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What The Fuck Happened Over The Weekend?


#646

Good that the Atlanta Mayor acted quickly and fired/or demoted those police officers for excessive force.

“Use of excessive force is never acceptable," Bottoms told reporters. Shields called the footage “really shocking to watch.

The video, shown on TV as captured by local reporters, shows a group of police officers in riot gear and gas masks surround a car being driven by a man with a woman in the passenger seat. The officers pull the woman out and appear to use a stun gun on the man. They use zip-tie handcuffs on the woman on the ground. The couple did not appear to be fighting police.

TV reporters said the police had earlier broken glass on the car and flattened the tires.

Bottoms said the woman was released without charges. She said the man was released, too, and she’s ordering the charges against him dropped. She didn’t specify what charges he faced. She didn’t identify the students or the officers.

She said she’d delayed the news conference several hours to review all the body-camera footage because she and Shields wanted to be certain about what happened.


(M A Croft) #647

Better reporting and lots of photos on the NZ protests in support here on Radio NZ

Nigerian-Kiwi Mary Adeosun drove up from Hamilton for the protest. She was in tears as she spoke to our reporter: “I really feel for my skin-folk, for the innocent lives that have been taken… I’m so far away in this country and I’m seeing people who look like me dying [in the US]”.

Mary Adeosun Photo: RNZ / Mabel Muller

Hobson Hohepa flew his Tino Rangatiratanga flag high at the protest: “[Racism] happens here in our country. It happens to us. It happens to me. I’ve had enough.”

Hobson Hohepa Photo: RNZ / Mabel Muller

Photo: RNZ / Leith Huffadine

Photo: RNZ / Mabel Muller

Ricky Wilkins is an African-American from Los Angeles, California. He’s been living in New Zealand for the past seven months. “I feel loved. Everybody wants to be us but no one wants to care for us. It’s just amazing to see in Aotearoa how people are representing and showing us love.”

Ricky Wilkins. Photo: RNZ / Mabel Muller


(Pamela) #648

(David Bythewood) #649

Protestors attempt to remove confederate monument in Birmingham, mayor asks that they let him “finish the job”

Alex Jones and Infowars appear to be at it again, having filmed a homeless man having his possessions set on fire in Austin. The claim was protesters did it, but one of the attackers wore an Infowars hat and the victim shouted right at the camera!





The White House is dark. There is no leadership coming from there unless you’re a white supremacist.


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#650

Using this category - WTF happened over the weekend.

Continuing the unruly response to a nation in need of calming, T talks to Governors and keeps insisting on using military to control the unrest.

WTF WTF WTF


(David Bythewood) #651

Real leaders lead. Fake leaders hide.

DC mayor pushes back on Trump: Police will ‘always protect’ the city




Trump claimed DC police did nothing. This is not true and the Secret Service confirm that:


(David Bythewood) #652

Trump is in his bunker urging governors over the phone to use force so they don’t look “weak” and can take back the streets.

What he means is “don’t make me look weak.”

The difference is clear.


#653

This is where we are


(David Bythewood) #654


Trump unloads on governors over George Floyd protests: 'Most of you are weak’




I am worried. Trump promised he’s about to do something big and terrible in D.C.

Less news than confirmation of what we already knew: George Floyd was murdered.

George Floyd Died of Asphyxiation From Pressure on Neck, Independent Autopsy Finds

An independent autopsy found that Floyd’s death was “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to lack of blood flow to the brain.”


#655

How his own right wing mouthpieces (Drudge) are talking about T’s actions…
and then a zinger back at the blacks for BET head asking for trillions in reparations.


#656

Here comes an answer to the call - What do we do? What should T do?

Former EPA head, and ex Republican Governor of New Jersery becomes a voice of reason to answer the national SOS, and T’s lack of purposeful actions.

control things in a way that will allow them to build for the future. While you just want to condemn people, real leaders are acknowledging the very real racial issues we are facing. In times like this, real leaders step up, and deal with the immediate problems while (3/5


#657

Floyd’s bother says that change will happen at the ‘ballot box.’

George Floyd’s brother pleaded for peace in the streets Monday, saying destruction is “not going to bring my brother back at all,” while President Donald Trump berated most of the nation’s governors as “weak” for not cracking down harder on the lawlessness that has convulsed cities from coast to coast.

The competing messages — one conciliatory, one bellicose — came as the U.S. braced for another round of violence at a time when the country is already buckling because of the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment it has caused.

“We are a country that is scared. We are a country that is angry,” said Sam Page, county executive in St. Louis County, Missouri, where the city of Ferguson has been synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement since the 2014 death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, in a clash with a white officer. “And we are a country that is holding out for the promise of justice for all.”

In Minneapolis, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, made an emotional plea at the site where Floyd was pinned to the pavement by an officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck until he stopped breathing.

Let’s switch it up, y’all. Let’s switch it up. Do this peacefully, please,” Terrence Floyd said.

The crowd chanted, “What’s his name? George Floyd!” and “One down, three to go!” in reference to the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder, but protesters are demanding that his colleagues be prosecuted, too. All four were fired.

The gathering was part rally and part impromptu eulogy as Floyd urged people to stop the violence and use their power at the ballot box.

“If I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing?” he said. “You all are doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”

The country has been beset by angry demonstrations for the past week in some of the most widespread racial unrest in the U.S. since the 1960s. Spurred in part by Floyd’s death, protesters have taken to the streets to decry the killings of black people by police.

While most of the demonstrations have been peaceful, others have descended into violence, leaving neighborhoods in shambles, stores ransacked, windows broken and cars burned, despite curfews around the country and the deployment of thousands of National Guard members in at least 15 states.

Trump told the nation’s governors in a video conference that they they “look like fools” for not deploying even more National Guard troops. “Most of you are weak,” he said.


(David Bythewood) #658

A glorious thread that talks about how the Tiktok-K-Pop coalition is totally fucking with the data crunchers who back Trump and his allies.
https://twitter.com/aetherlev/status/1274726592481091587?s=20


#659

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said.

Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak. They did not travel aboard Air Force One, according to the person familiar with her condition, and she was the only person in the group who tested positive.


#660

‘We need to live with it’: White House readies new message for the nation on coronavirus

WASHINGTON — After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it.

Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states.

At the crux of the message, officials said, is a recognition by the White House that the virus is not going away any time soon — and will be around through the November election.


#661

Watch: President Trump’s Remarks at Mt. Rushmore “Salute America” Event

President Trump delivered 4th of July remarks at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.


#662

Oh it’s a doozy…with red meat all over it, sweat mess, slurs and Stephen Miller’s drivel.

1/20 are wearing masks.

What is ‘cancel culture?’ - which he is describing as the Dems.

https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1279250912918286344?s=19


#663

Some commentary

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1279249542962122753?s=21

Bonkers speech :thinking::woman_shrugging:t2::unamused:


#664

A divisive speech indeed…and really nothing on pandemic. As i watched til the end, I noticed how Fox News which gave full coverage to the speech and fanfare as expected is now talking about Coronavirus, and testing. :weary:

NYTimes: Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore

Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore https://nyti.ms/2ZxySNL

With the coronavirus pandemic raging and his campaign faltering in the polls, his appearance amounted to a fiery reboot of his re-election effort, using the holiday and an official presidential address to mount a full-on culture war against a straw-man version of the left that he portrayed as inciting mayhem and moving the country toward totalitarianism.

Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” Mr. Tump said, addressing a packed crowd of sign-waving supporters, few of whom wore masks. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”

Mr. Trump barely mentioned the pandemic, even as the country surpassed 53,000 new cases of the coronavirus and health officials across the country urged Americans to scale back their Fourth of July plans as the pandemic made a frightening resurgence.


#665

It wasn’t without protest from the beginning, the Lakota Nation was greatly offended by his presence.

He mostly talked about monuments and statues when Joe is over here with solutions to the actual issues.

https://joebiden.com/joes-vision/

He’s losing and it’s showing.