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Myth of systemic police racism

Atlanta police
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Police officers stand guard during a Juneteenth protest in Atlanta.
George Floyd's death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist. On Friday, Barack Obama tweeted that for millions of black Americans, being treated differently by the criminal justice system on account of race is "tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal.' " Mr. Obama called on the police and the public to create a "new normal," in which bigotry no longer "infects our institutions and our hearts."

Joe Biden released a video the same day in which he asserted that all African-Americans fear for their safety from "bad police" and black children must be instructed to tolerate police abuse just so they can "make it home." That echoed a claim Mr. Obama made after the ambush murder of five Dallas officers in July 2016. During their memorial service, the president said African-American parents were right to fear that their children may be killed by police officers whenever they go outside.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz denounced the "stain . . . of fundamental, institutional racism" on law enforcement during a Friday press conference. He claimed blacks were right to dismiss promises of police reform as empty verbiage.

This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today. However sickening the video of Floyd's arrest, it isn't representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.

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Portland 'looks like downtown Baghdad' as 'homemade bomb explodes at protest'

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Video captured what appears to be an explosive device being detonated at a Portland Courthouse
Portland was left "looking like downtown Baghdad" after violence erupted at protests and a homemade bomb exploded in a fireball outside a federal courthouse.

A "Molotov cocktail, or similar destructive device" was hurled at a federal building in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Oregon's largest city. Violent protests have plagued the city of Portland since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A Deputy US Marshal, who requested to remain anonymous and has been working outside the courthouse for weeks, called his surroundings "scary."

"You open those doors out, when the crowd is shaking the fence, and - on the other side of that fence are people that want to kill you because of the job we chose to do and what we represent," he explained.

"I can't walk outside without being in fear for my life. I am worried for my life, every time I walk outside of the building."

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Light Saber

US surgeon general says national mask mandate isn't necessary

Surgeon General Jerome Adams
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US Surgeon General Jerome Adams holds a face mask during a coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 22.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoed President Trump, saying he does not think a national mask mandate is necessary, but at the same time urged all Americans to continue to wear face coverings.
"This administration really fights to protect our freedoms, but we want people to know freedom comes with responsibility and part of that responsibility means wearing a face covering when you go out," Adams said in an interview on Fox News.
Asked about a national mask mandate, Adams said "in many cases we are letting the politics and the policy get in the way of the actual practice." Adams said that the science shows that wearing masks will allow for America to reopen and stay open sooner.

The surgeon general said he believes a mandate would work better at a local and state level than a federal level because if there was a federal mandate, there would need to be a way for the federal government to enforce it.

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Twitter YANKS doctor's fierce defense of HCQ as Covid-19 'cure' after Trump's retweet, as skeptics question her credentials

Doctor Stella Immanuel
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Doctor Stella Immanuel



Comment: For the story about the video of the America's Frontline Doctors press conference being taken down from multiple social media platforms, see: Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter censor viral video of doctors' Capitol Hill coronavirus press conference


A Texan doctor's full-blown onslaught of what she called "fixed" science promoted by Big Pharma that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) does not work has earned her praise and scorn online, with critics delving deep into her background.


Comment: It's rather unsurprising that social media would go into overdrive trying to dig up dirt on any doctors appearing in the high profile press conference that has since been removed from the big social media platforms. Anything to detract from the information being conveyed about the effectiveness of HCQ against Covid-19. Keep in mind that the press conference was 6 hours long and contained testimony from multiple doctors. That everyone is focusing on this particular doctor, who admittedly may be a little nutty, is quite telling. It's all about distraction.

Also from RT:
'Demon sperm' and 'Alien DNA' trend, inducing eye-rolls following media dive into doctor touting HCQ as Covid-19 cure
28 Jul, 2020 19:10

Dr Stella Immanuel, one of the doctors filmed touting hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for Covid-19, has a history of unorthodox statements about health - including that visits from demons in our dreams can cause fertility issues.

It was only a matter of time before a mainstream media outlet did a deep dive on the doctor involved in the much-shared video claiming masks are not needed to stop the spread of coronavirus because HCQ is the "cure."

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Immanuel, a licensed pediatrician in Texas who claims to have treated many Covid-19 patients with HCQ, is also the head of the Fire Power Ministries Christian Resource Center. Some of her previous speeches tied to this ministry present some rather odd views.

In one video, she claims "demonic sex after demon dream sex" can cause "gynecological problems." According to Immanuel, people can be visited by "spirit wives" and "spirit husbands" in their dreams, and then suffer medical issues afterward.

"We call them all kinds of names - endometriosis, we call them molar pregnancies, we call them fibroids, we call them cysts, but most of them are evil deposits from the spirit husband," she said in 2013. "They are responsible for miscarriages, impotence - men that can't get it up."

This act, Immanuel claims, is how demons continuously reproduce themselves.

"They turn into a woman and then they sleep with the man and collect his sperm," she said. "Then they turn into the man and they sleep with a man and deposit the sperm and reproduce more of themselves."

Her beliefs go beyond the spirit world, though. Immanuel has also spoken of alien DNA being used in modern medicine, as well as toys, like the magic 8-ball, being used to seduce people into "witchcraft."

Following the revelation of Immanuel's past comments, "demon sperm" and "alien DNA" began trending on Twitter, inspiring thousands to join in, with many using the quotes to predictably attack her Covid-19 claims, as well as the president's retweet of that HCQ video. Others, however, just found the two terms trending in the same year that brought us coronavirus, murder hornets, and Kanye West's maybe-presidential campaign, to be too much.

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Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter censor viral video of doctors' Capitol Hill coronavirus press conference

America's Frontline Doctors
Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic. YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter subsequently removed footage of the press conference as well.

The video accumulated over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, with over 185,000 concurrent viewers.

Comment: This level of censorship is truly without precedent. Taking down a press conference, unarguably a news event, hosted by a Republican Senator, of board certified doctors, and similarly taking down a communication by the President of the United States is both brash and dangerous. Big Tech has gone well beyond being too big for their britches.

UPDATE: The censorship continues. From RT:
Trump Jr. locked out of Twitter account for sharing controversial video defending HCQ as Covid-19 cure
28 Jul, 2020 15:01

Donald Trump Jr has been given a "temporary lockout" from his Twitter account after violating the social media company's "misinformation policy" by sharing a video defending hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a Covid-19 "cure."

"This is a must watch!! So different from the narrative everyone is running with!" Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, originally wrote when sharing the video. The clip has been removed repeatedly from social media sites.

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President Donald Trump tweeted the very same video - he has spoken of the antimalarial's benefits in the past, though studies have shown varying results - and the tweet was removed, but he appears to have not been suspended like his son was, as he has tweeted since then.

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Twitter said through a spokesperson that this is not a "suspension," but instead a "temporary lockout." To end the "lockout," Trump Jr. must willingly delete the tweet himself. It has been replaced on his page with a message that simply reads: "this tweet is no longer available." The same message can be found on the president's Twitter page in place of his own tweet that shared the video.

The video itself was originally streamed by conservative news outlet Breitbart and featured doctors, proclaiming themselves to be 'America's Frontline Doctors,' talking about the benefits of HCQ and claiming masks are not needed to stop the spread of coronavirus. The credentials of some in the video have since come into question, and the video has been actively purged from social media pages for spreading "misinformation" about the current pandemic.

Trump Jr's Twitter lockout has only added fuel to the fire for people already accusing social media companies of bias against conservatives.

"If you don't think this is about CONTROL, YOU AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION," Blaze TV host Sara Gonzalez tweeted in reaction.

"Despicable,"wrote political pundit and strategist Bryan Dean Wright.

Last month, US Attorney General William Barr announced a broad antitrust investigation into big tech companies, including an examination of their online practices, with potential actions likely dropping before the summer is up.



People 2

The myth of pervasive misogyny

mannequins
© Sara Kurfeß
Many feminists and progressives argue that the West is plagued by pervasive misogyny. In fact, this claim is made with such frequency, and is so rarely challenged, that it has become part of the Left's catechism of victimhood, repeated by rote without a second thought. The only real question is how powerful and pernicious the misogyny is. Real-world data, however, suggest a different narrative, complicated by the fact that men have worse outcomes in many domains. For example, they are much more likely to be incarcerated, to be shot by the police, to be a victim of violent crime, to be homeless, to commit suicide, and to die on the job or in combat than women. Furthermore, they have a shorter life expectancy and are less likely to be college educated than women. Although these (and similar) data can be reconciled with the pervasive misogyny theory, they should at least give pause to the open-minded. The best data from contemporary social science tell a rather different story and suggest that the very persistence of the pervasive misogyny narrative is itself a manifestation of the opposite: society is largely biased in favor of women.

The world, of course, is a messy place and disparities between men and women may have many causes. This is why carefully controlled social science is useful for examining the extent, direction, and nature of sex-related biases. Although the details can get complicated, the basic idea behind most bias studies is pretty straightforward. Researchers present participants with identical information that has some bearing on the abilities of males or females while manipulating which sex the information is about. For example, they might ask two groups of people to evaluate identical essays, telling one group that it was written by a man and the other group that it was written by a woman. If participants who believed the essay was written by a man evaluated it as more compelling, more intelligent, more insightful, and so on than participants who believed it was written by a woman, psychologists would consider that a bias in favor of men. Similarly, if one asked two groups of people to evaluate identical scientific studies that discovered that either men or women performed better on a measure of leadership, and participants who read that men outperformed women regarded the study as higher quality than participants who read that women outperformed men, psychologists would consider this a male-favoring bias (everyday people consider such patterns to be biases as well).

