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New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in lawsuit accusing leaders of self-dealing, causing $64 million in losses UPDATE: NRA counter-sues

New York State Attorney General Letitia James
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New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce a suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association, In New York, U.S., August 6, 2020.
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday announced that the state is seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association in a lawsuit that accuses the leadership of the flagging nonprofit of diverting millions of dollars for their own personal use.

According to the lawsuit, the senior leadership of the NRA squandered millions in donations on personal trips, private jets and expensive meals. The failure to lawfully manage the organization's funds contributed to losses of $64 million over three years, the suit says.

The suit was filed in New York county in the New York State Supreme Court. At a press conference announcing the suit, James said the NRA was "a breeding ground for greed, abuse, and brazen illegality."

Comment: Update (10 Aug): The NRA responded to the lawsuit, calling it "baseless and politically motivated," while filing their own lawsuit against the state of New York for defamation and violation of its rights to free speech.

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How bad is covid really? (A Swedish doctor's perspective)

OK, I want to preface this article by stating that it is entirely anecdotal and based on my experience working as a doctor in the emergency room of one of the big hospitals in Stockholm, Sweden, and of living as a citizen in Sweden. As many people know, Sweden is perhaps the country that has taken the most relaxed attitude of any towards the covid pandemic. Unlike other countries, Sweden never went in to complete lockdown. Non-essential businesses have remained open, people have continued to go to cafés and restaurants, children have remained in school, and very few people have bothered with face masks in public.

Covid hit Stockholm like a storm in mid-March. One day I was seeing people with appendicitis and kidney stones, the usual things you see in the emergency room. The next day all those patients were gone and the only thing coming in to the hospital was covid. Practically everyone who was tested had covid, regardless of what the presenting symptom was. People came in with a nose bleed and they had covid. They came in with stomach pain and they had covid.


Twitter roasts grocery store 'Karen's' attempts to cancel Kroger manager after mask dispute

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A woman walks out of a liquor store past a sign requesting its customers to wear a mask Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif.
In yet another of the many signs we've seen this year alone that prove everything is stupid, a Kroger manager was shamed on Twitter earlier today by a mask Karen because he supposedly refused to intervene more forcefully in a mask dispute that allegedly involved an assault threat against the Karen who made the complaint.

A self-proclaimed transgender rights activist who goes by the name Danielle Muscato and notes the pronouns "she/her" in his/her Twitter bio erupted on the social media platform and blasted off on Andy the Kroger manager who she says "refused to do anything" other than talk to the person who allegedly threatened her with violence.

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UK gov tells obese people to stay indoors in lockdown regions


The UK's overweight PM, Boris Johnson
Vulnerable Brits will be told to remain inside to avoid mass lockdown if the country sees a sharp spike in cases over the next few months.

Comment: Asymptomatic cases will spike if the government intensifies its faulty testing regime.

A Cabinet minister told the Sunday Telegraph that the government's plan was a "stiletto not a sledgehammer" approach to tackling outbreaks.

Experts are currently looking at ways NHS data can be used to target people in vulnerable groups.

These include people who are aged over 50 and those who are obese.

Comment: In the UK 27% of the population are obese which means the government is basically asking over a quarter of the population to lock themselves in their houses; this, particularly for those already suffering from weight related health issues, will only exacerbate their conditions, and this draconian measure comes about a week after the government threatened the over 50's with house arrest. Now, whatever next? People over 6 foot tall?

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health - The Ultimate Insanity of the Covid Lockdown - Interview with Sott.net Editor Joe Quinn

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'It's illogical': Thousands rally in Montreal to protest draconian coronavirus regulations

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Protesters chanted "liberté" as they marched from the main gates of McGill University on Sherbrooke Street to the CBC/Radio-Canada building on René-Lévesque Boulevard.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Montreal Saturday to protest against the Quebec government's mandatory mask regulations.

The protesters — the vast majority of whom did not wear masks — carried signs and wore t-shirts indicating a variety of motivations and ideologies in opposition to face coverings.

Some demanded freedom, some were critical of the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Premier François Legault or public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda, and others espoused various theories about COVID-19 and U.S. politics.

Comment: And just like that, the authorities found their excuse to ban protests with the coronavirus, and in some countries it's already much worse: The Future is 'Clear', And It's Dystopian: Virus Hype Ushers in a Covid-1984 Nightmare of Restricted Access


Only 16% of Britons have enough sense to refuse a coronavirus vaccine

Younger people were twice as likely to reject a vaccine than 55 to 75-year-olds, the study shows.

Just over half of the UK would definitely get a coronavirus vaccine, with "damaging misperceptions" affecting potential uptake, a poll has revealed.

Only 53% of Britons would be certain or very likely to get vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers at King's College London (KCL) and Ipsos Mori found.

One in six (16%) said they would definitely not get a vaccine or it would be very unlikely, the poll of 2,237 people between 16 and 75 showed.

The study found that people were more likely to reject the vaccine because of their attitudes and beliefs about science and authority, rather than reasons related to coronavirus itself.

Comment: It takes going to the original research to actually discover that the poll showed that the heavy majority (73%) are likely to get the vaccine:

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So it's more like we only have 16% who have a decent ability to grasp the situation at hand by refusing the vaccine and another 11% who are uncertain. The original headline from Sky News read: "Coronavirus: Only half of Britons say they would get a vaccine, poll reveals". So why state lies when most people actually are onboard? The effort is likely an attempt to sway those who are uncertain, while attempting to get the onboard masses to shame all those 'many' dangerous rebels for not caring about 'government, authority and science'. Nevermind the corruption of 'government, authority and science' that can be witnessed firsthand. In this sense, we cannot even trust the accuracy of this survey.


No PJs allowed! Illinois school district bans students from wearing pajamas during online learning

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A school district in Illinois is getting some push-back from parents after banning students from wearing pajamas while they're taking online classes.

WCIA reports the rule is listed in the district's handbook.

Some parents and even the district's school board president aren't fully on board.

Comment: Absurd situations naturally create absurd problems.


'Enough is enough' - Police chief says Portlanders are tired of violence at protests, and elsewhere

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Scene from Portland protest
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell lamented the destruction and criminal activity happening downtown during a meeting with the media on Wednesday morning, and he said the recently defunded Gun Violence Reduction Team should come back.

Protesters have gathered in downtown Portland each night for nearly 10 weeks since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly 8 minutes.

Portland's protests and rallies against systemic racism and police brutality have mostly been peaceful, with thousands of people gathering in downtown Portland to chant, listen to speakers and call for change.

"There have been some really large peaceful protests where people have come out, listened to and given speeches, marched to different parts of the city, and that has required zero police engagement," Lovell said.

Comment: As protests in Portland have turned into riots, even the elderly are targeted. Two women were splattered with white paint for trying to disrupt demonstrators from attacking a police stations and setting it on fire:

"As officers dispersed the crowd, they were hit with projectiles ranging from glass bottles to heavy rocks. Large rebar ties were thrown into the street with the intention of popping police vehicle tires. Several police vehicles ran over them, which caused damage to tires. While officers dispersed the crowd, several custodies were taken."

Impression management by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler was in high gear:

On their 71st night of demonstrations, another police HQ was attacked as protesters threw rocks and fireworks at officers and used lasers to obscure police vision - including shining it into a police helicopter. The Penumbra Kelly Building that housed Multimomah County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau came under attack:

The latest actions were violent enough to finally force the mayor to call 'Wednesday's Assembly' not peaceful. His concern was Trump might appropriate it as 'a prop for his reelection campaign':
Trump addressed the ongoing protests in Portland during a press conference on Friday, where he said Mayor Wheeler has "surrendered to the mob" and he called the demonstrations "the radical left's agenda in action."


Charting the collapse of marriage and the traditional American Family

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The Joint Economic Committee of Congress has just produced an important new study titled "The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home."

The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened.
  • In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married. By 2019, this was down to 42%.
  • In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%.
  • In the 1960s, less than 1% of couples living together were not married. Today, it is over 12%.
  • And the percentage of births to unmarried women has risen from 5% in 1960 to 40% in 2018.
  • In 1970, 85% of children lived with two parents. By 2019, this was down to 70%.
The relevant questions are: Why should the collapse of marriage in the United States concern us? And why is this happening?



Portland antifa and black bloc set fire to police union office, attack officers with lasers

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Security cameras capture rioters setting fire to the police union office in Portland, OR.
Violence continued in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night into Sunday morning as a "peaceful protest" once again became a riot, with activists blockading streets, setting fire to the police union offices, and attacking local police.

According to a press statement by the Portland Police Department, several protests had been peaceful on Saturday until a march Saturday evening blocked traffic illegally outside the offices of the Portland Police Association, the local police union. "People within the crowd committed crimes when they erected a fence, pushed dumpsters into the street to block traffic, set a dumpster on fire, vandalized the PPA office with spray paint, and destroyed security cameras," police said.