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The mask comes off in a two-tier society where there's one rule for elites and another for the rest of us

tax the rich, mask the poor
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Which side of the velvet rope are you on? Are you one of the cool kids? Were you born on the right side of the tracks? Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower? Are you on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans? And now another question to test your social standing: Do you have a high enough status so that you don't have to wear a face mask?

That last question comes to mind as we think about last weekend's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, which were staged on a strictly two-tier basis: The Hollywood glitterati performers and guests did not wear masks, while the help did.

This tableau was apparently too much for comedian Seth Rogen. He blasted the Emmy operators, saying, "They said this was outdoors. It's not. They lied to us."


White male students forced from 'multicultural' space at Arizona State because 'whiteness is not a culture'

arizona state university racism
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A video clip emerged on Thursday showing two young, female students of color harassing two white, male students to leave the "multicultural" students space at Arizona State University.

Two students were sitting at a table studying, and one of them had a "police lives matter" sticker on his laptop when two other students, both women, walked over to tell them that their presence was offensive.

The girls who filmed the encounter and targeted the students, identified themselves in a different video as student activists Mostadi and Zara. One of the girls filming the video called the student with the "police lives matter" sticker "offensive." One of the male students replied: "We're just trying to do school."

Comment: Racial segregation to fight racism, good luck with that! See also:

Yellow Vest

New York activists against vaccine mandates storm Staten Island mall, chant 'USA' & 'f**k Joe Biden' in vaccinated-only food court

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Protester against vaccine mandate in Staten Island mall food court
Dozens of vaccine-passport protesters have swarmed a food court in New York City. Although the court has a vaccinated-only policy, the protesters were not asked to provide any proof of vaccination.

A crowd of some 60 people took over the Food District area at the Staten Island Mall on Saturday in a protest against New York's city-wide vaccine mandate. A video shared by FreedomNewsTV shows activists flooding the food court without any resistance from either security or staff despite a sign at the entrance warning diners that they must be vaccinated to enter the court. The protesters then proceed to take seats, occasionally breaking into chants of "USA!" and "f**k Joe Biden."

Comment: "We are many, they are few." It looks like at least some of the people are waking up to the idea. Not everyone is happy about it.

Others just want accurate reporting:

Heart - Black

Daycare teacher caught on video shoving 4-year-old to ground

Jennifer Miller and James Ciolino
Disturbing video shows an Ohio daycare teacher shove a 4-year-old girl onto the floor while a second teacher looks on and then walks away.

Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center teacher James Ciolino was fired and slapped with an assault charge for the June 21 incident, in which he knocks the girl to the ground as her legs are flung into the air and she bursts into a crying fit.

"Get out of here," Ciolino is heard saying as he goes back to clapping and leading the class in a good morning song.

The girl cries loudly on the ground for about 50 seconds before he finally gets up from a chair — but rather than check on her or try to comfort her, he slings her under his arm like a sack of potatoes and takes her from the room.


Taliban hangs four dead bodies in Afghan city's main square, killed by police during attempted kidnapping

Taliban fighters stand guard along a road in Herat, Afghanistan.
The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western

Afghanistan, a witness said on Saturday, in a gruesome display that signalled a return to some of the group's methods of the past.

Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, said that four bodies were brought to the square and three bodies were moved to other squares in the city to be displayed.

Seddiqi said the Taliban announced in the square that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping and were killed by police.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


NGOs file court case against French customs over weapons exports to Saudi Arabia for war on Yemen

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Two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) said they had brought a legal case before the Paris administrative court to order French customs to disclose records over war equipments exports, especially to Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Amnesty International France and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) said in a statement that they filed the case after French customs declined to disclose documentation over the potential sale of weapons in connection with the Yemen conflict.

The two NGOs raised concerns that French weapons should be used in the conflict.

Comment: The UK is also complicit in the war on Yemen, which the UN dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis:


Joe Biden tells Indian Prime Minister not to answer questions from US press

Modi Biden
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President Joe Biden continued his conflict with American reporters Friday, urging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to take questions from them during a meeting in the Oval Office.

"I think, with your permission, you could not answer questions because they won't ask any questions on point," Biden told Modi, referring to the American press.

The president also criticized White House reporters for their behavior in the Oval Office.

Comment: He probably doesn't even remember it.

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Olly Stephens: Two teenagers sentenced to decade in young offenders institution over murder of autistic boy

Olly Stephens
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Olly Stephens was killed in January 2021 after being lured to a field where two boys with weapons were lying in wait.
Parents of murdered boy tell court they have been 'completely broken' by son's death.

Two 14-year-old boys have been sentenced to 13 years and 12 years respectively in a young offenders institution for the murder of a 13-year-old autistic boy.

Olly Stephens was "ambushed" in Emmer Green, Reading, on the afternoon of 3 January this year after he had apparently sought to defend another boy who was being humiliated in a social media group chat.

The boy was lured to a field in the area by a girl he knew before he was knifed to death by the two teenagers who were lying in wait.


LA port backup grows to record 62 ships as supply chain crunch worsens

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A record 62 cargo ships are waiting to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
California's traffic jams are legendary, but this is one for the books.

A record 62 cargo ships are waiting to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and are stuck floating off the coast amid a serious supply chain crunch that could mean fewer toys under the Christmas tree this year.

The problem reflects a combination of growing cargo volumes, a labor shortage and COVID-related safety measures that slow the handling of each ship. About one-third of all imports into the U.S. pass through the ports each year.

Comment: It seems there are a number of cracks in the foundation beginning to show in supply chains around the world. Whether it's by design or just the opening signs of a failing system remains to be seen.


Hactivist jailed in 'Little Guantanamo' says prison blocked him from contacting wife, covering for 'sexually abusive' guard

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Imprisoned hacktivist Martin Gottesfeld says the federal prison authorities have cut off his phone access, shortly after he gave an interview to RT and told his wife about a unit manager who was allegedly sexually abusing inmates.

Gottesfeld is serving a 10-year sentence for a "cyberattack" on Boston Children's Hospital in 2014 - which he says he did to help end the "torture" of teenage girl Justina Pelletier, who was being administered the wrong treatment while her parents lost custody of their daughter to the state for trying to protest against it.

Gottesfeld, who was later arrested by the FBI and went through several prisons, is currently locked up at the communications management unit (CMU) of the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, which he dubbed "Little Guantanamo."

Comment: See also: Whistleblower Marty Gottesfeld, serving 10 YEARS in prison for exposing medical abductions by Boston Children's Hospital, placed in solitary confinement