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NYC residents receive invalid ballots with wrong names, addresses sparking confusion

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New York City residents have reported receiving ballots with wrong information, sparking confusion and a response from the city board of elections department.

Multiple voters who live in Brooklyn have reported errors — including a wrong name on their ballot envelope — which would invalidate their ballots, according to Gothamist. The error was due to an "outside vendor error," the New York City Board of Elections said Monday in a tweet instructing residents on what steps to take if they encounter the error.

"I just got my New York mail-in ballot today and the security envelope I'm supposed to put it in and sign has some other guy's name and address on it," Nathan McDermott, a CNN reporter and Brooklyn resident, tweeted Monday.

Comment: The military's voter rolls seem to be particularly affected by mail-in ballot irregularities:
Reports from concerned Queens civilians who'd received forms labeled "official absentee military ballot for the general election" began proliferating on social media over the weekend. They may have gone out to everyone in the borough who requested an absentee ballot, according to a Monday report from the New York Post - which has seen several of its own reporters receive them.

While the city Board of Elections has denied a mix-up, instead blaming a typographical error, many who received the ballots fear their votes might be thrown out on a technicality.

Sunnyside city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told the Post that about a dozen of his constituents had contacted him for advice about what to do with the seemingly-mistaken mailing. "It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot," he said, suggesting the early reports were "just the tip of the iceberg."

While the NYC Board of Elections responded to one Queens resident's Twitter query, confirming it was "the correct ballot, even if you are not serving in the military," it has not issued a public statement about the ballots on its own Twitter feed (never mind the usual publicity channels). However, a BOE spokesperson confirmed to the Post that the ballots were legit, explaining the confusion stemmed from a typographical error in which a hyphen between "military" and "absentee" was not printed and insisting the ballots are the same for military and absentee voters.

Despite these attempts at reassurance, the New York State Board of Elections was not pleased to learn of the mistake. Co-chair Doug Kellner pledged to look into the matter, acknowledging that "there are lots of questions of whether there is adequate quality control" at the city BOE.

The seemingly-minor typo could come back to haunt absentee voters if the ballots are challenged after Election Day, and voters already on edge due to the political firestorm that has erupted around mail-in ballots don't need more reasons to distrust the system. Last month, it emerged that a quarter of mail-in ballots cast by New Yorkers during the 2020 primary were disqualified for reasons that were largely the fault of the city's Board of Elections and the US Postal Service.


Second thoughts: Minneapolis plan to defund police collapses, city council members 'regret' making pledge

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© REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Protesters set fire to a police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US May 28, 2020.
Minneapolis, Minnesota's plan to defund and then disband their local police force has "collapsed" according to a New York Times report from over the weekend. Some of the Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to abolish the city's law enforcement — including the City Council president — now say they regret making that promise.

The Times headline blares that the "pledge to dismantle the police department has collapsed," and notes that "a majority of City Council members promised to 'end policing as we know it'" after George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police department. Instead, though "they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter."

Mr. Potato

USA Today really did fact-check Babylon Bee's "claim" that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was overturned by 9th circuit court

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© The Babylon Bee
USA Today embarrassed themselves earlier when they fact-checked a ridiculous, over-the-top Babylon Bee story that nobody — not a single person — believed to be true. Here is the satirical story from The Bee that so-called journalists at a real news outlet somehow felt the need to debunk:

Comment: To quote Not the Bee's masthead: "What a time to be alive!"

Bizarro Earth

Ohio University gives students 'support spaces' to get a grip after the presidential debate

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Ohio University, West Green Quadrangle
Is the prospect of a presidential debate too triggering? Well, the Ohio University hosting the showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has offered "presidential debate support spaces" for students traumatized by the face-off.

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden face off against each other on Tuesday night, in the first of three debates before November's election. The political slugfest takes place at Ohio's Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and will be moderated by Fox News's Chris Wallace.

It'll be watched by a studio audience of around 75 people, and by millions of Americans at home.


Devouring their own: Left turns on poster boy of gun control David Hogg for daring to denounce political violence

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Activists including Parkland Shooting survivor and activist David Hogg gather before the final mile of the 50 Miles More walk against gun violence which ends with a rally at the Smith and Wesson Firearms factory on August 26, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Revered anti-weapons protester David Hogg got a taste of woke Twitter in the worst way, after setting out his belief that violent revolution would only lead to a violent government. Now he's been forced to repent.

Of all the political activists in the United States, I can't think of many that are as divisive as David Hogg. One of the group known as the Parkland kids (the students who survived the 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead), David is known for his anti-NRA and anti-gun diatribes. He seemed to become one of the political left's darlings. He is the poster child for gun control in the eyes of many. That in and of itself makes him one of the most divisive figures in politics of the last five years.

Given what he went through and how much he's beloved by the political left and those who describe themselves as woke, you wouldn't expect the young man to be called out for an anti-violence stance. I mean, the entire platform that he stands on is based on this and he went to a school where there was a mass shooting. Despite my substantial disagreements with him, an opinion that comes across like a pacifist doesn't exactly surprise me. I don't believe it should surprise anyone. But when he decried political violence, the "Church of Woke" decided that was a sin, and he had to be punished until his mind was changed and he showed contrition.

