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Breaking news: Coronavirus only dangerous if you're not a leftist protesting racism

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You must stay home to save lives. You must socially distance and lock down.

Unless you're protesting racism and police brutality.

This appears to be the message from some government and health officials, who for months enforced a rigorous and unprecedented economic shutdown in the name of stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — resulting in millions losing their jobs and students being sent home from schools across the country.

But as states just now begin to emerge from those lockdowns, some have argued in favor of an exception to those guidelines for those protesting the death of George Floydsuggesting the gains from seeking police reforms outweigh the risks of a new surge in virus cases.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose state had some of the harshest lockdown measures in the country, was pictured shoulder-to-shoulder protesting with other officials and demonstrators. Her office told the Detroit News that Whitmer wore a mask and denied she violated her executive order.

Heart - Black

LAPD focused on peaceful protesters while ignoring looting, business owners say

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© Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times
Aaron Landy watched for hours on Saturday night as people on foot and then in cars moved up and down Melrose Avenue looting stores and setting them on fire, doing wheelies in the street and tagging walls with graffiti.

All the while, not a single police cruiser rolled by, Landy said, even though officers were staged in huge numbers not far away, squaring off with protesters.

Landy's longtime Fairfax neighborhood, it seemed to him, had been completely abandoned to lawlessness.

"Where are the police? They're nowhere. There's not a policeman in sight. It's just like a free-for-all," Landy remembered thinking. "It was just shocking. I was outraged."

Red Pill

US corporate media act as 'mouthpieces of intelligence services' on foreign policy & national security - ex-WSJ journalist to RT

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© Reuters / Brendan McDermid
American private media often "launder" misinformation fed by the secret services, while politicians pressure Facebook to act as its proxy against foreign outlets, author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Lauria told RT.

"Private corporate media, on their foreign policy and national security reporting, are virtually mouthpieces of the intelligence services," Lauria told RT.
They launder misinformation and disinformation from the intelligence services in the US, which gains credibility if you read it in the New York Times and not directly from the CIA. They have a state function as well even if they're corporate-owned. So this is clearly an anti-Russian, anti-Chinese, anti-Iranian thing.

Red Flag

Avalanche of bankruptcies threatens to PERMANENTLY wipe out more US jobs - ex-Fed insider tells Boom Bust

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© Reuters / Marco Bello
While the US unemployment rate slightly dropped from April's high, it might be too early to pop the champagne as the rise in businesses bankruptcies still threatens to shake the labor market, RT's Boom Bust has learned.

Figures released on Friday showed that the US regained around 2.5 million jobs, surprising analysts who expected another dramatic plunge. The jobs numbers have sent US stocks higher, with the Dow Jones closing over 800 points up.

Despite the positive development that comes amid easing coronavirus restrictions, the number of companies going bust is still rising and could hit a new record this year. It will be a huge blow for the entire US economy, as many permanent jobs could vanish, Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Boot believes.

"As you start to see bankruptcies, they will flow through not to temporary job losses, but to permanent job losses," she told RT's Boom Bust. "That's going to be the long lasting damage that we see come out from this crisis."


Footprints

Not woke enough? Mark Zuckerberg defends why Trump message on Facebook wasn't censored after employee backlash

Zuckerberg Trump

Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday evening addressed the social networking company's decision not to censor a recent post by President Trump that seemed to suggest that looters should be shot amid protests last week that sparked after the death of George Floyd.

"As we continue to process this difficult moment, I want to acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community," Zuckerberg wrote in his open letter. "I also want to acknowledge that the decision I made last week has left many of you angry, disappointed and hurt."

He said that while the company will continue to stand for free speech - even when he disagrees with what's being said - he is also "committed to making sure we also fight for voter engagement and racial justice too."

Bad Guys

Tucker Carlson: What we're watching is a class war disguised as a race war

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Tucker Carlson
From the Tuesday broadcast of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' on the FOX News Channel:

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: If you want to work for racial justice and you should want it, demand equal application of the law. If a law applies to one American, it must apply to all Americans. That is always true whether it is a federal perjury statute or the law against looting Macy's. Several demand special privileges are inherent and they corrupt society and crowed social trust. Giving people a pass because of who they are is not an act of compassion. It is the definition of injustice. It hurts everyone, including the people receiving the past.

If you let a kid walk away without charges from a drunk driving accident because his parents are rich, you are not helping the kid. Allowing poor kids to steal shoes from the Nike store because you believe they are oppressed does not help them either. If you raised your own children like that, you would screw them up forever. That does not mean they are not systemic injustices and society, there are.


Heart - Black

German police confirm Madeleine McCann suspect is a convicted child sex offender

Madeleine McCann
© PA
A new suspect has been identified in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.
The new prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is a convicted child sex offender, German police have revealed.

The 43-year-old man, who has not been named, is white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time the toddler vanished on May 3 2007.

Christian Hoppe, from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), told the country's ZDF television channel the suspect is serving a prison sentence for a sex crime and has two previous convictions for "sexual contact with girls".

Comment: Also see: German prosecutors believe Madeleine McCann is dead, investigating 43 year old national on suspicion of murder


NPC

Vandals hurl stones & projectiles at US embassy in Mexico over George Floyd death

George Floyd riot vandal Mexico US embassy
© Reuters / Edgard Garrido
Demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, outside of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
People protesting over the death of George Floyd descended on the walled-off compound housing the US embassy in Mexico and proceeded to tag the streets and throw projectiles at the building.

Dozens gathered on the street on Friday outside the diplomatic building, which is located in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City.

Videos show the protesters throwing stones and other projectiles at the building, which was protected by metal walls, installed to shield it from unrest as demonstrations turned violent.

War Whore

All Tom Cotton has to do to get back in the NYTimes' good graces is call for the US military to bomb ANOTHER country's civilians

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© Reuters / Andy Sullivan
The war comes home...literally
Republican senator Tom Cotton's controversial op-ed demanding US troops be deployed against American protesters would have been embraced by the New York Times if he'd just stuck to cheering on military actions abroad.

The Times has been consumed with angst over the backlash to the Arkansas senator's piece, which called for the military to be turned loose in US cities as an "overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers." Hundreds of the outlet's staffers have slammed management's decision to publish, insisting Cotton's words somehow put them in danger.

Yet the Paper of Record has a long, colorful history of publishing op-eds (and even news pieces) supporting the deployment of the US military against civilian populations. Sure, those populations generally live outside the US - maybe they're in Iraq, or Venezuela, or Iran - but the Times can almost always be relied upon to support the idea that the US military is a force for good, bringing sweetness and light (and, of course, democracy) wherever it goes.

Family

UK's lockdown will push a million more into unemployment, poverty by Christmas - 10% of workforce

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© Alamy
Rising unemployment due to coronavirus lockdown also driving up homelessness and child poverty
Soaring unemployment is expected to push more than a million more Britons into poverty by Christmas and is already driving up homelessness, charities are warning.

Around 200,000 children are among those facing a new life below the pre-coronavirus poverty line unless ministers reform benefits, according to analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research thinktank published on Wednesday.
almost 10% of the workforce - by the end of 2020

It has examined a Bank of England economic scenario that predicted that as a result of the lockdown measures unemployment could rise by 2 million to 3.3 million people - almost 10% of the workforce - by the end of 2020.

Comment: The unjustified and tyrannical lockdown accelerated deteriorating living standards for the many in the UK, and the full impact has yet to be seen: