Driver who shot AK-47-armed BLM protester dead in Texas is active-duty army sergeant, acted in self-defence – lawyers

A man who killed an AK-47-toting protester in Austin, Texas, after the latter approached his vehicle, was identified as a US Army sergeant. The man insists he fired at Garret Foster after he threatened him with the rifle.

The shooter’s lawyer, Attorney F. Clinton Broden, identified his client as Daniel Perry, a soldier that has been with the military for eight years and has a tour in Afghanistan under his belt, in a statement to the media on Friday.

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Broden said that Perry was working for a rideshare company on the night when the incident took place last Saturday, and was scouting for new clients when he veered into the corner of Fourth Street And Congress Avenue, where a BLM rally was taking place.

Perry said he was unaware of the protest and first thought a man, later identified as Foster,  brandishing an assault rifle in the street  was with law enforcement. So he slid open his window as Foster instructed him to do.

Only then he realised that it was no officer. Citing Perry’s account of the event, Broden said that it was only when “this individual with the assault rifle began to raise the assault rifle” towards him, he discharged his handgun “to protect his own life.”

Broden dismissed the notion that Perry fled the scene in a bid to escape responsibility, arguing that he dashed away to save his own life since “a member of the crowd began firing on Sgt. Perry’s vehicle” after the showdown.

As soon as Perry reached safety, the lawyer said, he “immediately called the police.”

The exact circumstances of the incident, which set off an intense blame game online, are murky. A still shot from a video has since emerged purporting to show the victim with his gun drawn and pointed at the vehicle, seemingly confirming Perry’s account.

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Some, however, claimed that it appeared as Perry was intent on moving down the crowd, which caused Foster to confront him in the first place.

Browden, meanwhile, argued that Perry bore no ill will and was “devastated” by the incident, extending his condolences to the slain protester’s family. 

In its latest update on the incident on Friday, the Austin Police Department, which has not itself identified the suspect, said investigators are still combing the evidence, asking the public to provide additional footage that may help to shed light on what had transpired that day.

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Vietnam's Danang to test entire population as outbreak spreads beyond city – Reuters

  1. Vietnam’s Danang to test entire population as outbreak spreads beyond city  Reuters
  2. Vietnam Records First Coronavirus Death Amid New Outbreak  U.S. News & World Report
  3. Vietnam records first Covid-19 deaths  BBC News
  4. Vietnam says up to 800,000 have left virus epicentre Danang  Reuters
  5. Kuwait bans flights to ‘high-risk’ nations: Coronavirus updates  Al Jazeera English
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Fauci says Trump's coronavirus policy decisions helped save lives – New York Post

  1. Fauci says Trump’s coronavirus policy decisions helped save lives  New York Post
  2. Meghan McCain hits Fauci for answer on whether protests spread COVID: ‘Part of the reason Republicans are s…  Fox News
  3. Fauci testifies on US coronavirus response: Live updates  CNN
  4. Between Fauci’s lines: Yes, the Black Lives Matter protests likely spread the coronavirus  Washington Examiner
  5. Public Health Expert Calls To Repair Distrust In A COVID-19 Vaccine  NPR
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Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida – CBS Evening News

  1. Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida  CBS Evening News
  2. Hurricane Warning Issued for Florida As Isaias Spins in the Bahamas; Weekend of Strong Winds, Heavy Rain For SE Coast  The Weather Channel
  3. Friday Tropics Update: Hurricane Isaias eyes Florida and the East Coast  13News Now
  4. South Florida 100: Eulogies, economies and hurricane prep – South Florida Sun Sentinel  South Florida Sun Sentinel
  5. Here’s how Isaias could affect your weekend plans in Central Florida  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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Supreme Court Gives Trump 5-4 Win on Construction of the Border Wall with Mexico

The radical left continues to this day to fight the Trump administration’s plan to secure the country with a border wall with Mexico.

Open border Democrats pushed the court to halt construction of the Trump border wall but the justices voted 5-4 to allow construction to continue.

The Democrat appointees voted for open borders once again.
This makes the November election even more important for the country.

US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018.

The Statesman reported:

The Supreme Court declined by a 5-4 vote Friday to halt the Trump administration’s construction of portions of the border wall with Mexico following a recent lower court ruling that the administration improperly diverted money to the project.

The court’s four liberal justices dissented, saying they would have prohibited construction while a court challenge continues, after a federal appeals court ruled in June that the administration had illegally sidestepped Congress in transferring the Defense Department funds.

“The Court’s decision to let construction continue nevertheless I fear, may operate, in effect, as a final judgment,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a brief dissent for the four liberals.

Friday’s order means the court is not likely even to consider the substance of the issue until after the November election, while work on the wall continues.

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Brian McKnight confirms birth of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's second child – Page Six

  1. Brian McKnight confirms birth of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s second child  Page Six
  2. Jessica Biel Quietly Gives Birth, Welcomes 2nd Child with Justin Timberlake  Yahoo Entertainment
  3. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Welcome Baby No. 2  Us Weekly
  4. Jessica Biel Quietly Gives Birth, Welcomes 2nd Child with Justin Timberlake: Report  E! NEWS
  5. Brian McKnight Confirms His Friend Justin Timberlake Has a New Baby!  Just Jared
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Positive COVID-19 tests prompt postponement of Cardinals game –

  1. Positive COVID-19 tests prompt postponement of Cardinals game
  2. MLB calls off Cardinals-Brewers game due to positive coronavirus tests  ESPN
  3. 2 Cardinals test positive; 6 teams idle because of virus
  4. Brewers aim to keep fans connected during home opener – WKOW  WKOW
  5. Cardinals in quarantine at Pfister Hotel  WISN 12 News
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Harris allies granted call with Biden campaign after Dodd blowup – POLITICO

  1. Harris allies granted call with Biden campaign after Dodd blowup  POLITICO
  2. California paper urges Biden to pick Karen Bass over Kamala Harris for running mate  Fox News
  3. The Surge: A final ranking of VP candidates before Biden decides.  Slate Magazine
  4. Would Kamala Harris be disloyal if she were VP? | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Kamala Harris isn’t ‘too ambitious’ to be Biden’s VP. We know what the real problem is  The Independent
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Alveda King: Obama took nation back to segregated '60s

Alveda King

It was more like a stump speech than a eulogy and that took America back to the segregated ’60s, according to Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

According to a BizPacReview report, King was talking about Barack Obama’s “wordplay” in this week’s funeral for Congressman John Lewis.

“Well, I guess we should have expected that the left, including President Obama, would take that occasion for a political moment,” King explained. “They’ll grab at any opportunity, that’s to be understood. I have chosen not to politicize the death of Congressman Lewis, but to remember him as a peaceful, nonviolent warrior and encourage everyone to resolve our conflicts peacefully.”

She said Obama took a different road.

“Obama, with wordplay, took us back to 1960’s and that was a time when segregation was still on the books, segregation was still legal, and those in power, some of them, were trying to enforce that and keep that,” she said.

The report explained, “While Obama couldn’t summon enough courage to speak President Trump’s name, there was no mistaking his criticism of the president in what sounded more like a stump speech than a eulogy. As smug and arrogant as ever, not to mention divisive, the former president used the occasion to push the myth of voter suppression.”

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations, by targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” Obama claimed.

King also rejected the claims of voter suppression.

“President Trump is not trying to suppress the vote. As a matter of fact, you can see in my community, I’m telling everybody, ‘Make sure you vote, register to vote. Pastors and leaders, encourage your people to vote.’ We do want people to vote safely and we need the voting process to be fair,” she said.

Obama’s eulogy, she said, as nothing more than political grandstanding.


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On the Ground at the Portland Protests: A Secular Silent Night

On the Ground at the Portland Protests: A Secular Silent NightThe first sign that something was up came from my Lyft driver, Shawn. At O’Hare, I had seen little to confirm the stereotype beyond a guy doing yoga at the gate. On the flight, I saw mostly young families and middle-aged to older folks. And, even when we descended into Portland, I could see no billowing plumes of smoke, destroyed cop cars, or shattered storefronts, just the city’s picturesque setting in the Pacific Northwest, soaking up the sunlight on an ordinary Thursday.But Shawn, a black gentleman originally from Southern California, made it clear that all is not well in the City of Roses. “Those people will protest about anything,” he said, shaking his head, as we got to talking on the drive from the airport. “Just give them a subject and they’ll protest.” Shawn is not happy with the status quo. He is, he told me, no closer to getting a job in the Oregon government now than he was when he moved here with that hope several years ago (he suspects that the state is pre-filling the jobs and then advertising them after the fact so that it can tick the right boxes), and he remains upset that until 2002 the state of Oregon had the terms “negroes,” “mulattoes,” and “whites” in its constitution. And yet, while he sees evidence of “systematic racism,” he is no fan of the protesters either. A father himself, Shawn is particularly frustrated with the parents who have brought their children to the protests and then complained when their kids got a whiff of tear gas. “What did y’all think was going to happen?” he asks. In addition, he condemned those who have unknowingly torched the cars of black Lyft drivers who are off to protest elsewhere.All told, he wished the Portland Police Department would start cracking down on the protests and on homelessness — both of which he regards as impediments to civil society. A few years ago, he told me, he had saved up enough money to purchase a food truck, from which he was planning to sell burgers and hot dogs at first — “everyone eats hamburgers and hot dogs” — and then branch out into gumbo and jambalaya. Unfortunately, soon after he bought it, a homeless man broke into his truck and ransacked it. When Shawn accosted the culprit, the man said, “I’m homeless,” as if this were an excuse. The truck had to be sold off as the interior had been stripped and it wasn’t worth it to build it back out.Shawn was fascinating to talk to, but I was about to get my own sense of the situation on the ground. The moment we arrived in downtown Portland I saw where all of the state’s lumber is being put to use. A majority of the businesses along 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues between SW Madison and Washington St. — ironic — had covered their windows with plywood, with some even covering their front doors. So complete was the wooden shielding that many businesses had affixed a “Yes, We’re Open” sign on their exterior, lest the property look to outsiders as if it had been foreclosed. Despite this, the streets were busy with regular people going about their regular lives. I wondered: Was this the new normal?From my hotel window high above Pioneer Courthouse Square, which has served as one of the main gathering places for the protesters, I could see couples strolling through the square, a handicapped woman in her motorized wheelchair soaking up the sun, and coffees being sold by street vendors. At 2:30 p.m., at least, there was no garbage strewn around, and a pleasing absence of vehicles on fire — but, as Clare, the front-desk clerk, had warned me, this would likely change dramatically at around 10 or 11 p.m. It was Thursday, July 30, the day by which the governor of Oregon and the mayor of Portland had wanted federal officers to leave the city. Shawn had figured there’d be a demonstration as a result. Clare, on the other hand, told me she was hoping for the first quiet night in two months.Both were right. After dropping my bags and getting in a nap before a long night walking the streets, I set out to see the status of the neighborhood. At 7:30 p.m., almost every store was closed, with the exclusion of a few restaurants.The town center was not only devoid of tourists and shoppers, it was missing the typical bar patrons and homeless as well. (One of the few homeless men I did meet asked me what time it was — a peculiarity of the homeless community. Having lived in San Diego and interacted with the homeless there, I found they’d almost always ask the same question.) After walking the streets for a good while, I circled back to Pioneer Square, expecting protesters to have begun arriving. It was deserted. In the distance, I could hear the sounds of an assembly and, upon following the noise, ended up in front of a Portland police precinct in a crowd of perhaps a thousand people. They were listening to a speaker who was standing on the steps at the building’s entrance, microphone in hand, employing the cadence of a Baptist preacher in an attempt to cajole and energize the crowd before him. Looking around, I saw not a single police officer.I say “attempt” because this particular speaker seemed rather torn about the prospects for racial equality and at one point said something so manifestly at odds with progressive dogma that he felt obliged to spend a solid minute apologizing for his transgression. He was not, let’s say, the finest example of the rabble-rouser genre, but he did have a talent for call-and-response routines. “America was never great, but we can make it great,” he would say, and the assembly would respond, “Abracadabra.” After a few minutes of this, he finished with an assurance: “Say abracadabra and 3 million dollars will be in your pocket.”I checked my pockets just in case, but still had only the 15 dollars with which I had left Wisconsin.More the fool me. It was a trick. “That’s how they control you,” he said, swinging from positive incantation to assuring the crowd that magic was in fact a mechanism to keep the masses down. The crowd seemed confused and a little disappointed by this shift, but a few chants of “Black Lives Matter” got everyone in the spirit again.The speaker had a handful of people up on the steps with him, all African-American as best I could tell. As I was turning away to assess the crowd, another speaker came to the microphone. This time it was a gangly white guy, who seemed to be doing his best impression of a Soviet commissar. He had a good deal of vim and plenty of vigor, but his message — muddled by his hurried speech and zeal — was unfortunately lost on the crowd. Sensing that he was losing the audience, he exclaimed, “We are like the French Revolution!” I’m given to understand that this was a good thing.The crowd itself was a fascinating cross-section of humanity, in its organization and in its factions. They stood in a semicircle, with a tightly packed knot of the most vocally supportive attendees out in front. This knot was almost entirely white and young, and featured a dozen or so of the now-famous “protest moms.” The farther back one traveled from the speaker, the looser the formation became, and, with it, the looser the devotion to the cause.There was some uniformity among the most vocal. Head protection, goggles, and dark clothing were ubiquitous, which gave me the impression that this represented a social outing of sorts — a chance to cosplay Revolutionary with one’s friends. But combat gear does not a soldier make, and the protesters’ tendency to use rubber ducks as signals — squeaking the ducks as a means of finding one another in crowds — suggested a softness that would find hostile circumstances overwhelming.A supply-and-support corps was active among this crowd. There were snack and water distributors, handing out provisions indiscriminately. A few young women were going around and writing the phone number to call if you needed bail money on one’s upper arm, and there appeared to be medics of a sort, with red or green crosses on their backpacks.The sub-faction that left the largest impression, both physically and otherwise, was the group I’ll call the “Praetorian Guard.” Numbering a couple of dozen, this group would drift in and out of the crowd, watching and waiting and rarely cheering. My charitable impression was that this faction sees itself as the protectors of the protest. My less charitable impression was that they were left-wing anarchists who wanted the police to show up so they could start a fight.Each member of the Praetorian Guard was kitted out with dual-filter respirators, athletic pants, and combat boots. Umbrellas stuck out from their backpacks — presumably to be used as a defense against pepper spray. I saw quite a few electric leaf-blowers, which I assumed they could use as a counter to wind-borne chemical agents. I saw even more shields cobbled from sliced 55-gallon drums, plywood, or foam composite. The plywood versions, rectangular in shape, with their top corners cut to 45-degree angles, typically sported a black fist on a yellow background. I asked one gentleman why this specific design was so popular, and he said he had been given the shield when he arrived at the protest so couldn’t say. What a world we live in when the anarchists have their own supply chains.There were three strands of observer. The first were members of the media. They numbered a few dozen and were extremely obvious, having festooned themselves and their gear with signifiers of their occupation. Some looked like they were being deployed to Afghanistan, showing up with flak jackets and combat helmets. I lacked both credentials and armor, but I did have on a blue “Wisconsin: You’re Among Friends” shirt, so I felt confident that a mob or federal agents would leave me alone.The second set of observers were those out for an evening stroll. Couples would wander by hand in hand, with nothing but typical civilian attire and cloth masks on, stand near the back, and then move on after 15 minutes or so. The last strand, and the most interesting, was made up of homeless people. Some were using the gathering as a side-hustle, loading up bags with cans that they could turn into cash; others were striking up conversations with whoever was in the general vicinity. Rob, who said he was from South Carolina, told me that he had a job as a welder making “80 to 90 dollars an hour,” but had lost his wallet and needed money to get home. Noticing that he was holding a bent piece of pipe that looked like it had seen use, I asked him about the protest the night before. He had, he said, been kicked out of this park, in which he regularly slept, by the police, and he hadn’t gotten much sleep as a result.The evening was actually generally peaceful. I knew that the night before had been filled with tear gas, so it seemed like this was a night of recuperation for both the police and the protesters. At 10:30, as some firecrackers were lit, a man named Jeff sidled up to me and informed me that the “party is about to start.” Jeff had a shield, boots, and an air of skullduggery about him; when he mentioned the inevitability of the police showing up he sounded more excited than concerned. When bottles were thrown at the courthouse, it looked as if Jeff might get his wish. But, before long, chants of “Peaceful Protest” rang out, and the bottle-lobbing came to a halt. Later, a fellow listening to some Rick Ross on a Bluetooth speaker walked in front of me to lob a stone at the courthouse, but then walked off nonchalantly — whether because he lacked additional rocks or because the crowd declined to mimic this behavior, I couldn’t say.Even with no tear gas or pepper spray, the air quality was frightful. Between the woman wandering around burning sage, the copious cigarette and weed use, and the humid air, coughing and sneezing were inevitable and ubiquitous. Those who claim that protests have had no effect on the coronavirus infection rate ought to come to Portland. Despite the masks, I saw noses being blown almost endlessly and heard a whole lot of “bless you’s.”Half an hour past midnight, with the police nowhere in sight, the protest started to fall apart. After rattling the fences for a bit, the chants became softer and quicker, and people started trickling away. The other media had packed up an hour before, and I followed suit. When I left, the armored praetorians were still standing guard. Walking back to my hotel, I swung by the financial district and passed City Hall. I saw boards on the windows and doors and storm-fencing everywhere. A sign of things past — and probably to come again. Some of the names in this piece have been changed to preserve the identities of the speakers.

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#IStandWithRingo: Iowa senator draws ire of dog lovers after criticizing opponent for 'taking selfies' with her pet

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst provoked a storm of criticism on Twitter after attempting to shame her election opponent for the crime of taking selfies with her dog and ultimately learned the hard way: leave the pets out of it.

The incumbent Republican senator who is seeking re-election in November blasted her opponent, Democrat Theresa Greenfield, for her lack of leadership which was apparently demonstrated by the fact that she takes pictures with her dog.

Speaking during a campaign conference call on Wednesday, Ernst called out Greenfield, saying she “has been hiding in her basement taking selfies with her dog Ringo.”

“So, you know, she has not exhibited leadership throughout this entire process,” the senator concluded.

When audio of the “attack” on Ringo began making the Twitter rounds on Friday, it irritated dog lovers everywhere — so much so that the hashtags #IStandWithRingo and #RingoGate began trending.

The comment was highlighted by Greenfield’s communications director, Sam Newton, who said Ernst resorted to bringing Ringo into political fray because she was “down in the polls and running a campaign with no message.”

Users quickly began sharing photos of their own pets ‘showing support’ to the canine victim of Iowa politics.

Some cat owners even decided to join the chorus of condemnation levelled at Ernst.

Greenfield immediately sought to capitalize on the popularity that befell her fluffy pet and put out a call from “good boy” Ringo for campaign donations.

While one incensed tweeter claimed the debacle meant Ernst “hates dogs,” that does not in fact appear to be true.

Indeed, somewhat ironically, Ernst is posing with a dog in her own Twitter profile picture. In 2019, she announced that a dog named Jax would be her “Chief Pawliticial Strategist.”

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When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media

When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media

Tyler Durden

Fri, 07/31/2020 – 19:25

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

The New York Times published an astonishingly horrible article the other day titled “Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic” accusing governments like Venezuela and Nicaragua of exploiting Covid-19 to quash opposition and oppress democracy.

The article sources its jarringly propagandistic claims in multiple US government-funded narrative management operations like the Wilson Center and the National Endowment for Democracy-sponsored Freedom House, the extensively plutocrat-funded Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the United States Naval Academy.

The crown jewel of this piece of State Department stenography reads as follows:

“Adding to these challenges, democracy in Latin America has also lost a champion in the United States, which had played an important role in promoting democracy after the end of the Cold War by financing good governance programs and calling out authoritarian abuses.”

Whoa, nelly.

The fact that America’s most widely regarded newspaper feels perfectly comfortable making such a spectacularly in-your-face lie on behalf of the US government tells you everything you need to know about what the mass media in America really are and what they do.

The United States has never at any time been a champion of democracy in Latin America, before or since the Cold War. It has intervened hundreds of times in the continent’s affairs throughout history with everything from murderous corporate colonialism to deadly CIA regime change operations to overt military invasions. It is currently trying to orchestrate a coup in Venezuela after failing to stage one during the Bush administration, it’s pushing regime change in Nicaragua, and The New York Times itself admitted this year that it was wrong to promote the false US government narrative of electoral shenanigans in Bolivia’s presidential race last year, a narrative which facilitated a bloody fascist coup.

This is propaganda. There is no other word for it. And yet the only time western politicians and news reporters use that word is to talk about nations like Russia and China.

Why is propaganda used in an ostensibly free democracy with an ostensibly free media? Why are its news media outlets so consistently in alignment with every foreign policy objective of US government agencies no matter how destructive and inexcusable? If the media and the government are two separate institutions, why do they so consistently function as though they are not separate?

Well, that’s easy. It’s because they aren’t separate. The only thing keeping this from being seen is the fact that America’s real government isn’t located where people think it is.

In a corporatist system of government, where no hard lines are drawn between corporate/financial power and state power, corporate media is state media. Since bribery is legal in the US political system in the form of corporate lobbying and campaign donations, America’s elected government is controlled by wealthy elites who have money to burn and who benefit from maintaining a specific status quo arrangement.

The fact that this same plutocratic class also owns America’s media, which is now so consolidated that it’s almost entirely run by just six corporations, means that the people who run the government also run the media. This allows America’s true rulers to set up a system which promotes narratives that are favorable to their desired status quo.

Which means that the US has state propaganda. They just don’t call it that themselves.

Strip away the phony two-handed sock puppet show of US electoral politics and look at how power actually moves in that country, and you just see one more tyrannical regime which propagandizes its citizens, brutally cracks down on protestersdeliberately keeps its populace impoverished so they don’t get powerful enough to change things, and attacks any nation which dares to disobey its dictates.

Beneath the thin layer of narrative overlay about freedom and democracy, the US is just one more despotic, bloodthirsty empire. It’s no better than any of the other despotic, bloodthirsty empires throughout history. It just has good PR.

Plutocrats not only exert control over America’s media and politics, they also form alliances with the secretive government agencies whose operators remain amid the comings and goings of the official elected government. We see examples of this in the way new money tech plutocrats like Jeff BezosPeter Thiel and Pierre Omidyar have direct relationships with the CIA and its proxies.

We also see it in the sexual blackmail operation which was facilitated by the late Jeffrey Epstein in connection with billionaire Leslie Wexner and Israeli intelligence, along with potentially the FBI and/or other US intelligence agencies. Today the internet is abuzz as newly unsealed court documents relating to Epstein and his co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell reveal witness testimony regarding underage sex trafficking, with such high-profile names appearing in the documents as Alan DershowitzBill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.

The Overton window of acceptable political discourse has been shrunk into such a narrow spectrum of debate that talking about even well-known and extensively documented facts involving the real nature of America’s government and media will get you laughingly dismissed as a conspiracy theorist, which is itself a symptom of tight narrative control by a ruling class which much prefers Americans thinking they live in a free democracy whose government they control with their votes.

In the old days you used to be able to tell who your rulers were because they’d sit on thrones and wear golden crowns and make you bow before them. Human consciousness eventually evolved beyond the acceptability of such brazen indignities, so it became necessary for rulers to take on more of a background role while the citizenry clap and cheer for the illusory puppet show of electoral politics.

But the kings are still among us, just as cruel and tyrannical as ever. They’ve just figured out how to mask their tyranny behind the facade of freedom.

But 2020 has been a year of revelations, a trend which seems likely to continue accelerating. Truth cannot stay hidden forever.

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Washington state has trapped its first 'murder hornet' – CNN

  1. Washington state has trapped its first ‘murder hornet’  CNN
  2. Washington officials rush to capture invasive ‘murder hornets’ ahead of mating season  ABC News
  3. Washington officials captured their first invasive murder hornet, with less than two months until mating season  CBS News
  4. Washington state traps its first murder hornet  New York Post
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James Murdoch resigns from News Corp. board – Los Angeles Times

  1. James Murdoch resigns from News Corp. board  Los Angeles Times
  2. James Murdoch resigns from News Corp, citing ‘disagreements over certain editorial content’  CNN
  3. James Murdoch resigns from news publisher News Corp’s board  South China Morning Post
  4. James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board of directors  Sky News Australia
  5. News Corp: Rupert Murdoch’s son James quits company  BBC News
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Trey Gowdy reacts to federal court vacating Boston bomber's death sentence – Fox News

  1. Trey Gowdy reacts to federal court vacating Boston bomber’s death sentence  Fox News
  2. Appeals court vacates Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence, orders new penalty trial  CNN
  3. Court overturns death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  New York Post
  4. Federal appeals court tosses Tsarnaev death sentence, ordering new trial to decide bomber’s fate  The Boston Globe
  5. Federal appeals court vacates Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence  Fox News
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Big Tech spends over $20 million on lobbying in first half of 2020, including on coronavirus legislation – CNBC

  1. Big Tech spends over $20 million on lobbying in first half of 2020, including on coronavirus legislation  CNBC
  2. Tech competitors are ‘blown away’ by Congress’ CEO grilling and hopeful for antitrust reform  CNBC
  3. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos Have Made $6 Billion Each Since Wednesday’s Congressional Hearing  Yahoo Entertainment
  4. A historic antitrust hearing in Congress has put big tech on notice  The Guardian
  5. Big tech has no friends in Washington  The Washington Post
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Source: Google News, Big Tech spends over million on lobbying in first half of 2020, including on coronavirus legislation – CNBC