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Woke Left insanity: University wants 'oppressive' phrases like 'picnic' & 'trigger warning' retired, offers 'alternatives'

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The Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC) at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has released a bizarre "Oppressive Language List" urging students to refrain from saying certain words and phrases that have been deemed offensive. The list includes "policeman" as well as "crazy" and "walk-in." The list even calls on students to stop saying "trigger warning," a leftist favorite on campus.

"PARC recognizes that language is a powerful tool used to perpetrate and perpetuate oppression," states PARC on the school's website. "As a community, we strive to remove oppressive language from our everyday use. This list is meant to be a tool to share information and suggestions about potentially oppressive language."

Comment: Pretty soon you won't be able to speak at all. Talking will be forbidden as there's no guarantee that someone won't be offended by the sound of your voice


That was the plan: Covid pandemic made rich richer & poor poorer, Prof. Wolff tells Boom Bust

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A new Credit Suisse global wealth report shows that the number of new millionaires increased by over five million during the pandemic year 2020.

RT's Boom Bust talks to the host of Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff, to find out if this is a sign of a growing wealth disparity.

Absolutely, says Wolff. Using the United States as an example, he points out that over the last 16 months, over 85 million Americans - more than half the country's labor force - had to file for unemployment compensation.

"More than one out of every two American workers went unemployed for a certain period of time," he said, adding, "What that means is that if they had any savings they've used them. Their situation got worse."


Covid fascism: Moscow businesses 'obliged' to suspend workers who refuse Covid-19 vaccines

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Workers who refuse coronavirus vaccines in Moscow, aside from those with a small number of health exemptions, face being sent home without pay as the Russian capital clarifies its tough new measures to deal with a spike in cases.

In a statement issued on Thursday, authorities set out how they plan to implement a directive requiring 60% of public-facing staff to be vaccinated. The order applies to companies in a range of industries, including hospitality, transport and leisure, which will have to demonstrate they are meeting the quotas or else face hefty fines.

Officials confirmed that the rules provide grounds for businesses to withhold pay from workers who do not meet the criteria and, for those who still refuse the jab, "the employer is obliged to suspend the employee from work in the absence of medical contraindications."

Light Saber

Winston Marshall breaks with band Mumford & Sons, condemns extremism, reaffirms Andy Ngo's bravery in face of Antifa threats

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(L) William Marshall, formerly of Mumford & Sons, (R) Investigative reporter Andy Ngo, of the Post Millennial
Pop musician Winston Marshall has broken his silence about the controversy he found himself embroiled in after endorsing The Post Millennial editor-at large Andy Ngo's book Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. Marshall has also announced that he's leaving the band Mumford & Sons as a result of fallout from the controversy.

In March, Marshall tweeted "Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You're a brave man."

He was then harassed by an Antifa-led mob and smeared by left-wing media, prompting him to issue a hurried apology.

Since then, Marshall has reflected on the mobbing and has now issued an eloquent explanation of the events invoking Solzhenitsyn and Churchill and decrying "cancel culture."



Apartment building partially collapses near Miami Beach, rescues underway

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A portion of the 12-story condo tower crumbled to the ground during a partial collapse of the building on June 24, 2021, in Surfside, Florida.
At least one person was killed and at least 10 others injured when a 12-story apartment building near Miami partially collapsed and "pancaked" early Thursday, prompting a massive search-and-rescue effort — with 51 people still unaccounted for, officials said.

The ocean-facing portion of the 136-unit Champlain Towers South Condo on Collins Avenue in Surfside, just north of Miami Beach, collapsed about 1:30 a.m., leaving a mountain of rubble and trapping residents asleep in their beds inside.

Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Ray Jadallah said during a news conference that 55 units collapsed, and that 35 residents were rescued from the building. Two people were removed from the rubble.

One person died, 10 people were treated at the scene and two were taken to a hospital, he said.

Comment: More information from local outlet KATU:
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she got a call from President Joe Biden, who offered federal aid. Hotels opened to some of the displaced residents, she said, and deliveries of food, medicine and more were being hastily arranged. Rescue officials tried to determine how many people might be missing and asked residents to check in with them.

About half of the building's roughly 130 units were affected, the mayor told a news conference. Rescuers pulled at least 35 people from the wreckage by mid-morning, and heavy equipment was being brought in to help stabilize the structure to give them more access, Raide Jadallah of Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said officials were "bracing for some bad news just given the destruction that we're seeing."

The collapse, which appeared to affect one leg of the L-shaped tower, tore away walls and left a number of homes in the still-standing part of the building exposed in what looked like a giant dollhouse. Television footage showed bunk beds, tables and chairs inside. Air conditioners hung from some parts of the building, where wires now dangled.

Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area, and cars up to two blocks away were coated with with a light layer of dust from the debris.


Software guru John McAfee found DEAD in Spanish prison after court approves extradition to US

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John McAfee speaks at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St Julian's, Malta on November 1, 2018.
Former antivirus magnate John McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona just hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges, authorities in Madrid have told national media.

McAfee, 75, was found in his cell at the Sant Esteve Sesrovires jail on Wednesday evening, Spanish media reported, citing an official statement from the Ministry of Justice. Guards and prison medical staff intervened and attempted resuscitation, but to no avail, the ministry said.

Investigators have been dispatched to the jail to probe the cause of death, but "everything indicates it could be a suicide," the ministry added.

Comment: Also from RT:
'If I suicide myself, I didn't': Supporters dredge up old McAfee tweets to cry foul over death as his Instagram page posts 'Q'


A statement from Spain's Ministry of Justice has indicated the cause of death for McAfee could be suicide, a detail that has set off many who see a conspiracy, citing past McAfee tweets where he warned his followers that if it was ever reported he committed suicide, "a la Epstein," then it was a professional hit.

One 2019 tweet from McAfee, who was known for freely speaking his mind, however outlandishly, warned the former tech mogul was getting "subtle messages" from US government officials that they were going to have him killed and make it look like a suicide. He even showed off a tattoo, reading "whackd," which Twitter users began turning into a hashtag, along with #McAfeeDidntKillHimself, shortly after his death was announced.


To add to conspiracy theories, users also began noticing a post - the first in months - to McAfee's Instagram account of a solo 'Q', a reference many connected to the QAnon movement, which connects numerous conspiracy theories to the government 'deep state' that McAfee had also been critical of later in life.



No one to work: American Airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights due to staffing crisis

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American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights as a result of staffing and maintenance issues, ABC News reported Sunday.

As the travel industry kicks back up after the COVID-19 pandemic, both airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are struggling with a staffing crisis, unable to meet the recent demand for travel, ABC News reported.

The cancellations include 123 flights canceled Saturday, 178 flights Sunday and 97 flights were cancelled for Monday. The company attributed the cancellations to a large number of sick calls, combined with maintenance and other "staffing issues," according to the ABC News report.

Arrow Up

US fast-food chains cut discounts, push pricey meals post-pandemic

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Signs advertising a box of fried chicken for $16.99 and a sandwich are seen at a Popeyes restaurant in New York City, New York, U.S. May 26, 2021.
Restaurant chains including McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) and KFC (YUM.N) are paring back $5-and-under "value" items in favor of more expensive $10-to-$30 combination meals, a strategy employed to lift sales and profits and offset rising food costs as the U.S. economy reopens.

"Value" meals - sandwich, soda and French fry combinations priced at $5 or less — have long been a staple of fast-food offerings. Chains used the deals to lure bargain-conscious customers, bringing traffic to stores. But deals priced at $5 and under have become less generous in the last 18 months.

During the pandemic, fast-food gained market share from other restaurants forced to close as customers motored through socially distant drive-throughs to pick up a sack of burgers. Now that the United States is reopening, those chains are selling new, pricier sandwiches and meals to customers - a move that some warn may alienate some hourly workers and other lower-income customers as government subsidies wane and mom-and-pop restaurants reopen.

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Arrow Down

US births fell during pandemic in largest drop since 1973

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The number of births in the U.S. fell by 4 percent from 2019 to 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the largest drop since 1973, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday.

The rate of decrease accelerated towards the end of the year, with the second half of 2020 seeing a 6 percent decline in births compared to the second half of 2019, indicating that the pandemic suppressed birth rates, the report said.

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DeSantis signs education reform bill requiring students learn about the 'evils of Communism'

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In a press conference on Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a series of education reform bills for the state aimed at providing students the cornerstones of American civics and discourse.

Comment: DeSantis is on a roll!