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Four arrested for arson on the West Coast, one a 'regular attendee' of anti-cop rallies in Seattle

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© Monterey County Sheriff's Office
Four individuals — two in Washington, one in Oregon, and another in California — have been arrested for arson as firefighters battle dozens of blazes across the West Coast. One of the arrestees is reportedly a "regular attendee" of anti-police rallies in Seattle.

Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, has been accused of arson, partially sparking the massive Almeda fire, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. Oregon Live reported that he has been arrested on "two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment":
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday afternoon that on Tuesday evening, a resident of Phoenix saw a person, later identified as Bakkela, lighting a fire behind their house on Quail Lane. Because there was an impending blaze, the residents who saw him set the fire had to flee their home.


Bakkela was arrested and initially lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He remains in jail on the arson and criminal mischief charges.

Comment: This after the FBI said that reports of extremists starting the fires in Oregon were untrue. Why are arrests happening if the fires aren't the result of arson?

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'My child thought we were all going to die from Covid'

anxious child school
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Children feel a lot of pressure not to put their families' lives at risk due to Covid.
When a child at school tested positive for Covid, one mother did not foresee the emotional toll the incident would have on her son

The text message arrived at 9.30am last Friday: "A child in the class has tested positive for Covid-19. Please come and collect your own child immediately."

Six days into the start of term, it was the news every parent at the North London primary school had been dreading. But one of them, a mother-of-four whose son was among those sent home when his Year Four "bubble" shut down, did not foresee the emotional toll the incident would take on him.

"He had been sitting next to the infected child on Monday and Tuesday, until the school sent [the child] home coughing. My son was sobbing when he came out of school, and saying 'you're all going to die because I'm going to catch coronavirus and pass it to you and daddy, and it will all be my fault!'

Comment: The 'Covid generation' is likely to be the most psychologically messed up of any in recent memory. Well done, government.

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Chinese defector virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan publishes report claiming COVID-19 was made in a lab (UPDATE)

Dr. Li Meng-Yan
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Dr Li Meng-Yan has published her claims the coronavirus came from a military lab in China in a new report.
A virologist who fled China after studying the early outbreak of COVID-19 has published a new report claiming the coronavirus likely came from a lab.

Doctor Li-Meng Yan, a scientist who studied some of the available data on COVID-19 has published her claims on Zenodo, an open access digital platform. She wrote that she believed COVID-19 could have been "conveniently created" within a lab setting over a period of just six months, and "SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus".

Early reports of the origin of the coronavirus, or "spillover event", were that the virus jumped from animal to human within a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan sometime in late 2019.

Comment: More from the National Pulse:
The report opens by stating the common perception that the virus is natural "lacks substantial support" from a scientific perspective.

Dr. Yan appeared on The National Pulse show with Raheem Kassam last week to discuss the publication of the report. It is now available to read, below:

UPDATE: Is the study fake? See: Steve Bannon is behind bogus study that China created COVID

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No fun allowed: UK teen fined £10k after hosting 50 people at his home, as police issue Covid 'party weekend' warning

crowds Brighton UK britain
© Sky News
There were large crowds enjoying the sunshine in Brighton on Saturday
The head of the Police Federation warns of the "real risk" of people organising large gatherings ahead of stricter COVID-19 rules.

A teenager has been fined £10,000 after hosting 50 people at his home - as a senior police figure warned the public against having a "party weekend" before stricter coronavirus restrictions come into force.

Nottinghamshire Police said it had issued the hefty fine to a "reckless" 19-year-old man who staged the house party at his home in Lenton on Friday evening.

Forces have the power to fine people £10,000 for organising illegal gatherings of more than 30 people, with stricter rules banning groups of more than six people set to be introduced from Monday.

Comment: The British govt surely won't be able to keep a lid on things much longer.

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Eighty-eight percent of elite film critics love Cuties, compared to three percent of the audience

As of right now, a full 88 percent of critics approve of Cuties, Netflix's piece of soft-core child pornography, while only three percent of the audience agree.

That's not a typo.

Three percent.

Over the years, I've seen some wide gulfs between audience and critic at Rotten Tomatoes, but that probably takes the cake and the pie and the whole enchilada.

Keep in mind, Rotten Tomatoes has worked hard to game these scores to protect its Hollywood masters, and still it's 88 to three.


The one incredibly green thing Donald Trump has done: Cleaning up the USA's most toxic sites

PCB sign
© M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico
"Every one of these houses, I can tell you the people that has died," Susie Worley-Jenkins told me as she nosed her pickup down the steep ravine into her hometown. "A woman right there, she died, her dad died, her mom died. All with cancer."

Minden, West Virginia, is in a small holler — hollow, to non-Appalachians — and 40 years ago it was home to about 1,200 people. Today it's home to 250. There are around 25 homes on the main road into town, mostly low-slung or trailers, and we drove slowly so Worley-Jenkins had time to recount the dead.
"This woman here, she died of cancer. Her son's right there now, he's dying with bone cancer. And the woman there died of cancer. This guy and his wife both died with cancer; he bought this to fix it up. He was our sheriff."
Minden was born a coal town. Five decades ago, the Shaffer Equipment Company, which serviced the local coal industry, dumped its transformers into the abandoned mines above town. The machines were laced with extremely toxic industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as probable human carcinogens.

Comment: Politico does not often give the president more than passing credit for his leadership or humanitarian efforts. 54 Superfund sites were redeemed and Trump put corporations on the hook for cleanups that numbered 80% of the sites...that, in itself, is remarkable. Does everyone want these sites cleaned up? Yes. Has anyone else done it? No. Leading activist Lois Gibbs said: "You know the last time I saw something like this? Never." Green groups aren't about to focus on this Trump priority, neither will a Biden administration.

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The Left's extreme behavior is solidifying support for Trump. It's as if BLM was invented by Republicans

© 1 President Donald Trump • Rioters Getty Images AFP / Getty Images North America/David McNew/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Many people who previously would have never considered voting for Donald Trump will now do so due to the excesses of the social justice brigade. The Left's failure to understand basic human psychology could decide the election.

I've always considered myself a soft Liberal. But the last few months have really brought out my conservative side, and I'm not the only one. I've recently spoken to several working class people who were told they were being laid off just before getting an email saying the company was looking to "diversify its staff," and their responses were all the same: "F**k this, I'm voting for Trump."

One of my issues with social activism has always been that it centers around an idea and doesn't take basic human psychology into account. I understand that racism in America exists and should be eradicated. I understand and agree with the fact that there should be more people of color in white collar positions. I also understand that white, working-class people have families to feed and bills to pay, and that the only natural response to being fired and replaced by a person of color is to vote for Trump as a means of revenge.

Comment: Biden is 'acceptable under the circumstances'...really? How low are we talking about? Below bottom? Barely scraping? Trump gaining leftist votes, be it on merit or as an 'act of revenge', reveals a rapidly growing failure of confidence in a Biden presidency.


University criticized for removing David Hume's name amid racist 'distress' concerns

Hume statue
© Wikipedia
A statue of David Hume on Edinburgh's High Street.
The University of Edinburgh is to remove the name of David Hume from one of its campus buildings, citing concerns that the 18th century philosopher's views on race cause "distress" to modern day students. The building, which will be used as a student study space in the current academic year, will now be known as 40 George Square.

The university said that the decision, which it described as an interim measure, formed part of a wider review of its links to the past. However, the move has been criticised by several academics, including some employed by the university. They pointed out that Hume's wider writings offered profound insights into human nature and served as a source of inspiration to generations of thinkers.

It comes after growing criticism of Hume's views on race and his association with the slave trade, a reassessment of his legacy sparked in large part by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Comment: Cancelation of a 'dead genius' and important figure in Scottish Enlightenment, is causing as much, if not more, 'distress' to students and faculty. Here's what they say:
Holding thinkers of the past to the standards of the present is a difficult task. Hume's cancellation was met with disbelief online:
"Not sure they've really thought this through."

"The simple answer is that we judge people, including intellectuals like Hume, in the round, on their general contributions and accomplishments, not by seeking out any failing we can find and focussing all our attention on that."

The Black Lives Movement has become a purposed and funded color revolution of death and destruction, a very different kind of protest than the projection of fragile sensitivities to past-era nomenclature. To think that renaming historic monuments and building will protect against race riots or funded opposition is wishful thinking.

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Protesters set government building on fire in eastern Libya

Protest fire
© Hakeam el-Yamany via AP
Protesters set fire to tires, September 10, 2020, Benghazi, Libya
Protesters set fire to the government's headquarters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as rare demonstrations over living conditions and corruption continued in the east of the country for a third day.

The protests late on Saturday also erupted in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based, in Sabha in the south, and for the first time in Al-Marj, a stronghold of eastern based commander Khalifa Haftar, witnesses said.

Libya has been split into rival camps with parallel institutions in the east and west since 2014. Eastern Libya and much of the south is controlled by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which is aligned with a government and a rump parliament also based in the east.

A 14-month offensive by the LNA to take control of the capital, Tripoli, from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) crumbled in June, weakening Haftar.

Several hundred protesters turned out in the eastern towns to demonstrate against the political elite and over deteriorating living conditions that include lengthy power cuts and a severe banking crisis.

Comment: No rest for Libya as leadership resigns and protesters react:
An interim government in eastern Libya resigned on Sunday amid street protests that erupted across the divided country over dire living conditions, officials said.

Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani submitted the resignation of his government to Aguila Saleh, speaker of the eastern-based House of Representatives. Abdallah Abaihig, a spokesman for the parliament, confirmed the government's resignation, saying lawmakers would review it in their next meeting. No date set for the session.

The parliament on Friday accused the Central Bank and government in the capital of Tripoli of "plundering" the country and neglecting the east, in apparent efforts to deflect blame for the deterioration of public services.

The U.N. Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL, said at least one civilian was reportedly killed and three others were wounded.


Blocking emergency room, wishing death on ambushed officers: The final straw in BLM's PR suicide?

BLM hospital officers shot ambulance
© Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times
BLM protesters converged on the area surrounding St. Francis Medical Center attempting to block the ambulances taking two sheriff’s deputies to be treated after being shot.
Black Lives Matter may finally have found its bridge too far - the point of absurdity and overreaching vileness that finally destroys support for the "Marxist" political movement in all but the most extreme reaches of the left.

BLM has offered up many self-fails in recent weeks, the sort of anecdotes that stick in the minds of observers and turn the tide of public opinion against a cause that millions of Americans were eager to support initially. Even more than the group's nonsensical demands -- such as defunding police departments and "remaking" the US political system - its tactics are making it impossible for politically independent Americans to support.

Those tactics have included spreading false rumors about an Aug. 10 police shooting in Chicago, then racing downtown to loot the city's most posh retailers, then defending the theft as "reparations." Then there was the mob attack on a white motorist in Portland, who was pulled from his truck and brutally beaten before being left motionless in the street, and the torching of black-owned businesses around the nation.