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Atlanta activist spent $200,000 in Black Lives Matter donations on personal expenses, FBI says

Sir Maejor Page Tyree Conyers-Page
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An Atlanta activist is facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering after misappropriating $200,000 in Black Lives Matter donations for personal expenses, the FBI announced on Friday.

Sir Maejor Page, whose real name is Tyree Conyers-Page, accepted more than $430,000 in donations through his Facebook page Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta in July and August, according to an affidavit filed in federal district court Thursday evening.

Although Page represented the group as a nonprofit to Facebook, allowing it to accept donations through the platform, Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta's nonprofit status was revoked in 2019 after failing to file tax documents for three consecutive years, the affidavit said.

Comment: From Fox News:
The Toledo FBI office opened an investigation last year after a cooperating witness submitted a fraud complaint against Page, whose real name is Tyree Conyers-Page, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo said in the complaint.
...

The FBI in Toledo said Page pledged to use those donations "for George Floyd" but instead used the money make purchases related to food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, tailored suits and accessories.

According to the bureau, Page also used $112,000 of the donated money to purchase a house for himself in Toledo, Ohio. The transaction took place last month.
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According to the station, months earlier Page had parted ways with the Black Lives Matter of Atlanta movement before forming Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.
This isn't the first time a high profile scam has been run in the name of Black Lives Matter, either.


Info

'I'm deleting Twitter': Morning Joe shares 'deceptively edited' video clip of Amy Coney Barrett, runs with tail between his legs

morning joe scarbourough
© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough has vowed to "delete Twitter" from his phone after being accused of "lying" for sharing a debunked clip of potential Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

In a now-deleted tweet, Scarborough shared a clip of Barrett appearing to suggest that she opposed nominating Supreme Court judges in a presidential election year for fear they may "flip the balance of the court." Barrett made the comments in question after Barack Obama had nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Amy Coney Barrett opposed Merrick Garland's nomination because: 1. It came the same year as a presidential election, and, 2. She said the nomination couldn't go through because Scalia would be 'replaced by someone who could dramatically flip the balance of the court.' Like her," Scarborough tweeted on Friday.

Comment: The knives are out for Amy Coney Barrett, unsurprising after seeing what they put Brett Kavanaugh through. The latest from die-hard Dem Twitter is to attack her kids. From RT:
Democrat activists attack Trump's Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett, suggesting her kids were ABUSED or KIDNAPPED from Haiti
26 Sep, 2020 21:02

It appears attacking the political positions and Catholic faith of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett isn't enough for some Democrat activists, who have taken to making wild accusations about her adopted kids instead.

Democratic activist John Lee Brougher, managing director of billionaire Tom Steyer's NextGen America super PAC, said Friday that as an adoptee, he personally needs to "know more" about how Barrett adopted and treated her two children from Haiti. "Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning," he tweeted.


Brougher, who is originally from South Korea, didn't specify what he'd seen about Barrett's parenting that was "deeply concerning." He went into social media hiding after his disparagement of Barrett drew backlash, blocking public access to his Twitter account.

Also in hiding on Twitter and Facebook was Democrat campaign consultant Dana Houle, who speculated that Barrett and her husband may not have legally adopted their two children from Haiti. "Would it matter if her kids were scooped up by ultra-religious Americans, or Americans weren't scrupulous intermediaries and the kids were taken when there was family in Haiti?" Houle tweeted.


As in the case of Brougher's tweets, there appeared to be no underlying basis for Houle's broadside attack, including the implication that the Barretts stole their children in "sketchy" adoptions. He suggested that the media might hide the information if reporters found that the adoptions were illegal. He also tripped over the Democrat talking point on abortion, which says that Republicans only care about babies before they are born, by tweeting that there are far more couples seeking to adopt than there are children in need of adoption.


Barrett, who also has five biological children, became a target for such attacks as speculation mounted that President Donald Trump would nominate her to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a US Supreme Court justice, which he did at the White House on Saturday. She currently serves on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Brougher was lambasted on Twitter for making "ghoulish" and "absurd" implications, then cowardly hiding his account. Some commenters went to the Twitter account of NextGen America to call for his firing. Another tweeted: "This organization and John Brougher should be prohibited from being within five miles of any young people. Disgusting bunch of bigots."


