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October 27, 2020

Oct 27 06:35

Big Tech’s ‘danger scenario’ is a Democratic sweep in November, says investor Bradley Tusk

Big Tech stocks are holding up fine despite the threat of increased regulation from U.S. lawmakers. But political strategist and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk says investors are overlooking the risk of a Democratic sweep in November.

Tusk, who worked for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and served as Mike Bloomberg’s campaign manger in the 2009 New York City mayoral race, sent a memo on Monday to his venture firm’s 30 portfolio companies and 20 consulting clients, explaining how the results of the next week’s election could affect the tech industry.

In an interview with CNBC about the memo, Tusk said the largest tech companies face real risks should Joe Biden win the presidency, particularly if Democrats take back the Senate and hold the House. According to FiveThirtyEight, Democrats are favored to win control of all three, a result that could remove much of the gridlock that’s paralyzed Washington, and pave the way for new legislation.

Oct 27 06:34

Senators Urge Investigation After CPB Admits to Warrantless Cell Phone Surveillance

Customs and Border Protection is using commercially available location data from cell phones to conduct warrantless tracking of people inside the U.S. and refused to provide lawmakers with a legal justification for these activities, according to five senators.

In a letter sent Friday to Homeland Security Department Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, five Democratic senators questioned CBP’s use of subscriptions with data broker Venntel, a government contractor based in Virginia, which gives them access to commercial location data.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, asked the inspector general to examine the legal analysis CBP performed—if such analysis exists—before the agency began using the tool.

“CBP outrageously asserted that its legal analysis is privileged and therefore does not have to be shared with Congress,” the letter reads. “We disagree.”

Oct 27 06:33

You're Not Welcome Here: How Social Distancing Can Destroy The Global Economy

Stay out.

It's what people are being asked to tell each other. Less than 10 days ago, London banned people who live in different households from meeting each other indoors, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"Nobody wants to see more restrictions, but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners' lives," London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly.

Taking away the welcome mat is key to cutting off the path of the coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, cities, states and countries have banned each other. And now, eight months into lockdowns that have led to immense stress and fatigue among people, some places around the world are introducing even more draconian measures.

Oct 27 06:33

Bonuses before bankruptcy: Companies doled out millions to executives before filing for Chapter 11

Since the pandemic took hold in March, at least 18 large companies have rewarded executives with six- and seven-figure payouts before asking bankruptcy courts to shield them from landlords, suppliers and other creditors while they restructured, the Post review found. They collectively meted out more than $135 million, documents show, while listing $79 billion in debts.

Labor experts and bankruptcy attorneys say the payouts are particularly egregious — and unjustifiable — during an economic crisis, and were timed to bypass a 2005 law passed specifically to prevent executives from prospering while their companies flailed.

Oct 27 06:25

US Reports Record 481,000 New Coronavirus Cases In A Single Week As Hospitalizations Spike By 14.5% - But Average Daily Deaths Remain 70% Below April Peak

The US has set a record for new coronavirus cases reported in a single week with more than 481,300 infections, as the virus continues to surge across the Midwest and the South.

Oct 27 06:25

Nolte: New York Times Accidentally Confirms Breitbart’s Voter Fraud Reporting

The Times article is 1300 or so words long and not a single word — not one — is utilized to point out a single fact in a single one of our voter fraud reports that we got wrong.

The Times went through 30 articles we published on voter fraud — thirty! — and could not come up with a single misreported fact, a single example of fake news, or anything we reported that was misleading or deceptive.

You’ll note that the one article they cherry pick, they don’t even dispute the facts. No one claims our reporting was wrong, only that “the problems” — oh, so there were problems! — we reported on “weren’t examples of fraud and don’t call into question the integrity of the results” — which is what I call gobbily-gook.

So to me, the headline here is this: “EXTRA! NEW YORK TIMES CONFIRMS BREITBART NEWS’ REPORTS ABOUT VOTER FRAUD!!!”

Oct 27 06:24

Nancy Pelosi: Congress Will Have to ‘Reverse the Damage’ of a ‘Usurped’ Supreme Court Seat

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Congress to “reverse the damage” done by a “radical Republican court” after Senate Republicans voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening.

She also called the seat “usurped,” suggesting that the seat was taken illegally or by force, and claimed that Republicans were trying to “destroy” Americans’ health care with Barrett’s confirmation.

“Congress will have to reverse the damage of a radical Republican court and defend pre-existing condition protections together with every other benefit and protection of the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Oct 27 06:24

Latest Biden mishap highlights how US media ‘loves to censor and hide’ his mistakes

Oct 27 06:23

Joe Biden Embarrassingly Delivers his WORST Speech at Pennsylvania RALLY

Oct 27 06:23

Muslim World Rises Against French Crackdown on Radical Islam

France’s largest employers’ federation on Monday urged companies to “resist the blackmail” over a product boycott by Arab countries as a backlash widens over Paris’s hardened stance against radical Islam.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take the fight to Islamic radicals after the October 16 beheading of a history teacher who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a class discussion on free speech.

But his comments triggered protests in Muslim-majority countries at the weekend, with people burning pictures of Macron in Syria and setting fire to French flags in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Boycotts of French goods are under way in supermarkets in Qatar and Kuwait, with further calls to spurn French products in Jordan and other states.

Oct 27 06:22

Coons: ‘Hundreds’ of Trump’s Lower Court Judges Shouldn’t ‘Be Allowed to Sit Peaceably’

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said that there should be a “wide-open conversation” on rebalancing the courts, including the circuit and district courts, where there are “hundreds” of judges who shouldn’t “be allowed to sit peaceably without our re-examining the process, the results, and the consequences.”

