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Artist bragged he got Seattle tax dollars to paint anti-police messages

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Demonstrators fill an intersection near a Black Lives Matter street mural during protests.
July 26, 2020 • Seattle, Washington
A Seattle artist bragged that the city used tax dollars to pay for his anti-police art just a block away from a police station.

The city of Seattle agreed to spend tens of thousands of dollars to restore a Black Lives Matter mural near the East Precinct after rain damaged it. As a concession to activists, the city gave the Vivid Matter Collective permission to recreate the mural, paying 16 artists over $50,272 to share equally amongst each other.

But one artist, who goes by the moniker Future Crystals, tagged the art with vicious anti-police messages. He sure was excited that he was getting paid by the city to rip on cops.

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Propaganda

WSJ 'investigation' of aggregator that dared include RT scares other members into ditching the network. Democracy at work!

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After social media censorship failed to zero out RT's web traffic, an establishment US media outlet has revealed it reached out to sites in the same link-exchange network as RT, spooking them into backing out.

The Wall Street Journal has launched an investigation into a link aggregator that includes RT.com, publishing the names of participants and the network itself in an effort to shame them into kicking the site off, in a hit piece on Wednesday. If this thinly-veiled intimidation is the behavior of a democratic country's media, one shudders to imagine what an authoritarian nation might have done.

RealClearPolitics - a mostly-nonpartisan site that reports poll results and political news - is held up as an example, guilty of wrongthink through its association with Mixi.Media, a web-ring that links to headlines from news sites of various political persuasions (including RT) at the bottom of partners' webpages. Mixi doesn't show the source of the headlines right away, no matter where they come from, which -in the eyes of the Journal- proves it's up to something nefarious.

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Caitlin Johnstone: WaPo publishes paranoid screed cautioning readers not to let Russia make them paranoid


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Gallup poll finds more voters say they're better off under Trump than when Obama, Bush sought re-election

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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.
More American voters believe they are better off after four years under President Donald Trump than they did at the end of the first terms of former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, new polling data has revealed.

The latest survey from Gallup found that a clear majority of registered voters (56 percent) believed they were better off now compared to four years ago.

But when they were asked whether they were better or worse off toward the end of Obama's first term in the White House, only 45 percent told pollsters their situation had improved over the four years between 2008 and December 2012.

Comment: Polls are nearly useless these days, especially when conducted by Swamp media. The only poll that matters will be taken November 3rd.


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A Canadian research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were 'beautifully surprising'

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The results of a B.C. research project that gave thousands of dollars to homeless people are in and, according to one researcher, could challenge stereotypes about people "living on the margins."

The New Leaf project is a joint study started in 2018 by Foundations for Social Change, a Vancouver-based charitable organization, and the University of British Columbia. After giving homeless Lower Mainland residents cash payments of $7,500, researchers checked on them over a year to see how they were faring.

All 115 participants, ranging in age between 19 and 64, had been homeless for at least six months and were not struggling with serious substance use or mental health issues. Of those, 50 people were chosen at random to be given the cash, while the others formed a control group that did not receive any money.

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Progress: DC Antifa ringleader Jason Charter charged with assaulting OANN's Jack Posobiec

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One of the most well-known members of the violent 'antifa' movement in Washington D.C., Jason Charter, was charged with assaulting One America News Network reporter Jack Posobiec earlier this year, adding to other criminal charges against Charter.

Charter has openly declared his support for antifa, the violent far-left movement that has been denounced as domestic terrorists by senior members of the Trump Administration. Charter's Twitter profile recently declared "#IAmAntifa."

The far-left extremist is accused of confronting and assaulting Posobiec on June 26, amid a spate of violent unrest by Antifa and other agitators. The incident was caught on camera by Matthew Perdie of Breitbart News.

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BREAKING: DC Antifa 'Ringleader' Arrested
October 3, 2020

Jason Charter, a DC Antifa activist who was previously charged with being a "ringleader" in the attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House in June has been arrested again by DC Park Police.

A source who was at the scene tells the Gateway Pundit that he "cried his eyes out" following the arrest, while waiting for a wagon to transport him to booking.


Antifa and Black Lives Matter militants were protesting a rally organized by Brandon Straka of the Walk Away Movement, which celebrates people leaving the Democrat Party to support President Donald Trump.

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Charter was arrested by the FBI and U.S. Park Police in July as part of a joint task force for his role in the destruction of the statues.

"Members of MPD, FBI and USPP have reviewed online open source videos," the FBI's summary of facts states, including "videos from MPD body-worn camera footage, and footage recorded by the Secret Service" in order to "identify the individuals who attempted to remove the Jackson Statue from its base and damage it, including the cannons at the statue's base."

The documents also state that on June 20, Charter "is seen ... standing over the toppled Pike Statue, pouring an unknown liquid onto the statue," the FBI states. "He is then observed waving others away from the statue, and squatting down behind the statue where his hands are not visible. Seconds later, the statue catches fire. Charter is seen standing over the flames as it burns."

Charter has previously made headlines for assaulting One America News reporter Jack Posobiec.



Charter was also allegedly involved in the destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in DC in June and made headlines for assaulting One America News reporter Jack Posobiec.



NPC

'Absurd virtue signalling': World Economic Forum panned for crazy claim that black people are excluded from the outdoors

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The Black Girls Hike group has 150 members.
The World Economic Forum is facing an avalanche of ridicule after making the extraordinary claim that people of colour are excluded from enjoying the great outdoors.

It sounds like a parody of a liberal crusade but it's actually real. The Swiss-based NGO is so concerned about people being excluded from *checks notes* the countryside, that it's touting the efforts of a woman who started a hiking club.

In an article on its website, the WEF informs readers that Rhiane Fatinikun founded Black Girls Hike because hiking is a "white-dominated activity" and she wanted to encourage black women to "explore the UK countryside in the safety of sisterhood."

Comment: The idea that black people, or any other ethnicity, is somehow being prevented from enjoying the outdoors is patently absurd. All anyone has to do is walk out their front door.

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Ontario death count includes people who didn't die of COVID-19, but exactly how many is unknown

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford holds a press conference with his medical team regarding new restrictions at Queen's Park during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, October 2, 2020.
The daily pandemic death counts in Ontario include people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not necessarily died from the virus.

The exact number of people who fit into this category is unknown by the government and not even being counted.

The Sun was able to confirm this information after speaking with three of the hardest hit public health units in Ontario — Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.

"The mortality data sent to the Ministry and reported in (Ottawa Public Health) dashboard/reports represents the number of Ottawa residents with confirmed COVID-19 who have passed away," an Ottawa Public Health spokesperson explained via email. "It does not indicate if COVID-19 was the cause of death, and we can't make that inference."

According to local health units, this reporting process is required by the province.

Comment: The seasonal flu is also more severe in those with pre-existing conditions but no one cared to count those numbers back then. See also:


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I've gone from pro-lockdown to NO lockdown. Here's why people must take over from inept governments and learn to live with Covid

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A poster at an anti-lockdown protest in Old Market Square, Nottingham, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England
I supported the first national lockdown but a second one would be a mistake of titanic proportions. Here's how we can wrestle control from governments and learn to live with Covid.

Sometimes, if you want a job done well, you have to do it yourself. Sadly, many jobs that need doing well are occupied by people whose gift for doing them isn't just non-existent, it's a black hole that sucks in and destroys any crumbs of talent that happen to be floating in the vicinity.

Here in the UK, the job of prime minister is taken by a man who, when the going gets tough, gets going on holiday. Other jobs, such as those of health secretary, home secretary, chancellor and education secretary are taken up by fawning lackeys with all the independent thought and qualifications of a reluctant 15-year-old intern who's only there because their dad's mates with the CEO.

And yet, despite this, when Covid-19 made its intentions and capabilities known, I backed this U-turning confederacy of dunces. I thought that a 'lockdown' was the right thing to do. I know there were arguments about the efficacy of various measures, about mortality rates and transmission. I also know that those arguments have become mind-numbingly tedious and repetitive, so let's not go there. At the time, nearly all evidence and expert advice suggested that we should err on the side of caution. End of.

Black Magic

Cultural Revolution: Woke totalitarians have taken over campus

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Podcaster Dave Rubin has the custom of going "off the grid" for a month each summer, to gain some perspective on changes. As a scientist who has been retired from the lab for more than ten years, I feel in a similar position vis-à-vis the state of academic science. To this campus Rip-van-Winkle, things now look very different.

I didn't notice much until the current anti-racism crisis, when I found that academe, as a place for free exchange of ideas, had become almost unrecognizable. Higher education has begun a transformation along the same lines as the 1966 Maoist "Cultural Revolution" in China. Like the cultural revolution, the energized identity-politics movement presents itself as a cleansing force. Pure Maoism was being corrupted by covert capitalist sympathizers. They had to be rooted out.

In U.S. academe, the problem was similar. The "party faithful" took for granted the permanence of "White privilege" and "systemic racism" which, for many, was also their livelihood. But then, in the decades following the civil rights acts, things got better. Measurable indices of racism seemed to be improving: People of color were well represented on city councils, police forces, and state and national legislatures; Black faces were on many magazine covers and in ads for prestigious products; interracial marriages increased; Black entertainers and even opinion leaders were beloved. A Black president was elected and re-elected. A survey showed a steady decline in objective measures of racism up until 2014. What's not to like?

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French police arrest 61 pedophiles in online child pornography investigation

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French police have arrested 61 suspected of involvement in an online child pornography ring.
French police have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network, including at least three people who raped children on camera, officials said Thursday.

Among the suspects are several who work in jobs that put them in contact with children, such as teachers, religious leaders and city hall officials, according to Eric Bérot, head of the French police agency overseeing the operation.