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    The WHO is changing the name “monkeypox”…is it really because of racism?
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    https://off-guardian.org/2022/06/16/...use-of-racism/

    Yesterday Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced the WHO was officially changing the name of the monkeypox virus.

    This decision was allegedly taken due to “stigmatization” and “discrimination” of the current “inaccurate” name.

    I’m not sure how “monkeypox virus” can be an inaccurate name for a virus allegedly found in monkeys that allegedly causes pox, but that is the contention of the “experts” who called for an “urgent name change” in this report from last week.

    Quote In the context of the current global outbreak, continued reference to, and nomenclature of this virus being African is not only inaccurate but is also discriminatory and stigmatising,”
    Of course, the problem here, as always with mainstream news, is their own mutually contradictory stories/agendas.

    Because, according to the official narrative the virus does come from Africa, where it is endemic in some West African nations.

    Changing the name of the virus will not change that, or make people forget they said so, will it?

    So why do it?

    Well, in yet another parallel with Covid, it allows them to fold a racism storyline into the greater narrative. With Covid they first engendered, suspicions about China and Chinese people being “the source” of the non-existent problem. Then they condemned these suspicions as racist.

    Here, they are spreading fear about Africa, and then claiming that fear is racist.

    It is just another great way to divide and distract people.

    Alongside this, the irrationality itself seems to serve some purpose.

    With Covid we were warned that “super-spreader events” were incredibly dangerous…but that Black Lives Matter protests were the exception because “racism is a worse pandemic than Covid”.

    With Monkeypox, despite the narrative claiming it’s spreading among “men who have sex with men”, any decision to cancel pride events or close known cruising spots is apparently “homophobic”.

    So maybe there’s an element of simply being irrational for irrationality’s sake. Confusing people to the point they don’t know where to stand.

    There’s another potential answer too, a directly pragmatic answer related to other Monkeypox news that came out the last few days.

    On June 14th it was announced the WHO will be meeting next week to consider whether or not to declare monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

    In the US, the CDC has released updated guidelines and case definitions for monkeypox symptoms aiming to “encourage broader suspicion for monkeypox”.

    Earlier today, Bloomberg was reporting the US had “not learned from Covid” and “testing bottlenecks” could mean monkeypox cases being missed.

    And yesterday Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, released a statement calling monkeypox a “neglected disease”, going on to say:

    Quote The magnitude of this outbreak poses a real risk; the longer the virus circulates, the more it will extend its reach, and the stronger the disease’s foothold will get in non-endemic countries. Governments, health partners and civil society need to act with urgency, and together to control this outbreak;


    So, do you know what I think?

    I think the real problem here is that they want to take the monkeypox narrative to the next level, but they’ve saddled themselves with a silly name that will never frighten anybody.

    That is why they’re changing it…they want people to be afraid, and “monkeypox” just isn’t scary.

    https://off-guardian.org/2022/06/16/...use-of-racism/

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    In Germany right now we have a Cancel Culture debate about a simple silly party song.

    When I first heard about the 'Layla' song scandal here yesterday I wondered why poor old Mr Clapton had now been banned for it exactly. But hey, no, it's a different song.

    As said an utterly stupid and bad one but now it is a great hit because of the leftist wokies who cry 'sexism' and want it banned everywhere from being played.

    Well, to be honest, it certainly is 'sexist' in a way because it is about (pay)sex. And no, I do not advocate for prostitution either. Still, it should not be banned anyway.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-ne...hel-reference/

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    Germany was embroiled in a sexism row over a chart topping anthem banned in parts of the country for its demeaning references to brothels.

    The country's justice minister, Marco Buschmann, waded into the national debate over DJ Robin and Schuerze’s Layla, which has topped the German singles chart for almost three weeks, saying: "You don't have to like pop song lyrics. You can even find them stupid or tasteless. But to ban them officially, I think, is one step too far."

    Earlier this week, authorities in the Bavarian city of Würzburg banned the song, which includes the lyrics "I've got a brothel and my madam's name is Layla/She's prettier, younger, sexier", from being played at the annual Kiliani festival.
    The song was also banned from the upcoming Rheinkirmes fair in Dusseldorf, where four million visitors are expected to gather on Friday.

    "I think this song belongs everywhere – just not on our fairground," one of the festival’s organisers, Lothar Inden, told the DPA news agency.
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    The song's video features two young male partygoers arriving in a new town, where they are led to the eponymous Layla – represented in the video as a man in drag.

