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Yet another media tale - Trump tear-gassed protesters for a church photo op - collapses

Anderson Cooper

CNN with Anderson Cooper and Jim Acosta, June 1, 2020
For more than a year, it has been consecrated media fact that former President Donald Trump and his White House, on June 1 of last year, directed the U.S. Park Police to use tear gas against peaceful Lafayette Park protesters, all to enable a Trump photo-op in front of St. John's Church. That this happened was never presented as a possibility or likelihood but as indisputable truth. And it provoked weeks of unmitigated media outrage, presented as one of the most egregious assaults on the democratic order in decades.

This tale was so pervasive in the media landscape that it would be impossible for any one article to compile all the examples. "Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op," read the NPRheadline on June 1. The New York Times ran with: "Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church." CNN devoted multiple segments to venting indignation while the on-screen graphic declared: "Peaceful Protesters Near White House Tear-Gassed, Shot With Rubber Bullets So Trump Can Have Church Photo Op."

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos "reported" that "the administration asked police to clear peaceful protesters from the park across the White House so that the President could stage a photo op." The Intercept published an article stating that "federal police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters from Lafayette Square in front of the White House," all to feature a video where the first interviewee said: "to me, the way our military and police have behaved toward the protesters at the instruction of President Trump has almost been Nazi-like." Nazi-like. This was repeated by virtually every major corporate outlet:


Is a "Climate Lockdown" on the horizon?

all you need is less
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If and when the powers-that-be decide to move on from their pandemic narrative, lockdowns won't be going anywhere. Instead it looks like they'll be rebranded as "climate lockdowns", and either enforced or simply held threateningly over the public's head.

At least, according to an article written by an employee of the WHO, and published by a mega-coporate think-tank.

Let's dive right in.

The report's author and backers

The report, titled "Avoiding a climate lockdown", was written by Mariana Mazzucato, a professor of economics at University College London, and head of something called the Council on the Economics of Health for All, a division of the World Health Organization.

It was first published in October 2020 by Project Syndicate, a non-profit media organization that is (predictably) funded through grants from the Open society Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many, many others.

After that, it was picked up and republished by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which describes itself as "a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.".

Comment: See also:


Free 'Joint for jabs' in Washington State

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In an effort to encourage vaccinations and speed the process up, Washington State has approved a "Joints for Jabs" policy, giving adults the chance to get a free joint with their COVID-19 shot.

This policy was approved by the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), allowing people to get a free pre-rolled joint when getting their first or second vaccine shot at a clinic located near a state-licensed cannabis retailer.

The joint must be claimed at the time of vaccination. The "Joints for Jabs" policy will stay in place until July 12, with retailers being able to advertise if they're participating in the promotion.

According to the LCB, cannabis retailers had been asking for permission to engage in promotions to support state vaccinations.

"The LCB has provided dozens of allowances for alcohol and cannabis licensees throughout the COVID pandemic in an effort to support businesses during the restriction period and to support the vaccine effort," explains a press release. "Most recently, it to be provided an allowance for a beer, wine or cocktail to be provided at no cost for those vaccinated by June 30."


Meat company JBS confirms it paid $11 million ransom in cyberattack

Meat company JBS
The world's largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broke into its computer system late last month.

Brazil-based JBS SA said on May 31 that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, but Wednesday was the first time the company's U.S. division confirmed that it had paid the ransom.

"This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally," said Andre Nogueira, the CEO of JBS USA. "However, we felt this decision had to be made to prevent any potential risk for our customers."

Comment: According to software firm founder Natalya Kaspersky, similar hacks against Toshiba and Colonial Pipeline are likely the work of the CIA who are able to 'mask its hackers as outside ones and leave behind the "fingerprints" of the external hackers'; isn't it possible the same occured with JBS? Also note this sudden uptick in attacks occurs soon after the WEF's warning of a 'cyber pandemic', as well as a NYT report that Biden intended a series of 'clandestine cyberattacks against Russia':


NYC psychoanalyst calls whiteness incurable 'parasitic like condition'

Donald Moss
Dr. Donald Moss writes, "Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts' appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse."
A white New York City psychoanalyst is under fire after publishing a report decrying his skin color as a "malignant, parasitic like condition" without a "permanent cure."

Dr. Donald Moss — a published author who teaches at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute — published "On Having Whiteness" last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

"Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has — a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which 'white' people have a particular susceptibility," an abstract of the article on Sage Journals says.

"The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one's body, in one's mind, and in one's world.

"Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts' appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse," states the paper, also published on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed site.

Comment: If ever there were a candidate for effective psychoanalysis...

Stock Up

Record-high 47 percent say abortion is morally acceptable: Gallup

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A record number of Americans find abortion to be morally acceptable, according to a new Gallup poll.

A total of 47 percent of respondents in the survey published Wednesday said they think abortion is morally acceptable, with 46 percent saying they find it to be morally wrong.

The percentage of Americans who now say abortion is morally acceptable is the highest Gallup has recorded in two decades of measurement by 2 percentage points, the polling firm said.

A poll conducted last year found a flipped result, with 47 percent of respondents indicating they thought abortion was morally wrong and 44 percent saying it was morally acceptable.

In this year's poll, 64 percent of Democrats, 51 percent of independents and 26 percent of Republicans held the view abortion is morally acceptable.

Comment: Something can be morally wrong, or even morally questionable, yet still legal. Morality and law aren't entirely conterminous, though there is significant overlap. Sometimes an action is merely the least bad option available, and abortion arguably falls into that category in many situations. Yet the pro-choice camp has pushed abortion so hard over the years that for some it is not only morally acceptable, but almost a moral good.

Alarm Clock

Husband of US Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt sues police for records revealing identity of officer who killed her

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The unidentified officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot will not be charged for her death.
The husband of Ashli Babbitt, the election-fraud protester who was killed during the US Capitol riot, has filed a lawsuit to force police to turn over investigation records, including the name of the officer who shot her.

The lawsuit, which was filed last week in the Washington, DC Superior Court, demands video footage of the January 6 shooting, as well as witness statements and documents gathered when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigated the incident. Babbitt's husband, Aaron Babbitt, previously filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the records, but the MPD allegedly ignored a May 12 deadline to either comply or state that it's refusing to release the materials.

The DOJ announced in April that its investigation didn't find sufficient evidence to prosecute the officer who shot Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran. Police chose not to identify the shooter, and there was no media uproar demanding greater transparency, like that called for in officer-involved shootings around the nation.

Comment: The only person killed at the Capitol was a Trump supporter, and we still do not know the name of the officer who killed her. Think about that for a moment or two.


Psychologists: To counter anti-vaxxers, get influencers to promote vaccination

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To counter misinformation from anti-vaxxers, we need to mobilise influential people as well as social media influencers to promote vaccination, say psychologists. SOLS Health-Thrive WellResearch and Advocacy director, Dr Arman Rashid said we have to speak the same language as anti-vaxxers in reaching out to the wider society.
"Studies show those who believe in fake news online are more likely to be persuaded by influencers than experts, which means we need influencers to carry the scientific evidence, even though they may not be experts themselves.

"Misinformation about vaccines from anti-vaxxers is not new, but has gained momentum with their movement growing online and it is easy for some individuals to believe in fake news based on reading a blog or watching a video, which is why digital literacy is important amongst all age groups."
An actor as well as an influencer, Beto Kusyairy, 41, said Malaysians should pay attention to what the experts have to say regarding Covid-19, rather than forwarded texts on WhatsApp and Telegram, that are able to skew their perception towards the fatal virus. We have experts in their respective fields. Doctors, religious scholars or muftis in Malaysia and around the world have recommended getting the vaccine. "So, who are they (antivaxxers) to go against these experts? You just have to think logically, " he said when contacted by Bernama.

Comment: While some of the structural precepts stated may be valid, the above persuasion has fallen victim to its own argument.


Critical race theory's poisonous roots trace back to Harvard University

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Harvard University
In the past several months, multiple state legislatures have made moves to ban critical race theory — the latest hot-button issue in contemporary American politics — from their public schools. Activists have opined that critical race theory is either the cure for racial injustice in America or the most dangerous force threatening our democracy.

Plenty of writers have explained the main tenets of the theory, some in great detail. But where did it come from? How did an obscure academic theory come to dominate the national political conversation in only a few years?

The answer to these questions lies in the origins of the theory. Critical race theory emerged from one of America's foremost institutions: Harvard University. Tracing the history of critical race theory reveals just how intimately connected it is with America's most prestigious university.

In the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legal scholars grappled with how the sweeping legislation would affect America's racial struggles. By the 1970s, it was clear that anti-discrimination law and racial integration had not fully healed the nation's race relations. This frustrated many civil rights advocates, who after Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968 lacked a moral lodestar to underpin their faith in American democracy to solve racial problems.


Why a judge has Georgia vote fraud on his mind: 'Pristine' Biden ballots that looked xeroxed

Favorito Voyles Drop box
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Garland Favorito • Susan Voyles • Fulton County Drop Boxes
When Fulton County, Ga., poll manager Suzi Voyles sorted through a large stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden. One after another, the absentee votes contained perfectly filled-in ovals for Biden — except that each of the darkened bubbles featured an identical white void inside them in the shape of a tiny crescent, indicating they'd been marked with toner ink instead of a pen or pencil.

Adding to suspicions, she noticed that all of the ballots were printed on different stock paper than the others she handled as part of a statewide hand recount of the razor-thin Nov. 3 presidential election. And none was folded or creased, as she typically observed in mail-in ballots that had been removed from envelopes.

In short, the Biden votes looked like they'd been duplicated by a copying machine.

"All of them were strangely pristine," said Voyles, who said she'd never seen anything like it in her 20 years monitoring elections in Fulton County, which includes much of Atlanta.

She wasn't alone. At least three other poll workers observed the same thing in stacks of absentee ballots for Biden processed by the county, and they have joined Voyles in swearing under penalty of perjury that they looked fake.

Now election watchdogs have used their affidavits to help convince a state judge to unseal all of the 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton and allow a closer inspection of the suspicious Biden ballots for evidence of counterfeiting. They argue that potentially tens of thousands may have been manufactured in a race that Biden won by just 12,000 votes thanks to a late surge of mail-in ballots counted after election monitors were shooed from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.