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A Portrait of the Breakdown of Hope and Meaning in America

TFW No GF is a portrait of young men who are facing a future with no long-term economic opportunity and little in the way of meaningful democratic engagement or collective civic life. In particular, Moyer’s exploration of the American landscape draws our attention to the effects of the 2007–8 housing-market collapse and the subsequent austerity politics that so devastated public-sector institutions like education. As Kantbot puts it:

People used to graduate and go get a job, and that used to work pretty well for them. But now that’s impossible, you have no experience in anything, you’re from a small-town background and you don’t have any connections, so you end up living back at home, and your parents are telling you to apply to McDonald’s or something because it’s better than you staying at home.

One of the film’s best shots is a lingering view of military vehicles being carried across the Texas desert on a freight train — overlaid with Kyle’s musings about the fact that his aging parents own neither their house nor their car, and his own limited economic options. The sequence plays like a perfectly hammed-up version of Marilyn Manson’s tirade in Bowling for Columbine, where Manson, backstage at a show, clad in makeup and platform boots, calmly suggests that goth music may have little influence on the action of school shooters when compared to the pervasiveness of reactionary American jingoism.

Manson stood up for teen goths in the face of mainstream media representation that wanted to demonize them. In a similar move, Moyer wants to challenge the idea that incels are nothing more than a violent threat to society. Moyer is careful not to simply diagnose the men as part of a “loneliness epidemic” — the cohort of incels tells us about friends who have died from overdoses and suicide, about dropping out of school and moving back in with their parents. To its detriment, the film has a tendency to leave out the crueler elements of inceldom. Nonetheless, what Moyer is saying is worth listening to: the incel story is, at least in part, about the breakdown of institutions and a broader loss of meaning.

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DOJ Designates New York City as an “Anarchist Jurisdiction”

Rather than idle words, the designation has potential financial consequences. President Trump issued a memo earlier this month directing the DOJ to identify jurisdictions that, in its view, were not enforcing the law appropriately. Designated cities could lose their federal funding.

Trump's order gives the director of the Office of Management and Budget 30 days to issue guidance to federal agencies on restricting eligibility for federal grants for the cities on the DOJ list. Such grants make up a huge portion of NYC's already strapped annual budget -- more than $7 billion in fiscal 2021 alone, or 7.5% of the city's projected total revenue.

In justifying its decision, the DOJ cited New York City's rising gun violence, cuts to the NYPD's budget, and moves by various district attorneys not to prosecute charges related to protests earlier this summer.

The DOJ also has Seattle and Portland on the hit list, not that I expect anything to actually come of this, of course.

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ASU journalism school removes people, news items decried as too pro-police

In June, the school rescinded a job offer to the new dean of its journalism school, Sonya Forte Duhé, after students accused her of past microaggressions and other insensitive comments. Mostly notably, Duhé had recently tweeted support for “good police officers who keep us safe.”

Also that month, Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS produced by content from the Cronkite School, took down a Twitter poll that had been accused of being too soft on police.

In a separate incident in June, Cronkite News also removed an interview with a former police officer after complaints it did not provide “sufficient context” or “alternative viewpoints.”

Finally, earlier this month, the station manager of its student-run radio station was removed from her position after she tweeted an article revealing details behind Jacob Blake’s arrest warrant. It was accused of placing blame on police violence.

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Pelosi won't rule out using impeachment to block Trump Supreme Court pick. I don't know what she expects it do, it's not like he stops being president during the impeachment.

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The Oppression Olympics tournament is back on: BLM activists descend on gay DC neighbourhood, assault residents.

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New Australian “pre-crime” bill allows authorities to arrest citizens for dissent, online “conspiracies”. Not satisfied with being Arkansas with a beach they're going for DDR with a beach.

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Confessions of a student Marxist

Some blame academics for the radicalisation of students, but in truth self-selecting mechanisms ensured many of us arrived pre-radicalised, and from there it spread memetically, not didactically. The internet was a far bigger radicaliser than Left-wing academics. The handful of academics involved with the political scene were outliers and most were political liberals.

The next three years played out predictably. The organiser of a gay night was denounced for playing a song by Katy Perry because another song of hers was deemed problematic. A rare working class boy had his Union Jack flag stolen and set on fire during a commemoration for the Queen, while students (many of whom from one elite international school in Geneva) denounced him as a racist. We queued round the block for Judith Butler and we tried, sometimes successfully, to get others blocked from public platforms altogether.

Rumours would circulate about people who were “problematic”, often socially awkward men whose problem was that they interrupted people. Talks on sex work and the radical possibilities of kink proliferated. One of my more sordid memories is of person after person taking turns at a public assembly to declare themselves “disabled”, presumably by nature of their mental disorder, and therefore oppressed. A good friend was condemned in a public blog by his ex for the crime of suggesting that her new activist friends might not have been making her very happy.

At first, there was a rush — the feeling of belonging to a community, particularly one defined so clearly against an other, gave meaning and purpose to life. Taking part in “action”, the more covert the better, strengthened this sense of conspiracy. But over time the world darkened and lost colour. Our intellectual world shrunk and everything was subjected to the same dreary analysis. Real conversation became impossible, replaced with irony, intersectional bromides and endless talk of mental illness.

The college was a bucket of crabs and happiness itself suspect, a mark of privilege, as with the rugby lads who had the audacity to actually enjoy themselves. When there was laughter it was heavy and jarring, filled with irony and bitterness, never light or free. The elitism of the university discounted even appreciation of the beauty of its buildings or the surrounding countryside, although by then we were probably too far gone to notice. Though we were aware of our enormous privilege we contrived to see our time at Cambridge as some grim fate foisted upon us.

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Those things that gender cultists insist "never happen" just keep happening...

Massachusetts Question #3 was a 2018 ballot referendum to repeal the Massachusetts law which allows men who claim to be women to use women’s public restrooms and locker rooms. Voting “Yes” was in support of keeping the law.

In November 2018, a Lawrence Mass. man, who identifies as female and uses the name Dakota, tweeted:

I am human just like you. I deserve the same rights as you do. I am transgender. Not a criminal. I shouldn’t be stripped of my rights, vote yes on #3 this Tuesday! I will not be erased! #wewontbeerased #transpeoplearerealpeople

The repeal ultimately failed and men continue to have access to women’s spaces in Massachusetts.

In August 2019, the authorities charged that Jakob Nieves (who also goes by the name Dakota), “did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce” a four-year-old girl “to engage in … sexually explicit conduct” with him “for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.”

On August 27, 2020, Jakob Nieves pled guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

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More Than 20 Percent of Universities Could Fail Because of the Lockdowns

The upshot of all of this, according to NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway, is rather disconcerting. In examining some 442 US universities, Galloway estimates that more than 20 percent could fail because of the lockdowns, and that another 30 percent will struggle to remain open. That’s 50 percent of US colleges and universities at very serious (or mortal) risk.

None of this is all that surprising. The number of potential college students is limited by the number of college-ready young people. And that number has not been growing. Faced with a mostly stagnant population, universities started a sort of dance of death several decades ago. To attract more students, institutions started improving their physical plants - first with air-conditioning (that wasn’t a thing in colleges a generation ago), then with newer and better dorms, then with all manner of extravagances like climbing walls, personal trainers, state of the art gyms, campus-wide wifi, and transportation to local hotspots. But these amenities were expensive. To pay for them, universities had to attract still more students, which they did by improving their amenities even further.

And when they had tapped out the population of college-ready young people, universities lowered their standards and started admitting not-so-college-ready young people. But to keep those students in their seats and paying tuition, universities had to provide all manner of remedial help. And that required yet more physical plant and more personnel to get these students to a point that they had at least a chance of graduating. The numbers are unambiguous. In 1970, 17 percent of 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S. were full-time college students at 4-year institutions. That number rose steadily to over 30 percent by 2018. That’s more than a 75 percent growth in the number of college students relative to the population. How is it possible that, over the same decades that the inflation-adjusted price of higher education more than doubled, the population-adjusted number of 18 to 24 year olds opting to go to college increased 75 percent?

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Carnegie Mellon calls ‘All Lives Matter’ a ‘controversial message’. Looks like someone chose 'trick' over 'treat' in October.

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Google calls for more censorship on internal message boards

In 2019, Google launched a policy restricting discussions on politics in internal messaging boards. The policy was criticized by some employees who claimed the restrictions were too broad.

According to a blog post by the company’s internal community management, there has been an increase in “abusive” posts in message boards. They believe the cause is a combination of increased engagement since Googlers have to work from home and the “tough global conversation.”

Therefore, the company is adding stricter rules to the 2019 policy on internal political discussions. Admins of discussion groups will be required to act as moderators and even go through compulsory moderation training.

Any of our local Googlers care to spin up an alt and dish some dirt?

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One of Biden's cybersecurity experts has ties to white nationalist Andrew "weev" Auernheimerand and the GNAA

The GNAA, described by the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium as an "extremist right wing terrorist group," has claimed responsibility for a variety of attacks on webpages and businesses, including on then-candidate Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign page, and vandalizing the Wikipedia pages for Hillary and Bill Clinton in 2016.

Most of the chat logs obtained by the Washington Examiner come from the #2600 IRC channel, a popular hangout for hackers and those interested in cybersecurity. A 2017 University of Arizona study described the channel as a "highly active hacker community which quarterly publishes hacker magazines, organizes monthly hacker meetings, and regularly provides a forum for hacking knowledge dissemination, hacker events, computer underground organization, etc."

Throughout the logs seen by the Washington Examiner, Singh repeatedly uses racial slurs and off-color jokes in conversation with other members. In one instance, she expresses frustration that the use of the N-word had been banned from the IRC channel. Other times, Singh justifies the use of the word, recounting frustrations with job recruiters.

Archived tweets from Singh's personal account show her interacting with Auernheimer in 2015. Tweets from October 2015 show Singh referring to the two of them as "friends."

Auernheimer, who reportedly lives in Eastern Europe, is an avowed white nationalist who sports a swastika tattoo on his chest. In 2017, he worked as the webmaster for the neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. Following the 2019 El Paso Walmart shooting by a white supremacist that left 22 dead, Auernheimer wrote that “random violence is not detrimental to the cause, because we need to convince Americans that violence against nonwhites is desirable or at least not something worth opposing."

Also, since when is the GNAA anything remotely like a "terror" group? The only thing I can remember them coming even remotely close to terrorizing is the Slashdot comments section.

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California voters show little appetite for race-based affirmative action

Instead, Proposition 16 is down by double digits, surprising many observers amid growing calls for racial justice. The measure would do away with 1996’s Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action, meaning universities and public agencies would once again be able to consider race in government contracts and when deciding whom to admit or hire.

Yet despite high-profile support from Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco Giants, just 31% of likely voters say they approve of Proposition 16, while 47% oppose it and 22% say they are undecided. Just 9% of Republicans support the proposal, a figure that rises only to 46% among Democrats. There is no region in the state where a majority of likely voters support the idea, and the Bay Area and Los Angeles are the only two regions in the state with more than one-third support.

A spot of good news for once.

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The Nashville mayor's office might be covering up COVID-19 numbers... because they're too low.

The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor’s office and the Metro Health Department decided to keep it secret.

Emails between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing.

The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that.

And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public.

On June 30th, contact tracing was given a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.

Leslie Waller from the health department asks, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?"

“Correct, not for public consumption,” writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

A month later, the health department was asked point blank about the rumor there are only 80 cases traced to bars and restaurants.

Tennessee Lookout reporter Nate Rau asks, “The figure you gave of 'more than 80' does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

Health department official Brian Todd asked five health department officials, "Please advise how you recommend I respond. "

Of those "more than a thousand cases" (note: not deaths) how many are people in nursing homes who would have contracted some sort of seasonal respiratory ailment anyway? 90%? 95%?

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Brahmins lead the fight against white privilege

Saira Rao is an exemplar of her generation, a famous and somewhat notorious Indian-American woman among the ‘very online’ set. An erstwhile Democratic politician two years ago, by the start of the year Rao had become an anti-racist activist best known for regularly trending on Twitter and charging white women $2,500 to harangue them on matters of race over dinner and drinks. Rao is also co-author of the forthcoming White Women: Everything You Already Know about Your Own Racism and How to Get Better, after securing a deal with major publishing house Penguin Random House.

She is very good at what she does. But, then, making money runs in Rao’s family — as it does with many Indian activists in the United States, who have become leaders in the battle against ‘white supremacy’.

Though it is true that in many ways Rao is atypical, and almost a caricature of the sort of activist found on social media, she reflects important visible strands of the Indian-American experience. The daughter of upper-caste southern Indian immigrants to the United States, her parents were doctors, which is not exceptional since nearly one out of every five doctors in the United States is of Indian origin, and somewhere in the region of one in 20 Indian Americans has a medical degree.

Not surprisingly, the median Indian-American household income is nearly twice that of white Americans, and as well as medicine many others are in prestigious, highly-paid industry — including Sara Rao’s husband, who works in finance and private equity.


Saira Rao grew up in wealthy Richmond, Virginia, and went to the elite University of Virginia, then New York University law school, and even wrote a novel published in 2007 while she was clerking for a judge. By all rights, she is the child of modest privilege, with little to distinguish her from her upper-middle-class peers.

But Rao, like many Indian-Americans, is also a scion of centuries of privilege in India. Private survey research indicates that 25% of Indian-Americans are Brahmin, the highest caste in Hindu society — who comprise less than 5% of people back at home. Virtually no Indian-Americans are Dalits, who in India are 15% of the population, and today receive affirmative action due to centuries of oppression.

Compared to class differences in western countries, caste barriers in India are enormous and ingrained, and genetic studies indicate that they go back 1,500 years. To the Indian-American upper-middle-class privilege is bestowed as a family heirloom, far older and more ingrained than the white variety.

But in 21st-century America we do not talk much about class. We talk about race. When “black and brown” is used as an incantation it is not surprising that many young Indians are attracted to the idea that they, too, are among the wretched of the earth.

So you see young people of a bronze shade with names such as Iyer, Mukherjee and Tripathi, claiming for themselves the centuries of oppression and trauma of others, American history adopted and co-opted. They decry white supremacy which confirmed upon their ancestors’ their ancient ritual purity during the colonial period — for the forefathers of these Iyers, Mukherjees and Tripathis were the rural landowners of British India; they were the Indians who manned the colonial civil service. But before that, their privileges went back centuries, long before the United States existed and indeed even before England or France emerged.

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Anti-police protests appear to be helping Trump

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters have had anti-police protests in their community this summer. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Nearly half (48%) of these voters say the protests in their community have turned violent.

Among all voters, 65% say the violent protests are important to their vote in the presidential election this fall, with 41% who say it’s Very Important.

Among those who have had violent protests in their community, even more (76%) rate them important to their vote, including 54% who say they are Very Important. Sixty-three percent (63%) of these voters Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing versus 35% who Strongly Disapprove.

Will this have an effect at the ballot box, or are people who already support Trump more likely to think of protests are violent?

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University of Oklahoma cuts Senior Capstone Experience to make room for mandatory diversity class. In any other industry this kind of hostility to consumer preferences would be suicidal.

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Is reporting the news Islamophobic now?

