Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/5/2022

The French government has banned short-haul domestic flights to cut carbon emissions and help meet the EU’s climate goals. Meanwhile, a Soros-funded group is advising the Biden administration on measures to force Americans to use less gasoline.

In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the Kerch Bridge, which was damaged by a huge explosion back in October.

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Financial Crisis
» Alameda’s Caroline Ellison Spotted in NY Amid Speculation She is About to Roll on SBF After Hiring Iconic Clinton Lawyer
» Doom and Gloom: Consumers Pessimistic About 2023; Expect Inflation, Taxes, And Unemployment to Rise
» Elon Musk: FTX CEO Funneled ‘Over $1b’ To Democrats
» FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Says He ‘Will Testify’ To Congress About Collapse
» Inflation Bites: Christmas Day Staples Turkey, Pork, Up 20 Per Cent
» It Cost $15K in 2022 to Feed a Canadian Family of Four: Report
» More Americans Getting a Second Job as High Inflation Rages
 
USA
» Arizona Certifies 2022 Election Results as Some Republicans Threaten Challenges
» Biden Education Dept Disbands National Parents Council After Parental Rights Groups Sue
» Biden Approval Rating Plummets to 36 Percent
» Breaking: CCP-Linked Hackers Stole $20 Million in COVID Benefits From US
» Breaking: Biden White House Dismisses Hunter Biden Censorship Revelations, Falsely Accuses Twitter of Increased ‘Hate Speech’
» Breaking: Loudon County Grand Jury Report Reveals Educators Looked Out ‘For Their Own Interests’ Over Student Safety During Rape Scandal
» Buffalo Grove Man Killed Mother, Wife and Two Daughters, 4 and 6, Before Fatally Stabbing Himself, Police Say
» California Gov. Newsom Pushing for Oil Company Penalties in Special Session
» Disgraced Lawyer Michael Avenatti, Onetime Opponent of Donald Trump, Sentenced to 14 Years in Fraud Case
» Elon Musk’s New Twitter Poll on Edward Snowden, Julian Assange
» Elon Musk Says PayPal is Moving in the “Direction of Social Credit”
» Exclusive: Women Protesting Male Murderer in Women’s Prison Violently Attacked by Antifa
» Fauci’s Daughter Worked for Twitter During Pandemic, Deposition Reveals
» FBI Warned Twitter During ‘Weekly’ Meetings of Hunter Biden ‘Hack-and-Leak Operation’ Before Censoring the Post
» Google to Allow Users to Upload Driver’s License to Their Phone
» Lead FBI Agent Who Warned Twitter About ‘Russian Disinformation’ Dump is Repeat Donor to Democratic Party: Report
» Meta Threatens to Drop News From Facebook if Congress Passes Legislation Bolstering Small Media
» Millennial Deaths Up Another 36% in August
» North Carolina Power Outages Could Last Days After Shootings
» NY Lawmakers Push for Slavery Reparations for Black Residents
» ‘Right-Wing Shooter?’ Suspect Accused of Shooting Warnock Canvasser Revealed to be Democrat Activist
» Rittenhouse Calls on Musk to Release Twitter Files on Censoring ‘Regarding My Trial’
» Twitter’s Biggest Advertisers Resume Ads, Ramp Up Spending
» Vallejo, California, To Pay Out $300K After Marine Veteran Was Tackled for Filming a Cop
» Waukesha Christmas Parade Makes Emotional Return 1 Year After Darrell Brooks Killed 6 in Wisconsin
» White House-Linked Group Backed by George Soros Wages Behind-the-Scenes War on Gasoline
 
Europe and the EU
» Alleged Islamist Cell Members of 2016 Brussels Bombings That Killed 32 in Court
» Czechia: EU’s EV Charger Network Plan Will Probably Fail
» EU Again Talks Enlargement, Eyes Absorbing Western Balkans
» EU Investing €3.3 Billion in Microchip Production, Aims to Control at Least Fifth of World Market
» EU Testing Legal Options to Use Frozen Russian Central Bank Assets for Ukraine Reconstruction
» Europeans Must Choose Republicanism, Says Polish PM
» France Bans Short-Haul Domestic Flights to Cut Emissions
» Germany to Miss NATO Spending Target — Study
» German Auction House Suspends Sale of Kandinsky Work Stolen From Poland’s National Museum
» Germany Was Treated Too Leniently After WWII and Must Pay for Its Treatment of Poles, Claims Polish Leader Kaczynski
» Germany: Follow Lockdown Masking Rules to Prevent Cold and Flu, Government Parties Say
» Greta Thunberg Unloads at Book Launch, Reveals Socialist Agenda in Off-Script Rant
» Machete-Wielding Iranian National Shot and Arrested for Double Homicide in France
» Madrid Ultras Issue Call-to-Arms to ‘Defend Spain’ From Moroccan Riots Ahead of World Cup Knockout Fixture
» Spain’s Left-Wing Government Calls Judges ‘Male Chauvinists’ And ‘Fascists’ As Scandal Over Early Release of Rape Convicts Grows
» The War on Farmers
» UK: Climate Lockdowns: They’re Actually Doing it!
 
Russia
» Missiles Hit Ukrainian Cities, Explosions Rock Russian Air Bases as Fighting Intensifies
» Over 100,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Died During War, Says EU Commission President in Deleted Clip
» Putin Visits Key Crimea Bridge Damaged by Huge Explosion in October
» Russians Have Lost Over 60 Warplanes, Missions Cut Back Drastically — UK Intel
 
South Asia
» India: Chopping Jihad in Bihar: Hindu Woman Stabbed to Death, Breasts Chopped Off by Muslim Culprit in a Halal Way
 
Far East
» Apple Crushes Dissent in America and China
 
Australia — Pacific
» Anger as ISIS Brides Are Welcomed Back Into Australia But Scottish Family Who Have Worked Hard and Paid Taxes for a Decade Still Can’t Get a Visa
» Anthony Albanese is Slammed for Cancelling a Key Meeting With State Leaders Over Rocketing Power Prices After Getting COVID — Despite Cabinet Meeting Virtually on Zoom for Months
» Ex-Bikie Moudi Tajjour Backtracks on Revenge Threat After Alleged Bashing — But Demands a ‘Crack’ At His Attackers ‘One on One’ And Mocks Them for Failing to Inflict Worse Damage as He Reveals His Injuries
» Gina Rinehart Reveals How She Once Lived With ‘Little Electricity’ In Christmas Party Speech — and Tells Her Staff to Give Their Uber Drivers a Simple Message on the Way Home
» New Zealand Announces Public Inquiry Into COVID-19 Response
» New Zealand Wants to Force Big Tech to Hand Over Cash to Mainstream Media
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s Military Prepares Takeover After Killing ‘Red Command’ Cartel Leaders
 
