TN: Five Memphis cops charged in Nichols killing

Source: The Hill

“Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols, a [b]lack motorist who died three days after a confrontation with the officers during a traffic stop, records showed Thursday. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office online records show that Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith were in custody. All five are charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression. … Ben Crump, the attorney representing Nichols’[s] family, said police video the family viewed showed Nichols — a 29-year-old FedEx worker and father — was shocked, pepper-sprayed and restrained when he was pulled over for a traffic stop near his home.” (01/26/23)

“Fair” Tax: A Terrible Idea That Just Won’t Die

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The ‘Fair Tax’ (or ‘FairTax’ for those with defective space bars on their keyboards) proposes to replace the current federal tax regime with: First, a 30% national sales tax, falsely advertised as 23% by calculating it ‘inclusively’ — e.g. a 30 cent tax would be 23% of $1.30, which is the total cost, including tax, of a $1 purchase — on all services and ‘new’ goods. Second, a cradle-to-grave monthly welfare check for every man, woman, and child in the US, falsely advertised as an ‘advance rebate’ or ‘prebate,’ even though it’s not conditioned on payment of any tax at all. Third, pretending to ‘eliminate’ the IRS by re-naming it and/or parceling out its functions to other government bureaucracies. In baseball, three strikes is an out. With legislation, three lies means extra innings until the bill passes or everyone dies.” (01/26/23)

Free Talk Live, 01/26/23

Source: Free Talk Live

“Police Murderers :: Project Veritas Pfizer Revelations :: Natural Cures :: Recording People :: Joa vs Bolduc :: Jordon Trishton Walker Freaking Out, Destroys Ipad :: M&M Spokescandies Canceled, A&W Responds :: Chemical Castration :: Shrinkflation :: 2023-01-26 Ian, Matt, Joa.” (01/26/23)

India: Regime thugs abduct students over screenings of Modi documentary

Source: Deutsche Welle [German state media]

“Indian police arrested several students in New Delhi Wednesday at a screening of a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Plain clothes officers as well as scores of tear-gas wielding police in riot gear had gathered at the Indian capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia University to prevent the event from taking place. Some students were detained after scuffles with police. There were similar scenes at other universities this week …. New Delhi is seeking to stop seeking to stop anyone in the country from seeing the two-part documentary, entitled ‘India: The Modi Question,’ which looks at the prime minister and his role in Indian politics. The Modi administration has called the film ‘propaganda,’ and has banned it from being streamed or shared on social media. Twitter and YouTube have complied with the order, and universities too are blocking student screenings of the film.” (01/26/23)

Burning the Koran

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The row between the government of Sweden and that of Turkey over the burning of a Koran by demonstrators in Stockholm brings us back to fundamental problems of politics, on which the economic method of analysis has thrown much light. … A major contribution of economics has been to show how private property rights, by creating a private domain around each individual, minimizes clashes. You burn your own copy of the Koran, the Bible, or Lady Chatterley’s Lover as you want, or you consider them sacred for you if you wish. You may also buy and keep it, or just be indifferent. As often noted, individual liberty is coextensive with private property rights and voluntary cooperation and trade.” (01/26/23)

Watchdog: NIH didn’t track US funds going to Chinese virus research

Source: Yahoo! News

“The National Institutes of Health failed to provide adequate oversight of an American organization that funded controversial research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, according to a new government report that is sure to raise new questions about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Issued by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the new report says nothing about the origins of the coronavirus. For the most part, it concerns research that took place well before the first cases of what came to be known as SARS-CoV-2 were discovered in China in late 2019. But it does note that the American organization in question, the EcoHealth Alliance, should have been more rigorously scrutinized by federal officials regarding assurances that its partner lab in Wuhan was not using U.S. funds to conduct gain-of-function research, which boosts viruses to study how they might evolve in nature.” (01/26/23)

Where Are the Crypto OGs? — Taxation Is Theft, but Joe Biden Needs Ice Cream Money

by Graham Smith

“Bitcoin was once viewed as a means to opt out of violent, legacy financial systems. Now, it is being co-opted by the very same, and zealous newcomers to crypto think that’s a good thing, while still giving lip service to peer-to-peer values. Ignoring the problems with fiat money, they beg political interests and bad actors to regulate Satoshi’s digital innovation. One such actor, Joe Biden, has been in the news recently complaining about not getting enough tax money from struggling Americans. To Biden and his elitist ilk, the destruction of crypto’s possibilities for economic sovereignty is a goal. Taxation is a key means to make that happen. To the crypto OGs, taxation is still theft, and permissionless, peer-to-peer exchange is still the answer.” (01/26/23)

Peru: Legislators submit motion to impeach Boluarte

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A group of left-wing politicians in Peru have submitted a motion of impeachment against President Dina Boluarte over her handling of nearly two months of protests following the removal of her predecessor Pedro Castillo. Some 56 people have died amid violent confrontations between protesters and the security services. The legislators, allies of Castillo, are filing the motion on the grounds of Boluarte’s alleged ‘permanent moral incapacity,’ according to Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez who is in the capital, Lima. On Tuesday, thousands of people took to the streets of Lima, where they were met with volleys of tear gas and pellets just hours after Boluarte had called for a ‘truce.'” (01/26/23)

Concerning the arguments for “total defeat” of Russia

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Anatol Lieven

“Zealous advocates of Western support for the total defeat of Russia in Ukraine — including, if necessary, direct Western intervention and NATO-Russia war — base their case is set on a disparate set of arguments, almost every one of which turns out on examination to be either exaggerated or wholly mistaken. The most extreme is that the defense of ‘civilization’ demands the complete defeat of Russia, ideally leading in turn to Nuremberg-style trials of the top officials of the Russian government and (for some commentators) the break-up of the Russian Federation itself. This call is linked to the allegation that the Russian invasion has been not merely brutal, but has amounted to ‘genocide.’ This charge forms — at least subliminally — a serious intellectual and moral barrier to any eventual peace settlement.” (01/26/23)

Somalia: US officials claim killing of top Islamic State leader

Source: ABC 7 News

“A risky military ground raid by U.S. special operations forces on a cave complex in northern Somalia on Wednesday night killed Bilal al-Sudani, a top leader and organizer with the Islamic State, U.S. officials said. Al-Sudani was killed in a firefight along with 10 other fighters, according to the officials. There were no U.S. casualties in the raid, the officials said, emphasizing that there were also no civilian casualties — though officials later clarified that one of the U.S. service members had suffered a dog bite from a dog serving with U.S. forces. The officials said President Joe Biden had authorized the raid earlier this week after conferring with his national security team.” (01/26/23)