Portland Rioters Set Fire to County Building Full of COVID PPE; Top Cop Begs Them to Stop

Portland Rioters Set Fire to County Building Full of COVID PPE; Top Cop Begs Them to Stop | 19 Aug 2020 | On the day after Night 82 of The Portland Riots™ (looking for sponsors!), the new police chief is begging rioters to please stop because "the world is watching. We are on the national stage right now." ...On night 82 of the riots, police reported a marauding mob of "several hundred" rioters set fire to the Multnomah County Building just across the river from their previous favorite targets in downtown Portland. That’s where the county commission holds its meetings, social services are doled out, and executives with the sheriff’s office and other top executives have their offices. It also turns out that it's where the region's store of COVID-fighting personal protection equipment (PPE) is stored.

Please clap: DNC mocked for failing to find 30 people to cheer for Kamala Harris as duplicates spotted on live feed

Please clap: DNC mocked for failing to find 30 people to cheer for Kamala Harris as duplicates spotted on live feed | 20 Aug 2020 | When Kamala Harris was receiving applause at the end of her DNC speech, it became apparent that some of the virtual clappers seemed just to have been duplicated images of the same audience members, leading to a laugh riot online. The vice presidential nominee's address to the Democratic National Convention was supposed to be the grand finale of Wednesday's event as she accepted the much-hyped vice-presidential nomination. Because the gathering was virtual, due to Covid-19 safety measures, Harris was provided with an online video audience to applaud and underscore the speech's importance. Having delivered it, the senator turned around to clap along with her 30 supposed listeners, whose images were projected onto a giant screen in a grid. However, three of the virtual clappers appear to have been simply screen duplicates of other applauding viewers.

750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys

Insane in the membrane: 750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys | 20 Aug 2020 | A plan to release over 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022 received final approval from local authorities, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups. The proposal had already won state and federal approval. "With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida...the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment," said Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, in a statement released Wednesday... The mosquito, named OX5034, has been altered to produce female offspring that die in the larval stage, well before hatching and growing large enough to bite and spread disease. Only the female mosquito bites for blood, which she needs to mature her eggs. Males feed only on nectar, and are thus not a carrier for disease.The mosquito also won federal approval to be released into Harris County, Texas, beginning in 2021, according to Oxitec, the US-owned, British-based company that developed the genetically modified organism (GMO).

More than 300,000 acres burned in three days as resource-depleted Calif. battles blazes

More than 300,000 acres burned in three days as resource-depleted Calif. battles blazes --10,849 lightning strikes spark more than 367 fires | 20 Aug 2020 | In the grips of a rare summer weather pattern marked by blistering heat and violent thunderstorms, California has seen hundreds of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes [or, Directed Energy Weapons] erupt into monstrous conflagrations that are tearing through a parched landscape and swallowing homes. Cal Fire spokesperson Jeremy Rahn spoke to the extreme conditions at a Wednesday press briefing and said in the last three days the state experienced a "historic lightning siege" with 10,849 lightning strikes starting more than 367 fires in three days. In all, these fires have burned 300,000 acres, he said.

UC Santa Cruz, parts of Scotts Valley under evacuation warning

UC Santa Cruz, parts of Scotts Valley under evacuation warning | 20 Aug 2020 | ...Aug. 20, 3 p.m. Cal Fire issued new evacuation warnings at 1 p.m. for UC Santa Cruz, Paradise Park and parts of Scotts Valley west of Highway 17. "A warning requests residents be on alert for possible evacuations, but does not require further action at this time," Cal Fire says. Aug. 20, 1:40 p.m. Cal Fire issued a new mandatory evacuation order at 1 p.m. for the area of Zayante Canyon that includes all ZAY Zones (ZAY 1 - ZAY 17). See the evacuation map here and find the full order here. Aug. 20, 12:40 p.m. UC Santa Cruz shared in a statement that there's no fire activity on campus at this time, but suggested people on campus relocate in case of an evacuation.

