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Dominion, Maricopa County refuse to comply with state Senate subpoenas in Arizona audit

Maricopa Court House
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Maricopa Court House, Phoenix, Arizona
Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems have both refused to comply with a subpoena from the GOP-controlled Arizona state Senate demanding that representatives from the county and the company produce materials as part of its audit of the 2020 presidential election.

The Arizona Republic reported that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded to the subpoena with a letter stating they have already provided much of what has been asked of them in subpoenas filed at the beginning of this year and late last year. They also stated that some of the materials that have been requested are in the custody of the recorder's office, which was not named in the subpoena, according to the Republic. Thomas Liddy, civil division chief for the county attorney's office, wrote:
"Specifically, providing these routers puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County citizens — including Social Security numbers and protected health information — at risk.

"Further, the Maricopa County Sheriff has explained that the production of the routers would render MCSO internal law enforcement communication infrastructure extremely vulnerable to hackers."
Arizona has hired Cyber Ninjas to conduct the audit despite the fact that the company has no prior experience in election audits.

Bad Guys

Long-time Offspring drummer fired for refusing to take Covid vax

Pete Parada drummer band Offspring
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Pete Parada, now former drummer for the band Offspring
He's even had the virus and recovered, but natural immunity isn't a thing any more

Drummer Pete Parada, who has been in the band The Offspring for over fourteen years has been unceremoniously fired because he refuses to take COVID vaccines.

Parada released a detailed statement explaining that for pre-existing medical reasons he refuses to take the vaccine, yet this has led to him being deemed "unsafe" to be around in recording studios or on the road.

In a Twitter thread, Parada stated "Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time."

Parada also stated that he has recovered from the virus itself, yet this seemingly wasn't taken into consideration before he was fired from the band.

Comment: Kudos to Parada for standing up for his own health, with the support of his personal physician. Unfortunately the hysteria that has been whipped up around what is for 99% of the population, an annoying bout of flu, has destroyed all nuance in the discussion.

Red Flag

Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge

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Florida's newfound status as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has thrust the state into crisis mode as officials battle over the best way to curb the outbreak.

On Tuesday, Florida hit 11,515 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, marking the third straight day that the state has broken its record. About 2,400 patients are now in intensive care. At the same time, there's concern among experts that the Sunshine State is still weeks away from hitting its peak. The state now accounts for roughly 1 in 5 new cases nationally.

Still, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising Republican star who won accolades from conservatives last year for his laissez faire approach to the pandemic, has resisted calls for new mask mandates or lockdowns, arguing that such restrictions had worsened the public health and economic effects on other states.

Comment: Let your citizens move and breathe freely, and you will also soon have your state become the "epicenter" of the covid scare tactics.

Eye 2

'Trans predator' Chris Chan admits to raping 80yo mother, will be placed in women's prison

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Chris Chan is an online creator who is often referred to as the most documented person on the internet. The list of their antics, drama, criminal behavior, and disturbing posts is far too extensive to even scratch the surface of in this article.

While often referred to as a transgender internet personality due to their own self-described motive of "getting more girls as a lesbian," Chris has managed to maintain the internet's watchful eye for over a decade. There currently exists a 60-part documentary about Chan's life on Youtube called Chris Chan: A Comprehensive History.

Flash forward to 2021: Chris was recently arrested for admitting on tape to raping his 80 year-old mother who has dementia. The 8-minute audio was leaked to the website Kiwi Farms on Friday and spread across the internet like wildfire. In Virginia, engaging in incest with a mother or father is a Class 5 felony.


Fourth police officer who responded to Capitol riot dies by suicide

Kyle DeFreytag
A fourth police officer who responded to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 has died by suicide, according to his family.

Kyle DeFreytag died on July 10, his mother confirms. She also says he responded to the Jan. 6 insurrection during the later shift and was outside the Capitol.

D.C. Police also confirm that DeFreytag was found dead on July 10. DeFreytag was an MPD officer for five years, according to his obituary. He was 26-years-old.

Five people died as a result of the riot at the U.S. Capitol - including a Capitol police officer. Capitol police officer Howard Liebengood took his own life days after the incident, along with D.C. police officer Jeffrey Smith.

D.C. police confirmed Monday morning that a third officer who responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has died as a result of suicide.

Yellow Vest

Thousands in Berlin defy ban to protest against coronavirus measures

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Thousands turned out in Berlin on Sunday to protest against the German government's anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to clashes with police and the detention of some 600 protesters.

Local authorities had banned several different protests this weekend, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, but protesters in Berlin defied the ban.

Berlin's police department deployed more than 2,000 officers to try to disperse the protests, but it said officers who sought to redirect protesters or disband larger groups were "harassed and attacked."

"They tried to break through the police cordon and pull out our colleagues," Berlin police said, adding that officers had to use irritants and batons.


Cars, funerals and home improvements: EU to crack down on large cash payments

Mairead McGuinness
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Mairead McGuinness
Cash payments over €10,000 for transactions such as car purchases, home improvements or funeral bills will be banned under EU rules expected to come into force within three years.

The EU legislation is being considered in an attempt to clamp down on cross-border money laundering on a wider European basis.

The move could affect a large section of society who choose to operate solely on a cash basis.

Irish EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, who is responsible for toughening anti-money laundering laws, says a much broader view of the problem must be taken, moving beyond large-scale businesses, banks and financial institutions.

Ms McGuinness said the focus must now go on things like car purchases, jewellery, antiques and even more unusual items like funeral charges.

"The proposed measures extend the capping for large cash payments to services too, so that for example funeral services above €10,000 would have to be paid through card or via a bank," Ms McGuinness told the Irish Independent.

"It is a high threshold, as on average funerals in Ireland cost between €3,000 and €7,500," she said.


Australians who post anti-lockdown content online could face $11,000 fines

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Australians who merely post anti-lockdown information online could face fines of up to $11,000 under a draconian new piece of legislation.

Under the proposal, which is being pushed by the opposition in in New South Wales, protest organizers would be fined a whopping $20,000 and people who attend would be fined $5,500.

However, the law would punish "people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to illegally attend" even more harshly, hitting them with $11,000 fines.

The onerous fines are intended to neutralize a protest movement that has grown in recent weeks over New South Wales imposing yet another brutal lockdown on its citizens, which is now being enforced by military occupation of Sydney.

Comment: See also:

Eye 2

Tyranny of the Covid experts: Finger-wagging SAGE scientist Jeremy Farrar penned a book about how HE'S the only person Boris Johnson should ever have listened to

Jeremy Farrar

Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar's views about how governments should deal with public health crises are broadly the same as those of Dominic Cummings. Both men are frustrated autocrats who believed that from Day One we needed ‘a command-and-control structure’
Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar is a distinguished epidemiologist, a member of the Sage scientific committee, the director of the Wellcome Trust health research charity and an influential government adviser. He is also the most hawkish of lockdown hawks, and he has written a book with journalist Anjana Ahuja, called Spike. It is a revealing read.

Spike is basically about Farrar himself: how he saw it all coming, how he personally forced the Chinese government to release the genetic sequence of the Covid-19 virus that allowed scientists to develop a vaccine, how he warned the world of imminent doom, how the Government could have saved lives by treasuring his words more, and how he risked assassination by the Chinese ('If anything happens to me, this is what you need to know', he told friends).

The talk is all of wars, battle plans, and people heading for precipices. All this is a bit melodramatic and self-obsessed for my taste. but Farrar is a distinguished scientist who means well. He is terrifyingly sincere and really does have the interest of mankind at heart. Therein lies the problem.

There are few more obsessive fanatics than the technocrat who is convinced that he is reordering an imperfect world for its own good.

Bad Guys

Bonkers NHS Trusts are admitting trans women sex offenders onto female-only hospital wards - this really is a bridge too far

St Thomas' Hospital
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Nurses prepare a bed on a ward at St Thomas' Hospital in central London
Official advice to permit sex offenders who are trans women onto female-only hospital wards flies in the face of patient safety and common sense but woke NHS trusts have drunk the gender theory Kool-Aid without question.

Hit pause for a minute to consider the idea of allowing trans women sex offenders to be treated on the same female-only hospital wards as the more traditionally equipped XX chromosome crowd. Hands up, anyone thinks that's a good idea?

I know of no woman who does and I would be horrified if my wife or daughters were forced to share bed space with an adult-born male convicted of a sexual offence. For starters, the Department of Health's policy is that hospitals should provide single sex wards and it's hard to see why that should change.