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Black man who disguised himself with a white guy mask arrested in connection to dozens of burglaries

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Rockim Lee Prowell, disguised and revealed
After more than 30 burglaries were committed in the Los Angeles area, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced Thursday that the man suspected behind the actions has been arrested.

In a May 7, 2021 media release on Facebook, BHPD announced that they arrested 30-year-old Rockim Prowell of Inglewood, California during a traffic stop on May 2.

During the traffic stop it was discovered that Prowell was driving a vehicle with stolen plates, and possessed a face mask as well as other items connected to two previous burglaries. BHPD reported:
"On April 20, 2021, Beverly Hills Police Officers responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 1900 block of Loma Vista Drive. During the investigation, it was discovered that the same suspect was responsible for a residential burglary that occurred on July 20, 2020, in the 100 block of Stanley Drive. The suspect, and the vehicle he was driving, were tied to both crimes through surveillance video. During both crimes, the suspect stole flat-screen televisions."
During a search warrant conducted on Prowell's home, BHPD found stolen items that connected him to additional residential burglaries in the area.

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Shooting in Times Square injures 3, including 4-year-old girl, gunman intended to shoot his brother

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In this image taken from video by the FDNY, pedestrians hurry away from the scene of a shooting in Times Square, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in New York.
Law enforcement sources told The New York Post that 31-year-old Farrakhan Muhammad has been named as a person of interest in Saturday night's Times Square shooting that injured three people, including a four-year-old girl, according to reports.

Shots rang out just before 5 p.m. Saturday at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Law enforcement sources told The Post that the shooting resulted from an argument between the person of interest and his brother. Three people were injured amid the gunfire: Wendy Magrinat, a 23-year-old Rhode Island resident shot in the leg, a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey in the foot, and a 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn was shot in the leg.

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Report says Melinda Gates has been meeting with divorce lawyers since 2019

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Melinda Gates has been talking to divorce lawyers for more than 18 months.
Bill Gates' wife has been talking to divorce lawyers for more than 18 months — and was concerned in part by his ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a bombshell report Sunday.

Melinda Gates, 56, has been working with lawyers at several firms since at least October 2019 — the same month her husband was first exposed as having repeatedly met Epstein at his Manhattan mansion, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources and divorce documents.

The Microsoft co-founder's dealings with the convicted pedophile had been a source of concern for his wife, sources told the paper.

Melinda Gates — a global advocate for women and girls — had already warned her billionaire tech-mogul husband that she was uncomfortable with Epstein after they both met him in 2013, the outlet's sources confirmed of earlier reports.

Comment: The Daily Beast reports that Melinda early on had made her distaste for Epstein clear, but Bill continued to associate with him even after his first convictions for child molestation.
Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside her husband, Bill, in New York City and soon after said she was furious at the relationship between the two men, according to people familiar with the situation.

The previously unreported meeting occurred at Epstein's Upper East Side mansion in September 2013, on the same day the couple accepted the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award at The Pierre hotel and were photographed alongside then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

The meeting would prove a turning point for Gates' relationship with Epstein, the people familiar with the matter say, as Melinda told friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was in the company of the wealthy sex offender and how she wanted nothing to do with him.

Gates' friendship with Epstein — who for years was accused of molesting scores of underage girls — still haunts Melinda, according to friends of the couple who spoke to The Daily Beast this week in light of the pair's divorce announcement, which had been weeks in the making.


One associate in the technology world who's attended the same events as Epstein, including a TED conference in Monterey, California, was surprised Gates had considered cultivating philanthropic ties with the late pedophile.

"I can't make the claim that so many are claiming," the person told The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity, referring to people in Epstein's orbit who've said they had no suspicions of Epstein's abuse. "If you ask Bill Gates, he'll say, 'Oh I had absolutely no idea he wasn't up to anything of the highest moral character.' But I seriously doubted Epstein's moral character."

"The people around him," the person added, referring to Epstein, "had a varying spectrum of what they knew and what they didn't know and how they rationalized it."

This person wasn't surprised that Melinda Gates was put off by Epstein, saying "a lot of people were uncomfortable with Epstein, completely independent of his" sexual misconduct. "He just was an obnoxious guy. He almost made a point of having bad manners, not paying attention at dinner... I could see how anybody, even without suspicions, would not want to be around him."

Epstein also reportedly had a habit of bragging that he was an unofficial adviser to Bill Gates — a claim the Microsoft founder's representatives denied. One Times report indicates Epstein claimed to be a tax consultant for the tech magnate.

After his initial meeting with the financier, the billionaire philanthropist told Gates Foundation staff in an email: "His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me." Asked about this message, Gates' spokeswoman said he "was referring only to the unique decor" at Epstein's Manhattan mansion and "Epstein's habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates."

The rapport between Gates and Epstein seems to have fizzled in the fall of 2014, sometime after Gates donated $2 million to MIT's Media Lab. The lab's former director Joi Ito, in an internal email unearthed by The New Yorker, claimed Epstein facilitated that donation. As the Times investigation noted: "Mr. Epstein complained to an acquaintance at the end of 2014 that Mr. Gates had stopped talking to him, according to a person familiar with the discussion."


Hugging lesson? BBC gets pilloried for giving tips on how to 'safely' embrace one another

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The BBC has exposed itself to a wave of internet scorn after lecturing Britons on how to correctly embrace one another, in response to reports that the government would soon "allow" hugging.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to push forward with plans to ease lockdown restrictions, including guidance on hugging. The government is "hopeful" that hugs will soon be permitted, but people should act "cautiously" when engaging in amicable touching, Health Minister Nadine Dorries said. Her remarks were echoed by Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who said Downing Street wanted to fully restore "friendly contact" between people.

The government's somewhat presumptuous belief that it could "allow" Britons to hug each other seemed to delight the BBC, which scrambled to assemble experts to weigh in on how to responsibly go about putting your arms around someone.

Comment: See also: Does the Handling of the Coronavirus by Our Government Amount to Torture?


CIA recruitment ad featuring gay agency librarian prompts backlash over more woke-washing

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For the second time in two weeks, a Central Intelligence Agency recruitment ad with a feel-good story about "inclusion" and "identity" has been criticized for virtue-signaling 'wokeness' to paint over its less wholesome actions.

The ad, released on the agency's official YouTube account in April as part of its ongoing 'Humans of CIA' series, features an unnamed employee who describes himself as an "agency librarian" during a voiceover monologue accompanying a sequence of videos showing him at work.

A previous point-of-view video in the series - from a "cisgender millenial" Latina intelligence officer with "generalized anxiety disorder" - elicited a widespread backlash after it went viral last week.

Comment: Another victory for the long-range project of destroying the US?

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Israel kills 20 Palestinians in Gaza, injures hundreds in Jerusalem as Al-Aqsa tensions flare

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Palestinian protesters burn tires along the Israel-Gaza border.
Israeli forces killed 20 Palestinians, including nine children in an airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported, as tensions escalated over Israeli aggression at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza on Monday evening, following rocket fire from Gaza that caused damage to one Israeli vehicle, and "lightly injured" one Israeli civilian, according to an Israeli army statement.

Some Palestinian media outlets reported that the Palestinian casualties were from the same family, though the Ministry of Health has yet to confirm the identities of those who were killed. The Israeli army said that "three Hamas operatives" were killed in a "targeted attack," but made no mention of the other reported casualties, including the children.

Comment: There are no winners here as tensions and actions ratchet out of control.

10/5/2021 Guess the response from the Biden administration in its State Department press briefing:
State Department spokesperson Ned Price began his Monday press conference by condemning Hamas for launching rockets at Israel.

"This is an unacceptable escalation. While we urge deescalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel's legitimate right to defend its people and its territory."

Said Arikat, Washington Bureau Chief for al-Quds, had a very direct follow-up question: "Do Palestinians have a right to self-defense?"

"Broadly speaking Said, we believe in the concept of self-defense. We believe it applies to any state," responded Price.

The AP's Matt Lee took note of this assertion and had an inquiry later in the press conference. Price had said that any state has a right to self-defense. Does the Biden administration view Palestine as a state? If they do not, was Price saying Palestinians don't have a right to self-defense?

When pressed on this, Price suggested it was complicated. "I'm not in the position to debate the legalities from up here. Our message is one of deescalation."

Later in the press conference Price was asked about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) referring to the situation in Sheikh Jarrah as ethnic cleansing. "That's not [terminology] we've used before," he said. "That's not something that our analysis supports."
10/5/2021 06:52 "Closed." Jewish visitors banned from Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day giving rise to angry Israelis:
In light of the tension and violence, Israeli security officials have chosen to restrict access to the Temple Mount for Jews on Monday, with a statement saying that "the Israel Police will continue to allow freedom of worship but will not allow riots."

The decision has sparked an angry reaction from Israeli right-wingers, with Otzma Yehudit party chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir lamenting that "violence and bullying have won," and even blaming the authorities and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for policies representing "harm to the Jews."

Complicating things further are the right-wingers' plans to hold the customary Flag Parade celebrating the "reunification" of the city - a mass event that usually proceeds into the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

10/5/2021 06:10 Numbers of injured keep rising as Israeli security personnel storm the holy site, several are in critical condition while nine officers sustained injuries:
At least 305 people have been injured, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, with as skirmishes continue - including tear gas attacks.

Authorities say that order has now been restored at the Temple Mount. According to reports, Israeli forces withdrew from the compound in the afternoon, allowing Palestinians who were sheltered inside the mosque to leave. Some worshippers were photographed cleaning up debris following the skirmish.

Those who stayed behind to help clean up in the aftermath of the violence collected piles of stun grenades, tear gas canisters, rocks, chairs, and other items that were used during the battle.

A spokesman for Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the "brutal storming" of the mosque, claiming it undermined peace efforts and presented a "new challenge to the international community."

The European Union's delegation to the Palestinians released a statement saying the bloc was "extremely concerned" by ongoing clashes in the Old City and urged all sides to refrain from violence.
10/5/2021 09:46 To make matters worse, an aggressive Israeli driver intent on rampage, comes under attack:
An Israeli motorist plowed into a Palestinian youth near Lion's Gate in East Jerusalem, reportedly after his car was attacked by a mob amid ongoing unrest in the city. CCTV footage shows a group of people chasing after a white automobile.

10/5/2021 17:15 The current situation also tallies deaths and injuries from Israeli air strikes:
Ambulance Gaza
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Twenty Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes, including nine children, Gaza's Ministry of Health has said, after rockets fired from the territory towards Jerusalem were reportedly met with Israeli counterstrikes. Some of the scores injured were also treated at the Beit Hanoun Hospital in the north of Gaza, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
10/5/2021 17:51: Not bad enough yet? Fire erupts outside Al Aqsa mosque:
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Israelis gather at the Western Wall, blaze in the background
Smoke rose above Jerusalem's Temple Mount as a tree outside the Al Aqsa Mosque went up in flames on Monday. Police said the fire at Al Aqsa was the result of "fireworks being fired at the Temple Mount plaza."

The mosque has not sustained any damage from the blaze, according to eyewitnesses.

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Censored! Who needs a totalitarian state when zealous, woke workers ensure that books with 'invalid opinions' never get an airing?

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The publishing industry is encouraging grass roots censorship and increasingly giving in to employees who demand that certain views should never be able to be expressed - especially those involving trans issues.

It looks like publishing is fast becoming a career choice for ambitious would-be censors. The most aspiring and aggressive wing of the grass-roots censorship movement is the lobby policing publications dealing with trans-related issues. Recently a group of individuals from across the publishing industry associated with this lobby wrote a letter to The Bookseller demanding the censoring of books that it deems unfavourable to its cause.

The main point of the letter is to claim that trans culture cannot be a subject of debate and that publishers should prevent opinions that run counter to it from being published. It states:
"Transphobia is still perfectly acceptable in the British book industry. Our industry excuses it, says that to view transgender individuals as having less than full human rights is OK and an opinion as valid as others. Our industry is still very comfortable about giving this form of prejudice a powerful platform. We need to step away from the paradigm that all opinions are equally valid."
The demand to reject the paradigm that all opinions are valid is a roundabout way of saying that 'invalid' opinions can be legitimately censored and authors who hold such views should be cancelled and silenced.

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Hong Kong pulls more democracy books from library shelves citing security law concerns

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Hong Kong Central Library
Nine books written by Hong Kong pro-democracy figures and critics of Beijing have been removed from local public libraries for review, after the authorities cited potential national security law violations.

According to Apple Daily's report on Friday, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) ordered library staff to remove copies of nine books by six authors from the shelves as the titles had to undergo a review by the government. The LCSD confirmed with HKFP on Sunday that they have suspended services relating to the nine books, saying the move was to "avoid breaking the law."

Among the authors whose books are being vetted are former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho, ex-Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, political commentator Bruce Lam and Chinese-American writer and activist Yu Jie and Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu. Hong Kong Nationalism written by Undergrad - an editorial board of the Hong Kong University Students' Union, was also among the titles that are no longer available.
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Some of the titles put under review by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit

Katie Hobbs
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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) is receiving security protection from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after she received several death threats during a controversial election audit in Maricopa County.

Hobbs's office confirmed to The Hill that she requested the protection Thursday "in light of recent death threats she has been receiving and after she was chased by a man she did not recognize yesterday."

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's (R) office also confirmed to The Hill that it had approved of the protection from the Department of Public Safety.

Hobbs has been a consistent critic of the election audit, which is being pushed by Republicans in the state Senate to call into questions the results from the 2020 presidential race in Arizona's largest county, which went for President Biden. The company conducting the audit has minimal experience in election tallying, and its chief executive has expressed support for former President Trump.

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'Disappearance' of Navalny doctor sends Russia-bashers into overdrive... until he's found alive and well

FILE PHOTO. Alexander Murakhovsky, chief doctor at Omsk Emergency Hospital No. 1, Russia.
When Dr Alexander Murakhovksy set out for a long weekend of hunting in a Siberian forest, he had no idea he would soon be at the center of a massive local manhunt - as well as vivid conspiracy theories and a worldwide media storm.

On Sunday, as Russia celebrated Victory Day with a national holiday, the Interior Ministry in Omsk put out an alert for a man in his fifties who had become separated from his companions. He had reportedly not been heard-of since heading off into the woods on an all-terrain vehicle. To make matters worse, local residents claimed to have spotted bears in the area.

Comment: See also: Pro-western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist: Who exactly is Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny?