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Hospitals in tourist-haven Costa Rica in 'serious' phase as Covid-19 cases surge

Hospitals in the Central American nation of Costa Rica are running out of space for COVID-19 patients amid a new wave of infections, the president of the national doctors' union said on Tuesday.

The sharp rise in coronavirus infections has led to calls for a fresh lockdown by doctors, potentially dealing another blow to businesses, especially in the tourism sector, which were hoping for an influx of American and European tourists.

Costa Rica on Tuesday reported 26 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, the largest reported daily toll since the pandemic started.

Edwin Solano, president of the national doctors' union, urged the country's leaders to pay heed to the dire situation on the ground as hospitals run out of space in intensive care units.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/hospitals-tourist-haven-costa-rica-serious-phase-covid-19-cases-surge-2021-05-12/

Kimmel: MyPillow Mike's Ranting Rally, Jenner's Poll Problems, Tiger on the Loose & Viral Menthol

In Exclusive Jailhouse Letter, Capitol Riot Defendant Explains Motives, Remains Boastful

An excerpt of a letter penned by Guy Reffitt, sent to ProPublica from jail.

In a letter sent from behind bars, a key defendant in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol said he and fellow inmates have bonded in jail, and boasted that those attacking the building could have overthrown the government if they had wanted.

The letter is signed “the 1/6ers” and expresses no remorse for the assault on the Capitol, in which five people died. While no names appeared on it, ProPublica was able to determine, through interviews with his family and a review of his correspondence from jail, that it was penned by Guy Reffitt, a member of the Three Percenter right-wing militant group accused of participating in the riot. The letter said the inmates arrested for their role in the attack regularly recite the Pledge of Allegiance inside the Washington, D.C. jail and sing the national anthem “all in unison, loud and proud most everyday.”

“January 6th was nothing short of a satirical way to overthrow a government,” said the letter, written by hand on yellow lined paper. “If overthrow was the quest, it would have no doubt been overthrown.”

The letter sent to ProPublica is believed to be one of the first public statements from a Jan. 6 rioter currently in detention. ProPublica also obtained text messages with Reffitt’s family and was able to ask a few questions of him via text from the D.C. Jail, with his wife, Nicole Reffitt, acting as a relay. Guy Reffitt declined to participate in a fuller interview on the advice of his lawyer, his wife said.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/in-exclusive-jailhouse-letter-capital-riot-defendant-explains-motives-remains-boastful

No remorse and still a threat. Lock him up (and all the other inmates that bonded with him) for a long time.

Haitians protest their president in English as well as Creole, indicting US for its role in country'

Tamanisha John
Ph.D. Candidate of International Relations, Florida International University

Haitian protesters on the nation’s streets have a laundry list of reasons they believe President Jovenel Moïse should resign.

They blame Moïse for overstaying his term, which should have ended on Feb. 7, for fiscal austerity that has caused rapid inflation and deteriorating living conditions and for sponsoring gang attacks that have killed at least 240 people since 2018, according to human rights groups.

And though very few people in Haiti speak English, Haitian protesters are using English to make their demands known, with viral Twitter protest hashtags like #FreeHaiti and protest signs reading “Jovenel is a dictator.”

My research on imperialism and Caribbean politics suggests Haitians are using English not only to draw Western attention to the crisis there, but also to indict the U.S. for its role in creating that crisis.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/haitians-protest-their-president-in-english-as-well-as-creole-indicting-us-for-its-role-in-countrys-political-crisis-160154

Man Accused of Spa Murders of Asian Women Charged With Domestic Terrorism - Jury Could Add Hate

Man Accused of Spa Murders of Asian Women Charged With Domestic Terrorism – Jury Could Add Hate Crime, Death Penalty

A 22-year old white man accused of the murders of eight people, including six women of Asian descent at Atlanta-area spas in March has been indicted on murder, felony murder, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and domestic terrorism charges. A jury could also add hate crime charges and the death penalty.

Robert Aaron Long (photo) was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in the March 16 killings at two spas of four people: Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63, the Associated Press reports.

“The indictment only covers those four killings that happened at two spas in Atlanta, and not the attack in Cherokee County in which Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54, were killed.”

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis says she will seek hate crime charges and the death penalty from a jury. Georgia’s hate crime law makes the jury determine if a crime is a hate crime.

Read more: https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2021/05/man-accused-of-spa-murders-of-asian-women-charged-with-domestic-terrorism-jury-could-add-hate-crime-death-penalty/

NY Summer Camp Bans Anyone Who Has Been Vaccinated -- and Pushes COVID Vaccine 'Biological Weapon'

NY Summer Camp Bans Anyone Who Has Been Vaccinated — and Pushes COVID Vaccine ‘Biological Weapon’ Conspiracy

On Saturday, The Times of Israel reported that Camp Hikon, a planned Orthodox Jewish summer camp in upstate New York, has stated its plans to bar vaccinated children or counselors from the facility — and that their website is laden with conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19.

Advertisements for Camp Hikon, planned for upstate New York, appeared on email listservs popular in the Orthodox Jewish community just days after a private school in Miami made news for discouraging teachers from getting the vaccine and telling children they were not to have contact with vaccinated people,” reported Shira Hanau. “The camp’s announcement also comes as posters encouraging people not to get the COVID-19 vaccines appeared in Midwood, Brooklyn, the Orthodox neighborhood where one member of the founding team runs a natural foods store.”

According to the report, the camp is a project of Brooklyn “health coach” Naftali Schwartz, who has “no formal training in medicine or public health.”

“Drawing on a debunked theory spread by the anti-vaccination movement, the camp’s website cites the ‘experimental nature’ of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said the report. “According to the false theory, living in close quarters with vaccinated people could ‘enhance’ the spread of the coronavirus. The website refers readers to a site called NutriTruth which claims vaccines are a ‘biological weapon,’ and to a livestreamed discussion between several notable anti-vaxxers.”

Read more: https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2021/05/ny-summer-camp-bans-anyone-who-has-been-vaccinated-and-pushes-covid-vaccine-biological-weapon-conspiracy/

Caitlyn Jenner Slammed for Claiming She's Qualified to Be Governor Because She's 'Sold $1 Billion of

Caitlyn Jenner Slammed for Claiming She’s Qualified to Be Governor Because She’s ‘Sold $1 Billion of Exercise Equipment’

Republican Caitlyn Jenner‘s latest interview is driving more criticism of her campaign for governor of California.

Asked what training she has that would make her qualified to be governor Jenner told CNN, “I have been in the entrepreneurial world.”

“People think that that you’ve been in show business, think of you as a reality star, certainly I’ve done that. But entertainment is a business. And you have to run that business. But I’ve also done other things,” Jenner insisted.

“You know, we sold a billion dollars of exercise equipment on television. Aviation companies. I’ve just always been involved being an entrepreneur.”

Read more: https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2021/05/caitlyn-jenner-slammed-for-claiming-shes-qualified-to-be-governor-because-shes-sold-1-billion-of-exercise-equipment/


SBC President JD Greear calls Saddleback Church's decision to ordain women 'disappointing'

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said the California-based Saddleback Church’s decision to ordain three women was “disappointing,” and urged the denomination to “stand on the bedrock of God’s Word — whether the issue is the role of pastor or any other issue.”

In a development described by Saddleback as “historic,” the church, founded by Rick and Kay Warren, announced that they ordained their first three female pastors, despite being affiliated with the SBC which prohibits female ordination.

“We ordained our first three women pastors, Liz Puffer, Cynthia Petty, and Katie Edwards,” Saddleback Church said in a post on their Facebook page Friday. “We commissioned three new elders, Anthony Miller, Jeremiah Goley, and Jason Williams! And we appointed Pastor Johnny Baker as the new global leader of Celebrate Recovery!”

In a post on his blog Monday, Greear, who also pastors The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, said that while he has “long respected Saddleback’s ministry impact and heart for getting the gospel to the nations,” he disagrees with their decision to take this step, and even finds it “disappointing.”

Read more: https://www.christianpost.com/news/jd-greear-calls-saddlebacks-ordination-of-women-disappointing.html

Some Mike Lindell fans reportedly stood in line for 7 hours to watch his rally at the Corn Palace -

Some Mike Lindell fans reportedly stood in line for 7 hours to watch his rally at the Corn Palace - but when the event started, the venue was half empty

Supporters of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell were said to have stood in line for hours to attend his rally in South Dakota on Monday - but the Corn Palace venue was only half full for the event.

Lindell held the rally to launch Frank, the website that he billed as a social-media site but that so far has been a one-way platform for him to spread baseless allegations of voter fraud.

Photos shared on Twitter show lines snaking around the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Dickinson Press reported that some people stood in line for up to seven hours for the free event, which let people in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some guests said they came from neighboring states, including Minnesota and Nebraska, while others came from as far away as Texas, the publication reported.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/mike-lindell-fans-reportedly-stood-115319079.html

2 sheriff's deputies killed in Concho County, suspect arrested by Texas Rangers

Source: KHOU

CONCHO COUNTY, Texas -- A 28-year-old man is in the Tom Green County jail Tuesday morning, charged with two counts of capital murder of a peace officer or fireman.

Jeffrey Vincent Nicholas was booked at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday. Bond has been set at $2 million per count.

Details are limited, however, the arrest record shows the incident happened in Concho County Monday night and the arresting agency was the Texas Rangers.

Requests for information have been sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/two-concho-county-deputies-killed-suspect-arrested-on-two-counts-of-capital-murder-of-a-peace-officer/504-4b1cb169-27df-43f2-b808-0f574ef9d74f

Concho County is sparsely populated with a population just over 4,000 people.

Posting under the generally recognized exception that shootings of police officers are allowed in LBN.


According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday, Concho County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint.

Two deputies and an Eden city employee arrived on scene and made contact with individuals at the home where an altercation escalated to gunfire.

Two Concho County Sheriff's Office deputies were killed and the city employee was critically injured.

The Texas Rangers are investigating and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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