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More Minnesotans own guns - and violent crime remains low

Guns in Minnesota
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Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state.

More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO's Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check.

We took a hard look at the numbers, and found: Minnesota has a high rate of gun ownership, and a relatively low rate of violent crime.

Minnesota's violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.

And in 2017, the state set a new record for firearms background checks.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports it processed nearly 683,544 checks on gun buyers in 2017. That includes: 473,975 permits, 94,383 handguns and 125,516 long guns.

Comment: This is another Mass shooting of innocent children purportedly done by another disturbed lone gunman with superhuman accuracy. No body is asking whether one man can do it this much damage in the surveillance society we live in. The more insecure citizens become, more guns they buy. This looks like a vicious circle no body seems to have a solution. Investigations into these mass shootings doesn't seem to produce any thing more than what MSM already narrated. See also:


Light Saber

PressTV interview with Eva Bartlett: 'Everything you've been told about Syria is a lie'

Eva Bartlett
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Independent journalist Eva Bartlett explains how the mainstream media lies about events in Syria.


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USA

Florida School Shooting: A Culture of Narcissistic Entitlement and Resentment

Nikolas Cruz
One more school shooting in the USA, one more round of inane squabbling, finger pointing and calls to 'ban guns' from one side and 'deal with the mental health problem' from the other. As is true for most polemic issues hotly debated by ignorant human beings, the truth probably lies somewhere in between, or somewhere else.

If there were no (or very few) guns in US society, there would be fewer shootings, and therefore fewer deaths, but not fewer attacks by 'mentally ill' people. It seems reasonable to assume that if the number of school or mass casualty shootings in America were replaced by school or mass casualty knife attacks, it would still be a serious social problem. So it seems more rational and productive to focus on solving (or at least better understanding) the problem of mental illness in order to reduce the number of mass casualty attacks.

Star of David

More genocide? As Gaza dries up, Israel turns off fresh water source

Kids water
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Palestinian children at UNICEF water tap, Gaza Strip
Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gaza's drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UN's local coordinator for humanitarian and development activities, has called the situation "really very serious" and stated that "[w]e are falling far behind the demand for clean drinking water for Gazans."

This kind of mistreatment is part and parcel of an overall package of deprivation that continues to plague the Palestinian people. There are some 2 million residents in Gaza affected by this egregious policy, famously one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Gaza's water resources are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is something that was provided for in the Oslo II Accord. However, despite the fact that under the Accord Israel is allocated four times the Palestinian portion of water resources, it has been revealed that Israel has been extracting 80 percent more water from the West Bank than it agreed to.

Star of David

Kerfuffle: Israel outraged over 'Jewish perpetrators' of Holocaust remark from Polish PM

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki
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Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Munich Security Conference
Heated debate over Poland's controversial Holocaust law has reached new levels this week after the Polish prime minister spoke of "Jewish perpetrators" during the Nazi era, causing outrage in Israel.

"The Polish Prime Minister's remarks here in Munich are outrageous," Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday, referring to the remarks Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made at the 2018 Munich Security Conference. Netanyahu said that there was "an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people," adding that he intends to speak to Morawiecki immediately.

The story unfolded on Saturday, when Morawiecki was asked by an Israeli journalist about the new Polish law that criminalizes blaming Poles for complicity in crimes of the Holocaust during WWII. The reporter, Ronen Bergman, told of his mother whose family narrowly escaped arrest by the Nazis after learning their Polish neighbors planned to turn them in.

Comment: Israel is trigger-happy when it comes to controlling the narrative, never pausing to comprehend the perspective of non-Jews in relation to multiple versions of this particular and disturbing segment of history.


Dollars

Family awarded $36M settlement after cop kills mom, shoots son age 5 over traffic ticket

Korryn Gaines, son
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Korryn Gaines and son Kodi
The jury in the high profile police killing of Korryn Gaines has just reached their verdict in the wrongful death civil suit in Baltimore County. The Gaines family has been awarded a precedent-setting $36 million.

According to WBAL, after deliberating for about three hours, jurors ruled in favor of the Gaines family. Jurors ruled that Baltimore County police Officer Royce Ruby did not act reasonably in the fatal shooting of Gaines and the wounding of her son, Kodi, in August 2016.

"I don't know how anyone can just extinguish a life, then hide behind a badge," Korryn Gaines' mother said.

"This is a great day ... (the verdict) sends a great message on behalf of many who are victimized by police," said Ken Ravenell, attorney for Kodi Gaines.

"Korryn is smiling today. She got her day in court," said J. Wyndal Gordon, the attorney for the Gaines family.


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USA

American Olympian: 'I can't wait for the day we move past this'

Chris Mazdzer
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Chris Mazdzer
Chris Mazdzer, the first American to win an Olympic medal in men's luge singles, says that the Olympic spirit can still bring people together from different countries despite existing tensions and controversies.

Mazdzer, who was 13th in both his previous Olympic appearances in Vancouver and Sochi, claimed a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, only losing out to David Gleirsche from Austria.

The American, however, made the headlines at the beginning of this week not only because of his medal, but also because of a story he revealed following his achievement. A fellow Russian luger, who's name Mazdzer did not reveal, offered him help before the Games by saying he could use his sled.

Talking in PyeongChang to RT's Ilya Petrenko, the American Olympian gave more details about the case, while also expressing hope that the Olympic spirit can still bring people and countries together.


Comment: Nice to hear some good news of good people doing good things.


Calendar

Kosovo celebrates a decade of dependence and confusion

Kacanik, Kosovo
© Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters
Kacanik, Kosovo
For all the talk by Western governments of sovereignty and 'rules-based world order,' the case of Kosovo is a haunting example of hypocrisy. Ten years after declaring independence, the troubled province is still a ward of the US.

A gilded statue of Bill Clinton adorns the main square in Pristina, the Kosovian capital. Nearby is a "Hillary" boutique, selling women's couture (no word on pantsuits). One Albanian town even erected a bust of Hillary Clinton in 2016, anticipating her foreordained presidency. George W. Bush also has a statue in Albania, after he visited in 2007 and pledged to support the Clintons' policy on the Albanian cause. Many children across the province are named Klinton, Tonibler, or Madeleine.

Why? Because in March 1999, US President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spearheaded a NATO war on what was then Yugoslavia. NATO was acting on behalf of the "Kosovo Liberation Army," an ethnic Albanian terrorist group fighting to separate Kosovo from Serbia. Though the war was intended to last no more than a few days, it wasn't until 78 days later that NATO occupied the province, under the guise of UN peacekeepers.

The US quickly built a massive military base in southeastern Kosovo, flattening two hills in the process. Camp Bondsteel occupies 955 acres (3.86 square kilometers) of land and can host up to 7,000 troops.

Comment: Is this any way for the USA to treat its 'Mini Me'?


Syringe

With everyone doping at the Olympics, why is only Russia punished?

doping needle
Translated from Nova Resistencia.

At first, we will break some illusions: What they call "doping", that is, the use of substances or techniques currently considered illegal to increase the efficiency of the sportsman, is a widespread practice in extreme sports, therefore, also in Olympic sport .

In fact, "doping" despite being seen as morally reprehensible is much more present in the sports and entertainment industry than one dares to admit. These actors who earn 10-20kg in very few months to make a movie superhero? Have you noticed how there are even changes in the bone structure of your face, as in the chin, for example? Do you think this is what? Diet and training? The same applies to MMA fighters, Carnival goers, and the whole range of people who depend on the body to stand out in the society of the show, whether in sports or entertainment.

We are not making any moral condemnation here. We are just exposing the facts. Doping is omnipresent whether we like it or not.

Let's go to the Olympics. The Olympic Committee has, for some years now, put into practice a veritable fanatic, virulent and incessant persecution of the Russian athletes, doing what is possible and impossible to ban collectively the participation of Russians in competitions. Be they innocent or guilty.

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MIB

Where is the American outrage over the FBI spying on them?

Comey
© AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Former FBI director James Comey
Under the Constitution, there are three branches of government. The FBI is not one of them. Instead, the FBI was created to assist the president in his job to enforce laws. Members of the FBI are called "agents" because of their agency relationship with the president.

During World War II and then the Red Scare, the FBI's mission expanded to gather intelligence against spies. Here, too, the FBI was assisting the Commander in Chief. Even the word "intelligence" connotes this fact. The purpose was to help the president act intelligently against domestic threats.

The FBI's domestic intelligence gathering function caused understandable discomfort on the left. In 1970s apocrypha, President Nixon couldn't wait to get the goods on undesirables like the Smothers Brothers. Or so we were told by the Smothers Brothers, back when the FBI's mission creep cast it as the Gestapo.