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No Lives Matter: 1268 white people were shot to death by US police-state Nazis in the last few years

SWAT team, SWAT police
The reality of the police state and police brutality affects all Americans. It affects African Americans and Latinos disproportionately. But in absolute terms, it also affects white America abhorrently more than it does the other citizens of other high GDP countries.

We have a crisis in America not only in the epidemic of the police carrying out summary executions, 'suicide by cop', and trigger-happy secret cop clubs that award rank and points through killings - but a problem in how the political class frames this and exploits it. The aim is to be divisive and destructive, while appearing to talk about the right questions.

We also have a problem in how we talk about the problem. White, middle-class, guilt ridden liberals are to blame. And their poverty-pimp allies, those one-time-idealistic-turned-corrupt graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who go on to work on Soros-adjacent NGO and trust-type institutional work, are to blame as well.

They frame the police-state and summary executions as a uniquely black problem. It is indeed a serious problem facing the black community. When we figure that black America makes up about 13% of the population, we can better understand these figures:

Heart - Black

Just released video testimony shows Planned Parenthood admitting to illegal baby parts sales

Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood

Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood
Sixteen unsealed excerpts of sworn video testimony from Planned Parenthood executives were released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which shows in their own words that Planned Parenthood was involved in obtaining "donations" of fetal tissue organs from women having abortions, only to illegally sell them to middle-man organ procurement companies for profit.

The video testimony was presented in court during a trial last fall in a case* brought by Planned Parenthood against the CMP members who were involved in the undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood's sale of aborted baby parts for profit. Among the defendants was Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who served as a CMP board member at the time of the investigation.


Fired Minneapolis officer charged with murder in death of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin
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Derek Chauvin
Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after the death of George Floyd, which sparked protests and unrest in the city. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

John Harrington, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken Chauvin into custody. Floyd was seen on a disturbing video begging for air as Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck.

Freeman said the investigation is ongoing into the other three officers involved, all of whom have been fired. Freeman said his office wanted to focus on the "most dangerous perpetrator." Chauvin was arrested at 11:44 a.m. in Minneapolis, according to the BCA.

Comment: Previously: 'I can't breathe' 2.0: Minneapolis police in hot water as suspect dies during BRUTAL chokehold arrest - HUGE crowds clash with cops during protest


Stealth flying wing: Russia's next-gen strategic bomber already in the works

S-70 Okhotnik UAV and Su-57 fighter jet
© Sputnik / Yevgeniy Biyatov
FILE PHOTO. Models of S-70 Okhotnik UAV and Su-57 fighter jet are seen during an aviation fair.
Russian aircraft makers have reportedly started the assembly of a new, next-generation bomber aircraft, known under the designation PAK DA. RT has learned more about the highly-secretive machine.

The launch of the PAK DA's assembly was reported earlier this week by TASS news agency. The cockpit of the plane has already been partially built and the whole machine is expected to be ready next year, sources within the country's aircraft industry told the agency.

The PAK DA designation stands for 'perspective aircraft complex (PAK) for long-range aviation (DA)'. The PAK programs were launched by Russia in the early 2010s in an effort to provide the military with modern hardware. So far, only the development of a new multirole fighter jet has been completed - the 5th generation fighter jet Su-57 has already entered the mass-production stage, while the pre-production batch of the planes is already in service.

Arrow Up

Shocking spike in Covid-19 jail suicides should end Britain's obsession with imprisonment

HMP Barlinnie
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General view of HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow, Scotland
Coronavirus has shone on a light on the crisis in the UK's prisons. The justice system needs to be overhauled to bring an end to ridiculous sentencing, overcrowding and disgraceful conditions.

Britain's justice system, like many of its prisons, is stuck in Victorian times. And recently there's been a proliferation of the 'throw away the key' mantra.

HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow is so cramped that its one-man cells have two prisoners squeezed in. It's also using holding cells that were condemned 25 years ago and breach human rights.

