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Portland violence continues, protesters invade suburbs despite claim that 'if feds leave, we'll leave'

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Despite claims to the contrary, protests and violence have continued in Portland following the withdrawal of federal police. Tear gas and flashbang grenades were used to disperse crowds that have now moved to the city's suburbs.

Local authorities declared a riot for the second night in a row on Wednesday, as violence continued in the city for the 70th consecutive night since the death of Geroge Floyd in police custody.

A crowd of approximately 100 people gathered outside the Portland Police East Precinct shortly after 9pm, growing to over 200 shortly thereafter.

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Poll shows 81% of black Americans want police to spend same or MORE amount of time in their neighborhoods but want improvement in interactions

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© Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune
Chicago police patrol the streets in 2013.
When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans -- 61% -- want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.

Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they'd like them to spend less time there (19%).

Bullseye

Society's obsession with the 'n-word' ignores the real issues plaguing black communities & encourages racial division

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Multiple public figures have landed in hot water in the last week for using the 'n-word' in the context of condemning its use. Such an absurd catch-22 is emblematic of a sick society in which wokeness is used to control behavior.

Perhaps the most notorious racial slur in the English language, the "n-word" is generally considered anathema in US and UK society. This is 2020; we're supposed to have moved beyond using race and ethnicity as insults.

But the pre-Civil Rights era is resurfacing in strange ways: 'woke' agitators are pushing for everything from reinstituting segregation in schools to purging controversial figures from history, all in the name of (supposedly) improving race relations.

Instead of making race irrelevant, as civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. hoped to do, they've appointed it the most important attribute that can define a person. Accordingly, racial slurs have been elevated from venal to mortal sin, and the n-word has once again become a lightning rod for controversy.

Eye 1

LA mayor vows to cut water & power to homes that host 'large parties'

Eric Garcetti
© Reuters / Jason Lee; Reuters / Lucy Nicholson; Reuters / Regis Duvignau
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has warned that residents hosting large home gatherings can expect their water and power utilities to be cut, a sharp escalation of the city's strict Covid-19 measures amid a series of recent house parties.

Starting on Friday, Garcetti said that the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) would shut off service to properties where there are "egregious" violations of local health orders, pointing to house parties in the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas in recent weeks, which he said were held in "flagrant" defiance of the law.

"While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs," the mayor said on Wednesday, vowing to treat residential homes the same as businesses that skirt health guidelines.

"You're breaking the law. Just as we can shut down bars breaking alcohol laws, in places that are in criminal violation, we can shut them down."


If Los Angeles police confirm violations have taken place after "repeat complaints," law enforcement will contact the DWP to cut service to the home in question, Garcetti said, noting that county health inspectors and other city officials would also be on the lookout for those hosting banned gatherings. Asked about the legality of the move by a local reporter, the mayor insisted it is "rooted in strong law," saying he had consulted with city attorneys.

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Attention

5 Ways "the New Normal" is Getting Worse and Worse

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It's been a big few days for the New Normal narrative and, through the deliberately cultivated haze of confusion, it's not hard to see the world they want to build is taking shape.

1. Australia's Curfew

The state of Victoria, and the city of Melbourne, have declared a "state of disaster" and instituted a lockdown and curfew. The state's 6.3 million inhabitants, nearly 5 million in the city, have to follow these restrictions:
  • Workplaces and shops that are not deemed essential will close or reduce their hours from Wednesday midnight but services such as supermarkets, petrol stations and doctors will remain open.
  • "Permitted" or essential workers will have to carry a special permit to work outside the home.
  • There is a nightly curfew in force: between the hours of 8pm and 5am you cannot leave home except for work or to get or provide urgent care.
  • You must stay within five kilometres of your home to shop or exercise.
  • If you leave the house to exercise, it should be for only one hour each day.
  • While up to two people can still exercise together, people should shop on their own - groups in public, even from the same household, are no longer allowed.
  • Schools will shift to remote learning except for vulnerable students and children of permitted workers.
  • Childcare centres will close to all but vulnerable children and those of essential workers.
  • Funerals can continue with a maximum of 10 people but weddings are off except for rare, compassionate reasons.
Since march, Australia has had 247 Covid19 deaths, across the entire country. The median age of these deaths is over 80.

