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Cuomo investigation expands as state's attorney investigates whether Covid-19 vaccines were linked to support

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
An investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly expanding to look into allegations that a top aide tied support to the governor with access to Covid-19 vaccines.

The probe looking into numerous claims of sexual misconduct has been broadened, according to sources familiar with the investigation speaking to The Wall Street Journal.

Three Democrat county executives reportedly told the Journal that Larry Schwartz, a volunteer advisor for the governor, recently called them to rally support for Cuomo. He asked them if they would be demanding his resignation amidst a wave of public officials doing so, but the calls were made under the guise of discussing vaccine distribution.

Schwartz previously said in March there was no deliberate attempt to tie vaccine distribution plans to support for Cuomo, and Beth Garvey, counsel for Cuomo, said about Schwartz's calls that "distorting Larry's role or intentions for headlines maligns a decades long public servant."

Schwartz left his position last month as the state's vaccine czar and refused to comment further on his phone calls for the Journal's report.

Blue Pill

The Wokest Place on Earth: The Disney Cultural Revolution

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The Walt Disney Corporation famously bills its amusement parks as "the happiest place on Earth," but inside the company's headquarters in Burbank, California, a conflict is brewing. In the past year, Disney executives have elevated the ideology of critical race theory into a new corporate dogma, bombarded employees with trainings on "systemic racism," "white privilege," "white fragility," and "white saviors," and launched racially segregated "affinity groups" at the company's headquarters.

I have obtained a trove of whistleblower documents related to Disney's "diversity and inclusion" program, called "Reimagine Tomorrow," which paints a disturbing picture of the company's embrace of racial politics. Multiple Disney employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals, told me that the Reimagine Tomorrow program, though perhaps noble in intent, has become deeply politicized and engulfed parts of the company in racial conflict.

The core of Disney's racial program is a series of training modules on "antiracism." In one, called "Allyship for Race Consciousness," the company tells employees that they must "take ownership of educating [themselves] about structural anti-Black racism" and that they should "not rely on [their] Black colleagues to educate [them]," because it is "emotionally taxing." The United States, the document claims, has a "long history of systemic racism and transphobia," and white employees, in particular, must "work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed." Disney recommends that employees atone by "challeng[ing] colorblind ideologies and rhetoric" such as "All Lives Matter" and "I don't see color"; they must "listen with empathy [to] Black colleagues" and must "not question or debate Black colleagues' lived experience."



Accused Capitol rioter attorney: Client had 'Foxitis,' watching Fox News led to his actions

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The attorney for an alleged Capitol rioter says his client's actions during the Jan. 6 breech were the result of "Foxitis," the result of having watched too much of the Fox News Channel.

Attorney Joseph Hurley said in court Thursday that problems for client Anthony Antonio started six months before the riot when he was laid off.

"For the next approximate six months, Fox television played constantly," Hurley said.

Hurley also said Antonio "became hooked with what I call 'Foxitus' or 'Foxmania' and became interested in the political aspect and started believing what was being fed to him."

Hurley said his client believed he was following orders from former President Trump when he went to Washington D.C., according to The Huffington Post.

Comment: This news has provoked some interesting takes, including from GQ's Julia Ioffe. Glenn Greenwald's response is classic:

No news yet on the epidemic of CNNitis and MSNBCitis.


Fire rips through flat in Canary Wharf tower block which reportedly has same cladding as Grenfell

London fire
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Residents trapped in a tower block this morning screamed for help from balconies as a blaze ripped through their building - with many only becoming aware of the fire via WhatsApp messages.

More than 125 firefighters in 20 vehicles spent hours battling the inferno and rescuing a host of people - including a small toddler - at New Providence Wharf, near Canary Wharf, in east London today.

Two men were taken to hospital after being exposed to toxic fumes, while a further 38 adults and four children were treated at the scene for shock and breathing in smoke.

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Trans weightlifter set to make history at the Olympics: Elite women athletes are right to feel cheated, insulted

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Laurel Hubbard will represent New Zealand at the Tokyo 2022 Olympics
New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard is set to compete in Tokyo after the introduction of new rules letting transgender women enter female events. This is an affront to top athletes who spend their lives training to be the world's best.

The decision to allow transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard to compete in women's weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics is unlikely to affect the medal hopes of the world's top-ranked athletes. But it does leave one question unanswered - what the hell is going on in sport?

The 43-year-old will be the oldest weightlifter at Tokyo and first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics.

Comment: Pre-transition, Hubbard was a mediocre lifter at best, and left the sport because of it. Now his/her competitors have little to no chance of success, no matter how hard they train. From Breitbart in 2017:
The 39-year-old Hubbard won a gold medal quickly in the female categories. Competing at the heaviest 90 kg+ category, Hubbard won the gold medal with a 123 kg snatch and 145 kg clean & jerk, for a total of 268 kg at a bodyweight of 131.83 kg at the 2017 Australian International & Australian Open in Melbourne.

The greater-than-200-pound, or "+90kg category," is considered the heaviest weights that female athletes can lift. On the other hand, it is only the upper middle class of weights for male competitors. Due to a natural male frame, musculature and skeletal configuration, Hubbard easily beat all female competitors at the Australian Open.

Stock Down

Biden's April job numbers are so dismal, CNBC's Steve Liesman stutters, thought it was a typo

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CNBC’s Steve Liesman
The economy still remains 8.2 million jobs short of pre-lockdown levels after the April jobs report published Friday signaled a slow, long road to recovery.

Only 266,000 jobs were added last month, far below the estimated million forecasters predicted. Unemployment was expecting to go down, not up, as it did to 6.1 percent while the government continues to dole out generous benefits to incentivize Netflix and couch surfing over a paycheck.

The April jobs numbers were so low, CNBC's Steve Liesman appeared to believe there may have been a typo on air.

Comment: Wonder how many of those jobless people are missing Trump?


Oklahoma Governor Stitt signs bill banning teaching Critical Race Theory

Kevin Stitt
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Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill Friday that will ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state's public schools.

CRT is a Marxist-based philosophy that embraces the concept that all social and cultural issues should be viewed through the lens of race and racial identity.

Critics of CRT say its emphasis on identity politics creates greater division, rather than unity.

Comment: Stitt is listening to his constituency. A few others are paying attention. Trump did his best.


Cyber attack shuts down largest US gasoline pipeline - 45% of east coast and southern regions

Gas pipeline facility
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Gas pipeline facility
On Friday night, the largest U.S. gas pipeline announced it had halted its operations after it discovered it was targeted in a cyber attack. The pipeline provides about 45 percent of the fuel supply along the east coast and southern United States.

In a company statement Friday night, Colonial Pipeline said, "On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems."

According to Bloomberg, Colonial Pipeline operates the largest gasoline and diesel pipeline system in the U.S.


Records show BLM grifter Patrisse Cullors funneled business to company run by father of her only child

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Damon Turner and Patrisse Cullors speak at Patrisse Cullors' Thesis Solo Show on April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder and executive director of Black Lives Matter's national arm, has funneled business to a company led by a man she identified as the father of her only child, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of business records, interviews and social media posts found.

The company, Trap Heals, was formed just days before partnering with Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and later became the charity's "lead developer of the art & cultural efforts," according to business records, interviews and an archived version of Trap Heals' website. Two other activist groups Cullors led paid Trap Heals a collective $238,000 to produce an election night livestream and for consulting services, campaign finance records show.

In numerous public mentions of their work, Cullors and Trap Heals chief Damon Turner did not disclose that they had a child together. But in at least one instance, Turner said Cullors was directly involved in Trap Heals' partnership with BLM Global Network.

Comment: The National Pulse provides more insight into Patrisse Cullors' true political beliefs:
During her speech, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder recounts how a young person insisted her book was "like Mao's Red Book," a comparison which Cullors embraces:

"I was speaking to this young person from Arizona who's trying to fight SB 1070, and he grabbed a book and he said, "It's like Mao's Red Book." [Laughter] And I was like man, that's what I was thinking, and it was just really cool to hear him make that connection, and I was like how about you buy 10 to 15 of these books and you all have like a youth organizing group where you talk about it and you really try to engage this."

"I think I have a really important role in speaking to youth. Maybe it's because I came in the movement at 17-and-a-half, so I have just a knack for knowing how to organize young people into this organization," Cullors adds.

Originally published at the advent of China's Cultural Revolution, the Little Red Book contains hundreds of quotes from then-Chairman Mao. Beyond representing the archetype of communist propaganda, the work was widely used by young revolutionaries to justify "purges" of anyone short of completely devoted to the Chinese Communist Party.

And history appears to be repeating itself: BLM has embedded its messages within public school curricula alongside ideological counterparts including the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory.
Poke a "progressive" organization, and sure enough, George Soros turns up:

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Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian teenager

Saeed Odeh
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Saeed Odeh, 16, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the town of Odala in Nablus, in the Northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021.
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Wednesday night in the Nablus district in the northern occupied West Bank, making him the second child to be killed by Israeli forces in 2021.

The teen, identified as Saeed Odeh, 16, a resident of the village of Odala, was shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition around 9:00 p.m., according to Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP).

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