Reader’s Links for September 20, 2020

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  1. USA Watchdog Martin Armstrong. Quite long interview (1 hr.) but interesting. Claims Bill Gates holds the solution investments for every fear-mongering statement he makes, ie.: the world economy can’t resurrect until everyone is immunized, so he holds pharma stock in a massive position, or cows fart which creates CO2 so don’t eat meat, eat meat alternatives for which he holds massive positions etc. Armstrong drops plenty of names which costs him credibility in my view, but he does offer clarity:

    https://youtu.be/kM81PFOX5jA

  2. Terror of foreign killers walking Britain’s streets (express, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1337803/Foreign-killers-in-uk-murderers-fugitives

    “A FUGITIVE triple murderer tops a list of foreign killers feared to be at large or in hiding in the UK. Large numbers of convicted or suspected killers from overseas have seen the UK as a safe haven.

    Alongside convicted triple murderer Sokol Hoxha, police are seeking the whereabouts of a number of other fugitives who have yet to serve sentences or even stand trial in their home countries.

    Several have recently been arrested and are fighting extradition, often with legal aid.

    About 25 extradition cases concerning overseas murders have had hearings at Westminster Magistrates Court this year, with others concerning people convicted or suspected of attempted killings.

    Hoxha, 45, has evaded justice for more than 23 years for three murders in two different countries.

    Police thought they had finally tracked him down in Birmingham last month, when a man of the same name was arrested and a knife seized during a domestic incident.

    But the suspect, who was remanded in custody for two weeks, had to be released after the extradition judge said there was insufficient evidence that he was the murderer.

    Hoxha and an accomplice are wanted in Albania for the March 1997 killing of two brothers he shot dead.

    He then fled to Belgium with wife Brunilda Dervishi. But five months later he shot her dead in a Brussels cafe.

    He has been on the run ever since, being convicted in his absence of the two murders in Albania in 2000, and then being sentenced to life in his absence in Belgium in 2010.

    West Midlands Police believed they had caught him on August 27.

    That Sokol Hoxha was brought before Westminster Magistrates, but although he used an Albanian interpreter, he claimed to be Serbian.

    He also had identity documents giving a date of birth differing to the killer’s by almost two years.

    And neither the Belgian or Albanian authorities could provide DNA or fingerprint evidence. District Judge Paul Goldspring discharged the extradition request saying he could not be satisfied the defendant was the wanted killer.

    Last week the Met Police issued appeals for information about two other men wanted over murders in their home countries.

    Arunas Kasciukas, 39, is wanted in Lithuania for a murder committed there in October 2018. He has two fingers missing from his left hand and has links to Dagenham, Forest Gate and Ilford, in east London.

    The other sought by the Met is Festim Korra, who is wanted in Albania to serve a 22-year jail term for the murder of Hyqmet Pisha, who was shot seven times in 1997.

    Korra was able to flee the country before he could be jailed and is thought to have links to east London and could be using a false identity.

    Det Sgt Peter Rance, from the Met’s extradition unit, said: “These men must not be approached. Anyone who recognises any of these men or has information about their whereabouts should call police.”

    Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “These are seriously bad people. EU free movement has a lot to answer for.

    “There have been several foreign fugitives wanted in connection with overseas murders arrested here in recent weeks.”

    Another fugitive is Grzegorz Sabramowicz, 44, who is wanted in Poland for a gangland execution.

    He denies involvement in the killing and the extradition request was discharged earlier this year for technical reasons. He remains living in the Sheffield area.”

  3. Tories urge PM and Patel to ban illegal migrants from claiming asylum – poll (express, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1337588/Conservative-party-migration-crisis-conservative-progress-survey

    “A MAJOR survey of more than 10,000 Conservative Party members and supporters has revealed overwhelming support for banning illegal migrants from claiming asylum.

    The poll conducted by Conservative Progress of 10,075 Tories shows that 93.2 percent believe those who enter the UK illegally should not be allowed to apply for asylum. The survey was carried out in the wake of a summer of problems across the English Channel where hundreds of illegal migrants have been sent over from France by human traffickers.

    While Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised a change in the law and held talks with the French to stop the flow of illegal migrants, the survey showed that more than two third blame the UK government for the problem.

    This was higher than those who blame human traffickers – 62.5 percent.

    However, three quarters point the finger at the French authorities for failing to tackle the problem with allegations that they have escorted boat loads of illegal migrants across the Channel.

    Less than half – 41.2 percent – blame the illegal migrants themselves for making the crossings.

    Dover Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke said: “The number of illegal entrants breaking into Britain is unacceptable. More action is needed to stop boats leaving French shores in the first place and turn them back to France.

    “This latest survey shows that there is overwhelming support to change the law in order to put a stop to illegal migration activities.

    “Anyone who breaks into Britain through illegal routes should be returned back to other countries – no ifs or buts.”

    The anger among Conservatives over the issue is underlined by the fact that the survey has attracted record numbers of respondents for Conservative Progress.

    Despite the emergency measures brought in by Ms Patel including appointing a new former Royal Marine Dan O’Mahoney as a small boats commander to spearhead the effort, 96.5 percent think she should do more.

    Among the other measures demanded is 96.3 percent support for speeding up deportations and 98.6 percent wanting stronger laws to prosecute human traffickers.

    Ms Patel has attempted to send plane loads of foreign criminals back to their home countries but run into legal blocks from the High Court because of challenges by leftwing activist lawyers.

    The survey shows that 91.5 percent believe the UK does its best to help genuine refugees.

    Jack Rydeheard, Editor for Conservative Progress said: “This government’s voters clearly feel frustrated. It is clear that the blame lies mainly with the traffickers and the French government in the eyes of the Conservative electorate, not with those who are being exploited.

    “Britain is a safe, welcoming country for those who apply for asylum, and the UK fulfils its responsibilities when it comes to giving sanctuary to those fleeing war-torn areas.””

  4. (Richard: I thought winter was going to calm the possible storm in the Himalayan mountains. Looks like I was wrong.)

    9 illicit structures build by China in Nepal village | World News | WION News


  5. UK to Penalise Schools Which Don’t Teach Children LGBT Lessons (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/20/uk-penalise-schools-fail-teach-lgbt/

    “Secondary schools which fail to teach pupils LGBT lessons will be penalised by inspectors, it has been revealed.

    Ofsted, the British schools regulator, said that schools will no longer be able to secure a rating better than “requires improvement” if they neglect to inform pupils about LGBT lifestyles and about “all the protected characteristics”, the Daily Mail reports.

    An Ofsted spokesman commented: “The Department for Education’s guidance makes it clear that secondary schools must teach about LGBT issues.

    “Therefore, from next summer, if secondary schools do not teach about all the protected characteristics, they will receive a judgment of ‘requires improvement’ for leadership and management.

    “However, government guidance is that primary schools have more discretion over when LGBT issues are age appropriate, and so won’t necessarily be marked down if they exclude them,” they added.

    A report published by Ofsted this week asserted that schools would still be allowed “to teach the tenets of any faith on the protected characteristics”, such as that same-sex pairs should not marry or engage in sexual relations according to a particular religion.

    “However, if they do so, they must also explain the legal rights LGBT people have under UK law, and that this and LGBT people must be respected,” the document states.

    The hardline, “progressive” leftist National Secular Society, which wants to see a ban on faith schools in Britain, was furious that institutions will be able to continue to impart some religious teachings on homosexual activity.

    “It’s wholly incongruent for Ofsted to penalise schools that refuse to teach about LGBT people, but turn a blind eye with faith schools that teach being LGBT is morally wrong,” a spokesman railed.

    “All pupils should be entitled to study in a welcoming and accepting school that doesn’t make them feel ashamed about who they are,” they added — without addressing the question of how their proposed education regime might make pupils from religious families feel.

    Earlier this week, Christian Concern reported on the case of a pastoral administrator who was sacked from her job at a Church of England primary school in Gloucester over Facebook posts which raised concerns over plans to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory for primary school children from the age of four.

    In two posts on the social media website, Kristie Higgs highlighted the introduction of transgender ideology and the promotion of homosexuality in primary schools, warning against forces wish to make the teaching of “fundamental Christian beliefs” on the topic of men, women, and marriage “forbidden”.

    Her employer, Farmor’s School, opened an investigation into Mrs Higgs after an anonymous complainant alleged that the posts were “homophobic and prejudiced to the LGBT community” and then announced they were sacking her for “illegal discrimination” and “inappropriate use of social media”.”

  6. Greek Police Investigation Into Suspicious Fires Near Turkish Border (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/20/greek-police-launch-investigation-suspicious-fires-turkish-border-area/

    “Greece’s police and fire service have launched an investigation after at least 15 fires broke out in just 48 hours in the Evros border area with Turkey.

    The investigation comes as a massive fire raged in the Evros region on Wednesday. At least 100 firefighters, two aeroplanes, and two helicopters were sent to Melia, in the north-east of the area, to help fight the blaze.

    According to a report from Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the firefighters have had to face strong winds that have made it more difficult to get the fires in the region under control.

    Giorgos Pistolas, an official in the nearby city of Alexandroupoli, said that firefighters had managed to prevent fires from spreading to a local village.

    The investigation into possible foul play in the Evros region comes after Greek police made several arrests for arson in connection with the large-scale fire at the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos last week that left more than 10,000 migrants homeless.

    Early last week, several Greek officials had blamed arson for the Moria camp fire. This week, Greek media published video footage of what is alleged to be migrants using cardboard to spread the fire on the night the camp burned down.

    Greek investigators arrested six migrants, all of them from Afghanistan, two claiming to be underage.

    The Evros region is also associated with mass migration, seeing tens of thousands of migrants attempt to cross the land border with the assistance of the Turkish authorities earlier this year.

    Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan shut the crisis down due to the Wuhan virus pandemic, but his regime has vowed to restart it once the crisis has abated.

    Earlier this month, the Greek deputy minister of migration and asylum, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, warned that activity along the border was once again increasing.”

  7. Iran dismisses US efforts at UN sanctions as currency drops (abcnews, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-dismisses-us-efforts-sanctions-currency-drops-73126355

    “Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday.

    Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran.

    The rial has lost more than 30% of its value to the dollar since June as sweeping U.S. sanctions on Iran continue to crush its ability to sell oil globally. Iran’s currency was at 32,000 rials to the dollar at the time of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which was signed by the Obama administration but which the Trump administration pulled the U.S. from.

    As the currency plummeted, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed the Trump administration’s declaration Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been reimposed because Tehran is not complying with the nuclear deal.

    “Tehran’s message to Washington is clear: return to the international community, return to your commitments and stop bullying so the international community will accept you,” he said.

    The U.S. move has been rejected as illegal by most of the rest of the world and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly this week.

    Even before the U.S. declaration, other Security Council members had vowed to ignore it. They say the U.S. lost legal standing to invoke snapback sanctions when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and began reimposing U.S. sanctions on Iran.

    France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement Sunday reiterating that they contest the legal basis of the Trump administration’s bid to activate the “snapback” sanctions mechanism because the United States withdrew from the nuclear accord. The statement said “it follows that any decision or action taken on the basis of this procedure … are without effect in law.” The three countries stressed they remain determined to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran.

    The Iranian government spokesman said the snapback sanctions have only happened in “the fantastical world” of the Trump administration. He said the U.S. stands on the wrong side of history.

    “They are attempting to make everyone believe it, but nobody is buying it except for themselves,” Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press briefing on Sunday.

    “It is a television show whose sole presenter, viewers and those cheering it on are Mr. Pompeo himself and a handful of others,” the spokesman said, referring to the U.S. secretary of state.

    The White House plans to issue an executive order on Monday spelling out how the U.S. will enforce the restored sanctions, and the State and Treasury departments are expected to outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalized for violations.

    Tensions are running high between Iran and the U.S., particularly since a U.S. strike in January killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, prompting Tehran to retaliate with a ballistic missile strike on Iraqi bases housing American troops.”

    • “I will fight” – chants Sen. Warren and crowds in memory of RBG, calls for no replacement before…

      Crowds of mourners were seen gathered near the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC, mourning the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had served on the court since 1993, Saturday.

      Elizabeth Warren, US Senator from Massachusetts was seen addressing the crowds and reminding about Ginsburg’s last statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera, which was: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

      “I will fight” chanted Warren along with the crowds, calling for people to fight for this Ginsburg’s wish to be fulfilled.

      Justice Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman to hold the position, and her death coincided with the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a holiday that commemorates the Jewish New Year. Ginsburg died at her home in Washington DC of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, at age 87, on September 18

    • ‘It will be a woman’ | Trump to nominate SCOTUS judge to replace late Ruth Bader Ginsburg

      …as the crowd at a campaign rally in North Carolina chanted ‘fill that seat.’

    • Sep 20 2020 – Philadelphia – Biden: If I Win This Election ‘I Should Be The One Who Nominates Justice Ginsburg’s Successor’

  8. Ariz. police search for suspect in ambush-style shooting of detective

    A manhunt is underway in Arizona after a state police detective was targeted in an ambush style attack this week. One suspect has been taken into custody, while another remains at large in Phoenix.

    17-year-old Luis Acuna was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly opened fire, unprovoked, on an unidentified state trooper, who was sitting in his unmarked police vehicle.

    Photo of suspect Luis Acuna via Arizona Department of Public Safety.

    “As he approached our trooper, our trooper did not understand at the moment how much danger he was in,” explained Director Colonel Heston Silbert.

    Miraculously, he was able to exit his vehicle and return fire.

    Shortly thereafter, a second state trooper arrived at the scene. A shootout ensued until the suspected gunman was apprehended. No injuries were reported.

    https://www.oann.com/ariz-police-search-for-suspect-in-ambush-style-shooting-of-detective/

  9. Toensing says George Soros’ influence and power is pervasive at Fox

    OAN Newsroom
    UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Saturday, September 19, 2020

    Former DOJ lawyer Victoria Toensing raised questions about Fox News following recent comments from Newt Gingrich, who said he was silenced after mentioning left-wing billionaire philanthropist George Soros. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.

    https://www.oann.com/toensing-says-george-soros-influence-and-power-is-pervasive-at-fox/

  10. Woman dies after hackers cause IT failure

    A woman has died after hackers attacked a hospital in Germany, causing IT systems to crash and emergency patients to be rerouted to other hospitals.

    The incident at Dusseldorf University Clinic prevented the hospital from accepting emergency patients last Friday, meaning ambulance drivers were forced to drive a woman in a critical condition to another facility 32km (20 miles) away.

    The delay meant doctors were unable to treat the unnamed woman for an hour and she subsequently died.

    Ransomware attacks on hospitals have become increasingly common in recent years, due to the tendency for many facilities to rely on old and out-dated IT infrastructure to store patient’s medical records and other vital information.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/hospital-hack-death-ransomware-cyber-security-germany-b480831.html

    • Greece: Over 200 migrants with coronavirus housed in barbed wire enclosed area of new Kara Tepe camp

      More than 200 refugees who had tested positive for COVID-19 were transferred in a barbed wire enclosed area of the new Kara Tepe camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Families with kids could be seen behind the wire at the tent facility, Saturday.

      On Thursday, Greek police began relocating thousands of refugees stranded on the island to a new temporary camp. It comes more than a week after they were left homeless in a massive fire that destroyed the Moria camp where they previously lived.

    • Hour-long queues | Migrants line up at Lesbos supermarkets

      On the road between Kara Tepe’s new temporary camp and the Greek island’s capital, Mytilene, hundreds of migrants were seen queuing at supermarkets.

      Those waiting had reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 on registration and may freely leave the camp.

    • Greece: Migrants decry poor conditions at new Kara Tepe camp

      Migrants decried the poor living conditions at the new Kara Tepe migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday, as transfers continued to the facility in the wake of the recent fires that gutted the previous Moria camp.

      “This place is like hell. There is no toilet, sometimes we stay for three or four days without toilets. They bring food once a day,” said a 20-year-old woman from South Sudan.

      She continued: “I was in Moria, which was better than this place. It’s very difficult and stressful. This place is very cold.”

      Another Cameroonian migrant complained that the new camp was closed, meaning migrants can’t come and go when they wish, and explained that they “have no money, no tents like other migrants.”

      On Thursday, Greek police began relocating thousands of refugees stranded on the island to a new temporary camp. It comes more than a week after a massive fire destroyed the Moria camp where they previously lived.

  11. (Richard: Nazi Germany made a hero out of Horst Wessel a pimp who died fighting the police, looks like the BLM fearing American Politicians are following in their foot prints.)

    Minneapolis City Council approves renaming section of Chicago Ave. as ‘George Perry Floyd Jr Place’

    https://www.fox9.com/news/minneapolis-city-council-approves-renaming-section-of-chicago-ave-as-george-perry-floyd-jr-place

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minneapolis City Council has approved a name change to honor the life of George Floyd.

    Going forward, Chicago Avenue between 37th and 39th streets will be known as “George Perry Floyd Jr Place.”

    • Tens of thousands attend Bangladesh Islamist leader’s funeral

      […]Shafi made his mark in national politics when he marched tens of thousands of his followers into central Dhaka in May 2013, demanding harsh blasphemy laws and the execution of atheist bloggers.

