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>The NRA is in turmoil, but gun-control proponents still can’t get what they want.
>By Stephen Gutowski
>6:00 AM ET
>About the author: Stephen Gutowski is the founder of The Reload, an independent publication focused on firearms policy and politics.
>President joe biden was dealt a significant setback this month when he was forced to abandon David Chipman, his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The nomination was only the second he was forced to withdraw, and it was a blow to the gun-control groups who had backed Biden’s pick.
>What went wrong?
>One explanation gun-control advocates often lean on when they face setbacks involves the power of the National Rifle Association. The NRA creates “puppet politicians” who do “nothing but lie and continue taking the NRA’s dirty money,” March for Our Lives wrote in a September 15 fundraising appeal. Brady, another gun-control group, appealed to its donors a week later to give more so they could stop “the NRA and their bought-and-paid-for politicians” from enacting more permitless-gun-carry laws. In an August 21 message to supporters, Brady said it was fighting to break the “NRA’s stranglehold on our democracy.”
>(((David Frum))): How to persuade Americans to give up their guns
>The narrative is familiar: Gun-control measures can never pass, because the NRA forbids it. The group buys off all the politicians with its incredible campaign spending. Then it owns their votes, and gets everything it wants. But the reality is starkly different. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/side-gop-totally-ignores-az-forensic-audit-found-state-arizona-never-certified/ https://www.yahoo.com/news/stop-steal-movement-races-forward-141658624.html
After all the scurrying, searching, sifting, speculating, hand-counting and bamboo-hunting had ended, Republicans’ postmortem review of election results in Arizona’s largest county wound up only adding to President Joe Biden’s margin of victory there.
But for those who have tried to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and restrict voting, the actual findings of the Maricopa County review that were released Friday did not appear to matter in the slightest. Former President Donald Trump and his loyalists redoubled their efforts to mount a full-scale relitigation of the 2020 election.
Any fleeting thought that the failure of the Arizona exercise to unearth some new trove of Trump votes or a smoking gun of election fraud might derail the so-called Stop the Steal movement dissipated abruptly. As draft copies of the report began to circulate late Thursday, Trump allies ignored the new tally, instead zeroing in on the report’s specious claims of malfeasance, inconsistencies and errors by election officials.
Significant parts of the right treated the completion of the Arizona review as a vindication — offering a fresh canard to justify an accelerated push for new voting limits and measures to give Republican state lawmakers greater control over elections. It also provided additional fuel for the older lie that is now central to Trump’s political identity: that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes and fake votes to change the outcome of the election four or five times over,” Trump said in a statement Friday evening, one of seven he had issued about Arizona since late Thursday. “There is fraud and cheating in Arizona and it must be criminally investigated!” I don't know about that...
>This is maybe my worst nightmare
>The Elizabeth Holmes trial has made me more determined than ever to avoid doing crimes. I’ll be sticking to the law from here on out, thank you very much. It’s not for any noble reason — I don’t have any new sense of morality or sudden desire to be a very good person. No, I am zealously sticking to the law because doing crimes could, theoretically, put me in the same position disgraced Theranos founder Holmes is in right now: having my text message history revealed in court.
>Dozens of text messages between Holmes and her ex-boyfriend (and ex-business partner) Sunny Balwani were read aloud during Holmes’ trial for fraud this week. Thousands were released by the prosecution and more were obtained by CNBC. Some of the messages talked about problems with the blood testing technology, which might help prosecutors show that Holmes knew that they didn’t work as advertised. Others were much more... personal. Like when Holmes texted Balwani “you are the breeze in desert for me.” Now, along with the “might go to jail” thing, Holmes has to live with the knowledge that everyone knows she sent that text.
https://www.theverge.com/22691464/elizabeth-holmes-trial-text-messages-crime Gabby Petito latest: Rangers searching Grand Teton, Yellowstone for missing woman
A team of elite National Park Service rangers are searching Saturday for missing Long Island native Gabby Petito in Grand Teton in Wyoming and another squad may be combing a remote part of nearby Yellowstone, a report said.
The searches in Wyoming are underway at the same time police and FBI officers in Florida are searching a wildlife preserve for Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, whose parents say they last saw him Tuesday.
Petito’s family accused Laundrie, 23, of “hiding” after he refused to help cops in the case once he arrived back in Florida after driving home alone from the Wyoming park.
“There is a group of park rangers that is searching for Gabby Petito in the backcountry of the park,” a Grand Teton Park Ranger told DailyMail.com. “This is the park’s elite search and rescue unit.
https://nypost.com/2021/09/18/gabby-petito-case-rangers-searching-grant-teton-yellowstone-for-woman/ I like how this case brings out the ugly side of everyone who takes interest in it. It's not every day something like this comes along, where everyone is in it for the wrong reasons, and out themselves as a piece of shit.
>San Francisco news anchor has been taken off the air in a dispute over Gabby Petito coverage, reports say.
>Frank Somerville, the anchor for Fox Bay Area news affiliate KTVU, was "suspended indefinitely" after he suggested that a segment on Petito should include a tagline acknowledging the "extraordinary" amount of media coverage her case had received, according to Mercury News.
>Sources told the outlet that Somerville wanted to note the disparities in media attention towards cases of missing white women compared with indigenous women and women of color.
>Somerville, who has an adopted Black daughter, reportedly pushed back against management after he was told his suggestion was "inappropriate."
>The news anchor's suspension is his second this year. He was first taken off the air in May after slurring and stumbling over his words while reading from a teleprompter, and had only recently returned after an eight-week suspension.
>Gabby Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on September 11 after her fiance, Brian Laundrie, arrived home from a road trip across the US, without her. Petito's death has since been ruled a homicide by the FBI.
>Brian Laundrie has refused to cooperate with the police investigation into Petito's disappearance and has been missing since September 17.
>Petito's case has captured news headlines for weeks. Critics have described the avid media coverage as "missing white woman syndrome", noting that similar cases of women of color do not get the same attention.
What if we told you there was a hamster who has been trading cryptocurrencies since June — and recently was doing better than Warren Buffett and the S&P 500?
Meet Mr. Goxx, a hamster who works out of what is possibly the most high-tech hamster cage in existence.
It's designed so that when Mr. Goxx runs on the hamster wheel, he can select among dozens of cryptocurrencies. Then, deciding between two tunnels, he chooses whether to buy or sell. According to the Twitch account for the hamster, his decision is sent over to a real trading platform — and yes, real money is involved.
Look, we're not telling you to follow in this hamster's financial decisions or that this process is scientific in any way. The human behind this hamster's account and money has not been made public.
But what we can tell you is his portfolio is up nearly 20% since he started trading in June, according to his Twitter account. And as of Sept. 12, Mr. Goxx was performing better than Bitcoin, the Nasdaq 100, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the S&P 500.
While Mr. Goxx's methodology is random at best, it does remind us that where people get their financial advice from is certainly changing.
We've seen people getting tips from TikTok and from two kids in Baltimore.
And in recent years, there's been more stock-picking on Wall Street from bots. NPR's Planet Money even built its own in 2017 that invested money based off President Donald Trump's tweets. https://kjzz.org/content/1719314/arizona-election-audit-confirms-bidens-win-maricopa-county-also-casts-doubts
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>A user leveraging the emsadmin account remotely logged into the EMS server at 2/11/2021 9:08:27 AM via terminal services and began executing a script at 2/11/2021 9:09:04 AM that checked accounts for blank passwords. The event logs record this connection as originating from a system with the IPV6 address of e80::ec82:cdfd%1998664174, which is a local network IPV6 address. Between 2/11/2021 8:09:04 AM and 2/12/2021 7:12:55 AM this user ran this check 462 times. Each time the check was performed a new line was added to the security log, which had the effect of deleting the oldest entry in the log file due to the previously mentioned log size limitation setting. 462 older log entries were deleted via this method. >https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2021/09/24/orouke-says-hes-still-coming-for-your-guns-n50311
>nO oNe Is TrYiNg To TaKe YoUr GuNs!!!1!!! https://health.ucdavis.edu/what-you-can-do/facts.html
There were 39,707 deaths from firearms in the U.S. in 2019. Sixty percent of deaths from firearms in the U.S. are suicides. In 2019, 23,941 people in the U.S. died by firearm suicide. Firearms are the means in approximately half of suicides nationwide.
In 2019, 14,861 people in the U.S. died from firearm homicide, accounting for 37% of total deaths from firearms. Firearms were the means for about 75% of homicides in 2018.
The other 3% of firearm deaths are unintentional, undetermined, from legal intervention, or from public mass shootings (0.2% of total firearm deaths).
lgt https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/LeadingCauses.html The tally actually gives President Biden a slight edge over the official results.
Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.
The findings: "After nearly six months and almost $6 million," The Post reports, "the draft report shows that the review concluded that 45,469 more ballots were cast for Biden in Maricopa County than for Trump, widening Biden’s margin by 360 more votes than certified results."
https://www.axios.com/arizona-recount-results-biden-won-4a5b7275-b638-4ff6-81c6-4fb9f754ddb2.html "These aren't numbers or stats. These are our families and friends and loved ones dying of COVID," Harris, the state's health officer, said Friday at a weekly press update.
"At least 90% of these deaths are completely preventable with vaccination," Harris said.
The 1,064 deaths didn't necessarily occur within the last week, Harris said, but were counted after official verification by health officials. At least 6,738 people have died from COVID-19 complications in 2021, 1,763 of which have been confirmed in the last four weeks alone.
At least 13,921 people have died from COVID in Alabama since the start of the pandemic in 2020, more than all Alabamians killed in U.S. military deaths in the World War I, World War II, Korean and Vietnam conflicts combined. Deaths this year are on pace to surpass 2020 fatalities, a searing milestone when vaccinations sit on shelves around the state, proven safe and effective at preventing most serious COVID-19 illnesses.
The stunning increase in fatalities shows no sign of slowing on the heels of a COVID-19 surge that, while declining, is still filling hospital ICUs to capacity.
"There is no reason these people should have had to die," Harris said. "Vaccination prevents most hospitalizations and most deaths. It's a tragedy we have to sit here every week and report these numbers to you."
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2021/09/24/alabama-deaths-covid-outpace-foreign-war-casualties-2021/5820525001/ Hand count in audit affirms Biden beat Trump, as Maricopa County said in November.
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/20/us/gabby-petito-brian-laundrie-update/index.html The blahaj stuffed shark is being discontinued from Ikea in april 2022, as stated by a twitter post from IKEA UK:
Blahaj has become iconic in the trans community for some reason. There's a significant overlap between users of the blahaj subr*ddit r/blahaj and different trans subs, here's a link for that:
In addition, blahaj is a common meme on the /lgbt/ board, it's most commonly associated with boymoders. Boymoders are trans women (men transitioning to women) who don't feel comfortable presenting as women yet so try their best to hide the changes transitioning is making on their bodies. Here's a link for more info:
You'll see evidence for this on /lgbt/ itself and also on the "boymoder awareness network" twitter account, where blahaj is posted commonly.
Where were you when the trans 9/11 happened? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-executive-privilege-subpoenas/2021/09/23/1c163312-1ba7-11ec-8380-5fbadbc43ef8_story.html
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The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite the former president’s objections — a decision that could have significant political and legal ramifications.
Trump has said he will cite “executive privilege” to block information requests from the House select committee investigating the events of that day, banking on a legal theory that has successfully allowed presidents and their aides to avoid or delay congressional scrutiny for decades, including during the Trump administration.
But President Biden’s White House plans to err on the side of disclosure given the gravity of the events of Jan. 6, according to two people familiar with discussions who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.
In response to questions about White House deliberations over what information to release, Biden spokesman Michael J. Gwin said the president views the attack on the Capitol as “a dark stain on our country’s history” and is “deeply committed to ensuring that something like that can never happen again, and he supports a thorough investigation.”
Members of the investigative committee argue that Trump no longer enjoys the protection of executive privilege, encouraging the White House to push aside institutional concerns about sharing information with Congress and aid the panel in an investigation focused on what Democrats and a handful of Republicans have called an assault on democracy. https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/572872-far-right-rally-draws-small-crowd-at-capitol
A far-right rally organized to protest those charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection has appeared to draw a small crowd of people, according to circulating news footage and images on the ground.
News of the crowd came after significant buildup of security forces and the resurrection of a protective fence around the U.S. Capitol amid concerns from officials of violence and chaos reminiscent of the January attack.
A small crowd of attendees began to gather at the Capitol on Saturday morning ahead of the scheduled demonstration dubbed the “Justice for J6” rally.
Reporters and videographers on the ground in Washington noted that there seemed to a heavier presence of police and press than actual rallygoers.
“Still seems like more press than protesters. Less than one demonstrator per member of Congress as the scheduled event begins,” Jonathan Allen, a NBC News reporter, tweeted.
>Still seems like more press than protesters. Less than one demonstrator per member of Congress as the scheduled event begins.
“Less than a half-hour before the start of this “Justice For J6 (Jan. 6)” rally, there are not a ton of people at the protest site. There are just as many journalists here, and probably more police,” David Jackson, a correspondent with USA Today tweeted.
>Less than a half-hour before the start of this “Justice For J6 (Jan. 6)” rally, there are not a ton of people at the protest site. There are just as many journalists here, and probably more police.
Catherine Herridge, a CBS reporter, noted on Saturday that the event appeared to be “very thinly populated.”
>A “Justice for J6” rally is underway near the U.S. Capitol, but so far, @CBS_Herridge reports, the crowds remain sparse
>Here’s a quick look around protest site outside #USCapitol More press than protestors. Lots of police staging nearby. https://apnews.com/article/police-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-iowa-waterloo-e56c79acab250ff2e28c964b27f5b31b
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The first Black police chief in Waterloo, Iowa, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon.
Joel Fitzgerald says his 16-month tenure in Waterloo, a city of 67,000 with a history of racial divisions, is a “case study” for what Black police chiefs face as they seek to build community trust and hold officers to higher standards. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said the attacks were driven by misinformation and racism toward him and his boss, the city’s first Black mayor.
“I don’t think there’s been any police chief in America in a small- or medium-sized department that have endured this for the reasons I have endured it and I think the reasons have to do with race,” said Fitzgerald, who previously served as the chief of larger departments in Fort Worth, Texas and Allentown, Pennsylvania. “This is my fourth job being the first Black police chief. I’ve dealt with pushback in other places but never so overt. Never so nonfactual.”
Jacinta Gau, a University of Central Florida professor and expert on race and policing, said new, reform-minded chiefs always face backlash, and that is intensified when they are Black leaders of historically white forces.
“The power dynamic in America has always been that Black people are subordinate to white people. When Black people acquire leadership positions, that power dynamic is flipped on its head and white people who were comfortable with the status quo are now feeling very threatened,” she said. Chauvin, 45, will be representing himself after being denied a public defender.
The 90-day deadline for Chauvin to appeal was on Thursday. He has asked for a stay on the appeal until he can find an attorney — noting that he only has his prison income to pay for his defense.
The former police officer was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in the 2020 death of Floyd.
A typical sentence for the charges he faced would be 12.5 years, but Judge Peter Cahill agreed with the prosecution who argued that there were aggravating factors in Floyd’s death.
In his appeal, Chauvin cited fourteen issues with his prosecution, including the court refusing to sequester the jury or provide a change of venue.
Thanks libs, you enabled this The FBI has launched an investigation into a Missouri police department after viral video surfaced showing a detained black man repeatedly being bitten by a police dog.
The disturbing footage shows the suspect with his hands on a squad car when the canine is released and begins biting his foot Monday in the St. Louis County city of Woodson Terrace.
After several seconds, two officers take the man to the ground, with the dog still chomping on his right foot, the clip shows. The man then tries to stand up but is taken down by the dog again.
The cops then appear to handcuff the suspect.
“Don’t let the dog bite him,” a woman is heard yelling at the cops on the video. “Are you serious? Oh my God. You let him bite him.”
The suspect’s name has not been released.
Woodson Terrace Police Chief Randy Halsted told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department is “fully cooperating” with the federal probe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Supreme Court justices delivered the same plea in rapid succession in recent days: Don’t view justices as politicians.
The justices have reason to be concerned. Recent polls show a sharp drop in approval of a court now dominated by conservatives.
The call by justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Amy Coney Barrett for the public not to see court decisions as just an extension of partisan politics isn’t new. But the timing of the recent comments is significant, just after a summer in which conservative majorities on the court prevailed over liberal dissents on abortion, immigration and evictions, and at the start of a blockbuster term.
The future of abortion rights and expansions of gun and religious rights already are on the docket. Other contentious cases could be added. The outcome in each could fracture the court along ideological lines, with the court’s six conservative justices chosen by Republican presidents prevailing over its three liberals nominated by Democrats.
To some observers, the Supreme Court is facing the most serious threat to its legitimacy since its decision in Bush v. Gore two decades ago that split liberals and conservatives and effectively settled the disputed 2000 presidential election in favor of Republican George W. Bush.
“I think we may have come to a turning point. If within a span of a few terms we see sweeping right-side decisions over left-side dissents on every one of the most politically divisive issues of our time — voting, guns, abortion, religion, affirmative action — perception of the court may be permanently altered,” said Irv Gornstein, executive director of Georgetown University’s Supreme Court Institute. Zoomers got balls, I'll tell you that.
>In the early morning on July 18, Greg Moore went out for a jog on a tree-lined road near his home in Maple Valley, Wash. His wife, Michelle, expected him to come back "sweaty and tired but feeling great and looking forward to the rest of his day," she explained in a recent Facebook post.
>But Greg, 53, did not come home. Hours after Michelle went looking for him, a bystander found Greg dead in a ditch in front of a local Lutheran church. He was shoeless, and his body was surrounded by the plastic shards of a headlight covering. His skull was fractured. His calves were gashed as though a car had struck him from behind.
>Not long after the body was located, Michelle came upon the police roadblock and "my world turned upside down," she said on Facebook.
>It remained upside down for two months as police hunted for the killer. But now, prosecutors have charged the person they say is responsible: a 15-year-old girl who had allegedly taken her godmother's car on a joyride and intentionally rammed Moore from behind "to scare him." The girl has been charged with second-degree murder and felony hit and run, the Seattle Times reported. She is being prosecuted as a minor.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/16/greg-moore-teenager-hit-and-run/ Jewish male model is running for Germany’s parliament – on the far-right ticket34-year-old Marcel Yaron Goldhammer, a dual German-Israeli citizen and former IDF soldier, is no. 6 on the AfD list in Berlin
At a political rally in Berlin in June, a young Jewish gay man wearing a turquoise kippah launched his campaign to represent one of Germany’s most ethnically diverse constituencies in parliament.
The man, 34-year-old Marcel Yaron Goldhammer, promised to stoke the “embers of unity, justice and freedom” during his announcement speech in front of about 200 people in the southeastern Berlin neighborhood of Neukolln.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-male-model-is-running-for-germanys-parliament-on-the-far-right-ticket/ LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public School officials announced the district has lost its first child from COVID-19.
Christopher “CJ” Gordon Jr., a 15-year-old sophomore at The Learning Center, died Thursday morning, according to Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins.
“He was a kind, thoughtful young man with a bright future ahead of him, and we join his family in mourning his tragic death,” Liggins said.
Officials said a team of grief counselors from across the district was at The Learning Center Thursday to support students and staff as they grieved. Additional counselors from the district will continue to be available for as long as our students need the extra support.
“I cannot say enough good things about how our staff stepped up today to wrap our students in love and care,” Liggins said. “CJ was a beloved member of the TLC family and our FCPS community, and he will be missed.”
The district said CJ enjoyed gaming, anime and photography.
“CJ brought kindness, compassion, and laughter into our lives, lifting up those around him with a supportive word or a playful gesture,” said Learning Center Principal Chris Salyers. “Here at The Learning Center, our promise to one another is to ‘do right by people.’ CJ embodied this core commitment every day and shone as an example for our community, state, and nation to live up to.”
Data from the state shows at least four other children have died. Most recently a 15-year-old from Shelby County, and others are fighting for their life.
“Twenty-one kids in the hospital with COVID. Eight confirmed in the ICU, though these are likely only the two pediatric ICUs in the state. We have five kids on ventilators because of COVID here in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said.
Data from the CDC shows at least 464 children have died from COVID-19, each one a life not done living, and taken way too soon.
https://www.wkyt.com/2021/09/23/fayette-county-public-schools-student-dies-covid-19/ Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), told Fox News during an interview on Thursday night that if President Joe Biden were not president, he would arrest Biden for “aiding and abetting.”
“I’ve been patrolling the borders since Clinton was the president and I can tell you personally, that the policies that have been in place were by far the best under President Trump and President Biden completely and totally dismantled all of those policies,” Judd told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “And when you look at our Border Patrol agents, when they are sent down there to that job, and by the way, Mayorkas was down on the border, and he saw the horses, he knew the horses were out there, and now he’s making, doing a 180.”
“But when our agents are out there trying to patrol the border, do their job to the best of their ability, then they’re vilified by the president,” he continued. “You know, we feel like why even go out there and do it? Why put on that uniform? Why care about the American public? That’s why we do it; we put on that uniform, because we care about the American public; we want to go out there and we want to protect them. And Joe Biden is trying to break that down.”
Later, as the segment was ending, Judd told Hannity, “If President Biden wasn’t the president right now, I would arrest him for aiding and abetting.”
It finally happened goys!
Every bit of Parler, Gab, 8ch, TexasGOP, etc's sites, databases, and history (payment info removed) has been taken and is now available - unhashed and unencrypted! The entire set of sites hosted by Epik.
To all of you newfags, /k/fags, and /pol/fags who lean right... Prepare for retribution. It's 180 GB so it'll take us a while, but be warned fashfags - I've already got all the data, suckas. And we've got several ppl around the world slowly sifting though it.
Real Anon OGs are still around. Never forget; we do not forgive. A father cried out “is this really happening” after finding his three daughters dead at his new home in New Zealand days after being released from hotel quarantine, his neighbours have said.
Orthopaedic surgeon Graham Dickason ‘wailed’ after finding two-year-old twins Karla and Maya and their older sister Liane, six, at their home in Timaru.
Mr Dickason was confronted with the horror at 10pm on Thursday when he returned home after attending a work function at Timaru Hospital.
His wife Lauren, 40, also a doctor, appeared at Timaru District Court last night accused of murder.
A former neighbour in South Africa, who did not want to be named, said the couple were very “grateful” for their children.
“They absolutely adored those children. They were so grateful for having them because they struggled to get pregnant and when they finally got the children, they loved them,” the neighbour said.
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/father-shouts-really-happening-returns-162251814.html?guccounter=1 https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/dozens-massachusetts-state-troopers-resign-ahead-deadline-states-mandatory-vaccine-mandate/ https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2021/09/25/suspects-military-background-playing-into-nassau-county-manhunt/ Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said "cutting off hands is very necessary" as he dismissed the outrage over the Taliban’s brutal executions in the past.
Taliban fighters whipped an unnamed woman after she spoke to a man on the phone in 2016
The punishment that would take place in Kabul’s sports stadium or at the Eid Gah mosque, would see convicted murderers being shot dead by a member of their victim's family or thieves and robbers being amputated
Turabi has dismissed the criticism and stated the same forms of e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶t̶a̶i̶n̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ punishment will return.
Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security,” he said, before adding that the cabinet was considering whether to do punishments in public as before.
"We are changed from the past,” he added saying that the Taliban would now allow television, mobile phones, photos and video "because this is the necessity of the people, and we are serious about it."
He explained that the Taliban now see the media as a way to spread their message and reach "millions."
He said that if punishments are made public, then people may be allowed to video or take photos.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/3723318/talibans-enforcer-warns-executions-amputations-return-afghanistan/ In the past month, backlogs at Southern California ports have hit multiple records.
The delays have caused shortages and price hikes, threatening Black Friday shopping.
Graphics from Flexport and the Marine Exchange of Southern California highlight the impact of the backlog.
A near record backlog of cargo ships in Southern California could have serious ramifications for the US economy.
The build up of cargo ships carrying key exports from China, including electronics, furniture and toys, threatens to increase shortages and price hikes in the US ahead of the holiday season. The dozens of hulking cargo ships wait an average of nearly 10 days to dock and unload, according to data from the Port of Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles and Long Beach had over 150 ships in port, including 95 cargo ships, the Marine Exchange of Southern California reported. Before the pandemic, the ports handled about 60 to 70 ships at once. Today, those numbers have more than doubled.
On Wednesday, the ports had 62 cargo ships waiting at anchor or in drift areas for a spot to open up to dock and unload, turning the ports into a highly orchestrated parking lot for container vessels that can be valued at over $100 million and weigh in at over 200,000 tonnes.
Before the pandemic, the ports typically had zero or one ship waiting to dock, Kip Louttit, the executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told Insider.
A screenshot from the Marine Exchange of Southern California's dashboard taken on Wednesday afternoon shows the careful planning that goes into not only where each ship will dock, but also where the cargo ships will be placed at anchor or to drift.
https://www.businessinsider.com/graphics-highlight-record-backlog-of-cargo-ships-in-california-2021-9 The Covid-19 outbreak depleted America’s meat reserves, and new data from the U.S. shows they still haven’t recovered.
Beef, pork and chicken in U.S. freezers took a plunge after thousands of slaughterhouse workers caught the virus in 2020 and forced plants to shut down. A labor crunch continues to hurt output. A U.S. report Wednesday showed beef reserves down 7.7% from a year ago in August. Poultry supplies slumped 20% and pork bellies, which are sliced into bacon, dropped 44% to the lowest levels since 2017.
Typically, frozen meat supplies would start to balloon around this time of year as summer grilling season ends. This year, only a modest expansion is likely to take place, signaling that meat prices will stay elevated, according to Jim Sullivan, commercial director for Stable USA, which offers custom risk-management tools for products such as pork cuts that aren’t listed on derivatives exchanges.
“Prices remain very elevated compared to seasonal expectations,” Sullivan said.
The FBI had an informant in the crowd during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing confidential records it obtained.
The informant’s name was not revealed in the records, though he was affiliated with a Midwest chapter of the far-right group the Proud Boys, according to the newspaper.
Based on an account of the informant’s activities detailed in the records, the informant described meeting up with men from other Proud Boys chapters at 10 a.m. at the Washington Monument and eventually entering the Capitol.
The informant entered after debating whether to do so, the Times reported. He left through a window after police told him that someone had been shot — likely Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, the newspaper noted.
The informant has since denied that the Proud Boys intended to use violence on Jan. 6 but rather were consumed by a herd mentality. He has also denied that the group planned to attack the Capitol in interviews, the Times reported.
In a statement to The Hill, an FBI spokesperson said the agency's "mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States, and intelligence gathering is essential to those efforts." >https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/21/politics/joe-biden-infrastructure-reconciliation-budget/index.html
Commies won't vote for actual infrastructure bill because it is "too lean"
Moderates and GOP won't vote for commie bill because it is too expensive, exists just to give money to the DNC's friends, and because they are pissed that it is tied to the infrastructure bill
debt ceiling is looming
everyone will be too focused on the midterms after this week
Biden and co look like they will be BTFO in the mid terms https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/study-rewrites-understanding-modern-japans-genetic-ancestry-2021-09-17/
Sept 17 (Reuters) - An analysis of ancient DNA is transforming the understanding of the genetic ancestry of Japan's modern-day population, identifying a crucial contribution from people who arrived about 1,700 years ago and helped revolutionize Japanese culture.
Research published on Friday showed that the people of Japan bear genetic signatures from three ancient populations rather than just two as previously thought - a more complex ancestry for the archipelago nation of roughly 125 million.
The researchers analyzed genetic information from 17 ancient Japanese people - DNA extracted from the bones of 12 specifically for this study and five done previously - and compared it to genomic data for modern Japanese people.
Previously documented genetic contributions were confirmed from two ancient groups. The first was Japan's indigenous culture of hunter-gatherers dating to roughly 15,000 years ago, the start of what is called the Jomon period. The second was a population of Northeast Asian origins who arrived at about 900 BC, bringing wet-rice farming during the subsequent Yayoi period.
Modern Japanese possess approximately 13% and 16% genetic ancestry from those two groups, respectively, the researchers determined.
But 71% of their ancestry was found to come from a third ancient population with East Asian origins that arrived at roughly 300 AD to launch what is called the Kofun period, bringing various cultural advances and developing centralized leadership. These migrants appear to have had ancestry mainly resembling the Han people who make up most of China's population. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/setup-fbi-admits-jan-6-deep-state-operation-one-first-inside-capitol-fbi-operative-video/ Seattle derailed in Montana
The train bound for Seattle derailed outside of Joplin, Montana, according to Amtrak.
Author: KING 5 Staff
Published: 6:16 PM PDT September 25, 2021
Updated: 6:16 PM PDT September 25, 2021
CHESTER, Montana — An Amtrak train bound for Seattle derailed near Joplin, Montana, according to Amtrak.
Injuries were reported, according to Amtrak. Local authorities are working to evacuate passengers and transport those with injuries to a local hospital.
Five cars on the train derailed around 3 p.m. Saturday. There were around 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health FHI has made the remarkable, but statistically supported, decision to classify Covid-19 as a respiratory disease that is as dangerous as the common flu. It is clarified that the pandemic is not over, but that it has entered a new phase where Covid-19 is now equated with a common respiratory disease, such as a flu or respiratory infection. This is done, among other things, due to the mutations that the Coronavirus has undergone, which makes it less dangerous, together with increased natural and vaccination-induced immunity that has been achieved in Norwegian society.
Although the infection itself continues to circulate in the population, this does not mean an increase in hospital stays, which in itself means that the Coronavirus no longer creates a large burden on healthcare in Norway. This is because the vast majority of those at risk are protected. Those who are vaccinated also get severe symptoms and those who are not in the risk groups also usually only get ordinary mild cold symptoms. FHI thus makes the assessment that the Coronavirus now joins the ranks of other respiratory viruses such as the common cold and seasonal flu.
“It is something positive and sends out signals that at least in Norway, at the moment, they consider themselves aware of the situation,” said Niklas Arnberg, professor of virology at Umeå University and chairman of the Pandemic Foundation to Aftonbladet.
More contagious but less dangerous
The FHI believes that the pandemic itself is not over because it is still out in the world and is spreading at the same time as the proportion of people vaccinated worldwide is low. As long as it spreads outside the territories of rich countries, it will be a continuing pandemic, it is said.
Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back on home soil, almost three years after they were first detained in China.
The two men landed in Calgary shortly before 8 a.m. ET Saturday aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force Challenger aircraft. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau were at the airport to welcome the two men, who had flown from China along with ambassador Dominic Barton.
Trudeau announced Friday evening that the two were out of Chinese airspace, just hours after the extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was dropped. Meng reached a deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. authorities related to fraud charges against her on Friday and landed back in China Saturday morning. The Nazi Socialist 4th Reich is fucked! The evidence is with the attorney general.
Top 12 LIES and TRUTHS
https://rumble.com/vmxhbx-the-america-project-reacts-to-the-maricopa-county-az-forensic-audit-hearing.html https://rumble.com/vmxhbx-the-america-project-reacts-to-the-maricopa-county-az-forensic-audit-hearing.html https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/president-trump-lists-thousands-ballots-included-2020-election-arizona-fraudulent-showing-won-state/ The naked Nirvana baby has been recreated yet again – this time on the unsuspecting streets of Adelaide.
Pete Stokes rode about 150km on a single-speed bike to sketch the outline of the famous Nevermind cover. His efforts, tracked by GPS-based site Strava, show the baby’s (slightly angry) face over the CBD and the banknote over the leafy eastern suburbs of Burnside and Kensington.
To mark Nevermind’s 30th anniversary on 24 September, Nirvana is planning to reissue the album. The official website shows they are still using the image of the naked baby, even though Spencer Elden, who was four months old then when it was shot in 1991, is suing Nirvana for sexual exploitation. (He recreated the swimming scene himself on the 25th anniversary, while fully clothed.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/sep/26/keen-spirit-australian-cyclist-uses-gps-to-recreate-nirvanas-nevermind-cover An average of more than 2,000 Americans are once again dying from Covid every day, a grim threshold that the country has not seen in more than six months.
The seven-day average of reported U.S. Covid deaths stood at 2,031 as of Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. While new infections have plateaued, fatalities continue to rise, increasing by 13% from one week ago and 43% from the start of the month. The last time the average daily U.S. death toll was over 2,000 was on March 1. The country was coming down off of a record-setting winter surge in cases and record-high fatalities that averaged 3,426 a day mid-January.
Covid-19 officially became the deadliest outbreak in recent American history on Monday, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/22/average-daily-us-covid-deaths-cross-2000.html Kind of how I've been feeling.
>In the two weeks since Gabby Petito went missing while on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, her story has gained national attention.
>Petito's case has made news headlines and gone viral online, with people everywhere trying to find clues and solve the case themselves. Adding to the intrigue in Petito's case is the large social media footprint she left behind as she documented her travels cross-country with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.
>Officials confirmed Tuesday that a body found over the weekend near Grand Teton National Park belongs to 22-year-old Petito, but the national fascination with the case continues, as authorities search for Laundrie, currently a person of interest in the case.
>It is a fascination that families of other missing people, particularly women of color, say they wish was turned to their own loved ones' cases.
>"Everybody who is missing loved ones is saying, 'Why wasn't my case done that like?'" said Paula Cosey Hill. "It's very hard because it takes you back to when your child went missing."
>Cosey Hill's then-16-year-old daughter, Shemika Cosey, disappeared without a trace near her home in St. Louis, Missouri, just a few days after Christmas in 2008.
Riders on the storm
Into this house, we're born
Into this world, we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm
There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/25/us/gabby-petito-brian-laundrie-update-saturday/index.html Trump just sued the New York Times and his niece. If history is a guide, he probably won’t win
Donald Trump has once again sued a news organization alleging that its reporting was unfair to him. If history is any guide, this one is also likely to generate a flurry of attention before quietly stalling out.
Trump’s latest lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, is aimed at the New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump. It centers on the Times’s publication in 2018 of a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of Trump’s alleged tax-avoidance tactics and the history of his family inheritance. The suit claims that Mary Trump and three Times reporters engaged in an “insidious plot” culminating in a “breach of contract” when the paper published records about the former president’s finances that were subject to a 2001 family confidentiality agreement. Mary Trump has publicly acknowledged that she was a primary source of the Times’s story.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/trump-media-lawsuit-times-mary-trump/2021/09/22/98388a28-1bb9-11ec-a99a-5fea2b2da34b_story.html Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend.
The “devious licks” challenge that swept social media this week is plaguing principals and school district administrators who already must navigate a bitter debate over requiring masks to keep COVID-19 in check. Some schools have had to more closely monitor or even shut down bathrooms, where much of the damage is occurring.
No section of the nation appears to have been untouched. In northeast Kansas, Lawrence High School had to close several bathrooms after students pried soap dispensers off the walls. Then, students tried to steal the “closed” signs, so staff is guarding the bathrooms, even the closed ones, said 17-year-old student Cuyler Dunn, relaying Friday what he called “total destruction.”
“Some of them were to the point where they were borderline unusable," said Dunn, who is also the co-editor-in-chief of Lawrence High's student newspaper. “Locks on stalls had been taken off."
https://www.local10.com/news/national/2021/09/17/devious-licks-videos-of-damage-thefts-bedevil-us-schools/ Marjorie Taylor Greene gets in shouting match with Dem lawmakers on Capitol steps
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday sparked a shouting match with a pair of Democratic lawmakers outside the Capitol, prompting one of them to scream that the far-right politician should practice the biblical principle of loving one’s neighbor, videos show.
After the House passed a bill codifying the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights case — a move made in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Texas’ anti-abortion law — the outspoken Republican heckled Democrats holding a celebratory press conference on their legislative victory.
“This is not women’s rights,” Greene (R-Ga.) shouted on the Capitol steps.
https://nypost.com/2021/09/24/marjorie-taylor-greene-gets-in-shouting-match-with-dem-lawmakers-on-capitol-steps Coming to America soon when the Republicans retake control of the government.
The press is being pulverized in places where democracy is deteriorating, leaving the world with little visibility into how those regions are transforming under authoritarian rule.
Why it matters: The COVID-19 pandemic was already taking a huge toll on press freedoms around the world. A new wave of geopolitical tension is exacerbating the issue.
Driving the news: In Hong Kong last week, Next Digital, a media company founded by press tycoon Jimmy Lai, said it was shutting down in response to new Chinese Communist Party restrictions that made it impossible to continue operating.
"The climate of fear is unbelievable," said Mark Clifford, an independent non-executive director of Next Digital's board. Clifford and other members of the board resigned, citing that environment.
"It's not a kleptocracy, like Russia. They don't want money. They just really want to silence this voice," he continued. Beijing regulators essentially made it impossible for the company to operate financially.
The move has shattered hope among press activists that a vibrant free press ecosystem will ever be able to exist in Hong Kong, following the passage of a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing that dramatically reduces personal freedoms.
Lai, who was sentenced to 14 months in prison earlier this year, was one of the most vocal pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong for years.
His newspaper, Apple Daily — the biggest publication within Next Digital — shut down in June after authorities froze the bank accounts for the paper and arrested its top leadership. Clifford said Apple Daily sold over 1 million copies on its last day publishing. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-california-climate-elections-a590782877be099d44f1766b2d138394
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday emphatically defeated a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democrat framed as part of a national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and continued threats from “Trumpism.”
Newsom bolted to a quick victory boosted by healthy turnout in the overwhelmingly Democratic state. He cast it as a win for science, women’s rights and other liberal issues, and it ensures the nation’s most populous state will remain in Democratic control as a laboratory for progressive policies.
“‘No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” Newsom said. “I want to focus on what we said ‘yes’ to as a state: We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic.”
With about 60% of ballots counted, “no” on the question of whether to recall Newsom was ahead by a 2-to-1 margin. That lead was built on votes cast by mail and in advance of Tuesday’s in-person balloting, with a strong showing by Democrats. While likely to shrink somewhat in the days ahead as votes cast at polling places are counted, Newsom’s lead couldn’t be overcome.
Republican talk radio host Larry Elder almost certainly would have replaced Newsom had the recall succeeded, an outcome that would have brought a polar opposite political worldview to Sacramento.
The recall turned on Newsom’s approach to the pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates, and Democrats cheered the outcome as evidence voters approve of their approach. The race also was a test of whether opposition to former President Donald Trump and his right-wing politics remains a motivating force for Democrats and independents, as the party looks ahead to midterm elections next year. The fascist creep of conservatives in Texas continues
Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that aims to further ban critical race theory from Texas classrooms, even after educators and advocacy groups fought against the move for months.
The new law, signed Friday without fanfare, prohibits teaching certain concepts about race; develops a civics training program for teachers; and largely bars schools from giving credit to students for advocacy work. It also urges educators to teach only that slavery and racism are “deviations” from the founding principles of the United States.
It aims to strengthen Texas’ law passed in May that seeks to eliminate critical race theory from schools. The new law goes into effect Dec. 2.
The theory is an academic framework that probes the way policies and laws uphold systemic racism. Texas teachers and education leaders across the state have insisted repeatedly that critical race theory is not part of K-12 curriculums.
But Republican leaders have said Texas needs to ensure critical race theory rhetoric stays out of public schools.
“I think critical race theory and the belief in critical race theory is creating racial disharmony in the United States,” Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, said last month. Toth was among the lawmakers pushing to address the issue.
Advocates worry attempts to curb critical race theory will hinder schools’ efforts to address inequities in classrooms and teachers’ abilities to discuss current events and social issues.
During this summer’s debates on the bill, Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, said the bill is blatantly attempting to censor teachers and “whitewash our history.”
Many worry about the law’s vague language. FedEx is rerouting hundreds of thousands of packages every day while it scrambles to cope with the labor shortage plaguing many businesses in the U.S.
FedEx Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam said during an earnings call this week that there have been "widespread inefficiencies" in its operation due to "constrained labor markets" which have ultimately forced the company to divert packages.
There are more than 600,000 packages a day being rerouted across the entire FedEx Ground network, according to Subramaniam.
Subramaniam pointed to the company's Portland, Oregon, hub as an example, saying it's running on "65% of the staffing needed to handle its normal volume."
As a result, the hub is diverting 25% of the package volume that normally goes through to the hub because it can't be efficiently processed.
In this case, the packages must be "rerouted and processed, which drives inefficiencies in our operations and in turn higher costs," Subramaniam said. "These inefficiencies included adding incremental linehaul and delivery routes, meaning more miles driven and higher use of third-party transportation to enable us to bypass Portland entirely."
And that's just one example, Subramaniam added.
FedEx anticipates a "similar level of headwinds" in the second quarter, according to FedEx Chief Financial Officer Mike Lenz.
"The challenges and impacts to our operations from the labor shortages are expected to persist in the rest of calendar 2021," Lenz said.
https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/fedex-rerouting-packages-daily-labor-shortage Documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018
Wuhan and US scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronavirus particles into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.
New documents show that just 18 months before the first Covid-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles and aerosols containing “novel chimeric spike proteins” of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China.
They also planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested $14million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to fund the work.
Papers, confirmed as genuine by a former member of the Trump administration, show they were hoping to introduce “human-specific cleavage sites” to bat coronaviruses which would make it easier for the virus to enter human cells.
When Covid-19 was first genetically sequenced, scientists were puzzled about how the virus had evolved such a human-specific adaptation at the cleavage site on the spike protein, which is the reason it is so infectious.
The documents were released by Drastic, the web-based investigations team set up by scientists from across the world to look into the origins of Covid-19.
In a statement, Drastic said: “Given that we find in this proposal a discussion of the planned introduction of human-specific cleavage sites, a review by the wider scientific community of the plausibility of artificial insertion is warranted.”
The proposal also included plans to mix high-risk natural coronavirus strains with more infectious but less dangerous varieties.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/21/wuhan-scientists-planned-releaseskin-penetrating-nanoparticles/ White House press secretary Jen Psaki expressed some minor annoyance with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson during Wednesday's briefing.
CBS's Ed O'Keefe first asked Psaki what "transpired in the Oval Office yesterday when we were all in there trying to hear from the president and the prime minister?"
When Psaki asked O'Keefe "which aspects" he was referencing, O'Keefe recalled how "the British prime minister in the American Oval Office called on British reporters, and then, when American reporters tried to call on the American president, we were escorted out."
"Well, I think, in that circumstance, and I think our relationship with the United Kingdom and with Prime Minister Johnson is so strong and abiding we will be able to move forward beyond this," she responded. "He called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance."
The incident O'Keefe was referencing occurred at the end of a Tuesday evening bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden. Following the meeting, Johnson fielded questions from two British reporters embedded in Tuesday's in-town pool. However, White House officials forced the group out of the room as Biden began to answer a question from U.S. reporters.
The press corps, led by White House Correspondents' Association President Steven Portnoy, later went to Psaki's office to protest the exchange.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house-peeved-boris-johnson-answered-questions-from-reporters-in-the-oval-office https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10014239/DC-accepts-Hunter-laptop-real-New-book-Bidens-cites-sources-verifying-damaging-emails.html COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.
The increasingly lethal turn has filled hospitals, complicated the start of the school year, delayed the return to offices and demoralized health care workers.
“It is devastating,” said Dr. Dena Hubbard, a pediatrician in the Kansas City, Missouri, area who has cared for babies delivered prematurely by cesarean section in a last-ditch effort to save their mothers, some of whom died. For health workers, the deaths, combined with misinformation and disbelief about the virus, have been “heart-wrenching, soul-crushing.”
Twenty-two people died in one week alone at CoxHealth hospitals in the Springfield-Branson area, a level almost as high as that of all of Chicago. West Virginia has had more deaths in the first three weeks of September — 340 — than in the previous three months combined. Georgia is averaging 125 dead per day, more than California or other more populous states.
“I’ve got to tell you, a guy has got to wonder if we are ever going to see the end of it or not,” said Collin Follis, who is the coroner in Missouri’s Madison County and works at a funeral home.
The nation was stunned back in December when it was witnessing 3,000 deaths a day. But that was when almost no one was vaccinated.
Now, nearly 64% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And yet, average deaths per day have climbed 40% over the past two weeks, from 1,387 to 1,947, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Health experts say the vast majority of the hospitalized and dead have been unvaccinated. While some vaccinated people have suffered breakthrough infections, those tend to be mild.
A judge ruled that prosecutors can't argue Kyle Rittenhouse is affiliated with the Proud Boys or that he attacked a woman months before the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
Rittenhouse is set to stand trial beginning Nov. 1 on multiple counts, including homicide. The 18-year-old argues he opened fire in self-defense after men attacked him during a riot following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Prosecutors say they have infrared video from an FBI surveillance plane that shows Rittenhouse followed and confronted the first man he shot.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, in response to a call on social media to protect businesses there.
Rittenhouse then shot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, killing Rosenbaum and Huber and wounding Grosskreutz.
During a hearing Friday on several motions, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger asked to argue at trial that Rittenhouse subscribes to the far-right group, the Proud Boys, and its philosophies. Binger pointed out that Rittenhouse was seen at a bar with members of the group’s Wisconsin chapter in January and traveled to Miami days later to meet the group’s national president.
Binger also asked the judge to allow evidence that Rittenhouse attacked a woman in June 2020 as she was fighting his sister. He also wants to show jurors video from 15 days before the shootings in which Rittenhouse said he would like to shoot some men he thought were shoplifting from a pharmacy.
Rittenhouse attorney Corey Chirafisi countered that none of the events are relevant to the shootings. Nothing shows Rittenhouse was connected to the Proud Boys on the night of the protest or that the shootings were racially motivated, Chirafisi said, pointing out that Rittenhouse and the men he shot were white. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/caught-az-audit-team-caught-maricopa-county-officials-deleting-computer-election-files-video/
This site is nothing but gov chills on damage control. I remember a day when it was real people. Very sad. It will now also include 'lifestyle guru'. He purports to be joining the Goop set. This is a nonsensical coded message possibly beyond that of 'buy the newspaper'.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/my-organic-zebra-plasma-is-just-3-000-a-pot-0dfkgxzcf The use of horses by Border Patrol officials in Del Rio, Texas, has been suspended in the aftermath of images being shared that showed mounted Border Patrol agents using their horsesand whips to keep Haitian refugees from crossing into the US.
W H press secretary Jen Psaki called the images “horrible and horrific.”
“I can also convey to you that the secretary also conveyed to civil rights earlier this morning that we would no longer be using horses in Del Rio, just whips.
