Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/3/2022

A whistleblower who worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology has written a book in which he asserts that the COVID-19 virus was genetically engineered in the Wuhan lab, and the U.S. government was responsible, because it funded the research. Meanwhile, the government of New Zealand is seeking guardianship of a baby whose parents refused to allow it to have a transfusion of “vaccinated” blood.

In other news, an estimated 20% of unaccompanied Albanian “child” migrants have disappeared since arriving in the UK.

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

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USA
» Alabama Students Victorious in Free Speech Case at State Supreme Court
» Breaking: Elon Musk Says There Are ‘More Smoking Guns’ to Come and He’s Not Suicidal
» Elon Musk Slams New York Times for Its Silence on Twitter Censorship Report
» Elon Musk Reveals Plan to Increase User Participation, Twitter Will Show View Counts for Each Tweet
» FBI Agent Found Not Guilty in 2020 Shooting Aboard Metro Train
» Former Top Intel Chiefs Silent After Musk Twitter Disclosures
» French President Macron Has Surprise Meet With Elon Musk in New Orleans
» Global Warming? Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover at 56-Year High
» GOP Lawmakers Called Twitter’s Post Censorship ‘Tipping Point’ For Big Tech
» House Republicans Promise to Investigate Exec Vijaya Gadde’s Role in Twitter Censorship
» Hunter Biden’s Former Law Firm Received $10m in Forgiven COVID Loans While Donating $1m to Dems
» Investigation Underway After Boy Gets Hold of Gun, Shoots at 5-Year-Old in NE Houston, Police Say
» James Woods Vows to Sue Twitter, Democrats for Censoring Him Online
» LA County Experiences 1,200% Increase in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Over 5-Year Period
» Left-Wing Journos Attack Reporter Matt Taibbi for Exposing Musk’s Twitter Files
» Lobbyists Want Media-Big Tech Cartel Bill Attached to Defense Spending
» Milwaukee Parents Blame DA John Chisholm’s Bail Push for Son’s Death
» Riot Police Deployed to Quell Protest Against Conservative Event at UNM
» Ted Cruz, Republicans Blast Twitter After Elon Musk Censorship Report
» US Air Marshals Prepared to ‘Mutiny’ Against Biden Plan to Leave 99% Flights Unguarded
» Uvalde Massacre Victims Launch $27B Class Action Suit Against Police, School
 
Canada
» Alberta Sovereignty Act Breakdown
» Are Lingering Vaccine Mandates Killing British Columbians? Former Paramedic of 30 Years Speaks Out
» Disabled Canadian Army Veteran Paralympian Blasts Government for Offering to Euthanize Her When She Complained About How Long it Was Taking to Install Stairlift at Her Home
» Saskatchewan Judge Upholds $14,000 Fine Against Diner for Not Complying With COVID-19 Restrictions
» Wilfred Laurier University Plans to ‘De-Centre Whiteness’ As Part of the New Diversity Plan for Campus
» Woman Trampled by Police Horse: ‘They Swept it Under the Rug’
 
Europe and the EU
» Europe Shows a Clear Link Between Immigration and Crime
» France: Bordeaux’s Green City Council Welcomes Rat Infestation
» The Guardian Could Help Assange by Retracting All the Lies it Published About Him
» UK: Just Stop Oil Activists Protest in London Against High Energy Bills
» UK: Man Jailed After Actions That Could Have Caused ‘Violent Explosion’
» UK: Police Called to Mana After Animal Rebellion Protestors Target Michelin-Starred Restaurant
» UK: Queen, Suffering From Bone Marrow Cancer, Was ‘Devastated’ by Harry and Meghan’s Betrayal: Report
» UK: Watch: Waitresses at Salt BAE’s Restaurant Physically Remove Animal Rebellion Protestors
» ‘Undiplomatic and Unwise’: EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen Risks Row After Likening Britain’s Rule in Ireland to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
 
Middle East
» Qatari TV Hosts Mock Germany’s World Cup Human Rights Protest, Waving Goodbye to the Knocked-Out Nation With Their Hands Over Their Mouths Before They Fly Home
 
Russia
» Get Those Boots Polished! Vladimir Putin Will Visit His Troops in the Donbas Region of Eastern Ukraine That Russia Claims to Have Annexed
» Kremlin Hits Out at US for Refusing to Recognise Invaded Ukrainian Land as Being Part of Russia, Rejects Biden’s Terms for Talks With Putin and Vows to Continue ‘Special Military Operation’
» Snowden Receives Russian Passport After Taking Citizenship Pledge
 
Far East
» Four Chinese Tell Why They’re Protesting Xi: ‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!’
» Scientist Who Worked at Wuhan Lab Says COVID Was Man-Made Virus
» Whistleblower US Scientist Who Worked With Wuhan Lab Claims COVID Was Genetically Engineered and Leaked From the Site — and Says ‘The US Government is to Blame’ Because it Funded the Research
 
Australia — Pacific
» NZ Government Seeks Guardianship of Baby After Parents Refuse Vaxxed Blood Transfusion
» Olivia Wilde Was Wrong: Jordan Peterson is Not ‘Insane’ And is a Hero to Many Australians From All Walks of Life Because of One Simple Reason, Writes David Southwell
» Why Landlords Will be Laughing Next Year as Property Prices Increase and a Housing Shortage Continues to Push Up Rents
 
Latin America
» Musk Says Twitter Might Have Interfered in Brazil Elections
 
Immigration
» France: Drug Traffickers in Paris No-Go Zones Paying Illegals to Attack Police
» France Checking Trains From Italy for Migrants Daily Amid Row With Meloni
» French Woman Who Opened Home to Refugee Raped: Prosecutor
» It Can be Done: Cyprus Leads Europe in Deporting 70 Per Cent of Arriving Illegals in 2022
» One in Five Unaccompanied Albanian Child Migrants Have Gone Missing Since Arriving in the UK, New Figures Show
» UK: Nearly 6 in 10 Brexit Voters Would Back an Anti-Mass Migration Party Over Tories
» UK: The Skegness Migrant Crisis
 
Culture Wars
» Christmas-Themed ‘All-Ages’ Drag Show Features Satanist Flag, Queens Gyrating for Kids
 

Alabama Students Victorious in Free Speech Case at State Supreme Court

A free speech lawsuit against the University of Alabama in Huntsville by its Young Americans for Liberty chapter over a policy that required permission to speak on campus will proceed after the state’s highest court reversed a lower-court ruling.

The lawsuit challenged a UAH policy that “limits most student speech to small ‘speech zones’ and requires students to obtain a permit three business days in advance to speak on campus,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal nonprofit that represents the YAL club.

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

Breaking: Elon Musk Says There Are ‘More Smoking Guns’ to Come and He’s Not Suicidal

On a Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, Elon Musk addressed questions about the Twitter Files drop about the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, and what users can expect for the next drop and transparency at Twitter. Musk pledged to full transparency.

Near the end of the call, Musk joked that he was not in the least suicidal, saying “If I committed suicide, it’s not real!”

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

Elon Musk Slams New York Times for Its Silence on Twitter Censorship Report

Elon Musk blasted the New York Times Saturday for its refusal to cover the ongoing firestorm over political censorship at Twitter — damning the newspaper as a “lobbying firm for far-left politicians.”

The slam came in response to a tweet from conservative radio host Clay Travis, who had posted that “not one single article about @elonmusk or the @twitter email release” that dropped Friday had appeared in the Gray Lady’s pages or on its website.

“That is because The New York Times has become, for all intents and purposes, an unregistered lobbying firm for far-left politicians,” Musk responded.

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

Elon Musk Reveals Plan to Increase User Participation, Twitter Will Show View Counts for Each Tweet

Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk is optimistic about the platform’s future as a medium for free speech and announced his plans to encourage user participation on Twitter.

Moving forward, Twitter will show a view count for every tweet, just as it does on videos.

Musk made his remarks in a series of tweets, stating, “I meet so many people who read twitter every day, but almost never tweet. If I may beg your indulgence, please add your voice to the public dialogue!”

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

FBI Agent Found Not Guilty in 2020 Shooting Aboard Metro Train

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) — An FBI agent has been acquitted of attempted second-degree murder in a 2020 non-fatal shooting on board a Metro train in Maryland.

“We were doing some, some tearing up as well because this was a very special client who never, ever, ever should have been put in this position,” attorney Robert Bonsib said.

A Maryland jury found Bonsib’s client, FBI agent Eduardo Valdivia, not guilty in the shooting of a man aboard a Metro train.

The confrontation was caught on camera,

“It was 100% self-defense. He was trying to save his life,” Bonsib said.

According to authorities, Valdivia was heading to work aboard a Metro Red Line train in December 2020 when a panhandler, identified as Steven Slaughter, confronted him and threatened to hurt him if he did not hand over money.

While there’s no audio on the surveillance footage, authorities said the two exchanged words.

Authorities said Valdivia then shot Slaughter twice, who did survive his injuries.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Former Top Intel Chiefs Silent After Musk Twitter Disclosures

America’s top former intelligence officials were mostly mum Saturday after the release of internal Twitter documents detailing how The Post’s bombshell revelations were censored by the social media company.

Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary, John Brennan a former CIA director, Mike Hayden, a former CIA director, and Jim Clapper, a former director of national intelligence — who all once said The Post’s reporting had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” — declined or did not respond to request for comment about whether the latest disclosures had changed their opinion.

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

French President Macron Has Surprise Meet With Elon Musk in New Orleans

French President Emmanuel Macron took a meeting with Elon Musk during his tour of the French-founded New Orleans late Friday.

“In accordance with our ambition to decarbonize and reindustrialize France and Europe, I discussed today with @elonmusk on future green industrial projects, in particular on the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries,” Macron said in a tweet while sharing a photo of himself and the new Twitter boss in a one-on-one conversation.

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

Global Warming? Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover at 56-Year High

The COP27 climate change conference wrapped up last month. World leaders flew in private jets to Egypt to discuss how fossil fuels were quickly heating the planet to the point of no return, as humanity was doomed if crucial climate change policies weren’t implemented. But while the climate alarmist leaders met in the desert, November’s snowfall across the Northern Hemisphere was running at rates exceeding a half-a-century average.

NOAA and Rutgers University released new data that showed snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere reached the highest level since measurements began in 1967 and are currently above the 56-year mean.

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

GOP Lawmakers Called Twitter’s Post Censorship ‘Tipping Point’ For Big Tech

Republican lawmakers called Twitter’s suppression of The Post’s groundbreaking Hunter Biden laptop story the “tipping point” of big tech shortly after the social media giant’s censorship.

The remarks, revealed in internal emails made public Friday, and shared by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, came after 12 congressional members, including nine GOPers, were informally polled by NetChoice, a lobbying firm for major tech companies including Twitter, Meta, TikTok, and Google shortly after the exposé was censored.

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

House Republicans Promise to Investigate Exec Vijaya Gadde’s Role in Twitter Censorship

Twitter’s chief censor Vijaya Gadde will come under scrutiny from the Judiciary Committee when Republicans take control of the House in January, The Post has learned.

“We’re tracking Vijaya Gadde’s role in the suppression of the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop. We absolutely plan to investigate this more. Stay tuned,” a committee spokesperson said Saturday.

Gadde, 48, Twitter’s former head of legal, policy, and trust played a “key role” in censoring The Post’s Hunter Biden coverage, journalist Matt Taibbi wrote after his review of the social media company’s internal communications for a report he called “The Twitter Files.”

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

Hunter Biden’s Former Law Firm Received $10m in Forgiven COVID Loans While Donating $1m to Dems

Hunter Biden’s past employer, law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, received $10 million in forgiven pandemic loans from the federal government — while donating nearly $1 million to Democratic candidates, an independent investigation has found.

Of 300 top law firms investigated by transparency nonprofit Open the Books, Boies took the single-biggest loan, $10.14 million, from the Paycheck Protection Program, established by the Trump administration in 2020 to help mom-and-pop businesses survive the pandemic. The loan was forgiven in 2021.

Meanwhile, the firm — headed by longtime Joe Biden donor David Boies — billed $480 million to clients in 2020 and 2021, and equity partners each earned $4.5 million.

Boies partners and employees donated nearly $1 million in federal campaign cash during the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, including $213,966 to Biden’s presidential campaign.

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

Investigation Underway After Boy Gets Hold of Gun, Shoots at 5-Year-Old in NE Houston, Police Say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition after police say he was shot by a child who got a hold of a gun in northeast Houston Saturday afternoon.

Houston Police Department officers said they responded to a shooting call at 4905 Denmark Street near Lockwood Drive at about 12:30 p.m.

According to police, an 8-year-old boy got access to the firearm and shot the 5-year-old.

The 5-year-old was reportedly taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound by his father but was later transported by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann in critical condition.

Police said the 8-year-old appeared to have a cut on his head and was also taken to the hospital in stable condition, although it’s unclear how he may have received that injury.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

James Woods Vows to Sue Twitter, Democrats for Censoring Him Online

Outspoken conservative actor James Woods — a target of Twitter censorship at the Democratic National Committee’s behest ahead of the 2020 election — is threatening to lead a class action lawsuit against the social media giant and the DNC over the damage done to his career and reputation.

“How would you like to fund a class action suit for those who were suppressed?” Woods asked Elon Musk Saturday, in a tweet thanking the billionaire — Twitter’s new owner — for exposing politically motivated suppression of Republicans on the site. “I’ll be happy to be lead plaintiff.”

A Woods tweet from 2020 featuring a photo of a half-naked, apparently drug-smoking Hunter Biden — taken from the scandalous laptop that The Post exposed — was targeted for removal by Democratic Party operatives, according to a Friday document dump of internal messages among Twitter insiders.

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

LA County Experiences 1,200% Increase in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Over 5-Year Period

Between 2016 and 2016, Los Angeles County experienced a 1,280% spike in overdose deaths from fentanyl, according to a recent report from the county Department of Public Health.

In a joint statement, the LA County District Attorney’s Office (which regularly refuses to charge drug dealers) and the health department announced the creation of a working group to address the situation “through prevention, education and enforcement.”

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

Left-Wing Journos Attack Reporter Matt Taibbi for Exposing Musk’s Twitter Files

Mainstream news reporters — in lockstep with Democratic strategists — rushed to social media to smear journalist Matt Taibbi as a “sad” “fraud” as he released his bombshell report on political censorship at Twitter.

“Matt Taibbi…what sad, disgraceful downfall,” Daily Beast columnist and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali posted. “Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth.”

On Friday, billionaire Elon Musk — who vowed to give the social media giant a free-speech overhaul when he bought it last month — released to Taibbi a shocking collection of inside correspondence proving that Democrat insiders leaned on Twitter’s censors to suppress The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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

Lobbyists Want Media-Big Tech Cartel Bill Attached to Defense Spending

Desperate to pass the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), media lobbyists are attempting to attach it to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill to fund the military.

The JCPA would allow Big Media to form negotiating cartels to gain even more favors with Big Tech. The bill has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. Conservatives feel the bill would deepen ties between Big Tech and Big Media for more censorship of conservative views.

On December 2, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against passing the JCPA.

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

Milwaukee Parents Blame DA John Chisholm’s Bail Push for Son’s Death

A Milwaukee couple whose son was killed while riding with a speed demon and repeat felon ripped the county’s DA, who has fought for relaxing bail laws.

Danari Peer, 20, was killed on Oct. 5 while riding in the passenger seat of a car driven by Jai’Quann McMurtry, who was flying down the street at 109 miles per hour when he hit a tree, ABC7 reported.

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

Riot Police Deployed to Quell Protest Against Conservative Event at UNM

It took riot police to quell progressives’ protest against a speech by Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative Turning Point USA group, at the University of New Mexico on Wednesday night.

The protest got so heated campus police “enlisted the help of New Mexico State Police in riot gear to detain three people, including one UNM student,” KOB Channel 4 reported.

“All were issued a criminal summons for interfering with officials or the general public. That is a petty misdemeanor that could mean a $500 fine and/or less than 6 months in jail,” the news station reported.

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

Ted Cruz, Republicans Blast Twitter After Elon Musk Censorship Report

Furious Republicans kept up their barrage Saturday against Twitter’s partisan censors in the wake of new owner Elon Musk’s bombshell document drop revealing political censorship at the social media giant.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant!” tech investor and GOP donor Peter Thiel told The Post, praising Musk — his longtime colleague and sometime rival — for releasing behind-the-scenes details about the shady 2020 decision to muzzle The Post and its scoop about Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop ahead of the presidential election.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the censorship was a page out of the Chinese Communist Party playbook.

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

US Air Marshals Prepared to ‘Mutiny’ Against Biden Plan to Leave 99% Flights Unguarded

Dozens of U.S. Air Marshals are prepared to defy the Biden administration’s latest border security plan, which entails leaving about 99 percent of commercial flights unprotected to instead back up overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol agents. A career air marshal said plans to defy the Biden administration’s orders are approaching a “mutiny” by federal agents.

The Washington Examiner reported that in mid-2021 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asked for volunteers from its Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) office to leave their regular duties guarding flights and instead provide backup for the U.S. Border Patrol. Reuters reported that in October, fewer than 150 air marshals volunteered for a border rotation and that the DHS shifted from requesting volunteers to assigning them to the border.

The plan to pull air marshals over to the southern border comes as the U.S. has seen record-breaking numbers of illegal border crossings under the Biden administration.

Now, as air marshals are being ordered to the border, dozens of rank and file members have indicated they will refuse the assignments. An association of air marshals known as the Air Marshal National Council recently sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FAMS Director Tirrell Stevenson, warning that air marshals will refuse orders to go to the border.

“The rank and file air marshals are going to refuse to deploy and risk termination,” David Londo, a 16-year DHS employee and president of the Air Marshal National Council, told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. “You’re almost going to have a mutiny of a federal agency, which is unheard of.”

The letter from the Air Marshal National Council, which they provided to the Washington Examiner, referenced two separate security incidents onboard commercial airline flights just in November.

           — Hat tip: Jack Lawson [Return to headlines]
 

Uvalde Massacre Victims Launch $27B Class Action Suit Against Police, School

Victims of the Uvalde school shooting have filed a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit against police, along with city and school officials, for the massacre that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The suit, filed in federal court in Austin Tuesday, claims that officials, including law enforcement, failed to protect children and teachers from an armed attacker inside a fourth-grade classroom during the May 24 shooting spree. The lawsuit is seeking $27 billion for survivors, who continue to suffer “emotional or psychological damages as a result of the defendants’ conduct and omissions on that date.”

