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Daniel Morgan report could link Rupert Murdoch empire to 'criminality'

Daniel Morgan
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Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was murdered in south London in 1987.
No one has yet been brought to justice.
Rupert Murdoch's media empire could be criticised for its links to the suspects behind the murder of the private detective Daniel Morgan, the Guardian has learned.

The official inquiry investigating his death sent warning letters to people facing criticism in its long-awaited report, which is due to be published on Tuesday. One shows the panel investigating the 1987 killing has been considering describing the defunct News of the World tabloid as being "linked to the criminality associated with the murder". Murdoch's News UK told the Guardian it had not received any letter from the panel warning that it will be criticised, and said it had co-operated with the inquiry, a claim the Morgan family dispute.

Morgan was killed in 1987 in south London, with no one yet brought to justice.

The panel appointed by the government has examined claims that at least two of those arrested in connection with the killing carried out extensive work for the News of the World, which was owned by Murdoch at the time. It has also examined the paper's placing of the lead detective investigating the murder under surveillance. Murdoch closed the Sunday tabloid in 2011 as concerns mounted about its ethics and practices following the phone-hacking scandal.


Roger Waters tells the Zuck 'f*** you', forbids using Pink Floyd song to promote Instagram

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(L) Roger Waters (R) Mark Zuckerberg
Musician Roger Waters has said he has informed Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in no uncertain terms that he is rejecting the social media mogul's request to use one his songs in an ad campaign for Instagram.

Speaking at a forum supporting jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Waters, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, said that Zuckerberg offered him "a huge amount of money" to use his classic 1979 track Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).

He was defiant in his rejection of Zuckerberg's request, branding the businessman an "idiot" as he accused him of "preventing" Assange's story from "getting out to the general public."


11-year-old Jenna Miller kicked out of school after refusing to wear mask in hot classroom with no air conditioning

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Jenna Miller leaving her school after refusing to wear a mask
An 11-year-old girl is speaking out after being kicked out of her school for refusing to wear a face mask in her hot classroom.

"Today was a hard emotional day for me. Today I stood my ground and I was very adamant to standing up for what's right and making it known it's not a safe environment no longer being in a hot classroom with no Air conditioning with temperatures yesterday of 96° and today was a high of 86° masked and slaved to concentrate and do work at our desks with sweat pouring off of me," Jenna Miller said in an Instagram post, accompanied by a picture of her leaving her Saugerties, New York, school.

The 11-year-old student said that her hobby of riding BMX races in the hot summer makes it easier for her to deal with heat, but sitting in her hot classroom all day with a mask and no air conditioning became too much for her to take.


NY Post's Michael Goodwin: My top 10 media lies (so far)

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Donald Trump
Another one bites the dust. Another media lie, that is.

The latest lie to die is the false claim the feds cleared Lafayette Park of protesters last year so then-President Donald Trump could hold a photo op. The Interior Department's inspector general says police planned to clear the park so a contractor could install a fence, a decision unrelated to Trump's walk to a nearby historic church burned in a riot.

If the debunking feels familiar, it's not your imagination. Only the details differ from earlier cases where the media mob got it all wrong. Sadly, the truth usually emerges not because of the press, but despite it.

Black Cat 2

Academic paper reveals Hong Kong student protesters were paid to be guinea pigs in bizarre experiment that may have gone wrong

Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China.
Allegations that pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been paid for their activities have swirled for years but have always been strenuously rubbished by the Western media. Now, an academic study seems to confirm just that.

Secreted in the depths of academic journal American Economic Review's June edition is an absolutely extraordinary research paper, revealing that a team of Western scholars conducted a somewhat peculiar study analyzing why students attended protests in Hong Kong - and that participants were paid to do so.

The paper's abstract notes that the academics set out to study "the causes of sustained participation in political movements." In order to "identify the persistent effect of protest participation," and the role of social networks in organizing and motivating protests and protesters, they "randomly indirectly [incentivized]" - that is, paid - 849 students at the University of Hong Kong to participate in an "antiauthoritarian protest" for two years running, in 2017 and 2018.

The protest in question was the annual July 1 march, which has been convened every year since 1997, the year of Hong Kong's handover from the UK to China. The academics say the marches studied were "peaceful" and "modestly sized", attracting around 50,000 citizens, and sought "to both achieve policy concessions and signal the strength of the movement."

They found that "incentives" to attend a political protest increased and, indeed, sustained subsequent crowd sizes, "but only when a sufficient fraction of an individual's social network [was] also incentivized to attend the initial protest."

Comment: The psychopaths in power are using every opportunity to study human behavior so they can manipulate the masses of people in their favor and keep them under control. They use science, technology, and their unlimited financial resources to experiment with us whenever they can.

So-called "philanthropic" organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many others are just powerful tools in the hands of the PTB to finance and accomplish their dark agenda.

Light Saber

Jon Voight tears into 'racist' Hunter Biden, media's n-word double standards: 'Lowest human being'

Jon Voight
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Actor Jon Voight
In response to an explosive report last week which revealed President Joe Biden's son Hunter using the N-word multiple times in text messages with his attorney, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight posted a powerful video Sunday, blasting the hypocrisy of the left and media for justifying Hunter Biden's racism "while the Trump family were harassed night and day."

The clip, posted with the byline "Hope is real," is slightly over two minutes and features Voight against the backdrop of an American flag.

Comment: The apples doesn't seem to have fallen far from the tree. Hunter Biden's behavior looks to be an extension of his father's.


400,000 without power in Puerto Rico after fire, cyberattack

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There were at least 400,000 people without power in Puerto Rico on Thursday night as the company that took over the island's power transmissions has been faced with fire and cyberattack.

Luma, the company that took over Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority on June 1, has seen more than one million customers this month without power at some point, officials said, USA Today reported.

At the height of the most recent outage, there were 900,000 customers without electricity.

The company has faced two issues this week that have hindered its performance: a fire at a main substation causing the outages and a cyberattack that has limited the ability of customers to get in contact with Luma.


Passengers on first fully vaccinated North American cruise test positive for COVID

Celebrity Millenium cruise ship

Celebrity Millenium cruise ship.
Two passengers aboard the first fully-vaccinated cruise ship in North America have tested positive for COVID-19.

Celebrity Millennium issued this statement Thursday:
Today two guests sharing a stateroom onboard Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting the required end of cruise testing. The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation and being monitored by our medical team. We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation.


Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

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Florida Department of Education Board Chair Andy Tuck bangs his gavel as he tries to get the gallery to quiet down after they started chanting "Allow the teachers to teach the truth" during public comments ahead of Thursday's planned vote to prohibit the teaching of critical race theory in Florida's public schools. The board members of the Florida Department of Education met Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Florida State College at Jacksonville's Advanced Technology Center in Jacksonville, Fla. to take care of routine business but then held public comments before a vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and racism.

The unit was about baseball, but more importantly, it was about segregation and racism in America.

"I kept thinking, in light of this bill, if this were next year, how would I teach this to my students?" said Paschall, an English teacher in Nashville. "Do we teach students to ignore tough subjects?"

Comment: Perhaps the guidelines need to be refined more and made more clear, but the line between traditional teaching and teaching critical race theory seems pretty clear. Teach about racism, but don't tell the kids that their country is inherently racist and has made no progress on race relations, don't teach them that they have immutable characteristics based on their skin color and even maybe teach them that, at the end of the day, their skin color isn't all that important. It's not rocket science.

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Slay, queen? Pride signs in New York subway suggest death threats to the transphobic

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A screenshot shows the 'Pride Train' posters on display in New York
Rainbow-colored signs in New York's subway stations remind riders to drop the "bigotry, hatred, or prejudice" against LGBT people, but the signs close with a chilling message that looks like a barely veiled death threat.

Along with nearly every other corporation and government body in the US, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has plastered itself in rainbow graphics and started spouting pro-LGBT affirmations for Pride Month, which runs until the end of June.

"No bigotry, hatred, or prejudice allowed at this station at any time," mock service information posters read, reminding the intolerant that "your BS stops here."

Comment: See also: Liberal Fascism: Why Fascism Has Always Been a Leftist Movement, And How to Recognize Its Flavor