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Hong Kong pulls more democracy books from library shelves citing security law concerns

HK library
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Hong Kong Central Library
Nine books written by Hong Kong pro-democracy figures and critics of Beijing have been removed from local public libraries for review, after the authorities cited potential national security law violations.

According to Apple Daily's report on Friday, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) ordered library staff to remove copies of nine books by six authors from the shelves as the titles had to undergo a review by the government. The LCSD confirmed with HKFP on Sunday that they have suspended services relating to the nine books, saying the move was to "avoid breaking the law."

Among the authors whose books are being vetted are former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho, ex-Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, political commentator Bruce Lam and Chinese-American writer and activist Yu Jie and Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu. Hong Kong Nationalism written by Undergrad - an editorial board of the Hong Kong University Students' Union, was also among the titles that are no longer available.
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Some of the titles put under review by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit

Katie Hobbs
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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) is receiving security protection from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after she received several death threats during a controversial election audit in Maricopa County.

Hobbs's office confirmed to The Hill that she requested the protection Thursday "in light of recent death threats she has been receiving and after she was chased by a man she did not recognize yesterday."

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's (R) office also confirmed to The Hill that it had approved of the protection from the Department of Public Safety.

Hobbs has been a consistent critic of the election audit, which is being pushed by Republicans in the state Senate to call into questions the results from the 2020 presidential race in Arizona's largest county, which went for President Biden. The company conducting the audit has minimal experience in election tallying, and its chief executive has expressed support for former President Trump.

Comment: See also:


'Disappearance' of Navalny doctor sends Russia-bashers into overdrive... until he's found alive and well

FILE PHOTO. Alexander Murakhovsky, chief doctor at Omsk Emergency Hospital No. 1, Russia.
When Dr Alexander Murakhovksy set out for a long weekend of hunting in a Siberian forest, he had no idea he would soon be at the center of a massive local manhunt - as well as vivid conspiracy theories and a worldwide media storm.

On Sunday, as Russia celebrated Victory Day with a national holiday, the Interior Ministry in Omsk put out an alert for a man in his fifties who had become separated from his companions. He had reportedly not been heard-of since heading off into the woods on an all-terrain vehicle. To make matters worse, local residents claimed to have spotted bears in the area.

Comment: See also: Pro-western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist: Who exactly is Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny?

Eye 2

UMass Amherst honor students suspended for not wearing masks off-campus while outside, parents will sue: 'It's been devastating'

UMass Amhurst students suspended masks off campus
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Three UMass Amherst honor students have been kicked out of school because they were seen in a photo without masks when they were off-campus and outside. The freshmen students will reportedly lose their course credits and tuition over the maskless photo that was posted on social media. The students' parents are ready to fight the university's decision.

The three female students posed for a photo while at an off-campus party that was held outside in March. The photo posted to Instagram were reportedly sent to UMass Amherst officials, who then suspended the three students.

"There was a photo sent to the administration of these girls outside off-campus on a Saturday," Kristin, a mother of one of the suspended students, said. "This is why they lost a whole semester of their schooling."

Comment: Amherst has fallen prey to the hysteria surrounding covid, and wokeness in general. This is not the first time Amherst has punished students. In February the university suspended 354 students, and in March nearly 200 students who attended an off-campus party. But somehow this case seems particularly vindictive.

Homonationalism? Amherst College's leftist Common Language Guide sparks free speech debate

Alarm Clock

Arizona citizens' group drops nuke: Sues state for 2018, 2019, and 2020 elections that were not in compliance with Arizona law

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View of the floor of Maricopa County's election audit
How does Arizona get out of this? If this happened in Arizona what other states does this apply to?

This all leads back to our investigation of the outfits that certified the Arizona elections and were called back after the election by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) to perform audits earlier after the 2020 election a few months ago.

We reported that the MCBOS would not allow the Arizona Senate to perform an audit of the county's 2020 Election results. The MCBOS sued to Senate to prevent the audit. Then when the Senate updated laws to clarify their right to audit and the courts found that the Senate has every right to audit the county's results, the MCBOS said ok you can do an audit but we want to select the auditors. They then said the only firms they would allow to perform their audit were those certified by the EAS.

Comment: Gateway Pundit also reports on the obstacles being placed in the way of a proper audit such as lack of access due to Dominion retaining crucial passwords. The brass of the Democrat machine is breathtaking:
Back on November 30, 2020, Maricopa County elections witness Jan Bryant testified before the Arizona legislature.

Jan has a strong project management background. She could not believe what she witnessed during the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Jan said back on November 30, 2020, that Maricopa County officials DID NOT RUN THE ELECTION! Dominion employees John and Bruce did.

Jan's testimony might explain why Maricopa County officials do not have Admin passwords or access to the Dominion voting machines.

They never had them!

Jan also testified under oath that county staff, not even IT staff were allowed access to the voting machines and that she witnessed Dominon employees with a laptop computer in the counting room.

Jan worked 6 days at MCTEC, has an MBA, and project management background in technology.

Transcribed Witness Text: Janice (Jan) Bryant
From Video Testimony here:
Captured 06:39:30 to 06:42:25
Nov. 30th 2020 - AZ Legislature's Election Fraud Hearing (Hyatt Hotel)

Jan Bryant: ....and back to my opening, I wanted to tell you that I do have a pretty strong project management technology background. This is not, I would say, everybody, raves about how we'll run and how tight this room is that we were working in. I was in the (MCTEC) tabulation center. You know the glass (wall) and the servers in a glass room. All the computers are on a single cable that you can see. None of that matters because of two things. One, the Dominion employees were the only ones that were running any of that equipment.

So I'm, I was in the tabulation center six different days. Day and night shifts. And no county employees, no IT people, no one else was touching any of the software. They (Dominion) did all the training for the adjudicators, they ran all the reports. And so I brought this up on my very first day in the room. I said this doesn't seem right, as a person with my background. Never in a million years would I turn my company's most important things over to someone else. And there's only two guys (Dominion's Bruce & John) and they had whole control of everything.

I also participated in the (2%) random ballot selection for hand audit. Picking the ballots, you know, determining which bins we were going to select. And even with that, Dominion ran the report for it (which bins to pull). So no one, I mean, they (Dominion) knew exactly what was in the hand audit boxes. That made me nervous also. And they also knew when we pulled the last box, which was probably eight days before they quit counting ballots. As a senior manager over big projects, never in a million years would I have allowed some of the stuff that I saw going on there.

RECAP: The exact bins to be pulled for the mandated 2% hand audit were decided by Dominion staff, using their EMS software, not randomly.

The other thing that I wanted to make sure. The final week that they were counting ballots, I came in on I think a Tuesday. When I had left the Friday before I did NOT notice there was a laptop in the room behind the (glass) wall, that "John" the Dominion employee was working on. When I came in on Tuesday and walked around where they were doing the hand entry of ballots, I noticed that laptop sitting there and John was working on it. It's not a secure room if you're bringing a laptop in and out of a room. Who knows what happened there. Every one of the 50 desktops that were in there had a row of USB ports on the side of it. So I get very angry when I hear some of our leader here saying "Oh, it's secure, nothing can get in or out.". That's not true. I will tell you that is probably the biggest issue that I had.
As so may have said, if Biden's win was legit, why keep throwing up issues? The Democrats should be falling all over themselves to have the audit vindicate their victory.


Victory Day belongs to the Russian people: Westerners must realize it celebrates destroying the Nazis, NOT honoring Stalin's USSR

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© REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov
Russian service members drive BMD-4M infantry fighting vehicles during a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2021
With tanks rolling through Red Square and jets screaming overhead, Russians are marking Victory Day on Sunday with a colossal parade, 76 years on from the surrender of the Third Reich and the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops.

These celebrations are often portrayed in the West as an effort to rehabilitate the USSR and its wartime leader, Joseph Stalin. In reality though, Moscow is far from eager to rewrite history, and most Russians are more than capable of commemorating the Soviet victory without endorsing Stalinism.

However, as preparations for the anniversary got underway, the Georgian strongman has again been making news. Just a week ago, in the Caucasian town of Dagestanskiye Ogni, a bust in honor of Stalin was erected. Unlike much of his legacy, it was short lived, and local authorities ordered its removal only four days after it was unveiled.



Existential economic threats: How US states can survive without federal money

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© Martin Winkler
We all knew it was coming; the alternative economic media has been warning about it for years. Eventually, monetary intervention and bailout after bailout by central banks always leads to devaluation of the currency and inflation in prices. Helicopter money always ends in disaster and at no point in history has it ever produced positive long-term results for a society.

The federal reserve has created trillions in fiat dollars over the course of a single year (on top of the tens of trillions created in the past decade), all in the name of offsetting deflation. This deflation was not caused by the pandemic, it was caused by the government response to the pandemic. The shutdowns of "non-essential businesses" and the lockdowns in general ended up being useless in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

All the information, all the facts and all the science supports the anti-lockdown crowd. Conservative run states that removed lockdowns and mandates months ago are seeing falling infection and death numbers and local businesses are on the mend. The problem is, government authorities don't seem to care about this. It appears that their intention is to double down and continue demanding restrictions stay in place for the long haul.

In other words, they are going to find an excuse to keep the mandates going. If no reason exists, they will create a reason. Consider for a moment the fact that COVID-19 is mutating constantly, and like any other virus there are new strains that pop up every year. Just as we have a seasonal flu, we will probably now have seasonal COVID.

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Serial killer Reginald Arthurell's new life as 'Regina'

Regina Kaye
© Radio 2GBSource:News Corp Australia
Now known as ‘Regina Kaye’, serial killer Reginald Arthurell is living in western Sydney
Serial killer Reginald Arthurell is leading a new life as a woman after his prison release and has allegedly made threats against his female victim's family.

Radio station 2GB has revealed photos of the violent outback murderer, now aged 74, dressed in a series of women's wigs posing for the camera.

The photos were allegedly posted on a transgender community friendship page by Arthurell, who now goes by the name of Regina and is living in western Sydney.

He has posed in three different coloured wigs, including one in a dark brown bob which he has used as his signature image, with the words, "Hi, I'm Regina".

NSW Police are also investigating a claim Arthurell had vowed to "take out" the family of his victim Venet Raylee Mulhall.

Corrective Services NSW referred police to an allegation by a concerned transgender community member that Arthurell allegedly contacted via the Facebook page.

He had allegedly said he would act against the family and Corrective Services once his parole had ended and he was no longer wearing a tracking anklet.

Bizarro Earth

Street parties erupt in Spain as government lifts six month curfew, regions consider REIMPOSING own lockdown restrictions

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People celebrate as the state of emergency decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gets lifted at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain, May 9, 2021
Revelers thronged the streets of Spain's cities on Sunday after its government lifted a six-month nightly curfew. Crowds danced, sang, and drank - but regional authorities are already planning on ending the party.

The Spanish government lifted its coronavirus-related state of emergency at midnight on Sunday. The state of emergency allowed the government to ban non-essential travel between regions, and required citizens to stay at home between 11pm and 6am. Spain was recording around 20,000 daily cases of Covid-19 when the curfew was introduced, and although this number peaked at more than 40,000 in January, it has since receded to just over 8,000 on Saturday.

Spaniards wasted no time in celebrating. When midnight hit, people flocked onto the streets across the country, dancing, hugging, and chanting "freedom." Video footage from Madrid's Puerta del Sol captured the celebratory mood.

Comment: After lockdowns people naturally feel the need to release the tension in some way, however, if actions and rumours elsewhere are anything to go by, they may not be 'free' for very long:


Canadian pastor who prevented police from shutting down Easter service arrested and charged with "organizing an illegal in-person gathering"

Comment: What's more, they tracked his phone and busted him with a platoon of cop cruisers on the open highway, then handcuffed him (and hogtied his brother)...

Pastor Artur Pawlowski

Pastor Artur Pawlowski being dragged away by Canadian cops
A Canadian pastor who went viral last month for ordering out police who showed up to his church on Easter weekend was arrested Saturday for violating COVID-19 limits on gatherings set by a new court order.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski, the head of Calgary's Street Church in Alberta, and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, were arrested and charged with "organizing an illegal in-person gathering," the Calgary Police Service said in a statement.

Video capturing the arrests showed several police vehicles parked on the street as officers carried the handcuffed brothers, who appeared to refuse to walk on their own. An onlooker can be heard telling the officers, "Shame on you guys, this is not Communist China. Don't you have family and kids? Whatever happened to 'Canada, God keep our land glorious and free'?"

Comment: Something similarly outrageous occurred in Ireland recently. A man who was in attendance at an 'illegal' mass filmed police 'breaking it up'. Days later cops showed up at his home at 3am, abducted his children and put him in the slammer for the night.

The ostensible reason was because 'his mother' had called police to report fears for his mental well-being, allowing police to arrest him and take his children away under a legal loophole that required no warrant. The man's mother died in 1997...