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MindMatters: Why Pop Culture Gets the Hero Archetype Wrong, and Ertugrul Succeeds

We've all seen them: Hollywood superhero blockbusters where the protagonist is a two-dimensional cardboard cutout, a shallow reflection of what makes a real hero a model of inspiration to begin with. All too reliant on presenting a spectacle to dazzle the eyes and the ears, these productions bombard us with imagery, ideas, and mediocre writing - in lieu of a fully drawn character who embodies the virtues, behavior and soul of the archetypal hero. Quite often we don't know what we've been missing in these portrayals until we see one that satisfies on multiple levels. So when we come across such a champion as we have in the Turkish television show Dirilis: Ertugrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul), you know we're going to celebrate it.

In this week's MindMatters we discuss why the epic Resurrection: Ertugrul is not only one of the most successful foreign television shows ever made - but how its protagonist, 13th-century Turkish tribal leader Ertugrul, may be taken as a hero for people of all faiths. Wildly popular in the Muslim world, you don't need to be a Muslim to appreciate or enjoy this mythologized re-telling of the legends surrounding his life. Ertugrul embodies all the traits of a real hero: honor, integrity, justice, intelligence, devotion, compassion, mercy, humility, and overall epic badassery. The show itself portrays traditional values, spiritual realities, universal problems, individual and group strengths and weaknesses - and the ever-present cosmic battle of good and evil. At a time when truly good heroic stories are in short supply we look at why this 'non-Western' story fits the job description that we are looking for in works of fiction.

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Trump-allied legal activist: GOP vote suppression is reminiscent of Jim Crow-era ballot bias

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Phill Kline of the Amistad Project
Amistad Project's Phill Kline alleges a two-tiered election system involving not only government targeting Democrat strongholds to turn out the vote, but also "government targeting Republican strongholds to suppress the vote" by closing in-person polling places.

Independent lawyers partnering with the Trump campaign on select election challenges are arguing that what they see as suppression of the GOP vote during the 2020 presidential election is reminiscent of similar ballot-box access battles during the 1960s civil rights era.

The national conservative legal group Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society announced Friday that it will file federal and state lawsuits challenging the presidential election results in battleground states, with the Trump campaign joining the lawsuits on a case-by-case basis. Trump lawyers have argued that voting practices, particularly unique methods adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic, created disparate treatment or unequal protection of voters in violation of the Constitution.


Even the bookies get it: Las Vegas oddsmakers STILL not paying out for Biden 'victory'

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Las Vegas Skyline at Night
This is not making any headlines for some reason?

Oddsmakers have yet to pay out on a "Biden victory." They're more honest than our garbage dump media.


'Pandemic of crime' - LA homicides hit decade highs

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This past weekend, a surge in violent crime resulted in Los Angeles' 300th homicide for 2020, a bloody benchmark not seen since the dark days of the 2009 financial crisis, reported LA Times.

Killings have risen 25% over last year, and shootings climbed by more than 32%, reflecting a similar trend across many other US metro areas (read: here & here) as defunding the police and socio-economic implosions and the virus-pandemic have left urban areas in chaos.

LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said, "with the health pandemic, we don't just cross our arms and say, 'It is what it is.' We're taking all types of efforts to flatten the curve, to lower the impact, to save lives. And that's what I'm asking for us to do with this violent crime. We have a pandemic of crime right now."

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From 'exclusive family bubbles' to 'mini-amnesty' on holidays: Europe prepares to adjust Covid-19 rules for Christmas & New Year

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A woman wears a mask as she walks past Christmas-themed window displays in London. November 23, 2020.
As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, European countries are taking different steps to 'save' Christmas and New Year holidays amid lockdowns and social distancing rules.

Britain: 'exclusive bubbles'

The leaders of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have agreed to allow people from up to three households to meet and celebrate together during a five-day Christmas period between December 23 and 27. But when doing so, families must form "exclusive bubbles," meaning they cannot invite new members into their circle, and cannot visit pubs or restaurants together. They will only be allowed to gather at home, at church, or outdoors.

The extended guidelines for England provide further leeway during the festive days, like allowing meeting people who are not members of exclusive bubbles outside of one's home, as long as everyone respects other restrictions mandated in certain areas.

Comment: In the UK it would seem some are bent on leaving restrictions fully in place, regardless of the holidays. From RT:
Brits warned of dreaded THIRD WAVE of Covid as ex-cabinet secretary insists relaxing restrictions over Christmas is UNSCIENTIFIC
25 Nov, 2020 09:57

The move to relax Covid-19 restrictions for five days around Christmas is not guided by science, a former international trade secretary has warned after a SAGE scientist threatened a third wave of infection would devastate the UK.

Veteran MP Dr. Liam Fox told Sky News on Wednesday that he was not convinced by the government's decision to suspend tough Covid-19 restrictions for the Christmas period.

"We'll have to look at the numbers closer to Christmas and I think to change behaviour because of Christmas wouldn't be a science-based approach."

Fox, a doctor by training, said any new measures must be introduced with consistency. He added that if households can meet in a home, there must be some scope to allow households to meet in the spaced environment of a pub or a restaurant, especially when the hospitality industry has been hit so badly by the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the leaders of the four governments of the UK released a joint statement confirming they had collectively agreed to relax restrictions for five days over the Christmas period, allowing up to three households to meet indoors and form an exclusive "Christmas bubble."

The statement said that for the festive period, December 23 to 27, all parts of the UK would loosen travel restrictions and allow households to mix at home, in places of worship and outdoor spaces.

Similar criticism of the move has been forthcoming, with SAGE scientist Professor Andrew Hayward telling BBC Newsnight on Tuesday: "It is likely to lead to a third wave of infection, with hospitals being overrun, and more unnecessary deaths."

All parts of the UK are currently subjected to Covid-19 restrictions, most notably in England, where citizens must wait one more week for a month-long lockdown to end.

Published data show infections to be falling, with only 11,299 new cases registered on Tuesday, down from 20,051 one week ago.
Considering the fact that the lockdown restrictions themselves are completely unscientific, it seems like an odd criticism to say relaxing the restrictions is 'unscientific'. The entire farce is a complete fabrication out of fantasy land. Why try to impose science on it now?

Meanwhile in France, Macron is playing good cop. Also from RT:
Macron says France passed peak of 'second wave,' vows to ease coronavirus lockdown for Christmas
25 Nov, 2020 00:55

President Emmanuel Macron has delivered a reassuring address to the nation, saying that an easing of France's Covid-19 lockdown will begin so that people can spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

"The peak of the second wave has passed," Macron said on Tuesday night, but added that it was still necessary "to continue our effort" to stem the spread of the disease.

The president announced a three-step plan for lifting the coronavirus lockdown in the country, which will kick in on the weekend with the reopening of shops, with the run-up to Christmas a crucial period for retailers. People will also be allowed to exercise outside for three hours per day, but a permit will still be required to leave the house for other reasons.

The lifting of France's nationwide lockdown is expected on December 15, so long as the number of new daily cases remains below 5,000. Cinemas and theatres will also be able to open their doors to spectators.

However, a curfew is to remain in place and will only be relaxed for Christmas - from December 24 to December 31. During this period, residents will be able to travel freely to spend the holidays with their families, though public gatherings will still be banned. The curfew will be lifted for good only when the outbreak stabilizes, while restaurants, bars and cafes will stay shut at least until January 20, according to the plan. The same goes for gyms and swimming pools.

"We must do everything to avoid a third wave, do everything to avoid a third lockdown," Macron urged.

The president also announced that vaccinations for the coronavirus, which has so far infected 2.1 million and killed more than 49,000 in France, will begin in late December or early January. The jab won't be compulsory, however, and the most vulnerable groups are set to get the shots first. A wider distribution of vaccines is expected sometime in the spring.


Anti-woke professor Jordan B Peterson's new self-help book for the masses will sell millions. No wonder the liberals are in tears

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Dr. Jordan B Peterson
Pop psychologist Jordan Peterson's ideas have been branded 'hate speech' by his publisher's tearful employees, even though his books pay their wages. No doubt they'd prefer their company to publish feminist bilge like I Hate Men.

For those inclined towards self-help, there are shelves packed with books on the meaning of life, and controversial psychologist Jordan B Peterson is about to add to them with his new work Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, out next March.

Oh! The gnashing of teeth, the tearing of hair and heart-rending wailing that has caused. And that's just from those who work at his publisher.

The Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto already puts the liberal media in a tailspin. 'How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who 'hit a hornets' nest'?', asked The Guardian. 'Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy' claimed the New York Times. These are typical of the headlines that greeted his 2018 multi-million selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

And now there's more. Having announced the pending publication of his new book, publishing company Penguin Random House Canada then immediately held a forum, which "provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback." Bad idea.

Comment: See also: Woke tears: Decision to publish Jordan Peterson's new book triggers Penguin Random House employees, causes CRYING at staff meeting


Violent Portland Antifa ID'd as 35-year-old trans woman

Isabel Rosa Araujo

The Post Millennial
can report the verified identity of one of the masked Antifa militants involved in pepper-spraying people at a pro-police protest in Portland last week.

Isabel Rosa Araujo, formerly known as Philip Vincent Haskins-Delici, is a 35-year-old Portland-based transsexual Antifa militant with a history of extremism. Araujo was part of a group of around 20 Antifa in black bloc who confronted a small conservative pro-police rally last Thursday afternoon in downtown Portland. The two sides argued with each other outside the Justice Center before Araujo, who was wearing a gas mask, used bear mace against one of the right-wing protesters. She was not arrested for assault.


Isabel Rosa Araujo shortly before pepper-spraying people at a BLM-Antifa protest in downtown Portland on Nov. 19, 2020
Though this was the latest incident involving Araujo, she has a long history of far-left extremism that once caught the attention of federal authorities. Originally from New Jersey and a one-time Philadelphia resident, Araujo is a prominent Antifa militant in Portland known for creating propaganda drawings and her participation in protests.

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'Why Americans hate the media': Blue-checks fawn over Biden's socks after 4 years of unmitigated vitriol toward Trump

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A Bloomberg reporter gushing over president-elect Joe Biden's socks had social media seething as many suggesting the media establishment deserved the hate thrown its way for posting such transparently partisan dreck.

Posting a close-up of the Democratic president-to-be's legs and feet, Jennifer Epstein, whose bio describes her as a political reporter at Bloomberg "covering the Biden transition," enthused about Biden's "dark blue socks adorned with lighter blue dogs," helpfully reminding her readers that former president George H.W. Bush was also known for his whimsical footwear.

While she accompanied the vapid comment with a semi-apology - "there are plenty of more substantive things to tweet about but we can have some fun sometimes too" - Epstein was shredded on Twitter for almost literally licking Biden's boots.

Most of the responses focused on the deep gulf between warm, fuzzy coverage of Biden and journalistic Trump Derangement Syndrome.


Court win lets Trump campaign present ballot fraud evidence, potentially overturning Biden's Nevada 'win'

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In its first court victory, a Nevada judge has agreed to let the Trump campaign present its evidence that fraud and illegalities plagued the state's election, enough to reverse Joe Biden's win and set an example for other state challenges.

According to Trump officials, the judge set a Dec. 3 hearing date and is allowing 15 depositions. What's more, the campaign plans to present its evidence that could result in the rejection of tens of thousands of mail-in ballots in Democratic Clark County where Biden ballots outnumbered Trump ballots by 91,000 in unofficial results.

"BIG news in Nevada: a Judge has allowed NV Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing. Americans will now hear evidence from those who saw firsthand what happened — a critical step for transparency and remedying illegal ballots. Stay tuned," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tweeted.


Canada's Trudeau pranked by fake GRETA in phone call about NATO, private world leaders' club... and South Park's Terrance & Phillip

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has been duped by Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg, commiserating with her about geopolitics and world leaders, and promising to introduce her to Terrance and Phillip.

Pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, also known as Vovan and Lexus, connected in a 10-minute phone call with Trudeau in January, after a Ukrainian airliner was shot down in Iran. A recording of the conversation between Trudeau and a voice posing as the acclaimed child environmentalist was posted to Vovan and Lexus's YouTube account on Monday.

Trudeau tried to assure fake Greta that he was doing his best to "de-escalate" international tensions following the airliner tragedy. "I'm asking you to impact on [President Donald] Trump and NATO, so they will lead to the fact that not only the future, but the present will be stolen from us," fake Greta said.

"Indeed. We are balancing many different things in Iraq," Trudeau said. "There's an understanding that yes, there are real questions around the international community and the American engagement and their actions, while at the same time there is a recognition that in the fight against terrorism, in the fight against ISIS, Daesh, there is a need for international military presence, including the Americans, to ensure stability in the region."