Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/16/2022

21 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits (some reports say 25) were injured when a man driving an SUV veered into the wrong lane and hit a group of forty to fifty recruits who were running in formation. Seven of the injured (some reports say five) are in critical condition.

In other news, an Eritrean culture-enricher stabbed a young woman on the street in downtown Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

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Financial Crisis
» Diesel Hits Record Premium Over Gas, Oil
» Energy Rationing and Shortages Likely in France, Admits Electric Grid Chief
» FTX Bankruptcy May Affect a Million Creditors
» FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit That Also Names Brady, Bündchen, Shaq, Curry
» FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Funneled Max Donation to Nancy Pelosi’s Likely Successor
» FTX Funneled $27 Million to These Democrat Candidates Before it Imploded
» Germany Preparing for Emergency Cash Deliveries, Bank Runs and “Aggressive Discontent” Ahead of Winter Power Cuts
» German Meat Industry Warns of Empty Supermarket Shelves, Another 40% Jump in Meat Prices
» Harry Potter-Loving Ex-Girlfriend of Disgraced FTX Founder Bragged of ‘Regular Amphetamine Use’ On Twitter — Which She Said Made Her ‘Appreciate How Dumb a Lot of Normal, Non-Medicated Human Experience is’
» Inflation Still on the Rise in Poland Reaching 17.9 Percent
» New York Fed Plots Test of Centrally Controlled Digital Dollar
» Sam Bankman-Fried Expressed Optimism About Crypto Regulations Months Before FTX’s Collapse
» UK Inflation Hits 41-Year High
 
USA
» 21 LASD Sheriff’s Recruits Injured After Being Struck by Car During Morning Run in Whittier
» Darrell Brooks Jr., Wisconsin Christmas Parade Killer, Sentenced to Six Consecutive Life Sentences
» DeSantis Puts Brakes on 2024 Speculation: ‘Chill Out’
» Elon Musk Fires More Complaining Wokester “Geniuses” From Twitter
» Google is Sued for Auto-Installing COVID “Spyware” on People’s Phones
» ‘Immoral’: Texas A&M Professor Challenges Faculty Hiring Program That Excludes Whites and Asians
» John Fetterman Adviser Admits Senator Will Not be Able to Answer Questions in Usual Way
» Judicial Watch Files Appeal to Secure FBI Communications Related to Jan. 6
» Mayorkas Defends DHS Efforts to Address Online “Disinformation”
» Mike Pence: Dan Quayle and Al Gore His Role Models, Not Trump
» Musk Expects to Name Someone to Run Twitter for Him
» NASA’s Huge SLS Rocket Finally Launches the Artemis 1 Moon Mission
» Pastor Greg Locke Says YouTube Has Banned His Channel, Deleted Over 800 Videos
» Pennsylvania Lawmakers Vote to Impeach Philly’s Soros Prosecutor
» Poll: Ron DeSantis Up 18 Points Over Donald Trump in Hypothetical GOP Primary
» Senate Republicans Re-Elect McConnell as Leader
» Senate Votes to End COVID Public Health Emergency, Biden Threatens to Veto Action
» Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Democrat-Controlled State’s New Gun Law
» Stabbing Spree at Los Angeles CA Target Ends in Shooting
» State to Withdraw From Soros-Tied Voter System
» Texas Activists Arrested in D.C. During Protest Against Offshore Oil Export Facility
» UC Berkeley Calls Cops on Protest Against “Jewish Free Zones”
» Vehicle Hits 25 LA County Sheriff’s Academy Recruits on Run
» Welcome to Twitter 2.0: ‘Extremely Hardcore’
» Witness Claims U.Va. Suspect Shot Victim While He Was Sleeping, Shooting Not Random
 
Canada
» Day 24 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings
 
Europe and the EU
» First Part of Electronic Barrier on Polish-Belarusian Border Activated
» Germany: AfD’s Weidel Outperforms Top ‘Mainstream’ Politicians
» German State Television Likens Musk to Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels
» Hungary Calls for Calm After Missiles Hit Poland and Oil Supply Through Key Pipeline Was Suspended
» One Million Cancer Diagnoses Likely Missed in Europe Because of COVID Pandemic
» Police in Spain to Deploy Automated Facial Recognition
» The World Holds Its Breath: Western Leaders Scramble to Avoid Dragging NATO Into Direct Conflict With Putin as US Says Missile That Hit Poland, Killing Two, May Have Been Fired by Ukraine and Russia Warns ‘We Move Closer to Ww3’
» WEF’s Klaus Schwab Gives Speech to G20 on the “Need to Restructure the World”
 
Russia
» Associated Press Issues Correction After Reporting Russian Missiles Killed Two People in Poland
» G-20 Nations Stitch Together Declaration Saying Most of Them Condemn Russia’s War But Noting There Are ‘Other Views and Different Assessments’ Amid Moscow’s Latest Missile Attacks
» No Indication Blast in Poland Was a Deliberate Attack, Says NATO Chief
» Sheer Madness
» Ukraine War: Power Restored in Kyiv; Fuel Depot Hit and Russian Oil ‘Reaching EU Through Backdoor’
 
South Asia
» Arrested Aussie Schoolgirls Face ‘Humiliation’ In Singapore: ABC Reporter Who Faced Caning in Changi Jail Tells All About the Tough Reality Facing the Teenagers Accused of Victoria’s Secret Theft
» Gang of Australian Private Schoolgirls Accused of Shoplifting in Singapore Could Face Three Years in Jail Under the Country’s Harsh Laws Where Crims Are Caned for Crimes — But There Could be One Major Glimmer of Hope That Helps the Girls Avoid Jail
» India: Lucknow: Muslim Man Pushes Hindu Girlfriend to Death From 4th Floor in a Heated Argument
» Thailand: HelloFresh is Accused of Forcing Monkeys to Work in Slave Labour Camp Where Animals Are Chained and Abused in Horror Conditions
 
Australia — Pacific
» ABC Admit COVID Doom-Sayer Dr Norman Swan Breached Editorial Standards After Linking the Deaths of Shane Warne and Senator Kimberley Kitching to the Virus — as the Cricketer’s Manager Slams the ‘Disrespectful’ Comments
» AFLW Star is Slammed by the League for Wearing a Violent and Rude Message Written on Her Strapping Tape in Final — and it’s Not the First Time She’s Done It
» Amazing Inland Sea Forms in the Outback After Massive Tsunami-Like Torrent of Water Swallows Up Homes After Rain Deluge — as a Young Mum Reveals How She Miraculously Escaped
» Big Freeze Strikes Australia Just Days From Summer: Polar Blast Lashes the East Coast Sending Temperatures Plunging — So When Will it Start Getting Warmer?
» Dr Nick Coatsworth’s Fiery Takedown of ABC COVID Doomsayer Norman Swan After His ‘Shameful’ Comments About Shane Warne and Kimberley Kitching’s Deaths
» Gang of Teens Allegedly Kidnapped and Stabbed Man, 25, To Death Before Four of the Accused Offenders Were Snatched by Cops at the Airport
» How Student at One of Australia’s Top Universities Lost Marks on Final Engineering Exam — Because the Paper Didn’t Include an Indigenous Acknowledgement of Country
» Peta Credlin Issues a Chilling Warning About How a Likely Dan Andrews Election Win Will See His ‘Hard Left’ Agenda Sweep Australia — as Her Expose of His Government Sets to Air
 
Immigration
» Calais Fisherman Claims He Witnessed Smugglers Pushing Migrants Into English Channel
» Cultural Enrichment Coming to Slovenia: Eritrean Migrant Stabbed a Woman in the Centre of Ljubljana
» France: ‘Unaccompanied Minor’ Arrested for Raping Women at Knifepoint
» France: North African Migrant Indicted for Raping Two Women in the Middle of the Street Under Threat of Knife
» German Government Wants to Support Mediterranean ‘Sea Rescue’
» Half of Canadians Think New Liberal Immigration Numbers Too Much: Leger Poll
» Italian PM is Right to Refuse Migrant Boats, Says Le Pen as She Slams Hypocritical French Government
» People Smuggler Allegedly Admits Being in Contact With Migrant Taxi NGOs
» Prominent Democrat Voices Support for Border Wall as Philadelphia Rages at Abbott Over Migrant Bus
» Texas Gov. Abbott Tells Biden He is Invoking ‘Invasion’ Clause of Constitution Because of Border ‘Failures’
» UK Refugee Charity Calls for Ban on Naming Migrant Hotels
» UK: Hotel Owner Turns Down £1 Million Government Offer to House Asylum Seekers That Would Have ‘Shattered His Business’s Reputation Overnight’
» UK: Rishi Sunak Opens Door for 3,000 More Indian Graduates to Work in UK as PM Paves the Way for Trade Deal in G20 Talks With Narendra Modi
 
Culture Wars
» Exclusive: Young People Who Detransition Describe Death Threats, Doxxing, Intimidation, And Being Accused of ‘Genocide’ From the ‘Cult-Like’ Transgender Community They Turn Their Backs on
» French Football Captain Refuses to Wear LGBT Wristband During World Cup
» New Poll Finds Strong Majority of Americans Condemn Drag Queen Story Time
» Scotland: Woman Wearing ‘Suffragette’ Colours Kicked Out of Govt Trans Debate, But Rainbow Lanyards Remained
» Winning! Owasso School District Bends the Knee to Parents and Writes New Policy Banning Graphic Content From Library
 

Diesel Hits Record Premium Over Gas, Oil

Dwindling stockpiles of diesel have driven prices to a record premium over gasoline and crude oil, showing how war, weather and other disruptions to globalized energy markets are still producing price shocks and potential shortages.

While the price of gasoline is up about 14% this year, diesel has climbed about 50%, to $5.35 a gallon, according to AAA/Opis. The gains widened the gap between the two to an all-time high of $1.61. A year ago, it was 23 cents. Wholesale diesel, delivered into New York harbor, traded at a record premium to crude oil in October, according to the Energy Information Administration, which also reported the country had only 25 days of diesel in reserve, the lowest since 2008.

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

Energy Rationing and Shortages Likely in France, Admits Electric Grid Chief

The head of the national electricity grid in France has warned that power cuts are still likely during the winter despite a decline in consumption driven by decreased manufacturing production.

This week, Xavier Piechaczyk, the president of the Reseau Transport d’Electricite (RTE), said that as a result of continued issues with the French nuclear power system, the country remains in a need of “particular vigilance” ahead of the winter months, warning that even if Europe experiences a normal winter, power cuts are likely.

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

FTX Bankruptcy May Affect a Million Creditors

The fallout from FTX Trading’s bankruptcy may touch more than one million creditors. The revelation came in a court document which shows just how massive the job will be of untangling a bankruptcy that includes more than 130 affiliates.

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

FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit That Also Names Brady, Bündchen, Shaq, Curry

The founder of the now-collapsed crypto trading company FTX has been hit with a class action lawsuit by investors alleging he and other high-profile celebrities — such as legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady and NBA star Stephen Curry — violated Florida law and made consumers suffer more than $11 billion in damages.

The 41-page document filed on behalf of Oklahoma resident Edwin Garrison in the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida comes as FTX, led by crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, filed for bankruptcy last week.

The lawsuit, which names “Sam Bankman-Fried, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Shaquille O’Neal, Udonis Haslem, David Ortiz, William Trevor Lawrence, Shohei Ohtani, Naomi Osaka, Lawrence Gene David, and Kevin O’Leary,” seeks to make them “responsible for the many billions of dollars in damages they caused Plaintiff and the Classes and to force Defendants to make them whole.”

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

FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Funneled Max Donation to Nancy Pelosi’s Likely Successor

FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried donated the maximum amount an individual can give to a candidate to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., likely successor.

Bankman-Fried made a contribution worth $5,800 to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in July 2021, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data. While the amount was relatively tiny compared to the roughly $38 million the crypto entrepreneur funneled to candidates and political action committees (PAC) ahead of the midterm elections, it represented the maximum contribution an individual is allowed to donate to a single candidate under federal campaign finance laws.

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

FTX Funneled $27 Million to These Democrat Candidates Before it Imploded

Sam Bankman-Fried, the man at the epicenter of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange implosion, has been revealed to have funneled huge amounts of money to several Democratic candidates who ran in the recent midterm elections through his political action committee (PAC).

The 30-year-old, who may be extradited to the US from The Bahamas to be questioned following the loss of up to $2 billion of customer’s money, donated approximately $38 million to various candidates and PACs from 2021-2022, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

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

Germany Preparing for Emergency Cash Deliveries, Bank Runs and “Aggressive Discontent” Ahead of Winter Power Cuts

While Europe has been keeping a generally optimistic facade ahead of the coming cold winter, signaling that it has more than enough gas in storage to make up for loss of Russian supply even in a “coldest-case” scenario, behind the scenes Europe’s largest economy is quietly preparing for a worst case scenario which include angry mobs and bankruns should blackouts prevent the population from accessing cash.

As Reuters reports citing four sources, German authorities have stepped up preparations for emergency cash deliveries in case of a blackout (or rather blackouts) to keep the economy running, as the nation braces for possible power cuts arising from the war in Ukraine. The plans include the Bundesbank hoarding extra billions to cope with a surge in demand, as well as “possible limits on withdrawals”, one of the people said. And if you think crypto investors are angry when they can’t access their digital tokens in a bankrupt exchange, just wait until you see a German whose cash has just been locked out.

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

German Meat Industry Warns of Empty Supermarket Shelves, Another 40% Jump in Meat Prices

The German meat industry has warned of impending supply bottlenecks, especially concerning pork, and a board member is putting at least some of the blame on Germany’s current left-wing government, which is well-known for its attacks on meat and efforts to transition to a plant-based food supply.

“In four, five, six months, we will have nothing on the shelves,” predicts Hubert Kelliger, head of group sales at the large butcher Westfleisch and also a member of the board of the Meat Industry Association (VDF), according to Die Welt.

One of the main factors affecting Germany’s meat supply, according to Kelliger, is the reduction of fattening pigs from livestock farmers. Others farmers have simply given up on production and are going bankrupt.

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

Harry Potter-Loving Ex-Girlfriend of Disgraced FTX Founder Bragged of ‘Regular Amphetamine Use’ On Twitter — Which She Said Made Her ‘Appreciate How Dumb a Lot of Normal, Non-Medicated Human Experience is’

The ex-girlfriend of disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried bragged about ‘regular amphetamine use’ on Twitter.

Caroline Ellison, who served as CEO of Bankman-Fried’s crypto trading house Alameda Research, has been under intense scrutiny along with her former lover when their companies crashed and filed for bankruptcy last week.

Alameda was allegedly transferred $10billion of FTX customer money in secret by Bankman-Fried as investors withdrew $6billion from the crypto platform last week. The rush came just hours after rival Binance refused to bail out the competitor.

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

Inflation Still on the Rise in Poland Reaching 17.9 Percent

Inflation in Poland hit 17.9 percent last month, reaching its highest level since December 1995, Statistics Poland (GUS) announced on Tuesday.

The figure is an increase of 1.8 percent for the prices of goods and services compared to September.

The final inflation reading is in accordance with the previous flash estimate. Statistics Poland said that prices of goods in October 2022 increased by 19.5 percent on a year-over-year basis, while services rose by 13 percent. On a month-over-month basis, prices of goods increased by 2.1 percent and services by 0.7 percent.

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

New York Fed Plots Test of Centrally Controlled Digital Dollar

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Innovation Center (NYIC) announced that it plans to launch a 12-week proof-of-concept pilot for a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

In the announcement, the NYIC said that the program would test the feasibility of an “interoperable network of central bank wholesale digital money and commercial bank digital money operating on a shared multi-entity distributed ledger” through a regulated liability network.

It will also test the “technical feasibility, legal viability, and business applicability” of distributed ledgers, as well as simulated tokens. Regulatory frameworks will also be explored. There is a possibility of extending the project to “multi-currency operations and regulated stablecoins.”

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

Sam Bankman-Fried Expressed Optimism About Crypto Regulations Months Before FTX’s Collapse

The collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and allegations of financial improprieties against founder Sam Bankman-Fried have drawn attention to his efforts to influence regulations on the crypto industry, as well as his past comments on the subject in the months before his firm’s implosion.

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

UK Inflation Hits 41-Year High

British consumer prices saw a surge of 11.1% in October, smashing a 41-year high and exceeding analysts’ projections as the nation continued to struggle with soaring food, transport and energy costs.

The figures, revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Wednesday, mark an increase from the 40-year high of 10.1% recorded in September and top the 10.7% forecast by economists polled earlier by Reuters.

The annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI) is attributed to surging prices for electricity, gas and other fuels despite the Energy Price Guarantee program introduced by UK authorities on October 1.

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

21 LASD Sheriff’s Recruits Injured After Being Struck by Car During Morning Run in Whittier

Seven of the recruits have been reported to be in critical condition

WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) — A total of 21 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits were injured after they were struck by a vehicle during an early morning run on Wednesday, authorities confirmed.

Chad Sourbeer, a battalion chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, spoke with Eyewitness News and said seven of those recruits are currently in critical condition, four are being treated for “immediate” injuries and 10 have minor injuries.

The incident happened in the South Whittier area near Mills Avenue and Trumball Street at around 6:29 a.m. The group of recruits running appeared to be between 40 and 50 recruits running in a pack.

AIR7 HD captured more than a dozen sheriff’s units along with several fire trucks and ambulances at the scene.

First responders were seen treating the recruits in the middle of the street and loading several others into ambulances.

It’s unclear if the driver involved has been apprehended. Meanwhile, the vehicle was left mangled on a sidewalk with heavy damage to its front end.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Darrell Brooks Jr., Wisconsin Christmas Parade Killer, Sentenced to Six Consecutive Life Sentences

Darrell Brooks Jr., the man convicted of killing six people when he plowed his red Ford SUV through a Christmas parade last year in Wisconsin, was sentenced on Wednesday to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for each count of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks, 41, stared, glared, and disrupted Waukesha County Judge Jennifer R. Dorow as she delivered over an hour of emotional remarks before kicking him out of the courtroom. Brooks returned to the main courtroom nearly an hour later — and began loudly fighting with the jurist — before he was sent back to an adjacent room, where he learned his fate.

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

DeSantis Puts Brakes on 2024 Speculation: ‘Chill Out’

Following former President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening announcement that he would launch a 2024 presidential bid, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis sought to cool speculation on his own ambitions and to direct focus to the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff.

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

Elon Musk Fires More Complaining Wokester “Geniuses” From Twitter

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk has continued to weed out the woke workers by firing at least another 20 staff who were engaged in slagging him off in the social media platform’s internal Slack channels.

The employees were apparently terminated by email from Musk which stated, “We regret to inform you that your employment is terminated immediately,” adding “Your recent behavior has violated company policy.”

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

Google is Sued for Auto-Installing COVID “Spyware” on People’s Phones

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the US state of Massachusetts for what the plaintiffs claim is a case of covert mass surveillance carried out via “Covid spyware” installed on over one million phones.

The complaint asks for declaratory and injunctive relief (a bid to legally compel the defendants to fulfill their mandatory duties) and nominative damages, and was filed on November 14, 2022, by the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) non-profit.

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

‘Immoral’: Texas A&M Professor Challenges Faculty Hiring Program That Excludes Whites and Asians

The faculty senate at Texas A&M university recently voted 54-12 to endorse the aims of a professor recruitment initiative that specifically excludes white and Asian applicants along with other diversity efforts.

However, one professor spoke out against the Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship Faculty Fellows Program and called it “immoral” during the senate meeting.

The resolution called on the university to “support the goals of such programs as ACES and Aces PLUS,” although some faculty argued that the measure did not endorse the specific initiative.

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

John Fetterman Adviser Admits Senator Will Not be Able to Answer Questions in Usual Way

An adviser to Pennsylvania Sen.-elect John Fetterman already admitted the senator would not be able to answer questions in the way lawmakers usually do, due to health-related conditions.

Rebecca Katz, a longtime Fetterman adviser, said there are “two things we need to get out of the way” regarding the senator-elect when responding to a reporter’s tweet saying Fetterman did not answer a question on Tuesday about if he would be wearing a hoodie — his typical campaign attire — on the Senate floor.

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

Judicial Watch Files Appeal to Secure FBI Communications Related to Jan. 6

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch on Wednesday announced an appeal of a prior court decision permitting the FBI to withhold communications between the bureau and certain financial institutions related to purchases made in the D.C. area on Jan. 5-6, 2021.

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

Mayorkas Defends DHS Efforts to Address Online “Disinformation”

In a hearing this week, Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., asked the Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas about the recently published documents that alleged the Department of Homeland Security coordinated with social media companies to censor Americans.

Bishop honed in on one part of the document release that suggested the DHS flagged to Twitter an account it said had “imperiled election integrity,” even though it only had fewer than 60 followers.

Bishop asked: “Secretary Mayorkas, does the level of interaction with social media platforms, and that one specifically, that anecdote, suggest that DHS has engaged in egregious overreach that threatens the First Amendment?”

Mayorkas said that the overstepping of the DHS related to Twitter happened before the Biden administration took office.

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

Mike Pence: Dan Quayle and Al Gore His Role Models, Not Trump

Recalling how former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dan Quayle fulfilled their roles in certifying elections they lost was much more influential in former Vice President Mike Pence’s ceremonial ending of the 2020 campaign than his boss, former President Donald Trump.

In one of several interviews to promote his new book, Pence said he looked to the examples of Quayle and Gore in deciding to certify the election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Jan. 6, 2021.

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

Musk Expects to Name Someone to Run Twitter for Him

Tesla founder and recently minted Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that he anticipated scaling down the time he spends running the social media platform and eventually appointing someone else to manage the company.

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

NASA’s Huge SLS Rocket Finally Launches the Artemis 1 Moon Mission

AFTER YEARS OF delays and several false starts, the wait is finally over: NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket and the Orion capsule lifted off at 1:48 am Eastern time, heading for a historic lunar flyby. Crowds of onlookers watched at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the thunder of a NASA rocket could once again be heard at the launchpad where shuttles and the Apollo missions began their journeys into space.

The 212-foot rocket, including an orange core stage and two white solid rocket boosters, had rested upon a ground structure called the mobile launcher, as it had during earlier tests. As the boosters ignited, the rocket lifted above an explosion of flames, and then it quickly cleared the launch tower and began its ascent through the atmosphere, an ombre orange streak blazing behind it. “Liftoff for Artemis 1,” proclaimed Derrol Nail, NASA’s livestream commentator. “We rise together, back to the moon and beyond.”

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

Pastor Greg Locke Says YouTube Has Banned His Channel, Deleted Over 800 Videos

Greg Locke, the pastor of Global Vision Bible Church, located in Nashville, TN, claims that YouTube has banned his accounts.

Locke claims he did not receive an official notice about the ban. However, links to his channel and the Global Vision Bible Church say the page is not available. The personal account had 100,000 and over 800 videos. He said that all the videos, most of them clips from church services, are gone.

“All we have left is what is in the camera from the other day,” he said.

Locke said the YouTube ban was more evidence of cancel culture.

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

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Vote to Impeach Philly’s Soros Prosecutor

Pennsylvania lawmakers voted on Wednesday to impeach Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner (D.), capping a months-long campaign to remove the George Soros-backed prosecutor on the heels of a historic murder wave.

A Republican majority passed seven articles of impeachment against Krasner almost entirely along party lines. The articles state that Krasner failed to prosecute violent offenders, withheld facts in cases, and violated victims’ rights. It now falls on the Republican-controlled state Senate to bring him to trial. Members of the upper chamber can vote to remove Krasner with a two-thirds vote.

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

Poll: Ron DeSantis Up 18 Points Over Donald Trump in Hypothetical GOP Primary

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is marked 18 points up over former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical GOP primary, a Wednesday Economist/YouGov poll revealed.

When the poll asked conservative respondents, “If you had to choose, who would you rather see as the Republican nominee for President in 2024?” 51 percent chose DeSantis. Thirty-three percent selected Trump. Seventeen percent are unsure.

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

Senate Republicans Re-Elect McConnell as Leader

Senate Republicans re-elected Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as leader 37-10 on Wednesday.

South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune was also re-elected as Senate Republican whip.

McConnell, the longest serving Senate GOP leader, overcame a challenge from Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott.

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

Senate Votes to End COVID Public Health Emergency, Biden Threatens to Veto Action

Following a vote on Tuesday by the Senate to end the public health emergency declaration in the United States, President Biden has threatened to veto congressional efforts to end this declaration.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Senate voted 62-36 on Tuesday to end the emergency declaration nearly three years after it was declared. It is currently unclear whether the House would be taking up a similar measure.

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

Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Democrat-Controlled State’s New Gun Law

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Several sheriffs in Oregon said they will not enforce the state’s new gun law that places a limit on magazine capacity, arguing that the provision violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

Oregon voters approved Measure 114, also known as the Reduction of Gun Violence Act, during the Nov. 8 midterm elections. The rule, among other restrictions, outlaws magazines that hold more than 10 rounds—similar to rules that have been implemented in New York, California, and other Democrat-controlled states.

Several county sheriffs have publicly announced they won’t enforce the law or parts of the law.

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

Stabbing Spree at Los Angeles CA Target Ends in Shooting

A man who armed himself with a butcher knife for sale stabbed a 9-year-old boy and another shopper at a Target store in downtown Los Angeles, California police reported.

A store security guard shot and killed the man at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the store near Figueroa and 7th Streets, Chief Michel Moore said at a news briefing, as shared by ABC7 on YouTube.

“It’s a troubling night with Los Angeles here — to see this type of violence in our city,” Moore said.

After picking up the knife, the 40-year-old man told a 9-year-old boy “he was going to stab him and kill him,” Moore said. The boy, who had become separated from his mother in the store, tried to walk away.

The man “without any further provocation” stabbed the child from behind, Moore said. Other shoppers came to his aid while the attacker moved away.

“I saw the kid who was stabbed stumble his way towards me,” Target employee Justin Orkin told KNBC. “As he was doing that, the guy was running the other way, running away.”

The man encountered two shoppers in an aisle and “brutally” stabbed a 25-year-old woman in the chest, Moore said. Others pulled the injured woman into a pharmacy and closed the gate.

“You can imagine the mayhem that was going on,” Moore said. Another woman was trampled by shoppers fleeing the store.

The man moved to the front of the store, where an armed security guard confronted him, Moore said. The guard shot him in the stomach.

Los Angeles police already in the shopping center on another call responded to the Target and took the man into custody, but he later died.

Moore described the knife as being 9 to 10 inches long, “kind of a butcher knife.”

The 9-year-old and 25-year-old stabbed in the attack were listed in critical condition, the Los Angeles Times reported.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

State to Withdraw From Soros-Tied Voter System

Alabama Secretary of State-elect Wes Allen has notified the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) the state would withdraw from its system once he assumes office in January.

Delivering on a pledge he made to Alabamians on the campaign trail, Allen raised alarm over ERIC’s collection of sensitive voter data. The organization collects and stores voter information such as names, addresses and partial Social Security numbers in a centralized database.

ERIC was established with a grant provided by the Open Society Foundations, a global grantmaking network founded by billionaire financier George Soros which funds far-left political causes.

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Texas Activists Arrested in D.C. During Protest Against Offshore Oil Export Facility

Four climate activists from Texas and Louisiana were arrested Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., after staging a sit-in at the Department of Transportation, which could rule as soon as next week on one of four proposed offshore oil terminals in the Gulf of Mexico.

The activists say the terminals, designed to expand the nation’s oil export capacity by 6.5 million barrels a day, clash head on with the Biden administration’s aggressive climate goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and would enable decades of growth in U.S. fossil fuel production.

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UC Berkeley Calls Cops on Protest Against “Jewish Free Zones”

by Daniel Greenfield

During the Black Lives Matter riots, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ endorsed police defunding. “Elements of our country’s law enforcement culture dehumanize some of the very people whose safety and wellness police officers are sworn to protect,” she falsely claimed.

Two weeks ago, UC Berkeley called the police on a conservative truck protesting campus antisemitism and the “Jewish Free Zones” erected by elements of its law school.

Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky had claimed that the university couldn’t take any action against the “Jewish Free Zones” enacted by student organizations even as he admitted that they would bar 90% of Jewish speakers. “That is their First Amendment right. I find their statement offensive, but they have the right to say it. To punish these student groups, or students, for their speech would clearly violate the Constitution,” he argued.

That was in early October.

In late October, Chemerinsky responded to a truck rented by a conservative group protesting the “Jewish Free Zone” by threatening that, “we’re exploring whether there’s any action that can be taken against the Accuracy in Media for the truck.”

According to Chemerinsky and Berkeley, banning Jews is free speech, protesting the ban isn’t…

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Vehicle Hits 25 LA County Sheriff’s Academy Recruits on Run

WHITTIER, Calif. — The driver of an SUV veered into the wrong lane and plowed through dozens of Los Angeles County sheriff’s academy recruits running in formation during a training exercise early Wednesday, injuring 25 of the cadets, authorities said.

The most serious injuries included head trauma, broken bones and “loss of limb,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva. He said five people were critically injured, four had moderate injuries and 16 had minor injuries.

“So far, it looks like it’s an accident, a horrific accident,” Villanueva said, adding that he was told the scene looked like the aftermath of an airplane wreck.

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Welcome to Twitter 2.0: ‘Extremely Hardcore’

Thank goodness he wasn’t talking about the content.

Tech writer Gergely Orosz got the scoop at zero-dark-thirty this morning. According to his leaker, Musk’s email demanded that employees must “click ‘yes’ to confirm being part of this by 5pm ET tomorrow, else they get 3 months severance.”

That’s roughly eight hours from now, so for some unknown number of Twitter 2.0 workers who might not be willing to devote the “long hours at high intensity” Musk requires, the clock is ticking.

“Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”

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Witness Claims U.Va. Suspect Shot Victim While He Was Sleeping, Shooting Not Random

ALBERMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The shooting at the University of Virginia on Sunday night was not random, according to a witness account in court on Wednesday morning.

The suspect was scheduled for a bond hearing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Office. Jones appeared emotionless as his charges were read to him via video link.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, a witness told authorities that the suspected gunman shot Devin Chandler in his sleep. The witness said that they saw the suspect point the gun at Chandler while he was sleeping.

Chandler — along with Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry — was killed in the shooting. Marlee Morgan and Michael Hollins were wounded in the shooting.

The witness also said the suspect was targeting certain people and that the gunfire was not random.

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Day 24 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings

StatsCan data shows blockades didn’t hurt Canadian trade

On day 24 of the Emergencies Act hearings, internal Statistics Canada documents released revealed that border blockades “had little impact” on Canadian trade in the month February.

The document, which was produced in April by Statistics Canada, suggests that despite the blockades at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Coutts, Alberta, Emerson, Manitoba, and the Pacific Highway in British Columbia, the impact to Canada’s trade imports and exports was minimal.

The document reads: “Overall, the blocked border crossings appear to have had little impact on the aggregate values of Canadian imports and exports.”

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First Part of Electronic Barrier on Polish-Belarusian Border Activated

An electronic barrier with 3,000 day-night cameras and thermal images has now been activated along the border between Poland and Belarus.

Polish border guards will monitor the 21-kilometer stretch of wall near the border crossing in Kuznica.

The parameter being constructed on the border with Belarus, which will cost close to $400 million, is to be part of an early warning system that will be active along the entire external border of the European Union.

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Germany: AfD’s Weidel Outperforms Top ‘Mainstream’ Politicians

It is a small sensation that should ring all the alarm bells among the established players. According to a recent survey by the Wahlkreisprognose platform, AfD federal spokeswoman Alice Weidel is now the favorite for the job of chancellor in central Germany — ahead of incumbent Scholz (SPD).

An impressive 29 percent would currently like Weidel to be chancellor. Scholz only gets 23 percent, and CDU leader Merz ended up at 12 percent.

Notably the poll results of the top AfD woman are also impressive in the western part of the country. There Weidel is in third place behind Scholz and Merz, but has surpassed both Green “stars” Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck.

Weidel’s popularity is all the more remarkable when one considers the media’s continued propaganda campaign against the AfD and its party leadership.

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German State Television Likens Musk to Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels

German state television has compared the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, with Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, swapping the swastika on the Nazi flag for the social media platform’s famous bird logo during one of its reports.

ZDF, which has long been accused of left-wing bias and which all German households are forced to pay a fee to, has been sharply criticizing Musk since he took over the platform. The journalists behind ZDF are warning that facts and opinions they don’t agree with could be freely expressed on the platform, according to German newspaper Junge Freiheit.

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Hungary Calls for Calm After Missiles Hit Poland and Oil Supply Through Key Pipeline Was Suspended

The Hungarian government called for calm on Tuesday after two missiles hit Poland, killing two people, and significant disruption was experienced after Russia temporarily suspended the supply of oil through the Druzhba pipeline.

“The government urges calm, and not to draw any far-reaching conclusions from the initial news,” Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky told M1 public service channel after the missile attack on a village in eastern Poland.

On Monday, Ukraine notified Russian oil monopoly Transneft that crude oil transport on the southern arm of the Druzhba pipeline had been suspended after a missile hit and disabled the transformer station powering a pumping station in Poland.

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One Million Cancer Diagnoses Likely Missed in Europe Because of COVID Pandemic

Europe faces a “cancer epidemic” unless urgent action is taken to boost treatment and research, after an estimated 1m diagnoses were missed during the pandemic and which could retard cancer outcomes by almost a decade if not addressed, say experts.

Leading specialists say COVID-19’s impact and the focus on it has exposed “weaknesses” in cancer health systems and research landscape across the continent, reports The Guardian.

A recent report, European Groundshot — Addressing Europe’s Cancer Research Challenges: a Lancet Oncology Commission, brought together a wide range of patient, scientific and healthcare experts with detailed knowledge of cancer across Europe.

They said one unintended consequence of the pandemic was the adverse effects that the rapid repurposing of health services and national lockdowns, and their continuing legacy, have had on cancer services, on cancer research and on patients with cancer.

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Police in Spain to Deploy Automated Facial Recognition

Spanish police will soon be allowed to use an automatic facial recognition tool, dubbed ABIS (automatic biometric identification system). ABIS uses artificial intelligence to identify suspects from a database that is currently under development.

ABIS uses an algorithm called Cogent, which is developed by the French military technology company Thales. The program compares images introduced by the police, like an image obtained from a security camera, to images stored in a database, which will contain over five million images of suspects and detainees already on file. Those arrested after the system is launched will be added to the database.

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The World Holds Its Breath: Western Leaders Scramble to Avoid Dragging NATO Into Direct Conflict With Putin as US Says Missile That Hit Poland, Killing Two, May Have Been Fired by Ukraine and Russia Warns ‘We Move Closer to Ww3’

NATO leaders were today trying to work out exactly what happened after a missile landed in the town of Przewodow, eastern Poland, late Tuesday — blowing up a farm and killing two people.

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WEF’s Klaus Schwab Gives Speech to G20 on the “Need to Restructure the World”

Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum find themselves waiting around for the next global crisis event after the covid pandemic turned out to be much less threatening to the public than they had originally hoped.

In the meantime, Schwab continues to pontificate on the virtues of the “Great Reset” and the usefulness of crisis as a means to accomplish a “restructuring” of the current world order.

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Associated Press Issues Correction After Reporting Russian Missiles Killed Two People in Poland

The Associated Press issued a correction after “erroneously” reporting that Russian missiles crossed into Poland and killed two people in Przewodów on Tuesday.

“In earlier versions of a story published November 15, 2022, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information from a senior American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity, that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people. Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack,” The Associated Press said in a correction published Wednesday afternoon.

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G-20 Nations Stitch Together Declaration Saying Most of Them Condemn Russia’s War But Noting There Are ‘Other Views and Different Assessments’ Amid Moscow’s Latest Missile Attacks

A final declaration emerging from the G-20 summit in Bali says most of them condemn the war in Ukraine and warns about the conflict, but states that there are ‘other views’ of the matter.

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No Indication Blast in Poland Was a Deliberate Attack, Says NATO Chief

There is no indication that a projectile which landed in a Polish village was a deliberate attack, NATO’s chief stated on Wednesday, as ambassadors from the organisation met in an emergency session to discuss the nature of the incident.

The missile hit Przewodow in close proximity to the Ukrainian border on Tuesday, killing two people.

The investigation is continuing. Current findings, supported by Western leaders, point to the missile having been fired by Ukrainian forces.

Such reports have alleviated global fears that the missile incident may have been a part of a Russian attack, which could have triggered a significant escalation and spillover of the conflict into NATO territory.

Ukraine, nevertheless, wants access to the blast site as it maintains it has proof of a “Russian trace”.

The explosion happened amidst an escalation in Russia’s offensive as the country unleashed an avalanche of missiles on Ukraine, targeting Kyiv’s residential areas and energy infrastructure.

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Sheer Madness

They blamed a potentially world war escalating missile attack on Russia, when Ukraine fired the missile, and we’re all just supposed to forget about it and move on?

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Ukraine War: Power Restored in Kyiv; Fuel Depot Hit and Russian Oil ‘Reaching EU Through Backdoor’

1. Drone strike reported on Russian fuel depot near Ukrainian border

Local Russian officials have reported that a fuel depot in a southern border region exploded on Wednesday morning.

The blast allegedly occurred in Orel province, around 200 kilometres from the Ukrainian frontier. No casualties have been reported.

The suspected drone attack comes after dozens of missile strikes at several cities in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Since the start of the war, several fuel and ammunition depots in southern Russia have been targeted by drones or helicopters. In October, the regional capital of Belgorod suffered power outages after an oil depot and power plant were shelled.

Orel province would be the furthest region from the Ukrainian border to be hit since February. Russian authorities have blamed the Ukrainian military for the strike.

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Arrested Aussie Schoolgirls Face ‘Humiliation’ In Singapore: ABC Reporter Who Faced Caning in Changi Jail Tells All About the Tough Reality Facing the Teenagers Accused of Victoria’s Secret Theft

The elite Melbourne schoolgirls arrested for allegedly shoplifting Victoria’s Secret lingerie would have undergone a frightening experience and been publicly shamed by Singaporean police.

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Gang of Australian Private Schoolgirls Accused of Shoplifting in Singapore Could Face Three Years in Jail Under the Country’s Harsh Laws Where Crims Are Caned for Crimes — But There Could be One Major Glimmer of Hope That Helps the Girls Avoid Jail

CCTV cameras allegedly caught the group of five Year 10 girls from Victoria’s elite Bacchus Marsh Grammar stashing away expensive underwear.

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India: Lucknow: Muslim Man Pushes Hindu Girlfriend to Death From 4th Floor in a Heated Argument

Mohammad Sufiyan pushes Hindu girlfriend, Nidhi Gupta to death from the fourth floor in Lucknow following a heated argument on relationship.

Police on the Crime SceneJyoti Singhania | HENB | Lucknow | Nov 16, 2022:: In yet another sensational murder case, a Muslim man murdered his Hindu girlfriend by pushing her from the fourth floor of a building in Lucknow (capital of Uttar Pradesh) following a heated argument on their relationship.

The deceased sustained serious injuries and was taken to the trauma centre by her relatives. She died during the treatment.

“A girl died after falling from the fourth floor after encountering a fight with a person living in the same colony.

We have taken the family’s statement in the matter, and the investigation is underway,” said Chiranjeevnath Sinha, ADCP West, Lucknow.

In the suspected ‘love jihad’ case, deceased Nidhi Gupta was in a relationship with Sufiyan who lived in the same colony.

Local sources said, Nidhi was secretly changed his religion into Islam under the pressure of Suiyan, but the relation between Sufiyan and Nidhi was not keeping well.

The Lucknow police filed a case against the accused Mohammad Sufiyan under section 302 (Murder) and sections of conversion.

Meanwhile, in the Delhi Shraddha murder case, the father of Shraddha Walker, a Maharashtra girl who was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala in the national capital, on Tuesday also suspected a ‘love jihad’ angle behind the incident.

Shraddha’s father, Vikas Walker said, “I suspected a love jihad angle. We demand the death penalty for Aaftab. I trust Delhi Police and the probe moving in the right direction.

Shraddha was close to her uncle and didn’t talk to me much. I was never in touch with Aaftab. I lodged the first complaint in Mumbai’s Vasai.”

Delhi police have recovered around 12 suspected body parts disposed off by Aaftab, the accused in the Shraddha murder case.

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Thailand: HelloFresh is Accused of Forcing Monkeys to Work in Slave Labour Camp Where Animals Are Chained and Abused in Horror Conditions

An investigation from PETA Asia has allegedly found that the food delivery service uses coconut milk that was sourced from monkey labour in Thailand.

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ABC Admit COVID Doom-Sayer Dr Norman Swan Breached Editorial Standards After Linking the Deaths of Shane Warne and Senator Kimberley Kitching to the Virus — as the Cricketer’s Manager Slams the ‘Disrespectful’ Comments

The ABC has cautioned Dr Norman Swan over his comments linking the heart-attack deaths of Shane Warne and Kimberley Kitching to the Covid.

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AFLW Star is Slammed by the League for Wearing a Violent and Rude Message Written on Her Strapping Tape in Final — and it’s Not the First Time She’s Done It

Tigers AFLW star Jess Hosking has always had quite the reputation for her sense of humour, but that fallen flat after she was slammed for writing an explicit message on her strapping tape.

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Amazing Inland Sea Forms in the Outback After Massive Tsunami-Like Torrent of Water Swallows Up Homes After Rain Deluge — as a Young Mum Reveals How She Miraculously Escaped

The video taken by volunteers delivering sandbags on the north bank of the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales, shows two 4WD vehicles driving through and endless sea of flood water.

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Big Freeze Strikes Australia Just Days From Summer: Polar Blast Lashes the East Coast Sending Temperatures Plunging — So When Will it Start Getting Warmer?

Australians on the east coast have woken up to an unusually chilly morning as a polar blast sends temperatures falling way below the November average.

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Dr Nick Coatsworth’s Fiery Takedown of ABC COVID Doomsayer Norman Swan After His ‘Shameful’ Comments About Shane Warne and Kimberley Kitching’s Deaths

A top Australian doctor has blasted ABC pundit Norman Swan for suggesting the deaths of cricket legend and Senator Kimberly Kitching could be Covid-related.

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Gang of Teens Allegedly Kidnapped and Stabbed Man, 25, To Death Before Four of the Accused Offenders Were Snatched by Cops at the Airport

Eight teenagers have been charged over a death and an alleged kidnapping in Melbourne’s north east, with four of the suspects arrested at the airport.

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How Student at One of Australia’s Top Universities Lost Marks on Final Engineering Exam — Because the Paper Didn’t Include an Indigenous Acknowledgement of Country

Monash University recently introduced a policy requiring students to add the message recognising traditional owners at the beginning of all assignments — or face losing marks.

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Peta Credlin Issues a Chilling Warning About How a Likely Dan Andrews Election Win Will See His ‘Hard Left’ Agenda Sweep Australia — as Her Expose of His Government Sets to Air

The Sky News commentator and onetime chief-of-staff to former prime minister Tony Abbott examines the Victorian premier’s reign in her new Sky documentary The Cult of Dan Andrews.

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Calais Fisherman Claims He Witnessed Smugglers Pushing Migrants Into English Channel

A fisherman in the French port city of Calais claims to have witnessed people smugglers pushing migrants into the waters of the English Channel before he rescued several from drowning.

Local Calais fisherman Olivier Folcke claimed he witnessed people smugglers pushing migrants overboard in the English Channel last weekend as around 1,200 migrants attempted to cross into the UK on Saturday and Sunday.

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Cultural Enrichment Coming to Slovenia: Eritrean Migrant Stabbed a Woman in the Centre of Ljubljana

According to official information, a knife attack took place in the centre of Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia, on Tuesday evening. A black man stabbed a girl in front of the Parlament pub on Šubiceva Street, allegedly her partner. Police confirmed that the victim was an Eritrean migrant. The life of the victim is in danger.

Footage of the evening’s drama soon emerged on social media, showing ambulances and police vehicles arriving minutes after the horrific attack. They parked at the intersection between Šubiceva Street, which leads to the National Assembly, and Slovensko Street, which runs parallel to Kongresni trg.

According to media reports and some unofficial information, the black man was the partner of the woman who was attacked, and after the attack he allegedly fled and threw the knife at the Šumi construction site.

The location of the attack, the Parlament Pub, is a popular gathering place for young people in Ljubljana and is frequented all days of the week.

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France: ‘Unaccompanied Minor’ Arrested for Raping Women at Knifepoint

A suspect of ‘North African’ origin claiming to be underage was arrested for raping and beating multiple young women in France, according to reports.

The attacks unfolded on October 28 and November 5 in Lille, a city near the Belgian border.

Both assaults were executed in the same area in a similar manner.

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France: North African Migrant Indicted for Raping Two Women in the Middle of the Street Under Threat of Knife

A North African migrant minor has been indicted for the act of raping two separate women under the threat of a weapon on Oct. 28 and Nov. 5 in the city of Lille.

The suspect, arrested on Thursday, Nov. 10, is a 16-year-old unaccompanied minor from North Africa, according to a police source who spoke to French newspaper Le Figaro. A judicial inquiry has now been opened in the case.

The rapes were committed on two Lille students who were both returning from a party in the evening, with both attacks occurring in a narrow isolated street in La Voix du Nord in the Wazemmes district.

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German Government Wants to Support Mediterranean ‘Sea Rescue’

From 2023, the German government will be funding the United4Rescue association, which supports private sea rescue in the Mediterranean. According to the Budget Committee’s budget, United4Rescue will receive two million euros. The payment is to be continued in subsequent years.

The budget politician Jamila Schäfer (Greens) told the AFP news agency: “We do not accept the deaths in the Mediterranean, but as a traffic-light [coalition] underline the importance of compliance with European law and humanitarian aid.”

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Half of Canadians Think New Liberal Immigration Numbers Too Much: Leger Poll

A Leger poll released on Tuesday found that nearly half of respondents thought the Liberal government’s recently unveiled plan to allow half a million immigrants into Canada per year was too ambitious.

The online survey was conducted from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14 and included 1,537 Canadians over the age of 18.

Researchers found that 49% of Canadians said that Ottawa plans on admitting too many immigrants into the country.

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Italian PM is Right to Refuse Migrant Boats, Says Le Pen as She Slams Hypocritical French Government

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is right to turn away the plethora of migrant rescue vessels attempting to offload the migrants they are taxiing from the Mediterranean to Europe, the leader of France’s National Rally parliamentary group, Marine Le Pen, has said.

In an interview with the Italian Corriere della Sera publication, France’s former presidential candidate offered her support to the newly elected Italian leader, insisting the new Italian decree to refuse permission for humanitarian vessels to dock, or to only offload those genuinely vulnerable when they do so, is the correct policy.

“The accusations of the French rulers against Italy are profoundly unjust and reveal a rejection of democracy,” Le Pen told the publication as she slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s administration.

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People Smuggler Allegedly Admits Being in Contact With Migrant Taxi NGOs

A people smuggler has allegedly bragged to an undercover Italian journalist that he is in contact with migrant taxi NGOs operating in the Mediterranean Sea after being asked about his services.

An undercover Italian journalist pretending to be an illegal immigrant contacted the alleged people smuggler requesting information on organising an illegal crossing of the Mediterranean to Italy by boat.

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Prominent Democrat Voices Support for Border Wall as Philadelphia Rages at Abbott Over Migrant Bus

A high-profile Democrat is bucking his own party and voicing support for a border wall as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bused migrants to crime-ridden Philadelphia, where several were dropped at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station on Wednesday.

Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. received cheers from “The Five”s live audience after advocating for a border wall to curb illegal immigration, breaking with many sitting members of his party.

“I’ve been a proponent — but I’ve been criticized by my own party — because I think we should build a wall,” said Ford, who formerly represented Memphis.

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Texas Gov. Abbott Tells Biden He is Invoking ‘Invasion’ Clause of Constitution Because of Border ‘Failures’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent a letter to the White House to explain the need for more aggressive efforts to curb illegal immigration into the state.

The letter, addressed to President Biden, accuses the administration of willfully ignoring the ongoing mass influx of illegal immigrants into the country’s southern states.

“Your inaction has led to catastrophic consequences. Under your watch, America is suffering the highest volume of illegal immigration in the history of our country. This past year, more than 2 million immigrants tried to enter the country illegally, coming from more than 100 countries across the globe,” Abbott wrote in the Wednesday letter. “Worse yet, your failed border policies recently prompted a United Nations agency to declare that the border between the United States and Mexico is the deadliest land crossing in the world.”

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UK Refugee Charity Calls for Ban on Naming Migrant Hotels

The Refugee Council in the United Kingdom has called on British lawmakers not to disclose the names of migrant hotels to the general public, citing safety concerns.

It is understood that the charity’s chief executive, Enver Solomon, wrote to the House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, expressing “serious concerns” over the safety of asylum seekers arriving in England in small boats across the English Channel.

The move comes after a lone far-right British man threw petrol bombs at a migrant processing center in Dover, Kent late last month before taking his own life.

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UK: Hotel Owner Turns Down £1 Million Government Offer to House Asylum Seekers That Would Have ‘Shattered His Business’s Reputation Overnight’

A hotel owner turned down £1million cash payout from the Government to house asylum seekers, which he said would have destroyed his reputation ‘overnight’.

Richard Martin, who runs the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich in Kent, said he ‘couldn’t think of anything more absurd’.

He was left ‘repulsed and very angry’ following an approach by an agency which said it was acting on behalf of the Home Office.

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UK: Rishi Sunak Opens Door for 3,000 More Indian Graduates to Work in UK as PM Paves the Way for Trade Deal in G20 Talks With Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister and his Indian counterpart held talks at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, as Mr Sunak conducted a flurry of international diplomacy.

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Exclusive: Young People Who Detransition Describe Death Threats, Doxxing, Intimidation, And Being Accused of ‘Genocide’ From the ‘Cult-Like’ Transgender Community They Turn Their Backs on

Trans activists face discrimination, many see themselves in a life-or-death rights struggle. By rejecting that lifestyle and decrying puberty blockers, de-transitioners undermine their narrative.

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French Football Captain Refuses to Wear LGBT Wristband During World Cup

Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper and captain of the French national football team, will not wear the LGBTQ+ armband during the World Cup in Qatar, telling the press that people traveling to Qatar must respect that country’s culture just as the French expect foreigners in France to respect French culture.

“When we welcome foreigners in France, we want them to abide by our rules and our culture. And I will do the same in Qatar,” he told the assembled press on the eve of the tournament, as the Palnws.be news outlet reported.

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New Poll Finds Strong Majority of Americans Condemn Drag Queen Story Time

A new Rasmussen poll shows a strong majority of Americans think Drag Queen Story Time is inappropriate for children.

According to Mark Mitchell, the head pollster at Rasmussen, the question alone had “riled up about the most hate in any survey” he had ever conducted, emphasizing the fury amongst Americans the issue has caused in recent years.

1000 Americans were asked how appropriate they thought it was that Drag Queen Story Time existed.

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Scotland: Woman Wearing ‘Suffragette’ Colours Kicked Out of Govt Trans Debate, But Rainbow Lanyards Remained

A woman in Scotland was reportedly kicked out of a government transgenderism debate on Tuesday for wearing a scarf bearing colours associated with the early-20th-century suffragette movement.

The woman was reportedly attending via the public gallery a meeting of Scotland’s Equality Committee, when she was reportedly kicked out after refusing to take off her multicoloured scarf. It has been observed that while the historic votes-for-women garment was considered déclassé, the several people wearing LGBT rainbow lanyards at the meeting were not told to leave.

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Winning! Owasso School District Bends the Knee to Parents and Writes New Policy Banning Graphic Content From Library

The Owasso School District has been at war with dad Tim Reiland for months. But after Libs of Tik Tok brought national attention to his story, along with other outlets like PJ Media, the board caved and finally added language that will protect kids from gross sexually explicit content in graphic novels.

The new language added to the policy states that the media program “shall be reflective of the community standards for the population,” and that librarians will inspect “every graphic novel, prior to placing in the collection, for potential material involving sexually explicit content, and extreme vulgarity.”

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/16/2022

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    Birth rates collaps

    The German Federal Institute for Population Research reports a collapse in total fertility and
    and birth rates 9 months after Corona vaccination start.
    Germany and Sweden.

    A commentary by Jens Bernert.
    Translated from German by LN.

    Note on the article: This text first appeared in “Rubikon – Magazin für die kritische Masse”, whose advisory board includes Daniele Ganser and Hans-Joachim Maaz. Since it was published under a free license (Creative Commons), apolut adopts this text in secondary use and explicitly points out that Rubikon also depends on donations and needs support. We need many alternative media!

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    A sharp drop of 15 percent in the birth rate in Germany in connection with the “Corona vaccinations” is reported by the German Federal Institute for Population Research (1 to 4). The seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rate (TFR) declined by 14 percent. The Federal Institute points out that the dramatic crash in the two rates, calculated on the basis of births, began nine months – the length of a pregnancy – after the campaign to vaccinate the fertile cohorts began. The study rules out reasons for the decline other than the vaccination campaign.
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    The English-language study, with the translated title “Fertility Declines Toward the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence for Birth Declines in Germany and Sweden in 2022,” can be found on the website of the German Federal Institute for Population Research, where it can also be downloaded as a PDF file (5). The study authors use statistical methods to examine the development of birth and
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    fertility rates in Germany and Sweden.
    The birth rate or “seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rate” refers to all women, including unvaccinated women. This means that the decline in these two rates in relation only to the vaccinated is realistically likely to be much more dramatic. Since the evaluation is based on live births, miscarriages, abortions of damaged fetuses, etc., naturally also play a role here.
    4
    The introductory abstract to the study states:
    “We rely on monthly birth statistics and present seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rates (TFR) for Germany and Sweden. We relate nine-month lagged fertility rates to contextual trends in COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, unemployment rates, and COVID-19 vaccination. The seasonally adjusted monthly TFR in Germany fell from 1.5-1.6 in 2021 to 1.3-1.4 in 2022, a decline of about 14 percent. In Sweden, the corresponding TFR fell from about 1.7 in 2021 to 1.5-1.6 in 2022, a decline of almost 10 percent. There is no relationship between fertility trends and changes in unemployment, infection rates, or COVID-19 deaths. However, there is a strong association between the start of vaccination programs and the decline in fertility nine months after the start of these programs.”
    5
    The Federal Institute study states that the decline in fertility rates did not occur for other reasons under discussion. Consequently, it states:
    “In contrast, there is a clear association between the start of the vaccination programs and the decline in fertility that occurred nine months later. In both Germany and Sweden, vaccination campaigns peaked with mass enrollments for primary vaccination in April, May, and June 2021, followed by a wave of secondary vaccinations that peaked between May and August of the same year (two vaccinations were considered fully vaccinated). The implementation of these programs in both Germany and Sweden coincides with a marked change in fertility rates exactly nine months later. Fertility rates remained at lower levels throughout the first half of 2022.”
    6
    Finally, the study discusses the results. It then states, for example:
    “Other known explanations for the change in fertility over the course of the pandemic, such as the effects of health-related and economic factors, do not appear to be associated with the timing of the fertility decline in 2022.”
    7
    For those wondering at this point why such a study, from which one would actually have to draw a connection between the “Corona vaccines” and plummeting fertility rates, was allowed to be conducted at all in this day and age, the answer is provided in the next, speculative section explaining the hard scientific facts established:
    “On the basis of the descriptive associations presented in this study, we interpret the post-pandemic change in childbearing behavior as a response to the changed circumstances that were anticipated as societies opened up to pandemic-free conditions. In some cases, there may have been a more direct impact of the vaccination program per se, as some prospective parents may have postponed their decision to have another child until they had vaccinated themselves.”
    8
    This speculation, apparently made along the lines of “that which cannot be, is also found in the study’s introductory abstract.” An attempt is made to “somehow” squeeze the existing scientific evidence regarding the collapse in fertility rates nine months after the start of the vaccination campaign into the official grid of the Corona saga, without even mentioning the “vaccines” as a reason at this point. This was probably urgently needed in order for the Federal Institute’s study to be published at all, even if only in English.
    9
    Unfortunately, it must be expected that politicians and the media will ignore the Federal Institute’s study as largely as they have ignored the latest data from the Federal Statistical Office on greatly increased death rates in Germany, which show a temporal connection with the Corona vaccination campaign (6).

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    Sources and Notes:
    (1) https://www.bib.bund.de/Publikation/2022/Fertility-declines-near-the-end-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-Evidence-of-the-2022-birth-declines-in-Germany-and-Sweden.html
    (2) https://tkp.at/2022/11/04/offiziell-impfprogramme-in-deutschland-und-schweden-fuehrten-zu-geburtenrueckgang/
    (3) https://report24.news/bundesinstitut-bestaetigt-zusammenhang-von-sinkenden-geburtenraten-mit-covid-massenimpfungen/
    (4) https://uncutnews.ch/deutsche-studie-zeigt-zusammenhang-zwischen-covid-impfungen-und-sinkender-fruchtbarkeit/
    (5) https://www.bib.bund.de/Publikation/2022/pdf/Fertility-declines-near-the-end-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-Evidence-of-the-2022-birth-declines-in-Germany-and-Sweden.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=9
    (6) https://free21.org/148-300-mehr-tote-seit-beginn-der-corona-impfungen/
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    addendum

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

    Soy food and isoflavone intake in relation to semen quality parameters among men from an infertility clinic
    Abstract

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18650557/
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  2. “In the meantime, Schwab continues to pontificate on the virtues of the “Great Reset” and the usefulness of crisis as a means to accomplish a “restructuring” of the current world order.”

    Time the WEF and its leadership were held to account for their outrageous utterances and activities.

  3. One of the most telling reports from Scotland imo, was the revelation that Police Scotland, (on orders from above one wonders?), kept secret, news of rape gangs composed of men, many of whom were supposedly seeking asylum in Scotland, committing horrendous crimes against Scottish children.
    It seems only a handful of rapists identified were imprisoned and these crimes were only reported years after the fact.
    (D.Greenfield reports only 4 out of 71 went to prison, 71 is in itself most likely but the mere tip of a reprehensible iceberg, after all these men force school-age children into prostitution).
    So much for a ‘feminist government’, as it seems anonyminity for foreign rapists is of more concern than the safety of Scottish children under the SNP.
    It appears that projection onto and fear of possible racist reactions from Scots (that haven’t happened now these crimes have been made public), trump reality and the ACTUAL physical crimes of paedophiliac non-Scottish rapists, (apparently it’s not racist if the victims are white).

    Not only does it suggest how little Police Scotland and other powers that be think of indigenous Scots and how biased the justice system is becoming (across the UK) – (a type of intersectional Top Trumps) but also example of the fetishisation of the ‘other’ – arguably an opposite extreme to racist behaviours i.e. covering up horrendous crimes merely because of the identity of the perpetrators.
    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5215881/police-scotland-glasgow-grooming-gang-secret/
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/562593/Groomers-victims-failed-system-Glasgow-exposes-Rotherham-style-gangs-child-abuse
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/01/28/asylum-seeker-grooming-gang-kept-secret-scotland-police/
    A feminist being thrown out a debate for wearing colours associated with the Suffragettes, while trans colours remain is but par for the ‘progresssive’ course.
    Oh and even non-Scottish children being sold for sex on the steets of Glasgow? it’s not happening, especially if allegedly in Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency.
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12766853.the-child-sex-scandal-on-the-streets-of-scotland/
    The Scottish De-Enlightenment gathers pace.

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