video killing Black man in Walmart
charged with manslaughter 0 replies
A California police officer who was captured on video fatally shooting a Black man who had a baseball bat inside a Walmart this year was charged Wednesday with voluntary manslaughter, authorities said. The office of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said that Steven Taylor, 33, did not pose an imminent threat to anyone in the store or to the officer, Jason Fletcher, when he shot Taylor to death April 18. (snip)A security guard at the San Leandro Walmart, southeast of Oakland, called 911 after Taylor tried to leave the store with a baseball bat and a tent without paying,
shot dead in downtown Portland 15 replies
On the 93rd day of riots and protests in Portland, Ore., a Trump supporter was fatally shot. He was identified by his “Patriot Prayer” hat and his shooting death was caught by multiple livestreamers. As cars drive through the intersection, a man can be seen pulling a gun and shooting. The man who is hit stumbles and falls and is then illuminated by headlights. At the moment of the murder, a voice can be heard to celebrate the death of a “Trumper.” Listen closely. This was the instant of the murder in Portland. A: “Hey! Hey, we got one right here! We got a Trumper right here!”
B: “Right here?” Two gunshots
Severe Chinese Lockdown Restrictions 3 replies
Residents of Xinjiang, China have been under one of the strictest Coronavirus lockdowns anywhere in the world, and they showed their frustration in a city-wide scream on Monday. A video from the city of Ürümqi is capturing attention because of the sheer upset in the countless voices who want to be heard. China’s Xinjiang region has been under a formal lockdown for over a month now, and it appears to have worked. The lockdown started at the end of July when Xinjiang faced growing numbers. So, the city’s denizens were forced to take shelter inside their homes (snip) One user alleges that they must all drink a medication
their homes in Covid lockdown 3 replies
Residents in the capital of Xinjiang are being forced to take traditional Chinese medicine, being handcuffed to buildings and ordered to stay inside for weeks as part of a harsh range of measures to tackle coronavirus, according to posts online. Urumqi, the capital of the semi-autonomous region known for its draconian security measures, has been in a “wartime state” of lockdown for more than a month after a cluster of cases emerged in July, when the outbreak had been mostly contained elsewhere in China. Since Friday, internet users have flooded social media platforms with complaints about overly harsh measures and extended quarantine at home or in designated locations,
to thin millions of acres of forests 16 replies
The two dozen major fires burning across Northern California were sparked by more than 12,000 lightning strikes, a freak weather occurrence that turned what had been a relatively mild fire season into a devastating catastrophe. Yet what’s driving these enormous fires is not sparks, but millions of acres of fuel: bone-dry trees and brush that haven’t burned in many years. Before the Gold Rush in 1849, large parts of California burned every few decades. Lightning fires burned for months, and native tribes burned the land, clearing out dead vegetation. But for much of the past century,(snip), firefighters have extinguished the flames (snip)allowing forests and other landscapes to become unnaturally dense.
Squeezed Victim’s Testicles with Pliers 8 replies
At the Democrat National Convention (DNC) this week, a convicted murderer and kidnapper implicated in a gruesome 1985 torture and killing case was featured as a “criminal justice reform advocate.” Donna Hylton, a 55-year-old Jamaican-American who was abused and molested as a child, was given a short slot in a DNC video montage where supporters of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden recited the Preamble of the Constitution. Hylton was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after she participated with six other people in the brutal kidnapping, torture, and murder of Long Island, New York, real estate broker Thomas Vigliarolo, 62-years-old, in 1985.
Outright Racism in Picking
a Running Mate 5 replies
Joe Biden selected a running mate based on the color of her skin. He rejected other candidates based on the color of their skin. He did this openly and without apology. Think about that for a moment. Let that sink in. In the year 2020, more than six decades after America desegregated public schools, a nominee for president from a major political party brazenly displayed outright racism in picking a running mate. It is a mockery of everything Martin Luther King fought for. A perversion of the entire civil rights movement.For most Americans today, their parents would have spanked their little fannies raw if they had ever displayed such blatant racism
Grind Legal Immigration To A Halt 6 replies
The Trump administration is about to achieve what many see as its long-held objective of bringing the U.S. legal immigration system to a halt. While the administration would not be allowed to stop processing immigration applications without incurring legal action, critics say that through policy choices and mismanagement of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) it may accomplish the same goal. “The federal agency tasked with offering citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants is planning to furlough about two-thirds of its workers at the end of the month after Congress failed to reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package,”(snip)Immigration Services notified about 13,400 of its 20,000 employees
to save Mauritius’s wildlife
after oil spill 4 replies
International experts and thousands of local volunteers were making frantic efforts on Sunday to protect Mauritius’s pristine beaches and rich marine wildlife after hundreds of tonnes of oil was dumped into the sea by a Japanese tanker in what some scientists called the country’s worst ecological disaster. The MV Wakashio, which ran aground almost three weeks ago, split in half on Saturday afternoon as Mauritian authorities said poor sea conditions made the removal of the remaining oil on the ship risky. The Panama-flagged tanker was carrying more than 4,000 tonnes of heavy oil, lubricants and diesel from China to Brazil.
ties with Israel, backs Israel-
UAE normalization 3 replies
Oman said Friday that it backed the normalization of ties between the neighboring United Arab Emirates and Israel, expressing hope that the move would help achieve lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. A foreign ministry spokesman expressed the sultanate’s “support for the UAE’s decision regarding relations with Israel” according to a statement on Oman’s official news agency. The statement expressed hope that the move would “contribute to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East and in a manner that would serve the aspirations of the peoples of the region.”
to normalize relations with Israel.
Saudi Arabia? Not so fast 6 replies
The deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic relations could lead other countries in the region to carve out their own plans, but it’s unlikely that Saudi Arabia, arguably the most important geo-political Gulf state, will follow suit anytime soon, according to experts who specialize in the region. Whether any other Persian Gulf state follows the U.A.E.’s lead will first depend upon the domestic reaction and reaction across the Arab world to the agreement, said (snip) Center for Israel Studies. Autocratic leaders in the Gulf, who are facing economic challenges and can be sensitive to public opinion, might hesitate if there is a major uproar,
Iran’s New Friend. That’s a
Real Problem for Israel 3 replies
The multiplicity of crises, from political to economic to coronavirus-related, is distracting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz from an important shift in the Middle East, which has major implications for Israel’s security. Namely: China’s moves in Iran and Saudi Arabia. When Netanyahu and Gantz talk about Iran, they dwell on the Iranian-Syrian axis and insist that the international community, especially the United States, should escalate the sanctions against the Islamic Republic. But this policy to which they and the entire Israeli defense establishment have been adhering becomes ever less relevant as indications mount that China is stepping up its involvement in Iran and Saudi Arabia.