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Ghislaine Maxwell wants to keep secret 'damaging deposition' from 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein: the two seemed mutually dependent
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and alleged madam of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is trying to keep what Reuters called a "damaging deposition" out of the current case against her.

Reuters reported that Maxwell's attorneys are appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling that would "unseal sworn testimony related to Epstein, including a April 2016 deposition from Maxwell and a deposition by an Epstein accuser." Maxwell claims the ruling hurts her ability to defend herself against the criminal charges she faces as a result of her association with Epstein. Maxwell is currently charged with procuring underage girls for Epstein as well as perjury for denying the allegations under oath.

"Maxwell, 58, has said negative publicity from the disclosure of 'intimate, sensitive, and personal' information from her deposition would violate her right against self-incrimination, and imperil a fair trial because jurors might hold it against her," Reuters reported.

Attention

'Log off! Log off!' Teacher orders students when sexual assault livestreamed during first grader's remote learning class

Catrell A. Walls

Catrell A. Walls
An 18-year-old man out on bond for a gun case was held without bail after he livestreamed himself during a sexual act with a 7-year-old first grader on break from her Chicago Public Schools remote learning class on Thursday prosecutors said.

Catrell A. Walls, of the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side, was arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., after he was seen molesting the girl, police said.

Walls, charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13 years old, appeared for a bond hearing Saturday afternoon before Judge Charles Beach.

Police were made aware of the attack when the girl's teacher saw it on a computer screen during a Google classroom e-learning session.

Walls showed complete disregard of children and a "wanton callousness for human life," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andreana Turano told Beach.

In addition to Thursday afternoon's incident, which alarmed multiple students who viewed it and were heard asking, "What's going on, what's happening?" the victim told authorities Walls has a history of sexually assaulting her, for the last year, Turano said.

Heart - Black

Police call outs to people suffering mental health crises soar by up to 248% in UK

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Two fifths of people in England waiting for NHS support end up calling emergency or crisis services
The police are being called to deal with soaring numbers of incidents involving people suffering from mental health crises, sparking fresh concern about lack of NHS help for the mentally ill.

The number of such 999 callouts in England has risen by 41% over the past five years, with some police forces seeing more than a twofold jump since 2015, new figures reveal. Mental health experts say the increase highlights the erosion over recent years of services for people with conditions such as depression and schizophrenia who end up in crisis.

Under the Mental Health Act, the police are called out to help deal with a situation because someone having a mental health emergency may pose a risk to themselves or others.

Comment: As the numbers show, and this is no doubt linked not only to a lack of funding, but the quality of life and the increased stressors placed on citizens suffering over a decade of austerity measures. And now, in 2020, after months of lockdowns, we have isolation, next to no support available, and job insecurity has increased manifold, and so we can expect to see mental health problems to reach unimaginable proportions in the coming years and society will suffer dearly for it.

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Star of David

Anti-Netanyahu protests resume in Jerusalem, across Israel, in shadow of right-wing violence

Paris Square, Jerusalem
© Ohad Zwigenberg
Paris Square, Jerusalem, October 17, 2020
Protests renewed in Jerusalem Saturday after a two-week hiatus due to coronavirus restrictions, with 10,000 Israelis calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation, while thousands more protested across the country.

Violent attacks on protesters were reported around the country. Protesters in Haifa, Jerusalem and Ramat Gan were sprayed with pepper spray. Police have arrested seven suspects in the attacks.

Police arrested nine protesters in Jerusalem after hundreds of people started marching toward the city center. About a thousand protesters managed to evade the police and march through central Jerusalem. Together, they are proceeding towards the market and from there to the Knesset.

Comment: Images of Israeli protesters against Netanyahu:
Jerusalem protesters
© Ohad Zwigenberg
Anti-Netanyahu protesters, Jerusalem
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© Ohad Zwigenberg
A sign that reads, 'Send Corrupt-yahu to Ma'asyahu [prison]' in Jerusalem, October 17, 2020.
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© Rami Shllush
Anti-Netanyahu protesters meet pro-Netanyahu counter protesters, Hadera.
October 17, 2020.



Bad Guys

Kirstie Alley responds to 'nasty,' 'horrible' people criticizing her support for Trump, thanks followers for encouragement

Kirstie Alley
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Kirstie Alley
The Cheers star explained why she's planning to vote for Trump over Joe Biden

Kirstie Alley responded with words of encouragement after getting dragged on social media for declaring her continued support for President Trump in the upcoming election.

The Cheers actress took to Twitter on Saturday evening to explain to her followers why she voted for Trump in the 2016 election and plans to do so again on Nov. 3 in his reelection bid against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

"I'm voting for @realDonaldTrump because he's NOT a politician," Alley, 69, began. "I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it."

