Sunday, October 23, 2016
Students told term ‘be a man’ represents toxic masculinity
More feminist hatred
Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about “toxic masculinity,” he tells The College Fix in an interview.
Students who “identify as male” were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled “The Mask You Live In,” was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.
According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.” Experts quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by masculinity pressures because “respect is linked to violence.”
“They really buy into a culture that doesn’t value what we feminize,” says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of both genders will “go crazy” under that construct.
Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan added “whether it’s homicidal violence or suicidal violence, people resort to such desperate behavior only when they are feeling shame or humiliated, or feel they would be if they didn’t prove that they were real men.”
As he makes the comments, headlines reporting on suicides and murder-suicides flashed on screen.
Others headlines that peppered the trailer apparently link shooting massacres to masculinity; images included stories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six staff members, and the shooting in Aurora, Colo., in which James Holmes killed 12 people inside a movie theater.
“The entire movie and lesson made it seem like masculinity was an unacceptable human trait. That it’s something males should avoid. It was completely pointless. It did nothing to help anyone. I got absolutely nothing out of the experience, other than a headache,” Goodman said to The College Fix.
University Threatens to ‘Silence’ Professor Protesting Genderless Pronouns
A psychology professor at the University of Toronto who is protesting a law that would force him to use certain pronouns for transgender and other gender nonconforming individuals says the school is trying to “silence” him.
“The university, yesterday, basically told me to silence myself,” Jordan Peterson told The Daily Signal. “That’s the second warning letter.”
Peterson has been a vocal opponent of a measure before Canada’s Parliament known as C-16, which would amend the nation’s human rights and criminal codes to make it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity and gender expression.
If passed, failure to refer to a person by the preferred pronoun or refusing to hire someone based on gender identity could qualify as discrimination and be punishable by law.
In a phone interview with The Daily Signal, Peterson said he has no problem with addressing people “as whatever gender they appear to be presenting themselves as.”
Peterson, a clinical psychologist, is a tenured professor.
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be called ‘she,’ I don’t give a damn,” he said. “If someone’s going through a fair bit of work to manifest themselves as a female or manifest themselves as a male, I’m not going to make an issue of it.”
What Peterson takes issue with, however, is the Canadian government potentially forcing him to speak in a manner that reflects a particular ideology, such as using the genderless pronouns “zie” or “hir.”
“The law should be very careful when it mandates what people have to say,” Peterson said, adding:
That’s the fundamental issue here. The mistake of this legislation is, it’s an attempt to force people to utter certain words that are not of their choosing. There’s a big difference between being required to not say something, and being required to say something. It’s a different category of law. One is closing your mouth. The other one is putting a hand inside you and forcing you to be a puppet.
Some students and other members of the University of Toronto community took immediate offense to Peterson’s remarks, telling school leaders they found his comments “unacceptable, emotionally disturbing, and painful.”
The university first warned Peterson to stop making “discriminatory” remarks in an Oct. 3 letter from Susanne Ferber, chairwoman of the Department of Psychology
The letter signed by Cameron and Nelson, dated Oct. 18, informs Peterson:
The impact of your behavior runs the risk of undermining your ability to conduct essential components of your job as a faculty member and we urge you to consider your obligations as a faculty member to act in a manner that is consistent with the law and with university policy.
Peterson’s tenure status provides “some protection” from being fired, he said, “but the limits of that can always be tested.”
The university officials object to what they call Peterson’s “discriminatory intentions”—that, as a matter of principle, he has said he’d refuse to comply with rules or laws dictating pronoun usage.
Peterson said he doesn’t intend to stop speaking out on the issue, and warned that political correctness is spiraling out of control, particularly in the U.S.
I think the university will send me a third warning letter, because I think they’re getting the documentation in order, and then I think there’s a reasonable probability that they’ll take action against me. And I think there’s a nontrivial possibility that I’ll be held up in front of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. I’m obviously prognosticating with regards to something I can’t predict, but the university did yesterday tell me to silence myself, and I didn’t expect them to do that.
Friday, October 21, 2016
NOTE: My normal posting time has come, only to find me under the influence of both health and cable problems. The cable problems seem by now to have been banished but too late for me to read much. There is a fair chance that I might be back in normal action by this time tomorrow.
My health problem is a post operative infection in the wound site -- most probably golden staph. I am on 300 mg of clindamycin 6 hourly so that should help. I can control the pain with di-gesic pretty well but I have to be cautious about sepsis so my next recourse may have to be a vancomycin drip.
Either the infection or the remedies seem to be making me very drowsy so I sleep for long periods, which is probably a good thing on the whole.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
More Leftist hate speech
A BBC news presenter has been suspended for allegedly calling the Tory government 'the new Nazis' in an online social media rant.
BBC Look North's Danny Carpenter reportedly accused the government of being 'cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic' in a Facebook rant and has now been suspended by the corporation as they carry out an investigation.
Mr Carpenter is also said to have called for the Brexit to be 'voted out' by Parliament because of a 'combination of dishonest fear-mongering and lies about the economy'.
He wrote earlier this month: 'Now let's see the Labour Party grow some proper balls and unite in the lobbies to vote out every cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic piece of legislation these new Nazis propose.
'Let's start by demanding a commons debate on Brexit and voting out this utterly undemocratic and non-legally binding referendum result which was achieved by a combination of dishonest fear-mongering and lies about the economy.'
Tory MP Nigel Adams told The Sun: 'I was gobsmacked to read the BBC journalist comments.
'Neutrality is so important but when you read such anti-Tory rhetoric from a well known local reporter, it does nothing to heal the preconceptions about BBC bias that many in politics have.'
A BBC spokesman said: 'The impartiality of our journalism is of the utmost importance to us. We have clear social media guidelines for staff, which we take very seriously. 'We have spoken to the member of staff and we are continuing to investigate.'
Supermarket is accused of 'cultural appropriation' for selling a Halloween Day of the Dead costume inspired by the Mexican festival
Asda was today accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ for selling a Halloween costume which has been labelled as disrespectful to Mexicans.
The supermarket has been criticised by shoppers for its ‘Halloween Day of the Dead skeleton costume’ inspired by the annual Dia de Muertos festival in Mexico.
Critics argue that Halloween and Day of the Dead are two separate events with different origins, and say it is culturally disrespectful to sell these outfits.
Dia de Muertos is a holiday to honour the dead, with participants decorating altars with flowers, candles, food and pictures in memory of loved ones.
The celebration originated as a ritual in South America as long as 3,000 years ago - and was merged with Catholicism following the Spanish Conquest.
Halloween is on All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before the Christian festival All Saints Day, and began 2,000 years ago as the Celts marked the end of summer.
People at that time believed the barrier between our world and that of ghosts and spirits became thin at this point, so had a huge party to scare them away.
Irish immigrants to the US raised the popularity of Halloween in the 19th century, before it became more commercialised and spread further in recent decades.
Asda’s ‘Halloween Day of the Dead’ costumes are available in both male and female styles and adult and children’s sizes, costing £16 and £11 respectively.
The store is also offering ‘Sugar Skull’ themed items, including masks, based on the traditional calavera skulls, which are used in Day of the Dead celebrations.
However some critics have tweeted their disappointment at the collection. Christina Bradley said: ‘The sugar skull range/the advert with sugar skull makeup for Halloween is awks. Learn what they’re about before you appropriate them?’
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Historic posters must not be shown: Erase history!
The Yale football team’s victory over Dartmouth Saturday was tainted by program booklets that featured racially insensitive portrayals of Native Americans on the cover.
The booklets, which were printed to commemorate the football team’s 100th game against Dartmouth, included eight historic renditions of program covers from past years, half of which contained offensive depictions of Native Americans that included Dartmouth’s unofficial former mascot, the Indian.
One cover showed a bulldog chasing the Native American figure up a tree, while another featured a Yale football player lighting the figure’s clothing on fire. The Athletics Department issued an apology for the programs Sunday.
The image of the cover surfaced on social media Saturday when Mary Kathryn Nagle, executive director for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, tweeted out a picture of the program, criticizing the “dehumanizing images of redface.”
Students’ condemnation of the cover took off after an image of it was posted on the Overheard at Yale Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
Later that day, Director of Athletics Thomas Beckett responded on behalf of Yale Athletics and issued an apology for the offensive images in a schoolwide email.
Sometimes you can't win
Actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised for modelling an "insensitive" top on a magazine cover.
The former Bollywood star features on the front of a recent copy of Conde Nast Traveller magazine, wearing a white vest top with the words "migrant", "refugee" and "outsider" crossed out, while "traveller" is left uncrossed.
However, people have been quick to criticise the publication for the message sent in the cover, with many stressing that being a refugee is "not a choice".
Priyanka, who currently stars in U.S. TV series Quantico, told Indian news channel NDTV: "I'm really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels."
She said that she is more than aware of the issues currently faced by refugees, and was actually aiming to send a message in support of their crisis.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
False accusations that Britain is a racist country
By Nadhim Zahawi MP (Nadhim Zahawi is a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and MP for Stratford On Avon)
Everyone needs to calm down, breathe, and think a little bit more before they react to stories about Brexit. Many seem to be excited every time they stumble upon a shred of evidence that might be twisted to point towards their view – already dearly held – that those who support Leave are racist fools, dreaming of an all-white Britain.
And this fantasy view is now sometimes taken of the entire Government, simply because Theresa May has committed to following through on the will of the British people. Now many opponents of Brexit are prone to seize upon any Government policy as evidence of shameful racism, and make it controversial. All to fit their sad view that this country is suddenly something to be ashamed of.
We saw this in the response to the consultation on the number of foreign workers companies have hired. Cue outrage – and the creation of fears that the Government will soon be regularly publishing lists of foreigners for angry mobs to threaten. But if only the outraged had paused and listened to what Ministers are saying, they would have heard what the plan actually was. Instead they heard a few words; placed them within their pre-existing view of the ‘xenophobic Tories’ and conjured up something to shock themselves with – something that gets wilder and wilder during the game of political Chinese whispers that is modern social media.
Of course the policy – to provide information to central Government about how many foreign workers they had to hire in order to provide useful detail about skills shortages – was perfectly reasonable. But when this reality started the perforate the self-satisfied bubble of disgust, those who had blown it up just called the move a U-turn and went on their way, ready to be righteous another day.
It would be all too easy to accept that some have created this idea of a racist Britain for themselves to fight against, and to conclude that we should ignore them, and get on with our lives. But instead we must stand up and challenge this view because it is so damaging and so far from reality. Ultimately, this distorted viewpoint only undermines the real fights against racism and intolerance.
Britain racist? Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
Across parts of Germany, running battles between immigrants and neo-Nazis are becoming so frequent that they no longer lead the news.
In France and Belgium, Jewish schools and synagogues require armed guards. In Toulouse, a mosque has been burned to the ground. In Sweden, neo-Nazi thugs warned of a ‘year of violence’ against immigrants.
Racist violence across much of Europe is now becoming almost routine.
So which country has the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe decided to accuse of ‘anti-foreigner sentiment’? You guessed it. The European Commission on Racism and Intolerance, which reports to the Council, says it is alarmed at the ‘intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration’.
Seriously? Political discourse in the UK? Let’s compare how politicians talk here with what passes unremarked in other EU states. Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka says: ‘To be honest, we don’t want a large Muslim population here.’ His Slovak counterpart, Robert Fico, is just as blunt: ‘Islam has no place in Slovakia.’
In France, Nicolas Sarkozy calls Islamic dress ‘a provocation’, and promises laws against it. (And, of course, a ban on the wearing of burkas on French beaches sparked huge rows over the summer.)
In Britain, by contrast, Theresa May was cheered by her party members yesterday when she said: ‘I want us to be a country where it doesn’t matter where you were born.’
By what measure is ours an intolerant country? To be sure, we have our bigots, as every nation does. But against whom are we being so harshly judged?
Monday, October 17, 2016
Assistant teacher fired for comparing Mrs Obama to a gorilla
Yet it was just fine and witty to compare GWB to a chimp! How come! Could it be that Mrs Obama really does look simian but GWB does not?
Jane Wood Allen, a parapro at Chestatee Elementary School, shared articles on Facebook about First Lady Michelle Obama with comments that used derogatory words like “gorilla” and other posts that contained anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim sentiments, according to school officials and her posts that were screen-captured by the Forsyth County News.
On Aug. 27, Allen shared an article by Opposing Views with the caption, “First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?”
Her comment on the post read, “I admire a gorilla more than I admire her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)! … She is the worst example of a First Lady ever! (Oh sorry, I meant gorilla not First Lady)!”
This week she posted an article from Americannews.com titled, “Outrage after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious,” on which Allen posted, “This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations!”
Yachting term "boat nigger" misunderstood
Definition: "Middle class white girls (usually) who go crewing on a voluntary (usually) basis on larger cruising or racing yachts on their gap year. Occasionally in the hope of meeting a male (usually) crewman from a middle class background and income bracket for likeminded travel, fun and sex
Real Housewives of Auckland star Michelle Blanchard has opened up about a racial slur that was used against her on an upcoming episode.
The comment, which was recorded as the women sailed on a luxury yacht in Australia's Port Douglas, involves Housewives star Julia Sloane referring to fellow housewife Michelle Blanchard as a "boat n.....".
Sloane is pakeha [white] and Blanchard is English with Jamaican ancestry on her mother's side.
After last week's episode, in which Sloane demanded she deserved the best villa bedroom over Blanchard and Kirkpatrick because she was blonde, the incident was hinted at in the "next episode" teaser.
It is understood that, off camera but recorded on a microphone, Sloane said to Kirkpatrick, "Gilda! Don't let Michelle be your boat n*****!", Spinoff reports.
Sloane then said in a reaction interview: "It's an old boating term. I should never have said it."
Blanchard is consoled by Kirkpatrick, who is in tears about the incident herself.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Obama Admin Says You’re “Racist and Intolerant” If You Believe in Religious Freedom
The Obama Administration released a concerning new report this month with recommendations that would chip away at Americans’ religious liberty.
The lengthy new report came from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Called “Peace Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” the report makes recommendations that it says would balance religious freedom with non-discrimination laws. However, the recommendations appear to be thinly veiled attempts to deny Americans’ their First Amendment right to religious freedom.
Commission Chairman Julian Castro wrote some very hostile words in his personal statement in the report:
“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance. … today, as in past, religion is being used as both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others equality. In our nation’s past religion has been used to justify slavery and later, Jim Crow laws.”
The report recommended that law and policy makers tailor religious exceptions “as narrowly” as possible, citing the “undue burden” that these exceptions place on “non discrimination law and policies.”
Another recommendation states: “Federal legislation should be considered to clarify that RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] creates First Amendment Free Exercise Clause rights only for individuals and religious institutions and only to the extent that they do not unduly burden civil liberties and civil rights protections against status-based discrimination.”
Deceptive poll results due to people being afraid to speak their minds?
This is something for all voters who have not made up their mind yet on who to vote for president. The left-leaning media does not even want to hint this is possible, but the fact is, previous presidential elections make it feasible. The Reagan landslide of 1980 over incumbent President Jimmy Carter and the 1948 victory of President Harry Truman, who defied virtually every national poll to win over Tom Dewey, the heavy favorite come to mind in the last 65-years.
Here’s the scenario beyond what the polls can accurately predict. Now let’s say a pollster calls you, and you are a Trump supporter. But you are also, say, deeply religious, or a very nice person who doesn’t want to be thought of as not nice, or, perhaps, a woman who doesn’t want to feel like she is betraying her gender.
You know that to speak up in many parts of the country means predictable liberal outrage and the left’s answer to silencing you; bigot, racist, extreme, intolerant, on and on. You have someone you don’t know on the other end of the line, who for all you know is recording the conversation, wants to know if you will vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
The media is has been bashing Trump to a pulp about womanizing, sexism, possible sexual harassment, etc. There is basically no equivalent for their “fair” reporting of Hillary and you are afraid to speak up.
How strong is the incentive to lie and say what you assume the pollster wants to hear? That is, to say what you think they want to hear, when in fact, you will vote for Donald Trump. Any Republican or conservative will tell you it’s tough to be different with the hysterical media and Hillary followers. You are uncaring, nasty, and possibly very stupid. These assumed attributes are doubled if you are a Republican and you support Donald Trump.
It makes it even harder to admit you will back the Republican Trump if you are an independent or a Democrat who just can’t stomach Hillary Clinton and think the country needs to change. You dodge such confrontations and merely stay silent.
It’s impossible to determine how many millions upon millions of likely voters will choose to make their decision in private, whether it be absentee ballot or at the polling booth. What will the “Trump bump” over the polls be on Election Day?
It would seem in this nasty election year, the polls would have to have a few extra points built in for Hillary Clinton based on the Trump shame factor. You want to be liked and you answer accordingly. You would never think to have a Trump placard on your front lawn, even though Hillary signs outnumber Trump signs 10-1.
Ask yourself this; How many men are going to hesitate before telling a female pollster they will vote for Trump? Maybe a Hispanic voice on the other end will silence your true opinion? Let’s be real.
Friday, October 14, 2016
City Councilwoman Says 'Wheely Wheely Good' Food Truck is Racist
East Asians are not allowed to make fun of themselves
Wheely Wheely Good was at a recent catering gig when the owners of the truck encountered the Democratic legislator.
“She approached our truck while we were working and started to argue with my partner and me,” recalls Wheely Wheely Good co-owner Alanna Li. “She told us, ‘Your truck’s name is super-racist.’ She used those words,” according to Philadelphia Magazine.
Li says that Gym also took umbrage at the Asian caricatures painted on the truck, as well as the typeface used in the design. Li says the caricatures are cartoon versions of her and her partner, Bailin Chen.
Gym took the issue to social media, tweeting a photo of her daughter holding a sign that read “RACISM SUCKS! AND SO DOES THIS” with an arrow pointing at the truck.
Li and Chen claim that Gym threatened to make it difficult for the company in the city if they didn't change thier name and design.
The coverage of the food truck has led to the Republican City Committee headquarters hiring Wheely Wheely Good to cater a presidential debate watch event next week.
British University cheerleading team cancels chav-themed night out after right-on students moaned they were 'appropriating working class culture'
"Chav" is a contemptuous term for assertive young British lower class people who often wear "shell suits", colourful tracksuit trousers matched with a colourful top
The Bristol University Cheerleading Society was set to host a chav night, but one of the cheerleaders complained that the theme could be seen as an appropriation of working class culture.
While the group's secretaries argued that 'not all working class people are chavs' this claim was ignored after the student union's equality office became involved.
Equality, Liberation and Access Officer Hannah Dualeh said she was keen to take a hard-line stance against the 'demonising of caricatures' and 'classist and horrible' behaviour and urged the society to change the theme.
She told student newspaper The Tab she was shocked 'by the lack of concern or apology' regarding an event that 'perpetuates oppression towards students from working class backgrounds', according to her social media output.
But the cheerleading troupe, seemingly unphased by Ms Dualeh's comments, proceeded to rename their event: 'Comfortable tracksuit bottoms and jumper night.'
The group was slammed again and accused of turning the criticisms into a joke before renaming the event simply 'social'.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Changing the Canadian national anthem
The epidemic of political correctness has reached absurd proportions and people are getting sick of it. Take the absurdity of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals changing the wording of our cherished national anthem to a gender-neutral version as an example.
In the absence of any pressing outcry from the general public for change to our anthem and much more pressing priorities such as the economy, high unemployment, rising deficits and national security the government would be hard pressed to explain the rationale of rushing this bill through.
Many of the advocates for changing the wording of our anthem bought into the false narrative that “in all thy sons command” was somehow discriminatory against women and therefore “sexist.”
This is nothing more than juvenile reasoning ignoring a certain poetic language of the past where “sons” included “daughters” and was in no way meant to discriminate. So now we are left with the lyrics “in all of us command” replacing “in all our son’s command” and a sloppy, ungrammatical and embarrassing national anthem as a second-rate token of appeasement.
Tom Flanagan’s words are most appropriate. “Most of all, it’s a bad idea to start rewriting national anthems and other national symbols every generation in response to passing trends in public opinion.
Once you start, the atheists will want to get God out, and the pacifists will object to standing on guard, and aboriginal activists will want to know who owns this native land.”
Putting a finger under your nose imitates Adolf?
He could just be smelling something
Embarrassed Ikea bosses remove framed picture of a young boy 'imitating Adolf Hitler' which took pride of place in a mock bedroom
The black and white print was pictured on the wall of the store in Cardiff.
Ikea bosses quickly removed it after the error of judgement was pointed out.
The print was spotted in a bedroom showroom by Stevie Davies-Evans, who posted a picture of it on Twitter.
He tweeted to the furniture giant: 'Saw this in a "Bedroom" in your Cardiff store yesterday. Inappropriate much? #Hitler #Salute'
The 33-year-old father told Wales Online: 'It was quite a shock when I saw it. I caught it by fluke.
'It was one of four pictures in a row above a bed and it just caught my eye.
The print was one of four pictures on the wall of the mock bedroom, with the rest being more innocuous.
Bosses at the furniture store said the picture had been removed.
'We apologise for any offence the image may have caused.'
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
More Leftist hate speech
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are asking people to buy sweatshirts promoting violence against police officers and classifying all white people as racists.
“Racism,” claims one hoodie’s page, “is a set of systematic, institutional, cultural, and epistemological (although not limited to said forms) structures [sic] that inherently empowers white folk and in turn disempowers people of color. This power dictates who lives, have housing, access to education/healthcare etc. Racism has little to do with hatred and mostly to do with who has power.”
Facebook has already removed an original picture of the sweatshirt for not following Facebook’s Community Standards. However, as of this writing, Facebook has yet to remove the post selling the sweatshirts.
One of the sweatshirt says “If I Encounter Another Cop With A God Complex I’m Going To Have To Show The World That They Are Human”, seemingly promoting violence towards police.
Since the clothing went up for sale on Etsy, Pickett has apparently been receiving racially charged messages online. He has put screenshots of several such messages on Facebook.
Must not mention black IQ -- or anything associated with blacks
When Money Magazine named Columbia, Md., the “best place to live” in America earlier this month, it splashed a glossy photo of a smiling local black family on its cover. “Why we love it,” the publication gushed: “A planned community that prizes economic and social diversity.”
Before the issue could even hit newsstands, however, another report threatened to paint a very different picture of the place.
These are a few of the “negative comments, gestures, and/or derogatory epithets against African-Americans” allegedly made by Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald, according to an investigation by the county’s Office of Human Rights.
* Black sheriff’s deputies “are not too smart, but they get the job done.”
* “There’s no watermelon there for you!”
* “Are you getting the chicken special?”
The report has shaken a community renowned for its racial tolerance and inclusivity. Protesters have twice picketed outside the sheriff’s office since the report was released last week. Elected officials across the political spectrum have called for Fitzgerald, a Democrat, to step down.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
PC zealots are blasted for banishing biblical carving from library after 40 years - because the depiction of a baby being SPEARED might upset children
A striking work of art is at the centre of a ‘censorship’ row after it was removed from public display after 40 years amid claims that it distresses children.
The Crucifixion Of Mankind, by sculptor Connor Barrett, has adorned a wall in a library in Colchester, Essex, since the 1980s, but has now been put in storage.
The mahogany carving depicts the crucifixion of Christ alongside a Pan-like figure, and also includes a scene of a soldier spearing a baby, echoing the biblical massacre of the innocents by Herod.
Essex County Council said the powerful artwork, which was completed in 1961 and given to the library by the artist, had been taken down because of the ‘graphic depiction of a baby impaled on a sword which has distressed parents and children’.
But last night the council was accused of censorship, political correctness and an ‘ignorance of the nation’s Christian heritage’.
The town’s former Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Bob Russell, who now holds the honorary position of Colchester High Steward, said: ‘The excuse that some people do not like it is not a reason for its removal. This is censorship, which is bad enough anywhere but not in a public building.’
Canon David Banting, an Essex vicar and member of the Church of England’s General Synod, said: ‘What has been acceptable and understood for over a generation needs to be explained to a new generation.’
Bryan Whiteley, chairman of the Colchester Art Society, also questioned the decision, saying: ‘It does seem strange that after so many years, a piece of artwork that was a gift should be removed because it is considered offensive.
‘In typical fashion, the person who made the decision cannot be identified. What is certain is that a small, vociferous minority have got their way again because a council is unwilling to defend slightly contentious works of art instead of explaining the meaning behind the ideas expressed.’
Australia: Job advert that explicitly asks for 'applicants of Aboriginal descent' sparks furious 'discrimination' backlash
The Left are obsessed with race and you can guess that they are pulling the strings here
Job advertisements which say only Indigenous people need apply have been labelled 'discrimination' by a talkback radio host.
Recruitment and labour hire company New Start Australia advertised a series of casual positions on the jobseeker website Indeed at the weekend.
'This is an Indigenous-identified position,' said the notices, which advertised casual positions in Carole Park, Queensland and Derrimut, Victoria.
'Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent (sic) (pursuant to Section 14 (d) of the Anti-discrimination act'.
Radio 3AW Mornings host Neil Mitchell told his listeners he was torn over the advertisements.
'The initial reaction is that's fair enough, there's certainly an employment problem amongst Indigenous people.
'Then I think yeah but hang on, if I'm not Indigenous and I'm a storeman and I'm looking for a job and I see that I'd be very annoyed and put out by it. 'It's positive discrimination, if you like, but it is discrimination... I haven't seen it put quite so blatantly before'.
The report sparked a backlash on social media: 'Imagine if it was reversed!' said one listener.
'Reverse racism is such a nice thing. Bloody disgraceful,' said another. 'Very Racist against white Ausstraalians (sic),' a third added.
New Start Australia is Indigenous owned and says on its website it 'acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work'. It specialises in Indigenous labour hire, recruitment, policy management and consultation.
There have been discrimination exemptions for advertising jobs only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders since about the 1980s.
Monday, October 10, 2016
John Cleese is slammed for bizarre Twitter rant against 'half-educated tenement Scots'
John Cleese has caused outrage after launching a foul-mouthed tirade against Scottish people on Twitter.
The Monty Python star, 76, was enraged by a column Scottish journalist Fraser Nelson had written in The Telegraph newspaper and turned to social media to vent his anger.
While commenting on the column he wrote: 'Why do we let half-educated tenement Scots run our English press? Because their craving for social status makes them obedient retainers?'
When he was slammed by fellow tweeters for making the offensive observation, he defended his comments.
The comedian remarked: 'It's not casual racism, it's considered culturalism.'
However, fans were less than impressed with the much-admired comic actor's opinions and many expressed their anger and disappointment.
A tenement is a very basic form of apartment which has housed a lot of Scots over the years. Families living in tenements usually shared some facilities. "Tenement" does not refer to race but it does refer to a culture of poverty
What word would you use to describe people who fish?
An Australian ruminates
A question came to my desk the other day: "Hello, can I ask a language question? Is it 'fishermen' or 'fishers'?
"Fishermen is obviously discriminatory, but fishers seems to be disliked by many within ABC Rural. And fisherpeople is out of the question. As someone who has never fished I feel like I have no authority to decide."
It's a good question, asked with noble intentions. But one thing made me pause: is "fishermen" an exclusionary term?
There's a line on this that says it isn't. Historically speaking, this position might even be correct: the Oxford English Dictionary does note that the suffix -men was considered until the 20th century to include women, if only by implication.
But! Language changes. There's even a nice little term for this: the etymological fallacy.
"Decimate" may once have meant "to kill one in every 10", but only the most rusted-on Roman legionary would today argue that the words means anything more than to more generally devastate or ruin.
And, if society has changed to be more inclusive of female perspectives, then so too should the language we use.
Fishermen, runs the non-sexist language reform line, could be seen to be as exclusionary as terms like chairmen. It treats maleness as the norm in matters involving more than one angler, and steps should be taken to rectify this disparity.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
UK: Must not imitate black people
In this case the rather gross Diane Abbott
Comedienne Jan Raven mocked the shadow health secretary in a skit on the ITV political show Peston on Sunday, drawing giggles from Labour MP Jess Phillips who remarked "very good".
The short segment also left host Robert Peston - who described it as "uncanny" - and Tory MP Anna Soubry in stitches, but has gone down badly with Mr Corbyn's fiercely loyal supporters on social media.
In it the impressionist imitated Ms Abbott's distinctive voice and delivered a speech chastising Mr Peston and Ms Phillips, urging them to "unite around Jeremy".
But leading Twitter Corbynista Eoin Clarke immediately leapt upon the clip, which was posted online, claiming that it showed that "trolling black women is still fair game" in the Labour Party.
Replying to the video on the Peston on Sunday Twitter feed other Corbyn supporters also got in on the act, accusing the show of "racism" and decrying the choice of guests as "a room of white liberals".
Notably almost all of the users replying negatively to the tweet did so using anonymous pseudonyms.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum?
The traditional Latin piece of advice above translates as: "Speak only good of the dead". But is it not absurd? Should we speak only good of Hitler?
Absurd or not, it seems widely regarded as good manners. So when an Australian Senator made a perfectly factual comment about a dead person which alluded to something unpopular about that person, that was widely condemned.
The person concerned was a popular media personality and she was being very fulsomely praised in something of a media frenzy. I infer that the Senator was only trying to restore some balance to the commentary about her. I don't see that he has anything to apologize for. An alternative point of view is often unpopular but is all the more important for that
A senator has been slammed on social media and faces calls to resign after a 'horrid, dreadful' tweet about sports journalist Rebecca Wilson.
The 54-year-old broadcast and print veteran died at home on Friday after a 'long' battle with breast cancer she had kept very private.
Just hours after the Daily and Sunday Telegraph columnist's death, Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjlem tweeted: 'Doubt there'll be many #WSW (Western Sydney Wanderers) fans at Rebecca Wilson's funeral #innocentlivesdamaged.'
He quickly came under attack for the post - a reference to Ms Wilson naming and shaming fans allegedly on Football Federation Australia's banned list, nearly half who were fans of the western Sydney club.
Fairfax investigative journalist Kate McClymont said: 'Shame on you, Senator @DavidLeyonhjelm. 'You mightn't have agreed with Rebecca Wilson but with her death so fresh show some human decency.'
'That's a pretty horrid thing to say so close to her death,' tweeted TV critic Steve Molk.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Must not prefer attractive women
London recruitment firm Matching Models under fire over jobs for 'attractive' women and specifying bra size
A high-end London recruitment firm serving the wealthy was under fire today for advertising jobs only for “attractive” women - and even specifying what their bra size should be.
Matching Models specialises in providing companies and private clients with candidates for jobs including “hospitality staff, receptionists, flight attendants, as well as sales and promotional staff worldwide.”
In a statement on its website, it says: “It is almost politically incorrect to request someone to work for you that is both attractive as well as professionally equipped with the right set of skills.
“However, our company understands the importance of having the right people representing your company, because after all, first impressions count.”
A job for a PA advertised on the company’s website, insists candidates have “a classic look” and “brown long hair with b-c cup.”
The position, working for “a well known flamboyant aristocratic figure,” says applicants should have a “a bubbly personality and flexible approach” and “classy and immaculate presentation.”
It commands a salary of between £110,000 and £140,000 and also involves working on a private Learjet as a flight attendant.
But Sam Smethers, chief executive of leading women’s equality campaign group the Fawcett Society, criticised the approach. She said: “It is advisable and also makes good business sense to seek the best person for the job.
“Employers can take positive action measures to recruit under-represented groups, but targeting ‘beautiful and attractive’ just stereotypes women.”
Calling Scottish people 'Jocks' is fine, rules TV watchdog - but 'Taff' IS offensive
It is a term that has divided Scotland for centuries - with some viewing it as a friendly nickname and other condemning it as an insult.
But the word 'Jock' has been deemed of 'limited concern' and on par with calling someone a 'Nazi' or 'Hun' by the communications watchdog Ofcom.
They were all viewed as less shocking than referring to a Welsh person as a 'Taff' - a slang term which derives from the River Taff which runs through Cardiff.
The regulator has published a document that ranks offensive terms on a scale from 'mild' to 'strongest'.
Ofcom's rankings have raised eyebrows, especially concerning how the word 'Jock' is no more or less offensive than the word 'Nazi', which Ofcom also deemed 'mild'.
'Hun', which Rangers fans have lobbied to make a hate crime when used in a footballing context, was also deemed 'mild'.
The report, Attitudes to Potentially Offensive Language and Gestures on TV and Radio, was based on a survey of 248 people in the UK.
'Ginger' is deemed funny and described as 'mild language, generally of little concern… typically viewed as a humorous insult, however, more aggression or specific intent to hurt heightens impact'.
The term 'Hun', sometimes used as a derogatory term for Rangers fans, is described as 'mild language, generally of little concern… however, seen as less acceptable by those familiar with the history and use of the term as a sectarian insult'.
The report states that some interviewees who were unaware of its use as an insult assumed it was an abbreviation of 'Honey'.
'Taff', a derogatory term for a Welsh person, is considered more offensive than 'Jock' and is described as 'medium language, potentially unacceptable... uncertainty outside Wales about how offensive it is to Welsh people'.
The Ofcom report states: 'Participants in the research found it hard to make overall judgments about individual words or gestures without taking into account the specific context.
'In some cases, they gave their views on the acceptability of words without being provided with detail about how a specific word might have been used.'
Last week, the BBC was accused of racism after 'Jock' appeared in a headline in a story about the Scottish economy.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Must not compare the Obamas to a group of monkeys
But calling George Bush a chimp is fine, of course
“MORE than enough people, if they were honest, would laugh and respond in a positive way,” reads a comment under a Facebook post.
The post it sits under, a meme, features a group of orangutans in a wheelbarrow. It looks innocent enough, until you read the caption.
“Aww ... moving day at the Whitehouse has finally arrived,” it says. “Kenya or bust”.
In fact, Charles Wasko’s page is filled with dirty and derogatory posts. One in which calls for the lynching of President Barack Obama, for example.
Mr Wasko’s posts have become so inflammatory, with such a wide reach, the town in which he holds the entitled position of mayor, West York, in Pennsylvania, now wants him out.
Honesty risky on dating sites
Many women have unrealistic views of their own desirability but you must not say so
A PERTH man has been branded a “creep” after he shut down a woman on a dating website because he doesn’t “consider dating women who are over 30 and overweight.”
A Scottish woman from Edinburgh messaged ‘Ash’ on dating website Plenty Of Fish (POF) “just to say hi,” said the woman’s sister, who shared the interaction on Facebook. “OK, so my sister messaged someone on an online dating site just to say hi ... and got this,” she wrote.
‘Ash’ replied with an extensive message explaining why he refuses to date women over 30.
“I was specific with age because I would like to start a family one day and, to be honest, I think that the necessary timeline before doing so is shortened/compressed with a lady over 30,” he wrote.
“I was also specific about weight as I have never been attracted to big women. However since moving to Scotland and going on POF [Plenty of Fish, the dating app] I have learned that ‘average body type’ is commonly held to be around a dress size 14/16.
“I had to google this, but that dress size, with a waist around 34 inches, indicates a woman as being very overweight and all likelihood medically obese.”
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Must not mention FAT
She found herself at the centre of a social media backlash for daring to voice her opinion about an unhealthy breakfast she spotted someone tucking into.
But Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp yesterday defended herself against accusations of fat-shaming claiming she had shared her observation to highlight the pressure on the NHS caused by obesity.
Last week she took to Twitter and revealed: ‘Just saw a guy have a glass of coke, a cappuccino, a croissant and a ham & cheese sandwich for breakfast #OurNHSistoast #worldgonemad’
Yesterday in an open letter she posted on social media, the Location, Location, Location star said the only point she was trying to make is that if we ‘all want a functioning NHS we all need to take a pull [take responsibility].
'It’s not healthy [to eat what the man in the café was consuming] whether it’s breakfast, lunch or supper.
'We can either take a pull and accept that what we eat hugely impacts our health and therefore #OurNHS or we can stick our heads in the sand.
'Say anything about over eating and its impact on the NHS and a whole load of folk go crazy, wonder why....
Japanese Sushi chain accused of hate crime
Extra hot spice added to food for Westerners
A JAPANESE sushi chain is being accused of “wasabi terrorism” after it admitted to heaping excess dollops of the pungent root into foreign customers’ food.
Osaka-based Ichibazushi issued an apology on its website Sunday, owning up to the charges but denying discrimination was at play.
It insisted that the wasabi-laced sushi was a response to many foreign-born patrons ordering extra portions of the fiery green paste used a condiment for the raw fish dish.
The chain did, however, acknowledge that some of its chefs had slipped copious amounts of wasabi — reportedly sometimes twice as much as usual — into unsuspecting customers’ food.
It was not immediately clear how many incidents there had been. “Because many of our overseas customers frequently order extra amounts of pickled ginger and wasabi, we gave them more without checking first,” the chain’s operator said.
“The result was unpleasant for some guests who aren’t fans of wasabi.”
The story was picked up by national media which pointed to comments online complaining of so-called “wasabi terrorism” -- and racism. “That is no apology; it’s an excuse. What they did was a hate crime,” @sakeuchi317 wrote on Twitter.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Racist, culturally insensitive : High school girls basketball team under fire over poster
A high school girls basketball team has been criticised over a poster promoting their upcoming season. Featuring the girls of the 2016 Clarke basketball team wearing headdresses and war paint, the poster has since been described as 'racist' and 'culturally incorrect'.
According to KCCI, no members of the basketball team are Native American.
Based in Southern Iowa, Vicky Apala-Cuevas of the Oglala Lakota tribe told KCCI that "everything" shown on the poster was culturally incorrect, and painful to look at. "Everything that I saw on the poster does not in any manner depict Native American women and that's the sad part," Apala-Cuevas said. "Our women are very beautiful and to be respected."
She said the way the basketball players were dressed was "culturally insensitive."
Community members and parents of the players have since defended the poster.
Arminda Cosner, a mother of one team member, defended the poster. "These girls are representing being ready for the season to come up, being ready and even nowadays it's an empowering message for women all over and these young women are doing it," said Ms Cosner.
Community members and parents of the players said the poster is meant to show how proud they are to be Clarke Indians.
"These girls are representing being ready for the season to come up, being ready and even nowadays it's an empowering message for women all over and these young women are doing it," said Arminda Cosner, who has a daughter on the team.
These lamebrain critics seem unable to admit that these Indian themes are meant to CELEBRATE the strong qualities of American Indians
Straight talk about black riots not allowed
Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended for the rest of the season for sending racially insensitive tweets about the protests of police killings in Charlotte on Wednesday.
The Mariners announced the decision on Friday, following Clevenger’s tweets on Thursday night.
The posts refer to police-shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott as a "thug," mock athletes protesting during the national anthem and also lash out at the Black Lives Matter movement and President Barack Obama. The posts also suggest those involved in the Charlotte protest “should be locked behind bars like animals.”
Monday, October 03, 2016
German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook
No free speech in Germany -- again. There was no free speech under Hitler either. You would think they would learn from that
German prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe.
Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organisations.
Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their site.
Mr Jun is principal partner of the law firm Jun Lawyers of Wuerzburg in Bavaria.
Facebook said the complaint had no merit. "Mr Jun's complaints have repeatedly been rejected and there is no merit to this (latest) one either," a Facebook spokeswoman said.
"There is no place for hate on Facebook. Rather than focusing on these claims we work with partners to fight hate speech and foster counter speech."
Facebook's rules forbid bullying, harassment and threatening language, but critics say it does not do enough to enforce them.
A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor in Munich said a decision would be taken in coming weeks on whether to act on the new complaint, which names Mr Zuckerberg - Facebook's founder and chief executive - and regional European and German managers.
The national anthem went off without a hitch at the Australian Football League Grand Final
Calls to emulate Kaepernick went unheeded
OBVIOUSLY no one was listening to Anthony Mundine. The former NRL star-cum-boxer wanted players and fans to boycott the national anthems at this weekend’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals to protest against Australia’s “ignorant” attitude towards Aborigines.
“Been saying this for years!” Mundine wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. “The anthem was written in late 1700s where blackfullas (sic) were considered fauna (animals) Advance Australia Fair as in white not fair as in fair go ...
“All players aboriginal & non aboriginal should boycott the anthem & start changing Australia’s ignorant mentality. “Lets move forward together yo.”
The proposal was rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said: “Everyone should sing. Those like myself who perhaps are not the best singers should perhaps sing quietly so as not to ruin the experience for neighbours, but everyone should sing and everyone should be proud about our country and the fact that we can come together with sport.”
Swans forward Buddy Franklin rubbished the idea as “stupid” and television personality Karl Stefanovic thought it was “ridiculous”.
It came after NRL greats Larry Corowa and Joe Williams publicly called on players to “send a powerful message to white Australia” when Advance Australia Fair is played before the rugby league Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
But Mundine’s wish went unheeded, as the anthem went off without a hitch at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. The players put their arms around each other’s shoulders and the crowd was respectful.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Evil film shut down
Vaccination has been protecting people from disease for around 200 years so attacks on it are just attention-seeking sensationalism. The supposed link to autism has long ago been debunked and traced to a crooked scientist named Andrew Wakefield. I would burn him at the stake for all the harm he has caused to children
DAVID Thrussell doesn’t see it as a debate between mainstream healthcare and what has been derided as quack science. He sees it as an issue of free speech
But the man in charge of a small film festival in country Victoria said he didn’t realise the "powder keg" he’d lit when he chose to screen a documentary that calls into question the safety of vaccinations.
The makers of Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe claim it highlights a link between autism and immunisation. Critics say it is nothing more that anti-vax propaganda "based on lies" that will scare parents away from vaccinating their children against disease.
The documentary was supposed to have its premiere in April at Robert De Niro’s New York Tribeca film festival before it was abruptly dumped from the schedule after angry protests. De Niro later said he regretted the move.
It was then picked up by the tiny Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF), based in a Central Victorian town known more for vineyards than vaccinations, who planned to premiere it next month.
But those plans have just been shelved, news.com.au can reveal, following what Mr Thrussell, CLIFF’s creative director, said was a "highly co-ordinated campaign of intimidation" surrounding the film.
‘Is Your Dog’s Halloween Costume Sexist?’
The Washington Post thinks that your pet’s Halloween costume may be sexist.
Abha Bhattarai reports that while "national retailers have begun taking steps to eliminate gender labels from their products" for humans, pet stores such as PetSmart and Baxter Boo still segregate dog costumes by male and female.
The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled "male" include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink loofah.
On the site BaxterBoo.com, options for your female pooch include "sweet heart nurse" or French maid. "Any tidy girl dog will look adorable wearing this French Maid Dog Costume," the site’s description reads. "Whether your pup is a clean freak or a messy mutt, she will enjoy playing ‘dress up’ in this fun costume."
"It seems silly on the surface, but this is part of a larger message we’re sending, that there are certain jobs for men, and certain jobs for women," said Scott Lawrie, 36, who co-hosts a podcast, ‘She will not be ignored,’ about gender issues. "The career options for women — and dogs — need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls."
Friday, September 30, 2016
Instapundit ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet Ruled Free Speech
The University of Tennessee will not punish the law professor who tweeted “run them down” about Charlotte protesters, after a school investigation found he was exercising his First Amendment rights.
“In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds,” law school Dean Melanie Wilson announced Tuesday, saying she had spent a week investigating the case. “The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights.”
Glenn Reynolds fired off the tweet as protesters upset that police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott were gathering on a highway in Charlotte, prompting a local news alert. “Protesters on I-277 stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles,” the alert read. “AVOID.”
Reynolds retweeted the alert, and added: “Run them down.”
Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L
More than 1-in-10 "hate incidents" reported to the UW-La Crosse "Hate Response Team" were deemed fake or frivolous.
Among the reports that were considered legitimate were the display of a Crucifix, the mere existence of a Christian student group, and an off-campus blog post about life as a white student.
A report released by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s “Hate Response Team” shows that more than 10 percent of reported hate incidents were determined to be fake or frivolous.
In fact, the report notes that 28 of 192 reports were found to be either completely fake or “not a bias/hate incident,” accounting for 14 percent of all incidents reported.
A Crucifix was reported for representing “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”
Meanwhile, of the reports that were legitimate, students complained about everything from images of the crucifix to a blog post about life on campus as a white student.
According to The La Crosse Tribune, one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”
Two other students turned in one of their peers for publishing a blog post about life as a white student, calling his post offensive to students of color, and even saying that the proximity of the author’s off-campus residence made them feel unsafe living on campus.
After the infamous “chalkening” had spread to UW La Crosse’s campus, several students reported the incident to the Hate Response Team, whose report shows a drastic increase in activity over the few days it occurred—18 reports in just three days.
The school had initially responded to the chalkening with a Facebook post that called it “contradictory to our mission as a university,” but later deleted the post after facing national criticism.
In most cases, students who reported instances of bias refused contact with the Hate Response Team, with only 34 of 192 reporters requesting contact from a Hate Response Team advocate.
Of the 192 reports, 56 of them were simply classified as a “statement,” which the Hate Response Team describes as “not only words that are spoken, but also instances where hateful messages are conveyed using sign language, gestures, or similar forms of direct interpersonal communication.”
But the Hate Response Team continues to defend itself as being consistent with the First Amendment rights of students, arguing in its report that “while the First Amendment protects free expression of ideas that are sometimes offensive, that does not mean the university is powerless to respond.”
Indeed, the Hate Response Team claims that its mission is to “assist the victim/target in receiving the appropriate services,” but only 34 students requested such services in the past academic year alone.
The Hate Response Team has been highly criticized by several national institutions, including the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which awarded the school its February “Speech Code of the Month” award.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
UK: Pakistani actor Marc called Indians 'bastards' in a Twitter rant
Pakistanis tend not to like Indians -- in part because India is more prosperous than Pakistan
Coronation Street viewers are calling for police to investigate Pakistan-born soap actor Marc Anwar after he was fired from the show for a racist rant on social media.
Mr Anwar, 45, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in Corrie, referred to Indians as 'bastards' and 'piss-drinking c*nts' on Twitter.
On his account - which ironically says 'it's not what you say, but what you do' - he also wrote: 'Why the f*ck do Pakistani artists want to work in f*ckface India? Do you love money so much?'
It has prompted a furious backlash on social media, with many describing themselves as 'disgusted' and others calling for Mr Anwar to be reported for a hate crime.
Twitter users hit out at Mr Anwar, who has previously campaigned against hate crime with the British Transport Police.
The Sunday Mirror alerted ITV bosses to the Twitter rant and the actor was reportedly sacked within hours
ITV said in a statement: 'We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.
Must not disrespect "Black lives matter" group
If you think that what they do is just vandalism, you are not allowed to say so
A game satirizing the Black Lives Matter movement has been removed from the Google Play store for violating the store’s “hate speech” policy, the developers behind the game have revealed.
The game, called #Black Lives Matter, was a satire of the Black Lives Matter movement which used real quotes from activists and sympathisers of the movement.
On the game’s website, the developers describe the game as a chance to, “Defend your police station from crazy protesters and Black Lives Matter henchmen in this satirical tower defense game!”
However the developers were soon contacted by Google, who said they had pulled the game from the store for “its clear violation of our acceptable use policy,” with the company pointing to the hate speech section which states:
"We don’t allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity"
As Raj Patel, a developer at Limited Software, points out, the app does not violate this policy as Black Lives Matter is not a race but an organisation.
Talking to Breitbart Tech, Patel claimed that the decision was “absolutely politically motivated,” especially because “Google has expressed public support for Black Lives Matter on multiple occasions.”
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Now "My country" is racist
Anger of PC accused of racism: Officer investigated after telling pro-Kurd protester 'you don't tell me what to do in my country' during clashes
A police officer is under investigation for racism after telling a demonstrator: 'You don't tell me what to do in my country.'
Marcus Tyson was responding to a screaming pro-Kurd activist who told him to 'get out of here' during an ugly clash.
The Metropolitan Police officer, who has served on the frontline for almost 29 years, thought little more about the incident.
But after a video was posted online, he found himself under investigation for racism and could now be sacked for gross misconduct.
Yesterday, Pc Tyson blasted his force for overreacting and described their actions as akin to 'Stalinist thought police'.
He accused his superiors of 'oppressive political correctness' and said many colleagues are 'afraid to do their jobs properly' as a result.
'I would like to know upon what basis they regard my statement as being racist — it is purely a statement of fact that this is my country,' he told The Sunday Times.
'The action the Department of Professional Standards has taken against me is so wildly over the top, it discredits the investigators and brings their judgment into question.'
The activist made a formal complaint to the Met on August 20, about which Tyson was notified in writing on September 6.
However, the wording in the complaint does not exactly match the wording of Tyson's comment, which can be heard in the online video.
The woman alleges he said: 'You can't teach me what I can do in my country.' However, the video captures him saying: 'You don't tell me what to do in my country.'
Last week he was placed under investigation for allegedly 'breaching the standards of professional behaviour' by 'using discriminatory language'.
Muslim preacher who branded a woman in skinny jeans a slut then shouted 'the Queen a terrorist' is found guilty of racial abuse
He certainly should have been prosecuted for harassing women but what he said was just nonsense that could have been ignored
An Islamic street preacher has been found guilty of abusing a woman in the street over her skinny jeans.
Unemployed Krissoni Henderson confronted his victim, Noor Alneaimi, in Birmingham's New Street on July 4 this year.
Henderson accosted his Muslim victim over her jeans before calling her a slut and saying he would blow up her house.
He said: 'You shall burn in hell, look at your jeans they are so tight. You will burn in hell for wearing such clothes'.
When she said she would report him, he told her: 'They can't do nothing. I am going to come down your house and blow up you and your house.'
Ms Alneaimi previously told the court: 'He started calling females on the street prostitutes, predominantly white women, calling them sluts. One woman started crying and ran off.
'Then he started hurling abuse at me. He said: 'Look at your tight jeans. You are a kafir'. I was dressed in Western clothes so I don't think he thought I was a Muslim.
'He kept saying: 'Satan, Satan, Satan' and it started drawing attention. I moved away because I was becoming frightened.'