[Washington Examiner] Delta banned 460 customers from using its airline after they refused to wear a mask, a safety precaution urged to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
CEO Ed Bastian told Delta employees on Thursday that the passengers were added to the Atlanta-based airline's no-fly list, emphasizing that wearing a mask is a requirement of the company amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Wearing a mask is among the simplest and most effective actions we can take to reduce transmission, which is why Delta has long required them for our customers and our people," Bastian said, according to NBC News, which obtained an internal memo by the executive.
The pandemic has taken a deep economic toll on several airline companies, with depleting interest in air travel.
Bastian added that in order to elevate Delta's funds, the pandemic must get under control.
"With the cold-weather months approaching, stopping the spread will be crucial to our recovery from the pandemic and Delta’s return to growth and leadership within our industry," he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 8 million people in the United States. More than 220,000 have died from COVID-19-related illnesses
[NYPost] South Carolina police have released new information in the line-of-duty death of a sheriff’s deputy who was killed during a traffic stop earlier this week.
Two people have been arrested in connection with Tuesday’s incident in Greenville that resulted in the death of Greenville County Sheriff’s Sgt. Conley Jumper, the State Law Enforcement Division said Thursday.
Police charged 37-year-old Ray Kelly with murder; resisting arrest with a deadly weapon; assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature; weapons possession during a violent crime; and two counts each of drug trafficking and resisting arrest, according to a Thursday press release. They also charged Tornell Laureano, 24, with drug trafficking and weapons possession during a violent crime.
Jumper, a 52-year-old husband and father, was killed after officers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 85 on Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. A struggle occurred after at least one of the occupants fought with officers.
When Jumper arrived on the scene, Kelly was “actively fighting and resisting deputies’ lawful arrest,” according to the affidavit for his arrest. He allegedly continued to resist and began “pushing, striking and pulling away” from the deputies, the document states.
“Kelly was able to get back into the vehicle as he continued to resist arrest by Deputy Jumper and intentionally drove the Nissan into heavy, oncoming highway traffic,” police said. “Kelly continued to drive away while dragging Deputy Jumper in front of oncoming vehicles, which proximately caused a collision resulting in Deputy Jumper’s death.”
The stopped car had collided with an 18-wheeler, authorities said, and a sheriff’s car that was arriving to provide assistance then struck the vehicle that officers had initially stopped.
[Washington Examiner] The White House on Friday condemned China's internment centers, in which the communist regime has imprisoned more than 1 million Uighur Muslims, as "concentration camps."
"There is no credible justification I can find in Chinese philosophy, religion, or moral law for the concentration camps inside your borders," said Matt Pottinger, Trump's deputy national security adviser, who has been guiding the administration's policy toward China, in a speech at a British think tank. The speech, which Pottinger delivered in Mandarin, was directed at Chinese leaders.
Impossible. Everyone knows those stupid Americans can’t understand foreign languages, just like their British counterparts. One wonders how many indiscreet conversations he quietly enjoyed overhearing based on this assumption,..
The remarks came as the Trump administration ramped up its rhetoric toward China. Last week, national security adviser Robert O'Brien said that "if not a genocide, something close to it [is] going on in Xinjiang," the province where the majority of China's Uighur population lives.
The language of genocide, which many Republicans and Democrats in Congress have used for the past several years in describing the situation in Xinjiang, has made its way slowly to the White House. Trump in June signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, as he faced criticism for reportedly telling Chinese President Xi Jinping that building the internment centers was "the right thing to do."
Trump denied the accusations, leveled by former national security adviser John Bolton, and instead said that he held off on bringing up the subject because of his efforts to secure a trade deal.
The Trump administration, however, has taken active steps to condemn the Chinese government's treatment of Uighurs. Most recently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Vatican to take a "bold" stance against China and not renew a 2018 diplomatic deal. The Vatican renewed the deal, but not before Pompeo made the case that they reject it based in part on China's treatment of Uighurs, as well as other religious minorities.
[Jpost] Facebook said in August that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg ...the Peewee Herman clone who owns Facebook. He's got more money than Croesus and thinks he should be regulated by the government because it does such a nifty job with all the other stuff it regulates.... was interviewed at an FTC investigative hearing as part of the government's antitrust probe into the company.
Facebook Inc may face US anti-trust charges as soon as November, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing four people familiar with the matter.
The Federal Trade Commission met privately on Thursday to discuss a probe while state attorneys general under the leadership of New York's Letitia James have been scrutinizing the company for potential threats to competition, the newspaper reported.
The timeline could still change, the newspaper said, adding that state attorneys general are in the late stages of preparing their complaint.
Facebook, the FTC and the office of the New York Attorney General were not immediately available for comment late on Friday.
Facebook said in August that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed at an FTC investigative hearing as part of the government's antitrust probe into the company.
Facebook faced similar probes by the Justice Department and by state attorneys general, and has said previously the investigations were looking at prior acquisitions and business practices involving "social networking or social media services, digital advertising, and/or mobile or online applications."
In July 2019, Facebook agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a separate FTC probe into the company's privacy practices.
Google a few days ago, Facebook today — who is next to be targeted of the pantheon of internet multi-billionaires? And how will that impact the funding of future elections and anarcho-communist tools?
[IsraelTimes] A database with information on virtually the entire US voting population has been circulated on hacker forums, opening up the potential for disinformation and scams that could impact the November 3 election, security researchers say.
A report released yesterday by the security firm Trustwave said its researchers "discovered massive databases with detailed information about US voters and consumers offered for sale on several hacker forums."
The databases "include a shocking level of detail about citizens including their political affiliation," and the sellers claim to have 186 million records, which would mean nearly all US voters, the security researchers say in a blog post.
"The information found in the voter database can be used to conduct effective social engineering scams and spread disinformation to potentially impact the elections, particularly in swing states," says the post from Trustwave analysts Ziv Mador and Nikita Kazymirskyi.
The analysts say at least some of the data comes from public records, but that other information appears to have come from data leaks or breaches.
The researchers say they also discovered other databases on the entire US consumer population and on residents of Britannia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.
Cybercriminals appear to be working "to monetize the upcoming elections" in the United States, the researchers add, by selling databases that include addresses, age, gender and political affiliation of American voters, and phone numbers in some cases.
The news comes a day after US authorities said Russia and Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... had obtained voter information and taken actions to influence public opinion, including with "spoofed" emails designed to intimidate voters and create unrest.
[WashingtonTimes] President Trump announced his intent to nominate Thomas L. Kirsch II for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to fill the seat left open after Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Her confirmation by the Senate is expected to occur Monday.
Mr. Kirsch currently serves as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. He is the only federal circuit court nominee pending, as the GOP-led Senate has quickly moved to fill federal court vacancies under Mr. Trump.
7th Circuit has 11 judges, 9 of whom are Republican nominees. 3 are in their 80's (two Reagan appointees) and 2 in their 70's (including a Clinton appointee). If Trump is given another term, this court could wind up with 8 or 9 Trump judges.
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Police officers who are leaving the department have given scathing responses during their exit interviews.
KOMO News obtained the exit interviews, which blamed city leadership, to riots and low morale for leaving the department.
One retiring patrol sergeant who had been on the force for more than 20 years said, "I refuse to work for this socialist city council and their political agenda. This agenda sacrifices the health and well-being of the officers and ultimately will destroy the fabric of this once fine city." And that, dear reader, is their goal.
When asked: "What factors had a negative effect on morale in the department?"
One officer whose job is up in the air said, "The council wanting to defund us and gaining ground doing it. Rioters not being charged even when they assault officers."
Another patrol officer from the East Precinct who was resigning after 6-10 years of service offered this explanation for leaving the department: "Current hostile work environment. In a precinct that is under civil unrest by a small group that is constantly committing multiple felonies and attempting to murder peace officers." Attempting to murder police officers. Please read that again.
When followed up with the question: "What did you enjoy least about working at SPD?"
The officer said, "I enjoyed almost every aspect of working with Seattle PD itself. The one thing that I enjoyed the least was the handling of the last three months of riots." OMG! The R word!
Jim Fuda, Crimestoppers Director of Law Enforcement Services which works with SPD, says the responses point to a hostile and non-supportive work environment for officers.
"It’s ridiculous," Fuda said. "Just when you think it can’t get more inane, it does."
In response to the question: "Would you like to work for SPD again in the future?"
Some said they’re open to the opportunity if thing change, "drastically."
One canine officer who’s resigning after more than 11 years said, "I highly doubt it. You could pay me twice what you’re paying me now and I would not work for Seattle under this current political mayhem, Marxist collaborations and lack of government and police leadership."
"It’s an absolute joke and a travesty for the rest of the citizens here in this city, this once beautiful city," said Fuda. "Our police department is there to protect all of us and because of the cutbacks and the retirements, who’s going to protect our public safety?" Antifa of course! After they did so well in CHAD!
According to the exit interviews, the some of the SPD officers are leaving for departments like Everett, Des Moines, Kennewick and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department -- places they said the feel like they will get more support.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.