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Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with Jeffrey Epstein’s real one?

Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with Jeffrey Epstein’s real one?Epstein’s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet, with a who’s who of powerful “elites” including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the imaginary global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy. 

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Exclusive: More than 40 countries accuse North Korea of breaching U.N. sanctions

Exclusive: More than 40 countries accuse North Korea of breaching U.N. sanctionsMore than 40 countries accused North Korea on Friday of illicitly breaching a United Nations cap on refined petroleum imports and called for an immediate halt to deliveries until the end of the year, according to a complaint seen by Reuters. The 15-member U.N. Security Council imposed an annual cap of 500,000 barrels in December 2017 in a bid to cut off fuel for North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The complaint said North Korean vessels continue to conduct ship-to-ship transfers at sea “on a regular basis as the DPRK’s primary means of importing refined petroleum.”



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Trump Approval Plummets Ten Points in Less Than a Month in New Gallup Poll

Trump Approval Plummets Ten Points in Less Than a Month in New Gallup PollPresident Trump's job approval rating has dropped by 10 points in less than a month, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.As late as mid-May, 49 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance in the same poll. That approval has since dropped to 39 percent, moving closer to the president's average job approval rating of 40 percent throughout his term. (The latest poll was conducted from May 28 through June 4.)Of the past eight U.S. presidents, only two received worse approval ratings than Trump at the same point in their terms: George H.W. Bush, who stood at 37 percent in June 1992, and Jimmy Carter, at 32 percent in July 1980. Neither of them were reelected.Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were reelected with approval ratings of 49 percent and 46 percent, respectively.Over the past few weeks, Trump's approval rating has fallen among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.Among Republicans, 85 percent approve of the president's performance, down seven points since mid-May; support among Independents fell seven points to 39 percent; and approval among Democrats fell nine points to just 5 percent.The Gallup poll comes after the president's approval rating fell to its lowest level in two years in a Rasmussen survey released at the end of May.The president has seen his approval ratings drop even as much of the U.S. is moving to lift restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. At the same time, the country has been wracked by massive demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Those demonstrations have often devolved into rioting and looting



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Satellite images of packed Wuhan hospitals suggest coronavirus outbreak began earlier than thought

Satellite images of packed Wuhan hospitals suggest coronavirus outbreak began earlier than thoughtCoronavirus may have broken out in the Chinese city of Wuhan much earlier than previously thought, according to a new US study looking at satellite imagery and internet searches. The Harvard Medical School research found that the number of cars parked at major Wuhan hospitals at points last autumn was much higher than the preceding year. It also found that searches from the Wuhan region for information on “cough” and “diarrhea”, known Covid-19 symptoms, on the Chinese search engine Baidu spiked around the same time. It has led researchers to suggest that the outbreak began much earlier than December 31, the date the Chinese government notified the World Health Organisation of the outbreak. The findings add weight to US calls for Beijing to cooperate with investigators attempting to understand the origins of a virus which has now claimed more than 400,000 lives worldwide.



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More than 700 released from immigration detention centres as coronavirus prevents deportation

More than 700 released from immigration detention centres as coronavirus prevents deportationMore than 700 detainees including convicted criminals have been released by the Home Office from immigration detention centres because the coronavirus pandemic means they cannot be deported. The Home Office was forced to release at least 50 of them by judicial tribunals despite warning that they could pose a risk to the public. The Government has had to free them because by law they can only detain them if they can remove them from the UK “within a reasonable time.” More than 40 countries to which the Home Office planned to remove them have either closed their borders or imposed travel restrictions, making deportation impossible and requiring the detainees to be released. A further 370 – described as largely convicted foreign offenders by the Home Office – are still being held in immigration detention centres The release follows legal action begun in March by Detention Action, which claimed a “significant proportion” of the 1,500 held in immigration detention centres had serious underlying health conditions which left them facing a “significant risk of serious harm or death” from coronavirus. It warned their continued detention was unlawful given the lack of flights in which to remove them within a “reasonable period of time.” The Government challenged the release of 58 of the immigrants who had appealed their detention, saying it was reasonable “in light of their particular situation, the likelihood of their absconding if released, and the level of risk they pose to the public.” The 700 include those who have overstayed their visas, asylum seekers, illegal migrants and people with convictions. Detention Action is now considering further legal action to force the release of the remaining 370 to protect them from the deadly coronavirus. Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action, said any foreign offenders released would have served their time and be subject to the same conditions as British offenders including probation and licence restrictions. “We are thinking about options that I think will involve some future litigation because we don’t think the response so far is adequate,” she said. Meanwhile, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said a spike in migrant boats making the dangerous crossing of the English Channel is linked to lockdown restrictions on road and train crossings.



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U.S. coronavirus outbreak soon to be deadlier than any flu since 1967 as deaths top 60,000

U.S. coronavirus outbreak soon to be deadlier than any flu since 1967 as deaths top 60,000America’s worst flu season in recent years was in 2017-2018 when more than 61,000 people died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/past-seasons.html. The United States has the world’s highest coronavirus death toll and a daily average of 2,000 people died in April of the highly contagious respiratory illness COVID-19, according to a Reuters tally. The first U.S. death was recorded on Feb. 29 but recent testing in California indicates the first death might have been on Feb. 6, with the virus circulating weeks earlier than previously thought.



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More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: trackerThe number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed. The United States has the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the US death rate is now 1.5 percent, based on reported cases. A projection shared with Congress earlier this month said that between 70 to 150 million people could eventually be infected in the United States.



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Bloomberg once said Social Security is a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff's

Bloomberg once said Social Security is a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff'sBillionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg twice compared Social Security to a Ponzi scheme when he was in office, CNN reports, which is a far cry from his current stance as a Democratic presidential candidate.Nowadays, Bloomberg has vowed to to strengthen entitlement programs, but he used to see them as a major hurdle in the effort to shrink the United States' deficit. During appearances on his old radio program "Live from City Hall," which were reviewed by CNN's KFile, Bloomberg made the Ponzi scheme comparison once in 2006 and again in 2009. The latter instance was in relation to Bernie Madoff, who was arrested in December 2008 and later pleaded guilty to a massive Ponzi scheme."I don't know if Bernie Madoff got his idea from there, but if there's ever a Ponzi Scheme, people say Madoff was the biggest? Wrong," Bloomberg said. "Social Security is, far and away."Stu Loeser, a spokesman for Bloomberg, attempted to explain Bloomberg's comments to CNN. "The Social Security Administration itself gives out detailed actuarial tables on when and how payments will exceed income, and the issue needs attention because we're running the cushion between them down," he said. "Mike believes that between now and that time, we will need to boost receipts by raising contributions from those who can best afford it, which is what he'll do as president." Read more at CNN.More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Stephen Colbert teaches Elizabeth Warren about South Carolina cuisine, tells a dirty joke, gets jabbed by a fork Israel is the first country to warn its citizens not to travel abroad over coronavirus fears



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