Reader’s Links for September 22, 2020

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

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  1. TITLE: 2 Aides For Ilhan Omar Challenger Lacy Johnson Shot, 1 Killed

    – Two campaign aides for Lacy Johnson, a Republican seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), were shot in Minneapolis in broad daylight this week, including a 17-year-old boy.

    The teenager was rushed to the hospital, where he died a short time later from his wounds, a Minneapolis police spokesman said.

    Officials haven’t officially identified the deceased but his family and school named him as Andre Conley.

    “My nephew Andre did not deserve this,” Conley’s aunt, Fatemah Green, said at a vigil for the boy on Wednesday night, KARE 11 reported. – READ MORE…

  2. The big question is were they stalked and shot because of their jobs or were they targets of opportunity? Given today’s political climate both are likely answers.

  3. ‘The Germans’ Never Existed – According to ‘German’ Newspaper

    Hey guys, I was surprised to learn that me and my ancestors never existed.
    That is at least what the online newspaper claims.
    Of course this is a rhetorical trick where they can claim that they only mean that the stereotypical German did not historically exist, or that Germans were always a very diverse groups with many tribes.
    Everybody knows that, however. Why do they not write that then?
    Why do they always phrase it like that and why is it only towards Europeans that this kind of rhetoric is used?

    • Next thing, they will be saying that Germans are actually Khazars. (That us supposed to be sarcastic. This is the ancestry accusation when people want to deny connection to the Holy Land.) My point is that other groups are hit by this rhetoric.

  4. Will another lockdown lead to an economic depression? There are a growing number of articles asking this question. They cite growing debt and flawed unemployment numbers. Often they overlook the fact that our economies were in a state of crisis last autumn, before the Wuhan flu was unleashed on the world. They also, inadvertently, include most of the data points to successfully argue we are already in an economic depression but don’t know it because our governments are artificially propping us up with money printing.

    This onion is fat with layers.

    The other morning I walked with my four-legged German friend, Baron Von Fetch, past the local Covid-19 testing facility at 7 am. It is a hockey rink. It had two human streamers stretching out, north and south, into the parking lot and into the soccer field.

    The radio says cases are spiking. Ontario Premier Ford is talking rock-hard about mask and distancing regulation violators. He calls them stupid. He is sure the “second wave” is imminent.

    But, but, what about people who carry fragments of harmless Covid RNA that render their tests positive? What about all the false positives even without these fragments? What about faulty stats of deaths with, and by? How about calming irrational fear in the population instead of pumping fear up? To this end, why not make crystal clear to the people the difference between active, real cases, and harmless viral residue? Is Ford pumped up by his earnest vigilance over a pandemic we are forever “…In The Middle Of…”, or has he become pumped up over power? If he is still a conservative then I’m Mary Poppins.

    This virus has given the world carte-blanche for misbehavior and malfeasance. Every supply-chain interruption, delayed dental appointment, suspended court case, or flat tire repair is blamed on pandemic. This includes everything in between, too.

    Can any reasonable person cast an eye on the Dem’s behavior, Antifa, Soros, Agenda 21 documentation, or their regional politicians and not suspect that an irrational perpetuation of the pandemic is, possibly, very rational depending on which layer of the onion it serves?

    • Not my take, but I meet otherwise reasonable people every week who believe that PT’s actions have caused the virus to spread, ineptly endangering Americans. These people can’t wait to vote him out. Specifically, what bothers them (teacher, attorney, medical office manager) is the lack of consistency around mask-wearing to mitigate spread.

      Sometimes I think that PT gets fed false information to make him look bad.

      • Infectious disease specialists figured aerosol transmission from the get-go. They couldn’t determine relative particle size or the R-naught till more info was available [outside the PRC], but aerosol was a safe bet.

        It surprised everyone that WHO, CDC guidelines zeroed in on fomites, rejecting the collective wisdom of the ISFID “informal community”.

        Who figured ~ be on the safe side, while data on morbidity/mortality remain a mystery ~ treat it like Ebola ~ hide, emerge with full hazmat only

        Aerosols are scary: they elicit primitive responses to unseen threats that are probably encoded in our DNA. People panic, and that’s dangerous: witches, jews-poisoning wells, china-bioweapons, what-have-you.

