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Trump ruined our Venezuela coup and botched 'winning play,' gripes Dem Senator Murphy and gets torched online

Sen. Chris Murphy
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Democratic Senator Chris Murphy
The Democratic Party's gripes with President Trump are many, yet the latest may be the most bizarre to date. One Senator argued that Trump's brash personality bungled a perfectly good, American-style coup in Venezuela.

If Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) had his way, opposition leader Juan Guaido would be occupying the Presidential Palace in Caracas right now, after the successful ousting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite the weight the US threw behind Guaido last year, the young upstart's planned coup was a failure, and Murphy blames Trump for that loss.
As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the debacle on Tuesday, Murphy laid out his list of complaints against the coup-bungler-in-chief.

Comment: The Democratic 'coup' didn't work at home on Trump either.


Priceless! Seattle protesters 'were forced to buy expensive protective gear' in protest tax lawsuit against city

Protester and gear
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Organizers of protests in Seattle are suing the local Police Department for what they characterized as "violent" use of force to disperse crowds, forcing protesters to buy "expensive" equipment to protect themselves. Lawyers for the protesters wrote in a lawsuit filed Monday against the city of Seattle:
"Because the Seattle Police Department has acted above and outside the law in dispensing its unbridled force, and the City has failed to prevent same, the government effect is to establish a de facto protest tax.

"Individual protesters subjected to SPD's unabated and indiscriminate violence now must purchase cost-prohibitive gear to withstand munitions — even when peacefully protesting — as a condition to exercising their right to free speech and peaceable assembly."
The lawsuit stems from a July 25 clash between protesters and law enforcement — an event police deemed a riotduring which officers used pepper balls and tear gas to break up crowds of people who were engaged in an unlawful assembly, destruction of property, or other criminal acts.

Police said the event started out as a peaceful march in support of Black Lives Matter but deteriorated into widespread looting, vandalism, and violence against officers. At least 12 members of the Seattle Police Department were injured after being attacked by rioters.


Portland's xenophobic tribute? Anti-Trump activists face backlash for 'statue' linking Putin to alleged police brutality

Portland statue ode to putin
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Portland's new 'statue'
An activist group has unveiled a new 'statue' in Portland, Oregon which appears to connect Vladimir Putin to allegations of police brutality in the city. Isn't that a bit xenophobic? Twitter observers have asked.

The collective, known as the Trump Statue Initiative (TSI), used live actors covered in gold, and standing on top of a large pedestal, to create the impression that a new monument had been installed in the city on Monday.

Their performance art piece showed Donald Trump holding up a selfie-stick and making a thumbs-up sign as men wearing gas masks and riot gear pull a protester holding a 'BLM' placard into a van. "Ode to Putin" is written on the statue's pedestal. TSI is reportedly also rolling out an Instagram filter which highlights Trump's allegedly problematic relationship with the Russian president.

The 'statue' appeared to be a satirical take on allegations that federal agents sent to Portland to protect the city's federal courthouse used unmarked vehicles to seize and detain demonstrators without probable cause.


Michael Tracey: 'Media won't report on riot damage in US cities - Immigrant & minority residents furious at rioters and left-wing activists'

Michael Tracey says mainstream media has overlooked those affected by summer's violence
michael tracey tucker carlson riots
Mainstream media outlets have failed the public by declining to spotlight the devastation left behind by rioters in cities across America, independent journalist Michael Tracey said Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

In a self-published article titled "Two months since the riots and still no 'National Conversation,'" Tracey traveled to cities affected by violent protests and documented his findings using photographs and conversations with store owners and residents.

"I wanted to see for myself how communities were dealing with the aftermath, what the attitudes toward what transpired were," Tracey told host Tucker Carlson. "I just wasn't really getting that toward the mainstream organs that you would expect to be covering a story of such reported significance.

"If you go to The New York Times, you go to The Washington Post or any of these other outlets, it's not as though there is an easily accessible tally anywhere where you can find out what the precise quantification is of the amount of destruction that's being wrought in these purportedly historic events," he added.


KFC gets deep-fried after posting 'black power' chicken drumstick to commemorate Trinidad's Emancipation Day

Woke KFC chicken fry
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KFC Trinidad was grilled by angry social media users after the fast food chain marked a holiday celebrating the end of slavery with a BLM-inspired chicken ad. The company later apologized for the post.

The chicken chain's Trinidad subsidiary apparently wanted to show solidarity during the Caribbean nation's Emancipation Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the colonies of the British Empire. In an Instagram post, KFC Trinidad showed a chicken drumstick with the silhouette of a 'black power' fist that has been recently popularized by the Black Lives Matter movement. "Happy Emancipation Day," the graphic read.

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Slow-moving train wreck of post-Covid economy: Is this all happening by design?

Falling world Economy train
The Spreading Feeling "This Is All Happening By Design" As events unfold I have witnessed a growing opinion being battered around that something sinister is happening beneath the surface. This includes the feeling we are no longer in control of our fate. More and more the idea that form follows function and the winners were picked before all this started is being injected into the mix. This theory embraces the proposition the bottom half of society is destitute and totally dependent on the government which means they have been removed from the battlefield. Now that these people are no longer a threat, corporate and government collaborators are consolidating power and control.

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Prominent German satirist slams 'McCarthy-like' climate science, 'Dark Ages suppression-by-denunciation'

Dieter Nuhr
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Germany’s Dieter Nuhr slams “McCarthy-like mood” in science after DFB German Research Foundation takes down his statement.
The censorship of science now sweeping the globe finally gets a slap-down...

A message to Ramstorf, Mann, Greta, media, alarmists who declare their science as The Truth.

German, high profile satirist Dieter Nuhr, who earlier criticized Greta's hysteria, recently saw his statement taken down by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest wave of scientific censorship.

What follows is Nuhr's response to the DFG takedown of his statement he posted at Facebook, translated in the English (emphasis added):

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The genius of the 'I ♥ JK Rowling' stunt

JK Rowling
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Trans intolerance has made even the most benign statements unsayable.

It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for social-justice warriors - it must be exhausting finding things to be offended by. The latest is an advert reading 'I ♥ JK Rowling', which was paid for by the campaign group Standing for Women. This fairly innocuous message, displayed to mark the birthday of the best-selling author, has now been removed by Network Rail following online complaints of transphobia. Despite clearly signalling support for those who identify as transgender, Rowling's expressions of concern about the loss of women-only services for victims of domestic abuse has led her to be branded a bigot. Identical 'I ♥ JK Rowling' billboards have been spotted across the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen what the wider response will be.

On 29 July, Network Rail Scotland, which sports a rainbow in its Twitter logo, tweeted: 'This advert is no longer being displayed at Edinburgh Waverley. The poster in question is against our code of acceptance for advertising in our stations owing to its political nature. We do not allow advertising that is likely to support or promote one viewpoint over another.' It seems statements in support of a children's author are now political.

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'Don't speak for me': Yale doctor battles CNN anchor over effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine

Dr. Harvey Risch and CNN host John Berman
Trump has hailed polarizing drug as possible COVID treatment.

Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch and CNN host John Berman bickered over hydroxychloroquine on Monday during a heated discussion about the polarizing drug, which the president has hailed as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

Risch recently wrote an op-ed in support of hydroxychloroquine, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and other experts have dismissed the anti-malarial drug being used to combat coronavirus. Risch cited various studies that backed up his pro-hydroxychloroquine stance, but the host of CNN's "New Day" disagreed.

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Oprah hosts white guilt session: 'Whiteness gives you an advantage no matter what'

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Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey declared in an episode of her eponymous series, The Oprah Conversation that "whiteness" and "white privilege" afford unspecified benefits to white people in the "caste system" of America.

In an episode entitled "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 1" — featuring former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho and drawing its name from Acho's YouTube series of the same name — Oprah Winfrey invited several white people to discuss "racism," "white privilege," and "whiteness." Oprah praised her white guests for accusing themselves of being "racist."

Comment: Very reminiscent of the struggle sessions held in Maoist China. That people would willingly debase themselves through public humiliation and torture in order to virtue signal is disturbing to the extreme. Race relations in the US, while on an upward trend in the previous decades, are headed for the gutter.

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