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  1. Alexis Ohanian, the founder and former CEO of Reddit, stepped down from his position on the company's board Friday as the U.S. roils with nationwide protests against police brutality after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Ohanian is calling on the company he founded to fill his position with a black board member, a high-profile step for a company with its own rocky track record around issues of race. "I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now," Ohanian said in his announcement. "To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop."
  2. The liberal news site Slate is facing intense backlash for claiming that "violence" is an "important tool for protests." While some reports have either downplayed or even defended the violence that taken place in recent days, no defense was bolder than Slate's, whose account tweeted on Wednesday, "Non-violence is an important tool for protests, but so is violence." Included in the tweet is a link to a 24-minute audio analysis explaining the "history of violent protest." "Big structural change in America doesn't happen without violence," read the subheadline of the linked article.
  3. Background Briefing Antifa is the talk of every town in America after Trump publicly declared his plans to officially designate it as a terrorist group in response to the network's role in carrying out acts of urban terrorism all throughout the country over the past week. For those who aren't familiar with the author's analysis of the Hybrid War of Terror on America, they're requested to at the very least skim through one, some, or all three of his related works on the topic so as to better understand his perspective prior to proceeding to the rest of the present piece:
  4. The 'Anglo-Saxon era' that is widely believed to have followed the withdrawal of the Romans from Britain in 410AD may have never existed, according to a University of Cambridge expert. Schools teach that, after Romans left Britain, Britain was invaded and colonised by a throng of German-speaking barbarians from Europe, known as the Saxons. This, common wisdom dictates, then gave birth to the so-called Anglo-Saxon era which endured in some guise until the Norman conquest of 1066. This theory is based on the prevalence of German-based languages and questionable interpretations of historical records. However, Professor Susan Oosthuizen believes the invasion and colonisation, which is thought to have occurred in the 5th century, never happened. Comment: A turbulent period: 536 AD: Plague, famine, drought, cold, and a mysterious fog that lasted 18 months
  5. This week, the Russian foreign language broadcaster confirmed that unidentified people had shot and killed Ruptly stringer Nabil Hasan al-Quality near his home in Aden on June 2. The Committee to Protect Journalists and UNESCO condemned the murder, and urged for a thorough probe into the photojournalist's death. RT Arabic stringer Salah Al-Aklu and his family will be evacuated from Yemen after receiving death threats, Sputnik and RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan has indicated. "The threats began after a friend and colleague who collaborated with our Ruptly video agency was shot dead outside his home in Yemen a few days ago," she wrote, referring to the killing of al-Quaety, a photojournalist working with a number of news organizations, including Ruptly, Agence France-Presse, and others. Simonyan thanked Russia's foreign ministry and the Russian ambassador in Yemen, saying they are helping in the urgent evacuation of Al-Aklu and his family from the war-torn country.
  6. The mayor of Minneapolis sobbed as he knelt beside George Floyd's casket ahead of a somber memorial in the city on Thursday. Mayor Jacob Frey was seen breaking down in tears, his body heaving, as he knelt with one hand on the casket of Floyd, 46, whose death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer last week has sparked widespread protests. The emotional moment took place in the minutes leading up to the service at North Central University, where Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a fiery eulogy, calling on black people to demand: "Get your knees off our necks." "It's time for us to step up in George's name and say, 'get your knees of our necks,'" Sharpton said.
  7. Thousands have descended on central London to protest the death of George Floyd. Defying the government's lockdown rules, the demonstrators marched on Parliament Square. Nearly two weeks after Floyd died under the boot of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, protests against police brutality have spread across the world. Far away from the riots and arson engulfing the US, crowds of demonstrators packed the rainy streets of London on Saturday to show solidarity with the 'Black Lives Matter' movement in the US.
  8. Shimla and its surrounding areas were hit by a squall, accompanied by hailstorm and heavy rain this afternoon, causing a sharp fall in day temperature and damaging fruit and vegetable crops. The inclement weather forced people to rush indoors as the capital town recorded 78 mm rain (74 mm in just two hours). The hailstorm caused a sharp fall in the mercury and the day temperatures stayed five to six degrees below normal. Fruit and vegetable growers were on tenterhook as stormy conditions are catastrophic for apple stone fruit and vegetable crops.
  9. Houston - Eggs that would otherwise be wasted can be used as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables, according to Rice University researchers. The Brown School of Engineering lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues have developed a micron-thick coating that solves problems both for the produce and its consumers, as well as for the environment. When the coating was applied to produce by spraying or dipping, it showed a remarkable ability to resist rotting for an extended period comparable to standard coatings like wax but without some of the inherent problems. The work by Rice undergraduate students Seohui (Sylvia) Jung and Yufei (Nancy) Cui is detailed in Advanced Materials. The coating relies on eggs that never reach the market. As the United States produces more than 7 billion eggs a year and manufacturers reject 3% of them, the researchers estimate more than 200 million eggs end up in landfills. Even before the impact of the new...
  10. Flying completely under the radar of the various crises that have come to define 2020, an interesting story is playing out in India. This story shines a light on the increasingly globalized nature of medical research and on the dark practice of using poor people in third world nations as guinea pigs in that research. In early May, the US Centers for Disease Creation and Propaganda (CDC) announced a $3.6 million grant to "further strengthen and support the Indian government's efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing." But just days later, it was reported that the grant may be delayed because the CDC was placed on a "watch list" by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs last December. Wait, what? The Indian government placed the CDC on a "watch list" last year? Why? Well, according to The Hindustan Times, the Indian government specifically asked the CDC to "stop funding research in India without government approval" after they discovered that the US health agency...
  11. President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned Latin American governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the region. A new Brazilian record for daily COVID-19 fatalities pushed the county's death toll past that of Italy late on Thursday, but Bolsonaro continues to argue for quickly lifting state isolation orders, arguing that the economic costs outweigh public health risks. Latin America's most populous nations, Brazil and Mexico, are seeing the highest rates of new infections, though the pandemic is also gathering pace in countries such as Peru, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.
  12. Two Buffalo police officers were arraigned on Saturday on felony assault charges after a viral video showed them shoving an elderly protestor who remains critically injured after falling at a march against racism. Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, were part of a unit in tactical gear enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew on Thursday during the protest involving long-time community activist Martin Gugino, 75, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said in a statement. "The two defendants, who are Buffalo Police officers, pushed a protestor outside of City Hall, causing him to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk," Flynn said.
  13. The growing trend of kneeling to show solidarity with the 'Black Lives Matter' movement has apparently been adopted by banker Jamie Dimon, triggering an avalanche of disbelief and mockery on social media. The CEO of JPMorgan Chase was photographed taking a knee in front of a large bank vault on Friday, sparking speculation that he was expressing support for anti-racism protests that have spread across the United States. His bank declined to confirm whether there was a deeper meaning behind the photograph, but Dimon had previously voiced sympathy for the demonstrations, stating that Chase was "committed to fighting against racism and discrimination wherever and however it exists."
  14. Billionaire Bill Gates has become a top target of conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus pandemic, which the Microsoft co-founder called "bizarre." "It's almost hard to deny this stuff because it's so stupid or strange that even to repeat it gives it credibility," Gates said Thursday on phone call announcing The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $1.6 billion pledge to global vaccine alliance Gavi, according to Business Insider. Since the start of the global pandemic, Gates has been the subject of conspiracies falsely linking him to the coronavirus' origins in some way or another. In fact a Yahoo News/YouGov survey in May found that 28% of U.S. adults believed a debunked conspiracy theory suggesting Gates planned to use an eventual Covid-19 vaccine to implant monitoring microchips in billions of people.
  15. The following are two clips from Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News yesterday (June 5th), regarding the ideological insanity that has taken possession of many in the US - and around the world - in the wake of the police killing of petty criminal George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th. The Cultural Revolution has come to America Is there a single person who believes this moment will end in racial harmony? Is that even a goal anymore?
  16. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi announced on Saturday Cairo's peace initiative for Libya that envisages ceasefire and conditions for a political settlement of the conflict. "The intra-Libyan initiative aims at ending hostilities, it includes the withdrawal of foreign troops and the disarmament of factions," Sisi said. The initiative envisages an equal representation of the three regions — Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan — in the presidential council, the unification of Libyan state institutions and the adoption of a constitutional declaration. The new peace initiative for Libya envisages ceasefire beginning at 06:00 a.m. (04:00 GMT) on Monday, Abdel Fattah Sisi said. "Our meeting resulted in an agreement on Cairo's support for the intra-Libyan ceasefire initiative starting at 06:00 a.m. on June 8, 2020," Sisi said. The initiative calls for respect for all international efforts and related UN Security Council resolutions, the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and...
  17. Rep. Ilhan Omar called for the Minneapolis Police Department to disband following the highly publicized death of George Floyd while in its custody. "The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform," the Minnesota Democrat tweeted Friday. "It's time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to @MplsWard3 for your leadership on this!" Omar introduced four bills this week aimed at addressing police accountability, governmental response to police brutality, and providing funds for communities affected by police brutality.
  18. Lightning struck the Washington Monument Thursday night, igniting and lighting up the sky in the D.C. area, a new viral video clip shows. What happened: WUSA 9's Sky Cam captured video footage of lightning striking the Washington Monument with a bolt of lightning. Other flashes of light occur nearby in the moments right after. This is somewhat normal. According to Atlas Obscura, lightning often strikes the 555-foot monument. In fact, the solid aluminum capstone melted about half of a year after it was installed in December 1884. More lightning strikesTwo National Guard members deployed to Washington, D.C., were hospitalized Thursday after lightning struck the area where they were posted, according to NBC News. The location wasn't too far removed from the White House.
  19. You must stay home to save lives. You must socially distance and lock down. Unless you're protesting racism and police brutality. This appears to be the message from some government and health officials, who for months enforced a rigorous and unprecedented economic shutdown in the name of stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — resulting in millions losing their jobs and students being sent home from schools across the country. But as states just now begin to emerge from those lockdowns, some have argued in favor of an exception to those guidelines for those protesting the death of George Floyd — suggesting the gains from seeking police reforms outweigh the risks of a new surge in virus cases. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose state had some of the harshest lockdown measures in the country, was pictured shoulder-to-shoulder protesting with other officials and demonstrators. Her office told the Detroit News that Whitmer wore a mask and denied she violated her executive...
  20. Aaron Landy watched for hours on Saturday night as people on foot and then in cars moved up and down Melrose Avenue looting stores and setting them on fire, doing wheelies in the street and tagging walls with graffiti. All the while, not a single police cruiser rolled by, Landy said, even though officers were staged in huge numbers not far away, squaring off with protesters. Landy's longtime Fairfax neighborhood, it seemed to him, had been completely abandoned to lawlessness. "Where are the police? They're nowhere. There's not a policeman in sight. It's just like a free-for-all," Landy remembered thinking. "It was just shocking. I was outraged."
  21. American private media often "launder" misinformation fed by the secret services, while politicians pressure Facebook to act as its proxy against foreign outlets, author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Lauria told RT. "Private corporate media, on their foreign policy and national security reporting, are virtually mouthpieces of the intelligence services," Lauria told RT. They launder misinformation and disinformation from the intelligence services in the US, which gains credibility if you read it in the New York Times and not directly from the CIA. They have a state function as well even if they're corporate-owned. So this is clearly an anti-Russian, anti-Chinese, anti-Iranian thing.
  22. While the US unemployment rate slightly dropped from April's high, it might be too early to pop the champagne as the rise in businesses bankruptcies still threatens to shake the labor market, RT's Boom Bust has learned. Figures released on Friday showed that the US regained around 2.5 million jobs, surprising analysts who expected another dramatic plunge. The jobs numbers have sent US stocks higher, with the Dow Jones closing over 800 points up. Despite the positive development that comes amid easing coronavirus restrictions, the number of companies going bust is still rising and could hit a new record this year. It will be a huge blow for the entire US economy, as many permanent jobs could vanish, Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Boot believes. "As you start to see bankruptcies, they will flow through not to temporary job losses, but to permanent job losses," she told RT's Boom Bust. "That's going to be the long lasting damage that we see come out from this crisis."
  23. Comment: The below paragraphs are a statement put out by known imperial agitator and CIA outfit, the National Endowment for Democracy. Anyone paying a little attention to that organization's activities around the globe should be concerned that it is now affiliating itself and supporting the current BLM protests. When the NED enters a country, destabilization and chaos follows, all to the benefit of the US empire. The brutal killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis has provoked an outpouring of anger and rage that the United States has not seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more than fifty years ago. Our democracy is being tested as never before in the memory of most living Americans. We will not overcome this crisis and begin to heal our nation unless the four police officers responsible for the killing of George Floyd are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and unless America commits itself fully to the principles of racial justice...
  24. Joe Biden won enough delegates on Saturday to become the Democratic presidential nominee in November's election against President Donald Trump, NBC News projects. To win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party's convention, a candidate must receive support from a majority of pledged delegates — at least 1,991 of the total 3,979 pledged delegates available. Heading into the weekend, Biden had already amassed a projected 1,970 pledged delegates after winning a series of Democratic primaries on June 2. He now has 2,000, according to NBC News.
  25. Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, has joined MSNBC as a legal analyst, the network announced Friday. Page was thrust into the national spotlight after text messages were leaked between her and FBI counterintelligence agent Andrew Strzok in which they criticized President Trump. Strzok was removed from Mueller's team, while Page had already returned to the FBI. She swiftly emerged as a chief GOP boogeyman, with Republicans saying her texts with Strzok were evidence that elements of the Justice Department were trying to impede Trump's presidency. Page later filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department, claiming the agencies unlawfully released to the press text messages between her and Strzok in December 2017 for "multiple improper reasons."
  26. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday evening addressed the social networking company's decision not to censor a recent post by President Trump that seemed to suggest that looters should be shot amid protests last week that sparked after the death of George Floyd. "As we continue to process this difficult moment, I want to acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community," Zuckerberg wrote in his open letter. "I also want to acknowledge that the decision I made last week has left many of you angry, disappointed and hurt." He said that while the company will continue to stand for free speech - even when he disagrees with what's being said - he is also "committed to making sure we also fight for voter engagement and racial justice too."
  27. From the Tuesday broadcast of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' on the FOX News Channel: TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: If you want to work for racial justice and you should want it, demand equal application of the law. If a law applies to one American, it must apply to all Americans. That is always true whether it is a federal perjury statute or the law against looting Macy's. Several demand special privileges are inherent and they corrupt society and crowed social trust. Giving people a pass because of who they are is not an act of compassion. It is the definition of injustice. It hurts everyone, including the people receiving the past. If you let a kid walk away without charges from a drunk driving accident because his parents are rich, you are not helping the kid. Allowing poor kids to steal shoes from the Nike store because you believe they are oppressed does not help them either. If you raised your own children like that, you would screw them up forever. That does not mean they are not...
  28. Now moving north over the warm waters of the open Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to gather strength as it heads toward an expected landfall in or near Louisiana late Sunday. Even before it moved off the Yucatan Peninsula, Cristobal was upgraded from a tropical depression to a tropical storm early Friday afternoon. Cristobal is a large, impressively organized tropical storm that will bring widespread impacts to the U.S. Gulf Coast. As of 8 pm EDT Friday, Cristobal was located about 480 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving north at 13 mph. Top sustained winds were 40 mph, making Cristobal a minimal tropical storm. A tropical storm warning was in effect from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton county in Florida (near Destin), including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, as well as for the stretch from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun and Cozumel. A tropical...
  29. Top Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is being asked to pledge that he will endorse $14 trillion in compensation for the slave years if elected. Will he make the pledge, only to brush it aside once he's in the White House? If ever there was a time for the US black community to demand reparations for being subjected to the centuries-long slave trade, now is certainly it. In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white cop, the country is convulsing from the fires of protest from coast to coast. At the same time, a large chunk of the population, when not adjusting their surgical masks, is hand-wringing over their purported 'white privilege'. To further complicate this nationwide nervous breakdown, we are just five months away from what promises to be the most contentious and momentous US presidential election in recent memory. Enter Joe Biden, 77, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who may be tempted to turn on the money hose to pacify Black Lives...
  30. With a small portion of Norway's coastal range slipping into the sea, it does fit perfectly the time line intensification of our four gas giants forming a square in one quadrant of our solar system not seen since 79A.D during an intensifying Grand Solar Minimum. My question: Does this signal the beginning of more intense global liquefaction events? Let me know what you think about the information presented, does it show a trend?
  31. It wasn't so long ago that we were celebrating the arrival of rain. Now residents are mopping and squeegeeing away water that in places is knee deep. While June is normally part of Yucatan's rainy season, rainfall is 278% above normal, the weather agency reported today. Cristobal has broken weather records in Yucatan. In 72 hours, Merida has been hit with 13.5 inches of rain. Valladolid was hit even harder, with 17.5 inches, Conagua reported. Oxkutzcab appeared to have the most rainfall: 19 inches. The storm has "begun its journey toward Yucatan," declared a local weather forecaster.
  32. Seven days after recording the UK's top temperature of 28.3C, the north of Scotland yesterday struggled to a daytime low of minus 1.1C amid a blanket of snow. Cromdale in Speyside had registered the high of the year so far as the country sweltered in the sunniest spring ever. However, just a few miles away yesterday temperatures fell below zero during the day at the Cairngorm mountain range in Inverness-shire. "Welcome back to winter," said Luke Miall, of the Met Office. "The north of Scotland has been distinctly chilly for the time of year. At the same time as this low temperature was recorded, the wind was blowing at 70mph."
  33. The new prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is a convicted child sex offender, German police have revealed. The 43-year-old man, who has not been named, is white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time the toddler vanished on May 3 2007. Christian Hoppe, from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), told the country's ZDF television channel the suspect is serving a prison sentence for a sex crime and has two previous convictions for "sexual contact with girls".
  34. People protesting over the death of George Floyd descended on the walled-off compound housing the US embassy in Mexico and proceeded to tag the streets and throw projectiles at the building. Dozens gathered on the street on Friday outside the diplomatic building, which is located in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. Videos show the protesters throwing stones and other projectiles at the building, which was protected by metal walls, installed to shield it from unrest as demonstrations turned violent.
  35. A 12-year-old boy was killed and another injured on Saturday after being attacked by a pack of more than 12 stray dogs in Muzaffarabad. The boys were shepherding their goats when the dogs pounced on them near a poultry farm on Dera Ghazi Khan Road. One child, Muhammad Irfan, died by the time a rescue team arrived while the other, Muhammad Akbar, was admitted to DHQ Hospital in critical condition. According to residents, the poultry farm's workers used to feed dead chickens to the dogs. They hadn't been feeding them lately due to the coronavirus lockdown and the residents believed that might be why the hungry pack might have attacked the boys.
  36. Kati Amos, 70, was attacked by four dogs in a yard in the 3900 block of West 167th Place, officials said. A woman was killed in a dog attack Wednesday in south suburban Country Club Hills. Officers were called about 10:35 a.m. to the 3900 block of West 167th Place for reports of a dog attack, Country Club Hills police said. There, they found four dogs mauling 70-year-old Kati Amos. Officers shot at the dogs to get into the yard. One dog was hit while the rest scattered throughout the yard. The dog died later, police said. The dogs belonged to Amos and her relatives.
  37. Republican senator Tom Cotton's controversial op-ed demanding US troops be deployed against American protesters would have been embraced by the New York Times if he'd just stuck to cheering on military actions abroad. The Times has been consumed with angst over the backlash to the Arkansas senator's piece, which called for the military to be turned loose in US cities as an "overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers." Hundreds of the outlet's staffers have slammed management's decision to publish, insisting Cotton's words somehow put them in danger. Yet the Paper of Record has a long, colorful history of publishing op-eds (and even news pieces) supporting the deployment of the US military against civilian populations. Sure, those populations generally live outside the US - maybe they're in Iraq, or Venezuela, or Iran - but the Times can almost always be relied upon to support the idea that the US military is a force for good, bringing sweetness...
  38. Soaring unemployment is expected to push more than a million more Britons into poverty by Christmas and is already driving up homelessness, charities are warning. Around 200,000 children are among those facing a new life below the pre-coronavirus poverty line unless ministers reform benefits, according to analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research thinktank published on Wednesday. almost 10% of the workforce - by the end of 2020 It has examined a Bank of England economic scenario that predicted that as a result of the lockdown measures unemployment could rise by 2 million to 3.3 million people - almost 10% of the workforce - by the end of 2020.
  39. Donald Trump has ordered the US military to remove nearly 9,500 troops from Germany in a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the region. The move would reduce US troop numbers in Germany to 25,000, compared with the 34,500 currently there, a senior US official said. The official said the move was the result of months of work by America's top military officer, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who thwarted Trump's plan to host a G7 meeting this month.
  40. Lightning strikes claimed 36 lives with some injured in different areas of Myanmar in the first five months of this year, an official from the Disaster Management Department said on Saturday. From January to May this year, 34 incidents of lightning strikes took place in the country's regions and states. "Five people had been killed in a recent incident of lightning strikes in Myeik city of Tanintharyi region," said Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of the department under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
  41. There is apparently no limit to what the United States and Israel can get away with without any consequences. The United States has been waging devastating economic warfare against Iran and Venezuela while also blaming China for a global health crisis that it is unwilling to help address due to its withdrawal from the World Health Organization. Israel meanwhile is planning on illegally annexing significant parts of the Palestinian West Bank in July, with a green light from the Trump Administration, and no one in Europe or elsewhere is even interested in initiating serious sanctions that might lead to the postponing of that decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even stated flatly that the remaining Palestinians who would be annexed will not become Israeli citizens - they will instead be "subjects" of the Jewish state with no guaranteed rights or privileges. The American Establishment is totally committed to the principle that the United States and Israel should...
  42. Sixteen people were killed and five others injured in separate incidents of lightning in Pabna, Habiganj, Mymensingh, Bogura, Kushtia and Tangail districts on Friday. In Pabna, four people were killed and a minor boy was injured as they were struck by thunderbolt in different parts of the district. The deceased were identified as Hashem, 37, son of Laba of Atgharia upazila; Jalil Ali Sardar, 50, son of Rawshan Ali of Sujanagar upazila; Shariful Isalm, 25, son of Yunus Ali of Chatmohar upazila; and Maniruzzaman Moni, 19, of Ataikula upazila. Of them, three were killed while returning home from croplands while another died while flying kite in the field.
  43. 1200 public health experts have signed an open letter asserting that Black Lives Matter mass gatherings should be encouraged because "white supremacy" is a bigger health threat than COVID-19. Yes, really. "White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19," states the letter, before adding, "Black people are twice as likely to be killed by police compared to white people, but the effects of racism are far more pervasive," (a claim which is completely misleading given that black people are far likelier to be involved in violent confrontations with police).
