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FBI agents used spy planes, smashed down door to Ghislaine Maxwell's $1m US bolthole

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s secret New Hampshire hideaway
Armed officers smashed down the front door of Ghislaine Maxwell's secret hideaway before hauling her off in handcuffs.

The raid on the 156-acre property where Maxwell was staying in Bradford, New Hampshire, swung into action at 8.20am on Thursday when 24 armed FBI agents, officers from the local police force, New York police and New Hampshire's gang task force used bolt-cutters to break the lock on a metal gate leading to the secluded property that she bought for cash last December.

An officer told The Mail on Sunday: 'We drove at speed up the half-mile driveway in a convoy of 15 vehicles. And let's just say, we didn't knock politely on the door. It was smashed down.

Bizarro Earth

Statue of Frederick Douglass torn down in Rochester, NY

Frederick Douglass
© Library Of Congress/Getty Images
A statue of abolitionist legend Frederick Douglass was torn down overnight over the Fourth of July holiday in Rochester, New York, local media reported.

WXXI News reported:
Rochester Police are investigating damage done to a statue of Frederick Douglass in Maplewood Park. It happened over the weekend, and police say that the statue was torn off its base, and left about 50 feet from its pedestal. The statue had been placed over the fence to Genesee River gorge and was leaning against the fence.
Police say in addition to the damage at the bottom of the statue, one of the fingers on the left hand of the statue was damaged. Aside from that damage, there was no graffiti on the statue or in the surrounding park. The statue has been removed for repairs.


'Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times' slogan now illegal in Hong Kong for being 'pro-independence, secessionist, subversive'

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© KH/United Social Press
The Hong Kong government has declared that protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times," is pro-independence, secessionist and subversive, and thus criminalised under the newly-enacted national security law.

In a statement released on Thursday night, the government claimed that the popular slogan among pro-democracy demonstrators is a call for Hong Kong independence. The authorities claimed that the wording also has the connotation of separating the HKSAR from the People's Republic of China (PRC), changing the legal status of the SAR or subverting the state power, it said.

"The HKSAR government strongly condemns any acts which challenge the sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity of the People's Republic of China. The [national security law] prohibits secession, subversion of state power and other acts and activities which endanger national security. The HKSAR government calls upon members of the public not to defy the law," the statement read.

The official remark came a day after 10 people were arrested for violating the national security law at a protest on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover to China. Some arrested persons possessed and displayed flags, banners and printed materials that featured slogans such as "Hong Kong independence" and "One nation, one Hong Kong."

Comment: On the same day as the announcement, police delivered warnings to local politicians against displaying the slogan:
Group members, Lam Chun and Ng Kin-wai - both candidates in the pro-democracy camp's primary legislative elections - told reporters police had asked their volunteers to sign a form admitting to having hung such banners.

Lam said no publicity materials were confiscated and no one was arrested as police only gave a verbal warning: "'Hong Kong independence' has always been a forbidden phrase. We were clear on this bottom line. But now, even 'Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times' is banned. The government has interpreted the law. But the courts are supposed to hand down the judgement. [The government] has a biased understanding of the slogan."

The group chanted the slogan several times before answering reporters' questions.

Police also gave a warning to another primary election candidate, Wong Ji-yuet. The activist wrote on Facebook that several officers told her that some of her words were "sensitive."

She asked them to clarify which phrases they were referring to and whether they had any specific requests. The officer did not respond and instead told her to keep her voice down, according to footage she shared online.

On Saturday afternoon, police entered Sha Tin District Councillor Leticia Wong's office as it opened, according to her Facebook live-stream. An officer was filmed saying the black flag in her office - containing the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times" - intended to secede from and subvert the state.

The district councillor later asked the officer if she was using her power under the national security law to enter her office without a warrant. The officer replied saying Wong's staff had invited the police in - a claim which they denied.
Some Hongkongers staged a silent "blank placard" protest in a mall today in response. Police entered, stating that the protesters were potentially in breach of the national security law and arrested 8 (three men and five women aged between 17 and 68).

hong kong mall
© Guardians of Hong Kong, screenshot
The blank placard first displayed by a young Hong Kong woman on July 1st. She was inspired by the following Soviet joke. Hongkonger Michelle Ng writes:
Her gesture, she told a reporter, was inspired by a joke she once heard about the Soviet Union: someone begins to distribute pamphlets at the Red Square; a policemen accosts her, only to discover she is handing out blank papers. The policeman arrests her all the same. "You mean you think I didn't know what you wanted to say?" he bellows at her.

I had to reach back a decade to find an indictment of Beijing as telling as that of the girl's blank placard. In 2010, a full five years after dissident writer Liu Binyan (刘宾雁) had died in exile, the Chinese government finally granted his family permission to bury his ashes in Beijing. It didn't let them carve the epitaph Liu had hoped to put on his gravestone, though. It was supposed to have read: "Here lies a Chinese who did what he ought to have done, and said what he ought to have said." (长眠于此的这个中国人,曾做了他应该做的事, 说了他应该说的话).

Ironically, by refusing to allow Liu's epitaph to appear on his gravestone, the Chinese Communist Party only drew attention to it. I, for one, doubt if I would have remembered the epitaph word for word had it not been for the ban.

Bizarro Earth

White supremacy, or harmless gesture? Oregon police say cop accused of racist hand signal was simply checking protester was OK

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An Oregon trooper was accused of dog whistling a counter-protester at a Black Lives Matter event in Salem, but state police said it was just an innocent OK gesture. 4Chan pranksters who started the hand sign confusion may rejoice.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) said their investigation into a viral video allegedly showing a white power gesture shown by an officer to an opponent of BLM demonstrators has revealed no wrongdoing.

Footage from the anti-racism protest in Salem on Saturday shows cops on the scene tasked with separating BLM demonstrators from groups of counter-protesters. The video shows one of the officers approaching a counter-protester and making an 'OK' sign. The man responded by patting the trooper on the shoulder.

Comment: A degenerate activist pushes an older man to the ground, and fellow degenerates turn this incident inside out by trying to make a concerned police officer into a representation of hate.

Bad Guys

Hong Kong police handed power to do warrantless searches, freeze assets, intercept comms, control internet - WhatsApp, Telegram refuse to share data

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© Kevin Cheng/United Social Press
People detained by police on July 1, 2020.
Hong Kong police will be authorised to conduct searches at private properties without a warrant, restrict suspects' movements, freeze their assets, intercept communications and require internet service providers to remove information, as the city's leader handed more powers to the force for implementing the new national security law.

On Monday night, the government gazetted the details of Article 43 of the controversial legislation, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference. It came after the first meeting of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR, chaired by Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

According to the latest legal document, an officer of - or above - the rank of assistant commissioner can authorise officers to enter premises without a warrant under "urgent" situations to search for evidence. Police can also apply for a warrant to demand suspected violators of the national security law to surrender their travel documents to restrict them from leaving the territory.

The secretary for security may issue a written notice to freeze assets if they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect the property is related to an offence endangering national security. Additionally, the secretary for justice may apply for a restraining order or charging order to the Court of First Instance in order to confiscate or forfeit such property.

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Cost of coronavirus lockdown in the 2nd quarter: 400 million jobs worldwide, 70 million in US - UN labor agency

  • Global working hours are expected to have fallen by 14% in the second quarter of 2020, according to ILO estimates.
  • This is the equivalent of 400 million full-time jobs.
  • It marks a "sharp increase" on the 10.7% fall in working hours it previously estimated for the quarter.
Laid off woman
© JGI/Tom Grill
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to have resulted in a 14% drop in global working hours in the second quarter of 2020, the International Labour Organization has said.

The United Nations' labor agency said this updated fall in working hours was the equivalent of 400 million full-time job losses globally in the second quarter, based on a standard 48-hour working week.

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Arrow Down

Dr. Simone Gold: On masks 'we do not consent'

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Author's note: The below is the Op-Ed that was accepted to USAToday on June 24. They deleted key phrases/paragraphs for their print paper and then they refused to print it at all online.
It is clear to me as a physician-lawyer that the disinformation about both Covid-19 and the Constitution has caused us to turn a medical issue into a legal crisis.

The scientific usefulness of a mask has been so aggressively overstated, and the foundational importance of the Constitution has been so aggressively understated, that we have normalized people screaming obscenities at each other while hiking.

The Covid virus was supposed to be contained in the kind of lab where people wear astronaut suits and go through triple sealed doors. It is a con of massive proportion to assert that now, having escaped those environs, a bandana will magically do the trick.

After all, size matters.

The pore size of cloth face coverings range from ~ 20-100 microns. The Covid virus is 200-1000x smaller than that, at 0.1 microns. Putting up a chain link fence will not keep out a mosquito. Even the most esteemed medical journals admit their purpose is to calm anxiety. "Expanded masking protocols' greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety ..."

Of course, by knowledge or common sense observation, most Americans already know that masking everyone is superstition. But unlike privately carrying a lucky charm, mandating facial coverings requires the consent of the governed.


In Gaza, families plead for help after two infants die awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel

Omar Yaghi
© Mohammed Salem
Jehad Yaghi holds up an image of his grandson, nine-month-old Omar Yaghi who died last week in Gaza after the Palestinian Authority froze exit permits for Palestinians seeking medical treatment in Israel and the West Bank.
Two infants have died in the Gaza Strip awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel, a tragedy that Palestinians anxiously fear could expand in the coming weeks. Permits for Gaza's sickest patients to receive treatment in Israel and the West Bank ended abruptly on May 19 when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to coordination with Israel. It was a protest move against Israel's plans to annex parts of the West Bank in July.

The first child died last week, nine-month-old Omar Yaghi who awaited permission to exit Gaza for surgery for a cardiac abnormality. On Monday, Anwar Harb died nine days after his birth, also from a cardiac disease.

On Wednesday the United Nations Special Envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov said both Israel and the Palestinian Authority were responsible for "the ending of civilian coordination" and Omar Yaghi's death.

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JK Rowling says she got 'death & rape threats'... but doubles down on transgender position

J.K. Rowling
© REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
JK Rowling poses for a portrait while publicizing her adult fiction book 'The Casual Vacancy' at Lincoln Center in New York.
Criticism of 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling's views on the transgender movement has spilled over into "death and rape threats," but she has responded to it with even greater vehemence, sparking fresh outrage on social media.

"I've ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I've ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I've ignored death and rape threats. I'm not going to ignore this," Rowling tweeted on Sunday, in response to a tweet accusing her of calling people who take medication "lazy."

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Anti-racist? Frederick Douglass statue in New York removed from base and damaged

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A statue depicting abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, was damaged after it was removed from its base.

The statue in Maplewood Park was toppled from its base over the weekend and left near the Genesee River gorge. It was found around 50 feet from its pedestal and "had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence."

Both the base and lower part of the statue were damaged as well as a finger on its left hand. According to police, there was no sign of graffiti on the statue, which is now getting repaired, or in the park.

Comment: There is no 'why' in this act. It doesn't fit the ideology of BLM or any who seek reform or justice, as misguided as they may be. It just goes to show that this 'movement' isn't a movement or even an ideology. It's just people who want to watch the world burn.

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