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Evidence unearthed at Mexico serial killer's house suggests 17 victims

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Police walk outside the house where bones were found under the floor in the Atizapan municipality of the State of Mexico, Thursday, May 20, 2021. Police have turned up bones and other evidence under the floor of the house where a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman to death and hacking up her body.
Investigators digging under the house of a suspected serial killer on the outskirts of Mexico City said Saturday they have found 3,787 bone fragments so far, apparently belonging to 17 different victims.

Prosecutors in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, suggested the grisly finds may not end there. In excavations carried out since May 17, authorities have dug up the floors of the house where the suspect lived. They now plan to extend the search to the soil beneath several other rooms he rented out on the same property.

ID cards and other possessions from people who disappeared years ago were found at the junk-filled home, suggesting the trail of killings may go back years.


Cops say Florida Publix gunman posted on Facebook about killing children

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Timothy Wall posted about his desire to kill children on Facebook prior to gunning down a grandma and toddler at a Florida Publix on June 10, 2021.
The man who gunned down a grandmother and her toddler grandson at a Florida supermarket had posted on Facebook about his desire to kill children, a local sheriff said Friday.

Timothy Wall, 55, reportedly turned the gun on himself moments after he pushed the 69-year-old victim to the ground and shot her inside the Royal Palm Beach Publix Supermarket on Thursday.

"There was a chance that this could be stopped," Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a press conference, CBS 12 News reported. "He's on Facebook. He has said, 'I want to kill people and children.' He has friends, obviously, they saw that."

Blue Planet

Israel scraps its redundant vaccine passports

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So farewell, then, to Israel's vaccine passport, the green pass. Less than three months after coming into effect, the Covid vaccination certification scheme was scrapped today, along with almost all of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in public places.

Israel was the first country to introduce a vaccine passport back in March. Cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms and plays were allowed to reopen to the public after months of lockdown, provided they only admitted vaccinated (and recovered) people. The pass took the form of a QR code downloaded from the health ministry or stored in a phone app.

The scheme was vocally opposed by a small and passionate minority, but most Israelis were just relieved to be able to return to something approaching normality. Restaurateurs and gym owners, meanwhile, were happy they could finally reopen, even if they were sometimes frustrated by the restrictions the green pass imposed. In particular, venues were effectively banned from admitting children, who aren't eligible for vaccination — fine for bars, terrible for cinemas and ice cream parlours.

In reality, though, cafes were full of kids as the green pass was widely ignored. In the last three months, I was only asked to show my pass twice. A few times I was asked if I had one, but taken at my word without needing to show the 'paperwork'. Most often, I wasn't challenged at all. Enforcement of the green pass rules was close to non-existent; as long as coronavirus cases kept falling, nobody was very bothered.

Comment: See also: Vaccine passports backfire - the case of Israel shows that

Bizarro Earth

Kiev's 'hit list' intends to silence dissent & journalism - that's all you need to know about Ukrainian 'democracy'

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A procession to mark the Defender of Ukraine Day and the Day of Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in central Kyiv, Ukraine October 14, 2020
Address issues which Ukraine, the West's client state, does not like and you could end up on a 'hit list'. Because that's apparently how flourishing democracies roll...

Last week, photojournalist Dean O'Brien participated in a United Nations meeting to give his perspective on the war in Donbass, Ukraine's breakaway region in the east. Shortly after the discussion, O'Brien came under fire from the Ukrainian embassy in the UK.

However, smears from Ukrainian officials are nothing compared to what the controversial 'enemies of Ukraine' database, the Mirotvorets (Peacekeeper) website, could bring.

Comment: The very Ukraine that the US just gave $150 million in additional military aid to, with the Pentagon declaring that it's aim was to boost their army's "lethality", amongst other things.

See also: Ukraine 'condemns persecution of journalists' in Belarus as it raids press and opposition party offices at home

Arrow Up

Border officials report a record number of migrants attempted to enter the US in May; Kamala Harris tells them 'do not come'

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Border patrol deters fence jumpers
Border officials apprehended over 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May, surpassing the record highs set in March and April, Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended over 173,000 migrants in March and more than 178,000 in April, according to the agency. Officials apprehended over 530,000 migrants between January and April, compared with just under 350,000 during the same period in 2019, the agency reported.
"Single adults continue to make up the majority of these encounters. In May 2021, CBP expelled 112,302 individuals under Title 42. CBP continues to expel single adults and family units that are encountered pursuant to CDC guidance under Title 42 authority."
Title 42 is the provision that allows border agents to expel migrants due to the spread of the coronavirus.
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Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- cross over a fence as they try to reach the border fence between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico.

Comment: Harris' telling migrants not to come was amazingly effective. Not visiting the border, she led by example.


