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Twitter users mock new list of 'dehumanizing' labels to avoid: 'The AP is run by children'

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The Associated Press
The Associated Press Stylebook said terms such as 'the French' are potentially dehumanizing

The Associated Press Stylebook was once again mocked on social media after its latest suggestion to do away with terms involving the word "the" to avoid "dehumanizing" people.

The AP Stylebook's Twitter account, which usually posts guidelines on reporting, officially recommended on Thursday to avoid "'the' labels" when referring to groups including, for some reason, "the French."

"We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing 'the' labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant," the tweet read.

Several Twitter users quickly swarmed and attacked the tweet for what many considered a ridiculous suggestion as well as an oddly-worded statement.

Comment: Joanthan Turley is more blunt:
It is not a gender thing so "thx" will not suffice. It is now an article of faith to stop using the article "the" in referencing groups.

It is reminiscent of Winston Churchill who was chastised for ending a sentence with a preposition. He responded by showing the artificiality of avoiding an ending preposition: "This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put."


Even the French Embassy responded with "Le" scorn.

By the way, if you are thinking of objecting to "the grammar police," think again. It will just establish that you are a dehumanizing monster.

What concerns me most is that this dehumanizing article has lingered in the English language for so long without being noticed until now. Even The editors of The Associated Press are shadowed with this vile, dehumanizing word. It is literally lurking on every computer and in everydictionary.

The only option is decisive action. AP must take its ox cart through the streets and call on people to bring out their "thes" for proper disposal.

As for any French people encountered along the way, simply refer to them as "people associated with the nation of France."
RT reports more lunacy:
The AP's aversion to the word 'the' is not the only piece of language advice to make the news in recent weeks. The University of Southern California's School of Social Work announced earlier this month that it would remove the word 'field' (in the context of 'conducting field work') from its curriculum due to the fact that slaves and low-paid immigrants mainly worked in fields.


The hard numbers: How many people are killed by police in the US?

The Washington Post counted 1,096 people in the U.S. who were shot and killed by police in 2022.

In previous years, about as many people - around 1,000 annually - have died this way.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz shows in the infographic below, most of those killed by police were male and armed...

people killed by U.S. police
You will find more infographics at Statista

Comment: These numbers do not justify the reactions.


Europe's once-largest regional airline, Flybe, collapses

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Struggling British regional airline Flybe announced on Saturday that it has stopped ticket sales and cancelled all flights, signaling a potential bankruptcy.

According to a notice on its website, the company has entered administration, a form of protection from creditors when a company becomes insolvent.

"Flybe has now ceased trading and all flights from and to the UK operated by Flybe have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled... If you are due to fly with Flybe today or in the future, please do not travel to the airport unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline. Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers," the notice said.

Headquartered in Birmingham, Flybe had been Europe's largest regional airline prior to the pandemic, carrying about 8 million passengers a year via 81 airports throughout the UK and Europe. It was first pushed into administration in March 2020 when the travel market was hit by pandemic restrictions.

The company resumed operations on a smaller scale in April of last year after its business and assets were purchased by Thyme Opco, an entity linked to US hedge fund Cyrus Capital. However, it failed to build back its business amid lingering effects of the pandemic on the airline industry and competition from more established low-cost operators.

Comment: This coming just after the UK has seen the largest year-on-year cost increases for flights since records began in 1989.

Oil Well

Energy giant warns of tight market in 2023

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Supply issues will continue to affect the European gas market this year, due to the need to refill storages, as supplies from Russia are severely diminished, TotalEnergies СEO Patrick Pouyanne told Belgian news outlet L'Echo on Saturday.

According to Pouyanne, the current downward trend in energy prices will not last long.

"The winter is quite mild, the storages are full, Europe needs to import less liquefied natural gas (LNG). But the fundamentals remain there: in 2023, Europe will receive less Russian gas than it received in 2022. It will again have to massively re-import LNG, even though it has not yet settled its re-gasification capacity problems... And as Europe will need to import more than in 2022 when it received Russian gas for about half the year, the situation will become tense again," he warned.

The global LNG market already experienced a "violent shock" last year, as one eighth of it, nearly 50 million tons, had to be diverted to Europe to make up for the lost Russian supplies, Pouyanne said.

"It's a shock, Europe did it, but it paid more. The entire LNG market is now constrained by supply. And it will not loosen up before 2025-2026, because when you look at the new projects announced, in the United States and in Qatar, they will only go into production in a few years," the TotalEnergies СEO said, adding that in order to replace all the gas that the EU once received from Russia (100 million tons per year), it needs to double the amount of LNG it imported last year.

Microscope 1

Pfizer admits it 'engineered' new Covid mutations

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FILE PHOTO: Research assistants watch sequencing machines analyzing the genetic material of Covid-19 cases at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire, England, January 7, 2022
US drugmaker Pfizer admitted on Friday that it "engineered" treatment-resistant variants of Covid-19 in order to test its antiviral medicine. The admission partially backs up earlier claims by an executive with the company who told an undercover reporter that Pfizer was deliberately "mutating" the virus to "preemptively develop new vaccines."

In a statement posted on its website, Pfizer said that it "has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research," referring to the practice of amplifying a virus' ability to infect humans and the process of selecting 'desirable' traits of a virus to reproduce, respectively.

However, the pharma giant said that it combined the spike proteins of new coronavirus variants with the original strain in order to test its vaccines, and that it created mutations of the virus to test Paxlovid, its antiviral drug.

"In a limited number of cases...such virus may be engineered to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells," the company said, adding that this work was carried out in a secure laboratory. The work also sought to create "resistant strains of the virus," it added, describing a process commonly understood as being 'gain of function' research.

Comment: It's gain of function and directed evolution research by other names where the differences are more semantic than practical. See also:

Bizarro Earth

Work till you die: UK town where life expectancy is lower than planned state pension age

In Blackpool's Bloomfield ward, in the shadow of the town's football ground, the average life expectancy of men is just 67 years and three months - lower than the new proposed state pension age of 68
Government plans to increase the state pension age to 68 have been blasted as "bonkers" in a town where average life expectancy is a low as 67.

For decades the seaside resort of Blackpool has been a much-loved destination for millions of holidaymakers.

But away from the bright lights of the illuminations and the thrills and spills of the Pleasure Beach rides, there are large pockets of poverty.

In 2019 the resort had eight of the 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in England, according to government figures.

Comment: The Western establishment has a solution for the poor who don't want to work until they die: Canada euthanising 1000s of people who aren't terminally ill

See also: France protests: Photographer has testicle amputated after police club him during rally, 1 million people marched across country


Blast reported at military plant in Iran, footage shows multiple explosions & fires at other locations


FILE PHOTO: Power plant in Isfahan
A loud blast was heard at a military plant in Iran's central city of Isfahan, but a security official said there were no casualties, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said on its website early on Sunday.

"The explosion took place in one of the munitions manufacturing centres of the Defence Ministry and according to an announcement by the political and security deputy head of Isfahan Governorate there were no casualties," IRIB reported, without giving further details.


The next two Tweets provide more footage of the above building:

The following video has not yet been verified by other sources:


Move over, Jayson Blair: Meet Hamilton 68, media fraud's new king

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Former FBI counterintelligence agent and “disinformation” expert Clint Watts, the spokesman for Hamilton
Ambitious media frauds Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair crippled the reputations of the New Republic and New York Times, respectively, by slipping years of invented news stories into their pages. Thanks to the Twitter Files, we can welcome a new member to their infamous club: Hamilton 68.

If one goes by volume alone, this oft-cited neoliberal think-tank that spawned hundreds of fraudulent headlines and TV news segments may go down as the single greatest case of media fabulism in American history. Virtually every major news organization in America is implicated, including NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Mother Jones alone did at least 14 stories pegged to the group's "research." Even fact-checking sites like Politifact and Snopes cited Hamilton 68 as a source.

Comment: SOTT readers will be well aware of Hamilton 68. It has been reporting on Hamilton 68's nefarious activities for years. It's good to know how deep the rabbit hole goes though.


Tennessee sheriff opens new investigation into two deputies after Tyre Nichols bodycam video is released

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A view from a camera mounted above the intersection where Memphis police caught up with Tyre Nichols, who died three days later. Authorities released footage of the deadly encounter between Nichols and police Friday.
Tyre Nichols, 29, was severely beaten during a traffic stop on Jan. 7 according to bodycam footage, dying three days later

The Shelby County sheriff's office has placed two deputies on administrative leave following the release of bodycam footage Friday evening of a traffic stop on Jan. 7, showing officers severely beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. He later died of his injuries.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. said he decided to launch an internal investigation after watching the video.

"Having watched the videotape for the first time tonight, I have concerns about two deputies who appeared on the scene following the physical confrontation between police and Tyre Nichols," Bonner said on Twitter.

He added: "I have launched an internal investigation into the conduct of these deputies to determine what occurred and if any policies were violated. Both of these deputies have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of this administrative investigation.

Comment: The Post Millennial reports that the leftist shock troops are out right on schedule:
Antifa vows to 'burn it all down' in NYC following death of Tyre Nichols

On Friday, Antifa called for activists to riot in New York City in the wake of five former officers of the Memphis Police Department being charged with the murder of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols.

According to the Daily Mail, the outlet obtained a poster that told Antifa to assemble at various locations throughout NYC and then "Burn It All Down."

The Memphis Police Department said they will release the body cam footage from the incident Friday night at 7pm, EST.
On Thursday, Joe Biden called for "peaceful protest" in the streets of Memphis and he released a statement and said, "I join Tyre's family in calling for peaceful protest. Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable. Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice."

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday also called for "peaceful protest."

Chief Davis said the death of Tyre Nichols was "heinous, reckless, and inhumane"

"I expect our citizens to exercise their First Amendment right to protest, to demand action and results. But we need to ensure our community is safe in this process," Davis continued.

"None of this is a calling card for inciting violence or destruction on our community or against our citizens," Davis said.

The Nichols family has asked that protests remain peaceful.

Other cities across the country are bracing for violence, including Portland, Oregon, where Antifa members have posted plans for violence on the social media platform Mastodon.

"I think it is going to be a VERY long weekend here in this good ole sh*thole country," one Mastodon user wrote. "Urging my friends, again, to tighten up the opsec. Wear a mask, leave your phone at home, and wear eye protection — evidence has shown the cops are aiming at your eyes in hopes of blinding you. F*ck this country."

"EVERY SINGLE MURDER caused by the police should ignite within us a rage that is unstoppable," another person wrote. "The cops should fear us. We have been too quiet. Too peaceful. Too passive. The fires need to burn."

Police Departments from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Seattle have also been placed on high alert for potential rioting.


Georgia governor declares state of emergency over Atlanta protests, mobilizes 1,000 National Guard troops

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Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp • Protest in Atlanta
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Jan. 26, allowing up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to be bought in to help deal with violent protests that have broken out in recent weeks, with further demonstrations anticipated over the weekend.

The declaration is effective immediately and will expire on Feb. 9, unless extended by the governor.

Specifically, the state of emergency is being activated owing to "unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquility of this state, and danger existing to persons and property," according to the declaration, under which all resources of the state of Georgia will be made available to assist in the ongoing response to the state of emergency.

Comment: See also:

Antifa riots in Atlanta: Police arrest 6 in night of chaos after violent protesters lit cop car ablaze, smashed windows