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More than a dozen Georgia families buy land to create safe city for people of color

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A group of 19 Black families in Georgia has purchased nearly 97 acres of land to create a "safe haven for people of color," CNN reported Saturday.

The land, which was purchased by the families in August, is located just east of Macon in rural Wilkinson County, Ga. The purchase was organized by the Freedom Georgia Initiative, a group that co-founder and Vice President Ashley Scott said is necessary to promote a strong community among Blacks following the civil unrest prompted by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

"Watching our people protesting in the streets, while it is important, and I want people to stay out in the streets, bringing attention to the injustices of Black people. We needed to create a space and a place where we could be a village, again, a tribe, again," Scott told CNN.

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Light Sabers

In a war on restaurants, media tout the lockdown narrative

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Just when the fear starts to subside, and growing public skepticism seems to push governors into opening, something predictable happens. The entire apparatus of mass media hops on some new, super-scary headline designed to instill more Coronaphobia and extend the lockdowns yet again.

It's a cycle that never stops. It comes back again and again.

A great example occurred this weekend. A poll appeared on Friday from the Kaiser Family Foundation. It showed that confidence in Anthony Fauci is evaporating along with support for lockdowns and mandatory Covid vaccines.

The news barely made the headlines, and very quickly this was overshadowed by a scary new claim: restaurants will give you Covid!

It's tailor-made for the mainstream press. The study is from the CDC, which means: credible. And the thesis is easily digestible: those who test positive for Covid are twice as likely as those who tested negative to have eaten at a restaurant.

"Eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection," the study says.

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Vader

How the Government is wading into the swamp of despotism - one muzzle at a time

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The Government has no legal right to impose the severe and miserable restrictions on our lives with which it has wrecked the economy, brought needless grief to the bereaved and the lonely and destroyed our personal liberty.

This is the verdict of one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country, the retired Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption.

He said last week in a podcast interview:
'I don't myself believe that the Act confers on the Government the powers that it has purported to exercise.'
He was referring to the Public Health Act of 1984, the basis for almost all the sheaves of increasingly hysterical decrees against normal life which the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued since March. I promise you that it is not usual for a retired senior judge to use such language in public.

This 1984 Act was drawn up mainly to give local magistrates the power to quarantine the sick.

Nothing in it remotely justifies these astonishing moves - house arrest, travel restrictions, harsh limits on visiting family members, interference with funerals and weddings, closure of churches, compulsory muzzles, bans on assembly and protest.

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Arrow Up

Communists & Nationalists poised to make gains in Russian regional elections, but Western-leaning liberals unlikely to prosper

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Those hoping for liberal politicians to make gains in this weekend's Russian local elections are set to be disappointed. While the pro-Putin United Russia may suffer losses, it will likely benefit nationalists and communists.

Over the weekend, some 35 million Russians will have the opportunity to vote in local elections in about a third of the country's regions. Electors will vote for 22 city councils, 18 regional governors, and 11 regional parliaments. Pundits are watching carefully to see if the results provide any indications of a shift in the popular mood.

This year, online voting is permitted and the contests are spread out over three days. Officially, the reason is to avoid overcrowding in polling stations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, but some see the changes as a means of giving the government more opportunities to commit electoral fraud. This reflects a common perception that Russian elections hold little meaning due to widespread manipulation by the authorities.

Comment: See also: More Duma, Less Prezident: Putin Announces Democratic Changes to Russian Constitution


Black Magic

Is America heading for a race war? Unless Democrats stop protecting criminals, it is inevitable

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Is the US really a land teeming with 'white supremacists', or are malicious forces working to crowbar the racial divide for their own ulterior motives? Whatever the case, America needs to get a handle on the issue, and fast.

Watching the video of George Floyd dying on the street under the knee of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, forced many people to ask themselves: is this yet another case of police brutality that has become so prevalent on the streets of America, or is it symptomatic of something even worse? Without any debate, the mainstream media had a ready-made answer for mass consumption: America is racist to the core and deserves whatever it gets. It was a simplistic, knee-jerk response at a time when America was already suffering under a lockdown due to a pandemic.

Footprints

Montreal Canada: 100K march for freedom, chant 'USA', fly 'Trump 2020' flags, protest COVID-19 policies

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Montreal rally
The number of people marching and chanting U-S-A stun onlookers.

Organizers estimate 100,000 people rallied in Montreal Canada on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 to "fight for freedom" and protest overbearing COVID-19 restrictions. Several speakers panned fake news and downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Some speakers said the virus is similar to a bad flu. They explained how the Canadian government killed thousands of people by sending COVID-19 patients to senior residences. There were scores of Trump 2020 flags with the slogans "No More Bullshit." There were a handful of signs that read: "Better to die free than to live without freedom."

Many marchers chanted U-S-A for the duration of the march. Watch:


A photo journalist remarked, "It really was crazy how many American and Trump 2020 flags were there for a Canadian protest."

Padlock

Quebec City to isolate 'uncooperative' citizens in secret corona facility, visit homes to remove those who violate quarantine

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Isolation
Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate "uncooperative" citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.

During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive. This led to them being deemed "uncooperative" and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.

Girard remarked during the press conference:
"[W]e may isolate someone for 14 days. And it is what we did this morning...forced a person to cooperate with the investigation...and police cooperation was exceptional."

Sheriff

Citations issued to 9 of 300 people who demonstrated near McCloskey home

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey confront protesters and issued trespassing citations.
Nine protesters have been issued trespassing summonses for marching onto a private St. Louis street in June, a demonstration that prompted a couple to emerge from their home with guns to confront the demonstrators.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were both charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon in a polarizing case that landed them a spot at the Republican National Convention last month. Police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell on Friday confirmed that nine protesters have been issued summonses but said the St. Louis City Counselor's office is still deciding whether to issue charges on the citations.

The Rev. Darryl Gray, who led the protest, called the citations an attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters:
"We're not going to be threatened, and that's what's happening across this country. You've got local governments and states who are trying to charge protesters, financially charge them, wanting them to pay costs. You've got others who want to make it a law against exercising our First Amendment right."
Gray was not issued a summons.

Handcuffs

Surfer handcuffed on beach for going into sea while infected with coronavirus

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Police arrested the woman on La Zurriola beach, city of San Sebastian, Spain.
A woman was arrested on a Spanish beach after going surfing despite testing positive for Covid-19. The woman - who has not been named - worked as a lifeguard at La Concha beach in the northern city of San Sebastian.

Her colleagues were the ones to call police after she was spotted at nearby La Zurriola beach, according to local reports. Pictures show police handcuffing the woman on the sand after pulling her from the water as she surfed.

She was arrested on suspicion of disobedience, after she reportedly ignored officers for several minutes before getting out of the sea. Photos published by a local paper showed two people in hazmat suits escorting the woman across the sand after asking her to put a face mask on.

She is expected to face a heavy fine for breaching strict quarantine rules, which could be up to £5,500. If it is discovered she has passed coronavirus on to another person through her actions, the fine would be more than £100,000.


Comment: From surfing in the ocean, fresh air and catching an accommodating wave to handcuffs, citations and fines - how ridiculous.




USA

The United States & its Constitution have two months left

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Bob Woodward writes that Trump's Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, and Trump's Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, spoke together about taking "collective action" to remove President Trump from office. General Mattis said Trump is "dangerous. He's unfit."

This is the same thing that the Generals and the CIA said about President John F. Kennedy.

When Generals and the CIA say that a president is unfit and dangerous, they mean he is dangerous to their budget. By "unfit" they mean he is not a reliable cold warrior who will keep hyping America's enemies so that money keeps pouring into the military/security budget. By serving defense contractors instead of their country, generals end up very wealthy.

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