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Active shooter 'neutralized' at Corpus Christi naval base - 3rd such incident at US Navy base in 6 months - UPDATE: Shooter named as Adam Alsahli

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
© U.S. Marine Corps
Naval security forces responded to the shooter around 6:15 a.m. at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Security forces "neutralized" an active shooter this morning at a Texas naval installation, the Navy announced.

One naval security force member was injured. A Navy statement said the sailor was in "good condition" and is expected to be released Thursday.

Naval security forces responded to the shooter around 6:15 a.m. at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, the Navy said in a statement. Authorities have locked down the installation while first responders process the scene.

"NCIS is en route, and state and local law enforcement are on scene," according to the statement, referring to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Comment: Update 23 May 2020

The FBI have named the 'suspect' - if you can call a dead gunman that - as Adam Alsahli, born in Syria.

Another Muslim attacks another US naval base??

Anyway, he was 20 years old, had no criminal record, and was a student at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. However, his social media accounts allegedly reveal an interest in radical jihadi-porn.

Still no official word on the 'second suspect at large' - and there probably won't ever be one.

Alsahli was apparently racing his car towards the naval base's north entrance when he shot at a guard, wounding her, before she managed to raise a barrier that blocked his entrance. Naval military police then riddled him with bullets.


Civil war raging among the 'Russia disinformation' crowd: How RT-watchers fell out over not hating RT enough

Russia Today Moscow office
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / File
Russia Today's Moscow office
Though awash with cash, the Western 'Russian disinformation' racket is at the mercy of the political winds. Thus, its gatekeepers need to ensure the officials who manage the money tree don't realise the emperor has no clothes.

You may remember a report last month from British academics revealing how "claims by the EU's diplomatic service that RT is spreading fake news about the coronavirus pandemic were misleading and based on bad methodology." It came after many mainstream US/UK media outlets uncritically parroted allegations from East StratCom - and its 'EUvsDisinfo' information war wing - that "Russian pro-Kremlin media" was conducting a "significant disinformation campaign" to stoke "confusion, panic and fear" in the West and "aggravate the coronavirus pandemic crisis."

"The extent of EUvsDisinfo's misrepresentation of Russian Covid-19 media coverage is troubling," wrote the report's authors, Stephen Hutchings and Vera Tolz, professors of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester. They noted how "there is little evidence of systematic disinformation in RT's Covid-19 reporting. Despite some deficient practices much of the output was factual, consisting of aggregated Western news agencies reports."

Comment: Right, except that 'factual' in this context means untrue. RT has largely parroted the same complete BS about Corona-1984 as every other MSM outlet. Which renders the accusations against the Russian govt of 'spreading disinfo' re the 'plague' all the more absurd.


Arizona man accused of shooting at family, threatening teen girls at recreation area

Jacob Trey Valentino
© Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
A Scottsdale man is facing more than two dozen felony charges after he allegedly shot at several people and threatened others, including some teens, at Needle Rock Beach in the Tonto National Forest earlier this week. According to court documents, people at the recreation area "were able to subdue" Jacob Trey Valentino and "restrain him" until deputies got there.

It happened Monday, May 18. According to the probable cause for arrest statement, Valentino, 26, was fishing along the Verde River when he fired a Glock 42 handgun at a family that was nearby. Two kids younger than 15 and five who are older than 15 were part of that group. As the family ran to the parking area, Valentino, still armed, headed the same direction and got into his car.

Comment: See this similar story, also in Arizona, happening just days apart: Arizona shooting at entertainment district leaves 3 people injured, suspect tells police he felt 'bullied'


Arizona shooting at entertainment district leaves 3 people injured, suspect tells police he felt 'bullied'

Armando Hernandez Westgate
A man who opened fire at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale Wednesday night, injuring three people, told police he went to the shopping center to target victims "because he was bullied and wanted respect."

Police said at a Thursday briefing that a 19-year-old man who was shot and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries remains in critical condition.

A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and a 30-year-old woman was also hurt.

The suspect, identified by police as 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr., was arrested at the scene and reportedly admitted to detectives that he had gone to Westgate "intending to harm 10 people."

See video of his initial appearance in front of a judge in the player below.


Tucker Carlson on New York Post calling for end to lockdown

New York Post cover May 21, 2020

New York Post cover for May 21, 2020
New York Post columnist David Marcus called out the risks of keeping New York City locked-down.

Comment: It's good to see the Controllers getting some pushback from national elites, but unfortunately it seems that nothing will convince them to change course.

Eye 1

Facebook further restricts PragerU's page, limits the reach of its posts after disputed fact-check

pragerU facebook restrictions fake news
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Facebook's fact checkers have been accused of bias and using the feature as a censorship tool.

Over the last couple of months, Facebook's fact checkers have made a series of controversial and erroneous decisions which have resulted in genuine posts being hidden behind a "False Information" notice.

And now, another disputed Facebook fact check has resulted in digital education platform PragerU having its Facebook page restricted and the reach of its posts reduced.

Facebook claims it is restricting PragerU's page for "repeated sharing of false news."

Comment: The Facebook "fact-checkers" are fast losing credibility:

PragerU seems to have come in for special treatment lately on social media. Their stance on climate change and conservative political views seem to be the problem:

Heart - Black

Death by lockdown: Nursing home deaths account for 70% of Ohio's overall total

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Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics.

At least 1,246 residents of Ohio's long-term care facilities have died as of Wednesday from the virus, or about 70% of the total COVID-19 deaths statewide, the data show.

As nursing home fatalities continue to rise, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has promised a plan to ramp up testing in long-term care facilities, including the deployment of 14 teams of Ohio National Guard members to assist with the testing.

The nursing home death toll includes 877 reported since mid-April in facilities identified in 38 counties. Those are on top of the deaths of 369 residents who died earlier when Ohio recorded only whether an individual had been in a nursing home.

Blue Pill

Washington officials admit to counting GUNSHOT DEATHS in Covid-19 tally, say virus death toll likely underreported despite lapses

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Epidemiologists with the Washington State Department of Health believe COVID-19-related deaths are likely being undercounted in Washington.

In a virtual briefing with reporters Thursday, DOH officials said tracking COVID-19 death data is not an easy task.

"There are a number of nuances to the data that we report and often it is very difficult - especially quickly - to make an assessment on the cause of death," said Dr. Katie Hutchison, Health Statistics Manager for the Washington State Department of Health.

The state's current COVID-19 death count includes anyone that's tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

"We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes. We have about 5 deaths less than 5 deaths that we know of that are related to obvious other causes. In this case, they are from gunshot wounds," Hutchison said.


Oregon ballot scandal: Hundreds of Republican ballots changed to "non-partisan", denying GOP voters right to participate in primary

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Disturbing news is coming out of Oregon, as hundreds of people are reporting that their voter registration was switched from Republican to non affiliated without their knowledge or permission.

Oregon is entirely vote-by-mail, and ballots were sent out in the last week of April, and due this Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Many were shocked to open their ballot to find that they were no longer with the party they thought they were with, and they received non partisan ballots. As Oregon is a closed primary state, this effectively denies these people the right to vote in the party's primary that they thought they were registered as.

This is only reportedly happening to folks who were registered as Republican.


Top Oxford scientist: Covid-19 pandemic practically over, we already have herd immunity

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The UK government was one of many that reacted to the coronavirus outbreak based on worst-case scenario predictions. But the author of an alternative model has restated her position, saying the virus is already "on its way out."

Sunetra Gupta is a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Back in March, before the UK's lockdown, she and her team published a study suggesting that the coronavirus may have infected 50% of the British population back in early March, before the lockdown measures were put in place. The model concluded that continuing on a path toward herd immunity would be the most sensible course of action.

Boris Johnson's government originally chose to aim for a model like Prof. Gupta's, just as those notorious irrational hotheads the Swedes were. It soon, however, gave in to public (read: Twitter) pressure. Boris called in that professional harbinger of doom, Imperial College's Neil Ferguson, instead.

A tale of two models

Prof. Ferguson's model was nothing short of apocalyptic, featuring as it did half a million dead, and bodies piled up in car parks outside hospitals - everything but a yawning crevice in the ground and satyrs raining hell from the sky. So stark was the warning that he seemed to take it to heart, deciding to treasure a few moments with his married mistress while he could. For this small indulgence, he was eventually forced to resign from his post. But his thinking informs the government's coronavirus policy to this day.

Prof. Gupta's model, on the other hand, predicted that just 1 in 1,000 of those infected with Covid-19 would need to go to hospital, and possibly an order of magnitude less. This would have placed the true mortality rate at 0.1% or lower, something much more like the flu and much less like a Hollywood disaster movie. Today, almost two months on, the problem with all of this is pretty much the same as it was then: we just don't have enough information.