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CNN's Don Lemon clashes with actor Terry Crews: Is BLM about police brutality, or problems in the black community?

Black Lives Matter New York street painting
© REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz
Actor Terry Crews faced an angry backlash after voicing concerns about the radicalization of the BLM movement. His clash with CNN's Don Lemon on why black-on-black crime is not part of the agenda split society even further.

Last Saturday, Crews, who is also a human rights activist, tweeted that he saw good people as allies regardless of the color of their skin, adding that he was"prepared to die on this hill."He previously expressed concern that the Black Lives Matter movement might slide into black supremacy.


Comment: It's totally disingenuous of Lemon to say that gun violence is beyond the scope of BLM as he knows full well that BLM has a much broader scope than merely police brutality and criminal justice reform. The numerous and often destructively violent statue riots are a glaringly obvious example of this broader scope in action.

The fact of the matter is that Lemon and the BLM leadership cannot and will not acknowledge the reality of the devastation caused by fatherlessness and black-on-black violence in black communities, because they don't want to look at anything that would undermine their narrative that the situation of black communities is caused entirely by white oppression. In their minds they're victims, and they want to stay that way.


No Entry

Reddit commentors tell platform: You became RACIST yourself, as it issues (then removes) ban on content portraying 'people of color' as 'aggressors'

reddit blm protest
© Global Look Press / Valentin Wolf; REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Reddit has announced that any type of content deemed offensive to people of color will not be allowed. But as outrage mounted among users over the policy, the post suddenly disappeared from the website.

The policy update was posted by Reddit's AutoModerator bot, which intervened in a conversation on the JusticeServed channel.

"We can no longer allow any posts, comments, or other content that shows a POC [person of color] as the aggressor," the publication warned. Corresponding videos, news and personal stories, photos, police reports, and "any other form of media" will be considered "hate speech and/or harassment."

The announcement itself then disappeared from Reddit. It is nowhere to be found on JusticeServed and other accounts, but still available on the web archive.

[Ed. note: The notice has also been scrubbed from the link above but is reproduced below]

NPC

Just #CancelActing? Shia LaBeouf accused of brownface & Halle Berry quits her transgender role - all to please the 'woke' crowds

Shia Labeouf Halle Berry
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(L) Shia Labeouf in 'The Tax Collector' Dir. David Ayer (2020) ; (R)Halle Berry in 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Dir. Chad Stahelski (2019)
Cop shows are being canceled & actors are being targeted for saying the wrong thing or playing the 'wrong' role. These knee-jerk reactionary social justice warriors simply do not understand art.

Halle Berry has announced she is stepping away from a role as a transgender character after causing outrage, while Shia LaBeouf is being accused of brownface. The only way to please these woke mobs is to just cancel acting altogether.

The tragedy that stands tall above all others in the world of pop culture in 2020 is cancel culture moving to the mainstream.

While the trend of targeting and penalizing people for doing or saying things that may not fit with whatever the trending social topic of the moment is has hurt careers and art before, it's reached a deafening level this year. The worst part is there aren't many within the entertainment industry who dare to stand up to this groupthink.

Eye 1

Seven torture chambers & cells inside shipping containers discovered in Dutch police raid after crack of encrypted chat app

torture chamber
© Politie Landelijke Eenheid
Six Dutch men have been arrested after a Franco-Dutch police operation to crack the EncroChat encrypted text app led authorities to seven shipping containers outfitted as grisly torture chambers and cells near the Belgian border.

Police arrested six men after snooping on their alleged plans to kidnap and take hostage fellow criminals, discussed in detail over EncroChat for months, Dutch authorities revealed on Tuesday. The kidnappers were apparently quite meticulous in their planning, with several "teams" preparing to snatch up their victims and one "observation team." The authorities conducted their raid on June 22, swooping in right as it seemed the men were ready to strike - through their assumed victims had been tipped off by police and gone into hiding.

Comment: Certainly makes the case for having a police force capable of taking men like this off the street.


Attention

Instagram blocks post by supermodel Bella Hadid saying she's proud to be Palestinian

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Bella Hadid arrives for the 2019 CFDA Awards at The Brooklyn Museum in New York, June 3, 2019
Supermodel Bella Hadid has called out Instagram, after it deleted a post honoring her father "and his birthplace of Palestine." The Facebook-owned company said the post broke its community guidelines, but Hadid wasn't satisfied.

Hadid shared a photo of her father's expired American passport on Tuesday, which lists his place of birth as "Palestine." The picture, posted to Hadid's story and accompanied with the text "I am proud to be Palestinian," was soon removed by Instagram.
Bella Hadid
© Instagram / @bellahadid
A screenshot of Bella Hadid's Instagram story showing the passport picture
In a follow-up post, Hadid explained that Instagram sent her a message claiming that the post breached the site's community guidelines on "hate speech, harassment and bullying."
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© Instagram / @bellahadid
A screenshot of Bella Hadid's Instagram story showing the message from Instagram
"Exactly what part of me being proud of my father's place of Palestine is 'bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity'?" she asked. "Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying."

"You can't erase history by silencing people," she added. "It doesn't work like that."

Blue Planet

Slavery rampant in Africa, Middle East; the West wrongly accuses itself

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who fled her homeland of Somalia and now live in the US: "What the media do not tell you is that America is the best place on the planet to be black, female, gay, trans or what have you. We have our problems and we need to address those. But our society and our systems are far from racist".
  • For the intersectional activists, the US is the world's biggest oppressor -- not China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, or Iran.
  • "What the media do not tell you is that America is the best place on the planet to be black, female, gay, trans or what have you. We have our problems and we need to address those. But our society and our systems are far from racist". — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Twitter, June 9, 2020.
  • "The new anti-racism is racism disguised as humanism (...) It implies that every white person is bad... and that every black person is a victim". — Abnousse Shalmani, born in Tehran, now living in Paris, to Le Figaro, June 12, 2020.
  • "America looks different if you grew up, as I did, in Africa and the Middle East". — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2020.
  • It is high time for the United States to stop funding the United Nations.... The United Nations is now being used to perpetuate injustice, not stop it.
  • Real slave traders and racists -- those who believe Western societies and values should not exist at all -- most likely look at the current Western self-flagellation and cheer their approval.
The United States abolished slavery 150 years ago, and has affirmative action for minorities. It is the country that elected a Black president, Barack Obama -- twice! Yet, a new movement is toppling one historic monument after another one, as if the US is still enslaving African-Americans. Activists in Washington DC even targeted an Emancipation Memorial, depicting President Abraham Lincoln, who paid with his life for freeing slaves.

Today slavery still exists in many parts of Africa and Middle East, but the self-flagellating Western public is obsessively focused only on the Western past of African slavery rather than on real, ongoing slavery, which is alive and well -- and ignored. For today's slaves, there are no demonstrations in the streets, no international political pressure, and virtually no articles in the media.


Comment: And that's for at least two reasons: 1) many of the purveyors of this self-flagellation are not actually concerned about slavery (past or present) and are cynically using it as a means of gaining power over others, 2) many believers are too ignorant to know otherwise (influenced by the purveyors of the ideology).


Control Panel

The Groupthink Pandemic

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Groupthink is all around us. Decision-making in government, in the media and at work. It's slowly killing the world.

In the background of the most important events, the Covid-19 response and increasing tension and conflict in the world, it might be worth looking through some of this in a bit more detail.

I've experienced groupthink working for large organisations, most notably in my last job. We were tasked with investigating and solving complex problems. Some technical expertise helped but was not crucial to the role.

Critical thinking and balancing evidence and differing viewpoints was key.

Yet the organisation decided that this was no longer required and changed the whole operating model to a one-size fits all type of call-centre. This new high-risk approach was recommended to us by the outside consultants Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) who were clueless about our business.

Those of us who were experienced in the role argued that the model wouldn't work. But the organisation ploughed on regardless. It was obvious from day one that the financials didn't stack up which they tried to deny and later concealed.

Dollars

Deutsche Bank reaches $150m settlement over 'improper monitering' of Epstein bank transactions

Jeffrey Epstein court hearing
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Jeffrey Epstein (centre)
New York's Department of Financial Services said in a statement on Tuesday it had imposed the penalty on Deutsche Bank's New York branch for "significant compliance failures in connection with the Bank's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein," the accused child sex trafficker who died in police custody last year. New York's Department of Financial Services said in a statement on Tuesday it had imposed the penalty on Deutsche Bank's New York branch for "significant compliance failures in connection with the Bank's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein," the accused child sex trafficker who died in police custody last year.

The penalty also covers anti-money laundering failings linked to Danske Bank Estonia and Cyprus-based bank FBME.

The settlement brings to an end three investigations by the regulator into compliance failings at the German banking giant.

It also marks the first enforcement action by a financial regulator linked to the Epstein case.

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Propaganda

Aide to Venezuelan Guaido threatens journalists with FBI investigation over 'Twitter hack'

Guido
© Global Look Press/Keystone Press Agency/Nicolas Landemard; (R) Getty Images/SteveChristensen
Nothing says you represent an internationally recognized government like telling people who mock you on Twitter that the FBI is after them and that there is a "price" on their heads. Just ask Juan Guaido's 'ambassador' to the UK.

Last Friday, the personal account of Vanessa Neumann, the Venezuelan businesswoman who serves as the representative of self-proclaimed 'interim president' Juan Guaido in Britain, posted a call for the death of the democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Briefcase

Couple who painted over Black Lives Matter lettering on California street charged with HATE CRIME

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The California couple caught on video painting over a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez on the Fourth of July are being charged with a hate crime by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office.

The tacky bright yellow Black Lives Matter painting was approved and paid for by the city.

Nichole Anderson and David Nelson have been charged with three misdemeanors for the painting, meanwhile hundreds if not thousands of vandals and looters have gone free during the unrest. The pair are each charged with Vandalism Under $400, Violation of Civil Rights, and Possession of Tools to Commit Vandalism or Graffiti.

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