Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Police arrest 150 Sunday night; driver who pushed into crowd is in custody - StarTribune.com

Law enforcement and Minneapolis residents were on high alert into the early hours, even though ominous warnings about a new wave of arson attacks had not materialized as of the early hours of Monday.

Earlier Sunday, state officials said several caches of flammable materials were found both in neighborhoods where there have already been fires and “in cars we’ve stopped as recently as this morning,” said John Harrington, state public safety commissioner. Some of the caches look like they may have been planted days ago and some only in the last 24 hours or so, he said.

Police are also finding stolen vehicles with plates removed that are being used to transport the flammable materials. Looted goods and weapons also have been found in the stolen cars, he said.

“The fact that we’ve seen so many of them in so many places now makes us believe that this is part of that pattern that shows that this in fact an organized activity and not some random act of rage,” he said.

via www.startribune.com

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot sees signs of organized riot activity in George Floyd protests, asks for federal help

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she sees strong evidence that organized groups have taken advantage of largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd to rob stores and create mayhem—and she’s asked federal authorities for help in determining exactly who did what.

Speaking at an afternoon news conference today with other officials, Lightfoot didn’t say whether the groups are out-of-state left-wing anti-fascist organizations generally known as Antifa, right-wing agitators, local street gangs or something else. She said she’s asked three federal agencies—the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s office—for help, with a focus on AFT’s bomb and arson unit.

via www.chicagobusiness.com

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Police describe anarchists' extensive prep for violence, including 'bicycle scouts'

Law enforcement officials, Attorney General William Barr and now President Donald Trump have turned their eyes toward the anti-fascist group called antifa and anarchist groups as the root cause of the increasing violence toward police and the destruction of property as protests breakout in major American cities.

U.S. police officials said they are examining both local and out-of-state actors focused on creating damage and inciting violent confrontations with police (and possibly other protesters) in the name of anarchist and antifa causes.

via www.nbcnews.com

Those darn anarchists.

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MacroVoices #217 Dr. Lacy Hunt: The Road Through Deflation Toward Eventual Hyperinflation

Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Dr. Lacy Hunt to MacroVoices. Erik and Dr. Hunt discuss:

  • Core thesis on interest rates and inflation
  • Constraints on zero bound interest rates in the US
  • How do you invest in this zero bound interest rate environment?
  • How to interpret FED policy on inflation
  • Perspectives on the FED bailing out the high yield market
  • Will the Federal Reserve be allowed to print money?

via www.macrovoices.com

This is really a must listen. Very sobering.

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Science says: 'Open the schools' | TheHill

Never have schools subjected children to such an unhealthy, uncomfortable and anti-educational environment, so science cannot precisely define the total harm it will cause. But science does tell us that risks from COVID-19 are too minimal to sacrifice the educational, social, emotional and physical well-being – to say nothing of the very health – of our young people.   

via thehill.com

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Meet the Psychiatrist Telling Trump That Lockdowns Are Deadly | RealClearPolitics

Her bedside manner was abrupt and to the point -- and not a little foreboding -- at a recent White House Cabinet meeting. The Health and Human Services assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, the first person to hold that new post, delivered a warning. McCance-Katz told the president and his assembled secretaries that “the cure” for the COVID-19 pandemic has unintended but potentially grave consequences. She explained that self-isolation, while necessary to prevent spread of the virus, would exacerbate preexisting mental conditions and predicted that so-called deaths of despair would rise as lockdowns continued.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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George Floyd Riots -- The Suicide of the Cities | National Review

Regardless of whether Trump or Biden is elected in November, it’s easy to envision the following happening: Americans will flee the cities as they did in the post-1968 era. Thirty years of great progress for cities will be undone by the events of one spring. People will move to suburbs and exurbs. A lot more families will buy guns. Gun owners vote heavily Republican. People in less densely populated areas vote Republican too.

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Plausible.

