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Supreme Court shows interest in Harvard anti-Asian affirmative action case

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The Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
This was another uneventful morning at the Supreme Court, with two uncontroversial decisions (one unanimous, one split between 9-0 and 8-1 decisions in two related cases) involving the First Step Act and the felon-in-possession statute. But the big news came in case number 20-1199, Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

The Court has yet to decide whether it wants to hear the case, but this morning, it asked the Biden administration to file an amicus brief setting forth its views of the case. Cases in which the Court asks the Solicitor General for such a brief are not always taken by the Court, but they are much more likely to end up on its docket.

While there is little doubt that the administration will side with Harvard, its position could be politically sticky, and the case could be explosive. The petition asks the Court to overrule its pro-"diversity" rationale for allowing universities to consider race in admissions:
(1) Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and hold that institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions; and (2) whether Harvard College is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by penalizing Asian-American applicants, engaging in racial balancing, overemphasizing race and rejecting workable race-neutral alternatives.
Roger Clegg has set forth the argument for why the Court should hear this case, and it now has the Court's attention.

Comment: This should be an interesting case given the mix of racial sensitivity and geopolitical posturing.

Take 2

Being a 'non-racist' is not enough, 'righteous white men' actor Tom Hanks learns after daring to write about race issues

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Actor Tom Hanks
After penning a column on how the unfolding of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre should be taught more widely, actor Tom Hanks is being taken to task for playing "righteous white men" and for his movies not being "anti-racist" enough.

In a Sunday op-ed for the US media outlet NPR, TV critic Eric Deggans claims the two-time Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks was a "non-racist" actor, and it was time for him to be an "anti-racist" actor.

But what's the difference, you may wonder?

"Anti-racism implies action - looking around your universe and taking specific steps to dismantle systemic racism," Deggans writes. And Hanks is apparently not supporting his words with enough action.

Deggans' NPR piece was in response to Hanks' column earlier this month for the New York Times, in which he opined that the facts of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, during which as many as 300 black residents were killed and their town destroyed by white aggressors, should be taught more widely in school. Hanks also called out history for being "written by white people." The liberal actor wrote:
"History was mostly written by white people about white people like me, while the history of Black people - including the horrors of Tulsa - was too often left out. Until relatively recently, the entertainment industry, which helps shape what is history and what is forgotten, did the same."
This stance apparently didn't go far enough, however, in Deggan's view.

Comment: Wokeism (mob rule) has no boundaries. If we think we know its end-game, we should think again. They will eat their own.

Arrow Up

Moscow releases 2020 mortality stats: Excess death figures show Russia suffered more from Covid-19 than comparable Western nations

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New figures released by Russia have revealed that, in 2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic began, mortality in the country increased by 19%, painting a bleaker picture than previously published in official coronavirus statistics.

On Tuesday, Russia's government statistics agency Rosstat released the final confirmed demographic figures for 2020. According to the official numbers, deaths in the country were 340,300 people compared to the previous year, growing to 2,138,586.

Of those additional fatalities, just 144,700 deaths (42.5%) were put down to Covid-19. This new figure is considerably worse than the figures presented by Russia's official coronavirus headquarters, which reported on January 1 that just 57,555 people had died of the coronavirus, meaning the country's real pandemic death count is almost three times greater than the previously cited figures.

The latest published numbers also clash with comments from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who claimed that over 81% of the rise in mortality in 2020 can be blamed on Covid-19.


Riz Ahmed says Hollywood under-represents and toxically portrays Muslims. But he isn't telling the whole truth

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Riz Ahmed attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles, California.
The Oscar-nominated British actor and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the US's University of Southern California (USC) have jointly published a study that's long on complaints and short on facts.

Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, is spearheading an initiative to increase the visibility of Muslims in film and eradicate toxic stereotypes in Muslim characters.

As evidenced by his stellar work in, among others, the films 'Nightcrawler' and 'The Sisters Brothers', the mini-series 'The Night Of', and his Oscar-nominated portrayal in 'Sound of Metal', Ahmed is one of the finest actors around, and he seems to be a very thoughtful artist and man.

Comment: While the author has a point and the study is clearly flawed, there is something to be said for the demonization of Muslims in mainstream media. For the last decade, we have been told to fear the Muslim hordes that were coming to take our freedoms and Hollywood dutifully played its part at the behest of the CIA. The connections between entertainment industries and American intel agencies actually date back to the 1950s while other reports suggest it was as early as 1929. This is by no means isolated to Muslims either, notice how the Hollywood villain changes based on the political climate at the time.

Sadly, the author and the Hollywood actor missed an opportunity to shine a light on this issue and instead deferred to the flavor du jour of identity politics, inclusion, and diversity. See also:


BBC journalist chased out of anti-lockdown protest

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The BBC has condemned footage of one of its journalists being aggressively harassed and chased by anti-lockdown protesters in London.

Footage shared on social media showed demonstrators shouting abuse in the fact of Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt near Downing Street on Monday.

Mr Watt, who was wearing a BBC lanyard, was forced to run through the mob beyond a line of police officers as people shouted "traitor" and other slurs at him.

Crowds had gathered in Westminster to protest against the Government's extension of coronavirus restrictions in England by four weeks.

Comment: When journalists fail to report facts on the ground and instead manufacture a pseudo-reality that distorts and denies facts, people are naturally going to become hostile.

Here's the video of the event:


SJW paradise: San Francisco thief brazenly fills trash bag with store items as security guard can only record the crime

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A thief was caught on video filling a trash bag with items from a San Francisco Walgreens store Monday while a security guard stood in the aisle and recorded the crime.

The crook ended up easily bicycling past the guard — who attempted to snag the bag to no avail — and exiting the store in broad daylight.

Comment: Wherever there's a rise in crime due to lax law enforcement, look for Soros' Open Society Foundation somewhere in the background. It made a huge push for control of state and local judiciaries. Those unfortunate cities are now reaping the results:


North Korean defector says 'even North Korea was not this nuts' after attending Ivy League Columbia University

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North Korean defector Yeonmi Park during an interview with Fox News.
As American educational institutions continue to be called into question, a North Korean defector fears the United States' future "is as bleak as North Korea" after she attended one of the country's most prestigious universities.

Yeonmi Park has experienced plenty of struggle and hardship, but she does not call herself a victim.

One of several hundred North Korean defectors settled in the United States, Park, 27, transferred to Columbia University from a South Korean university in 2016 and was deeply disturbed by what she found.

"I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think," Park said in an interview with Fox News. "I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying."


Police: Vehicle plows into Minnesota protesters, killing 1

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A car drives past the scene Monday, June 14, 2021, where police and witnesses say a woman was killed and multiple others were injured when an SUV struck a parked car and tossed it into demonstrators during a protest late Sunday in Uptown Minneapolis.
A woman was killed and three other people were injured when a vehicle drove into demonstrators during a protest in the Minneapolis neighborhood where a Black man was fatally shot this month during his attempted arrest by members of a federal task force, police said Monday.

The crash happened at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood. Witnesses said the driver of an SUV struck a parked car, tossing it into the crowd of demonstrators. Police spokesman John Elder did not confirm that account, and said authorities are still investigating.

Comment: There are big changes in the climate and environment in that part of the world and on the whole planet in general.

Are all these changes influencing people who live there to do crazy things?

Did the PTB intentionally used the 2014 Ferguson unrest to create and fund the violent BLM movement, so they can distract the public from the real dangers such as the rapid changes in nature?

Is this tragic incident just another in a row that will be used to distract people from the real problems, like drastic environmental changes and catastrophic economic decline?

The main focus of the people is on BLM protests and the "police brutality" that is hugely exaggerated by the media.

In fact, most of the violence comes from the BLM movement. It looks like the PTB is just directing and manipulating people's anger and energy in the direction they need so they can accomplish their agenda.

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Jon Stewart tosses media grenade: Hijacks Colbert Show with lab-leak rant, liberal Twitter melts down

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Jon Stewart appears on Colbert Show
Comedian Jon Stewart overpowered Stephen Colbert's ability to shill on Monday, hijacking the Late Show's return to a live (and fully vaccinated) audience with an epic rant on the COVID-19 lab-leak theory.

"I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science. Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science," Stewart said after Colbert asked how he was feeling about the scientific response to COVID-19.

"Do you mean perhaps there's a chance that this was created in a lab?" asked Colbert, adding "There's an investigation."

"A chance?" shot back Stewart - kicking the door open.

Comment: Jon Stewart is an original who has never been afraid to buck the MSM narrative, unlike sellout Colbert.


The Grey Lady backs down: NYT retracts false claim that satire site The Babylon Bee publishes 'far-right misinformation'

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Satirical site The Babylon Bee took on The New York Times and won. Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon asked for a correction, and they got it.

Satire site The Babylon Bee took on The New York Times and won. Censored by Facebook back in March, The Babylon Bee became the subject of a Times story in which the Grey Lady claimed that the Bee was an example of a "far-right misinformation site" that "sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire."

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon asked for a retraction, and they got it. Dillon posted to Twitter that the Times had responded to the letter and actually removed the defamatory statements from the article.