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Best-selling children's author Gillian Philip is sacked after adding hashtag 'I stand with JK Rowling' to her Twitter handle

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Gillian Philip (pictured), a best-selling children's author, has been sacked after putting out a tweet with the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling, amid the Harry Potter author's transgender row.
A bestselling children's author has been sacked after expressing support for fellow writer J. K. Rowling in the bitter row over transgender rights.

In the latest example of 'cancel culture', novelist Gillian Philip was last week jettisoned from her role writing titles for a major publishing company.

It came after the writer, who has penned a popular series of books for eight-to-12-year-olds, added the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling to her Twitter handle.

Comment: Who would have guessed that in 2020, someone would lose their job for agreeing with the sentiment that only women menstruate. If anyone ever needed evidence that human culture is devolving, this would add nicely.

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Lockdown lunacy 2.0: Second wave? Not even close.

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Why did politicians ever lockdown society in the first place? Can we all agree that the stated purpose was to "flatten the curve" so our hospital system could handle the inevitable COVID-19 patients who needed care? At that point, at least, back in early March, people were behaving rationally. They accepted that you can't eradicate a virus, so let's postpone things enough to handle it. The fact is, we have done that, and so much more. The headlines are filled with dire warnings of a "second wave" and trigger-happy Governors are rolling back regulations to try to stem the tide of new cases. But, is any of it actually true and should we all be worried? No, it's not a second wave. The COVID-19 virus is on its final legs, and while I have filled this post with graphs to prove everything I just said, this is really the only graph you need to see, it's the CDC's data, over time, of deaths from COVID-19 here in the U.S., and the trend line is unmistakable:

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If virologists were driving policy about COVID-19 rather than public health officials, we'd all be Sweden right now, which means life would effectively be back to normal. The only thing our lockdowns have done at this point is prolong the agony a little bit, and encouraged Governors to make up more useless rules. Sweden's health minister understood that the only chance to beat COVID-19 was to get the Swedish population to a Herd Immunity Threshold against COVID-19, and that's exactly what they have done, so let me start there.


Wacky Hollywood: Tim Robbins blasts ICE as 'SS' in charge of 'ethnic cleansing'

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ICE officers in Paramount, California/Tim Robbins at Bernie Sanders rally in Hanover, New Hampshire
'Shawshank Redemption' star Tim Robbins has compared US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Nazis, and claimed the agency's goal is to target people of color and give America an "ethnic cleansing."

"ICE are massively funded, militarized police whose function is to deport people of color. Ethnic cleansing in America," tweeted the actor in reaction to a story about President Donald Trump designating ICE a "security agency" in an effort to protect the identities of its employees.

"Now they are a massively funded, militarized SECRET police (SS) that don't have to identify themselves or answer to anyone. What could go wrong?" according to Robbins.


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'I am running for president of the United States': Kanye West says he's joining presidential race, wins backing from Elon Musk

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American rapper Kanye West, who has in the past been eviscerated by the left over his vocal support for US President Donald Trump, has said he's launching his own presidential bid.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION," West wrote, breaking the news to nearly 30 million followers on Twitter on Saturday evening.

Comment: He should run in 2024 as the Republican candidate so he doesn't have go up against Trump!

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'F**ktheFourth' trending on Twitter as liberals & conservatives lock horns over Independence Day celebrations

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People queue for dine-in service outside the Baja Beach Bar in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California.
The stark contrast between liberals and conservatives reacting to the Fourth of July on social media magnifies the deep cultural wedge in the US, with the left calling the holiday a "sham" and the right mourning what once was.

While Independence Day is typically a time for celebration in the US, it's taken a different turn this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

The hashtag "F**ktheFourth" is trending on Twitter, with the "u" in the curse word cleverly switched out with a "v."


Wokeness: The return of Medieval madness

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Witch hunts, excommunication and iconoclasm are back with a vengeance.
How much of what went on in the Middle Ages and early-modern periods do we look back on with abhorrence and a certain amount of perplexity? Burning witches at the stake, lynch mobs, self-flagellation - what possessed people to do such things, we wonder.

But take a step back, look about and you see many of these practices are still flourishing today, though they go by different names.

Here are just some of them.

Let's start with excommunication. Excommunication meant so much more than being banned from taking communion. It involved you being shunned, shamed, spiritually condemned, even banished. Only through some kind of heavy penance - often a very public, lengthy and humiliating contrition - could you and your reputation be redeemed.

Excommunication became a powerful political weapon. It was dished out to enemies of the faith to destroy their legitimacy. Often it was used as a punishment for sins as minor as uttering the wrong opinion.

Comment: "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it", and for all high civilizations that have gone before us the result was a cataclysmic collapse and a return to the simple life - for the lucky few that survived:


Climate journalists' treatment of Mike Shellenberger proves they've ditched reporting and become the climate-blasphemy police

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Michael Shellenberger
The bad-faith tactics employed by two Australian reporters on separate newspapers that were designed to smear the climate dissenter shows the environmental press is little more than the provisional wing of Extinction Rebellion.

It's a well-worn trope these days that environmentalism has come to fill the God-shaped hole left in many a Western heart. They have their child saints (Greta), their wise old sages (Sir David Attenborough), their sacred texts ('The Uninhabitable Earth') and, obviously, they're predicting the end of the world. But what really brings out their zealotry is the way they treat apostates. Take the recent case of Mr Mike Shellenberger.

Shellenberger is a well-known American green campaigner with previously impeccable lefty credentials guaranteed to get him invited to all the right drinks parties. He was Time 2008 Hero of the Environment and was so left-wing, he even spent time living in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinistas.

Bad Guys

It's vandalism, plain and simple! Thugs are desecrating elk and mermaid statues under cover of 'anti-racism'

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(L) Portland Police Department; (R) A graffiti reading "Racist Fish" is seen on a statue of "The Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen, Denmark July 3, 2020.
An effigy of an ungulate was set on fire in Portland, Oregon, and the rendering of Hans Christian Andersen's creation in Copenhagen was dubbed a "racist fish," in the latest childish outburst from ridiculous rioters.

The latest statues to fall victim to the marauding hordes in America and Europe include an elk and the Little Mermaid. A 120-year-old sculpture of the majestic woodland creature was set alight in Portland because of racism, or police brutality, or it being a day with a 'y' in the name... no one has actually bothered to explain yet. It's now been removed and requires extensive repair. Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, the 107-year-old sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous character had "Racist fish" scrawled on it for similarly obscure reasons.

It's high time we admitted that this is just vandalism, that there's no conceivable political motivation for doing any of this anymore. There wasn't really in the first place, either - it was just an excuse for civil disobedience, but those first protesters at least picked targets that had a tangential link to their cause. Obviously, this declined very quickly, having begun with statues of slavers, slave owners and confederate generals, but rapidly ending up with anyone who'd said anything ever that was even moderately critical of foreigners. How the same set of protesters can argue that statues of Robert E Lee and Abraham Lincoln need to be ripped down will never not baffle me, in much the same way that alleged anti-Nazis and anti-colonialists agitating for ripping down statues of Churchill and Gandhi leave me dumbstruck.


Bad Guys

Judge orders 'destruction' of Guiffre's evidence against Jeffrey Epstein

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U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska
U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska, who was appointed by George Herbert Walker Bush, and whom his son had considered promoting maybe to the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in a case on July 1st, ordering the attorneys for one of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, Virginia (Roberts) Guiffre, to "destroy" a list of men who had taken advantage of Epstein's "girls." This action pertains to a case not only against Epstein, who is dead, but against his friend and colleague Ghislaine Maxwell, who happened to become arrested by the FBI in Bedford New Hampshire the very next day, on July 2nd.

Judge Preska said that Giuffre's attorneys
"Cooper & Kirk shall destroy (a) all materials from Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 15 Civ. 7433, currently in its possession, save for the transcript of Ms. Giuffre's deposition in that case and (b) all work product derived from the Maxwell materials. Cooper & Kirk shall submit to the Court an affidavit detailing the steps that it took to destroy the materials."

Eye 1

CNN's hypocritical u-turn on Mt. Rushmore in its coverage of Obama & Trump: Pivots from 'majestic' to 'monument for 2 slave owners'

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Mt. Rushmore
In its latest attempt to tar US President Donald Trump's event at Mt. Rushmore, CNN framed the iconic monument as a homage to slavery, despite previously dubbing it a salute to "four great presidents."

CNN correspondent Leyla Santiago took to the airwaves on Friday to report on the president's rally to mark Independence Day at the memorial later in the evening, putting heavy emphasis on its links to slavery and abuses of Native Americans while implying the site was chosen for those reasons.

"Kicking off the Independence Day weekend, President Trump will be at Mt. Rushmore, where he'll be standing in front of a monument of two slave holders and on land wrestled away from Native Americans," she said, noting Trump would focus on what he called "the effort to tear down our country's history."