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One China? Only 2-6% of Taiwanese identify as Chinese over Taiwanese

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A large majority of residents surveyed in self-governed Taiwan consider themselves to be Taiwanese rather than Chinese, an opinion poll on national identity has found.

The survey conducted by a group called Taiwan Thinktank asked respondents whether they consider themselves to be Taiwanese or Chinese. Some 62.6 per cent identified themselves as Taiwanese while only 2 per cent identified as Chinese and 32.6 per cent considered themselves to be both.

Separately, when asked to choose between a Taiwanese identity and a Chinese one, 86 per cent identified themselves as Taiwanese over Chinese, while 6.2 per cent saw themselves as Chinese over Taiwanese.

The survey, whose findings were released at a press conference on Thursday, was conducted to gauge public opinion towards constitutional amendments proposed by the Legislative Yuan, the Taiwanese parliament. These proposals are geared towards prioritising "Taiwanese" as a national identity in the international arena.

One element of the proposed constitutional amendments will mean the island will seek to represent itself as "Taiwan" at international events such as the Olympics where in the past it has taken part as "Chinese Taipei".

Attention

Death Race 2020: Mad Max meets Through the Looking Glass in BLM riots

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Folks, we've officially entered a dystopian alternate reality that seems to be combination of Mad Max and Through the Looking Glass. It's not even October, and the wheels of our society are coming off.


In this video from Hollywood, the glamour capital of the USA, a confused driver in a Prius blunders into a BLM-Antifa (aka BLAMtifa) riot. The driver cautiously maneuvers around the rioters, avoiding contact with any of them. The rioters, having none of it, dispatch a customized truck to chase down the Prius and block it off. (This is the Mad Max part.) Rioters then swarm the trapped Prius and try to drag the driver out of his car in the hope of delivering a savage beatdown. After having his windshield smashed, the driver manages to back away in his vehicle and escape the scene. In a charming coda (this is the Through the Looking Glass part), we see him pulled over by L.A.'s Finest, the Thin Blue Line, the brave "men" of the LAPD, who arrest him for the crime of not allowing BLAMtifa to kill him.

CBS News, "reporting" the story, says that the driver struck several rioters (he did not) and was "stopped" by "protesters" (no, CBS, he was chased down, trapped, and swarmed by a homicidal mob that tried to assassinate him).

Eye 1

MORE city lockdowns loom in Ireland, nearby rural areas may be left alone

Micheal Martin
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Micheal Martin
IRELAND could be facing a series of city-wide lockdowns where urban centres are subjected to strict Covid-19 restrictions while adjacent rural county areas are allowed remain unaffected.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin issued the warning as he said there was rising concern over the increasing rate of Covid-19 detections in major urban centres in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway.

Dublin is already subjected to a three week lockdown in a bid to slash virus numbers.

The entire county of Donegal has also been subjected to a three week lockdown after virus case numbers soared.

Mr Martin said the Government will now consider city-wide lockdowns which spare rural county areas if recommended by NPHET.

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


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A 'culture of lawlessness' in D.A. offices

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US Attorney William McSwain • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner
U.S. Attorney William McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania blames Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner for the rise in violence in the City of Brotherly Love. Krasner's policies, McSwain announced, "create a culture of lawlessness; they leave criminals emboldened; and they have inevitable consequences." Indeed, since Krasner took office in 2018, homicides are up 49 percent and shootings have climbed by 59 percent. If the trend holds, Philadelphia will tally more than 450 homicides in 2020 — the highest count in nearly 30 years.

Crime is spiking precisely because Krasner isn't holding serious offenders accountable. An analysis by my group, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, found that Krasner is failing to prosecute felony offenses. Compared with his predecessor's average conviction rates, Krasner either dropped or lost 26 percent more of all felony cases. More robbery cases (up 14 percent) and auto theft cases (up 37 percent) were dropped or lost. In drug sales (not possession) cases, Krasner dismisses or loses 55 percent of cases, compared with the 34 percent rate of his predecessor.

Comment: Justice and lawfulness go together as long as there is agreement anchoring this combination and publicly-approved consequences abide. To slack on justice to appease undefined, unwarranted and unjust societal trends, invites chaos and further imbalance. Boundaries and consequences must be both just and firm.

McSwain, appointed by President Trump, had this to say:
"Armed murderers cannot be permitted to walk the streets of Philadelphia in the name of criminal justice reform. The staggering homicide and shooting rates in Philadelphia are proof that the District Attorney's radical experiment has failed. Homicides, shootings and serious violent crime have all skyrocketed in 2020 - from already intolerable levels that existed in 2019 and 2018."

"The federal cases against defendants Tuggle and Kane are the latest efforts by my office to serve as a counterweight to the chaos in Philadelphia created by local criminal justice policies that coddle violent criminals. These policies create a culture of lawlessness; they leave criminals emboldened; and they have inevitable consequences - one of which is a murder rate in Philadelphia that is the highest it has been in nearly 15 years."


