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Brainwashed NYT readers rebel: 'Canceling subs' en masse after unfavorable Biden fact-check tweet

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The New York Times has upset its subscribers by fact-checking Joe Biden.
The New York Times is under fire from its own readership after sharing a tweet to promote its fact-check coverage of Tuesday night's presidential debate that was unfavourable to Joe Biden.

The tweet contains a screenshot of its fact-checking coverage, which includes a debunked quote from Joe Biden. "We left him a booming economy. And he caused the recession."

The so-called paper of record unceremoniously analysed this claim under the title, "This is false," much to the chagrin of its loyal readers.

Comment: While libtards took the Times to task, right-wingers had CNN in their sights:
On Tuesday night, Trump defended his coronavirus response, which included travel bans on foreign nationals who had been to China, and reminded Biden that he once called the president xenophobic and racist for doing so.

"I closed it, and you said, 'He's xenophobic. He's a racist and he's xenophobic,' because you didn't think I should have closed our country," Trump said.

In its 'fact check' (a generous use of the term), CNN claims it's unclear whether Biden knew about Trump's travel restrictions targeting China at the time he called Trump xenophobic, as he never "explicitly linked the accusation of xenophobia" to any of the president's specific policies.

CNN cites "the campaign" - presumably meaning Biden's PR team - as saying Trump has a record of "hysterical xenophobia" and "fear mongering" but that Biden's January 31 accusation had nothing to do with the travel restrictions, aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus, which were announced that same day.

CNN added that Biden "never took an explicit position on the restrictions until his April declaration of support."

As expected, many online blasted the "most trusted name in news" for its blatant bias and lackluster fact check, which some deemed worthy of conservative satire site the Babylon Bee.

Some also used the opportunity to ridicule Biden's alleged cognitive decline. "In fairness to CNN, Biden may have already forgotten," one commenter quipped. The so-called 'ratio' of replies compared to retweets of CNN's post quickly told its own story, as the message racked up more than 1,200 replies and a mere 165 retweets.

The ratio is even more damning than when the article was published.

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Trump previously fended off Biden's accusations when speaking to Fox News's Sean Hannity on March 26, saying: "He called me a racist, because of the fact that he felt it was a racist thing to stop people from China coming in."

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UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

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African countries could reconfigure markets to ensure they can stay open in some form.
The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum — straining the ability of the continent's governments to provide services like healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development on Monday focused the latest edition of its annual report on economic development in Africa to the issue of illicit financial flows, or illegal movements of money and assets across borders. In Africa, it has often involved theft, corruption, and flawed invoicing of shipments.

From 2013 to 2015 — the last year for which data was available — such outflows rose to nearly $89 billion a year on average. By comparison, the combined total of both official development assistance and foreign direct investment received by Africa during that three-year span averaged $102 billion annually.


'Everybody dies': Musk says neither he nor his family will take Covid-19 vaccine, blasts Gates as a 'knucklehead'

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Elon Musk
SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has said that neither he nor his family will likely take future coronavirus vaccines even when they are readily available, saying the pandemic has "diminished [his] faith in humanity."

Speaking during a podcast interview with Kara Swisher, 49-year-old Musk stated that neither he nor his children are at risk for Covid-19 and therefore would be unlikely to need the vaccine.

"This is a no-win situation. It has diminished my faith in humanity, this whole thing... The irrationality of people in general," Musk said. He also decried lockdowns across the globe and in the US in particular, having previously referred to them as "unethical" and "de facto house arrest."

Musk said widespread lockdowns were a mistake and only at-risk people should quarantine "until the storm passes."

When pressed about the risk to his own employees and their families, with Swisher asking what if someone dies, Musk pithily responded: "Everybody dies."


Now cancelled by Trinity College: Richard Dawkins

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Professor Richard Dawkins
Credit to the Trinity News, the college's student newspaper, for an immensely entertaining report about the thought process which has led to the College Historical Society to un-invite Professor Richard Dawkins, who was scheduled to give an address to students next year:
The College Historical Society (the Hist) has tonight rescinded its invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year....

Auditor of the Hist Bríd O'Donnell announced the cancellation in a statement on her Instagram page, saying that she had been "unaware of Richard Dawkins' opinions on Islam and sexual assault until this evening", adding that the society "will not be moving ahead with his address as we value our members comfort above all else".

"The invitation to Richard Dawkins to speak at the society was made by my predecessor and I followed up the invitation with limited knowledge of Mr. Dawkins. I had read his Wikipedia page and researched him briefly. Regretfully I didn't look further into him before moving forward with the invitation. I want to thank everyone who pointed out this valuable information to me", O'Donnell added. "I truthfully hope we didn't cause too much discomfort and if so, I apologise and will rectify it."
She had "read his Wikipedia page", the third paragraph of which begins with the phrase "Dawkins is known as an outspoken atheist." But she was surprised, apparently, to learn that he's not a huge fan of Islam, as well as not being a huge fan of Christianity.


French police clear migrant camp at launch point for Britain

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The police operation to move about 700 migrants from their camp in Calais, northern France.
French police have dismantled a migrant camp in the northern port of Calais from where thousands of people have sought to cross the Channel to reach British shores.

The operation to clear the makeshift camp, which was home to about 700 people, began shortly before sunrise on Tuesday. It was the biggest such operation since the sprawling camp known as the "Jungle" was broken up four years ago.

Several thousand people have attempted the perilous crossing this year, often paying people-smugglers to help them traverse one of the world's busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies.

Britain has repeatedly pressed Emmanuel Macron's government to do more to prevent people leaving France. The British government has called the high numbers who made the illegal crossing this summer unacceptable. France says it has stepped up patrols.


Wales bans smoking on sidelines of children's football

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Wales is to become the first country in the UK to see smoking banned on the sidelines of children's football games in a historic move by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and FAW Trust.

The decision by the FAW to introduce a no smoking policy on the side-lines of its small-sided, children's football games has been welcomed by Health Minister Vaughan Gething and follows a campaign by ASH Wales aimed at de-normalising smoking and preventing children from ever taking up the habit, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and increased risks faced by smokers.

It launched the policy on Monday to mark World Heart Day which is run by the World Heart Federation and supported by UEFA and Healthy Stadia.

In the first grass-roots country-wide initiative of its kind in the UK, FAW and FAW Trust will ask all small-sided football teams to apply the policy during games and training sessions for 522 junior clubs, 3,159 teams and 42,232 players across Wales.

Comment: See also: Let's All Light Up!


Now they want to ban smoking at home in the UK

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Some UK councils restrict smoking in your place of residence. How much further will this go?

As people are once again told to work from home, our freedoms in this realm become more crucial than ever.

One freedom that is being progressively eroded is the choice of whether or not to smoke in your home. The home - or place of residence - was until relatively recently considered immune from any public smoking regulations. The UK's 2006 ban on smoking in enclosed public places restrictions explicitly excluded places of residence.

Yet now, with bans on smoking indoors and outdoors in mental-health institutions, prisons, and other state institutions, the mood is shifting.

When I asked UK councils about their current policy on employees' smoking, Hammersmith and Fulham replied to my Freedom-of-Information request with a document (produced in alliance with Kensington and Chelsea council in 2015) that said council home workers were banned from smoking in their private offices. The document stated that: 'any part of a private dwelling used solely for work purposes will be required to be smoke-free... home workers are expected to have the same set-up at home as they do in the office. Smoking is not allowed in any of the council's offices and home workers should not smoke at their workstation during office hours.' It even said that 'family members should not be allowed to smoke in the home worker's office'.

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Jordan Peterson on why Marxism is attractive despite history's record of failures

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Jordan Peterson is an extremely astute political scientist. Here he discusses what the attraction of Marxism in the present day is: it is not what you might expect.

In the past, Marxism had primarily economic appeal to those choosing it. A mixture of various tyrannical states, some capitalist, some allegedly power hungry in the same way, could be taken as legitimate points of grievance, where a person could point at the wealth of others and agree with the proposal that Marxism might offer a truly utopian path to some sense of "equality."

Peterson notes a grisly prediction by no less than Friederich Nietzsche - that the process of trying to implement Marxism would be the catalyst of the destruction of hundreds of millions of innocent lives. It has been so.

Comment: The cultural Marxists of today are incapable or unwilling to give their thinking the critical distance required to see and understand what individuals like Jordan Peterson are warning of. Ideological possession, by its very nature, is an emotional state of being that seeks to cut out any rationality from its "discourse," and even worse, seeks to impose this way of being on others by acts of coercion, manipulation and even terror. On top of all that, cultural Marxism is a deeply cynical ploy that has been weaponized, ultimately, by the same interests who are least likely to have a sincere concern about the very issues that the rest of the world is getting propagandized and pounded over the head with.


Australian mask crackdown mad, health experts warn

Premier Daniel Andrews
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Premier Daniel Andrews says his mandatory mask order is not going anywhere.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' captain's call to maintain a strict mandatory mask order over summer is ridiculous and could badly backfire, health experts warn after the Premier revealed his decision goes further than the health advice.

Mr Andrews announced an indefinite crackdown for mandatory masks on Sunday, including banning face shields, scarfs and bandannas and requiring a "fitted mask that covers nose and mouth" which he expects to remain over the summer.

But health experts said the mandatory order should be directed at higher risk shopping, public transport and workplace settings.

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Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

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© Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel via AP
Guests wear masks as required to attend the official reopening day of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Disney officials said the company would provide severance packages for the employees, where appropriate, and also offer other services to help workers with job placement.

Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.

Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from salaried employees to hourly workers, Disney officials said.

Comment: As the PTB continue with the pandemic charade, major and minor businesses continue to fall. When major tourist attractions like Disney World/Land are going down the tubes, it's unlikely anything will dissuade the controllers from destroying the economy. It seems clear that this is exactly what they want to do.

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