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Crusader against critical race theory Christopher Rufo loses Twitter blue checkmark 'after reporting on CRT in Big Tech'

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Twitter has stripped the blue checkmark from Christopher Rufo, a prominent critic of the controversial "critical race theory." Supporters see it as the latest Big Tech attack on conservative voices online.

Twitter "disappeared my verification badge," Rufo told his 220,000 followers on the platform, joking that he had "inserted my pronouns into my bio in hope of having it restored." His profile was marked by the blue checkmark until a few days ago.

He also posted several screenshots, including a Twitter notification saying his account had been verified "incorrectly," and an alert from Google, seemingly informing him his Gmail account was being targeted by a "government-backed attack." It remained unclear if the two were connected in any way.


Comment: Translation: we only verify people who agree with us ideologically.



Rufo is a conservative filmmaker and media pundit who has risen in prominence in the past couple of years due to his crusade against critical race theory (CRT). The controversial approach seeks to explain racism in the US as an entrenched trait of American society that needs to be eradicated. Critics believe CRT to be a dangerous political ideology that is being thrust upon Americans by malign actors through events such as corporate diversity and equity training.

People 2

'They attacked us and killed our children': Grieving Afghan fathers demand fair investigation of US drone strike in Kabul

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Wreckage from the blase • Two grieving fathers
While it won't bring back their children, a fair investigation would at least restore their honor, two Afghan fathers from a family of which 10 of members were killed in a US drone strike in Kabul have told RT.

President Joe Biden urged the US military commanders in Afghanistan to "stop at nothing" to make ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan Province) pay for the deaths of the 13 American troops who were killed along with 169 Afghans in a suicide bombing and gunfire at the gates of Kabul airport on August 26.

The retaliation came a few days later, just as the US forces were about to complete their evacuation from Afghanistan, now almost entirely controlled by the Taliban. A drone strike was carried out that, according to the Americans, targeted ISIS-K terrorists in an attempt to cripple their ability to carry out further attacks.

But reports soon emerged that a number of members of an Afghan family who had gathered for a celebration at their home in Kabul had perished in the strike. In an instant, the rocket took the lives of 10 civilians, including seven children. The youngest of the victims were two girls, Malika and Sumaya, who were both only two years old.


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Pirates

Paris attacks suspect tells trial he's 'an Islamic State soldier'

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Arthur Denouveaux of the French association Life for Paris talks to journalists in front of the temporary courtroom set up during the start of the trial of the Paris' November 2015 attacks at the Paris courthouse on the Ile de la Cite, in Paris, France, September 8, 2021.
The main suspect in a jihadist rampage that killed 130 people across Paris described himself on Wednesday as "an Islamic State soldier" at the start of the long-awaited trial into the 2015 attacks.

Salah Abdeslam, 31, appeared in court dressed in black and wearing a black face mask, one of 20 men accused of involvement in the gun-and-bomb attacks on six restaurants and bars, the Bataclan concert hall and a sports stadium on Nov. 13, 2015.

Asked what his profession was, the French-Moroccan removed his face mask - obligatory because of the COVID-19 pandemic - and told a Paris court defiantly: "I gave up my job to become an Islamic State soldier."

Abdeslam is believed to be the only surviving member of the group that carried out the attacks. The other suspects are accused of helping to provide guns and cars or playing a role in organising the attacks, in which hundreds were also injured.

Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Islamic State, which had urged followers to attack France over its involvement in the fight against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.

Asked by the court's top judge to give his name, Abdeslam used the Shahada, an Islamic oath, saying: "I want to testify that there is no god except Allah and that Mohammad is his servant."

Passport

Australia to have vaccine passport system ready within weeks for international travel

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The Australian government is working on a QR code with the International Civil Aviation Organisation so travel can resume as vaccination rates rise.
The Morrison government is developing internationally recognized vaccination certificates, trade minister Dan Tehan says

The Morrison government will have a system in place within weeks to support the resumption of international travel as vaccination rates rise, the trade minister, Dan Tehan, says.

With senior federal ministers meeting on Wednesday to continue work around vaccine passports, Tehan told reporters the resumption of international travel would require "a system that can enable recognition of vaccination - a vaccination certification scheme".
"We're in the process of planning that so that in the coming weeks we will have a system up and ready so when we hit that 70% or 80% vaccination mark Australians will be able to travel overseas again and also Australians will be able to return home in greater numbers," Tehan told reporters in Canberra.

"We'll also be able to start welcoming international students, those who want to come here to work, ultimately tourists again."
The four-phase plan for reopening Australia unveiled by Scott Morrison at the end of July suggests vaccinated Australians would be able to head overseas again more freely when at least 80% of the over-16 population had been fully vaccinated.


Comment: The term "fully vaccinated" is not completely defined. For now, fully vaccinated means that the individual has received 2 doses of vaccines. They can, and probably will always increase the "fully vaccinated" person threshold, so they can keep the fascistic measures active with the excuse that it is public health care.


Comment: It is a carrot and stick "motivational approach". The carrot is always in front of the donkey's face, but he can never reach it because it always moves forward with the donkey.

It all started with the two critical weeks to flatten the curve, and now almost two years later, we are suffering in a totalitarian nightmare.
Welcome to the bizarre Orwellian world.

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Polish LGBT dispute shows how a culture clash between West and East could sink the EU

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When I was an MEP, I thought that the euro would eventually bring down the European Union. But now I am convinced that it's the West's imposition of liberal values on reluctant Eastern Europe states that could spell the end.

Yesterday, Brussels finally lost patience with one of its more troublesome members, Poland. In doing so, the European Commission decided to hit the country where it hurts most - in the pocket.

The Commission issued a series of threats to fine Poland for a number of alleged misdemeanours. Two of the three threats, which could include daily fines, relate to judicial disputes. The other - regarding LGBT issues - will, I believe, ultimately prove far more serious.

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Black Magic

CDC buckles to teacher union threats: Announces stricter school-masking guidelines

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Students wearing "protective" masks attend classes on the first day of school amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, in Miami, Fla., August 23, 2021.
The CDC adopted stricter mask guidance for public schools after a major teachers' union pressured the agency with a reproving statement.

Email correspondence obtained by Fox News between officials from the National Education Association, the nation's second largest teachers' union, and the White House reveal collaboration to push the CDC to release more rigorous mask recommendations.

One such email includes a NEA draft statement criticizing the CDC for neglecting to address school safety in its May 13 public health guidance, which relaxed mask-wearing requirements indoors and outside for fully vaccinated Americans.

Comment: Apparently the pressure campaign began last May, with the Biden admin. More from the Fox News report:
The Biden administration tightened its masking guidance after a prominent teachers union threatened White House officials with publicly releasing harsh criticism, internal emails show.

The National Education Association sent a draft statement to White House officials that included harsh criticism of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's masking guidance, the emails show. But the teachers union ultimately published a version with a much softer tone, and the CDC clarified its guidance to indicate that everyone should be masked in schools, regardless of vaccination status.

The new emails show further coordination between the White House and teachers unions just months after reports highlighted the extent the unions had influenced the administration's messaging on school reopenings. The watchdog group Americans for Public Trust obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request and provided them to Fox News.

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The emails also show the White House and the CDC had extensive contact with union leadership.

On May 14, Dinkel-Smith asked CDC chief of staff Sherri Berger to connect NEA President Becky Pringle with the CDC director. Berger responded to the request by writing "will do" and that the CDC director was "connecting w/ Becky now."

Less than 30 minutes later, Berger sent an update saying she had spoken with Pringle and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The next day, on May 15, the CDC updated its masking guidance to indicate that all people should wear a mask at school regardless of vaccination status.

"This batch of emails came just weeks after we already exposed the teachers unions influenced the CDC on school openings," Americans for Public Trust Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News. "Lo and behold, less than two weeks later, they're at it again, but this time in relation to mask guidance."
Apparently the group that is supposedly most concerned with children's welfare, doesn't really care after all.


Bad Guys

California Republican candidate for governor, Larry Elder, attacked by egg-throwing protester in Los Angeles neighborhood

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Security hurries candidate Larry Elder away from attacker
While walking through a Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder had eggs thrown at him and his campaign team.

Video of the incident shows eggs being hurled through the air, with the first one nearly hitting Elder's head.

One member of Elder's team is seen ushering Elder away, telling him "We're getting egged from behind."

It is currently unclear whether Elder was hit by any of the eggs.

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Brick Wall

Taliban will forbid women to play sport

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A Taliban fighter keeps vigil as spectators watch a Twenty20 cricket match in Kabul earlier this month.
The Taliban have confirmed that women won't be allowed to play cricket or any other sport, throwing into doubt November's historic men's cricket Test between Australia and Afghanistan.

In an exclusive interview with SBS News, the deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said that sport is not seen as something that is important for women.

"I don't think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket," Mr Wasiq said.

"In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.

"It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed."

Family

'We cannot be silenced anymore': The new group fighting for women's rights in the face of trans militancy

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Is the trans lobby too influential and intimidating? A new grassroots organisation, Sovereign Women Speak, thinks so and aims to kick-start a global movement to reclaim female rights. Members outlined its vision to RT.

SWS is an important new group desperate for women's voices to be heard, rather than to be drowned out by militant trans activists, in the fight to ensure their rights are not further eroded.

Based in the US, it has members of all classes and ethnicities, but some have a serious problem - such is the current climate of intimidation, they feel compelled to remain anonymous for fear of ramifications.

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Attention

Huge explosion at Kazakh military base munitions store,12 dead, hundreds evacuated

Kazakh military base explosion

The emergencies ministry said that the scattering radius of the fragments was up to 1.25 miles. Above: The moment of the huge blast

Comment: Note that this incident occurred 13 days ago on the 27th of August.


Twelve people have died and at least 50 people have been injured following a series of explosions at an arms depot in southern Kazakhstan, the Central Asian country's emergencies ministry has said.

An official statement said emergency services workers and military staff were among victims of the blasts at an in the southern region of Jambyl yesterday.

Nearby villages were evacuated by authorities while emergency services attended to the wounded, and rail links to the city of Almaty were closed.

A video shared on the Telegram messaging app showed a column of smoke billowing from a fire before a powerful explosion sent flames shooting out.

Comment: Indeed, in recent months there have been numerous different fires and explosions and, whilst some may be due to human error, others may be due to more unusual occurrences, and, still others, may be due to sabotage; such as has been speculated about the following incidents: See this link for a more detailed list of other recent incidents: Massive gas explosion blows off front of residential building in Russia, 2 killed, 13 in hospital