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One of the hallmarks of totalitarianism is mass conformity to a psychotic official narrative. Not a regular official narrative, like the "Cold War" or the "War on Terror" narratives. A totally delusional official narrative that has little or no connection to reality and that is contradicted by a preponderance of facts.

Nazism and Stalinism are the classic examples, but the phenomenon is better observed in cults and other sub-cultural societal groups. Numerous examples will spring to mind: the Manson family, Jim Jones' People's Temple, the Church of Scientology, Heavens Gate, etc., each with its own psychotic official narrative: Helter Skelter, Christian Communism, Xenu and the Galactic Confederacy, and so on.

Looking in from the dominant culture (or back through time in the case of the Nazis), the delusional nature of these official narratives is glaringly obvious to most rational people. What many people fail to understand is that to those who fall prey to them (whether individual cult members or entire totalitarian societies) such narratives do not register as psychotic. On the contrary, they feel entirely normal. Everything in their social "reality" reifies and reaffirms the narrative, and anything that challenges or contradicts it is perceived as an existential threat.

These narratives are invariably paranoid, portraying the cult as threatened or persecuted by an evil enemy or antagonistic force which only unquestioning conformity to the cult's ideology can save its members from. It makes little difference whether this antagonist is mainstream culture, body thetans, counter-revolutionaries, Jews, or a virus. The point is not the identity of the enemy. The point is the atmosphere of paranoia and hysteria the official narrative generates, which keeps the cult members (or the society) compliant.

Pistol

Conservative shot and killed by NBC News affiliate's security guard at 'Patriot Rally' in Denver - UPDATE: Shooter didn't have security guard license

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A shooting in Denver on Saturday afternoon at a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” has left a conservative demonstrator dead, whom police say was shot and killed by a security guard hired by NBC News affiliate 9NEWS.
This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Denver Police that indicates the shooter is believed to be private security for a local television station. Initial reporting from the Denver Post stated that the shooter was a left-wing activist.

A shooting in Denver on Saturday afternoon at a "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive" has left a conservative demonstrator dead, whom police say was shot and killed by a security guard hired by NBC News affiliate 9NEWS.

The shooting, which was caught on multiple livestreams and shared on social media, involved a man participating in what was billed as a "Patriot Rally" of conservative Trump supporters. The rally was organized by John Tiegen, a right-wing social media figure. Conservatives carried banners that mocked communism and chanted slogans in support of the police.

Comment: According to CBS Denver the shooter, Matthew Dolloff, was not licensed to be a security guard. He wasn't working for Pinkerton:
Private security guard, Matthew Dolloff, was contracted through a third-party firm by Pinkerton, but was not an actual employee, the company clarified in a statement, cited by 9NEWS. Pinkerton did not disclose the name of Dolloff's regular employer. "The agent in question is not a Pinkerton employee. Pinkerton is fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their investigation of this matter," the statement says as quoted.

Dolloff, 30, was contracted to protect 9NEWS staff, an NBC-affiliated television station in Denver, Colorado, as the station covered rivaling Black Lives Matter and "Patriot Muster" demonstrations in the city on Saturday. The security guard is accused of shooting and killing US Navy veteran Lee Keltner after a brief altercation with the conservative protester. Dolloff was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.
A social media post from 4 years ago suggests he may have had a history of confronting conservatives.


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Attention

Siberian grandfather discovered alive just a week after reportedly 'dying' of Covid-19: family suing Russian authorities for compo

Monument at troyekurovskoye cemetery in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Valery Melnikov
Monument at troyekurovskoye cemetery in Moscow.
With over a million deaths, there are now countless people who know someone to have passed away from Covid-19. For one Russian family, mourning was followed by a shock, after their 'dead' relative turned out to be very much alive.

In the tiny Siberian village of Shabanovo, around 3,000km east of Moscow, an elderly pensioner was laid to rest in a closed coffin, after being hospitalized with coronavirus. Just a week later, the family received a call from the man's nursing home with news that their dead relative was, in fact, still living - and they had buried a different man.

According to the nursing home's acting director, Savely Sarbadakov, two elderly residents were diagnosed with Covid-19, their identities were mixed up when one passed away.

Star of David

Orthodox Jews attack Jewish reporter for covering lockdown protests

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Twitter video screenshot:
Crowd reportedly yelled 'Nazi' and 'Hitler' at reporter
The NYPD arrested an Orthodox Jewish activist and radio host on Sunday night after a journalist was reportedly assaulted while covering protests against newly implemented COVID-19 restrictions across the city, according to Newsweek.

The new measures limit gatherings in houses of worship and other areas identified as COVID-19 clusters or hotspots.

You can read more on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions — as well as the responding protests — here.

What are the details?

Authorities took Harold "Heshy" Tischler into custody on Sunday evening in connection with an assault on Orthodox Jewish journalist Jacob Kornbluh.

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Newspaper

'Only women have cervixes': Labour MP gets death threats online for stating basic science

Rosie Duffield
© Reuters / Simon Dawson
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Activists are calling for the UK Labour Party to drop MP Rosie Duffield, alleging transphobia, following an interview she gave about a previous wave of online attacks sparked by her comment that people "with a cervix" are women.

In an interview with the Times published on Monday, Duffield said that she has been attacked online and even received death threats since tweeting in August that "only women have a cervix" - a reference to a much-ridiculed CNN story about "individuals with a cervix."

"You could take that as a joke and think it's just some silly boy behind his keyboard, but it's pretty sinister," she said, discussing the threats she has received. It has gotten so bad, she added, that it has started to make her feel scared walking down the street.

NPC

The wokescolds are criticizing Israeli actress Gal Gadot for playing Cleopatra instead of an Arab, even though Cleopatra was Greek

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© AP Photo / Marco Ugarte
Israeli actress Gal Gadot earlier announced she would be teaming up again with 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins to appear in a new film about the legendary Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

Israel-born actress Gal Gadot revealed on 11 October that she would be trying on the role of Cleopatra in a retelling of the epic made famous by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 classic, sparking an outcry over her casting as the legendary Egyptian Queen.

​Gadot went on Twitter to share her excitement over joining forces again with "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins for the "thrilling" new project, to be produced by Paramount Pictures and written by Laeta Kalogridis.

However, the announcement triggered a heated debate on social media, as some criticized the casting of an Israeli actress as the Queen of Egypt, suggesting an Arab or Black woman might have better suited the role. ​The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra was born in Egypt and traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander the Great's generals. However, accuracy was no impediment to ire among the usual suspects on Twitter.

Health

'Rather die from COVID than loneliness': Long-term care residents in Greeley, Colorado protest COVID-19 restrictions

Greely nursing home protest
© Natalie Dyer
Residents at nursing and rehabilitation facility in Greeley organized a protest against Colorado's coronavirus restrictions. On Thursday, about 20 residents gathered outside Fairacres Manor, many in wheelchairs, holding signs that read "Rather die from COVID than loneliness," and "Prisoners in our own home," and "Give us freedom."

Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at Fairacres Manor, said the residents are upset about the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the state health department.

"They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones," Gonzales said.

Gonzales said the residents are able to see visitors, but they have to stay six feet apart and can't have any physical contact.


Sherlock

Man falls to death off cliff while taking pictures, more human remains found during recovery effort

Colorado River
© National Park Service
Colorado River from the Dam Overlook
A 25-year-old man is dead after falling more than 250 feet off a cliff to his death as he was taking pictures at a scenic overlook, according to the National Park Service.

The incident occurred when the National Park Service Dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report at approximately 9:04 a.m. on Oct. 4 indicating that a man had fallen off a cliff.

The NPS reported that witnesses saw the man, later identified as Orlando Serrano-Arzola from Phoenix, taking pictures at the Glen Canyon Overlook near Page, Arizona, before falling an estimated 100 feet and then sliding approximately 150 feet further down into the canyon.

"A Coconino County Sheriff's Office Deputy rappelled to the victim at 9:27 a.m and confirmed the victim was deceased," the NPS said in a statement. "The Coconino County Sheriff's Office, National Park Service, Page Police Department and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provided assistance with recovery operations. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff for an autopsy."

Bizarro Earth

Two white female farmers raped and tortured by two armed black men in South Africa in latest horrific attack

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Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, (left and right) was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday
A female farmer has been sexually assaulted and strangled to death while another rural worker has been tortured and murdered in the latest attacks on South Africa's white farmers.

Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Kershaw's underwear was ripped off and stuffed into her mouth and she was strangled to death inside her garage.

Comment: See also: Russia welcomes first 50 South African farming families


Eye 1

No long-distance travel till 2022 for Australians - and that's IF POPULATION-WIDE vaccine is rolled out next year, budget predicts

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© Global Look / Keystone Press Agency
Australians weary of restrictions are out of luck, as the country's new budget predicts social distancing will continue for two years and long-distance travel is to remain off-limits until everyone is able to get a Covid-19 jab.

Widespread adoption of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will be a prerequisite for Australians being able to travel long distances again, according to the country's new budget that was unveiled on Tuesday. Until that vaccine is rolled out, they can expect social distancing, intermittent lockdowns and a stagnant economy.

"It is assumed that over the forecast period material localised outbreaks of COVID19 occur but are largely contained. A population-wide Australian COVID19 vaccination program is assumed to be fully in place by late 2021. General social distancing restrictions are assumed to continue until a vaccine is fully available," reads the part of the document titled "Key assumptions."

The budget papers' attempt to put a positive spin on travel-loving Australians being confined to the continent is to pour $250 million into encouraging anyone feeling wanderlust to explore "their own backyard" - i.e. the rest of Australia. State borders are expected to be open by Christmas, except for Western Australia, which is projected to remain closed until its election in March.