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Peasants gathering the pitchforks: Bill de Blasio grilled by New Yorkers: 'We don't feel safe!'

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Mayor de Blasio got an earful at a town hall held in Forest Hills, New York City on February 19, 2020.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was grilled by New Yorkers who said they are fed up with the rising crime rate in the city, blaming his policies of neighborhood jails, homeless shelters in communities, and the state's new abolishment of bail for criminals deemed "non-violent."

During a town hall in Forest Hills, Queens — a community that's been inundated with de Blasio's community warehouse homeless shelters and neighborhood jails — voters slammed de Blasio for what they described as his ignoring the will and safety of working- and middle-class New Yorkers.

A lifelong resident of New York got cheers from other attendees as he called de Blasio the worst mayor ever in the city's history while blasting the mayor's office for what he said was racism against Asian Americans in the school system:


Do the 'stereotype threat' or 'internalised oppression' actually exist?

Robin DiAngelo
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Robin DiAngelo speaking about anti-blackness at the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
Rutgers University professor and social psychologist Lee Jussim recently posted a link on Twitter to a study that found "neither an overall effect of stereotype threat on math performance, nor any moderated stereotype effects":

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Samsung shutters smartphone factory in South Korea after virus outbreak

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South Korea now emerges as the next hotspot of the Covid-19 outbreak that has been tormenting China for the last several months.

Late on Friday, South Korea reported 142 new confirmed cases, up a mindboggling 70% in just one day, to 346. A second death was also reported.

A virus outbreak in South Korea is expected to lead to similar economic disruptions that are currently visible in China. The most prone industries to supply chain disruption and factory shutdowns are electronic, automobile, and telecommunication firms.


Tucker Carlson: Russia isn't attacking our democratic system - our own ruling class is

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The story of American decline is the story of an incompetent ruling class. You'll hear many self-serving explanations for it. But the truth is, it's that simple.

The people in charge inherited an industrial superpower with unchallenged military dominance. In a little more than a generation, they squandered all of it.

In exchange for short-term profits, bigger vacation homes and cheaper household help they wrecked what they did not build.

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Coronavirus infections and deaths lead to travel bans in Middle East

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People walking in Tehran's Grand Bazaar wear protective masks to prevent contracting the virus
Authorities in Iran on Saturday announced the detection of at least 10 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths, deepening a sense of public unease over the handling of the spread of the disease.

The latest cases appeared to bring the number of cases in Iran to 29 and the number of deaths to six.

News of the latest cases and deaths came from Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur and the governor of Markazi province in central Iran, cited by state TV.

The Health Ministry earlier on Saturday noted a total number of 28 cases and five deaths and the governor announced a death in Markazi province later in the day.

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Flat-Earthers in mourning as Mad Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch

Comment: This year's Darwin Award goes to...

Mad Mike Hughes
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'Mad' Mike Hughes
Daredevil Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch.

Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called 'Homemade Astronauts'.

A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth.

Warning: This video contains disturbing images

Comment: Maybe he's not really dead and this is all just a NASA conspiracy?

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Assange's persecution has exposed media depravity the world over

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This is the
speech I gave at a demonstration last night in Melbourne for Julian Assange, whose extradition trial begins February 24th.

Julian Assange started a leak outlet on the premise that corrupt and unaccountable power is a problem in our world, and that problem can be fought with the light of truth. Corrupt and unaccountable power responded by detaining, silencing and smearing him. His persecution has proved his own thesis about the world absolutely correct.

Power is the ability to control what happens. Absolute power is controlling what people think about what happens. Humans are story-oriented creatures, so if you can control the stories that the humans are telling each other about what's going on, you can control those humans.

This is the power of narrative management. This is why governments and billionaires use propaganda, advertising, buy up media conglomerates and fund think tanks, employ public relations and spin doctors, buy up troll armies and bot farms: because they know that those who control the narrative, control the world.

You can do whatever you like, as long as you can control what people think about what you're doing.

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New Chinese study indicates novel coronavirus did not originate in Huanan seafood market

Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market

The Wuhan seafood market, which is at the centre of the pneumonia outbreak, has been closed.
A new study by Chinese researchers indicates the novel coronavirus may have begun human-to-human transmission in late November from a place other than the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.

The study published on ChinaXiv, a Chinese open repository for scientific researchers, reveals the new coronavirus was introduced to the seafood market from another location, and then spread rapidly from market to market. The findings were the result of analyses of genome-wide data, sources of infection and the route of spread of 93 samples of the novel coronavirus collected from 12 countries across four continents.

The study believes that patient zero transmitted the virus to workers or sellers at the Huanan seafood market. The crowded market facilitated the further transmission of the virus to buyers, which caused a wider spread in early December 2019.

Comment: New research casts doubt coronavirus epidemic started at Wuhan food market


While India's public views Trump positively there's less enthusiasm for his trade policies

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Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump leave the stage at NRG Stadium after a rally in September 2019 in Houston, Texas.
As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares for a state visit to India, the two nations' economic relationship will take center stage after several months of back-and-forth about escalating tariffs. And while Trump himself receives positive marks from the Indian populace, some of his specific policies and trade attitudes in general do not garner the same warm reception.

A majority of Indians have confidence in Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to world affairs. Trump's image in India has gained favor since his candidacy in 2016, jumping from 14% confidence to 56% over three years. Much of this movement is accompanied by more people now offering an opinion about the U.S. president. The share volunteering a response of "don't know" or declining to answer has fallen precipitously over the same period, from 67% in 2016 to just 30% in 2019. Meanwhile, the small share of those saying they lack confidence in Trump when it comes to foreign policy has remained stable. These latest numbers resemble those of Trump's predecessor: Before Barack Obama left office, 58% of Indians had confidence in him in world affairs, while 9% had no confidence and 33% did not offer an opinion.

Comment: India has a favorable trade balance with the United States of $23 billion ($34.4 billion in imports and $57.6 billion in exports) and has an unfavorable balance with China by $56.7 billion ($74.7 billion imports and $18 billion exports).

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Julian Assange case is the Dreyfus of our age, says John McDonnell

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John McDonnell outside Belmarsh prison in London where he visited Julian Assange.
The US attempt to extradite Julian Assange is the "the Dreyfus case of our age", John McDonnell has said, as Europe's human rights watchdog added her voice to opposition to the move.

The shadow chancellor paid a two-hour visit to see Assange in Belmarsh prison in London on Thursday and said Britain's standing in the world would be severely damaged if the extradition went ahead.

On Wednesday it was claimed in a London court that Donald Trump had offered Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails.

McDonnell likening the plight of Assange to Alfred Dreyfus, the 19th-century Jewish French army officer who was tried and convicted on charges of treason amid a climate of antisemitism.

Comment: From RT: Assange London Rally