Welcome to Sott.net
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The World for People who Think

Society's Child
Map

Bizarro Earth

Charcoal face masks deemed an example of 'racism' and 'blackface'

charcoal mask
© Pixabay
Crying racism where none exists makes people a lot less likely to listen to real accusations of racism.

Apparently, wanting to draw toxins out of your skin using a charcoal mask is actually pretty problematic - because the masks resemble blackface and are therefore "racist."

Accusations of the beauty product being racially insensitive hit Twitter after Twitter user Nicole Paula Oliver tweeted about it last week:


Attention

Students drop 'vagina' from The Vagina Monologues to be inclusive of other genitals

Vagina Monologues
© Lee Celano/Reuters
Playwright Eve Ensler (front center) and the cast members of “The Vagina Monologues” in New Orleans, La., April 12, 2008.
Students at Washington University in St. Louis have erased the "vagina" part of The Vagina Monologues - instead calling it The [Blank] Monologues - in order to be inclusive of other genitals.

"In adapting this show to become more gender inclusive, this year's audience members, regardless of how they identified, were able to more strongly connect with the impactful monologues," stated a piece in the college newspaper, The Student Life. "Thirty performers spoke 20 different pieces, all centering around sexuality, sexual violence, body image and more."

The piece further explains that "having a vagina and being a woman are not mutually exclusive, and lessons learned during the performance are important for everyone, no matter their gender identity."

Arrow Up

Supreme Court delivers pivotal victory for asset forfeiture challenge

supreme court
States are bound by the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against excessive fines and fees when they seek to seize property or other assets from individuals charged or convicted of a crime, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday.

It's a decision that hands a major victory to critics of civil asset forfeiture, and it opens another avenue to legal challenges against that widely used (and often abused) practice by which states and local governments can seize cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime.

The case before the Supreme Court, Timbs v. Indiana, involved the seizure of a $42,000 Land Rover SUV from Tyson Timbs, who was arrested in 2015 for selling heroin to undercover police officers. He pleaded guilty to his crimes and was sentenced to one year of house arrest and five years of probation. On top of that, the state of Indiana seized his 2012 Land Rover-which he had purchased with money received from his late father's life insurance payout, not with the proceeds of drug sales-on the ground that it had been used to commit a crime.

Bullseye

'Nothing to do with aid or democracy': Roger Waters slams 'humanitarian' concert for Venezuela

roger waters
© Global Look / Franklin Jacome
Pink Floyd ex-frontman Roger Waters is slamming Virgin tycoon Richard Branson's aid concert for Venezuela as a sham, warning fans and performers not to be "led down a garden path that ends in regime change."

Branson's "Venezuela Aid Live" concert "has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people, it has nothing to do with democracy, it has nothing to do with freedom, and it has nothing to do with aid," Waters declared in a video released on Tuesday.

The musician and political activist tore into the western media narrative depicting Venezuela as the victim of a humanitarian crisis created by socialism. "There is no civil war, no mayhem, no murder, no apparent dictatorship, no mass imprisonment of opposition, no suppression of the press" under President Nicolas Maduro, he said, citing friends "on the ground" in Caracas who could confirm this.

Birthday Cake

Roseanne Barr goes on YouTube rant against AOC and her Green New Deal

roseanne
© Reuters/Gus Ruelas
Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay.

In a video uploaded last weekend entitled "Bug eyed b***hes", the actress showcased her signature no-holds barred approach to politics. The 2-minute video is a dizzying jaunt between a variety of hot button issues including the environment, immigration and Israel.

While unable to recall Ocasio-Cortez's name, Barr had a lot of opinions to share about the "Farrakhan loving b***h" who "looks like a realtor" and her "green new deal" in particular.

Snowflake

Leftists looking for next thing to be outraged about discover well-known 1971 John Wayne interview

John Wayne
© Getty
John Wayne
A notorious interview with screen icon John Wayne where he said he 'believes in white supremacy' has resurfaced to fresh controversy online.

The Western actor who starred in films such as True Grit and The Quiet Man told Playboy in 1971 that "Hollywood studios are carrying their tokenism a little too far".

The interview, which was tweeted by screenwriter Matt Williams, also saw Wayne referring to Native Americans as "selfish".

"I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility," said Wayne in the interview."I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people."

Dollars

UK, Belgian pensioners still receiving money for collaborating with Nazis

Belgian Waffen SS

Belgian Waffen SS
Belgian and British senior citizens still receive pensions from the German government for collaborating with Nazi Germany during World War II, according to Belgian parliamentarians who submitted a proposal demanding the Belgian government take up the matter with the German government.

The actual identities of the pensioners are known only to the German Embassies, which are responsible for passing on the payments. But the document submitted by the parliamentarians says about 30 Belgians receive the money, believed to be between €435 and €1,275 ($492 - $1,440) a month.

The four parliamentarians, Olivier Maingain, Stephane Crusniere, Veronique Caprasse and Daniel Senesael, added that former SS members in the UK were also receiving pensions.

Arrow Down

Sky News posts puff piece of al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets saving puppies - Twitterati ain't buying it

whiteh helmets puppies
© AFP / PREFECTURE DE POLICE; REUTERS / Alaa al-Faqir
Twitter users have expressed disbelief after Sky News published a video purporting to show members of the controversial White Helmets "rescuing puppies" in jihadist-controlled Idlib, Syria.

"A team from the Syrian Civil Defence, or White Helmets, were able to rescue two puppies from the rubble following rocket strikes," Sky News wrote in a tweet promoting the 31-second clip.

The video shows a group of men from the polarizing, foreign-funded "civil defense" group removing rocks lying on top of a puppy, which, even after surviving a rocket attack and being buried under the rubble, shows no visible signs of injury.


Magic Wand

Russia remains Ukraine's key trade partner despite Kiev's delusional claims they've cut economic ties

Odessa commercial port
© Global Look Press / Server Amzayev
Commercial port in Odessa, Ukraine
Despite years of mutual trade restrictions, Russia remained Ukraine's biggest trade partner in 2018, according to data published by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.

Sales of Russian produce to Ukraine saw 12.3-percent year-on-year growth to US$8.1 billion. That makes Russia the biggest Ukrainian supplier, leaving China, Germany, Belarus, and Poland far behind. At the same time, the Russian market remained a major destination for Ukrainian exports. Ukraine sold $3.7 billion worth of goods to Russia, marking a 7.1 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Moscow suspended the free trade zone deal with Kiev shortly after the Ukrainian government signed an association agreement with the EU. Ukraine was automatically included on Russia's counter-sanctions list against the EU, introduced by Moscow in 2014 in retaliation to European penalties over re-unification with Crimea and Russia's alleged military involvement in Ukraine's eastern regions.

Comment: Who else would be willing to sell so much to a bankrupt country, knowing it will likely be stiffed? Russia has tempered its response to the Ukrainian government's hostilities with compassion for its citizens.


Evil Rays

CNN stirs controversy after hiring ex-Sessions spokeswoman and political operative Sarah Isgur Flores

Sarah Isgur Flores Sessions
© CNN
CNN says it is hiring Sarah Isgur Flores to be a political editor in the Washington bureau.
Controversy over CNN's newest hire

CNN says it is hiring Sarah Isgur Flores, who most recently served in the Justice Department as Jeff Sessions' spokesman, to be a political editor in the Washington bureau. Flores is a longtime Republican political operative who previously worked for Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney.

The reaction has been strong. CNN employees are concerned, according to numerous people who reached out to me on Tuesday. They are asking what Isgur's role will be and questioning whether her sudden leap from the Trump administration to the CNN newsroom is an ethical breach.

The Daily Beast's Maxwell Tani is hearing the same questions. He reported that CNN staffers are "demoralized" by the news.

Comment: Something to keep an eye on. Will CNN's tone and direction change with Isgur Flores having a hand in shaping the emphasis of CNN's reporting?