Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/6/2022

Despite the war in Ukraine, the European Union is importing record amounts of liquefied natural gas from Russia to make up the deficit caused by the loss of the pipelines. Meanwhile, even though it is experiencing its own gas shortage, Britain is exporting large quantities of gas to Europe as the cold snap intensifies.

In other news, a man was arrested for throwing eggs at King Charles III during the sovereign’s visit to the town of Luton.

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Financial Crisis
» Aussie Flight Prices Hit a Whopping 15-Year High With Some More Than Tripling — as the Two Fares Where You Can Still Grab a ‘Bargain’ Are Revealed
» Britain ‘Sleepwalking’ Into Food Supply Crisis: Farmers Warn Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Pears as Well as Eggs Will Start Vanishing From Supermarket Shelves Amid Soaring Production Costs
» Here’s Why Disgraced Crypto Mogul Sam Bankman-Fried Hasn’t Been Arrested
» Reeling Aussie Borrowers Are Hit With Even More Bad News After Record Eighth Interest Rate Hike — as the Commonwealth Bank Hikes Its Forecast for How High Rates Will Go: Here’s How Much Pain is Coming
» Top Executive at Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bankrupt Crypto Exchange Donated Millions to Democrats
» UK: That’s Hard to Swallow! Cost of Christmas Dinner Has Gone Up THREE TIMES Times Quicker Than Pay, Study Suggests
 
USA
» Americans’ Support for US Aid to Ukraine Declines
» California English Teacher Says Proper Grammar is ‘White Supremacist’, Refuses to Teach It
» Calls Mount for Federal Investigation Into Katie Hobbs’ Big Tech Collusion Ahead of Midterms
» Concealed Carry Holder Ends Chicago Robbery Crew’s Night of Terror, Shoots One in Head, One in Shoulder
» Deposition Reveals Fauci Was Early Opponent of Masking During Pandemic
» DeSantis Says State Will ‘Hold Vaccine Manufacturers Accountable’ For Alleged COVID Vax Side Effects
» Elon Musk Slams Wikipedia for Considering ‘Deletion’ of ‘Twitter Files’ Entry: ‘Non-Trivial Left-Wing Bias’
» FBI: We’re ‘Nonpartisan’, 80% of Anti-Govt ‘Domestic Terror’ Cases Just So Happen to be ‘MAGA-Related’
» George Soros Can Influence Global Media With Ties to at Least 253 Organizations, Study Finds
» He Faced More Than 20 Years in Jail for Shooting Up a Bar. A Soros Prosecutor Wants to Let Him Walk.
» Larry Hogan Announces Executive Actions Against TikTok, Other Chinese Companies
» Meet the Beijing-Aligned Group That Branded a Republican’s Tough-on-China Rhetoric ‘Racist’
» Musk Fires Ex-FBI Lawyer for Allegedly Stonewalling Access to Hunter Biden Twitter Files
» NBC, ABC, CBS Called Out for Silence on Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ Release: ‘They’re Failing Americans’
» North Carolina Power Cut by Shooting Could Come Back Earlier Than Planned
» Part of Crowd at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Erupts Into ‘F**k Joe Biden’ Chants
» Plea Agreement Reached for Salmanzadeh in Amarillo Federal Court
» Shocking: Philly Gas Station Hires Armed Guards to Protect Against Theft
» TIME Mocked for Naming Liz Cheney a ‘Person of the Year’ Finalist: ‘Should Not be Considered’
» Trump Organization Found Guilty in Manhattan DA’s Tax Fraud Case
» University of Idaho Could See ‘Collapsing Enrollment’ Unless Police Solve Students’ Murders, Lawmaker Says
 
Canada
» ‘Alarming Possibility’ COVID Booster Mandates Will Cause ‘Net Harm’ to Young Adults, Study Claims
 
Europe and the EU
» 5 Polish Regions to Receive €3.85 Billion in EU Environmental Funds
» Germany: New Study Links Sudden Death Cases to COVID Shots
» German Gas Companies Sue Russia’s Gazprom for Breach of Contract
» Iranian Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Two Homeless Men in France
» Nicola Sturgeon Dealt Another Blow as German Ambassador Suggests an Independent Scotland Would Have to Adopt the Euro Inside the EU
» Norway: Just Stop Oil Sister Group Jump in the Way of Cross-Country Skiers During Race
» ‘Our NHS’ — Only Romania Cancelled More Cancer Surgeries Than UK in Lockdown Europe
» PM Orban Agrees With Macron That Europe Bears More War Costs Than US, Calls on Europe to ‘Re-Evaluate’ Sanctions
» Poland Could Face Civil War, Warns Polish Conservative Leader as Tensions Grow Before Election
» UK Approves COVID Vaccines for Babies: Medical Watchdog Says Lower-Dose Pfizer Jab is Safe and Effective for Kids Aged 6 Months and Above
» UK: Labour Lawmakers Want to Censor “Legal But Harmful” Speech Online
» UK: London: ‘Sadistic’ Serial Rapist Who Tortured Victims Receives ‘Life’ Sentence
» UK: Man Arrested for Assault After Egg Thrown at King Charles III
» UK: Police Shout at Drivers as Just Stop Oil Mob Shut Down Road
» Video: Mass Riots Hit Europe After Morocco’s World Cup Victory Against Spain
» With No Means to Store Gas for Itself, UK Energy Exports to Europe Surge as Cold Snap Bites
 
Balkans
» Serbia Are Charged by FIFA for Alleged Misconduct in Defeat to Switzerland… With Claims of Anti-Kosovo Chants From Fans and Verbal Abuse Directed at Xherdan Shaqiri, Who Has Family Links to Kosovo
 
Middle East
» Turkey’s Censorship Law is Harming Independent Media Outlets
» Western Media Bought Iranian ‘Propaganda’ on Disbanding of Morality Police, Experts Say
» ‘You Cannot be Serious’: Rishi Sunak Sparks Fury for Saying ‘Hats Off to Qatar’ In ‘Tone Deaf’ Tweet Praising Gulf State for Hosting an ‘Incredible’ World Cup
 
Russia
» Europe Puts Scruples Aside, Imports Record Levels of Russian Liquid Natural Gas
» Putin Holds Council Meeting on Domestic Security Following 3 Airbase ‘Explosions’
» Russia Claims Kyiv Hit Its Air Bases, Fires More Missiles
» US Secretly Modified HIMARS Missile Systems Send to Ukraine So They Couldn’t Fire Into Russia
 
