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'Madness': Jane Austen museum to add displays on iconic writer's 'connection' to colonialism & slavery after BLM protests

Chawton Cottage museum Jane Austen
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Chawton Cottage, an independent museum of novelist Jane Austen.
A museum dedicated to Jane Austen in the English countryside is introducing displays on the writer's "colonial roots" and connection to the British Empire following Black Lives Matter protests.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire will feature displays showing the beloved writer's "links to slavery" through her Church of England clergyman father Rev George Austen, who was once "the trustee of an Antigua sugar plantation." Austen's love of tea will also be subject to "historical interrogation" over its links to colonialism, the Telegraph said.

It's not all bad news, however. Another proposed display will attempt to portray Austen in a positive light by declaring "Black Lives Matter to Jane Austen" - a reference to her support of abolitionism.


MyPillow counter-sues Dominion in response to defamation lawsuit

Mike Lindell
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Lindell speaks to pro-Trump protesters during the "Million MAGA March" in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2020.
MyPillow counter-sued Dominion Voting Systems for more than $1.6 billion on Monday, alleging that the voting machine company's defamation lawsuit against MyPillow and its pro-Trump CEO aims to suppress free speech and has caused "grave" reputational harm.

Lindell is one of many Trump allies to face a multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit for spreading false claims about the election, including that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Biden.
  • Pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, who is also facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion, has argued that "no reasonable person" would conclude that her accusations of Dominion's election-rigging scheme "were truly statements of fact."
  • Lindell, meanwhile, has not renounced his baseless claims, saying he looks forward to the discovery of evidence as part of Dominion's lawsuit.

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Judge in Chauvin trial says Maxine Waters' comments 'may result in this whole trial being overturned'

Judge Cahill
Closing arguments were heard today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is the former officer accused of killing George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 25 of last year.

In that closing, the attorneys for the defense brought up their concerns that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) had threatened the jury publicly when she made a series of comments calling on protesters to "stay on the street" and to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is found guilty of manslaughter alone.

Comment: More from Just the News:
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill expressed his disapproval on Monday regarding remarks made recently by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters about the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Waters, a California Democrat, showed up over the weekend and expressed her solidarity with protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on the seventh night of demonstrations since the death of Daunte Wright.

"We're looking for a guilty verdict," the congresswoman said regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin in connection with the death of George Floyd last year, but if there is not a guilty verdict, "we cannot go away," she said.

When someone asked Waters what protestors should do if that does not occur, the congresswoman said "I didn't hear you," but then when asked what protesters should do, Waters said: "Well, we gotta stay on the street. And we've got to get more active. We've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."


"Get Out!" Landlord kicks Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer out of pub for supporting lockdowns

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Landlord Rod Humphris was seen grappling with a member of Sir Keir's team
The Labour leader was turfed out of The Raven after trying to enter during a campaigning walkabout in the city centre.

Landlord Rod Humphris was seen struggling with a bodyguard during the incident as he yelled: "That man is not allowed in my pub."

Sir Keir, wearing a black face mask, rushed out of the door a few seconds later and scarpered off down the street.

The incident was caught on camera by reporters following the Labour leader.

Comment: Sweden's response to the coronavirus reveals that lockdowns were absolutely not necessary and are instead more likely to cause many times more suffering and death than the virus ever could have. And it would appear that many more people are coming to that realisation:

Che Guevara

Can the Great 'Awokening' Succeed?

black fist sign
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We all know that we are living in revolutionary times. The origins, ascendence, values, laws, and future of the United States are all under assault by self-described, though accurately described, revolutionaries.

It is a Jacobin, Bolshevik, or Maoist moment. All aspects of life, well beyond politics, are now to be ideologically conditioned. Everything from kindergarten messaging, cartoons, workplace reeducation, and television commercials to college admissions, baseball games, and the airlines are to be "fundamentally transformed" along racial lines.

Long gone is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society. Gone, at least at the state level, is confidence in the melting pot of assimilation, integration, and intermarriage (although mixed marriages and multiracial children are at an all-time high).

Gone are even the affirmative-action doctrines of proportional representation and disparate impact. (Yet the two mandates were always arbitrarily applied, in the sense that the U.S. Postal Service and the professional football and basketball leagues never paid much attention to racial quotas based on demographic percentages, which apparently only applied to white and Asian "overrepresentation" elsewhere).


Delhi announces lockdown amidst claims of surge in Covid cases

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Delhi has turned a weekend curfew into a week-long lockdown
India's capital, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown after a record spike in cases overwhelmed the city's healthcare system.

Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, will be open during the lockdown, which starts on Monday night.

The city had imposed a weekend curfew, but reported its highest single-day spike so far on Sunday - 24,462 cases.

India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since the start of April.

Comment: Despite no apparent rise in mortality, people are being shoved back into yet another economically disastrous, and deadly, lockdown:


Oath Keepers leader Jim Arroyo says militia being trained by police

Oath Keepers
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An Oath Keepers militia leader said members of the anti-government extremist group are being trained by "active-duty" police officers, during a 60 Minutes interview.

During the Sunday evening interview, Jim Arroyo, vice president of the Oath Keepers Arizona chapter, said serving officers were members of the extremist group and were helping with training.

Speaking with 60 Minutes' Sharyn Alfonsi, Arroyo said: "Our guys are very experienced. We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement. In fact, in a lot of cases, our training is much more advanced because of our military backgrounds."


Florida Governor DeSantis signs controversial 'anti-riot' bill into law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
A controversial Florida bill aimed at cracking down on violent protests and "combating public disorder" was signed into law on Monday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1 at a 10 a.m. press conference with Florida lawmakers and law enforcement officials at the Polk County Sheriff's Office's headquarters in Winter Haven. He did not take questions after the signing.

The law went into effect immediately.

The legislation, nicknamed the "Anti-Riot Bill", was first filed in the Florida House of Representatives in early January, and passed the Senate on Thursday evening.

The bill includes a number of the measures introduced by Gov. Ron DeSantis after last summer's protests in his Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act.


'Woke' Coke drastically changes their tune after intense Conservative backlash

James Quincy
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Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy
Coke got woke, and now they're gonna go broke.

I don't know why these companies literally can't stop themselves from jumping into social and political issues. It's like, you make fizzy sugar water, shut up. But much like sports and Hollywood, these progressive corporate commies just can't stop themselves from giving their unsolicited two cents.

Everyone's a friggen activist nowadays. And it's not like going "woke" is this super-profitable gig for most companies and sports franchises. Hollywood is quite literally circling the drain as we speak - there are more people in my living room right now than actual viewers who watch their narcissistic awards shows, and the ratings for sports are on their second flush as well.

Even so, companies like Coke and Apple, and about a bazillion others, decided to chime in on the new voter integrity laws in Georgia...

A bunch of soft drink executives, who didn't read the bill, hop on the wave of outrage in order to score some quick progressive brownie points, not realizing the wave won't last - it's gonna hit the shore and crash within days, and they'll be left standing there with a brand that's destroyed and customers who are pissed.

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Horror autopilot Tesla crash in Houston

Tesla Crash
A horror Tesla crash in Houston involving an auto-pilot Tesla car has claimed two lives. According to firefighters, the high energy batteries kept re-igniting - firefighters attempted to douse the battery fire for four hours, pouring 30,000 gallons of water onto the fire, before giving up and letting the fire burn itself out.
2 dead after fiery crash involving self-driving Tesla, authorities said

Monday, April 19, 2021 7:00AM

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — Two people died in a fiery crash involving a 2019 Tesla Model S and its autopilot functionality while taking it for a test drive on Saturday night, according to authorities.

The flames reportedly took hours to extinguish, and Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said the investigation has led them to believe that there was no one driving the car when the crash occurred.

The crash happened just after 9 p.m. on Hammock Dunes Place in the Carlton Woods Creekside subdivision. The victims were said to have been a 59 and 69-year-old man, however police have not released their names yet.


The batteries on board the Tesla continued to ignite despite efforts to douse the flames, authorities said. It reportedly took around four hours and more than 30,000 gallons of water before firefighters decided to let the fire burn itself out.

Source: ABC13 Eyewitness News