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Shocking video shows Asian woman dragged by car in Oakland purse theft

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© Oakland Beauty Supply
A woman in Oakland's Chinatown was dragged by a car down a street on Feb. 24, 2021, after her purse was stolen in an incident captured in surveillance video
A woman visiting Oakland's Chinatown Wednesday was dragged by a car down a street when a thief allegedly stole her purse, according to surveillance video circulated widely online.

The victim's husband told KPIX his wife was wearing the purse crossed around her neck and shoulder and she was pulled 150 feet by the suspect's car.

"She's very scared and shaken up," the victim's husband, who did not want to be identified, told KPIX. The couple had driven from out of town to go to Oakland Beauty Supply.

The store's surveillance cameras captured the video showing the woman being pulled on her stomach across the pavement.

Comment: The increased attacks on Asian Americans is not going unnoticed, as hundreds of people staged a rally in lower Manhattan
to protest attacks on Asian Americans. The rally was near the site of an attack against an Asian man who was stabbed in the stomach.

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© Daniel William McKnight for NY Post



Eye 2

UK: Covid vaccination may be required before EVERY foreign holiday

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Oxford team believes vaccine passports system is 'feasible' but should not be introduced yet because of a lack of uniform standards
A coronavirus vaccination may be required before every foreign holiday under an international system of vaccine passports, experts have said.

The Oxford University team behind a new report believe uncertainty over how long vaccines confer immunity and how well they stand up against new Covid variants could prompt countries to demand proof of a recent vaccination for overseas travellers.


Comment: Why are they formulating policy based on experimental vaccines that needed emergency legislation because they have not been proven to be safe nor effective?


They believe that, overall, a system of vaccine passports is "feasible" but that a lack of uniform international standards means one should not yet be introduced.


Comment: Clearly that's not the only hurdle.


Comment: It appears to be part of an attempt to coerce people into getting a vaccine they don't want, knowing that people do want to go on holiday aboard. And it seems to be working; well known news columnist Christopher Hitchens who has been very vocal in his criticism of lockdowns and the Owellian threat of vaccine IDs recently admitted he had preemptively, if begrudgingly, received his first dose because he sorely wanted to visit family living abroad:






Eye 1

'Without parallel in democratic world': Israel slammed by watchdog over total border closure amidst lockdown

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© Reuters / Ronen Zvulun
Rare passengers at Ben Gurion international airport near Tal Aviv during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Israel is the only democracy in the world to prohibit its citizens from returning home during the pandemic, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) said, urging authorities to relax an entry ban that, it says, violates human rights.

All entry points into Israel by land, sea and air remain shut tight since January 25 as part of the Benjamin Netanyahu government's measures to prevent the new coronavirus variants from getting into the country. No one may come or go, except the few who have received a special permission from the Exceptions Committee.

The harsh restrictions that resulted in thousands of Israelis being stranded abroad are "extremely problematic from a constitutional perspective and are without parallel in the democratic world," IDI experts said, in a paper submitted to Israel's Deputy Attorney General, Raz Nizri, on Sunday.

Australia, France, Germany, UK, Russia, the US and other nations have tried different approaches in tackling the virus, but all of them have allowed their citizens to return, the institute pointed out.


Comment: For now they have...


Comment: See also: UK, US & Singapore push for vaccine passports and yearly Covid-19 vaccinations




No Entry

Germany cracks down: 20 arrested in raid on banned Salafist group, 8 arrested in raid on far right group

Moabit polizei

Hundreds of police were part of the dawn raids in Moabit and other Berlin neighborhoods
Authorities in the German capital have announced a ban on the radical Islamist group Jama'atu Berlin following a series of dawn raids.

Berlin's Senate has announced on Twitter that it has banned the "jihadist-Salafist association Jama'atu Berlin," also known as Tauhid Berlin.

The tweet Thursday said police in Berlin and Brandenburg had carried out early-morning searches of properties belonging to the group's members.

Comment: A day later Reuters reports that German security forces raided a far right group:
Hundreds of police in Germany carried out dawn raids on 27 homes and business premises on Friday, including a lawyer's office, in an operation targeting members of far right groups suspected of drugs and weapons trafficking, public broadcaster MDR said.

Prosecutors told the broadcaster that eight people, aged from 24 to 55, had so far been arrested in the raids which were carried out by 500 police officers. The suspects were members of the neo-Nazi groups Turonen and Garde 20, MDR said.

Authorities said the two gangs have for years been kingpins in the drugs trade in the eastern state of Thuringia, running a network that distributed crystal meth and weapons.

The offices of a lawyer in the central state of Hesse were also raided.