Comment: Brave of Kirstie to join the ranks of conservative media figures who aren't afraid to speak their mind, such as James Wood and Tim Allen. Many more are forced to be silent lest they lose their livelihood.


NPC

Our deadly Frankenstein: Social media's creators admit it dehumanizes people, disrupts social fabric and destroys democracy

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The Social Dilemma (2020) Directed by Jeff Orlowski
An important new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, uses former Silicon Valley insiders to lay bare the existential threat Big Tech poses to civilization. It's much more than a dilemma.

The Social Dilemma is a remarkable documentary about social media platforms and their two billion users, and may well be the most important documentary made in America for decades.

The documentary is a radical, insider-based critique of social media and the large tech companies that created it - and continue to profit handsomely from it (especially given that they are monopolies and pay little or no tax in many countries).

Directed by American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma features interviews with a number of former tech giant executives who created the technologies and business model that underpin the social media empire. Social media has only been with us for just over ten years and most of the interviewees are in their thirties.

2 + 2 = 4

Big surprise! Stats show lockdowns may have had little effect on Covid-19 spread

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A man walks dogs across a nearly empty 5th Avenue during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan, May 11, 2020.
In 1932, Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis famously called the states "laboratories of democracy." Different states can test out different policies, and they can learn from each other. That proved true in 2020. Governors in different states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at different times and in different ways. Some states, such as California, ordered sweeping shutdowns. Others, such as Florida, took a more targeted approach. Still others, such as South Dakota, dispensed information but had no lockdowns at all.

As a result, we can now compare outcomes in different states, to test the question no one wants to ask: Did the lockdowns make a difference?

If lockdowns really altered the course of this pandemic, then coronavirus case counts should have clearly dropped whenever and wherever lockdowns took place. The effect should have been obvious, though with a time lag. It takes time for new coronavirus infections to be officially counted, so we would expect the numbers to plummet as soon as the waiting time was over.

How long? New infections should drop on day one and be noticed about ten or eleven days from the beginning of the lockdown. By day six, the number of people with first symptoms of infection should plummet (six days is the average time for symptoms to appear). By day nine or ten, far fewer people would be heading to doctors with worsening symptoms. If COVID-19 tests were performed right away, we would expect the positives to drop clearly on day ten or eleven (assuming quick turnarounds on tests).

To judge from the evidence, the answer is clear: Mandated lockdowns had little effect on the spread of the coronavirus. The charts below show the daily case curves for the United States as a whole and for thirteen U.S. states. As in almost every country, we consistently see a steep climb as the virus spreads, followed by a transition (marked by the gray circles) to a flatter curve. At some point, the curves always slope downward, though this wasn't obvious for all states until the summer.

Red Flag

Antifa mob assault black free speech activist in San Francisco

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Antifa found out about the protest and conflict quickly ensued.
A mob of Antifa assaulted a black man in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.


Comment: The silent majority/conservative segment of the US has been, relatively speaking, mostly quiet up until now. But you can be certain that attacks like those on Philip Anderson - just for peaceably speaking his mind - are registering in the awareness of many. And one day soon will likely be responded to with equal if not greater force.


Arrow Down

The economic implosion of 2020: Job losses ramp up again as millions of Americans continue to slide into poverty

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The mainstream media keeps trying to convince us that things are about to get a whole lot better for the U.S. economy, but instead they just keep getting worse. On Thursday, we learned that another 898,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. That was the highest number that we have seen since August, and it is yet more evidence that a new wave of layoffs has begun. But according to the experts that the mainstream media relies upon, this wasn't supposed to happen. According to them, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was supposed to be steadily tapering off as the U.S. economy shifted into recovery mode. Unfortunately for all of us, those experts have been dead wrong.

Yesterday, I wrote about the decline of the middle class in our country, and here in 2020 this pandemic has greatly accelerated that process.

In fact, one new study has found that almost 8 million more Americans have plunged into poverty just since May...
Nearly 8 million Americans have slid into poverty since May, according to a Columbia University study reported by the New York Times.

Why it matters:The researchers found that the monthly poverty rate for September was higher than rates during April or May, and it also topped pre-crisis levels, "[d]ue to the expiration of the CARES Act's stimulus checks and $600 per week supplement to unemployment benefits."

Eye 2

Queen's former bodyguard molested two girls, 6, and photographed naked children

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Oliver Cooper, from Hopton in Staffordshire, served in the Household Cavalry for four years before being jailed for the sickening sex crimes he committed while he was a Beaver Scouts leader
The Queen's former bodyguard has been jailed for sexually assaulting two six-year-old girls and taking pictures of naked young children.

Paeodophile Oliver Cooper, 27, an ex-soldier in the Household Cavalry for four years, was sent to prison for his actions while he was a Beaver Scouts leader.

He was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault on a girl aged six, sexual assault on another girl also aged six, one count of taking indecent photographs of a child and 13 counts of voyeurism.