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'Spellcheck for Bias' is Hollywood's admission it's putting forced representation over quality

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Hollywood's drive for diversity was once a benign movement to give under-represented groups the screen time they're due. It's grown into a quality killer, soon to be enforced by woke computer algorithms.

What started as a campaign for inclusion has manifested into a Trojan Horse to divide Hollywood by race and gender. A Trojan Horse that is called Progressive check-boxing - the art of casting or awarding television & movies based on intersectionality over quality.

Birthed from the outrage of #OscarsSoWhite and intensified during the #MeToo era, Progressive check-boxing is killing audiences' enjoyment of the entertainment industry.


Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition: 'First they came for Julian, next for you'

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Supporters of Julian Assange rally in London. February 22, 2020
Thousands have protested near the British Parliament against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange's looming extradition to the US ahead of the hearing next week.

Demonstrators marched from Australia House to Parliament Square near the Palace of Westminster, where both houses of Parliament are located.

Chanting: "There's only one decision - no extradition!" and "Free Julian Assange!" the demonstrators demanded the WikiLeaks co-founder not be handed over to the US. They say Assange was doing journalistic work and his prosecution is unlawful.

Comment: Roger Waters had more to say in interview with RT:
"If they extradite Julian and kill him in America, it is the death knell of jurisprudence in this country," he said. "[Assange's case] has nothing to do with the law, it's not a legal proceeding at all. It's a joke and it's disgusting... It makes me ashamed to be English."

"Julian Assange in America getting a fair trial? Zero chance," he said. "He didn't commit any espionage, he reported on things that were going on - they happened to be war crimes."
There's an extradition treaty between the UK and the United States, which has a number of articles. The fourth article says that no extradition proceeding should even start if there is a political motivation to it. This isn't political? Of course it is.
"He's been in prison for seven years now, in the Ecuadorian Embassy and now in this maximum security place in Belmarsh," where "they've almost killed him," Waters said. "He's really sick... Julian could hardly remember his own name."

Despite calls from Australian lawmakers for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to block Assange's extradition earlier this week, Waters said the PM is much too beholden to Washington to follow through on the request.
Boris? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we found even one iota of British bulldog in Boris Johnson, but unfortunately he is 100 percent American poodle.
"I suspect [Jonhson] will stay in his kennel and do what he's bloody well told by his masters across the Atlantic," he said.

Ultimately, Waters concluded, the persecution of Julian Assange is a "way of exerting... authority, so that nobody will report on anything that's inconvenient to power ever again."
Any reporting on wrongdoing by any armed forces anywhere in the world, I think it's a moral obligation and duty [for journalists], and it's a duty of the government to do something about it, not try and kill them!


Russian MoD: Reports that 'hundreds of thousands' of civilians are heading to Turkey to escape Idlib hostilities are false

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The Russian military has denied claims that scores of refugees are fleeing Syria's Idlib province and moving towards the Turkish border due to battles between the Syrian Army and terrorists in the area.

"There are no verifiable photos and videos, or any other data to confirm the statements that 'around a million' refugees are supposedly moving from the Idlib de-escalation zone," the head of Russia's Reconciliation Center for Syria, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlyov, said in a statement. "The information alleging that 'hundreds of thousands' of civilians are heading for the Syrian-Turkish border because of battles between terrorists and Syrian government troops in the east of the province [Idlib] is not true."

The official added that terrorists are using civilians as human shields, preventing them from leaving the combat zone through the three humanitarian corridors set up by the Reconciliation Center in the Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama provinces.

The situation in Idlib flared up in recent weeks, with the Syrian Army making advances against terrorists and militants, some of which are backed by Turkey. The anti-government forces launched a counteroffensive on Thursday, which was beaten back with the help of Russian airstrikes.


More Boeing bad news: Debris found in fuel tanks of many undelivered 737 MAX jets

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An employee works on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington, U.S. January 10, 2020.
Boeing Co has found debris in the fuel tanks of dozens of undelivered 737 MAX jets amid ongoing inspections as the Chicago-based planemaker struggles to restore the trust of airlines and the wider public in the grounded fleet.

Boeing found debris in the fuel tanks of about 35 aircraft, a company spokesman confirmed on Friday. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that more than 50% of the undelivered 737 MAX jets inspected thus far have had debris found in them.

Several more planes are still awaiting inspection.



Harvey Weinstein jury says they are deadlocked; judge orders them to keep deliberating

Harvey Weinstein
Jurors in the trial against Harvey Weinstein indicated they were deadlocked Friday on the two most serious counts against him, prompting the judge to order that any verdict must be unanimous.

