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Professor fired for mocking microaggression 'policies' gets last laugh: university to fork over $165,000 in settlement

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Nathaniel Hiers properly classified University of North Texas microagression policies
The University of North Texas has agreed to pay $165,000 in damages and attorneys' fees to settle a lawsuit filed by a professor it fired after he criticized fliers about microaggressions.

Nathaniel Hiers had sued the university in April 2020, alleging the taxpayer-funded institution rescinded the math scholar's employment contract "without notice" for making a joke, a violation of his free speech rights.

At issue was "a stack of fliers" on microaggressions Hiers noticed in the department faculty lounge in November 2019. He read them, found the ideas wanting, then wrote "Don't leave garbage lying around" in jest on a chalkboard, with arrows pointing to the fliers, the lawsuit had stated.

Hiers was fired soon after, with his superiors citing the incident as the reason.

Black Cat

Grifters: EU politicians criticize Ukrainian 'welfare tourism'

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Refugees stand in line as they wait to be transferred to a train station after crossing the Ukrainian border into Poland March 7, 2022.
German and Polish officials have pointed out cases of social benefit system abuse

German opposition leader Friedrich Merz found himself under fire on Tuesday for pointing out that some Ukrainians who have sought shelter in his country are abusing the welfare system.

Though Merz has apologized, the mayor of Przemysl in Poland - who said much the same thing on Monday - has not.

"We are now experiencing welfare tourism from these refugees: to Germany, back to Ukraine, to Germany, back to Ukraine," Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Merz told Bild TV on Monday.


Hijab of contention: Death of a young woman has sparked mass protests in Iran. What's next?

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Iranians wave the national flag as they march during a pro-hijab rally in the capital Tehran on September 23, 2022.
For more than a week, Iran has been in the throes of mass protests provoked by the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman died in hospital after spending 48 hours in a coma. As some media outlets believe, and according to witness reports, her condition was a result of being beaten by morality police for wearing her hijab "improperly."

Demands to punish those responsible for Amini's death were quickly followed by complaints about the country's economic woes and corruption. The authorities are scrambling to come up with a response, as Iran's president, Ebrahim Raisi, tries to put out fires on both the domestic and international fronts, and the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is reportedly ill or possibly dying.

Immorality police

On September 13, Mahsa Amini, 22, and her brother were on their way to meet their family in Tehran when they were stopped by the morality police. This is nothing much out of the ordinary in present-day Iran and amounts to just a "routine" check of a woman's attire.

In this case, Amini was escorted to the police station to receive 'education' as her worried brother was told that "everything is fine, she'll be back in an hour."


Germany to rely on nuclear reserve to avert winter shortage

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Germany said it will keep two nuclear plants in a reserve until April to help limit the threat of winter blackouts in Europe's biggest economy.

Two out of three of Germany's three remaining nuclear plants will be kept available if needed, a shift requiring a change in the law within weeks, Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters in Berlin. The government has been under intense pressure to delay the final phaseout after Russia's invasion of Ukraine triggered a dramatic surge in energy prices.

Germany plans to make a final decision on whether EON SE's Isar-2 and EnBW AG's Neckarwestheim will be needed before December. It will be based on data from a stress test of the grid that takes into account the availability of France's nuclear fleet, the reliability of which is worse than expected, Habeck said.

Bad Guys

Israel explains remote-controlled checkpoint gun

A remotely-controlled turret at a checkpoint in Hebron
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A remotely-controlled turret at a checkpoint in Hebron
The Israeli army has installed a remote-controlled gun turret in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank, saying it's to be used for crowd dispersal.

The sci-fi-looking style is positioned at a checkpoint on Shuhada Street, a protest hotspot in the city, Haaretz reported at the weekend.

The system, which is currently being tested, can fire stun grenades, tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets, while being controlled by a remote operator.

People 2

Clinic featured at child trans summit sends legal demand to Post Millennial to censor reporting

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The Post Millennial wrote about the World Professional Association for Transgender Health conference in Montreal, Quebec, in September. We wrote about the panels at that conference, and what clinicians and activists were saying on those panels, including one on "Navigating The Changing Landscape With Littles And Their Families: Exploring The Role Of Mental Health Across Different Practice Settings With Transgender And Gender Diverse Pre-Adolescent Children."

As a result, The Post Millennial received a legal demand from Children's Minnesota, which publicly available information states is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States, and advertises as "The Kid Experts."

Comment: It's no wonder Children's Minnesota doesn't want these types of discussions publicized. It puts on full display the pathological thinking of their advocates and makes public a good portion of their playbook. This should send chills up the spines of any rational thinking human being.

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War Whore

Ukraine is on the offensive but struggling to get more powerful weapons

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Ukrainian soldiers train with U.S. Javelin missiles during military exercises in December
Ukraine's military is on the offensive against Russian forces and asking for more powerful weapons to press its advantage, but so far there is no sign that allies will step up their commitments.

Instead, President Vladimir Putin dramatically raised the stakes in a Sept. 21 speech, threatening nuclear war and launching sham votes aimed at expanding Russia's borders into occupied Ukraine.

Comment: Despite what's being claimed unilaterally across western media, Putin didn't actually 'threaten nuclear war.' Read the entirety of his speech here.

While supporters have piled arms into Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February, they have shied away from sending the longest-range missile systems, combat aircraft and NATO standard tanks.

Comment: These people are delusional, and evidently ignoring the warning given by Putin himself.

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15 killed in 'neo-Nazi' Russian school shooting

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Ammunition used by the attacker at the school in Izhevsk, which bears the word “Hatred” in Russian.
The male suspect reportedly died by suicide after the attack in the Udmurt Republic.

Fifteen people were killed and many others injured in a shooting incident at a school in the city of Izhevsk in Russia's Urals region on Monday, the country's Investigative Committee has said.

The male suspect was wearing a ski mask and a black T-shirt featuring Nazi symbols, officials added. They said he died by suicide after the attack and his identity is currently being established.

Comment: More from RT:
The rampage occurred early in the day, when the suspect, identified only as a 34-year-old graduate, stormed the school. The man was sporting all-black clothing with Nazi symbols on them, graphic footage circulating online suggests. The suspect was armed with two semi-automatic less-lethal pistols, illegally altered to use regular ammunition, according to Russian authorities.

The suspect killed himself after confronted by law enforcement, while a large number of unused magazines, some with the word "Hatred!" inscribed on them, were recovered at the scene. According to Russian Education Minister Sergey Kravtsov, the suspect was a registered mental patient diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the mass shooting, seeking to establish the exact motives behind the rampage and the source of the gunman's weaponry. The Udmurt Republic has announced a four-day period of mourning to commemorate the victims of the attack.
And there was another shooting in Russia on the same day. Again, from RT:
A military recruitment officer was severely wounded after a man opened fire at a center in the town of Ust-Ilimsk in Irkutsk Region in Russia's Siberia on Monday morning, the local authorities have said. There were no other casualties in the attack, they added.

The incident occurred amid partial mobilization in Russia, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, 300,000 reservists are going to be drafted amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

A video has allegedly captured the perpetrator shooting chief enlistment officer Aleksandr Eliseyev from point blank as the victim was delivering a speech before the recruits. The gunman then shouted: "Everybody out," with all the people who were in the room rushing outside in a panic.

"We came to the recruitment center and handed out papers. The chief recruitment officer took us to the conference room and began speaking about the situation in the country. That's when the gunman jumped up from his seat; after that he shot at the officer," one of the witnesses recalled, adding that at least two shots were fired.

The attack was first confirmed by Irkutsk Region governor Igor Kobzev, who wrote on Telegram that the wounded chief enlistment officer was placed "in intensive care in critical condition. The doctors are now fighting for his life."

The governor said that he was "ashamed that such a thing happens at a time when all of us must stand united" and announced additional security measures in the region.

The national guard said that the suspect tried fleeing the scene, but was detained by its troops. A sawed-off gun was seized from him. The man hasn't been registered as the owner of the weapon, the force added.

An investigative committee has described the shooter as a 25-year-old local man, saying that criminal cases on attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of arms have been launched against him.

The motives for the attack are currently being established. Some local media outlets claimed the attacker was one of the recruits called up as part of the partial mobilization, but it hasn't been officially confirmed yet.

Bad Guys

Switzerland considers banning large-scale farming, despite looming global food shortages

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A plastic cow statue sits on a trailer near Collex-Bossy, with placards reading in French "Pricey food? No to the useless livestock initiative" and "Animal welfare? We are already taking care of it, No to the useless livestock initiative" on Sept. 15, 2022, ahead of a vote scheduled for Sept. 25 on a proposed ban on factory farming.
By many measures, Ueli Stauffacher's poultry farm is exemplary. Located about 30 minutes southwest of Zurich, the chickens it raises for meat (called broilers in agricultural parlance) are housed in two spacious, well-kept barns. One of those barns is outfitted with heated floors that keep the birds' bedding dry and a state-of-the-art filtering system that strips away the overpowering smell of ammonia that typically characterizes chicken farms, leaving the air inside remarkably sweet and clean. Solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity to power the whole farm renewably. Stauffacher and his wife even host playgroups at the farm, complete with a brightly-decorated break room where children can watch the chickens through a window as they color and enjoy snacks.


Israeli troops evict Muslim worshippers from Al-Aqsa to make way for extremist settlers

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Al Aqsa Mosque
Israeli soldiers escorted dozens of extremist settlers into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi gate on the morning of 26 September, forcing Muslim worshippers out of the holy site as they performed dawn prayers.

Israeli troops also attacked Palestinian journalists covering the incursion in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. As a result of the hostilities, at least two Palestinians needed medical attention, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

The latest breach of Al-Aqsa Mosque comes in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which began on Sunday.