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Watercooler National: Austria orders lockdown of the unvaccinated/ Jan. 6 defendants taken out on stretchers/ Judge dismisses Rittenhouse firearm possession charge

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) provides links and brief excerpts from news reports in the national media.

Austria Orders Lockdown for the Unvaccinated, Directs Police to Carry Out Spot Checks –All interactions with the police will include checking people’s vaccination status. | 14 Nov 2021 | Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Sunday announced the country is placing millions of people who aren’t fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on lockdown starting Monday. Under the measures revealed on Sunday, unvaccinated people are ordered to stay at home, except for limited reasons. The rules, the government said, will be enforced by police officers, who will be out on the streets carrying out spot checks on people who are in public. Unvaccinated people can only leave their homes for a limited number of reasons like going to work or shopping for essentials. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said there will be thorough police checks and fines of up to 1,450 euros ($1,660) for breaches, and all interactions with the police will include checking people’s vaccination status. The move drew considerable condemnation online, with some commentators noting that it would severely limit freedom of movement for potentially millions of people. [Time to wake up. We are now officially entering Fourth Reich territory. Anyone pondering the overthrow of these COVID Nazis? Enough is enough. –LRP]

Unvaccinated will have ‘miserable, very lonely life,’ top Australian doctor warns | 13 Nov 2021 | The head of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland has issued a dark warning to those who refuse anti-Covid vaccination, saying they not only face fines and fraud charges, but will be separated from the rest of society. “Life will be miserable without being vaccinated. You won’t be able to hide,” Dr. Chris Perry said this week, while speaking to Channel 9 television network in Australia. The medical association president was discussing the future of Queensland residents who decide to dodge a vaccination mandate. Calling those who have decided against vaccination “crazy,” he said, “There’s a whole pile of issues, a whole pile of problems if you try and get around the system.” [Until all the “crazies” band together to stop totalitarian nut-jobs like him.]

Hospital System That Operates in 19 States Blocked From Firing Workers Over Vaccine – Oklahoma AG | 14 Nov 2021 | Oklahoma was granted a temporary restraining order that blocks Ascension Healthcare from terminating employees who were denied religious exemptions from the firm’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor had filed for a restraining order against the company’s requirement. On the night of Nov. 12, a Tulsa district judge granted the request, according to the O’Connor’s office. “This evening, the Tulsa District Court granted the State’s Application for Temporary Restraining Order in our case to keep Ascension Healthcare from carrying out its plan to fire employees who were unfairly denied religious exemptions from their nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate,” the Republican attorney general said in a statement. “This is a win for religious freedom and our office will continue to fight against unlawful religious discrimination.”

35 Navy SEALs Sue Biden, Department of Defense for Religious Discrimination Over Vaccine Mandates | 11 Nov 2021 | In addition to having every one of their requests for a religious exemption from the Navy’s COVID vaccine mandate denied, 35 Navy SEALs were harassed, intimidated, and threatened for even making those requests. On Tuesday, they filed suit against Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, and the U.S. Department of Defense. They are being represented by the public interest non-profit First Liberty Institute (LFI). Mike Berry, general counsel for LFI, minced no words: The denials are universal, deliberate, intentional, and represent an effort to purge the Navy of Christians.

Vaccinated Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Out vs. Lions, Placed on COVID-19 List | 13 Nov 2021 | Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, the team announced. Roethlisberger has said he is vaccinated. In order to return, he’ll need to test negative twice within a 24-hour window if he’s asymptomatic. If he shows symptoms, he’ll need to be symptom-free for 48 hours and then test negative twice within a 24-hour span.

Fast-spreading bird flu puts Europe and Asia on alert –Animals slaughtered and restrictions introduced in response to outbreaks of the virus in a number of countries | 15 Nov 2021 | Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds. It is attracting the attention, too, of epidemiologists as the virus can be transmitted to humans. China has reported 21 human infections with the H5N6 subtype of avian influenza so far this year, more than in the whole of 2020.

UK must be ready for war with Russia, says armed forces chief –Nick Carter says Russia has become bigger threat in eastern Europe, but he doesn’t think it wants ‘hot war’ | 14 Nov 2021 | The outgoing head of the UK’s armed forces has said the military will have to be ready for war with Russia after recent tensions in eastern Europe, but he does not believe Vladimir Putin really wants “hot war” with the West. Gen Sir Nick Carter said Russia [!?!] was now a greater threat in eastern Europe than it was when he started in the role eight years ago, as he gave a series of interviews before his departure as chief of the defense staff at the end of the month. He said he “distinctly hoped” there would not be a war with Russia and he did not believe the country wanted a physical war, but NATO would have to be ready.

Russia says it won’t invade Ukraine | 12 Nov 2021 | The Kremlin has strongly denied suggestions that Russia is planning to invade Ukraine, after reports emerged that officials from the US had warned their counterparts in Europe that Moscow is considering a “military operation.” Speaking to the press on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the suggestion as groundless. “This is not the first publication and not the first statement by the US that they are concerned about the movement of our armed forces in Russia,” he said. “We have repeatedly said that the movement of our armed forces on our own territory should be of no concern to anyone. Russia poses no threat to anyone.”

Jan. 6 Defendants Taken Out of Cells on Stretchers – Court Filing | 13 Nov 2021 | Multiple Jan. 6 defendants were taken out of their cells on stretchers on Thursday, according to a court filing. The situation started when one of the defendants refused to wear a mask, family members of Kelly Meggs, who is being held in the D.C. Jail, told Meggs lawyer. Prison guards began spraying a chemical substance described as “some kind of mace or pepper spray,” according to a filing in federal court. “They sprayed mace or some type of gas at an inmate and kept missing so it went into an intake that fed into other cells and the lady with the key left because she didn’t like the gas, so the inmates in the cells who were being fed the gas from that intake were locked in for like 15 minutes while it was going into their rooms and they couldn’t see/breathe,” the family told Jonathon Moseley, the lawyer. More than one of the defendants was taken out on stretchers to medical bays. [These political prisoners are being TORTURED on US soil, and the *useless* GOP (with a few exceptions) does NOTHING!]

Klaus Schwab’s School for Covid Dictators, Plan for ‘Great Reset’ | 10 Nov 2021 | How is it that more than 190 governments from all over the world ended up dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in almost exactly the same manner, with lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccination cards now being commonplace everywhere? The answer may lie in the Young Global Leaders school [essentially a coterie of the world’s most dangerous dirt-bags, psychopaths, and war criminals], which was established and managed by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum, and that many of today’s prominent political and business leaders passed through on their way to the top. In 1992 Schwab established a parallel institution, the Global Leaders for Tomorrow school, which was re-established as Young Global Leaders in 2004. Members of the school’s very first class in 1992 already included many who went on to become important liberal political figures, such as Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Tony Blair. Other notable names on the school’s roster are Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand whose stringent lockdown measures have been praised by global health authorities; Emmanuel Macron, the President of France…We also find California Governor Gavin Newsom on the list, who was selected for the class of 2005, as well as former presidential candidate and current US Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigieg, who is a very recent alumnus, having been selected for the class of 2019. All of these politicians who were in office during the past two years have favored harsh responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and which also happened to considerably increase their respective governments’ power.

Texas Dem switches to Republican Party over defunding the police, ‘chaos’ on the border –State Rep. Ryan Guillen won his seat by nearly 17 points in the 2020 election | 15 Nov 2021 | A Texas Democrat switched his affiliation to the Republican Party over the party’s left-leaning embrace of defunding the police policies and “chaos” on the southern border. State Rep. Ryan Guillen announced in a Monday press conference that he would seek reelection to his south Texas seat as a Republican, saying the Democratic Party’s far-left values are no longer in line with his own. Specifically, Guillen cited his now-former party’s backing of defunding the police and the compounding crisis at the southern border under Joe Biden.

Good riddance, neocon warmonger: Wyoming GOP votes to stop recognizing Liz Cheney as a Republican –Cheney is now facing at least four Republican opponents in the 2022 primary | 15 Nov 2021 | The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump. The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican. In February, the Wyoming GOP central committee voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney, Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative, for voting to impeach Trump for his [non-existent] role in the Jan. 6 riot [false flag] at the U.S. Capitol.

