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Catalonia makes face masks mandatory in all public spaces, may reimpose lockdown certain regions

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Catalan premier Quim Torra (r) with government spokesperson Meritxell Budó.
Face masks will be compulsory in all public spaces in Catalonia starting on Thursday, and violators could face fines of €100.

The protective gear must be worn regardless of whether people are observing the social distance of 1.5 meters, or whether the area has a low coronavirus incidence.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by Catalan premier Quim Torra inside the regional parliament. "Face masks will be mandatory in Catalonia. Not just in Segrià, but in all of Catalonia," he said, alluding to an area of Lleida province that has been locked down due to a large coronavirus outbreak.

Comment: See also: No second-wave of coronavirus in Russia, head of Genomic Engineering Lab in Moscow explains why

Yellow Vest

Massive protests rock Serbian capital after govt forces population BACK into Covid-19 lockdown

Comment: Rank political abuse of Covid-19 isn't limited to Western govts. In Serbia, the govt declared victory against Covid-19, lifted the lockdown in order to hold elections, then once the incumbent party was reelected, announced a jump in Covid-19 numbers and a return to lockdown. The Serbian people aren't buying it for one minute...

Serbian parliament building
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A protest outside the Serbian parliament building against the announced Covid-19 lockdown in Belgrade, Serbia July 7, 2020.
Mounted police used teargas and truncheons to disperse a crowd of several thousand protesters gathered outside the Serbian parliament in Belgrade, opposed to the government's announcement of a new coronavirus lockdown.

President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Tuesday that a new curfew would go into effect on Friday and last over the weekend, after 300 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths - the most since the pandemic began, local media reported.

This prompted an estimated ten thousand people to gather outside the parliament building and demand Vucic's resignation, starting around 10 pm local time.

After some demonstrators reportedly broke into the building, riot police were deployed and used force to disperse the crowd, including tear gas. At one point, police on horseback charged the demonstrators.

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Russia arrests ex-journalist Ivan Safronov, accused of spying for Czechs and Americans

Ivan Safronov
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Ivan Safronov
Former journalist Ivan Safronov, arrested on Monday, has been accused of transmitting classified information to Czech intelligence, at the behest of the US. His lawyer says he is being persecuted for his previous journalism work.

At the time of his arrest, Safronov was working as an adviser to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos. He had previously written for well-known newspapers Kommersant and Vedomosti.

According to Safronov's lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, investigators believe he was recruited by the Czechs in 2012, and sent them classified information in 2017 via the internet. The information regards Russian arms supplies to the Middle East and Africa. Safronov is suspected of high treason, and he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Better Earth

Ex-wide receiver catches 3-year-old thrown from burning building in Phoenix, Arizona

Phillip Banks
Phillip Blanks, a former college football player and ex-Marine, made the greatest catch of his life when he saved a child thrown from a burning building over the weekend.

A shocking video showed the moment Blanks caught a three-year-old boy thrown from the balcony of a burning apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 3, right before he hit the ground, KABC reported.

"Instinct. There wasn't much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it," he told the station.

The 28-year-old said he was always raised with the mindset to serve others. Blanks served in the U.S. Marines and currently has a job in the security industry.

He also credits his time playing football as a wide receiver for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo as key to his personal growth.

Arrow Up

The turning point for capitalism: Full employment, demand for workers, increased salaries

Jobs protest
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Jobs protest
Unemployment creates exploitation of workers

Employers favour unemployment because unemployed workers have to accept poorly paid jobs to be able to feed their families. A higher unemployment rate produces cheaper labour. Unemployment is not difficult to maintain because employers most often do not necessarily need to hire employees. Big employers support political parties that keep unemployment through economic policy. It starts with importing cheap labour and ends with rising interest rates. This is how unemployment becomes a state policy and how state policy maintains the exploitation of workers. All the exploitation of workers has its origin in unemployment. I wrote more about it in the article: Let's remove unemployment.

The rich people have imposed believing that unemployment is an unavoidable price that must be paid for technological development. They have pressured economic science to accept that 0% of unemployment is not a positive thing, which they accomplished. The capitalists have found an unemployment rate of about 5% the most convenient to them so that 5% of unemployment has become a "normal" state in capitalism. This "normal" state makes workers dependent on capitalists. It allows the exploitation of workers through low labour costs, while the total purchasing power of workers is still large enough to produce profits for private companies. However, such a policy has enlarged the gap between rich and poor what increases problems in society.

Comment: There does seem to be some logic to the theory. The trick is how to get 'from here to there'.


Tucker Carlson: We can't let dems run America...because they hate it!

Monday, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson opened his show by giving President Donald Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota high marks. He then pointed to the Democrat backlash and concluded that Democrats and their allies in the media hate the country.

He alluded to remarks made by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to bolster that point. Carlson then posed the question: Could the left in America lead a country that it hates?

