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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80.

He passed away at a London hospital yesterday surrounded by his family.

Staten Island Hospital Workers Protest Vaccine Mandate: ‘I Am Not a Lab Rat’

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MPI999 /MediaPunch /IPX

According to WVNN, Staten Island University Hospital last week began requiring employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. In addition, New York State is mandating healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

Per the order, they must receive their first shot by September 27. Exceptions are limited to those with religious or medical reasons.

However, Staten Island University Hospital is a part of Northwell Health, which stated that those who fail to get vaccinated, and therefore fail to undergo testing on a regular basis, will “face adverse action that could progress up to and include termination.”

John Matland, a CT scan technician at the hospital, was among those who took to the streets in protest. He also is credited with organizing the event.

YouTube Censors Michelle Malkin over Mask Mandates Clip

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Charley Gallay/Getty Images for International Innovators of Justice/American Justice Alliance

Malkin, who has been targeted by YouTube’s censors before, under the same pretext, told Breitbart News that the people suppressing debate and dissent were the true threats to public health.

“I warned in 2019 that a federally-funded campaign to combat the vaccine debate online was on the horizon,” said Makin.

“That’s exactly what has happened as Silicon Valley, Big Pharma, and globalist institutions squelch dissent under the guise of eradicating ‘disinformation.’

Watch and download all my YouTube interviews on vaccines, masks, and COVID tyranny now (all backed up on BitChute) before they all get memory-holed.”

“We need MORE free speech, not less. Those who seek to suppress debate & discussion in the name of the ‘public good’ are the true health threats,” Malkin concluded.

#AppleToo: Apple Employees Are Turning on Their Own Woke Company

Motherboard reports that a number of Apple employees have formed a group that is calling for improved working conditions at the tech giant.

This week, a Twitter account called Apple Workers was launched which aimed to gather stories from Apple employees about workplaces issues including “persistent patterns of racism, sexism, inequity, discrimination, intimidation, suppression, coercion, abuse, unfair punishment, and unchecked privilege.”

The group also launched a website that includes the campaign’s announcement and a link for workers to join it. The announcement states: “We’ve exhausted all internal avenues. We’ve talked with our leadership. We’ve gone to the People team. We’ve escalated through Business Conduct. Nothing has changed. It’s time to Think Different.” Social media posts on the issue are tagged #AppleToo.

Emmy Award Stripped From Cuomo

YouTube Screenshot
YouTube Screenshot

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences revoked former New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s International Emmy Award on Tuesday.

“The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award,” a spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon

“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward.”

Cuomo formally resigned at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning after an investigation by the New York attorney general concluded he sexually harassed at least 11 women. The FBI is also investigating whether his office deliberately misled the public by hiding how many elderly people died due to COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes.

Explosive California wildfire ‘knocking on the door’ of Tahoe area

The Caldor Fire, which has burned more than 117,000 acres over 10 days and remains 9 percent contained as of Tuesday, forced the closure of schools in the Washoe County School District and several flights in and out of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The blaze has destroyed 557 buildings, Cal Fire said. Last week, it incinerated much of Grizzly Flats, a small community 65 miles east of Sacramento.

Eric Schwab, a Cal Fire section chief, said Monday that limiting the fire’s eastern spread toward Tahoe and small mountain communities was a “huge priority.” But firefighters were struggling to contain a spot fire in that section of the blaze that was quickly expanding, he said.

DeSantis Vindicated: There’s No Science Behind Masks On Kids

A recently published study from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) shows there is no scientific rationale for forcibly masking schoolchildren.

The study’s publication simultaneously vindicates Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been a vocal opponent of the policy due to its lack of scientific evidence.

Moreover, as New York Magazine noted, “Children are less likely to have severe disease from SARS-CoV-2, and when infected less likely to be symptomatic, which correlates with lower contagiousness.

Those facts alone may account for part of the reason why the Georgia study found no clear benefit for a masking requirement for kids in schools.”

Dem governor stripped of emergency powers, court says legislature must approve mandates

(Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

The blow to Beshear’s “aggressive” COVID-19 attack plan came when the high court decided Saturday that state law allows the legislature to check his powers, according to The Associated Press.

More specifically, the news agency reported, the decision “ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction that for months had blocked the Republican-backed laws from curbing [Beshear’s] executive authority” and could “significantly alter the state’s response to the pandemic.”

“The Kentucky Department of Education said in a statement Saturday that the court decision has no bearing on the Kentucky Board of Education’s emergency regulation requiring masks in public schools,” the newspaper reported.

“On Monday, it said in a statement that the ‘emergency regulation stands on its own authority, so the regulation is still in effect and in place.'”

San Fran DA Boudin cheers Cuomo granting clemency to convicted murderer father

David Gilbert, 76, was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree robbery in the 1983 heist of a Brinks armored car.

Boudin, who was elected San Francisco district attorney in 2019, was only 3 when his father went to prison. His mother was also involved in the heist and was imprisoned until 2003 after pleading guilty to felony murder and robbery.

Cuomo previously granted parole to another Weather Underground member, Judith Clark, who was also involved in the 1981 robbery.

Republican Assemblymember Mike Lawler, who represents Rockland County, where the robbery happened, slammed the governor’s announcement, calling him “a coward and an awful human being” and apologizing to the families of the victims, which included two police officers and a security guard.

Caught-on-camera New York City attacker stabs man in face, abdomen before fleeing

The shocking footage shows the suspect approaching with his right hand in his pocket, then pulling it out and charging the victim, who was carrying a pizza box, in front of passersby and bystanders in front of the store. 

He jabs the sharp object in the victim’s face, causing the man to lean over as his attacker grabs him again and continues his violent assault. The victim is seen in the footage trying to fight back. 

Police are still looking for the suspect, who fled from the area after the attack. The wounded man was taken to an area hospital in fair condition. 

Hundreds of California recall ballots, drugs, loaded gun found in passed out felon’s car: police

In addition to the Xanax pills, mail and ballots, police found a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, a scale and multiple California driver’s licenses and credit cards in other people’s names. (Torrance Police Department)
(Torrance Police Department)

Police responded to a call of a man passed out in a vehicle in a 7-Eleven parking lot in Torrance on Aug. 16, the Torrance Police Department said.

During the investigation, officers learned the suspect was a felon and had Xanax pills in his possession. Police said a further investigation found thousands of pieces of mail, including over 300 ballots for the upcoming recall election of embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom inside the vehicle.

In addition to the mail and ballots, police found a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, a scale and multiple California driver’s licenses and credit cards in other people’s names.

Laura Ingraham exposes San Francisco’s decline

Once California’s crown jewel, the liberal city is now a cesspool of homelessness, drug abuse and rampant crime.

WATCH: Controversial Use Of Force Arrest In Washington D.C. That Went Viral

The video shows an officer punching the man while yelling, “Give up.” Bystanders began yelling at the officers, asking why he was being punched. As the punches continue, the bystanders begin throwing nearby objects at the officers until additional officers arrived.

The original officers stated that observed a drug deal take place, which was why they initially approached the man.

After the man was arrested, he was charged with assault on a police officer while armed, carrying a pistol without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and resisting arrest.

When the video went viral, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against the man.

Inmates run wild on Rikers Island, answer phones, destroy equipment

Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On Sunday morning, three inmates from the Folk Nation gang jumped a Bloods member and slashed him in the face inside an unmanned housing area at the Anne M. Kross Center, the jail’s largest facility, internal records obtained by The Post show. 

At the time, 26 corrections officers were working quadruple shifts, 35 were on triple shifts and 30 patrol posts across the AMKC were unmanned as the jail grapples with an ongoing staff shortage, internal communications show. 

A day earlier at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, another Rikers facility, a group of inmates ran wild through the corridors and destroyed a bunch of fire safety equipment before officers could stop them, according to an internal email seeking “emergency maintenance.” 

Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor honored at funeral 2 months after shooting

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags be flown at half-staff “from sunrise to sunset” on Monday at the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Volusia County Courthouse.

During the funeral, a radio call aired by dispatch played a message that stated, in part: “Officer Jason Raynor, we thank you for your dedication and service to the citizens of Daytona Beach … no other boots on the ground can take your place. Rest easy. We have it from here.” 

Fellow Daytona Beach officers partook in ceremonies inside and outside the center, including a 21-gun salute and a flyover, FOX 35 Orlando reported. Images from the subsequent procession show members of the public lining the streets in parts of the stretch, waving “Blue Lives Matter” and American flags.

Politics:

Episode 24: Chaos in Afghanistan: A One-on-One with President Trump

He may no longer be in the White House, but Donald J. Trump is still the most talked about man in America.

And he’s got a lot to say about the unfolding disaster in Afghanistan as Americans are still stranded.

For this podcast, our 45th president sits down with Lisa for a raw, unapologetic, and honest discussion about how Joe Biden got it so wrong and the consequences of his failures.

They also get into the border crisis, vaccines, and Lisa asks him the big question: Are you running in 2024?

Big donors helping Newsom fight California recall also have a big wish list in Sacramento

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Most of the money came in six- or seven-figure donations from longtime Democratic financial backers, including government employee and trade unions, as well as people and interest groups that stand to gain from a relationship with California’s governor.

Even allies of the governor have expressed concern about the amount of money flooding in.

Netflix co-Chief Executive Reed Hastings, a major supporter of charter schools, topped the list of individual donors with $3 million. The California Teachers Assn., which has clashed with charter school advocates for years, gave $1.8 million.

The Service Employees International Union and its local affiliates, which together represent about 700,000 members, including government employees, donated a combined $5.5 million to Newsom’s anti-recall campaign.

House Minority Leader McCarthy Speaks About Afghanistan After Classified Briefing | NTD News

Leaked Cable Shows How Many Americans Have Been Rescued From Afghanistan and It’s Not Good

How many Americans have been rescued from Afghanistan? The Biden administration has been dodging the big question this week and now we know why. 

Alex Ward, a national security reporter for Politico, Tweeted what he says is a leaked cable with evacuation numbers, which include Americans. 

Ward claims that as of August 23 at 1500 EST, the total amount of Americans evacuated is only 4,407. 

Widespread reporting places the numbers of stranded Americans in Afghanistan between 10,000 and 15,000 people.

Lara Logan: Afghanistan a result of Biden’s ‘political decisions’

Fox Nation host lays out military options to the Afghanistan crisis on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lessons From Georgia

Georgia (the ex-Soviet Republic, not the U.S. state) is now ahead of the United States in economic freedom!

My producer Maxim Lott spent months in Georgia to find out.
Georgia was extremely poor about 20 years ago. The country suffered from Soviet occupation and communist mismanagement for more than half a century. After that, brutal civil wars wrecked the country.

But then, an eccentric libertarian multi-millionaire became economy minister, with nearly free reign to make “Everything private, as much as possible.”

Half of the government agencies were abolished. Licensing was cut, and a 20% flat tax was instituted.

This led to an economic boom, Georgian member of Parliament Zurab Japaridze tells Maxim Lott. The country’s economy grew 10% a year. But the country still has many problems.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Funds Removing Carbon Dioxide From the Air

(Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Alongside $2.5 billion to develop commercial carbon sequestration and transportation, as well as billions more in related spending, the bill allocates $3.5 billion from 2022 through 2026 to create four regional direct air capture hubs, which are intended to help curb greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by taking in air and removing CO2 from it.

According to the bill, the hubs will be a network of air capture systems along with infrastructure for transporting and sequestering CO2, unspecified subsurface resources, and possible off-takers for carbon dioxide utilization.

Each network will be expected to capture and handle at least 1 million metric tons of atmospheric CO2 per year.

World News:

Russia, Saudi Arabia Sign Military Pact amid Biden Chaos in Afghanistan

Saudi Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman announced the agreement via Twitter, stating it would aid in “developing joint military cooperation between the two countries.”

In a second tweet, he elaborated on his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, in which the pair explored ways to “strengthen the military and defense cooperation between our two countries.”

Kremlin expansion in the region has not been limited to the Arabian Peninsula.

On the western shore of the Red Sea, Moscow is building a large-scale naval base near Port Sudan allegedly capable of housing nuclear-powered vessels. The station will be Russia’s second naval base outside of the former Soviet Union, the other being a way station in Tartus, Syria.

U.N. Secretary General admits Taliban reprisals against staff have begun

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres gives a statement.
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres gives a statement.

Around 720 foreign staff working for the U.N. have been offered support to evacuate Afghanistan. Deborah Lyons, the Canadian head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, is already working out of Almaty, Kazakhstan. But for the 3,000 Afghans working for the U.N., mostly out of Kabul, there is little or no assistance.

Advice from U.N. management is inconsistent: staff at some agencies have been told to continue arriving at their offices each day, while others have been told to “hibernate” because the U.N. cannot guarantee their safety.

Official letters seen by POLITICO, which have been sent to some local U.N. staff, verify their employment status, but do not include any request that the staffers be granted asylum or other visa support to leave Afghanistan.

Llama antibodies reportedly reduce harmfulness of COVID-19, could be used as vaccine supplement and treatment agent

Photo by Alexei Kushnirenko/TASS via Getty Images
Photo by Alexei Kushnirenko/TASS via Getty Images

Antibodies were extracted from a llama — whose name is Winter — and the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent said laboratory testing also revealed that variant virulence was curtailed, the outlet said.

Dominique Tersago — chief medical officer of ExeVir, a VIB-UGent spinoff — said the technology is a potential “game-changer” but would supplement rather than replace vaccines by protecting people with weaker immune systems and treating infected people in hospitals, Reuters said.

Winter — the llama in question — produces versions of conventional antibodies that are smaller, more stable, easier to reproduce, and more versatile than antibodies from other mammals, VIB-UGent group leader Xavier Saelens told Reuters.

“Their small size … allows them to reach targets, reach parts of the virus that are difficult to access with conventional antibodies,” Saelens added to the outlet.

Police PR chief, 42, attacked outside court after avoiding jail

John William Green, known as Will Green, was head of corporate communications at Cleveland Police when he accessed indecent pictures of youngsters.

