Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/1/2023

A union official has warned the Biden administration that railroad workers at the site of the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio are getting sick from their exposure to toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, a forestry worker reports that hundreds of wild animals have been found dead in Ohio’s parks.

In other news, a Brazilian man suspected of cannibalism was detained at a Portuguese airport while carrying a suitcase filled with pieces of meat.

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Financial Crisis
» House Bill Requiring Biden to Provide Inflation Estimates Passes With Large Democrat Support
» US Bankruptcy Filings Surge at Fastest Pace Since 2009
 
USA
» “You Are Killing Us!”: Southern California Gas Seeks 13 Percent Monthly Bill Increase
» Animals Dying Across Ohio State Parks After East Palestine Train Derailment
» Arrest Made in Execution Style Shooting in Broad Daylight That Rocked St Louis
» Atlanta Homeless Man Indicted in Deadly Stabbing of Grandma in Buckhead Enclave Pushing to Secede Over Crime
» Biden Pentagon Official Says it’s Not Clear How Much Taxpayer Aid Will be Needed for Ukraine
» California Gov. Newsom Ends Use of COVID Emergency Powers
» Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Reacts to Election Loss, Says She Was Treated Unfairly Because of Her Race, Gender
» Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown Announces Resignation
» Chuck Grassley Warns Bidens: Congress Has a Dozen Whistleblowers With Dirt on Hunter
» Crime Turned Portland Into a ‘Hollowed Out Shell.’ Its Neighbors Are Trying to Keep it From Happening to Them
» Cruz Accuses Garland of Politicizing DOJ, AG Fires Back in Heated Exchange
» DC Officer Who Struck Protesters With Flagpole on Jan. 6 Bragged ‘That Was My Best Weapon’
» East Palestine Train Derailment Site Workers Are Getting Sick, Union Says
» Ex-Google AI Expert Says That ‘Unhinged’ AI is the ‘Most Powerful Technology’ Since ‘The Atomic Bomb’
» Fauci’s Net Worth Increased 65% During Pandemic, Probe Finds
» Florida Sees Surge in Law Enforcement Recruits as Departments Across the Country Struggle
» Georgia Officials Confronted With Key Questions as Wealthy Atlanta Suburb Pushes to Secede
» Ghislaine Maxwell Moved to Solitary Confinement After Declaring Epstein ‘Was Murdered’
» Hakeem Jeffries Tries to Link China Select Committee to ‘Xenophobic Activity’ From ‘Extreme MAGA Republicans’
» House Panel Votes to Give Biden Power to Ban TikTok: ‘Spy Balloon Into Their Phone’
» House Subcommittee Sets Date for First Hearing on COVID Origins Following FBI’s Lab Leak Admission
» Kari Lake Files Election Integrity Case With the Arizona Supreme Court
» Liz Cheney to Teach Politics at the University of Virginia After Losing Reelection
» Multiple Officers Shot, Police in Standoff in Kansas City
» New Orleans Residents Warn ‘Don’t Sit in Your Car’ as Carjackings Spike a Shocking 165%
» New Polls Show Trump Bump, Widening Lead Over DeSantis With GOP Voters
» Pennsylvania Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Bring Explosive on Flight
» Pentagon Investigates, Gives All Clear Over Ukraine Fraud Allegations
» Race-Faking Muslim Who Was White Until Boarding School Resigns as an Inclusion Officer at a Quaker-Founded Social Justice Firm — a Week After She Was Outed for Lying About Her Heritage
» Reporter Booted From Lori Lightfoot Briefings Celebrates End of Left-Wing Mayor’s ‘Destructive’ Reign
» Researchers Use AI to Flag “Misinformation” In Podcasts, Call for Tech Companies and Regulators to “Meet This Challenge”
» Second Circuit is Asked to Strike Down Restrictions to Connecticut Attorneys’ Speech
» Senate Kills Biden ESG Investment Rule in Stunning Rebuke
» Senate Unanimously Votes to Declassify Wuhan Lab Leak Intelligence
» Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
» Top Democrat Reveals ‘Literally Hundreds’ of Congressional Dems Don’t Want Biden as 2024 Nominee
» Top Harvard Professor Schools ‘Vaccine Fanatics’ on Natural Immunity During COVID Hearing
» Twitter Reinstates Mike Lee After Brief Suspension
» US State Department Funded Website Blacklist of Outlets That Reported Lab Leak Theory
» Watch: Sen. Hawley Exposes Biden Archivist Nominee With Her Own Past Partisan Tweets
» Woody Harrelson Doubles Down, Slams COVID Mandates: US is “Not a Free Country”
 
Canada
» Report: Prince Harry to Livestream Struggle Session With Trauma Doctor
 
Europe and the EU
» Axel Springer CEO Warns AI May ‘Simply Replace’ Most Journalism Jobs
» European Antiwar Protests Grow as Fears of NATO vs Russia Spiral
» Finland’s Parliament Overwhelmingly Backs Final Approval for NATO Bid
» Germany: Scientists Raise Alarm as Study Links mRNA Shots to Brain & Heart Damage
» Greece Train Crash Kills Dozens, Minister Resigns, Station Manager Arrested
» Hungarian MPs Lack Enthusiasm Over Sweden and Finland NATO Bids, Orban Warns
» Italy: New Leader of the Social Democrats is One of Soros’ ‘Preferred Politicians’
» Italy: Women Will be the ‘First Victims’ of Far-Left Gender Ideology, Meloni Warns
» Man Suspected of Cannibalism Detained at Airport After Police Found ‘Pieces of Meat’ in Suitcase
» Norway: Watch: Greta Thunberg Hauled Off by Police During Anti-Wind Turbine Protest
» Poland Likely to be Richer Than Italy, France, And Spain by 2030, Says British Commentator
» Polish Police Refuse Media Request to Publish Nationalities of Foreign Criminals
» Swiss Rap Concert Evacuated After Jihadi Terror Threats
» The Bell is Tolling for Poland’s Judicial Elite
» The EU is Pro-War and Wants Ukraine Conflict to Continue, Says Hungarian State Secretary
» UK: Student Who Refused to Enter Arranged Marriage Was Stabbed in the Chest With a Metal Spike by Her Uncle and Dumped on Industrial Site in ‘Honour Killing’, Murder Trial Hears
 
Russia
» Explosions Rock Airfield in Russian-Occupied Melitopol and City of Polohy
» Ukraine War: ‘We Conquered the Winter Terror’ of Russian Bombardment, Says Foreign Minister
» Zelensky Floats ‘Strategic Pullback’ From Bakhmut After Pouring in Huge Amount of Reserve Forces
» Zelensky: If Ukraine Loses, Americans ‘Will Have to Send Their Sons and Daughters’ To War and ‘They Will be Dying’
 