Houle fared no better on Twitter, where US Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said, "This is the Dem game plan - nothing but raw bigotry and hate. I promise you, this will not stand." Other commenters, including journalist Tracy Beanz, suggested that bringing up Haiti might be a bad idea for the Democrats, inasmuch as Bill and Hillary Clinton were accused of mishandling or misappropriating funds donated to aid Haiti's recovery from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Barrett's Catholic faith became a point to attack by Democratic senators when Barrett was appointed by Trump to the 7th US Circuit Court in 2017. Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned whether she would have unbiased legal opinions, given that "the dogma lives loudly within you." Senator Dick Durbin asked Barrett whether she considers herself an "orthodox Catholic."



Attention

UK emergency lockdown scheme reportedly aims to ban social interaction amid fresh COVID-19 alarms

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© REUTERS / MOLLY DARLINGTON
Last week, Downing Street introduced a set of updated measures to battle the rising COVID infection rates in a bid to avoid a total national clockdown - curfews in widely visited public spots like pubs and restaurants among other things.

The UK Cabinet is reportedly readying to reinstate a total social lockdown across much of the country's north and potentially London to curb a progressing second wave of the pandemic. One government figure cited by The Times portrayed the capital's fate as "in the balance", with infection rates across a number of its boroughs sparking concern.

According to British government insiders, the first total social lockdowns are most likely to be imposed in Merseyside and the northeast, where case numbers continue to rise the fastest.

Comment: It looks like we're going to be seeing a lot more of this in the next coming weeks.


Attention

London police slam woman to the ground during anti-lockdown protest in Trafalgar Square

woman knocked over police
© JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
The shocking moment police officers brutally slammed a woman to the ground during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in London was caught on camera, and the footage is being widely shared online.

The ugly scene unfolded as demonstrators massed in Trafalgar Square on Saturday for a 'We Do Not Consent' rally against the UK's coronavirus guidelines. The video shows the protester standing on a portable chair before police officers arrive and pull the chair from under her feet.


Comment: See also:


Padlock

The lockdown has gone from a mistake to a crime

Gavin Newsom
© AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
Gavin Newsom
Four months ago, I wrote a column titled "The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History." I explained that "'mistake' and 'evil' are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people."

Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world — especially among the world's poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism — I wrote, "It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe."

Unfortunately, I was right.

The world should have followed Sweden's example. That country never locked down and has even kept children under 16 in school the entire time. As Reuters reported on July 15, the number of Swedish children between 1 and 19 years of age who have died of COVID-19 is zero. And the percentage of children who contracted the illness was the exact same in Sweden as it was in Finland, which locked down its schools.

Newspaper

Days after inauguration, Belarusian police use tear gas & flashbang devices against anti-Lukashenko protesters

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© Reuters / BelaPAN
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian police disperse a rally in Gomel.
Belarusian cops employed tear gas and flashbang devices to disperse a rally against the country's long-time President Alexander Lukashenko, on Sunday, in the country's second largest city, Gomel.

Police said they resorted to using the equipment because "some people acted inadequately." The flashbangs were fired only as warning shots, a spokesman insisted.

Videos from the scene showed a large group of demonstrators advancing on officers in balaclavas and full riot gear, who were blocking the street.

Comment: It would appear that Lukashenko won the election fairly, and those protesting for change of any kind aren't doing their cause any favors following leaders that are cavorting with known regime change enthusiasts nor those attempting to seize power undemocratically:


Heart

The death of Andre Vltchek, a passionate warrior for truth

Andre Vltchek
"If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn't we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?"
Eduardo Galeano, Upside Down (1998)
For decades, Andre Vltchek, an old-school journalist and artist (but a young man) who travelled the world in search of truth and who always stood up straight, tried to revolve the world and encourage people to revolt against injustice.

In this age of arm-chair reporters, he stood out for his boldness and indefatigable courage. He told it straight.

This irritated certain people and some pseudo-left publications, who sensed in him a no bullshit fierceness and nose for hypocrisy that frightened them, so they stopped publishing his writing. He went where so many others feared to tread, and he talked to people in places that were often the victims of Western imperialistic violence. He defended the defenseless and encouraged their defense.

Eye 1

German professor arrested by Met Police after speaking at 'We Do Not Consent' rally

Dr. Heiko Schoening
After Metropolitan Police claimed they would only crack down on marchers flagrantly violating social distancing rules (though the hated "rule of six" had been suspended due to the gathering's "protest" status), German professor Dr. Heiko Schoening was arrested by a gang of British officers - he was filmed being loaded into a paddy wagon - after speaking out against using tactics like economy-destroying mandatory lockdowns during yesterday's "We Do Not Consent" rally in London.

Video of the arrest was shared on Twitter.


Several purported bystanders tweeted in protest, by the story appears to have gone largely unnoticed.

Bullseye

Donald Trump Jr. blasts media for ignoring Hunter Biden report as House Republicans call for FBI to investigate

hunter joe biden
© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Donald Trump Jr. slammed the media for largely ignoring the damning revelations from the GOP-led Senate report on Hunter Biden's foreign financial ties.

The Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees on Wednesday released an interim report on their months-long joint investigation into Hunter Biden's role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings and his alleged "extensive and complex financial transactions," but also highlighted his questionable transactions with Russian and Chinese nationals.

None of the revelations, however, were given much coverage by many of the major news networks.

CNN and all three nightly news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC avoided the subject. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was the only host on the network to address the Senate report but spent those roughly two minutes of coverage downplaying it.

Comment: House Republicans are also demanding an investigation by the FBI after the Senate uncovered the evidence of corruption. Rep. Jim Jordan is leading the calls for an probe:
"The report by Chairman Johnson and Chairman Grassley shows that the FBI has been aware of some alleged misconduct for years," Jordan wrote. "The report detailed widespread concern within the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden's role on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company founded by oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky. Then-U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein personally raised concerns to Vice President Biden and — after Vice President Biden spoke to Hunter — to Hunter Biden himself.

"In addition, senior State Department official George Kent raised concerns to the FBI about a $7 million bribe paid by Zlochevsky to Ukraine's prosecutor general seven months after Hunter Biden joined Burisma's board," Jordan said.

Jordan questions why Wray has not addressed the allegations, suggesting it further tarnished the bureau's reputation in the aftermath of the Russia collusion scandal.

"The FBI suffered from a pattern of misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the FBI during the Obama-Biden Administration. The FBI used Democrat-funded opposition research and Russian disinformation — as well as doctored evidence — to illegally spy on a Trump campaign associate.The FBI sought to entrap Trump National Security Advisor LTG Michael Flynn 'to get him to lie, so we can prosecute or get him fired.' The new revelations in Chairman Johnson's and Chairman Grassley's report only add more concern about the FBI's actions," Jordan wrote.



Red Flag

US military suicides soar as service members struggle under Covid, war-zone deployments, national disasters & civil unrest

US miltary suicides deaths
© MEREDITH TIBBETTS/STARS AND STRIPES
Thousands of American flags filled a grassy expanse on the National Mall on Oct. 3, 2018, each representing a veteran or a servicemember who died by suicide in 2018. The 5,520 flags were placed on the Mall by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, an advocacy group trying to draw awareness to the issue of veteran suicide.
Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to with same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.

While the data is incomplete and causes of suicide are complex, Army and Air Force officials say they believe the pandemic is adding stress to an already-strained force.

And senior Army leaders — who say they've seen about a 30% jump in active-duty suicides so far this year — told The Associated Press that they are looking at shortening combat deployments. Such a move would be part of a broader effort to make the wellbeing of soldiers and their families the Army's top priority, overtaking combat readiness and weapons modernization.

The Pentagon refused to provide 2020 data or to discuss the issue, but Army officials said discussions in Defense Department briefings indicate there has been roughly a 20% jump in overall military suicides this year. The numbers vary by service. The active Army's 30% spike — from 88 last year to 114 this year — pushes the total up because it's the largest service. The Army National Guard is up about 10%, going from 78 last year to 86 this year. The Navy total is believed to be lower this year.

Army leaders say they can't directly pin the increase on the virus, but the timing coincides.

Comment: The increase in suicides within the US military is concerning as this crisis has been an issue for years. In addition to the causes mentioned, there are others that officials aren't willing to discuss: