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Emrys

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Ultra-concise Pandemic Timeline

https://twitter.com/SupramanTrax/status/1354490055692316676

Bird Facts
@SupramanTrax

Pandemic Day 25: I made bread

Day 95: I sure do miss my friends

....

Day 310: The White House appears to be under the control of a shirtless man in a Viking helmet

Day 330: Reddit’s coordinated attack on Wall Street is going as planned

Sign of the times in the bargain bin



Still seems overpriced.

If only somebody could figure out how the virus got to the UK from Brazil and South Africa.

It was a mystery last September ...



it's still a mystery today ...

Crowds at Heathrow Airport spark ‘superspreading’ complaints and social distancing concerns



Scenes of big crowds at Heathrow sparked concerns about a lack of social distancing and the potential for coronavirus “superspreading” at the airport.

Pictures emerged on social media of tightly packed queues of people at border patrol in Heathrow Airport on Friday.
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A spokesperson for Heathrow pointed out that immigration halls are controlled by Border Force officials, who are helping to implement new rules around negative Covid tests for passengers, and not by airports.

He added: “We’ve been clear since last May really that social distancing in an airport environment isn’t really possible.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/heathrow-airport-crowds-superspreading-covid-b900902.html


The UK has always valued its traditions:



Sir Richard Wharton: In stage one, we say nothing is going to happen.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: In stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.

Sir Richard Wharton: In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there’s nothing we can do.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: In stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now ...

Nigella Lawson's Recipe of the Day



https://twitter.com/Nigella_Lawson/status/1351838041573351428

Nigella Lawson
@Nigella_Lawson

Well, yes, Bitter Orange Tart just happens to be #RecipeOfTheDay. Apart from anything else, there are more things to make with Seville oranges than marmalade! This is not complicated: the base is bashed ginger nuts https://t.co/ZXSbk7uMX8

Pennsylvania woman accused of laptop theft from Pelosi's office during Capitol riot taken into custo

Source: 6ABC Action News

Pennsylvania woman accused of laptop theft from Pelosi's office during Capitol riot taken into custody

A woman accused of storming the US Capitol and stealing a laptop or hard drive from the office of Speaker Pelosi with the intention of selling it to Russia's intel service has been taken into custody.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- A woman accused of storming the US Capitol and stealing a laptop or hard drive from the office of Speaker Pelosi with the intention of selling it to Russia's intel service has been taken into custody, according to the Justice Department.

Riley June Williams was taken into custody in the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Monday.

Williams is facing charges of Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds


Read more: https://6abc.com/pa-woman-accused-of-laptop-theft-from-pelosis-office-in-custody/9780340/



Mugshot:



Arrest record:



Note: This is a breaking story, so the content on the page at the link may have changed to add more details since the OP was posted.

Welsh Government to take legal action over Westminster 'power grab' act

The Welsh Government is set to press ahead with a legal challenge over Boris Johnson’s controversial “power grab” legislation, with the backing of Scottish ministers.

Jeremy Miles, Welsh European transition minister, wrote to UK ministers last month notifying of the intent to take action over the “outrageous attack on legislative competence” through the UK Internal Market Bill.

A response has now been received from the UK Government, but Miles has told members of the Senedd the questions which had been posed “haven’t been answered”.

He is expected to make a statement this coming week which will confirm the intention to proceed with the legal action.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/19017340.welsh-government-take-legal-action-westminster-power-grab-act/


It's good to see the Welsh Government taking the lead on this.

After White House Meeting with Trump, Mike Lindell Calls for Military Coup on Facebook

Following his meeting with President Trump on Friday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said in a Facebook interview with Right Side Broadcasting News today that he’s praying that the military presence in Washington is part of Trump’s plan to retain power.

In Lindell’s interview—which has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook in just a few hours—he recounts the details of his meeting with the president and rattles off a series of unintelligible conspiracies in a Minnesota lilt.
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The National Security Advisor meeting with a crack addict turned bed cushion magnate who sponsors a far right extremist media empire a week after a domestic terror attack on the U.S. Capitol is concerning in its own right.