      That rally ended bloodily when police evicted his followers from the capital’s main commercial centre. Around 50 people were killed in clashes with security forces — most of them shot dead — in some of the worst political violence the country had ever seen.

      Around half a dozen bloggers and secular activists were later hacked to death by Islamist extremists.

      On Saturday, after Shafi’s body was brought back to his school in Hathazari outside the port city of Chittagong, vast crowds of his followers rushed to the town to pay their respects.

      Local TV stations aired live footage of people, mostly men in religious dress, packing roads and spaces in and around the school.

      “Some 150,000 people have already gathered here on the madrasa ground, in the buildings and out on the roads to his funeral prayers,” regional police chief Anwar Hossain told AFP. Shafi’s supporters said the turnout was far higher.

      https://www.macaubusiness.com/tens-of-thousands-attend-bangladesh-islamist-leaders-funeral/

  12. Sky Pravda – Coronavirus: Is there enough manufacturing capacity for the vaccine race whoever is successful?

    Manufacturing capacity in 2021 shows a possible limit of 2 billion, even if the possible vaccine was approved in January.

    But with seven of the nine prototype vaccines in late stage clinical trials requiring two doses, that’s only likely to be enough to immunise a little over 12% of the 7.8 billion people who need it.

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    • Berlin boosts German companies in race for vaccine

      Germany announced on Tuesday that it will provide up to 750 million Euros (892 million U.S. Dollars) to support three domestic pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines against the coronavirus.
      German minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said the government has already agreed to provide BioNTech and CureVac with 375 million Euros (around 446 million U.S. Dollars) and 230 million Euros (around 273 million U.S. Dollars) respectively to develop their mRNA-based vaccines.
      Talks with a third company, IDT Biologika, are expected to conclude soon, she said.
      The company is developing a vector-based vaccine that delivers a coronavirus protein into cells to stimulate the body’s immune response.
      The agreement with the three companies, which is tied to specific milestones, will also guarantee Germany 40 million doses of vaccine.
      This comes on top of other vaccine supply agreements concluded through the European Union.
      Karliczek insisted that Germany will not cut corners when it comes to testing vaccines, meaning most of the population may have to wait until mid-2021 before they can be inoculated.
      “Safety is an absolute priority,” she said.
      That stance was echoed by Health Minister Jens Spahn, who said that only vaccines which have been tested on “thousands, ideally many thousands of volunteers in phase 3” would be approved.
      Spahn complained that reports received from Russia and China about vaccines being developed there “aren’t always such that one feels there’s absolute transparency.”
      Spahn dismissed suggestions that Germany might consider making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory.
      “We need 55-60% of the population to be vaccinated,” he said. “I’m firmly convinced we will achieve this voluntarily.”

    • September 20 2020 – the gateway pundir – Biden Says 200 Million People Will Die From Covid by the End of His Speech

      Biden emerged from his Delaware basement on Sunday and delivered remarks on Covid from Philadelphia.

      The 77-year-old claimed that 200 million people will die from Covid by the time he finishes his speech.

      That’s nearly 2/3 of the US population.

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      https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1307752575354261505

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      Joe Biden – “200 million Covid19 deaths” – 20 September 2020

    • Addressing anti-mask protests poses a challenge for leaders, experts say

      Quebec’s COVID-19 case numbers hit their highest numbers since the end of May this weekend, but Alexandre Laberge-Ayotte wasn’t worried.

      Laberge-Ayotte and a handful of other protesters stood outside a Montreal subway station on Saturday, chanting “Liberty!” and waving Quebec flags in one of a number of demonstrations taking part around the province to protest mandatory mask wearing and call for an end to the government state of emergency aimed at fighting the pandemic.

      This demonstration was small, with two dozen protesters or less. Others have been much larger, including one that took place a week earlier in Montreal that drew thousands of people.

      But while the scope of the anti-mask movement remains unclear, choosing how to address the underlying sentiment poses a challenge to leaders struggling to maintain clear messages and public trust, according to several experts who spoke with The Canadian Press.

      Maya Goldenberg, an associate professor of philosophy at York University whose research focuses on medical beliefs, says anti-mask sentiment is likely a symbol of a larger uncertainty “of what the pandemic will do to us in the long term.”

      “It becomes a thing to invest energy in, as a way to broadcast a sort of general discontent about how things are and how they might go,” Goldenberg said in a phone interview.

      Laberge-Ayotte, for his part, says he’s not anti-mask, but rather “pro-choice.”

      He’s calling for an end to the state of emergency, which he calls “disproportionate” to the situation. He is also skeptical of some of the numbers provided by the government, including those on deaths, and does not think the rising number of positive tests is concerning because he believes most cases are asymptomatic.

      In fact, recent research indicates asymptomatic cases likely account for about 40 to 45 per cent of COVID-19 infections. Those patients can also transmit the virus to others for an extended period, “perhaps longer than 14 days,” according to the review published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

      Goldenberg said those who question public health officials or scientists on the effectiveness of masks or vaccines usually do so from a place of “broader mistrust” of the system as a whole.

      Toby Fyfe, the president of the Ottawa-based Institute on Governance agrees.

      “I think you see with the masks, it’s sort of manifesting itself in terms of a broader discontent and a lack of faith or trust in those who … tell us what they think we should do,” he said.

      Fyfe stresses that questioning government authority is nothing new, saying he remembers protests against mandatory seatbelt-wearing.

      But he believes the process has been exacerbated by social media, which makes it easier for people to find others who share their own opinions and filter out others.

      He points to the election of perceived “outsiders” such as U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as the rapid spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories, as examples of such mistrust.

      This month’s Montreal demonstration, for example, featured pro-Trump flags as well as numerous signs promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is centred on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring.

      The beginning of the pandemic led to a spike in public trust, judging by the sky-high approval ratings of politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeauand Quebec Premier François Legault. Goldenberg, for one, is not yet convinced that the recent demonstrations are evidence that this trust has eroded.

      What is clear, however, is that responding to it poses a challenge for leaders trying to unite a population in fighting the pandemic.

      Legault, for example, has faced questions about why he allows the large protests to continue, despite the events exceed gathering limits and seemingly violate health advice.

      Earlier this week, he said his government’s plan was to continue to tolerate the demonstrations, unless they begin to affect public health. While he doesn’t rule out imposing further rules in the future, he also spoke of the right to protest, as well as the dangers of amplifying a movement by attempting to shut it down.

      “Do we want to make martyrs, quote-unquote, of these people?” he asked on Tuesday. “So there are pros and cons. It’s not black and white.”

      Goldenberg said addressing protests is difficult for leaders, who need to try to correct misinformation without giving those who spread it more attention.

      It’s also been a challenge to convey clear and consistent messaging about the pandemic despite uncertainty surrounding the science, she said.

      The government, for example, initially told the public that masks were not recommended as a tool to fight the pandemic, before later reversing that stance.

      While there is no clear solution to countering mistrust and information, Goldenberg believes the best way to maintain public trust is to keep speaking to the public clearly and competently, as well as to admit when mistakes were made or when the research isn’t clear.

      “Honesty is usually the best way,” she said.

      “And support the public, because they’re struggling right now,” she added.

      https://globalnews.ca/news/7347140/addressing-anti-mask-protests-poses-a-challenge-for-leaders-experts-say/

  13. Ted Cruz urges Senate to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, warning of ‘constitutional crisis’ on Election Day
    Ginsburg’s death, less than 7 weeks before the Nov. 3 election, sets up a fierce partisan battle over the future of the court

    Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday urged his fellow lawmakers to nominate and confirm a Supreme Court justice before the Nov. 3 presidential election following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, warning of a looming “constitutional crisis” if the seat remains vacant.

    “We cannot have Election Day come and go with a four-four court,” Cruz said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “A four-four court that is equally divided cannot decide anything. And I think we risk a constitutional crisis if we do not have a nine-justice Supreme Court, particularly when there is such a risk of a contested election.”

    The Texas Republican — one of President Trump’s 20 potential nominees to the court, according to a list issued last week by the White House — called on Trump to nominate Ginsburg’s successor next week. Ginsburg died Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ted-cruz-ruth-bader-ginsburg-death-supreme-court-justice

  14. Poland: Nationalist protesters stage “March of Normality” in Bialystok

    Nationalists and right-wing extremists took to the streets of Bialystok on Saturday, for a march in support of what they describe as traditional family values and against the ‘propaganda of deviation.’

    Footage shows activists carrying banners reading “Family = boy + girl” and “Family is the strength of the nation.”

    A small group of protesters held signs opposing the march while one activist was seen holding aloft a rainbow flag as the nationalist protesters marched past.

  15. Saudi Arabia may have enough uranium for nuclear fuel and weapons, Chinese report claims

    Saudia Arabia may have enough mineable uranium ore reserves to make nuclear fuel and weapons.

    Chinese geologists have been helping the kingdom map its uranium reserves at incredible speed as part of their nuclear cooperation agreement.

    Details of the stocks are contained in their confidential reports which have been seen by The Guardian.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8744747/Saudi-Arabia-uranium-nuclear-fuel-weapons-Chinese-report-claims.html

  16. French cop kicks and stamps on British man’s head as he is arrested for ‘not wearing a face mask and possessing a knife’ at train station

    A French policeman has been filmed kicking and stamping on a British man’s head after he allegedly brandished a knife at officers who demanded he wear a mask on a train.

    Footage taken by fellow passengers shows the 42-year-old Englishman struggling on the ground while being detained by two officers at the station in Orleans.

    The police were called to haul the Briton off the train bound for Toulouse on Tuesday after reports that he was drunk and refusing to wear a mask.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8742913/French-cop-kicks-British-mans-head-violent-footage-arrest-not-wearing-face-mask.html

  17. Chatham, Ontario, Murder Trial of Sara Anne Widholm, 75.

    Who was the Victim?

    Habibullah Ahmadi, an enthusiast of the combat sport known as mixed marshall arts, readily admitted he beat and bloodied Sara Anne Widholm so badly she remained hospitalized in a coma for more than a year before dying.

    But it was the 75 year old Windsor senior -randomly encountered Oct.8, 2017, on one of her regular early morning walks on the Ganatchio Trail- that struck out first.

    That is what “triggered” the savage assault that followed, the defence said Thursday during the closing arguments at Ahmadi’s trial for second-degree murder before the senior Justice Bruce Thomas.

    “We know there was a very brutal beating of this woman.” Patricia Brown said at the conclusion of the 14-day trial. The defence is not suggesting a beating did not take place.

    But the defence argued Thursday that it was the senior who “triggered” the violence and that the crown had failed to make its case in establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Ahmadi was trying to kill Widholm that day. Brown said her client was too high on marijuana and magic mushrooms to know what he was doing.

    Ahmadi, now 24, never testified during the trial but Assistant Crown attorney, Renee Puskas, during her closing submissions earlier, said the nearly 2 hour statement the accused gave the police following his arrest shortly after the attack was filled with lies and indicative of someone conscious of and trying to conceal their culpability.

    Ahmadi was not alone that day, but accompanied by a 17 year old he met the day before and shared psilocybin ( magic mushrooms) and cannabis at a nearby home. Brown dismissed Evan Hooper-Gelinas, the prosecution’s main witness as a drug dealer and “just a liar”, whose testimony the judge should treat with “caution”.

    Hooper- Gelinas had told the court that Ahmadi, who had just had him in a bear hug and wanted him to fight, passed the elderly woman carrying a bag – she picked up litter during her walks and said he wanted to help her. Hooper-Gelinas advised him not to, later telling police Sara appeared frightened by their first encounter. Ahmadi, ran back towards Sara according to Hooper-Gelinas, engaged briefly in conversation, and then was seen “cold-cocking” the senior with a punch to the face after she swung a bag at him and told him to get away from her.
    He punched her twice, knocking her on her stomach. He was sitting on top of her, she asked Hooper-Gelinas why was his friend doing this to her, she asked me to help her.
    Ahmadi proceeded to punch and elbow Sara’s face and repeatedly slam her head into the ground.
    Hooper-Gelinas said he tried to stop him but he pushed him off of him and then he ran for help.
    Police were waiting on the street when they apprehended Ahmadi, wearing shorts, no shirt and they found a bloody hoody in the bag he was carrying.

    If the judge agrees the accused was too detached from reality to comprehend what he was doing, Ahmadi could be deemed innocent of the crime, “something your honour should at least entertain” said Brown. Otherwise the defence argued, Ahmadi should be found not guilty of second-degree murder and convicted of the lesser crime of manslaughter.

    The judge will announce his decision in November.

    When Sara was found, the first police on the scene could not tell if the badly beaten body was a man or a woman. She was identified by the inscription on the back of her wrist watch.

    The Doctor described the assault as the worst he had ever seen.
    Multiple brain hemorrhages
    A blood clot on the surface of her brain.
    Extensive skull fractures
    Fractured vertebrae in her neck
    Broken ribs
    Lacerated scalp, badly bruised face and eyes so bruised they were swollen shut.
    She underwent 8 operations.
    Sara remained in the hospital, unconscious, for 14 months and died December 15, 2018.

    Sara’s husband died suddenly weeks after she was beaten.

    Sara’s son said “We are trusting the Crown to do due diligence in the matter and show the community of Windsor and all of Canada that they are looking out for the best interest of their citizens and to be strong and faithful advocates for JUSTICE and the protection of the INNOCENT”.
    Sara remained in

  18. Study: Up To 95 Percent Of 2020 U.S. Riots Are Linked To Black Lives Matter
    A report accompanying the data project, however, reads like an upscale attempt to blame the police for criminals’ decision to steal, kill, and destroy.
    Joy Pullmann
    By Joy Pullmann
    September 16, 2020

    Contrary to corporate media narratives, up to 95 percent of this summer’s riots are linked to Black Lives Matter activism, according to data collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). The data also show that nearly 6 percent — or more than 1 in 20 — of U.S. protests between May 26 and Sept. 5 involved rioting, looting, and similar violence, including 47 fatalities.

    ACLED is a nonprofit organization that tracks conflict across the globe. Its U.S. project that collected the summer protest data is supported by Princeton University. The project’s spreadsheet collating tens of thousands of data points documents 12,045 incidents of U.S. civil unrest from May 26, 2020 to Sept. 5, 2020. May 26 is the day after George Floyd’s death in police custody with enough fentanyl in his system to have died of an overdose if police had never touched him.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/16/study-up-to-95-percent-of-2020-u-s-riots-are-linked-to-black-lives-matter/

  19. Podcast Link: “First Things is the most provocative journal of the new American right. It was a great pleasure to speak at length with contributing editor Mark Bauerlein about critical race theory.”
    Christopher F. Rufo – September 17, 2020 – Twitter
    https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1306770704520503296

    Christopher Rufo on Critical Race Theory & the Trump Admin’s Recent Ban | American Thought Leaders
    American Thought Leaders – The Epoch Times – September 15, 2020

  20. Rev. Irfan James of Peshawar, Pakistan

    “ If we report these cases, the offenders get away with it be apologizing and saying that they did it in an unconscious way. should Christians do something similar, he is immediately accused of blasphemy and the local Christian community is guilty by association.

    They rape our women, kill our people, destroy and burn our properties…… All we want is for our Constitution and law to treat us as equals, with justice and for the guilty to be put on trial.”

  21. London panic: Police rush to the scene as women dies in park in the capital (express, Sep 20, 2020)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1337845/London-news-police-latest-emergency-Westbourne-Green-Open-Space-stabbing-westminster

    “LONDON police rushed to a park in the capital to reports of an incident.

    Dozens of officers descended onto Westbourne Green Open Space, Bourne Terrace, this morning amid reports the entrances were “blocked off.” A Twitter user posted: “At least a dozen police officers there and all the entrances blocked off.”

    Another said: “Something awful seems to have happened at Westbourne Green open space. Lots of police.”

    A Met Police spokesman confirmed a woman had died at the scene after sustaining knife injuries…”

  22. Stockholm – Swedish journalist holds speech on free speech and Islam

    Swedish journalist holds speech in #Stockholm regarding the tangible problem western European countries have with the Islamic view on free speech and #freedom of expression. Jan Sjunnesson held the speech by a mosque during the Muslim prayers on Friday, Sep 18, 2020. During the speech, he mentioned a very important event that is currently going on in Sweden.

    Sweden had a blasphemy law which was abolished during the 1960s, but, recently, many #Islamic organizations are calling for re-imposing it and criminalizing ˜burning of religious scriptures.”

    Jan Sjunnesson points out how Islamic countries viewed article 19 of the ˜UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights” – which concerns freedom of expression. The Islamic countries signed a parallel declaration, known as the Cairo Declaration. In short, according to the declaration, free speech is allowed as long as it doesn’t criticize Islam.

    This trend of separate and privileged legislation for Islam is seen clearly in Sweden and many other European countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany.

    Recently, the Danish party, Stram Kurs, had a campaign of Quran burnings in Sweden. The party planned and carried out successfully the burnings of the Quran in Sweden’s no-go zones; these are areas dominated by Sharia police, gangs and criminal thugs.

    The burnings exposed explicitly the Islamic aggressive view on free speech and criticism of Islam.

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