MDR said that its own investigations had revealed that the raids were the result of two years of tapping and bugging operations by security services.

The Turonen and Garde 20 are recognisable by their wearing of black clothes with far right nationalist insignia on them. They have become major players in the promotion of far right heavy metal concerts, at which neo-Nazi bands from Germany and other countries perform.
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Michigan Republicans call for investigation into Gov. Whitmer over Coronavirus nursing home deaths

Whitmer
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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Republican state legislators are calling for an investigation into Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over coronavirus deaths at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

The legislatures have sent a formal letter to U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel requesting an investigation.

Fox News reports that State Sen. Jim Runestad spearheaded the letters, which were signed by seven other Republican state senators.
"Gov. Whitmer's regional hub policy placed patients with and without COVID-19 in the same facilities and may have exacerbated the death toll in those facilities. Questions remain regarding the accuracy of data, compliance with CDC guidelines and compliance with our state's Freedom of Information Act. There is a critical need for a full investigation into these matters."
The senators also pointed to "discrepancies" in cases and death data "in the state's long-term care facilities." The letter continued:

Comment: See also:

DOJ asks for COVID-19 data from Gov. Whitmer in response to nursing homes


Eye 1

Judge 'disturbed' to learn Google tracks 'incognito' users, demands answers

Google box
© Google
A US District Judge in San Jose, California says she was "disturbed" over Google's data collection practices, after learning that the company still collects and uses data from users in its Chrome browser's so-called 'incognito' mode - and has demanded an explanation "about what exactly Google does," according to Bloomberg.

In a class-action lawsuit that describes the company's private browsing claims as a "ruse" - and "seeks $5,000 in damages for each of the millions of people whose privacy has been compromised since June of 2016," US District Judge Lucy Koh said she finds it "unusual" that the company would make the "extra effort" to gather user data if it doesn't actually use the information for targeted advertising or to build user profiles.

Comment: Breaking the law or is just 'deeply misunderstood', Google manages to get what it wants and then holds leverage.


USA

At CPAC, Hawley tells crowd: 'You're not gonna back down, you're not going anywhere'

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri)
Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Friday urged the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference to refuse to yield ground in the face of liberal pressure, citing his own experience in that regard and telling the crowd: "You're not gonna back down."

To wild applause, Hawley told the crowd that 'radical left and their corporate allies' have tried to
"cancel me, censor me, expel me, shut me down, stop me from representing the people of Missouri, [and] stop me from representing you. I'm here today, I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not backing down. And neither are you, am I right? You're not gonna back down. You're not going anywhere."
Hawley argued that the country is "facing an unprecedented alliance of radical liberals and the biggest, most powerful corporations in the history of the world." He cited Google, Facebook and Twitter, companies that have lately made major moves to censor conservative voices on their platforms.

Dollar

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

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A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.

U.S. District Judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illinois in 2015. Nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected.

Donato called it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation.

"It will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated," he wrote, calling it "a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy."

Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit, told the Chicago Tribune that the checks could be in the mail within two months unless the ruling is appealed.

"We are pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders," Facebook, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement.

Comment: See also:


Pirates

Portland 'protest' turns chaotic with businesses trashed, fist fights on the street and bike cops slamming into 'press'

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© REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dressed in riot gear, Portland police deal with another night of mayhem
At least two arrests were made after a mostly peaceful protest in Portland turned violent. Banks and other businesses were trashed as beleaguered residents pleaded with protesters to "go home!" and leave them in peace.

A group of dozens of people were reportedly demonstrating against immigration policy under the Biden administration in the Pearl District in downtown Portland, but quickly began vandalizing the area.

Businesses had their windows smashed, vehicles were vandalised and graffiti was sprayed over a number of walls in the area, as video uploaded to social media purports to show.

Comment: With their supposed goal of electing a progressive president already met, it's all too clear that Portland's "protesters" are just mindless Antifa thugs out to cause as much damage as possible.


Wolf

Another headache for Italy: Mafia shifts business model during COVID-19 lockdown

Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda Rome
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View of the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda, empty, with no tourists and closed shops and restaurants , on January 27, 2021.
The Italian mafia it tightening its grip on small businesses during lockdown.The fear is that these businesses will become an 'instrument for money laundering and recycling illicit capital'

Italy's mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters going forward.

The Financial Times, citing a study by Rome's interior ministry on organized crime, reported that small or mid-sized businesses in the country were given the funds, but the mafia then reverted to the "traditional intimidatory conduct aimed at acquiring control of their economic activities."

There is fear that these businesses could become "an instrument for money laundering and recycling illicit capital."