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  • Chicago Using Social Media to Spy on Tourists [semi-satire]

    08/08/2020 5:02:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 August 2020 | John Semmens
    Desperate to replace the tax revenues lost due to the City’s oppressive response to the COVID pandemic, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady has authorized a widespread surveillance of social media posts. “There are 22 states whose residents must report for a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they travel to Chicago,” Arwady said. “Very few are voluntarily submitting to this requirement. This forces us to monitor their social media activity. If we spot selfies or other posts sent from known tourist hot spots we check to see whether other posts from the same account were made from one...
  • China Warns: "US Cannot Defeat Coronavirus" [semi-satire]

    05/16/2020 12:32:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 May 2020 | John Semmens
    The Chinese Government controlled Global Times mocked America's battle against the pandemic saying "the inability to dictate top-down solutions is frustrated by squeamishness to violate so-called individual rights like privacy and freedom of speech. This inherent weakness is why China will rise to dominate the world for the next 1,000 years." Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash) made a bid to rebut this assertion by pointing out that "I have established a surveillance protocol that will require private businesses to record the names and addresses of customers. This information will then be kept on file until needed. I have also set up...
  • Police State Dry Run a Huge Success

    05/15/2020 5:04:53 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 82 replies ^ | 05/15/2020 | Carol Brown
    When the coronavirus landed on our shores, communist China came with it. We have become part of a mass scale human experiment in government control and it turned out that stripping away our freedom wasn’t all that difficult. Under the guise of concern for our health and well-being, tyrants came out of the woodwork. Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our lives are being destroyed as the left solidifies and expands their oppressive powers. We’ve been herded around like cattle, threatened, isolated, confined, silenced, and arrested. You name it, it’s happening. You tell me if what follows sounds like...
  • Nigeria demolishes two hotels for breach of coronavirus lockdown rules: report

    05/13/2020 4:03:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13 2020 | David Aaro
    Authorities in Nigeria demolished two hotels in its southern Rivers state on Sunday after they were accused of breaking lockdown rules meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to a report. State Governor Nyesom Wike said the managers of the Edemete Hotel and Prodest Home were arrested after they reportedly disregarded an order that hotels should be closed. He supervised their destruction, adding that people who tested positive for the coronavirus had been found in hotels across the state. Wike didn't say whether anyone who stayed at the demolished hotels had tested positive for the virus, according to...
  • NY Gov Declares 90-Day Rent "Holiday" [semi-satire]

    05/10/2020 10:40:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 May 2020 | John Semmens
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) issued an executive decree absolving all tenants from having to pay rent until August 20. "Since it was my previous decree barring all nonessential businesses from operating during the pandemic that ended the employment of millions of workers, it is only fair that I also decree that no one be required to pay rent until I deem it appropriate to allow these businesses to reopen," he said. The Governor acknowledged that "this may seem unfair to landlords who will lose their incomes during the rent holiday. But as former President Jimmy Carter said, 'life is unfair.'...
  • Exposing China's Digital Dystopian Dictatorship | Foreign Correspondent

    04/21/2020 3:08:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    China is marrying Big Brother to Big Data. Every citizen will be watched and their behaviour scored in the most ambitious and sophisticated system of social control in history. Matthew Carney reports. 
  • Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy activists, including media tycoon

    04/18/2020 8:03:36 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 18, 2020 | Dana Kennedy
    Hong Kong police arrested 14 veteran activists Sunday — including two prominent politicians and a millionaire media mogul — in the biggest crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement since mass protests began last year. Among those detained were Martin Lee, 81, founder of the Democratic Party founder and a senior barrister; publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71; and former legislator and barrister Margaret Ng, 72, the Associated Press reported.
  • Petty Tyranny Pops Up Around the USA [semi-satire]

    04/05/2020 12:22:27 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 April 2020 | John Semmens
    Malibu, California: A man paddle-boarding in the Pacific Ocean off the coast was arrested and taken away in handcuffs for violating the state's social distancing rules. He now faces a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a jail stint of up to six months. Earlier in the week, a lone surfer was arrested fined $1,000. A spokesperson for Gov. Gavin Newsom explained that "while the fact that this perp was more than hundreds of feet from any other person might seem to be within the guidelines, it is not up to individuals to make this interpretation for themselves. Yes, being...
  • How Xi’s ‘controlocracy’ lost control

    02/15/2020 7:51:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | February 15, 2020 | By Xiao Qiang
    In his 2016 book The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century, Norwegian political scientist Stein Ringen described contemporary China as a “controlocracy,” saying that its system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than what came before. China’s “controlocracy” now bears primary responsibility for the COVID-19 epidemic that is sweeping across that nation and the world. Over the past eight years, the central leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken steps to bolster Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) personal authority, as well as expanding the party’s own powers, at the...
  • Don’t Forget: New Hampshire Winner And Dem Frontrunner Bernie Sanders Has A Lot Of Crazy Plans; Here are 19 Of His Insane Policy Proposals

    02/12/2020 8:43:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/12/2020 | Emily Jashinsky and Madeline Osburn
    With a win in New Hampshire, a maybe-win in Iowa last week, and a month-long surge into second place nationally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is now in strong position to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. It’s been a long road for the curmudgeonly man from Vermont, who spent years toiling on the fringes of official Washington. Of all things, the event that ultimately launched him into the Democratic Party’s mainstream turned out to be a binary 2016 primary contest with Hillary Clinton, a match-up in which the contrast ultimately benefited him more than her.So, here we are, in...
  • Democrats are siding with a genocidal terror state