        Public health functionaries seek to control the people, only indirectly and secondarily the disease circulating amongst them.

        Discourage witch-&-jew burning, toilet-paper hoarding, Dow crashing.

        So they withheld the potential air-you-breathe info to prevent panic. Respirator-masks were simply unavailable and impractical to recommend to the general public.

        Messaging on masks has been about ratcheting up or down compliance to authority. Authority that’s ever more detached from legitimacy.

    • How can that be? President Xi just said:

      WATCH: China President Xi’s full speech at U.N. General Assembly
      PBS NewsHour – September 22, 2020

  5. Trump calls COVID-19 the ‘chinavirus’ at 75th annual UNGA

    The US President Donald Trump has attacked China during his pre-recorded remarks during the 75th annual United Nations General Assembly, calling the country the source of the coronavirus scourge.

  6. I posted a comment this morning around 6am and I see it has been removed. Has anyone else had that happen to them? Maybe something went wrong on my end or I broke a rule?

    • I have not removed any comments today or in the recent past from anyone.
      Some addresses don’t get through and if you change your name on every post the firewall might stop you if its teh same IP as other names.

      • Thanks vlad, I thought it must be my end. I use the same name everytime. It showed it posted this morn after I hit “post comment”. Can it be pulled by whoever over sees or runs the website you use? (wordpress is what I mean) I’ll try again later.

        • I had to sort it out on the wordpress site, needed to confirm old comments I guess. A few tests worked. Thanks again vlad for the info.

  7. Washington Post – Secret CIA assessment: Putin ‘probably directing’ influence operation to denigrate Biden

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian foreign influence operation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election against former vice president Joe Biden, which involves a prominent Ukrainian lawmaker connected to President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, a top-secret CIA assessment concluded, according to two sources who reviewed it.

    On Aug. 31, the CIA published an assessment of Russian efforts to interfere in the November election in an internal, highly classified report called the CIA Worldwide Intelligence Review, the sources said. CIA analysts compiled the assessment with input from the National Security Agency and the FBI, based on several dozen pieces of information gleaned from public, unclassified and classified intelligence sources. The assessment includes details of the CIA’s analysis of the activities of Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach to disseminate disparaging information about Biden inside the United States through lobbyists, Congress, the media and contacts with figures close to the president.

    “We assess that President Vladimir Putin and the senior most Russian officials are aware of and probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former U.S. Vice President, supporting the U.S. president and fueling public discord ahead of the U.S. election in November,” the first line of the document says, according to the sources.

    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Treasury Department have identified Derkach as a Russian agent, but it has not been publicly reported that the CIA, NSA and FBI believed Putin may be personally directing the campaign. Derkach has denied working on behalf of Moscow.

    The CIA assessment described Derkach’s efforts in detail and said that his activities have included working through lobbyists, members of Congress and U.S. media organizations to disseminate and amplify his anti-Biden information. Though it refers to Derkach’s interactions with a “prominent” person connected to the Trump campaign, the analysis does not identify the person. Giuliani, who has been working with Derkach publicly for several months, is not named in the assessment.

    The CIA, NSA and FBI all declined to comment, but none of the three agencies disputed any of the details of this reporting. Details about the intelligence used to form the assessment have been withheld at the agencies’ request to protect sources and methods. The White House also declined to comment.

    On Sept. 10, following calls from Democratic lawmakers, the Treasury Department sanctioned Derkach, alleging that he “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a Sept. 10 statement that “Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world.” The Treasury Department stated Derkach “waged a covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives concerning U.S. officials in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election,” which he did by releasing edited audio tapes and other unsupported information that were then pushed in Western media.

    On Aug. 7, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement from National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina that named Derkach as part of a Russian effort to “denigrate” Biden by “spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party.

    Last week, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray referred to Evanina’s statement in testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee without referring to Derkach by name. Wray said the FBI was tracking “very active efforts” by Russia “to both sow divisiveness and discord, and I think the intelligence community has assessed this publicly, primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden.”

    Trump responded to Wray by saying he was bothered the FBI director didn’t talk about China’s interference. ODNI has also reported that China and Iran are attempting to interfere in the U.S. political process. Trump has also personally promoted the anti-Biden information Derkach is peddling. On Aug. 18, Trump retweeted a since-banned Twitter user who posted part of a purported 2016 audio tape Derkach released this year of Biden speaking with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    The tapes Derkach released appear to show Biden linking loan guarantees to the ouster of then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was accused of corruption. Giuliani, who met with Derkach in Kiev in December and in New York this year, has claimed the tapes show Biden was working to protect his son Hunter, who at the time was on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. The released tapes show no such connection.

    Giuliani has admitted Derkach provided him materials as part of Giuliani’s quest to prove wrongdoing by the Bidens and his contention that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election on the side of the Democrats, including by sharing evidence of corruption implicating Trump’s second 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Manafort was later convicted of tax and bank fraud related to his Ukraine work. Derkach published some of these materials on a public website he created.

    Derkach told Politico in July that he passed along packets of materials to several lawmakers and White House officials. He said he notified Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) about the material. Johnson, Grassley and Graham have denied they received information from Derkach. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has declined to comment on whether he received materials from Derkach. Democratic leaders wrote to Wray in July to demand a briefing based on concerns that members of Congress were being used to launder information as part of a foreign interference operation.

    Johnson has launched an investigation into Biden and Burisma, the results of which could be released as early as this week. The State Department provided Johnson with more than 16,000 pages of information for his investigation months ago, but only shared those documents with Congress on Friday, following a subpoena by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.).

    After meeting with Derkach in December, in the middle of Trump’s impeachment proceedings, Giuliani tweeted that U.S. aid to Ukraine might face a “major obstacle” if the Ukrainian government didn’t resolve his concerns about corruption. Giuliani and Derkach’s allegations against Biden were covered extensively by the One America News Network, which sent a correspondent with Giuliani to Kiev. In February, Giuliani interviewed Derkach on YouTube, where Derkach alleged that U.S. aid to Ukraine was misspent.

    Even though Derkach is a former member of a pro-Russian party who attended the Dzerzhinsky Higher School of the KGB in Moscow, Giuliani has consistently defended his relationship with Derkach. Following the Treasury Department’s announcement sanctioning Derkach, Giuliani told the New York Times he had “no reason to believe [Derkach] is a Russian agent,” but added, “How the hell would I know?”

    Engel told me he is not surprised to learn that parts of the intelligence community have concluded Putin is directly trying to help Trump’s election campaign, again. But he called on the administration to publicly release these findings.

    “What’s most infuriating is that the administration seems to be doing everything it can to hide the facts from Congress and the American people,” he said. “The president seems to be trying to turn the entire executive branch into an arm of his reelection campaign, dangerously politicizing foreign policy and intelligence.”

  8. Italian Football Referee De Santis and His Fiancee Stabbed to Death in Their House (sputniknews, Sep 22, 2020)

    “De Santis, who became a referee in 2017, worked during 130 matches in Serie D and Serie C (the fourth and the third divisions of Italian football).

    Referee Daniele De Santis and his fiancee Eleonora Manta were stabbed to death in their house in Lecce, Italy, La Reppublica newspaper reported on Monday. According to preliminary reports, several people witnessed a man running from the site of the incident with a knife.

    “I am shocked by this tragedy”, the head of the Italian referee association Marcello Nicchi told Gazzetta. “We still know very little about the case. The thing I can say is that we are in close contact with the family and with all the people in the section [of the association].”
    The police have already launched an investigation, but there has not been any official statement about the identity of the suspect.”

  9. Leftists Protest New Migrant Camps – Want Even More Generous Housing for Illegals (breitbart, Sep 22, 2020)

    “Leftist campaigners protest plans to establish migrant camps in Wales — because they want them to receive more luxurious housing, free education, and paying jobs instead.

    The Penally Army Centre near the village of Tenby is one of several sites where the government is looking at establishing open accommodation for migrants as they continue to stream across the English Channel in unprecedented numbers, as the current practice of housing them well-appointed hotels becomes increasingly controversial.

    Of the proposed Penally camp, BBC Wales reported on September 15th that they had “been told all 250 asylum seekers would be men and would be free to move around the area while their claims are dealt with.”

    This has caused some concern among residents, but a recent protest by the so-called Stand Up to Racism West Wales campaign centred not on the potential impact on local people or the government’s failure to halt the Channel crisis — but on the fact that the camp accommodation is not generous enough to migrants.

    “We believe that refugees should be treated with the dignity that they deserve and offered decent housing, education and jobs,” the leftist campaign declared in a public statement.

    “Forcing people into military bases and camps to live a ‘living hell’ is degrading, dangerous and potentially disastrous,” they said — a description of barracks accommodation which may raise eyebrows among military servicemen and veterans, who were or are expected to submit to under military discipline and without the conveniences or freedom to come and go as they please which will be extended to migrants.

    The Labour-led Welsh government — roughly equivalent to a U.S. state executive, but where the “governor” (first minister) is selected by the regional legislature rather than the public — also complained that the central government “didn’t consult the local community, local services or us about their plans to use a military base in Wales for asylum seekers.”

    While this appeared to be a tacit acknowledgement of local people’s concern, even anger at the prospect of large numbers of idle young males being deposited in their communities, the left-wing executive went on the say that “We believe people fleeing war and conflict deserve the best possible start in a new country. We must do better.”

    This suggests that their issues with the planned migrant camps are closer to those of Stand Up to Racism, and that they still want to take migrants but give them even more generous treatment.”

  10. ‘I’d Rather Gouge My Eyes Out’: Dozens of Tory MPs Reject Unconscious Bias Training: Report (breitbart, Sep 22, 2020)

    “Some 40 Conservative MPs are reportedly planning to refuse to take Black Lives Matter-inspired ‘unconscious bias training’, while reports claim that parliamentary staff have been encouraged to make confessionals about their “privilege”.

    The rebels are said to come from the eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) and the “Common Sense Group” of MPs who accuse the House of Commons authorities of pandering to a far-left agenda.

    “I would really rather gouge my eyes out with a blunt stick than sit through that Marxist, snake oil crap,” said one, according to a Monday report in The Times.

    Ben Bradley was the first Conservative MP to publicly break ranks, writing last week that he would refuse to do the ‘Value Everyone Training’, a voluntary course in exposing and addressing alleged ‘unconscious bias’, a fashionable turn of phrase that has taken root in mainstream politics following months of destructive protests and pressure from the far-left Black Lives Matter.

    Mr Bradley is known for his outspoken views on progressive ideology, having previously challenged the existence of “white male privilege” and cancelled his BBC television licence after it promoted a podcast that was racist towards white women. He was quoted in The Times as saying that the course would perpetuate “the kind of nonsense language that we keep hearing around things like the Black Lives Matter agenda”.

    He was joined by Tom Hunt MP, who said: “Whoever is pushing this forward now is trying to pander to the woke agenda — I won’t be. I don’t think the vast majority of my constituents would want me to waste two hours on a pointless unconscious bias session that will have no effectiveness whatsoever.”

    “It would be far better to spend time helping constituents than be lectured by someone who’s being paid a lot of money to tell you you’re an awful human being,” said MP Alexander Stafford.

    Meanwhile, The Telegraph reported on Sunday that white parliamentary staff are being encouraged to “acknowledge their privilege” and “internalised racism” on an internal online work message board which was set up following the Black Lives Matter protests.

    One such message seen by the newspaper said that “as a white woman I acknowledge my privilege and continue to educate myself”.

    “I am a white man and from that privileged position I now see that I can’t ever fully understand the relentless impact of racism,” another message read.

    Another woman felt the need to confess: “I am a white, privately educated, middle-class female.”

    Other critical race theory-inspired material was shared on the digital wall, including a “pyramid of white supremacy”, which included remarks that pointed to racism such as that “we all belong to the human race”.

    “Lynching” and “genocide” were at the apex of the pyramid, with staying “apolitical” was at the bottom — echoing the BLM belief that “silence is violence” and equal to condoning racism.”

  11. All this COVID news, some news stories get lost in the shuffle.

    Kitchener South / Hespeler, Ontario MP Marian Tabbaras, 35, whose name used to be thrown around – – he would make a great “ Justice Minister “,was arrested back in early April, in Guelph, Ontario. He spent Easter weekend in jail, charged with assault, break and entering to commit an indictable offence and criminal harassment.

    Once the charges were public knowledge:

    Sometime in June, 2020, Deputy PM, Chrystia Freeland said she was “disappointed” that the liberal party wasn’t informed by Marwan Tabbara, that he was facing several criminal charges after investigations and allegations of sexual assault.

    Tabbara “stepped back” from caucus 2 month After his arrest.

    The CBC, yes the CBC reported the alleged victim, a woman, reported harassment to the party a number of times in 2015. Senior officials in both the Party and the Government were aware of these claims.

    Next court date, Friday, September 25th.

  12. UN agencies urge “fresh start” for EU’s failed asylum policy (abcnews, Sep 22, 2020?

    “Two U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed to the European Union to set aside years of divisive debate over the best way to manage migrants and refugees and make a “fresh start,” as Brussels prepares to unveil a major overhaul of Europe’s failed asylum system…”

  13. Pakistan says Afghan cross-border fire kills soldier (abcnews, Sep 22, 2020)

    “Pakistan’s military on Tuesday said a soldier was killed in the country’s northwest by fire from across the Afghan border, a sign of increasing violence in an area that until recent years served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants.

    The attack late Monday hit a border security post in Bajur district, a former tribal region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The military statement said the shooting came from the Afghan side of the frontier and provided no further details.

    The brief statement said Pakistan “has been consistently raising the issue for border management on other side to avoid use of Afghanistan soil against Pakistan.”

    The two sides often accuse each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along the porous frontier, which stretches 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) across rugged mountainous terrain…”

  14. europravda – EU migration chief vows new pact will stop overcrowded refugee camps

    Euronews spoke to the EU’s home affairs chief, Ylva Johansson, ahead of a new migration pact being announced on Wednesday.

  15. Extremist violence causes food shortages in north Mozambique (abcnews, Sep 22, 2020)

    “The escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis, the World Food Program said Tuesday.

    The rebels have recently stepped up attacks in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, seizing the strategic port of Mocimboa da Praia, which they have held for six weeks. Clashes between the extremist fighters, aligned with the Islamic State group, and government forces have caused massive numbers of local residents to flee their homes and fields.

    The conflict has killed more than 1,500 people since it began in 2017 and the increased violence this year has caused widespread upheaval across the area.

    “We are deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado where conflict and violence have left people without access to food and livelihoods,” Antonella D’Aprile, the World Food Program’s representative for Mozambique, said Tuesday.

    “The growing insecurity and poor infrastructure have meant that reaching out to people in need has become harder and now with COVID-19 the crisis becomes even more complex,” she said.

    The threat of hunger has grown in Mozambique’s north as entire communities have lost access to food and income, warns WFP. Crisis levels of food insecurity are expected to continue into next year, according to the region’s Famine Early Warning Network.

    Cabo Delgado province already had Mozambique’s second-highest rate of chronic malnutrition with more than half of children under 5 chronically malnourished and any additional shocks could rapidly worsen the situation, especially for women and children, said WFP.

    “The situation is extremely volatile and dangerous, but we managed to locate large numbers of the displaced and distribute food to about 200,000 people last month. We hope to reach close to 300,000 people this month,” Lola Castro, WFP’s director for southern Africa told The Associated Press. “Families have lost everything and need food urgently.”

    Many communities have fled to small islands along Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast and others have gone to remote inland areas. WFP is working with Mozambique’s government and other aid agencies to get food and supplies the displaced using boats and trucks and soon it hopes that airplanes and helicopters will be available, said Castro.