Gaddafi's son seeks Libyan presidency 10 years after NATO-backed campaign plunged country into chaos - media

© Reuters/Ammar El-Darwish
Saif al-Islam is seen after his capture, in the custody of revolutionary fighters
Obari, Libya • November 19, 2011
The son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly eyeing his country's highest office a decade after his father was overthrown and murdered by NATO-backed rebels, triggering years of civil unrest.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has begun to reach out to Western and other diplomats as he seeks to re-enter public life, the Times reported. Once viewed as his father's successor, he is preparing to stand in Libya's December 24 presidential contest. Speaking to the paper via telephone, he said he was in good health, and confirmed his relationship with a team of advisers acting on his behalf. Gaddafi is expected to publicly announce his political ambitions in the near future. However, it is still unclear whether he will be allowed to run, as a new election law currently being drafted could potentially exclude him from participating.

The 48-year-old was captured and imprisoned by militants in 2011. He was freed by his captors six years later under an amnesty agreement. Since then, he has remained in hiding. He still faces an arrest warrant in Libya, and, according to the Times, is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Several of his siblings remain in prison either in Libya and abroad.

Sources who spoke with the Times said the ICC warrant could be withdrawn, but that Gaddafi would likely run for office even if it were not.


'People are scared' as gang activity fuels Portland violence

© Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian
Anti-gun violence billboard in Portland, Oregon
When Oregon's most populous city had a rampant gang problem 30 years ago, Portland detectives were stunned if they found more than a few dozen bullet casings after a shooting. Now, police are recording multiple shootings a week with 50 to 70 shots fired, and in one case more than 150, as gang attacks and retaliatory shootings again spiral into a vicious cycle.

With more bullets comes more bloodshed. There have been 37 homicides in Oregon's largest city so far this year, more than six times the number recorded in the same period last year. If nothing changes, Portland will surpass its all-time record for homicides of 70 set in 1987, when the city was in the midst of a gang siege.

The violence has deeply affected Portland, a liberal city that continues to grapple with the role of its police force more than a year after thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters demanded change following the murder of George Floyd. The surge in gang-related shootings, which has disproportionately impacted people of color, puts the spotlight on a sensitive and polarizing topic — felt in major cities across the country — where violence is increasing as people continue to call for defunding police.

Comment: They could stop making stupid decisions or just board up the city, sit on their thumbs and accept the inevitable: A country-wide police state impacting all citizens with no turning back.

Pumpkin 2

Hypocrisy: ACLU accused of telling black staff to 'keep quiet' on dearth of black leaders

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ACLU protest monitor at Night before Election demonstration, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA
A former associate director for the ACLU who says he was demoted and eventually fired for calling out internal racism at the pre-eminent civil rights nonprofit is now suing for discrimination and retaliation.

Robert Jackson filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York District Court accusing the ACLU of not treating its own Black employees with the kind of equity that one would expect from a bastion of American values, equality, and justice. He says he and his Black colleagues were told to "keep quiet" about their criticisms concerning the organization's lack of leadership diversity, and he claims his bosses eventually tried to push him to quit his job.

"Despite the good the ACLU has done for the Black community outside of its walls, it appears that the scope of its stated mission starts and ends there," Jackson's lawsuit claims. "As was made clear to Mr. Jackson, complaints about systemic racism within the ACLU itself are not welcome, nor are the people who speak out."

People 2

Unvaccinated students 'numbered' with Sharpie marker at New Hampshire prom

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At a prom in New Hampshire, high school students attending who weren't able to prove their vaccination status had numbers written on them with Sharpie marker to tell them apart from vaccinated attendees.

Students who were unable to provide evidence of their vaccination status, like their vaccine card, had a number written on their hand. Throughout the night of dancing, which was divided into three outdoor dance floors on school property, students were asked to raise their hand after every few songs to "determine who they were around," an email from the school obtained by WMUR9 stated.

State Representative Melissa Litchfield told WMUR9 that parents were concerned that students were being "singled out for not being vaccinated."

Several outraged constituents informed the state representative that unvaccinated students who attended the Exeter High School prom "had a number written on them in Sharpie" and were tracked throughout the evening since check-in.


Federal Appeals court in Florida sends Alachua County mask mandate back to lower court

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Pointing to privacy rights, a divided state appeals court Friday overturned a circuit judge's decision last year that allowed Alachua County to keep in place a mask requirement to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, said Alachua County Circuit Judge Donna Keim did not properly consider the privacy rights of plaintiff Justin Green before she rejected a request for a temporary injunction against the mask requirement.

"The trial court simply looked at the right asserted by Green too narrowly, relying on the wrong privacy jurisprudence," said the 13-page majority opinion, written by Judge Adam Tanenbaum and joined by Judge Robert Long. "The right to be let alone by government does exist in Florida, as part of a right of privacy that our (Florida) Supreme Court has declared to be fundamental. ... (The Supreme Court) has construed this fundamental right to be so broad as to include the complete freedom of a person to control his own body. Under this construction, a person reasonably can expect not to be forced by the government to put something on his own face against his will. Florida's constitutional right to privacy, then, necessarily is implicated by the nature of the county's mask mandate."

The majority stopped short of declaring the Alachua County requirement unconstitutional but sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.