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  1. Even by their standards, this is unbelievable: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/22/sonya-massey-illinois-shooting-video
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cq5xlq27x42o A police officer has been stabbed in the chest at Frankland Prison. The victim has been rushed to hospital where he is "conscious and talking". Durham Police said the officer, who is from another force, was attacked at about 11:00 BST while visiting the prison. HMP Frankland in Durham City is a category A men's jail, meaning it has the highest level of security. A spokesman for the Durham force said: "A police officer, who was visiting the facility from an outside force, suffered a stab wound to the chest during the incident. "The injured officer has been taken to hospital by ambulance, where he is described as being 'conscious and talking'."
  3. He has no cultural attachment to the region and is a proper player. Van Dijk is not going to Saudi Arabia.
  4. https://www.today.com/news/obama-apologizes-kamala-harris-best-looking-attorney-general-comment-1b9237348 After his remark that California’s Kamala Harris was the “best-looking attorney general in the country” sparked controversy, President Obama apologized for what some deemed to be a sexist comment, and what others argued was a dumb, but harmless, compliment. The president called Harris to apologize for the comments hours after he made them on Thursday during a San Francisco fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. “They are old friends and good friends and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general's professional accomplishments and her capabilities,” Carney said Friday at a White House briefing. At the fundraiser, Obama called out Harris along with several other Democratic leaders in California. “You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake,” the president said. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.” When the crowd started laughing, the president added, “It’s true! C’mon.” The comments made even typically ardent Obama supporters cringe. Political strategist James Carville, no stranger to making controversial statements, advised Obama to be more cautious. “Look, I’m a 68-year-old guy and I do notice honestly the way that women look sometimes, but you’ve got to learn to sort of keep your opinions to yourself,” Carville said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine said the way women continue to be judged by their looks makes it tough to reach gender equality in the workforce. “It’s not a compliment. And for a president who has become a cultural model for many of his supporters in so many other ways, the example he’s setting here is disgraceful,” he wrote in an article headlined, "Obama in Need of Gender-Sensitivity Training."
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jul/23/mothin-ali-riots-leeds-green-party-councillor-gipton-and-harehills “People still are accusing me of being a rioter,” said Mothin Ali, the Green party councillor for Gipton and Harehills in Leeds. It is true he was there on Thursday night when a police car was turned on its side, projectiles were thrown at riot police and a doubledecker bus was set alight in a night of unrest triggered when police turned up to help social services take some children into care. But far from being a rioter, it was Ali, and others in the community, who stood in front of police in efforts to protect them, stopped people throwing bins and crates on the blaze and ultimately gathered water from nearby homes to put out the fire. What made him put his safety at risk? “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s my area. I didn’t want people getting involved when they shouldn’t be getting involved. Throwing a rock and ending up with a 10-year jail sentence. “And some of the police officers over the last few years I’ve got to know and I didn’t want them to get hurt. I thought, this is what a councillor is supposed to do.” Early in the evening Ali was accused of rioting online by members of the far right, including Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson, who claimed footage showed the “newly elected councillor for the area rioting tonight in Leeds. Multiple reports he’s even on the streets with them.” Though many people saw the subsequent images and video of Ali protecting the community and giving rousing speeches to those gathered, some of the lies have stuck. On Sunday, a far-right demonstration was organised in Gipton, an area adjacent to Harehills. About 20 to 30 people attended, many from outside Leeds, Ali said, but there was no trouble. It is likely that the reason he was picked out for online abuse on Thursday was that he was already no stranger to the far right. “Tommy Robinson absolutely loves me,” he joked. “Some of the far right, I’m their sweetheart.” When he was elected to Leeds city council in May, he was criticised for his vocal support for Gaza, which eventually led to racist abuse and death threats. MailOnline accused him of “sparking outrage” by saying Allahu Akbar, a declaration of faith, at the end of his victory speech. He also said it was a “win for the people of Gaza”. “There was a whole load of thanks, but everything else just got lost,” said Ali. “Some of the rightwing newspapers just clipped the last 10 seconds, with ‘he said Allahu Akbar, he’s the Gaza councillor, what a vile guy, what a bad guy’. And because of the way I was dressed and the way I look, I just fit the caricature. “It got really, really threatening after that. My phone started going off every few minutes, it was ‘die [P-word], die’ and ‘I’m gonna kill you’. They started posting pictures of my kids and all that sort of thing. I shut my social media down. I deleted Twitter, I came off Facebook. “I wasn’t expecting it,” he added. “I thought probably I’d get some criticism afterwards but I never thought it would be as crazy as it was. It was relentless, day after day. There was an incident where someone turned up at my house, someone let my tyres down, someone phoned the police and made a death threat and was asking about my security. “It’s just horrible, absolutely horrible. But people here know what I’m about.” As he walked through Harehills on Monday, four days on from the unrest, many people stopped to thank him for what he did on Thursday night. Other people came up to him to tell him about problems in the area that needed solving. From his point of view there were immediate problems that needed tackling after more than a decade of a Tory government. “We need to be able to reach out to the communities, people who are quite isolated, bring them into the system, [and say ‘Look, this is the value of voting, this is the value of education, the schools aren’t your enemies, the teachers are trying to help you.’ Build that level of trust, because there is a massive level of distrust. And we’ve got to make sure they’re welcomed into the system, not forced into the system.” But, in stereotypical local councillor style, he said one of the biggest complaints was bin collections being missed because of blockages in the narrow streets. He pulled up a meme made from a picture taken by a local photographer, which described him as the “hero of Harehills”. He said: “I think someone should have captioned it: ‘Nothing stops me on bin day.’”
  6. Argentina’s vice-president, Victoria Villarruel:
  7. As one does: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/c724wqpy4qnt#player Texas Republican claims he recreated Trump shooting Kimberly Cheatle admits under oath that she has not yet visited the shooting site at the Butler County fairgrounds. Republican Pat Fallon also notes that she did not contact the team that was part of the Trump detail for about 72 hours after the attempted assassination. "The shooter has visited the site two more times than you have," Fallon says. He adds that Cheatle has claimed there were safety concerns about a sloped roof, referring to the claim as "pathetic excuses" and "cowdung". The Texas lawmaker, who served four years in the Air Force, says he recreated the attempt on Trump's life in his own district. "Fifteen out of 16 killshots - and the one I missed would have hit President Trump's ear," he yells, banging the table. "I believe your horrifying ineptitude and lack of skilled leadership is a disgrace. Your obfuscation is shameful and you should be fired."
  8. No data to support this, but I’d imagine about 20% to be the number of racists in most countries.
  9. Real piece of work https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/22/gunman-arrested-after-killing-in-nursing-home-in-croatia A gunman has opened fire in a nursing home in Croatia, killing at least six people, including his mother, officials have said. Five residents and one employee were fatally injured when the gunman entered the private nursing home in Daruvar in north-east Croatia on Monday and began shooting, according to police, in a rare instance of gun violence in the Balkan country. The gunman fled the scene and was later arrested at a cafe, where he was carrying unregistered firearms. The man had a police record for disturbing public order and domestic abuse, said the Croatian national police chief, Nikola Milina. Officials first reported that five people had been killed during the shooting, but Milina confirmed a sixth victim had died after being taken to hospital. Marin Pelić, the Croatian social policy minister, said: “This is an unprecedented crime. According to the information we have, the mother of the killer had been in the nursing home for 10 years.” After the shooting, police sealed off the private nursing home, located along a quiet street where a small crowd gathered and watched as a forensics team entered the residence. Police said they were informed of the incident at 10.10am local time (0810 GMT), and confirmed the suspect had entered the nursing home and used a firearm. Local media reports described the suspected shooter as a retired military police officer who had fought in Croatia’s war of independence during the breakup of Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1995. As news of the shooting spread, shock spread through Daruvar, a quiet town of about 7,000 people that has long been a popular spa destination thanks to the area’s thermal springs. Damir Lnenicek, the town’s mayor, told the N1 regional broadcaster: “It’s hard for me to understand that this can happen in our town, country.” About 20 people lived in the nursing home at the time of the shooting, Lnenicek said. “What is the trigger? It’s difficult to say – it will be determined by the investigation,” he added. After the shooting, Croatia’s president, Zoran Milanović, said the shooting was “savage”. “It is a terrifying warning and a last call to all competent institutions to do more to prevent violence in society, including even more rigorous control of arms ownership,” he wrote on social media. Shootings in Croatia are rare, with Monday’s incident among the worst such killings in the country’s history. Last year in neighbouring Serbia, the country was rocked by back-to-back mass shootings, including a massacre at a school in Belgrade in which 10 people were killed.
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