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BLM group discloses $90M in donations last year - but angry local chapters say they are not being given any of it

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BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, pictured, said the foundation is focused on a 'need to reinvest into black communities'
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has revealed its finances for the first time, noting that the group raked in $90million in donations last year.

The nonprofit has shared its financial snapshot exclusively with The Associated Press amid accusations from local chapters that they are not being given any of the money.

But the fight is far from over for the foundation, widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement, with only one BLM group in Denver having signed a multi-year agreement with the national association to receive funds.

The foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes.

'We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,' reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it.

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Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

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Israeli vaccination program underway
Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.

The measure, which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, gives local governments, the director general of the education ministry and some in the welfare ministry the right to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated citizens.

The objective of the measure -- valid for three months or until the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over -- is "to enable these bodies to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them", a parliament statement said.

Comment: This is not a simple statement.

Israel, a country of nine million people, has administered the two recommended jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus to roughly a third of its population.

Comment: "Is privacy more important than life itself?" Those who 'see' would say so!

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California Collapsing

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Bidwell Bar Bridge • Bear Fire • Oroville, CA • September 9, 2020
California now fulfills Fyodor Dostoyevsky's nightmare vision in his prophetic masterpiece "The Possessed" as to what unlimited liberalism must inevitably create - if not stopped in its tracks and rolled back.

Where California goes today, the rest of the United States and much of the Western world goes tomorrow. But what we are now seeing in America's most populous state is the complete internal collapse of the entire liberal progressive civilization and the society that has most frantically tried to fulfill it

For well over a hundred years, California, the self-styled "Golden State" has trail-blazed the future of America especially through the two famously American industries of aerospace and motion pictures. Telecommunications, computers and Artificial Intelligence are now led from Silicon Valley and the state has dominated the national politics of the United States too.

Comment: The collapse of society won't magically stop at the California border. What we think and do matters on a scale barely imaginable.

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More than 700 migrant children currently in Border Patrol custody

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Drawings by migrant children
Border Patrol officials are holding more than 700 children who entered the U.S. unaccompanied, according to Axios, citing an internal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) document.

The document indicates that more than 200 of the children in question have been held in Border Patrol facilities for over 48 hours, while nine have been detained for over 72 hours, the limit agreed to under the Flores Settlement Agreement.

On Tuesday alone, more than 400 migrant children were referred to Department of Health and Human Services-run shelters, according to Axios, citing an administration official. At the height of the 2019 border crisis, the 30-day average was 294.

Detention of children and family separation under the Trump administration was a rallying cry for Democrats during the 2020 election. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has pushed back on the suggestion that the Biden administration's handling of unaccompanied minors is comparable. There have been no reports of family separations under the Biden administration.
"We have a couple of options: We can send them back home. ... We can quickly transfer them from CPB to these [Department of Health and Human Services]-run facilities. ... We can put them with families and sponsors without any vetting," Psaki said. "We've chosen the middle option."

Comment: There is no 'up' side to this situation for the migrants, nor the US.


Rat sightings on the rise in London due to lockdown

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Rat catchers have said that said business in booming, with a 33% increase in turnover during the pandemic for one firm.

Rat sightings across London have soared during the pandemic, new data from the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) suggests.

In the first lockdown last spring, 51% of BPCA members reported a rise in rodent activity. By October, 78% of pest controllers were reporting more sightings.

Recent figures from pest.co.uk also show there were 30 million more rats in the country in 2020 than in 2019.

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How long will it last? India, Pakistan agree to follow all ceasefire pacts

India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors, according to a joint statement on Thursday.

The decision on ceasefire, effective since Wednesday midnight, was taken at a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan.

The DGMOs held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a "free, frank and cordial atmosphere".

Behind India-Pak breakthrough, months of secret back channel talks led by Doval

The joint statement issued by India and Pakistan on Thursday on the ceasefire agreement between their top military commanders may have surprised many but it comes months after National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and his counterpart in Islamabad initiated back-channel conversations to ensure peace along the tense border, people aware of the matter said on condition of anonymity.

NSA Doval and Moeed W Yusuf, Prime Minister Imran Khan's special assistant on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning, have been in touch directly and via interlocutors from the intelligence community, one of these people confirmed.

The joint statement is the first outcome of these conversations that included at least one face-to-face meeting in a third country, the person cited above said, without naming the location
Late on Thursday evening, however, Yusuf tried to distance himself from the talks in a series of tweets. "No such talks have taken place between me and Mr. Doval...The welcome development on the LoC is a result of discussions through the established channel of DGMOs," he said.
To be sure, this is not the first time that the two top army officers have agreed to hold peace along the border. They signed off on a similar pact in 2018 when they pledged to strictly adhere to the terms of the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit. That wasn't to be, though. Officials said Thursday's joint statement could be the first of the many steps that the two countries take over the next few months to normalise relations, one step at a time.

National security planners said there were five developments over the last month or so that indicated a nuanced shift.


Is the "variant" being used to scare people into getting vaccinated??

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In a recent front-page article, the New York Times reported that the new mutated version of the Coronavirus was likely to be more contagious or lethal than the original infection. According to the Times, this new iteration of the infection could resist conventional treatments and force lockdown nations to extend the timeline for lifting restrictions. But given that "daily Covid infections have declined by 77 percent since January" and the virus appears to be 'on its way out', the report in the Times seems particularly suspicious. Is this new mutation, called the "variant", really as deadly as it's cracked up to be or is the media conjuring up another Covid hobgoblin to scare the public into getting vaccinated? Check out this excerpt from the article:
"British government scientists are increasingly finding the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain to be linked to a higher risk of death than other versions of the virus, a devastating trend that highlights the serious risks and considerable uncertainties of this new phase of the pandemic.

The scientists said last month that there was a "realistic possibility" that the variant was not only more contagious than others, but also more lethal. Now, they say in a new document that it is "likely" that the variant is linked to an increased risk of hospitalization and death....

The reasons for an elevated death rate are not entirely clear. Some evidence suggests that people infected with the variant may have higher viral loads, a feature that could not only make the virus more contagious but also potentially undermine the effectiveness of certain treatments.

But scientists are also trying to understand how much of the increased risk of death may stem from the propensity of the variant to spread very easily through settings like nursing homes, where people are already vulnerable.

No matter the explanation, scientific advisers to the British government said on Saturday, the new findings laid bare the dangers of countries easing restrictions as the variant takes hold." ("Covid-19: U.K.-Based Variant Is Probably More Lethal, Scientists Say", New York Times)

Comment: The Covid-19 perception managers need to keep the fear alive somehow, but some are already calling BS on this new strain of propaganda:

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Conservative host Steven Crowder posts about his investigation into voter fraud claims, gets blocked, challenges Twitter to disprove his findings

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BlazeTV host Steven Crowder had his Twitter account restricted after posting about a video investigative piece claiming numerous voter addresses in the 2020 presidential election were faked.

"DOZENS of voter names, addresses, and pictures proving they don't exist. Period. Today I'm tired of this s**t. Mass voter fraud is real and I can prove it," Crowder tweeted on Tuesday.

Twitter quickly restricted the tweet and did not allow anyone to like, retweet, or respond to it "due to a risk of violence." Twitter also temporarily locked Crowder's account for violating its rules on spreading misinformation, which the pundit revealed on Wednesday.

Comment: The full 'Louder with Crowder' episode:

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Ex-Capitol Police Chief: Intel indicated Antifa, Proud Boys, other groups would join on Jan. 6

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A Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard behind a crowd control fence surrounding Capitol Hill a day after a group broke into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 7, 2021.
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said that a pre-Jan. 6 intelligence assessment suggested that Antifa, Proud Boys, and extremist groups would partake in the Jan. 6 event in Washington.

"The assessment indicated that members of the Proud Boys, white supremacist groups, Antifa, and other extremist groups were expected to participate in the January 6th event and that they may be inclined to become violent," Sund said in a written statement (pdf) to the Senate.

It added that an "intelligence assessment indicated that the January 6th protests/rallies were 'expected to be similar to the previous Million MAGA March rallies in November and December 2020, which drew tens of thousands of participants," adding that faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders' failure to anticipate the riots.

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Covid fines surge in England and Wales as police adopt hardline approach

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Police officers on patrol in Liverpool.
About 40% of all fines handed out by police for breaches of Covid-19 laws since the start of the pandemic in England and Wales were issued in the most recent four-week period as police adopted a more hardline approach and "fatigue" with the rules set in.

A total of 68,952 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued by forces, including 63,201 in England and 5,751 in Wales, between 27 March last year and 14 February, data published by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) revealed.

The NPCC said 26,277 were issued between 17 January and 14 February, 40% of the total since the pandemic began.

The NPCC chairman, Martin Hewitt, told reporters the surge in fines was a mix of tougher enforcement, targeted policing and weariness with the restrictions.

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