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The US Supreme Court has rejected a last ditch bid from the Texas’ state attorney general, supported by President Trump, to block ballots of millions of voters in key battleground states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden. The Supreme Court order was unsigned, and the court did not provide a vote count from the sitting judges, but there were no public dissents in the order.

The Supreme Court’s order dismissed the challenge. It’s the most sturdy rebuff to the challenges from some Republicans and the Trump Campaign team to overturn the election result. After failing in state courts, the Trump campaign team, accompanied by the support of several Republican attorneys general and GOP lawmakers, turned up the pressure in a final push to have the country’s highest court weigh in on the allegations.

The announcement…

“The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cogniable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

Hours ahead of the last night’s court decision, the US President called on the Supreme Court to intervene in the election, but seemed to acknowledge the reality that President-elect Biden would become the next president.

So far, amidst widespread allegations of voter fraud and vote tampering, the Trump campaign lawyers have yet been able to produce any substantial evidence to win any substantive challenges in state courts, with the exception of some minor procedural litigations.

President Trump now has no chance to overturn the election results in court. Today’s court order comes from even the justices whom the President hand-picked, showing they have no interest in allowing legal bids and allegations of voter fraud to continue.

The US Electoral College will now convene on Monday, US time, to affirm President-elect Biden’s win, the final in a series of steps following the November 3 election for a new US President.

The lawsuit, brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sought to sue the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin states, and invalidate their election results. It was a bizarre state-versus-state vexatious litigation that few legal experts believed held any chances of being entertained by the US Supreme Court.

President Trump and his legal team have spent 5 weeks peddling increasingly desperate appeals and conspiracy theories about his second presidential term being “stolen”. Despite his lawyers presenting affidavits and hundreds of “examples” of alleged voter fraud and theories about how the votes were tampered, US courts have been almost unanimous in throwing out the barrage of cases.

A Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg commented that President Trump’s crusade to undermine the presidential election results through rhetoric and court challenges “put a huge stress test on our democracy.”

“The Republicans who did follow Donald Trump really have an obligation now to make the country strong again, to heal the chinks that Donald Trump tried to put in the foundation of the country and the democracy,” he said on CNN’s “The Situation Room”.

The Supreme Court said that the state of Texas had not demonstrated that it had the legal right to bring the suit.

In a statement accompanying the order, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said they would have allowed the case to be filed, but would grant no other relief.

Most of President Trump’s lawyer’s cases have hinged on hearsay and conjecture, including hundreds of sworn affidavits from voters who alleged they had witnessed examples of fraud and vote tampering. The lawyers have mostly admitted they didn’t have specific evidence proving their allegations yet, but demanded to review ballots or confidential elections data more closely to see if they can find proof of fraud.

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    John

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:34 am

    There was so much voting fraud that I don’t have time to list it all.
    But just one sticks out, the handy feature on Dominion voting machines where the the staff can amend any vote they want and then save the changes.
    Nice video on YT where a lady shows how easy it is to amend ballots after they were input.

    The (Banana) Republic of the United States

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Lucky she just happened to have one of them lying around.

      The frightening thing about all this, as with similar issues in the UK and around the world, is that you and so many others genuinely believe this and will continue to do so however much evidence you’re shown and however irrational it is.

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        Brian

        Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm

        You find it frightening that the other John believes fraud took place? It did. Have you heard of Bubblegate? Multiple affiants swearing they saw pristine ballots that had not been folded, with bubbles filled in perfectly as if by machine. Have you seen the work of Matt Braynard? Just his work alone may be enough to overturn the apparent results of the election. Did you know that a judge ordered a forensic analysis of Dominion machines in Michigan? Why haven’t we seen the results? Because the Michican Secretary of State ordered the results sealed. What valid reason could there be to do that? This could go on, and on, and on. The MSM just refuses to cover any of it.

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        john

        Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:37 pm

        The truly frightening thing is how deep in denial people like yourselves are in.

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      Bill Fischer

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Give it a rest. Your messiah lost by a huge amount. Every court, including the Supreme Court, and loads of high-ranking Republican politicians know this, but somehow you don’t, John. Maybe you should sell your belongings and contribute the money to your so-called billionaire buddy’s cause.

      He’s going to need a lot of money to defend himself for dozens of serious charges once he’s merely citizen Trump. THIS is why he’s doing all of this malarky. His window-licking base is too simple-minded to see the ruse.

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      Bill Fischer

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Yep, about 80 judges, many of whom are Republicans, laughed Trump’s case out of court. The Supreme Court, though unethically filled with right-wing conservatives said there was no evidence. But you, the armchair lawyer that you are, know better than all of them.

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    Mister Stretch

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Trump truly is the agent of the devil.

    Do you think the devil will come and wipe out everything at once? No, he will just chip away at everything you honor and hold sacred until you question everything that came before him. A little at a time, chip, chip, chip, chip.

    The brainless that follow him are now a force of idiocy that we have to confront and attempt to educate, which isn’t going to be easy.

    Trump has always been only for himself. The man is a forest fire looking for tinder.

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    6 weeks to go. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Anything could happen. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Donald ends up in Moscow like Guy Burgess, Kim Philby and Edward Snowden.

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I’ll miss the mong, he did actually achieve some useful objectives, and Biden, for all his right-on media-friendly views, simply has the wrong opinions, and lacks the required characteristics to deliver decisive leadership. Obama was a useless windbag, and now we’re stuck with his deputy.
    The world urgently needs decisive leadership to take on the CCP and Emperor Xi of the Shehuizhuyi dynasty. Whilst I agree that Trump was just a useful idiot, Biden is just an idiot. It doesn’t matter which party they come from, we just need someone who isn’t a media-manipulated imbecile.

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    Johnny Dee

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 4:11 am

    God bless the USA in January that’s all I can say. Biden and Kamala are going to ruin everything that president Trump has managed to make America great again. Good luck is all I can say but when things start going wrong and unnecessary WARS start the democrat voters dare not to moan about the situation. Trump has been amazing most definitely the finest president the USA has ever had. Time to hit the golf course Donald and maybe see you in Pattaya next year for a drink on soi 6??

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      Bill Fischer

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      OMG Johnny Dee, you’re such a tard! I’m guessing that the bus you took to school was so short that it was just the driver and you. Trump lost because the people finally stood up for what’s right. He’s a loser. If you still support him, then you’re a loser. Biden and Harris have saved the country from a narcissistic petulant megalomaniac.

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Anti-lockdown protests in the Netherlands turn violent, Covid-19 testing centre burnt down

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Violence broke out in the Netherlands and a Covid-19 testing centre was burnt down after a nationwide curfew was imposed over the weekend to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In Eindhoven and Amsterdam, riot police deployed water cannons to disperse the crowds of anti-lockdown protesters.

The Netherlands has been under a tough lockdown since mid-December, leading to clashes between anti-lockdown protesters and police. Just last week, police in Amsterdam used the water cannon on hundreds of protesters. Local officials say the riot police had been called to break up the crowd because people weren’t abiding by social distancing measures.

On Saturday, a new 9pm to 4:30am curfew was imposed, tightening the already tough restrictions. As the curfew went into effect that night, rioters set fire to a portable coronavirus testing facility by a harbour in Urk, a fishing town around 80 kilometres northeast of Amsterdam. That night and early the next morning, 3,600 people in the Netherlands were fined for breaching the new curfew. Police say 25 people were arrested for breaching the curfew and violence.

Local officials say the riots in Urk were a “slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they can at the test centre to help people from Urk.”

The next day, in the southern city Eindhoven, rioters threw rocks at police and set fires in the centre of the city. Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to break up the crowds. Rocks and shattered glass littered a central square in the city. At least 55 people were arrested, according to the Associated Press.

In the capital of Amsterdam, police used a water cannon to break up a group of anti-lockdown protesters. The Associated Press says more than 100 people were arrested.

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Asia’s biggest drug kingpin is under arrest in the Netherlands after years of authorities chasing him worldwide. 57 year old Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian citizen, was arrested by Dutch police acting on a request by Australia’s federal police.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime named him as the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known as “Sam Gor”, a major producer and supplier of methamphetamines worldwide. Tse is commonly compared to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sam Gor is suspected of laundering billions in drug money through businesses such as casinos, real estate and hotels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong region. Australia’s federal police said Friday’s arrest came after a 2012 operation that arrested 27 people linked to a crime syndicate spanning five countries. The groups was accused of importing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine into Australia, according to police.

“The syndicate targeted Australia over a number of years, importing and distributing large amounts of illicit narcotics, laundering the profits overseas and living off the wealth obtained from crime.”

The arrest of Tse Chi Lop almost 10 years after that operation’s launch is a major break for Australian authorities. The country’s attorney-general will now begin preparing a formal extradition request for the alleged drug lord to face trial.

Most of Asia’s meth comes from “Golden Triangle” border areas between Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and southwest China. The production of methamphetamine, either in tablet form or the highly potent crystalised “ice” version, take place in Myanmar’s eastern north Shan state. Ketamine and fentanyl are also produced there as well, mostly in ‘portable’ labs that hide underneath the thick rainforest canopy.

In 2018 alone, Thailand netted more than 515 million methamphetamine tablets, a number 17 times the amount for the entire Mekong region 10 years ago. Traffickers are constantly finding more creative ways to ship their products as drug busts are featured daily on the news in those regions.

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Czech ‘Covid’ sniffer dogs can detect Covid-19 with a 95% success rate

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Czech dog trainers say canines can sniff out Covid-19 with an astonishing 95% success rate. The team of trainers in Renda, a Czech mountain village, are working in their own time to teach the dogs to tell the difference between fake samples of Covid and real ones by sniffing pieces of cloth. Lenka Vlachova, a trainer who works at Prague’s fire brigade, says the cloths either feature a scent from patients with Covid-19 or from those that tested negative for the virus. They also say they there are cloths with fake samples of the virus that are part of the testing group.

The project head, Gustav Hotovy, says the study is designed to verify dogs’ ability to detect the virus and generate a method enabling the use of training dogs in combatting the pandemic.

“The method should also work with other diseases, even more lethal than Covid-19. In the end, we should be able to detect a huge number of people in a very short time with a trained dog.”

Hotovy, who is a retired cynologist, whose team started training the dogs last August, says the first study confirming that dogs are able to detect tissue attacked by a virus was conducted in the United States about 10 years ago.

“The virus changes the human tissue, affecting the scent signature of the person.”

He says that the signature changes so much that it is immediately picked up on by the dogs. The samples are gathered by rubbing a piece of cotton against the patient’s skin and then the team has to make sure the sample is virus-free to keep the dogs from catching the virus.

A Finnish team has also been using dogs to detect the virus at Helsinki airport, reporting its dogs can detect the virus with close to 100% accuracy.

SOURCE: Reuters

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