Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/17/2022

French police evicted almost a thousand migrants from an illegal camp in Paris. Meanwhile, a new poll found that 70% of French voters want the government to adopt stricter policies concerning migrants.

In other news, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would not seek re-election to the leadership of the Democrat party as it moves into the minority in the House.

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Financial Crisis
» A New Bankruptcy Filing Shows the Value of FTX’s Crypto Holdings is Just $659,000, After Sam Bankman-Fried Said They Were Worth $5.5 Billion
» Australia: The Brutal Reality of a Power Bill in 2022: Family Thought Being Charged $5,000 for a Quarter Was a Terrible Mistake — and They Even Have Solar Panels
» Breaking: Bahamian Regulators Facilitated Disgraced FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried in Moving Assets: Court Filing
» CNN Prepares Layoffs Amid Network’s Financial, Ratings Woes
» He Just Admitted it
» Russia Finally Falls Into Recession as Western Sanctions Lead to a 4% Fall in GDP Nine Months After Putin Invaded Ukraine
» Russian Economy Officially in Recession as Sanctions Start Biting
» UK PM Rishi Sunak Desperate for G7 Countries to Launch Central Bank Digital Currencies
» UK PM Sunak, Chancellor Hunt Have ‘Declared War’ on Workers With Tax-Hike Budget: Farage
» Why Hasn’t Sam Bankman-Fried Already Been Forced Back to the US for FTX Fiasco, Critics Wonder: ‘Lock Him Up’
 
USA
» Activist Attacks on Famous Paintings Decrease Support for Addressing Climate Change, Study Finds
» Attorney General Miyares Agrees to Appoint Special Counsel to Review Nov. 13 Deadly Shooting at UVA
» Big Tech Manipulated What Swing State Voters Saw Online to Help Democrats in Midterms
» Body Cam Footage Shows Paul Pelosi Opened the Door for Cops, Contradicting Biden DOJ
» Breaking: Twitter Temporarily Closes Office Buildings, Suspends Employee Access: Report
» Elon Musk Warns Twitter Managers They’ll be Fired for Backing Employees Who Are Not ‘Excellent, ‘ Even as Hundreds Refuse to Work for Twitter 2.0
» Elon Musk Tells Jimmy Fallon to Pound Sand for Asking Twitter to Censor Trending Joke About Him
» Exclusive: White Former City Employee Sues Seattle, Mayor for ‘Racially Hostile Work Environment’
» FBI Director ‘Very Concerned’ by Chinese ‘Police Stations’ In U.S
» Four Students Stabbed to Death at Idaho University, Killer on Loose
» Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Formally Accuses FBI of Meddling in Last Four Elections
» Judge Strikes Down Portions of DeSantis’s “Stop Woke” Act Governing Public Colleges
» Judge Throws Book at BLM Rioter Who Firebombed NYPD Vehicle
» Kari Lake Declines to Concede, Says She’s Assembling Legal Team
» Kevin McCarthy Overrules Biden: GOP Will Repeal IRS Expansion Plan on Day One
» Meta Fires Several Employees, Security Guards for ‘Hijacking User Accounts’: Report
» Nancy Pelosi is Out of the Running, Will Not Seek Re-Election as House Democrat Leader
» New York Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Snowmageddon
» New York Judge Hands Trump Huge Win, Dismisses Turncoat Niece Mary’s Lawsuit
» New York Attorneys Who Threw Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Cruiser Disbarred
» NYT, WEF Partner Sponsor Nov 30 Event Featuring Disgraced FTX Boss, Zuckerberg, Zelensky, Yellen
» Photos: Biden’s Weird Written Instructions From Handlers
» Revealed: Disgraced FTX Crypto Bro Donated to Six Never-Trump RINOs
» Senator Ed Markey Issues Threat to Elon Musk’s Twitter
» Shot in the Dark: Just One in 20 COVID Vaccine Trial Sites Had Proper FDA Oversight, BMJ Investigation Finds
» ‘You Want to Punch a Nazi?’: Neo-Nazis Pound on Windows and Lunge at Passerby After Performing Salute Outside Harvard Book Fair for Anarchists
» You’re More Likely to Get COVID Again Within Weeks if You Take Pfizer’s Paxlovid Drug, Early Study Indicates
 
Canada
» Canadian Credit Union to Track Transactions and Tie Them to Carbon Footprints
» Coutts Blockade ‘Key Participant’ Speaks on POEC
» Investigating Chinese Police Stations Operating on Canadian Soil
» Live Updates (Day 25): Public Order Emergency Commission Investigates Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act
» President Xi Humiliates Trudeau as He is Caught on Camera Tearing Strips Off Canadian PM That Their Conversation at G20 ‘Has Been Leaked to the Papers… It’s Not Appropriate’
» Student at Wilfrid Laurier University Speaks Out Over Mask Mandate
» The ‘Tool of Last Resort’: Public Safety Canada Officials Testify at the Trucker Commission
» Watch: Embarrassing Cringe Video of “Justin and Rishi” Fawning on Phone to Zelensky
 
Europe and the EU
» Dutch Court Says Russian-Made Missile Shot Down Malaysia Flight 17, Convicted Three Men
» Germany: No One Discusses How Pandemic Response Devastated Children, Says Berlin ICU Doctor
» German Fined Over $17,000 for Insulting Pro-Lockdown Politicians
» Poles Show Highest Support Ever for Building Nuclear Power Plant
» Polish Politician Blames Ukraine for Missile “Provocation”
» Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Lobbies G20 for Digital ID
» Rumble Fires Back at France’s Censorship Demands
» Sweden Changes Constitution to Crack Down on Terrorism
» ‘The More Time Passes, The Less Reversible the Situation Will Be,’ Says Prominent Author Laurent Obertone on Risk of Civil War in France
» UK: Shocking Moment Customers Battle Each Other With Chairs and Children Scream in Fear as Couple’s ‘Cheeky Nando’s’ Ruined
 
Middle East
» ‘Sex Cult’ Leader Who Preached Islamic Sermons While Surrounded by Scantily-Clad Women Dubbed His ‘Kittens’ Is Jailed for 8,500 Years in Turkey for Child Abuse, Rape and Fraud
 
Russia
» Crumbling Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure Blasted by Another Barrage of Russian Missiles, Drones
» Furious Kremlin Says MH17 Trial Will Go Down as ‘One of the Most Scandalous in the History of Legal Proceedings’ After Dutch Court Convicted Two Russians of Shooting Down Plane
» Meet the ‘Brolar Bear’: Brown Bears Are Mating With Polar Bears in Russia and Creating a Hybrid Animal That is More Resilient to Climate Change
» Putin Unleashes New Blitz on Ukraine, With Air Raid Sirens Nationwide as Missiles Destroy Apartment Blocks and Energy Infrastructure Two Days After Mis-Fire Hit Poland and Raised Fears of Ww3
» Russian Missiles Pound Ukraine Power Supply, Fighting Rages in East
» Wagner Denies Involvement After Mercenary Killed in Ukraine
 
South Asia
» G20 Summit Hears Calls for a Global Digital Health Passport
 
Australia — Pacific
» Brace Yourself for More Empty Supermarket Shelves, Aussie Truckies Warn
» Mask Mandate Returns on Cruise Ships After COVID Outbreak — as Australians Are Urged to Wear Them Indoors and on Public Transport and Jimmy Barnes Cancels a Concert Because of Rising Cases
» Outrage as Garbos Are Caught Dumping Recycling and Rubbish Together in the Same Truck
» Teacher Laughs as Aussie Schoolboys Dress Up in Traditional Arab Clothing for Muck Up Day Stunt — With One Yelling He Was a ‘Terrorist’ And Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’
» Watch: This Could be Your Last Chance to Save Victoria
 
