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2 officers shot in Louisville amid protests over Breonna Taylor charges, 1 suspect in custody

Two Louisville police officers have been shot amid chaotic protests over the lack of murder charges linked to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. One suspect has been taken into custody. The officers are expected to survive. As groups of protesters squared off with police around Louisville on Wednesday night, multiple shots went off. Two officers were shot, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder has confirmed, noting that their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Police received calls about shots fired near a local college around 8:30pm, the chief said, adding that “as they were deploying to investigate what was going on… shots rang out and two of our officers were shot.” “I’m very concerned about the safety of our officers.” One of the wounded officers is “alert” and “stable,” while the other is in surgery, but is also expected to survive. One suspect has been brought into custody, Schroeder added, though declined to identify the individual. One of…

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VIDEO: Parked U-Haul truck distributes riot shields, signs, other supplies to BLM protesters in Louisville

Black Lives Matter protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, demonstrating against the outcome of the grand jury investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death were caught on video grabbing riot shields, anti-police banners, and other supplies from a parked U-Haul truck Wednesday.

Videos of the unusual incident posted on Twitter show protesters, many dressed in black bloc, charging toward the vehicle and grabbing ready-made banners saying, “Abolish the Police,” “Abolition Now,” and “Defend Black Lives.”

“We got shields over here!” someone can be heard shouting in a video posted by Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott.

“I need a long one,” another protester says as shields are being passed out in the video posted by independent reporter Brendan Gutenschwager,

In Gutenschwager’s video, a woman inside the U-Haul truck can be seen tossing black masks into the crowd.

What’s the background?

Violent riots erupted in downtown Louisville Wednesday following the decision in the Breonna Taylor case, in which one officer was charged with wanton endangerment and two other officers were not charged. Taylor was shot and killed during a drug raid on her home in March.

After the decision, protesters immediately took to the streets, starting small fires and setting off firecrackers. Twitter users reported the crowd continued to grow as the day went on and also noted the presence of armed and unidentified individuals that some referred to as a “militia.”

Then later Wednesday night, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced that two officers had been shot and wounded during the protests.

What else?

The suspicious U-Haul “riot shield transport” raises further speculation that the protests in Louisville were planned and perhaps organized and funded by an outside source.

It is not the first time that similarly suspicious activity has been connected to Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

Earlier this year, mysterious stashes of bricks were being reported by social media users in several cities around the country as nationwide protests erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Then in some places ravaged by riots, it has been reported that large numbers of individuals arrested for rioting have been from out of state. Specifically, police in Kenosha reported that a whopping 102 of the 175 individuals arrested during riots there had out-of-town addresses.

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SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Ibn ‘Arabi’s Alchemy of Human Happiness: Interview with Stephen Hirtenstein

The philosophy and practice of alchemy, in one form or another, has been around for millennia and espoused by many different cultures, the idea centering around the chemical and physical transformation of some common ore to its highest most valuable state, gold. Modern chemistry naturally discounts this view as outdated and simply not true. But what if that is to miss the point? What if the true alchemical process has little to do with base and precious metals and everything to do man’s inner state of being – and the state of his soul? One of the most important sections of Ibn Arabi’s prolific Fut???t, the 167th chapter called ‘The Alchemy of Human Happiness’, focuses on this very subject. Joining us this week on MindMatters we again have the opportunity to discuss the wisdom of the Sufi master Ibn Arabi with Prof Stephen Hirtenstein and his own translation from the original Arabic of the chapter in question. Can self-perfection bring happiness? Are there paths by which this…

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Determined to raze California to the ground, Governor Newsom signs order banning new gas-fueled cars by 2035

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an order on Wednesday that aims to end the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in the state by 2035. The order, which directs the California Air Resources Board to craft a phase-out plan that would ultimately require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and dryage vehicles in the next 15 years, is an attempt to push consumers in the nation’s largest car market toward electric vehicles in hopes of reducing emissions that most scientists say contribute to climate change. Other agencies will be directed to help create zero-emission vehicle charging stations, and the order will also mandate medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2045 where feasible.

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Al Sharpton accuses President Trump of attempting a ‘coup’ with SCOTUS appointment, says nominee must ‘recuse themselves’ if election goes to court

MSNBC host the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday said that by filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump is attempting to “guarantee … his re-election” in a “coup.”

Sharpton demanded that Senate Republicans insist that whomever Trump nominates to the Supreme Court, if they are confirmed, recuse themselves in the event a contested election goes to court, the Daily Caller reported.

“If we are to have any iota of a democratic process in this election, then Republicans in the Senate, if they move forward as they seem determined to do with the process of the confirmation hearings of whoever the president nominates Saturday and a vote, they are to insist they recuse themselves,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Sharpton said confirmation of Trump’s nominee to the court would “checkmate American democracy.”

“In effect this president has therefore not only violated the whole procedure they had set up in 2016 against Justice [Merrick] Garland, nominated by President Obama, he has in fact put in place how he can checkmate American democracy by putting in a judge that will guarantee, if proceedings go through the courts up to the Supreme Court, his reelection,” he continued.

“And for [Trump] to be able to checkmate American democracy is, in fact, a coup rather than an election,” Sharpton added.

Sharpton said the public must challenge Republicans to ensure Trump’s nominee be recused, “otherwise you’ve handed over this democracy to a whole situation that is nothing short of … going into an autocracy headed by a man who is not even able to get through a sentence without really revealing his innermost thoughts of ultimate power.”

President Trump and other Republicans have argued it is necessary to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court before the election precisely because the results could be contested.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important that we have nine Justices,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said last Friday that the legitimacy of the election depends on not having a 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court.

“I think it is tremendously important that not only does the nomination happen next week but that the confirmation before Election Day,” Cruz said on Fox News. “Democrats and Joe Biden have made clear, they intend to challenge this election, they intend to fight the legitimacy of the election. As you know, Hillary Clinton has told Joe Biden ‘under no circumstances should you concede. You should challenge this election.'”

“We cannot have Election Day come and go with a 4-4 court,” Cruz said. “A 4-4 court that is equally divided cannot decide anything. And I think we risk a constitutional crisis if we do not have a nine justice Supreme Court, particularly when there’s such a risk of a contested litigation and a contested election.”

At stake are several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee related to election laws in various states. A tied ruling at the Supreme Court would mean lower court rulings against the Trump campaign remain in place. In Pennsylvania, a federal judge ordered a stay in the Trump campaign’s lawsuit seeking to ban mailed ballot drop boxes and bar counties from accepting absentee ballots that don’t arrive without a second, internal secrecy envelope sent to all voters. A federal judge in Nevada dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign challenging the state’s new mail-in voting law. In Wisconsin, a federal judge appointed by President Obama ordered the state to extend its deadlines for accepting mail-in ballots well beyond Election Day up to Nov. 9 as long as the ballots were postmarked on or before Nov. 3.

There is an expectation that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will challenge the results of a close election in court with the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton urging Biden not to concede “under any circumstances.”

President Trump himself was noncommittal in responding to a reporter’s question Wednesday about the peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. Trump complained about mail-in ballots rather than directly answering the question.

“We’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” Trump said. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”

Several Republicans condemned the president’s comments without directly mentioning Trump.

On Thursday, the president committed to accepting the results of the election if it came to a Supreme Court decision.

“One of the things you said when asked about if you lose the election, will you accept the result? You said well we’re going to have to see what happens, you know. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked Trump in a radio interview reported by the Washington Examiner. “Many think you are saying if you do lose you’ll never ever leave. That’s not what you’re saying. We just spoke to [Sen.] Lindsey Graham. He said, ‘We have every reason to contend anything that may be controversial,’ and I’ll paraphrase, if it gets to the Supreme Court and they decide Joe Biden won, Joe Biden won. Do you agree with that?”

“Oh that I would agree with, but I think we have a long way before we get there,” the president said.

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ECB Pays European Banks 1% To Give Them €174 Billion

ECB Pays European Banks 1% To Give Them €174 Billion

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 13:40

Today was one of those iconic days that defines the new centrally-planned paranormal, where as a result of such monetary abortions as negative rates, the ECB pays European banks to give them money. We are talking of course about TLTRO day, when the ECB lends to banks at rates as low as -1% to try to encourage them to lend to households which are about to be locked down again.

And so, after €1.3 trillion was the taken-up last time three months ago, today Euro-zone banks took up just €174.5 billion, or $203 billion, in the latest TLTRO even as the ECB gave banks every possible incentive to keep lending to the pandemic-stricken economy, including rates as low as -1%. In other words, the ECB is paying banks to take cash which they should then lend out, at least in theory. According to Bloomberg, this suggests that “most lenders now consider themselves well-financed.”

The latest facility brings the total TLTRO amount outstanding to €1.75 trillion…

… and was priced at -1% for Year 1, and -0.5% for Years 2-3. As such these loans fully compensate banks for the official policy rate of minus 0.5%, which works as a charge on their reserves and erodes their profitability. Without TLTROs as a counterbalance, that could eventually curb lending. Instead the ECB is effectively paying banks to lend. On the other hand, with the ECB almost fully offsetting the punitive effects of negative deposit rates, one wonders why the ECB still pretends to have NIRP?

The TLTRO3 bids came from 388 banks, and the takeup was at the high end of economists’ expectations, if well below the June TLTRO. The high participation and ample usage confirms that there is still no stigma associated with use of the facility (that may change).

A couple of observations from Goldman:

  1. Overall, this is a moderate level of take-up, compared to the previous (June) auction of €1.3 tn by 742 banks, and total amount of ECB funding outstanding (€1.75 tn);
  2. The net new addition of liquidity to the system is around €158 bn, as some €17 bn was repaid / rolled-off. This brings total ECB funding usage to a new record of €1.75 tn. By way of context, during the 2008/9 GFC usage was <€1 tn, while the 2011/12 sovereign crisis saw usage rise to €1.26 tn.
  3. Further capacity exists. On current collateral terms, this facility could still be scaled up further over the coming auctions.

According to Bloomberg, the loans will likely push excess liquidity in the euro zone above 3 trillion euros for the first time on record.

According to Piet Christiansen, chief strategist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen, excess liquidity will rise by another 600 billion euros to 800 billion euros by the summer of 2021.

To be sure, flooding the market with all this negative-yielding debt has adverse consequences besides merely blowing asset bubbles. According to Bloomberg, the ECB could undermine its own influence over short-term market rates. Three-month Euribor – the rate at which banks can theoretically borrow from one another – fell to a record low of minus 0.508% this week.

When it dropped below the ECB’s policy rate last week, that was a phenomenon that had happened only once before, in August 2019, shortly before the central bank cut its deposit rate. Euribor futures, which reflect the three-month benchmark rate held small gains following the announcement, a sign borrowing costs may fall further.

A record €3 trillion in excess liquidity however is probably not enough for Europe’s bank and more stimulus is coming. The ECB projects that the economy will contract 8% this year, and the inflation rate has fallen below zero for the first time in four years. Rising coronavirus infections could worsen the outlook. Economists predict the €1.35 trillion pandemic bond-buying program will be expanded again this year. Meanwhile, markets aren’t pricing another 10 basis-point rate cut until October 2021.

In any event, Goldman concludes that this auction was supportive of overall financial stability, “and on the margin supportive of bank revenue. The next auction, on the same terms, is on December 10, with subsequent auctions running quarterly until March 2021.” A more sarcastic take comes from Rabobank’s Michael Every, who writes:

The ECB will today meanwhile be carrying out another round of TLTRO’s, where it lends to banks at rates as low as -1% to try to encourage them to lend to households about to be locked down again and firms about to see the economy close again. EUR1.3 trillion was the take-up last time three months ago, but it is likely to be less this time round.

Every’s conclusion: “This is what central banking now looks like today.” But it’s not just the ECB. As Every adds:

The US is probably also on the verge of another huge fiscal stimulus package; and not making many mainstream headlines yet, the Fed’s Mester was yesterday muttering about the potential for Fed ‘digital dollars’ and depositing them directly into household accounts in the face of a downturn – so crypto helicopter money.

And in case it wasn’t clear the first time, a snarky Every doubles down that “this is what central banking also now looks like.”

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The true allies that are calling for Assange’s immediate release: Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis…

Heads of state, prime ministers, parliamentarians, members of Congress, ministers and other politicians demand Assange be set free. Thirteen Former Presidents Urge United Kingdom Government to Immediately Free Julian Assange Lawyers for Assange Check here for the latest update to this list. As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange’s immediate release. The politicians from 27 different countries and from across the political spectrum have joined 189 independent international lawyers, judges, legal academics and lawyers’ associations by endorsing their open letter to the UK Government warning that the U.S. extradition request and extradition proceedings violate national and international law, breach fair trial rights and other…

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More Preplanned Election Chaos: Trump Says The Supreme Court Will “Sort Out” The Election

The preplanned election chaos is ramping up.  President Donald Trump says it’s important to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court because the “highest court” will have to “sort out” the presidential election, and it’s important to have nine justices.

They are advertising an election that will be the fall of this country. It will not matter who wins.  This will be ugly, they have promised us that already. Neither side will accept defeat, and both sides are going to make sure this plan plays out.

Trump has also made comments calling the Democrats’ efforts to expand voting by mail “a scam” and “a hoax,” adding that having the full Supreme Court bench would be “very important” because of that. “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it’s important we have nine justices, Trump told reporters on Wednesday, at a roundtable with state attorneys-general at the White House.

Trump seemed determined to fill Ginsburg’s seat before the election because he wants to make sure the court is on his side if/when this contested political theatre goes all the way to the top. When asked about the timing of the confirmation, he said it was “better if you go before the election” and that it would be “fairly quick.”

Democrats are opposed to any nomination, arguing that Republican refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination in 2016 has set a precedent for SCOTUS nominations in an election year. Republicans have countered that their refusal to consider Merrick Garland was different, because the Senate and the White House were not controlled by the same party, as they are now. RT

Trump will likely be successful in filling Ginsburg’s seat which will cause an uproar and further advance the division between the right and left. This could end in horrible violence if we don’t realize what’s going on.  Both sides in the left vs. right paradigm are saying that they won’t accept the election results and their followers will get overly angry about which president is selected this November.

And it’s all preplanned. This is by design.

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Halfway Between The Gutter & The Stars

Halfway Between The Gutter & The Stars

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 13:20

Submitted by The Swarm Blog

Early July, I posted an article entitled It is All About Waves – Tech Stocks and The Log-Periodicity Power Law Singularity Model, explaining that for years physicists have worked on intriguing models designed to detect speculative financial bubbles and predict their end date. An ambitious project.

Since then, I have read many sarcastic comments on blogs or social media about the LPPLS model, and even econophysics as a scientific discipline.

How Nature Works

Somehow, the name “econophysics” can be misleading, as it is an interdisciplinary axis of research that was put forward by physicists like Per Bak or Didier Sornette. The study of complex systems has implications in almost every branch of science (e.g. seismology, cosmology, climatology, biology, anthropology, sociology, economics), and what is striking is the fact that so many systems exhibit very similar patterns also known as self-organized criticality. If humans are part of nature, then it seems legit to assume that their complex interactions obey to natural laws.

Thinking outside the box has always been essential, including for scientists or traders. While most economists postulate how the economy is supposed to work, and then built beautiful but meaningless theoretical frameworks on top of that, physicists like Bak argue that the right intellectual approach is to understand how nature works first, before trying to build any predictive model.

The LPPLS model is all about that. When a financial market is overwhelmingly dominated by a narrative, with all participants sharing the same opinion, then it tends toward a form of swarm intelligence, a singularity. But such a state is highly unstable and the system because vulnerable as there is no support since all investors have capitulated.

Researchers like Sornette have shown that such moments are characterized by typical patterns like an acceleration of fluctuations, as the fight between bulls and bears is getting fiercer.

What the Roller Coaster Is Telling Us

While one could argue that US stock market has been overvalued since 2015, the premise of the mania started in 2018. But, the stress provoked by the Fed balance sheet normalization and the fears of a trade war with China led to a severe correction during Fall 2018.

Since 2009, investors knew that the central banks could intervene if necessary. And this is what happened at the end of 2018. The Fed ended the normalization process, they started the “non-QE” REPO injections a few months later, and Donald Trump promised “a huge trade deal” with China. While many investors had turned bearish in December 2018, those actions led to a big short squeeze during the following months.

The aggressive rebound of 2019 was a massive positive feedback loops for participants as they got the confirmation that the Fed would do “whatever it takes” to support capital markets.

What happened during the first half of 2020 can be seen as a “bis repetita” event, but on a larger scale. Speculative behavior had started a few months before the end 2019, and things got worse in January and February with media talking about “the unstoppable tech bull run”.

The Covid-19 sell-off was a bigger test for the “Fed put” narrative (aka “stocks only go up”). However, despite a short but intense period of stress, many participants did not sell that much as they knew that central bankers might act quickly. And they were right, the trillion dollars stimulus and the infinite QE programs led to an even bigger bounce. In other words, another positive feedback loop.

As retail investors massively entered in the market after March, it seems legit to think that we had finally reached the final stage of a speculative mania that many people had expected for years. During August, the last bears capitulated, and everyone turned bullish on equities as it looked like “stocks would not go down again”.

Said differently, the dominant narrative has won the intersubjective war. However, this was not good news for bulls.

From a statistical perspective, long-term fluctuations have accelerated, as evidenced by the peak-to-trough log variation of the Nasdaq (see chart above). Somehow, it tells us that the market was exhibiting the patterns described by Sornette and other econophysicists.

Simulations and Results

Even though tech valuations were already rising to the Moon at the beginning of 2020, it is interesting to note that the LPPLS model did not suggest the bubble had accelerated at a critical rate in February, and thus did not expected a near-term crash. The February-March sell-off was actually caused by an external factor: the pandemic and lockdowns in major countries all over the world.

When I ran the LPPLS model in July, it suggested that the Nasdaq was driven by euphoria since March, expecting a crash “by the end of the summer” (i.e. mid-September). I decided to run it again at the end of August as I felt that the bull run had accelerated, and the conclusion was that the market could crash “any time”.

Therefore, the recent sell-off on tech that started on September 3 should not come as a surprise. This sudden move was not cause by any external event or any news, but by pure endogenous causes (i.e. large participants starting to sell). And this is what the LPPLS model told us.

What’s Next?

At this stage, the key question for everyone is, will the market crash more severely soon?

People might have noted that there is a strong support force on the market. This could be explained by the fact that the retail army seems to have regarded this correction as screaming-buy opportunity, opening new record positions on out-of-the-money short-term call options, and exacerbating the impact of the so-called gamma squeeze.

While some professional investors have turned more cautious, with CTAs exhibiting net short positions, the Fed has just decided to step in so as to try to stop the selling forces a few weeks before the election. If you are not convinced, then how do you explain the 17 media interventions of Fed speakers this week?

Even if the Fed put has always been the major pillar of the dominant narrative, other catalysts like “vaccine optimism”, “V-shaped recovery optimism”, or “trade deal optimism”, have significantly weakened. Thus, all that remain in this happy bull’s world is the intersubjective trust in the Federal Reserve ability to magically inflate equities.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

To conclude, I would like to remind that the prediction of the LPPLS was right, as the bull run ended at the beginning of September.

Has the trend been broken? I think it has, as the market is struggling to come back to all-time highs. More interestingly, the Nasdaq has made new lows almost every week since the end of August, suggesting that finally the powerful bullish trend was not invincible (Do you agree Dave Portnoy?).

Of course, the action of the Fed will be decisive for the evolution of the market until the end of the year (or at least until November 3).

But the thing is, it is a bubble. And like all bubbles in human history, it will pop. And there will be no happy ending.

No need to be a rock-star physicist to understand that.

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Another Record-Sized Auction As Treasury Sells $50BN in Tailing 7-Year Paper

Another Record-Sized Auction As Treasury Sells $50BN in Tailing 7-Year Paper

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 13:14

After two solid, stopping through auctions, moments ago the US Treasury completed the week’s coupon issuance with the auction of another record-sized treasury sale in the form of $50 billion in 7 year notes, up from $47 billion last month.

Unlike the week’s previous two auctions, the high yield of 0.462% was not the lowest on record: while it was below last month’s 0.591%, it was above the all time low hit in July when the auction printed 0.446%. And amid today’s listless Treasury activity, the auction tailed the When Issued 0.462% by 0.1bps.

The Bid to Cover was barely changed from last month, although at 2.42 it was the lowest since January, and well below the 2.55 six auction average.

The internals were also a bit on the weak side, with Indirects taking down 62.9%, below the 64.5% recent average. And with Directs taking down 16.7%, virtually unchanged from last month and higher than recent average, Dealers were left with 20.5%, the highest since June.

Altogether, another solid if not spectacular auction, with the most notable feature being that the bigger the auction size, the lower Treasury yields drop in a bond market that has now been fully taken over by the Fed.

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New video compilation and analysis reveals the truth about Kyle Rittenhouse’s fateful night in Kenosha

An organization raising funds for Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense published a viral video that tells the truth about the 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting two men during the Jacob Blake riots in Kenosha. #FightBack Foundation, a free speech group that has raised nearly $2 million in funding for Rittenhouse’s legal fees, posted the 11-minute footage to several alternative, anti-Big Tech video sharing platforms. A downloadable version is available on the association’s website. “Every decade or so, a legal matter arises that holds the power to negatively affect our lives for generations to come,” the video is prefaced. “Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you identify with, this is about you.” Scenes of the Kenosha riots overlayed the violent introduction, depicting arson, commercial grade fireworks used as projectiles in public streets, and trash receptacles pushed as barricades and igniters.

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Two Daily Caller reporters arrested during Louisville protests

Two reporters from the conservative website the Daily Caller were arrested during the protests in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday night, and thus far authorities in Louisville appear determined to detain and charge them just like other suspects who were arrested as part of a mass sweep to enforce the city’s curfew.

The report from the Daily Caller indicates that reporters Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura were arrested as part of a massive sweep conducted by police, who reportedly did not respond to the reporters’ repeated insistence that they were members of the press.

Prior to their arrest, Ventura and Talcott recorded and tweeted some of the scenes of chaos in Louisville as they unfolded.

The reporters also recorded and tweeted the mass detention and the moments immediately preceding it.

Wednesday night, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted that he had notified the Louisville Metro Police Department that Talcott and Ventura were members of the press and that he expected them to be released shortly. Later, however, Ingersoll expressed his frustration that the Daily Caller’s reporters were going to be processed in exactly the same manner as the rioters they were covering.

However, as of Thursday, the reporters had not been released and no one from the Daily Caller had been permitted to talk to either Talcott or Ventura, leading Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel to criticize the treatment of the Caller’s reporters and to threaten a lawsuit if the reporters were not permitted to exercise their First Amendment right to report on an ongoing news story.

In the thread, Patel noted that, unlike other media outlets, the Daily Caller has taken care to interview police and get their side of the story and tell it in a balanced way.

Patel concluded his thread with a warning: “The Louisville Police Department (@LMPD) is going to find out all about this in the form of a lawsuit unless things start changing fast.”

The Louisville Metro Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.

This is a developing story and will be updated as events warrant.

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VIDEO: Ohio mother arrested and tased for not wearing mask at son’s middle school football game held outside

A woman was tased and arrested at a football game after she reportedly refused to wear a face mask. Unbelievable video shows a mother in the stands during her son’s middle school football game getting into a physical altercation as a police officer struggles to arrest her in Logan, Ohio.

According to the Ohio Star, Alecia Kitts drove an hour and a half to watch her son’s seventh-grade football game. While she was rooting for the visiting team from the Marietta City School District, she was reportedly approached by a police officer for not wearing a face mask. In the video, Kitts appears to be properly socially distancing from other families in the stands, which is outside.

The encounter gets physical as the police officer attempts to arrest the mother, and she resists. The woman repeatedly tells the officer to “get off of me!” She screams, “You’re not arresting me for nothing, I ain’t doing nothing wrong!”

After two minutes of struggle, the police officer is seen tasing the woman.

The people in the stands are taken aback that the woman is tased.

“Tasing this lady over not wearing a damn mask,” a witness can be heard saying in the video.


Woman arrested for not wearing a mask.

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“Sources indicate that Kitts was charged with criminal trespass and released on her own recognizance,” the Ohio Star reported.

Tiffany Kennedy, the woman who filmed the video, claimed that Kitts had not been warned about not wearing a mask prior to the cop approaching her. Kennedy alleged that Kitts has asthma and that’s the reason why she was not wearing a mask. From the video, Kitts appears to have an American flag-themed mask in her back pocket of her shorts.

Kennedy pointed out the female officer who is seen running toward the Logan police officer and Kitts at the end of the video was not wearing a mask.

The Logan Police Department confirmed the encounter and told the Marietta Times that the incident is under investigation.

Logan athletic director Theresa Schultheiss told the Times that Kitts and her mother were the only two in a crowd of 300 fans who were “having issues” complying with the state’s mask requirement.

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” Schultheiss said. “Everyone that came through ticketing tonight was reminded, we had regular announcements over the PA reminding you that mouths and noses needed to be covered and we had signs at the bathrooms.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) issued a mandatory face mask order on July 22.

All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

  • At an indoor location that is not a residence
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

The order requires only those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
  • Those who are officiants at religious services;
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.
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President Trump’s Niece Sues Family Claiming She Was “Defrauded” Of Inheritance

President Trump’s Niece Sues Family Claiming She Was “Defrauded” Of Inheritance

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 12:55

With her uncle Robert now deceased, President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, has committed to her scorched-earth campaign to embarrass her uncle, the president, in a way that – she probably hoped – might stir up legal action and possibly impact the election.

Various investigations into President Trump’s financial dealings continue, but apparently Mary Trump – who reported in her book that her uncle once complimenter “her figure” by exclaiming ‘Wow, Mary. You’re stacked’ after seeing her in a bathing suit – didn’t provoke the response she was hoping for.

Apparently unwilling to give up just yet, she and her legal team have decided to file a lawsuit against her uncle accusing him and his siblings of conspiring to keep her from receiving her share of her inheritance. Mary is the daughter of Trump’s deceased brother Freddy, the family’s purported black sheep, who died of alcoholism-related complications in his early 40s.

CNN, which got the scoop on the lawsuit filing, reports that in the filing, Mary Trump’s lawyers argue that she was defrauded by her relatives not out of spite but simply because that’s what they do.

In the lawsuit, filed in New York state court against the President, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and the estate of their late brother Robert Trump, Mary Trump asserts that for the Trumps, “fraud was not just the family business—it was a way of life.”

The lawsuit accuses her two uncles and her aunt, a retired federal judge, of conspiring amongst themselves and with several other parties, including a trustee appointed to act on Mary’s behalf, to give her “a stack of fraudulent valuations” and force her to sign a settlement agreement that “fleeced her of tens of millions of dollars or more.”

“Rather than protect Mary’s interests, they designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit appears to be based partly on aspects of the Trump’s family inheritence that were first reported by the NYT two years ago.

Other accusations were initially detailed in Mary Trump’s book: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Unsurprisingly, it has been a best-seller.

CNN relitigates the allegations in detail in its report (you can find that here if you’re curious), but the gist is that her uncles Donald and Robert worked together with her aunt Maryanne Trump Barry to become the sole executors of their father’s estate. They then used all sorts of tricks and schemes, according to the lawsuit, to siphon money away from her late father Fred Trump Jr.’s estate, disguising some of the dealings as legitimate business.

Trump’s legal team has yet to comment on the news. We suspect a solid settlement and an NDA will soon be signed, and Mary Trump will go back to being the relatively anonymous niece of the president. Because if nothing else, this lawsuit shows why Trump started working with the media in the first place.

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Progressives kill Brooklyn project that would’ve created 20,000 jobs over gentrification concerns — and even the NYT pans them

A host of progressive politicians and community groups in Brooklyn recently killed a major business project that would have created as many as 20,000 jobs in the city at a time when it is struggling to regain its footing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

The project — approved by the city planning commission — which called for rezoning and expanding the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront in Sunset Park into a burgeoning retail space, was yanked this week amid a pressure campaign from the left.

Why were progressives so outraged over the job-creating project? Because it would have led to more “displacement and gentrification” among the working-class community, a group of 10 Democratic lawmakers, including members of Congress, argued in an opposition letter this week.

Even the New York Times took note of the unfortunate politics at play in a recent write-up on the news:

It was slated to be one of the biggest real estate projects in New York City in years, a major expansion of the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront that could have created as many as 20,000 jobs at a time when local unemployment has soared because of the pandemic.

But on Tuesday night, the project’s owner canceled the expansion in the face of fierce opposition from left-leaning Democrats, ending the biggest clash over development in the city since the collapse of the Amazon deal in Queens last year, and highlighting the growing influence of the left in local politics.

What are they saying?

In a statement announcing the withdrawal of the application, Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball blamed “the current political environment and a lack of leadership” for the project’s failure.

“Over and over, we have heard from key decision makers that while the substance of the project is strong, the politics of the moment do not allow them to support any private development project,” Kimball said, according to the Gothamist. “Even the historic nature of our commitments — which significantly elevated the bar for future development projects — and a seven-year record of creating jobs and opportunity weren’t enough to overcome purely political considerations.”

“If a project like this can’t succeed, it concerns me very much about the future of New York City — a place I’ve spent my whole life,” Kimball added in an interview with the Times on Wednesday.

Far from concerned, Sunset Park Councilman Carlos Menchaca championed the project’s defeat as “a win” for the community.

Menchaca had come out against the rezoning months ago and, on Tuesday, he was joined by other Democratic New York lawmakers, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clark, and Hakeem Jeffries.

The group wrote in the opposition letter that the project “would further exacerbate real estate pressures, displacement, rising rents, and forever shift the nature of the waterfront away from one of the few remaining manufacturing hubs to commercial tourism and service economy.”

Another city councilman, Eric Ulrich of Queens, disagreed. He told a Times reporter: “We are sending such a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not open for business, and we’re not open to economic development and new jobs.”

He was even more straightforward on Twitter, writing, “NYC is going to s**t. God save us!”

Anything else?

New York City is projected to lose at least half a million jobs this year as a result of the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, and the city’s unemployment rate is currently 16%. It is estimated that low-income workers of color are being disproportionately affected by the downturn.

Yet even so, progressives in the city have proven themselves to be more concerned with gentrification than job creation.

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Progressives kill Brooklyn project that would’ve created 20,000 jobs over gentrification concerns — and even the NYT pans them

A host of progressive politicians and community groups in Brooklyn recently killed a major business project that would have created as many as 20,000 jobs in the city at a time when it is struggling to regain its footing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

The project — approved by the city planning commission — which called for rezoning and expanding the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront in Sunset Park into a burgeoning retail space, was yanked this week amid a pressure campaign from the left.

Why were progressives so outraged over the job-creating project? Because it would have led to more “displacement and gentrification” among the working-class community, a group of 10 Democratic lawmakers, including members of Congress, argued in an opposition letter this week.

Even the New York Times took note of the unfortunate politics at play in a recent write-up on the news:

It was slated to be one of the biggest real estate projects in New York City in years, a major expansion of the Industry City complex on the Brooklyn waterfront that could have created as many as 20,000 jobs at a time when local unemployment has soared because of the pandemic.

But on Tuesday night, the project’s owner canceled the expansion in the face of fierce opposition from left-leaning Democrats, ending the biggest clash over development in the city since the collapse of the Amazon deal in Queens last year, and highlighting the growing influence of the left in local politics.

What are they saying?

In a statement announcing the withdrawal of the application, Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball blamed “the current political environment and a lack of leadership” for the project’s failure.

“Over and over, we have heard from key decision makers that while the substance of the project is strong, the politics of the moment do not allow them to support any private development project,” Kimball said, according to the Gothamist. “Even the historic nature of our commitments — which significantly elevated the bar for future development projects — and a seven-year record of creating jobs and opportunity weren’t enough to overcome purely political considerations.”

“If a project like this can’t succeed, it concerns me very much about the future of New York City — a place I’ve spent my whole life,” Kimball added in an interview with the Times on Wednesday.

Far from concerned, Sunset Park Councilman Carlos Menchaca championed the project’s defeat as “a win” for the community.

Menchaca had come out against the rezoning months ago and, on Tuesday, he was joined by other Democratic New York lawmakers, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clark, and Hakeem Jeffries.

The group wrote in the opposition letter that the project “would further exacerbate real estate pressures, displacement, rising rents, and forever shift the nature of the waterfront away from one of the few remaining manufacturing hubs to commercial tourism and service economy.”

Another city councilman, Eric Ulrich of Queens, disagreed. He told a Times reporter: “We are sending such a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not open for business, and we’re not open to economic development and new jobs.”

He was even more straightforward on Twitter, writing, “NYC is going to s**t. God save us!”

Anything else?

New York City is projected to lose at least half a million jobs this year as a result of the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, and the city’s unemployment rate is currently 16%. It is estimated that low-income workers of color are being disproportionately affected by the downturn.

Yet even so, progressives in the city have proven themselves to be more concerned with gentrification than job creation.

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Panama is still an obvious escape hatch

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States had recently become the largest economy in the world… and it was showing.

The US had just vanquished Spain in the Spanish-American War, resulting in a vast new American colonial empire, stretching from the Philippines to Puerto Rico.

And it was just the beginning of American dominance overseas.

A few years later in 1903, JP Morgan (as in, the founder of the mega-bank that bears his name) engineered a coup in Central America that ended up creating a new republic in the region: Panama.

And almost immediately, JP Morgan and his colleagues got to work developing a canal that would run right through Panama.

The Panama Canal was a game changer back then, and one of the most ambitious engineering projects in history.

Before the canal, ships traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast had to circumnavigate the entire American continent, sailing from

New York, down to the southern tip of Argentina, and back up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco.

The trip took forever. But the Panama Canal slashed the journey down to a fraction of the time.

The Canal was of such strategic importance to the United States that the Defense Department built more than a DOZEN military bases in Panama (a country less than half the size of Florida.)

And Panama became very Americanized as a result. The government dollarized the economy from Day 1. English became widely spoken.

The US finally withdrew all of its forces on December 31, 1999, and handed over control of the Canal to the Panamanians. Most of the suit-and-tie experts thought it would be a disaster… that Panama would bungle it all up and the economy would soon be in hyperinflation.

That didn’t happen.

In the 20 years since taking over, Panama has flourished. Trade, transportation, banking, real estate, and tourism have all boomed.

And the growth has been pretty mesmerizing.

My first trip to Panama was back in 2003. Back then the main airport (Tocumen International) was basically a rural airstrip.

The taxi ride into town was dark and lonely, and downtown Panama City was a quaint backwater at best.

Over the years I’ve been back at least 20 times, and even lived there for a time. And the pace of development has been truly impressive.

Today Panama is practically a different country.

It’s obviously not all rainbows and buttercups– Panama has its issues, just like any place else.

But over the last two decades, a robust middle class has developed in Panama that’s 2-3x the size (as a percentage of population) than its regional neighbors like Nicaragua or Honduras.

Plenty of business and investment opportunities abound. The economy has consistently been one of the fastest growing in the region. And the capital’s downtown skyline seems more like Miami than Central America.

Plus, as we’ve written several times before, Panama makes it VERY easy for foreigners to obtain residency. The country’s doors are wide open, welcoming foreigners to come and join in on the prosperity.

Our research team counts at least 19 different ways you can obtain legal residency in Panama. But the most popular option still remains the “Friendly Nations Visa”.

They rolled this out eight years ago. In short, if you’re a citizen of one of the 50 countries with significant economic or cultural ties to Panama, you can obtain residency by setting up a corporation.

(The list of eligible countries includes the US, Canada, UK, Australia, most of Europe, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, and several Latin American countries.)

In theory it’s a bit like an investor visa, since the original goal of the program was to generate economic activity in Panama.

You’re supposed to set up a business and fund the company with a small deposit at a local bank (less than $20,000 should be sufficient for the whole family to qualify).

And once your paperwork is approved, you can even withdraw the money if you choose.

In my view, this is a real no-brainer Plan B option for most people. It’s fast. It requires a very low investment amount. And the money isn’t tied up for long at all.

Having a legal residency in another country is a very sensible option.

It doesn’t mean that you need to move away from your home country.

It only means that, if at some point down the road you decide that you NEED to leave, then you’ll already have a place where you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

If conditions in your home country deteriorate rapidly and you have people rampaging in your face, or a government that wants to tax you to oblivion, you won’t want to start thinking about your options while you’re packing your bags.

This is a really important point. Emotional decisions are bad decisions. And if you wait until the proverbial hits the fan to even start thinking about where you might want to go, you’ll be too emotional to make rational decisions.

Start making those types of decisions now.

Where might you want to obtain legal residency, just in case? Where are the places you could see yourself spending time (if you really needed to)? Do you or your family have any special needs?

Panama is an easy option for a lot of folks. But even if it doesn’t work for you, there are definitely some places in the world that will tick your boxes.

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Should We Declare The Gold Bull Run Dead?

Should We Declare The Gold Bull Run Dead?

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 12:35

Authored by Michael Maharrey via SchiffGold.com,

Gold had another precipitous drop on Wednesday (Sept. 23), falling through the support level at $1,900 to a 2-month low. That has led some to ask – is the gold bull dead?

The concern is understandable but I think it’s too early to declare last rites.

In order to believe the gold bull run is over, you have to believe the Federal Reserve is actually going to tighten monetary policy and the dollar is going to remain strong.

That seems rather unbelievable.

The big drop in gold and silver has primarily been driven by dollar strength. The dollar index hit a two-month high on Wednesday. Investors have moved into the dollar due to concerns about a resurgence in coronavirus in Europe and the possibility of further economic lockdowns. The sudden risk-off sentiment hasn’t only clobbered gold and silver. US stocks have taken big hits as well. In some ways, it looks a little bit like March when everything was selling off.

But the big driver of all of this is the Fed. In many ways, the selloff we’ve seen both in stocks and precious metals is a big temper tantrum because the Fed didn’t promise more stimulus during the September FOMC meeting. Sure, the central bank maintained its commitment to extraordinary monetary policy. But the markets don’t think that’s enough. As Peter Schiff put it in a podcast earlier this week, there’s this idea out there that the Federal Reserve is not loose enough. The Fed’s monetary policy is not dovish enough. What we have is not enough. The addict wants even more of the monetary drug

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans stoked this notion of a “hawkish” Fed when he said that the central bank could raise rates before inflation averages 2% for some period of time. “We’ve sort of said we’re looking to get inflation up to 2%, and then after that, we could be raising rates and still have an accommodative setting of monetary policy,” Evans said on Tuesday.

That raises the first key question: do you really believe the Fed is going to raise rates?

If you ask me, that’s a hard no.

How could it given the levels of debt in the economy? Rising interest rates would pop the debt bubble and crush the economy. Remember, the Fed couldn’t even normalize monetary policy in 2018 – a decade after the Great Recession. It gave it the old college try. And then the stock market tanked and the Fed cut interest rates, relaunched QE (although it refused to call it that), and engaged in repo operations to rescue the market and shore up a rickety financial system. There is a lot more debt now than there was in 2018. The stock market bubble is bigger. The real estate bubble is bigger. If the Fed couldn’t raise rates two years ago, how in the world will it do it now?

It won’t.

In fact, Evans has already walked his statement back, as Reuters reported.

‘I don’t fear 2.5% inflation,’ he said, noting that the lower the tolerance for an inflation overshoot, the longer it will take for the Fed to meet its goal of 2% inflation on average. Regardless, he said, the Fed won’t raise rates until inflation reaches 2%, sustainably, and the central bank is confident it will overshoot that goal – conditions that won’t be met before the end of 2023.”

And Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida was also talking in his most dovish voice, saying, “Rates will be at the current level, which is basically zero, until actual observed PCE inflation has reached 2%. That’s ‘at least.’ We could actually keep rates at this level beyond that. But we are not even going to begin thinking about lifting off, we expect, until we actually get observed inflation … equal to 2%.”

If I were a betting man, I would say the odds of the Fed raising rates in the next five years are the same as the interest rate – zero.

But there is another important question to grapple with: will the Fed provide more stimulus?

I think the answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

In fact, Jerome Powell was on Capitol Hill pushing for just that this week. He said the economy appears to be improving but, “there is a long way to go.” And he said, “We need to stay with it … The recovery will go faster if there is support coming both from Congress and the Fed.”

The Fed chair is clearly still all-in on stimulus. He would prefer Congress to pass another fiscal stimulus bill. But when you boil it all down, fiscal stimulus is monetary stimulus. If Congress spends more, it will have to borrow and the Fed will have to monetize all that debt — in other words — more money printing.

And I am almost certain that even absent action from Congress, the Fed will do what it can to keep the bubbles inflated. If stocks keep falling, the Fed will up QE.

Even if I’m wrong, the Fed has already committed to maintaining QE at least at the current level. Even that is bullish for gold. The Fed is printing money at a record pace. The money supply has increased at record levels for five straight months. It’s hard to project dollar strength longterm given we are still in the midst of QE infinity.

In a nutshell, to believe the gold bull run is over, you have to believe the Fed is done with stimulus. It seems pretty clear it’s not.

There are other reasons to remain bullish on gold. In fact, Citigroup analysts think gold could be back over $2,000 before the end of the year. They focused in on election uncertainty, saying it may “be under-appreciated by precious metals markets.”

Citi also cites plummeting global bond yields, more liquidity injected by the Fed and dollar weakness, global trade tensions, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as reasons to be bullish on gold.

But in my view, it all comes back to the Fed. If I really believed it was about to get out of the stimulus game, then I’d say, sure, gold is in trouble. But it’s not. And it’s not. I would argue that this isn’t a time to panic. In fact, it just might be a good time to buy the dip.

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Caving: Wells Fargo CEO promises more ‘diversity’ after woke backlash over ‘limited pool of black talent’ remark

The CEO of Wells Fargo offered a groveling apology for his “unconscious bias” and promised more diversity at one of the largest US banks, after a quote from an internal memo caused outrage; even some members of Congress joined in. “I apologize for making an insensitive comment reflecting my own unconscious bias,” Charlie Scharf said in a statement released on Wednesday. “There are many talented diverse individuals working at Wells Fargo and throughout the financial services industry and I never meant to imply otherwise.” The San Francisco-based Wells Fargo is now “requiring diverse candidate slates for key roles with compensation of more than $100,000 and increasing business with diverse suppliers,” the statement said. Moreover, year-end bonuses for executives will be tied to “progress in improving diverse representation and inclusion in their area of responsibility.”

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Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Acadia and Beauregard Parishes

Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Acadia and Beauregard Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Acadia and Beauregard parishes Saturday, Sept. 26, to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

The drive-thru center is staffed with FEMA personnel who are available to scan documents, assist with registration and answer questions about disaster-assistance programs.

The center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Visitors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The drive-thru centers are located at:

Acadia Parish                                                      Beauregard Parish

Southside Community Center                                   War Memorial Civic Center

403 4th St.                                                                  250 W. 7th St.

Rayne, LA 70578                                                       DeRidder, LA 70634

Additional centers are already open in Louisiana. Survivors may visit any center in Louisiana. To locate the closest center, call the FEMA Helpline, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator or download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app.

Survivors do not need to visit a drive-thru center to apply or update their application. To ask individual questions or submit information:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585
  • Visit disasterassistance.gov/
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app To find a drive-thru DRC you can text 43362 and type DRC (Your Zip Code) for example DRC 01234.
  • On an Android device, text 2637643 (ANDROID) to 43362; on an Apple device, text 27753 (APPLE) to 43362 or call 211 or text 527435837 (LASHELTER) to 898-211.
  • Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

SBA low-interest disaster loans are available for businesses of any size and certain nonprofits up to $2 million for property damage. For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million for working capital needs even if there is no property damage.

Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence. For homeowners and renters, up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles, is available.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. For assistance completing an SBA application, call 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.   

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

 

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The only good “white ally” is a dead white ally

Welcome to Amy Biehl Nation. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it’s getting harder and harder to be a “white ally” in the service of racial justice. And yet sometimes it actually does take a rocket scientist. U.K. native Nick Berry has lived in Seattle for the past quarter century. Berry is a rocket scientist, like, fer real, man (his degree is in aeronautical and astronautical engineering). Berry’s your standard Seattle white male…Trump bad, masks good, Trump hates science, STEM needs diversity, etc. He’s even done a TEDx talk (a rite of passage in that tribe). In his spare time, he runs a neat little science blog that’s actually quite worth a visit. Nick Berry is dying of stage IV cancer, and he’s using what little time he has left to give free science lectures at colleges and universities. His politics aside, he seems like a decent enough guy who’s handling his bum deal with humor and dignity. Last week, Berry was sitting in Seattle’s Ravenna Park minding…

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Suspected arson levels Trump supporter’s garage, vehicles. Graffiti at the scene reads ‘Biden 2020,’ ‘BLM.’

A Trump supporter’s garage was
set ablaze in what authorities are saying could be an act of arson.

What are the details ?

According to
WCCO-TV, Minnesota officials are investigating a fire that demolished a family’s garage and three of their vehicles.

The fire broke out Wednesday morning at Dennis Molla’s residence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Molla, an immigrant from Ukraine, told the
Star Tribune that he’s in disbelief that someone could target another person in such a way for differing political beliefs.

“I think things have gotten way out of control,” he told the outlet. “I’m not one of those confrontational people. … I just feel very sorry for my parents, just because they wanted to leave the USSR for us to have a better future and life in America. … For them to see me express my beliefs as a Republican, it’s crazy to think it came down to this.”

The family, in a since-deleted Facebook post,
wrote, “This morning, at 3:48am our house was supposedly targeted by BLM/Antifa. We woke up to a loud explosion, and saw that our camper was on fire, along with both of Dennis’s trucks, his garage, and our entire back yard. Thank God our main house is safe. We are safe. Our children are safe. Thank you so much to the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Minnesota for helping us get our family out of the house, and a special thanks to officer C. Jordan and another officer and firefighters for saving our dogs. He said it was so ht they almost had to leave them. Thank you God we are alive and safe, and pray that justice is served.”

The family’s garage also had graffiti sprayed on it, reading, “Biden 2020” and “BLM” as well as what appeared to be an anarchy symbol.

‘My son smells like smoke’

Dennis’ wife, Deana, told the outlet that when the family heard the explosion, Dennis “climbed out of a basement window in his boxers and T-shirt, and saw three people running and picked up a box of matches.”

She said that two of the vehicles that burned had an American flag and a Trump 2020 flag on them.

She also added that the timing of the fire seemed rather suspicious.

“She recalled a troubling experience her husband had about 10 days ago while working in downtown Minneapolis on a construction site,” the Star Tribune reported. “His pickup with the Trump flag was parked nearby, when someone ‘drove by slowly and took pictures,’ she said, and feces was later left at his vehicle when he went on a water break.”

“[The suspects] saw that we have a jungle gym and toys in the backyard,” she told the outlet. “To put our babies in harm’s way because you don’t agree with our politics; just don’t put our kids in danger. My son smells like smoke.”

‘This fire is considered suspicious and our investigation remains extremely active’

In a Wednesday
statement, the Brooklyn Center Police Department said:

Just before 4:00 am, Brooklyn Center police officers and firefighters were dispatched to the report of an explosion and fire in the area of 69th Ave N and Morgan Ave N in Brooklyn Center. Officers located a fire at a residence in the 6900 block of Morgan Ave N. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but not before a detached three car garage and three vehicles were destroyed. There was minor damage to the house. There were no injuries during this incident. Officers and firefighters were able to save the three dogs in kennels and four puppies located in the garage.* This fire is considered suspicious and our investigation remains extremely active. The home occupants had a fairly large “Trump 2020″ sign that was destroyed, and our officers observed what appeared to be fresh spray paint on the garage before it burned down. The spray paint included “Biden 2020″, “BLM” and capital letter “A” with a circle around it.

The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also investigating the fire. A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information on the case. Tips can be called in to 1-800-723-2020.

(H/T:
The Daily Wire)

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Prominent Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Arrested For Breaking ‘National Security’ Law

Prominent Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Arrested For Breaking ‘National Security’ Law

Tyler Durden

Thu, 09/24/2020 – 12:15

In the latest Hong Kong crackdown on a major dissident figure over actions dating back to the 2019 pro-democracy protests, Hong Kong student-protest leader Joshua Wong has been arrested again on Thursday in what he says is the third case against him related to his activism.

The Associated Press reports that Wong was arrested when he went to check in at Hong Kong’s Central Police Station in keeping with his bail requirements.

Wong and his team broke the news in a tweet sent after he left the police station on bail once again. As the tweet states, the charges under the new national security law pertain to an Oct. 5 “unauthorized assembly.” Wong is also accused of violating HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s anti-mask order.

Wong gained international notoriety for his work as a leader of the 2014 Umbrella Movement. However, he took a mostly low-key role in the leaderless pro-democracy demonstrations that carried on for the latter half of last year.

Wong rose to prominence as a student leader during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests for universal suffrage, and is among a growing number of activists being charged for various relatively minor offenses since Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the territory that has severely restricted political speech.

He played a low-key role in mostly leaderless and sometimes violent anti-government protests last year that led to Beijing imposing the security law. However, with Beijing’s encouragement, Hong Kong authorities have been pursuing charges against major opposition figures for illegal assembly and other minor infractions in what some call a campaign to harass and intimidate.

Wong’s arrest follows the latest arrest of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, whose company, Next Digital, runs one of HK’s largest newspapers, which has taken a firmly independent, pro-democracy line.

Both Wong and Lai have vowed to resist the measures taken under the new national security law, which gives authorities broad latitude to punish anyone for pro-democracy speech, which Beijing views as “terroristic” and “seccessionist” rhetoric, encouraged by foreign agitators.

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Crowd boos, chants ‘vote him out’ as President Trump pays his respects to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were greeted by an antagonistic crowd Thursday as they paid their respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The crowd assembled outside the Supreme Court, where Ginsburg is lying in repose, and while at first they were quiet as the president bowed his head, soon they began to shout and jeer. Video from this morning captures loud booing and chants of “Vote him out” and “honor her wish” from the crowd.

The campaign account for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took advantage of the crowd’s jeers to call on voters to “make a plan to VOTE HIM OUT.”

The president and first lady exited after the crowd began booing.

According to NPR, Ginsburg dictated her dying wish to her granddaughter, telling her, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” President Trump and Senate Republicans plan to exercise their constitutional authority and move forward with a Supreme Court nominee despite Ginsburg’s last wishes.

Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, was laid in repose at the Supreme Court Wednesday, the first of a three-day series of events to give Americans the chance to say their final farewells to the liberal justice icon, The Hill reported. She will become the first woman in American history to lie in state at the Capitol on Friday and only the second Supreme Court justice to be so honored.

A memorial service for Ginsburg’s family, friends, and fellow members of the Supreme Court was held inside the court before public viewing commenced Wednesday.

“It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead,” Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts said. “But she chose the law. Subjected to discrimination in law school and the job market because she was a woman, Ruth would grow to become a leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court. She was not an opera star, but she found her stage right behind me, in our courtroom. There, she won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under law, to the extent that women are now a majority in the law schools, not simply a handful.”

“Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft. But when she spoke, people listened,” Roberts said.

President Trump plans to announce his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Garden of the White House.

“We are going to be having a very exciting Saturday at five o’clock in the Rose Garden, where I’ll be putting forth my nominee for Supreme Court Justice,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “And I think it will be a great nominee, a brilliant nominee. As you know, it’s a woman. We brought it down to five women. It’s time for a woman to — to be chosen, with everything that’s happened and with Justice Ginsburg’s passing.”

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