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73-year-old Vet Trump supporter assaulted in Massachusetts, 34-year-old charged with assault

Kiara Dudley

Douglas police report they have arrested 34-year-old Kiara Dudley.
A 73-year-old Vietnam veteran out holding a sign supporting President Trump was assaulted on Saturday, according to local reports in Massachusetts.

Douglas police report they have arrested 34-year-old Kiara Dudley, of Douglas, and charged her with assault and battery on an elderly person causing injury.

Police state that a couple, which included the veteran, were waving Trump flags and signs at an intersection. Dudley then approached the elderly couple, allegedly harassing them and making them move, the Boston Herald reported.

Comment: When your ideological insanity allows you to assault an elderly person simply because you disagree with them politically, it's time to question your life.

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Woman detained by police during late night lockdown protest in central London

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A small crowd in London clashed with the police on the evening of October 16 as the city began enforcing more stringent coronavirus regulations.

New restrictions prohibit people from separate households from mixing inside restaurants, bars and pubs.

The video shows one woman being detained by authorities while some people can be heard chanting "leave her alone."

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'Do you want me to stop working?' As Paris restaurants are ordered into new curfew, angry citizens hold street protest

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Over a hundred protesters took to the streets of Paris to decry the new curfew introduced by President Macron to stop the spread of Covid-19. Restaurant staff complained about the restrictions as customers supported the rally.

People carrying flares and chanting "Freedom!" marched through Paris' streets on Saturday, denouncing the recent restrictions imposed by the government to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

"I work in the food business, do you want me to stop working?" a man supporting the protest told the Ruptly video agency. "I hope that the government stops these ridiculous measures that put people in the streets."

Comment: Meanwhile in Prague:
Protest against Covid-19 rules in Prague escalates into clashes with police


The rally was gathered to object to the government's response to the Covid-19 epidemic. One of those rules triggered the violent confrontation. Gatherings of more than 500 people are currently banned in the Czech Republic, and even smaller ones require people to wear face masks and spread in groups of up to 20 people separated by at least two meters.

The municipal authorities estimated that around 2,000 people flocked to the square, and ordered the rally to disperse. While most of the demonstrators complied, some refused and instead confronted the police. Dozens of arrests were made in connection with the riot.

Interior Minister Jan Hamacek praised the police response and accused "several hundred hooligans" of instigating the violence. Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech media he was "shocked" by the rioters' actions and accused them of endangering themselves and others. "I am in favor of harsh punishment in their case," he said.



Twitter removes mask guidance from White House Covid-19 adviser, claiming it violated policies on 'misleading information'

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© REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Twitter has removed a tweet from White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas questioning the effectiveness of mask mandates, claiming the message violated the platform's Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy.

"Twitter seems to be censoring the science if it goes against their own goals of public indoctrination," Atlas told Newsweek on Sunday about his tweet being removed.

In the original tweet, Atlas wrote, "Masks work? NO," before citing various examples and quotes from health officials pushing back against the protection face coverings can provide.

The information cited included details of various places that have seen Covid-19 cases rise despite mask mandates, as well as quotes from both the World Health Organization and Dr. Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal's Evidence-Based Medicine publication.

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Ghislaine Maxwell wants to keep secret 'damaging deposition' from 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein: the two seemed mutually dependent
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and alleged madam of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is trying to keep what Reuters called a "damaging deposition" out of the current case against her.

Reuters reported that Maxwell's attorneys are appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling that would "unseal sworn testimony related to Epstein, including a April 2016 deposition from Maxwell and a deposition by an Epstein accuser." Maxwell claims the ruling hurts her ability to defend herself against the criminal charges she faces as a result of her association with Epstein. Maxwell is currently charged with procuring underage girls for Epstein as well as perjury for denying the allegations under oath.

"Maxwell, 58, has said negative publicity from the disclosure of 'intimate, sensitive, and personal' information from her deposition would violate her right against self-incrimination, and imperil a fair trial because jurors might hold it against her," Reuters reported.


'Log off! Log off!' Teacher orders students when sexual assault livestreamed during first grader's remote learning class

Catrell A. Walls

Catrell A. Walls
An 18-year-old man out on bond for a gun case was held without bail after he livestreamed himself during a sexual act with a 7-year-old first grader on break from her Chicago Public Schools remote learning class on Thursday prosecutors said.

Catrell A. Walls, of the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side, was arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., after he was seen molesting the girl, police said.

Walls, charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13 years old, appeared for a bond hearing Saturday afternoon before Judge Charles Beach.

Police were made aware of the attack when the girl's teacher saw it on a computer screen during a Google classroom e-learning session.

Walls showed complete disregard of children and a "wanton callousness for human life," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andreana Turano told Beach.

In addition to Thursday afternoon's incident, which alarmed multiple students who viewed it and were heard asking, "What's going on, what's happening?" the victim told authorities Walls has a history of sexually assaulting her, for the last year, Turano said.

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Police call outs to people suffering mental health crises soar by up to 248% in UK


Two fifths of people in England waiting for NHS support end up calling emergency or crisis services
The police are being called to deal with soaring numbers of incidents involving people suffering from mental health crises, sparking fresh concern about lack of NHS help for the mentally ill.

The number of such 999 callouts in England has risen by 41% over the past five years, with some police forces seeing more than a twofold jump since 2015, new figures reveal. Mental health experts say the increase highlights the erosion over recent years of services for people with conditions such as depression and schizophrenia who end up in crisis.

Under the Mental Health Act, the police are called out to help deal with a situation because someone having a mental health emergency may pose a risk to themselves or others.

Comment: As the numbers show, and this is no doubt linked not only to a lack of funding, but the quality of life and the increased stressors placed on citizens suffering over a decade of austerity measures. And now, in 2020, after months of lockdowns, we have isolation, next to no support available, and job insecurity has increased manifold, and so we can expect to see mental health problems to reach unimaginable proportions in the coming years and society will suffer dearly for it.

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Star of David

Anti-Netanyahu protests resume in Jerusalem, across Israel, in shadow of right-wing violence

Paris Square, Jerusalem
© Ohad Zwigenberg
Paris Square, Jerusalem, October 17, 2020
Protests renewed in Jerusalem Saturday after a two-week hiatus due to coronavirus restrictions, with 10,000 Israelis calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation, while thousands more protested across the country.

Violent attacks on protesters were reported around the country. Protesters in Haifa, Jerusalem and Ramat Gan were sprayed with pepper spray. Police have arrested seven suspects in the attacks.

Police arrested nine protesters in Jerusalem after hundreds of people started marching toward the city center. About a thousand protesters managed to evade the police and march through central Jerusalem. Together, they are proceeding towards the market and from there to the Knesset.

Comment: Images of Israeli protesters against Netanyahu:
Jerusalem protesters
© Ohad Zwigenberg
Anti-Netanyahu protesters, Jerusalem
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© Ohad Zwigenberg
A sign that reads, 'Send Corrupt-yahu to Ma'asyahu [prison]' in Jerusalem, October 17, 2020.
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© Rami Shllush
Anti-Netanyahu protesters meet pro-Netanyahu counter protesters, Hadera.
October 17, 2020.

Bad Guys

Kirstie Alley responds to 'nasty,' 'horrible' people criticizing her support for Trump, thanks followers for encouragement

Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley
The Cheers star explained why she's planning to vote for Trump over Joe Biden

Kirstie Alley responded with words of encouragement after getting dragged on social media for declaring her continued support for President Trump in the upcoming election.

The Cheers actress took to Twitter on Saturday evening to explain to her followers why she voted for Trump in the 2016 election and plans to do so again on Nov. 3 in his reelection bid against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

"I'm voting for @realDonaldTrump because he's NOT a politician," Alley, 69, began. "I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it."

Comment: Brave of Kirstie to join the ranks of conservative media figures who aren't afraid to speak their mind, such as James Wood and Tim Allen. Many more are forced to be silent lest they lose their livelihood.


Our deadly Frankenstein: Social media's creators admit it dehumanizes people, disrupts social fabric and destroys democracy

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The Social Dilemma (2020) Directed by Jeff Orlowski
An important new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, uses former Silicon Valley insiders to lay bare the existential threat Big Tech poses to civilization. It's much more than a dilemma.

The Social Dilemma is a remarkable documentary about social media platforms and their two billion users, and may well be the most important documentary made in America for decades.

The documentary is a radical, insider-based critique of social media and the large tech companies that created it - and continue to profit handsomely from it (especially given that they are monopolies and pay little or no tax in many countries).

Directed by American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma features interviews with a number of former tech giant executives who created the technologies and business model that underpin the social media empire. Social media has only been with us for just over ten years and most of the interviewees are in their thirties.