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I am a trans woman - but I think this woke world has gone too far

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Trans people have lost the plot. Every day, an increasing amount of absurdity floods in as they do more harm than good. They scream for acceptance without realizing that the ones damaging their image aren't bigots, but themselves.

From anger directed at celebrities for the rational belief that parents shouldn't decide whether their three-year-old is trans, to a culture of outrage that freaks out at the most minor of offenses, transgender activists have become detrimental to my, and others', very existence.

Not helping matters is the fact that these people are laying bombs within our language in the hope they trigger, so they themselves can become triggered. Saying 'transgendered' instead of 'transgender' can see you labeled as transphobic, as can saying 'transwomen' instead of 'trans (notice the space) women.' This is a linguistic minefield with the sole intent of catching people off guard. And those who are caught in its blast are branded as bigots.

This concept is nonsensical, as it's one thing to correct someone who made a grammatical mistake, but another thing altogether to get outright offended when someone makes a simple error, and that's what is occurring. A turn of events which only pushes people away as no one wants to associate with a group of people who become so easily upset.

Bulb

The shine has worn off: Canadians are over Trudeau's image obsession, lack of substance & broken promises

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Whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party government wins or loses in the Canadian federal election later in October, it is clear that the honeymoon is over for voters.

By any measure, it was a remarkable meteoric rise.

Despite polling at 25 percent just three months before the 2015 election, Trudeau led the battered Liberals to a historic win that saw the party increase its percentage of the vote by close to 21 points from its showing in 2011. More importantly, the party grew from 36 seats to 184 to secure the largest increase in seats in Canadian history and a healthy majority government.

Trudeau pledged to abandon the callous policies and cynical outlook of his predecessor, Stephen Harper, in favor of a 'progressive' agenda based on economic growth and compassion and justice for those who were being ignored or left behind, especially Canada's indigenous communities.

His family pedigree gave many Canadians reason to believe that he was indeed a new brand of reformer, especially for those who can trace their entry into the country to the immigration policies created by the liberal government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Justin's father. Regarded as a maverick politician, Pierre also introduced the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and famously deployed a foreign policy that made him no friends in Washington.

Arrow Down

How we pale to previous generations

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© Robert Galbraith/Reuters
Then-California Governor Jerry Brown (center) signs a railroad rail during a groundbreaking ceremony for the California High Speed Rail project in Fresno, Calif., January 6, 2015.
A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle, and gripe.

Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages. Impoverished tribes passed down oral traditions that originated after the fall of the lost palatial civilizations of the Mycenaean Greeks.

Dark Age Greeks tried to make sense of the massive ruins of their forgotten forbearers' monumental palaces that were still standing around. As illiterates, they were curious about occasional clay tablets they plowed up in their fields with incomprehensible ancient Linear B inscriptions.

We of the 21st century are beginning to look back at our own lost epic times and wonder about these now-nameless giants who left behind monuments that we cannot replicate, but instead merely use or even mock.

Comment: This is what happens in a society based on boundless control. It's an effect of the criminal mind. We've become immobilized, disassociated from our centers of ability and talent. Essentially, our creativity is warped to churn out an endless assembly line of rules and regulation. This is part and parcel to the rise of the safetyism and perpetual victimhood. We've been gradually herded toward a traumatized, frozen landscape where slightly offensive jokes or comments (real or imagined) are seen as grave injustices in need of censure and control. At this point, the great threat to human kind is less the inter-species predator known as the psychopath, and more the commonly shared, all-too-human deficit that embraces our own destruction.


Road Cone

Nuremberg train station shut down for counter-terrorism drill amid security concerns over right-wing extremists

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Nuremberg's central train station was shut down on Tuesday evening as 300 German police officers took part in a counter-terrorism exercise on-site, with cops taking turns at playing armed attackers targeting rail passengers.

Hundreds more in support staff were involved in the drills, described by Middle Franconia Head of Police Roman Fertinger as the "largest in 20 years."

Yellow Vest

Homage to Catalonia: Tens of thousands are walking to Barcelona for major rally this Friday

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Five 100km-long marches
started early in the morning from different towns in Catalonia on Wednesday, which are expected to converge and culminate in a major rally in Barcelona on Friday.

It is the third day of protests against the imprisoned Catalan political leaders after the Supreme Court sentences were issued on Monday morning. Student unions have also called for a 3-day strike starting today.

10,000 participants set off this morning from the central Catalan city of Vic, 7,000 from Girona, 2,000 from Tàrrega, 1,000 from Tarragona, and nearly 1,000 from Berga. Several relatives of the imprisoned and exiled Catalan leaders are also taking part in the initiative.

Major disruptions and closures of several main roads in Catalonia that connect with Barcelona will occur, such as the A-2, C-16, N-340, C-31 and AP-7.


Yellow Vest

Dutch farmers strike back with mass protests as lunatic govt attempts to 'save planet' by slashing food production in HALF

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The Dutch military has been called up to put down the farmers' protests
Traffic on some of the busiest roads in the Netherlands ground to a halt on Wednesday as Dutch farmers ramped up protests against farming taking the rap for climate change.

"Last year you didn't hear anything about nitrogen, and now suddenly it's a mortal question," farmer Micha Bouwer of the Farmers Defence Force told state broadcaster NOS. "These are all people in the city who have two plants on their balcony and say 'nature is suffering'."


Comment: Rutte should be worried: the Yellow Vest rebellion was preceded by widespread farmers' protests in France:

Winter of Discontent in France: Protests, Endless Dark Skies, And Crazy New Laws


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Piers Morgan hits back at "snowflakes" calling for him to be sacked after rejecting '100 genders'

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(Main) Pride In London parade Global Look Press / Dinendra Haria (Top right) TV presenter Piers Morgan Global Look Press / Keith Mayhew
British TV presenter Piers Morgan has accused "snowflakes" of hijacking a viewers' poll that showed a majority want him axed from his breakfast show after becoming embroiled in a row over gender identity issues.

The outspoken 54-year-old has been the subject of a petition calling for him to be sacked for "dehumanizing" trans people, as well as reducing LGBT+ people and their causes to a "mere joke."

Good Morning Britain, the program he co-presents with Susanna Reid, ran a poll on Tuesday morning in response to the furor with the question: "Should Piers stay or should he go?" The final results showed that only 41 percent of viewers wanted Morgan to stay, while 59 percent were desperate for him to be ditched.

Comment: Most of the British public would agree with Piers Morgan, because it's a scientific fact that there is no biological proof for '100 genders'. As noted in How genetics is proving that race is not necessarily a social construct:
For me, a natural response to the challenge is to learn from the example of the biological differences that exist between males and females. The differences between the sexes are far more profound than those that exist among human populations, reflecting more than 100 million years of evolution and adaptation. Males and females differ by huge tracts of genetic material - a Y chromosome that males have and that females don't, and a second X chromosome that females have and males don't.

Most everyone accepts that the biological differences between males and females are profound. In addition to anatomical differences, men and women exhibit average differences in size and physical strength. (There are also average differences in temperament and behavior, though there are important unresolved questions about the extent to which these differences are influenced by social expectations and upbringing.)

How do we accommodate the biological differences between men and women? I think the answer is obvious: We should both recognize that genetic differences between males and females exist and we should accord each sex the same freedoms and opportunities regardless of those differences.
See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: And Then They Came for the Psychologists: Why SJWs Can't Stand Science


Che Guevara

Extinction Rebellion: Police ban London protests

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Image caption Police remove an Extinction Rebellion protester from Trafalgar Square in central London.
Extinction Rebellion activists say they have left London's Trafalgar Square after police issued a ban on the group's climate change protests.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, the Metropolitan Police said demonstrators protesting in the capital after 21:00 BST could be arrested.

Extinction Rebellion said it would "let Trafalgar Square go" but added that the "International Rebellion continues".

The protests, which began last Monday, have seen more than 1,400 arrests.

Comment: This should get the righteous indignation of the CJWs rancored up. It almost might lead the more impressionable to assume their corporate sponsored, government approved 'rebellion' is actually rebelling against something.

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Fire

Explosion during maintenance works at Saudi Aramco refinery kills 2

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© AP Photo / HASAN JAMALI
An explosion has occurred at Saudi Aramco's 305,000 b/d joint venture company with Shell, the SASREF refinery, reports say, adding that the blaze was caused by a gas leak.

Two workers from the oil refinery have died, while two more were injured in the blast during maintenance work, Reuters reported citing the company's statement.

The statement says that the maintenance work will continue as planned.

There are contradicting reports about 18 people killed in the incident, though they have not been confirmed.

Comment: It's notable that this explosion has occurred not long after the attack on the Saudi oil refinery, although explosions at high risk sites are occurring with an increasing frequency: ANOTHER major fire breaks out at chemical plant, this time at a refinery in California

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Dollar

Corporate subservience to China exposes the hypocrisy of woke capitalism

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LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, can be seen on the promotional tour “More than an athlete.” Berlin, Germany. 2nd Sep, 2018.
China's suppression of political dissent within its borders is old news. But more recently, the Chinese government has managed to project its power across the world — and even into the heart of an iconic American business sector: professional basketball.

The saga began when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey — a well-known figure within the National Basketball Association (NBA) — Tweeted support for ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Chinese consulate in Houston signaled its displeasure, with a statement indicating that it had "lodged representations and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Houston Rockets, and urged the latter to correct the error and take immediate concrete measures to eliminate the adverse impact."

Morey seemed to receive the message. He hastily deleted his Tweet. But the NBA — which is the most popular sports league in China — paid a price anyway. A series of NBA events in China were abruptly canceled, and a number of firms suspended co-operation with the Rockets.