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Please note that news, news articles, and current events can also be discussed on /pol/; however /news/ is exclusively for recent news articles, and not general discussions of politics, social phenomenon, or world events. EASTON, Md. (AP) — A county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has voted to keep a memorial honoring Confederate soldiers, sparking a protest outside the meeting as activists said officials had used the coronavirus pandemic as an “excuse” to shelve the issue.
The Talbot County Council voted 3 to 2 to keep the memorial on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse, The Washington Post reported. The “Talbot Boys” memorial commemorates more than 80 soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. It was dedicated in 1916, more than 50 years after the end of the Civil War, during the Jim Crow era, when states imposed new segregation laws. A measure to remove the monument was introduced earlier this year following the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests against racism and police brutality. Floyd died in May after a white Minneapolis pressed his knee against the Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes as he pleaded for air. Since then, numerous Confederate statues and monuments to American slave owners have come down across the South.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged Thursday that he’s starving the U.S. Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election.
In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly noted two funding provisions that Democrats are seeking in a relief package that has stalled on Capitol Hill. Without the additional money, he said, the Postal Service won’t have the resources to handle a flood of ballots from voters who are seeking to avoid polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”
Trump’s statements, including the false claim that Democrats are seeking universal mail-in voting, come as he is searching for a strategy to gain an advantage in his November matchup against Joe Biden. He’s pairing the tough Postal Service stance in congressional negotiations with an increasingly robust mail-in -voting legal fight in states that could decide the election.
In Iowa, which Trump won handily in 2016 but is more competitive this year, his campaign joined a lawsuit Wednesday against two Democratic-leaning counties in an effort to invalidate tens of thousands of voters’ absentee ballot applications. That followed legal maneuvers in battleground Pennsylvania, where the campaign hopes to force changes to how the state collects and counts mail-in ballots. And in Nevada, Trump is challenging a law sending ballots to all active voters.
His efforts could face limits. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed Republicans who challenged an agreement in Rhode Island allowing residents to vote by mail through November’s general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary. https://www.kare11.com/article/news/local/george-floyd/george-floyd-body-camera-videos-from-lane-kueng-made-public/89-3efde299-b246-4349-9ecd-8d6ec922d51f
1 hour of uncut body cam footage from the George Floyd arrest was released.
The body cam footage provides more evidence of George Floyd's excited delirium and resistance to arrest.
George Floyd is seen screaming and kicking his way out of the police cruiser in a drug fueled rage.
A black bystander can be heard discouraging George's resistance. "Quit resisting bro"
Black lies matter. China on Saturday sealed off another village in Inner Mongolia after a resident died from bubonic plague, the second lockdown in the region in two days.
According to a statement issued by the Health Commission of Bayannaoer, a local patient suffering with the centuries-old disease died Friday of multiple organ failure. He was the second victim of the plague reported this month in the northern Chinese region.
"The place of residence of the deceased is locked down, and a comprehensive epidemiological investigation is being carried out," the announcement posted on the commission's website said.
The first lockdown was announced Thursday in an adjacent city when the health commission of Baotou announced a villager there had died of circulatory system failure.
The bubonic plague is a highly infectious and often fatal disease, "with a case-fatality ratio of 30% - 100% if left untreated," according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The authorities in both cities issued a third-level alert – the second lowest in a four-level system – effective immediately until the end of 2020, to prevent the spread of the disease.
While the disease is spread mostly by rodents, authorities in both cities have warned that human-to-human transmission is possible. "Currently, there is a risk of human plague spreading in our city," the statement reads.
All close and secondary contacts of the patients have been quarantined, the two commissions said. They also urged people to reduce contact with wild animals and avoid hunting, skinning or eating animals that could cause infection.
Cases are becoming increasingly rare in recent years in China. According to China's National Health Commission, there were five cases in 2019, with one death. Worldwide, there are 1,000 to 2,000 cases each year that are reported to the WHO.
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/voa-news-china/china-seals-villages-after-bubonic-plague-deaths The American government is now allowing citizens to upload proof of censorship from any Big Tech including Plebbit.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/please-help-save-freedom-speech-america-post-comment-fcc-chairman-ajit-pais-public-filing-brief-tech-giant-tyranny/ The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections.
The city BOE received 403,103 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary.
But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted.
That means 84,108 ballots were not counted or invalidated — 21 percent of the total.
One out of four mail-in ballots were disqualified for arriving late, lacking a postmark or failing to include a voter’s signature, or other defects. The Post reported Tuesday that roughly 30,000 mail-in ballots were invalidated in Brooklyn alone.
The high invalidation rate provides more proof that election officials and the Postal Service were woefully underprepared to handle and process the avalanche of mail-in ballots that voters were encouraged to fill out to avoid having to go to the polls during the coronavirus pandemic, critics said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to make it easier to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot. The state also footed the bill by providing pre-paid envelopes for voters to mail the ballots.
“A 26 percent invalidation rate is astounding. It’s very troubling,” said Arthur Schwartz, who represented several candidates in a federal lawsuit claiming voters were disenfranchised over the BOE and Postal Service’s handling of ballots.
A federal judge ruled Monday that thousands of voters were disenfranchised because of the tardy mailing and processing of the ballots.
The mess included votes not being counted because the pre-paid ballot envelopes were not postmarked.
Manhattan Judge Analisa Torres ordered that ballots received by June 25 be counted, though the state Board of Elections said it is appealing the ruling.
https://nypost.com/2020/08/05/84000-mail-in-ballots-disqualified-in-nyc-primary-election/amp/ If one explicitly searches Google for “white American doctors” images of African American docs pop up instead.
But the internet search engine giant hasn’t been hacked by activists, nor is there any big conspiracy, though it did spark a recent viral conversation on Twitter.
Last week, Twitter user @_TheProphecy opened the conversation by tweeting,”Lmaooo idk who hacked the Google algorithm but I am crying. Google ‘White American doctor’ & press image.”
Responses in the now-viral thread showed that nearly every search of a profession with “white American” produced photographs of black people doing that specific job. Claims of possible bias promptly racked up.
However, Danny Sullivan, Google’s “Public Search Liaison,” had already explained this phenomenon last year on Twitter, saying the race that appears has to do more with the text or specific words people use when they initially post images.
We don't. As it turns out, when people post images of white couples, they tend to say only "couples" & not provide a race. But when there are mixed couples, then "white" gets mentioned. Our image search depends on heavily words — so when we don't get the words, this can happen.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) January 3, 2019
“… As it turns out, when people post images of white couples, they tend to say only ‘couples’ & not provide a race,” Sullivan continued. “But when there are mixed couples, then ‘white’ gets mentioned. Our image search depends on heavily words — so when we don’t get the words, this can happen.”
https://nypost.com/2020/08/10/why-googling-white-american-doctor-shows-image-results-of-black-doctors/ Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate
From CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica and MJ Lee
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has announced Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate.
The announcement comes following a search that was conducted under strict secrecy, with most campaign aides, donors and even many longtime Biden friends intentionally kept in the dark.
Biden and Harris will formally accept their nominations next week during the Democratic National Convention, which will be conducted via video from various locations because of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1293280411150217219 https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/14/watch-rioters-tear-down-george-washington-statue-at-l-a-city-hall/ Four major news networks have not reported on a story of a 5-year-old white child who was allegedly shot in the head at point-blank range by a 25-year-old black man while he played in the street.
“Cannon Hinnant Say his name @CNN @NBCNews @CBSNews @ABC,” Jason Howerton of the Blaze tweeted, along with screenshots from four major news networks showing no coverage of the execution-style murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant. The Washington Examiner also confirmed the four networks' result pages showed no coverage as of Wednesday.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nbc-abc-cbs-and-cnn-show-zero-results-for-reports-on-the-5-year-old-white-child-allegedly-executed-by-black-25-year-old-neighbor A 31-year-old Uighur man appears in a newly published video that offers a rare view inside the Chinese Communist Party’s secretive “reeducation” camps.
The Uighurs, a Muslim minority, allegedly have been singled out for mass detention, forced labor and torture in China’s Xinjiang Province. As many as 1 million are estimated to have “disappeared” into camps.
The video shows Merdan Ghappar, a former model, handcuffed to a cot in a narrow, cell-like room with caged windows and a small bed. He’s wearing dark sweats and slippers, and the floor and walls appear dirty. It was published by the BBC on Tuesday.
Over a loudspeaker, messages are played in Chinese. They are reportedly about politics and history of Xinjiang.
The province also is known as East Turkistan, although the loudspeaker explicitly blares the opposite, according to the BBC’s translation.
Ghappar’s family forwarded the video and text messages to the outlet to raise awareness of the plight of their people. The texts allegedly contradict China’s claim that it has closed most of its reeducation camps.
The family told the BBC that Ghappar has not been heard from since his last message arrived five months ago.
His uncle, Abdulhakim Ghappar, likened the oppression of the Uighurs to the death of George Floyd. The Uighurs are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group.
“They have both faced brutality for their race,” he told the BBC. “But while in America, people are raising their voices, in our case, there is silence.”
https://nypost.com/2020/08/06/uighur-model-sends-rare-video-from-chinese-detention-center/ Meanwhile, Muslims just burned down a church in Nigeria. With people inside.
A viral video of protesters burning a Bible in Portland may have been amplified as part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
In the video, a pair of protesters appear to throw a Bible onto a fire. Though other protesters in the area do not seem to react to the event, the video, captured and shared by Russia Today owned video outlet Ruptly, became a sensation among right-wing media pundits and politicians as evidence that the protesters are godless book-burners.
The video was pushed by Ruptly several nights and became a leading story on Russian-government owned news site Russia Today.
While it was true that a pair of protesters burned at least one Bible, the story was misconstrued to depict the scene as a mass group of protesters burning a stack of Bibles.
One Twitter user, Ian Michael Cheong - who is Malaysian but portrays himself as a right-wing American political pundit - retweeted the video with the caption "Left-wing activists bring a stack of Bibles to burn in front of the federal courthouse in Portland." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8615711/Five-year-old-boy-riding-bike-shot-dead-neighbor-25-two-sisters.html
North Carolina police have charged a neighbor with the murder of a five-year-old boy who was riding a bike in his own yard when he was shot at point blank range on Sunday evening.
Darius Sessoms, 25, was taken into custody by Wilson police around 24 hours after he allegedly approached Cannon Hinnant in front of the young boy's father's house at 5:30pm and shot him in the head.
Hinnant's seven-year-old and eight-year-old sisters witnessed the killing, their mother told WRAL.
Sessoms lived next door to the family, and the killing is not believed to be random. Neighbors claim he had dinner with Hinnant's father Austin on Friday and had been over at the house earlier on Sunday. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/us/politics/trump-usps-mail-delays.html
WASHINGTON — Welcome to the next election battleground: the post office.
President Trump’s yearslong assault on the Postal Service and his increasingly dire warnings about the dangers of voting by mail are colliding as the presidential campaign enters its final months. The result has been to generate new concerns about how he could influence an election conducted during a pandemic in which greater-than-ever numbers of voters will submit their ballots by mail.
In tweet after all-caps tweet, Mr. Trump has warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” that will “LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY” and become the “SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.” He has predicted that children will steal ballots out of mailboxes. On Thursday, he dangled the idea of delaying the election instead.
Members of Congress and state officials in both parties rejected the president’s suggestion and his claim that mail-in ballots would result in widespread fraud. But they are warning that a huge wave of ballots could overwhelm mail carriers unless the Postal Service, in financial difficulty for years, receives emergency funding that Republicans are blocking during negotiations over another pandemic relief bill.
At the same time, the mail system is being undercut in ways set in motion by Mr. Trump. Fueled by animus for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and surrounded by advisers who have long called for privatizing the post office, Mr. Trump and his appointees have begun taking cost-cutting steps that appear to have led to slower and less reliable delivery.
In recent weeks, at the direction of a Trump campaign megadonor who was recently named the postmaster general, the service has stopped paying mail carriers and clerks the overtime necessary to ensure that deliveries can be completed each day. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/lunatic-sucker-punched-tpusa-member-last-year-arrested-sunday-repeatedly-stabbing-husband-bike-riding-wife/ https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/13/yale-illegally-discriminates-against-white-and-asian-students-justice-department-says.html
>Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process “illegally discriminates” against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said.
>A two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that “race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year,” in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ said.
>A Yale spokeswoman responded: “We are proud of Yale’s admissions practices, and we will not change them on the basis of such a meritless, hasty accusation.”
Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process “illegally discriminates” against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said Thursday.
A two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that “race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year,” in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ said in a press release.
The department said Yale must agree not to use race or national origin as criteria in its next admissions cycle, and that if it plans to consider race in the future, “it must first submit to the Department of Justice a plan demonstrating its proposal is narrowly tailored as required by law, including by identifying a date for the end of race discrimination.”
Yale denied the allegation. Karen Peart, a spokeswoman for the university, said in a statement to CNBC that the Justice Department made its conclusions before Yale had provided enough information to show that its practices “absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent.”
>The DOJ’s probe of Yale found that Asian American and White students are one-tenth to one-fourth as likely to be admitted to the New Haven, Connecticut, university as Black students with comparable academic resumes, the press release said. The Chinese government launched a global propaganda blitz to push back against media reports that exposed the mass detention and repression of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region, according to a new report.
The report, prepared by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, tracks how, as increasing evidence of detention camps emerged, Beijing turned to social media and state-controlled outlets to shift from denial to justifying the camps as voluntary “vocational training.”
According to the report, the propaganda campaign intensified after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published its China Cables investigation in November 2019. Based on leaked, highly classified government documents, the China Cables revealed the operation manual for the nation’s extrajudicial internment and compulsory indoctrination of Muslims as part of a sweeping program of mass surveillance and population control.
More than one million Uighur Muslims have been held in mass-detention camps in Xinjiang, China, according to United Nations estimates.
“The Chinese government has gone from silence to promoting its policies as a model, with dangerous implications for human rights worldwide,” said UHRP project manager Nicole Morgret, who hosted a panel discussion on the report on Tuesday.
Where will they stop! >first world country
By LEILA MILLERSTAFF WRITER
AUG. 14, 20206:06 PM UPDATED8:18 PM
The body that runs the electric grid for most of California declared a statewide Stage 3 emergency Friday evening for the first time since 2001 due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and ordered utilities to implement power disruption programs.
The California Independent System Operator had issued a statewide flex alert earlier Friday, asking residents to conserve electricity between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. That alert asked consumers to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights and not use major appliances.
We “were monitoring the flex alert to see if consumers would answer the call to lower the energy use so we wouldn’t have to go into Stage 3,” said Anne Gonzales, a public information officer for the corporation. “We are in Stage 3 now and hopefully demand will keep going down.”
In the wake of the decision, there were a scattering of power interruptions in Southern California, but it was unclear how widespread they were. The emergency notice was issued at 6:36 p.m. and lifted at 8:54 p.m. One thousand megawatts of electricity were taken out of service, the corporation said.
The power shortage is being driven by what officials say is one of the worst statewide heat waves in years. The broiling conditions that began Friday in California may rival the deadly seven-day heat event of July 2006, the National Weather Service said.
The valleys, mountains and deserts of Southern California are likely to see daytime and nighttime temperatures challenge records through at least Thursday, and humidity will make conditions feel 2 to 5 degrees warmer during the day.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-14/la-me-statewide-power-outages-warning Northern Territory Police say the man had been fishing with family and friends on Darwin Harbour on Friday when he was "struck in his chest by a large fish which launched itself into the boat".
