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A PSA AND virtue signal all in one: Trevor Noah slams 'outdated' gender reveal parties after firework sparks California wildfire

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Trevor Noah
Reacting to news that a firework from a gender reveal party triggered a still-raging wildfire in California, comedian Trevor Noah blasted the celebrations as "outdated" because gender isn't always revealed at birth.

The fires in Southern California have caused multiple areas to be evacuated and have spread across thousands of acres, and news that a firework from a gender reveal party is responsible for one of the blazes has many questioning the sense of these parties.

A gender reveal party is held during pregnancy as a way for expectant parents to announce the sex of a child. Social media videos have shown the celebration becoming more and more elaborate in recent years, with parents looking to go viral by upping the ante on their stunts.

Comment: 7k-acre California fire started by fireworks at gender reveal party


Propaganda

The majority of Western 'journalists' have prioritised winning the 'information war' over covering Russia objectively & it's destroying the media

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International law has gradually been replaced with trial by public opinion and states have become obsessed with narrative control. Information wars and "fake news" are the natural consequences and trust in the media is collapsing.

Much focus is devoted to the polarisation of media coverage in domestic politics, although what is the state of affairs in the coverage of international politics? In the current information war, all sides appear to have dirty hands. Russian media is constantly criticised, and sometimes the criticism is just. Yet, how has the information war with Russia affected the way Western media obtain, analyse and disseminate information?

Dollars

'Like token blacks': Diamond and Silk offered $150,000 to ditch Trump

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President Donald Trump hugs "Diamond and Silk" during the "Presidential Social Media Summit" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Washington.
Diamond and Silk, the internet celebrities and sisters who were among the first African Americans to embrace Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, were offered $150,000 to dump Trump and endorse another candidate, they reveal in their upcoming book.

The duo, often seen with Trump in the White House and on the campaign trail, said that the offer treated them as if "we were token blacks," and they never considered it.

"Token blacks do what they're told to do. We're Diamond and Silk. We're not token blacks, and we don't owe anybody anything," wrote Diamond.

"You got that right," said Silk, adding, "No amount of money would have stopped us from stumping for Donald J. Trump."

Diamond and Silk, born a year apart as Lynnette and Rochelle Hardaway, exploded on the internet with their videos in support of Trump and conservative activism. In their new book Uprising: Who the Hell said You Can't Ditch and Switch? the two tell their life story and analyze current events, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

Cardboard Box

MSNBC's Sharpton: Defunding police 'something a latte liberal may go for'

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MSNBC's Al Sharpton said Tuesday that defunding the New York City Police Department is an idea "a latte liberal" may advocate, but not by those "Blacker and poorer" who have seen shootings and homicides surge in New York over the summer.

Sharpton's comments on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" come as the NYPD reported a 166 percent increase in shootings in August compared to the same month last year.

Overall in 2020, New York has seen an 87 percent increase in shooting incidents across the city, with more than 1,000 reported compared to 541 at the same time in 2019.

"We've always heard about the tale of two cities. On the side of the city that I come from, which is Blacker and poorer, we've seen more in terms of gun usage. I got a lot of attention when I did the eulogy for George Floyd's funeral, but I also, a month later, preached [at] a 1-year-old kid's funeral in Brooklyn who was killed by a stray bullet," Sharpton said.

"Six people were shot over Labor Day weekend at a festival in Brooklyn, so I would say statistically we're not much higher than where we were, but on the ground it is certainly feeling more violent, feeling more unsafe in unsafe communities," he continued.

"We need to reimagine how we do policing," Sharpton later added. "But to take all policing off is something a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as an academic problem. But people living on the ground need proper policing."

Comment: It should go without saying. But not when ideological lunatics are controlling the narrative. They want to watch the world burn, so the can recreate it in their own image out of the chaos and ashes of any semblance of stability and normality that we currently experience.


Pistol

Labor Day weekend sees shootings continue upward trend in urban crime

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Violent crime continues to spike in U.S. cities this year. While the summer historically produces an upward swing in violence, leaders in many cities attribute the increase in shootings to COVID-19 lockdowns.

While journalists and politicians seem to assert that everything is fine in their neighborhoods and that the violence demonstrated over the last six months is a political ploy exploited by President Trump, cities like NYC, Chicago, Boston see record numbers of fatalities grow.

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'Burn it down!' Portland's BLM protesters set fire outside police precinct & enter RAP BATTLE with cops

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Bizarre footage continues to emerge from Portland, Oregon, where police made numerous arrests and seized an arsenal of weapons as protesters set another fire outside a police precinct, and came up with a novel form of stand-off.

On Sunday night into Monday morning, Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland marched and gathered in front of the North Precinct Community Policing Center, a building activists have tried to burn down with people inside before and during demonstrations.

A crowd chanting, "burn it down," set multiple mattresses on fire and added debris to the fire until first responders deemed it dangerous and had to move in to extinguish it.

Comment: More violence from the "mostly peaceful" supporters of BLM and Antifa:

Man Who Attempted to Kill Trump Supporter Still at Large, May Be Member of Mongols Motorcycle Club
On Saturday, a conservative activist was hit by a truck after a memorial for Aaron "Jay" Danielson, the Trump supporter who was murdered by Antifa in Portland last week.

The victim, Shane Moon, as well as other witnesses, say that it was a targeted attack due to his political beliefs. He is currently in intensive care as he is bleeding from his brain, sustained damaged to his left temporal lobe, has a concussion and cannot remember the impact.


A witness at the scene, Rex Fergus, told the Gateway Pundit that an Officer Brad Miller had said that the attacker had been arrested, however, that does not appear to be the case.

The Vancouver Police Department has now refused to provide the victim or witnesses with any information about whether or not the attacker is in custody, or even a name of the suspect. Additionally, the Gateway Pundit has reached out to the department multiple times, as well as Officer Miller personally, and have not received any response.

However, Law Enforcement Today reports that they have received information from a source that the attacker has been identified, but remains at large. They also report that he is possibly a patched member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, in addition to any ties he may have to Antifa.

The attacker:

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Fergus spoke to and interviewed Moon's longtime girlfriend, Laura Tobolski, on Sunday at the hospital and provided audio to the Gateway Pundit.
"He remembers trying to get out of the way, he physically tried to move out of the way of the truck. The truck obviously did not try to get out of Shane's way. He remembers up until that point, then he doesn't remember anything until he woke up on the stretcher," Tobolski explained.

Tobolski said that she does not believe that Moon had got into any kind of confrontation with the man outside the bar before being hit by the truck.

"I don't think he even spoke a word to him," Tobolski said.

Moon absolutely feels like this was a targeted attack, and Tobolski agrees.
"There was plenty of room for the truck to go around Shane, or even wait for him to move out of the way," Tobolski noted. "There was none of that. It was absolutely targeted."
As Gateway Pundit previously reported, Moon had just attended a memorial for the man who was murdered by Antifa member Michael Forest Reinoehl when he was hit.

Following the memorial, Moon and a group of his friends and Proud Boys went to a local bar down the street called Charlie's. According to Tarrio, a man who appeared to be a member of Antifa was also at the bar and began taking photos and recordings of the people inside.

Fergus, who witnessed the incident, told the Gateway Pundit that the man "started walking around the bar and recording us, putting his phone in our faces, supposedly for doxing."
"As he was doing that, one of our guys confronted him and said 'hey, get out of here, we don't want you filming us. This is a private establishment and we're not in public.' The man continued to try to pick fights with people in the bar at the time, until security finally kicked him out of the bar," Fergus said.
As the man was kicked out of the bar, there were several Proud Boys in the parking lot smoking cigarettes and just arriving from the memorial service. Fergus explained that the man had also become combative with them.

"Once the guy started his vehicle up and started to drive off, he hit Shane," Fergus said. "Shane tried to get out of the way and the guy ran him over."

Fergus said that Shane's body went up on to the roof of the truck and his head hit the concrete when he fell.

"Immediately he was unconscious. After he hit him, the driver of the truck gassed it and left the parking lot, leaving Shane on the ground, bleeding out of his ears," Fergus said.
"We immediately ran over and start doing everything we could to stabilize him. He was not conscious, but he was breathing," Fergus said. "Blood was pouring out of his ears and his nose. His eyes were completely bloodshot."
Luckily, a surgeon happened to be at the bar and helped them get control of the situation until the paramedics arrived.

Mainstream media still has not covered the incident.

A GoFundMe has been launched for Moon's medical expenses. An additional fundraiser has been created on the Christian platform GiveSendGo, since GoFundMe is unreliable when raising money for conservatives.
Still 'mostly peaceful?': Disturbing Portland 'Kill press' graffiti spotted by heavily armored journalists
A disturbing image purporting to show journalists photographing graffiti which reads, "Kill Press" in the besieged city of Portland has generated shockwaves online, as tensions between activists and the media continue to ramp up.

Despite ongoing mainstream media efforts to downplay the widespread rioting across the US in recent months as "mostly peacefulprotests," time and time again, Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists and agitators have turned on the press.

The rapidly deteriorating relationship between the sprawling protest movements and local and national media was captured somewhat neatly by a photo purporting to show the words "Kill Press" scrawled on a wall in Portland this past weekend.


Despite repeated claims of peaceful intent from protesters and their sympathizers in the MSM, extreme violence has accompanied well-intentioned racial justice and anti-police brutality marches from Seattle to Washington DC, from Kenosha to Portland, and NYC.

Many online were stunned by the anti-press graffiti, warning that the violent agitators would "reap what they sow." Some went as far as describing Antifa and BLM as "terrorists," while others still wondered aloud whether the movements would be declared a national security threat.


CNN's own headquarters in Atlanta were trashed by protesters in June, forcing the company to erect a Trump-esque wall around the building to provide additional security for its staff.

The families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd, two black men who were shot by police, sparking major backlash, have made repeated pleas for peace in the streets which appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

As protests turned violent this past weekend, members of the mob could be heard shouting: "If you ain't police, do not record crimes," in an apparent veiled threat against citizen and independent journalists known to risk their lives covering the ongoing unrest sweeping the nation.



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Get ready for COVID-19 FEMA camps

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This Aug. 28, 2006 file photo shows FEMA trailers used for housing for University of New Orleans students and faculty in New Orleans.
As our long national nightmare of "15 days to flatten the curve" drags into its sixth (sixth!) month, many of our nation's governors and bureaucrats are inventing new ways to wield their power.

On August 31, without much fanfare and with almost no news coverage, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Lost His Way) ordered Interim Director of Health Lance M. Himes to amend the insidious (and unconstitutional) health order the state's citizens have been suffering under since March to create what amounts to FEMA camps. The order purports to "avoid an imminent threat with a high probability of widespread exposure to COVID-19 with a significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the general population, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and chronic medical conditions."

Never mind that deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline in Ohio since July 1.

DeWine has been using an archaic sentence in the Ohio Revised Code, which gives the health director "ultimate authority" during a pandemic, to order everything from shutdowns to a statewide mask order to school closings. Several of these orders have been overturned by judges who have ruled them unconstitutional, but that hasn't stopped DeWine from continuing to pile more orders onto the original abomination.

Pirates

UK: £3.5bn furlough claims fraudulent or paid in error - HMRC

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HMRC is now reviewing 27,000 "high risk" cases where abuse or fraud is suspected
Up to £3.5bn in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments may have been claimed fraudulently or paid out in error, the government has said.

HM Revenue and Customs told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee it estimates that 5-10% of furlough cash has been wrongly awarded.

Latest data shows the programme has cost the government £35.4bn so far.

The scheme has paid 80% of the wages of workers placed on leave since March, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

Speaking to MPs on Monday, HMRC's permanent secretary, Jim Harra, said: "We have made an assumption for the purposes of our planning that the error and fraud rate in this scheme could be between 5% and 10%.

Comment: We're only just beginning to see the true cost of the lockdown:


Bullseye

'Britain cannot live in terror, we must reopen, focus on the damage to our economy' - Professor Sir John Bell

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The spike in infections reported in the past few days was to be expected as life slowly returns to our streets and workplaces. Pictured: A deserted Heathrow Airport last week
Britain urgently needs to shift its mindset from a terror of the Covid-19 virus to focus on the damage already done to our economy - and the worse that is yet to come.

The spike in infections reported in the past few days was to be expected as life slowly returns to our streets and workplaces.


Comment: And yet dishonest governments are behaving as though this took them by surprise and in turn are reimposing lockdown restrictions.


They are concerning and, yes, we must be prepared for a second wave of Covid-19 while working hard to contain localised outbreaks to prevent it.

We must not, however, let this hamper our efforts to return to normality.

Comment: Also check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health - Gov. Response Killed More Than Covid - Interview with Denis Rancourt


House

"Demand Is Insane": NYC moving companies turn people away, suburban & rural housing snagged up, as big city COVID-exodus accelerates

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The pandemic-induced summer of escape from New York continues at a moment violent crime is on the rise, restaurant and public venue closures make the city less appealing, public transit is reeling in debt, and remote working set-ups are giving those with means greater mobility.

More worrisome trends... or rather signs of the times signalling that for many the gentrified Big Apple has, as one family recently put it, reached its "expiration date". Two separate NY Times reports on Sunday detailed that moving companies are so busy they're in an unprecedented situation of having to turn people away, while simultaneously the suburbs are witnessing an explosion in demand "unlike any in recent memory".

And then there's fresh data showing that during the pandemic Americans are fast getting the hell out of the more expensive "real estate meccas" of New York and New Jersey.

Comment: The Covid fiasco plus riots in the streets have lead many to conclude what they should have a long time ago - highly populated urban centers are not the places to be when modern civilization is taking a nosedive.

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