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Bojo's new restrictions are destructive, senseless and may be indefinite. The UK a freedom-loving nation? What a sick joke

social distancing sign london
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A social distancing sign can be seen inside Stables Market, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Camden, London, Britain, September 19, 2020.
The UK prime minister has, in his infinite wisdom, decided to impose a raft of new restrictions to avoid another lockdown after the first one was such a resounding success. These measures are shameful.

I hope you all enjoyed those precious few weeks of semi-freedom. I, like all Britons, will look back on the summer of 2020 fondly. A time when we all dressed like dandy highwaymen to go shopping and surrendered our personal details to pub staff wearing visors and wielding thermometer pistols. We gathered in groups of seven, sometimes more, Rishi Sunak bought us all dinner, the Welsh re-opened the border, and millionaires knelt in empty stadia as sport returned to our screens. Shall we ever know such halcyon days again?

Not anytime soon, if our dear leader's latest statement is anything to go by. Earlier today, Boris Johnson decided to relieve himself over the nation's collective bonfire with the force of an authoritarian Grand National winner. His stable lads, Whitty and Vallance, had prepared the ground for him a day earlier, by publishing a graph designed purely to help people get through the last of their stockpiled bog roll. With the proviso that it "wasn't a prediction", they then proceeded to tell the nation that 49,000 people a day could be getting the dreaded 'rona by mid-October, if we didn't do something drastic. Lo and behold, a day later something drastic has been done.

Comment: RT reports on the UK's Foreign Secretary comments that the UK is not following the example of Sweden. Why not? He doesn't say. Which is all the more bizarre, and damning, because it has been a resounding success and is now looking at herd immunity with minimal damage to its economy:
During an interview on BBC radio on Wednesday, the minister was asked if Britain was now taking an approach similar to that of the Scandinavian country in its handling of the coronavirus crisis. "I don't accept that characterization," Raab said.

The 'Swedish approach' is characterized by avoiding a lockdown and, instead, emphasizing social distancing and hygiene. That country's health authorities have tried, if not to completely eradicate a disease, to at least slow the spread of the virus.

Commenting on the possibility of a new national lockdown, Raab told Sky News: "That is what we want to avoid." In another interview, with LBC radio, he said: "What we don't want is to have to take even more severe measures as we go through Christmas."

At the same time, Scotland's semi-autonomous government is taking more stringent measures, including banning any socializing between households.

"I've made a judgment that we are again at a tipping point with Covid, and I'm looking at data that alarms me, frankly," Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ITV. She added, citing her scientific advisers, that the package announced by Johnson would be insufficient to bring down the rate of transmission.
Meanwhile the very (tenuous) social fabric of the UK is also being torn apart, much to the delight of some of the UK's MPs: UK's coronavirus snitch hotline swamped with so many reports senior police staff forced to answer calls

Bizarro Earth

Spotify employees flexing muscles to CENSOR Joe Rogan are getting their revenge, even if it means killing their cash cow

Joe Rogan
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Top podcaster Joe Rogan has all but capitulated to media establishment bullies with an uncharacteristic apology, after claiming leftist activists were starting wildfires. He can expect a lot more apologizing - and no absolution.

Rogan issued a groveling apology via Instagram last week for claiming during a conversation with British conservative commentator Douglas Murray that "left-wing people" had been arrested for lighting forest fires in Portland. Amplifying the rumor already circulating among conservative outlets was "definitely a mistake" and "very irresponsible," a downcast Rogan stated.

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US journalist investigating Western corruption found dead in Istanbul under 'suspicious' circumstances

Andre Vltchek
A Russian-born American documentary film maker and investigatigative journalist has been found dead in a car in Istanbul's Karaköy neighborhood.

The 57-year old journalist Andre Vltchek and his wife, Indira Vltchek, rented a car to travel to Istanbul from the Black Sea province of Samsun, where the Vltcheks spent some days.

Two drivers also accompanied them during the trip.

When they arrived at a hotel in Karaköy at 5:30 a:m, where the couple was planning to stay, Indira Vltchek tried to wake him up. But the journalist did not respond.

Comment: Daily Sabah reports:
Upon arriving at their hotel in Istanbul's Karaköy district in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Indira tried to wake Vltchek who she presumed to be asleep, but he was unresponsive. An ambulance was called, and paramedics confirmed that Vltchek had died.

Vltchek, an investigative journalist who was born in Russia and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, worked as a reporter in conflict zones from Bosnia to East Timor for a long time. He also penned articles for Der Spiegel and The Guardian. He has been in Turkey for a while and gave an interview to the Aydınlık daily earlier this month.
Fox13 reports:
On his website, Vltchek described himself as a novelist, philosopher, filmmaker and investigative journalist as well as a "revolutionary, internationalist and globetrotter who fights against Western Imperialism and the Western regime imposed on the world."

He covered dozens of war zones and conflicts, including in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Rwanda and Syria, according to his website.

Vltchek authored numerous books, including "On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare" with linguist and scholar Noam Chomsky.
What a loss. You can find numerous in-depth articles exposing the dark underbelly of globalist corruption by Andres Vltchek using SOTT's search function in the top right corner. For example: "Russia and China are hated because they are protecting humanity from Western terror" - Interview with Andre Vltchek

Light Saber

The never-ending war on conservative minorities

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New Hampshire state representative Marilinda Garcia
Racist and sexist attacks on women and minorities are acceptable, if the targets are conservative.

Members of both political parties use sharp elbows to rough up and discredit the opposition, but the media are supposed to call "foul" on the worst abuses. But when the media are ideologically opposed to conservatives — especially minority conservativesthe abuses sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

Take what happened last week to New Hampshire state representative Marilinda Garcia, who announced she would challenge incumbent Democratic representative Annie Kuster in a highly competitive district that has switched party control in three of the last four elections.

Democrats were clearly rattled by the 30-year-old Garcia's entry. Democratic-party communications director Harrell Kirstein said she would inevitably be part of a "reckless race to pander to the same extreme right fringe of the Republican Party that forced the federal government shutdown." He called her a "loyal rubber-stamp" for the "irresponsible" agenda of former GOP house speaker Bill O'Brien.

Tough but in bounds.

Comment: Since these tactics were despicably utilized, the political climate in Washington has reached the bottom. We can expect a grand fiasco in the upcoming weeks as a new SCJ is sought, slayed or confirmed under direst duress.

Arrow Down

A second UK Covid-19 lockdown is doomed to fail: Brits have no faith in their leaders, won't comply

Protest London
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People gather in Trafalgar Square to protest against the lockdown, London, Britain, September 19, 2020.
Now armed with statistics and expert advice, the British public are much better informed about Covid than in March and won't countenance another lockdown imposed by politicians who have mishandled the pandemic at every turn.

A looming second lockdown in the UK, as part of the Government's haphazard approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, is destined to fail for one reason: the revered 'Blitz spirit' that we're all in this together has vanished. Now it's everyone for themselves.

For several days now, there has been talk of another imminent imposition of harsh restrictions on our movement. While the first national lockdown was universally accepted, any follow-up - call it 'a circuit breaker' or whatever clever name you like - is going to be a little trickier.


NYPD officer charged with spying on Tibetans for China

NYPD officer
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New York City police officer was arrested and charged Monday by federal prosecutors with spying for China, including providing Chinese officials with access to NYPD officials and giving intelligence on Tibetans living in the U.S.

Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a community affairs officer in Queens, acted "at the direction and control" of Chinese government officials at the New York Chinese Consulate and "used his official position in the NYPD" to provide Chinese officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to NYPD events, according to the criminal complaint.

An ethnic Tibetan himself, Anwang, who was born in China and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, also used his position on the police force to report on ethnic Tibetans in New York City and assess potential intelligence sources within that community.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged Angwang with acting as a foreign agent without notifying American authorities, wire fraud, making false statements, and obstructing an official proceeding. He is also accused of offering a consulate official information about the NYPD's internal operations.

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Scotland bans household visits as part of lockdown-lite, calls for First Minister to resign

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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon wears a mask as she visits New Look at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, in Edinburgh, Scotland. June 2020.
Fierce arguments have broken out on Twitter after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid out strict rules on household visits, in an effort to curb a rising coronavirus infection rate.

Under the new rules effective from Friday, Scots cannot visit each other's homes unless they are from extended households. Other exceptions include couples not living together, those in need of childcare and tradespeople. A maximum of six people from two households are allowed to meet in private gardens and public outdoor spaces.

"We are once again at a tipping point. We must act to get Covid back under control," Sturgeon said in a speech on Tuesday night. She asked citizens to "make sacrifices for our national well-being" in order to curb the spread of the disease. Sturgeon argued that "tough" measures are necessary to keep schools, public services and businesses "open as far as possible."

Comment: See also: UK's coronavirus snitch hotline swamped with so many reports senior police staff forced to answer calls


Salt Lake Police release bodycam footage of shooting of an autistic 13-year-old

Shooting of autistic 13-year-old
Salt Lake Police are releasing bodycam footage of the shooting of an autistic 13-year-old in an Officer-involved critical incident on Sept 4, 2020.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall, and Police Chief Mike Brown are holding a press conference to talk about what they have learned through investigation.

As originally reported by ABC4 News, the mother of 13-year-old Linden Cameron reportedly called 911 for help during her son's "mental health episode."

The Salt Lake City Police Department said, when officers arrived at 500 South and Navajo Street, they had tried to talk to Linden, but he ran off. Officers reportedly ran after Linden until one police officer fired his gun, hitting the 13-year-old.


Antifa in Portland vow to kill cops, along with their families, children & friends, but it's a 'carnival in the dark,' says NYT

Portland police
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Police officers stand guard as people take part in a protest against racial injustice, in Portland, Oregon, U.S., September 18, 2020.
Rioters in the Oregon capital are turning their sights on residential suburbs, demanding that homeowners pledge allegiance to their cause or have their houses burned down. Why aren't we doing something to stop these anarchists?

Of all the cities in America that have suffered from constant rioting and violence, Portland might have it the worst. The city that was once lauded as being one of America's best places to live has endured more than 100 consecutive nights of rioting involving vandalism, chaos, and death - including the slaying of a supporter of President Donald Trump - since the killing of George Floyd, with no end in sight.

Disturbingly, there have been recent reports of the Antifa rioters there moving away from the city center and beginning to target residential areas and threaten people in their homes. According to the New York Times, activists have been demanding that people come out of their houses and pledge allegiance to their cause. They attacked one property that was flying the American flag, demanding that it be removed or they would come back and burn the house down.


Twitter labels Tucker Carlson's expose on George Soros as 'sensitive content'

Tucker Carlson Soros
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Twitter censored a segment of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" posted to Tucker Carlson's Twitter account Monday, labeling the clip "potentially sensitive content." In the clip,

Carlson comments on the destruction and violence in the United States and the role Democratic donor George Soros plays in funding candidates who do not prosecute those causing the damage.

Twitter's media policy states "you may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within live video or in profile header, or List banner images" and that "media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted," so it remains unclear what about Carlson's segment is "sensitive content."

The tweeted clip features Carlson slamming Soros for spending millions of dollars on the campaigns of district attorneys who refuse to be tough on this kind of crime.