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The problem of false positives from Covid-19 tests means UK is inflating its numbers - and taking wrong decisions

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A drive-through coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility in Hyde Park, London, Britain
When seven staff at a Scottish football club tested positive for coronavirus, alarm bells went off. But really alarming was when six of those results turned out to be wrong. Such inaccurate tests are exaggerating the problem.

Last weekend, at very short notice, the UK reintroduced quarantine measures for people arriving from Spain. For those already in Spain, or for whom it was too late to postpone their trip, the decision is very inconvenient. For those who can't work at home when they return, it may mean missing out on wages for the two weeks they will have to spend in isolation when they get back. But what if the apparent rise in cases has been exaggerated by seemingly small flaws with testing?

The potential for problems was illustrated by Scottish football team St Mirren last week. The club, based in Paisley, a town just west of Glasgow, reported seven positive test results for Covid-19 among its staff. Alarm bells went off about what this might mean for the new Scottish football season. But this "cluster" was a mirage. When the seven people were re-tested using a more accurate method, just one of them was found to be Covid-positive.

In Spain, half of the reported cases have been in people who had no symptoms. We know that many people who test positive never suffer any symptoms. But what if many of these people don't have Covid-19 at all?

Arrow Up

Number of foreigners granted Russian citizenship doubles after naturalization laws relaxed

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Russian Passport
Russia's move to cut down on bureaucracy for those seeking citizenship seems to have been met with a high demand: in the first half of 2020 alone, about 300,000 people obtained it.

The is more than double the number for the same period in 2019, according to Valentina Kazakova, head of migration at the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs. A total of 500,000 foreigners got citizenship last year.

"In absolute terms, about 300,000 people acquired Russian citizenship in the first half of the year," Kazakova said, in an interview with government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. "Of course, this has been facilitated by this year's changes in legislation."

The increase has also come despite the complicated situation with Covid-19, the official added.

Earlier this summer, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to end the requirement for naturalized citizens to renounce their existing passports, ending a long-standing hurdle for foreigners interested in becoming Russian. Other bureaucratic hurdles were also removed, including the need to prove a source of income.

Eye 2

Chicago, the corrupt, crime-infested murder capital of the US is a glimpse of a dystopian future: Al Capone would be proud

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Black Lives Matter Protesters March in the streets of Chicagoin Chicago, United States, on July 25, 2020
The Windy City is suffering record levels of shootings and homicides, yet its leaders, like all Democrats, are bowing to the mob and seeking to defund the police. It's insanity... but it's all aimed at toppling Trump.

Anything can happen, especially in a presidential election year in America. Democratic Party leadership in America has coordinated a well-organized and funded "resist everything" cabal, designed to terrorize Americans and impact the outcome of the November election. They aim to instil fear of thy neighbor across the country, while destabilizing and diminishing trust in government institutions and law enforcement, all in an attempt to overthrow the federal government.

The pillars of this conspiracy include Democratic Party activists within the judiciary, the US intelligence services and the FBI, as well as politicians, district attorneys, teachers' unions and professors. Rather than respecting the rule of law, these activists have been following the power-drunk dictates of the mob and its mob-rule.

Handcuffs

Austrian court sentences Chechen man on terrorism charges

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Imarat Kavkaz
A court in Vienna has sentenced a 32-year old man from Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya to 10 years in prison for fighting along with militants of the now-defunct group Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz) against Russian federal troops.

The Vienna Criminal Court on July 23 found the man, identified as Adam S., guilty of being a member of a terrorist group between 2008 and 2013 and taking part in preparing an attack against Russian troops.

Adam S. testified that he had joined forces fighting against Russia after he witnessed "atrocities" committed by Russian federal troops in Chechnya, whom the man called "the occupiers."

Book 2

America 'founded on slavery'? Teaching the inaccurate claims of the 1619 Project in US schools is dangerous folly

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US Senator Tom Cotton has introduced a bill to prevent the New York Times' 1619 Project from being taught in American schools that receive federal funds. He's right to do so, as its anti-US propaganda has no place there.

Over the past year, the 1619 Project has been a major talking point with regard to how the United States is looked-at throughout history.

The project, a series of essays from the New York Times Magazine, paints the US as a place that was founded on the basis of slavery. And among some of its more outlandish claims are the ideas that black people have done more for democracy than white people and that capitalism was invented by slavery, as my colleague Igor Ogorodnev discussed last year.

The inaccuracies are one galling element of this. What is equally disturbing is that there are people who think this should be taught in schools. Some have already updated their curricula to include it.

Now Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton has introduced a bill called the Saving American History Act, which would strip federal funding from any school that has it in the curriculum.

Fire

Radio host mocked Trump by saying Seattle protests were peaceful, then rioters torched his apartment building

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Seattle radio host and Twitter-based criminal defense advocate Paul Gallant "dunked" on President Donald Trump last month by denying that the riots are violent, then the radio host was scored on by rioters who set fire to his apartment. Now he's taking up arms.
A Seattle radio host believed that the protests in Seattle were peaceful. That was up until rioters attempted to burn down his apartment building.

Last month, ESPN radio host Paul Gallant replied to President Donald Trump on Twitter. The president was criticizing Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) for allowing "the anarchists takeover of her city." President Trump razzed Durkan over her comments that made light of riots in Seattle, especially when she called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone a "block party" and said it would be a "summer of love," a remark she later admitted she regretted uttering.

"The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death," Trump tweeted. "Must end this Seattle takeover now!"

Gallant assured the president that he didn't see "burning, pillaging, or deaths." The radio host then instructed President Trump to "Chill dawg."


Comment: A microcosm of every violent revolution: tacit or explicit support followed by a swift change of heart once you realize the revolution is not on your side.

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Attention

Woman caught on video macing couple for not wearing masks at dog park

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A screenshot shows the woman macing Jarett Kelley
A woman allegedly Maced a California couple for not wearing masks while eating at a dog park — a disturbing incident caught on videotape.

The injured pair, Ash O'Brien and hubby Jarrett Kelley, said the lady, who was wearing a black mask, ambushed them with a can of the burning substance after ripping them for not donning face coverings and eating at the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park in Ocean Beach outside San Diego on Thursday afternoon.

First she "automatically started saying stuff about us not wearing a mask when we were social distancing — there was no one near us," O'Brien told the local ABC-TV affiliate.

O'Brien said the lady also took them to task for eating at a picnic table at the park while they were there with their 3-month-old puppy, claiming it was against the rules.

"If we knew there was a no-food policy, we wouldn't have brought it into the park," O'Brien told the TV station.

The angry woman soon stalked off — only to come back a few minutes later and attack them, O'Brien said.

"She just came up without saying anything and just stuck the Mace can right in front of my face," O'Brien said. "My husband, being a good guy, walked in front of her and was like, 'Hey, calm down please don't do this' — and then she grabbed him and just starting macing him. She used the entire can on him.

Ambulance

Armed protester shot, killed by driver in Austin identified, alleged shooter released from custody

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A screenshot shows a man, believed to be Garrett Foster, at a protest in Austin, Texas on July 25, 2020
Police have identified an armed protester who was shot and killed by a person who had driven into a crowd at a demonstration against police violence in the Texas capital.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Garrett Foster, 28, was shot and killed Saturday night as demonstrators marched through downtown Austin.

Manley said the driver called 911 and reported the incident.

That person was taken into custody but later released. The driver's name wasn't immediately released.

Police are investigating what occurred between Foster, who they said was carrying an AK-47-style rifle during the protest, and the driver.

Manley said officers heard "two separate volleys of gunfire" and made their way to the crowd where they found Foster suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Foster was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.


Bad Guys

Coronavirus could be 'here forever' with constant need for vaccinations, says top fear-mongering scientist

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One of the world's leading immunologists has warned MPs that Covid-19 could be "here forever".

Sir John Bell, a distinguished scientist and regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, said that the pathogen underpinning the novel virus may never be eliminated.

Giving evidence at a session of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee, Sir John, 68, added that any potential coronavirus vaccine "is unlikely to have a durable effect that'll last for a very long time".

"So we're going to have to have a continual cycle of vaccinations and then more disease, and more vaccinations and more disease." Sir John told the Committee, chaired by former health secretary and Tory MP Jeremy Hunt.

Sir John, knighted for his services to medicine in 2008, used polio as an example of how difficult it can be to completely suppress a disease.

Comment: Brilliant! Let's make rushed vaccines that become obsolete for a virus that both easily mutates and has an infinitesimally low mortality rate even using inflated statistics. Surely, that will help us through the pandemic that has only ever existed in peoples' deluded nightmare that they mistake as reality.


Wolf

Pedophile Antifa militant arrested for stabbing black Trump supporter in Portland

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Antifa militant and convicted pedophile Blake David Hampe was arrested in the early hours of Saturday following his alleged stabbing of a black Trump supporter in Portland.
Antifa militant and convicted pedophile Blake David Hampe was arrested in the early hours of Saturday following his alleged stabbing of a black Trump supporter in Portland.

The Trump supporter and conservative, who goes by the name Black Rebel on social media, posted several updates to his condition from the ambulance and hospital. In the Periscope livestream, he alleged that Hampe had stalked him and his group of friends for several blocks in Portland before stabbing him.

Black Rebel stated that Antifa militants doxed his identity and posted his location on social media and advised each other to "watch out" for him.

"That knife was long enough. He stabbed me to kill me," said Black Rebel, who says that he spotted Hampe, who was part of a group of Antifa following his group of friends for several blocks before he approached Hampe to ask why he was following them.

Comment: The incident was caught by Black Rebel's cameraman.