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Penalty Box: Progressive sports media and LGBT advocates condemn Ivan Provorov for declining participation in the NHL’s Pride Night.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov declined to signify support for the National Hockey League’s “Pride Night” in support of LGBGT activism, citing his Russian Orthodox faith. Pride Night is part of the NHL’s “Hockey for Everyone” initiative, intended to use “the game of hockey—and the League’s global influence—to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.”

When asked why he did not participate in Pride Night activities, in which players wore special LGBT-themed warmup jerseys and used rainbow tape on sticks that were later auctioned to raise money for the cause, Provorov emphasized that his was a strictly personal choice: “I respect everyone. I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.”

The response from LGBT advocates and progressive sports media figures was swift. “Stop letting bigots hide behind their cherry-picked religion,” tweeted Rachael Millanta, lead hockey writer for the sports gambling site BetMGM. “We are incredibly disappointed to see an athlete with a powerful platform choosing to exclude the LGBTQI+ community,” announced Athlete Ally founder and executive director Hudson Taylor. E.J. Hradek, a prominent Canadian analyst on the NHL network, advised Provorov to leave America, return to Russia, and get involved in the Ukraine conflict if he did not wish to “assimilate.”

“The concept of ‘team’ can mean a lot of things. . . . I would hope that, behind the scenes, there’s some more direct conversations around what it means to be a teammate,” declared Kurt Weaver, COO of You Can Play, the NHL’s contracted partner in LGBT advocacy. Weaver suggested that a single player’s non-participation in the promotion had “negatively impacted” Pride Night and proposed that his organization “work with” the Flyers and Provorov by providing “additional information and better understanding.”

Successful sports teams invariably integrate teammates with vastly different personalities, politics, and temperaments. The concept of “teamwork” implies an ability to put aside differences and focus on specific, collective goals. But Havel might agree that Weaver’s concept of “team” requires conformity and uniformity. Progressive ideology increasingly demands that people express support for causes regardless of their true feelings. The woke journalists expressing outrage that Provorov was even allowed to play that night may have missed the news that Virginia Tech recently paid $100,000 to settle a lawsuit by Kiersten Hening, a soccer player whose coach refused to play her after she declined to kneel during the national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter. Notwithstanding the settlement in favor of Hening, the case highlights the evolution of progressive activism from a form of dissent to something from which one may not dissent, from an appeal for tolerance to a demand for conformity.

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New feminist chemistry class teaches that science is racist

A recent article published in the Journal of Chemical Education describes the development of a Feminism and Science course at East Carolina University (ECU) that was offered at the university. The course, the authors argue, should serve as a "model" for other educators to learn from, "present[ing] this work as an example of a transformative pedagogical model to dismantle White supremacy in Chemistry."

The article, titled “A Special Topic Class in Chemistry on Feminism and Science as a Tool to Disrupt the Dysconcious Racism in STEM," argues for a pedagogical framework based on “Critical Race Theory and intersectional feminism."

One of their goals “was to shine light, through this process, [on] how scientific epistemology and culture have strong links with capitalism, enslavement, colonization, and exploitation of female-bodied folks.”

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"Unfortunately, these major foundations have a great deal of influence on scholarship," Goad told Campus Reform. "If, for example, and this is a real example, the Department of Energy says that grant applicants have to write diversity statements, nuclear physicists have practically no other funding body to turn to if they wish to escape DOE's politicization of their field."

He continued to describe DEI in STEM as an "existential threat" that undermines the pursuit of scientific knowledge. "The postmodernists (and critical theorists) see science not as an investigatory process, but as a cultural institution," Goad said.

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Art professor sues Minnesota university that fired her over complaints about Prophet Muhammad images

In her lawsuit, Erika López Prater, the professor, alleges that Hamline University — a small, private school in St. Paul — subjected her to religious discrimination and defamation, and damaged her professional and personal reputation.

"Among other things, Hamline, through its administration, has referred to Dr. López Prater's actions as 'undeniably Islamophobic,''' her attorneys said in a statement. "Comments like these, which have now been published in news stories around the globe, will follow Dr. López Prater throughout her career, potentially resulting in her inability to obtain a tenure track position at any institution of higher education."

In Minnesota, a lawsuit can be started by serving a summons and a complaint to the party being sued. Attorneys for López Prater said the lawsuit was served to Hamline University on Tuesday and will soon be filed in court.

Hamline University President Fayneese Miller and Ellen Watters, the Board of Trustees chair, released a joint statement Tuesday saying recent "communications, articles and opinion pieces" have led the school to "review and re-examine our actions."

"Like all organizations, sometimes we misstep," the statement said. "In the interest of hearing from and supporting our Muslim students, language was used that does not reflect our sentiments on academic freedom. Based on all that we have learned, we have determined that our usage of the term 'Islamophobic' was therefore flawed."

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Providence Public Schools accused of discriminating against White teachers in radical equity agenda

A non-profit called Legal Insurrection Foundation (LIF) on Tuesday sent a letter to the Nelson Event Center, located in Cranston, Rhode Island, to put them on notice for hosting a "racially discriminatory" event that was planned by the PPSD.

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"PPSD is so obsessed with its Equity agenda that it has crossed legal lines, engaging in open discrimination against white teachers. We saw open discrimination in the new teacher loan forgiveness program, open only to non-whites. Even though we filed a federal civil rights complaint against the loan program discrimination, PPSD is undeterred. Now PPSD is organizing and promoting segregationist teacher affinity programming," Jacobson said.

"PPSD appears to think it is immune to the anti-discrimination laws that apply to everyone else," he added.

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Legal Insurrection claimed that NEC’s hosting of the event violates Rhode Island and federal law due to the fact that it is "unlawful for a place of public accommodation" to discriminate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

"The anti-discrimination laws apply regardless of which race or ethnicity is victimized. Events that discriminate against whites are just as unlawful as events that discriminate against non-whites. Because the Event was promoted as a segregated event, the discriminatory taint cannot be wiped away," the letter states.

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Nearly 30 Florida colleges announce ban on anything that ‘compels belief in critical race theory’

The presidents, in their memo, stated they “will ensure that all initiatives, instruction, and activities do not promote any ideology that suppresses intellectual and academic freedom, freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.”

“As such, our institutions will not fund or support any institutional practice, policy, or academic requirement that compels belief in critical race theory or related concepts such as intersectionality, or the idea that systems of oppression should be the primary lens through which teaching and learning are analyzed and/or improved upon,” the announcement stated.

“Further, if critical race theory or related concepts are taught as part of an appropriate postsecondary subject’s curriculum, our institutions will only deliver instruction that includes critical race theory as one of several theories and in an objective manner.”

Inside Higher Ed reported that the presidents represent the 28 colleges that make up the Florida College System, which includes community and four-year state colleges.

“The presidents plan to review trainings, instruction and policies on their campuses and remove any that counter the values expressed in the statement by Feb. 1,” IHE reported.

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Canada’s Death Option: Using euthanasia to backstop your spotty universal health care system.

It is easy to sympathize with Hatch’s desire to end her painful life on her own terms. And her bespoke ritual attempts to recapture elements of what used to be normative before atomized modernity—dying well-loved in the embrace one’s family and community. Anyone’s sincere effort to grapple with suffering and achieve meaning deserves sympathy. But what Simons sells as autonomy’s final victory over debilitating illness was really a concession to bureaucratic apathy. The National Post reports, “Hatch’s case fits into an ever-expanding constellation of Canadians who want to live, but applied for medically assisted death out of desperation after failed attempts to seek appropriate care.” British Columbia’s healthcare system would not even provide her with palliative care once her disease became terminal. It promptly approved her request for MAID, however.

Three weeks before Simons released its slick propaganda piece, the Canadian House of Commons entertained the question of whether it should be permissible to euthanize infants up to the age of one. On October 7, Dr. Louis Roy testified on behalf of the Quebec College of Physicians that death by lethal injection is suitable for children “with severe deformations and…very grave and severe syndromes…whose life expectancy and level of suffering are such that it would make sense to ensure that they do not suffer.”

The College’s position represents a further radicalization of Canada’s MAID movement, whose most recent victory ensures that, beginning next spring, even depression will qualify one for euthanasia. Dr. Roy’s comments echoed the College’s previous suggestion that Canada should adopt the Netherlands’ Groningen Protocol, which established legal guidelines for medical infanticide. The Protocol emphasizes the presence of “hopeless and unbearable suffering” alongside the informed consent of the parents. The child, of course, is as incapable of giving consent as she is of confirming her hopelessness or her ability to endure suffering, so these must be determined by others.

The sophistication of the human brain notwithstanding, we simply cannot know the subjective experiences of other people. We can imagine our way into experiences not our own, but the irreducibility of subjective consciousness ensures that our imaginings are at best educated guesswork. At worst, however, our assessment of another’s suffering is really an expression of our own: I cannot tolerate watching you suffer, therefore your suffering must be intolerable. It is the broken logic of psychological projection.

The idea of parents “consenting” to their child’s killing is no less incoherent. Can a mother and father “consent” to selling their daughter as a sex slave? Whatever moral meaning the term possesses in the case of slavery, it possesses even less with respect to euthanasia. We may permit or will something to be done to a person in our care, and we may do so in accordance with that person’s expressed wishes, but we cannot perform or determine an act of subjective consciousness for (as) anyone but ourselves.

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Victory against Cohen family’s Great Replacement scheme in rural French village of Callac

A plan to settle up to 70 refugee families in the rural French town of Callac has been withdrawn after mass protests from residents.

The local government’s decision to cancel the project, which was backed by the wealthy Cohen family and the Macron government, is being hailed as a victory for native French people opposed to their own dispossession.

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Remix News, which previously broke the story in the English-language press, described how the Cohen family is the major financial backer and ideological driver of the project. The family, led by Marie-France Cohen, made most of its fortune in the high-end children’s clothing retailer Bonpoint, which the family sold for millions. The family’s lavish lifestyle, replete with mansions, is detailed in our investigative piece. Since then, through the family’s Medici fund, the Cohens have embarked on a range of progressive projects, with perhaps their most ambitious one being the Horizon project, which would see refugees settled across the French countryside, starting with 20 different towns.

The project was supposed to begin with dozens of refugee families for Callac, which features an aging population and a high unemployment rate.

As Remix News previously reported, the protests against the project were attended by various conservative activists and the Reconquest party. However, spearheading the effort is a citizens’ initiative made up of residents of Callac who rejected the transfer of migrants to their town. These citizens pointed to the already-high unemployment rate in Callac, at 17.6 percent, and asked why jobs were planned to be found for the new arrivals before the people already living in the area. In addition, they pointed to potential overcrowding in schools and daycare, and the millions of taxpayer euros that will be needed to integrate the newcomers.

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San Francisco Reparations Committee Recommends Paying $5 Million to Black Residents, Supplementing Income for 250 Years

The city’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a draft report last month claiming that San Francisco’s “international reputation as a shining progressive gem in the west is undermined by its legacy of mistreatment, violence towards, and targeted racism against Black Americans.”

“While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the values of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were legally codified and enforced,” the group wrote.

As such, the committee proposed the city make a lump sum payment of $5 million to black residents who are at least 18 and have identified as black or African American on public documents for at least ten years. Residents must also meet at least two of eight other requirements. Among those requirements is that the resident is “personally, or the direct descendant of someone, incarcerated by the failed War on Drugs” or is a “Descendant of someone enslaved through US chattel slavery before 1865.”

“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population for the decades of harms that they have experienced, and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy,” the committee said.

The group also suggested that the city supplement lower-income recipients’ incomes to meet the Area Median Income (AMI) of about $97,000, for at least 250 years.

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[Freddie deBoer] The Creative Underclass is Still Raging

Fifteen years ago, New York magazine published a piece called “Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass.” (Alternative headline: “Everybody Sucks.”) The piece argued that Gawker, then still a niche publication beloved of insiders, was powered fundamentally by the resentment of those struggling in creative industries or who aspired to creative industries but had not made it. This, the piece suggested, drove both Gawker writers and Gawker readers. That cultural moment is very much gone, the original Gawker is no more, and the internet has developed a whole suite of new pathologies in the meantime. Yet I have come to think that the basic tenor of online life is still heavily influenced by the dynamics identified in that ancient-by-internet-standards piece. The creative underclass is still raging.

The internet, famously, is full of negative emotion, and there are all kinds of angry people on it. You have conservative anger over an evolving culture, liberal angst over the continued salience of reactionary populism, leftist fury over our inability to make anything happen. You have impossibly defensive stans taking to the digital ramparts to defend their favorite pop singers, you have the endlessly-churning resentment of comic book movie fans who have won an unconditional victory in the pop culture marketplace yet whine as if they lost in a blowout, you have the wails of those whose favorite artforms are dying. You have angry conspiracy theorists and angry fact-checkers and angry gamers and angry Redditors and angry feminists and angry queer people and angry homophobes and angry libertarians and angry anarcho-primitivists and angry guys with podcasts who are under the misapprehension that they’re funny. When it comes to anger online, our cup floweth over.

I have no possible way to be scientific about what I’m going to lay out to you. But I think that, in the cacophony of constant anger online, there’s a kind of person that plays an outsized role in the general tenor of ugliness and resentment that permeates online life, and it looks more or less like the creative underclass that Vanessa Grigoriadis described a decade and a half ago. I’m talking about people, almost always college-educated, most gainfully employed, who have unrealized dreams in creative industries like movies, novels, journalism, music, essays, TV, podcasts. They have positions in the world that are, by international or historical comparison, quite comfortable. And yet they’re angry all the time, angry because of thwarted ambition and the sense that they were meant for more than comfort. Sometimes these people have actually tried and failed in various creative endeavors - gone to film school, sent their manuscript out to agents, bought an expensive microphone and ring light for their YouTube channel, spent a year begging people to like, share, and subscribe to their podcast. My sense, though, is that many of the people I’m talking about have never actually made an honest try at a creative field, perhaps too embarrassed to dream big and fail. They are nevertheless possessed of a deeply-ingrained cultural expectation that they’re supposed to desire more than middle-class stability and the fruits of contemporary first-world abundance.

These people look out at a world filled with creators creating, look at the considerable benefits they accrue (in money, yes, but more importantly in status) and they want. They want what others have. And want breeds resentment, especially when it’s so plain that some of the people who have succeeded have done so despite no clear advantage in talent, worth, or effort. They have absorbed the contemporary left critique of capitalism as an arbitrary and fickle distributor of reward, but without the steadying influence of the old left’s valorization of working, of the dignity and value of work. (They have not apprehended that the left can never be anti-work, that the left is labor.) They live in a digital culture that has obliterated the distance between the creatively successful and their audiences, allowing them to see all that the victors enjoy, over and over again. Crucially, they also benefit from the protections of, if not literal anonymity, then obscurity - the easiest way to avoid getting attacked online is to be so little noticed that no one would bother. Since no one pays much attention to them, unless they get very unlucky, they have no self-protective motive to moderate what they’re saying. And they have ample laptop and phone time - so, so much laptop and phone time - and are perpetually bored. It’s all a recipe for an entire class of people who spend their time taking out the resentment engendered by unfulfilled creative dreams on anyone who they see as an undeserving success.

Grigoriadis refers to the perceived targets of the rageful creative underclass as “the grasping and vainglorious and undeservedly successful,” which is as good a gloss as any. Part of the resentment lies in that sense that the successful are tryhards, that they have pursued their careers too nakedly, that there’s something gauche and uncouth about working out in the open, in full sight of the rest of us. Somehow they think wanting and not getting something is nobler than wanting something and getting it.

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Trans activist gets woman fired from video game company for crime of following Ian Miles Cheong, Libs of TikTok on Twitter

On Friday, the video game company Limited Run Games fired their community manager, a woman named Kara Lynn, after a far-left trans activist using the name Purple Tinker demanded the company either fire Lynn because she followed conservative users on Twitter such as Ian Miles Cheong and Libs of Tik Tok, or lose their support.

Ian Miles Cheong tweeted, "A video game company called @LimitedRunGames fired @KaraLynne0326 because some nut job got offended over the fact that she follows me and @libsoftiktok."

According to an Observer article from 2012, Purple Tinker is a biological male who identifies as transgender, and an activist who founded BronyCon, a convention for adult men who like to dress up as characters from the children's television show My Little Pony.

"The community manager for @LimitedRunGames, @/KaraLynne0326, is a transphobe who follows a veritable who's who of right-wing transphobic creeps.Unless and until she is fired from the company permanently, I am not giving them another single dime. (CW: Transphobia)," Purple Tinker tweeted at the company on January 6 at 9:06 am.

At 5:40 pm the same day, on their Twitter account, Limited Run Games announced that Lynn had been fired and wrote "LRG respects all personal opinions, however we remain committed to supporting an inclusive culture. Upon investigating a situation, an employee was terminated. Our goal as a company is to continue to foster a positive and safe environment for everyone."

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Sweden: Majority of Malmö children are immigrants; researcher says Swedish is now a ‘minority language’ and calls for Arabic schools

According to the city’s local government website, one-third of Malmö’s residents were born abroad; Iraq is the most common country of birth, while Syria and other Middle Eastern countries are also high on the list.

However, the demographic transformation is far more pronounced when the youngest age groups are examined. The data shows that two-thirds of people between the ages of five and 19 have an immigrant background, and this data also does not include third-generation immigrants and national minorities.

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Conservatives in Sweden have long pointed to Malmö as a harbinger of a future a majority of Swedes remain opposed to, as the city has completely transformed from nearly all ethnic Swedes into a multicultural area marked by urban decay, no-go zones controlled by migrant clans, and a city unsafe for women in many areas.

Data also shows that migrants and those of a migrant background are responsible for the vast majority of murders, shootings, gang rapes, and robberies in Sweden.

Righard’s report also confirms what was once dismissed as right-wing rhetoric and a conspiracy theory. In this European city, the Great Replacement, which describes the demographic displacement of Europeans with non-Europeans in their native countries, is statistically undeniable and ongoing.

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Appeals court rules in favor of teacher who wore MAGA hat to racial bias trainings

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel said former Wy’east Middle School Principal Caroline Garrett had violated science teacher Eric Dodge’s constitutional rights in 2019 when she told him “Next time I see you with that hat, you need to have your union rep,” Education Week reports.

Dodge, who worked for the Evergreen School District for over 17 years, had been assigned to Wy’east Middle for the 2019-2020 school year, according to the court opinion.

The genesis of the imbroglio was Dodge “displaying” the hat “on top of his backpack” at the trainings. He never actually wore the hat during the sessions. The leader of one workshop, a professor from Washington State University, told Principal Garrett she felt “intimidated and traumatized” by the hat.

A teacher reportedly broke into tears while another felt “threatened.”

Garrett (pictured) allegedly asked Dodge “What is the fucking deal with your hat?” and informed him some felt the hat represented “hate and bigotry.” She also called Dodge “a racist, a bigot, a homophobe, and a liar” according to a report from KATU.

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Ontario parents fed up with ‘busty’ biological male teacher parading kink in class, threaten legal action: A group of frustrated parents have obtained legal representation and are threatening to take action against the school district for failing to address the issue of a male teacher showing up to class wearing enormous prosthetic breasts.

According to the National Post, a letter was sent to school and district officials on Dec 19 demanding that the Halton District School Board (HDSB) implement a “policy concerning teacher attire.”

The letter outlines how the region became an international laughing stock in September when photographs and video began circulating on social media of a male teacher, identified as Kayla Lemieux, in the classroom “wearing unnaturally sized prosthetic breasts, a sheer blouse or shirt that displayed erect nipples and skin-tight shorts.”

“My clients reserve their rights to pursue all forms of legal action concerning this matter, including judicial review,” wrote solicitor Rishi Bandhu, who is representing three parents who have children at Oakville Trafalgar. The parents are members of the group Students First Ontario which formed in response to the board’s lack of appropriate action.

For four months, the school and board have defended Lemieux’s right to wear the fetish props in the classroom, claiming that the implementation of a formal staff dress code would expose the HDSB to “considerable liability.”

In September, the school board stood by Lemieux and reminded parents in an email that “gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.” The concerns of parents were dismissed and those protesting were called transphobic.

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It’s time to give the diversitycrats their marching orders: In 2023, we need to wrest back our institutions from all those intersectional activists.

Most people trace the origins of the current ‘Great Awokening’ to roughly around 2013, meaning we’ll be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. One reason for thinking it might be peaking is that its growth has been accelerated by social media and – presumably – its decline will be, too. Twitter, in particular, has been one of the chief platforms for promoting woke ideology, as well as for punishing those who dissent from it, and that is bound to change now that Rocket Man Elon Musk is in charge.

The woke cult’s appeal is partly rooted in the idea that it is of a piece with the Zeitgeist, that the woke are ‘on the right side of history’, and that those resisting it will inevitably end up looking foolish and out of date.

Fortunately, there were signs in 2022 that being woke is no longer as ‘on trend’ as it was, and that could be a serious blow to its authority. Take, for instance, the fact that the unashamedly patriotic Top Gun: Maverick was the highest-grossing film of the year, beating out an endless stream of woke offerings. Once the victory of the social-justice warriors ceases to look historically inevitable, many of the less committed will fall by the wayside.

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However, there is one further source of hope – the terrible state of the world’s economy as a result of the disastrous lockdowns. The silver lining to the West’s mismanagement of the global pandemic is that we soon won’t be able to afford all this virtue-signalling. The armies of diversitycrats employed by the public sector – the mean salary of an EDI officer is £42,700 – will have to be given their marching orders. All that money multinational corporations spend on ESG (environmental, social and governance metrics) will have to be cut back. What’s more, Hollywood won’t be able to make any more politically correct, box-office disasters like The Warrior Queen, Lightyear or Bros. Straitened financial circumstances will mean few companies can afford to go woke without going broke.

So, on balance, I’m optimistic about 2023. There may not be a Berlin Wall moment to break the woke spell, but the feeling of unstoppable momentum surrounding this toxic movement is beginning to fade. And even if it doesn’t run out of steam, it’s rapidly running out of money.

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After Michel Houellebecq says native French people ‘do not wish Muslims to assimilate’ but to instead leave the country, the Great Mosque of Paris files complaint

The Great Mosque of Paris has filed a complaint against Michel Houellebecq, considered France’s greatest living author, after he said that the native French population does not wish for Muslims to assimilate but to “stop stealing from them and attacking them” or, if the Muslim population cannot manage that, then they should simply leave France.

Houellebecq made the remarks during an explosive interview in November, in which he and philosopher Michel Onfray discussed a wide-range of topics, including the Great Replacement, Islam, God, the European Union, euthanasia, and the future of France.

“The wish of the native French population, as they say, is not that Muslims assimilate, but that they stop stealing from them and attacking them — or else, another solution, that they go,” Houellebecq said.

Houellebecq also spoke of a coming civil war due to the spread of Islam in France.

“When entire territories are under Islamist control, I think acts of resistance will take place. There will be attacks and shootings in mosques,” Houellebecq told Onfrey. He then went on to add that he predicts “reverse Bataclans” — a reference to the Islamists who killed over 100 French people in the Bataclan nightclub in Paris.

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University removes art history professor for showing class two ancient Prophet Muhammad depictions

Hamline University in Minnesota has reportedly declined to renew the contract of an art history professor because they showed two ancient art images depicting the Prophet Muhammad during an optional online class segment.

The College Fix reached out on Monday and Tuesday to campus spokesman Jeff Papas, the university’s public relations specialist Michael Strasburg, and a general communications contact, to ask for the name of the professor, confirmation his contract was not renewed, and the explanation for the non-renewal. No response has been received.

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“An instructor who showed an Islamic painting during a visual analysis — a basic exercise for art history training — was publicly impugned for hate speech and dismissed thereafter, without access to due process,” Christiane Gruber, a professor of Islamic art at the University of Michigan, wrote in a December 22 essay for New Lines Magazine.

One of the paintings (pictured) is a depiction of Muhammad with a veil and halo from a 15th century manuscript, now preserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, according to Gruber.

The other, a depiction of Muhammad receiving a divine revelation from the angel Gabriel, is from an early 14th century manuscript by the statesman and scholar Rashid-al-Din.

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ASU publishes 'black male privilege checklist'

Arizona State University has published on its official website a "checklist" to address "Black Male Privilege."

ASU's “Project Humanities” initiative "facilitates critical conversations among diverse communities through talking, listening, and connecting" by exploring "shared ideas and experiences." The initiative lists several "initiatives," including one called "Privilege and Bias."

According to the university, the initiative "hosted 2-hour workshops that explored everyday manifestations of privilege." The page lists several different events from 2014, and says "These workshops have now evolved to be Humanity 101 in the Workplace: Lessons in Privilege and Bias."

According to a separate page, Humanity 101 in the Workplace "speaks to workplace teams by analyzing and addressing systemic privilege and bias within communities, organizations, and businesses. Through the lens of race, class, gender, age, sexuality, religion, ability, and more, participants focus on the Humanity 101 values essential to personal and professional success-- compassion, integrity, respect, forgiveness, kindness, empathy, and self-reflection."

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Examples of “Black Male Privilege” include the following:

  • “When I read African American History textbooks, I will learn mainly about black men."

  • “I can rely on the fact that in the near 100-year history of national civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and the Urban League, virtually all of the executive directors have been male."

  • “I will be taken more seriously as a political leader than black women."

  • “I can be a part of a black liberation organization like the Black Panther Party where an 'out' rapist Eldridge Cleaver can assume [a] leadership position."

  • “I have the ability to define black women's beauty by European standards in terms of skin tone, hair, and body size. In comparison, black women rarely define me by European standards of beauty in terms of skin tone, hair, or body size."

  • “I do not have to worry about the daily hassles of having my hair conforming to any standard image of beauty the way black women do."

  • “I have the privilege of not wanting to be a virgin, but preferring that my wife or significant other be a virgin."

  • “I can live in a world where polygamy is still an option for men in the United States as well as around the world."

  • “I come from a tradition of humor that is based largely on insulting and disrespecting women; especially mothers."

  • “Most of [the] lyrics I listen to in hip-hop perpetuate the ideas of males dominating women, sexually and socially."

  • “I can believe that the success of the black family is dependent on returning men to their historical place within the family, rather than in promoting policies that strengthen black women's independence, or that provide social benefits to black children."

  • “I have the privilege of believing that feminism is anti-black."

  • “I will make significantly more money as a professional athlete than members of the opposite sex will."

  • “If I go to an HBCU, I will have incredible opportunities to exploit black women."

  • “In college, black male professors will be involved in interracial marriages at much higher rates than members of the opposite sex will."

  • “I have the privilege of marrying outside of the race at a much higher rate than black women marry."

  • “I have the privilege of knowing men who are physically or sexually abusive to women and yet I still call them friends.”

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Calls grow to cancel Kevin Hart's comedy show in Egypt over 'Afrocentric' views: Some Egyptians have taken to Twitter accusing the US comedian of 'Blackwashing' Egyptian history

Hart, a popular US comedian, is a proponent of Afrocentrism, which advocates examining history through a lens that focuses on the role of Black Africans. Some followers say modern Egyptians have no claim to the country’s ancient history because they are the descendants of Arab invaders.

Modern Egypt was at various points in history part of the Greek, Roman and Arab empires. The country is an ethnically and religiously diverse nation of more than 100 million. Egyptians even claim ancestry from Circassians and Turks going back to the Ottoman Empire. There are also Egyptians of Nubian descent.

Some schools of thought claim that Coptic Christians, who number between 10 and 15 percent of Egypt’s population, are the most direct descendants of ancient Egyptians.

Hart’s critics from across Egypt have noted an interview the comedian gave where they say he claimed Africans were the kings of Egypt.

”We must teach our children the true history of Black Africans when they were kings in Egypt and not just the era of slavery that is cemented by education in America. Do you remember the time when we were kings?”

The remark has been slammed on Twitter. One user said: “You aren't welcome to Egypt. Egyptians aren't Africans. We're the real builders of the civilization, no one else."

“The Afrocentric is just a lie. They're liars. Egypt is our land not the Africans.”

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The War on Merit Takes a Bizarre Turn: Why are administrators at a top-ranked public high school hiding National Merit awards from students and families?

For years, two administrators at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) have been withholding notifications of National Merit awards from the school’s families, most of them Asian, thus denying students the right to use those awards to boost their college-admission prospects and earn scholarships. This episode has emerged amid the school district’s new strategy of “equal outcomes for every student, without exception.” School administrators, for instance, have implemented an “equitable grading” policy that eliminates zeros, gives students a grade of 50 percent just for showing up, and assigns a cryptic code of “NTI” for assignments not turned in. It’s a race to the bottom.

An intrepid Thomas Jefferson parent, Shawna Yashar, a lawyer, uncovered the withholding of National Merit awards. Since starting as a freshman at the school in September 2019, her son, who is part Arab American, studied statistical analysis, literature reviews, and college-level science late into the night. This workload was necessary to keep him up to speed with the advanced studies at TJ, which U.S. News & World Report ranks as America’s top school.

Last fall, along with about 1.5 million U.S. high school juniors, the Yashar teen took the PSAT, which determines whether a student qualifies as a prestigious National Merit scholar. When it came time to submit his college applications this fall, he didn’t have a National Merit honor to report—but it wasn’t because he hadn’t earned the award. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit based in Evanston, Illinois, had recognized him as a Commended Student in the top 3 percent nationwide—one of about 50,000 students earning that distinction. Principals usually celebrate National Merit scholars with special breakfasts, award ceremonies, YouTube videos, press releases, and social media announcements.

But not at TJ. School officials had decided to withhold announcement of the award. Indeed, it turns out that the principal, Ann Bonitatibus, and the director of student services, Brandon Kosatka, have been withholding this information from families and the public for years, affecting the lives of at least 1,200 students over the principal’s tenure of five years. Recognition by National Merit opens the door to millions of dollars in college scholarships and 800 Special Scholarships from corporate sponsors.

I learned—two years after the fact—that National Merit had recognized my son, a graduate of TJ’s Class of 2021, as a Commended Student in a September 10, 2020, letter that National Merit sent to Bonitatibus. But the principal, who lobbied that fall to nix the school’s merit-based admission test to increase “diversity,” never told us about it. Parents from earlier years told me that she also didn’t tell them about any Commended Student awards. One former student said he learned he had won the award through a random email from the school to a school-district email account that students rarely check; the principal neither told his parents nor made a public announcement.

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How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate: The platform suppressed true information from doctors and public-health experts that was at odds with U.S. government policy.

By the summer of 2021, the day after Murthy’s memo, Biden announced publicly that social media companies were “killing people” by allowing misinformation about vaccines. Just hours later, Twitter locked Berenson out of his account, and then permanently suspended him the next month. Berenson sued Twitter. He ultimately settled with the company, and is now back on the platform. As part of the lawsuit, Twitter was compelled to provide certain internal communications. They revealed that the White House had directly met with Twitter employees and pressured them to take action on Berenson.

The summary of meetings by Culbertson, emailed to colleagues in December 2022, adds new evidence of the White House’s pressure campaign, and illustrates how it tried to directly influence what content was allowed on Twitter.

Culbertson wrote that the Biden team was “very angry” that Twitter had not been more aggressive in deplatforming multiple accounts. They wanted Twitter to do more.

Twitter executives did not fully capitulate to the Biden team’s wishes. An extensive review of internal communications at the company revealed that employees often debated moderation cases in great detail, and with more care for free speech than was shown by the government.

But Twitter did suppress views—and not just those of journalists like Berenson. Many medical and public health professionals who expressed perspectives or even cited findings from accredited academic journals that conflicted with official positions were also targeted. As a result, legitimate findings and questions about our Covid policies and their consequences went missing.

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Polish court orders IKEA to rehire worker fired for citing Bible in opposition to LGBT: The case of Janusz Komenda is an example of discrimination against Christians in the workplace as the employee had been forced to accept the ideology of others while his right to express his views had been negated

A court in the Polish city of Kraków has ordered IKEA to reinstate a staff member dismissed for citing the Bible to voice criticism of the LGBT community on an internal company forum, ruling that the dismissal had been unlawful and ordered the company to pay the costs of the court case. 

The legal dispute arose as a result of events that took place in 2019 when IKEA ran a positive article on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Responding on an internal forum, a staff member, Janusz Komenda, wrote that acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is immoral and backed up his words with passages from the Bible that declared same-sex relations as obscene and immoral. 

The man was officially fired for anti-social behavior and for losing the trust of his employer. However, lawyers from Polish Ordo Iuris legal institute argued that the real reason for his dismissal was his expression of his Catholic beliefs. Komenda had been regularly assessed as a good employee and had been promoted and his salary increased, therefore, there was little evidence of his employer having lost confidence in him.

According to Ordo Iuris, the IKEA decision violated the Polish constitution which guarantees the right to hold religious beliefs and to express one’s faith. The decision also violated Polish labor laws which forbid discrimination on the ground of faith and beliefs, as well as the European Human Rights Convention which protects the right to express deeply held religious views. 

At the beginning of December, another Krakow court had upheld the appeal against a separate court verdict that dismissed the prosecution against the HR manager who had dismissed Komenda. That case will now go to the Supreme Court.

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Thoughtcrime is now a reality in Britain: Why was an activist arrested for praying silently in the street?

Earlier this month, Isabel Vaughan-Spruce was standing silently in a public street. She was doing, saying and displaying absolutely nothing, apparently lost in thought. A policeman approached her. He asked if she was inwardly praying. When she said she might have been, he immediately arrested her, took her to a police station and searched her. Last week, Vaughan-Spruce was told she faces prosecution.

How did this happen? First, Vaughan-Spruce was known to be a member of a pro-life organisation. And second, she was within 150 metres of an abortion clinic, inside a so-called buffer zone. In September, Birmingham City Council introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which makes any ‘act of approval or disapproval’ toward abortion in the surroundings of the clinic a criminal offence, on pain of a £1,000 fine. This restriction applies to any expression related to abortion services, by any method: whether by graphic, verbal or written means, prayer or counselling, or in any other way. So Vaughan-Spruce’s alleged silent prayer was apparently enough. Someone had disapproved of her presence and asked the police to get rid of her. All the ploddingly literal-minded copper needed was Vaughan-Spruce’s admission that she might have been privately communing with her god and might therefore have been illegally praying in a restricted area.

Whatever your view on abortion, even if you are strongly pro-choice, this whole episode should worry you immensely. The implications for personal liberty are terrifying. If an arrest for silent prayer is not an instance of Orwellian ‘thoughtcrime’, then I don’t know what is.

Worse still, the restrictions set out in the PSPO give the police huge scope to silence outspoken campaigners. Police can order someone they believe to be breaking a PSPO’s rules to leave the area immediately and to give their name and address. Alleged rulebreakers can also be arrested or fined. After Vaughan-Spruce’s arrest, matters only got worse. As part of her conditions of bail, she was banned from engaging in public prayer, even outside the bounds of the PSPO. Initially, she was even told not to have any contact with a local Catholic priest active in the pro-life movement (though this condition has since been dropped). Nobody should ever be subject to such draconian restrictions on their expression.

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The rules applying in the Birmingham buffer zone are a case in point. They are ridiculously wide. Taken literally, they would not only prohibit silent, private prayer, but also make it a crime to argue with a companion about abortion while walking through the area. In a bizarre instance of overkill, the PSPO specifically bans any textual reference anywhere in the area not only to ‘abortion, baby, mum, fetus’, but also to ‘soul, kill, hell, murder’. If the Vaughan-Spruce case is anything to go by, there is no chance that the buffer zone’s rules will be applied in a commonsense way. Instead, they will likely be used as a means of shutting up anyone with inconvenient views.

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French woman convicted after falsely claiming White male raped her, DNA evidence proved it was an illegal African migrant

A 23-year-old French woman has been convicted to three months in prison and received a €500 fine for after falsely claiming a White male raped her on Dec. 3, when in fact it was later determined that it was in fact an illegal African immigrant who she had sex with.

At the time, the young woman went to the police station in the northwestern French city of Quimper and filed a complaint for rape, claiming the attack took place the day before in the middle of the afternoon, in the toilets of the local railway station.

It is reported by the Actu.fr news outlet the alleged victim had been on a date set up through an online dating app. It is understood she had sexual intercourse with the male, and the alleged victim told the male to stop during sex as it had become too rough.

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The woman accused a White male of being the perpetrator, however DNA analysis uncovered by authorities on the victim’s underwear showed traces originating from an African male known to police who was subject to an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF).

It is claimed by the prosecution the alleged victim had been on a date with the African male and had engaged in consensual sex with the man, but subsequently felt ashamed of what she had done and decided to frame a White male for rape.

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South Carolina med school faces federal investigation for excluding men, white people

Eight programs run by the Medical University of South Carolina are now the subject of a federal investigation by Department of Education officials following a complaint by a nonprofit.

The Medical University of South Carolina changed the listed eligibility criteria for some of its diversity scholarships that required recipients to be from groups “under-represented in medicine” students, following a federal complaint that alleged the program violated civil rights.

However, the complaint from Do No Harm, a nonprofit group fighting wokeness in healthcare, still triggered an investigation into eight separate programs, including mentoring initiatives and scholarships.

It is still ongoing as of December 14, according to an email to The College Fix from the organization.

Do No Harm’s leader and former associate dean of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, criticized the notion of prioritizing diversity above hard work and experience.

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The reparations trap: Elite guilt about the past will do nothing to help the world’s poorest.

Affirmative action, racial preferences and other guilt-driven approaches, despite enjoying such wide acceptance in the political class, have had little noteworthy success to date. Billions of dollars in aid have been handed out to Africa over the years, but this has done little to help its economic development. In the coming recession, Africa’s situation is likely to get even worse. Instead, more progress has been made by countries, notably in East Asia, which have relied instead on capital imports, savings, trade and self-reliance to boost their economies.

America’s commitment to wage a ‘war on poverty’ has also been less than effective. In the 50 years since it began in 1964, over $20 trillion has been spent on welfare programmes. Yet, in 2020, the ratio of incomes between blacks and whites is the same as it was in 1968. Nor has the black middle class expanded beyond its stunning postwar gains. Despite decades of affirmative action, the percentage of blacks in elite colleges has fallen, reflecting in part the utter failure of many school systems in large cities. And black poverty, largely concentrated among families without fathers, has not decreased in recent decades. One in five black Americans is now experiencing a third generation in poverty, compared to only one in 100 whites.

Basically, what has ‘improved’ are the optics, with more ‘people of colour’, women and transgender people in public roles. In the climate movement, for instance, leaders from poor countries are placed on the dais next to the corporate and bureaucratic green elites who are overwhelmingly white. While this may suit public-relations consultants, in reality it solves nothing. Poor countries do not need lectures on climate change from the rich world, nor do they need reparations to achieve ‘climate justice’. What they need, above all, is cheap energy.

So COP27’s ambitions will likely fail. As climate scientist Roger Pielke Jr’s ‘iron law of climate policy’ suggests, sensible governments will always opt for electricity, gas and feeding their population over reducing emissions. We are already seeing this play out. Even as comfortable politicians in the West restrict access to fossil fuels, effectively advocating ‘de-growth’ for the world’s poorest nations, such an approach is dismissed by many sceptical African leaders. They know that developing a reliable electricity supply is critical to reducing poverty.

Similarly, America’s embrace of racial preferences provides superficially good optics but few positive effects. Racial preferences may have occasioned the rise of the black political class over the past half a century, but they have made little difference in terms of black people’s overall income and educational attainment, which is either stagnating or getting worse. Similarly, the Obama administration’s eight years in power was wonderful for the ‘talented tenth’ among African-Americans, but it did not improve life for most. In terms of actual results, black Americans actually did better in the first years of the widely and deservedly ridiculed Donald Trump.

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Scholars work at ‘Decolonizing Light’ to combat ‘colonialism in contemporary physics’

The effort, funded by the Canadian government, seeks both to explore “ways and approaches to decolonize science, such as revitalizing and restoring Indigenous knowledges” and to develop “a culture of critical reflection and investigation of the relation of science and colonialism,” according to the project’s website.

Led by Tanja Tajmel, a special equity, diversity and inclusion advisor to Concordia’s dean, core members of the group also include physicist Ingo Salzmann and Associate Professor of First Peoples Studies Louellyn White.

As detailed in a 2021 paper the three co-authored with Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Concordia’s director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy, the project intentionally targeted physics for decolonization due to the field’s “unique scientific authority.”

“Physics is commonly regarded as the ‘most objective’ and the ‘hardest’ science,” the scholars wrote, “it fundamentally defines scientific key concepts such as energy, matter, force, light, space and time, for all the other sciences.”

“It is the narrative of physics as objective and as socially independent that constitutes and stabilizes its knowledge authority in relation to all other knowledge systems.”

“For our purpose,” they stated, “it is important to understand physics as a social field [italics in the original] rather than as ‘pure knowledge’ independent from social values and decisions.”

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As part of their effort to decolonize light, the three wrote, they plan to develop courses with indigenous scholars and “Knowledge Keepers” in which indigenous knowledge is elevated and Eurocentric western science is de-centered and scrutinized for its alleged past and present contributions to colonialism.

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Patanjali Kambhampati, a professor of chemistry at McGill University who conducts research on ultrafast spectroscopy, commented via email to The College Fix, “Decolonizing STEM is absurd and offensive to many people of all walks of life, including me as a scientist born in the 3rd world.”

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Migrants drag ‘Last Generation’ environmental activists off the road: Apparently removing blockades counts as self-defense in Germany

While ‘Last Generation’ environmental activists blocked a road in Germany, the drivers who resorted to force to get them out of the way turned out to be individuals with a migrant background. In the video, which the organization published itself on Twitter, angry men and one woman are seen aggressively dragging away the mostly White activists after they glued themselves to the road.

In the video, the drivers are seen picking up the radicals under their arms or snatching their vests and heaving them aggressively off the road. The climate activists offer little in terms of resistance, especially in the face of the rapid and brusque response of the migrants, one of whom appears to be from a DPD package delivery service van.

The accent of the drivers gives them away as non-Germans, with the drivers yelling, “We have to go to work! Get out of here!” and “Get down here!” and “We have work to do!”

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According to German law, dragging someone away who is blocking a road is not assault, but an act of self-defense.

The Last Generation group is also known for its anti-racist, pro-open border stances; however, the migrants who drag them off the road appear more concerned with getting to work or getting home than the climate agenda of the protesters.

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One million civil service days a year ‘wasted on equality and diversity training’

Research by Conservative Way Forward, a Tory think tank, says this costs the taxpayer an estimated £150 million a year.

It includes 24 days a year spent by the Intellectual Property Office on the “respect at work board game” and almost 1,500 staff days spent by the London Fire Brigade on equality training.

The report reveals that public sector organisations employ 10,000 members of staff to deal with issues focused on equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI).

These roles set the taxpayer back £427 million a year and the average EDI employee receives an annual salary of £42,000, compared to the average nurse’s salary of £34,000, the report claims.

It says British taxpayers face the highest tax burden since the Second World War, but millions of pounds from the public purse are being spent on “damaging and politically motivated activities”.

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[Freddie deBoer] The Twitter Files and Writing for the Maw

The Maw is, broadly speaking, the expression of the culture war as operationalized by the consensus opinions of media. The Maw is the aggregate of opinions of paid-up journalists and writers and pundits and, specifically, the opinions they will allow. When a big story breaks, there’s an initial feeling-out period where the media talks to itself and decides what the consensus opinion will be. As time has gone on, this process has gotten faster and faster, so that now the media consensus and the expectation that all decent people will glom onto it develop in a matter of minutes. What’s interesting about the Twitter files is that both an inciting incident (the Hunter Biden laptop story and its censorship by Twitter) and an eventual consequence of it (the release of the Twitter files) fell into the Maw with incredible speed. Immediately, in 2020, the enforced consensus within media was that there was no story to speak of regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story; it was not only not worthy of influencing the election, it should not have been reported on at all, and Twitter’s decision to artificially limit its spread was justified. So too with the Twitter files: as soon as Matt Taibi started tweeting about them, it seems, most in newsmedia were convinced they were unimportant. This is the Maw at work - it’s the expression of culture war in what the media sees as a respectable position to hold. In the Maw, nothing independent survives.

To consider the Maw, I’ll look at this piece by New York Magazine’s Eric Levitz.

As a preliminary - there is, of course, an immense hypocrisy at play with Twitter these days; for years, left-leaning people had justified all of Twitter’s moderation policies, such as their censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story and the lab leak Covid-19 hypothesis, by saying “Twitter is a private company, they can do what they want. Don’t complain.” Twitter is still a private company, and its owner is now doing what he wants. Those same people are complaining about it. This is one of those petty hypocrisies that you really can’t get out of. If you thought that saying Twitter is a private company was a legitimate response to criticism of its moderation practices under previous ownership (including, let us not forget, the rulers of a brutal theocratic dictatorship), then you must accept it as a legitimate response to criticism of the new regime. Gooses and ganders. But then, hypocrisy is only human.

Levitz goes through the Twitter files story, pulls the various strands apart, and in each instance arrives at an opinion that is sufficiently nuanced to save face but which will in every instance satisfy the Maw. Perhaps the Hunter Biden story should not have been censored - but there’s no evidence it was censored for political ends, and anyway, maybe censoring the story increased its reach. Perhaps there’s lots of corruption floating around Hunter Biden - but petty corruption is no big deal, and anyway there’s no way Joe Biden, the Senator from MasterCard, was complicit in anything untoward. Perhaps there were inequities in how accounts were “shadowbanned” and had their reach limited - but there’s no evidence that the Twitter team responsible for those actions, every member of which was left-leaning, did so along partisan lines. Perhaps an esteemed epidemiologist had his tweets artificially repressed by the algorithm at a time when there was public fervor to censor dissident perspectives on Covid - but hey, we can’t prove why they did it. Perhaps this room is filled with smoke - but we have no documentary evidence of fire. Again and again, there’s an issue that could appear to have obvious public interest, but again and again, there’s some piece of administrivia that excuses that issue. And since the highlighting of the initial issues is so reliably dismissed via the motivated reasoning, there’s little danger of Levitz falling on the wrong side of the Maw.

In other words, Levitz knows that he’s publishing a piece with some caveats and provisos for an audience that will not spend a single moment caring about the caveats and provisos. He’s conceding things that he knows his audience will never concede. He constructs the appearance of being evenhanded while keeping one hand in his pocket.

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Students of color allowed ‘safe space’ without white males at Pomona College

A Students of Color Alliance lounge that requires students fill out a form listing what identity-based group they belong to before being granted electronic ID card swipe access to the venue has been established at an elite private college in Southern California.

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The Students of Color Alliance posted on its Instagram page Nov. 28 that “Previously, there was no standardized process for granting swipe access to the lounge, which limited the use of the space as it was intended. Moving forward, there will be a google form that students of color can fill out to request swipe access to the space.”

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Last month’s swipe-access decision was made amid larger turmoil over the lounge after Pomona’s Black Student Alliance was displaced due to campus construction and administration decided to “build a wall” to bisect the Students of Color Alliance lounge, partitioning off a portion for the BSU.

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“The lounge is already shared by five student groups on campus, and building the wall would mean that our shared space would be minimized and limit our capacity to hold a safe space for students on campus,” said the statement [italics in the original].

“…There is nothing wrong or ungrateful about requesting that both groups with differing goals, interests, and events have the safe spaces necessary to make it through the antiBlack white capitalist institution, Pomona College,” it added.

If only there were some kind of apart-hood we could institute on a national level to give "groups with differing goals, interests, and events" their own spaces. 🤔

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Black female in ‘head scarf’ attacked UVA ‘Black Cultural Center’

The police report identified Zaynab Bintabdul-Hadijakien as the person most likely to have thrown a rock through a window at the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center within the campus Office of African-American Affairs in August.

She (pictured) likely carried out the attack as retaliation against the interim director of the center, Michael Mason, who also oversees psychological services, according to the report and Mason’s comments.

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Mason told police during an initial interview that there were several individuals he thought might have been targeting him, including a former staff member and a student. He said that he possibly was the target due to his work with the counseling center.

Police reviewed video footage that allegedly appears to show the suspect throwing a rock through a window, according to the report.

The NAACP at UVA, which condemned the rock throwing, did not respond to a request for comment via Instagram on Thursday that asked if it planned to release another statement with the knowledge now that the suspect is a black individual.

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California robbery suspect killed store clerk, not charged with murder; victim didn’t act in self-defense: James Williams, 36, opened fire on the robbery suspects as they were fleeing before one fatally shot him in the leg and chest, authorities said

A man accused of killing a California gas station clerk during a "botched" robbery will not face a murder charge because the victim had opened fire on the suspect despite his life not being in danger, officials said Thursday.

James Williams, 36, was killed during an early Saturday morning gunfight with Ronald Jackson Jr., 20, at a Chevron in Antioch, Fox San Francisco reported.

The Antioch Police Department said a gas station employee called to report a person had been shot at the Extra Mile mini-mart just after 2 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to the head inside the store.

"Officers at the scene were able to determine that the victim was an employee-clerk at the service station and was held-up at gunpoint during what appears to be a 'botched robbery,'" a police statement said.

Williams was working inside the store when he was confronted by two suspects, one of whom was identified as Jackson, who was allegedly armed with a gun. Williams then pulled out his own weapon.

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[Project Veritas] [Dean of Students Brags About Bringing in LGBTQ+ Health Center to Teach "Queer Sex" to Minors

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Med school ‘stigmatized white people’ during all-day DEI ‘retreat’: report

A veteran psychiatrist and professor at Tulane University School of Medicine condemned racially divisive and harmful diversity, equity and inclusion programming at his medical center.

Dean Robinson, a visiting fellow at Do No Harm, described an “outbreak of mass irrationality” at the prestigious medical school and hospital where he works and teaches in a December 3 op-ed for National Review.

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The DEI training Robinson attended clarified that equity should be prioritized over care for patients regardless of background.

“We were essentially told that providing equity in access and outcome should be our goal in medicine, rather than providing the best care to the patient in front of us.”

Most of his colleagues did not comment throughout the session or afterwards, Robinson wrote.

“This will now inhibit our interactions 365 days a year,” he continued. “Physicians, and especially psychiatrists, must be willing to delve deeply into the history and sensibilities of each patient to provide the best treatment.”

“Instead, my colleagues and I are increasingly concerned that our frank guidance could be interpreted as microaggressions or manifestations of our ‘oppression’ and ‘privilege,'” the professor wrote.

“Out of self-preservation, we are thus likely to limit the instruction and feedback we give future physicians, depriving them (and their future patients) of the skills vital for optimal treatment,” Robinson wrote. Robinson also wrote of the chilling effect of Tulane’s “bias in curriculum reporting form,” introduced in October, which allows any student or resident to initiate an investigation into any instructor for any reason. “Naturally, there is no standard for what constitutes a transgression.”

These measures, Robinson asserted, are counterproductive to promoting unity and solidarity among doctors and serving their patients well.

“Future physicians cannot remain focused on perceived grievances and still fully attend to the real medical needs of our patients,” he wrote. “Institutional denial of this priority is one condition I just don’t know how to treat.”

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“Statistical Murder”? By depriving communities of wealth, ill-conceived climate-change proposals will lead to worse health outcomes.

It’s often said that members of Generation Z are clueless, and the signs that these young people held at the November COP27 conference are evidence of that proposition. They fail to see the big picture. Let’s accept, for the moment, the premise of their advocacy: that human activities produce greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide, which give rise to atmospheric warming, and thus to some degree of disruption and damage. Even so, as these health-care professionals should know, any cure should not be worse than the disease—but that’s precisely what we see in many proposed remedies for climate change.

Climate activists are clamoring for expensive interventions, including massive transformations of energy production, modes of transportation, building design, and even diminished population growth. They also want huge amounts of monetary compensation paid to poor countries to offset climate change-related environmental and economic damage. The most popular interventions include monumental expenditures on subsidies for wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles. But will these measures produce the desired results? And isn’t it possible that depriving taxpayers of the vast resources required to fund climate measures would itself produce negative effects? The En-ROADS climate model, created by and maintained by Climate Interactive and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, provides answers. En-ROADS is a highly complex, interactive model with a simple interface that allows users to explore and understand the effects of various interventions that influence climate, including the use of coal, nuclear, wind, and solar power, increasing the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), the planting of trees, and so on.

En-ROADS examines the effects on temperature rise of global implementation of these various parameters out to the year 2100. It predicts that, if nothing is done by then, the planet’s temperature will rise by about 3.6 degrees Celsius. Maximal global use of wind turbines, solar panels, and other renewables would reduce that rise by only 0.2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. Maximal incentives for a transition to electric vehicles globally would yield a similar reduction. For shorter periods, such as 30 years from now, those reductions, taken together, would amount to less than 0.05 degrees Celsius—in other words, negligible. Is this worth a price tag of more than $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States?

Why does the model show temperatures rising even if we produce less carbon dioxide? Because carbon dioxide is like a blanket that keeps the warmth of the earth from escaping to space. Since existing carbon dioxide does not break down quickly, the warming will continue as long as more carbon dioxide is being produced.

An important aspect of these predictions is that they are predicated on the entire world following the West’s lead and implementing similar policies—a highly unlikely scenario. The “big five” emitters of CO2 are China, the U.S., India, the European Union, and Russia. China’s CO2 output has been rising rapidly and is now more than twice as large as that of the U.S. This is not going to change any time soon.

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Fire Them All; God Will Know His Own

Ostensibly, universities have this mostly tax-free status because they are charitable institutions serving educational missions, an exemption which dates to one of the first American income tax laws passed in 1894. This status makes sense. Harvard is one of the world’s preeminent universities; surely it has used its billions of dollars of accumulated wealth to primarily invest in its educational program, building an unparalleled roster of top professors, expanding offerings to students, and reducing class sizes. Right?

Wrong. Harvard has instead filled its halls with administrators. Across the University, for every academic employee there are approximately 1.45 administrators. When only considering faculty, this ratio jumps to 3.09. Harvard employs 7,024 total full-time administrators, only slightly fewer than the undergraduate population. What do they all do?

Most administrators have a legitimate function. I will happily concede that the University does need administration to operate effectively. No professors want to handle Title IX compliance or send institution-wide emails about Covid-19 protocols. Yet of the 7,000-strong horde, it seems that many members’ primary purpose is to squander away tax-free money intended for academic work on initiatives, projects, and committees that provide scant value to anyone’s educational experience.

For example, last December, all Faculty of Arts and Sciences affiliates received an email from Dean Claudine Gay announcing the final report of the FAS Task Force on Visual Culture and Signage, a task force itself created by recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. This task force was composed of 24 members: six students, nine faculty members, and nine administrators. The task force produced a 26-page report divided into seven sections, based upon a survey, focus groups, and 15 separate meetings with over 500 people total. The report dedicated seven pages to its recommendations, which ranged from “Clarify institutional authority over FAS visual culture and signage” to “Create a dynamic program of public art in the FAS.” In response to these recommendations, Dean Gay announced the creation of a new administrative post, the “FAS campus curator,” and a new committee, the “FAS Standing Committee on Visual Culture and Signage.”

Regardless of your stance on the goal of fostering a more inclusive visual culture, the procedural absurdity is clear. A presidential task force led to the creation of an FAS task force which, after expending significant time, effort, and resources, led to the creation of a single administrative job and a committee with almost the exact name as the second task force. I challenge anyone other than the task force members themselves to identify the value created for a single Harvard student’s educational experience.

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German chancellor falsifies data to defend pro-migration policy: Scholz claims 9 million foreign nationals are employed, but only half of that figure actually have a job

Scholz said, “Nine million citizens live and work in our country without having German citizenship.” Subsequently, almost all media have adopted this claim. But in fact, according to the Federal Statistical Office, only 4.5 million foreign nationals living in Germany are employed, and are thus subject to social insurance contributions. This is only half as many as the German chancellor claimed.

The figure is significant because Scholz linked it to his main argument that “those who live and work here permanently should also be able to vote and be elected.

“They should be part of our country with all the rights and duties that go with it – and completely independent of origin, skin color or religious confession,” he added.

According to official figures, a total of 11.8 million foreigners currently reside in Germany. If 9 million were actually working here, this would equate to an employment rate among migrants of 76.3 percent. However, in Germany as a whole, only 40.7 percent of all residents are employed and subject to social insurance contributions. The rest are children, pensioners, the unemployed, and welfare recipients.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the rate of non-Germans working in Germany is below average at 38.5 percent.

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The Decline of Higher Education: Thoughts on a generational takeover by the Left, and what options remain

When recruiting is focused so heavily on political ideology, you don’t simply wind up with academic scholars who happen to be all politically left: what you really get is political activists, not academic scholars. Scholars are defined by intellectual curiosity, but that’s the last thing you’ll find in political activists.

On a college campus, they might just as well be aliens, because these two kinds of people—scholars and activists—couldn’t be further apart. The proof of this is that the criteria for success of the one are the very same as the criteria for failure of the other. Political activists succeed to the extent they manage to stamp out opposing political views, but that means the end of rational analysis and debate, the heart of higher education. If things go the other way and the academic teacher succeeds, then the political activist has failed.

This is therefore the core of the problem we face: universities overrun by the wrong kind of people—political zealots who don’t understand academia, have no aptitude for it, and use it to achieve ends incompatible with it. While that condition remains, no real improvement is possible. Reform means in one way or another replacing the wrong kind of people in higher education with the right kind, and nothing short of that will have much effect.

In the last few years, critical race theory has overrun our public schools and the medical profession has begun to go woke, as has the military, the law, journalism, and even museums. Left radicalism has been making enormous progress through its dominance of the campuses.

This is exactly what the radicals promised us back in the sixties with their Port Huron statement. They admitted then that in America they could never succeed at the ballot box, and so they intended to seize control of the universities and use them to promote their ideology. They easily conquered the humanities and social sciences, and now that STEM fields have been brought to heel by means of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, their control of the campuses is virtually complete, and they have begun to use them just as they said they would.

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‘Ethics’ app at Clemson allows students to instantaneously report on each other with texts, videos

The public, South Carolina-based institution recently announced it would become the first university to offer campus-wide the “RealResponse platform,” described as an “anonymous ethics reporting app” and a way to make the school “safe,” officials stated in a mid-October news release.

The Clemson Athletics Department has used it since 2016, and now it is being expanded to everyone; Clemson students, faculty and staff can use the system to anonymously text administration reports of “misconduct and integrity issues.”

“Students, faculty and staff can now send anonymous text tips, including photos and videos,” the university stated in the news release. “Activity on the platform is monitored by Clemson’s Office of Internal Auditing and the Office of University Compliance and Ethics.”

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Editors of the Tiger Town Observer also argued that “a real-time text message reporting system hands university administrators unwarranted, discretionary power to investigate third-party individuals.”

“These individuals may or may not consent to be videoed or photographed for wrongful misconduct allegations that others deem as ‘harassment’ or ‘discrimination’ according to Clemson administrators’ arbitrary standards,” the student journalists said in an Oct. 18 editorial.

"Let's have Twitter moderation, but in real life!"

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2 million migrants set to become citizens overnight as Germany doubles down on Great Replacement: The new German citizenship law will radically transform Germany for generations

The changes, listed below, are already being decried by not only conservatives, but also the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), which is a coalition partner in the left-wing government. Junge Freiheit columnist Michael Paulwitz writes about the proposed changes: “The citizenship certificate, a document that should be among the most desirable and hardest to obtain in the world, becomes an effortless junk item in Germany’s ‘going out of business’ sale.”

He continues by writing that “the Federal Minister of the Interior is planning nothing more and nothing less than a coup from above against the sovereign of the German Basic Law, the state’s people. The composition (of Germany’s population) will be radically transformed and in fact replaced by a randomly mixed-up population. Of course, nobody asked the people about this, just like with all other previous substantive changes.”

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In addition, a “classification” of the migrants’ assimilation “into German living customs” is no longer required, Bild newspaper reports. In other words, Germany is abandoning the idea that migrants have to integrate with German society. Authorities previously checked whether applicants for a German passport were possibly married to several wives at the same time.

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The idea of the Great Replacement has long been rejected by liberal fact-checkers, who have labeled it a “conspiracy theory.” Nevertheless, both immigration and birth rate data showing the rapid growth of non-European populations and the falling share of European natives has shown demonstrable proof that Europe is being demographically transformed.

Furthermore, many who argue that the Great Replacement is occurring also point out that the left is looking to raise the migrant share of the population to increase votes for their own pro-migration parties, a trend seen in the United States. In Germany, the new law will immediately introduce what could amount to nearly 2 million new German voters and many more over the years who will overwhelmingly support parties such as SPD and Greens.

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More than 33,000 Covid fines withdrawn in NSW after adverse court ruling: Court victory by Redfern Legal Centre prompts government to cancel half of all fines issued for breaching pandemic restrictions

The fines were withdrawn after government lawyers conceded on Tuesday that two test cases brought by the Redfern Legal Centre did not provide sufficient detail about the offence, a breach of the Fines Act.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Revenue NSW said the decision “does not mean the offences were not committed”, but acknowledged that “all sanctions” related to the fines – including driver licence restrictions or garnishee orders – would cease.

Fines which had already been paid would be refunded, the spokesperson said.

“A total of 33,121 fines will be withdrawn, which is around half of the total number of 62,138 Covid-19 related fines issued.”

The withdrawn fines related to two breaches of the orders: “Fail to comply with noticed direction in relation section 7/8/9 - Covid-19” for an individual and a company. The fines amounted to $1,000 for an individual and up to $55,000 for a corporation.

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The age of competitive virtue: From higher education to football, purity spirals are ripping through all areas of life.

Both phenomena are signs of the times, both symptoms of the same insincere malaise. The ‘decolonising’ cult and the taking of the knee represent not so much an endorsement of a liberal, progressive creed, but rather a robotic, shallow fear of not being seen to endorse that creed.

The giveaway is the mechanical, subservient obedience of our footballers, and a similar, mindless repetition of clichés among the ‘decolonisers’. For instance, with regards to decolonising geography, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education recently spoke of ‘racism, classism, ableism, homophobia and patriarchy’. What, no transphobia? It’s almost as if these bureaucrats were ticking off a check-list of modern-day transgressions. Also telling is the ignorance and historical illiteracy of our anti-Enlightenment, anti-Eurocentric decolonisers. The Ancient Egyptian and Arab mathematicians, chemists and astronomers of yore might be surprised to learn that science and logic are inherently European inventions.

The ‘decolonising’ delusion has spread with such virulence because there’s an unspoken competition between universities as to who can prove themselves more radical and more conscience-purging. This is how ideologies, religions and cults work: they drift to extremes, with each vainglorious member driven by the impulse to prove themselves ever more dogmatically pure and ever more righteous. We have seen this mirrored in the radical trans movement, which now struggles with the word ‘woman’. We have seen it replicated in the environmental movement, with the emergence of Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, with their increasingly shrill and apocalyptic rhetoric.

Never mind that purity spirals result in doctrines that are ever more detached from reality. That’s not really the point. It’s about surface, one-upmanship, the self-salvation of one’s soul and securing one’s superior social standing. It’s an amplified, more sinister version of that custom in recent decades of people wearing ever larger Remembrance Day poppies and ever earlier in the year, or how corporations now cynically fly the Pride flag with greater proliferation and for a longer duration every summer that passes.

Concomitantly, there is the fear of failing to keep up, of being regarded as less pure, less caring and less progressive. Or worse: not joining in at all. What university would dare not embark on a decolonising programme today? What footballer would dare refuse to take the knee? Better and safer, conversely, to exaggerate, feign or loudly boast one’s belief in the new woke creed. This explains the ostentatious clamour of footballers to wear ‘OneLove’ rainbow armbands at the World Cup. It also explains the sermonising of Gareth Southgate and Gary Lineker.

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WHO renames monkeypox because of racism: The international health body said the name of the virus had racist undertones

The global health body revealed the virus will now be referred to as ‘mpox.’

The new name was decided upon following consultations with health experts and the wider public, and both terms will be used interchangeably for one year before monkeypox is eventually phased out.

“When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings and in some communities, was observed and reported to WHO,” the organization said.

“Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term ‘mpox’ as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while ‘monkeypox’ is phased out,” it added.

The poxvirus was first identified in humans back in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has been endemic in certain African countries including Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria, but was rarely reported outside the continent until recently.

No word yet on renaming Chicken Pox, Cow Pox, Avian Flu, African Swine Fever, Black Plague, or if people with minor upper respiratory infections can still say they're "a little hoarse" or "have a frog" in their throat.

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Fears raised about freedom of expression as prosecutors say ​​​​​​​it is ‘no longer appropriate’ to quote parts of the Bible in public​​​​​​​​​​​​​​: A statement by the UK's main prosecution service that it is "no longer appropriate" to read parts of the Bible aloud in public has been dubbed "ill-judged" and "concerning".

Mr Dunn was charged with using "threatening or abusive words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby".

It was alleged he shouted that the women would "burn in hell" and called one of them a "devil woman".

Mr Dunn denied this, though his lawyers at the Christian Legal Centre said he acknowledged telling them: “It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God”.

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While pressing their case against him though, the CPS said the following in writing to the court:

"Whether a statement of Christian belief or not, the court is being asked to consider whether the language has the potential to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

"This document is not the forum for religious debate, but the bible contains other material recognising slavery (Exodus 21:7), the death sentence (Exodus 35:2 and Leviticus 24:16) and cannibalism (Deuteronomy 28:27).

"There are references in the bible which are simply no longer appropriate in modern society and which would be deemed offensive if stated in public."

The group Christian Concern, which works in tandem with the Christian Legal Centre, has issued statements about this case to the press in the past week, but there has been virtually no media coverage of it, despite its potentially far-reaching implications.

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Elon Musk ridicules Black Twitter staff and antiracism activists

Elon Musk has appeared to mock antiracism initiatives by Twitter’s own staff, as well a Black Lives Matter more broadly.

Mr Musk appeared to laugh at T-shirts that had been made by Twitter’s internal business group for Black employees.

He then criticised Black Lives Matter protestors. He said that the shirts stemmed from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and that those protests were misguided. “’Hands up don’t shoot’ was made up,” he said. “The whole thing was a fiction.”

He then deleted that post, and instead simply shared a link to the Department of Justice report into the death of Michael Brown, which started those protests.

Mr Musk’s tweets began when he seemingly found a set of T-shirts with the message “#StayWoke” written on them.

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Qatar and the hypocrisy of the knee-takers: The World Cup has shown us that virtue-signalling and virtue are not the same thing.

I thought of these two majestic men when watching the soft lads of England kneeling away in Qatar (there’s nothing like the sight of men earning £100,000 a week for doing the thing they love to remind us of our privilege, I find). In contrast, the brave men of the Iranian football team refused to sing their national anthem in solidarity with the protesters at home. It’s ironic that men raised in Iran care more about women’s rights than footballers raised in the liberal West, most of whom probably believe that ‘feminism’ is a brand of tampon and who can’t seem to go a week without giving us yet anther sexual-assault or domestic-violence headline.

This World Cup has already exposed all of football’s virtue-signallers. There’s David ‘Gay Icon’ Beckham getting torn a new one for taking £150million to be the face – thank goodness not the brain – of Qatar. There’s Gary ‘Gandhi’ Lineker, who spends the rest of the year chastising the rest of us about compassion while trousering £1.35million of our money for the pleasure, trotting off obediently to Qatar, with ‘socialist’ Gary Neville plodding after him. And bringing up the rear – in the manner of a particularly thick pantomime horse – is Gareth ‘Saint’ Southgate, making a Markle-sized claim about how keen the migrant workers who built the stadia were to see the World Cup come to Qatar. Then there are the players who planned to flaunt their support for LGBT by wearing ‘OneLove’ rainbow armbands, but who swiftly took them off when threatened with a yellow card.

How did England become such a bunch of toothless old lions? Part of it has surely got to do with the camel in the room – Islam. Qatar’s beer-banning, gay-averse policies are made in the name of the state religion – the religion of the whole region, unless you count those pesky Jews. The institutions of Britain have been Islamophile for some time; we have a man who actively favours the religion on the throne. The left has had a de facto alliance with Islamic extremism for years, the stupidity of which has been revealed in Qatar. Just think of the migrant workers, maybe as many as 6,500 of whom lost their lives. The West has been so busy wallowing luxuriously in guilt about historical slavery, which no one living is actually blameworthy for, that we’ve totally failed to notice the quasi-slavery practised by authoritarian Islamic nations, or the full-blown slavery practised by Islamic State.

Then there’s that other great liberal moan, climate change, which the BBC never stops banging on about. Carbon footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee claims that the Qatari World Cup is ‘the highest carbon event of any kind – apart from a war – that humans have ever staged’. The BBC has sent a whopping 272 staff along, naturally leading to such social-media reactions from the poor scolded licence-fee payer as: ‘How many emissions have the BBC created to send all of its TV and radio crews to Qatar?’

No one’s going to come out of this well. Not the over-rewarded muppet shills of the BBC. Not Qatar itself – the journalist Jon Sopel reported a source near the ruling regime telling him: ‘Why on Earth have we bothered? We spent £200 billion on this, we are vilified over LGBTQ rights, we are attacked for being corrupt over the manner in which we got the World Cup. Nothing good has come to us as a result of this… [It has] been a giant waste of money, and I wish it would all just go away.’ Not FIFA, for favouring the big bad pot of gold over the plucky little rainbow. Not the befuddled players, who have slowly grasped that the Emperor’s new clothes look a lot like an England shirt – one that has been ripped away to reveal the meretricious nature of modern football and its self-serving luxury beliefs, as our brave boys metaphorically kick 6,500 skulls around those glittering stadia, built on the bones of those nameless migrant men.

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Austrian town successfully revolts against federal government’s migrant tents

The mayor of the Austrian town of St. Georgen has staged a small but notable revolt against the federal government by ridding his town of 17 tents housing 136 migrants simply by declaring the tents a safety hazard after an inspection.

“There was danger ahead. I received an expert report on this last week,” said Mayor Ferdinand Aigner (ÖVP), whose town was forced to erect the tents and take on a significant number of migrants by the Federal Support Agency in the middle of October. Regarding the decision to declare the tents a safety hazard, he said, “I have to secure myself as mayor. There is no other way,” adding, “There are building code concerns. I’m looking to make sure people are safe.”

Since mid-October, 17 asylum tents in St. Georgen im Attergau (Vöcklabruck district) have sparked citizen protests. Aigner tried to defend his town against the temporary accommodation by calling the federal government and leading protests, but the government ignored him and the people of the town.

In November, building inspectors issued violations against the tents and an expert opinion declared them unsafe. He then finally got the government’s attention after he declared the tents a safety hazard, which allowed him to order all migrants out of the tents within three days and all tents dismantled within seven days.

Aigner said that the “mandate decision” would be sent to the responsible Federal Support Agency (BBU).

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Academics blame ‘right-wing’ for gay club shooting – but suspect is ‘non-binary’

“In new court filing, public defenders for the suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado gay club that left 5 people dead say that their client is non-binary and that ‘they use they/them pronouns,’” New York Times reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs tweeted late Tuesday night. “The lawyers refer to their client as Mx. Anderson Aldrich.”

Aldrich was born Nicholas Brink but has since changed his name. He reportedly threatened his mom with a homemade bomb in 2021, according to CNN.

But despite a record of mental health and family strife, the suspect’s dad served time in prison and his parents have been divorced for 21 years, academics were positive that conservatives were to blame.

University at Buffalo administrator Ben Fabian wrote that he had “no doubt in the coming days we will learn that the motive of the 22 year old young person who turned to violence was influenced by hateful rhetoric online and within right-wing media.”

Fabian is also the president of the campus LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association and wrote the message on Monday. He blamed lawmakers who had supported legislation limiting LGBT materials in schools and wanted prohibitions on transgender surgeries and drugs for the killing as well.

While the past few days have seen widespread sanctimonious accusations of "stochastic terrorism" directed at reasonable people who wonder why chimos in wigs should be allowed to creep around the girls' locker room, I have seem remarkably little mention of the fact that the enby shooter is the son of a porn star.

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Ministry of Justice officials warned that talk about 'protecting women' could be transphobic: Thousands of staff received email for ‘transgender awareness week’ containing list of banned terms such as 'gender critical'

Some staff inside the Government have expressed disquiet. An MoJ staff member told The Telegraph: “When I first read the attachment in the email, I could not quite believe it – the worst thing was that I was unable to raise it safely at work for fear of being labelled a transphobe.

“It came across as very aggressive and antagonistic towards anyone who believes in biological reality. I feel upset and powerless.”

A second MoJ source told The Telegraph: “Nonsense like this undermines decent progress on creating a genuinely fair and respectful environment in prisons.”

The list of words also flags “adult human female”, a phrase that it claims “manipulates people into supporting bigotry while creating hostility towards trans people and their allies”.

The document goes on to say “same-sex attracted” is a “coded term refusing to recognise trans women as women and trans men as men” and aims “to cause division among the LGBT+ community, by claiming attraction is solely based on genitalia”.

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‘Banned’ Books: Parents should counter activist insanity on LGBT books.

If you’ve been to a mainstream bookstore or library in the past few months, you’ve probably encountered a “Banned Books” display. These high-visibility collections serve as totems of progressives’ defiance in their latest imagined controversy: the belief that conservatives are banning books related to LGBT issues from public school libraries. “Banned Books” displays usually feature some traditional texts that may have been pulled from schools at some point in their publication history (e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn, etc.). But the recent wave of sexually-explicit LGBT titles are always positioned so prominently that a person can only assume that the displays are in reaction to right-wing prudes trying to force their retrograde views on an increasingly progressive populace.

But are LGBT books being “banned”? Not really. Every library curates its collection, making careful choices about their holdings in the limited space they have. While it’s true that many schools decided to pull titles like Gender Queer, This Book is Gay, Flamer, Let’s Talk About It, and All Boys Aren’t Blue from the shelves, this is not a “ban.” These books remain widely available in bookstores and public libraries that are unaffiliated with schools.

So why are leftists pretending otherwise? The claims of “bans” allow LGBT activists to frame routine decisions about which books are appropriate for a school library as evidence of “hate,” discrimination, and “exclusion.” Certainly, some books are being excluded—but this doesn’t mean that LGBT students are. The trendiness of LGBT identity among impressionable young adolescents suggests that there are social rewards from belonging to this category. In fact, schools take pains to include those students, a reality underscored by the open promotion and celebration of LGBT groups in classrooms.

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The old books like the one that shows “two mommies” were aimed at children generally—irrespective of their sexual orientation. Indeed, the very thought that children have a “sexual orientation” is novel. To the extent that such an idea did exist in the past, it was little talked about, and it was certainly not discussed with children—whether in classrooms, books, or other media. Dispensing with the silence of the old books when it came to what being gay entails, today’s LGBT books for children are aimed at children who are presumed to be gay (or “bi,” or “non-binary,” or “transgender”). The new books don’t seek to help kids understand the behaviors of adults. Instead, they seek to instruct children on how to take part in them. This hints at some troubling assumptions: not only do the authors take as given that the adolescent reader wants to engage in these activities (but doesn’t know how)—they assume the child should be educated on how to do so, which implies that these are positive behaviors for young people to undertake.

Because these new books don’t seek to introduce kids to the existence of the LGBT community but rather give graphic instruction on how to participate in it, it should come as no surprise that these books (which were initially ordered by activist librarians) are being removed from some library holdings. This isn’t a “ban.” It’s a simple recognition of what reading material and ideas are appropriate for schools to promote to young adolescents.

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An interesting thread on the economics of immigration. The highlights:

  • Asylum seekers cost the state €475,000 per immigrant on average.
  • A single Somali immigrant costs the Finnish state almost €1m during their lifetime
  • An Iraqi migrant costs €844k if they choose to have children, costing €1.27m more than the average Finn
  • The UK government found that only 19.8% of Muslims aged between 16-74 years old are in full-time employment.
  • Another report found that only 54.7% of Africans are in any sort of employment.

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Professor Sues University of Louisville for Alleged Termination Due to his Transgender Views

On October 11, 2017, Dr. Josephson participated in Heritage Foundation’s panel presentation entitled “Gender Dysphoria in Children: Understanding the Science and Medicine.” He was joined on the panel by Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, and Dr. Paul Hruz, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine.

The complaint alleges that Stacie Steinbock, director of the LGBT Center at the University’s Health Science Center, Brian W. Buford, then the Executive Director of the LGBT Center, and Dr. Christine Brady, assistant professor in the Division took the lead in efforts to retaliate against Josephson for holding opposing views on gender dysphoria.

Notably, the complaint also alleges that one group involved in these efforts held opposing interests in another pending case involving Dr. Josephson: “On October 29, 2017, Dr. Josephson learned that Lambda Legal, the LGBT advocacy group representing the plaintiff in the federal case in Florida for which he served as an expert witness, intended to subpoena multiple University officials.”

Ultimately, Josephson was stripped of his position as the chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology and demoted to a junior faculty member status. Later the university refused to renew his contract. I have previously written about how such contract faculty are particularly vulnerable to pressure and coercion over their academic or political views.

What is interesting is the latest skirmish in the litigation. On November 14, the university argued that Dr. Josephson must prove that he was aware the university was allegedly harassing him to use the alleged incidents as evidence. It insists that some of these meetings and measures were carried out without his knowledge and therefore could not have contributed to a “hostile environment” or made him “suffer.”