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Caught on camera: Wild brawl breaks out in Arkansas restaurant over social distancing ruckus

Saltgrass Steak House
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A wild brawl broke out inside an Arkansas restaurant this past weekend over social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The caught-on-camera fracas erupted Saturday inside the Saltgrass Steak House in Little Rock after a woman wearing a face mask confronted patrons who stood too close to her, according to bystanders.

Seth Crews, who recorded the violent incident on his cell phone, told KARK 4 News that he and his brother were having dinner at the eatery when they heard screaming coming from the bar area. "All the restaurant employees were trying to help, they were just in shock like the rest of us," Crews said.

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Russians vote in favor of changes to constitution enabling Putin to remain as president until 2036 - preliminary results

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Exit polls after the Russian constitutional vote show 71 percent of the country supported the proposed amendments while just over 28 percent were opposed. The amendments are major updates to Russia's most important legal document.

Exit polls were conducted at 800 polling places in 25 jurisdictions. They are based on questions asked of over 445,000 voters, 69.9 percent of which responded.

Wednesday marked the final day of in-person voting in the referendum, with turnout reaching 65 percent.

The 206 amendments range from social issues like pensions to rules for government officials. The one that has received most media attention redefines eligibility for the presidency. In theory, it would allow President Vladimir Putin to run for office two more times, potentially staying in power until 2036.


Harvard drops policy against single-sex clubs after lawsuit

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Harvard University has dropped its policy that penalized students who were members of single-sex clubs, the university president announced.

Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow released a letter Monday saying the university would stop enforcing the policy that punished students who were a part of single-sex fraternities or sororities because it could be seen as legally discriminatory based on recent court decisions.

Officials instituted the policy in 2017, which prevented students from holding leadership positions in university-recognized groups and from joining athletic teams if they were a part of single-sex clubs not recognized by Harvard.

They were also not able to receive college-administered fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, The Washington Post reported.

Comment: Again we see an attempt to virtue signal and be more "inclusive" leads to actions which are actually against the law and discriminatory. Progressives will eventually have to realize that their attempts to be more inclusive creates more problems than it solves.


Epidemiologist states the obvious: Lockdown and social distancing could make our immune system weaker

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Prolonged periods of lockdown cocooning the public from germs could leave people dangerously vulnerable to new viruses, a leading epidemiologist has warned.

Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, fears intense social distancing could actually weaken immune systems because people are not exposed to germs and so do not develop defences that could protect them against future pandemics.

The scientist rose to prominence in March after her team's modelling created a best case scenario where coronavirus arrived in the UK in December and spread quickly through the population creating "herd immunity", already partly acquired through exposure to different strains of the virus.

Comment: See also: Readers may also find this interview with Dr. Zach Bush informative. He discusses the importance of building a healthy immune system, the microbiome, viruses, and more.


Boston Art Commission votes to remove Emancipation Memorial from park square - Frederick Douglass' descendant thinks it should stay

Thomas Ball's “Emancipation Memorial” sculpture
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Thomas Ball's “Emancipation Memorial” sculpture
Members of the Boston Art Commission voted unanimously to remove Boston's copy of Thomas Ball's "Emancipation Memorial" sculpture, which portrays an enslaved man at the feet of Abraham Lincoln.

After nearly two hours of public comment Tuesday night, with people arguing both for and against keeping the statue, the board charged its staff to look at next steps for the sculpture, including where to store it temporarily and what could replace it.

The bronze sculpture currently sits on city property in Park Square. It would cost at least $15,000 to remove, according to Karin Goodfellow, the city's director of public art.

Comment: Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the descendant of Booker T. Washington and great-great-great-grandson to Frederick Douglass, has no issue with the statue, so maybe those easily triggered by the sight of a statue should take it easy. As historian Jane Levey says, "The enslaved man who is depicted in the statue is holding up his fist and he's breaking chains and he's looking strong."


Airbus, Europe's biggest aircraft maker, announces plans to slash nearly 15,000 jobs across global operations - including 1,700 in UK.

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Aerospace giant Airbus is to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK as the coronavirus pandemic causes 'the gravest crisis' the aviation industry has ever faced (Airbus facility near Nantes, France)
Meanwhile EasyJet yesterday said 4,500 jobs were at risk, and Bensons for Beds, Harveys and TM Lewin all announced layoffs and store closures.

Aerospace giant Airbus is to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK as the coronavirus pandemic causes 'the gravest crisis' the aviation industry has ever faced (Airbus facility near Nantes, France)

The news is a huge blow to its site at Broughton in Wales, where wings are manufactured, and its other factory at Filton in Bristol (pictured, British Airways Airbus A380 airplanes)

SSP Chief executive Simon Smith said: 'In the UK the pace of the recovery continues to be slow.
'In response to this, we are now taking further action to protect the business and create the right base from which to rebuild our operations. Regrettably, we are starting a collective consultation which will affect our UK colleagues. These are extremely difficult decisions, and our main priority will be to conduct the process carefully and fairly.'

Comment: The first casualities in a violent societal makeover are the activities that bring pleasure, and even solace to the ordinary citizen.

Cirque de Soleil has announce it has applied for bankruptcy protection:
The Montreal-based company in a press release attributed the decision to the "immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." It sought protection from creditors in Canada under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act to restructure its balance sheet.

The company also revealed it entered a court-supervised purchase agreement with its shareholders, including Texas-based TPG Capital and China-based Fosun Capital Group. The deal includes a $20 million fund to support the 3,500 employees who have been laid off.

The agreement will also involve $300 million of liquidity injected to help restart the company. It will also give Cirque du Soleil's existing secured creditors $50 million of unsecured, takeback debt, as well as 45 percent equity stake in the restructured company.

David Lamarre, the president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said in a statement that the action will allow the company to emerge "stronger."

"For the past 36 years, Cirque du Soleil has been a highly successful and profitable organization. However, with zero revenues since the forced closure of all of our shows due to COVID-19, management had to act decisively to protect the company's future," he said.

"I look forward to rebuilding our operations and coming together to once again create the magical spectacle that is Cirque du Soleil for our millions of fans worldwide," he added.

Cirque du Soleil's application will be heard in the Superior Court of Quebec Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

In March, Cirque du Soleil temporarily laid off 4,679 employees who made up 95 percent of its total workforce. The company also suspended 44 shows around the world due to the pandemic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Arrow Down

BLM protesters in New York 'CHAZ' mock cops over college education, call officer 'black Judas'

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A protest to defund the police in the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" in New York on June 30.
Tensions were high in New York's so-called 'City Hall Autonomous Zone' (CHAZ) on Tuesday night, with protesters mocking cops over their education. The scenes left the demonstrators facing accusations of snobbery and privilege.

Eyewitness footage shot outside City Hall in Manhattan shows protesters berating the police with a torrent of abuse, suggesting the officers are "getting paid to sit there like f**king idiots."

One man in a skirt even twerked in front of the police before launching a verbal tirade, claiming that hairdressers have to go to school for longer than police do and that cops "can't even read a f**king history book."

The beskirted man then directed his abuse at a black officer. "Traitor, traitor to your f**king people! You're like the f**king black Judas! Selling Christ for f**king 33 cents," he shouted while mincing back and forth before the line of cops.

The incident sparked a flood of criticism of the protesters' actions, with many accusing them of displaying an extraordinary level of arrogance. "Confirms what we already knew. College campuses imbue students with hateful, ahistorical rhetoric and then send them out into the world as smug Marxist clowns," commentator Erielle Davidson said on Twitter.

Comment: That's all that needs to be said about that!

Bizarro Earth

New York City bows to cancel culture, passes budget with nearly $1 billion in police cuts

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The New York City Council voted to pass the 2021 budget on Tuesday night with cuts to police funding after weeks of fraught negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio, but some lawmakers complained it fell short of a $1 billion cut they and protesters demanded.

The austere, coronavirus-era budget tightens spending across city agencies, including a cut of nearly $484 million from the New York Police Department's $6 billion operating budget if the department can adhere to new overtime limits, the council said.

Another $354 million of police funding will be transferred to other city agencies, most prominently in the mayor's agreeing to shift oversight of school safety officers from the NYPD to the Department of Education, the council said.

After many hours of delays, a majority of 32 lawmakers voted via teleconference to pass the budget minutes shy of the midnight deadline, and 17 voted against it. Outside an empty City Hall, more than 1,000 protesters demanding the shrinking of a police department they decry as violent and racist continued a week-old encampment.


Black Lives Matter rioter shoots at driver in Utah, then continues to protest

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A screenshot shows protesters crowding the victim's SUV in Provo, Utah, June 29, 2020
A Black Lives Matter rally turned violent in the city of Provo, Utah, when a protester fired in the window of a vehicle at point-blank range. The injured driver floored the gas and escaped, as the gunman fired at him again.

Footage captured on Monday night shows the driver of an SUV approaching a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, who swarm the vehicle as the driver attempts to make a right turn at an intersection. After a gunshot rings out, the driver pushes through the crowd and escapes along University Avenue at full speed.

Bizarro Earth

A picture of patriotism or an image of defiance? How standing for the Star-Spangled Banner has now become a controversial move

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US women soccer players who stood for their national anthem as their league got underway again have been labelled 'dumb white bitches' for not kneeling. How has patriotism now become a cause for offence?

The world has really gone bonkers when it is seemingly an act of defiance to stand for your own country's national anthem. It used to be the least controversial thing in the world, indeed the polite thing to do. Personally, I tend to do it for countries other than my own as well, as a mark of respect, whether that be at an international sports fixture, or just at an event where the anthem is played.

I'm British so we don't play ours a great deal. We do at Royal events obviously (the song is, after all, for Her Majesty), before England plays a football match, and at the FA cup final and so on, but for the most part that's it. But Americans play their national anthem a lot. The Star-Spangled Banner is belted out before virtually every sporting fixture from little league right up to the professional leagues.

I've always quite liked that aspect, it feels like a good unifier before, for example, a bunch of blokes knock seven bells out of each other on an NFL field. Even though the song is literally about the Yanks giving my boys a hell of a beating during the War of 1812; I've always stood up and dutifully removed my hat just before "Oh, say can you see..." rings out around the stadium, or wherever.