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Articles from the October 26, 2020 edition

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  • Facebook Says Dissemination of Positive Information About Trump Violates Community Standards, blocks link to

    Observer Staff|Oct 26, 2020

    When Donald Trump was elected president in November of 2016, his opponents were dumbfounded. How could this television personality, a veritable buffoon, have defied conventional wisdom and every single poll that said he would lose by a landslide? How could the country possibly have chosen him? The possibility that Trump and his message of "America first" might have actually appealed to Americans was discounted. Foul play must have been involved. Along with other conspiracy theories, later...

  • Women's Prison During Covid: After Growing up in Foster Homes, Amber Entered Prison at age 20 after Disfiguring an Adversary

    Ms. Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Oct 26, 2020

    Editor introduction: Ms. Jackson wrote to us from C.I.W. asking if she could write a regular weekly column about life in prison. After growing up in foster homes, she entered prison at age 20 when she disfigured someone. She spent the next 16 years in prison, where she now awaits a parole that may not be for another 4 years. "I want to make people think," Jackson wrote us. "When it comes to foster kids, most of them end up in prison at some point! Yes! Now, that is no excuse...I own every mistak...

  • Hey Twitter, Censorship is How We Got a Pandemic

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Oct 26, 2020

    As the election season progresses this fall, the calls for censorship of free speech - and actual censorship - progress right along with it. Proponents of censorship claim such action is necessary in order to protect the democratic process of the election. Inaccurate and damaging misinformation will sweep through and sway the gullible and poorly educated masses, you see. In fact, the election of Donald Trump in 2016 proves this already happened! Therefore strong measures must be taken to...

  • We Should Thank God for the Honesty, Integrity, and Competence of the Police in US Cities: Let's Not Ruin That

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Oct 26, 2020

    On October 15, former Mexican defense secretary and army leader General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. According to KTLA's anonymous sources, the former Mexican cabinet minister was arrested on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Cienfuegos is the second high-ranking Mexican official to be arrested on such charges in one year. Mexican security official Genaro Garcia Luna was arrested in Texas on drug trafficking charges in Texas...

  • Why Vote for the Slate of 4 for Santa Monica City Council

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Oct 26, 2020

    Santa Monica looks like one big construction pit. Soon enough, it will look like one big traffic jam, with cars circling like sharks (if they can move) to find the extremely rare parking spot. All this was done with private agreements between the city and developers to allow building beyond the city's zoning limits. Crimes of all types are on the rise although they are often not recorded. Residents assume the police don't care, and many crimes have been downgraded to misdemeanors, with...

  • How to Vote on the Propositions if You Don't Want a Toilet State in California

    Alyssa Erdley, Voting with Attitude|Oct 26, 2020

    There are many alarmingly radical propositions on the ballot this election. Please go through the many measures, educate yourself, and vote. Otherwise, you will be unpleasantly surprised with the results, which could include your favorite businesses closing, increased costs for everything - including ride shares - and uncontrollable crime on the streets. Proposition 14 - Bonds for Stem Cell Research-- NO This bond essentially borrows $7.3 billion for medical research. While it would feel good...

  • How to Vote on our Local Santa Monica Ballot, if You Want to Climb Out of the Toilet We're In

    Alyssa Erdley, Voting with Attitude|Oct 26, 2020

    Along with the alarming issues on the California State ballot there are a few alarming issues to be decided at the city and county level. In addition, you must choose who you want to run various local institutions and think hard about the environment that has been provided by incumbents. We provide guidance. Santa Monica City Council Phil Brock--Christine Parra Oscar de la Torre -- Mario Fonda-Bonardi Together, these candidates have the best chance at changing the current course of rampant...

  • Military Veterans are the Target in Veteran's Day Scams

    LA County District Attorney Office|Oct 26, 2020

    Thieves have their sights on military veterans by trying to dupe them on the day that pays tribute to them. Crooks try to take advantage of former servicemen and women on Veterans Day by touting special offers or dubious investment advice. They pose as a representative from the Veterans Administration and ask to update records. They also try to charge for military records that are available for free. TIPS: Do not pay money upfront without doing your due diligence. Never give out personal...