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Crazy US House progressive Ayanna Pressley tries to make student debt forgiveness about racial justice, but even Dems aren't buying it

Ayanna Pressley
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US Representative Ayanna Pressley, a member of the progressive 'Squad' in Congress, has argued that student-loan debt forgiveness is a racial-justice issue, drawing flak even from fellow Democrats.

"Student debt cancellation is a racial-justice issue," the Massachusetts Democrat declared on Monday on Twitter.

Pressley's tweet came amid increasing discussion of student loan debt after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that once Joe Biden becomes president, he would be able to extinguish $50,000 of student borrowings for each debtor through an executive order.

Pressley's suggestion that debt forgiveness should be tied to skin color was predictably rejected or mocked by conservatives, such as media critic Mark Dice, but failed to strike a chord with some Democrats, and the members of the community to which she was appealing.

Maxwell Little, political activist and former field organizer for Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker, pointed out that white students hold most student debt, so forgiving college loans would only increase the racial wealth gap. Paying reparations to American descendants of slaves "must be first," he said.

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Full-scale humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia: UN refugee agency

Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait
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FILE PHOTO: Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region are seen at the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait village in eastern Kassala state, Sudan November 14, 2020
The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, with more than 27,000 now having fled heavy fighting to Sudan.

The pace of the exodus, some 4,000 a day, may also indicate "massive displacement" within the Tigray region, UN agencies said, saying teams on the ground were overwhelmed.

Ethiopia's prime minister warned on Tuesday that a deadline for rebel northern forces to lay down arms had expired, paving the way for a final push on the Tigray region's capital in a two-week conflict destabilizing the Horn of Africa.

"UNHCR is warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan," Babar Baloch, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told a Geneva news briefing.

Comment: A little more context may provide some insight into the conflict:
There are widespread concerns that the fighting in Tigray could spread to other parts of Africa's second-most-populous country, and to the rest of Horn of Africa region.

Once the country's most powerful party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) that rules the Tigray region has been feuding with Prime Minister Abiy since he came to power in 2018 and promised reform nationwide.

The TPLF recently ignored a national ban on elections due to coronavirus. Abiy responded by calling their regional vote illegal.



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'Woke wars' move to new battlefield: 'Top earner' complains white people do 'way better' on Substack platform

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As Substack, the platform that allows journalists to build paid followings from newsletters, moves into the mainstream, woke critics are suggesting the site is biased towards white writers.

"I am a white person and I am a top earner on Substack and it's very weird to me that some people don't wanna admit that white people do way way way better on Substack," journalist Emily Atkin tweeted on Monday, adding that maybe people should "figure out how to make it not that way."

Atkin also said that "pure raw talent" is not behind the success of many who have moved onto the platform.

Comment: Articles that couldn't find a space in the leftist media:


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American Medical Association goes full Woke, declares racism a 'public health threat,' prompting both applause & mockery

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has voted to recognize racism as a "public health threat" and pledged to "actively work on dismantling racist policies." Some cheered the decision, while others were dismayed by the move.

The new policy rules, adopted on Monday, are aimed at combating racist policies and practices across all US healthcare, according to a press release on the AMA website.

"The AMA recognizes that racism negatively impacts and exacerbates health inequities among historically marginalized communities," said Board Member Dr Willarda V. Edwards during a meeting of the AMA's House of Delegates, adding that, without systemic changes, "the overall health of the nation will suffer."

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Mailchimp de-platforms Trump supporters as big tech continues its war on conservatives

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Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite, and Google have all hit hard against conservatives use of their platforms. Now, bulk emailer Mailchimp has joined the ranks of tech companies that have decided to silence the voices of conservatives. Big tech appears to believe that it is their purview to give access to their platform to whomever they please — and to deplatform those they don't.

Mailchimp, which is a service organizations can use to send emails to everyone who has signed up to be on their contact list, decided that they don't want to provide their service to the Northern Virginia Tea Party. They claimed that the messages contained "potentially harmful misinformation."

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If Listerine beats Covid-19, so does whisky! Lockdown-weary Britons mock corona-killing mouthwash study

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Some common mouthwash brands can reduce viral loads in saliva, promising a new way to curb Covid-19 spread, UK scientists say. The hopeful message was met with a wave of mockery online from those apparently feeling lockdown-weary.

A preprinted Cardiff University paper published last week details researchers' findings on how well various products work to destroy viral lipid membranes. The idea is that an infected person could become at least temporarily less of a risk to others by rinsing and gargling to reduce the viral load in their saliva. Tiny droplets produced during coughing or even simply breathing is how scientists believe Covid-19 mainly proliferates.

Pushing down infection rates is crucial to stop the pandemic, and Cardiff University researchers believe that the use of mouthwash is an under-explored way of doing this. The research was done in a lab rather than on actual people. So it remains unclear if, say, Listerine Advanced, which proved to be effective in vitro, could undercut the virus, even if everybody uses it.

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Three more NY sheriffs say they won't enforce Cuomo's Thanksgiving limit

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
Three more upstate New York sheriffs have announced their refusal to enforce the state's private gathering limit on Thanksgiving.

In a scathing Facebook post on Saturday, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino questioned the legality of Gov. Cuomo's newly instituted 10-person cap on parties and other gatherings in private residences.

"Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle," the sheriff wrote in the Saturday post. "And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn't in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won't," he said.

Giardino noted his office, with limited resources, has scant legal options to enter private homes other than search warrants, invitations or under an "emergency circumstance."

"We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority," Giardino wrote.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said there will be no Thanksgiving enforcement, and on Monday Saratoga County Michael Zurlo also threw cold water on the state order.

Comment: See also:

'Gestapo coming to your Thanksgiving': New York Governor Cuomo ripped for new draconian Covid-19 restrictions


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Dutch farmers stage another tractor protest over government's climate change policy

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The farmers action group 'Farmers Defense Force' (FDF) protesting on Tuesday.
At least two people have been arrested during a major motorized protest by Dutch farmers in The Hague against the government's policies to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions as part of its climate-change initiatives.

Hundreds of tractors, trucks and support vehicles from the Farmers Defence Force descended on the administrative capital on Tuesday, clogging the city's roads and bringing traffic to a near standstill.

Comment: See also:


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Twitter's new 'fleets' will disappear after 24 hours

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Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

The new "fleets" which had been tested in several countries in recent months are "for sharing momentary thoughts" and aim to bring in users who want to avoid having their comments become permanent fixtures, according to a Twitter blog post.

"Those new to Twitter found fleets to be an easier way to share what's on their mind," said product manager Sam Haveson and design director Joshua Harris in the blog post.

"Because they disappear from view after a day, fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings."

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US military buying location data harvested from popular Muslim apps

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Muslim Pro touts itself as the "Most Popular Muslim App!" and also includes passages and audio readings from the Quran
The US military has purchased the location data of millions of Muslims from around the world who use a popular prayer app and a Muslim dating app, Vice's Motherboard reported.

The technology website reported on Monday that the US military used two separate methods to obtain the location data of users. The first involved a product called Locate X.

According to Motherboard, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a branch of the military tasked with counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and special reconnaissance, bought access to Locate X to assist on overseas special forces operations.