continue to exist.

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UK: More Than 42,000 Migrants Have Now Crossed the Channel So Far This Year — Including 400 Who Arrived Yesterday as Suella Braverman Signed a £63m Deal With France to Tackle the Crisis

More than 42,000 migrants have crossed the Channel by small boat so far this year after 400 asylum seekers reached the UK yesterday — when Suella Braverman signed a £63m deal with France to tackle the crisis.

According to official Government figures, 2,225 people have made the journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits in November alone, bringing the total for the year so far up to 42,128 in 1,035 small boats.

Monday saw 400 asylum seekers arrive on the Kent coast in eight boats — an average of 50 people per vessel.

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Aborted Run: Soros-Backed Candidate Loses Arizona DA Race, Blames ‘Corruption’

Julie Gunnigle (D.), a George Soros-backed prosecutor whose radical pro-abortion stance made waves throughout the campaign, has lost the Maricopa County attorney’s special election to Republican Rachel Mitchell.

Mitchell was winning by 4 points with 94 percent of ballots tabulated when Gunnigle conceded on Monday. The Democrat said the results prove “a continuation of the legacy of corruption within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.” Mitchell, a veteran prosecutor who has served as acting Maricopa County attorney since March, declared victory in a press release later that day.

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The Message

We’re approaching Christmas.

So what better time for big corporations, advertising agencies and television in general to reinforce “the message”?

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Watch: FBI Releases Surveillance Footage of Suspect in Buffalo Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Arson Attack

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released video footage of arson carried out at CompassCare Pregnancy Services Center in Buffalo, New York over the summer.

The video shows three individuals outside of the Buffalo pregnancy center with their faces covered.

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Sperm Count Drop is Accelerating Worldwide and Threatens the Future of Mankind, Study Warns

Sperm counts worldwide have halved over the past five decades, and the pace of the decline has more than doubled since the turn of the century, new research shows.

The international team behind it says the data is alarming and points to a fertility crisis threatening the survival of humanity.

Their meta-analysis looked at 223 studies based on sperm samples from over 57,000 men across 53 countries.

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  2. The missile in Poland We know exactly where it came from. Yugoslavia: people waiting to get bread from bakery. A missile hit them. Immediately a British expert in explosives lifted samples and examined them. The stupid soldier concluded that the writing on the missile belonged not to Serbian army but to Kosovars. What a horrible discovery. How can you make such a mistake. Bill Clinton after having a few minutes away from Lewinsky came on TV and ordered the stupid British soldier go home to be reeducated in telling Orwellian Truth.

    We know who destroyed the Gas pipe. Dare anyone mention the truth. Say it and you are dead when cameras are not working.

    Enmity with Russia is necessary to detract the general attention and to postpone the civil war just a few months.

    No matter what eventually NATO will join not only send weapons. That is the ultimate goal. NATO wants Russia nay, lures and forces Russia to do sth. to justify NATOs anihilation war against Russia. The ultimate goal. Zelensky has no choice bu to obey.

    As Saudia Arabia has done so for the last 70 years: selling the oil to the west at a price America sets. Not the market value. Then America repeats “free market, free market.”
    chuptzah.

    Forget about Minsk Agreement. Voters dont have time to study or look it up.
    Forget about BUrnt Russian Ukrainian. Forget about Ukrainian NAZIs.

    If NAZIS kill Russian they are not bad NAZIS.

    So are mujahideen.

  3. Sperm count issue I believe is related to all processed food containing soy which has phytoestrogens. They are called “soy boys” in Thailand for a reason. I read research a few years ago on the effect of soy on male reproduction and sent it to Health Dept. They replied that lots was eaten in Asia and they still have lots of children. That didn’t sound very scientific to me. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18650557/ Read the research papers on google scholar.
    Don’t eat processed foods as they ALL contain soy to boost protein content.

    Men need to eat red meat. That’s why the WEF, plant based diet and eating bugs is a bigger threat than you appreciate as it will make men sterile.

  4. It has been reported on the BBC (make of that what you will) that the missile was an S300. This is an anti-aircraft missile, but the Russians have been using them in ground attacks. The Ukrainians also have them, but use them in an AA role to shoot down Russian incoming. So we cannot know who fired it, but I think I am safe to say the target was not a village in Poland.

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