Immigration
» Asylum Seeker Who Went on the Run for 10 Years After Entering the UK in a Lorry Was Arrested When He Turned Up Again on a Dinghy After Crossing the Channel
» Germany: Illerkirchberg: Girl († 14) Killed by a Man on Her Way to School
» Germany: Teen Killed After Suspect Stabs Schoolsgirls Walking Past ‘Refugee Home’
» Germany Cannot Handle Massive Migration Wave, Says Anti-Orban Leader Weber
» Mass Migration is ‘A Part of France’s DNA, ‘ Claims Macron
» Meloni Slams French and German Hypocrisy Over Strict Border Control While Forcing Italy to Accept Mass Migration
» ‘Our Borders Are Sieves’ — Mayor of Affluent French Town Outside Paris Blames Rising Crime on Immigration
» Sweden: Woman Gang-Raped by African Suspects
» UK: Nigel Farage: ‘Immigration Has Massively Altered Our Identity’
» UK: Sunak to Clear Asylum Backlog by Granting Amnesty in All But Name — Report
 
Culture Wars
» Medical Education Adopts Gender Ideology Cartoons That Dispute Sexual Binary
» Teacher Who Wears Large Prosthetic Breasts Subject of College Review, Possible Lawsuit
» UChicago Announces ‘The Problem With Whiteness’ Course
» UK Citizens Advice Employees Push Back Against Ideological Email Pronouns Policy
» UK Police LGBT Network is Investigated for Blocking Critics on Twitter
» Web Designer Refusing to Create Sites for Same-Sex Weddings Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Free Speech Rights
 

Alameda’s Caroline Ellison Spotted in NY Amid Speculation She is About to Roll on SBF After Hiring Iconic Clinton Lawyer

As Sam Bankman-Fried enters day six of his whirlwind media tour in which he makes one or more daily appearances — against the advice of his lawyers — in hopes of convincing someone that he was too dumb to be a criminal mastermind with billions in crypto in cold storage and in bank accounts in Dubai and Singapore (luckily all his wire transfers can be traced), also known as the Simple Jack defense…

[…] the weakest link in SBF’s defense was just spotted in a New York coffee shop, amid speculation she is preparing to blow up SBF’s entire defense strategy.

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

Doom and Gloom: Consumers Pessimistic About 2023; Expect Inflation, Taxes, And Unemployment to Rise

Consumers across the globe are pessimistic about both their country’s and their own aspirations over the forthcoming calendar year, with a majority expecting their personal financial circumstances to deteriorate, according to a recent Ipsos survey conducted across 36 countries.

The poll, commissioned by the World Economic Forum, revealed that more than half of consumers in the included nations expect inflation, interest rates, and unemployment to continue to rise, while their own standard of living and disposable income will fall in 2023.

Consumers of European nations participating in the survey include those from Hungary, Poland, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

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

Elon Musk: FTX CEO Funneled ‘Over $1b’ To Democrats

Twitter boss Elon Musk has demanded to know where “the money went” after declaring that Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced former CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, funneled “over $1B” to Democrats.

If the number is accurate, Musk’s allegation would mean Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) donated significantly more than the initially reported $40 million figure to Democratic politicians.

Bankman-Fried is on record pumping $40M to Democrats during the 2022 election cycle alone ahead of his business’s total meltdown, officially making him the second-largest donor after radical billionaire George Soros.

On Friday, healthcare tech startup CEO Will Mandis tweeted: “SBF donating $40m to not go to jail for stealing $10b+ is one of the highest ROI trades of all time.”

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

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Says He ‘Will Testify’ To Congress About Collapse

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency platform FTX, appears to be holding all the cards regarding his congressional investigation and has said he “will testify” about his company’s collapse.

In a statement Sunday, Bankman-Fried said that he “will testify” before Congress but left open the possibility that it could be a while before he actually appears before lawmakers, if ever.

Bankman-Fried made the remarks in a response to a Twitter post by House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Waters invited former tech CEO “SBF” to appear before the committee’s upcoming meeting on December 13.

The congresswoman, who is believed to have benefited financially from SBF’s donations to Democrats, praised the disgraced former CEO in a post on Twitter.

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

Inflation Bites: Christmas Day Staples Turkey, Pork, Up 20 Per Cent

Turkey, pork, and other Christmas day staples have all seen price spikes of around 20 per cent or more amid Britain’s inflation crisis.

A traditional Christmas dinner is likely to be out of the financial reach of many this holiday season, with one trade union association reporting that the essential components of the meal have risen by over 20 per cent on average while wages have largely stagnated.

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

It Cost $15K in 2022 to Feed a Canadian Family of Four: Report

The average family of four dished out $15,200 on groceries this year and the cost is expected to rise further by 2023 a new food price index has found.

Canada’s Food Price Report 2023 produced by Dalhousie University researchers in association with Saskatchewan and British Columbia, revealed that on average the price of food spiked by 7% in all categories.

“To say that it’s been a challenging year for Canadians at the grocery store would be an understatement,” said lead researcher and Director of Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Sylvain Charlebois.

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

More Americans Getting a Second Job as High Inflation Rages

The hottest inflation in four decades is pushing more Americans to take on a side hustle ahead of the holiday season as the cost of everyday goods continues to skyrocket.

The government reported on Friday the economy added 263,000 jobs in November, as employers continued to onboard workers even in the face of steeper interest rates and growing fears of a recession.

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

Arizona Certifies 2022 Election Results as Some Republicans Threaten Challenges

Arizona election officials on Monday certified the state’s midterm election, as several Republican figures are still vowing to challenge the results in court.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs certified the election and became governor-elect during a meeting with state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R).

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Biden Education Dept Disbands National Parents Council After Parental Rights Groups Sue

The U.S. Department of Education is disbanding its newly created national parents council after multiple parental rights groups sued, alleging it was politically biased and violated federal law, according to court documents filed Monday.

The department sparked a firestorm over the summer after it announced its new National Parents and Families Engagement Council as a means to find “constructive ways to help families engage at the local level.” Fight for Schools, Parents Defending Education, and America First Legal filed a joint federal lawsuit in July saying the council violated multiple provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that require balance and transparency.

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

Biden Approval Rating Plummets to 36 Percent

80-year-old Joe Biden’s approval rating is back at 41 percent according to RealClearPolitics, as the site averaged several separate polls on how the public feels about the president, with the lowest rating coming from Quinnipiac at 36 percent.

Co-Founder & President of RealClearPolitics Tom Bevan, posted, “Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating in the RCP Average has slipped back to 41.0%, the lowest point since August 20.”

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

Breaking: CCP-Linked Hackers Stole $20 Million in COVID Benefits From US

The Secret Service announced that hackers linked to the Chinese government stole at least $20 million in U.S. Covid relief funds, primarily those meant to help small businesses and unemployed Americans, NBC reports.

The theft from the Chengdu-based hacking group which goes by the name APT41 is the first instance of pandemic fraud tied to a foreign government that the U.S. has publicly acknowledged, and it may just be the tip of the iceberg.

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

Breaking: Biden White House Dismisses Hunter Biden Censorship Revelations, Falsely Accuses Twitter of Increased ‘Hate Speech’

During a White House press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the bombshell revelations of Elon Musk’s Twitter Files were “old news” and then accused Twitter of increased hate speech since Musk took over. By Twitter’s own metrics, Musk has shown that hate speech has gone down.

Jean-Pierre said Musk “haphazardly” pushed this “distraction” and the story was “full of old news.”

“If you think about it, and at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate and anti-Semitism on their platform, and how they’re letting it happen,” she said.

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

Breaking: Loudon County Grand Jury Report Reveals Educators Looked Out ‘For Their Own Interests’ Over Student Safety During Rape Scandal

On Monday, a special grand jury report detailing Loudon County Public School’s (LCPS) handling of two sexual assault cases was released, coming over one year since the incidents occured, and after backlash that brought national attention to the case. The report from the nine-person special grand jury stated “we believe that throughout this ordeal LCPS administrators were looking out for their own interests instead of the best interests of LCPS.”

The case involved a male student raping a female student in a girls’ bathroom. After that incident, the alleged offender was transferred to another school, where he offended again. The first school did not tell the second school why the student was being transferred to a new school.

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

Buffalo Grove Man Killed Mother, Wife and Two Daughters, 4 and 6, Before Fatally Stabbing Himself, Police Say

The Sun-Times previously reported that Andrei Kisliak harassed and threatened his wife for months after filing for divorce, but she agreed to let him move back into their home last month — despite a judge’s warning.

Police announced Monday that a Buffalo Grove man killed his mother, wife and two young daughters before stabbing himself to death last week.

Their bodies were discovered last Wednesday morning at the family’s million-dollar home in the 2800 block of Acadia Terrace, where Police Chief Brian Budds said officers found a “horrific” crime scene after forcing their way inside.

Andrei Kisliak, his wife Vera Kisliak, his mother Lilia Kisliak and his daughters, 4 and 6, were all found dead from “sharp force injuries,” officials have said.

“Based on evidence collected at the scene, information obtained by investigators and the Lake County coroner’s examination, the preliminary investigation indicates Andrei Kisliak (39 years old) is responsible for the homicides of Amilia Kisliak (4 years old), Vivian Kisliak (6 years old), Vera Kisliak (36 years old) and Lilia Kisliak (67 years old),” Budds said in a statement. “It appears Andrei then inflicted wounds on himself and succumbed to those wounds.”

Police were initially called to the home for a wellbeing check on Kisliak’s wife, and officials have said the deaths were domestic in nature.

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California Gov. Newsom Pushing for Oil Company Penalties in Special Session

The California legislature is set to convene in a special session Monday called by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is urging lawmakers to impose fines on oil companies’ profits when they reach a certain level in an effort to combat the state’s high fuel prices.

Newsom announced the special session last week, accusing energy firms of price gouging while pointing to record-high profits in the industry amid a surge in gasoline prices in the fall.

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Disgraced Lawyer Michael Avenatti, Onetime Opponent of Donald Trump, Sentenced to 14 Years in Fraud Case

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced on Monday to 14 years in federal prison for defrauding his clients and for obstructing IRS efforts to collect payroll taxes from his coffee business.

He was also ordered to pay $7 million in restitution.

The sentence will run consecutively with his combined five-year sentence in New York for stealing from Stormy Daniels and for extorting Nike.

The punishment, imposed by a federal judge in Los Angeles, is a few years shy of what prosecutors sought.

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

Elon Musk’s New Twitter Poll on Edward Snowden, Julian Assange

Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk on Sunday polled users on whether whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange should be pardoned by the US government.

“I am not expressing an opinion, but did promise to conduct this poll. Should Assange and Snowden be pardoned?,” Musk’s tweet read.

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Elon Musk Says PayPal is Moving in the “Direction of Social Credit”

“PayPal seems to be moving in the direction of social credit and restricting transactions — that’s concerning,” PayPal co-founder, and now Tesla and Twitter CEO, Elon Musk, said in a recent Spaces.

Last month, Twitter filed registration paperwork to pave the way for it to process payments, according to a filing with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, which was obtained by The New York Times.

Following that, Musk said that he envisioned users connecting their online bank accounts to the social media service, with the company moving later into “debit cards, checks, and whatnot.”

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

Exclusive: Women Protesting Male Murderer in Women’s Prison Violently Attacked by Antifa

Women protesting the potential placement of a convicted killer in a women’s prison in Oakland, Calif. on Monday were attacked by trans activists. They were demonstrating in front of the Alameda County Court House, holding signs that read “Dana Rivers is a man” and “No men in women’s prisons,” speaking out against Rivers’ being housed in a women’s prison.

Lierre Keith, founder of the Women’s Liberation Front, attorney and author Kara Dansky, president of Women’s Declaration International, biology professor Arla Hile, and Jesika Gonzalez spoke out on the courthouse steps against men being permitted to be housed in women’s prisons, before moving to nearby Lake Merritt Park. It was here that they were attacked by Antifa activists.

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

Fauci’s Daughter Worked for Twitter During Pandemic, Deposition Reveals

On Monday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released to Twitter the full transcription of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s full deposition in the ongoing case regarding social media censorship, in which it was revealed that Fauci’s daughter worked for Twitter.

Attorney D. John Sauer asked Fauci if he knew anyone that worked for social media companies at the time, to which Fauci stated, “Well, I’ve had communications with Mark Zuckerberg in the past who was — I’ve done, I believe, three outward FaceTime discussions encouraging people to get vaccinated.”

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

FBI Warned Twitter During ‘Weekly’ Meetings of Hunter Biden ‘Hack-and-Leak Operation’ Before Censoring the Post

The FBI warned Twitter during “weekly” meetings before the 2020 election to expect “hack-and-leak operations’’ by “state actors” involving Hunter Biden, and “likely” in October, according to a sworn declaration by Twitter’s former head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.

The warnings were so specific that Twitter immediately censored The Post’s scoop about Hunter Biden’s laptop on Oct. 14, 2020, citing its “hacked materials” policy, a move described on Saturday as “election interference” by Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk.

The extraordinary revelation for the first time lays bare how the FBI was involved in pre-bunking the story of the laptop, which had been in the bureau’s possession for almost a year.

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

Google to Allow Users to Upload Driver’s License to Their Phone

In a December system update, Google announced a new feature for Google Wallet; users can now upload their driver’s license, enabling the digitization of ID.

Apple Wallet has had the feature since September 2021.

Google said that the feature will “allow users from selected US state(s) to digitize their state ID/driver’s license into the Google Wallet for convenient, private and secure presentation.” The feature has been added as a beta feature, and could be fully rolled out if successful.

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

Lead FBI Agent Who Warned Twitter About ‘Russian Disinformation’ Dump is Repeat Donor to Democratic Party: Report

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, an operative who allegedly warned Twitter in 2020 that the Hunter Biden laptop story reported by the New York Post was a Russian disinformation dump, also made financial donations to Democrats.

