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The MSM is 'woke', but they're sure touchy about it being pointed out

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The latest attempt by the identity politics-obsessed left to combat the bad PR the term 'woke' has been getting is to claim the word has either lost all meaning, is racist or, perplexingly, both.

Charles M Blow, an opinion writer for The New York Times, is clearly irritated that wokishness has acquired negative connotations. He complains 'woke' is "now almost exclusively used by those who seek to deride it, those who chafe at the activism from which it sprang."

Blow is unsettled by the fact that the word woke has acquired negative connotations, and that opponents of woke activism seek to render the term 'toxic.' "No wonder young people are abandoning the word," he says.

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Cops probe school board head over eerie 'dossier' on parents

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Arizona schools return to in-person learning
Scottsdale, Arizona Police are investigating a school board president after he was found to have access to a digital dossier which included social security numbers and divorce records of parents who held opposing views.

Jann-Michael Greenburg, the president of the Scottsdale Unified School District board, made headlines this week after he was allegedly found to have access to an eerie dossier on school parents who had criticized the board and protested mask mandates.

Comment: See also: Scottsdale school board member publicized parents' social security numbers, divorce proceedings, financial records in effort to intimidate outspoken parents


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Trans activists fuming as BBC executive tells staff that journalism can hurt their feelings - media

The London Trans Pride 2020
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The London Trans Pride 2020.
A BBC meeting on LGBT rights reportedly left many activists in emotional distress, after leadership told them that in the profession of journalism, they will hear opinions they "don't personally like."

A Friday Zoom call between BBC executives and the broadcaster's Pride network was described as "often hostile" by The Sunday Times. Fran Unsworth, the outgoing head of news at the BBC, reportedly told staff unhappy with how trans issues are covered by the outlet: "You'll hear things you don't personally like and see things you don't like - that's what the BBC is, and you have to get used to that."

Unsworth, who is due to leave in January, was "totally calm but determined," according to a journalist who was present at the call. "To me, it felt like she was having to explain journalism to idiots," the source said.

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Syringe

'You know how we feel about misinformation': White House slams Aaron Rodgers after controversial vaccine comments

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Jen Psaki (inset) has condemned Aaron Rodgers.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has hit out at NFL star Aaron Rodgers after his controversial interview in which he said he didn't trust the various vaccines and had sought alternative remedies against Covid-19.

Rodgers provoked the ire of an online mob during an extensive interview with former NFL punter Pat McAfee a little more than a week ago in which he detailed his hesitancy at taking one of the various mRNA vaccines against the coronavirus, as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of fears of blood clotting issues.

Throughout the interview, Rodgers indicated that he was aware that his words would draw fire from the "woke mob" and that he might end up as the latest victim of the "cancel culture" movement - but later came clean in a subsequent interview with McAfee by admitting that he did indeed "mislead" people about his vaccination status after telling reporters in August that he was "immunized" against the virus.

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'Let's Go Brandon' rapper Bryson Gray releases new song 'Thanks, YouTube' after ban helped his song become a #1 hit on iTunes

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Just a few weeks after topping the iTunes charts with his viral song "Let's Go Brandon," rapper Bryson Gray is releasing a new song aimed at one Big Tech giant: YouTube.

The song, called "Thanks, YouTube" came after YouTube banned his viral song, which ultimately helped it rise to the top.

"A bunch of patriots re-uploaded it and risked their channels, but YouTube finds them," Gray said on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy.

Comment: Back in the 1950s', having a song banned on the radio became a major selling point which helped to propel them to the top of the charts. In other words, YouTube should be well aware of the fact that banning videos is one of the best ways to get them more attention.

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Pirates

America's most anxious city revealed by data. It should have been painfully obvious

CHOP Seattle
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You only have to look at how Seattle (mis) governs itself, allows anarchic 'autonomous zones' to flourish, and slashes police budgets, to realise its residents have got a lot to be nervous about.

According to official data, Seattle is the most anxiety-ridden city in the US. The Seattle Times reports: "Here in Seattle, we take a lot of pride in our status as the coffee capital of the nation. But starting tomorrow, you might want to consider switching to decaf. Why? Because Seattle is also the most jittery major metro in the US, according to survey data from the US Census Bureau. 54.5% of the adult population of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties - that's roughly 1.8 million people - said they felt 'nervous, anxious, or on edge' for at least several days during the past two weeks."

As the home of Starbucks, Seattle has become Beantown west, where the beans are coffee, not Boston-baked, but Beantown is also full of nuts. So, it's not hard to understand why Seattleites are feeling a little roasted. They've burned their beans... and their nuts. No wonder they're nervous, stressed, and jittery...

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Bad Guys

Explosion hits bus in Kabul, multiple casualties reported

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The explosion killed 6 people and injured at least 7.

A Taliban official and local residents said that the explosion was caused by a magnetic bomb attached to a minibus that blew up, today, Saturday, in a predominantly Hazara area in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Taliban official, who opted for anonymity, said that 6 people were killed and at least 7 were injured in the blast in Dasht-e Barashi district in western Kabul. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

At least three people were killed and 15 were wounded Friday by a blast targeting a mosque in the Afghan Province, Nangarhar, a hospital doctor reported to AFP.

Comment: It's likely that this is yet another attack by US-backed ISIS-K as part of their campaign to destabilize Afghanistan: Pepe Escobar: Afghanistan: between pipelines and ISIS-K, the Americans are still in play

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kabul Airport Atrocity - What Actually Happened?




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68 dead following another riot sparked by gang rivalry in Ecuadorian prison

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FILE PHOTO: Police walk out the Regional de Guayaquil prison after unrest was reported since the country's worst-ever riots broke out a few days ago at the Penitenciaria del Litoral, in Guayaquil, Ecuador October 2, 2021.
The death toll from a massive riot that turned into a massacre at a large prison in Ecuador has risen to 68, according to the authorities. The deadly violence was reportedly sparked by a gang rivalry.

The riot broke out on Friday night at the Litoral Penitentiary - a large prison near the town of Guayaquil. The prison is known to house inmates from the infamous Los Choneros gang that allegedly has links to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel.

The violent clashes were sparked by a conflict between members of different gangs incarcerated in the facility. The prison's Second Ward, housing around 700 inmates, has become the epicenter of the bloody chaos.

Comment: See also: Ecuador declares prison emergency after 116 killed, five beheaded in riot - Worst in country's history


Eye 1

The first "climate change" diagnosis is here. It will not be the last.

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Doctor Kyle Merritt, an attending physician at an emergency department in Nelson BC, added "climate change" as a contributing factor to the medical issues of one of his patients. And, in so doing, has achieved a remarkable and troubling world first.

The first-ever medical diagnosis of "climate change".

Dr Merritt said in an interview with Glacier Media:
If we're not looking at the underlying cause, and we're just treating the symptoms, we're just gonna keep falling further and further behind," the emergency room doctor told Glacier Media. [...] It's me trying to just... process what I'm seeing."
The entire situation raises some interesting questions.

Does it make medical sense?

Of course it doesn't.

NPC

Leftists are okay with government-sponsored religion so long as it pushes COVID vaccines

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Across the United States, government officials are using God to sell the public on more COVID vaccinations. Nobody seems to mind, least of all the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Washington state Department of Health produced an ad featuring Presbyterian minister Liz Kearney. Dressed in her clerical collar, Kearney offers a mini-sermon: "There's actually very little in the Bible about protecting our personal rights, but there is a lot about responsibility to one's neighbor." Lest viewers miss the religious nature of Kearney's message, they are shown a stained glass window and an oversized Bible.

Maybe Kearney's interpretation of the Bible is correct. Maybe it's not. But since when are leftists fine with having the government use tax dollars to promote a state-sponsored Bible lesson? They've cried "separation of church and state!" at far less overt connections to religion.

Yet Washington isn't the only state to use government-endorsed religion to advance vaccinations. In Nevada, a nonprofit funded by a state agency produced an ad declaring that "For some, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an act of faith." This message is followed by the pro-vaccine testimony of a Baptist pastor in a church sanctuary.