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    Biden’s top three VP picks are Val Demings, Stacey Abrams, and Kamala Harris, I’d say. I don’t see Elizabeth Warren giving up her powerful and necessary Senate seat, especially since her state’s Republican governor can name a Republican successor.

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    BREAKING NEWS:

    (CNN) The former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck was charged on Wednesday with a new, more serious count of second-degree murder, and the three other officers on scene during his killing were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

    “I strongly believe that these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, our community and our state,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in announcing the charges.

    The announcement came more than a week after Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide protests that call for the end to police violence against black citizens.

    Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, had previously been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    The new second-degree murder charge says that he killed Floyd “without intent” in the course of committing assault in the third degree, according to an amended complaint.

    Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others, were not initially charged. Lane, 37, Kueng, 26, and Thao, 34, are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

    Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

    Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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    Joe Biden’s Pick will be Kamala Harris. I would wager on it. 

    Me as well.

    "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument." - William Gibbs McAdoo

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    The start of the George Floyd memorial services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Others will be scheduled across the country.

    https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/george-floyd-protests-06-04-20/index.html

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    Owens and Ingraham:

    Candace Owens: ‘Black Lives Only Matter To Liberals Every 4 Years Ahead of an Election’

    “Black lives only matter to white liberals every 4 years ahead of an election,” according to Candace Owens, who added “I’m so sorry to those of you that thought otherwise.”

    According to Owens, the Democratic Party is “trying to inspire a race war” in an election year in collusion with the mainstream media. She is urging her African American compatriots to stop rioting and acting “like a trained chimpanzee every single time the media runs a story.“
    “That’s how you have to be black? Listen to your psychological conditioning,” Owens said. According to Owens, the Democrat Party “burned down our economy, impoverishing millions” in 2020 and she warns that Democrats are now supporting the burning down of “entire cities” as an “act of war” against a duly elected president.
    “The Democrats are truly evil,” surmised Owens.

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    Laura Ingraham Says US Riots Are Part Of ‘Coordinated Effort’ To Overthrow Government

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham has claimed that the ‘well funded’ and ‘well organized’ riots are part of a ‘coordinated effort to eventually overthrow’ the US government

    Fox News reports: “All people of good faith agree that what happened to GeorgeFloyd was heinous and depraved, it was murder,” Ingraham began, “But that’s not what we are seeing on our violent streets. We are not seeing outrage really expressed about that. And that’s not what the criminals and the domestic terrorists are perpetrating as they use Mr. Floyd’s killing to try and murder America.
    “Earlier in the day, Floyd’s own brother issued a call for peace … but this isn’t what Antifa wants or cares about and it’s not what other radical elements want. They want war,” Ingraham went on. “They want to tear down what took us almost 250 years to build, literally and figuratively.”
    Ingraham said those responsible for hijacking formerly peacefuly protests are focused on creating “chaos, terror, and fear across America.”

    “The aim of these criminal enterprises, including Antifa, but not limited to Antifa, is to undermine confidence in our institutions of government at all levels, local, state, and federal,” the host went on. “These … acts of violence are part of a coordinated effort to eventually overthrow the United States government. It’s well-funded and it’s well organized on social media.

     

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    I posted a bit from a longer piece earlier. I did not know it was a full article in and of itself. Here it is:

    https://thedispatch.com/p/what-my-family-saw-at-the-nashville

    "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument." - William Gibbs McAdoo

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    Archbishop Viganò Sends Powerful Letter to President Trump Warning That Evil Forces Are At Play

    The former papal nuncio to the US warned the President that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil
    The riots, he argues, are not spontaneous, but part of a deeper plan to subvert Western Christian civilization.
    He also warned Trump to beware of the “Deep Church” as well as the “Deep State”.

    Here is part of his letter via Life Site News:

    In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans. They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal the true responsibility of those who managed the Covid emergency not only in the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.

    We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.

     

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    Nobel Scientist Says Lockdown ‘Saved No Lives’ and ‘May Have Cost Lives’

    Prof Michael Levitt, a British-American-Israeli who shared the Nobel prize for chemistry in 2013, believes the flawed models by Nile Ferguson of Imperial College, upon which most nations and states based their lockdown strategies, led to a global “panic virus” that spread to political leaders and cost many more deaths from “social damage,” including domestic abuse, divorces, alcoholism. “And then you have those who were not treated for other conditions,” says Levitt.

    Health analyst Richard Baehr says, “A growing share of the excess deaths are not from COVID diagnosed patients but from heart conditions, drug overdoses, suicides. We could call these lockdown deaths.”

    “Excess deaths” has been all the rage with lockdown advocates who constantly point to that number as proof that the lockdown was necessary. Whether it was or not, history will decide. But what’s certain is that those who dared mention that the lockdown itself was going to take lives and were pilloried by the media — Donald Trump in particular — were spot on right.

    Levitt thinks the “panic virus” did more damage than COVID-19 and the lockdowns.

    Professor Levitt has now analysed the data from 78 nations with more than 50 reported cases of coronavirus. His investigations proved the virus was never going to achieve the type of exponential growth that the researchers at Imperial were predicting at the same time, according to The Telegraph.
    The original Imperial estimates of deaths in the United States was 2 million with 100 million infected citizens. Ooops.

    The Centers for Disease Control updates “excess deaths” in America every week. They carefully point out that not all excess deaths are from the coronavirus, but how many “excess deaths” are from other causes? No one really knows. At some point, you have to think that there are going to be more excess deaths from the consequences of the lockdown than from the virus.
    Levitt thinks the “panic virus” did more damage than COVID-19 and the lockdowns.

    “In Europe, I don’t think that anything actually stopped the virus other than some kind of burnout,” he added. “There’s a huge number of people who are asymptomatic so I would seriously imagine that by the time lockdown was finally introduced in the UK the virus was already widely spread. They could have just stayed open like Sweden by that stage and nothing would have happened.”

    “I think a happy medium could have been found where people could have continued to work in many industries with masks and social distancing while at-risk citizens — the old, the obese, the sick — could have taken stricter precautions. Just think of how many lives would have been saved in nursing homes with a lockdown policy that focused almost exclusively on the old and feeble.”
    Levitt, and others advising against panic, were ignored. And we’ll be paying a heavy price for years.

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    Sheriff David Clarke: ‘You’d have to loathe black people’ to defund police

    “We’re going to burn the United States and call for huge policy changes from an anomaly?’

    Defunding police is yet another proposed solution based on a false narrative that will only make life worse for blacks in America, contends the former, four-time elected sheriff of multi-racial Milwaukee County.

    “The biggest losers in all this will be poor black people in crime-ridden ghettos. The police are the only thing standing between them and violent criminal predators,” said David Clarke in an interview Monday with WND.
    “You’d have to loathe black people to do that to them.”

    Clarke, 63, said the proposal advocated by the Black Lives Matter movement, which has quickly gained traction among Democratic leaders in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis, “isn’t a serious public policy proposal, it’s buffoonery.”

     

     

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    What Would Efforts to Defund or Disband Police Departments Really Mean?

    by Dionne Searcey
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    Published June 8, 2020
    Updated June 9, 2020, 11:18 a.m. ET

    Much is not yet certain, but here’s what is known so far about some efforts to defund or abolish police departments.

    MINNEAPOLIS — Across the country, calls are mounting from some activists and elected officials to defund, downsize or abolish police departments. A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged on Sunday to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety in a city where law enforcement has long been accused of racism.

    The calls for change have left people uncertain of what those changes would really mean and how cities would contend with crime. Much remains uncertain and the proposals vary between cities, but here are answers to some questions about the issue.

    What does defunding the police mean?

    Calls to defund police departments are generally seeking spending cuts to police forces that have consumed ever larger shares of city budgets in many cities and towns. Minneapolis, for instance, is looking to cut $200 million from its $1.3 billion overall annual budget, said Lisa Bender, the City Council president. The police budget in 2020 was $189 million. She hopes to shift money to other areas of need in the city.

    If the money doesn’t go to policing, where would it be spent?

    Many activists want money now spent on overtime for the police or on buying expensive equipment for police departments to be shifted to programs related to mental health, housing and education — areas that the activists say with sufficient money could bring about systemic societal change and cut down on crime and violence.

    What are calls for abolishing the police seeking?

    Leaders in different cities have advocated various specific plans, but generally speaking, the calls aim to reimagine public safety tactics in ways that are different from traditional police forces. Activists say their intent is to ensure safety and justice but to wind up with a different system. Years of consent decrees and investigations into human rights violations by police departments have yielded little change, they say, so a more fundamental shift is needed.

    What are some of the ideas for rethinking policing?

    Some proposals call for ending no-knock warrants and military-style raids. Others seek to restrict the flow of military-style gear to police departments and change police tactics used against protesters. One group described an idea for policing in which people attending events look out for one another but emergency workers are standing by in the background, handing out water and ready to step in if needed.

    Has this been done anywhere?

    Some cities have already made changes to policing. In Austin, Texas, 911 calls are answered by operators who inquire whether the caller needs police, fire or mental health services — part of a major revamping of public safety that took place last year when the city budget added millions of dollars for mental health issues. In Eugene, Ore., a team called CAHOOTS — Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets — deploys a medic and a crisis worker with mental health training to emergency calls. Camden, N.J., revamped its policing in 2017 with officers handing out more warnings than tickets and undergoing training that places emphasis on officers holding their fire.

    What is Minneapolis doing?

    Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council pledged at a rally to dismantle the Police Department. They promised to create a new system of public safety, saying that the city’s current policing system could not be reformed. Council members say they are not certain what policing will look like once they are finished, and they caution plans will take a long time to carry out.

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    George Floyd’s Houston funeral is taking place live now:

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/us/george-floyd-funeral-tuesday/index.html

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    The PLANDEMIC

    Norwegian and British vaccine scientists have published unequivocal evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is man-made.

    The authors state two conclusions: (1) the mutations that would normally be seen in the course of animal to human transmission have not occurred in SARS-CoV-2, indicating that it was fully “pre-adapted” for human infection and (2) SARS-CoV-2 has insertions in its protein sequence that have never been detected in nature and contribute to its infectivity and pathogenicity.

    A week ago, Sir Richard Dearlove, the former Head of the MI6, whose also involved in the Trump – Russia collusion scam, was interviewed by the Telegraph:

    In an interview with The Telegraph, Sir Richard Dearlove said he had seen an “important” new scientific report suggesting the virus did not emerge naturally but was man-made by Chinese scientists.

    The apparent discovery will raise the prospect of China paying “reparations” for the death and economic catastrophe wreaked upon the world, the former intelligence chief said. It comes as Beijing faces growing pressure to explain precisely how coronavirus first began to spread late last year.

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