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

Alberta Sovereignty Act Breakdown

The new Premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith gave her first speech on the throne where her United Conservative government presented Albertans with the first hint at affordability and financial relief to come out of her proposed Alberta Sovereignty Act.

During the speech on the throne, Danielle Smith announced her plans to ease Albertan’s affordability concerns in an ever-rising Liberal-led inflation era.

Smith also plans to procure an innovative take on Alberta’s broken healthcare system. Smith and Jason Copping — Alberta’s Minister of Health, pledged to reduce ambulance response times and to “bring additional health professionals into our emergency rooms to assist with treatment and triage.”

In addition, Danielle Smith addressed Alberta’s relationship with the federal government — as was to be expected.

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

Are Lingering Vaccine Mandates Killing British Columbians? Former Paramedic of 30 Years Speaks Out

Today, I bring you a sit-down report with a former B.C. paramedic of over 30 years, who would love to be saving lives of British Columbians but is forbidden to do so by the NDP governments vaccine mandates against certain front-line workers.

John, who prefers that his last name remain anonymous, is part of the BC Paramedics United Society, which is a group of close to 60 paramedics who have dedicated decades of their lives first responding and are calling on the government to be reinstated. The society has retained a sharp Victoria-based lawyer named Umar Sheik to begin their legal fight to getting back to work and back to saving lives.

Despite B.C.’s health-care system being overwhelmed, and ambulance response times delayed due to short staffing, the province is still stubbornly holding on to vaccine mandates that have caused thousands of front-line workers to be unemployed.

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

Disabled Canadian Army Veteran Paralympian Blasts Government for Offering to Euthanize Her When She Complained About How Long it Was Taking to Install Stairlift at Her Home

A disabled veteran in Canada has slammed her government for offering to euthanize her when she grew frustrated at delays in having a wheelchair lift installed in her home.

Retired Army Corporal Christine Gauthier, a former Paralympian, testified in Parliament on Thursday that a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) caseworker made the assisted suicide offer.

After years of frustrating delays in getting the home lift, Gauthier says the caseworker told her: ‘Madam, if you are really so desperate, we can give you medical assistance in dying now.’

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

Saskatchewan Judge Upholds $14,000 Fine Against Diner for Not Complying With COVID-19 Restrictions

Shorebird Investment Ltd., which operates a hotel and restaurant, filed the legal challenge after local health authorities ticketed the establishment in March 2021 for defying public health orders.

In a written decision, Judge Steven Schiefner said maintaining a list of diners during the height of COVID-19 did not pose a significant infringement of the right to privacy. He considered the measure ‘reasonable’ at the time.

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

Wilfred Laurier University Plans to ‘De-Centre Whiteness’ As Part of the New Diversity Plan for Campus

An email sent to students detailed Laurier’s comprehensive action plan to decrease ‘whiteness’ on campus and ‘decolonize’ the Ontario post-secondary school:

Laurier needs to centre decolonization and equity if it is going to be successful in its desire to create an inclusive community (one of the key elements of the university wide strategic plan).

Equity and decolonization must be central to the university’s mission.

We must move on from our tendency towards superficial, performative and tick-box approaches to equity.

It is imperative that we de-centre structures and cultures of colonization and “whiteness” if the university is to realize its ambitions.

The president of Wilfred Laurier University has not yet decolonized herself from her 300k per year job.

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

Woman Trampled by Police Horse: ‘They Swept it Under the Rug’

On last night’s episode of Rebel Roundup, host David Menzies was joined by Rebel’s Quebec-based reporter, Alexa Lavoie. The two discussed the woman named Candice Sero, who a police horse trampled at the Ottawa freedom convoy protest in February.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) quickly dropped Ciro’s request for an investigation into the RCMP, under the grounds that she ‘wasn’t hurt enough.’

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

Europe Shows a Clear Link Between Immigration and Crime

Authored by John R. Lott Jr. & James Varney via RealClear Wire

Violent crime is becoming common in Sweden, shocking residents of the famously placid Scandinavian nation, where horrific acts of violence have become “all too familiar,” according to Common Sense Media, part of a Swedish nonprofit organization.

Since 2018, Swedish authorities have recorded an estimated 500 bombings, while what they describe as gang shootings have become increasingly common. The country reported a record 124 homicides in 2020 and many residents were shocked in April when violent riots injured more than 100 police officers.

But Sweden’s crime spike is not an anomaly in Europe, as homicides have risen during the last decade across the European Union, from Hungary and Germany to Denmark and Finland. An analysis of EU and United Nations crime data by RealClearInvestigations shows that, as in Sweden, the broader crime wave is strongly correlated with immigration.

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France: Bordeaux’s Green City Council Welcomes Rat Infestation

The Green Party in the French city believes that rodents contribute to the “proper functioning” of the city’s sewers and are therefore “necessary”.

Rats do not seem to be a problem for the Green Bordeaux municipality. In any case, ecologists believe that their presence is vital, even “necessary”. As reported in Le Figaro on Thursday, December 1, the city councillor Jean-Baptiste Thony said that without them, “the sewers would be clogged almost instantly” and that exterminating them would be “counterproductive for the good health of the city”.

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

The Guardian Could Help Assange by Retracting All the Lies it Published About Him

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone

The Guardian has joined The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais in signing a letter from the five papers which collaborated with WikiLeaks twelve years ago in the publication of the Chelsea Manning leaks to call for the Biden administration to drop all charges against Julian Assange. This sudden jolt of mainstream support comes as news breaks that Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been personally pushing the US government to bring the Assange case to a close.

The Guardian’s participation in this letter is particularly noteworthy, given the leading role that publication has played in manufacturing public support for his persecution in the first place.

If The Guardian really wants to help end the persecution of the heroic WikiLeaks founder, the best way to do that would be to retract those many smears, spin jobs and outright lies, and to formally apologize for publishing them.

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

UK: Just Stop Oil Activists Protest in London Against High Energy Bills

Saturday, tucking themselves into bed displays at Harrods in London to protest Britain’s high energy bills.

The protestors were lying on beds and sofas with signs reading “end fuel poverty.” They were joined by other grassroots activists like Don’t Pay UK and Fuel Poverty Action, who all want action over the country’s skyrocketing energy prices.

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

UK: Man Jailed After Actions That Could Have Caused ‘Violent Explosion’

A MAN has been jailed for attempted arson after police found him releasing toxic gas into a living room, while a trail of gas canisters and potentially explosive ‘sinister’ objects were scattered throughout the home.

The court heard of how Mark Warburton had sent his girlfriend at the time a ‘goodbye text’ that morning, alerting police officers to a apartment on Alder Lane in Orford.

Warburton, now of Cedar Grove in Wigan, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court on Monday via a video link from prison, after pleading guilty to attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

Prosecuting, Nick Cockrell said the incident occurred on May 23 this year.

He said that police were called to the property three times that day, with the first visit due to reports of concern for Warburton after his partner had received the worrying text, and the second visit relating to reports that the accused had been making his own bombs.

Upon the final visit to the flat, situated on the third floor of the apartment block, police entered to witness the disturbing scene of Warburton, 38, lay on the sofa releasing the contents of a butane gas canister into the room.

A lighter was situated on the floor next to a camping stove and within reaching distance of the defendant, and the room was described as ‘hazy’ due to the levels of gas that had already been released.

The court also heard that when entering the kitchen, officers found a microwave with the door open, packed with four butane gas canisters and drill bits and a timer set to 35 minutes.

Several more canisters were found in a blue box and dotted around the premises, along with a dismantled toaster and other potentially dangerous objects.

Mr Cockrell further explained that a fire brigade officer said that if the defendant had ignited his lighter, there could have been a ‘quick and violent explosion’.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Police Called to Mana After Animal Rebellion Protestors Target Michelin-Starred Restaurant

Police have been called to Michelin-starred restaurant Mana after protestors from Animal Rebellion targeted the venue.

Just after 7pm this evening (Saturday December 3), 16 supporters of the animal and climate justice movement entered the restaurant and occupied tables reserved for customers. The demonstrators held mock menus aloft with the courses outlining the group’s demands, such as “support for farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system”.

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

UK: Queen, Suffering From Bone Marrow Cancer, Was ‘Devastated’ by Harry and Meghan’s Betrayal: Report

The late Queen, suffering from bone marrow cancer and with her husband at death’s door, was left “devastated” by Harry and Meghan’s betrayal of the family, reports have claimed.

With the impending release of yet more tell-all tales from Prince Harry and wife Meghan in a Netflix documentary and the former’s upcoming biography, Spare, the other side of the story is beginning to emerge, with details of the Queen’s final months being revealed by sources and a biography of the late monarch by Gyles Brandreth.

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

UK: Watch: Waitresses at Salt BAE’s Restaurant Physically Remove Animal Rebellion Protestors

Activists have targeted the Knightsbridge steak restaurant owned by Salt Bae.

The Animal Rebellion group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, said eight people entered the Nusr-Et steakhouse in the upmarket central London district at about 6pm and sat at tables which were already reserved.

Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gokce and who shared a picture of himself at the World Cup on Friday, became a viral internet hit for his technique of sprinkling salt on to his dishes.

The protest group said in a press release it is calling for “a plant-based food system and mass rewilding”.

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‘Undiplomatic and Unwise’: EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen Risks Row After Likening Britain’s Rule in Ireland to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

The European Commission chief made the remarks in an address to a joint sitting of the Irish Parliament in Dublin to mark Ireland’s 50-year European Union membership.

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Qatari TV Hosts Mock Germany’s World Cup Human Rights Protest, Waving Goodbye to the Knocked-Out Nation With Their Hands Over Their Mouths Before They Fly Home

The German team covered their mouths while posing for their team photograph ahead of their opening group stage match against Japan on November 23.

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Get Those Boots Polished! Vladimir Putin Will Visit His Troops in the Donbas Region of Eastern Ukraine That Russia Claims to Have Annexed

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Petrov said on Saturday that Russian president Vladimir Putin would ‘of course’ visit the Donbas region ‘in due time’ after ‘sham’ elections in September

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Kremlin Hits Out at US for Refusing to Recognise Invaded Ukrainian Land as Being Part of Russia, Rejects Biden’s Terms for Talks With Putin and Vows to Continue ‘Special Military Operation’

Moscow rejected President Biden’s offer for talks on Friday as the US was adamant it would not recognize invaded Ukrainian land as belonging to Russia.

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Snowden Receives Russian Passport After Taking Citizenship Pledge

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s unconstitutional mass surveillance programs, received a Russian passport on Thursday after taking the country’s citizenship oath.

“Edward received a Russian passport yesterday and took the oath in accordance with the law,” his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, according to Russian media. “He is, of course, happy, thanking the Russian Federation for the fact that he received citizenship.”

That citizenship comes with an enormously valuable feature: “Under the Constitution of Russia, he can no longer be extradited to a foreign state,” said Kucherena.

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Four Chinese Tell Why They’re Protesting Xi: ‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!’

All week, China has been rocked by protests against President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party’s extreme “zero-COVID” policies, which have forced many to stay at home for months, possibly leading to the deaths of 10 people trapped in an apartment building fire on Nov. 24.

I asked friends in China — using encrypted apps that the Chinese surveillance state has declared illegal — to tell me why they are protesting the lockdowns. Here are four responses, minus the personal details that might get them arrested.

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Scientist Who Worked at Wuhan Lab Says COVID Was Man-Made Virus

A scientist who worked at a controversial research lab in China has claimed that COVID was a man-made virus that leaked from the facility, according to a report.

Andrew Huff, who worked for a New York-based non-profit that studied viruses, said COVID leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China two-plus years ago and blamed authorities for the “biggest US intelligence failure since 9/11,” Britain’s The Sun reported Saturday.

The lab has been at the center of fierce debates about the origins of COVID, with both Chinese government officials and lab personnel denying that the virus leaked from the facility.

Huff, an epidemiologist, said in his new book, “The Truth About Wuhan,” that the pandemic was the result of the US government’s funding of coronaviruses in China.

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Whistleblower US Scientist Who Worked With Wuhan Lab Claims COVID Was Genetically Engineered and Leaked From the Site — and Says ‘The US Government is to Blame’ Because it Funded the Research

A scientist who worked closely with a US-funded Wuhan lab has claimed that Covid was genetically engineered and leaked from the Chinese facility.

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NZ Government Seeks Guardianship of Baby After Parents Refuse Vaxxed Blood Transfusion

The New Zealand government is demanding temporary guardianship of the 4-month-old so they can authorise the use of vaccinated blood for the boy who needs heart surgery.

This is despite the fact that the boy’s parents have found unvaccinated people willing to donate blood to their child.

Doctors have insisted the child must receive blood from the NZ Blood Service or be removed by authorities.

But the parents have said they were “extremely concerned” that blood donated by people who had the Covid-19 vaccine might adversely affect their baby.

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Olivia Wilde Was Wrong: Jordan Peterson is Not ‘Insane’ And is a Hero to Many Australians From All Walks of Life Because of One Simple Reason, Writes David Southwell

Fans of controversy magnet Jordan Peterson insist they are not ‘incels’, which means ‘involuntary celibates’, and that the psychology professor turned online sensation has wise words to share.

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Why Landlords Will be Laughing Next Year as Property Prices Increase and a Housing Shortage Continues to Push Up Rents

SQM Research is expecting property prices to start recovering next year after the Reserve Bank of Australia stops raising interest rates. This would benefit landlords as rents keep soaring.

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Musk Says Twitter Might Have Interfered in Brazil Elections

Twitter might have interfered in another national election, Elon Musk said.

The social media platform’s personnel may have tried to swing the political tide in Brazil toward left wing stalwart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who ousted the country’s far right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

“I’ve seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election. If those tweets are accurate, it’s possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates,” Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user who asked him to get to the bottom of any other national elections Twitter had inserted itself into.

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France: Drug Traffickers in Paris No-Go Zones Paying Illegals to Attack Police

Drug traffickers in the no-go zone suburbs of Paris are allegedly offering illegals 200 euros per day to violently attack local police who try and interfere with their drug-selling operations.

Drug dealers operating in Seine-Saint-Denis are accused of hiring illegal immigrants — not to sell drugs themselves, but to attack local police who come into the dealers’ “territory”, with officers becoming more concerned for their safety in certain areas.

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France Checking Trains From Italy for Migrants Daily Amid Row With Meloni

The French government has ramped up controls at its border with Italy, checking trains for illegals on a daily basis and pushing back thousands to Italy so far this year.

Members of the French National Police, along with civil volunteers, have increased checks at the Italian border close to the town of Ventimiglia after the government announced it would be tightening security, despite the open borders Schengen treaty between European Union member-states.

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French Woman Who Opened Home to Refugee Raped: Prosecutor

A Libyan refugee faces trial in Paris this week after allegedly raping a woman at knifepoint after she hosted him in her home for several weeks.

The trial of Libyan refugee Samir L., said to be in his late thirties, began this week on Thursday at the Paris Assizes court, where he is accused of raping 33-year-old Sabrina C. in her own home.

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It Can be Done: Cyprus Leads Europe in Deporting 70 Per Cent of Arriving Illegals in 2022

So far this year, Cyprus has deported around 70 per cent of all arriving illegals — showing countries like Britain that large-scale returns are not impossible after all.

Cyprus’ Interior Minister Nicos Nouris announced the figures this week, noting an increase from last year, in which the country deported just 17 per cent of the illegals who had come to Cyprus.

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One in Five Unaccompanied Albanian Child Migrants Have Gone Missing Since Arriving in the UK, New Figures Show

Almost a fifth of lone Albanian child migrants have gone missing, a council has revealed.

Kent County Council took in 197 unaccompanied child migrants from Albania between January 1 and October 31 of this year and, of those, 39 are missing.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.

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UK: Nearly 6 in 10 Brexit Voters Would Back an Anti-Mass Migration Party Over Tories

Over half of those who voted for Brexit and a third of voters overall would be in favour of switching their party allegiance to a new political force that made cutting migration a top priority, a new poll has found.

According to a representative survey of 1,208 Britons conducted by PeoplePolling for GB News, 57 per cent of people who voted to Leave the European Union in 2016 would support an alternative to the Conservatives (Tories) in order to see migration finally be brought down.

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UK: The Skegness Migrant Crisis

In Skegness five hotels have closed their doors to the public and accepted lucrative deals to house migrants. The influx of young migrant men along the Skegness seafront has alarmed many local residents who believe these ‘migrant hotels’ will damage the tourist industry and could put the safety of the towns inhabitants at risk.

The UK government are struggling to find suitable accommodation for the record-breaking numbers of migrants crossing the English Channel. The use of hotels around the country is being justified as a temporary solution to house the growing migrant population whilst their asylum applications are being processed.

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Christmas-Themed ‘All-Ages’ Drag Show Features Satanist Flag, Queens Gyrating for Kids

An explicit Texas drag show marketed towards kids included adult males in wigs, thongs dancing in a sexual manner, who behaved inappropriately with a child who’s parents weren’t present. The venue, which advertises itself as “all-ages,” features an LGBTQ+ Satanist pride flag on display and regularly hosts other like events, according to a report from independent journalist Tayler Hansen.

The event, “The Island of Misfit Toys Drive & Drag Show,” took place at The Starlighter in San Antonio, on Friday. The flier for the event advertised a screening of the children’s Christmas movie “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” alongside performances from some drag queens with X-rated stage names, like “Miss Taint.”

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/3/2022

    • and two of those children have arrived in the town of Krefeld.. and been arrested after a cold blooded hit execution style in the city center. It was not about toys but drugs. Who would have guessed. I always wonder how a such small nation can generate a that huge number of the rudest criminals I heard of. Travelers say that they met very friendly and hospitable people there. Yes, because the rogues are elsewhere.

  1. Re: EU President Ursula van der Leyen…

    I can hardly believe I’m agreeing with this obnoxious woman, but we Brits behaved appallingly in Ireland, over many centuries…

    • Just another sheep Brit who cannot bend the knee fast enough, self flail away and whip his own back and apologize to everyone on just how mean the bloody English have been in the past. I really wish the Germans won the wars, for nobody would have this self hatred for their own and actually stand up and defend it against outsiders and accomplishments. The Victors never apologize, they hold Victory parades and celebrate.

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