New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke added that if the jury can't reach a unanimous decision, then it can't return a verdict on the two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The judge also asked the jury to continue deliberations, which are set to resume Monday morning.

"It is not uncommon for a jury to believe they will never reach a unanimous verdict but on further deliberation, they are often able to reach a unanimous verdict," Burke told the courtroom.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberations Tuesday. The once-powerful Hollywood mogul, 67, also faces one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape, and one count of a criminal sex act. The jury suggested it reached a unanimous decision on those three counts.

Comment: See also: As Harvey Weinstein trial begins, Hollywood dutifully feigns the outrage it kept quiet for the years he operated


Israel plans 9,000 settler homes despite Trump's plan for Palestinian 'tourism center'

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The Israeli housing ministry has begun advancing a master plan to build a massive Jewish neighborhood in an east Jerusalem area that appears to be earmarked in the US administration's peace plan for a Palestinian tourism center, according to different news reports.

On February 9, the ministry submitted a building plan that would see some 9,000 housing units constructed at the site of the former Qalandiya airport (known by Israelis as Atarot airport) near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, which has been inoperative since the breakout of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

The new Jewish neighborhood in Qalandiya would break a long stretch of Palestinian urban areas extending from the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shu'afat north to Kfar Aqab, Qalandiya and Ramallah on the other side of the security barrier.

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Bizarro Earth

"Kill more": Female convert & ISIS supporter admits plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral

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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, a supporter of Islamic State.
A supporter of Islamic State has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, west London, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

It was alleged Shaikh made contact with someone who could prepare explosives, and went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the cathedral and a hotel as locations to plant bombs.

She prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Isis between August 2019 and October 2019. She also shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app over the same period.

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NoFap won't make you a Nazi: Why MSM can't get a grip on internet's anti-masturbation activists

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If you've read about the NoFap online community in the mainstream media, you may have gotten the idea that they're a bunch of science-denying misogynists. In reality, they're the internet's Alcoholics Anonymous, but for porn.

Pornography and sex addiction is becoming a concern for many. Several celebrities have been open about their own sex addictions, such as Kanye West, Terry Crews, Michael Douglas, Tiger Woods, Lamar Odom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 2013 film 'Don Jon' tackled the subject as well. It's something seemingly unique to our digital age, with the ability to access pornography on demand from any device that has an internet connection.

There are those that deny the addiction exists, like popular feminist YouTuber Laci Green, or noted sex therapist Dr. David J. Ley, who wrote in Psychology Today that pornography is not addictive back in 2013. However, a 2014 study at Cambridge has shown that a porn-addicted brain reacts to pornography in the same way a drug-addicted brain acts towards drug cues. The World Health Organisation recognised sex addiction as a mental health condition two years later.

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Cops smell weed on 16yo boy and beat the hell out of him - taxpayers to be held liable

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As the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times, the only thing dangerous about marijuana is what happens when the police catch you with it. Marijuana will not kill you, but the police officers who find you with it just might. The violent arrest of a 16-year-old Delaware boy proves this notion. Now, the taxpayers of New Castle will be held liable because the officer who did the punching, was not.

One year after this boy was savagely beaten by New Castle County police — who were never held accountable — attorney for the family, Chris Johnson, has announced they intend to sue if the department refuses to settle.

As TFTP reported at the time, the boy, identified by his family as Roger Darnell Brown was outside talking with his friend last February because he'd just gotten a brand new dirt bike and wanted to show it off. The boys weren't breaking into cars or vandalizing the neighborhood or stealing things. They were just being boys hanging out.

However, as they stood in the front yard, two cops claimed to smell marijuana and this peaceful hangout quickly turned violent.

Roger was straddling the bike when police arrived and told him to get off it, Mary Fleming, Roger's mother told Delaware Online.

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Stock Down

England has WORST regional inequality in developed world, new report says

Gresham Middlesbrough
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A woman pushes a pram along a semi-derelict terraced street in the Gresham area of Middlesbrough, north-east England
The over-centralization of power has resulted in England becoming "the most regionally divided economy in the developed world," according to new research.

A report released by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North think tank on Friday says that, while inner London is one of the most productive regions in the European Union, other parts of England have productivity levels "similar to Poland, Hungary and Romania."

"[England is the] most regionally divided economy in the developed world in terms of productivity, income, job opportunities, and health outcomes."

Researchers at the progressive think tank have urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to embark on a major devolution program. They report that the "economy isn't working for any part of England" - not even the nation's capital - adding that "this situation is unique in the developed world."

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