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Black Lives Matter leader states if US 'doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system'

Hawk Newsome BLM
Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome joined "The Story" Wednesday to discuss the direction of the movement in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody and the subsequent demonstrations across the country, many of which have sparked destruction and violence.

"You ... have said that violence is sometimes necessary in these situations," host Martha MacCallum told Newsome. "What exactly is it that you hope to achieve through violence?"

"Wow, it's interesting that you would pose that question like that," Newsome responded, "because this country is built upon violence. What was the American Revolution, what's our diplomacy across the globe?

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Fire

Massive explosion rocks gas storage facility near military & research site outside Tehran

Tehran explosion
© IRGC
A major explosion outside Tehran has triggered speculations of an attack against an army base or a research site, but the Iranian military says it was an incident at a gas storage facility.

The blast did not take place at a military site, a defense ministry spokesman, Davoud Abdi, told state TV late Thursday night, adding that the blaze was quickly taken under control and that there were no casualties.


Newspaper

Bronx precinct commander quits, citing 'no guidance' on recent reforms

NYPD Deputy Inspector Richard Brea

NYPD Deputy Inspector Richard Brea
A Bronx NYPD precinct commander is quitting in protest of how the department is handling police reform, The Post has learned.

Deputy Inspector Richard Brea is throwing in the towel after nearly three decades because he says his bosses are not giving him enough guidance on how to get guns and drugs off the street now that the department has disbanded and reassigned its anti-crime unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa confirmed Brea's retirement to The Post Thursday after speaking with the inspector, who leads the Bronx's 46th Precinct.

Comment: It looks like Richard Brea's resignation is unrelated to the anti-police protests, but who knows with all the madness going on.

Predictive policing is not like 'Minority Report' - It's worse


Hardhat

Columbus statue removed hours after conflict erupts as crowd gathers at site

New Haven Columbus statue protests
© Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media
A skirmish between people of opposing viewpoints on the Columbus statue in New Haven.
The Christopher Columbus statue that overlooked Chapel Street from Wooster Square Park for nearly 130 years stood on its perch for the last time Wednesday.

But while cheers met the statue's removal, it didn't come down without a fight.

After word got out that the city planned to remove the statue Wednesday morning, a group of several dozen people came out to defend it and had formed a crowd of 40 to 50 people by about 6 a.m., according to police Capt. Anthony Duff.

Warning: The videos posted here include graphic language.

Comment: All this tilting at the windmill of racism, while a real cause for concern is getting ignored.


Heart - Black

Hate speech, the 'new normal' - NYT's 1619 Project founder calls 'White race' 'barbaric devils & bloodsuckers', sez Columbus 'no different than Hitler'


Comment: Ladies & gentlemen, meet a relic from a bygone age: an actual racist...


Nikole Hannah-Jones
In an indication of what was to come, the founder of the New York Times' 1619 Project penned a lengthy racist screed attacking all white people in 1995.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead essayist on New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, wrote a letter to the editor in Notre Dame's The Observer stating that "the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world."

Hannah-Jones claimed that the actions of European settlers and explorers such as Christopher Columbus were "acts of devils" and likens them to Hitler.

"[The whites] lasting monument was the destruction and enslavement of two races of people," Hannah-Jones wrote.

Hannah-Jones claims Africans arrived in North America long before Europeans, but that unlike Europeans, Africans befriended and traded with the indigenous people. She claims pyramids in Mexico are a symbol of said friendship.

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USA

Gun permit applications up 500% in Illinois

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The civil unrest and increasing violent crime in Chicago and other Illinois cities have prompted tens of thousands of Illinois residents to arm themselves in self-defense for the very first time. The Illinois State Police reports that in the first two weeks of June, more than 42,000 residents applied for a Firearms Owner ID card. That's a 500% increase from the same time period in 2019, and gun store owners and firearms instructors in the state say they expect the demand to continue, at least in the near future.

At Fox Valley Gun Range in Elgin, Illinios, owner Mark Galvin says he's gone from selling ten guns per day last year to as many as 200 per day in recent weeks. According to the Chicago Tribune, the flood of new gun owners has resulted in further backlogs to the state's background check system.

Sheriff

Three Wilmington, NC cops fired for using racial slurs to describe fellow officers with one claiming he's ready for Civil War

Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams
© Matt Born/STARNEWS
Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams fired the officers a day after being named permanent chief.
"We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them fu — - ni — -. I can't wait. God, I can't wait."

These are the words of a now-former Wilmington Police Department officer Kevin Piner.

He, along with two other officers, have been fired from the department after dash-cam footage recorded two phone conversations — accidentally — and a supervisor conducting a routine audit of the videos found the disturbing content.

Michael 'Kevin' Piner, James 'Brian' Gilmore, and Jessie E. Moore II were all terminated from the force. The announcement came from the new Chief of Police Donny Williams — not even 24-hours into his first day as chief.

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Former Israeli PM Barak named as sex offender in Epstein court filings submitted by Dershowitz

ehud barak and epstein
© Reuters / Corinna Kern
Deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein directed his best-known accuser to have sex with former Israeli PM Ehud Barak, according to a sealed deposition - one of many papers lawyer Alan Dershowitz is trying to use to clear his own name.

Lawyers for Dershowitz, who was a friend of Epstein as well as a member of his legal defense team, released the claim about Barak in a Tuesday court filing, attempting to cast doubt on allegations made by accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the first Epstein victims to go public with her story.

Pointing to the "denials and disclaimers" issued by the powerful men Giuffre said she'd had sex with, they suggested her word had been "thoroughly discredited by her proven lies." If their hope was to smear Giuffre, however, it didn't quite go as planned, instead renewing media interest in the suspects named by the former Epstein "sex slave."

Comment: The Daily Mail reports :
In a letter to the court, his or her attorneys [referring to John Doe- Sott.net ed.] Nicholas Lewin and Paul Krieger argued it would derail the painstaking legal protocol already agreed upon to decide how and when materials in the Maxwell-Giuffre case should be unsealed.

'This marks Dershowitz's second - or, by some measures, third - attempt to make an end-run around this Court's carefully constructed unsealing protocol,' the letter stated.
One can only wonder why Dershowitz so desperate to get his hands on those sealed documents...


Chalkboard

Cambridge University defends professor who tweeted 'abolish whiteness'

Cambridge University, Dr Priyamvada Gopal
© PA
Cambridge University is defending Dr Priyamvada Gopal after the academic received a torrent of abuse for posting a series of tweets.
A university has appeared to defend one of its professors after a petition was launched against her for saying "white lives don't matter".

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a professor in colonial and postcolonial literature at Cambridge University, has faced a stream of abuse after posting a series of tweets on Tuesday.

It comes during heightened public discussions around racial equality following the global Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by US police in May.

Gopal tweeted: "I'll say it again. White Lives Don't Matter. As white lives", followed by "Abolish whiteness" in a later tweet.

Comment: Cambridge defends the rights of its academics to express their opinion, but only when that opinion is the "correct" one:


Update:

Cambridge Promotes Academic Who Said "White Lives Don't Matter" to Full Professorship
However, both the university and media outlets responded by trying to frame a narrative that Gopal was being "abused" by a hate mob, completely pardoning her for her overtly racist comments.

Despite the fact that Twitter has now removed Gopal's original tweet for hate speech, Cambridge University itself has rewarded the academic.

"Thanks to everyone who wrote to @Twitter: the ludicrous ban has been lifted. I am therefore delighted to share with you personally, that last night Cambridge promoted me to a full Professorship," tweeted Gopal. "The hate mails & threats are coming in non-stop but @CambridgeCops are following up."


Cambridge University has therefore literally rewarded Gopal for publishing racist hate speech.



Sherlock

Did crime clans in Germany pocket Covid-19 aid? Police look at tip-offs that state hardship payouts ended up in wrong hands

up against wall
© Global Look Press / Bernd von Jutrczenka / dpa
German detectives are inquiring into reports that ethnic crime rings benefited from state aid meant to keep businesses afloat during the Covid-19 epidemic - because even clan membership doesn't make you ineligible for that.

"We have received tip-offs that in isolated cases clan members have received emergency financial aid from the federal government," Thomas Jungbluth, a senior officer from the Criminal Police Office (LKA) in the state of North Rhine-Palatinate, confirmed on Thursday.

He told the Rheinische Post newspaper that, while the police are investigating those cases, there's a legal gray zone out there.

Even those belonging to a crime clan have the right to claim hardship allowance if their business - say, a hookah bar - has had to close because of the Covid-19 lockdowns and zero attendance.