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Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote

Benalmádena  Spain
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Benalmádena, Spain. The biggest jump in migration was to Spain, where an estimated 380,000 British nationals live.
The number of British nationals emigrating to other EU countries has risen by 30% since the Brexit referendum, with half making their decision to leave in the first three months after the vote, research has found.

Analysis of data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat shows that migration from Britain to EU states averaged 56,832 people a year in 2008-15, growing to 73,642 a year in 2016-18.

The study also shows a 500% increase in those who made the move and then took up citizenship in an EU state. Germany saw a 2,000% rise, with 31,600 Britons naturalising there since the referendum.

"These increases in numbers are of a magnitude that you would expect when a country is hit by a major economic or political crisis," said Daniel Auer, co-author of the study by Oxford University in Berlin and the Berlin Social Science Center.

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These 'inconvenient' data patterns destroy the established coronavirus narrative

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No matter what position you take on lockdowns, masks, Hydroxychloroquine, or any other COVID-related issue, there's a doctor or expert out there whose opinion you can easily grab and use to bolster your case. Indeed, most people have formed their opinions on what should be done about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and consequently have decided which "experts" they want to listen to, follow on social media, and share material from.

For better or worse, to a large degree, we're firmly entrenched in our own echo chambers. So to a degree, appealing to authority is almost a moot point at this point in the game, whether your "authority" is the CDC and WHO, who have consistently been wrong more than they have been right, or that group of doctors who were censored and even dismissed from jobs last week for daring to express an unpopular yet sincerely held medical opinion.

What isn't a moot point, however, is observable patterns, which exist independently of what any of the "experts" have to say. Now I'm no doctor, and neither are most of you, but I am a functioning, thinking adult with at least half a brain (some of you may dispute this, and you're certainly entitled to your opinion!).

I'm also capable of analyzing statistics, reading charts, and noticing patterns. And the patterns I'm noticing have me scratching my head. As someone who doesn't sit well with cognitive dissonance, media gaslighting, and especially governmental overreach, if I'm being told I shouldn't or can't go out and that I'm not allowed to breathe free air when I do, the evidence on the ground should damn-well comport with the "logic" they are giving us to justify their extreme measures. But they aren't, not in any observable, logical way.


Minneapolis Police Department advises residents to give in to criminals

Minneapolis policeman
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The Minneapolis Police Department is advising residents of the city to
"Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet" if approached by robbers, and "Do not argue or fight with the criminal. Do as they say."
The "robbery prevention tips" were circulated by the department and reported by local ABC affiliate KSTP-5. They advise that the city is suffering an increase in robberies and carjackings, especially in the 3rd Precinct — the area of the city in which George Floyd was killed in police custody on Memorial Day, and rioters destroyed police headquarters.

Comment: Persons of reason (with acumen apparently higher than MPD) chimed in to say these were not the prevention tips they were hoping for:

Bombarded with criticism across the board, the Minneapolis police think again and backpedal their statement:
However, the department has now attempted to distance itself from the statement after it achieved notoriety, drawing criticism from countless commentators, activists, and lawyers as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump Jr:
MPD's directive to obey criminals "appears to not have gone through the proper channels before release," according to a statement from department spokesman John Elder. "There is not a prescribed way to respond to being a victim of a crime. People have different capabilities and each incident is different," he added.

The police spokesman also specified that Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was not responsible for his department's previous email to the citizens of Minneapolis.

"Chief Arradondo later sent out a statement referencing the uptick in crimes in that area. Chief Arradondo sent out an update on enforcement activities later that week. Chief Arradondo was not consulted nor did he send out the original message from the crime prevention specialist," said Monday's statement from the MPD.

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This statement issued by MPD spokesman John Elder on the afternoon of August 3, 2020.
Note: Alpha News requested clarification regarding the word "appears" in Elder's statement, seeking to understand if MPD will ever confirm whether or not its previous statement was sent without proper authorization. An update will be published should he do so.
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Ex-US Marine Whelan, convicted of espionage in Russia, changes jails as US is 'not interested' in swap

Paul Whelan
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Paul Whelan in the Lefortovo court in Moscow
Paul Whelan, imprisoned in Russia on spy charges, will serve his sentence in Russia's Republic of Mordovia, about 500km east of Moscow. It had been rumored he was likely to be swapped with the US for Russians.

The convicted spy, who holds American, British, Canadian, and Irish passports, was found guilty in June by a Moscow court on charges of espionage and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He was arrested in December 2018 after receiving a USB device from an undercover FSB officer, containing sensitive information. Whelan maintains that he was set up, and thought the memory stick contained photos of a tourist trip.

According to Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service, the former Marine is being moved on a prison train from Moscow's Lefortovo detention center to prison IK-17 - a seven-hour drive from Moscow. Despite being convicted almost two months ago, he was not immediately transported out of pre-trial detention.

Comment: Having not appealed his verdict, Whelan must now decide if he will ask for clemency:
"We just visited Paul (on Tuesday morning) at the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center (in Moscow), where he made the final decision not to appeal his sentence and wrote a statement," his attorney Olga Karlova told news agency TASS. Karlova added that her client does not trust the Russian justice system and believes another trial is pointless.

US authorities have insisted the ex-Marine is not spy. Whelan has described himself as "more like Mr Bean, than James Bond."

Last week, US ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said that the US was not looking for an exchange, but rather "justice" for Whelan.

A notable feature of the saga has been restrained reporting from the US press, which typically would give a case of this nature massive coverage. This has raised eyebrows in Moscow media circles. As for 4pm Moscow time Moscow on Tuesday, neither CNN nor The New York Times carried the story on their website front pages.
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Survey finds nearly half of Germans in favor of US military withdrawal

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Ramstein, located in Germany is the largest U.S. military base in the world
People in Germany are largely in favor of US troops withdrawing from their country, a recent survey has revealed. The data showed that voters and politicians tend to disagree on the matter.

Nearly half of people in Germany are in favor of a US plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 of its troops from the European country, according to a representative survey by the research institute YouGov shared Tuesday.

Some 47% of survey respondents said they supported reducing the number of US soldiers in Germany. One in four was in favor of all US soldiers leaving.

Just 28% thought the number of US troops should remain the same and only 4% were in favor of increasing their numbers. Another 21% declined to answer.

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Tests reveal 2.5% of Italians had COVID-19, far more in the north

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Antibody testing in Italy indicates that nearly 1.5 million people, or about 2.5% of the population, have had the coronavirus. But officials said Monday that huge geographic variations in the results confirmed a nationwide lockdown was "absolutely crucial" to preventing the country's south from getting slammed as badly as its north.

Comment: Nonsense. There's no data suggesting lockdowns were effective at anything.

The Health Ministry and the national statistics agency based their assessment on tests performed May 25-July 15 on a sample of nearly 65,000 Italians selected for their location, age and type of work. The government carried out the testing to understand how widely the virus circulated in the first country in the West to be overwhelmed by COVID-19, given that the bulk of confirmed cases and deaths occurred in northern Italy.

The sampling indicated that 1.482 million Italians nationwide had come into contact with the virus and developed an immunological response to it, six times more than Italy's reported number of confirmed cases, said Linda Laura Sabbadini, a director at the Italian National Institute of Statistics, or ISTAT.

Comment: And the true number is probably 4-8x higher than that, given natural immunity. It wasn't the lockdown, it was that the herd immunity threshold was reached.

But there were significant geographic disparities: An estimated 7.5% of the Lombardy region's residents had virus antibodies versus 1.9% in neighboring Veneto. Within Lombardy, sharp differences also emerged from province to province: Some 24% of Bergamo residents developed virus antibodies, but only 5.1% of residents did a few provinces over in Pavia.


Chicago state rep wants history classes abolished since they 'lead to white privilege and a racist society'

Rep LaShawn K. Ford
Democratic state Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said history classes in Illinois public schools lead to "white privilege and a racist society" — and he wants them ended until the state can come up with a history curriculum that better represents the contributions of minorities and women, WLS-TV reported.

"I'm calling for the abolishment of history classes in Illinois," Ford said at an Evanston news conference Sunday with other leaders, the station noted. "We're concerned that current school history teachings lead to white privilege and a racist society."

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Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance

man sitting on bench, facemask, social distancing
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New arrivals to Singapore won't necessarily have to quarantine at a government facility during the pandemic - some, including residents, will receive an electronic monitoring device that will alert authorities if they leave home.

Singapore announced on Monday that it will track incoming travelers coming from a select group of countries - including residents and citizens - with electronic monitoring devices, starting on August 11.

Authorities framed the trackers as a positive for travelers, noting they would allow recipients to self-isolate at home instead of quarantining in a government facility. New arrivals will be ordered to activate the devices upon reaching home, at which point they are programmed to alert the authorities should the user try to leave or tamper with the device.

Comment: This is literally putting people under house arrest for traveling. Sure, it's better than being thrown in a prison for the same 'offence', but tyranny-lite is still tyranny.

Comment: This is totally out of proportion to the "threat" and goes to show that none of this actually has anything to do with the virus.

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School and church closings, anti-police movement blow up US homicide rate

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Homicide rates have exploded by double digits and experts blame school and church closings alongside the anti-police movement, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal looked at America's 50 biggest cities and found homicides are up an average of a whopping 24 percent across the board.

It is also worth noting, although the Journal tries to spin this as a bipartisan problem, that Democrats (including the "progressive" mayor of San Antonio who identifies as Independent) run seven of the top ten cities with the biggest jump in homicide rates.

Comment: Is anyone actually surprised by this? Insane lockdown measures + decreased police presence = more murder. It's not rocket science.

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Stephen Hawking named in Epstein files as court asks for photos, videos with Virginia Giuffre

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Physicist Stephen Hawking smiles at a symposium to honor his birthday at the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge January 11, 2002 in Cambridge, England.
Stephen Hawking has been named in recently unsealed court documents involving disgraced child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged collaborator Ghislaine Maxwell.

The files were unveiled as part of the civil litigation against Maxwell who faces charges of aiding Epstein's sexual abuse of young girls.

They stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre who has claimed she was lured by Maxwell at age 15 into becoming involved with the alleged sex ring.

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