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Trump Demands Death Penalty for Mass Shooters, Condemns White Supremacy

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In an interesting turn of events, following a deadly weekend of hate-fueled mass shootings, United States President Donald Trump has denounced white supremacy. Just this past weekend, a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio and one in El Paso Texas has left over forty innocent people dead and dozens more seriously injured. President Trump called the acts “barbaric”.

The president condemned white supremacy as federal investigators are looking into an anti-immigration manifesto which was allegedly written and left behind by the shooter in the El Paso event, Patrick Crusius.

In addition, President Trump said that he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and is urging the US Department of Justice to instate the death penalty for all hate-crime mass murders.

President Trump said, “Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger, not the gun”.

Adding, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism”.

He also stated that video games “glorifying violence” have become commonplace and must be “substantially reduced”. A sentiment which has been adopted and echoed by the Republican Partry since the 1990s.

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Although President Trump suggested the government devise a “bipartisan solution”, he made no mention of gun regulations and laws. He stated he wants legislation requiring “strong background checks” while providing little details as to what that legislation might look like.

Hours before speaking to the public, from the white house, he released a statement on Twitter that a background check bill might be coupled with a bill to toughen the United State’s immigration policies, an effort which has been a focal point of this administration for some time. He gave no details as to these bills which have drawn heavy reproach from Democratic Party members.

Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told MSNBC, in an interview, “What’s [the] connection between background checks and immigration reform? That we have to keep guns out of the hands of the invading hordes? That’s disgusting. It reminds me of the 1930s in Germany.”

Both of the shooters in the weekend’s incidents in Ohio and Texas were United States citizens. Federal investigators are citing possible anti-immigration bias in the El Paso mass murder.

Since the beginning of his first term as US president, Donald Trump has attempted to marry and promote the building of a wall at the US – Mexico border with a reform of legal immigration restrictions which would prioritize merit over familial ties, which he believes to be gaining momentum.

In El Paso, Texas, where the death toll has officially risen to 22, there was opposition to President Trump’s proposed policies.

Helena Ramirez, a 42-year-old volunteer from San Francisco, who visits El Paso often to work with community groups has said that equating background checks and immigration had no logic according to an Independent Minds article.

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She was quoted as saying, “The president is fomenting hate”. She also stated that she is afraid we may be heading towards a civil war with “all these people stockpiling weapons.”

Mental Health and Racism

However, Ramirez says she agrees with President Trump that we may have a problem with mental health.

The same article also quoted Hillary Chan, a 25-year-old volunteer from Oakland, California, who said that the president’s initiatives “did not make much sense” since it was not an immigrant who shot and killed innocent people in a Texas Walmart, it was “someone with deep-seated racism.”

A lawyer with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas, Nicolas Palazzo, was quoted as saying, “It’s a false equation trying to tie this to immigration.”

Palazzo also stated that he doubts President Trump will pass any sort of relevant gun reform laws because he believes the National Rifle Association (NRA), a very powerful gun rights advocacy group,  would not allow it. He told Independent Minds that we are seeing policies being drafted by the Republican Party which appear to be “deeply dangerous.”

While the Trump Administration has received much criticism, over the weekend, following a string of mass shootings, President Trump defensively attempted to assure the American people that his administration is dealing with the issue of gun violence.

Trump said, “We have done much more than most administrations. We have done actually a lot. But perhaps more has to be done,” and left it at that.

In the face of an increased frequency of mass shootings, Congress has done little to pass meaningful legislation regarding gun violence during this session due largely to pushback from the Republican-led senate. In this respect, the Republican Party, as a whole, seems unwavering, as is President Trump.

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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Photos Show Epstein Cuddling With Young Girl On Private Jet

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New photos that were recently obtained by journalists at The Daily Mail show Jeffrey Epstein cuddling with a sleeping young girl. The photos are said to have been taken on Epstein’s notorious private jet. The late billionaire pedophile reportedly took the girl to Disney World and was returning home with her when the photos were taken.

The most disturbing image shows Epstein sitting in his airplane with the young girl laying on top of his lap. Other photos showed the group’s trip to Disney World, where Epstein, the young girl, and others were seen posing with Disney characters like “Piglet” from “Winnie The Pooh.”

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Photo: MEGA / The Daily Mail

The young girl in the photos has not been identified, and it is not clear if she was one of Epstein’s victims, but the images certainly paint an ugly picture.

The Disney trip reportedly took place in 2004, which was a few years before he was first arrested. However, many victims say that his abusive behavior goes back far earlier than 2004.

Epstein’s associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also believed to have been on the trip, although she does not appear in any of the photos. Some of the faces on the photos are blurred out.

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Photo: MEGA / The Daily Mail

A source who was on the trip said, “It was a fun day. We ate in a restaurant with two of Jeffrey’s friends who he met there. Jeffrey however did not eat lunch. I hardly ever saw him eat at a restaurant. Food always had to be prepared by a personal chef.”

The source also said that Epstein and his entourage had full VIP access to the theme park and never had to wait in any lines.

“We were given a VIP tour of the park and someone was escorting us around from ride to ride. The group never had to be in line for a ride or a rollercoaster, we went to the front of the line each time,” the source told the Mail.

The source also claimed that the photo was innocent, despite how bad it looks in the context of what we now know about Epstein.

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Photo: MEGA / The Daily Mail

“It had been a long day and the girl just fell asleep in his arms. The picture is terrifying based upon what we know now but it was entirely innocent,” the source said.

Epstein reportedly flew about ten other people to Disney World for the Trip, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his personal assistant Sarah Kellen and Slovakian model Nadia Marcinkova.

New details about Epstein’s crimes and his associates are expected to be revealed during the upcoming criminal trial against Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell were connected with major players on both sides of the political spectrum who have a lot to lose if Maxwell discusses their involvement with Epstein’s criminal network. With how many people that Epstein was connected to there is no telling what can be revealed in the upcoming trial.

Epstein allegedly died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Were Released In Florida

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Environmentalist groups have been warning about the danger of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild for years, but a plan to release the GM insects in the United States for the first time is scheduled to continue as planned.

Millions of GM mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys as a part of a pilot program that officials hope will reduce the spread of diseases like dengue, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.

The unprecedented release is being orchestrated by the British-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), according to Reuters.

The project hopes to reduce the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti species, which is responsible for spreading many infections diseases.

On May 1st, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted an experimental use permit to Oxitecon for the release of the mosquitoes.

While regulators have signed off on the program and are confident of its safety, local residents are obviously very concerned about these insects being released in their back yards.

The plan has already been set into motion, and some of the insects have already been released. Oxitec opened about 6 boxes containing the OX5034 modified mosquito in the Florida Keys last week.

In theory, these genetically modified male mosquitos will mate with wild females, and their genetics will cause the children to die, which they hope will lead to a total collapse of the wild population.

However, there are also many different things that can go wrong with this type of live experiment, and there is growing concern among scientists that this technology may not be ready for deployment. Many experts have also suggested that the risks have not been studied thoroughly enough. Some scientists are warning about the potential unintended consequences that can come from unleashing such insects into the wild. For example, researchers are entirely unaware of what type of allergic reactions that these insects could cause if they interact with people.

Meredith Fensom, Oxitec’s head of global public affairs, told Reuters about the release.

“Inside we have a small container, and this is what we put the mosquito eggs in. We also have a small container for food. We leave it open. And then we fill the box, less than halfway full, with water. We close the lid, and after a week or two, our non-biting male mosquitoes begin to emerge,” she said.

These boxes contained roughly 12,000 mosquitoes, but the Oxitec says that they plan to release tens of millions of these incects in the region throughout the year.

This is not the first time that the company has released GM mosquitoes into the wild, this is just the first time that it has been done in the United States. Oxitec has previously launched similar projects in places like Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia, where they claim to have a success rate of over 90%.

The mosquitoes have also been designed to emit a fluorescent glow, so that when they are captured.

“That’s how we monitor for the project before, during and after to understand the mosquito population,” Fensom explained.

However, many experts disagree with the plan and have made attempts to organize against this strange use of genetic technology.

 

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Bill Gates’ Relationship With Epstein Led To His Divorce

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According to a shocking report published this week in the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates began meeting with divorce lawyers in October of 2019, which is around the same time that Bill Gates was listed among Jeffrey Epstein’s close associates.

According to sources close to the Gates family that were interviewed by the Journal, and documents shared with the site, Melinda said that her marriage with Bill was “irretrievably broken.”

The divorce was set into motion immediately after Bill Gates was implicated as a close friend of Epstein. In reports at the time, it was noted that Gates began his relationship with the notorious pedophile after he was already convicted of crimes against children.

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However, Bill’s friendship with Epstein was a source of contention in his marriage long before his wife filed for divorce. In fact, she warned him not to associate with Epstein due to his notorious reputation and criminal convictions, an employee of the Gates Foundation told The Daily Beast. Despite this warning, Bill and some of his employees at the foundation continued to meet with Epstein.

When asked for a comment, a spokesman for Bill Gates told the Journal that he denied being friends with the late pedophile, referring to a statement he gave the paper last year saying that, “I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him.”

When pressed by other reporters about the relationship, Gates said that his proximity to Epstein was only a result of them both being so rich.

A statement that Bill and Melinda Gates made on Twitter last week made no mention of Epstein, and instead painted the picture of a professional couple breaking up on amicable terms.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement read.

The couple has been married since 1994 and there was reportedly no prenuptial agreement to decide the terms of their divorce. They have agreed to equally split their assets, although they are claiming that they will give much of the money away. They have made no public comments as to the private reasons behind their divorce, but the timing of the filing is certainly suspicious, and many people close to the family suspect that Bill’s connection to Epstein could have been a factor.

According to prosecutors, Epstein operated a “vast network” for child human trafficking between 2002 and 2005, which allowed him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.” Many long-time friends like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew have been implicated in Epstein’s illicit activities.

Epstein was arrested a second time on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.

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