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'Become other than white' - Ireland and radical Jewish activism

"Five Jews came from over sea with gifts to Tairdelbach [King of Munster], and they were sent back again over sea."

Annals of Inisfallen, 1079 A.D.

"I propose an interrogation of how the Irish nation can become other than white (Christian and settled), by privileging the voices of the racialised, and subverting state immigration, but also integration, policies."

Ronit Lentin (Israeli academic), From racial state to racist state: Ireland on the eve of the citizenship referendum, 2007.
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Tairdelbach of Munster (Turlough O'Brien 1009-86), who was, by 1079, effectively the High King of Ireland, probably holds the world record for the fastest expulsion of Jews. He dominated the Irish political scene, had crushed the Viking leadership of Dublin, and possessed "the standard of the King of the Saxons." His son had even commenced raids into Wales and the British coast. Unfortunately, we can only surmise the nuances of the 70-year-old warlord's reaction to the sudden arrival of a handful of gift-bearing Jews, because the Annals of Inisfallen are thin on detail.

The delegation almost certainly originated in Normandy, where Jews thrived under a symbiotic financial relationship with William the Conqueror. William, of course, had introduced Jews to Anglo-Saxon England thirteen years before the approach to Tairdelbach, leaving open the possibility they could have travelled directly to Ireland from one of these new Jewish enclaves in England. In any event, it is almost certain that they arrived seeking permission to settle in Ireland's urban centers, forge a relationship with the Irish elite (Tairdelbach himself), and engage in exploitative moneylending among the lower social orders. This was a pattern that had hitherto been witnessed throughout Europe.

And yet Tairdelbach's reaction was to reject the gifts and immediately expel the Jews. They would not be able to form a community in Ireland for several centuries.

Arrow Down

Court orders Julian Assange to stay in prison while awaiting US extradition

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A judge has ordered Julian Assange to remain in prison indefinitely while awaiting extradition to the US because of his "history of absconding."

The WikiLeaks founder was due to be released on September 22 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions when he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange spent almost seven years inside the embassy.

On Friday the Westminster Magistrates' Court claimed there were "substantial grounds" for believing he would flee if released from prison. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange's lawyer had not made an application for bail on his behalf, adding "perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings."


No laughing matter: PC policing would make 'Monty Python' and other classic comedies 'crimes' today

Monty Python
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The classic British comedy series 'Monty Python' is 50 years old this month, but the sobering fact is that it, along with other shows of the era, would not be made today due to politically correct policing.

The Spanish Inquisition was a series of sketches in a 1970 episode of 'Monty Python.' Whenever a character said "I didn't expect a Spanish Inquisition," the Spanish Inquisition would turn up with the words "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition." The thing is today, all comedy writers do expect the PC Police Inquisition, so they self-censor. Which is why modern comedy is nowhere near as inventive, or funny, as it was 50 years ago.

There are so many things modern comedy writers can't say, for fear of being branded 'racist/anti-Semitic/sexist/homophobic/genderist/misogynistic - or a combination of the aforementioned. Even the mildest joke could get you into serious trouble. And that's a big problem. As Python John Cleese has said: "All humor is critical. If you start to say 'We mustn't; we mustn't criticize or offend them,' then humor is gone."

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Justice Department, IRS investigating USOPC, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming

Scott Blackmun
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Former USOPC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun is allegedly part of a wide-ranging federal investigation for his potential role in handling the initial Larry Nassar allegations and whether he misled members of Congress about the case and other matters.
U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service investigators have crisscrossed the country in recent months interviewing more than a dozen witnesses and subpoenaing thousands of pages of documents in a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo and other national sports governing bodies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's handling of sexual abuse cases, according six people familiar with the investigation.

Justice Department and IRS officials are also looking into financial practices of officials at USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and other national governing bodies, according to four people familiar with the probe.

A Washington, D.C., based-team of approximately 10 federal investigators and prosecutors have interviewed at least 16 people, including Olympic and world champion medalists, about the USOPC and at least five national governing bodies as part of a probe into potential money laundering, sex trafficking and child sex labor, the Southern California News Group has learned.


Family of abortionist makes grisly find after his death

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After a South Bend abortionist died in Indiana, his family made a grisly discovery in his Indiana home: 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains.

The family of Ulrich George Klopfer found the remains in his Will County home after his death on Sept. 3 — and reached out to their attorney, local station WNDU reported.

The attorney called the county coroner's office on Sept. 12.

Klopfer operated abortion clinics in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary, and there is no evidence he conducted any medical procedures at his home, officials said.

Bizarro Earth

55 Palestinians injured during clashes at border with Israeli soldiers - Medics

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As many as 55 Palestinians were wounded as a result of weekly Friday clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip, Ashraf Qidra, spokesman for Gaza's Health Ministry, stated.

"Today, by 07:30 p.m. [04:30 GMT], 55 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were injured in clashes with the Israeli army at the eastern borders of the enclave, 29 of them were wounded by live bullets", Ashraf Qidra said.

Earlier, the ministry reported 30 victims.

Comment: See also: Gilad Atzmon: The End of Israel


Mozilla wants to hear your tales of YouTube radicalization so unwanted videos get censored

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Firefox maker Mozilla is trying to shame YouTube into "fixing" its recommendation algorithm, soliciting horror stories from users sent down radicalizing "rabbit holes." Trouble is, most users don't want more censorship.

"Once, at 2 a.m., you searched YouTube for 'Did aliens build Stonehenge?' Ever since, your YouTube recommendations have been a mess: Roswell, wormholes, Illuminati," Mozilla laments in its call for submissions, asking users for their "YouTube regret" so that they might "put pressure on YouTube to do better."

"YouTube's recommendation engine can lead users down bizarre rabbit holes — and they're not always harmless," the company warns. "Sometimes they drive people toward misinformation and extreme viewpoints."

Putting aside the inanity of blaming YouTube for its users' regrettable viewing choices - no one forces a user to click on the platform's "recommended" videos - Mozilla seems confident that there is an army of YouTube users out there who are itching for stricter censorship on the platform. The media establishment, after all, has been screaming for months that YouTube is radicalizing people, and no one wants to be radicalized.

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Here we go again: Banks seeking to lower credit score requirements, targeting over 50 million new subprime borrowers

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When the next bubble bursts - and it will - be sure to take a look back at this article. It might help explain some things. Lenders, seemingly unhappy with the vast avalanche of debt they've issued over the last decade, are now looking to "move the goalposts" in order to be able to lend even more money to even less creditworthy individuals.

Gone are the old days of relying on a consumer's borrowing history to determine creditworthiness, and instead lenders now look at such bizarre trivia as magazine subscriptions and phone bills to decide how much should be lent to potential borrowers. Banks like Goldman Sachs Group, Ally Financial and Discover are now experimenting with the new metrics.

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The changes are seismic for many large banks, who spent the last 10 years targeting only extremely credit-worthy borrowers. But, as we all know too well, when that pool runs out the show must go on by any means possible. And that is how we got to no-doc loans and subprime CDOs just before the last bubble burst.

At stake is a lot of potential money: banks are targeting the estimated 53 million U.S. adults that don't have credit scores and 56 million that have subprime scores. The banks claim that many of these people don't have traditional borrowing backgrounds, often times because they pay in cash or are new to the U.S. That doesn't make them bad debt slaves prospects, however. Quite the opposite.

Comment: And just what history is the author referring to here...


Lawyer says Assange case "sets terrifying precedent" against journalism

Jennifer Robinson

Lawyer Jennifer Robinson
During a recent visit to Australia, Jennifer Robinson, legal adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sat down with MEAA to explain the implications for all journalists of the US government indictment against Assange, and why it is important for MEAA members to campaign against his extradition on press freedom grounds.

Assange, faces up to 170 years in jail if extradited, tried and found guilty of espionage charges laid by the United States government.

Assange, who is an Australian citizen and a member of MEAA Media, has been indicted by the US Justice Department with 18 charges under the Espionage Act for his role in receiving and publishing classified defence documents both on the WikiLeaks website and in collaboration with major publishers including The New York Times, and The Guardian.

Assange is currently an inmate of the Belmarsh Prison in England for unrelated offences, and the US government is expected to begin extradition proceedings next year.

Comment: The bought-and-paid-for media shills for the corprotocracy could not care less about the implications of Assange's persecution - because they arguably do not practice real journalism - and place little to no value on reporting the crimes of their governments.

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Not-so-shocking poll: Americans dislike the government almost as much as they dislike Big Pharma

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In a new and not shocking poll, Americans said they hate the government almost as much as they hate big pharma. Considering both are in each other's back pocket, that makes complete sense and no one should be surprised by this.

America hates big pharma and the government. No surprise there. But the pharmaceutical industry is hated slightly more. It ranked last in favorability among Americans, according to a new poll conducted by Gallup. This year marked the lowest net positivity rating (the difference between people who say they like the industry and those who dislike the industry) that the pharmaceutical industry has had since Gallup started polling in 2001. Big Pharma's -31 net positivity rating was so low, only a handful of industries had been ranked lower. Other hated sectors include the federal government, and oil and gas companies
America's distaste for the scandal-plagued pharmaceutical industry isn't without reason. Earlier this year, Congress grilled pharma leaders for the high cost of prescription drugs. An Oklahoma judge recently ordered Johnson & Johnson pay $572 million for its role in the opioid epidemic. Novartis and other major pharma companies stopped developing life-saving medicine for lack of profit. -Middle Town Press

Comment: See: Gallup: Big Pharma sinks to the bottom of US industry rankings