San Francisco officer who shot, seriously injured suspect who attacked him is indicted – NBC News

  1. San Francisco officer who shot, seriously injured suspect who attacked him is indicted  NBC News
  2. SFPD officer, suspect involved in 2019 shooting are indicted by grand jury  SFGate
  3. SFPD Chief Scott on Twitter: “(1/2) Today I was informed of a felony indictment by a grand jury against Officer Christopher Flores regarding his involvement in an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Dec. 7, 2019.”  Police Department in San Francisco CA
  4. Grand jury indicts San Francisco police officer, 25-year-old man  KTVU San Francisco
  5. SFPD officer indicted by grand jury over Jamaica Hampton shooting  San Francisco Examiner
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Did coronavirus data whistleblower hack Florida’s emergency alert system? Police raid home – Tampa Bay Times

  1. Did coronavirus data whistleblower hack Florida’s emergency alert system? Police raid home  Tampa Bay Times
  2. Florida state police raid home of Rebekah Jones, data scientist who challenged DeSantis on coronavirus statistics  Yahoo News
  3. Home Of Florida Department Of Health Whistleblower Raided By Armed Agents  CBS Miami
  4. Fired COVID data scientist’s home raided at gunpoint  South Florida Sun Sentinel
  5. Did COVID data whistleblower hack Florida’s emergency alert system? Police raid home  Miami Herald
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Source: Google News, Did coronavirus data whistleblower hack Florida’s emergency alert system? Police raid home – Tampa Bay Times

OPCW director worried truth about Syria ‘chemical attack’ report would feed ‘Russian narrative’

While praising the OPCW whistleblower’s integrity and professionalism, one director worried that seeking truth about the altered report on a ‘chemical attack’ in Syria might help Russia, which he denounced as the enemy.

“I fear there is little one can do since the report is final and out – unless one wants to feed in the Russian narrative and that I would never do as they really are not bona fide friends of this organization, that’s for sure,” was the message of one director to Dr. Brendan Whelan, one of the whistleblowers who challenged the ‘interim’ report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as doctored for political purposes.

This is according to emails published on Monday by Grayzone, an investigative outlet that has been following the OPCW whistleblower story since the beginning.

The director – whose name was redacted to protect his privacy – is the same one who in 2018 praised Whelan for his initial objections to the report, saying his email was “very carefully crafted, without emotions, not accusing anybody but laying out the facts and concerns very clearly.” Whelan’s June 22, 2018 email “took all the steps to maintain your moral and professional integrity,” he added, according to documents published by Grayzone.

Robert Fairweather, a British diplomat who was OPCW chief of cabinet at the time, requested that Whelan’s email be “recalled” – erased from the organization’s documents and archives – without explanation, having previously said the report was not “redacted” at the behest of the OPCW director-general, and that he only asked “that the report did not speculate.”

Also on rt.com

© Reuters / Ali Hashisho
Fourth OPCW whistleblower says staff ‘frightened into silence’ as watchdog brought into ‘shameful disrepute’ over Douma probe

The “core” team appointed from new OPCW hires was then tasked with writing the final report, but apparently waited until Whelan’s term at the organization expired in September 2018 to publish its version of the report. Ironically, it did nothing but speculate – conveniently omitting any evidence actually gathered by the Douma inspectors to blame the government of President Bashar Assad in Damascus for what might have been a “chlorine” attack on the town held by Jaysh al-Islam militants. Fairweather was later made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services to international relations.”

Four whistleblowers have since come forth to challenge the OPCW’s alterations of the initial report. The organization’s response has been to defame them as disgruntled employees, while NATO-affiliated narrative management outfit Bellingcat actually doxxed Whelan.

The 16-year veteran of the organization, who was praised for his professionalism and integrity by multiple directors – as Grayzone documented – was thus hung out to dry because challenging the report would help “Russian narratives.”

He wasn’t the only one. In October, OPCW’s founding director general Jose Bustani was blocked from addressing the UN Security Council by the US, UK and France – the same countries that launched missile strikes against Syria without waiting for the Douma investigation, and have been accused of pressuring the OPCW into publishing the report retroactively validating that action.

Also on rt.com

Bustani at a hearing amid US efforts to remove him from his post as director-general of OPCW © Reuters / Jamil Bittar
Former OPCW director defends Douma whistleblowers as ‘extremely competent’, slams media for creating ‘wall of silence’

The OPCW director mentioned above also told Whelan that talking about the report was “difficult to pursue out in the open, knowing that it is already being played by parties who are decidedly not bona fide supporters of the [Chemical Weapons Convention].” This is according to an April 17, 2019 email.

The “parties” reference here are highly likely to be Russia, which the UK had accused of a chemical attack on a former spy in Salisbury, without any evidence but Bellingcat speculation. The US didn’t exactly object, choosing to take London’s word for it.

Western governments are trying to politicize the OPCW and “in fact, turn it into an obedient tool to realize their military and political agenda,” Russia’s envoy to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin told RT last month. These emails appear to support his assessment.

Meanwhile, mainstream media coverage of the OPCW whistleblower complaints has consisted of repeating the official defamatory claims about them or citing Bellingcat, leaving the job of digging for actual documents to outlets like the Grayzone and other independent journalists.

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Dallas County reports 1,663 coronavirus cases, 3 deaths; Tarrant County reports 11 fatalities, 1,850 cases – The Dallas Morning News

  1. Dallas County reports 1,663 coronavirus cases, 3 deaths; Tarrant County reports 11 fatalities, 1,850 cases  The Dallas Morning News
  2. New Mexico reports 7 new deaths, 1,872 additional COVID-19 cases  KOB
  3. New York sends mask squad to enforce COVID-19 rules in lax counties  New York Post
  4. Napa County reports unprecedented surge in new COVID cases; 2 new deaths  Napa Valley Register
  5. COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Considering New Business Capacity Limits, Says County Executive Rich Fitzgerald  CBS Pittsburgh
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Source: Google News, Dallas County reports 1,663 coronavirus cases, 3 deaths; Tarrant County reports 11 fatalities, 1,850 cases – The Dallas Morning News

Legal Scholar Argues that States Which Were Undecided on the Winner of the Presidential Race at Midnight Election Day Acted Outside the Constitution and Their Results Are Therefore Void

The Constitution demands that the Presidential race be held on a specific day (the first Tuesday in November) and should be completed on that day – argues a legal expert.

One legal scholar argues the above and presents his case in detail at thepostemail.com.  The argument is simple.  The Constitution requires Presidential elections to be performed on a certain day.  It doesn’t say they should run on for days or  weeks like we saw in 2020.  Any states who waited till after election day to manufacture votes and steal the election for Joe Biden are in trouble.  These states’ results are void due to being outside Constitutional mandates.

Below are excerpts from this reasonable argument:

“When the federal statutes speak of ‘the election’… they plainly refer to the combined actions of voters and officials meant to make a final selection of an officeholder… By establishing a particular day as ‘the day’ on which these actions must take place, the statutes simply regulate the time of the election, a matter on which the Constitution explicitly gives Congress the final say.”  Foster v. Love, 522 U.S. 67, 71-72 (1997)

We will take a closer at this binding precedent below, but in preview, please understand that it emanates from a 9-0 decision of the United States Supreme Court, wherein the entire Court joined, not just the outcome, but also the opinion on this very point.

The voters vote.  The officials count.  These combined actions form “the election,” and the election must be decided on the day.  States that failed to make a final selection of officeholder by midnight after Election Day have violated the statute, subjecting the nation at large to the very evils Congressionally mandated deadlines were drafted to prevent.

Federal Election Day statutes were designed to curtail fraud, and to infuse a prima facie sense of integrity in our electoral process.  But these States – in failing to obey Congressional deadlines – have flagrantly attempted to preempt federal law.  This is certainly prohibited, and this is why the late election results are void…

…I honestly do not believe the Supreme Court can avoid nullifying the Presidential Election… if President Trump, and some of you too, will plead this in court…

…3 U.S.C. § 2 kicks the decision back to the State Legislatures after a failed election renders the previous results void. Failed elections nullify all votes, not just some votes, not just late votes, not just illegal votes. The election itself is void in late States.

Which States are late? The answer will be a question of first impression for the Supreme Court. But the only fair answer is obvious. If, at midnight, one candidate had enough of a lead, so that there was no mathematical possibility whatsoever of their being caught – after a review of the votes already counted, and the votes remaining – then the final selection has been made on time. But if the outcome was uncertain at Midnight, the State violated the deadline, and its election is void…

…State elections that fail to choose winners by the Midnight deadline enacted in 3 U.S.C. § 1, immediately trigger the authority of 3 U.S.C. § 2, giving the Legislatures alone a Congressional extension to choose electors thereafter. As such, the failed elections are void, and all State statutes drafted to discern a winner after Election Day are preempted by 3 U.S.C § 1, and § 2…

…The elections for President in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin and Nevada were void at the stroke of midnight after Election Day, because a victorious candidate wasn’t discerned by Midnight…

…It’s important to note here that early voting helps reduce the stress on a State’s electoral process, by pre-canvassing ballots in advance. This makes it much easier for a State to make a final selection on Election Day, whereas elections consummated after Election Day contribute nothing to electoral efficiency and are subject to many of the same evils as multi-day voting…

…Reading Foster v. Love, together with the 9th Circuit’s analysis in Voting Integrity Project v. Keisling, we know that consummating an election before federal Election Day is prohibited, and that early voting is not prohibited, as long as the election is finally consummated on Election Day. If that be the case, then statutory construction makes it obvious that elections consummated after Election Day are preempted by the federal Election Day statutes.

This legal argument is sound.  The six states mentioned above who didn’t declare a Presidential winner on Election Day acted outside the Constitution (which doesn’t even consider the massive amount of fraud that occurred everywhere).   These states should resolve these voided elections in their legislatures.

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Source: The Gateway Pundit, Legal Scholar Argues that States Which Were Undecided on the Winner of the Presidential Race at Midnight Election Day Acted Outside the Constitution and Their Results Are Therefore Void

Georgia Recertifies Election Results, Affirming Biden’s Victory – The New York Times

  1. Georgia Recertifies Election Results, Affirming Biden’s Victory  The New York Times
  2. House conservatives urge Trump not to concede and press for floor fight over election loss  CNN
  3. Opinion | The Biden Honeymoon Won’t Last  POLITICO
  4. It’s not a coup. It’s not even a bad coup.  The Washington Post
  5. Get ready to change the channel and stop giving Donald Trump the attention he craves  USA TODAY
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Source: Google News, Georgia Recertifies Election Results, Affirming Biden’s Victory – The New York Times

Florida Woman & Her Child’s Father Arrested For Murder of Her ‘On-and-Off Boyfriend,’ Cops Say

A Deltona, Florida couple have been arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of a Sanford man whose body was discovered in Seminole County in August.

Jaide Caporale, 30, and Marvin Bryant, 36, were each arrested last Friday in the murder of 30-year-old Jo’el Cosby, Caporale’s on-and-off boyfriend.

Cosby’s body was discovered Thursday, Aug. 13, on the 800 block of Settler’s Loop in Geneva, east of Sanford in Seminole County. Cosby was the victim of a stabbing.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office initial investigation led detectives to Volusia County after Cosby’s mother explained she last saw her son a few days earlier with Caporale, who he had been dating off and on for several years.

Detectives contacted Caporale, who lived in Deltona with her mother, her children and Bryant, the father of one of her children.

Jo’el Cosby, Victim

Both Caporale and Bryant were evasive and less than forthcoming in interviews with detectives. However, through the use of technology and the interviewing of witnesses, detectives pieced together the truth: Caporale and Bryant killed Cosby at their house, 1419 Farmington Ave. in Deltona, disposed of his body in Geneva and tried to clean up the evidence at home.

The investigation revealed Caporale picked up Cosby in Sanford and drove him to the house in Deltona, where she and Bryant killed him. Caporale and Bryant then drove to the area in Geneva where Cosby’s body was later discovered. A witness in Geneva told detectives they observed Bryant’s vehicle in the area, but then it made a U-turn and left after being spotted. Detectives later verified both Caporale and Bryant’s movements throughout the night via technological means.

After Cosby’s body was disposed of in Geneva, Caporale and Bryant drove to a local store where they purchased items possibly intended to cover up their crime. In addition, detectives learned that Bryant had been observed driving a vehicle with a heavy duty cleaning product after Cosby was dead. At the house in Deltona, where Cosby was killed, detectives made an observation of a possible clean up.

Detectives processed the vehicle associated to Caporale and Bryant and Cosby’s DNA was discovered inside it. It was also evident that the vehicle had been cleaned up in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Investigators say a close friend of Caporale’s told detectives before Cosby was found dead, that Caporale provided them with details of the murder. Caporale also told the friend that she was surprised that Cosby’s body hadn’t been found yet.

At the beginning of the investigation, when Detectives spoke with Bryant, they observed injuries to his hands, common with having been involved in this type of violent crime.

On Friday, after a 4-month joint investigation by Volusia and Seminole sheriff’s detectives, a judge signed warrants for the arrest of Caporale and Bryant for first-degree murder, and both defendants were arrested soon after.

They are being held without bond in the Volusia County Branch Jail.

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Source: Breaking 911, Florida Woman & Her Child’s Father Arrested For Murder of Her ‘On-and-Off Boyfriend,’ Cops Say

Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon – Politico

  1. Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon  Politico
  2. House chairman endorses Flournoy to be Biden’s Secretary of Defense nominee  CNN
  3. Biden is now seriously considering a Black US Army general to lead the US military – Business Insider  Business Insider
  4. It’s not scaremongering to point out Flournoy’s bad judgment  The Washington Post
  5. Biden to name his defense secretary choice on Friday  Fox News
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Second U.S. judge blocks Commerce restrictions on TikTok

December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second U.S. judge late on Monday granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned short video sharing app TikTok that the company says would have effectively barred its use in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued an order more than a month after another U.S. judge in Pennsylvania blocked the restrictions that were set to take effect on Nov. 12.

Nichols on Sept. 27 blocked the Commerce Department from banning Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google app stores from offering the app for downloads by new users.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)

Uber is selling its self-driving car business to Aurora – CNN

  1. Uber is selling its self-driving car business to Aurora  CNN
  2. Uber Is Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up  The New York Times
  3. Uber sells its self-driving unit to Aurora  CNBC
  4. Uber Sale of Money-Losing Autonomous-Driving Unit to Aurora Is Smart  Bloomberg
  5. Uber sells self-driving unit Uber ATG in deal that will push Aurora’s valuation to $10B  TechCrunch
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Source: Google News, Uber is selling its self-driving car business to Aurora – CNN

"Don't Need Congress – Just Flick Of Pen": Schumer Demands Day 1 Biden $50K Student Debt Cancelation

“Don’t Need Congress – Just Flick Of Pen”: Schumer Demands Day 1 Biden $50K Student Debt Cancelation

Tyler Durden

Mon, 12/07/2020 – 18:44

“You don’t need Congress – All you need is the flick of a pen,” Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded of President-Elect Joe Biden during a Monday press conference outside his Midtown Manhattan office, continuing to pile on the pressure for a controversial immediate student debt forgiveness of $50,000 for each and every borrower (with the exception of course for all who’ve previously dutifully paid off their debt).

Schumer is urging Biden to act on the very first day he takes office after January 20. “We have come to the conclusion that President Biden can undo this debt, can forgive $50,000 of debt the first day he becomes president,” he said.

But given that analysts speaking from the perspective of both sides of the aisle are unanimous in saying there’s no way the Schumer-Warren plan would ever get past Congress, Schumer is pushing for an “overnight” solution to what would be the inevitable impasse crucially without legislation.

Biden has previously vowed to forgive up to $10,000 in student debt for all (with an additional slashing of all debt for public university and Black college attendees whose families are below a certain income level); however, progressives are angered that it’s ‘simply not enough’ especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, they argue. 

Biden’s current plan would result in, according to some common estimates, a whopping $1.7 trillion outstanding student loan debt being wiped out.

But it’s far from enough, says Schumer – echoing statements of Elizabeth Warren – in the Monday press conference which was held alongside New York congressman-elects Mondaire Jones, Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres.

College should be a ladder up but student debt makes it an anchor down. For far too many students and graduate students, some years out of school, student loans and federal student loans are becoming a forever burden,” Schumer said. 

But look at the language and word choice:

They stand in the way of people getting the job they want, they stand in the way of buying a home, of starting a family, of buying a car and they hurt our economy dramatically,” Schumer added.

So apparently if someone doesn’t get something for nothing this is a supposed barrier to a job, home, and even starting a family.

Progressive Dems have already been attempting to lay legal groundwork in an effort to bypass Congress, as noted in CNBC:

During the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren vowed to forgive student loans in the first days of her administration, including with her announcement an analysis written by three legal experts, based at the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, who described such a move as “lawful and permissible.”

“The Federal Reserve says this would be a huge shot in the arm to the economy,” Schumer claimed.

Just like that. Really the senator should stop with the medical analogy and go with something else like… Poof! it’s magic. 

But, pushing back against such wishful and fanciful imaginings of the woke, here’s Goldman Sachs with a new report out which shows Even Substantial Student Debt Relief Would Only Have a Small Effect on GDP and in particular that—

Most student debt—and the vast majority of debt with a large balance—is held by households with a graduate or professional degree that have high earnings potential and are less likely to be resource constrained.

* * *

Here’s the executive summary of Goldman Sachs’ research (emphasis ZH)…

Barring surprise Democratic wins in the Georgia Senate runoffs, a divided government appears most likely, meaning any fiscal expansion will likely be limited by Senate Republicans. Against this backdrop, some Democrats have recently proposed forgiving existing federal student debt through executive action. In this US Daily we consider student debt relief proposals and analyze their potential effects on the federal budget and GDP.

President-elect Biden will likely have the authority to forgive federal student debt through executive action. Although some Democrats have suggested wiping away all federal student debt (or all loans under $50k), we think smaller-scale debt forgiveness up to $10k/borrower would be more likely if the incoming Biden Administration chooses to act. In light of tax rules, this might be structured as a payment reduction rather than immediate cancellation.

There are several reasons to be skeptical that forgiving student debt would provide a large boost to consumption. Most student debt—and the vast majority of debt with a large balance—is held by households with a graduate or professional degree that have high earnings potential and are less likely to be resource constrained.

Furthermore, student loan payments reflect a modest share of after-tax income for most borrowers, partly because many lower-income households already qualify for debt relief.

We estimate that forgiving federal student loans up to $10k would add less than 0.1% to the level of GDP starting in 2021, and cumulatively add only $0.43 in real GDP for each $1 of forgiven debt over the next 10 years.

A more generous debt relief program that forgives federal loan balances up to $50k would provide a slightly bigger boost to GDP, but would have a smaller per-dollar impact.

Forgiving federal student loans up to $10k would likely cost around $300bn (1.6% of GDP), while forgiving loans up to $50k would cost around $800bn (4.1% of GDP).

However, since these loans have already been funded through prior Treasury issuance, the impact on Treasury financing would be spread out over many years due to the lack of interest and principal payments. If loans were forgiven immediately, Treasury’s financing needs might actually decline, as tax payments on the forgiven amounts would likely more than offset the lack of scheduled loan payments. 



Source: Zero Hedge, “Don’t Need Congress – Just Flick Of Pen”: Schumer Demands Day 1 Biden K Student Debt Cancelation

INDICTED: CEO Paid Former Coach $1.5 Million In Bribes To Get His Sons Accepted To Harvard, Feds Say

BOSTON – The former fencing coach at Harvard College and a Maryland businessman were indicted by a federal grand jury today in Boston with conspiring to secure the admission of the businessman’s two sons to Harvard in exchange for bribes totaling more than $1.5 million.

Peter Brand, 67, of Cambridge, Mass., and Jie “Jack” Zhao, 61, of Potomac, Md., were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. Brand and Zhao were also each charged with one count of federal programs bribery. Brand and Zhao were arrested and charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 16, 2020.

According to the charging documents, Brand, the former head coach of men’s and women’s fencing at Harvard, conspired with Zhao, the chief executive of a telecommunications company, to facilitate the admission of Zhao’s sons to Harvard by recruiting them to join the men’s fencing team in exchange for money.

It is alleged that in or about May 2012, Brand told a co-conspirator, “Jack doesn’t need to take me anywhere and his boys don’t have to be great fencers. All I need is a good incentive to recruit them[.] You can tell him that[.]” In February 2013, as part of the alleged scheme, Zhao made a purported donation of $1 million to a fencing charity founded by a co-conspirator. Zhao’s older son was admitted to Harvard as a fencing recruit in December 2013, and matriculated in the fall of 2014. Shortly thereafter, the charity passed $100,000 on to the Peter Brand Foundation, a charitable entity established by Brand and his spouse. Thereafter, Zhao began making payments to, or for the benefit of, Brand.

In total, Zhao made over $1.5 million in payments to Brand, or for Brand’s personal benefit, even as Brand recruited Zhao’s younger son to the Harvard fencing team. Zhao allegedly paid for Brand’s car, made college tuition payments for Brand’s son, paid the mortgage on Brand’s Needham residence, and later purchased the residence for well above its market value, thus allowing Brand to purchase a more expensive residence in Cambridge that Zhao then paid to renovate. Zhao’s younger son matriculated to Harvard in 2017. Brand allegedly did not disclose the payments to Harvard when recruiting Zhao’s sons.

The charge of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Joleen Simpson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division; and Mark Deckett, Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.

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