Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2022

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities across China to protest the “zero-COVID” lockdowns and demand the resignation of President Xi Jinping. The unrest began after an apartment building in Xinjiang caught fire, and residents died because the doors to the building were locked from the outside, and no one could escape.

In other news, dramatic nighttime satellite photos show that Ukraine is dark in comparison with surrounding countries as a result of the destruction of its power grid by Russian attacks.

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Financial Crisis
» Bidenomics: Farmers Facing High Interest Rates and Higher Costs Next Year
» How Obama’s Big Economic Lie Caused Our Inflation Crisis
 
USA
» “Atmospheric Chess Pieces Align”: Polar Vortex May Unleash Arctic Blast as Far as Deep South
» 12-Year-Old Killed, 5 Others Injured After Shooting in Atlanta
» After 15 Break-Ins, A Portland Business Finally Calls it Quits
» Bar Association Votes to Abandon LSAT to ‘Enhance Diversity’
» Binance’s ‘CZ’ Says Half Billion WhatsApp User Records for Sale on Dark Web
» Charter School Enrollment Soared Nationwide During Pandemic as Parents Sought Alternatives
» Elon Musk Fires Warning Back at Alexander Vindman After Twitter Spamming Attack Emerges
» FBI Waited Over a Year to Fully Investigate Jan. 6 Pipe Bombs: House Judiciary Republicans
» Florida A&M University Police, Tallahassee Police Investigating Fatal Shooting
» Former CIA Analyst on Twitter: “This Freedom of Speech is Just Nonsense”
» Glenn Greenwald Butchers Taylor Lorenz for ‘Asylum-Worthy Babbling’ About Musk’s Twitter Plans
» Gov. Newsom Says He’s ‘Told Everyone in the White House’ He Won’t Challenge Biden
» ‘Greater Idaho’ Moves Closer to Bi-State Referendum as Two More Oregon Counties Vote to Leave
» Senator Markey Calls for Twitter Regulation After Elon Musk Ignored His Letter
» Stanford Gives Black Students Preference on Bus Rides and Movie Tickets, Prompting Complaint
» True Colors: J6 Staff Lash Out at Liz Cheney for Allegedly Burying Parts of the Investigation
» Whistleblowers: Oxford School District Hiding the Truth About Mass Shooting
» White House’s Former ‘Disinformation Czar’ Nina Jankowicz Registers as a Foreign Agent
 
Canada
» Convoy Lawyer Eva Chipiuk: ‘If There Ever Was a Time for a PM to Step Down, Now is That Time’
» Shocking: Convoy Protester Jaskanwal Singh Recounts Being Beaten by Police in Ottawa
» The Emergencies Act Hearings Are Over — What Happens Next?
 
Europe and the EU
» Germany: Watch: Antifa Brawl With Police After Attack on Russia Sanctions Protest
» Ireland Court Blocks Elon Musk From Firing Top Twitter Exec
» Just Stop Oil to Target Roundabouts on Monday: Eco-Zealots Plan Rush-Hour ‘March, Swarm and Block’ Of Roads in a New Assault on the British Public
» Netherlands: Unrest After Morocco World Cup Win: Riot Police Sent to Amsterdam, Rotterdam & the Hague
» Pfizer CEO, Who Said Online “Misinformation” Is Criminal, Is Found Guilty of “Misleading” Vaccine Statements
» Poland: Ruling Coalition Maintains Lead in Opinion Poll
» Twitter’s Brussels Office Dismantled
» UK: ‘Assault on Working People’ — Sadiq Khan to Expand ‘Low Emission Zone’ To All London
» UK: Muslim Schoolchildren in London Sing Song Calling for Massacre of Jews
 
Middle East
» Protests Continue in Iran With Truckers’ Strikes Leading the Way
 
Russia
» Striking Satellite Image Reveals Extent of Ukraine’s Power Shortage After Russian Missile Strikes
» Ukraine War: Snowy Kyiv Battles Power Cuts, Russia ‘May Leave’ Zaporizhzhia, Kherson Exodus
 
Far East
» Apple Restricted AirDrop Capabilities in China Ahead of Anti-Government Protests, Leaving Dissenters Without Key Communication Tool as Demonstrations Spread
» Breaking: BBC Reporter Edward Lawrence Arrested and Dragged to the Ground by CCP Officers in Shanghai
» China Cracks Down on Internet Discourse as Biggest Protests Since Tiananmen Square Break Out
» COVID Lockdown Protests Erupt in Beijing, Xinjiang After Deadly Fire
» Crowd Angered by Lockdowns Calls for China’s Xi to Step Down
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Company Directors Have Just One Week to be Forced Into Mandatory Digital ID
» ‘Delusional’ Mayor Says Pandemic Was ‘Good’ For Melbourne
» Furious Victorians Threaten to Leave the State Rather Than Endure Another Four Years Under Dan Andrews: ‘They Just Voted in the Man Who Had Them Under the Most Abusive Lockdowns’
» Jacinda Ardern’s Air Travel Reaches an All-Time High
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» “The Kafirs [Unbelievers] Should be Killed, All of Them”: The Persecution of Christians, October 2022
 
Latin America
» Brazil: Millions Protest Against Socialist President-Elect Lula da Silva, Reject Communism
» Breaking Report: The Brazilian Military Stands With Bolsonaro… is Prepared to Invoke Article 142…
 
Immigration
» Hungary Sets EU Borders Protection Example
» Italy’s Black Pro-Migrant MP Suspended on Suspicion of Mistreating Migrants
» Märta’s Vineyard? Swedish City to Try to ‘Integrate’ Migrants by Putting Them in Wealthy Areas
» New Segment of Surveillance Fence on Belarus Border Ready for Action
 
Culture Wars
» Cambridge Trinity College Dean Defends Sermon on Jesus Being ‘Trans’, Having ‘Vaginal’ Side Wound
» Canada: Edmonton School Board Conducts Woke Student Survey
» Disney’s ‘Strange World’ To Lose $100 Million in Theatrical Run
» Dutch Football Reps Won’t Wear Onelove Armband During Match Against Qatar
» Education Advocates Launch Site Exposing Leftist Private Schools
 

Bidenomics: Farmers Facing High Interest Rates and Higher Costs Next Year

Farmers borrow short term money up front every year to pay for inputs and operating expenses. At harvest time when they sell their crops, they pay back their operating notes.

For the first time in 20 years, fast-rising interest rates have doubled the cost of short term operating notes, an impact a lot of farmers have never seen before.

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

How Obama’s Big Economic Lie Caused Our Inflation Crisis

by Daniel Greenfield

Conspiracy theories and lies have a unique power to reshape the human mind. The things that we believe, even when we initially know that they’re a convenient rationalization, become a part of us. And eventually we come to build our entire worldview around a lie that we told long ago.

That’s the story of Russiagate, a bizarre conspiracy theory invented by the Clinton campaign and allies in the Obama administration that virtually every Democrat now believes is true. And it’s quite likely that Hillary Clinton, whose people made it up, also came to believe it’s true.

It’s also the story of the inflation crisis.

To understand how we got here, it helps to remember the last time a Democrat took over the White House during a troubled time with a mandate to save the economy. Time Magazine clumsily photoshopped him into a picture of FDR on its cover. The messianic ecstasy however soon gave way to frustration because Obama’s economic triumph never arrived.

The misnamed Recovery Act was a corrupt disaster, but, more relevantly for Democrats, it didn’t deliver anything meaningful and foreshadowed Obama’s transformation from the chosen one to just another politician. While Obama still did a great deal of damage, the FDR moment never came, and without it there was no momentum for a New Deal or a grander economic agenda.

Democrats and their think tank and academic allies refused to admit that the Recovery Act was a mistake. Instead, like all leftists, they insisted that the experiment hadn’t been properly tried. Just as Communism can never fail because it’s never been truly tried, the massive stimulus had never been properly tried either. The only problem with the Recovery Act was that it wasn’t big enough. Had Obama and the Democrats pulled off a truly huge package, they would have gotten their New Deal, held Congress and completely transformed America.

That excuse became the big lie that most people forget, but that the media occasionally kept warm and that Obama administration veterans carried with them into the Biden White House.

           — Hat tip: Daniel Greenfield [Return to headlines]
 

“Atmospheric Chess Pieces Align”: Polar Vortex May Unleash Arctic Blast as Far as Deep South

Ever so often, the polar vortex dips south over North America from its usual perch in the Arctic and brings a blast of cold air. The next arrival appears imminent, potentially as early as the first week of December, over the eastern half of the US.

According to freelance meteorologist Mike Masco, a “monster negative NAO [North Atlantic Oscillation] signal showing the pattern will reload the cold FAST as the atmospheric chess pieces align to produce major cold & potential polar vortex into the eastern/northern USA Dec. 5 & Beyond.”

Masco said, “consider topping off Oil/propane tanks soon if that’s your heating mode.”

Others say a polar vortex will plunge temperatures below freezing across the Deep South, mainly in Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina, by Dec. 13.

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

12-Year-Old Killed, 5 Others Injured After Shooting in Atlanta

ATLANTA (WANF/Gray News) — A 12-year-old is dead and five others are injured after a shooting on the 17th Street bridge near Atlantic Station in Atlanta, WANF reported.

Police say a dispute Saturday night escalated to gunfire.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said in a news conference Sunday that one of the five shooting victims is in critical condition.

Before the shooting, police say a group of juveniles was escorted off Atlantic Statin property by off-duty Atlanta police.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

After 15 Break-Ins, A Portland Business Finally Calls it Quits

Progressives are hell bent on fixing the world, climate, capitalism and every form of social injustice… just don’t look at the destruction in the cities under their control.

Take Portland resident, Marcy Landolfo, who finally hit her breaking point. As KATU reports, this week marked the 15th break-in at her PDX store within a year and a half in the city that spawned the radical-leftist Antifa movement.

