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Ariel Pink dropped from label after attending Trump rally that led to D.C. riots

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Ariel Pink has been dropped by the indie record label Mexican Summer
Indie musician Ariel Pink has been dropped from his label after he confirmed attending the Trump rally that led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward," tweeted the New York-based record label Friday.

(As of Friday afternoon, Pink's page on the Mexican Summer website was still active.)

The announcement came just a day following Pink's explanation on Twitter that he had attended the Washington, D.C., rally to "peacefully show my support for the president."

Eye 1

Quebec is now under the equivalent of COVID 'martial law' - No one is allowed on the streets after 8pm till 5am

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Welcome to COVID submission. Quebec Canada has instituted the equivalent of Martial Law in response to COVID. Citizens in the province of Quebec are under police rule. Every night from 8pm to 5am no one is allowed on the streets:

Snakes in Suits

Insane politician Nancy Pelosi says rioters chose their 'whiteness' over democracy

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi • President Donald Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday that the rioters who took part in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday chose their "whiteness" over democracy.

The Associated Press first reported her remarks, which she made during an online video meeting with constituents in San Francisco. A transcript of her comments were shared with The Hill.

The comment came after Pelosi acknowledged the number of people who died of COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, both of which were records for single-day coronavirus deaths in the United States.

On Wednesday, a mob of President Trump's supporters violently attacked the Capitol building while Congress, including the speaker, were in the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win. The protesters sought to halt the certification of the election results after Trump encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol.

Comment: These people are flagrantly in breach of the constitution. Trump is well within his rights to cite the Insurrection Act of 1807 and establish a de facto parallel government.


NewsReal #32: Trump's Attempted Coup, or Successful Coup Against Trump?

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January 6th 2021 was "the darkest day in American history," reported the media in unison. "9/11 all over again," they agreed.

The riot that followed the rally called by Trump - in his last-ditch effort to sway members of Congress to reconsider states' electoral college votes - was certainly chaotic and worthy of sensational headlines, but was the "insurrection on Capitol Hill" really an "attempted coup by President Trump"?

Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley discuss the extraordinary scenes within and outside the halls of Congress last week, placing the event (and the congressional session it overshadowed) in the context of four years of sustained media disinformation and political polarization that is reaching fever pitch.

What next for Trump? And for the American people?

No Entry

Power-drunk Democrats join CNN in lobbying to ban Fox News from the airwaves

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Democrats and corporate media outlets such as CNN are lobbying for right-leaning news outlets such as Fox News to be pulled from the air following a mob riot at the Capitol on Wednesday.

CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter recently called for action in his newsletter, claiming that "dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories" such as Fox News need to be de-platformed. Steller wrote:
"We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories. But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News?"
In addition to declaring that these conservative outlets spread "lies," denying that President Donald Trump "lost an honest and fair election," Stelter also amplified the concerns of a Democrat politician, who claimed that "Fox and Newsmax, both delivered to my home by your company, are complicit." Stelter said New Jersey state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty texted an executive at Comcast on Thursday questioning the decision of TV providers to host conservative media.

Comment: Claws out, the Left's true colors come unleashed:
MSM set the stage with bias, false accusation and outright lies. Social media giants took up the quest for absolute control of information, message and access - and, judging by the above responses, they appear to be succeeding.

Black Magic

Rob Slane: The masks are coming off

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I had intended to start the New Year with a heart-warming piece entitled, "2021: The Year of Censorship of Dissent". It would have been a somewhat prophetical piece, shocking some readers with predictions of a coming crackdown on dissent, and causing others to hoot with laughter because they haven't quite caught up with the times we are in. You know, the types who say things like "Oh perrrlease! Social Media companies are private companies and they have the right to decide who they allow on their platform" and "Stop making out it's the gulag" etc.

Unfortunately, my plans were scuppered by the fact that media and social media companies — let's call them Global Pravda — have come out of the blocks even earlier than even I anticipated, and have been censoring left right and centre. As a result, my intended "prophetical" utterance seems like yesterday's news.

We've had the censoring of Talk Radio on YouTube. Although this was then restored after intervention at the highest level, I understand some of the wonderful conversations between Mike Graham and Peter Hitchens are still banned. YouTube have also banned videos from extremely qualified scientists around the world, including two lengthy interviews given in English by one of the most qualified microbiologists on planet earth, Professor Sucharit Bhakdi.

We've then seen the President of the United States being banned from Facebook, Instagram and more recently Twitter. I am no fan of Donald Trump, but it is clear that he has never used these platforms to "incite violence" - the excuse given for his ban -, and it is obvious that there something else going on there. And we've also seen numerous conservatives and scientists who oppose or question the mass quarantining of healthy people literally losing hundreds of Twitter followers in the last few days. Their followers are simply being deleted by Jack's Magical Dissent Removing Algorithm, which has been invoked with a vengeance.


DC Officer Sicknick's death driven by medical condition; reports of fire extinguisher attack unconfirmed

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Officer Brian Sicknick
Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after protesters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday. Officer Sicknick passed a way on Thursday he was the fifth victim after the US Capitol was stormed on Wednesday. Rest in Peace.

The BBC reported:
A police officer who died from injuries he suffered during the pro-Trump siege of the US Capitol has been named. Brian Sicknick "was physically engaging with protesters" when he was wounded, the US Capitol Police (USCP) said. His death is the fifth connected to the riots, which have led to calls for Donald Trump's removal as president.
It's not clear who started the fire extinguisher rumors.


Tragic: Hillary Clinton posts accidental self-own with single emoji response to Trump losing Twitter account

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Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton has posted a toe-curlingly cringe reaction to US President Donald Trump being booted off Twitter. The failed presidential candidate reminded every one that she's still struggling to process her election defeat.

As it emerged that Twitter had permanently suspended the US president, for reasons known only to her (and her team of advisers) Clinton decided to dredge up a tweet from her disastrous election bid.

The 73-year-old retweeted a post from the 2016 race in which she instructed Trump to "delete your account," along with a black checkmark.
Not only has the ex-secretary of state not moved on from her crushing defeat four years ago, but she also appears to be claiming the dramatic scenes that unfolded in the US this week as some kind of belated win for her stillborn presidential push.

Snakes in Suits

James Lindsay: What Is Critical Race Theory?

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I've been asked a million times for a short introduction to Critical Race Theory that hits the high points in a quick, straightforward way. Most people will have heard of Critical Race Theory by now, but in case you haven't, it's a particular way of thinking about race and racism that developed first at Harvard Law School from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Its stated objective is to question whether the Civil Rights Movement and Civil Rights Acts legislation improved the racial situation in Western nations, especially the United States. Its true objective is to re-organize the social, cultural, and legal playing field in a way that claims to reverse "historical injustices" around the issue of race, allegedly without reproducing them.

To keep this short and simple, I'll provide you with two quotes from the book Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (third edition) by Critical Race Theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. These quotes summarize everything that Critical Race Theory is really about in its own words.

First, Critical Race Theory views race and racism this way: race is a political construction that was invented by white people to give themselves power while excluding all other races from it, and racism is the ordinary state of affairs in society, present in all interactions, institutions, and phenomena, and effectively permanent in society (short of a full sociocultural revolution that puts them in charge). That is, Critical Race Theory assumes that racism is present in everything under a doctrine known as "systemic racism." Quoting from Delgado and Stefancic,
What do critical race theorists believe? Probably not every member would subscribe to every tenet set out in this book, but many would agree on the following propositions. First, that racism is ordinary, not aberrational — "normal science," the usual way society does business, the common, everyday experience of most people of color in this country. Second, most would agree that our system of white-over-color ascendancy serves important purposes, both psychic and material. The first feature, ordinariness, means that racism is difficult to cure or address. ... The second feature, sometimes called "interest convergence" or material determinism, adds a further dimension. Because racism advances the interests of both white elites (materially) and working-class people (psychically), large segments of society have little incentive to eradicate it.


Parler and the problem of escaping internet censorship

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A still from Apple Inc's launch of the MacIntosh Computer
Back when Parler was first taking off, I warned that its app-based dependency meant that two companies, Apple and Google, can eliminate it anytime they like.

It was only a matter of time.

The transition from desktops and laptops to Android and IOS devices mean that users are operating in a walled garden run by two very lefty companies. Those companies can do with the garden what they please. Those users who choose to jailbreak their devices have more options, but most don't. Conservatives can try to distribute the knowledge more widely and encourage that kind of self-empowerment. But the bottom line is most smartphone, Kindle, Chromebook, etc users want a simple device that just works and runs all the apps in the app store. Doing anything more complicated would be inconvenient.