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So...as it turns out, you're a racist

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The Point?
Am I a racist? Are you? People tell me I sort of have to be a racist, it's not really my choice. Today, if you're old, white, from the Midwest, a bit conservative, then you're racist. Maybe you don't say racist things specifically, and maybe you never did anything to disadvantage a black person yourself, but by original sin, you're part of "systematic racism."

Now maybe your immigrant parents arrived in the U.S. 75 years after slavery, or you as a white racist have trouble finding a privileged job that pays a living wage. No matter, you're still privileged thanks to a system going back 400 years whether you like it or not. You can't change what you are and people hate you for it. That's the systemic part, defined as
"not something that a few people choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist."
I'd like to say that was from the news, but in recent days I heard most of that from a close relative, and the rest from a friend of many years, neither of whom want to interact with me anymore. I've been sending one checks since her birthdays were in the single digits. I grew up alongside the other. They have both taken themselves out of my life because the internet told them I am a racist.

Comment: Has lockdown trauma gone systemic? What has happened to the concept of critical thinking and its application to issues now manifesting as hyperbolic criticism? No matter who set this debacle in motion, it bodes a nefarious plan: a fear-based social distancing within our minds.


Life Preserver

Pakistan central bank governor: Coronavirus lockdowns are a 'luxury of the rich'

Reza Baqir
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Pakistan's central bank governor Reza Baqir
The coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis and until it's addressed, there will most likely be economic hardships ahead, Pakistan's central bank governor told CNBC. Pakistan has reported more than 213,000 cases of infection and nearly 4,400 people have died.

Reza Baqir said on CNBC's Street Signs Asia on Wednesday said:
"We are very concerned. First and foremost, this is a public health crisis — we have to remind ourselves of that. And, only on a secondary basis, then it becomes an economic crisis. Until the public health crisis is addressed, we should continue to expect challenges on the economic front. For countries like Pakistan, the trade-off between lives and livelihood is a very real trade-off."
Prime Minister Imran Khan's government lifted a two-month-long lockdown in early May, a few weeks before an important festival.

As millions were struggling with starvation during that time of drastically reduced economic activity, the country's Covid-19 cases surged once the lockdown was eased, Reuters reported.

Handcuffs

Crime reports 5 times higher in CHOP zone from 'narcotics use and violent crime'

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Seattle Police Chief stands by the CHOP area July 1, 2020.
Seattle saw a 525-percent spike in crime reports due to violence and turmoil within the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, according to figures released by the city's mayor as she authorized police to clear the site.

Mayor Jenny Durkan's executive order to oust the protesters from the self-proclaimed six-block cop-free zone states the "narcotics use and violent crime, including rape, robbery, assault, and increased gang activity" since 'CHOP' first appeared in early June.

In less than a month, the self-declared "autonomous zone" has seen two deadly shootings and a serious hike in reported incidents of crime. Two black teens, aged 16 and 19, were shot dead in separate incidents. For comparison, that's how many were recorded in the entire Capitol Hill neighborhood in all of the previous year.

"An increase of 525 percent, 22 additional incidents, in person-related crime in the area, to include two additional homicides, six additional robberies, and 16 additional aggravated assaults," Durkan's order says.

The mayor authorized police to take back the neighborhood on Wednesday, saying that conditions in CHOP have worsened "to the point where activities in and around this area threaten public health, life, and safety."

Comment: See also:


Bizarro Earth

UK PM's dad Stanley Johnson shamed for defying lockdown rules to fly to Greece

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Boris Johnson's father has face criticism after flying to Greece during the coronavirus lockdown, despite current Foreign Office guidance saying Brits shouldn't go abroad unless it's for essential travel.

Stanley Johnson shared several pictures on his Instagram account of him flying to Athens, including a picture of himself wearing a face mask.

The PM's father told the Daily Mail that he was on "essential business" trying to "Covid-proof" his property ahead of the upcoming letting season.

The move sparked a barrage of criticism from Labour politicians.

Red Pill

The Marxist agenda of Black Lives Matter is far different from the slogan

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Chairman of BLM Greater NY Hawk Newsome speaks at a Black Lives Matter rally in Times Square last month
Many see the slogan Black Lives Matter as a plea to ­secure the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, especially historically wronged African Americans. They add the BLM hashtag to their social-media profiles, carry BLM signs at protests and make financial donations.

Tragically, when they do donate, they are likely to bankroll a number of radical organizations, founded by committed Marxists whose goals aren't to make the American Dream a reality for everyone — but to transform America completely.

This might be unknown to some of the world's best-known companies, which have jumped on the BLM bandwagon. Brands like Airbnb and Spanx have promised direct donations.

NPC

SJW mob tears into 'racist' white woman after she holds black woman at gunpoint in viral clip - but full video tells another story

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A screenshot showing the white woman pointing her gun at the black woman
A face-off in Michigan that culminated with a black woman held at gunpoint has set the internet alight, with Twitter quick to pronounce the incident a hate crime. However, things aren't always so black and white.

The encounter was captured on video by a black woman, with the footage going viral on Thursday. In it, a white woman points a handgun at the black woman filming, screaming at her to "get away," while the black woman calls for the police, and accuses the white woman of trying to hit her with her vehicle.

Handcuffs

Police roll up crime networks in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app EncroChat

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Hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system reportedly used by thousands to discuss illegal operations. The total failure of this ostensibly secure method of communication will likely have a chilling effect on the shadowy industry of crime-focused tech.

Operation Venetic was reported by various police agencies, major local news outlets, and by Motherboard in especially vibrant form, quoting extensively people apparently from within the groups affected.

The operation involved hundreds of officers working across numerous agencies in France, the Netherlands, the U.K., and other countries. It began in 2017, and culminated two months ago when a service called EncroChat was hacked and the messages of tens of thousands of users exposed to police scrutiny.

Comment: The haul in just the UK was impressive:
One by one, European law enforcement began pulling culprits off the street. On June 20, it was reported that a Dublin man was arrested in Amsterdam after police raiding his flat recovered €1.12m of cocaine. Within a week, a message was sent out to EncroChat users stating that the encrypted devices had been compromised.

By this time, however, it was too late, with Thursday's avalanche of arrests following, thanks to information shared between the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and its peers on the continent.

The raid is Britain's biggest-ever arrest sweep, and saw a staggering £54 million in cash, two tonnes of drugs and 77 firearms seized by officers across the country. The NCA said 746 suspects were arrested in total in the UK.

The Metropolitan Police alone detained 132 people and seized more than £13.3 million in cash, along with machine guns and narcotics. The Met operation, codenamed Eternal, took in £5 million in one go - a record cash haul for the force.



Star of David

Trouble in woke Utopia: Zionists cancel Black Lives Matter after UK group calls out Israeli annexation plans, apartheid policies

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Black Lives Matter had the establishment's full support while rioters were burning down businesses, looting stores, attacking innocent people in the streets and killing cops but all that appears to have changed with just one tweet.

"As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel's settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades," the official account of the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK tweeted on Sunday. "FREE PALESTINE."

Fire

Iconic Portland elk statue removed from downtown after fire set during protest

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Elk fountain on fire, July 1-2, 2020.
A 120-year-old statue of an elk has been removed from downtown Portland after protesters lit a fire that damaged its base Wednesday night.

The statue, which sits atop the David P. Thompson Fountain, has been the target of graffiti and fires during the weeks of protests against systemic racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

"The fire did not seem to harm the elk," said Keith Lachowicz, the Public Art Collections Manager with Regional Arts and Culture Council.

A fire was also set under the statue Tuesday night.

The elk and fountain were donated to the city by one-time mayor David P. Thompson in 1900 to honor elk that once roamed the Willamette Valley. The statue sits between Chapman and Lownsdale squares, across from the Justice Center, the focal point of nightly protests.

It had been in the same place for 120 years and was originally designed to water horses, Lachowicz said.

Usually, it functions as a fountain in the summer, he said, though this year it wasn't turned on because of concerns over spreading COVID-19.

Comment: More from Portland: Vandals spray-paint and BURN Portland's 'Promised Land' statue
Rioters in Oregon used fireworks to torch the 'Promised Land' statue depicting a pioneer family at the end of the Oregon Trail. The vandals also laid siege to the city's Justice Center in what police deemed a "riot."

The city of Portland is known nationwide as a hotbed of left-wing activism, and protesters there have embraced the 'Black Lives Matter' cause with gusto. After incinerating a statue of an elk on Wednesday, a mob of rioters returned to Chapman Square on Thursday night, where they soon began shooting fireworks and what police say were "mortars" at the Justice Center across the street.

The violence was captured on social media, with videos depicting the bombardment, as well as the police response.

As the raging activists formed a phalanx of improvised shields outside the Justice Center, 'The Promised Land' was plastered in stickers, spray-painted, and then set ablaze with fireworks. Protesters celebrated as the statue went up in flames.


By Friday morning, the bronze monument was charred and scorched.


'The Promised Land' has been on the chopping block for some time. Its base is inscribed with a quote by Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father and slave owner whose statues have been ripped from their pedestals across the country, including in Portland.



Attention

Self-induced national suicide: The UK is entering the worst and most prolonged recession in living memory

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April 4, 2020 in London, England.
Despite the UK government lobbing billions of pounds at the problem, millions will lose their jobs and thousands of businesses will go bust. And it's the poor and the young who will bear the brunt.

The coronavirus lockdown has had a devastating effect on the economic output of the United Kingdom, with the latest estimate being that it fell by over 20 percent in the month of April and is likely to have stabilised at around this level in May.

The UK is a heavily trade-dependent nation, and April saw export volumes fall by 17.7 percent and imports volumes decline by 26.5 percent. To avert an even worse outcome, the government has intervened on an unprecedented scale to reduce the adverse effects on the economy, companies and households.

Since the start of lockdown on March 23, the economy has been in freefall, with output plunging by 5.8 percent in March and 20.4 percent in April. Manufacturing output fell by 24.5 percent and the service sector by 19.8 percent in the same time period, but, due to the speedy emergency measures taken by the government, this has not yet been fully reflected in the unemployment figures.

Comment: There is credible speculation that the lockdown was put in place not to "save lives", but to facilitate the elites' restructuring of the world's economy. James Corbett lays out the argument:

Coronavirus 'Plandemic' - This IS the global reset