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McCloskeys served with search warrant, police take rifle, no charges yet

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Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. The figure on the right is holding a microphone.
Sources told 5 On Your Side police seized one of the weapons, the rifle, from the couple and they told police their attorney has the pistol seen in photos.

5 On Your Side has learned St. Louis police officers executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Central West end couple who confronted protesters with weapons in June.

Sources told 5 On Your Side that police seized one of the weapons, the rifle, from the couple and they told police their attorney has the pistol seen in photos.

Comment: Twitter provided more background:

Light Saber

Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitkrieg steps back: Farewell...for now

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Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it.
Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it.
Fate. How small a role you play in it.

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
For the past ten years, I've spent most of my waking hours learning how the systems we live under function and how wealth and power operate and consolidate in the U.S. as well as globally. I've learned a lot and I've shared a lot. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would.

I dedicated all that time and energy to writing and engaging on the big issues of our era for two main reasons. First, I felt there was a window of opportunity to turn the ship around and reform the system to avoid needless additional widespread suffering and upheaval, which to me was guaranteed given the destructive path to which our ruling class was obstinately committed. Second, my decade on Wall Street offered some valuable insight into the inner workings of financial feudalism and how it systematically and intentionally enriches certain small segments of the populace while enslaving the masses via perpetual colossal debt issuance coupled with reoccurring central bank bailouts for the creditor and financial asset speculator class. This wasn't widely appreciated when I first started writing about it, so it became a personal mission to inform as many people as possible.

For a decade straight, I wrote incessantly about oligarchy, empire, endless war, an erosion of civil liberties, Wall Street criminality, unaccountable central bank power and much more. I figured if enough people understood how real power functions we could rein in its perniciousness. Sometimes I got it right, sometimes I got it wrong, but I always put forth my best effort. I'm proud of the work I did and the overall mission, but the unfortunate truth is it didn't have the impact I had hoped for. Although I certainly helped and inspired people along the way, the macro situation we find ourselves in today is even more unstable and dangerous than it was a decade ago.


'How Islam moderated slavery': BBC incurs wrath of Twitterati after article resurfaces explaining the 'nice' way to treat humans as property

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In the current climate of heightened racial tensions, marked by worldwide protests and the tearing down of colonial-era statues, it has emerged that not all slavery was created equal - at least, according to the BBC.

As celebrities, politicians, and the public at large parse their social-media histories for any evidence of untoward or potentially racially offensive comments, jokes, memes or otherwise, it appears the BBC is the latest institution to have views expressed in the past come back to haunt it.

In an archived article from 2009 discussing slavery and Islam, critics highlight how the BBC included such grim subheadings and points as "How Islam moderated slavery," including "Islam treated slaves as human beings as well as property" and how, mercifully, "Islam barred Muslims from enslaving other Muslims."



Language police: BBC urges staff to declare personal pronouns to support transgender staff

Transgender, rainbow coalition
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BBC staff have been urged to state their pronouns in email signatures in a drive to be more inclusive to transgender employees.

The corporation asked staff to declare their preferred pronouns, such as "she/her", "he/him" or "they/them" - the preferred address for many trans people.

Guidance posted on the BBC intranet calls it a "small, proactive step that we can all take to help create a more inclusive workplace", the Times reports.

"It lets colleagues know your pronouns and shows that you respect other people's too. It's really simple," the document states.

Comment: How trans ideology took over
But the actions taken by a small number of transgender activists, no matter how shrewd or calculating, are not sufficient to explain the widespread reshaping of social institutions and cultural conventions that has taken place in recent years. None of this could have happened without a readiness from people outside of the transgender community and in positions of authority not only to accept having their language and policies policed but to go further and play a role in affirming the gender ideology promoted by campaigners and, in the process, enforcing speech and behaviour codes.

The reasons for this acquiescence lie in our broader political climate, in particular the rise of identity politics and the emergence of a culture of victimhood. Transgender people are exploited as the living embodiment of challenge to a seemingly outdated, binary, heteronormative order. Advocating on behalf of the 'transgender community' allows others to be associated with this identity-driven challenge to convention. It provides institutions with a sense of purpose and legitimacy for action that comes with the ready-made moral authority of protecting the oppressed.
See also:
The trans ideology of less than 1% of the UK population is bullying the other 99%
The rich, white men institutionalizing transgender ideology


Reform section 230 to protect free speech. Don't put it into the USMCA

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Congressmen Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz have called for removing Article 19.17 from the US-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). They correctly understand that this provision, patterned on section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, constitutes a gift of legal immunity to the Big Tech internet firms, such as Google and Facebook — for which the public receives nothing in return.

In an effort to justify this giveaway, Big Tech's defenders claim that Article 19.17, and section 230, itself, protect free speech. This claim could not be further from the truth. In reality, Section 230, protects Big Tech censorship in the U.S. Reforming the law is the first step to restoring the free flow of ideas online — and expanding the reach of its principles through the USCMA is but pure folly.

Congress passed section 230 with two main provisions, each with a different purpose. First online platforms cannot "be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another." In other words, Facebook cannot be held liable for defamatory, tortious, or otherwise illegal content which its users post. Here, Congress wanted to protect upstart internet companies by limiting their potential huge liability for every statement posted on their platforms. By relieving them of liability resulting from user generated content, Congress gave the early internet firms the same protections as a newsstand, library and other "distributors" received under common law for the content they distributed via print.

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At least 150 Minneapolis police officers seek disability for PTSD following riots

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At least 150 Minneapolis Police Officers have begun the process of seeking 'duty disability' for post-traumatic stress under the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), said an attorney representing the officers.

The attorney, Ron Meuser, who handles most disability claims for the Minneapolis Police Federation, told the FOX 9 Investigators 75 of those officers are under doctors' orders not to return to work as they undergo treatment for symptoms consistent with PTSD.

"The symptoms didn't just start six weeks ago," said Meuser. "They've been dealing with symptoms for decades."

But the stress and trauma reached a tipping point with the siege of the Third Police Precinct, he said. Fifty of the officers currently seeking disability, about one-third of the total, were present at the Third Precinct on Thursday, May 28.

"They did not feel they were going to come home," said Meuser. Some officers were texting their families' goodbye and others were saving a bullet in case they needed to take their own life, rather than being beaten to death, he said.

Comment: Speaking of lack of support, Minneapolis City Council recently voted to replace the police with "community-led public safety system". Judging from the mayhem that occurred in CHAZ that won't end well.

Light Saber

Taking a stand! Goya Foods CEO won't apologize for complimenting Trump, says boycott is 'suppression of speech'

Bob Unanue
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Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue speaks prior to President Donald Trump signing an Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative at the White House, on July 9. Unanue said he would not apologize for his positive remarks toward the president, and called demands for a boycott of his company "suppression of speech."
The chief executive officer at Goya Foods, Inc. said Friday that he will not issue an apology for positive remarks made toward President Donald Trump, and called demands to boycott his company "suppression of speech."

"It is suppression of speech.... You're allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you're not allowed, when I was called to be part of this commission, to aid in economic and educational prosperity, and you make a positive comment, and all of a sudden it is not acceptable," Robert Unanue, the CEO at Goya, said during an appearance on Fox News' Fox & Friends.

Unanue, who is of Spanish and Puerto Rican descent, was invited by Trump to the White House to watch as the president signed an executive order for the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, which is a commission tasked with improving "access by Hispanic Americans to educational and economic opportunities," according to the order.

The Goya CEO was among several elected officials and business leaders present in the Rose Garden for the signing, and he said, "We are all truly blessed...to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder.


A Declaration of Independence by a Princeton professor

John Witherspoon

Cast bronze statue of John Witherspoon, Princeton's sixth president.
In Congress, on July 4th, 1776, came the "unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America." Signed by 56 men, many of whom were considered national heroes just a few minutes ago, it opens with a long and elegant sentence whose first words every American child knows, or used to: "When in the Course of human events..." In Princeton, New Jersey, on July 4th, 2020, just two hours after my family and I sat around the festive table and read the Declaration aloud in celebration, a group of signatories now in the hundreds published a "Faculty Letter" to the president and other senior administrators at Princeton University.

This letter begins with the following blunt sentence: "Anti-Blackness is foundational to America." One important difference between the two documents might wrongly be dismissed as merely cosmetic. In 1776 there were "united States" but there was not yet the "United States"; in these past two months, by contrast, at a time when we are increasingly un-united, "black" has become "Black" while "white" remains "white."

I am friends with many people who signed the Princeton letter, which requests and in some places demands a dizzying array of changes, and I support their right to speak as they see fit. But I am embarrassed for them. To judge from conversations with friends and all too much online scouting, there are two camps: those cheering them on and those who wouldn't dream of being associated with such a document. No one is in the middle. If you haven't yet read it, do so now. Be warned: it is long.

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Bizarro Earth

Hundreds of UK police officers have convictions for crimes including assault, burglary and animal cruelty

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More than 200 serving police officers in the UK have convictions for criminal offences
Police employ at least 211 officers and PCSOs with criminal convictions, but most forces refuse to disclose the information.

More than 200 serving police officers in the UK have convictions for criminal offences including assault, burglary, drug possession and animal cruelty, Sky News can reveal.

Forces across the country employ at least 211 police officers and PCSOs who were guilty of crimes, according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The actual number is likely to be much higher, however, after just a third of forces revealed how many of their officers have criminal convictions, with many claiming it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

Comment: What is clear is that the ponerization process in the police has begun, and it's clearly further along in some forces than it is in others: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Yellow Vest

10,000 Greek protesters fight against bill to ban public gatherings, later petrol bombs and stun grenades were exchanged

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Athens police were bombarded with Molotov cocktails and pelted with stones amid major protests against a new government bill limiting public gatherings.

Some 10,000 people had assembled to protest across the Greek capital. Shortly after 8.30pm local time, a group of some 200 agitators were gathered outside the parliament building in Syntagma Square, when all hell broke loose.

Irate protesters pelted cops with Molotov cocktails, stones and bottles, prompting the police to respond in kind with volleys of tear-gas canisters and stun grenades. Eyewitness video from the scene captured the chaos as it unfolded.

Comment: Similar tyrannical measures are being enforced by governments elsewhere, it would appear that some in power don't want to give up their newly gained totalitarian control: