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BlueWaveNeverEnd's Journal
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June 19, 2024

'Are You Going to Talk to a White Man Like That?': Washington Man punches 11-Year-Boy Black Boy

‘Are You Going to Talk to a White Man Like That?’: Washington Man Confronts 11-Year-Boy Black Boy on Field Trip and Punches Him In the Face In Front of Police Station ‘Unprovoked’

Police took swift action, arresting Paul Jonathan Bittner, who is white, on charges of assault of a child in the second degree and malicious harassment, according to Whatcom County Jail. He’s being held on $500,000 bond.

On June 12, the 11-year-old student was walking back to school with his classmates and teachers after visiting a nearby film school when Bittner, 42, suddenly joined their group, according to a written statement by the school’s principal.

Bittner allegedly pushed the child and verbally harassed him, asking the boy, “Are you going to talk to a white man like that?” the Tri-City Herald reported. The assault escalated when Bittner allegedly punched the child in the face. The unprovoked attack occurred right in front of the police station.

“Absolutely a hate crime,” Police Chief Rebecca Mertzig told KIRO 7. “This gentleman, unprovoked, attacked a child for his race.”

Bittner made his first court hearing on June 13 and has not yet been released on bond.


Dozens of people packed into the small courtroom, including family members of the assaulted boy as well as members of the county's racial equity commission.

Also in attendance were the city's mayor Kim Lund and police chief Rebecca Mertzig, who added in a video posted to Facebook:

'Hate is not welcome here in Bellingham. We urge you to look out for your neighbours, and we have systems in place to report and investigate crimes of hate and bias-based incidents.'

The boy's school, which had sent him and the rest of class on a trip to the Pickford Film Centre, wouldn't reveal the full extent of the boy's terrible injuries, but confirmed that there was a 'racial' element to the alleged assault.

June 18, 2024

Australia shelled out more than $100 million of taxpayer money for Furiosa in tax rebates.

Australian authorities likely shelled out more than $100 million of taxpayer money for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga — an example of how the country’s tax rebates can spiral out of control, a Brisbane-based media professor argued.

The film — which had a $220 million budget, making it the most expensive movie ever made in Australia — received taxpayer funding through tax rebates aimed at luring productions to boost Australia’s economy.

Lawmakers are debating whether to approve unlimited 30% rebates on local spending for productions filmed there.

But “uncapped location offsets are risky,” Amanda Lotz wrote in Nikkei, and the provision doesn’t require the use of local talent. “This will not deliver Australian stories and will likely make it harder to tell such stories as local producers compete with deep Hollywood pockets.”


June 17, 2024

Trump is lionizing Jan. 6 rioters as 'warriors.' Could the dog whistle be any louder?

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says the rioters who assaulted police officers in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot are “warriors.” That’s not just wrong; it’s dangerous.


For months, Trump has called defendants like them “hostages” and “political prisoners,” as if they were being held unfairly by a repressive regime — a grotesque lie meant to attack the judicial system Trump wants to destroy.

But recently he gave the Jan. 6 attackers a more heroic title.

“Those J6 warriors — they were warriors,” the former president said at a rally in Las Vegas. “But they were really, more than anything else, they’re victims of what happened. All they were doing is protesting a rigged election.”

That’s quite a promotion. “Warriors” is a word Americans generally apply to members of the armed forces, not militants who attack police officers with bear spray.


June 16, 2024

mass shooting at water park. Michigan


As many as 10 people were shot at a Michigan water park Saturday afternoon, with the suspected gunman reported contained a short time later.

The shooting erupted about 5 p.m. at a “splash pad” in Richmond Hills, about 25 miles north of Detroit, when the gunman drove up, got out of a vehicle, opened fire with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun, reloaded, fired, and then reloaded a second time, firing 28 shots and leaving three bullet magazines at the scene, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a news conference, The Detroit News reported.

The victims were transported to at least four area hospitals, but their conditions were unknown, Sheriff Bouchard said. He added that at least one of them was an 8-year-old child, local media reported.

June 15, 2024

'It's unbearable': in ever-hotter US cities, air conditioning is no longer enough

‘It’s unbearable’: in ever-hotter US cities, air conditioning is no longer enough
Record-breaking temperatures in the last few years shatter the myth that air conditioning alone will keep people safe

Gloria Gellot, 79, takes a careful seat in a kitchen chair in front of her only air-conditioning unit, massaging her knees. She’s hung a sheet in the doorway to keep the cool air in the kitchen, and drawn shades to keep the sun – already blazing in May – out of her second-floor New Orleans apartment. Her home was badly damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021, and heat radiates from the gutted walls.

“All the heat’s up here,” she says. “I don’t have to go out in the sun. I get a suntan inside.”

Gellot’s sweltering apartment is not just uncomfortable; it’s dangerous. Extreme heat was linked to some 11,000 deaths and 120,000 emergency room visits last year. Heat injuries don’t just happen in sun-soaked fields – older adults like Gellot who live alone and cannot escape stifling, poorly insulated units are among the most at risk.

Conventional wisdom and public policy have long operated on the assumption that, no matter how bad the heat gets, air conditioning will be enough to keep people safe. But the last few years of record-breaking temperatures are shattering that myth.


Storm-battered homes like Gellot’s lack proper insulation. Power grids stumble and fail during periods of high demand. And many cooling systems are simply not powerful enough to contend with the worsening heat. Some experts have begun to warn of the looming threat of a “Heat Katrina” – a mass-casualty heat event. A study published last year that modeled heatwave-related blackouts in different cities showed that a two-day blackout in Phoenix could lead to the deaths of more than 12,000 people.

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