He was spared jail at Teesside Magistrates’ Court today but as he left the building an attacker grabbed his head and his mask then chased him up the court ramp as Green shouted ‘help, help’.

The assault came to an end when security guards pinned the assailant down. 

Green, 42, was charged with making indecent images of children in May. He later pleaded guilty and was suspended from his role upon arrest before resigning from his position. The charges relate to off-duty conduct.

IAF strikes Gaza over incendiary terror; U.S. dubs JCPOA a profound interest – TV7 Israel News 24.08

1) Palestinian Islamists launched dozens of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s southern territory – drawing, in a retaliatory response, Israeli aerial strikes on multiple military targets in Gaza overnight.

2) France, Britain and Germany urge Iran to return to the negotiating table in Vienna – warning the Ayatollah regime that the “time” to reach a deal “is on no-one’s side.”

3) The Biden Administration continues to regard a “mutual return to compliance of the JCPOA” profoundly in the interests of the United States.

CIA head meets Taliban leader as fears for Afghanistan grow

CIA Director William J. Burns (Al Drago/AFP/Getty Images)
CIA Director William J. Burns (Al Drago/AFP/Getty Images)

In the wake of their stunning takeover of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have promised to restore security and tried to project an image of moderation, but many Afghans are skeptical — and thousands have raced to the airport to flee the country.

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet added to those concerns Tuesday, warning she had credible reports of “summary executions” and restrictions on women in areas under Taliban control. She urged the Human Rights Council to take “bold and vigorous action” to monitor the rights situation.

Later Tuesday, G-7 leaders will discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, as European leaders press the U.S. to consider delaying its withdrawal to allow more time to evacuate those desperate to leave.

U.S. administration officials have refused to be pinned down about whether an extension is likely or even possible given that the Taliban spokesman have warned that Aug. 31 is a “red line” and that extending the American presence would “provoke a reaction.”

On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said again that his group would accept “no extensions” to the deadline.

‘An enormously valuable trove’: America’s race against Afghan data

An employee scans the eyes of a woman for biometric data needed to apply for a passport, at the passport office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2021. | Rahmat Gul/AP Photo
An employee scans the eyes of a woman for biometric data needed to apply for a passport, at the passport office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2021. | Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

Take call logs. Telecommunications companies keep a record of nearly every phone call placed and to whom.

U.S. State Department officials used the local cell networks to make calls to those who were working with the United States, including interpreters, drivers, cooks and more, said Walter Koenig, a former U.S. diplomat who worked with Afghan private sector businesses from 2011 to 2015.

“I don’t think anything’s off the table in terms of any personal rights,” Koenig said of the Taliban. Even before they gained control of the country, the Taliban had attacked telecom infrastructure and extorted mobile phone companies.

Call records would be particularly useful to the Taliban, said Tamim Samee, an Afghan-American entrepreneur who ran an information technology company in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s.

Damaged river levee in Shaanxi causes flooding; Second round of heavy rains strike central China

Torrential rains hit northern China, causing floods and landslides. A local river embankment collapsed, leaving behind a 50-foot breach. ​​

Video reveals a large number of virus isolation wards in Shanghai. Yet officials say no new CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus cases were found on Sunday.

China’s top companies lost $3 trillion in total market value, amid Beijing’s efforts to tighten control on domestic businesses.

Beijing passes one of the world’s strictest data control laws. But it’s not aimed at protecting users. As a result, companies suffer, including foreign firms doing business in China.

In an unprecedented move by the Chinese communist regime, Beijing shuts down a local branch of a U.S. auditing company after it had investigated forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region.

Commentary/Opinion:

Cop Escapes Ambush And Pursues Suspect On Video! LEO Round Table S06E34a

Topic 1 concerns the host of LEO Round Table, Chip DeBlock, discussing his experience with COVID-19 and the crazy world of vaccines.

Topic 2 concerns former La Mesa (California) Police Officer Matthew Dages being charged with a felony for the arrest of Amaurie Johnson. Also mentioned: District Attorney Summer Stephan.

Topic 3 concerns Silver City (New Mexico) Police Officer Stephen Laramore escaping an ambush from suspect, Ruben Delao, then engaging in a highspeed chase.

The sex worker turned hero who exposed Australia’s dirtiest cops | Under Investigation

In the new six-episode series, Under Investigation exposes how Sallie-Anne Huckstepp, a single mother and heroin-addicted prostitute from Kings Cross, changed the course of Australian police history after her fatal decision to blow the whistle on corruption in the force in a bombshell 60 Minutes interview with Ray Martin.

Never Apologize to the Mob

What once was the start of healthy debate is now just as often a catalyst for personal and professional destruction.

“The mob” is out to cancel anyone who crosses it. Paris Dennard describes the problem and offers a solution.

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