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About time! Four men charged for allegedly attempting to tear down Andrew Jackson statue

jackson statue Lafayette  protests
© Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images
Protestors attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Four men have been charged in federal court for allegedly attempting to tear down the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on Monday. They have each been charged with destruction of federal property and one has been arrested, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.

Connor Matthew Judd, 20, was taken into custody Friday, according to the DoJ. The other three men, Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, were allegedly seen on video attempting to tear down or damage the statue along with Judd.

Judd is scheduled to appear in court Monday.



Shooting at Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, CA, worker and gunman killed, 4 wounded

walmart shooting red bluff CA
© Michael Daly
An SUV sits at the entrance of a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, Calif., on Saturday, June 27, 2020. A man drove the vehicle into the front of the building before police say he opened fire on workers
A worker was killed and four others were wounded Saturday after a gunman drove his SUV into a Northern California Walmart distribution center and used an assault rifle to fire upon workers during a shift change.

Two Red Bluff police officers opened fire on the suspect, who was carrying an "AR-type weapon" and had fired multiple shots at the officers, authorities said. The Tehama County Sheriff's Office announced several hours after the afternoon attack that the shooter died at a hospital.

During a news conference outside the warehouse, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters a motive for the attack had not been determined. He identified the shooter only as a 31-year-old white male with a history at the distribution center, which lies on the outskirts of Red Bluff, about 120 miles north of Sacramento.

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Tehama County sheriff's officials early Sunday morning said the Red Bluff Walmart Distribution Center shooting suspect, who was killed in a gunfight with police, was fired from the center last year.

The suspect, Louis Lane, 31, of Redding was fired from the distribution center in February 2019 because he did not show up for work, sheriff's officials said.

Lane showed up at the distribution center at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and crashed his sport-utility vehicle into the employee entrance to the building, officials said. After the SUV caught fire, Lane got out and opened fire inside the building.

Cardboard Box

Wirecard's 'lost' billions leaves thousands in UK unable to access their money

© REUTERS/Michael Dalder
FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG, an independent provider of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions is seen in Aschheim near Munich, Germany April 25, 2019.
Thousands of people in the UK are unable to access their money owing to the fallout from the scandal to hit payments firm Wirecard.

The UK licence of Wirecard Card Solutions has been frozen by the regulator after its German parent company filed for insolvency.

It means people are temporarily unable to access cash held with financial apps in the UK using Wirecard technology.

Some have spoken of their frustration, but their money should be safe.

Comment: That doesn't sound like a guarantee.

Comment: See also: Billions of euros confirmed missing from Germany's Wirecard


Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself

Corona capitalism
© Peter J. Thompson/National Post files
Critical Theory drives government policies and shape public attitudes: Capitalism is oppressive. Private property rights cause environmental destruction. Prosperity causes climate change.
If you live in a Western nation like Canada in the 21st century, you have more freedom, prosperity and peace than most of the rest of the world at most other times in history. Yet these countries have never been at greater risk. The threat is not pandemics, climate change or war but something more insidious.

Modern Western civilization grew out of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ascendancy of reason in human affairs produced the scientific method and later the Industrial Revolution. Add in the rule of law, individual liberty, private property and capitalism, and you have the basic recipe that has raised most of humanity out of poverty over two centuries.

New academic doctrines are moving the world, or at least the West, from this triumph to decline. They dismiss science — real science — in favour of political agendas, in which theory trumps facts.

Few people are familiar with Critical Theory and its related doctrines, yet these ideas today drive government policies and shape public attitudes. Capitalism is oppressive. Private property rights cause environmental destruction. Prosperity causes climate change.

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Arrow Up

US smashes daily coronavirus case record as states reimpose restrictions & critics blame Trump after cheering protests for weeks

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© Reuters / Shannon Stapleton; Reuters / Mike Blake
As several states move to reintroduce containment measures, the US has again topped its one-day record for new Covid-19 cases. Tallying more than 45,000 infections, the spike could undo a falling trend in fatalities.

Friday saw the US case count jump by 45,242, according to data collected by Reuters, putting the total number of infections in the country at nearly 2.5 million.


Twitter closes Graham Linehan account after trans comment

Graham Linehan
© Graeme Robertson/The Guardian
Graham Linehan said he had appealed against the suspension to Twitter.
The Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has been permanently suspended from Twitter for breaching the site's rules on banned words.

Twitter said the account, which uses the handle @glinner, had been suspended after "repeated violations of our rules against hateful conduct and platform manipulation".

Linehan's account was closed after he reportedly tweeted "men aren't women tho" in response to a post by the Women's Institute wishing their transgender members a happy Pride.

Following the suspension, a post credited to Linehan's handle "Glinner" on the parenting website Mumsnet asked for support.


Facebook bends the knee, agrees to censor Trump ads after mass advertiser boycott

Mark Zuckerberg
© Erin Scott | Reuters
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, October 23, 2019.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the company will change its policies to prohibit hate speech in its advertisements.

Under its new policies, Facebook will ban ads that claim people from a specific race, ethnicity, nationality, caste, gender, sexual orientation or immigration origin are a threat to the physical safety or health of anyone else, Zuckerberg said.

"I am committed to making sure Facebook remains a place where people can use their voice to discuss important issues," Zuckerberg said. "But I also stand against hate or anything that incites violence or suppresses voting, and we're committed to removing that content too, no matter where it comes from."

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Light Sabers

Fox News anchor Greg Gutfeld rips Juan Williams when he tries to blame inner-city violence On Trump

Greg Gutfeld - Juan Williams
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld tore into Juan Williams on Friday's "The Five" after his co-host tried to blame President Donald Trump for inner-city violence.

Gutfeld had just concluded a monologue slamming white antifa "laughable losers" and stating that he had more in common with "black winners than white losers."

"What ties us together is achievement and not grievance," Gutfeld said. "So white winners and black winners are on the same side, and stay away from the white losers because they are poisoning the minds of everybody. That will end racism if all the winners of every race and color joined together and laugh at the losers."

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Bizarro Earth

Assange accuser is FBI asset and convicted child molester

FBI computer
© The Daily Beast
The Department of Justice today issued a superseding indictment against Julian Assange in the latest salvo of a decade-long campaign by the US government and its intelligence agencies to destroy the WikiLeaks founder and besmirch his reputation.

The new indictment does not contain any charges additional to those filed in May 2019. The 17 Espionage Act counts over WikiLeaks' publication of documents leaked by Chelsea Manning exposing historic war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and illegal global diplomatic intrigues remain. These represent the greatest attack on press freedom and the First Amendment of the US Constitution in decades, directly targeting the right of all journalists to publish "national security" material.

The indictment also contains one charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. It was the first US count unveiled against Assange after he was dragged by British police from Ecuador's London embassy in April 2019.


The real reason for the 'face diapering'

Face Mask
© Eric Peters Autos
We are told the Face Diaper mandates being imposed by the Gesundheitsfuhrers are necessary to "stop the spread" of WuFlu. In fact, they are necessary to stop the display of disagreement with the Gesundheitsfuhrers.

The undiapered aren't a threat to public health. They are a threat to the power of the Gesundheitsfuhrers, who need to create the image of general sickness in order to maintain the fiction of its reality.

Without which, their power to rule by decree - for the sake of public health - loses its puissance.

But if everyone is diapered up, it looks very scary out there. And very scared people are very easy to herd.

It is noteworthy - or should be - that Face Diapering was hardly "practiced" (the new virtue-signaling verbiage) when it was most rational to do so. Which was three months ago - when no one knew much about the WuFlu other than what the Gesundheitsfuhrers were telling them, which was that millions were going to die. Not a bad reason to put on a Face Diaper . . .

If it was so.

Of course, it wasn't - it isn't - so.