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Khabarovsk protests 5 weeks on: Smaller crowds, but thousands still turn out to back ex-Governor Furgal & vent anger at Moscow

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Residents of Khabarovsk have taken to the streets once again in a continued show of support for former Governor Sergey Furgal, arrested in July on suspicion of ordering two successful murders, and a third failed killing.

Saturday's march marks the 29th day in a row of protests in the largest city in Russia's Far East, although the number of participants has significantly dropped off since two weeks ago. According to Khabarovsk city authorities, 2,800 attended the rally - far fewer than in July, when local sources estimated tens of thousands of people were out on the streets (while official numbers suggested a little over 10,000).

Furgal, the then-governor of the Khabarovsk Region, representing the far-right LDPR party, was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering three murders, dating back to the 2000s. The politician, who in 2018 beat a candidate from the country's ruling United Russia party, was immediately flown to Moscow, where he's in custody, pending trial.

Many Khabarovsk locals are infuriated that their former governor was lifted by federal forces, and will face the charges over 6,000km away. After gathering at the city's central Lenin Square, Khabarovsk residents marched through the center, shouting "This is our choice!" and "A fair trial in Khabarovsk!" The protesters in Khabarovsk demand that Furgal's case be handled in the region he once represented.

Comment: It has been a full month, and while numbers have shrunk, the protesters seem determined. Looks like they'll be protesting in the weeks to come, too. See also:


Attention

Beirut protesters clash with police, demand govt. resign; explosion death toll climbs to 157 - UPDATES: Protests continue with government buildings stormed, set on fire

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© Ahmad Terro/UPI
Residents inspect the damage of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday August 5, 2020
Lebanese security forces and protesters clashed in Beirut as demonstrators took to the streets in anger as the death toll from Tuesday's devastating explosion continued to climb.

Officials said the death toll from the blast that damaged several city blocks in downtown Beirut has climbed to at least 157 but it is expected to further rise as search-and-rescue operations continue, Al Jazeera reported.

The blast near the Beirut port was the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake that razed buildings and injured more than 5,000. Officials believe its cause was nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a nearby warehouse.

Protesters who blame the explosion on government negligence demonstrated near parliament Thursday night and clashed with security forces who attempted to disperse them with tear gas, the BBC reported.

Local law enforcement has arrested 16 people in connection to their investigation into the explosion.

Comment: In the mean time, the number of those killed in Tuesday's huge blast in the port of Beirut has risen to 158 and over 6,000 have been injured, local media said Saturday, citing the Lebanese Health Ministry.

The police action was taken response to protesters trying to break into the Parliament Building.




Protesters are calling for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government


Update 08/08/2020: Clashes between police and protesters in Beirut has claimed one life, with 240 injured. One government building was set fire amid the chaos, while the Foreign Ministry and Water and Energy Ministry offices were occupied by protesters.





A local paper reported that "a smash and burn operation" was underway at the office of the country's Banking Association.



Protesters also built gallows and used nooses to hang the cardboard cutouts of the country's top political figures. Among others, their 'victims' were Lebanese PM Hassan Diab, President Michel Aoun, and the leader of the country's influential political and military movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.


The military was called out to attempt to restore order in the capital.


According to Lebanese Red Cross figures, over 230 protesters have been injured, with 55 transferred to hospital. At least one police officer has been killed and multiple others have also been injured in the unrest.

UPDATE 09/08/2020: The protests have continued into early Sunday morning. A total of 490 people have been injured, and one law enforcement officer died in the unrest.


Brick Wall

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

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© Miraflores Palace presidential press office via AP, File
This May 4, 2020 file photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows what Venezuelan authorities identify as the I.D. cards of former U.S. special forces citizen Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, in Caracas, Venezuela. The two former Green Berets were arrested in May 2020 while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro.
A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro.

Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violation of their constitutional rights to a defense.

Maduro's chief prosecutor announced the surprise decision late Friday night.

USA

New York City dumps homeless pedophiles in hotel near elementary school playground

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Mayor De Blasio’s New York City placed at least six homeless pedophiles, all of whom were parole for child sex crimes, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel located just one block away from an elementary school playground.
Mayor De Blasio's New York City placed at least six homeless pedophiles, all of whom were on parole for child sex crimes, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel located just one block away from an elementary school playground.

The poor reasoning behind housing homeless people in luxury hotels notwithstanding, the city's moves to irritate its residents — and in this case, endanger children — boggles the mind.

New York Post reports that this "slap in the face to residents of the Manhattan neighborhood" is just the city's latest move that has garnered widespread anger and outrage from residents already reeling from an influx of a new homeless population that relocated to the area following the coronavirus pandemic.

Comment: That should mix nicely with the city's recent move to cut police funding by $1 billlion. The last thing anyone would want is adequate police protection when a gang of child rapists have moved into your neighborhood. It's like they're deliberately trying to sow chaos. NYC is headed for hell on earth at this point.

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Handcuffs

Portland rioters storm man's home while fleeing police: 'Get the f*** off my property!'

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Rioters attacked a Portland police building in a residential neighborhood on Friday night and stormed onto people's private property when law enforcement officials repelled their attack and flushed them out of the area.

Journalist Andy Ngo, who testified before Congress about Antifa violence this week, tweeted out a video of the Portland Police chasing the rioters through the neighborhood, at which point they began to go onto people's private property, where their homes were located, in an effort to evade law enforcement.

One homeowner came outside and repeatedly yelled at the rioters, who were trespassing on his property, telling them: "Get the f*** off my property!"

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Brick Wall

Madness in Melbourne: A once great city turned into police state hell

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Melbourne, that glorious city in the state of Victoria in Australia, granted me some of the best travel days of my life during two separate trips each lasting a full week.

A happy, civilized, highly educated people are here living amidst modern architecture, inspiring bridges, and natural beauty, a place where even the police are kind, and when you ask them for directions they reply with a smile, and when you say thank you, they say "No worries."

Now there are big worries in Melbourne.

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Megaphone

Ricky Gervais strikes a blow at cancel culture

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Ricky Gervais lashed out at cancel culture for trying to get others fired and trying to ruin their lives just because they have an unpopular opinion on some current hot-button issue.
Ricky Gervais has struck a pro free speech blow yet again! According to Metro, Gervais lashed out at cancel culture for trying to get others fired and trying to ruin their lives just because they have an unpopular opinion on some current hot-button issue.

Gervais previously went viral for his scathing words at the latest Golden Globe Awards, at which he was the designated host for that year. He boldly and famously stared down his audience of the Hollywood elite and told them, "You're in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world."

"You shouldn't have to go to court for telling a joke" said Gervais.

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X

Twitter censors Joe Rogan podcast with renowned gender expert Dr. Debra Soh

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Soh tweeted an image of the censored tweet on Wednesday night showing the podcast had been blocked to view on Twitter.
Dr. Debra Soh is a Canadian former sex researcher, neuroscientist, columnist, and podcast host known for her work related to the science and politics of sex.

Dr. Soh, who has a degree in sexual neuroscience research from York University, appeared on episode #1520 of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (released on Wednesday, August 5th). One of the topics of the podcast was childhood transgenderism, something Soh has written about before.

Soh tweeted an image of the censored tweet on Wednesday night showing the podcast had been blocked to view on Twitter. The tweet with the link to the interview contained a label that said the media included "potentially sensitive content."

Comment: Censoring a scientist and sex researcher because you don't like what she has to say about gender. It seems that, after censoring the President of the United States, no one is off limits. Twitter has become a censorious, ideologically possessed authoritarian social media service. Or perhaps they always were, they're just out of the closet now.

See also: Review of Debra Soh's 'The End of Gender'


Attention

Obama's legacy: 165 pages of records surface, detail cash-for-fetal-tissue scandal

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A series of contracts that began under the Obama-era Food and Drug Administration paid out almost $100,000 as part of efforts to obtain from a controversial vendor tissue from fetuses aborted in the first and second trimester for research into "humanized mice," documents discovered in June reveal.

The details of the contracts, obtained in a lawsuit by government watchdog group Judicial Watch, are likely to play a role in key decisions made by a fetal tissue ethics advisory board convened by the Trump administration, one which The Washington Post said is "dominated by foes of abortion and fetal tissue research."

The 165 pages of documents, which relate to the government's deals with the nonprofit firm Advanced Bioscience Resources, reveal the program continued well into the Trump administration, although it was eventually terminated over concerns that it was not complying with federal law regarding the uses of fetal tissue.

In 2016, then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, referred ABR for criminal prosecution as part of an investigation into fetal tissue sales.

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Bullseye

Europe's top health officials say masks aren't helpful in beating covid-19

Anders Tegnell
© Composite image by FEE (Rigshospitalet, Wikimedia Commons)
From left to right: Professor Henning Bundgaard, Tamara van Ark, Anders Tegnell
Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

That's less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.

Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive. The reason is that Danes aren't wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren't even recommending them.

This prompted Berlingske, the country's oldest newspaper, to complain that Danes had positioned themselves "to the right of Trump."

"The whole world is wearing face masks, even Donald Trump," Berlingske pointed out.

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