War Room’s Natalie Winters said “Elvis Chan — the lead FBI agent ‘warning’ Twitter about ‘Russian disinformation’ and a compromising story about Hunter Biden — is a repeat Democrat Donor. It’s so in your face.”

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

Meta Threatens to Drop News From Facebook if Congress Passes Legislation Bolstering Small Media

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is threatening to drop news from the platform entirely should Congress pass a bill that would enable small media organizations to band together when negotiating with Big Tech.

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would grant small news outlets an exception to anti-collusion regulations, allowing them to jointly negotiate with major platforms. The bill would create a temporary, four-year window in which outlets could “collectively withhold content from, or negotiate with, an online content distributor regarding the terms on which the news content of the news content creator may be distributed by the online content distributor.”

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

Millennial Deaths Up Another 36% in August

Equity investment executive Ed Dowd appeared on Steve Bannon’s “The War Room” recently to discuss excess mortality in the post-Operation Warp Speed age. One of the things he revealed is that deaths among 25-to-44-year-olds increased another 36 percent in August — and this is on top of an 84 percent increase during the final four months of 2021.

Back in March, Dowd released a report highlighting steady increases in excess death rates ever since Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” were released on Dec. 14, 2020 — which just so happens to be smack-dab in the middle of the two “Great American Eclipses,” the first having occurred on Aug. 21, 2017, and the second still to come on April 8, 2024.

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

North Carolina Power Outages Could Last Days After Shootings

This photos shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore County, N.C. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Tens of thousands were without power in the county after what authorities say was an act of criminal vandalism at multiple substations. The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines reported that infrastructure at the West End substation was damaged. (John Nagy/The Pilot via AP)

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This photos shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore County, N.C. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Tens of thousands were without power in the county after what authorities say was an act of criminal vandalism at multiple substations. The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines reported that infrastructure at the West End substation was damaged. (John Nagy/The Pilot via AP)

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people braced for days without electricity in a North Carolina county where authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent.

Across Moore County southwest of Raleigh on Monday, businesses handed out free food or coffee and businesses without internet conducted transactions in cash. One local economic official described the area known for its golf courses and local pottery as “eerily quiet” at a time of year when businesses are normally full of tourists and holiday shoppers. County schools were closed.

Traffic lights were out throughout the county. Drivers treated intersections as four-way stops, which caused some traffic in places such as downtown Carthage. A consistent hum of honks could be heard as people signaled to each other when they should go at each nonfunctional traffic light. Many local businesses and restaurants displayed “Closed” signs in the windows and had empty parking lots.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

NY Lawmakers Push for Slavery Reparations for Black Residents

Some New York lawmakers are renewing the push for a state law that would lay the groundwork to pay reparations to black residents whose ancestors were enslaved.

Proponents gained steam after a task force in California last week recommended that the Golden State shell out $569 billion in reparations to slaves’ descendents there, or $223,200 apiece, because of lingering housing discrimination practices.

A previously proposed New York measure called for creating a commission to study the impact of slavery and providing reparations but failed to pass the legislature. It is now being revised, backers said.

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

‘Right-Wing Shooter?’ Suspect Accused of Shooting Warnock Canvasser Revealed to be Democrat Activist

The man who allegedly shot a 15-year-old in the leg while campaigning for Georgia Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock has a social media history that points to him being a left-wing activist who believes the GOP wants to kill Americans, despite claims by left-wing activists that falsely assert that he is a Republican.

Tweets from Jimmy Arturo Paiz’s Twitter account show that he is against Republican candidate for Senate Herschel Walker. A tweet from November reads, “Listening to Herschel Walker speak is the same as listening to Mushmouth speak. It’s so embarrassing to live in a state with people that actually support this garbage-ass person. But let’s be real, the GOP loves whitewashed brothers, always have.”

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Rittenhouse Calls on Musk to Release Twitter Files on Censoring ‘Regarding My Trial’

Kyle Rittenhouse has called on new Twitter boss Elon Musk to release any files he may have that could shed light on the censorship efforts by social media companies regarding the young gun rights advocate’s trial.

Rittenhouse famously stood trial on phony murder charges after he was forced to shoot violent attackers in self-defense during a Black Lives Matter riot in 2020.

Of course, the teen was acquitted by the jury.

However, before, during, and even after his trial, he was still smeared as a “murderer” by the media, “woke” celebrities, and politicians, including Democrat President Joe Biden.

Some users on Big Tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were even penalized for speaking out in Rittenhouse’s defense.

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Twitter’s Biggest Advertisers Resume Ads, Ramp Up Spending

As Elon Musk continues to roll out his free speech agenda on Twitter, the company’s biggest advertisers have started to return, and even ramp up their spending.

When Musk first announced his intention to buy the company earlier this year, “woke” companies joined with leftist celebrities and politicians in pushing back against his plan to end censorship on the social media platform.

When the Tesla CEO finalized his deal to buy the company in October, several of Twitter’s biggest advertisers “paused” their ad spending to protest Musk’s free speech plans.

However, under Musk’s leadership, Twitter has been hitting record highs with the number of users signing up and using the platform on a daily basis.

As Twitter continues to grow, advertisers are now quietly returning.

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

Vallejo, California, To Pay Out $300K After Marine Veteran Was Tackled for Filming a Cop

Vallejo city has agreed to pay $300,000 to Adrian Burrell, a US Marine veteran, who filed an excessive force lawsuit after he was tackled by a police officer for filming a traffic stop back in 2019.

Officer David McLaughlin tackled Burrell in an attempt to stop him from filming him as he held a gun to a motorcycle rider in the driveway of Burrell’s home.

When McLaughlin saw Burrell filming, he ordered him to stop. Burrell refused and the officer approached him, and smashed his face into a wall before swinging him into a pole. McLaughlin cuffed Burrell so hard that his skin broke and his fingers went numb, according to the lawsuit.

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Waukesha Christmas Parade Makes Emotional Return 1 Year After Darrell Brooks Killed 6 in Wisconsin

The Waukesha Christmas parade has made an emotional return one year after Darrell Brooks Jr. killed 6 when he plowed his SUV through those participating in the festive event in the Wisconsin city.

There were dozens of groups marching in Sunday’s parade, including the Waukesha Blazers baseball club and the Dancing Grannies, who were holding images of the four members who were killed in the Nov. 21, 2021 attack, according to Fox 6.

“Just the emotions that it brings back, just the spirit of the season and everything. It’s great. It’s great to be a part of,” paradegoer Herb Matyas told the station.

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White House-Linked Group Backed by George Soros Wages Behind-the-Scenes War on Gasoline

Governing for Impact (GFI), a secretive George Soros-funded group which has advised the Biden administration, issued a memo to policymakers on how to curb gasoline usage.

The GFI memo argues that the Clean Air Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to control, or even prohibit, the commercial sale of any motor vehicle fuel. The memo, which was assembled with climate group Evergreen Collaborative, also argued the agency could force gas stations to build electric vehicle charging stations on their property.

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Alleged Islamist Cell Members of 2016 Brussels Bombings That Killed 32 in Court

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than six years after the deadliest peacetime attack on Belgian soil, the trial of 10 men accused over the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a subway station started in earnest under high security on Monday.

Among the accused is Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor among the Islamic State extremists who in 2015 struck the Bataclan theater in Paris, city cafes and France’s national stadium. He was brought to the court in an armored police vehicle and identified himself when called upon by the presiding judge.

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Czechia: EU’s EV Charger Network Plan Will Probably Fail

The European Parliament (EP) requires that by 2026 there should be at least one charging station for electric cars every 60 kilometers on all major road routes in the EU. In the Czech Republic, however, this will plan will probably fail, according to the Czech Ministry of Transport.

According to the MEPs’ proposal, which should be enacted between 2021 and 2026, each station should also have an output power of at least 300 kilowatts and include at least one charger with an individual output of 150 kilowatts.

Currently, chargers with a power of 50 kilowatts are most often used at Czech stations.

The proposed rule, approved by the European Parliament in late October, is part of the Fit for 55 climate package, which aims to achieve a 55 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The regulation now heads to the European Council.

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EU Again Talks Enlargement, Eyes Absorbing Western Balkans

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The war in Ukraine has put the European Union’s expansion at the top of the agenda as officials from the Western Balkans and EU leaders gather Tuesday for a summit intended to reinvigorate the whole enlargement process.

The EU’s executive commission has repeatedly promised Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia that they have futures within the bloc. But the progress of the six nations toward getting there stalled in recent years.

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EU Investing €3.3 Billion in Microchip Production, Aims to Control at Least Fifth of World Market

European Union countries agreed on Thursday to limit imports of semiconductors from non-European countries and, at the same time, double their share of the world market for this currently scarce commodity by the end of the decade.

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EU Testing Legal Options to Use Frozen Russian Central Bank Assets for Ukraine Reconstruction

The EU is continuing its attempts to forge a legal pathway forward whereby it can seize frozen Russian central bank assets and divert them to funding Ukraine’s reconstruction, however, steep enough legal hurdles remain to have thus far thwarted the plans.

“We have blocked €300 billion of the Russian Central Bank reserves, and we have frozen €19 billion of Russian oligarchs’ money,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen boasted in a statement this week. And speaking of her goal of utilizing confiscated assets by EU member states to rebuild war-devasted Ukraine, she said further, “We will work on an international agreement with our partners to make this possible. And together, we can find legal ways to get to it.”

“Russia and its oligarchs have to compensate Ukraine for the damage and cover the costs for rebuilding the country. And we have the means to make Russia pay,” she contineud.

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Europeans Must Choose Republicanism, Says Polish PM

As Europe attempts to tackle the great challenges ahead, its choice lies between the republican way or that of bureaucratic centralism, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during the final session of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) summit in Warsaw.

Morawiecki assessed that Europe has to make the “fundamental choice of the republican way, the direction of community that combines freedom and solidarity” or it will turn into a “centralized, bureaucratized behemoth with the tyranny of bureaucracy.”

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France Bans Short-Haul Domestic Flights to Cut Emissions

The European Commission has approved plans of the French government to ban short-haul domestic flights in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions.

Plans put forward by Macron’s administration were given the green light in Brussels, subject to some amendments. Short-haul domestic flights will be prohibited in the country where an alternative rail route is available that takes less than two and a half hours.

The proposal, which has been hailed by the French Greens and environmental lobbyists in Brussels alike, will directly affect three major air routes between Paris-Orly and Lyon, Nantes, and Bordeaux.

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Germany to Miss NATO Spending Target — Study

Despite Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s earlier pledge that Germany’s annual defense spending exceeds 2% of its Gross Domestic Product, it will likely fail to reach the NATO-defined target for years to come, a recent study has found.

Meanwhile, the media, citing a government document, claims that Berlin has still managed to earmark €10 billion ($10.5 billion) to purchase American F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.

On Sunday, the Rheinische Post newspaper, citing a report by the Cologne-based German Economic Institute, said that the 2% defense spending target will remain unattainable for the country until 2026. Researchers argued that even the €100 billion debt-financed special defense fund created earlier this year will not change the situation.

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German Auction House Suspends Sale of Kandinsky Work Stolen From Poland’s National Museum

A Berlin auction house has revealed it will order an additional judicial review to explain the legality of the auctioning of a Kandinsky painting that was a part of a collection at the Warsaw National Museum and was stolen from there in 1984.

A spokesperson for the Grisebach auction house confirmed it had recently learned about the theft of the painting from the Polish Ministry of Culture, and despite overseeing a sale of the piece for €310,000, has now suspended the transaction pending investigation.

Poland’s Culture Minister Piotr Glinski criticized the German auctioneers on Twitter “for behaving like receivers of stolen goods.”

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Germany Was Treated Too Leniently After WWII and Must Pay for Its Treatment of Poles, Claims Polish Leader Kaczynski

Germany got off lightly in the aftermath of the Potsdam Conference following World War II, and Poland deserves compensation for the humiliation and brutality its citizens endured under Nazi occupation, the president of Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has claimed.

Speaking to Polskie Radio 24 on Sunday, Kaczynski told listeners that Germany started the war, committed unbelievable crimes and humiliated the Polish nation, and should therefore be held to account and made to pay adequate compensation to Poland.

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Germany: Follow Lockdown Masking Rules to Prevent Cold and Flu, Government Parties Say

Government parties within Germany are now telling the public to follow mask-wearing rules first implemented during COVID in order to slow the spread of cold and flu.

Politicians within the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) are now telling the German public to follow mask-wearing procedures first put in place during the country’s COVID lockdowns in order to fight cold and flu.

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Greta Thunberg Unloads at Book Launch, Reveals Socialist Agenda in Off-Script Rant

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared to go off-script during her recent book launch when she revealed her socialist agenda while unloading in a rant after her motives were called into question.

Thunberg has been out promoting her new, “The Climate Book,” with a series of public appearances.

During a recent promotional event in London, Thunberg reportedly went “off the rails” when she was “gently quizzed” on whether “saving the planet” was her sole agenda.

Thunberg responded by declaring that she needs to take down the very same capitalism that has allowed her home country to flourish.

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Machete-Wielding Iranian National Shot and Arrested for Double Homicide in France

A 48-year-old Iranian national armed with a knife and a machete was shot by French police and arrested on Sunday for the alleged double homicide of two homeless people, according to local reports.

Authorities are understood to have been on the search for the suspect for several days after the bodies of two homeless people were recovered in the southern city of Nice on Wednesday, according to French news outlet Nice-Matin.

The two victims were both male and had suffered injuries consistent with a violent attack, according to the local prosecutor’s office.

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Madrid Ultras Issue Call-to-Arms to ‘Defend Spain’ From Moroccan Riots Ahead of World Cup Knockout Fixture

The ultra gangs of Madrid’s two largest clubs have called on their associated members to help “defend Spain” in case the country experiences similar riots from pro-Moroccan fans witnessed across Belgium and the Netherlands last week.

Ultra Sur and Frente Atlético, the two die-hard fan groups of Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, have urged supporters to take to the streets of the Spanish capital ahead of Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup knockout match which sees Spain take on Morocco.

Foro M.D.M, the largest ultras forum in Spain, tweeted a call-to-arms on Sunday, calling on radical groups across the country to “join forces and prevent acts of vandalism by Morocco fans” and to “protect the streets.”

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Spain’s Left-Wing Government Calls Judges ‘Male Chauvinists’ And ‘Fascists’ As Scandal Over Early Release of Rape Convicts Grows

One of the reproaches heard from the EU institutions against Poland and Hungary, as far as the famous “rule of law” issues are concerned — and in particular, the independence of the judiciary — is that the two conservative countries’ executive powers allegedly try to intimidate judges with harsh criticism made in the media.

If criticizing judges and their rulings is indeed an act of intimidation, why are the same EU institutions not switching their focus to Spain’s ruling coalition of the Socialists and the far left after members of that coalition have called judges “male chauvinists” and “fascists” just because they did not like their rulings?

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The War on Farmers

The war on farmers has reached Germany.

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UK: Climate Lockdowns: They’re Actually Doing it!

Residents of Oxford will only be allowed to drive out of their designated region twice a week.

Travel rationing limits in the name of saving the planet. Brazen green tyranny.

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Missiles Hit Ukrainian Cities, Explosions Rock Russian Air Bases as Fighting Intensifies

So far, Ukraine has not directly taken responsibility for the blasts

Both sides of the war between Russia and Ukraine are taking hits, as explosions rocked two Russian air bases on Monday, and multiple Ukrainian cities sustained damage from missiles, the Wall Street Journal reported.

One explosion was at a Russian base near Engels, a city in the Russian region of Saratov, with regional Governor Roman Busargin saying authorities were looking into the matter, according to the Journal. The other explosion occurred when a fuel tanker blew up at an airfield in Ryazan.

No civilians were hurt in the Engels blast, Busargin said, while Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti said at least three people were killed in the Ryazan explosion.

Ukraine has not taken responsibility for the explosions, but an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy teased involvement.

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Over 100,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Died During War, Says EU Commission President in Deleted Clip

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen triggered angry reactions from Ukraine after she released war casualty data in Ukraine. In a social media video, von der Leyen said that so far the number of war casualties in Ukraine amounted to 20,000 civilians and 100,000 soldiers.

Shortly afterwards, Ukrainian presidential spokesman Sergei Nikiforov posted a tweet saying that these figures were “sensitive” information, which should only be announced by the supreme commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the defense minister, or the president.

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Putin Visits Key Crimea Bridge Damaged by Huge Explosion in October

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a visit to the Kerch Bridge, a key link between the annexed Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia which was partially destroyed by an explosion in October, according to Russian state media.

Photos and videos from the visit have been released, including footage of Putin behind the wheel of a Mercedes vehicle sitting beside Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. In another video Putin is seen walking along a section of the bridge.

In the driving video, Khusnullin tells Putin that “metal was available for bridge parts, so the metal was brought over to build these structures, and within two weeks all the 1,214 tons were assembled and brought here.” This is an apparent reference to the damage caused to the bridge by the explosion on October 8.

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Russians Have Lost Over 60 Warplanes, Missions Cut Back Drastically — UK Intel

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) claims Russian forces have lost over 60 fixed-wing aircraft and have cut aerial missions from a high of 300 sorties a day to mere “tens”.

“In recent months, the number of sorties conducted by Russian tactical combat aircraft over Ukraine has reduced significantly,” the government ministry asserted in its daily update on the course of the conflict in Ukraine, suggesting that Russian warplanes were “probably” down to conducting “tens of missions per day” where they previously carried out “up to 300 per day” immediately following the full-scale invasion of the country in March.

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India: Chopping Jihad in Bihar: Hindu Woman Stabbed to Death, Breasts Chopped Off by Muslim Culprit in a Halal Way

Hindu woman dies after Muslim man cuts off her breasts, limbs, and ears in public market in Bihar’s Bhagalpur.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Patna | Nov 5, 2022:: Another Aftab emerged in a market of Bhagalpur who appeared as a new incarnation of deadly ‘Chopping Jihad’ in a very Halal way. Who said about any ‘last prophet’? Many are coming by the way.

The Muslim young man attacked a Hindu young woman with a sharp weapon in front of everyone in the crowded market of Pirpainti Market in Bhagalpur district, 300 km east from Patna. The young girl’s breast was cut by the sharp weapon. His hands, feet and ears were also cut off. The woman identified as Neelam Devi later died in the Jawaharlal Nehru Government Hospital at Bhagalpur. In that gory scene, no one dared to stop that demon from his horrific action.

According to police sources, the young woman is married one. She used to visit the market regularly. The young woman went to the market to buy daily necessities on Saturday. At that time, the accused youth appeared in the market hiding the weapon in a container. The assailant was named as Mohadmmad Shakeel, as per the dying statement of the victim in the Hospital.

According to the police, Shakeel attacked the young woman in front of everyone in the crowded market. He started chopping the girl with a sharp weapon. He cut off his breast. After that, his two hands, two legs and two ears were also cut off. The young man hit several parts of the body with a sharp weapon.

After attacking the young woman, Shakeel fled from the scene. Locals and witnesses informed the police after seeing the young woman lying in a bloody state. The police came and rescued her.

The young woman was admitted to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Mayaganj with serious injuries and profuse bleeding. She died during treatment. Doctors said the cause of death was excessive bleeding. However, it is claimed that the girl had told the police the name of her killer before her death. According to her statement, the search for the accused Shakeel is going on.

The woman’s husband said that neither he nor his family had any enmity with the accused. He does not know why this brutal attack was made so far. The police have so far arrested 5 people on suspicion of being involved in this incident.

Aftab chopped off his live-in-partner Sharddha’s body more than 2 dozen in Delhi. This time, Shakeel tried to chop Neelam Devi ‘s body more than 10. What is next? Hindu girls and women in India must be kept in safe with high alert from this new version of ‘Chopping Jihad’!!!

Really, Bihar has been turned into a Jungle Raj infested by Islamic beasts.

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Apple Crushes Dissent in America and China

by Daniel Greenfield

The largest lockdown uprising in China took place at facilities run by Apple’s Foxconn supplier where workers had previously jumped to their deaths. After thousands fled the Apple gulag, making their way through the woods and rural areas to freedom, other employees battled with Communist authorities over abusive conditions and treatment in the iGulag.

Apple had nothing to say about the rights of those workers who thought differently enough to break free and fight back. If they were foolish enough to have iPhones, there’s little doubt the company would have eagerly helped authorities track them down to be imprisoned or killed.

“Think Different”, Apple’s slogan, actually means collaborating with a Communist dictatorship where thinking differently is a crime. And it also means suppressing free speech in America.

That’s why Apple is threatening free speech on Twitter just as it’s threatening it in Shanghai.

But that is what the company has always been behind the reality distortion field of its ads. “Think Different” has never meant anything other than, “Shut up and do what the visionaries tell you.”…

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Anger as ISIS Brides Are Welcomed Back Into Australia But Scottish Family Who Have Worked Hard and Paid Taxes for a Decade Still Can’t Get a Visa

Mark Green, 44, wife Kelly, 45, and daughter Rebecca, 20, from Adelaide, have battled months of legal issues as immigration officials try to deport them.

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Anthony Albanese is Slammed for Cancelling a Key Meeting With State Leaders Over Rocketing Power Prices After Getting COVID — Despite Cabinet Meeting Virtually on Zoom for Months

The Prime Minister was forced to delay the face-to-face talks at a dinner with leaders at Kirribilli House after he tested positive following a routine PCR test on Monday.

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Ex-Bikie Moudi Tajjour Backtracks on Revenge Threat After Alleged Bashing — But Demands a ‘Crack’ At His Attackers ‘One on One’ And Mocks Them for Failing to Inflict Worse Damage as He Reveals His Injuries

A former Nomads bikie and convicted killer who was allegedly savagely bashed in a Bunnings car park has walked back his threats about the attack and tried to joke about the humiliating incident.

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Gina Rinehart Reveals How She Once Lived With ‘Little Electricity’ In Christmas Party Speech — and Tells Her Staff to Give Their Uber Drivers a Simple Message on the Way Home

Gina Rinehart revealed she once lived with ‘little electricity’ during a Roy Hill Christmas party in Perth while urging staff to give their Uber drivers a simple message about the benefits of mining.

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New Zealand Announces Public Inquiry Into COVID-19 Response

Dec. 5 (UPI) — New Zealand will launch a public inquiry into its COVID-19 response, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday, as the Oceanic country hopes to glean lessons learned from its fight against the coronavirus to better prepare it to combat future pandemics.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry will begin Feb. 1 and conclude with a report presented to government no later than June 26, 2024, to help and inform its health response.

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New Zealand Wants to Force Big Tech to Hand Over Cash to Mainstream Media

The New Zealand government plans to introduce a law that will require Big Tech companies, like Meta and Google, to pay mainstream media companies for local news content. “New Zealand news media, particularly small regional and community newspapers, are struggling to remain financially viable as more advertising moves online,” said Minister of Broadcasting Willie Jackson. “It is critical that those benefiting from their news content actually pay for it.”

Jackson said that the legislation will be modeled around similar laws proposed in Canada and Australia, and the government hopes that it will force online platforms to reach content deals with local news organizations.

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Brazil’s Military Prepares Takeover After Killing ‘Red Command’ Cartel Leaders

Brazil’s military is preparing to launch a takeover bid to seize control of the embattled nation after successfully killing the leaders of the communist-allied “Red Command” cartel, according to reports.

As Slay News has been documenting, the Brazilian armed forces are supporting incumbent President Jair Bolsanaro in wake of the country’s widely disputed presidential election.

The race was called for hugely popular Bolsonaro’s notoriously corrupt socialist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Many argue that the alleged victory for Lula, who was previously convicted and jailed for money laundering and corruption, was the result of election fraud.

The military launched an investigation into the allegations and concluded that the voting machines used in the election were likely breached and warned of “possible fraud.”

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Asylum Seeker Who Went on the Run for 10 Years After Entering the UK in a Lorry Was Arrested When He Turned Up Again on a Dinghy After Crossing the Channel

A failed asylum seeker who had already once been deported from the UK has been picked up again — this time aboard a dinghy in the English Channel.

Aziz Akakhel, 32, was rescued by Border Force officers from a small boat between France and England on October 29.

Officers took the Afghan national to the Manston immigration centre and charged him with arriving in the UK without a passport — otherwise known as a valid entry clearance.

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Germany: Illerkirchberg: Girl († 14) Killed by a Man on Her Way to School

Terror in southern Germany — Eritrean (27) arrested

Female († 14) killed by male on way to school

A bloody act shocked Germany: two girls were stabbed to death on their way to school in a village near Ulm. A 14-year-old died — a 13-year-old was injured and hospitalized. The police arrested an asylum seeker (27) from Eritrea.

After an attack on two schoolchildren in Illerkirchberg near Ulm, one of the girls died. A police spokesman confirmed that the 14-year-old girl died on Monday. The other girl, a 13-year-old, was seriously injured, but “not life-threatening,” a police spokeswoman told police. “Focus.D” explained.

“The woman was bleeding on the floor with a large stab wound to her abdomen.”Eyewitness “swr.de”.

The suspect assaulted the girls on a street in a residential area around 7:30 a.m., the spokesman said. An eyewitness describes the opposite “swr.de” Additional information. In the morning I heard a noise near the traffic light. When he saw, “the woman was lying on the ground in a pool of blood with a large stab wound in her stomach. Wounds below the chest for a second, a stab wound. She was completely upset.” The girl narrated what happened. A man left the refugee home and attacked the children for no reason. The police are yet to confirm this account.

Police have identified the accused as a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Eritrea. Media release writes The police reportedly found the injured person at the refugee home. Officers found a knife on him, a possible murder weapon. The suspect is currently hospitalized under police guard. It is unclear at this time if the suspect is related to the two victims. Two other Eritreans were also arrested. Task completed. The police were supported by the Special Task Force. The spokesman said there was no danger to the public.

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Germany: Teen Killed After Suspect Stabs Schoolsgirls Walking Past ‘Refugee Home’

A 14-year-old girl was killed and another teen seriously injured during a stabbing rampage near a ‘refugee home’ in Germany this week, according to reports.

The horrifying incident unfolded at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning in Illerkirchberg, a town near the city of Ulm in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Two young girls, aged 13 and 14, were on their way to catch a bus to school when they were attacked by a knife-wielding suspect.

A male witness nearby rushed to the aid of the injured girls, one of whom told him a man had emerged from a residence and stabbed them for no apparent reason.

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Germany Cannot Handle Massive Migration Wave, Says Anti-Orban Leader Weber

Germany could face another migration crisis, and the government is not prepared to deal with it, said Manfred Weber, president of the European People’s Party (EPP), in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt on Sunday.

Weber, who played a pivotal role in driving Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party out of the European Parliament’s largest political grouping, now says reception centers in Germany are overcrowded and local authorities responsible for housing people seeking asylum are working under heavy pressure.

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Mass Migration is ‘A Part of France’s DNA, ‘ Claims Macron

Immigration has always been an economic requirement for France and is a part of the country’s DNA, French President Emmanuel Macron has claimed despite studies showing “immigration costs more than it brings in” and lands taxpayers with bills worth tens of billions of euros every year.

“France has always been a land of immigration,” Macron claimed. “It is part of our DNA, it is the strength of our country, and we have always needed it for our economy.”

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Meloni Slams French and German Hypocrisy Over Strict Border Control While Forcing Italy to Accept Mass Migration

Paris and Berlin are pursuing a strict admission policy while at the same time forcing Italy to accept mass migration, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Sunday.

The right-wing leader pledged that the continued fight against smuggling organizations, which also trade in human lives, would define the identity and political culture of her government.

“We have been saying for years that Europe must act because Italy can no longer accept that people smugglers decide who can enter our country,” said Meloni.

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‘Our Borders Are Sieves’ — Mayor of Affluent French Town Outside Paris Blames Rising Crime on Immigration

Several burglaries have affected businesses and homes in the affluent town of Maisons-Laffitte, just outside Paris, in recent weeks, with the crime wave prompting the mayor of the town to point to France’s worsening immigration crisis.

“Our borders are sieves. It is a serious problem which is becoming a national problem, the consequences of which Maisons-Laffitte is suffering. Insecurity is growing, and the government is not taking the measures it should be taking out of naivety, laxity, and demagogy,” said Jacques Myard, the mayor of Maisons-Laffitte.

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Sweden: Woman Gang-Raped by African Suspects

Trial is set to begin for four migrants from Eritrea suspected of brutally gang-raping a woman in Sweden earlier this year, according to reports.

The horrifying incident unfolded on the night of June 26 in Flemingsberg, a suburb of Stockholm.

A 40-year-old woman was on her way home from a night out when she was attacked by the suspects, who kicked her and threw her to the ground, Expressen reports.

The men proceeded to take turns raping the intoxicated victim in a wooded area.

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UK: Nigel Farage: ‘Immigration Has Massively Altered Our Identity’

In view of the latest statistical figures, Brexit advocate and former British MEP Nigel Farage has criticized the rapidly progressing population exchange in Great Britain.

In a video he explained: “The numbers from the national statistics agency are out now. In London, Birmingham and Manchester whites are now in the minority. A huge, huge population exchange is happening in our country.” Even more significant is the fact that only 46 percent of the citizens are Christians: “There is a massive change in identity in this country due to immigration.”

It makes no difference whether one sees this development as a good or bad thing. But the real problem is that the statistical authorities no longer want to ask people’s nationality or place of birth in future censuses. For Farage, this is a cover-up tactic: “Already one in six people in England and Wales was born outside the UK. In the future they want to hide these numbers from you. That’s the real standout — and it’s a scandal.”

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UK: Sunak to Clear Asylum Backlog by Granting Amnesty in All But Name — Report

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to clear the ever-growing backlog of asylum applications by simply granting what amounts to an amnesty to migrants from a number of African and Middle Eastern countries, reports suggest.

In order to tackle Britain’s growing backlog of asylum claims, which was already up over 300 per cent to around 110,000 in March and is now even higher at around 150,000, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is plotting with immigration minister Robert Jenrick to simply rubber stamp all claimants from high “grant rates” countries such as Afghanistan and Syria after basic identity and security checks, according to The Times.

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Medical Education Adopts Gender Ideology Cartoons That Dispute Sexual Binary

Medical education from coast to coast is adopting trendy gender theories without a clear basis in medical research or relevance to coursework, expanding a trend long observed in campus administrative bureaucracies such as student life and LGBTQ centers.

The State University of New York’s Brockport campus includes the “Genderbread Person” graphic in a nursing course, according to an unnamed student who shared the classroom material with Campus Reform.

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Teacher Who Wears Large Prosthetic Breasts Subject of College Review, Possible Lawsuit

Authored by Tara MacIsaac via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

A teacher in Oakville, Ontario, who wears large prosthetic breasts in class has been the subject of protests, bomb threats, a College of Teachers review—and now, potentially, a lawsuit.

The teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School wears oversized prosthetic breasts with protruding nipples, under tight-fitting shirts. Pictures of the teacher posted on social media by students have received international attention.

The school had four bomb threats from September through November targeting the teacher. One demanded, for example, that the teacher be fired. No explosives were found at the school, and no arrests were made.

Parents of students at the school have formed a group called Students First Ontario and say their concerns have not been adequately addressed.

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UChicago Announces ‘The Problem With Whiteness’ Course

The University of Chicago (UChicago) is offering a course to students titled “The Problem Of Whiteness” during the Spring 2023 semester, according to the school’s course catalog.

The course was originally supposed to on start January 3rd but in response to backlash from students it has been moved to March 20, according to The Washington Times.

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UK Citizens Advice Employees Push Back Against Ideological Email Pronouns Policy

The UK’s national charity Citizens Advice, which is funded by many different government departments, is facing backlash from staff after rolling out pronoun email policies that told staff to add their pronouns to their email signature. Critics are accusing the organization of compelled speech policies and of making an “ideological instruction,” The Telegraph reports.

Last month, the charity’s CEO Dame Clare Moriarty told employees that pronouns are “an important way of affirming their gender identity” and “we shouldn’t assume someone’s gender based on their appearance.”

The internal memo added: “You can help to normalize sharing pronouns by sharing yours. We’ve created some button badges with different pronouns that can be fastened to a lanyard or your clothing.”

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UK Police LGBT Network is Investigated for Blocking Critics on Twitter

The National Police LGBT+ Networks in the UK is being investigated for blocking critics on social media. The LGBT police body claims to assist the UK’s 43 police forces to “develop operational policing knowledge” on LGBT rights and inclusion.

The organization has been criticized for activism on its Twitter account, including supporting controversial charity Stonewall and “threatening” people who oppose trans ideology.

The Twitter account, @LGBTPoliceUK, blocked the accounts of Bad Law Project and Fair Cop, two organizations that monitor police overreach, particularly when it comes to free speech. The two groups cannot view the National Police LGBT+ Network’s tweets and have threatened legal action unless they are unblocked.

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Web Designer Refusing to Create Sites for Same-Sex Weddings Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Free Speech Rights

Lorie Smith, a Colorado graphic designer at the center of a Supreme Court case examining her refusal to create wedding websites for same-sex couples, said the ruling will determine whether she and other service providers can exercise their First Amendment rights in the workplace.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in the high-profile case involving Smith, the religious Christian owner of 303 Creative, who is challenging her state’s anti-discrimination laws over her refusal to create websites for same-sex weddings, citing her religious beliefs.

In an interview on “The Story” Monday, Smith said that she wants to use her creative expression to design websites for couples in a way that is consistent with her faith, but feels the state of Colorado is “compelling” her to communicate a message through her designs that promote same-sex marriage and violates “the core” of her religious beliefs.

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