    01/15/2020 4:39:50 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/14/2020 | Mark Langfan
    Imagine an incumbent Democrat President at a time when America is in a national security crisis with Russia, and that the Republicans were goading Russia to attack American troops, and making every excuse to enhance Russia’s propaganda advantage. The Democrats would rightly be saying that “The Republicans are colluding with Russia, and putting American soldiers at risk.” But now, America is in a national security crisis situation with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. And, what are the Democrats doing? They are goading the Iranians into attacking American troops so that the Democrats can gain a “Trump has...
  • Exclusive: Mike Bloomberg will "spend whatever it takes" in 2020

    11/08/2019 2:11:53 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 92 replies
    Axios ^ | 11 hours ago | Mike Allen, Margaret Talev
    Mike Bloomberg is jumping into the Democratic presidential race because he believes that Joe Biden is fading, opening the moderate lane next to Elizabeth Warren, sources close to the former New York mayor tell Axios. Why it matters: "Mike will spend whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump," a Bloomberg source said. "The nation is about to see a very different campaign than we’ve ever seen before." I'm told there's no way he'll later run as a third-party or independent candidate, partly because of ballot-access hurdles. Theory of the case: Bloomberg, who according to Forbes is worth $52 billion, will...
  • The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

    07/16/2019 1:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 11, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid. In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.” The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not...
  • Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

    06/09/2019 5:29:40 AM PDT · by Salman · 56 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 6, 2019 | IOP Publishing
    Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out the potential for human settlement throughout the 21st century. They published their results today in Environmental Research Letters. At 13 million square kilometres Asian Russia -- east of the Urals towards the Pacific -- accounts for 77 per cent of Russia's land area. Its population,...
  • Protesters tear down Zhukov bust in Ukraine

    06/09/2019 3:44:01 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 59 replies
    AP by Fox ^ | June 3, 2019
    MOSCOW – Protesters have torn down a towering bust of Soviet military hero Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Ukraine's second-largest city. Destruction of the monument in Kharkiv on Sunday came amid protests by an array of far-right and nationalist groups against an organizing session for a new political party. The party is led by the mayors of Kharkiv and Odesa, both of whom were members of the party of Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia president ousted amid bloody protests in 2014. The protesters said the bust violated Ukraine's law banning Communist symbols. A crowd of hundreds cheered as protesters tugged on a...
  • Russia to call on UN to recognize their WWII victory as ‘heritage of humanity’

    06/08/2019 7:19:06 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies
    RT ^ | June 2019
    Russia will address the United Nations to declare victory in World War II as the ‘heritage of humanity,’ while also making the monuments to those who fought against the Nazis as part of a global memorial. The speaker of the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, shared those plans with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Russian MPs have already made the same offer to their colleagues in foreign parliaments, she added. The Federation Council speaker vowed that the parliament will to do everything to make sure “that no dirty hand will...
  • US, Russian Navies Exchange Accusations After Near-Collision In East China Sea

    06/07/2019 7:44:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    The brinksmanship between Russian and US militaries has expanded from the air to the sea — and it nearly created a collision today near the Philippines. Just a few days after a mid-air confrontation over the Mediterranean Sea made headlines, the two navies are pointing the finger at each other as well. This time, the US Navy says it will declassify images to show the “unsafe and unprofessional” practices of the Russian navy: A US Navy warship nearly collides with a Russian warship in East China Sea.To avoid a collision "the US Navy ship went full engines back, as...
  • Russia Claims John Kerry Secretly Approved of Crimea Invasion

    06/07/2019 6:43:44 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jun 2019 | Hayward
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian media on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry approved of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, believing the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of “reuniting” with Russia. According to Lavrov, Kerry’s main criticism of Russia’s actions was to suggest holding another referendum to reinforce the legitimacy of annexation. Russia’s summarized Lavrov’s comments to the RBK news service: I won’t reveal a big secret if I say that John Kerry was telling me in April 2014: ‘Everything is clear. Everything happened the way the Crimean people...
  • Kremlin Says D-Day Wasn't Decisive in Ending World War II

    06/05/2019 6:24:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 192 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 5 2019 | Reuters
    Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War II and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated. Moscow's comments might irk war veterans in Britain where the 75th anniversary on Wednesday of the largest seaborne invasion in history was marked at a ceremony in Portsmouth attended by Queen Elizabeth and world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a tribute to those who died on the western front of...
  • Why 'Putin's personal army' chief visited Turkey

    06/05/2019 1:12:52 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 22, 2019
    The unannounced visit to Turkey of the chief of the Russian National Guard — an internal security establishment also known as Vladimir Putin’s personal army — will undoubtedly be given hard scrutiny by Western capitals amid increasing criticism of Turkey’s drift away from its NATO allies. Viktor Zolotov, the head of the Russian National Guard, Rosgvardiya, a security unit that oversees anti-riot police and SWAT teams, paid a surprise visit to the capital, Ankara, from May 13-18 with a “heavily loaded” agenda, Turkish security sources told Al-Monitor. Although his Russian delegation's carefully crafted schedule didn't include any direct contact with...