Today is September 1 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1- Trump Campaign targeted by hackers, report claims
In what is marked as an “exclusive,” Reuters.com reports that hackers have stepped up efforts to knock Trump campaign and business websites offline ahead of the U.S. election, in what a security firm working for the campaign said could be preparation for a larger digital assault.
The security assessment was prepared by staff at U.S. cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, which has been hired by President Donald Trump to help defend his campaign’s websites in an election contest overshadowed by warnings about hacking, disinformation and foreign interference.
Cloudflare is widely used by businesses and other organizations to help defend against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which aim to take down websites by flooding them with malicious traffic.
Internal Cloudflare emails sent to senior company managers – including CEO Matthew Prince – on July 9 state that the number and severity of attacks on Trump websites increased in the preceding two months and reached record levels in June. The emails did not give the total number of attacks.
DML: I have more concerns about who is hacking the voter booths. If I had to place money on a bet that offered two choices, (A) the election goes smoothly, or (B) the election is a total mess, my bet goes on B. So be prepared for chaos.
2-Trump says he does not want his supporters confronting protestors
During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” President Donald Trump stated that he does not want his supporters to confront left-wing protesters and that such matters should be left to law enforcement. Trump also stated that his supporters are good people who “can’t believe” the violence they see in some American cities.
Host Laura Ingraham asked, “Do you want your supporters to confront the left-wing protesters, or do you want to leave it to law enforcement?”
Trump responded, “No. No, I don’t want them. I want to leave it to law enforcement. But my supporters are wonderful, hard-working, tremendous people. And they turn on their television set, and they look at a Portland, or they look at a Kenosha, before I got involved and stopped it, or they look at Chicago, where 78 people were shot last weekend and numerous people died, or they look at New York, where violence is up by like, what? 150%. … They’re looking at all of this, and they can’t believe it.”
DML: The most interesting part of the interview is how Trump explains the liberal cities continue to ignore his offers of help. The best way to solve this problem from coast to coast is on Election Day.
3-Protests erupt in Los Angeles after Black man killed by deputies, report says
Protests erupted in Southern Los Angeles on Monday night after the fatal shooting of a black man by police.
A demonstration took place at the scene of the shooting earlier on Monday afternoon when sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a suspect during a foot chase in the area of Westmont, according to CBSLA.
The man who was killed, identified by a local Black Lives Matters group as Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bike when the deputies tried to stop him for “code violations related to his bike riding.”
The sheriff’s department said the man fled the scene and a fight ensued when the deputies caught up to him.
The man allegedly punched a cop in the face, dropping the clothes he was holding along with the firearm.
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) September 1, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: Protesters have arrived at the South LA Sherriffs Station to protest the shooting of Dijon Kizzee earlier today. pic.twitter.com/1l5o1Qszno
— James Klüg (@realJamesKlug) September 1, 2020
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) September 1, 2020
DML: Check out the video below of the scene before and after shooting, although it is limited. I’ve got $100 to bet on a long criminal record exists for Dijon Kizzee.
His name is Dijon Kizzee, he was initially stopped by police for a ‘bicycle code violation.’
LASD says the shooting happened after the man punched one of the deputies and dropped a handful of clothing he had been carrying, causing a black handgun to fall to the ground pic.twitter.com/FtTZxLwli3
— B L A C K C L O U D ⛈ (@blac_kloud) September 1, 2020
4-DC mayor pleads with US attorney to ramp up prosecutions of violent protesters
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser is pleading with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to ramp up prosecutions of those arrested by police for violence at protests, saying she is “dismayed” that prosecutors aren’t bringing cases.
In a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, Bowser expressed support for peaceful protests but said “it is critical that when these violent offenders are taken into custody, their cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
She claimed that Sherwin’s office “declined to prosecute 41 of the 42 rioting arrests made on August 13 and 14.” She said that since May 20, the police department has submitted 63 affidavits for arrest and search warrants related to protest violence but 28 warrants were declined and 24 are still pending.
“MPD does their part to protect residents and visitors,” Bowser tweeted. “We need our prosecutors to do theirs.”
MPD does their part to protect residents and visitors. We need our prosecutors to do theirs. pic.twitter.com/FU39f9ZA6F
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 31, 2020
So, I actually was a protester who at one point was arrested by MPD, what you’re saying is an attack on all dc residents who want to exercise their first amendment rights
Bowser you cape for the police
— Youre only punk once (@dpetrohilos) September 1, 2020
DML: Until the scum are left to pay a real price they will continue to take control of the streets. We saw how that can end over the weekend. The scumbag who killed the Trump supporter had been arrested several times with no price to pay. These thugs are released into the public to cause more crime. Only a Democrat-led city would allow such a thing.
5-Face Mask Brackets the new trend, but are they safe?
Face brackets, the latest coronavirus pandemic trend, has experts questioning how safe they are in protecting against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The manufacturers of these mask brackets, which are typically made of silicone, claim that they keep the cloth masks from touching your face, ultimately helping to prevent acne caused by masks or so-called “maskne.” They also claim the brackets help protect lipstick and makeup, keep the mask from getting stained, and enable easier breathing and comfort, according to multiple advertisements Fox News found while researching the product.
— Mark Mantra (@meditaudios) August 31, 2020
“These brackets appear to be made from various types of plastics, which have the potential to cause contact dermatitis. Also, if not fit properly, the hard edges could also be a source of friction and irritation,” Dr. Carrie Kovarik, associate professor of dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, told Fox News.
Though there appear to be no reports about the safety of these devices at this time, some infectious disease experts have voiced concerns about the brackets impacting the effectiveness of the mask, which should cover the wearer’s nose and mouth and fit snuggly around the sides of the face.
DML: I have no medical degree, but my common sense tells me to boost the immune system. I would love to see a report that shows how many people have caught COVID despite wearing a mask. I bet the numbers are huge. Meanwhile, if you want plastic on your face, here is a photo to ponder:
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