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Antifa riot in Tacoma declared an 'unlawful assembly', after vandalism to downtown businesses, vehicles and courthouse

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Antifa continued its destruction of Seattle despite Biden's election win
At 7pm on Sunday night, Antifa activists assembled near Frost Park in downtown Tacoma, Washington, to protest the Tacoma police officer who struck two while trying to escape a mob who were attacking his police cruiser on Saturday night. The 29 year veteran of the department was placed on leave pending an investigation.

Following the original incident, Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at the scene and Antifa members were seen lighting fires in intersections and worked to prevent people from taking video of their activities.

Stock Down

Lockdowns cost 4 times more jobs than 2009 financial crisis, worse than the Great Depression

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World shed equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020, United Nations said.
The coronavirus pandemic took a huge toll on global jobs last year, the United Nations said Monday, with the equivalent of more than a quarter of a billion lost.


Comment: This is not because of a virus, it's because of the lockdowns.


In a fresh study, the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) found that a full 8.8 percent of global working hours were lost in 2020, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

That is equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs, or "approximately four times greater than the number lost during the 2009 global financial crisis," the ILO said in a statement.

Comment: RT reports the predictable fact that the lockdowns have made the super rich, even richer, and the rest of us, poorer:
Recession is over for the richest few, while billions will live in poverty for at least a decade - Oxfam

The report, called 'The Inequality Virus', was published on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is being held virtually this year. It showed that the 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their coronavirus losses within just nine months, but "it could take more than a decade for the world's poorest to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic."

"The rigged economic system is enabling a super-rich elite to amass wealth in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression while billions of people are struggling to make ends meet," the report said.


It's likely the same happened during the great recession, it certainly was the case during the financial crash of 2009.


Rising inequality means it could take at least 14 times longer for the number of people living in poverty to return to pre-pandemic levels than it took for the fortunes of the top 1,000 billionaires to bounce back, Oxfam explained. The billionaires' total wealth hit $11.95 trillion in December 2020, equivalent to G20 governments' total Covid-19 recovery spending.

According to the report, the world's 10 richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the pandemic began. That is "more than enough to pay for a Covid-19 vaccine for everyone and to ensure no one is pushed into poverty by the pandemic." At the same time, the pandemic has ushered in the worst job crisis in over 90 years with hundreds of millions of people now underemployed or out of work.

"We stand to witness the greatest rise in inequality since records began. The deep divide between the rich and poor is proving as deadly as the virus," Gabriela Bucher, executive director of Oxfam International, said.
We've still yet to see the true impact the lockdowns have had on the economy. This is particularly true in the Western world where governments raid public funds for massive furlough schemes. It's likely that the new normal will feature an intensified campaign of budget cuts which will leave the vast majority of people at the mercy of the government and its handouts, and at the same time further consolidating their tyrannical control: For further insight into the corona-con, check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Covid By Numbers




Briefcase

Dominion Voting Systems hits Rudy Giuliani with $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit

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Trump lawyer Rudi Giuliani • The Supreme Court
Dominion Voting Systems has filed a 107-page lawsuit against Trump campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of defaming the company and harming its ability to conduct business in the future by publicly making a number of false statements about its equipment.

Giuliani becomes the latest defendant in a lawsuit filed by Dominion, joining pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and the Trump campaign, all of whom now face potential financial consequences for their public claims about the company.

The company claims in its lawsuit that it has had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra security for employees as a result of Giuliani's defamatory statements, as well as over $1 million responding to claims made by the various defendants after the election.

Comment: Associated Press expands:
The company faced such a mountain of threats and criticism that one of its top executives went into hiding. The suit is based on statements Giuliani made on Twitter, in conservative media and during legislative hearings where the former mayor of New York claimed the voting machine company conspired to flip votes to President Joe Biden.

"For Dominion — whose business is producing and providing voting systems for elections — there are no accusations that could do more to damage Dominion's business or to impugn Dominion's integrity, ethics, honesty, and financial integrity," the lawsuit says. "Giuliani's statements were calculated to — and did in fact — provoke outrage and cause Dominion enormous harm."

The lawsuit argues that Giuliani worked in concert with Trump supporters and lawyers Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood and conservative media outlets "determined to promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election."

Dominion has also sued Powell, who claimed that the company was created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late leader Hugo Chavez and that it has the ability to switch votes.
Giuliani has made a statement regarding the lawsuit:
"Dominion's defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely. The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously. As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights." — Rudy Giuliani



USA

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for Governor of Arkansas: 'America is at stake'

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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Former WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her intent to run for governor of Arkansas on Monday.

Sanders released a video on Monday morning officially announcing her bid following reports over the weekend that she planned to jump into the race. She resigned her post in the Trump administration in June 2019.

Sanders began her video with an anecdote of meeting a soldier in Iraq while working under former President Donald Trump. She went on to say the "radical left" has taken control of Washington, D.C., and that state governors are now the "last line of defense."
"America is great because we are free, but today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack. I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We've seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans."

Arrow Up

California lifts its regional stay-at-home order, returning to county-based restrictions

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Empty tables in Walnut Creek, CA
California's Regional Stay-at-Home order was lifted Monday for all regions, including Southern California, the state's public health department said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected to make an announcement later Monday at a news conference that the Stay-at-Home Order will be lifted. The move means a return to restrictions based on conditions in each county after what officials said are positive signs about the virus' spread.

The county-based system includes a color-coded tiered guide to reopening and allows counties to impose restrictions that are even stricter than the state-imposed order.
Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer said:
"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives. Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner."
The statewide order was based on regional numbers, such as intensive care unit capacity, and included the San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order, state health officials said Monday.

The Sacramento Region left the order on Jan. 12 and the Northern California region was never under the statewide order.

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Pirates

Male 'transjacking' will ultimately cause the extinction of women's sports

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In 2016, Therese Johaug, a Norwegian three-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion, received an 18-month suspension from the sport she loved after it was discovered that the team-approved lip balm she was using to treat her badly sunburned lips contained a performance-enhancing steroid.

A devastated Johaug lamented, "I feel I did everything right. I went to an expert who gave me the ointment, and I asked him if the cream was on a doping list. The answer I got was 'no.'"

But the powers that be were undeterred from their well-established hard line of fairness, and Johaug was forced to watch the 2018 winter Olympics from the sidelines.

It's an unfortunate set of circumstances that raises the question: If chemicals from a necessary, medicated lip balm can be construed as such an unjust physical advantage, how on Earth can athletic authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the litany of physical advantages the transgender men increasingly competing in women's sports so obviously possess in their male bodies?

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Yellow Vest

Lockdown protests rage in 25 cities across The Netherlands - Police fight back with water cannons, beatings and mass arrests

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A police officer holds a dog during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on January 24, 2021.
Some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread to at least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots.

Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Venlo, Stein, Roermond, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across the nation for the second day in a row on Sunday.

At least 190 people, including minors, were detained in Amsterdam alone, where some 1,500 protesters gathered at the central Museum Square, according to local media.


Comment: There are reports that protests have erupted again this evening against the curfew.


Throughout the West we're seeing the police willingly become the enforcers of the government's tyrannical lockdown measures: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Covid By Numbers


Update 26 January 2021

The protests continued for a third night.


Attention

Six people shot dead, including pregnant woman and unborn child, in Indiana 'mass murder'

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Six people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, were shot and killed on Sunday in an Indianapolis home in what law enforcement called a targeted attack.

Police were called to the scene around 4 a.m. on Sunday to investigate reports of one shooting victim, a juvenile male, according to the Associated Press. As officers investigated the shooting, they received additional information that led them to a home nearby, where they found five people dead.

Indiana Metropolitan Police Sgt. Shane Foley called the event a "mass murder" and a "different kind of evil."

Newspaper

'Please, don't cancel New York Times subscription,' says former editor sacked after her 'chills' for Biden infuriated some readers

The New York Times office in the Manhattan
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The New York Times office in the Manhattan.
The Gray Lady has sacked its editor, who was criticized for expressing excitement with the landing of Joe Biden's plane before inauguration. The journalist asked supporters not to cancel their subscriptions.

Lauren Wolfe stirred online anger on Tuesday by sharing her feelings about Joe Biden's arrival at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for his upcoming inauguration ceremony. She called the Trump administration "petty" and "childish" over a widely reported (and later revealed to be false) claim that it denied Biden a military plane to arrive in DC. Wolfe said she had "chills" seeing Biden's private jet land.

The awkwardly-worded tweet apparently not only caused Wolfe humiliation due to online mockery, but also cost her her job as an editor at the New York Times. The Gray Lady has canceled her contract, she confirmed on Twitter. HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali was the first to report the news.

Comment: It sounds like they were looking for an excuse to fire her. It's unlikely that the Times would have given in to a conservative outrage mob, since that's not even close to their target audience.

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TV

Psychologists accuse UK government of using 'unethical' fear tactics on people to enforce lockdown

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'If you go out... people will die"
A group of 47 psychologists has claimed this amounts to a strategic decision "to inflate the fear levels of the British public", which it states is "ethically murky" and has left people too afraid to leave their homes for medical appointments. Led by former NHS consultant psychologist Dr Gary Sidley, the experts have written to the British Psychological Society (BPS) claiming the strategy is "morally questionable."

In response the government has vehemently denied using covert techniques, saying it's public information campaigns have been "transparent" and necessary to set out "clear instructions" on how the spread of the virus can be delayed.

It has admitted to communicating public information campaigns 17 per week on average during the peak of the pandemic in order to reach an estimated 95 per cent of adults.

Comment: The coordinated psychological warfare is widespread, here's Canada's Christmas contribution:

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