“When the looting starts, the shooting starts”–Donald Trump

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Twitter adds unprecedented warning to Trump tweet threatening to shoot Minneapolis protesters

‘This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence,’ message reads Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin

Twitter has added an unprecedented warning to a Trump tweet, warning users that the post “glorifies violence”.

The message was added to a post in which Mr Trump seemed to threaten that people protesting against the death of an unarmed black man in custody could be shot.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence,” the message reads. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

The decision comes as Mr Trump signed a new executive order on social networks. Mr Trump’s announcement that social media companies would be more strictly regulated came after Twitter placed a different warning on another of his posts, which fact-checked the claim that mail-in…

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Bus Drivers Refuse To Help Police, Prison Labor Replaces Meatpackers And More

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People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images))By Mike Elk, Payday Report.

By Mike Elk, Payday Report.

230 Strikes on the Map

With fast-food workers out on strike in Oakland over being asked to wear dog diapers as maskes and coffee baristas striking in Philly, our Strike Tracker Map has now risen to 230 strikes since March 1st.

For more, check out the map here. 

Some Minneapolis Bus Drivers Refuse to Help Cops

With protests erupting all over Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, cops are attempting to arrest protesters in mass.

However, some bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to use their buses to transport protestors to jail.

“As a transit worker and union member, I refuse to transport my class and radical youth,” Minneapolis bus driver Adam Burch told Payday. “An injury to one…

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Imprisoned While Innocent: Inside the US Prison Industrial Complex

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Imprisoned

RT (2019)

Film Review

This is an intriguing documentary series about three men held for lengthy periods in US prison who were later presumed innocent. Two of the former inmates are African American, and one a Scottish immigrant.

Episode One features Otis Johnson, a 73 year old African American imprisoned for 40 years for attempted murder (of a cop) – because he wore a tan jacket similar to that of the suspect. At the time of his arrest, he was a hospital worker with no criminal record and no history of alcohol or drug abuse. He also had a clear alibi at the time of the shooting.

Although his behavior in prison was impeccable, his failure to show remorse for a crime he didn’t commit led to nine unsuccessful parole applications. The parole board released him on his tenth application.

Episode two concerns Jerome Morgan who, at 17, was…

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Thousands rally in London, Berlin over George Floyd death

Thousands of people protested in London and Berlin on Sunday in solidarity with protesters in the United States demonstrating against the death of a Black man, shown gasping for breath in a video clip, as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

Chanting “no justice, no peace”, and waving placards with the words “How many more?” at Trafalgar Square, the protesters ignored UK government rules banning crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police did not stop them.

Demonstrators then marched to the US embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building. Several hundred sat in the street and waved placards.

Several hundred protesters also staged a rally outside the US embassy in Berlin, holding up posters saying “Justice for George Floyd”, “Stop killing us” and “Who’s next”.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in London Nadim Baba said protests in support of US demonstrators also took place in Manchester in the northwest of England.

“One of the chants that was popular was ‘no justice, no peace’, which is not a new chant in Britain,” said Baba, comparing the demonstrations to the 2011 London riots which were sparked by the death of a Black man named Mark Duggan during a police operation.

“That alerted people to the issue of discontent within the Black population and also [served as] a reminder about the consistent death of Black men in police custody over the past few decades,” he added.

Floyd’s death after his arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday has triggered a tide of protests in the US.

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality spread to many cities across the US as people in many parts of the country defied curfews to protest against the killing of Floyd.

The days-long protests sweeping the nation have reawakened outrage over years of deaths of Black people at the hands of police, renewing long-standing accusations of institutionalised and systemic racism.

Some rallies have turned violent as demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires and clashed with riot police, some of whom fired tear gas and plastic bullets in an effort to restore order.

IPOB accuses British govt of masterminding discriminatory activities against Biafrans

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Friday accused the British government of masterminding all the discriminatory activities against Biafrans. IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, entitled “The deliberate and well orchestrated destruction of Biafra and Igbo race in particular was started by the British government”, also alleged that the British government classified certain parts of Igboland as sub-Igbo groups, including Ngwa, Opobo, Bonny to achieve their selfish aims, when they never had such classification as sub-Yoruba or sub-Hausa groups.

The pro Biafra group however, blamed the  Ohaneze Ndigbo, for failing in their duties to unite all the British separated Biafra territories, adding that the Pan Igbo Socio-cultural organization, never fought to unite Biafra children, but were busy allegedly  collecting money from the powers that be in Abuja and telling Biafrans how they are elders and intellectuals. IPOB statement reads, “Britain must have seen something unique qualities in us that made them want to destroy the Igbo race and other ethnic nationalities in Biafra at all cost.” “If not, why would they classify certain parts of Igboland as sub-Igbo groups including Ngwa, Opobo, Bonny and several others, but never had any sub-Yoruba or sub-Hausa groups “Britain then groomed Fulani terrorists to carry on the hatred and they perfected the art of shrinking Igboland through their evil boundary commission, which has continued on till date. “You can see from this British map that the creators of Nigeria British colonial masters knew Bonny of Niger-Delta or South-South is actually UBANI, as in Ubani-Ibeku, where our leader come.

“Ohaneze Ndigbo never fought to unite those children of Igbo but were busy collecting money from Abuja and telling us how they are elders and intellectuals.” According to IPOB, “Biafra is one, we all are one people. Niger-Delta my foot. It is an indisputable fact that many riverine people across the breadth and length of Kalabari kingdom have Igbo lineage.” “By lineage it means we are all related by blood. This is the point we set out to establish when we started this debate.” Meanwhile, the leader of IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has announced that there will be no Sit-at-home to mark the 2020 Biafra Day Celebration. Mazi Kanu, however said, “There will be peaceful Candle light and global procession that will be concluded with prayers” He therefore, urged members to ignore the Police threat to disrupt the procession, but rather come out to join the procession.

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US: Derek Chauvin charged with murder in death of George Floyd

The white police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in a case that sparked protests across the United States and violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Derek Chauvin, the officer seen on a bystander’s mobile phone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck on Monday before the 46-year-old man died, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a news briefing.

“He is in custody and has been charged with murder,” Freeman said of Chauvin. “We have evidence, we have the citizen’s camera’s video, the horrible, horrific, terrible thing we have all seen over and over again, we have the officer’s body-worn camera, we have statements from some witnesses.”

The mobile phone footage showed Floyd repeatedly moaning and gasping while he pleaded to Chauvin, kneeling on his neck, “Please, I can’t breathe.” After several minutes, Floyd gradually grows quiet and ceases to move.

The arrest and charges come after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct that had been abandoned by officers.

Residents welcomed the charges, but said the other three officers involved must also be arrested and charged. 

Freeman said those officers were still under investigation.

With smoke drifting over Minneapolis, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Friday acknowledged the “abject failure” of the response to this week’s violent protests and called for swift justice for police involved in Floyd’s death.

Walz said the state would take over the response and that it’s time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering. The US National Guard had arrived in Minneapolis by midday Thursday.

“Minneapolis and Saint Paul are on fire. The fire is still smouldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard,” Walz said, adding, “Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world – and the world is watching.”

His comments came the morning after protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned during a third night of violence.

Livestream video showed protesters entering the building, where intentionally set fires activated smoke alarms and sprinklers. US President Donald Trump threatened action, tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, which prompted a warning from Twitter for “glorifying violence”.

The governor faced tough questions after National Guard leader Major General Jon Jensen blamed a lack of clarity about the guard’s mission for a slow response. Walz said the state was in a supporting role and that it was up to city leaders to run the situation.

“You will not see that tonight, there will be no lack of leadership,” Walz said.

Dozens of fires were also set in nearby Saint Paul, where nearly 200 businesses were damaged or looted. Protests spread across the US, fuelled by outrage over Floyd’s death, and years of violence against African Americans at the hands of police.

Obama: This shouldn’t be the normal in America

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Floyd’s killing via Twitter. Obama cited conversations with friends in recent days, including one with an African American business owner who said Floyd’s killing “hurt” to watch.

While it’s “natural” for people to want things to return to normal, Obama said, “we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’.”Barack Obama@BarackObama

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“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in America. It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better,” Obama said.

Trump says US ‘terminating relationship’ with WHO amid pandemic

US President Donald Trump has announced the United States will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over it.

He said the Chinese officials “ignored” their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the health organisation to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered.

“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

He said the US contributes about $450m to the WHO while China provides about $40m, adding that the US will be “redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs”.

“China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world,” Trump said.

Reform demands

On May 18, the US president sent WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a letter, listing what he said were examples of the WHO’s shortcomings in managing the pandemic, including ignoring early reports of the emergence of the virus.

He accused the United Nations body of caving in to Chinese pressure by declining to declare coronavirus a global health emergency in the initial days of the outbreak.

Trump went on to criticise the WHO for praising China’s “transparency”, despite reports that Beijing had punished several doctors in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, for speaking out about the viral infection in late December.

The US leader also threatened to halt funding from the body’s top donor altogether if it does not commit to reforms within 30 days.

The WHO bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the pandemic.

The probe is expected to shed light on the origins of the virus and China’s early handling of the outbreak.

Global initiative

Earlier on Friday, the WHO and nearly three dozen countries led by Costa Rica launched a global initiative allowing for the sharing of data and scientific knowledge in the fight against COVID-19.

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado outlined a worldwide “technology repository” for vaccines, medicines and diagnostics, seeking to boost solidarity and urging more countries to join the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.

The collective effort offers a platform to “share openly on a voluntary basis and in a collaborative way the data and the intellectual property that will be generated throughout the world in order to make this a public global good,” he said.

While the push by mostly developing nations won praise from groups including Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), a drug industry alliance questioned whether the effort to pool intellectual property would really broaden access to medicines.

WHO Foundation

On Wednesday, Tedros announced the creation of the WHO Foundation, which will enable WHO to tap new sources of funding, including the general public.

The foundation is being created as an independent grant-making entity that will support the organisation’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges by raising new funds from “non-traditional sources”.

Tedros said the UN body’s annual budget of about $2.3bn was “very, very small” for a global agency, close to that of a medium-sized hospital in the developed world.

The WHO chief said the creation of the WHO Foundation had nothing to do with the “recent funding issues”.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

US Military Pursues War Games Amid Contagion

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(Image by Graphic from Hawaii Peace and Justice)

 
By Ann Wright, OpEd News

During the pandemic the U.S. military is running the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii Aug. 17-31, bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, up to 50 ships and submarines and hundreds of aircraft.

Hawaii has stringent measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all persons arriving in the state; returning residents as well as visitors. This quarantine is required until at least June 30, 2020.

The U.S. Army is also pursuing a 6,000-person war game in Poland, June 5-19, with a Polish airborne operation and a U.S.-Polish division-size river crossing.

If these weren’t too many military operations during an epidemic in which personnel on 40 U.S. Navy ships have come down with the hyper-contagious virus and…

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Poll: 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in past month

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Tammy Webber and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press

Oak Park, Ill. — Kate Maehr has never seen anything like it: lines stretching for blocks as people, many with children, inch forward to get boxes of food they hope will last until the next giveaway, until the next paycheck or until they can get government food assistance.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “They’re finding themselves in a set of circumstances where they have no income and they also have no food, and it happened in an instant.”

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, residents from all walks of life line up for a food giveaway sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago.In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, residents from all walks of life line up for a food giveaway sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

The number of people seeking help from her organization and affiliated food pantries has surged 60% since the start…

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RETURN TO EDEN: ‘Agrihoods’ Provide Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms – Not Golf Courses

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Source – collective-evolution.com via Rielpolitik

– :“…Every person on the planet can feed themselves with just 100 square feet of well managed land. In 2008, the UN Conference of Trade and development supported organics, saying that organic agriculture can be more conducive to food security in Africa than most conventional production systems, and is more likely to be sustainable in the long term”

‘Agrihoods’ Provide Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms – Not Golf Courses

California’s first farm-to-table new home community just opened. Called “The Cannery,” it’s a residential project designed and put together by The New Home Company. Designed with a seven acre urban farm near the center of downtown Davis, this 100 acre project is considered to be the very first agrihood built on what used to be industrial land.

The community is also home to 547 houses, all of which are energy efficient; each one…

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The Petroleum Industry: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Plastic

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Plastic Wars

PBS Frontline  (2020)

Film Review

This documentary reveals how the climate movement and the exponential growth of renewable energy has led the petroleum industry to shift their focus from fossil fuels to plastics production. At present they are investing tens of billions of dollars in new plants to transform gas and oil into plastics.

