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Backfire: Russians' lack of sympathy for Navalny may be partly due to constant lies from West's media & political classes

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Alexey Navalny
It's been said that there are two very different Russias. The one 146 million live in and the version depicted by the anglophone media. Recent polling suggests that most Russians don't share Western concerns about Alexey Navalny.

Imprisoned Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny has been making news again this week, claiming that he has been denied proper medical treatment. On Wednesday, Amnesty International said that the Russian authorities "may be placing him into a situation of a slow death and seeking to hide what is happening to him." The authorities were "imposing prison conditions that amount to torture," Amnesty added. The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service denies these charges, saying that Navalny's health is "stable and satisfactory."

"A society should be judged not by how it treats it outstanding citizens but how it treats its criminals," said the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. "We ought to pity both the victim and the criminal," argued Dostoyevsky's contemporary, the philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, "when society, which is incomparably stronger than the individual criminal, turns upon him its insatiable hostility after he had been disarmed, and makes him undergo prolonged suffering, it is he who becomes the injured party."

Red Flag

The death wish of the anarcho-communists

[This article first appeared in the Libertarian Forum, January 1, 1970.]

Now that the New Left has abandoned its earlier loose, flexible non-ideological stance, two ideologies have been adopted as guiding theoretical positions by New Leftists: Marxism-Stalinism, and anarcho-communism.

Marxism-Stalinism has unfortunately conquered SDS, but anarcho-communism has attracted many leftists who are looking for a way out of the bureaucratic and statist tyranny that has marked the Stalinist road.

And many libertarians, who are looking for forms of action and for allies in such actions, have become attracted by an anarchist creed which seemingly exalts the voluntary way and calls for the abolition of the coercive State.

It is fatal, however, to abandon and lose sight of one's own principles in the quest for allies in specific tactical actions.

Anarcho-communism, both in its original Bakunin-Kropotkin form and its current irrationalist and "post-scarcity" variety, is poles apart from genuine libertarian principle.

If there is one thing, for example, that anarcho-communism hates and reviles more than the State it is the rights of private property; as a matter of fact, the major reason that anarcho-communists oppose the State is because they wrongly believe that it is the creator and protector of private property, and therefore that the only route toward abolition of property is by destruction of the State apparatus.

They totally fail to realize that the State has always been the great enemy and invader of the rights of private property.


Semper coronavirus: Nearly 40 percent of Marines are declining COVID-19 vaccine

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Out of all the Marines offered shots so far, 38.9 percent are saying no.

Nearly 40 percent of US Marines are declining COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a new report.

Some 75,500 Marines have received vaccine shots, CNN reported Friday. But 48,000 other Marines have turned the shots down. That means that out of all the Marines offered shots so far, 38.9 percent are saying no.

Another 102,000 Marines have not yet been offered vaccines.


Narrative shattered: 'KKK,' 'White power' graffiti on campus written by Black student

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"Albion is racist we do exist KKK" said one of the graffitti
A Black student was reportedly responsible for racist graffiti discovered at Albion College in Michigan. According to MLive, on April 2, slogans such as "KKK," "White Power," and "Die N****rs Please!" were discovered in Mitchell Towers, a residence hall.

As a result of the messages, hundreds of students boycotted class and marched on campus for three consecutive days.

Many chanted "silence is violence!"

The school quickly launched an investigation and discovered that a "student of color" was responsible for the graffiti.

Comment: The fact that many of the highest-profile examples of explicit racism are hoaxes should reassure people that actual racism is rarer than they might otherwise think.

Black Cat

Another professional outrage group wants Fox News host Tucker Carlson FIRED: This time it's the ADL

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The ADL is calling for ouster of Fox News host Tucker Carlson
Anti-Defamation League chief Jonathan Greenblatt accused Fox News host Tucker Carlson of championing an "anti-Semitic, racist and toxic" idea in an appearance on the network, but seems to have not actually watched the segment.

"Tucker must go," Greenblatt tweeted on Friday above a video clip of Carlson's guest appearance on Mark Steyn's primetime show the evening before. The clip was posted by Media Matters for America (MMFA) researcher Nikki McCann Ramirez, who said Carlson gave a "passionate defense" of "white replacement theory."

The outraged ADL CEO called it a "white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites" that is "anti-Semitic, racist and toxic."

Comment: Giving David Brock and any of his groups a wide berth is a no-brainer for sensible people. He appears to be as slimy as the company he keeps: As for Tucker, the progressives are furious, not to mention baffled, at his popularity. They are so inured to lies they can't abide a person who's words match reality.


Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died

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The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99
Prince Philip - the Duke of Edinburgh - has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has said.

A statement from the Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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DMX received Covid vaccine days before heart attack - Family says he didn't have a drug overdose, despite rumors

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Rap legend DMX, real name Earl Simmons, is currently in the ICU after suffering from a massive heart attack. Early reports speculated that DMX's condition may have been brought about because of an alleged drug overdose.

Comment: Update from the BBC: DMX, American rapper and actor, dies aged 50

But MTO News spoke with a member of the Simmons family who believes that it was NOT drugs that caused the heart attack.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview, MTO News spoke with DMX' family member who told us that the rapper received the COVID vaccine about a week before he suffered from the heart attack.

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Mr. Potato

CDC director: 'Racism is a serious public health threat'

Rochelle Walensky
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Thursday called racism a "public health threat."

The CDC will conduct research on "social determinants on health outcomes" and make "expanded investments" for "durable infrastructure" in minority communities, Walensky said, and the agency will "foster greater diversity" in the ranks of the CDC.

"What we know is this: racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans," Walensky said in a statement. "As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation. Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color."

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US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

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In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021 file photo, morning fog blankets a cemetery in West Virginia. The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.
The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.

Death certificates are still coming in and the count could rise. But officials expect a substantial decline will endure, despite worries that COVID-19 could lead to more suicides.

It is hard to say exactly why suicide deaths dropped so much, but one factor may be a phenomenon seen in the early stages of wars and national disasters, some experts suggested.

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As reforms continue, Russia's prison population drops by 38% in a decade; per-capita incarceration rate now only half that of US

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Prisoners move from the living area to the dining room in the high-security penal colony No. 17 of the GUFSIN of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
A report produced by the Council of Europe has revealed that the number of people in Russian prisons has fallen from 574.8 to 356.1 per 100,000 residents in the last decade, meaning that the prison population has dropped by 38.1%.

This means that Russia no longer has the most people imprisoned per capita in the entire Council of Europe, with Turkey now taking the lead in that measure. It is the first time that the organization's largest member has not been at the top of the incarceration charts.

While still stubbornly high by European standards, the Russian figure is significantly lower than that of the US, which has the world's largest prison population at over 2,000,000, at an incarceration rate per 100,000 of 639.

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