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'Dangerous' PragerU conservatives clap back at Samantha Bee

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Conservatives are firing back after Full Frontal comedian Samantha Bee said their ideas were "dangerous."

The liberal TBS show host sparked controversy when she took aim at Prager University on Wednesday, a nonprofit organization that creates online conservative content.

"Prager U's website says 'Prager University is not an accredited academic institution...but it is a place where you are free to learn.' That describes every single place! The last place Sam learned something for free was in a bra store. She learned she's been wrong for 35 years," Bee tweeted.

Comment: It just goes to show how out-of-touch the leftist media is. They simply don't 'get' conservative thought, branding anything outside of their accepted norms as 'dangerous'. And while PragerU is ideologically conservative, and inevitably gets some things wrong, at least it offers a counter-narrative to the NPC indoctrination facing everyone who turns on a TV.

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Hey, China-bashers! Maybe China deserves PRAISE for the way it's handling the Coronavirus outbreak?

Comment: What a wild idea.

But if we entertain it, does this mean we'll have to find a new source of schadenfreude?...

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Beijing is getting major stick for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak - for example, ungrateful US officials are "disappointed" at China's alleged secrecy.

Meanwhile the mainstream media focuses on press censorship, forced quarantines and an alleged lack of transparency from the Chinese authorities.

Hold on a second! Surely some of the measures that China's put in place are worth a bit of praise?! This week, Polly makes the case for cutting China some slack!

Comment: Not only 'how about cutting them some slack'... how about considering - as Boiko herself suggests - that China's massive response to the outbreak - at huge cost to its economy - is her 'taking one for the team'?

We realize this is somewhere most Westerners can't go because they have no living experience of decent, ethics-based governance, but it is theoretically possible!


Tennessee lawmakers introduce joint resolution to recognize CNN and Washington Post as "fake news"

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An amendment to a house joint resolution was announced Tuesday at the Tennessee State Capitol, announcing that the state of Tennessee recognizes CNN and The Washington Post "as fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic party."

According to the resolution, lawmakers say that an editor of The Washington Post wrote on October 3, 2019 that President Trump "cast a spell on the Republican Party and suggested that Trumpism is cult-like." The resolution also says that a CNN host suggested that Trump supporters "belong to a cult and that our president is using mind control" on November 24, 2019.

"We recognize that fake news outlets suggest ideas without directly making accusations so that they can claim innocence from their ivory towers," the resolution reads.

The joint resolution introduced in the state House with the Senate reportedly concurring says that CNN and The Washington Post are condemned "for denigrating our citizens and implying that they are weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood."


Russian authorities investigate after photos emerge of Boris Nemtsov murderer allegedly enjoying prison 'feast'

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Zaur Dadaev and a group of other men in prison
The 2015 killing of Boris Nemtsov shocked Russians, and now photographs posted online of the man who assassinated him apparently posing in front of a slap-up meal are generating considerable anger.

The images, taken in an Irkutsk penal colony, show Zaur Dadaev and a group of other men surrounded by kebabs, soups, fruits, and juices. In response, Russian prison authorities have launched an investigation to determine the conditions in which he is being held.

They will also look into whether Dadaev, a former security official, used a mobile phone at the facility, where he was kept before being transferred to prison. The last sign-in to his account on social network Odnoklassniki was on July 8, 2018.

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Michael Avenatti, aka 'creepy porn lawyer', found guilty on all counts in Nike extortion trial

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Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges he faced in relation to his scheme to extort over $20 million from sportswear and apparel giant Nike.

Avenatti was charged with threatening the sportswear giant that he would stage a news conference exposing its efforts to corrupt college basketball unless it paid him between $15 and $25 million to conduct an internal investigation into his claims.

Avenatti, who gained considerable fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her efforts to revoke a non-disclosure agreement against President Donald Trump, showed no reaction as the jury read his verdict Friday.

"I'm not fucking around with this, and I'm not continuing to play games. And I don't — you know, this isn't complicated," Avenatti told Nike representatives just prior to his arrest in March 2019. "You guys know enough now to know you've got a serious problem."

