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Nigeria on the brink as police open fire on anti-police brutality protesters and looting becomes widespread

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Crowds looted a warehouse believed to be storing food supplies for distribution during Covid lockdowns
Nigeria's chief of police has ordered the immediate mobilisation of all police resources to put an end to days of street violence and looting.

Mohammed Adamu said criminals had hijacked anti-police brutality protests and taken over public spaces.

A new wave of looting was reported on Sunday, a day after Mr Adamu ordered police to end the "violence, killings, looting and destruction of property".

Protests calling for an end to police brutality began on 7 October.

The demonstrations, dominated by young people, started with calls for a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), to be disbanded.


Comment: SARS. That's pretty ironic, given how The Covid plays into all this mass social unrest.


2 + 2 = 4

If they won't fully reopen schools, despite what science says, when will they?

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A child walks past PS 20, a school closed in the Kew Gardens COVID-19 hot spot.
Last week, some fantastic news from the science world should've given full-time-schooling advocates real hope. Instead, officials are signaling that we may never return to full in-person learning, at least not like pre-COVID.

A New York Times piece, "Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say," concluded that, yes, the science says kids should be in school. "The bulk of evidence now suggests only limited transmission from young children to adults."

That evidence, of course, has existed for months, but the Times piece brought it home for nonbelievers.

Meanwhile, at the Wall Street Journal, David R. Henderson and Ryan Sullivan pointed to new research that shows infection rates in schools to be far lower than in the general population.

Galaxy

Self-played: Humanity has trolled itself into an awaken-or-die situation

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Zen Buddhism is full of stories about practitioners staring death in the face in order to cut through their mental habits and force a direct confrontation with the fundamental matter. Monks doing zazen on a cliff's edge to keep themselves alert, rōshis telling frustrated students to kill themselves if they cannot achieve satori by next sunrise, students taking death vows if they fail to awaken within a given period of time, etc.

In Helen Tworkov's Zen in America for example we are told of "the monk who sat with a stick of incense in one hand and a knife in the other and vowed to kill himself if he didn't get enlightened by the time the incense burned out. As always — at least in the stories that are passed down — he got it just in time, pushed to the breaking point by the pain of the burning stub."

In a very real sense, I think this is kind of what humanity is collectively doing to itself right now.

Comment: For further consideration: MindMatters: Wake Up! Gurdjieff on Sleep, Knowledge and Politics


Cow

Comedian Chelsea Handler: I had to remind my ex-boyfriend black people can't vote Trump

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Self-absorbed leftist comedian Chelsea Handler went viral on Friday night's Tonight Show when she disparaged ex-boyfriend 50 Cent for endorsing the president: "I had to remind him that he was a black person, so he can't vote for Donald Trump."

She had been lamenting that she's been very vicious to her assistant, but host Jimmy Fallon asked Handler if she watched the Trump-Biden debate. "I took myself out to dinner instead of watching the debate, because I've heard that idiot talk for four years and I don't need to hear him say another word!" Fallon laughed like she was incredibly funny. She continued: "I mean, seriously. My blood pressure, you could already tell when I get enervated, it's not good for anybody. So I can't watch him talk, no thanks."

Then she brought up 50 Cent (real name: Curtis James Jackson III). MRC's Brent Baker had a very popular tweet with the video of Hander's white-splaining:

Comment: A middle-aged white woman must explain to a black man what he should do because he can't make up his own mind and know what's best for himself. Sounds like Handler has a racist belief system hiding underneath her Trump Derangement Syndrome.


Airplane

Delta Airlines bans 460 anti-maskers

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In a new memo, Delta Air Lines says it has banned more than 400 people from flying for not following the airline's mask policy.

"As of this week, we've added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement," Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a message to employees.

In August, the airline said it had banned roughly 270 passengers since the outset of the pandemic. Delta (DAL) began requiring that passengers wear masks on flights on May 4. All major airlines now mandate that passengers wear masks in the absence of any new regulations from the federal government.

Airlines in June agreed to ban passengers from future flights for refusing to wear masks. But the airlines are not sharing information with one another about the passengers they have banned. So, for example, a passenger banned on Delta can still book a flight on American (AAL) and vice versa.

Comment: See also: Objective:Health - Are Face Masks Ineffective and Dangerous?


Eye 1

Escape from Wales? Britain's most severe lockdown

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The Welsh government will announce its next move on Monday
Police checkpoints, supermarkets sealing off shelves of "non-essential" goods, a police state the likes of which nobody in Wales has experienced since the 13th century.
Big Government Bans Supermarkets from Selling 'Non Essentials' in Lockdown Wales

Wales's First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that supermarkets will not be able to sell 'non-essential' goods like clothing during a 17-day lockdown.

From 6 pm on Friday to midnight on November 9th, Wales will see many retailers close, apart from shops which sell food like supermarkets, as well as pharmacies and off-licences.

Comment: It may be that Wales is a test by the establishment, in the same way that numerous European countries enforced similar 'local' lockdowns within a few days of each other. However, there is a pushback brewing: Manchester mayor rejects UK govts 'experimental lockdown that own advisors don't think will work'

Just some of the footage of the many protests against the lockdown throughout Europe:

Poland:


Barcelona:


Berlin:


Naples:


Sicily:


Ireland:


Melbourne:




Oil Well

Winter in Hell: CNN's Daniel Dale admits Trump 'correct' on Biden's anti-fracking stance

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For CNN's liberal fact-checker Daniel Dale to admit that President Donald Trump was "correct" about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's fracking stance must have been a hard pill to swallow for the network.

During CNN's post-debate analysis, Anderson Cooper 360° anchor Anderson Cooper pointed out that Trump went after "Biden on the issue of fracking to extract oil and gas." Cooper then showed a clip of the Trump-Biden exchange on fracking, where Biden claimed that he "never said 'I oppose fracking.'" Cooper then appeared to try to lead Dale into giving the answer he wanted by saying, "Daniel, he [Biden] then later on added that he had called for an end to fracking on federal land." Dale then dropped a bomb on CNN talking heads: "In this case, Trump is correct. Biden did make anti-fracking comments during the Democratic primary in 2019 and 2020. Trump was not lying." [Emphasis added.]

Comment: See also: Biden claims Trump 'lies' about Biden wanting to ban fracking


Handcuffs

'Dissolve the police!' Protesters hit streets of San Bernardino after police killing of armed black man during altercation

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Protesters have flooded the streets of San Bernardino, California, one day after a police killing of a black man. Police said the victim, who had a gun, was shot after he overpowered an officer and took out his own weapon.

Scores of Black Lives Matter demonstrators amassed in front of the King Tut liquor store in San Bernardino on Friday evening to protest the killing of Mark Matthew Bender, a black man, who was shot and killed there by a responding officer a day before.

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Music

Kanye West: Only 'racist' liberals think 'black people can't make decisions for ourselves'

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Rapper, fashion mogul, and presidential candidate Kanye West called out "racist" liberals during his recent interview with Joe Rogan, saying that they regularly condescend to black people by assuming they are unable to make decisions for themselves.

Kanye West made the remarks during the latest installment of The Joe Rogan Experience that went live on Saturday. During the rambling, nearly three-hour conversation, West touched on numerous subjects including the music and fashion industries, his foray into politics, and the condition of black people in America.

"One of the most racist things that liberals who pride themselves on not being racist have said to me, like, 'you're going to split the black vote,'" West said. "That makes it seem like black people can't make decisions for ourselves."

Comment: More from RT:
Kanye tells Rogan it's his 'calling' from God to be president - but if not, he's happy to run for California governor over Newsom
24 Oct, 2020 22:44

In a wide-ranging interview with Joe Rogan, rapper and independent presidential candidate Kanye West says it is his calling "to be the leader of the free world," but he's also open to being governor of California.

Though he's running for president, former Donald Trump supporter West says taking over a smaller, though still significant, political office has also "been an idea people throw at me."

Briefly discussing Ronald Reagan's journey from California governor to president, West said the office could be an option for him.

"I believe that my calling to be leader of the free world, but if it's in God's plan that part of my path is to be governor then that's fine," the rapper said.

Rogan, a frequent critic of Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, was encouraging of the idea and said "anybody would be better than this guy."

"Give it a shot. Open things up again," he said.

Rogan is one of many public figures to make a recent move out of California. He now lives in Austin, Texas.

Talking more about his "calling," West said the idea of being president was "something God put in my heart back in 2015."

West, whose independent run for president this year has been highly criticized by Democrats looking to unseat Trump, said that many took it as a "joke" when he announced his intentions, and tried to discourage him from running, including major Democrat Party donor Oprah Winfrey.

West said that Trump winning the presidency in 2016 had proven that people "coming from outside of politics" could make it to the Oval Office.

"There couldn't be a better time to put a visionary in the captain's chair," he said of his potential as president.

"I listen and I'm empathetic. I feel the entire Earth and I feel us as a species, the human race," he continued, adding that he wants "world peace" and that it's time for the US to "innovate."


Since announcing his candidacy over the summer, West has faced accusations of running a spoiler campaign to hurt Joe Biden's chances at defeating Trump, something he has denied on multiple occasions.

The rapper has made multiple state ballots, including Tennessee and Colorado, but he is a write-in candidate in most states, making the likelihood of his winning a major longshot. He has, however, claimed he can beat Biden "off of write-ins."


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Newspaper

UK government struck £119m Covid advertising deal weeks before first lockdown

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Ministers struck a deal worth up to £119m with one of the world's biggest marketing companies for a Covid campaign three weeks before the country went into a national lockdown, official filings show.

The Cabinet Office signed the contract with London-based OMD Group, a subsidiary of US ad titan Omnicom, on March 2 - the same day Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended his first pandemic-related Cobra meeting - as the Government began to gear up its response to the crisis.

Although the UK did not go into lockdown until March 23, the outline of its communications strategy appears to have been agreed weeks in advance.

The agreement referred to three "tiers" of messaging that the Government wanted to get across to the public, including telling people to "Stay Home, Stay Safe", reminding them to wash their hands regularly and promoting healthy lifestyle habits during periods of isolation.

It also referenced marketing campaigns to communicate emergency economic measures.