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Muslim teen charged after beating his sister with a baseball bat for refusing to wear a veil

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A 19-year-old man in Sweden has been charged with abuse after he beat his 14-year-old sister with a baseball bat because she refused to wear an Islamic veil.

The young man, who lives in the municipality of Karlskrona, was brought before the Blekinge District Court last week on charges of abuse and assault. He is alleged to have struck his younger sister with a baseball bat several times while yelling at her "wear a veil", 24Blekinge reports.

The 19-year-old is said to have become angry with his sister after she returned from a shopping trip with their mother and he noticed she was not wearing an Islamic veil. When he asked her why she was not wearing a veil, the girl refused to answer. The brother then walked to his room and emerged with a baseball bat which he used to strike the 14-year-old on the head, leg, and arm.

2 + 2 = 4

New study: Women in more equal societies are less likely to choose math and science professions

A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.


Comment: Not a paradox for those that still value common sense and paying attention to reality.


Comment: Despite the bias for equality of outcome that underlies the article, the author at least considers the possibility of what is most likely the correct conclusion: if a society allows people to live a decent enough life in a broad range of professions, individuals will tend to follow their intrinsic interests.


Books

Anti-white racism: Yale University offers 'Constructions of Whiteness' course

Yale flyers
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Flyers on a college noticeboard on campus at Yale University.
Yale University has launched a new course entitled 'Constructions of Whiteness,' which explores ideas of 'whiteness.' The Ivy League school's initiative has not been met with universal approval, however.

The undergraduate course at Yale aims to instill "an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of whiteness." It is taught by Claudine Rankine, an award-winning Jamaican-born poet.

The spring 2018 semester class offers students a "discussion of whiteness as a culturally constructed and economic incorporated entity, which touches upon and assigns value to nearly every aspect of American life and culture," according to its website.

The class is divided into eight topics about "whiteness," including property, masculinity, femininity, speech, prosperity, spaces and imagination, according to College Fix, which claims to have obtained the syllabus.

Required reading includes Michael Kimmel's 'Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era,' Richard Dyer's 'White: Essays on Race and Culture,' and Richard Delgado and Jean Stefanic's 'Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror.'

Comment: And they call this 'higher education'?


Family

Dutch-Russians File Discrimination Complaint Against Russophobic Statement by Democrats Party Leader

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Dutch politician and Democrats 66 (D66) party leader Alexander Pechtold
Several days ago, Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned after he admitted lying about having met Russian President Putin in 2006 and overhearing him talk about his plans to create a "Greater Russia". After former Shell executive Jeroen van der Veer told the Dutch Volkskrant newspaper that Zijlstra wasn't even present at that 2006 meeting with Putin, Zijlstra confessed that he'd been lying all these years.

In response to Zijlstra admitting that he'd never attended a meeting with Putin, the Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, Alexander Pechtold, told state-run broadcaster NOS, that he appreciated Zijlstra's frankness, and that he has "yet to meet the first Russian who corrects his mistakes himself."

This statement raised many eyebrows in the Netherlands, including among Dutch-Russians. Several of them have now filed a complaint against Pechtold, calling his statement "offensive" and "hurtful".

Beaker

There's no way Alex Krushelnitsky willingly took Meldonium to enhance his curling game

Alexander Krushelnitsky
Okay, a quick summary first: one of the Russian athletes participating in the Winter Olympics has tested positive for Meldonium. On two different probes. There is no way to explain that away, Alexander Krushelnitsky did have Meldonium in his body. But he was also tested for the same substance just before leaving Russia for Japan (where the athletes were training) and he was clean then. So he must have ingested that during the past two weeks while already abroad. Wait, it gets better! The dosage detected is the equivalent of one dose only. Not only that, but Meldonium increases blood-flow and helps athletes who engage is extremely high intensity sports. Have you ever seen a curling match? Finally, to be effective Meldonium needs to be taken regularly, not just once.

Now let's sum it up. A Russian athlete takes one singe dose of Meldonium even though he knows with absolute certainty that 1) this will detected (Meldonium is THE drug Russians athletes, including Maria Sharapova, have been accused of taking in the past) 2) that this will not help him at all 3) that no amount of Meldonium could help, even in theory, an athlete competing in curling (in fact, if anything, it could be harmful).

Needless to say, anybody and everybody involved in this issue in Russia understands: this is self-evidently a "provocation". Even British newspapers realize the enormity of the nonsense the US press is now feeding its zombified readers and listeners (you know, the kind of folks who believe that magic bullets can zigzag or that 2 aircraft can bring about the collapse of 3 buildings).

Comment: Krushelnitsky denies taking the drug:
"First of all, I want to apologize to my Olympic teammates and our delegation and all the supporters, that could not seal myself and Nastya [Bryzgalova] off from these issues, which we have met today," the statement read.

"I can openly confirm that never, at any time that I have been involved in sport, have I ever used any prohibited substances or any other dishonest means of competition.

"I am categorically opposed to doping and have always strived to follow the conformities of all anti-doping rules with maximum attention. In light of that, my positive test for meldonium was a huge shock for me and for Nastya.

"It is a huge blow to my reputation and to my career. Not to mention the fact that only someone with a complete absence of common sense could use doping in any form, especially meldonium, in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, where testing is of the highest level."

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov expressed his bewilderment at the situation, insisting that in curling there is no advantage to be gained by taking meldonium.

"It's obvious that in this particular case, the athlete could not have intentionally used a prohibited substance, it just does not make any sense. Curling, in theory, in not the kind of sport in which dishonest athletes dope," Kolobkov said, TASS reported.
Exactly. Not only have the Russians been condemned en masse of being cheaters, the reality is that the real cheaters are those defaming the Russian athletes, and framing them. That's low.


Attention

US, Turkey, terrorists kill dozens of civilians in Syria today - Damascus, Afrin, Deir Ezzor

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Nine civilians were killed and 49 others were injured
on Tuesday as armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta area continued their breach of the de-escalation zones agreement, targeting residential areas and public facilities in Damascus and its countryside with rocket shells.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that tens of rocket and mortar shells fired by armed groups fell in al-Abbasyein, Bab Touma, al-Sha'alan, al-Bramkeh, and al-Qassaa areas, leaving 6 civilians dead and 34 others injured, in addition to damaging cars, public and private properties.

The source said earlier that a rocket shell landed on al-Abbasyein square injuring nine civilians, while two persons were killed due to shelling attacks on the vicinity of al-Tahrir and Umawyeen Squares.

Meanwhile, a source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that armed groups fired a number of shells at Jaramana city in Damascus Countryside, killing one civilian, injuring six others, and damaging shops and houses.

Later, two persons were killed, 5 other injured in shells fired by armed group on Jaramana.

Comment: Over in Deir Ezzor, the U.S. murdered 16 civilians:
At least 16 civilians, including 9 women, were killed in a new massacre committed by the US-led coalition in al-Bahra village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Local sources told SANA that the warplanes of the US-led coalition carried out a number of airstrikes on citizens' houses in al-Bahra village about 45 km to the northwest of al-Boukamal city in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, claiming the lives of 16 civilians, 9 of them women.

The death toll is likely to rise as a number of civilians were injured and some of them are in critical condition as a result of airstrikes that also caused material damage and the destruction of homes and properties.
And Turkey has slaughtered 175 civilians in Afrin since they launched Operation Olive Branch:
About 175 civilians were killed since the launching of the Turkish assault on Afrin in northern Syria.

Entering its 32nd day, the Turkish aggression continues to claim more civilian casualties and causing material damage to properties.

Medical sources at Afrin Hospital told SANA that so far, 175 civilians were killed and more than 450 civilians, most of them children and women, were injured due to the continued assault on civilians' houses and infrastructure.
This puts De Mistura's recent statements in perspective: De Mistura: Violence and civilian deaths in Syria worst in 4 years.


Pistol

Cop shoots himself to collect worker's comp and ignites a manhunt for an innocent man

Brian Eubanks and policemen
On April 11, 2017, Newcomerstown police launched a massive statewide "Blue Alert" manhunt for two suspects who allegedly opened fire on officer Brian Eubanks. Departments statewide combed the streets looking for two men in a black Geo Tracker, one wearing a red sweatshirt and the other wearing a lime green shirt. One was in a tactical vest and they were armed with a shotgun and handguns, the attorney general's office said. Authorities even had a suspect's name, Chaz Gillilan.

Social media took to sharing the story and prayers were sent the officer's way. Local media kept the town updated on Eubanks' status, and the town was relieved when they found out he would make a full recovery.

But everyone - the police departments, the state politicians, the media, and the citizens - had all been duped.

Chaz Gillilan never shot at Eubanks, nor did the other mythical suspect. No, Eubanks shot Eubanks. That's right. The blue alert, the statewide manhunt, the deprivation of Chaz Gillilan's rights, all of these happened because officer Eubanks shot himself - in an attempt to collect workers compensation - and then fabricated an elaborate story to cover it up.

Caesar

How Jordan Peterson's stoic world view provides an antidote to nihilism, identity politics and the tribalism of cultural Marxism

Jordan Peterson
It reflects how polarised our age has become that Jordan B Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology, has become both a cultural rock star and an object of intense hate.

For Camille Paglia, the contrarian social historian, he is "the most important and influential Canadian thinker since Marshall McLuhan". (I would give the philosopher Charles Taylor that prize.)

Canadian columnist Tabatha Southey dismissed Peterson as "the stupid man's smart person" in a snarky article where she lampoons "his long, rambling pseudo-academic takes on common self-help advice and his weird fixation on Disney movies".

Peterson came to public attention when he opposed a Canadian law that added gender expression and identity to anti-discrimination law. He objected to the law being used to force people to use pronouns such as "ze" and "zher".

Eye 2

Israeli soldiers tear gas Palestinians planting olive trees near Nablus

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Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinians, who were planting olive trees in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many of them.

Fuad Ma'ali, the head of Beita Local Council, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the Palestinians, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

He added that dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment by local medics.

The official stated that the Palestinians were planting olive trees in their lands, which the army has been trying to illegally confiscate from them.

Comment: Destroying one of the few remaining Palestinian industries, not to mention a centuries-old cultural touchstone, is just one of the many ways Israel is attempting to erase the existence of Palestine.


Heart - Black

70yo assaulted 3 refugees outside German church, released by police

German police
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German police cordon is seen at the scene in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, November 6, 2017.
A 70-year-old knifeman has assaulted three refugees in Germany, allegedly over dissatisfaction with the country's refugee policy. The attacker, however, has been released by police, who said there were no grounds to detain him.

The man assaulted three refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria outside a church in the western German town of Heilbronn on Saturday evening, local police said in a statement. All three men were injured, and a 25-year-old Iraqi was taken to hospital with severe injuries. The assailant was overpowered by a passerby, who restrained him until police arrived.

The 70-year old was "heavily intoxicated" at the time of the attack, the Heilbronn Prosecutor's Office and the police said in a joint statement on February 18. They also noted that the perpetrator had a clean criminal record and was "previously unknown to the police."

The incident is currently being treated as an "aggravated assault,"according to another joint statement that was issued on February 20. It added, however, that the case could be reclassified as "attempted murder."