People are fed up with the authorities’ useless, freedom-obliterating Covid totalitarianism. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Update (19115ET): Anti-lockdown protests kicked into high gear around the globe on Saturday, including irate Irish protesters:
The FBI induces people to conspire to commit crimes and then arrests them for conspiracy to commit crimes, covering itself in glory and targeting politically disfavored groups. It appears it did so in the now infamous Gretchen Whitmer assassination plot. From Ken Bensinger and Jessica Garrison at buzzfeednews.com:
The Michigan kidnapping case is a major test for the Biden administration’s commitment to fighting domestic terrorism — and a crucible for the fierce ideological divisions pulling the country apart.
In the inky darkness of a late summer night last September, three cars filled with armed men began circling Birch Lake in northern Michigan, looking for ways to approach Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s three-bedroom vacation cottage, subdue her — using a stun gun if necessary — and drag her away.
One vehicle stopped to check out a boat launch while a second searched in vain for the right house in the thick woods ringing the lake. The third car ran countersurveillance, using night vision goggles to look out for cops and handheld radios to communicate with the others.
Earlier, they had scoped out a bridge over the Elk River, just a few miles away, scrambling down under the span to figure out where plastic explosives would need to be placed to blow it sky-high. That would slow police response, giving the men time to escape with the governor — who had infuriated them by imposing COVID lockdowns, among other outrages — and either take her to Lake Michigan, where they could abandon her on a boat, or whisk her to Wisconsin, where she would be tried as a “tyrant.”
The “cheese-eating surrender monkey” French are taking to the streets to protest the Covid-19 restrictions, while “brave Americans” sit on their hands. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Some will recall the abuse heaped upon the “surrender monkey” French during the reign of The Chimp. In fact, the French were abused for not going along with the rabid WarrnnnTrrr expostulated, incoherently, by The Chimp.
Now the French are not surrendering to the war upon their bodily integrity. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to make clear their opposition to being Needle Raped and then forced to carry around and present evidence – the “vaccine passport” – of their having laid back and enjoyed it, so to speak.
Which is accurate-speak, unlike The Chimp’s. Unlike practically all the verbiage issuing forth from his heirs and successors, including the addled old man who is now sending forth swarms of officers to harass the people and do much worse than eat their substance.
The effort afoot – literally, these creatures are headed to your home and you can expect to find them walking up your driveway – is to pressure you into submitting to that which is a kind of medical rape, using a device rather than a member. In both cases, the body is penetrated, contrary to the will of the victim – and a substance is injected. If that is not the working definition of what constitutes rape is then there is no such thing as rape.
Many French are opposed to this – and not just under their breath. They are marching and making it clear to the rapists that rape, whether by member or needle, is not acceptable to rape people and that they won’t lie back and enjoy it.
So much for the surrender monkeys.
Why aren’t Americans in the streets? Isn’t this the land of the free and the home of the brave? What happened to those people?
Oh, yes. Fauci said boo! – and they said Moo!
In the grand scheme of survival, competence and ability mean everything, race means nothing at all. From Revolver at revolver.news:
South Africa is disintegrating.
After the jailing of Jacob Zuma, supporters of the former president took to the streets, ostensibly to protest but actually to simply plunder at will. The official death toll already runs into the dozens, but in a country as violent as South Africa (57 murders a day) the real toll will likely never be known for certain.
Rioters have plundered shops and entire shopping malls. When they run out out of normal goods, they steal livestock. When it’s too heavy to carry by hand, they bring a forklift.
The meltdown in South Africa isn’t a natural disaster or a random fluke. It’s a choice. South Africa was the first modern nation to be refounded on the anti-white principles of critical race theory, and now it is reaping the whirlwind of that choice.
South Africa did everything that is being done in America right now. As a hyperdiverse multiethnic, multilingual society, South Africa has followed almost every prescription embraced by the globalist ruling class.
This is about more than riots. This wave of violence will eventually peter out. But there is no reason to be optimistic when that happens. There will be no sense of having survived a calamity, and having a chance to rebuild. When this wave of burning and looting and killing are over, there is nothing to look forward to but the next wave.
In the whole history of communism, there’s never been a communist country that people risked their lives to get into. From Mark Jeftovic at bombthrower.com:
When Dictatorships Collapse, They Fail Fast
Both the Biden administration in the US and Trudeau here in Canada were slow off the blocks to rally behind the Cuban people who are fighting for their freedom and an end to Communist dictatorship in Cuba. Had they been BLM protestors or Antifa I’m sure they would have been there in solidarity immediately. But because the people of Cuba want to go in the opposite direction that the US and Canada seem to be headed, what we got instead was COVID-shaming from the corporate media and hedging, half-assed platitudes from Western governments.
The textbook definition of Communism is supposed mean a classless society, one in which everybody is treated the same, even to the point where beyond having equal access to opportunity, we arrive at equality of outcome.
Nevermind that, as Kristian Niemietz enumerated in his Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies, equality hasn’t happened in any self-described communist or socialist regime, either now or in the past. The Cubans have experienced this viscerally for over 60 years and they’ve had enough of it.
They know that communism means a bifurcation of society into two tiers. A small overlord class to whom all the privilege and wealth accrues, and the larger underclass. Equality only exists in this latter pool of serfs in that they are all equally impoverished and subjugated. That’s equality of outcome.
The current Cuban unrest may well not be a purely indigenous phenomenon, rather it’s the outcome of a globalist design to destabilize many governments. From Joaquin Flores at strategic-culture.org:
Today, we are seeing only the start of a fresh wave of global destabilization efforts, never-ending wars, Joaquin Flores writes.
If one believes that the protests in Cuba can be explained within the rubric of 20th century economic systems, and then believes they can go on to extract some great truths about socialism vs. capitalism, then they are misinformed. No, this is about technocracy, color revolution, and forever-war.
The events in Cuba were caused by the staged economic collapse directed by the IMF under the advisement of the World Economic Forum, under the pretext of supply-line stoppages and economic closures to combat Covid-19. The socio-economic strife that such an imposed crisis is known to provoke, is then weaponised to destabilize ‘regimes’ so as to further the hegemonic agenda of the (admittedly divided) oligarchy ruling the global west. We saw this before in 2008 with the crash and crisis, and how this was weaponised to create a destabilization process known as the Arab Spring.
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The South African president and other, more ostensibly objective sources are saying that violence greatly diminished in South Africa after the military was called in. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday the riotous looting that transformed parts of the country into a warzone was planned, and his “government would not allow anarchy, mayhem” to continue as 25,000 troops have begun to deploy.
“It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated, there were people who planned it and coordinated it,” Ramaphosa said.
“We are going after them, we have identified a good number of them and, we will not allow anarchy and mayhem to just unfold in our country,” he told reporters while touring the KwaZulu-Natal province, more specifically, the port city Durban, one of the worst-hit areas by unrest.
So far, the president’s plan is working. Calm is returning to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
According to the “Unrest Map” via PolicyLab, unrest across Johannesburg and Durban has dramatically subsided in the last day, either because the military is being deployed or the rioters have run out of stores and warehouses to loot as thousands of businesses were destroyed in the weeklong mayhem.
A report from riot-torn South Africa, and a strong argument for the private ownership of firearms. From Chris Faure at thesaker.is:
Link to Part 1
The riotous looting has reduced but is still continuing into Wednesday. We don’t really know what is left to loot and burn but whatever is standing is still being looted and burnt.
This clearly was a planned initiative as the looter vehicles, cars and trucks have their number plates removed or covered with black plastic bags, the movement of the mobs are coordinated so there are instructions coming from somewhere, the looting mobs are growing bigger in size and the reasonable communities are in fear. Yet overall the activity has reduced with fewer targets and towns lying in rack and ruin.
It is difficult to give this a name, excepting anarchism and it is taking the shape of siege warfare. It seems to be a faction fight but who is really fighting who?. The looting is done by different mobs than the arson and burning of buildings and central business districts. So, is it a civil war, a coup d’état, or instigation toward a Rwanda type situation? Or, simply the poor eating the rich? The major question is why did the state security apparatus not see this coming? Or did they? And further, where is the state of emergency? Where is the tear gas to disperse crowds? Where is the sound cannon and where is the water cannon? Why are the crowds not being dispersed? At this moment, it could be a first force, a second force or a third force, some combination or some weird conflation, in charge of the lawlessness.
On the ground, the biggest danger now (besides looting mobs and real bullets being fired) is hunger. Shops are running out of stock (if they have not closed outright) and the biggest food distribution warehouse in South Africa serving other African countries, is being looted to nothing by thousands of looters. This is the central nerve centre for bulk food distribution in KZN (KwaZulu Natal) supplying all the major retailers including Shoprite, Checkers, Woolworths, SPAR and Game. There is a massive food crisis developing now. There is no bread, meat, milk, petrol and other essential supplies in most parts of Durban. KZN is literally burning to the ground.
At first it was hard to tell if the Cuban protests are real or some sort of CIA-manufactured regime-change effort like in Venezuela. Increasingly, it looks like the former. From Mike “Mish” Shedlock at mishtalk.com:
AOC, BLM, the Black Caucus, and Socialists are suddenly and strangely quiet on Cuba.
Reader Charles, whom I met in Chicago in my second job after graduating college, suddenly reached out about events in Cuba.
It is not just Havana. This is no Tiananmen Square. Here are videos from all over the island. Finally, it’s OK to say that the emperor has no clothes.
For years, when Cuban-Americans visited their relatives in Cuba, they noted there was near-universal private disgust with the corrupt Castro regime. But there was also universal fear of its efficient and ruthless secret police and the honeycomb of regime spies throughout the society. So everyone kept quiet.
American tourists were escorted to Potemkin villages by Communist Party guides and special hotels open only to foreigners and staffed by Party members. All who tell the Americans how everyone is really committed to the Revolution.
And the US press, by and large, has bought the story, blaming Cuba’s troubles on the US embargo – even though no other country embargoes Cuba – rather than the corrupt system which squelches capitalism and favors the 5% who are Party members, whether they work or not.
The protesters are NOT protesting shortages and price increases, as much of the US mainline media sympathetic to the regime are reporting. Those who understand Spanish can hear that they are chanting “Liberty!” And “end the dictatorship.” They are protesting the whole terrible system.
Who knows if this will last Already, there are reports of dissenters “disappearing.” But it will be great if the great US left-wing alliance with these dictators is exposed and, with luck, broken.
Charles emailed 12 videos on protests in 12 different Cuban cities.
He also put me in touch with John Suarez, the Executive Director, Center for a Free Cuba.
From The Babylon Bee:
PITTSBURGH, PA—The FBI released disturbing new details today regarding alleged January 6th rioter Robert Morss, who had a fully-constructed LEGO Capitol building in his home. Agents say Morss was also building several LEGO Harry Potter sets, leading authorities to believe he was planning a similar attack on Hogwarts Castle.
“The suspect had several completed LEGO Harry Potter building sets and was about 80% of the way through building the advanced-level LEGO Harry Potter Castle,” said FBI bureau chief Warren Alvarez. “We feel we caught him just in the nick of time before things turned violent once more.”
Alvarez said a review of Morss’ online social media accounts show him to be a staunch supporter of Lord Voldemort, believing that Albus Dumbledore was fraudulently elected as the leader of Hogwarts. Documents found on his computer show that Morss was planning a violent protest at the school on July 31, Harry Potter’s birthday.
“This is a huge win for law enforcement,” said Alvarez. “The FBI is proud of our work taking dangerous, LEGO-building criminals off the streets. Also, now I don’t have to buy my kid a birthday present, which is awesome.”
In related news, press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden is renewing his calls for common-sense LEGO control, calling for universal background checks for all LEGO purchases as well as closing the toy show loophole. Psaki said. “We must work vigilantly to keep these dangerous LEGO weapons of war off our streets,” Psaki said.