The Council of Europe's Anti-Torture Committee (CPT) found it was operating at 120 percent of capacity back in 2014. Yet by 2019, that had risen to 140 percent. The chief inspector of prisons, Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, said: "The reality is that the ageing and fragile physical infrastructure means that the prison is no longer fit for purpose."

Bizarro Earth

Approximately 2B people may lose their jobs in the near future due to fallout from the pandemic

job wanted
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A sign of the times...
More than half of the world's workforce (nearly two billion people) risk losing their jobs or moving to part-time work in 2020 as a result of the economic fallout from coronavirus outbreak. That's according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), seen by RIA Novosti.

"It's hard to overestimate the radical changes in the global workforce due to the crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19," said the report, citing estimates by the International Labor Organization that global labor income losses will reach $3.4 trillion this year. In the next two to three months, one out of six people in the world will lose their jobs, with the unemployment rate to exceed 17 percent, said the authors of the research.

The impact of the crisis on the labor market will vary greatly across industries, with those most directly affected by quarantine measures to be hit the hardest. According to BCG analysis, more than 80 percent of all the layoffs in the world are likely to occur in the non-food retail sector, manufacturing, hotel and restaurant business, tourism and construction.
"We expect that the world's unemployment rate will start returning to balance by the end of 2020. However, [the] pandemic has already launched the process of long-term structural changes - from flexible and remote work schemes to accelerated automation - and these changes will affect up to 1.5 billion jobs over the next decade."
BCG estimates that by 2030, automation will put 12 percent of existing jobs at risk, and about 30 percent of jobs will require completely new skills.

Gold Seal

Hero Moscow taxi driver saves woman from capture & torture using hailing app

taxi moscow
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy
A Russian taxi driver is being hailed as a hero for helping to save a woman from captivity. While en route to pick her up, the hostage relayed her story to the driver through a taxi app, he subsequently called the cops.

On the night of May 27, 49-year-old muscovite taxi driver Dmitry Filin accepted an order through Yandex.Taxi, the most popular ride-hailing app in Russia. While on his way to pick up his passenger, who was supposedly in the city of Troitsk, an hour away from the center of Moscow, he began to receive messages in the application's chat client requesting his help.

Initially, he did not answer, hoping to figure out what to do when he arrived. This quickly changed. Filin burst into action after receiving another message: "I have been forcibly detained, raped, not let go. I don't know where I am."

By that time, Filin had already arrived at the pick-up point, but nobody was there.

Eye 1

Twitter's Trump 'fact check' fails to disclose company is partnered with groups pushing mail-in voting - UPDATE: Trump fires back, hints at removing Section 230 protection

Jack Dorsey
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Twitter for the first time put a fact-check label on tweets from President Trump, using the controversial tactic on messages in which the president complained there is "no way" that "mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent."

It may be instructive that Twitter seized on the mail-in balloting tweets as the first issue from Trump's rapid fire social media feed to slap with a fact-check label. Twitter did not disclose in its so-called fact-check it is partners with two groups financed by leftist donors that engage in voter participation efforts, including drives pushing mail-in balloting.

Twitter sits on the "Premier Partner" list of one of those groups alongside ViacomCBS, the merger of Viacom and CBS. Twitter's so-called fact-check about Trump's mail-in balloting cited CBS political reporter Grace Segers vouching for mail-in voting.

Comment: What an incredible collection of slimy swamp creatures! But this is how it's done, each group is interlocked with the other behind the scenes of "charitable organizations" pushing for the same agenda. Breitbart has done the digging to bring those connections to light.

UPDATE 28/05/2020: Trump tweets regarding mail-in ballots:
After being fact-checked by Twitter on his assertion that mail-in voting leads to fraud, President Donald Trump doubled down on his stance and directed his anger right at Twitter.

He then tagged Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of site integrity, as a "hater."

The tweet follows the social media platform flagging earlier posts about mail-in voting fraud from the president, with a notice directing users to the facts surrounding the practice.

After his spat with Twitter, Trump promised to "strongly regulate" or even "close down" social media sites that "silence conservative voices" through an executive order.

The White House press secretary attempted to clarify the president's position on mail-in voting — which has been floated by various Democrats as a way to conduct November's presidential election because of Covid-19 — in a Thursday interview with Fox News, where she said Trump is only against "mass" mail-in voting.

"What he's not for is mass, mail-in voting, what Nancy Pelosi is asking for, which is subject to fraud," Kayleigh McEnany said.

Trump is set to introduce an executive order on Thursday that he promises will bring "fairness" to social media platforms like Twitter.

UPDATE 29/05/2020: Twitter BLOCKS Trump tweet, then unblocks but adds warning:
The social media platform warned that the president's message to Democratic governor Tim Walz about sending in the National Guard "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence."

The tweet, posted from the @WhiteHouse account, repeated the content of an earlier tweet Trump had posted from his personal account (which was also covered by the censorship message about "glorifying violence").
trump tweet blocked
The White House account responded to the censorship by slamming Twitter's "biased, bad-faith 'fact-checkers'," arguing that Trump had not glorified violence but condemned it. Hinting at further enforcement to be leveled against the social media behemoth, it observed that such censorship was the act of "a publisher, not a platform" - i.e. a site that doesn't qualify for the protection from legal liability Twitter currently enjoys.

Twitter replied with a statement explaining its enforcement decision was apparently triggered by "the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today." The White House tweet, the platform said, was censored because it was "identical" to the original Trump post.

Trump has threatened to take on Twitter and other social media platforms over their censorship of conservative voices, and his war on Big Tech arguably began on Thursday when he signed an executive order aimed at stripping the platforms of their Section 230 liability protection.

Some have speculated Trump's intention was to lure Twitter into making unenforceable or clearly biased content-moderation decisions - i.e., that the president had set a trap for the censor-happy platform. Its promise not to interfere with the tweets of world leaders has already fallen by the wayside.


Pennsylvania officials admit duplicate ballots were mailed to voters

election ballots postal service
© Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, officials have admitted that duplicate ballots were mailed out to registered voters, though they are not sure how many.

Last week, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania's top election official admitted that duplicate ballots had been sent to registered voters but said he did not know how many were sent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In a conference call with reporters, Dave Voye, who manages the division that's had to process a massive influx of vote-by-mail applications and ballots as voters look for an alternative to in-person voting amid COVID-19, said the department started to notice there was a problem with duplicate ballots at the end of April. [Emphasis added]

Several voters told the Post-Gazette this month that they had applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot and received more than one in the mail. The county released a statement on the issue Thursday, and said it was the result of a bug in the state's voter registration system. [Emphasis added]
Still, Allegheny County officials have said the problem has been resolved and that duplicate ballots marked as such will not be counted in the state's primary election on June 2.

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Mental toll: Heartbroken dad reveals son took his own life days before 13th birthday after struggling with coronavirus lockdown

Hayden's dad is devastated by his loss

Hayden's dad is devastated by his loss and spoke out in an 11-minute video
A GRIEVING dad revealed his son took his own life after struggling with the coronavirus lockdown - just days before his 13th birthday.

Brad Hunstable from from Aledo, Texas, said Hayden, 12 "wasn't depressed" or "someone who moped around" before the COVID-19 pandemic.

But his young son suffered during as a result of the emergency stay home orders and school closures.

Reflecting on his loss, Hunstable refuted people's claims that the lockdown was "just like summer" for kids like Hayden, who were stuck at home and isolated from their peers.

"It's not like summer," an Hunstable said in an emotional YouTube video, where he describes how coronavirus killed his son "but not in the way you think."

"We have a social and emotional bubble that's about to burst," he said "I hope nobody ever feels this way, to see what I saw, and to feel this pain."

Comment: We have only just begun to see the detrimental effects on the mental health of millions because of the unnecessary lockdown. But that we would already see such despair from a child is tragic beyond words. One wonders, also, just how much of a negative effect being so focused on gaming might have had on this child.