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Snowden: Assange extradition will lead free press to slaughterhouse as publisher's critics blinded by partisanship

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Assange protest; Edward Snowden
The US drive to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange poses a grave threat to journalists everywhere, but the publisher's opponents have placed politics over principle, and even their own interests, said whistleblower Ed Snowden.

"I think a lot of it comes down to people forgetting what principles are and why they're important," Snowden said in an interview with Joe Rogan on Tuesday. "You can hate Julian Assange, you can think he's a puppet of Russia, you can think he's the worst person on Earth - a reincarnation of Hitler or Stalin - and still realize that convicting him harms you."
It harms your society. It harms your children's future. People forget about this in today's world where everything has become partisan.
While Assange "fell out of favor" with a large segment of American society in 2016 over WikiLeaks' publication of emails belonging to then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, his current extradition trial has "nothing to do with that," Snowden said.

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Stock Down

Netflix subscription cancellations spike following Cuties release

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Netflix users canceled their subscriptions at high rates following the release of the controversial film, Cuties.

Netflix released the movie on Sept. 9, which sparked a social media campaign urging Netflix users to cancel the service, saying the film sexualizes underage girls. By Sept. 12, cancellations increased eight times the daily averages recorded in August, Variety reported.

YipitData research firm compiled the data, and it's unclear if the spike in cancellations will have a large effect on overall subscriptions. The controversy over the film, however, is continuing as lawmakers condemn it as encouraging pedophilia.

Comment: Exploiting children in order to send a message against exploiting children is still exploiting children.

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Pull up a chair and let John MacArthur perfectly summarize the cancer of Critical Race Theory for you

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School is in session! Please be seated, class.

You may have noticed that John MacArthur, amid his legal battles with the local, regional, and state authorities of Commiefornia over his church's right to hold worship services, has begun publishing op-eds at the Daily Wire.

J-Mac has always been so gifted at explaining complex ideas plainly and succinctly. Such is the case with one of his latest pieces, titled, "Critical Race Theory, A Sickness That Cannot Be Allowed To Continue" (aw shnap 👀).

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Watch Lancaster body cam footage of police shooting

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© The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office
Police released the body cam footage of a police officer fatally shooting a man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon. Protesters gathered in the hours after the shooting, following the death of the man, who was 27 years old.

The video is available later in this post or here. Be forewarned that it is extremely graphic. It shows an officer shooting a man, who later died. The man was identified as Ricardo Munoz.

An officer from the Lancaster Bureau of Police was responding to a domestic violence call in the 300 block of Laurel Street at about 4:15 p.m. when the shooting occurred. The shooting is under investigation by the Lancaster District Attorney, who said the man ran at an officer while holding a knife above his head.

Comment: More on the protests from RT:

Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as police fatally shoot knife-wielding man after he rushes at officer

14 Sep, 2020 03:58

Black Lives Matter activists have taken to the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, demanding "justice" for 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who was killed by police after he charged at an officer with a knife.

People have been flooding to the police station in Southwest Lancaster City, chanting "Don't shoot" and other BLM slogans after an officer-involved shooting earlier in the day.


Footage on social media shows protesters smashing windows and jumping on a police car, as one of the gathering's leaders announces that "BLM riots" have kicked off in the city.


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Lancaster DA said that they have been "investigating" the shooting to determine if the use of force was justified, but noted that the preliminary investigation indicates that the knife-wielding victim posed a immediate danger to the officer's life before being killed.

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The incident took place around 4:15 pm local time, as the officers were responding to an alleged domestic disturbance.

While there is nothing in the DA's message to suggest that Munoz was mentally incapacitated, activists have alleged that the man was autistic. Protesters have also accused police of leaving the his body lying in the street "for hours" before it was taken away.


A man with the same first and last names as Munoz stabbed four people in Lancaster in March last year. At the time, police said that the suspect refused to drop his knife when ordered by officers, but was eventually taken into custody. His trial was to start tomorrow.








Alarm Clock

Scotland exaggerated Covid patients by 80%, new tally has just 48 in hospital

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Nicola Sturgeon announced the new counting system today
NUMBERS of patients in Scottish hospitals with Covid-19 were being dramatically overplayed by around 80 per cent, it emerged today.

Nicola Sturgeon said a review of the counting system had led to the dramatic fall in the official tally.

Under the old measure - which included patients who had recovered from coronavirus, but were still in hospital for unrelated conditions - there would have been 262 people logged today.

But the First Minister said a "new and more accurate measure" showed the current figure was 48 patients.

Comment: See also: Everything You Think You Know About Coronavirus...

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No Entry

YouTube censors White House health advisor Scott Atlas

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In late August, the Hoover Institution filmed an in-depth interview with Dr. Scott Atlas who serves as a top health advisor to the White House, more or less replacing Anthony Fauci in that role.

Atlas is an advocate for opening up the economy and allowing natural immunities to control the virus. In this, he has many colleagues in the public-health profession who agree with him, including many epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, and medical doctors, all names frequently covered at AIER. This interview conducted by Hoover allows him to explain his views in depth.

Incredibly, YouTube has taken down the video interview of Scott Atlas for the usual vague reasons about community standards.

Alex Berenson is right: "As censorship goes, this is both terrifying and idiotic. Like him or hate him, Scott Atlas is ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON COVID - no one gains when YouTube denies everyone the chance to hear what he thinks. People who oppose him should want to know even more."

Comment: See also: Top medical advisor to Trump attacked for urging sensible herd immunity strategy


NPC

Leading UK museum decides the display of South American human shrunken heads is racist

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© Wikipedia
Shrunken head from the Shuar people, on display in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Killjoys at an Oxford museum have decided to remove from view its popular exhibit of shrunken human heads. The woke arbiters of British culture have decided that this exhibit reinforces "racist and stereotypical thinking."

For over 80 years, visitors to Oxford University's Pitt Rivers Museum, one of the world's most important ethnological institutes, have been fascinated by its display of shrunken heads, decorated skulls, scalps and Egyptian mummies.

Twenty years ago, when I took a group of six-year-old boys to visit the museum, no one went away with racist and stereotypical thoughts. On the contrary, the visitors who are exposed to this exhibit are likely to discover an interest in other cultures. Now, we are all deprived of the opportunity to embark on our own personal journey of discovery and make up our own minds about what to make of this exhibit.

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NPC

'Chickens come home to roost': California city manager says shooting of two deputies is to be "expected"

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Video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows the moment that male suspect opened fire on two deputies at a Compton bus station
A city manager in California posted on social media that "chickens come home to roost" following the shooting of two Los Angeles sheriff's deputies.

City Manager Jose Ometeotl posted on his previously public Instagram account that the ambush of two deputies in Compton on Saturday night was "expected in the society we live in today."

"The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today. The political climate and leadership of Sheriff Villanueva has only sowed the seeds of anger and frustration in the community. I pray for the deputies and their families while still demanding justice for Andres Guardado, Breana Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery..." Ometeotl wrote in the post, accompanied by a photo of Malcolm X with the caption, "Chickens come home to roost."

Comment: See also: Black militia, armed 'Patriots' & BLM protesters face off in Louisville on chaotic Kentucky Derby day


Star of David

Too blatant a crime to whitewash: Jewish terrorist gets 3 life terms for killing Palestinian family in 2015 arson

Amiram Ben Uliel Dawabsha arson murder
© Avshalom Sassoni/Pool Photo via AP
Convicted arsonist and murderer Amiram Ben Uliel in the Lod District Court on May 18, 2020.
An Israeli man found guilty of carrying out a deadly 2015 firebombing that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and his parents was sentenced on Monday to three life sentences.

Handing down the sentence, the Lod District Court said Amiram Ben Uliel, 26, committed the attack out of "extreme and racist ideology."

Ben Uliel, along with a teenage accomplice, were convicted previously over the 2015 arson attack in Duma. The attack, one of the most brutal acts of Jewish terror in recent years, claimed the lives of Sa'ad and Riham Dawabsha and their 18-month-old son Ali. Five-year-old Ahmed was the lone survivor of the attack.

The accomplice will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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According to Haaretz, in the wake of sentencing Ben-Uliel's wife maintained his innocence, saying "all the evidence" showed that "my husband did not do it."

Ben-Uliel's lawyers had previously attempted to get him acquitted, and it is expected that they will appeal his sentence to the Israeli Supreme Court.

Palestinians welcomed Monday's sentencing, with Palestinian members of the Arab-majority Joint List calling the sentencing an "important moment."

"The sentence is an important moment, when too many murders of Palestinians do not even reach trial," MK Yousef Jabareen said in a statement on Twitter, adding that "this does not clear the blame of the [Israeli] ministers who incited political assassination and created an atmosphere of racist hatred."

Head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh described the sentencing as only "partial justice," saying that "full justice will be done at the end of the occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel."

Hussein Dawabsheh, the father of Riham and the guardian of now 10-year-old Ahmad, said that the sentencing "will not bring anything back," echoing his previous sentiments that the conviction will not return his daughter to him, and will never ease the trauma that Ahmed experienced that day.



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Despite small gains for the far right and Navalny, Russia's weekend elections suggest no political change is imminent

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© Sputnik/Maxim Bogodvid
Members of the precinct election Commission count ballots at the polling station No. 42 in Kazan.
The status quo has it. That's the message from the local elections that took place last weekend in a third of Russia's regions. The United Russia party will be pleased with the outcome of what was a test of its grip on power.

The results will be less satisfactory for its opponents, because, despite frequent claims that Russians are growing weary of their rulers, in practice, they show little inclination for voting to change them.

The elections took place at a number of levels: by-elections for the State Duma (the national parliament), regional governors, regional parliaments, and city councils. United Russia won three of the four Duma by-elections, and most of the gubernatorial races. The latter were notable for the huge majorities won by incumbents, with most governors receiving 70 to 80 percent of the vote.

Results in votes for local legislative bodies were more mixed. For the most part, United Russia came out 30 percent or more ahead of its main opponents, the Communists and Vladimir Zhirinovsky's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), who competed in most regions for second place. In short, the elections pretty much reproduced the results of the last national vote, suggesting that the political system is quite stable, and we should not expect any great shocks in the immediate future. The powers-that-be will be able to look at the outcome with some satisfaction.

Comment: Update on Navalny: He's back!
Hope of a full recovery for Alexey Navalny received a boost on Tuesday morning, when the Russian opposition figure published a photo from Berlin's Charite hospital for the first time since he was admitted on August 24.

Writing on Instagram, Navalny explained that he "can still barely do anything," but is now able to breathe "on his own" without a ventilator. The anti-corruption activist appears to be in good spirits, joking that he "recommends" breathing, which he described as an "amazing, underestimated" process.
Navalny's post comes just a day after a German official apparently revealed the activist's intention to return home after he recovers, in order to "continue his mission." Allegedly speaking to the New York Times, the unnamed official also noted that Navalny is "fully aware of his condition" and seems mentally sharp.

On Tuesday, his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, confirmed that Navalny would return to Russia, saying that "no other options were ever considered."

Speaking to reporters, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman noted that news of Navalny's recovery is positive, and he would be welcomed back to his homeland.

"He is a citizen of Russia, he is free to leave Russia and return to Russia," Dmitry Peskov said. "If a Russian citizen improves his health, everyone will be happy."