Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/7/2022

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has been impeached and replaced by his vice president, Dina Boluarte, who becomes the country’s first female president. Mr. Castillo has been placed under arrest.

In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that the war in Ukraine may continue for longer than he had expected.

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Financial Crisis
» Bank of Canada Hikes Rate to Highest Levels Since 2008
» Breaking: Disgraced Crypto Bro Sam Bankman-Fried Under Criminal Investigation by DOJ
» JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Says Inflation Could Tip the US Economy Into a Recession Next Year — and While Consumers Have $1.5m in Excess Savings From Stimulus Programs, They’re Spending 10% More Than in 2021 as a Result
» Majority of Canadians Worried About Feeding Their Families: Poll
» Over 40 Percent of Americans Expect Housing Market to Crash Next Year, Survey Shows
» Peru Extends Its Steepest Rate Hikes as Inflation Tops Forecasts
 
USA
» AOC is Under Investigation by House Ethics Committee
» Biden’s DoD Spent $91,000 on Diversity Seminars for Air Force Band
» Breaking: Twitter Reinstates Roger Stone’s Account
» CDC and Census Bureau Had Direct Access to Twitter Portal Where They Could Flag Speech for Censorship
» Climate Activists Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Take Private Jet to Collect ‘Anti-Racism’ Award
» Congressman Ro Khanna is a Lone Democratic Voice Who Pushed Back Against Hunter Biden Laptop Censorship
» Democrats Pressure Banks to ‘Atone’ For Slavery, ‘Redress Past Wrongs’
» DeSantis Raises $59 Million for Florida Hurricane Relief After Biden Admin Allegedly Denied Funds
» Elon Musk: Twitter Files ‘Data Has Hidden, Some May Have Been Deleted’
» Exclusive: Republicans Trying to Stop Federal Government From Working With Big Tech on Censorship
» Exclusive: Suspects in Assaults on Seattle Firefighters Won’t be Charged
» Fauci Deposition: Fauci Says No One From His Office Pushed for Social Media Censorship. Documents Show They Did.
» Feds Warned of Infrastructure Attacks Days Before Power Station Sabotage, Reveal Similar Attacks Nationwide
» Filmmakers Demand ISP Customer Data is Linked to “Pirating” Reddit Users
» Germany Arrests Dozens of People Who Allegedly Tried to Overthrow Government
» Glenn Youngkin Moves to Reimburse Fines for Violating COVID Lockdown Restrictions
» Gold Star Mother Who Slammed Joe Biden for Her Son’s Death in Afghanistan Withdrawal Reinstated on Twitter
» ‘Indict Me Too’: Will Cryptome’s Call to be Charged Kill the Case Against Wikileaks’ Assange?
» Kari Lake Rejects Arizona Election Results, Warns Legal Fight Will ‘Be Real Ugly’
» Katie Hobbs’ Office Defends Asking Twitter to Take Down Posts Criticizing Them
» New Orleans Police Superintendent Retiring After Hundreds of Cops Leave Department
» NYC Democrat Official Dumps Party, Switches to Republican
» Pentagon Papers Whistle-Blower Daniel Ellsberg Was Wikileaks’ Secret Back-Up
» Police Want Help Finding Car Seen Near Idaho Stabbing Site
» Ted Cruz on Twitter Files Revelations: “This Was All About Weaponizing Big Tech”
» Twitter’s Janitors Call Strike, Elon Musk Fires Them All & Cancels Contract
» Video: GOP Senator Tells Woke CEO ‘Best of Luck’ as He Seeks Republican Help to Avoid Democrat Regulation
» YouTube Removes Jenna Ellis Interview Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
» Zero GOP Professors in Nearly 3 Dozen University Departments Across Multiple Schools, Survey Shows
 
Canada
» Everything You Need to Know About Alberta’s Sovereignty Act
» Poilievre Demands Liberals Cancel Contract With Chinese Company Accused of Espionage
 
Europe and the EU
» Britain’s New Stealth Fighter: Rishi Sunak to Sign Deal With Japan and Italy to Build Radar-Dodging Tempest Jet Armed With Hypersonic Weapons by 2035
» France: Children Walk to School With Police Escort in Paris Because of a Rise in Drug Addicts and Prostitution
» Hungary Suspends Fuel Price Cap, Blames New EU Sanctions for Rising Fuel Costs
» Imminent Danger: France’s Electricity Blackout
» Inside the Modern-Day Rise of Germany’s Far-Right: How Shady QAnon-Inspired Reichsbürger Movement and Neo-Nazism Have Surged — Infiltrating Police and Security Services — as ‘Coup Plot’ Is Foiled
» Italy: Meloni Administration Yet to Lift Fines for Unvaccinated
» Poll: Polish Citizens Bend to EU, Agree Poland Should Follow Brussels’ Orders to Receive Recovery Funds
» Reports That Hungary Vetoed €18 Billion EU Aid Package for Ukraine Are ‘Fake News, ‘ Claims Orban
» UK Police Forces Spend More Than £10 Million on ‘Diversity’ Officers Per Year
» UK: Rock Legend Rod Stewart’s 11-Year-Old Son Rushed to Hospital After Collapsing at Soccer Match
 
Russia
» Explosion at Nuclear Airbase Just 150 Miles From Moscow Opens Stunning New Phase of War
» Putin Acknowledges War in Ukraine ‘Could be a Lengthy Process’
» Putin: Nuclear Risk is Rising, But We Are Not Mad
» Time Magazine Names Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky ‘Person of the Year’
 
Far East
» Apple is Ready to Leave China as COVID-19 Protests Delay iPhones Past Christmas. That Could Take a Decade and Cost Billions.
» China Eases Anti-COVID Measures Following Protests
 
Australia — Pacific
» Brutal Moment Hulking Thug Punches a Female Cop in the Face — Sparking a Wild Brawl Outside a 7-Eleven
 
Latin America
» Peru’s Ousted Leader: The Dramatic Day in Three Moments
» Peru’s President Pedro Castillo Replaced by Dina Boluarte After Impeachment
 
Immigration
» Algerian Migrant Arrested in France for Beating His Landlord to Death
» Border Patrol Agents Eviscerate Biden for Saying He’s Got “More Important Things” To Worry About
» Bus Carrying Dozens of Migrants Including Children From Nicaragua Arrives Outside VP Kamala Harris’ Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington DC: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Has Now Sent 8,400 to the Capital Since April
» Dutch State’s Restrictions of Refugee Family Reunifications Are Unlawful, Court Rules
» Eritrean Child-Killer Came to Germany During 2016 Migrant Crisis, Says Prosecution
» Local Leaders Dismayed After UK Home Office Doubles Asylum-Seeker Quota to Cope With Record Arrivals
» Netherlands: Local Council Rejects Federal Plan for 150 Refugees to Take Over Assisted-Living Facility for the Elderly and Disabled
» ‘Out With the Criminal Scum’ — Geert Wilders Urges Deportations After Moroccans Riot in Dutch Cities Following World Cup Win
» Spain: Nearly 30 Migrants Flee Plane at Barcelona Airport After Female Passenger Sparks Emergency Landing by Pretending She Was Going Into Labour During Flight From Morocco
» UK: The Seaside Hoteliers Who Turned Down £550,000 to House Migrants…
 
Culture Wars
» American Girl Accused of Teaching Children How to Change Genders With Puberty Blockers
» Breaking: Chicago High School Dean Brags to Project Veritas Reporter About Teaching ‘Queer Sex’ To Minor Students
» Cringewashing
» Indiana Sues TikTok for Allegedly Pushing Adult Content Toward Teens
» Jennifer Lawrence’s Woke B*tching Was So False, Variety Had to Delete it
» Our Lying Idiot Media Really is That Dumb
» Polish Ikea Manager Who Fired Employee for Citing Bible Verses Wins Appeal, Case Will Head to Supreme Court
» Republicans Introduce Bill to Ban U.S Tax Dollars From Funding Drag Queen Shows in Foreign Countries
» WEF Thinks of Ways to Regulate Digital ID in the Metaverse
» ‘Woke’ Teacher Boasts of ‘Enjoying’ Causing ‘Confusion’ in Children With ‘Gender Identity’ Indoctrination
 

Bank of Canada Hikes Rate to Highest Levels Since 2008

The Bank of Canada announced another interest rate hike Wednesday, raising the rate by 50 basis points to 4.25%, the highest since 2008.

This is the seventh rate hike of the year by the central bank in an effort to slow down inflation, which is at 40-year high levels.

In a statement the Bank said that the governing council would review its decision to continue raising rates next year.

“Looking ahead, Governing Council will be considering whether the policy interest rate needs to rise further to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target.”

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

Breaking: Disgraced Crypto Bro Sam Bankman-Fried Under Criminal Investigation by DOJ

Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced former CEO of the collapsing cryptocurrency company FTX, is being investigated by the Justice Department for potentially manipulating the market in a way that led two interrelated cryptocurrency companies to collapse in a chain that eventually led to his own company’s downfall.

The New York Times reports that Bankman-Fried manipulated the currencies of two crypto companies, TerraUSD and Luna, in order to benefit FTX and Alameda Research, which was run by Caroline Ellison, who was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Bankman-Fried.

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

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Says Inflation Could Tip the US Economy Into a Recession Next Year — and While Consumers Have $1.5m in Excess Savings From Stimulus Programs, They’re Spending 10% More Than in 2021 as a Result

Jamie Dimon continued to sound the alarm about the immediate forecast for the US economy as he warned that inflation may soon wipe out consumer wealth and send the country into a recession.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Majority of Canadians Worried About Feeding Their Families: Poll

Canadians are increasingly concerned about their finances amidst soaring inflation, with the majority anxious about whether they’ll be able to afford to feed their families, a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News indicates.

The poll shows that 53 percent of people surveyed are fearful about not being able to put food on the table, an increase of nine points in just the last month.

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

Over 40 Percent of Americans Expect Housing Market to Crash Next Year, Survey Shows

Over 40 percent of Americans say they believe the U.S. housing market will crash next year, a new real estate industry survey has revealed.

According to the survey, conducted by LendingTree on more than 2,000 Americans, a lot of consumers have a very gloomy outlook about the market.

Fears of a market crash have been brought on by news of mass layoffs, high inflation, and rising credit card debt, the survey shows.

The survey found that 41 percent of Americans believe the housing market will crash in 2023.

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

Peru Extends Its Steepest Rate Hikes as Inflation Tops Forecasts

(Bloomberg) — Peru extended its steepest-ever series of interest rate increases after inflation topped all forecasts in November, and a political turmoil shakes the country.

The central bank raised its key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a 21-year high of 7.5% on Wednesday, in line with expectations. That’s up from just 0.25% in June last year, and the 17th consecutive increase.

The bank headed by Julio Velarde is tightening monetary policy to get inflation back toward to the 2% target, and to also limit the risk of capital flight as the US raises interest rates. Peru, Colombia and Mexico are forecast to be nearing the end of their tightening cycles, while Brazil and Chile have already stopped raising rates.

Inflation surged above target across the region due to supply constraints and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Peruvian price gains had been forecast to slow slightly in November, but instead jumped unexpectedly to 8.45%.

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

AOC is Under Investigation by House Ethics Committee

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, according to a press release.

The committee was silent on the details of the probe, but the release said the Office of Congressional Ethics referred the matter back in June.

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

Biden’s DoD Spent $91,000 on Diversity Seminars for Air Force Band

The Biden administration is spending nearly six figures on diversity and inclusion seminars for the U.S. Air Force Band, according to a Department of Defense contract awarded to a Philadelphia orchestra.

The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra was awarded the contract for $91,000 from the DOD on May 6, reported Fox News. According to their website, the band has spent the last ten years “proving that a visible commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion can have a lasting and positive impact on communities AND the orchestra.”

