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Melbourne cops may now enter homes without warrant, after 11 people die with coronavirus - Australia, this is madness, not democracy

melbourne
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Australia's second-largest city is now subjected to some of the most extraordinary Covid-19 lockdown measures on the planet, and all over an additional eleven deaths.

A total of 147 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in Victoria, making it undoubtedly the worst hit area of Australia, which has only experienced 232 deaths in total. However, internationally these are vanishingly small numbers, even adjusting for population.

Recently the Victoria government ramped up testing and, predictably, it has seen an uptick in cases. They discovered 671 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday and, sadly, eleven more people were found to have died with the illness. That's up from 295 new cases last Wednesday, but down from 723 on Friday.


Comment: Died with coronavirus, it's not sure they died because of coronavirus: Everything You Think You Know About Coronavirus...


Comment: Fairly frightening behaviour from the Australian authorities:


Although there were signs Australia was spiraling into a dystopia: China's 'Smart' surveillance tech arrives in Darwin, Australia


Stormtrooper

It's more than a few bad apples: Why conservatives should back police reform

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The problem is more systemic than a single statistic. We need to restore trust between law enforcement and local communities.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020 triggered massive protests across the country. Though the protests are unified in calling for widespread changes in how policing works in America, there is disagreement on what those changes should be. Some protestors are calling for aggressive police reforms. Others, like Black Lives Matter as an organization, demand complete defunding and disbanding of police departments.

Among conservatives, this disagreement manifests differently. The question plaguing conservatives is whether the whole policing system is broken or whether there are a few "bad apples" among police departments who are exploiting a basically functional system.

In the wake of Floyd's death, this distinction is pointless. It no longer matters if statistics or studies parse out to reveal racism in policing, because society is more than statistics. The nationwide agony and anger of millions of black Americans — agony that knows no class or geographic barriers — is evidence enough. The fact that millions of American citizens do not trust their law enforcement system to represent them, to respect them, to protect them, and to grant them the assumption of innocence is, in itself, a systemic problem. Conservatives must do better at acknowledging this as a prerequisite to proposals for police reform. In fact, one of the basic principles of conservatism — skepticism about the perfectibility of human society — requires us to be open to the possibility of systemic injustice and creative about addressing it.

Comment: Ms. Sharl makes many good points re the systemic mistrust in police, and the problem of unions in ousting bad cops, but her proposal on qualified immunity is not as well-grounded. In an interview with Face the Nation, AG William Barr outlined the issue:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you believe there is systemic racism in law enforcement?

BARR: I think there's racism in the United States still but I don't think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist. I understand the- the distrust, however, of the African-American community given the history in this country. I think we have to recognize that for most of our history, our institutions were explicitly racist. Since the 1960s, I think we've been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that they're in sync with our laws and aren't fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And you think that's working?

BARR: I think- I think the reform is a difficult task, but I think it is working and progress has been made. I think one of the best examples is the military. The military used to be explicitly racist institution. And now I think it's in the van m guard of- of bringing the races together and providing equal opportunity. I think law enforcement has been going through the same process.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you think there should be some tweaking of the rules, reduced immunity to go after some of the bad cops?

BARR: I don't think you need to reduce immunity to- to go after the bad cops, because that would result certainly in police pulling back. It's, you know, policing is the toughest job in the country. And I- and I frankly think that we have generally the vast, overwhelming majority of police are good people. They're civic minded people who believe in serving the public. They do so bravely. They do so righteously.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But the bad cops.

BARR: I- I think that there are instances of bad cops. And I think we have to be careful about automatically assuming that the actions of an individual necessarily mean that their organization is rotten. All organizations have people who engage in misconduct, and you sometimes have to be careful as for when you ascribe that to the whole organization and when it really is some errant member who isn't following the rules.



Fire

Trump ruined our Venezuela coup and botched 'winning play,' gripes Dem Senator Murphy and gets torched online

Sen. Chris Murphy
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Democratic Senator Chris Murphy
The Democratic Party's gripes with President Trump are many, yet the latest may be the most bizarre to date. One Senator argued that Trump's brash personality bungled a perfectly good, American-style coup in Venezuela.

If Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) had his way, opposition leader Juan Guaido would be occupying the Presidential Palace in Caracas right now, after the successful ousting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite the weight the US threw behind Guaido last year, the young upstart's planned coup was a failure, and Murphy blames Trump for that loss.
As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the debacle on Tuesday, Murphy laid out his list of complaints against the coup-bungler-in-chief.

Comment: The Democratic 'coup' didn't work at home on Trump either.


Briefcase

Priceless! Seattle protesters 'were forced to buy expensive protective gear' in protest tax lawsuit against city

Protester and gear
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Organizers of protests in Seattle are suing the local Police Department for what they characterized as "violent" use of force to disperse crowds, forcing protesters to buy "expensive" equipment to protect themselves. Lawyers for the protesters wrote in a lawsuit filed Monday against the city of Seattle:
"Because the Seattle Police Department has acted above and outside the law in dispensing its unbridled force, and the City has failed to prevent same, the government effect is to establish a de facto protest tax.

"Individual protesters subjected to SPD's unabated and indiscriminate violence now must purchase cost-prohibitive gear to withstand munitions — even when peacefully protesting — as a condition to exercising their right to free speech and peaceable assembly."
The lawsuit stems from a July 25 clash between protesters and law enforcement — an event police deemed a riotduring which officers used pepper balls and tear gas to break up crowds of people who were engaged in an unlawful assembly, destruction of property, or other criminal acts.

Police said the event started out as a peaceful march in support of Black Lives Matter but deteriorated into widespread looting, vandalism, and violence against officers. At least 12 members of the Seattle Police Department were injured after being attacked by rioters.

Oscar

Portland's xenophobic tribute? Anti-Trump activists face backlash for 'statue' linking Putin to alleged police brutality

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Portland's new 'statue'
An activist group has unveiled a new 'statue' in Portland, Oregon which appears to connect Vladimir Putin to allegations of police brutality in the city. Isn't that a bit xenophobic? Twitter observers have asked.

The collective, known as the Trump Statue Initiative (TSI), used live actors covered in gold, and standing on top of a large pedestal, to create the impression that a new monument had been installed in the city on Monday.

Their performance art piece showed Donald Trump holding up a selfie-stick and making a thumbs-up sign as men wearing gas masks and riot gear pull a protester holding a 'BLM' placard into a van. "Ode to Putin" is written on the statue's pedestal. TSI is reportedly also rolling out an Instagram filter which highlights Trump's allegedly problematic relationship with the Russian president.

The 'statue' appeared to be a satirical take on allegations that federal agents sent to Portland to protect the city's federal courthouse used unmarked vehicles to seize and detain demonstrators without probable cause.

Fire

Michael Tracey: 'Media won't report on riot damage in US cities - Immigrant & minority residents furious at rioters and left-wing activists'

Michael Tracey says mainstream media has overlooked those affected by summer's violence
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Mainstream media outlets have failed the public by declining to spotlight the devastation left behind by rioters in cities across America, independent journalist Michael Tracey said Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

In a self-published article titled "Two months since the riots and still no 'National Conversation,'" Tracey traveled to cities affected by violent protests and documented his findings using photographs and conversations with store owners and residents.

"I wanted to see for myself how communities were dealing with the aftermath, what the attitudes toward what transpired were," Tracey told host Tucker Carlson. "I just wasn't really getting that toward the mainstream organs that you would expect to be covering a story of such reported significance.

"If you go to The New York Times, you go to The Washington Post or any of these other outlets, it's not as though there is an easily accessible tally anywhere where you can find out what the precise quantification is of the amount of destruction that's being wrought in these purportedly historic events," he added.


NPC

KFC gets deep-fried after posting 'black power' chicken drumstick to commemorate Trinidad's Emancipation Day

Woke KFC chicken fry
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KFC Trinidad was grilled by angry social media users after the fast food chain marked a holiday celebrating the end of slavery with a BLM-inspired chicken ad. The company later apologized for the post.

The chicken chain's Trinidad subsidiary apparently wanted to show solidarity during the Caribbean nation's Emancipation Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the colonies of the British Empire. In an Instagram post, KFC Trinidad showed a chicken drumstick with the silhouette of a 'black power' fist that has been recently popularized by the Black Lives Matter movement. "Happy Emancipation Day," the graphic read.

Arrow Down

Slow-moving train wreck of post-Covid economy: Is this all happening by design?

Falling world Economy train
The Spreading Feeling "This Is All Happening By Design" As events unfold I have witnessed a growing opinion being battered around that something sinister is happening beneath the surface. This includes the feeling we are no longer in control of our fate. More and more the idea that form follows function and the winners were picked before all this started is being injected into the mix. This theory embraces the proposition the bottom half of society is destitute and totally dependent on the government which means they have been removed from the battlefield. Now that these people are no longer a threat, corporate and government collaborators are consolidating power and control.

Cloud Lightning

Prominent German satirist slams 'McCarthy-like' climate science, 'Dark Ages suppression-by-denunciation'

Dieter Nuhr
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Germany’s Dieter Nuhr slams “McCarthy-like mood” in science after DFB German Research Foundation takes down his statement.
The censorship of science now sweeping the globe finally gets a slap-down...

A message to Ramstorf, Mann, Greta, media, alarmists who declare their science as The Truth.

German, high profile satirist Dieter Nuhr, who earlier criticized Greta's hysteria, recently saw his statement taken down by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest wave of scientific censorship.

What follows is Nuhr's response to the DFG takedown of his statement he posted at Facebook, translated in the English (emphasis added):

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Info

The genius of the 'I ♥ JK Rowling' stunt

JK Rowling
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Trans intolerance has made even the most benign statements unsayable.

It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for social-justice warriors - it must be exhausting finding things to be offended by. The latest is an advert reading 'I ♥ JK Rowling', which was paid for by the campaign group Standing for Women. This fairly innocuous message, displayed to mark the birthday of the best-selling author, has now been removed by Network Rail following online complaints of transphobia. Despite clearly signalling support for those who identify as transgender, Rowling's expressions of concern about the loss of women-only services for victims of domestic abuse has led her to be branded a bigot. Identical 'I ♥ JK Rowling' billboards have been spotted across the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen what the wider response will be.

On 29 July, Network Rail Scotland, which sports a rainbow in its Twitter logo, tweeted: 'This advert is no longer being displayed at Edinburgh Waverley. The poster in question is against our code of acceptance for advertising in our stations owing to its political nature. We do not allow advertising that is likely to support or promote one viewpoint over another.' It seems statements in support of a children's author are now political.

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