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Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily newspaper copies after editor-in-chief is arrested

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Photographers take photos of copies of Apple Daily coming off the printing press on Friday.
Public outpouring of support for tabloid after raid on offices by national security police.

Hongkongers queued at city news stands before dawn on Friday to buy the latest edition of the Apple Daily newspaper, a day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief and four other directors.

On Thursday morning hundreds of officers from the Hong Kong police national security department raided the homes of the employees, including editor-in-chef Ryan Law, and the Apple Daily newsroom for the second time in less than a year. It froze millions of dollars in company assets.

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Joe Rogan savages CNN's Brian Stelter and his 'f - king terrible' show

Joe Rogan
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"Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings," Joe Rogan said.
Podcast king Joe Rogan has savaged CNN's Brian Stelter for being under the thumb of the White House — and losing viewers with a "f-king terrible" show.

In the latest episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the podcaster trashed Stelter for having complained about YouTube personalities like him getting more viewers than CNN "as if it was some horrible thing."

"They were describing it as if they're entitled to viewers," Rogan, 53, noted of a panel discussion on Stelter's "Reliable Sources" in January.

"This is because the market has spoken and your show's f — ing terrible," the UFC commentator said, not holding back any punches.

"Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings," said Rogan, whose show has had hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and regularly leads the podcast charts.

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Moscow hospitals to deny routine treatment to patients who refuse Covid-19 vaccines, as Kremlin warns skepticism is costing lives

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Moscow, Russia.
People waiting for planned operations and other non-urgent medical treatment in Moscow will be denied care in the Russian capital's hospitals if they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, but are eligible to receive a jab.

The rule change, designed to protect patients, came from the city's Department of Health on Friday. Under the new measures, only those with certificates proving they have been immunized will be admitted onto wards for most types of treatment and procedures.

Comment: This doesn't bode well, and similar to other coercive techniques being used to force compliance. Who determines what is 'non-urgent'? Procedures that aren't urgent are often preventative and save lives.

Emergency care, along with anti-cancer therapy and support for those with blood diseases, "will be provided, without exception, to every resident of the city, regardless of their vaccination status," the city administration confirmed.

"A person who is in a hospital because of an injury or illness, by definition, has a weakened immune system. For such patients, coronavirus disease is especially dangerous," officials said in a statement. "Every day, patients are transferred from Moscow clinics to Covid hospitals. If a week ago there were 130 such cases per day, then yesterday it was already almost 200."


Australia: Police replace cocaine with icing sugar in hollowed-out novel, leading to drug trafficking acquittal

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© ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim
Cocaine was concealed inside a book in a parcel addressed to a suburban Adelaide unit.
An Adelaide man has been acquitted of trafficking drugs because police secretly replaced cocaine hidden in a hollowed-out novel with icing sugar before the accused collected the item.

Nathan John Ralph was charged after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers detected an "anomaly" in a parcel posted from the UK in January 2019.

The parcel was addressed to a unit owned by the accused but leased to his father on the Esplanade at Seacliff in Adelaide's south, and was intercepted by local police following a tip-off from ABF.


Questions about the FBI's role in 1/6 are mocked because the FBI shapes liberal corporate media

Chris Cuomo

CNN, June 16, 2021, with scandal-plagued anchor Chris Cuomo and disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
The axis of liberal media outlets and their allied activist groups — CNN, NBC News, The Washington Post, Media Matters — are in an angry uproar over a recent report questioning the foreknowledge and involvement of the FBI in the January 6 Capitol riot. As soon as that new report was published on Monday, a consensus instantly emerged in these liberal media precincts that this is an unhinged, ignorant and insane conspiracy theory that deserves no consideration.

The original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted. While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

The implications of these facts are obvious. It seems extremely likely that the FBI had numerous ways to know of any organized plots regarding the January 6 riot (just as the U.S. intelligence community, by its own admission, had ample advanced clues of the 9/11 attack but, according to their excuse, tragically failed to "connect the dots"). There is no doubt that the FBI has infiltrated at least some if not all of these groups — which it has been warning for years pose a grave national security threat — with informants and/or undercover spies. It is known that Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has served as an FBI informant in the past, and the disrupted 2020 plot by Three Percenters members to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was shaped and driven by what The Wall Street Journal reported were the FBI's "undercover agents and confidential informants."


Politically motivated academics have forsaken science on 'whiteness' as they steer America towards civil strife

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© REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Demonstrators burn U.S. flags during a Black Lives Matter protest on the Fourth of July Holiday in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2020
If white supremacy and 'systemic racism' were genuine problems, America would not be a major destination for migrant flows as it now is.

A disturbing trend has gained a foothold in the United States as members of the academic community are espousing virulent views on race that seem more guided by political prejudices and affiliations than any solid scientific research. The consequences of this misguided research, much of which casts hateful aspersions on white people, could lead to unthinkable disaster down the road.

"Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free." - Hippocratic Oath.

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Israeli officer charged in killing of autistic Palestinian

Mural Hallaq
© AP/Maya Alleruzzo
Mural depicting Eyad Hallaq on separation barrier • West Bank town of Bethlehem
Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged a border police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City last year.

The indictment came just over a year after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq, whose family has criticized Israel's investigation into the killing and called for much tougher charges. The shooting has drawn comparisons to the police killing of George Floyd in the United States.

Rights groups say Israel rarely holds members of its security forces accountable for the deadly shootings of Palestinians. Investigations often end with no charges or lenient sentences, and in many cases witnesses are not even summoned for questioning. The officer, who remains unidentified in the indictment submitted to the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday, was charged with reckless manslaughter, and if convicted could face up to 12 years in prison.

"We want justice for our son," Hallaq's father, Khairi, said in response to the indictment. "Why is it that when an Arab kills they say he is a murderer and when an Israeli kills they say reckless manslaughter?"

Hallaq, 32, was fatally shot just inside the Old City's Lion's Gate on May 30, 2020, as he was on his way to the special-needs institution that he attended. The officer's commander, who was also present during the incident, was not charged.

Comment: The inequity regarding Palestinians is never more pronounced than what is passed for justice in the Israeli court system.

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Israel to expel Black Hebrew Israelites

Black Hebrews
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Members of the Black Hebrews community at Shavuot harvest festival in their Village of Peace in the town of Dimona, Israel.
Despite living in Israel for decades, Black Hebrew Israelites are being judged as not being authentically Jewish and face deportation as a result. Israel is preparing to deport dozens of Black Hebrew Israelites with residency permits who have been living in the south of the country for decades.

Prince Immanuel Ben-Yehuda, the spokesman for the African Hebrew Israelites, said the Israeli Interior Ministry had given notice to at least 46 families, saying they must leave the country within 60 days, calling it a "shock to the system."

Black Hebrews are a spiritual community of African-Americans who identify as descendants of an ancient Jewish tribe and view Israel as their ancestral homeland. With around 2,500-3,000 members, most of them live in the southern desert town of Dimona.

The community was founded by Ben Carter, a Chicago steelworker who renamed himself Ben Ammi Ben Israel after moving to Israel along with 30 of his followers in 1969. They were able to settle in the country as the Israeli Law of Return grants automatic citizenship to Jews who settle on historically Palestinian lands.

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The end of gas guzzlers? EU mulls banning all new cars powered by diesel & gasoline by 2035

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© REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File Photo
Emissions-reducing regulations being considered by Brussels could soon mark the end of the road for the internal combustion engine, according to a report. The radical proposal has faced pushback from the bloc's auto makers.

New cars powered by diesel and gasoline could be barred by the bloc in an effort to meet a zero-emissions target for vehicles sold beyond 2035, according to several EU officials who spoke with Politico.

The revolutionary rule could be included in the European Union's 'Green Deal', which seeks to make the bloc "climate neutral" by 2050. The European Commission could potentially increase its near-term 2030 target to require a 60% cut in car emissions, a far more ambitious goal than the 37.5% reduction outlined in the current plan. The target could be raised to 100% by 2035 - essentially outlawing new automobiles with combustion engines within the next 14 years, the officials explained to the outlet.

It's still unclear whether the proposal will make it into the final version of the 2030 plan, which is set to be published on July 14. The roadmap, along with the rest of the Green Deal, will then go before the European Parliament for approval.

The initiative has already triggered a strong negative response from the bloc's automobile manufacturers. Hildegard Muller, who leads Germany's VDA car lobby, said that the regulation would not only be the "end of the internal combustion engine, but also the end of plug-in hybrids."

Comment: These plans are neither feasible nor necessary, but that won't stop these brow-beating bureaucrats from telling people what they can or can't do. All in the name of protecting the planet, of course.


Entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team resigns after officer indicted for breaking up Antifa riot UPDATE

Portland Police Rapid Response team
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Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team
Following the criminal indictment of a fellow officer, the entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team made the unanimous decision to resign, according to police sources via Portland news outlet KXL.

Cory Budworth, 40, is the first officer in the county to be prosecuted for using force during a violent protest.

The Rapid Response Team is a group of volunteer officers who respond to civil disobedience, demonstrations and riots. At the time of the incident, Officer Budworth was assigned to the Rapid Response Team for crowd control.

Indeed, Budworth was indicted for breaking up an Antifa riot in 2020, charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. He was accused of "unlawfully, knowingly and recklessly causing physical injury" to Teri Jacobs on August 18.

Comment: Update 17/5/2021 More on the incident that led to the resignation of the riot squad:
In a statement released after the indictment, Schmidt said "In this case, we allege that no legal justification existed for Officer Budworth's deployment of force, and that the deployment of force was legally excessive under the circumstances."

Budworth's indictment is a blatant attempt to "hold police accountable," a source within the Portland Police Bureau told The Post Millennial, stating that "no victim came forward." Instead, they claim that an attorney saw the video and approached Jacobs about pressing charges against the officer.
"So, what typically happens, is the riot team gets called out to be prepared for a huge protest. Then patrol officers from all three precincts are on standby which gets activated when the protest starts. This means all patrol calls go to 'priority calls only,' basically only active assaults, shootings, and person crimes only get responded to. All other calls hold indefinitely until the protest is over or the next day."
In October, County District Attorney Mike Schmidt rejected over 540 riot related cases in "interest of justice" and has implemented catch-and-release policies for accused criminals and rioters.

A Portland police officer said:
"Now that the riot team is no more, we have no clue what's going to happen. We don't have enough patrol officers to be pulled from the road to handle huge crowds. We are only backups with no gear like the riot team has."