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Monday, March 12, 2018

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I,Hypocrite - Posts - "[Mother Jones's Washington bureau chief] David Corn: I hear there's a ring of people who protect a sexual assaulter that regularly meets at Trump Tower. #TrumpTowerGate
Politico: David Corn probed for inappropriate workplace behavior"
In the male feminist files...

Restaurant's bathroom signs show Caitlyn and Bruce Jenner - "Yep. They're recognizing him as a her. I thought that's what the trans community wanted, lol"
This is brilliant

Opposites agree: Trump, Warren say Democratic primary was 'rigged' - "Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview with CNN that she backed the conclusion by Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, that the party’s 2016 presidential primary was “rigged” in favor of Clinton."
The latest white supremacist!

Donna Brazile: I considered replacing Clinton with Biden as 2016 Democratic nominee - The Washington Post - "Brazile paints a scathing portrait of Clinton as a well-intentioned, historic candidate whose campaign was badly mismanaged, took minority constituencies for granted and made blunders with “stiff” and “stupid” messages. The campaign was so lacking in passion for the candidate, she writes, that its New York headquarters felt like a sterile hospital ward where “someone had died"... fissures of race, gender and age tore at the heart of the operation — even as Clinton was campaigning on a message of inclusiveness and trying to assemble a rainbow coalition under the banner of “Stronger Together.”... As she traveled the country, Brazile writes, she detected an alarming lack of enthusiasm for Clinton. On black radio stations, few people defended the nominee. In Hispanic neighborhoods, the only Clinton signs she saw were at the campaign field offices. But at headquarters in New York, the mood was one of “self-satisfaction and inevitability,” and Brazile’s early reports of trouble were dismissed with “a condescending tone.”"

Buzzfeed Crew Shocked To Learn They Have Low Testosterone Levels - "Eugene, the Asian guy, was the only one of them to have normal testosterone levels, though he was on the low end of the normal range. Studies have shown men who are physically strong are more likely to be right-wing, while weak men are more likely to be left-wing socialists"

The Diversity Visa Program Makes No Sense - "The diversity lottery originated as an attempt to offset the unintended consequences of immigration changes since 1965"

'Game Of Thrones' Star Forced To Apologize For Saying Men Can Be Victims Of Sexism - "The season finale of Game of Thrones for instance, featured a certain scene, showcasing Jon Snow's naked body — and while it was not much more than a throwaway moment, women's magazines penned hundreds of essays, analyzing whether Harington had used a body double. That's most definitely objectification. Unfortunately, for Jon Snow, Internet feminists weren't sympathetic to his plight, and pushed back, even threatening to boycott the show until Harington admitted that whatever objectification he might have suffered — and however personally hurtful that sexism was — he could never understand what it's like to be sexually objectified as a woman. And so, this week, Harington apologized for, in Game of Thrones parlance, knowing nothing."
No true feminist does anything wrong

Why does speaking out about the issues men face always trigger a furious reaction? - " In the same month as Haig was “crucified” on twitter for wanting to write about masculinity, the Student Union at Durham University became the latest in a series of university student unions to block the introduction of men’s societies on campus... On the one hand, men are consistently told they must open up, that it is men’s own refusal to deal with their emotions and issues that causes themselves and others so much harm. But the moment men do try to explore the many issues they face, unless they do so within a framework sanctioned by feminism, they are often immediately ridiculed or shot down as sexists and reactionaries... many people do seem to hold a genuine and deep-seated fear about what men will get up to if they are allowed to talk by themselves about their own experiences, in ways that come naturally to them as men.

Why do so few men take gender studies courses? - "At some point men have got to get involved or the whole thing will collapse."
Claire Lehmann‏: "Men are indoctrinated by the patriarchy into believing employment prospects are important"

Japan to launch crackdown on asylum seekers: Reports - "Almost six in 10 Japanese think diversity of ethnic groups, religions and races makes their country a worse place"

Can I marry my wife’s younger sister? | Islamic Advice - "It is not permissible in Islam to marry two sisters at the same time. Even if they shared only one parent (the same father or same mother) you could not marry them"

André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how - "It looks like nothing changed since 2014, but GOOG and FB now have direct influence over 70%+ of internet traffic... There would be no more economical incentive for smaller businesses to have independent websites, and a gradual migration towards Facebook Pages would make more sense. Smaller e-commerce sites would be bought by AMZN or go bankrupt. Because most internet users couldn’t open all the sites, GOOG would have little incentive to be a mere bridge between people and sites."

WATCH: This Reporter Ripped Trump For Not Calling For Death Penalty For Vegas Shooter. There's One Huge Problem. - "Stokols’ unwittingly hilarious remark resembled ThinkProgress editor Elham Khatami’s tweet on Wednesday, when, after noting that Trump had said he wanted to send Saipov to Gitmo, she tweeted, “He said no such thing about the Vegas shooter, who killed 58 people.”"

Jeremy Corbyn: Let taxpayers opt out of funding the Army - "British taxpayers should be allowed to opt out of funding the Army, Jeremy Corbyn once proposed in an idea former generals have called "stark-starring bonkers".... It has emerged after Mr Corbyn triggered a backlash by saying he “couldn’t think” of a situation in which he would deploy troops."

College Professor Tweets That the Existence of “White Nuclear Families” Is Racist - "“Part of what I’ve learned is that the white-nuclear family is one of the most powerful forces supporting white supremacy,” wrote Hunter College professor Jessie Daniels, in one of her controversial tweets... “I mean, if you’re a white person who says they’re engaged in dismantling white supremacy, but + you’re forming a white family + reproducing white children that ‘you want the best for’—how is that helping + not part of the problem?”... a professor at Drexel University, who calls himself a communist, was put on administrative leave after an even more overtly problematic tweet that stated, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,” Turning Point News reported. Professor George Ciccariello-Maher sent the tweet out on Christmas Eve. He followed it up with another tweet that praises the massacre of whites during the Haitian Revolution. When criticized for being racist by another Twitter user, he replied, “White isn’t a race.”"

Malaysia, The 3rd Laziest Country In The World According To Stanford University Studies - "Malaysians only walks an average of 3,943 steps a day whereas in Hong Kong, people walk up to 6,880 steps a day."

Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality - "We find inequality in how activity is distributed within countries and that this inequality is a better predictor of obesity prevalence in the population than average activity volume. Reduced activity in females contributes to a large portion of the observed activity inequality. Aspects of the built environment, such as the walkability of a city, are associated with a smaller gender gap in activity and lower activity inequality. In more walkable cities, activity is greater throughout the day and throughout the week, across age, gender, and body mass index (BMI) groups, with the greatest increases in activity found for females"

Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish, Government tsar warns - "Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish and is fuelling the growth of the extreme right-wing, police leaders were warned last night. Dame Louise Casey, who carried out a two year review into integration in the UK, said our desire to embrace diversity was creating division and also letting down some of the most vulnerable members of society... people often came together to oppose far right marches but failed to show the same unity when it came to addressing inequalities in the communities they were wanting to protect... During her integration review, Dame Louise spent time in some of the country’s least integrated communities and said she had been dismayed by some of the attitudes she found... she had found examples of teenage girls being let out of school for prayers on a Friday and then not allowed to leave the house again until Monday... Dame Louise’s report was published in December, but she accused the Government of placing it in the “difficult to deal with filing cabinet” adding that they had failed to adopt any of her recommendations."

Non-smokers get six days extra paid leave to make up for smokers' cigarette breaks at Japanese firm

DNC Email: Straight White Men Need Not Apply - "The Democratic National Committee is hiring for some new positions in their Technology Team, including Chief Security Officer, IT Systems Administrator, and Product Manager. In the email soliciting job applications, it says that the DNC is looking for a "staff of diverse voices and life experiences"... for what it's worth, saying this is potentially a violation of the DNC's own policies."

Public school in Minnesota requires English course aimed at eradicating white privilege - "A public high school in Minnesota implemented a required, race-based English course aimed at eradicating “white privilege,” but it wasn’t billed that way to students or parents, according to a public policy organization... Students, especially young, white males, said they constantly were humiliated. One of the boys wrote on the “Rate My Professor” website that the class should be renamed, “Why White Males Are Bad, and How Oppressive They Are.” Edina High School, located in an affluent suburb outside the Twin Cities, started experiencing lower test results and their ranking in the state started dropping since the race-based policies were implemented. For example, going from 5th to 29th in reading proficiency between 2014 and 2017... “Understanding Critical race theory was a significant reason behind our school taking another step on our equity journey — incorporating a study of Critical race theory into our sophomore English classes,” Roehl wrote. “English teachers felt that our district’s mission to give all learners the ‘ethical values necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society’ could not be fully met without explicit discussions of race, racism, and Whiteness”... a black teacher in Minnesota, Aaron Benner, slammed PEG’s race-based, regressive policies making it dangerous for teachers, and said the district discriminated him for it."
One way to have equality is to pull everyone down