    The subject matter is a well-worn trope of a genre of music known as ballermann – a portmanteau of the German word ballern, a colloquial word for drinking alcohol in excessive quantities, and mann, or man in English.

    The music has origins in the German party scene in Mallorca and combines electronic beats with the catchy pop vocals of traditional German Schlager music.

    Those behind the song say they don’t understand the debate.

    “We can't quite understand the discussion. Everyone can have their opinion, but in every German rap song the lyrics are worse. Nobody gets upset about that,” Robin Leutner, who records under the name DJ Robin, told German daily Bild.

    The Junge Union, the youth wing of the conservative CDU-CSU alliance, also came under fire for playing the song at a regional party conference in Kassel last month.

    Rival Social Democrat politician Sophie Fruehwald accused the organisation of "sheer sexism" and said it showed the party was not serious about promoting women.
    Be warned if you click on it. The song is really dumb, musically and lyrically.



    It also makes me think about all the sleazy stuff in Rock or Rap songs. Also think back to The Police's 'Roxanne' or (if you happen to know it and know German) Spider Murphy Gang's 'Skandal Im Sperrbezirk' and other examples who were also hit songs with lyrics about prostitutes. Shouldn't it all be banned now? Seems the party really ended now for good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxanne_(The_Police_song)

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandal_im_Sperrbezirk

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    Sweet Karma: Rabid ‘Social Justice ‘ Movement Implodes, Self-Cannibalizes
    FRIDAY, AUG 05, 2022 - 15:01
    by Ben Bartee via The Daily Bell

    As the snake devours its own tail, SJW ideology reaps its karma.

    The façade is crumbling because it lacks any foundation. The SJW house — built on weird, self-contradictory, incoherent academic dogma — victimizes itself with its own inertia.

    Such ideologically-driven social engineering endeavors fail, on a long enough timeline, without exception. The principal cause is that they are not rooted in material reality. Nor do they justify themselves. Nor are their abstract theories sufficiently tested in real-world conditions.

    The SJW phenomenon went supernova circa 2014, and is now in the process of imploding into a black hole. The star that burns twice as bright, as the expression goes, burns half as long. The quickening is palpable.

    ———–

    No previously untouchable protected minority – not Anne Frank nor the diverse pale-skin LGBTQ+++© sexual minorities – is immune from the SJW cannibalism.

    << twitter screenshot that said "... yeah, Anne Frank had white privilege..." >>

    Similar in function to the military-industrial complex, SJW ideology depends on the continual advent of new enemies to maintain its vitality.

    The framing of the white heterosexual, Christian man as the devil is now passé. That horse has been beaten to death, and no longer satisfies the SJW bloodlust. The mob requires newer adversaries in the out-group to be hated at ever-greater intensities.

    The absurdity accelerates towards the point that, in the near future, the only “marginalized” voice deemed worthy of consideration will be that of an ultra-intersectional BIPOC, genderqueer, non-binary, neurodivergent, disabled, non-binary transgender lesbian furry.

    The woman below in blue lipstick and some sort of Kentucky Derby/Harry Potter hat with a matching doo rag (both an aesthetic win and a sure sign of mental stability) explains. White women don’t get to have opinions about the recent Roe vs. Wade overturn.

    The delicious irony is that baby-boomer white women in liberal arts colleges — products of the 60s counterculture in which abortion rights were front and center — singlehandedly drove the development of the ideology that has now turned on them.

    And now they can’t talk about abortion.

    Eventually, even the most privileged SJW voice — like the non-binary BIPOC (apparently) bipolar one above — will be silenced for some reason or other. She breathes air – and that’s asphyxiation-phobic against non-breathing individuals or whatever.

    At the risk of mixed metaphors, SJW ideology is a rabid animal, lashing out at anything it can, and becoming more degenerate, unrestrained and undisciplined in its violence by the day.

    This is the inevitable dead end of an ideology with nothing substantial to support it — no sustaining principles at its core except victimhood as a virtue and the visceral satisfaction that hate of the “oppressor” provides.

    The left is an unlikely hodgepodge of blacks, Hispanics (although increasingly not so as they identify less and less with the Democrat Party), other racial groups, women, feminists, transgenders and related gender ideologues, Marxists, academics, religious minorities like Muslims, etc.

    In the absence of any real class solidarity or shared economic aims, the bonds that ultimately tie these groups together are merely resistance to the phantom “white patriarchy,” which itself is a conjured specter.

    The left, therefore, is, by its nature, weak. Its various divergent elements can be manipulated, reconfigured, or disbanded at will. The left won’t ever seriously threaten the power structure because their constituent parts can simply be pitted against one another at will.

    The alliance among the many factions of the left is a ticking timebomb. Their only uniting feature is hatred of their own society based on various identity-based grievances.
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    The canceler becomes the canceled
    YouTuber Ethan Klein, host of h3h3 Productions, earlier this year deleted his old interview with Jordan Peterson in a virtue signaling gesture. He denounced Peterson as “transphobic” based on out-of-context soundbites.

    In reply, Peterson sent the following prescient warning to Klein:

    “You will be held to higher and higher and soon impossible to maintain ethical standards by the very mob you currently wish to please. Then you will make a mistake, and they will devour you. With glee.”

    Mere months later, Klein found himself cancelled for making what, in context, was an obvious joke about bombing an NRA convention. Taken in full context, no reasonable interpretation could be made that it was a literal incitement to violence.

    However, his political opponents clipped out a 10-second soundbite, disseminated it without context, and he ended up suspended from YouTube.

    Unless you are genuinely a member of the power elite, censorship will always come back to bite you. Promoting of censorship is promotion of your own eventual future silencing.

    Third-wave feminists birthed the social justice monster, now it eats them
    Social justice activists inevitably bite the hand that feeds.

    “Matricide” is the technical term for killing one’s own mother.

    The delicious irony is that baby-boomer white women in liberal arts colleges — products of the 60s counterculture in which abortion rights were front and center — singlehandedly drove the development of the ideology that has now turned on them.

    And now they can’t talk about abortion, “transgender” men usurping their place in women’s sports, or any of a dozen of sacred cows.

    JK Rowling, a prominent leftist feminist, is now persona non grata at Harry Potter events for defending basic biological reality (ie being “transphobic”).

    Portland, Oregon lesbian bar shut down for ‘transphobia’
    A lesbian bar opened in ultra-progressive Portland and closed no more than a week later, due to its failure to accommodate penis-packing men who self-identified as lesbians. The owners were also accused, of course, of racism and non-compliance with COVID safety measures.

    Delicious.

    The mob will unleash itself on everyone in due time
    The problem with mobs – while they do serve political utility in the short-term (i.e., BLM) – is that they are unruly. Their chaotic energy requires an outlet; like a fire, they consume whatever they can in their immediate reach.

    Ideological motivations, to the extent that they were ever really central to begin with, become an afterthought to the mob. The prime directive is to feed.

    The beautiful thing is that, because of its totally manufactured, plastic nature, imploding the SJW movement requires exactly zero effort from the opposition.

    Kick back and enjoy the implosion of “social justice” – the greatest cultural scourge of the 21st century. The end is nigh. Dance on its grave, in celebration of the demise of the moral obscenity.

    Above: Social justice marches inexorably towards its fate

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    From Sky News Australia, a couple of days ago:

    Cancelled dancer Rosie Kay speaks out on ‘horrific’ bullying


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    Dancer and choreographer Rosie Kay says she will not shy away from the “horrific” cancel culture and bullying which led her to resign from a dance company. Ms Kay resigned from her dance company following a mob witch-hunt which targeted remarks she made during a dinner party at her home.

    Ms Kay said she was not enforcing her views on anyone. “Those of us that have had to run the gauntlet of these kinds of horrific, houndings or cancellations, we have to use this now,” she told Sky News Australia. “We have to stand up against this, this is bullying.”

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    Teaching Reading Again: The Struggle
    Aug18 2022
    by Jon Rappoport

    https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2022...-the-struggle/

    "Time Magazine reports there is an internal struggle among teachers and school systems across America—in an attempt to turn back the clock and teach the basics of reading to first and second grade students.

    It seems that phonics was dropped by the side of the road years ago, because many teachers didn’t have the patience for it. They wouldn’t go through the laborious step by step process of imparting the basic sounds of letters and letter combinations to young minds.

    And trying to read without learning those sounds is a complete failure for all but a relatively few students.

    But now, phonics is on the way back in some school districts. I guess it’s too embarrassing to show parents reading-test scores that come in lower than sea-bottom.

    I recall learning phonics day after day in the first and second grade, in 1943 and 1944.

    Memo to school boards buying text books these days: We had no text books.

    The teacher taught phonics using the blackboard.

    When we’d progressed far enough, we read, bit by bit, from Dick and Jane books. And those books weren’t new. They were handed down from class to class every year.

    My earliest memory of reading instruction (first grade): Each student had a little box containing small squares of cardboard. On each square was a letter. The teacher printed a simple sentence on the blackboard. We dug into our boxes, pulled out the squares, and laid out that sentence on our desks.

    Those were the primitive conditions of yesteryear.

    They were more than adequate. The TEACHERS were the key.

    As we moved up from grade to grade, there was the excitement of knowing we could go to the school library, find books, check them out, and read them. We knew how to read.

    When I was 11, I was on a baseball team playing in a tournament in Niagara Falls. Just before climbing on the bus for the long ride back to New York, I ran into a store, spotted a book rack, and grabbed a paperback.

    It was Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.

    Reading it on the way home, I thought about becoming a writer for the first time.

    I still remember my first grade teacher, Miss Hampe. She was patient, disciplined, and kind. No student ever considered getting around her and avoiding schoolwork.

    The child geniuses who inhabit classrooms these days can call us prisoners. But we did eventually throw off our chains.

    When we were ready. When we had learned enough.

    And no moron or monster ever asked us, “Have you thought about what gender you are?” "

    (I came to first grade a bit late because my family moved from D.C. to Denver, so I missed the initial teaching about phonics, and I felt so lost, scared and stupid until the teacher finally took me aside and explained it to me.
    I caught on quickly after that and reading became the main joy of my life.
    I worked as a nanny for a time and one of my charges was a little girl who was having the same problem but didn't get the benefit of being taught phonics in school at all.
    She started crying one day when I was reading a story to her and I had to coax her into explaining why because she felt so stupid and ashamed.
    I was able to teach her the secret in about one hour, and as with me, the ability to read became a major, joyous revelation.
    It makes me furious to think of all the kids who have been suffering for years now, having been deprived of such an easy lesson.
    Much like the devastation the "New Math" must have been wreaking on kids as well.
    But it looks like common sense may yet prevail if the trend of returning to phonics continues.
    They also need to start teaching how to read and write cursive. What a waste of time and energy it is having to print everything! )

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    Teacher Suspended for Not Using Student’s Preferred Name, Pronoun--Gets $95,000 Settlement
    by Mimi Nguyen Ly
    Sep 4, 2022
    [url]https://www.ntd.com/teacher-suspended-for-not-using-students-preferred-name-pronouns-gets-95000-settlement_835504.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=2022-09-05&utm_medium=email[/url

    (Victory for common sense. As if teachers don't already have enough to contend with...)

    "A teacher in Kansas has received a $95,000 settlement after she was suspended by her former employer for refusing to use a student’s preferred name and pronoun.

    Pamela Ricard, who had taught math at Fort Riley Middle School before she retired in May, was suspended for three days by the school in April 2021, and received a formal written reprimand that same month for “addressing a biologically female student by the student’s legal and enrolled last name,” according to a lawsuit Ricard filed in March against school officials
    (pdf: https://adfmedialegalfiles.blob.core...dComplaint.pdf ).

    In a statement on Aug. 31, Alliance Defending Freedom announced that Fort Riley Middle School officials “have agreed to pay $95,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees for violating a math teacher’s First Amendment rights when they reprimanded and suspended her for addressing a student by the student’s legal and enrolled name and forced her to conceal the student’s social transition from the student’s parents.”

    Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom and Kriegshauser Ney Law Group represented Ricard in her lawsuiit.
    As part of the settlement, school officials agreed to issue a statement that Ricard was in good standing without any disciplinary actions against her at the time she retired in May, the Alliance Defending Freedom announced in a statement. https://adfmedia.org/case/ricard-v-u...-board-members

    Because of the settlement, attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom filed a dismissal (pdf) of the case on Aug. 31.
    ( https://adfmedialegalfiles.blob.core...dDismissal.pdf )

    School Board Denied Appeal
    According to the account of events, a school counselor emailed Ricard in early April 2021 to say that a student asked the school counselor to tell Ricard to refer to them by their preferred first name and the he/him pronouns, which are different from the student’s biological female sex and from the student’s enrolled name.

    Following the email, Ricard decided to refer to the student as “Miss [legal last name]” and was disciplined by the school for doing so with a three-day suspension and reprimand. She appealed the discipline in July to the superintendent and the Board of Education of Geary County Schools USD 475.

    At a closed board hearing in August 2021 over her employee discipline, Ricard said that her decision to do use”Miss [legal last name],” instead of using the student’s preferred first name, was “intended to be respectful to the student without compromising Ms. Ricard’s own conscience and religious beliefs.”