Pumpkin

How Seth Rogen's serious concerns about human rights and Zionism have turned into dispiriting Jewish shtik

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Seth Rogen attends the premiere of the rom-com “Long Shot” at SXSW.
The Seth Rogen story is really one of the more dispiriting stories we've ever covered on this site, and I need to say why.

Last week, of course, the Hollywood actor and producer did a podcast with a comedian, Marc Maron, in which he said that Israel "makes no sense," that the Jewish state is an "antiquated," "ridiculous" idea and that Jews are safer being spread out, not collected. Also: Rogen said he had been fed a "huge" number of lies about Israel in Jewish day school in Vancouver, including that there were no Palestinians in Israel and that the door was just open for Jews to rebuild a homeland.

These are all very serious statements. And Rogen said, "I'm afraid of Jews" in making them. Because that's who would come down on him. Even though he ought to have autonomy, as a famous Jew.

We were the first to report the comments, and our traffic exploded, and Seth Rogen trended on Twitter. He began walking it back then, saying people didn't know how to take a joke, and the quotes were out of context.

Comment: See also: Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on ethnic cleansing, Seth Rogen says, but he's afraid to tell other Jews


Bizarro Earth

Video shows man attacked in Paris launderette for telling customer to wear mask

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Screenshot of the video
A man using a launderette in a Paris suburb says he was beaten by two men with baseball bats in front of his young children after asking a customer to put on a face mask.

Masks are obligatory inside all public places in France to combat a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

The alleged victim, named only as Augustin, 44, told French television he was folding up his washing in the launderette on Sunday afternoon with his children aged five and seven when a man entered without a mask.

He said the man replied "I'll do what I want" when asked to put one on. A row then reportedly broke out. The non-mask-wearing customer left the premises north of the French capital.

Comment: See also: Everything You Think You Know About Coronavirus...


Fire

The Beirut blast adds insult to the injury of Lebanon's plummeting currency & crumbling economy

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© Sputnik / Zahra El-Amir
Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in Beirut, Lebanon
A devastating explosion of around 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a Beirut port warehouse since 2014 shattered the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, claiming the lives of at least 100 people and leaving more than 4,000 wounded. Lebanese observers have shed light on the tragedy as well as its impact on the people and the country.

The blast came out of the blue, like one of Lebanese essayist Nassim Taleb's famous "black swans", hitting the country's already plunging economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. With a destroyed port, demolished buildings, and a blown-out main grain silo, the damage amounts to billions of dollars in Beirut alone. In the aftermath of the explosion, the Lebanese government rushed to allocate 100 billion lira ($66 million) in emergency funds to cope with the unfolding crisis.

Comment: No one will say it, but U.S. sanctions, encouraged by Israel, have a great deal to do with Lebanon's economic suffering:


Fire

Massive fire breaks out at market in Emirate of Ajman, UAE

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Massive fires are not uncommon in the UAE in the summer, when the daytime air temperature rises above 50 degrees Celsius.

A major fire broke out in a marketplace in an industrial zone in the Emirate of Ajman in north-eastern UAE on 5 August, the Emirati newspaper Al Khaleej reported.

According to The National, the blaze erupted at the market at about 06:30 p.m. local time (14:30 GMT). The area has been closed for several months as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Chess

Ghislaine Maxwell has 'a lot of information' on Epstein's powerful connections - producer

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Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell has "a lot of information" about powerful people with connections to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the producer of a new documentary has claimed.

The British socialite is known to have been an ex-girlfriend of Epstein and is alleged to have recruited multiple young women to be sexually abused by him.

She was arrested on July 2 in the US on federal charges of trafficking minors and will stand trial next year - prosecutors have also alleged she participated in the abuse.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.

Comment: Trump commented on Ghislaine Maxwell being arrested in a recent HBO interview:
"Her friend, or boyfriend, was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She's now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I'd wish you well. I'd wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty."
He also made mention of the question of whether Epstein committed suicide or something else:
People are still trying to figure out how did it happen: Was it suicide? Was he killed?