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Poll: 62% of Americans say they have political views they're afraid to share

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A new Cato national survey finds that self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds — 62% — of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.

These fears cross partisan lines. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share.

Liberals Are Divided on Political Expression

Strong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can express themselves. Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of staunch liberals feel they can say what they believe. However, centrist liberals feel differently. A slim majority (52%) of liberals feel they have to self‐​censor, as do 64% of moderates, and 77% of conservatives. This demonstrates that political expression is an issue that divides the Democratic coalition between centrist Democrats and their left flank.
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What's changed? In 2017 most centrist liberals felt confident (54%) they could express their views. However today, slightly less than half (48%) feel the same. The share who feel they cannot be open increased 7 points from 45% in 2017 to 52% today. In fact, there have been shifts across the board, where more people among all political groups feel they are walking on eggshells.

Family

Conception by deception is wrong, but it's not rape. Just ask any woman who's lied about being on the pill

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A UK court ruling that deliberately lying to a sexual partner about fertility does not equate to rape has massively split opinion. But on this occasion, the law has got it right.

Like men, women lie. Not because they're women, but because they're human.

It's an unfortunate fact of life; as a species, we constantly bend the truth in order to get what we want - especially when it comes to sex.

From breast implants to make-up, hair dye and fake tan, women are no strangers to the art of seduction, while each of the other 97 genders - including men - are guilty of manipulating their images on dating sites such as Tinder.

This sort of behaviour may not be attractive or morally right, especially when the ugly truth raises its head the next morning, but it's so pervasive that it's rendered no big deal.

And - as three British judges ruled this week - it's also no criminal act. Perhaps surprisingly, this remains true even when the lies are bigger, deliberate and have serious consequences.

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A&E loses half its viewers after giving in to mob, cancelling 'Live PD' show

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Cable television ratings for A&E Network have plummeted since it canceled the hit police reality show, "Live PD" on June 10, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Following the death of George Floyd and riots led by "Black Lives Matter" across the country, A&E Network capitulated to demands to cancel the law enforcement show saying in a statement:
"This is a critical time in our nation's history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments."
The woke move turned out to be a devastating financial mistake. Average prime-time viewership for A&E between June 11 and July 19 of this year was 498,000 people, which is down 49 percent from the same period last year. Additionally, for key demographics of adults 18-49 and 25-54, the declines are 55 percent and 53 percent, respectively. Before A&E pulled the show, its prime-time viewership was up 4 percent from the same period in 2019.

Ironically, the show promoted police transparency, one of the reforms championed by BLM and others, by following officers on their rounds in cities across the country. "Live PD" averaged about 1.9 million viewers for its Friday and Saturday night episodes and re-aired episodes on other days. It inspired several successful spinoff shows, which A&E also canceled.

Ambulance

Black Trump supporter allegedly stabbed by 'Antifa dude' during Portland protest

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A black Trump supporter was reportedly attacked and stabbed by a protester amid increasingly violent demonstrations in Portland that have rocked the Oregon city for weeks. Police have made an arrest in connection to the incident.

Drew Duncomb, a Trump supporter and anti-Antifa activist, said that he had been stabbed while walking around downtown Portland in the early hours of Saturday. In a brief video message that he made while being transported to the hospital in an ambulance, Duncomb claimed that he had been attacked by an "Antifa dude" who had been "following me around for a while."


In the clip, Duncomb appears disoriented and confused as he lies on a stretcher. He said that he didn't know how serious his injuries are.

In a press release, Portland Police said law enforcement responded to a report of a stabbing at around 2:30am. Officers were able to locate the victim, believed to be Doncomb, and transport him to the hospital. A video emerged which purportedly shows the suspect being arrested.

A man, believed to be Duncomb's attacker, was later charged with felony assault. His bail was set at $250,000.

Comment: In 1919 P.D. Ouspensky said that the Bolshevik revolution was not what it seemed: it was being led by the "criminal element" of society. The same thing is happening in the U.S.


Info

UK supermarkets refuse to enforce face mask rules

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© Paul Grover for the Telegraph
A shopper wearing a mask in London ahead of the rules being implemented.
Sainsbury's and Asda say it is not their responsibility to police customers

Major supermarkets and coffee chains say they will not enforce new rules which say customers should wear face coverings from Friday.

Sainsburys, Asda, Co-op and Costa Coffee are among retailers saying they have no intention of policing the laws, which carry a penalty of a £100 fine.

It comes after the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents rank-and-file officers, said it was "unrealistic and unfair" to expect them to patrol the aisles looking for people breaking the coronavirus regulations.

Fire

2 injured in IDF helicopter strikes on Syrian military targets

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© FILE PHOTO Reuters / Baz Ratner

Comment: And Israel's aggression towards Syria continues...


Israeli helicopters have attacked multiple Syrian Army positions in southern Syria, in retaliation to several projectiles fired towards the Golan Heights. At least two people were injured in the strikes.

The strikes targeted a number of observation posts late on Friday night, the IDF has confirmed, noting it had struck "intelligence gathering means" of the Syrian military. The attack hit three outposts located in Quneitra around 11pm local time and left two people injured with "minor wounds," the Syrian Defense Ministry said.

Mr. Potato

'Black people can't be racist': UK rapper Wiley accused of anti-Semitism after branding Jews 'the real enemy' & comparing to KKK

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British rapper Wiley has been accused of anti-Semitism after a lengthy series of Twitter posts in which he likened Jews to the Ku Klux Klan, declared them "the real enemy," and "the ones who rob us blind."

The hours-long stream of tweets on Friday kick-started with the grime artist posting that Jewish people and the Ku Klux Klan were the two groups "who nobody has really wanted to challenge."


Attention

North Carolina professor found dead weeks after backlash

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University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor Mike Adams is seen in this undated photo from Twitter.
Authorities on Thursday discovered the body of a white North Carolina professor who recently announced his retirement amid backlash over his comments on social media, in which called the state's governor "Massa Cooper" and compared coronavirus restrictions to living in a "slave state."

Lieutenant J.J. Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the body of University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor Mike Adams, 55, while performing a wellness check at his home, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Deputies were conducting a death investigation, but investigators did not release additional details about the circumstances of Adams' death.

Comment: Does the 'cancelling' of professors accused on tweeting 'wrong think' now include a death sentence?

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Catholic magazine's comparison of George Floyd to JESUS sparks wave of mockery

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An article likening the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis cop to the death of Jesus Christ on the cross has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, eliciting a chorus of mockery - and outrage from Christians.

Floyd's death, which kicked off months of historic unrest across the US after the excruciating eight-minute video took social media by storm, was no mere lynching; it was a crucifixion, according to America Magazine, which styles itself as the "leading Catholic journal of opinion in the United States."

The outlet attempted to draw several parallels between Floyd's on-camera demise and the death of the best-known religious figure in the western world in an article published on Thursday. It opined that the ancient equivalent of police would have carried out Jesus' crucifixion, and noted that both men apparently suffered from thirst in the moments before death.

Comment: That's actually pretty close to the mark, in terms of symbolizing how most supporters of George Floyd/BLM feel about 'the cause'.

Here's Floyd recently 'elevated' in holographic form, and currently touring US cities as a kind of 'modern icon' for people to worship:

Then there's the whole act of submission via 'taking the knee'... What does it say in the Bible? "He is risen! He is Lord! Every knee shall bend..."


Heart - Black

Search for missing boy leads Mexican police to 23 abducted children

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The search for a 2 1/2 year-old boy who was led away from a market in southern Mexico three weeks ago led police to a horrifying discovery: 23 abducted children being kept at a house and forced to sell trinkets in the street.

Prosecutors in Chiapas state said Tuesday that most of the children were between two and 15 years old, but three babies aged between 3 and 20 months were also found during a raid Monday at the house in the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas.

San Cristobal is a picturesque, heavily Indigenous city that is popular among tourists. It is not unusual to see children and adults hawking local crafts like carvings and embroidered cloth on its narrow cobblestone streets.