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Isn't claiming 'the Grammys are racist' a cynical attempt to play the race card?

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Rapper Drake (L) The Weeknd (R)
The nominations for the 63rd Grammys have been met by some loud and influential voices implying that artists of colour have been snubbed because of their ethnicity. But the facts don't appear to back those claims up.

Another day, another race row, and this time the Grammys are in the eye of the storm, after announcing the nominations ahead of the ceremony in January.

Beyonce heads the field and is in six categories principally for her track Black Parade, commemorating the end of slavery in the US and released following George Floyd's death. Other big names like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are there too. But the controversy centres around who isn't there, and the colour of their skin.

Comment: Amen.


Family

Tim Tebow teams with Trump Administration to fight human trafficking

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Former football star Tim Tebow • AG Bill Barr • WH advisor Ivanka Trump
Former football star Tim Tebow wants the world to remember those it too often forgets — children who are trafficked in the dark corners of society far from the limelight in which he has walked.

On Monday, Tebow stood shoulder to shoulder with Attorney General William Barr and White House adviser Ivanka Trump at a Georgia forum to denounce human trafficking and announce a new federal effort to combat it. The former Florida Gator, according to WSLS-TV, said:
"There are 40 million people around that world who need us. They need us to say, 'No longer is it about the credit; it's about the mission. Well, we're not going to work from Florida to Georgia or from right to left. We're going to all rally together to be able to push back this darkness and push back this evil."

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Briefcase

Amistad Project sues to invalidate Michigan election results, claiming 'officials brazenly violated election laws' for partisan gain

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Bagging the Votes
The Thomas More Society's Amistad Project has filed a lawsuit asking Michigan's Supreme Court to physically secure "all evidence of irregularities in the 2020 election and declare the election results invalid on the basis of unlawful conduct by state and local officials."

Phil Kline, Director of the Amistad Project said:
"The pattern of lawlessness was so pervasive and widespread that it deprived the people of Michigan of a free and fair election, throwing the integrity of the entire process into question."
The suit outlines several significant violations by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and election officials at all tiers of the system. Specifically, the Amistad attorneys note that
"Benson circumvented the explicit intent of the Michigan Legislature, which established an absentee ballot process designed to minimize the risk of fraud."

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Heart - Black

NY Times: Consulting firm advised Purdue Pharma to just pay pharmacies when their customers overdosed on OxyContin

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The scandal over major corporations causing an overdose crisis expanded on Friday with a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"When Purdue Pharma agreed last month to plead guilty to criminal charges involving OxyContin, the Justice Department noted the role an unidentified consulting company had played in driving sales of the addictive painkiller even as public outrage grew over widespread overdoses," the newspaper reported. "Documents released last week in a federal bankruptcy court in New York show that the adviser was McKinsey & Company, the world's most prestigious consulting firm."

McKinsey reportedly had a plan to reimburse distributors every time one of their customers was killed by OxyContin.

Comment: From RT:
It is reported that in a 2017 presentation, McKinsey laid out several suggestions for boosting sales of the pill, including by compensating distributors the damage from selling the product. It estimated the number of people who may overdose or get hooked on OxyContin and suggested paying rebates for "events" that could be reliably attributed to it.

For example, the report explains, a rebate of $14,810 for each of the 2,484 cases - which the consultancy firm projected would happen in 2019 due to OxyContin sold through CVS Health's pharmacy chain - would net the distributor $36.8 million. CVS and another firm mentioned in the presentation, Anthem, are among McKinsey's biggest clients. Both companies said they never received any rebates under a scheme described in the court papers.


It is said that senior McKinsey partners also discussed in 2018 doing more than "eliminating all our documents and emails." The suggestion was reportedly floated by Martin Elling, a leader for McKinsey's North American pharmaceutical practice, in response to the news that the state of Massachusetts had sued a former Purdue board member for her role in fueling the opioid crisis. Elling's addressee, Arnab Ghatak, responded as quoted: "Thanks for the heads up. Will do." It's not clear if any records were actually destroyed by McKinsey.

The report also highlights McKinsey's role in persuading the Sacklers family, who own Purdue, to accept their plan to "turbocharge" the sales of OxyContin and in preparing Purdue executives on how to push back against the US Food and Drug Administration.

The firm's involvement in Purdue's predatory business became public knowledge last year, after unredacted legal papers in the Massachusetts case were released. McKinsey has not been charged by the federal government or sued by anyone for consulting Purdue.

The New York Times story was met with disgust and anger online, with many commenters describing the money making advice as nothing short of "evil." The same word was used by an expert cited by the newspaper.

"This is the banality of evil, M.B.A. edition," Anand Giridharadas, a former McKinsey consultant who reviewed the documents, said of the firm's work with Purdue.
"They knew what was going on. And they found a way to look past it, through it, around it, so as to answer the only questions they cared about: how to make the client money and, when the walls closed in, how to protect themselves."



Bad Guys

Pa. Supreme Court dismisses request to declare mail-in voting unconstitutional in state, deny results from 2020 election mail-in ballots

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The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order.November 28, 2020 at 7:02 pm

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit from Congressman Mike Kelly and congressional candidate Sean Parnell to declare universal mail-in voting unconstitutional in the state and deny the votes of the majority of Pennsylvanians who voted by mail in the Nov. 3 election.

The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania's expansive year-old mail-in voting law.

Comment: Parnell and Kelly were expecting this result and will file in the Supreme Court next.

Interesting new lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania State Court by Pennsylvania GOP challenging legality of vote-by-mail

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NPC

The thieves who stole our election got sloppy

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Mail-in ballots in their envelopes await processing at the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorders' mail-in ballot processing center in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2020.
Laziness leads to sloppiness, and sloppiness is how the most brazen heist in American history is being exposed.

Stealing the 2020 election was a mammoth undertaking, involving widespread lawlessness and illicit partnerships between private actors and public officials. They've been working to cover their tracks since Election Day, but they didn't work fast enough. Now, the courts need to stop them from destroying any more evidence so that the people of Pennsylvania — and the rest of the country — can accurately assess the ramifications of their wrongdoing.

Explosive new litigation filed in federal district court on Nov. 21 details and documents a wide variety of illegal practices that were used to inflate the number of votes received by Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, including disparate treatment of voters based on where they live and outright manipulation of Pennsylvania's voter registration system by partisan activists.

An unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots were cast this year, and practically everyone expected that this would result in a higher-than-usual rate of ballots being rejected for various flaws, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or missing information. In Pennsylvania, tens or hundreds of thousands of ballots were likely to be rejected, based on historical patterns. Instead, a mere 0.03 percent of mail-in ballots were ultimately rejected — somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,000 votes.

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Attention

PCR-based Covid testing has failed

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The problem


Across Europe, including in the UK, we see the following:
  1. Daily 'cases' sky-rocketed in Europe as Autumn arrived.
  2. Daily deaths labelled as 'Covid deaths' rose in line with 'cases' - to levels apparently higher than at the Spring peak.
  3. BUT: Total all-cause mortality does not reflect the above.
What is behind this conundrum?

The central thesis of this paper is that we have a major problem with PCR-testing.

This is distorting policy and creating the illusion that we are in a serious pandemic when in fact we are not.

This is causing:
  • Excess deaths due to restricted access to the NHS.
  • An NHS staffing crisis which is exacerbating matters.
  • Unprecedented assaults on civil liberties and the economy.

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Sheriff

UK's 'COVID cops' bust women's dinner party in Hull

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British police busted a woman and five of her friends for having an illegal coronavirus dinner party at her house.

The six women live in the so-called coronavirus 'hotspot' of Hull. They were inspired to host the dinner party by the Channel 4 television series Come Dine with Me, where a group of people take it in turns to host a dinner party.

One of the women had posted the invitation on Facebook, and later a selfie was posted from during the event. It would appear that someone who had seen the Facebook posts had reported the women to the police.

Remarkably, Humberside Police took the time to respond to the reports of the party that day, knocking on the organiser's door while the event was still taking place, according to Hull Live.

Arrow Down

Get woke, go broke: BBC starting to lose core older audience

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The UK's media watchdog Ofcom has warned the BBC that it is losing its core audience of older viewers, the report coming after the broadcaster has actively sought to attract younger viewers and prioritise diversity.

Ofcom's report found that the proportion of over-55s that have a positive view of the BBC, which is funded through a mandatory television tax called the TV Licence, had fallen from 64 to 62 per cent in two years. The media regulator said in its annual report that "reach is decreasing among these loyal groups, and older audiences, in particular, are starting to show signs of decreasing satisfaction."

The figures also revealed a drop in viewership or confidence amongst 16- to 35-year-olds, ethnic minorities, the middle classes, the working classes, and women, according to The Times, suggesting that not only is it losing core audiences, but failing to increase its share of amongst the youth and BAME communities that it is eagerly seeking to attract.

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Attention

Video reveals evidence that over 23K PA mail-in ballots were 'filled out and returned' BEFORE ever being mailed out - UPDATE: PA removes public data

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On November 11, Petr Svab of the Epoch Times wrote about the improbability of more than 10,000 ballots being returned in the state of Pennsylvania on a date that precedes the date they were sent. The article, as one would expect, was completely ignored by the Democratic Party mainstream media.

Here's something else that didn't receive any traction in the media, the investigative work of a young citizen journalist, known as "Greg On The Right," may have provided the single biggest piece of evidence to date that Pennsylvania's elections were anything but free and fair.

In a 3-part video series, the young man, known as "Greg on The Right," first posted his explosive video from the PA.gov website on Tik Tok, where curiously, it was removed. Greg promptly posted his video to Twitter, where he has a little over 5.6K followers.

Comment: UPDATE: A new development.





Pathetic.