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Gun rights and the false security of appeasing leftists

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If there is one Holy Grail target that the political left obsesses over more that anything else, it is getting their hands on the 2nd Amendment and molding it to their will or erasing it forever. The pursuit of American gun rights is paramount to them, beyond critical race theory, beyond gender politics, even beyond the abortion debate. The problem for them is that ever since the Obama era they have consistently hit a brick wall in terms of convincing the general public to give another inch of ground when it comes to gun control.

To be sure, there are many reasons for this that coincide. First, the credit crash of 2008 opened many people's eyes to the possibility that the economic systems we take for granted today could disappear tomorrow. Gun rights were no longer a matter of "tradition," but a matter of necessity. If the system breaks down and emergency services are overwhelmed or disappear then the only person you can rely on to protect your family is you. Mortal realities always win over emotional and reactionary demands. In other words, the benefits of individual self protection greatly outweigh any potential risks of criminality or abuse.

Second, the advent of the covid mandates, lockdowns and the blatant attempts to implement vaccine passport tyranny upon half the population of this country yet again reinforced the idea that gun rights are more important than ever. Without the unified refusal to comply by conservatives and some moderate Americans, it is highly likely that our nation would be in the same situation as China is right now - A pointless cycle of lockdowns, authoritarian denial of basic services for people that refuse to submit to a highly experimental mRNA vaccine, and even worse supply chain disruptions and financial instability than we already have.


Comment: Although some, like Mathew Ehret, think that the recent, extreme, lockdown in Shanghai may have had much more to do with the possibility of a biological weapon dispersed there by the West; and a new Covid outbreak used as the cover story by the Chinese government.


Target

Civil rights investigation requested for schools that conducted racial equity studies

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In Pennsylvania, California, New York, Mississippi, and Ohio, school districts are getting slapped with complaints demanding civil rights investigations after they used tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for "equity studies." These studies were conducted to determine the existence of racial disparity in a specific school and or district, and amidst the Biden administration's growing calls for "equity," have increased in popularity.

Between California and Pennsylvania alone, taxpayers footed a $43,500 bill for racial equity studies, which were approved by the school boards.


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Brick Wall

Duke prof compares mandatory equity training to 'Maoist propaganda', his colleagues' responses prove him right

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A tenured professor at Duke University compared mandatory equity training to "Maoist political propaganda workshops," prompting outrage from PhD candidates accusing him of "transphobia & homophobia."

On Tuesday, the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) at Duke University sent out an email to faculty, staff, postdocs, and trainees informing them of mandatory equity training.

The response from one tenured professor caused Alan Rosales to take to Twitter and complain.

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Eye 1

Bill Gates poured millions into dark money fund attacking Elon Musk

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Research exclusively shared with Breitbart News identifies hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from Bill Gates' foundation to 11 of the 26 organizations that signed an open letter last month urging Twitter advertisers to boycott the company if Elon Musk restores free speech on the platform.

Breitbart News' report, based on research and analysis from the newly-formed Foundation for Freedom Online (FFO), analyzed public filings to trace hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from the letter signatories back to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In total, 11 of the 26 anti-Musk organizations received funding from a Gates-backed entity.

Comment: It seems pretty obvious that part of the 'master plan' Gates is in on hinges on Democrats being in power. Since Musk is a threat to the Dems, and their brainwashing machine AKA Twitter, he now has a target painted on his head. This is clearly where the sexual harassment accusations are coming from. Richest man in the world or not, Musk is clearly up against a monolithic force. Hopefully he can be more effective than Trump was.

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Rocket

SpaceX president defends Elon Musk over sexual misconduct claims: 'I believe the allegations to be false'

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell
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SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell.
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended Elon Musk in an email to employees last week, responding to sexual misconduct allegations directed at the CEO, CNBC has learned.

"Personally, I believe the allegations to be false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and never seen nor heard anything resembling these allegations," Shotwell wrote in a companywide email sent on Friday and seen by CNBC.

Musk has denied the allegations, which claim he propositioned a flight attendant on one of SpaceX's private jets in 2016, calling them "wild accusations."

Comment: The timing of the allegations couldn't be more revealing.

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Megaphone

Wife of Ukrainian POW says Russia keeping them in 'satisfactory conditions' - The Guardian

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Denys Prokopenko told his wife the prisoners had not been harmed but it was not immediately clear if he had been able to speak freely during the conversation.
Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russian forces after the three-month siege of the Azovstal steel plant are being held in "satisfactory" conditions, according to the unit commander's wife, amid uncertainty over the fate of the prisoners.

Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov battalion, was able to briefly call his wife, Kateryna, who said she had also been told that the prisoners had not been subjected to violence. It was not immediately clear if Prokopenko had been able to speak freely during the conversation.

"He said he was 'OK' and asked how I was," Kateryna Prokopenko told the Guardian on Tuesday. "I've heard from other sources that the conditions are more or less satisfactory."

Comment: Meanwhile Ukraine has been caught torturing the few Russian POWs it has captured: The current Ukrainian government's Nazism, and the torture of Russian POWs


Magnify

Cargoes of Russia's crude oil 'sitting out at sea' climbs to record high

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FILE PHOTO: The Russian vessel Tantal, an oil/chemical tanker is seen at sea outside the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia, October 9, 2017
Some 62 million barrels of Russia's flagship Urals crude oil, a record amount, are sitting in vessels at sea, data from energy analytics firm Vortexa showed, as traders struggled to find buyers for the crude.

Report informs, citing Reuters, that the volume of Urals crude oil on the water is triple the pre-war average, Vortexa said, even as Russian seaborne oil exports fell to 6.7 million barrels per day (bpd) so far in May, down about 15% from the 7.9 bpd in February.

The number of Urals cargoes at sea with no set destination is 15% of the total, also a new high, Seigle added. Some of the oil could be in transit to undisclosed buyers, while others could be unsold cargoes.

Most barrels of Russian crude oil have headed to Asia, mainly India and China, while volumes to Europe have also ticked up ahead of a ban.

Briefcase

George Galloway sues Twitter in Dublin over 'Russian state-affiliated' label

Former British MP George Galloway
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Former British MP George Galloway is suing social media network Twitter in the High Court in Dublin for labelling his account 'Russian state-affiliated media'
Former British Labour MP George Galloway has taken a High Court action in Dublin against Twitter for defamation after it labelled his account "Russian state-affiliated media".

The politician and broadcaster is also claiming in the legal proceedings that the social media company unlawfully processed his personal data by labelling and censoring his account.

The 67-year-old presented The Mother of All Talkshows on the Russian state-owned Radio Sputnik service, and also presented Sputnik: Orbiting the World with George Galloway on the Kremlin-linked RT network, formerly known as Russia Today, until it was shut down with British government sanctions in March over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Mr Galloway's talkshow continues to be broadcast on YouTube.

The "Russian state-affiliated media" designation by Twitter appears on Mr Galloway's profile and on tweets posted on the network. Mr Galloway said in a statement that Twitter's "unjust labelling of honestly held political views is the New McCarthyism and it must be held accountable".

Mr. Potato

"Sick son of a bitch": Beto O'Rourke crashes school shooting press conference

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke crashed a press conference by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday, interrupting the event to push for gun control following the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

"This was totally predictable" O'Rourke can be heard shouting, adding "The time to stop the next shooting is now, and you are doing nothing."

"This is on you," he exclaimed.

To which Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin shouted back: "You're out of line.. I can't believe you're a sick son of a bitch who would come to a deal like this to make a political issue."

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Chess

Financial analyst: US engineering artificial Russian default

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The latest US decision to not extend the general license waiver that allows Russia to make sovereign debt payments is an attempt to force the sanctions-hit nation into an "artificial default," according to Kyle Shostak, the director & CEO at Navigator Principal Investors.

The move will "effectively turn Russia's liabilities to the category of default as it is commonly understood and interpreted by international rating agencies," Shostak said in an interview with TASS.

"This situation can be called nothing but enforcement of an artificial default, as Russia now has enough funds to service its external debt."