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'Mandatory' gender activist propaganda course set to ruin kid's hockey in Ontario - non-woke parents won't be signing on as volunteers

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Minivans stuffed with hockey gear and parents sipping drive-thru coffee rink-side are quintessential Canadian suburban scenes. But since 2018, the world of hockey moms and dads has become just another venue for the spread of what one Ontario hockey coach describes as culture-war propaganda.

Actually, make that former coach: "I can't coach. I can't be on the bench. I can't help on the ice — Even just to help on the ice, you need this training," he explains. After having assisted on his son's hockey team for three years, the father has been removed from all positions because he questioned the necessity of a mandatory gender identity training course imposed by Hockey Eastern Ontario (formerly the Ottawa District Hockey Association) following a 2017 legal settlement involving a transgender hockey player.

The father has been interviewed by Quillette, and supplied documentation outlining his concerns and tracking his correspondence with other parties mentioned below. These concerns include the possibility that he will be taken up on accusations of transphobia merely for speaking with the media, which is why we have agreed to refer to him here as John Doe.



College Republicans accuse Maine university of threatening to sue OFF-CAMPUS venue to stop their event

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The next three venues backed out of hosting, too

The College Republicans chapter at the University of Maine can't seem to catch a break, on or off campus.

Less than two months after the CRs were suspended based on a groundless accusation of "Nazism," four straight off-campus venues canceled the group's booking for an event with conservative pundit Michelle Malkin.

The Sheraton Hotel at Sable Oaks yanked its contract with the CRs days before the Jan. 17 event, citing the university's derecognition of the club after its faculty advisor, who calls herself a "centrist Democrat," quit in protest of its invitation of Malkin.

The administration claims that it didn't tell the hotel to cancel the event. UMaine earlier told The College Fix that the student government bylaw requiring recognized student clubs to have a faculty or staff advisor was not an infringement on clubs' speech.

Comment: Interesting that despite the woke campaign to quash Ms. Malkin's appearance, the event itself was packed. People were willing to drive 45 minutes out of their way to hear what she had to say.

Better Earth

China just declared war on single-use plastics

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China is waging war on plastic waste as it seeks to ban all single-use plastics from production and sale by the end of 2020. Meanwhile, a surge of new plastics are set to hit the world market as companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Saudi Aramco are ramping up the output of petrochemical-based products.

Over the course of the next five years, China plans on rolling out a nation-wide ban on single-use plastics that will restrict the production, sale, and use of plastic bags, microbeads, straws, packaging, tape, cotton swabs, and utensils, according to Science Alert.

A translated explanation for the new guidelines states:
Consumption of plastic products, especially single-use items, has been consistently rising.

There needs to be stronger comprehensive planning and a systematic rollout to clean up plastic pollution.

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Project Veritas: Another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas - 'I'll straight up get armed' if Trump re-elected

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Bernie Sanders at campaign rally at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California
A video exposing the extreme viewpoints of yet another staffer of the Bernie Sanders campaign has some questioning whether there is a growing issue inside the Vermont senator's ranks.

A video released on Tuesday by Project Veritas reveals a man identified as Martin Weissgerber, a paid field organizer for the Sanders presidential campaign in South Carolina, fantasizing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps" and Sanders dissolving the Senate and House of Representatives should he become president.

"Do we just cease — do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the judicial branch, and have someone like Bernie Sanders and a cabinet of people make all the decisions on climate? I mean, I'm serious," the staffer says when talking about how Sanders could tackle climate change as president.

Comment: The Sanders campaign hasn't made any statements. There has been neither endorsement nor condemnation of the 'Bernie Bro' lunatics Project Veritas has outed so far. Is this the Left's idea of being "inclusive"?

One of the field offices did offer some input:

James O'Keefe says there's more to come.

Project Veritas - Bernie campaigner dreams of slaying MSNBC hosts: 'Liberals get the f***ing wall first'


Masks and airport checks for coronavirus outbreak are there to keep population calm - no government can stop its spread now

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Citizens wear masks to defend against new viruses on January 22,2020 in Guangzhou, China
As the Chinese coronavirus spreads rapidly around the globe, governments worldwide are making a show of doing something. But are their measures effective, or just exercises in population control?

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization may declare an international public health emergency. Whether or not they do this will greatly affect the response of both the Chinese government and others in dealing with the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV virus that has already infected hundreds and killed nine.

Talk is now being raised about a global pandemic:
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A press conference in Hong Kong about the extent of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China, January 21, 2020
The deadly pneumonia-like illness that has sickened hundreds and killed nine in and near Wuhan, China has turned up in the US, despite precautions, as China's neighbors ratchet up screening efforts to prevent a global pandemic.

A Snohomish County, Washington man has become the first officially confirmed novel coronavirus case in the US. Local officials have not named the man, who is said to be very sick. He was hospitalized with pneumonia last week after returning from the Wuhan region, where the illness has already claimed nine lives, according to Chinese authorities.

It's not immediately clear how many other Americans may have been exposed to the disease, which is believed to have its origins in a seafood and poultry market in the city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people.

Over 440 cases had been confirmed by Wednesday in China, cropping up in cities including Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai; cases have also been reported in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and - now - the US. Infectious disease experts from Imperial College London estimated the disease toll to be much higher, however, suggesting on Saturday that at least 1,723 people might be infected.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set up screening points at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York on Friday in hopes of catching coronavirus carriers before they made it into the country, but they were apparently too late - or too far south - for US Patient Zero. While the CDC has claimed the threat to Americans is low, it also claims to be taking "proactive preparedness precautions."

Russian airports in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Irkutsk stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify infected people on Tuesday, after it became clear the virus is able to spread from human to human. India has also expanded thermal screening of passengers arriving from China, including Hong Kong, to seven airports, among them Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin, in addition to New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The sole South Korean airport operating direct flights to Wuhan set up special gates for passengers back on January 3, while Singapore also expanded travelers' temperature screenings at Changi airport. Malaysia beefed up its own evaluations at the major airport in Kuala Lumpur, and the Bangladesh aviation watchdog also ordered screenings for travelers from China to look for any signs of the illness. Australian health officials, meanwhile, are distributing pamphlets and asking everyone coming from Wuhan to identify themselves if they feel any symptoms.

It's not entirely clear how easily the virus - which causes pneumonia-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and chest tightness - spreads from person to person, or what predisposes a person to contracting (or dying from) it, but authorities believe it initially jumped from animals at the Wuhan market to humans. The World Health Organization is due to weigh in on Wednesday on whether the outbreak will be declared an international public health emergency.
The virus is feared to be adapting too fast for China to deal with. It has asked for help from WHO:
The virus seems to be adapting and mutating, according to the head of China's Disease Control Center, Gao Fu, who noted though that, so far, all of its changes have been in line with expectations.

There may now be up to 2,197 cases of "close contact" with confirmed carriers, though another Health Commission official said he has yet to see evidence for "super spreaders" of the illness, or highly contagious patients, adding that "relevant measures" were being taken in the event such patients arise.

The abrupt increase in confirmed cases comes with improvements in methods of detection, the vice minister said, but the government has nonetheless warned the public to avoid densely populated areas nationwide. Meanwhile, officials in both Wuhan and the city of Hubei have been asked to take the "strictest possible measures" to minimize public gatherings, while residents of both cities were requested to refrain from traveling.

The Health Commission said it will continue to publicize new cases daily throughout China's lunar New Year as researchers work to track the source of the illness and create a vaccine, adding it is now in its "most critical" stage for prevention and control.

Arrow Down

Lying through her teeth, AGAIN: Hillary defends past association with Weinstein, claiming 'how could we have known?'

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (L) poses with former first lady Hillary Clinton (C) and producer Harvey Weinstein in New York, December 3, 1998.
Hillary Clinton defended her past association with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in an interview released Tuesday, suggesting she would not have taken the thousands in donations to her 2016 campaign if she had "known what we know now."

"How could we have known? He raised money for me, for the Obamas, for Democrats in general," Clinton told The Hollywood Reporter when asked if she had any regrets about her association with Weinstein. "And that at the time was something that everybody thought made sense. And of course, if all of us had known what we know now, it would have affected our behavior."

Weinstein donated the maximum amount possible for an individual contributor to Clinton in both the 2016 Democratic primary and the general election, which Clinton said in 2017 that she would donate to charity after allegations of sexual misconduct broke against the Hollywood producer. FEC records show that Weinstein has raised over $2.3 million for Democratic causes in his career.

Actress Lena Dunham and journalist Tina Brown have both said they informed Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign of Weinstein's sexual misconduct and warned them not to associate with him or accept his donations.


Gold Seal

You GO girl! Tulsi Gabbard announces $50 million defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton

Comment: Who else has the balls to stand up against The Killary like this?

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Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

A press report released from Gabbard's campaign announced the lawsuit Wednesday. Gabbard's lawyers previously demanded Clinton retract her comments, where she claimed Gabbard was the Russian's favorite candidate.

"Tulsi Gabbard, a United States Congresswoman, Army National Guard Major, and 2020 presidential candidate, today filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton," according to the press release.

Comment: More from Fox News:
"Clinton lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard," the lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in New York, read. "She did so publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent. Tulsi has been harmed by Clinton's lies — and American democracy has suffered as well."

In October, Clinton said that an unnamed Democratic presidential candidate was "the favorite of the Russians."

"I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," Clinton said, speaking on a podcast with David Plouffe, a former adviser to President Obama.

Although she never named Gabbard, a four-term congresswoman from Hawaii, there were just five women running for president at the time: Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Marianne Williamson.

When a CNN reporter asked Clinton's spokesperson, Nick Merril, whether Gabbard, who has served in the Army National Guard, was the candidate she was referring to, he said: "If the nesting doll fits," a reference to Russian nesting dolls.

Gabbard's suit claimed she suffered "significant actual damages, personally and professionally, that are estimated to exceed $50 million — and continue to this day."

Clinton's remarks at the time ignited a political firestorm, evoking responses in defense of Gabbard from both President Trump and fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Clinton has not responded publicly to the suit and did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment.

Gabbard's suit suggests that Clinton targeted her with a false accusation for "retribution" over her endorsement of Sanders, Clinton's rival in the Democratic primary, in 2016. (Sanders eventually endorsed Clinton for president in July 2016).

"Tulsi was told that the Clinton team would never forget this," the suit says.
Twitter was quick to jump on the court filing, which included a dig at the long string of mysterious deaths that seem to follow the Clinton Machine:

Here's hoping this doesn't come to pass...

Oops! Killary Clinton accidentally posts condolences for Tulsi Gabbard's suicide a day early


Heated demonstrations continue in Beirut, despite formation of new Hezbollah-approved government

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Even after the formation of a new government in Lebanon, heated demonstrations in the streets of Beirut show no signs of slowing down, with protesters continuing to trade blows with security forces in on-and-off clashes.

The ongoing unrest comes as a new government was announced on Tuesday, following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and amid the worst economic crisis Lebanon has faced in decades. An agreement reached between Hezbollah and its allies in parliament made Hassan Diab the new prime minister, and created a fresh cabinet consisting of 20 members.



First US case of potentially deadly Chinese coronavirus confirmed in Washington state

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Commuters wearing face masks walk through a railway station in Wuhan, in central China.
A Washington state man has been diagnosed with the mysterious virus that broke out last month in China, becoming the first confirmed case in the United States of an illness that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more, according to U.S. officials.

The man, in his 30s, is in stable condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Officials said they are monitoring him there out of an abundance of caution, not because he is seriously ill. The man returned to the United States last week, before federal health officials began screening travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan at Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York's John F. Kennedy international airports, the first such effort since the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Washington state health officials said the man, a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., returned Wednesday from a trip to the region where he was visiting relatives in Wuhan, where the outbreak began. Shortly after arriving at Seattle's international airport, he began feeling ill and reached out to his health-care provider on Sunday. Local, state and federal officials quickly collected samples and sent them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. His case was confirmed Monday as the coronavirus that has sickened close to 300 people in China and others in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

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Bizarro Earth

Driver rams car carrying 6 teenagers, killing 3, in California

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An officer with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team investigates the scene of a deadly crash in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona,...
An officer with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team investigates the scene of a deadly crash in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona, California, on Jan. 20, 2020. A driver intentionally rammed the Prius with six teenage boys inside, killing three and injuring the others before fleeing, authorities said.
A California man "intentionally rammed" his vehicle into a car carrying six teenage boys, killing three and injuring the others, before driving off, authorities said.

The deadly crash occurred Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. local time on a roadway in the Temescal Valley, some 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The hit caused the teens' Toyota Prius to slam into a tree off the road, and first responders had to free three of the boys who were trapped in the wrecked vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One of the teens died at the scene, while the other five were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to serious. Two of them were later pronounced dead, according to the California Highway Patrol. Their names and exact ages were not immediately released.

Comment: Also in the last few days in the US: Mother admits to killing her 3 children in Phoenix, US