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Huge group of armed Black protesters march on Confederate monument in Georgia

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Armed black protesters marched in Geogia on Independence Day to protest one of the largest Confederate monuments in the world.

"Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, a nine-story-high bas-relief sculpture carved into a sprawling rock face northeast of Atlanta, is perhaps the South's most audacious monument to its pro-slavery legacy still intact," Reuters reported on Friday. "The monument - which reopens on Independence Day weekend after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close for weeks - has faced renewed calls for removal since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died during an arrest by a white police officer who pinned his neck to the ground with a knee."

Upon reopening, a huge group of armed Black protesters marched through Stone Mountain.

Here are some of the scenes from the protests:


Comment: Some more clips of the march:



Official response so far:
Despite many on social media reacting to clips of the Saturday demonstration with worry, officials say the protesters conducted their business peacefully.

"It's a public park, a state park. We have these protests on both sides of the issue from time to time. We respect people's First Amendment right," John Bankhead, a spokesman for the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, told WXIA-TV.



Attention

Third day of riots in Portland as protesters besiege federal courthouse

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A police officer runs among tear gas in Portland.
Portland police used tear gas against protesters who had erected barricades and shot fireworks at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in the city. Friday was the third riot in Portland this week.

Several hundred activists marched on Friday evening into the streets around the courthouse in downtown Portland, bearing makeshift shields and diverse materials they used to erect some barricades, police said.

In the early hours of Saturday, the situation became increasingly volatile, with Portland police declaring a riot at around 4am local time. Officers deployed tear gas and pushed the protesters away from the courthouse.


Comment: Andy Ngo has been on the scene:








USA

Michigan state passes controversial bill to microchip humans voluntarily 'to protect their privacy'

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The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill to microchip humans voluntarily in the state under the guise of protecting their privacy. The Microchip Protection Act would allow Michigan employers to use microchipping of their workers with their consent. However, research has shown that RFID transponders causes cancer.

The plan to microchip humans is sponsored by Rep. Bronna Kahle under the guise of protecting the privacy of workers. The stated objective of the bill is that it will protect the privacy rights of Michigan workers and promote further growth for job providers as it relates to microchipping - a cutting-edge technology on the rise that increases workplace efficiency.
"With the way technology has increased over the years and as it continues to grow, it's important Michigan job providers balance the interests of the company with their employees' expectations of privacy."

"Microchipping has been brought up in many conversations as companies across the country are exploring cost-effective ways to increase workplace efficiency. While these miniature devices are on the rise, so are the calls of workers to have their privacy protected."

Rep. Bronna Kahle, the Republican who sponsored the bill, said in a press statement.

Smoking

Several casinos ban indoor smoking citing COVID-19 concerns

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Multiple Pennsylvania gaming properties are now smoke-free after recent directives from state regulators to improve worker and player health.

Among them is The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, located in Washington, which announced on social media that smoking was "phased out in the casino" and it reopened Saturday (July 4) morning "as a 100% smoke free facility."

The decision was made after an order from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to WPXI, a local TV station.

Another Pennsylvania TV station, WGAL, reported that Hollywood Casino, located in Grantville, also banned smoking. It also follows a decision by the Department of Health and Gaming Control Board.

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USA

Donald Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues

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South Dakota's U.S. Independence Day Mount Rushmore fireworks are launched during celebrations at Mt. Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, U.S., July 3, 2020.
The White House unveiled an executive order Friday evening to create a "National Garden of American Heroes" that will feature statues of prominent Americans.

The executive order, which President Trump announced during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore, comes as the nation grapples with calls to tear down Confederate statues across the country and address other racist iconography.

"These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation," reads the executive order, which was disseminated by the White House.

Comment:
'Must protect our history': Trump announces creation of 'National Garden of American Heroes' monument park
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The announcement was not without its detractors, of course, including neoconservative luminary and rabid Iraq War booster Bill Kristol, who suggested such a memorial park already exists in the form of the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where thousands of American combat veterans are buried across 624 acres. Cost also became a point of contention, with critics arguing the money would be better spent elsewhere.





