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Gina Carano addresses 'The Mandalorian' firing, double standard in political differences

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Carano feels she was treated differently by Lucasfilm compared to her liberal costar Pedro Pascal.
Gina Carano, who was fired from Disney+ show "The Mandalorian," has spoken out in a new tell-all interview about her experience working for Lucasfilm.

She also addressed the controversial post which led to her dismissal from the "Star Wars" series and called out the political double standard she feels exists at the company, which is owned by Disney.

The final straw for Lucasfilm and Disney came when Carano drew criticism for a post on social media in which she compared today's political divide to the events in Nazi Germany and conservatives to the Jewish people. She had previously caught backlash for other comments about the coronavirus, the use of gender pronouns, and election fraud.

The former MMA fighter said on "The Ben Shapiro Show" that her intention behind the most recent photo (which has been deleted) was to "bring people together" and to emphasize how "people tearing each other apart."


US top DC federal prosecutor says no evidence of 'kill/capture teams' in Capitol protest

QAnon Shaman
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Jacob Chansley, the "QAnon Shaman" known for his painted face and horned hat, was taken into custody in Arizona in connection with the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6.
The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia said Friday that investigators have not uncovered direct evidence at this point of any "kill/capture teams" targeting elected officials during the U.S. Capitol insurrection, contradicting allegations made earlier by federal prosecutors in Arizona.

U.S. prosecutors in Arizona said Thursday in a court filing against Jacob Chansley, also known as the "QAnon Shaman," that they have "strong evidence" members of the pro-Trump mob wanted to "capture and assassinate" officials.

Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, attributed what he called the "disconnect" in Arizona, and at least one other district, to the sprawling and complex nature of the investigation. There are preliminary hearings taking place in districts across the United States.

"At some of those hearings, there were other prosecutors, there may be a disconnect, may be adding information that's not directly related to what we have," Sherwin said at a news conference.


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Nine reported dead as police fire on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar

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Protesters cover with makeshift shields during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar, March 3, 2021.
Local media claim that as many as nine people have died in Myanmar in deadly clashes between security forces and protesters across the country, with videos showing police abuse.

In a day of violence across Myanmar on Wednesday, security forces opened fire on protesters resulting in numerous deaths and many injuries, just one day after a regional diplomatic push attempted to end the month-long crisis.

The deadliest clashes came in Monywa. The Monywa Gazette reported that five people were killed in the central Burmese town as police fired on protesters. The agency accompanied the news with photos of the five dead, adding that a further 30 were injured while some remain unaccounted for.

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Newsweek forced to admit Buffalo schools teaching kids to blame 'all white people' is true, not 'HALF-TRUE' in big fact-check FAIL

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After public schools in Buffalo, New York have been called out for blaming "all white people" for perpetuating systematic racism, "fact-checkers" tried to disprove it - only to be left red-faced when confronted with evidence.

Journalist Chris Rufo has been vindicated after fact-checkers accused him of misreporting the contents of a Black Lives Matter-themed curriculum being employed at Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) last month. The magazine quietly confirmed that BPS was, in fact, teaching its students to blame all white people for the suffering of others.

While Rufo showed the curriculum claimed that "all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism," citing lesson plans and teaching materials received from a whistleblower at the Erie County schools, Newsweek argued his claims were only "half true," because BPS was "not organizing lesson plans around that one phrase, which is for middle school students only, nor are they pushing any of the research as hard and fast facts."

Comment: They're not stopping as young as kindergarten. Rufo shows how they're demanding parents instill 'antiracism' from birth:
Arizona is recommending teachers promote 'equity' and social justice through an 'antiracist' agenda that sees racism in toddlers and recommends progressive and Black Lives Matter materials as the cure.

An 'equity and diversity' toolkit for teachers, parents, and administrators posted by the Arizona Department of Education fully embraces the belief in "persistent racial biases in our society," going so far as to demand of parents that they instill "antiracist attitudes and actions" from birth so their children don't "absorb bias" from the world.

Researcher Chris Rufo posted a series of screenshots of the materials from the toolkit on Tuesday. He points out that some of the materials claim that babies show the first signs of racism at three months old, or that white children "remain strongly biased in favor of whiteness" by age five

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The EU is demanding I hand over my personal medical data or I can't go on holiday there this summer? Here's why it can get stuffed

COVID-19 vaccinations
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COVID-19 vaccinations in London
Israel's vaccines-for-data deal shows that records governments keep on their citizens are now a highly valuable asset. But what gives states the right to sell our medical data and who's keeping it safe from being hacked?

Disaster contingency planning is the sort of thing to make any consultant's mouth water. Dreaming up catastrophic scenarios where things go very wrong is a good way to milk a client by exploiting their fears.

When I worked on Fleet Street, one big newspaper group used to host regular disaster contingency exercises. A number of us would hole up in a remote location, and we would run a shadow operation producing the next day's edition, away from head office - which in this instance was considered to have been levelled by a terrorist bomb, with all lives lost. (It's not a far-fetched scenario - the 1996 London Docklands bombing by the IRA just outside Canary Wharf caused several nearby newspaper offices to be evacuated).


Poll: Americans worried more about violence over the summer than Capitol riot

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Kenosha, Wisconsin riots
A new poll found that Americans are more concerned about the violence over the summer than they are about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Out of 1778 respondents, 55% said that they were more concerned with the "violence in American cities," and 45% said that they were more concerned with the "incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6," a new Harvard/Harris poll found. The majority of respondents - 54% - called the Capitol riot an "armed insurrection" instead of "a protest that then turned violent."

Comment: It is interesting that while many state-level law enforcement agencies have declared Antifa a terrorist organization, the FBI and the Biden administration resist doing so.


Most Americans realize cancel culture is a massive threat to our democracy, but it may be too late to halt it

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Recent polls suggest a majority of Americans are wise to exactly how damaging cancel culture is. The big concern is that it's become so entrenched and all-pervasive that we can never defeat it or repair the damage it's done.

In the past year that I have been writing for RT, it seems to me that the vast majority of articles that I have penned have been in regards to cancel culture. Specifically about the effects that it has on our society at large. With every new article, it seems to me that it's getting worse. Whether it's Gina Carano getting fired for being too conservative, or Dr. Seuss posthumously getting canceled, every single week someone else seems to be on the chopping block. All for imagined crimes that really only range from existing in a different time period or just having a different opinion.


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An own goal for the Woke: Publisher halts printing over 'hurtful' stereotypes - Amazon sales for banned Dr. Seuss book soar over 5.7 MILLION percent

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Books by Dr. Seuss are displayed in a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 2021
Classic Dr. Seuss books are flying off the shelves at Amazon after the late author's publisher moved to stop printing six titles containing "hurtful" imagery, driving up sales for one work by a staggering 5.7 million percent.

A decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to scrap the six books on Tuesday over what it called "hurtful and wrong" stereotypes appears to have sparked a buying frenzy on the e-retail giant, with the defunct McElligot's Pool surging to the top spot on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" section. At the time of writing, the page showed that sales for the book were up by 5,785,593 percent over the last 24 hours, while If I Ran the Zoo - another nixed work - was up by more than 835,000 percent.

Comment: Social media has been weighing in:

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Cuomo to be stripped of pandemic powers amid sex harass, nursing home scandals

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was granted emergency powers in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.
Top Democrats in the state legislature agreed Tuesday to strip Gov. Cuomo of the emergency powers granted him during the pandemic — possibly by week's end — as calls mounted for the governor to resign amid his dueling sexual harassment and nursing home scandals.

Sen. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) brokered a deal on the bill, which could see a vote as early as Friday.

Once passed by both houses of the Legislature, it would immediately repeal the powers granted to Cuomo last March to largely control the state response to the coronavirus and issue executive orders.

The powers are currently set to sunset on April 30.

The deal would allow some of the existing directives to continue within the first 30 days after passage, such as the statewide mask mandate and measures implemented to manage the vaccine rollout.

Beyond that period, Cuomo would also need to get permission to extend or modify actions from lawmakers and give them an opportunity to comment.

Comment: So far it seems as though these steps are a mere slap on the wrist for the out-of-control and authoritarian Cuomo. The real test of common sense will be whether or not the state legislature and other political groups compel New York to ease up on mask-wearing and other existing orders - to help economically devastated New York get back on its feet. One can only hope that the example of Texas, Florida and South Dakota would provide them with the healthier model they need to say "we should stop our hysterical and damaging response to the virus!!".


Israeli mortality rates skyrocket following Pfizer's experimental COVID "vaccine" campaign

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An Israeli military paramedic prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered to elderly people at a medical center in Ashdod, southern Israel, January 7, 2021.
"This is a new Holocaust" - Haim Yativ and Dr. Seligmann

We have previously reported how Israel rapidly vaccinated the highest percentage of their population with experimental COVID vaccines after the Israeli government struck a bargain with Pfizer to secure millions of doses of their mRNA COVID vaccines.

Vera Sharav wrote:
It is astonishing that the government of Israel entrusted the health of the people to Pfizer; by entering into a secret contract that enrolled the Israeli population to become research subjects, without their knowledge or consent.
To date, Israel has vaccinated over 53% of their population, twice the percentage of the next closest nation, Britain, with 26.9%.