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Social justice or bullying a child? American ballerina rounds up Instagram mob to lecture 14yo Russian dancer on blackface

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A screenshot of Misty Copeland's Instagram post
The US may be cannibalizing itself with social justice dogma, but some places remain untouched by the long arm of the woke. Not anymore, as a prominent ballerina took to hounding Russian children on the internet for 'racism.'

Ballerina Misty Copeland made history in 2015 by becoming the American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. She's since appeared in productions of 'Swan Lake,' 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'The Nutcracker,' among others. Lately, however, she's also found time to publicly shame Russian children for not measuring up to American standards of political correctness.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Copeland called out a pair of teenage dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy - one of whom is 14 years old - for appearing in blackface, apparently during a rehearsal of 'La Bayadère.'

Copeland's followers saw red, and several reported the dancers for racism. To help them, Copeland tagged one of the dancers in her post.

"No doubt they will be upset and embarrassed by the online backlash but it would not be undeserved," one wrote.

Yellow Vest

Acte 56: More French protests see roads blocked, trains disrupted and scuffles in Paris

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Protesters wearing yellow vests demonstrate during their 56th round of protests with a backdrop of social discontentment triggered by president Macron's pensions reform plan in Paris, France, December 7, 2019.
Truckers blocked roads in about 10 regions around France on Saturday to protest against a planned reduction in tax breaks on diesel for road transport, while train and metro services remained heavily disrupted by a strike against pension reform.

In Paris there were scuffles with police in the Denfert Rochereau area of the residential Left Bank as several hundred "yellow vest" protesters continued their weekly demonstrations, but numbers were relatively small compared with previous weeks as the transport strike made it hard to reach the capital.

The combined pressure of the yellow vest movement over the cost of living and union protests against pension reform are a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to balance the state budget and introduce more environmentally friendly legislation in the second half of his mandate.

Arrow Up

Poll shows America's troops love Russia; Pentagon blames it on Kremlin mind control

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Troops cheer as President Trump addresses his remarks to military personnel at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, 2019.
A Reagan Institute survey has found that nearly half of all American military households view Russia as more of an ally than a threat. Pentagon officials reckon they've been brainwashed by the Kremlin.

The Reagan Institute's annual National Defense Survey measures the attitudes of Americans on all things war, peace, and politics. The latest version, published in October, has more statistics than you could shake a stick at, but to the Pentagon, one in particular stands out.

Some 46 percent of military households see Russia as an "ally," while 28 percent of all American households share that belief. China has overtaken Russia as America's next top enemy, according to the survey.

The think tank reckons positive views of Russia are held mostly by Republicans, which could explain the rampant Russophilia within military ranks (America's men and women in uniform usually vote for the GOP), but the Pentagon's top brass has other ideas.

Comment: American leadership and its MIC are long-vested in perpetuating a forever-war culture - not in actually 'winning' wars nor creating real peace. Increasing friendship with 'the enemy' is not a profitable turn of sentiment and events.


Display

Bloomberg-owned data service caught promoting his campaign page, says it was 'oversight'

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Bloomberg terminal inside a kiosk on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
Bloomberg Terminal, a platform that offers real-time data and news to financial professionals, had a built-in search shortcut directing users to Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign site, at least until the "glitch" was exposed.

The service, that prides itself of being "the most powerful, flexible platform for financial professionals who need real-time data, news, analytics" while "sitting on the desks of 325,000 of the world's most influential decision makers" has been caught red-handed peddling the presidential campaign of its owner, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Until recently, if a user typed in "Mike" or "Mike Bloomberg" into a search box at the terminal, the first result would have been none other than the billionaire Democratic candidate's official campaign website, the Financial Times reported in its scoop on Thursday.

Comment: It worked as long as no one bothered to object. What does it say about Bloomberg, his ideas of fair play and honesty?


Propaganda

'Fairly hefty clanger': Bojo misquoted as saying he wanted control over migration of 'people of color'

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UK PM Boris Johnson
British broadcaster Channel 4 has apologized for, and deleted, a video misquoting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying he wanted democratic control over the migration of "people of color."

The erroneous and now-corrected video was posted on Twitter by Channel 4 and showed Johnson answering questions at a factory in Derbyshire while on the campaign trail ahead of the UK general election.

Channel 4 quoted him as saying: "I am in favour of having people of colour come to this country but I think we should have it democratically controlled," despite him actually saying "people of talent."

Eye 1

From branding genitals to mysterious deaths? Nxivm cult leader now accused of murders

For years, Keith Raniere, who is to be sentenced next year on several charges, ran the successful self-help group Nxivm, which had numerous supporters, including the billionaire Bronfman family. However, it was revealed that the organisation was, in fact, a despotic sex cult. New allegations suggest that the Nxivm boss is behind several murders.
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Pictures of Kristin Snyder, Barbara Jeske, Gina Hutchinson and Pamela Cafritz
The leader of the now-infamous New York-based self-help group Nxivm, Keith Raniere, has been linked to the mysterious deaths of four women connected to his group, the TV special "The Lost Women of NXIVM" reports. As the cult's former publicist Frank Parlato insists, Kristin Snyder, Barbara Jeske, Gina Hutchinson, and Pamela Cafritz passed away under suspicious circumstances between 2002 and 2016.

The death of two women, 33-year-old Hutchinson and Snyder, were ruled as suicides by gunshot and drowning, respectively. But as Parlato says, they talked about their sexual relationships with the guru shortly before their deaths. Incidentally, Raniere was claiming to be celibate around that time.

"Gina Hutchinson [age 33 when she died] was going around saying she had sex with Raniere when she was 14 years old. Others, including her sister, have verified this", the insider revealed, while the other alleged victim claimed at an Nxivm class in Anchorage, Alaska that she was pregnant with the cult boss' child before her disappearance.

Comment: To get an idea of Raniere's psychopathy and the lengths he would go to in order to dominate, control and destroy people's lives, as well as the nefarious connections of his cult, read:


Cloud Lightning

UK: Over a thousand households hit by 'biblical' floods unable to celebrate Christmas at home

Families were forced from their homes across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire by heavy downpours ahead of the holiday season. Many still remain homeless and are staying in hotels, as they are not allowed to return to their houses, which remain uninhabitable.
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Dozens of families in the UK still can't return to their homes following floods that local media describe as nothing short of "Biblical". As the Daily Star reports, over 1,000 households in communities across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire were hit by the high water levels, which were due to heavy rains in November. However, dozens of families are still stranded in hotels, as their homes remain uninhabitable.

They now face the prospect of spending the holiday season fighting challenges from their insurance companies.

"No mum or dad should have to go through what we are going through. I've been moved ­between two hotels but I know someone who's been moved between three. On some nights the insurance hasn't been able to get my family somewhere and asked me to find ­accommodation for myself", Jackie Anne Conley told the outlet.

Comment: Sure, all these "once-in-a-lifetime events" are now occurring on a daily basis at some part of the globe!

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Bad Guys

Beasts at Bea's ball: Photos of Paedo Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & 'pimp' Ghislaine Maxwell at Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday bash

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The evil trio are seen smiling in an astonishing image taken at Windsor Castle
Depraved Jeffrey Epstein, his alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein grin at Princess Beatrice's Windsor Castle party.

The astonishing image, obtained exclusively by The Sun on Sunday, shows how the trio were invited into the seat of royal power by Prince Andrew.

As they mingled with royalty at Beatrice's 18th, police had already prepared an arrest warrant for Epstein on child sex abuse charges and raided his Florida mansion.

Eight days after the billionaire posed in a US Navy Seal uniform for this snap he was in cuffs.
Tuxedo-wearing Weinstein is due in court next month accused of a sex offence in 2006 - the same year this photo was taken.

Russian Flag

What sanctions? Russia's Crimea sets record for tourism

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More than 7 million people have spent their vacations in Crimea so far this year, Deputy Chairman of Crimea's Council of Ministers and Permanent Presidential Envoy Georgy Muradov said, setting a post-Soviet record.

Muradov told TASS that "Crimea is Russia's second most visited region for tourism and recreation after the Krasnodar Region."

Despite Western sanctions targeting the Black Sea peninsula (due to its reunification with Russia), Crimea is becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, Muradov said. This includes travelers from the United States and Europe, he added.

Comment: In addition to tourism, since reunification with Russia, Crimea has become very attractive to investors and the people are enjoying a fast-growing economy.


Pistol

Hong Kong police seize cache of firearms from 'radicals intent on creating chaos'

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A semi-automatic pistol and magazines are among a cache of weapons seized by the Hong Kong police on Dec 8, 2019.
In what appears to be the first firearm seizure linked to massive rallies, police in the former British colony have found a semi-automatic pistol and live ammunition - along with knives and even a Japanese sword.

Hong Kong police have carried out raids early on Sunday, as the city braces for another wave of protests against the local and Beijing government. In wake of the searches, officers found an Austrian-made Glock pistol and four magazines, three of which were loaded with a total of 105 live rounds.

Glock is particularly valued by police and security forces worldwide for its simplicity, versatility and firepower. Its customized versions are also one of the best-selling firearms on the civilian market.

Comment: It's obvious by now that many of the 'pro-democracy' protesters are more intent on creating havoc than inspiring positive changes in government - in fact their actions will almost guarantee an eventual crackdown from the Chinese who have shown remarkable restraint.