South Asia
» Australian Tourists React to Indonesian Sex Outside Marriage Ban: ‘Terrifying — Jail for Sleeping With Someone I Don’t Know’
» Indonesia Bans Sex Outside of Marriage
 
Far East
» Chinese Operatives Ran a Massive TikTok Campaign to Help Dems in the Midterm Elections: Report
» Fauci Says He Dismissed Lab Leak Theory to Placate China
» One of Fauci’s Top Deputies Was ‘Very Impressed’ With China’s COVID Response After 2020 Visit, Deposition Reveals
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Launches Biometric and QR App That Grants Access to Services
» Horrific Moment Diners Are Attacked in a Wild Brawl Outside a Busy Sydney Restaurant — as 10 Men Rain Down Kicks and Punches in the Street
» New Zealanders Are Turning Against Jacinda Ardern as She Suffers a Huge Poll Shock With Voter Support Plummeting to the Lowest Level Since She Took Office
 
Immigration
» Albanians Should be Banned From Claiming Asylum in Britain Because They Come From a ‘Demonstrably Safe Country’, Says Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick, As Government Mulls New Australian-Style Border Laws
» Exclusive: ICE Met Behind Closed Doors With an ‘Abolish ICE’ Activist. Here’s What They Talked About
» France is Not an Immigrant Country, Says French-Algerian Author in Response to Macron
» Germany’s Pro-Migrant Churches Block Deportations With ‘Church Asylum’ Scheme
» GOP Urges Congress to Investigate Whistleblower Claims of Child Trafficking Under Biden
» Gothenburg Wants to Settle Migrants in Affluent Neighbourhoods
» Los Angeles County DA Gascon Issues Directives to Avoid ‘Adverse Immigration Consequences’
» Poland Busting Migrant Smugglers From Ukraine Every Day
» Rishi Sunak Distances Himself From Hardline Immigration Report Supported by Home Secretary Suella Braverman That Recommends Banning People Arriving From ‘Safe’ Countries Like Albania From Ever Claiming Asylum to Settle in Britain
 
Culture Wars
» America, Be Very Afraid: Astonishingly: Canada is Now Euthanizing 10,000 of Its Citizens a Year — and Some of the Horrific Stories of Its Ultra-Permissive Policy Will Horrify You…
» Christians Denied Service at Restaurant: They Made ‘Woke’ Staff Feel ‘Uncomfortable, Unsafe’
» Exclusive: Republicans Demand Non-Binary Drag Queen in Charge of Nuclear Waste is Fired After Arrest for Stealing a Woman’s Luggage in Letter to Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
» NBC News Reporter Stutters to Avoid Using Wrong Pronouns for Colorado Springs Shooter
» Transgender Athletes Now Free to Compete Against the Sex They ‘Identify’ With in New Zealand Community Sport — as New ‘Inclusive’ Guidelines Handed Down Are Slammed by Katherine Deves
» World Health Organization Meets to Discuss Granting of Increased Surveillance Powers Under Pandemic Treaty
» World Health Organization Meets to Plot Censorship of “Misinformation” Under International Pandemic Treaty
 

Aussie Flight Prices Hit a Whopping 15-Year High With Some More Than Tripling — as the Two Fares Where You Can Still Grab a ‘Bargain’ Are Revealed

The average airfare is 27 per cent higher than it was three years ago before the pandemic took hold, with discounted economy fares increasing the most.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Britain ‘Sleepwalking’ Into Food Supply Crisis: Farmers Warn Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Pears as Well as Eggs Will Start Vanishing From Supermarket Shelves Amid Soaring Production Costs

The National Farmers Union said ministers need to step in to assist primary producers under strain from rising costs, with fertiliser prices tripling since 2019 and the cost of feed up by 75 per cent.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Here’s Why Disgraced Crypto Mogul Sam Bankman-Fried Hasn’t Been Arrested

Authorities are likely to conduct a lengthy investigation into former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried before potentially making an arrest for any illegal actions involving his now-bankrupt companies, legal experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX, which filed bankruptcy along with the Bankman-Fried-founded trading house Alameda Research in November, has been accused of “fraud, dishonesty, incompetence, misconduct and mismanagement,” according to bankruptcy court records, but he has denied knowing of “any improper use of customer funds.” Authorities are likely “investigating a variety of possible charges” against Bankman-Fried, who has lived in the Bahamas where both companies are based, “ranging from wire fraud and bank fraud, to embezzlement and securities violations,” Loyola Marymount University Law Professor Laurie Levenson told the DCNF.

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

Reeling Aussie Borrowers Are Hit With Even More Bad News After Record Eighth Interest Rate Hike — as the Commonwealth Bank Hikes Its Forecast for How High Rates Will Go: Here’s How Much Pain is Coming

Governor Philip Lowe delivered the bad news for home borrowers on Tuesday afternoon, taking the cash rate to a new 10-year high of 3.1 per cent

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Top Executive at Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bankrupt Crypto Exchange Donated Millions to Democrats

Former FTX Director of Engineering Nishad Singh donated millions to Democrats and affiliated organizations in the 2022 midterm election cycle, records show.

Singh has donated $13 million to Democrats and affiliated organizations since the 2020 presidential election, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.

In 2020, he donated $1 million to pro-Biden Super PAC Future Forward USA, CNBC reported. He also spent over $8 million on Democratic campaigns in the 2022 election cycle, according to nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Open Secrets.

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

UK: That’s Hard to Swallow! Cost of Christmas Dinner Has Gone Up THREE TIMES Times Quicker Than Pay, Study Suggests

Traditional items such as turkey, pigs in blankets, carrots and roast potatoes have risen by 18 per cent on average over the past year, the TUC said, while wages have risen by 5.7 per cent.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Americans’ Support for US Aid to Ukraine Declines

On Monday, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the results of their latest poll regarding Americans’ perceptions of the war in Ukraine, showing that support for an infinite stream of aid from Washington to Kiev is declining.

While a majority of respondents expressed support for the war-torn nation, the proportion who agreed that aid should be provided for “as long as it takes” slid below 50 percent.

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

California English Teacher Says Proper Grammar is ‘White Supremacist’, Refuses to Teach It

A California high school English teacher claimed that she undermines “white supremacy” in her classroom by educating students about the overemphasis placed on writing rules and grammar usage.

According to Fox News, as a tenured English teacher at Oroville High School, Marta Shaffer began this school year by teaching parts of linguistics as a way of “fighting white supremacy in my classes.” She posted on TikTok that her goal was to be “inclusive of all kinds of ways we use the language.”

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

Calls Mount for Federal Investigation Into Katie Hobbs’ Big Tech Collusion Ahead of Midterms

Calls are mounting for a federal investigation to be launched into Arizona’s Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs over allegations she was in collusion with Big Tech companies to censor Americans ahead of the midterm elections.

Hobbs, Arizona’s top election official, was recently declared the winner in the state’s gubernatorial race against popular Republican Kari Lake.

It was revealed over the weekend that Hobbs — who didn’t campaign, hold rallies, and even refused to debate Lake before the election — successfully managed to have obedient Twitter employees censor or remove posts at her office’s behest.

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

Concealed Carry Holder Ends Chicago Robbery Crew’s Night of Terror, Shoots One in Head, One in Shoulder

A concealed carry holder has ended an armed robbery crew’s reign of terror across multiple Chicago neighborhoods early Monday morning.

Three armed thugs, driving a stolen Kia, plagued the Democrat-run city with a violent crime spree.

The gang had already committed six robberies until they picked the wrong person to rob.

Around 5:53 a.m. three robbers got out of the Kia and one pointed a gun at a man and demanded his belongings.

The concealed carry holder turned the tables on the armed thugs, however.

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

Deposition Reveals Fauci Was Early Opponent of Masking During Pandemic

In a full transcript of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s deposition in the ongoing case regarding social media censorship released on Monday, it was revealed that the outgoing NIAID director initially opposed wearing masks shortly before the pandemic began spreading across America.

Toward the end of the hours-long deposition on November 23, attorney D. John Sauer noted an email from Sylvia Burwell, former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asking Fauci in February of 2020 if she should be wearing a mask in the airport.

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

DeSantis Says State Will ‘Hold Vaccine Manufacturers Accountable’ For Alleged COVID Vax Side Effects

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the weekend told an assembly that the state plans to hold vaccine manufacturers “accountable” for alleged severe side effects in the COVID-19 vaccine.

American Greatness reported on Monday that DeSantis made the remarks “at a Republican Party of Florida event on Saturday at the Florida Governors Mansion.”

The governor told the assembly that the state would move to “hold these [vaccine] manufacturers accountable for this mRNA [shot] because they said there were no side effects and we know that there have been a lot.”

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

Elon Musk Slams Wikipedia for Considering ‘Deletion’ of ‘Twitter Files’ Entry: ‘Non-Trivial Left-Wing Bias’

On Tuesday, Twitter owner Elon Musk slammed the online encyclopedia Wikipedia for contemplating removing its entry on the “Twitter Files Investigation.”

The billionaire and Tesla CEO accused the website — which allows anyone to edit information on it — of showing its “non-trivial left-wing bias” for signaling the entry on the topic may be removed.

Several Wiki users had alleged the story is not significant or that it is based on “nothing,” prompting a review.

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

FBI: We’re ‘Nonpartisan’, 80% of Anti-Govt ‘Domestic Terror’ Cases Just So Happen to be ‘MAGA-Related’

The FBI wants Americans to know they’re not “partisan per se,” it just so happens they’ve found themselves investigating “mostly MAGA and related political activity as domestic terrorism.”

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

George Soros Can Influence Global Media With Ties to at Least 253 Organizations, Study Finds

Liberal billionaire George Soros is tied to at least a staggering 253 media organizations around the world, according to a new study conducted by MRC Business.

MRC Business, part of the conservative Media Research Center, found that Soros uses his charities to build relationships with news outlets and “activists media” organizations.

“The journalism groups Soros supports have the ability to mold public opinion on practically every continent and in many languages. They also insulate him from inquiry because reporters see him as an ally, not a target for investigation,” MRC Business analysts Joseph Vazquez and Daniel Schneider wrote.

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

He Faced More Than 20 Years in Jail for Shooting Up a Bar. A Soros Prosecutor Wants to Let Him Walk.

De’Quinn Le’Charn Hall faced six felony charges and over 20 years in prison after he assaulted a bouncer and fired his gun into a crowded Virginia bar. But thanks to a Virginia prosecutor boosted by the liberal billionaire George Soros, the gunman may have his record cleared.

The office of Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney Steve Descano (D.) last week struck a generous plea deal with Hall, which would let the 29-year-old shooter walk away with just a misdemeanor if he doesn’t reoffend for three years, Fox 5 first reported.

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

Larry Hogan Announces Executive Actions Against TikTok, Other Chinese Companies

Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced executive actions against Tiktok and several other Chinese entities Tuesday, going beyond the efforts of other Republicans who have taken similar actions in recent weeks.

Hogan’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) issued an emergency cybersecurity directive prohibiting the use of certain Chinese— and Russian-associated entities on any state devices or networks. The ban includes Tiktok, Huawei, WeChat, Alibaba and more.

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

Meet the Beijing-Aligned Group That Branded a Republican’s Tough-on-China Rhetoric ‘Racist’

The Chinese-American nonprofit that branded a Republican congresswoman’s tough-on-China campaign ads “racist” has extensive ties to Chinese Communist Party influence groups and Beijing-backed companies through its members, staff, and former leaders, a Washington Free Beacon investigation found.

In late October, with the 2022 midterms just two weeks away, the Committee of 100—a nonprofit that works to “advance U.S.-China relations”—issued a statement condemning China-related campaign ads from California Republican Michelle Steel. Those ads, which the committee said included “racist attacks” that encouraged “anti-Asian hate and violence,” criticized Democrat challenger Jay Chen’s past support for the Confucius Classroom program, a CCP-run initiative that provides American K-12 schools with Beijing-backed teachers and curriculum materials.

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

Musk Fires Ex-FBI Lawyer for Allegedly Stonewalling Access to Hunter Biden Twitter Files

Elon Musk announced Tuesday that former FBI lawyer James Baker, who was Twitter’s deputy general counsel, had been “exited” from the company for allegedly holding up the release of documents pertaining to the platform’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop report.

“In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” Musk posted on the social media site in response to Matt Taibbi tweeting a Sunday column by constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley.

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

NBC, ABC, CBS Called Out for Silence on Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ Release: ‘They’re Failing Americans’

Critics called out mainstream media outlets for failing to cover Elon Musk’s release of information on Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story just weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The major Sunday shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN devoted a total of seven seconds to the story, prompting Twitter CEO Elon Musk to sound off on the overwhelming silence.

“I think those people should be looking in the mirror and wondering why they were deceptive. Why did they deceive the American public?,” Musk asked. “And instead of trying to redirect blame to Matt Taibbi, they should be accepting some responsibility themselves for not being truthful to the American public.”

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

North Carolina Power Cut by Shooting Could Come Back Earlier Than Planned

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy said it expects to restore power ahead of schedule to thousands of homes in a central North Carolina county that have been without electricity for several days after an attack on the electric grid.

Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks said the company expects to have power back Wednesday just before midnight in Moore County. The company had previously estimated it would be restored Thursday morning.

About 35,000 Duke energy customers were still without power Tuesday, down from more than 45,000 at the height of the outage Saturday.

The outages began shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday night after one or more people drove up to two substations, breached the gates and opened fire on them, authorities have said. Police have not released a motive or said what kind of firearm was used.

Sam Stephenson, a power delivery specialist for Duke Energy, said the company has been able to implement “rolling power-ups” in the northern part of the county, giving some customers power in 2- to 3-hour waves.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Part of Crowd at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Erupts Into ‘F**k Joe Biden’ Chants

There’s nowhere in the world quite like the great state of Florida.

After the Buccaneers staged an awesome fourth quarter comeback Monday to knock off the New Orleans Saints, a portion of the crowd began chanting “f**k Joe Biden” in unison at the top of their lungs.

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

Plea Agreement Reached for Salmanzadeh in Amarillo Federal Court

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The legal team of Erfan Salmanzadeh, an Amarillo man who was indicted in August 2021 after an explosion in the 3600 block of Lenwood Drive, has entered a guilty plea on one count of “Use and Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction,” according to documents filed Monday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Amarillo Division.

According to previous reports by MyHighPlains.com, Salmanzadeh was indicted after a July 2021 incident where first responders were called to a home in the 3600 block of Lenwood Drive after a reported explosion. This event led to 14 homes in the area being evacuated. Officials allegedly found numerous explosive materials, along with an improvised explosive device, which officials linked to Salmanzadeh.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Shocking: Philly Gas Station Hires Armed Guards to Protect Against Theft

The owner of a gas station in North Philadelphia got so fed up with the prevalence of violent crime in the city that he hired heavily armed security guards to protect his customers and store.

Neil Patel told Fox News that he hired Pennsylvania S.I.T.E. state agents to patrol the site and protect customers after his store was repeatedly ransacked.

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

TIME Mocked for Naming Liz Cheney a ‘Person of the Year’ Finalist: ‘Should Not be Considered’

With just one day to go before TIME magazine reveals its “Person of the Year” for 2022, conservative Twitter users reacted with confusion and mockery over Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s inclusion on the list.

Critics pointed to Rep. Cheney’s landslide defeat in the Republican primary for her congressional seat as evidence of her lack of influence in politics.

Among the other contenders for the world’s “most influential” person, according to Time, are Twitter owner Elon Musk, Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskyy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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

Trump Organization Found Guilty in Manhattan DA’s Tax Fraud Case

The Trump Organization on Tuesday was found guilty of criminal tax fraud in a criminal case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.

The organization faced 15 counts, among them tax fraud, falsifying business records, and conspiracy, and was convicted on all counts, the New York Post reported.

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

University of Idaho Could See ‘Collapsing Enrollment’ Unless Police Solve Students’ Murders, Lawmaker Says

An Idaho state lawmaker predicted “collapsing enrollment” at the University of Idaho unless police solve the quadruple homicide that took place over three weeks ago at an off-campus residence.

“I think, actually, it’s going to be a snowballing disaster if they don’t get to the bottom of it. I’m really concerned that we’re going to see dropping enrollment at U of I. My daughter’s best friend is there. I know folks who are there who do not want to go back,” Idaho House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, a Democrat who represents parts of Boise, told local news outlet KHQ on Tuesday.

“I think they’re going to see collapsing enrollment. They’re going to see people transferring out. Nobody wants to send their kids to a community where they could face this kind of horror. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, it’s every student’s worst nightmare. They have got to find the perpetrator.”

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

‘Alarming Possibility’ COVID Booster Mandates Will Cause ‘Net Harm’ to Young Adults, Study Claims

A new study claims to show that COVID-19 booster vaccines, particularly of the mRNA variety, are likely to pose a net harm to individuals aged 18-29.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Medical Ethics by a team of researchers at institutions in the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada, estimates that somewhere between 31,000 and 43,000 young adults must be vaccinated with a COVID-19 booster to prevent one hospitalization from the illness. The researchers anticipated at least 18.5 “serious adverse events” for each hospitalization prevented.

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

5 Polish Regions to Receive €3.85 Billion in EU Environmental Funds

The European Commission adopted Polish Operational Programs worth a total of €3.85 billion intended for its climate transition. The funds under the Just Transition Fund (JTF) will be received by the regions of Silesia, Malopolska, Wielkopolska, Lower Silesia, and Lódzkie.

Western Malopolska and Silesia will receive most of the funding, as these areas have the largest hard coal mining in the EU.

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

Germany: New Study Links Sudden Death Cases to COVID Shots

A new study into autopsies in Germany has identified a link between cases of sudden and unexpected deaths and Covid shots, according to reports.

Renowned cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough has highlighted the study while raising the alarm over the apparent links between COVID-19 mRNA shots and soaring reports of sudden deaths from heart failure.

McCullough is among prominent cardiologists calling for a halt to the shots over concerns about their safety.

In a column on his Substack page, McCullough argues that the German study is the latest red flag to indicate that people are dying suddenly after receiving the vaccinations.

The team of researchers at the Heidelberg University Hospital conducted a study on the autopsies of 35 people who had died within 20 days of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

German Gas Companies Sue Russia’s Gazprom for Breach of Contract

Two German natural gas importers are demanding compensation from Russian state energy company Gazprom for the non-delivery of natural gas, the German daily Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

According to the German business daily, the country’s largest natural gas importer Uniper and another energy major, RWE, have initiated arbitration proceedings against the Russian energy giant to recover damages. Both companies have signed gas purchase contracts with Gazprom, which has been increasingly cutting back its gas supplies to Germany following Russia’s war against Ukraine began in February. Since the end of August, the company has completely halted gas deliveries to Germany, even though the EU’s punitive measures against Russia over the war do not affect gas trade.

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

Iranian Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Two Homeless Men in France

French police in the city of Nice arrested a 48-year-old Iranian national on Sunday morning who is thought to be linked to the suspected murder of two homeless people last Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, two homeless people were found dead on the streets of Nice, with one of the victims allegedly having died of stab wounds.

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

Nicola Sturgeon Dealt Another Blow as German Ambassador Suggests an Independent Scotland Would Have to Adopt the Euro Inside the EU

Miguel Berger pointed to how countries that have already applied to join the bloc — such as Albania, Montenegro and Serbia — all knew they would have to adopt the single currency.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Norway: Just Stop Oil Sister Group Jump in the Way of Cross-Country Skiers During Race

A Just Stop Oil sister campaign from Norway disrupted a cross-country skiing race on Sunday, 4 December.

Footage shows members of Stop Oil Exploration (Stopp Oljeletinga) blocking the men’s 20km event at the Lillehammer World Cup.

Activists held a banner in the middle of the snowy track as skiiers raced past them.

The group said they staged the protest to demand that the Norwegian government “Declares an immediate halt to all further exploration for new oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf” and “presents a concrete plan for a fair transition for today’s oil workers.”

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

‘Our NHS’ — Only Romania Cancelled More Cancer Surgeries Than UK in Lockdown Europe

Britain’s socialised National Health Service — lionised as “Our NHS” by the left-liberal establishment — cancelled more cancer surgeries during lockdown than any European country bar Romania.

The Health at a Glance: Europe report for 2022, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the European Commission, which serves as the European Union’s unelected executive, compares 30 countries in Europe. The report found the United Kingdom’s 26 per cent drop in cancer-related surgeries between 2019 and 2020 was almost the worst in Europe, with only Romania — a relatively impoverished ex-communist state with a reputation for endemic corruption — ranking lower.

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

PM Orban Agrees With Macron That Europe Bears More War Costs Than US, Calls on Europe to ‘Re-Evaluate’ Sanctions

President Emmanuel Macron is right in saying that the Russian-Ukrainian war is costing Europe much more than the United States, wrote Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a recent tweet.

“If we want European industry to survive (the war), we have to deal with the European energy crisis quickly. It is time to reassess sanctions,” Orban added.

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

Poland Could Face Civil War, Warns Polish Conservative Leader as Tensions Grow Before Election

The leader of the ruling conservative party, Law and Justice (PiS), accused the Polish left-liberal opposition of preparing to launch unprecedented repression if elected to office. Jaroslaw Kaczynski says that would, in his opinion, lead to “something like a civil war.”

Kaczynski told people attending his rally in the town of Nowa Sól in southwest Poland that the liberal opposition is preparing to oppress those who are currently in power should the opposition win an election.

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UK Approves COVID Vaccines for Babies: Medical Watchdog Says Lower-Dose Pfizer Jab is Safe and Effective for Kids Aged 6 Months and Above

The jab meets safety, quality and effectiveness standards and triggered no new safety worries in the cohort, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said.

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UK: Labour Lawmakers Want to Censor “Legal But Harmful” Speech Online

The battle regarding the UK’s censorship bill, The Online Safety Bill, rages on and UK Digital Minister Paul Scully said that the Online Safety Bill “is never going to be a silver bullet.” That’s what Scully said when the legislation returned to the House of Commons after the Conservative government removed the “legal but harmful” provision in the bill over concerns it would have a chilling effect on free speech.

Labour MPs, and some Conservative MPs, have raised concerns that the amendment might allow “hate speech” to remain on social media.

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UK: London: ‘Sadistic’ Serial Rapist Who Tortured Victims Receives ‘Life’ Sentence

Darrel Rose, a violent serial rapist who controlled and tortured his victims in London, has received a theoretical life sentence.

38-year-old Rose, already in prison for rape, sexual assault, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm since 2017 over an incident in which his victim was badly beaten with an iron and table leg, and threatened with a pot of searing hot oil, and shorn of her hair with a beard trimmer, was convicted of crimes against two further victims at Croydon Crown Court on Monday — although he refused to leave his cell for his sentencing.

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UK: Man Arrested for Assault After Egg Thrown at King Charles III

A man was arrested Tuesday after an egg was thrown at new monarch Charles III while on walkabout meeting members of the public in an English town.

An egg was seen flying towards King Charles III on Tuesday, but missed the monarch who was out meeting members of the public while visiting the town of Luton for a day of engagements. The King was moved away from the site by his bodyguard but, characteristically for Charles, he continued with his tour and meeting the public outside the town hall despite the incident, the AP said.

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UK: Police Shout at Drivers as Just Stop Oil Mob Shut Down Road

Police ordered a motorist to ‘pack it in’ after the exasperated lorry driver kept sounding his horn as Just Stop Oil activists blockaded a road in south London on Tuesday morning while police strolled alongside them.

The officer told the frustrated driver the sound was ‘hurting his ears’ as four vans filled with police drove behind the climate activists while they slow-marched down a busy south London road.

At around 8am, 15 Just Stop Oil activists walked onto the road at the Bricklayers Arms roundabout near the Old Kent Road, much to the chagrin of motorists who were forced to crawl behind the group as rush-hour traffic came to a standstill.

An exasperated van driver was seen sticking his two fingers up at protesters while another furious motorist told police they ‘need to get a backbone’.

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Video: Mass Riots Hit Europe After Morocco’s World Cup Victory Against Spain

Following Morocco’s shock World Cup penalty shoot-out victory over the Spanish national team on Tuesday, Moroccan fans have once again rioted across multiple countries, including Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The scenes of chaos mark the third time Moroccan fans have rioted following a World Cup victory, with the first two times last month already drawing condemnation.

Video of last night’s riots have been spread across social media, including from the account of Italian Transportation Minister Matteo Salvini, who wrote, “Morocco eliminates Spain, so they ‘celebrate’ in Milan… I hope that those responsible are identified and pay all damages.”

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With No Means to Store Gas for Itself, UK Energy Exports to Europe Surge as Cold Snap Bites

The United Kingdom has one of the smallest bunkered reserves of natural gas — burnt to produce heat and electricity — in Europe, yet it is shipping volumes of the resource abroad at levels not seen for years as a cold snap arrives.

Natural gas is being shipped to the continent through an ‘interconnector’ — an underwater gas pipe to Belgium — at the highest rate since 2016, with traders taking advantage of lower gas prices in the United Kingdom and higher in Europe to meet demand, Bloomberg reports. The high flow is a function of the strange imbalance of gas infrastructure across Europe, where many European nations have very high gas storage facilities but limited means to import, while the UK has almost no storage but ample means to import gas from around the world by sea.

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Serbia Are Charged by FIFA for Alleged Misconduct in Defeat to Switzerland… With Claims of Anti-Kosovo Chants From Fans and Verbal Abuse Directed at Xherdan Shaqiri, Who Has Family Links to Kosovo

FIFA brought disciplinary charges against Serbia on Monday for alleged misconduct by players and fans, including offensive chants, during their World Cup defeat against Switzerland.

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Turkey’s Censorship Law is Harming Independent Media Outlets

Journalists and activists are raising concerns over a new law in Turkey that gives the government more tools to go after independent media and censor dissent ahead of next year’s presidential elections where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could seek another term.

The Turkish parliament passed a law criminalizing “fake news,” which carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.

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Western Media Bought Iranian ‘Propaganda’ on Disbanding of Morality Police, Experts Say

Western media’s celebration of Iran’s alleged disbanding of the morality police plays into the regime’s “propaganda” efforts to convince the West it is open to reform, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

After Iran’s top judiciary official remarked that the Guidance Patrol, a police squad charged with enforcing the regime’s head covering laws for women, had “been put to a standstill,” Western media quickly seized the event as a victory for feminists in Iran demonstrating against restrictive modesty rules. However, the morality police remains active, suggesting many in the West fell for the regime’s ploy to restore legitimacy and deflect international pressure, experts told the DCNF.

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‘You Cannot be Serious’: Rishi Sunak Sparks Fury for Saying ‘Hats Off to Qatar’ In ‘Tone Deaf’ Tweet Praising Gulf State for Hosting an ‘Incredible’ World Cup

The ‘tone deaf’ message quickly drew ire as social media users piled in to remind the Prime Minister (pictured) of the various controversies blighting the tournament

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Europe Puts Scruples Aside, Imports Record Levels of Russian Liquid Natural Gas

The European Union has seen imports of liquid natural gas from Russia rise to record levels this year, sending billions to Moscow while waxing poetic about their support of Ukraine.

Though shipments of natural gas sent via pipelines from Russia to Europe have fallen sharply since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, Europe has ironically turned to Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG), a chilled form of the gas that can be shipped in sea tankers, to make up the difference.

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Putin Holds Council Meeting on Domestic Security Following 3 Airbase ‘Explosions’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called a meeting with his security council to discuss the country’s domestic defenses after three airbases saw “explosions” this week.

The Kremlin did not release details of the meeting but said that Russian officials looked to shore up the nation’s “internal security.”

The meeting appeared to take place just hours after a third airbase was struck in the Russian city of Kursk north of the Ukrainian border and one day after explosions were reported at two separate airbases hundreds of miles inside Russian territory.

The regional governor of Kursk said an oil storage tank had been set ablaze, but no casualties have yet been reported, according to Reuters.

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Russia Claims Kyiv Hit Its Air Bases, Fires More Missiles

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian drones struck two air bases deep inside Russian territory, the Kremlin said Monday, shortly before Russian forces unleashed a massive missile barrage in Ukraine that struck homes and buildings and killed civilians.

The unprecedented attack in Russia threatened a major escalation of the nine-month war because it hit an airfield housing bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. President Vladimir Putin has threatened to use all available means to defend his land, a remark many have interpreted to include nuclear weapons.

Russia has been launching almost weekly bombardments of Ukraine in retaliation for another bold attack — the Oct. 8 truck bombing of a vital bridge linking its mainland to the Crimean Peninsula.

On Monday, Putin tried to show his country could bounce back from that embarrassment by driving a car across the partially repaired bridge. Putin personally opened the 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge in 2018 as part of an expensive effort to solidify his claim on Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

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US Secretly Modified HIMARS Missile Systems Send to Ukraine So They Couldn’t Fire Into Russia

The United States altered the software within the HIMARS rocket launchers it sent to Ukraine to ensure they were incapable of firing long-range missiles into Russian territory, U.S. officials reportedly told the Wall Street Journal.

According to the U.S. publication citing Washington sources, the United States has supplied 20 HIMARS rocket launchers to the Ukrainian army since June, which included an arms supply of satellite-guided rockets with a 80-kilometer range giving Ukraine ample ammunition to defend its borders and keep Russian forces present in the east of the country from encroaching further into Ukraine’s sovereign territory.

However, the Pentagon modified the launchers, activating a feature that prevents their use with longer-range missiles, limiting the ability of Ukrainian forces to fire directly into Russia.

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Australian Tourists React to Indonesian Sex Outside Marriage Ban: ‘Terrifying — Jail for Sleeping With Someone I Don’t Know’

On Tuesday, the Indonesian Parliament unanimously voted to approve the ban on sex outside marriage, which will affect both citizens and foreign visitors.

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Indonesia Bans Sex Outside of Marriage

The Parliament of Indonesia passed legislation Tuesday fulfilling the nation’s years-long effort to outlaw premarital sex and defamation against the president.

Parliament attempted to pass a similar piece of legislation in 2019, but was buried by President Joko Widodo after thousands of citizens protested in the streets in opposition to the bill, The New York Times reported. The government suddenly announced Nov. 30 that a draft of the law was headed for a vote for ratification.

The new law could force unmarried couples to be jailed for six months or be fined 10 million rupiah ($710), even if they are cohabited, according to The New York Times. Police can make an arrest if a close family member files a report.

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Chinese Operatives Ran a Massive TikTok Campaign to Help Dems in the Midterm Elections: Report

TikTok accounts operating as voices of Chinese state media promoted messages that appeared to denigrate Republican candidates and favor Democratic ones ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, according to a Forbes investigation.

While the Chinese-owned social media app has verbally affirmed the need to crack down on election disinformation and foreign interference, several news-oriented accounts failed to disclose their affiliation with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) state-owned media on the platform, Forbes found. The accounts racked up tens of millions views on posts that covered divisive topics, such as abortion and race, as well as critical clips that mostly targeted Republican candidates ahead of the 2022 midterms.

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Fauci Says He Dismissed Lab Leak Theory to Placate China

In the early days of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci often dismissed the theory that the coronavirus came from a biological lab in China. He testified last week his reluctance was out of fear that speculation about the virus origins would “increase tensions” with China.

Fauci’s comments came during a seven-hour deposition at the center of a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration. Fauci stated throughout the deposition that he was troubled by “wild speculation and allegations” that the Chinese government either deliberately or accidentally leaked the virus from a biological lab in Wuhan. He also said he was “afraid” that “blaming the Chinese” for the outbreak would “increase tensions and reduce cooperation” with Beijing to prevent future pandemics.

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One of Fauci’s Top Deputies Was ‘Very Impressed’ With China’s COVID Response After 2020 Visit, Deposition Reveals

A top official at Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was “very impressed” by how China responded to the COVID-19 outbreak after a 2020 visit to Beijing, China, according to Fauci’s Nov. 23 deposition.

A transcript of the seven-hour deposition, released Wednesday by Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt of Missouri, who is leading the deposition alongside Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana, confirmed that H. Clifford Lane, NIAID Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects, admired how China managed the virus. Lane made the observation during a World Health Organization expedition in February 2020 to plan a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a 2020 NIAID article titled “NIAID’s Lane Discusses WHO COVID-19 Mission To China.”

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Australia Launches Biometric and QR App That Grants Access to Services

Australia’s Government Services Minister Bill Shorten has announced the launch of the myGov mobile app. The app is a digital wallet where citizens can store government credentials. It also grants access to various government services.

Announcing in Sydney, Shorten said “at long last, and long overdue” Australians now have the myGov app, which is poised to make government services accessible to millions more efficiently.

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Horrific Moment Diners Are Attacked in a Wild Brawl Outside a Busy Sydney Restaurant — as 10 Men Rain Down Kicks and Punches in the Street

The violent melee was sparked about 10pm on Sunday when two men appeared to exchange words along a dining strip on Bay St in Brighton-Le-Sands.

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New Zealanders Are Turning Against Jacinda Ardern as She Suffers a Huge Poll Shock With Voter Support Plummeting to the Lowest Level Since She Took Office

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s popularity has plunged to its lowest level since 2017 when she has took office.

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Albanians Should be Banned From Claiming Asylum in Britain Because They Come From a ‘Demonstrably Safe Country’, Says Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick, As Government Mulls New Australian-Style Border Laws

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick (pictured) said Albanian nationals should be ‘excluded from the right to claim asylum’ as he warned that current levels of migration into the UK were ‘unsustainable’.

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Exclusive: ICE Met Behind Closed Doors With an ‘Abolish ICE’ Activist. Here’s What They Talked About

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held a private event Thursday with a panelist that pushed to abolish the agency, along with others against immigration detention that strongly criticized immigration enforcement during the meeting, according to an internal document and a source with knowledge of what occurred in the meeting who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

ICE used the event “to share ideas and inform future concepts” on the “Alternatives to Detention” program, which the agency implemented in 2004 to monitor illegal immigrants released into the country with trackers like ankle bracelets and cell phones as they await court proceedings. During the discussion, the activists criticized the monitoring of illegal immigrants, the source with knowledge, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told the DCNF.

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France is Not an Immigrant Country, Says French-Algerian Author in Response to Macron

Contrary to President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on Dec. 3 that France has always been a country of immigration, the phenomenon only began as early as the 1870s and was very limited, French-Algerian author and former politician Malika Sorel-Sutter said on television channel CNews.

As Remix News reported yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that “France has always been a land of immigration,” and that “it is part of our DNA, it is the strength of our country, and we have always needed it for our economy.”

However, his remarks have been criticized, with many pointing out their historical inaccuracy, including from Sore-Sutter.

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Germany’s Pro-Migrant Churches Block Deportations With ‘Church Asylum’ Scheme

Churches in Germany’s largest state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), are increasingly turning into asylum centers by offering “church asylum” to hundreds of migrants.

With 1.2 million migrants entering Germany this year, and nearly 200,000 asylum requests made from migrants from non-European countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan, Germany is once again facing a migrant crisis. Now, churches are seeing a rise in requests by migrants seeking asylum, said the chairman of the ecumenical church asylum network in NRW, Joachim Poggenklaß, according to Christian news network Domradio.

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GOP Urges Congress to Investigate Whistleblower Claims of Child Trafficking Under Biden

In response to a video released in late November by Project Veritas, three US Senators penned a letter to Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs demanding that the committee hold a hearing into whistleblower allegations of child trafficking.

“We write in response to recently reported claims by federal employee whistleblower that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is knowingly transferring unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of criminals, including sex traffickers,” the letter from Senators Ron Johnson, Rick Scott, and Josh Hawley began.

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Gothenburg Wants to Settle Migrants in Affluent Neighbourhoods

In Sweden’s second-largest city (population just under 600 000), the new city government of Social Democrats, Left Party and Greens has announced that immigrants will no longer be settled in the suburbs, as has happened so far, but in the “prosperous areas of the city that have a high socio-economic status”.

The aim of the city leadership is to prevent the further ghettoization of individual districts, especially in the suburbs in the north-east of Gothenburg.

The “newcomers”, as immigrants are called in Sweden, would have to be accommodated in residential areas with the highest status, where a high proportion of residents speak Swedish as their mother tongue and unemployment is low. In this way, the integration of “newcomers” and their children can succeed better, according to the red-green city government.

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Los Angeles County DA Gascon Issues Directives to Avoid ‘Adverse Immigration Consequences’

Prosecutors in Los Angeles County will now have to weigh the effects charging decisions will have on the immigration status of suspects and are encouraged to seek diversion programs to help avoid deportations, according to a new directive.