Wisconsin Senate Committee Subpoenas Absentee Ballots and Voting Machine Records From City of Madison From 2020 Election | 15 Nov 2021 | A Wisconsin Senate Committee has subpoenaed absentee and voting machine records from the City of Madison, Wisconsin. The immediate response from Madison’s mayor is to not provide the items requested. According to Channel 3000: “A Wisconsin Senate committee has issued a subpoena for Madison election records as part of an ongoing investigation into the 2020 election. State Republicans announced plans for their own investigation in late October after the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau shared a report outlining inconsistent administration of election law based on surveys of ballots from around the state. The LAB’s report did not identify any cases of widespread fraud.” …There are now less than ten months for every state and locality to obtain the ballots from the election or they are gone forever.

Kenosha Prosecutor Thomas Binger Raises Rittenhouse’s Firearm, Points it at People in Courtroom with Finger on Trigger | 15 Nov 2021 | Closing arguments began Monday morning in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Rittenhouse “provoked other people” simply because he was carrying a firearm in his closing argument to the court Monday. After lecturing Rittenhouse on gun safety, Binger raised Rittenhouse’s firearm and pointed it at people in the courtroom with his finger on the trigger. [That act itself is a crime in Wisconsin. Hello?]

Judge in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Dismisses Firearm Possession Charge | 15 Nov 2021 | The judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial has dismissed a lesser weapons charge which held that the 17-year-old was too young to legally carry the AR-15 he used to shoot three people during the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse previously faced up to nine months in prison and a fine of up to 10,000 if convicted on the misdemeanor weapons charge. Judge Bruce Schroeder commented in the courtroom last week that the law delineating the misdemeanor charge could be too difficult for an “ordinary citizen” to understand. Schroeder’s decision to drop the misdemeanor came on the day of closing arguments in Rittenhouse’s trial. The jury will still consider five felony charges brought against Rittenhouse, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide.

Moving the Goalposts: Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecution Pushes ‘Multitude’ of Lesser Crimes in Last-Ditch Attempt to Secure Some Jail Time | 13 Nov 2021 | After having their entire case obliterated by video evidence and bombshell witness testimony all week — with some of the worst blows coming from their own ‘star’ witnesses — prosecutors for the state’s case against Kyle Rittenhouse finally came to the realization that their arguments had gotten them nowhere. In a shocking admission on Friday, the prosecution said that because of the evidence presented in the case “a reasonable jury or juror” could acquit Rittenhouse on the most serious charges that he faces. Even the least serious of the charges that Rittenhouse faces — illegal possession of a firearm — may be dismissed by the judge in the case.

500 Wisconsin National Guard on standby as Rittenhouse trial nears end | 12 Nov 2021 | Wisconsin’s governor on Friday put 500 National Guard members on standby as the high-profile homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse nears its end. Closing arguments are expected Monday… Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with intentional homicide, reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide, and other charges in the Aug. 25, 2020, shooting. The Wisconsin National Guard will stage outside Kenosha, available should they be requested by law enforcement, Gov. Tony Evers said. “I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully,” Evers said in a statement.

Biden’s Banking Nominee Calls to Eliminate All ‘Private Bank Accounts’ | 12 Nov 2021 | Saule Omarova, Joe Biden’s nominee for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), called during a March 2021 virtual conference to eliminate all private bank accounts and deposits. Omarova spoke at the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project’s “Law & Political Economy: Democracy Beyond Neoliberalism” conference in March. Omarova discussed one of her papers, “The People’s Ledger: How to Democratize Money and Finance the Economy,” which would help “redesign” the financial system and make the economy “more equitable for everyone.” …During her explanation of her paper, she said that the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, can only use “indirect levers” to “induce private banks to increase their lending.” Her paper calls for eliminating all banks and transferring all bank deposits to “FedAccounts” at the Federal Reserve. During her conference speech, she said, “There will be no more private bank accounts, and all of the deposit accounts will be held directly at the Fed.”

Medicare Part B premiums to increase 14.5% in 2022 | 13 Nov 2021 | The Biden administration has announced that Medicare Part B premiums will increase 14.5% in 2022. The 14.5% increase will raise the standard monthly premium from 148.50 this year to 170.10 in 2022, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. The increase is higher than an earlier estimate of 158.50 for the standard premium for 2022, CNBC reported. The Medicare Part B annual deductible will also increase in 2022 to 233 from 203 this year, according to CMS’s latest announcement.

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