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Seattle fail: CHOP zone barricades still intact, city slapped with ANOTHER lawsuit

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After a failed bid to remove barricades from Seattle's protester encampment - in which municipal workers were blocked by demonstrators - the city's mayor said they will try again Sunday, soon after being hit with another lawsuit.

Friday morning saw protesters at the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" (CHOP) stand-off with city workers who'd arrived to clear away street barriers set up around the zone, with one activist seen laying in the road to stop equipment from entering the area. Following the tense interaction and a lengthy meeting with protesters, however, Mayor Jenny Durkan now says the barricades will come down over the weekend.

At the meeting, city officials and activists discussed "the restoration of the Capitol Hill area and long-term changes to transform policing," Durkan said in a statement, adding that she sought to balance the protester's First Amendment rights with public safety.

Comment: It took a murder to finally get Seattle officials moving, and all they proved was how ineffectual they are at governing.


Turkish court sentences 121 people to life in failed coup trial

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File photo of Turkish soldiers arriving in court in July 13, 2017 for the failed coup attempt trial.
A Turkish court on Friday handed down life sentences to 121 people for taking part in the 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported.

The court in Ankara sentenced 86 suspects to "aggravated" life imprisonment for "attempting to violate the constitution" while 35 individuals were given life sentences for the same crime, the official Anadolu news agency said.

An aggravated life sentence has tougher terms of detention. It was brought in to replace the death penalty which Turkey abolished in 2004 as part of its drive to join the EU.

A total of 245 suspects were on trial in the case related to events at the Gendarmerie General Command on the night of July 15, 2016 in the Turkish capital.


The mob that came after me Is turning on their own. When will this end? Who does this help?

Hal Niedzviecki
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Hal Niedzviecki, photographed in 2015.
I am in my third year of excommunication from Canadian culture. In the spring of 2017, I wrote a magazine article that my accusers claimed had flippantly dismissed the concept of cultural appropriation — a serious thoughtcrime. My lead accuser was writer and activist Alicia Elliott, though the narrative was quickly picked up by many others. Suddenly, I no longer received invitations to write articles, speak, teach, or publish. I'd been cancelled, and barely anyone said a public word in my defence. My 25 years of work supporting independent voices in the arts was erased in an instant. So be it.

I now see this same vicious mob spirit re-emerging on a larger cultural scale. And with the stakes higher than ever, I feel compelled to speak up. The climate of fear and censorship has become so endemic to the arts and media in North America that staying silent at this point would feel like an act of capitulation — even if, as my own experience shows, it would be the prudent path. If we don't speak now, what happened to me will become the norm, if it hasn't already. Anyone with a dissenting opinion will be pre-emptively cancelled, shamed, and fired.


Acute case of TDS: Rob Reiner says Trump 'wants to kill as many Americans as possible'

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Al Gore and Michael Bloomberg listen as movie director Rob Reiner speaks at a news conference in New York
Misery director and All in the Family star Rob Reiner took his Trump criticism to a new level in a tweet claiming the president wants to kill American citizens before the presidential election in November.

Celebrities blasting Donald Trump is a fairly regular thing, but accusing the man of planning mass murder is something new - and a tactic apparently endorsed by Reiner.

"Trump's 2020 election platform: Kill as many Americans as possible," the Princess Bride director tweeted on Friday to his one million followers.
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Comment: Reiner's deranged mind pretty much speaks for itself. Old washed-up liberal brains tend to degenerate in just this manner.


Double standards: Cambridge University backs academic who tweeted 'White Lives Don't Matter'

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The University of Cambridge has spoken out in support of one of its lecturers who was hit by a wave of abusive messages and death threats for tweeting 'White Lives Don't Matter'.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, 51, who teaches in the Faculty of English at Churchill College, took to the social media platform on Tuesday evening to write: 'I'll say it again. White Lives Don't Matter. As white lives.'

However the controversial message, which has since been deleted by Twitter, was met with a barrage of outrage, with many people responding both publicly and privately with death threats and racist abuse.

Comment: See also:

Red Flag

NYT celebrates 'radical feminist' whose legacy was 'overshadowed' by '1 violent act'... shooting Andy Warhol

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(L) Valerie Solanas; Andy Warhol in 1975
The New York Times has left many scratching their heads over an article about feminist Valerie Solanas' activism being "overshadowed" by the small fact that she attempted to murder film director Andy Warhol.

"She made daring arguments in 'SCUM Manifesto,' her case for a world without men. But her legacy as a writer and thinker was overshadowed by one violent act," Bonnie Wertheim writes as part of the "overlooked no more" series for the paper, which looks to highlight "remarkable people" whose deaths went unreported by the Times.

While she was a feminist author, Solanas was most famous for shooting and attempting to kill Warhol at his studio on June 3, 1968, a year after she self-published her 'Manifesto' on the extermination of men. Solanas also shot art critic Mario Amaya and tried to fire on Warhol's manager before her gun jammed. She later turned herself into police and served a three-year prison sentence. She was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Bizarro Earth

Police say Glasgow stabbing attack 'not terrorism' as 6 hospitalized including 'critically injured' police officer

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Emergency responders are seen near a scene of reported stabbings, in Glasgow.
Six people have been hospitalized following a stabbing attack at a hotel in Glasgow city center. Authorities have confirmed that the male suspect was shot dead during the attack, which is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

The attack took place in the Park Inn hotel on West George Street, which is known to house asylum seekers. The police said that all of the victims are men and one of them is a 42-year-old police officer. The other victims are aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53.

Reports in British news outlets earlier indicated that three people died in the attack but authorities have yet to confirm that any of the victims were killed.

Comment: Update 6/27:

Glasgow stabbing suspect was Sudanese asylum seeker 'fed up' with 'hellish' shelter conditions, reports claim
Multiple media reports say the man who went on a stabbing rampage in Glasgow and who injured six before being shot dead by police, was a Sudanese refugee who had mental health issues and was put over the edge by hostel conditions.

The knifeman, identified by the Daily Mail as a Sudanese national named Badradeen, repeatedly complained about his living conditions in the Scottish city's Park Inn hotel, which had been turned into a shelter for asylum seekers, several British media outlets report.

His "erratic" behavior allegedly prompted fellow hotel residents to report the man to a British liaison officer. The attacker, who'd arrived in the UK about six months ago, complained about food in the shelter and appeared to take particular issue with noise, threatening to attack fellow refugees.

"He said that he was going to attack two guys in the room next to his because they're were making noise to deliberately annoy him," an asylum seeker, identified only as Siraj, told the Daily Mail.

Siraj claimed that the Sudanese had also told him he was "fed up" and "very angry," and complained that there was "no daylight in his room."

Several of Badradeen's acquaintances interviewed by the tabloid believed that he was gradually becoming insane and some had alerted the shelter staff - allegedly to no avail.

"I think he was getting more mentally ill over the three months... He had gastric problems and had to isolate for around 20 days and his room had no light from a window," Nigerian-born Beatrice Onwuka said. She added the man had few friends and "didn't speak much English," and ultimately changed his mind about seeking asylum in the UK.

The sorry state Badradeen allegedly found himself in might have been due to the measures the British authorities have taken to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Asylum seekers who had previously been living in apartments had been moved to hotels during the pandemic, Ako Zada, an activist from Kurdish Community Scotland, told the Telegraph.

The money they had formerly received to buy food had also been swapped for thrice-daily provided meals, but many had complained about getting the same food all the time. Badradeen had said he was "very hungry" while living at the hotel.

Shortly before the Friday attack, he phoned an immigration solicitor and a liaison officer, Sky news reports. The lawyer promised to pass the man's concerns to the "safeguarding" team at the Home Office, which deals with protecting vulnerable people.

British officials haven't yet confirmed the identity of the attacker. They also have not released the names of his victims, except for 42-year-old police constable David Whyte, who is said to be in a critical but stable condition. Those injured in the rampage are believed to be residents and staff members of the shelter.

The attacker was shot dead by police responding to the incident. The British authorities have said they were not treating the case as terrorism.

Red Flag

Ignoring MSM's Covid-19 warnings made Americans more likely to die, studies say. Unless they went to a BLM protest, says another

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BFFs, according to WaPo
Several US studies have blamed conservative media for high Covid-19 mortality, claiming pundits like Sean Hannity misled their viewers about the virus. But another study says liberals who also ignored official advice saved lives.

Seemingly determined to root out all "wrongthink" regarding the pandemic that has killed over 124,000 Americans so far, the Washington Post looked over a handful of recent academic papers analyzing media coverage of the outbreak and found - surprise! - that listening to Fox News' Sean Hannity shortens American lifespans.

"The end result, according to one of the studies, is that infection and mortality rates are higher in places where one pundit who initially downplayed the severity of the pandemic - Fox News's Sean Hannity - reaches the largest audiences," the outlet revealed in its pearl-clutching writeup on Thursday, specifically referring to a University of Chicago study published earlier this month.

Comment: This story is just more proof of the lengths the PTB are going to shame anyone who doesn't follow the mainstream thought on how to act and behave during the coronavirus hysteria. Also see: Does Not Complying With Social Distancing Rules Mean You're a Psychopath? The Answer is Obvious


Virtue signaling at its worst: L'Oreal to drop words such as 'whitening' from skin products

L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing "white", "fair" and "light" from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism.

Unilever and L'Oreal are two big players in the global market for skin whitening creams used in many Asian, African and Caribbean countries where fair skin is often considered desirable.


Covid-19 was in Spanish sewage as early as MARCH 2019, study finds

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Spanish virologists have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China, the University of Barcelona said on Friday.

The discovery of virus genome presence so early in Spain, if confirmed, would imply the disease may have appeared much earlier than the scientific community thought.

The University of Barcelona team, who had been testing waste water since mid-April this year to identify potential new outbreaks, decided to also run tests on older samples.

They first found the virus was present in Barcelona on Jan. 15, 2020, 41 days before the first case was officially reported there.