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Harvard club cancels event set to feature expert ... on cancel culture

James Lindsay
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James Lindsay, co-author of "Cynical Theories," in New York on Feb. 28, 2020.
Harvard Business School Club of New York has cancelled an event set to feature James Lindsay — an expert on cancel culture.

Lindsay is co-author of the 2020 book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody, and founder of New Discourses, a website that takes on trending educational, cultural and social justice issues with a critical eye.

Lindsay, who holds a PhD in mathematics, is also a member of the "grievance studies" publishing project. He was slated to discuss Cynical Theories at the Harvard Business School Club event, set for March 11. But on Tuesday night, he tweeted it had been cancelled.

"Lmao! I had been invited to speak for the Harvard Business School Club of New York about Cynical Theories, and because someone was upset that I exist, they changed the moderator to their chief equity officer, Hemali Dassani, and then, when I didn't back down, cancelled the event," he tweeted.


In an email Wednesday to The College Fix, the club's Executive Director Eunice Suh said it was decided the event did not align with the club's goals.

Comment: Not hard to conclude that their goals include cancel culture...


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Hackers break into biochemical systems at Oxford University lab that is researching Covid

Strubi

Oxford confirmed its Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi, had been hit by a cyber attack but stressed that its clinical studies had not been compromised (pictured)
Hackers have breached the biomedical systems of an Oxford University laboratory doing vital research into Covid.

Oxford confirmed its Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi, had been hit by a cyber attack but stressed that its clinical studies had not been compromised.

GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been alerted and will assist with an investigation.

Strubi is not behind the successful Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine - created by the university's Jenner Institute - but is a world-leading laboratory carrying out research on Covid cells.

Comment: See also: The Inanity of RNA Vaccines For COVID-19


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Teen condemned in school-wide email for praising 'racist' Candace Owens as a 'black trailblazer'

Candace Owens
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Candace Owens
Recently, a high school message wrecked a racist. That would be, racist Candace Owens.

Here's how it all went down...

Turning Point USA Chapter Leader Julia Saville was a junior at St. Margaret's High School. The small Tappahannock, Virginia institution boasts roughly 107 students in grades 8-12.

In order to broaden her horizons, Julia joined the Black Student Union.

She explained to The Daily Wire, "I know...they have a different perspective... I just wanted to get their perspective and [understand] their experiences on campus."

Comment: Ms. Owens has never been shy about expressing her views on what she considers the real problem in the black community: the lack of intact families, and the culture of victimhood, both of which she lays squarely at the feet of decades of liberal Democrat social policies


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Top secret Saudi documents reveal Khashoggi killers used jets owned by Crown Prince

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Jamal Khashoggi • Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in the Turkish capital city of Istanbul. After facing accusations of being involved in the journalist's murder, Riyadh sentenced eight suspects in 2019.

Saudi assassins behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi used two private jets owned by Sky Prime Aviation, a company that belongs to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing "top secret" documents obtained by the network.

According to the report, the documents were filed in connection with a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier in the year and were signed by the Saudi minister who "relayed the orders of the crown prince".

"According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince," the minister wrote, cited by CNN, "immediately approve the completion of the necessary procedures for this."

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LGBT identification rises to 5.6% in latest US estimate

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Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup's 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% "no opinion" responses.

The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data, but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.

The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years. Now, respondents indicate their precise sexual orientation, rather than simply answering "yes" or "no" to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Comment: The results in younger Americans may also be influenced by social contagion.


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Ban on transgender athletes in Utah girls' sports stalls

Troy Williams

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Troy Williams, Equality Utah executive director, speaks in opposition of HB302 during a House Education Committee meeting at the State Office Building in Salt Lake City.
A proposal to ban transgender athletes from female sports teams in Utah stalled Wednesday, days after the Republican governor voiced doubt about the bill.

At least 20 states are considering similar proposals that opponents say would discriminate against an already marginalized group.

Its sponsor, Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland, said in a statement that she was disappointed a panel of lawmakers held the bill, but she recognizes it's a complex issue. "I am optimistic we can continue to work together to create policies that preserve female sports," she said.

Birkeland has argued her proposal is aimed at ensuring fairness by making sure female athletes aren't competing against those assigned male at birth. There are no transgender athletes currently competing in school sports in Utah.

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Andy Ngo testifies to Congress on the rise of domestic terrorism in America

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Andy Ngo gave testimony to Congress urging lawmakers to treat far-left extremism with the same severity as its counterpart.

The topic of domestic terrorism has dominated 2021 after the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. Politicians are scrambling on how to best utilize federal law enforcement resources to address the issue. To that end, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing.

The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo was one of the main witnesses called to testify. He was there to remind Congress to look at the bigger picture.


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Small investors up in arms after GameStop stock trades halted AGAIN amid price surge & reports of Reddit outages

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'The war continues'

GameStop shares have again soared, surging by more than 100 percent until a trading halt slowed the rally before markets closed, stoking suspicions among small investors, some pointing to mysterious Reddit issues during the spike.

$GME was up by nearly 104 percent when trading stopped on Wednesday, more than doubling its value over the last 24 hours, but the surge was stopped in its tracks by a trading halt imposed some 15 minutes before markets closed.

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Rochester cops won't face charges in death of Daniel Prude: NY AG

Attorney General Letitia James
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Attorney General Letitia James said her office saw a different outcome in Prude’s death than the grand jury did.
A grand jury voted not to indict the Rochester police officers who were involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, the New York Attorney General said Tuesday.

"When I was here in September, I made a commitment to the Prude Family and the Rochester community, I would do everything in my power to ensure justice was served in the death of Daniel Prude," Attorney General Letitia James said.

"My office presented an extensive case and we saw a different outcome than the one the grand jury handed us today."

Comment: And as would be expected:
Protests erupt after jury decides NOT to indict officers involved in black man Daniel Prude's death in custody

Black Lives Matter protesters have taken to the streets of Rochester, New York after a jury refused to indict officers whose actions contributed to the death of Daniel Prude from asphyxiation during an arrest last year.

Protesters in Rochester scaled police barricades as they marched down the city streets on Tuesday, venting anger at the grand jury, which effectively exonerated officers who played a role in Prude's death last March.


Demonstrators, some carrying Black Lives Matter flags, chanted "Say his name, Daniel Prude."


Part of the crowd then headed to a police station on Child and Campbell streets.

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Global airline body IATA plans COVID travel pass for end of March

plane flying overhead
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An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021.
Global airline industry body IATA said it would launch a COVID-19 travel pass at the end of March, bringing into use a digital system for test results and vaccine certificates which will help facilitiate international travel.

IATA said on Wednesday that it was essential that governments start issuing their citizens with digital vaccination certificates which can then feed into its travel pass.

Comment: More from eTN:
The app, dubbed the IATA Travel Pass, is designed to provide government, airlines and air passengers with a streamlined process to ensure there is "accurate information, secure identification and verified data" available to meet all relevant coronavirus restrictions.

The IATA has outlined a timeline for the full rollout of its travel pass, with initial efforts underway at Singapore Airlines while a further 20 airlines are testing the app. More companies are set to start using it in the next few months, the organization said, and it aims to have the full pass ready to go live at the end of March.

At the same meeting, the IATA expressed concerns that the ongoing global restrictions around COVID-19 are still hitting airlines, with its chief economist warning it will likely take longer than planned for companies to be able to stop burning cash and begin rebounding financially.

Some companies have expressed concern that the summer booking period, a popular time for the airline industry, still "remains weak," with reservations currently only at seven percent of pre-pandemic levels. The IATA, which represents some 290 members, has urged governments to provide further financial support to prevent the crisis in the travel industry from getting worse.

The statement from the IATA comes after Europol issued a warning about criminals selling falsified Covid-19 test results to travelers, allowing them to get around the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. In January, the UK's Immigration Service Union told Britain's Sky News that there is no way for border officers to validate Covid-19 tests to ensure they are legitimate.
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