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Texas officials back pardoning Floyd for 2004 drug arrest

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Top leaders in the Texas county where George Floyd grew up supported a resolution Tuesday calling for him to be posthumously pardoned for a 2004 drug arrest by a former Houston police officer now facing murder charges in a separate case.

The five members of Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the resolution in support of the pardon request, which was submitted last month to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The board still must decide whether to recommend a pardon, and Gov. Greg Abbott will have the final say.

"I think this is a phenomenal opportunity to fix a miscarriage of justice in George's case," Tera Brown, a cousin of Floyd, told commissioners before they approved the resolution.

Comment: The lionization of St. George Floyd continues unabated. Of course Floyd didn't deserve to die, but all evidence points to the fact that he wasn't exactly a model citizen. No need to paint him as such in retrospect.

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Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd's death

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill
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In this April 19, 2021, file image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill addresses the court after the judge put the trial into the hands of the jury, in the trial of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. In a ruling May 12, 2021, Judge Cahill finds aggravating factors in death of George Floyd, paving way for tougher sentence for Chauvin.
A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for the possibility of a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday.

In his ruling dated Tuesday, Judge Peter Cahill found Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd last year and that he treated Floyd with particular cruelty. He also cited the presence of children and the fact Chauvin was part of a group with at least three other people.

Cahill said Chauvin and two other officers held Floyd handcuffed, in a prone position on the street for an "inordinate amount of time" and that Chauvin knew the restraint was dangerous.

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Former Olympian: Female weightlifters told to 'be quiet' about transgender people competing for Olympics

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Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said female athletes are being told to silence complaints about transgender New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard competing in women's weightlifting competitions.

Lambrechs blasted allowing biological men to compete against women in sports during an interview with Television New Zealand (TVNZ) last week, according to Reuters. Lambrechs comments come as the 43-year-old Hubbard is poised to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, assuming they can qualify under the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) regulations for fitness and performance.

"I'm quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot," Lambrechs said. "We're all about equality for women in sport but right now that equality is being taken away from us."

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Former MSNBC host justifies death of white man punched by black teen after racial slur at Dunkin' Donuts

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Former MSNBC host Touré Neblett blasted "white justice" and appeared to celebrate the death of a 77-year-old man who died after being punched for reportedly using a racial slur.

Neblett was reacting to a story out of a Florida Dunkin' Donuts where a 27-year-old black man named Corey Pujols said he punched a man nearing 80 after he reportedly used a racial slur. The man later died, and Pujols is facing a manslaughter charge, something Neblett argues is unjustified.

"If there was actual justice in this country, as opposed to white justice, then if you went to someone's minimum wage job and called them the n-word twice, whatever happened after that would be legally acceptable," the liberal pundit tweeted on Wednesday.

Comment: Words are justification for murder now. No free speech, no right to a free trial, it's instant death penalty with no consequences for the assailant if one dares utter the wrong word. Sounds fair Touré.


Penn State passes resolution calling for end to 'male-specific' terms like 'freshman' & 'senior'

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Pennsylvania State University is the latest college to make a move towards wokemania, after the faculty passed a resolution getting rid of terms like 'freshman' and 'senior' for not being gender inclusive.

The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs at the school passed the 'Removal of Gendered & Binary Terms from Course and Program Descriptions' resolution and it was signed by over two dozen professors and administrators, according to a report from Campus Reform.

Under the resolution, terms such as 'freshman,' 'underclassman,' 'senior,' and 'upperclassman' are being retired in the name of inclusivity.

These terms are apparently "decidedly male-specific" while terms such as 'upperclassmen' can be interpreted as being "both sexist and classist," the resolution states, arguing that Penn State "has grown out of a typically male-centered world."

Terms like 'junior' and 'senior' stem from father-son conventions, according to the resolution, making them also non-inclusive.

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Evil Rays

How 'woke' may be leading us to civil war

Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola
The other day, I wrote that "woke" was the new conformism.

It is, of course, but I undersold it. It's much more than that and more dangerous.

As Tal Bachman notes at Steynonline, it's now our state religion, a state religion in a country that - constitutionally and for good reason - isn't supposed to have one.

But "Wokism" is yet more than that, too. It's a mass psychosis similar to many that have arisen throughout history when the masses followed leaders who, in their zeal or self-interest, took them to disastrous ends.

A good example was when the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola - in a 1497 version of "cancel culture" - swept up everything secular in Florence from some of the most extraordinary paintings and sculpture of all time to the works of Boccaccio and burned them in the so-called Bonfire of the Vanities.


Ransom group linked to Colonial Pipeline hack is new but experienced (if its even they who're responsible)


Comment: See the following story (and note its numerous knock-on effects) to get a sense of why 'cyber attack' has so much coverage at the moment: Cyberattack forces shutdown of largest gasoline pipeline in United States - UPDATES

The ransomware group linked to the extortion attempt that has snared fuel deliveries across the U.S. East Coast may be new, but that doesn't mean its hackers are amateurs.

Who precisely is behind the disruptive intrusion into Colonial Pipeline hasn't been made officially known and digital attribution can be tricky, especially early on in an investigation. A former U.S. official and two industry sources have told Reuters that the group DarkSide is among the suspects.

Cybersecurity experts who have tracked DarkSide said it appears to be composed of veteran cybercriminals who are focused on squeezing out as much money as they can from their targets.

"They're very new but they're very organized," Lior Div, the chief executive of Boston-based security firm Cybereason, said on Sunday.

"It looks like someone who's been there, done that."

Comment: So "new" in the sense of them being a new brand of hacker.

Comment: Much is made about DarkSide here, but nothing said about their denial of participating in the hack:
"Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society," DarkSide wrote on its website.
...or who else might be responsible for it. But this event has gotten the attention of the Feds, and maybe that was the intention all along IF the malicious actors were hired hands of a US government seeking to use such an event to help further along the on-going Totalitarian agenda - and prime the public for a much more concerted and devastating cyberattack Cyber Polygon style.

Oil Well

Venezuela's decaying oil and gas industry will need $77.6 billion to rebuild itself

It is unclear, however, how the state oil company plans to raise such a vast sum of money from investors while remaining under sanctions from the US which affect both funding and oil sales.

Venezuelan state-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) believes an investment of $77.6 billion can set the country's oil and gas industry back on its feet, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters. The paper titled "Investment Opportunities", reportedly drafted in February 2021 not long after new US President Joe Biden was inaugurated, envisages a total overhaul of the country's gas and oil infrastructure, oilfields, refineries and other facilities to increase crude output to several million barrels per day instead of the present 578,000.

PDVSA Oil Company

Comment: Here's another example of a wonderful utopia after the US brings Justice and democracy! See also:

Bizarro Earth

Asians attacked in two separate incidents on San Francisco buses on same day, week after Asian women stabbed at bus stop

Asians San Francisco
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A man is shown riding a city bus in San Francisco's Chinatown area. Asians have been victimized in several attacks on the city's bus system in just the past week.
San Francisco's municipal bus system has emerged as a hot spot in an epidemic of unprovoked attacks on Asians, with two separate assaults occurring on the same day just one week after two elderly women were stabbed at a bus stop.

The latest incident happened Sunday morning, when an Asian woman was allegedly hit in the face for no reason by a man as she was boarding a bus in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. The bus driver then intervened, stopping the man from striking the woman again, letting him exit the bus and calling police.

The woman suffered a split lip in the attack. Police gave no indication of whether she required medical treatment or if a suspect was arrested.

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Arrow Up

Goa prescribes effective coronavirus drug Ivermectin for all above 18


Health minister Vishwajit Rane said that Goa would be the first state in the country to administer Ivermectin to its adult citizens as a step towards protecting lives.
The government's decision to administer the anthelmintic drug to the entire population comes at a time its vaccination program for the 18-44 age group is yet to take off and is expected to start only by the third week of May.

With a ten-fold rise in Covid-19 infections over the last month, the Goa government on Monday announced that it will be starting prophylaxis treatment by administering Ivermectin to all above the age of 18 years in the state, irrespective of Covid-19 symptoms. The government's decision to administer the anthelmintic drug to the entire population comes at a time its vaccination program for the 18-44 age group is yet to take off and is expected to start only by the third week of May.

Comment: For the vast majority of people the coronavirus is relatively harmless so the vaccination program is not only pointless, it could actually prove to be many times more harmful: Pfizer vaccine in Israel: Mortality rate 'hundreds of times greater in vaccinated young people'

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