Sunday, January 24, 2021

Will China ever be held responsible?

Life in Wuhan returns to normal as the rest of the world battles COVID

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Wuhan, the Chinese industrial city where the coronavirus was first detected, has largely returned to normal as the rest of the world battles the pandemic.

Residents in the city of 11 million were jogging and practicing tai chi in a park, many of them without face shields, last week. 

Wuhan accounted for most of China’s 4,635 deaths, but has been free of outbreaks since lockdown was lifted in April, according to the Associated Press.

China announced another 107 coronavirus cases, bringing its total infections to nearly 89,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. More than two million people around the world have died from COVID-19, according to the latest statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

After protracted negotiations, China gave permission last week for the World Health Organization to send a team of international experts to begin investigations of the origins of the virus. A group of experts linked to WHO had criticized China for not moving quickly enough to deal with the pandemic.

Beating on a police vehicle is a threat to the life of the officer inside.

A Tacoma police officer whose SUV was surrounded by a crowd was seen on camera running over a pedestrian Saturday night.

The incident was captured on camera and distributed on social media.

Afterward, an angry group of protesters gathered near where the accident happened.

Tacoma police said dispatchers started receiving calls about 6:20 p.m. about cars and people blocking the intersection of South Ninth and Pacific Avenue. Vehicles were reported to have been doing burnouts and doughnuts.

When police arrived at the scene, a crowd of about 100 people had gathered.

Officers began clearing the intersection.

A Tacoma police officer who arrived in an SUV with its lights and sirens on soon found himself surrounded by people who were banging on the stopped vehicle and its windows in a threatening way.

Tacoma police said that fearing for his safety, the officer tried to back up but was unable to because of the crowd. While trying to leave the unsafe situation, the officer drove forward and hit one person and possibly others, police said.

Tacoma police Officer Wendy Haddow said she believed a man fell under the SUV as it moved forward and was run over.

When the officer got to a safe location, he called for medics. The man was taken to a hospital. Police had originally said the pedestrian had minor injuries but have since said his condition is not known..

Video posted to Twitter showed a person under the police SUV as it drove away.

A second video posted on Twitter showed a car doing doughnuts shortly before an officer arrived. When the police SUV arrived, it appeared to drive through a crowd, knocking several people over, before leaving the area.

KIRO 7 spoke with witnesses who said a group of people were hit by the officer. 

“I was shocked, I was shaken, I was confused, I was scared. This officer just ran this group of people over and then fled the scene,” a woman told KIRO 7. “I want justice for the people who just got injured. Squad car 2815 needs to be held accountable.”

In the aftermath of the incident, tensions simmered between police and those still at the scene. Police arrested at least one person and ordered the crowd to disperse.

The Tacoma Police Department has turned the investigation over to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team.

“I am concerned that our department is experiencing another use of deadly force incident,” said Interim Police Chief Mike Ake. “I send my thoughts to anyone who was injured in tonight’s event, and am committed to our Department’s full cooperation in the independent investigation and to assess the actions of the department’s response during the incident.”




Is it hatred for Trump or catering to an industry?

Biden's Path of 'Destruction' Continues: Orders Freeze on Trump's Order to Slash Prices on Two Life-Saving Drugs

Hardening left wing shock troops

'No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!' Violent anti-ICE protests continue in Portland after Biden inauguration as Seattle police chief vows to get tough on left-wing vandals

  • Dozens of protesters gathered at an ICE facility in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night 
  • Video posted on social media showed the crowd chanting: 'No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!' 
  • Officers with the Federal Protective Service declared an unlawful assembly at 10pm 
  • Protesters who resisted orders to disperse were targeted with tear gas and flash bangs in the streets 
  • The same ICE building was targeted by 200 Antifa protesters last Wednesday after Joe Biden's inauguration
  • Meanwhile Seattle's interim police chief Adrian Diaz announced a new policy for arresting and prosecuting people who vandalize during protests 
  • Biden's team have said they are monitoring the unrest but have not announced a plan to address it  

Protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland turned ugly on Saturday night as federal authorities threatened mass arrests for trespassing. 

Dramatic videos posted on Twitter showed the crowd chanting: 'No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!' 

Officers with the Federal Protective Service, a branch within the Department of Homeland Security, declared an unlawful assembly at about 10pm and ordered protesters to disperse. 


'If you trespass on federal property with a weapon, you will be arrested,' a recording warned the crowd before officers began deploying tear gas and flash bangs. 

It marked the four-straight day of protests in the city since Joe Biden's inauguration as demonstrators make it clear that a new Democratic administration will not stop their campaign for social justice. 

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Protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland turned ugly on Saturday night as federal authorities threatened mass arrests for trespassing



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Sanity in Denmark

Denmark sets a target of ZERO asylum seeker applications to protect 'social cohesion'

  • Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said country will drive down asylum applications 
  • The country is already seeing the lowest number of asylum requests since 1998  
  • Denmark's record low applications this year is partly explained by pandemic  
  • Denmark's prime minister today set a target to drive down the country's asylum seeker applications to zero to protect 'social cohesion'. 


  • The country is already seeing the lowest number of asylum seekers since 1998, with 1,547 people applying in 2020. By comparison, applications in the UK were 32,423 last year. 

    'We cannot promise zero asylum seekers, but we can set up that vision,' Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in parliament.

    'We need to be careful that not too many people come to our country, otherwise our social cohesion cannot exist.' 


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What's the message here?

Amazon employees are voting on unionization

Will Christianity be forced underground?



Saturday, January 23, 2021

And he got custody of the children?

Philly dad charged after 9-year-old daughter accidentally shot by 5-year-old boy


A Philadelphia father has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his 9-year-old daughter was accidentally shot dead by a 5-year-old boy inside the home this week, according to new reports.

The little girl, whose name was not released by police, was shot in the right side of the head in the back bedroom of a home on North Bouvier Street shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

She was rushed in critical condition to Temple University Hospital, and transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she died at 1:50 p.m., according to the report.

Her dad, Blake Davis, 39, faces an involuntary manslaughter rap, in addition to two firearms violations — including one issued because he was prohibited from possessing a gun due to a prior criminal conviction, the paper reported, citing police. He has also been charged with corruption of minors, and reckless endangerment.

A 5-year-old boy inside the home fired the fatal shot after a 12-year-old, also in the home, provided him with the weapon, WPVI-TV reported

Police have not said how the children are related — but Patrick Flood, who lives nearby and is Davis’ lifelong friend, told the Inquirer Wednesday that the 12-year-old boy was the girl’s brother, and the 5-year-old was their cousin.

The children were home at home without adult supervision, the local station reported, citing the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Davis recently moved into the home with the children and a girlfriend, Flood told the Inquirer.

He has custody of the children, but their mother lives nearby.

Davis was arrested and convicted in Philadelphia eight times between 2001 and 2012 — mostly for drug dealing, but also for simple assault and contempt of court, according to court records obtained by the Inquirer.

The Covid numbers game...manipulating public opinion

Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives

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BY TYLER DURDEN
THURSDAY, JAN 21, 2021 - 17:10

Were the 'conspiracy theorists' just proven right about the "fake rescue plan" for COVID?

Did the 'science-deniers' just get confirmation that it was political after all?

The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 'casedemic' and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES!


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Ah, the all purpose race card explains death row...prisons house violent people some astonishing so

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., led a call by 37 House Democrats asking President Joe Biden to commute the death sentences of all 50 people on federal death row. File Photo by Michael M. Santiago/UPI
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., led a call by 37 House Democrats asking President Joe Biden to commute the death sentences of all 50 people on federal death row. File Photo by Michael M. Santiago/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A group of three dozen House Democrats signed a letter Friday asking President Joe Biden to commute the death sentences of all federal death row inmates and work to dismantle the form of punishment at the federal level.

The plea comes on the heels of 13 executions carried out by the Trump administration since July, a legacy the Democrats described as "one of carnage and unrestrained violence." They called on Biden, who has voiced his opposition to the death penalty, to emphasize rehabilitation for offenders in his Justice Department, not execution.

"The fact of the matter is that these death sentences are not about justice," read the letter written by Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. "They are about who has institutional power and who doesn't.

"Like slavery and lynching did before it, the death penalty perpetuates cycles of trauma, violence and state-sanctioned murder in Black and brown communities. We urge the Biden-Harris administration to correct these injustices using every tool available, including the extraordinary power to grant clemency.

RELATED Trump administration executes its last death row inmate

"With the stroke of the pen, you can end the death penalty and establish a clear commitment to justice and equity."

An analysis by the Death Penalty Information Center released in September found that of the 57 people on federal death row at the time, more than half -- 34 -- were persons of color. Persons of color make up about 24% of the general U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

There are now 50 people on federal death row, including a man whose death sentence was overturned Tuesday in a ruling that could be appealed by the U.S. Justice Department.

RELATED U.S. executes Corey Johnson for 1992 murders

The plea to Biden comes weeks after Pressley and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced a bill to abolish the death penalty at the federal level. That legislation, the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021, has bipartisan support.

Until July, the federal government hadn't carried out any executions in 17 years. Former President Barack Obama instituted a moratorium on the punishment during his administration, but former President Donald Trumprevived it in a stretch of executions that included six that took place after he was voted out of office.

While Biden supported the use of the death penalty during his Senate career, his stance on the issue has shifted toward abolition.

RELATED U.S. executes Lisa Montgomery, only woman on federal death row

"Since 1973, over 160 individuals in this country have been sentenced to death and were later exonerated," he tweeted in July 2019. "Because we can't ensure that we get these cases right every time, we must eliminate the death penalty."

In the first three days of his administration, Biden signed 30 executive orders mostly targeting efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. It's unclear how long it might take from his administration to pursue any presidential orders or legislation on the death penalty.

DPIC Executive Director Robert Dunham said members of Congress -- like Pressley, Bush and Durbin -- will likely push for action early in Biden's term.

"Never in American history have we seen so clear an example of the abuse of the death penalty by the federal government," he said in reference to the Trump administration's 13 executions.

"So while the issue is fresh and before the smoke from this unparalleled series of questionable executions clears, they may think this is a good time to act."

Dunham warned that while there's strong bipartisan support to abolish the death penalty, the issue doesn't fall strictly along party lines.

"Democratic control of the House and tie-breaking capacity in the Senate does not mean that repeal can be accomplished without bipartisanship."

It appears the Mayor of Portland, Ore is partial to Antifa.


As Antifa violence continues to boil over in Seattle — and elected officials continue to treat the anarchy with kid gloves — some community leaders have had enough.


What are the details?

The city's streets and businesses on Wednesday once again fell victim to the so-called anti-fascists — black-clad militants who have often been hailed by the left as heroes even though they regularly attack everyday people and small businesses and anyone else who defies them or gets in their way.

The next day, in the wake of more shattered glass and tagged buildings, several community activists criticized City Hall's response, KOMO-TV reported — although "lack of response" would appear to be more apt description.

Image source: KOMO-TV video screenshot

"Very weak. Very weak," community organizer Victoria Beach told the station regarding the reaction from far-left Mayor Jenny Durkan and city council members. "It's not addressing the problem. I reached out to the mayor today ... she needs to come out and say, 'Stop! Enough is enough!'"


As Antifa violence continues to boil over in Seattle — and elected officials continue to treat the anarchy with kid gloves — some community leaders have had enough.

What are the details?

The city's streets and businesses on Wednesday once again fell victim to the so-called anti-fascists — black-clad militants who have often been hailed by the left as heroes even though they regularly attack everyday people and small businesses and anyone else who defies them or gets in their way.

The next day, in the wake of more shattered glass and tagged buildings, several community activists criticized City Hall's response, KOMO-TV reported — although "lack of response" would appear to be more apt description.

Image source: KOMO-TV video screenshot

"Very weak. Very weak," community organizer Victoria Beach told the station regarding the reaction from far-left Mayor Jenny Durkan and city council members. "It's not addressing the problem. I reached out to the mayor today ... she needs to come out and say, 'Stop! Enough is enough!'"

Image source: KOMO-TV video screenshot

KOMO tried talking to Durkan to no avail — but did say her spokesperson offered an statement that read in part, "Violent threats, vandalism, and misogynistic and homophobic hate speech are unacceptable in our community. Mayor Durkan has consistently denounced individuals who are targeting small businesses and government facilities."

Image source: KOMO-TV video screenshot

Beach told KOMO that's not a sufficient response.

"We are not talking about all that other stuff," she told the station. "We are talking about these fools [who are] nightly destroying our city. That's what we want to hear about."

Image source: KOMO-TV video screenshot

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City Councilman Andrew Lewis also declined to speak on camera to KOMO News about the protests but said in an email statement that "property destruction is a crime, not free speech. Last night a small group of people committed acts of vandalism in Downtown Seattle and were promptly arrested. It has never been hard for me to distinguish between acts of petty vandalism committed by opportunists." 

City Councilwoman Lisa Herbold also did not answer questions from KOMO News, but sent a written statement saying: "I have spoken out against property destruction and violent behavior and will continue to do so."

"To me, it's a complete mystery why we're not having more response," Stephanie Tschida of the East Precinct Advisory Council told the station, adding that elected officials should be holding news conferences denouncing the destruction the strengthen the reach of the message. "Because a lot of people seem to have become apathetic."

The station added that neither the mayor nor council members posted their statements to KOMO on their social media platforms — and other council members didn't respond to KOMO's requests for comment about the issue.