Oct 27 06:22

Kamala Slams ‘Illegitimate’ Justice Amy Coney Barrett: ‘We Won’t Forget This’

Democrat vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) called the Senate’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court on Monday “illegitimate” and vowed that the Americans “will not forget” the Republicans’ constitutional responsibility to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Harris tweeted after a 52 to 48 Senate vote along party lines to put Barrett on the High Court:

Today Republicans denied the will of the American people by confirming a Supreme Court justice through an illegitimate process—all in their effort to gut the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions with pre-existing conditions. We won’t forget this.

Oct 27 06:21

Russia knocking Turkish drones from Armenian skies

The electronic warfare system is known as “Belladonna”, a poisonous plant that gets its name from Renaissance women who used its extract for tinctures to dilate the pupils of their eyes, ostensibly to make them more attractive.

While Belladonna translates to “beautiful woman” in English, in Russian it has a second meaning: it is the name of a Russian electronic jamming system now credited with knocking out at least nine Turkish Bayraktar armed drones used by Azerbaijan to target Armenia.

If true – and no one has denied it – the system is now operating around the sensitive Russian military base at Gyumri in Armenia, far from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area.

Oct 27 06:21

Russian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Turkish-Backed Fighters in Syria

Russian airstrikes killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters in Syria’s northwest Idlib province on Monday. The strike targeted a camp for Faylaq al-Sham, one of the larger Turkish backed groups in Idlib.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 78 fighters were killed, and more than 90 were wounded in the airstrikes.

Turkey sent thousands of fighters into Idlib earlier this year to halt a Syrian government offensive to retake Idlib, which is mostly controlled by Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda affiliate formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Russia and Turkey brokered a ceasefire in March to halt the violence in Idlib. While there has been shelling and minor offensives by both sides, the ceasefire has held relatively well. Monday’s airstrikes appear to be the largest Russian operations since the truce was reached.

Oct 27 06:20

WALL STREET REPORTEDLY RAKED IN NEARLY $27.6 BILLION DURING COVID-19 PEAK

Wall Street made a killing during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic — at a time of sky-high statewide unemployment that has put 500,000 Big Apple residents out of work.

The securities industry raked in a massive pretax profits fortune of $27.6 billion for the first six months of 2020 — nearly eclipsing 2019’s profit total of $28.1 billion.

That’s an eye-popping 82 percent increase compared to the same six-month period last year, according to a new report released by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

DiNapoli tied the gold rush to a frenzy of factors: the $2.4 trillion federal stimulus package, interest rates cut to zero and reduced borrowing costs — plus frenetic trading patterns posing a massive disruption to the financial markets.

Oct 27 06:20

50 Cent now claims he 'never liked' Donald Trump prompting ex Chelsea Handler to ask: 'Does this mean we can count on a vote for you for Joe Biden?'

Evolution comedian Chelsea Handler is still hoping to convince her ex-boyfriend - Grammy winner 50 Cent - to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rather than Donald Trump.

Oct 27 06:20

Putin Offers NATO Inspections to Prevent Deployment of INF-Banned Missiles

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered mutual inspections of each other’s military bases to NATO to prevent the deployment of missiles banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The INF was signed between the US and the Soviet Union in 1987 and banned land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500km to 5,500 km (310 to 3,410 miles). The treaty expired in August 2019 after the US withdrew, citing Russian violations.

“We reaffirm the commitment to the Russian Federation’s previously announced moratorium on the deployment of ground-launched intermediate-and shorter-range missiles as long as no similar class missile weapons of US manufacture emerge in the respective regions,” Putin said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

Oct 27 06:19

One America News threatens to sue Sacha Baron Cohen after reporter was duped into inviting 'Borat's daughter' as her guest to the White House

The conservative One America News Network (OAN) is threatening to sue Sacha Baron Cohen after an actress posing as his daughter in the new Borat film 'duped' their White House correspondent into showing her around the presidential compound.

Oct 27 06:18

America’s Imperial Expenditures and Escapades Are Stranger Than Fiction

Who needs dystopian novelists or absurd satirists when otherwise banal bureaucrats of the U.S. national security state do the job for them? It’s an old story with a new tech-savvy twist. The late great Joseph Heller knew a thing or two about war’s foundational farce. He joined the army air corps at age 19 and flew 60 combat missions as a bombardier on World War II’s Italian front.

In his classic 1961 novel Catch-22, his wounded protagonist lamented that "outside the hospital the war was still going on. Men went mad and were rewarded with medals." Yet in today’s confusing modern twist, with the citizenry and even soldiery now opposing America’s endless wars, the only men going mad are inside Washington. Even now they’re looking for reasons to keep awarding medals to overtaxed and unenthused overseas warriors.

Oct 27 06:17

The World Is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status

The outdated notion that China "just wants to do business" should be completely erased from our understanding of the rising global power’s political outlook.

Simply put, Beijing has long realized that, in order for it to sustain its economic growth unhindered, it has to develop the necessary tools to protect itself, its allies and their combined interests.

The need for a strong China is not a novel idea developed by the current Chinese President, Xi Jinping. It goes back many decades, spanning various nationalist movements and, ultimately, the Communist Party. What sets XI apart from the rest is that, thanks to the unprecedented global influence acquired by Beijing during his incumbency (2013-present), China is now left with no alternative but to match its "economic miracle" with a military one.

Oct 27 06:17

US Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Iran Ahead of Election

With an eye toward potentially limiting Joe Biden’s room to move if he wins the election, the Trump Administration has imposed a new series of sanctions against Iran, targeting the nation’s oil industry, already heavily sanctioned, with counter-terrorism limits.

Built around labeling the Quds Force as terrorists, the US is linking several other parts of Iran’s economy, from the petroleum ministry to the National Iranian Tanker Company, to be terrorists by the same token.

Beyond generally targeting Iran, the US measures are built around keeping Iran, which the US broadly forbids to sell oil and gas, from selling oil and gas to Syria and Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says this should “serve as a warning.”

Oct 27 06:17

Dow plunges 900 points before slightly recovering after US hit new record high of daily coronavirus cases over the weekend - erasing index's monthly gains

Stocks plunged Monday morning after the nation hit a record number of daily coronavirus cases over the weekend and amid stalled stimulus check talks.

Oct 27 06:17

7 Held for Suspected Tanker Hijack After UK Commando Raid

Seven stowaways seized when British naval special forces stormed an oil tanker in the English Channel have been arrested on suspicion of hijacking, police said Monday.

Hampshire Police said the men, believed to be from Nigeria, were being held at several police stations on suspicion of “seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.” They have not been charged.

Police said the 22 crew members of the Nave Andromeda were “safe and well” after the raid, which unfolded after darkness fell on Sunday. Special Boat Service commandos were lowered by rope from helicopters onto the tanker, whose crew had locked themselves in a secure part of the ship known as the citadel. Within minutes, the stowaways were in custody.

Maritime tracking websites showed the ship reached port in Southampton, on England’s south coast, early Monday.

Oct 27 06:16

Israeli bulldozers and settlers uproot Palestinian olive trees in West Bank

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house and settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to Palestinian state news agency Wafa.

Israeli soldiers and bulldozers blocked an area in Taybeh village and demolished a house, which was close to the Israeli separation wall that runs through the village’s land.

In the town of Salfit, north of the West Bank, Israeli bulldozers razed and uprooted almost 60 olive trees on Sunday.

Oct 27 06:15

Democrat congressman says he 'won't take lectures from a man who couldn't succeed without family money' after Harvard classmate Jared Kushner said black Americans must 'want to be successful'

Democrat congressman Ruben Gallego on Monday ripped his Harvard classmate Jared Kushner, tweeting that he 'won't take lectures from a man who couldn't succeed without family money'.

Oct 27 06:12

Ice Cube says he's 'not playing politics' by working with Trump on his $500BN 'Platinum Plan' for black Americans and slams Democratic critics for telling him to 'shut up and vote' for Biden

Rapper Ice Cube has defended his co-working effort with President Donald Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment 'Platinum Plan' saying, 'I’m not playing politics with this'.

Oct 27 06:12

Hunter rented $2,300-a-night luxury LA mansion for a blowout party and 'broke his sober streak' just weeks ago after heated argument with new wife

Hunter Biden rented a $2,300-per-night luxury Los Angeles mansion for a blowout party after storming out on his new wife and baby following a 'blazing row', sources tell.

Oct 27 06:10

Israelis mock, abuse family of hunger striker

Three months into Maher al-Akhras’ hunger strike, a United Nations human rights expert is demanding his immediate release.

Al-Akhras remains gravely ill. He has been protesting his imprisonment without charge by Israel by refusing all food for more than 90 days.

Oct 27 06:10

Ashkenazi tells Russian FM Iranian entrenchment in Syria must be prevented

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for the first time on Monday, thanking him for working with the Jewish state “on preventing an Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

Meeting during a diplomatic visit to the Greek capital of Athens, Ashkenazi updated Lavrov on developments on the normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan, as well as the issue of Iran and its proxy terror groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 27 06:09

Turkey's Erdogan says it's time for two-state solution in Cyprus

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus to be discussed, and added that the parameters of the current talks were not sustainable.

Cyprus was split after a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. The European Union admitted the island into the bloc in 2004, represented by the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in the south.

Its north is a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state only recognised by Ankara.

Oct 27 06:08

Trump campaign manager calls Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar 'dangerous' and says she is pushing Joe Biden so far to the left that Democrats 'don't recognize what the party has become'

Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien called Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar 'the most extreme, most dangerous' member of the Democratic Party as Republicans scramble to win votes in the battleground state.

Oct 27 06:08

The massive protests in Nigeria, explained

On Oct. 20, Nigerian soldiers shot at protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, killing at least 10. Protesters were blocking a highway in Lagos, the country’s largest city and commercial capital, to draw attention to their struggle against police brutality. That night, soldiers and police attacked protesters across several parts of Lagos and elsewhere. Amnesty International reports at least 38 Nigerians died in the clashes, with dozens more injured.

The sequence of events leading to what Nigerians call the #LekkiMassacre suggests this appears to be a carefully planned attack. While protesters were on the road, dancing to songs from a live DJ, the Lagos state governor imposed a curfew, to start at 4 p.m. The protesters refused to leave. Next, operators of the toll removed all CCTV cameras from the toll booths and the lights cut out. Soldiers arrived and opened fire between 6:45 and 9 p.m.

Oct 27 06:08

Belarus strike action begins

Factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus began a general strike on Monday to demand that President Alexander Lukashenko step down after more than two months of continuing mass protests following a disputed election.

Lukashenko ignored an ultimatum to surrender power by midnight over claims his August 9 re-election was rigged. The authoritarian leader had challenged his opponents to carry out a threat to paralyze Belarus with strikes.

Police used stun grenades as more than 100,000 people gathered in Minsk, Grodno, Brest and other cities. The Interior Ministry said police made 523 arrests across the country.

Oct 27 06:07

In Tel Aviv, Sudanese migrants say Israel making peace with a rotten regime

On October 23, US President Donald Trump called the White House press corps into the Oval Office to announce a “historic” and “very special” peace deal between Israel and Sudan.

“This is an incredible deal for Israel and Sudan,” Trump said. “For decades, Sudan has been at a state of war with Israel… and boycotted Israeli goods. There was no relationship whatsoever.”

The next day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who had been on the call, together with Sudan’s Sovereign Council president General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, when Trump made the announcement — appeared on Israeli television and declared enthusiastically: “This is a new era, an era of true peace.”

Oct 27 06:07

Guantanamo population isn't growing, and prison shows no signs of closing

Four years ago, President Trump pledged to “load up” the Guantanamo Bay detention facility with “bad dudes.”

But in the ensuing years, the facility’s population has not grown. Indeed, the Trump administration recently celebrated bringing two of the most notorious alleged ISIS fighters to the United States for trial — the type of “bad dudes” Trump spoke about during the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, the infamous detention center has all but disappeared from either party’s talk on the campaign trail as the facility nears 20 years of operations.

Oct 27 06:06

Biden Appeals to Bosnian Muslim and Albanian Voters Reveal Democrats’ Plans in the Balkans

US Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has been on a whirlwind campaign in an attempt to defeat President Donald Trump in next month’s election. Published policy papers has shown Biden’s strong support for Greece, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Albania and Kosovo as he seeks to win over millions of Diaspora votes. The candidate has taken a very strong anti-Turkey position in his bid to win over Armenian and Greek Diaspora voters at a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an makes daily threats of war against Greece and is directly sponsoring, arming and facilitating the Azerbaijani invasion of Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

However, away from Greece and into the heart of the Balkans, Biden is also appealing to the greatest enablers of Turkish expansionism into the region – BiH, Albania and Kosovo.

Oct 27 06:06

What Trump and Biden get wrong about North Korea

At last week’s presidential debate, the American people were presented with two widely divergent points of view on how to address North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal: Either engage with its leader (and thereby “legitimize” a “thug”) or apply more sanctions and pressure in order to “control” North Korea.

But this is a false dichotomy. Meeting or not meeting with the North Korean leader hasn’t been the failure of U.S. policy. And more pressure and sanctions will not convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

To make any substantial progress, the next administration must take a wholly new approach to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Oct 27 06:05

Families demand repatriation of all foreign nationals from Syrian camps

Western governments are facing growing pressure to repatriate their own nationals held in dangerous and overcrowded camps and prisons in northeastern Syria after being swept up in fighting between Kurdish-led forces and Islamic State (IS) militants.

A newly formed international network linking together relatives of some of those detained will this week call on countries to take responsibility for thousands of foreign nationals, the majority of them young children, stranded in the region after the collapse of IS early last year.

The network, Families for Repatriation International (FRI), will highlight the “dire and life-threatening conditions” that have already led to hundreds of deaths, and warn that governments' continuing failure to act risks undermining human rights, global security and the rule of law.

Oct 27 06:05

Recep Erdogan: Turkey’s Meddlesome and Mischievious Neo-Ottoman Sultan

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s recent comments regarding his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s mental state has led to the recall of the French ambassador from Ankara. His assertion that Macron was “in need of mental health treatment” was not his first barb aimed at the French president. Back in August, he accused Macron of having “colonial aims” in Lebanon and referred to Macron’s visit to Beirut as a “spectacle”. But if there is any truth to Erdogan’s accusation, it is almost certainly a case of psychological projection. Erdogan himself has been explicitly engaged in a perennial quest aimed at restoring Turkish grandeur and influence to the great cost and the irritation of his country’s neighbours and traditional allies.

Oct 27 06:04

Protests in Iraq: Corruption, Unemployment, Impoverishment

Long-suffering Iraqis have legitimate grievances in the post-Saddam Hussein era.

Notably they include rampant corruption, high unemployment, impoverishment affecting millions — the nation’s youths notably affected — and lack of essential to life public services.

Saddam ruled despotically but he wasn’t all bad. According to UNESCO, he established one of the region’s best educational systems that was free to the highest levels.

Healthcare was near-universal, available in nearly all urban areas and most rural ones, according to UNICEF.

Pre-Gulf War, it ranked with the region’s best. Since that time, things changed dramatically for the worst.

For the last 30 years, the US waged wars on Iraq by hot and other means.

Oct 27 06:04

Trump Spokesman Tim Murtagh Calls Chris Cuomo 'Self-Righteous' And Slams The CNN Host For Breaking Quarantine Rules Multiple Times As They Trade Insults In Wild Interview

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and communications director for the Trump campaign Tim Murtaugh ended up having an on-air spat on Monday evening as the pair discussed the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oct 27 06:04

Sesame Street Offers “New Normal” Brainwashing for the Very Young and Vulnerable

“Hello everybody! It’s your old pal Grover with some health tips…” begins the spindly blue monster in a Sesame Street PSA.

After teaching kids to wash their hands Grover transitions into some new normal brainwashing: “Another way for everyone to stay healthy is by practicing physical distance and staying six feet away from people in public. That is right, six cute little feet like this…”

Grover takes a step to his left, yells and slips on the soap he dropped during his hand washing class. When his furry blue head appears on camera again a pink mask is draped overtop.

“Here’s another tip to stay healthy,” he continues with dwindling scientific efficacy. “Wear a mask in public to protect yourself and others…. You should wear a mask securely on your face covering your mouth and nose. Everyone can do their part to stay healthy and…” He then slips again.

Oct 27 06:03

Samuel Paty murder: France’s Muslim community first to bear brunt of iron-handed measures

The response was swift. Following the brutal murder of teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced his intention to shut down the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) as well as BarakaCity, a Muslim humanitarian non-profit organisation.

Former MP Barbara Romagnan reacted on Twitter: “Until proven otherwise, the CCIF has nothing to do with this. Shutting down an organisation that gives a voice to those who feel discriminated against does not fight terrorism…”

Only a handful of political figures have dared point out that the nation’s highly charged emotions could seriously jeopardise civil liberties. Since the beginning of October, Islamic spaces have fallen prey to an increasing number of police searches across France, including the Omar mosque in Paris, on 3 October; shortly thereafter, two schools and a funeral home.

Oct 27 06:02

Time to Flee Bolivia? Jeanine Áñez Asks U.S. for 350 Visas after Arce’s Victory

With the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections on October 18, the de facto coup government presided over by Jeanine Áñez, has requested visas from the United States for its officials according to a US-based network.

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NBC news network journalist Tom Brokaw reported Thursday on a letter from Jeanine Áñez, in which he has requested 350 visas from the U.S. government for officials of his de facto coup government.

The report, cited by the communication platform Resumen Latinoamericano, indicates that the reason behind the request is the concern that the Bolivian de facto government has about being prosecuted by the government of President-elect Luis Arce Catacora.

The news has gone viral on social networks under the title: “Time to Escape?”

Oct 27 06:02

Video: Police Violence in Berlin Protests. Brutal Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer Markus Haintz

This evening, Mr. Markus Haintz, a prominent and courageous human rights lawyer in Germany was brutally arrested by Berlin police. His assistant, Frederike, was also brutally arrested. The arrest was filmed.

It is important to report this arrest worldwide and denounce such terror tactics by the German police.

Please inform your friends how the German authorities are directing the police to escalate violence.

Oct 27 06:01

Former CIA: Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden’s Laptop is “Russiagate Disinformation”

Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as “Russian disinformation” are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says.

Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and James Clapper, as well as of top Democrats, including Joe Biden and Adam Schiff, that the Hunter Biden laptop revelations are “Russian disinformation.”

They have done so even though no one from the Biden camp has disputed the authenticity of a single leaked email or document, or denied that the laptop belongs to Hunter Biden. Ray McGovern, a former career CIA officer who served as chief of the CIA’s Soviet analysts division and chaired National Intelligence Estimates, discusses the widespread disinformation about “Russian disinformation,” and why it raises new questions about the conduct and claims of the intelligence officials behind Russiagate.

Oct 27 06:01

Chris Cuomo is 'seen at NYC private members club not wearing a mask' and 'walking around like the mayor' after being accused of hypocrisy and threatened with $500 fine by his apartment for flouting COVID rules

Chris Cuomo was seen at the weekend in a New York City members' club not wearing a mask and walking around to greet people as if he were the 'mayor', according to people who were there.

Oct 27 06:01

FDA Lets Pfizer Test Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine on U.S. Children

Americans have been following COVID-19 vaccine trial developments for weeks, watching companies jockey for frontrunner status like contestants in a reality TV show. And though participants in some of the studies (by Moderna, Oxford, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer) have surfaced with reactions serious enough to pause several of the trials, market analysts remain “bullish” about the near-term prospects for approval of these liability-free products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Oct 27 05:58

NBC anchor Kate Snow reveals she's seeing a therapist to help cope with the 'stress' of her job and parenting in the pandemic - six months after her husband's COVID battle

Kate Snow has revealed that she is seeing a therapist to manage her stress six months after her husband Chris Bro's battle with coronavirus.

Oct 27 05:58

Trump threatens to destroy any Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela after President Maduro announced plan to buy more weapons after UN arms embargo expired

The United States has threatened to destroy any long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran, after a UN embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons expired last week.

Oct 27 05:57

‘Squad’ Freaks Out After Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation: We Must Expand the Court

Progressive politicians, including the far-left members of the “Squad,” immediately cried out for an expanded Supreme Court after the GOP-led Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The Senate voted to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, 52-48. The historic vote makes Barrett the third Trump-appointed judge to join the highest court in the land. Democrats immediately unleashed a host of threats to pack the court, should they win the White House and Senate.

“We are going to take back the White House & Senate next week with a resounding mandate from the people to fight back against Trump’s illegitimately stacked judiciary,” Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said. “We must expand the Court if we’re serious about the transformational change the people are crying out for”:

Oct 27 05:56

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Oct 27 05:56

'The anniversary of this tweet should be a National Holiday': Hillary is mocked on social media four years after she posted infamous 'Happy Birthday to this future President' tweet

Social media users are mocking Hillary Clinton's 'future president' birthday wish to herself on its fourth anniversary as Election Day approaches again.

On October 26, 2016, Clinton tweeted a childhood picture of herself with the caption, 'Happy birthday to this future president.'

The tweet was posted while she was still in the thick of campaigning for president - just days before she would ultimately lose the 2016 Presidential Election race to Donald Trump.

Oct 27 05:55

Hilton: The 2020 election is about the people vs the establishment

Oct 27 05:55

When Trump 'wins', the media 'will be exposed as the true enemy of the people''

Oct 27 05:55

Facebook’s abandoned drilling equipment poses no environmental risk, company-commissioned report says; Oregon coast advocacy group plans to sue

An environmental assessment, commissioned by Facebook for the drilling equipment it abandoned under the Oregon coast, has found that the machinery and lubricating fluid pose no significant risk to the environment, according to a report released Tuesday.

The equipment — including more than 1,100 feet of steel drilling rods and 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid — was lost 50 to 70 feet under the seafloor after an accident in April as Facebook was drilling to connect an international undersea fiber optic cable between Asia and the tiny coastal community of Tierra Del Mar.

Oct 27 05:54

Florida is allowing convicted felons to vote for first time in presidential election after completing their sentences

Convicted felons are voting in this year's presidential election in Florida for the first time, adding 67,000 potential votes to the election, after a 2018 law change.

Oct 27 05:54

Why lockdown has now gone too far.

Oct 27 05:53

RUSSIA WALKING AWAY FROM THE EU

I don't think anyone questions that there are major realignments under way in the globe, from the emergence of "The Quad" or what I've been calling the "Quadruple Entente", to BREXIT, the increased tensions between the USA and China, and now, between Russia and the E.U., and for the latter, one may conveniently substitute "Germany" for the E.U., that is, at least according to this article by Tom Luongo shared by V.T.(a big thank you for doing so):

Oct 27 05:51

Lil Pump becomes the latest rapper to endorse Trump because he doesn't 'want to pay an extra 33 percent in taxes'

Lil Pump has become the latest rapper to endorse President Trump, telling fans in a foul-mouthed video that he does not want to pay 'an extra 33 percent in taxes' and saying: 'f*** sleepy Joe'.

Oct 27 05:48

When signs of dementia could actually be depression: Forgetfulness. Confusion. Irritability. They're seen as early indicators of brain decline. In fact, it's often a hidden mental illness that can be treated with therapy

Paul Garnett felt 'incredibly embarrassed' explaining to his GP at the age of 71 that his depression was out of control. 'I felt so ashamed of myself — a man who couldn't cope,' he says, recalling the difficult months that led to the appointment with his doctor.

Oct 27 05:44

‘Game’s up’ for Andrews and this time he can’t ‘spin or bully it away’: Peta Credlin

Oct 27 05:43

Victoria Police refuse to investigate claims Cardinal Pell was framed

Oct 27 05:42

AOC tells Jane Fonda that being Trump's 'public enemy No.1' is a good thing because he's 'the most fascistic President in modern history'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she considered being 'public enemy No. 1' on President Trump's list 'a good thing.'

Oct 27 05:42

Financial Crisis | What To Expect Next

Oct 27 05:42

When Biden spoke of phasing out oil industry, 'a shiver went through the country'

Oct 27 05:41

Major early-season winter storm brings heavy snow and record cold temperatures to U.S.

Widespread heavy snow falling across the central Rockies and central Plains is forecast to shift further south and develop into another major winter storm for the southern High Plains Monday into Tuesday, October 26 into 27, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The station in Potomac, Montana, recorded -33 °C (-29 °F) on Sunday morning, October 25 -- the lowest temperature at an official climate site in the U.S. this early in the season.

Oct 27 05:41

The “Wokeness” Wars Coming to Your Town

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1961 dystopian short story “Harrison Bergeron” describes a 2081 America in which the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution of the United States have together mandated that all Americans must be made completely equal. No one is allowed to be more intelligent or handsome or more physically capable than anyone else. The standards are enforced by a Handicapper General, an elderly woman named Diana Moon Glampers armed with a shotgun, who mandates the wearing of disfiguring masks for those who are thought to be too beautiful while tiny radios are mounted inside the ears of intelligent people, programmed to go off at intervals and disrupt any thoughts. Those who are stronger or faster than others are required to wear heavy weights around their wrists and ankles.

Oct 27 05:40

Here We Go Again: Undocumented Shoppers in Philadelphia

It will be interesting to see if the media goes all in on pushing this police shooting in Philadelphia like they did in Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Kenosha, or whether ever since Kenosha the word has been out to keep BLM rioting on the QT until after the election:

Oct 27 05:40

This Coming Move Will Take Your Breath Away

Oct 27 05:39

November’s Choice: Trump or the Establishment

The November presidential election is not about a choice between a Republican and a Democrat, Trump or Biden/Kamala. It is about a choice between Trump and the Establishment.

You are voting for or against the Establishment.

If you vote against Trump, you are voting for your continued dispossession of your personal freedom, your independence, your income and wealth if any, your integrity, the First and Second Amendments, and any hope for your future and the future of your country. It is as simple as that.

Approximately half of the American population are too indoctrinated and brainwashed to understand what is at stake. These Americans see a vote against Trump as a vote against racism, misogyny, Covid, wealth, and orange hair. The mindlessness of these Americans, should their votes prevail, would complete the transformation of American democracy into rule by unaccountable elites.

Oct 27 05:39

'Promises Kept': Justice Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed, Sworn In To Supreme Court

The Senate voted to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, 52-48. The tense, nearly party-line vote comes eight days before an election, after Democrats were unable to block a Republican effort to tip the ideological balance of the court that has been decades in the making.

Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even his own election. Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump’s third justice on the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary.

Oct 27 05:39

US Marshals claim to have rescued 45 missing children and 109 human trafficking survivors in 'Autumn Hope' operation that led to 169 arrests - two months after questions emerged around a similar mission in Georgia

The US Marshals Service has recovered 45 missing children in Ohio under a sweeping operation called 'Autumn Hope' which resulted in 169 arrests, the state's attorney general announced Monday.

Oct 27 05:39

Another Unhinged Leftist Teacher Caught on Video Lecturing 13-Year-Old Student for 10 Minutes on Why Trump is Racist (VIDEO)

Another leftist teacher took time out to lecture a 13-year-old student for 10 minutes on why he should hate the president of the United States.

Unfortunately, for the teacher the student was recording the lecture and later posted it on the internet.

Now the leftist teacher is famous!

Surprise!

Oct 27 05:38

Joe Biden stuck between BlackRock and a hard place

Campaigns to encourage corporations to up their anti-climate change game are great, of course. But environmental activists say voluntary campaigns remain a hard sell on Wall Street.

The Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden proposes net-zero CO2 emissions in the United States by 2050. It's an ambitious target, but 30 years is a long time in politics and there is a key tension between the party's moderate nominee with links to corporate funders, such as the asset manager BlackRock, and progressives whose votes he needs to win. This is perhaps nowhere better seen than on environmental issues, where campaigns to green corporate America have tended to fizzle out.

Oct 27 05:37

Biden Receives More Than Twice As Much Money From Billionaires As Trump In Final Push

As the 2020 election draws closer, Joe Biden is extending his lead over Donald Trump in the race for billionaire donors. During the first two weeks of October, at least 23 billionaires or their spouses made donations to Biden’s committees, handing over a total of $2.3 million, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Forbes found 10 billionaires and spouses of billionaires who gave to Trump’s committees, supplying $907,000.

Oct 27 05:32

Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle

President Donald Trump’s and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court.

They have been engaging in a lawyer’s version of tabletop war games, churning out draft pleadings, briefs and memos to cover scenarios that read like the stuff of a law school hypothetical more than a real-life case in a democracy.

Attorneys for the Republicans and the Democrats are already clashing in courts across the U.S. over mailed-in ballot deadlines and other issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. And as Trump tries to sow doubt in the legitimacy of the Nov. 3 election, both sides have built massive legal operations readying for a bitterly disputed race that lands at the Supreme Court

Oct 27 05:32

"Tremendous News!" - Maduro Touts Venezuelan Vaccine That Inhibits COVID

Multiple COVID-19 vaccine trials are in the final stages around the world. But in one unlikely place, that being the collapsed state of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro touted Sunday, in an appearance on state television, that his government scientists have developed a "highly effective antiviral" that kills the virus without any side effects.

Maduro tweeted: "Tremendous News! We certify the DR10 molecule as a highly effective antiviral in the fight against Covid-19."

He continued: "We have started the World Health Organization (WHO) certification process to offer this treatment to the world. I thank the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) team for this great contribution to humanity."

Oct 27 05:31

Welcome To The Corruptocracy

Most political philosophy is just an elaborate justification for theft and fraud.

What’s called the silent majority is really the ignored majority, who for the most part are happy being ignored. Their lives revolve their families, jobs, friends, and community, not the media, publicity, polls, or politics. They’re sick of elections well before they’ve seen their hundredth campaign ad, received their hundredth mailer, or ignored their hundredth telephone call. They know that politicians are phony and corrupt and make jokes about them, but hope that their rulers don’t screw things up too badly, cross their fingers, and vote for the perceived lesser of two evils.

Oct 27 05:31

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed, Radical Dems Demand "Expand The Court"

If you feel like some self-flagellation, you can watch the entire Schumer show before the vote here:

“You may win this vote and Amy Coney Barrett may become a justice on the Supreme Court. But you will never, never get your credibility back,” Mr Schumer said, side-eyeing his GOP colleagues on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back that Democrats would have done the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot.

“The reason we were able to make the decision we did in 2016,” he said, referring to the GOP blocking Mr Garland’s nomination, “is because we had become the majority in 2014. The reason we were able to do what we did in 2016 and 2018 and 2020 is because we had the majority. No rules are broken whatsoever.”

Oct 27 05:30

79% Of French Believe Islamism Has "Declared War" On Their Country; New Poll Finds

A new poll conducted after the beheading of a teacher in Paris has found that 79% of French people believe Islamism has “declared war” on their country.

The survey was carried out by polling firm Ifop following the jihadist murder of geography teacher Samuel Paty, who was targeted for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson about freedom of expression.

The murder prompted numerous mass protest marches across the country in defense of free speech and against the Islamic takeover of France.

Oct 27 05:30

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas in White House ceremony

President Donald Trump praised his third successful nominee to the Supreme Court in a speech, telling his audience on the South Lawn of the White House that Barrett "is one of our nation's most brilliant legal scholars, and she will make an outstanding justice on the highest court in our land."

Oct 27 05:29

'You'll Bury Everyone Involved': Bobulinski Recorded Biden Operatives Begging Him To Stay Quiet, Set To Release Tues

Former Biden insider Tony Bobulinski allegedly has a recording of Biden family operatives begging him to stay quiet, or he will "bury" the reputations of everyone involved in Hunter's overseas dealings.

According to The Federalist's Sean Davis, Bobulinski will play the tape on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Tuesday, when Carlson will devote his show 'entirely' to an interview with the Biden whistleblower.

Oct 27 05:29

US Elections: The Risk Of Copying Europe

The United States election campaign is focused primarily on how much will the next president spend and the measures to combat coronavirus. Both issues should point to one conclusion: Unlike what candidate Biden wants to do, the next United States president should not copy the European Union.

As we face a second wave of coronavirus outbreak in Europe, we know that the March measures and aggressive lockdowns were a grave mistake.

Oct 27 05:28

China's Top Leaders Meet To Set Policy Direction For The Next 5 Years

Today China's top leaders represented by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee started the Fifth Plenum of its 19th Party Congress where they will chart the course for the economy’s development for the next 15 years and set the country’s long-term priorities, with are expected to focus on boosting technological self-sufficiency and domestic demand while Xi cements his influence over the party.

The Plenum will run until Thursday, and will conduct the country’s most important exercise in central-planning: drafting the next Five-Year Plan against the backdrop of a worsening global economy and US sanctions (it's unclear what if any role the recordings China intelligence has of Hunter Biden will play in this exercise). The plenum will also discuss a broad plan for the next 15 years, with goals that are likely to endure for at least the rest of 67-year-old President Xi Jinping’s rule, who as a reminder made himself ruler for life several years ago.

Oct 27 05:28

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump's campaign is paying for private security to enforce a QAnon sign ban at his rallies and remove protesters who Secret Service aren't allowed to throw out

Donald Trump's campaign is facing a mounting security bill from his rallies with a dedicated team employed to remove protesters - and stop his supporters from showing QAnon signs, DailyMail.com can disclose.

Oct 27 05:28

NASA Scientists "Detect Water On Sunlit Surface Of Moon" As Lunar Drilling Begins In 2022

NASA scientists used a robotic spacecraft and a Boeing 747SP plane modified with a special telescope to detect water on the Moon's sunlit surface for the first time. This discovery indicates water could be more widespread than previously thought, and it allows for NASA's return of humans to the lunar surface via the Artemis program by 2024.

Two studies were published in the journal Nature Astronomy Monday morning, describing how NASA detected "widespread hydration" on the lunar surface. The research is based on data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne telescope, also known as SOFIA, mounted within a heavily modified Boeing 747.

Oct 27 05:28

Student Newspaper Condemns Harvard Republicans For Endorsing Trump

The Harvard Crimson Editorial Board condemned the Harvard Republican Club in an editorial for endorsing President Donald Trump, drawing a contrast to the Republican club's position in 2016.

While noting that the group has "every right to endorse the candidate of their choosing," The Crimson's editorial board harshly criticized the group for endorsing the president for re-election after the "shameful debate showing" of September 29.

Oct 27 05:27

US State Department Halts All Diversity Training After Trump's Exec Order

A US State Department cable, obtained by Reuters, shows "all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion" have been halted after President Trump directed the federal agency in September to end the programs.

"Beginning Friday, October 23, 2020, the Department is temporarily pausing all training programs related to diversity and inclusion in accordance with Executive Order ... on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping," the cable said.

"The pause will allow time for the Department and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to review program content," it said.

Oct 27 05:27

'Iraq War Diaries' At Ten Years: Truth Remains Treason

The purpose of journalism is to uncover truth – especially uncomfortable truth – and to publish it for the benefit of society. In a free society, we must be informed of the criminal acts carried out by governments in the name of the people. Throughout history, journalists have uncovered the many ways governments lie, cheat, and steal – and the great lengths they will go to keep the people from finding out.

Great journalists like Seymour Hersh, who reported to us the tragedy of the Mai Lai Massacre and the horrors that took place at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, are essential.

Ten years ago last week, Julian Assange’s Wikileaks organization published an exposé of US government wrongdoing on par with the above Hersh bombshell stories.

Oct 27 05:26

Russian Airstrikes Obliterate Turkish-Backed 'Rebel' Camp In Idlib, Killing Over 60

Though Syria has long fallen out of featured coverage in international media, it appears the war to take back Idlib province is heating up once again. Recall that on prior occasions over the past few years Washington has threatened some level of military intervention each time Syria and Russia prepared to finally liberate the northwest region from al-Qaeda and Turkish-backed jihadists (especially connected with 'rebel' claims of chemical weapons usage by government forces).

On Monday Russian jets pounded a camp full of Turkish-backed militants in Idlib, killing at least 60. Some media sources are reporting possibly over 70 killed and 100+ injured, making it one of the single deadliest airstrikes of the entire almost decade long war.

"The strike targeted the group Faylaq al-Sham, whose base is near several refugee camps in the heavily populated province of Idlib," The New York Times reports.

Oct 27 05:26

Muslims around the world are boycotting France after President Macron refuses to condemn cartoons of Muhammed

Muslims around the world are calling for a boycott of products made in France after the president said he would affirm free speech rights of his citizens, including that of depictions of the Islamic religious figure Muhammed.

Oct 27 05:25

How The DoJ's Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Google Could Hammer Apple At A Critical Time

The DoJ's push to punish Google in the first of what's expected to be a flurry of civil actions against the Big Tech players could have seriously negative repercussions for a third party: Apple.

As the Wall Street Journal highlighted in a recent story highlighting commentary and research recently produced by Toni Sacconaghi, a longtime tech analyst at A.B. Bernstein, Apple and Google have a special link - and it's one of the elements of Google's business that's come under the microscope as a key element of the government's case.

The government says Google's arrangement to pay Apple billions of dollars to set Google's search engine as its default has been essential in maintaining its market dominance, and preventing another rival search engine from rising up to challenge Google.

Oct 27 05:25

Police investigating viral video showing a man pointing a gun at anti-Trump protesters in Washington state

Police are investigating a heated incident in Washington state during a pro-Trump protest and a counterprotest where a man pulled a gun after allegedly being assaulted.

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