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Stephen F. Cohen, pre-eminent contemporary American scholar of Russia & USSR, friend of Gorbachev & advisor to Bush, dies at 81

Prof. Stephen F. Cohen  Russia scholar
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Prof. Stephen F. Cohen
Stephen F. Cohen, the leading American Russia expert of his generation and a celebrated historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, who became a vocal critic of Washington's "new Cold War" with Moscow, has died at the age of 81.

Cohen succumbed to lung cancer at his home in Manhattan, on Friday, according to his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel, who is also the part-owner and publisher of The Nation magazine, where he worked as a contributing editor.

A native of Kentucky, he was a prolific and prominent scholar in his field, serving as a professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University. As a frequent visitor to Russia, Cohen became well-connected among leading Soviet dissidents, politicians and thinkers in the 1980s, even befriending Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

Comment: The world has lost a voice of sanity regarding US-Russian relations. Rest in peace, Professor Cohen. Thank you for your efforts in promoting real peace and understanding.


Powertool

Caitlin Johnstone: RBG death means two-headed uniparty will threaten Americans with removal of civil rights

Ruth Bader Ginsberg
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An image of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is projected onto the New York State Civil Supreme Court building in Manhattan, New York City.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, which means the US election is going to revolve around abortion and other civil rights for the foreseeable future.

Which won't change much, since this presidential race hasn't really been about anything since the end of the Democratic primaries.

The opportunistic galvanization process has already begun before Ginsburg's body is even cold, with liberal influencers calling on Democrats to rally to a November win for "the notorious RBG," and Trump supporters dropping their faux anti-establishment schtick and metamorphosing into a bunch of mini-Mitch McConnells. Leftists are being shrieked at by mainstream Dems that they need to fall in line and support Biden or they're personally responsible for every civil right that is taken away by Ginsburg's replacement.

I'm not here to tell Americans how to vote in November. I'd just like to quickly point out, once again, that an establishment which threatens to remove your civil rights if you don't support it is an establishment that doesn't deserve to exist.

Light Saber

Spotify snowflakes want Joe Rogan canceled for 'transphobia'. His real crime is success as a free thinker

Joe Rogan
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Joe Rogan, comedian and podcast superstar
Joe Rogan's partnership with Spotify has already led to attacks from media outlets, political pundits, and even employees of the streaming company itself, proving that 'mainstream' success is not for independent thinkers.

A recent report from Vice gave an insight into the struggles of employees at Spotify since Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, began its reportedly $100 million licensing deal with the company.

Sources told the outlet there have been 10 internal meetings at Spotify already, with numerous employees complaining Rogan's views make them feel alienated and uncomfortable. Workers have objected to several episodes of the comedian's podcast, including July's interview with Abigail Shrier, author of the book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.

Comment:
"Modern macro-thinking audiences can't handle Rogan's style of comedy for comedy's sake, or him having nuanced opinions on subjects where only binary opinions are typically deemed acceptable to express."
Joe Rogan is a complete conundrum to those in the mental straitjacket of radical liberalism. But his numbers clearly indicate there is an audience hungry for nuanced opinions and open discussion.


Eye 1

Victoria police could arrest people who 'MIGHT' breach Covid lockdown under proposed bill

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Australian beachgoers being remotely lectured by Big Brother.
A proposal allowing police to preemptively lock up those they believe "might" violate coronavirus lockdown measures has gone before the Victoria state parliament, with many fearing it opens the door to unprecedented abuses.

If passed, the law would allow police to indefinitely detain any Victoria resident who either tests positive for Covid-19 or is a close contact of someone who has, as long as the officer believes they are "likely to refuse or fail to comply" with quarantine regulations. The state's parliament began hearings on Thursday but has not issued a public decision as of Friday.

Even more ominously, the law would allow the state's departmental secretary to appoint any public servant they consider "appropriate" to also exercise the new pre-crime detention powers, based solely on the secretary's personal judgment.

Music

Van Morrison set to release anti-lockdown songs

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Musician Van Morrison, best known for songs like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Domino" and "Wild Night," and for seminal albums "Moondance" and "Astral Weeks," is set to release three songs protesting the U.K. lockdown.

First up is "Born to Be Free," out Sept. 25, followed by "As I Walked Out" on Oct. 9, and "No More Lockdown" on Oct. 23.

Morrison's lyrics are straightforward. In "Born to Be Free," he sings: "The new normal, is not normal/It's no kind of normal at all/Everyone seems to have amnesia/Don't need the government cramping my style/Give them an inch, they take a mile."

Comment: Those sound like some pretty good tunes!

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Dollar

'Trained Marxist' Black Lives Matter co-founder is being funded by group linked to the Chinese Communist Party

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza, 39, is the principal of Black Futures Lab, an advocacy group she created two years ago that is funded by a US-based group linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
A liberal initiative led by a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by a group linked to the Chinese Communist Party, it has been revealed.

Alicia Garza, 39, is the principal of Black Futures Lab, an advocacy group she created two years ago that works 'with black people to transform their communities', according to their website.

The New York Post reports, however, that the group is receiving funding from the San Francisco-based Chinese Progressive Association with ties to the People's Republic of China.

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Eye 1

How the government uses fear to control

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August 28, 2020, the Children's Health Defense, led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., launched a European branch of the organization. In a press conference1 announcing the new branch, Kennedy discussed how governments are using fear to control and manipulate the population.

Acting as quasi-government agencies, public health organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are pushing vaccines using the same fear tactics, while simultaneously removing the regulatory oversight that used to ensure vaccines are properly safety-tested.

Corruption in the political system, however, has destroyed the trust these agencies need to get people to willingly take these fast-tracked vaccines, and this despite the fact that the media keep regurgitating the prescribed propaganda. Kennedy also highlights how people like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates are helping to promote this global vaccination agenda.

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Attention

An online student attended a rooftop party. He was reported to NYU and suspended indefinitely

students wearing mask at party
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It was a gorgeous August weekend in New York City, and Andy — a college senior at New York University (NYU) — decided to attend a rooftop social gathering with his roommates.

The party was consistent with New York City's Phase 4 COVID-19 guidelines, which allow events of up to 50 people. Many attendees went mask-less, but Andy says he didn't stand in close proximity to anyone other than his roommates — who are also students — and they left after a short while.

But unbeknownst to Andy — whose name has been changed for this article to protect his privacy — someone at the party posted a video of the event on social media. Andy never saw this video, but he knows that he was visible in it. The video was reported to NYU administrators via the university's COVID-19 compliance system. On Sunday, August 23 — a day after the party — NYU Director of Student Conduct Craig Jolley sent an email to Andy accusing him of "threatening the health and safety of the NYU Community." By 5:00 p.m. on Monday, NYU had suspended him indefinitely: To return to campus in 2021, Andy will need to write a reflection paper and beg for readmission. Resuming his education might be impossible, anyway, since he relies on a full-tuition scholarship that is now threatened by his disciplinary status.

Andy thinks NYU treated him unfairly. It's hard to disagree. Importantly, he didn't actually put anyone on campus in danger, because he had no plans to set foot on NYU property: He lives off campus, and all his classes were online.

Comment: It's not just universities going full totalitarian with their covid policies. It also seems like they are taking a cue from the government's handling of dissenters by turning the student body against Stow via threats of punishing them. Disgusting.
Via RT -

A Long Island, New York high school senior who protested state Covid-19 hybrid measures and insisted on attending classes in person was first arrested, then suspended for the remainder of the year, under a 'zero tolerance' policy.

Maverick Stow, 17, was notified by the school district of his suspension through June 30, 2021 - including events like senior prom and graduation - for "insubordination," after he was arrested for trespassing on September 10.

Under the "hybrid" learning plan ordered by the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the William Floyd High School in Brookhaven allowed its 3,000 or so students to physically attend classes for two days a week, but alternating between groups A and B.

Stow, who was in Group B, decided to show up in person on a Group-A-designated day, and again the day after. He was then arrested by Suffolk County Police.

After Stow took his case to the media, the school district confirmed the year-long suspension, citing its "zero tolerance" policy for "unauthorized people trying to enter our buildings to disrupt the educational process and/or to potentially cause an unsafe environment for our students and staff."

The school district accused Stow of "irresponsible and selfish behavior" and "flagrantly" breaking the law, blaming him for "repeated insubordination and disruption despite being given multiple opportunities to avoid suspension." They also threatened to ban all students from attending classes in person "for the foreseeable future" if Stow continued to show up.

This had the effect of mobilizing students against their aptly-named peer, with over 2,100 denouncing Stow for an "egotistical spectacle does not get to speak for what student activism looks like at William Floyd."

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Chalkboard

12 steps to create your own pandemic

coronavirus program
Imagine that you had the resources and influence sufficient to create a global pandemic, what would you need to do? How would you get started? And how best to turn it to your advantage and boost your profits? We have the answers right here. A simple 12 step plan.

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1. Find some vague criteria for what constitutes the symptoms that you want people to look for. Anything subjective that a lot of people can identify with is ideal. Let us take memory problems and/or confusion + a few common ones from the Covid list. Tiredness, aches and pains are common and subjective enough. (For covid19 the symptoms are: fever, dry cough, tiredness. Less common symptoms: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell, a rash, or discolouration of fingers or toes)

It would be a good idea to take something that is very common in old people so that we can use death from old age as proof of the lethality of the new virus.
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2. Then we would need something biological to test. Any RNA sequence would do, as long as it is not present in the whole population. If it were, someone might claim herd immunity very quickly. Actually it could be an RNA sequence that does not really exist in humans but something that could exist as contamination in labs, e.g. in dust or water.

Bad Guys

Twitter expands QAnon censorship to include candidates, elected officials

Qanon flag
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Conspiracy theorist QAnon demonstrators protest child trafficking on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles
Twitter said Thursday it will extend its restrictions on QAnon-linked accounts and content to political candidates and elected officials who promote the conspiracy theory, a pivot in the company's stance from August when it told Forbes it was "evaluating" an "expansion" of the new policy.

Key Facts

In July, Twitter cracked down on the conspiracy theory, banning more than 7,000 accounts and preventing QAnon content from appearing on sections of its site — but its enforcement policy was murky when it came to elected officials and candidates.

Forbes identified 15 candidates on Twitter — some with a huge following — that were verified on the platform and continued to promote the conspiracy theory with few restrictions.

In August, Twitter told Forbes it was considering a change to its QAnon enforcement policy to include elected officials.

Comment: It's been pretty clear from the get-go that QAnon was a clever psyop, designed to divert the attention and energy of many sincere people from true problems. Forbes, along with the major social media platforms, is playing its part in lending it quasi-credibility with mainstream reporting.