Comment: Confusion reigns supreme. Given the lockdowns, health scares, crazy political games, accusations and provocations, fake news, erasure of history (as if one can actually do that) and the nonstop jockey for global position and dominance...where, exactly, does it leave voters? None of it was necessary.


Galloway: If you think Scottish nationalism is bad now...just wait and see

March in Scotland
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March in Scotland
Scottish nationalists hate me with a vengeance. The separatist movement is on a very vocal rise, and anyone - especially a Scot like me - daring to oppose it, is being told they aren't a real Scot and should get out of Scotland.

"Some men hate a crab. It runs sideways, not straight, disturbs the sand thirstily. They chase it madly, across the beach, with sticks." Forty years ago I had that poem pinned to my office wall. I've felt a bit like that crab in the last few days since I announced I was moving back to Scotland and intended to fight my old foes in the ruling SNP toe-to-toe.

I hate separatism. I loathe the partitioning of countries, particularly small ones. Especially when there's no need and where everyone will end up worse off, and weaker to do anything about it.

I opposed the partition of Ireland all of my life. I marched on the streets of London nearly 50 years ago against the partition of Cyprus. I believed in Yugoslavia, in Czechoslovakia, I even opposed the break-up of the USSR!

Yet oddly, it has become "left" (whatever that means nowadays) to support the partition of Britain and even more ludicrously to rejoin the European Union while we are at it. And those who demur are subject to the now familiar witch-hunt.

Heart - Black

Man shot dead in Bronx while walking with 6-year-old daughter

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Harrowing surveillance footage captured the moment a man was fatally shot while crossing a Bronx street — hand-in-hand with his 6-year-old daughter.

The clip, tweeted by Rodney Harrison, the NYPD's chief of detectives, opens with Anthony Robinson approaching the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street in Mount Eden around 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

Clasping his young daughter's left hand in his right, Robinson, 29, stops at a crosswalk to eye a dark sedan slowing next to them, appearing to check whether the driver was turning into their path.

But the driver continues to roll along next to father and daughter as they cross Sheridan Avenue, the video shows.

Nearly out of the crosswalk, Robinson turns as though to say something to his daughter — leaving his back to the sedan.


The Purity Posse pursues Pinker for countering their ideological narratives

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The Woke are after Pinker again, and if he's called a racist and misogynist, as he is in this latest attempt to demonize him, then nobody is safe. After all, Pinker is a liberal Democrat who's donated a lot of dosh to the Democratic Party, and relentlessly preaches a message of moral, material, and "well-being" progress that's been attained through reason and adherence to Enlightenment values. But that sermon alone is enough to render him an Unperson, for the Woke prize narrative and "lived experience" over data, denigrate reason, and absolutely despise the Enlightenment.

The link to the document in question, "Open Letter to the Linguistic Society of America," was tweeted yesterday by Pinker's fellow linguist John McWhorter, who clearly dislikes the letter. And, indeed, the letter is worthy of Stalinism in its distortion of the facts in trying to damage the career of an opponent. At least they don't call for Pinker to be shot in the cellars of the Lubyanka!

After I read the letter and decided to respond to it, I contacted Steve, asking him questions, and he gave me permission to quote some of his answers, which were sent in an email. (Steve, by the way, has never asked me to defend him; I do so in this case because of the mendacity of the letter.)

Comment: Yet another example of the woke left trying to cancel someone who counters their ideological mistruths with facts and logic. It's completely unsurprising that they would come after Pinker, one who is so efficient at countering the activists with simple data that proves how badly they've been mislead (not to say he's always right, of course).

See also: Steven Pinker on identity politics: 'An enemy of reason and Enlightenment values'


CNN's Don Lemon clashes with actor Terry Crews: Is BLM about police brutality, or problems in the black community?

Black Lives Matter New York street painting
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Actor Terry Crews faced an angry backlash after voicing concerns about the radicalization of the BLM movement. His clash with CNN's Don Lemon on why black-on-black crime is not part of the agenda split society even further.

Last Saturday, Crews, who is also a human rights activist, tweeted that he saw good people as allies regardless of the color of their skin, adding that he was"prepared to die on this hill."He previously expressed concern that the Black Lives Matter movement might slide into black supremacy.

Comment: It's totally disingenuous of Lemon to say that gun violence is beyond the scope of BLM as he knows full well that BLM has a much broader scope than merely police brutality and criminal justice reform. The numerous and often destructively violent statue riots are a glaringly obvious example of this broader scope in action.

The fact of the matter is that Lemon and the BLM leadership cannot and will not acknowledge the reality of the devastation caused by fatherlessness and black-on-black violence in black communities, because they don't want to look at anything that would undermine their narrative that the situation of black communities is caused entirely by white oppression. In their minds they're victims, and they want to stay that way.