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Two white female farmers raped and tortured by two armed black men in South Africa in latest horrific attack

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Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, (left and right) was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday
A female farmer has been sexually assaulted and strangled to death while another rural worker has been tortured and murdered in the latest attacks on South Africa's white farmers.

Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Kershaw's underwear was ripped off and stuffed into her mouth and she was strangled to death inside her garage.

Comment: See also: Russia welcomes first 50 South African farming families

Eye 1

No long-distance travel till 2022 for Australians - and that's IF POPULATION-WIDE vaccine is rolled out next year, budget predicts

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Australians weary of restrictions are out of luck, as the country's new budget predicts social distancing will continue for two years and long-distance travel is to remain off-limits until everyone is able to get a Covid-19 jab.

Widespread adoption of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will be a prerequisite for Australians being able to travel long distances again, according to the country's new budget that was unveiled on Tuesday. Until that vaccine is rolled out, they can expect social distancing, intermittent lockdowns and a stagnant economy.

"It is assumed that over the forecast period material localised outbreaks of COVID19 occur but are largely contained. A population-wide Australian COVID19 vaccination program is assumed to be fully in place by late 2021. General social distancing restrictions are assumed to continue until a vaccine is fully available," reads the part of the document titled "Key assumptions."

The budget papers' attempt to put a positive spin on travel-loving Australians being confined to the continent is to pour $250 million into encouraging anyone feeling wanderlust to explore "their own backyard" - i.e. the rest of Australia. State borders are expected to be open by Christmas, except for Western Australia, which is projected to remain closed until its election in March.

Evil Rays

Manhunt underway after teenager shoots his grandmother then kills 3 innocent people at bus stop in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod

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Police in central Russia are searching for an 18-year-old male after a shooting spree in a suburban town near Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Three people were killed and three injured; one of the victims was the gunman's grandmother.

A police source told Moscow news agency TASS that the teenager, named as Daniil Monakhov, first had an argument with his grandmother, whom he wounded with a gunshot from a hunting weapon. He then killed a neighbor before opening fire on people at a nearby bus stop.

Cops believe Monakhov, who fled from the scene of the murders in a Kia car, is carrying two smoothbore shotguns, one of which he has held legally since September. He is believed to have around 40 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon in the village of Bolsheorlovskoe, outside the town of Bor, itself a major suburb of Nizhny Novgorod, the country's sixth-largest city. Specialist officers from the Spetsnaz unit of the National Guard of Russia have been sent to the area to find Monakhov.


Portland protesters topple statues of Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln in 'Day of Rage'; police declare riot

Protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
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A group of protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and shattered the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society in Portland's South Park Blocks late Sunday before moving into other areas of downtown, smashing storefronts and engaging in other acts of destruction.

Police declared the event a riot and ordered people rampaging through the city's streets to disperse but did not directly intervene until nearly an hour after the first statue fell. The crowd scattered when police cruisers flooded the area, and officers in tactical gear appeared to make several arrests.

Protest organizers had promoted the event on social media as an "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage." Monday is the federally observed holiday of Columbus Day, but many states and cities now recognize the day instead as Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas helped launch centuries of violence against indigenous populations.

Comment: Despite the no photos no filming rules, word got out on social media:

Trump weighed in on the rioting:
US President Donald Trump mocked authorities and rioters in Portland calling them "fools" while sharing footage of the so-called "Day of Rage" in which alleged indigenous activists tore down statues of former presidents.

The US president's bombastic multi-tweet broadside began early Monday morning, after a night of violence once again reduced central Portland to something resembling a warzone.


Rob Slane: Escaping the Covid Vortex

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If you can cast your mind back to the beginning of the year, you will hopefully recall that Britain, despite its many and growing problems, was still a relatively peaceful, relatively prosperous, relatively free, relatively law-governed society. In little more than half a year, much of that has simply gone and we have become a country where:
  • The Government runs our daily lives in minute detail
  • Neighbour is increasingly set against neighbour
  • Local economies and businesses are being decimated
  • Unemployment is sky-rocketing
  • The mental health of millions is deteriorating
  • Old people are dying alone and unloved
  • People who are ill cannot get treatment
  • People who may be ill cannot get a consultation
  • The education of children is a shambles and their futures hugely uncertain
  • We can be (and have been) denied permission to see members of our own families
  • We face extortionate fines if we break arbitrary and irrational rules
  • The rule of law has been trampled on by those charged with protecting it
  • We are compelled to wear a covering over our respiratory passages
  • Parliament is effectively dead
  • Bizarre and sinister measures are imposed to change the way we interact with one another
  • Our lives have been utterly overturned
  • The spiritual, social, economic and psychological fabric is being torn to shreds
None of this is remotely a rational response to a virus which leaves 99.9% of those who get it in the land of the living. Lockdown was a poisonous spring, from which all manner of entirely foreseeable disasters flow, and as these turgid waters proceed, the whole thing resembles nothing less than a huge social and psychological experiment conducted against a people and against what it actually means to be human — an attack on the Imago Dei.


GOP win: Appeals court rules Wisconsin absentee ballots must be delivered to clerks by 8PM on November 3

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A federal appeals court has blocked a lower-court decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin. The decision is considered a win for Republicans who wanted the election night deadline to stand, under state law. However, Democrats are expected to appeal the decision Thursday to the Supreme Court.

If the appeals court ruling stands, absentee ballots must be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day, adhering to state law.

Last month, U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that any ballot that arrived in clerk's offices by Nov. 9 will be counted, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

The 7th Circuit Court judges initially upheld Conley's ruling on Sept. 29, rejecting the Republicans' standing to intervene. After the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed that standing, the same three-judge panel delivered Thursday's ruling, according to the Associated Press.

A federal court of appeals has reinstating Wisconsin's Election Day receipt deadline and rule out the possibility of accepting ballots through email. "This is a huge victory for Wisconsin voters who reasonably expect timely and secure election results," said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.


Despot Whitmer says Michigan won't rush to get results on Election Day, calls it an 'artificial deadline'

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wears a mask with the word "vote" displayed on the front during a roundtable discussion on healthcare in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The governer's comments come just days after the FBI revealed a group of anti-government vigilantes had plotted to kidnap her.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said her state will not rush to ensure all the results of the 2020 presidential race are counted on Election Day, Nov. 3 -- a date she appeared to imply was artificially set.

The Democratic governor made the comments during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation, while discussing the election's expected surge in mail-in votes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Asked by host Margaret Brennan how long it will take Michigan to declare the winner of the race, Whitmer would not give a definitive timeline.

Comment: Whitmer seems to be suffering from delusions of grandeur.


Suicide spike in Japan shows mental health toll of COVID-19

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Job-seekers wait for consultation at a public employment service in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward in June. When the economy started reopening, portions of the population were left behind, such as laid-off workers or those who continued to be stuck at home.
The number of suicides rose in Japan in August due to more women and school-aged children taking their own lives — offering a first glimpse into the consequences of the mental health strain brought about by COVID-19 around the globe.

Japan is among a few major economies that releases timely data on suicides as it is a persistent societal issue. The numbers hint at what may be going on around the world as countries grapple with the fallout from mass unemployment and social isolation that's impacting certain groups of people more than the rest.

Sociologists have long warned that the economic and social disruption wrought by measures to contain the coronavirus could cause more deaths than the pathogen itself. In Japan, the suicide rate has been falling but it remains a top cause of premature deaths — this year, suicide has taken over 13,000 lives, while total COVID-19 fatalities number less than 2,000.

According to government statistics, the number of suicides in August increased by 15.4 percent to 1,854. Although making up a smaller proportion of suicides, the number of women taking their own lives jumped by around 40 percent. The number of suicides by students in elementary to high school more than doubled to 59 from the same period last year.

The mental health toll looks set to be one of the pandemic's most insidious legacies given the difficulty of grasping or measuring the magnitude of self-inflicted harm until it is too late. Major economies like the U.S. and China don't report official data on suicides until years later, though experts have predicted a wave of such deaths this year while anecdotal evidence abounds on social media platforms.

Comment: Suicide will account for just a fraction of the deaths caused by lockdown, not Covid. In the U.S. at least 1/3 of all excess deaths during lockdown have been a result OF the lockdown. Probably more, since many probably get falsely attributed to Covid.

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Black Cat

Apollo co-founder and CEO, Leon Black may have funneled as much as $75M to Jeffrey Epstein

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Leon Black, chairman and chief executive officer of Apollo Global Management LLC, speaks at the Milken Institute Asia Summit in Singapore, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
New reports suggest that Apollo CEO Leon Black may have funneled as much as $75 million to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein before supposedly cutting ties in 2018.

The initial report published by the New York Times uncovers a number of alleged payments from Black to Epstein made through several companies.

A company that owned Black's yacht wired $22.5 million to a company in 2017 that managed Epstein's private jet - a move that raised questions at Deutsche Bank, the report said.

Other transactions passed through Black-owned businesses, according to the report, including a company that Black used to buy much of his billion-dollar art collection. The total amount of money that Black may have funneled to Epstein is around $75 million, which may have allowed Epstein to continue building wealth following his first criminal case.

Comment: Some more background on the Black-Epstein relationship:

Mr. Potato

Poking fun at Karens, gay people & the woke: Comedian Bill Burr finally injects some much needed life into the dreadful SNL

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Bill Burr takes up the mantle of George Carlin
Saturday Night Live has become a haven for limp, politically correct comedy, but this weekend Bill Burr burned down the house with a searing monologue that came with a New York Times health warning.

Bill Burr, a brilliant and curmudgeonly stand-up comedian who refuses to kowtow to the politically correct, went scorched earth in his SNL monologue on Saturday night by taking on cancel culture, self-serving white women and their performative woke posturing, and Gay Pride Month.

Burr's monologue was apparently so incendiary the New York Times felt it needed a trigger warning, "Burr used his opening monologue to mock some sensitive topics - feel free to skip this section if you find that style of comedy distasteful."