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

Breaking: Twitter Reinstates Roger Stone’s Account

On Wednesday, political consultant and Trump ally Roger Stone announced that his personal Twitter account had been reinstated.

Stone had been suspended from the platform under the previous regime after criticizing CNN anchor Don Lemon, calling him “dumber than dog sh*t,” among other names. Twitter said that his account had violated policies on abusive behavior.

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

CDC and Census Bureau Had Direct Access to Twitter Portal Where They Could Flag Speech for Censorship

Emails between an employee at the United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Twitter have revealed that at least one CDC staff member and the US Census Bureau had access to Twitter’s dedicated “Partner Support Portal” which allows approved government partners to flag content to Twitter for censorship.

The emails were released by the nonprofit organization America First Legal and show Twitter enrolling a CDC employee into this portal through their personal account in May 2021 (pages 182-194).

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

Climate Activists Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Take Private Jet to Collect ‘Anti-Racism’ Award

Climate change activists Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were flown to New York in their private jet before being whisked away in a gas-guzzling luxury SUV to collect an “anti-racism” award at an exclusive event.

The “woke” couple arrived in NYC on Monday for the elitist Ripple of Hope gala on Tuesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were safe in the knowledge that they wouldn’t come into close contact with any peasants during their trip as tickets for the VIP-only event were selling for up to $1 million a pop.

Harry and Meghan were celebrated for their “human rights” efforts at the gala that was also giving a “sustainability” award.

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

Congressman Ro Khanna is a Lone Democratic Voice Who Pushed Back Against Hunter Biden Laptop Censorship

Democratic Party House Rep. Ro Khanna, from the San Francisco Bay Area, contacted Twitter to express concern over the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story and the censorship of the New York Post, the publication that first broke the story.

“Censorship of the Hunter Biden story might have helped my party, but it was bad for our democracy,” Khanna wrote in a opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

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

Democrats Pressure Banks to ‘Atone’ For Slavery, ‘Redress Past Wrongs’

Democrats are pressuring banks to take steps to “atone” for slavery and “redress past wrongs” by writing big checks.

During a House committee hearing organized by Democrats on Wednesday, witnesses told lawmakers that banks should fund community development in black communities.

Such funding would support the education of the next several generations of black students and take other steps to atone for the role they played in financing and supporting slavery in America, the witnesses argued.

The House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), held a hearing on “The Role of Financial Institutions in the Horrors of Slavery and the Need for Atonement.”

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

DeSantis Raises $59 Million for Florida Hurricane Relief After Biden Admin Allegedly Denied Funds

The Florida Disaster Fund raised $59.2 million for Hurricane Ian emergency relief, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday.

The state of Florida provided $25 million and generous donors gave $35.2 million to the fund, DeSantis’ office said in a press release. State funding will be used to purchase building materials and the donations will enable “verified nonprofit organizations to conduct critical temporary repairs on homes damaged by Hurricane Ian,” the press release said.

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

Elon Musk: Twitter Files ‘Data Has Hidden, Some May Have Been Deleted’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk warned President Joe Biden and the Dem Party that will release everything in the Twitter suppression files to the public. And to tune in tomorrow because Musk will release episode two of the Twitter files tomorrow.

Musk said: “Tune in for Episode 2 of The Twitter Files tomorrow!”

Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey said: “If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now.”

Elon said: “Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released.

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

Exclusive: Republicans Trying to Stop Federal Government From Working With Big Tech on Censorship

A group of House Republicans introduced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit the federal government from using Big Tech to infringe upon Americans’ First Amendment rights.

The legislation, first obtained by the Daily Caller, is titled the Free Speech Defense Act. It was spearheaded by Republican Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde and has 10 original co-sponsors.

The bill focuses on recent reporting indicating that the Biden Administration is using the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to police Americans’ online speech.

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

Exclusive: Suspects in Assaults on Seattle Firefighters Won’t be Charged

As assaults on Seattle firefighters continue, it has been revealed that many of the suspects have not been charged or have been released from custody.

According to minutes obtained by The Post Millennial from a Sept. 29, 2022 meeting of the Seattle Fire Department’s Labor/Management Joint Safety Committee, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins while giving a presentation on what has been termed Assault & Threatening Behavior (ATB) said, “Chief Hastings meets weekly with SPD counterpart Assistant Chief Mahaffey and they discuss ATB. Chief Scoggins has sent information about firefighter assaults that we have been tracking since 2015 to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.”

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

Fauci Deposition: Fauci Says No One From His Office Pushed for Social Media Censorship. Documents Show They Did.

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s deposition, taken as part of the lawsuit filed by Missouri and Louisiana’s Attorneys General alleging collusion between government and online platforms to censor certain viewpoints, has details about Dr. Fauci’s attitude towards Covid topics that were censored on social media platforms.

Fauci, the retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was deposed under oath on November 23.

During the deposition, Fauci said that he did not have the expertise to say whether or not COVID-19 originated from a laboratory or nature. However, he repeatedly dismissed the lab-leak theory.

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

Feds Warned of Infrastructure Attacks Days Before Power Station Sabotage, Reveal Similar Attacks Nationwide

Days after what officials have called a targeted attack on power substations in North Carolina, federal law enforcement revealed that officials warned of such an attack beforehand, according to a new report.

Newsnation obtained the memo from federal law enforcement which read, “Power companies in Oregon and Washington have reported physical attacks on substations using hand tools, arson, firearms, and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure… In recent attacks, criminal actors bypassed security by cutting the fence links, lighting nearby fires, shooting equipment from a distance, or throwing objects over the fence and onto equipment.”

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

Filmmakers Demand ISP Customer Data is Linked to “Pirating” Reddit Users

WOW! is a US ISP that is being sued by a number of film companies, notably Millennium Media and Voltage Pictures, for not terminating subscribers accused of copyright infringement.

And now this ISP has received an order to give the filmmakers personal data about 375 customers suspected of copyright violations, which the companies intend to compare with information retrieved from YTS and Reddit user accounts.

168 of the 375 have filed their objections, and are supported in this by the ISP, TorrentFreak reports.

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

Germany Arrests Dozens of People Who Allegedly Tried to Overthrow Government

German authorities arrested 25 people in Germany on Wednesday for allegedly planning to overthrow the government, according to The New York Times (NYT).

Approximately 3,000 police and Special Forces officers detained individuals who authorities believe were members of a domestic terrorist organization that formed in late 2021 and sought to overthrow the government to form their own state.

A prosecutor said Wednesday that the individuals were part of a group that believed “Germany is currently ruled by members of a so-called deep state,” according to the NYT.

Prosecutors also alleged members of the group were influenced by the conspiracy theorists QAnon and a right-wing German conspiracy group that believes Germany’s post World War II government is nothing more than a corporation set up by the Allies.

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

Glenn Youngkin Moves to Reimburse Fines for Violating COVID Lockdown Restrictions

Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced on Tuesday his plans to pay back the people and businesses who were fined by the state for violating Covid lockdown policies put in place by his predecessor, Democratic former Gov. Ralph Northam.

In an executive order, Youngkin commanded all state enforcement agencies, boards, and commissions, to report the fines and disciplinary actions they imposed upon those individuals and entities. According to an official statement, a reimbursement process is in the works for his upcoming budget proposal.

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

Gold Star Mother Who Slammed Joe Biden for Her Son’s Death in Afghanistan Withdrawal Reinstated on Twitter

The Twitter account of Gold Star Mother, Shana Chappell, mother of Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui who was killed in Afghanistan was reinstated on Tuesday.

Shortly after her account was reinstated, Chappell wrote on Twitter, “Weirdly when FB and IG took away my accounts I also had lost my Twitter account which I couldn’t understand because I hadn’t posted anything on it. But today I was able to get back on it.”

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

‘Indict Me Too’: Will Cryptome’s Call to be Charged Kill the Case Against Wikileaks’ Assange?

Last week John Young, founder of Cryptome an American website, asked the Justice Department to indict his company for publishing some of the leaks for which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also has been indicted. Cryptome, Young asserts, published these leaks before Assange did.

There is no question that the Cryptome assertions are accurate, since they are fully documented and unchallenged in the opinion written by the United Kingdom court with respect to the extradition of Assange from Britain to the United States. Indeed, Young testified under oath in Assange’s U.K. case to this effect.

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

Kari Lake Rejects Arizona Election Results, Warns Legal Fight Will ‘Be Real Ugly’

Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has dropped the hammer on Democrat officials in her state and announced she is rejecting the results of her disputed election.

Lake is warning that her legal challenge to the outcome of her race against Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is going to “be real ugly.”

Arizona’s race for the governor’s office was controversially called for Hobbs, who refused to debate, hold rallies, or even campaign in the run-up to Election Day.

Hobbs, Arizona’s top election official, also refused to recuse herself from overseeing her own race.

On Monday, Hobbs certified her own win over Lake by approximately 17,000 votes.

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

Katie Hobbs’ Office Defends Asking Twitter to Take Down Posts Criticizing Them

The office of Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of Arizona, who is also the governor-elect, has defended writing in 2021 to have Twitter censor tweets on the platform that were critical of her performance in office.

C. Murphy Herbert, Hobbs’ communications director, sent a message identifying two tweets critical of Hobbs to a nonprofit group called the Center for Internet Security (CIS), which is a consortium of governments, academic institutions and companies that seeks to mitigate cyber risks on the internet, according to Tuscon.com. Hobbs’ deputy, Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones, called this part of Hobbs’ “job to make sure that voters are informed.”

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

New Orleans Police Superintendent Retiring After Hundreds of Cops Leave Department

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to include a response from the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) superintendent is set to retire, with the city having been named the nation’s “murder capital” for the first half of this year as officers reportedly left the force in droves.

Shaun Ferguson will retire at the end of 2022, Democratic New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Tuesday. New Orleans’ Metropolitan Crime Commission named the city the “murder capital of the United States” for the first half of 2022, determining that its homicide rate outpaced any other city nationwide when population was taken into account, according to WDSU.

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

NYC Democrat Official Dumps Party, Switches to Republican

A Democrat New York City councilman has announced that he is dumping the Democratic Party and is switching to Republican.

On Monday, NYC Councilman Ari Kagan, who represents the 47th district, said he has reached his limit with the Democrats’ policies, specifically regarding crime.

Kagan, from Brooklyn, also announced his intention to challenge Democrat Justin Brannan in next year’s general election in the newly-redrawn district.

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

Pentagon Papers Whistle-Blower Daniel Ellsberg Was Wikileaks’ Secret Back-Up

Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg has told BBC News he was the secret “back-up” for the Wikileaks documents leak, in case something happened to Julian Assange.

This is the first time Mr Ellsberg, who exposed the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, has revealed this information.

“I had possession of all the Chelsea Manning information before it came out in the press,” Mr Ellsberg told BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur.

Mr Assange’s Wikileaks organisation published more than 700,000 confidential documents, videos and diplomatic cables, provided by the US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, in 2010.

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

Police Want Help Finding Car Seen Near Idaho Stabbing Site

Police are asking for help finding the occupant of a car that was seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying that person could have “critical information” about the case

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are asking for help finding the occupant of a car that was seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying that person could have “critical information” about the case.

The Moscow Police Department issued a statement Wednesday afternoon asking for the public’s help tracking down the person or people inside a white Hyundai Elantra made between 2011 and 2013 that was near the off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. Investigators do not have the car’s license plate.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Ted Cruz on Twitter Files Revelations: “This Was All About Weaponizing Big Tech”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz has weighed in on the revelations in Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ publication, urging that it is “evidence of corruption that goes to the highest level of government.”

Appearing on Fox News, Cruz asserted that the effort to crush the Hunter Biden laptop story went “to the highest level of the FBI. And it goes to the highest level of Big Tech.”

“We’ve known for a long time that big tech is censoring conservatives,” Cruz said, adding that “what Elon did here is he just laid naked all of the lies that the corporate media has told.”

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

Twitter’s Janitors Call Strike, Elon Musk Fires Them All & Cancels Contract

Twitter’s janitors called a strike outside the company’s headquarters, causing new boss Elon Musk to fire them all and cancel their contract.

The janitors were protesting outside the HQ in San Francisco, California after 20 of their colleagues were fired during the company’s recent major workforce culls.

However, when the remaining janitors in the SEIU Local 87 union called a strike on Monday, they were all fired.

Twitter also terminated its contact with the company that hired the janitors.

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

Video: GOP Senator Tells Woke CEO ‘Best of Luck’ as He Seeks Republican Help to Avoid Democrat Regulation

When the CEO of a company with a history of woke virtue signalling came running to Republicans asking for help in a merger deal that Democrats are seeking to block, Senator Tom Cotton hilariously responded “best of luck.”

The discussion in the recent Senate hearing centered around a proposed merger between the Kroger and Albertsons grocery chains, which Democrats have aligned against.

The problem for Kroger is that it has a long history of pushing “diversity and inclusion” training on its employees, including forcing them to wear gay pride logos and firing those who refused.

When the company wants a break, however, it had no qualms running to the GOP.

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

YouTube Removes Jenna Ellis Interview Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

An interview on The Jenna Ellis Show with guest Stew Peters about the potential dangers of the Covid-19 vaccine was taken down by YouTube, indicating that the video-sharing platform is still refusing to allow free and open dialogue to take place regarding the forced inoculation of millions of Americans.

“Died Suddenly,” the new documentary by radio show host Peters, explores a number of serious questions about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, and presents itself as a “damning presentation on the truth about the greatest ongoing mass genocide in human history.”

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

Zero GOP Professors in Nearly 3 Dozen University Departments Across Multiple Schools, Survey Shows

A survey of multiple departments at several U.S. colleges revealed that more than half of them had no Republican professors teaching any subjects, what one commenter deemed a “wake-up call that higher education is severely biased and broken.”

The survey, carried out by the conservative higher education outlet The College Fix, determined that “just 61 Republican professors [were found] across 65 departments at seven universities as part of a recent survey of professor party affiliations nationwide.”

“A total of 33 of the departments had zero Republican professors identified within them — slightly more than 50 percent of all departments surveyed,” the outlet noted.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Alberta’s Sovereignty Act

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s controversial proposed Sovereignty Act legislation is dominating discussion in the province and throughout political circles across the country.

Smith first pitched an Alberta Sovereignty Act during the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership race to bar federal legislation deemed harmful to the province and its interests.

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

Poilievre Demands Liberals Cancel Contract With Chinese Company Accused of Espionage

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is calling on the Liberals to immediately scrap a contract with a Chinese company over national security concerns.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced a flurry of questions from the Official Opposition in the House of Commons on Wednesday after it was reported by CBC that Ottawa had awarded a contract for sensitive RCMP communications equipment to a company facing espionage charges in the US.

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

Britain’s New Stealth Fighter: Rishi Sunak to Sign Deal With Japan and Italy to Build Radar-Dodging Tempest Jet Armed With Hypersonic Weapons by 2035

The RAF Tempest is due to enter service in 2035 and will replace the current Eurofighter Typhoon which was a collaboration between Italy, the UK, Germany and Spain.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

France: Children Walk to School With Police Escort in Paris Because of a Rise in Drug Addicts and Prostitution

Parisian children are being required to walk to school with a police escort due to an increased presence of drug addicts and prostitutes in one district of the French capital.

The police escort has been offered to parents taking their children to school at the Charles-Hermite kindergarten in the 18th arrondissement of Paris following a concerning rise in the number of delinquents seen in the vicinity of the school grounds.

A heightened presence of drug dealers, prostitutes, and drug addicts has increased the feeling of insecurity within the district, with parents fearing for the safety of their young children and relying on the municipal police to safely escort them to and from school.

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Hungary Suspends Fuel Price Cap, Blames New EU Sanctions for Rising Fuel Costs

The Hungarian government has been forced to suspend its price cap on automotive fuels, the country’s cabinet minister Gergely Gulyas announced at a press conference on Tuesday evening.

The move became a necessity following the introduction of new EU sanctions on Russian oil which came into effect on Monday, with Hungary’s leading energy company, MOL Group, informing the government that it can no longer guarantee a consistent fuel supply without imports, according to the cabinet office spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs.

Hungary introduced the price cap on Nov. 15, 2021, and Gulyas announced it would end at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday on MOL’s recommendation. The price cap was set to expire at the end of December.

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Imminent Danger: France’s Electricity Blackout

How can one ensure the safety of patients on artificial respirators when there are power cuts? This question is undoubtedly of great concern to French people who have relatives in this situation. And for good reason, possible blackouts could occur during the winter, due to the production of the nuclear complex considered at an historical low.

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Inside the Modern-Day Rise of Germany’s Far-Right: How Shady QAnon-Inspired Reichsbürger Movement and Neo-Nazism Have Surged — Infiltrating Police and Security Services — as ‘Coup Plot’ Is Foiled

The arrest of 25 people suspected of plotting to overthrow the government is just another step towards containing extremism for a country still haunted by the spectre of the Nazi party

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Italy: Meloni Administration Yet to Lift Fines for Unvaccinated

The new Italian right-wing government under Giorgia Meloni announced a change of course in Corona policy immediately after taking office and promised that there would be no more lockdowns. But she apparently does not want to change the criminalization of the unvaccinated, which was regulated by law by the previous government. Because from next Thursday, 1,9 million unvaccinated Italians will be fined.

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Poll: Polish Citizens Bend to EU, Agree Poland Should Follow Brussels’ Orders to Receive Recovery Funds

Poles are decisively in favor of an agreement with the EU regarding the National Recovery Fund, a new study shows, which comes after a previous poll also showed many Poles putting EU money before values.

Poles also agree that such a deal should be made even if this would mean that Solidarity Poland (SP) can no longer remain in a coalition with Law and Justice (PiS).

SP is a party with 20 MPs who form the current government of the United Right with PiS. Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro is Solidarity Poland’s leader.

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Reports That Hungary Vetoed €18 Billion EU Aid Package for Ukraine Are ‘Fake News, ‘ Claims Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban denied on Tuesday the widely reported news that his country vetoed a European Union aid package for Ukraine worth €18 billion at a meeting of EU finance ministers.

Some news outlets had been briefed that Hungary rejected the plans to assist the war-torn country in a bid to force Brussels to release frozen EU funds owed to Budapest; however, Orban took to Twitter to debunk reports in the mainstream media.

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UK Police Forces Spend More Than £10 Million on ‘Diversity’ Officers Per Year

British police forces are spending more than £10 million to employ workers solely focused on diversity, inclusion, and equality, a freedom of information request from a group of Conservative MPs has revealed.

Results from a freedom of information request submitted to all 48 civilian police forces in the UK by the Conservative Way Forward group of backbench Tory MPs reveal on average each force employs five full-time diversity staff, at an average collective salary of £210,000 per year to ostensibly promote issues for sexual, racial and religious minorities.

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UK: Rock Legend Rod Stewart’s 11-Year-Old Son Rushed to Hospital After Collapsing at Soccer Match

Rod Stewart’s 11-year-old son Aiden was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected “heart attack” when he collapsed and “was going blue” during a soccer match.

The distraught rock legend told the media the incident occurred while Aiden was playing for his Young Hoops Under-12s team.

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Explosion at Nuclear Airbase Just 150 Miles From Moscow Opens Stunning New Phase of War

Two explosions at major Russian military bases, including the Dyagilevo base near Ryazan just 150 miles from Moscow, mean the war in Ukraine has come right to Vladimir Putin’s doorstep.

The explosions—which were unmanned drone strikes, a senior Ukrainian official told The New York Times—suggest Ukraine wanted to strike fear right in the heart of Russia.

The second explosion struck the Engels-2 base, from which Tu-95 bombers have been pummeling Ukraine’s infrastructure over the last month.

Engels and Ryazan are around 300 to 450 miles from the Ukrainian border, which is beyond the range of any known missiles in Ukraine’s possession, the Times reported.

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Putin Acknowledges War in Ukraine ‘Could be a Lengthy Process’

Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Wednesday the war in Ukraine “could be a lengthy process” and the conflict was taking longer than he had expected.

Speaking in a televised meeting with members of the Human Rights Council, Putin admitted concerns about supplies, wounded soldiers and some troop desertions.

But he still insisted Russian forces had succeeded in capturing new territory despite various setbacks in his “special military operation” launched in late February.

The Russian leader called gains in southern and eastern Ukraine “a significant result for Russia” and vowed to continue to “fight for our interests.”

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Putin: Nuclear Risk is Rising, But We Are Not Mad

Vladimir Putin has said the threat of a nuclear war was rising, but insisted Russia had not “gone mad” and would not use its nuclear weapons first.

The Russian president insisted that his country would only use weapons of mass destruction in response to an attack.

Speaking at Russia’s annual human rights council meeting, he also said the war in Ukraine could be a “lengthy process”.

Western officials believe Putin initially planned for a rapid victory.

Russia’s capacity to use nuclear weapons has come under increased scrutiny since it invaded Ukraine in February.

“Such a threat is growing, it would be wrong to hide it,” Putin warned while talking about the prospect of nuclear war via video link from Moscow.

But he asserted that Russia would “under no circumstances” use the weapons first, and would not threaten anyone with its nuclear arsenal.

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Time Magazine Names Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky ‘Person of the Year’

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has been named “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine.

Time gave Zelensky the prestigious award after the Ukrainian leader became a prominent international figure following the invasion of his country by Russia earlier this year.

Zelensky has been revered among Western lawmakers as he leads the war-torn nation and has even been given a direct line to Washington D.C.

Many officials initially predicted Ukraine would succumb to its neighbor within the first weeks of the invasion.

However, the war is still ongoing, over nine months and billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded aid later.

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Apple is Ready to Leave China as COVID-19 Protests Delay iPhones Past Christmas. That Could Take a Decade and Cost Billions.

When Apple’s manufacturing hub in Zhengzhou, China, temporarily shut down in November, it was clear Apple needed to rethink its supply chain.

The shutdown, which Bloomberg reported could result in a shortage of 6 million iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max units, means wait times are now stretching past the holiday season. On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple was accelerating the expansion of its manufacturing base outside China.

But any shift out of China won’t be quick, with over 35% of the factories supplying Apple located in China. Some estimates say it will take until the end of the decade to move 10% of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing out of the country. Moreover, it’s unclear what would happen to Apple’s enormous hardware margins if it attempted to leave China.

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China Eases Anti-COVID Measures Following Protests

BEIJING (AP) — China rolled back rules on isolating people with COVID-19 and dropped virus test requirements for some public places Wednesday in a dramatic change to a strategy that confined millions of people to their homes and sparked protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign.

The move adds to earlier easing that fueled hopes Beijing was scrapping its “zero COVID” strategy, which is disrupting manufacturing and global trade. Experts warn, however, that restrictions can’t be lifted completely until at least mid-2023 because millions of elderly people still must be vaccinated and the health care system strengthened.

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Brutal Moment Hulking Thug Punches a Female Cop in the Face — Sparking a Wild Brawl Outside a 7-Eleven

A wild brawl involving two NSW police officers and a man erupted out the front of a 7-Eleven, with the scuffle starting after the man whacked a female cop in the head.

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Peru’s Ousted Leader: The Dramatic Day in Three Moments

Pedro Castillo has been ousted as president in a fast-moving and dramatic day for Peruvian politics.

Members of congress declared their intention to impeach the now ex-President — hours after he attempted to dissolve parliament in a shock move that was swiftly ignored.

Now the country has its first female leader, Dina Boluarte, who was previously Mr Castillo’s vice-president.

Here are three key moments from the whirlwind day in Lima.

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Peru’s President Pedro Castillo Replaced by Dina Boluarte After Impeachment

Peru has a female president for the first time, after ex-president Pedro Castillo was impeached — hours after he tried to dissolve parliament.

Dina Boluarte — previously the vice-president — was sworn in after a dramatic day in Lima on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Mr Castillo had said he was replacing Congress with an “exceptional emergency government”.

But lawmakers ignored this, and in an emergency meeting impeached him. He was then detained and accused of rebellion.

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Algerian Migrant Arrested in France for Beating His Landlord to Death

An Algerian migrant was arrested in France on Tuesday after informing police he had just beaten his elderly French landlord to death, according to local reports.

The suspect contacted police in the early hours of Tuesday morning to admit he had attacked the 65-year-old man whose house he had been welcomed into in Vigneux-sur-Seine in the southern suburbs of Paris.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene, but it was too late for the victim who sadly died of his injuries. The suspect was arrested by French authorities.

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Border Patrol Agents Eviscerate Biden for Saying He’s Got “More Important Things” To Worry About

Joe Biden declared Tuesday that he has “more important things” to worry about than visiting the border, despite the fact that he was in Arizona anyway for an appearance.

It started with the White House attempting to avoid the issue altogether.

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Bus Carrying Dozens of Migrants Including Children From Nicaragua Arrives Outside VP Kamala Harris’ Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington DC: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Has Now Sent 8,400 to the Capital Since April

A bus carrying dozens of migrants from Nicaragua arrived outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington DC overnight.

According to NBC News reporter Gary Grumbach, the bus arrived from Texas. Footage filmed at the scene showed men, women and young children climbing down the steps of the coach, carrying their belongings.

They were then shown getting into white vans for the next stage of their journey.

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Dutch State’s Restrictions of Refugee Family Reunifications Are Unlawful, Court Rules

The Dutch state was wrong to restrict family reunification of asylum seekers and must amend its policy to allow immediate safe passage for family members of those granted asylum within the country, a Dutch court ruled on Monday.

A judge in Haarlem issued a preliminary injunction against the government’s practice of temporarily limiting the number of asylum seekers’ family members permitted to enter the Netherlands, claiming the measure had no legal basis and, in fact, contravened Dutch asylum laws and two provisions of the European Family Reunification Directive.

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Eritrean Child-Killer Came to Germany During 2016 Migrant Crisis, Says Prosecution

Little more than 48 hours have passed since the bloody murder in the German town of Illerkirchberg, which saw a 14-year-old schoolgirl stabbed to death and her 13-year-old friend seriously injured as they walked to the school bus stop on Monday morning.

More details are now coming to light about the suspected murderer, a 27-year-old refugee from Eritrea.

According to senior prosecutor Michael Bischofberger, the suspect arrived in Germany at the peak of the migrant crisis in 2016 and had been issued a residence permit.

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Local Leaders Dismayed After UK Home Office Doubles Asylum-Seeker Quota to Cope With Record Arrivals

Local politicians of an English borough have expressed their concern about the sustainability of a Home Office order to double its intake of asylum seekers to help the British government cope with the record arrivals into the country.

Members of the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, representing two towns in the northwest of England, were recently informed that the number of asylum seekers to be housed in the borough will more than double, rising from 370 to 750 people.

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Netherlands: Local Council Rejects Federal Plan for 150 Refugees to Take Over Assisted-Living Facility for the Elderly and Disabled

Local residents celebrated a Dutch municipal council decision on Tuesday evening to reject a request by the central asylum agency to house asylum seekers in an assisted-living facility in the southern Dutch village of Bakel.

The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) in the Netherlands had called upon the municipal council of Gemert-Bakel to accommodate 150 asylum seekers on the grounds of the local Zorgboog, a non-profit organization that offers assisted-living for vulnerable people in the country including the elderly, preventative child care, and people suffering from physical disability or mental illness.

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‘Out With the Criminal Scum’ — Geert Wilders Urges Deportations After Moroccans Riot in Dutch Cities Following World Cup Win

After riots broke out across Europe following Morocco’s World Cup victory over Spain on penalties, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who leads the Party for Freedom (PVV) party, posted an illustration on Twitter depicting an airplane conducting deportations to Morocco.

“Out with the criminal scum,” the post from Wilders reads, with the politician depicted looking on while the plane, which features the Moroccan flag, takes off, presumably to deport Moroccan migrants residing in the Netherlands.

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Spain: Nearly 30 Migrants Flee Plane at Barcelona Airport After Female Passenger Sparks Emergency Landing by Pretending She Was Going Into Labour During Flight From Morocco

Nearly 30 migrants fled a plane at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after a woman on board forced it to make an emergency landing by pretending she was going into labour.

The drama occurred around 4.30am this morning after the aircraft made its unscheduled stop en route from the Moroccan city of Casablanca to Istanbul in Turkey.

As flight attendants helped the woman. who claimed her waters had broken, disembark, a group of 28 migrants fled the plane and ran onto the runway.

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UK: The Seaside Hoteliers Who Turned Down £550,000 to House Migrants…

SUE REID meets the couple whose stance has made them heroes in Skegness where five other hotels are taking the cash… to the disquiet of locals

The postbag at Hatters Hotel in the seaside resort of Skegness gets heavier by the day. It is brimming with letters sent by well-wishers from across Britain with messages such as ‘I salute you’; ‘Keep up your brave stance’; and ‘Let’s hope local people support you’.

This is all a surprise for owners Gary and Dee Allen, who this week fielded off film crews, including one from Canada, queuing up to ask why they had turned down — on a ‘point of principle,’ as they put it — nearly £550,000, which would have been a godsend for them and their three daughters, aged from six to 18.

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American Girl Accused of Teaching Children How to Change Genders With Puberty Blockers

The iconic American Girl doll brand is under fire after publishing a book, “Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image,” that instructs children on how to obtain puberty blockers to change their gender without parental knowledge.

The book, marketed to children ages 10 and up, states, “If you haven’t gone through puberty yet, the doctor might offer medicine to delay your body’s changes, giving you more time to think about your gender identity,” The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The book also instructs children: “If you don’t have an adult you trust, there are organizations across the country that can help you. Turn to the resources on page 95 for more information.”

On the American Girl website, the book received overall negative reviews.

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Breaking: Chicago High School Dean Brags to Project Veritas Reporter About Teaching ‘Queer Sex’ To Minor Students

The dean of students at an elite Chicago private school was caught on tape by an undercover Project Veritas reporter bragging about bringing LGBTQ activists into school to teach “queer sex” to minors.

He spoke about how it’s a “really cool part” of his job, and that “dildos and butt plugs” were passed around. The students were ages 14 to 18 years old.

“So, I’ve been the Dean for four years. During Pride—we do a Pride Week every year— I had our LGBTQ+ Health Center come in [to the classroom]. They were passing around butt-plugs and dildos to my students—talking about queer sex, using lube versus using spit,” said Joseph Bruno, Dean of Students at the Francis W. Parker School.

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Cringewashing

Another Christmas TV ad, another chance to socially engineer the audience and subvert Christmas.

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Indiana Sues TikTok for Allegedly Pushing Adult Content Toward Teens

Indiana announced a pair of lawsuits against embattled Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok on Wednesday, alleging that the app is both pushing harmful content to age inappropriate users and that the app is deceiving customers about the security of their user data.

“TikTok is actively exposing our children to drug use, alcohol abuse, profanity and sexually explicit material at a young age,” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, per the Wall Street Journal. “TikTok is deceiving Indiana parents.”

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Woke B*tching Was So False, Variety Had to Delete it

Jennifer Lawrence got a little too far ahead of herself when she falsely claimed she was the first female action hero as Katniss Everdeen in the hit “Hunger Games” films.

Lawrence raised eyebrows when she took credit for introducing the world to the first female action lead during an interview with Variety published Wednesday. Seemingly forgetting about the likes of Linda Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver, Lawrence positioned herself as the woman who paved the path for so many others in a tweet so atrocious Variety had to delete it.

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Our Lying Idiot Media Really is That Dumb

by Daniel Greenfield

Broke-ness follows wokeness because it’s invariably the incompetent, lazy, corrupt and otherwise failed institutions that radicalize to avoid doing their jobs. From the federal government to corporate monopolies to financial gimmicks like FTX to the media to massive charities, institutional wokeness is a red flag that an organization is incompetent or a scam.

As a rule of thumb, the less innovative and functional an organization is, the more likely it is to disguise its innate worthlessness through virtue signaling. Executives go woke when they have no idea how to move a company forward. Employees who don’t want to do their jobs descend into identity politics and demand that the company reflect their values. Those values, apart from all the right racial and sexual politics, will eventually come down to not doing their jobs.

The top generals and admirals in the military have gone woke because they have no idea how to win wars anymore. And there are fewer consequences for declaring a ‘war on hate’ and failing than for losing a war against China or 7th century savages with rocket launchers.

And then there’s the media…

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Polish Ikea Manager Who Fired Employee for Citing Bible Verses Wins Appeal, Case Will Head to Supreme Court

The manager of an IKEA store who stood accused of religious discrimination was acquitted by a Polish court in February of this year; now an appeals court has affirmed that decision, ruling the manager justly fired an employee for citing Bible verses in opposition to the LGBT community.

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Ban U.S Tax Dollars From Funding Drag Queen Shows in Foreign Countries

House Republicans have introduced a new bill to ban the U.S. federal government from funding drag queen shows in foreign countries using American tax dollars.

As ludicrous as the need to propose such legislation sounds, Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has been funneling taxpayer money abroad to fund drag performances and promote “diversity.”

It recently emerged that the State Department admitted paying a $20,600 grant for a cultural center in Ecuador to host “drag theater performances.”

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WEF Thinks of Ways to Regulate Digital ID in the Metaverse

The World Economic Forum (WEF) continues to push for the introduction of digital IDs and appears determined to be one of the driving forces behind extending these schemes everywhere, even to a future metaverse.

And as always, WEF is eager to put itself in the mix when it comes to regulating that effort. “Over the next year, WEF will curate a multistakeholder community focusing on metaverse governance and economic and social value creation,” a post on the group’s site says.

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‘Woke’ Teacher Boasts of ‘Enjoying’ Causing ‘Confusion’ in Children With ‘Gender Identity’ Indoctrination

A “woke” Louisiana elementary school teacher has been caught boasting on social media about how much she is “enjoying” causing “confusion” in children with “gender identity” indoctrination lectures in class.

Blaine Banghart, who teaches music at University Elementary School in Shreveport, gloated to her friends on Facebook about how much she enjoys seeing children confused about their gender, according to a report.

Banghart, a biological woman with a mustache, insists on being referred to as “MX” instead of Mr. or Ms.

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

  1. Read about the new USS Liberty with a rainbow crew and external enemies tremble with gut busting laughter.
    Love the Bankman-Fraud Time man of the year photochop with Big Guy Jr. Zelensky’s face, we’re all comrades now as Newsweak once said.
    Report over the summer said that less than 50 people were in the Zuckerverse, cousins Twinkie and Sluggo may have joined up by now.
    Regarding the enemedia, the local branch was prattling on about the low unemployment rate only to have a report about employers having trouble finding workers in the fundamentally transforming egalitarian voters utopia one minute later.
    I laughed out loud and then family put on Harry Halfwit and Me-Again Sparkle to run me out of there because no 1980’s punk rock could go loud enough to drown that swill out.

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