News and Headlines.11/18/2020

Police uses water canons to clear a blocked a road between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament,

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In The News:

Customer slashes worker, threatens to shoot up NYC IHOP over mask rules

DCPI
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Staff members told the man to leave when he refused to put on a mask, according to cops.

The man then left briefly but he returned with two of his friends — one of whom handed him a knife, video released by the cops shows

He first tried to stab one of the male staffers before swinging the knife and slashing a 40-year-old female worker, cops said.

Florida police, feds arrest nearly 200 in child sex trafficking bust

Tallahassee police investigator Elizabeth Bascom told reporters that the young teenage girl who worked with police was subjected to “horrific” abuse and exploitation that probably began before she even turned 13. She is expected to testify in court.

“She was able to say that this has seriously impacted her life, and it is very difficult at times,” Bascom said. “But she is working to get her life back.”

“It is difficult to comprehend the depravity of these criminals who prey on the most innocent in our society,” added Kevin Sibley, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tampa. “Thanks to the collective efforts of the Tallahassee Police Department and HSI special agents, our local communities are significantly safer today.”

‘Dangerous’ person of interest sought after remains of 3 people found

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Adre Jordan Baroz is pictured an undated image released by police. The remains of three bodies were found on two properties in Colorado's San Luis Valley. Authorities are searching for Baroz, who goes by the nickname "Psycho".
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Adre Jordan Baroz is pictured an undated image released by police. The remains of three bodies were found on two properties in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Authorities are searching for Baroz, who goes by the nickname “Psycho”.

Colorado authorities are searching for 26-year-old Adre Jordan Baroz, who has an active arrest warrant for homicide and goes by the nickname “Psycho,” Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson told reporters.

Baroz should be considered armed and dangerous, Anderson said.

Forensic anthropologists have confirmed that the remains belong to three different individuals, Dingfelder said.

Facebook moderators blast Zuckerberg, claim he’s risking their lives for profits

IMAGE: BOB AL-GREENE / MASHABLE
IMAGE: BOB AL-GREENE / MASHABLE

So argue the more than 200 content moderators who published an open letter Wednesday accusing the Facebook CEO of hypocrisy and a wanton disregard for their health during a raging pandemic.

In demanding many return to the office, the moderators insist, both Zuckerberg and the CEOs of content moderation companies CPL and Accenture have taken the psychologically taxing job of content moderation and added the deadly element of coronavirus exposure.

The letter, which was also posted to Facebook’s Workplace channels, lays out both a list of grievances and demands. It also highlights Zuckerberg’s wealth gains — he has almost doubled his during the pandemic — while noting that content moderators aren’t even getting hazard pay.

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Horowitz: Massive Danish study on surgical masks found no statistically significant benefit against COVID-19

Rattankun Thongbun/Getty Images
Rattankun Thongbun/Getty Images

The much-vaunted Danish mask study was finally published today in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine.

Now we know why three medical journals were so averse to publishing its findings.

The study completely obliterates the cultish devotion to masks.

The results of this massive real-life controlled experiment show that the group that wore surgical masks in April experienced a 0.38% lower infection rate than the control group that did not wear masks.

That is about one-third of one percent, which is so low that it could just be statistically random variances that demonstrate no definitive efficacy even to that infinitesimal level.

Takata Airbags | Full Measure

Airbags are meant to save your life, but millions of Takata Airbags are being removed from cars because faulty infiltrators have caused serious injuries and several deaths. We explore the recall costs and the dangers that remain behind the wheel.

New Photos Reveal Newsom Lied About Posh Napa Valley Dinner

A FOX 11 exclusive on a story that has been making headlines across the state and the country. We've obtained photos of Governor Newsom at that Napa dinner party. And we have new information about what was happening.
A FOX 11 exclusive on a story that has been making headlines across the state and the country. We’ve obtained photos of Governor Newsom at that Napa dinner party. And we have new information about what was happening.

In photos published Wednesday by Fox 11 Los Angeles, Newsom is seen at the French Laundry without a mask, not observing social-distancing guidelines, and apparently dining indoors.

The witness who took the photos also said the birthday party for Newsom’s longtime adviser Jason Kinney was “very loud,” enough so that sliding glass doors had to be closed. Even then, the witness said, the party could still be heard.

The photos appear to disprove the governor’s statement last week that he “followed public health guidelines and the restaurant’s health protocols” and cast doubt on his claim that the dinner was outdoors. 

Two men arrested for alleged voter fraud scheme, fraudulently registering thousands of people

JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images
JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities claim that Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and his co-defendant, Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, conspired to fraudulently obtain mail-in ballots for fake voters.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Montenegro allegedly submitted 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October, falsifying names, addresses, and signatures — all under penalty of perjury, of course — in the process.

Officially, Montenegro has been charged with 32 felony crimes: 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged instrument, two felony counts of perjury, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud.

He was also charged with nine additional misdemeanors.

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Black officer to resign after fatally shooting three minorities in five years. Black Lives Matter mob allegedly shot at officer during August protest.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Three people have since been charged in that incident, the paper said.

Mensah also told WISN-AM that roughly 100 protesters came to his home on the night of July 27, the Journal Sentinel reported in a separate story.

“To call me a murderer, without any conviction, without any charges, and then to do something like this, again, I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m confused,” he said during the interview, the paper reported.

Mensah added that “it’d be one thing if there was any kind of cause, whatsoever, for my actions. But I defended myself, several times. Proven that I defended myself several times,” the Journal Sentinel said.

He also said he believes he was suspended to appease protesters, WITI-TV reported.

Florida Dem Arrested for Threatening to Shoot GOP Politicians

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla on May 14, 2020.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla on May 14, 2020. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)

Karen Jones was arrested in her Palm Beach County home by police over the weekend on three counts of written threats to kill or do bodily harm after she allegedly sent a tweet stating that “DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shot them.”

Jones admitted to the policemen arresting her that she wrote the tweet, but said it was a joke, the Miami Herald reported.

A policeman wrote in the arrest affidavit that “When I made the observation that there were no commonly used terminology to show the post was a joke, Jones stated that anyone who follows her knows her sense of humor.”

Parler CEO Matze on ‘Corporate Media’ Backlash to His Platform: ‘They Don’t Like That People Are Getting Power Again’

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“What we are seeing is a massive explosion in growth because people trust that Parler is going to do the right thing. So as opposed to these other companies, where moderation seems to be the norm, on Parler, we have a community jury.

This is where the people decide what is allowed and what’s not allowed. You’re judged by your peers, just like our government allows for people. You’re innocent before proven guilty, unlike these other platforms that are colluding to, I guess, find things to find you guilty for.

So, you know, really, we just want to sit back and say social media was supposed to be about the people. It was supposed to be about people having a free voice, being able to be, you know, liberated from restrictions, and so that’s what we’re here to offer. It is a community town square for people to have discussions.”

Matze also responded to Corporate America critics pushing back against Parler’s laissez-faire approach.

Former Army Green Beret pleads guilty to spying for Russia

Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45,
Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45,

Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, was accused by federal prosecutors this summer of conspiring with and passing national security information to members of Russian intelligence, including the notorious Main Intelligence Directorate known as the GRU, from December 1996 to January 2011, during which he told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia” and was assigned the code name “Ikar Lesnikov.”

Over the years, prosecutors said Debbins provided Russia access to information about U.S. troop deployments on the Russian border and details about his fellow service members to help Russia approach them for recruitment, and the Russians encouraged Debbins to join the military and the special forces and then to get a job in the U.S. government.

The 17-page indictment against Debbins indicated he first met with Russian intelligence while in Russia in 1996 and returned to visit the country frequently for more than a decade.

Tabulator Testimony Shows Precinct Ballots in Wayne County Michigan Might be Counted Twice

The county showed mismatches between poll book records and ballot tally.

The board of canvassers first refused to certify the election results but then reversed its decision.What really happened?

Is there a problem with Wayne county’s ballot counting? We need to get to the bottom of this before people can accept the county’s decision.

In this episode, Simone interviewed two people. Wilma Butler worked as a tabulator at the TCF center in Detroit.

She had a first hand account of what she actually counted at the counting board.

I also interviewed Sandy Groth, a retired deputy clerk in Michigan who explained the election laws in the state.

Politics:

Lin Wood bombshell: ‘Irrefutable evidence’ of fraud in Georgia recount

President Donald J. Trump arrives on stage at the Protecting America's Seniors event Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Myers, Florida.
President Donald J. Trump arrives on stage at the Protecting America’s Seniors event Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Myers, Florida. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

“This election was a fraud. Donald Trump won, I believe, clearly a 70%-plus landslide election in the nation,” Wood said in an interview on Mark Levin’s radio show Tuesday.

“He probably won over 400 electoral votes.”

Wood said the Trump legal team is “uncovering, step by step, the layers on the onion, and we’re going to get to the truth.”

“And the truth is Donald Trump has been reelected by this country to serve for four more years,” he said.

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How the Mainstream Media Influenced the 2020 Election | Larry Elder

Commentary/Opinion:
When the 2020 presidential election results are all said and done, the most significant influence to vote President Trump out of office will not be foreign adversaries, instead domestic power by the mainstream media.

Even after they prematurely declared the race for former Vice President Joe Biden, they still kept attacking President Trump calling him a racist, a fascist and a bigot, no matter how many times he denounced each system.
The media bias is out of control.

If President Trump prevails as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, it won’t be the first time he is underestimated, but it will be the last time. So, don’t count the man out, and if he loses, there is always 2024.

Ted Cruz Blasts Jack Dorsey for Suppressing Discussion of Voter Fraud

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, for suppressing discussion of voter fraud.

Jim Jordan: Par for the course on FBI’s Wray

Congressman Jim Jordan comments on FBI Director Christopher Wray and regarding the latest Christopher Steele developments. – with Newsmax TV’s John Bachman,

Tucker: Big Tech’s coordinated suppression amounts to a ‘censorship cartel’

Commentary/Opinion:
Tucker Carlson exposes American corporations for teaming up to censor political opponents.

Voting Machine Secret Ties Revealed | Dominion Linked to DHS | Declassified: Facts Matter

REVEALED: The same government agency that assured us of voting machine safety… has Dominion Voting System as a sitting member! Is this a conflict of interest?

World News:

Egypt arrests human rights group’s staff in ‘chilling escalation’

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Karim Ennarah was reportedly detained while on holiday at a Red Sea resort (family handout)
JESS KELLY
Karim Ennarah was reportedly detained while on holiday at a Red Sea resort (family handout)

The EIPR is an independent human rights group whose work covers a variety of political, civil, economic and social issues in Egypt.

On Sunday, the EIPR issued a statement saying security personnel had raided Mr Basheer’s home overnight and taken him to a State Security Sector facility, where he was questioned about a visit on 3 November by senior Western diplomats to the EIPR’s Cairo office to discuss human rights.

He was later taken to the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) and asked about the EIPR’s work, its latest publications and its legal aid work, the statement added.

U.S. Targets al Shabaab Leaders With Sanctions

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Getty Images

The State Department announced on Tuesday that it issued sanctions on two members of al Shabaab’s senior leadership, classifying them as “specially designated global terrorists.”

The action freezes any assets the two have in the United States and prohibits commercial transactions between the leaders and Americans, according to the Associated Press.

The two newly sanctioned terrorists are Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman. Mohamed works as al Shabaab’s chief propagandist, senior explosives expert, and special adviser to the organization’s so-called emir. 

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IAF bombs Syrian and Iranian targets; Palestinians resume ties with Israel -TV7 Israel News 18.11.20

1) Israel struck multiple targets in the area of Damascus overnight – in retaliation for the planting of Improvised Explosive Devices along the Israeli-side of the border with Syria.

2) The Palestinian Authority announced its decision to resume security and civil coordination with Israel – in light of an Israeli assurance that it remains committed to past agreements with the Palestinians.

3) Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi hosted his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani for a first historic visit to the capital of the Jewish State.

UN Atomic Watchdog: Iran Now Operating Natanz Centrifuges

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, speaks during a press conference during an IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters of the UN in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 18, 2020. (Christian Bruna/Pool Photo via AP)

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Vienna that the 174 centrifuges had been moved into a new area of the Natanz nuclear site and had recently begun operating.

He said that operation of centrifuges of that type was in violation of the nuclear deal Iran had signed with world powers in 2015 — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — but would not lead to a greater overall output of enriched uranium.

Iran is already far past the deal’s limits on enriched uranium, he noted.

Israel Strikes Iranian Bases in Syria After IED Fears

Israeli troops on the border with Syria / Getty Images
Israeli troops on the border with Syria / Getty Images

Militants associated with Iran’s Quds Force had placed IEDs against the border fence separating Israel and Syria, which prompted Israel’s counterattack.

The episode recalls a back-and-forth between Syria and Israel in August, in which Israeli troops dispatched helicopters, fighter jets, and drones to take out four terrorists in southern Syria and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces were responding to similar reports of aggression from Syria and Hezbollah, an Iran-backed terrorist group.

Berlin police forcefully disperse protest over virus rules

Police uses water canons to clear a blocked a road between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament,
Police uses water canons to clear a blocked a road between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament, as people attend a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 against the coronavirus restrictions in Germany. Police in Berlin have requested thousands of reinforcements from other parts of Germany to cope with planned protests by people opposed to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

As water sprayed from the cannons rained down on protesters outside the landmark Brandenburg Gate, police in riot gear moved through the crowd carrying away some participants.

Some demonstrators threw fireworks, flares and other objects in response as police helicopters hovered overhead.

Outside the metal cordons, protesters gathered early Wednesday by the Brandenburg Gate, and on streets and bridges. The demonstrators came from all walks of life, ranging from the far-left to the far-right, and included families and students.

“We want our lives back,” read one sign carried by protesters. Another said “Put banks under surveillance, not citizens.”

Commentary/Opinion:

Adam Carolla | Full Measure

Free speech in America is being ‘cancelled’ – that’s what entertainer Adam Carolla says.

We talk with him about the “cancel culture” and what free speech should look and sound like.

Antifa and BLM Attack Conservatives

This is not okay.Dave Rubin.

The Big Money Behind the Narrative—Sharyl Attkisson on Media Bias & Spin | American Thought Leaders

Much of media today seeks to advance narratives to the exclusion of facts, fairness, and accuracy, says Sharyl Attkisson, a five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist. In many cases, there are big interests and big money involved.

At the same time, big tech curates what people are allowed to see and applies third-party “fact-checkers” to dictate what is accepted truth.

Attkisson’s forthcoming book, slated to be released on November 24, is titled “Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism.”

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Delingpole: The Great Reset Is Trending. Here’s Why…

It sounds like a conspiracy theory — and is often dismissed as such by people who imagine they are being savvy and sophisticated. In fact, though, the people pushing for the Great Reset are perfectly open about their plan. Indeed, they can scarcely stop talking about it…

One of these people is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was a video of Trudeau talking about the Great Reset which prompted the flurry of nervous interest on social media.

All of this stuff would, of course, be mere pie in the sky if it were just a sinister-looking bald guy with a passing resemblance to Blofeld saying it. Unfortunately, lots of people of influence around the world take this stuff very seriously.

That’s why Joe Biden used ‘Build Back Better’ as his campaign slogan. It’s why the UK Conservatives feature the website on their Twitter page. And why UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson inserts the phrase into his speeches.

Christian Angst in the Wake of the 2020 Elections

The 2020 election is not over. Pending court cases and investigations have created great uncertainty for our nation. 

Many Americans view this election as rigged and corrupt. How should we live when the things we have traditionally taken for granted such as fair and open elections which no longer seem to apply?

In this episode, I interview Alex McFarland, a Christian apologist, author, evangelist, religion, and culture analyst, who is a strong advocate for biblical truth. Alex has preached in over 2,000 churches throughout North America and the world.

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