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The woke capitalism con: 25 corporations marking Pride donated over $10m to anti-LGBTQ+ politicians - study

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The study found that CVS supported sponsors of anti-trans legislation in Texas, North Carolina and Tennessee, through its corporate political action committee.
CVS Health, AT&T, Walmart and Comcast among companies that supported anti-LGBTQ+ candidates, Popular Information reports.

June is Pride month, and many US corporations are advertising their support for the LGBTQ+ community. A new study, however, has found that 25 companies otherwise eager to wave the rainbow flag have donated more than $10m to anti-LGBTQ+ federal and state politicians over the past two years.

The study, released on Monday by the Popular Information newsletter, found that alongside pronouncements of LGBTQ+ support, corporations including CVS, AT&T, Walmart and Comcast have supported candidates who seek to block or otherwise restrict equal rights based on gender or sexual orientation.

Comment: Corporations being woke isn't a statement of solidarity for an oppressed group, it's a marketing strategy meant to convey the idea that they care. They don't. Their bottom line will always trump 'diversity, equity and inclusion' every day of the week. To assume otherwise is hopelessly naive.

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USA

US intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers

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A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement's false prophecies increasingly fail to come true.

Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called deep state to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Trump's loss to President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in "The Storm," a supposed reckoning in which Trump's enemies would be tried and executed. Some adherents have now pivoted into believing that Trump is the "shadow president" or that Biden's victory was a sham.

The report was compiled by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat. It predicts that while some QAnon adherents will pull back, others "likely will begin to believe they can no longer 'trust the plan' referenced in QAnon posts and that they have an obligation to change from serving as 'digital soldiers' towards engaging in real world violence."

Comment: Qanon has been a American Intelligence psy-op from the beginning. The movement will get violent if they want it to get violent.

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Eye 2

The rising menace of marriage predators who prey on people with dementia, steal all their money & torment them to their grave

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Predatory marriage is becoming a major concern, with one British MP calling for law changes to clamp down on those who take advantage of vulnerable old people. RT spoke to some who have suffered the devastating hurt it can cause.

Kathy Bates won an Oscar for scaring the living daylights out of audiences for her portrayal of a psychopath in the film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller 'Misery'.

However, crazed individuals like that are more common in society than we think. And their cover is increasingly as a loving husband or wife of their victim. Confused? Welcome to the growing world of predatory marriage.

The phenomenon involves elderly people, unable to make their own decisions, often due to dementia, who have been coerced into tying the knot. The problem can prove so damaging that the UK Labour Party MP Fabian Hamilton is demanding a change in the law to prevent it.

RT spoke to several people who have first-hand experience of the terrifying consequences.

Airplane

3,000 unruly passengers so far this year -- 2,300 cases over mask wearing: FAA

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Acts of aggression are skyrocketing to troubling highs on airplanes.

Airlines have now reported 3,000 cases of disruptive passengers to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this year, and the vast majority -- 2,300 -- involve people who refused to wear a mask.

The FAA is investigating the highest number of potential violations of federal law in unruly passenger cases since they began keeping records in 1995. The agency has identified 394 cases this year where passengers have potentially broken the law by "interfering with the duties of a crew member."

This is more than double the amount of cases investigated in 2020 and two and half times the amount in 2019.

"In a typical year the agency will end up taking this type of enforcement action in about 100 to 160 enforcement cases so it's nothing new," FAA Chief Steve Dickson told ABC News last month. "What really is new is the volume that we're seeing right now."

Map

New evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by December 2019

A woman wearing a mask crosses 34th street on April 6, 2020 in New York City
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A woman wearing a mask crosses 34th street on April 6, 2020 in New York City
A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials.

The analysis is not definitive, and some experts remain skeptical, but federal health officials are increasingly accepting a timeline in which small numbers of COVID-19 infections may have occurred in the U.S. before the world ever became aware of a dangerous new virus erupting in China.

"The studies are pretty consistent," said Natalie Thornburg of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Comment: That the coronavirus seemed to emerge in multiple locations was also confirmed by China: Chinese Govt: 'Covid-19 began as multiple separate outbreaks globally, we were just the first to report'


Newspaper

Hungary passes law banning LGBT propaganda targeted at children, passes 157-1

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination.

The conservative ruling party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban introduced the legislation, which is the latest effort to curtail the rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in the central European nation.

Hungary's National Assembly passed the bill on a 157-1 vote. The ruling Fidesz party has a parliamentary majority, and lawmakers from the right-wing Jobbik party also endorsed the measure. One independent lawmaker voted against it.

Cell Phone

The Elephant in the Room

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It is difficult to talk to addicts about addictions and it is even harder to do so when their embrace of the drug of choice has dire consequences.

I once asked the ether if God had a cell phone, and although God didn't reply, it was a rhetorical question, so I didn't expect an answer since I knew God understood grammar and punctuation and had other ways of communicating.

The elites who consider themselves gods, such as those at the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and their ilk throughout governments, corporations, media, etc., know that cell phones are fundamental to their plan for a fully digitized world. They have promoted them for decades.

Without cell phones their plan can't work, a plan whose end is a trans-human world where AI, cyborgs, technology, and biology are melded for their authoritarian control.

Their non-vaccine "vaccines" are also necessary. Penetrating cells of both sorts are means to their ends and the stories we are told are meant to infect our minds with a sick way of thinking that will allow them to exert more and more control.

Most people have fallen for their PR. It's called the-easy-life. The stay-in-touch life. The never-be-out-of-touch-life. The you'll-be-lost-without-it-life. The smart life. The free life.

In reality it is a prisoner's life. The miracle of the cell phone, the mystery of a virus and its "antidote," and the authority of authoritarians are being used to try to quell the spirit of rebellion we were all born with - the promise of freedom. Mystery, miracle, and authority - "vaccines" against freedom.

Like the Grand Inquisitor in Dostoevsky's legend, these sick elites are relying on the assumption that "man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find some one quickly to whom he can hand over that gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born."

They may be in store for a big surprise. People are starting to wake up to an attack on their fundamental freedoms.

Briefcase

Supreme Court shows interest in Harvard anti-Asian affirmative action case

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The Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
This was another uneventful morning at the Supreme Court, with two uncontroversial decisions (one unanimous, one split between 9-0 and 8-1 decisions in two related cases) involving the First Step Act and the felon-in-possession statute. But the big news came in case number 20-1199, Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

The Court has yet to decide whether it wants to hear the case, but this morning, it asked the Biden administration to file an amicus brief setting forth its views of the case. Cases in which the Court asks the Solicitor General for such a brief are not always taken by the Court, but they are much more likely to end up on its docket.

While there is little doubt that the administration will side with Harvard, its position could be politically sticky, and the case could be explosive. The petition asks the Court to overrule its pro-"diversity" rationale for allowing universities to consider race in admissions:
(1) Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and hold that institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions; and (2) whether Harvard College is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by penalizing Asian-American applicants, engaging in racial balancing, overemphasizing race and rejecting workable race-neutral alternatives.
Roger Clegg has set forth the argument for why the Court should hear this case, and it now has the Court's attention.

Comment: This should be an interesting case given the mix of racial sensitivity and geopolitical posturing.


Take 2

Being a 'non-racist' is not enough, 'righteous white men' actor Tom Hanks learns after daring to write about race issues

Tom Hanks
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Actor Tom Hanks
After penning a column on how the unfolding of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre should be taught more widely, actor Tom Hanks is being taken to task for playing "righteous white men" and for his movies not being "anti-racist" enough.

In a Sunday op-ed for the US media outlet NPR, TV critic Eric Deggans claims the two-time Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks was a "non-racist" actor, and it was time for him to be an "anti-racist" actor.

But what's the difference, you may wonder?

"Anti-racism implies action - looking around your universe and taking specific steps to dismantle systemic racism," Deggans writes. And Hanks is apparently not supporting his words with enough action.

Deggans' NPR piece was in response to Hanks' column earlier this month for the New York Times, in which he opined that the facts of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, during which as many as 300 black residents were killed and their town destroyed by white aggressors, should be taught more widely in school. Hanks also called out history for being "written by white people." The liberal actor wrote:
"History was mostly written by white people about white people like me, while the history of Black people - including the horrors of Tulsa - was too often left out. Until relatively recently, the entertainment industry, which helps shape what is history and what is forgotten, did the same."
This stance apparently didn't go far enough, however, in Deggan's view.

Comment: Wokeism (mob rule) has no boundaries. If we think we know its end-game, we should think again. They will eat their own.



Arrow Up

Moscow releases 2020 mortality stats: Excess death figures show Russia suffered more from Covid-19 than comparable Western nations

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New figures released by Russia have revealed that, in 2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic began, mortality in the country increased by 19%, painting a bleaker picture than previously published in official coronavirus statistics.

On Tuesday, Russia's government statistics agency Rosstat released the final confirmed demographic figures for 2020. According to the official numbers, deaths in the country were 340,300 people compared to the previous year, growing to 2,138,586.

Of those additional fatalities, just 144,700 deaths (42.5%) were put down to Covid-19. This new figure is considerably worse than the figures presented by Russia's official coronavirus headquarters, which reported on January 1 that just 57,555 people had died of the coronavirus, meaning the country's real pandemic death count is almost three times greater than the previously cited figures.

The latest published numbers also clash with comments from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who claimed that over 81% of the rise in mortality in 2020 can be blamed on Covid-19.