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Title IX injustice: Women threatens to blackmail professor after he tries to end flirty email exchange - inquisitor says she's the victim

New Mexico's Anderson School of Management

New Mexico's Anderson School of Management
It began, unlike most epic love stories featuring two cosmically intertwined souls rediscovering their connection from some past life, in the printer room of the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management.

It ended with a graduate student attempting to blackmail a professor into continuing their flirtatious banter, a sexual harassment investigation that treated the blackmailer as a victim, and, ultimately, a one-year unpaid suspension for the professor.

The professor made serious mistakes. He shouldn't have let the conversation become romantic and sexual — an exchange he actively participated in. He shouldn't have floated the possibility of hiring the student for a low-paid research position — an opportunity she initially expressed interest in taking, then turned down, and then used against him when he rebuffed her, according to documents obtained by Reason.

But the professor and the student never slept together. She never worked for him, and she never took one of his classes. They never even met in person, except for their initial five-minute introduction.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has taken the professor's case, and it is urging the university to reverse course.

"The university reached conclusions that defied reason and were completely at odds with all of the established facts of the case," attorney Samantha Harris, a vice president of FIRE, tells Reason.


Virginia sheriff: 'I will deputize thousands of citizens to protect their gun rights'

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins
It looks like what Virginia gun owners needed was a wake up call. Or more accurately, a wake up slap in the face.

Ever since Bloomberg bought himself a blue Virginia and stacked it with eager anti-gun legislators, we've told you how the state is on fire with pro-gun rights sentiment.

County after county has joined the Second Amendment Sanctuary list, totaling 42 counties in less than six weeks.

Add one more sheriff to the list of Second Amendment heroes.

Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpepper County, VA made a post on his official county Facebook page pledging to support the Second Amendment. In the post made on December 4th, Jenkins went so far as to say that he has a strategy if gun control comes knocking:
"I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms."

Comment: Seeing where the big push for tyrannical nation-wide gun legislation is going, many Americans are pushing back:


Russian military delivers first humanitarian aid to Raqqa, left in ruins by US-led coalition

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Russian military forces have delivered food and provided medical assistance to the residents of Raqqa in the first such humanitarian mission aimed at helping civilians who are struggling to survive in the city scarred by war.

The first column of Russian military trucks loaded with food and medical supplies entered the capital of Syria's northern province on Monday.

Once designated as the unofficial capital of the notorious Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the city was recaptured by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in 2017 after spending three years under extremist rule. However, what was hailed as "liberation" in the West turned into misery for the locals, as two-thirds of Raqqa was virtually destroyed in a massive bombing campaign launched by the US-led coalition during a four-month battle for the city, with corpses left rotting in the streets.

"In 2017, the social and economic infrastructure of Raqqa was totally destroyed in a US-led coalition's operation aimed at liberating it," Vladimir Varnavsky, an officer with the Russian Reconciliation Center, who arrived in Raqqa with the convoy, told journalists. "The airstrikes resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians."

Gold Bar

Central banks worldwide buying up massive amounts of gold in a shift away from US dollar - Goldman Sachs

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Gold prices will climb to $1,600 per ounce over the next year, Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs projects. It says that central banks are consuming a fifth of the global supply of the yellow metal.

"De-dollarization in central banks - demand from central banks for gold is biggest since the Nixon era, eating up 20 percent of global supply," the head of global commodities research at Goldman, Jeff Currie, told Bloomberg. "I am going to like gold better than bonds because the bonds won't reflect that de-dollarization."

Citing "fear-driven demand" for the precious metal, Goldman analysts said last week that investors should diversify their long-term bond holdings with gold.

Cloud Lightning

Host Steve Harvey gives eye roll after asking Miss Universe contestant about climate change

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© Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards
Steve Harvey gave possibly the largest eye roll ever after he posed a question to one of the Miss Universe contestants about climate change at the 2019 pageant.

It happened Sunday night when 62-year-old host was asking Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, if the "leaders of today" were doing enough to stop climate change, per Fox News in a piece published Monday.

"Are leaders of today doing enough to protect future generations for climate change," Harvey said. "If not, what else should they be doing?"


Reddit hiring NATO shills to control narrative

reddit deep state
I wrote a short piece a few days ago about Reddit banning users for posting the leaked NHS documents. (Spreading anti-Russian propaganda in the process).

Previously, we have also covered Reddit making politically motivated decisions - such as quarantining boards dedicated to Donald Trump and 9/11.

It turns out there's a very simple explanation for that, Reddit's "director of policy" was previously in the pay of the US Deep State.

This was brought to our attention by Ian56 on twitter:

In 2017 Reddit hired Jessica Ashooh as their "Director of Policy". Her LinkedIn page shows her previous employment was "Deputy Director, Middle East Strategy Task Force" at the Atlantic Council.

The report on which Reddit based their decision to ban users as part of a "Russian campaign" was written by Ben Nimmo, who also works for the Atlantic Council (and the Integrity Initiative).

Comment: See also: Same old, same old: Reddit says US-UK trade deal leaks may be tied to Russia, citing speculation from... the Atlantic Council


China will remove US technology from government computers

Microsoft building
© Matthias Balk / Global Look Press
The directive of China no longer using US technology for government computers is expected to hurt US giants HP, Dell and Microsoft. After Washington imposes restrictions on Chinese company Huawei, Beijing is preparing to adopt countermeasures package.

China has ordered all foreign components removed from the computers of government agencies and public institutions. The move is expected to negatively impact companies such as HP, Dell, and Microsoft.

While most Chinese government computers are Lenovo-branded, components such as hardware, chips, and operating systems are often North American.

Analysts polled by the Financial Times estimate that the US giants profit about $150 billion annually from the Chinese market, including public and private customers.

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Finland: World's new youngest PM is 34-yo star-eyed instagrammer

Sanna Marin
© REUTERS /Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen; Instagram / sannamarin
The candidate for the next prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin.
Just last month Sanna Marin turned 34. This week she is slated to become the world's youngest prime minister, after the Finnish parliament confirms her nomination.

Marin will take over the reins of Finland after her former boss, 57-year-old Antti Rinne, announced last week that he would be stepping down. Her candidacy was put forward by the Social Democrats (SDP), with four other members of the ruling coalition already agreeing to fast-track her nomination so that she could represent Finland at an EU summit on Thursday. Missing the meeting of European leaders would be a bit awkward, considering Finland currently holds the rotating presidency in the union.

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Hate Mail: Vegans leave "use a bullet" notes to Australian drought-affected farmers

  • Farmers across NSW western region became targets of hate mail last month
  • The anonymous letters urged them to 'use a bullet' on themselves
  • Residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill had received disturbing notes
NSW farmer
Farmers are currently battling the worst drought conditions in Australia. Above is a crop farmer in Parkes, NSW
Farmers across NSW have become the targets of abusive letters urging them to 'use a bullet' on themselves if they 'can't handle' the drought.

Several residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the state's western region reported receiving the disturbing notes last month, police said.

One of the letters, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, had been typed in a large font on white paper and is believed to have been hand delivered.

'Hey loser, no one cares that you have to send livestock to slaughter,' the note states.

Comment: Many practicing Vegans found out in a hard way that Veganism is not good for the health in the long run. There are many vegan influencers who find meat is beneficial and switched their diet. There are many fanatics that go to extremes to commit crime to punish non-vegans. There are others who find them selves in jail for nutritional neglect of their children.

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Gunman kills six in Czech hospital before shooting himself

This handout image published by the Czech police on their twitter account on December 10, 2019 shows a suspected gunman who opened fire at the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic, killing six people.
© Czech Police
This handout image published by the Czech police on their twitter account on December 10, 2019 shows a suspected gunman who opened fire at the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic, killing six people.
A gunman killed six people on Tuesday at a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava before fleeing and fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

"We have captured the shooting assailant. The 42-year old man had shot himself in the head before police took action, he is dead," police said on Twitter.

Police received calls about a shooting at 7:19 a.m. (0619 GMT) at the University Hospital in Ostrava, 350 km (217 miles) east of the capital Prague and near the border with Poland.

Officers were on the scene five minutes later.