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Top female-only state school in UK ditches the word 'girl' fearing that it might offend trans students

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
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Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
One of Britain's top-performing state schools has left parents stunned after ditching the world 'girl' from its staff's accepted vocabulary, fearing that they may misgender any trans students.

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Manchester is now likely to address pupils as "students" instead of gendered nouns, shocking parents when they informed them that staff will now use "gender-neutral language" when talking about the children.

Head Teacher Stephanie Gill told parents in a letter that the school's new approach came as a response to "the challenges facing our students who are questioning their gender identity or who do not identify as girls."

Although the school does not admit boys, she added that parents "may have noticed that we have moved to using gender-neutral language in all our communications with students and parents. We are working to break ingrained habits in the way we speak to and about students, particularly referring to them collectively as 'girls.'"

Gear

Ministers at risk of being shafted because they're white and male, says Tory MP

Tory MP Philip Davies
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Tory MP Philip Davies.
White male ministers are at risk of being shafted, to make way for black and ethnic minority as well as female MPs, Tory MP Philip Davies has claimed, warning that white, male MPs could be "hoofed out" to make way for minorities.

UK PM Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, broadly considered as chaotic, has caused "legitimate concern" among white male MPs that they will be overlooked "because they are a white male," Davies told the Telegraph.

The Shipley MP continued: "Time will tell as to whether these people have got their jobs on merit or whether they have got them on tokenism.

Comment: We're confident that May's UK cabinet reshuffle will result in greater ineptness no matter if the ministers chosen are white, black, men, or women.


USA

Trump administration removes Florida from offshore drilling plans, says coasts heavily depend on tourism

Drill rig us
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The Trump administration has removed the US state of Florida from its draft offshore drilling plan after discussions with Florida Governor Rick Scott, US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in a statement.

"As a result of discussion with Governor Scott's and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms," Zinke said via Twitter on Tuesday.

Comment: Even considering the demand for energy resources and America's declining influence in this area, it seems like a fairly reasonable decision:


Sherlock

Court docs reveal Google's bias against employees with conservative political views

google logo
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Allegations aired by a former Google software engineer fired in 2017 for authoring a memo describing "political bias" within the company as silencing conservative discussion, have been fully revealed in court documents.

Ex-Google engineer James Damore filed a class action lawsuit against the web giant on Monday. The legal case is in response to Damore's sacking on August 7, 2017, after he shared a document entitled 'Google's Ideological Echo Chamber' with colleagues last year.

The divisive document proposed reasons for gender gap in the technology industry, including that "neuroticism" may contribute to "lower number of women in high stress jobs."

Damore highlighted diversity programs, designed for people with a certain gender or race, as an example of discriminatory practices within Google.

Red Flag

British Army slammed over recruitment video capitulating to PC culture, focusing on gender and racial identity politics

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The British Army has been slammed for bowing to "political correctness" after spending £1.6 million on a campaign engaging with gender and racial identity politics and encouraging troops to be more emotional.

Army representatives say they want to encourage diversity of religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity with their 'Army Belonging 2018' campaign, as well as telling recruits its okay for them to cry.

In promotional videos, voiced by serving soldiers, recruits ask: "Can I be gay in the Army?", "Do I have to be a superhero?", and "What if I get emotional in the Army?"

In another, a Muslim soldier explains how the Army has allowed him to practice Islam, but Christian soldiers are not given the same reassurance in the campaign.

Gold Seal

The Left's 'tolerance police' fail to see the irony in their own intolerant behavior

scared girl
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On their mission to purge the world of thoughts and opinions that don't slot neatly into their moral agenda and worldview, the increasingly intolerant tolerance police have done some severe damage along the way.

We are frequently bombarded with headlines and hand-wringing over meaningless controversies ignited by people who, I'm convinced, wake up in the morning desperate to find the next focus for their endless capacity for moral outrage. For the most part, these so-called scandals are initiated by those who identify themselves as liberals - and the lines of battle are drawn around issues of race, gender, sexual orientation etc.

Our hyper-sensitive social media culture lends itself perfectly to these kinds of non-controversies, where something as simple as a badly worded tweet can, within minutes, direct a storm of abuse and online bullying toward an individual. The end result can range from a person being forced to issue a public apology for their opinion, to losing their job - or even taking their own life.

The examples are numerous, but one recent case stands out.

Sheriff

Officers arrest one of their own after he attacks innocent man

police assault
All too often, as the Free Thought Project has reported at length, police officers will stand by and do nothing as their fellow cops beat handcuffed women, manhandle children, and otherwise deprive non-violent and often entirely innocent individuals of their civil rights. The incident in this story, however, is not one of those times.

Body camera footage has just been released showing what police are supposed to do when they see a fellow officer creating a victim out of a non-violent person-step in and stop it. Now, North Haven Police Department Sgt. Michael Cirillo has been charged after good cops stepped in and prevented him from causing further harm to a man who posed no threat at all.

On New Year's Eve, the North Haven PD was investigating a burglary and harassment complaint late that morning. Cirillo was one of the responding officers.

As the body camera video shows, without provocation, Cirillo charged the suspect, who was identified as Vincent Terrone. He shoved him down and then put him in the headlock and was about to inflict even more pain just as the other officers forced him to get off Terrone.

Pistol

Mother of armed robber shot dead asks why he was shot five times by gun carrier

mother of armed robber
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The mother of an armed robber, who was shot dead by dad protecting his children, is wondering why her son was shot five times instead of just once.
After an armed man entered a Popeye's restaurant in San Antonio last month and reportedly pointed a gun at a customer's children, that customer - a licensed concealed carrier - shot the gunman dead.

But now the mother of the deceased 19-year-old gunman is asking why the father who fatally shot her son chose to fire more than once.

While Cynthia Ruiz acknowledged her son, Andrew Herrera, deserved to be punished and that the dad who shot him was defending his family, she shared a lingering question with KSAT-TV: "Why shoot him four more times? Why did he shoot him five times?"

Ruiz added to the station that she wants to see surveillance video, but police last week wouldn't confirm to KSAT if a video exists.

Family

Muslim population projected to bypass Jews as second-largest US religious denomination by 2040

Muslims
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There were some 3.45 million Muslims living in the United States in 2017, according to research by Pew Research Center. That number is expected to jump significantly over the next couple of decades.

Using a variety of different measures, including its own survey and demographic research, Pew determined there were some 3.45 million Muslims of all ages living in the US, and that this religious denomination comprises about 1.1 percent of the US population. The US Census Bureau does not ask questions regarding religion affiliations in its surveys.

That put Muslims in third place in terms of numbers behind Christians and Jews, respectively. However, that number is expected to change rather rapidly by 2050.

According to Pew, "the US Muslim population will grow much faster than the country's Jewish population. By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation's second-largest religious group after Christians."

Comment: See also: Pew Research Center: Muslim population in Europe to rise from 4.9% to at least 7.4% by the year 2050


Chess

Fancy Bears leaks show McLaren was given 'political order' to file report resulting in Russia's expulsion from Olympics

Richard McLaren
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Richard McLaren
Hacker team Fancy Bears has released IOC correspondence appearing to indicate Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren was given a 'clear political order' to file a report that resulted in Russia's expulsion from Olympic competition.

A WADA-commissioned report into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia authored by McLaren led to a blanket ban on Russia's track and field team from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and also Russia's complete exclusion from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games next month.

"The Fancy Bears' Hack Team obtained the International Olympic Committee officials' correspondence. These emails and documents point to the fact that the Europeans and the Anglo-Saxons are fighting for power and cash in the sports world," the leak, published Wednesday, begins.