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Cuomo backers pause fundraising amid sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could lose crucial financial backing as he faces an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations from two former aides.

Fundraisers and donors told CNBC they are pausing and reevaluating their support of Cuomo, who has said he will be seeking a fourth term when he's up for reelection next year.

"No one is giving to him now. Everything is on hold," one finance executive told the outlet.

The powerful Democrat's campaign has raised more than $4 million since July, and started 2021 with a war chest of $16 million.


There is no such thing as "white" mathematics

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I am not at all qualified to introduce today's guest writer, Sergiu Klainerman.

I barely eked out a C+ in high school calculus, while Sergiu is a professor of mathematics at Princeton who specializes in the mathematical theory of black holes. He's been a MacArthur fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences

Mathematics allowed a young Sergiu, who came of age in Ceausescu's Romania, to escape to a world where right and wrong couldn't be fudged, and, ultimately, to a life of freedom in the United States. Without math, his life quite literally would not have been possible.

In the piece below he explains how activists are destroying his discipline in the name of progress. Worse, they are robbing poor children of the opportunity to raise themselves up by mastering it — with untold effects on all of us.


Stock Down

Canada's economy suffers worst year on record, contracted 5.4% in 2020

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Adam Skelly defied extreme lockdown measures in Etobicoke to open his restaurant for business
The Canadian economy posted its worst showing on record in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, shutting down businesses and putting millions out of work.

Comment: The government chose to lockdown, because there were other options that wouldn't result in the predictable destruction of the economy; Sweden is just one example.

Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product shrank 5.4 per cent in 2020, the steepest annual decline since comparable data was first recorded in 1961.

The drop for the year was due to the shutdown of large swaths of the economy in March and April during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that crushed the economy.

Comment: It's the same story all over the Western world. And, whilst statistics provide some insight into what's going on in the economy, they don't reveal the true cost and the suffering caused by the lockdowns. Moreover, one could be forgiven for thinking that if this impact to the economy wasn't intentional then, at the very least, it appears that those in power don't care about what they are still doing to small and medium businesses: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #34: Covid By Numbers

No Entry

UK holiday resort Pontins had Irish surnames blacklisted to prevent 'Travellers' booking stay

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The owner of Pontins has entered into a legal agreement with the human rights watchdog.
A blacklist circulated by the holiday park operator Pontins telling its staff not to book accommodation for people with Irish surnames has been described as "completely unacceptable" by Downing Street.

The list of "undesirable guests" was sent to booking operators, who were told: "We do not want these guests on our parks." It said: "Please watch out for the following names for ANY future bookings."

The list, which included names such as Carney, Boylan, McGuinness and O'Mahoney, was an example of "anti-Traveller discrimination", a spokesperson for Boris Johnson said. The document had a picture of a wizard holding up a wand and staff declaring: "You shall not pass."

Comment: See also: Rome's police seize 8 of notorious Casamonica gypsy Mafia family's villas, evicting 30 members


CPAC slams Hyatt Hotels for allegedly lying about stage debacle: 'You recruited us,' helped build stage

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Trump speaks to the crowds on the last day of CPAC 2021
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU), slammed Hyatt Hotels in a statement on Monday for allegedly lying about a situation that occurred during the event involving the shape of CPAC's speaker's stage

Far-left activists online claimed that the shape of the stage at CPAC resembled a Nazi symbol despite there being no evidence that the stage was designed to resemble anything related to Nazi imagery or that organizers were even remotely aware of the connection.

CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp initially responded to the claims, which even left-wing journalists dismissed as conspiratorial nonsense, by calling the allegations "outrageous and slanderous."

Comment: Just . . . wow.

And now for a completely different reality filter:


Vaccine passport push exposes the bullying authoritarians in our midst

Twelve months ago it would have been unthinkable that any public figure would be suggesting that people would need to show their vaccination records before entering a shop, or any public place, but that's where we are in Britain today.

Just when you thought Covid-authoritarianism (and authoritarianism is actually putting it mildly), couldn't get any worse, it just did.

This week we've seen a number of politicians and high-profile media figures promote the idea of mandatory vaccine passports. And not just for international travel. On Sunday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who, I kid yet not, once wrote a book entitled 'The Assault on Liberty', refused to rule out vaccine passports to allow entry to supermarkets and pubs. 'It is under consideration' he said.

Comment: The PTB are enjoying the fruits of their long-lasting work. Many people are successfully programmed. They exploited this Covid madness for all it's worth and now they can just enjoy the show that the authoritarian followers will run frantically for them. It is just amazing how many people can't see the real intentions of PTB. They act like machines programmed to do certain things despite the evidence in front of their eyes. History is repeating and it looks like the lesson was never learned by some people.

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Political psychopaths

Gasoline Prices
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The best way to force something onto people who don't want it is to force what they do want off the market.

Examples of this include the forced retirement of the best automotive refrigerant ever developed - Freon - which cools faster and deeper than the replacements that were forced onto the market by forcing Freon off the market - in the name of the "ozone hole" but in actuality because of expiring
D’Lynda Fischer
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D’Lynda Fischer: Portrait of a political psychopath.
patents on Freon that meant it would be much cheaper to make it and so cheaper to buy it than the "ozone-friendly" replacements forced onto the market.

Another example is gasoline - which has been largely forced off the market in favor of adulterated gasoline. What most Americans are forced to pump into their tanks is actually 10 percent ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and only 90 percent gasoline.

Soon, there may be no gasoline at all.

Not because people don't want it but rather because they won't be able to buy it. Because of new laws proliferating forbidding the selling of it.

As in Petaluma, California - where the city council just voted to prohibit new gas stations from being built and also that existing gas stations may not install new pumps. "The goal here is to move away from fossil fuels and to make it as easy as possible to do that," says one of the legislation's main backers, D'Lynda Fischer.

She means her goal; the goal of those forcing their views upon the people of Petaluma. It will be made "easier" for them to not buy gas, in order to make it harder for them to not drive cars that burn gasoline.

See how that works?

It has to work that way, too - because the non-psychopathic way of free exchange determining what succeeds and fails makes it harder to get people to give up what works for them in favor of what "works" for the political psychopaths who regard their way as the only way and intend to make it "easier" for you to see it their way.

Bizarro Earth

Third of UK's lockdown charges dropped, court rules citizens not obliged to give details to police

Covid 19 UK
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A person suspected of breaching the coronavirus regulations is not required by law to give the police their name and address, an appeal has ruled. Keith Neale, a 60-year-old homeless man, had his conviction for obstructing a police officer by failing to give his details quashed, by the High Court sitting in Cardiff.

Comment: Note this man was homeless and police demanded his details when he was sitting on a city centre bench.

In an important judgment on the legal duties of citizens under the coronavirus regulations Mrs Justice Steyn and Lord Justice Dingemans ruled that Neale was under no common law obligation or statutory duty to give the police his name and address.

Almost a third of prosecutions made under the coronavirus regulations have been wrongly brought, leading to hundreds of cases being dropped. The latest figures from the Crown Prosecution Service showed that 359 of 1,252 charges last year were either withdrawn or quashed in court. All 232 prosecutions brought under the Coronavirus Act 2020 were flawed, and a further 127 wrongful charges were brought under the Health Protection Regulations.

Comment: Sadly law, order, and the rights of citizens as we've come to know them are becoming a distant memory these days: It is not the police's job to enforce the lockdown whims of UK ministers - former senior judge Lord Sumption


Kazuo Ishiguro is right: Cancel culture kills creativity

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The Nobel-winning author says young writers are self-censoring out of fear of the online 'lynch mob'.

Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro has warned that young authors are self-censoring due to a 'climate of fear'.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the release of his new book, Klara and the Sun, he said authors worry that an 'anonymous lynch mob will turn up online and make their lives a misery'. 'I very much fear for the younger generation of writers', he added.

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China's anal Covid swabs causing 'great psychological pain'

Covid-19 testing center in Shanghai
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People stand in line at a Covid-19 testing center in Shanghai, China.
Tokyo has asked Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid-19 on Japanese citizens as the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesman says.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said the government has not received a response that Beijing would change the testing procedure, so Japan would continue to ask China to alter the way of testing.

"Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain," Kato told a news conference.

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