Meanwhile the plastics lobby still tries to shift responsibility for widespread plastic pollution pollution to consumers and local government (for their failure to recycle them). This despite the reality that only 10% of plastic can be economically recycled. Because the price of new plastic is so cheap, the vast majority of recycled plastic is far too expensive to compete.

Prior to watching this film, I had no idea the concept of plastic recycling originated with an industry lobby group known as the Plastics Council. They’re also responsible for the little recycling symbol stamped into…

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Why Does Trump Suddenly Want Combat Troops Home From Afghanistan By Election Day?

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President Trump has repeatedly voiced a desire to leave Afghanistan sooner than the timeline laid out in the Feb. 29 peace agreement. He may want to campaign on bringing home every soldier.

American troops during a visit last year by President Trump to Bagram air base outside Kabul.
American troops during a visit last year by President Trump to Bagram air base outside Kabul.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and

WASHINGTON — Senior military officials are set to brief President Trump in the coming days on options for pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan, with one possible timeline for withdrawing forces before the presidential election, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.

The proposal for a complete withdrawal by November reflects an understanding among military commanders that such a timeline may be Mr. Trump’s preferred option because it may help bolster his campaign.

But they plan to propose, and to advocate, a slower withdrawal schedule, officials said.

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New Research Study Clarifies Health Outcomes in Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children

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May 28, 2020

New Research Study Clarifies Health Outcomes in Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children

Brian Hooker, Ph.D.
Children’s Health Defense

Unvaccinated children are less likely to be diagnosed with developmental delays, asthma, and ear infections.

Redding CA— A new peer-reviewed study in the journal SAGE Open Medicine details the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children from three pediatric practices in the United States concludes that unvaccinated children have better health outcomes than their vaccinated peers.

Children in the study were followed continuously for a minimum of 3 years from birth.  The study was based on medical records of over 2000 children enrolled in three pediatric practices and born between November 2005 and June 2015.  Vaccination status was determined based on any vaccination received prior to one year of age which yielded 30.9% of the children in the unvaccinated group. Results show that vaccination before one year of age led…

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Churches may reopen in June, says CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed hope that the ban on religious gatherings in the country may be lifted by the first Sunday of  June.

 The ban is among the safety precautions in place to combat coronavirus in the country.

CAN President Rev Samson Ayokunle gave the indication in a statement on Wednesday.

He said they had been consulting with the Federal Government on the modalities to follow.

He said if the government did not entertain any fear in opening markets and banks, there would not be any basis to hesitate in opening churches considering the fact that they are more organised than markets and banks.

Ayokunle said, “As a law-abiding institution, the church in Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria that binds all of us together complied, hitherto, with government’s directive suspending church services for the past eight weeks now.

“However, the Church is well prepared for resumption of worship and as one of the most organised institutions in the country with trained leadership and good guidance by the Scripture.

“We are in discussions with  the Federal Government and are drawing the guidelines that churches would follow in order not to endanger the life of any worshipper and equally prevent COVID-19 infection.

“We are sure of compliance if the government allows our compliance team to work hand-in-hand with their law enforcement agencies  to monitor compliance. If the government didn’t entertain any fear in opening markets and banks which are not as organised as the church, why should government entertain fear about the compliance of the church?

“We are hopeful that latest by the first Sunday in June, all our churches would open again for congregational worship under COVID-19 prevention regulations. As I said before, we are consulting with the government on this.”

Meanwhile, CAN, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 met on Wednesday over the issue.

The CAN delegation was led by the Chairman of its North Central chapter and President of FCT Baptist Conference, Rev. Israel Akanji.

The representatives of the Federal Government were said to have promised to prepare their own recommendations to be presented to the President, who would decide the accepted ones and present them to the country in his nationwide broadcast scheduled for next week.

Apart from the usual the guidelines, the NSCIA was said to have asked that worship be held the same hour according to Qur’anic injunctions, but said children would not take part.

A source said, “The PTF and NCDC promised to prepare their recommendations which will be presented to the President, who will decide the accepted ones and present them to the nation in his nationwide broadcast scheduled for Monday.

“All parties agreed that it was time to reopen worship centres,” the source added.