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Utah protesters face charges with potential life sentence

Salt Lake City protest
Court records claim 28-year-old McNeil was seen on surveillance video buying paint from a Home Depot and shoving a police officer during the July 9, 2020 protest.
Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they're convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn't fit the alleged crime.

The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said Wednesday that's justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especially in the context of criminal justice reform and minority communities.

"This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory," said Madalena McNeil, who is facing a potential life sentence over felony criminal mischief and riot charges. Charging documents say she bought red paint at a Home Depot before the July 9 demonstration sparked by a fatal police shooting ruling. She later yelled at and shifted her weight as if to slam into police during the demonstration, charges state. "It's really frustrating and scary ... I just feel so much concern for what this means for the right to protest in general."

Comment: The so-called leaders on the left bear particular responsibility in feeding the extremes on both sides, as they demonstrate no interest in applying any breaks to social chaos. Instead, they feed it. A little rationality and accountability on their part would make a world of difference, but it's clear they've become puppets of much darker forces at play.


73% of Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city

americans city poll

Just 21% of respondents said they want to live in a major urban area
An overwhelming majority of Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

A total of 73% of poll respondents said they would prefer to live in either a suburban area or a rural setting, rather than a large city or urban area. Only one out of every five Americans - 21% - said they would like to live in a city. Just 5% said they were "not sure" which they would prefer.

The number of respondents in favor of suburban and rural living follows several months of sustained and often violent social justice protests in dense city centers. New York, the country's most densely populated city, was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic.

Comment: It's likely that the number of people wanting to leave the big cities is not just related to the BLM riots, nor the coronavirus hysteria, because a similar sentiment is being expressed throughout the Western world, and has been for many years. It's possible that it has just as much to do with the deteriorating quality of life, as well as other factors such as the general feeling of instability and the lack of pay off for living in an overcrowded and extortionately expensive concrete jungle.

One also wonders whether the regional lockdowns will have even more considering an attempt to escape the draconian and tyrannical authorities:

Eye 1

Twitter blocks BitChute video service without explanation, flags all posts as 'potentially harmful'

© REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration/File Photo
Video hosting service BitChute has accused Twitter of censoring tweets including links to their platform, and numerous users have experienced the apparent ban, though the social media app has yet to officially respond.

"It appears as if Twitter has started blocking all tweets that contain Bitchute videos," BitChute's account tweeted on Friday morning. They encouraged users to share their own examples of censorship too.

Numerous users then posted screenshots of them trying to post links to videos on the website, only to be blocked by Twitter and told the material they were about to post was "potentially harmful."

Comment: The control of the dissemination of information by the tech giants continues apace:


18 dead after Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut en route to Dubai

kerala plane crash
The plane reportedly overshot the runway upon landing amid heavy rain
An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.

The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.

The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "pained by the plane accident".

The rescue operation at the crash site has now been completed and survivors have been taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram, according to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Comment: Below is just a small selection of plane crashes from 2019:

Arrow Down

Oregon's Governor Brown just tanked the school year using sketchy data

Kate Brown
In this new wepbage the Centers for Disease Control explains how much harm keeping children out of school causes. The site is dedicated to encouraging states to re-open their schools. Here's just a little taste of what they say:
Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID-19. The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms.[1],[2],[3] Death rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs.[4]

Aside from a child's home, no other setting has more influence on a child's health and well-being than their school.
Seems pretty clear, right? For whatever reason, Oregon's Governor Kate Brown isn't listening and has instead tethered the ability of Oregon's kids to return to in-person learning to an absurd metric with no science behind it. I hope my fellow Oregonians will take the time to understand what's going on and let their voice be heard.


Republican senators' new bill looks to strip funds from public universities that restrict free speech

Free speech sign
Bill aims to force private universities to also follow their own free speech policies

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton introduced sweeping legislation on Thursday that would require universities to support a variety of free speech measures or face penalties.

The legislation, called the "Campus Free Speech Restoration Act," prohibits free-speech zones, creates a system to allow students to report First Amendment complaints, and allows the Department of Education to revoke eligibility for federal funding from public and private colleges that violate protected free speech.

"This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth," Sen. Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, said in a statement.

The 39-page legislation is co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

Heart - Black

Freed from jail due to coronavirus panic, rape suspect kills accuser

Ibrahm Elkahlil Bouaichi
© Alexandria Police Department
Ibrahm Elkahlil Bouaichi
A Virginia rape suspect, who was released from jail because of concerns regarding the new coronavirus, went on to kill the woman who had accused him, according to police.

The Washington Post was first to report that Ibrahim E. Bouaichi shot and killed the woman in late July, after he was released April 9, according to the newspaper and Alexandria police.

Bouaichi was indicted last year on charges that included rape, strangulation and abduction. The woman, whom police identified as Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzalez, testified against him in Alexandria District Court in December.

He was jailed without bond in Alexandria - until the pandemic hit. Bouaichi's lawyers argued that he should be freed awaiting trial because the virus endangered inmates and their attorneys. He was released on a $25,000 bond over the objections of a prosecutor.

Comment: This was a tragedy caused in no small part from Bouaichi's attorneys, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins, and the massively over-hyped panic stirred by the media, politicians, the CDC and the WHO. Bouaichi commited the actual crime, but he was also fully supported by the state to do so.


Man with history of mental illness and supposed ties to radical Islam takes hostages at French bank for six hours, police say

© Google Maps
BRED bank on Boulevard de Strasbourge in Le Havre, France.
A man who authorities believe has ties to radical Islam, took a half-dozen hostages at a bank in France for nearly six hours Thursday before surrendering.

The 34-year-old with a history of mental illness freed the hostages one by one as the drama unfolded. The last captive was released shortly before the suspect turned himself in, police said.

The incident unfolded around 5 p.m. local time in the port city of Le Havre and authorities quickly blocked off the area.

The hostage-taker was armed with a handgun, but it was not immediately clear whether the weapon was real or fake.


Another one: Huge fire strikes agriculture feed market in eastern Saudi Arabia, no casualties reported

Hafr Al Batin fire feed market

The raging fire broke out in the market’s parking area in Hafr Al Batin city in the Eastern Province on Wednesday, gutting at least 20 trucks loaded with fodder.
The fires in Saudi Arabia and the UAE came just a day after a catastrophic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least 137 people and wounding at least 5,000 more.

A huge fire has erupted at a fodder market in eastern Saudi Arabia causing material damage, but no casualties, local media say.

The raging fire broke out in the market's parking area in Hafr Al Batin city in the Eastern Province on Wednesday, gutting at least 20 trucks loaded with fodder, Al Youm daily reported.

Firefighters successfully prevented the massive fire from spreading to other parked trucks and finally managed to contain the blaze, the cause of which is still under investigation.

On Thursday, local media reported that the fire had left no casualties.

Comment: Massive fire breaks out at market in Emirate of Ajman, UAE

Snakes in Suits

Rules for thee, not for me? German president thrashed for not wearing mask on vacation while lecturing others to do so

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
© South Tyrol provincial administration
South Tyrol Governor Arno Kompatscher after a personal meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
A holiday photo of the German president from a few weeks ago came back to bite him, after he lectured anti-mask protesters on being responsible during the Covid-19 pandemic - his face was not covered when the picture was taken.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered a stern tirade earlier this week, calling "irresponsible" those who object to social distancing measures advocated by the German authorities. While his current office is largely ceremonial, it also carries certain moral authority, which the former foreign minister channeled into a call to observe the rules.

"Each and every one of us is now responsible for preventing a second lockdown," he said on Monday in a video address. "Unless we are especially careful now, we would endanger the health of many. And we would also undermine the recovery of our society, our economy, our cultural life."

He went on to stress the importance of wearing face masks in public, maintaining distance from strangers, and follow other hygiene guidelines. The speech was apparently meant as a rebuke to the thousands of people who gathered in Berlin last Saturday to protest the coronavirus restrictions. Deliberately not wearing masks during the rally was one of the ways they tried to make their point.

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