Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/3/2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden will not be allowed to join NATO until it bans the burning of the Koran. Meanwhile, police in Finland said they stopped a protest against joining NATO in which demonstrators planned to burn a Koran.

In other news, according to a recent poll, German citizens’ confidence that the Bundeswehr is capable of defending the country has reached an all-time low.

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Financial Crisis
» Biden Claims Inflation ‘Was Already There When I Got Here, ‘ Says He Takes No Blame
» Cash-Strapped Americans Being Squeezed by Higher Prices Are Tapping Into Their 401(k) Accounts for Financial Emergencies — Like Medical Bills or to Avoid Foreclosure: 140,000 People Enrolled in One Investment Account Withdrew Money in 2022
» Eurozone Inflation Dropped for a Third Month. Which Countries in Europe Are Still Feeling the Pinch?
» Jobs Report Shows Increase of 517,000 in January, Crushing Estimates, As Unemployment Rate Hit 53-Year Low
» New York NatGas Prices Erupt to 20-Year High Ahead of Polar Vortex
» One of Australia’s Most Prominent Judges Makes an Extraordinary Warning About a ‘Very Significant’ Spike in Home Repossessions Coming in 2023: ‘Extreme Mortgage Stress’
» Swedish Economy Unexpectedly Shrinks in Fourth Quarter
 
USA
» 2 Arrested in Central Valley Shooting That Left 6 Dead
» Air Force Sounds Alarm About Chinese Land Buy on Doorstep of Key Air, Space Base in North Dakota
» Biden: ‘More Than Half the Women in My Administration Are Women’
» Biden Calls for Americans to Stay Home, Stop Driving to Fight ‘Climate Change’
» Bill Gates Says Elon Musk Not Yet a ‘Great Philanthropist, ‘ Calls Going to Mars a Waste of Money
» Breaking: Project Veritas Locked Out of Twitter After Confronting YouTube Exec Over Ban on Pfizer Expose
» ChatGPT Writes Poem Praising Hunter Biden
» Chinese Students Running Distribution for Drug Cartels: Former DEA Official
» Connecticut Man Admits to Attempting to Travel to Fight for ISIS
» Elon Musk Not Liable in Lawsuit Over Tweets Pledging to Take Tesla Private, Jury Rules
» Exclusive: Man Admits to Beheading NorCal Mother of 2 With Samurai Sword, Claims Self-Defense
» Fact-Checking Whitney Webb, Part 1: On the Existence of Blackmail Material on J. Edgar Hoover
» Florida Lawmakers Will Meet Next Week to Finalize Plans to Strip Disney of Its 55-Year-Old Special Governing Powers, As it Looks to Implement State Board to Oversee Magic Kingdom
» George Soros Declared ‘Most Dangerous Man in America’
» GOP Kick Ilhan Omar Off Committee Over Criticisms of Israel, AOC Says Omar Was Actually Targeted for Being a ‘Woman of Color’
» House Judiciary GOP Subpoena FBI’s Christopher Wray, AG Merrick Garland
» Hunter Biden Served Defamation Lawsuit by Computer Repair Shop Owner Days Before His Lawyer Called for Criminal Probes
» John Kerry Officially Under Investigation by House GOP Over Negotiations With China
» Jury Finds Michigan Man Guilty of Supporting ISIS
» Kevin McCarthy Says Coward Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Did His Job’
» Majority of Americans Back Ban on Tobacco Products, CDC Study Reveals
» Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join ISIS-K
» Maryland Woman Who Accused Her Husband of Molesting Kids Gets 4 Years for Shooting Him
» New York Man and Alabama Woman Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
» Pentagon Makes Stunning Admission: China’s Balloon ‘Has Ability to Maneuver, Will be Over U.S for a Few Days’
» Pilot Suffers Heart Attack Minutes After Landing Passenger Jet, Blames Vaccine
» Revealed: Hunter Biden’s Business Partner Helped Move 1,850 Boxes of Documents From Biden’s VP Office in 2012
» Secret CCP Overseas Police Station in NYC Closed After Reported FBI Raid
» Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Might be Headed to East Coast
» Ted Cruz Puts DC on Notice, Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Impose Term Limits on Congress
» Trump Offers Simple Solution for Chinese Balloon: Shoot it Down
» Tyre Nichols Death: Memphis Police Officer Who Allegedly Used Taser Fired, ‘Departmentally Charged’
» Virginia Man Convicted of Supporting ISIS Accused of Meeting With ‘American Talban’
» Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin Has 56% Approval Rating, New Survey
» Vote to Condemn the ‘Horrors of Socialism’ Splits Dems: 109 Vote for it, 86 Vote Against
 
Canada
» Alberta Government Mandates Free Speech Reporting for Universities
» Canadian ‘Solidarity’ Means No LNG for EU
» Canadian Senator Blasts Censorship Bill
» Controversial Bill C-11 Passes Through Senate
» Liberals Withdraw Amendment Banning Hunting Rifles and Shotguns
» Toronto School Board Ditches Shakespeare for Virtue-Signalling Indigenous Course
 
Europe and the EU
» Confidence in German Army’s Ability to Repel an Attack Fall to Record Low
» EU Leadership Holds Summit in Kiev Under Air Raid Sirens as Zelensky Urges Fast-Tracked Membership
» Finland Police Claim to Have Shut Down Qur’an Burning Protest
» French Police Arrest Suspect Over Bomb Threat on High-Speed Train — Report
» Germany Open to Idea West Behind Nord Stream Sabotage With “Aim of Blaming it on Russia”
» How France Became the Unlikely Home of the Insect-Farming Industry
» I Have Nothing Against a New Iron Curtain in Europe if it Protects Against Russia, Says Polish President
» Polish Farmers Block Roads in Protest Against Grain Imports From Ukraine
» Sweden Will Not be Allowed to Join NATO Until Qur’an Burning is Banned: Ankara
» Swedish Agency Warns of Increased Terrorism Threat
» UK: Sikh Who Tried to Assassinate Queen With Crossbow Pleads Guilty to Treason
» UK’s “Nudge Unit” Recommends Various Online Psychological Manipulations When People Shop and Travel to Push a “Net Zero Society”
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Hungary Calls for Closer Ties With New Israeli Government, Ready to Consider Moving Embassy to Jerusalem
 
Middle East
» Leader of NATO Turkey: Giving Ukraine Tanks ‘High Risk’ And Lines the Pockets of Arms Makers
 
Russia
» Head of Polish Orthodox Church Backs Russian Patriarch Kiril, Appears to Lend Support to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine
» NYT Claims Russian Troop Deaths Nearing 200K, Far Surpassing All Prior Estimates
» Oh-So Woke Firm Has Made £500 Million Selling Ice Cream in Russia Since the Ukraine War Began: Campaigners Claim Unilever Provides Vladimir Putin With Enough Funds for 17,000 Soldiers as MPs Brand Firm ‘Disgusting’ For Continuing to Trade in Warring State
» Putin Warns Western Elite Against Supporting Ukraine, Vows Russian Response Will Not be Just ‘Tank and Armor’
» Russia Running Out of Prisoners to Use as Cannon Fodder With Less Frequent Human Wave Attacks
» Ukraine Says Russia Mustering 500,000 Troops on Borders for New Major Offensive
 
Far East
» Chinese Spy Balloon: Blinken Calls Out China for ‘Irresponsible Act’ In Phone Call With CCP Official
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Central Bank Ditches British Monarchy
» ‘Fake News’ ABC Report Claiming an Alice Springs Crime Meeting Was a Gathering of ‘White Supremacists’ Is Finally Acted on: ‘Rubbish Reporting — Throw the Book at Them’
» How Chinese Students Are Fuelling Australia’s Rental Crisis as Six Cram Into a Tiny Unit for $14,000 a Month: They Reveal Why They Still Want to Live Here — and Only Socialise With Each Other
» How the Multi-Million Dollar Crime Empire of Feared Melbourne Kingpin Known as ‘Cross’ Was Smashed — As More Than a Dozen of His Alleged Gang Members Face Court
 
Latin America
» Pentagon Says Another Chinese Spy Balloon is Traveling Over Latin America
 
Immigration
» Biden’s Border Crisis Costs Municipalities $202 Billion
» DeSantis Eyes Program to Transport More Migrants From Florida: Memo
» Sweden: Syrian Migrants Receive ‘Lowest Possible Sentences, ‘ Avoid Deportation for Brutal Gang Rape
 
Culture Wars
» Canada: National Arts Centre Hosting Drag Queen Storytime for Kids
» Exclusive: Womb Transplants for Trans Women Are ‘Very Likely in the Near Future’, Claim Top Fertility Experts… So Here’s How World-First Op Would be Carried Out
» Exclusive: Ontario High School Student Kicked Out of Catholic School for Saying There Are Only Two Sexes, Staging Same-Sex Bathroom Protest
» Former Trans Kid Shares Agony of Side Effects From ‘Mutilating’ Medical Transition: ‘I’Ve Gotten No Help’
» ‘Gender Neutral’ Bathroom Ruled ‘More Favorable to Men’ In UK Discrimination Case
» Hungarian Constitutional Court Upholds Name-Change Ban for Transgenders
» Ron DeSantis Files Legal Complaint Against Orlando Foundation for Allegedly Sexualizing Kids With Drag Show
» Satanic Temple Opens Abortion Clinic Where Patients Undergo ‘Religious Ritual’ Before Pregnancy Termination
» Should Brain Dead Women be Kept ‘Alive’ And Used as Surrogates? Expert Floats Idea of Organ Donor-Style Arrangement So Women Can Agree to Letting Their Body be Used to Give Childless Couples a Chance at Having a Baby
» This Should Alarm You
» Update to “Sims” Video Game Features Teen Trans Characters With Chestbinders, Breast Removal Scars
» WHO Releases International Pandemic Treaty Zero Draft That Targets “Misinformation” And “Disinformation”
 

Biden Claims Inflation ‘Was Already There When I Got Here, ‘ Says He Takes No Blame

President Biden said Friday he takes no responsibility for the ongoing inflation crisis in the country, as he highlighted a stronger-than-expected January jobs report.

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

Cash-Strapped Americans Being Squeezed by Higher Prices Are Tapping Into Their 401(k) Accounts for Financial Emergencies — Like Medical Bills or to Avoid Foreclosure: 140,000 People Enrolled in One Investment Account Withdrew Money in 2022

More cash-strapped Americans, feeling the burden of high prices and a lack of ability to save, have been tapping into their 401(k) accounts for financial emergencies, data shows.

The Internal Revenue Service allows Americans going through economic hardships to withdraw some of their 401(k) retirement money early — but figures show more people are using this service now than in previous years.

Before the pandemic, the average number of people dipping into their 401(k) Vanguard Group account was two percent — roughly 100,000 of the investment company’s five million clients.

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

Eurozone Inflation Dropped for a Third Month. Which Countries in Europe Are Still Feeling the Pinch?

Inflation across Europe has dropped for the third consecutive month in January, according to preliminary data shared by Eurostat, the European statistics agency, on Wednesday.

Eurozone annual inflation is expected to be down to 8.5 per cent in January 2023, down from 9.2 per cent in the previous month.

In December 2022, inflation finally dropped from double figures after it surged to a 41-year high of 11.1 per cent in October. In November, inflation started to decline and was estimated at 10.1 per cent.

Even as the majority of eurozone countries saw a decrease in inflation since the heights of October 2022, seven countries remain in the double digits in January.

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

Jobs Report Shows Increase of 517,000 in January, Crushing Estimates, As Unemployment Rate Hit 53-Year Low

The employment picture started off 2023 on a stunningly strong note, with nonfarm payrolls posting their biggest gain since July 2022.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 517,000 for January, above the Dow Jones estimate of 187,000 and December’s gain of 260,000, according to a Labor Department report Friday.

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

New York NatGas Prices Erupt to 20-Year High Ahead of Polar Vortex

New Yorkers will feel the wrath of Old Man Winter today as temperatures will plummet into the teens and single digits by this weekend. Heating demand will soar as millions turn up their thermostats to stay warm. The result so far has been the largest spike in New York natural gas prices in two decades.

Bloomberg data shows next-day NatGas deliveries via the Iroquois Gas pipeline that transports Canadian NatGas into New York jumped to $164.80 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), a 14x increase from Wednesday prices. This is the highest print for NatGas at the New York hub dating back to 2003.

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

One of Australia’s Most Prominent Judges Makes an Extraordinary Warning About a ‘Very Significant’ Spike in Home Repossessions Coming in 2023: ‘Extreme Mortgage Stress’

NSW Chief Justice Andrew Bell has warned surging interest rates — with more rises expected — will see the court system dealing with more home repossession cases in 2023.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Swedish Economy Unexpectedly Shrinks in Fourth Quarter

Sweden’s economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter as weaker purchasing power erodes consumer spending in the biggest Nordic economy.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

2 Arrested in Central Valley Shooting That Left 6 Dead

Two gang members were arrested early Friday, one after a gunbattle, in the January massacre of six people including a baby at a central California home associated with a rival gang, the Tulare County sheriff said.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Noah David Beard, 25, was taken into custody and Angel “Nanu” Uriarte, 35, was wounded in the shootout with federal agents and was undergoing surgery, but was stable and expected to survive.

“I’m happy we were able to put these two men behind bars,” the sheriff said.

The suspects and members of the victims’ family have a long history of gang violence but the motive for the shooting “is not exactly clear,” Boudreaux said at a news conference at the sheriff’s headquarters in Visalia.

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office charged both suspects with six counts of murder and other crimes. They face a potential sentence of the death penalty or life in prison without parole, prosecutors said.

The six victims, including a teen mother and her baby, were gunned down on Jan. 16 in rural Goshen, a community of 3,000 in the San Joaquin Valley.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Air Force Sounds Alarm About Chinese Land Buy on Doorstep of Key Air, Space Base in North Dakota

A mid growing bipartisan support in Congress for a brawnier, more security-conscious U.S. stance toward China, the United States Air Force is sounding the alarm on a Chinese food manufacturer’s plan to build a corn factory in close proximity to Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a key hub of military air and space operations.

“The proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near— and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area,” Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Andrew P. Hunter wrote to North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven in a Jan. 27 letter.

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

Biden: ‘More Than Half the Women in My Administration Are Women’

Democrat President Joe Biden suffered another one of his famous gaffes while boasting about his contribution toward women’s rights during a White House address.

Biden spoke at a ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act in the White House on Thursday.

While trying to impress the crowd with his gender equality credentials, Biden flubbed and missed the mark.

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

Biden Calls for Americans to Stay Home, Stop Driving to Fight ‘Climate Change’

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is rolling out a new plan to fight “climate change” that is based on tyrannical restrictions imposed during the Covid pandemic.

Biden’s latest strategy to fight “climate change” involves people staying home, driving less, and working remotely.

The plan was published by Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency and Energy, Transportation, and Housing departments.

According to the Biden admin plan, the pandemic “highlighted major opportunities” to reduce travel demand and lower carbon emissions through “remote work and virtual interactions.”

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

Bill Gates Says Elon Musk Not Yet a ‘Great Philanthropist, ‘ Calls Going to Mars a Waste of Money

Bill Gates took a few jabs at fellow billionaire Elon Musk in a new interview, saying he does not view the Tesla CEO as a “great philanthropist” at this point while dismissing the SpaceX founder’s efforts to go to Mars as a waste of money.

The BBC asked the Microsoft co-founder in a recent sit-down whether he believes Musk will ever join the club of mega-rich donors like Gates, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in pledging to give away most of their wealth.

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

Breaking: Project Veritas Locked Out of Twitter After Confronting YouTube Exec Over Ban on Pfizer Expose

UPDATE: The account was reinstated shortly after the lock out.

Original story follows:

Project Veritas was locked out of their recently regained Twitter account on Friday afternoon. This after having posted a video confronting a YouTube executive for striking videos wherein Veritas had confronted a Pfizer director from their platform.

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

ChatGPT Writes Poem Praising Hunter Biden

Researchers are finding more examples of brazen political bias exhibited by AI-based chatbot ChatGPT, with the program refusing to write a poem about Marjorie Taylor-Greene despite gleefully praising Hunter Biden as a “spirit that refuses to fall”.

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence software program launched by OpenAI in November 2022. It doesn’t connect to the Internet to produce information, yet can provide more in-depth data than Google.

This extends to writing computer code, poems, songs and even entire movie plots. Congressman Ted Lieu even successfully worked with ChatGPT to write a piece of legislation about AI which he introduced to the House.

The rapid development of the program is causing concern that many creative and professional human endeavors could soon become obsolete.

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

Chinese Students Running Distribution for Drug Cartels: Former DEA Official

Former Drug Enforcement Agency Special Operations Director Derek Maltz Sr. on Friday outlined the involved of Chinese college students entering the U.S. on student visas in distributing drugs on behalf of various cartels.

Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Maltz highlighted the severity of the crisis, lamenting that “kids are dying left and right.”

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

Connecticut Man Admits to Attempting to Travel to Fight for ISIS

Kevin Iman McCormick, 29, of Hamden, pleaded guilty on January 12 in federal court to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between August and October 2019, McCormick made several statements to others expressing a desire to travel to Syria and to fight for ISIS.

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

Elon Musk Not Liable in Lawsuit Over Tweets Pledging to Take Tesla Private, Jury Rules

A jury ruled that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not financially liable for potential damages stemming from a 2018 tweet stating that he had funding to take Tesla private at $420 per share.

The San Francisco jury found Musk not liable for all statements and tweets that he made about the funding.

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

Exclusive: Man Admits to Beheading NorCal Mother of 2 With Samurai Sword, Claims Self-Defense

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — In an exclusive interview from the San Mateo County Jail, a man admitted to killing a mother of two with a samurai sword during a brutal daylight attack on a Northern California street in September.

In a strange twist to this case, Rafa Solano now claims it was self-defense.

We should warn you, this is a disturbing story.

Solano’s attorney questioned whether he is competent to stand trial, but after the judge ruled last week that he is, ABC7’s sister station KGO-TV decided to try and speak with him face to face.

As news broke in September about 27-year-old Karina Castro brutally attacked on a San Carlos Street, the authorities were short on details.

“We can confirm a stabbing instrument was used in the commission of the crime. That weapon is still outstanding,” said Lt. Eamonn Allen with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department in Sept.

Now, we have the complete picture, straight from the defendant.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Fact-Checking Whitney Webb, Part 1: On the Existence of Blackmail Material on J. Edgar Hoover

by Diana West

My object today is to check the veracity of some key sources of the thesis of Whitney Webb’s two-volume-work, One Nation Under Blackmail.

Why am I doing this? Because Whitney Webb asked me to. She’s asked all of us to “engage more” with the source material in her endnotes, to “fact-check” her research. Indeed, like Gary Hart before that “Monkey Business” business, Webb often issues this challenge while promoting her briskly selling book in online interviews.

OK. I’ve accepted the challenge. For the past several weeks, I have been discussing what I have found out about Webb’s research at my Patreon channel, which I am making available here (J. Edgar Hoover), here (late 1950s cultural context), and here (Susan Rosenstiel). Whitney Webb has recorded a video in reply to my first video here.

Since the neo-oral video tradition only goes so far, I am resurrecting the Written Word to establish at least some of what I’ve learned about Webb’s sources.

Before I begin I must inject a question: Are these sources in fact “Webb’s” sources? When interviewer Natalie Brunell, in the most friendly way, asked Webb to discuss how she had found all of these “amazing” sources, Webb said a truly amazing thing. (I should note Webb had just been discussing my initial critique of her Hoover material.) The thirty-three-year-old author addressed the queston about her research this way:…

           — Hat tip: Diana West [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Lawmakers Will Meet Next Week to Finalize Plans to Strip Disney of Its 55-Year-Old Special Governing Powers, As it Looks to Implement State Board to Oversee Magic Kingdom

Florida lawmakers are to meet next week as they decide on whether Disney World’s self-governing power should be replaced with a state-run board under radical plans backed by Governor Ron DeSantis.

The session will focus on whether to reverse the previous decision to dissolve the district and Disney’s special governing privileges, which it has held for 55 years.

The overhaul — part of an ongoing row between Disney and state officials which began over the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill — would also force the company to pay $700 million dollars in unsecured debt that might otherwise have been paid by taxpayers.

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

George Soros Declared ‘Most Dangerous Man in America’

Radical billionaire George Soros has finally been recognized as a major threat to America by one of the nation’s oldest media institutions.

For most decent-minded patriots, this warning will come as no surprise.

Soros is the Democratic Party’s biggest donor and he’s been bankrolling the Left behind the scenes for years.

The Hungary-born billionaire is the one pulling all the strings, with his donations buying immense power.

Outside of the Washington D.C. swamp, Soros has used his money to destroy the justice system across the country.

Soros has been installing “woke” prosecutors by using his vast resources to massively outspend their opponents.

The billionaire has used his immense wealth to usher in his leftist agenda over the years.

Through the decades, Soros has pumped enough cash to dramatically increase the federal government’s power.

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

GOP Kick Ilhan Omar Off Committee Over Criticisms of Israel, AOC Says Omar Was Actually Targeted for Being a ‘Woman of Color’

House Republicans on Thursday scandalously voted to kick Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) off the Foreign Affairs Committee due to her past criticisms of Israel but Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wants her followers to think they were motivated not by advancing Israel’s interests but instead by generic anti-black racism.

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

House Judiciary GOP Subpoena FBI’s Christopher Wray, AG Merrick Garland

The House Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding they provide the committee with documents pertaining to FVI investigations of school board meetings.

In October of 2021, Garland issued a memo highlighting “violent threats” against school officials amid a rise in parental opposition to the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools. That memo, directing law enforcement to address the issue, attracted considerable scrutiny from conservatives who categorized it as part of the Biden administration’s alleged “weaponization” of federal agencies.

The subpoena, which the Epoch Times reviewed, marks one of the first salvos by House Republicans against the administration as part of the bevy of investigations they have initiated against it. The committee set a March 1 deadline for the handover of the materials.

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

Hunter Biden Served Defamation Lawsuit by Computer Repair Shop Owner Days Before His Lawyer Called for Criminal Probes

Hunter Biden was served with a defamation lawsuit by John Paul Mac Isaac last week, five days before the disgraced first son sought his own legal action against the former computer repair shop owner who came into possession of the infamous “laptop from hell.”

A private investigator hired by Mac Isaac tracked down Hunter in Culver City, Calif. on Jan. 27 to serve him with the lawsuit, which seeks damages of $1.5 million from the president’s son.

“It was very difficult to find where he was,” Mac Isaac’s lawyer Brian Della Rocca told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday about attempts to smoke out Hunter Biden.

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

John Kerry Officially Under Investigation by House GOP Over Negotiations With China

John Kerry, Democrat President Joe Biden’s “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” is now under official investigation over his negotiations with the Chinese Communist Party.

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) announced that congressional lawmakers are now investigating Kerry’s negotiations with his counterparts in China.

Rep. Comer sent Kerry a letter to inform him that the Oversight Committee has opened an investigation into his actions while serving in the Biden administration.

Kerry has ignored information and document requests from Republicans, forcing Comer to take this step.

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

Jury Finds Michigan Man Guilty of Supporting ISIS

Eight years ago, Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli traveled to the Middle East and joined ISIS, one of thousands from around the world who joined the militant group’s efforts to establish a caliphate, according to federal prosecutors.

Now, the 32-year-old Dearborn man faces prison time after a jury convicted him Monday of three counts of supporting the Islamic State group and training with members from 2015 to 2018. He’s scheduled to be sentenced May 11, facing up to 50 years in prison.

“Ibraheem Musaibli traveled halfway around the world and joined a vicious, brutal, and violent terrorist organization known — and proud of — its barbaric acts of terror,” U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison for the Eastern District of Michigan said in a statement.

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

Kevin McCarthy Says Coward Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Did His Job’

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told the media on Thursday that the coward cop who shot and killed unarmed 14-year Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol on Jan 6th “did his job.”

“Do you think Ashli Babbitt was murdered or do you think the police officer who shot her was doing his job?” was asked by a reporter during a press conference at the Capitol.

“I think the police officer did his job,” McCarthy responded.

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

Majority of Americans Back Ban on Tobacco Products, CDC Study Reveals

A majority of American adults would favor a sweeping ban on tobacco products, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Conducted from March to April of 2021, the study used a web panel survey of 6,455 participants, aged 18 or older, and was released Thursday. The survey results were weighted to match population proportions from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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

Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join ISIS-K

Defendant Proposed Plot To Start Conflict In United States Between Government And Militias

A Beavercreek, Ohio, man, who was arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force at John Glenn International Airport in 2018 while trying to travel to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K), was sentenced today in federal court.

Naser Almadaoji, 23, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Almadaoji pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in November 2021. He admitted to attempting to provide material support — himself, as personnel — to foreign terrorist organizations, namely ISIS and ISIS-K.

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

Maryland Woman Who Accused Her Husband of Molesting Kids Gets 4 Years for Shooting Him

Shanteari Weems shot her husband, James Weems, a retired Baltimore police officer, at a luxury hotel in D.C. last year.

WASHINGTON — A Maryland woman will spend four years behind bars for shooting her husband at a D.C. luxury hotel last year. A judge handed down the sentence in a D.C. courtroom Friday.

Shanteari Weems pleaded guilty to two charges related to the shooting back in November. Prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence for aggravated assault and a gun charge. Judge Michael O’Keefe called that recommendation too lenient, given the details of the case. He doubled the prosecution’s recommended sentence for Shanteari Weems, sparking outrage from friends, family and supporters inside the courtroom.

Shanteari Weems’ lawyer, Tony Garcia, said Weems thought she would be released Friday.

Shanteari Weems shot her husband, James Weems in late July 2022 in the formerly named Mandarin Oriental hotel in Southwest, now known as The Salamander DC. She accused her husband, a retired Baltimore police officer, of molesting children at her day care business.

“I was supposed to protect those children,” Shaneari Weems said in a tearful statement to the court Friday. “My husband was supposed to help me protect those kids. I bear so much guilt because the person I chose to love and trust turned out to be the one the kids needed protecting from.”

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

New York Man and Alabama Woman Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

James Bradley, aka Abdullah, 21, of the Bronx, New York, and Arwa Muthana, 30, of Hoover, Alabama, were sentenced to 11 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and nine years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, respectively, for attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

In September 2022, Bradley and Muthana pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer. According to court documents, Bradley and Muthana are ISIS supporters who sought to travel to the Middle East to join and fight for ISIS. Bradley expressed violent extremist views since at least 2019, including his desire to support ISIS by traveling overseas to join the group or committing a terrorist attack in the United States. In May 2020, Bradley stated to an undercover law enforcement officer (UC-1) a belief that ISIS may be good for Muslims because ISIS was establishing a caliphate. Bradley also expressed his desire to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States and discussed potentially attacking the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Bradley explained that if he could not leave the United States, he would do “something” in the United States instead, referring to carrying out an attack.

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

Pentagon Makes Stunning Admission: China’s Balloon ‘Has Ability to Maneuver, Will be Over U.S for a Few Days’

The Pentagon has made a stunning admission about the Chinese balloon that is currently floating over America.

Department of Defense (DOD) spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said the balloon was “maneuverable.”

Ryder revealed that the balloon has changed course, despite wind streams, and the Pentagon thinks “it will probably be over the United States for a few days.”

“We know that balloon has violated US airspace and international law — which is unacceptable,” Ryder said.

“And we’ve conveyed this directly to the PRC [Communist China] on multiple levels.

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Pilot Suffers Heart Attack Minutes After Landing Passenger Jet, Blames Vaccine

An American Airlines pilot is raising the alarm after suffering a heart attack just six minutes after landing a passenger plane carrying almost 200 passengers.

Captain Bob Snow lambasted the Biden administration and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for mandating Covid vaccines for pilots.

Snow is warning of the incredibly dangerous situation that has emerged after pilots were forced to receive the shots that were still under Emergency Use Authorization.

Snow believes the heart attack he suffered last year was caused by his mandated Covid shot.

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Revealed: Hunter Biden’s Business Partner Helped Move 1,850 Boxes of Documents From Biden’s VP Office in 2012

It has been revealed that Hunter Biden’s business partner Eric Schwerin was tasked with moving 1,850 boxes of documents from then-Vice President Joe Biden’s White House office to his alma mater, the University of Delaware.

The documents, compiled during Biden’s decades in the United States Senate, were given to the university library as a gift, and though it is still unknown whether the collection contained classified material, the move was a sensitive enough matter for White House lawyers to get involved.

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Secret CCP Overseas Police Station in NYC Closed After Reported FBI Raid

Authored by Andrew Thornebrooke via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A covert overseas police station run by the Chinese regime in New York has been shuttered following a reported raid by the FBI.

“The FBI has confirmed that the ‘overseas police station’ in New York linked to Fuzhou has closed,” a State Department spokesperson said in an email to The Epoch Times.

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Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Might be Headed to East Coast

Update (2143ET):

The City of Billings is aware of a video circulating social media of what appears to be an explosion in the sky. However, city officials confirmed with the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and Governor Greg Gianforte there have been no explosions in Montana airspace.

“They are aware of the video, and it can not be substantiated,” the City said.

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Ted Cruz Puts DC on Notice, Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Impose Term Limits on Congress

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) introduced a bill to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. Senators to two six-year terms and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms after the date of its enactment.

The bill would be constructed as a constitutional amendment. Ted Cruz said: “Term limits are critical to fixing what’s wrong with Washington, D.C. The Founding Fathers envisioned a government of citizen legislators who would serve for a few years and return home, not a government run by a small group of special interests and lifelong, permanently entrenched politicians who prey upon the brokenness of Washington to govern in a manner that is totally unaccountable to the American people.

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Trump Offers Simple Solution for Chinese Balloon: Shoot it Down

President Donald Trump has offered a simple solution to the suspicious Chinese balloon that is currently maneuvering above America.

“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON,” Trump wrote in a Friday morning post to Truth Social.

Trump was weighing in on the suspected Chinese spy balloon hovering above the northern United States by joining calls on Democrat President Joe Biden and his administration to “shoot” it down.

Why the Biden admin hasn’t yet shot it down is unclear.

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Tyre Nichols Death: Memphis Police Officer Who Allegedly Used Taser Fired, ‘Departmentally Charged’

Memphis police said that it has departmentally charged another officer after the Jan. 7 traffic stop which sent Tyre Nichols to a local hospital, where he died days later.

The Memphis Police Department said in a statement that officer Preston Hemphill is being terminated and has been departmentally charged with “multiple” violations of policy. A spokesperson for the MPD told Fox News Digital on Friday that Hemphill “was just terminated today.”

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Virginia Man Convicted of Supporting ISIS Accused of Meeting With ‘American Talban’

A Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago for providing support to the Islamic State is accused of violating his release by meeting with convicted American Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh.

The FBI took photos of Ali Shukri Amin meeting with Lindh on three different occasions for about three hours, according to court documents. Under the terms of his release, Shukri is barred from meeting with known extremists.

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Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin Has 56% Approval Rating, New Survey

Virginia GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin has a 56% approval rating among state voters, according to a recently released survey.

The Mason Dixon survey released Thursday shows Youngkin’s approval rating his highest since taking office last year.

Thirty-one percent of those surveyed disapproved of the governor’s job performance.

Youngkin won the Virginia gubernatorial election in 2021, running on a pro-parent and anti-tax platform.

He is the state’s first GOP-elected governor since 2013.

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Vote to Condemn the ‘Horrors of Socialism’ Splits Dems: 109 Vote for it, 86 Vote Against

A vote on language condemning the “horrors of socialism” split House Democrats on Thursday, which one Republican said reveals a soft spot some Democrats have for a political philosophy that has resulted in impoverishment and death for hundreds of millions of people.

Republicans called up the resolution as a way to remind the public that socialist policies — which they fear have been creeping into American life after two years of Democrat control in Washington — go against the values on which America was founded. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., said Thursday that socialism is “one of the most destructive ideologies in world history.”

As expected, the resolution split Democrats, as some have openly described themselves as adherents of “democratic socialism.” As a group, Democrats narrowly voted in favor of the resolution by a 109-86 tally, even though every Democrat who debated the bill spoke against the resolution.

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Alberta Government Mandates Free Speech Reporting for Universities

The Alberta government will require post-secondary institutions to provide annual free speech reporting to Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides after the University of Lethbridge cancelled a controversial speaker earlier this week.

On Monday, the University Lethbridge caved to public pressure and cancelled a speaker who questioned whether abuses against Indigenous children amounted to cultural genocide.

Nicolaides said it is “abundantly clear” that more needs to be done to ensure post-secondary institutions are adequately protecting free speech

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Canadian ‘Solidarity’ Means No LNG for EU

Western energy solidarity is running out of steam. Canada is currently offering a chilling example of how Western “partners” should not treat each other.

When the EU announced its renunciation of Russian gas supplies in response to the war in Ukraine in spring 2022, all European governments praised the switch to liquefied natural gas — also known as LNG gas — as a great (and much more expensive) alternative.

The US and Canada, among others, were touted as suppliers who should step in to make up for the sanctioned Russian gas deliveries.

While the American LNG industry is now benefiting greatly from the loss of Russian competition, Canada is no longer sticking to its earlier aid commitments. The country does not want to build transhipment terminals for shipping LNG gas to Europe — citing concerns about “climate protection”.

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Canadian Senator Blasts Censorship Bill

Canadian Senator David Adams Richards is sounding alarm bells around Bill C-11 as a tool of censorship, as the legislation is entering the final part of the debate in Canada’s Senate.

C-11 is the successor to Bill C-10 designed to amend the Broadcasting Act, which failed in 2021 amid a flurry of criticism regarding the way it sought to regulate online platforms.

Richards was a vocal critic of C-10 as well, saying at one point during the debate two years ago that it didn’t need amendments, but “a stake through the heart” — which, figuratively speaking, it eventually received.

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Controversial Bill C-11 Passes Through Senate

The Liberal government’s controversial “Online Streaming Bill” has passed through the Senate.

On Thursday, the Senate approved Bill C-11, otherwise known as the “Online Streaming Bill,” which has drawn a variety of criticisms, including from leading Canadian novelists and tech giant YouTube.

Bill C-11 will now head back to the House of Commons, where members vote over passing it into law.

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Liberals Withdraw Amendment Banning Hunting Rifles and Shotguns

The Liberals have withdrawn a controversial amendment to Bill C-21, which would ban numerous models of rifles and shotguns used by hunters and farmers in Canada.

Bill C-21, which cements the Liberals’ ban on handguns, is before the House of Commons public safety committee. Last year, a Liberal MP introduced an amendment banning in criminal law, rather than regulations, any rifle or shotgun that could accept a magazine with more than five rounds, regardless of whether it has such a magazine.

In practice, this would prohibit hundreds of types of guns used by hunters and farmers, as well as short-shooters.

The amendment was widely condemned by gun owners, including many from Indigenous nations.

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Toronto School Board Ditches Shakespeare for Virtue-Signalling Indigenous Course

Friends, Romans Countrymen Lend me Your Ears.

This was the most Unkindest Cut of all, says Antony in the famous Shakespearean classic, Julius Caesar.

In our case, the “unkindest cut” is the Toronto District School Board’s decision Wednesday evening to cut what many are calling “Eurocentric, colonial” classics from Grade 11 English and mandate a course called Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Metis and Inuit Voices.

Notice I said it will be “mandatory,” not an elective one can choose, meaning all Grade 11 students will have a school year of virtue signaling rammed down their throats.

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Confidence in German Army’s Ability to Repel an Attack Fall to Record Low

The confidence of Germans in their armed forces has reached the lowest point on record, according to a survey conducted annually by Infratest dimap for the Die Welt newspaper.

More Germans than ever expressed concerns over the Bundeswehr’s ability to repel an attack on the country or one of its allies, and they believe deficiencies in the armed forces’ equipment and procurement system are greatly stifling Germany’s military capabilities.

Just 35 percent of respondents claimed to have “very great” or “great” trust in the Bundeswehr as a whole, the lowest number to be recorded by the survey, which has existed for the past 25 years.

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EU Leadership Holds Summit in Kiev Under Air Raid Sirens as Zelensky Urges Fast-Tracked Membership

A handful of top European Union officials gathered in Kiev with Ukraine’s leadership on Friday under the sound of air raid sirens for a risky summit at a moment Ukraine is pushing to be fast-tracked for entry into the bloc. Though far from the front line fighting in the east and south, the capital has seen sporadic airstrikes over the past months, but none have been recorded thus far Friday while the summit is being held.