But in the interview Lindell went further to specifically call for military intervention to keep Trump in power.

https://thebulwark.com/after-white-house-meeting-with-trump-mike-lindell-calls-for-military-coup-on-facebook/


The article at the link includes transcribed excerpts from the Facebook interview.

"It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection ..."

Police officer Daniel Hodges excited much concern and sympathy when video showed him being crushed in a doorway and assaulted repeatedly while trying to obstruct the Capitol rioters. He's now recovering and has this to say:

https://twitter.com/liamstack/status/1350271918168006657

Liam Stack
@liamstack

“If it wasn’t my job I would do it for free. It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection,” he said. “And we’ll do it as many times as it takes.”


Where's that "hats off" emoji?

Leading QC says Scottish ministers can seek 'McMafia' order into Donald Trump's finances

One of Scotland’s leading QCs has directly contradicted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's claims that the Scottish Government is not responsible for the decision on whether to seek an Unexplained Wealth Order, amid renewed calls for ministers to investigate how Donald Trump financed the multimillion pound acquisition of his flagship international property.

Aidan O’Neill QC, one of the country’s most experienced advocates, said that ministers alone are responsible for deciding to apply for one of the so called 'McMafia' orders, and that it was “entirely reasonable” to expect the government to explain its decision making process in considering the use of an UWO.

His opinion, echoed by another leading advocate, directly contradicts claims made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has argued that any application for such an order is a decision for the Crown Office.

It comes as the legal director of Avaaz, a non-profit global activism organisation, has written to Ms Sturgeon, asking her to "take responsibility" for an issue that is becoming increasingly "urgent."

However, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said last night that any decision to apply to the Court of Session for a UWO was an “operational matter” for the civil recovery unit, which reports to the [Scottish] Lord Advocate, and that it was “not appropriate” for the government to comment. She added that given the “sensitive nature” of the unit’s work, it was convention to neither confirm nor deny “the existence of any ongoing investigation.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/leading-qc-says-scottish-ministers-can-seek-mcmafia-order-donald-trumps-finances-3102713


As the article explains, the idea of raising an Unexplained Wealth Order against Trump has cropped up a number of times in recent years. It looks like the Scottish Government would prefer that to be a legal decision rather than a political one.

(X-posted in General Discussion)

Leading QC says Scottish ministers can seek 'McMafia' order into Donald Trump's finances

One of Scotland’s leading QCs has directly contradicted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's claims that the Scottish Government is not responsible for the decision on whether to seek an Unexplained Wealth Order, amid renewed calls for ministers to investigate how Donald Trump financed the multimillion pound acquisition of his flagship international property.

Aidan O’Neill QC, one of the country’s most experienced advocates, said that ministers alone are responsible for deciding to apply for one of the so called 'McMafia' orders, and that it was “entirely reasonable” to expect the government to explain its decision making process in considering the use of an UWO.

His opinion, echoed by another leading advocate, directly contradicts claims made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has argued that any application for such an order is a decision for the Crown Office.

It comes as the legal director of Avaaz, a non-profit global activism organisation, has written to Ms Sturgeon, asking her to "take responsibility" for an issue that is becoming increasingly "urgent."

However, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said last night that any decision to apply to the Court of Session for a UWO was an “operational matter” for the civil recovery unit, which reports to the [Scottish] Lord Advocate, and that it was “not appropriate” for the government to comment. She added that given the “sensitive nature” of the unit’s work, it was convention to neither confirm nor deny “the existence of any ongoing investigation.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/leading-qc-says-scottish-ministers-can-seek-mcmafia-order-donald-trumps-finances-3102713


As the article explains, the idea of raising an Unexplained Wealth Order against Trump has cropped up a number of times in recent years. It looks like the Scottish Government would prefer that to be a legal decision rather than a political one.

(X-posted in United Kingdom Group)
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