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Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

Jack Phillips
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A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled.

In Tuesday's ruling, Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones said Autumn Scardina was denied a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition on her birthday because of her transgender status in violation of the law. While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, Jones said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.

He pointed out that Phillips testified during a trial in March that he did not think someone could change their gender and he would not celebrate "somebody who thinks that they can."


China disease expert says COVID-19 origins probe should shift to U.S.

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A senior Chinese epidemiologist said the United States should be the priority in the next phase of investigations into the origin of COVID-19 after a study showed the disease could have been circulating there as early as December 2019, state media said on Thursday.

The study, published this week by the U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH), showed that at least seven people in five U.S. states were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, weeks before the United States reported its first official cases.

A China-World Health Organization (WHO) joint study published in March said COVID-19 most likely originated in the country's wildlife trade, with the virus passing into humans from bats via an intermediary species.

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UK union boss: Many care workers would rather quit than be forced to take Covid vaccine

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More than a third of care staff will consider quitting if they are forced to have a compulsory coronavirus vaccine, a union has warned.

GMB said that the move, which is being considered by the Government, was an attempt to "strongarm" care workers into taking the jab.

Under the plans, care home staff in England who work with older people would be required to get the jab or risk losing their jobs. They will reportedly have 16 weeks to get vaccinated.


Mao's Cultural Revolution has arrived in America

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A small group of Chinese youth walk past several dazibao, revolutionary placards, in February 1967 in downtown Beijing, during the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution."
From 1966 to 1976, Chinese society suffered under what we now call the Cultural Revolution.

The Cultural Revolution, previously known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was a multifaceted affair undergirded by a vicious, fanatical campaign to destroy the "Four Olds."

In 1971, The New York Times described the campaign thusly:
"One of the early objectives of the Cultural Revolution in China ... was to wipe out the 'four olds' — old things, old ideas, old customs, and old habits.

"The 'four olds' had already suffered setbacks in the years of Communist rule preceding the Cultural Revolution, but the Maoist leadership tried to use the new revolutionary upsurge launched in 1966 to eliminate them completely.

"In the turbulent years from 1966 to 1968, what remained of old religious practices, old superstitions, old festivals, old social practices such as traditional weddings and funerals, and old ways of dress were violently attacked and suppressed. Visual evidences of old things were destroyed, and there was an orgy of burning of old books and smashing of old art objects."

Comment: Forewarned is forearmed. More on the background of this pernicious mind virus:


New York lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions after reaching experimental shot goal

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that all remaining COVID-19 restrictions "would be relaxed as of today" after the state reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population, but mask-wearing would remain in effect for some. Effective immediately, businesses in the state will no longer have to follow social distancing rules or limit how many people are allowed inside, Cuomo said at his press conference from the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

However, masks will still be required in schools, subways, large venues, homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

"Today New York State reached our goal of 70% adult vaccination," Cuomo's account tweeted during the press conference. "That means we can return to life as we know it. Effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted across commercial and social settings."

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The super-woke self-police: Waitrose Market virtue signals by removing 'racist' kaffir leaves from its spice shelf following a total of ZERO complaints

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Shoppers visit a Waitrose supermarket in Frimley, south west of London on March 29, 2020.
Waitrose, a supermarket temple for the UK's middle class, has chosen to rebrand 'Kaffir lime leaves' in case they cause offence to South Africans, even though no one has bothered to complain. Warning: may contain woke ingredients.

I am going to have to be quick here, because I'm in a bit of a panic. I have a load of cookbooks to censor or ditch after finding out my bookshelf and spice rack are totally racist, and could see my Saffer neighbours report me for hate speech unless I atone for my thoughtlessness.

Thanks, Waitrose. Thanks for flagging the vicious casual racism that shelters in kitchens nationwide under the guise of crab, mango, lime and chilli salad and those other multi-ingredient Southeast Asian dishes that make your eyes water and mouth go numb.

Comment: It appears the crazy has no bottom.

From the decree that 'black' should be capitalized when describing a person (but not 'white'), to changing names of decades-old beloved sports teams, to the insane arguments that a movie cast 100% with people of color doesn't represent enough shades of melanin, it's clear the mind virus of woke is overtaking the mush-brained majority.

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Lawsuit filed over Indiana's enhanced unemployment withdrawal

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There is now a lawsuit over Governor Holcomb's decision to remove Indiana from the enhanced federal unemployment program. The suit is the first to try and stop a state from opting out. Twenty-five states have decided to end federal benefits for their citizens.

Indiana Legal Services, which provides free legal help across the state, joined the Concerned clergy of Indianapolis, and the law firm of Macey, Swanson, Hicks and Sauer, in suing to keep the state in the program.

Governor Holcomb ordered Indiana out of the enhanced unemployment system last month, and the last of the extra $300 per-week checks are supposed to be cut on Friday.

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India strips Twitter of legal immunity for '3rd party content' amid row over new regulation - reports

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New Delhi has reportedly revoked Twitter's shield against prosecution for illegal user content, saying the platform failed to comply with new regulations as police filed their first case against the site over a violent video.

The social network became the first American platform to lose the legal protections on Wednesday, with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology claiming the site had not yet come in line with new social media rules implemented in late May, according to several local media outlets.

"Due to their non-compliance, their protection as an intermediary is gone. Twitter is liable for penal actions against any Indian law just as any publisher is," an unnamed ministry source told NDTV.

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Canada: May inflation accelerates at fastest pace in a decade

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A woman looks on as she walks past cordoned off aisles of non-essential goods at a Walmart store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 8, 2021.
Inflation in Canada in May accelerated at its fastest pace in a decade for a second month in a row, driven by surging shelter and vehicle prices, as the impact of the statistical comparison to tanking prices last year eased, data showed on Wednesday.

Canada's annual inflation rate accelerated to 3.6%, from 3.4% in April, Statistics Canada said. That was slightly ahead of analyst expectations that the annual rate would rise to 3.5%.

"The whole base-effect narrative is getting pretty tired. We're dealing with durable month-over-month increases that could be supply-chain driven in Canada," said Derek Holt, vice president of Capital Market Economics at Scotiabank.

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A Western-backed war couldn't destroy Syria, now sanctions are starving its people

Douma Syria
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Women walk at a market in Douma, in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Syria March 10, 2021. Picture taken March 10, 2021.
A little over a decade ago, Syrians lived in safety and financial security. After ten years of war on Syria, while safety has largely returned, Syrians are struggling to exist under increasingly crippling Western sanctions.

As Syrian analyst Kevork Almassian noted, "Were it not for the CIA regime change war, arming & training tens of thousands of multinational terrorists, draconian sanctions, foreign occupation of North & East, looting the oil & burning the wheat, Syria would've now a brilliant economy & high standard of living."

When I first visited Syria in 2014, and in the years following, mortars and missiles fired from terrorist groups occupying eastern Ghouta pummeled Damascus on a daily basis. Likewise in government-controlled areas of Aleppo, and elsewhere around Syria.

Comment: Starvation sanctions enable the US to inflict maximum suffering whilst also avoiding the negative publicity associated with more overtly aggressive actions, like a bombing campaign: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Confessions of an Economic Hitman: Interview with John Perkins