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4 ex-Minneapolis police officers, including Chauvin, federally indicted in George Floyd's death

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This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.
A federal grand jury in Minnesota has voted to indict the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the May 25, 2020, arrest of George Floyd, according to indictments unsealed Friday.

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from the arrest and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng appeared via videoconference in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Chauvin was not part of the court appearance.

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Is this the Handmaid's Tale? First-year congresswoman details her woes as 'BIRTHING PERSON' to much bemusement

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Activists dressed in Handmaid's Tale costumes walk as they take part in a demonstration to mark International Women's Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 8, 2021.
Democratic Rep. Cori Bush shocked co-workers on both sides of the aisle after sharing her horror stories of mistreatment during two pregnancies. But it was her call-out to fellow 'birthing people' that put moms on edge.

The Missouri Rep. addressed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees on Thursday, sharing her experiences "as a single mom, nurse, activist, and Congresswoman...[committed] to protecting Black mothers, Black birthing people, Black babies, and to save Black lives."

While her pitch sounded innocuous enough at first - protecting women and children in a country that despite its first world status nevertheless is afflicted with one of the highest maternal death rates in the West, would seem to be a rather uncontroversial issue - a closer look at the tweet raised some alarms. Not only were her choices of who to protect limited to black children and parents, but there was that phrase in the middle of her conclusion: "Black birthing people."

Comment: People who use this kind of newspeak language should rightly be mocked and derided. As Matt Walsh said, "It makes everything ugly and dull and weird."

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California's 'equity' math rejects existence of naturally gifted students: 'All children capable at highest levels'

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California's proposed "equity"-focused K-12 mathematics framework aims to underscore the message that there are no students who are intellectually gifted in the subject area, and that providing tracks for higher-level math students is discriminatory.

"All students are capable of making these contributions and achieving these abilities at the highest levels," the introductory chapter of the framework draft from January states, addressing the "problem" that "many competitive colleges and universities ... hold calculus as an unstated requirement."

According to the framework, when school districts place students who show high ability in math in advanced classes, or in the "mathematics pathway system," they act in opposition to what the document states is "evidence that shows all fifth graders are capable of eventually learning calculus, or other high-level courses, when provided appropriate messaging, teaching, and support (sic)."

Comment: One thing that is readily apparent in all this racist math nonsense is that those hellbent on changing what is taught and how are also hellbent on making children less intelligent and capable.

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FEC ditches case regarding Trump hush-money payments to women

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"Like me, Trump should have been found guilty. How the F.E.C. committee could rule any other way is confounding," Michael Cohen said in a statement.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that it has ditched a case related to whether former President Donald Trump breached election law in connection with a payment made to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election by Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen served time for violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress, according to the New York Times, which noted that Cohen has stated that Trump directed him to set up payments to two women amid the 2016 election contest.

Comment: Looks like even the FEC is sick of this BS. Let it die, already.


'They're coming to kill us': Canada's Rebel News CANCELED by PayPal without notice, founder says

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Rebel News co-founder Ezra Levant announced that payment processor PayPal has canceled their account without an explanation. The Canadian outlet has been critical of the Covid-19 lockdowns and the government of PM Justin Trudeau.

"Look, this isn't a mistake. It's a cancel culture attack on the largest independent news agency in Canada. It's censorship," Levant announced on Thursday, in a fundraising appeal for legal fees to sue PayPal.

"They're finally coming to kill us," the Rebel News account tweeted.

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Climate of fear? Colleagues silent on CDC retaliation against 'superstar' scientist who tried to prevent vaccine 'pause' disaster

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CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia
None of the 10 doctors on the committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control on COVID-19 vaccines would say if they support the CDC removing a world-leading scientist from that committee for opposing a pause that may have spooked Americans off COVID vaccination.

The Federalist contacted all of the committee's members for comment on the CDC's decision that could affect the integrity and public perception of the committee's work, as well as Americans' willingness to accept COVID vaccines, a current pressing concern for the public health agency. None was willing to comment.

The reluctance underscores the retaliatory climate CDC communicated when it punished a "world-class" scientist who helped invent methods dramatically improving the very vaccine safety system the CDC uses today. That story The Federalist broke received major media attention, and so has the vaccine hesitancy the agency's pause seems to have amplified.

In April, CDC official Dr. Amanda Cohn emailed Harvard Medical School's Dr. Martin Kulldorff to remove him from the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccines Safety Technical Work Group (known as VaST). In her email, she made it clear that the agency was retaliating against Kulldorff because he publicly expressed his professional opinion that pausing the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine wasn't scientifically warranted and would increase COVID deaths.

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Rare nerve disorder after AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna's investigated for heart inflammation link

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Vials of the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice of a doctor, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria April 30, 2021.
Europe's medicines regulator is reviewing reports of a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who received AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 shots, raising fresh questions about potential side-effects of the vaccine.

As part of a regular review of safety reports for the vaccine, Vaxzevria, the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), is analysing data provided by AstraZeneca on cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), it said on Friday, without specifying the number of cases.

The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comment: It's likely that the mRNA vaccines pose an even greater threat to health:


Jerusalem is ready to explode - the world can't say it wasn't warned

The Palestinians have been abandoned, neglected and betrayed. Now their fate rests in the streets. It has always been this way Israeli policemen arrest a Palestinian protester near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, on 25 April, 2021
Barely a month has passed since Jared Kushner, former US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East envoy, declared the Arab-Israeli conflict over.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Kushner declared that "the political earthquake" unleashed by the latest wave of Arab normalisations with Israel wasn't over. Indeed, Kushner enthused, more than 130,000 Israelis had already visited Dubai since Trump hosted the signing of the Abraham Accords last September.

New friendly relations were flowering between Jews and Arabs. Just wait for the direct flights between Morocco and Israel. Saudi Arabia would soon be next. "We are witnessing the last vestiges of what has been known as the Arab-Israeli conflict," Kushner wrote triumphantly.

Comment: A few tweets illustrating the current situation:

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Excluding Asian Americans from top schools proves NYC education is off the rails - riddled with 'quota culture'

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Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter criticized the city’s specialized high school entrance exam for producing the “same unacceptable results over and over again.”
Anti-Asian violence in New York right now is more than random street-corner sucker punches and terrifying subway shoves. It's also the deliberate disassembly of meritocratic public education under the guise of ethnic equity — a dagger to the heart of the fastest-growing and arguably most dynamic immigrant group in the city.

Not to diminish the thuggery, the most serious threat to Asian American New Yorkers is the Department of Education's ill-disguised effort to eliminate merit test-based admission to the city's eight highly selective high schools. The process is dominated by Asian kids to the virtual exclusion of black and Hispanic students.

The new numbers came out last week, and they are beyond harsh: Asians won 54 percent of this year's freshman class seats; whites, 28 percent; Hispanics, 5 percent, and African Americans, 4 percent.



How it's going: Violent crime has surged in major US cities that suffered mass anti-police protests

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Violent crime surged in several U.S. cities that saw massive Black Live Matter and anti-police protests in the wake of George Floyd's death last summer.

The upswing of violent crime, including homicides, coincided with the protests, increased anti-police sentiment among Americans and declining morale in police departments, which have since struggled to recruit new officers. The number of murders alone increased by 36.7% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to public information compiled by data analytics reporter Jeff Asher.

"We are definitely at a critical manpower shortage here," Louisville police union spokesperson Dave Mutchler told the Daily Caller News Foundation last week. "The climate that we all find ourselves in right now is a lot more demanding and stressful on officers."

"Morale is basically in the toilet," he continued.

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