Shopping Bag

Best-selling children's author Gillian Philip is sacked after adding hashtag 'I stand with JK Rowling' to her Twitter handle

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Gillian Philip (pictured), a best-selling children's author, has been sacked after putting out a tweet with the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling, amid the Harry Potter author's transgender row.
A bestselling children's author has been sacked after expressing support for fellow writer J. K. Rowling in the bitter row over transgender rights.

In the latest example of 'cancel culture', novelist Gillian Philip was last week jettisoned from her role writing titles for a major publishing company.

It came after the writer, who has penned a popular series of books for eight-to-12-year-olds, added the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling to her Twitter handle.

Comment: Who would have guessed that in 2020, someone would lose their job for agreeing with the sentiment that only women menstruate. If anyone ever needed evidence that human culture is devolving, this would add nicely.

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Lockdown lunacy 2.0: Second wave? Not even close

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Why did politicians ever lockdown society in the first place? Can we all agree that the stated purpose was to "flatten the curve" so our hospital system could handle the inevitable COVID-19 patients who needed care? At that point, at least, back in early March, people were behaving rationally. They accepted that you can't eradicate a virus, so let's postpone things enough to handle it. The fact is, we have done that, and so much more. The headlines are filled with dire warnings of a "second wave" and trigger-happy Governors are rolling back regulations to try to stem the tide of new cases. But, is any of it actually true and should we all be worried? No, it's not a second wave. The COVID-19 virus is on its final legs, and while I have filled this post with graphs to prove everything I just said, this is really the only graph you need to see, it's the CDC's data, over time, of deaths from COVID-19 here in the U.S., and the trend line is unmistakable:

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If virologists were driving policy about COVID-19 rather than public health officials, we'd all be Sweden right now, which means life would effectively be back to normal. The only thing our lockdowns have done at this point is prolong the agony a little bit, and encouraged Governors to make up more useless rules. Sweden's health minister understood that the only chance to beat COVID-19 was to get the Swedish population to a Herd Immunity Threshold against COVID-19, and that's exactly what they have done, so let me start there.

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Wacky Hollywood: Tim Robbins blasts ICE as 'SS' in charge of 'ethnic cleansing'

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ICE officers in Paramount, California/Tim Robbins at Bernie Sanders rally in Hanover, New Hampshire
'Shawshank Redemption' star Tim Robbins has compared US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Nazis, and claimed the agency's goal is to target people of color and give America an "ethnic cleansing."

"ICE are massively funded, militarized police whose function is to deport people of color. Ethnic cleansing in America," tweeted the actor in reaction to a story about President Donald Trump designating ICE a "security agency" in an effort to protect the identities of its employees.

"Now they are a massively funded, militarized SECRET police (SS) that don't have to identify themselves or answer to anyone. What could go wrong?" according to Robbins.

Comment:

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USA

'I am running for president of the United States': Kanye West says he's joining presidential race, wins backing from Elon Musk

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American rapper Kanye West, who has in the past been eviscerated by the left over his vocal support for US President Donald Trump, has said he's launching his own presidential bid.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION," West wrote, breaking the news to nearly 30 million followers on Twitter on Saturday evening.


Comment: He should run in 2024 as the Republican candidate so he doesn't have go up against Trump!

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USA

'F**ktheFourth' trending on Twitter as liberals & conservatives lock horns over Independence Day celebrations

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People queue for dine-in service outside the Baja Beach Bar in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California.
The stark contrast between liberals and conservatives reacting to the Fourth of July on social media magnifies the deep cultural wedge in the US, with the left calling the holiday a "sham" and the right mourning what once was.

While Independence Day is typically a time for celebration in the US, it's taken a different turn this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

The hashtag "F**ktheFourth" is trending on Twitter, with the "u" in the curse word cleverly switched out with a "v."