1 in 5 Indonesian students support Islamic caliphate: Survey - "Nearly 20 percent of high school and university students in Indonesia support the establishment of a caliphate in the world's largest Muslim-majority country over the current secular government... The survey by a Jakarta-based organization polled over 4,200 Muslim students, mostly in top schools and universities on Java island... Nearly one in four students said they were, to varying degrees, ready to wage jihad to achieve a caliphate... Hardline Islamic groups late last year led mass street rallies against Jakarta's former governor, a Christian, whom they believed had insulted Islam. They eventually succeeded in derailing Basuki Tjahaja Purnama's re-election bid in April this year, and he was subsequently jailed for blasphemy. The ruling was criticised globally as unjust. Groups like the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) call for sharia law to be imposed on the country and believe its leaders should only be Muslim."

Explosion hits night club in Malmo, Sweden - "A powerful explosion mangled the doors of a nightclub in Malmo, Sweden, on Thursday, but no casualties have so far been reported. The city has recently been hit by a series of blasts. A bomb squad and a team of technical specialists have been called to the Babel nightclub in central Malmo... A year ago, the club’s entrance and a car parked nearby suffered considerable damage in a similar explosion, which also shattered the windows up to the third floor and on the adjacent building. Swedish YouTube vlogger and journalist Peter Imanuelsen, or PeterSweden, who keeps track of bombings in the country, reported that the nightclub explosion was the 12th to rock Sweden in just 24 days... Malmö is one of the cities recently added by the Swedish police to the list of areas considered to be “especially vulnerable” in terms of challenges they pose to law enforcement. These communities, often labeled “no-go zones” in the media, typically host large populations with migrant backgrounds and suffer from acute poverty and high unemployment. Malmö is not an exception, as some 31 percent of its population is estimated to be born abroad and some 41 percent of the residents have a non-Swedish background. The city has seen an upward spiral of gang-related violence in the recent years, with police in January appealing to locals to hold suspects responsible for various crimes, such as murder and rape. The city has long been struggling to quell the violence, associated with the conflicts erupting between different gangs and ethnic groups. In 2015, Lars Förstell, a spokesperson for the city’s police, told RT that about 30 to 40 people who are believed to be armed are involved in gang-related crimes linked to drug trafficking and other illegal actions in the city."

Swedish war correspondent says Iraq is safer than Stockholm - "Magda Gad has been working from Mosul covering the continued threat from terrorism in the country which has been plagued by ISIS... “There’s no law on the Islamic veil in Iraq, and it’s safer for a lone woman to be outside than Stockholm". The journalist’s criticism comes after Sweden’s ruling liberal party Integration Minister was forced into an embarrassing U-turn after claiming the number of reported rapes in the country was falling."

The Real Reason Why You Love Walking Your Dog - "dog owners are motivated to walk their pets because it makes them happy—not for health or social reasons. Also up there on the list of reasons? They think it makes their dogs happy, too... Dog owners are generally more physically active than non-owners... Westgarth also recommends trying new or longer walking routes—or finding new ways to be active with your dog, like playing fetch or hide-and-seek with treats—when you’re feeling particularly stressed... Taking on a dog is a big responsibility, but volunteering to walk someone else’s dog (or a shelter dog) can also be beneficial for people who don’t have the time or motivation to keep a furry companion"

A letter to … My daughter, who hates me for not being vegan - "There is an uncomfortable contradiction for me in all of this – I have brought you up to be a strong, powerful, compassionate young woman. I would expect you to be passionate about what you believe in. I have taught you that tolerance is vital, but that there is a point when a line is crossed and certain behaviour cannot be tolerated. So I really can understand, in part, your attitude."

Are food bloggers fuelling racist stereotypes? - "Evening Standard journalist Sam Leith wrote "And if, in an age when basic civilisational freedoms are under threat, the next generation of highly educated students is devoting its attention to complaining about whether their lunch is authentic enough, God help us all.""
Segregation is the way to go
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