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Iraq: 560 killed in anti-gov protests since October

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Iraqi protester Basra, Iraq
The Iraqi government on Thursday said that 560 people were killed in the mass popular protests across the country against the former government led by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Anadolu Agency reports.

Hisham Dawood, the advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, in a news conference, said:
"The tally of martyrs since the outbreak of the protests in October has reached almost 560 including civilians and military personnel...The demonstrations were accompanied by unjustified violence against the demonstrators."
Dawood said that the Iraqi government has formed a fact-finding committee to reveal the perpetrators and those involved in violence against the demonstrators. He also added that the government is "seeking to put an end to the kidnapping cases and the enforced disappearances"..."stressing that the government's goal is 'a prestigious state of law'."

The advisor, however, did not refer to the number of injured people during the demonstrations.

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Charles Barkley says 'don't kneel' and Twitter erupts, proving black people aren't allowed to think independently

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Charles Barkley
Basketball legend Charles Barkley provoked the wrath of the mob by saying that players shouldn't feel they have to kneel at games. It appears that if you don't fall in line with collective thought, you lose your 'black card'.

Charles Barkley has long been an outspoken figure in American sports. Since he's retired from playing basketball, he's worked as a commentator and isn't shy about telling people how he feels about things. He's no stranger to controversy, in a sense. However, recently he committed one of the cardinal sins of the Church of Woke by saying it wasn't necessary to kneel in protest at a basketball game.

And immediately, woke Twitter took Barkley to task. One user said Barkley was "speaking for his white golf buddies." Another simply told him to shut the eff up. It seems that Charles Barkley is not allowed to have an opinion when it comes to the sport that he loves. He was even accused of supporting police brutality (when he did nothing of the sort).

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'Peaceful' Portland protesters burn Bible & flag, 24 hours after torching pig's head in cop hat

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Demonstrators in Portland set Bibles and US flags on fire amid protests that have spanned nearly 2 months. The day before, protesters torched a pig's head with police clothing, though they still claim their movement is peaceful.

Footage published by RT's Ruptly video agency shows a group of protesters on Friday night gathered around a burning Bible, with several individuals mockingly warming their hands around the fire. Laughter and shouts of "F**k Trump" can be heard in the background.

US flags were also burned by the protesters, who were seen crowding around the fire and taking photographs.


Health

The Age of the Tiktok Nurse

"[A woman] is usually a success as a sick-nurse, for that profession requires ingenuity, quick comprehension, courage in the face of novel and disconcerting situations, and above all, a capacity for penetrating and dominating character."
- HL Mencken, In Defense of Women
"She never sleeps, the TikTok nurse. She is dancing, dancing. She says she will never die."
- Twitter
The Red Cross of Comfort, John Morton-Sale, c. 1919

The Red Cross of Comfort, John Morton-Sale, c. 1919
There is a long beep emitting from my patient's alarm. It is the sound that accompanies the end of a life in the ICU - the patient's heart has ceased to beat, and a long flat green line appears on the monitor beside his bed. "ASYSTOLE, ASYSTOLE" the monitor screams. This is usually cue for everyone to run into the room, ready to pound on the patient's chest and pump him full of drugs necessary to restart his heart. In certain cases, however, the patient has been deemed what's called a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), which means we allow the patient to die naturally (as naturally as one can die lying in a sterile hospital bed hooked up to monitors and punctured with endless tubes).

Such is the case with my patient tonight. He is 85 years old, dying of pneumonia related to the coronavirus. His family has prudently decided not to inflict torture on his elderly, frail body, and has made him a DNR. It is 11:23, and he has just died.

Despite having nearly 10 years under my belt as an ICU nurse, this is my first night in this particular ICU as a travel nurse. I am unfamiliar with the location of certain supplies, and the postmortem paperwork. But caring for a dead body is the same as in any ICU - remove the IV catheters and tubes, wash the body, place him on fresh sheets, and transport him down to the morgue. I begin to wash his body. It is still warm. I place some gauze inside his mouth, and gently wrap a ribbon around his head and tie it under his chin, so as to keep his mouth from gaping open.

In the background, I hear music. It is loud pop music blasting from the nursing station. I can see through my patient door's window. A nurse has her hands on the desk and is thrusting her buttocks back and forth. Another is spinning in a chair next to her. Two more are standing by doubled over in laughter.

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China-backed hackers deny targeting vaccine developer Moderna

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The US justice department made public an indictment of two Chinese nationals that 'conducted reconnaissance' against biotech firm.

Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna, a US-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, in a bid to steal data, according to a US security official tracking Chinese hacking.

China, on Friday, rejected the accusation that hackers linked to it had targeted Moderna.

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Lockdown farce to continue in England's North-West, 'confused' Health Secretary faces backlash

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A sign seen outside a bar as the area faces local restrictions in a bid to avoid a local Covid-19 lockdown, in Manchester, Britain, July 31, 2020.
Boris Johnson has scrapped a series of lockdown-easing measures which had been planned for this weekend amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus.

The changes, which were due to come in to effect from Saturday, would have seen facilities such as bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks welcome back customers in England - but these have now been delayed.

Indoor performances, weddings of parties up to 30, and pilots of outdoor sports events with spectators - which were also all planned to go ahead from 1 August - are all postponed until 15 August.

Boris Johnson made the announcement on Friday.

Comment: RT reports on the growing resentment over the illogical and contradictory advice:
New Covid-19 lockdown rules in North West England 'crystal clear,' UK health minister says. Mess & 's**t show,' people reply

UK Health Sec. Matt Hancock is facing a furious backlash after claiming new guidance rushed out by the UK government on Thursday night regarding lockdown rules for some areas of North West England, were "absolutely crystal clear."

During an interview with Sky News on Friday, Hancock defended the government's rushed late night announcement in relation to restrictions being imposed on parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire in response to spikes in cases of coronavirus.

Hancock rejected claims the new guidance was confusing, insisting they were "crystal clear," and designed to cause as little disruption as possible. He said the rules had been put in place to cut transmission of the deadly disease from household to household.

The ban - which took effect from midnight at three hours' notice - restricts the mixing of two known households or more in all indoor settings, be they homes or social spaces like pubs, cafes, restaurants. However people in the affected areas will still be allowed to mix with strangers in these venues - and even go on holiday with another household.

UK media reported that some local public health directors didn't know about the new guidance until Hancock made an announcement in a short video clip after 9pm BST on Thursday.

The government eventually published the guidance at 22 minutes past midnight. Notably, while people will be handed a £100 fine for breaking the rules, the law to enforce this doesn't yet exist.

Chaos reigned for people in the affected regions of the North West with accusations of mixed messages and nonsensical new rules, which spilled over into Friday morning. Many people on Twitter have taken issue with who households can and cannot interact with and where.

One commenter tweeted: "So you can't go round to each other's house anymore.. but you can all meet up at the pub and go on holiday together."

Another person suggested that the new guidance was all about safeguarding "profits" made by business to the detriment of families socialising.



Others branded the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis as a "s**t show," urging British PM Boris Johnson's administration to focus on the ultimate fix, such as improving their much maligned Covid-19 test and trace system.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham - who is responsible for one of the affected regions - told Sky News that he supported the restrictions to stop people dying of coronavirus.

However, in what was perhaps a veiled dig at Hancock, he said UK ministers had "a habit of saying something and then it being a few hours until the detail emerges."
Even a BBC interviewer couldn't avoid but point out that even the Health Minister sounded confused:


See also: UK: Three times more people dying of flu than coronavirus


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UK: Three times more people dying of flu than coronavirus

UK hospital
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New ONS figures show 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered for the week ending on July 10, compared to 366 Covid-19 deaths
Nearly three times as many people are now dying of flu and pneumonia than with coronavirus in England and Wales, new figures have revealed. Numbers published by the Office For National Statistics show 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered for the week ending on July 10.

In comparison, 366 people died that week after testing positive for Covid-19 - the lowest number of deaths involving the virus in the last 16 weeks and a 31.2% decrease compared with the previous week, which saw 532 deaths.

Overall, the number of deaths registered in the same week was 6.1% (560 deaths) below the five-year average - the fourth consecutive week it has been below average.

Comment: The lockdown has led to unprecedented death and incalculable destruction to the economy, and their claims that it was because of the dangers of the coronavirus, by their own admission, does not hold water; so it begs the question, what is the real motivation behind the lockdowns? And check out SOTT radio's:


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Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

former KKK leader david duke

Former leader of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke leaves the Louisiana Secretary of State's office after filing to run as a Republican for United States Senate in Baton Rouge.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media site's rules against hate speech.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in a statement to The Hill on Friday that Duke's account was "permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct."

It was not immediately clear if a specific tweet or post caused Duke to be removed from the site. Twitter's ban on hateful conduct prohibits users from promoting violent behavior or threatening people based on religious affiliation, race, ethnic origin and more.

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USA

NBA: Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac is first player not to kneel for anthem since restart

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Jonathan Isaac stands for the national anthem before the Orlando Magic's victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player not to kneel during the national anthem since the league resumed on Thursday.

Later on Friday San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon also stood.

On Thursday all players from the four teams in action all knelt during the pre-match anthem.

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Arrow Up

As Europe masks up, the Netherlands dithers

Kalverstraat Amsterdam
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Tourists walk at Kalverstraat, a shopping street in Amsterdam on July 25, 2020
The Dutch government is unyielding on masks.

While Europeans almost everywhere else have been required to wear masks in public places to stop the spread of the coronavirus, they're considered an annoyance in the Netherlands.

"From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks, so we decided not to impose a national obligation," said Dutch Medical Care Minister Tamara van Ark late Wednesday, after a meeting with health experts and mayors.

The meeting comes after the mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam called last week for a compulsory mask rule in some busy areas, following a recent rise in the number of infections in those cities.

Van Ark said that cities are free to "experiment with a toolbox of measures," including mandatory masks, if deemed necessary.

The Dutch announcement stands in stark contrast to the growing consensus across Europe that masks should be worn in places where social distancing is difficult. Last week, Belgium announced plans to mandate face masks in more public places, and in England they have become compulsory in shops.

Comment: See also: "No proven effectiveness": Dutch government will NOT force public to wear masks - Minister for Medical care