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Harvard goes full police state, asks for photos and video of social distancing violations

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Accused students judged under undefined evidence standard

Unlike in prison, you're unlikely to get seriously ill with COVID-19 at Harvard University. But like in prison, private eyes are watching your every move.

The Ivy League university not only coerced students into giving up their freedom of association pledging an oath not to violate social distancing rules in order to live on campus, but it's encouraging rat finks to provide evidence of their peers behaving like ordinary college kids.

Harvard created a new online "form for reporting social distancing violations" that includes "space for photos and videos," The Harvard Crimson reports. It basically sounds like a police report, asking the rat fink to provide full details of the incident. (Allegedly they won't be able to file anonymously. Let's see if Harvard keeps it that way.)

Once the newly created Star Chamber "Community Council" receives a report from a rat fink, the "perpetrator" may get an "oral warning" for low-level offenses (undefined) or a formal review for more serious acts of hanging out with people.

Comment: Another absurd and soul-crushing policy enacted by a so-called institute of "higher learning" in the US. The list goes on and on, and hopefully many more young people will become wise to the ideological, authoritarian and political agendas now at play in all too many colleges and universities in the US:


Baltimore murder suspects protected by sanctuary laws

Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon

A photo of Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon provided by the Nassau County Police Department
Two undocumented immigrants suspected in the gang slaying of a 16-year-old girl in Baltimore were released because of sanctuary city policies, despite requests from federal immigration officials, officials said Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it lodged three immigration detainers on three men charged in the May 29 death of Gabriela Ardon. Five people are charged in the killing -- three of whom were living in the United States illegally.

"In this case, two of the suspects arrested had previously been encountered by ICE, but due to state and local policies that put politics above public safety, they were released to the street," said Acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal. "This is the worst-case scenario when detainers are not honored."

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Big Brother for sale: Moscow woman sues city authorities after 'buying data' on her own movements from dark web

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FILE PHOTO: Broadcast of voting in the presidential election of the Russian Federation from video cameras installed at polling stations in the information center of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation.
A Moscow woman is suing the city's mayor's office and demanding that it stops using a facial recognition system on the Russian capital's streets, after she bought data on the dark web about her own movements.

Anna Kuznetsova filed a lawsuit for 100,000 rubles ($1,300) of compensation, after she found a person selling data online and anonymously ordered information about herself. Kuznetsova works for Roskomsvoboda, a project which promotes freedom of information and privacy on the internet.

"She sent a photo, and two days later received a report for the previous month with detailed information about where her face was recorded," said Kuznetsova's lawyer, Ekaterina Abashina. "Almost all of the addresses matched the girl's actual movements. It cost 16 thousand rubles ($210)."

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Bojo threatens 2nd total lockdown to 'save Christmas'

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A police car patrols London's Greenwich Park in April at the height of the lockdown
BORIS Johnson warns that only tough love will flatten a second camel-like hump on Britain's coronavirus graph and save Christmas.

The Prime Minister gave his stark message as he told Sun readers that further curfew measures, such as shutting pubs at 10pm, will be needed if his "rule of six" is not obeyed.

He says more deaths are coming and an "awful lot of people" could still die of Covid-19 if it is allowed to "rip" through the country again.


What really happened at the Covid protest in Berlin? CHD's Senta Depuydt reports

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Crowds turned out on August 29, 2019 to hear Robert F Kennedy, Jr speak at a Berlin rally against Covid-19 restrictions and other dangers for children's health
The German media are reporting 38,000 people in attendance on August 29 in Berlin while YouTubers claim one million or more. Not a word is being mentioned about Robert Kennedy's presence at the event on official networks even as the historic speech of the former U.S. president's nephew floods social media. Never has the gap between the institutional press and the alternative media been so wide. What really happened on August 29th in Berlin?

Germany experienced one of the biggest demonstrations in its history on August 29, despite repeated attempts by the Berlin authorities to ban the event. The announcement of the participation of attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as a last-minute guest reinforced the public's mobilization and determination to turn out and defend their freedoms being threatened by the health agendas related to the response to the "pandemic."

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Venezuelan military shoots down cocaine-laden US plane

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Wreckage of down cocaine smuggling plane
Venezuela's military has shot down a US-registered aircraft carrying drugs, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol announced. According to the interior minister, the incident took place on Tuesday, with the aircraft downed after illegally entering Venezuelan airspace in the province of Zulia near the border with Colombia, RIA Novosti reported.

"After the illegal air unit was detected by the radars of the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command, the National Bolivarian Armed Forces activated all protocols established in the Control Law for the Comprehensive Defense of Airspace," Reverol tweeted, referring to a 2013 law authorising the destruction of any suspected cartel plane operating in Venezuelan airspace.

"We remain on permanent alert, monitoring our airspace to prevent it from being used for illicit drug trafficking from Colombia, which is the largest producer of cocaine in the world," Reverol added, in a possible reference to the plane's cargo.

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Miami restaurant unhappy with the visit made by Kamala Harris as customers threaten to boycott

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VP nominee Kamala Harris invades Florida restaurant
The campaign for Kamala Harris and her running mate has hit a rough patch in the state of Florida. Support for the Democrat ticket among Hispanic voters is eroding, so some quick visits have been hastily planned in the Sunshine State.

While Joe Biden was playing selections from his music library on his phone for a presser, Kamala made a visit to a Miami restaurant, with the press in tow. In the town of Doral, with a heavy Venezuelan population, the candidate glad-handed and joked with customers for a photo-op. This turned out to be a poor decision.

Note how we wrote "hastily" there? Well, it turned out they never contacted the restaurant ahead of time. Had they, the campaign staff might have learned she was not entirely welcomed.

Comment: South Florida Latin community tells Harris 'no más!'
It turns out Kamala Harris was never invited to the Latin restaurant and the owner is furious after her unannounced visit sparked major backlash from the Latino community. Andres Garcia, president of the board of directors of Amaize Latin Flavors restaurant slammed Kamala Harris after the Latino community called for a boycott of the restaurant.

Garcia said his organization does not use the restaurant for political reasons and he respects every individual in the organization. "I will never take a political position," Garcia explained.

Latinos for Trump came out and lined the streets of Miami last Thursday to make it clear they reject Kamala Harris.

"No Communista. No Socialista" one sign said.

The conservative Cubans and Venezuelans in Miami were not impressed with Kamala Harris's pandering.

Joe Biden is currently in Florida pandering to the Latino community as he loses support among Hispanic voters.

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Cellebrite: Second Israeli firm exposed for providing hacking services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
An Israeli firm provided phone hacking services to Saudi Arabia, a new investigation by Haaretz has uncovered in a detailed report exposing the cosy relation between some of the worst human rights abusing regimes in the world and Israeli companies.

The report follows the activities of Cellebrite, which is one of a number of Israeli firms that provides hacking or other cybersecurity services to the Saudi kingdom. Exposing the cosy relations between the two parties, Haaretz recounted a hacking incident from last November:

A representative of the Israeli firm is said to have landed at King Khaled International Airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, arriving on a commercial flight from London to hack into a phone in the possession of the Saudi Justice Ministry. The details of the visit were agreed upon before the hacker landed.

Cellebrite staff demanded to be met at Riyadh airport by a government representative. Saudis also met other demands such as allowing Cellebrite staff member to pass through passport control without his passport being stamped and without an inspection of the electronic equipment that he would have with him.


George Floyd riots have (so far) cost more than $1B in insurance claims, making them costliest riots in US history

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Rodney King riot, 1992, Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles, CA
The total cost of damages from the riots sparked by the death of George Floyd surpassed the cost of the 1992 Rodney King riots, according to estimates from insurance claims throughout the United States.

The string of riots that followed Floyd's death from May 26 to June 8 are expected to cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, according to Axios. The protests took place throughout 140 U.S. cities, with some of the demonstrations devolving into violent riots filled with vandalism, arson, and looting.

This year's riots surpassed the destruction that took place in 1992 in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 4, following the acquittal of the officers who had beaten King. Those riots cost $775 million, or roughly $1.4 billion when adjusted for inflation.

The data was released by Property Claim Services, a company that has tracked insurance claims following riots for decades. The company classifies any riot that leads to more than $25 million in damage as a "catastrophe." The Insurance Information Institute, a company that compiled the data from the Property Claim Services, said the Floyd riots were exceptionally costly because they took place in several cities throughout the nation, while the King riots were localized to Los Angeles.

Comment: As the 2020 riots have not ceased and costs are still mounting, one thing becomes crystal clear: The tab for unnecessary destruction on this scale comes out of the pockets of all the people, not the perpetrators, not the agenda creators, nor those politicians who encourage this behavior. Think insurance is going to cover it? Insurance companies survive on the amount of accrued 'donation' from active policies not tapped. The difference will be derived from public taxes and government (citizen) bailouts. Everyone holds a stick in this on-burning fire.


Trevor Timm: Assange prosecution would put journalists around the world at risk

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Supporters of Julian Assange protest outside the Old Bailey as the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumes
Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, tells a court that if the US prosecutes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, every reporter who receives a secret document will be criminalised

The prosecution of Julian Assange by the US government would set a legal precedent that puts journalists reporting on national security at risk worldwide, a court heard yesterday.

Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), told a hearing at the Old Bailey that the case poses extreme danger to journalists if it is allowed to go ahead.

"This would criminalise every reporter who received a secret document whether they asked for it or not," he told the court.

Timm said this was almost a consensus opinion among first amendment experts, media law experts and lawyers, and was why "virtually every newspaper in the US has condemned proceedings before the court".