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Slow collapse: UK police ABANDONED investigations into over 1,000 crimes daily in 2020 - one in seven probes dumped within 24 hours

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Police forces across the UK reportedly wrote off over 1,000 crimes a day last year. Investigations into serious crimes like threats to murder, rapes, assaults and arson were apparently closed within 24 hours during the pandemic.

Despite lower crime levels in the country during the Covid lockdowns, some forces doubled the number of crime investigations they "screened out". One in seven crimes reported last year were allegedly abandoned within a day of police opening investigations into them.

The shocking figures, revealed in freedom of information requests by the Daily Mail, showed that police probes into some 432,634 crimes were ditched within a day - or about 1,185 crimes per day last year. The paper noted that the true figure was likely at least twice that amount since less than half of the UK's police forces shared their data.

Syringe

No surprise: De Blasio now calling on employers to require COVID vaccine: 'It's time for more mandates'

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Bill de Blasio's remarks on WNYC came just two days after he imposed a mandate on employees of the city's public hospital system and the Health Department's community clinics.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called on private employers Friday to impose vaccination requirements as workers begin to head back to the office, as part of his latest bid to head off a surge in COVID cases driven by the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.

De Blasio's remarks on WNYC came just two days after he imposed a mandate on employees of the city's public hospital system and the Health Department's community clinics to finally get vaccinated or face weekly coronavirus testing.

"We tried purely voluntary for over half a year. We tried every form of incentives," he said during his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. "But now we've got to go further, we've reached the limits of a purely voluntary system."

"It's time for more mandates," he added.

Comment: The media does their bit:

'The carrot is no longer going to work': CNN exec says in leaked email that US should rethink 'carrot vs. stick' vaccination drive


Pirates

Bombs rain down on Idlib, NATO-backed terror against Syria's citizens continues unabated

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A young child injured during a recent attack on homes in Jurin, a Syrian village near the frontlines of Idlib.
Children are being killed, homes are being shelled, and fields scorched, often by Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists armed with US-made weapons or by Turkish artillery. Where's the outcry in the West against these war crimes?

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres celebrated the extension of a "humanitarian" border crossing at Bab Al Hawa on July 10 as a "lifeline for millions of people" - many Syrians would rather describe it as a "lifeline" for Al-Qaeda.

On July 15, I visited Jurin, a village to the north of the Hama governorate and only 5km from the Syrian-allied military frontlines with the Al-Qaeda-dominated armed groups controlling Idlib in northwest Syria. We arrived at around 9a.m. to the boom of mortar and rocket fire from the Jabal az Zawiya mountain that is under the control of Turkish-backed armed groups. Jurin is in the Al Ghab plains at the foot of two mountain ranges, and is an easy target for the elevated terrorist positions on Jabal az Zawiya.

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Question

Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?

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Christopher Steele, a former British spy who wrote a 2016 dossier about alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in the libel case brought against him by Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev.
Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 spy, is involved in the 'parent' organisation called Independent SAGE - a collective that regularly criticizes the UK government for not introducing tougher measures to achieve 'Zero Covid.'

On July 17, The Daily Telegraph brought to public attention that Independent SAGE, the highly controversial scientist collective advocating for excessively harsh coronavirus restrictions, was the creation of The Citizens, a shadowy campaign organization led by Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr.

In response, Cadwalladr took to Twitter to rubbish the "scoop," noting that the connection between the two groups had been acknowledged on Independent SAGE's website for 17 months - which is true, although the scientist collective seems very much keen to downplay it, merely referring to The Citizens as "a small support team" helping with public events and media activities.

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Mr. Potato

'Whiny liberals ruin another brand': Conservatives seethe as Cleveland Indians baseball team rename themselves Guardians

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Cleveland Indians designated hitter Franmil Reyes celebrates his three-run home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland's baseball team has changed its name from the Indians to the Guardians. Critics have long called the old name racist, but the rebrand is now dividing fans.

The team announced the change on Friday, releasing a slick video in which actor Tom Hanks declares "we are all Guardians." The name itself is a reference to a pair of Art Deco statues located on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge between downtown Cleveland and the Ohio City neighborhood, known as the Guardians of Traffic.

