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Oops? UK to reduce Covid deaths by 10% because of 'counting errors'

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Paramedics and nursing staff in protective gear outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital (Image: Paramedics and nursing staff in protective gear outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital
Up to 10 percent of coronavirus deaths recorded in England will be chalked off due to an error in counting, it has been claimed.

Public Health England currently includes all fatalities of anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, regardless of whether their death is related to the disease.

Scientists noticed the error as early as July, leading to an urgent review, with some deaths on the official count happening months after someone was infected.

Comment: This seems a tad extreme of a move to be considered a simple "error."

The mishap means all of England's 265,000 confirmed cases would in time be included on the toll, regardless of the circumstances around someone's death.

The numbers will be reconfigured so deaths are only counted if a person dies within 28 days of testing positive - like in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Comment: And even that will be misleading. Someone can get a mild case of Covid and die of other causes within 28 days.

While a second weekly measure, recording deaths within 60 days will also be set up - with an announcement expected this week, reports The Sun.

As many as 4,170 deaths could be wiped off the count which currently stands at 41,686.


Polling suggests 'regime change' in Russia would lead to a far-right or Communist Kremlin - no support for pro-Western liberal govt.

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The Spasskaya Tower in Moscow's Red Square
One of the great mysteries in US/UK analysis of Russia is the apparently almost universally accepted belief that the implosion of Putin's system would somehow gift Moscow 'back' to the West, resetting the clock to the 1990s.

The general consensus seems to be that Russians are secretly bursting with desire for 'freedom,' counting down the days until they can re-embrace Uncle Sam. Never mind the fact that even Boris Yeltsin's pro-American administration became increasingly disillusioned with Washington during his second term in the Kremlin. And, most famously, Yevgeny Primakov, then prime minister, turned his plane around in mid-air en route to the US upon learning of NATO's decision to illegally bomb Serbia.

What makes things even more bizarre is the suspension of disbelief required to continuously present the small, Western-leaning Moscow protest movement as Russia's alternative government-in-waiting. There are countless hagiographies in US/UK media of Alexei Navalny, and other fringe voices acceptable to the West, but its consumers know precious little about the reality on the ground.

Light Saber

Los Angeles district attorney's husband facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protesters

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Jackie Lacey, in an interview with CNN which aired on June 13, 2020, discussed the BLM protests
Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey in connection with the March incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters at the couple's home, according to a charging document obtained by POLITICO.

David Lacey was charged Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm regarding the March 2 incident, according to documents filed by Becerra's office.

Comment: LA's first black District Attorney slams 'Black Lives Matter' for targeting her home

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Emboldened by promises of annexation, Israeli settler attacks soared in July

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Israeli security forces stand guard as settlers gather on 'Mount Jumjumah' in the city of Halhul, north of the West Bank of Hebron on June 30, 2020.
According to data gathered by Mondoweiss, there were at least 25 reported incidents of Israeli settler violence against Palestinians since the unofficial July 1st deadline to annex the West Bank passed.

It has been one month since Israel's unofficial July 1st deadline to annex the West Bank passed. The media attention leading up to the date reached a fevered pitch by June 30th, as international condemnations rolled in, and US congress members began floating the idea of conditioning aid to Israel.

By the time July 1st rolled around, after weeks of intense build up, Israel had begun to backtrack, and eventually, talk of annexation seemed to fizzle out.

But while the world may have moved on from annexation, for the time being, the consequences of Israel's promises are being felt on the ground in the West Bank, as reports of settler attacks on Palestinians and their property surged in July, as well as in June in the lead up to annexation.

Almost every day since July 1st has seen reports of settler attacks and incursions on Palestinian towns and villages across the West Bank. Notably, a significant portion of the recorded incidents relate to settlers attempting to seize new pieces of land or establish new outposts in the West Bank.

Comment: Israel knows how to motivate the public to initiate and fulfill the annexation fixation.


De Blasio announces COVID-19 checkpoints on tunnels and bridges to enforce quarantine order

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday COVID-19 checkpoints will be established on tunnels and bridges leading into the city in order to enforce Governor Cuomo's quarantine order.

