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Whiny American athletes & bitter US media should learn to lose gracefully without blaming Russia

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ROC quartet of David Belyavskiy, Denis Abliazin, Artur Dalaloyan and Nikita Nagornyy tearfully celebrate their gold medal at Tokyo 2020
If Olympic medals were given out for histrionic temper tantrums at losing, the USA's athletes and media would be runaway winners. Maybe then they would stop blaming Russia for their defeats.

The latest US athlete to cut the effortlessly grating figure of the wronged runner-up was swimmer Ryan Murphy, who, endlessly irked at losing twice in a week to Russian counterpart Evgeny Rylov at Tokyo 2020, launched a mini-monologue of microaggressions drenched in melodrama during his post-swim presser.

"It is what it is. I try not to get caught up in that. It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year, that I am swimming in a race that's probably not clean and that is what it is," defending champion Murphy declared after finishing second in the 200m backstroke final.

Unsurprisingly, Murphy's mumblings featured empty platitudes aplenty and read like a bingo card of cliched phrases used by any US athlete bleating about unfair treatment and mental health when forced to face their own failings.

Comment: Having been subjected to years of coddling and social justice (as well as anti-Russia) propaganda, could we expect the US team to do otherwise?


The road to totalitarianism

People can tell themselves that they didn't see where things have been heading for the last 17 months, but they did. They saw all the signs along the way. The signs were all written in big, bold letters, some of them in scary-looking Germanic script. They read ...


I'm not going to show you all those signs out again. People like me have been pointing them out, and reading them out loud, for 17 months now. Anyone who knows anything about the history of totalitarianism, how it incrementally transforms society into a monstrous mirror image of itself, has known since the beginning what the "New Normal" is, and we have been shouting from the rooftops about it.

We have watched as the New Normal transformed our societies into paranoid, pathologized, authoritarian dystopias where people now have to show their "papers" to see a movie or get a cup of coffee and publicly display their ideological conformity to enter a supermarket and buy their groceries.

We have watched as the New Normal transformed the majority of the masses into hate-drunk, hysterical mobs that are openly persecuting "the Unvaccinated," the official "Untermenschen" of the New Normal ideology.

Bad Guys

English church vandalised days after reopening: Windows smashed, premises covered with bleach, fire extinguisher powder

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St Mary Magdalene's parish church, Caldecote, Hertfordshire.
A church in Caldecote, Hertfordshire was heavily vandalised in an attack which saw its windows and decorations smashed - a mere ten days after it reopened following nine months of repairs.

The 14th and 15th century Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which is Grade II-listed and maintained by the Friends of Friendless Churches charity, had its windows smashed, its decorations destroyed, and its furniture, floors and altar covered in fire extinguishing powder and bleach on Thursday afternoon.

The Friends of Friendless Churches published photos of the destruction on social media, noting that though "it may not look like much," the fire extinguishing powder "is everywhere" and "in every crevice."


Eye 2

New Jeffrey Epstein book 'Perversion of Justice' hints at plenty of accomplices fearing exposure... but will they ever be named?

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'Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story'
The death of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein denied his victims justice and left Ghislaine Maxwell as keeper of his darkest secrets. But a new book investigating the case suggests her trial shouldn't be the end of this sordid story.

When the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell over her alleged complicity in trafficking teenage girls for sex with dead paedophile Jeffrey Epstein eventually draws to a conclusion, it is unlikely to be the end of this sordid, salacious saga.

Thanks to the mass of journalistic grunt work carried out by Miami Herald investigative reporter, Julie K Brown, and rigorously documented in her recently published Perversion of Justice, the recriminations will continue, law officials will continue to look over their shoulders and the victims will edge ever closer to closure, of sorts.



PG&E could face criminal charges over deadly California fire

Wildfire in CA
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California Highway Patrol monitoring devastating fire
Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal charges because its equipment sparked a wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Northern California prosecutor announced Thursday. It would be the latest action against the nation's largest utility, which was forced into bankruptcy over devastating wildfires ignited by its long-neglected electrical grid.

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced on Facebook that her office had determined that PG&E was "criminally liable" for the Zogg Fire. Prosecutors hadn't yet decided which charges to file, but they plan to do so before the September anniversary of the blaze, Bridgett said.

PG&E said the loss of life and devastation from the fire was
"heartbreaking" but said it has resolved civil claims with Shasta County and continues to reach settlements with victims and their families in an effort to make it right. We do not, however, agree with the district attorney's conclusion that criminal charges are warranted given the facts of this case."
Pushed by strong winds, the fire that began on Sept. 27 raged through the Sierra Nevada mountains and local communities, killing four people, burning about 200 homes and blackening about 87.5 square miles (226.6 square kilometers) of land.

Comment: Until California decentralizes to more regional companies, neither the state nor the people have the benefit of competition for better services, newer equipment, competitive prices and legal leverage. PG&E has been an unaccountable relic for years - now a danger to those it professes to serve.


UK government plots social credit-style app-based 'points' system to encourage healthy eating

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British PM Boris Johnson's hospital visit
The reward-based system is designed to record citizens' habits and reward them accordingly.

The expression, "nanny state," used to be no more than a metaphor in the English language to denote the authorities that are unduly and unjustifiably interfering with the lives and choices of their by-and-large tax-paying (therefore, fully adult subjects).

But the figurative "nanny state," has turned into a literal one. And of course, this constant patronizing of millions of previously self-sufficient grown-ups had to present a chance for a slippery slope into who knows what kind forms of indoctrination they now may be subjected to, down from the baseline one like, "make sure you wash your hands." (Well. Duh.)

And where better to observe this emerging phenomenon in the wild than in the UK, the home of George Orwell, who predicted it more than half a century ago.

You wouldn't have guessed just by a glance - or maybe this is one of those amazing transcendental "leaders" who have no need to lead by example - but PM Boris Johnson seems to be really into healthy eating. And true or not, he wants everybody to follow this - fake or real - suit.

Eating healthy is not an issue in and of itself, it's a great thing to do - but what is the UK government trying to do here? Introduce an app and promote the lifestyle by effectively monitoring people and their supermarket shopping habits and incentivizing them, some say China social-credit-style.

Comment: "Open wide"...here comes another heaping spoonful of force-fed regulations.


New York Post cover asks the questions we should all be asking

The July 30th edition of the New York Post finally took it to the CDC, the Biden administration, and all of the Democrats and weak-kneed Republicans panicking about Covid spreading, even among the vaccinated.

Check out the cover image:
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© The New York Post
The graph made by the New York Post is EXTREMELY effective imaging and exactly what we should be seeing from anyone who is pro-vaccine at this point in time. The argument is that the vaccine is effective and that the panic is EXTREMELY overblown.

161 million Americans vaxxed, 5,601 of those sent to the hospital, and 1,141 of those have died of Covid. When put into the context of the squares on the cover, it's obvious what a tiny number that is.

Star of David

Israeli soldiers killed an 11-year-old Palestinian boy, then attacked his funeral and killed someone else

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Mourners in Beit Ummar carry the body of 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami who was killed by Israeli soldiers while on his way home from grocery shopping with his family . July 29th, 2021
On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami in his father's car, as the family were on their way home from grocery shopping. The next day at Mohammed's funeral, Israeli soldiers attacked the procession, killing 20-year-old Shawkat Awad.

Moayyad al-Alami loved bringing his three children along with him when he would run errands in his hometown of Beit Ummar in the Hebron district of the southern occupied West Bank.

It was something he enjoyed doing, as it was a chance for him to spend time with his kids when he wasn't working. So on Wednesday afternoon when his wife asked him to pick up some groceries before lunch, Moayyad took his three children, Mohammed, 11, Anan, 9, and Ahmed, 5, along with him.

"We arrived at the entrance of our street, and Mohammed asked me to turn around and go back to the store, because he forgot to buy a snack that he really wanted," al-Alami told Mondoweiss, adding that there were Israeli soldiers in the area — not an uncommon site for the family, who live right next to a permanent Israeli military base at the entrance of the town.


MyPillow pulls ads from Fox News after disagreement over commercial linked to election-fraud claim

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Mike Lindell, chief executive officer of My Pillow Inc., speaks to members of the media while arriving to federal court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
MyPillow Chief Executive Mike Lindell told CNBC on Friday he is pulling ads from Fox News after the network said it wouldn't take one of his commercials promoting a symposium that will press election-fraud claims.

MyPillow is one of Fox News' and Tucker Carlson's biggest advertisers. Lindell said he spent almost $50 million on the network last year and about $19 million this year to run his ads.

"It's unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on FOX News given the level of success he's experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network," a Fox News spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed statement.

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'No indication of racial bias' found in April mass shooting at FedEx facility, officials say

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Law enforcement officials on Wednesday said they had found "no indication of racial bias" in the Indianapolis FedEx shooting that left eight dead, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Authorities said during a press conference that they had determined the shooting in April carried out by 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole was "an act of suicidal murder." According to police, Hole had been planning the attack for at least nine months.

Four of the victims in the attack were Sikhs, leading to speculation that the attack may have been racially motivated.

Comment: Any organization whose 'raison d'être' depends on identity politics is going to be 'disappointed' when a rampaging murderer is not motivated by identity politics. These sorts of incidents justify their existence.

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