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Melbourne couple who kept a grandmother as slave for eight years jailed for 'crime against humanity'

Khandasamy and Kumuthini Kannan
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The court condemned Khandasamy (left) and Kumuthini Kannan (right) for their crimes.
A Melbourne couple found guilty of secretly enslaving a woman in their suburban home for close to a decade have been jailed for their "crime against humanity".

Kandasamy and Kumuthini Kannan on Wednesday appeared in Victoria's Supreme Court where they were convicted for subjugating the woman, which ultimately left her in hospital weighing just 40 kilograms.

Kumuthini Kannan, 53, was ordered to spend eight years behind bars.

Comment: What a disgusting story. It sounds like these two got off with rather light sentences, all things considered.

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Bezos' Flight: Numbers, Records and Social Media Jokes

Blue Origin landing capsule
The billionaire's flight at least resulted in breaking two records - those of the oldest and the youngest person to have flown into space.

On 20 July, American billionaire Jeff Bezos embarked on a suborbital flight aboard the New Shepard launch vehicle built by Blue Origin, the company he founded more than two decades ago.

Three other crew members accompanied Bezos on this first human flight conducted by Blue Origin.

"Best day ever!" Bezos exclaimed when the capsule finally touched down.


"N-A-Z-I": US Olympic chiropractor apologises for post criticizing coronavirus protocol at Tokyo 2020

2020 Olympics
© AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
A commuter walks down stairs leading to a subway station before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Tokyo.
The chiropractor for the American women's wrestling team has apologized after comparing Olympic COVID-19 protocols to Nazi Germany in a social media post.

Rosie Gallegos-Main, a chiropractor for women's wrestling since 2009, said in a letter to the USA Wrestling Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee on Wednesday she was sorry "for my poor judgment and my choice to share this message."

The post, sent to her Instagram and Facebook accounts last week, was flagged by both social media platforms for spreading misinformation.

Yellow Vest

The natives are restless: Greek police blast anti-vaccine protesters with water cannon and tear gas outside parliament in Athens

greece protests covid
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Police in Athens have broken up a protest outside the Greek parliament, using tear gas and water cannon to scatter the demonstrators. The protest was a response to the government's announcement of compulsory vaccination for some.

A crowd of more than 3,500 protesters gathered in Syntagma Square, outside the Hellenic Parliament in Athens on Wednesday. After being asked to leave, some of the protesters threw bottles and other projectiles at police officers, Greek news outlet Kathimerini reported.

The police responded with tear gas, flash grenades, and a truck-mounted water cannon. Videos shared on social media captured the crackdown.


100,000+ Britons sign petition to outlaw discrimination against unvaccinated as gov't moves forward with Covid vaccine passports

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More than 100,000 people have called on the British government to review plans to bring in vaccine passports and prevent discriminatory policies against people who have refused to be part of the national inoculation programme.

A petition which started in February has gathered pace on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the growing list of people calling for the government to do more to prevent legalised 'discrimination' against people who aren't vaccinated against Covid-19.
"The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination based on vaccine status, this includes access to private businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should ever feel coerced into having a vaccine," the petition states.
Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday morning, following a day of unrest in the capital in which hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign.

Comment: The PTB is desperately pushing the covid passports dividing people between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. At the same time, they continue to impose fascistic measures on the whole planet. One of their goals seems to be to have total control over the whole population as the big changes in our solar system are speeding up. Will people quietly accept the tyrannical reign or fight for their freedom? See also:


Over 90% of adults in Beijing fully vaccinated against COVID-19

© Xinhua/Li Xin
More than 17.6 million people aged 18 and above in Beijing, about 90.6 percent of the city's adult population, had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday noon, local authorities said.

The Chinese capital had administered over 36.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines amid its mass vaccination drive, with over 95.6 percent of its adult population receiving at least one dose of vaccine, according to the municipal government.

The city on Tuesday started COVID-19 vaccination for minors aged between 12 and 17, the municipal government announced.

Arrow Up

Biden's border crisis gets worse; surge of illegal juveniles, fentanyl and migrant deaths

Border patrol
© AP/Charlie Riedel
Customs and Border Control agent patrols
The border crisis is worsening, undercutting President Biden's early assurances that the chaos along the U.S.-Mexico boundary was just a seasonal blip.

The Border Patrol reported the most action in 21 years in June. Agents recorded 178,416 arrests, defying Homeland Security officials' public predictions that activity at the border would cool off in the summer.

Perhaps more worrying is the surge of illegal immigrant children, which came roaring back after a lull in the late spring. The government last week caught minors at the border faster than it could release them from government-run shelters. The Border Patrol had more than 1,400 in its custody as of Sunday night, the highest number in nearly three months.

Tuesday marked six months into Mr. Biden's tenure. On just about every measure of mayhem, the border situation looks worse than it did on Jan. 20.

Deaths of migrants are up, and the numbers would be worse but for a record-setting year of Border Patrol rescues.


Speaker of Georgia House demands investigation into Fulton County election irregularities

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge
Georgia's Speaker of the House David Ralston is demanding an investigation to "determine if any irregularities or willful fraud occurred" in the state's largest metropolis last November, saying recent revelations about problems with vote counting in Fulton County merit an independent probe.

Ralston sent a letter late last week to Fulton County election officials requesting that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation be allowed to conduct the investigation.

The request comes after Just the News reported last month that an independent observer for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger noted two dozen pages of irregularities in the Atlanta vote counting center last Nov. 3, including double scanning of ballots, insecure transportation of ballots and possible voter privacy violations.

Raffensperger told Just the News he believes the problems in Fulton County are so extensive that the state should take over running elections in the Atlanta area.

Separately, a watchdog group called VoterGA, which won court access to absentee ballot data, said last week its review found that Fulton County's hand count audit of the November election was riddled with "massive errors and provable fraud."

Ralston said the recent reports of problems require a "thorough examination and explanation."


The Cult Dynamics of Wokeness

cult member woke
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You must understand racism and admit that you cannot understand racism. You must admit to your complicity in racism and pledge to do better knowing that it is impossible to do better. You must be an ally but accept that you will always do your allyship wrong.

Before I got involved in studying Critical Social Justice like I do now, I mostly studied the psychology of religion. I took particular interest in the more authoritarian and cultish elements that can spring up within otherwise more reasonable faith traditions. Cult indoctrinations, in particular, tend to follow very predictable stages. First, there is initiation; then there is indoctrination; and then there is reprogramming. These three phases are distinct and must be understood on their own terms.

I. Cult Initiation

One thing I learned through all that study is that most fundamentalist religious (in the colloquial, not technical sense) and cult conversions, especially in adults, occur by using doctrine to resolve some core emotional vulnerability. That is, cult doctrine, and I include extreme fundamentalist interpretations of religious doctrines as cultish, exists to resolve a particularly powerful emotional vulnerability in an unhealthy way (this adds another layer of defense for responsible faith, which does so in a healthy way to the degree that it does the same things).


New chief selected to head Capitol Police

J Thomas Manger
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J. Thomas Manger, new Chief of US Capitol Police
A police official who has run large departments in both Maryland and Virginia has been chosen as the new chief of the United States Capitol Police, according to a report.

The official is J. Thomas Manger, who served for 15 years as chief in Montgomery County, Maryland, and before that as the head of Fairfax, Virginia, police department, two people briefed on the matter told the Associated Press Monday.

The two people briefed on the situation were not able to speak about it publicly, the outlet reported. It is unclear when Manger will officially be declared as the new chief.

The search for a new police chief was led by the Capitol Police Board, which includes the House and Senate sergeant at arms and the Architect of the Capitol, who led the search.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman was elevated for the role after the agency's previous top official, Steven Sund, left the force the day after the Jan. 6 riot.

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