Landolfo said most of those repairs at the Northeast Portland location were paid for out of pocket. Other times, she just left the windows boarded up. “It’s just too much with the losses that are not covered by insurance, the damages, everything. It’s just not sustainable,” Landolfo said.

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

Bar Association Votes to Abandon LSAT to ‘Enhance Diversity’

An arm of the American Bar Association voted on Nov. 18 to end the longstanding requirement that prospective law students take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) — a standardized test which gauges one’s logical reasoning skills, rather than a strictly knowledge-based test such as the SAT, GRE, and MCAT.

The ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted in an overwhelming majority to do away with the testing mandate, voting against the objections of nearly 60 law school deans who warned that the move could actually harm the goal of diversifying the legal profession.

If adopted, it would make standardized testing optional for a career that notoriously demands a lot of standardized knowledge, WSJ reports.

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

Binance’s ‘CZ’ Says Half Billion WhatsApp User Records for Sale on Dark Web

Nearly half a billion WhatsApp users’ mobile phone numbers are allegedly for sale on a dark web community forum, according to multiple sources, including Binance’s billionaire Changpeng “CZ” Zhao.

“A new set of 487 million WhatsApp phone numbers for sales in the Dark Web,” CZ tweeted Sunday. He said a sample of hacked data “indicates the phone numbers are legit.”

CZ warned users on the Meta-owned platform that “threat actors downstream will use this data to conduct smishing (phishing messages) campaigns.”

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

Charter School Enrollment Soared Nationwide During Pandemic as Parents Sought Alternatives

The pandemic prompted a seismic shift in education as parents moved their children to charter schools and kept them there even after public school reopened, a new report shows.

More than 240,000 students enrolled during the pandemic in charter schools, a 7% increase, while public schools lost approximately 1.5 million students, or nearly 3.5%, the report by the nonprofit National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said.

The gains held steady even when public school reopened, the report noted.

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

Elon Musk Fires Warning Back at Alexander Vindman After Twitter Spamming Attack Emerges

Twitter boss Elon Musk has fired a warning back at Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman after his apparent role in a spamming attack was exposed.

Musk is under attack over his mission to bring free speech back to social media by ending censorship on Twitter.

With free speech unleashed, the establishment won’t be able to control the narrative, he argues.

Earlier today, Vindman appeared to inadvertently reveal that he’s linked to a campaign to spam Twitter with anti-Musk posts.

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

FBI Waited Over a Year to Fully Investigate Jan. 6 Pipe Bombs: House Judiciary Republicans

Authored by Joseph Lord via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

As part of a gargantuan 1,050-page report detailing whistleblower findings from the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), Republicans found that the FBI waited over a year to begin a comprehensive investigation into the pipe bombs that were planted in front of both major parties’ headquarters on Jan. 5, 2021.

In the Nov. 5 report, Republicans argued that the FBI and DOJ have undergone “weaponization” during the course of President Joe Biden’s first term in office.

Specifically, the report focuses on the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI under Director Christopher Wray (pdf).

Garland, Republicans said, has been “a willing participant of the Biden Administration’s weaponization of law enforcement.” The FBI too, Republicans assert, “has abused its law-enforcement authorities for apparently political purposes.”

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

Florida A&M University Police, Tallahassee Police Investigating Fatal Shooting

Incident occurred Sunday afternoon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida A&M University Police Department and the Tallahassee Police Department are is investigating a shooting incident.

FAMU said in a news release Sunday night that it is working with the Tallahassee Police Department on the incident that occurred at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the basketball courts located on the 2100 block of Wahnish Way.

FAMU and the Tallahassee Police Department confirmed that an adult male died from injuries sustained in the incident.

The report notes that four other people were injured. Among the injured is a juvenile male and three adult males.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Former CIA Analyst on Twitter: “This Freedom of Speech is Just Nonsense”

Former CIA analyst Bob Baer, in an interview with CNN’s Boris Sanchez, said that the idea of “free speech” on Elon Musk’s Twitter is “nonsense.”

Sanchez started the discussion by noting that Musk recently said that banned accounts will be reinstated, after a poll the Tesla owner launched went in favor of granting amnesty to accounts that had been censored by Twitter.

Baer said, “Well Boris, I can tell you one thing, Putin is going to be all over Twitter.”

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

Glenn Greenwald Butchers Taylor Lorenz for ‘Asylum-Worthy Babbling’ About Musk’s Twitter Plans

The Intercept co-founder and independent journalist Glenn Greenwald ripped into Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz for her recent article claiming Elon Musk’s reinstatement of banned Twitter accounts will turn the platform into a “free-for-all hellscape.”

Greenwald criticized Lorenz’s reporting, accusing her of finding “3 or 4 people more neurotic, clearly unstable, and censorship-happy than she” to trash Twitter and its new owner.

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

Gov. Newsom Says He’s ‘Told Everyone in the White House’ He Won’t Challenge Biden

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he has “told everyone in the White House” that he has no plans to challenge President Joe Biden and that he would support the 80-year-old commander-in-chief’s possible reelection bid.

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

‘Greater Idaho’ Moves Closer to Bi-State Referendum as Two More Oregon Counties Vote to Leave

Authored by Allan Stein via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Two more conservative-leaning counties in eastern Oregon, and one politically split county in California, have voted to begin the process that could lead to secession from their respective blue states.

On Nov. 8, Oregon’s Morrow County passed the Greater Idaho proposal with 60 percent of the vote and Wheeler County with 59 percent.

A similar measure in San Bernardino County, California, passed by a narrow margin, 51.3 percent to 48.7.

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

Senator Markey Calls for Twitter Regulation After Elon Musk Ignored His Letter

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has called on Congress to pass new legislation to regulate social media after Elon Musk ignored his demand letter.

On November 11, Markey sent a letter to Musk asking about the new paid account verification feature. The first rollout of Twitter Blue made it easier for users to impersonate politicians, celebrities, and brands. The Washington Post was able to create a verified account of Senator Markey.

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

Stanford Gives Black Students Preference on Bus Rides and Movie Tickets, Prompting Complaint

Stanford University’s Graduate Student Council gave black students preference for tickets and a bus ride to a screening of the second “Black Panther” movie, prompting a federal civil rights complaint by a former senior Trump administration official.

Adam Kissel’s onetime employer, the Department of Education, won’t acknowledge it received a complaint about the incident, however, or commit to investigating it.

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

True Colors: J6 Staff Lash Out at Liz Cheney for Allegedly Burying Parts of the Investigation

Authored by Jonathan Turley

There is a deepening division on the J6 Committee as staffers turn on Liz Cheney over the final report on the January 6th riot. Angry rhetoric is flying with staffers accusing the Committee of becoming a “Cheney 2024 campaign” while both the Cheney spokesperson and Committee spokesperson lashed out at the staff members as “disgruntled” and producing shoddy or biased work. The underlying issue, however, is important and revealing. The Committee’s color coated teams include a “Blue Team” on the failure to prepare adequately for the riot. That part of the investigation is reportedly being dumped or reduced. Members of the “Green” and “Purple” teams are also reportedly irate.

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

Whistleblowers: Oxford School District Hiding the Truth About Mass Shooting

Saying they can’t keep quiet anymore, two former Oxford school board members plan to make public information that they allege shows the district is lying to victims’ families and the public about its role in the mass shooting that left four students dead and seven others injured.

Specifically, the whistleblowers allege that Oxford school officials have led the community to believe that they did everything right but a bad thing still happened, when the facts show that the officials could have prevented the tragedy.

Those facts, the former board members maintain, have been withheld from the public, stressing they can’t keep quiet anymore, and they want to share information that they previously were told they could not share.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

White House’s Former ‘Disinformation Czar’ Nina Jankowicz Registers as a Foreign Agent

The White House’s former “disinformation czar” has recently registered as a foreign agent for a non-profit that is based in the United Kingdom.

Registration documents viewed by Fox News Digital show that Nina Jankowicz is now working for “Centre for Information Resilience.”

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

Convoy Lawyer Eva Chipiuk: ‘If There Ever Was a Time for a PM to Step Down, Now is That Time’

The public hearing portion of the Public Order Emergency Commission came to a close on Friday, with testimony by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau was required by law to answer for his use of the Emergencies Act — the use of which is meant to be reserved for national emergencies such as war — on the Trucker Convoy peaceful protests that took place in Ottawa in February 2022.

Eva Chipiuk, representing the convoy protesters, gave her closing statements, restating the central argument that the invocation of the Act was unjustified and recapping some of the evidence that has emerged.

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

Shocking: Convoy Protester Jaskanwal Singh Recounts Being Beaten by Police in Ottawa

Jaskanwal Singh and his friends attended the truckers’ convoy in Ottawa to protest alongside their fellow Canadians. The last thing Jaskanwal expected was to be arrested.

It’s been almost a year since the truckers’ convoy took to the nation’s capital to protest the COVID-19 mandates we had been dealing with since the pandemic first began in March of 2020. Countless Canadians were arrested and some even had their bank accounts frozen for simply practicing their right to protest.

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

The Emergencies Act Hearings Are Over — What Happens Next?

For six weeks, Canadians tuned into the Public Order Emergency Hearings (POEC) to hear the testimonies of key figures from the government, the convoy and police to decide whether the invocation of the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14 was justified.

The Commission heard from convoy organizers Tamara Lich, Chris Barber, Brigette Belton, Benjamin Dichter and James Bauder. Politicians included Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson as well as top Cabinet members such as Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, Minister of Justice David Lametti, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

All witnesses were given time to explain their position and to be cross-examined in order for the Commission to have the information it needs to inform its report.

What happens next?

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

Germany: Watch: Antifa Brawl With Police After Attack on Russia Sanctions Protest

Antifa activists brawled with police on Saturday during an attempt to disrupt a protest against the sanctions war with Russia.

Chaos hit the streets of the German city of Leipzig on Saturday after an attempt by Antifa to violently disrupt a march protesting the Western sanctions war with Russia, their impact on citizens, and the war in Ukraine more generally.

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

Ireland Court Blocks Elon Musk From Firing Top Twitter Exec

A court in Ireland has blocked billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk from firing a top employee of the company.

Ireland’s High Court granted an injunction to Sinead McSweeney, Twitter’s global vice president for public policy, on Friday. The court order only prevents McSweeney’s firing temporarily while the court considers whether Twitter properly terminated her.

McSweeney argues she was receiving “mixed messages” from Twitter and never accepted a severance package, according to local media reports. She states that she has been locked out of Twitter’s Dublin office and cannot access the company’s employee network.

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

Just Stop Oil to Target Roundabouts on Monday: Eco-Zealots Plan Rush-Hour ‘March, Swarm and Block’ Of Roads in a New Assault on the British Public

Eco-zealots are said to be planning to ‘swarm and block’ roundabouts in a fresh wave of action targeting road users, expected to take place during rush hour tomorrow.

Just Stop Oil protesters have been holding up drivers on various roads for months, including the M25 over recent weeks, and now plan to target London’s major roundabouts.

The anti-fossil fuel campaigners are aiming to cause ‘maximum disruption’ to road users with the new tactic.

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

Netherlands: Unrest After Morocco World Cup Win: Riot Police Sent to Amsterdam, Rotterdam & the Hague

Riot police were sent out on the streets of Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam on Sunday evening after Morocco defeated Belgium in their World Cup group stage match on Sunday. Hundreds of people were out on the streets of different neighborhoods in those cities waving the flag of Morocco, and the jubilant celebrations became tense, police said.

Morocco, under men’s national football trainer Walid Regragui, delivered a crucial 2-0 victory over Belgium thanks to goals in the second half from Abdelhamid Sabiri and former AZ player Zakaria Aboukhlal. Morocco, which only once reached the knockout stage at a World Cup in 1986, currently has 4 points in Group F, tied on points with Croatia, and one point ahead of Belgium.

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

Pfizer CEO, Who Said Online “Misinformation” Is Criminal, Is Found Guilty of “Misleading” Vaccine Statements

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, last year at the Atlantic Council, called people who spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation “criminals,” in his calls for censorship of misinformation online.

However, this year, Dr. Bourla is himself found responsible by the UK’s pharmaceutical regulator of making “misleading” statements about vaccination of children.

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

Poland: Ruling Coalition Maintains Lead in Opinion Poll

If elections had been held on Sunday, Poland’s ruling United Right coalition could count on 35.7-precent backing with the main opposition grouping, Civic Coalition (KO), taking 28.4 percent of the vote, a new poll has revealed.

Estymator, the pollster that ran the survey, put the Left in third place on 11.2-percent public support in the event of a hypothetical parliamentary election.

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

Twitter’s Brussels Office Dismantled

The move by Elon Musk to rid the online platform of “woke” ideologues, has sparked EU concern over online content control. With Twitter dismantling its entire Brussels office, some EU officials claim the platform will no longer comply with their new rules on controlling online content.

The Brussels departures are part of a global trend, seen from India to France. Twitter executives who had previously dealt with government officials have either left the organisation in recent weeks or have been laid off in what appears to be a major staff reorganisation.

The company thus no longer has the staff to ensure compliance with local laws designed to control online content. EU sources have warned that this could expose the company to legal and regulatory action.

“I am concerned about the news of Twitter firing so many staff in Europe,” Vera Jourova, EU vice-president in charge of the “disinformation code”, told the Financial Times. “If you want to detect and take effective action against disinformation and propaganda, it requires resources.

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

UK: ‘Assault on Working People’ — Sadiq Khan to Expand ‘Low Emission Zone’ To All London

Leftist London mayor Sadiq Khan’s scheme to extend the low emission tax zone to the entirety of the British capital has been branded as an “assault” on ordinary working people.

From August of next year, the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) that was introduced in 2019 in Central London will be extended throughout the rest of the city, Sadiq Khan announced this week. This will mean that all drivers of so-called “non-compliant cars” will be taxed by the city at a rate of £12.50 per day. It is estimated that around 200,000 cars that do not meet the emission standards to avoid the fee.

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

UK: Muslim Schoolchildren in London Sing Song Calling for Massacre of Jews

Students from a Muslim school in London were taught a popular song about the Islamic apocalypse, when all Jews must be massacred, for an Iranian propaganda video, the London-based Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

Dozens of children from the ages of eight until 15 in the Islamic Republic of Iran School (IRIS) in north London were filmed standing in rows and mouthing lyrics that included a vow to an “oath of loyalty as a warrior and servant” to the Mahdi, a messianic Shi’ite figure who will herald the end of time.

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

Protests Continue in Iran With Truckers’ Strikes Leading the Way

Antigovernment protests in Iran continued Sunday mainly through nationwide strikes by truckers and protest rallies at universities during the day and street rallies through the night.

Antigovernment protests in Iran continued Sunday mainly through nationwide strikes by truckers and protest rallies at universities during the day and street rallies through the night.

Truck drivers and owners in many cities across the country did not move their vehicles on Sunday in one of the biggest strikes taking place in more than two months since the current wave of protests began following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Truckers in several cities such as Esfahan, Bandar Abbas, Qazvin, and Kermanshah refrained from moving goods in support of the protests, sit-ins and strikes by industrial workers. Many people on social media describe the strike by the truckers as a significant blow to the Islamic Republic since it has the potential to cripple the economy. Some people say, “the truckers are leading the revolutionary uprising.”

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

Striking Satellite Image Reveals Extent of Ukraine’s Power Shortage After Russian Missile Strikes

Tens of millions of Ukrainian citizens were left without power after Russian missile strikes damaged critical infrastructure in areas affecting areas such as Kyiv, Kherson and Lviv.

A satellite image of Europe shows the extent to which Ukraine is suffering from energy blackouts, in comparison to other countries, following intense missile strikes from Russia.

The image, which indicates the night radiance of Europe from space, clearly shows the capital city of Russia , Moscow, and the neighbouring second-largest city St Petersburg, strongly lit up, with surrounding countries such as Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia also radiating a varying degree of light.

In stark contrast, Ukraine is seen mainly in darkness on the satellite image, a direct effect of the recent bombardment of missile strikes from Russia, that left tens of millions without power and water.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine War: Snowy Kyiv Battles Power Cuts, Russia ‘May Leave’ Zaporizhzhia, Kherson Exodus

1. Half of Ukraine’s regions grapple with power blackouts as snow blankets Kyiv

Snow fell in Kyiv and temperatures hovered around freezing on Sunday as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with disruptions to electricity supply and central heating caused by waves of Russian air strikes.

Repair crews across the country have been scrambling to restore heat, electricity and water services that were blasted into disrepair.

Ukrenergo, the state power grid operator, said on Sunday that electricity producers are now supplying about 80% of demand — an increase of 5% on Saturday. The capacity deficit stood at 20%, it added.

But it also said that electricity producers are still unable to resume full power supply and have no choice but conserve energy by imposing blackouts.

A senior official from YASNO, which provides energy to Kyiv, has said the situation in the city has improved but still remained “quite difficult”, adding that residents should have at least four hours of power per day.

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

Apple Restricted AirDrop Capabilities in China Ahead of Anti-Government Protests, Leaving Dissenters Without Key Communication Tool as Demonstrations Spread

As anti-government protests continue to swell across China, a key communication tool used by dissenters for organizing and sharing information has now been curbed — Apple’s AirDrop feature.

Restrictions to AirDrop were enacted exclusively in China earlier this month after it was used to share posters opposing President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government, and just weeks before widescale protests against the state’s strict zero-COVID policies began this weekend.

The changes, which were first reported by 9to5Mac on November 7, include limiting the amount of time an iPhone user can use the “Everyone” setting to receive content from anyone — both contacts and non-contacts — to just 10 minutes.

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

Breaking: BBC Reporter Edward Lawrence Arrested and Dragged to the Ground by CCP Officers in Shanghai

Demonstrations by Chinese citizens in Shanghai faced a massive police presence, and BBC reporter Edward Lawrence was arrested and dragged away by CCP officers. In the short video, the journalist can be seen being seized upon by officers and dragged to the ground. Lawrence has been reporting from Shanghai.

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China Cracks Down on Internet Discourse as Biggest Protests Since Tiananmen Square Break Out

Videos shared on Chinese social media first showed protests against Covid restrictions in Urumqi, the capital of the western province of Xinjiang, after a fire at a locked-down apartment building killed 10 people. Now, the protests have swept nationwide.

The Chinese Communist Party, in conjunction with tech platforms, are rapidly trying to take down videos and comments about the protests that have already swept across the country, with anti-lockdown protesters at rallies openly calling for President Xi Jinping to resign.

China is one of the few remaining countries to crush civil liberties and keep draconian lockdown policies.

Several hundred students at Tsinghua University in Beijing have joined the growing mass of demonstrations across the country as social platforms like Weibo and WeChat are desperately trying to remove all evidence.

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COVID Lockdown Protests Erupt in Beijing, Xinjiang After Deadly Fire

Protests have erupted in Beijing and the far western Xinjiang region over COVID-19 lockdowns and a deadly fire on Thursday in a high-rise building in Urumqi that killed 10 people (with some reports putting the number as high as 40).

Crowds took to the street in Urumqi, the capitol of Xinjiang, with protesters chanting “End the lockdown!” while pumping their fists in the air, following the circulation of videos of the fire on Chinese social media on Friday night.

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Crowd Angered by Lockdowns Calls for China’s Xi to Step Down

SHANGHAI (AP) — Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China’s powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.

Police using pepper spray drove away demonstrators in Shanghai who called for Xi Jinping to step down and an end to one-party rule, but hours later people rallied again in the same spot. Police again broke up the demonstration, and a reporter saw protesters under arrest being driven away in a bus.

The protests — which began Friday and have spread to cities including the capital, Beijing, and dozens of university campuses — are the most widespread show of opposition to the ruling party in decades.

In a video of the protest in Shanghai verified by The Associated Press, chants against Xi, the most powerful leader since at least the 1980s, and the Chinese Communist Party sounded loud and clear: “Xi Jinping! Step down! CCP! Step down!”

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Australian Company Directors Have Just One Week to be Forced Into Mandatory Digital ID

About one million Australians are not aware of, or are ignoring, a digital ID tax office requirement with only one week to go before the deadline, Sky News Australia reported.

For every person covered by the Corporations Act, the Australian Tax Office requires them to apply for digital director IDs. The corporations act covers those running most small businesses, major entities, charities, and nonprofits. Those who do not sign up for the director IDs could face fines of up to $13,000 and be deemed ineligible to operate a company.

So far, fewer than 1.5 million of the 2.5 million company directors in the country have registered for the director IDs. Some have blamed the slow roll out on poor messaging by the ATO, but the agency disagrees.

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‘Delusional’ Mayor Says Pandemic Was ‘Good’ For Melbourne

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp has been labelled “delusional” after insisting Covid was “good” for Melbourne.

Capp, who has been mayor since 2018, told an audience last week that the world’s most locked-down city was “better” for the experience.

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Furious Victorians Threaten to Leave the State Rather Than Endure Another Four Years Under Dan Andrews: ‘They Just Voted in the Man Who Had Them Under the Most Abusive Lockdowns’

Residents have lashed out against the Labor leader after he was handed the election win against Opposition leader Matthew Guy on Saturday night.

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Jacinda Ardern’s Air Travel Reaches an All-Time High

New Zealand government MPs spent $1.2m on international flights in the three months from July to September.

Flight costs for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in that period were $329,000. It was the most spent by one minister on flights in a quarter since the expense releases began in 2009.

Ardern said the “significantly higher” costs were incurred due to airfares rising after Covid-19.

The Prime Minister, who continually warns about the dangers of human induced climate change, has travelled extensively since borders reopened, including to numerous trade summits, the Queen’s funeral, and meetings at the United Nations.

The leader responsible for harsh lockdowns during the pandemic said it was important to connect with international businesses and other leaders face-to-face.

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“The Kafirs [Unbelievers] Should be Killed, All of Them”: The Persecution of Christians, October 2022

The following are among the murders and abuses Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of October 2022:

The Muslim Slaughter of Christians

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): On Oct. 1, machete-wielding militants of the so-called “Allied Democratic Forces” (ADF), a wing of the Islamic State, slaughtered 14 men and women in a surprise attack on a village in the Christian nation (96% Christian, 1% Muslim). According to another report, the bodies of those hacked to death “were found bearing signs of torture.” Before leaving, the militants had torched the village, destroying the survivors’ livelihoods, and had abducted two children.

Again, on Oct. 5, the jihadists slaughtered between 10 and 20 Christians, including a pastor, during a raid on another village, which they also torched before leaving. An additional 20 villagers were also reported missing.

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Brazil: Millions Protest Against Socialist President-Elect Lula da Silva, Reject Communism

The entire nation of Brazil is in a citizen uprising over allegations of a rigged presidential election. Millions have taken to the streets in protest of President-elect Lula da Silva, a far-left socialist and convicted criminal who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.

But because of the country’s corrupt Supreme Court, the case was annulled and Lula was freed from prison to seek another presidential term after previously serving for eight years before Bolsonaro was elected. Brazilians from across the country have been peacefully protesting for more than 20 consecutive days. Rain or shine the citizenry is rejecting communism, and living in South America, they know the dangers that communism brings all too well. They say that they are ready to go to war if the election is certified.

But if you don’t pay attention to world politics, you might not even be aware of the protests happening in Brazil…since journalists are being jailed and mainstream media refuses to report on the uprising, running cover for the globalists. Even conservative congressmen are being put in prison for speaking out against Lula.

[Comment: The article is dated November 24, 2022 but is worthwhile to read I think.]

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Breaking Report: The Brazilian Military Stands With Bolsonaro… is Prepared to Invoke Article 142…

Sometimes it seems like nothing ever happens, but this seems like it could be a big deal…

Background: The Brazilian people have flooded the streets in protest at an allegedly rigged and stolen election. Truckers are blocking all highways. Farmers have blocked all ports from exporting agriculture. Bolsonaro has exhausted his legal options, with his election appeal being rejected by a corrupt, opposition-appointed Chief Supreme Court justice.

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Hungary Sets EU Borders Protection Example

Hungary said at the start of the migration crisis in 2015 that the external borders of the European Union must be protected, and proved that it is possible, Balazs Hidvéghi, Fidesz MEP, said at a conference on illegal migration in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Viktor Orban was the only prime minister in Europe to make it clear that refugees and economic migrants must be distinguished and not confused. Later on, the categories of migrants and refugees were deliberately confused, which led to many conflicts in Europe, the Hungarian politician said.

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Italy’s Black Pro-Migrant MP Suspended on Suspicion of Mistreating Migrants

Italian pro-migrant lawmaker Aboubakar Soumahoro has decided to withdraw from his parliamentary group, the Alliance of the Greens and the Left (Alleanza Verdi Sinistra), due to ongoing investigations against his wife and mother-in-law for tax fraud and mistreatment of migrants.

Soumahoro’s wife and mother-in-law are suspected of corruption, evading taxes and allowing migrants to live in precarious conditions in facilities financed by public funds.

The investigation started after 30 former residents in the structures managed by the family, including minors, had complained to the press and the relevant trade union.

The former residents reported “unacceptable living conditions” due to poor hygiene, lack of electricity, clothing, food and water, and the absence of pocket money, which should have amounted to 10 euros per day. Karibu and Consorzio Aid claimed they were waiting for payments from the local authorities.

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Märta’s Vineyard? Swedish City to Try to ‘Integrate’ Migrants by Putting Them in Wealthy Areas

The local government in the Swedish city of Gothenburg is looking to place newly arrived migrants in wealthy areas of the city, arguing the DeSantis-style policy will reduce segregation.

The local government decided on the new policy earlier this week during a meeting on Thursday, claiming that it will have a significant positive impact on the children of migrants, in particular.

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New Segment of Surveillance Fence on Belarus Border Ready for Action

Another section of an electronic surveillance system on Poland’s border fence with Belarus is set to become operational, the deputy interior minister said on Friday.

The first section of the surveillance system near the Polish village of Kuznica is 21-kilometres long and has been in operation for a week. It features more than 300 day-night cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and an electronic telecommunications station.

PAP has learned that the next segment of the system, set to be in operation on Friday, will be 16-kilometres long and have 250 cameras, and that yet another section would be activated within the next few days.

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Cambridge Trinity College Dean Defends Sermon on Jesus Being ‘Trans’, Having ‘Vaginal’ Side Wound

The dean of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge defended a junior research fellow who gave a sermon leaving worshipers in “tears” after claiming Jesus had a “trans body,” and that his side had a “vaginal appearance.”

Trinity College Dean Michael Banner said fellow Josua Heath’s sermon last Sunday “suggested that we might think about these images of Christ’s male/female body as providing us with ways of thinking about issues around transgender questions today,” the U.K. Telegraph reported.

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Canada: Edmonton School Board Conducts Woke Student Survey

The Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) is conducting a student demographic survey focused on gender identity, sexual orientation — similar to a controversial Toronto one that was recently shelved.

The survey, ongoing from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16, pledges to advance anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. According to the EPSB, the survey is meant to “identify barriers and inequities and inform actions the division will take to enhance student success.”

The website listing what the survey will probe students on includes a student’s gender identity, racial, ethnic and religious identity, and the sexual orientation of students in grades 7-12. Some voices think this goes too far.

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Disney’s ‘Strange World’ To Lose $100 Million in Theatrical Run

Disney’s “Strange World” bombed at the box office over Thanksgiving, leaving the studio to mop up oceans, mountains and terrains of red ink.

The animated feature debuted dramatically behind expectations with $11.9 million from 4,174 North American theaters over the weekend and $18.6 million over the five-day holiday frame. Before projections were revised downward, the movie was expected to earn $30 million to $40 million between Wednesday and Sunday — and even those figures would have been unspectacular to start.

[Comment: Go woke, go broke.]

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Dutch Football Reps Won’t Wear Onelove Armband During Match Against Qatar

The leadership of the Dutch football association, KNVB, does not intend to wear a OneLove armband during the men’s national team final World Cup group match when they take on host country Qatar on Tuesday. Instead, they will wear a OneLove lapel pin, said professional football director Marianne van Leeuwen and KNVB Secretary-General Gijs de Jong during a meeting with reporters in Doha on Sunday.

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Education Advocates Launch Site Exposing Leftist Private Schools

Education advocacy organization Parents Defending Education (PDE) has launched an initiative to expose “progressive education policies” in private schools.

While public schools have been the main focus when it comes to children being taught critical race theory or gender theory, many private schools — thought to be respites from public schools indoctrinating children — have similar or even expanded curriculums.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/27/2022

  1. I completed my Director’s ID last night. They already have all your ID on file, it is just a formality to allow them to link it all up. It all started before Covid and ramped up with the Covid vaccine passports. I now have to relink my Medicare so I can get vaccine document to leave the country.

  2. .

    CLINTEL lecture:
    William Happer in Amsterdam

    27 166 visningar 3 dec. 2021

    William Happer, well-known climate optimist, founder of the CO2 Coalition visited The Netherlands. On 15 November he gave a public talk in Amsterdam. This version has Dutch subtitles. If you enjoy the video and our work please consider to become Friend of CLINTEL or make a donation. See http://www.clintel.org

    https://youtu.be/PblYr-KjOVY

  3. The new Tiananmen Square tank man is a woman!
    Some destabilization for the comrades in the spirit of egalitarian equity.
    Dreams of a Nimrod one world empire will never happen.
    Delusions of a global Rattenfanger from Davos will only make the horns honk harder.
    Honk, honk!

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