Critics say the images show the officers using their reins as “whips.”
https://nypost.com/2021/09/23/use-of-horses-along-border-in-texas-suspended-white-house-says/ How Facebook Hinders Misinformation Research
The platform strictly limits and controls data access, which stymies scientists
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-facebook-hinders-misinformation-research/ Chris Cuomo’s former boss Shelley Ross accused him of sexual harassment in a New York Times op-ed published Friday.
Ross, under whom Cuomo worked while at ABC News, claimed that the CNN anchor grabbed her butt while at a bar in New York City’s Upper West Side.
“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends,” she wrote. “When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”
She went on to say that Cuomo, “with a cocky arrogance,” said that he could “do this now” that she was no longer his boss.
“’No you can’t,’ I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range,” she added. “We quickly left.”
Ross included an email Cuomo sent following the incident, in which he told her that he was “ashamed” of his actions.
“Now that I think of it … I am ashamed,” read the subject line of Cuomo’s email to Ross, which went on to say:
fini below Republican Sen. Ted Cruz mocked Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her previous visit to a migrant facility, and issued a "simple challenge" to her and her colleagues to visit the "Biden cages" holding migrants amid the border crisis.
"Mr. President, every Democrat who stood up and lamented kids in cages, in the House of Representatives, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, has a famous photo of her grasping her head by the kids in cages," Cruz said as he imitated the photo. "Well, I’m going to give a simple challenge for Representative Ocasio-Cortez and for every Democrat in this body. Go see the Biden cages with your own eyes."
Cruz’s comments came during a Senate floor speech on Wednesday regarding the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico, with more than 14,000 migrants seen camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Cruz called out Democrats for not visiting the border to witness the crisis, while noting they were vocal about migration facilities during the Trump administration.
"Why does Joe Biden refuse to go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if he goes, the TV cameras will come with him," Cruz added later in his speech. "Why does Kamala Harris, who’s supposed to be the border czar, she’s supposed to be in charge of this, why won’t she go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if she went, the TV cameras would come and would show the Biden cages. And the Democrats are counting on the corrupt corporate media to suddenly say nothing to see here. 15,000 Haitians under a bridge in Del Rio. Nothing to see here. Anyone want to know what Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor is? That’s the news!"
There are three reasons that Florida has consistently been a focal point of debate over the course of the pandemic. One is that its governor, Ron DeSantis, is a prominent Republican official, a role that he embraces and elevates. Another is that DeSantis has been explicit in expressing his opposition to measures aimed at containing the coronavirus or limiting its spread. A third is that, particularly of late, his state has been hit particularly hard by the virus.
Since the fourth surge in new cases began in late June, about 54,000 more people have died of covid-19. Nearly 1 in 5 of those deaths have occurred in Florida — 18 percent of the deaths come from a state that makes up about 6 percent of the country’s population. What’s more, over the course of the surge, the percentage of deaths occurring in Florida has been increasing.
It’s only natural to wonder whether DeSantis’s approach to the pandemic overlaps with the effects of the disease in his state. Is it about his leadership? Is it a coincidence, a function of the delta variant emerging as the South experiences a spike in cases thanks to people moving indoors for the summer? Is it because his state has a large population of Republicans who are less likely to have been vaccinated? A combination of those factors? Something else?
Answering these questions is tricky. It is also fundamentally unimportant. Even without a clear answer, it’s obvious that there’s an overlap of vaccination rates, party identity and pandemic outcomes that intertwines the discussion about the pandemic with partisan politics. It is inescapably the case that, even if party doesn’t play a significant role in pandemic outcomes, the debate is largely framed through a partisan lens anyway — often to a hyperbolic degree. While Americans know that guns take many innocent lives every year, many don’t know that firearms also save them.
On May 15, an attacker at an apartment complex in Fort Smith, Ark., fatally shot a woman and then fired 93 rounds at other people before a man killed him with a bolt-action rifle. Police said he “likely saved a number of lives in the process.”
On June 30, a 12-year-old Louisiana boy used a hunting rifle to stop an armed burglar who was threatening his mother’s life during a home invasion.
On July 4, a Chicago gunman shot into a crowd of people, killing one and wounding two others before a concealed handgun permit holder shot and wounded the attacker. Police praised him for stepping in.
These are just a few of the nearly 1,000 instances reported by the media so far this year in which gun owners have stopped mass shootings and other murderous acts, saving countless lives. And crime experts say such high-profile cases represent only a small fraction of the instances in which guns are used defensively. But the data are unclear, for a number of reasons, and this has political ramifications because it seems to undercut the claims of gun rights advocates that they need to possess firearms for personal protection -- an issue now before the Supreme Court.
https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/09/22/there_are_far_more_defensive_gun_uses_than_murders_in_america_heres_why_you_rarely_hear_of_them_794461.html President Joe Biden claimed, Tuesday, in a speech to the United Nations, that the United States has “turned the page” on the war in Afghanistan, even as dozens — and perhaps hundreds — of Americans remain trapped behind enemy lines with the State Department unable to gain leverage over the Taliban to ensure evacuations.
“We stand, in my view, at an inflection point in history. And I’m here today to share with you how the U.S. plans to stand with partners and allies in answering these questions,” Biden said, apparently directly addressing concerns from coalition partners raised following his administration’s decision to leave Afghanistan on a self-imposed timeline.
“I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war. We’ve turned the page,” Biden claimed.
“Twenty years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy,” Biden added. “Of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.”
The U.S. government, however, is having difficulty “lifting up” Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan. Although the State Department initially claimed that between 100 and 200 Americans who wanted to leave the country remained following the American withdrawal, a more recent report noted that around 100 Americans still remain, even as around 100 have been rescued.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-claims-u-s-has-turned-the-page-on-afghanistan-in-u-n-speech-even-as-americans-remain-stranded A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance.
Durst, who faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when sentenced Oct. 18, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Berman. She was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head in her Los Angeles home in December 2000 as she was prepared to tell police how she helped cover up his wife’s killing.
Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidante who told friends she provided a phony alibi for him after his wife vanished.
Prosecutors sucked dicks and failed to catch this senile motherfucker until he plappered it out on a fucking TV. American justice is a fucking clown shit not worth to be considered as a justice at all.
“Bob Durst has been around a lot of years, and he’s been able to commit a lot of horrific crimes. We just feel really gratified that he’s been held accountable,” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said.
He said jurors did not find Durst credible as a witness.
“He’s a narcissistic psychopath. He killed his wife and then he had to keep killing to cover it up,“ Lewin said.
Lewin said he hoped Durst understands what it’s like to be held accountable — even if it took 40 years. “Considering what he’s done, he got a lot more of a life than he was entitled to,” the prosecutor said.
https://apnews.com/article/robert-durst-arts-and-entertainment-shootings-trials-new-york-acfed59cd39e6fd99420eda46dddd7f2 ORLANDO, Fla. — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The new guidelines signed by Dr. Joseph Ladapo also tweaked the state's prohibition against school mask mandates, prompting an administrative law judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the old rule that had been filed by various school boards.
In terms of quarantine rules, Ladapo eliminated previous mandates requiring students to quarantine for at least four days off-campus if they've been exposed. Under the new guidelines, students who have been exposed can continue going to campus, "without restrictions or disparate treatment," provided they are asymptomatic. They can also quarantine, but no longer than seven days, provided they do not get sick.
"Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging for their educational advancement," Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Kissimmee. "It's also disruptive for families. We are going to be following a symptoms-based approach."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who get infected can spread the virus starting from two days before they have any symptoms. The CDC recommends that a student should quarantine for 14 days if they are unvaccinated. They can shorten the quarantine to seven days by testing negative, according to the CDC.
The president of a statewide teachers' union said school districts need all the tools necessary to keep children safe.
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/09/22/1039907024/florida-quarantine-optional-for-students-exposed-covid Making food more affordable for ethnic minority groups is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our diets, scientists have suggested.
According to a new study of food habits in the US, a healthy diet with lower environmental impacts is achievable for a large portion of the population. But it is unaffordable for up to 38% of Black and Hispanic individuals in the lowest income and education groups, twice the percentage of white individuals in the same group.
Though the diets of individuals of higher socio-economic status are currently responsible for higher environmental impacts, these individuals are also more likely to be able to afford a shift to a healthier diet.
The results have been published in the journal Nature Food.
The team of scientists say a diet including more whole grains, dairy, fruit and vegetables, seafood, and plant protein, combined with lower levels of added sugars, refined grains, saturated fats and sodium, could be achieved within current food budgets for 95% of the US population.
This optimized diet would result in average decreases of 2% in food-related greenhouse gas emissions, 24% in land use and 4% in energy consumption; however, there would be a 28% increase in water consumption.
The researchers say that while individuals with higher income and education levels are more likely to be self-motivated in changing their diets towards a healthy pattern, healthier diets can result in higher costs and potentially create a barrier for individuals of lower socio-economic status.
The team have called on policy makers to consider improving urban planning and infrastructure to lessen the time and monetary burden in accessing healthy food choices, as well as developing educational programs in schools to promote healthy eating and a change in behavior.
A Cheltenham dad who turned a blind eye to his nine year old daughter having sex with several boys, and also allowed her to watch pornography, has received a suspended jail sentence at Gloucester Crown Court.
The 64 year old single parent, who had to bring up his two children alone, took no action to prevent the girl having sexual liaisons with boys her own age and a little older, the court was told yesterday (Sept 9).
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Dad did nothing to stop his nine year old daughter having sex with boys
A Cheltenham dad who turned a blind eye to his nine year old daughter having sex with several boys, and also allowed her to watch pornography, has received a suspended jail sentence at Gloucester Crown Court.
The 64 year old single parent, who had to bring up his two children alone, took no action to prevent the girl having sexual liaisons with boys her own age and a little older, the court was told yesterday (Sept 9).
The man also regularly viewed pornography on his mobile phone and did nothing to stop the girl also seeing it on a paired 'family iPad' that she was allowed to use, the prosecution said.
And for a two month period early in their young lives, the dad was leaving them daily in the care of a suspected paedophile living nearby, said prosecutor Mark Worsley.
Even when social services, the police and the Family Court had intervened to put protection measures in place the father did not change his ways and the girl resumed having sexual encounters with boys, he added. WASHINGTON — Republicans say a new non-partisan report indicates President Joe Biden improperly avoided paying Medicare taxes before he took office — raising eyebrows and the possibility that he owes the IRS as much as $500,000 in back taxes.
Biden is leading a Democratic push for a $3.5 trillion bill to subsidize childcare, education and health care by targeting tax avoidance and raising tax rates on higher incomes so the rich “pay their fair share.”
A House Ways and Means Committee draft of the bill would end the accounting trick apparently exploited by Biden and boost IRS funding for audits — but the new report, drafted by the Congressional Research Service and provided to The Post, suggests Biden owes taxes under current rules, according to the congressman who requested it.
“Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $2.1 trillion while claiming the rich need to pay their ‘fair share.’ But in 2017, multi-millionaire Joe Biden skirted his payroll taxes — the very taxes that fund Medicare and Obamacare,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
“According to the criteria CRS provided to my office, he owes the IRS and the American people hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes,” Banks said. “Every American should know about Joe Biden’s tax hypocrisy.”
Banks said the report shows Biden improperly used “S corporations” to avoid paying Medicare tax on speaking fees and book sales in 2017 and 2018.
https://nypost.com/2021/09/23/biden-could-owe-as-much-as-500k-in-irs-taxes-report/ Mite b cool.
>Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission (EC).
>The aim is to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device.
>All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C chargers, the proposal said.
>Apple has warned such a move would harm innovation.
>The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made "Lightning" connector.
>"We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world," the firm told the BBC.
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon admitted on his podcast that he told President Trump to "kill this administration in the crib early on" ahead of the Biden presidency and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"We said and told President Trump. 'you need to kill this administration in the crib early on just by its own incompetence and its illegitimacy,'" Bannon said on Wednesday's episode of his podcast.
"It killed itself," Bannon continued. "Just let this go with what this illegitimate regime is doing. It killed itself. We told you from the very beginning. Just expose it. Just expose it. Never back down. Never give up. This thing will implode.”
Bannon's comments follow reporting from the new book "Peril," by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and The Washington Post's Robert Costa, in which Bannon expresses similar sentiment to then-President Trump ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"He's also someone who we realized was talking to President Trump in the final days of the Trump presidency," Costa said on MSNBC, speaking of Bannon. "Talking to President Trump even on Jan. 5, the eve of the insurrection and saying to president Trump, based on our reporting, to kill the Biden presidency in the crib." Just a day after testing positive for COVID-19, a Florida Republican official who battled against mask mandates, attacked the vaccine, and railed at CDC officials has died in Tampa.
Gregg Prentice, who was 61, led the Hillsborough County Election Integrity Committee—and his sudden death has sent the local GOP scrambling as it no longer has access to essential campaign finance software without his help.
In a Sept. 14 letter to the Federal Election Commission, the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee reported it might not be able to file its monthly financial reports as required—because only Prentice knew how to do it.
“Gregg’s software converted data from our Quickbooks software to supply the information needed by the FEC,” it states. “Unfortunately, Gregg passed away suddenly from Covid-19 on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Gregg did not share the software and instructions with our officers. We will have to enter the August data manually, and according to the information we have received from our FEC analyst, Scott Bennett, we may likely have to re-enter the data from our first 7 months of 2021.
“We will be struggling to get all of this entered in the proper format by our deadline on Sept. 20, but we will try to do so with our best effort.”
Along with others in the Hillsborough County Election Integrity Committee, Prentice was a vociferous critic of the vaccine, mask mandates, and COVID-prevention measures. He railed against top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, vowing in a Twitter post to “end Faucism.” He also insisted the U.S. needs “more socialist distancing than we do social distancing” and that the pandemic was created to destroy small businesses.
Won't it be fun to hear about how dems defend billionaires buying elections when it is on their side? It’s political correctness to the supreme.
The American Civil Liberties Union is being ripped for a woke tribute to late women’s rights champion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — in which they changed her words to erase her use of “woman,” “she” and “her.”
The nonprofit tweeted the tribute to the “champion” of “gender equality” on Saturday — the first anniversary of her death — saying, “We miss you, RBG. Your legacy lives on in this fight.”
The ACLU then posted one of Ginsburg’s famous quotes, but altered five sections to make women “people” and all pronouns “they” or “their.”
“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] well-being and dignity,” the altered quote read, hiding Ginsburg’s original use of “woman” and “her.”
“When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices,” the ACLU posted, again hiding “her” and “she.”
The tribute quickly backfired — with many insisting Ginsburg herself would have been “horrified.”
“You’re literally erasing her as you write this. Stop,” @UrlNat tweeted in reply to the group, a sentiment shared by Greg Scott, senior vice president of communications at Alliance Defending Freedom.
“She would turn in her grave to see you erasing the women whose oppression she fought all her Life,” someone else insisted.
Award-winning reporter Kim Willsher also pointed out that it is “dishonest and misleading” to change someone’s words “especially when someone is no longer around to approve the change.”
Others noted the irony of the ACLU making the change while claiming to be honoring Ginsburg’s memory.
The Jan 6. select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed four aides to former President Trump for testimony and documents.
Why it matters: Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former communications official Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon were all in touch "with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection," the committee said in a release.
The big picture: These are the first subpoenas for testimony issued by the select committee. Earlier Thursday, committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned that those who refuse to comply with subpoenas would be guilty of criminal contempt.
A letter to Scavino from committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) notes that the committee believes Scavino to have important information regarding Trump's activities and communications leading up to and on Jan. 6.
Patel is believed to have relevant information regarding the security preparations on the Capitol ahead of Jan. 6 and the response to the events of the day.
Thompson's letter to Meadows notes that the latter was involved both with the promotion of Trump's lies about the election and also communicated with Trump during the Capitol riot.
Bannon too is believed to have key information regarding events that led up to Jan. 6. The letter from Thompson notes that on Jan. 5, Bannon was quoted as saying that "all hell is going to break loose tomorrow." https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/somali-refugee-charged-murder-fatal-shooting-young-mother-grand-forks-north-dakota/ >I'm losing my patience with you commoners. Go get your fucking shot, plebes!"
Members of Congress and Their Staff Are Exempt From Biden's Vaccine Mandate
By Darragh Roche On 9/10/21 at 11:02 AM EDT
President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal employees don't apply to members of Congress or those who work for Congress or the federal court system. Biden issued two executive orders on Thursday requiring vaccination against COVID for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis. However, Biden's order on federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts to the judicial branch of the federal government. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58579831
>For decades life in China had evolved around its home-grown version of let-it-rip capitalism.
>Despite being technically a "communist" country, the government had put its faith in trickle-down economics, believing that allowing some people to become extremely rich would benefit all of society by dragging it out of the disastrous quagmire of Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution as quickly as possible.
>To an extent it worked. A large middle class has emerged and people in virtually all strata of society now have better living standards as a result.
>The get-out-of jail card for the Party had always been the phrase "with Chinese characteristics".
>The concept of socialism - "with Chinese characteristics" - allowed the government massive philosophical leeway to run a society which, in many ways, was not very socialist at all.
>General Secretary Xi Jinping appears to have decided that this is no longer acceptable.
>The Chinese government, under his leadership, has started putting the Communist back in the Communist Party, at least to some extent.
Is this a step backward for China? https://www.politico.com/newsletters/national-security-daily/2021/09/13/bidens-winning-the-afghan-messaging-494304
On Monday, POLITICO reported that, despite weeks of critical coverage of the Afghanistan withdrawal, surveys indicate President Joe Biden's stance on ending the war is still winning the day.
"The C|T Group, an international consulting firm, sent one-sentence arguments to people in the United States, Britain and Australia, both in favor of and against President Joe Biden's pullout decision," said the report. "They found that pro-withdrawal lines drove more people to support leaving Afghanistan, whereas statements that backed remaining in the country weren't as convincing."
The poll found that the most effective arguments revolved around keeping some troops to protect Afghans from the Taliban or making the withdrawal more gradual so the exit wasn't as chaotic.
All the same, the poll determined that "the vast majority of prolong-the-fight takes didn't stick or were, at best, only marginally persuasive."
"Our data shows that the Biden administration, the messaging it's doing, is reaching an audience and is making an impact," said Price Floyd, the campaign and communications director of the C|T Group.
Driven by initial reports of botched organization and harrowing images of Afghan civilians clinging to U.S. military planes at takeoff, the first days of the Afghanistan withdrawal drew intense scrutiny and criticism. However, the media has also received criticism from analysts and Biden supporters who say they are oversimplifying the conflict and overlooking the overall success of the operation, in getting more than 100,000 people out of the country on both military and civilian aircraft in a matter of weeks. 1. making synthetic meat requires a Class 8 clean room, otherwise you just end up with vats of bacteria and viruses
2. 1 makes the end product expensive
3. Vegetarians, the only ones willing to pay the high price, will abandon synthetic meat once they find out it requires fetal bovine serum (FBS)
"Cultured animal protein can’t really be “meat without slaughter""
It’s long been one of President Biden’s favorite sayings: “Don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”
Now, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, Americans believe by a 16-point margin that they are better off with Biden in charge of the pandemic than they would have been with the alternative: Donald Trump.
They also give Biden’s Democratic Party much higher marks on COVID-19 leadership than they give Republicans.
The survey of 3,201 U.S. adults, which was conducted from Sept. 14 to 20, represents a warning sign for Republicans like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who have doubled down on their opposition to public health precautions such as indoor mask and vaccine requirements in the face of the hypercontagious Delta variant, which is now killing more than 2,000 Americans each day — a tragedy that few experts thought possible at a time of free, safe and effective vaccines
As Delta ripped through undervaccinated red states this summer, DeSantis and a number of other GOP governors prohibited local jurisdictions, local businesses and even local school districts from implementing mask and vaccine mandates.
In contrast, Democratic leaders such as Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom — who just defeated a recall effort amid high approval of his COVID response — focused on masks and vaccines as the best way to slow the spread of Delta and keep schools and businesses open. This is on top of US Border Patrol saying 600,000 Illegal Migrants RELEASED INTO THE UNITED STATES in almost EVERY CITY in the United States alsoTexas border city says more than 7,000 COVID-positive migrants released since February, 1,500 in last week
https://www.theblaze.com/news/haitian-migrants-released-into-us In a blow to the tired stereotypes perpetuated by gun control supporters, a recent academic survey found broad diversity among recent first-time gun buyers. The findings bolstered what many observers had anecdotally discovered, the last year-and-a-half’s pandemic and civil unrest-fueled record-breaking gun sales.
Provided with the preliminary survey results, the Wall Street Journal reported,
the 2021 National Firearms Survey, designed by Deborah Azrael of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Matthew Miller of Northeastern University, show an estimated 3.5 million women became new gun owners from January 2019 through April of this year. About 4 million men became new gun owners over that period, they found.
Therefore, the study suggests that 46.6% of new gun owners since January 2019 were women.
The news is of particular interest to those who understand the Second Amendment isn’t about duck hunting. Pew Research Center data suggests that women are more likely than men to cite self-defense as their reason for purchasing a firearm. In 2017, Pew reported,
Male and female gun owners are about equally likely to cite protection as a reason why they own guns: About nine-in-ten in each group say this is a reason, and 65% and 71%, respectively, say it is a major reason. But far larger shares of women than men who own guns say protection is the only reason they own a gun: About a quarter of women who own guns (27%) are in this category, compared with just 8% of men.
The 2021 survey also found that new gun owners were more diverse than the general population. The Wall Street Journal noted, “Among new gun buyers, 55% were white, 21% were Black and 19% were Hispanic. Among new women gun owners, 28% were Black.” For context, Census data places the U.S. demographic breakdown at 13.4% Black and 18.5% Hispanic.
https://www.ammoland.com/2021/09/harvard-researcher-about-half-of-new-gun-owners-are-women/#axzz77ClDA7Q1 Democrats are feuding over spending, Border Patrol tactics and other issues as time runs short on President Biden’s first-year agenda.
Dozens of liberal House Democrats vow to vote against Mr. Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Such a defection will doom the measure if they reach no agreement on a companion $3.5 trillion plan for social safety net programs.
Meanwhile, moderate Democrats in the House and the Senate want to pare down the $3.5 trillion bill. Even then, it might not pass.
With time running out, 11 liberal Democratic senators urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to delay a vote on the smaller infrastructure bill scheduled for Monday.
“They go together, and they have got to go together,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, told reporters. “That was the agreement that was made. … That’s the agreement that has to be kept.”
Mrs. Pelosi emerged from a White House meeting to say Democrats’ plans are “on schedule.”
“We’re calm, and everybody’s good,” she said.
The White House is confronting numerous other headaches. Members of the liberal House “Squad” are forcing the defeat this week of $1 billion in aid for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
The Senate parliamentarian ruled that Democrats can’t include their immigration changes in the larger spending bill. The move would have enabled Democrats to approve an amnesty without any Republican support — probably the only way the proposal could have passed and appeased the liberal base.
https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/22/bidens-goals-close-collapse-amid-democratic-feudin/ https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/heartbreaking-letter-jan-6-prisoner-solitary-confinement-dc-gitmo-violates-international-codes-torture/ https://www.krmg.com/news/trending/men-try-smuggle-kfc-during-covid-19-lockdown-police-say/2SRELERMG5CURP5TIC4N423RDU/
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — When you have a hankering for chicken, you may do anything to get a bucket of KFC.
But would you risk breaking a COVID-19 lockdown for a piece of the crispy dinner?
Two men have been arrested and charged after they were caught with a trunk full of KFC, BBC News reported.
They also had about $70,000 in cash.
The two men drove to Hamilton, New Zealand, about 75 miles south of Auckland.
Police said they were spotted returning to Auckland driving on a gravel road on the city’s outskirts, BBC News reported.
They tried to do a U-turn to avoid getting caught, but police were able to stop them.
In addition to the cash, they found at least three buckets of chicken, 10 cups of coleslaw, fries and four other bags of KFC products, CNN reported.
They also found empty ounce bags, CNN reported.
Police said they didn’t know if the food was intended to be sold or used as a distraction if they were pulled over.
Under the country’s anti-COVID laws, people who break the lockdown can be fined up to $2,798 (in U.S. dollars) and a prison sentence of up to six months, CNN reported.
Auckland was at a level four lockdown, meaning all restaurants are closed, including take-out operations, at the time of the KFC bust, BBC News reported.
Auckland is currently a level three lockdown, but residents must stay home unless going to school, work or shopping.
The rest of New Zealand is at a level two lockdown with stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs open. https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/findings-from-arizona-senates-controversial-2020-election-review-to-be-released-next-week
PHOENIX (AP) - An attorney representing the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate told a judge Thursday that the long-delayed review of 2020 election results in the state’s most populous county will be released next week.
The results of the so-called audit of President Joe Biden’s win and their unprecedented review of Maricopa County’s vote counts, elections procedures, voting machines and related computers will be made public on Sept. 24, attorney Kory Langhofer told the judge.
Langhofer was ordered to say when the final report would be ready by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp at the conclusion of a hearing on a public records lawsuit related to the review. The Senate had fought to keep its records and those of its outside contractors secret, but Kemp ruled both the Senate’s records and those of its outside contractors must be made public.
The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the ruling on the contractors’ records last month in a decision allowed to stand Tuesday by the Arizona Supreme Court.
The Senate has already turned over a raft of records after losing the lawsuit filed by the watchdog group American Oversight. But so far, Cyber Ninjas and other contractors that conducted the recount have not turned over any documents. “It has been established that there is a conflict between the assembled citizens. During the prevention of unlawful actions, individual citizens from among the audience attempted to disrupt public order. To suppress her, police officers, in accordance with the law, fired several shots into the air, there were no casualties. The police detained 58 citizens; during the examination, traumatic weapons of various brands were found and seized from them, ”the report says.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans this spring insisted a contentious new election law curtailing access to ballot boxes was needed to prevent electoral fraud. It was not, they said, an attempt to gain a partisan advantage.
But a raft of internal emails and text messages obtained by POLITICO show the law was drafted with the help of the Republican Party of Florida’s top lawyer — and that a crackdown on mail-in ballot requests was seen as a way for the GOP to erase the edge that Democrats had in mail-in voting during the 2020 election. The messages undercut the consistent argument made by Republicans that the new law was about preventing future electoral fraud.
The law — labeled “Jim Crow 2.0” by some Democrats — was passed at the strong urging of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed the bill at an exclusive event aired by Fox News. It advanced even as local election officials, including Republicans, criticized the measure after running a trouble-free election in 2020. One official went so far as to call it “slap in the face” while one north Florida supervisor recently told DeSantis he was resigning at the end of this month in part to oppose “continuous changes” in election laws.
Florida was just one of several GOP-controlled states that enacted voting restrictions in the aftermath of former President Donald Trump’s loss and his unsubstantiated complaints about voter fraud, although it isn’t as restrictive as laws passed in Georgia and Texas. When debating the bill in the waning moments of this year’s legislative session, Republican Party of Florida chair and state Sen. Joe Gruters repeatedly said the bill would “make it as easy as possible to vote, and hard as possible to cheat.” >https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/22/canada-tory-conservative-party-erin-otoole-federal-election-loss
The westminster parliamentary system is so fucking retarded and inferior to the American system. Castro's son's party won 39.47% of the vote in 2015 (the plurality), 33.12% in 2019 (did not win the plurality/most votes), and 32.5% of the vote in 2021, again not the plurality/most votes.
Castro's son has unlimited power and is basically a dictator when between 60% and 67.5% of the nation voted against him. There are literally zero checks or balances for his power and elections are every 4 years instead of 2, unless Castro's son again decides to unilaterally hold an early election if he feels he has an advantage. Bongs, sheep fuckers, milk baggers, and anyone else who uses this retarded system, how do you justify this shit?
>inb4 bitching about muh trump, muh electoral college, muh filibuster, and muh gerrymandering
The US system doesn't give power to people who 2/3rds of the fucking country voted against, the legislature and judiciary are independent of the president, every 2 years you can vote for federal representation, and even if you lose an election you can still prevent the president from going total dictator via the senate filibuster.
Having split government between the executive and legislature or between both houses of legislature is dank as fuck and prevents tyranny. Also the majority of Americans obviously prefer it, see NEARLY every mid term since 1826, with some exceptions like GWB in 2002 after 9/11 involves the president's party losing seats in the legislature >inb4 unreliable source
>inb4 op can't inb4
The following is a transcript of the official booster review panel, and the full 8 hour video is linked for context. Remember kids, youtube-dl is your friend.
>FDA experts have unexpectedly voted against approving Covid-19 vaccination boosters for anyone over the age of 16 in the USA, citing a lack of long term data and stating that the risks do not outweigh any benefits because the Covid-19 vaccines are killing at least 2 people for every 1 life saved.
>In a live broadcast conducted on the 17th September the Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee met to debate and vote on Pfizer and BioNTech’s application to offer booster shots to the general public. The meeting lasted over 8 hours and contained some shocking revelations.
>Dr Joseph Fraiman, an emergency medicine physician in New Orleans, spoke for several minutes during the meeting and revealed that no clinical evidence exists to disprove claims that the Covid-109 vaccines are harming more people than they save. A Kentucky man is mourning the loss of his 29-year-old fiancé after she spent their planned wedding day on a ventilator before succumbing to a COVID-19 infection that had irreversibly damaged her lungs.
Samantha Wendell had graduated from college before beginning her new job as a surgical tech. She was engaged to the love of her life, Austin Eskew, 29.
Eskew said his fiancé started to feel ill after returning from a bachelorette trip in late July.
"She came back Sunday, symptoms started late Monday, Monday night, and then progressed through there," Eskew told FOX TV Stations.
Wendell started off with a light cough, according to Eskew, which would get worse as the day went on. The very next day, not only had her cough gotten worse — she broke out in hives.
"She had broken out in stress hives before because of all of the stress of the wedding planning and everything that’s going on. She had it before and thought that’s what that was, but I told her, ‘You know, just to rule it out, if your work tests, see if they’ll allow you to get tested,’" Eskew said.
Wendell ended up testing positive for COVID-19, and according to Eskew, out of the 11 women who attended the bachelorette party, she was the only one to get infected. Eskew also became infected with COVID-19, but said he only suffered a high fever and was back to normal in a few days.
Wendell and Eskew had scheduled appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines ahead of their upcoming wedding on Aug. 21, but after Wendell became infected, their plans were derailed.
Eskew said that the reason they had not gotten vaccinated earlier was the deluge of misinformation circulating about the shots. While he said he was not completely certain where Wendell may have seen it, Eskew said his fiancé became hesitant after seeing false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine making women lose their fertility.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/bride-to-be-spent-planned-wedding-day-on-ventilator-before-dying-of-covid-19 Israel has authorized boosters for everyone over age 12 and is already contemplating fourth doses for its population.
What the Israeli data show is that a booster can enhance protection for a few weeks in older adults — a result that is unsurprising, experts said, and does not indicate long-term benefit.
“What I would predict will happen is that the immune response to that booster will go up, and then it will contract again,” said Marion Pepper, an immunologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. “But is that three- to four-month window what we’re trying to accomplish?”
Federal health officials — including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s top medical adviser on the pandemic — have justified plans to distribute booster shots by pointing to emerging evidence from Israel and other countries suggesting that immunity from vaccination wanes over time.
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1438266398531366916 White House: 'Horrific' to see border agents on horses chasing Haitian migrants, should 'never' happen
WASHINGTON — Pictures showing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents chasing Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border on horseback are "horrific," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, adding more information on the situation is needed.
"I've seen some of the footage, I don't have the full context. I can't imagine what context would make that appropriate, but I don't have additional details, and certainly, ... I don't think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate," Psaki said told reporters. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/17/1038294582/countries-are-breaking-their-climate-promises-the-united-nations-says
The United Nations is warning that most countries have failed to uphold promises to make deep cuts to greenhouse gas pollution, in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
Under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, countries are required to submit details of their plans to cut greenhouse emissions, called "Nationally Determined Contributions," or NDCs, to the UN, which then calculates their total impact. The goal is to keep average global temperatures from rising beyond 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), and ideally, no more than 2.7 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels.
"We need about a 45 to 50 percent decrease by 2030 to stay in line with what the science shows is necessary," says Rachel Cleetus, policy director for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Yet according to a new report issued by the UN on Friday, the NDCs submitted so far actually will allow global emissions to keep rising, increasing by 16 percent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. According to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meeting the more ambitious target of a 2.7 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise would require eliminating fossil fuels almost entirely by 2050. Witness saw man ‘acting weird’ near where Petito’s body was found
Another “van life” camper believes she saw Brian Laundrie “acting weird” near the site where Gabby Petito’s body was discovered in Wyoming — and claims she tipped off the FBI to her remains.
Jessica Schultz, a graphic designer who has been living in a camper for over four years, told the San Francisco Chronicle that she got caught behind a slow-moving white van near Grand Teton National Park in late August.
Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece—claiming they hatched an “insidious plot” to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history.
The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to The Times” despite her having signed a confidentiality agreement. The suit demands damages "in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars " from both Mary Trump, and the Times.
“I think he is a fucking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can,” said Mary Trump. "It's desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he'll try and change the subject."
The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the suit. https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/572917-majorities-in-fox-news-poll-support-mask-vaccine-mandates
Majorities of Americans support mask and COVID-19 vaccination mandates in some situations, according to a Fox News poll released on Sunday.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents in the new survey said they support mandatory mask-wearing for students and teachers in schools, with 66 percent also saying businesses should require face coverings.
According to the poll, 61 percent of respondents said would support vaccine mandates for teachers, 58 percent agreed for federal government workers and 55 percent backed requirements for businesses employees. https://sfist.com/2021/09/20/four-members-of-boogaloo-group-that-accused-cop-killer-belonged-to-have-pleaded-guilty-to-destroying-evidence/
Four men who were part of a group WhatsApp chat with accused murderer Steven Carrillo — the man who is accused of targeting and fatally shooting a federal security guard in Oakland last May and subsequently a Santa Cruz sheriff's deputy — have pleaded guilty to obstructing the federal probe against Carrillo and his alleged accomplice.
We learned back in April that the government had brought charges against four members of the so-called "1st Detachment, 1st California Grizzly Scouts" — a loosely organized but established militia group associated with the far-right, internet meme-obsessed Boogaloo movement. And we later learned that the group was actually a self-defined subset of the movement, but equally bent on violence against federal law enforcement figures and law enforcement in general, hoping to be part of a "second civil war" in which such militias take down the federal government. (The name "Boogaloo" started with a joking reference to the 1980s breakdancing sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, which many on the internet have joked was almost exactly a copy of the original.)
The four men are 29-year-old Jessie Rush of Turlock; 23-year-old Simon Ybarra of Los Gatos; 21-year-old Kenny Miksch of San Lorenzo; and 33-year-old Robert Blancas, who was listed as a transient with no hometown. As Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair announced in a release today, all four men admitted to being part of the Grizzly Scouts, to participating in "group meetings for firearms training and other purposes," and to encouraging each other and Carrillo to destroy communications and other documents related to their activities in the wake of the May 29, 2020 murder of David Patrick Underwood outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland. https://web.archive.org/web/20210917194954/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/17/how-trump-dominates-gop-by-fear-quite-literally/
It has been widely accepted for a long time that Donald Trump rules the Republican Party by fear. What’s been less examined — but should be — is how much it’s not just fear of political peril.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) on Thursday night became the latest high-profile Trump critic to head for the exits rather than attempt to win a Republican primary in the Trump era. Gonzalez, who is in just his second term, will retire after having been one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.
This is a pattern: Republicans willing to stand up to Trump in very public and career-jeopardizing ways, but not being prepared to press their case to actual voters in the next election. And as the New York Times’s Jonathan Martin notes (and our own Philip Bump expands upon), it has the impact of probably only increasing Trump’s dominance over the party, by reducing the ranks of his critics in the GOP caucus.
But in the same Times story, Gonzalez suggests it’s not quite as simple as risking losing at the ballot box. He also cites the threats that have become too commonplace since his vote to impeach:
[Gonzalez] made clear that the strain had only grown worse since his impeachment vote, after which he was deluged with threats and feared for the safety of his wife and children.
Mr. Gonzalez said that quality-of-life issues had been paramount in his decision. He recounted an “eye-opening” moment this year: when he and his family were greeted at the Cleveland airport by two uniformed police officers, part of extra security precautions taken after the impeachment vote.
“That’s one of those moments where you say, ‘Is this really what I want for my family when they travel, to have my wife and kids escorted through the airport?’” he said. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/us/politics/capitol-riot-pro-trump-claims.html
In the eight months since a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, some Republicans have tried to build a case — belied by the facts — that the vast federal investigation of the riot has been essentially unfair, its targets the victims of political persecution.
The people charged in the Jan. 6 attack are “being persecuted so unfairly,” former President Donald J. Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
That sentiment is the organizing principle behind the rally scheduled in Washington on Saturday, billed as “Justice for J6.” According to the permit application submitted by the organizers, a group called Look Ahead America, the event is meant to “bring awareness and attention to the unjust and unethical treatment of nonviolent Jan. 6 political prisoners.”
The rally is the latest effort in the right’s continuing attempt to rewrite the history of the mob attack on Congress, which prosecutors say led to as many as 1,000 assaults against the police and sought to disrupt certification of President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Here is what the facts say about assertions from those seeking to promote a false narrative about Jan. 6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/22/trump-dominion-giuliani-powell-memo/
Less than two weeks after the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign asked its researchers to look into conspiracy theories about rigged electronic voting machines. The researchers soon returned with an answer: a 14-page memo that refuted various claims, including that Dominion Voting Systems worked with election software maker Smartmatic and Venezuela to defeat President Donald Trump, according to records that emerged in a lawsuit this week.
Nonetheless, days after that memo was circulated, pro-Trump lawyers Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell held a news conference in Washington to publicize the same conspiracy theory about Dominion, Smartmatic and Venezuela.
First reported Tuesday by the New York Times, the documents, which were included in a defamation suit in Colorado brought by a former Dominion executive against the Trump campaign and others, reveal that as early as mid-November, staffers for the Trump campaign formally vetted and disproved key allegations that later fueled efforts to overturn President Biden’s victory.
“The memo produced by the Trump campaign shows that, at least internally, the Trump Campaign found there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theories regarding Dominion and Dr. Coomer,” lawyers for the former executive, Eric Coomer, wrote in the filing.
The Trump campaign researchers found no evidence that Dominion has direct ties to Venezuela or the far-left antifa movement or that Dominion voting machines used Smartmatic software in 2020. Their memo also rejected other claims, such as the falsehood that votes from the U.S. presidential election were counted in Barcelona. Ortiz added he would investigate the agents’ actions to make sure nothing “unacceptable” took place. But by then, the images had caused outrage among left-wing Democratic lawmakers.
“It doesn’t matter if a Democrat or Republican is President, our immigration system is designed for cruelty towards and dehumanization of immigrants,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). “Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country.”
“This is so sick and @CBP will continue to commit human rights abuses if we don’t stop it now,” argued AOC’s fellow “Squad” member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). “Cracking a f—ing whip on Haitians fleeing hardship shows you that this system simply can’t be reformed.”
“Use of whips on refugees? Disturbing and unacceptable,” added Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). “This must end immediately."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that aims to stop social media companies from banning users or nixing posts based solely on political opinions — the latest salvo by Republicans, who claim that these tech giants are censoring conservative users. VILNIUS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
Flagship phones sold in Europe by China's smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet", "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement", Lithuania's state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.
The capability in Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone software had been turned off for the "European Union region", but can be turned on remotely at any time, the Defence Ministry's National Cyber Security Centre said in the report.
"Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible," Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius told reporters in introducing the report.
Xiaomi did not respond to a Reuters query for comment.
https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/lithuania-says-throw-away-chinese-phones-due-censorship-concerns-2021-09-21/ MSM pushing a shot they know causes an abortion in most cases
Stay Toasty, poorfag. Maybe if you weren't such a lazy piece of shit, you wouldn't have to bear the brunt of global warming. I contribute extra CO2 into the air just to make you burn that much harder. An opposition party candidate running for a municipal position in St Petersburg, Russia, is competing against at least two other people who not only legally changed their names to his, but also borrowed his physical appearance to confuse voters.
Russian opposition politicians are used to running against candidates with the same surname, it’s a commonly used tactic that can derail a few precious votes in close elections, but Boris Vishnevsky’s case stands out. A senior member of the liberal Yabloko party running for public office in a district of Saint Petersburg, Vishnevsky already knew that two of his opponents had recently changed their names to “Boris Vishnevsky” to confuse voters. What he didn’t know was that they’d stolen his look as well. In a district voting poster showing the three candidates side by side, it’s difficult to tell them apart, because they all look nearly identical.
“I have never seen anything like it. This is all done to disorient voters, so that they confuse the fake with the real, and instead of the real Vishnevsky they vote for one of the fakes,” the original Vishnevsky said in an interview.
This sort of “double” candidates is often seen during Russia’s election cycles, which can get quite close, despite the general expectation that Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, always dominates. It’s a shady tactic that ensures votes are split between two namesake candidates thus increasing another candidate’s chances of winning.
The big picture: The majority of U.S. sentiment may be with him. But Biden's still taking a major political risk, and he and his team know it. He's testing business leaders' resolve, putting Democrats' standing in swing states and districts on the line ahead of 2022's midterm elections and tempting a tsunami of litigation over new requirements that could touch 100 million Americans.
Driving the news: His aggressive new mandates on vaccinations and testing — announced in a speech ahead of TV networks' nightly news broadcasts — are far bolder and broader than most health care, business and political leaders expected. (Or than he'd previously suggested he'd have the authority to pursue.)
They're also a throwdown to those red-state governors blocking masking and vaccination requirements.
And they're a strategic effort, as he's watched his own approval numbers slip underwater in the past month, to shift frustrations about climbing Delta variant cases onto the millions who've either actively or passively rejected the shot and other precautions.
"What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?" the president said. "We've been patient but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal is costing all of us." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10014895/Ex-Chinese-Communist-Party-insider-Wei-Jingsheng-speaks-Wuhan-theory-relating-Covid-19.html
Defector Wei Jingsheng said virus may have first spread at military tournament
Reports emerged in October 2019 athletes at event fell ill with mystery sickness
Mr Jingsheng alleged China deliberately spread virus during Military Games
He claims he took his concerns to senior figures in the US gov but was ignored
A whistleblower has sensationally claimed China deliberately spread Covid at a military tournament two months before the rest of the world knew about the deadly virus.
Ex-Chinese Communist Party insider Wei Jingsheng said The World Military Games in October 2019 could have acted as the virus' first superspreader event.
The international tournament for military athletes was held in Wuhan - the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic - two months before China notified the World Health Organisation about its first cases.
Mr Jingsheng claimed it was no coincidence some of the 9,000 international athletes who gathered for the event reportedly became sick with a mystery illness.
'I thought the Chinese government would take this opportunity to spread the virus during the Military Games, as many foreigners would show up there,' he told the new Sky News documentary What Really Happened in Wuhan.
The whistleblower claimed he had heard of the Chinese government carrying out an 'unusual exercise' during the games.
'[I knew] of the possibility of the Chinese government using some strange weapons, including biological weapons, because I knew they were doing experiments of that sort,' he said.
His claims were supported by the former Principal China Adviser to the US State Department Miles Yu.
He said French, German and American athletes were among those to fall ill at the tournament with Covid-like symptoms, but were never tested for the virus. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2021/09/20/jesse-benton-indicted-rand-paul-mitch-mcconnell-former-campaign-manager/5791086001/
Two veteran Republican campaign operatives — including one who got a pardon from then-President Donald Trump one month before he left office — are charged in a new federal indictment with funneling $25,000 from a Russian national into the Trump campaign in 2016.
Jesse Benton, 43, and Doug Wead, 75, made brief appearances Monday at a video hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, pleading not guilty to six felony charges including facilitating a campaign contribution by a foreign national, acting as a straw donor and causing the filing of false campaign finance reports.
The grand jury indictment alleges that Benton and Wead worked together to accept $100,000 from an unidentified Russian national in order to get the foreigner a meeting with then-candidate Trump at a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Sept. 22, 2016.
Neither Trump nor his campaign are mentioned by name in the indictment, but details in the 19-page document make clear that the scheme involved seeking the donation in connection with the Trump event and an opportunity to get face to face with him. >Through a bevy of bills and rule changes, Georgia Republicans are trying to codify the essential goal of the Jan. 6 riots: a rigged system in which Democrats can’t win elections.
ATLANTA ― David Dreyer just needed a nap. The morning of Jan. 6, Dreyer, a Georgia state representative, had spent most of the last 24 hours in the Georgia World Congress Center watching local officials tally absentee ballots in the two runoff elections that had taken place the day before. The outcome would determine majority control of the U.S. Senate.
Overnight, The Associated Press had projected both Democratic candidates, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, as the winners. But Dreyer was concerned. Since his defeat in Georgia in November, President Donald Trump had sought to overturn the state’s election by falsely claiming that the Atlanta area — the most populous, diverse and Democratic region of Georgia — had been home to widespread ballot fraud. As the election center in Atlanta buzzed with Republican lawyers and conservative poll watchers, Dreyer worried that legitimate votes might get tossed aside. And the margins were razor thin.
Finally, around 11:30 a.m., Dreyer convinced himself that the AP was right: Warnock and Ossoff ― a Black Baptist minister and a 33-year-old Jewish former congressional staffer ― had won Senate races in the heart of the Deep South. He drove home, turned on the TV for a bit of ambient noise and tried to rest for the first time in what felt like months.
“And that’s when the insurrection at the Capitol started,” Dreyer recalled during an interview at an Atlanta co-working space his law firm calls home.
Georgia Democrats, and the coalition of voters who propelled them to a trio of major victories in November and January, have not had time to relax since.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/georgia-voting-rights-democracy-jim-crow_n_6143cc4be4b08f5f38aeb8fb a paint that reflects 98.1% of solar radiation has been developed, used on roofs it will cool most homes better than the ac they have installed, cut energy use, and help solve GW by reflecting the light back into space;
the only downside is aircraft will no longer be able to be used due to being blinded by all the reflected light, otoh that will also help with GW
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/8378579002 After the FBI seized Joseph Ruiz's life savings during a raid on a safe deposit box business in Beverly Hills, the unemployed chef went to court to retrieve his $57,000. A judge ordered the government to tell Ruiz why it was trying to confiscate the money.
It came from drug trafficking, an FBI agent responded in court papers.
Ruiz’s income was too low for him to have that much money, and his side business selling bongs made from liquor bottles suggested he was an unlicensed pot dealer, the agent wrote. The FBI also said a dog had smelled unspecified drugs on Ruiz’s cash.
The FBI was wrong. When Ruiz produced records showing the source of his money was legitimate, the government dropped its false accusation and returned his money.
Ruiz is one of roughly 800 people whose money and valuables the FBI seized from safe deposit boxes they rented at the U.S. Private Vaults store in a strip mall on Olympic Boulevard.
Feds had suspected for years that criminals were stashing loot there, and they assert that’s exactly what they found. The government is trying to confiscate $86 million in cash and a stockpile of jewelry, rare coins and precious metals taken from about half of the boxes.
But 6 months after the raid, the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles have produced no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the vast majority of box holders whose belongings the government is trying to keep.
About 300 of the box holders are contesting the attempted confiscation. Ruiz and 65 others have filed court claims saying the dragnet forfeiture operation is unconstitutional.
to be cont b-lo I don't think I have a witty comment for this one. Can't think of anything that would top this. He literally snuck up to a random lady and jammed a syringe full of his semen in her butt. Literally, explicitly did that.
>The clatter of Katie Peters's shopping cart drowned out any sound from the man behind her.
>She didn't see him as he snuck up. She didn't hear anything as he pulled out his weapon.
>But then she felt a sharp pain in her butt.
>"I knocked whatever was behind me," she said in an interview with WTTG, and turned around to see her attacker. She started yelling at him and asked if he'd burned her with a cigarette.
>"Ya, it felt like a bee sting, didn't it?" the man responded.
>But it wasn't a cigarette. Thomas Stemen had stuck her with a syringe and injected her with semen.
>Last week, Stemen, 52, was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for the February 2020 assault at a grocery store in Churchton, Md. He was also convicted of second-degree assault for making contact with, but not hurting, a 17-year-old girl in the same supermarket, and sentenced to five years of probation for that.
>The sentencing came nearly three months after Stemen entered an Alford plea, which allows defendants to plead guilty without admitting they committed a crime.
>Prosecutors have called Stemen's attack "absolutely chilling," and a judge described it as "absolutely bizarre and disturbing." After Stemen's sentencing, the chief prosecutor for Anne Arundel County described it as "truly horrific."
>"He intentionally went out into our community with the goal of assaulting unsuspecting women," State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a statement.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/13/stranger-semen-injection/ https://www.fox46.com/news/investigations/government-seizes-billions-in-cash-from-air-travelers-without-ever-filing-a-criminal-charge/ Boyfriend refusing to talk
https://www.fox13news.com/news/gabby-petito-disappearance-boyfriend-located-with-van-at-north-port-family-home >this is what happens when you do too many "diversity hires"....
It was nice work if you could get it. And one woman allegedly got it. A former Yale University Medical School employee has been charged with fraud and money laundering for allegedly stealing $31 million worth of computer equipment over more than a decade, then reselling it. Jamie Petrone-Codrington, 41, of Naugatuck, Conn., surrendered to law enforcement on Friday, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and was released on a $1 million bond, the U.S. Department of Justice District of Connecticut said in a statement. Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its parliamentary majority after an election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing over a tenth of its support, partial results on Monday showed.
With nearly 74% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won nearly 49% of the vote, with its nearest rival, the Communist Party, at about 20%.
Although that amounts to an emphatic win, it looks like a somewhat weaker performance for United Russia than the last time a parliamentary election was held in 2016, when the party won just over 54% of the vote
The outcome looks unlikely to change the political landscape, with Putin, who has been in power as president or prime minister since 1999, still dominating ahead of the next presidential election in 2024. Putin has yet to say whether he will run. He was due to speak on Monday.
The 68-year-old leader remains a popular figure with many Russians who credit him with standing up to the West and restoring national pride.
The partial results showed the Communist Party finishing in second, followed by the nationalist LDPR party with about 8% and the Fair Russia party with about 7%. All three parties usually back the Kremlin on most key issues.
A new party called "New People", appeared to have squeezed into parliament with just over 5%.
Mexico's supreme court on Tuesday declared that it is unconstitutional to penalize abortion, with magistrates voting unanimously to decriminalize the procedure in the country.
Why it matters: Mexico — now the fifth Latin American country to decriminalize abortion — is now the most populous country in the region to allow the practice, the Washington Post reports. The country has the world's second-largest Catholic population, after Brazil.
Eight of the 11 court judges had already expressed support for decriminalization in arguments leading up to the final decision.
State of play: The court ordered the northern state of Coahuila to remove penalties for abortion from its criminal code, setting a path for nationwide decriminalization.
The law in Coahuila punished women who received abortions or people who aided them with up to three years of incarceration, according to the Mexican newspaper El Universal.
Of note: Mexico City was the only place in the country where abortions were decriminalized, but only until the first trimester.
The big picture: Abortion is still illegal in most of Latin America. Mexico is now the fifth Latin American country to decriminalize it, following Argentina, Cuba, Guayana and Uruguay.
By the numbers: More than 1 million abortions are performed in Mexico each year, per the Guttmacher Institute.
Most of these abortions occur in clandestine and unsafe conditions "due to profound stigma against the procedure, lack of trained providers, lack of knowledge of where to find a safe abortion and poor knowledge of the laws," Guttmacher writes. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/21/1039224996/russia-alexander-litvinenko-european-court-human-rights-putin
The European Court of Human Rights has found the Kremlin responsible for the 2006 assassination by radiation poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence official who defected to the West.
Meanwhile, British police said Tuesday that they have identified a third suspect in a Russian-linked nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in southern England.
Litvinenko died in London weeks after drinking tea that was later found to have been laced with the deadly radioactive compound polonium-210.
In its ruling, the ECHR said it "cannot but conclude" that two Russian intelligence agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, had killed Litvinenko "acting as agents of the respondent State [Russia]."
However, the court rejected a claim for punitive damages by Litvinenko's widow, Marina, who brought the case.
The ECHR, also known as the Strasbourg court, is affiliated with the Council of Europe, which is distinct from the European Union.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in Litvinenko's death, while Lugovoi and Kovtun have suggested that the defector may have poisoned himself. However, critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB officer, say Litvinenko's death is part of a deliberate policy to "liquidate" defectors.
On his deathbed, Litvinenko himself accused Putin of ordering his assassination.
The European court's decision is in line with the findings of a 2016 British inquiry into Litvinenko's death. It concluded that the FSB, the successor to the KGB, carried out the operation to kill him, which was "probably approved by Mr. [Nikolai] Patrushev, then head of the FSB, and also by President Putin."
New suspect named in the poisoning of a father and his daughter WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said late Sunday, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal.
The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan interpreter of its often enigmatic rules, is a damaging and disheartening setback for President Joe Biden, congressional Democrats and their allies in the pro-immigration and progressive communities. It badly damages Democrats’ hopes of unilaterally enacting — over Republican opposition — changes letting several categories of immigrants gain permanent residence and possibly citizenship.
MacDonough’s decision was described by a person informed about the ruling who would describe it only on condition of anonymity.
The parliamentarian decided that the immigration language could not be included in an immense bill that’s been shielded from GOP filibusters. Left vulnerable to those bill-killing delays, which require 60 Senate votes to defuse, the immigration provisions have virtually no chance in the 50-50 Senate.
MacDonough rejected Democratic language that would have opened a doorway to citizenship for young immigrants brought illegally to the country as children, often called “Dreamers;” immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who’ve fled countries stricken by natural disasters or extreme violence; essential workers; and farm workers.
Democrats and their immigration allies have said they will offer alternative approaches to MacDonough that would open a doorway to permanent status to at least some immigrants.
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-immigration-e590795e4593feccb2d966090a633be7 Covid-19 is officially the most deadly outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Reported U.S. deaths due to Covid crossed 675,000 on Monday, and are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities per day, Johns Hopkins data shows. The nation is currently experiencing yet another wave of new infections, fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.
The 1918 flu – which came in three waves, occurring in the spring of 1918, the fall of 1918; and the winter and spring of 1919 – killed an estimated 675,000 Americans, according to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. It was considered America’s most lethal pandemic in recent history up until now.
“I think we are now pretty well done with historical comparisons,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a physician and medical historian at the University of Michigan. He added it is time to stop looking back to 1918 as a guide for how to act in the present and to start thinking forward from 2021.
“This is the pandemic I will be studying and teaching to the next generation of doctors and public-health students,” he said.
To be sure, a direct side-by-side comparison of raw numbers for each pandemic doesn’t provide all of the contexts, considering the vast technological, medical, social and cultural advances over the past century, Markel and other health experts say.
It’s important to consider population when talking about outbreaks or disasters, health experts and statisticians say.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/covid-is-americas-deadliest-pandemic-as-us-fatalities-near-1918-flu-estimates.html A sparse crowd of demonstrators gathered in Washington to rally for those criminally charged in the Jan. 6 deadly pro-Trump insurrection.
Organizers called the rally “Justice for J6,” referencing the date in which supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of the 2020 election results.
Protestors were met with heavy presence of local, state and federal law enforcement — and members of the press — outnumbering event attendees.
U.S. Capitol Police made a few arrests Saturday in an otherwise nonviolent demonstration, according to the department’s social media. Arrests included weapons violation, possession of a firearm and probation violation, according to police.
Matt Braynard, the former Trump campaign staffer who organized the rally, previously told CNBC he expected the protest to be peaceful.
The Jan. 6 Capitol riot began shortly after Trump, speaking at a rally outside the White House, urged the crowd to march to Congress and fight against the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president.
Four people died that day in connection with the riot, including a woman shot by a police officer as she tried to crawl through a window toward the House of Representatives chamber.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died the following day after collapsing hours after he was attacked by rioters. Four police officers who responded to the insurrection have died by suicide since the attack.
Trump on Thursday said he sided with the rally attendees in condemning the criminal prosecution of the Jan. 6 riot participants.
More than 600 people have been arrested since the Jan. 6 attack, and over 50 of them have pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes. Six have been found guilty in court, according to the Justice Department
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/18/small-crowd-gathers-in-dc-to-protest-arrests-of-jan-6-rioters.html TYLER, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an elections overhaul into law Tuesday that adds more voting restrictions in the booming state, after Democrats spent months protesting what they say are efforts to weaken minority turnout and preserve the GOP’s eroding dominance.
Abbott signed the sweeping changes during a ceremony in the East Texas city of Tyler, where the surrounding county went for former President Donald Trump by a more than 2-to-1 margin last year. But it was far closer in Texas overall, with Trump carrying the state by 5 1/2 points, the thinnest margin of victory by a GOP presidential nominee here in decades.
The bill signing again underlined the hard right turn Texas Republicans made this year, including a new state law that took effect last week banning most abortions. Abbott said he chose Tyler because it was home to the bill’s author, Republican Sen. Bryan Hughes, who also carried the new abortion restrictions.
Already, the rewrite of Texas’ voting laws are the target of at least three federal lawsuits — including another filed Tuesday — and all contend the changes will have a disproportionate impact on minorities. Abbott and other Republicans say it expands access by increasing the minimum number of early voting hours, but the law also puts new restrictions on late-night voting.
“I feel extremely confident that when this law makes it through the litigation phase, it will be upheld,” Abbott said. “Because exactly what we’ve said, it does make it easier for people to be able to go vote. No one who is eligible to vote will be denied the opportunity to vote.”
Texas is among at least 18 states that have enacted new voting restrictions since the 2020 election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
An apparently unhinged Texas man allegedly attacked a couple — killing the wife and shooting her husband — because they were Biden voters, according to a report.
Joseph Angel Alvarez, 38, who ranted in emails about satanic rituals and abortion, claimed he targeted Georgette and Daniel Kauffman in part because of the Biden flag in their yard and a “doll of Trump” hanging there, local television station KDBC reported.
Georgette Kauffman’s body was found inside her garage, a criminal complaint revealed.
Daniel Kauffman told KDBC he was shot at five times, but managed to crawl out of his home and to a neighbor’s house for help.
Alvarez allegedly targeted the couple on November 14, 2020, shortly after the U.S. presidential election, at their home in El Paso.
Alvarez was arrested Sept. 8, nearly a year later, KWTX reported Friday.
Investigators uncovered emails allegedly sent by Alvarez in which he stated his extremist religious beliefs and identified “pro-choice” advocates as the “Jewish Satanist Party” and claimed abortions were “Jewish child sacrifice.”
An email allegedly sent by Alvarez to the 902D Military Intelligence group included claims he targeted the Kaufmann’s home near Memorial Park because they voted for Biden and had a Biden “flag and a doll of Trump hanging.” 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan sued for allegedly covering up his pitbull's deadly attack on Queen Latifah's dog, report says
Sat, September 11, 2021, 10:55 AM
>"Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan is in the middle of a lawsuit alleging his dog attacked and killed Queen Latifah's dog.
>Millan asked his staff to cover up the attack and were told to tell Latifah her dog got struck by a car and killed, TMZ reported.
>The lawsuit claims Millan's dog also attacked Lidia Matiss in 2017, a young gymnast, who can no longer compete in the sport because of her injuries.
Caesar Millan, also known as the "Dog Whisperer," is in the middle of a lawsuit claiming his dog attacked one of Queen Latifah's dogs and injured several others, TMZ reported.
The lawsuit was filed by Lidia Matiss, a young gymnast who claims Millan's dog Junior attacked and severely injured her legs in 2017 after the dog had been walking around Millan's office unsupervised. According to Matiss' lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ, Matiss says Junior has a history of attacking other people and pets, including one of Latifah's dogs. As of Tuesday night, 663,914 (really 997,023)people in the US have died of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Census Bureau, the US population as of April 2020 was 331.4 million.
The US is reporting a more than 30% increase in average daily cases and a near tripling of average daily deaths over the past month, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only 54% of the population are fully vaccinated, and the rate of people initiating vaccinations each day has declined over the past month.
Another layer of strong protection, experts say, is masking.
"Reasonable people may disagree about a lot, but we can all agree that we must keep our children in the classroom masked so they don't fall behind and so their parents can go to work and not take time off to watch their kids at home,"
Dr Fauci has said. "Because of a somewhat large minority of ignorant and boneheaded individuals, We're just going to have to do the boost, and then follow people long enough to determine what the durability of that protection is."
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The effects of Ivermectin therapy on human males can have an effect on men’s reproductive health.
Researchers at three universities in Nigeria studied the effects of Ivermectin, which is used to treat river blindness and other medical conditions in humans, on men’s sperm counts. According to their study, 85 percent of men who take Ivermectin become sterilized.
Ivermectin is often used as an anthelmintic to combat parasites in animals and some people have been using it to fight COVID-19 despite health experts’ recommendations against it.
The study conducted by researchers in Nigeria screened 385 patients with river blindness to investigate the effects of Ivermectin on sperm function.
The researchers found that 85 percent of all male patients treated in a particular center with ivermectin in the recent past who went to the laboratory for routine tests were discovered to have developed various forms, grades and degrees of sperm dysfunction. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/covid-vaccines-show-no-signs-of-harming-fertility-or-sexual-function/?amp=true&__twitter_impression=true
Rumors and myths about COVID-19 vaccine effects on all aspects of reproduction and sexual functioning have spread like a Delta variant of viral misinformation across social media platforms, where people swap rumors of erectile dysfunction and fertility disruptions following vaccination. Yet studies so far have not linked the vaccines with problems related to pregnancy, menstrual cycles, erectile performance or sperm quality. The evidence does show that COVID-19 can involve problems in all of these areas.
Health officials have tried to ease concerns by explaining that data from clinical trials and hundreds of millions of vaccinations support the safety of the shots. Scientific American spoke with four experts in reproductive and sexual biology about pervasive myths, the evidence against them and the real damage to health caused by COVID-19. Below is a series of conclusions that can be drawn from studies of vaccinated people and those who have had the disease.
Vaccination is not associated with adverse effects in pregnancy. COVID-19 is the real threat.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendations in early August, strengthening its advice that people who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found this month that “there is no pattern ... to suggest that any of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK increase the risk of congenital anomalies or birth complications. Pregnant women have reported similar suspected reactions to the vaccines as people who are not pregnant.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7edpx/proud-boys-leader-enrique-tarrio-interview
Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio thinks that he is a martyr in an ongoing crusade for extremist groups to use the First Amendment to harass and intimidate others. Now, however, he's headed to jail after stealing a Black Lives Matter banner from a historically Black Church and possessing two high-capacity magazines in Washington, D.C.
Vice News did an interview with Tarrio ahead of his prison sentence revealing that he plans to read the book "Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare" saying that he likes the insights into political movements. He's also going to work on his own book, "American Warlord," which he said he'll sell on a Proud Boys market site.
"I have no intention of leaving the organization at all," Tarrio said. In the past, he has made comments that he would step down, focusing instead on local politics.
"I won't be able to fulfill my duties," said Tarrio, "but I think the guys have it well taken care of."
Vice explained that his time away from the extremist movement comes at a difficult point after infighting over his role working as a "prolific" federal informant
He said that he's still trying to decide whether he wants to run for reelection to stay at the top of the group. He will still be the leader of the Miami Proud Boys, despite infighting that resulted in an uprising against him.
"From the beginning, there have always been two types of Proud Boys. And we, internally, we just call them the rally boys and the party boys—so like, the activists, and then just the guys that want to hang out and have a beer," said Tarrio. "We've had our bad apples." Remember the claim about no guns?
Internal police emails reveal more gun incidents, more arrests, and more safety warnings in areas near the White House, in the hours before the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, the News4 I-Team obtained emails sent in the morning hours by U.S. Park Police and National Park Service leaders. In the emails, police shared alerts about the size of the crowd forming outside the White House Ellipse in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s speech and concerns about items some in the crowd carried or displayed.
An early morning email said, “Many/Most visitors have brought backpacks that are not permitted in venue by USSS. USPP units are having to collect and sweep these backpacks. Some of the backpacks were placed in the trees on the WAMO grounds and are being removed by USPP and NPS assets.”
One alert shared by a Park Police commander with police lieutenants and National Park Service officials said the growing crowd near the White House was seen, “Wearing ballistic helmets, body armor and carrying radio equipment and military grade backpacks.”
In another email exchange, police reported a group at the Washington Monument had breached a bike rack security barrier near the base of the Washington Monument. One person was arrested for entering a restricted area.
A U.S. Park Police official also reported one person had been detained with a rifle near the World War II Memorial. The email, which was sent to a group of Park Police officers and National Park Service officials, also reported an undercover police unit was monitoring a person in a tree along 16th Street, suspected of having a handgun near his or her waist. A USPP spokesperson told the I-Team the 24-year-old with the rifle was arrested and charged with having an unregistered firearm. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/12/business/george-soros-philanthropy-open-society-foundation.html
No wonder traffic of certain view points is going down so much. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.
The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.
Biden is also signing an executive order to require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government — with no option to test out. That covers several million more workers.
Biden was to announce the new requirements in a Thursday afternoon address from the White House as part of a new “action plan” to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnating pace of COVID-19 shots that has raised doubts among the public over his handling of the pandemic.
Just two months ago Biden prematurely declared the nation’s “independence” from the virus. Now, despite more than 208 million Americans having at least one dose of the vaccines, the U.S. is seeing about 300% more new COVID-19 infections a day, about two-and-a-half times more hospitalizations, and nearly twice the number of deaths compared to the same time last year.
Biden’s plans were previewed Thursday afternoon by White House press secretary Jen Psaki and other senior administration officials ahead of the speech.
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-executive-branch-18fb12993f05be13bf760946a6fb89be Remains ‘consistent’ with description of Gabby Petito found in Wyoming: FBI
The FBI confirmed Sunday that the body found in a Wyoming national park is likely that of missing Long Island native Gabby Petito, who disappeared while on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend.
“First and foremost, I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” an emotional Charles Jones, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI office in Denver, said at a press briefing.
“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” Jones said. “Full forensics identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery.”
“The cause of death has not been determined at this time,” he added.
https://nypost.com/2021/09/19/gabby-petitos-body-found-in-wyoming-national-park-fbi-confirms/ NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said Sunday morning that President Biden is facing a "pretty big credibility crisis" on the world stage as the Covid-19 pandemic drags on and on, the Taliban retakes Afghanistan, the U.S. southern border collapses into anarchy, and his budget stalls in Congress.
Ahead of the president's speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, Todd said Biden must "make sure people still view America as not just a stable democracy, but a competent leader of the free world."
CHUCK TODD: I think he’s got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands. Because all of these problems, in some ways, showed up after he said something basically the exact opposite.
- Afghanistan withdrawal wasn’t going to be messy. This wasn’t going to look like Saigon.
- The booster shots, he came out and essentially said eight months, and even indicated maybe we should start it as soon as five months. Now we’re not sure if anybody under 65 is going to get a booster shot.
- Of course, the border has been, whether this is — we can talk about the border problems and say they are years in the making, but it’s pretty clear we have a bigger problem now than we’ve had in years, and these policies have turned into becoming a magnet.
He’s got a lot of work to do.
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The great Ivermectin deworming hoax
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Indian Bar Association sues WHO scientist over Ivermectin
by Justus R. Hope, MD Jun 7, 2021 Updated Sep 8, 2021 8
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The Indian Bar Association (IBA) sued WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan on May 25, accusing her in a 71-point brief of causing the deaths of Indian citizens by misleading them about Ivermectin.
Point 56 states, “That your misleading tweet on May 10, 2021, against the use of Ivermectin had the effect of the State of Tamil Nadu withdrawing Ivermectin from the protocol on May 11, 2021, just a day after the Tamil Nadu government had indicated the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.”
Advocate Dipali Ojha, lead attorney for the Indian Bar Association, threatened criminal prosecution against Dr. Swaminathan “for each death” caused by her acts of commission and omission. The brief accused Swaminathan of misconduct by using her position as a health authority to further the agenda of special interests to maintain an EUA for the lucrative vaccine industry. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming increasingly skeptical about how much U.S. foreign policy really has changed since Donald Trump left the White House.
Biden plans to limit his time at the U.N. General Assembly due to coronavirus concerns. He is scheduled to meet with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday and address the assembly on Tuesday before shifting the rest of the week’s diplomacy to virtual and Washington settings.
At a virtual COVID-19 summit he is hosting Wednesday, leaders will be urged to step up vaccine-sharing commitments, address oxygen shortages around the globe and deal with other critical pandemic-related issues.
The president also has invited the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan, part of a Pacific alliance, to Washington and is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House.
Through it all, Biden will be the subject of a quiet assessment by allies: Has he lived up to his campaign promise to be a better partner than Trump?
Biden’s chief envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, offered a harmonious answer in advance of all the diplomacy: “We believe our priorities are not just American priorities, they are global priorities,” she said Friday.
But over the past several months, Biden has found himself at odds with allies on a number of high-profile issues.
https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-general-assembly-donald-trump-joe-biden-united-nations-foreign-policy-91785fc89df0311f954289e93aca0201 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-17/adelaide-man-geoffrey-william-moyle-sentenced/100470112 President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats' budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Why it matters: Defying a president from his own party — face-to-face — is the strongest indication yet Manchin is serious about cutting specific programs and limiting the price tag of any potential bill to $1.5 trillion. His insistence could blow up the deal for progressives and others.
Axios was told Biden explained to Manchin his opposition could imperil the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that's already passed the Senate. Biden's analysis did little to persuade Manchin to raise his top line.
Manchin held his position and appears willing to let the bipartisan bill hang in the balance, given his entrenched opposition to many of the specific proposals in the $3.5 trillion spending package, Axios was told.
While the two left the meeting having made little progress, and are still some $2 trillion apart, the conversation was friendly and they agreed to keep talking.
What they're saying: "Sen. Manchin is an important partner," said Andrew Bates, deputy White House press secretary. "We do not discuss the contents of private meetings."
https://www.axios.com/scoop-biden-bombs-manchin-b2b4acbd-24d0-40a3-ba6f-c0509e0e0224.html Moore Police arrested a man who acted bizarrely over the weekend inside the Crest on Eastern.
Officers posted on Facebook Wednesday that the man, who they did not identify, was in custody.
RELATED: Moore police search for man who defecated inside grocery store cooler
"We are pleased to inform you that as of yesterday evening, with the assistance of our community members and one of our very own vigilant off-duty Officers, the person of interest in the disturbing incident at Crest Foods was identified, located, apprehended and was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on unrelated charges," the post reads.
Police say the man followed several female customers around the store before defecating inside a freezer.
https://okcfox.com/news/local/moore-police-arrest-man-who-defecated-in-grocery-store-freezer The gloom among "Never Trump" Republicans is deepening this weekend, following Thursday’s announcement from Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) that he will not seek reelection.
Gonzalez is one of only 10 House Republicans who voted for former President Trump’s impeachment earlier this year. He was set to face a primary challenge from Max Miller, a former Trump aide who had received the former president’s endorsement.
As Gonzalez prepared to head for the political exit, he lambasted Trump as a “cancer” on the nation in an interview with The New York Times.
Trump, in turn, gloated about his critic’s demise, issuing two statements in as many hours.
He first branded Gonzalez a “RINO” (Republican in name only) and said the Ohioan had suffered “a tremendous loss of popularity” following his impeachment vote. The second email statement read, in full, “1 down, 9 to go!”
The danger, from the perspective of Trump’s critics, is that the former president might be right. The few remaining Republicans in his firing line for showing insufficient loyalty could well be cut down.
Trump’s most high-profile congressional foe, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), faces a tough primary battle. Trump has recently backed attorney Harriet Hageman, one of several pro-Trump Republicans vying to oust Cheney.
Similar dynamics face other Republicans who voted to impeach. Trump has endorsed a primary challenger to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.). Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a vocal Trump critic, will also face a fierce fight if he is to retain his seat.
Former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who lost her seat in the increasingly Democratic northern suburbs of Virginia in 2018, complained that the move toward Trumpian candidates will cost the GOP dearly.
“Trump doesn’t care whether Republicans win. It’s not about Republicans winning,” she said. “Trumpism is about revenge.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/572838-the-memo-never-trumpers-sink-into-gloom-as-gonzalez-bows-out "Peril" by Bob Woodward
Biden observes, on surveying the golf toys that Trump assembled in the White House, including a wall-size video screen so he could play virtual courses, "What a f---ing ---hole."
The danger Trump posed during the waning months in 2020 and his access to the nuclear codes deepen one's sense of how serious, even global, that danger was and how thoroughly Republicans enabled it.
WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Republicans on Friday vowed to fight U.S. President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandate covering big companies and federal employees, but business groups that often agree with them on issues like taxes are not joining in.
The mandate, which the White House says would cover 100 million U.S. workers and applies to about two-thirds of all U.S. employees, is being written in part by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Nearly three-quarters of eligible Americans have received at least one shot of the vaccine, and opinion polls have found that most support measures like barring the unvaccinated from public spaces and offices.
Within hours of the new measures being announced on Thursday, some lawmakers, state governors and political party officials were threatening lawsuits or pledging to defy it.
"When this decree goes into effect, the (Republican National Committee) will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties," RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
Reaction from powerful business lobbying groups has been muted. Some large companies have already imposed vaccine mandates of their own, while others have welcomed the move or wondered how they would implement it. More than half of U.S. companies are planning to impose mandates of their own by year-end, according to a recent survey.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which opposes many of Biden's tax and spending proposals, said it would "carefully review" the vaccination mandate. The Business Roundtable, which represents chief executives, said it welcomed the move. The National Association of Manufacturers, which represents big and small employers, said it would work to make sure the rules don't hurt business operations. It was 6 a.m. when six German police officers came knocking on the door of a Twitter user in Hamburg. What sparked the investigation: a tweet he wrote in June calling a German official a crude term that refers to male genitalia.
The raid Wednesday came a little over three months after he replied to a tweet from Andy Grote, the interior and sports minister for the city of Hamburg, describing him as a “pimmel.”
The public prosecutor’s office in Hamburg told The Washington Post it was handling an investigation of an online “insult,” which can be punished under a section of the German criminal code.
But the police search unleashed a stream of outraged comments and sarcastic memes from Germans on social media, inspiring the hashtag #Pimmelgate which was trending Thursday on Twitter.
“My house was searched at 6:00 this morning. Six officers in the apartment,” wrote the suspect, who goes by the screen name “ZooStPauli” and has not otherwise identified himself. “They know there are two young children living in this household. Good morning Germany.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/09/pimmelgate-german-politician-police-raid/ US police mine Google for your location and search history
It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, police department.
In January 2020, an alarming email from Google landed in McCoy’s inbox. Police were requesting his user data, the company told him, and McCoy had seven days to go to court and block its release.
McCoy later found out the request was part of an investigation into the burglary of a nearby home the year before. The evidence that cast him as a suspect was his location during his bike ride – information the police obtained from Google through what is called a geofence warrant. For simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, McCoy was being investigated and, as a result, his Google data was at risk of being handed over to the police.
Geofence location warrants and reverse search warrants such as the ones McCoy dealt with are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for law enforcement. Google revealed for the first time in August that it received 11,554 geofence location warrants from law enforcement agencies in 2020, up from 8,396 in 2019 and 982 in 2018.
That Google notified McCoy about the request at all is a relative anomaly. Subpoenas and warrants issued to tech companies often contain a non-disclosure clause. Still, as is typical of these notices, McCoy had just days to hire a lawyer who knew what a geofence warrant was and how to handle it – which Kenyon said is still hard to find in many places. For many without resources, that’s a near impossible ask.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/16/geofence-warrants-reverse-search-warrants-police-google HAINED to a wall and lying on a dirty mattress with a full face of make-up, Pony the orangutan waited for her next client.
Men working in the nearby palm oil farm in Borneo would come into the brothel and could pay a couple of quid to have sex with her.
Chained to a bed, men could choose to pay to have sex with her - and she was regularly shaved and made to wear perfume and jewellery.
Knowing what was expected, Pony would gyrate her hips when a punter came to the door before being raped by men twice the size of her who paid her owner for the experience.
Stolen from her mum as a baby, the gentle ape’s entire body was shaved every other day, leaving her skin irritated, covered in sores and prone to mosquito bites - and she was taught how to perform sex acts.
They even put make-up and earrings on her.
Knowing what was expected, Pony would gyrate her hips when a punter came to the door before being raped by men twice the size of her who paid her owner for the experience.
The rescue wasn’t straightforward, with the local community extremely reluctant to let Pony, who was a good source of income, go.
In the end it took 35 armed policemen to get the villagers to hand over Pony.
Michelle says: “They were threatened with guns and knives.
“The madam cried bitterly when Pony was taken away.”
Thankfully, Pony, now 21, was rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, and now lives at one of their rehabilitation centres.
But her traumatic past continues to blight her existence and she's been left unable to live on their more independent sanctuary island as she constanly gyrated her rear against any men that came close to her.
Lone explains: “The first baby steps where to make her trust us in her new home.
“We tried to keep men away from her enclosure as she would try to please them.