“There will be no let up in our resolve. We will also support you every step of the way on your journey to the EU,” EU chairman Charles Michel wrote on Twitter Friday, with a photo of him in the capital’s iconic central square. But Zelensky does has a specific timeline in mind, which he voiced Thursday after initial talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Finland Police Claim to Have Shut Down Qur’an Burning Protest

Finnish police claim to have shut down a protest that would have seen a copy of the Islamic Qur’an set on fire as part of a demonstration against the country joining the NATO alliance.

The Helsinki Police Department stated this week that there had been a plan to burn a copy of the Qur’an in the city last week during an anti-NATO demonstration but the intentions were reported to authorities ahead of the protest.

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French Police Arrest Suspect Over Bomb Threat on High-Speed Train — Report

French police arrested a suspect after receiving threats of a terrorist attack with explosives on a high-speed train going from Colmar to Paris, French media reported on Friday.

The suspect was detained by an armed police officer traveling on the train, the local broadcaster reported.

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Germany Open to Idea West Behind Nord Stream Sabotage With “Aim of Blaming it on Russia”

In surprising bit of candid investigative reporting out of mainstream media, The Times asked the question this week: who attacked the Nord Stream pipelines? In an honest and objective fashion, the premier British paper writes, “In this global whodunnit, the US, Russia and even Britain have all been suspects.”

Naturally, the collective West rushed to blame Russia for sabotaging its own natural gas delivery infrastructure in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 26 blasts underneath the Baltic Sea.

The most important twist to the West’s narrative that is featured in the Times report concerns Germany. Its officials say they are now “open to theories” that the sabotage attack was conducted by a Western country “with the aim of blaming it on Russia.”

The key passage comments on the ongoing German investigation, deemed to have made little progress for lack of evidence as to who was behind the three blasts that disabled the pipelines. Germany, writes The Times, has “yet to uncover any compelling evidence” pointing to Russia, and it remains that the German investigation is “open to theories that a Western state carried out the bombing with the aim of blaming it on Russia.”

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How France Became the Unlikely Home of the Insect-Farming Industry

The country is known for its love of meat. Could the growing insect industry help to reduce agricultural carbon emissions?

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I Have Nothing Against a New Iron Curtain in Europe if it Protects Against Russia, Says Polish President

Polish President Andrzej Duda has insisted he does not have anything against a new iron curtain in Europe if it protects countries from Russia’s imperial policy.

Duda offered his remarks following a meeting in Riga with his Latvian counterpart, Egils Levits, during which he discussed the current security challenges facing the continent.

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Polish Farmers Block Roads in Protest Against Grain Imports From Ukraine

In the Polish village of Dorohusk, just two miles from the Ukrainian border, Polish farmers protested on Thursday by blocking the road for several hours and stopping trucks from Ukraine to block the import of grain. Farmers claim Ukrainian grain, which was to be transported through Poland to reach other global markets, is being sold on the Polish market.

Several hundred protesters gathered at the site near the border crossing at Dorohusk, and in the town of Staszów, tractors blocked a rail terminal at which, they claimed, grain from Ukraine was being off-loaded and sold in Poland, undercutting Polish farmers.

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Sweden Will Not be Allowed to Join NATO Until Qur’an Burning is Banned: Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that unless Sweden bans the burning of the Islamic Qur’an, he will not agree to the country’s bid for membership in the NATO military alliance.

President Erdogan stated this week that Turkey will refuse to give a green light for Swedish membership in NATO as long as it remains legal for people to burn copies of the Islamic holy book following a recent burning of the Qur’an last month.

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Swedish Agency Warns of Increased Terrorism Threat

The Swedish Agency for Psychological Defense has warned that Sweden is in the crosshairs of foreign actors who are spreading messages that the country is a legitimate target for terror attacks.

Mikael Tofvesson, head of the operations department at the Swedish Agency for Psychological Defense, stated earlier this week that attitudes toward Sweden abroad were becoming more and more aggressive.

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UK: Sikh Who Tried to Assassinate Queen With Crossbow Pleads Guilty to Treason

A Sikh man who sought to assassinate the late Queen Elizabeth II with a crossbow at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day has pleaded guilty to treason.

Jaswant Singh Chail, who is of South Asian heritage, pleaded guilty to “making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon, and an offence under the 1842 Treason Act” during the incident at the end of 2021, according to a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) press release.

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UK’s “Nudge Unit” Recommends Various Online Psychological Manipulations When People Shop and Travel to Push a “Net Zero Society”

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) — started by the UK government to then in late 2021 become owned by Nesta, which describes itself as an independent charity focused on innovation — has a new report out.

And while its authors present it as a useful “guide” toward building “a net zero society,” what observers critical of this content have taken away from it is that it is promoting, and detailing, various forms of psychological manipulation of people.

The problem that Behavioural Insights Team (aka, “Nudge Unit”) has found for itself to solve is a part of the climate change narrative, where achieving “net zero” means doing away with greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hungary Calls for Closer Ties With New Israeli Government, Ready to Consider Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Hungary would consider moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem should Israel make such a request, Balazs Orban, advisor to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, told the Israel Hayom newspaper in a recent interview.

“Above all, we believe that Hungary and Israel are strategic partners and friends. We very much hope that Israel will follow a good course and wish it every success. If there is anything we can do for Israel, let us know,” Balazs Orban said. “I think Israel needs its own course, just as we need ours,” he added.

The Hungarian leader’s advisor spoke about how “national-religious ideology” is close to his heart.

“It’s an ideological movement in the Western world, formulated by an Israeli-American, Yoram Hazony, who says that conservatism in modern times can only be linked to positive nationalism,” Orban told the newspaper.

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Leader of NATO Turkey: Giving Ukraine Tanks ‘High Risk’ And Lines the Pockets of Arms Makers

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the strongman leader of NATO member Turkey, has expressed misgivings about sending Ukraine advanced weapons such as tanks, and suggested it is about filling the arms industry’s pockets.

“Certain countries have been sending tanks and weapons to the Ukraine — is this the solution [to the conflict]?” the Turkish leader asked in comments translated by government-owned broadcaster TRT World, referring to initiatives first by the British government and then by the Joe Biden administration and a group of Western governments with German-made Leopard 2 tanks to bolster the Ukrainian military with Western armour.

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Head of Polish Orthodox Church Backs Russian Patriarch Kiril, Appears to Lend Support to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine

The letter from the Polish orthodox cleric was issued on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Kiril being installed as the Patriarch in Moscow. Its contents appear to indicate that Polish Archbishop Sawa supports Russia’s actions in Ukraine. He accused the Ukrainians of trying to destroy the Russian Orthodox Church.

“The enemy of the faith does not like the stability of the Church — he tries to destroy it. What happened in Ukraine testifies to this,” wrote Archbishop Sava to Kiril.

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NYT Claims Russian Troop Deaths Nearing 200K, Far Surpassing All Prior Estimates

By late last year, US officials as well as most reports emerging in international media estimated that in total 200,000 Russian and Ukrainian troops had been killed since the start of the Ukraine invasion. In November and December, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had offered up to that point the highest estimate thus far of 200,000 from both sides, also saying 40,000 civilians had been killed. There was reason even at that time to doubt this highest-end estimate, especially when compared to reports compiled by other international monitors.

