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Disagreeing with Biden's transgender policy is 'incitement' now?! Facebook says so...

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On Tuesday, Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 7 days. His crime? Speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden's new transgender military policy. Facebook claimed that Gagnon's criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform's "Community Standards on violence and incitement."

Ironically, Gagnon's post drew attention to Facebook's suspension of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a 7-day ban for criticizing Biden's policy.

"There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person," Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. "This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason."

"Only one point of view is being allowed," he added, ominously. "Trump was not the great danger to the Republic. Left-wing canceling is."

Comment: The reason is "repressive tolerance." The idea is that all non-leftist ideas cannot be tolerated, even if they are nonviolent - because they all inevitably lead to fascism, and thus violence. The only ideas to be tolerated are the leftist ones, even if they are backed by violence. Expect to see a lot more repressive tolerance of the coming months.


Professor who used Nazi salute in 'free speech' protest retires after being canceled by university

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An archaeology professor who used a Nazi salute to make a point about free speech has retired after facing a vicious backlash including having his course canceled by the University of Pennsylvania.

The controversy erupted earlier this month when Robert Schuyler used the gesture during the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA).

It happened after the event moderator gave Schuyler permission to interrupt another speaker only for the other speaker, Liz Quinlan, to deem his question, which was about how the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted membership renewals for 2021, off topic.

Comment: Regardless of whether or not Schuyler's original question was relevant, the backlash against him for his outburst has proved his later point. Not that that point really needed to be made. It's been clear for the past several years at least that freedom of speech is not an inalienable right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights but a privilege allowed only within certain bounds as determined by the Woke and the pathological. It's unsurprising then that the only things Schuyler's stunt has accomplished is to get him fired and likely made things slightly worse for those left behind at the school. He should've known better than to provoke the Woke without thinking it through.


San Francisco school board agrees to remove names of 44 Americans on schools including Lincoln

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) guilty of flag replacement
The San Francisco public school board voted Tuesday in favor of renaming 44 public schools — part of recent, nationwide efforts sparked by the 2020 social justice protests to remove the names of American historical icons and others associated with slavery, the confederacy, the treatment of transgenders and other controversial issues.

The board voted 6-1 in favor of the change, which it has been considering since October 2020.

Among the names being removed from the schools are those of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Washington and Jefferson were slave owners. Lincoln ended slavery, but some historians say he oppressed indigenous people.

The name of long-time California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein is also being removed because as San Francisco mayor in the 1980s she replaced a damaged Confederate flag outside of City Hall.

Replacing signage at the 44 schools will cost more than $400,000, according to the Courthouse News.

Comment: The cost isn't just what money is spent on - be it frivolous or thrifty. It also must factor the increasing costs of what remains unfunded in its stead. The Covid impact - on families and its economic devastation to state and country - is case-in-point.


Goya Foods board silences pro-Trump CEO for questioning election results. He called the election 'unverified'

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Goya CEO Robert Unanue
The board of Goya Foods has voted to muzzle its co-owner and CEO Robert Unanue from speaking publicly after the Trump-supporting chief executive questioned the results of the presidential election during a recent media appearance, the New York Post reported.

What are the details?

Last Friday, the nine-member board of the Hispanic foods giant voted by majority to censure Unanue over controversial remarks he made to the media following the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, including an appearance on Fox Business Network last week during which he called the election of President Joe Biden "unverified."

Unanue told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Jan. 20:
"I think this is mission accomplished. Mission accomplished by the union, the partnership, the conglomerate of social media, Big Tech, big media, and government, big government, for ushering in the dawn of a new world order — this great reset — with an unverified election, and the big prize is the United States."
Those comments were reportedly the tipping point for board members, who initiated the censure vote two days later. The vote by majority to silence Unanue means he will no longer be able to speak to the media without the board's permission, the Post noted.

Comment: See also:


China to expand tests of digital yuan in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

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FILE PHOTO: The financial district of Lujiazui in Shanghai
China is expanding trials of its sovereign digital currency in the capital Beijing, the nation's most populous city of Shanghai and leading tech hub Shenzhen this year.

The announcements were made over the weekend by the governors of the cities, Chinese media reported. Beijing Mayor Chen Jining told the local government that the capital wants to build "innovative demonstration zones for fintech and professional services" this year and will promote the pilot program for the digital yuan. A similar pledge was made in a work report by Shanghai Mayor Gong Zheng.

Several rounds of trials have already been held in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong Province, sometimes dubbed China's Silicon Valley. The city will further develop an "innovative pilot zone for the country's digital currency," according to the governor of the province, Ma Xingrui.

Comment: The cashless society is upon us all: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Bitcoin, Gold and the Cashless Society


London police descend on and break up BABY SHOWER for violating Covid-19 restrictions

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Not so long ago, police descending upon a baby shower would've made a great idea for a grotesque comedy sketch, but this is reality in Britain during the pandemic and it doesn't seem funny at all.

A celebration of new life, attended by more than 20 people at a home in East London, was interrupted by officers on Sunday. The police went in to find guests sitting behind a long table with catering and a balloon arch in the far end of the room.

"Who doesn't live here?" said a female officer in bodycam footage released by the Metropolitan Police. The question was aimed at singling out those who came to the party in violation of lockdown rules that forbid meeting people from outside one's own household or support bubble.

Comment: Thank heavens Londoners have such brave and heroic law enforcement officers to protect them from such dangerous criminals as these.


Not the Bee! If 2 masks are good, 3 masks are better, CNBC claims - echoing notorious satire site

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CNBC's embrace of multiple masking to stop the spread of Covid-19 has reached Babylon Bee levels - literally - as the infamous satire outlet published a story on triple-masking on the same day that CNBC encouraged the behavior.

Capitalizing on audience confusion over whether masks are supposed to protect others or the wearer, CNBC's Contessa Brewer explained (in an increasingly muffled voice as she demonstrated proper mask application on camera) on Monday that while the first mask protects others, the second one protects the wearer.

This is especially important as new and seemingly more contagious strains of Covid-19 spread among the population, US coronavirus czar Anthony Fauci claimed.

For those who really want to be safe, however, wearing three masks is 90 percent effective, CNBC claimed in a graphic accompanying the segment, which cited a recent study that actually claimed a three-layer mask was hypothesized to be 90 percent effective.

For those unwilling to take the triple-mask challenge, Brewer held up a line of Chinese-manufactured masks similar to the N-95 variety that was so much in demand in the early months of the pandemic, explaining discomfort was proof the five-layer face covering was working.

Comment: They're barely bothering to pretend anymore.


Holding Parler & Gab accounts apparently cost New York literary agency employee her job... after ONE Twitter complaint

Internet commenters have decried the rise of social justice-fueled intolerance, after a woman was purportedly fired from her job simply for having accounts on conservative-leaning social media platforms.

Colleen Oefelein, an associate literary agent with the New York City-based Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, was sacked after her boss learned that she owned accounts on Gab and Parler. The agency's owner, Jennifer DeChiara, publicly announced on Twitter that the firm had dropped Oefelein after making the "distressing" discovery.

"We do not condone this activity, and apologize to anyone who has been affected or offended by this," the message read. DeChiara stressed that her agency was committed to ensuring a "voice of unity" and was firmly "on the side of social justice."


The lunacy spreads: Pennsylvania DENTAL SCHOOL declares war on anti-LGBTQ bias with new fund

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Penn Dental Medicine has received a hefty donation earmarked for identifying anti-LGBTQ+ bias among dental students and finding ways to banish it. Not included in the package was info on what gender has to do with teeth.

The school's new LGBTQ+ Fund has been launched with a $50,000 gift from an alumnus, who was not identified in last week's news release celebrating its establishment. The fund has "the goal of identifying LGBTQ+ based biases in the dental profession and ways to dispel them."

While dental care is almost universally considered gender-inclusive, the near-total absence of scientific research on the subject of the LGBTQ+ dental patient experience is apparently seen as fertile territory, as the fund-seeding donation to Penn is aimed at "eventually endowing the fund to support research and programs in perpetuity."

Comment: A pointless waste of money:

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Melissa Carone, star witness in Dominion fraud investigation, announces campaign for Michigan Senate

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Melissa Carone testifies at the Detroit vote fraud hearings on December 3, 2020
Star voter fraud witness Melissa Carone, who provided crucial testimony about her experiences as a contractor with Dominion Voting Systems in 2020, told a local Detroit outlet last week that she plans to run for a Michigan state senate seat in the 46th district and push push for hand-counted ballots.

Carone stated that her "ultimate goal is to get our ballots hand-counted and clean out Lansing just like draining the swamp in D.C. because that's what we need," according to Detroit Deadline.

The seat sought by Carone is located in Michigan's 46th District, which overlaps with Oakland County.

Comment: Politics need more no-nonsense voices such as Ms. Carone. Her testimony regarding the Dominion vote fraud in Detroit is worth watching in full: