Trump’s Message Isn’t Confused. He’s Promising A Dictatorship. | Washington Monthly

The message is that Trump will break free of the meager constraints that have shackled him in his first term, to unleash a full authoritarian nightmare in his second—and beyond. The RNC doesn’t need a platform because it will be whatever Trump wants. There won’t be any more racial justice protests because Trump will just put them down as brutally as Putin does, with the help of the “very fine people” in the far-right militias to whom he gives tacit or not-so-tacit consent. There won’t be any more Constitutional constraints on his becoming president for life, because he doesn’t intend to follow that law any closer than he follows the Hatch Act. There won’t be any check on the ability of his personal vizier Attorney General to lock up political opposition on any supposed pretext. He will lead the final charge and conquest by Red America over Blue Non-America.

Source: Trump’s Message Isn’t Confused. He’s Promising A Dictatorship. | Washington Monthly

Covid-19 vaccine may be mandatory in Portugal – The Portugal News

Graça Freitas during the usual press conference on Covid-19 in Portugal stated that “Portuguese legislation allows a vaccine to be used in an epidemic and in defence of public health to be mandatory.” The prime minister announced the purchase of 6.9 million vaccines against Covid-19, worth €20 million, adding that in Portugal vaccination will be “universal and free”.

Source: Covid-19 vaccine may be mandatory in Portugal – The Portugal News

Conservative MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay apologizes for tweet linking Freeland with billionaire Soros

Some things, like being Anti-Jew, you cannot apologize for – face the music and resign! Kerry-Lynne Findlay

Conservative MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay is apologizing for “thoughtlessly” spreading material about Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland from a source she said she later discovered traffics in hateful conspiracy theories.

Germany coronavirus: Hundreds arrested in German ‘anti-corona’ protests – BBC News – (Facebook enabling ultra right wing in Germany)

German news site Deutsche Welle reported that flags and T-shirts supporting the far right could be seen among the crowd.

The demonstration to the west of the Gate at the Victory Column was organised by the Stuttgart-based movement Querdenken 711 (or Lateral Thinking 711). The group has more than 16,000 followers on Facebook and communicates largely through encrypted messaging service Telegram.

Source: Germany coronavirus: Hundreds arrested in German ‘anti-corona’ protests – BBC News

Migrant rescue: Dozens evacuated from overloaded Banksy ship – BBC News

The Italian Coastguard has evacuated 49 migrants from a rescue ship in the Mediterranean, funded by the British artist Banksy, about 12 hours after it called for help.

The crew of the Louise Michel had said it was overloaded and could not navigate safely after rescuing 219 people in recent days.

The remaining migrants were later transferred to a larger vessel, the SeaWatch4.

 

Source: Migrant rescue: Dozens evacuated from overloaded Banksy ship – BBC News

Northwestern University freshmen, sophomores will not return to campus | TheHill

“If all goes as planned,” Northwestern officials said, the students will be able to come to campus for the Winter Quarter in January. The university also announced they will reduce undergraduate tuition by 10% for Fall Quarter.  Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported 231,363 cases of the coronavirus and 8,008 deaths.

Source: Northwestern University freshmen, sophomores will not return to campus | TheHill

United Kingdom care homes still denied Covid tests despite Hancock pledge, officials warn | Society | The Guardian

Care bosses have accused the government of failing to deliver its promise of regular Covid-19 testing for staff and residents of all care homes, nearly six months after the UK began lockdown.

Prof Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, said he had repeatedly asked ministers and senior officials to enact a pledge by Matt Hancock, the health secretary, on 8 June that “every care home” in England would receive regular testing for the virus.

Green said there were many parts of the UK where testing was not happening, preventing homes from allowing visits by relatives. He explained: “The government announced a visitor policy, and that was very dependent on testing. So if you haven’t got proper testing, you then find it much more difficult to reintroduce visiting.”

 

Source: UK care homes still denied Covid tests despite Hancock pledge, officials warn | Society | The Guardian

Modern spy satellites in an age of space wars | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 25.08.2020 (sucking up hundreds of thousands of cell calls)

The US has launched seven Orion satellites so far. NROL-44 is one of the biggest.

“It weighs more than five tons. It has a huge parabolic antenna which unfolds to a diameter of more than 100 meters in space, and it will go into an equatorial plane of Earth at a distance of about 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles),” says Baker.

Spy satellites “hoover up” of hundreds of thousands of cell phone calls or scour the dark web for terrorist activity.

In the US, the Union of Concerned Scientists monitors satellite activity and publishes a public database, which lists at least 49 NRO satellites. That’s just a fraction of America’s 154 military satellites, and it could be more.

Source: Modern spy satellites in an age of space wars | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 25.08.2020