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  • Has BLM apologized? (Vanity)

    07/09/2020 9:39:07 AM PDT · by Crucial · 13 replies
    7-9-20 | Myself
    Has BLM apologized for Secoreia Turner's death? George Floyd gets a gold coffin and wastes his life on drugs and crime. What does Secoreia get exactly? Is there wall to wall coverage? Of course not.
  • Police: $23 million lost due to ongoing Portland protests (/Biden rally)

    07/09/2020 3:39:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Times Union ^ | 7/08/20 | Gillian Flaccus
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Downtown businesses in Portland, Oregon, have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday. At a police briefing, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said the intensity of the violence by an “agitator corps” and the length of the protests that are now in their sixth week are unprecedented in Oregon's largest city. Davis made a sharp distinction between Black Lives Matter protesters, whom he said were not violent, and a smaller group of people he repeatedly called “agitators.” “Quite frankly,...
  • Seattle held 'segregated' training session on 'undoing whiteness,' encouraged staffers to forfeit 'guaranteed physical safety'

    07/09/2020 2:15:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/08/20 | Danielle Wallace
    The City of Seattle held a racially segregated employee training session aimed at White staffers and instructing them on "undoing your own whiteness" in order to be held accountable by people of color, according to documents obtained by a public records request. The session took place on June 12, as protesters took part in the so-called "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" in the Capitol Hill district. One handout distributed in the session reportedly declared how “racism is not our fault but we are responsible." Another said White staffers must give up “the land” and their “guaranteed physical safety” in order to...
  • Seattle's Kshama Sawant warns Jeff Bezos after passing Amazon tax: 'We are coming for you'

    07/08/2020 6:01:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 114 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/08/20 | Valerie Richardson
    Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant had a personal message for billionaire Jeff Bezos after the passage of the so-called Amazon tax, warning him that “we are coming for you.” The avowed socialist framed Monday’s 7-2 council vote for the hefty payroll tax on larger businesses as a step toward the goal of overthrowing the “bankrupt system of capitalism” and replacing it with “a socialist world.” “And if you, Jeff Bezos, want to drive that process forward by lashing out against us in our modest demands, then so be it,” she said in a video address that was posted Tuesday on...
  • University of Delaware sued over ignoring FOIA requests for Joe Biden's records

    07/08/2020 5:36:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/08/20 | Jeff Mordock
    Conservative group Judicial Watch on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the University of Delaware demanding access to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s senatorial papers. The university, which stores and owns the records, has ignored Freedom of Information Act requests from Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), the lawsuit says. University officials have denied the requests citing a provision in Delaware law that exempts the school from FOIA requests not related to public funds. They appealed the decision to Delaware’s chief deputy attorney general, who sided with the university. But Judicial Watch and DCNF say the school...
  • Venezuelan refugee hits back after Ilhan Omar calls for dismantling America's 'system of oppression'

    07/08/2020 5:16:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/08/20 | Joshua Nelson
    A Venezuelan refugee pushed back strongly on Ilhan Omar’s anti-capitalism statements, claiming on “Fox & Friends" that Democrats have a hidden agenda behind their police reform protests. “I think that the big problem that her statement shows is that she revealed her whole intention from the beginning was not about the criminal justice system," said Daniel Di Martino, who grew up in Venezuela and left the country as socialism took hold. "The Democrats have not wanted to pass things like the Justice Act that the GOP proposed in the Senate by Tim Scott,” said Daniel Di Martino, who grew up...
  • Democratic Task Forces Deliver Biden A Blueprint For A Progressive Presidency

    07/08/2020 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/08/20 | Scott Detrow
    A joint effort by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to unify Democrats around Biden's candidacy has produced a 110-page policy wish list to recommend to the party's presumptive presidential nominee. Throughout the Democratic primary, Biden stuck to a more moderate platform, while Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and much of the rest of the crowded field courted progressives and advocated for broader structural changes. But as the United States faces a growing pandemic and unemployment rates at the highest levels in generations, Biden has been talking more and more about a presidency that approaches Franklin...
  • Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell bail hearing date set for July 14

    07/08/2020 3:59:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | 7/08/20
    NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend will appear remotely by video for a July 14 courthouse arraignment and bail hearing on charges she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse over two decades ago, a judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan set the date in an order as she announced special arrangements to allow limited public access to the video feed of Ghislaine Maxwell facing charges for the first time in Manhattan federal court next week. **SNIP** Prosecutors say they plan to ask that Maxwell be kept incarcerated pending trial on the grounds that she has the...
  • Beverly [MA] officials ‘disappointed’ over unsanctioned Horribles Parade

    07/08/2020 10:38:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    WickedLocal.com ^ | 07/07/2020 | Jennie Omieg
    Mayor Michael P. Cahill, in a statement shared on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, said that while much work is already being done to build a welcoming, supportive community for all, the actions that took place in Beverly Farms over the weekend highlighted there are still many more miles to travel. “We all understand that this year’s Beverly Farms 4th of July parade was rightly cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns,” he shared. “Even so, a group held their own parade. In doing so, some groups crossed the line of decency and basic kindness. One group displayed a sign targeting two private individuals...
  • New Jersey will require face masks to be worn outdoors: Gov. Phil Murphy

    07/08/2020 8:10:31 AM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2020 | Lia Eustachewich
    Wearing a face mask outdoors in New Jersey will now be required by law, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to announce that he’ll be signing an executive order Wednesday, calling face masks “game changers,” NJ.com reported. “They’ve been strongly recommended out-of-doors. We’re gonna turn that up a notch today and say, We’re gonna ask you: If you can’t socially distance, it’s gonna be required,” he said.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls For "Dismantling" Systems Of Oppression Like The U.S. Economy, Politics

    07/08/2020 7:37:13 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 07/07/2020 | Ian Schwartz
    At a news conference on systemic racism on Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called on dismantling not just the criminal justice system but the "whole system of oppression," which includes the economy and politics.
  • ABQ businesses manifest financial ruin

    07/07/2020 8:49:51 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 23 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 7/5/20 | pilar martinez
    Albuquerque’s small-business community drew back the curtain last week on months of struggle as members came out in force to speak against three worker protection ordinances proposed by Albuquerque city councilors. In written public comments sent to city councilors ahead of a June 29 meeting and provided to the Journal, local business owners from a wide range of industries begged the council to vote down proposed ordinances they said would decimate their already battered margins and in some cases force them out of business or out of the city. ADVERTISEMENTSKIP The comments also revealed more details of the hardships caused...
  • Florida Man Pulls Gun on Black Homeowner After Accusing Him of Stealing From His Own Mailbox

    07/08/2020 6:13:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    popculture.com ^ | - July 5, 2020 02:57 pm EDT | By Michael Hein
    A Florida man has been arrested for brandishing a gun and shouting racist slurs at a Black homeowner, in a June 14 incident caught on video. According to a report by WSVN, 58-year-old Joseph Fucheck accused Dwayne Wynn of stealing from his own mailbox. Authorities have charged him with aggravated assault with a firearm with prejudice, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but prosecutors are also investigating this as a hate crime. Fucheck reportedly pulled up to Wynn's home in a red Jeep and put something into his mailbox, while Wynn was standing across the street speaking...
  • 7 Portland protesters face federal charges for defacing courthouse, assaulting officers (Biden rally)

    07/08/2020 3:35:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    See BS 'News' ^ | 7/08/20
    Portland, Oregon - The U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced federal charges Tuesday against seven protesters who are accused in court papers of defacing a federal courthouse and assaulting federal officers during protests in Portland, Oregon against racial injustice and police brutality. The protesters are charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to destruction of federal property and assaulting a federal officer and were released pending trial after a brief court hearing Monday. **SNIP** A sworn affidavit included in court filings says that during an interview after his arrest, Olsen said he was not near the courthouse door and said a...
  • Seattle City Council could make deeper cuts to Police Department budget than proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan

    07/08/2020 2:55:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 7/07/20 | Daniel Beekman
    Most of the budget cuts that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed for the Police Department were identified in response to the coronavirus pandemic - before Black Lives Matter protests surged in the city - rather than in response to police defunding demands made by protesters. But City Council members will meet Wednesday to continue dissecting the Police Department’s budget and discussing additional cuts they could make. Durkan proposed about $20 million in cuts to the Police Department last month, among other changes to Seattle’s 2020 budget that she said would address unexpected city spending related to COVID-19, account for...
  • LAPD investigates whether spike in officer sick calls over July 4th weekend was an orchestrated protest

    07/07/2020 8:40:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07/07/2020
    An unsigned letter circulated among the Los Angeles Police Department rank and file last week, encouraging officers to call in sick to protect their own interests. It had been been a month of upheaval for police, with unprecedented protests over police killings of Black people and the Los Angeles City Council agreeing to cut the LAPD’s budget by $150 million amid calls for sweeping reforms. LAPD commanders are investigating whether an unusual spike in officers calling in sick over the July 4 weekend was the result of an orchestrated protest or labor action, which would be illegal. Sources in the...
  • Deutsche Bank to pay $150M penalty for transactions with Jeffrey Epstein, 2 foreign banks

    07/07/2020 2:30:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/07/20 | Sommer Brokaw
    July 7 (UPI) -- New York regulators announced Tuesday a $150 million penalty on Deutsche Bank tied to suspicious transactions involving Jeffrey Epstein and two foreign banks, Danske Estonia and FBME Bank. Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay $150 million as a result of "significant compliance failures," Linda Lacewell, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, said in a statement. These failures were related to its banking relationships with Epstein and the two foreign banks. The statement said the settlement marks the first enforcement action by a regulator against a financial institution for dealings with registered sex...
  • You need a hero, America? — Marine catches 3 year-old boy dropped from burning building!

    07/07/2020 12:02:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.citizenfreepress.com ^ | on July 7, 2020 1:55 pm | Kane
    WR Phillip Blanks dives to catch a 3-year old boy dropped from a burning, 3rd floor Phoenix apartment. I just spoke to the former Marine who says he was “put on this earth to protect people.” KALAMAZOO — Catching a child who was dropped from a burning building was just Phillip Blanks doing his job. The retired U.S. Marine and former football player at Kalamazoo Central High School doesn’t want special recognition for helping save a 3-year-old boy from an apartment fire in Phoenix, Arizona. Blanks, a body guard today, said protecting others is just part of his job. Blanks...
  • ‘She was part of a new generation’: 39-year-old LAPD detention officer mourned following weekslong battle with COVID-19

    07/07/2020 11:01:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07/07/2020 | Kristina Bravo
    The senior detention officer died July 3 from coronavirus complications at age 39, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. McAdoo is survived by her mother Donna Royston. McAdoo served at LAPD’s Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, according to the Custody Service Division, which first disclosed her battle with COVID-19 in an LAPD, which reported a spike in coronavirus infections in June, has confirmed at least 287 cases of COVID-19 among its employees. Detention centers, like other facilities where people live and work in close quarters, have been hit hard by the pandemic. In April, officials said a Riverside...
  • We’ll all be speaking German soon [EU]

    07/07/2020 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Pollutico.eu (formerly EuropeanVoice.com) ^ | 6/28/20, 10:41 PM CET | Joshua Posaner
    German is coming. English may be the European Union’s lingua franca, but listen carefully in the corridors of power and you’ll find the language of Goethe and Schiller is on the rise. German is gaining ground among the EU’s three official working languages as Berlin prepares to take on the bloc’s presidency next month. That’s not least because native speakers occupy top positions, including Ursula von der Leyen at the Spitze of the European Commission. Those in the Brussels bubble are taking note. The Goethe Institute, Germany’s state-funded cultural outpost, told POLITICO it saw a five-fold increase in demand for...