Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/9/2022

Officials from the Actuaries Institute used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to warn the Australian government that excess deaths have risen alarmingly. The number of excess deaths increased by an unprecedented 13% in 2022.

In other news, a Ukrainian woman with a knife attempted to rob a bank in Poland, but was stopped by a 90-year-old Polish woman, who beat her with her cane until the would-be robber could be subdued by bank employees.

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Financial Crisis
» Central Bank Chief Forecasts Single Digit Inflation by End of Next Year in Poland
» Hungarian Inflation Hit 25-Year-High of 22.5 Percent in November
» Wall Street Falls as US Inflation Slows But Remains Hot
 
USA
» “It’s Time”: Miami Mayor Asks Musk to Move Twitter HQ to Miami
» Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Leaves Democratic Party, Registers as Independent
» Breaking: Former DoD Intelligence Specialist is Head of Twitter’s Elections Response Team, Deletes LinkedIn After Twitter Files Revelations
» Brittney Griner Lands in Texas: Basketball Star is Finally Back on US Soil for the First Time in Ten Months After Prisoner Swap With Merchant of Death Russian Arms Dealer
» Cops Are Fleeing New York City for Better Pay: Report
» COVID Critic Bhattacharya: Twitter Censors ‘Harmed Science, Harmed Children, Harmed American Public’
» Demented Leftist Death Threats Directed at Kentucky School Kids, Rand Paul
» Democrat Senator Slams Biden’s Brittney Griner Swap: ‘Releasing Bout Back Into the World is a Deeply Disturbing Decision’
» Democratic Congressmen Demand Twitter Cuts Down on “Hate Speech”
» Elon Musk Tells Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer to ‘Make Amends for Attempt to Corrupt a Presidential Election’
» Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey Clash Over Twitter’s Record on Child Porn
» Elton John Leaves Twitter, Citing Concerns ‘Misinformation’ Will ‘Flourish’ Under Musk
» Federal Judge Declines to Hold Former President Trump in Contempt of Court in Classified Material Battle
» Female Former Twitter Employees Sue Company, Claiming Musk’s Firings Were Sexist Against Women
» George Soros Drops Another $50M Donation to Dem PAC, Doubling Midterm Spending
» GOP’s Hamadeh Files Suit Challenging Arizona AG Race Results
» Judge Fast-Tracks Rumble’s Lawsuit Against New York’s Online Censorship Law
» Kari Lake Files Election Challenge in Arizona Court
» Leftist Ethics Group Refuses to Return $2.5 Million ‘Donation’ From FTX Founder — Says They Spent It
» Minnesota School District ‘Illegally Excluded’ White Students From Drug Abuse Prevention Grant, Complaint Alleges
» Musk Confirms Political Candidates Were Shadow Banned by Twitter’s Censors
» NBC News Issues Correction After Reporting Biden Had a ‘Choice’ Between Griner or Whelan in Prisoner Swap
» Nonbinary Biden Official Sam Brinton Accused of Grand Larceny Amid Separate Theft Charges
» Poll: Ron DeSantis Leads Donald Trump by 5 Points in Potential Matchup
» Rebekah Jones Ordered to Pay $20K in ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreement’
» Report: Sam Bankman-Fried Secretly Funded Well Known Crypto News Site
» Saint Nicholas Church Reopens for First Time Since 9/11 Attacks
» San Francisco Guaranteed Income Program for Pregnant Black Women to Expand Across California
» Shooting Breaks Out Over Infidelity and Meth in Florida, Authorities Say
» Twitter’s Chief Censor Met Weekly With US Intelligence Officials While Trump Was in Office, Internal Comms Reveal
» Twitter Files Part 3 Reveals What Led to Trump’s Removal From Social Media Platform
» University of Washington Sued for Withholding Docs Detailing Professor’s Alleged Role in DHS Disinfo Campaign
» White House: Brittney Griner an ‘Important Inspiration’ to ‘Woke’ Americans
 
Canada
» Corus Releases Woke Sustainability Report After Begging Parliament for Cash
» Exclusive: ‘I Don’t Want to Die, But I Don’t Want to be Homeless’: Canadian Man, 65, Has a Doctor’s Approval for Euthanasia Despite Admitting Becoming Poor is a Main Reason He’s Applying to Die
» Hamilton-Area Students Ignore New School Mask Rule
 
Europe and the EU
» Air Pollution is Just as Dangerous as Coronavirus, Claims UK Lockdown Architect
» Austria: Vienna School Sorts Classes According to Religious Affiliation
» Austria Blocks Two EU Nations’ Bid to Join Schengen Zone
» Czechia: Letting Paedophiles Live Out Their Perverted Sexual Fantasies Using Child Sex Robots Might Stop Them Harming Kids, Researchers Controversially Suggest
» EU Chooses Digital ID Contractor Associated With the UK’s COVID Trace System
» France: Seven Arrested Over Alleged Islamic Extremist Terror Plot
» Poland Issues Ultimatum to Germany Over €1.3 Trillion in WWII Reparations
» Police Raid Socialist EU Vice President for Alleged Corruption
» UK: Member of Parliament Plans Bill to Strip Harry and Meghan of Titles
» UK: Rapist Who Was Freed From Jail Before Using COVID Loans to Fund ISIS is Found Guilty of Providing Money for Terrorism
» Video: Ukrainian Woman Tries to Rob Bank in Poland, Ends Up Beaten by 90-Year-Old Polish Woman Armed With a Cane
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Lapid and His Colleagues Incite a Civil War
 
Middle East
» Iran Plans Trudeau Tactics to Freeze Bank Accounts of Women Who Refuse to Wear Hijab
 
Russia
» Champagne-Swigging Putin Says Russian Strikes on Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure Will Continue Because ‘They Started it by Attacking Crimean Bridge’
» ‘Get Me Home Regardless of the Price’: Paul Whelan Speaks Out, Says Not Enough Has Been Done to Free Him
» NATO Chief Fears Ukraine War Could Become a Wider Conflict
» Putin Says One Missile Will Trigger ‘Hundreds’ Of Warheads in Stark Message on Nuclear Deterrence
» Putin Threatens to Slash Oil Production, Starve European Countries of Fuel
» Report: Kremlin Denies Claims That Putin Soiled Himself After Stairwell Tumble
» Russia Appears to Deploy Fresh Stocks of Iranian Kamikaze Drones
» ‘They Are Just Meat to Putin… and We Are the Meat Grinder’: Ukrainian Soldier Says ‘Conveyor Belt’ Of Russian Soldiers Are Being Cut Down as Battle of Bakhmut Descends Into ‘First World War Hell’
» Was Video of Brittney Griner Release Edited to Remove Handshake With Russian ‘Merchant of Death’?
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Raises Alarm: Citizens Dying at ‘Incredibly High’ Rate
» Excess Deaths in 2022 ‘Incredibly High’ At 13 Per Cent
» New Zealand Takes Baby From Parents Demanding “Unvaccinated” Blood for Heart Surgery
» Violence Erupts Again in Warring Outback Town Notorious for Crossbow Attacks — as Cops Called Out to a Stabbing Are Forced to Bring in Reinforcements
 
Latin America
» Crime Plunges in El Salvador as Criminals Are Sent to Prison
 
Immigration
» Convicted Ringleader of ‘Large-Scale’ People-Smuggling Gang Which Brought at Least 1,900 Migrants to Britain in Fifty Days is Sentenced in Absentia to Eight Years in Prison
» Europol Uncovers Extensive EU-Wide Migrant Smuggling Network
» Large Group of Migrants Found Hiding in International Delivery Truck
» Shivering Migrants Survive the Cold as They Cross English Channel Through Freezing Fog to be Landed Ashore by RNLI Lifeboat
» Sweden to Grant Afghan Women Asylum for Simply Being Afghan Women
» UK Deportations May Rise as Appeal Case Cap Lifted to Speed Up Removal Process
» UK: Rise of the Migrant Hotel Millionaires: ‘Opportunistic’ Investors Buy Up Cheap Buildings to House Asylum Seekers — as Taxpayers Pick Up Rent Bill
 
Culture Wars
» 63% of U.S. College Students Felt ‘Intimidated’ Against Sharing Opinion in Class: Survey
» Federal Court Blocks Biden Rule That Forces Christian Doctors to Perform Sex Change Surgeries
» Fury as Massachusetts Library Refuses to Put Up Annual Christmas Tree Because it Made People Feel Uncomfortable
» University of Idaho Must Pay $90,000 to Settle Free Speech Lawsuit
 
General
» Steeply Falling Birthrates Worldwide
 

Central Bank Chief Forecasts Single Digit Inflation by End of Next Year in Poland

The head of Poland’s central bank, Adam Glapinski, was in reassurance mode after the Monetary Policy Council (RPP) decided to not raise interest rates.

At a press conference, Glapinski predicted inflation would begin to slow down by the end of the first quarter and would reach single digits by the end of the year. He added that although the rate of increase of Poland’s GDP was likely to slow to near zero, a recession or hyperinflation were unlikely.

He still acknowledged that inflation could rise in the first two months of 2023.

Glapinski’s assessment of the international economic outlook was that there will be a recession in Germany. He felt Poland, however, would avoid recession and record GDP growth at around 0.7 percent. That would likely be one of the best results in the EU.

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

Hungarian Inflation Hit 25-Year-High of 22.5 Percent in November

Hungarian inflation rose to a 25-year high of 22.5 percent in November year-over-year, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

This was the highest figure recorded since 1997, the third year of an austerity program initiated by the then socialist government to counter the negative effects of a fast, poorly executed privatization program.

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

Wall Street Falls as US Inflation Slows But Remains Hot

NEW YORK — A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with stocks broadly lower Friday, after a new report showed that inflation is slowing less than hoped just days before Federal Reserve officials are expected to raise interest rates again.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite each fell 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.9%. Smaller company stocks fell even more, pulling the Russell 2000 index 1.2% lower. The indexes marked their first losing week in the last three.

The U.S. government reported that prices paid at the wholesale level were 7.4% higher in November than a year earlier. That’s a slowdown from October’s wholesale inflation rate of 8.1%, but it was still slightly worse than economists expected.

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

“It’s Time”: Miami Mayor Asks Musk to Move Twitter HQ to Miami

Miami mayor Francis Suarez tweeted at Elon Musk Tuesday night about moving Twitter’s headquarters from San Francisco to South Florida.

“Elon Musk, it’s time to move Twitter headquarters to Miami. It’s not about politics, it’s about the soul of our country,” Suarez quote tweeted Musk’s complaint about San Francisco building inspectors launching an investigation into reports that conference-room sleeping quarters were built.

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

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Leaves Democratic Party, Registers as Independent

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has left the Democratic Party and registered as an independent.

Sinema, in a Friday op-ed in the Arizona Republic, cited increasingly partisan interests and radicalization of both political parties as the reason for her departure.

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

Breaking: Former DoD Intelligence Specialist is Head of Twitter’s Elections Response Team, Deletes LinkedIn After Twitter Files Revelations

Matt Taibbi unleashed an epic third installment of the Twitter Files on Friday night, exposing the decisions and actions behind banning President Donald Trump on the platform. In a series of tweets, Taibbi showed that Twitter’s Elections & Crisis Response Patrick Conlon was pushing for the removal of jokes and content by conservatives on the platform. Prior to his term at Twitter, Conlon worked in intelligence for the US Department of Defense.

Conlon acitvely worked to silence these accounts by saying the jokes were a violation of the terms of service.

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

Brittney Griner Lands in Texas: Basketball Star is Finally Back on US Soil for the First Time in Ten Months After Prisoner Swap With Merchant of Death Russian Arms Dealer

Griner, 32, who was arrested in Russia in February on drug charges, landed in Texas and is expected to be transferred to a nearby military facility for medical checks, US media reported.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Cops Are Fleeing New York City for Better Pay: Report

More officers departed the NYPD from January through November 2022 than during that period in any year since 2002, according to New York City Police Pension Fund data cited by The New York Times.

Roughly 3,200 NYPD officers retired or otherwise left in the first eleven months of this year, a 20-year record, the outlet reported. Approximately 1,225 officers in their first five years on the force resigned, surpassing such resignations in 2021 and 2020 by nearly 40% and 257% respectively.

The wave of NYPD resignations comes as the department continues to grapple with violent crime. Year-to-date robbery, felony assault and burglary complaints through Dec 4. all rose in 2022 compared to the previous year, with transit crime increasing by more than 30%, NYPD statistics show.

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

COVID Critic Bhattacharya: Twitter Censors ‘Harmed Science, Harmed Children, Harmed American Public’

Twitter’s sweeping blacklist policies directly harmed the American public, a noted COVID critic is arguing after the social media’s broad “shadowban” practices have come to light.

Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine and health research policy at Stanford University, has been a longtime critic of much of the response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, having for years argued against extreme measures such as lockdowns and mask mandates in the fight against COVID-19.

Bhattacharya was among the individuals revealed this week to have been on a series of Twitter blacklists the social media company instituted over the last several years.

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

Demented Leftist Death Threats Directed at Kentucky School Kids, Rand Paul

Police and the FBI are investigating death threats posted online that appear to target Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, as well as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the perpetrator ranting about both being ‘fascists’ and threatening to kill the “cracker children” of “racist” people who voted for them.

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

Democrat Senator Slams Biden’s Brittney Griner Swap: ‘Releasing Bout Back Into the World is a Deeply Disturbing Decision’

Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has joined the wave of critics blasting President Joe Biden’s prisoner exchange deal that saw “woke” WNBA star Brittney Griner traded for Russian arms deal Viktor Bout, aka “The Merchant of Death.”

As Slay News reported, Biden agreed to release Bout in exchange for Griner’s return to the United States.

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

Democratic Congressmen Demand Twitter Cuts Down on “Hate Speech”

Two Democratic Congressmen have called on Twitter owner Elon Musk to address what they say is the rise in “hate speech” on the platform. But Musk claims that the stats are completely false.

Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to Musk claiming that there has been an “extreme spike” in tweets containing slurs and an increase in engagement with such tweets since he took over.

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

Elon Musk Tells Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer to ‘Make Amends for Attempt to Corrupt a Presidential Election’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has dropped the hammer on Hillary Clinton’s lawyer for attempting to “corrupt a presidential election.”

Musk publically called out attorney Michael Sussmann and his law firm Perkins Coie, both of whom represented Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.

Perkins Coie and Susmann were both central to spreading the Russia Hoax.

In a post on Twitter, Musk said that Perkins Coie and Susmann must “make amends” for their actions.

He was responding to a post from filmmaker Amanda Milius, who said: “There’s a lot more to full transparency just re Russiagate than getting rid of Baker but it’s a big step.”

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

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey Clash Over Twitter’s Record on Child Porn

CEO Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey clashed on the social media site Friday over Twitter’s track record on dealing with child pornography.

“It is a crime that they refused to take action on child exploitation for years!” Musk responded after conservative commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted at one of three people who resigned from Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. Cernovich’s post linked to a Jan. 2021 New York Post report on a lawsuit over Twitter’s alleged failure to remove a pornographic video featuring a child.

Ex-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to Musk, saying that the claim was, “false.”

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

Elton John Leaves Twitter, Citing Concerns ‘Misinformation’ Will ‘Flourish’ Under Musk

Elton John announced Friday he was leaving Twitter over fears “misinformation” would “flourish” under new CEO Elon Musk’s leadership.

The famous musician shared that he was “saddened” by the direction Twitter was heading, in a tweet on Friday.

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

Federal Judge Declines to Hold Former President Trump in Contempt of Court in Classified Material Battle

A federal judge has declined to take action to hold former President Trump in contempt of court during a closed-door hearing on Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the proceedings.

Friday’s hearing was in relation to a federal probe into Trump’s handling of classified material at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.

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

Female Former Twitter Employees Sue Company, Claiming Musk’s Firings Were Sexist Against Women

Twitter is facing a lawsuit from two of its female former employees over allegations that the company discriminated against women workers in its recent round of layoffs.

The suit “accus[es] the social media company of disproportionately targeting female employees for layoffs,” according to Reuters.

The suit reportedly claims that the company “laid off 57% of its female workers compared to 47% of men” following the takeover of the company by billionaire Elon Musk.

Massachusetts attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan claimed that female employees at Twitter “had targets on their backs” upon Musk’s takeover.

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

George Soros Drops Another $50M Donation to Dem PAC, Doubling Midterm Spending

Billionaire George Soros dropped a final $50 million donation to a top Democratic super PAC this week, reportedly doubling his contributions from the 2022 midterm cycle.

Soros made the contribution to Democracy PAC, which is expected to use the funds to help Democrats prepare for the 2024 election cycle. The single donation matches the $50 million total he spent on the 2022 midterm elections, distributed among candidates and PACs across the country, according to Politico.

Soros’ midterm donations reportedly made him the single-largest donor for Democrats in 2022, and his donation this week shows he intends to remain a major player in the next cycle.

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

GOP’s Hamadeh Files Suit Challenging Arizona AG Race Results

Arizona Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh on Friday that he, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, had filed a suit to contest the results of his race in Arizona.

“Today my campaign along with the Republican National Committee… has filed an election contest lawsuit,” Hamadeh tweeted. With all the votes tabulated, Hamadeh stands 511 votes behind his Democratic opponent Kris Mayes, making the race the closest statewide contest in Arizona history. A recount is currently in progress.

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

Judge Fast-Tracks Rumble’s Lawsuit Against New York’s Online Censorship Law

New York State lawmakers passed a law requiring online platforms to address “hateful” content posted by users. Last week, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) teamed up with Rumble and filed a lawsuit challenging the law, which took effect on December 3. A federal judge has fast-tracked the briefing and set a teleconference for December 19.

FIRE teamed up with Rumble, Locals, and First Amendment advocate and blogger Eugene Volokh to challenge the controversial law that requires platforms to police what lawmakers deem “hateful” content. The law was introduced in response to the racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, in May.

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

Kari Lake Files Election Challenge in Arizona Court

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Friday announced that she had filed an election challenge, alleging that the total number of illegal votes was greater than her opponent’s margin of victory.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was certified as the winner of the state’s gubernatorial contest earlier this month. State law requires that election results be first certified before a candidate may file a challenge.

Lake announced the suit via Twitter in the Maricopa County Superior Court with a screenshot of the filing being placed at the court’s petition drop off location.

In the filing, Lake asserts that “[t]he number of illegal votes cast in Arizona’s general election on November 8, 2022 far exceeds the 17,117 vote margin.”

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

Leftist Ethics Group Refuses to Return $2.5 Million ‘Donation’ From FTX Founder — Says They Spent It

Sam Bankman-Fried, the discredited former CEO of the crashing cryptocurrency company FTX, gave over $2.5 million to Campaign Legal Center, a “political watchdog” group that has said political candidates who receive money from corrupt sources should give the money back, recently stated they would not give back the money Bankman-Fried gave to them.

According to Insider, a spokesperson for the Campaign Legal Center, Brendan Quinn, said his company “cannot return or give away Bankman-Fried’s money because the money is already spent.”

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

Minnesota School District ‘Illegally Excluded’ White Students From Drug Abuse Prevention Grant, Complaint Alleges

A Minnesota school district “illegally excluded” white students from a $1.1 million state grant intended to prevent drug abuse, American Enterprise Institute scholar and Michigan University professor Mark Perry alleged in a civil rights complaint obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Faribault Public School District accepted the $1.1 million Minnesota Department of Human Services grant on Monday to prevent drug abuse for black, indigenous and other students of color amid backlash from school board members, the Star Tribune reported. The grant violates Title VI, which prevents discrimination based on race, Perry’s complaint alleged.

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

Musk Confirms Political Candidates Were Shadow Banned by Twitter’s Censors

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Elon Musk has confirmed that political candidates were shadow banned by Twitter while running for office, in the latest revelation on the social media giant’s meddling in conversations of public interest, including by putting disfavored users on blacklists and suppressing distribution of their tweets.

Following the release of the second part of the “Twitter Files,” which revealed the social media giant put users on secret blacklists and used other shadow banning tools, Musk was asked by political commentator Ian Miles Cheong if political candidates were also subject to such censorship.

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

NBC News Issues Correction After Reporting Biden Had a ‘Choice’ Between Griner or Whelan in Prisoner Swap

NBC News issued an embarrassing correction after initially reporting President Biden could have received Paul Whelan, instead of WNBA star Brittney Griner, in the White House’s controversial prisoner swap this week.

Griner was freed from Russian detention on Thursday in a high-profile prisoner exchange with Russia, who got back notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death.” When NBC News covered the story, it indicated Biden had the option to instead bring home Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who has been in Russian custody for nearly four years.

News of the swap sparked outrage among Americans who wanted to see Whelan return home. NBC News initially reported that “the Kremlin gave the White House the choice of either Griner or Whelan — or none.”

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

Nonbinary Biden Official Sam Brinton Accused of Grand Larceny Amid Separate Theft Charges

The nonbinary Biden administration official who oversees nuclear waste policy was charged with grand larceny in Nevada, the second time they have been accused of theft in three months, according to state court records.

Samuel Brinton, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition, was charged Thursday with grand larceny of an item valued between $1,200 and $5,000 by Las Vegas prosecutors. Records showed that an arrest warrant was issued for Brinton, one of the few federal officials to ever identify as nonbinary.

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

Poll: Ron DeSantis Leads Donald Trump by 5 Points in Potential Matchup

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leads former President Donald Trump by five points in a potential 2024 Republicans primary matchup, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll found Thursday.

If the primary were held today, 47 percent of registered Republican voters would support DeSantis, while 42 percent say they would back Trump.

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

Rebekah Jones Ordered to Pay $20K in ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreement’

The Florida Department of Health’s former dashboard manager, Rebekah Jones, has had her scheduled prosecution delayed under certain conditions listed in a “deferred prosecution agreement.”

Authorities charged Jones in 2021 with illegally accessing the Florida Department of Health’s computer system to contact 1,750 people and downloading confidential data, which she allegedly saved it to her private devices. Jones, who created Florida’s official coronavirus database, was fired from the department in May 2020 for “insubordination” after being repeatedly reprimanded, Florida Today reported.

Jones claimed the department fired her for refusing to forge COVID-19 numbers, which an investigation later concluded was false.

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

Report: Sam Bankman-Fried Secretly Funded Well Known Crypto News Site

Former crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried allegedly funded The Block, an independent crypto news site, through secret loans to the company’s CEO, according to Axios.

The Block staff were unaware of the payments, and CEO Michael McCaffrey resigned from the company Friday in the wake of the Axios report. He will be succeeded by Chief Revenue Officer Bobby Moran, according to a company statement.

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

Saint Nicholas Church Reopens for First Time Since 9/11 Attacks

Lower Manhattan’s Saint Nicholas Church has reopened for the first time since 9/11.

The Greek Orthodox church located at the World Trade Center was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The collapse of the South Tower took the church down with it, according to the website of St. Nicholas.

After more than two decades, the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine reopened its doors to the public this week.

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

San Francisco Guaranteed Income Program for Pregnant Black Women to Expand Across California

A guaranteed income program that provides monthly checks to Black pregnant women in San Francisco will expand to other counties in California.

The Abundant Birth Project began in June 2021 to serve pregnant women with $1,000 monthly payments over 12 months to 150 people. The program is intended to “reduce the racial birth disparities by easing economic stress.”

On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health announced a $5 million grant in state funding to expand the program in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles and Riverside counties for the next two to three years.

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

Shooting Breaks Out Over Infidelity and Meth in Florida, Authorities Say

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) — Two men are in jail following a shooting in Florida, according to authorities.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Mark Perruzzi, 64, and Jason Nesbitt, 46, got into a fight about infidelity and methamphetamine on Sunday.

Deputies said Perruzzi found out that his significant other invited Nesbitt over to their home to smoke methamphetamine and have an “intimate” encounter. Allegedly, Perruzzi had previously warned Nesbitt to stay away.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s office said when Perruzzi learned Nesbitt was at the home, he shot at Nesbitt from the second-story balcony with a 45-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Deputies said Nesbitt, on a bicycle, was then chased by Perruzzi down the street prompting neighbors to call police.

When deputies arrived, they took Perruzzi into custody. But while deputies interviewed Nesbitt, they discovered he had methamphetamine.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter’s Chief Censor Met Weekly With US Intelligence Officials While Trump Was in Office, Internal Comms Reveal

Twitter’s former Head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth, had weekly meetings with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) at least as far back as 2020, when former President Donald Trump was still in office, internal communications between Twitter staff obtained by journalist Matt Taibbi Friday reveal.

Yoel participated in one such weekly meeting shortly after the company’s moderation team was thrown into a crisis following its decision to suppress an October 2020 New York Post story concerning a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, according to Taibbi. Roth appeared to explicitly ask the government officials in the meeting to “share anything useful” concerning the laptop story, but they apparently declined to do so.

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

Twitter Files Part 3 Reveals What Led to Trump’s Removal From Social Media Platform

This article will update as the story develops…

The third installment of Elon Musk’s Twitter Files delved into what led to the removal of former President Trump’s account.

In “part one” of the third installment, which dates from October 2020-January 6th, Substack writer Matt Taibbi told his followers, “We’ll show you what hasn’t been revealed: the erosion of standards within the company in months before J6, decisions by high-ranking executives to violate their own policies, and more, against the backdrop of ongoing, documented interaction with federal agencies.”

“Whatever your opinion on the decision to remove Trump that day, the internal communications at Twitter between January 6th-January 8th have clear historical import. Even Twitter’s employees understood in the moment it was a landmark moment in the annals of speech,” Taibbi wrote on Friday.

He then shared a screenshot of a Twitter employee asking, “Is this the first sitting head of state to ever be suspended?”

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

University of Washington Sued for Withholding Docs Detailing Professor’s Alleged Role in DHS Disinfo Campaign

The University of Washington is facing a lawsuit over its alleged failure to release documents detailing the alleged coordination between one professor and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) disinformation project.

Independent watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust filed a lawsuit in its pursuit of documents from professor Kate Starbird about her work on the advisory committee for the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The committee, which also consists of current and former employees of Big Tech firms such as Twitter, Meta and Google, drafted a report to the CISA director that concluded the agency should shape the “information ecosystem” as it monitors social media content.

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

White House: Brittney Griner an ‘Important Inspiration’ to ‘Woke’ Americans

The White House has defended Democrat President Joe Biden’s prisoner swap deal to exchange American WNBA star Brittney Griner for dangerous Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, also known as the “Merchant of Death.”

The move has provoked a widespread backlash after it was revealed that Biden agreed to the deal, despite it not including U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan.

As Slay News reported, the initial negations were for Russia to release both Griner and Whelan in exchange for Bout.

Whelen, who worked as a security expert, was jailed on espionage charges after being arrested in Moscow in 2018.

After she was caught trying to leave Russia with cannabis in her bag, Giner pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges and was sentenced to serve nine years in a brutal Russian labor camp.

However, Biden agreed to the deal this week which saw Griner released in exchange for Bout while Whelan was left behind.

During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Biden’s prisoner swap.

She argued that it was more “important” to bring Griner home because she’s an “inspiration” to “woke” Americans.

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Corus Releases Woke Sustainability Report After Begging Parliament for Cash

A new sustainability report published on Friday by Corus Entertainment, the parent company of Global News and other media properties, is chock full of woke initiatives including mutiple climate initiatives and mandated employee “diversity, equity and inclusion training” (DEI) sessions.

This comes only weeks after Global News executives testified before a federal Senate committee to state that their financial situation was so dire they were seeking to partake in the federal government’s $600 million bailout reserved for newspapers and other print media.

Corus Entertainment’s Sustainability Report 2022 seeks to align the company with “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) goals — a business practice closely aligned with the United Nations’ “sustainable development goals.”

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Exclusive: ‘I Don’t Want to Die, But I Don’t Want to be Homeless’: Canadian Man, 65, Has a Doctor’s Approval for Euthanasia Despite Admitting Becoming Poor is a Main Reason He’s Applying to Die

A Canadian pensioner seeking euthanasia because he fears homelessness has approval from a doctor despite admitting poverty is a factor in the decision to end his own life.

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Hamilton-Area Students Ignore New School Mask Rule

Despite a new mask rule being introduced at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) earlier this week, hardly any students are following it and there has even been anti-mask graffiti sprayed at schools.

HWDSB trustees voted 10-3 on Monday night in support of what they call a “temporary universal masking requirement”, the only such rule throughout Ontario.

In response, some schools in the area have been hit with anti-mask graffiti and the vast majority of students still choose not to wear masks, sources tell True North.

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Air Pollution is Just as Dangerous as Coronavirus, Claims UK Lockdown Architect

The British public needs to change their behaviour in order to reduce air pollution because it is as dangerous as the coronavirus, England’s Fauci equivalent has said.

Dr Chris Whitty, who led the government’s response during the Chinese coronavirus crisis along similar lines to Anthony Fauci in America, has warned that air pollution is as big of a health risk to the public as the virus, the Daily Mail reported.

“You have no choice about the air you breathe, when you go outside, when you walk down the road, when you go into public buildings, or come back to and therefore it’s quite important that the government takes it seriously and it has done so,” England’s Chief Medical Officer said in his annual report.

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Austria: Vienna School Sorts Classes According to Religious Affiliation

This has no social but an administrative background, the school insisted. Parents however fear a social division of pupils based on their religion.

A grammar school in Vienna’s Donaustadt district includes the religious beliefs of its pupils as a decisive factor in the composition of classes. This was reported by a concerned mother who spoke to the Austrian daily Krone. She had heard rumours that the classes of the lower school are sorted according to religious belief and confronted the director of the grammar school on the open day.

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Austria Blocks Two EU Nations’ Bid to Join Schengen Zone

The Schengen Area, Europe’s visa-free travel zone, will expand for the first time in over a decade after all 26 member states voted on Thursday to accept Croatia into the agreement.

The country will become a full-fledged member of the passport-free zone as of January 1.

Romania and Bulgaria, however, have once again failed to join the zone, which primarily consists of EU states, as well as countries such as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Their bids, which required unanimous approval, were denied by Austria, which cited concerns over border security and unauthorized migration.

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Czechia: Letting Paedophiles Live Out Their Perverted Sexual Fantasies Using Child Sex Robots Might Stop Them Harming Kids, Researchers Controversially Suggest

EXCLUSIVE: Adult-sized devices could also be used by potential rapists and others interested in violent sex, under the same theory floated by researchers in Czechia.

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EU Chooses Digital ID Contractor Associated With the UK’s COVID Trace System

The EU has picked its partners in developing the bloc’s controversial Digital ID Wallet — and one of them is the same company that previously worked to develop the UK’s official Covid Pass and tracing app.

The companies now awarded EU’s contact are Sweden’s Scytales — and Luxembourg-based Netcompany-Intrasoft — that’s the one with significant involvement in the UK’s scheme.

The current plan is for EU’s Digital ID Wallet legislation to pass by mid next year, and then launch in 2024.

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France: Seven Arrested Over Alleged Islamic Extremist Terror Plot

French authorities in the city of Strasbourg arrested seven radicalised people and have indicted two of them over allegations of preparing to carry out a terrorist attack.

The arrests took place on November 18th but were only publicly revealed on Thursday and saw the seven suspects taken into custody by the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), France’s domestic security and intelligence agency.

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Poland Issues Ultimatum to Germany Over €1.3 Trillion in WWII Reparations

Poland is ratcheting up the pressure on Germany over reparations for the Second World War, with Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk giving Germany a new ultimatum to pay up or face Poland bringing the matter to a range of international forums, a move that may harm Germany’s international reputation.

“Now, Germany has a choice: Either it sits down with Poland at the negotiating table, or we will raise the issue in all international forums — in the UN, in the Council of Europe and in the European Union,” he said, according to German news agency dpa.

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Police Raid Socialist EU Vice President for Alleged Corruption

Eva Kaili, the European Union Vice President and member of Greek Socialist party, was arrested Friday in Brussels, Belgium, for alleged corruption.

The Central Office for the Suppression of Corruption arrested Kaili in connection to “criminal organization, corruption and money laundering,” as part of an investigation into lobbying efforts from Qatar, Politico reported. Socialist and Democrat (S&D) members of European Parliament (MEP), including Kaili, who made up the bulk of the arrested, had been noted for their soft stances on Qatar, the outlet reported.

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UK: Member of Parliament Plans Bill to Strip Harry and Meghan of Titles

A Member of Parliament (MP) for Britain’s governing Conservative (Tory) Party plans to put forward a bill that will allow Parliament to strip Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, of their titles, in response to their politically-charged Netflix series.

Bob Seely, who represents the Isle of Wight in the House of Commons, believes that the woke couple who abandoned their public duties to pursue activism and public duties years ago now, have forfeited the right to royal status with the publication of the series. The big-headline Netflix documentary has been criticised for trashing Britain as a hub for racism and slavery, cast Brexit and scepticism about immigration in a negative light, and featured an anti-Commonwealth professor who has denounced the late Queen as someone who “decided she wanted to be a figurehead for white supremacy and reap all the rewards”.