Australia — Pacific
» Gruesome New Details About How a Celeb Chauffeur Was Gunned Down Execution Style in His Mercedes SUV Outside a Gym as His Young Son Screamed in Horror: ‘Help, My Dad’s Been Shot’
» Petrol and Diesel Car Drivers Could Now be Fined Up to $2,200 Under a New Road Rule That Every Aussie Needs to Know About
» ‘White Elephant’ COVID Quarantine Facility That Housed 730 People and Cost Taxpayers More Than $220million is Ditched by State Government
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Privacy Activists Lament After Biometrics Are Used at Nigerian Polls
 
Immigration
» Ben & Jerry’s Called for Open Borders While Exploiting Migrant Children
» Exclusive: Arizona Rancher Who Shot ‘Cartel Drug Smuggler’ Dead on His Property Made ‘30 to 40’ Calls to Border Patrol in January Alone — as Photos Show Nearby Roads Littered With Clothes and Trash Left Behind by Migrants
» Exclusive: BBC Defends ‘Report’ Attacking Japan for Refusing Mass Migration
» Germany: Man Thrown Off Train Platform by African Migrants Demanding Cigarettes
» Homelessness Up Over a Quarter in England as Govt Puts Up Thousands of Migrants in Hotels
» Migrants Paid 8K Euros Each to People Smugglers Before Fatal Sinking Off Italian Coast That Left 67 Dead
» Police Use ‘Violence’ Against People Protesting Planned Migrant Centre in German Town
» Salvini Slams Left-Wing Media for Accusing Italian Coastguard of Letting Migrants Die
» Swiss Families Facing Eviction From Private Residence as State Governments Struggle to Meet Refugee Distribution Quotas
» Tiny UK Patriot Outfit Maps Immivader Garrisons. Why No US Equivalent?
 
Culture Wars
» American College of Ob-Gyns Bans Pro-Life Doctors From Conference: ‘Vague Explanation’
» ‘Mocking Christianity’ — Govt-Funded Statue of Pagan ‘Amazonian Love God’ Planned Outside UK Cathedral
» New Florida Bill Bans Gender Pronouns in Schools, Defines Biological Sex as ‘Binary’
» New Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Trailer Shocks With Major Character Changes: ‘Diversity Nonsense’
» Pressure Grows to #CancelTheProject: Channel Nine Star Lashes Out at Host Sarah Harris After She Laughed at Lewd Jesus Joke Only to Issue a Solemn Apology 24 Hours Later
» Sen. Hawley Grills AG Garland on Anti-Catholic Bias in the FBI, Raid on Pro-Life Family: ‘Give Me an Answer!’
» UNESCO Propagates ‘Regulation of the Internet’
» ‘Woke’ Teacher Accused of Forcing 5th-Grade Student to be Transgender: ‘I Wanna Kill Myself’
» World Health Organization is Getting Closer to Being Granted Expanded Surveillance Powers
» World Health Organization Pushes for Global Vaccine Passports
 

House Bill Requiring Biden to Provide Inflation Estimates Passes With Large Democrat Support

The House on Wednesday passed an inflation transparency act introduced by New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik with the support of 59 Democrats.

The bill would require the president to publish the inflationary impact of executive orders before they are enacted in response to President Joe Biden’s policies, said Stefanik, the bill sponsor.

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

US Bankruptcy Filings Surge at Fastest Pace Since 2009

For the past year, both the Biden White House and the Fed have been desperate to usher in a (mild) recession in the US to break the back of runaway inflation and the wage-price spiral with little success. But judging by the surge in bankruptcy filings, they are about to get their wish.

One month ago, when looking at the recent pace of large bankruptcy filings (those with more than $50MM in liabilities), we noted a troubling trend: in the first month of the year, the number of US bankruptcies topped 20, the highest in any other January dating back to 2010. Back then, 25 filings were seen as the economy was still reeling from the aftermath of the GFC.

The spike in defaults was not a fluke, and according to Bloomberg data, one month later — as of the end of February — no less than 39 large companies had filed for bankruptcy in the US so far this year, as February’s pace matches that of January; the YTD total represents the fastest pace of companies filing for bankruptcy since the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009. By comparison, US bankruptcy courts had seen 63 large filings at this point in 2009.

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

“You Are Killing Us!”: Southern California Gas Seeks 13 Percent Monthly Bill Increase

Authored by Jill McLaughlin via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

The pain might not be over for southern California gas customers.

As millions recover from exorbitant utility bills, the state is considering Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) request to raise monthly rates by 13.2 percent next year for the 5.9 million households and businesses it serves.

Although the increase is a routine request made by SoCalGas every four years, it comes at a time when many residents are paying as much as 300 percent more for gas.

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

Animals Dying Across Ohio State Parks After East Palestine Train Derailment

After a catastrophic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, early last month, President Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, corporate media outlets, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Environmental Protection Agency, and some local officials have ensured air monitoring and water sample tests show everything is under control.

But is it? Well, not according to the local newspaper Ohio Star. Reporter Hannah Poling said a confidential source told her that a wildlife biologist and consultant for the federal forestry received hundreds of reports over the last several days from forestry workers discovering “hundreds of dead animals in Ohio’s parks.”

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

Arrest Made in Execution Style Shooting in Broad Daylight That Rocked St Louis

Police have arrested 23-year-old Deshawn Thomas in connection to a shooting in broad daylight in downtown St Louis. A shocking video of the shooting was posted to Twitter Monday night before being removed. It has been reposted but cuts off right before the actual murder.

You can see the video below. Syed Sajid told KMOV News 4: “When I came here, I’d seen people standing outside, the guy was on the ground. I heard he was shot from close range.

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

Atlanta Homeless Man Indicted in Deadly Stabbing of Grandma in Buckhead Enclave Pushing to Secede Over Crime

A homeless man was recently indicted for the deadly December stabbing of a grandmother in Buckhead, an Atlanta suburb gunning to secede from the Democrat-run city over soaring violent crime.

Antonio Brown, 23, was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury last week on 12 counts, including murder and armed robbery, in connection to the death of 77-year-old Eleanor Bowles, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.

Bowles was found dead with “multiple lacerations” Dec. 10 in the detached garage next to her home on Paces West Terrace. Police believe the woman caught Brown sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. while he was attempting to steal her 2021 Lexus RX 350, the Atlanta Constitution Journal reported.

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

Biden Pentagon Official Says it’s Not Clear How Much Taxpayer Aid Will be Needed for Ukraine

A top Biden administration defense official on Tuesday said it is not clear how many more rounds of American taxpayer aid will be needed to sustain Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Dr. Colin Kahl, the No. 3 official at the Pentagon was asked during a hearing by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) how many more rounds of aid the Biden administration expects to request for Ukraine.

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

California Gov. Newsom Ends Use of COVID Emergency Powers

Authored by Jill McLaughlin via The Epoch Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom ended his use of COVID emergency powers Feb. 28, three years after the virus first appeared in California.

The milestone ended 1,090 days of operating under special powers that allowed Newsom to make unilateral decisions about the state’s response to the pandemic.

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

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Reacts to Election Loss, Says She Was Treated Unfairly Because of Her Race, Gender

Ousted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot explained away her Tuesday election loss as a result of her being a “Black woman in America.”

Lightfoot faced eight challengers and finished Tuesday night’s election in third place, failing to get enough support to continue into a runoff election. Reporters pressed her on whether she believed she was treated unfairly during the campaign process.

“I’m a Black woman in America. Of course,” she responded, according to reports.

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

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown Announces Resignation

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, leader of one of the nation’s largest police agencies, announced his resignation Wednesday.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement saying Brown informed her of his departure Wednesday.

“I accepted his resignation and want to commend him for his accomplishments not just for the department but the entire city,” she said.

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

Chuck Grassley Warns Bidens: Congress Has a Dozen Whistleblowers With Dirt on Hunter

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has sent a warning shot to the Biden family by revealing that Congress has a dozen whistleblowers who are ready to testify on dirt they have against the Democrat president’s son Hunter.

Grassley divulged the information to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday.

He made the revelation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Garland.

The senator revealed that the breadth of potentially criminal evidence against Hunter Biden has been shared with Congress.

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

Crime Turned Portland Into a ‘Hollowed Out Shell.’ Its Neighbors Are Trying to Keep it From Happening to Them

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ben West remembers when Portland was a funky, artsy “crown jewel of the West Coast” with a great food scene.

“Portland is a hollowed out shell of what it used to be,” said West, a Clackamas County commissioner. “Businesses are fleeing and people are leaving for greener pastures.”

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

Cruz Accuses Garland of Politicizing DOJ, AG Fires Back in Heated Exchange

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got into a heated exchange with Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Cruz accused Garland of politicizing the Justice Department and prosecuting pro-life groups and conservatives more aggressively than liberal groups. Cruz cited mass protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision leaked last year.

“Have you brought a single case against any of these protesters threatening [Justice Brett Kavanaugh]? Have you brought even one?” Cruz asked.

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

DC Officer Who Struck Protesters With Flagpole on Jan. 6 Bragged ‘That Was My Best Weapon’

Authored by Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A Metropolitan Police Department officer wielding a wooden flagpole like a medieval lance inside the U.S. Capitol tunnel on Jan. 6, 2021, later bragged to fellow officers that the long wooden dowel was “my best weapon,” newly released bodycam video shows.

Video recorded by Officer Michael Dowling’s bodycam shows him climbing onto a narrow ledge in the Lower West Terrace tunnel and attacking a woman in a white coat standing near the entrance.

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

East Palestine Train Derailment Site Workers Are Getting Sick, Union Says

A U.S. union official alerted the Biden administration to health problems caused by the Norfolk Southern derailment in February, saying that some workers have become sick.

In a letter obtained by CNBC, union representative Jonathon Long said Wednesday that rail workers have fallen ill at the East Palestine, Ohio, crash site.

“Many other Employees reported that they continue to experience migraines and nausea, days after the derailment, and they all suspect that they were willingly exposed to these chemicals at the direction of NS [Norfolk Southern],” the letter reads.

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

Ex-Google AI Expert Says That ‘Unhinged’ AI is the ‘Most Powerful Technology’ Since ‘The Atomic Bomb’

A software engineer who was fired by Google after he blew the whistle on the danger of artificial intelligence (AI) to the public has turned his attention to Microsoft’s newest AI chatbot, Bing Search.

On Monday, Lemoine targeted Microsoft’s AI in an op-ed for Newsweek, calling the technology behind it “the most powerful technology that has been invented since the atomic bomb. In my view, this technology has the ability to reshape the world.”

Blake Lemoine first made headlines in 2022 after he claimed that Google’s AI chatbot was becoming sentient, and might even have a soul.

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

Fauci’s Net Worth Increased 65% During Pandemic, Probe Finds

An investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci’s finances has uncovered evidence that the former top federal health official’s net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic.

The Washington D.C. watchdog group Open the Books has been investigating Fauci during the time he served as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1984 to 2022 and as the chief medical advisor to Democrat President Joe Biden from 2021 to 2022.

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

Florida Sees Surge in Law Enforcement Recruits as Departments Across the Country Struggle

As police departments across the country struggle to retain officers, Florida announced that law enforcement recruits have doubled since December.

“Thanks to the leadership of @GovRonDeSantis, nearly 1,400 new law enforcement officers — from across Florida & 44 other states — have joined ranks & received a $5k bonus,” Florida first lady Casey DeSantis tweeted Tuesday.

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

Georgia Officials Confronted With Key Questions as Wealthy Atlanta Suburb Pushes to Secede

A move within one of Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to secede and become its own city was dealt a setback when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration raised concerns, saying it could violate state laws.

Kemp executive counsel David Dove outlined around two dozen questions about the constitutionality of the two bills that passed a state Senate committee this week that could allow residents of the Buckhead area to vote on whether they want to split from Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

In a memo, he wrote that they “demand evaluation for the unique constitutional and statutory challenges they pose.” He also called on lawmakers to resolve the issues before moving forward.

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Moved to Solitary Confinement After Declaring Epstein ‘Was Murdered’

Jeffrey Epstein’s convicted sex trafficking accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell has been thrown into solitary confinement in her Florida prison, according to reports.

Maxwell was reportedly taken to solitary confinement by authorities at the Federal Correctional Institute Tallahassee after she declared that dead pedophile Epstein “was murdered.”

She was allegedly punished over a recorded jailhouse interview that aired in January.

Epstein was found dead in a New York jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

His death was officially ruled as a suicide but many believe he was murdered due to the dirt he had on powerful elites.

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

Hakeem Jeffries Tries to Link China Select Committee to ‘Xenophobic Activity’ From ‘Extreme MAGA Republicans’

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has tried to suggest that the new China Select Committee will be used for promoting “xenophobic activity” from “extreme MAGA Republicans.”

The Committee has been established by the Republican majority to investigate the Chinese Communist Party’s influence on American institutions.

However, the Democrats are trying to suggest that investigating the threat from China is “racist.”

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

House Panel Votes to Give Biden Power to Ban TikTok: ‘Spy Balloon Into Their Phone’

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to give President Biden the power to ban TikTok, ramping up scrutiny of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app.

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

House Subcommittee Sets Date for First Hearing on COVID Origins Following FBI’s Lab Leak Admission

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic announced Wednesday that it will hold its first hearing on the origins of the coronavirus, following FBI Director Christopher Wray’s admission that the virus “most likely” originated from a Chinese lab.

“On March 8, we’ll hold our first hearing on COVID origins. At the hearing, we will gather facts about the origination of the virus that has claimed nearly seven million lives globally,” the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic said in a post on Twitter.

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

Kari Lake Files Election Integrity Case With the Arizona Supreme Court

Former GOP Arizona Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced Wednesday that she had filed her election integrity case with the Arizona Supreme Court.

“We filed our Historic Election Integrity case with the Arizona Supreme Court,” Lake tweeted Wednesday. “Pray for our Attorneys. Pray for the Judges. Pray for Justice. Pray for America.”

Since losing to current Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, Lake has contested the results of the 2022 election in court, arguing that thousands of Republican voters were disproportionately disenfranchised on Election Day, when voting machine errors occurred in at least 60% of the voting centers in Maricopa County.

Lake vowed to appeal to the state’s top court after losing at the appellate level.

The appeals court ruling determined that voters were able to cast their ballots and votes were counted properly.

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

Liz Cheney to Teach Politics at the University of Virginia After Losing Reelection

Former Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will take up a post as a professor at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“I am delighted to be joining the UVA Center for Politics as a Professor of Practice,” Cheney stated in university press release. “Preserving our constitutional republic is the most important work of our time, and our nation’s young people will play a crucial role in this effort. I look forward to working with students and colleagues at the Center to advance the important work they and others at the University of Virginia are doing to improve the health of democracy here and around the world.”

Formerly a major player in the congressional GOP, Cheney has seen her political star fade after leading a handful of Republicans in voting for the second Democrat-led impeachment of former President Donald Trump. Republican lawmakers ultimately booted her from her post as conference chair and Cheney was decisively defeated by Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman in the 2022 party primary.

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

Multiple Officers Shot, Police in Standoff in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — A 12-hour standoff remained ongoing Wednesday morning after multiple officers were shot in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday night.

The Kansas City Police Department said the incident started after 9:30 p.m. in the area of E. 23rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Chief Stacey Graves said officers were executing a search warrant when they opened the door and were met with gunfire.

Officers returned gunfire, but it was unknown if anyone else was injured, according to Graves.

Graves said three male officers were shot during the standoff, but their injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. She said she had spoken with the the officers, who were awake and alert.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be taking over the shooting investigation.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

New Orleans Residents Warn ‘Don’t Sit in Your Car’ as Carjackings Spike a Shocking 165%

NEW ORLEANS — Carjackings in the Big Easy have skyrocketed over the last three years, more than doubling since before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to city data.

New Orleans has grappled with increased violent crime in the last few years. It had the most homicides per capita among major U.S. cities in September, earning it the title as the nation’s murder capital before being unseated by the year’s end. And the city’s homicide rate has doubled since 2019, according to the New Orleans City Council’s crime dashboard.

And carjackings soared, increasing 165% over a three-year period, the dashboard shows. There were 273 incidents last year compared to 103 in 2019.

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

New Polls Show Trump Bump, Widening Lead Over DeSantis With GOP Voters

Former President Donald Trump is gaining support from Republican voters and widening his lead over potential 2024 candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, according to four new polls.

Trump received 55% of the hypothetical 2024 GOP primary vote, more than twice that of DeSantis, who received 25%, according to an Emerson College poll released Tuesday. A poll from Emerson last month showed that Trump led DeSantis 55%-29%.

The latest Emerson poll also showed that Trump would beat President Joe Biden in the 2024 general election at 46% to 42%. DeSantis would lose to Biden by 4%.

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

Pennsylvania Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Bring Explosive on Flight

A Pennsylvania man was arrested after attempting to bring an explosive device on a flight on Feb. 27.

Marc Muffley, 40, was arrested by FBI agents on Monday night after he allegedly attempted to bring an explosive device onto an Allegiant Airlines flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport headed to Orlando Sanford International Airport on Feb. 27.

After staff with Allegiant Airlines checked Muffley’s bag, TSA agents were alerted to the “presence of suspicious items,” an affidavit states.

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

Pentagon Investigates, Gives All Clear Over Ukraine Fraud Allegations

There is no evidence any of the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars spent on weapons and aid sent to Ukraine has been lost to corruption or diverted into criminal hands, the Pentagon’s inspector general said Tuesday, before adding investigations are still at an early stage.

The assurance came after members of Congress persistently questioned how closely the U.S. is tracking its aid to ensure it is not subject to fraud.

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

Race-Faking Muslim Who Was White Until Boarding School Resigns as an Inclusion Officer at a Quaker-Founded Social Justice Firm — a Week After She Was Outed for Lying About Her Heritage

A white chief inclusion officer at a Philadelphia Quaker-founded social justice firm who faked ‘Arab, Latin and South Asian’ heritage has resigned from her position after being outed for lying.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Reporter Booted From Lori Lightfoot Briefings Celebrates End of Left-Wing Mayor’s ‘Destructive’ Reign

Lori Lightfoot’s bid to retain her position as Chicago’s mayor failed Tuesday night, with critics pointing to her handling of crime, COVID and the economy as key issues that turned off the city’s residents.

Chicago-based reporter William J. Kelly sued Lightfoot after she revoked his media credentials, but despite the setback, he vowed to continue his journey to get answers on the very issues that have plagued the Windy City under her leadership.

“Lightfoot was the worst thing that ever happened to Chicago,” Kelly told Lawrence Jones on Wednesday. “We are free now of Lightfoot, but it’s not over yet. As you mentioned, Lightfoot trampled the rights of schools, churches, businesses. As a lifelong Chicagoan, and it broke my heart to see her turn a blind eye to looting and lockdowns.”

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

Researchers Use AI to Flag “Misinformation” In Podcasts, Call for Tech Companies and Regulators to “Meet This Challenge”

The Brookings Institution appears to be taking not only podcasting, but also “the war on podcasting” very seriously indeed.

A huge write-up (presented as the result of a research) published on the organization’s website this February, accuses some podcasters, especially those labeled as “political,” of spreading disinformation pretty much unchecked.

In order to find “misinformation” in podcasts and determine its scope, the authors say they turned to “AI” and at the same time issued a call to tech companies and regulators to “meet this challenge” — one of “greater transparency across the board — in terms of content moderation practices, financial disclosures, and algorithmic amplification by podcasting apps.”

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

Second Circuit is Asked to Strike Down Restrictions to Connecticut Attorneys’ Speech

NCLA — the New Civil Liberties Alliance — says it has asked the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to annul a new rule that the non-profit sees as “muzzling Connecticut attorneys.”

The NCLA, a civil rights group, got involved in the Cerame v. Bowler case by filing an opening brief with the Court of Appeals. The dispute stems from an update to the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct, which are challenged by Connecticut attorneys Mario Cerame and Tim Moynahan, on speech grounds.

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

Senate Kills Biden ESG Investment Rule in Stunning Rebuke

The Senate on Wednesday passed a disapproval resolution, formally killing a Biden administration Department of Labor rule that encourages private retirement plan fiduciaries to consider environment, social and governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions for over 150 million Americans.

The measure, which only required a simple majority to pass, passed the threshold in a 50-46 vote. The House of Representatives passed it Tuesday in a 216-204 vote, with only one Democrat voting for the bill.

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

Senate Unanimously Votes to Declassify Wuhan Lab Leak Intelligence

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a bill mandating that the Biden administration declassify intelligence materials involving the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican Sens. Mike Braun, Ind., and Josh Hawley, Mo., reintroduced the measure following a report from the Department of Energy concluding that the virus was likely the result of a lab leak, the Epoch Times reported.

Hawley celebrated the measure’s passage in a Tweet, saying “Tonight the Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed my bill to declassify all the intelligence the government has on #covid origins. Let the people see the truth!”

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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Tampa, Florida — United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari (26, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS”). Pursuant to the terms of his plea agreement, Al-Azhari and the United States have agreed to the imposition of a stipulated sentence of 18 years in federal prison. Al-Azhari has also agreed to forfeit certain assets that are traceable to proceeds of the offense, as well as various items of property, including gear involved in, or intended to be used to commit the offense.

According to the plea agreement, Al-Azhari is a United States citizen who spent most of his life abroad and came to embrace dogmatic, Islamist/Salafist beliefs. In or around 2015, Al-Azhari was convicted of advocating for Jaysh al-Islam, an armed Islamist group then participating in the Syrian conflict, in Saudi Arabia. Al-Azhari spent approximately three years in Saudi Arabian custody, after which he was removed to the United States. Upon Al-Azhari’s arrival to the United States, in or around December 2018, the FBI began investigating him for potentially providing material support to ISIS, which, at all relevant times, was designated as a foreign terrorist organization under federal law.

In or around April 2020, Al-Azhari began planning to carry out an attack in support of ISIS.

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Top Democrat Reveals ‘Literally Hundreds’ of Congressional Dems Don’t Want Biden as 2024 Nominee

Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) has revealed that major opposition to President Joe Biden’s leadership is emerging in the Democratic Party.

Phillips, who usually votes along with Biden’s stated public policy positions, has warned that “literally hundreds” of congressional Democrats don’t want the president to run again in 2024.

However, Phillips, a successful businessman and one of the wealthiest members of Congress, revealed that most Democrats are too afraid to voice their opposition to Biden’s reelection bid.

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Top Harvard Professor Schools ‘Vaccine Fanatics’ on Natural Immunity During COVID Hearing

A Harvard professor of medicine hilariously schooled “vaccine fanatics” on natural immunity during a House hearing on Covid policies.

Dr. Martin Kulldorff delivered a stinging takedown of “vaccine fanatics” during a Tuesday House select subcommittee roundtable on examining COVID-19 policy decisions.

Kulldorff is currently on leave from Harvard but is a biostatistician and epidemiologist.

According to the Great Barrington Declaration, a document he co-authored that questions Covid policies, Kulldorff possesses “expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.”

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Twitter Reinstates Mike Lee After Brief Suspension

Social media giant Twitter reversed a short-lived suspension on Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s personal account on Wednesday.

Lee announced his suspension via his official account, @SenMikeLeee, saying “My personal Twitter account — @BasedMikeLee — has been suspended. Twitter did not alert me ahead of time, nor have they yet offered an explanation for the suspension. My team and I are seeking answers.”

Hours later, Lee regained access to his @BasedMikeLee account by mid-afternoon, announcing his return via that handle.

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US State Department Funded Website Blacklist of Outlets That Reported Lab Leak Theory

After the way authorities handled the Covid pandemic ended up laying waste to lives, businesses, economies, and ushering in previously unseen levels of government control, and as it turned out, government-sponsored censorship of the world’s major social platforms, a key question — what is coronavirus and how did the pandemic occur, remains a point of contention.

That’s despite the fact that after years of “hunting” and shutting down any mention on the internet (including by established scientists) that it may have been a man-made virus that “escaped” from a lab in China’s Wuhan, the US authorities have had something of a change of heart on this, and are now not ruling out that the pandemic started with a lab leak.

But before the US administration did that, it supported a controversial, UK-based group that has US affiliates, called the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), which was tracking Covid “misinformation.”

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Watch: Sen. Hawley Exposes Biden Archivist Nominee With Her Own Past Partisan Tweets

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News

In a hearing Tuesday, Senator Josh Hawley completely eviscerated Joe Biden’s National Archivist nominee by presenting her with her own past tweets which are extremely partisan.

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Woody Harrelson Doubles Down, Slams COVID Mandates: US is “Not a Free Country”

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Following a 30 second bit on SNL where he branded big pharma as a ‘cartel’ forcing it’s drugs on people with government consent, actor Woody Harrelson has further spoken out against COVID mandates.

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Report: Prince Harry to Livestream Struggle Session With Trauma Doctor

Prince Harry is planning to livestream a sit down session with a ‘trauma expert’ to go over the ‘struggles’ he has had in the past, according to a report in the New York Post.

The report notes that Harry will chat with with Canadian doctor and author Gabor Maté in an “intimate conversation,” and you can watch him whine and complain about his hardships for the low low price of just $33.99.

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Axel Springer CEO Warns AI May ‘Simply Replace’ Most Journalism Jobs

Axel Springer, the international media conglomerate based in Germany, has warned that journalism may be “simply replaced” by AI. The warning came as the company slashed an undisclosed number of jobs, as it aims to improve its annual results by over $100 million in three years.

One of the largest media companies in the world, Axel Springer owns Bild, Europe’s most widely-circulated tabloid, the German newspaper Die Welt, as well as Politico in the U.S. and Business Insider.

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European Antiwar Protests Grow as Fears of NATO vs Russia Spiral

Via The Libertarian Institute

A series of antiwar protests over the weekend saw Western European citizens in mass demanding their governments pursue diplomacy with Russia and halt arms shipments to Kiev. As the current conflict in Ukraine turned one year old, major demonstrations — which saw people united across the political spectrum — were seen in Germany, France, and Italy.

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Finland’s Parliament Overwhelmingly Backs Final Approval for NATO Bid

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s Parliament gave final approval Wednesday to the Nordic country’s bid to join NATO, with lawmakers signing off on membership along with the required legislation.

The 200-seat Eduskunta legislature voted 184-7 to authorize Finland’s accession to NATO, clearing the last required domestic hurdle to becoming part of the 30-member Western military alliance.

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Germany: Scientists Raise Alarm as Study Links mRNA Shots to Brain & Heart Damage

Scientists are raising the alarm after a bombshell peer-reviewed study has linked mRNA shots to fatal brain and heart damage.

The study, which was published in the renowned medical journal Vaccines, is titled: “A Case Report: Multifocal Necrotizing Encephalitis and Myocarditis after BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccination against COVID-19.”

It was conducted by scientists in Germany who discovered that mRNA vaccinations, not COVID-19 infection itself, caused fatal cases of heart failure.

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Greece Train Crash Kills Dozens, Minister Resigns, Station Manager Arrested

Update (1050ET):

Greek Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis announced that he would resign hours after the horrific train crash.

“When something this tragic occurs, we can’t go on as if nothing had happened,” Karamanlis said in a statement.

“It’s a fact that we inherited the Greek railway in a state that is not fitting for the 21st century.

“In those three and a half years we made every effort to improve this reality. Unfortunately, those efforts were not adequate to avert such a tragedy,” he added.

According to local authorities, a station manager has been taken into custody in relation to the crash, and a preliminary inquiry is currently ongoing. However, the individual’s identity has not been revealed.

WSJ quoted local officials who said, “the death is the highest for a train crash in Greece since at least the mid-1960s.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, at least 38 people have been confirmed dead, and more than 80 injured.

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Hungarian MPs Lack Enthusiasm Over Sweden and Finland NATO Bids, Orban Warns

The Hungarian parliament will begin to debate Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bids on Wednesday; however, there are “serious discussions” to be had regarding the countries’ criticism of Hungarian democracy before ratifying their accession to the defense alliance, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said.

Some in Europe have accused Hungary of dragging its feet on approving the applications made by Stockholm and Helsinki in May last year — only Hungary and Turkey have yet to ratify the NATO accession applications. And while Orban says his administration supports their NATO accession in principle, he has insisted on addressing some of the misinformation spread about Hungary by the respective governments before signing off on their applications.

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Italy: New Leader of the Social Democrats is One of Soros’ ‘Preferred Politicians’

During the election campaign, Elly Schlein presented herself as the standard-bearer of the poorest. However, her background and previous work raise doubts about her honesty.

In Italy, the Partito Democratico (PD) has elected Elly Schlein as its new leader, mainstream media reported. She will be the first woman to lead the party. During the election campaign, Schlein repeatedly portrayed herself as a campaigner for the poor. However, her pro-migration background and previous work raise questions, according to the Byoblu portal.

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Italy: Women Will be the ‘First Victims’ of Far-Left Gender Ideology, Meloni Warns

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has cautioned against the gender ideology growing in popularity among European liberals, warning the movement will ultimately be “to the detriment of women” who will become “its first victims.”

In an interview with Grazia, an Italian weekly women’s magazine, the Italian premier dismissed the claims by the progressive movement that gender is a social construct that is fluid in nature, insisting it is determined solely by biological sex.

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Man Suspected of Cannibalism Detained at Airport After Police Found ‘Pieces of Meat’ in Suitcase

Portuguese authorities arrested a Brazilian man as he passed through an airport carrying a suitcase filled with pieces of meat, suspecting him of committing acts of cannibalism.

The Brazilian man, identified as 26-year-old Begoleã Mendes Fernandes, was arrested at Lisbon Airport and remains in custody while police look to extradite him to the Netherlands. The Dutch authorities had searched for Fernandes in connection with the death of Alan Lopes, 21.

A source connected to the case confirmed to Fox News Digital that Fernandes had a plastic bag with “pieces of meat” that police need to analyze for origin. The Portuguese source did not want to comment on the cannibalism allegations, instead referring to a tweet from Amsterdam police.

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Norway: Watch: Greta Thunberg Hauled Off by Police During Anti-Wind Turbine Protest

Greta Thunberg was hauled off by police in Norway on Wednesday during a protest against a wind turbine project in the country’s north.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was removed from an entrance to the Norwegian finance ministry on Wednesday while taking part in a protest against the construction of what would be Europe’s largest wind farm project.

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Poland Likely to be Richer Than Italy, France, And Spain by 2030, Says British Commentator

Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of Britain’s main opposition party, warned recently that the U.K. will soon be poorer than Poland. But instead of being dismissive of Poland’s success, U.K. political leaders should focus on the reasons behind Polish economic growth.

That’s the view of columnist Matthew Lynn, outlined in a piece published by The Spectator magazine on Monday.

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Polish Police Refuse Media Request to Publish Nationalities of Foreign Criminals

Polish authorities have refused to comply with a request made by a Polish media outlet to break down the number of crimes committed in the country by nationality.

In January, the Kresy news outlet asked Polish police’s headquarters to answer how many foreign nationals broke the law in Poland last year and requested a breakdown of the crime figures by nationality.

The police responded by reporting that 138,789 people had been arrested and charged in Poland in 2022. Of this figure, 11,200 of cases involved foreign nationals.

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Swiss Rap Concert Evacuated After Jihadi Terror Threats

Around 8,500 people attending a rap concert in Geneva were evacuated Saturday night after the venue received terroristic threats from a man linked to jihadist networks, who was later arrested by police.

The 40-year-old suspect in the case was arrested after the Arena concert hall in Geneva was evacuated, forcing the crowd of 8,500 people to leave the venue, which was set to see a performance by French rapper Lomepal that evening.

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The Bell is Tolling for Poland’s Judicial Elite

There can no longer be any doubt that a large proportion of Polish judges have become a threat to public order, and this threat is growing exponentially by the day.

These are the highly politicized judges who constantly attack the government for its judicial reforms, which, they argue, are a declaration of war on judicial independence.

In fact, it is judges who have declared war on the government. They have done so by refusing to accept the decisions of a democratically elected government and by attempting to paralyze the work of the state in this sensitive pre-election period.

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The EU is Pro-War and Wants Ukraine Conflict to Continue, Says Hungarian State Secretary

The European Union has no interest in a ceasefire because they want the war in Ukraine to continue, said Tamas Menczer, state secretary responsible for bilateral relations of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during an appearance on Kossuth Radio on Wednesday.

“They have made it clear that the ceasefire is a red line, they will not accept it because the war must continue,” said Menczer during the program.

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UK: Student Who Refused to Enter Arranged Marriage Was Stabbed in the Chest With a Metal Spike by Her Uncle and Dumped on Industrial Site in ‘Honour Killing’, Murder Trial Hears

A young female student who refused to enter an arranged marriage was brutally murdered by her uncle with a metal spike in her chest in a suspected ‘honour killing,’ a court has heard.

Somaiya Begum was found with the 11cm-long ‘Bradawl’ tool — a sharpened metal woodwork implement — stuck in the right side of her chest.

Prosecutors allege the 20-year-old’s uncle, Mohammed Taroos Khan, used the tool to kill her.

The biomedical student had been living with her grandmother and another relative at the time of her death due to a court-mandated Forced Marriage Protection Order after attempts by her father to force her ‘by threat of violence’ to marry her cousin from Pakistan.

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Explosions Rock Airfield in Russian-Occupied Melitopol and City of Polohy

Black smoke was seen rising over an airfield in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol. Explosions were also reported in the city of Polohy, to the northwest of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Source: Ivan Fedorov, Melitopol Mayor, on Telegram

Quote from Fedorov: “Around 13:00 the orcs [i.e., Russian forces — ed.] have had an unsuccessful ‘smoke break’ at the airfield. [A mocking reference to the time when the Russians blamed explosions at an airfield in Crimea on the violation of fire safety rules — ed.] Half an hour later, black smoke rose over the ‘smoking area’.”

Details: Fedorov also reported explosions in the temporarily occupied city of Polohy in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

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Ukraine War: ‘We Conquered the Winter Terror’ of Russian Bombardment, Says Foreign Minister

Ukraine says it has “conquered the winter terror”, marked by intense Russian bombardments which plunged millions of people into the cold.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Wednesday that it was “cold and dark, but we were unbreakable.”

Kulebo said he also considered that Europe had “won” because “it did not freeze without Russian gas” targeted by sanctions.

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Zelensky Floats ‘Strategic Pullback’ From Bakhmut After Pouring in Huge Amount of Reserve Forces

Zelensky officials are now openly talking about a possible ‘strategic pullback’ from the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut. This comes after Zelensky himself said he’s not ready to order a continued defense of the city at all costs. By all accounts both sides are suffering huge casualties, but Russia has the superior artillery fire, which has been sustained around the clock, also as Kremlin forces have the city almost completely surrounded. According to The Hill:

A Ukrainian presidential adviser on Tuesday said troops may “strategically pull back” from the town of Bakhmut, the focus of intense and brutal fighting for the past few months.

Alexander Rodnyansky told CNN the Ukrainian army has not yet pulled out of the city, but Kyiv may soon decide the cost of holding Bakhmut “outweighs the benefits.”

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Zelensky: If Ukraine Loses, Americans ‘Will Have to Send Their Sons and Daughters’ To War and ‘They Will be Dying’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky warned the US that if Ukraine loses then Americans “will have to send their sons and daughters” to war with Russia over the Baltic states “and they will have to fight” and “they will be dying.”

Zelensky made the comments during a press conference on Friday.

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Gruesome New Details About How a Celeb Chauffeur Was Gunned Down Execution Style in His Mercedes SUV Outside a Gym as His Young Son Screamed in Horror: ‘Help, My Dad’s Been Shot’

A man has been killed in an early morning drive-by shooting outside a gym in Sydney’s south-west — with a witness reporting hearing up to ten shots fired.

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Petrol and Diesel Car Drivers Could Now be Fined Up to $2,200 Under a New Road Rule That Every Aussie Needs to Know About

The maximum penalty for drivers in NSW who block or park in an electric vehicle parking station is 20 ‘penalty units’ worth $110 each — meaning the could balloon to $2,200.

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‘White Elephant’ COVID Quarantine Facility That Housed 730 People and Cost Taxpayers More Than $220million is Ditched by State Government

The Queensland government has decided not to renew the lease for the taxpayer-funded Wellcamp Covid quarantine facility when it expires next month.

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Privacy Activists Lament After Biometrics Are Used at Nigerian Polls

Digital rights activists have raised concerns over the security of the biometric data collected during the recent general election in Nigeria where millions of Nigerians registered and voted.

Biometric data was submitted for voter registration and was also required to verify voters at polling stations using the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) gadgets.

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Ben & Jerry’s Called for Open Borders While Exploiting Migrant Children

by Daniel Greenfield

No company has been as vocal about fighting for migrants and exploiting them.

“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: human beings can’t be illegal,” the ice cream maker declared. Its advocacy for illegal migrants even led to a clash with the British government which told it to “stick to ice cream”. In the United States, the leftist brand debuted a new flavor ‘Pecan Resist’, and bragged that it would “resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies” to build a future for “refugees and immigrants”.

The ugly truth behind the virtue signaling was that Ben & Jerry’s depended on migrant labor to make its overpriced ice cream. A year before Trump took office, the progressive company faced protests by migrant workers who spoke of having to live in barns without heat during the Vermont winter while milking cows at midnight and being injured by exploding glass milk bottles.

Ben & Jerry’s claimed that it supported open borders because of the company’s “social mission” and “values”. Those values were measured in the dollar and cents bottom line. The milk that went into the company’s ice cream depended on the cheap labor of those same migrants. Open borders wasn’t an abstraction, it was a steady source of labor to be churned into ice cream…

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Exclusive: Arizona Rancher Who Shot ‘Cartel Drug Smuggler’ Dead on His Property Made ‘30 to 40’ Calls to Border Patrol in January Alone — as Photos Show Nearby Roads Littered With Clothes and Trash Left Behind by Migrants

The rancher accused of murdering a Mexican national on his remote Arizona ranch called US Border Patrol to his property ‘30 to 40 times’ in January alone, a neighbor has told DailyMail.com.

Agents visited George Kelly’s land so often they even had a key to the property so they could let themselves in.

Kelly, 73, was arrested and charged with murder after allegedly shooting Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea dead on January 30.

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Exclusive: BBC Defends ‘Report’ Attacking Japan for Refusing Mass Migration

The state-backed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has defended a one-sided article attacking Japan for refusing to embrace mass migration.

In a January article titled ‘Japan PM says country on the brink over falling birth rate’, the BBC — which everyone in Britain who watches live television is required to pay a licence fee to, even if none of it is BBC programming, or else face criminal fines backed by imprisonment for non-payment — highlighted comments by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida saying it was “now or never” for the East Asian country to right its demographic decline.

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Germany: Man Thrown Off Train Platform by African Migrants Demanding Cigarettes

A man was thrown off a train platform after he was attacked by African migrants demanding he give them cigarettes in Germany last week, according to reports.

The harrowing incident unfolded on the night of February 22 in Pforzheim, a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

A 49-year-old man was approached by two male suspects at Pforzheim Central Station.

The men asked him for a smoke and when he declined, they assaulted him.

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Homelessness Up Over a Quarter in England as Govt Puts Up Thousands of Migrants in Hotels

The number of homeless people sleeping on the streets of England has risen by over a quarter over the previous year at the same time as that the government is spending billions on housing illegal migrants in hotels across the country.

According to figures released from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities which recorded a snapshot from a single night in the autumn of last year, there were 3,069 people “sleeping rough” on the streets last year, compared to 2,443 in 2021, representing a 25.6 per cent increase.

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Migrants Paid 8K Euros Each to People Smugglers Before Fatal Sinking Off Italian Coast That Left 67 Dead

Italian prosecutors have revealed that people smugglers charged migrants as much as 8,000 euros each for a voyage that led to the deaths of dozens of people as a fishing boat sank off the Italian coast.

At least 67 people are confirmed to have died, 16 of them children, in the shipwreck, which took place just off the coast of Steccato di Cutro in south-eastern Italy when a sailboat that originated in Turkey sank due to rough seas on Sunday.

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Police Use ‘Violence’ Against People Protesting Planned Migrant Centre in German Town

Police are said to have used “physical violence” against a crowd of demonstrators to protest against a planned migrant centre in Germany.

A large demonstration in the German town of Greifswald was met with “physical violence” by local police, after a number of members of the crowd reportedly tried to confront the town’s Green party mayor.

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Salvini Slams Left-Wing Media for Accusing Italian Coastguard of Letting Migrants Die

Matteo Salvini has hit back at claims made by Italy’s left-wing media that the Italian authorities refused to assist the casualties of a migrant boat that sank in rough seas off the country’s east coast on Sunday.

A boat reported to be carrying as many as 250 migrants set sail from the Turkish city of Izmir and was heading for Crotone before getting into difficulty in the Ionian Sea.

Parts of the shipwreck washed up on Italian shores on Monday, sparking uproar from humanitarian groups who accused the Italian government of having blood on its hands for its policy to stifle the operations of NGO rescue vessels. This is despite the fact that humanitarian vessels rarely operate in the region and instead focus their efforts on the crossing between Italy and North Africa to the country’s southwest.

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Swiss Families Facing Eviction From Private Residence as State Governments Struggle to Meet Refugee Distribution Quotas

A total of 49 tenants are to be evicted from a private residential apartment building in the Swiss town of Windisch to make way for refugees after an agreement was reached between the private owner and state government.

The current residents, many of whom are reported by Swiss newspaper Le Matin to be “socially disadvantaged,” began to receive eviction notices on Feb. 24, informing them of the need to leave their homes after an agreement was reached to transform the residential building into an accommodation center for asylum seekers.

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Tiny UK Patriot Outfit Maps Immivader Garrisons. Why No US Equivalent?

For some time, an enterprising U.K. patriotic outfit LittleBoats2020, which seems to exist only on Twitter and Gab without a website, has been posting a remarkable interactive map. This tracks the (rather high end) hotels into which the U.K. Government has been stashing the immivaders it has been treasonously allowing to cross the English Channel in, of course, small boats.

Moving the cursor down the sidebar listing the 465 hotels LittleBoats2020 has confirmed are being used like this causes the pins on the map to adjust. Those familiar with Britain will see that a great many of these are located in remote (by UK standards) rural communities. The Government apparently has declared a policy of trying to “disperse” the immivaders.

This has the effect of dumping significant garrisons of fighting— age young men (who comprise virtually all the arrivals) in communities where they amount to an intimidating presence. Bored, alienated and sexually frustrated they are certain formula for trouble. LittleBoats2020 and similar outfits collect accounts of the related atrocities from local news sources.

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American College of Ob-Gyns Bans Pro-Life Doctors From Conference: ‘Vague Explanation’

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the United States’ premiere professional organization for gynecologists and obstetricians, barred a group of pro-life doctors from setting up a booth at their annual conference this week.

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), the group that wanted to share their message regarding their stance against abortion, had been permitted to host a booth at the conference for 15 years prior to the incident.

The doctors did not find out their booth was canceled by the host until they arrived in Maryland, the state where the conference was being held.

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‘Mocking Christianity’ — Govt-Funded Statue of Pagan ‘Amazonian Love God’ Planned Outside UK Cathedral

A proposal to erect a pagan “Amazonian love god” statue near a cathedral in the English city of Wakefield has drawn the ire of residents who claim its placement mocks Christianity.

At least three residents of the city have formally complained over the plan to place the sculpture, one of five pieces of art funded by the government with a million pounds of taxpayer cash, near the city’s medieval-era cathedral, which belongs to the Church of England.

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New Florida Bill Bans Gender Pronouns in Schools, Defines Biological Sex as ‘Binary’

A new bill introduced in Florida seeks to ban the use of gender pronouns in schools while legally defining biological sex as “the binary division of individuals based upon reproductive function.”

The legislation, House Bill (HB) 1223, was filed in the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“This bill promotes parental rights, transparency, and state standards in Florida schools,” Republican Rep. Adam Anderson (District 57) said in a statement.

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New Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Trailer Shocks With Major Character Changes: ‘Diversity Nonsense’

Disney’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” was lambasted across social media after its first trailer Tuesday featured female Lost Boy characters.

The preview of the latest live-action remake appeared to follow similar story beats of the original J.M. Barrie story until the characters reached the fabled Neverland. Upon coming face-to-face with the Lost Boys, Wendy (played by Ever Anderson) commented that the kids are not just boys.

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Pressure Grows to #CancelTheProject: Channel Nine Star Lashes Out at Host Sarah Harris After She Laughed at Lewd Jesus Joke Only to Issue a Solemn Apology 24 Hours Later

The Block star Omar Slaimankhel accused Harris of hypocrisy for laughing at the off-colour joke only to apologise for it 24 hours later when she realised some viewers found it offensive

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Sen. Hawley Grills AG Garland on Anti-Catholic Bias in the FBI, Raid on Pro-Life Family: ‘Give Me an Answer!’

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland over the FBI raid on a pro-life Christian man and asked whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) had an “anti-Catholic bias.”

“Our department protects all religions, all ideologies. It does not have any bias against any religion of any kind,” Garland said, fielding the question from Hawley during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Hawley then characterized the DOJ as an agency quick to expend resources and intelligence to be deployed against Catholics while “turning a blind eye” as people are executed in the streets of American cities.

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UNESCO Propagates ‘Regulation of the Internet’

Censorship of “disinformation” and “hate speech” would protect human rights, freedom of expression and democracy, says UNESCO director Audrey Azoulay.

The UN has long been committed to taking action against “hate speech” and “disinformation” on the Internet. The unelected organization, whose main mission is to facilitate conflict resolution around the world and to provide peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in war zones, has enjoyed acting as a mouthpiece for elite groups such as the World Economic Forum (WEF).

What is new is that one of its special organizations, UNESCO, which is supposed to deal with international education, science and culture or the protection of world heritage in the form of monuments or natural areas, is now propagating its own “guidelines” for regulating alleged hate speech and misinformation, in order to protect “human rights, freedom of expression and democracy”.

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‘Woke’ Teacher Accused of Forcing 5th-Grade Student to be Transgender: ‘I Wanna Kill Myself’

A 5th-grade student in New York says she’s suicidal after allegedly being forced to “identify” as transgender by her “woke” teacher.

Debra Rosenquist, a teacher at Terryville Road Elementary School in Port Jefferson Station on Long Island, is accused of forcing a 9-year-old girl to “identify” as a boy at school.

The family of the child, who is now 10, is suing the school and the teacher for forcing transgenderism onto the unidentified young girl during the 2021-2022 academic year.

According to a lawsuit from the child’s parents, she was failed by the school system at every level.

The suit says administrators made a concerted effort to keep the family in the dark about what was happening to the young girl.

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World Health Organization is Getting Closer to Being Granted Expanded Surveillance Powers

Last week, a WHO working group reviewed proposed amendments to an international law that would allow the global health agency and its member states to expand and coordinate surveillance during times of “international health risk.”

These proposed amendments would add several new surveillance provisions to the International Health Regulations (2005) — an international law that dictates some aspects of health emergency response for 196 countries.

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World Health Organization Pushes for Global Vaccine Passports

The WHO laid out its plans for global vaccine passports in a series of proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) — a legally binding instrument that imposes various conditions on 196 countries when the WHO declares certain types of health emergencies.

As governments around the world wind down their vaccine passport programs, the unelected World Health Organization (WHO) is attempting to make this Covid-era surveillance tech permanent and global.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/1/2023

  1. Only countries doing research on mRNA vaccine side effects and deaths are Germany and Japan. Both seem to have introduced robust independent medical review bodies and policies which may be because both have a history in WW2 of medical experiments on humans. We all know about the German experiments on concentration camp inmates but the Japanese experiments are in a Japanese documentary shown on RT. The Japanese have a lot of guilt they still feel from that. It then feeds into their cultural honour system.
    Lucky for us or no one would be doing anything and it would all be swept under the big pharma rug.

  2. Rough sleeping very common in Australia as the weather is better. Census says 24,000 Victorians and 116,000 Australians were without shelter “on any given night”. Weather is better here.

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