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Professor: White supremacy is to blame for ALL racial violence in the US

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An ethnic studies professor from the University of Colorado Boulder claims that all race-based violence in the United States has its roots in white supremacy.

Writing in The Conversation, Jennifer Ho, the president of the Association for Asian American Studies whose research interests include "critical mixed race studies," "anti-racist theory and praxis" and "intersectionality," says that even when Asians are victimized by blacks, Hispanics or other non-Caucasians, white supremacy is still the culprit.

"[W]hen a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy," Ho says. "White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it."

How can this be, exactly? Well, Ho says white supremacy is an "ideology" where "to be white is to be human," but non-whites are "less than human." Or, as Ho puts it, "disposable object for others to abuse and misuse."

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Nike files trademark lawsuit against MSCHF over Lil Nas X 'Satan' shoes - UDPATE: MSCHF line withdrawn in settlement

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Nike filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against MSCHF, the shoe designer behind Lil Nas X's now-infamous "Satan" sneakers Monday, alleging that the shoe design and marketing implied Nike is involved with the shoe.

The shoe maker cited a need to "set the record straight," according to NBC News, after the shoes went viral on social media and some outraged individuals accused Nike of supporting the "Old Town Road" rapper's embrace of the occult.

Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamont Hill, is not named in the lawsuit, only MSCHF, which collaborated with Hill on the Satan shoe design, technically a follow-up to the shoe designer's previously released "Jesus" shoe.


UPDATE 09/04/2021: Breitbart reports MSCHF and Nike have settled their lawsuit:
Nike announced on Thursday that it has settled its lawsuit against MSCHF, a company that made the "Satan Shoes" in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X. The satanic sneakers are now being recalled. The settlement with MSCHF Product Studio Inc. resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit that Nike filed over the "Satan Shoes," which involved modified Nike Air Max 97 sneakers, according to a Reuters report.

As part of the legal settlement with Nike, MSCHF has reportedly agreed to buy back the sneakers that have already been sold in order to remove them from circulation.

The satanic sneakers reportedly contained a drop of human blood and were limited to 666 pairs. The shoes also had "Luke 10:18" printed on them, in reference to a Biblical verse, which reads, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven," and were priced at $1,018. The shoes quickly sold out, with the last of the 666 pairs being held back so that Lil Nas X could choose the recipient, reports Reuters.

Nike reacted by filing a lawsuit against the maker of Lil Nas X's limited edition sneaker line, alleging that MSCHF violated copyright laws by customizing Nike Air Max 97 shoes without the company's permission.

"Nike has not and does not approve or authorize MSCHF's customized Satan Shoes," Nike said at the time. "In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF's Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product."


Podcaster receives police visit over alleged AOC threat — but there's more to the story

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
A podcaster said he was "harassed" by two police officers at his home in California and accused of threatening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Twitter -- a claim he calls outrageous and provably false.

The Twitter user, who goes by @queeralamode, is demanding answers from police and the congresswoman on why he was tracked down at home on Thursday. He said the experience left him "shaken up" and "feel[ing] very unsafe in my home right now."

A spokeswoman for Ocasio-Cortez said the congresswoman did not request the investigation.

"No, we did not report him," spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told Fox News on Friday. "We asked Capitol Police last night to look into what happened here and are awaiting additional information."

Comment: Tara Reade, no stranger to harassment, weighs in:

Welcome to the American Police State.

Ryan is a cohost of Left Bitches, a podcast that examines the American political experience from a progressive point of view. He is also a social media content provider for Soapbox (which Twitter and Facebook have tagged as Russian state-controlled media for its affiliations with RT). I have a theory that there is a concentrated effort to stop international and alternative media outlets from being active in the US. This erasing of other outlets will be done under the guise that all other views are spreading "misinformation" that is a clear and present danger to the interest of the United States.

If Ryan Wentz is in trouble for his tame critique of AOC then it explains why some journalists refer to me as if I am public enemy number one. My revelations regarding Joe Biden's sexual misconduct were promptly swept under the corporate media rug but not without some character attacks on me for good measure. The result of the attacks on my credibility had a powerful negative domino effect.

Last summer, I was threatened with prison. After coming forward about Joe Biden, it was said I lied about my education. I did not. This led to a criminal investigation with sealed search warrants by the Monterey DA.

Later that month, a separate piece of information came my way. An attorney from Twitter contacted me.

He said that he had to file motions in court to even be allowed to tell me that my Twitter account was being subpoenaed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FBI. I asked if my other social media and email accounts were subpoenaed, I received no answer about this except some companies do not need to notify the subscriber if the search warrants are sealed.

I called the FBI and asked about it. I was told I could not be given any further information as the case was sealed even if it involved me. My attorney called the DOJ and the Twitter attorney but no further information was given. There was a grand jury impaneled.

Was I the subject of this investigation or was I not? This remains a mystery, all cloaks and daggers.

When I read Ryan's tweet about being intimidated by law enforcement, I felt great empathy. In the course of his activism and work he is being sent a message to be silent.

In the course of my coming forward about my experiences working in the Senate for Joe Biden, I have also been sent a clear message to be silent. It never occurred to me that simply telling the truth would become a political act.

All this, as we criticize other nations about their human rights records. Meanwhile, those of us that speak out with any critique of the Democrats in power will have to wonder whether that next knock at our doors is the police state coming for us.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald comments:

Other had things to say regarding AOC:

Yellow Vest

Hundreds protest against lockdown restrictions in Bucharest, Romania

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Marchers took to the streets Saturday in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rose in the European Union nation.

About 1,000 people converged on Victory Square and University Square, expressing frustration with an earlier curfew and shop closures that took effect at the end of March. Many demonstrators waved tri-color Romanian flags and chanted "Freedom!" and "Down with the government!"

"We came to fight against this state of alert that buries all our rights and freedoms," Dumitru Balan, leader of the civic movement Action for the Nation, told The Associated Press.


'Woke imperialism strikes again': CNN faces backlash after it defends keeping US troops in Afghanistan by citing 'women's rights'

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An attempt by CNN to rally against the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on the pretext of protecting women's rights there has drawn pushback, with netizens criticizing the notion as driven by an imperialist agenda.

"Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women's rights," read the headline on the article published by the cable news channel on Saturday. Citing a chorus of Democratic and Republican lawmakers as well as several Afghan officials, the piece makes a case for keeping American troops in the war-ravaged country until "the conditions on the ground are right - regardless of the date on the calendar."

Noting that US President Joe Biden signaled that the May 1 deadline for the troop pullout will unlikely be met, CNN argues that "a precipitous withdrawal" would have spelled doom for "hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan."

Comment: The Biden admin along with the propaganda media have been trying to build their case for staying in Afghanistan, which should be a hard sell when one considers that America's longest war, at nearly two decades long, has produced no significant benefit for Americans, nor Afghans:

Arrow Down

Iowa governor reveals she turned down Biden Administration request to house immigrants

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Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa said in an interview on Thursday that she has turned down a request for her state to house migrant children displaced amid the Biden administration's border crisis 1,000 miles away.

Speaking with host Jeff Angelo of Des Moines-based WHO-AM radio, the governor said that the Department of Health and Human Services asked Iowans to house migrant children who are currently in overflowing detention facilities along the southern border.

Calling the border crisis a "national security issue," Reynolds slammed the federal government for its open border policies and lack of transparency. Citing drug and human trafficking which already affects Iowans, she went after HHS:
"We will not do that. We don't have the facilities. We are not set up to do that. This is not our problem; this is the president's problem. He's the one that's opened the borders. He needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it. So, at this point, no. We have kids that we're having trouble placing right now that are Iowa children. States need to take a look at that and not be inundated."
Reynolds reminded the program that Iowans are already shuffling to find placement for foster children in the state. Ten sheriffs in the state have slammed President Joe Biden over the crisis at the border, and all are opposed to the state taking in refugees.

Comment: The Governor has the right to look out for her state. It is that simple.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke on April 8 with local radio personality Jeff Angelo who hosts the Need to Know radio show, about her decision to decline a request by the Biden administration to provide foster care for migrant children in her state. According to Angelo, the decision "caused news stories across the state and a social media reaction." They also discussed vaccine passports, to which she is adamantly opposed, and gun control. She signed into law a constitutional carry law on April 2.

Reynolds believes that Biden's immigration policy and executive orders on gun control are irresponsible. She said that Biden, who said he would heal this country, has done anything but that.
"He is continuing to divide the country...with his outlandish executive orders," she continued. Particularly egregious is "what's happening at the border because of his irresponsible actions."
Reynolds views the crisis at the border as an "Iowa problem." She told Angelo that the "open border policy that this president has implemented is a national security issue." She cited the two Yemeni men who recently crossed the border on the FBI's terror watchlist as one of the reasons for her sincere concern.
"The drugs and the human trafficking that are coming across these borders — we have interstates 35 and 80 that run directly through Iowa here in the heartland of America, and we have already seen an uptick of drugs, human trafficking, and Fentanyl...It's unconscionable what we're seeing and the cost and the dollars being put into supporting illegal immigrants and taking care of these children..."
Reynolds does not think that Iowans should have to foot the bill to house the migrants. "We have said, 'No,' adding it is the one time she's been asked. During the Obama administration, Governors were subject to migrants moving into states "without any heads up," she explained. Reynolds believes her "number one priority is to protect the health and welfare of Iowa's citizens."

Her comments ignited fiery debate on many social media platforms. Some Iowans agree with Reynolds, but for many, her comments evoked vitriol.
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During the Trump administration, Reynolds was one of thirty governors who stated a willingness to accept refugees to her state after President Trump issued an executive order allowing states to decide for themselves about the housing of refugees. However, to clarify, reporting by the AP indicates that Reynolds issued a statement in 2019 saying that "refugees should not be confused with asylum seekers crossing the southern border at Mexico who don't go through a strict vetting process."

Iowa is an agricultural state which has long employed Mexican and Latino migrant workers.

As Steve Bannon has repeatedly stated in his War Room podcast, "all states are border states now."
Standing her ground, Reynolds is boldly outspoken and protective of her charge. Will she survive the accusatory tidal wave likely coming her way?

People 2

Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors stopped at US-Mexico border in March amid booming crisis

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Asylum-seeking migrants in a baseball field having crossed the border on rafts.
Over the last several months, agents with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have documented a massive surge in attempted crossings at the US-Mexico border, with the number of cases increasing each month. Officials have indicated that the current border spike will be the most severe in over 20 years.

The number of migrants encountered at the US' southern border have continued to skyrocket, with officials taking into custody nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children during the month of March, a CBP report released on Thursday has revealed.

The agency noted in its release that Border Patrol encountered more than 172,000 individuals seeking entry along the US-Mexico border, underscoring that the March figures show a 71% increase from data released for the month of February.

Of the migrants, the CBP report states that the "majority of encounters on the Southwest border remains single adults," which have continued to be expelled under guidelines implemented by the Biden administration. In March, single adults accounted for 60% of border encounters, of which 28% represented individuals who had been previously denied entry.

An unidentified Biden administration official who spoke to NPR informed the outlet:
"The levels of flows pose a challenge to Border Patrol, but the high level of recidivism means that we can't look at those flows as individual people. It's often the same people coming back through."

Comment: Harris may have been 'tapped' as point person, but neither she nor Biden have visited the border.


China launches hotline for netizens to report comments that "distort" Communist Party's history

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China's cyber regulator has launched a hotline to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history, vowing to crack down on "historical nihilists" ahead of the Party's 100th anniversary in July.

The tip line allows people to report fellow netizens who "distort" the Party's history, attack its leadership and policies, defame national heroes and "deny the excellence of advanced socialist culture" online, said a notice posted by an arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Friday.

"Some with ulterior motives ... have been spreading historical nihilistic misrepresentations online, maliciously distorting, denigrating and negating the history of the Party," said the notice.

Comment: Meanwhile in the West tech giants in league with governments are working overtime to censor dissenting voices, and not just those that criticize the government:

Bizarro Earth

Myanmar's post-coup civilian death toll climbs past 700 as protests, gunfire, and bomb blasts rock the country

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Thida Hnin cries during the funeral of her husband Thet Naing Win at Kyarnikan cemetery in Mandalay on Feb 23, 2021.
A security guard was wounded in a bomb blast outside a military-owned bank in Myanmar's second-biggest city on Sunday (Apr 11) morning, as the civilian death toll from the junta's brutal crackdown on dissent topped more than 700 at the weekend.

The country has been in turmoil since the military removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1.

Myawaddy Bank's biggest branch in Mandalay was targeted on Sunday morning and a security guard was injured in the explosion, according to local media.

Comment: Pepe Escobar provides some insightful commentary on the events and allegiances contributing to the events occurring in Myanmar: Burmese days, revisited

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Cupcake Pink

Paris police bust 100 at another clandestine restaurant serving wealthy diners despite new lockdown in force

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Police officers check IDs near the Palais Vivienne venue in Paris after it was connected to a clandestine restaurant event, on April 6, 2021
Paris police fined over 100 diners late Friday at an underground restaurant flouting coronavirus restrictions and arrested its organiser, after a week of allegations that ministers attended similar rule-breaking events.

Officers were "called out for an excessive noise complaint about a restaurant" and "put an end to a gathering of over 110 people," the French capital's police posted on Twitter.

"Guests fined for failing to respect applicable health measures. Organiser and manager arrested," they added.

Comment: If the behavior of politicians throughout the West is anything to go by, it's highly likely that French politicians have also been flouting the very restrictions they're enforcing on the public: