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For resisting lockdown orders prohibiting religious services, Mississippi church is burned to the ground

"Bet you stay home now you hypokrits" was written in parking lot at church that had sued the city over its public health orders.
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he's "heartbroken and furious" after a fire this week at a church that has challenged coronavirus restrictions. The fire is being investigated as arson.

The fire Wednesday in Holly Springs destroyed the First Pentecostal Church, and investigators found graffiti in the church parking lot that reads, "Bet you stay home now you hypokrits," NBC affiliate WMC of Memphis reported.

The church was "burned to the ground" and had been trying to open services, Reeves tweeted Thursday.

First Pentecostal filed a lawsuit last month against the city over its public health order on in-person worship services, the station reported.

Comment: It's said that crises don't change people; they reveal them.

Well, this 'scamdemic', so global and profound in its effects on everyone, is certainly revealing a lot of diabolical people who relish and thrive on the lies...

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Arrivals to UK, including citizens, 'must self-isolate for 14 days' - Rule won't go into affect till next month

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The measures, which will also apply to returning UK citizens, will be reviewed every two weeks.
International travellers, including returning UK citizens, could face spot checks and £1,000 fines if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the country under measures to guard against a second wave of coronavirus.

The home secretary, Priti Patel, is expected to outline the plans, which will be introduced early next month, at the daily Downing Street briefing on Friday, the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, confirmed on Friday morning.

Exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials will apply, and the common travel area with Ireland and the Channel Islands will be unaffected. Arrivals from France will not be exempt, Lewis said, following confusion earlier this week.

Comment: Considering that most holidays or trips are for 2 weeks or less, this quarantine is lockdown by another name:

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As common sense returns to the gender debate, radicals set upon their own allies

Amanda Jetté Knox
In 2014, Ottawa-based writer Amanda Jetté Knox reported that her child Alexis had "come out to the family as a transgender girl." This event changed Knox's life, as "Alexis' journey taught [her] a great deal about courage, compassion and authenticity."

A few months after that, Knox's spouse came out as transgender as well. Knox reported to her readers that this realization, too, was "beautiful," and that she could not be more delighted to now be "gay married."

In blog posts, Knox described the whole family as "the happiest we've ever been," and wrote that "our world is so full of love and support that it leaves absolutely no room for hatred or ignorance to reside within it." Indeed, Knox made gender transition her professional focus, "studying research, interviewing experts, giving talks, writing articles" about trans issues. She authored a bestselling 2019 book about her experiences. In newspapers and magazines, she wrote articles under headlines like "The only way to respond to my transgender child's desperate plea was with love," "My daughter came out as trans, and it saved my marriage," and "My wife surprised her coworkers when she came out as trans." Knox gushed on CBC radio, took the stage at a Microsoft-sponsored event in Vancouver, and appeared on numerous television programs, always relentlessly promoting the same upbeat message of how trans-inclusiveness had brought joy to her household, over which there is now "a permanent rainbow... that unicorns like to prance around on."


Joe Rogan's $100M message to YouTube: 'Stop censoring us, Big Tech!'

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Joe Rogan has received a $100m deal from Spotify.
The comedian's landmark shift away from the Google-owned streaming service could signal the start of a wave of creators moving away from the site - as it bafflingly attempts to pander to legacy media.

If you know podcasts, you know Joe Rogan. The American comedian has been producing his Joe Rogan Experience for more than a decade. He began just recording himself and his fellow comics shooting the breeze and smoking some weed before and after gigs.

Fast forward ten years and he has one of the biggest talk shows on the planet with presidential candidates, Hollywood megastars and billionaires queuing up to join him in the studio. The show has such enormous sway that it even managed to affect the price of Tesla stocks after Elon Musk took a toke on a joint during an interview.

In view of all this, it is perhaps not surprising that Spotify have just wooed the former Fear Factor presenter away from YouTube after writing him a cheque for a rumoured $100 million. That is proper, box office megabucks. To put it into context, that is more than Dr Phil, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Seacrest were valued at last year by Forbes Magazine in their top five list of "World's Highest Paid Hosts".

Comment: See also: Joe Rogan just blew up the death star


US Secret Service: State unemployment insurance programs hit with 'massive fraud'

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A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service.

A memo seen by KrebsOnSecurity that the Secret Service circulated to field offices around the United States on Thursday says the ring has been filing unemployment claims in different states using Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to identity theft victims, and that "a substantial amount of the fraudulent benefits submitted have used PII from first responders, government personnel and school employees."

The Secret Service warned:
"It is assumed the fraud ring behind this possesses a substantial PII database to submit the volume of applications observed thus far. The primary state targeted so far is Washington, although there is also evidence of attacks in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida."
The Secret Service said the fraud network is believed to consist of hundred of "mules," a term used to describe willing or unwitting individuals who are recruited to help launder the proceeds of fraudulent financial transactions.
"In the state of Washington, individuals residing out-of-state are receiving multiple ACH deposits from the State of Washington Unemployment Benefits Program, all in different individuals' names with no connection to the account holder."
The Service's memo suggests the crime ring is operating in much the same way as crooks who specialize in filing fraudulent income tax refund requests with the states and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a perennial problem that costs the states and the U.S. Treasury hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Comment: It's bad enough Uncle Sam joined the global pandemic club causing societal and economic devastation for Americans to unprecedented levels and years of ramifications. Now a potentially preventable financial scam is going viral. Buck up America...or bucks out!


Netherlands: Emergency services battle fire at abandoned nuclear plant, residents urged to lock windows, doors

Netherlands Nuke facility
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Nuclear facility fire
Dozens of firefighters have been deployed to tackle a blaze at a disused nuclear facility in Dodewaard in the Netherlands. Police have asked the public to stay away and lock all doors and windows to avoid exposure to the fumes.

The fire broke out shortly before noon local time on Thursday in Dodewaard, which is roughly 100 km from Amsterdam. Eyewitness video from the scene shows fire crews battling the blaze on the roof.


Active shooter 'neutralized' at Corpus Christi naval base - 3rd such incident at US Navy base in 6 months - UPDATE: Shooter named as Adam Alsahli

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Naval security forces responded to the shooter around 6:15 a.m. at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Security forces "neutralized" an active shooter this morning at a Texas naval installation, the Navy announced.

One naval security force member was injured. A Navy statement said the sailor was in "good condition" and is expected to be released Thursday.

Naval security forces responded to the shooter around 6:15 a.m. at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, the Navy said in a statement. Authorities have locked down the installation while first responders process the scene.

"NCIS is en route, and state and local law enforcement are on scene," according to the statement, referring to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Comment: Update 23 May 2020

The FBI have named the 'suspect' - if you can call a dead gunman that - as Adam Alsahli, born in Syria.

Another Muslim attacks another US naval base??

Anyway, he was 20 years old, had no criminal record, and was a student at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. However, his social media accounts allegedly reveal an interest in radical jihadi-porn.

Still no official word on the 'second suspect at large' - and there probably won't ever be one.

Alsahli was apparently racing his car towards the naval base's north entrance when he shot at a guard, wounding her, before she managed to raise a barrier that blocked his entrance. Naval military police then riddled him with bullets.


Civil war raging among the 'Russia disinformation' crowd: How RT-watchers fell out over not hating RT enough

Russia Today Moscow office
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Russia Today's Moscow office
Though awash with cash, the Western 'Russian disinformation' racket is at the mercy of the political winds. Thus, its gatekeepers need to ensure the officials who manage the money tree don't realise the emperor has no clothes.

You may remember a report last month from British academics revealing how "claims by the EU's diplomatic service that RT is spreading fake news about the coronavirus pandemic were misleading and based on bad methodology." It came after many mainstream US/UK media outlets uncritically parroted allegations from East StratCom - and its 'EUvsDisinfo' information war wing - that "Russian pro-Kremlin media" was conducting a "significant disinformation campaign" to stoke "confusion, panic and fear" in the West and "aggravate the coronavirus pandemic crisis."

"The extent of EUvsDisinfo's misrepresentation of Russian Covid-19 media coverage is troubling," wrote the report's authors, Stephen Hutchings and Vera Tolz, professors of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester. They noted how "there is little evidence of systematic disinformation in RT's Covid-19 reporting. Despite some deficient practices much of the output was factual, consisting of aggregated Western news agencies reports."

Comment: Right, except that 'factual' in this context means untrue. RT has largely parroted the same complete BS about Corona-1984 as every other MSM outlet. Which renders the accusations against the Russian govt of 'spreading disinfo' re the 'plague' all the more absurd.


Arizona man accused of shooting at family, threatening teen girls at recreation area

Jacob Trey Valentino
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A Scottsdale man is facing more than two dozen felony charges after he allegedly shot at several people and threatened others, including some teens, at Needle Rock Beach in the Tonto National Forest earlier this week. According to court documents, people at the recreation area "were able to subdue" Jacob Trey Valentino and "restrain him" until deputies got there.

It happened Monday, May 18. According to the probable cause for arrest statement, Valentino, 26, was fishing along the Verde River when he fired a Glock 42 handgun at a family that was nearby. Two kids younger than 15 and five who are older than 15 were part of that group. As the family ran to the parking area, Valentino, still armed, headed the same direction and got into his car.

Comment: See this similar story, also in Arizona, happening just days apart: Arizona shooting at entertainment district leaves 3 people injured, suspect tells police he felt 'bullied'


Arizona shooting at entertainment district leaves 3 people injured, suspect tells police he felt 'bullied'

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A man who opened fire at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale Wednesday night, injuring three people, told police he went to the shopping center to target victims "because he was bullied and wanted respect."

Police said at a Thursday briefing that a 19-year-old man who was shot and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries remains in critical condition.

A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and a 30-year-old woman was also hurt.

The suspect, identified by police as 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr., was arrested at the scene and reportedly admitted to detectives that he had gone to Westgate "intending to harm 10 people."

See video of his initial appearance in front of a judge in the player below.