Tuggle was charged with robbery, carjacking and fatal shooting. Krasner agreed not to prosecute for first- or second-degree murder in exchange for information that never materialized.

Convicted felon Kane was found in possession of firearm while on probation for his second homicide in Philly. His sentence was dismissed on a technicality. He has again been arrested on a federal charge.


"The violence has been pervasive and it is destroying the soul of the city," McSwain said. "In the last month alone, 48 people have been killed and hundreds have been shot. And the average age of the shooting victims is getting younger. Tragically, the vast majority of the victims are racial minorities. I can't say it any clearer: the District Attorney's policies come at the expense of minority communities."

Krasner said in July:
"In the absence of a cash bail system that allows prosecutors and magistrates to make individualized decisions, my office will continue to simulate a no-cash-bail system by seeking very high bails for the most serious and dangerous offenders and seeking bails that do not require cash for non-serious offenses in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in jails during the second wave of the pandemic in Philadelphia."

Krasner joined local leaders and community members in announcing a gun violence prevention collaborative, stressing the need to address root causes such as underfunded schools, limited mental health assistance and a lack of employment opportunities. He has emphasized the traumatization of neighborhoods through a cycle of poverty, violence and an overly punitive criminal justice system.

In his remarks on Monday, McSwain laid the surge in violence squarely at Krasner's feet:
"We can draw a straight line from these policies to the carnage on the streets. My office has examined the circumstances underlying many of the recent murder cases in the city and the inescapable conclusion is that a great number of these murders were made possible by the District Attorney's Office's willingness - indeed, its eagerness - to offer sweetheart plea deals to violent defendants. Deals that allowed those defendants to quickly get back out on the street and kill."



Arrow Up

Hamas, Fatah agree to hold elections in the coming months

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Mural titled: 'Ready for elections' in Gaza City.
After more than a decade of political strife, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold elections for the first time in Palestine in nearly 15 years.

According to the officials from both sides, polls will be scheduled within six months and priority will be given to holding legislative elections, followed then by presidential elections of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the central council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The agreement was announced on Thursday amid talks between Fatah and Hamas officials in the Turkish city of Istanbul, which are expected to continue into the coming days to discuss details of the election process and further reconciliation efforts. Leaders from both factions welcomed the agreement, describing the meetings as "positive, fruitful and constructive."

Secretary-General of the Central Committee of Fatah Movement Jibril Rajoub said "we reached a clear vision of the mechanisms for building national partnership through proportional representation elections," adding that the mechanisms of holding elections in places like Israeli-controlled occupied East Jerusalem were still being discussed.

Red Flag

Thousands of mosques destroyed or damaged in Xinjiang over previous three years

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A Chinese flag flies over a mosque closed by authorities in the old town of Kashgar.
Thousands of mosques in Xinjiang have been damaged or destroyed in just three years, leaving fewer in the region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, according to a report on Chinese oppression of Muslim minorities.

The revelations are contained in an expansive data project by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which used satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting to map the extensive and continuing construction of detention camps and destruction of cultural and religious sites in the north-western region.
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Nanyuan Street mosque

Nanyuan Street mosque - 2017 and 2018
The thinktank said Chinese government claims that there were more than 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang and that it was committed to protecting and respecting religious beliefs were not supported by the findings, and estimated that fewer than 15,000 mosques remained standing - with more than half of those damaged to some extent.

"This is the lowest number since the Cultural Revolution, when fewer than 3,000 mosques remained," the report said.

Bizarro Earth

Two injured in knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices in Paris, two suspects detained

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Police at the scene of the knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
A counter-terrorism investigation has been launched in France after two people were seriously injured in a knife attack in front of the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Two arrests have been made and the victims' lives were not in danger, authorities said.

A man wearing bloodstained clothing and carrying a large knife or machete was detained near the Place de la Bastille in eastern Paris shortly after the attack, police said.

The victims were a man and a woman employed by a TV production company called Premières Lignes based in the same building as the newspaper's former offices.

Comment: RT reports:
The attack comes shortly after the launch of the trial of the alleged accomplices to the deadly 2015 attack, which kicked off in early September. The beginning of the trial was also celebrated by the satirical magazine which decided to reprint the Prophet Mohammed cartoons that ultimately prompted the terrorist attack.

The reprint of the cartoons sparked a new wave of protests in the Muslim world. In Pakistan, for instance, scores of hardline Islamists staged several mass demonstrations, condemning the satirical magazine, the offensive cartoons, and even France as a whole.
RFE/RL reports:
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on September 25 the knifing was "clearly an act of Islamist terrorism."

"Obviously, there is little doubt. It's a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists, against this society," he said in an interview with the France 2 television station.

The interior minister said the main suspect was an 18-year-old believed to have arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor from Pakistan. His identity is still being verified.

The main suspect was arrested on the steps of the Bastille Opera not far from the attack site with blood on his clothing. A blade, described as a machete or a meat cleaver, was recovered at the scene of the attack.

An Algerian man was also arrested shortly after the attack for possible links to the main suspect. Hours later, five other people said to be of Pakistani origin were taken into custody for questioning during a raid on the main suspect's home in Paris.

The interior minister said the 18-year-old had been previously arrested for carrying a screwdriver but was not known to be radicalized.

France's counterterrorism prosecutor's office said that an investigation had been opened into "attempted murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise" and "conspiracy with terrorists."
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USA

Portland, Oregon, braces itself for large right-wing rally

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In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators plant a flag in Tom McCall Waterfront Park during a rally in Portland, Ore. At least several thousand people are expected in Portland on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, for a rally in support of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign as tensions boil over nationwide following the decision not to charge officers in Louisville, Kentucky for killing Breonna Taylor.
At least several thousand people are expected in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a right-wing rally in support of President Donald Trump and his "law and order" reelection campaign as tensions boil over nationwide following the decision not to charge officers in Louisville, Kentucky, for killing Breonna Taylor.

The Proud Boys, a group that has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, described it as a free speech event to support Trump and the police, restore law and order and condemn anti-fascists, "domestic terrorism" and "violent gangs of rioting felons" in the streets. Local and state elected officials forcefully condemned the event and rushed to shore up law enforcement ranks as left-wing groups organized several rallies to oppose the Proud Boys' message.


Comment: The SPLC, a hate group themselves, has labelled the Proud Boys as a hate group, but the FBI has said otherwise: FBI reveals it did NOT label Proud Boys an extremist group


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Light Saber

Over 80% of Britons not heeding COVID-19 self-isolation rules, study finds

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People enjoy the hot weather on Margate beach in Margate, Britain, June 24, 2020.
Over 80% of people in Britain are not adhering to self-isolation guidelines when they have COVID-19 symptoms or had contact with someone who has tested positive, a study has found.

A majority were also unable to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The research raises major questions about the effectiveness of England's Test and Trace programme as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to keep a lid on rising infection numbers with new restrictions.

The research, led by King's College London, found that only 18.2% of people who reported having symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days had not left home since the symptoms developed, and only 11.9% requested a COVID-19 test.

It also found that only 10.9% of people told by the NHS Test and Trace scheme to self-isolate after close contact with a COVID-19 case had done so for 14 days as required.

The government last week introduced fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($12,780.00) for breaking self-isolation rules, and are offering a 500-pound support payment to low-paid workers who lose income from quarantining.

Comment: The study can be found here: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.15.20191957v1.full.pdf
"Factors associated with multiple outcomes

Patterns of results were similar for all outcomes. Lower adherence was associated with being male, younger age, having a dependent child in the household, lower socio-economic grade, greater hardship, and being less informed about COVID-19 and guidance to prevent the spread of the virus (e.g. not being able to identify key symptoms of COVID-19), not knowing government guidance if you were to develop symptoms of COVID-19, and disagreeing that someone can spread COVID-19 even if they are asymptomatic"



Vader

Mandatory mask wearing is silent terrorism meant for psychological submission

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"If you are too weak to give yourselves your own law, then a tyrant shall lay his yoke upon you and say:" Obey! Clench your teeth and obey!" "And all good and evil shall be drowned in obedience to him."

Friedrich Nietzsche
Since when is depriving the body and mind of oxygen, and breathing in expelled carbon dioxide (CO2) good for the health of humans? Since when is wearing a partial face covering that is multiple times more porous than can protect against any virus penetration helpful? Since when is hiding all expression from others not psychologically damaging? Since when is it legitimate and not hypocritical for the state to outlaw Muslim women from wearing head and face coverings that are part of their culture, and in the same breath force all Americans to cover their faces with a mask? Since when does any politician have any right to dictate to an entire population that they have to wear masks or any other type of clothing? Since when in this day and age did absolute slavery of all become a mainstay of American society?

Forced mask wearing due to political control over people is a major aspect of the tyrannical response to this fraudulent virus 'pandemic.' Social distancing, forced testing, quarantines, mandated business closings, temperature checks, mass surveillance, and any number of other atrocious invasions of privacy are all demeaning and oppressive, but the state and local orders supported by the national political and 'health' organizations to wear masks, is especially instructive of the real agenda sought. That agenda is as clear as day, and is being implemented not only as a test of mass societal compliance, but also to force people apart and to remove closeness, expression, and emotion from the human psyche. This is a purposeful state exercise with the intent of destroying the spirit of the American public, leaving only a society of unfeeling and obedient drones awaiting the next order handed down from on high.

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