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UK: Rapist Who Was Freed From Jail Before Using COVID Loans to Fund ISIS is Found Guilty of Providing Money for Terrorism

A convicted rapist who was radicalised in prison funnelled more than £18,000 of taxpayers’ cash to Islamic State in his Syria homeland.

Tarek Namouz, 43, claimed Covid loans from Hammersmith and Fulham Council for his west London barbershop but sent the money to a terrorist friend.

Namouz came to Britain as a student and claimed asylum in 1996 to avoid military service. In 2014, while landlord of a pub in Finsbury Park, north London, he raped an 18-year-old woman.

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Video: Ukrainian Woman Tries to Rob Bank in Poland, Ends Up Beaten by 90-Year-Old Polish Woman Armed With a Cane

A 25-year-old Ukrainian woman reportedly attempted to rob a Polish bank, but her plan did not account for an 90-year-old Polish woman with a cane.

The young Ukrainian woman walked into the PKO Bank Polski in Przemysl, southeastern Poland, on Tuesday afternoon, put a knife to one of the workers’ throats, and demanded money. She threatened to kill the employee while the worker packed money into a bag.

Police say the suspect tried to steal 12,500 zloty (€2,700 euro) in cash.

During the robbery, a 90-year-old woman suddenly approached, appearing to be unafraid of the young woman armed with a knife, and began striking the surprised robber with her orthopedic cane, which allowed bank workers to overpower the intruder.

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Caroline Glick: Lapid and His Colleagues Incite a Civil War

Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid has never been a high-minded politician. During his five months in power as caretaker prime minister, he tried to get the only non-leftist television station in the country thrown off the air. He called his political opponents and their voters “sts,” and “forces of darkness,” who have no right to exercise their legal right to oversee the actions of his lame duck government.

In the leadup to the elections, he accused Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu of being anti-democratic and warned that Netanyahu would not accept the election results if he lost.

As is invariably the case with progressive elitists like Lapid and his colleagues, it turns out that it is they who reject the basic rules of democracy and refuse to accept the results of the elections. Rather than accept that they received a drubbing at the polls and will spend the next four-and-a-half years in the opposition, Lapid and his comrades have doubled down on their demonization. They use their slanders of Netanyahu and his colleagues to raise the barricades and call for civil war.

Lapid’s opening volley came last Wednesday during the official annual memorial ceremony for Israel’s first premier, David Ben-Gurion. In his speech, Lapid used Ben-Gurion as a means to justify the statements and actions he took in the days that followed. Lapid did two things in his address: First, he totally distorted Ben-Gurion and what he stood for, and then he used his imaginary Ben-Gurion as a foil to demonize Netanyahu and his coalition partners.

Ben-Gurion, of course was the leader of the Zionist revolution. He was a Jewish nationalist. He led the settlement of the Land of Israel before and after the establishment of the state. He built and led the IDF in two wars. He defied the American Jewish leadership and transformed Israel into the voice of the Jewish people and the center of Jewish life worldwide.

In his speech, Lapid invented a completely new Ben-Gurion. Lapid’s “Ben-Gurion” was not a Jewish patriot. He was a post-Zionist, woke progressive…

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Iran Plans Trudeau Tactics to Freeze Bank Accounts of Women Who Refuse to Wear Hijab

A member of the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Hossein Jalali, told the media that the government was planning to punish women who refuse to wear hijabs (headscarves) in public by freezing their bank accounts. The government’s plans are mirroring a technique used by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suppress civil liberties protesters.

Jalali said that “unveiled persons” would get a text message telling them to respect the law, then enter a “warning phase,” and eventually have their bank accounts frozen.

“In the third stage, the bank account of the unveiled person may be frozen,” Jalali said.

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Champagne-Swigging Putin Says Russian Strikes on Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure Will Continue Because ‘They Started it by Attacking Crimean Bridge’

Moscow’s relentless targeting of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has left millions without power, heat and water as winter begins to bite and temperatures plummet below freezing.

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‘Get Me Home Regardless of the Price’: Paul Whelan Speaks Out, Says Not Enough Has Been Done to Free Him

The former Marine still detained in Russia begged the Biden Administration to secure his release Thursday, saying not enough has been done to free him while speaking on CNN.

Whelan spoke exclusively to CNN following news that WNBA star Brittney Griner had been released from a Russian penal colony in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.

“I have to say I’m greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release,” Whelan told CNN. “Especially as the four-year-anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred.”

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NATO Chief Fears Ukraine War Could Become a Wider Conflict

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of NATO expressed worry that the fighting in Ukraine could spin out of control and become a war between Russia and NATO, according to an interview released Friday.

“If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in remarks to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

“It is a terrible war in Ukraine. It is also a war that can become a full-fledged war that spreads into a major war between NATO and Russia,” he said. “We are working on that every day to avoid that.”

Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway, said in the interview that “there is no doubt that a full-fledged war is a possibility,” adding that it was important to avoid a conflict “that involves more countries in Europe and becomes a full-fledged war in Europe.”

The Kremlin has repeatedly accused NATO allies of effectively becoming a party to the conflict by providing Ukraine with weapons, training its troops and feeding military intelligence to attack Russian forces.

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Putin Says One Missile Will Trigger ‘Hundreds’ Of Warheads in Stark Message on Nuclear Deterrence

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday once again drew international attention when he warned that if even one missile enters Russian territory, “hundreds” of warheads will respond.

“I assure you, after the early warning system receives a signal of a missile attack, hundreds of our missiles are in the air,” Putin said from a summit in Kyrgyzstan, Russian news outlet RIA reported. “It is impossible to stop them.”

“There will be nothing left of the enemy, because it is impossible to intercept a hundred missiles. This, of course, is a deterrent — a serious deterrent,” he added.

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Putin Threatens to Slash Oil Production, Starve European Countries of Fuel

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his nation may cut crude oil production in response to the Group of Seven Nation’s (G7) price cap on Russian crude, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The G7, which includes the U.S. and Australia, imposed a $60 per barrel price cap on seaborne Russian oil on Dec. 5 to target Moscow’s oil revenues which are helping fund its invasion of Ukraine. Putin told reporters on Russian state TV that Russia will consider cutting production due to the price cap and added that he would soon announce a presidential decree to further respond to G7’s move, according to Bloomberg.

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Report: Kremlin Denies Claims That Putin Soiled Himself After Stairwell Tumble

The Kremlin on Tuesday denied claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin involuntarily defecated after falling down a staircase.

“Regarding your request, we can say that this is completely untrue,” the Press and Information Office of the President of the Russian Federation reportedly told Newsweek, which requested comment after a social media post claimed the president fell down a flight of stairs and landed on his coccyx, causing him to soil himself.

The story originated with a Telegram post from the account GENERALL SVR, who previously claimed to be a former Moscow spy. Most anti-Russian posts from the account remain unsubstantiated, according to Newsweek.

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Russia Appears to Deploy Fresh Stocks of Iranian Kamikaze Drones

Ukraine has reported attacks by Iranian-sourced one-way unmanned aerial vehicles for the first time in three weeks, the UK´s Ministry of Defence said.

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‘They Are Just Meat to Putin… and We Are the Meat Grinder’: Ukrainian Soldier Says ‘Conveyor Belt’ Of Russian Soldiers Are Being Cut Down as Battle of Bakhmut Descends Into ‘First World War Hell’

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Ukrainian troops tasked with holding the city of Bakhmut, in Donbas, say Russia is sending troops to the slaughter in front-on attacks on trenches.

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Was Video of Brittney Griner Release Edited to Remove Handshake With Russian ‘Merchant of Death’?

A video of the Brittney Griner prisoner exchange between Russian and U.S. officials was mysteriously edited, prompting speculation that the State Department edited out a handshake between the athlete and the Russian terrorist she was traded for.

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Australia Raises Alarm: Citizens Dying at ‘Incredibly High’ Rate

Officials in Australia are raising the alarm as the country’s excess deaths have soared to an “incredibly high” rate.

Australia’s peak actuarial body is calling on the government to urgently investigate the country’s spike in deaths this year.

An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data by the Actuaries Institute shows a 13 percent rise in deaths during 2022.

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Excess Deaths in 2022 ‘Incredibly High’ At 13 Per Cent

The Australian government should be urgently investigating the “incredibly high” 13 per cent excess death rate in 2022, the country’s peak actuarial body says.

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New Zealand Takes Baby From Parents Demanding “Unvaccinated” Blood for Heart Surgery

New Zealand’s High Court on Wednesday took custody of an infant whose parents demanded he only receive blood from donors who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 for an urgently needed heart surgery to repair a congenital defect.

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Violence Erupts Again in Warring Outback Town Notorious for Crossbow Attacks — as Cops Called Out to a Stabbing Are Forced to Bring in Reinforcements

Police were called to an incident in Wadeye, 400km southwest of Darwin, on Thursday evening after a man was allegedly assaulted with an edged weapon.

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Crime Plunges in El Salvador as Criminals Are Sent to Prison

The murder rate has fallen by two thirds since 2018, and crime has fallen by 75%, in El Salvador as it has imprisoned large numbers of criminals. The country has put nearly 2% of its adult population in prison. This is due to the anti-crime policies of its current president, Nayib Bukele.

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Convicted Ringleader of ‘Large-Scale’ People-Smuggling Gang Which Brought at Least 1,900 Migrants to Britain in Fifty Days is Sentenced in Absentia to Eight Years in Prison

The convicted ringleader of a ‘large-scale’ Kurdish people-smuggling gang, which is thought to have smuggled at least 1,900 migrants into Britain in 50 days, has been sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison.

Tarik Namik, 45, of Oldham, near Manchester, headed a ‘sophisticated, lucrative criminal enterprise’ bringing Kurdish migrants into the UK hidden in the back of lorries and has now gone on the run, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Working with people smugglers abroad, the organised crime group is suspected of smuggling at least 1,900 migrants, who were picked up in the Balkans, into France or Germany during a 50-day period.

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Europol Uncovers Extensive EU-Wide Migrant Smuggling Network

Sixty-one suspected members of a migrant smuggling network facilitating the entry of Iraqi migrants into the EU have been arrested in Germany, Lithuania, and Poland, the European Union’s police cooperation organization Europol said on Thursday.

The EU body said the criminal network, made up mainly of Syrian and Turkish nationals, had organized the smuggling of Iraqi migrants from Baghdad to the European Union.

The migrants, recruited in Iraq, traveled by plane via Turkey to Russia and from there were flown to Belarus, before entering the EU via the borders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

The final destinations were predominantly Germany and Finland.

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Large Group of Migrants Found Hiding in International Delivery Truck

More than a dozen illegal migrants were found hiding inside a delivery truck that arrived in France from Italy this week, according to reports.

The shocking discovery was made at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Manosque, a commune in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southeastern France.

A truck carrying goods for the luxury retailer L’Occitane had just arrived from Ventimiglia, Italy, when the driver heard voices from within the cargo area, La Provence reports.

Police were summoned and officers opened the vehicle in a company parking lot.

Inside they found 13 male stowaways, including 11 adults and two claiming to be underage.

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Shivering Migrants Survive the Cold as They Cross English Channel Through Freezing Fog to be Landed Ashore by RNLI Lifeboat

More migrants have arrived in the UK today after surviving the shivering cold while crossing the English Channel in small boats through freezing fog before being rescued by the RNLI.

An RNLI lifeboat brought one group of Channel migrants ashore at Dungeness, Kent as temperatures hovered at around freezing earlier today.

The arrivals to England were given blankets, socks, flip flops and food by Care4Calais charity volunteers who had turned out to give them support.

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Sweden to Grant Afghan Women Asylum for Simply Being Afghan Women

The Swedish Migration Agency has stopped all deportations of women to Afghanistan and is now considering being a woman from Afghanistan as a sufficient reason to approve any asylum claim.

In a statement this week, the Swedish Migration Agency noted that the ongoing rule of the Taliban has been detrimental to women’s rights in Afghanistan and stated that women who return to the country from Sweden faced increased risks of discrimination.

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UK Deportations May Rise as Appeal Case Cap Lifted to Speed Up Removal Process

Deportations from the United Kingdom may actually begin to rise after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab lifted the artificial cap on the number of appeals as well as investing millions more to clear the growing backlog of undecided cases.

After years of increasingly dismal results in terms of deporting foreign criminals, failed asylum seekers, and illegal aliens, the number of removals may actually begin to rise.

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UK: Rise of the Migrant Hotel Millionaires: ‘Opportunistic’ Investors Buy Up Cheap Buildings to House Asylum Seekers — as Taxpayers Pick Up Rent Bill

Investors are raking in millions of pounds a year from the taxpayer by buying run-down hotels to turn them into migrant hostels, the Mail can reveal.

One ‘opportunistic’ firm stands to make up to £11million a year after buying four hotels.

Another company is also set to make big profits after buying 12 hotels in under two years.

The companies have been accused of taking advantage of Covid lockdowns — which decimated the tourism industry — to pick up hotels cheaply.

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63% of U.S. College Students Felt ‘Intimidated’ Against Sharing Opinion in Class: Survey

A record number of college students reported fear of sharing an opinion in the classroom that might differ from their peers, according to the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program’s eighth annual survey.

“Of the students surveyed, 58%, a record high, reported feeling intimidated in sharing an opinion that was different than a professor’s, 8% higher than last year,” the group recently announced. “The number reporting never having had this issue fell to a record low of 38%.”

“A higher 63% reported feeling intimidated in sharing opinions different than their peers, also a record high and a jump of 13% from the 2021 survey,” according to the results of the national survey of more than 800 college students.

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Federal Court Blocks Biden Rule That Forces Christian Doctors to Perform Sex Change Surgeries

A federal appeals court has permanently blocked a rule coming from the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which demanded that religious doctors perform sex change surgeries in violation of their beliefs.

The eighth circuit’s decision comes months after the fifth circuit issued an opinion in August 2022 in Texas that struck down a reading of the Affordable Care Act which would require every doctor to provide sex change surgeries regardless of religious conviction. Friday’s decision affirmed this August opinion.

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Fury as Massachusetts Library Refuses to Put Up Annual Christmas Tree Because it Made People Feel Uncomfortable

Dedham Public Library officials refused to put up their annual Christmas tree because it made people too uncomfortable to look at.

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University of Idaho Must Pay $90,000 to Settle Free Speech Lawsuit

University of Idaho agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit brought on behalf of Christian law students and their faculty advisor after the school subjected them to “no contact orders.”

The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by Alliance Defending Freedom after university officials punished the students and their faculty advisor for making comments in support of Biblical marriage between a man and a woman.

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Steeply Falling Birthrates Worldwide

Climate fanatics demand that we stop driving, fly on holiday, eat meat and completely change our lives. But it’s not enough. We must have fewer children and decrease in numbers overall to save the planet, these self-proclaimed world-improvers claim. Otherwise, we are all threatened by overpopulation, despite the fact that in the West and large parts of the world we have a population decrease.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/9/2022

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    Isn’t it true that the current Swedish Prime Minister has 4 Chinese children at home in the big apartment in Östermalm?
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    I like Kajsa Ekis Ekman for her courage. She was in Ship to Gaza and dares to criticize communist China even though she herself is extremely left-wing. Today she revealed on AB’s culture page a huge scandal involving Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson:

    Kristersson betrayed the stolen children
    Kajsa Ekis Ekman on the M-leader’s responsibility in the adoption scandal: Didn’t stop the trade
    …….
    Most common, however, was that representatives of the (Chinese note: WTV) state openly confiscated children. State officials made home visits to parents who had more than one child and demanded that they pay large fines or give up the youngest child.

    There are no official figures on how many children have been kidnapped in this way – some sources put the figure at 22,000. Parents have protested and written petitions and many still refuse to give up the search for their children, resulting in divorce and unemployment.

    In 2005, the truth was finally revealed when some of the perpetrators were brought to justice. 27 people were arrested and 10 were convicted of trafficking, including the director of an orphanage. It turned out that the children had been stolen to be sold for adoption. Among other things to Sweden. And the chairman of Adoptionscentrum at the time, Sweden’s largest adoption agency, was the current leader of the Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson.”

    During the same period, Adoptionscentrum also brokered 33 children from the Changsha orphanage, a regular customer of the traffickers whose boss also bought them a limousine as a thank you. In addition, 14 more children from Changde, also involved in child trafficking. The Adoption Centre further arranged for a child from the Shaoyang orphanage, whose director cooperated with police and officials to take children from poor parents who had violated the one-child policy. The Children’s Friends, another Swedish adoption agency, also brokered 21 children from orphanages that had been clients of the gang.

    The scandal had enormous consequences in China, but also in recipient countries such as the US and the Netherlands. ….

    But in Sweden, the scandal of the stolen children in Hunan province has hardly even been mentioned. Kristersson has not received a single public question about his role in the possible arrival of stolen children in Sweden. Very strange in a country where prospective prime ministers usually have all their receipts, rent rolls and roommates scrutinised.

    During Kristersson’s time as chairman of the Adoption Centre, in 2003-2005, adoptions grew from China to the US, Europe and Sweden. China became the country from which the Adoption Centre placed the most children, around 250 a year. China was popular: waiting times were short, the children were usually healthy and they had no birth certificates as virtually all were reported as “found”. …

    When the Swedish authorities learn of the case in 2006, all they do is make enquiries of the Chinese dictatorship. The answer they get from the Chinese adoption authority CCAA is that “It is forbidden to sell children in China. If you follow the law, there is no problem with child trafficking.” They are also assured that all children who have come to Sweden “are indeed abandoned.” (All countries that asked received exactly the same answer.)

    In 2003, the government report Adoption – at what cost? (SOU 2003:49), which proposed tightening the rules on adoption to avoid child trafficking. One proposal was to limit the payment for children. The inquiry argued that what the Adoption Centre called “aid activities” gave incentives to orphanages to obtain children illegally. The inquiry therefore wanted to draw a clear line between adoption and aid activities.

    Instead of welcoming the proposal, Kristersson launched a massive counter-campaign. In newspapers, debates and consultation responses, he expressed the view that Swedish adoptions would be practically over if orphanages were no longer allowed to be paid. “All the big countries of origin would disappear,” he wrote in an article on DN Debatt: “Of the almost 700 children who found Swedish parents through us last year, a total of 37 children would have been allowed to come to Sweden if the inquiry’s proposal had been law.”

    Although children’s rights organisations wanted to see an end to payments to orphanages, the government chose to follow Kristersson’s line. In the bill, the proposal was gone. Kristersson had only one comment on the child trafficking data: “It’s a pretty brutal world out there.”

    3 videos in English:
    http://whitetv.se/sv/inget-fritt-medium-i-sverige/2163-ulf-kristersson-i-kommunistisk-barnarrov-skandal-i-kina.html

  2. Given credence to Yahoo News is like saying the NYT is journalism. You can do better than citing a Yahoo News ‘poll’ to say DeSantis has a lead over Trump, that is utter b.s. DeSantis is the globalists’ preferred candidate at this point who has said nothing about running for President. Trump will wipe the floor with DeSantis if DeSantis tries to run against him. Such an act by DeSantis would do more harm than good due to the fact he has no clear successor in Florida, Florida still uses voting machines and running for President would open the door for the demo-fascist and their globalist partners to steal Florida. Also success at the state level does not illustrate whether one can succeed at a national level. DeSantis has done great things for Florida but one needs to be leery of him given that he is another Ivy league Yale graduate who has never worked in the private sector. The same background of the critters in DC who treat the citizens as second class servants.

  3. More for them and less for us just like philosopher George Carlin said regarding the global hammer and sickle WEF satanic slime.
    Will the Kraine uber alles break up the EU? Hopefully.
    Regarding the buying up property in UK, is there a branch of BlackRock?
    The Serco page says we deliver services on behalf of the central government.
    The predictive programming of Robocop gave a glimpse of what Clown World would really be like.

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