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Meet Blythe Masters - The mastermind behind JPMorgan's gold and silver manipulation "crime ring"

Blythe Masters
There was a time when the merest mention of gold manipulation in "reputable" media was enough to have one branded a perpetual conspiracy theorist with a tinfoil farm out back. That was roughly coincident with a time when Libor, FX, mortgage, and bond market manipulation was also considered unthinkable, when High Frequency Traders were believed to "provide liquidity", when the stock market was said to not be manipulated by the Fed, and when the ever-confused media, always eager to take "complicated" financial concepts at the face value set by a self-serving establishment, never dared to question anything.

All that changed in November 2018 when a former JPMorgan precious-metals trader admitted he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in gold, silver, platinum, and palladium futures contracts. John Edmonds, then 36, pled guilty under seal in the District of Connecticut to commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, commodities price manipulation, and spoofing, a trading technique whereby traders flood the market with "fake" bids or asks to push the price of a given futures contract up or down toward a more advantageous price, and to confuse other traders or HFTs which respond to trader intentions by launching momentum in the other direction. As FBI Assistant Director in Charge Sweeney explained at the time, "with his guilty plea, Edmonds admitted he intended to introduce materially false and misleading information into the commodities markets."


40 editors at NYU's student newspaper quit over 'racist' advisor

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The editorial staff at New York University's student newspaper is resigning after their university-appointed editorial advisor accused of "racism" was hired.
The editorial staff at New York University's student newspaper is resigning after their university-appointed editorial advisor accused of "racism" was hired.

The Washington Square News (WSN) wrote an open letter from the 40 staffed editors "publicizing the grievances" that led to their decision.

"[W]e understand that continuing to work at WSN in our current circumstance would do more harm than good, and we refuse to condone what we have seen over the past three weeks," the address prefaced the widely-felt undermining of their authority as student journalists.

Comment: Sounds like a bunch of snowflakes couldn't take working in a real life journalism environment. They should be happy they still have time to change their majors.

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The war on critical race theory indoctrination is worth winning

Christopher Rufo

This shining victory, whether brief or long term in its tenure, should be savoured to the full by Rufo and Peterson.

One of the more repulsive domestic aspects of the First World War in England was the "White Feather Campaign." Though physically near-weightless, in its symbolism — male cowardice — the white feather was heavier than Tungsten. Women motivated by a hysterical form of patriotism would hand them to any able-bodied man they saw on the streets as a goad to enlisting (or re-enlisting). It was such a shaming experience that it often worked. But in the end, the campaign backfired, because it weaponized an essentially noble feeling and cruelly stigmatized many good and honourable men.

The white-feather campaign went dormant for 100 years, but it is back for deployment in a new kind of battle — a civilizational war in which patriotism has been replaced by oikophobia — cultural self-loathing induced by critical race theory (CRT), which has rewritten the origin story of western civilization in general and the US in particular.

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This is why Facebook should be regulated

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The creation of Facebook opened an avenue for a class of entrepreneurial spirits to build entire industries around advertising on the social media platform. But it has since become a monopolistic juggernaut with the ability to censor information and radically affect countless American small businesses at a whim.

I work for one of those small businesses. Nativ3 is a full-service web development and digital marketing agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I run our office in Washington, DC and all of our business development. Our gritty team of 11 works long hours to ensure our clients feel at home in the digital space and are well-equipped to operate within it.

There are tens of thousands of small businesses like ours - yet none of us have the expansive representation Facebook retains (both formally and informally) in Washington. Facebook spent $16.7 million on direct lobbying in 2019, and countless millions more on direct donations to conservative policy shops like AEI, CEI, Cato, Heritage and the State Policy Network.

Facebook leverages these massive donations and sponsorships to "free-market" policy shops that will push policies that improve Facebook's bottom line, like leaving content moderation unregulated and allowing Facebook to determine what is and isn't in the public interest to have on their platform.

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London high school teacher calls face masks an 'egregious and unforgivable form of child abuse'

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© Kate Dubinski/CBC News
Larry Farquharson, who wrote a letter to city council, calling mandatory face coverings 'child abuse' works at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ont., the first high school in the city to have a case of COVID-19.
A London public high school teacher has written an email to a city hall committee asking politicians and health authorities to quash the city's controversial pandemic face-covering bylaw, calling masks an "egregious and unforgivable form of child abuse and physical assault."

Larry Farquharson said he always wears a mask while interacting with students as a teacher-librarian at H.B. Beal Secondary School, the first public school in the city to have a confirmed case of COVID-19. He wrote the email dated Sept. 21 to the city's strategic priorities and policy committee as a private citizen. The email was included in a packet of public documents for committee members to consider.

The wearing of masks in indoor public places is recommended by federal, provincial and local health authorities and, in some cases, legislated by some municipal governments, including the City of London.

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the science behind non-medical face coverings and they remain the subject of vigorous debate.

Some studies suggest non-medical face coverings, such as a reusable cloth mask, can reduce transmission of the virus from the wearer to others. However, such masks do not protect the wearer from potentially acquiring an infection from other people.