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85,000 marijuana convictions expunged in California

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey
Some 85,000 marijuana convictions, some going back decades, will be dismissed in California.

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she had secured the automated dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County alone. In total, the State Attorney's office announced that there have now been 85,000 cases expunged in all of California.

According to the LA Times, Lacey filed the motion asking a judge to erase 62,000 felony convictions dating back to 1961 and 4,000 misdemeanor convictions in a total of 10 cities across the county on Thursday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta signed off on the order Tuesday.

That means 22,000 civilians will no longer carry felonies on their records in California and 15,000 no longer have a criminal record at all. Of the 53,000 people who received the relief, 32% are black, 45% are Latino, and 20% are white according to the Associated Press.

In 2016, Proposition 64 legalized the purchase and possession of small amounts of cannabis and allowed people to grow as many as six plants for personal use. And then in 2018, state legislation ordered California prosecutors to review past marijuana cases eligible for dismissal under Proposition 64 and decide whether to challenge any claims by July of this year, NPR reported.

Bizarro Earth

"War strategists": Munich Security Conference protesters pushed back by Merkel's riot police

Munich protest
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ANGELA MERKEL'S riot police fought back against large groups of demonstrators who gathered to protest the Munich Security Conference.

Intense clashes between the German riot police and protestors were caught on video by protestors during the overnight standoff. Scuffles broke out on Friday night as riot police aggressively pushed back against the rabble of protestors. During the tussles with police, some protestors took to waving flags and throwing firecrackers.

Many protestors can be seen filming the riot police to ensure any acts of police brutality are caught on video.

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Mass brawl and stabbing at London's Euston tube station

london underground tube
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ARMED cops have swooped on London Euston station after a person was reportedly stabbed following a mass brawl.

Horrified witnesses claimed passengers were seen "running in panic" as the busy station was evacuated today.

Some reported a person was stabbed after around 20 people were seen fighting but police have not released any details yet.

The station is understood to have reopened following the "police incident".

Comment: See also: 3 men killed in London stabbing frenzy - Knife crime doubled since 2014


Black student erupts over 'too many white people' at UVA multicultural center

too many white people

A now-viral video showed a black woman complaining about "too many white people" being in the Multicultural Student Center
An irate black student at the University of Virginia blasted her white classmates for taking advantage of the school's new, expanded multicultural center, shocking video shows.

The footage, which has gone viral on social media, shows an unidentified student of color at the 16,000-student public research university in Charlottesville giving what she dubbed a "public service announcement" to other students sitting nearby.

"Excuse me, if y'all didn't know, this a [Multicultural Student Center] and frankly there's just too many white people in here and this a space for people of color," the young woman said. "So just be really cognizant of the space that you're taking up because it does make some of us POCs uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here."

Comment: If going back to 50s-era level of segregation is what this woman wants, things are not going to go the way she thinks it will.


Sex robots pose psychological threats for humans, researchers warn

sex robot
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Sex robots are becoming more sophisticated, which is posing more psychological and moral dilemmas for their owners, researchers warn.

"Some robots are programmed to protest, to create a rape scenario," Christine Hendren of Duke University told BBC. "Some are designed to look like children. One developer of these in Japan is a self-confessed pedophile, who says that this device is a prophylactic against him ever hurting a real child."

Hendren, an engineer, and others spoke out this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle.


Biologists in WSJ: Only two sexes, male and female, there is no sex 'spectrum'

adam and eve
In a powerful commentary in the Feb. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal, biologists Colin Wright and Emma Hilton explain that, scientifically, there are only two sexes, male and female, and there is no sex "spectrum." They also stress that "biologists and medical professionals" must stop being politically correct and "stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex."

With the phenomenon of some men saying they "identify" as women and some women saying they "identify" as men, or any "gender identity" combination therein, "we see a dangerous and anti-scientific trend toward the outright denial of biological sex," state the biologists Wright and Hilton.

This notion that there is a sex "spectrum," where people can choose "to identify as male or female," regardless of their anatomy, is irrational and has "no basis in reality," say the biologists. "It is false at every conceivable scale of resolution."

Car Black

Coronavirus fallout: Fiat Chrysler plans to halt its Serbia plant over lack of parts from China

fiat assembly line
© Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will halt operations at its assembly plant in Serbia due to a lack of parts from China, as the coronavirus continues to affect production around the world.

The stoppage will mark the first time a European carmaker has had to idle a facility in Europe due to problems linked to the virus. Auto makers to date have mainly had to contend with shutdowns in China itself.

The Italian-American carmaker will reschedule planned downtime at its Kragujevac plant in Serbia, a company spokesman said, citing "the availability of certain components sourced in China."

Eye 1

From SAS to Alamo: 8 times SELF-HATING West renounced its own history

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Protesters gather around Confederate Major John B. Castleman statue in Louisville, KY
Rewriting or removing bits of history that don't align with modern PC standards is a recurring theme in the West, as these days religious leaders proclaim "shame" in their country and SJWs fight to remove monuments to the past.

Even the most glorious history has its dark spots - but our histories are what makes us what we are. But working toward a better future while acknowledging both the good and the bad bits of the past is no longer the only option. Why bother, when you instead can fall in line with trendy social movements to attack or blackout anything and everything in the past that triggers your modern morality? These cases have been springing up all over the Western world.

Nothing is Scandinavian

Nordic airline SAS is currently in the midst of controversy after releasing a questionable ad campaign that pushes the message: "Nothing is Scandinavian."

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People 2

Study finds staggering 94% of Palestinians reject Trump's peace plan

palestinians protest
© REUTERS / Muhammad Hamed
Nearly all respondents to a recent survey on US President Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century" for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reject the proposal, and a majority of those polled believe the plan has absolutely no chance of putting an end to Israeli occupation in the area.

A public opinion poll released Tuesday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reported that 94% of the 1,270 Palestinians surveyed oppose Trump's Middle East peace plan.

"I don't think we've ever seen such a level of consensus among the Palestinian public," Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, said, as reported by the Associated Press on February 11.


Feminists claiming 'tradwives' are radicalized 'like ISIS brides' have become the woman-shaming patriarchy they hated

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Women denouncing their sisters who publicly tout the virtues of traditional marriage and motherhood as victims of extremist brainwashing have substituted a creeping paternalism for feminism's true aims.

Concern about the rise of the so-called 'tradwife' movement - young women embracing a return to pre-feminist gender roles in which the wife is expected to take care of her husband and children full-time rather than work outside the home - has exploded in recent months, bringing with it all the pearl-clutching think pieces and overwrought, undereducated opinionating that implies.

As the media establishment discovers the once-obscure community, self-described feminists have publicly registered their horror at the thought that women anywhere are embracing subservience to men, forgetting that giving women a choice about what kind of life to lead was once the point of feminism.