  44. The expulsion of two Russian diplomats over the imaginary Prague poisoning plot is a very hostile move, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said, warning the scandal is set to affect relations between the two countries. "The Czech side has acted dishonorably and unworthily, taking this unfriendly step. Without any reason, the Czech authorities caused serious damage to Russian-Czech relations," the ministry said in a statement. "The actions of Prague will receive not only an adequate response, but will be also taken into account during formation of Russian policies towards the Czech Republic."
  45. An entire tactical unit of a US police department has quit after two officers accused of brutality were placed on unpaid leave, reports local media. In a video that went viral on Thursday, officers in the city of Buffalo, New York, were seen shoving an elderly man to the ground. The 75-year-old was seriously injured, and taken to hospital. All 57 officers in the riot squad have now reportedly resigned in protest at their two colleagues' suspension.
  46. The professor, who authored a book defending white people from being shamed for racism, acknowledged that the timing of his tweets was "poor" as the country is embroiled in racially-charged protests unseen since the 1960s. A professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is being investigated for a series of controversial statements about black people. Charles Negy, an associate professor of psychology at the university, came under scrutiny following several tweets in which he condemned what he called black privilege and appeared to blame racism on African Americans.
  47. A video posted by Donald Trump's 2020 election campaign — decrying civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd — was removed Thursday by Twitter, citing a copyright-infringement claim. A June 3 tweet by the @TeamTrump account with the video now displays the message: "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner." Twitter confirmed it received a DMCA takedown request from the owner of one of the images included in the video but the company did not specify who that was. The video, titled "Healing, Not Hatred," currently remains available on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. [UPDATE: Facebook removed the videos from both Facebook and Instagram later Friday after it also received a DMCA complaint.]
  48. Just one month ago, the idea that most people aren't susceptible to Covid-19 — perhaps the overwhelming majority — was considered dangerous denialism. It was startling when Nobel-prize-winning scientist Michael Levitt argued in UnHerd at the start of May that the growth curves of the disease were never truly exponential, suggesting that some sort of "prior immunity" must be kicking in very early. Today, though, the presence of some level of prior resistance and immunity to Covid-19 is fast becoming accepted scientific fact. Results have just been published of a study suggesting that 40%-60% of people who have not been exposed to coronavirus have resistance at the T-cell level from other similar coronaviruses like the common cold. Now, from the unlikely source of a prominent member of the "Independent SAGE committee", the group set up by Sir David King to challenge government scientific advice and accused by some of being populated with Left-wing activists, comes a claim that the...
  49. Tropical Storm Cristobal already has claimed its fame as the earliest third named tropical storm system on record in the Atlantic basin. It also did something else that had AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski saying, "This does not happen very often." Cristobal developed from the leftovers of Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season. Amanda pummeled areas of Central America during the final weekend of May, causing at least 26 deaths and forcing at least 8,000 people to be evacuated in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Amanda appeared to wrap up off the coast of Guatemala, but then it moved inland over the country, which is "rare to see... let alone during late May," Kottlowski said. "Once Amanda moved inland, the lower-level part of the storm fell apart, but the upper-level part survived and moved to the western Yucatan," Kottlowski said. "Cristobal's development was associated with a large counter-clockwise wind pattern referred...
  50. According to sources, Hollywood celebrities have courageously united under an inspiring new movement to show respect for black lives. Entitled the #BurnYourHouseDown movement, celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Jimmy Kimmel, and John Legend have volunteered to relinquish their power and privilege by burning their houses and everything they have to the ground. The organizer of this movement released the following statement on Twitter: "Your homes, your riches, and your toys are built on a foundation of white supremacy. They are forever tainted by racism. Your walls and security systems have shut out the voices of the oppressed. Join us. Stand with us. #BurnYourHouseDown!" As the provocative hashtag began trending on Twitter, rich celebrities lept into action. Alyssa Milano employed her house servants to light torches and throw them through her broken windows. Jimmy Kimmel hired Instagram models to jump on trampolines while throwing Molotov cocktails into his front door.