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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.

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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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© Twitter / @PrideTrainNYC
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


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US: 3 mass shootings in 1 weekend leaves 2 dead & 30 wounded

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This photo provided by Austin Police Department shows Chief Chacon providing an update on overnight shootings in Austin, Texas, early Saturday, June 12, 2021. Chacon says gunfire erupted in a busy entertainment district downtown early Saturday injuring several.
Two people were killed and at least 30 more were wounded in separate weekend mass shootings reported in three states, stirring already brewing fears that a spike in gun violence could continue into summer.

The cities of Savannah, Georgia, Chicago and Austin, Texas are the latest to fall victim to mass shootings late Friday and early Saturday, police have said.

The attacks come amid an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Many hoped that a spike in U.S. shootings and homicides last year was an aberration perhaps caused by pandemic-related stress amid a rise in gun ownership and debate over policing. But those rates are still higher than they were in pre-pandemic times, including in cities that refused to slash police spending following the death of George Floyd and those that made cuts.

Comment: There are a number of triggers to consider, but it's notable that a similar surge in violence occurred in the UK in recent weeks. Some psychologists warned before even the first lockdown began - well over a year ago - that, following harsh restrictions, a rise protests and riots can be expected. And we saw just that last summer when lockdowns were briefly lifted and BLM riots erupted across the West: History and psychology predict protests and riots after lockdowns

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Journey Into Darkness: Inside the Criminal Mind


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Liberal newspaper won't print description of black male suspect in mass shooting because it 'could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes'

austin shooting
The Austin American-Statesman, a liberal-leaning news outlet in Texas, published an article on the mass shooting that happened early Saturday morning, but refused to print the police's description of the at-large black male suspect.

At least 14 victims were left injured. One suspect, described by local law enforcement as a slim black male with dreadlocks, escaped the scene.

"The Austin American-Statesman is not including the [police's] description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes," the editor's note reads at the bottom of the article, adding that reporting will be updated if more detailed information is released to the public and the press.


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Judge pauses discriminatory loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

farm fields harvest
A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the program for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The program pays up to 120% of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for Black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander farmers. President Joe Biden's administration created the loan forgiveness program as part of its COVID-19 pandemic relief plan.

Emily Newton, the lead attorney representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the lawsuit, didn't immediately respond to an email Friday seeking comment on the restraining order.

Minority farmers have maintained for decades that they have been unfairly denied farm loans and other government assistance. Federal agriculture officials in 1999 and 2010 settled lawsuits from Black farmers accusing the agency of discriminating against them.

Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed suit in April arguing white farmers aren't eligible, amounting to a violation of their constitutional rights. The firm sued on behalf of 12 farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Oregon and Kentucky.

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Letters from a D.C. jail

Trump Rally DC
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Trump Rally January 6, 2021
The rule of law for anyone involved in the events of January 6 has been flipped on its head by the U.S. justice system; defendants are presumed guilty before proven innocent.

This week, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding his office's handling of January 6 protesters. The letter revealed the senators are aware that several Capitol defendants charged with mostly nonviolent crimes are being held in solitary confinement conditions in a D.C. jail used exclusively to house Capitol detainees.

Joe Biden's Justice Department routinely requests — and partisan Beltway federal judges routinely approve — pre-trial detention for Americans arrested for their involvement in the January 6 protest. This includes everyone from an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia to a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.

Comment: Inhumane leverage and unwarranted criminal punishment keeps the lie alive. To not do so would risk the whole Democratic narrative. They want convictions and torture is their chosen means.


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Texas, Arizona govs calling for states to send police to the border to help deal with border crisis

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
The governors of Texas and Arizona are calling on their counterparts in other states to send law enforcement to help stem the crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed officials and border states. Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote in a letter to their fellow governors this week:
"On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Both the federal government and border states have been dealing with a surge in migration to the border, with more than 180,000 migrants encountered in May alone -- including more than 10,000 unaccompanied children.

Texas and Arizona have seen a number of facilities built, opened or refashioned to house the migrants coming across the border -- including the use of hotels by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Officials have complained that migrants are often let loose into communities and able to travel to wherever they want.


Comment: We are as yet to see America's top leadership tour the border conditions they reset in motion. Without accountability and regulation, the crisis multiplies. Like Abbott and Ducey, more governors will need to align behind a united course of action to maintain stability and governorship of their states. They can't count on Washington and neither can the people.


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Tens of thousands gather in Madrid to protest plans to pardon jailed Catalan independence leaders

Madrid protest
© Reuters / Javier Barbancho
People demonstrate at Colon Square in Madrid, Spain on June 13, 2021.
A huge crowd of protesters has assembled in Madrid, decrying government plans to pardon jailed Catalan leaders behind the failed 2017 independence bid, and demanding the resignation of the country's PM over the move.

Some 25,000 people gathered in central Madrid on Sunday, according to estimates by Spain's National Police. Local law enforcement estimated a higher figure, however, stating that at least some 126,000 demonstrators had shown up for the rally.

Comment: See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Kurdistan and Catalonia: The Politics of Self-Determination


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Barred big-name candidate publicly challenges Iran's election vetters

Ali Larijani
© Anwar Amro/AFP.
Disqualified candidate Ali Larijani
The influential political scion and former speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, has demanded an explanation from the country's vetters as to why he was excluded from running in next week's Iranian presidential election.

Larijani's query toward the hard-line Guardians Council follows that body's disqualification of hundreds of would-be candidates in a familiar feature of Iranian elections that left just seven contenders to succeed incumbent Hassan Rohani.

There are no prominent critics of the senior leadership or Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power in Iran's clerically dominated system, among them.

Larijani tweeted:
"Dear Guardians Council, please, between yourself and God, in view of proving the falsity of the reports given to that council regarding me and my family, state all the reasons for my disqualification formally and publicly,"
With just seven days to go before the June 18 vote, it is unclear what the intended effect of Larijani's public challenge could be.

Comment: See also: Iran approves hardliner for presidential polls, bars several hopefuls