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'People need to wake up': Arizona Congresswoman voices her opposition to the Equality Act

Rep. Debbie Lesko

Rep. Debbie Lesko
I'm Rep. Debbie Lesko from the state of Arizona.

The Equality Act-or I call it the Forfeiting Women's Rights Act-takes away women's and girls' rights that we fought for for years.

It requires organizations such as schools, churches, university dormitories, or nonprofit organizations to allow biological males in traditionally women's spaces like women's bathrooms, women's locker rooms, women's showers-even without any type of medical diagnosis or psychological diagnosis.

This really infringes on the rights of women and girls to have their privacy and to have safety.

The Equality Act would require doctors to give sex-change operations and sex-changing hormones to adolescents. Even if the parent disagrees and doesn't give permission. Women and girls who take these sex-changing hormones are then sterilized for the rest of their lives.

Comment: Why the 'Equality Act' is a setback not just for women but for all of society


Eye 1

Tech privacy report says widespread US face surveillance is an 'imminent reality'

surveillance camera
© Reuters / Regis Duvignau
Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that's about to become an "imminent reality" for millions of citizens across the country.

The 'America Under Watch' report is a warning that authorities in select US cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face.

The report claims both Detroit and Chicago purchased software from a South Carolina company, DataWorks Plus, that gives police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings. Both cities say they are not currently using the technology.

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Quenelle - Golden

French rebellion: Yellow Vest movement marks 6-month anniversary with 27th straight weekend of anti-government protests

yellow vest protestor
© AFP / Francois Nascimbeni
A man stands stands near a burning site shack during a Yellow Vest demonstration in Reims, France on May 18, 2019.
Scuffles between police and protesters broke out in France's Reims as the Yellow Vest movement rallied on its 27th weekend in a row. The six-month anniversary demonstrations were peaceful in Paris and other cities.

Some 15,500 demonstrators have rallied across France, according to figures from the Interior Ministry. While the organizers claim the figure is just over 40,000 participants, it's still no match to the numbers the movement attracted when it started in November last year.

In Reims, multiple scuffles between law enforcement and demonstrators were registered. A heavy presence of the so-called 'black bloc' - far-left protesters, covering their faces and sporting similar black attires to make identification harder - might have contributed to the violence on the city's streets.


Comment: 6 months non-stop. In non-Western countries, foreign powers would long since have capitalized to foment a coup to their liking. But Western dissidents will find no international support; they must do it alone.

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Syringe

Transgender powerlifting champion stripped of women's division titles for being male while competing

transgender weightlifter mary
© 75marylifts/Instagram
Mary Gregory
A transgender powerlifter who won multiple record-breaking world championships in the women's division while transitioning from male to female has been stripped of her titles after sports authorities ruled she was biologically male while competing.

The RAW Powerlifting Federation announced on May 3 that it had revoked the titles won by Mary Gregory in the women's squat, bench press and deadlift categories, as well as the "Masters total world record" she had earned for her overall weightlifting scores at the 100% Raw Competition on April 27, according to the Daily Mail.

Gregory's landslide victories - which included multiple world records she'd set for her age (she was 43 at the time) and weight categories - prompted automatic drug testing, per Raw Powerlifing Federation's post-competition protocol, said a statement released by the organization. It was then that authorities within the federation learned for the first time that Gregory was transitioning, they claim.

Comment: There are gender divisions in competitive sport for a good reason. Generally speaking, males have an advantage due to their strength, speed and stamina. This is a biological reality. Rejection of reality based on subjective feelings and emotions often leads to catastrophic consequences. And in the context of competitive sport, it is destroying many hard-working women's careers.

Could an able-bodied person compete in the Paralympics because they identify as a disabled person? Could a 25-year-old man identify as a 6-year old and compete in a 6-year-olds running race at school, celebrating his phenomenal win when he crossed the finish line first?

No, this is not acceptable because this would simply not be fair.




Airplane

Plane crash in Honduras kills five foreigners

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Five foreign tourists, four of them Canadians, died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the island of Roatán, near the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said.

Heart

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo donates $1.5 million to feed Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip

Cristiano Ronaldo
© Ap / Luca Bruno

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has donated $1.5 million to feed the fasting people in the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestine, against the backdrop of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Juventus star striker has never hid the fact that he is pro-Palestine, expressing his support for Palestinians several times in the past.


Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has donated $1.5 million to feed the fasting people in the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestine, against the backdrop of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


Bug

Cash-strapped cities are turning citizens into surveillance-minded traffic and parking ticket vigilantes

spying on neighbors
Washington, D.C. plans to join a growing list of cash-strapped cities that turn citizens into ticket vigilantes.

According to a Fox5 News article, Bill B23-0288 would allow 80 citizens, ten in each of D.C.'s eight wards to print out parking tickets and citations.

These government shills will be tasked with spying on motorists and ticketing them if they park too long or violate parking rules.

Reason.com warns, "these new citizen parking enforcers would be accountable to no one."

If you think you had problems with your neighbor(s) before, just wait until they have the power to ticket anyone.

Apparently, turning your neighbor into spies (See Something, Say Something) is not enough for our government. Because now they want to turn your neighbor into a ticket vigilante, whose sole purpose is to collect money from everyone.

Biohazard

UN chief warns Marshall Islands 'nuclear coffin' is leeching radioactive materials into Pacific ocean - UPDATE

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A huge concrete dome built over a crater left by one of the 43 nuclear blasts on Runit Island photographed in 1980
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands as "a kind of coffin" and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests in the Pacific

"The Pacific was victimised in the past as we all know," he said, referring to nuclear explosions carried out by the United States and France in the region.

In the Marshalls, numerous islanders were forcibly evacuated from ancestral lands and resettled, while thousands more were exposed to radioactive fallout.

The island nation was ground zero for 67 American nuclear weapons tests from 1946-58 at Bikini and Enewetak atolls, when it was under US administration.

Comment: UPDATE May 18: Since the recent revelations of the leakage of the dome, residents of the islands and those previously involved in the original cleanup operations have come forward, saying the US had failed to take precautions to prevent the dome from leaking. Even though the government declared the area safe for residents to return, the dome began leaking almost immediately after the engineers left. Islanders have also struggled with numerous health issues from cancers to weakened immune systems, and other noncommunicable diseases as well. Many of the roughly 8,000 people involved in the decontamination process have since died.
"There was never any lining put in that dome," Ernest Davis, an Enewetak Atoll cleanup veteran, told RT, noting that the US government apparently had never planned to replace the temporary dome with a permanent containment structure that would be properly sealed from radiation leaks. "Nobody said anything about going back in and removing it or making it permanent. We were told that it was permanent."

"I don't think it was ever [the US government's] intention to further clean up the island. It was too costly," Brooke Takala Abraham, who lives in the Marshall Islands, told RT.

The United States detonated 43 atomic bombs around the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and 50s. The highly contaminated debris left over from the weapons tests was then dumped into a 100-meter-wide bomb crater on Enewetak Atoll. US servicemen sealed it up with a concrete cap to create a structure called the Runit Dome. The work, however, was allegedly carried out without any proper safety consideration for the cleanup crew.

"Those people who were involved in the cleanup... did not receive proper protection from radioactive elements," Abraham said.

Furthermore, the government has never even bothered to study the long-term health issues of those exposed to radiation waste.
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Cult

When the media tries to change your language to manipulate you

big brother 1984 movie  orwell
Yesterday on Twitter, Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian's senior technology editor announced that they would be making some changes to their style guide. "Climate change" will become "climate emergency, crisis or breakdown." "Global warming" will become "global heating." "Climate skeptic" will become "climate science denier."
The Guardian is updating our style guide to accurately reflect the nature of the environmental crisis.

"Climate change" -> "climate emergency, crisis or breakdown"

"Global warming" -> "global heating"

"Climate skeptic" -> "climate science denier"https://t.co/ags5nyz3Pe

- Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) May 17, 2019
In the mid 2000's, according to Elizabeth Kolbert's extensive New Yorker series on climate change, the idea was that, before the climate got warmer, it would get colder. The concept was that the Gulf Stream would break down, forcing cold air to sweep across North America and the U.K. Part of the fluctuation in the language surrounding climate change is that the scientific consensus on exactly how it all could play out keeps changing. This is when global warming became climate change, because the fear was that if the earth didn't actually warm, people would stop believing in the catastrophe.

Comment: No to Christchurch Call: Put aside your hate of Trump for a day - he may have just saved free speech
The Christchurch Call did not come after any of the dozens of Muslim bombings that happened in the West, or at the peak of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) propaganda efforts, when polished beheading videos made it online every week and were shared by millions, and freely "amplified" by the media.

The unequivocal far-right atrocity serves merely as a cynical hook for countering years of mainstream party anxiety about losing control of the narrative online, which turned into an ongoing breakdown with Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016.

While reactive, the Christchurch Call isn't some brainstorm knocked up in eight weeks. This is the establishment's unifying achievement - a non-binding agreement that will nonetheless serve as a blueprint for future international regulation. If adopted, for most living in the West, there would be no escape.

It is very possible that these new tools will be used cautiously - filtering out only the guns and splatter. But with definitions of hate speech and what is considered extremist being systematically broadened, over time - years? months? - there will be appeals to use these technologies to suppress more and more voices.

And judging by the previous record of the social networks involved, the losers will be the "Islamophobes" and the "transphobes" and the "Russian trolls" - real or imagined - and not the radical feminists calling for all men to be castrated, nor Antifa protesters in balaclavas filming themselves disrupting a campus speech.

While the document talks about the need for "transparency" and "an efficient complaints and appeals process" for any censorship, it leaves both the decisions and the implementation to the tech companies themselves. "Enforcing community standards or terms of service" will still be king - so if a Twitter mod wants to close your account it will be his call and enshrined right.



Sherlock

Art detective reveals how terrorists, mafia profit from 'blood antiquities', claims 'one third of art market is fake'

ancient carvings
© Reuters / Ceerwan Aziz
Some of the artefacts found after disappearing from the National Museum of Iraq.
As the 'Indiana Jones of Lost Art', Arthur Brand often finds himself at the crossroads of the illicit art trade and a shadowy criminal underground. The art detective joined RT's SophieCo to reveal the secrets of his trade.

From the posh galleries of the European art scene to the farthest reaches of the Afghan Hindu Kush, Brand is on the hunt for stolen treasures. His work can sound much like a spy thriller, a world of clandestine meetings and forged documents.

Working with criminals, of course, has its risks.

"Sometimes you get threats," he said, "I have to be cautious."