The policy from District Attorney George Gascon is another in a long list of progressive measures to overhaul how justice is sought in the nation’s largest district attorney’s office.

According to the policy, which was obtained by Fox News, alternatives to criminal convictions should be considered, such as avoiding charging for criminal enhancements, which can significantly increase one’s prison sentence, “that would turn an otherwise immigration neutral offense into an immigration damaging one.”

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Poland Busting Migrant Smugglers From Ukraine Every Day

Polish authorities say they are catching Ukrainian citizens smuggling migrants across the border on a daily basis.

Migrants from around the world continue to illegally cross into Poland, most with hopes of traveling further into the European Union.

One such attempt ended when a smuggler from Ukraine led border patrols on a chase after entering from Lithuania with a group of Afghan illegals on Friday.

Authorities “detained the citizen of Ukraine, who was transporting 9 citizens of Afghanistan. The foreigners illegally crossed the border from Lithuania to Poland and previously from Belarus to Lithuania,” the Polish Border Guard explained.

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Rishi Sunak Distances Himself From Hardline Immigration Report Supported by Home Secretary Suella Braverman That Recommends Banning People Arriving From ‘Safe’ Countries Like Albania From Ever Claiming Asylum to Settle in Britain

Suella Braverman penned the foreword to a report by the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank which called for new laws barring migrants who enter illegally from ever settling in the UK.

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America, Be Very Afraid: Astonishingly: Canada is Now Euthanizing 10,000 of Its Citizens a Year — and Some of the Horrific Stories of Its Ultra-Permissive Policy Will Horrify You…

Special report by TOM LEONARD

LEONARD: As Americans eye the creeping acceptance of euthanasia, they’d be well advised to look north to head off a preventable, but terminal societal illness. The cheapening of human life.

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Christians Denied Service at Restaurant: They Made ‘Woke’ Staff Feel ‘Uncomfortable, Unsafe’

A restaurant in Virginia denied service to a group of Christians because their presence in the establishment made the “woke” staff feel “uncomfortable” and “unsafe.”

Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond canceled a dinner reservation made by members of a Christian organization last Wednesday.

The Christians were part of the Family Foundation, which is associated with Focus on the Family and promotes traditional marriage and the right to life.

Roughly 90 minutes before the group of 15 to 20 people was due to arrive for their 7 pm dessert event, the restaurant canceled the reservation.

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Exclusive: Republicans Demand Non-Binary Drag Queen in Charge of Nuclear Waste is Fired After Arrest for Stealing a Woman’s Luggage in Letter to Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

GOP lawmakers are demanding a non-binary DOE nuclear waste scientist resign after they admitted to stealing a suitcase from the luggage carousel at the airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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NBC News Reporter Stutters to Avoid Using Wrong Pronouns for Colorado Springs Shooter

NBC News correspondent Niala Charles struggled to avoid using the pronouns that fit the alleged Colorado Springs shooter’s biological sex while covering the suspect’s criminal charges.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been charged with 305 counts for allegedly killing five and injuring several others in the Club Q nightclub. El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen formally charged the suspect with these charges that include murder, attempted murder, and assault.

Following accusations that the political right’s rhetoric led to the shooting, attorneys later revealed that Aldrich identifies as “non-binary” and uses “they/them” pronouns. While covering the charges on NBC News on Tuesday, Charles attempted to use Aldrich’s preferred pronouns.

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Transgender Athletes Now Free to Compete Against the Sex They ‘Identify’ With in New Zealand Community Sport — as New ‘Inclusive’ Guidelines Handed Down Are Slammed by Katherine Deves

The transgender sportspeople won’t need to justify or prove their sex, Sport New Zealand (SNZ) said on Tuesday, adding the rules will not apply to elite sports.

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World Health Organization Meets to Discuss Granting of Increased Surveillance Powers Under Pandemic Treaty

The unelected global health agency the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently meeting to consider a draft version of a controversial international pandemic treaty that will give the WHO increased surveillance powers.

The new surveillance powers are detailed in Article 10 (“Strengthening and sustaining capacities for pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of health systems”) and Article 17 (“One Health”) of the draft treaty. They include requirements for the WHO’s member states to “build and reinforce surveillance systems” across both the public and private sector and to strengthen the WHO’s “One Health surveillance systems.”

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World Health Organization Meets to Plot Censorship of “Misinformation” Under International Pandemic Treaty

Members of the World Health Organization (WHO), an unelected international public health agency, are meeting to consider a draft version of a proposed international pandemic treaty which will give the WHO new powers to “tackle false, misleading, misinformation or disinformation” and be legally binding under international law.

The draft treaty contains various provisions in Article 16 (“Strengthening pandemic and public health literacy”) that require the WHO’s 194 member states (which represent 98% of all the countries in the world) to target so-called misinformation.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/6/2022

  1. Bankman-Fraud is another Jon Corzine and nothing will happen to him.
    Saw a hilarious quote from Medvedev stating that EU comrades should stock up on blankets, boilers and booze.
    The CPUSA (D) wing of the Uniparty bird is drawing up speech laws for blogs and comments forums in NY and a recent Das Heimat Schutze (DHS) memo about “domestic violent extremists” with a range of ideological beliefs and grievances pose a threat to Das Homeland.

  2. Australian myGov ID has been around since Covid really. It just becomes more extensive. Latest add on was the director ID. We are comprehensively ID’d. It covers everything; health, passport, driver’s license, medical record, pensions, directorships etc

  3. Thousands of police in Germany made a sweep and arrested 25 “rebels” reported to be plotting to overthrow government.

    Newsweek has the story, and if you go there, you will be subjected to a video-rant against Qanon.

    Bizarrer and bizarrer.

  4. If a child doesn’t learn proper grammar for his/her own language, that child will find it impossible to learn a foreign language. Good grief! Is English the only language with grammatical rules?

  5. Fauci’s daughter worked at Twitter and James Baker of the FIB-NKVD as well.
    Sam Bankman-Fraud/Ghislaine Maxwell 2024.

  6. Orban is saying that Europe is paying more for the war than the US? That’s rich. Europe has been leeching off the USA ever since the founding of NATO. One of the reasons the Germans I know were happy to see Trump defeated was because he demanded that other NATO members live up to their agreements in regards to their defense spending. Once the sock puppet won in 2020 that went by the wayside.

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