Dow, S&P 500 end higher and Nasdaq books 35th record close in 2020 as tech buoys broader stock market

Dow, S&P 500 end higher and Nasdaq books 35th record close in 2020 as tech buoys broader stock market --The S&P 500 narrowly missed another record close this week by about 4 points | 20 Aug 2020 | U.S. stock-market benchmarks booked gains on Thursday and the Nasdaq closed at a record high, as investors rushed to large-capitalization technology and e-commerce shares for safety, after a pair of economic reports set off concerns about the broader U.S. economy's tenuous recovery from the coronavirus epidemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 46.85 points, or 0.2%, to end at 27,739.73, fending off a four-session losing streak. The S&P 500 rose by 10.66 points, or 0.3%, to close at 3,385.51. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 118.49 points, or 1.1%, to wrap up at 11,264.95, marking its 35th record of 2020.

Bannon, three others charged with defrauding donors of 'We Build The Wall' campaign

Bannon, three others charged with defrauding donors of 'We Build The Wall' campaign | 20 Aug 2020 | Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three others were arrested and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors who contributed to a fundraising campaign for a private border wall, the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York said Thursday. Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea allegedly defrauded donors of the online crowdfunding campaign known as "We Build The Wall," which raised more than $25 million. The four defendants are expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon. The four men are facing charges including one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Paterson, NJ, to hold new election in City Council race marred by voter fraud charges

Paterson, NJ, to hold new election in City Council race marred by voter fraud charges --Both the race's apparent winner and a sitting councilman were charged with voter fraud | 20 Aug 2020 | A judge has ruled that a new election will be held in November for a disputed Paterson City Council seat, just weeks after the race's apparent winner and a sitting councilman were charged with voter fraud. State Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela issued his ruling Wednesday. Alex Mendez had won a special election on May 12 to fill the seat, but claims of voter fraud were soon raised. An investigation was then launched after the U.S. Postal Service's law enforcement arm told the state attorney general's office about hundreds of mail-in ballots located in a mailbox in Paterson, along with more found in nearby Haledon.

Michigan reaches over $500M settlement in Flint water crisis civil suits

Michigan reaches over $500M settlement in Flint water crisis civil suits | 19 Aug 2020 | The state of Michigan has reached a more than $500 million settlement that would put to rest lawsuits arising out of the Flint water crisis, two sources with knowledge of the agreement confirmed Wednesday. The sources weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter, which is a significant development in a years-long legal fight that's garnered national attention. Details about the settlement arising out of the Flint lead-contaminated water crisis are expected to be spelled out Friday. The deal comes after several years of litigation in which Flint residents pursued damages from the state for the lead-contaminated water piped into many households.

Poll: Less than half of Americans say they'll get a coronavirus vaccine

Poll: Less than half of Americans say they'll get a coronavirus vaccine | 18 Aug 2020 | Less than half of American adults say they would get a government-approved [rushed, deadly] coronavirus vaccine if one becomes widely available, new data from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll show, with the majority unsure about getting the vaccine or saying they're ruling it out entirely. Forty-four percent of American adults say they would get the vaccine, with 22 percent saying they wouldn't and 32 percent saying they aren't sure... Among Republicans and those who lean Republican, 31 percent say they aren't sure whether they would get a vaccine, while 36 percent say they would and 33 percent say they wouldn't. While a majority of Democrats and those who lean Democratic -- 58 percent -- say they would get a vaccine, 30 percent say they're unsure and just 12 percent say they wouldn't get vaccinated. Independents align more closely with the Republican groups. Thirty-seven percent say they and their families would get vaccinated, 25 percent say they wouldn't and 38 percent say they aren't sure.

Obama tears into successor in withering convention speech, as Trump live-tweets rebuttal

Obama tears into successor in withering convention speech, as Trump live-tweets rebuttal | 19 Aug 2020 | Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday night launched a blistering attack on President Trump, his successor in the White House. Obama, delivering one of the marquee speeches on the third night of the Democratic National Convention as he made the case for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, didn’t hold back. He charged that during Trump's tenure, "he's shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends" ...The current president was apparently watching his predecessor's speech, and hit back in real time. "HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT," the president tweeted midway through Obama's speech.

Kamala Harris officially becomes the first Black woman to be a major party's vice presidential nominee

Kamala Harris officially becomes the first Black woman to be a major party's vice presidential nominee | 19 Aug 2020 | California Sen. Kamala Harris made history Wednesday night as the first Black and South Asian woman to accept a major party's vice presidential nomination, promising to be a champion for the voiceless and forgotten Americans who are struggling in the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis. She introduced herself as the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants who would strive to restore the principles of inclusivity after four years of divisiveness under Trump, citing the example of her mother who she said taught her daughters to "be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people" and to believe that "the fight for justice is a shared responsibility." Harris noted that was why she became a prosecutor who tried to reform the criminal justice system from within. Harris said she and former Vice President Joe Biden share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community -- where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love."

Trump praises QAnon supporters: They 'love our country'

Trump praises QAnon supporters: They 'love our country' | 19 Aug 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday offered measured praise for followers of the QAnon theory, saying he's not very familiar with the movement but that he believes its subscribers "love our country." In his most extensive comments about the conspiracy theory to date, Trump repeatedly said he was not well versed in QAnon, but painted its supporters in a positive light. "I don't know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don't know much about the movement," he said at a press briefing... A reporter attempted to explain to the president that QAnon is a conspiracy [sic] theory that posits that Trump and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government and run child sex trafficking rings. "Well, I haven't heard that, but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?" Trump replied. "If I can help save the world from problems, I'm willing to do it. I'm willing to put myself out there."

Professor threatens to punish students for pro-life, anti-BLM views

Professor threatens to punish students for pro-life, anti-BLM views --Iowa State told Campus Reform that the syllabus is "inconsistent" with its First Amendment policies. | 19 Aug 2020 | An English professor at Iowa State University instructed students in her class not to advocate against abortion or the Black Lives Matter movement in any of their writing assignments. According to Young America's Foundation, ISU English Professor Chloe Clark stated in her English 250 class syllabus that certain viewpoints are not allowed to be discussed in class or on any assignment. "GIANT WARNING: any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, [sic], sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom," Clark's syllabus reportedly stated. She says that the same warning applies "for any papers/projects" as well, and tells students that any writing that goes against abortion, gay marriage, and Black Lives matter will not be allowed. "You cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn't deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc). I take this seriously," the syllabus states. [Too bad this 'English professor' doesn't take grammar seriously.]

Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden for president in virtual roll call

Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden for president in virtual roll call --57 states and territories announced their DNC roll call votes virtually | 18 Aug 2020 | Former Vice President Joe Biden officially became the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nominee Tuesday night after an unconventional roll call vote of party delegates conducted virtually from landmarks across the country. Once he amassed the votes, a camera appeared on Biden in Delaware, where after a brief pause, he celebrated the moment with his wife Jill and bundles of red, white and blue balloons as the family popped streamers...Instead of the traditional loud, celebratory tally of votes from the floor of the Democratic National Convention, this year thousands of delegates had to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory in Australia - PM

Coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory in Australia - PM | 18 Aug 2020 | Australia should make any [rushed, deadly] coronavirus vaccine compulsory for its 25 million citizens bar medical exemptions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday, wading into a heated ethical debate. After reaching a deal for the country to manufacture a "promising" vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, Morrison said getting the jab should be "as mandatory as you can possibly make it". "There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis," he told radio station 3AW in Melbourne. [*We'll take your shot after you take ours.*]

Shipments of nearly 20,000 fake driver's licenses seized at Chicago airport

Shipments of nearly 20,000 fake driver's licenses seized at Chicago airport | 08 Aug 2020 | Advances in technology may have made counterfeiting more difficult but crooks keep finding a way to stay in business. In fact, federal customs officers have seized 1,513 shipments from overseas containing fraudulent documents--19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses--just at Chicago O'Hare International Airport this year through the end of June. Most of the shipments came from Hong Kong and mainland China, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Other shipments came from South Korea and the U.K.

California gun control law banning high-capacity magazines struck down by 9th Circuit

California gun control law banning high-capacity magazines struck down by 9th Circuit | 14 Aug 2020 | In a blow to one of Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature gun-control laws, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. "Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster,” appellate Judge Kenneth Lee wrote on behalf of two of the three judges on the panel. "California's near-categorical ban of (large-capacity magazines) strikes at the core of the Second Amendment, the right to armed self-defense. Armed self-defense is a fundamental right rooted in tradition and the text of the Second Amendment."

'Social distance ambassadors' to monitor players at US Open

'Social distance ambassadors' to monitor players at US Open | 18 Aug 2020 | Forty "social distance ambassadors" will monitor the U.S. Open grounds to make sure players and others are avoiding close contact and wearing face coverings -- the U.S. Tennis Association bought 500,000 masks to distribute -- as part of efforts to avoid a coronavirus outbreak during the fan-free Grand Slam tournament. Among the elements of the USTA's plan, described to the AP by Billie Jean King National Tennis Center chief operating officer Danny Zausner: Similar to the on-site ambassadors, who will be split into two shifts of 20, monitors at the hotels will make sure people don’t leave their rooms for 24 hours after an initial COVID-19 test. "If they come down for whatever reason -- because they're young -- a security person is there to say, 'Excuse me. You need to be upstairs,' and send them back up to their room," Zausner said.

Trump: Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon

Trump: Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon --Anthony was arrested in 1872 for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs | 18 Aug 2020 | President Trump announced Tuesday morning he will give a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony, one of history's biggest figures in the women's suffrage movement. The announcement came 100 years to the day after the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Anthony, a strong anti-slavery pioneer who died in 1906, had been arrested in 1872 for violating laws that had permitted only men to vote in the presidential election.

S&P 500 secures record, Nasdaq notches another

S&P 500 secures record, Nasdaq notches another --US stocks shed bulk of coronavirus losses | 18 Aug 2020 | Stocks hit record highs, giving the S&P 500 a long-awaited record not seen since February. Strong housing data and better-than-expected retail earnings served as a catalyst. The S&P 500 climbed 0.23%, eclipsing its intraday high of 3,393.52, before surpassing its February peak and closing at 3,389.78, the 129th record close under President Trump. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.73%, making its own record high...

CHD Will Sue the University of California Over Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policy

CHD Will Sue the University of California Over Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policy | 13 Aug 2020 | Dr. Janet Napolitano says mandatory flu shots will "lessen the chance of being infected with COVID." However, prevailing research suggests that flu vaccines actually raise the risk from coronavirus infection. A January 2020 US Pentagon study (Wolff 2020) found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. "Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference…Vaccine-derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…" Many other studies suggest the increased risk of viral respiratory infections, including coronavirus, following vaccination for influenza.

Melbourne: Authorities to Use Surveillance Drones to Catch People Not Wearing Masks

End this madness NOW: Melbourne: Authorities to Use Surveillance Drones to Catch People Not Wearing Masks --Will also scan for cars more than 5km from home | 18 Aug 2020 | Authorities in Melbourne, Australia, will use high-tech surveillance drones to catch people outside not wearing masks as well as to scan for vehicles that are in violation of curfew by being more than 5km from home. "High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks and cars too far from home," according to a 7News Melbourne news report. The drones will also be used to ensure skate parks and playgrounds remain empty. The surveillance devices can be flown up to a distance of 7km and produce images so clear they can "read a vehicle's number plate from 500 meters away."

California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to fires amid heat wave

California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to fires amid heat wave | 18 Aug 2020 | California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to fires raging across the state. His announcement comes amid a scorching heat wave that has helped spark and spread multiple large blazes, including in Napa, Nevada and Monterey counties, and put a severe strain on the state's power grid, causing California's first rolling blackouts in 19 years. Newsom said his declaration was to ensure resources were available for crews battling the fires.

Connecticut voters should use [unsecured, easy-to-steal] drop boxes to cast absentee ballots in November election rather than rely on USPS, secretary of the state says

Connecticut voters should use [unsecured, easy-to-steal] drop boxes to cast absentee ballots in November election rather than rely on USPS, secretary of the state says | 18 Aug 2020 | Ahead of the general election in November, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Monday that voters are better off depositing completed absentee ballots directly into official ballot drop boxes, which will be located in every town, rather than mailing them in. Merrill's comments arrive as Democrats push to expand absentee voting after the primary election last week, when nearly 60% of Connecticut voters cast ballots through the mail or drop box.

DNC 2020 Day 1: Michelle Obama, former rivals rally behind Joe Biden as they take aim at Trump's COVID-19 response

DNC 2020 Day 1: Michelle Obama, former rivals rally behind Joe Biden as they take aim at Trump's COVID-19 response --Under theme of unity, speakers will represent progressive, traditional platforms | 17 Aug 2020 | Democrats will open their mostly virtual convention in Milwaukee Monday under the theme of unity, with speakers who represent the party's progressive and traditional platforms. "As we have learned throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything, including the monumental challenges we face today," the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a release... Tuesday's DNC theme is "Leadership Matters" and the featured speakers will include former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former President Bill Clinton and former second lady Dr. Jill Biden. In addition to these high-profile figures, the keynote address will feature not one, but 17 speakers who the DNC calls "rising stars."

Delaware buzzing as Democratic National Convention gets underway

Delaware buzzing as Democratic National Convention gets underway | 17 Aug 2020 | Wilmington, Delaware is buzzing as a virtual Democratic National Convention gets underway on Monday night. "I've never seen this place crowded like this ever. Delaware is usually pretty quiet," said Monica Green. Gates are going up, security are manning posts, and media trucks from across the country are camped outside the Chase Center in Wilmington. Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, will accept nominations in the First State.

Portland 'protesters' beat driver unconscious after crashing truck near Black Lives Matter rally

Portland 'protesters' beat driver unconscious after crashing truck near Black Lives Matter rally | 17 Aug 2020 | A group of 'protesters' beat a man bloody and unconscious in the street after he crashed a truck during a confrontation that unfolded near a Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Portland late Sunday night, according to police, witnesses and multiple videos. Several people kicked, punched and pushed the man to the ground after his white Ford slammed into a light pole about 10:30 p.m. near Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street, just blocks from a rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, videos show... Portland police said in news releases Monday that they received a report of protesters chasing the truck before its driver crashed -- and that the group attacked the driver afterward.

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients | 17 Aug 2020 | Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot's (D.) decision to renovate a local convention center into a makeshift coronavirus hospital cost taxpayers nearly $66 million--though only 38 patients received treatment at the facility, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Friday. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the agency Lightfoot tasked with overseeing the project, overlooked a bid from a construction company that offered to waive fees or donate them to coronavirus pandemic relief organizations. Instead, officials gave the bid to Walsh Construction, a politically connected contractor, which billed the city $65.9 million to renovate the McCormick Place convention center. The decision cost taxpayers more than $1.7 million per patient. In contrast, the city spent $50 million total to equip three other centers in the Chicago area.

Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge | 17 Aug 2020 | The Trump administration on Monday finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership... The Interior Department could hold a sale of oil and gas leases in ANWR by the end of the year, Secretary David Bernhardt said on a conference call with reporters. The 19 million acre (7.7 million hectares) refuge is home to wildlife populations including Porcupine caribou and polar bears and has been off-limits to drilling for decades. In recent months, several big U.S. banks have said recently they will not finance oil and gas projects in the Arctic region. The Gwich’in Steering Committee, which represents tribes that depend on the caribou for subsistence, tweeted that "the fight to protect the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou is not over." [Bad idea. Polar bears need a home. There's no reason to drill in the ANWR.]

 

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