Salman Abedi was spotted by one eyewitness praying in the foyer of the Manchester Arena in the hour before he detonated his homemade bomb on 22 May 2017, killing 22 people.

You might say that’s newsworthy. After all, the Manchester attack was the deadliest terror attack in Britain for many years, and it was committed by an Islamist terrorist who believed he had God on his side as he murdered children, young people and parents in cold blood; his youngest victim just eight years old.

And yet BBC News edited a story this week, removing mention of the alleged praying from its headline, following complaints from the Muslim Council of Britain and others. The piece details the first day of the Manchester Arena inquiry, which began on Monday, promising to ‘leave no stone unturned’.

The original headline on the BBC News homepage, ‘Arena bomber “seen praying an hour before blast”’, was deemed ‘unacceptable’ by Miqdaad Versi, spokesman for the MCB, on Monday evening. He said the MCB’s Centre for Media Monitoring was ‘raising a complaint’.

It's sad to say, but Enoch Powell was right.

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Chinese virologist posts report claiming COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, posted a paper on the the open-access repository website Zenote, that she claims shows how SARS-CoV-2 could be “conveniently created” in a laboratory setting in six months.

The paper, co-authored with two others, is titled “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route.”

It claims to note how “SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus.”

Any biologists here who can take give their opinions on her research?

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Riot updates:

Three people are now facing criminal charges for harassing diners at a restaurant in Pittsburgh during a Black Lives Matter protest over Labor Day weekend.

Misdemeanor charges were filed against Monique Craft, 35, Kenneth McDowell, 33, and Shawn Green, 24, on Monday. It's unclear whether they've been taken into custody.

A viral video showed the trio and other protesters screaming 'f*** the white people' and yelling other obscenities at diners outside the Sienna Mercato restaurant on Penn Avenue on September 5.

Craft was dubbed the 'beer bandit' after she was seen swiping a drink from an elderly white couple and downing it in front of them before another protester knocked the glass to the ground.

Green, who goes by Lorenzo Rulli, swore at the elderly couple and gave them the finger, according to a police complaint. He also walked up to the front of the restaurant and screamed into an open window.

Police identified McDowell as the 'ringleader' and said he used a megaphone to scream obscenities at diners sitting outside Sienna Mercato and others passing by, as seen in the video.

McDowell was also accused of getting into an alteration with a McDonald's manager in another protest video that went viral.

A Pennsylvania judge threw the book at several protesters — setting their bail at $1 million each — for allegedly rioting in wake of the police shooting of a knife-wielding Lancaster man.

Lancaster police nabbed a dozen people and one juvenile for staging the riots around 3 a.m. Monday in clashes that culminated in police deploying tear gas at the crowd.

The overnight violence came on the heels of the death of Ricardo Munoz, the mentally ill 27-year-old who was seen on body cam footage charging at a cop with a knife in hand. The officer shot and killed Munoz Sunday afternoon outside his mother’s house in downtown Lancaster.

The mob marched from the scene of the shooting on Laurel Street to the police station, chucking glass bottles, rocks, brick, gallon jugs filled with liquid and plastic road barricades at cops, police said.

Seattle Closes Park to Christian Worship Event, Continues to Allow Citywide Protests

The “Let Us Worship” events have been peaceful gatherings of hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of Christians to pray over their cities and to worship together in response to church closures and violent protests. The events have been marked by joyful song, salvations, baptisms, and healings.

Ahead of his planned event at Gas Works Park on Labor Day, however, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department released an announcement that the park would be closed on Labor Day.

“Gas Works Park will be closed all day September 7 due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents,” read the announcement, released September 4th. “Out of concerns for the safety of all those who visit Gas Works Park we have opted to close the entire park for the day.”

The closure began at 8 PM on Sunday night, and ended at 6 AM on Tuesday morning. Fences and barricades were placed around the perimeter of the park to bar anyone from entrance.

The announcement cited the “high risk of transmission for COVID-19” during events that would involve close contact with large groups without the wearing of a mask.

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Netflix Bleeding Subscribers Over 'Cuties,' Exodus May Worsen: Report

The research firm YipitData, which authored the report, said the number of customers who didn't renew their subscription began to increase after the film was released on the platform earlier this month, Fox Business noted.

The daily subscriber churn at Netflix, as of Saturday, hit a multi-year high, with eight times more customers not renewing their subscriptions than in August.

A petition demanding that the Maïmouna Doucouré-directed film be removed from Netflix, and the streaming platform be charged with “Distribution of Inappropriate Child Material,” gained 626,689 signatures as of press time.

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‘The Mandalorian’ fans want Gina Carano fired for “mocking trans people”

The Mandalorian star Gina Carano has been accused of “mocking trans people” after putting the words “boop/bob/beep” in her Twitter bio in lieu of pronouns.

The actress who portrays Cara Dune in the Disney+ Star Wars series was asked by fans whether she would add pronouns to her bio to show solidarity with the trans community.

The act of adding pronouns has been common among trans and non-binary people in order to avoid being misgendered, while many cisgender people have also included them to show support for the community.

One user tweeted to Carano that her co-star Pedro Pascal had included them, while also accusing her of “liking tweets that mock” the act of adding pronouns.

“Yes, Pedro & I spoke & he helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios,” the actress replied. “I didn’t know before but I do now. I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & freedom to choose.”

However, later on she tweeted to another fan that she had “decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop”, adding: “I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”

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BLM riots in Lancaster, PA over shooting of felon who tried to stab a police officer

The police were called to the area for a report of an in-progress domestic disturbance when Munoz lunged at the responding officer while brandishing a knife over his head. Bodycam footage shows Munoz charging out the door of a home, knife in hand, in pursuit of a police officer who is forced to draw his firearm and fire at the suspect.

Police initially stated that Munoz was armed with a knife at the time of the shooting and promised to release bodycam footage, which they did at 11PM Eastern—but it wasn't enough to quell Black Lives Matter protest organizers who claimed that Munoz was a victim of police brutality.

Munoz has an extensive history of violence. In 2019, Lancaster Police arrested Munoz after responding to reports of a fight and learned that the suspect stabbed four people, Local21 reported.

At the time, officers found Munoz holding a knife to his own throat and instructed him to drop the knife, but he refused and attempted escape. Eventually, police managed to take him down with a taser.


Despite Munoz’s extensive criminal history, BLM protesters took to the streets of Lancaster on Sunday night to protest the shooting. A number of rioters damaged police vehicles.

Over the course of the night, protesters agitated in the street and demanded that livestreamers and journalists to stop documenting their activity.

In one instance, Black Lives Matter activists appeared to assault livestreamer Franklin James Davis.

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Experts agree apologizing only emboldens your would-be cancelers.

According to three professors who’ve all had this happen to them recently — they all agree on one thing — don’t cave.

“The pressure to apologize in an effort to appease one’s tormentors can be tremendous, but do not give into the pressure. If you feel you did no wrong, do not apologize,” said Princeton University classics Professor Joshua Katz.

“I have watched people abase themselves before the mob in an effort to receive mercy for what should at most be a misdemeanor and be mocked for it—for there is no redemption in the new woke religion,” he said.

Katz made the comments during an August 30 forum, “Saving Higher Education from Cancel Culture,” which also featured DePaul University philosophy Professor Jason Hill and Cornell law Professor William Jacobson.

Jacobson, who was targeted by a so-called cancel culture mob over the summer, warned the unrest and tensions on campuses today are being used by certain groups to increase their power.

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Your tax dollars at work: It's going to cost the University of Iowa a million dollars to remove BLM graffiti from several buildings. But don't worry, they'll spend even more to preserve copies of the vandalism to "lift the voices of marginalized people".

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J.K. Rowling billboard condemned as transphobic and removed

The billboard, which was visible from busy Hastings Street, was black with white text that read, "I (heart) JK Rowling."

Vancouver city councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung said she was discouraged to see the billboard put up in her city, given Rowling's controversial statements criticizing the trans rights movement.

“It’s just one of those things where you see it and get that feeling in the pit of your stomach,” said Kirby-Yung before the sign was taken down.

“My first thought was ‘Oh no, really?’”

Photos of the untarnished billboard were shared on social media on Sep. 11. But when CTV News Vancouver visited the billboard on Sep. 12, it had been marked up with blue paint splatter. About an hour later, a Twitter user posted a video of a person hoisted up in a cherry picker and covering over the billboard.

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CNN has an interview with Gaige Grosskreutz (the rioter that Kyle Rittenhouse shot in the arm), as you might expect it's absolutely fawning.

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Nobody expected the Transgender Inquisition

Nonetheless, it is well and truly underway. Tasmanian Liberal Claire Chandler last week warned the Senate that free speech in Australia is under threat, revealing she has been summoned by the state’s Equal Opportunity Commission to attend a ‘conciliation conference’ after a complaint was lodged over a newspaper opinion piece she authored calling for women’s sports, women’s changing rooms and women’s toilets to remain the preserve of biological women. And just this week, radio newsreader Beth Rep was ordered by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, to pay (male identifying as female) Bridget Clinch $10,000 in compensation after ‘liking’ offensive comments about Bridget on Facebook.

The Transgender Inquisition is international in scope. All around the world, people are being charged with heinous heresies such as ‘people cannot change sex’, ‘forced pronouns use is wrong’ ‘women have the right to single-sex changerooms’ and ‘children should not be affirmed in their hatred of their own bodies’. Notable heretics include Jordan Peterson, Jo Phoenix, Kellue-Jay Keen-Minshull, Dr Kath Murray, Harry Miller, Meghan Murphy, James Caspian, Maya Forstater and of course, J.K Rowling.

Just like the Spanish Inquisition carried out under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain in the late 1400s, the Transgender Inquisition aims not to persuade people of its merits, but to crush and terrify any intellectual dissent out of the people within its reach.

Like their predecessors, the Transgender Inquisitors rely on andare satisfied with forcing a pretence of social acceptance through the law. By legally redefining sex as “gender identity”, disagreement as “hate speech” or “discrimination”, forced pronouns as “inclusion”, indoctrination of children as “education” and refusal to condone the sterilisation and mutilation of children’s bodies as “abuse”, they entirely evade the slow but civil process of persuading people of their philosophy before expecting them to submit to it.

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Matt Taibbi: Tape shows: ethically, CNN chief a little shaky

Beginning on September 1, tapes were released of conversations between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and top CNN figures, including Chris Cuomo and president Jeff Zucker. The conversations between Zucker and Cohen especially go a long way toward explaining how Donald Trump became president. We see clearly how Zucker, famed now as a supposed stalwart force of anti-Trumpism, actually encouraged him during the 2016 campaign, to the point where he offered Trump help on how to succeed in a CNN-sponsored debate.

The tapes are devastating enough to the media’s pretensions of non-responsibility for the Trump phenomenon that they’ve gone mostly uncovered, outside of Fox. The few outlets that have tackled the tapes focus on the fact that they were released by Tucker Carlson, for example the Washington Post’s “What’s up with Tucker Carlson’s leaked tapes of Michael Cohen’s secret CNN conversations?”

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Get woke, go broke: Football edition

The NFL had high hopes for its long awaited return on Thursday night. Though, the league’s social justice themed season opener was evidently deemed non-essential as fans chose to quarantine themselves on other channels.

According to Deadline Hollywood, “…the Kansas City Chiefs pummeled the Houston Texans 34-20, and the ratings were down — a lot. In early numbers, the primetime NBC game scored a 5.2 among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET.

“Now, those numbers for the 8:25-11:30 p.m. ET game will certainly be adjusted upward later, but right now they mark a 16.1% drop over the spectacle of the September 5, 2019 season opener in the advertiser-rich demographic. In an America and a NFL still adjusting to the new normal of live sports in the era of COVID-19, last night’s game also fell 16.1% in total sets of eyeballs from last year’s fast affiliate results.”

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Wikipedia’s proposed “code of conduct” would step up the identity politics, because it's 2020 and of course that's the kind of hellworld shit that happens.

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‘How Could We Get This Wrong?’: Texts And Emails In Palin Defamation Lawsuit Show NYT Editorial Negligence

The piece referenced the 2011 shooting, citing a map posted on Palin’s PAC Facebook page, which documented districts where “House members who voted for Obamacare” but were won by the McCain and Palin presidential ticket in 2008. “The link to political incitement was clear,” read the Times editorial, despite the fact that there is no evidence that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, ever even knew about the map. Even the Washington Post called the claim “bogus.”

Discovery documents from Palin’s lawsuit, including “depositions, statements, story drafts, emails and texts,” show that The Times knew about the error not long after it was published, and failed to issue a correction until the next morning. Even then, Palin’s name was still mentioned in the piece.

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12-year-old suspended over toy gun seen in virtual class

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the seventh grader was attending on online art class when a teacher saw Isaiah flash a toy gun across his computer screen. The toy in question is a neon green and black handgun with an orange tip with the words “Zombie Hunter” printed on the side.

The teacher notified the school principal who suspended Isaiah for five days and called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a welfare check on the boy without calling his parents first.

If teachers don't have anything better to do then what are we paying them for?

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Teachers like this need to be executed in the town square. Calling a false welfare check (aka swatting) has the potential to be equivalent to murder

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The American university as daycare

The Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the University of North Texas is being "looked into" by the university president, Neal Smatresk, after a student tweeted that she feels "unsafe" and "harassed" by the group's affiliation with the university.

After multiple instances of tweets and bake sales from the group were deemed “offensive” by some students, a petition was started to have the group removed from campus. The petition, signed by UNT Democrats, highlights the incidents from the YCT Twitter account and accuses them of “racism, transphobia, and homophobia.”

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Professor investigated for pretending to be black resigns

George Washington University Associate Professor of History Jessica Krug, who built a successful career as a black woman before admitting earlier this month she is actually white, has resigned from her job.

An announcement Wednesday by George Washington University states: “Update regarding Jessica Krug: Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately. Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.”

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The bizarre rise of woke kids’ books

spiked: Why do you think adults are increasingly foisting politics on children?

Doyle: From a strategic point of view, it makes complete sense. I’ve always felt that adult autonomy depends on effective socialisation in childhood. This means teaching them a core body of knowledge, but also how to think critically. The idea of critical thinking and reasoned debate is anathema to this cult of social justice, because, once scrutinised, their ideas quickly collapse. So if they can get hold of children’s minds at a young age, it’ll be difficult for others to deradicalise them.

I imagine a lot of it is also well-intentioned. Many of these activists genuinely think they are improving society, while at the same time fostering division, resentment and rehabilitating a new form of racism. That’s what is so tragic about the whole thing. I’m certain that the authors of Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity, which is aimed at kids aged three and over, sincerely believe that children should be told that there are infinite genders. They see no contradiction in telling children that gender is socially constructed and yet is simultaneously the most important aspect of their existence. It’s really a terrible idea to teach children unproven and shoddy niche academic theories as if they are incontestable truths. More than anything, it’s just poor educational practice.

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Why I’m no longer talking to white liberals about race

At the heart of the BLM protests and the wider progressive movement is the goal of racial equality – not equality before the law, as was once fought for, but equality of outcomes, a dream no society has ever come close to achieving but which millions of Americans are now prepared to invest their money, hopes and country on.

One of the main obstacles to this goal, in the eyes of conservatives and other critics, is that American policing outcomes can’t be equalised while there is such a considerable gap in violent crime rates between black and white Americans. This is a brutally uncomfortable fact to raise but it is nonetheless a fact that black Americans commit murder at around eight times the white rate; there are therefore far higher rates of violent confrontations with the police (just as Asian-Americans are shot and imprisoned at a lower rate than whites, as not shown here).

But human psychology being what it is, if someone in a discussion or a media editorial meeting raised this point, the average human being would naturally think less of them, and question their motives. What kind of person would even take it upon themselves to find that information?

Conservatives have their own realities, of course — everyone does — but this issue is so sacred to the Left that, while only a relative minority are actually engaging in cult-like behaviour like publicly washing feet, a larger hinterland at least believe the faith’s broader claims. It’s why I’m no longer talking to white liberals about race, so to speak, because I’m not sure what we can achieve beyond accepting that we see the world in different ways, and leave it at that.

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A longtime faculty member at Taylor University no longer has a job at the Christian school, reportedly after posting a video of a song he’d written titled “Little Hitler” on YouTube.

Spiegel told Taylor’s student newspaper, The Echo, that he was fired after he posted and declined to remove a YouTube video two weeks ago in which he performed an original song titled “Little Hitler." The professor claimed the school had received a harassment complaint about the video. He also said he previously had performed the song at chapel and at a faculty retreat, according to The Echo.

The song includes the lyrics: “We’re appalled at injustice and oppression and every atrocity that makes the nightly news, but just give it a thought: If you knew you’d never get caught, you’d be thieving and raping and murdering, too.”

Spiegel had posted the video on a YouTube channel called "Picking Your Brain." Other songs on the site, including "Mr. Government Man" and "Let's Start Our Own Country," feature the professor singing songs under the stage name "Philonous" that appear to be political commentary.

"COVID-19 is everywhere, so wear your masks and maintain proper social distancing," he sings in another song. "Crowds can gather to riot in the street, but people can't meet in a church to sing."
Spiegel did not immediately return requests for comment by RNS.

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Once it was "national security", now "harassment" is the root password which allows you to quash anything and anyone you want.

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Damn white people and their *shuffles deck* sommeliers!

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Floyd canonization update: He's got a hymn now.

A worship band called "The Porter's Gate," which describes itself as "a sacred ecumenical arts collective reimagining and recreating worship that welcomes, reflects and impacts both the community and the church," is releasing a new song that straight up worships George Floyd.

The song is essentially a remix of 17th-century hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded." It's called "O Sacred Neck, Now Wounded."

I'm not going to link to the actual song because it doesn't come out until Friday and that would be mean. I will tell you though that it has the same melody as the old hymn. Major difference being the old hymn worshiped Jesus while the new one worships George Floyd.

I've had a change of heart about this. This is a step towards SJW's coming clean about what they are and declaring themselves a religious movement, and the sooner that happens the better for everyone else.

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Northwestern law faculty refuse to explain why they introduced themselves as racists

Northwestern University law school faculty called themselves racists as they introduced themselves in an online townhall recently, according to a screenshot of the event.

The screenshot was obtained by conservative writer Rod Dreher, who noted in his tweet the meeting took place August 28.

“Everybody began w/ a ritual denunciation of themselves as racist. Reader: ‘Prof. Speta is not a racist. He is a wonderful man universally loved by students. It makes me sad that he is forced to say otherwise,’” Dreher tweeted.


Emily Mullin, listed as the university’s executive director of major gifts, introduced herself as “a racist and a gatekeeper of white supremacy” and said she will “work to do better.”

She did not respond to requests asking her why she did this, whether she was coerced, what the goal of the exercise was, whose idea it was, and several other emailed questions sent at least three times last week. The deputy director of the law school’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, Sara Sommervold, also said she “is a racist” and “will try to do better.”

Professor James Speta, currently the interim dean of Northwestern University’s law school, wrote in the meeting chat: “I’m Jim Speta. And I am a racist.”

Sommervold and Speta ignored all three emails from The College Fix last week asking the same questions about the meeting, including whether they felt pressure and to explain the goal of the exercise.

How does anyone not run screaming from a work environment like that?

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Navy Cancels Catholic Masses at Bases, Continues Other Religious Services

Vice Adm. Yancey Lindsey, the commander of Naval Installations Command, described the decision to cut on-base Catholic services as a function of accessible alternatives available in surrounding communities.

A shortage of Catholic priests within the Navy’s clergy, the Chaplain Corps, necessitated the contracting of non-military Catholic priests to lead religious services on bases.


The Navy forbade active-duty personnel from attending religious services off base, according to a July-published report in National Review. The prohibition was issued, ostensibly, as public health directive to minimize coronavirus infections.

"Just attend mass off base!" + "You are prohibited from attending religious services off base!" = ???

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The American Left is looking increasingly extreme: How will Joe Biden's radicalised supporters react to a Trump victory in November?

There has been much chatter about what Donald Trump might do if he were to lose in November. Or, more to the point, what might he do if he wins — or seems to be winning — on the night of the election only to lose when postal votes are counted over the days (or weeks) afterwards? Who knows what his supporters might be capable of?

But there is another question, asked less often but certainly looming in the background this autumn. What would the Democrats and their supporters do if they lost?

Not Joe Biden — we know he’d go quietly. But what about the anti-Trump protesters on the streets of Portland, Oregon, of Seattle, of Chicago, of Washington DC itself. The bandana wearers. The stone throwers. The corner store looters.

Donald Trump’s disinclination to accept defeat is rather well known, but his opponents on the Left are assumed to be hewn from more democratic timber. For all the complaints about Russian interference and other criminality, they sucked it up in 2016.Would they, again?

It has to be an open question. It may become — if Trump hauls himself out of the electoral mess he is in — a central question, on which the future of America hinges, and polling does not lead to optimism: already 28% of Biden supporters say they will not accept a Trump victory as fair and accurate, compared to 19% of Trump voters.

The forces of the American Left are not controlled by shadowy figures in dark clothes, but they are organised and angry in a way that they have not been in recent history. So what do they believe is acceptable in the effort to resist Donald Trump, and how far will they go?

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They didn't suck it up in 2016. They rioted, notably in Portland. They demonstrated. They whined. They talked about #Resistance. Their friends in the Deep State made shit up for their friends in the press to report.

What's going to happen this time? Well, at this point the most likely scenario is exactly the one suggested: Trump wins on election night and then the Democrats find enough mail-in votes to reverse it (whether they exist or not), then it ends up in the state legislatures and the courts. If Trump comes out on top, rioting, BIGLY. But I think after the election Trump may actually invoke the insurrection act. The question, since apparently Left, Inc has also infiltrated the military, is whether the military will obey him.

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Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean its Opposite

Other media outlets — including Associated Press and Fox News — now claim that they did exactly that: “confirmed” the Atlantic story. But if one looks at what they actually did, at what this “confirmation” consists of, it is the opposite of what that word would mean, or should mean, in any minimally responsible sense. AP, for instance, merely claims that “a senior Defense Department official with firsthand knowledge of events and a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump’s comments confirmed some of the remarks to The Associated Press,” while Fox merely said “a former senior Trump administration official who was in France traveling with the president in November 2018 did confirm other details surrounding that trip.”

In other words, all that likely happened is that the same sources who claimed to Jeffrey Goldberg, with no evidence, that Trump said this went to other outlets and repeated the same claims — the same tactic that enabled MSNBC and CBS to claim they had “confirmed” the fundamentally false CNN story about Trump Jr. receiving advanced access to the WikiLeaks archive. Or perhaps it was different sources aligned with those original sources and sharing their agenda who repeated these claims. Given that none of the sources making these claims have the courage to identify themselves, due to their fear of mean tweets, it is impossible to know.

But whatever happened, neither AP nor Fox obtained anything resembling “confirmation.” They just heard the same assertions that Goldberg heard, likely from the same circles if not the same people, and are now abusing the term “confirmation” to mean “unproven assertions” or “unverifiable claims” (indeed, Fox now says that “two sources who were on the trip in question with Trump refuted the main thesis of The Atlantic’s reporting”).~~

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Trump warns schools teaching 1619 Project 'will not be funded'

Trump's tweet echoes the sentiment of a bill Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced in July. That bill proposed denying funds to any school that uses the 1619 Project in its curriculum. At the time, schools in areas including Chicago and Washington, D.C., had already amended their history curricula to reflect the project's messages.

The project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. However, multiple historians have criticized the series of articles for multiple inaccuracies, including the argument that the American Revolution was fought not to achieve independence from Britain, but to preserve the institution of slavery.

In a statement, Cotton called the project “a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded.”

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Syracuse prof proclaims, justifies bias against Republicans in memo sent to class

In his email, Professor Mark Rupert who teaches the course “Critical Issues for the United States” distinguishes between conservative views he will respect and those he will not tolerate. "In particular," he wrote, "President Trump's racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are not just another political philosophy to be seriously considered and debated, but hateful ideas that we must be honest about."

In the memo he attached, Rupert claimed he is "fair to all serious intellectual viewpoints.” He listed the general beliefs in individual rights and traditional values as “intellectually respectable positions and historically significant in the foundation of the contemporary conservative movement.”

“But this is not the same as assuming that the contemporary Republican party is acting in good faith in its political practices," he wrote.

Rupert alleged that “the GOP has systematically used coded racial appeals to mobilize white voters since the era of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts." He added that the party supporting Trump has "openly embraced racism and mendacity as the core of their politics."

“President Trump’s politics and policies are the culmination of a decades-long process of embracing racial divisiveness, hatred and fear as a partisan political tool,” Rupert continued.

He implied that anyone who believes otherwise is guilty of distorting history, listing Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza as an example of this. Rupert added that he regrets recommending students to attend a "fundamentally duplicitous" talk D'Souza gave at the university in 2016.

For added irony, Syracuse's student athletes are called "orangemen".

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Linus paid the Danegeld, and the Danes are back for more.

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Matt Taibbi: Don't Steal This Book (on "In Defense of Looting”)

In Defense of Looting makes this exact case. Take a section on the New York City blackout on July 13, 1977. Unlike most of the other episodes she describes, there was no triggering episode, “no initiating event of police brutality.” This meant some other excuse had to be contrived for causing $300 million in damage, setting over a thousand fires, destroying 34 blocks of Broadway, injuring 450 police officers, teens stealing 50 Pontiacs out of a showroom, etc.

Osterweil concluded that defending the looting required “directly challenging class society, not just racism.” Additionally, defending the blackout looters meant “directly aligning with the ‘antisocial’ actions of the proletariat in making their own lives better at the expense of law and order,” even if they were not “legibly ‘protesting’” New York’s “white supremacist commodity society.”

This was another of those tautologies. The TL:DR version would have been, “We must even defend the selfish antisocial urge to take stuff without political reason.” And so, Osterweil explains, “people spilled onto the streets to help one another, to party, and to loot, burn, and fight with police.”

There’s no plan in the book. We’re repeatedly told stealing hurts the patriarchy and confronts whiteness — “a revolutionary movement must reduce the value of whiteness to zero,” the white author writes. There’s a long chapter denouncing the “organization-ist tendency” of labor movements, which leads to “reformism,” which of course is a stalking horse for counterrevolution. “The more ‘organized’ a movement is,” Osterweil complains, “the less likely there is looting.” So we need more looting, but what comes after looting? Organization? Nope:

The power of the attack on white settler society is seen instead in the broad lawlessness, property destruction, looting, and cop-free zones produced by the riot and is reflected in the attendant sense of freedom, unity, and radical safety felt by the rioters.

Sign me up for some of that “Radical Safety”! CHOP Zone, here I come!

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White House directs federal agencies to cancel race-related training sessions it calls ‘un-American propaganda’

In the two-page memo, OMB Director Russell Vought says Trump has asked him to prevent federal agencies from spending millions in taxpayer dollars on these training sessions. Vought says OMB will instruct federal agencies to come up with a list of all contracts related to training sessions involving “white privilege” or “critical race theory,” and do everything possible within the law to cancel those contracts, the memo states.

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Today I bring you a case study in dealing with wokescolds.

What we now have is the UK’s The Spectator magazine hitting back against the Co-op retailer after Co-op dramatically announced they were pulling ads from the magazine after someone complained about the magazine’s content.

It all started when a Twitter user wrote to Co-op on Twitter, while referring to a tweet by the “Stop Funding Hate” group which alleged The Spectator to be a “magazine notorious for transphobia & ‘anti-Muslim propaganda.’”

Stop Funding Hate is a group dedicated to getting advertisers to pull away from publications that they deem to be “hateful.”

Co-op went on to declare that they would boycott advertising on The Spectator.

This did not sit well with the magazine, with its executive chairman Andrew Neil canceling them back by tweeting, “No need to bother, Co-op. As of today you are henceforth banned from advertising in The Spectator, in perpetuity. We will not have companies like yours use their financial might to try to influence our editorial content, which is entirely a matter for the editor.”

The Spectator had also responded on the issue by tweeting that advertisers cannot work their way to influencing the content that gets published in the magazine. “Sorry to lose the Co-op, but The Spectator cannot work with advertisers who seek to use their commercial clout to stifle debate.”

Perhaps Co-op hadn’t expected to receive pushback from the magazine and from readers who are tired of cancelation campaigns online and ended up responding sheepishly by writing: “That’s escalated quickly and we want to set the record straight. The tweet sent yesterday was incorrect and does not reflect our advertising position.”

Don't prostrate, retaliate. Nothing gets rid of a bully faster than a punch in the teeth.

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The latest Newspeak update is here

Some of the major site-wide changes to existing entries have to do with race and ethnicity, like capitalizing the word "Black" in reference to people, which the company says it is doing "as a mark of respect and recognition that's in line with capitalizing other cultures and ethnicities."

Examples of entirely new terms in this category include Afro-Latino, brownface, Filipinx and whitesplain.

Another dictionary-wide change replaces references to "homosexual" with "gay, gay man or gay woman," and references to "homosexuality" with "gay sexual orientation." The company said these updates were informed by recommendations from the organization GLAAD, and affect more than 50 entries.

It has also refined the definitions for a number of other words related to LGBTQ identity, such as asexual, deadname, Pride and themself.

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Get woke, go broke: Sports edition

The latest Harris Poll finds that most sports fans think the NBA is “too political,” and they are watching less basketball this season as a result.

The poll released this week found that 39 percent of respondents who identified as sports fans said they are watching fewer games this season, and politics is the reason why, Forbes reported.

“The league has become too political,” was the preferred answer of 38 percent of respondents to explain why they aren’t watching the NBA this year. Another 19 percent said they were upset with the NBA because of its connection to China, another “too political” answer. Then there was the 28 percent who said it was “boring without fans” in the stands.

On the main question, 39 percent said they are watching fewer NBA games this year, 32 percent said they are watching more, and 28 percent said about the same amount.

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Reddit isn’t happy about President Trump’s “anti-censorship” executive order

Some key points from Reddit’s response, which is worth reading in full:

“As a small, privately-held company with limited legal resources, we will leave it to other Commenters to argue whether the Petition is retaliatory, unconstitutional, or fatally flawed in its gross misunderstanding of Section 230 and Congress’s intent in passing it. Instead, Reddit’s most valuable contribution in this matter comes from our status as among the most popular forum-based websites in America, and the primarily user-led way in which content moderation on Reddit happens.”

“It is our view that the debate on Section 230 too often focuses solely on very large, centrally moderated platforms—and individual grievances with them—to the exclusion of smaller, differently organized websites that take an alternative approach.” “However, the most important point that we offer, as we hope to make clear in this filing, is that with regard to Reddit and other community-moderated websites, Section 230 protects our individual users just as much as it does us. Their continued protection is crucial to the viability of community-based moderation online.”

Reddit’s argument is that the subreddits on its platform are generally managed by moderators who take it upon themselves to remove information that should not belong in their community. But if the petition gets accepted, every individual reader would be burdened with the additional responsibility of having to self-police themselves.

Of course, two (or more) can play that game:

If you are an American, and have been affected by Reddit banning a sub you like, the FCC would like to hear from you.

The short version is, there are two types of communications companies under US law - "platforms", who edit and curate their content (and can be sued for what they publish) and "carriers" who just get information from A to B, and don't censor the content. If a platform (like the Wall Street Journal) publish something on their site that's libellous, they can be sued under US law. If someone says something libellous while using a carrier (like Verizon), the carrier isn't at fault.

Reddit are trying to censor content like a platform, while claiming immunity under the law like a carrier - they want all the benefits, and none of the responsibility.

Trump's trying to put a stop to them having their cake and eating it too, and is using the FCC to do it. To do that, they need evidence from you.

To do that, you:

Write a short note about how Reddit censorship has affected you. Maybe you miss having a comedy sub to make you laugh, maybe you have terminal cancer and you need a place where they'll joke around and not treat you with kid gloves (RIP Phil Marma), maybe you're down and need a reminder that no matter how bad it gets at least you're not working on a speeding lathe in China.... Whatever. Talk about what you miss, what you've lost; and what it means to you.

Save that note as a document (in Word, Notepad, Wordpad, whatever), and then fill out this form:

Set the "Proceeding" to "CG RM-11862", you don't need a law firm/file number, set the "Proceeding Type" to "Comment". You'll need to put in an address and email address, and those are public - so use your PO box/burner email. Then attach that document to the form and submit it.

Hundreds of people already have commented, but they could use more:,DESC

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Black law students demand classroom diversity monitors to report ‘questionable conduct’

According to an open letter from the USD Black Law Students Association, these diversity officers would be charged with watching classrooms and reporting incidents or conduct they consider questionable or discriminatory.

“As Black law students we are privileged with the opportunity to pursue a legal education and seek membership to the legal profession, however, we are not immune to the oppression that is inextricably linked to our Blackness,” the group states in their six-page letter to USD law faculty and students.

In addition to monitoring duties, the diversity officers would meet annually with professors and deans to go over how they could better promote diversity in the school’s instruction, the letter states.

Zampolit, but woke!

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More evidence for the "Kyle Rittenhouse deserves a medal" pile.

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FSU student body president targeted for Catholic beliefs files free speech lawsuit

Florida State University student Jack Denton was removed from his position as president of the student senate after sharing his Catholic faith, convictions, a new lawsuit against the university and the student government alleges.

In a private group text conversation with other Catholic students, Denton expressed his concern with the Black Lives Matter movement, Reclaim the Block, and the ACLU for pushing for “things that are explicitly anti-Catholic.”

Specifically, Denton referred to Black Lives Matter’s “queer affirming network” and endorsement of transgenderism, the ACLU’s defense of abortion, and Reclaim the Block’s attempts to defund the police, which Denton says is contrary to Catholic teachings on “the common good.”

“I don’t mean to anger anyone,” said another text from Denton. “If I stay silent while my brothers and sisters may be supporting an organization that promotes grave evils, I have sinned through my silence. I love you all, and I want us all to be aware of the truth.”

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is working on behalf of Denton, a student took screenshots of Denton’s messages and published them on social media. Student senators then “mocked and misrepresented his remarks and, after a failed attempt on June 3, removed Denton from leadership as the SGA’s student senate president on June 5.”

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Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom

To the extent that the new progressives acknowledge that some prominent people have been unfairly tarred—including the food columnist Alison Roman, the data analyst David Shor, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art senior curator Gary Garrels—they often insist that these are mere one-off detours rather than symptoms of a general cultural sea change.

For example, in July I tweeted that I (as well as my Bloggingheads sparring partner Glenn Loury) have been receiving missives since May almost daily from professors living in constant fear for their career because their opinions are incompatible with the current woke playbook. Then various people insisted that I was, essentially, lying; they simply do not believe that anyone remotely reasonable has anything to worry about.

However, hard evidence points to a different reality. This year, the Heterodox Academy conducted an internal member survey of 445 academics. “Imagine expressing your views about a controversial issue while at work, at a time when faculty, staff, and/or other colleagues were present. To what extent would you worry about the following consequences?” To the hypothetical “My reputation would be tarnished,” 32.68 percent answered “very concerned” and 27.27 percent answered “extremely concerned.” To the hypothetical “My career would be hurt,” 24.75 percent answered “very concerned” and 28.68 percent answered “extremely concerned.” In other words, more than half the respondents consider expressing views beyond a certain consensus in an academic setting quite dangerous to their career trajectory.


The charges levied against many of these professors are rooted in a fanatical worldview, one devoted to spraying for any utterances possibly interpretable as “supremacist,” although the accusers sincerely think they have access to higher wisdom. A white professor read a passage from an interview with a well-known Black public intellectual who mentions the rap group NWA, and because few of the students knew of the group’s work at this late date, the professor parenthetically noted what the initials stand for. None of the Black students batted an eye, according to my correspondent, but a few white students demanded a humiliating public apology.

This episode represents a pattern in the letters, wherein it is white students who are “woker” than their Black classmates, neatly demonstrating the degree to which this new religion is more about virtue signaling than social justice. From the same well is this same professor finding that the gay men in his class had no problem with his assigning a book with a gay slur in its title, a layered, ironic title for a book taking issue with traditional concepts of masculinity—but that a group of straight white women did, and reported him to his superiors.

Overall I found it alarming how many of the letters sound as if they were written from Stalinist Russia or Maoist China. A history professor reports that at his school, the administration is seriously considering setting up an anonymous reporting system for students and professors to report “bias” that they have perceived. One professor committed the sin of “privileging the white male perspective” in giving a lecture on the philosophy of one of the Founding Fathers, even though Frederick Douglass sang that Founder’s praises. The administration tried to make him sit in a “listening circle,” in which his job was to stay silent while students explained how he had hurt them—in other words, a 21st-century-American version of a struggle session straight out of the Cultural Revolution.

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Mah baby ain't got no flat-screen to watch educational videos on!

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English class focused on antiracism forbids ‘disparaging commentary’

The syllabus for “Introduction to College Writing,” subtitled “commemoration and public memory,” begins by reminding students “2020 marks 157 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, and fewer for the years elapsed since Chattel slavery as an American institution was formally ended across the union.”

The scholar teaching the class, graduate teaching assistant Kendyl Harmeling, continues by telling her students America is systemically and institutionally racist, and that the university was built on that legacy, which she acknowledges.


Harmeling states “I will tolerate neither disruptive language nor disruptive behavior. Disruptive language includes, but is not limited to, violent and/or belligerent, insulting remarks, including sexist, racist, homophobic or anti-ethnic slurs, bigotry, and disparaging commentary, either spoken or written.”

“While I do not disagree that you each have a right to your own opinions,” Harmeling wrote, “inflammatory language founded in ignorance or hate is unacceptable and will be dealt with immediately. We have the collective right to educated opinions.” (Emphasis in the original).

Oh no, not "disparaging commentary"! Someone might *shudder* be disagreed with!

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Trump demands 'patriotic education' in U.S. schools

“Many young Americans have been fed lies about America being a wicked nation plagued by racism,” Trump said during a news conference. “Indeed, Joe Biden and his party spent their entire convention spreading this hateful and destructive message while refusing to say one word about the violence.”

Trump’s solution: Children must be taught that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting,” he said. Democrats are unable, he said, to control a “radical left, crazy movement."

“The only path to unity is to rebuild a shared national identity focused on common American values and virtues of which we have plenty,” he said. “This includes restoring patriotic education in our nation's schools, where they are trying to change everything that we have learned.”

Surely this won't be stymied by entrenched bureaucratic interests.

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Of course it will, in the public schools... but imagine "American Exceptionalism"-based charter schools.

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Charter schools? Not if the NEA has anything to say about it.

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Don't ask 'em.

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Another defensive gun use without a shot fired.

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Harvard Promotes Claim that ‘2+2=5’

On Sunday, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health promoted research on Twitter by one doctoral student that claims that two plus two can equal five. The research was quickly mocked by Twitter users, many of whom questioned the value of a Harvard education.

Let them serve whatever telos they choose, but let them do it on their own dime.

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Who started this culture war?

In the post-BLM battle over statues, sitcoms and now songs, those the left accuse of being right-wing culture warriors are often just reacting, often quite defensively, to the left’s own increasingly unhinged campaign of cultural cleansing and censorship.

What gets many people’s backs up about all this is not some deep respect for former slave traders or imperial nostalgia – it’s the idea, implicit in all these debates, that Britain is a foul place, with a foul history, full of foul people who need to be reminded of all this at every possible opportunity.

No doubt there are some of the right looking to make political capital out of this lunacy, and who have a tendency to respond to it with caricatured, performative patriotism. But for many people looking on aghast, this is not really political at all. In fact, it is the intrusion of politics into absolutely every area of life that irks them.

So, who started this culture war? Maybe it’s the people who have been charging around demanding that statues be toppled, speech be censored and now songs not be sung in the name of equality – rather than the people who, in the face of all this guff, dare to say ‘hang on a minute’.

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Maryland college forms 'White Accountability Group'

In a promotional video released before their first information session, which is scheduled for Friday, September 4, leaders at Loyola shared why they feel this group is necessary and have chosen to join. One man in the video noted that the space is for faculty, staff, and administrators in the 70 percent white Jesuit Catholic university.

“For me, it’s all about the fact that I know I’m racist. I grew up in the United States of America,” said one woman. “It’s part of who I am.”

One man named JP said “any of my achievements, anything I have earned is inauthentic.”

The struggle sessions will remain voluntary... for now.

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A professor at USC Marshall School of Business got suspended for using the Chinese word nèige (那个) in an lesson.

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It’s time Europeans demanded reparations for slavery: Over a million people from across the continent were taken by Moorish pirates — when will their descendents receive justice?

As this debate has reignited, fed by activists and unopposed by enfeebled institutions, so others have — quite reasonably — begun to point out that slaving was not by any means only a British or American practice. In the 18th century – the period in which “Rule, Britannia!” was written — Barbary pirates from North Africa made frequent raids on British territory and British ships. Until the Royal Navy put the pirates out of business, historians have estimated that between one and one and a half million Europeans were seized by Moors and taken or sold into slavery.

Why is there no cause for reparations from the states that engaged in these practices? Why has there been no call for reparations from the descendants and families of those who were taken? And why has there been no sustained campaign to denigrate the history and cultural practises of the people now living in the countries of North Africa? If there is going to be an ongoing attack on societies which led the way in abolishing the slave trade ought there not to be an attack — surely of far greater ferocity — against those countries who gave up slave-trading most unwillingly?

[–]the_nybbler 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

Shouldn't England and Scotland also be demanding reparations from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden for Viking raids, colonization, and enslavement (excuse me, "enthrallment")?

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Ireland too!

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Petition calls on the BBC to stop “erasing history” and reinstate canceled Proms songs

The BBC has taken a controversial decision to drop Rule, Britannia! And Land of Hope and Glory from its “Proms” program. The BBC Proms is an eight-week set of orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, mostly at the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Over 40,000 online have already signed a petition asking the BBC to reinstate the songs, which many fear have been dropped in today’s cancel culture world for alleged cultural sensitivities and ties to colonialism.

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I ate a 7 day sitewide ban from reddit because themotte is full of fucking faggots.

I guess I live here now

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Link? The most I ever got was a 3 for telling a tranny that the only "mouthfeel" comparison I wanted out of him was .410 vs 12ga.

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I posted one useful, polite, constructive comment, and somehow they knew, and gave me a week long site wide ban for "ban evasion". Apparently the ban I got over a year ago was permanent

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Interestingly, Reddit now seems to have fully automated badword detection, and if you try to post a comment that names our overlords, your account gets automatically locked.

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Outgroup vs Fargroup: Why Liberals Hate Poor White Trash

But it would be insufficient to suggest that liberals only hate white trash because they vote for Republicans. The term “liberal,” in the popular imagination, has become synonymous with upper-middle-class white urbanites, a stereotype borne out by statistics. They are a well-educated cohort—widely-read enough to understand the problems with society and capitalism but too insecure in their position to do anything that might challenge the system that has brought them relative benefit—and therefore enjoy programs which give the surface-level appearance of progress and equality. This explains their support for means-tested social programs, LGBT rights, the importation of cheap labor (under the guise of diversity), their veganism, and—most recently—their frankly fetishistic fixation on the concept of white privilege, completely devoid of any class analysis whatsoever.

Of course, liberals support gay marriage or the right for trans people to use a particular bathroom in public precisely because it does not cost them anything. They can support open borders because it makes their juice cleanse cheaper, and comes with the added benefit of being baptized in the sweat of a Mexican immigrant to cleanse them of their original sin of whiteness. Through charity and means-testing, they can help the poor think they are moral enough to deserve it. They hate the white trash because of the insecurity of their class position. At any time they can look into the eyes of some poor honkey in the trailer park and see themselves looking back. It frightens them, and that fear turns to anger. But they can still pity the poor black person because they know they will never be one.

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The Mind-Bendingly Insane, Completely Craven, Utterly Unconscionable Redemption of Al Sharpton

After a car driven by a Hasidic Jew accidentally swerved and struck a young African American boy, killing him, hundreds of the neighborhood’s Black residents rioted in the streets, chanting “death to the Jews!” as well as looting stores, attacking anyone who was visibly Jewish, and ripping mezuzot off of door posts. Sharpton was quick to arrive on the scene, leading a march in which participants burned an Israeli flag and called to kill all Jews. At the young boy’s funeral a few days later, Sharpton delivered a eulogy that borrowed heavily from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, saying that the Jewish residents of the neighborhood practiced “apartheid” and were there only to further the Jewish global grip on money and power. He ended by ominously shouting: “pay for your deeds.”

At least one Jew had already paid the ultimate price for Sharpton’s incitement: A few days earlier, 20 Black men surrounded Yankel Rosenbaum, a 29-year-old student, stabbing him in the back and beating him so badly they smashed in his skull. Rosenbaum succumbed to his wounds later that night. Sharpton showed up on the scene soon after, ensuring that the rioting continued for days.

As the years went by, Sharpton was given ample opportunity to apologize for his prominent role in this modern day anti-Semitic bloodletting. He never did.

Why, then, is this unrepentant hater being supported by a major Jewish organization? Why, barely a year after a spree in which visibly observant Jews were violently attacked in record numbers, are Jewish organizations sidling up to kiss Sharpton's ring?