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At first, #MeToo failed to take off in Russia - can it transcend Moscow's liberal circles at the second attempt?

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While it briefly threatened to become a major issue, the so-called #MeToo movement never really got going in Russia. However, this month the agenda has been reawakened by allegations against several former and current journalists.

On Friday, the well-known playwright, journalist and Echo Moskvy radio host Victor Shenderovich was accused of sexual harassment by several women who posted their stories online via Facebook.

One of them was the journalist Lydia Mikhalchenko, who opened her statement by writing that "Until March of this year, I considered him one of the best people in this world." She went on to imply abuse towards two other women, Olga Crassac and Maria Troitskaya, who were also ready to talk publicly about their own ordeals.

Shenderovich responded to the allegations by commenting defensively that although he had "regrets" in life he did not understand these "new ethics" at play between men and women. This is the latest incident in a series in which men in prominent positions have been forced to answer accusations of sexual misconduct.

Red Pill

The key to defeating COVID-19 already exists. We need to start using it

As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals. I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the mainstream of medicine, so have been flummoxed to find that, in the midst of a crisis, I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines. As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily. Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly.

I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine. When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.

On May 27, I published an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) entitled, "Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis." That article, published in the world's leading epidemiology journal, analyzed five studies, demonstrating clear-cut and significant benefits to treated patients, plus other very large studies that showed the medication safety.


Time to excise exceptionalism and imperialism from American conservatism

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Child waves a flag in the crown of Liberty Enlightening the World, known as The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
American exceptionalism fans imperial designs. We must reject it.

Reactions to globalization, the Trump presidency, and the coronavirus pandemic have turned discussions of American conservatism increasingly into discussions of "nationalism." Regrettably, terminological confusion is rampant. Both "conservatism" and "nationalism" are words of many and even contradictory meanings.

The strengths of post-World War II American intellectual conservatism have been widely heralded. As for its weaknesses, one trait stands out that has greatly impeded intellectual stringency: a deep-seated impatience with the supposedly "finer points" of philosophy. Making do with loosely defined terms has made conservatism susceptible to intellectual flabbiness, contradiction, and manipulation.

This deficiency is connected to a virtual obsession with electoral politics. William F. Buckley's path-breaking National Review was an intellectual magazine, but its primary purpose was to prepare the ground for political victories, most of all for capturing the presidency. The desire to forge a political alliance among diverse groups pushed deep intellectual fissures into the background. Having a rather narrowly political understanding of what shapes the future, most conservatives thought that the election and presidency of Ronald Reagan signified the "triumph" of conservatism; but the triumph was hollow. The reason is that in the long run politicians have less power than those who shape our view of reality, our innermost hopes and fears, and our deeper sensibilities. A crucial role is here played by "the culture" — universities, schools, churches, the arts, media, book publishing, advertising, Hollywood, and the rest of the entertainment industry — which is why America kept moving leftward.


Owners of New Jersey's Atilis Gym under arrest for defying state orders to close

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Co-owner Ian Smith outside Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, in May.
The owners of a New Jersey gym that repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic were arrested Monday.

On Monday, Frank Trumbetti, 51, and Ian Smith, 33, were each charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction and one count of violation of a disaster control act. They have both since been released.

"We are not upset that we got arrested," said Smith. "We wanted Murphy to look like a fool. He looks like a fool arresting small business people. We are not upset with the fact that we got arrested. I am upset at the fact that this is the length that we have to go to to feed our families."

A state judge ruled Friday that New Jersey authorities could shut down Atilis Gym, in Bellmawr.



Portland violence escalates as Antifa rioters accused of throwing real explosives at feds

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Reports have surfaced of Portland rioters using real explosives
In an apparent disturbing escalation in violence, after the 61st consecutive day of protests in Portland, Antifa have been accused of throwing real explosives, not fireworks, at federal agents.

Approximately 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Portland on Monday evening, including parents and veterans groups, all of whom were teargassed in something that has become a nightly tradition.

Daily footage from the city shows that neither side is backing down and, in the latest disturbing escalation, accusations that members of the protest group have begun throwing actual explosive devices at authorities have been made online, complete with eyewitness video purporting to show the explosives in action.



Woke derangement strikes again: NY Times mocked mercilessly after implying object on NY city seal is a NOOSE (it isn't)

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(L) Seal of the City of New York ; (R) New York Times headquarters
The New York Times was taken to the woodshed after suggesting the Big Apple's official seal features a noose, with netizens rushing to inform the newspaper that the object in question is, in fact, an antiquated measuring device.

In a report published on Monday, the Times noted that New York's emblem is facing "scrutiny" and could soon see a facelift, citing its "cartoonish" depiction of a Native American man in a loincloth alongside an early American settler. While the paper accurately described some of the seal's symbolism - observing that beavers on the emblem represent the fur trade, for example - the Times apparently had a harder time interpreting the settler, who is seen holding an object in his right hand.

Comment: Oh, how low the Grey Lady has sunk.


Something to hide: Defense lawyers look to keep any videos of Ghislaine Maxwell from going public - 'highly confidential' evidence

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Ghislaine Maxwell
Defense attorneys for alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell want to hide from the public sensitive evidence ahead of her trial — including any nude photos and sexualized videos that will be marked "highly confidential," according to court documents.

In a proposed protective order filed Monday, Maxwell's attorneys detailed the discovery materials they believe should be kept out of public view and filed under seal in the Manhattan federal court case.

This included the "highly confidential" information, which they said should not be "disseminated, transmitted, or otherwise copied."

"Highly Confidential Information contains nude, partially-nude, or otherwise sexualized images, videos, or other depictions of individuals," the court papers state.


Eye 1

Russian ex-boxer & female kickboxer suspects in sickening 1-punch KO killing of man defending disabled person in Siberia

Mikhail Startsev, Liliya Vorogushina
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A Russian ex-boxer and a female world champion kickboxer have been filmed partaking in a mass brawl in which a man was killed with a sickening one-punch knockout while allegedly defending a disabled person in Barnaul, Siberia.

Former boxer Mikhail Startsev, 38, and kickboxer Liliya Vorogushina were filmed fighting in a city parking lot on Monday, which began with the duo and another woman approaching and then beating a man with his own walking stick, according to television channel '360'.

In the footage, Startsev can be seen hauling the man to the floor while Vorogushina aims kicks at the man's head. At one point all three can be seen restraining the man on the floor in a martial arts-type submission hold.

Quenelle - Golden

Blind opera star Andrea Bocelli slams Italian government over 'humiliating & offensive' lockdown and admits violating it

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Andrea Bocelli outside the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan. April 2020.
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, a symbol of hope during the coronavirus outbreak, said he was "offended" by the strict quarantine rules. Addressing the Senate, he admitted violating the "unhealthy" lockdown himself.

The famous blind tenor attacked the government's coronavirus response during a conference in Italy's Senate.

"I felt humiliated and offended. I could not leave the house even though I had committed no crime."

"I must confess - and I do it here publicly - that I have also willingly violated the ban [on leaving the house] because it did not seem right or healthy. I am of a certain age, and I need the sunlight and vitamin D," the singer said.

Bocelli, 61, told reporters that he has been "expressing doubts about the seriousness of this so-called pandemic."

"I know many people but none of them had ended up in intensive care. So what was all this sense of gravity for?" he asked. The singer also seemed to encourage people to socialize amid the outbreak by saying that they should "move around, get to know each other."


Portland rocked by 60 nights of riots while mainstream media sells a different story

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People gather in protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland , July 25, 2020
After nearly 60 straight nights of violence, business owners in Portland are sick and tired of riots. But as their stores go under, the coastal media treats the rioters to glowing coverage and city authorities do nothing.

Portland is a liberal stronghold, and as 'Black Lives Matter' protests fizzle out around the country, anger remains at boiling point in the Oregonian city. The protests there have not been all banner-waving and slogan-chanting affairs though. Instead, droves of 'Antifa' types have laid siege to the city's Justice Center for almost two months, tearing down barricades, lobbing fireworks, setting fires and stabbing each other.

Most of those involved in the riots would probably say they're fighting police brutality or fascism, or something of the sort, but besides those injured in that fight there are other victims of the unrest - local business owners have repeatedly complained about the riots to the local media.