But The New York Times has issued a report this week citing Western officials who now say that close to 200,000 troops have been killed on the Russian side alone.

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Oh-So Woke Firm Has Made £500 Million Selling Ice Cream in Russia Since the Ukraine War Began: Campaigners Claim Unilever Provides Vladimir Putin With Enough Funds for 17,000 Soldiers as MPs Brand Firm ‘Disgusting’ For Continuing to Trade in Warring State

Unilever, which also makes Domestos bleach and Hellmann’s mayonnaise, has refused to shut up shop — making it one of the few Western firms remaining.

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Putin Warns Western Elite Against Supporting Ukraine, Vows Russian Response Will Not be Just ‘Tank and Armor’

Vladimir Putin has warned Western allies of Ukraine that Russia will retaliate against those directly involving themselves in the war, and such a response will not be limited to just “tanks and armor.”

The Russian president used an address on the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi forces at Stalingrad on Thursday to issue his country’s chilling response to the latest military and financial support allied countries have offered to Kyiv in a bid to repel Russian forces.

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Russia Running Out of Prisoners to Use as Cannon Fodder With Less Frequent Human Wave Attacks

The frequency of “human wave” Russian attacks has decreased over the last month, according to anecdotal evidence from Ukrainian troops provided to Britain’s defense ministry.

Russia recruited tens of thousands of convicts from its prison population, promising them amnesty after serving in the war. However, huge numbers of Russian prisoners have effectively been used as cannon fodder to protect Wagner paramilitary personnel during Russian advances into the Donbas.

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Ukraine Says Russia Mustering 500,000 Troops on Borders for New Major Offensive

The Ukrainian government is sounding the alarm ahead of the upcoming one-year Feb.24 anniversary of the Russian invasion, saying that Kremlin forces are amassing more troops on the border in preparation for a major new offensive. The warnings comes amid widespread reports that Russian forces are gearing up for an inevitable Spring offensive.

In a Wednesday interview with a French media outlet Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov claimed that Putin has ordered a whopping 500,000 troops to ready the new assault in the coming weeks.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Blinken Calls Out China for ‘Irresponsible Act’ In Phone Call With CCP Official

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China committed an “irresponsible act” by deploying a surveillance balloon over the northern United States.

Blinken said that he made clear China is acting irresponsibly during a phone call with Director of the CCP Central Foreign Affairs Office Wang Yi on Friday.

“I made clear that the presence of this surveillance balloon in U.S. airspace is a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law, that it’s an irresponsible act and that the PRC decision to take this action on the eve of my planned visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have,” Blinken said.

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Australia’s Central Bank Ditches British Monarchy

For decades, Elizabeth II accompanied Australians in their daily shopping — on the five-dollar banknote. But the popular monarch will be removed, because the central bank of Australia now wants to bring the culture of “First Australians” to paper money.

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‘Fake News’ ABC Report Claiming an Alice Springs Crime Meeting Was a Gathering of ‘White Supremacists’ Is Finally Acted on: ‘Rubbish Reporting — Throw the Book at Them’

A Liberal senator is lodging a formal complaint against the ABC’s ‘white supremacy’ coverage of Alice Springs’ crisis meeting, calling it ‘distorted’ and ‘rubbish reporting’

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How Chinese Students Are Fuelling Australia’s Rental Crisis as Six Cram Into a Tiny Unit for $14,000 a Month: They Reveal Why They Still Want to Live Here — and Only Socialise With Each Other

Up to 50,000 Chinese students are set to flood into Australia, sparking fears the study visa tidal wave will fuel soaring rental prices — with some students paying almost $14,000 a month for a unit.

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How the Multi-Million Dollar Crime Empire of Feared Melbourne Kingpin Known as ‘Cross’ Was Smashed — As More Than a Dozen of His Alleged Gang Members Face Court

More than a dozen alleged members of feared prison crime boss George Marrogi’s gang have been busted after his girlfriend used a ‘hot’ phone during jailhouse calls to him inside.

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Pentagon Says Another Chinese Spy Balloon is Traveling Over Latin America

The U.S. government says another Chinese spy balloon is traveling over Latin America.

“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News Friday night. “We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon.”

Ryder said during a briefing Thursday the U.S. government detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental U.S.

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Biden’s Border Crisis Costs Municipalities $202 Billion

In a recent post, I discussed statements New York City Mayor Eric Adams has made on CBS News concerning the crisis that has swept 43,000 migrants from the Southwest border into his city. As I noted, Adams claimed that NYC would need $2.8 billion in the next fiscal year to handle the flow — a rate of $65,116.27 per migrant. Given that 3.1 million migrants have entered the United States illegally and either evaded apprehension or been caught and released by DHS since Biden took office, that totals out to more than $195 billion in new annual municipal costs — a figure that rises by at least $159 million per day. Caring for migrants plainly ain’t cheap, and detention would be cheaper.

Illegal Entries Under Biden. Since February 2021 (the month after Joe Biden became president) through the end of November 2022, Border Patrol agents at the Southwest border have apprehended more than 4.2 million illegal migrants.

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DeSantis Eyes Program to Transport More Migrants From Florida: Memo

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will reportedly use a special session of the state legislature next week to push for an “Unauthorized Alien Transport Program” to expand on the practice of transporting illegal migrants to pro-migration, left-wing strongholds.

House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) sent separate memos to lawmakers outlining the agenda, according to Politico.

While they did not specify the details of the program or any related proposals, they acknowledged that the initiative stemmed from a surge in maritime migrants entering the United States via the Florida Keys. The governor activated the Florida National Guard earlier this month to aid federal authorities in tackling the surge.

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Sweden: Syrian Migrants Receive ‘Lowest Possible Sentences, ‘ Avoid Deportation for Brutal Gang Rape

A group of migrants who were convicted of brutally gang-raping a woman in Sweden received very lax sentences and will not face deportation, according to reports.

The horrifying attack unfolded on the night of October 22 in the culturally-enriched city of Malmö.

A young woman was on her way home when she was ambushed by five males who dragged her into a nearby park and carried out a vicious sexual assault and robbery, as Infowars Europe reported at the time.

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Canada: National Arts Centre Hosting Drag Queen Storytime for Kids

A free all-ages drag queen storytime featuring performers who do x-rated content will be held at the National Arts Centre (NAC). This comes after the federal theatre had to back out of a plan to provide a performance to an exclusively black audience over accusations of segregation.

On February 8, drag performers Cyril Cinder and China Doll will be reading to children while in drag.

“Join in on the family pride fun with Drag Storytime at The National Arts Centre! Hosted with stories by China Doll and Cyril Cinder with Children’s tunes by Monkey Rock Music, this will be a fun event for all!” the Capital Pride page explains.

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Exclusive: Womb Transplants for Trans Women Are ‘Very Likely in the Near Future’, Claim Top Fertility Experts… So Here’s How World-First Op Would be Carried Out

EXCL: MailOnline delves into the controversial world of womb transplants for transwomen, a procedure that could pave the way for the first ever biological male becoming pregnant and give birth.

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Exclusive: Ontario High School Student Kicked Out of Catholic School for Saying There Are Only Two Sexes, Staging Same-Sex Bathroom Protest

An Ontario high school student is not allowed to attend his Catholic school for the remainder of the year because he expressed the belief that God created only two sexes, with the school arguing that his presence would be “detrimental to the physical and mental well-being” of transgender students.

Josh Alexander, 16, has not been permitted to attend St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew, Ontario since last November when he organized a protest in support of the right of female students to have single-sex washrooms after two girls had confided in him that they were uncomfortable sharing spaces with trans-identified male students.

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Former Trans Kid Shares Agony of Side Effects From ‘Mutilating’ Medical Transition: ‘I’Ve Gotten No Help’

A former transgender kid who detransitioned after having a double mastectomy told Fox News Digital that she was worried about living with the painful side effects of the “gender-affirming” medical interventions for the rest of her life.

“At this point, I’m far from whole. I’m far from healed. I’m still processing and dealing with what I went through,” Chloe Cole, 18, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

“I’ve lost all my trust in my health care provider and possibly even health care,” she said.

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‘Gender Neutral’ Bathroom Ruled ‘More Favorable to Men’ In UK Discrimination Case

A UK employment tribunal has found that a woman was discriminated against when her workplace provided her with a makeshift gender-neutral bathroom, ruling that the facility was inadequate because of the risk of coming across a man at the urinal.

Karen Miller was told by her employer to put a sign on the door of the men’s bathroom while she was using it, and even had to wait for the local Leceistershire council to provide a sanitary bin for the single cubicle, reports the Daily Mail.

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Hungarian Constitutional Court Upholds Name-Change Ban for Transgenders

The Hungarian Constitutional Court (AB) ruled on Thursday that a 2022 law prohibiting name changes for transsexuals in official documents is not against the country’s fundamental law.

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Ron DeSantis Files Legal Complaint Against Orlando Foundation for Allegedly Sexualizing Kids With Drag Show

Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is making good on his plan to punish Florida establishments that allow sexualized drag shows to be attended by young children.

The governor filed a six-count legal complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic Foundation for “exposing minor children to lewd sexual acts during a drag show that took place in Orlando on December 28,” local outlet “The Floridian” reported Friday.

According to the report, the complaint should result in the state revoking the institution’s liquor license.

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Satanic Temple Opens Abortion Clinic Where Patients Undergo ‘Religious Ritual’ Before Pregnancy Termination

The Satanic Temple has created a telehealth abortion clinic in New Mexico called “Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic” that will provide abortion inducing drugs to anyone who completes their Satanic religious ritual, a health screening, and a virtual appointment.

According to the clinic’s website, “Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic is an online clinic that provides religious medication abortion care. The clinic provides abortion medication via mail to those in New Mexico who wish to perform The Satanic Temple’s Religious Abortion Ritual.’

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Should Brain Dead Women be Kept ‘Alive’ And Used as Surrogates? Expert Floats Idea of Organ Donor-Style Arrangement So Women Can Agree to Letting Their Body be Used to Give Childless Couples a Chance at Having a Baby

Dr Anna Smajdor, an associate professor in philosophy at the University of Oslo, suggested that brain dead women could be used as surrogates.

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This Should Alarm You

ChatGPT: Why should you care? Why is this important?

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Update to “Sims” Video Game Features Teen Trans Characters With Chestbinders, Breast Removal Scars

A new update to the popular “Sims” video game, where the player controls communities of simulated characters, now features transgender characters replete with chest binders and scars from having their breasts surgically removed.

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WHO Releases International Pandemic Treaty Zero Draft That Targets “Misinformation” And “Disinformation”

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a zero draft of its international pandemic treaty which will give the unelected global health agency new powers to “tackle” anything that it deems to be “false, misleading, misinformation or disinformation” if passed.

The WHO has been pushing the treaty since December 2021 and those drafting the treaty intend to present a final report to the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO’s decision-making body, in May 2024.

If adopted, the treaty will be legally binding under international law and the WHO’s 194 member states (which represent 98% of all the countries in the world) would be required to comply with the treaty’s demands to target misinformation.

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    THAI PRINCESS COMA MYSTERY – WORLD EXPERT SAYS IT’S A COVID JAB INJURY

    https://www.extremelyamerican.com/post/thai-princess-bajrakitiyabha-remains-in-a-coma-microbiologist-bhakdi-says-it-s-a-covid-jab-injury

    February 3, 2023:

    44-Year-old Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand collapsed suddenly while out walking her dogs on 14 December last year.

    According to sources she had not felt well after receiving her 3rd booster. After her collapse she lost consciousness and remains in a coma. According to a report in The Independent, she is ‘on medical equipment supporting her heart, lungs and kidneys.’

    Princess Bajrakitiyabha is the eldest child of current King Rama X. The law graduate is a senior diplomat in the Thai government.

    The Thai palace confirmed she had suffered a ‘heart issue’. But the explanation given by the authorities and a local university that it was caused by a bacterial infection has been called ‘ridiculous’ by medical expert Professor Sucharit Bhakdi.

    Thai-born Bhakdi, a former professor of microbiology at the University of Mainz in Germany had a celebrated career in medical science as a world expert on the immune system and arterial disease, until mainstream narratives and ‘fact checkers’ labelled him a ‘conspiracy theorist’ for his strong opposition to the COVID ‘vaccines’.

    According to Bhakdi, who claims he and his contacts have been in direct contact with the Thai Royal Family over the matter, the princess’ collapse was an adverse reaction to the COVID jab. She was previously healthy with no known medical conditions.

    Speaking on the ‘neutralswiss‘ Rumble channel yesterday, Bhakdi said:

    ‘This whole COVID-19 agenda is a fake… And I was able to lay out for them the proof that the COVID vaccinations were based on fraud… The EMA declared that safety pharmacological studies were never performed – never. And they were never deemed necessary. So now we have it. So, when I told the Thais this, you know guys, they jumped up. They jumped up in the room. And so they said to me ‘we will see to it that Thailand is the first country in the world that is going to declare this contract null… Which means that Pfizer BioNTech is going to have to pay back those billions to Thailand, with which Thailand will recompensate those peoples that have lost their existence…

    One daughter of the present king Rama X collapsed and is in a coma… within 23 days after the third shot, 44 years old, never been seriously ill, collapsed and is now in a coma. The diagnosis that was given by the authorities and by the university is so ridiculous – she’s supposed to have a bacterial infection that will never do what she suffered from. And so we are determined, and the activists in Thailand who have been on this many many months now – great guys, also a professor from the University of Bangkok, he’s gotten in touch with the Royal Family, and we are sending information to the Royal Family to alert them to the fact that in all probability the princess is suffering as a victim of this jab, as so many people around the world have been suffering.’
    Professor Sucharit Bhakdi – Full Interview

    Source: Daily Telegraph – New Zealand

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    Cologne record in the US – amid alleged crisis

    Published 4 February 2023

    A new cold record has been set on Mount Washington in the US, NBC Boston reports.

    The US National Weather Service (NWS) says the temperature at one of the highest points in the northeastern US has dropped to minus 75.5 degrees Celsius.

    This means that the old record from 2004 of minus 75 degrees has been broken.

    The NWS has issued warnings for severe cold temperatures in areas of the northeastern United States.

    In some places, temperatures could drop to dangerous levels over the weekend, according to the agency.

    This could pose a potential life-threatening threat to residents in the affected areas.

    On August 24, 1960, Russian scientists measured the temperature at minus 88.3 degrees – in Antarctica. That’s the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

    The lowest temperature recorded at an official Swedish weather station is -52.6° in Vuoggatjålme in the central Lapland mountains. Not only Vuoggatjålme had a record cold, but also a number of other stations.

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