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Federal prosecutors are branding non-violent Jan 6 defendants as 'terrorists' to pursue harsher sentences

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Federal prosecutors are attempting to pursue harsher sentences for those arrested for non-violent crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by branding them as terrorists while acknowledging their actions don't meet the legal definition of terrorism.

Court documents first flagged by independent journalist Michael Tracey from the case of Paul Hodgkins, the first Jan. 6 rioter convicted of a felony to be sentenced, show U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky saying that "we are framing this in the context of domestic terrorism," even though his actions do not meet any legal definition of terrorism.

"January 6th was an act of domestic terrorism," Sedky said at Hodgkins' sentencing hearing. "And we concede that Mr. Hodgkins himself is not under the legal definition a domestic terrorist, we're not assuming he is. But he was part and parcel of an act of domestic terrorism that was going on around him, and that context is relevant when the Court is deciding how to sentence him."

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China seethes at NBC for showing 'incomplete' map missing Taiwan during Olympic opening ceremony

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Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials are furious with NBC Universal for showing an "incomplete" map of the country during Friday's opening ceremony at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

As Chinese athletes entered the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the NBC broadcast displayed a map of China that did not include Taiwan or the South China Sea as recognized parts of Chinese territory. The CCP considers both territories to be a rightful part of their country, despite that claim being disputed by various members of the international community.


Jabs under duress: How Moscow's mayor is coercing compliance

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With Moscow's hospitals facing unprecedented strain not seen since six months ago, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has done away with antiquated notions of bodily autonomy and free commerce in order to save the city. Please clap.

Muscovites collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Sobyanin announced last month that due to rising Covid hospitalizations, millions of residents would no longer be trusted with making personal medical decisions for themselves. In sectors such as transport, hospitality and leisure, businesses would need to meet a 60% vaccination quota among employees or risk exorbitant fines.

A few days later, the mayor announced the creation of now-defunct 'Covid-free' zones for double-dosed VIPs and Covid-conscious residents: Under the short-lived scheme, those who were fully vaccinated, or had recovered from the virus over the past 6 months, or were able to produce a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, were eligible to receive a QR code granting them exclusive access to indoor seating in bars and restaurants. Those without these health IDs — the lepers — were banished to outdoor seating areas.

When he unveiled this pioneering public health policy last month, Sobyanin had insisted that the digital health passes would be "necessary to keep people alive." But starting from July 19 they will no longer be required. They never really caught on and, as a result, nearly 200 businesses in Moscow closed in under 3 weeks.


16 civilians killed in suspected ADF Islamist militia attack in DR Congo


Congolese troops patrolling the highway from Beni to the Ugandan border. The road and its surrounding villages have suffered several dozen ADF attacks since last December
Suspected members of a notorious Islamist militia killed 16 people as they were returning from a weekly market in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local and medical sources said Friday.

The dead from the ambush on Thursday evening included six women and a child, all of whom were shot, Jerome Munyambethe, head of the hospital in the town of Oicha, told AFP.

"We have 16 bodies in the hospital morgue," town mayor Nicolas Kikuku said.

Comment: From 2015: Sott Exclusive: Western civilization's legacy in the Congo, and the spirit of Che


Florida Governor DeSantis hints at special session to fight school mask mandates: We're not doing that in Florida!

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down Thursday on his opposition to mask mandates for public-school students during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he would call for a special legislative session if the federal government moves toward requiring masks in schools.
"There's been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids. We're not doing that in Florida, OK? We need our kids to breathe."
DeSantis made the remarks while in Fort Pierce for a ceremonial bill signing with House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor. DeSantis said he and Sprowls would back a special session if the federal government requires masks in schools, adding that Florida districts will keep masks optional for students.
"As of right now, all the school districts are going in that direction. But there is going to be, it looks like, a campaign from Washington to try to change that. I've talked to Chris Sprowls, if we need to bring (lawmakers) back in to be able to do something from the legislative perspective, he's all in."

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Sean Hannity clarifies stance on coronavirus shots: 'I never told anyone to get a vaccine'

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Fox News host Sean Hannity, taping a show
Fox News host Sean Hannity denied Thursday night that he said viewers should get vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and ripped "idiots in the media mob" for reporting otherwise.

Mr. Hannity said during his cable show:
"I never told anyone to get a vaccine. I've been very clear. I am simply not qualified. I am not a medical doctor."
Mr. Hannity, one of the country's most well-known conservative media personalities, made headlines this week after delivering a dialogue imploring his audience to "please take COVID seriously." Mr. Hannity said Monday night:
"Please take COVID seriously. I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more deaths. It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated."

Comment: Same schtick - different approach. Facts don't apply.


At least 17 Brits drown trying to cool off in 30-degree-Celcius heatwave as agencies warn swimmers to stay out of water

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Swimmers in the lake at Beckenham Place Park, England
As a heatwave scorched the UK in temperatures as high as 32 degrees Celsius (nearly 90F), at least 17 people drowned while trying to cool off in the country this past week, with agencies warning Brits to avoid getting into water.

While many Brits flocked to the nearest water source in an attempt to stay cool in the high temperatures, over a dozen did not come out, with at least 17 drownings recorded in reservoirs, canals, lakes, and other bodies of water in just a few days, according to reports.

Many of the victims were teenagers, with the body of the latest - a 14-year-old boy who went missing while swimming near Steetley Pier in Hartlepool - found on Thursday, following a coastguard search.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, at least 17 others also drowned during the heatwave, which started late last week and continued to rise this week. The majority of cases were recorded on Sunday, July 18, when temperatures in London reached 30 degrees Celsius. Seven people reportedly drowned that day, at least two of them teenagers.


USWNT files appeal in equal pay lawsuit against U.S. Soccer Federation

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USWNT is fighting for equal pay while battling for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The U.S. women's national soccer team is fighting two battles right now. One is in Tokyo, where they're fighting for a gold medal. The other is back in the United States, where they're continuing to fight for equal pay.

The USWNT filed their opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, asking the court to reverse the district court's May 2020 decision to dismiss most of their equal pay suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The brief argues that the summary judgment that was issued in May 2020 was inherently flawed and failed to consider the overwhelming evidence that USWNT are underpaid compared to their male counterparts, despite being the most dominant team in international soccer history. The federal judge who heard the case ruled that the USWNT's claims of equal pay weren't sufficient to warrant a trial because they're being paid under the terms of the contract they'd signed.

Bizarro Earth

DC police chief 'mad as hell' over shootings: Justice system 'not functioning'

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Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee says the justice system is coddling "violent criminals" and leading to more shootings.
A brazen shooting in a trendy part of Washington, DC, that wounded two men and sent restaurant patrons and bystanders scrambling for safety prompted an epic rant from the city's fed-up top cop on Friday.

During a visit to the scene of the crime, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee declared that, "the justice system that we have right now, it is not functioning the way that it should," adding, "I'm mad as hell about this."

"I'm saying to you, enough is enough," Contee fumed during his seven-minute diatribe.


German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in online chat sting op where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed

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Police in Germany have identified more than 1,600 potential child sex-abuse suspects who participated in online chat groups on which child pornography and zoophilia material was shared. Many of the suspects are reportedly minors.

While most of the suspects came from across the country, digital forensic experts had picked out people from the US, Austria, Switzerland and France on suspicion of possessing or sharing images of child sex abuse in the chat groups.

According to a press statement from Bavarian police, the suspects were being evaluated as part of "two large-scale trials" being prepared by police and prosecutors. If convicted, all suspects, including the minors, would be looking at a prison term of "not less than a year."

Comment: It's worth something that the police are catching these predators and perverts, even though the sentences for these abhorrent crimes seems to be increasingly lenient. That these crimes appear to be on the rise probably reflects the sickness present in Western civilisation.

It's also notable that the police don't seem to be so quick to act when the criminals involved are high profile personalities, with a number of examples showing the cases were held back until the offender died, if not their crimes being buried completely: