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  1. TOMLINSON: Seattle’s CHAZ Is Straight from the European Antifa Playbook 6,505 David Ryder/Getty Images CHRIS TOMLINSON 15 Jun 20201627 6:41 Antifa’s newly created Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle is straight from the playbook of their European counterparts who have established anti-police no-go squatter areas in European cities for decades. The tactic of declaring an area “autonomous” and outside of police and government authority is relatively new to the United States hard-left, but has a deep history among Antifa extremists in Europe and has led to pitched battles and scenes of massive violence when police have tried to enforce government authority in Antifa strongholds. While the original Antifa movement was a paramilitary wing of the German Communist Party in the 1930s, the current Antifa began in the “autonomous scene” of West Germany in the 1980s and went hand in hand with anarchists occupying various buildings, many of which remain occupied, with national laws unenforced, to this day. The far-left Jacobin Magazine described West German Antifa as an “autonomist movement still numbering in the tens of thousands of active members and capable of occupying entire city blocks in some West German metropoles”. “Some argue that with the arrival of European-style neo-fascist movements on American shores, it is also time to import European Antifa tactics in response,” the magazine goes on to add. There are several Antifa no-go zones in Germany, but the most well-known are the “Rote Flora” in Hamburg, a former theatre occupied by Antifa since 1989, and the “Riga 94”, an apartment complex in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district that has been occupied since 1990. People walk past the Rote Flora, a cultural and political venue that has become a symbol of the radical left, ahead of Friday and Saturday’s G20 summit on July 5, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Rote Flora, the longest still-occupied Antifa autonomous zone, acts a base of operations for Antifa. It came to prominence particularly during the 2017 Hamburg G20 riots which saw extremists wage war against German police and injured hundreds of officers, loot and smash local shops, and set residents’ cars on fire. It also acts as a community hub for far-left extremism where meetings and lectures on various topics are held. Earlier this month, it was revealed that a Hamburg constitutional court judge had given lectures at the Rote Flora after being invited by the Rote Hilfe (Red Aid) organisation. Rote Hilfe provides help to imprisoned far-left extremists, including members of the notorious Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist group, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, which carried out dozens of killings from the 1970s to the late 1990s. While attempts have been made to sell the Rote Flora theatre and have the Antifa extremists evicted, particularly after the violence of the G20, once Antifa have fortified themselves in areas, they have become very hard to remove. Supporters of the “Revolutionary 1st of May Demonstration” light flares from a former occupied house in the Rigaer street in Berlin, on May 1, 2019. The flag in the lower right belongs to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) terrorist group. (Photo: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images) Similar attempts have been made in Berlin to remove Antifa from Riga 94, located on Rigaer Strasse. Police have often faced ultra-violence from Antifa during attempts at either making arrests or evicting members of the group. Riots have often accompanied eviction attempts as well. The biggest operation to remove Antifa from Riga 94 took place in June 2016 when British company Lafone Investment, which owns the building, attempted to remove Antifa in order to repurpose part of the building into accommodation for asylum seekers. Many Antifa extremists were initially evicted from the building and took to the streets for several nights afterwards to riot. Antifa extremists attacked police, banks, smashed many storefronts, and set cars on fire across Berlin in response. 46 people are talking about this Antifa extremists remain illegally occupying Riga 94 despite the numerous attempts by law enforcement to remove them, with the area being used as a base last November to attack police, which left 19 officers injured. Sabotage and the setting of potentially fatal booby traps have also been used as a tactic by Antifa to prevent evictions. In 2017, Antifa members in the far-left extremist shop squat Friedel 54 connected the door handles of the building directly to the electricity mains in order to electrocute officers serving the warrant. The tactic failed as police turned off electricity to the block prior to entering. Germany is, of course, not the only country where Antifa have illegally occupied buildings to create autonomous communes and safe spaces for extremist activities. In France, an alleged headquarters was discovered by police in the Paris suburb of Bagnolet where Antifa members were actively manufacturing bombs, and several were caught with Molotov cocktails. The group was illegally occupying the building, which sported graffiti stating “Welcome to our Paris HQ Antifa75”. 175 people are talking about this The most well-known Antifa anarchist autonomous area in France is the ZAD, which stands for Zone to Defend. The ZAD is an abandoned airport site in Notre-Dame-Des-Landes that has been occupied by extremists, who label themselves “Zadistes” since 2008 and turned into an “autonomous utopia”. In 2018, a police operation involving 2,000 officers clashed with the 100 or so residents of the ZAD for several days. Following the evictions, members of Antifa fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Northern Syria threatened to wage war against the French government in response to the police actions. Antifa has close connections with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror group in several countries, including Germany and the UK. In Italy, which has a largely anarchist movement responsible for bombings and other violence, Antifa anarchists turned the former Olympic Village in Turin into a no-go autonomous area with the help of illegal immigrants. 49 people are talking about this The area, which was built for the 2006 Winter Olympics, was occupied for several years by Antifa in Italy and became one of their many so-called “social centres”. A 2018 report revealed that 95 per cent of the residents of the area at the time were migrant men from countries like Nigeria, Mali, and The Gambia. As in Germany, Antifa extremists have violently clashed with police when any attempt has been made to evacuate the squatters in the area. Should the United States allow such autonomous zones to be created in its major cities as Germany and other countries have, America can likely expect further violence towards police in such areas, along with the formation of safe havens for Antifa extremists and their allies to engage in their stated goals of overthrowing the state and the capitalist system itself. Be warned.
  2. Antifa Seizes Seattle PD, Sets Up 'Autonomous Zone' Just Like ISIS and the Paris Commune BY TYLER O'NEIL JUN 09, 2020 4:06 PM EST Share Tweet Email Comments Twitter screenshot, @sluttypuppytown. Used by @MrAndyNgo. Just as the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed territory in Iraq and Syria, antifa militants have claimed territory in Seattle, Wash. According to reports on the ground from The Post Millennial’s Andy Ngo and Townhall’s Julio Rosas, protesters and antifa instigators have seized land in the Capitol Hill area around the Seattle Police East Precinct. Like ISIS, the rioters appear to have decided on setting up a government in their occupied territory, naming it “Free Capitol Hill.” “Seattle [Mayor Jenny Durkan] is allowing a dangerous situation to fester. [Antifa] militants have taken over & created an ‘autonomous zone’ in city w/their own rules. Police precinct abandoned. Antifa set up barricades to create a border. Calling for volunteers to provide armed guard,” Ngo tweeted. 12.9K people are talking about this His message included tweets from rioters and pictures of the “Free Capitol Hill” poster on the side of a barricade, along with a map of the area antifa had taken over. “The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Folks in Seattle have secured six block of city [at the moment], barricaded it, and gotten local businesses and residents to agree to, well, disaffiliate from Seattle basically. It’s a flux state in the making,” Alex Humva tweeted. “Speaker at the autonomous zones advocating folks with firearms take shifts defend the barricades. Sh*t is getting organized,” another inside the barricades tweeted. The map Ngo tweeted claims to represent Seattle on the night of June 8. Antifa rioters claim to have taken over the “Capital Hill Free Zone (Protester Occupied Seattle)” in yellow. The zone includes the “Captured Regime East Precinct (Abandoned Police Station with doors left unlocked lol),” along with areas marked “Commune Food Stations,” “CHFZ Commune Barricades,” “Relaxation & Dining Field (food regularly handed out + coffee bar),” and a “Stoa (Informal Congregational Area).” Racism Karen Harasses ‘White Neighbor,’ Says Dismantle Racism or ‘GET THE F**K OUT’ The map also denotes a “Regime encampment off Broadway” a “Regime Occupied Safeway (Police holed up here).” The antifa rioters appear intent on creating an automonous state, not unlike the ISIS-run territories in the Middle East or the surrounded proto-communist experiment of the Paris Commune in 1871. (The Paris Commune was a key moment in the history of socialism and communism. It lasted between March and May 1871, after the Prussians had defeated the French in the Franco-Prussian War and were besieging Paris. Karl Marx called it an example of the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”) The rioters’ use of the Greek term “Stoa” appears to hearken back to classical Greece while their reference to police as the “regime” sets them in contrast with a supposedly oppressive government force. The map has an undeniably bohemian theme, promising a “coffee bar” in this militant alt-Seattle. Twitter screenshot. Julio Rosas also reported from the scene. “I’m outside of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct for [Townhall]. Police have pulled out of the area and protesters have set up barricades in the streets. They have declared it a ‘Cop Free Zone,'” he tweeted. 5,648 people are talking about this Rosas also shared posters with demands from the rioters. “Some of the signs posted around the area. One calls for the defunding of the Seattle PD and the dropping of all charges against protesters,” he tweeted. “Another says, ‘The cops will always be racist because capitalism requires inequality.'” 802 people are talking about this This Vandalism Gives the Lie to Antifa’s Anti-Fascist Claims Meanwhile, antifa groups have celebrated the “autonomous zone.” 778 people are talking about this Ngo compared the situation to Portland in 2018 when Mayor Ted Wheeler allowed a similar antifa “zone” to exist inside that city for five weeks. “Not only did it become a biohazard site w/intravenous drug abuse, the local businesses & residents were terrorized. Tax payers had to pay for the extensive cleanup.” Neither Mayor Durkan nor the Seattle Police Department have yet addressed the emergence of “Free Capitol Hill.” “In an effort to proactively de-escalate interactions between protestors and law enforcement outside the East Precinct, Chief Best and [Seattle Police] officers have removed barricades surrounding the East Precinct while safely securing the facility,” Durkan reported last night. “In addition, [the Seattle Fire Department] has several vehicles stationed near the Precinct to ensure emerging medical needs and fires are addressed if necessary. Keeping this area safe is critical, as there are approximately 500 residential homes in this block.” 97 people are talking about this If keeping that area safe is “critical,” then Durkan has arguably experienced a “critical” failure. Naturally, the mayor made tremendous concessions to the rioters even while claiming she would keep the area safe. “As the Chief takes this operational step, we will continue to remain focused on what we can and must do to address the systemic inequities that continue to disproportionately impact our Black residents,” she tweeted. “Yesterday, we announced a commitment to invest $100 million dollars into community – in addition to existing city programs — and to work with community to create a Black Commission that will help to amplify black voices in City Hall.” She concluded her Twitter thread by expressing hope that “tonight, with these operational changes, our city can peacefully move forward together.” Yet it appears the city cannot move forward together — the rioters are declaring independence from the city itself. No concessions will be enough for these instigators, who consider the police an occupying “regime” force and demand the end of the very capitalistic system that enables them to enjoy goods and services like a coffee bar. (As Bernie Sanders might say, “Why do you need more than one type of coffee?”) Antifa is now running an insurrectionary state inside Seattle itself. This revolt is cause for State Police and arguably the National Guard to restore order to an American city. President George H.W. Bush used the Insurrection Act to quell the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and this antifa “free state” is arguably cause for Trump to do the same here and now. But don’t you dare say that within earshot of The New York Times. Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil. Here’s the Real Story on George Floyd, Police Abuse, and Racism, and What You Should Do About It New Video Exposes the Armed Antifa ‘Militia’ Who Want to Abolish the Police New Video Exposes Antifa ‘Fight Club Training’ in New York City SPLC Slams Trump’s Terror Designation of Antifa as ‘Dangerous and Unjust’ as America Burns
  3. US rules against state allowing transgender athletes to compete in women's sports Supporters of the policy say they’ll bring a legal fight. By Alexandra Kelley iStock Story at a glance The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights found that a Connecticut policy violates Title IX. The school policy allows transgender athletes to compete in female sporting events in line with state policy. The U.S. Education Department Office for Civil Rights ruled that a Connecticuit policy that permits transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports violates the civil rights of female athletes. The complaint is in regards to two sprinters who are transgender athletes. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the ruling is in regards to a complaint filed last year by multiple female track athletes, arguing that two transgender runners who were male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. In a 45-page letter dated May 15, the office reportedly said that it may seek to withhold federal funding due to the policy. It found that the policy is a violation of the federal civil rights law Title IX that protects women’s opportunity to participate in programs like athletics. The letter reportedly read that the policy “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.” The Office for Civil Rights named the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and several school districts in the ruling. The CIAC implemented the policy in accordance with state laws that prevent schools from discriminating against transgender students. It reportedly said that the federal office will “either initiate administrative proceedings to suspend, terminate, or refuse to grant or continue and defer financial assistance” to the CIAC and the select school districts. It may also refer the cases to the U.S. Department of Justice. The topic of transgender athletes performing has been contested recently. Earlier in April, Idaho passed a ban called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act that prevents transgender athletes competing in women’s sports on the basis of “different athletic capabilities.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a joint lawsuit against the state’s ban, saying that it violates Title IX. “All that today’s finding represents is yet another attack from the Trump administration on transgender students. DeVos’s Department of Education is wrong on the law and we will continue to defend transgender students under Title IX and the Constitution,” Chase Strangio, the Deputy Director for Trans Justuce of the ACLU told The Hill. “Trans students belong in our schools, including on sports teams, and we aren’t backing down from this fight.” The plaintiff’s representation, the Attorneys for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said males will always have "inherent physical advantages" over similarly talented females.
  4. US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights By PAT EATON-ROBBMay 28, 2020 FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File) HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same. A letter from the department’s civil rights office, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage. The office said in the 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify. The policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics, the office said. It has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits,” according to the letter, which is dated May 15. MORE STORIES: – Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed – Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says its policy complies with a state law barring schools from discriminating against transgender students. “Connecticut law is clear and students who identify as female are to be recognized as female for all purposes — including high school sports,” the athletic conference said in a statement. “To do otherwise would not only be discriminatory but would deprive high school students of the meaningful opportunity to participate in educational activities, including inter-scholastic sports, based on sex-stereotyping and prejudice sought to be prevented by Title IX and Connecticut state law.” The federal decision carries implications beyond Connecticut, said Roger Brooks, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the girls who brought the complaint. “Around the nation, districts are going to want to be reading this, because it does have legal implications,” he said. “It is a first decision from the agency charged with enforcing Title IX addressing the question of whether males on the playing field or on the track are depriving girls of opportunities consistent with Title IX.” The decision by the civil rights office names the conference, along with the school districts for which the transgender runners and those filing the complaint competed — Glastonbury, Bloomfield, Hartford, Cromwell, Canton and Danbury. The office said it will “either initiate administrative proceedings to suspend, terminate, or refuse to grant or continue and defer financial assistance” to the conference and those districts or refer the cases to the U.S. Department of Justice. In its letter, the civil rights office said that it notified the athletic conference and the school districts of its pending decision in February, but that later negotiations failed to result in an agreement. “All that today’s finding represents is yet another attack from the Trump administration on transgender students,” said Chase Strangio, who leads transgender justice initiatives for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project. “Trans students belong in our schools, including on sports teams, and we aren’t backing down from this fight,” Strangio said. Full Coverage: Sports The dispute, already the subject of a federal lawsuit, centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their competitors, winning a combined 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, according to the lawsuit. The ACLU’s lawyers for the transgender athletes have argued both are undergoing hormone treatments that have put them on an equal footing with the girls they are competing against. Brooks said he hopes the judge in the lawsuit will take the Education Department decision into consideration. One of the plaintiffs, Chelsea Mitchell, won two state indoor title races over Miller this year. Mitchell, a senior, said Thursday that she is both happy and relieved by the Department of Education’s decision. “It feels like we are finally headed in the right direction, and that we will be able to get justice for the countless girls along with myself that have faced discrimination for years,” she said. “It is liberating to know that my voice, my story, my loss, has been heard; that those championships I lost mean something.” The plaintiffs sought to block the participation of Miller and Yearwood, both seniors, from spring track meets, which were later canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were also seeking to erase all records set by the transgender athletes. Connecticut is one of 18 states, along with Washington, D.C., that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com. Several other states have polices barring the participation of transgender athletes, and Idaho recently became the first to pass a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. The ACLU and Legal Voice filed a federal lawsuit contending that law violates the U.S. Constitution because it is discriminatory and an invasion of privacy.
  5. Give it time...according to the WB " Going forward, the economic outlook for Iraq is challenging. The collapse in international oil prices and other unfavorable global conditions, including disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19, are expected to hit Iraq hard, leading to a 5% contraction in its economy in 2020. In the absence of significant reforms to boost private sector participation, it will be difficult to jump-start the economy; growth is projected to gradually revert to its low-base potential of 1.9-2.7% in 2021–2022. The budget rigidities, compounded over the past two years, are expected to have detrimental fiscal effects amidst weaker oil-related revenues. At US$30 an oil barrel and in the absence of planned consolidation measures, the budget deficit was projected to surge to a staggering 19% of GDP by end-2020. As a result, the GOI is expected to face a severe financing gap which could not only lead it to postpone vital infrastructure projects in service delivery sectors, as well as postponing human capital programs, but also reduces the country’s ability to respond to post-COVID-19 recovery needs. In short, Iraq is expected to face a persistent current account deficit in 2020, driven as well by lower oil prices and sticky imports. The gap is expected to be financed by the Central Bank of Iraq’s reserves and State-Owned Banks, increasing the country’s vulnerability in the near-term. Last Updated: May 01, 2020
  6. Bloomberg says it i's happening so it must be so A Crash in the Dollar Is Coming The world is having serious doubts about the once widely accepted presumption of American exceptionalism. By Stephen Roach June 8, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT The U.S. government needs to take better care of the dollar. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images The era of the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privilege” as the world’s primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d’Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a U.S. that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its over-extended standard of living. For almost 60 years, the world complained but did nothing about it. Those days are over. Already stressed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. living standards are about to be squeezed as never before. At the same time, the world is having serious doubts about the once widely accepted presumption of American exceptionalism. Currencies set the equilibrium between these two forces — domestic economic fundamentals and foreign perceptions of a nation’s strength or weakness. The balance is shifting, and a crash in the dollar could well be in the offing. The seeds of this problem were sown by a profound shortfall in domestic U.S. savings that was glaringly apparent before the pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, net national saving, which includes depreciation-adjusted saving of households, businesses and the government sector, fell to 1.4% of national income. This was the lowest reading since late 2011 and one-fifth the average of 7% from 1960 to 2005. Lacking in domestic saving, and wanting to invest and grow, the U.S. has taken great advantage of the dollar’s role as the world’s primary reserve currency and drawn heavily on surplus savings from abroad to square the circle. But not without a price. In order to attract foreign capital, the U.S. has run a deficit in its current account — which is the broadest measure of trade because it includes investment — every year since 1982. Covid-19, and the economic crisis it has triggered, is stretching this tension between saving and the current-account to the breaking point. The culprit: exploding government budget deficits. According to the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the federal budget deficit is likely to soar to a peacetime record of 17.9% of gross domestic product in 2020 before hopefully receding to 9.8% in 2021. A significant portion of the fiscal support has initially been saved by fear-driven, unemployed U.S. workers. That tends to ameliorate some of the immediate pressures on overall national saving. However, monthly Treasury Department data show that the crisis-related expansion of the federal deficit has far outstripped the fear-driven surge in personal saving, with the April deficit 5.7 times the shortfall in the first quarter, or fully 50% larger than the April increment of personal saving. In other words, intense downward pressure is now building on already sharply depressed domestic saving. Compared with the situation during the global financial crisis, when domestic saving was a net negative for the first time on record, averaging -1.8% of national income from the third quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2010, a much sharper drop into negative territory is now likely, possibly plunging into the unheard of -5% to -10% zone. And that is where the dollar will come into play. For the moment, the greenback is strong, benefiting from typical safe-haven demand long evident during periods of crisis. Against a broad cross-section of U.S. trading partners, the dollar was up almost 7% over the January to April period in inflation-adjusted, trade-weighted terms to a level that stands fully 33% above its July 2011 low, Bank for International Settlements data show. (Preliminary data hint at a fractional slippage in early June.) But the coming collapse in saving points to a sharp widening of the current-account deficit, likely taking it well beyond the prior record of -6.3% of GDP that it reached in late 2005. Reserve currency or not, the dollar will not be spared under these circumstances. The key question is what will spark the decline? Look no further than the Trump administration. Protectionist trade policies, withdrawal from the architectural pillars of globalization such as the Paris Agreement on Climate, Trans-Pacific Partnership, World Health Organization and traditional Atlantic alliances, gross mismanagement of Covid-19 response, together with wrenching social turmoil not seen since the late 1960s, are all painfully visible manifestations of America’s sharply diminished global leadership. As the economic crisis starts to stabilize, hopefully later this year or in early 2021, that realization should hit home just as domestic saving plunges. The dollar could easily test its July 2011 lows, weakening by as much as 35% in broad trade-weighted, inflation-adjusted terms. The coming collapse in the dollar will have three key implications: It will be inflationary — a welcome short-term buffer against deflation but, in conjunction with what is likely to be a weak post-Covid economic recovery, yet another reason to worry about an onset of stagflation — the tough combination of weak economic growth and rising inflation that wreaks havoc on financial markets. Moreover, to the extent a weaker dollar is symptomatic of an exploding current-account deficit, look for a sharp widening of America’s trade deficit. Protectionist pressures on the largest piece of the country’s multilateral shortfall with 102 nations – namely the Chinese bilateral imbalance — will backfire and divert trade to other, higher-cost, producers, effectively taxing beleaguered U.S. consumers. Finally, in the face of Washington’s poorly timed wish for financial decoupling from China, who will fund the saving deficit of a nation that has finally lost its exorbitant privilege? And what terms — namely interest rates — will that funding now require? Like Covid-19 and racial turmoil, the fall of the almighty dollar will cast global economic leadership of a saving-short U.S. economy in a very harsh light. Exorbitant privilege needs to be earned, not taken for granted.
  7. KristiD is not the first to point this out about the bullet proof vest "paramedics/emts". Second the picture used in the posting and on the shirts look nothing like Floyd other than the color of the skin. Third here is the thing 0Bummer and his ilk have been waiting for something like this to occur. If people really looked at the numbers then you find out that Police kill more white people than they do black people. Third, if one ventures over to the BLM website, you find out that it has nothing to do with race but rather socialism and marxism (aka communism). The idea that "systemic racism" is a pandemic unto itself in the USA is a misnomer and patently false. This is not to say racism does not exist in some form as it does in all aspects of the world but to think the solution to the current guise of racism towards black people is to answer this with racism towards white people? This is creating more deciviness no matter how the cards are spread on the table. If one were to actually look at the BLM website you would find not the solution but the anathema of the black people. No where does BLM promote the father figure as a way to help the youth in the black community. Instead it embraces movements like LGBT loopy-dee-loop, it embraces socialism and denounces capitalism etc. Instead of uniting a country of overwhelming diversity, BLM seeks to do with race-baiters like Sharpton and Fake-akhan have been doing for decades, keeping the black people down and out to be used as a political pawn to secure power for the demonrats. If one were to actually look upon what the true picture is in the USA, it is the race-baiters who have kept the mental shackles upon the black person rather than setting them free to be empowered to create their own lives. And it is people like Kanye West and Candace Owens who have begun to be truly awake and see the trees through the forest. Blexit or the black exit from the demonrat party is another reason why this went full tilt. How else to stop the bleeding than to rip open the wound to only cauterize it? And that was what this was all about, stop the Blexit, keep the proletariats in check and grab more power for the left. If people were truly "woke" then this would never have happened but the narrative was proven when from the LSM nary a word was spoken about the black police officer, Dorn, that was slain. This is because it does not fit the narrative and only the LSM can promulgate this narrative to proffer the far-left agenda backed by huge money and an individual who broke the Bank of England because his party lost WWII.
  8. My first car was the bomb. No literally, it was a bomb. An orange, with a white racing stripe pr two, Ford Pinto. You got rear-ended by another car and good chance you blew up. I didn't know that at the time. Learnd how to do neutral drops in that car until I blew the engine.
  9. Most undoubtedly the smoke is real and the picture is real. But on what day? Certainly not on the day Trump walked over to the Church...
  10. I am going to use this picture. For all those who went through Army Basic training (well those of us up until 1986), we were subjected to tear gas. I know what it feels like, tastes like going down and coming up. Tear gas is meant to linger in the air for a long period of time just like in the above picture. When the LSM claims Trump ordered the use of Tear Gas on protestors to "clear a way" to the church, then Trump himself and his minions and the entire Press corp would have had to have walked through this cloud of gas used to clear the way in order for Trump to get to the church (on time, lol little My Fair Lady reference, okay you can get the song out of your head now). You just can't get that song out of your head can ya? Anyways, the walk to the Church was unplanned and there would not have been enough time to clear the crowd using the tear gas and have the tear dissipate by the time walked through it. This is why the claim is so bogus and yet believable because the average person does not realize this aspect. The walk was well documented both in still pictures and video. No where is there any indication of a cloud of gas near Trump. So where did the pictures that we see come from? The riots (not protests) have produced plenty of photo opportunities of police deploying tear gas on crowds. Even in this park on a different day there can be seen the use of tear gas being deployed. Was it used to clear the way for Trump? Absolutely not because there is no incontrevertible evidence clearly showing that to be the case. Do you think Trump with the gaggle of WH Press Corps is going to walk through tear gas just for a photo opp? You be crazier than wanting to by currency for the planet of Mars. Simply put, this is an outright lie that tear gas or crowd dispersing measures were employed during Trump's stroll to the church. But this is common sense and when it comes to the deranged left and the LSM, there is no logic only stuff that will stick to the wall. If it sticks, no matter how asinine it may be, it is fact. Because as SLeepy Joe says we don't need facts.
  11. Keep promulgating lamestream media lies. You might eventually get one right. A clock is right twice a day but remember that it is wrong the other 86,280 times. That is a 0.0000231 percent of being right! I think the dinar has better odds of RV'ing than the LSM does at being right. My odds are on the dinar.
  12. We need to introduce this guy to Antfa and he will introduce them to his little friend.
  13. Wait didn't Nancy Pehosi also hold a Bible in her hand when she criticized Trump for holding a Bible in his hand? See the hypocrisy? Since the Council of Nicene the Bible has been used as a prop in politics and religion. And we are aghast now that the orange man holds it in his hands as he walks ovr to a Church? One of these things is not like the other.
  14. What to do with belly button lint: add some petroleum jelly and you have a good fire starter!
  15. And when the tiger bites them, who will they turn to then? China is not as forgiving as the US. When these idjits look towards China for help and receive it then default, China will come in and take control of their country. They w ill take all profit making streams for themselves first, and it will be like a snowball rolling down a hill until it becomes a full on avalanche. Put your hand in the tiger’s cage and it will be bitten off.
  16. No he set off the vest intentionally as all reports indicate
  17. Cornered, IS chief Baghdadi blows himself up with 3 kids WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD:Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group, died like a coward, “whimpering and crying” in a US raid, American President Donald Trump said. A damaged van near Barisha village in Idlib province of Syria. A US raid in northwest Syria resulted in the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (inset). AP/PTI Washington/Baghdad, Oct 28 Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group, died like a coward, “whimpering and crying” in a US raid, American President Donald Trump said. Baghdadi, who was in his late 40s and carried a bounty of at least $25 million, presided over the brutal ‘Caliphate’ he had set up in Syria and Iraq. The President said Baghdadi died “after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming” and dragged his three children with him to certain death. “He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated. The tunnel caved in on it.” Trump said test results carried out on the remains of the man who blew himself up in the tunnel “gave certain, immediate and totally positive identification” that it was Baghdadi. “It was a very quick call that took place about 15 minutes after he was killed.” — Agencies HOW IT UNFOLDED Special forces take off after 5 pm in Washington DC; copters fly for an hour & 10 minutes During 2-hr on-ground op, forces target a compound outside a village in Idlib near Turkish border Shooting from copters continues for 30 minutes; copters fire missiles at two houses, flattening one Copters land and special forces blow holes in walls of a compound to avoid booby-trapped main door Baghdadi runs into a dead-end tunnel, chased by dogs; he detonates his vest, killing himself & his 3 kids
  18. You should add zinc to that concoction. 8mg for women and 11mg for men is recommended dose. The key takeaway is that zinc lowers the risk for respiratory infection. I was told early on that zinc was used in conjunction with the hydroxychloroquine to improve recovery rate and length. Hydroxychloroquine itself is not enough nor is VitC or D3 by themselves without the zinc. I also complement my intake of C and D3 and Zinc with L-Lysine to support immune function. Do not wear a mask to this day. According to the European Journal of Immunology, the human body needs zinc to activate T lymphocytes (T cells). T cells help the body in two ways: controlling and regulating immune responses attacking infected or cancerous cells Zinc deficiency can severely impair immune system function. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “zinc-deficient persons experience increased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens.” Adequate zinc intake is especially important for children because even mild zinc deficiency can impede growth, increase risk of infection, and increase risk of diarrhea and respiratory disease. The recommended intake for children 1-8 years old ranges from 3-5 milligrams, increasing as the child gets older. Males 9-13 years old require 8 milligrams of zinc per day. After the age of 14, the requirement increases to the 11 milligrams per day that is required for all adult males. For females over the age of 8, the requirement stays stable at 8 milligrams per day, except for ages 14-18, where the recommendation increases to 9 milligrams per day. Pregnant and lactating women have an increased need for zinc at 11-13 milligrams per day, depending on age. The best sources of zinc are beans, animal meats, nuts, fish and other seafood, whole grain cereals, and dairy products. Zinc is also added to some breakfast cereals and other fortified foods. Vegetarians may require up to 50 percent more than the recommended intake of zinc because of low bioavailability of zinc from plant-based foods. Foods with the highest reported zinc content are: raw oysters (Pacific), 3 ounces: 14.1 milligrams beef, lean chuck roast, braised, 3 ounces: 7.0 milligrams baked beans, canned, ½ cup: 6.9 milligrams crab, King Alaskan, cooked, 3 ounces: 6.5 milligrams ground beef, lean, 3 ounces: 5.3 milligrams lobster, cooked, 3 ounces: 3.4 milligrams pork loin, lean, cooked, 3 ounces: 2.9 milligrams wild rice, cooked, ½ cup: 2.2 milligrams peas, green, cooked, 1 cup: 1.2 milligrams yogurt, plain, 8 ounces: 1.3 milligrams pecans, 1 ounces: 1.3 milligrams peanuts, dry roasted, 1 ounces: 0.9 milligrams Zinc supplements are also available in the form of capsules and tablets. However, the tolerable upper limit for zinc is 40 milligrams for males and females over 18 years. It has been proven time and again that isolating certain nutrients in supplement form will not provide the same health benefits as consuming the nutrient from a whole food. First focus on obtaining your daily zinc requirement from foods, then use supplements as a backup if necessary. Zinc supplements are available to purchase in many health food stores and online.
  19. Love it when Cleese runs for cover!
  20. As of today xchangeofAmerica has no IQD to sell anyone. This includes circulated and uncirculated, all denoms/
  21. Considering Oil is the main export and source of income for the GOI, this was an issue the last time. No one could agree and the ones put forward were all rejected. IMF and WB and possibly others won't see this as a full government without these two posts.Minister of Oil is required to move the Iraqi Oil and Gas law which in the end distributes proceeds to the citizens. Until this post is filled, the RV won't happen nor will it move forward because the IMF will never agree to move Iraq into Chapter 8/ Foreign Affairs brings in investment which I have long said is the benchmark to whether an RV happens and at what level. The IMF agrees as well per their last correspondence regarding Iraq. Iraq needs to be more business friendly and Foreign Affairs post can help drastically in that aspect
  22. You missed the last line of the article. This caused one of the problems that led here. So it depends on which ministers did not get appointed.If they are lower tier and the government can still operate with their absence then it could be considered a full government without a technically fully seated government, even the US Executive branch has at times worked without a full cabinet. I believe one of the minsters that remained an issue was the oil minister and maybe the education minister. Let's hope the current vacancies are not a cause for costernation within the denizens of Iraq.
  23. You know what they say? Stupidity is a disease that can never be cured.
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