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Redubbing America: Will your home state be renamed?

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In the rush to erase America's problematic past, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo will drop the word 'Plantations' from the state's full name. But why stop there? Why not give the entire US a rainbow-colored woke-over?

Raimondo, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday to drop the word 'Plantations' from 'Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,' the official name of the smallest US state. She told a cheering crowd in the city of Providence:
"We can't ignore the image conjured by the word 'plantation'. We can't ignore how painful that is for Black Rhode Islanders to see that and have to see that as part of their state's name."


Disastrous response to Covid-19: 'The lockdown is causing so many deaths'

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Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
Few would disagree that the UK's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been a shambles. We are now in the 14th week of a three-week lockdown and excess deaths are among the highest in Europe. But while the received wisdom is that lives could only have been saved by locking down harder, earlier and for longer, the benefits of lockdown remain unproven, while the costs of lockdown are starting to mount. Dr Malcolm Kendrick is a GP and author of Doctoring Data: How to Sort Out Medical Advice from Medical Nonsense. spiked caught up with him to get his take from the frontline.

spiked: Do you think the Covid statistics are accurate?

Malcolm Kendrick: It is very difficult to tell. It is clear that different countries are recording deaths differently. Death certification is not a precise science. Normally, when someone dies, you have got a reasonably good idea what they died from. But if a person who is 85 drops dead, what do you put on the certificate? I do this, so I know it is not very accurate. GPs were advised to put Covid-19 on the certificate if they suspected somebody had it, even if there was no test done. We are in a strange situation where we are probably both over-recording Covid-19 and simultaneously under-recording it. Will we ever know what the real statistics were?

We are over-recording it because elderly people die quite often, and we may say they have died of Covid-19 but not know that was the case. Therefore there will have been a number of people who died of other things who have been recorded as dying of Covid-19. Equally, there will be people who died of Covid-19 but the GP did not know, so did not put it on the certificate. It really depends on how people decide to record the death.


Fireworks set off Utah wildfire - 100 people forced to leave their homes

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A wildfire started by fireworks burns in the Traverse Mountains north of Lehi, Utah, on Sunday, June 28, 2020. About 100 people were ordered to evacuate their homes.
A wildfire started by fireworks forced residents of dozens of homes to evacuate early Sunday in Utah.

"This cost a lot of people a long sleepless night. ... All because someone was using fireworks," Lehi Fire Department Chief Jeremy Craft said a briefing Sunday morning.

Firefighters worked through the night against the blaze, designated as the Traverse Fire. Sunday morning, it had consumed more than 1.5 square miles. No homes were burned, Craft said, but many of them may smell smoky for days.

About 100 people from 42 homes near the communities of Lehi and Draper were ordered to evacuate. The Red Cross set up two shelters. Craft said the evacuees may be allowed to return home Sunday afternoon.

Comment: More information from RT:
Two large blazes broke out on the hills surrounding the Traverse Mountain area late Saturday night. While one of the fires was put out, the other flared up due to strong winds. Now it is spreading rapidly, moving closer to the nearby towns of Lehi and Alpine.


Princeton drops Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to 'racist thinking'

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Woodrow Wilson (R) and Princeton University (L)
Princeton University will remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school and a residential college, the school's president announced Saturday.

Christopher Eisgruber announced the institution's decision in a statement published on the school's website. He cited Wilson's "racist views and policies" as the main factor in the decision.

"The trustees conclude that Woodrow Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must firmly stand against racism in all its forms," the statement read.


Fox capitulates to the mob as The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters

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"The Simpsons" episode, "Orange Is The New Yellow."
Fox has released a statement on casting for non-white characters on "The Simpsons."

"Moving forward, 'The Simpsons' will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters," the network said Friday.

The move comes as several television shows have pulled episodes featuring blackface from their streaming platforms, and amid a nation dealing with controversial depictions of race on TV and film.


About time! Four men charged for allegedly attempting to tear down Andrew Jackson statue

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Protestors attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Four men have been charged in federal court for allegedly attempting to tear down the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on Monday. They have each been charged with destruction of federal property and one has been arrested, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.

Connor Matthew Judd, 20, was taken into custody Friday, according to the DoJ. The other three men, Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, were allegedly seen on video attempting to tear down or damage the statue along with Judd.

Judd is scheduled to appear in court Monday.



Shooting at Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, CA, worker and gunman killed, 4 wounded

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An SUV sits at the entrance of a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, Calif., on Saturday, June 27, 2020. A man drove the vehicle into the front of the building before police say he opened fire on workers
A worker was killed and four others were wounded Saturday after a gunman drove his SUV into a Northern California Walmart distribution center and used an assault rifle to fire upon workers during a shift change.

Two Red Bluff police officers opened fire on the suspect, who was carrying an "AR-type weapon" and had fired multiple shots at the officers, authorities said. The Tehama County Sheriff's Office announced several hours after the afternoon attack that the shooter died at a hospital.

During a news conference outside the warehouse, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters a motive for the attack had not been determined. He identified the shooter only as a 31-year-old white male with a history at the distribution center, which lies on the outskirts of Red Bluff, about 120 miles north of Sacramento.

Comment: From the Record Searchlight:
Tehama County sheriff's officials early Sunday morning said the Red Bluff Walmart Distribution Center shooting suspect, who was killed in a gunfight with police, was fired from the center last year.

The suspect, Louis Lane, 31, of Redding was fired from the distribution center in February 2019 because he did not show up for work, sheriff's officials said.

Lane showed up at the distribution center at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and crashed his sport-utility vehicle into the employee entrance to the building, officials said. After the SUV caught fire, Lane got out and opened fire inside the building.

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Wirecard's 'lost' billions leaves thousands in UK unable to access their money

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FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG, an independent provider of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions is seen in Aschheim near Munich, Germany April 25, 2019.
Thousands of people in the UK are unable to access their money owing to the fallout from the scandal to hit payments firm Wirecard.

The UK licence of Wirecard Card Solutions has been frozen by the regulator after its German parent company filed for insolvency.

It means people are temporarily unable to access cash held with financial apps in the UK using Wirecard technology.

Some have spoken of their frustration, but their money should be safe.

Comment: That doesn't sound like a guarantee.

Comment: See also: Billions of euros confirmed missing from Germany's Wirecard


Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself

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Critical Theory drives government policies and shape public attitudes: Capitalism is oppressive. Private property rights cause environmental destruction. Prosperity causes climate change.
If you live in a Western nation like Canada in the 21st century, you have more freedom, prosperity and peace than most of the rest of the world at most other times in history. Yet these countries have never been at greater risk. The threat is not pandemics, climate change or war but something more insidious.

Modern Western civilization grew out of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ascendancy of reason in human affairs produced the scientific method and later the Industrial Revolution. Add in the rule of law, individual liberty, private property and capitalism, and you have the basic recipe that has raised most of humanity out of poverty over two centuries.

New academic doctrines are moving the world, or at least the West, from this triumph to decline. They dismiss science — real science — in favour of political agendas, in which theory trumps facts.

Few people are familiar with Critical Theory and its related doctrines, yet these ideas today drive government policies and shape public attitudes. Capitalism is oppressive. Private property rights cause environmental destruction. Prosperity causes climate change.

Comment: See also:

Arrow Up

US smashes daily coronavirus case record as states reimpose restrictions & critics blame Trump after cheering protests for weeks

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As several states move to reintroduce containment measures, the US has again topped its one-day record for new Covid-19 cases. Tallying more than 45,000 infections, the spike could undo a falling trend in fatalities.

Friday saw the US case count jump by 45,242, according to data collected by Reuters, putting the total number of infections in the country at nearly 2.5 million.