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North Carolina police department stops responding to certain non-emergency crimes amid 'staffing crisis'

Asheville police car
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North Carolina's Asheville Police Department (APD) has ordered its officers not to respond to certain types of crimes so that the agency can adequately answer more serious calls for help amid a "staffing crisis."

APD will no longer respond in-person to 911 calls involving certain incidents where suspect information is not available; harassing phone calls that don't include threats to life, unless they are related to stalking or domestic violence; identity theft and other scams, and trespassing reports that don't involve pressing charges, among other incidents, the department said in a Wednesday announcement.

A full list of the calls to which officers will no longer respond can be found in the department's Facebook post.

APD's staffing numbers have decreased by 84 officers since the start of 2020, the department said. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, APD boasted 238 sworn officers as of 2019.

The department is instead asking victims of any of the crimes listed to file a police report through the "Police to Citizen" online reporting tool. They can also call (828) 252-1110 and request that an officer respond when one becomes available, although the department warns that they might experience a "significant" response delay.

Light Saber

Unwelcome truth? New book claims Muslim neighbourhoods in British towns are 'no-go areas' for white people

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Ed Husain in Brick Lane, London, 2018.
An academic who studied Muslim integration in Britain has revealed in a new book that women and children in some communities are subjected to Taliban-like rules, and non-Muslims face threats of violence.

Ed Husain, professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, visited mosques across Britain, speaking to businesses owners, imams and locals about life in predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods. He used his on-the-ground research to write a book, Among The Mosques: A Journey Across Muslim Britain, which is set for release next week.

The Muslim author grew up in a Bangladeshi family in London and was radicalised in his youth before renouncing extremism. According to the professor, integration issues in the UK continue to persist.

Comment: Moderate clerics are aware of the problem and are trying to solve it:

Muslim imams to form first national council for more progressive British Islam

Black Cat 2

Scientist who helped lead charge in trashing Covid-19 lab-leak theory BACKTRACKS, points to 'disturbing information'

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Does Peter Palese see which way the wind is blowing?
A microbiologist who helped quash claims that Covid-19 leaked from a lab at the start of the pandemic has said "disturbing information" that has since emerged led him to backtrack on insisting the virus started naturally.

Peter Palese, who runs a lab named in his honor at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was among 27 scientists who signed an influential statement in February 2020 blasting suggestions that Covid-19 may have leaked from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology. "We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin," the lab-leak deniers said in their statement, which was published in The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal.



UNICEF report says pornography not always harmful to children

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Washington D.C. - A UN agency is again immersed in controversy for a recent report suggesting there is no conclusive evidence that children exposed to pornography are harmed.

The report published by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) addresses how government policy can be used to protect children from harmful, abusive and violent content online. Its conclusion is based on a European study of 19 EU countries that found in most countries, most children who saw pornographic images were "neither upset nor happy." In fact, the report UNICEF relies on, says 39 percent of Spanish children were happy after seeing pornography.

Porn fighters disagree with the UNICEF data. "UNICEF's report ignores the vast body of research demonstrating the harms of pornography to children. By ignoring the real harms pornography can have, UNICEF is playing roulette with children's health and safety," said Lisa Thompson, vice president and director of the Research Institute at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Thompson's organization, which provides expert research to inform policy decisions to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children, has found that pornography can be a central driver of this abuse.

"Mainstream pornography contains horrific sexual abuse, rape, incest, racism - all of which children should not consume," continued Thompson, and "UNICEF's milquetoast assessment of the impacts hardcore pornography on children does nothing to challenge the political narrative that pornography is benign, and as a result, puts children in harm's way."

Bad Guys

Nevada takes step toward enshrining election fraud as part of the 'normal' process

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law Wednesday creating a permanent mail-in voting system and other reforms that will inevitably increase voter fraud.

The bill passed along party lines in the state Assembly and Senate, both controlled by Democrats.

"At a time when state legislatures across the country are attempting to roll back access to the polls, I am so proud that Nevada continues to push forward with proven strategies that make voting more accessible and secure," Sisolak said in a statement to the Epoch Times.

Sisolak also wrote on Twitter that the new law makes Nevada "the sixth state to adopt a permanent vote-by-mail system."

Comment: Either these clowns have learned nothing, or they are deliberately hamstringing any possibility of future fair elections. Mail-in voting is ripe for fraud.

Snakes in Suits

Mueller to help teach Trump Russia probe class at UVA law school

The Russia Investigation
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Former Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller will "share lessons" from his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged ties to the Trump campaign during an upcoming course at the University of Virginia, the school announced Wednesday.

Three former senior members of Mueller's team, including former deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley, will teach the course. Mueller will lead at least one class for the course, which is called "The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel" and is slated to begin this fall, according to the school. Mueller said:
"I was fortunate to attend UVA Law School after the Marine Corps, and I'm fortunate to be returning there now. I look forward to engaging with the students this fall."
The course at the University of Virginia School of Law will be taught in person and consist of six sessions in total. The instructors will "start chronologically" from the launch of Mueller's investigation in 2017.


Immigration without assimilation is just invasion

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Applicants celebrate their new status as naturalized US citizens
To begin to fix immigration, we must agree the American identity is worth preserving and then work to build an immigration system that nourishes it. Can Washington discuss immigration without devolving into a debate about racism? If we lay down our Twitter weapons, perhaps we could discuss what kind of immigration we need.

Should we allow anyone, from anywhere, to come here at any time? Amid the political establishment's promotion of all immigration as virtuous and their relentless attacks on all things traditional or patriotic, we can demand something better: An immigration system that is good for America and requires that the immigrants we admit want to be Americans.

Immigration has long nourished our country. Our parents were immigrants, like those rooting nearly every American family tree, and we support legal immigration. Yet we also believe we ought to lock our national doors at night, not because we hate the people on the outside, but because we love the people on the inside.


Twitter SUSPENDS progressive feminist author Naomi Wolf after slew of tweets opposing Covid-19 vaccinations

Naomi Wolf
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Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and former campaign adviser to then-president Bill Clinton who became an ardent critic of lockdowns and vaccines during the pandemic, has been banned from Twitter.

Wolf - who had nearly 150,000 followers - was suspended from Twitter on Friday evening following her repeated commentary against Covid-19 vaccinations. Though it's not clear exactly which post led to Wolf's suspension, the author had a history of making anti-vaccine comments and had published several on the day of her ban.

Comment: One person's 'vaccine disinformation' is another person's 'lifesaver'. Removing individual responsibility by banning information helps no one. It serves an agenda.


Cardinal Marx submits resignation to Francis, citing church's 'systemic failure' on abuse

Cardinal Marx
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Cardinal Reinhard Marx in Frankfurt, Germany
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of Pope Francis' closest advisors, has asked the pontiff to allow him to resign as the leader of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising as a sign of responsibility for the "systemic failure" of Catholic Church leaders over decades in responding to clergy sexual abuse.

In a shocking letter to Francis, which Marx released to journalists June 4, the cardinal says he wants to "share the responsibility" for the way priests and bishops mishandled abuse cases. He also admits he feels "personally guilty" for trying to protect the reputation of the church when dealing with victims.

Marx, in the letter, dated May 21, writes:
"To assume responsibility, it is ... not enough in my opinion to react only and exclusively if the files provide proof of the mistakes and failures of individuals. We as bishops have to make clear that we also represent the institution of the Church as a whole."
In resigning, the cardinal states:
"I may be able to send a personal signal for a new beginning, for a new awakening of the Church, not only in Germany. I would like to show that not the ministry is in the foreground but the mission of the Gospel. I therefore strongly request you to accept this resignation."
Marx has led his archdiocese since 2007. He also serves as one of only seven members of Francis' advisory Council of Cardinals and as the coordinator of the Vatican's Council for the Economy, which supervises the financial activities of both the Vatican city-state and the offices of the Holy See.


Bilal Abdul Kareem breaks silence over HTS detention in Syria

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US journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem has broken his silence to speak for the first time about his arrest and months-long detention by militant group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria's Idlib province.

Speaking exclusively to Middle East Eye, Abdul Kareem accused Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the HTS leader, of being "unfit to rule" and of lying about conditions in the organisation's prisons.

Jolani denied in an interview broadcast this week on the US PBS network that detainees held by the group were being tortured.

Abdul Kareem is currently banned by HTS from reporting, or appearing on social media, as a condition of his release from prison in February. He admitted he was putting himself in jeopardy by speaking out against the group, though he said he had left the territory under HTS control.

HTS is an alliance of Islamist militant factions which has controlled most of Idlib since 2017 and has been one of the most effective opposition fighting forces during Syria's decade-long civil war. But it is considered a terrorist organisation by the UN, the US and many other Western countries and has been accused of atrocities, executions and war crimes by human rights monitors.