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Binoculars

Pentagon distances itself from company investigating military 'extremism' by analyzing web searches

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Founder has ties to Obama Foundation and other controversial groups.

The Pentagon on Wednesday denied it "secured the services" of Moonshot CVE, an extremism analysis company that considers the web search "the truth about Black Lives Matter" and others to be signs of interest in or engagement with White supremacism.

Defense One reported last month that Moonshot CVE, which has ties to the Obama Foundation, was working on data that would identify which military bases and branches had the most troops searching for domestic extremist content. While that particular project's contours were unclear, the company had released a June report, in conjunction with the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, on purported "White supremacy trends in the United States."

No Entry

Banned by the Twitter Totalitarians

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I have just been handed my second stint in the Social Media Outer Darkness by the Twitter Totalitarians. The first was because I told the truth about the experimental gene therapies masquerading as vaccines, particularly the fact that they have not completed the clinical trials (which they haven't), and that they are causing a huge amount of adverse reactions and deaths (which they are). On that occasion I was slapped on the wrist for 12 hours, but this time — presumably to teach me a lesson good and proper — the sentence has been increased to a whole week. Will it be the death sentence next?

And the crime m'lud? This was the Tweet that did it:
"The "Covid emergency" is a manufactured crisis, held up by 2 monumental lies: Asymptomatic Transmission + Fraudulent PCR Tests. The "Pingdemic" is thus part of the same manufactured crisis. Remember that when you struggle to put food on the table."
Bearing in mind that they allow all sorts of scandalous, libelous, hateful content on their platform, which part of this in particular did the Twitter Totalitarians think was unpalatable? Note that I did not dispute the existence of a respiratory illness, which has proved deadly to some people. What I did was to state that a "crisis" was manufactured, chiefly by the use of two falsehoods, one being the claim that healthy people with no symptoms transmit the illness to others, and the other that the RT-PCR test can diagnose infection.

Fire

Covid vaccination centres vandalised in France

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More than 100,000 people protested against the French government's new coronavirus measures at the weekend
Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France, as people protested against the introduction of tougher coronavirus rules.

One site in south-east France was vandalised and flooded using fire hoses on Friday night, authorities said.

A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed by an arson attack, local media reported.

The incidents came on a weekend of demonstrations. More than 100,000 came out to protest on Saturday.

Critics have accused President Emmanuel Macron's government of violating freedoms by introducing new rules.

The most controversial of the rules include mandatory vaccinations for health workers and health passes to access most public places.

Anti-vaccine graffiti was found near a vandalised vaccination centre in Lans-en-Vercors near the south-eastern city of Grenoble. Saturday's arson attack targeted a clinic in the village of Urrugne near Biarritz in the south-west.

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Yellow Vest

Iran says police officer killed in sixth night of protests over water shortages

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The protests in Khuzestan come as Iran struggles through another wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy suffers under U.S. sanctions.
An Iranian police officer was killed in the southwestern province of Khuzestan during the sixth consecutive night of protests over severe water shortages, raising the official death toll in the unrest to three.

State-run broadcaster IRIB quoted a local official in the port city of Bandar Mahshahr, Fereydoun Bandari, as saying on July 21 that the officer was killed by gunfire in the city overnight, while another policeman sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

State media blamed "rioters" for the killing.

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Arrow Down

Pennsylvania county's voting machines decertified after audit

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Voting machine
Pennsylvania officials have decertified voting machines in Fulton County after they were subjected to an audit following the 2020 presidential election.

In a letter to the Fulton County Board of Elections, Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid said that the Dominion voting machines would be decertified after being audited by software company Wake TSI.

The company was contracted following a request from Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano and from Fulton County election officials, The Hill reported. County officials allowed Wake TSI to access certain components of their election system, including their "election database, results files, and Windows system logs."

The county also allowed the company to use a "system imaging tool to take complete hard drive images of these computers" and "complete images of two USB thumb drives" used to transfer election results.