    At the hearing, Ricard also requested a religious accommodation, asking if she could continue to address students by their names but refrain from using preferred pronouns or other gender-specific language when they do not match the student’s biological sex.

    The school board on Sept. 7, 2021 voted to unanimously deny Ricard’s disciplinary appeal, as well as deny her request for a religious accommodation. At the same hearing, members of the board “adopted a new district-wide policy expressly mandating the use of students’ preferred names and pronouns.”

    First Amendment Rights

    Ricard’s attorneys stated in the complaint that any policy that requires her to refer to a student by a “gendered, non-binary, or plural pronoun … or other gendered language that is different from the student’s biological sex” actively violates her religious beliefs.

    “Ms. Ricard is a Christian and holds sincere religious beliefs consistent with the traditional Christian and biblical understanding of the human person and biological sex. Ms. Ricard believes that God created human beings as either male or female, that this sex is fixed in each person from the moment of conception, and that it cannot be changed, regardless of an individual person’s feelings, desires, or preferences,” reads the complaint.

    The suit asserted that school officials “have retaliated against Ms. Ricard for exercising her First Amendment rights, including her right not be compelled to engage in particular speech or expression, have violated her First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, have violated the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, have deprived her of due process and equal protection of law, and have breached their contract with her.
    “Thus, this action concerns the denial of Ms. Ricard’s fundamental and clearly established rights under the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, and the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
    Alliance Defending Freedom hailed the settlement as “a victory for free speech at public schools.”
    “No school district should ever force teachers to willfully deceive parents or engage in any speech that violates their deeply held religious beliefs,” Tyson Langhofer, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement.

    “We’re pleased to settle this case favorably on behalf of Pam, and we hope that it will encourage school districts across the country to support the constitutionally protected freedom of teachers to teach and communicate honestly with both children and parents.”

    The Epoch Times has reached out to Reginald Eggleston, the superintendent of Geary County Schools USD, and Kathleen Brennan, principal of Fort Riley Middle School, for comment. The Geary County School District had declined to comment when reached by The Hill.

    The case is Ricard v. USD 475 Geary County Schools School Board Members, No 5:22-cv-04015."

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    I thought this must be fake news but apparently, it is true. See link below.



    Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teacher...nouns-ireland/

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    Quote Posted by rgray222 (here)
    I thought this must be fake news but apparently, it is true. See link below.
    It is true to a point. He was barred from going to the school to teach and was jailed for violating this order. He wasn't jailed for not using the desired pronouns.

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    Quote Posted by JackMcThorn (here)
    Quote Posted by rgray222 (here)
    I thought this must be fake news but apparently, it is true. See link below.
    It is true to a point. He was barred from going to the school to teach and was jailed for violating this order. He wasn't jailed for not using the desired pronouns.

    https://www.rte.ie/search/query/Enoch%20Burke/
    Technically you're correct but ultimately it was this teacher's refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns and his desire to continue to work that had him arrested. In my mind, there are two genders only and there will always be only two genders. If men desire to be identified as women more power to them but people should not be put in jail, lose their job or be cancelled in any way whatsoever.

    Speaking from an American perspective, we are being told that the border is secure, but this is not true. We are being told that crime is not out of control, but this is not true. We are being told that there are more than two genders but this is not true. We have been told that if you take the covid vaccine you cannot get covid, this was never true. The list just goes on and on. There is a sizable section of the population that wants everyone to believe that black is actually white.

    I believe that there are millions of people like myself, we have no problem with gay or trans people we just refuse to go along with the lie about more than two genders. Truth and common sense should be our guiding principles.

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    I am not necessarily a fan of Rosanne Barr but I do like the fact that people and companies are saying screw the cancel culture.

    Fox Nation Ignores Cancel Culture, Brings Roseanne Barr Back for Comedy Special



    Remember Roseanne Barr, the actress that was canceled shortly after her show on ABC, “Roseanne,” was revived by ABC in 2018? If not, the backstory is that she posted a tweet that the usual suspects called “racist”.

    The Daily Wire, reporting on that incident, said:

    In 2018, Barr was fired from the reboot of her incredibly popular ABC series “Roseanne,” following a tweet that was quickly labeled racist. The show was canceled and the series later came back to the network without her, retitled “The Conners.”

    She recently spoke about that tweet — which read, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby” — and was aimed at former White House senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, as The Daily Wire previously reported.

