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Texas GOP's voting integrity bill passes key House vote

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© Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman
Aerial view of the Texas State Capitol
The Texas House passed the bill at 3 a.m. Friday after hours of debate.

The GOP-led Texas House early Friday morning advanced an election-reform bill that if enacted would tighten rules on drive-thru, mail-in and other forms of balloting.

The measure still must pass another House vote, expected before Saturday, then return to the Senate for a final vote before reaching the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, according to The Texas Tribune.

The Republican governor has signaled his support of the bill.

The House vote Friday occurred at 3 a.m., after hours of debate and passed along party lines, 81-64.

The bill, if enacted, would also impact early and extended-hours voting.

"I made election integrity an emergency item this session to help ensure every eligible voter gets to vote and only eligible ballots are counted," said Abbott, according to The Associated Press.


Disabled white farmer sues Biden admin over 'racist' COVID relief plan

Adam Faust
© Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
Adam Faust owns Faust Farms in Chilton, Wisconsin.
A disabled Wisconsin dairy farmer is suing the Biden administration over a COVID-19 loan forgiveness program - alleging it is racist because whites aren't eligible.

Adam Faust, a white resident of Chilton who has two prosthetic legs, is among five Midwestern farmers who recently filed a lawsuit in Green Bay that accuses the federal government of violating their constitutional rights, WLUK reported.

"Were plaintiffs eligible for the loan forgiveness benefit, they would have the opportunity to make additional investments in their property, expand their farms, purchase equipment and supplies, and otherwise support their families and local communities," the lawsuit states.


Twitter quickly suspends Trump's new 'From the Desk Of' account

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That didn't take long.

On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump, banned from Twitter shortly after the Capitol riot, revealed his new website, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump." An account called @DJTDesk " emerged on the social media site shortly after," the New York Post reported.

"By Wednesday evening, though, Twitter had suspended the account," the paper said.

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Donald Trump has released a statement calling social media companies like Facebook and Twitter a "total disgrace" to the country, following the former upholding a ban on the ex-president.

"What Facebook, Twitter, Google have done is a total disgrace and embarrassment to our country," Trump wrote. "Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth."

Trump went on to call for "corrupt social media companies" to "pay a political price" and "never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process."



Rio de Janeiro: At least 25 killed in city's deadliest police raid on favela

rio de janeiro raid
© REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Policemen stand in position during an operation against drug dealers in Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 6, 2021. At least 25 people, including a police officer, were killed in a shootout on Thursday during an operation against drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro's Jacarezinho slum, police said.
At least 25 people have been killed after heavily armed police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro's largest favelas in pursuit of drug traffickers, in what was the deadliest raid in the city's history.

About 200 members of Rio's civil police launched their incursion into Jacarezinho in the early hours of Thursday, sprinting into the vast redbrick community as a bullet-proof helicopter circled overhead with snipers poised on each side. By lunchtime at least 25 people were reported dead, among them André Frias, a drug squad officer who was shot in the head. Police and local media described the other victims as "suspects" but offered no immediate evidence for that claim.

Photographs and videos taken by residents and shared with the Guardian showed bloodied corpses splayed out in the favela's narrow alleyways and beside the heavily polluted river from which Jacarezinho takes its name. The lifeless body of one young man had been propped up on a purple plastic garden chair, with one finger placed inside his mouth.



California schools launch segregated student 'support circles' after Chauvin verdict, apologize for offering them to white kids

floyd mural
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Schools in Piedmont, California offered "support circles" for students after the verdict in the murder trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, though officials have since apologized for giving this service to white kids too.

Piedmont schools offered these "restorative support circles" based on race, according to emails obtained by SFGate.

"We are offering a restorative community circle to support White students who would like to discuss how the trial, verdict, and experiences related to the George Floyd murder are impacting you," Cheryl Wozniak, the assistant superintendent of educational services at Piedmont Unified School District, said in an email reportedly sent to students and staff at Millennium and Piedmont high schools last month.

Comment: God forbid white students be offered any kind of counseling service. They've got their privilege to protect them.


Security law: Hong Kong police cordon off pro-democracy clothing store two days after opening

© Chickeeduck, via Facebook.
Chickeeduck shop in Tsuen Wan cordoned off by police on May 6, 2021.
Officers said to be from the national security unit interview the owner of the the new Chickeeduck branch.

Hong Kong police said to be from the national security unit cordoned off a clothing store which carried pro-democracy messages and items on Thursday, just two days after the premises had opened for business.

The Chickeeduck branch in Tsuen Wan was closed down by police on Thursday afternoon. A staff member told HKFP that the owner, Herbert Chow, was questioned by officers inside the store.



South Salt Lake City school board shuts down parents during meeting and escape out back door after refusing to listen to demands

Students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in South Salt Lake
© Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in South Salt Lake wear masks as the get on a bus to go home after their first day of school on Aug. 24, 2020.
School boards are where mini-dictators are grown. Thus the latest exhibit comes from South Salt Lake, Utah and the Granite School District Board of Education meeting.

The board was going to hear proposals of removing the mask mandate for K-12 students. However, they would only allow one parent to speak during "citizen participation time", a control method for keeping the pesky proles from expressing their opinion of board policy.

After the board allowed a mask advocate from the state to speak, the School board said that's it, no more discussion. Parents became infuriated, things got ugly [VIDEO Below]. The board ended the meeting and escaped out the back-door of the building.

Comment: The parent rebellion continues.

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Biological male weightlifter who identifies as female and competes against women poised to become first transgender Olympian

Laurel Hubbard
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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard — a biological male who identifies as female and has competed against women for several years — is poised to become the first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, Inside the Games reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said the New Zealander has been "effectively guaranteed a place at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the approval of an amended qualifying system by the International Olympic Committee."

Since so many Olympic-qualifying competitions had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOC devised a new system reducing the number of competition performances needed for qualification, Inside the Games said.

Hubbard's best qualifying total is 285 kilograms, the outlet said — which is a bit over 628 pounds — and that puts the weightlifter "very much in the reckoning for a place on the podium in the women's super-heavyweights in Tokyo."

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Nightmare on Zuckerberg Street? Facebook wants to make sure you have the right friends with hyperlocal 'Neighborhoods' feature

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The multi-billion-dollar social media platform Facebook has announced the debut of a new super-local feature called "Neighborhoods," aimed at challenging hyperlocal social media networks like Nextdoor and "making new friends."

Rather than simply alerting friends halfway around the world to what their internet pen pals are doing, Facebook has vowed to inform nearby users via a new and improved algorithm if it thinks the pair might be compatible - a semi-creepy feature that could either cement actual friendships or foment algorithmic stalking.

However, product manager Reid Patton insists the new Facebook Neighborhoods will please the users by giving them extra information about their friends - in this case notifying the user exactly how the suggested friend might integrate into their inner friend circle.

Comment: With each new 'feature' Big Tech rolls out, we inch closer and closer to our very own "social credit system". And with Facebook, Google, Amazon and the like at the helm, it's likely not going to go well for the rest of us.


Southwest reportedly kicks family off flight over fears boy, 3, would remove mask

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Orion, 3, has a sensory processing disorder that his family believed may have made it difficult for him to keep his mask on the entire flight.
Southwest Airlines reportedly booted a family with a disabled toddler off a flight — over fears the child would remove his face mask, which he was wearing at the time.

Caroline Scott, of Northglenn, Colorado, advised the airline about 3-year-old Orion's sensory processing disorder before their flight to Florida on Friday, KDVR reported.

She also provided a note from Orion's doctor and an occupational therapist amid fears that he might have trouble keeping the mask on for the whole flight to Fort Lauderdale, according to the outlet.

The family said the boy was buckled in his seat and had his mask on when a Southwest employee suddenly ordered them off the plane at the captain's request.

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