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Communists & Nationalists poised to make gains in Russian regional elections, but Western-leaning liberals unlikely to prosper

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Those hoping for liberal politicians to make gains in this weekend's Russian local elections are set to be disappointed. While the pro-Putin United Russia may suffer losses, it will likely benefit nationalists and communists.

Over the weekend, some 35 million Russians will have the opportunity to vote in local elections in about a third of the country's regions. Electors will vote for 22 city councils, 18 regional governors, and 11 regional parliaments. Pundits are watching carefully to see if the results provide any indications of a shift in the popular mood.

This year, online voting is permitted and the contests are spread out over three days. Officially, the reason is to avoid overcrowding in polling stations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, but some see the changes as a means of giving the government more opportunities to commit electoral fraud. This reflects a common perception that Russian elections hold little meaning due to widespread manipulation by the authorities.

Comment: See also: More Duma, Less Prezident: Putin Announces Democratic Changes to Russian Constitution


Black Magic

Is America heading for a race war? Unless Democrats stop protecting criminals, it is inevitable

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Is the US really a land teeming with 'white supremacists', or are malicious forces working to crowbar the racial divide for their own ulterior motives? Whatever the case, America needs to get a handle on the issue, and fast.

Watching the video of George Floyd dying on the street under the knee of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, forced many people to ask themselves: is this yet another case of police brutality that has become so prevalent on the streets of America, or is it symptomatic of something even worse? Without any debate, the mainstream media had a ready-made answer for mass consumption: America is racist to the core and deserves whatever it gets. It was a simplistic, knee-jerk response at a time when America was already suffering under a lockdown due to a pandemic.

Footprints

Montreal Canada: 100K march for freedom, chant 'USA', fly 'Trump 2020' flags, protest COVID-19 policies

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Montreal rally
The number of people marching and chanting U-S-A stun onlookers.

Organizers estimate 100,000 people rallied in Montreal Canada on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 to "fight for freedom" and protest overbearing COVID-19 restrictions. Several speakers panned fake news and downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Some speakers said the virus is similar to a bad flu. They explained how the Canadian government killed thousands of people by sending COVID-19 patients to senior residences. There were scores of Trump 2020 flags with the slogans "No More Bullshit." There were a handful of signs that read: "Better to die free than to live without freedom."

Many marchers chanted U-S-A for the duration of the march. Watch:


A photo journalist remarked, "It really was crazy how many American and Trump 2020 flags were there for a Canadian protest."

Padlock

Quebec City to isolate 'uncooperative' citizens in secret corona facility, visit homes to remove those who violate quarantine

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Isolation
Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate "uncooperative" citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.

During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive. This led to them being deemed "uncooperative" and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.

Girard remarked during the press conference:
"[W]e may isolate someone for 14 days. And it is what we did this morning...forced a person to cooperate with the investigation...and police cooperation was exceptional."

Sheriff

Citations issued to 9 of 300 people who demonstrated near McCloskey home

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© Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP
Mark and Patricia McCloskey confront protesters and issued trespassing citations.
Nine protesters have been issued trespassing summonses for marching onto a private St. Louis street in June, a demonstration that prompted a couple to emerge from their home with guns to confront the demonstrators.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were both charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon in a polarizing case that landed them a spot at the Republican National Convention last month. Police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell on Friday confirmed that nine protesters have been issued summonses but said the St. Louis City Counselor's office is still deciding whether to issue charges on the citations.

The Rev. Darryl Gray, who led the protest, called the citations an attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters:
"We're not going to be threatened, and that's what's happening across this country. You've got local governments and states who are trying to charge protesters, financially charge them, wanting them to pay costs. You've got others who want to make it a law against exercising our First Amendment right."
Gray was not issued a summons.

Handcuffs

Surfer handcuffed on beach for going into sea while infected with coronavirus

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Police arrested the woman on La Zurriola beach, city of San Sebastian, Spain.
A woman was arrested on a Spanish beach after going surfing despite testing positive for Covid-19. The woman - who has not been named - worked as a lifeguard at La Concha beach in the northern city of San Sebastian.

Her colleagues were the ones to call police after she was spotted at nearby La Zurriola beach, according to local reports. Pictures show police handcuffing the woman on the sand after pulling her from the water as she surfed.

She was arrested on suspicion of disobedience, after she reportedly ignored officers for several minutes before getting out of the sea. Photos published by a local paper showed two people in hazmat suits escorting the woman across the sand after asking her to put a face mask on.

She is expected to face a heavy fine for breaching strict quarantine rules, which could be up to £5,500. If it is discovered she has passed coronavirus on to another person through her actions, the fine would be more than £100,000.


Comment: From surfing in the ocean, fresh air and catching an accommodating wave to handcuffs, citations and fines - how ridiculous.




USA

The United States & its Constitution have two months left

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Bob Woodward writes that Trump's Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, and Trump's Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, spoke together about taking "collective action" to remove President Trump from office. General Mattis said Trump is "dangerous. He's unfit."

This is the same thing that the Generals and the CIA said about President John F. Kennedy.

When Generals and the CIA say that a president is unfit and dangerous, they mean he is dangerous to their budget. By "unfit" they mean he is not a reliable cold warrior who will keep hyping America's enemies so that money keeps pouring into the military/security budget. By serving defense contractors instead of their country, generals end up very wealthy.

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Pumpkin

CNN has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

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September 11 closed off a rather embarrassing week for CNN. Shortly after the network's chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter, published a book condemning Fox News for a "dangerous distortion of the truth," evidence emerged that CNN leaders meddled in a congressional race, offered favors to a presidential candidate in exchange for the promise of a TV show in 2016, and tried to coach President Donald Trump's lawyer on the topic of Stormy Daniels.

But by all means, keep complaining about Fox News. That tactic is sure to hurt your competitor's ratings, right?

Without further ado, here's a round-up of CNN's scandals.

Comment: May the Clinton News Nuthouse have many more such weeks, bleeding into ratings oblivion, with MSNBC not far behind.


Take 2

Disney's toxic strategy for its Star Wars franchise: Lie, fail, attack the fans

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Lucasfilm's modus operandi of lying to fans and then attacking them for being upset over the lies has been going on since Kathleen Kennedy took over in 2012. Can Star Wars survive this poisonous approach?

On September 8, 2020, the Jimmy Kimmel Live show aired a video of actor Josh Gad interviewing actress Daisy Ridley. Gad, being an ardent Star Wars fan, of course questioned Ridley about her role as Rey in episodes 7-9 of the new Star Wars Trilogy. Gad, in particular, focused on Rey's lineage, asking Ridley if she always knew her character was going to be the granddaughter of the evil Emperor Palpatine. Ridley responded:
"At the beginning, there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection. And then it went to 'she was no one', and then it came to Episode 9 and JJ [Abrams] pitched me the film and was like 'Oh, yeah, Palpatine is granddaddy.' And I was like 'awesome'. And then two weeks later he was like 'Well, we're not sure,' so it kept changing. So then even I think we were filming and I wasn't sure what the answer was going to be."

Attention

State of denial: From 'never forget' to 'sensitive content', Baylor University gives trigger warning for 9/11 remembrance display on campus

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Baylor University posted warnings on a Sept. 11 memorial, saying its "sensitive" content could evoke a "wide range" of emotions.
Baylor University administrators found it necessary to add a trigger warning to an annual September 11 memorial that is displayed on campus each year, suggesting that remembrance of the 2001 attacks is no longer a unifying cause.

The prestigious Christian university in Texas placed signs saying "Please be advised: sensitive content," near the memorial, which features 2,977 small American flags lining Baylor's Fountain Mall walkway to honor the people who were killed in the terror attacks.

"These signs amount to nothing short of a trigger warning for an event that should unite all Americans," said Baylor's Young Conservatives of Texas student club, which sets up the memorial each year.

The club demanded Friday that the university formally apologize. "This is incredibly saddening for us to see," the group said. "9/11 is a day that we can forget our political identities and come together to remember those who died and celebrate the triumph of our nation over evil."

The university issued a statement Friday night saying it apologizes for "any misunderstanding" its decision may have caused. But the trigger warning was just what it appeared to be. Baylor said that realizing the "wide range of emotions" that could be evoked by the flag display, signs were placed nearby to notify passers-by of its "potential impact." Such warnings are now considered for outdoor displays under rules that went into effect last year "based on feedback from our campus community," the administration added.


Comment: The net effect of 'critical' wokeness - its microagressions, trigger warnings, and other related nonsense - is that it has sensitized a substantial demographic to the point where they effectively block themselves off from real atrocities. That's a totalitarian's dream world. If you can't even face evil, you can't do anything about it. It's much more convenient to have the public focused on idiocy like woke "racism", "sexism", and other fictitious evils.