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Who in their right mind would download Matt Hancock's Covid app?

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Who in their right mind would want to download Matt Hancock's track and trace app, which has finally made its way off the Isle of Wight and is available all over England today?

My reluctance is not just down to the government's lousy record with technology - to judge by the booking system for Covid tests it won't be long before baffled Aberdonians who haven't left their city for six months start getting texts telling them to self-isolate on the grounds that the system tracked them standing next to someone in a bar in Putney. It is more that I don't see what is in it for me to volunteer to be fined £10,000.

The incentive structure which Hancock has created is bizarre. He is relying on our public-spiritedness to download the app -- telling us that for every person who downloads it we will be a little bit safer.

But then he is threatening to use the full weight of the law to punish people who lapse after having been told by the app to self-isolate. One little walk, one little trip down the park and that app will presumably be capable of catching you out and springing you with a fine.

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Chief science officer for Pfizer says "second wave" faked on false-positive covid tests, "pandemic is over"

Dr. Mike Yeadon

Dr. Mike Yeadon
In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a "second wave" based on "new cases."

Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even "almost all" of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.

In an interview last week Dr. Yeadon was asked:
"we are basing a government policy, an economic policy, a civil liberties policy, in terms of limiting people to six people in a meeting...all based on, what may well be, completely fake data on this coronavirus?"
Dr. Yeadon answered with a simple "yes."

Dr. Mike Yeadon Interview



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NPC

When progressive insanity takes over: Dallas lawmakers approve $7mn cut to police overtime budget despite 'violent crime uptick' & mayor's protest

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The Dallas City Council has voted to slash the overtime budget for the city's police department by some $7 million, overriding vocal opposition from Democratic Mayor Eric Johnson, who has resisted calls to defund law enforcement.

City lawmakers passed the budget cut in an 11-4 vote on Wednesday evening, taking a sizable portion of the department's total $24 million overtime fund and investing it into other "public safety" efforts, such as better public lighting in crime-ridden areas.

Mayor Johnson has repeatedly opposed the move, labeling the measure "police defunding," which he said was not the right decision as Dallas faces an "uptick" in violent crime.

"I don't know how any of us can look at that and say it's the right time to cut back on police overtime," Johnson told city council members earlier this month.

Compass

The great conservative migration in the US - And what it means for the future

Leaving California
The signs really began to become visible at the end of January, 2020; there was an exodus of people brewing, and it was galvanizing fears on both sides of the political spectrum. The pandemic situation is cited by the mainstream media as the primary cause, but in reality the migration had started at least 3 years earlier. Americans were leaving certain states and cities behind by the tens of thousands, and these places were predominantly leftist in their policies and population. California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.; all of these progressive states were bleeding residents since 2017, the pandemic just accelerated the situation.

There are a number of reasons given for the dramatic shift in population, but two specific reasons stand above the rest: Economy and political ideals. The pandemic itself is only a minor motivator. Consider the fact that residents of California left the state in droves for Texas over the summer DESPITE the problem of Covid infection spikes in major metropolitan areas of the Lone Star State. People didn't care, they just wanted to get the hell out of California as quickly as possible.

Again, a main reason given by former Californians was politics. They are conservatives or moderates that felt isolated or trapped in a far-left cesspool and they realized their future life prospects depended on them transplanting to a more free and less bureaucratic place.

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More 'second wave' nonsense comin' atcha! UK, France record highest-ever daily rises in Covid 'cases'

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A coronavirus self testing centre is pictured at Cotmandene Crescent car park in Orpington, South East London on September 24, 2020.
The UK and France have both reported their highest-ever daily total of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, confirming that the 'second wave' of the deadly virus is well and truly in full swing.

The UK recorded some 6,634 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest daily figure yet. The country's total Covid-19 tally has surpassed 400,000 cases, with nearly 42 thousand deaths.

The vast majority of the new cases - 5,632 - come from England, the official figures show. Scotland has reported 465 new patients, Wales 348 and Northern Ireland only 189. Some 40 people succumbed to the disease during the past 24 hours, bringing the nation's total death toll above the 41,900 mark.

The new number is higher than the previous record, which was registered during the first peak of the virus spread in spring. It also constituted an increase of around 500 compared to yesterday's total of 6,178.

The 'record' comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that up to 10,000 people are contracting the dreaded disease across the country every day.

"That's too high but it is still much lower than in the peak," he told Sky News on Thursday, adding that such numbers are still lower than the spring when it was estimated that around 100,000 people were catching it per day (though only a fraction of those were being found through testing).

Comment: Tsk tsk, RT. This second wave is a dud.

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Source: Worldometer.info


Heart

How women elevate men to a higher purpose

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In today's society, men are often criticized for things like "mansplaining" and chauvinism, and for being a perpetuation of the "patriarchy" at best and predators at worst.

The problem with this is that it presumes men are guilty, that they're all predators in some form, rather than assuming that most men are good at heart. While it's highly unfair to automatically put all men in general into these categories, there's something to be said for the positive effects strong women can have on the men in their lives.

Pistol

Reuters pulls a CNN on its description of Louisville protest where two officers were shot

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© Reuters/Bryan Woolston
Black Lives Matter protesters clash with police in Louisville, Kentucky, September 23, 2020.
CNN has been mercilessly mocked over its delusional description of a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as "fiery but mostly peaceful," despite their correspondent standing in front of a massive blaze. Brian Stelter later admitted the chyron was "probably a mistake" and blamed it on a "young producer who's trying their best under deadline in a breaking news situation." Apparently learning nothing from CNN's blunder, Reuters on Wednesday evening similarly described the situation in Louisville after the city erupted over Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement that the Grand Jury only indicted one officer involved in the March shooting of Breonna Taylor on a first- degree wanton endangerment charge.

Earlier in the day a demonstrator screamed at police, "All y'all get ready to fucking die!" Townhall's Julio Rosas reported. Fires were set all around town, he observed, a U-Haul truck brought in supplies for rioters, and in the evening, the chaos escalated when two officers were shot.

Comment: Outrage spilled over in Louisville for not charging anyone with Breonna Taylor's death, calling it murder...an excuse to escalate:
Not charging the officers, according to activists, was tantamount to lawlessness.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who twice ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, denounced the entire US criminal justice system as racist and called for "fundamental change."

In anticipation of the possible riots, Louisville boarded up the downtown area and placed police on emergency footing as early as Monday. The Kentucky National Guard was called in on Wednesday.
Hundreds of protesters are now on the streets in Louisville, marching and blocking intersections and roads, with cars being turned around by police.
Kentucky Attorney-General Daniel Cameron announced on Wednesday that former officer Brett Hankison will face three charges of "wanton endangerment." The other two officers weren't indicted.
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No more 'foreigners' & 'fare dodgers': Berlin introduces new 'sensitive language' guidelines for public employees & shocks public

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The authorities in the German capital have introduced a new set of guidelines for public servants to "raise awareness" about Berlin's diversity. So far, however, the move has only managed to raise eyebrows.

Berlin's public employees, who have already had to be careful about their language for it to be properly "gender neutral," will now apparently have to learn a whole set of new "diversity sensitive rules" aimed at making sure they don't accidentally offend anyone.

The Office for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination within the city's Justice Department has just come up with 44 pages of instructions on the issue as part of its newly announced diversity program. In particular, the rules involve a set of rather bizarre new collocations designed to replace some common German phrases used to describe a number of things.

The term 'asylum applicant', for example, is now considered insensitive because it neglects every person's "fundamental right for asylum." Public servants are advised to use "protected persons" or "persons entitled to protection" instead.

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2 officers shot in Louisville amid protests over Breonna Taylor charges, 1 suspect in custody

riot police Louisville, Kentucky
© Reuters / Carlos Barria
Police officers move past the Louisville City Hall to clear protesters from a plaza ahead of a 9pm curfew amid chaotic demonstrations in Louisville, Kentucky, September 23, 2020.
Two Louisville police officers have been shot amid chaotic protests over the lack of murder charges linked to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. One suspect has been taken into custody. The officers are expected to survive.

As groups of protesters squared off with police around Louisville on Wednesday night, multiple shots went off. Two officers were shot, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder has confirmed, noting that their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

Police received calls about shots fired near a local college around 8:30pm, the chief said, adding that "as they were deploying to investigate what was going on... shots rang out and two of our officers were shot."

"I'm very concerned about the safety of our officers."

One of the wounded officers is "alert" and "stable," while the other is in surgery, but is also expected to survive. One suspect has been brought into custody, Schroeder added, though declined to identify the individual.

One of the officers was reportedly struck in the abdomen, below his bulletproof vest, while the other was shot in the thigh, according to a reporter with a Louisville Fox affiliate, Jason Riley, who cited anonymous sources.

Comment: President Trump was quick to offer federal support:

'Federal govt ready to help': Trump voices support for officers shot in Louisville, vows to send aid 'immediately upon request'
US President Donald Trump said the federal government is ready to involve itself in Louisville, Kentucky, where two officers were shot amid protests over the lack of murder charges in the Breonna Taylor case.

"Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday, shortly after two officers were shot in Louisville as police faced off with protesters, venting their fury over the charges in the case of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in March.

The officers were shot while responding to reports of gunfire during heated protests that erupted in the city earlier on Wednesday. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a press briefing, adding that one suspect had been arrested following the incident.

The unrest was sparked after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor during a March narcotics raid would not face charges for her death. Instead, only one of the officers was charged for "wanton endangerment" after he indiscriminately fired into apartments near Taylor's home on the night of her death. Though initial reports described the incident as a "no-knock" raid, Cameron said one witness heard the officers identify themselves before attempting to enter Taylor's apartment, a claim her family has disputed.

President Trump's offer to send help to Louisville comes after a series of federal deployments to cities around the US amid a wave of chaotic protests this summer. His administration came under fire after sending officers from a number of federal agencies into Portland, where unrest has raged on for more than 100 days, seeing arson, vandalism and frequent clashes between activists and police. The federal agents were accused of "kidnapping" protesters off the streets in unmarked vehicles and using excessive force on demonstrators. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversaw the deployments, has denied the allegations.



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The true allies that are calling for Assange's immediate release: Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis...

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Heads of state, prime ministers, parliamentarians, members of Congress, ministers and other politicians demand Assange be set free.

Thirteen Former Presidents Urge United Kingdom Government to Immediately Free Julian Assange

Lawyers for Assange

Check here for the latest update to this list.

As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange's immediate release.

The politicians from 27 different countries and from across the political spectrum have joined 189 independent international lawyers, judges, legal academics and lawyers' associations by endorsing their open letter to the UK Government warning that the U.S. extradition request and extradition proceedings violate national and international law, breach fair trial rights and other human rights, and threaten press freedom and democracy.