Sledgehammer gang smashes Hong Kong printing presses of paper critical of China

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US Congresswoman calls for no policing & no jail for criminals. Seriously.

This would be laughable except that Rashida Tlaib is an elected member of the US Congress.

She's a lawmaker.

She's also an influential Democrat, the party in power in the White House, narrowly in the Senate and with Speaker Pelosi in the House.

Ideas like Tlaib's are no longer fringe.  She's a mainstream, 2021 Democrat.

Seriously frightening times.

With very scary people in charge.

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Maybe Congresswoman Tlaib might like to explain to the late Brittany Hill's family why police shouldn't have pursued and charged Ms Hill's killers.

(From ABC News Chicago, June 2019)

Michael Washington, 39, and Eric Adams, 23, are both charged with first-degree murder, police said early Thursday.

Prosecutors revealed in bond court that the 1-year-old girl smiled and waved at the two suspects before they opened fire on her mother, 24-year-old Brittany Hill. After hearing the details of what allegedly led to Hill's murder, the judge called the crime "chilling, mind-boggling, utterly senseless if this is true."

"Brittany Hill was struck almost immediately by one of the bullets in the right side of her abdomen. Hill was able to hold on to her child and turn her back to shield the child from further gunfire," assistant state's attorney James Murphy said.

Police say the two men pulled up, then Washington began opening fire from the front passenger seat of a silver Impala. Brittany Hill held her daughter while the child's father and two others ran for cover.

Prosecutors say Adams and Washington got out of their car and continued firing shots.

"Washington is then seen pointing the gun back at the direction of Hill as she lay on top of her child behind a parked car," Murphy said.

The shooting was captured on surveillance video.

"Chicago police began their investigation immediately and they were able to obtain the license plate number for the Impala from the Pod video," Murphy said.

Prosecutors say Chicago police contacted their counterparts and that department was already in the process of setting up surveillance on Washington's home for an unrelated narcotics search warrant.

Police took the men into custody that afternoon. They appeared in court Thursday on first degree murder and attempted murder charges.

Hunt says even if 100% of Australians are vaccinated we might keep borders closed

First it was just flatten the curve.

Then people on government and ABC salaries got far too comfortable working from home.

Now apparently nothing can satisfy our border-closure fetishists.

So what's the point of a controversial vaccine Mr Hunt, if not to open us up to the world?

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has refused to guarantee Australia’s borders will open even if the whole country has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Australia’s borders have been shut since March 2020 and will remain closed until at least the middle of June, leaving more than 36,000 Australians trapped overseas, unable to return due to caps on the number of quarantine spaces.

The closure also bans citizens from leaving the country unless they have an exemption or are travelling to New Zealand.

Mr Hunt suggested at a news conference in Canberra on Tuesday the international border closures could last much longer and stay in place even if the entire population had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“Vaccination alone is no guarantee that you can open up,” Mr Hunt said.

“If the whole country were vaccinated, you couldn’t just open the borders.

“We still have to look at a series of different factors: transmission, longevity [of vaccine protection] and the global impact - and those are factors which the world is learning about,” he said.

Mr Hunt said that it would be a joint decision made by the chief ministers, premiers and Prime Minister on whether Australia would ever depart from its zero-tolerance of the virus and said the country was “progressively” opening up under its current approach.