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Seattle police chief asks why black people keep dying in the 'Black Lives Matter' CHOP zone

eattle Police Chief Carmen Best
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best asked why two African-Americans were dead at a place that "claimed to be working for Black Lives Matter" after a 16-year-old teenager was killed inside the CHOP police-free zone.

Despite organizers urging occupiers to abandon the CHOP zone last week, it still remains very much active and as crime-ridden as ever.

A 19-year-old man was shot dead and another wounded during an incident in the area two weekends ago.

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Antifa praises shooting of two black teens as victory against fascism

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Witness statements about the shooting of two black teens on Monday at the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP, formerly CHAZ) create a confusing picture that leaves more questions than answers.

In the early hours of Monday, an unknown number of armed "security" members of the so-called autonomous zone opened fire on a Jeep Cherokee SUV that had been circling the perimeter. The shooting left one 16-year-old dead, and a 14-year-old critically injured.

Before the age of the victims was known, CHOP residents claimed on camera to livestreamers present at the location that the teenagers had been performing drive-by shootings, and that the vehicle they were in was stolen. Witnesses also claimed that the vehicle's two occupants, whose identity and makeup were not known at the time, had assaulted and robbed someone while armed with knives.

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Russian Orthodox priest: Black Lives Matter is anti-civilizational and anti-Christian

Bishop Savva of Zelenograd
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Bishop Savva of Zelenograd
The West's Black Lives Matter movement is anti-Christian and anti-civilizational, according to Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, the deputy administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to Savva, the true nature of the movement "is becoming increasingly apparent." On his Telegram channel, the bishop wrote, "This is what kind of struggle for human rights? The struggle for who is most important in humanity."


Seattle mayor moves to dismantle CHOP after protesters show up AT HER HOUSE, police arrest remaining protesters

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City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks to protesters outside Mayor Jenny Durkan's home
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan sent heavy machinery to remove concrete barricades around the CHOP 'autonomous zone' and called for a probe of a council member, after protesters showed up outside her residence.

Under the cover of rain on Tuesday, vehicles operated by city workers removed the barricades set up around the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP, formerly known as CHAZ), an area spanning several blocks of downtown Seattle under control of protesters - including Black Lives Matter, Antifa and anarchists - since early June.

Unlike Friday's attempt to dismantle the barricades, which ended with city workers retreating after a two-hour standoff, there were no protesters physically blocking the machinery this time. Instead, they moved furniture, bins and other objects into the street afterward, according to KIRO-TV reporter Deedee Sun.

CHOP protesters objected to the removal because "barricades save lives," Sun reported, noting that they objected to their original deployment by the city two weeks prior. Critics of CHOP had also been opposed, saying the city was basically aiding and abetting the rioters.

Comment: This is obviously what should have been done a couple weeks ago. But it seems someone wanted to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the divisions that are being cynically inflamed in the US and Western world. Seattle police have finally stopped bending the knee to the radical leftists and are arresting all remaining protesters.


UK's Muslim males had highest lockdown death rate, Jews more than double

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A Misakim charity volunteer standing beside new graves at Rainsough Jewish cemetery in north Manchester last month.
Jewish burials in the UK between March and May were more than double the number recorded in the same period last year, revealing the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the community.

According to data collated by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the largest Jewish burial boards carried out 811 funerals from March to May this year, compared with 358 in 2019, an increase of 127%.

It said the figures suggested the Jewish community had suffered 2.5 times as many deaths as a result of the pandemic than the non-Jewish population.

Comment: The coronavirus has been shown to be of most concern to the elderly and vulnerable and so, whilst socio-economic deprivation was taken into account in the above adjustments, what would the figures look like with those factored in? Or, because the lockdown led to a complete shutdown in primary care, was this the determining factor? Or is there another factor shared by the populations making them more susceptible?

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Hong Kong: Police arrest first person under new law banning independence flags

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A man holding a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be detained under a new law introduced by China. As protests over the legislation gain foreign support, Beijing said other nations should stop interfering.

Hong Kong Police tweeted that the man was arrested for holding the independence flag in Causeway Bay, "violating #NationalSecurityLaw," and added that it was the first arrest made since the law has come into force.

Comment: The new national security law handed down from Beijing to restore order was neither welcomed, nor embraced by Hong Kong. Tensions escalated as the crowds and police clashed:
As thousands took to the streets things quickly got out of hand, with police deploying water cannons, tear gas, and pepper spray against the crowds.

More than 300 people were detained, at least nine of them for violating the national security law. One man was filmed crying on the pavement, apparently after being knocked to the ground during the scuffles, while another was seen being held down by security forces.

See also: China passes Hong Kong security law, will go into force July 1

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Caught on camera: Wild brawl breaks out in Arkansas restaurant over social distancing ruckus

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A wild brawl broke out inside an Arkansas restaurant this past weekend over social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The caught-on-camera fracas erupted Saturday inside the Saltgrass Steak House in Little Rock after a woman wearing a face mask confronted patrons who stood too close to her, according to bystanders.

Seth Crews, who recorded the violent incident on his cell phone, told KARK 4 News that he and his brother were having dinner at the eatery when they heard screaming coming from the bar area. "All the restaurant employees were trying to help, they were just in shock like the rest of us," Crews said.

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Russians vote in favor of changes to constitution enabling Putin to remain as president until 2036 - preliminary results

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Exit polls after the Russian constitutional vote show 71 percent of the country supported the proposed amendments while just over 28 percent were opposed. The amendments are major updates to Russia's most important legal document.

Exit polls were conducted at 800 polling places in 25 jurisdictions. They are based on questions asked of over 445,000 voters, 69.9 percent of which responded.

Wednesday marked the final day of in-person voting in the referendum, with turnout reaching 65 percent.

The 206 amendments range from social issues like pensions to rules for government officials. The one that has received most media attention redefines eligibility for the presidency. In theory, it would allow President Vladimir Putin to run for office two more times, potentially staying in power until 2036.


Harvard drops policy against single-sex clubs after lawsuit

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Harvard University has dropped its policy that penalized students who were members of single-sex clubs, the university president announced.

Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow released a letter Monday saying the university would stop enforcing the policy that punished students who were a part of single-sex fraternities or sororities because it could be seen as legally discriminatory based on recent court decisions.

Officials instituted the policy in 2017, which prevented students from holding leadership positions in university-recognized groups and from joining athletic teams if they were a part of single-sex clubs not recognized by Harvard.

They were also not able to receive college-administered fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, The Washington Post reported.

Comment: Again we see an attempt to virtue signal and be more "inclusive" leads to actions which are actually against the law and discriminatory. Progressives will eventually have to realize that their attempts to be more inclusive creates more problems than it solves.


Epidemiologist states the obvious: Lockdown and social distancing could make our immune system weaker

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Prolonged periods of lockdown cocooning the public from germs could leave people dangerously vulnerable to new viruses, a leading epidemiologist has warned.

Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, fears intense social distancing could actually weaken immune systems because people are not exposed to germs and so do not develop defences that could protect them against future pandemics.

The scientist rose to prominence in March after her team's modelling created a best case scenario where coronavirus arrived in the UK in December and spread quickly through the population creating "herd immunity", already partly acquired through exposure to different strains of the virus.

Comment: See also: Readers may also find this interview with Dr. Zach Bush informative. He discusses the importance of building a healthy immune system, the microbiome, viruses, and more.