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Feb 24 10:10

New York City ends 2020 with 97 percent jump in shootings

New York City endured a 2020 crime surge straight out of hell: a 97 percent jump in shootings and a nearly 45 percent surge in murders, including 15 weeks straight of gunfire as COVID-19 ravaged the city.

The NYPD released the sobering preliminary year-end stats Friday, eager to turn the page on a tally that recorded more shootings from mid-May through mid-September than in all of 2019, a soul-crushing surge that never let up — with 1,868 people hit by bullets.

When the ball fell in Times Square, the NYPD had responded to 1,531 shooting incidents across the five boroughs, 754 more than in all of 2019, officials said. The NYPD Detective Bureau investigated 462 killings around the city — 143 more than the year before.

The hasn’t been such alarming violence since 2006, when 1,565 shootings were reported, according to Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Feb 24 10:09

Texas entrepreneur, 32, who bought an abandoned California mining town for $1.4m and has spent the last year there alone after getting trapped by a snowstorm last spring says the place may be 'full of ghosts' but he NEVER wants to leave

Brent Underwood, 32, has spent almost a year living in an abandoned mining town Cerro Gordo
The entrepreneur from Austin purchased the remote 300-acre property in California for $1.4million in 2018

Feb 24 10:08

Ain't nothing but a hound dog! Cute Yorkshire Terrier looks anything but ruff with an Elvis Presley-style quiff

Teddy, a two-year-old playful Yorkshire has become a social media star
Lives with owner Adriana Kollar, 21, a student from Bratislava, Slovakia

Feb 24 10:08

Liberals hate white people, including themselves, as ‘everything is racist’ now, including math, correct answers, and the Muppets

Over the years we have seen so many different things, words, actions and practices deemed “racist” by liberals, such as “milk,” peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hair styles (if you are white and wearing them), jewelry, etc…..

Liberals seem to think almost anything is racist as long as it is a white person saying, doing, or wearing it, and that includes white liberals that are more than willing to bow down to the philosophy of “being born white is to be born a racist.”

Seriously, how much does one have to hate themselves to bow down and claim guilt for every bad thing someone else has done in the past to the black community?

Feb 24 10:07

Is this the 'person' claiming to solve your problems? Robots posing as humans now answer up to 85% of customer queries online... and they can make you blow a fuse

The use of chatbots has become increasingly common during the pandemic
These automated chat services are usually accessed on company websites

Feb 24 09:47

Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny's 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Status After Discovering His Past

In a surprise twist on the Alexei Navalny saga, and on the very day that it's being widely reported Biden is preparing sanctions on Russia as punishment for his alleged poisoning by nerve agent last August, the human rights organization Amnesty International has withdrawn its formal designation of Navalny as a "prisoner of conscience".

US state-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports the following on Tuesday:

Amnesty International has reportedly withdrawn its recent designation of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's as a "prisoner of conscience" over his alleged advocacy of violence and discrimination and comments that included hate speech.

Aleksandr Artemyev, the rights watchdog's media manager for Russia and Eurasia, confirmed the decision to Mediazona on February 23 after the news was first reported by U.S. journalist Aaron Mate.

Feb 24 09:45

Michelle Malkin: Dear Woke Asians—Stop Blaming Whitey For Black-On-Asian Attacks

Pssst. Can I have your attention, please? I'm going to share a little secret that liberal "people of color" and their public relations agents in the media don't want you to know. The recent crime wave against Asians in America's big cities is not the fault of Donald Trump, MAGA activists, conservative talk radio, or white people. It's the fault of the perpetrators and the perpetrators alone—most of whom happen to be thugs "of color."

Feb 24 09:41

Snow much fun! Bhangra performer from Canda who's become a viral hit with his outdoor routines claims the dance is the secret to contentment and makes him forget his troubles

Gurdeep Pandher, from the Yukon, went viral with his Bhangra dancing videos
Said he started recording video for his friends but that they blew up online

Feb 24 09:36

Based on a true story (Picture)

Feb 24 09:36

Buffalo public schools claim 'all white people' perpetuate systemic racism and force kindergarteners to watch video of dead black children to warn them about 'racist police and state-sanctioned violence'

A public school system in New York has introduced a new curriculum to teach that 'all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism', and show kindergarten classes videos of black children shot and killed by police, instructing them about the dangers of police brutality.

Feb 24 09:34

Yeah right (Picture)

Feb 24 09:33

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the last great poet of the Beat Generation who helped create America's counter-culture movement in the 1950s, dies from lung disease a month shy of his 102nd birthday

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the last great poet of the Beat Generation who helped to establish the counter-culture movement of 1950s America through his City Lights bookshop and publishers, has died. He was 101.

Feb 24 09:32

EXCLUSIVE: 'It's an abusive lockdown facility!' Man who was sent to Utah school for wayward teens where Paris Hilton says she was assaulted claims he was raped multiple times at 13, forced to give staff oral sex, drugged and thrown in solitary confinemen

A 13-year-old was allegedly raped multiple times at a Utah school for wayward teens where Paris Hilton also testified she was abused and sexually assaulted.

Feb 24 09:31

Kentucky Police Officer Fired For Allegedly Giving Officers' Information To BLM Protesters

A police officer in Kentucky was fired on Feb. 19 over allegations he provided a Black Lives Matter organizer with information about other officers in the department during protests last year.

Lexington Police Officer Jervis Middleton was fired after a unanimous vote by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, said local reports. The council found Middleton guilty on two of three counts of violating operational rules.

“Officer Middleton’s conduct during a highly stressful and potentially vulnerable time during the history of our community - the most significant policing event in our community in 20 years - demonstrates that he should no longer be a police officer,” said Keith Horn, a lawyer with the city, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Middleton challenged his termination and said the information didn’t jeopardize officers’ safety and was free speech. Middleton, who is black, said he faced racial taunts and discrimination in the department.

Feb 24 09:29

Board Leaders Of Texas Power Grid Resign After Blackout Outrage

The chair of Texas’s power grid operator and four other board members have resigned in the wake of the widespread outrage resulting from the energy crisis that crippled the state’s electrical system.

According to a filing by the PUC of Texas, Electric Reliability Council of Texas Chair Sally Talberg resigned along with Vice Chair Peter Cramton and board members Raymond Hepper, Terry Bulger, Vanessa Anesetti-Parra,/

In their resignation letter, the member cited recent concerns raised about out-of-state board leadership at the grid operator. “To allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourns on Wednesday, February 24, 2021."

Feb 24 09:29

If You Believe Life Will "Return To Normal", You Have A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of The Times In Which We Live

Despite all of the craziness that is going on out there, many pundits are trying to convince us that life will soon “return to normal” and that great days are just around the corner. They are telling us this despite the fact that the state of Texas has been in a state of collapse this week, the real economy continues to implode, the unemployment numbers are going up, civil unrest continues to rage in our streets on a nightly basis, and our entire planet continues to become even more unstable. Those that believe that happy days are here again have a fundamental misunderstanding of the times in which we live. This isn’t a period of time when America is going to “build back better”. Rather, this is a time when America is going to go even deeper into “the perfect storm”.

Feb 24 09:23

It Starts: The Cascading Financial Repercussions of the Texas Electricity Crisis

The financial repercussions of the winter-storm electricity crisis in Texas have entered the confession phase.

Just Energy Group, the Canada-based retailer of electricity and natural gas that is heavily involved in Texas, announced this morning in an SEC filing that it might have lost $250 million over the few days during the “Weather Event” in Texas, and that “the financial impact could change as additional information becomes available,” and that “once known,” the financial impact “could be materially adverse to the Company’s liquidity and its ability to continue as a going concern.”

This “going concern” warning is a standardized accounting term for the acknowledged possibility that the company might not be able to meet its obligations and might not be able to stay afloat.

Feb 24 09:19

Leather jug made from the hide of Oliver Cromwell's war horse is expected to fetch £6,000 as it emerges for sale 368 years later

Leather jug made from Cromwell's war horse Blackjack is set to fetch £6,000
Huge tankard was one of a dozen made from the hide of Cromwell's horse

Feb 24 09:15

Tacoma's Benjamin Franklin Park Is Renamed After Rosa Franklin - The First African American Woman To Serve In The State Senate

A park named after founding father Benjamin Franklin in Washington has been renamed to honor Rosa Franklin, the state's first African American woman to serve in the state Senate.

Feb 24 09:11

Look up this week! Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury will all be visible from the UK due to a rare triple conjunction that won't happen again for five YEARS

Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury will appear just above the eastern horizon this week
They will be visible as bright dots in the early morning sky just before sunrise

Feb 24 09:11

Pictured: The cosy woodland bolthole that's raised off the ground to help guests 'feel detached from their worries' (and the amazing bear-proof cabin-on-a-pole that it inspired it)

The chic black cabin, which is elevated on a single column, is near Salamajarvi National Park, Finland
Inside there is a bed, a bathroom and a kitchenette and an interior of a 'high-standard hotel room'

Feb 24 09:11

These people are amazing (Picture)

Feb 24 09:10

BLM group raked in $90MILLION in donations last year: Leaders disclose finances for the first time - but angry local chapters say they are not being given any of the money

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has revealed its finances for the first time, noting that the group raked in $90million in donations last year.

Feb 24 09:10

Etna erupts with a fury 'rarely seen for decades': Volcano continues its recent spectacular displays as image shows how its deadly rivers of lava look from space

Europe's most active volcano erupted late on Monday and continued into the early hours of Tuesday morning
A satellite image taken earlier in the week and released by the European Space Agency showed what Etna's deadly lava flows look like from space, streaking down the side of the towering 3,329m tall mountain

Feb 24 09:09

Joe Biden tells China to free two Canadians being held by China after he holds virtual talks with Justin Trudeau for his first summit with a world leader saying 'human beings are not bartering chips'

President Joe Biden gave a warning to China on behalf of the Canadians, promising Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he would help get two imprisoned Canadians back from the Chinese.

Feb 24 09:07

This preacher is woke (Picture)

Feb 24 09:07

Donald Trump 'appeals directly to Facebook's left-leaning supreme court' to rejoin platform but a decision on whether to permanently ban him will take at least two months

Donald Trump has appealed directly to Facebook's 'supreme court' Oversight Board in a bid to rejoin the platform but a decision on whether to permanently ban the former president is expected to take at least two months.

Feb 24 09:05

Thomas Friedman Shows Us Why Democracy is Facing Huge Problems

When the columnist with the longest tenure at the country’s leading newspaper has no clue on the biggest issues facing the world, then it is a good sign that the elites in general have no idea what they are doing. He notes the disaffection of large numbers of middle class people in both Europe and the United States with the status quo.

Friedman correctly observes that “average work no longer returns an average wage that can sustain an average middle-class lifestyle.” However he absurdly blames this on “rapid accelerations in technology and globalization.”

Feb 24 08:48

Romney predicts Trump would win the 2024 GOP nomination in a 'landslide' if he ran again - and the senator says he will get behind a nominee who represents his 'tiny wing' of the party

Senator Mitt Romney (UT-R) said that he could see former President Donald Trump securing the nomination in 2024 if he decided to run, a clear indication of his grip on the GOP.

Feb 24 08:47

At least they tried (Picture)

Feb 24 08:47

NYT columnist Bret Stephens blasts woke culture that saw Bon Appetit rewrite archive of recipes for 'culinary appropriation'

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, whose recent column was pulled by the paper when he criticized the firing of a reporter who repeated a racial slur in conversation about the word, has lashed out at what he says is excessive 'wokeness' in the media and academia.

Feb 24 08:45

Steve Mnuchin is expected to launch an investment fund with backing from the sovereign wealth funds of Persian Gulf countries

Steven Mnuchin plans to start an investment fund backed with money from Persian Gulf nations and other investors, it has been reported.

Feb 24 08:41

I hate billionaires (Picture)

Feb 24 08:41

Manhattan prosecutors 'expand their investigation into Donald Trump to also look at Don Jr and chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg'

Investigators in Manhattan looking into Donald Trump's tax affairs are becoming increasingly interested in the president's oldest son, according to a report.

Feb 24 08:40

Antifa Extremists Hospitalise Populist German Politician at Campaign Stall

Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Stephan Schwarz was hospitalised after a brutal attack by Antifa militants in the town of Schorndorf over the weekend while campaigning for this year’s regional election.

Schwarz, along with several other AfD activists, manned an information booth in the centre of the town on Saturday when they were approached by a group of around 15 to 20 people carrying hard-left Antifa flags and banners, the city prosecutor said.

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Feb 24 08:38

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Feb 24 08:38

WATCH: Man Flying Trump 2024 Flag at Trump Ice Rink Tackled by Security

A Trump supporter brought his Trump 2024 flag to an ice rink in New York’s Central Park and was tackled to the ice by security.

Dion Cini, who calls himself a “guerrilla marketer,” brought his flag to Central Park’s Wollman Ice Rink, a rink run by the Trump Organization, on what was supposed to be its last day of business after being targeted by the Democrat Big Apple mayor.

A video posted by FreedomNews TV shows Cini skating around the rink with a long pole festooned with his large Trump flag before security guards begin demanding that he leave the ice.

Eventually, security officers grab Cini and wrestle him to the ground to eject him from the rink. But as security deals with Cini, another man — identified as Travis Scott – is seen stealing Cini’s flag.

Feb 24 08:38

'This is not okay': AOC slams Biden's administration for reopening Texas migrant facility for children who cross the Mexican border alone and Miami shelter Kamala Harris that protested outside of in 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the Biden administration Tuesday for reopening a temporary influx center for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo Springs, Texas and a shelter in Miami, Florida, where now-Vice President Kamala Harris protested outside of in June 2019.

Feb 24 08:36

Ex-Capitol Police Chief: Intel Indicated Antifa, Proud Boys, Other Groups Would Join on Jan. 6

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said that a pre-Jan. 6 intelligence assessment suggested that Antifa, Proud Boys, and extremist groups would partake in the Jan. 6 event in Washington.

“The assessment indicated that members of the Proud Boys, white supremacist groups, Antifa, and other extremist groups were expected to participate in the January 6th event and that they may be inclined to become violent,” Sund said in a written statement (pdf) to the Senate.

It added that an “intelligence assessment indicated that the January 6th protests/rallies were ‘expected to be similar to the previous Million MAGA March rallies in November and December 2020, which drew tens of thousands of participants,” adding that faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the riots.

Feb 24 08:36

Amen (Picture)

Feb 24 08:36

Tiger Woods was 'agitated and impatient and almost hit another car as he sped out of five-star resort' on his way to country club just 15 minutes before horror LA crash that shattered his right leg and left him needing surgery

Tiger Woods was agitated, impatient, took off fast and almost hit another car at the LA resort where he was staying just 15 minutes before 'horror' crash that shattered his right leg and left doubts hanging over his future in sport.

Feb 24 08:35

3 Ways The United States Could Collapse Into Chaos- With An Ongoing Pandemic, Increasing Unemployment, And An Ever-Growing Amount Of Social Unrest, 2021 Is Starting Off As One Of The More Chaotic Years In Decades.

With an ongoing pandemic, increasing unemployment, and an ever-growing amount of social unrest, 2021 is starting off as one of the more chaotic years in decades. With so much chaos, the obvious question to ask is how much is too much? How much can our institutions sustain before they begin to fall apart?

For many, the idea of societal collapse may seem like an unimaginable impossibility, but so too was the idea of mass shutdowns only a short time ago. The truth is societies often have, and still can, collapse, and we are fooling ourselves if we think that our specific little slice of history is any different.

As an exercise, I want to look at the current state of the United States and the three most likely ways it could collapse in the near future.

Feb 24 08:33

What About You (Picture)

Feb 24 08:33

Armed robber who 'stole $190K worth of luxury goods' in brazen daylight robbery of NYC Chanel store is arrested after he 'bragged on social media that he could open a small boutique' with the high-end handbags

A Brooklyn man has been arrested over an armed robbery at a Chanel store in New York City earlier this month after he allegedly bragged about the crime on social media.

Feb 24 08:30

Republican Ron Johnson makes conspiracy theory claims at Senate hearing on riot that anti-Trump 'agents provocatuer' incited violence and police fired tear gas on 'pro-police, jovial' mob

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson read en eyewitness account into the record at Tuesday's hearing on Capitol riot security that alleges without specific evidence that it was 'agents provocateur' who turned 'unsuspecting marchers into an invading mob' during on January 6th.

Feb 24 08:08

'I Still Have The Chemical Burns On My Face.' Capitol Hill Police Captain Tells Of Hours-Long Battle Of The Rotunda As MAGA Rioters Fired 'Military-Grade' CS Gas

Capitol Police Captain Carneysha Mendoza testified before the Senate Tuesday about her harrowing experience in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, especially what she witnessed in the rotunda.

Feb 24 08:08

Architect Of The Capitol Reveals Staff Reversed Ventilation To Clear Out MAGA Rioters' Bear Spray - And Mob Left Founding Fathers' Statues Damaged

The Architect of the Capitol and the House of Representatives' curator will be among the witnesses Wednesday to detail their experiences during and in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection.

Feb 24 08:06

Capitol Hill police chief and fired sergeants at arms tell senators MAGA rioters came 'prepared for war' - but intelligence said arrests were 'improbable' and there was NO warning from the FBI

Top former officials who were entrusted with security of the Capitol provided their first public testimony Tuesday on the failures that contributed to the Jan. 6th riots – with the former chief of Capitol Police saying the the rioters came 'prepared for war.'

Feb 24 08:06

WILL GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH FORCE THE RADICAL CHANGE POLICING NEEDS?

With one hand on his revolver, New York City police officer Frank Serpico knocked on the third-floor door. On the other side were drug dealers. Serpico had three colleagues waiting outside the apartment building, but when he cried out for help after being shot, none of the other officers came to his rescue.

Weeks later, Serpico would go on to expose deep-seated corruption in the country’s largest police department in 1970. It forced an overhaul that subsequent commissions of inquiry have said led to a reduction in systematic graft, previously commonplace in the NYPD. Now, half a century later, the killing of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis is sparking fresh demand for dramatic police reforms to end a culture of impunity that surrounds racial discrimination by law enforcement officials.

Feb 24 08:06

Facebook tests new tools to detect and remove content showing child sexual abuse after the site found at least 13 million harmful videos and images in June to September 2020 alone

Facebook is making an effort to end child exploitation on its platform with new tools for detecting and removing such photos and videos.

Feb 24 07:48

How to Prep in Short-Term Locations

Prepping looks a lot different when you are in a temporary location, traveling, or living in an RV/van but it can - and should - still be done. Here's how.

Feb 24 07:48

'Times change': The Simpsons creator Matt Groening speaks out about the show recasting its non-white roles following allegations of stereotyping

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has spoken out about the show's decision to recast its non-white roles, following allegations of racial stereotyping in recent years.

Feb 24 07:48

Texas entrepreneur, 32, who bought an abandoned California mining town for $1.4m and has spent the last year there alone after getting trapped by a snowstorm last spring says the place may be 'full of ghosts' but he NEVER wants to leave

A Texas entrepreneur who has spent almost a year quarantining in an abandoned California mining town after getting trapped there by a snowstorm last spring now says he never wants to leave.

Feb 24 07:46

A third of Americans now know somebody who has died of COVID-19 - TWICE as many as had lost a friend, family member or acquaintance to the virus this summer, poll finds

One in three Americans know somebody who died from coronavirus over the last 10 months, a new poll suggests.

Feb 24 07:45

Terrifying video shows how SPEAKING can spread Covid - with infected hairdressers, doctors and dentists all able to transmit the virus while leaning over patients and customers

Hairdressers, beauticians and medical professionals who are infected with Covid-19 can spread the virus to their patients and clients just by talking, a study has found.

Feb 24 07:18

US states will get 14.5 MILLION doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week - nearly 70% more than they received the last week of January, White House says

States can expect about 14.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week, an almost 70% increase in distribution over the past month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

Feb 24 07:17

A variant-proof vaccine? Two California firms launch trials of COVID shot they hope will protect against the South African form - and future mutants - by targeting a more 'stable' part of the infectious spike protein

South Africa has approved clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate designed to protect against variants of the coronavirus.

Feb 24 07:15

'You don't go to a nursing home to die': Janice Dean's sister-in-law hits out at Cuomo for 'cover up' after losing both parents to COVID in long-term care facilities - as poll shows 41% of New Yorkers think he has done something 'unethical'

The sister-in-law of Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean has slammed New York Governor Cuomo over his handling of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.

Feb 24 07:15

Florida county commissioner faces calls to resign over 'disgusting abuse of power' after she created a 'VIP list' of vaccine recipients from two wealthy zip codes - and added herself to the exclusive group

A Florida county commissioner is facing growing calls to resign over her 'disgusting abuse of power' after she created a 'VIP list' of vaccine recipients from two wealthy zip codes - and also added herself to the exclusive list.

Feb 24 07:13

Now Gwyneth consciously uncouples from the English language: Paltrow sells 'intuitive fasting' book on Goop website that urges people to 'EAT what feels right'

Gwyneth Paltrow is touting her newest health obsession, intuitive fasting, saying the combination of intuitive eating and intermittent fasting is 'designed to optimize our well-being.'

Feb 24 07:12

Joe Biden claims there is STILL a 'good shot' of getting budget pick Neera Tanden confirmed despite another Republican senator coming out against her

Joe Biden still believes there is a 'good shot' that Neera Tanden, his pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, will be confirmed despite Joe Manchin effectively sinking her chances by announcing he will vote against the nominee.

Feb 24 07:10

All 27 Republicans in Tennessee Senate sign letter to the state's universities urging them to PROHIBIT student athletes from kneeling during national anthem after men's college basketball team took the knee last week

All 27 Republican members of the Tennessee Senate have signed a letter to the state's public university system telling officials to prohibit students from kneeling during the national anthem, after a men's basketball team did so last week.

Feb 24 07:10

Florida Democrats are REFUSING to follow Gov DeSantis' order to lower flags in honor of Rush Limbaugh as the radio host's will names his fourth wife, Kathryn, to inherit his $600m estate

Democrats in Florida are refusing to follow an order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis to lower flags to half staff in honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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