    Roseanne later apologized somewhat for the tweet, blaming it on her Ambien use and saying “I shoulda not did it, but by God, I was really pissed that day. I did something I wouldn’t do if I hadn’t been on that Ambien. It makes you do a lot of crazy s***.” She also apologized on Twitter for her anti-Jarret tweet on Twitter, saying “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

    But, despite those apologies, ABC went ahead and canceled the show anyway. At the time, many, particularly those on the right, suspected that the real reason for the cancelation of the show and Roseanne herself was that she is a known Trump supporter, and so is someone that a mainstream network would want to get rid of.

    Well, now Roseanne is back! Despite the left’s attempts at canceling her, she’s being brought back by Fox Nation, the Fox News-connected streaming service. Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, spoke about the new show, which will debut in 2023, saying:

    “Roseanne is a comedy icon whose humor connects with the American audience like no other. Her ability to channel the challenges of everyday people and find the humor in it all has earned her the passionate following of millions of dedicated fans. We are thrilled to add her comedy special exclusively to the Fox Nation catalog.”

    Deadline, adding more context regarding Fox Nation’s other offerings, reported that:

    The special is the latest Fox Nation entertainment offering, as the streamer has tried to build on the Fox News audience beyond news programming. Other recent content includes Duck Family Treasure and the upcoming Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back and Yellowstone: One-Fifty with Kevin Costner.

    So they tried canceling Roseanne but, thanks to Fox Nation taking a chance on her and wanting to keep her around, she’s back on TV and will be making conservative audiences laugh once again. Good for her and good for Fox Nation, it’s fun to watch cancel culture fail!

    Source: https://trendingpoliticsnews.com/boo...V524HTuqW-AZfo

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    Where is the cancel culture or more aptly stated the social terrorist when they are actually needed?


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    An attempt at cancelling apparently failed. See/hear Gabriel Iglesias tell the story..
    (BTW, in case you never heard of him he is a really funny guy).



    If the media ignored it cancel culture wouldn't get to first base.

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    Katie Hopkins: In support of those speaking out. And punished for ‘wrong-think’.--14/1/23--8 min-

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    Incentivizing Censorship: A Snitch in Every Skull. “The Totalitarian Virus”

    Anti-war academic Dr. TJ Coles is at the center of two raging controversies over freedom of speech - and one overarching assault on human rights

    An informational iron curtain is coming down across the West, and its architects are determined to make examples out of those who refuse to pick a side.

    Our Democracy™ has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for pollution of the information ecosystem, and the Thought Police are standing by to halt rogue infodemics in their tracks, lest the people lose trust in their institutions.

    Quote Dr. Tim Coles, a freelance writer and postdoctoral researcher until recently at the University of Plymouth didn’t realize he was in their crosshairs until he found himself locked out of his university email account in October. Tech support was no help; department staff refused to talk to him, closing ranks and sending him a threatening email demanding he cease contact. Clearly, he had violated some unwritten law. But what?

    The chain of emails that had culminated in his removal only raised further questions about why an apparent stranger whom Plymouth has refused to name – a university employee, he suspects – had complained about his writing for Australian magazine Nexus to his old PhD examiner.

    In a Kafkaesque turn, the complaint lacked a single concrete accusation of wrongdoing that Coles could defend himself against, instead equivocating around familiar “conspiracy theorist” tropes. At any rate, no one had thought to consult Coles, perhaps believing him to be a disgruntled ex-student trading on his old university email rather than a researcher whose work at the university was funded by an outside trust and had nothing to do with his political writing. Rather than pause for clarification, his PhD examiner appeared to jump in with both feet, urging tech staff to help get Coles “off [the university’s] books.”


    Quote While a prolific writer on many controversial topics – US funding and training of neo-Nazis in Ukraine, the West’s neocolonial plunder of Africa under the guise of fighting terrorism, and Big Pharma’s giant power-grab under cover of Covid-19 unholy alliance of Big Pharma and Big Tech amid the coronavirus outbreak are just a few – Coles believes he ran afoul of the university censors with a series of articles about intelligence agencies blackmailing people with child sexual abuse that ran in Nexus not long before the cancellation effort began. That particular subject has a tendency to get journalists killed, and Coles wonders if his ejection from Plymouth might be a warning shot from groups displeased with his inquiries. He acknowledges, however, that the timing may be a coincidence – Hope Not Hate and other intelligence-controlled censorship advocates were apparently trying to have Nexus banned in the UK around the same time for its publication of unorthodox views on Covid-19.

    While he believes the evidence in the email chain is enough to prove wrongdoing by the university, Coles couldn’t even file a complaint through the normal channels, as his inquisitors had roped the complaints department into their conspiracy by including them in the email chain. He has considered releasing the messages publicly as a last resort, but first plans to employ an outside arbitrator and give the System one last chance – more than he was given, at any rate.

