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Frank James, accused Brooklyn subway shooter, pleads not guilty to federal terrorism charge, deemed competent to stand trial

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Frank James, the suspected Brooklyn subway shooter, entered a not guilty plea in Brooklyn Federal Court during his arraignment Friday.

On April 12, James allegedly set off smoke bombs and shot passengers on an N train during morning rush hour in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. More than two dozen people were hurt. No one was killed.

During the manhunt for the suspect, James called Crime Stoppers and told police he was in the East Village.

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Pew survey finds COVID has virtually disappeared as a major concern for Americans

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Illustrating how the issue has largely disappeared, a new poll of Americans finds COVID to be the least of their concerns out of a list of 12 different subjects.

The survey was conducted by Pew Research between April 25-May 1.

Just 19 per cent of respondents said COVID was still a "very big problem," while 31 per cent said it was a "small problem" and a further 12 per cent said it was "not a problem at all."

Comment: When you have the FDA telling you "Americans should treat COVID-19 like the flu," it's not surprising people aren't considering Covid to be a big concern. This is just illustrative of how conditioned the American public is to the messaging that comes through to them. They've switched the narrative, so the old narrative dies. And with the amount of information coming out about what a scam the pandemic was, and the true negative health effects of the vaccines, it's no wonder the elites are trying to get it off people's radar.

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Israeli police ​attack funeral procession of killed journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh - video

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Israeli forces have stormed a Jerusalem hospital grounds as the coffin containing the body of a journalist shot dead earlier this week emerged before the burial, with police saying they acted against people 'disrupting the public order'. Footage showed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqleh's coffin almost falling to the ground as police grabbed Palestinian flags from the crowd outside Saint Joseph's hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem


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Israeli police attacked the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, nearly causing mourners to drop the casket of the renowned Palestinian American journalist.

Abu Akleh was fatally shot while covering an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. Fellow journalists who witnessed the shooting said Israeli forces had fired on them. Israel's prime minister and other senior officials initially said Palestinian militants were "likely" to blame, but the Israeli army admitted on Friday that one of its soldiers might have fired the fatal shot.

The assault on the mourners, who were beaten with clubs at a hospital in East Jerusalem, stunned viewers who watched it unfold on live television, further enraging Palestinians and the dead journalist's colleagues and fans.

Israeli police said they attacked the procession because mourners waved Palestinian flags and chanted nationalist slogans. An official Israeli police account shared drone video to support the authorities' claim that two of the mourners had thrown rocks at them. But a comparison of that video to ground-level news footage showed that the police video had been edited to remove the initial police charge and slowed down to make it seem as if a man who just waved his arms in frustration had thrown something at the officers.


The televised assault on the funeral of a beloved figure only intensified the outrage over her death and the images were quickly remixed and shared across social networks.





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Elon Musk says deal to buy Twitter is on hold

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Musk tweeted Friday morning that the deal to purchase Twitter has hit a snag.
Musk says that he is 'still committed' to completing the deal, which would take Twitter private at $54.20 per share.

Twitter shares plunged more than 10% during Friday's trading session after Elon Musk said in a tweet that a deal for the company is temporarily on hold.


Comment: Whether he's a white-hat super-genius or just innocently stumbling along, Elon Musk is exposing all the deep dark secrets at Twitter. If it turns out that a significant proportion of accounts on the platform are actually bots, what does that say about the platform? Because it's been revealed just how important a tool for narrative control the elites consider Twitter to be, they probably don't want it revealed how many of the 'people' you're interacting with are robots designed to shape your perspective. Keep going Elon!


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South Korea plans to provide vaccines to North Korea as neighbour's Covid-19 situation 'appears serious'

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Employees spray disinfectant and wipe surfaces as part of preventive measures against Covid-19 at the Pyongyang Children’s Department Store in March.
South Korea plans to provide Covid-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North, President Yoon Suk-yeol's office said on Friday, a day after the neighbouring country confirmed its first outbreak of coronavirus.

"We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea," Yoon's spokesperson said.

Yoon told reporters later on Friday he plans to propose holding working-level talks with North Korea via the country's unification ministry which handles inter-Korean affairs, South Korea's News1 said.

Comment: It looks like North Korea has also caught the retard virus. Assuming this is a Covid outbreak, it has become glaringly obvious at this point, if they just let the virus spread through the country, as you would the flu, most people will come out unscathed. Imposing lockdowns and other questionable measures to try to 'contain' the virus, is both ineffective and a disaster for natural herd immunity. North Korea would do well to stick to their isolationist policy and NOT imitate the West's virus response. Or copy Sweden.

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Child sex abuse center hires professor who faced backlash over pedophile comments

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Walker was placed on administrative leave from Old Dominion University on Nov. 16.
An academic who resigned from a Virginia university after saying it wasn't necessarily immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to kids has been hired by a Johns Hopkins University center aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.

"We are excited to share that Allyn Walker, PhD, will be joining the Moore Center as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25," the Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in Baltimore tweeted Thursday.

The hire comes about six months after Old Dominion University announced that the 34-year-old would be stepping down as an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice.

Comment: Their attempt at pushing the Overton window on pedphilia seems to be encountering a lot of backlash. Perhaps pedophilia is a line the general public just isn't willing to budge on. But that probably won't stop them from trying.

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An open letter to the American people, as Russia celebrates its WW2 victory over the Nazis

World War II American Military Cemetery And Memorial in Luxembourg.
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World War II American Military Cemetery And Memorial in Luxembourg.
To those who have forgotten the sacrifices the 'Greatest Generation' made to defeat Hitler.

In his 1998 classic, 'The Greatest Generation', famed NBC journalist Tom Brokow examined the lives and experiences of some of the millions of American men and women who fought in the Second World War.
"At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world," Brokow observed, "they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world." Brokow had "come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced."
I was born in 1961, some two decades after the United States entered the Second World War. By this time, the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan had receded into the history books, replaced by a new and even more menacing foe, the Soviet Union. My father was a US Air Force officer whose career path up to 1977 looked like a Cold War-era tourist map, with service in Vietnam, Korea, and Turkey. I grew up with the mantra "better dead than red" drilled into my head, convinced that the service my father was providing to our nation was essential for the survival of the free world.

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Canadian kindergartners given masturbation homework assignment

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According to Libs of TikTok's Substack, 4-year-olds at Alert Bay, British Columbia, were given a homework assignment discussing where and when to masturbate.

The incident happened at the T'lisalagi'lakw School which is part of First Nation territory. School officials are said to be investigating the matter which was reportedly undertaken by one particular teacher and wasn't indicative of the overall curriculum.


The lesson is adapted from the "Body Smart: Right From the Start" sex-ed program which labels itself as being appropriate for kids ages 3 to 7.

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Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court

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While HB 20 is in effect, Texas users can sue platforms like Facebook and Twitter if they get “censored” for their viewpoints.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints.

The decision hands a win to Republicans who have long criticized social media platforms such as Twitter for what they call anti-conservative bias — disapproval that was amplified when President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter for violating the platform's rules on inciting violence during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The order did not evaluate the law on its constitutionality but instead allows the law to go back into effect while the case proceeds in district court, according to a statement from one of the plaintiff groups. The ruling came from a three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which is often considered the most conservative appeals court in the country — and was not accompanied by a written opinion explaining the decision at the time of publication.

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You've been flagged as a threat: Predictive AI technology puts a target on your back

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"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse." — Milton Friedman
You've been flagged as a threat.

Before long, every household in America will be similarly flagged and assigned a threat score.

Without having ever knowingly committed a crime or been convicted of one, you and your fellow citizens have likely been assessed for behaviors the government might consider devious, dangerous or concerning; assigned a threat score based on your associations, activities and viewpoints; and catalogued in a government database according to how you should be approached by police and other government agencies based on your particular threat level.

If you're not unnerved over the ramifications of how such a program could be used and abused, keep reading.

It's just a matter of time before you find yourself wrongly accused, investigated and confronted by police based on a data-driven algorithm or risk assessment culled together by a computer program run by artificial intelligence.