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'We came to riot': Illinois man livestreamed lighting fires in Minneapolis - StarTribune.com

An Illinois man who came to Minneapolis to riot over the weekend livestreamed himself handing out explosives, destroying property and appearing to set a Sprint store on fire, according to charges filed in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, is charged with civil disorder, possession of unregistered explosives and participating in and organizing riots, making him the first to face federal prosecution for allegedly taking part in the fires, looting and other violence that engulfed the Twin Cities since the death of George Floyd in police custody.

via www.startribune.com

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Only an intellectual could 'justify' these riots

George Orwell’s timeless admonition, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them,” has been given new life by the desperate efforts of pundits, scholars and Twitter blue-checks to defend the violence, looting, disorder and general monstrousness that have overtaken America’s cities.

via nypost.com

John Podhoretz.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Can Endless Spending Prevent Another Financial Crisis?

Today, the United States and other advanced countries are experiencing the second wave of an especially powerful twin shock. Taken individually, either the global financial crisis of 2008 or the global pandemic of 2020 would have been enough to change public finances, driving governments to create and borrow money freely. Combined, these two crises are set to transform the spending power of the state. A new era of assertive and expansive government beckons. Call it the age of magic money.

via www.foreignaffairs.com

Ugh.

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Governors activate 17,000 National Guardsmen in 23 states and DC amid riots

Leaders in 23 states and the District of Columbia have activated 17,000 National Guard soldiers to help local and state law enforcement face mass protests in dozens of cities nationwide.

"As of Monday morning, a historic 66,700 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated for domestic operations across the United States in support of their governors," the branch of the Defense Department announced Monday afternoon. "This surpassed numbers of guardsmen activated during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina response, when more than 51,000 were activated."

Roughly 17,000 guardsmen will help police amid the civil unrest in cities across the country that began last week following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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NIGHT OF TERROR IN LA MESA | East County Magazine

May 31, 2020 (La Mesa) -- The cozy bedroom community of La Mesa, long likened to the fictious Mayberry RFD town of TV fame, lost its innocence on Saturday night when rioters  overran the city. Multiple arson fires and widespread looting swiftly overwhelmed local police and firefighters after protests over police violence earlier in the day. Mutual aid proved inadequate, leaving La Mesa without adequate resources to defend the city.

via www.eastcountymagazine.org

It seems it was outside people coming in. See the comments to this story.

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Curfew in San Francisco Amid George Floyd Riots

On Sunday, San Francisco mayor London Breed announced a mandatory 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for the city, beginning that night. After ten weeks of Covid-19-related shelter-in-place, San Francisco is going into an actual lockdown, possibly its first mandatory curfew since martial law was imposed after the 1906 earthquake. The move was precipitated by riots and looting in the city on Saturday night, part of nationwide unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. After a week of riots spreading around the country, the violence reached San Francisco, with stories of vans and trucks double-parked while loading goods looted from downtown shopping destinations.

via www.city-journal.org

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Roberts embraces role as Supreme Court swing justice, with latest church ruling | Fox News

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts continues to position himself as the high court’s swing vote -- siding with both his conservative and liberal colleagues in close decisions -- including most recently in cases related to the coronavirus lockdowns.

via www.foxnews.com

Roberts is more appealing than the Gal from Rattlesnake Gulch was but wouldn't it be something just to have an honest judge in the job instead of a supposed all wise Legislator-Prophet?

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Coronavirus may have been created in a Wuhan lab ‘genetic engineering’ experiment

A growing number of scientists are raising the possibility COVID-19 was created in a laboratory, saying the option cannot be ruled out.

Leading immunologists and geneticists have told Sky News that there are two unusual things about COVID-19 that open the door to it being man-made rather than a naturally-occurring virus.

via www.news.com.au

If this is right (and so far it looks right to me) it will take a while for this story to get out.

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Some Universities Are About to Be “Walking Dead” | Amanpour and Company - YouTube

If you’re on a waiting list for an elite top tier university, you might be getting a call this year. That’s the prediction from NYU professor Scott Galloway. He’s the host of a new show on Vice called “No Mercy, No Malice,” which pulls back the curtain on the decisions and players driving America’s economy. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain why this might be a good chance to take a gap year.

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Coronavirus, schools reopening: 1 in 5 teachers may not return: Poll

Most Americans expect schools to reopen in the fall, but a stunning number of teachers and students may not be there.

In an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos poll, 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to go back to school if their classrooms reopen in the fall, a potential massive wave of resignations. Though most teachers report working more than usual, nearly two-thirds say they haven't been able to properly do their jobs in an educational system upended by the coronavirus. 

A separate poll of parents with at least one child in grades K-12 finds that 6in 10 say they would be likely to pursue at-home learning options instead of sending back their children this fall. Nearly a third of parents, 30%, say they are "very likely" to do that. 

via www.usatoday.com

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The 'Wall' That Keeps Flesh-Eating Worms Out of America - The Atlantic

For untold millennia, screwworms were a grisly fact of life in the Americas. In the 1950s, however, U.S. ranchers began to envision a new status quo. They dared to dream of an entire country free of screwworms. At their urging, the United States Department of Agriculture undertook what would ultimately become an immense, multidecade effort to wipe out the screwworms, first in the U.S. and then in Mexico and Central America—all the way down to the narrow strip of land that is the Isthmus of Panama. The eradication was a resounding success. But the story does not end there. Containing a disease is one thing. Keeping it contained is another thing entirely, as the coronavirus pandemic is now so dramatically demonstrating.

via www.theatlantic.com

That's not very biodiverse of those scientists.

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After four nights without police presence, Mpls. neighborhoods protect themselves - StarTribune.com

In Longfellow, Hillary Oppmann watched vandals loot the corner Walgreens for three straight nights without interference before arsonists finally lit it on fire last night. Firefighters didn’t make it to the scene for more than 7 hours.

“We can’t lose anymore community assets, like our libraries, pharmacies and post office,” said Oppmann, who lives three doors down from Lake Street. “They were simply left to burn.”

At the corner of Franklin Avenue and 15th Ave S. near downtown, Native American community members gathered at the 8 p.m. curfew to protect the businesses and housing in their neighborhood.

Michael Goze, CEO of the American Indian Community Development Corporation, said his group owns 14 properties in the area, including supportive housing, a trader’s market and a coffee shop.

via www.startribune.com

2nd Amendment.

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Push For BlackRock to Prioritize ESG Investment Strategy

“I don’t give a damn what these powerful corporations tell us and I don’t care about their profit margin. We need to get out of these fossil fuels before it’s too late for everybody.” These are not the words of a Sunrise Movement activist, though they could easily be mistaken for one, but New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, speaking at an online People’s Assembly on BlackRock last week. The gathering of activists and advocates was intended to discuss strategies for pushing BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, to make good on its promises to “place sustainability at the center” of its investment strategy. As environmental activists see it, the firm has a long way to go.

via www.city-journal.org

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Police arrest 150 Sunday night; driver who pushed into crowd is in custody - StarTribune.com

Earlier Sunday, state officials said several caches of flammable materials were found both in neighborhoods where there have already been fires and “in cars we’ve stopped as recently as this morning,” said John Harrington, state public safety commissioner. Some of the caches look like they may have been planted days ago and some only in the last 24 hours or so, he said.

Police are also finding stolen vehicles with plates removed that are being used to transport the flammable materials. Looted goods and weapons also have been found in the stolen cars, he said.

“The fact that we’ve seen so many of them in so many places now makes us believe that this is part of that pattern that shows that this in fact an organized activity and not some random act of rage,” he said.

One person pulled over in Bloomington while driving a plate-less car attempted to “douse the car itself and set it on fire,” which is “not something you see on most traffic stops,” Harrington said.

via www.startribune.com

Sounds like a conspiracy.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mayor de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, arrested at Manhattan protest

Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. after cops declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, the sources said.

She had allegedly been blocking traffic on Broadway and was arrested after refusing to move, the source said.

via nypost.com

Sad.

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Trump in Trouble: Why Republicans Are Worried About November

The coronavirus has left President Trump without his signature issue (the economy) and without his preferred venue (the tentpole rally). The bump in his approval rating as Americans rallied around the flag at the outset of the crisis is gone. Assessments of Trump's performance during the pandemic look a lot like his approval rating overall: polarized by party, and upside down. He continues to trail Joe Biden in both national and swing state polls. The margins are narrow, but they are also consistent. President Trump has not been ahead in any live interview national poll conducted this year.

via freebeacon.com

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A New Age of Feudalism for the Working Class? - American Greatness

Democratic capitalist societies need to offer the prospect of a brighter future for the majority. Without this belief, more demands for a populist strongman or a radical redistribution of wealth seem inevitable. A form of “oligarchic socialism,” with subsidies or stipends for working people, might stave off destitution while allowing the wealthiest to maintain their dominance. But the issue boils down to whether people—not just those with elite credentials and skills—actually matter in a technological age.

Wendell Berry, the Kentucky-based poet and novelist, observed that the “great question” hovering over society is “what are people for?” By putting an “absolute premium on labor-saving measures,” we may be creating more dependence on the state while undermining the dignity of those who want to do useful work.

The future of the working class should concern us all. If too many lack any hope of improving their condition, we could face dangerous upheaval in the near future.

via amgreatness.com

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The Terrifying Collapse of The Rule of Law Across The Country

Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians and the ecstatic annihilation of businesses and symbols of the state. Welcome to a real civilization-destroying pandemic, one that makes the recent saccharine exhortations to “stay safe” and the deployment of police officers to enforce outdoor mask-wearing seem like decadent bagatelles.

This particular form of viral chaos was inevitable, given the failure of Minneapolis’s leaders to quell the city’s growing mayhem. The violence began on Tuesday, May 26, the day after the horrifying arrest and subsequent death of George Floyd. On the night of Thursday, May 28, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey ordered the city’s Third Police Precinct evacuated as the forces of hatred, distinct from legitimate forms of protest, descended upon it for a third day in a row. The building was promptly torched, sending a powerful sign that society would not defend its most fundamental institutions of law and order.

via www.city-journal.org

Jeez, Heather, relax a bit already. It could get terrifying, sure, but it's not terrifying yet. Maybe you just need to move out of NYC. The 7 pm curfew here in SD just meant we had to get our pizza order ready to go earlier than usual. Things could get bad but they're not so bad yet. There are always plenty of opportunistic thugs around ready to loot. The 1970s were way worse as I'm sure you remember.

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Trump's Lies, Threats, Abuses: Is That ‘Winning’? | National Review

In the Age of Trump, Republicans call that “winning,” which is not exactly the right word.

President Trump, incensed that Twitter has put B.S. labels on a couple of his B.S. tweets — not the ones claiming Joe Scarborough murdered a woman, bizarrely enough — retreated into Generalissimo Walter Mitty mode, that thing he does where he postures like an autocratic tyrant and then does . . . squat, more or less. If Twitter doesn’t get its act together, he threatened, “We will strongly regulate, or close them down,” a completely empty threat. He then issued a patently unconstitutional and frankly ridiculous executive order purporting to punitively revoke legal protections enjoyed by technology companies (and publications with comments sections, such as National Review) under the Communications Decency Act. But, in spite of the best efforts of Senate Democrats, the First Amendment still stands and remains an operative part of the Bill of Rights. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will have a good chuckle and then mix himself another dihydrogen monoxide smoothie.

President Trump, ever the addict, was right back on Twitter, threatening to have the National Guard murder looters in Minneapolis. We don’t do censorship in the United States, and we don’t do summary executions, either. On Friday, another guest host for Rush Limbaugh allowed that the president’s actions were “unorthodox” or “outrageous.” We should speak plainly: These are lies and threats and abuses of the president’s position. These aren’t questions of etiquette. Republicans should stop making excuses for them or stop wrapping themselves in the mantle of patriotism — one or the other.

