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Officials call COVID-19 the 'largest mass fatality incident in modern NYC history' - no mention of lockdown?

New York City
The number of deaths reported to the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's Office more than doubled amid the coronavirus pandemic — described as "the largest mass fatality incident in modern NYC history" in the mayor's new management report released Thursday.

The number of deaths reported to OCME skyrocketed from 30,964 in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) to 65,712 in FY 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30), "corresponding to the surge in NYC deaths during the pandemic," the annual report on city services said

The number of cremation applications reviewed by the ME also jumped from 17,148 to 27,863 from the prior year.

The number of remains stored in the morgue also surged from 11,281 to 17,606.

Conversely, the number of autopsies performed actually dropped from 5,399 to 4,884 as most forensic labs were closed and staff reassigned to handle the increase in dead people sent to the morgue — many expired COVID-19 patients sent directly from hospitals and nursing homes.


Comment: In other words, many deaths attributed to covid, but few autopsies to actually confirm cause of death. NYC indeed saw a significant spike in mortality, but only a portion of that can reasonable be attributed to covid-related deaths. The lockdown itself arguable caused many, if not most, of these deaths.


Che Guevara

'F**k you and your dog!': Antifa gang attacks car with hammers, threaten dog inside

antifa
© AFP /Stephanie Keith
Antifa protesters seen at a rally in Portland, Oregon, August 17, 2020
The temper of a mob is fickle, as a group of Antifa protesters have demonstrated in Philadelphia. In an apparent case of mistaken identity, the mob chased one of their own with hammers, smashed his car, and terrorized his dog.


Comment: That's the way mob justice works, but you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette, right?


The leftist protesters gathered in Philadelphia's Clark Park on Saturday to protest a rally organized by the right-wing Proud Boys. As conservative commentator James Klug was talking on camera to the leftists, one masked man approached him with a baseball bat and slammed it into the ground beside him.


According to Blaze TV's Elijah Schaffer, the mob mistook the bat-wielding man for one of the right-wingers, and chased him out of the park, to his car.

Surrounding the vehicle, the masked mob smashed its windows with hammers and kicked in its panels. Though the man can't be seen inside the car, Schaffer claimed he was the same man who was chased out of the park, as did journalist Kalen D'Almeida.

As the rioters pounded on the car, a dog inside began barking, lunging for the smashed rear window and snarling at the mob. "F**k you and your dog," one man shouted as the driver pulled away.

Comment: Fine people.


Bad Guys

Portland pause ends: Police arrest 11 as Oregon wildfires clear and rioting resumes

portland riots police shields
© Reuters / Shannon Stapleton
Police officers stand guard as people take part in a protest in Portland, Oregon, September 18, 2020
After wildfires caused a rare break in rioting, demonstrators in Portland resumed their nighttime activities, this time targeting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility. They were swiftly pushed back by police.

Portland has been a hive of unrest since the death of George Floyd earlier this summer, with demonstrations only pausing when wildfires encroached on the city over the last week. However, the blaze receded and smoke cleared on Friday, prompting activists to march on the ICE building at nightfall.

Comment: The BLM rioters are turning their attention from police to ordinary citizens:
Around 200 demonstrators marched through the city on Saturday night, with some individuals smashing windows and applying graffiti on buildings. A bank, a restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop were among the businesses targeted, the Portland Police said in a statement. No arrests were made, but the acts of vandalism are under investigation.


Protesters were also filmed burning an American flag as they chanted "black trans lives matter." In another incident, they torched a pro-police 'thin blue line' flag as they shouted "blue lives splatter."

Elsewhere in the city, online footage shows demonstrators stopping a truck and then ordering one of its passengers to raise his fist and say "black lives matter." The vehicle's windows were reportedly later smashed by the protesters.

Portland's chaotic streets had quietened down due to poor air quality resulting from nearby forest fires, but protests resumed earlier this week. On Friday, 11 people were arrested after demonstrators targeted an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in the city.



Propaganda

Arizona student journalist 'canceled' over Jacob Blake tweet on sexual assault

Rae'Lee Klein
© Rae'Lee Klein / Instagram account
Student journalist Rae'Lee Klein
An Arizona State University journalism student said she is latest victim of "cancel culture" — having been removed from her role at the school's radio station for tweeting about Jacob Blake's past accusations of sexual assault.

Rae'Lee Klein, the 21-year-old former station manager of the student-run station, was first targeted last month when she tweeted a New York Post article revealing the details behind Blake's arrest warrant, she said.

"Always more to the story, folks," Klein tweeted on her personal account with a link to The Post's story. "Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake's warrant. You'll be quite disgusted."

Comment: Klein has many supporters, including ASU alumni, From RT:
The school is named for the late Walter Cronkite, who was called "the most trusted man in America" during his tenure as anchorman of CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. Twitter users, including author Chris DeRose, said it may be time to remove Cronkite's name from the school, in light of the decision to fire a journalist for reporting truthful information. "Walter is rolling over in his grave at what journalism has become," one commenter said. Conservative author Mike Cernovich questioned whether federal funding to Arizona State could be halted.


Other Twitter users encouraged Klein to sue the university, and some said they were Arizona State alumni and would stop their donations to the school. Many commenters encouraged Klein to keep fighting for truth, saying her career will be boosted by her ouster from Blaze Radio, but one said, "Unfortunately, it's journalism today. There's no longer journalism. There's only peddlers of activism."





Brain

Man finds apparent brain on Racine beach - UPDATE: Medical examiner says 'not human'

Samuel Myers Park in Racine

Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wis
Racine police are looking to determine not only the what, but the why, after what appeared to be a brain was found on a beach Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Police are still working to figure out if what was found along the beach at Samuel Myers Park on Tuesday morning is human or not.

For the man who found it, the discovery is still hard to believe.

Jimmy Senda said you never know what you will find along the shore. The construction worker takes a stroll on the beach each morning.

Comment: Michigan Live provides an update:
A medical examiner in Wisconsin has determined that a brain found on a Lake Michigan beach is not human.

According to Fox 6 in Milwaukee, the brain was found by construction worker Jimmy Senda, who was walking along the shore at Samuel Myers Park in Racine on Tuesday.

Officials said Thursday that it is unknown what type of animal the brain came from, the TV station reported.



Smoking

English Councils banned staff from smoking at their desks at HOME

No smoking sign
© Zest Magazine
A leading Labour-run council banned staff from smoking at their desks if they were working from home in what campaigners say is an emerging "moral crusade" by local authorities against tobacco lovers.

Hammersmith and Fulham council, which represents one of the country's richest areas in London, told its staff in guidance that "any part of a private dwelling used solely for work purposes will be required to be smoke-free".

The guidance was issued in 2015 in a joint "bi-borough corporate health and safety "document setting out the council's no smoking policy with Royal Kensington and Chelsea.

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea, which had told its staff that "home workers should not smoke at their workstation during office hours", dropped the smoking ban on home workers when it issued new guidance in February this year.

Comment: See also:


NPC

Professor suspended for telling students she hopes Trump supporters catch coronavirus and die

Marshall University professor Jennifer Mosher

Marshall University professor Jennifer Mosher
A professor at Marshall University has been suspended by the school after she told a group of students during a virtual lecture that she hopes all of President Trump's supporters contract the coronavirus and die before the November election.

"I've become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die," Professor Jennifer Mosher said. "I'm sorry, but that's so frustrating — just — I don't know what else to do. You can't argue with them, you can't talk sense with them, um, I said to somebody yesterday I hope they all die before the election."

Syringe

Just 51% of Americans would get coronavirus vaccine right now

trump press conference vaccine
© Getty Images
Trump predicted Friday every American will have vaccine by April 2021.

Americans are divided on the forthcoming coronavirus vaccine as just 51% say they would get vaccinated for the disease if a vaccine was available today, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

That's a 21% drop from May, when 72% of Americans said they would definitely or probably get a vaccine.

The percentage who say they would definitely get a vaccine has been cut in half to just 21%.

Comment: See also:


Handcuffs

Belarusian police disperse anti-Lukashenko 'women's march' in Minsk, more than 100 arrests made

Nina Baginskaya
Police dispersed an all-female rally in Minsk, on Saturday where protesters were demanding the resignation of longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. More than 100 arrests were made, in the the crackdown.

Around 2,000 people, mainly women, flowed onto the streets of the country's main city for the unsanctioned event. They were eventually blocked outside a shopping mall by security forces wearing green uniforms and balaclavas. "Only cowards beat women," the protesters shouted, according to Western news agency Reuters, as the police started detaining people in large numbers.

Comment: See also:


Rose

Stephen Cohen has died. Remember his urgent warnings against the new Cold War

stephen f cohen
Stephen F Cohen, the renowned American scholar on Russia and leading authority on US-Russian relations, has died of lung cancer at the age of 81.

As one of the precious few western voices of sanity on the subject of Russia while everyone else has been frantically flushing their brains down the toilet, this is a real loss. I myself have cited Cohen's expert analysis many times in my own work, and his perspective has played a formative role in my understanding of what's really going on with the monolithic cross-partisan manufacturing of consent for increased western aggressions against Moscow.

In a world that is increasingly confusing and awash with propaganda, Cohen's death is a blow to humanity's desperate quest for clarity and understanding.

Comment: From Stephen F. Cohen: