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70 years ago assassins tried to assassinate President Truman

On November 1, 1950 two men attempted to assassinate the late Pres Harry S Truman
Truman was staying in the Blair House while the White House was being renovated
The attack came too quickly to have moved President Truman to a safer location
As the Secret Service agents shot it out with the would be assassins, President Truman watched from a window upstairs (about 31 ft from the attackers).
Notice how he wasn't hiding under the bed or in a closet. He was actually watching the whole thing
il douche would have probably wet himself.

Also, to give you an idea of how much the better the man Truman ever was than trump; Oscar Collazo, one of the two would be assassins survived the encounter, while the other man Torresola was killed. He received a sentence of the death penalty. Truman commuted the sentence to life (eventually he was pardoned by Jimmy Carter).
He also recognized the importance of Puerto Rican independence to some. He ordered a plebiscite in Puerto Rico in 1952 on the new constitution to determine its relationship to the U.S. The people voted 81.9% in favor of continuing as a Free Associated State, as established in 1950.

il douche would probably have bombed the island. Cotton probably would have called on the police to attack every brown-skinned person that they saw.

Aaron Rodgers responds to Drew Brees flag comments

The latest comments from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees are not going well. In an interview on Wednesday, Brees said he would not disrespect the flag by kneeling when asked about that form of protest returning in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Many players were critical of Brees, including superstar wide receiver and teammate Michael Thomas who felt Brees’ comments missed the point. Now, another superstar quarterback is weighing in: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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“A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game,” Rodgers wrote. “It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear?? #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all.”

https://247sports.com/Article/Aaron-Rodgers-Drew-Brees-responds-to-flag-comments-protest-Colin-Kaepernick-NFL-Green-Bay-Packers-New-Orleans-Saints-147819175/

Iowa voters say no to Steve King in primary race

DES MOINES — Republicans in northwest Iowa decided Tuesday they've had enough of conservative lightning rod Steve King, after tolerating the congressman's incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy for nearly two decades.

The nine-term Republican, shunned by his party leadership in Washington and many of his longtime supporters at home, was in the fight for his career against four challengers— including well-funded state Sen. Randy Feenstra. The state GOP has said Feenstra won the race.

Several former King supporters backed Feenstra's campaign. They argued that King's loss of clout, even more than the continuous string of provocative and racially-charged statements over his career, was reason enough for turning on him.

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But the 4th District Republican primary appeared to be the most competitive, and dramatic as it posed the greatest challenge to the conservative lightning rod's career.

https://qconline.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/iowa-voters-say-no-to-steve-king-in-primary-race/article_b1fb26ba-8b19-5285-b884-c9e0384abc70.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Gabe Marks: It's time for a frank discussion on race in America

THE MURDER OF George Floyd in Minneapolis has triggered a reaction in the nation’s black community that has people drawing parallels to the 1960s. As a product of Los Angeles’ African American neighborhoods I can tell you exactly why this killing triggered such an outpouring.

First, there’s the callously egregious actions of the police officer and the complicity of his colleagues.
Second, it comes on the heels of two other preposterous killings: Ahmed Aubrey going out for a jog and being hunted down and killed by vigilantes who authorities originally said acted within the law; and EMT Breonna Taylor being shot eight times in her sleep during a misguided police raid.
Third, my community - the black community - deals with this kind of brutality every single day and the frustration that our institutions aren’t changing and that our friends in the white community aren’t as outraged as we are.

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The “few bad apples” that white America and law enforcement can point at to separate themselves from the immediate crime are obviously a problem, but the bigger issue in my view is the cognitive dissonance in white America. This dissonance and disassociation of the white community from issues regarding racism and discrimination against black people is what enables this kind of abuse by those “few bad apples” to go on year after year, decade after decade.

You stand by and say that because you personally didn’t pull the trigger, you aren’t the problem when in reality, your complacency and reticence to demand change has emboldened these killers because they’ve seen that you will do nothing in the face of their hunting of black people in our communities. The words of Angela Davis ring so true to me: “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist -- we must be anti-racist.”

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Policing in large parts of America, and more particularly to the black experience in the American south, was originally created as a means of controlling black populations and hunting escaped slaves. These “Slave Patrols” were authorized to enter any individual home based on the suspicion of harboring individuals who had escaped captivity. Eastern Kentucky criminologist Gary Potter explained that the officers were expected to control the “dangerous underclass” rather than combat crime itself.

https://247sports.com/college/washington-state/LongFormArticle/Gabe-Marks-Its-time-for-a-frank-discussion-on-race-in-America-147702267/?utm_source=247Sports%2520Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=200601_190147_WashingtonStateCougars&utm_content=Link

The Biggest Party In Kyrgyzstan Continues To Splinter Amid Infighting

It is barely four months until Kyrgyzstan holds parliamentary elections and the party that currently has the most seats in parliament -- the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) -- has suffered another split.

It is the sort of sideshow the party does not need so close to the elections, as it now has three different versions of itself.

The SDPK has long been one of the most prominent parties in Kyrgyzstan -- the only country in Central Asia where democratic elections are held -- and its practical implosion will leave many questions for the political future of the country.

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On May 21, Irina Karamushkina, a member of the SDPK's political council and a deputy in parliament, wrote on Facebook that two of ex-President and longtime SDPK leader Almazbek Atambaev’s sons -- Seyitbek and Kadyr -- are joining a new party: the Social Democrats of Kyrgyzstan (SDK).

https://www.rferl.org/a/the-biggest-party-in-kyrgyzstan-continues-to-splinter-amid-infighting/30641640.html

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Spain minimum income: Socialist government backs benefit for 850,000 vulnerable families

Spain's government on Friday approved the introduction of a "minimum vital income" to be dolled out to 850,000 of the country's most vulnerable families.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, from the ruling Socialist Party, described it as "historic measure", adding: "a country does not prosper if it leaves out part of its population".

He said that it will "protect those who are having the worst time, fight poverty and contribute to the economic recovery of the country".

Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, from the left-wing Podemos Party, which has championed such a scheme for over a year, said that the implementation of the measure has been accelerated due to the economic crisis ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/29/spain-minimum-income-socialist-government-backs-benefit-for-850-000-vulnerable-families


2. 'They've Been Killing Him For Years': Russian Activist Sergei Mokhnatkin Is Dead At 66

"There was a man who lived like a little sparrow stuck in the throat of a snake," wrote Russian human rights activist Aleksei Polokhovich on Facebook on May 29.

Russia's liberal opposition and human rights community is mourning the death of Sergei Mokhnatkin, an accidental dissident who over the last decade became a respected standard-bearer for those opposed to the authoritarian government of Vladimir Putin. Mokhnatkin died in Moscow on May 28 after a long illness at the age of 66.

"They have been killing him for many years," columnist and Kremlin critic Viktor Shenderovich wrote on Facebook. "[Now] they have killed him."

Relatives and supporters say that Mokhnatkin died of complications from injuries suffered at the hands of guards in 2016 when he was serving 4 1/2 years in prison in the Arkhangelsk region. That incident left him with a fractured spine.

https://www.rferl.org/a/they-ve-been-killing-him-for-years-russian-activist-sergei-mokhnatkin-is-dead-at-66/30641934.html

3. Bosniak-Croat Federation PM Detained Over Deal To Buy Respirators From China

The prime minister of Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation has been questioned in a potential corruption case involving the purchase of 100 respirators from China for coronavirus patients.

Fadil Novalic was questioned as part of an investigation into suspected corruption and fraud by federal police on May 28, according to media reports.

Neither the police nor the prosecutor's office would comment on the matter, but they said more information about the case would be released later.

The chairman of Novalic's Party of Democratic Action (SDA), the main Bosnian Muslim party, confirmed on May 29 that Novalic was in custody and asked the prosecutor's office to "urgently present the evidence" against him.

https://www.rferl.org/a/bosniak-croat-federation-respirators-china-coronavirus-corruption/30642876.html


4. Operation underway to remove 40ft dead whale from Essex beach

An operation is underway to remove a 40ft long dead whale from a beach in Essex.

The large mammal, which is believed to be a fin whale, washed up on the shore at Clacton-on-Sea on Friday and the area has since been cordoned off.

It was first seen in shallow water at around 5.30am, locals said.

Essex Police has advised the public to stay away while authorities plan on how to remove the whale.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dead-whale-beach-essex-clacton-on-sea-a9539216.html


5. Pussy Riot and Chilean group join forces against state repression

Governments around the world are using the coronavirus as an excuse to step up repression and push back civil liberties, warns a new song by Pussy Riot, released alongside a new manifesto written with the Chilean feminist collective Lastesis.

The Russian activists and the Chilean group – whose song A Rapist In Your Path became a viral feminist anthem in 2019 – released the manifesto against police violence and state repression on Friday.

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The song – whose title 1312 is a numerical representation of the anti-police acronym ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) – strays into nu-metal dissonance, with singer Nadya Tolokonnikova howling “ACAB try to catch me wow!”.

The song refers to the wave of popular protest which erupted in Chile last year – and the violent police response which left thousands injured, including 445 people blinded by anti-riot weapons, and at least 30 dead.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/29/pussy-riot-lastesis-chilean-group-release-manifesto-against-state-repression

Ukrainian Prisoners Pay A Price For Less Crowded Conditions Amid COVID-19 Threat

Detainees at Kyiv's notoriously overcrowded Lukyanivska prison, parts of which are 160 years old, have been offered a way out of overcrowded cells with up to a dozen inmates and poor sanitation. But there's a catch. More spacious, refurbished cells, with fewer prisoners and modern bathrooms, come at a price.

video at link
https://www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-prisoners-pay-a-price-for-less-crowded-conditions-amid-covid-19-threat/30625921.html

U.S. Lawmakers Criticize White House On Shipment Of Ventilators To Russia

U.S. congressional lawmakers have complained to the White House about the shipment of dozens of U.S.-built ventilators to Russia, saying the move was done without justification and could potentially deprive coronavirus-infected Americans of treatment.

The May 22 letter, signed by five Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, was the latest development in the ongoing story of how and why medical supplies were shipped by Russia to the United States, and the reciprocal gesture made to Russia by the U.S. administration this week.

The State Department announced that around 200 ventilators, valued at around $5.6 million, were being sent to Russia in what was described as a "humanitarian donation." A military plane carrying the items arrived in Moscow on May 21.

https://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-lawmakers-criticize-white-house-on-shipment-of-ventilators-to-russia/30630103.html

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Harutyunian Sworn In As President Of Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Arayik (Ara) Harutyunian has been sworn in as de facto president of Nagorno-Karabakh, the unrecognized breakaway Azerbaijani region.

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Nagorno-Karabakh was seized by Armenian-backed separatists who declared independence amid a 1988-1994 conflict that killed at least 30,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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Since a fragile, Russian-brokered truce in 1994, the region has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces that Azerbaijan says include troops supplied by Armenia. The region's claim to independence has not been recognized by any country.

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Russia, the United States, and France are the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which acts as a mediator in resolving the crisis. The group has been struggling for years to mediate a solution.

https://www.rferl.org/a/harutyunian-sworn-in-as-president-of-disputed-nagorno-karabakh-region/30626130.html

2. France announces new date for second round of elections, delayed due to coronavirus

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe says the second round of the country's municipal elections will take place on June 28.

The first round was held on March 15th two days before France entered a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

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Around 5,000 cities or towns will need to hold a second round due to an inconclusive first round. That means that 16 million voters in France will head to the polls on June 28.

Philippe said it was necessary to continue democratic processes "with the virus and despite the virus", adding that the law requires that the election occurs in June.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/22/france-announces-new-date-for-second-round-of-elections-delayed-due-to-coronavirus

3. The Brief: Outrage over reports EU-funding linked to forced labour in Eritrea

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the European Union over its funding of an infrastructure project in the brutal dictatorship of Eritrea.

The scheme, which received €20 million from Brussels, was partially built by forced labour, according to the New York Times.

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"For the EU to rely on the government to do its monitoring, I think it is incredibly problematic, especially when obviously some of the issues the EU will be discussing with the government are around labour force," said Laetitia Bader from HRW.

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"And the EU has put more emphasis on developing its instruments to support democratic reforms. But the context now for democracy support in Africa and globally is a very different one because there is more of a competition of political models with China and other actors."

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/outrage-over-reports-eu-funding-linked-to-forced-labour-in-eritrea


4. Putin Signs Law Allowing Voting By Mail And Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new measure that allows elections at all levels and referendums to be conducted by mail and via the Internet, according to the Kremlin's website.

The law was rushed through all three readings in the State Duma on May 13 and approved by the Federation Council, the upper house of the legislature, one week later.

Although the bill was introduced by lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party, media reports have asserted that it was drafted by the presidential administration.

The new law will not apply to the planned national vote on proposed constitutional amendments -- including a provision that would allow Putin to seek two more terms as president. That vote was set for April 22, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-signs-law-allowing-voting-mail-internet/30630536.html


5. Boris Johnson forced to reduce Huawei’s role in UK’s 5G networks

Boris Johnson has been forced to cave into to Conservative backbench rebels opposed to the presence of Huawei in 5G networks and has drawn up plans to reduce the Chinese company’s involvement to zero by 2023.

The prime minister’s retreat is designed to stave off what could have been an embarrassing defeat when his existing proposal to reduce Huawei to a 35% market share was to be voted on in the Commons.

Although Johnson boasts an 80 strong majority, the number of Conservative MPs willing to rebel on the issue is now estimated to be 50 – enough in theory to defeat the government – as anti-Chinese sentiment hardens in the light of the coronavirus crisis.

The mooted retreat will delight the White House which has been relentlessly campaigning against Huawei, but is likely to provoke a hostile reaction from Beijing, which has believed the UK was open to inward investment until now.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/22/boris-johnson-forced-to-reduce-huaweis-role-in-uks-5g-networks

These are the people that are going to get most of us killed.

Moldova's Orthodox Church Lashes Out At 'Anti-Christ Plot' To Develop Virus Vaccine

The Moscow-affiliated Moldovan Orthodox Church has called on the country's leadership to ensure that a potential future anti-coronavirus vaccine will not be made compulsory, claiming conspiracy by a "world anti-Christ system" that will allegedly insert microchips into humans to control them via 5G technology.

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Some of the theories promoting false claims that billionaire U.S. philanthropist Bill Gates is the alleged mastermind behind the pandemic have been gaining traction online since the beginning of the outbreak, with experts warning they could hamper efforts to curb the virus.

Such accusations are also present in the Moldovan church's statement, which says that "Bill Gates is considered the man responsible for the creation of a technology allowing people to be microchipped through a vaccine that would insert in their bodies nanoparticles that interact with 5G waves and allow people to be remotely controlled."

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Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros has also been blamed for creating the virus, which has infected almost 5 million people and killed more than 323,000 around the world.


https://www.rferl.org/a/moldova-s-orthodox-church-lashes-out-at-anti-christ-plot-to-develop-virus-vaccine/30624250.html

They, the anti-vaxers, the conspiracy theorists, etc get a foothold and find enough adherents.
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