Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/19/2022

After taking a survey of Twitter users on the issue, Elon Musk announced that Donald Trump’s Twitter account would be reinstated. However, Mr. Trump said that he is satisfied with Truth Social and sees no reason to return to Twitter.

In other news, German bishops are defying the Vatican by continuing to bless the union of same-sex couples.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, LP, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Economic Index Flashes Major Recession Warning Sign
» FTX CEO Donated $300K to Members of Committee Investigating Him
» FTX Fires Sam Bankman-Fried’s Top Execs
» ID.me Accused of Exaggerating Info to Push for Digital ID
» Sam Bankman-Fried’s Law Firm Drops Him as a Client Amid Ongoing Bankruptcy Revelations
 
USA
» “You Won’t Answer the Question” — Senator Rand Paul Confronts FBI on Scooping Up Online User Data
» 12 More Incidents in Which Lawful Gun Owners Stopped Criminals
» Breaking: Arizona AG’s Elections Integrity Unit Demands Response From Maricopa County Over Election Delays, Failures
» Breaking: Donald Trump Says He ‘Sees No Reason’ To Go Back to Twitter Despite Elon Musk’s Poll to Bring Him Back
» CBS News Stops Posting on Twitter Out of “Abundance of Caution”
» Democrat Operative Arrested for ‘Widespread’ Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
» Election Results Reversed in Major Georgia County After Memory Card Found With Uncounted Votes
» Elon Musk, Echoing ADL Talking Points, Says New Twitter Policy is ‘Freedom of Speech, But Not Freedom of Reach’
» Exclusive — James Comer 95% Sure Hunter’s Artwork Sold to Chinese, Compromising Joe Biden
» Federal Appeals Court Rebuffs Congress, Strikes Down Horse-Racing Safety Law
» First Images Reveal Snowmageddon’s Aftermath Across Buffalo
» House Committee Advances Bill to Have Trackable Mail-in Ballots
» Idaho Murders: ‘Private Party’ Drove 2 Victims Home, Police Now Say
» Idaho University Murders: Prosecutor Seen Entering House Where Four Students Were Stabbed to Death
» Investigators Still Looking for Suspect in Idaho Quadruple Homicide
» Ivy Leagues Lower Admissions Standards in Anticipation of Supreme Court Eliminating Affirmative Action
» Judge Orders Unsealing of Names of 8 Anonymous Individuals Relating to Jeffrey Epstein
» Questions Emerge Over Biden’s Push to Install Electric Car Chargers at Gas Stations
» Slain University of Idaho Student’s Sister Says Victims Made Multiple Calls to Mysterious Man at 2 Am
» Slain University of Idaho Student Fought Back Against Her Attacker, All 4 Found Murdered in Bed
» Trump to be Reinstated on Twitter
» Va. Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Ex, 3 Children Dead: ‘A Difficult Day’
» Wisconsin ‘Dancing Grannies’ To Return to Christmas Parade One Year After Losing 4 Members in Attack
» YouTube Punishes Journalist for Video of GOP Election Denial, Allows Video of Democrat Election Denial
 
Canada
» Alberta Agriculture Minister Mandated to Fight Federal Fertilizer Policies
» Alberta Bought Their Own Towing Equipment to Break Apart Coutts Blockade — Before Emergencies Act Invocation
» Ontario Government Defends Dr. Moore Amidst Maskless Party Controversy
 
Europe and the EU
» Arson Suspected After French Catholic Cathedral Catches Fire
» Clashes Erupt in Thessaloniki, Greece on the Anniversary of the 1973 Revolt
» Finland to Erect Costly High-Security Fence Along Russian Border
» Scotland Plans Test of Digital ID
» UK Voters Now Link High Taxes With Right Wing Rather Than Left Wing, Polls Find
» UK: Animal Activists Take Over Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea Restaurant Calling for Meat to be Removed From Menus
 
Middle East
» Deputy of NATO ‘Ally’ Erdogan Says U.S. Wants to Prolong Ukraine War for ‘Its Own Benefit’
 
Russia
» Ukraine Rejects Alleged Offer of “Short Truce” by Russia
» US Told Zelensky to “Tread Carefully” After Missile Hit Poland
 
South Asia
» Hindu House Attacked, Vandalized and Looted in Movie-Style by Muslim Mob in Islamic Bangladesh
» Indian PM Urges G-20 Leaders to Support Digital ID Efforts at Bali Summit
 
Australia — Pacific
» The Peter Pans of Bondi Are Fun, Charming and Toxic, Writes Jana Hocking — as She Reveals How to Spot One and Why They Will Never Change
» Why We Need Nuclear Power Now: Entrepreneur Dick Smith Reveals the Only Way Australia Can Reach Net-Zero — as He Declares Expensive Renewables Are ‘Destroying the Landscape’
 
Latin America
» One Dead, One Injured in a Shooting on the UNM Campus
 
Immigration
» EU Commissioner Calls for More African Immigration to Solve Demographic Decline
» Now Texas Governor Abbott Sends Tanks to the Border After Threatening to Send Gunboats — as Republican Invokes Invasion Clause to Deal With Migrants Flooding Over Border
» UK: Net Migration to Remain in Hundreds of Thousands Under Sunak’s Open Borders Policies
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: Armed Antifa Guard ‘Transgender Storytime for Children’ in Texas
» German Bishops Snub Vatican Ban, Vow to Keep Blessing Gay Couples
» Sweden: Library Employee in Multicultural Malmo Gets Death Threats Over Drag Queen Story Time
 

Economic Index Flashes Major Recession Warning Sign

An often-overlooked economic gauge indicated on Friday that the U.S. economy is headed for a recession — or already in one — as the Federal Reserve tries to curb inflation with a series of rapid interest rate hikes.

The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicators index showed that conditions further deteriorated in October, with the gauge down 0.8% from the previous month. That follows a 0.5% decline in September.

“The U.S. LEI fell for an eighth consecutive month, suggesting the economy is possibly in a recession,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director of economic research at The Conference Board.

The slump reflects a worsening outlook among consumers, who are increasingly worried about steeper interest rates and stubbornly high inflation, as well as a prolonged slump in the housing market.

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

FTX CEO Donated $300K to Members of Committee Investigating Him

The CEO of FTX reportedly donated $300,000 to Democrat members of the U.S. House committee that is investigating his recently collapsed fraudulent cryptocurrency exchange.

CEO and co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been accused of running a money laundering operation that used cryptocurrency to funnel taxpayer funds into the campaigns and pockets of Democrats.

As Slay News reported, Bankman-Fried admitted that FTX was used as a laundromat for the Ukraine government.

Meanwhile, the company was pumping “clean” money back to Democrats, with Bankman-Fried himself being on record as the Democratic Party’s second-largest donor after George Soros.

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

FTX Fires Sam Bankman-Fried’s Top Execs

The collapsing cryptocurrency company FTX fired three executives on Friday, all deputies appointed by disgraced former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, as the company deals with bankruptcy and restructuring under the new leadership of John J. Ray.

The Wall Street Journal reports that those fired were director of engineering Nishad Singh, co-founder Gary Wang, and CEO of Alameda Research, Caroline Ellison, who was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Bankman-Fried within a 10-person polyamorous “polycule.”

Bankman-Fried, Singh, and Wang are all “under supervision” in the Bahamas after the trio reportedly were planning on fleeing to Dubai. Authorities announced last week they intend to extradite Bankman-Fried back to the US.

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

ID.me Accused of Exaggerating Info to Push for Digital ID

Controversies continue to plague the biometric identification firm ID.me, specifically around its government contracts in the US.

According to reports, after the big IRS privacy-related controversy earlier in 2022, it is now suspected that ID.me could have been feeding both the public and House committees with misleading information concerning the level of fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims.

In addition, instead of making sure it was easier to detect fraud, and help those actually in need of help, the service used by 21 states the company provided may have been highly inefficient and therefore near useless — other than promoting the business itself, and the relevance of the biometric surveillance industry.

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

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Law Firm Drops Him as a Client Amid Ongoing Bankruptcy Revelations

With post-mortem after post-mortem after FTX port-mortem piling up, even as the questions surrounding the world’s biggest crypto fraud and bankruptcy pile up at an even faster pace amid a breathless demand for answers — like where did all that $8 billion really go — on Saturday we learned that as part of the firm’s shambolic bankruptcy process, FTX won’t even disclose its top creditors and has asked the bankruptcy judge to keep the company’s list of creditors (which previously was said to be larger than one million) under confidential seal.

So amid the mounting confusion, on Saturday FTX Trading unveiled that it had started a “strategic review of their global assets to begin to maximize recoverable value for stakeholders”, as part of what promises to be a very lengthy bankruptcy process (which will quickly become a Chapter 7 unless someone reveals where that $8 billion stolen by SBF has been parked), and has hired Perella Weinberg Partners LP to help with the potential sale of any viable units.

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

“You Won’t Answer the Question” — Senator Rand Paul Confronts FBI on Scooping Up Online User Data

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) confronted FBI Director Christopher Wray about the collusion with social media companies and whether the FBI scoops up private information to identify users.

“Is Facebook or any other social media company supplying private messages or data on American users that is not compelled by the government or the FBI?” Paul asked Wray. “No warrant, no subpoena, they’re just supplying you information on their users?”

“I don’t believe so, but I can’t sit here and be sure of that as I sit here,” Wray replied.

“Can you give us a yes or no by going back to your team and asking? Because it’s a very specific question. Because if they are, it’s against the law,” Paul said, invoking the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

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

12 More Incidents in Which Lawful Gun Owners Stopped Criminals

In a case called New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Supreme Court in June struck down concealed carry permitting frameworks in several states that effectively prohibited ordinary Americans from carrying firearms in public for self-defense.

Since then, residents of those states have applied for concealed carry permits in droves, showing just how willing many of them always have been to exercise their Second Amendment rights when the government no longer prohibits it.

Take, for example, New Jersey, a state where only 870 applications for concealed carry permits were filed in 2021, when residents knew that almost no one would be granted such a permit. This year, the state administrative office in charge of permitting expects that 11,000 applications will be submitted by the end of December.

Similarly, Maryland State Police say that in the two weeks after the high court’s Bruen decision, they received over 7,000 concealed carry permit applications—up from just 1,000 during the same period in 2021.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who understands just how important the right to keep and bear arms is to the safety of Americans.

Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times annually, according to the latest report on the subject by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just this year, a more comprehensive study concluded that roughly 1.6 million defensive gun uses occur in the United States every year.

For this reason, The Daily Signal each month publishes an article highlighting some of the previous month’s many news stories on defensive gun use that you may have missed—or that might not have made it to the national spotlight in the first place. (Read other accounts here from 2019, 2020, 2021, and so far in 2022.)

The examples below represent only a fraction of the news stories on defensive gun use that we found in October. You may explore more by using The Heritage Foundation’s interactive Defensive Gun Use Database. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)

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

Breaking: Arizona AG’s Elections Integrity Unit Demands Response From Maricopa County Over Election Delays, Failures

The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has reached out to Maricopa County officials to demand that they account for the issues surrounding the 2022 election procedures in the state’s largest county.

A letter from Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office to Maricopa County Attorney Thomas Liddy’s office said that the AG’s office received an excessive number of complaints, into the hundreds, regarding “issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County.”

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

Breaking: Donald Trump Says He ‘Sees No Reason’ To Go Back to Twitter Despite Elon Musk’s Poll to Bring Him Back

45th President Donald Trump addressed questions about Twitter owner Elon Musk’s poll on the platform to bring Trump back on. Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition, live from Mar-a-Lago, he addressed questions about his plans for a second term, but also what so many Americans want to know: will he go back on Twitter if his account is reinstated.

“Twitter is blowing up today,” the moderator began. “Elon Musk posted a poll that had over 13 million respondents so far, asking whether or not you should be reinstated on Twitter. My question for you is what do you this about Elon Musk buying Twitter and if you are reinstated, will we see you back on Twitter again?”

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

CBS News Stops Posting on Twitter Out of “Abundance of Caution”

Amid reports that Twitter’s mass-layoffs will ‘break’ the platform, allowing ‘free speech types’ to run amok, CBS News has stopped posting on the social media giant out of an “abundance of caution.”

In a Friday announcement during the evening broadcast of “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” the network’s national correspondent, Jonathan Gigliotti, said: “In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform.”

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

Democrat Operative Arrested for ‘Widespread’ Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has announced that a Democrat operative has been arrested for “widespread” voter fraud, just days after the state’s controversial midterm elections.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirmed the arrest of Democratic Party consultant Rasheen Crews this week.

Philadelphia-based Crews is accused of orchestrating a “widespread” ballot fraud scheme that includes forging thousands of signatures to rig elections for Democrat candidates.

Crews was allegedly caught forging signatures on nomination petitions to get his clients on the ballot for the 2019 Democratic primary races in Philadelphia.

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

Election Results Reversed in Major Georgia County After Memory Card Found With Uncounted Votes

The results of a local election in a major Georgia county have been reversed after officials discovered a memory card with hundreds of uncounted votes on it.

Madelyn Orochena was originally declared the victor of a race for a seat on the Kennesaw City Council in Cobb County,

“Looking forward to me being sworn in on Monday,” she said at the time, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

Yet 24 hours later, Orochena got a call from the county’s Board of Elections about a memory card from one of the precincts had not been uploaded, the network reported.

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

Elon Musk, Echoing ADL Talking Points, Says New Twitter Policy is ‘Freedom of Speech, But Not Freedom of Reach’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Friday announced that Twitter’s new policy is “freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” which is an idiotic meme that’s been repeated ad nauseam by Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

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

Exclusive — James Comer 95% Sure Hunter’s Artwork Sold to Chinese, Compromising Joe Biden

Rep. James Comer (R-TN), the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, told Breitbart News Saturday he strongly suspects that Hunter Biden’s artwork was sold to Chinese oligarchs, potentially implicating president Joe Biden.

“With respect to China, since Joe Biden’s been president, that we didn’t even talk about in the press conference, was the fact that Hunter became an artist for a week, if you’ll remember, and he sold some very expensive artwork,” Comer prefaced, noting his Thursday press conference in which he said the Biden family will be investigated for nine potential violations.

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

Federal Appeals Court Rebuffs Congress, Strikes Down Horse-Racing Safety Law

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is unconstitutional because it “delegates unsupervised power to a private entity.”

A three-judge appeals court panel reversed a lower court decision in the lawsuit filed by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and others in March 2021.

The lawsuit — along with another involving Louisiana, West Virginia and other horse racing interests — challenged the constitutionality of the HISA, which created the nonprofit Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority the year prior to regulate the industry.

The NHBPA argued HISA is unconstitutional because it delegates government power to a private entity without sufficient agency supervision.

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

First Images Reveal Snowmageddon’s Aftermath Across Buffalo

People across Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding metro areas are waking up Saturday morning to snowmageddon that dumped between 5-6 feet of snow over the last few days.

The latest from the Weather Prediction Center warned extreme snowfall “will produce near zero visibility, very difficult to impossible travel, damage to infrastructure, and may paralyze the hardest-hit communities.”

An insane amount of snow was dumped on Highmark Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills play, situated in Orchard Park, New York, in the Southtowns of the Buffalo metro area. The newest reports recorded 77 inches or about 6.5 feet.

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

House Committee Advances Bill to Have Trackable Mail-in Ballots

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would enable mail-in ballots for federal elections to be tracked.

“This bill would require that any ballot mailed in a federal election include a postal service barcode on the envelop that is unique to the individual ballot,” Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the chairwoman of the committee, who had introduced the bill, said Thursday.

“We can now track packages around the world, they have a barcode you can track it as a consumer. This would allow an individual to track their own ballot. This commonsense requirement would enable boards of elections to confirm when a ballot was sent and give voters confidence that their votes have been casted and counted.”

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

Idaho Murders: ‘Private Party’ Drove 2 Victims Home, Police Now Say

MOSCOW, Idaho — A “private party” drove two of the University of Idaho homicide victims home just hours before they were murdered in their beds, police said Friday.

Univrsity students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Goncalvez, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed to death in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, after they spent Saturday night out with friends.

Police initially said in a Friday press release that Goncalvez and Mogen, who were close friends, took an Uber ride home from downtown and arrived to their home on King Road near campus at 1:40 a.m. They later changed their statement to say a “private party” drove them home, but it is unclear if the private party was someone known to the victims.

“This is a gruesome and heartbreaking tragedy,” Uber communications manager Navideh Forghani told Fox News Digital when asked whether Uber provided a ride to Mogen and Goncalvez. “It looks like Moscow police update the release to say a ‘private party.’ We have no record of the victims ordering a trip.”

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Idaho University Murders: Prosecutor Seen Entering House Where Four Students Were Stabbed to Death

An Idaho prosecutor was seen entering the Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were killed on early Sunday morning.

The four students, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death on early Sunday morning between 3 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. in a Moscow, Idaho, home near the college campus, according to police.

Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson was seen entering the King Road house on Friday where the incident took place.

Thompson was seen entering the house along with several members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Investigators have been gathering evidence inside the house since Sunday. Police don’t have a suspect in custody, according to a Friday night press release from the Moscow Police Department. On Saturday, investigators were seen measuring tire tracks outside the King Road house.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Investigators Still Looking for Suspect in Idaho Quadruple Homicide

Investigators in Idaho have not yet identified a suspect in the brutal quadruple homicide of four University of Idaho students that occurred nearly a week ago.

“At this point, the investigators are looking at all possibilities. They don’t have a specific suspect,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told the Today show late this week.

“We’re really hoping for any information from the public to help recreate everyone’s activities,” Latah said.

The victims, all in their early 20s, were found dead on Sunday after police responded to a call of an unconscious individual in the apartment near the university campus.

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

Ivy Leagues Lower Admissions Standards in Anticipation of Supreme Court Eliminating Affirmative Action

As the Supreme Court considers removing affirmative action from the university admissions process, both Harvard and Yale law schools this week announced they were exiting ranking by the US News & World Report, which would reduce the elite colleges’ reliance on merit-based LSAT scores for admissions.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “This sounds like cover for a desire by Yale to be free to admit students with lower test scores in service to diversity, but without taking a hit to its exclusive reputation.”

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

Judge Orders Unsealing of Names of 8 Anonymous Individuals Relating to Jeffrey Epstein

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A federal judge on Friday ordered the unsealing of documents featuring the real names of some of the “John Does” relating to deceased sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, according to multiple media outlets.

Judge Loretta Preska ruled on Friday to disclose the identities of a number of previously anonymous individuals in documents filed by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre against the convicted pedophile’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell in a defamation case, according to Insider.

Epstein died in jail awaiting trial while Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Maxwell has generated a trove of documents relating to Epstein, which contain a number of redacted names, some of which Preska ordered unsealed on the premise that public interest outweighs the right to privacy, according to Daily Mail.

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

Questions Emerge Over Biden’s Push to Install Electric Car Chargers at Gas Stations

A new report raises questions about President Joe Biden’s push to install electric vehicle (EV) chargers in gas stations across America.

A well-known independent newsletter on fuel prices and gas stations has expressed skepticism about the plan.

The addition of many more EV charging stations to U.S. gas stations has been a key part of the Biden administration’s priorities when it comes to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

The Thursday edition of the Lundberg Letter called the advocacy of much wider EV charger coverage in such settings an “emerging boondoggle.”

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

Slain University of Idaho Student’s Sister Says Victims Made Multiple Calls to Mysterious Man at 2 Am

Two of the four murdered University of Idaho students, 21-year-old Madison Mogen and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, had reportedly made 10 phone calls to a man named “Jack” between 2 am and 3 am on the night of their murder, according to Kaylee’s sister Alivea.

Speaking with Inside Edition, Alivea said, “Kaylee calls Jack six times between 2:26 am and 2:44 am,” and “From 2:44 to 2:52 Maddie calls Jack three times, then Kaylee makes a final call to him at 2:52 am.” Reports are that the four were stabbed to death between between 3-4 am Sunday morning.

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

Slain University of Idaho Student Fought Back Against Her Attacker, All 4 Found Murdered in Bed

Jeffrey Kernodle, the father of one of the four murdered University of Idaho students, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, said on Thursday that his daughter fought back against her assailant as more details emerge from the autopsy of all four victims.

According to local CBS news, Kernodle said her body showed, “Bruises, torn by the knife,” but added, “She’s a tough kid. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it.”

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

Trump to be Reinstated on Twitter

Update (2010ET): After 15 million people voted, Elon Musk announced on Saturday that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated on Twitter.

The vote came in at 52% for reinstatement, 48% against.

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

Va. Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Ex, 3 Children Dead: ‘A Difficult Day’

“She remained on the line with us as the intruder made entry,” Chesterfield County Police Department said of JoAnna M. Cottle, who was shot dead Friday morning along with her three children

A Virginia woman and her three children were fatally shot at their home in the early hours of Friday morning by the woman’s former lover and the father to two of her kids, authorities said.

Chesterfield County Police Department (CCPD) received a call from victim JoAnna M. Cottle, 39, at around 5 a.m. local time to report a suspicious person outside her home, when police heard shots fired over the phone line, according to NBC 12.

“She remained on the line with us as the intruder made entry,” said CCPD’s Chris Hensley, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “There was gunfire and then silence. But our officers were on the way and immediately made entry. The suspect obviously was not there. But of course they found the four victims, all deceased.”

In addition to JoAnna, her children — Kaelyn M. Parson, 13, and 4-year-old twins Kinsey M. Cottle and Jayson L. Cottle — were pronounced dead at the scene, per police.

CCPD detectives later obtained an arrest warrant for Jonah L. Adams, 35, on four counts of first-degree murder. Adams, who is Kinsey and Jayson’s father, was previously in a relationship with JoAnna, authorities said.

He was apprehended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents near his home in Maryland, according to police. Authorities were able to put him in the area at around 4 a.m., the Times-Dispatch reported.

It is not immediately clear if Adams has a legal representative to comment on his behalf.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Wisconsin ‘Dancing Grannies’ To Return to Christmas Parade One Year After Losing 4 Members in Attack

The Dancing Grannies, a Milwaukee-based group of women that lost four of its members in the Waukesha Christmas tragedy, is preparing for its return to the Wisconsin community’s annual parade nearly one year after Darrell Brooks Jr. killed six and injured countless others.

The Dancing Grannies will return Dec. 4 to the route where devastation unfolded nearly one year ago at the Christmas parade, The Associated Press reported. Among those killed were “Dancing Grannies” Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Virginia Sorenson, 79.

The group will honor its fallen members and, much like Sorenson would tell them, will “keep on dancing.”

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

YouTube Punishes Journalist for Video of GOP Election Denial, Allows Video of Democrat Election Denial

In September, video journalist Matt Orfalea made two videos for TK News that highlighted election denial in the past two presidential elections.

The first video, Memory Holed: “The Election Was Hacked,” was a montage of Democrat politicians and commentators saying that the 2016 election was illegitimate, hacked, or rigged.

The second video, Memory Holed, Part II: The “Rigged” Election, compares the statements made by Republicans after Donald Trump lost and those made by Democrats after he won in 2016.

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

Alberta Agriculture Minister Mandated to Fight Federal Fertilizer Policies

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has mandated the province’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Nate Horner to push back against the federal government’s fertilizer emission reduction scheme.

Included in Horner’s mandate letter are specific instructions to push back against the plan first introduced by the Trudeau government in 2020.

“We must proactively protect Albertans from continued federal government overreach, including hostile economic policies that landlock our provincial resources, that chase billions in investment and thousands of jobs from our province, and that are detrimental to the short-term and long-term prosperity of Albertans,” wrote Smith.

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

Alberta Bought Their Own Towing Equipment to Break Apart Coutts Blockade — Before Emergencies Act Invocation

On last night’s episode of Rebel Roundup, host David Menzies was joined by chief reporter Sheila Gunn Reid to discuss the latest from the Emergencies Act inquiry— how tow truck and energy companies across western Canada refused to clear the Coutts border blockade when the federal government tried to hire them to do so.

“Knowing what I know about tow truck drivers… they wouldn’t come to this, to help out. They wouldn’t want to get involved, for a bunch of different reasons, but normally blue-collar people don’t go after blue-collar people, on issues that they ultimately agree with,” said Sheila.

She talked about how Alberta had already purchased their own used towing equipment and broke apart the blockade before the Emergencies act was invoked since the federal government was no help and had stopped communicating with the province on the issue. She noted that this revelation pokes a hole in the federal government’s narrative that they absolutely needed the Emergencies Act to compel tow operators to come.

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

Ontario Government Defends Dr. Moore Amidst Maskless Party Controversy

The Ontario government defended Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore after social media videos emerged of him partying maskless days after he asked residents to mask back up.

Moore was attending Toronto Life’s annual “50 Most Influential Torontonians” party at a high-end store on Thursday night. The magazine ranked him 12th “for keeping Covid under control.”

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

Arson Suspected After French Catholic Cathedral Catches Fire

Arson is suspected by investigators after a fire broke out at the cathedral of Saint-Pol-de-Léon on Thursday evening in what could be just the latest arson attack on a Roman Catholic church in France.

The fire is believed to have broken out at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the commune of Saint-Pol-de-Léon, located on the north-west coast of France in the Brittany region.

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

Clashes Erupt in Thessaloniki, Greece on the Anniversary of the 1973 Revolt

On Thursday Greece commemorated the 49th anniversary of the Polytechnic student uprising, which started with a massive student demonstration and quickly turned into a revolt against the military junta.

Clashes erupted on Thursday night in Thessaloniki on the anniversary of the uprising. While Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis praised the revolt, police were quickly deployed to quell the unrest.

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Finland to Erect Costly High-Security Fence Along Russian Border

Finland has announced it will “build the wall” — along its lengthy border with Russia as relations between the two continue rapidly deteriorating due to the Ukraine war and Finland’s bid to join NATO.

The plan, unveiled Friday, is a 200-kilometer ‘high security’ fence along its border with Russia, which in total is 1,300km in distance. This comes amid fears that Moscow could use migrants to exert pressure on Finland, concerns that grew after President Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’ order was issued in September.

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Scotland Plans Test of Digital ID

In early 2023, the Scottish government will run a pilot of its own digital identity platform in collaboration with Disclosure Scotland (an agency that provides criminal records). The pilot will provide Disclosure Scotland users with one set of login details that can access multiple services and online ID verification.

During the Think Digital for Government conference, Scotland’s government’s policy head for digital identity Gavin Ross said that the pilot will just have enough features to be usable (minimum viable product), and from there “our focus is on exploring how we support Social Security Scotland and, indeed, health services.”

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UK Voters Now Link High Taxes With Right Wing Rather Than Left Wing, Polls Find

The Conservative (Tory) Party appears to have surrendered the one true vote-winning card they have always held up their sleeve, the ability to sell British voters the idea they will cut their taxes, with polling clearly showing the Tories are now clearly thought of as the high tax party.

Voters, asked by a pollster which political party out of the United Kingdom’s two establishment legacy parties they more associated with high taxation, opted in a considerable plurality for the Conservative Party, it is claimed.

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UK: Animal Activists Take Over Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea Restaurant Calling for Meat to be Removed From Menus

Climate change activists have occupied Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Chelsea, blocking tables as they demanded meat is removed from menus.

Members of Animal Rebellion entered Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road, Chelsea at around 6pm on Saturday.

Wearing smart casual clothing they sat at tables reserved for guests and held mock menus outlining the environmental costs of items served on the restaurant’s menu, including steak and veal.

In a statement, the group said that they are campaigning for a plant-based food system and the creation of a mass-rewilding programme.

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Deputy of NATO ‘Ally’ Erdogan Says U.S. Wants to Prolong Ukraine War for ‘Its Own Benefit’

The deputy chairman of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party says the U.S. is working to prolong the Ukraine war for “its own benefit”.

Despite its nominal status as an ally of the United States and European countries like Greece, which it regularly threatens, through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) alliance, Turkey has largely side-stepped the Western sanctions war with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, and even taken advantage of the situation to bolster its economic relationship with Moscow.

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Ukraine Rejects Alleged Offer of “Short Truce” by Russia

It was revealed Friday by the Ukrainian side that the Kremlin has offered Kiev the possibility of reaching an agreement to implement a “short truce”. It comes as there are more and more signals from Washington that it’s ready to see both sides come to the table for some kind of ceasefire agreement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Russian officials had attempted the overture, but he rejected the possibility, at a moment the Ukrainian counteroffensive has made recent gains, especially the retaking of Kherson city and many surrounding villages.

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US Told Zelensky to “Tread Carefully” After Missile Hit Poland

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s reaction to the missile that hit Poland and killed two people led the Biden administration to warn his government to “tread carefully,” sources told CNN.

The US, NATO, and Poland have concluded that it was most likely a Ukrainian air defense missile that landed in Polish territory, but when the news first broke, Zelensky and his senior advisors framed the incident as a deliberate Russian attack and called for action. They also had help from a US intelligence official who told The Associated Press that the missile was Russian, a story quietly corrected by AP.

“Hitting NATO territory with missiles. … This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a really significant escalation. Action is needed,” Zelensky said during his nightly address on Tuesday.

Sources told CNN that National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “quickly called Zelensky’s office after those remarks, and urged officials to tread more carefully with how they were speaking about the incident.” The sources said that President Biden did not speak with Zelensky on Tuesday night or Wednesday despite requests from the Ukrainian leader for a cal

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Hindu House Attacked, Vandalized and Looted in Movie-Style by Muslim Mob in Islamic Bangladesh

Upama Das | HENB | Dhaka | Nov 18, 2022:: Again, a Hindu family was ambushed in filmy style in Dumuria, Khulna, and their homestead, kitchen, cowshed, paddy shed, and all their furniture were vandalized and looted on Wednesday, November 16. This incident happened like the 1971 Pakistani atrocities at the house of Bikash Nandi in Sikdarpara village of Gutudia Union of the Upazila at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday as perpetrated by Islamist hooligans and mob led by one Tuku Shiekh. Aranghata police station has already arrested the mastermind of this incident, Tuku, from the Deyana area.

It is reported that Vikas Nandi (50) has been living with his family in Sikdarpara village for a long time. They have a long-standing dispute over this land with the local Tuku gang of the Daulatpur Deyana area. Because of that, around 10:30 a.m. on the day of the incident, around 150 local Muslim miscreants came across the canal with domestic weapons and attacked the homestead in a filmy style.

The assailants left the place after looting and vandalizing Bikash Nandi’s Tinshed residence, kitchen, cowshed, paddyshed, Thakur house, poultry house, and Rs. 1.5 lakh in cash and gold jewellery. During this time, the attackers seriously injured Chaneka Nandi, the wife of Vikas Nandi. Later, she was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital.

According to local member Palash Hawladar, the attack has surpassed the brutal incidents of 1971. In just 15 minutes of the attack, the attackers destroyed six houses and mixed them with the ground. I have never seen such violent attacks on Hindus in broad daylight. In fear, the locals did not even dare to speak anything on such perpetration against Hindu minorities in Islamic Bangladesh.

In this regard, the Aranghata police station officer in charge, Md. Ohiduzzan, said that “a tragic incident happened in Sikdarpara village. A homestead of a Hindu family was vandalized and looted in the surprise attack. Mastermind Tuku, involved in that incident, has been arrested.” Local Hindus are both angry and scared by the attack. The local Hindus appealed to the local administration and public representatives to ensure that all the assailants involved in this incident are brought under the law through a fair investigation and exemplary punishment.

Previously in Khulna, a Hindu woman named Kavita Rani was brutally killed by beheading after being caught in the trap of love jihad. Her dismembered body was recovered from a rented house in the Sonadanga Thana area of the Khulna metropolis in Bangladesh. RAB-6 confirmed the identity of Kavita Rani on Monday (November 7). The deceased Hindu woman Kavita Rani is the daughter of Kalipad Bachar of the Kuter Bill area of Satkhira Ashashuni.

Hindu minorities in Bangladesh (where Islam is the state religion) have been persecuted since long by the Jihadi people with the indulgence of the majority Muslim people with a demand of complete Sharia dominance there.

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Indian PM Urges G-20 Leaders to Support Digital ID Efforts at Bali Summit

During the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on leaders to support digital “inclusion” efforts. He said that India’s G20 presidency in 2023 will focus on “data for development.”

“Can we take a pledge together that in the next ten years, we will bring digital transformation in the life of every human being, so that no person in the world will be deprived of the benefits of digital technology,” said Modi, according to a translation of his speech, which he delivered in Hindi.

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The Peter Pans of Bondi Are Fun, Charming and Toxic, Writes Jana Hocking — as She Reveals How to Spot One and Why They Will Never Change

JANA HOCKING: Should you find yourself venturing along the Cahill Expressway and towards the crystal blue sea that surrounds Bondi, you will notice a specific specimen roaming about.

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Why We Need Nuclear Power Now: Entrepreneur Dick Smith Reveals the Only Way Australia Can Reach Net-Zero — as He Declares Expensive Renewables Are ‘Destroying the Landscape’

Dick Smith said the government was risking ‘destroying the landscape’ and ‘ruining people’s homes’ with its push for more energy through dams and wind turbines.

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One Dead, One Injured in a Shooting on the UNM Campus

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A deadly shooting on the UNM campus has prompted University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University officials to postpone Saturday’s men’s basketball game.

Here’s everything we know about shooting.

What happened?

New Mexico State Police say a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old were involved in an altercation on the University of New Mexico campus early Saturday morning.

State police say both individuals were shot during the altercation. The 19-year-old died at the scene and the 21-year-old was transported to the hospital. The condition of the 21-year-old is unknown.

Are there any suspects?

State police have not released any information regarding a suspect in the shooting. However, state police say there is not a threat to the community in relation to this incident.

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EU Commissioner Calls for More African Immigration to Solve Demographic Decline

European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica has suggested that Europe should increase migration from Africa and other areas in a bid to stem the demographic problems the continent faces due to an ageing population.

Šuica stated this week that around a fifth of the population of Europe was over the age of 65 in 2021 and that the number of people above 65 was increasing in each member-state of the European Union.

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Now Texas Governor Abbott Sends Tanks to the Border After Threatening to Send Gunboats — as Republican Invokes Invasion Clause to Deal With Migrants Flooding Over Border

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is deploying National Guard troops in M113 armored personnel carrier to various positions along the border after earlier threatening to use gunboats in an attempt to quell the influx of migrants at the border.

The news comes after Abbott invoked a Constitutional clause on Wednesday warning President Joe Biden that the Lone Star state would go rogue to defend itself from what he calls a migrant ‘invasion’ at the southern border.

Texas Military Department officials ordered the 10 armored personnel carriers on Thursday and announced around 50 soldiers would be trained to operate them.

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UK: Net Migration to Remain in Hundreds of Thousands Under Sunak’s Open Borders Policies

The Conservative (Tory) Party has no plans to reduce migration to the tens of thousands, claiming that further waves of foreign labour are required to prevent the government from raising taxes even higher.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which consulted with the globalist government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, net migration will continue to remain in the hundreds of thousands in the coming years, projecting another 224,000 migrants in 2023 and around 205,000 per year from 2026. This will come on top of the over 300,000 foreigners expected to immigrate to the United Kingdom this year.

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Breaking: Armed Antifa Guard ‘Transgender Storytime for Children’ in Texas

A group of armed Antifa were standing guard outside of Patchouli Joe’s bookstore in Denton, TX on Saturday where a drag queen story hour was being held for children.

Independent journalist Tayler Hansen reported from the scene and noted that he was removed from inside the bookstore while armed Black Bloc Antifa were inside. He was told he “wasn’t welcome anymore” when he was ejected. In a comment to The Post Millennial, Hansen said, “The book store was allowing ANTIFA inside to change into Black Bloc — I got inside the bathroom and there was a bunch of bags. ANTIFA freaked out because they realized they left their stuff in the bathroom.”

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German Bishops Snub Vatican Ban, Vow to Keep Blessing Gay Couples

ROME — The president of the German Bishops’ Conference said Friday that he will continue blessing gay couples and will allow his priests to do so as well.

Bishop Georg Bätzing’s public rejection of the Vatican ban on such blessings was all the more remarkable since it was issued at a press conference in Rome shortly after a meeting between Pope Francis and the German bishops.

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Sweden: Library Employee in Multicultural Malmo Gets Death Threats Over Drag Queen Story Time

A library in the multicultural city of Malmo, Sweden claims to have received death threats following a story time performance by a pair of drag queens that took place last month.

An unnamed city library employee received the alleged death threat after a drag queen storytime performance by the drag queens ‘Lady Busty’ and ‘Miss Shameless’ at the end of last month.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/19/2022

  1. “Elon Musk announced that Donald Trump’s Twitter account would be reinstated. However, Mr. Trump said that he is satisfied with Truth Social and sees no reason to return to Twitter.”

    All theatre, all of it.

    There needs to be a complete eradication.

    Even a fusion eradication.

    Then we can start again.

  2. I have no doubts whatsoever that the 3 letter (etc) agencies will read the comments on sites such as this.

    I know they know who I am.

    Why haven’t you come for me dears?

    • It matters not if they know who we are or not. You’ll be just as dead from planned starvations or some highly lethal virus they cooked up in a lab in Ukraine vs them coming for you in the middle of the night. If they come for you, hopefully you’ll have had the foresight and preparation to make your demise cost them dearly. And perhaps, some of the minders reading these boards will be converted to our cause, or will quit when they understand their particular line of work is potentially quite lethal to them and their loved ones.

      The fact is, there are just not enough resources for them to round up everyone who they deem a threat, even with the help of local law enforcement assuming they can be strong armed into assisting. And the moment they start doing that, it’s game on and members of these agencies, their jackbooted thugs, local police who go along with this, and their families will all become targets and the ones holding the leashes of their attack dogs are likely just smart enough to know what a suicidally stupid move releasing them would be.

  3. Just read about a mass shooting at a rainbow night club in CO Springs.
    Have you heard about the serial stabber out west in Idaho and Oregon?
    The FTX scam will be used for CBDC or could it unravel the criminal Deep State?

  4. @ Anon,

    Be not afraid of bots and mental midgets LARPing the 1960’s.
    ALL Patriots are on the list and if you aren’t by now then you’re doing it wrong.
    A parallel government has been running since 1947 and we are the enemy.
    Plan accordingly.

  5. @ LN,

    Downloaded the Johns Hopkins SPARS 2025 PDF over the summer and stored on offline archive box.
    Deceptions and lies rule the day on Satan’s playground earth.

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