The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask. “A Grover Beach bank manager and Army veteran says he was called a racist slur and then attacked and beaten in the parking lot — all because he asked a customer to wear a mask. Police have confirmed they are investigating a report of a hate crime and battery that occurred in the city last week, but they declined to disclose further details.”

The Daily Beast: Angry Men With Zip-Ties Ambush School Principal After COVID Masking Request

The Daily Beast: Angry Men With Zip-Ties Ambush School Principal After COVID Masking Request. “Police arrested a 40-year-old Arizona dad after he stormed into an elementary school principal’s office with a friend wielding plastic handcuffs, insisting the administration broke the law by asking his child and six others to wear a mask and quarantine after being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests. “Attacks on the press are just one part of escalating rightwing street violence in the city, which has included multiple stabbings, people being sprayed in the face with bear Mace, an assault on a breast cancer patient outside a clinic, and repeated physical brawls with leftwing protesters in the streets. In another sign of growing tensions, protesters rallying against vaccine mandates showed up at the homes of two Los Angeles city council members on Sunday.”

Business Insider: An Alabama man who called himself the ‘vaccine police’ told pharmacists at a Missouri Walmart that they will be ‘executed’ if they continued giving COVID-19 shots

Business Insider: An Alabama man who called himself the ‘vaccine police’ told pharmacists at a Missouri Walmart that they will be ‘executed’ if they continued giving COVID-19 shots. “A man, who calls himself the ‘vaccine police,’ entered a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri to put staff ‘on public notice,’ telling pharmacists they could be ‘executed’ if they carry out COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to reports.”

Revealed: how California police chased a nonexistent ‘antifa bus’ (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: how California police chased a nonexistent ‘antifa bus’. “The actions of officials in Shasta and Humboldt counties last summer were outlined in internal documents obtained through a public records request by Property of the People, a not-for-profit transparency group, and shared with the Guardian…. The records also show how the agencies’ response to those unsubstantiated allegations helped spread misinformation rooted in online conspiracy theories. The files were particularly troubling, experts said, because antifa conspiracy theories have inspired armed rightwing vigilantes to organize in response, sometimes with violent demonstrations.”

Texas parent rips mask off teacher’s face, school official warns: ‘Do not fight mask wars in our schools’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Texas parent rips mask off teacher’s face, school official warns: ‘Do not fight mask wars in our schools’. “Despite the dramatic increase and evidence showing that children are now more likely to contract the virus because of the more contagious delta variant, executive orders from Republican governors banning mask mandates have restricted some schools’ protective measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends students, teachers and staff at K-12 schools wear masks indoors. Some counties in Texas, including Travis County — the home of Eanes ISD — have defied the governor’s order. ”

Prio: Burden of Pandemic May Motivate Violent Protest and Antigovernment Sentiment

Prio: Burden of Pandemic May Motivate Violent Protest and Antigovernment Sentiment. “The sometimes-violent antigovernment demonstrations that erupted during 2020 and 2021 were fueled in part by the spread of extremist ideologies, conspiratorial thinking, and political polarization. New research published in the journal Psychological Science also puts some of the blame for civil unrest and political violence on the psychological burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Courthouse News Service: Ninth Circuit Revives Suit Against Social Media Giants Over Nightclub Terror Attack

Courthouse News Service: Ninth Circuit Revives Suit Against Social Media Giants Over Nightclub Terror Attack. “A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday largely answered the question of whether social media networks can be held liable for terror attacks around the world: they can’t. Unless the families of victims can show — as they may have in one case — that the tech giants knowingly allow terrorist groups to create and maintain public accounts and turning a deaf ear to complaints. But the panel also said it’s time for either the executive or legislative branches to do something about unregulated social media networks and the broad immunity provided them under the Communications Decency Act of 1996.”

Wired: In war zones, social media disinformation is costing lives

Wired: In war zones, social media disinformation is costing lives . “The organisation we work for, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, has spent the past 20 years mediating peace talks. We sit between rebel groups and governments and try to forge ceasefires and political negotiations. It’s risky work that doesn’t always pay off. In recent years, a new phenomenon has made an already difficult job much harder: sophisticated networks of mis- and dis-information on social media.”

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database. “The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, which was launched on Friday by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains comprehensive information about court verdicts for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. It also includes verdicts from the trials of people accused of going abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria and for pro-Russian separatist forces in the conflict in Ukraine.”