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Pseudo-reality: Michigan State prof says telling someone you can't understand their accent is 'linguistic racism'

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A linguistics and education professor from Michigan State University claims that telling somebody that you can't understand him is an example of "linguistic racism."

More specifically, it's "racist" to ask a person to repeat what he said because you "don't understand [his] thick accent" (does anyone actually say that ... especially the "thick" part?).

Another example is someone "openly say[ing] only English is to be spoken in the workplace" despite the presence of multilingual employees.

So says Professor Peter De Costa, who in an interview with MSU Today defines "linguistic racism" as "acts of racism [...] perpetuated against individuals on the basis of their language use."

De Costa places some of the blame for current linguistic racism on the outgoing presidential administration due to its "jingoistic sentiments that target speakers who do not use the dominant language." Those who don't (or can't) speak English, the prof says, are "perceived as being unpatriotic and unwilling to embrace American values."

There's also the president's "false labeling" of COVID-19 as the "Wuhan Virus" which "fueled xenophobic resentment" against Chinese and Chinese-Americans. Such gave the virus an "ethnolinguistic quality," De Costa says, which subjected that demographic to "blatant dehumanization" and "unnecessary ostracization."

Comment: This is what happens when you combine an academic's IQ, a ridiculous theory, and an academic's tendency to not want to appear as an idiot. They assume that other smart people understand the ridiculous theory, and so they strive to 'understand' it. When they do, they turn into very smart idiots like this professor.

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Rasmussen: Trump's approval rating rises after DC protests

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US President Donald Trump
The Rasmussen poll, one of the most accurate polls of the 2020 election, finds President Trump's approval is actually rising after Wednesday's protests.

As Democrats move to impeachment and some establishment Republicans call for the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, the poll finds 48% approve of the President's job performance.

A source close to the polling firm tells Newsmax that the rolling survey saw Trump's approval soar to 51% on Thursday night.

Trump's approval has been up overall, jumping from 45% just before Christmas.

"Americans are disgusted that cities burned for months and Washington and the media did nothing," our source says, "But they still like Trump."

Comment: Totalitarian states need a large population of "domestic terrorists" against which to battle. They have successfully managed to create a pseudo-reality in which that is true. For a long time, the U.S. was seen as the world-standard for "freedom and democracy." For many years, this has been a lie. Now it's an absurd joke. Welcome to 2021.

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UK police threaten lockdown fines over snowball fights, backtrack following online backlash

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Police in England have deleted an angry Twitter message and issued a clarification, apparently trying to save face after being ridiculed for seemingly threatening to impose fines for throwing snowballs amid a Covid-19 lockdown.

"We were trying (to) highlight that leaving your home to carry out acts of antisocial behaviour could be considered a breach of the Covid-19 regulations," West Mercia Police tweeted on Friday. "On reflection, we really didn't word this very well. Sorry."

Comment: Evidently the police don't get it, because it's not about how it was worded, it's that these 'emergency powers' are now being routinely abused by the police, and this serves as a prime example. It would appear that the police no longer see themselves as servants of the public, 'keepers of the peace', and an increasing number are instead willing, callous enforcers of a totalitarian government.

The incident in question occurred late Thursday night, when three people were allegedly seen throwing snowballs at the homes of elderly residents.

Comment: Using the manufactured 'crisis' as cover the establishment have sufficiently corrupted the system of law that they've successfully legalized criminal activity within all areas of government, and they're now pushing for new laws aimed at recruiting children as spies, as well as the ability to prosecute those speaking out against lockdowns, and at giving police the power to break into people's homes over the mere suspicion citizens are 'breaking lockdown'.

See also: Two women out walking in England fined £200 each for 'taking unnecessary exercise and drinking beverages'

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Journalist A.J. Cooke: I covered the Capitol Protest- there were NO riots

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EMS transport Ashli Babbit away from the Capitol Building
The mainstream narrative of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt is a horrifying stream of lies

Words cannot express the shock and disbelief I felt after witnessing the immediate aftermath of the Capitol Hill Shooting. But that didn't compare at all to the horror of turning on the news and seeing brazen, flagrant lies about what I'd just witnessed.

There was no "riot" at the United States Capitol Building. There was no "massive armed assault".

There were hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters blanketing downtown D.C. while maybe a few dozen troublemakers engaged in trespassing and petty vandalism at the Capitol Building.

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60 dead and search underway after Indonesian Boeing 737 MAX confirmed crashed into Jakarta Bay

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Relatives of passengers on board missing Sriwijaya Air flight SJY182 wait for news at the Supadio airport in Pontianak.
There are fears for the passengers and crew aboard a domestic flight in Indonesia after officials lost contact.

According to FlightRadar 24, Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 from Jakarta to Pontianak on the island of Borneo departed from the Indonesian capital's airport at 2.37pm local time (7.37am GMT).

The 452-mile flight is scheduled to take 95 minutes.

The Boeing 737-500 flew a short distance north of the airport and above the Java Sea before contact was lost.

Comment: RT confirms the crash and the ensuing search operation:
Indonesia's transport minister has confirmed that a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet carrying more than 60 people on board crashed into Jakarta Bay.

Transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the jet crashed near an island in the bay. He told a news conference that 62 people had been aboard, including 12 crew. Local media is reporting that 56 passengers and six crew were on the aircraft.

Jakarta Provincial Fire and Rescue Service announced on its Twitter account that searchers found debris in Jakarta Bay as they search for the missing plane.

The head of Indonesia's Basarnas search and rescue agency, Bagus Puruhito, said teams had been dispatched to search the waters north of Jakarta but no radio beacon signal had been detected.

Flightradar24 said that Flight SJ182 "lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta".

Sriwijaya Air said in a statement it is still gathering more detailed information regarding the flight before it can make any statement.

FlightRadar24 data indicates the plane was a Boeing 737-500 series which was 27 years old. Pontianak is a city on the island of Borneo, part of the Indonesian archipelago.

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Rescuers found debris while searching for the missing Sriwijaya Air passenger plane.
Jakarta Provincial Fire and Rescue Service announced on its Twitter account that searchers have found debris as they frantically sweep the area in search of the Sriwijaya Air jet, which lost contact with aviation authorities shortly after departing from Jakarta on Saturday.

Footage on social media shows searchers holding up wires and other bits of material that were found floating in the bay during the operation.

"Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 lost contact. Several debris were found in the area where the Jakarta - Pontianak plane lost contact. Hope to see you soon. The sweeping continues," the fire service and rescue service wrote on Twitter.

The plane was travelling from Indonesian capital Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province and lost contact shortly after taking off on Saturday. Local media is reporting that 56 passengers were on board the aircraft.
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Shock and glee: Twitter's ban of US President Donald Trump evokes shadow of Orwellian corporate dictatorship

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The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California.
While Democrats and the online #Resistance rejoiced in Twitter's decision to permanently ban US President Donald Trump, his yet un-purged supporters, independent journalists and even critics worried the step went too far.

Within minutes of Friday evening's announcement that Trump would be "permanently suspended" because his tweets expressing support for his voters and refusal to attend Joe Biden's inauguration "could be interpreted" as inciting and glorifying violence, 'THANK YOU TWITTER' and #TrumpBanned became the top trending topics in the US.

Comment: Social media are increasingly used by psychopathic elites to brutally suppress the fundamental truth in science, politics, and every other aspect of our lives. Censorship increases daily, and they are undoubtedly gaining more and more control over our personal lives.

In the last 4 years with Donald Trump as the elected president of the USA, we were able to see the power and the magnitude of the psychopathic deep state gang that has enslaved humanity for such a long time. Now they're coming into the open.


Sleeping Giants demand Google & Apple pull Parler app from stores over 'incitement' to violence

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Online activist group Sleeping Giants has demanded Apple and Google remove Twitter alternative Parler from their app stores, insisting it violates their policies on incitement to violence. But they've given other apps a pass.

Google's Play Store bans apps that "depict or facilitate gratuitous violence or other dangerous activities," including "graphic depictions or descriptions of realistic violence or violent threats to any person or animal," Sleeping Giants posted on Twitter on Friday, insisting Parler had run afoul of these guidelines.

Comment: Never thought we'd say this, but model Emily Ratajkowski called it.

And the social media censorship is indeed being amped up. More from RT:
Facebook BANS pro-Trump '#Walkaway' group, as social media turns up censorship crackdown
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A day after banning President Trump indefinitely and forbidding any content praising the riot in the US Capitol, Facebook has removed the popular pro-Trump '#Walkaway' page and banned its founder, Brandon Straka.


According to Straka, the group's page was wiped from Facebook on Friday. In an email shared on Twitter by Straka, the tech titan said the movement's page violated its terms of use, and though the precise reason for the ban wasn't mentioned, the email listed "hateful, threatening, or obscene" content as potential factors.


Facebook has also banned a host of what it calls "militarized social movements" from its platform, including militias like the 'Oath Keepers', conspiracy pages linked to the 'QAnon' movement, and pro-Trump groups like the 'Proud Boys'. The Facebook team promised that they would "take additional measures if necessary to keep people safe."

Conservatives and Trump supporters raged at the latest ban on Friday. Podcaster Tim Pool called the removal of Straka's page the beginning of a "great purge" - a mass rollout of online censorship that the Right has warned about since Trump's election in 2016.

See also: The purge begins: Trump permanently banned from Twitter, along with Flynn, Powell and others - Google/Apple give Parler ultimatum to comply


West Michigan man arrested amid Capitol riot 'not a Trumpster,' step-father says

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Police stand outside the Capitol after a day of rioting protesters, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
A 25-year-old Grand Rapids man arrested in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot is "not a Trumpster," his step-father said.

Andrew Hanselman spoke about his stepson Thursday, Jan. 7, the day after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

He was one of six Michigan residents arrested and among 70 arrested overall by Washington D.C. Metropolitan and U.S. Capitol police inside or near the federal building, according to a report released by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Comment: It's likely that many more people at the protests at the Capitol were not Trump supporters. It was a varied crowd, to say the least. It will be interesting to see if any further investigation finds anything more about the people actually doing the rioting - lets see some numbers!

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'This is getting sicker by the day': Viewers blast TV show asking about rewards for snitching on neighbours breaking Covid rules

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ITV's 'Good Morning Britain' came under fire from viewers after it controversially asked whether Brits should receive a financial reward for turning their coronavirus rule-breaking neighbours in to the police.

"Should people be rewarded for snitching on their neighbours who break lockdown rules?" asked presenter Kate Garraway during Friday's show. Acknowledging that the UK is in "such a serious situation," Garraway added, "But should we incentivise people by giving them money?"

Viewers argued it was a "revolting proposition" and compared it to Nazi Germany and the East German Stasi's practices, with one Brit arguing that those who do snitch to the government "should be shunned by the communities in which they live."

Comment: Question rephrased: "Should the UK employ Stasi tactics in order to catch and punish people for not taking the fake pandemic seriously enough in order to further erode any last vestiges of a sense of community not already wiped out by social distancing and mask wearing?"

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Two women out walking in England fined £200 each for 'taking unnecessary exercise and drinking beverages'

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Jessica Allen (left) and Eliza Moore have now learned their lesson
Two women have described how they were surrounded by police, read their rights and fined £200 each after driving five miles to take a walk.

The women were also told the hot drinks they had brought along were not allowed as they were "classed as a picnic".

Guidance for the current lockdown says people can travel for exercise as long as it is in their "local area".

The police force involved, Derbyshire Police, said driving for exercise was "not in the spirit" of lockdown.

One of the would-be walkers, Jessica Allen, assumed "someone had been murdered" when she arrived at Foremark Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon.

Comment: Thank goodness for the police. Without them, crime would be running rampant across the land and no one would be safe. We are all safer now knowing that these two criminals are not stalking the wilderness drinking lattés. Onwards into the glorious future! All hail the New Normal Order!