Republicans used to be the freedom people: free speech, free trade, free enterprise, free markets, freedom of religion, freedom of association, free to keep and bear arms. Trump and his partisans too often are the opposite of that: the neo-mercantilism people, the wildly expansive government power people, the Orbán toady people, the “total authority” people, the people who complain about abuses of presidential power on Monday and think up implausible excuses for them on Tuesday, the people who conflate corporatism with patriotism, the slanderers, the conspiracy goofs, the shut-down-Twitter-if-Twitter-doesn’t-do-what-we-want people.

Our friends on talk radio insist that we

via www.nationalreview.com

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Andrew McCarthy: Laws against rioting and terrorism must be enforced against Antifa and other violent radicals | Fox News

This is why Attorney General Barr’s mention of the violent agenda of the rioters pinged my antennae. We prosecuted the so-called Blind Sheikh (the late Omar Abdel Rahman) and his subordinates using a Civil War-era statute that criminalizes “seditious conspiracy.”

This rarely invoked penal law targets conspiracies to levy war against the United States, or to forcibly oppose or overthrow our government. The key element is violence – either its use or planned use. That is the attribute that fundamentally distinguishes legitimate protest from insurrection.

The attorney general also pointed out in his statement that it is a federal crime to cross state lines or use interstate facilities in order to incite or participate in rioting. Indeed it is, and this also raises the specter of federal racketeering laws.

We think of these principally as a vehicle for prosecuting organized crime groups. But they actually apply to any “enterprise,” which is simply an association of some kind. It could be informal and secretive, like a Mafia “family” or a drug cartel; or it could a more formal entity (racketeering laws have been applied to corporations, guilds, political parties, labor unions, and so on).

via www.foxnews.com

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China warning: Britain prepares to back Taiwan and DEFEND state against Beijing aggression | World | News | Express.co.uk

The Sunday Express has learnt that ministers are considering how to support Taiwan more and could defy Beijing and formally recognise it within the next five years. As the coronavirus fallout continues with China there is increasing anger over how the Communist regime has treated Hong Kong and is now threatening Taiwan. A source told the Sunday Express “don’t be surprised if we end up recognising Taiwan and joining others in defending it with military assets.”

via www.express.co.uk

Britain is pursuing a remarkably gonadal foreign policy w/r/t China lately.

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The Communist Origins of the Antifa Extremist Group

The extremist anarchist-communist group Antifa has been in the headlines because of past violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet while the organization has been applauded by some left-leaning news outlets for including white nationalists and neo-Nazis in its list of targets, the organization wasn’t always about targeting “fascism,” as it claims.

The organization was initially part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to bring about communist dictatorship in Germany, and it worked to label all rival parties as “fascist.”

The organization can be traced to the “united front” of the Soviet Union’s Communist International (Comintern) during the Third World Congress in Moscow in June and July 1921, according to the German booklet “80 Years of Anti-Fascist Action” by Bernd Langer, published by the Association for the Promotion of Anti-Fascist Culture. Langer is a former member of the Autonome Antifa, formerly one of Germany’s largest Antifa organizations, which disbanded in 2004.

via www.theepochtimes.com

Those darn Commies. Up to their mischief again.

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How Churches Are Reopening During Coronavirus - The Atlantic

A small, vocal minority of pastors have begun to bristle at government-imposed restrictions on their worship, however. Some have simply opened according to their judgment, regardless of what their governments say. Others have sued for their right to gather, with mixed success: On Friday, the Supreme Court denied a California church’s request for relief from the state’s restrictions on their gatherings, with Chief Justice John Roberts calling claims of unconstitutional discrimination “quite improbable.” Regardless of their tactics, these churches may define how pastors perceive threats to their religious freedom in any future waves of the pandemic. “Let me put it this way,” James White, an Arizona pastor with a sizable online following, told me. “If [governments] call for this to happen again, there’s going to be a different response.”

via www.theatlantic.com

Use the same precautions you use at the liquor store.

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The Shader Sisters: Two Women Arrested After Molotov Cocktail Is Thrown Into Van With Four Officers [Updated] – JONATHAN TURLEY

Two sisters have been arrested after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a NYPD van with four officers inside. Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, NY, is charged with throwing the incendiary device, which did not explode.  Her sister, Darian, 21, (left) then allegedly tried to stop the arrest of Samantha Shader.  The police have hit Samantha Shader with a slew of major charges including attempted murder of a police officer, attempted arson, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.  Her sister faces charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. (The Daily Mail has released these pictures from social media allegedly showing the two sisters).  Update: Media is reporting that Shader admitted to her attack on the police.  The police have released a picture of Shader throwing the Molotov cocktail.

via jonathanturley.org

Maybe AOC will visit them in prison.

May 31, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Black Organizers ‘Enraged’ by White Agitators ‘Here to F*ck Shit Up’ in George Floyd Protests

As protests spread to more than 30 cities on Friday, a disturbing trend emerged: masked protesters, many of them white, were hijacking protests and stoking violence.

via www.thedailybeast.com

This is what comes from way too loose student lending policies. I'm serious.

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The One Thing Riots Across the U.S. Have In Common – and It's Not Black Lives Matter

At that time the group of Antifa thugs set fire to one of the buildings.

"Oh my god. They burned it," she said with a gasp. "They're f**king burning s**t! They're burning the f**king city down for real!"

via townhall.com

Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

(I do not mean to suggest that modern dogs have fleas. My dogs do not have fleas, mostly. It's an expression.)

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

NBC Today Anchor and MSNBC Host Tweets Directive To Use “Protests” Rather Than “Riots” In Reporting [Updated] – JONATHAN TURLEY

A police station in Minneapolis was torched last night as looting and rioting continued in that city. The escalating violence and looting has magnified controversies over how networks are describing the scenes.  Earlier, Craig Melvin, an MSNBC host and co-anchor of “Today,” shed some light as to how his network is framing its reporting. Melvin tweeted a “guide” that the images “on the ground” are not to be described as rioting but rather “protests.”  That framing has been used on other networks, including some segments where the reporting seems bizarrely out of sync with the scenes in the background. Update: CNN appears to be drawing a distinction in an even more curious way.

via jonathanturley.org

It's the 1970s all over again. Trump is Nixon.

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Andrew Cuomo's deadly failures

The major story of the coronavirus epidemic in New York is how the governor’s policies toward long-term care facilities enabled the virus to run rampant among our most vulnerable population. In late April, it came to light that the previous month, the state ordered long-term care facilities to readmit residents who had been treated for the coronavirus. New residents who were “medically stable” were to be admitted as well. Thus did Cuomo’s New York guarantee that the most vulnerable population would be widely exposed to COVID-19 in environments that enabled its quick and deadly spread.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

Yup. But it doesn't matter.

May 30, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Declassified Flynn Transcripts Contradict Key Claims Made By Mueller

Highly sought-after summaries and transcripts of intercepted phone calls between former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak contradict key claims made by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his criminal case against Flynn. The transcripts were provided to Congress on Friday and obtained by The Federalist. You can read the full documents here and here.

via thefederalist.com

Nice to know but it won't matter.

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Supreme Court Rules 5-4 To Uphold Pandemic Orders Limiting Church Services – JONATHAN TURLEY

Last week, President Donald Trump has pledged that he will “override” state orders barring in-person religious services unless governors do so.  As I have previously noted, the President is claiming authority that is expressly denied to him in our system of federalism. While I have warned such deference given to the states wanes with time, any order to reopen churches in a given state will be based on the inherent authority of the courts, not the President.  The Administration can, and has promised, joined legal challenges to such state orders but it is not claiming the inherent authority of presidents to “override” state decisions.  The Justice Department has warned Newsom that his order is contravening constitutional rights.  However, now that the Supreme Court has ruled, any move by President Trump to “override” such orders would directly contravene the authority of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of what the Constitution means in such conflicts.

via jonathanturley.org

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Church no, but good news! Pot yes!

The Supreme Court has ruled! 5 to 4, with Chief Bobby joining the liberals.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Marriage -- Coronavirus Economic Impact Is Easier on the Married Than on Singles | National Review

The economic value of marriage has only grown since COVID-19 hit. A new survey spearheaded by the Data Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago shows how married adults are weathering the pandemic’s economic challenges better than singles. In analyzing the second wave of data from the COVID Impact Survey, we find that married men, women, and families are less likely to experience hunger, to be less dependent on public assistance, and to be better prepared to cover unexpected expenses during this pandemic, when compared with single adults and families headed by single parents.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Deep Dive into Trump’s Executive Order on Social Media | Crossroads | Joshua Philipp - YouTube

President Donald Trump issued an executive order to prevent online censorship, and heavily targeted at social media giants Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Trump accused some of the platforms of political censorship, possible election interference, and for allegedly accepting money from foreign governments such as China to publish disinformation. The executive order will remove the liability shield given to social media platforms if they engage in censorship or any form of “political conduct.” It will also include federal reviews of spending on these platforms, federal investigations into various forms of political censorship, proposals for new state laws to protect online speech, the drafting of federal law that could cement the new protections on free speech online, and more. In this episode of Crossroads, we’ll go over the full executive order and how it could change public discourse online.

via www.youtube.com

This segment is really good. You should watch it.

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Planet of the Censoring Humans - Reporting by Matt Taibbi

The significance of the Moore incident is that it shows that a long-developing pattern of deletions and removals is expanding. The early purges were mainly of small/fringe voices on either the far right or far left, or infamously fact-challenged personalities like Alex Jones. The removal of a film by Moore – a heavily-credentialed figure long revered by the liberal mainstream – takes place amid a dramatic acceleration of such speech-suppression incidents, many connected to the coronavirus disaster.

A pair of California doctors were taken off YouTube for declaring stay-at-home measures unnecessary; right-wing British broadcaster and trumpeter of shape-shifting reptile theories David Icke was taken off YouTube; a video by Rockefeller University epidemiologist Knut Wittknowski was taken down, apparently for advocating a “herd immunity” approach to combating the virus. These moves all came after the popular libertarian site Zero Hedge was banned from Twitter, ostensibly for suggesting a Chinese scientist in Wuhan was responsible for coronavirus.

In late April, the World Socialist Web Site – which has been one of the few consistent critics of Internet censorship and algorithmic manipulation – was removed by Reddit from the r/coronavirus subreddit on the grounds that it was not “reliable.” The site was also removed from the whitelist for r/politics, the primary driver of traffic from Reddit to the site. Then in early May, at least 52 Palestinian activists and journalists were removed from Facebook for “not following community standards,” part of a years-long pattern of removals made in cooperation with the Israeli government.

On May 13, human rights activist Jennifer Zeng noted that YouTube was automatically deleting Chinese-language references to terms insulting to the Chinese government, like gongfei, or “communist bandit.” Congressional candidate Shahid Buttar complained an interview with Walker Bragman about Democrats supporting surveillance powers was removed by YouTube. Evan Greer of the speech advocacy group Fight for the Future had a post flagged by Facebook’s “independent fact checkers”—in this case, that noted pillar of factuality, USA Today – dinging him for a “partly false” claim that the Senate had voted to allow warrantless searches of browsi

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Minneapolis mayor declares 8pm curfew as fourth night of riot carnage looms | Daily Mail Online

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Friday admitted an 'abject failure' by law enforcement in trying to control crowds of rioters who took over Minneapolis on Thursday night, torching buildings and overrunning a police station, as a city-wide curfew was declared between the hours of 8pm and 6am.  

Protesters have been running rampant in Minneapolis for the past three nights in a united show of outrage over the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed on Monday when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes because he'd allegedly tried to use a fake $20 to pay for something in a store. 

It has sparked a national conversation about race relations and police brutality in America.

On Thursday, as tensions in the city boiled all day, the National Guard started putting in motion plans to intervene to help local law enforcement agencies that were struggling to cope with the mounting threat. 

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Trump: We're ending special trade treatment of Hong Kong and cutting funding of WHO

It was pretty clear this was coming since Secretary Pompeo announced Wednesday that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China. Today President Trump gave a short speech at the White House saying he was moving to eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong special treatment. President Trump also announced that he was cutting funding for the WHO and would redirect that money elsewhere.

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This should be compared to what any other politician would have done. Just sayin'.

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New video shows other cops kneeling on George Floyd as he gasped that he couldn't breathe

It was a group effort, after all.

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The MPD cop seems like a real prize.

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Statistics, lies and the reservoir effect

Financial markets are acting like an inflation reservoir. And when the dam bursts bond yields will rise substantially, undermining values of other financial assets. The non-financial GDP economy will then face the full force of monetary depreciation, with calamitous consequences for ordinary people: the unemployed (of which there will be many), the low-paid and retirees living on meagre pensions and savings. Macroeconomics have led state planners in all high-welfare economies headlong into policies of monetary and economic destruction from which there is no politically acceptable means of escape. 

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But other than that, things are good.

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Free abortions, pre-K sex ed: Conservatives blast Boise mayor’s transition report as 'socialist wish list' | Fox News

Dustin Hurst of the Idaho Freedom Foundation said the report would “fundamentally transform Boise into a socialist enclave” by making the city look “something like Portland, Seattle, or San Francisco.”

The recommendations also include interrupting "white supremacist culture," closing juvenile detention centers, providing city-wide free internet, increase "30% the number city government leadership positions held by women and people from communities affected by marginalization," to name a few.

McLean defended the report this week.

“These are not policy documents,” McLean told KTVB. “They are reports to me and my administration, and when we all talked, when I released them, I said that clearly and I wanted to transparently share them.”

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H/t SEB. WTF is this? Boise? Who is this mayor person? This is really bad. This is why it's called "Californication."

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Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd death

The Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office made the charging decision as fast as possible, and that additional or more severe charges could be coming as the investigation continues.

The other three Minneapolis officers who were at the scene Monday when Floyd died have not yet been charged, but Freeman said he expects those charges yet to come. He did not say what kind of charges are being considered for those officers. All four were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this week.

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Central Park Dog Case Is Covington 2.0 | National Review

Possibly it was an overreaction for Ms. Cooper to call the police. Then again, when citizens feel threatened, calling the police and letting them sort it out is what is supposed to happen. What Mr. Cooper said to her was unmistakably a threat. It was reasonable for her to be scared. “I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it”? That’s a menacing thing to say. He then called the dog over while offering it a treat. He meant her to think he was going to poison her dog to motivate her to leash the animal. By his own admission, he said something calculated to frighten her. Apparently, he does this all the time; he carries dog treats while birding “for just such intransigence.” If there were no threat linked to his offering the dog a snack, he would not have prefaced this action by saying, “You’re not going to like it.” He didn’t say, “Look, let’s be reasonable here, I’ll even give your dog a nice snack to show I mean well.” Mr. Cooper intended to scare Ms. Cooper, he succeeded, and in her fear she called the cops.

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This wouldn't have happened if NYC had must issue concealed carry laws.

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Black Business Owner Who Invested Life Savings Into Looted Bar: “I Don’t Know What I’m Gonna Do” – Summit News

The clip once again emphasizes how rioters are burning down their own community and destroying the lives of other black people, supposedly in pursuit of justice.

In reality, they’ve trashed their own neighborhood and made it highly unlikely that any new businesses will want to set up shop to serve the community there ever again.

Some business owners placed signs that said “minority owned” in an attempt to deter looters, but that obviously didn’t work for this bar owner.

via summit.news

The rioters and looters are not seeking justice but big screen TVs and other stuff. Just sayin'.

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'Behemoths who control': Barr says Trump executive order on social media companies will go further if necessary

Attorney General William Barr praised President Trump for his executive order that could allow federal regulators to take punitive action against social media giants for the way they regulate online content.

Trump's order rolls back the long-standing legal protection known as Section 230, which spares tech companies from being held liable for the content they allow online and how they decide to monitor it.

Barr said the protection, which was adopted about 25 years ago, has been stretched beyond its original intention of not holding tech companies accountable for the content created by third-party users.

"It’s been completely stretched to allow what have become really behemoths who control a lot of the flow of information in our society to engage in censorship of that information and to act as editors and publishers of the material," Barr said.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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