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Political indoctrination: UK govt unveils plan to teach school kids about 'fake news'

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The British government is planning a new initiative which will aim to help schoolchildren distinguish real information from 'fake news' — in an eyebrow-raising move which could be described as a little bit Orwellian.

British Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds unveiled the new plan, warning that teachers need to better prepare students for the risks posed by "fake news" online, the Independent reported.

From 2020, British kids in both primary and secondary schools will learn about "confirmation bias" and "online risks" as part of a compulsory section of the curriculum. As part of the plan, teachers will help children identify techniques used for "persuasion" and be told "when to seek support." They will also learn about the reasons why someone might wish to "bend the truth" in the first place.

UFO 2

Crowd of UFO fans seeking to 'raid Area 51' hits 1 million despite US Air Force warning

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If even a small fraction of those UFO lovers show up to try and break 'them aliens' free from the secret desert facility, the 'Area 51 raid' joke risks spilling into one of the largest civil disobedience events ever in the US.

"We can move faster than their bullets," the creators of the intentionally farcical event claim. But with over a million alien fans now registered as 'going' - and nearly the same number in reserve, just 'interested' in the raid - the US Air Force could find itself facing off against an unprecedented number of unarmed individuals.

"We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area," an Air Force spokeswoman previously said, expressing hope that UFO enthusiasts understand that an attempted breach of a military installation is no laughing matter.

Comment: While it's easy to see that the majority of the talk around the Area 51 raid is a joke, one does wonder if everyone realizes this. It would be rather tragic if their were any deaths or injuries based on what most consider just a funny meme.


Cell Phone

'It wasn't good for me': Jordan Peterson talks about overcoming being 'hooked on Twitter'

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Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and thought leader, is working on a new online communication platform, but his own online social media presence has dwindled recently.

Jordan Peterson has explained that the widespread hostility he's faced on social media helped him overcome an addiction to Twitter.

"I really got hooked on Twitter and it wasn't good for me", he said in an interview with Andrew Billen of The Times. "I don't tweet so much now. I have two million Twitter subscribers and I felt morally obligated to stay on top of it, but I found the general milieu so toxic that it was not psychologically tolerable".

Comment: Peterson is going through a great deal at the moment, and the fact that he had the wherewithal to recognize he had an issue with social media and was able to get a handle on it is impressive. Others would do well to follow his lead.

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Biohazard

Irish government says it will follow expert guidance after Austria approves ban of glyphosate

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The Irish Government has no plans to ban glyphosate, after Austria became the first EU country to approve a ban of the controversial herbicide.

Austrian members of parliament earlier this week approved a total ban on glyphosate, putting the country on track to becoming the first EU member to forbid all use of it.

Deputies voted in favour of a bill brought by the Social Democratic party to ban glyphosate products, suspected of causing cancer, as a "precautionary" measure.

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NPC

AOC refuses to stop tweeting against fellow Democrats after Nancy Pelosi tears into firebrand and her 'squad'

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is defying Nancy Pelosi's call to stop the tweets and will not change her social media habits after the speaker delivered a harsh tongue-lashing to her Democratic lawmakers in the Capitol Wednesday morning, warning them to stop tweeting about their colleagues.

'No,' Ocasio-Cortez said with a big grin to DailyMail.com Wednesday afternoon, when asked if she'd be changing her Twitter habits after Pelosi's lecture. She then went onto the House floor to vote.

The New York Democrat has 4.7 million Twitter followers, almost twice that amount of Pelosi's 2.66 million.

Her defiance comes after the speaker told lawmakers earlier in the day to share their complaints with her and not their followers on Twitter.

Target

Harmeet Dhillon is taking on Antifa and big tech

Harmeet Dhillon

Harmeet Dhillon
Harmeet Dhillon is a force of natural justice. For those in the know, she's become a free-speech legal superhero. The San Francisco-based civil rights lawyer won a major free speech victory over UC Berkeley; she represents James Damore in his ongoing fight against Google's monolithic, social-justice corporate culture; and now, she's making history by launching Publius Lex, a non-profit organization with a broad mandate: to fight in the courts for civil rights of Americans whose voices have been silenced by activists, big tech, and legacy media.

Dhillon agreed to sit down with The Post Millennial and she told me that it's a lengthy process to establish a non-profit in the United States, and that Publius Lex was finally approved by U.S. tax authorities as a nonprofit entity earlier this year.

Publius Lex's first case is the troubling story of Andy Ngo — a brave, young, talented journalist who writes for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Quillette and others. Ngo was brutally beaten by Antifa thugs in the streets of Portland on June 29th for the simple fact that he was a journalist doing his job.


Pirates

Antifa And The United States of Fascism Hysteria

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Comment: Do keep in mind that the author is being deliberately sarcastic and facetious in some places in order to drive his excellent points home.


So it's been an exciting few weeks for Antifa and the rest of the neoliberal Resistance. OK, they haven't yet managed to overthrow the Putin-Nazi occupation government (hereinafter "POG"), but they've definitely got "the Fash" on the run. "Fascism" hysteria is spreading like wildfire. Liberal Twitter mobs are out for blood. At this point, it's only a matter of time until the sleeping giant of normality awakens and purges America of the fascist filth that have Putin-Nazified this once great nation.

Antifa has been at the vanguard of the fight, smashing the Fash on both East and West Coasts. In Portland, where a gang of neo-fascist anti-masturbationists known as the "Proud Boys" had assembled for a self-promotional street fight they were billing as the "Battle of Portland 2," Antifa militants positively identified and preventatively beat the living snot out of a journalist named Andy Ngo. To prevent him from snitching to the fascist cops (who are allegedly working hand in hand with POG), they self-defensively robbed him, sprayed him with silly string, and pelted him with vegan milkshakes.

Now, before you get all up in arms about Antifa assaulting and robbing journalists, you need to know a couple of things. First, according to Antifa spokespersons, and those bloodthirsty liberal Twitter mobs, Andy Ngo is a "fascist adjacent," and possibly even a card carrying fascist. Antifa representative Alexander Reid Ross claims that Ngo is personally responsible for putting people's names on a Nazi "kill-list" (or at least that Ngo's writing has been published by Quillette, which published an article by someone else that some fascists read and copied people's names from), so, basically, he deserves to die.

Handcuffs

Italian police seize missile, guns and neo-Nazi material in raid on far-right militants

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Italian police have found an arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, 20 guns and neo-Nazi material, in a series of raids on far right groups which fought against rebels in Ukraine's eastern breakaway republics.

Along with the missile, police found nine assault rifles, a sub-machine gun, seven pistols and three shotguns, in an operation led by the General Investigations and Special Operations Division, which specializes in investigating groups linked to organized crime and terrorism.

Sheriff

Chicago police commander who oversaw Jussie Smollett investigation reassigned after 100-mph pursuit by Indiana trooper

Chicago police Cmdr. Edward Wodnicki
© Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune
Chicago police Cmdr. Edward Wodnicki speaks with the media on Feb. 21, 2019 in Chicago.
A commander of a Chicago police detective division was reassigned while the department investigates allegations that he refused to stop when an Indiana state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding last month.

Area Central Cmdr. Edward Wodnicki was headed west on Interstate 94 in an unmarked department car, his blue lights flashing, when the trooper tried to stop him near Chesterton, about 45 miles from Chicago, according to the Indiana State Police.

"While patrolling I-94, I observed a vehicle having emergency blue lights on at a high rate of speed with Illinois plates," a trooper wrote in a report. "The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued."

Wodnicki's Ford Fusion was clocked at more than 100 mph at one point while the commander was on a cellphone, dispatch records show.

"Not stopping," a trooper reported. "On his cell phone. He is not stopping. Passing. Waved at me when I pulled up next to him."

State police deployed spike strips, but the commander stopped before driving over them, records show.

"Request supervisor come to the scene," a trooper reported. "This is a Chicago PD unit. ... Driver advised he was enroute to his office in Chicago."

Car Black

Hot wheels: Russian driver sends car flying & flips it twice at shopping mall parking lot

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A bizarre road crash was caught on CCTV cameras in Siberia, where an unidentified driver managed to flip his car twice in the air before crashing it. Moreover, the driver managed to walk away from the freak accident.

A couple of gravity-defying videos, worthy of a Hollywood - or, rather Bollywood movie - emerged online and promptly went viral on Friday. The accident unfolded near a shopping mall in the city of Omsk a day before, when an unidentified driver hit an "obstacle," local police said.