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As Harvey Weinstein trial begins, Hollywood dutifully feigns the outrage it kept quiet for the years he operated

Harvey Weinstein
Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is finally on trial for sexual assault and rape charges, and Hollywood wants us to know they're horrified - despite years of quietly letting Weinstein prey on women, and even joking about it.

Jury selection for Weinstein's trial has begun, and all eyes were on the one-time Hollywood titan as he hobbled into court on Monday, seemingly trying to look older than his 67 years. Over 100 women have gone on the record accusing him of varying levels of sexual impropriety, from unwanted advances to rape.

Hundreds more, however, remained silent while he was allegedly preying on these women, even though Weinstein's behavior was one of the biggest "open secrets" in the industry. When Weinstein was finally indicted on five felony counts of sexual assault and rape in 2018, the number of previously silent boldface names who admitted they had "heard stories" of the megaproducer's "inappropriate" behavior was almost comical. Most in Hollywood expressed relief that he was finally being held to account, but some continued to plead ignorance or even praise the mogul, especially actors whose careers he'd launched or aided.

Award-winning actors Meryl Streep and Matt Damon both insisted they hadn't known about his casting couch antics, though Damon himself was accused of helping to kill a story exposing Weinstein's predation. Filmmaker Michael Moore called Weinstein "one of the best people to work with" in Hollywood in 2015; two years later, he wasn't just acting shocked at Weinstein's sexual improprieties, but demanding the industry introduce gender quotas on its boards to forestall future Weinsteins.

Comment: See also: Sympathy ploy? Harvey Weinstein uses walker at criminal court hearing


NPC

A 'woke' comic celebrated PewDiePie's wife being robbed, the internet said enough is enough

pewdiepie comic
© Mallorie Jessica Udischas
A wholesome meme about empathy has set the internet ablaze as opposing sides duke it out. Initially created to ward off a vitriolic comic, far left reactionaries are not taking too kindly to being painted as perpetrators of hate.

As the next decade was ushered in, it brought with it what can only be surmised as the first official meme of the current year. Hitting the number one trending spot in the United States, 'New Guy' became an instantly popular method of combating toxic woke folk, a sort of resistance created by people who are tired of the abuse spewed by those who see themselves on the peak of morality mountain.

The meme took life after a comic created by trans cartoonist Mallorie Jessica Udischas began circulating last month. In it, a purple haired female meant to represent the artist is seen laughing at the recent real world crime in which popular YouTuber PewDiePie's house was robbed. The girl is then confronted by a coworker wearing a badge simply saying "New Guy" who upon learning what she is laughing at expresses a belief that she wouldn't like it if her own house was broken into. The girl then tells the guy she can see they will become good friends, to which he expresses a giant smile while asking "wow really" only for the chick to say "hell no." A line which brings the comic to an end.

NPC

Liberal wokescolds are out in force decrying Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' as being 'stained with racism'

Screenshot from 'The Gentlemen'

Screenshot from 'The Gentlemen'
Guy Ritchie's return to the gangster genre is being labeled as racist and out of date, but the triggered reviews suggest the proudly politically correct simply don't understand how art works.

We're only a week into 2020 and the PC-police are already on patrol for anything and everything that does not conform to their box checking standards.

The latest cultural target of this woke rage is Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen', the director's return to the gangster genre after spending years making Hollywood blockbusters like 'Sherlock Holmes' and last year's 'Aladdin'.

NPC

Satire site Babylon Bee's article on Soleimani death as popular as mainstream news; journalists and cyberwarriors furious

us flag
© Reuters / Jose Luis Gonzalez
A satirical article claiming the Democratic Party is officially mourning the death of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has been shared more times than most CNN and New York Times articles, annoying the joke police.

Soleimani, who commanded the Iranian military Quds Force, was killed in an American airstrike last week, an assassination which raised already high tensions between Washington and Tehran to boiling point. Democrats criticized Trump for ordering Soleimani's killing, prompting conservative satire site the Babylon Bee to put its own spin on events.

"Democrats call for flags to be flown at half-mast to grieve death of Soleimani," read a headline from the site on Friday.

Airplane

Boeing considering debt raise amid 737 Max crisis

Boeing Aircraft
© Boeing
Boeing's Dreamliner made its maiden flight in 2009 and over 800 are in service with airlines around the world
Boeing is reportedly considering a move to bolster its finances as it struggles to get its best-selling 737 MAX aircraft back in service.

The aerospace giant could raise more debt in order to help deal cover expenses related to the 737 Max, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The company had about $20 billion of available funds at the end of the third quarter.

A Boeing spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.

The need for additional debt could help Boeing with the mounting costs associated with the 737 Max. Aside from claims associated with the deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the company is also dealing with costs associated with getting the aircraft back in service.

Heart

'Commander of Hearts': Millions upon millions of Iranians bid farewell to General Soleimani


Comment: US leaders want us to believe that the Iranians are dancing in the streets at Soleimani's death.

Instead, an ocean of mourners in black are crying their eyes out.

5 million attended the funeral in Tehran today, according to one estimate.

Once the last one is held in Soleimani's hometown on Tuesday 7th January, the total attendance at all 7 funerals in Iraq and Iran will be in the tens of millions, making it easily the most attended funeral in history.


Iranians cross bridge
© Hossein Mersadi/Fars News Agency/WANA/Reuters
Massive crowds of mourners have gathered for a farewell procession dedicated to Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq earlier this week.

The solemn procession began at 7am at the Rumi Square in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's western Khuzestan Province, which borders Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners have completely filled both the streets and a bridge over the Karun River to pay their last respects to the major general.


Comment: This was the scene in Iran's parliament yesterday:


After the funeral at Ahvaz, the caskets were taken to the city of Mashhad:


Today there was another funeral, this time in the capital Tehran:



There is another day of mourning and funerals to come...


Footprints

Mother of all ironies: US veterans are returning to Vietnam 'for a better life'

Soldiers in Vietnam
© Getty Images / tim page / Arterra
It sounds almost unbelievable, but a number of US citizens are deciding to cash out of the elusive 'American dream' as they settle down in foreign places, such as Vietnam, where many of them were once loathed as invaders.

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. For many Americans, those names invoke powerful memories and images of unspeakable violence, and perhaps the last places on earth to consider visiting. Yet not only are more US veterans and retirees visiting Southeast Asia, an increasing number have decided to call it home. The reason? Many point to affordable healthcare, cheap rent and a rising standard of living.

"Aging American boomers are living a lifestyle reminiscent of Florida, Nevada and Arizona, but in Vietnam," the Los Angeles Times recently reported. "Monthly expenses here rarely exceed $2,000, even to live in a large unit...including the help of a cook and a cleaner."

That just might be the mother of all ironies. Retired US soldiers and average American retirees would rather take their chances living abroad among their erstwhile enemies than trying to make ends meet on their pensions back home in the US. That doesn't say much about the condition of capitalism in America. Indeed, let's not forget that Vietnam is socialist, which is about as close to a four-letter swear word in the US as you can get. Yet none of that seems to matter to the new arrivals, some of whom were sent to the Asian jungles many years ago to help eradicate the ideological convictions of Washington's sworn enemy.

Black Cat

Supposed victim of 'antisemitic attack' caught in lie by his own Apple watch

fake antisemitic attack samitt
© West Bloomfield Township Police
Sean Samitt mug shot from Dec. 20, 2019
A 26-year-old man faked his own stabbing at the West Bloomfield synagogue where he worked and then reported he was attacked because of his Jewish faith, authorities say.

Now Sean Samitt is facing a felony charge of filing a false police report, according to West Bloomfield Police.

Police said Samitt's Apple Watch helped them solve the case.

Samitt was arrested on Dec. 20 and arraigned the same day before Magistrate Julie Nelson-Klein at the 48th District Court in Oakland Country on one count of falsely reporting a felony, a crime punishable up to four years. According to authorities, his $7,500 bond was posted by Samitt's mother.

On Thursday, he appeared at the 48th District Court for a probable cause hearing. He is expected to appear for the preliminary examination on Jan. 14.

Samit reported he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen by an unknown man in the parking lot at the Temple Kol Ami, where he worked as a cantorial soloist, which is a music director.

Fire

Climate change? Nearly 200 people arrested across Australia for deliberately starting bushfires

australia bushfire kangaroo
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame "climate change" for the disaster.

The fires have caused at least 18 deaths, destroyed thousands of homes, millions of hectares of land and killed hundreds of millions of animals.

A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.

Comment: Never let the truth get in the way of a good narrative.

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Take 2

Ricky Gervais divides social media after he eviscerates 'woke' Hollywood hypocrites in scorching opening monologue at the Golden Globes

ricky gervais golden globes

Back for more: It is the fifth time the 58-year-old comedian has emceed the gala as he has done previously from 2010 to 2012 and once again in 2016 (pictured).
Ricky Gervais skewered 'woke' Hollywood, made jokes about Jeffrey Epstien, Harvey Weinstein and Prince Andrew, and tackled topics such as MeToo and ISIS as he left his A-list audience wincing during his opening monologue at the 77th Golden Globe awards.

Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Gwyneth Paltrow were left with stunned looks on their faces as Gervais mocked Felicity Huffman over the college admission scandal, branded James Corden a 'massive p****' and ripped Judi Dench for 'licking her own a***hole' in his eight-minute speech.

In a particularly blunt moment, Gervais advised those receiving awards to avoid making political speeches because 'you're in no position to the public about anything' before adding: 'If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and f*** off.'

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