Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/7/2022

Police in San Antonio are searching for a man who was seen placing an object under a sculpture outside Texas Public Radio headquarters just before it exploded. The sculpture, which is not on TPR property, depicts the head of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, a.k.a. Lenin, with a tiny figure of Mao Tse-Tung balancing on top of it. The incident was caught on a surveillance camera.

In other news, a driver in the Australian state of Queensland was caught by police using a PlayStation steering wheel to steer his car, among other traffic infractions.

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Financial Crisis
» Gas and Electricity Bills ‘Nearly Double in All EU Capitals’, New Data Reveals
» Mortgage Holders Lost $1.3T in Equity in Q3
» Rent, Food Bills Pushing More Ottawa Families Into Debt
» Wells Fargo Mortgage Staff Brace for Layoffs as U.S. Loan Volumes Collapse
 
USA
» 12 More Incidents in Which Lawful Gun Owners Stopped Criminals
» 5 Murdered, More Than 30 Shot Over Violence-Filled Chicago Weekend
» All Hell Breaks Loose as Elon’s Twitter Bans S***libs
» Analyst Warns “There Probably Won’t be an Election” In 2024
» Biden’s EPA Has Coordinated With Left-Wing Eco Groups Tied to Liberal Dark Money Network
» ‘Brazen, Cowardly Act’: 13-Year-Old Girl in Grave Condition After Being Shot in Head in East Baltimore, Police Say
» Breaking: Elon Musk Endorses GOP in Midterms
» COVID Jab Requirement for US Border Extended Into 2023
» Democrat DA Silent as Anti-Gay Gang Runs Loose in New York
» EU Populists to Watch for ‘Election Manipulation’ While Monitoring U.S. Midterms
» FBI Investigating After Explosion Outside Texas Public Radio Headquarters in Downtown San Antonio
» Heroic Veteran Researcher Warns Evidence Shows Google Still Interfering to Help Democrats Win Elections
» House Republicans Offer Preview of Upcoming Investigations in Scathing Indictment of DOJ, FBI
» Hunter Biden’s Ex Business Partner Tony Bobulinksi to Reveal Depths of Corruption: Report
» Indiana Poll Worker Ejected for Allegedly Pre-Selecting ‘Straight Dem Ticket, ‘ Electioneering
» Keisha Lance Bottoms Says Misinformation on Social Media Stops People Seeing Biden’s Accomplishments
» Ketanji Brown Jackson Issues First SCOTUS Dissent Supporting Death Row Inmate
» Kyrie Irving Ordered to Renounce His Religious Beliefs to Play Again for the Brooklyn Nets
» Man Fleeing Officers After Shots Fired at Va. Elementary School Hit by Car, Police Say
» Massive Fire, Explosions Erupt at Georgia Chemical Plant, Neighborhoods Evacuated
» NY Teen Charged in Shooting Outside Republican Candidate Lee Zeldin’s Home Ordered Held on $1m Cash Bail
» ‘Perfect Storm for F***ing Disaster’: NYPD Quit Force Over Low Pay, Forced Overtime, Low Morale
» Russia Tells Democrats ‘Don’t Blame Us’ When You Lose the Election
» Shocking: Zeldin Supporter Speaks Out After Being Attacked, Choked at Hochul Event
» Soros Donated Millions to Charity Demanding Big Tech Censor ‘Election Disinformation’
» State Department Gives Intelligence Agencies Unrestricted Access to Personal Data of US Citizens
» The Air Force Went Woke, Its Planes Won’t Fly
» The Funeral Business is Booming (And Not Because of COVID)
» Threatening Noose Flyer in Chicago Revealed to be Hoax to Promote a BLM-Style Art Show
» Tom Cotton Slams Merrick Garland for Allowing Illegal Protests at Supreme Court Justices’ Homes
» Trump Appeals Court Order Appointing Monitor to Oversee Company
» Twitter Daily User Growth Hits ‘All-Time Highs’ During First Week Under Musk
» Tyson Foods CFO Arrested After Getting Drunk, Breaking Into Home, And Falling Asleep in Random Woman’s Bed
» UN Tells Elon Musk to Monitor “Harmful Disinformation” And “Hate Speech”
» Video: New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul Really Did Say it’s a “Conspiracy” That Violent Crime is Rising
» Videos: Embarrassing Biden Stumbles Around and Promises ‘No More Oil Drilling’
» Violent Crime in Major Cities Directly Linked to Police Budgets
» Whoopi Goldberg Claims She’s Quitting Twitter Over Elon Musk: ‘I’m Out’
 
Canada
» Danielle Smith Says Medical Team Has Reached Out to Anti-Lockdown Dr. Paul Alexander
» Day 18 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings
 
Europe and the EU
» Eleven French Bishops Accused of Sexual Violence
» European Commission Proposes €18 Billion in Aid to Ukraine Next Year
» Female Arson Suspect ‘Armed to the Teeth’ Arrested at Monaco Train Station
» German MEP: EU’s Proposed AI Regulations Will “Open the Door for Biometric Mass Surveillance in Public Spaces”
» German Politicians Demand Crackdown on Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover
» Germany ‘Should Stay Quiet’ And Stop Its Hypocritical Approach to Poland, Says Polish Conservative PiS Leader
» Germany: Police Search for ‘Arab-Looking Man’ Wanted for Raping Woman on the Street in Chemnitz, Series of Rapes Shakes City
» Germany Removed Medieval Crucifix From Munster Town Hall for G7 Duration
» Only Five of 317 Islamist Threats Actually Deported From Germany
» Orban as ‘One of the Last Statesmen in Europe, ‘ Says German AfD Politician
» Poland Draws a Line in the Sand With the EU: ‘We Fulfilled the Requirements, And We Are Owed the Funds, ‘ Says Polish President
» Ryanair Soars to Record Profit as Boss Michael O’Leary Hits Out at Climate Activists and the ‘Flight-Shaming’ Movement
» Switzerland: Zurich Artist Collective Demands Racial Segregation
» UK: Gambling Companies Were Given Access to Private Exam Results of Up to 28 Million Kids
» UK: Just Stop Oil: Dozens of Activists Arrested Over M25 Protest
» UK: PM Sunak Opens Door to Climate ‘Reparations’ for Pakistan and Other Third World Govts
» UK: Rishi Sunak is Close to Sealing US Gas Deal That Could Prevent Winter Blackouts, Report Says
 
Russia
» “Give Kremlin a Warning”: US ‘Nuclear Apocalypse’ Submarine Enters Mediterranean Sea
» Blackout Kyiv: Haunting Images Show Ukrainians Walking Through Capital in Total Darkness…
» ‘Thousands Will Freeze to Death’: Putin’s Power Plant Attacks Have Wiped Out a Third of Ukraine’s Power as People in Kyiv Are Told They May Have to Flee if Total Blackout Hits
» Ukraine War: Klitschko’s Winter Warning; Russia Plane Loss Claim; And New Air Defence Systems
» Ukraine War: Kyiv Mayor Klitschko Warns of Evacuations if Power Lost
 
South Asia
» India: Love Jihad in Madhya Pradesh: Taking Hindu Name, A Muslim Blackmailed, Raped and Converted a Punjabi Woman
 
Far East
» TikTok’s Chinese Platform Enriches Kids While US Version Dumbs Them Down: Report
» Vietnam Gas Stations Start to Close Due to Widespread Shortages
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aussie Driver Caught Using a PlayStation Steering Wheel in His Car
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nigerian Senator’s Daughter is Charged With Exploitation as She Appears in Court Accused of ‘Trafficking Homeless Man Into the UK to Harvest His Kidney for Herself’
 
Immigration
» 2 Out of 3 Crimes in France Committed by People With Immigration Background, Says French Historian
» Another 800,000 Refugees Will Flee Ukraine This Winter, UNICEF Warns as £350-a-Month Payment to Brits Opening Their Homes to Ukrainians Faces the Axe
» Italy Allows Only the Vulnerable to Disembark Migrant NGO Ships, Orders Captains to Leave With Adult Males Still Onboard
» People ‘Afraid to Walk the Streets’ as One-Fifth of Irish Town Now Migrants
» Republicans Will Tackle the Border First and Launch Sweeping Investigations Into Biden if They Take the Majority, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Says
» UK: No. 10 Says Deal With France on Channel Migrant Crisis ‘In Final Stages’ After Rishi Sunak Emerges From Crunch Talks With Emmanuel Macron ‘With Renewed Optimism’ Over Crackdown on Small Boat Crossings
» UK: Revealed: Albanian Migrants Crossing the Channel Are Being Put Up at Heathrow Hotel Before Being Driven Away in Expensive Cars Within Hours
» UK: Screams, Violence, And Fires: After 17-Hour Blackout Sparks Chaos, Read Sue Reid’s Dramatic Account of Riot From Inside Heathrow Deportation Centre
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: Conservative Journalist Assaulted After Challenging Beto O’Rourke on Trans Surgeries for Minors
» Federal Court Rules in Favor of Louisville Photographer Who Opposes Same-Sex Weddings
» Mastodon Gains Record Number of Signups
» Play School Drag Queen Row Erupts: Fiery Moment Liberal Senator Accuses the ABC of ‘Grooming’ Children on G-Rated Show — Leading Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young to Lose it at ‘Offensive’ Comment
» Virginia Supreme Court Hearing Case of Teacher Fired for Not Using Trans Pronouns
» West Side Story-Singing Pro-Trans Activist Arrested at Lincoln Memorial Protesting Pro-Woman Feminists
 

Gas and Electricity Bills ‘Nearly Double in All EU Capitals’, New Data Reveals

Energy costs for households across Europe nearly doubled compared to a year ago, new data has revealed.

Gas bills have soared 111% and electricity ones 69%, according to the latest figures from the Household Energy Price Index.

Averaged, these two figures mean an energy bill increase of 90% — or nearly double — compared to October 2021.

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

Mortgage Holders Lost $1.3T in Equity in Q3

After peaking in the second quarter of this year, homeowner equity saw record levels of contraction in the third quarter of 2022, according to Black Knight’s Mortgage Monitor Report, released Monday.

Equity among mortgaged homes is now nearly $1.5 trillion, or —8.4%, off its May 2022 peak, with the equity of the average borrower down $30,000 from earlier this year. However, equity positions remain strong, at 46% above pre-pandemic levels, with the average mortgage-holder having more than $92,000 more equity than before.

The report found that $1.3 trillion (7.6%) in equity vanished from the market in the third quarter as prices pulled back, the largest quarterly dollar decline on record.

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

Rent, Food Bills Pushing More Ottawa Families Into Debt

Low income households are struggling to put healthy food on their tables due to rising costs of living, according to a new report from Ottawa Public Health.

Survey results from the 2022 Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) show that some households living on low or fixed incomes even had to go hundreds of dollars into the red to afford a nutritious diet while also paying for rent.

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

Wells Fargo Mortgage Staff Brace for Layoffs as U.S. Loan Volumes Collapse

Mortgage volumes at Wells Fargo slowed further in recent weeks, leaving some workers idle and sparking concerns the lender will need to cut more employees as the U.S. housing slump deepens.

The bank had about 18,000 loans in its retail origination pipeline in the early weeks of the fourth quarter, according to people with knowledge of the company’s figures. That is down as much as 90% from a year earlier, when the Covid pandemic-fueled housing boom was in full swing, said the people, who declined to be identified speaking about internal matters.

           — 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.

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

5 Murdered, More Than 30 Shot Over Violence-Filled Chicago Weekend

Chicago saw a particularly bloody weekend, with over 30 people struck by gunfire, including an off-duty cop shot in the neck and a 15-year-old boy shot in the head during a drive-by.

The violence occurred between 6 pm on Friday and 11:59 pm on Sunday according to police data released on Monday morning viewed by Fox News.

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

All Hell Breaks Loose as Elon’s Twitter Bans S***libs

All hell has broken loose after two prominent leftists were banned on Twitter for impersonating Elon Musk.

The world’s smallest violin plays.

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

Analyst Warns “There Probably Won’t be an Election” In 2024

Analyst Martin Armstrong has warned that there may not be an election in 2024 and that “the United States will not exist after 2032” due to massive societal upheaval and financial collapse.

Armstrong, who correctly predicted numerous previous major events, including the 2008 financial collapse, made the comments during an interview with Greg Hunter.

According to the analyst, future elections are in severe doubt of even taking place due to rampant corruption and cheating, along with the likelihood that neither side will accept defeat.

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

Biden’s EPA Has Coordinated With Left-Wing Eco Groups Tied to Liberal Dark Money Network

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leadership has repeatedly consulted left-wing environmental groups tied to a massive liberal dark money network on policy matters, according to internal agency documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan, who President Joe Biden picked to lead the agency in early 2021, has met with leaders of green groups — including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and League of Conservation Voters (LCV) — which have received funding from both the massive Arabella Advisors-managed dark money network and liberal Swiss donor Hansjorg Wyss’ funding network, according to emails and calendar entries reviewed by Fox News Digital.

The groups Regan engaged with have aggressively opposed fossil fuel development via litigation and lobbying efforts.

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

‘Brazen, Cowardly Act’: 13-Year-Old Girl in Grave Condition After Being Shot in Head in East Baltimore, Police Say

A 13-year-old girl is in grave condition after being shot in the head outside a liquor store in the 1400 block of East Fayette Street on Monday afternoon, Baltimore Police said.

Southeast District officers were dispatched at about 5:20 p.m. to the Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood in East Baltimore to investigate a ShotSpotter alert for gunfire in the area.

When officers arrived at the location they observed a girl suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in grave condition.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the girl was struck once in the head after a shooter fired into a large crowd of people in the parking lot outside the Liquor Plus at the corner of East Fayette Street and North Caroline Street.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Elon Musk Endorses GOP in Midterms

In a tweet posted on Monday morning, less than 24 hours before Election Day, new Twitter owner Elon Musk recommended that Americans vote for Republican candidates during their visit to the polls tomorrow.

In a tweet addressed to “independent-minded voters,” Musk wrote, “Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”

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

COVID Jab Requirement for US Border Extended Into 2023

LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the requirement for non-U.S. citizen, non-immigrants to show proof of COVID-19 injection in order to enter the country. This makes the U.S. one of the few remaining Western countries to uphold such a mandate.

The move comes despite the fact that the jabs do not prevent against contracting the virus. With the increasing rise of so-called “breakthrough cases,” studies are now showing that the injections actually increase the chances of contracting the virus.

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

Democrat DA Silent as Anti-Gay Gang Runs Loose in New York

Manhattan’s District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, is delaying and hindering an investigation into what NYPD officials describe as a gang that is targeting and murdering gay men around New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen area.

The New York Post reports, “a gang that preys on gay men at Hell’s Kitchen nightclubs is suspected of killing at least two victims and of drugging and robbing more than a dozen other men — but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is impeding the investigation.”

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

EU Populists to Watch for ‘Election Manipulation’ While Monitoring U.S. Midterms

Populist MPs from Europe have said that they will keep a lookout for “election manipulation” as part of a mission to monitor the United States’ midterm elections this coming Tuesday.

The parliamentarians will be stationed in the United States as part of an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission in the country, which will send over 100 politicians to America in order to ascertain that the nationwide polling has been conducted in a fair and robust manner.

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

FBI Investigating After Explosion Outside Texas Public Radio Headquarters in Downtown San Antonio

Video shared by TPR shows someone placing a device underneath a statue of Vladimir Lenin’s head, which is not on TPR’s property, before an explosion.

SAN ANTONIO — The FBI and local authorities are investigating after an apparent bomb was detonated under a sculpture outside of Texas Public Radio headquarters in downtown San Antonio early Monday morning.

No one was injured in the explosion, which was caught on surveillance video presented by TPR. The video shows someone placing a device near the statue, called “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head,” at 2:25 a.m. and is edited to then show the explosion just six minutes later.

[…]

The sculpture, which isn’t on TPR property, depicts a tiny likeness of Mao Zedong balancing atop a massive Vladimir Lenin. It generated controversy upon its installation in March, with some calling it Communist propaganda and a celebration of the Soviet leader. Others questioned the timing of its unveiling, which happened soon after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The San Antonio developer who brought the artwork has defended the decision, saying the statue was satirical in nature.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Heroic Veteran Researcher Warns Evidence Shows Google Still Interfering to Help Democrats Win Elections

This story was originally published by the WND News Center

(WND News Center) — Empirical research shows Google affected the outcome of the 2016 and 2020 elections in favor of Democrats, and that the tech giant “has its digital thumb on the scale” of the current midterms, says Robert Epstein, a Democratic Party voter who was the famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner’s last PhD student at Harvard.

In a WND video interview, Epstein contended, however, that his ever-growing, unique “Nielsen rating-type” system of monitoring Google’s manipulation of search results provides the solid evidence needed to stop the Big Tech behemoth in its tracks.

In the meantime, he said, the novel “Brave New World” has come to life.

“This is power that’s never existed before in human history. This is power that the worst dictators in history could have only dreamt of,” Epstein told WND. “But this is real. This is occurring now.”

Epstein recalled a lesser-known theme in President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous “military-industrial complex” farewell address in 1961, warning of a “technological elite” that could control public policy without the public’s knowledge.

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

House Republicans Offer Preview of Upcoming Investigations in Scathing Indictment of DOJ, FBI

Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee released a massive report on Friday detailing whistleblower disclosures about the politicization of the Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI under Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

According to the report, Garland has been a “willing participant of the Biden Admin’s weaponization of law enforcement,” while the FBI has “abused its law-enforcement authorities for apparently political purposes.”

What followed was a laundry list of incidents and whistleblower reports illustrating how politicized federal law enforcement has become.

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

Hunter Biden’s Ex Business Partner Tony Bobulinksi to Reveal Depths of Corruption: Report

Hunter Biden’s former business partner turned-whistleblower Tony Bobulinksi shared new portions from a cache of correspondences, including emails, texts, and WhatsApp and WeChat messages, that implicate Joe Biden’s son in corruption connected with influence peddling and profiteering.

Bobulinksi, the former head of SinoHawk Holdings, a company he describes as a partnership between the CEFC China Energy conglomerate and the Biden family members, shared some of the materials with the Daily Mail through a proxy.

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

Indiana Poll Worker Ejected for Allegedly Pre-Selecting ‘Straight Dem Ticket, ‘ Electioneering

A Democrat election worker was reportedly ejected from a polling location in Carmel, Indiana, after allegedly pressuring voters to choose specific candidates and even pre-selecting Democratic nominees on a voting machine.

Hamilton County election administrator Beth Sheller said an inspector at the election station found two incidents of possible election interference and electioneering, education outlet Chalkboard Review reported.

The poll worker, identified as James Zheng, allegedly took a voter to polling machines and preselected a straight-Democrat ballot under the guise of explaining how the technology worked. Several voters complained about Zheng’s actions to election officials.

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

Keisha Lance Bottoms Says Misinformation on Social Media Stops People Seeing Biden’s Accomplishments

In an interview on CBS, White House adviser Keisha Lance Bottoms said COVID-19 and online misinformation are the reasons Democrats have been having a hard time presenting their messages and are preventing the public from seeing all of the great work they’ve apparently done.

The host of the interview, Margaret Brennan, noted President Joe Biden’s recent comment in Chicago that people are yet to realize how good his government’s accomplishments have been.

At the Democratic Finance reception in Chicago, Biden congratulated Illinois’ Sen. Dick Durbin for advancing the agendas of the White House.

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

Ketanji Brown Jackson Issues First SCOTUS Dissent Supporting Death Row Inmate

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first opinion in the high court on Monday, dissenting from the majority in a case involving a death row inmate.

Davel Chinn, a death row inmate, asserted that Ohio authorities suppressed evidence in the case that may have led to a different verdict in his trial.

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

Kyrie Irving Ordered to Renounce His Religious Beliefs to Play Again for the Brooklyn Nets

Star basketball player Kyrie Irving is being ordered to renounce his sincerely held religious beliefs, undergo “anti-Semitic/anti-hate training” and more in order to be allowed to play again for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.

Irving was suspended by the Nets on Thursday for failing to apologize profusely enough for sharing a link to an “anti-Semitic” documentary on social media.

The Athletic on Saturday shared the following list of “six action items he must complete” in order to play again for his team.

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

Man Fleeing Officers After Shots Fired at Va. Elementary School Hit by Car, Police Say

HERNDON, Va. (WJLA) — After shots were fired at a Virginia elementary school Sunday afternoon, one suspect fled from police and was hit by a car in the process, officials said.

Lieutenant Dan Spital with Fairfax County Police said the shooting was reported jut after 4 p.m. at Hutchison Elementary School. Police said a group of men were behind the school when officers responded to the scene at the school in Herndon.

Police said a firearm was recovered in the woods along the path the man took as he fled from police. The man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Spital said the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and was not injured.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Massive Fire, Explosions Erupt at Georgia Chemical Plant, Neighborhoods Evacuated

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WSAV) — A chemical plant is currently ablaze in Glynn County, prompting evacuation and shelter-in-place orders from local law enforcement.

According to the Glynn County Police Department, the Symrise chemical plant at Colonel’s Island has been evacuated and multiple explosions have been reported. The plant is just off Highway 17 in Brunswick.

Both Glynn County and Jacksonville officials provided an update at a press conference on Monday morning.

Officials say the call came in around 4 a.m. on Monday morning. Less than 10 people were working at the plant when the fire broke out, and none of them were injured. Authorities say one firefighter was hospitalized due to exhaustion from fighting the fire.

Authorities believe the fire should burn out but wind shift remains a concern due to the plumes of the chemical hydrogen peroxide pinene, which is used in fragrances.

Glynn County officials say area neighborhoods within a 3-mile radius of the plant remain under a shelter-in-place, while about 100 households in neighborhoods within a 1-mile radius have been asked to evacuate.

The Camden County Emergency Management Agency has opened up a shelter center for evacuees at the Camden PSA Rec Center located at 1050 Wildcat Drive in Kingsland. Officials say no one has shown up to the shelter at this time.

Fire departments from multiple nearby towns have been called to the scene, including a hazmat team from as far away as Jacksonville.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

NY Teen Charged in Shooting Outside Republican Candidate Lee Zeldin’s Home Ordered Held on $1m Cash Bail

The 18-year-old suspect charged in connection to an October shooting outside New York Republican candidate for governor Rep. Lee Zeldin’s home was arraigned on Long Island on Monday, a day before Election Day.

Noah Green was arraigned at Cromarty Court Complex in Riverhead, N.Y., on seven counts in connection to a drive-by shooting that unfolded outside Zeldin’s home in Shirley, N.Y., on Oct. 9.

Zeldin, who is running on a tough-on-crime platform ridiculing Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s support for cashless bail, said his twin 16-year-old daughters were downstairs in the kitchen doing homework at the time they heard gunfire outside just feet away. The girls locked themselves in an upstairs bathroom and called 911.

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

‘Perfect Storm for F***ing Disaster’: NYPD Quit Force Over Low Pay, Forced Overtime, Low Morale

Forced overtime, low morale, and low pay have reportedly created the “perfect storm for a f*cking disaster” at the New York Police Department, according to a new report.

The New York Post interviewed 14 officers regarding the 9,180 officers that have left the force since 2020. 36 percent of those officers quit before they were eligible for their full pension.

The department is on track to lose over 4,000 cops in 2023 to retirement or resignations. According to the outlet, by of the end of September, 1,628 officers have retired and an additional 1,426 quit, a staggering figure that is more than the losses of 2019 and 2020 combined. NYPD’s budgeted amount of officers is currently understaffed by approximately 1,600.

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

Russia Tells Democrats ‘Don’t Blame Us’ When You Lose the Election

Russia has accused Democrats of preparing to blame them for ‘election interference’ should Dems lose the House and Senate tomorrow.

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

Shocking: Zeldin Supporter Speaks Out After Being Attacked, Choked at Hochul Event

A supporter for Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin who was attacked and choked at a rally for Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul has spoken out for the first time about the incident, in an interview with Fox News.

Angelica Torres was peacefully trying to exercise her First Ammendment rights at the event in New York City when an unidentified woman grabber her anti-Hochul sign and threw it aside. As she went to try to retrieve her sign, an unidentified man, bigger than her in stature, grabber her by the neck while New York City Councilmember Crystal Hudson grabbed her by the arm. The entire incident was caught on camera.

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

Soros Donated Millions to Charity Demanding Big Tech Censor ‘Election Disinformation’

George Soros’s Open Society Foundations network has given millions of dollars to a liberal nonprofit group demanding social media companies censor “election disinformation” ahead of the November midterm elections, records show.

In October, Global Witness co-released a study on “election disinformation” in the United States with New York University’s Cybersecurity for Democracy initiative.

Global Witness, a London-based nonprofit group that is calling on TikTok, Meta, and YouTube to ramp up content moderation, has received over $17.6 million from OSF’s network, according to tax records and grants disclosed in OSF’s database.

Global Witness was founded in 1993 and has offices in London, Belgium, and Washington, D.C. It operates in dozens of countries, including Brazil, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia, and Indonesia. The organization, which has an associated Global Witness Foundation in California, reported an income of roughly $1.5 million in 2021 and spent about $1.14 million on “environmental and human rights research and campaigning,” according to tax records.

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

State Department Gives Intelligence Agencies Unrestricted Access to Personal Data of US Citizens

According to a letter US Senator Ron Wyden has sent State Secretary Antony Blinken, in excess of 145 million Americans have their personal data exposed to unfettered access of a variety of law enforcement and federal intelligence agencies.

Documents posted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that the data in question includes a citizen’s name, phone number, address, birthday, gender, race, Social Security Number, but also biometric points like images retrieved through facial recognition tech and fingerprints — and the list goes on.

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

The Air Force Went Woke, Its Planes Won’t Fly

by Daniel Greenfield

Chief of Staff Charles Brown and Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth Wright have made diversity and wokeness into the core of the Air Force’s mission. Meanwhile the planes won’t fly.

Brown has spent the past few years unleashing worthless diversity reviews to try and blame the Air Force for a supposed lack of diversity, even though it now has a black chief of staff and a black top enlisted leader. The military justification for their divisive shenanigans was that diversity equated somehow to military readiness. How is the Air Force’s readiness?

The latest numbers show that the Air Force has made no progress in improving the readiness of its planes with a rate of 71.5% or 7 out of 10 planes in 2021.

The United States Air Force is supposed to have mission capable rates of 75% to 80%, but about the only aircraft that meet that criteria are the unmanned drones. The high ratings of the drones disguise the fact that the actual numbers, when broken down by aircraft, are worse.

The F-35As, the fifth generation fighters that would be crucial in countering any sizable aerial engagement with Communist China, dropped catastrophically from 76% to 68.8%…

           — Hat tip: Daniel Greenfield [Return to headlines]
 

The Funeral Business is Booming (And Not Because of COVID)

Authored by Alex Berenson via ‘Unreported Truths’ Substack,

How bad is the rise in mortality?

So bad funeral companies are starting to worry.

Today Service Corporation International, the largest for-profit funeral operator in North America, had its quarterly earnings call. SCI had another great quarter, you’ll be pleased to hear! So far in 2022 the company has made almost $500 million in profits — and its stock is up over 15% since last week’s earnings report.

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Threatening Noose Flyer in Chicago Revealed to be Hoax to Promote a BLM-Style Art Show

Flyers posted around Chicago that have the text “white only” with a noose sparked panic among residents, leading some to believe that they were being targeted for a hate crime. The flyers, however, were part of a campaign to promote a BIPOC art show.

The artist, who is black, goes by the name of Hyero. She told ABC, “racism is alive and prevalent as much as we act like it doesn’t exist. I live it every day.”

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Tom Cotton Slams Merrick Garland for Allowing Illegal Protests at Supreme Court Justices’ Homes

Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton slammed Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday for allowing illegal protesting to continue outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

More than six months after the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned, pro-abortion activists continue to illegally demonstrate outside justices’ homes.

On Friday evening, 42-year-old Melissa Barlow (under the username Miscreant Mouse) posted videos of her group marching outside of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home (as they have done for months now), chanting, “Illegitimate and unfit” as they banged on drums.

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Trump Appeals Court Order Appointing Monitor to Oversee Company

Former President Donald Trump on Monday appealed a court order appointing an independent monitor to oversee major financial dealings and asset transfers of the Trump Organization pending the outcome of New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James’s civil fraud case against the organization and its top leadership.

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Twitter Daily User Growth Hits ‘All-Time Highs’ During First Week Under Musk

While Twitter may be shedding virtue-signaling advertisers (who totally weren’t looking for any reason to trim their ad budgets), daily user growth during the company’s first full week under Elon Musk has hit ‘all-time highs,’ according to an internal document seen by The Verge.

According to an internal FAQ given to the company’s sales team for use in conversations with advertisers, Twitter’s monetizable daily user (mDAU) has jumped to more than 20%, while “Twitter’s largest market, the US, is growing even more quickly.”

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Tyson Foods CFO Arrested After Getting Drunk, Breaking Into Home, And Falling Asleep in Random Woman’s Bed

Tyson Foods CFO John R. Tyson, son of board chairman John H. Tyson, was arrested early Sunday morning after he got drunk, broke into a random woman’s home, and fell asleep in her bed, Fox16 reports.

According to a preliminary arrest report, at approximately 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, Tyson, 32, was found asleep in a woman’s bed at her home, located at 445 N Mock Ave. The woman called police when she arrived and found Tyson, whom she did not know.

She told dispatchers that she believes the front door was left unlocked and that is how he gained entry. Upon arrival, police located Tyson in the back bedroom with his clothes in front of the bed and identified him through his driver’s license. —Fox16

When police arrived and tried to wake Tyson up, he could not verbally respond and attempted to fall back asleep after briefly sitting up.

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UN Tells Elon Musk to Monitor “Harmful Disinformation” And “Hate Speech”

The UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Volker Türk, has sent an open letter to Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk, asking him to ensure that Twitter respects human rights and monitors hate speech and misinformation.

In the letter, Türk said he was writing with “concern and apprehension about our digital public square and Twitter’s role in it.”

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Video: New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul Really Did Say it’s a “Conspiracy” That Violent Crime is Rising

Any inconvenient fact for Democrats is now dismissed as a “conspiracy”. This was once again in evidence last week as New York Governor Kathy Hochul used the pejorative against people pointing out that there has been a rise in violent crime.

Calling Republicans ‘election deniers and data deniers,’ Hochul claimed that shootings and murders are “down fifteen percent in our state in New York City.”

Hochul charged that Republicans are “master manipulators” attempting to convince the nation that they are less safe in Democratic controlled States.

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Videos: Embarrassing Biden Stumbles Around and Promises ‘No More Oil Drilling’

After vowing to shut down coal plants earlier, Joe Biden told an audience that there will be “no more drilling” for oil, amid an embarrassing performance of flat out lying and stumbling around almost falling over.

During the speech in Westchester County, New York Biden addressed someone yelling in the crowd, presumably a climate protester, by promising them the U.S. won’t be sourcing its own oil under his Presidency.

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Violent Crime in Major Cities Directly Linked to Police Budgets

Violent crime went up in the majority of major U.S. cities in 2021 when police budgets were slashed, while crime went down when budgets went up, according to FBI data reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

A review of violent crime data for the top 30 most populated cities in the United States from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting Program were compared with data on police budgets in 2020 and 2021 in the same cities.

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Whoopi Goldberg Claims She’s Quitting Twitter Over Elon Musk: ‘I’m Out’

“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg announced Monday that she plans to quit Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover but said she might come back if she feels “comfortable.”

“So it has been a little over a week since Elon Musk took over Twitter and the place, it’s a mess… He also suspended Kathy Griffin for impersonating him on a parody account, which has started a FreeKathy hashtag to trend. I’m — I’m getting off. I’m getting off today because I just feel like, you know, it’s so messy,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said she was tired of “attitudes” that have been blocked and are now back on the site.

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Danielle Smith Says Medical Team Has Reached Out to Anti-Lockdown Dr. Paul Alexander

MEDICINE HAT, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says her medical advisors have reached out to former Trump administration adviser Dr. Paul Alexander, an epidemiologist known for his strong criticism of COVID injections and government lockdowns.

“I’ve got a group of doctors advising me and I know that they’ve already reached out to Dr. Paul Alexander,” Smith said last week during a candidates debate for the Medicine Hat-Brooks byelection taking place on Tuesday.

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Day 18 Recap of Emergencies Act Hearings

CSIS warned Trudeau of potential repercussions

On Day 18 of the Emergencies Act hearings, documents revealed that Canadian intelligence officers told Trudeau that invoking the Emergencies Act would lead some protesters to become violent toward law enforcement officials.

Under questioning from Convoy lawyer Brendan Miller, Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens was presented with a document from the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) that indicated that they cautioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to invoking the never-before-used Act, saying that its invocation would “galvanize” protesters towards violence.

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Eleven French Bishops Accused of Sexual Violence

Eleven former or serving French bishops have been accused of sexual violence, including the former bishop of Bordeaux who has confessed to assaulting a minor 35 years ago, a senior church body announced Monday.

Jean-Pierre Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2016, has admitted to a “reprehensible” act on a 14-year-old, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, told reporters.

All of the accused will face either prosecution or church disciplinary procedures, added de Moulins-Beaufort, the archbishop of north-eastern Reims.

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European Commission Proposes €18 Billion in Aid to Ukraine Next Year

The European Commission is proposing a financial assistance package of €1.5 billion per month, up to a maximum of €18 billion, to cover Ukraine’s financing needs in 2023, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.

Presenting details of a telephone conversation between von der Leyen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, the EU executive said financial support for Ukraine is essential to ensure predictable and regular financing of the state’s tasks.

The Commission said the assistance, in the form of highly concessional long-term loans, would not only cover interest costs but also help Ukraine’s reforms and its path towards EU membership.

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Female Arson Suspect ‘Armed to the Teeth’ Arrested at Monaco Train Station

A woman suspected in an arson attack in France was arrested at a train station in Monaco last week after assaulting a passenger while ‘armed to the teeth,’ according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 9:45 a.m. on Friday aboard a train traveling along the French Riviera from Nice to Menton.

A 33-year-old female passenger alerted authorities that she had been assaulted by another woman and a male companion, Nice-Matin reports.

When the train stopped in the microstate of Monaco, police arrested the two suspects in the station and turned them over to French authorities who discovered the female was ‘heavily armed.’

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German MEP: EU’s Proposed AI Regulations Will “Open the Door for Biometric Mass Surveillance in Public Spaces”

German Member of the European Parliament, Patrick Breyer, has warned that a leaked artificial intelligence (AI) regulation proposal from the European Union (EU) Council Presidency would “open the door for biometric mass surveillance in public spaces on a broad scale.”

The leaked regulation proposal details how the EU Council Presidency plans to introduce “harmonised rules on artificial intelligence” as it implements the Artificial Intelligence Act.

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German Politicians Demand Crackdown on Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover

Senior politicians within one ruling German party are demanding authorities crack down on Twitter after the platform was bought by Elon Musk.

Bigwigs within the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) have called on their government to clamp down on Twitter in the wake of the platform’s purchase by Elon Musk.

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Germany ‘Should Stay Quiet’ And Stop Its Hypocritical Approach to Poland, Says Polish Conservative PiS Leader

Law and justice (PiS) party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, speaking in Olsztyn over the weekend, once again attacked Poland’s neighbor, Germany, saying the country is hypocritical for trying to lecture Poland.

He added that “they should be the last to do so and should stay quiet,” given their past history.

According to the PiS leader, Germany has been positioning itself as a “moral superpower” tto benefit its soft power. However, if Germany does not begin talks over the issue of reparations, they will lose that aura, he stated.

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Germany: Police Search for ‘Arab-Looking Man’ Wanted for Raping Woman on the Street in Chemnitz, Series of Rapes Shakes City

Europe has been beset with a number of public rapes in recent months involving foreigners, with a series of rapes in public areas hitting the Saxon city of Chemnitz. In the latest case, according to police, a 20-year-old woman said an Arab-looking man raped her right on the street while she was walking near the city’s town hall.

The 20-year-old was walking home from the city center when a stranger approached her and began to follow her for a long period of time. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the man jumped her at Moritz Strasse and Zschopauer Strasse just 500 meters from the town hall. According to the Chemnitz police, the man performed “sexual acts” on the woman.

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Germany Removed Medieval Crucifix From Munster Town Hall for G7 Duration

Germany’s Foreign Ministry led by the Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock removed the historic Council Cross in the Peace Hall in Münster during the G7 summit.

The Green-led ministry argued that the cross should be removed due to the different religious backgrounds and beliefs of the participant nations; however, despite a number of international events in the city, sources in the city administration say they have never received such a request before.

Baerbock denied being personally involved in the decision to remove the cross.

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Only Five of 317 Islamist Threats Actually Deported From Germany

German authorities have only deported five of some 317 Islamist threats known to be currently residing in the country this year, official data has revealed.

In response to a question posed by the populist Alternative für Deutschland party, Germany’s Federal Government has confirmed that only five Islamist threats have been deported this year.

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Orban as ‘One of the Last Statesmen in Europe, ‘ Says German AfD Politician

Alternative for Germany’s (AFD) top Thuringian candidate for the 2024 regional parliamentary elections praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as an example of one of the last true politicians in Europe.

Björn Höcke offered his view on Orban at the state party conference of the Thuringian AfD in Pfiffelbach in the Weimarer Land district.

“He is a role model, he is perhaps one of the last statesmen in Europe,” Höcke said, adding that you can still express your opinion in Hungary and admitting he likes to travel to Hungary to breathe freely.

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Poland Draws a Line in the Sand With the EU: ‘We Fulfilled the Requirements, And We Are Owed the Funds, ‘ Says Polish President

The Polish government says it will make no further concessions to the European Union in order to unlock tens of billions in EU funding, arguing that Poland has fulfilled all its obligations and Brussels owes them the money.

“Poland fulfilled all conditions set by the European Commission regarding the payment of the Recovery Funds it is due,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said. He added that “he does not intend to answer any comments from Brussels on the matter.”

Brussels, for its part, has threatened Poland with catastrophic funding cuts totaling up to €110 billion; this would hobble the Polish economy, which has suffered due to the global economic downturn, inflation, and the refugee crisis from Ukraine.

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Ryanair Soars to Record Profit as Boss Michael O’Leary Hits Out at Climate Activists and the ‘Flight-Shaming’ Movement

Ryanair hailed a strong post-Covid recovery with passenger numbers in the six months to the end of September up 11% on pre-pandemic levels.

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Switzerland: Zurich Artist Collective Demands Racial Segregation

Last week, a self-proclaimed collective of black artists occupied the Gessnerallee theater in downtown Zurich. Their goal was to introduce apartheid and racial segregation: The African activists demanded a “non-white theater house”.

The collective Experi-Theater, consists exclusively of black artists.

The BLM movement and its efflorescence not only demand a cult-like fanaticism from whites, but have also turned institutionalized racial segregation into a fashionable pursuit for black people. Those insisting that “black lives matter” have evidently also embraced the notion that “only black lives matter”.

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UK: Gambling Companies Were Given Access to Private Exam Results of Up to 28 Million Kids

UK Information Commissioner John Edwards has criticized the Department for Education (DFE) for allowing betting firms to access the personal information and exam results of children.

Edwards said if the DFE was a private company, he would have fined it £10 million, but decided not to do so because the money would still go back to the government.

The data was accessed by Trustopia, a company that provides age verification service to betting companies. One of the companies that used Trustopia’s access was GB Group, which helped Betfair, 32Red, and other companies with age verification. Trustopia had access to the database between September 2018 and January 2020.

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UK: Just Stop Oil: Dozens of Activists Arrested Over M25 Protest

Dozens of climate change activists have been arrested over action to target England’s busiest motorway despite a police operation to foil their plans.

Sections of the M25 were closed during the Monday morning rush hour as part of the protest by Just Stop Oil.

The demonstrations come as the latest COP27 international climate change talks in Egypt get under way.

The Met Police said 35 people had been arrested in response to the disruption.

Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said the action was “criminality”, not protest, and pledged to bring those involved to justice as quickly as possible.

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UK: PM Sunak Opens Door to Climate ‘Reparations’ for Pakistan and Other Third World Govts

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government has signalled it is open to discussing climate “reparations” for the likes of Pakistan, as he prepares tax hikes and public service cuts at home in the name of fiscal responsibility.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is leading a bloc of countries demanding climate change “reparations” from the West, despite their own less than environmentally friendly behaviour, and British business secretary Grant Shapps MP said the Sunak administration was “accepting the principle there’s a discussion to be had about this” at the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, according to The Times.

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UK: Rishi Sunak is Close to Sealing US Gas Deal That Could Prevent Winter Blackouts, Report Says

The Prime Minister could announce details of the ‘energy security partnership’ after the Cop27 climate change summit, with talks said to be in their final stages.

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“Give Kremlin a Warning”: US ‘Nuclear Apocalypse’ Submarine Enters Mediterranean Sea

Multiple reports show the world’s largest nuclear submarine, the USS Rhode Island, left the Port of Gibraltar on Spain’s south coast last week and was last seen entering the Mediterranean. British newspaper Daily Express said the nuclear submarine is “reportedly heading towards the Black Sea.”

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Blackout Kyiv: Haunting Images Show Ukrainians Walking Through Capital in Total Darkness…

— as Zelensky warns 4.5 MILLION face bleak winter without power as Russia ‘plans MORE strikes on war-torn country’s energy infrastructure’

Residents of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied city of Kherson received warning messages on their phones urging them to evacuate as soon as possible, Ukraine’s military said on Sunday.

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‘Thousands Will Freeze to Death’: Putin’s Power Plant Attacks Have Wiped Out a Third of Ukraine’s Power as People in Kyiv Are Told They May Have to Flee if Total Blackout Hits

Dr Justin Bronk, of think-tank RUSI, called on the West to urgently supply Kyiv with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles and anti-air batteries to protect its power grid.

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Ukraine War: Klitschko’s Winter Warning; Russia Plane Loss Claim; And New Air Defence Systems

1. Power partially restored in Kherson

Russian-appointed authorities say have partially restored power in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson.

The city was cut off from power and water supplies on Sunday following damage to three power lines.

Moscow has accused Kyiv of carrying out a “terrorist attack” on energy infrastructure in the region, which Russia illegally annexed in September.

Ukrainian officials have not responded to the allegations.

Russia has repeatedly called for civilians to “evacuate” from Kherson to Russian-controlled territory on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River in anticipation of a major Ukrainian counteroffensive.

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Ukraine War: Kyiv Mayor Klitschko Warns of Evacuations if Power Lost

Kyiv residents should be prepared to leave the city if there is a total loss of power, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said.

In recent weeks, millions of Ukrainians have intermittently been left without electricity and water as Russian air strikes target vital infrastructure.

Rolling power cuts are also in place to avoid overloads and allow for repairs.

Some 40% of Ukraine’s energy system has been damaged or destroyed by Russian attacks on power plants and lines.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia could be “concentrating forces and means for a possible repetition of mass attacks on our infrastructure, energy in the first instance”.

The Geneva Conventions, which outline humanitarian standards for treatment in war, state that attacks should not be carried out against “civilian objects”.

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Mayor Klitschko branded Russia’s targeting of infrastructure as “terrorism” and “genocide”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t need us Ukrainians. He needs territory, he needs Ukraine without us”, the former heavyweight boxer said.

“That’s why everything that is happening now [strikes on infrastructure] is genocide. His task is for us to die, to freeze, or to make us flee our land so that he can have it.”

Another official in the capital Kyiv has warned that, in the case of a total blackout, water supply and sewerage would also stop working.

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India: Love Jihad in Madhya Pradesh: Taking Hindu Name, A Muslim Blackmailed, Raped and Converted a Punjabi Woman

When the victim woman asked to give up the chase, the accused said — In our (Islam) religion, if we (Muslims) keep more than one woman and convert woman of other religion to Islam, we get heaven.

dhokhebazChitra Pathak | HENB | Indore | Nov 6, 2022:: Adding a new case of Love Jihad connected with perpetration of rape and blackmailing along with an attempt of forced religious conversion has emerged from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Here, a Muslim man Sakir Mohammad allegedly recorded a pornographic tape of a Punjabi Hindu lady after befriending her and raping her while posing as Rajkumar after taking a Hindu name of Rajkumar. After that, he began to put pressure on her to convert to Islam. He allegedly threatened to make the video go public if she refused it by the way.

The victim sought sanctuary in the High Court since the complaint was not registered at the local police station very unfortunately while the state is run by a BJP Govt. An FIR has been registered afterwards in compliance with the court’s order.

The matter pertains to Sakir Mohammad and a Punjabi Hindu woman from Shahdol. The widow filed a petition at the High Court, stating that her spouse died in an accident four years ago. She was living alone after that. She was seeking a job at the moment. When she couldn’t find a job, she went to a bank to acquire a loan, which is when she met Sakir Mohammad.

The woman alleged that at the bank meeting, Sakir introduced himself as a Hindu named Rajkumar. He stated that his wife had died and that he was the father of a kid. Following this, Sakir took the victim in confidence and shot objectionable clips while in sexual intimacy with that lady and raped her several times by intoxicating her.

Later, he used those video footage to continue blackmailing the victim. Not only that, but after bringing the victim home, he would dress her in a burqa and physically assault her. In addition, after taking her to the madarsa and signing certain Urdu-written paperwork, he began pressing her to be converted in Islam. She was a victim of forced conversion. Before this Sakir took signature of the victim in many papers saying those for bank loan purposes.

The victim alleges that she protested when she learned that the accused’s wife is still alive and that he is the father of nine children. In response, Sakir stated that having more than one woman is a deed of Sabab (virtue) that leads to heaven. When the offender’s entire story was revealed to the victim, he began harassing her and pressuring her to convert with her little daughter…

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TikTok’s Chinese Platform Enriches Kids While US Version Dumbs Them Down: Report

A recent episode of 60 Minutes has revealed the glaring differences in TikTok videos shown to US teens and kids versus the ones shown to Chinese kids and teens through their version Douyin.

Both owned by ByteDance, Doyuin serves as the company’s domestic product, while TikTok is available in a number of Western countries like the US. On Apple’s App Store, TikTok is listed as the number 3 app overall for free apps, and the number 1 app for entertainment.

“In their version of TikTok, if you’re under 14 years old, they show you science experiments you can do at home, museum exhibits, patriotism videos and educational videos,” said Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology.

“And they also limit it to only 40 minutes per day. Now they don’t ship that version of TikTok to the rest of the world. So it’s almost like they recognize that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach version of TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world,” he added.

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Vietnam Gas Stations Start to Close Due to Widespread Shortages

While the US awaits with bated breath to see if there will be any diesel inventories after the midterm elections (see “Forget Oil, The Real Crisis Is Diesel Inventories: The US Has Just 25 Days Left”), other countries are already seeing gas stations run dry. Take Ho Chi Minh City, the city known as Vietnam’s economic engine, whose gas stations are being forced to suspend operations due to shortages of the fuel.

Believe it or not, it is possible to have an even worse government response to an energy crisis than that of the US democrats, and Vietnam is it: a tangle of reactions to a constrained petroleum market — including government price controls and distributors’ decreasing profits — has worsened the country’s gasoline shortage, increasing the burden on domestic refineries.

While these refineries are moving to increase gasoline production, it will take time for Vietnam to fully solve the fundamental problems behind its petroleum crisis according to Nikkei Asia.

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Aussie Driver Caught Using a PlayStation Steering Wheel in His Car

‘A disaster waiting to happen.’

A Queensland driver has been caught using a PlayStation steering wheel fitted in his car to replace the original steering control.

The man was stopped on a street in the inner-west Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly during a hooning operation carried out by Queensland Police.

A video of the incident captured by police bodycam revealed the moment the officer realised what he was looking at

“Is that steering wheel actually a steering wheel from a gaming computer?” the officer asks on approaching the driver’s window.

The officer told the driver he had been stopped for a vehicle inspection after noticing the car’s tyres.

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Nigerian Senator’s Daughter is Charged With Exploitation as She Appears in Court Accused of ‘Trafficking Homeless Man Into the UK to Harvest His Kidney for Herself’

The daughter of a Nigerian senator has appeared in court today accused of trafficking a homeless man into the UK to harvest his organs for herself.

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2 Out of 3 Crimes in France Committed by People With Immigration Background, Says French Historian

The link between crime and immigration has gripped France for years and has only become more hotly debated in recent months. Now, the popular French historian, essayist and publicist Laurent Obertone, is saying that the problem is far worse than even the state is willing to admit.

“Migrants and the descendants of migrants are responsible for two-thirds of criminality, because criminality and delinquency are tied in the majority to those issuing from immigration. One can say that ethnic statistics are forbidden and so on, one should not talk about this, and we should only speak of the small criminal minority and that is all,” said Obertone while appearing on CNews.

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Another 800,000 Refugees Will Flee Ukraine This Winter, UNICEF Warns as £350-a-Month Payment to Brits Opening Their Homes to Ukrainians Faces the Axe

Over 800,000 new refugees could flee Ukraine this winter experts have warned — just as Rishi Sunak’s government are said to be considering axing a UK scheme to home them.

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Italy Allows Only the Vulnerable to Disembark Migrant NGO Ships, Orders Captains to Leave With Adult Males Still Onboard

The Italian government has authorized women, children, and men with medical issues to disembark humanitarian NGO vessels currently docked in Catania, but has refused entry to the country for the remaining adult males on board.

A total of 144 people disembarked the Humanity 1 vessel on Sunday — the ship sails under a German flag and is operated by a German crew. A further 357 people on board the Norwegian-run Geo Barents ship.

However, 250 adult males were refused access to disembark the two vessels by Italian authorities, and Italy’s newly appointed Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said that those who did not qualify as vulnerable must leave Italian waters and be assisted by the “flag state,” in this instance either Germany or Norway.

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People ‘Afraid to Walk the Streets’ as One-Fifth of Irish Town Now Migrants

One councillor has claimed that her constituents have been left “afraid to walk the streets” after an influx of asylum seekers into her town, where migrants now reportedly make up over one-fifth of the population.

A number of Councillors in the Irish town of Killarney have warned that people are living in fear as a result of a recent influx of migrants into the area.

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Republicans Will Tackle the Border First and Launch Sweeping Investigations Into Biden if They Take the Majority, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Says

Kevin McCarthy, who looks poised to take the speakership if all goes as expected, said that a GOP-controlled Congress’ first priority would be to pass a bill to ‘control the border.’

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UK: No. 10 Says Deal With France on Channel Migrant Crisis ‘In Final Stages’ After Rishi Sunak Emerges From Crunch Talks With Emmanuel Macron ‘With Renewed Optimism’ Over Crackdown on Small Boat Crossings

Downing Street today revealed a new deal with France over the Channel migrant crisis was ‘in its final stages’ following Rishi Sunak’s crunch talks with Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister and French President met this afternoon at the Cop-27 climate summit in Egypt, with the issue of small boat crossings high up their agenda.

Around 40,000 people have arrived in Britain after crossing the Channel so far this year, with Mr Sunak under severe pressure to tackle the issue.

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UK: Revealed: Albanian Migrants Crossing the Channel Are Being Put Up at Heathrow Hotel Before Being Driven Away in Expensive Cars Within Hours

Albanian migrants placed in hotels after crossing the Channel are picked up by relatives within hours, a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal.

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UK: Screams, Violence, And Fires: After 17-Hour Blackout Sparks Chaos, Read Sue Reid’s Dramatic Account of Riot From Inside Heathrow Deportation Centre

SUE REID: When night fell last Friday, pandemonium erupted at Britain’s biggest immigration deportation centre next to Heathrow.

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Breaking: Conservative Journalist Assaulted After Challenging Beto O’Rourke on Trans Surgeries for Minors

Independent journalist Tayler Hansen was once again violently removed from a Beto O’Rourke rally, this time in Denton, Texas, after confronting the Democratic candidate on medicalized gender transitions for minors.

Hansen approached the Texas gubernatorial candidate while he was speaking onstage, and asked if O’Rourke “would disavow surgery for trans kids.”

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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Louisville Photographer Who Opposes Same-Sex Weddings

Chelsey Nelson is owner of Chelsey Nelson Photography and had filed a lawsuit against Louisville challenging the Fairness Ordinance.

A federal district court has ruled in favor of a Louisville photographer who filed a lawsuit against the city in 2019, alleging its Fairness Ordinance violated her constitutional rights as a Christian because it could force her to take on same-sex wedding assignments.

In a 44-page ruling Tuesday from U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Beaton, the court granted a request by Chelsey Nelson, owner of Chelsey Nelson Photography, for an injunction against the city’s ordinance, saying the city could not use the law to compel her to photograph same-sex weddings or “otherwise express messages inconsistent with Nelson’s beliefs,” and could not prohibit her from advertising on her website that she only photographs opposite-sex ceremonies.

Her lawsuit had claimed through the Fairness Ordinance, the city was forcing her to promote and participate in ceremonies that she opposed for religious reasons. And the judge agreed, saying in the ruling that while she had never been asked to photograph a same-sex wedding, “state law protects her photography and associated blogging from the burdens the City seeks to impose.”

           — Hat tip: MS [Return to headlines]
 

Mastodon Gains Record Number of Signups

The decentralized microblogging platform Mastodon saw a record number of new signups on October 28, the day after Musk’s takeover.

Mastodon launched in March 2016. Like Twitter, it is a microblogging platform that allows users to post content, follow other users, retweet (toot), post media, and use hashtags. However, it is a decentralized (distributed) social media platform where users sign on individual nodes or servers. Each server has its own language, theme, rules and content moderation policies. The most popular server, mastodon.social has over 800,000 users.

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

Play School Drag Queen Row Erupts: Fiery Moment Liberal Senator Accuses the ABC of ‘Grooming’ Children on G-Rated Show — Leading Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young to Lose it at ‘Offensive’ Comment

Senator Alex Antic made the bizarre claim during Senate Estimates on Tuesday, prompting a furious argument with Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia Supreme Court Hearing Case of Teacher Fired for Not Using Trans Pronouns

WEST POINT, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — The Supreme Court of Virginia is hearing the case of a teacher who was fired after he refused to call a girl a boy.

Peter Vlaming’s lawyers argue that “he was fired for something he couldn’t say.”

Vlaming had been a French teacher at Virginia’s West Point High School for seven years when he was fired in late 2018; he had refused to refer to a female student as a boy.

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

West Side Story-Singing Pro-Trans Activist Arrested at Lincoln Memorial Protesting Pro-Woman Feminists

WASHINGTON — U.S. Park Police arrested a pro-transgender activist outside the Lincoln Memorial on a chaotic Monday afternoon as tourists watched in fascinated bewilderment.

Radical activists gathered to protest pro-women feminists gathered at the historic monument on Monday afternoon. Led by Kellie-Jay Keen, who advocates for women’s rights and for biological sex, the feminists spoke into pre-set microphones about the importance of protecting children from transgender surgeries.

The pro-transgender activists attempted to drown them out by screaming, yelling into megaphones, and more.

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

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    Elon Musk is certainly not God’s best child
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    The big game: and Twitter

    By Ernst Wolff

    Published on: 7 November 2022

    Listen https://tube4.apolut.net/w/v27VxdjB7zSizmMVc6ceD7

    A commentary by Ernst Wolff.
    Translated from German by LN

    Elon Musk’s takeover of the microblogging service Twitter is causing a stir around the world. The mainstream media is slapping him on the wrist because he has announced that he will no longer exercise censorship and they now fear a tidal wave of fake news. Millions of Musk fans, however, hail their hero as the saviour of free speech.

    Both groups apparently do not realise that their respective attitudes make them victims of the most dangerous trend of our time – the division of society.

    Let us therefore try to analyse it all soberly and first look at who Elon Musk is.

    1.
    Musk is one of the founders of Pay Pal. PayPal, whose largest shareholders are BlackRock and Vanguard, is currently the subject of several lawsuits for allegedly defrauding customers and luring investors with false information.

    2.
    Founded SpaceX and Starlink in 2002. Starlink is by far the largest satellite operator in the world, with nearly 2,600 satellites, and is used, among other things, by the corrupt regime in Ukraine for warfare.

    3.
    Musk has been CEO of the car company TESLA since 2008, whose largest shareholders are also BlackRock and Vanguard. Anyone who buys an electric car from Tesla accepts that the car uploads driving data to the manufacturer’s cloud. Anyone who wants to evade this data collection by making changes to the vehicle will receive a warning from Tesla’s lawyers for license infringement.

    4.
    Musk’s companies Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX have received nearly $5 billion in government funding in 2015 alone. Musk is therefore not an opponent but a partner and profiteer of the state.

    5.
    Musk graduated in 2008 as a Young Global Leader from the World Economic Forum, which promotes public-private partnerships around the world.

    6.
    Musk founded the company Neuralink in 2016. Its transhumanist goal is to develop a device for communication between the human brain and computers, a so-called brain-computer interface.

    7.
    Musk, a great admirer of China’s economic progress, proposed in October 2022 that Taiwan become a “special administrative zone” under Chinese rule.

    This is just some information about the work of a man who knows better than anyone how to present himself as someone who swims against the tide and who has vowed to make Twitter a “marketplace for free speech”.

    This promise, however, does not change the fact that the decision of who gets to say and write what will be in his hands in the future.

    But what lies behind Musk’s decision to take over Twitter?

    It is clear that the plan is to turn Twitter into a financial services provider and to issue a private currency through Twitter, which would open up a whole new industry. Musk already bought back the X.COM domain in 2017, which was shut down in 2002 with the PayPal takeover, and announced that he would make Twitter liable for payment.

    That way, he gets what he’s most interested in: users’ data. PayPal has just shown them what to expect: the company notified its customers in October 2022 that they could face fines of up to $2,500, account suspension for up to 180 days, and even full balance forfeiture if they spread false information.

    What does all this mean?
    It is no more and no less than that the debate on freedom of expression has given rise to a false conflict which – like the major health crises of recent years – serves perfectly well to divert public attention from the most important processes in the background – the increasing concentration of money and data in fewer and fewer hands and the total subordination of us all to the digital-financial complex.

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