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California: San Fernando Valley residents cast provisional ballots due to equipment issue

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Republican Party headquarters in California
Some San Fernando Valley voters think they are being wrongly prevented from casting a ballot in the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, but the county elections office said it was an equipment issue that was resolved.

At El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, some voters say they were told the computers showed them as already having voted, even though they had not.

West Hills resident Estelle Bender, 88, said she was far from the only person who was being told incorrectly that they had already voted. In addition to friends of hers who experienced the issue and two other women outside the polling place, Bender said that inside, "the man next to me was arguing the same thing."

Bender said she filled out a provisional ballot and "left really angry." Bender added that, to her knowledge, many of those affected by this issue are self-identified Republicans, and she's suspicious.

"I'd still like to know how I voted," Bender said.


Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions

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Local media records thousands of people taking to the streets in Kandahar protest.
Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony.

Protesters gathered in front of the governor's house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds. Footage from local media showed crowds of people blocking a road in the city.

The affected area is predominantly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces. The families, some of whom had lived in the district for almost 30 years, had been given three days to vacate, the official, who had spoken to some of those affected, said.

Comment: As 'the people' push back, the Taliban's veneer evaporates.


New statue of Communist 'Red Terror' chief in Crimea sparks anger from Russian Orthodox Church

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Monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky in central Moscow.
A top Russian bishop has blasted a newly-erected statue of a Bolshevik secret police boss who oversaw the Stalinist purges that shook Soviet Russia and killed and imprisoned hundreds of thousands in brutal labor camps.

Arch-priest Leonid Kalinin told listeners of the Govorit Moskva radio station on Sunday that the monument, put up in Crimea in honor of Polish revolutionary Felix Dzerzhinsky, was an insult to all those who lived through the era. Dzerzhinsky founded the Cheka, the covert organization of armed revolutionaries that later became the Soviet Union's KGB security agency, and is considered the founding father of the so-called 'Red Terror'.

"It will be demolished by local residents, for whom the memory of those terrible events is still alive," Kalinin said. "These were decades of hellish torment that these 'heroes' plunged the country into, who first brought the country to complete collapse," he said.

Comment: The following article is edifying as to why some might consider this appropriate: Putin: Stalin's Soviet regime is rightly accused of crimes & mass repression against its own people

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Aussies are now ignoring tyrannical public 'health' mandates - heading to beautiful Bondi Beach

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Aussies have had enough. The people in Australia are now ignoring 'health' orders at Sydney's beautiful Bondi Beach and going about their lives.

Reports from Sydney show the people in Australia are now ignoring the state's insane COVID rules.

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Census: Income is down and poverty is up

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The number of Americans living in poverty increased for the first time in five years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic cost millions of Americans jobs and income, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

But federal stimulus payments approved by Congress and the Trump administration helped keep more than 5 million Americans out of poverty, the bureau said.

Last year, 11.4 percent of Americans — or 37.2 million people — were living in poverty, a threshold that stands at $26,246 in yearly income for a family of four. That share was up 1 percent, or 3.3 million people, over the previous year.

Comment: See also: Study: COVID-19 reversed progress for Ohio women, more than 1M workers displaced

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COVID-19: Two-thirds of UK travel firms plan job cuts when furlough ends, industry body warns

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ABTA has called for the UK to abolish PCR testing demands on UK travellers as part of efforts to help the travel sector recover
Two-thirds of travel sector employers with staff still on the furlough scheme are planning redundancies once the wage support is removed at the end of the month, the travel association ABTA has warned.

The body said a survey of its membership showed that 69% of employers planned to let staff go after 30 September.

It blamed "overly-cautious" coronavirus restrictions on travel in the UK, saying they had hammered demand during the peak summer season and inflicted huge damage on the industry's chances of recovery as a result.

ABTA said that it expected almost 100,000 people in the sector, including airlines, to have either lost their jobs or walked away during the Covid pandemic once the Job Retention Scheme was closed.

The figure rose to 226,000 when the employment impact on the supply chain was factored in, its report said.

Comment: More gaslighting by the PTB: holding out hope that arbitrary rules may be relaxed, while keeping the option open to retain or even tighten them.

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The masking of the servant class: Ugly COVID images from the Met Gala are now commonplace

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), appears at the 2021 Met Gala maskless in her highly fashionable and subversive gown, as masked workers and servants surround her, ensuring her safety and a smoothly running party, on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
From the start of the pandemic, political elites have been repeatedly caught exempting themselves from the restrictive rules they impose on the lives of those over whom they rule. Governors, mayors, ministers and Speakers of the House have been filmed violating their own COVID protocols in order to dine with their closest lobbyist-friends, enjoy a coddled hair styling in chic salons, or unwind after signing new lockdown and quarantine orders by sneaking away for a weekend getaway with the family. The trend became so widespread that ABC News gathered all the examples under the headline "Elected officials slammed for hypocrisy for not following own COVID-19 advice," while Business Insider in May updated the reporting with this: "14 prominent Democrats stand accused of hypocrisy for ignoring COVID-19 restrictions they're urging their constituents to obey."

Most of those transgressions were too flagrant to ignore and thus produced some degree of scandal and resentment for the political officials granting themselves such license. Dominant liberal culture is, if nothing else, fiercely rule-abiding: they get very upset when they see anyone defying decrees from authorities, even if the rule-breaker is the official who promulgated the directives for everyone else. Photos released last November of California Governor Gavin Newsom giggling maskless as he sat with other maskless state health officials celebrating the birthday of a powerful lobbyist — just one month after he told the public to "to keep your mask on in between bites" and while severe state-imposed restrictions were in place regarding leaving one's home — caused a drop in popularity and helped fueled a recall initiative against him. Newsom and these other officials broke their own rules, and even among liberals who venerate their leaders as celebrities, rule-breaking is frowned upon.

Comment: Greenwald nails AOC's and her ilk's intrinsic hypocrisy one way; Twitter in another:

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Staying silent when you disagree with woke lies gives them power. We must speak up

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JK Rowling received death threats after commenting on trans issues.
Last summer, J. K. Rowling, the bestselling author behind the Harry Potter franchise, received torrents of abuse for insisting that there is a difference between a biological woman and a trans woman. "Erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives," Rowling wrote on Twitter, for which she received death threats. Rowling was not surprised by the abuse, which she had suffered before. But she was surprised by another aspect of the response: support. "What I didn't expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive," Rowling wrote an essay soon after. The emails were joined by tweets, and even a hashtag: #IStandwithJKRowling.

I wanted to add my voice to those supporting Rowling. I wanted to tweet #IStandwithJKRowling. But I did not. I am running for City Council in Lower Manhattan, and as a candidate for office, I didn't want to risk being called transphobic. So I chose silence.



How Walgreens' sloppy Covid-19 test registration system exposed patient data

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If you got a Covid-19 test at Walgreens, your personal data — including your name, date of birth, gender identity, phone number, address, and email — was left on the open web for potentially anyone to see and for the multiple ad trackers on Walgreens' site to collect. In some cases, even the results of these tests could be gleaned from that data.

The data exposure potentially affects millions of people who used — or continue to use — Walgreens' Covid-19 testing services over the course of the pandemic.

Multiple security experts told Recode that the vulnerabilities found on the site are basic issues that the website of one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States should have known to avoid. Walgreens has promoted itself as a "vital partner in testing," and the company is reimbursed for those tests by insurance companies and the government.

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Police officer 'set up fake photoshoots to secretly film models naked'

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DI Neil Corbel secretly filmed at least 19 women undressing in rented rooms around the country
A Metropolitan Police detective faces jail for using spy cameras to film naked models at fake photoshoots he staged while off-duty.

DI Neil Corbel, 40, posed as a pilot and gave false details while booking glamour models and escorts on internet sites, a court heard.

He invited them to shoots in hotel rooms and rental flats around the country, hiding devices in various items including tissue boxes, phone charges, an air freshener and glasses.

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