The mayor tweeted, "New Yorkers worked too hard to beat back COVID-19 — we cannot lose that progress. 35 states have dangerously high infection rates. We won't let the virus spread here."

"Today we're announcing check points at key points of entry into New York City. We'll educate travelers on the state's mandatory 14 day quarantine and help them follow the rules safely," de Blasio tweeted.
"Travelers coming in from these states must complete travel health forms to support contact tracing efforts," according to the official government website of New York City.

This is the first major effort by New York City to enforce Governor Cuomo's 14-day quarantine for travelers from the 34 states and Puerto Rico with high COVID-19 rates, according to NBC New York.

Arrow Down

Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay ousted by BLM activist Cori Bush

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Missouri Dem Cori Bush leads protest against police brutality University City, June 12, 2020.
Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay lost the Democratic primary Tuesday to nurse and Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, a stunning defeat for the scion of a political dynasty that has represented the St. Louis-based 1st District for more than half a century.

Bush was leading Clay 49 percent to 46 percent when The Associated Press called the race at 11:18 p.m. Central time. Clay, 64, is the third Democrat this cycle to lose his seat to a challenger more plugged in with the party's most progressive wing.

Clay's defeat stands out because he is a Black lawmaker who focused on civil rights issues throughout his 10 terms in Congress. His father, William L. Clay, was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.
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Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay defeated in Tuesday's Democratic primary, 1st District.


Royal protection officer: Met police destroyed records for the night Prince Andrew allegedly had sex with teenager in London

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Virginia Roberts, then 17, claims she was coerced by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein into having sex with the Prince on the night of March 10 at the Belgravia home of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Police records that could make or break Prince Andrew's alibi for the night he is alleged to have had sex with a sex-trafficked teenager have been destroyed.

Scotland Yard made the admission to a former Royal protection officer who told The Mail on Sunday he believed Andrew may have returned to Buckingham Palace in the early hours of March 11, 2001.

Virginia Roberts, then 17, claims she was coerced by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein into having sex with the Prince on the night of March 10 at the Belgravia home of Ghislaine Maxwell. In his infamous Newsnight interview last November, the Duke of York insisted he had spent that night at Sunninghill Park, Berkshire, with his children, having earlier dropped off Princess Beatrice at a Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, for a party.
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Comment: See also:

Black Cat

Portland violence continues, protesters invade suburbs despite claim that 'if feds leave, we'll leave'

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Despite claims to the contrary, protests and violence have continued in Portland following the withdrawal of federal police. Tear gas and flashbang grenades were used to disperse crowds that have now moved to the city's suburbs.

Local authorities declared a riot for the second night in a row on Wednesday, as violence continued in the city for the 70th consecutive night since the death of Geroge Floyd in police custody.

A crowd of approximately 100 people gathered outside the Portland Police East Precinct shortly after 9pm, growing to over 200 shortly thereafter.



Poll shows 81% of black Americans want police to spend same or MORE amount of time in their neighborhoods but want improvement in interactions

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Chicago police patrol the streets in 2013.
When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans -- 61% -- want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.

Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they'd like them to spend less time there (19%).


Society's obsession with the 'n-word' ignores the real issues plaguing black communities & encourages racial division

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Multiple public figures have landed in hot water in the last week for using the 'n-word' in the context of condemning its use. Such an absurd catch-22 is emblematic of a sick society in which wokeness is used to control behavior.

Perhaps the most notorious racial slur in the English language, the "n-word" is generally considered anathema in US and UK society. This is 2020; we're supposed to have moved beyond using race and ethnicity as insults.

But the pre-Civil Rights era is resurfacing in strange ways: 'woke' agitators are pushing for everything from reinstituting segregation in schools to purging controversial figures from history, all in the name of (supposedly) improving race relations.

Instead of making race irrelevant, as civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. hoped to do, they've appointed it the most important attribute that can define a person. Accordingly, racial slurs have been elevated from venal to mortal sin, and the n-word has once again become a lightning rod for controversy.