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90 sued for damage done during George Floyd protests

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A lawyer representing a Downtown Cincinnati real-estate company is suing 90 people it says are responsible for damage to businesses during the George Floyd protests in the early summer.

The protests of late May and early June were largely peaceful but at points devolved into vandalism throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

Residents woke in those neighborhoods May 30 to find shattered windows, upturned planters and glass littering sidewalks.


It's nice to see some of the people involved in the senseless widespread damage from the riots are at least potentially being held accountable.

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Anti-Trump protesters pretend to eat bloodied heart of President, burn American Flag

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Counterprotesters set fire to an effigy of US President Donald Trump near a gathering of the far-right group Super Fun Happy America in Copley Square in Boston on Sunday.
Protesters opposing President Donald Trump on Sunday were filmed burning an American flag and pretending to eat a bloodied heart of the president.

Twitter user Al The Great wrote as a caption to the video, "Antifa burn the US flag and eat a heart symbolic of the President during an anti-democrat violence protest in #Boston #Massachusetts on 10.18.20."

In the video, one protester can be seen walking through the smoke from a burning American flag as he is surrounded by fellow protesters. He then takes what appears to be a bloody heart, rips it open and pours it on his face, as those around him clap and yell.

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The New Yorker reportedly suspends Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call with coworkers

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Jeffrey Toobin
The New Yorker magazine has suspended staff writer Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself while on a Zoom call, according to Vice News.

The video conference call where the incident occurred was reportedly between Toobin and members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.

In a statement to Motherboard, Vice's online magazine dedicated to technology and science, Toobin expressed regret for the incident.

Comment: No one adjusts their camera angle and then starts masturbating by accident. Regardless of whether or not Toobin intended these actions to be viewable for that particular Zoom call, it was intended for someone. Either way, the guy's a pervert.

Dollar Gold

'I don't care Trump doesn't like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan

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Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden's tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to "vote for Trump."

The 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' star threw his weight behind the president in an Instagram post on Monday, sharing a screencap from a news broadcast showing the top combined state and local tax rates under Biden's proposal along with an outraged caption.

"WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE for TRUMP) I'M OUT. F**K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway," he wrote, adding "I don't care Trump doesn't like black people. 62%, are you out of ya f**king mind?"

Comment: First Johnny Rotten and now 50 Cent? It looks like all the cool kids are getting on the Trump train.

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Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of borders

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Passengers wearing masks navigate Pearson international airport in Toronto. The CommonPass trial will run for passengers flying from Heathrow to Newark, US, on a United Airlines flight next week.
A new digital "health passport" is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.

The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus.

However, critics of similar schemes point to concerns over the sensitivity and specificity of the tests in various countries amid fears over greater monitoring over people's movements.

Paul Meyer, the CEO at the Commons Project, which was given startup funding by the Rockefeller Foundation two years ago and created the digital health pass, said countries that have closed borders and imposed quarantines are looking for ways to "thoughtfully reopen" their borders.

"It's hard to do that," he told the Guardian. "It requires being able to assess the health of incoming travellers ... Hopefully, we'll soon start to see some vaccines come on to the market, but there is not going to be just one vaccine.

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'Left behind': UK hospitality workers bang pots & pans to make Parliament hear their pleas amid coronavirus restrictions

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Hospitality sector workers and business owners in the UK have staged a protest outside Parliament to demand a review of the government's "arbitrary" Covid-19 restrictions and secure more support for their businesses.

The crowd of demonstrators gathered at Parliament Square in London on Monday morning to voice their discontent over the restrictions Boris Johnson's government has imposed on the industry in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The UK has once again been struggling to contain the outbreak in recent weeks, and was already hit hard by Covid-19 in the spring.

Chefs, waiters, waitresses, pub owners and caterers banged kitchen utensils for about half an hour in an attempt to make MPs hear their pleas. The rally participants also held placards and banners that read: "Save hospitality" and "Let us serve cake."

Other messages were apparently designed to show that the sector is not the root of the problem when it comes to combating the disease. "If you think this is a crowd... you should see the tube at 10:02pm," one placard read. Another said: "We can do our jobs safely. Can you do yours properly?"

Comment: See also: 'Do you want me to stop working?' As Paris restaurants are ordered into new curfew, angry citizens hold street protest


Even WHO officials now admit lockdowns are extreme policies with disastrous results

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Last week, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organization admitted that lockdowns have been devastating for much of the world, noting that "Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer." Nabarro went on to list various examples of the economic damage done by lockdowns:
Look what's happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what's happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.
Nabarro also reminded his audience that lockdowns won't make covid-19 disappear, employing the lockdown rationale used in the early days of the covid-19 panic. In other words, lockdowns don't make diseases go away:
The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we'd rather not do it.

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Light Saber

As physicians, mothers and daughters, we have concerns with COVID-19 rules

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What if everything we are doing to protect the elderly from coronavirus is causing irreparable harm, including more deaths, to our children?

What grandparent would choose to have their grandchild live a life of lower quality or opportunity than they had? What parent would accept that their child's health be harmed as a matter of policy?

These may seem like ridiculous questions, but the decision to do all these things is being made on a daily basis in our response to COVID-19. If that is true, we need to discuss if this is what we really want to accomplish.

We are not people who want to see older people die. We are physicians, we are mothers, and we are daughters. We love our children and we love our parents. We care for COVID-19 patients and see the damage it has done.

Take 2

Bruce Springsteen & other celebs are being whiny teenagers, threatening to run away if Trump wins - if only they would

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Liberal celebrities are once again promising to flee the US if Donald Trump wins reelection. But why wait? Instead of threatening us as if it really matters, Bruce Springsteen and others should just hit the road.

One of the more annoying aspects of the 2016 presidential election was the constant yapping from celebrities about leaving the country if the former host of 'Celebrity Apprentice' was elected president over their precious and not-at-all flawed pick, Hillary Clinton.

Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus... one after another doled out their empty promises, thinking they could hold Americans' votes hostage simply by threatening to become expats.

Well, it's that time of year again, folks, and we've already got celebrities doubling down on that winning strategy once more. Two of the biggest names to threaten us with the possibility of vacating the US are Bruce Springsteen and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.


More Buzzfeed malarkey: Buzzfeed shames Trump for being 'very strongly against pedophilia'

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Trump said he is "very strongly" agrees with being "against pedophilia," and Buzzfeed News framed it as somehow being a bad thing.

Trump's response to a line of questioning from Savannah Guthrie about QAnon, or as she described it "this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that," during the Thursday night NBC town hall, has been the subject of headlines for days. But in an attempt to paint Trump as a conspiracy theorist, Buzzfeed News condemned him for...being against the sexual abuse of children.

"I know nothing about it," Trump told Guthrie. "I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it."

Guthrie pressed Trump further, demanding that Trump did in fact know about the online network QAnon, and pushing him to denounce its theories and online followers entirely.

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