A local fisherman said he understood the fish was an 18-kilogram mackerel.
"From reports, it was like an 18-kilo mackerel, so it would have been a big fish that speared right into this guy and caused major blunt [force] trauma," James Crane said
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-15/nt-fish-launches-into-boat-off-darwin-killing-56-year-old-man/12562100 US calls for shower rules to be eased after Trump hair complaints
The changes were proposed by the Department of Energy on Wednesday following complaints by Mr Trump at the White House last month.
>"So showerheads - you take a shower, the water doesn't come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn't come out. So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair - I don't know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect," he said.
The US government has proposed changing the definition of a showerhead to allow increased water flow, following complaints from President Donald Trump about his hair routine.
Under a 1992 law, showerheads in the US are not allowed to produce more than 2.5 gallons (9.5l) of water per minute.
The Trump administration wants this limit to apply to each nozzle, rather than the overall fixture.
Consumer and conservation groups argue that it is wasteful and unnecessary.
>Economists are warning that if Trump enacts a payroll tax cut, it would weaken the shaky finances of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
>It's unclear whether the president would attempt to replace the funding as Congress did when it deferred employers' Social Security tax payments earlier this year.
>"It's like borrowing money from the Social Security and Medicare trust funds to give to employers just to hold," said Seth Hanlon, a tax expert.
A group of economists at a think tank are warning that if President Donald Trump moves forward with a payroll tax cut through an executive order, the step would weaken the funding mechanisms for Social Security and Medicare.
Over the past week, the president has threatened to circumvent Congress and sign an executive order to enact a payroll tax cut. The tax refers to the 15.3% levy on wages imposed by the federal government, and evenly divided between employers and workers. Most of it funds Social Security, but it also helps finance Medicare.
But experts say the step would further erode the shaky finances of both safety-net programs by yanking a critical source of funding.
"Trump's scheme would weaken the Social Security and Medicare trust funds by diverting the revenue from the employee portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and potentially the employer's share of Medicare taxes, from the programs' trust funds," the memo from the Center for American Progress said.
Earlier this year, Congress deferred the employer-portion of the Social Security tax (6.2%) through 2022 under the CARES Act. But they replaced the lost money with an infusion of general Treasury funds.
Trump, the memo said, lacks the authority to appropriate funds, which is Congress's purview. Trump stokes 'birther' conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris
"Donald Trump was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency," a Biden campaign spokesman said in an email.
"So it's unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation."
What did Trump say?
After a conservative law professor questioned Ms Harris' eligibility based on her parents' immigration status at the time of her birth, Mr Trump was asked about the argument at a press conference on Thursday.
The president said: "I just heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements and by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer. DISTURBING INCIDENT: A hotel guest called in a minor noise complaint against a young couple celebrating a birthday, but that led to them being Tased, shot with a riot gun, and beaten by San Jose police.
The ABC7 I-Team has obtained police body camera videos that are key evidence in a federal civil rights lawsuit.
Some Americans may have felt uneasy 35 years ago when DUI laws, DWI checkpoints, seatbelt laws, and car liability insurance laws were started, but most people felt that the experts must be right.
Pro-police state shows like "COPS" and "America's Most Wanted" were then aired, neighborhood watch groups were formed, "get tough on crime" candidates were elected, and laws allowing mandatory minimums, IMBRA, 3 strikes laws, curfews, police militarization, teen boot camps, school metal detectors, private prisons, and chain gangs were enacted.
Nanny state smoking laws then started appearing.
When 9/11 happened, the Patriot Act was passed, NSA wiretapping, no knock raids, take down notices, no fly lists, terror watch lists, Constitution free zones, stop and frisk, kill switches, National Security Letters, DNA databases, kill lists, FBAR, FATCA, Operation Chokepoint, TSA groping, civil forfeiture, CIA torture, NDAA indefinite detention, secret FISA courts, FEMA camps, laws requiring passports for domestic travel, IRS laws denying passports for tax debts, gun and ammo stockpiles, laws outlawing protesting, Jade Helm, sneak and peek warrants, policing for profit, no refusal blood checkpoints, license plate readers, redlight cameras, speed cameras, FBI facial and voice recognition, tattoo databases, gun bans, the end to the right to silence, free speech bans, searches without warrants, CISPA, SOPA, private prison quotas, supermax prisons, FOSTA, sex offender registration laws, and sex offender restriction laws were allowed.
Now that the USA is a total police state, Americans are finding out that changing anything is impossible and that freedom is lost forever. https://twitter.com/Sarahjoe93/status/492414311348707328
Ayaaaaaaa 538 CALLS ELECTION FOR BIDEN
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/ Michael Cohen Says Forthcoming Trump Tell-All Reveals ‘Golden Showers’ At Vegas Sex Club, Tax Fraud And More
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2020/08/13/michael-cohen-says-forthcoming-trump-tell-all-reveals-golden-showers-at-vegas-sex-club-tax-fraud-and-more/#16f4d8d9691f A man was left heartbroken when he checked out a Street View of the capital, Lima, on Google Maps and accidentally saw his beloved wife cozying up on a bench with another man. His wife and her paramour thought they were safe from prying eyes as they canoodled. Read on..
Many 'Flu' Cases in Seattle This Winter Were Actually Covid-19, Study Finds
The start of the covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. may have been earlier and far larger than official records indicate, according to a new study. Researchers found that a substantial portion of people, including children, in Seattle who were suspected of having the flu this past winter likely had covid-19 instead. It also estimates the city may have had thousands of cases by early March, when barely over a hundred cases in the state were reported.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin looked back to two different periods during the earliest days of the pandemic: the month of January in Wuhan, China, and the weeks of late February and early March in Seattle, Washington. They studied data from hospitals and doctors’ offices that had collected throat swab samples from outpatients diagnosed with flu-like symptoms; these samples were later reanalyzed for the presence of the coronavirus that causes covid-19.
cont. Mexican customs authorities said Wednesday they have seized almost 500 pounds (220 kilograms) of a chemical used to make the synthetic opioid fentanyl at a cargo terminal at the Mexico City airport.
The six plastic drums of fentanyl precursor came on a flight from Spain, an unusual source for the drug. Authorities said the shipment was detected by a trained dog.
It was another sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl and precursors from their usual suppliers in Asia.
Mexican cartels have traditionally received bulk shipments of the powerful synthetic opioid, or the precursor chemicals used to make it, from Asian countries in shipping containers. But lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to have temporarily dampened that source.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-seizes-500-pounds-fentanyl-spain-72337529 Immigrants and asylum seekers hoping to call the United States home are about to pay more than ever for the privilege.
On Friday, the Trump administration announced sweeping increases for some of the most common immigration procedures, according to the Miami Herald, which notes an 81% increase in the cost of citizenship for naturalization, as well as a new $50 charge for asylum-seekers.
The fees’ adjustment “to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services,” they agency said in a press release, includes a $50 fee in the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. That will make the United States one of only four countries around the world that charge a fee for humanitarian protection. -Miami Herald
For those seeking to apply for US citizenship through naturalization, the fee will increase from $640 to $1,160 if filed online, and $1,170 if done via paper.
Form I-765, a petition for employment authorization, will rise 34% to $550, while form I-751, which removes conditions on permanent residence obtained through marriage, will rise 28% to $760.
Other fees noted by The Herald:
▪ I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
Current fee: $575. Final Fee: $1,110. Percentage change: 76%.
▪ I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation
Current fee: $285. Final Fee: $1,810. Percentage change: 535%.
A former FBI lawyer has agreed to plead guilty to altering an email that helped justify surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser as part of the 2016 investigation into Russian interference in the election, according to his lawyer and a person familiar with the matter.
Kevin Clinesmith, who worked in the FBI general counsel’s office, is expected to admit he doctored an email so it said that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was not a source for the CIA, even though Page previously had a relationship with the agency. Relying on what Clinesmith had said, the FBI ultimately did not disclose Page’s relationship with the CIA as it applied to renew a warrant to monitor him as a possible agent of a foreign power.
The case is the first against someone involved in the Russia probe brought by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was tapped by Attorney General William P. Barr to broadly look into how the FBI handled that matter. FIVE YEAR OLD BOY SHOT
Some workers of burial grounds for Kano northwestern Nigeria don complain about lack of enough spaces to bury di dead bodis wey pipo dey bring come.
Di workers wey dey for Abbattoir and Gidan Gona cemetery tell BBC say because say dia cemeteries dey full sometimes dem dey bury two pipo inside one grave.
BBC reporter for Kano visit some of di graves and use im korokoro eyes see wetin di workers dey yan.
Di reporter add say e notice say di pathway wey pipo dey follow go dia relatives grave don become very narrow as dem use part of pathway build graves and atimes u go see two graves merged together with no space in between.
Mallam Danbaba Muhammad na chairmo for Abbatoir cemetary and e tok say e dey beg goment to create and find more spaces for burial grounds as wetin dem dey do now na to bury new dead bodi between two old graves.
"Dis issue dey disturb us wella, now wen dem bring dead bodi due to lack of space we go just find old grave wey don tey bury am on top, sometimes wey go even shift di old bones wey dey dia first."
Dis na di same issue for Gidan Gona cemetery as one of di workers wey say make BBC no mention im name tok say dem dey enter serious wahala anytime dem bring dead bodi come dia side as space no dey.
BBC also tok to some neighbours of dis cemeteries and dem also express dia worry over how goment no dey take kia of dis cemeteries.
Finally BBC contact Kano Committee on graveyards and dem tok say dem dey aware of di problem and dem don table di mata before goment and dey wait for action. Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, two sources close to the matter tell Fox News.
Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation. Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was "not a source" for another government agency. Page has said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Clinesmith is being charged in federal court in Washington and is expected to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement, his attorney Justin Shur told The Associated Press.
Durham was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr last year to investigate the origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, shortly after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller completed his years-long investigation into whether his campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Durham’s timeline was focused on July 2016, when the FBI’s original Russia probe began, through the appointment of Mueller in May 2017.
Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election, though the question of whether Trump obstructed justice was left open in the final report.
A number of big tech companies including Amazon, Facebook and Apple amongst others have signed on to fight President Trump's immigration freeze. 52 companies have signed an amicus brief against a proclamation that suspends temporary work visas.
These organizations are suing acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
When this first came in tech companies spoke out against the proclamation as it harmed their businesses directly. Given Trump's current relationship with some of these tech companies such as Twitter, another battle is the last thing either of them needs. t-Rump walks out of news conference after reporter asks him about Veterans Choice lie he's told more than 150 times
President Donald t-Rump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.
t-Rump, speaking at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, had claimed again that he is the one who got the Veterans Choice program passed -- adding, "They've been trying to get that passed for decades and decades and decades and no president's ever been able to do it, and we got it done."
In fact, former President Barack Obama signed the Choice program into law in 2014. The law, which allowed eligible veterans to be covered by the government for care provided by doctors outside the VA system, was a bipartisan initiative spearheaded by two senators t-Rump has repeatedly criticized, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the late John McCain of Arizona.
What t-Rump signed was a 2018 law, the VA MISSION Act, that modified and expanded the eligibility criteria from the Choice program. Rather than tout that bill, t-Rump has claimed over and over that he created Veterans Choice itself -- after others had failed for "50 years."
"Why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice?" CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid asked t-Rump at the Saturday news conference, during which t-Rump announced executive actions on coronavirus relief.
As t-Rump tried to call on another reporter instead, Reid continued, "You said that you passed Veterans Choice. It was passed in 2014...it was a false statement, sir."
t-Rump paused, then responded: "OK. Thank you very much, everybody." He then walked away as the song "YMCA" played. https://www.axios.com/2020-election-conservative-media-ac7c454a-d8cd-4e3b-b7c5-26359e5e31a0.html
The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.
Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.
By the numbers: The data shows that for articles published about Biden since last fall by Fox News, Breitbart, Daily Wire, Daily Caller and Western Journal, articles about Biden's mental acuity, Hunter Biden and Burisma, and Tara Reade's sexual assault accusations have generated the most interactions on social media (likes, comments, shares).
But in recent months, that interest has dissipated:
>Engagement on pieces about Biden's mental sharpness peaked in March and then even higher in June, but has decreased since then. Of the three topics, this has gotten the least combined interest
>Chatter about Hunter Biden serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company peaked in October, then disappeared by March with a brief spurt in May.
> Interactions on coverage about Tara Reade's allegations against Biden hit a crescendo in late April and early May — reaching a higher peak than any other storyline — before falling away by June.
Overall among these publishers, engagement on all stories about Biden peaked in April and May and has fallen 31% in June and July. Despite repeated warnings that mass deforestation could lead to runaway climate change, Metro.co.uk has been told by charities, scientists and campaigners that records continue to be broken on fires, which are often started deliberately.
Though the number of blazes in the Amazon is currently far lower than at the height of last year’s crisis — when there was international outrage over the issue — some 6,803 fires were detected in July, a 28% rise on the same month last year, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). And there are fears that a fire season widely expected to be drier than last year means more burning is on the way – while any response could be hampered by the coronavirus crisis.
>https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/06/amazon-rainforest-collapse-2020-fires-set-devastating-yet-13093883/amp/ The block was put in place at the end of July and is enforced via China's Great Firewall.
The Chinese government has deployed an update to its national censorship tool, known as the Great Firewall (GFW), to block encrypted HTTPS connections that are being set up using modern, interception-proof protocols and technologies.
The ban has been in place for at least a week, since the end of July, according to a joint report published this week by three organizations tracking Chinese censorship -- iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report.
China now blocking HTTPS+TLS1.3+ESNI
Through the new GFW update, Chinese officials are only targeting HTTPS traffic that is being set up with new technologies like TLS 1.3 and ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication). Other HTTPS traffic is still allowed through the Great Firewall, if it uses older versions of the same protocols -- such as TLS 1.1 or 1.2, or SNI (Server Name Indication).
Disturbing new police bodycam video captures the final 17 minutes of George Floyd’s life, providing the most complete account yet of his arrest and death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The uncensored footage, which runs just over 30 minutes, is the first start-to-finish view of the May 25 incident that sparked worldwide outrageous.
The video begins and en New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said “you’d have to be blind” to think calls to further calls to investigate the coronavirus deaths linked to state nursing homes amid the pandemic are “not political.”
Cuomo, during a press conference Monday, said he “wouldn’t do an investigation” into the nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic in the state of New York.
“I wouldn’t do an investigation whether or not it’s political, everybody can make that decision for themselves,” Cuomo said. “I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political.”
He went on to say, “Just look at where it comes from and look at the sources and look at their political affiliations and look at who wrote the letter in Congress and look at what publications raise it and what media outward networks raise it.”
NEW YORK TIMES ACCUSED OF GOING SOFT ON CUOMO OVER NY NURSING HOME CONTROVERSY
He added: “It’s kind of incredible.”
Cuomo has been insisting that the thousands of nursing home deaths had nothing to do with his March 25 order that required nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients who were medically stable without testing them, claiming that the deaths were caused by infected staff members who spread the virus.
A report released last month backs up his claims, but experts have questioned the report’s methods.
The report, released by New York State, said that 80 percent of the 310 nursing homes in the state that took coronavirus patients already had cases before Cuomo issued his order.
Cuomo has blamed “dirty politics” for the accusations he has faced over his order, which he eventually rescinded on May 10. He said it was a “political conspiracy that the deaths in nursing homes were preventable.”
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-coronavirus-nursing-home-independent-investigation https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns Shameful lack of leadership, summer was perfect EZ time to reduce covid19 down to fully controlled, t-Rump would've emerged as an absolute world hero in a fall landslide reelection victory, instead t-Rump is now a spineless scoundrel fighting his own vulnerable citizens
Philip Rucker, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey and Robert Costa
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As the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows is responsible for coordinating the vast executive branch, including its coronavirus response. But in closed-door meetings, he has revealed his skepticism of the two physicians guiding the anti-pandemic effort, Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, routinely questioning their expertise, according to senior administration officials and other people briefed on the internal discussions.
Meadows no longer holds a daily 8 a.m. meeting that includes health professionals to discuss the raging pandemic. Instead, aides said, he huddles in the mornings with a half-dozen politically oriented aides - and when the virus comes up, their focus is more on how to convince the public that President Donald T-Rump has the crisis under control, rather than on methodically planning ways to contain https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/politics/fact-check-jonathan-swan-axios-hbo-interview-trump-coronavirus/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Top+Stories%29
Washington (CNN)Jonathan Swan, a reporter for Axios, has revealed the magic words that expose President Donald Trump's lies for what they are.
In an interview that aired Monday night on "Axios on HBO," Swan demolished some of Trump's most dishonest talking points with a powerful tactic that has rarely been used by the people Trump has allowed to interview him:
Basic follow-up questions.
Many of Trump's interviewers are right-wing sycophants who have no interest in challenging him. But Trump has defeated even his other interviewers by employing a strategy we can call the hit-and-run -- saying dishonest stuff, then darting ahead to other dishonest stuff before the interviewer reacts.
Swan -- like Fox News' Chris Wallace, to a slightly lesser extent, in an interview that aired July 19 -- came armed with facts and prepared to use them, even if he had to interrupt Trump like Trump interrupts others.
And Trump wasn't ready to respond.
Take their exchange about coronavirus testing. Trump uttered a version of his now-familiar refrain about how testing is overrated -- attributing this nonsense to unnamed "those that say." Swan pressed for details.
Trump: "You know, there are those that say you can test too much, you do know that."
Swan: "Who says that?"
Trump: "Oh, just read the manuals. Read the books."
Swan: "Manuals? What manuals?"
Trump: "Read the books. Read the books."
Swan: "What books?"
Trump moved on without offering a direct answer. While Swan couldn't get the President to concede that he is making up these "manuals" and "books," he exposed him nonetheless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5CqOJ_EVqg
A late-night tweet from Kanye West this week strengthened the impression that establishment Republicans are helping the musician and fashion designer in his quest to get on the ballot in some states as a third-party candidate for president.
"I'm willing to do a live interview with the New York Time[s] about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr. Claude Anderson's book Powernomics," the post reads.
"Jared" is Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser.
The New York Times reported that Kushner and West met privately last weekend in Colorado. Neither the White House nor West's camp responded to NPR's requests for comment.
Kushner addressed the meeting himself during a White House press briefing Thursday afternoon, noting that he's been friends with West for about a decade.
"We both happened to be in Colorado and so we got together and we had a great discussion about a lot of things," Kushner said.
"He has some great ideas for what he'd like to see happen in the country and that's why he has the candidacy that he's been doing. But again, there's a lot of issues that the president's championed that he admires and it was just great to have a friendly discussion." https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/watch-7-year-old-wanted-become-police-officer-falls-victim-street-violence-video/ A Pennsylvania public school teacher has complained that at-home instruction would impinge on teachers’ abilities to “destabilize a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia” and host discussions about racism, sexuality, and gender.
The coronavirus-fueled transition to online learning has shifted the domain for pushing far-left propaganda on American students from classrooms to homes, and some teachers – specifically Matthew Kay of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy – are frustrated the shift will complicate their ability to spew their radical beliefs.
Kay took to Twitter to explain how the prospect of parents listening to class discussion could “damage” conversations about race, gender, and sexuality, providing insight into the far-left indoctrination of American schoolchildren.
The public high school English teacher also worried that parents – especially conservative ones – could hinder his “work of destabilizing kids racism or homophobia or transphobia.”
Unsurprisingly, Kay has also written Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom, featuring chapters such as “Demystifying The Safe Space” and “Lessons From The 2016 Election.”
It’s no secret that social justice reigns supreme in academia, but the pandemic is shining a light on just how calculated and radical American public school classrooms really are.
https://thenationalpulse.com/politics/schoolteacher-interferes-with-trans-race-gay-propaganda/ BTW. The blackout was caused by Poland, which literally buldozed the internet cable connection to the White Russia.
you can read the lies of eternal anglo here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53753412 2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Trump Slides, Biden Advantage Expands Over 270 Votes
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At least 70 pipo don die and 2,700 pipo injure from di explosion wey happun for Lebanon capital Beirut according to di kontri minister of health.
Lebanon Prime Minister Hamad Hassan don declare 5 August, 2020, as day of "national day of mourning".
Dis wan na afta di ogbonge explosion for di capital Beirut injure many pipo and cause serious damage and destruction.
Officials dey blame highly explosive materials wey dem store inside one warehouse for six years.
President Michel Aoun tweet say e dey "unacceptable" say dem stor 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in an unsafe manner..
Investigation dey under way to find out di exact tin wey trigger di explosion.
Reports say Hospitals don full and many buildings don destroy..
One BBC journalist for di scene report say e see dead bodies and serious damage, enough to put di port of Beirut out of action.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab call di incident catastrophe and say those wey dey responsible must face di music.
He tok about "dangerous warehouse" wey don dey dia since 2014, but say e no wan tok too much in order not to interfere with di investigation.
Video wey dem post online show plenty smoke for cloud cloud and plenty damages.
Pipo for 240km (150 miles) away for di island of Cyprus for di eastern Mediterranean hear di blast.
Di explosion dey come for sensitive time for Lebanon, wia economic crisis dey bring up old divisions.
Dis explosion happun even as tension dey high ahead of di judgement for di trial on top who kill di former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri for 2005.
One UN tribunal don ready to issue judgement for di trial of four suspects wey get hand for di murder by car bomb of Hariri.
All di four be members of di Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, wey all di time dey deny say dem no get hand for Hariri death. Dem no dey present for di trial and di judgement suppose hold dis Friday. After finding itself cornered over the handling of the novel coronavirus, appropriately named the “CCP virus,” China is embracing an offensive mode globally.
The Chinese foreign ministry has now instructed its ambassadors to aggressively defend its interests and reputation, even if at the cost of diplomatic niceties. Following what has been named “wolf warrior” diplomacy, these diplomats are now actively pushing the Chinese regime’s agenda by employing the tools of attacks, fake news, propaganda, and conspiracy theories. However, countries around the world, instead of being cowed down, are now standing up to this diplomatic offensive and China’s hegemonic ambitions.
Nowhere is this shift more pronounced than with China’s neighbors in the Indo-Pacific. For years, being at the receiving end of Beijing’s assertiveness in territorial disputes, threats of economic coercion, and an aggressive push into their markets, countries of the Indo-Pacific are now making their voices heard.
Utilizing the opportunity offered by Beijing’s CCP virus cover-up, these countries are now demanding answers from China, re-aligning their defense postures, and coordinating with like-minded allies.
Australia, which for years, has had a prosperous trade relationship with China and flourishing people-to-people contact, is now willing to take on the growing brazenness from Beijing.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinas-neighbors-in-the-indo-pacific-stand-up-to-its-hegemonic-ambitions_3447202.html A nudist in Berlin got too close to nature for comfort when a wild boar snatched his plastic bag - which had his laptop inside.
The naked man gave chase to the boar and her two piglets - much to the amusement of fellow sunbathers.
Adele Landauer, an actor and life coach, took photos of the chase at Teufelssee - a popular bathing spot - and put them on Facebook.
"Nature strikes back!" she wrote, adding that the man laughed it all off.
"He gave it his all", with not a stitch on, she reported. "I then showed the photos to the man, he laughed soundly and authorised me to make them public."
'He was very focused'
Ms Landauer provided more details on her Instagram page, saying the incident was a good example of someone persevering to achieve their goal.
She said there were many nude sunbathers at the spot when the wild boars appeared.
While the man was bathing, she writes, the boars calmly ate a pizza from his backpack and then "they were looking for a dessert".
"They found this yellow bag and decided to take it away. But the man who owned it realized it was the bag with his laptop.
"So, he was very focused and run [sic] behind the boars in order to get it back."
The onlookers "adored him how focused he stayed and when he came back with his yellow bag in the hand we all clapped and congratulated him for his success".
There is a strong tradition of naturism in Germany, where in summer it is quite normal for people to strip off in parks. The back-to-nature movement is known as Freikörperkultur - "free body culture" - or FKK for short.
Wednesday's incident comes just days after a particularly bold urban fox in Berlin was found to have walked off with dozens of people's shoes, which they had unwisely left in their gardens.
In the coronavirus lockdown there were many reports of animals becoming more daring, taking advantage of empty public spaces. Wild boar have already made themselves at home in some Berlin suburbs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia is the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine—dubbed “Sputnik V.”
Putin claimed that one of his own daughters has already received a dose of the vaccine, according to reports from Moscow—though he didn’t note which daughter. Russian officials pledged to vaccinate millions within the month, starting with healthcare workers and teachers.
Little is known about Sputnik V, which was developed by researchers at the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow. There is no public data on the vaccine, let alone any published, peer-reviewed scientific studies. Public registration of two small clinical trials notes that Sputnik V uses a viral-vector-based design, but they suggest that it has only been tested in a small number of people. The trials, which began less than two months ago, each enrolled 38 healthy volunteers and have an estimated study completion date of August 15.
The World Health Organization, which tracks international COVID-19 vaccine development efforts, lists Sputnik V as being only in the first of three main clinical trial phases. Generally, Phase I clinical trials for vaccines are small—typically only involving dozens of people—and only assess the safety of the candidate. Phase II trials may involve hundreds of people and look further at safety, dosing, and the immune responses that the vaccine triggers, which may hint at the vaccine’s possible efficacy. Then there is the Phase III trial, which often involves tens of thousands of people and looks at whether the vaccine protects against infection and disease.
It appears that Russia has skipped Phase III—and possibly has not finished Phase II yet. Photo shows CCP members, ByteDance employees hold communist flag at China headquarters
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As speculation reaches a fever pitch over the fate of TikTok, a photo has surfaced showing top executives posing with party members and a communist flag inside the parent company's headquarters in Beijing — making the close ties between the corporation and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abundantly clear.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump is giving Microsoft until Sept. 15 to reach a deal to purchase short-video app TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance before banning the app from the U.S.
On Wednesday, human rights activist Jennifer Zeng posted on Twitter a photo of a CCP event held inside the corporate headquarters of ByteDance in Beijing's Haidian District, showing employees and CCP members holding a communist banner. The photo originates from a report on a CCP event held at the headquarters last July.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson has made insensitive and inappropriate comments during his tenure, including about race, religion and sex, the State Department’s inspector general has found, judging that morale in some parts of the mission has dropped.
In a report published on Wednesday, the inspector general’s office said it asked the relevant State Department bureau to conduct further review based on its findings and take action, a recommendation the agency disagreed with.
“Offensive or derogatory comments, based on an individual’s race, color, sex, or religion, can create an offensive working environment and could potentially rise to a violation of EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) laws,” it said.
A billionaire with no prior diplomacy experience, Johnson was appointed to the coveted post of ambassador to Britain, one of Washington’s closest international partners, in August 2017. He is co-owner of U.S. football team the New York Jets.
The inspector-general’s office said it found that Johnson’s ‘demanding and hard-driving’ management style had a negative impact on morale in some sections of the embassy.
The report also gave examples of how Johnson’s conduct “did not always model the principles of the Department.” A new poll from the Pew Research Center revealed a surge in anti-China sentiment, with American animosity toward China at an all-time high.
Today, 73 percent of American adults have a negative view of the communist country, a 26-percent increase since 2018, according to the survey results. Two-thirds of respondents said China has done a bad job handling COVID-19, while 78 percent said China is at least somewhat to blame for the spread of the pandemic. More than one in four Americans consider China an "enemy," while nearly 60 percent see it as a "competitor."
The major dip in Chinese favorability comes after a historic month in Sino-American relations. China imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong and looks to constrain Taiwan. Meanwhile, new revelations about forced labor camps for Uyghur minorities have infuriated House and Senate Republicans.
American policy is beginning to reflect the hawkish sensibility most Americans now share. In a landmark speech last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined Washington’s new attitude toward Beijing.
"If the free world doesn't change communist China, communist China will surely change us," Pompeo said. "Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time, and America is perfectly positioned to lead it because our founding principles give us that opportunity."
Matching the secretary's tough rhetoric, Washington has upped its sanctions regime against China, closed a Chinese consulate, and started to reposition itself to make a stand in the South China Sea.
A South Carolina Democrat has flipped a legislative seat from Republican control in a victory heralded by some Democrats as a possible signal their party could make more gains this fall.
Spencer Wetmore won more than 59% of the votes counted in Tuesday night’s special election in state House district 115, according to unofficial election results from the state election commission. Republican candidate Josh Stokes received just over 39% of votes counted.
The seat in South Carolina's Lowcountry had long been held by Republicans but was targeted by Democrats seeing possible trends in their direction in the area, spurred in part by Democrat Joe Cunningham's 2018 victory in the 1st Congressional District. Its most recent occupant, Peter McCoy, earlier this year resigned to become South Carolina’s U.S. attorney. McCoy had been chairman of the state House judiciary committee.
A Green party candidate secured 1% of votes cast. Results will be certified later this week.
Republicans currently hold control of the state House chamber, in which Democrats would now have 45 seats with Wetmore’s victory. The legislature is not currently in session, but lawmakers are due to return next month for a special gathering to weigh in on some measures related to the pandemic, including possible expansions of absentee voting and other changes for the November election. They will also debate the state budget and spending $668 million in federal coronavirus reimbursements to state agencies and local governments. Despite the coronavirus restricting a large crowd, Hindus rejoiced Wednesday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god, Ram, at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque.
Modi offered prayers to nine stone blocks with Ram inscribed on them and kept in a small pit amid chanting of Hindu religious hymns to symbolize the start of construction of the temple, which is expected to take 3 1/2 years to complete. The blocks will serve as the monument’s foundation stones.
Modi wore a traditional outfit of a gold kurta, a long shirt, and a white dhoti — a loose cloth wrapped around his waist — along with a face mask. Before the start of the ceremony, he prostrated before a small idol of the god Ram that was kept in a makeshift temple set up by Hindu nationalists at the site where the mosque was demolished in 1992.
“It’s an emotional and historic moment. Wait has been worthwhile,” said Lal Krishna Advani, a 92-year-old leader of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, who was at the forefront of the party’s temple campaign in the 1990s.
https://thediplomat.com/2020/08/modi-lays-foundation-of-hindu-temple-at-razed-mosque-site/ https://twitter.com/nikosobolic/status/1293439459678134272?s=21 rice, warren, or bass please
Allies of Kamala Harris sought and received a meeting with Joe Biden’s campaign staff this week after a leader of his vice presidential vetting team was quoted doubting whether she’d be a loyal No. 2.