    Such a large-scale emergency operation was not in the budget and WFP is appealing to its donors for funds to keep delivering food to the hungry.

    “We need $4.7 million per month to feed the most vulnerable,” said Castro. “We need the funds to purchase food for distribution.”

    Access and communication have been cut off to the area surrounding the rebel-held port of Mocimboa da Praia and surrounding towns, including Palma, she said. United Nations security teams are trying to open communications with the rebels in order to negotiate access to hungry communities, she said.

    Atrocities have been committed by both the rebels and government forces, according to human rights groups, but WFP’s workers and operations have not been targeted.

    Amnesty International has released videos in the past month that appear to show government troops torturing and killing several people in northern Mozambique. One video showed troops shooting a woman in the back more than 30 times and another showed a uniformed man killing a civilian by cutting his throat. The government denied the videos are genuine, Amnesty insisted that its analysis of the videos shows that government troops carried out the violent abuses.

    Although hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes, there are not massive camps of displaced people. Instead, many of the displaced have been taken in by local residents in safer areas, said Castro.

    “We are seeing poor families opening their homes and their meager resources to help the displaced,” said Castro. “It is quite remarkable how these people, who have so little themselves, can offer such hospitality. Everybody is sharing what little food they have. When we see such generosity, it is a responsibility for us to help them all.””

  16. (Richard: JE is on a roll, this is another one that is well worth the time it takes to read it. She lays out why we must push forward with the nomination and fight for our freedom. She also spells out why any type of a deal with the Dems is worthless. She correctly states that we aren’t gong into a revolution we are in a revolution. She doesn’t say that the kinetic phase of the revolution is about to increase into open warfare on hte streets of the big cities. Probably because she doesn’t think this warning is necessary.)

    The day after Trump’s full Iran ‘deal’ reversal, new ‘Iran deal’ proposed — on Supreme Court
    By J.E. Dyer September 22, 2020

    e noted it on Saturday evening when the Trump administration announced that full sanctions on Iran were being reimposed, effective immediately. The timing was 19 September 2020 at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time in the United States, which translates to midnight – the beginning of Sunday, 20 September – on the Universal Time clock (what is traditionally known as Greenwich Mean Time, or “Zulu” time).

    The Trump State Department, under Mike Pompeo, wanted it to be clear we were losing no time. Sanctions were back, in the first minute after midnight on the promised day of 20 September. The sanctions-lifting granted by Obama under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015 was dead.

    As President Trump has been saying since 2015, that’s because the JCPOA is a lousy “deal.” All it ever did was allow every aspect of Iran’s nuclear program to continue, by protecting it from both sanctions and military interdiction. The JCPOA constrained us – the United States, and to some extent Israel – in meaningful ways. It did not constrain or restrain Iran in any way the Iranian regime couldn’t get around.

    • Democrats likely to pack Supreme Court if they take power
      By Hans Bader September 21, 2020

      Democrats are likely to pack the Supreme Court with progressives when they take power, by expanding the size of the Supreme Court. That’s true regardless of whether President Trump manages to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

      As NPR notes, even before Justice Ginsburg’s death, several Democratic Senators “said they were open to the idea” of packing the Supreme Court, “including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, now the vice presidential nominee.”

      In 2016, progressives argued that the Senate has a duty to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court, and that its refusal to confirm President Obama’s nominee was a reason for Democrats to pack the Court in the future. Now, they argue that the Senate has a duty to keep Justice Ginsburg’s seat vacant, and that filling it would be yet another reason to pack the Supreme Court.

      The NPR story quotes progressive academics making both of these inconsistent arguments simultaneously:

      (Richard: If they take over it is likely that they will do this no matter what happens with the nomination to fill RBG’s seat.)

  17. DAILY MAIL –Backlash over PM’s SIX MONTHS of curbs: Tories and businesses warn Boris will ‘destroy jobs and personal wellbeing’ as he brings in army to help enforce sweeping new rules to send UK back to WFH, roll out 10pm pub curfews and fine mask flouters £200

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson today unveiled his latest proposals to crackdown on the spread of coronavirus
    Mr Johnson held Cobra meeting this morning and then set out plans in a statement in the House of Commons
    Prime Minister is imposing a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England from this Thursday
    Also ditching Government’s back to work drive with ministers now encouraging people to work from home
    Mr Johnson said police will now be able to draw on military support to boost enforcement of Covid rules
    Fines for breaking rule of six and for failing to wear a face covering in mandatory settings increased to £200

  18. DAILY MAIL –Nicola Sturgeon BANS Scots from visiting each other in their own homes from TOMORROW as she reintroduces a tougher lockdown than Boris Johnson has put in place in England

    Scots will be banned from visiting each other in their own homes from tomorrow, Nicola Sturgeon said today as she reintroduced stringent lockdown rules.

    The First Minister said that a ‘high proportion’ of new cases in the country were linked to transmission within private homes where social distancing and ventilation were more difficult than outdoors or public buildings.

    She spoke to MSPs at Holyrood minutes after Boris Johnson has unveiled new lockdown measures in England, saying that his steps did not go far enough and her advice was that it ‘will not be sufficient to bring the R number down’ north of the border.

    Addressing reports that measures in Scotland could be in place for up to six months, the First Minister said she hoped that would not be the case.

    She told MSPs: ‘It is certainly the case, until scientific developments such as a vaccine change the game in the battle against Covid-19, it will have an impact on our lives.

  19. Coronavirus pandemic: 156 nations join WHO-led global plan for vaccine, US and China absent

    A total of 156 countries have joined the global COVAX scheme intended to ensure fair distribution of supplies of future vaccines against Covid-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization said on Monday.

    • DAILY MAIL _ Professor Lockdown stands by doomsday forecast that sent Britain into lockdown: Warning of half a million deaths was an ‘underestimate’, admits Neil Ferguson

      Professor Neil Ferguson was a member of SAGE until dramatic resignation in May
      Imperial College epidemiologist said he was not in favour of lockdown to begin
      Original prediction of 510,000 UK deaths didn’t account for hospital overload

      One of Britain’s top Covid-19 experts has stood by his prediction that half a million people could have died without a lockdown.

      Professor Neil Ferguson, a former adviser to the Government before he resigned after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover, said his early model was actually an ‘underestimate’.

      Work he produced alongside colleagues at Imperial College London suggested that if no action was taken to slow down coronavirus, at least 510,000 people could have died.

    • Andrew Neil interviews Anders Tegnell – a second wave and what Sweden got right | SpectatorTV

      ( 22min 48 )

      Andrew Neil interviews Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist. He asks what the country has got right in its response to coronavirus, whether a second wave is coming, and if the UK can learn from his approach.

  20. SEPTEMBER 22 2020 – Ayn Qana – LEBANON
    Video of Explosion in South #Lebanon at this hour, in town of Ayn Qana.

    Early reports indicating gas station but now pointing to Hezbollah weapons depot:


    WATCH: A Hezbollah weapon warehouse just exploded in Southern Lebanon.

    They claimed it was a gas station. Yeah right. Even Lebanese people don’t buy these lies. Hezbollah Lebanon


    South Lebanon explosion in Ain Qana was at a Hezbollah arms depot, caused by technical error.

    At least 4 dead.


  21. Man Disguised in Islamic Veil Opens Fire on Paris Street (breitbart, Sep 22, 2020)

    “A man disguised in an Islamic hijab opened fire on the streets of Paris’s 12th arrondissement on Friday evening, in which investigators believe was a targetted attack.

    The attack took place in the Lachambeaudie Square just before 10 pm and saw a man in a hijab run across the square while carrying a revolver pistol and opening fire several times before running away from the area.

    While no one was injured, several bullets ended up in various shops located in the square including a shisha bar and a pub. One bullet was lodged in the metal shutter of a tobacconist, which had just closed for the day, Le Parisien reports.

    Witnesses to the shooting said the man hid his face using an Islamic veil and a local cafe manager said people panicked after the shots, running in all directions.

    Investigators say that after looking at CCTV footage, they have determined that the attacker was not firing at random and that he was targetting someone specifically. The man targetted by the shooter had not spoken with police at the time of the report.

    Investigators think that the attack was a gang-related settling of accounts as a similar case took place in the 11th arrondissement just days prior in which two men had shot another man several times. In both cases, the shooters fled on scooters.

    The use of the Islamic veil as a disguise for criminals has not been limited to France. There have been cases of terrorists in Afghanistan using it as a disguise as well as in the UK in 2007 when Yassin Omar wore a full-face veil the day after he attempted to bomb the London Underground as he escaped the city.

    While France has banned the full-face Islamic veil for a decade, Senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, the author of a report on radical Islam released this year, said that many neighbourhoods and areas of the country do not enforce the law.”

  22. Spain: Two arrested for inciting Christchurch-inspired attack

    Spanish Police arrested two people in Pobla de Cervoles, Lleida, and El Campello, Alicante, on September 11, for inciting hatred and calling for attacks inspired by the massacre that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, as seen in footage published on Tuesday.

    Police discovered the detainees were gathering an armed community of white racists, and posted messages on social media calling for a terrorist attack inspired by the 2019 Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.

    The two men are accused of the crimes of inciting hatred against various groups of foreigners and of glorifying racist terrorism, in what is considered the first investigation carried out in Spain for glorifying white supremacist terrorism.

  23. Egypt’s Sisi committed to ridding Libya of militia, regional interference

    “Egypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of some regional parties,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

    Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since 2014, it has been split, with an internationally recognized government controlling the capital, Tripoli, and the northwest, while military leader Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi rules the east.

    Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while the government is backed by Turkey.”

  24. Russia Vows Military Cooperation With Iran After UN Arms Embargo Ends

    “Russia said Tuesday it will develop military cooperation with Tehran after a United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires next month, despite US efforts to block arms deals.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems as the UN arms embargo expiration approaches.

    “New opportunities will emerge in our cooperation with Iran after the special regime imposed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 expires on October 18,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, told the Interfax news agency. “The amount of this cooperation and the areas in which it will develop is a separate question,” he added.

    He said any agreements with Iran would have “nothing to do with the unlawful and illegal actions of the US administration, which is trying to intimidate the entire world.”

    The embargo on conventional arms shipments to Iran is set to expire next month after the United States failed to win support for a new UN resolution.

    The Trump administration says it is “snapping back” virtually all UN sanctions on Iran lifted under a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran negotiated by former President Barack Obama.

    Trump pulled out of the deal with fanfare in 2018, but Pompeo argues that the United States is still a “participant” in the deal — with the right to impose sanctions for violations.

    The legal argument has been rejected by almost the entire UN Security Council, with European allies of the United States saying the priority is to salvage a peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Thursday.”

  25. Swiss Prosecutors Seek Prison for Qatar’s Al-Khelaifi, Valcke in FIFA Corruption Trial

    “Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday called for Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA number two Jerome Valcke to face prison for alleged corruption in the allocation of World Cup TV rights.

    The prosecution called for a 28-month sentence for Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of beIN Media, and three years for Valcke as their trial in the Swiss town of Bellinzona moved into its final days, the Swiss agency Keystone ATS reported.

    This is the first time prison sentences have been requested in a European court in trials relating to the multiple scandals in world football, although former officials from the Americas have received jail sentences in the United States.

    The Swiss Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona has been trying Valcke on two charges related to his quest for money to maintain what Federal Prosecutor Joel Pahud called a “spendthrift” lifestyle.

    Al-Khelaifi was included in the first charge. The public prosecutor’s office said Valcke sought the Qatari’s help in the summer of 2003 to buy a luxury villa in Sardinia, at a time when beIN, a Qatari-owned broadcaster, was negotiating the extension of its media rights in North Africa and the Middle East for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

    The public prosecutor said Al-Khelaifi acquired the house for five million euros ($5.85 million), via a company that was transferred almost immediately to the brother of one of his close collaborators, before it was made available to Valcke.

    The two men said the deal was a “private” arrangement, unrelated to the contract concluded by beIN with FIFA in April 2014.”

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