Latin America
» Millions Flood Streets of Brazil to Protest Voter Fraud, Bolsonaro Moves to Annul Election
 
Immigration
» Asylum Seeker Accused of Rape in UK Has ‘Gone Missing’ After Being Moved From One Migrant Hotel to Another
» Austria, Hungary, And Serbia Set Up Joint Border Defense Force
» Austria: Syrian on Trial for Stabbing Fellow Migrant for Learning German Well
» France: Police Clear Nearly 1,000 Migrants From Illegal Camp in Paris
» New ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends Across Europe: Poland, Finland and Latvia to Construct Thousands of Miles of Barbed Wire Fences to Reinforce Borders Against ‘Weaponised Migration’ From Putin and His Crony Lukashenko
» Number of African Students in France Reaches Record High
» Poll: 7 Out of 10 French Voters Demand Tougher Migration Policy
» Rejected Asylum Seeker Attacks and Injures 2 French Border Officers
» UK to Dump Migrants in Rural Areas as Bids to Fix Channel Crisis Fail
 
Culture Wars
» $41 Million for This!
» Controversial Transgender Teacher With Massive Fake Breasts Reportedly Was Asked to Leave Young Girls’ Dance Recital
» DHS Monitored Reactions to Roe Verdict on Social Media: Report
» Disney’s ‘Gay Agenda’ In Full Swing, Introduces First-Ever Same Sex Romance in Feature Film
» Exclusive: Matildas Star Chloe Logarzo Opens Up on Refusing to Hide Her Sexuality and Becoming a Role Model Despite Copping Abuse — After Aussie Basketball Star Made History by Coming Out
» Riot and Ubisoft Team Up to Censor “Toxicity” on Gaming
» San Francisco Launches Guaranteed Income Program for Transgender People
» Wisconsin Teacher Sues School District After Being Fired for Speaking Out Against ‘Gender Identity’
» Woke Ivy League Princeton University Will Now Offer Students Paying $79K-a-Year Courses in BDSM, Fetishism and Body Positivity in 2023 — as Critics Say it’s ‘Like Forcing Undergrads to Smoke a Cigarette to Study Its Effects’
 

A New Bankruptcy Filing Shows the Value of FTX’s Crypto Holdings is Just $659,000, After Sam Bankman-Fried Said They Were Worth $5.5 Billion

The FTX chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is shedding new light on just how bad the internal controls at the crypto exchange were up until it imploded in spectacular fashion last week.

A particularly jarring disclosure is that the total fair value of crypto held by FTX International was just $659,000 as of the end of September, compared to claims from its founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s that the company held $5.5 billion in “less liquid” crypto tokens.

“Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here,” new FTX CEO John Ray III, who is overseeing the liquidation of the company, said.

That’s quite the statement coming from Ray, given that he oversaw the liquidation of Enron following its more than $60 billion bankruptcy in 2001.

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

Australia: The Brutal Reality of a Power Bill in 2022: Family Thought Being Charged $5,000 for a Quarter Was a Terrible Mistake — and They Even Have Solar Panels

Western Sydney couple Sonya and Phillip were given the shock of their lives after they were informed they owed $4811.79 for the last quarter.

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Breaking: Bahamian Regulators Facilitated Disgraced FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried in Moving Assets: Court Filing

Update: The Securities Commission of The Bahamas has assumed control of all FTX digital assets, a media release from Nassau states, “in the exercise of its powers as regulator acting under the authority of an order made by the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, took the action of directing the transfer of all digital assets of FTX Digital Markets Ltd. (“FDM”) to a digital wallet controlled by the Commission, for safekeeping. Urgent interim regulatory action was necessary to protect the interests of clients and creditors of FDM.”

Original story below.

The collapsing cryptocurrency company FTX filed a motion in the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Thursday alleging that disgraced former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), gained “unauthorized access to FTX systems” and then moved digital assets from the Bahamas.

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

CNN Prepares Layoffs Amid Network’s Financial, Ratings Woes

CNN chief executive Chris Licht this week announced layoffs at the news company as a cost-cutting measure amid the network’s financial woes and its unsuccessful foray into streaming.

Teams not essential to the network’s “core mission” are likely to see their positions disappear, Licht said in a town hall with employees, according to the Daily Mail. Licht did not detail which teams or how many jobs were on the chopping block.

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He Just Admitted it

Bankman-Fried admitted it.

For these billionaires, wokery is just an empty loyalty oath to prove your obedience to the establishment.

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

Russia Finally Falls Into Recession as Western Sanctions Lead to a 4% Fall in GDP Nine Months After Putin Invaded Ukraine

Russia’s economy has been struggling under a myriad of problems. Western sanctions have limited exports and imports, and there has been a lack of staff due to Putin’s partial mobilisation.

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Russian Economy Officially in Recession as Sanctions Start Biting

Russia’s GDP fell 4 percent in the third quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter of economic contraction and dealing a massive blow to President Vladimir Putin’s ability to fund his military operation in Ukraine.

Moscow’s federal statistics agency, Rosstat, has announced that Russia has slipped into recession. In the second quarter, as Western sanctions began to take effect, the Russian economy contracted by 4.1 percent. Russia’s economy suffered a massive drop in trade after pro-Ukraine powers adopted the sweeping and devastating sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.

It also took a hit after hundreds of thousands of Russians — many believed to be highly skilled workers — fled the country after Russia announced a partial mobilization of reservists in response to heavy losses in Ukraine.

Two successive quarters of negative economic growth constitute a recession, according to the official definition

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UK PM Rishi Sunak Desperate for G7 Countries to Launch Central Bank Digital Currencies

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is pushing other G7 countries to adopt Central Bank Digital Currencies or CBDCs.

A video of Sunak saying as much is gaining traction online.

The video appears to date back to late last year when Sunak was Chancellor of the Exchequer (head of the UK Treasury), a position he held until he was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in October.

CBDCs are digital currencies countries propose to replace their current cash, coin and digital entry systems, like the money in your bank account.

People and companies would hold the digital currency in their digital wallets, make payments for the purchase of goods & services, make transfers, and so on.

But unlike Bitcoin, CBDCs would reside on a centralized blockchain rather than a decentralized one, meaning the central bank would have complete control over its issuance and management.

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

UK PM Sunak, Chancellor Hunt Have ‘Declared War’ on Workers With Tax-Hike Budget: Farage

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt have “declared war” on workers and small businesses with their tax-hiking autumn budget, according to Nigel Farage.

Sunak and Hunt, explicitly rejected for the Conservative leadership by ordinary party members earlier this year and in 2019, respectively, but now running the country regardless thanks to the support of parliamentary elites, have unveiled a punishing programme of tax hikes in the latter’s Autumn budget speech on Thursday — although money is still being found for questionable priorities such as green agenda spending.

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Why Hasn’t Sam Bankman-Fried Already Been Forced Back to the US for FTX Fiasco, Critics Wonder: ‘Lock Him Up’

Judge Jeanine Pirro on Thursday railed against the fact that Democratic megadonor and “crypto-kid” Sam Bankman-Fried has yet to be extradited from the Bahamas to the United States amid questions about the fall of his cryptocurrency exchange company FTX.

Bankman-Fried, 30, remains holed up in the Bahamas after his $32 billion company went belly-up and over $1 billion in customer funds vanished last week. He became billionaire founding FTX. His penchant for philanthropy in the forms of donations to causes addressing issues like pandemics and climate change, as well as his massive donations to Democrats and liberal PACs, made him a major player in Washington and a media darling.

Now Bankman-Fried is facing investigations in multiple countries and his fortune has vanished. Pirro said the United States should have engaged immediately with Prime Minister Philip Davis’ government in Nassau to extradite Bankman-Fried the 160 miles across the sea to in Miami.

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

Activist Attacks on Famous Paintings Decrease Support for Addressing Climate Change, Study Finds

The recent spate of high-profile protests by young climate change activists, such as throwing soup at famous paintings in museums or stopping traffic on busy roadways, makes the public less likely to support action to address climate change, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Republicans, Democrats, independents: In every case, people reported that these actions made them less likely to support climate action,” Michael Mann, a professor of earth and environmental science at Penn and a co-author of the study, told Yahoo News. “People are turned off by it, and as a result they’re less likely to support the cause of the people doing the protests.”

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

Attorney General Miyares Agrees to Appoint Special Counsel to Review Nov. 13 Deadly Shooting at UVA

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The University of Virginia announced on Thursday that it sent Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares a request to appoint a special counsel to conduct an independent investigation of the events surrounding the tragedy that occurred on the school’s campus on Nov. 13.

University President Jim Ryan and University Rector Whitt Clement sent a letter to Miyares requesting for a special counsel after a shooting on campus left three university football players dead and injured another football player and a student.

“The University of Virginia community remains in a state of shock and mourning after three members of our community were killed and another two were seriously wounded on Nov. 13,” Ryan said in a statement.

The suspect in the shooting, Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., was scheduled for a bond hearing on Wednesday morning at the Albemarle General District Court. He reportedly appeared emotionless as his charges were read to him via video link. His next court date is set for Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

As the commonwealth’s Attorney General, Miyares has the authority to appoint a special counsel to serve state agencies under specific circumstances.

Miyares accepted the University of Virginia’s request shortly after the school’s letter went out. He will appoint an external firm to begin the review process, which will include a rigorous examination and analysis of the school’s actions before, during and after the shooting.

“After a tragedy of this nature, it is important for the affected institution to take a hard look at what circumstances led up to the event and, how the University responded in the moment,” Clement said in the statement. “Once an external review commences, we expect it to be the central avenue by which we gain a deeper understanding about what led to this tragic event. While many details of the review will involve protected student information or other confidential details, the University will provide as much information as we can through a summary report of the review’s findings and recommendations, once it is complete.”

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Big Tech Manipulated What Swing State Voters Saw Online to Help Democrats in Midterms

Big Tech companies took direct action to manipulate the information and content that voters in swing states saw online in an effort to sway them to the Democrats during the midterms, bombshell new research has revealed.

The discovery was uncovered by a team of researchers led by Robert Epstein, Ph.D.

The researchers found evidence that Google took steps to help shift votes toward Democrats during the elections, specifically targeting swing states.

According to the findings, Google nudged undecided voters toward the Democrats by showing them biased content on Google and YouTube.

They also found that Google was sending far fewer go-vote reminders to conservatives than to liberals and moderates.

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Body Cam Footage Shows Paul Pelosi Opened the Door for Cops, Contradicting Biden DOJ

Reports have emerged from the body cam footage captured by the police officers who arrived at Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home the night 42-year-old David DePape allegedly violently assaulted Paul Pelosi, the video indicates that Paul Pelosi opened the door for police, a contradiction to the federal grand jury indictment filed last week.

NBC Bay Area reports 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 the body cam video shows Paul Pelosi opened the door for police, despite the DOJ saying otherwise.

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Breaking: Twitter Temporarily Closes Office Buildings, Suspends Employee Access: Report

On Thursday, it was revealed that Twitter had temporarily closed its office buildings and suspended employees’ access badges.

The offices are expected to reopen on Monday, November 21, giving Elon Musk and his team a chance to sort things out.

“Twitter just alerted employees that effective immediately, all office buildings are temporarily closed and badge access is suspended,” Platformer’s Zoë Schiffer reported on Twitter, adding that, “No details given as to why.”

“We’re hearing this is because Elon Musk and his team are terrified employees are going to sabotage the company” she continued. “Also, they’re still trying to figure out which Twitter workers they need to cut access for.”

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Elon Musk Warns Twitter Managers They’ll be Fired for Backing Employees Who Are Not ‘Excellent, ‘ Even as Hundreds Refuse to Work for Twitter 2.0

Elon Musk on Thursday clarified his stance on remote work at Twitter while adding a warning to managers who are now held responsible for reporting employee performance.

In back-to-back emails seen by Insider, Musk further clarified his stance around remote work amid mass confusion inside the company about how a new mandate effectively ending remote work at Twitter would be implemented. Twitter employees have worked for almost two years under a “work from anywhere” company policy allowing them to work from home full-time if they wished and in any state. Musk is changing that, saying in his first email to staff that only “exceptional” employees will be allowed to continue working from home alongside those who get an “exception” that Musk will sign off on.

Although he slightly softened that stance a week ago, Musk further clarified on Thursday what is needed to get such an exception.

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Elon Musk Tells Jimmy Fallon to Pound Sand for Asking Twitter to Censor Trending Joke About Him

Elon Musk has told Jimmy Fallon to pound sand after the “Tonight Show” host asked the Twitter CEO to “fix” a joke about him that was trending on Wednesday.

Comedy is back on Twitter and its users tweeted various fake messages Tuesday night into Wednesday morning to push the hashtag #RIPJimmyFallon to the top of the trending list.

The original poster said: “Gone but not forgotten.

“Rest easy king. Sept 19, 1974-Nov 15, 2022 #RIPJimmyFallon.”

When it went viral he said: “Holy sh*t, this was a surprise.

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

Exclusive: White Former City Employee Sues Seattle, Mayor for ‘Racially Hostile Work Environment’

A former employee of the City of Seattle filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the City and Mayor Bruce Harrell, alleging that they both were “subjecting him to a racially hostile work environment.”

According to the Pacific Legal Foundation, Joshua Diemert was hired by the city’s Human Services Department (HSD) in 2013 and despite being recognized for excellent work, “he could not overcome the city’s overt discrimination against him through its Race and Social Justice Initiative.”

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FBI Director ‘Very Concerned’ by Chinese ‘Police Stations’ In U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is deeply concerned about the Chinese government setting up unauthorized ‘police stations’ in U.S. cities to possibly pursue influence operations, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Thursday.

Safeguard Defenders, a Europe-based human rights organization, published a report in September revealing the presence of dozens of Chinese police “service stations” in major cities around the world, including New York.

Republicans in Congress have requested answers from the Biden administration about their influence.

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Four Students Stabbed to Death at Idaho University, Killer on Loose

Blood was seen oozing from the house near fraternity row where four University of Idaho students were viciously stabbed and left to bleed to death on Sunday.

Police in Moscow, a town of approximately 24,000 people on the Washington State border with Idaho, described the scene as among the most gruesome they have ever seen. A source close to the investigation told The Daily Mail, “There was blood everywhere.”

“We have investigators who have been on the job for 20, even 30, years, and they say they have never seen anything like this.”

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

Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Formally Accuses FBI of Meddling in Last Four Elections

The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday formally accused the FBI of meddling in the last four elections to the detriment of Republicans, citing the Russia collusion probe, the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story and the raid on Donald Trump’s home .

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Judge Strikes Down Portions of DeSantis’s “Stop Woke” Act Governing Public Colleges

A federal judge on Thursday struck down parts of a Florida law that barred employees of public colleges from promoting select racial concepts in the classroom.

In colorful language, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in his ruling against the Stop W.O.K.E. Act referenced the opening line of George Orwell’s “1984,” a novel depicting a hypothetical future in which a totalitarian regime governs much of the western world and restricted individual rights and critical thought.

“‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,’ and the powers in charge of Florida’s public university system have declared the State has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of ‘freedom,’“ Walker, an Obama apointee, wrote in the ruling.

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Judge Throws Book at BLM Rioter Who Firebombed NYPD Vehicle

A federal judge has thrown the book at a Black Lives Matter rioter who threw a molotov cocktail at an NYPD police vehicle during the George Floyd riots in 2020.

United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry dropped the hammer on Samantha Shader and sentenced her to 72 months in prison.

29-year-old Shader of Saugerties, New York was convicted for using an improvised incendiary device in an attempt to set fire to a New York City Police Department (NYPD) van in Brooklyn on the night of May 29, 2020.

The vehicle was occupied by four police officers at the time of the attack.

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

Kari Lake Declines to Concede, Says She’s Assembling Legal Team

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) declined to concede governor race to Democrat Katie Hobbs Thursday, raising concerns about the election process.

The Associated Press and other outlets projected that Hobbs won the race on Monday. But Lake indicated she is assembling a legal team that is “collecting evidence and data” pertaining to the electoral process.

“Rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,” Lake said in a video address posted Thursday morning. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”

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

Kevin McCarthy Overrules Biden: GOP Will Repeal IRS Expansion Plan on Day One

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has warned President Joe Biden and the Democrats that Republicans will repeal their plans to expand the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, McCarthy, the likely next speaker, said the GOP will repeal the plan on Day One of taking control of the House in January.

McCarthy said repealing President Joe Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 new IRS employees is something America will see the first day he takes the gavel. (see video below)

He said: “On Day one, in this House, we will repeal 87,000 IRS agents.” Sean Hannity asked how Kevin can guarantee he can get this done. “You will have the power to do that because you’d have the power of the purse, correct?” Hannity asked.

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Meta Fires Several Employees, Security Guards for ‘Hijacking User Accounts’: Report

Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms is cracking down after busting several employees and contracted security guards for exploiting an internal system used for resetting user accounts, firing two dozen workers over the past few years for allegedly “hijacking” accounts, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Citing people familiar and internal documents, the Journal reported Thursday that Meta recently told its employees to stop using its Online Operations or “Oops” system — which is typically used to reset the accounts of friends, family, or VIPs whose accounts have been taken over — after its usage ramped up and several people were discovered abusing it.

According to the outlet, some of the terminated Meta workers and contractors are even accused of accepting “thousands of dollars in bribes from outside hackers to access user accounts.”

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Nancy Pelosi is Out of the Running, Will Not Seek Re-Election as House Democrat Leader

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not be seeking re-election for her role as the leader of the House Democrats nearly 20 years since she first took on the role. Her move comes following the Republicans’ slim victory in the House.

“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” said Pelosi. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I’m grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”

“There is no greater special honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco. This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution,” she continued.

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New York Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Snowmageddon

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a “State of Emergency” Thursday for eleven counties as a “paralyzing” and “crippling” lake-effect snowstorm could dump 4-5 feet of snow in the Buffalo region through the weekend.

“The most significant snowfall is expected Thursday and Friday with accumulations of up to four feet of snow possible in the Buffalo area and up to two feet or more of snow possible in the Watertown area, with snowfall rates of three or more inches per hour,” Hochul’s office wrote in a press release.

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New York Judge Hands Trump Huge Win, Dismisses Turncoat Niece Mary’s Lawsuit

A New York judge has handed President Donald Trump a huge win against his turncoat niece Mary after she filed a lawsuit against her uncle.

Mary sued Donald and other family members, accusing them of swindling her out of her inheritance from President Trump’s father Fred.

However, New York Justice Robert Reed has just dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that Mary could not bring the claims against her relatives.

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New York Attorneys Who Threw Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Cruiser Disbarred

The two New York attorneys who pleaded guilty in June to throwing Molotov cocktails at a police vehicle during the George Floyd riots of 2020 have been disbarred from practicing law in the state.

New York’s Appellate Division, First Department retroactively disbarred the two now-former attorneys Colinford Mattis and Oruooj Rahman over the violence amid the so-called “mostly peaceful protests” that engulfed the city throughout the summer.

According to Reuters, the court determined that the pair qualified for automatic disbarment due to their guilty pleas and retroactively dated the disbarment to June 2, 2022, when the duo admitted to conspiracy to commit arson and possession of an explosive device.

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NYT, WEF Partner Sponsor Nov 30 Event Featuring Disgraced FTX Boss, Zuckerberg, Zelensky, Yellen

The New York Times’ 2022 DealBook Summit lineup is receiving renewed scrutiny due its participants, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and disgraced FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.

Other speakers include Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, former Vice President Mike Pence, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and Blackrock CEO Larry Fink. It will be hosted by Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who said that the event was to help address the “complicated, turbulent global landscape and seek to find solutions for the future of business, tech, policy and more.”

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Photos: Biden’s Weird Written Instructions From Handlers

Photographers captured a cheat sheet given to Joe Biden by his handlers at the G20 summit, which again orders him to sit down, weirdly capitalising the word “YOU” in every sentence.

The list of instructions Biden was seen reading at the Summit in Indonesia informed Biden where he should sit, the proper time to do so, and gave several reminders that his opening remarks were included on the next page.

The sheet orders “YOU will sit at the center” and “YOU will deliver opening remarks.”

Every instance of the word ‘you’ or ‘your’ is capitalised, as if Biden has trouble deciphering what is directed to him.

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Revealed: Disgraced FTX Crypto Bro Donated to Six Never-Trump RINOs

It has been revealed that Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of FXT, donated to six RINOs who voted to impeach President Trump.

It has already been widely reported that Bankman-Fried was the Democrat’s second-largest doner, just behind George Soros, but this latest revelation shows just how massive an influence the disgraced crypto-bro may have had over politics in the last few years.

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Senator Ed Markey Issues Threat to Elon Musk’s Twitter

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has threatened Elon Musk for not building “guardrails,” on Twitter and said that the company will “pay a price if they don’t put safeguards in place.”

Speaking to Mehdi Hasan on MSNBC, Senator Markey said that guardrails “have to be built around social media sites that are allowing — for Twitter, for $8, to give someone an ability to impersonate who they are — and they could be impersonating the fact that they’re the CDC or Eli Lilly or a United States Senator.

Last week, Senator Markey tweeted a letter he sent to Twitter CEO Elon Musk asking about the platform’s new verification policies. The letter asks Musk why The Washington Post was able to create a verified account in Markey’s name.

We obtained a copy of the letter for you here.

In response to the tweet, Musk wrote: “Perhaps it’s because your real account sounds like a parody?” In another tweet a few hours later, Musk asked, “And why does your pp have a mask!?”

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Shot in the Dark: Just One in 20 COVID Vaccine Trial Sites Had Proper FDA Oversight, BMJ Investigation Finds

A scathing investigation found that the FDA, which is charged with inspecting facilities where clinical trials of drugs and vaccines occur, inspected less than 10 per cent of sites during the pandemic.

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‘You Want to Punch a Nazi?’: Neo-Nazis Pound on Windows and Lunge at Passerby After Performing Salute Outside Harvard Book Fair for Anarchists

Twelve National Social Club 131 (NSC-131) harassed and intimidated customers at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair at Quincy House on Harvard’s campus.

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You’re More Likely to Get COVID Again Within Weeks if You Take Pfizer’s Paxlovid Drug, Early Study Indicates

Scientists from Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California found that people who use Paxlovid are twice as likely to suffer a COVID-19 rebound as their peers.

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Canadian Credit Union to Track Transactions and Tie Them to Carbon Footprints

Vancity has become the first Canadian financial institution to offer a credit card that calculates a user’s carbon footprint. The move is an effort by the credit union to honor its commitment to climate action.

Starting next year, Vancity Visa cardholders will be able to track their estimated carbon emissions from their credit card purchases.

The Carbon Counter will allow Vancity cardholders to compare their monthly carbon footprint to the national average. It will also provide advice on how to reduce the carbon footprint.

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Coutts Blockade ‘Key Participant’ Speaks on POEC

After appearing as a witness for the Public Order Emergency Commission, Marco Van Huigenbos spoke with us about his testimony, and how he felt about the relevance Coutts had to the invocation of the Emergencies Act by Justin Trudeau.

Marco, along with Alex Van Herk and George Janzen, could now face 10 years in prison after being charged with mischief over $5,000. These charges stem from the RCMP’s allegation that the three were key participants of the Coutts blockade.

Their legal fees are being covered by Rebel News through TruckerDefenceFund.ca, which has crowdfunded Williamson Law to represent these three individuals through the generous donations of viewers like yourself.

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Investigating Chinese Police Stations Operating on Canadian Soil

Pop music fans might recall an English band back in the 1980s called China Crisis. We’re not sure why they chose such a moniker, but it would seem like Canada is experiencing a real-life China crisis in 2022.

For starters, for some inexplicable reason, there are reports of Chinese police stations operating in Canada, three of these being in the Greater Toronto Area.

How is such a thing even possible? And what exactly are these Chinese police doing here?

Going back to the summertime, we repeatedly reached out to CSIS and the RCMP, but our calls and emails were not returned. So, we decided to visit a Toronto RCMP detachment back in September.

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Live Updates (Day 25): Public Order Emergency Commission Investigates Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act

The public inquiry investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act began on Oct. 13. As part of the government’s obligations following the invocation of the Act, a commission must be convened within 60 days and its subsequent report must be tabled in Parliament within 360 days after the Act is revoked.

This inquiry, deemed the Public Order Emergency Commission, was announced by Trudeau on April 25 after the Emergencies Act was revoked on February 23. The mandate delivered from the prime minister tasks the commission with handling the examination and assessment of the basis for the Trudeau government’s decision to use the Emergencies Act, the circumstances leading up to the invocation and whether this was an appropriate and effective measure chosen by the government to address the Freedom Convoy.

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President Xi Humiliates Trudeau as He is Caught on Camera Tearing Strips Off Canadian PM That Their Conversation at G20 ‘Has Been Leaked to the Papers… It’s Not Appropriate’

The two leaders were caught on camera having a heated discussion on the sidelines of the global summit in Bali today, with Xi tearing into the Canadian Prime Minister.

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Student at Wilfrid Laurier University Speaks Out Over Mask Mandate

Believe it or not, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario is still requiring students and faculty members to wear a mask at the school. Kamil Bachouchi, a fourth-year student at the school has been taking to social media to voice his opinion over Laurier’s decision.

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The ‘Tool of Last Resort’: Public Safety Canada Officials Testify at the Trucker Commission

Day 22 of the Public Order Emergency Commission featured some extremely interesting testimony from a pair of Public Safety Canada officials, Rob Stewart and Dominic Rochon.

Before we get to their testimony, let’s quickly refresh why this inquiry is taking place. This past February, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act in response to peaceful protesters from the Freedom Convoy demonstrating in Ottawa against remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Canada. Following that decision, a commission must then investigate whether the decision to invoke the act was actually necessary.

You can see all of our coverage and support our work at TruckerCommission.com.

Rob Stewart was a name that has appeared often since the inquiry began, but on day 22 we finally had a chance to hear from the man himself. Stewart, as deputy public safety minister, was working very closely with Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet, particularly Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, during the Freedom Convoy.

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Watch: Embarrassing Cringe Video of “Justin and Rishi” Fawning on Phone to Zelensky

The Twitter account of the unelected British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday posted a weird edited video of him and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau sycophantically fawning up to Ukrainian President Zelensky on the same day that he falsely asserted that Russia had fired missiles into Poland.

The video is edited oddly so that none of Zelensky’s responses are included. In fact, he may not have even been on the other end of the phone as far as the viewer is concerned.

The only content included is “Justin and Rishi” sucking up to Zelensky.

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Dutch Court Says Russian-Made Missile Shot Down Malaysia Flight 17, Convicted Three Men

A Dutch court on Thursday convicted three men for participating in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, killing all 298 people onboard, in 2014 over Ukraine.

Two of the convicted men were former Russian intelligence officers and one was a Ukrainian separatist leader, while a fourth suspect was acquitted, Reuters reported. The three convicted men were sentenced to life in prison.

The court also found that the missile used to shoot down the plane was Russian-made, but Moscow denies any involvement or responsibility in the incident.

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Germany: No One Discusses How Pandemic Response Devastated Children, Says Berlin ICU Doctor

In a discussion with an intensive care unit (ICU) doctor practicing in Berlin, Germany, he shares that doctors know — and knew — that the government’s COVID-19 response would devastate children.

“Ya, oh absolutely. And everyone in the healthcare system knows it,” the local ICU doctor can be heard saying in response to the assertion that children have been devasted by the government’s COVID-19 response.

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German Fined Over $17,000 for Insulting Pro-Lockdown Politicians

A German man has been fined over $17,000 for insulting two German politicians over their support for COVID lockdown rules.

A 34-year-old engineer in Germany was fined over $16,000 by a district court on Monday after he was found guilty of sending an email to a government department insulting two pro-lockdown politicians by name.

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Poles Show Highest Support Ever for Building Nuclear Power Plant

A new poll shows that 85.7 percent of Poles support building a nuclear power plant, signaling the highest support ever amid a war in Ukraine that has sent energy prices sosaring.

The study from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (IBRiS) shows that only 9.2 percent of the respondents are against a nuclear plant in Poland.

The data also shows that respondents in the oldest age group, those 70 and over, along with those who have the lowest income, show the most support for the investment, with both groups at 100 percent support.

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Polish Politician Blames Ukraine for Missile “Provocation”

A Polish politician has blamed Ukraine for causing a “provocation” by falsely claiming its own missile that struck Przewodow had been fired by Russia.

Immediately after news broke of the incident, President Zelensky called on NATO to take action against Russia, accusing Moscow of firing the rocket.

However, within hours it became clear that the accident, which killed two people, was actually caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile.

That didn’t stop British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, NATO and other prominent officials blaming Russia for the incident anyway, despite it clearly being Kiev’s fault.

Now the former chairman of the city council of Lublin, the seat of the region where Przewodow is located, is calling for Poland to rethink its approach to the war in light of the incident.

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Lobbies G20 for Digital ID

Some might say that in this day and age, members of royal families across Europe should be treated like children in Victorian England: seen, but not heard.

They still appear to be pretty quiet in England — at least when it comes to digital money, cryptocurrencies, and related issues. But over in the Netherlands, Queen Maxima is very active of late trying her hand at vigorously promoting Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

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Rumble Fires Back at France’s Censorship Demands

Rumble has issued a legal filing in France to push back against censorship demands from the country.

“Rumble filed a legal challenge to fight the French Government’s demands that we remove certain content from Rumble,” the growing video platform wrote on Twitter. “We look forward to a swift decision so we can resume our service to users in France.”

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Sweden Changes Constitution to Crack Down on Terrorism

The Swedish parliament has passed a constitutional amendment that will allow it impose restrictions on freedom of association. A crackdown on suspected terrorists was demanded by Türkiye as a condition for accepting the country’s bid to join NATO.

The change was supported on Wednesday by 278 MPs in the 349-seat Riksdag. It paves the way for future legislation aimed at combatting terrorism, and is widely perceived as a concession to Türkiye, which has long accused Sweden of sheltering fugitive terrorists on its soil and failing to eradicate their fundraising networks.

Türkiye’s complaints have centered on alleged supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which fought a decades-long guerrilla war against the government. Ankara said it would not accept Sweden’s bid to join NATO unless it changes its policies, effectively preventing accession.

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‘The More Time Passes, The Less Reversible the Situation Will Be,’ Says Prominent Author Laurent Obertone on Risk of Civil War in France

An exclusive interview with French journalist, essayist, and novelist Laurent Obertone, author of the prophetic bestseller novel “Guerilla — The day everything went up in flames” (in French: “Guérilla — Le jour où tout s’embrasa”) and of several essays on the violent and totalitarian drift of French society (“La France Orange Mécanique” — Clockwork Orange France, “La France Big Brother” — Big Brother France, etc.). Following its big success in France, the novel “Guerilla” has also been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, and Japanese, and will soon be published in Spanish

You are the author of several bestsellers in France, including the famous “La France Orange mécanique,” published in 2013, which documents insecurity in France based on local press publications that are rarely picked up at the national level. You then published, among other titles, the novel “Guerrilla” in 2016. This novel takes place over three days in a France sinking into civil war after yet another violent incident between thugs and police in an “ethnic” suburb. These are undoubtedly your two most often quoted works and the most vilified by the French political and media mainstream, but many see the first one as a realistic assessment of the current situation and the second one as a plausible prognosis for the future. Very recently, while reacting to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin’s comments on the share of foreigners in crime, you said: “The path we are following today is one of chaos.” So, in your opinion, nothing has changed in France since the publication of “La France orange mécanique” and “Guerilla”?

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UK: Shocking Moment Customers Battle Each Other With Chairs and Children Scream in Fear as Couple’s ‘Cheeky Nando’s’ Ruined

Olivia Malone, 24, a marketing executive, and her boyfriend went out for a Nandos at Trafford Retail Park in Manchester on November 13.

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‘Sex Cult’ Leader Who Preached Islamic Sermons While Surrounded by Scantily-Clad Women Dubbed His ‘Kittens’ Is Jailed for 8,500 Years in Turkey for Child Abuse, Rape and Fraud

Adnan Oktar, 66, is known for holding theological discussions while surrounded by glamorous women who he dubbed as his ‘kittens’.

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Crumbling Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure Blasted by Another Barrage of Russian Missiles, Drones

Russian airstrikes inflicted more damage on Ukraine on Thursday, with the latest barrage smashing into energy infrastructure, apartment buildings and an industrial site.

At least four people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in drone and missile strikes around the country, authorities said.

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Furious Kremlin Says MH17 Trial Will Go Down as ‘One of the Most Scandalous in the History of Legal Proceedings’ After Dutch Court Convicted Two Russians of Shooting Down Plane

Moscow has repeatedly denied responsibility for the 2014 tragedy in which Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine was shot down-killing all 298 passengers and crew.

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Meet the ‘Brolar Bear’: Brown Bears Are Mating With Polar Bears in Russia and Creating a Hybrid Animal That is More Resilient to Climate Change

Polar bears and brown bears are thought to be mating in Russia due to rising temperatures depleting sea ice and forcing the Arctic species to venture inland to hunt, where they meet grizzlies.

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Putin Unleashes New Blitz on Ukraine, With Air Raid Sirens Nationwide as Missiles Destroy Apartment Blocks and Energy Infrastructure Two Days After Mis-Fire Hit Poland and Raised Fears of Ww3

Dramatic dashcam footage shows people driving in the city of Dnipro this morning when a missile suddenly smashes into the road ahead, causing a huge fireball explosion.

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Russian Missiles Pound Ukraine Power Supply, Fighting Rages in East

KYIV, Nov 17 (Reuters) — Missiles rained down on Ukrainian energy infrastructure on Thursday as Russian forces stepped up attacks in eastern Ukraine, reinforced by troops pulled from Kherson city in the south which Kyiv recaptured last week.

Explosions resounded in cities including the capital Kyiv, the southern port of Odesa, the central city of Dnipro and the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian military command also reported attacks on civilian infrastructure in Balakleya in the eastern Kharkiv region and Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region in the south.

“Punishment for all Russian atrocities — both present and past — will be unavoidable,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter, as news came that a Dutch court had ruled an airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 during fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces was hit by a Russian-made missile.

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Wagner Denies Involvement After Mercenary Killed in Ukraine

Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the mercenary group, accuses the US of executing Yevgenny Nuzhin, who reportedly switched sides to join Ukrainian forces.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Russia’s mercenary Wagner group, has denied it had any involvement in the execution of one of its fighters in Ukraine.

Last week, a social media account linked to Wagner shared unverified footage of a man identified as a former mercenary being killed after declaring that he had switched sides in September to “fight against the Russians”.

In the footage, the man, who gave his name as Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, was shown with his head taped to a brick wall. He said he was abducted in Kyiv on October 11 and came around in a cellar.

“I got hit over the head and lost consciousness and came around in this cellar,” he said. “They told me I was to be tried.”

As he said those words, an unidentified man in combat clothing behind Nuzhin was seen smashing a sledgehammer into the side of his head and neck.

Nuzhin collapsed onto the floor and the unidentified man delivered another blow to his head.

The video appeared on the Grey Zone Telegram channel, one of several that Russian media has said was linked to the Wagner group. The footage was posted under the title, The hammer of revenge.

Asked to comment on the execution video, Prigozhin said on Sunday in remarks released by his spokeswoman that the video should be called, “A dog receives a dog’s death” and labelled Nuzhin a “traitor”.

“Nuzhin betrayed his people, betrayed his comrades, betrayed consciously,” said Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by the United States and European Union for his role in Wagner.

But on Tuesday, the 61-year-old denied Wagner’s involvement and accused US intelligence services of being behind the killing, without providing evidence to support his claim.

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G20 Summit Hears Calls for a Global Digital Health Passport

Indonesia has just hosted this year’s G20 Summit, and during one of the events this week, the Business 20 (B20), the country’s minister of health announced that participating countries had agreed on a digital health passport.

These would be “digital certificates using WHO standards,” Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin specified, adding that G20 should work to come up with a “global framework” that would allow members to issue digital certificates to be used “during the next pandemic.”

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Brace Yourself for More Empty Supermarket Shelves, Aussie Truckies Warn

Truck drivers are warning that consumers will face empty supermarket shelves if their industry is not protected from disruption caused by extreme weather events.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) said continued floods would push many drivers, already struggling to afford diesel costs, out of the job.

A shortage of truck drivers, which was already an issue due to the ageing driver cohort, would mean food shortages that would push up already inflated prices at the grocery store.

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Mask Mandate Returns on Cruise Ships After COVID Outbreak — as Australians Are Urged to Wear Them Indoors and on Public Transport and Jimmy Barnes Cancels a Concert Because of Rising Cases

Carnival Cruises have reintroduced mandatory mask wearing on ships after a spike in Covid cases — as health officials call for the return of face coverings across the nation.

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Outrage as Garbos Are Caught Dumping Recycling and Rubbish Together in the Same Truck

Aussies are outraged after footage surfaced appearing to show garbage collectors mixing household rubbish and recycling in the same truck — but the company has hit back.

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Teacher Laughs as Aussie Schoolboys Dress Up in Traditional Arab Clothing for Muck Up Day Stunt — With One Yelling He Was a ‘Terrorist’ And Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’

A group of Year 12 students at Murrumba State Secondary College, north of Brisbane, dressed as ‘Arabian princes’ for muck-up day, with one telling fellow students he was a ‘terrorist’.

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Watch: This Could be Your Last Chance to Save Victoria

Kerry Cotterill’s appeal in the Supreme Court of Victoria will finally be heard next week.

It’s one of the most important fights Rebel News has taken on in Australia.

You will remember her, she was the Melbourne grandmother who was outrageously fined for using her “government-sanctioned” one hour of exercise to protest Premier Dan Andrews’ harsh Covid-19 lockdown.

She was masked, and alone, simply holding a sign that read ‘TOOT to BOOT’ with a caricature of Dan’s face while she was walking within the 5km limit of her home.

Kerry wasn’t breaking any of the Premier’s restrictions but that didn’t stop Victorian police officers from slapping her with a fine.

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Millions Flood Streets of Brazil to Protest Voter Fraud, Bolsonaro Moves to Annul Election

The people of Brazil have risen up against alleged voter fraud in the nation’s recent presidential election, with millions flooding the streets in protest.

During Tuesday’s national Republican Day, an estimated 3 million citizens took to the streets across the country and demanded the election be annulled.

Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his party have responded by moving to annul the election.

Bolsonaro’s conservative Partido Liberal (PL) party presented its report and announced it will apply for the election’s annulment since the results could not be validated.

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Asylum Seeker Accused of Rape in UK Has ‘Gone Missing’ After Being Moved From One Migrant Hotel to Another

An asylum seeker who was subject to police bail conditions after being accused of rape at a migrant hotel has “gone missing” after U.K. authorities failed to securely transfer him from one hotel to another, it has emerged.

The 39-year-old suspect was due to return to a police station in north-east London in early January for further questioning, after being accused of raping a teenage boy at a hotel housing asylum seekers in the London borough of Waltham Forest.

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Austria, Hungary, And Serbia Set Up Joint Border Defense Force

Hungary, Austria, and Serbia have agreed to establish a joint border defense force to deal with a spiraling migrant crisis that has seen all three countries overrun and struggling to prevent more border violations.

At a Belgrade summit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer hammered out the details of a joint border protection force and called on the European Union for aid.

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Austria: Syrian on Trial for Stabbing Fellow Migrant for Learning German Well

A Syrian man faces trial in Vienna after allegedly nearly stabbing a fellow Syrian man to death because the latter was applying himself to learning German on a course they attended.

The two Syrians, both with refugee status, attended a German language course in Vienna together earlier this year, but after one of the young men applied himself to the course more studiously, the 22-year-old defendant allegedly stabbed him in the neck several times.

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France: Police Clear Nearly 1,000 Migrants From Illegal Camp in Paris

Nearly 1,000 migrants hailing mostly from Afghanistan were cleared from an illegal camp they set up in Paris, according to reports.

French authorities began the ‘evacuation’ at around 7 a.m on Thursday morning in the 18th arrondissement of the capital city.

Hundreds of ‘asylum seekers’ formed the squalid encampment under an aerial metro line at Barbe’s and Boulevard de la Chapelle immediately after a similar tent city was broken up in the same area in late October, BFMTV reports.

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New ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends Across Europe: Poland, Finland and Latvia to Construct Thousands of Miles of Barbed Wire Fences to Reinforce Borders Against ‘Weaponised Migration’ From Putin and His Crony Lukashenko

As tensions between Russia and the West continue to strain and the war in Ukraine approaches the nine month mark, many more European leaders have begun hardening their frontiers.

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Number of African Students in France Reaches Record High

African countries are well represented among foreign students in France. According to data from Campus France for the 2021-2022 academic year, more than 400 000 students in French universities came from abroad, including the European Union. Of these, over 100 000, or more than a quarter, came from the African continent.

There are six African countries in the top 10 of the nations most represented on French university benches. The Maghreb monopolises the top places, with Morocco in the lead: Moroccan students numbered more than 40 000 in higher education last year, representing more than 10 percent of all foreign students in France.

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Poll: 7 Out of 10 French Voters Demand Tougher Migration Policy

Right-wing and even Macron voters are strongly in favour of stricter measures regarding the reception and management of migrants on French territory, but it appears that the president has been deliberately deceiving his constituents. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the authorities and the media to make people believe that denouncing the migratory invasion is an “extreme right-wing” issue.

The state must adopt a stricter migration policy. This is the finding of a recent poll by the CSA institute for CNews published on Tuesday 15 November. Indeed, 67 percent of French people are in favour of stronger measures concerning the reception of migrants in France, notably by reducing their number.

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Rejected Asylum Seeker Attacks and Injures 2 French Border Officers

A Nigerian national who had been refused asylum in France was arrested on Wednesday for an attack on border force agents that left two police officers injured.

The incident occurred in the French Mediterranean resort of Port-la-Nouvelle on Wednesday morning during what was supposed to be a simple identity check at the Narbonne train station.

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UK to Dump Migrants in Rural Areas as Bids to Fix Channel Crisis Fail

British authorities appear to be aiming to dump asylum seekers in more rural areas as the government continues to fail to get a handle on the ongoing Channel migrant crisis.

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has reportedly told politicians that the government is looking at moving more asylum seekers into rural areas of the country.

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$41 Million for This!

Some idiot at an auction just paid over $41 million dollars for this visual abortion.

[Comment: This is a new Paul Joseph Watson video about modern art.]

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Controversial Transgender Teacher With Massive Fake Breasts Reportedly Was Asked to Leave Young Girls’ Dance Recital

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, guest host David Menzies discussed how Kayla Lemieux, the controversial Oakville teacher with massive fake breasts, once allegedly snuck into a young girls’ dance recital before being asked to leave by concerned parents.

As stated by David, “Well folks, do you find this anecdote as creepy as I do? That a biological male dresses up as an unflattering caricature of a woman, and then takes in a private dance recital involving little girls… was Lemieux getting sexually aroused by the dancing? This is so gross. This is so disturbing. This is so despicable.”

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DHS Monitored Reactions to Roe Verdict on Social Media: Report

Within days of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began monitoring social media reactions and reflections for possible threats of violence.

The DHS bulletin, obtained by Yahoo News, was written by the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A).

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Disney’s ‘Gay Agenda’ In Full Swing, Introduces First-Ever Same Sex Romance in Feature Film

Everyone knows that Disney has a “not so secret gay agenda,” and now, for the first time ever, Disney will introduce its first gay teen romance.

According to Daily News, the entertainment giant’s upcoming feature film Strange World starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, Dennis Quaid and Jaboukie Young-White, includes a scene where a character named “Ethan (Young-White) flirts with a boy named Diazo in front of his friends, who tease him in a friendly way.”

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Exclusive: Matildas Star Chloe Logarzo Opens Up on Refusing to Hide Her Sexuality and Becoming a Role Model Despite Copping Abuse — After Aussie Basketball Star Made History by Coming Out

Matildas star Chloe Logarzo is proudly gay — and she won’t let the haters force her into hiding who she really is: ‘I’m just living my life.’

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Riot and Ubisoft Team Up to Censor “Toxicity” on Gaming

Gaming giants Ubisoft and Riot Games are collaborating on a research project to combat “toxicity” in in-game chats.

The first phase of the “Zero Harm in Comms” project will be developing a framework that allows the platforms to collect, share, and tag data without compromising user privacy by keeping personally identifiable information. If they cannot do that, “the project stops,” according to Ubisoft’s executive director Yves Jacquier.

If the first phase is successful, the second phase involves developing AI-based tools to detect and mitigate so-called “disruptive behaviors.”

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San Francisco Launches Guaranteed Income Program for Transgender People

San Francisco has launched a guaranteed income program for the city’s transgender residents to help with financial insecurity.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Wednesday the program will provide low-income transgender residents with payments of up to $1,200 each month for up to 18 months.

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Wisconsin Teacher Sues School District After Being Fired for Speaking Out Against ‘Gender Identity’

A Wisconsin public school counselor is suing Milwaukee Public Schools for firing her after she denounced gender ideology at a public rally in April.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed a federal lawsuit against employees at Milwaukee Public School District (MPS) for its termination of former Allen-Field Elementary School counselor Marissa Darlingh over what WILL argues is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Darlingh was fired in September over a speech she made regarding “gender identity ideology” at a feminist rally in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Woke Ivy League Princeton University Will Now Offer Students Paying $79K-a-Year Courses in BDSM, Fetishism and Body Positivity in 2023 — as Critics Say it’s ‘Like Forcing Undergrads to Smoke a Cigarette to Study Its Effects’

Princeton University will offer classes next semester on BDSM culture in the black and queer community, body positivity and fetishism. Students are now speaking out against the BDSM course.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/17/2022

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    THIS ROTTEN SHIT HAS NOW REACHED SWEDEN

    Storytelling sessions for 2 – 7 year olds are now taking place in the country’s libraries performed by Lady Bussty and Miss Shameless Winehore and other similarly talented actors.

    What shall be crooked – shall be bent in time.
    (Lenin?)
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    Drag Queen Indoctrination Hour | Ep. 726

    https://youtu.be/H3fCPXLKSSs
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    Matt Walsh: Drag queens are the left’s warriors

    https://youtu.be/fuFSlATXZmk

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    THE GOOD SOCIETY

    WHERE THE CONTEMPORARY SELF-UNDERSTANDING IS CREATED

    14 February, 2020

    GUNNAR SANDELIN:

    Keep your hands off her!

    This picture
    https://nyadagbladet.se/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/drag-queen-story-hour.jpg
    from the Helsingborg library touched me badly. It recently appeared in the newspaper Nya Dagbladet.
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    Preschool children in Skåne should be taught the right values at preschools and, during the holidays, at libraries. Now the chief ideologists have to get straight to the most vulnerable part of a person’s personality: psychosexual development with all that it entails in terms of shaping one’s own identity and sexuality. Of course, the state and local authorities have to get in there too and poke around!
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    The article describes how some transsexual men travel around reading “norm creative stories” to young children, encouraged by the surrounding “professional” adult world. The inspiration comes from San Francisco and now the Swedish preschool children have the chance to listen to cross-identity stories. The article reveals that it is a kind of odyssey that these drag queens are on:
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    The two men held 57 norm-breaking storytelling sessions at preschools in Malmö last spring. Nearly 2,000 children are said to have experienced the storytelling of the two men dressed as women. During the storytelling session, the children are also introduced to the first state phrase,
    the mantra “Equal value for all”.
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    For me, having worked with vulnerable children, mental child abuse becomes a more relevant concept. What we see in the picture is a disempowerment because children of that age cannot handle such an encounter. It is difficult enough for them to take in the mystery of the existence of two sexes. Then they have to be able to work out how that might work and eventually, hopefully, find out who “I” am. Preschoolers’ identity formation is in its infancy. That the institutions of PK society engage in activism, dressing them up in rainbow clothing to affirm their own intersectional values, is nothing short of an assault. Were I in these children’s clothes, I would be frightened and believe that adults I trusted had forced me to meet a witch!
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    However, the work on values on the intersectional children front is not something that is limited to Skåne. The media, see here and here, have for several years conveyed what a success similar initiatives have been in different parts of the country. It is glitter and joy that comes to the children!
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    But the Christian newspaper Världen i dag already stood out from the crowd a few years ago when it reported from a preschool in Skåne:
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    All children are to be called “hen”, boys are pressured to wear dresses and Astrid Lindgren books have been thrown away in the name of norm criticism. This is the reality at a municipal preschool in southern Sweden.
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    There, an edict had been issued that children must not be gendered. This is despite the fact that proven child psychology has shown that the search for one’s own gender identity is a driving force for children at this age. But the new norm critics ignore this. For them, ideology and utopian visions have overridden what, among other things, psychodynamic work with children has founded in Sweden since PBU (Psychic Child and Youth Care) opened its clinics in the country in the early 1950s.
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    So, like an offensive gender-certified wave, all the “resource educators” are coming in on a broad front to demolish established thinking. For them, it is a matter of promoting their newfound careers and marketing the new critique of norms (which in reality seems to be the norm itself):
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    The one- and two-year-olds sat in a circle while the educators told them that a girl can fall in love with a girl and a boy with a boy. Then some of the children were asked, “Who are you in love with?”. One little boy looked totally confused and then said ‘my Lego’,” says ‘Anna’, who works in a nursery for three- to four-year-olds.
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    Surely it can be a good thing for pre-school children to know that their peers can have two mums or two dads. But when it comes to transsexuality, the picture is too complicated for a little person. Should we set this aside and instead allow attention-seeking (and self-doubting) troublemakers, who are not themselves completely at ease with their own gender identity, to compensate for their own difficulties at the expense of children’s natural development? Surely the intention cannot be to risk leading those we call “our youngest” into a state of confusion and gender dysphoria before even the exploration of their own sexual identity has begun?
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    I respect that there are people who feel they were born in the wrong body. But for that reason, their dilemmas should not be acted out for their own therapeutic purposes. Nor in the name of some imposed social norm in nurseries and libraries. A word of advice to those involved in this pioneering activity: please keep your transsexual, exhibitionist, values-oriented fingers off our young children!
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    I wonder what my former employer Bris (Children’s Rights in Society), where I was press officer for twelve years, has to say? Has the LGBTQ fury of the adult world and the hunger of the establishment to shape politically correct and compliant citizens early on become more important than allowing children to be children?

    Gunnar Sandelin

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  2. “But unlike Bitcoin, CBDCs would reside on a centralized blockchain rather than a decentralized one, meaning the central bank would have complete control over its issuance and management.”

    I don’t remember being asked to vote for this. Let’s get it stopped.

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