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Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly Baldwin 'Rust' shooting

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Alec Baldwin performs emcee duties at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala at New York Hilton Midtown on Dec. 9, 2021, in New York. Baldwin said Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, any suggestion that he's not cooperating with a probe into last fall's shooting on his movie set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is a lie. He responded via Instagram to stories that discussed why authorities who served him with a search warrant for his phone haven't gotten it yet.
A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous conditions on a movie set where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds.

The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico state district court by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer who oversaw firearms, ammunition and related training on the set of "Rust" along with two colleagues. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on Oct. 21 from a gunshot wound during a "Rust" rehearsal at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office that is leading an investigation into the cause of the death has said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed. Investigators have described "some complacency" in how weapons were handled on set.

Comment: This sounds like a desperate ploy. What are the chances the ammo company included live rounds in a box of blanks? And that still leaves the question of why Baldwin pointed the gun at the cinematographer and pulled the trigger. Either a string of highly unlikely coincidences lead up to the murder, or more likely, something is being covered up.

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Cop who killed Ashli Babbitt was cleared of criminal wrongdoing without interview

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Above, Lt. Michael Byrd, the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt, told NBC News he gave fair warning, but under penalty of perjury he refused to say anything to investigators.
When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on "NBC Nightly News" to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he'd been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.

"There's an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the DOJ [Department of Justice], and FBI and [the D.C.] Metropolitan Police," he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in August, adding that the Capitol Police also cleared him of wrongdoing and decided not to discipline or demote him for the shooting.

Byrd then answered a series of questions by Holt about the shooting, but what he told the friendly journalist, he likely never told investigators. That's because he refused to answer their questions, according to several sources and documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.

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Police probed over 'misuse' of Covid app

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A person uses the Luca contact-tracing app in Havixbeck, Germany, 2021.
A German regional data protection officer says police are damaging public trust in the government amid the pandemic. The officers were criticized for using a Covid app to track people.

Dieter Kugelmann, the chief data protection officer in Germany's western Rhineland-Palatinate region, launched an investigation into a "worrying" case of police collecting personal information of pub visitors through contact-tracing app Luca.

"The procedure shakes citizens' confidence in the legality of government's actions and sends a completely wrong signal, especially in times of a pandemic that is challenging society as a whole," Kugelmann said on Tuesday.

In November, police investigated the death of a man who passed away after collapsing outside a pub in Mainz. Officers decided to look for potential witnesses using the app that records the length of time spent in an establishment, the patron's full name, address, and phone number. Police contacted 21 people after extracting data from Luca.

Comment: Contact trackings apps have been from the beginning, ripe for abuse by the authorities. This should come as no surprise.


Quenelle

US Catholic schools refute union claims that they must close due to Covid

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The success of Catholic schools in New York City have shown that United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew is wrong to want to shift to remote learning again.
The success of Catholic schools in New York City have shown that United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew is wrong to want to shift to remote learning again.

Mayor Eric Adams has commendably signaled his intention to ignore United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew's suggestion that public schools close and shift to remote learning, insisting that after two years of "lost education," we simply "can't do it again."

He's right — and Catholic schools have demonstrated that most of the two years of lost learning and socializing, along with the attendant burdens families faced, were unnecessary.

While public schools got bogged down in pandemic politics, union-driven closures and a year and a half of mostly ineffective remote learning, Catholic schools in major cities have been continually open for in-person instruction since September 2020.

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US urged to close 'secret prisons' worldwide

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Guantanamo Bay
The Chinese foreign minister has called on the US to close all of its "secret prisons" around the world as it labeled the Guantanamo detention center a "dark page" in the history of human rights.

Speaking during a regular press briefing on Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that 20 years after its creation, Guantanamo is still a cause of "great indignation" among the international community.

He stated that despite numerous US promises to close the Cuba-based jail, it still holds 39 people, and only a handful of them have been charged or convicted of any crime. Wang claimed that if there is a "detention camp for Muslims in the world, it is Guantanamo," seemingly a reference to accusations that China is abusing the human rights of the Uighurs.

Wang, citing reports, noted that the US has set up a large number of secret prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq:
"In fact, the secret prisons set up by the United States are all over the world, and Guantanamo is just the tip of the iceberg. The atrocities, torture and murder of Iraqi civilians by the US military after the invasion of Iraq caused a world uproar over the scandal of the abuse of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison."

Comment: These facilities fly under the radar and the particulars involved are rarely reported.

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Ronald McDonald House to evict families with young children who are unvaccinated

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Ronald McDonald House gives patient family eviction notice
The Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver British Columbia allegedly served an eviction notice on unvaccinated children with serious illness including cancer and their parents.

Austin Furgason, from Kelowna, British Columbia, the father of a 4-year-old boy with leukemia who has been undergoing treatment since October, posted the video to Facebook showing a letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities - British Columbia & Yukon that made the announcement of the evictions. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with costs. He wrote:
"All tenants, adults and children over the age of 5 who are not vaccinated are out by the end of January. How absolutely wicked and vile. They are evicting my son with leukemia and any other children or adults who are suffering with sick children into the snow. The Covid cult is far more dangerous than Covid. If they will evict families with cancer, what won't they do."
The letter in the video, which was provided to True North dated January 10, 2022, said that everyone five years and older unvaccinated against the coronavirus can no longer stay at the facilities.
"Beginning January 17, 2022, everyone five years and older who are working, staying or visiting our facilities (both the House at 4567 Heather St. Vancouver and at the Family Room in Surrey Memorial Hospital) must show proof of full vaccination (two doses), in addition to completing our existing screening, unless an Accommodation has been sought and has been explicitly approved and granted by RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) in writing."
Families already in the facility have a grace period to get at least one dose of the vaccine which ends on January 31.

Yellow Vest

Protesters against vaccine passports breach Parliament in Bulgaria

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Demonstration against anti-coronavirus restrictions escalated into scuffles outside Bulgaria's legislature
Bulgarian police have foiled an attempt by demonstrators protesting the enduring anti-coronavirus restrictions to breach the national parliament. The scuffles left four officers injured and saw several protesters detained.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Bulgarian parliament building in the capital, Sofia, on Wednesday.

The protest, staged by the nationalist Vazrazhdane (Revival) party, decried the standing anti-coronavirus restrictions, including the green pass system put in place by the country's authorities.

Comment: Interestingly, Bulgaria's establishment has managed to persuade just 27% of its people into suffering a Covid jab, on par with nearby Bosnia, also at 27%, and it's immediate neighbour, Romania, did little better with 33%. It's telling that citizens of these countries have on the whole rejected the experimental jabs, despite a globally coordinated fearmongering campaign that was so effective elsewhere, and that might be because many of these people have learned the hard way that one should be wary of a government that claims to have your best interests at heart whilst also threatening you with draconian punishments if you do not comply with their nonsensical orders: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: Interview with Rod Dreher: How to Survive the Coming Soft Totalitarianism




Dominoes

Sexual abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move forward, judge rules

Virginia Roberts Guiffre
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A federal judge gave the green light Wednesday to a lawsuit against Prince Andrew by an American woman who says he sexually abused her when she was 17.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in an opinion that Andrew's lawyers failed to successfully challenge the constitutionality of the lawsuit Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed against him in August.

His lawyers had said that the lawsuit lacked specificity and was disqualified by a deal she reached in 2009 with lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein.

"Today's decision by Judge Kaplan denying Prince Andrew's effort to dismiss Virginia Giuffre's case against him is another important step in Virginia's heroic and determined pursuit of justice as a survivor of sex trafficking," said Sigrid McCawley, one of Giuffre's team of lawyers, in a statement obtained by USA TODAY.

Eye 2

Longtime CNN producer John Griffin slapped with $15M civil suit amid federal child trafficking case

John Griffin
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John Griffin in police custody, December 22, 2021
John Griffin, the longtime CNN producer fired last month over child trafficking allegations, has been named in a Connecticut civil lawsuit alleging "despicable acts" of "horrific sexual abuse" and exploitation.

"For several years prior to 2020, the defendant solicited young girls, including the minor plaintiff, for the purpose of knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing them to engage in sexual activity, sexual exploitation, and/or sexual trafficking," the lawsuit, filed last week in Bridgeport, alleges.

Criminally, Griffin faces one trafficking charge along with two counts of attempted trafficking in federal court in Vermont after allegedly soliciting parents with underage children.

Marijuana

Weed adds billions to states' budgets - study

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US states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis have collected $10.4 billion in taxes between sales beginning in 2014 and December 2021, according to a recent report by a pro-industry group.

A study released by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) earlier this month has described legalizing cannabis for adults as a "wise investment" that has given states a "new revenue stream to bolster budgets." It adds that the $10.4 billion is not the final figure, as some states have not yet submitted totals for the last months of 2021. Almost one third of the total revenue was reported in 2021.

"States that have legalized cannabis for adults are reaping significant economic benefits," said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies at the MPP. She pointed out that in many instances revenue is reinvested in communities affected by drug use and by the war on drugs.