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Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem

The state flag of Mississippi
The state flag of Mississippi
The Mississippi state legislature voted on Sunday to replace its state flag, the last in the nation to display the Confederate battle emblem. The removal of the flag marks the latest Confederate symbol to topple in the weeks following George Floyd's death as activists have called for a reexamination of the racism that exists in all corners of society.

The bill passed by a vote of 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Tate Reeves, who on Saturday morning said he would sign the legislation into law, reversing resistance to a legislature-led change to the flag. Mississippians will vote on a replacement flag in the November election. According to the legislation, the current flag design cannot be an option.

"I would guess a lot of you don't even see that flag in the corner right there," said Mississippi state Representative Ed Blackmon, who is black, during public comment on Saturday. "There are some of us who notice it every time we walk in here, and it's not a good feeling."

Snakes in Suits

Twitch suspends Donald Trump's account as Reddit bans his supporters' biggest community

twitch and reddit logo
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On the same day streaming platform Twitch suspended Donald Trump's account for violating their hateful conduct policy, social networking site Reddit has shut down its largest group supportive of the president.

The subreddit 'The_Donald' was the most popular community devoted to supporters of the president and included more than 790,000 users, who often used the space to post political memes and videos. Reddit executives have accused the group of targeting and harassing individuals and consistently breaking its conduct rules."Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people," the company's Chief Executive Steve Huffman told reporters on Monday.

Heart - Black

WaPo editor deletes tweet claiming 'white women' are lucky 'we are just calling them KARENS and not calling for REVENGE'

© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The Washington Post global opinions editor has sparked outrage with a tweet saying white women are "lucky" protesters are not calling for "revenge" against them, for helping to elect Donald Trump and suppressing black voices.

"The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: The 1921 Tulsa Massacre. Murder of Emmet Till. Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements. 53% of white women voting for Trump," Karen Attiah tweeted.

The Tulsa Massacre was a 1921 racist attack by white Oklahoma residents, in which dozens of black citizens were killed. Emmet Till was 14 when he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman in a grocery store her family owned.

After placing the blame for these events and others on "white women," Attiah added that they are lucky "we are just calling them 'Karens.' And not calling for revenge."

Light Sabers

Jewish watchdog slams Black Lives Matter UK over calls to sanction Israel

BLM protest
Created in the US in 2013 as an anti-racism activism and protest movement, Black Lives Matter has enjoyed a surge in support and media coverage in the wake of the George Floyd protests across the US and around the world. Activists have been criticized by conservatives, and by Israel supporters, however, over their attacks on the Jewish State.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), a Britain-based NGO tasked with handling anti-Semitic incidents, has gotten into a Twitter spat with #BlackLivesMatterUK over a series of anti-Israel/anti-Zionism tweets.

"#BlackLivesMatter should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division," CAA tweeted, responding to a BLMUK tweet suggesting that Britain's politicians have been "gagged" and prevented from criticizing "Zionism and Israel's settler colonial pursuits," including recent plans to 'apply sovereignty' to large chunks of the West Bank.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #29: What Israeli Lobby? Anti-Semitism Hysteria Hits US, UK, France


'Covid-19 suddenly turned woke?' Packed Pride & BLM rally in Chicago draws criticism of hypocrisy

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Thousands gathered in the streets for the Pride march in Boystown in Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 2020
Scenes of thousands marching in Chicago in a joint 'Pride' and 'Black Lives Matter' parade have raised questions about double standards in reporting and enforcing social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Even though Chicago's annual Pride Parade was officially canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, massive crowds gathered on Sunday in the Lakeview neighborhood and marched uptown to "reclaim Pride."

Aerial footage of the packed event has drawn much criticism from those opposing the harsh lockdown measures and the apparent double standards in enforcing them. Local authorities and mainstream media were blasted for ignoring or even "encouraging" particular gatherings, while painting the rest as a dangerous breach of social distancing rules.

Comment: 'Safeguarding' against the coronavirus has become the go-to, baseless excuse for the establishment to ban anything it doesn't like all the while allowing that which furthers its agenda:


Louisville police remove Jefferson Square Park tent city, protesters remain

Jefferson Square Park
© Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal
LMPD blocked off scene of a shooting, Jefferson Square Park, Louisville, KY, June 27, 2020.
Tents will no longer be allowed at Jefferson Square Park at any time, Louisville Metro Police Department officials said Sunday, in the aftermath of Saturday night's chaotic fatal shooting at the site of the ongoing Breonna Taylor protests.

But demonstrators have said they aren't planning to close up shop any time soon.

"The community that was built there is not ending because they decided to throw us out," Shameka Parrish-Wright said at a Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression press conference Sunday morning.

Most protesters in the park over the course of the past month have been "largely peaceful," LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington wrote in an overnight statement, and interim Chief Robert Schroeder echoed that notion in a Sunday afternoon press briefing. But Saturday's shooting, which left one man dead, changed the situation.

"We are now clearing the park, and it will stay cleared," Washington wrote in a 4:05 a.m. statement. "Peaceful gatherings can continue during the day, but we will not allow people to stay overnight. No tents of any kind will be allowed at any time of day."

Comment: It only takes one person, one incident, one adverse vector to turn a peaceful protest into a crime scene.


Detroit rioters attack and climb on police SUV, cry victim when officer drives through them

Detroit Police Department SUV
© Adam J. Dewey
A protester is shown on the hood of a Detroit Police Department SUV before being thrown from the vehicle on Vernor Highway on Sunday, June 29.
What had been a mostly peaceful protest in Southwest Detroit took a dangerous turn late Sunday when a Detroit police officer drove an SUV through a crowd of protesters after they surrounded the vehicle and began pounding on it.

With the overhead lights flashing, the officer behind the wheel gunned the accelerator, sending protesters flying onto the pavement while others scurried out of the way as the vehicle lurched through the crowd. At one point, the SUV jerked to a stop and then sped away with at least two protesters on the hood, throwing them to the ground a dozen yards later.

One of the men thrown from the hood clutched his leg and limped after he stood up. The other man appeared unharmed. Both men continued to march back to Patton Park.

Jae Bass, 24, of Detroit, who was one of the men thrown from the hood, said police attempted to block the marchers from returning to Patton Park. He tried to lead the protesters through the roadblock and some of the police vehicles began moving.

Comment: The video doesn't show peaceful protesters nor the officer driving the SUV turn toward these rioters to drive through them. They surrounded the vehicle and began pounding on it while the emergency lights were on. These people and those supporting them have lost any ability whatsoever to understand cause and effect.

Stock Down

Ron Paul: Media lying about 'second wave' of coronavirus

Ron Paul
For months, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media kept a morbid Covid-19 "death count" on their front pages and at the top of their news broadcasts. The coronavirus outbreak was all about the number of dead. The narrative was intended to boost governors like Cuomo in New York and Whitmer in Michigan, who turned their states authoritarian under the false notion that destroying people's jobs, freedom, and lives would somehow keep a virus from doing what viruses always do: spread through a population until eventually losing strength and dying out.

The "death count" was always the headline.

But then all of a sudden early in June the mainstream media did a George Orwell and lectured us that it is all about "cases" and has always been all about "cases." Death, and especially infection fatality rate, were irrelevant. Why? Because from the peak in April, deaths had decreased by 90 percent and were continuing to crash. That was not terrifying enough so the media pretended this good news did not exist.

With massive increases in testing, the "case" numbers climbed. This is not rocket science: the more people you test the more "cases" you discover.

Unfortunately our mainstream media is only interested in pushing the "party line." So the good news that millions more have been exposed while the fatality rate continues to decline - meaning the virus is getting weaker - is buried under hysterical false reporting of "new cases."

Comment: A good line to remember: if you subsidize something, you get more of it.

Brick Wall

Couple armed with rifle & handgun defend their mansion as BLM protesters crash into wealthy St. Louis neighborhood

st louis couple defend home
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A man and a woman have been filmed brandishing guns at protesters who swarmed at the edge of their property, after a group of Black Lives Matter activists crashed the gates into a rich neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri.

Multiple videos of the altercation went viral online, with the couple earning praise for "standing their ground," as well as criticism for "mishandling" their guns and "threatening peaceful protesters."

Comment: Locals station KMOV4 interviewed the couple:
"It was like the storming of the Bastille, the gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through," Mark McCloskey said. "I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed."

Mark said they called 911 and grabbed their guns as they heard the crowd approaching their private, gated community on Portland Place.

The wrought iron gates of Portland Place were damaged on Sunday. Protesters marched to Lyda Krewson house demanding her resignation.

Mark McCloskey

"A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives," Mark McCloskey said, and shared photos of the destroyed gate.

Despite his claims, video circulating on social media shows protesters opening and walking through the unbroken gate. It is unclear when it was actually damaged or who destroyed it.

The couple also claims to have received death threats from the crowd.

"One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together and said you're next. That was the first death threat we got that night," Mark McCloskey said.

In a separate statement from their attorney, the McCloskeys said they support the Black Lives Matter movement and that "peaceful protesters were not the subject of scorn or disdain by the McCloskeys. To the contrary, they were expecting and supportive of the message of the protesters," the statement reads.
Gateway Pundit reports:
After a video of them defending their property was posted to Twitter, people began calling for their names, address, and businesses to posted online — which they were.
Someone identify these people. I don't know the area. Get an address. I'll help.

Sue them, ruin their businesses, help their employees sabotage their capital, call their kids, call their family members, call their country club — use capitalism for the weapon it's designed to be.

— kyle rezac-dennis (@krezacdennis) June 29, 2020
"Someone identify these people. I don't know the area. Get an address. I'll help," a Twitter user named Kyle Rezac-Dennis tweeted. "Sue them, ruin their businesses, help their employees sabotage their capital, call their kids, call their family members, call their country club — use capitalism for the weapon it's designed to be."

Within minutes, the couple's names, businesses and address were posted to the platform. The Gateway Pundit has opted not to publish that information.
@krezadennis has since deleted his account, after a Twitter backlash which included his own doxxing, and the dredging up of tweets supporting pedophilia.

Bizarro Earth

Sales of antidepressants in Russia surged during lockdown

© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko
An industry monitor has reported that the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the introduction of a self-isolation regime in many regions, resulted in a significant uptake in the consumption of mood stabilizers in Russia.

Analysts at DSM Group - which analyzes all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry - studied data on sales of antidepressants and noticed a marked increase in sales of these drugs, during the period from March 1 to June 1 of this year.

Over the three months, sales of antidepressants increased by an average of 10 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2019.

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