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No imaginary transgression is too small for the mob of virtue-signalling SJWs on Instagram

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"Knitting is just so white. Let's hope it gets better." I overheard this puzzling remark in my local yarn store in Edinburgh, Scotland, last week. The store is in the affluent area of Marchmont, just outside the city centre. Its Edwardian and Victorian tenement flats, adjacent to huge green spaces, are popular with students and families alike. Two customers were chatting to the store owner: "It's about time we had the conversation," one of them offered. Her companion nodded in solemn agreement.

Knitting, which helps lower the blood pressure and keep the mind busy, has enjoyed an upsurge in popularity in recent years. The Internet has allowed for the proliferation of new platforms from which to buy yarn and patterns, and has helped connect artisans and hobbyists worldwide. Usually, it's a calming and creative pastime focussed on aesthetics rather than politics. However, a short browse through the knitting posts on Instagram steered me in the direction of the source of the exchange I had overhead and the "conversation" it had produced.

Comment: What could be a more clear sign that society is losing its collective mind?


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6 illegal immigrants linked to Mexican cartel arrested in NC for massive drug trafficking operation, officials say

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A massive drug operation with ties to a Mexican drug cartel resulted in the arrest of six immigrants in the country illegally. From left to right, upper row: Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez, Raul Rangel-Gutierrez, Regulo Rangel Gutierrez; lower row ( L to R) Rodolfo Martinez, Rigoberto Rangel-Gutierrez and Francisco Garcia-Martinez.
Six illegal immigrants with ties to a Mexican drug cartel - a rival of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, whose notorious leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was convicted last week- were arrested in an elaborate drug trafficking operation in North Carolina, according to reports.

The massive drug operation included transporting large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine across state lines - for instance, from Texas to Georgia and North Carolina, WSOC reported.

The feds identified the suspects as Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez, Regulo Rangel-Gutierrez, Francisco Garcia-Martinez, Rodolfo Martinez, Raul Rangel-Gutierrez and Rigoberto Rangel-Gutierrez.

"Members of the investigative team believe - based on wire intercepts, surveillance and other facts discovered from the investigation - that Oscar and Regulo transport illicit proceeds, derived from the sales of narcotics, when they travel from Myrtle Beach to Charlotte," according to federal court documents, as WMBF reported.

Comment: See also: Drug lord El Chapo found guilty on all counts at trial


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Apprehensions up 400% on US-Mexico border as smugglers try to overwhelm US officials

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Migrants stand together along the U.S./Mexican border wall as they wait to turn themselves over to the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso, Tex., on Feb. 12, 2019.
Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal trespassers increased by nearly 440 percent in the El Paso Sector in the past four months compared to a year ago. Local Border Patrol officials believe the human smugglers and drug cartels are trying to overwhelm the authorities in order to get more contraband through.

The El Paso Sector, covering some 270 border miles in westernmost Texas and the whole stretch across New Mexico, used to be one of the least eventful. During the slow months of October 2011 to January 2012, it averaged about 20 apprehensions of illegal border crossers a day-a rather light workload for an agent force of 2,400 (pdf).

Fast forward to those same months seven years later, and the workload has increased more than 14-fold, while the workforce remains the same.

Most of the blame falls on human smugglers and drug cartels, who "work hand in hand" and have moved their operations toward El Paso from south Texas, where increased Border Patrol presence starting a few years ago made their operations difficult, according to Ramiro Cordero, Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor in the El Paso Sector.

"They did start hitting us here in El Paso, I'm going to say about a year, year and a half ago, little by little," he said in a Feb. 14 phone call.

Since the 2019 fiscal year started in October, however, the influx has intensified. Four months in, the nearly 35,000 apprehensions have already surpassed the number of apprehensions for the whole of fiscal 2018.

Comment: President Trump enacted his power to declare a national emergency regarding the US southern border with Mexico. See also:


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Video shows Yellow Vest protesters smashing up police van while it's stuck in traffic

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A photo of the damaged police van in Lyon
A terrified French policewoman was left in tears after an astonishing and violent attack on a police van by a swarm of Yellow Vest protesters in Lyon.

Distressing footage of the attack on Saturday shows two road safety officers stuck in gridlocked traffic as they are increasingly surrounded by Yellow Vest protesters, who suddenly turn on their vehicle.

The officers can be seen filming the angry protesters as they swarm and throw rocks and bricks at the van, shattering the windows. Protesters jump on the hood of the vehicle and continue to bombard it with projectiles as the driver becomes more upset and tries to guide the vehicle safely through the lines of traffic.

Comment: If the officers in the video lost an eye, had their hand blown off, or were killed, then the violence would be on par with that which the police mete out to Yellow Vest protesters on a regular basis: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Will Globalists' War on Nationalism Lead to Bloody Revolution?

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Propaganda

Arizona Democrat wants to ban 'In God We Trust' license plates because it funds an "extremist hate group"

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An Arizona state lawmaker is trying to get rid of "In God We Trust" specialty license plates because he says an "extremist hate group" is benefiting from each purchase. The non-profit says it is the victim of a "misinformation campaign."

Democratic state Sen. Juan Mendez introduced a bill seeking to bar the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) from selling the plate with the national motto because proceeds go to the Scottsdale-based religious freedom law firm, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

Arizona allows non-profit organizations, like ADF and the University of Arizona, to create specialty plates. A portion of the purchase, no tax dollars, go to the group.

The Secular Coalition for Arizona, a group that opposes religion in government, directed Mendez to find out where the money from the plates was going, AZ Central reported.

Comment: See also: Atheist suing to have "so help me God" removed from US citizenship oath despite being given opportunity to recite alternative oath


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Leftist group #AbolishICE helped kill New York's Amazon HQ deal

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Amazon's decision to cancel its plans to build a second corporate headquarters in New York City came after left-wing activists and politicians demanded that the company advance their immigration agenda in exchange for nearly $3 billion in government subsidies.

Democratic socialism advocates and New York politicians, emboldened by the leftward lurch of the Democrat Party, which the election of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) crystallized, stepped up their demands on Amazon in recent weeks, according to a person briefed on the matter. One such demand included that the company pledge not to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Amazon refused to say it would not cooperate with U.S. immigration laws, the person said.

Comment: So much for being a "people's party". Ocasio-Cortez and her insane ilk deny their constiutent's will to continue their march to remake the world in their schizoid vision.


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Number of anchor babies in California is twice Wyoming's total population

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The number of United States-born children of illegal aliens in the sanctuary state of California is about twice the entire population of Wyoming, data reveals.

The U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are commonly known as "anchor babies," as they anchor their illegal alien and noncitizen parents in the U.S. when they are granted immediate birthright citizenship. There are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in the country, a population that exceeds the total number of annual American births, as about 300,000 anchor babies are born every year, exceeding the total number of American births in 48 states. Currently, the U.S. and Canada are the only developed nations in the world that offer unrestricted birthright citizenship.

Data compiled by the Migration Policy Institute finds there are at least 1.2 million anchor babies under the age of 18 residing in the state of California with their illegal alien parents. This is about twice the entire population of Wyoming, where about 570,000 residents live.

About 400,000 of those 1.2 million anchor babies in California are born to two parents who are both residing in the U.S. illegally.

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Cancún shooting: five people gunned down in Mexico's resort city

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The Mexican tourist hub of Cancún has experienced a rise in drug-related violence.
Five people have been shot dead and five more wounded in Cancún after gunmen burst into a bar in the Mexican resort city and opened fire.

Quintana Roo state prosecutors said the attack on Saturday took place in a club called La Kuka, on a main avenue in central Cancún about 6km (4 miles) away from the Caribbean resort city's seaside tourist hotel zone, situated on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Prosecutors said four men carrying a long gun and three handguns entered and began shooting. Two of the injured were in critical condition.

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Police say new evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated 'attack' on himself

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Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

Smollett denies playing a role in his attack, according to a statement from his attorneys.

The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of "new evidence."

The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs." He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at a hardware store in Chicago.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, issued a statement to CNN Saturday night saying Smollett was angry about these latest developments.


Comment: If he is lying, liars tend to get angry when exposed as liars.


Comment: Police spokesman Guglielmi had this to say a couple days ago:
In his tweet, Guglielmi acknowledged that detectives "haven't found any video documenting the alleged attack," but he added "there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax. The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect."
More on the two men previously considered suspects:
Both brothers, 27 and 25, have had run-ins with the law.

The older one pleaded guilty in 2012 to aggravated battery and was sentenced to two years of probation for a stabbing that occurred a year earlier about a block away from the brothers' North Side home, according to Cook County records. The younger brother was ticketed for a DUI in 2015.

The stabbing occurred on May 6, 2011, according to police. A 17-year-old boy was walking when he was confronted by a group of five people who followed him, then beat and stabbed him. The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

The brothers are of Nigerian descent. The oldest received his secondary education in Nigeria and the younger brother attended high school here, a few blocks away from their North Side home. They both played football for Quincy University, a small liberal arts college in western Illinois, and since then have offered online courses in bodybuilding.

Smollett follows the brothers' bodybuilding page on Instagram.
Naturally it is being politicized:



As for Smollett's politics:


Note that Sargon of Akkad got banned from Patreon for doing precisely what Smollett just did - the only differences being that Sargon called actual nazis the "N" word, and did so while being white.

RT adds:
However, his account of the incident aroused almost immediate skepticism from some quarters, both official and general. Did two Empire-watching Donald Trump supporters happen to be randomly wandering through a deserted Chicago neighborhood when it was -14C outside, carrying a noose and chemicals, and then stumble upon Smollett? Or were they perhaps master stalkers, who could have predicted that the actor would have gone for a tuna sandwich and a salad - both of which remained intact after the attack - at this late hour?

Police also said that they didn't manage to locate anyone matching the description provided by Smollett, despite studying hundreds of hours of footage from one of the most advanced CCTV systems in the world. Nor could they document the moment of the attack. Two silhouetted figures were identified in the vicinity, but their role remained unclear.

Doubts were compounded when Smollett refused to hand over his phone in the aftermath, and instead presented investigators with a PDF file purportedly showing a record of his calls, which detectives could not consider tamper-proof.

Reports over the last week that cited inside sources have put together a radically different account of events.

Smollett purportedly paid $3,500 to the black LGBT-supporting Osundairo brothers to buy a noose and bleach, and play-act the attack, inflicting superficial injuries. Police have found evidence of them buying the rope, while bleach was located during a search of one of their houses.

The Osundairos, who appear to be the shadowy figures in the surveillance footage, departed on a flight to Nigeria hours after the alleged incident, before being arrested the moment they touched down back in the US.

The details have resulted in much gloating online, not least from those claiming that because the story fitted a convenient political narrative, all attempts at critical analysis were abandoned.




However, the story could result in more than just humiliation and career damage for Smollett, who may face up to three years in jail if he is found to have filed a false police report. It also brings attention to an earlier incident, in which police investigated a potential terrorist attack when the actor received an envelope containing white powder at his work address last month. The substance turned out to be ground-up aspirin.
See also: TV actor's hate crime attack story being investigated as a possible hoax


Attention

Palestinian teen dies after being hit with an Israeli gas canister

Palestinian mourners
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Relatives of Palestinian teen Hassan Iyad Shalabi , 14, who was killed during a protest at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied territories, mourn during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip on February 9, 2019.
A Palestinian teenager has died in the Gaza Strip four days after being hit by a tear gas canister during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers stationed on the border between the eastern Gaza Strip and the occupied territories.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement that Hassan Nabil Ahmed Nofal, 17, died late on Tuesday at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City from the wounds he suffered Friday when he hit in the head by the cartridge.

Nofal was hit when the canister was fired several meters from him during a "Great March of Return" protest east of Bureij refugee camp.

Fourteen-year-old Hassan Iyad Shalabi was fatally shot in the chest during an anti-occupation demonstration east of the city of Khan Yunis, located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Gaza City.

Hamza Mohammed Roshdi Ashtiwi, 17, died east of the Gaza Strip after he was hit in the neck with a live bullet.