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Facebook agrees to clarify what it considers satire after reprimand for flagging meme as hate speech

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Facebook has pledged to provide a more detailed explanation of what constitutes satire on its platform, after the company's oversight board ruled that a meme commenting on the Armenian genocide was wrongfully removed.

The social media giant said it was committed to developing a "new satire framework" which will be used to assess facetious or sarcastic content that may be flagged as suspected hate speech. Information will also be added to the site's community standards clarifying how satire factors into "context-specific decisions" about problematic content.

The company already has a "satire exception" to its rules prohibiting hate speech, but the policy "is currently not communicated to users," Facebook acknowledged.

Comment: Facebook has been heavy-handed with its policy, mostly to shut down conservative points of view, and countries out of favor with the US. One doesn't hear sites like Buzzfeed complaining about being censored. What better proof of their power than, with no consequences whatever, the banning of the holder of the highest office in the land?


A new crack appears in Fauci's COVID-19 origins coverup story

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New information appears to show the point at which Dr Fauci forced "bat-pangolin-human" narrative.

One thing about truth: It is inexorable. It can be hidden, but it will always appear at some point. At some time, any falsified story is and will be brought to account. That is why lies are harder to maintain.

That being said, it appears that Dr. Fauci, a man educated at a Jesuit institute of higher learning, thought he could somehow beat the game. Maybe he has. After all, he made a cool $5 million on a book deal, even though it appears that the actual book's release is delayed or even canceled. Not bad!

Comment: There is another theory of high probability that no one in the MSM will touch: That an early version of the virus leaked from a US biolab and was brought to Wuhan by US military competing in an event there.


At least 3 injured & evacuation ordered after blasts rock Serbian ammunition factory for 2nd time in a MONTH

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Parts of the Serbian city of Cacak are being evacuated after an explosion hit a local ammunition plant, setting it on fire. A similar blast caused major damage to the facility around two weeks earlier.

"Due to the explosion at the Sloboda facility, it is necessary to urgently evacuate all citizens living in the vicinity of the factory. The place of evacuation is the city stadium," Cacak Mayor Milun Todorovic announced on social media on Saturday evening, as flames were ripping through the factory and reportedly began spreading to nearby territory.

The 'Sloboda' (Freedom) plant, southwest of Cacak, was shaken by a powerful blast around 8pm local time, which was followed by another, smaller one, according to Serbian TV.

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Biden administration takes steps to make sex-change surgery available as a healthcare benefit for military veterans

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is shown speaking at a White House press briefing in March.
The Joe Biden administration is poised to offer gender-reassignment surgery as a standard medical benefit for military veterans, boosting transgender services in a system with a history of delaying or denying basic care.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough announced the move on Saturday at a LGBTQ Pride Month event in Orlando. "We are taking the first necessary steps to expand VA's care to include gender-confirmation surgery, thus allowing transgender vets to go through the full gender-confirmation process with the VA by their side," McDonough was quoted as saying by CNN.

The new benefit marks President Biden's latest effort to expand transgender services and protections. Within the first few days after he took office in January, he signed executive orders expanding protections under federal anti-discrimination laws to transgender people and ending former president Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops in the military.

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Charges dismissed against trucker who drove into George Floyd protest

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Charges have been dismissed against a trucker who drove into a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd last year.

In an online court session on Friday, Bogdan Vechirko entered into a "continuance without prosecution" agreement with prosecutors, according to the Star Tribune.

Under the agreement, he has to remain law-abiding for the next year and pay restitution.

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Food shortages now 'inevitable' due to labour crisis, industry warns

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Workers across the supply chain are in short supply.
Worsening supermarket food shortages are now "inevitable" in the coming weeks as labour shortages across the food supply chain approach crunch point, the sector has warned.

Chronic driver shortages have been compounded by shortfalls across other low-paid sectors including harvesting, manufacturing and packaging, and the supply chain is creaking under the pressure.

Trade bodies, logistics firms and suppliers all warn that the continued reopening of the economy combined with the start of the summer holidays will see a tipping point in supermarkets' ability to keep shelves fully stocked.

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They looted businesses during Black Lives Matter riots. Their charges were dropped and storeowners aren't happy

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Last summer, as the Black Lives Matter movement protested and rioted across the country in response to the police-involved death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, businesses in numerous U.S. cities were ravaged and looted.

NBC News reported that prosecutors in the Bronx and Manhattan have decided to drop burglary and looting charges against hundreds of rioters, angering store owners who had their businesses destroyed.

"I was in total shock that everything is being brushed off to the side," Jessica Betancourt, whose eyeglass shop was one of the businesses looted, told NBC.

Comment: Color us completely unsurprised. Punishing these criminals means there will be fewer around for the next round of riots.

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An Essential Journey: My Experience of International Travel in Covid Times

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I had not planned to travel abroad this year, especially after the UK government's announcement in early 2021 that foreign holidays were forbidden. Even heading towards the airport with an intent to go on a foreign holiday could result in a £5000 fine or imprisonment! Surreal.

Where we live in London under a flight path to Heathrow, we notice that although there are fewer flights, they have not ceased completely. So how do people travel? It's not something I have thought about.

One day at the end of April I receive a message that my elderly father's condition is critical. Within an hour I am looking at flights back home in Eastern Europe and checking the UK government travel 'advice' webpages.

I say 'advice' but that word belongs to the past. Today, 'command' might be more appropriate. According to the government, only "essential" international travel is permitted for named valid reasons; 'medical and compassionate' is the category which applies to me.


COVID-19 might be over, but viral infections in Israel are surging

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This undated transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
The corona crisis might be over, but all over Israel adults and children are getting sick with viral infections in a phenomenon that is unprecedented for this time of the year, according to several medical professionals.

"We have never seen anything like this," said Dr. Tal Brosh, head of Infectious Disease Unit at the Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital. "We've been monitoring viral infections in the hospital, which of course is just the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in the community, as for each hospitalized patient, there are many more out there. Since the spring, we have been seeing an increasing number of respiratory diseases, and since May there has been a surge in RSV cases."

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, usually appears in the winter together with the influenza, and is especially serious for very young children and older, vulnerable adults.

"We usually see it disappearing in the summer, but if we consider the numbers now, it looks like winter in previous years," said Brosh. "During the winter 2020-2021, we did not see one individual case of RSV."

Comment: Is this the tip of the iceberg? Given that Israel was one of the early adopters of the mass vaccination campaign (along with high compliance rates) and one of the dangers of these mRNA "vaccines" is compromised immune systems, it is very likely that we'll be seeing many more cases of viral infection in the months to come.

Comment: They're blaming the return to normal life. That may be a factor, but the elephant in the room is a population now vaccinated with experimental mRNA 'vaccines'.

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Shocking video shows masked gunman opening fire on NYC sidewalk

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A 10-year-old girl and her kid brother were trampled and nearly shot when their trip to buy some candy became a first-hand look at the city's escalating gun violence, according to cops and chilling video.

At least a dozen shots whizzed by the terrified children as the black-masked gunman repeatedly aimed for his fallen target — who knocked the kids down while trying to escape.

The shocking footage shows the 5-year-old boy's legs shaking in fear at one point amid the bloodshed.

Miraculously, neither child was hit.

The mayhem occurred on Sheridan Avenue near Mt. Eden Parkway — right outside the little kids' apartment building — just before 7 p.m., police and sources said.

The shooter fled on a scooter, cops said.

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