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Sex robots pose psychological threats for humans, researchers warn

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Sex robots are becoming more sophisticated, which is posing more psychological and moral dilemmas for their owners, researchers warn.

"Some robots are programmed to protest, to create a rape scenario," Christine Hendren of Duke University told BBC. "Some are designed to look like children. One developer of these in Japan is a self-confessed pedophile, who says that this device is a prophylactic against him ever hurting a real child."

Hendren, an engineer, and others spoke out this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle.

Bullseye

Biologists in WSJ: Only two sexes, male and female, there is no sex 'spectrum'

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In a powerful commentary in the Feb. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal, biologists Colin Wright and Emma Hilton explain that, scientifically, there are only two sexes, male and female, and there is no sex "spectrum." They also stress that "biologists and medical professionals" must stop being politically correct and "stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex."

With the phenomenon of some men saying they "identify" as women and some women saying they "identify" as men, or any "gender identity" combination therein, "we see a dangerous and anti-scientific trend toward the outright denial of biological sex," state the biologists Wright and Hilton.

This notion that there is a sex "spectrum," where people can choose "to identify as male or female," regardless of their anatomy, is irrational and has "no basis in reality," say the biologists. "It is false at every conceivable scale of resolution."

Car Black

Coronavirus fallout: Fiat Chrysler plans to halt its Serbia plant over lack of parts from China

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will halt operations at its assembly plant in Serbia due to a lack of parts from China, as the coronavirus continues to affect production around the world.

The stoppage will mark the first time a European carmaker has had to idle a facility in Europe due to problems linked to the virus. Auto makers to date have mainly had to contend with shutdowns in China itself.

The Italian-American carmaker will reschedule planned downtime at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia, a company spokesman said, citing "the availability of certain components sourced in China."

Eye 1

From SAS to Alamo: 8 times SELF-HATING West renounced its own history

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Protesters gather around Confederate Major John B. Castleman statue in Louisville, KY
Rewriting or removing bits of history that don't align with modern PC standards is a recurring theme in the West, as these days religious leaders proclaim "shame" in their country and SJWs fight to remove monuments to the past.

Even the most glorious history has its dark spots - but our histories are what makes us what we are. But working toward a better future while acknowledging both the good and the bad bits of the past is no longer the only option. Why bother, when you instead can fall in line with trendy social movements to attack or blackout anything and everything in the past that triggers your modern morality? These cases have been springing up all over the Western world.

Nothing is Scandinavian

Nordic airline SAS is currently in the midst of controversy after releasing a questionable ad campaign that pushes the message: "Nothing is Scandinavian."

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People 2

Study finds staggering 94% of Palestinians reject Trump's peace plan

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Nearly all respondents to a recent survey on US President Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century" for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reject the proposal, and a majority of those polled believe the plan has absolutely no chance of putting an end to Israeli occupation in the area.

A public opinion poll released Tuesday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reported that 94% of the 1,270 Palestinians surveyed oppose Trump's Middle East peace plan.

"I don't think we've ever seen such a level of consensus among the Palestinian public," Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, said, as reported by the Associated Press on February 11.

NPC

Feminists claiming 'tradwives' are radicalized 'like ISIS brides' have become the woman-shaming patriarchy they hated

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Women denouncing their sisters who publicly tout the virtues of traditional marriage and motherhood as victims of extremist brainwashing have substituted a creeping paternalism for feminism's true aims.

Concern about the rise of the so-called 'tradwife' movement - young women embracing a return to pre-feminist gender roles in which the wife is expected to take care of her husband and children full-time rather than work outside the home - has exploded in recent months, bringing with it all the pearl-clutching think pieces and overwrought, undereducated opinionating that implies.

As the media establishment discovers the once-obscure community, self-described feminists have publicly registered their horror at the thought that women anywhere are embracing subservience to men, forgetting that giving women a choice about what kind of life to lead was once the point of feminism.

Arrow Up

Shoving politics down gamers' throats doesn't sell games - industry professionals know that, but the media is in denial

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Videogames have remained one of the last media largely untouched by the toxicity of politics. Game press wants that to change - but developers know it will kill their profits. The latest pushback came from the man behind Fortnite.

During his keynote speech at the annual D.I.C.E Summit (an annual summit hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences that focuses on videogames), Founder and CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney took the time to discuss his opinions on blatant politicking within the video game industry. The founder of the studio that gave the world Unreal, Gears of War, and Fortnite stated that game companies should take a "separation of Church and State" approach.

"I think we're seeing a lot of controversy around political censorship of social media, pressure from foreign countries on domestic companies about discourse, and to get through that, we as companies need to divorce ourselves from politics and say that is for individuals to engage in." He went on to say, "and we as platforms should be neutral." After his speech, he went on to Twitter to expand on the subject, stating that "If a game tackles politics, as 'To Kill a Mockingbird' did as a novel, it should come from the heart of creatives and not from marketing departments seeking to capitalize on division."

Comment: See also: Good Riddance 2019, The Year of The Woke Police

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Megaphone

Sanity wins: Police probe into 'transphobic' tweets deemed unlawful

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The police response to an ex-officer's allegedly transphobic tweets was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.

Harry Miller was visited by Humberside Police at work in January last year after a complaint about his tweets.

He was told he had not committed a crime, but it would be recorded as a non-crime "hate incident".

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Attention

Seeing Red: Ex-NYPD cop punched at his Nashville birthday party after red cap mistaken for MAGA hat

Daniel Sprague
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Daniel Sprague
A retired NYPD detective says a woman punched him in the face in Nashville over the weekend because his hat looked like a MAGA cap.

Staten Island resident Daniel Sprague told the Post he was celebrating his 50th birthday with his wife and friends at The Stage on Broadway on Friday when he was assaulted by a woman he didn't know.

"I was outside with my friends when some grabbed me from behind, spun me around and punched me in the face," said Sprague, who retired from the NYPD in 2009.

"At first I thought it was a friend until I got hit. I couldn't believe someone could get that upset."

In reality, his cap was emblazoned with the words "Make Fifty Great Again" — while his shirt was decorated with an American flag that read "Making America Great Since 1970."

The bar's bouncers booted them both from the property before he had a chance to call cops, but he filed a report the following day, he said.

"All night people were giving me thumbs up, smiles or some showing rage, until they walked up close and saw what hat said," he recalled. "Then they would wish me a happy birthday."

Comment: If you wear a red hat, you are 'literally Hitler' as far as the left are concerned. See also:


Propaganda

Takedown notices and internet filters coming to New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
The Government is planning legislation that will give it increased powers to tackle the spread of terrorist content online, proactively released documents from the Department of Internal Affairs show

A new suite of reforms will make it illegal to livestream objectionable content and give the Government the ability to issue takedown notices to online content hosts, among other powers.

The proposed legislation was authorised by Cabinet in December and will be introduced by March, according to a proactively released Cabinet paper from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).