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Who Inflicts The Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government And Its Police Forces

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"It is often the case that police shootings, incidents where law enforcement officers pull the trigger on civilians, are left out of the conversation on gun violence. But a police officer shooting a civilian counts as gun violence. Every time an officer uses a gun against an innocent or an unarmed person contributes to the culture of gun violence in this country." — Journalist Celisa Calacal
Yes, gun violence is a problem in America, although violent crime generally remains at an all-time low.

Yes, mass shootings are a problem in America, although while they are getting deadlier, they are not getting more frequent.

Yes, mentally ill individuals embarking on mass shooting sprees are a problem in America.

However, tighter gun control laws and so-called "intelligent" background checks fail to protect the public from the most egregious perpetrator of gun violence in America: the U.S. government.

Consider that five years after police shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been no relief from the government's gun violence.

Here's what we've learned about the government's gun violence since Ferguson, according to The Washington Post: If you're a black American, you've got a greater chance of being shot by police. If you're an unarmed black man, you're four times more likely to be killed by police than an unarmed white man. Most people killed by police are young men. Since 2015, police have shot and killed an average of 3 people per day. More than 2,500 police departments have shot and killed at least one person since 2015. And while the vast majority of people shot and killed by police are armed, their weapons ranged from guns to knives to toy guns.

Clearly, the U.S. government is not making America any safer.

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People 2

After El Paso and Dayton, the left needs to reach out to men, not condemn them

Patrick Crusius El Paso shooting suspect
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‘It isn’t about sympathy or excuses, it is about identifying patterns and breaking them.’ Patrick Crusius, El Paso shooting suspect, pictured after his arrest.
A lot of young men seem to be lost and disenfranchised, but only the likes of Jordan Peterson are engaging with them

A horrific act of violence takes several innocent lives, a frantic live-stream details the events, terrifying mobile footage spreads rapidly online. Then come the tweets of condemnation from world leaders, followed by an onslaught of outrage split down partisan lines.

The way that shootings, or suicide bombings, or knife attacks are politicised depending on the backgrounds of the perpetrators and the victims shows how successful these acts are in deepening the divisions in society. And that is one of the intentions that the perpetrators share, no matter their race or politics.

Comment: It's rather stunning that a lefty rag like the Guardian is actually printing something positive about Jordan Peterson. Could it be that they're seeing beyond their partisan politics and actually listening?

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Sherlock

Knife attack by man screaming "Allahu akbar" in Sydney, Australia - UPDATE: Woman's body found in apartment near to attack

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Australian police and witnesses said a knife-wielding man yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," attempted to stab several people in downtown Sydney on Tuesday before being arrested. At least one woman was brought to a hospital.

Police said later that "all the evidence points to" a man with mental health issues lashing out, but they would not rule out any potential motives as the investigation was still at an early stage. Given the information they had, however, they said the incident was not being classed as terrorism and that the suspect was believed to have acted alone.

Witnesses say the man, wielding a long knife, tried to stab multiple people near a busy intersection. New South Wales state police said in a statement that the man was caught and the woman was in stable condition.

Comment: More footage and reporting from the incident:



RT provides more detail on the woman's body that was found and how it's likely to be linked to the two other women that were attack that day:
Police found a woman's body inside an apartment complex in Australia's most populous city. Her death is said to be "linked" to the stabbing attack during which the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" before being arrested.

The woman's body was discovered with a slit throat, police confirmed to multiple news outlets. It happened hours after a man armed with a knife went on a rampage in Sydney, injuring two female bystanders. Police believe the body is "linked" to this incident.

The suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "shoot me" before a group of locals subdued and pinned him to the ground. He was then arrested and is now in custody.

One of the victims was hospitalized after she was stabbed in the back. Her condition is said to be stable. Another later came to the police station after being slashed in the hand.

The body was found inside the building on Clarence Street, which is not far from where the stabbing attack occurred.

According to multiple news outlets, the suspect is Mert Nay, a resident of one of Sydney's suburbs. The police are said to be searching his house.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the attack "deeply concerning" and said the suspect's motive "has not yet been determined" by police.



Stock Down

Middle class death spiral: Consumers have never been in more debt, and bankruptcies are surging

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This wasn't supposed to happen. During the relative economic stability of the past few years, the middle class was supposed to experience a resurgence, but instead it has just continued to be hollowed out. The cost of living has risen much faster than wages have, and as a result hard working families all over America are being stretched financially like never before. Even though most of us are working, 59 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck, and almost 50 million Americans are living in poverty. In a desperate attempt to continue their middle class lifestyles, many Americans have been piling up mountains of debt, and it has gotten to the point where we have a major crisis on our hands.

According to the New York Post, the total amount of debt that U.S. households have accumulated is about to cross the 14 trillion dollar mark for the first time ever...
Meanwhile, record American household debt, near $14 trillion including mortgages and student loans, is some $1 trillion higher than during the Great Recession of 2008. Credit card debt of $1 trillion also exceeds the 2008 peak.

Americans are spending heavily, again — and often recklessly, say analysts.
This is the exact opposite of what U.S. consumers should be doing. We can see signs of a fresh economic slowdown all around us, and consumers should be feverishly trying to get out of debt as fast as they can.

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Headphones

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio chats

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Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work.

The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained -- only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They're hearing Facebook users' conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.

Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users' audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. "Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago," the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook's Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. The contractors were checking whether Facebook's artificial intelligence correctly interpreted the messages, which were anonymized.

Big tech companies including Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. have come under fire for collecting audio snippets from consumer computing devices and subjecting those clips to human review, a practice that critics say invades privacy. Bloomberg first reported in April that Amazon had a team of thousands of workers around the world listening to Alexa audio requests with the goal of improving the software, and that similar human review was used for Apple's Siri and Alphabet Inc.'s Google Assistant. Apple and Google have since said they no longer engage in the practice and Amazon said it will let users opt out of human review.

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Alarm Clock

Argentina in major financial crisis as stock market plunges 48% in one day

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We are watching a complete and utter financial meltdown unfold in Argentina, and many are concerned that the panic could start spreading elsewhere. When you go into way too much debt and you just keep devaluing your currency, this sort of thing is inevitably going to happen, and this is why I am endlessly criticizing the path that the United States is currently on. If we do not reverse course, we will end up just like them. On Monday, we witnessed the second largest one day stock market decline that we have seen anywhere in the world since 1950. It is hard to believe, but the most important stock market index in Argentina actually plummeted 48 percent in a single trading session...
The S&P Merval Index plummeted 48% Monday, the second-largest single-day drop in any global stock market since 1950, according to Bloomberg. The Argentine peso also declined, losing 15% of its value against the US dollar Monday and falling further Tuesday to a new low.
This is what a financial implosion looks like, and it wasn't supposed to happen. In fact, we are being told that there was only a .006% chance that such a sell-off would take place...
There was a 99.994% probability that an event like Monday's sell-off in Argentina wouldn't happen.

But it did. And it served to underscore the need for investors to protect against extreme events that look very unlikely but can have outsize impact if they do occur.

Red Flag

New law signed by Democratic governor requires Illinois public schools teach LGBTQ history before students reach 8th grade

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
Illinois public schools will be required to teach about the contributions of LGBTQ people across the state and the country — under a new law approved by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The law, signed by Pritzker last week, mandates that the history curriculum in schools across the state include lessons spotlighting noteworthy lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, according to the Chicago Tribune.

As part of the new curriculum — set to launch in 2020 — the LGBTQ-focused lessons must be taught before the students reach the eighth grade, according to the report.

All textbooks "must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act," the bill states.

Take 2

Actor Alec Baldwin, named in Epstein's Little Black Book, reckons 'Russians' killed him

Alec Baldwin
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Alec Baldwin, you are a talented and likeable actor, but why do so many of your political pronouncements sound like you are trying to sabotage your own side?

I mean why in the world would you just tweet, "The Russians killed Epstein. They're in charge of everything now."


Do you know something that we are trying to guess? Or are you a sleuth one step ahead of us?

You did play Detective Bill Ramstead, and Detective McCutcheon in the past two years. You were also a senior NSA official in Mercury Rising, and even the director of the CIA in Mission Impossible.

Comment: What a lunatic.

Curiously enough, Baldwin's deets were in Epstein's Little Black Book:




Fire

Murder epidemic: Teenager dies after being brutally stabbed in Camden, London

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Police have launched a murder investigation after being called to Munster Square, at around 11.10pm on August 12, where the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made in connection to the murder. Camden police are appealing to anyone who can assist the investigation and are urging people to call 101 and quote CAD8433/12Aug.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 23:10hrs on Monday, 12 August to reports of a male stabbed in Munster Square, NW1.


Comment: RT is reporting that he was hacked to death with a machete. And that his assailants laughed all the way through it.


Comment: And what did Khan, the utter tw*t, say in response to this latest knifing?
"the numbers don't lie - the correlation between social inequality and violent crime is unarguable."
Translation: "It's not their fault! They're POOR! Give them more money and they'll magically be cured of their criminal mindset!"


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Zombie horde? 'Pro-democracy' fanatics go nuts, attack police and passengers - Hong Kong airport in chaos for second day

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The already tense situation at Hong Kong international airport became outright chaotic as Chinese riot police clashed with protesters blocking outgoing flights, with reporters and travelers among the injured.

Demonstrators demanding democracy blocked the departures terminal late on Tuesday local time, preventing any passengers from leaving the airport. Incoming flights were not affected.

One of the travelers arriving from the Chinese mainland was accused of being an undercover police officer and attacked by protesters. Police tried to clear the way for first responders, dressed in orange gear, to reach the injured man. He was taken to an area hospital.

Comment: CCTV reports that HK police have arrested 149 people at the airport in recent days. They apparently don't watch how US and EU police handle protests!

The authorities' strategy is perhaps to give these democrazy fanatics as much rope as possible, but Chinese police are unbelievably restrained.

They're surely going to start cracking heads soon? Then these moronic middle class SJWs will get a real taste of what it's like to live in Western Democracy...

UPDATE 00:30 CET

It looks like Beijing could be making its move...