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Rebellion Rising

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Signs of the times —

Large anti-lockdown protests are sweeping across Europe. Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Poland. The media are trying to put a lid on coverage of these momentous events.

In Southern California, five sheriffs of populous counties (17 million people) are refusing to enforce Governor Newsom's new curfew order. A petition to recall the governor is gaining steam.

In New York, members of the Chasidic sect held a wedding attended by several thousand people, sitting closely packed without masks.

In a more intimate setting, up close and powerfully personal, gym members and owners in Buffalo, New York, shouted down cops and a public health officer, who had entered the gym because the gathering exceeded the prescribed limit. The gym personnel drove out the cops and followed them, to make sure they left the property.

In Buffalo, protestors came to the house of Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, to express their anger at new lockdown restrictions. The protest was also aimed at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Four more students charged in France over Samuel Paty's beheading

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A man looks at flowers outside the Bois d’Aulne secondary school in homage to Samuel Paty.
Four teenage students have been charged in France over the killing of Samuel Paty, including three for allegedly pointing out the teacher to his murderer, a source said.

Three other pupils were charged with complicity earlier this month over the beheading last month of Paty, who had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a lesson on free speech.

Three of the four students charged on Thursday were suspected of identifying Paty to his killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, who then tracked him down and beheaded him in a street near his school.

The three, who are between 13 and 14 years old, are being charged with "complicity in a terrorist murder", the source said.

The fourth is the daughter of Brahim Chnina, who launched a virulent online campaign against Paty denouncing the teacher's use of the cartoons published by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

She has been charged with "slanderous denunciation" of Paty after relating her version of events in the classroom, though she did not actually attended his civics lesson.

Paty's murder sparked a torrent of outrage that prompted the president, Emmanuel Macron, to crack down on Islamist extremism and violence in a country reeling from a wave of jihadist attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 250 people.

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South Korean sex ring leader gets 40 years in prison for blackmailing 74 women

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Cho Ju-bin was found guilty of running an online network that blackmailed victims into filming violent sexual content.
A South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the leader of an online sexual blackmail ring to 40 years in prison, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Cho Ju-bin, 24, was found guilty of running an online network that blackmailed at least 74 women, including 16 teenagers, into what authorities called "virtual enslavement" by forcing them to send increasingly degrading and sometimes violent sexual imagery of themselves between May 2019 and February 2020.

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Cho for violating criminal and child protection laws by making and releasing pornography and running a criminal organisation, Yonhap said.

Bizarro Earth

Don't hug your granny this Covid Christmas, public health chief warns

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Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty said "don't do stupid things" at Christmas like hugging grandparents
People should not hug or kiss their grandparents at Christmas despite the loosening of coronavirus restrictions, one of the UK's top medical officers has warned.

In the strongest Christmas covid warning yet, Professor Chris Whitty said: "Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No I would not, if you want them to survive to be hugged again."

He added: "Would I want someone to see their family? Of course, that's what Christmas is about, whether people celebrate Christmas as a festival themselves or from any other belief system. It is an opportunity for families.

"But would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No, I would not."

The warning came as the Prime Minister said further lockdowns in the new year might be necessary if people do not adhere to new tier system of lockdown rules unveiled for England on Thursday. Separate covid alert levels are in place already in Scotland.

Comment: As if your friendly neighbourhood government cares about your granny:


Paris police filmed beating music producer in studio

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Michel speaks outside the Inspectorate General of the National Police, IGPN, in Paris, on Thursday.
Three French police officers have been suspended after they were filmed beating and allegedly racially abusing a music producer in his Paris studio.

An official inquiry has been opened - the third such investigation in a week - into the officers' behaviour. The latest incident comes after MPs in the French parliament voted to approve a new law increasing police powers.

The victim, identified only by his first name, Michel, was returning to his music studio in Paris's 17th arrondissement last Saturday evening when police spotted he was not wearing a mask. Three officers, two in uniform and one in plain clothes, allegedly jumped from their car and pushed Michel through the front door of his property.

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REPORT: CIA officer killed in Somalia as Trump moves to withdraw troops from the region

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A Central Intelligence Agency officer conducting counterterrorism operations in Somalia has reportedly been killed.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the officer, whose identify remains classified, was a member of the CIA's paramilitary division and was a former member of Navy's SEAL Team 6. The officer was likely killed in either a counterinsurgency raid or a direct enemy attack, but the CIA has declined inquiries into the death.

The Times claimed that the officer's death marks the 135th CIA casualty over the past 20 years.

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Mexico City abandons compulsory coronavirus track and trace after citizens refuse to be tracked

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No, thanks was the response many residents gave to the government's plan for compulsory contact tracing through a QR code system in Mexico City. Privacy is a concern in Mexico as the government does not have a good track record of respecting citizens' rights and citizens weren't going to put up with any contact tracing.

On November 13, the local government of Mexico City tweeted that contact tracing through a QR code system would be compulsory at public places such as restaurants.

"All persons entering a closed space must scan a QR code with their mobile device," the graphic stated, atop a list of steps spelling out how the program will work.

Comment: Refusing to use the "mandatory" QR code check-in system is the only logical response.

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Suspect in fatal California church stabbings identified as illegal immigrant with extensive criminal history

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Members of the San Jose Police Department investigate a homicide scene at Grace Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at the church, where homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather, police said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said a homeless man arrested in connection with a pair of fatal stabbings at a Northern California church is an illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal background.

32-year-old Fernando de Jesus Lopez-Garcia allegedly stabbed five people Sunday, including two who died, at the Grace Baptist Church in San Jose.

Authorities said his criminal history includes convictions for battery of an officer, assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. He was also previously deported three times, but protected by local sanctuary laws.

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Book 2

From hormone treatment to punishment in solitary, Maria Butina's book lays bare her US prison horror and what she saw there

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In a freshly-published book, Maria Butina has documented her time inside the American prison system, where she spent more than a year after being dubbed a foreign agent acting on behalf of Moscow's 'influence campaign.'

The book '#Prison diary' is based on the journal Butina kept chronicling her experiences behind bars, including the time she spent in solitary confinement.

The young gun rights activist from Siberia was in the US on a student visa when she was arrested in July 2018. It was the height of the Russiagate scandal surrounding allegations that Moscow actively meddled in American affairs to get Donald Trump elected president. Butina attended National Rifle Association events and met with several Republican politicians and conservative activists. The FBI said it was all part of a larger campaign by Moscow to infiltrate American political circles.


Amazon pulls another book of Covid-19 dissident Berenson - and turns his title into a bestseller

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NY Times journalist-turned-Covid-19 skeptic Alex Berenson briefly had his latest anti-lockdown book pulled from Amazon along with its electronic version. By the time it returned, it was a top-10 bestseller on Apple Books.

First the paperback and then the electronic edition of 'Unreported Truths about Covid-19 and Lockdowns - Part 3: Masks' were removed from Amazon on Tuesday, Berenson revealed in a series of tweets that same day.

The book attempts to debunk the hypothesis, favored by most governments but apparently lacking convincing scientific proof, that wearing even non-medical masks stops the spread of Covid-19.