Comment: See also: The new Wild West: Avenatti, Wohl and the Krassensteins prove political media is a hucksters' paradise


Russia seeks Canada's aid in probing 95-yo Nazi death squad member over mass murder of vulnerable children

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A nonagenarian former Canadian citizen, whose appeal against deportation was turned down by the Supreme Court in December, is suspected of involvement in the cruel mass murder of vulnerable children by a Nazi death squad.

Russia's Investigative Committee has asked Canadian law enforcement to provide legal papers related to Helmut Oberlander, who may have been involved in the mass murder of 214 residents of a shelter for disabled children in the Nazi-occupied Krasnodar region in 1942. The dreaded Sonderkommando SS-10a, a death squad tasked with culling racially impure or weak people under Hitler's sick vision of German empowerment, herded kids into a mobile gas chamber and buried their bodies.

"In the 1940s and the 1960s several translators and other members of the Sonderkommando SS-10a were arrested and convicted," the committee said. "But Oberlander fled justice right after the German capitulation and escaped criminal punishment."

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Russia rapidly recovered from sanctions & drop in oil prices - British investment trust

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Gorky park in Moscow
The Russian economy has proven that it can withstand Western sanctions and falling oil prices, Matthias Siller, co-manager of the Barings Emerging Europe Fund, has said.

Despite the difficulties Moscow faced between 2010 and 2015, "things have picked up rapidly in the past five years," Siller said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph published on Friday.

"The region has performed incredibly well, so our Russian investments have grown and become a larger part of the portfolio," he noted.


Islamic faith marriages are now invalid under UK law leaving Muslim womens' rights at risk

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Islamic faith marriages are not valid under English law, the country's Court of Appeal has ruled, in a move that could see many Muslim women denied rights when it comes to divorce.

The judgment delivered at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Friday overturned an earlier High Court ruling that Islamic marriage - known as a 'nikah' - adhered to the core tenets of English matrimonial law. These are now legally "non-marriages," the appeal court's decision confirmed.

The landmark ruling could have widespread consequences for Muslim couples and in particular for women, as it now means women who married under Islamic law have no redress in the English courts over division of matrimonial assets such as the family home when divorcing.

A survey carried out in 2017 for Channel 4 documentary 'The Truth About Muslim Marriage', found that almost all married Muslim women in the UK had an Islamic marriage - with nearly two-thirds not having a separate civil ceremony.

Comment: See also: Home Office rejects recommendation to compel Muslim couples to register their Sharia marriages under UK civil law

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Army of tractors descends on Spanish city for mass protest

Traffic was paralyzed across Valencia, Spain as thousands of farmers descended on the capital to protest government inaction.

Disgruntled farmers blocked the entrance and exits to the main highway in Lucena near Malaga in the south, blocking off an entire section measuring approximately 22km (13.7 miles).

The farmers reportedly apologized to all those caught up in the protests and gave out oranges to help ease tensions.


'Actually dangerous': Samantha Bee's denunciation of PragerU shows liberals still don't get the allure of the forbidden

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Liberal comedian Samantha Bee has said she fears YouTube powerhouse PragerU is brainwashing kids by disguising right-wing propaganda as educational content - but her fear is the best endorsement the outlet could hope for.

Calling the popular conservative channel "actually dangerous," Bee warned it was "trick[ing] kids into thinking their videos are educational" in a tweet posted on Wednesday night. The post was a teaser for an entire segment about PragerU on her show 'Full Frontal', in which she warned that the channel was netting "billions of views" from "middle and high school children" who were unwittingly being programmed with right-wing dogma.

While many parents might be surprised to hear their children are deliberately seeking out educational programming - even if it turns out to be conservative propaganda in disguise - Bee repeated well-worn talking points to scare her audience, remarking on the "veneer of respectability" PragerU's rotating cast of D-list celebrities were placing over reactionary ideas like "Planned Parenthood wants to abort as many babies as possible."

PragerU didn't seem too broken up about Bee's critique, retweeting her video on its own account. Run by conservative radio host Dennis Prager, PragerU has indeed racked up billions of views by meting out bite-sized morsels of conservative doctrine to the all-important younger audience, but the liberal establishment, rather than attempt to compete with their own politicized internet-age version of 'Schoolhouse Rock', have thus far merely raged at the existing model.