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Oxfam's new 92-page inclusivity guide calls English 'the language of a colonising nation' and tells staff to avoid the words 'mother' 'headquarters' - and even 'youth', in move slammed by critics

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The 92-page report warns against 'colonial' phrases such as 'headquarters', suggests 'local' may be offensive and says 'people' could be patriarchal.
Oxfam came under fire last night for issuing a bizarre 'inclusive' language guide to staff.

The 92-page report warns against 'colonial' phrases such as 'headquarters', suggests 'local' may be offensive and says 'people' could be patriarchal.

Workers were told 'parent' is often preferable to 'mother' or 'father', terms such as 'feminine hygiene' should be dropped, and 'people who become pregnant' should be used instead of 'expectant mothers'.

Comment: The only people offended by the 'language to avoid' listed above are the social justice warriors making up these rules to signal their own virtue. This is not meant to help the disadvantaged people Oxfam is supposed to be supporting. It's a barely veiled attempt to control the way people think.

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Shopping Bag

Polish inflation highest since mid-1990s

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Soaring food and housing-related costs have piled pressure on cash-strapped families.

Annual inflation in Poland accelerated in February to the highest level since 1996, data released by the national statistics service GUS showed on Wednesday.

Consumer prices rose 18.4% year-on-year in February, up from the 16.6% recorded in the previous month.

Comment: More from RT:
The number of shoplifting crimes in Poland increased by almost a third in 2022, newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday, citing police data.

Statistics showed that the number of thefts increased by as much as 31.1% on an annual basis, to over 32,000 cases. Out of 16 Polish regions, only Lublin reportedly did not record an increase in such crimes.

The rise in theft is "a clear signal of trouble on the market," the president of the Polish Trade and Distribution Organization Renata Juszkiewicz was quoted as saying. Soaring prices have been pushing people to commit such crimes, she suggested, adding that it is "a huge challenge" for stores while prompting further increases in operating costs.

The report indicated that food was stolen most of all, followed by luxury items such as expensive perfumes and spirits, as well as small electronics.

The Polish economy slowed in 2022 amid soaring inflation and a plunge in consumer spending brought on by the conflict in neighboring Ukraine and the impact of sanctions on Russia. Official statistics show that inflation accelerated in the beginning of 2023, with consumer prices jumping 17.2% in January from a year ago. Economists are forecasting that inflation will continue to rise, with Poland projected to have one of the EU's highest rates this year.

Eye 2

Minnesota elementary school teacher proud of confusing students about gender

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A Minnesota elementary school teacher is under fire after a social media video surfaced featuring the instructor talking about the "goal" of confusing children about gender.

As reported by American Wire, Valentine Hills Elementary music teacher Kourtney Ryan, who is "presumably a woman," posted a video online recounting a shocking conversation Ryan had with young students and another teacher.

"The students asked the other teacher if I'm a boy or a girl, and the teacher was like, 'Does it matter?'" Ryan began.

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Iran sentences Shiraz terror attack perpetrators to death

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The perpetrators were directly involved in the planning of the terror attack and the arming of the ISIS militants
A court in Iran sentenced two of the alleged main perpetrators of the Shiraz attack in October 2022 to death, according to a report published by Tasnim News Agency on 19 March.

The report details that the Judiciary Chief of Fars Province, Kazem Moussavi, found the two main suspects guilty of corruption, armed rebellion and acting against national security.

Moussavi also stated that the men were directly involved in the planning of the terror attack and the arming of the ISIS militants who carried it out, according to Press TV.

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Transparency: Musk says Twitter to release code that controls tweet recommendations

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Billionaire business magnate Elon Musk announced on Friday that Twitter will publicly reveal the code that controls tweet recommendations on the platform, noting that the company hopes to earn people's trust.

"Twitter will open source all code used to recommend tweets on March 31st," Musk tweeted.

"Our 'algorithm' is overly complex & not fully understood internally. People will discover many silly things , but we'll patch issues as soon as they're found! We're developing a simplified approach to serve more compelling tweets, but it's still a work in progress. That'll also be open source. Providing code transparency will be incredibly embarrassing at first, but it should lead to rapid improvement in recommendation quality. Most importantly, we hope to earn your trust," he added.

Stock Down

Study finds dozens of US banks at risk of repeating SVB collapse

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Many other lenders are also sitting on unrealized losses caused by the rapid rise in interest rates

Nearly 200 American banks face similar risks to those that led to the implosion and bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), according to a paper posted this week to the Social Science Research Network. SVB, a major US lender focused on the tech and startup sectors, was shut down by regulators last week after massive deposit outflows.

In the study, four economists from prominent US universities estimated how much market value the assets held by US banks have lost due to recent interest rate hikes.

"From March 07, 2022, to March 6, 2023, the federal funds rate rose sharply from 0.08% to 4.57%, and this increase was accompanied by quantitative tightening. As a result, long-dated assets similar to those held on bank balance sheets experienced significant value declines during the same period," they wrote.



Chechen leader issues bounty on Koran burners

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Ramzan Kadyrov
The head of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has offered a generous bounty for the "elimination" of purported Ukrainian servicemen who were caught on video desecrating a Koran. The footage, which the Russian official reposted, shows two men in what appear to be Ukrainian military uniforms using pages from the Muslim holy book to start a fire.

Taking to Telegram on Friday, Kadyrov insisted that merely issuing a "formal condemnation of the Ukrainian vermin's action that recently burned pages from the Holy Koran" would not be enough.

"I announce a reward of five million rubles [$64950] for eliminating this scum," he wrote, adding that the bounty would be twice as high should the desecrator be captured alive.

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Texas middle school kids asked to role-play as 'seducing hooker' in bizarre classroom game

Laura Maria Gruber
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Laura Maria Gruber slammed the game used with 13-year-olds at KIPP Academy in Texas.
Texas mom Laura Maria Gruber always considered herself a "woke" liberal in favor of progressive causes, even sending her young daughter to a charter school that celebrates "diversity, equity and inclusion," according to the school's web site.

But she never thought her 13-year-old would be asked to play a "seducing hooker" in a bizarre classroom game.

"I picked my daughter and her best friend up from school and my daughter said 'We played this game at school, Mom, and you're going to be upset,'" Gruber told The Post Saturday from her home in San Antonio.

"When she told me about kids getting up in class and posing as hookers, I almost crashed the car."

The September incident was so disturbing, Gruber said, she pulled her daughter from the school and demanded an apology from administrators.

Gruber, 45, a Latina from Puerto Rico, found out the game was called "Bear-Hooker-Hunter" and went online, discovering it is an adult drinking game version of rock-paper-scissors.

Comment: See also: Oregon high school teacher makes students write essays on their 'sexual fantasies'


Russian pilots to be awarded after US drone incident

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SU-27 fighter jet
The pilots of the Russian jets that scrambled to identify an American drone that was conducting a reconnaissance mission over the Black Sea have been nominated for decoration, the Defense Ministry announced on Friday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu "has put forward for state awards the pilots of the Su-27 aircraft who prevented the US MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle from violating" the restricted flight zone established by Moscow amid the Ukraine conflict, the ministry's statement read. It added that the borders of the area in question had been made known to all users of international airspace.

The ministry, however, did not provide any personal information about the pilots, nor did it reveal what awards they might receive.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon claimed that two Russian jets dumped fuel on a MQ-9 Reaper drone, with one later colliding with the aircraft and damaging its propeller, while accusing Moscow of "unsafe and unprofessional" actions.

The Russian Defense Ministry, however, dismissed this accusation, saying that the Su-27s never came in contact with the Reaper, nor did it fire a weapon. It explained that the US drone was flying with its transponders turned off, violated the restricted area, and crashed after "going into uncontrolled flight" as a result of "sharp maneuvers."

Comment: This was clearly a provocation by the US to see what Russia would do.

Light Saber

'Monetizing misery': YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat sued by Silicon Valley school board

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TikTok is among the most frequently downloaded social media apps worldwide, as well as in the United States — specifically among young users.
School board lawsuit alleges TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat cultivated a mental health crisis among kids

TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat are purposefully designed to be addictive platforms that have "carefully cultivated" a mental health crisis among U.S. students, a Silicon Valley school board alleged in a lawsuit.

The San Mateo County superintendent and school board also alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday that the tech companies were involved in activities such as negligence, racketeering, public nuisance and violation of unfair competition law. A Seattle school district filed a similar lawsuit against the same three companies in January.

"Powerful corporations who wield unmatched, highly concentrated technology in pursuit of profit are knowingly creating this unprecedented mental health crisis," the lawsuit states. "YouTube, Snap, TikTok and their related companies have carefully cultivated the crisis, which is a feature — not a bug — of their social media products."

Comment: One wonders why Meta was not included in the suit.