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Monday, December 31, 2018

Links - 31st December 2018 (2)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson's home targeted by protesters: 'They were threatening me and my family' - The Washington Post - "“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”Roughly 20 people had gathered outside Carlson’s residence... Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called Carlson a “racist scumbag" and demanded that he “leave town,” according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to his house, he said... In a Facebook post that included video of the gathering, the group wrote, “Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!”“Protecting ourselves and our communities means interfering with those who make a platform for hate,” the statement said. “So we will go to their homes and their workplaces, and find them in restaurants.”"
Of course, all measures are justified against Nazis. Just as the Nazis thought that all measures were justified to save Germany

'Smash Racism DC' Organizer 'Involved' In Ambush At Tucker Carlson's Home Issues Statement. It's Disturbing. - "Smash Racism DC, the "anti-fascist" left-wing group that posted video clips of the Wednesday night 20-person ambush on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's home, has issued a statement concerning the attack.The statement erroneously condemns Carlson as a promoter of "white supremacy" and stunningly justifies the attack on the host's family for such alleged promotion... A police report filed on Thursday over the incident confirmed that the attack has been classified as a "hate crime.""

Vox Writer Defends Terrorizing Tucker Carlson, Wipes Timeline; Greg Gutfeld Torches Him - "Matt Yglesias, co-founder and senior correspondent for the uber-left outlet, may have gone too far this time, even by his own standards. After attempting to defend Antifa terrorizing Fox News host Tucker Carlson's family and blame the threatening actions of the far-left on Carlson and the president, Yglesias not only deleted his tweet but wiped his entire timeline... He followed that up by admitting that threatening Carlson's family might not be "tactically sound," but then scolded people for empathizing with his family rather than the alleged "victims" of Tucker's rhetoric... "He's crawled under a rock, fearful perhaps of being fired," he added. "Remember, he celebrated Andrew Breitbart's death. He revels in the pain of others, primarily family members who are suffering."... Yglesias' newly wiped timeline currently contains only four tweets. Among them is a re-tweet of a post, claiming, "A bunch of conservatives were dog piling @mattyglesias yesterday and they doxed him right in a reply with his address. I reported it to @jack and they said it didn't violate their rules. Doxing doesn't violate Twitter's rules? WTF?"In other words, Yglesias appears to be complaining about right-wingers threatening to do to him what Antifa did to Carlson."

Man Who Allegedly Called Tucker Carlson's Daughter Vile Names Is Board Member Of Women's Group - "The man who allegedly called the 19-year-old daughter of Fox News host Tucker Carlson a “whore” and a “f***ing c***” at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, VA, in October just so happens to serve on the Board of Directors of a women’s mental health group called The Women’s Initiative... “Granados is now being represented by America’s favorite attorney, Michael Avenatti.”"
Respect (non-conservative) women

The Protests at Tucker Carlson's Home Crossed a Line - "a Fox News contributor named Kat Timpf was at a bar in Brooklyn. As she recounted the incident to National Review, a man asked her where she worked. A while later, she said, a woman began “screaming at me to get out.” Timpf walked away, but the woman followed her around the bar while other patrons laughed. Fearing physical attack, Timpf left. She told National Review and The Hill that it was the third time she has been harassed since 2017. A few months earlier, a woman yelled at her during dinner at a Manhattan restaurant. The year before, while she was about to give a speech, a man dumped water on her head.Protests like these, that target people’s private lives, are wrong. They violate fundamental principles of civil disobedience, as understood by its most eminent practitioners and theorists. And they threaten the very norms of human decency that Trump and his supporters have done so much to erode. Unfortunately, they seem to be spreading... whatever the merits of the causes they promote, they are embracing methods that are deeply corrosive. It matters how activists oppose a government. When they prevail, the approaches they embraced in opposition to power deeply shape how they exercise it themselves... The term civil disobedience was invented by Henry David Thoreau, popularized by Mahatma Gandhi, and defined—most prominently—by the philosopher John Rawls. Rawls called it the “public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about a change in laws or government policies.” The recent protests at homes, bars, and restaurants meet some aspects of Rawls’s test, but fail in one key respect. Some have violated the law, while others have skirted its boundaries. And, as Rawls demands, the recent demonstrations have also been largely nonviolent. The problem is that they are not sufficiently “public” and “conscientious.” ... By protesting openly, King and his supporters took upon themselves a moral rigor that the anti-fascists of the Trump era spurn. In addition to being insufficiently “public,” the recent protests are insufficiently “conscientious.” They don’t convey what the University of Warwick philosopher Kimberley Brownlee calls a “principled outlook.”... That’s a far cry from King’s insistence, in his Birmingham-jail letter, “that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.” Or Gandhi’s declaration that “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” Underlying the process that King called “self-purification” is a recognition—which King may have gleaned from Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian he admired—that everyone is corrupted by self-interest and the lust for power. People aren’t as morally pure as they believe themselves to be. Acknowledging that means accepting limits on the power we assume over others. It means resisting the seductive claim that because our motives are virtuous, we can take liberties we would never grant our adversaries. Because King took pains to ensure that his methods were consistent with his goals, he didn’t have to fear that others might employ those methods as well... Americans can tolerate a society in which anti-abortionists march and pray in front of abortion clinics. We cannot tolerate a society in which they knock on the door of abortion doctors and tell their families that “we know where you sleep.” We cannot tolerate a society in which anti-abortion demonstrators make it impossible for Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Warren, and the leaders of Planned Parenthood to go out with their families to eat"

Quinnipiac removes ‘Punch Nazis’ professor from website - "Quinnipiac University has scrubbed all references to Matthew Fantastic Loter from its website after the professor allegedly put a popular YouTuber in a headlock and repeatedly punched him. According to multiple witness statements, Loter approached YouTuber Jeremy Hambly from behind at the Indianapolis bar Tin Roof on August 2, put Hambly in a headlock, and screamed “I’m going to f*****g kill you” while repeatedly punching Hambly."

Jack Phillips: Despite my Supreme Court victory I'm still under attack - "the same state officials who punished me allowed three other cake artists to refuse a religious customer’s request for cakes with messages criticizing same-sex marriage.When the Supreme Court looked at my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, it said that treating me worse than other bakers showed the government’s “clear and impermissible hostility” toward my “sincere religious beliefs.” The Supreme Court found that my First Amendment rights were violated.Less than a month later, the state took steps to target me again. This time, it’s attempting to punish me for declining to create a different custom cake — one that the customer admits was intended to express a message contrary to my faith. On the same day that the Supreme Court announced it would hear my case, a Colorado lawyer called my shop and requested a cake that I’ve never before created. It was a cake with a pink interior and blue exterior that the lawyer said was to represent and celebrate a gender transition... Because of the suspicious timing and nature of that request, it’s not surprising that the lawyer filed a discrimination complaint. What’s shocking is that less than one month after the Supreme Court condemned the state’s hostility toward my faith, the government announced that it was coming after me again... the state is contradicting what it told the Supreme Court in my prior case. The government said that I can decline to create custom cakes with pro-LGBT designs or themes, announcing in no uncertain terms that I am free “to decline to sell cakes with ‘pro-gay’ designs or inscriptions.”Yet the cake requested in the new case obviously had a pro-LGBT design. The person who requested it even recognized that the design was intended to represent and celebrate a gender transition. The inconsistency between what the state told the Supreme Court and what it is doing to me now shows the government’s real policy: No matter the circumstances, I must be punished."
Apparently the LGBT activists in Colorado didn't get the memo about the gay agenda being a right wing consercative lie
The Soviety Union incarcerated people who opposed "equality" (i.e. the Revolution) so of course the baker needs to be sued

National Trust covers up male busts - "The National Trust has been criticised by visitors for covering up paintings and sculptures of men at a grand Northumberland home as part of a celebration of the role of women.Artworks associated with men at Cragside were veiled in sheets and plastic bags as part of a project condemned as “ridiculous” by some visitors.The trust received a £114,748 government grant from Victoria Atkins, minister for women, to promote its “women and industry programme” at Cragside and two other projects... Harriet Sutcliffe, a PhD student, said before the opening that she hoped “by concealing some of the male objects and artefacts within the house it might shift the lens slightly so these women would have the space for three weeks to shine”.Kate Stobbart, another artist involved, said: “Covering up some of the male images will transform how the house looks and bring out the lack of representation of women.”"
According to many feminists, feminism is about helping men and is not about attacking/denigrating them

Larry King: 'CNN stopped doing news a long time ago' - "Former longtime CNN host Larry King on Wednesday slammed his former network for focusing so much on President Trump’s every move that they neglect what he considers real news... “There [were] vicious winds and storms in the Northeast the other day, not covered on any of the three cable networks. Not covered""

Robots Have a Diversity Problem – The New New - "A recent study led by Christoph Bartneck, a professor at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, found that not only are the majority of home robots designed with white plastic, but we also actually have a bias against the ones that are coated in black plastic... Though BINA48 was never meant to be a spokesperson for identity politics, her creators are embracing the fact that she has become just that. The android started her digital life knowing very little of the racial history she inadvertently found herself in. (When asked by artist and activist Stephanie Dinkins, who is working on a project stemming from her conversations with BINA48, if she had experienced racism, BINA48 somewhat nonsensically replied, “I actually didn’t have it.”) Now, however, the real Bina is uploading more information about her history as a black woman onto BINA48, and Duncan, the managing director at Terasem, is working with Dinkins and prominent black celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman, to support the development of her identity."
Somehow robots are white just because they're made of white plastic (which isn't even the skin colour of white people). Maybe minimalist design is racist against black people because it features a lot of bright, white and light colours
If people uploaded 'white' personalities to robots would it be racist?

Google's solution to accidental algorithmic racism: ban gorillas - "After Google was criticised in 2015 for an image-recognition algorithm that auto-tagged pictures of black people as “gorillas”, the company promised “immediate action” to prevent any repetition of the error. That action was simply to prevent Google Photos from ever labelling any image as a gorilla, chimpanzee, or monkey – even pictures of the primates themselves."
Machine learning is racist?
Maybe they should ban you for looking up fried chicken places too

YouTuber Banned for Punching Feminist NPC In Red Dead Redemption 2 - "YouTuber Shirrako has been banned from the platform for his viral video in which he punches a feminist in the face and runs away in the popular video game Red Dead Redemption 2.YouTube banned the user who created the viral video “Red Dead Redemption 2 – Beating Up Annoying Feminist” claiming it advocated violence, in spite of allowing other game play videos from the popular video game, which requires the player to commit bank robberies, train robberies, massive shooting sprees, theft, and kidnapping in the course of playing the game, to remain on the platform... YouTube has been under fire in recent months for what conservatives consider censorship... After an intense backlash, YouTube restored Shirrako’s channel."
Isn't punching Nazis advocating violence too?

'Long Time, No See' Is Racist Against Asians, Colorado State Warns Students - "the university also instructs students to avoid gendering each other by using traditional pronouns, the word "freshman," or the phrase "you guys." "First year" and "y'all" are the preferred nomenclature... "A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive," she said. "It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say."... the phrase likely has real Chinese roots of some kind, which would explain why it seems to have been embraced by Chinese learners of English "as a kind of symbolic victory for Chinglish."In other words, Chinese English speakers may have been proud that "Long time, no see" was adopted into common usage... As Leibee put it in her op-ed: "We should all consider the possibility that these words were not a problem until we made them a problem. These phrases were not exclusive until we decided they were.""
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