Prominent supporters of the California senator asked for the virtual sit-down on the heels of a POLITICO report Monday that Harris is not a lock for VP. It quoted former Sen. Chris Dodd, one of four members of the vetting unit, remarking to a prominent Democratic donor that Harris had “no remorse” for attacking Biden during a debate last year. Biden’s campaign at the time viewed the attack — Harris went after Biden for opposing a school busing program — as a cheap shot contrived to make him look racially insensitive.
harris & klobuchar (excellent cabinetry) already sitting us senators stepping on anyone to get ahead Dating in a time of social upheaval has its downfalls according to a recent report from Vice News, which says that authentic leftists now fear being “wokefished” by potential dates who try to snag hookups on social media and dating apps by posing as dedicated progressives.
”Wokefishing,'” the outlet notes, “is when people masquerade as holding progressive political views to ensnare potential partners. A wokefish may at first present themselves as a protest-attending, sex-positive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist who drinks ethically sourced oat milk and has read the back catalogue of Audre Lorde, twice. But in reality, they don’t give a sh*t. Or, as is often the case, they are actively the opposite in their personal lives.”
The term “wokefishing” is a derivative of “catfishing,” a common term, at least among younger generations, used to refer to situations where a profile or person on an internet site isn’t who they seem, and lures their target into a relationship, only to somehow take advantage of the situation.
In this case, it seems, fake progressives are looking to snag easy dates with leftists, particularly leftist women. The practice, Vice notes, probably began well before the recent, national anti-racism movement — it may go as far back as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) doomed bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination — but in the wake of the George Floyd protests, the phenomenon has only gained steam.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/leftists-now-concerned-about-being-wokefished-by-progressive-pretenders-on-dating-apps How did CNN report this moment? “Biden clarifies that he has not taken cognitive test,” their headline reads. Actually, it’s a full flip-flop; Biden claimed in June that he’d been “constantly” tested on cognition. Now, however, it’s akin to taking a drug test, or something:
BIDEN: "No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C'mon man. That's like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you're taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?" pic.twitter.com/f6UMPJq381
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 5, 2020
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden said during an interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists that’s set to air in full on Thursday.
“Come on, man. That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” Biden said, becoming testy with the reporter who asked whether he had taken a cognitive test.
“Testy”? Did Biden really just challenge CBS reporter Errol Barnett to prove he’s not a junkie? Naaah … or at least I don’t think that was Biden’s point. The problem is that it’s impossible to tell what Biden’s point is, except that he’s changed his mind on taking cognition tests, and that they are somehow like random drug testing in his fevered brain.
https://news.yahoo.com/biden-interview-nabj-nahj-cognitive-test-090013631.html Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Celebration ship sits off the Port of Palm Beach, August 6, 2020. The crew are working without wages during the pandemic.
According to a new lawsuit filed in Miami federal court last week and interviews with five Grand Celebration crew members, kitchen and cleaning staff were required to continue to work without wages after the company stopped passenger cruises in mid-March while others, including casino staff, had to relieve those still on the job.
As of Friday, there were 143 people still on board the ship, currently docked in the Port of Palm Beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Some are still working without pay.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has used threats of jail time and promises of a one-time $1,000 payment to keep crew working without wages during the pandemic, according to crew members. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line crew members interviewed for this story said they have not been paid for their work since mid-March.
As crew members started to make it safely off of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in mid-April, stories about life on board surfaced on social media.
Facebook and Instagram comments described how the company stopped paying working crew on board after it canceled passenger cruises on March 14 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 18, below an Instagram image of the company’s ship with a sunset in the background, came this plea for help: “Through this message we want to ask for help on behalf of 8 Salvadorans stranded on the Grand Celebration cruise...We want to let you know and make it public that we are being forced to work without any remuneration, we have to buy our personal supplies...Help us.” Survivors of the atomic bombings of 75 years ago have accused Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of making light of their concerns after he delivered two near-identical speeches to mark the anniversaries of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A plagiarism detection app found that Abe’s speech in Nagasaki on Saturday duplicated 93% of a speech he had given in Hiroshima three days earlier, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.
The English-language versions of the speeches on Abe’s official website also show a high degree of duplication.
The opening paragraph mentions each city’s name, and continues: “I reverently express my sincere condolences to the souls of the great number of atomic bomb victims. I also extend my heartfelt sympathy to those still suffering even now from the after-effects of the atomic bomb.” Aside from the ceremony titles, the passages match word for word.
Related: 'To my last breath': survivors fight for memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Abe did, however, use different wording when referring to how each city had rebuilt in the years after Japan’s wartime defeat.
An estimated 140,000 people died immediately and in the months after the Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945, while 74,000 died during and after the attack on Nagasaki three days later.
By the way, there no even a word about who make this bombing...
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/12/japan-pm-sparks-anger-with-near-identical-speeches-in-hiroshima-and-nagasaki Earlier today Chinese jet fighters crossed the straights of Taiwan while an American representative was meeting diplomats in the capital. The Taiwanese military locked surface to air missiles on the aircraft before they left the area, escorted by the Taiwanese airforce.
This escalation of military aggression has left many commentators thinking "Why is China being such a cunt this year?" and "where can I get some of what they're smoking?"
https://www-express-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/1320857/china-news-world-war-3-taiwan-missile-ww3/amp?amp_js_v=a3&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.express.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld%2F1320857%2Fchina-news-world-war-3-taiwan-missile-ww3 Guess who's officially under a criminal investigation?
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City prosecutor fighting to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday he was justified in demanding them because of public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
Manhattan District Attorney District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. is seeking eight years of the Republican president’s personal and corporate tax records, but has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records, other than part of the investigation related to payoffs to two women to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with Trump.
In a court filing Monday, attorneys for Vance said the president wasn’t entitled to know the exact nature of the grand jury investigation.
They noted, though, that at the time the subpoena for the tax filings was issued to Trump’s accountants, “there were public allegations of possible criminal activity” at the president’s company “dating back over a decade.”
They cited several newspaper articles, including one in which the Washington Post examined allegations that Trump had a practice of sending financial statements to potential business partners and banks that inflated the worth of his projects by claiming they were bigger or more potentially lucrative than they were.
Another news article described congressional testimony by Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president would overstate the value of his business interests to impress people or lenders, but then deflate the value of assets when trying to reduce his taxes.
The attorneys also cited reports of past investigations by New York regulators into whether the conduct described by Cohen amounted to bank fraud. It was one of the most misguided attempts at racial justice in what was one of the most systematically racist countries on Earth.
Now, Zimbabwe’s government is going to try to put an end to a divisive chapter in its history with $3.5 billion in reparations. The only problem is, they’ve wrecked their economy so thoroughly that they don’t have that money — at least not yet.
Close to three years after longtime dictator Robert Mugabe was deposed, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Wednesday that he’d reached a settlement on one of Mugabe’s most contentious policies: the expropriation of land owned by white farmers to redistribute to black residents.
According to Deutsche Welle, Mnangagwa said the deal was “historic in many respects.” Andrew Pascoe — head of the Commercial Farmers’ Union, which represented the white farmers in the negotiations — said it was a “miracle.”
The agreement will only compensate farmers for infrastructure on the farms and not the land itself, however.
Zimbabwe will likely have to borrow heavily and at high interest rates to pay off the farmers — and it still doesn’t solve the fact that the state-owned land is inefficiently farmed and run for the benefit of the country’s elites, who’re little more than blood-engorged ticks feeding off of an emaciated nation.
And yet, this was all supposed to be radical racial progress.
A bit of a quick history lesson: Zimbabwe was, up until 1965, a British colony known as Southern Rhodesia. The white establishment in the country, alarmed at the pace of decolonization in Africa, decided to declare themselves an independent nation known as Rhodesia — although no nation, including apartheid South Africa, would officially recognize it.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-farmers/zimbabwe-agrees-to-pay-3-5-billion-compensation-to-white-farmers-idUSKCN24U1OM Assembly bill A2847 was introduced by Assembly Member, Patricia Leahy, (D) of Bethlehem, and co-sponsored by Assemblymen Jake Ashby, (R) of East Greenbush, Phil Steck, (D) of Albany, and Felix Ortiz, (D) of Brooklyn. It specifically forces gun owners to;
“…continuously maintain a policy of liability insurance in an amount not less than $250,000.00 specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Failure to maintain such insurance shall result in the immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own such firearm.”
https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/sports/local/outdoors-gun-rights-advocate-urges-owners-and-sportsmen-to-vote/article_8b0e51a6-27e8-5031-a558-5ebf55617f12.html A Sharia court in Kano State, Nigeria on Monday said it found a 22-year-old musician, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, guilty of using derogatory expressions against the Prophet Muhammed in one of his songs and sentenced him to death by hanging. Read more through the link below
https://www.mazechmedia.com/2020/08/sharia-court-in-kano-nigeria-sentences-musician-to-death-over-song-allegedly-against-prophet-muhammad/ Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told donors Wednesday that he does not want to defund the police, instead advocating for more money despite it going against the wishes of racial justice protesters.
Speaking to donors at a virtual fundraiser hosted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former vice president made the remarks after being asked about his view of how to approach criminal justice reform.
“I don’t want to defund police,” Biden told his supporters, “I want to get police more money in order to deal with the things they badly need from making sure they have access to community policing, that they have also in the department’s social workers, psychologists, people who in fact can handle those god awful problems that a cop has to have four degrees to handle.”
The 2020 presidential hopeful went into further detail about specific reforms he would like to see enacted.
“Reform means … banning chokeholds, stopping transferring military weapons of war to the police departments, creating a model use of force standard and holding all police to the high standard,” he said.
Biden continued by saying he wanted to make sure “prosecutors who work with the police aren’t the same ones handling police misconduct cases. Instead, he argued, “prosecutors from different jurisdictions” should handle those cases.
He then pledged, as he has previously, to create a national police oversight commission within his first 100 days.
The stance is similar to that of his former 2020 rival and staunch progressive, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who also opposes defunding the police. However, Biden has faced considerable pressure from progressive groups to change his position.
https://nypost.com/2020/08/06/joe-biden-tells-donors-he-supports-more-funding-for-police/ >a foreignigger's desperate cope
>why no hate crimes charge?
A man who allegedly threatened to commit a church shooting in Lubbock has been charged with a firearm offense following an investigation led by FBI Dallas’ Lubbock Resident Agency with support from ATF and HSI, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.
Hieu Tran Trung, a 45-year-old North Vietnamese refugee living in Lubbock, has been charged via criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant, Jr., Monday afternoon.
According the complaint affidavit, a friend reached out to the FBI after Mr. Trung allegedly stated that he would “spray up” random people at his church.
Mr. Trung – who was barred from possessing firearms due to a 1998 conviction for assault on a public servant – allegedly asked the friend to “get me one of them straps,” a slang term for firearms. The friend refused.
A week later, on July 7, Mr. Trung allegedly texted the friend a photo of himself with two firearms. He later texted the friend a photo of a large amount of ammunition, along with the phrase “locked and leaded.” Rep. Maxine Waters expressed confidence that a Black woman would be on the Democratic ticket as vice president.
In a Friday town hall with Essence, the California Democrat seemed certain Joe Biden would pick a Black woman as his running mate based on help he’s received from the Black community.
“Let me guarantee you this, based on everything that I know and understand, and the help that [Biden] has already gotten from the Black community…he can’t go home without a Black woman being VP,” Waters said. “We’re going to have a Black woman VP.”
Earlier on Saturday Biden raise eyebrows by telling Fox News he’d decided on a vice president, a decision much anticipated after his campaign reportedly narrowed the list to a handful of choices.
“Yeah, I have,” Biden told Fox in Delaware when asked whether or not he’d chosen a VP.
When Fox News asked who, Biden quipped "you" in response. It was initially unclear how if Biden's initial response, made during a bike ride in a state park, was serious.
Biden confidants, who spoke to Axios, said the final two candidates are Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama's administration.
Last week, Biden told reporters that he would choose his party's vice presidential nominee by "the first week in August." But a source familiar with the process told Fox News on Monday that "an announcement isn't likely this week."
With the Aug. 17 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) nearing, a leading Biden adviser said the former vice president would use the next week or so to "spend some time" with the contenders on the shortlist.
Fox News' Adam Shaw and Peter Doocy contributed to this report.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/maxine-waters-biden-black-woman-vp Hamburg authorities discovered 1.5 tons of cocaine in a container freight, one of the largest quantities ever seized in the northern German port city, a spokesperson for the Customs Investigations Office said on Monday.
The massive stash, which has an estimated street value of around €300 million ($353 million), was hidden between sacks of rice in the container which came from Guyana, local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt reported.
"The 1.5 tons of cocaine seized may be a highly pure drug, which would be tripled in price for street sales," the Hamburger Abendblatt quoted an official as saying.
https://www.dw.com/en/german-police-seize-15-tons-of-cocaine-at-hamburg-port/a-54510023 Orchards in some parts of North Korea have been severely damaged by disease and pests due to monsoon rains that began from mid-July, Daily NK has learned.
“Fruit trees in orchards in Sukchon and Pyongwon have been damaged by disease and insects,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK yesterday. “I’ve heard that disease and insects have also done damage to farms in Sariwon, Hwangju and Bongsan [in North Hwanghae Province].”
The damage by disease and insects grew serious because of the lack of “disinfectant and insecticide,” along with the adverse weather conditions, the source said, adding, “[Damage] to fruit trees by disease and insects is continuing to get worse, but [farmers] are unable to do much about it.”
CLEAR AND PRESENT SHORTAGES
The source’s report suggests that – on top of the country’s economic problems – the shortage of pesticide has led to a disease and pest problem that has only grown worse because of the monsoon rains.
According to reports by South Korea’s weather service last updated on Wednesday, Singye and Sariwon (in North Hwanghae Province) along with the Yangdok area (in South Pyongan Province) have been hit with large and small bouts of monsoon rains since early July. Kaesong, for its part, received 537.1 millimeters of rain over the course of the past month (from July 10 to Aug. 4) – an amount equaling around 68% of all the rain that fell in the area last year.
North Korean authorities, moreover, have presented what are considered by some in the country as “ineffective” measures to deal with the problem.
https://www.dailynk.com/english/amid-monsoon-rains-north-korean-fruit-orchards-face-severe-damage-pests/ Toy-maker Hasbro announced that it will pull a new "Trolls" doll from stores after an uproar and petition denouncing a button located in the doll's "private area" that makes it "gasp and giggle," drawing accusations that the toy grooms children for sexual abuse.
A video that went viral shows a mother explaining her outrage and demonstrating the button after her daughter received the doll for her birthday:
A petition demanding that the toy-maker pull the product from shelves reached nearly 400,000 signatures. The petition states:
Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. This Trolls World Tour doll named Poppy has a button on her private area under her skirt. When you push this button on the doll's private she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child's toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores. What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it's fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are ok? It's not ok! It's not fun! It's damaging and has long term affects on a child's mental/physical health! Sign this petition to get this toy removed from shelves and help #SaveTheChildren! Children are our future and WE are their voice!
After Hasbro announced that it would pull the toy, Jessica McManis, the woman who created the petition, responded on Twitter:
"I didn't expect my petition to blow up like this! I'm so happy it did! They recalled the doll today. There's no way someone at Hasbro didn't think that it was weird when deciding to create this doll like that."
https://disrn.com/news/hasbro-pulls-trolls-doll-from-stores-after-uproar-over-button-in-private-area-that-makes-it-gasp-and-giggle/ Finally someone interested in violation against protestors in US. But if such cases are in other countries - US official make some statements, so why they are silent now?
A new ad from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign uses a manipulated version of a news photo taken in Coralville by a Gazette photographer to falsely say it shows presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hiding in his Delaware basement.
The image, which was used without The Gazette’s permission, was taken by Photo Editor Liz Martin in December 2019 when Biden was visiting the home of Coralville Mayor John Lundell.
About three dozen supporters and journalists were at the event, Martin said, and Biden sat on the floor to give someone else his seat.
The Gazette’s policy forbids the use of Gazette news photos for any political advertising. Neither Martin nor Diana Pesek, who handles the newspaper’s licensing requests, gave the campaign permission to republish the image.
Editor’s note: Facebook removed the Trump campaign’s ad on Thursday after The Gazette filed a copyright violation report. The Gazette made a similar request of Twitter on Wednesday; the ad still is available on that platform. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-race-protests/oregon-says-federal-agents-to-pull-back-from-portland-after-clashes-idUSKCN24U2GW
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oregon’s governor on Wednesday said the federal government has agreed to withdraw agents from Portland, a step toward ending a standoff with U.S. President Donald Trump over the use of federal force, although the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would maintain its presence until conditions improved.
Governor Kate Brown said the government agreed to a phased withdrawal from a federal courthouse in Portland after weeks of clashes between activists and agents, some of whom did not have identifying badges and were seen on video footage pulling protesters into unmarked vans.
The withdrawal in Oregon coincided with the announcement of a deployment of federal law enforcement officials to Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit, expanding a separate program aimed at curtailing a surge of murders and other violent crimes in some cities.
“Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland, and shortly thereafter will begin going home,” Brown said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it had agreed on a joint plan to end the violence in which state and local law enforcement would begin to secure areas around federal properties.
“The department will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure,” DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement.
Republican President Donald Trump, seeking re-election in November, has sought to crack down on protests to highlight his focus on law and order amid protests and unrest across the country after the May 25 killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis police. Donald Trump has called for November's presidential election to be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He suggested a delay until people can "properly, securely and safely" vote.
There is little evidence to support Mr Trump's claims but he has long railed against mail-in voting which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.
US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said "universal mail-in voting" would make November's vote the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history" and a "great embarrassment to the USA".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53597975 CHESTERFIELD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says a search dog team made contact with a hiker hours after he hadn’t returned from hiking challenging terrain in a state park.
Noah Pepera-Rudd, was hiking a section of Pisgah State Park on Sunday that has no trails and hadn’t returned. Police and firefighters weren’t able to find Pepera-Rudd in the immediate area and on nearby logging roads, so they called in New England K9 teams to assist. Shortly after 3 a.m.
Monday, a team made voice contact with Pepera-Rudd. It turned out he had gotten lost in a large swamp and was unable to navigate to safety. He wasn’t hurt, but was hungry and dehydrated.
https://www.wcax.com/2020/08/10/search-dog-team-finds-hiker-who-got-lost-in-swamp/ While it’s certainly easy picking on and beating up elderly people, one group of black-clad Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists just learned the hard way that it ain’t so easy picking on and beating up grown, die-hard American patriots.
During a pro-police rally Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado, a contingent of left-wing extremists reportedly showed up and stepped into the neighborhood across from the Fort Collins Police Services building where the rally was being held.
In response, the rallygoers apparently rushed into the neighborhood and chased the extremists right out, but not without first treating them to some fist sandwiches.
Watch (*Graphic content):
ANTIFA made the mistake of pulling their shit in Ft. Collins, CO, and the results were glorious. pic.twitter.com/wSKrYAG1BE
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 9, 2020
The video began with the rallygoers slowly pushing the extremists — or “commie scum,” as they called them — out of the neighborhood.
“So, we are currently marching the Antifa commie bas****s out of the neighborhood because nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here, so we’re marching them out,” the guy recording the video narrated.
Around the 1:15 mark in the video above, a fight broke out, prompting the narrator to hilariously exclaim, “Oh s–t, here we go!”
What followed was an epic beatdown during which the lanky extremists got wrecked.
“You guys came to the wrong city, boys and girls,” the camera guy yelled.
Yes, they did.
The tweet of a video clip from a Fox News interview — in which the president said that children are “almost immune” to covid-19 — violates the site’s rules against misinformation, the company said. Earlier, Facebook said it removed a similar post. https://nypost.com/2020/08/07/portland-riots-continue-as-mayor-scolds-rioters-for-burning-precinct/
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tore into rioters who set a blaze at a police station while blocking exits, calling the violence an act of “attempted murder” — but that didn’t stop firebug protesters from coming back overnight.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler fumed during a press conference Thursday. “I believe that city staff could have died last night. I cannot and I will not tolerate that.”
Wheeler was referring to a riot that erupted Wednesday night at the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct during the city’s 70th consecutive night of protests over police brutality, according to local FOX affiliate KPTV. WAUWATOSA - Police are investigating an incident that happened at the residence of suspended Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. While police said it happened at the residence of the officer who has killed three people in the line of duty in five years, in a Facebook post, Mensah said it happened at his girlfriend's house.
According to police, a group of approximately 50-60 people "targeted and began to vandalize" the home on 100th Street and Vienna Street.
"It was a whole lot of police cars and taped off," said Rita Evans, neighbor. "I just couldn't get in to in front of my house, so I had to park my car in the back."
Video shared by a FOX6 viewer shows the chaotic scene.
Officer Mensah attempted to communicate with the group but was physically assaulted outside his home, according to a release from Wauwatosa police around 11 a.m. Sunday.
"I've got sons. I'm just going to have to tell my sons to be very careful about going in and out," said Evans.
As the officer made his way back into his home, police said "armed protesters" approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was discharged into the back door.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing, police said Sunday morning. FOX6 News reached out to Mensah and his attorney, and we expect to hear from him Monday. He released a statement Sunday on Facebook.
Statement from Officer Mensah on Aug. 8 incident:
Police said in the release Sunday morning they were actively monitoring reported plans for demonstrations later Sunday, adding:
"All City of Wauwatosa employees support the right to peacefully protest. Further incidents of vandalism or violent behavior will be dealt with on a situation by situation basis."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/vidhichoudhary/2020/08/10/facebook-reportedly-has-over-3-million-qanon-users-earned-12000-from-qanon-ads-over-past-30-days/#48854f4857f8 Former Vice President Joe Biden made yet another racial gaffe this week on par with his “you ain’t black” and his “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” comments.
Speaking with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in an interview that aired at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Biden was pressed on whether or not he would “re-engage” with Cuba as president. For some reason, Biden used the moment to compare Hispanics with black Americans on the subject of diversity.
“Yes,” Biden responded, as reported by Fox News. “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
[email protected]: “Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community" pic.twitter.com/CFO4Q40jEI
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 6, 2020
After the clip went viral, President Trump responded, saying that Biden’s comments insulted the American black community.
“Joe Biden, this morning, totally disparaged and insulted the black community. What he said is incredible. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it was a very insulting statement he made. … It was a great insult to the black community.”
President Trump talks about Joe Biden's racial gaffe from this morning:
https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-biden-says-black-people-are-not-as-diverse-as-hispanics-trump-responds >Officer Joseph Mensah was physically assaulted by protesters and a gunshot was fired into his home, Wauwatosa police say
Wauwatosa police say Officer Joseph Mensah was physically assaulted outside his home Saturday night and a single shotgun round was fired into the home after a group of 50 to 60 people gathered there to protest the officer who has fatally shot three people over five years.
Investigators are seen outside Joseph Mensah's home early Sunday morning after someone fired a gunshot into the house and physically assaulted him, Wauwatosa police said.
Mensah's record has caught national attention and spurred multiple protests locally. He was suspended with pay in July by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission, and the families of his three victims say they plan to pursue legal action.
On Saturday, protesters began to vandalize Mensah's home around 8:05 p.m., according to a news release from Wauwatosa police. Mensah "attempted to establish a dialog but was ultimately physically assaulted," the release said.
As Mensah went inside, "armed protesters approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was discharged by a member of the group into Officer Mensah’s backdoor," the release continues.
Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah
Several other police departments were called to help disperse the crowd.
In a Facebook post, Mensah said he was home with his girlfriend and that the shotgun shell missed hitting him by inches.
“I am all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful,” Mensah wrote.
“The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the Black children that live there or me, a Black man,” his post continued.
Two key witnesses in Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) probe into corruption allegations involving presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter are unlikely to appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before the 2020 presidential election even if subpoenaed, according to an individual familiar with the matter and another individual with knowledge of the probe.
Johnson, the chair of the Senate committee, is leading two separate but related investigations, one into the origins of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and one into Joe Biden’s former dealings in Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s financial relationship with Burisma, a gas company in the country. Johnson told The Hill he plans to publish a report on the Biden probe in the coming weeks, possibly by mid-September.
Staffers working on that investigation have interviewed numerous witnesses, including David Wade, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry, and Liz Zentos, a foreign service officer working at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. Zentos formerly served as the Eastern Europe director for the National Security Council, according to three people familiar with the matter. https://www.newstalk.com/news/developer-looks-ireland-potential-home-new-city-hong-kong-people-1035574
hong kong developer ivan ko has proposed a new city in ireland for hong kong immigrants escaping china. this is a good idea and needs to happen. Free Hong Kong protesters held a peaceful rally in New York City on Sunday.
The "Delay No More, Democracy Now" gathering was hosted by New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong, a NYC-based volunteer group formed to aid the democratic movement in Hong Kong as the resistance fights for autonomy from Communist China.
Free Hong Kong protesters hold a peaceful rally in New York City. pic.twitter.com/uf5RanpRuO— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2020
Signs were laid out in Times Square with "Global Solidarity" painted across them, aligning the "We Are All Hong Kongers" theme. Protestors sang "Glory to Hong Kong," the anthem of the Hong Kong protests, as others waved the Hong Kong flag alongside the American flag. Meanwhile, self-proclaimed communists in America burned the nation's symbol on Independence Day.
Thanks everyone for coming to our rally today!
We are all Hongkongers!#?????????? pic.twitter.com/kquZjjC86y— NY4HK - New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong (@NY4HK) August 3, 2020
Participants were urged to cover in unidentifiable clothing to protect themselves against the National Security Law, NY4HK organizers noted on the group's Facebook event page.
In June, Chinese legislature unanimously passed a new national security law for Hong Kong that could deem anything a threat to "national security" under its provisions. "Secession," "subversion," "terrorism" and "collusion with foreign forces" incur maximum penalties of life imprisonment. But these offences are so broadly defined that they can become catch-all circumstances used in politically-motivated prosecutions.
Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai was fired on Jul. 28 for his role in the pro-democracy movement.
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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, speak to members of the media after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive collapsing Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money ended in disappointment on Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus.
“It was a disappointing meeting,” declared top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, saying the White House had rejected an offer by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to curb Democratic demands by about $1 trillion. He urged the White House to “negotiate with Democrats and meet us in the middle. Don’t say it’s your way or no way.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Unfortunately we did not make any progress today.”
With the collapse of the talks, he said President Donald Trump was now likely to issue executive orders on home evictions and on student loan debt.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, “This is not a perfect answer -- we’ll be the first ones to say that -- but it is all that we can do, and all the president can do within the confines of his executive power.”
Friday’s session followed a combative meeting on Thursday that, for the first time cast real doubt on the ability of the Trump administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill to come together on a fifth COVID-19 response bill. Pelosi summoned Mnuchin and Meadows in hopes of breathing life into the negotiations, which have been characterized by frustration and intransigence on both sides. Los Angeles was the first major city to announce that its public schools wouldn't be re-opening for in-person instruction in the fall, and districts across the country have followed suit.
A coalition of California parents is suing the state on the grounds that poor and special-needs children in particular have received inadequate instruction during the shutdown.
School districts around the country are weighing students' education needs against the danger that in-person instruction could cause COVID-19 to spread. And teachers unions are understandably concerned about protecting their members' health.
But in Los Angeles, the teachers union is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to prevent competition from charter schools, which are seeing a surge of new applicants from desperate parents.
The United Teachers Los Angeles co-signed a document with nine other unions and the Democratic Socialists of America calling for a moratorium on all new charter schools and private voucher programs. A union-backed bill signed into law last October might accomplish that, as it gives local school boards more power to stop new charter schools from opening and existing ones from renewing their charters.
"It's about protecting a monopoly from losing any students and the funding that goes along with those students," says Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at the Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason TV.
He says entrenched interests are trying to stop families from exercising choice.
"If you really care about students and their safety, you should want more options for more students to be able to spread out in different locations," says DeAngelis. "And this doesn't do that. But what it does do is it allows the teachers unions to block students from switching to their competition."
https://reason.com/video/teachers-unions-try-to-protect-their-monopoly-as-parents-flee-traditional-schools/ The Democratic Party is now officially siding with America’s enemies as part of its 2020 platform.
That isn’t a particularly shocking revelation for the party currently supporting violent anarchists burning down American cities, but the draft of the Democrats’ official platform is full of reverence for the Native American tribes who resided on the land that is modern-day Milwaukee, the site of this year’s Democratic National Convention.
Unfortunately, several of those Native American groups allied with Great Britain against the United States in the War of 1812 — and the Democratic Party honored them as the very first order of business in the “Land Acknowledgement” preamble of its platform draft.
“The Democratic National Committee wishes to acknowledge that we gather together to state our values on lands that have been stewarded through many centuries by the ancestors and descendants of Tribal Nations who have been here since time immemorial,” the platform said.
“We honor the communities native to this continent, and recognize that our country was built on Indigenous homelands,” the document continued. “We pay our respects to the millions of Indigenous people throughout history who have protected our lands, waters, and animals.”
https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-platform-honors-native-american-groups-fought-us-war-1812/ NEW YORK - Advances in technology may have made counterfeiting more difficult but crooks keep finding a way to stay in business.
In fact, federal customs officers have seized 1,513 shipments from overseas containing fraudulent documents—19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses—just at Chicago O'Hare International Airport this year through the end of June.
Most of the shipments came from Hong Kong and mainland China, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Other shipments came from South Korea and the U.K.
"These counterfeit driver's licenses can lead to disastrous consequences," CBP's Ralph Piccirilli said in a statement. "Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities."
>Police say the suspect has been identified, but no charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.
A masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is suspected to be a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang seeking to incite racial tension in a demonstration that until then had been peaceful, police said.
A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the man’s actions at the AutoZone on East Lake Street set off a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The building was later burned to the ground.
“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” Erika Christensen wrote in a search warrant affidavit filed in court this week. “Until the actions of the person your affiant has been calling ‘Umbrella man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful. The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your affiant believes that this individual’s sole aim was to incite violence.”
Police identified the suspect thanks to a tip that came via email last week, Christensen said.
At least two people died in the subsequent riots, which eventually spread as far as north Minneapolis and South St. Paul, and caused an estimated $500 million in damage.
Police have also connected the 32-year-old man to a widely-publicized incident in Stillwater late last month, in which a Muslim woman was confronted by a group of men wearing white supremacist garb.
The man has so far not been charged with a crime, which is why the Star Tribune is not naming him. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/30/896714437/3-months-of-hell-u-s-economys-worst-quarter-ever
The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic activity — shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter as restaurants and retailers closed their doors in a desperate effort to slow the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 150,000 people in the U.S.
The economic shock in April, May and June was more than three times as sharp as the previous record — 10% in 1958 — and nearly four times the worst quarter during the Great Recession.
"Horrific," said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Markit. "We've never seen anything quite like it."
Another 1.43 million people filed for state unemployment last week, an increase of 12,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It was the second week in a row of increased unemployment filings and shows that the economic picture continues to remain grim.
GDP swings are typically reported at an annual rate — as if they were to continue for a full year — which can be misleading in a volatile period like this. The overall economy in the second quarter was 9.5% smaller than during the same period a year ago.
After a sharp drop in March and April, economic activity began to rebound in May and June, although that recovery remains halting and could be jeopardized by a new surge of infections. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is dropping felony cases involving charges of murder and other serious offenses at a higher rate than her predecessor, according to a Tribune analysis that comes amid a growing debate over criminal justice reform.
During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her office dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants, a dramatic increase over her predecessor, the Tribune found. For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s tenure, the rate was 19.4%.
In all, a total of 25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed under Foxx through November 2019, up from 18,694 for a similar period under Alvarez.
Foxx, a Democrat, swept into the state’s attorney’s office in 2016 vowing to reform the criminal justice system and reduce the population of Cook County Jail, which disproportionately holds low-income people of color. She is up for reelection in November.
In an interview, Foxx did not dispute the Tribune’s findings but said her office’s higher rate of dropped felony cases gives an incomplete picture of her commitment to keeping the public safe. She said her office has dismissed cases against low-level, nonviolent offenders so prosecutors can concentrate on crimes of violence.
“It is always eye-opening to be able to look at our own data and compare it to my predecessor’s past,” Foxx said. “I can’t reconcile what her decision-making was, and how they chose to (dismiss) cases in the past. But I will say that this administration has been clear that our focus would be on violent crime and making sure that our resources and attention would go to addressing violent crime.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-kim-foxx-felony-charges-cook-county-20200810-ldvrmqvv6bd3hpsuqha4duehmu-story.html For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine.
But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded COVID-19: obesity.
Scientists know that vaccines engineered to protect the public from influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and illness. There is little reason to believe, obesity researchers say, that COVID-19 vaccines will be any different.
"Will we have a COVID vaccine next year tailored to the obese? No way," said Raz Shaikh, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
"Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no."
More than 107 million American adults are obese, and their ability to return safely to work, care for their families and resume daily life could be curtailed if the coronavirus vaccine delivers weak immunity for them.
In March, still early in the global pandemic, a little-noticed study from China found that heavier Chinese patients afflicted with COVID-19 were more likely to die than leaner ones, suggesting a perilous future awaited the U.S., whose population is among the heaviest in the world.
And then that future arrived.
As intensive care units in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere filled with patients, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that obese people with a body mass index of 40 or more — known as morbid obesity or about 100 pounds overweight — were among the groups at highest risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19. About 9% of American adults are in that category.
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200806/Americae28099s-obesity-epidemic-threatens-effectiveness-of-any-COVID-vaccine.aspx House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) took heat during interviews by CNN and Fox News anchors after weeks of coronavirus relief negotiations resulted in a stalemate in Congress and executive action by President Donald Trump.
CNN anchor Dana Bash on Sunday questioned Pelosi on the Democrats' proposed $600 weekly unemployment benefit, asking the speaker whether she would be willing to compromise at $400.
https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/pelosi-takes-heat-for-failed-negotiations-on-coronavirus-relief-bill/ “Yeah, I wish her well,” he said. “I’d wish you well. I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty.”
The president’s latest remarks on Maxwell come after he drew significant criticism two weeks ago for his initial reaction to the news of her arrest.
“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is,” Trump told reporters at a White House coronavirus briefing.
The French-born socialite and publishing heiress was taken into custody by the FBI early last month after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging her with four felony sex trafficking charges stemming from her alleged grooming of teenage girls to be sexually assaulted by Epstein.
President Donald Trump again extended well-wishes to accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, apparently expressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime companion.
“Her friend, or boyfriend, was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s now in jail,” Trump told Axios’ Jonathan Swan in an interview that aired Monday night on HBO. This is cute, but no one owes apologies to Obama.
Nor, contra Paul, do any Republicans owe apologies for feeling obliged to spend during a once-in-a-century pandemic in which millions have been forced into unemployment by safety-driven government lockdowns.
But you know what I will take an apology for? I’ll accept one for running gigantic deficits during a sustained pre-pandemic economic boom with a Republican president in office, Republicans in control of the Senate, and, for two years, Republicans in charge of the House. That’s the spending binge that proved that the tea party was a fraud to its core, not the exorbitant emergency relief effort that Congress is now engaged in.
What we’re seeing from Paul here, as we’ve seen from Ted Cruz lately, is a bit of early positioning by tea-party favorites to steer a post-Trump GOP back towards nominal fiscal conservatism if/when you-know-who gets thumped in November. Never Trumpers are frequently accused of believing that all they need to do is get rid of Trump this fall and the party will magically revert to what it was before he announced his candidacy in 2015. But in my experience that couldn’t be more wrong. It’s opportunistic Trump-hugging cronies like Paul who think they’re one election away from relevance again.
https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/08/05/rand-paul-republicans-apologize-obama-pretending-cared-spending/ The administration’s top border official said Thursday that illegal immigrants have a duty to the world to stop coming to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying some of them are making the trip knowing they have the disease and risk spreading it far and wide.
Mark Morgan, acting head of Customs and Border Protection, said illegal border crossings rose about 25% in July compared with a month earlier.
Mr. Morgan said dozens are packed inside stash houses and motel rooms, or stuffed into trunks or tractor-trailers, which he called “perfect incubators for COVID-19.”
“It’s not about migrants risking their lives any longer,” he said. “It’s way beyond that. Now they’re risking the lives of everyone they come in contact with.”
He pointed out that the migrants are defying their own countries’ travel rules by making the journey.
“They should comply with the travel restrictions of their own countries and heed the warnings of medical experts. If they do, lives will be saved,” Mr. Morgan said.
CBP encountered nearly 41,000 people attempting to enter the U.S. without permission last month, up from fewer than 33,000 in June. It’s the highest number recorded so far this year, and it signals the end to a lull in illegal immigration. Numbers plummeted in April and May during the height of the coronavirus crisis.
More than 90% of those nabbed are being processed and shipped out of the country immediately, with a two-hour turnaround for most.
The others are, in most instances, special humanitarian cases, such as children who appear to have been abused or trafficked.
The expulsions are happening because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention triggered part of the Public Health Act, which the administration says allows rejection of any unauthorized migrants.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/aug/6/illegal-immigrants-spread-coronavirus-in-us-around/ Two New Jersey police officers with lightning-fast reflexes saved a life when they were called into a local bistro to help a choking woman.
In the early evening of July 25, Allendale Police Officers Alex Helmer and Sean Hubbard were directing traffic at the intersection of West Allendale Avenue and DeMercurio Drive when a waiter came running toward them. The distressed waiter, from a nearby bistro, asked for the officers’ help in reviving a choking diner.
“One of the waiters from Mezza Luna knew that our guys were down at the intersection there and ran down,” Police Chief George Scherb told NJ.com. “He ran down to get [the officers] and to tell them what was going on.”
Helmer and Hubbard left their post and rushed to the bistro with the waiter to attend to the emergency, the outlet reported. A 68-year-old Park Ridge woman was choking on her meal; her airway remained blocked after an unsuccessful attempt at the Heimlich maneuver by her husband.
When Helmer and Hubbard arrived, the woman wasn’t breathing, the police chief said in the report. The officers, unable to detect a pulse, drew on their training and immediately began administering CPR.
The CPR loosened some of the trapped food. After some more efforts, the officers were able to clear the woman’s airway and she began breathing on her own.
The woman made a full recovery on-site, the report stated. Helmer and Hubbard’s revival was so expertly executed that the diner refused further medical assistance and thanked the officers before they departed.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/heroic-new-jersey-police-officers-save-choking-woman-at-local-restaurant_3445232.html WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., came under fire over the weekend for comments he made in an interview published Sunday, in which he said that the country's Founding Fathers believed enslaving Black people was a "necessary evil."
He made the claim in a Friday interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette while discussing his proposed legislation that would prohibit federal funding for schools from going toward teaching The New York Times' 1619 Project as part of their curriculum.
"We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country," Cotton said. "As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction."
The Arkansas Republican was criticized online by those who viewed his remarks as an endorsement of the idea that slavery was a "necessary evil." Cotton later pushed back by saying he was only stating what the founders believed, not what he believes.
In his interview, Cotton claimed that the 1619 Project, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of slavery's beginning in America, framed the U.S. as an "irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country" and that it would teach students to "hate America."
The 1619 Project was published in August of 2019 and outlined the role and legacy of slavery from the first date enslaved Africans stepped foot in what would later be established as the United States of America through its lingering effects in the present day.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/27/tom-cotton-faces-backlash-saying-founders-saw-slavery-necessary-evil/5523063002/ Key Points
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders aimed to expand coronavirus economic relief to Americans.
The president’s orders extend unemployment benefits, provide a payroll tax holiday, defer student loan payments through 2020 and extend the federal moratorium on evictions.
Trump will extend the unemployment bonus at a reduced level of $400 per week, instead of the $600 per week federal unemployment insurance that was approved in March and expired at the end of July.
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders aimed to expand coronavirus economic relief to Americans struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
The president’s four orders extend unemployment benefits, provide a payroll tax holiday, defer student loan payments through 2020 and extend the federal moratorium on evictions.
Trump’s orders will quickly face a legal challenge, as continuing the programs would require federal funding, which Congress controls.
“We’re going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers,” Trump said at a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Trump said he is establishing a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year to Americans earning less than $100,000 per year as well as instructing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes. However, there’s no guarantee workers will receive that money.
The president said his order will also extend the unemployment bonus at a reduced level of $400 per week, instead of the $600 per week federal unemployment insurance that was approved in March and expired at the end of July. States will need to provide $100 of the $400.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/08/trump-signs-executive-order-on-coronavirus-relief.html President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders Saturday in an effort to bypass congressional negotiations and extend financial relief to tens of millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. One order would extend enhanced unemployment benefits at a reduced rate of $400 per week.
The federal benefit is intended to replace the previous provision that gave out-of-work Americans an extra $600 per week in benefits, on top of state-administered pay, which expired July 31.
Under the new order, the federal government would cover $300 in enhanced aid per person per week, and states would be responsible for the remaining $100.
Lawmakers, economists and unemployment experts have responded to the memorandum saying the new “lost wages assistance” program would be difficult to implement in a timely manner, and that it excludes some of the lowest-paid workers in need of jobless aid. The order could also face a legal challenge over whether the president has the authority to enact the program.
Here’s how boosted unemployment would work under the new order.
Who would qualify for the $400 weekly boost?
Under the March CARES Act, anyone receiving unemployment benefits was eligible to get the $600 weekly boost.
In the new order, however, recipients must be receiving at least $100 in unemployment aid in order to qualify for the extra $400 federal boost. This could leave out the lowest earners, particularly those who rely on tips or part-time work.
Eliza Forsythe, labor economist and assistant professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, estimates about 6% of regular unemployment recipients earn less than $100 in state benefits.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/10/enhanced-unemployment-would-continue-at-400-per-week-under-trump-executive-order.html Fire catch inside kitchen for Biggy 237 mansion yesterday but e no burn any man.
Housemates quench de fire as all of dem join hand make de fire no spread.
Di kitchen fire explode late Thursday night.
Cyril Akonteh, managing director for Biggy 237 don tell BBC News Pidgin say, "fire start from microwave weh deh no handle'am proper".
'Housemates panic wen fire start but deh realise say deh fit manage de situation, deh quench de fire, tins return to normal", e add.
Cameroon di start e first reality show, Biggy 237 on August 2, 2020.
Di show go focus on peace and how pipo from English and French side fit live together.
Peace bi important especially for taim weh Cameroon di struggle wit Anglophone crisis and oda issues, Cyril Akonteh, de managing Director tell BBC Pidgin.
Social media reactions dey pour ontop di mata
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Kitchen don catch fire for Big Brother Cameroon pic.twitter.com/cjQk64HcJG
— Leo Ralph (@iamleoralph) August 6, 2020
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BigBrother Cameroon kitchen Don catch fire E be like say biggie Don run comot oo housemates Don japa #BBNaijaLockdown #BBNaija #LayconIsMe Prince Laycon pic.twitter.com/kVClNXc3al
— L Y D O N (@Shayor19) August 7, 2020
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Abeg who send Cameroon to organise Big Brother Cameroon?
Make him no kill people 9months oh,now see the explosion for the house?
Nonsense, everytime ona won copy copy
— DOAK (@dangelwhite) August 7, 2020
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This is soooo funny
But I still believe they’re going to be great someday soon.#Cameroon is rising#Biggy237
— Maureen Forbah (@MaureenForbah) August 7, 2020
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https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-53690209 MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - A bloody brawl broke out in Manhattan Beach after a couple confronted two men for not wearing masks, causing an argument that turned violent when the woman threw coffee into the face of one of the men.
The brawl was all caught on video, recorded by James Hernandez’s bodycam, which he says he has to wear as a Trump supporter.
“Because I wear a trump hat I’ve had a lot of confrontations, I guess,” he said.
His camera was rolling on Friday when he says he and his friend, Matthew Roy, were eating burritos outside without masks on, and a couple criticized them.
“Y’all need to be wearing masks,” the woman can be heard saying.
“No we don’t,” Hernandez replies. “We’re locals here but were on the other side of the fence, we don’t believe in this stuff.”
“I hadn’t even gotten to start eating the burrito yet before someone wanted to give me a mask lecture,” Roy said.
“I guess the guy really wanted to impress his girlfriend because I was pretty dismissive, I thought when I turned my back on them they would just move on, but he wanted to stand there and engage me.”
Roy says the woman then stuck her middle finger in his face, and tensions escalated further until she threw her coffee in his face.
Roy immediately gets up, and begins punching the woman’s boyfriend in response.
“She decided to slam her coffee into my head and that’s when I decided to get up and beat up her boyfriend,” Roy said.
“I got a few licks in and I have brothers at home and as soon as the gentleman or the gentler man said stop, I did, I backed off.”
https://www.foxla.com/news/bloody-brawl-breaks-out-after-woman-throws-coffee-in-mans-face-for-not-wearing-mask Three female employees of the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office have been fired for displaying pornographic images of mostly males in the office and on their computers.
Two morgue technicians and an investigator were terminated Thursday following a due-process procedure known as a Loudermill hearing Wednesday that resulted from a July 18 complaint by an employee, according to county officials.
A fourth employee, the manager, remains on paid administrative leave and under investigation for allowing the behavior to occur, officials said. That employee has not yet had a Loudermill hearing.
Images were placed in open areas, including on computer screen-savers, that co-workers could see. Of a number of photos, all but one depicted men, officials said.
County Executive Mark Hackel decided to terminate the employees upon recommendation of Human Resources and Corporation Counsel, based on “the nature of the material (photographs) and the time that they were there," he said.
“There is no tolerance for that type of conduct or behavior,” Hackel said.
Human Resources Director Andrew McKinnon added, “We take this super-serious and took action on the substance of the claims. We want our employees to feel comfortable to come forward if they feel there is something inappropriate going on in the work place. We want everyone to feel included, safe and accepted in Macomb County government."
Hackel said the situation does not appear to reflect on chief Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz, who, like two other forensic pathologists, is a contract employee and does not wield authority over ME employees. But he said he would like to wait until the outcome of the fourth employee before commenting definitively.
https://nypost.com/2020/08/03/michigan-morgue-workers-fired-over-cake-decorated-with-black-penis/ https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/04/woman-catches-amazon-driver-mid-squat-pooing-garden-13081326/ A former MSNBC producer wrote a scathing open letter explaining why she recently left the cable news network.
"July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore," Ariana Pekary wrote on her personal website. "My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."
Pekary provided a number of examples of why she wanted to leave the cable news network.
"It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would 'rate.' The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day," Pekary said. "Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing. But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done."
She then quoted someone she described a "successful and insightful TV veteran" who said: "We are a cancer and there is no cure... But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
Pekary, who described herself as an "integral member" of the MSNBC primetime show "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," used the "cancer" analogy to describe MSNBC's coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and the racial unrest in recent months, writing: "The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings."
https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-producer-ariana-pekary-letter https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/biden-is-polling-better-than-clinton-at-her-peak/ An anonymous anthropology professor remained outspoken about fairness in academia even as she suffered for months with coronavirus.
“This person was a scientist who got Covid because they’d been forced to teach,” said Michael Eisen, a fly geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, who had interacted on Twitter with the professor for years. “It wasn’t the first person I knew who got Covid — but for a lot of people it was one of the first people they knew who got it.”
He said that he had continued to exchange messages with the person running the account through June and that this person frequently discussed a difficult recovery.
Then BethAnn McLaughlin, another Twitter connection, announced on July 31 that the anonymous professor had died from complications of the virus.
Just a few days later, both the account of the anonymous professor and of Ms. McLaughlin were suspended for Twitter policies that, among other things, bar the coordination of fake accounts.
The same day, Gerardo Gonzalez, a spokesman for Arizona State University, where the anonymous Twitter user was supposedly a professor, described the anonymous account as a “hoax.”
The account had posted inaccurate information about the school, he said. “We also have had no one, such as a family member or friend, report a death to anyone at the university,” he added.
Among scientists and academics, the shock of mourning was already laced with suspicion. Enough of them had unpleasant interactions with the combative account and were troubled by its inconsistencies and seeming about-turns.
“You have these internal alarms that are like, ‘Oh, I don’t trust you,’” said Julie Libarkin, the head of the Geocognition Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. “Kind of the same as when I worked with BethAnn.”
‘My Actions Are Inexcusable’
On Tuesday, Ms. McLaughlin gave a statement to The New York Times through her lawyer.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/style/college-coronavirus-hoax.html A nude couple tangled with police after they were spotted strolling with their dog early Monday morning near their Massachusetts home.
Responding to 911 calls about the naked duo, cops encountered the couple around 6:30 AM. Investigators say that Mariel Kinney, 32, and Kevin Pinto, 30, were accompanied by their dog Lucy as they walked near their home in Hopkinton, a town 30 miles west of Boston.
When police questioned Kinney and Pinto about their state of undress, the pair allegedly became confrontational after answering some questions incoherently. After yelling and swearing at police, the couple sought to run away from officers, but they were quickly corralled.
What followed, cops charge, was a violent scrum during which Kinney and Pinto struck Hopkinton Police Department officers (one of whom required treatment for minor injuries)
Pictured above, Kinney and Pinto were eventually restrained and placed into custody. They were each charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.
The couple has not yet been arraigned on the felony and misdemeanor counts in District Court.
“It wasn’t the typical day in Hopkinton, that’s for sure,” Police Chief Joseph Bennett told the local paper. “They were buck naked.” In fact, Hopkinton, which is the starting point for the Boston Marathon, was named this month as the country’s second safest city by SafeWise, the home security firm.
http://thesmokinggun.com/buster/massachusetts/dog-walkers-without-clothes-572903 As calls to defund and abolish the police grow around the country, a new poll by Gallup finds that a large majority—81 percent—of black Americans want the same or increased levels of police presence in their neighborhoods. Just 19 percent of black Americans said they want the police to spend less time in their neighborhoods, a figure that accords with earlier surveys finding that only 22 percent of black Americans want to get rid of police forces as we know then.
Gallup collected the data online between June 23 and July 6 from a representative sample of over 30,000 respondents who were sorted into one of four categories (black, white, Hispanic, and Asian). The survey also found that
Black Americans' reported exposure to local police is slightly above the national average, with 32% saying they see the police often or very often in their neighborhood. This compares with 22% of White Americans and 21% of Asian Americans. Hispanic Americans' experience is similar to that of Black Americans, with 28% often seeing police where they live.
Most other Black Americans (41%) say they sometimes see police in their area, matching the national average, while another 27% say they rarely or never see them.
Asians were the largest group preferring police spend less time in their areas. Fully 28 percent of Asian Americans wanted to see less of the police, double the national average. At the same time, 78 percent of Asian Americans were either very confident or somewhat confident that they would be treated with "courtesy and respect" when interacting with police.
https://reason.com/2020/08/06/81-percent-of-black-americans-want-the-same-level-or-more-of-police-presence-gallup/ ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been begging rich people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall.
“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hampton’s house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” the Democratic governor said Monday.
“They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? ‘If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax, because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge,” he added, noting the wealthiest one percent of the Empire State’s population picks up roughly 50 percent of the state’s tax burden.
The plea comes amidst dimming hopes that the federal government’s next COVID-19 relief package will contain any additional aid for struggling state and local governments.
If additional dollars don’t come to New York on top of waning revenue streams, Cuomo and other state officials have said the hit could translate to 20 percent cuts to health, education and local governments’ annual budget.
Meanwhile, Cuomo has said he’s not keen on raising taxes for the wealthy, adding it wouldn’t be enough to cover the state’s growing deficit — pegged at around $30 billion over the next two years.
https://nypost.com/2020/08/05/cuomo-wealthy-residents-should-leave-hamptons-return-to-nyc/ France has decided not to ratify its 2017 extradition agreement with Hong Kong after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the territory, the French Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
“As the minister for Europe and foreign affairs recently reiterated, the national security law in Hong Kong is a change that compromises the inherited framework of the 1997 handover,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
“It calls into question the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and the respect for Hong Kong’s ‘high degree of autonomy’ and related fundamental freedoms,” the spokesperson said. “This law also directly affects our citizens and our companies.”
“In light of the most recent developments, as things stand, France will not ratify the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017, between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” said the ministry.
The national security law, which went into effect on June 30, criminalizes individuals for any acts of subversion, secession, and collusion with foreign forces against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Following the introduction of the national security law, all members of the “Five Eyes” alliance—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong.
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/45225/st09872-re01-en20.pdf Checking off items from a weekly shopping list is a tricky task these days. The coronavirus pandemic brought something most of us have never seen before in the United States – rows of empty shelves in grocery stores. The shortages aren’t just food items. There are some shortages in cleaning supplies, too.
No one wants to be without cleaning supplies when we are in the throes of a plague. Antiseptic cleaning wipes are a common item in most American homes but that’s not the case now. If you’re the designated shopper in your family, you know that you can’t find a Clorox antiseptic cleaning wipe. The wipes quickly flew off the shelves at the very beginning of the pandemic outbreak and we haven’t seen them since.
Get used to it, fellow shoppers. Clorox CEO Benno Dorer says that the product won’t be back on store shelves in an adequate supply until sometime in 2021. Until then we’ll have to continue cleaning countertops and other surfaces the old-fashioned way – cleaning solution and water mixed together in a bucket or some other container and applied with a cloth. It usually works out to be a more economical way of disinfecting surfaces but the wipes are just so darn quick and convenient.
As mitigation recommendations became clear in the early days of the plague, shoppers began hoarding cleaning supplies, just as they did other items like toilet paper. Clorox and other companies like Lysol were caught unprepared to meet the increased demands of consumers. Clorox is the world’s biggest cleaning products maker. The company sites a six-fold increase in demand for its disinfectants.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/24/why-disinfectant-wipes-arent-returning-as-fast-as-toilet-paper.html For years, Carlene and Jake went back and forth about purchasing a firearm.
The young parents from California – who did not feel comfortable using their last names or more specific identifiers when they spoke with Fox News on Sunday out of concern about possible backlash – said with the country “a little bit on edge right now,” it was the right time to make the purchase.
The couple is among the hoard of 2.5 million first-time gun buyers who have exercised their Second Amendment right to own weapons. The told Fox News they have received their licenses and are now waiting for their firearms to arrive because they’re on backorder.
“With everything going on in both the world and politics and everything, you can’t really be too safe,” Carlene said. “We have a family, a young family, so I think that’s always on the back of my mind, as well. I think with a lot of the riots and such like that, it’s important to – if your First Amendment isn’t protected, I guess you always have the second, right?”
She added: “Overall, our country is a little bit on edge right now.”
“We all have our own political standpoints and things like that, but these movements to, you know, defund the police, and these movements of Antifa and what they bring, it’s definitely on the back of my mind,” she said. “Do I feel threatened every day? No. But I would say that I did contribute to our decision of finally pulling the trigger, no pun intended, on purchasing.”
A “family history of events” also contributed to their decision, but Carlene noted they also intend to use the guns recreationally. They are both making plans to enroll in handgun safety training.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/first-time-gun-owners-safety-protection Any belief that Rachel Maddow is a journalist was set to rest in a San Diego federal courtroom on Friday, with a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against Maddow. The judge concluded that Maddow was far too silly to be taken as a credible news source.
The lawsuit against Maddow was brought by OANN, a news network that Maddow falsely accused on her show as being controlled by the Kremlin.
For the lawsuit to go forward, OANN would had to have shown that Maddow’s show stated facts rather than opinions.
In court Maddow’s lawyer argued that her show was one of “quintessential statements of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.” John Nolte called Maddow’s lawyer’s claim “the Alex Jones defense,” although comparing Maddow to Jones is an insult to Jones in light of the Russigate and Avenatti hoaxers Maddow perpetrated.
In any event, the court agreed with Maddow’s lawyers. The defamation claim was dismissed because Maddow’s show is one of “opinion and rhetorical hyperbole,” and Maddow engages in an “exaggeration of the facts.”
If you think I’m exaggerating, read the full ruling.
The judge himself seemed to think Maddow is a silly teenager rather than an actual reporter, as he highlights her show uses terms like “sparkly” and “giblet.” The judge also found it compelling that Maddow moved her head in goofy ways.
Maddow’s win is America’s gain.
No one can credibly claim that Maddow’s show is real news.
Looting and property damage was reported throughout downtown Chicago overnight.
Videos posted to social media showed large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile.
Chicago police said the situation was still ongoing early Monday and could not provide details about specific incidents or numbers of arrests.
The CTA suspended bus and train service downtown at the “request of public safety officials,” the transit agency said in a tweet. No buses or trains will run in the area bordered by Fullerton and Ashland avenues and, Cermak road.
Police said smash-and-grab burglars hit a store in the South Loop late Sunday night, but it was not immediately clear whether that incident was related to the other large crowds of looters.
Chicago and the surrounding suburbs saw widespread looting and vandalism in late May and early June during unrest in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Officials estimated the looting caused more than $20 million in damage in Cook County.
This is a developing story. A woman apparently taking a video of herself looting a high-end store in Chicago at one point yelled, “I can’t breathe” — the phrase George Floyd uttered before his death that has become a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the video, posted on social media, the woman is seen walking through a luxury department store, saying she is searching for a tool to remove security tags.
“I don’t know where the f***ing keys at!” she yells as she searches drawers attempting to remove what she calls “Canada gooses,” a type of security tag.
“Let me see, does that say Valentino, does that say Dolce and Gabbana?” she says, then begins running through the store before yelling, “I can’t breathe!”
Rioters and looters rampaged through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district early Monday, sparked by a shooting by a police officer hours earlier that left a young man wounded.
Social media exploded with videos showing hundreds of people looting stores such as Apple, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Coach, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. In some videos, gunfire can be heard.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/woman-shouts-i-cant-breathe-as-she-loots-luxury-clothing-store-in-chicago Pelosi and Mnuchin dig in on stimulus positions ahead of scheduled Monday talks
By Kristen Holmes, Nicky Robertson, Alison Main and Chandelis Duster, CNN
Updated 5:08 PM ET, Sun August 2, 2020
Swift, bipartisan agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus package seems unlikely as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dug in on their opposing positions Sunday. Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab will soon announce his government's resignation, the health minister told Reuters on Monday after a massive port explosion that devastated the capital piled pressure on the cabinet.
Diab was set to deliver an address to the nation at 7:30 p.m. local time, his office said.
This is a developing story.
https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/lebanons-pm-to-announce-the-resignation-of-his-government-638114 Utility workers attempting to address electrical safety concerns at a Savoy home using roughly $10,000 of power every month resulted in state police allegedly finding about $3 million worth of marijuana plants in the suspected grow house.
Two men — Bin Huang, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, who owns the home, and Yebin Mai, 28, of Staten Island, New York — have now been arrested for allegedly trafficking marijuana, state police said in a news release.
Police were initially called to the home at 72 Jackson Road on July 29 after an Eversource utility crew had an encounter with a man, later identified as Mai, who was exiting the home while they were there, the release says.
“Investigation by the linemen indicated that wires had been overloaded and damaged by excessive electricity use from the house, and they approached the residence to speak to the occupant,” police said. “A male exited the home and, claiming he did not speak much English and communicating mostly through gestures, refused to let the workers inspect the home’s electrical hookups.”
https://www.boston.com/news/crime/2020/08/07/alleged-marijuana-grow-house-savoy HONG KONG - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested, accused of suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law, his top aide said on Twitter, in what is the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation.
Lai has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries.
The new security law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
Critics say it crushes freedoms in the semiautonomous city, while supporters say it will bring stability after prolonged pro-democracy protests last year.
"Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time," Mark Simon, a senior executive at Lai's media company Next Digital, which publishes local tabloid Apple Daily, said early on Monday.
Police did not immediately comment.
Apple Daily reported that Lai was taken away from his home in Ho Man Tin early Monday. The paper says one of Lai's sons, Ian, was also arrested at his home.
About 10 other people were expected to be arrested Monday, local newspaper South China Morning Post reported, without naming its sources.
Lai was also arrested this year on illegal assembly charges, along with other leading activists, relating to protests last year.
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/hong-kong-media-tycoon-jimmy-lai-arrested-under-national-security-law-top-aide More than 80 percent of voters want schools to reopen to either fully online or a combination of online and in-person learning as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus continue to grip the country, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.
Forty-one percent of registered voters in the July 17-20 survey believe schools should reopen to a combination of online and in-person learning, while 40 percent said they think schools should reopen fully online.
By contrast, just 19 percent of respondents said schools should reopen to full in-person learning.
The survey found a majority, 53 percent, of Democrats prefer to reopening schools fully online, along with 36 percent of independents and 28 percent of Republicans.
A plurality of Republican and independent voters prefer a combination of online and in-person learning, at 42 and 46 percent, respectively.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police say they are investigating a video that has gone viral showing two people point guns at a vehicle during a Black Lives Matter protest in Indianapolis.
The video taken by the IndyStar is from a protest on Thursday. It appears to show two people pointing handguns at a truck near where the protesters were gathered on Meridian Street.
Protesters had gathered for a march through the city to demand justice in the Dreasjon Reed shooting. >“And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
>A possible sign of concern for Biden is that only 77% of blacks are ready to vote for him while 14% say they would vote for Trump — and 9% are still not sure.
Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.”
The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November’s general election. The ad, titled “Better America,” also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name.
“We must choose to fight for that better America,” the narrator states. “And just like our ancestors who stood up to the violent racists of a generation ago, we will stand up to this president and say, ‘No more,’ because America is better than him. So we choose to be bigger. We choose to be bolder. We choose to bring back justice, respect and dignity to this country. We choose Joe Biden to lead us all towards that American promise together.”
https://apnews.com/95669df17e248bbfeb1ba5975a087cf1 The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to halt the construction of the border wall along the US-Mexico border.
In a 5-4 ruling on ideological lines, with five conservatives in the majority and four liberals in dissent, the court declined the request from two groups, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. Sierra Club is an environmental group. The Southern Border Communities Coalition says it advocates for people living in border areas.
The case has its origins from when President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency in February 2019 to build the border wall along the southern border after the Congress provided only $1.375 billion for the border wall construction, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by the administration. The White House then identified an extra $6.7 billion from other government accounts to fund the border wall construction, including $2.5 billion from Defense Department, $3.6 billion from military construction funds, and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s assets forfeiture fund.
The case before the Supreme Court involves just the $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a left-leaning legal group, had launched the lawsuit on behalf of the two groups. The non-profit organization has said it will seek to tear down sections of the wall that were built with the money.
The Supreme Court had allowed the funds to be allocated in July 2019, granting an emergency request filed by the Trump administration. But the groups said in court papers that circumstances had changed since the court’s earlier ruling.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/supreme-court-denies-request-to-halt-border-wall-construction_3445970.html City officials ignored their own application process for public art projects to paint Black Lives Matter murals around the five boroughs, in order to mark an important moment in history, Mayor de Blasio said as his administration faces claims of First Amendment violations for refusing to green light other proposals.
“We haven’t said ‘no’ to people, we’ve said, ‘If you want to apply you can apply but there’s a process,'” de Blasio said during his City Hall press briefing Monday.
The pro-Trump Women for America First has sued City Hall for blocking a mural of their slogan “Engaging, Inspiring and Empowering Women to Make a Difference!” on a Manhattan roadway, while allowing multiple paintings of BLM throughout the city.
Hizzoner insists he didn’t block the move, just referred groups like Women for America First and the pro-police Blue Lives Matter to the Dept. of Transportation’s permitting process. But there was no approval required for the BLM movement.
“That is something that again transcends all normal realities because we are at a moment of history when that had to be said and done, that’s a decision I made,” de Blasio said.
“But the normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply,” he added.
https://nypost.com/2020/08/03/de-blasio-admits-city-skipped-permit-process-to-paint-blm-murals/ A teen activist in Chicago who rallied to defund police and remove police from schools was shot dead on Friday.
Caleb Reed was found shot in the head.
No suspect has been named in the shooting.
Caleb lived and was shot in our ward this weekend. He was a light in our community that was extinguished too soon. We need to address the root causes of #GunViolence so that we stop losing our people. I ask that people help continue the work he was doing and pray for the family.
Andre Vasquez, Political Account (@Andrefor40th) August 3, 2020
The young activist spoke out against police.
This is Caleb Reed, a Freedom Fighter, speaking at a press conference in early June demanding #CopsOutCPS.
Such a beautiful soul. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/3JJWRP6uVq
— Kelly Garcia (@_KellyGarcia__) August 3, 2020
Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old student activist from Mather High School in Chicago, was found shot in the head on Friday.
The teen’s death comes just weeks after he publicly called for the district to remove police from district schools.
What are the details?
Reed, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “student leader with a youth activist group,” was discovered on a sidewalk of the West Rogers Park neighborhood in the city.
Louisville police say a weapon discharge by a Black militia member that injured three people Saturday is being investigated as a negligent shooting — not an accident — and could result in criminal charges.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, three people were shot in Baxter Park after a member of the NFAC (Not F***ing Around Coalition) unintentionally discharged a gun during a demonstration. According to police, everyone injured was also part of NFAC.
Police spokesman Lamont Washington said Sunday that one of the people shot had a "minor injury," another was in serious but stable condition and the third has been moved to the ICU but is expected to survive.
Washington, who said he could not release an incident report because an investigation is ongoing, said no charges are being issued, yet.
It's unclear what type of gun was involved or how it was discharged.
The NFAC announced early last week that the group would be coming to Louisville to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in March.
In response to the NFAC's announcement, the Three Percenters, who identify as a prepper group but are called a militia by the Southern Poverty Law Center, announced later in the week that it would have "boots on the ground" in Louisville. The president is expected to sign the order during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said.
The order will require the U.S. government to develop a list of essential medicines and buy them as well as medical supplies from U.S. companies instead of from foreign countries like China, Navarro said.
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order requiring the federal government to buy “essential” drugs from U.S. companies, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro announced Thursday.
The president is expected to sign the order, called “buy American,” during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, Navarro told reporters. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we are dangerously overdependent on foreign nations for our essential medicines, for medical supplies like masks gloves, goggles and medical equipment like ventilators.”
The order will require the government to develop a list of essential medicines and buy them as well as medical supplies from U.S. companies instead of from foreign countries like China, Navarro said. The World Health Organization already has a list of essential medicines, but the U.S. won’t need some of those drugs because of “where we are located,” he said.
The order will also remove some of the regulations U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers face and will fast-track the review process to make certain drug ingredients, he said. “For example, in terms of inspections the FDA makes, the FDA can walk in any pharmaceutical manufacturer in the U.S. unannounced and inspect. If they try to do that in China or India, these governments would tell them to come back and maybe we’ll let you in.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/06/trump-to-sign-executive-order-requiring-us-to-buy-essential-drugs-from-american-companies.html The lighter side of systemic racism. Very funny.
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the House's subpoena of former White House counsel Don McGahn, ruling that Congress has the right to enforce its subpoenas in court.
The 7-2 decision from the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses an earlier ruling from a divided three-judge panel that declared that congressional subpoenas were essentially unenforceable.
"The Constitution charges Congress with certain responsibilities, including to legislate, to conduct oversight of the federal government, and, when necessary, to impeach and remove a President or other Executive Branch official from office," Judge Judith Rogers wrote in the majority opinion. "Possession of relevant information is an essential precondition to the effective discharge of all of those duties." https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/08/04/Smoke-seen-from-possible-explosion-near-port-area-in-Lebanon-s-Beirut
Multiple explosions rocked Downtown Beirut Tuesday, according to several eyewitnesses. Buildings several kilometers away suffered material damage and the explosions were heard over 20 kilometers north of Beirut.
It remains unclear what caused the explosions. At least one explosion took place near former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Downtown Beirut residence, LBCI reported. Another local TV station, MTV, quoted a security source as saying that the explosion took place at a storage facility at the Port of Beirut. >This "cancel culture / blm shit is most certainly NOT your dad's "political correctness". these "woke" fucks will kill people that disagree with their points of view:
“Cancel culture” is a phenomenon with almost no defenders. Instead there are people who lament and assail it, and people who deny it exists. It “isn’t real,” it’s “a patchwork monster invented to scare children,” it’s “a spooky campfire story.” In case you missed the point, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow put it in capital letters: “Once more: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CANCEL CULTURE.” His work of persuasion not quite done, he offered an alternative explanation: “The rich and powerful are just upset that the masses can now organize their dissent.” What this school of thought has going for it is the fuzziness of the concept of “cancel culture.” The same was true of its predecessor “political correctness,” which was also denied to exist rather than defended. The line between criticism and intolerance, like the line between sensitivity and oversensitivity, is subjective.
That’s why a recent survey about self-censorship is so clarifying. It shows that a very large number of Americans — one might call them “masses,” borrowing from Blow — are thinking twice before speaking their minds about politics; that the number of the fearful is rising; and that the fear rises as one moves right on the political spectrum.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/people-fear-most-cancel-culture-120008597.html CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The former employee of a Tri-State orphanage is now behind bars after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who was a resident of the facility.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted 41-year-old Anthony Springs on five counts of sexual battery in July. He was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center Wednesday.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office incident reports says it was a coworker who reported Springs to authorities and took the victim to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for an examination.
Springs formerly worked at the Altercrest location of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Anderson.
According to the indictment, Springs had sex with the victim from February-March of this year.
St. Joesph’s responded to FOX19 NOW’s request for comment with the following statement:
“In our 190 year as a child and family serving agency, our mission and work is to protect children and families who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect.
“All of our employees go through an intensive background check including a criminal and FBI screening process before they are brought onto our team with zero tolerance for any kind of charge, especially to those we work so hard to protect.
“As part of our work in protecting the children and families we serve, we are mandated reporters and require all of our employees to report any kind of abuse.”
The orphanage would not directly say whether Springs was fired, only that “Anthony Springs does not work at St. Joseph Orphanage.”
Springs, who is being held on a $250,000 bond, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His next court date is Wednesday, Aug. 19.
https://www.fox19.com/2020/08/07/former-orphanage-employee-indicted-sex-charges-against-underage-resident/ An 18-year-old Portland, Oregon, protester who now faces arson charges was tracked down in part because his Trump-supporting grandmother identified him online.
Early Tuesday, a crude bomb was thrown at the federal courthouse in Portland that has been the subject of attacks from protesters.
Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday, according to Oregon Live. Agard-Berryhill was charged with arson. A hearing was held for him on Friday after which he was released without bail on the condition he not return to the protest site.
Because the Portland riots have been social media sensations, images and videos were combed to find images of the individual who wore a distinctive olive vest with the word “ICONS” upon it who appeared to be throwing the object that was later identified as a bomb.
But there was a subplot identified by journalist Andy Ngo in a piece published Saturday by the New York Post.
Karla Fox, Agard-Berryhill’s grandmother, had already identified the individual in the videos because she bought the vest he was wearing at the time.
https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-loving-grandma-identifies-grandson-portland-arson-chose-poison/ Question. How are dumb, fat, white middleclass Americans going to get scammed out of their money by the GOP if the NY AG dissolves the NRA?
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/06/new-york-nra-lawsuit-ag-james-accuses-gun-group-execs-of-self-dealing.html President Trump said Sunday his plan to order payroll tax cuts via an executive order could be permanent and will have “no impact” on Social Security benefits.
Speaking to reporters before boarding Marine One, Trump said his sweeping proposal to boost the economy through the cuts amid the coronavirus crisis, would in no way affect the longstanding federal program.
“This will have no impact on Social Security,” Trump said, adding the program would be replenished by the General Fund. “We protect Social Security.”
Trump — who said last week he may order the payroll tax cut to boost worker wages after widespread salary cuts — added the cuts “may be permanent,” but didn’t elaborate.
Asked about cuts to the US Postal Service — as the country gears up for a presidential election that may rely heavily on mail voting — Trump said the new postmaster general simply wants to improve it.
“[The Post office] has been losing massive amounts of money,” Trump said. He added that postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, is a good man, who “wants to make it successful.”
DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman who gave millions to the Trump campaign, eliminated overtime for thousands of workers and made other budget cuts after he took over in June.
On Sunday, Trump also said he had “a very important call this morning with Lebanon” to discuss giving “substantial” aide to the country, after its capital city of Beirut suffered a devastating explosion Tuesday.
“A lot of things were worked out… a lot of countries are going to be helping,” he said.
AUGUST 8, 2020
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Skips Campaign Rally After Saying She Was Bitten by a Bat
Here’s one for 2020 bingo: Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen announced she’d have to skip a rally on Saturday because she’d been bitten by a bat.
“I will not be able to attend the campaign rally tomorrow morning,” she tweeted Friday. “I will be getting a rabies vaccine as a precaution after having been bitten by a bat near the start of this campaign tour!”
Jorgensen, a senior lecturer of psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina, won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President in late May. She had been the party’s vice presidential pick with Harry Browne in 1996.
She was set to hold in-person rallies in Mississippi and Louisiana over the weekend, although her campaign asked that attendees wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines and stay home if they’re not feeling well. Despite the bat-related delay, Jorgensen said she’d still attend her campaign events in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday afternoon.
India plane crash Kerala: Air India Express jet wey break for Calicut airport don kill 16 pipo
5 hours wey don pass
One Air India Express plane wit 191 pipo on board don crash for one airport for di southern state of Kerala, kill at least 16 pipo, officials tok.
Di aircraft, wey dey come from Dubai, run comot di runway for Calicut airport afta im land, reports tok.
Rescue operations dey under way and emergency services dey di scene.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi say im dey "pained by di plane accident".
MK Raghavan, one lawmaker from Calicut, tell di BBC say at least 16 pipo die for di crash.
Dem don comot most pipo wey dey on board di Boeing 737 jet, dem carry atleast 35 of dem wey wunjure go hospital, authorities tok.
Di airline say na 184 passengers dey onboard plus 10 children, and six crew members, including two pilots, on board flight IX-1344 wen di plane crash.
Goment bin dey use di flight to repatriate Indians wey dey stranded abroad during di coronavirus crisis.
Di Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) say di plane fall into one valley and break into two two afta e run comot from di end of di runway. Pictures from Indian media show say di aircraft break into two.
"Distressed to learn about di tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft for Kozhikode, Kerala. I don order NDRF [National Disaster Response Force] to reach di site sharperly and assist wit di rescue operations," UHome Minister Amit Shah tweet.
Di incident happun around 19:00 local time (14:30 BTS)as heavy rainfall dey for di region.
For May 2010, 158 pipo die wen one Air India Express flight run pass Mangalore airport runway and crash.
We go dey update una as we gada more informate Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, was one of dozens of business owners in the downtown Louisville district who recently received a letter from protesters laying out demands that aim to improve diversity in the area, which is known for its locally-owned shops and restaurants.
Martinez has publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them "mafia tactics" used to intimidate business owners. And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.
"There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in," Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. "... All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?"
# source copy of BLM demands to small business owners
https://www.scribd.com/document/471102642/Occupy-Nulu-Demands#fullscreen&from_embed MOSCOW — Russia's security chief described the arrest of 33 Russian private military contractors in Belarus as a presidential campaign stunt and warned Wednesday that it would have grave consequences for ties between the two neighbors and allies.
Authorities arrested the Russian contractors outside the capital of Minsk last week on charges of planning to stage mass riots, amid an upsurge of opposition protests ahead of the Sunday election — in which Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term.
Russia has demanded the release of the contractors for a private firm, saying they only were in Belarus because they missed a connecting flight to another country. The government in Minsk has further irked Moscow by raising the possibility that some of the contractors could be handed over to Ukraine, which wants them on charges of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists.
Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia's Security Council, sharply raised the stakes in the dispute Wednesday, saying that the Belarusian leadership has turned bilateral ties into "small change in the election campaign."
6 months ago the metro was a lefty propaganda piece, it probably still is but look at this! front page headline too! do you feel the winds of change? this is seriously a massive shift in mindset.
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