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French police arrest 61 pedophiles in online child pornography investigation

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French police have arrested 61 suspected of involvement in an online child pornography ring.
French police have arrested 61 people suspected of involvement in a vast child pornography network, including at least three people who raped children on camera, officials said Thursday.

Among the suspects are several who work in jobs that put them in contact with children, such as teachers, religious leaders and city hall officials, according to Eric Bérot, head of the French police agency overseeing the operation.

Black Magic

Halliburton embraces the Woke gospel

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How is Darth Cheney going to handle how far left the corporate culture of his old company has become ?
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the founder of The 1619 Project, fancies herself as a brave prophet who takes risks to speak truth to power:

Uh-huh. There is nothing safer to say among American power elites today than the racialist narrative hawked by Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, and the others. Shell Oil sponsored an NHJ talk in Houston, as part of a series of lectures on the black experience. I don't blame her one bit for taking Shell's money for the lecture. But please, spare us the self-serving and ridiculous, "I am making the powerful uncomfortable." She is doing exactly the opposite: she is assuaging their liberal guilt.


Light Saber

Madrid court rejects lockdown because 'it harms fundamental rights and freedoms'

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A couple have lunch outside a bar in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
A high court in Madrid on Thursday rejected measures forced on the region by the central government, which included the partial lockdown of the Spanish capital and nine neighbouring municipalities.

The court "rejected the ratification (of the measures), because they harmed the fundamental rights and freedoms" of the 4.5 million inhabitants affected by the partial lockdown, which came into force on Friday evening, the court said in a statement.

As a result of the decision, fines cannot be handed out to citizens who break the rules.

The central government — a coalition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos — has locked horns with the conservative-led Madrid regional government over the measures.

Comment: Let's hope Madrid is just the beginning, because these same peculiar and tyrannical orders are being enforced by a number of European governments. However, since these governments are clearly acting in an unsually coordinated manner, taking the same actions within days of each other, claiming to be fighting the virus, why is that they're not also sharing with each other the fact that the lockdowns aren't working? Unless this isn't really (only) about stopping a virus anymore? UK gov admits lockdowns aren't working but is mulling HARSHER measures and new lockdowns in northern England anyway


UK gov admits lockdowns aren't working but is mulling HARSHER measures and new lockdowns in northern England anyway

London lockdown
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FILE PHOTO: People walk towards an empty socially distanced arranged outdoor seating area in London, Britain, September 11, 2020.
The UK government wants to be "more consistent" on localized restrictions amid the rise in coronavirus cases in the north of England, admitting that the current measures so far have not been sufficiently effective.

With 14,162 people across the UK diagnosed with Covid-19 on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to order new coronavirus curbs within days on pubs in northern England. The measures could include closing them altogether in Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle, after a surge in cases.

Comment: Similar and strangely particular measures - locking down places serving alcohol (in addition to poorer areas) - have been rolled out in Paris, Ireland, Brussels, Madrid and Scotland. Rarely do we see such orchestrated, irrational and immediate action from so many countries that it begs the question, just where are these orders coming from? Because it's not coming from the scientific community.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is considering different options because the virus is rising, "in terms of the number of cases, quite significantly" in the north west, the north east and in a number of other cities such as Nottingham.

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Che Guevara

The origins of Cultural Marxism: How the disciples of an obscure Italian linguist subverted America

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Antonio Gramsci
You may have heard the terms "Cultural Marxism," "Critical Theory" or "Frankfurt School" bandied about. And while you might have an intuitive approximation of what these terms mean for America in the 21st century, there's a good chance that you don't know much about the deep theory, where the ideology comes from and what it has planned for America - and the world.

The underlying theory here is a variant of Marxism, pioneered by early-20th-century Italian Marxist politician and linguist Antonio Gramsci. Gramscian Marxism is a radical departure from Classical Marxism. One does not need to endorse the Classical Marxism of Marx, Engels and others to appreciate the significant differences between the two. He is easily the most influential thinker that you have never heard of.

Whereas Classical Marxism located what has been called "the revolutionary subject" (the people who will overthrow capitalism and usher in socialism) within the broad working class, primarily in what is now the First World, Gramscism takes a very different approach. This approach underpins most of the social unrest that is gripping America and the West today. In a sense, we are living through the endgame of a Gramscian revolution.


Three-year investigation closes: Cambridge Analytica did not misuse data in EU referendum, says watchdog

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The data watchdog has closed its investigation into Cambridge Analytica, concluding that the controversial data company did not directly misuse data to influence the Brexit referendum.

Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, said her team also found no evidence Cambridge Analytica aided Russian intervention in the UK political process. However, she warned that the company's data protection practices were lax "with little thought for effective security measures" and its activities raised broader concerns about the influence of technology in politics.

Cambridge Analytica had repeatedly claimed in its marketing material to have "5,000+ data points per individual on 230 million adult Americans", suggesting it had incredible power to micro-target individuals with suggestive political messaging using a giant psychographic database.

However, the investigation concluded that "based on what we found it appears that this may have been an exaggeration" and much of the company's activities followed "well recognised processes using commonly available technology".


UK court hears children cannot consent to puberty blockers

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Keira Bell, outside the Royal Courts of Justice where she is bringing a case against Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
The argument that children can give informed consent to the prescription of puberty blockers is a "fairy tale", the high court has been told.

Keira Bell, a 23-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before "detransitioning" in her early 20s, and the mother of a 16-year-old girl with autism who is waiting for treatment are bringing a case against the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, which runs the UK's only gender identity development service (GIDS) for children.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the pair, who want puberty blockers prescribed only after a court order, argued that children who had not yet gone through puberty were not able to properly understand the "lifelong medical, psychological and emotional implications" of taking puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

Bizarro Earth

Traits like 'objectivity' and 'perfectionism' signs of RACISM and white supremacy, elementary school kids taught

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A screenshot of a lesson apparently taught to elementary school kids claiming characteristics like "perfectionism" and "objectivity" can signify racism has sparked outcry, with many ridiculing the concept as being racist itself.

The presentation slide, shared on Twitter by author James Lindsay on Wednesday, showed a list of 15 traits by which the young students could identify "white supremacy culture." It appeared to be a rough summary of the 2001 'Dismantling Racism Workbook' by authors Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones.

Lindsay claimed the lesson was being taught to kids at the Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia - and the name of the teacher appearing on the slide also matches the name of a teacher at that school.


More than half in new poll expect violence after Election Day

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More than half of voters expect violence in response to the November election results, according to a new poll published Wednesday.

In the YouGov survey, about 55 percent of registered voters said they thought violence would increase in the U.S. following the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Just under 11 percent of respondents said they didn't expect a rise in violence to occur after the election, while 33 percent of voters were unsure.

The same poll also determined that 50 percent of Americans expect the country at large to disagree about which candidate wins the presidential election, while 49 percent said they expected Americans to largely accept the election results.

Just over half, 52 percent, said they expected the November elections to be held in a "fair and honest" manner, while 47 percent doubted that the process would be above-board.

Comment: If national political organizations want to do something about the rising tensions in the US, then they ought to be calling out the extreme left, media, politicians, and activist Attorney Generals who are feeding the division and fueling the existing violence. So many Americans are expecting violence because this is what people are being primed for by design. Those pulling the strings want chaos because that is how they exert control.

Brick Wall

Grim warning Aussies face TWO YEARS of social distancing - and no overseas trips until EVERYONE is vaccinated from COVID-19

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Australians should expect social distancing measures to be in place until 2022.
The Federal Budget has some grim news for most Australians hoping the pandemic to end soon and life to return to normal.

The government is predicting Australia's population won't be vaccinated until the end of 2021 - which means overseas travel will 'remain low' until then and social distancing measures will be kept in place.

However, the federal Government expects every state border to be open by Christmas, except for Western Australia, which it believes will keep its borders closed until after its state election on March 31, 2021.

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