    Lessons from The Lobby

    Coles is far from the first to be booted from a British university campus for thought crime. He sees parallels between his case and that of David Miller, the University of Bristol sociology professor who was subjected to a ferocious academic inquisition and ultimately drummed out of his post in late 2021 after the Board of Deputies of British Jews deliberately misinterpreted comments he had made about Israel weaponizing Jewish students abroad. The university’s Union of Jewish Students had been attacking him for years before seizing upon the supposedly discriminatory comment, which they only heard because they had sent in an activist ’spy’ to monitor one of his classes – ironically validating the professor’s claims better than his own arguments could have


    Quote Like Coles, Miller was never directly confronted by his accuser, who opted for mealy-mouthed pseudo-accusations (“conspiracy theorist,” “inciting hatred”) over potentially-disprovable crimes. Like Plymouth, Bristol took the side of the accuser against its employee almost reflexively. Former Labour MP Chris Williamson, himself a victim of the Israeli lobby’s devastating smear machine, joined the Support David Miller campaign in warning that the university’s failure to stand up for the professor would only encourage “bad faith actors” to pursue further censorship.

    Shortly before the lobby finally convinced Miller’s university to mount an investigation into his supposed bigotry, he observed that such pressure tactics were imported from the Israel lobby in the US and pointed out that if any other foreign lobby attempted to wage such total war on its critics, they would be “laughed out of the room.” But Coles’ experience suggests other groups have taken lessons from the Israelis – and that Williamson’s warning was prescient.

    Academic “cancel culture” is a well-known scourge of American campuses, where careless tweeting costs lives and professors can be axed for using the wrong pronouns. But while most discussion of the phenomenon centers on the targeting of conservative professors, it has targeted left-wing heterodoxy with equal fury, as tenured New York University media studies professor Mark Crispin Miller discovered when a student demanded his firing via Twitter after taking offense to a discussion questioning the utility of masks in his 2020 class on Propaganda.

    Like Coles and the other Miller across the pond, Miller was attacked by university colleagues with vague allegations of “attacks on students and others in our community,” “aggressions and microaggressions,” and “explicit hate speech” and an investigation was launched behind his back even in the absence of any specific forbidden act. Administrators went one step further and contacted all his students to remind them of the CDC’s mask guidance, lest their fragile minds have been corrupted by the conspiracy theorist in the classroom. They couldn’t fire him – he was tenured, after all – but they did their best to make his life so miserable that he would leave, forbidding him from teaching his beloved Propaganda class, and he has been on sabbatical since.

    Even Kenneth Roth, the former executive director of Human Rights Watch, was recently denied a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights, part of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, on the basis of wrongthink – what its dean described as his “anti-Israel bias.” Roth has toed the line on foreign policy groupthink elsewhere, dutifully demonizing Putin, Assad, Trump, and so on as the needs of Empire demanded. But his refusal to ignore Israel’s increasingly bold apartheid policies got him the David Miller treatment despite years of faithful service. If Roth isn’t safe, many academics have begun to wonder, what the hell are they going to do to me?!

    Will Censor for Food

    While Coles questions if universities were ever really the freethinkers’ utopia so many academic misfits yearn for, there is no denying groupthink has tightened its hold in recent years. While an academic might once have been left alone to research controversial subjects on his own time so long as he didn’t embarrass his employer, this laissez-faire approach has been replaced by an administrative panopticon that is both hyper-responsive and reflexively condemnatory – a “cottage industry of shutting people down,” in the words of its recent target. Censorship has been outsourced from the state and its corporate minions to “academics and think tanks who are given a well-funded government hammer so they see everything as a nail of disinformation,” Coles explains. Not simply salaried, they are financially incentivized to bag-and-tag as many pieces of “disinformation” as they can, essentially bounty hunters for inconvenient truths, enabling a much tighter, more granular control of information than was ever possible under a traditional totalitarian model.

    These programs and campaigns – with names like Integrity Initiative, Center for Countering Digital Hate, Trusted News Initiative – initially appear to be independent nonprofits that just happen to share a common devotion to fighting fake news.

    However, their cooperation is more than superficial, with many of the same entities ultimately directing their actions as they work together to artificially muscle the discourse in the desired direction, choking off competing narratives while maintaining plausible deniability regarding their connections to the state.

    In this model of soft totalitarianism, the dissident is not so much ordered to cease publishing objectionable ideas, or even threatened with execution or creative torture. He is merely subjected to mounting insults, ‘nudged’ in certain directions, and gradually stripped of resources, especially any public platform he may have had in accordance with his refusal to follow the rules. Amid this complex ballet of carrot and stick, he is constantly reminded that these are his decisions, making him (in his own mind, at least) a willing participant in his own spiritual suffocation.

    Fact-checkers, once mere newsroom employees tasked with verifying the details of major stories, have been artificially elevated into a caste of gatekeepers, deemed impartial arbiters of truth even as their donor lists burst with conflicts of interest from Pierre Omidyar to Bill Gates to George Soros. This veneer of independence allows them much greater latitude than any equivalent government body, as the ignominious collapse of the US’ Disinformation Governance Board last year proved. This official Ministry of Truth, which would have operated out of the Department of Homeland Security, was a bridge too far even for the American media establishment, which had long since embraced its unofficial equivalent censoring tweets and Facebook posts to keep the world safe for democracy.
    The full article is embedded in the link above in the title.
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    This is a pretty serious example of cancelling a teacher on the Emerald Isle. He refused to address a transgender student with a new name and the pronouns they/them based on a conflict with his religious beliefs.

    He was actually imprisoned from September until December of last year for attending school whilst being suspended with pay.

    He continues to attend the school, but is not let in the gate. Instead of more prison, the judge insists a fine of €7oo per day starting at 2pm to-morrow.

    This one article will get one up to date on all the events thus far.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/2023/0126/13...h-burke-court/
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    I was not quite sure where to post this as it involves the approach to mainstream journalism, but this does seem to be the most fitting category.

    Objectivity is now cancelled.......

    Major News Outlets Say They’re Ditching Objectivity In The Name Of ‘Diversity’



    Quote Leaders of prominent news organizations are eschewing journalistic objectivity, claiming it is antithetical to a diversity of views in their newsrooms, according to a series of interviews conducted by two journalism scholars.

    Former executive editor for The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr. and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward interviewed over 75 media leaders to gauge how the industry views the concept of “objectivity.” The media figures argued that journalists should include their own beliefs, biases, and experiences to convey truth, and that journalistic objectivity was either unrealistic or undesirable.

    “Objectivity has got to go,” said Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, editor-in-chief at the San Francisco Chronicle.

    “[I]ncreasingly, reporters, editors and media critics argue that the concept of journalistic objectivity is a distortion of reality. They point out that the standard was dictated over decades by male editors in predominantly White newsrooms and reinforced their own view of the world,” Downie Jr. wrote. “They believe that pursuing objectivity can lead to false balance or misleading “bothsidesism” in covering stories about race, the treatment of women, LGBTQ+ rights, income inequality, climate change and many other subjects. And, in today’s diversifying newsrooms, they feel it negates many of their own identities, life experiences and cultural contexts, keeping them from pursuing truth in their work.”

    “Journalists of color” and LGBTQ journalists said that reporting objectively “negates their own identity, life experiences and cultural contexts, keeping them from pursuing truth in their work,” according to Downie Jr.

    Journalists believe objectivity prevents them from accurate reporting, as it bars them from channeling their background and beliefs, the survey found.

    “It’s objective by whose standard? … That standard seems to be White, educated, and fairly wealthy,” said Kathleen Carroll, former executive editor at the Associated Press.

    The media shouldn’t simply use “neutral language” by default, New York Times executive editor Joseph Kahn said. For instance, if there is undisputed evidence of racism or falsehoods, journalists should be direct with readers.

    The Los Angeles Times allows their staff to write personal essays so they can share more of their identities, said editor Kevin Merida. Such essays appear on the first page, including a gay reporter’s story about marriage and the legalities of gay marriage.

    USA Today has no problem allowing their reporters to write about their own experiences, so long as the stories aren’t too biased, said editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll. She also welcomes a diverse group of journalists to express their experiences when discussing newsworthy stories.


    Quote “What we found has convinced us that truth-seeking news media must move beyond whatever ‘objectivity’ once meant to produce more trustworthy news,” said Downie Jr.

    Many of the interviewees seemed to be in support of such a change.

    “This appears to be the beginning of another generational shift in American journalism,” Downie Jr. said.

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    Cancel culture has occurred repeatedly throughout history. This epic quote from Milan Kundera, author of the seminal classic novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being serves as a reminder of that.




    Quote "The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history, Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was. The world around it will forget even faster……The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
    The quote is from his book, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, published in 1979.

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