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Suspect Steven Lopez arrested in fatal Louisville BLM protest shooting

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© Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal
The LMPD blocked off the scene of a shooting at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Ky. on June 27, 2020.
A frequent participant in Louisville's month of protests has been accused of fatally shooting a photographer in Jefferson Square Park after a dispute with another person.

Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is facing charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, Louisville Metro Police officials said Sunday after releasing his arrest citation. Lopez is accused of killing Tyler Gerth, a 27-year-old Louisville photographer who had become a vocal supporter of the protests.

At 8:59 p.m. Saturday, MetroSafe Communications reported multiple gunshots being fired in Jefferson Square Park. Arriving officers found one person shot in the face in the middle of the park near a short concrete wall, according to Lopez's arrest citation.


Mikhaila Peterson interviews her father, Jordan Peterson, about his reaction to benzodiazepines and their struggle to find proper treatment in the West

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Jordan Peterson photographed with his daughter and granddaughter in Moscow, 16 February 2020
Welcome to the Mikhaila Peterson Podcast, episode 9. This is a brief podcast with my dad Jordan Peterson about what happened to him and my family in the last year.


'Dilbert' creator enrages Twitterati saying he lost jobs and 'my TV show for being white'

Dilbert creator Scott Adams

Dilbert creator Scott Adams
"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is under fire for claiming that his show was canceled because of his race.

The cartoon, which ran on UPN from 1999 to 2000, was based on a comic strip by the same name and featured a pessimistic office worker as the title character.

"I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience," Adams wrote on Twitter. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)"

He's not the only TV figure injecting race into the social-media conversation.

Comment: Adams has tapped into a largely untold story about the distortion of employment in the last 40 years. The thread is telling:

A few examples from the 1.6k replies:


What is the real goal of the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign against Facebook? Hint: it has nothing to do with 'hate speech'

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© Reuters / Dado Ruvic
"Change your policies, or you'll never see one of these again."
A deep-pocketed astroturf campaign has created the impression that Facebook users are up in arms about racism on the platform, but the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign is a naked political power-grab by the usual suspects.

The campaign emerged earlier this month and has gathered a huge amount of support from corporations eager to check the Black Lives Matter box and burnish their image. But it's not clear if these companies have looked into who's behind the initiative, or what their intentions are. Stop Hate for Profit's organizers appear less concerned with stopping "hate" than they are with muscling their way into Facebook's boardroom and seizing the power to permanently silence political opponents.

Stop Hate for Profit's website is operated by the Anti-Defamation League, an advocacy group notorious for its heavy-handed censorship tactics that has bragged about its involvement in YouTube content purges and regularly smears critics of Israeli policy as froth-mouthed anti-Semites. Listed co-sponsors of the campaign include activist organizations Color of Change, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a "media freedom" group called Free Press, which according to its mission statement seeks to "change the media to transform democracy to realize a just society." In practice, that apparently translates to lending "free press" cover to ideologically-motivated censorship campaigns.


Massive protests? Crowded chain stores? No, it's SMALL BUSINESSES to blame for post-lockdown Covid-19 spike, says MSM

© Reuters / Sergio Flores / Lindsey Wasson
Only one of these two situations is Covid-safe, according to MSM
Looking for someone to blame for the post-lockdown case spike that has some states reimposing coronavirus lockdown measures? Go no further than your local small businesses, say media outlets urging a return to lockdown.

Many states have reported unsettling rises in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, so much so that states like Texas and Florida have put the brakes on allowing bars, restaurants, and other places people gather to resume operations in the last week, insisting it's too dangerous to continue. Local and national media have been quick to point the finger at those small businesses that gave lockdown-crazed Americans a tiny taste of their pre-pandemic lives, insisting it was these nods to the "old normal" - getting a drink with friends at the bar, or grabbing lunch with a relative at the corner restaurant - that are to blame for the recent case spikes.

But this rush to pin the case increases on small businesses reopening ignores several other potential causes of the uptick - the most obvious being the massive protests against police brutality that have thronged the streets of American cities large and small for the past month, rarely taking note of anything like social distancing and sometimes degenerating into rioting and violence. The focus on small businesses also ignores the continued role of big-box stores and chain restaurants - which have also seen heavy traffic as restrictions are lifted, yet somehow seem immune (no pun intended) to the media scoldfest.


Veteran Russian liberals Pozner & Pamfilova reject claims that constitutional changes are solely about a Putin 2036 power grab

© Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev
The Western media has made Wednesday's vote on Russia's Constitution about one issue: Giving President Vladimir Putin the option to 'rule' until 2036. However, those who understand Russia better take a more nuanced view.

Veteran TV presenter Vladimir Pozner is known to older English-speaking audiences for his 1980s and 90s collaborations with Ted Koppel and Phil Donahue. A liberal, he has always made it clear that he does not support Putin. This week, he interviewed the head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation (CEC), Ella Pamfilova, who was closely associated with the West-leaning, liberal Moscow opposition before taking up her current role.

Neither believes that the main goal of adopting amendments to the Constitution is to reset Putin's presidential clock to zero. This proposal, the most often cited in the West, would potentially allow the incumbent another 16 years in the Kremlin, by effectively canceling the clock on his previous stints.


Kneeling in the Church of Social Justice

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Over the past several years, a social justice philosophy has arisen that is less a political program than a religion in all but name. Where Christianity calls for people to display their moral worth through faith in Jesus, modern Third-Wave Antiracism (henceforth TWA) calls for people to display their moral worth through opposition to racism. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, this vision has increasingly been expressed through procedures, routines, and phraseology directly patterned on Abrahamic religion.

America certainly has work to do on race. For one, while cops do not kill black people more than white people, they harass and abuse black people more than white people, and the real-life impact of this is in its way just as pernicious as the disparity in killings would be. If the tension between black people and the cops were resolved, America's race problem would quickly begin dissolving faster than it ever has. But making this happen will require work, as will ending the war on drugs, improving educational opportunities for all disadvantaged black children, and other efforts such as steering more black teenagers to vocational programs training them for solid careers without four years of college.

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Physicist could be fired over 'All Lives Matter' tweet

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© Plymouth University
A PhD Physics lecturer, who has a contract with the US Department of Defence, is being investigated by his University over his Twitter feed.

Mike McCulloch, who has worked at the University of Plymouth for over ten years, has been summoned to a hearing next Wednesday after an anonymous colleague sent his boss a number of tweets he had 'liked'.

The physicist currently works at the School of Biology and Marine Sciences but previously was employed by the Met Office.


The new (pathologized) totalitarianism

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It was always going to come to this ... mobs of hysterical, hate-drunk brownshirts hunting down people not wearing masks and trying to get them fired from their jobs, "no mask, no service" signs outside stores, security staff stopping the mask-less from entering, paranoid pod people pointing and shrieking at the sight of mask-less shoppers in their midst, goon squads viciously attacking and arresting them...

Welcome to the Brave New Normal.

And it isn't just the Maskenpflicht-Sturmabteilung. The new official narrative is omnipresent. The corporate media are pumping out hysteria about "Covid-19 hospitalizations" (i.e., anyone admitted to a hospital for anything who tested positive for the coronavirus) and "major incidents" (i.e., people at the beach).

Police are manning makeshift social-distancing-monitoring watchtowers in London. There are propaganda posters and billboards everywhere, repeating the same neo-Goebbelsian slogans, reinforcing the manufactured mass hysteria. Dissent and nonconformity are being pathologized, "diagnosed" as psychopathy and paranoia. Mandatory vaccinations are coming.

You didn't think they were kidding, did you, when they started introducing the Brave New Normal official narrative back in March?


College removes word 'freedom' from ID cards after student demands citing slavery

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While colleges across the country are removing statues and nixing traditions in the name of "inclusivity," one university is removing the word "freedom" from its student identification cards because it is "has made minority students" feel "dehumanized."

Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania will change its student, faculty, and staff ID cards from "Freedom Cards" to "RMU ID Cards," Campus Reform has learned.

The decision follows the circulation of an online petition initiated by student Melanie Hall, who asked the university to rename its ID cards, arguing that the choice of "Freedom Cards" for minority students (who make up 24 percent of students at RMU, according to the petition) was a "poorly named form of identification."

It "has made minority students (black students in particular) feel like we are being dehumanized. Gifting us with IDs that grant us our 'freedom' is of extremely poor taste. Especially coming from a University that is named after a slave owner," Hall wrote.