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Award-winning journalist Vanessa Beeley faces "deplatforming" at six Canadian venues

Vanessa Beeley

Vaness Beeley
Vanessa Beeley, the award-winning journalist who has gained notoriety for her on the ground reporting on the Syrian conflict has faced opposition in her efforts to speak to Canadian audiences at the invitation of local anti war activists.

According to Ken Stone of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, a lead organizer of Beeley's cross-Canada speaking tour, six venues have so far backed away from hosting the UK journalist's talks. These include Palestine House in Mississauga, the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto, St. Paul's University in Ottawa, the University of Montreal, the University of Winnipeg, and the Millenium Library, also in Winnipeg.

Stone explains that the withdrawal from agreements at each venue to host Beeley were preceded by the circulation of at least two hit pieces on the journalist upon her arrival in Canada - one by La Presse in Quebec and one by the Huffington Post. Stone explained that the decision to cancel in each case was precipitated by the circulation of these articles by unknown actors.

Says Stone,
"There wasn't an organized effort, but there were people in individual cities where she was speaking who took it upon themselves to circulate these articles behind the scenes - shadowy figures who tried their very best to scare the managers of various venues into cancelling, and they did so six times."

Comment: See some of Vanessa Beeley's many hard-hitting deconstructions of the lies and propaganda being sold by the Western media and the war machine that supports it - and know that this is why they are trying so hard to keep her voice unheard.


Overly sensitive Twitter bullies try to cancel a vlogger with Tourettes after she blurts out 'kill the Jews' during a livestream

Sweet Anita
© Sweet Anita
Sweet Anita
Cancel culture has found a new target to be offended by, someone who literally can't help what they say.

Sweet Anita is a streamer on Twitch who has amassed an audience of almost 600,000 people. Part of her popularity stems from her openness with Tourettes. She's been able to juxtapose her charming personality with the often vile utterances her condition causes her to express, and this in turn has allowed her to educate fans about a neurodevelopmental disability that many would otherwise only know from jokes in movies and on TV.
I know she has tourettes but holy fuck pic.twitter.com/r3goxOovQr

— Jeffthrow ❼ (@JeffThrow) December 9, 2019
Recently though, outrage culture decided to step up its game, and Anita became a target for a conglomerate of offense-seekers who have decided context no longer matters, and that those who speak bad words must be extinguished from the public eye.

After experiencing a particularly bad tic during a livestream earlier this week, Anita blurted out the phrase "kill the Jews!" before covering up her mouth with her hand in evident horror at her inability to control what she just said.


Mass shooting in Jersey City: Multiple people dead, including police officer - UPDATE: Gunmen targeted Jewish community

Comment: There's no way, surely, they can whittle this one down to a 'lone gunman'...

shooting jersey city
© AFP / Kena Betancur
Police respond to report of multiple shootings in Jersey City
Four people, including a police officer and three people believed to be civilians, were killed during an hours-long standoff and firefight Tuesday between two suspects and law enforcement in Jersey City, New Jersey, authorities said. Two suspects were also killed, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters.

The fallen officer was identified as Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the department, Kelly said. Seals was part of a statewide anti-violence unit, and Kelly credited him with removing "dozens and dozens" of handguns from the street.

"We believe he was killed while trying to interdict these bad guys," Kelly told reporters, adding, "Once again, this is all being investigated."

The officer who was killed is believed to have been ambushed, according to a law enforcement source.

Comment: Dayum, that was crazy. Even for the USA.

Gangsters at work?

They're sure quick to rule out terrorism...


The gunfire lasted FOUR HOURS, and HUNDREDS of rounds were fired. Altogether, 6 people were killed, including 'the two suspects'. Some media suspects say there was a third suspect, but no word about what happened to him.

Today it emerges that the crime scene where the major shooting scene took place was a Jewish kosher store, located next to a synagogue. Three of the victims were Jews, part of a community of Brooklyn Jews who had only recently relocated there.

Jewish outlet Forward reports that the kosher store "serves as the de facto social center of an embryonic Hasidic community in the town."

Initially, the media and police said this was not a terror attack/hate crime, but 24 hours later, that tune is changing.

What's clear is that the police response - including snipers on rooftops - was MASSIVE relative to the 'accidental intervention of a suspect wanted for murder' they claimed first motivated a police response.

We suspect the authorities were tipped off about something major, but for some reason they're playing this down for now.

RT has a rundown of the timeline, with tweets and videos. After shooting and killing Seals, the suspects drove away, chased by police, who followed them to the kosher store where the rest of the shooting apparently went down. Jersey City's mayor said there is reason to believe the shop was deliberately targeted:
"Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked," the mayor said on Twitter late Tuesday. "Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats."
The shooters have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, with Anderson at least a "one time" member of the "Black Hebrew Israelites" (you may remember these folks from the "smirking MAGA hat kid" controversy - they were the loonies harassing the Covington students).

Anderson had apparently posted anti-Jewish and anti-police messages on social media:
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Wednesday that the pair of gun-wielding attackers were captured on CCTV footage "slowly" rolling up to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket in the Greenville neighborhood in a van before they stopped in front, "calmly opened the door with two long rifles" and "began firing from the street" into the store.

A note with religious writing was recovered by investigators from inside the stolen U-Haul van that the shooters were in, sources said.

RT reports that the incident is now being treated as an 'act of domestic terrorism motivated by anti-Semitism and police hatred':
The investigation into the shooting at JC Kosher Supermarket is now a domestic terrorism probe, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and New Jersey US Attorney Craig Carpenito told reporters on Thursday, adding that the violence was believed to be motivated by anti-Semitism and hatred of law enforcement.

"The evidence points towards acts of hate," Grewal said.

One of the shooters, identified as David Anderson, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe black supremacist group. Anderson made anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online before embarking on the shooting spree, according to law enforcement. A "manifesto-style note" was also found in the stolen U-Haul Anderson and his companion, a woman named Francine Graham, were driving. [..]

This is the same fringe group that attacked the Covington Catholic High School students

While the attack was initially thought to be random, surveillance footage showed the pair deliberately targeted the kosher market, driving there after gunning down a detective who attempted to question them about a recent murder in which they were also suspects.

Stock Down

US stocks decline over China trade uncertainties after initial rumors of deal remain unconfirmed

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A Chinese and US national flag hang on a fence at an international school in Beijing.
U.S. stocks fell at the start of trade Friday amid uncertainty over the state of U.S.-China trade talks, ahead of a planned news conference by Chinese officials at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Meanwhile, a decisive victory for Conservatives in Thursday's U.K. election that reduces policy uncertainty and clears a path for Brexit was also seen as boosting sentiment.

How are benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.16% fell 41 points, or 0.2%, to 28,083, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.10% rose 5 points, or 0.2%, to 3,165 and the Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.30% were down 5 points, or 0.1% at 8,712.

On Thursday, the Dow closed 220.75 points, or 0.8% higher, at 28,132.05, just shy of a new all-time high. The S&P 500 indexgained 0.9% to close at 3,168.58, and the Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.7% to 8,717.32, both new records.

Comment: China claims it is in close communication with US on trade as fresh tariffs loom


At least one injured during an active shooter situation at a Dart container plant in Conyers, USA

Shooter with pistol
© Global Look Press/ZUMAPRESS.com/Ronen Tivony
At least one person has been shot at a food service plant in Conyers, Georgia. Sheriff's deputies have arrived at the scene, as the shooter remains at large.

Gunfire broke out at the plant on Friday morning, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said. A gunman entered the Dart Container Corp. facility about 7am local time and shot an employee, a company spokesperson said.


India: Citizenship Bill 2019 becomes law with President Ram Nath Kovind's assent

According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on Thursday
President Ram Nath Kovind
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, became an Act of law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation on Thursday.

According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on Thursday.

According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and by Lok Sabha on Monday.

Comment: Japanese PM Abe Shinzo was to meet Narendra Modi on December 15 in Assam and it is postponed.


The historical origin of 'political correctness'

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A professor at Boston University recently touched on origins of the term 'politically correct.' And it's revealing.

In the November issue of Claremont Review of Books, Angelo M. Codevilla wrote a deep-dive article on the rise of political correctness in America.

The phrase "politically correct" is ubiquitous in America today. I complain about political correctness now and again, but I'd never given any thought to the phrase's origins. Codevilla, however, offers a fascinating look.

"The notion of political correctness came into use among Communists in the 1930s as a semi-humorous reminder that the Party's interest is to be treated as a reality that ranks above reality itself," writes Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University.

The semi-humorous reminder went something like this:

"Comrade, your statement is factually incorrect."
"Yes, it is. But it is politically correct."

The anecdote was a vital reminder in Stalin's empire: Stray from the party's official position and it could mean death. Whether or not something was true mattered less than whether or not it advanced the Idea (i.e. the Party's interest).

Comment: For more on the ideological scourge of political correctness that has become the bane of Western thought and morality, see:

Che Guevara

Indigenous Bolivia is ready to go to war against fascism

people of Altiplano
© Andre Vltchek 2019
The indigenous people of Altiplano
Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup: It is devilishly cold. My comrade's car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance.

The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always somehow hostile, silent, impenetrable. So many times, in the past I came close to death here. In Peru as well as in Bolivia. More often in Peru.

Now, what I do is totally mad. Being a supporter of President Evo Morales from the beginning until this very moment, I am not supposed to be here; in Bolivia, in the Altiplano. But I am, because these mud huts on the left and right, are so familiar and so dear to me.

My comrade is a Bolivian farmer, an indigenous man. His hands are red, rough. He usually does not talk much, but after the coup, he cannot stop speaking. This is his country; the country that he loves and which has been stolen from him, from his wife and from his children.

We can both get screwed here, but if we do, that's life; we know the risk and we are happy to take it. Carlos (not his real name), my driver and a friend, explained:
"I called them, the elders, and they said it is OK that you come. I sent them your essays. You know, people here now read, even in the deep villages. After 14 years of Evo's government, the entire country is covered by the mobile phone network. They read your stuff translated into Spanish. They liked what they read. They agreed to give you a statement. But they said, 'if he is not really a Russian-Chinese left-wing writer, but instead some Camacho crony, we will break his head with a stone.'"

Comment: For another amazing article by the same author, see also:

Andre Vltchek: I Never Saw a World So Fragmented!


Greta Thunberg wins TIME Person of the Year: It's a symptom of a sick & confused world when adults make children their leaders

The willingness of adults to listen to teenagers rather than themselves is a sign of a deep societal crisis in the West.

Edward Felsenthal, the editor-in-chief of TIME boasted that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is the magazine's youngest choice to be named Person of the Year.

I was not the least bit surprised - by now it would have been an upset if the headline-making environmentalist failed to reap yet another publicity reward - but still alarmed.

Gone are the days when TIME chose adult men, like Martin Luther King or Winston Churchill as the magazine's person of the year (Adolf Hitler too - the award is for the most influential, not necessarily the most virtuous public figure).

Comment: Trump pointed out the absurdity of TIME's cover choice:
"So ridiculous," Trump tweeted on Thursday while commenting on a tweet by actress and producer Roma Downey, in which she congratulated Thunberg on topping the TIME list of most influential people for 2019.

"Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"

Trump and Thunberg briefly crossed paths on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September, where both of them delivered impassioned speeches. They did not speak to each other but the teenage activist was spotted giving Trump a now-iconic cold glare, which quickly spurred a plethora of memes online.


Human remains and wreckage from missing Chilean Air Force plane recovered - defense minister

plane crash debris
© REUTERS / Fuerza Aerea de Chile (Chilean Air Force)
Chile's defense minister has confirmed that wreckage recovered from the sea off Antarctica is from a Chilean Air Force plane which disappeared on Monday. Alberto Espina also said some human remains have been found.

The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft was bound for the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva air base in Antarctica on a routine maintenance mission with 17 crew members and 21 passengers when it lost radar contact. Hours after its disappearance, Chilean authorities announced that the plane had 'crashed' as, by that time, it would have ran out of fuel.

An emergency search and rescue operation was launched by the Chilean Air Force, and some debris was recovered from the waters of the Drake Passage on Wednesday.

Espina told the media on Thursday that the debris was from the missing Hercules plane, and said that human remains from some of the victims have been recovered.

Earlier on Thursday, a Chilean regional governor said that the families of those on board the missing plane have been informed of the findings.