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'Violent' riots 'with looting' erupt in Philadelphia after police shooting - father speaks out to ask for end to of rioting

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Philadelphia erupted in riots after the shooting of Walter Wallace
Widespread rioting and looting rocked Philadelphia on Tuesday after police shot a man earlier this week who allegedly approached them while carrying a knife and did not obey orders to drop the weapon.

CBS Philadelphia reporter Joe Holden reported that law enforcement officials said the situation that unfolded last week was a "total loss" and had "rapidly gone downhill."

Comment: The elevation of a black man to the status of martyr, who was brandishing a weapon and then shot by police:
Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp told the media that the officers were called to a home for a man with a weapon. Once they arrived at the scene, they were met by Wallace Jr., who was brandishing a knife. The man ignored the officers' orders to drop the weapon and "continued to follow them around several vehicles that are over there," Gripp said.

A graphic video posted on social media shows Wallace Jr. quickly walking towards two officers while a woman, identified in the media as his mother, tries to stop him. The officers shout "Put the knife down!" before firing multiple shots at the man, who immediately falls to the ground and remains motionless.

An attorney representing Wallace Jr.'s family said Tuesday that before the encounter, they called for an ambulance because he was having a mental health crisis.
The National Guard was called out to quell the violence:
Governor Tom Wolf directed the state's National Guard to deploy to assist local law enforcement "in protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest," public affairs officer Lieutenant Colonel Keith Hickox said in a statement, giving no specifics for the number of troops mobilized.

The deployment comes after a chaotic night of protests and rioting in Philadelphia over the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old black man officers claim was armed during the encounter. The ensuing unrest saw looting, vandalism - including a wave of ATM bombings - clashes with law enforcement that left dozens of officers injured and acts of arson around the city, which continued into Tuesday morning.

"We were hoping that we won't have any repeat of what we've seen last night and we're taking every precaution that we can," Philadelphia's Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said after the Guard deployment was announced.

While police commissioner Danielle Outlaw warned of "additional incidents of civil unrest" by Tuesday night, Hickox said the Guard troops would arrive in the city in the next 24 to 48 hours, suggesting the deployment may not arrive in time to preempt a second round of rioting.

Outlaw said police were staging at "key locations" around the city to respond to any reports of violence. Aerial footage taken on Tuesday afternoon showed a heavy police presence in one intersection, with many officers clad in riot helmets.
The father of the shooting victim, Walter Wallace, Sr., has called for a halt to the riots:
The father of a man killed by Philadelphia police officers on Tuesday made an appeal for an easing of tensions amid the second night of protests sparked by his son's death.

"I don't condone no violence — tearing up the city, looting in the stores — and all this chaos," Walter Wallace Sr. said on Tuesday. "I need everybody to have respect for my family and my son to stop this violence and chaos."

The elder Wallace then pleaded for justice for his son and urged protesters to come together instead of harming the family.

"People have businesses and we all got to eat ... So, why would we hurt the resources that we have in our community instead of binding together?" he said. "It's an SOS to help not to hurt and cause no chaos — violence, looting, fires — because I wasn't brought up like that."

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UK: Nine in ten police forces haven't fined anyone for breaking Covid face mask laws

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Police forces are failing to hand out penalties for not wearing face coverings with 90 per cent not issuing a single one since masks were made compulsory in shops and indoor locations, it has been revealed.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced plans three months ago to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from July 24.

It became mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport from June 15 and he also announced masks would have to be worn at various indoor settings.

The police and Transport for London officers were told they have the powers to enforce fines of £200, which would be reduced if paid within 14 days, for the first offence, with repeat offenders seeing their fine doubled at each offence.


Indian pharmaceutical company set to test Russian Covid-19 vaccine reports cyberattack

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The Dr Reddy's Laboratories pharmaceutical company, which was just given a green light to begin trials of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in India, said on Wednesday that its IT systems had been attacked by hackers earlier in the month, possibly resulting in a breach of personal data.

"On 22nd October 2020, we experienced an information security incident and consequently isolated the impacted IT services. This incident involved a ransomware attack. We promptly engaged leading outside cybersecurity experts, launched a comprehensive containment and remediation effort and investigation to address the incident," the company said in a report on its latest consolidated financial results.

The company's internal investigation has not yet established if the breach of data due to the cyberattack included any personally identifiable information, according to the report.


Ingraham: Americans will be 'stripped of any freedom' under Biden presidency, coronavirus lockdowns

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Joe Biden's approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic and the promise of more lockdowns will be detrimental to American free will, "The Ingraham Angle" host Laura Ingraham argued Tuesday night.

"The looming Biden lockdowns," she began. "He's going to use euphemistic language, a lot of talk about social distancing and so forth, to describe these draconian restrictions. But it's all meant to lull you into complacency and compliance."

Ingraham said under Biden, the U.S. will mimic the "nightmarish" conditions in Europe, where lockdowns are severe and coronavirus cases are exploding. In Italy, she noted, anti-lockdown protesters are being tear-gassed by police.

"So if you have out-of-town relatives or friends who live across the country, and you think Biden's going to win, well, you better see them soon," she said. "Because if Biden's experts are in charge, your traveling days are over."


US Marshals recover 45 missing children during human trafficking sting

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Two U.S. Marshals stand on a building as they look out toward the city in a file photo.
The U.S. Marshals Service said it has recovered 45 more children in an anti-human-trafficking operation in southern West Virginia and southern Ohio during the month of October.

"Operation Autumn Hope" was described as a multi-agency law enforcement operation focused on human trafficking as well as finding missing or endangered children. In all, 45 missing children were rescued, and 169 arrests were made, according to the U.S. Marshals, as reported by WCMH.

In one of the missing child recoveries, a loaded gun was recovered, officials said. A 15-year-old male juvenile who was found had two warrants for his arrest, suspected in homicide and several shootings, officials said.

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Bellingcat DID take UK Foreign Office money, open logs show, directly contradicting Eliot Higgins' claims

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FILE PHOTO: Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins poses for a portrait after giving a press conference opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 9, 2018
Controversial 'open source investigations' website Bellingcat was paid directly by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at least once, official data shows, debunking its founder and chief's claims to the contrary.

Suggestions that Bellingcat is a tool of Western governments, and funded by them directly, have long-abounded - and consistently been denied by founder and chief Eliot Higgins.

Such allegations reached fever pitch in late 2018, when files related to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) military intelligence operation Integrity Initiative were leaked by hacktivist collective Anonymous. The papers revealed the secret endeavour, among other things, worked to discredit left-leaning, anti-war figures at home and abroad, and maintained clandestine global networks of journalists, academics, and military and intelligence operatives to spread pro-Western propaganda and encourage more aggressive policies toward Moscow.

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Propaganda Alert! Not wearing a mask is linked to antisocial traits, 'study' finds

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Those who don't comply with Covid-19 containment measures were found to be more callous, hostile and deceitful.

Scientists in Brazil have linked resistance to Covid-19 safety measures, such as wearing a mask, with antisocial personality traits.

Their study was the first of its kind in Latin America and surveyed over 1,500 people aged 18-73.

Using a questionnaire, the scientists sought to identify the participants' affective resonance - their impulse to act on feelings stirred by another person - and asked a series of personality questions about how well certain statements represented their behaviour on a scale.

Comment: Step 1) Put out bogus study linking people resistant to your propaganda as social deviants, Step 2)..., Step 3) Collect profits.

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'Pseudo-expert': College dropout billionaire Bill Gates attacks Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas over Covid-19 stance

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Self-styled Covid-19 authority and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has weaponized media demands to "trust the science" to tear into Trump adviser (and actual medical doctor) Scott Atlas for not backing stricter Covid policies.

"We now have a pseudo-expert advising the president," Gates snarled during an interview at Yahoo Finance's All Markets Summit on Monday, denouncing Atlas - who, unlike the billionaire software tycoon, completed both college and medical school - as an "off the rails" bad influence on the Trump administration.

"The most malign thing is where you start to attack your own experts and suggest that maybe politicians know better than disease experts," Gates continued. The billionaire is neither a politician nor a medical doctor, despite the vast sums he has spent through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its affiliates in an effort to vaccinate the developing world. Atlas, on the other hand, has a medical degree from the University of Chicago and has taught healthcare policy at Stanford University's Hoover Institute.

Comment: The nerve of Gates is astounding. To deride an actual expert for not following his advice, when he has no qualifications whatsoever, is a level of gall rarely witnessed!

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'I could go to jail': Project Veritas VIDEO alleges FRAUD by 'ballot chaser' in Texas who prompts woman to change vote to Democrat

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An undercover video has supposedly caught a political consultant in Texas breaking several laws by "flipping" a vote from Republican to Democrat, as well as giving voters gifts.

Describing the report as their "biggest story," Project Veritas published a video on Tuesday taken by an undercover journalist. According to the outlet, it shows Raquel Rodriguez, a consultant for GOP House candidate Maura Garza. She is talking to an elderly woman and getting her to change the vote on her ballot from Republican Sen. John Cornyn to his Democratic challenger MJ Hegar.

Rodriguez is seen examining the ballot and then referencing a conversation she previously had with the woman where she said she wanted to vote for only Democrats. She then walks her through changing the vote and gives her a shawl as a gift.

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'Election misinformation pre-bunking'? Twitter again censors Trump as it begins spamming Americans with new Orwellian warnings

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Twitter has slapped a "misleading" label on yet another tweet from President Donald Trump, as it rolls out a new effort to "pre-bunk" criticism of mail-in voting and warns Americans not to expect final results on election night.

In a tweet on Monday night, Trump stressed the need to have a final vote tally on the day of the general election, stating there are "big problems and discrepancies with mail-in ballots all over the USA," reiterating previous complaints about potential flaws in universal distance voting. The post was soon appended with a notice warning users the tweet is "disputed" and "might be misleading," directing them to a link explaining that "voting by mail is legal and safe," citing a coterie of favored "experts."

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