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Physicians for Informed Consent say infection fatality rate of covid-19 is 0.26 percent

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The Physicians For Informed Consent (PIC) recently published a report titled "Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods." In their article, they stated the following:
The public has been made aware of the number of COVID-19 deaths and reported cases that have occurred since the beginning of the current pandemic; however, the number of unreported cases has not been widely known or publicized. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than one-third of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that can lead to COVID-19) infections are asymptomatic, meaning that initial estimations of its severity were grossly overestimated. Now, for the first time, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) has collated data from U.S. antibody studies and produced an educational document outlining how an accurate case-fatality rate (CFR) requires antibody studies in order to guide and measure medical care and public health policies.

Similar to CDC estimations, PIC's analysis results in a COVID-19 CFR of 0.26%, which is comparable to the CFRs of previous seasonal and pandemic flu periods. "Knowing the CFR of COVID-19 allows for an objective standard by which to compare both non-pharmaceutical interventions and medical countermeasures," said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC's founder and president. "For example, safety studies of any potential COVID-19 vaccine should be able to prove whether or not the risks of the vaccine are less than the risks of the infection.

"Regardless of proof of safety, however, a potential COVID-19 vaccine should only be voluntary, in order to safeguard a patient's human right to determine what will happen with his or her body," said Dr. Miller.

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Gold Seal

Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on ethnic cleansing, Seth Rogen says, but he's afraid to tell other Jews

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Writer/comedian Seth Rogen was on the Marc Maron podcast yesterday, promoting his new movie "An American Pickle," which involves Jewish life in the U.S. Maron raised the idea of Jews moving to many places in the world after the Holocaust, and not to Israel. Rogen agreed:
I think that's a better strategy. You don't keep all your Jews in one basket. I don't understand why they did that. It makes no sense whatever. I agree with that strategy... It would be nice to live somewhere that is not part of the Christian apocalyptic prophesy... Maybe live somewhere that the Christians don't think we all have to die....

There's some common vested interest in the meantime... Our ridiculous visions are temporarily parallel and allied with one another.
Maron asked, Do you want to live in Israel? Rogen exclaimed:
No!
Maron: "I'm the same way and we're going to piss off a bunch of Jews... For some reason my mother, who's not religious, her generation, they're kind of hung up on Israel and they find comfort in it. I couldn't imagine living here."

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What would Shakespeare say? Rutgers takes a knee to Black Lives Matter, declares English grammar 'racist'

protesters burn flags and flag leaflets
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A group of protesters burn American flags and leaflets with the flag, Washington, U.S., July 4, 2020
The English Department at Rutgers University said it would 'stand with' BLM by focusing on 'racism in the classroom,' evidenced by the emphasis on grammar. Will colleges prove more destructive than the riots just witnessed?


Comment: Colleges have already proven themselves more destructive than the riots as it was there that the critical theories of institutional racism and white colonialist oppression were developed and disseminated to the masses of young, naive students who comprise a large portion of the current rioters. If it weren't for the large number of woke college professors indoctrinating their students with these abhorrent ideas, then the riots would quite possibly not have even taken place.


It appears that the fallout from the BLM and Antifa riots following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white cop were not only the torched and looted city center of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Today, the 'violence' continues to spread like wildfire from the manicured lawns of one of America's oldest colleges.

Last month, in an effort to demonstrate camaraderie with the BLM/Antifa movement, Rebecca Walkowitz, Chair of the English Department at Rutgers, sent a 3,000+ word email to her colleagues that addresses, among other things, "racism in the classroom." Never mind that no proof is provided that such a thing even exists. In addition to mentioning compulsory workshops for faculty and students "who do not live the experience of anti-black racism every day," as well as new hiring standards that give advantage to "people of color," the email touched upon a part of the English language that one would not normally associate with "systemic racism."

Comment: Jordan Peterson has this to say about the importance of learning to write:

With the above in mind, if teachers are not going to force their students to learn to write well then they are setting them up to be shallow and incoherent thinkers who can't communicate. Which is more harmful than whatever theoretical harm is being done by enforcing grammatical rules.


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Nature conservation is "New Colonialism" - Africa "A place for white elitists to enjoy"

Mordecai Ogada
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The ugly face of environmentalism exposed...


"Nature conservation is the new colonialism," Kenyan ecologist Mordecai Ogada told German magazine GEO.

A Kenyan biologist thinks white Europeans and Americans are using "nature conservation" for "self promotion" and have created nothing but failure in Africa.

He accuses NGOs and nature conservation organizations of creating a "permanent crisis" to justify their work and transform Africa into a place for white people to enjoy.

Dr. Ogada, who is author of The Big Conservation Lie, called nature conservation in the GEO interview "elitist, violent and often racist" and that it is a "right-wing agenda enforced with money from the left".