Police and protesters clashed once again at the Lee monument on Friday night, with chemical irritants used to clear the scene and six arrests made in the aftermath.
That confrontation, which happened between 10 and 11 p.m., was followed by officers clearing the scene. Protesters then returned to their original position in what they have deemed Marcus-David Peters Circle for the remainder of the night.
First, we had Spanish Flu Two. Then we had Great Depression Two, followed by 1968 Two. Now, we’ve got Dust Bowl.
By Doyle Rice
A huge plume of dust and sand, blown by the wind from the Sahara Desert, has finally reached the U.S. mainland.
It’s one of the most significant Saharan dust events in decades, forecasters said.
The densest plume of dust began to emerge off western Africa last weekend and has now moved into the Gulf of Mexico and the South, the Weather Channel said.
By Jim Carlton
Wall Street Journal
Several hundred demonstrators are staying in an autonomous area claimed by protesters for racial justice in Seattle, even as its size is shrinking and pressure to shut it down completely is increasing from local businesses and residents, as well as city officials.
The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, or CHOP, began on June 8 after thousands of protesters moved into a six-block area in the artsy neighborhood. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered police to abandon the local East Precinct police station to help end violent confrontations there following the killing of the African-American George Floyd by a white Minneapolis policeman on May 25.
There were plenty of whites and people other ethnic groups that participated in the black civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s. Nothing wrong with that. Obviously, there are a lot of virtue signalers, do-gooders, moral panickers, middle-class co-opters, ruling class opportunists, exaggerated sports rioters, and left-wing totalitarians that have come out of the baseboards during the uprising, but the uprising itself is real, and it’s being driven by a combination of race, class, and state. Some participants are motivated by opposition to police oppression of minorities, some by opposition to class oppression, and some by opposition to state oppression, and some by opposition to all three. The comments from Robert Johnson are interesting.
By Steve Watson
The full breakdown reveals that just 17 percent of protesters were black, while 46 percent were white.
A further 22 percent were Hispanic, with eight percent being Asian, the analysis highlights.
Perhaps even more telling is the demographic breakdown in terms of political affiliation.
Almost four out of every five “protesters” identified as Democrats or Democrat-leaning, with fewer than 17 percent identifying as Republicans.
The findings dovetail with comments made by BET Founder Robert Johnson yesterday, who noted that most black Americans “laugh” at white people attempting to bring down monuments and cancel everything they deem to be “racist.”
And a lot of these slaves are being used by Western corporations while Western governments look the other way. All of the rhetoric coming from Western elites about “human rights,” “democracy,” “civil rights,” etc has about as much seriousness and legitimacy as when the ancient Egyptian rulers claimed to be descended from the sun-god.
Also, notice that in the recent uprising, despite all of the leisure class virtue-signaling that has taken place, there has been literally zero mention of American oppression of people outside the United States. Domestic oppression is only the tip of the iceberg.
India is home to the largest number of enslaved people in the world.
A little over 18 million people—equal to the entire population of Chile—are victims of modern slavery in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Global Slavery Index (pdf), published by Australia-based human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Such persons are often engaged in domestic work, construction, farming, fishing, manual labour, forced begging, and in the sex industry.
The index defines modern slavery as a situation where “a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception, with treatment akin to a farm animal.” This also includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.
Mississippi has the worst poverty rate in the US and an infant mortality rate that matches China’s or Sri Lanka’s, particularly among blacks. Princess Faith doesn’t seem much worried about that (and probably doesn’t know about it). While the lumpenproletariat engages in actual class war and armed struggle against the state, aristocrats and the new clerisy engage in virtue signaling and fuel moral panic.
By Joe Erwin
New York Daily News
Country music icon Faith Hill had a hit with “Mississippi Girl,” but she’s got a big problem with her home state.
It flies on flagpoles throughout the Magnolia State. The country superstar took to Twitter in a series of tweets asking Mississippi to change its state flag, which has a portion of the Confederate battle flag in its top left corner.
An intra-ruling class conflict between Big Tech and Wall Street. Excellent.
By Storm Gifford
New York Daily News
Wall Street talked and Mark Zuckerberg finally listened.
The Facebook CEO did an abrupt about-face on Friday by implementing policy changes regarding hate content on his social media platform as the company’s stock nosedived.
At market close, Facebook shares were down 8.3% for the day to $216.08 per share.
Zuckerberg announced the changes during a virtual meeting on Friday as yet more advertisers vowed to stop advertising on Facebook, sending shares tumbling.
Universities need to purge their libraries of Marxist literature, lol.
By Walter Williams
For those who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical tidbits they might find interesting. Nathaniel Weyl, himself a former communist, dug them up for his 1979 book, “Karl Marx: Racist.” For example, Marx didn’t think much of Mexicans. When the United States annexed California after the Mexican War, Marx sarcastically asked, “Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it?” Engels shared Marx’s contempt for Mexicans, explaining: “In America we have witnessed the conquest of Mexico and have rejoiced at it. It is to the interest of its own development that Mexico will be placed under the tutelage of the United States.”
The Left is making the same mistake it made in the Spanish Civil War, and with the same results.
By Jason Scott Jones
June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2013, the New York Times published a bleak essay titled “The End of a Catholic Moment,” mourning the loss of the prestige and influence Catholics had had in America only a few years earlier.
In 2005, Republicans built their party platform on Catholic social teachings, Democrats anxiously sought the approval of Catholic “values voters,” and the mainstream media broadcasted Pope Saint John Paul II’s splendid funeral with such reverence that it “almost felt like an infomercial for the Catholic faith.”
Are the battle lines being drawn in the future inter-tribal civil war?
By Pete Baklinski
VENTURA, California, June 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of courageous young Catholics surrounded the statue of a saint in Ventura, California last Saturday, placing their bodies in between Junipero Serra and the mob who wanted to tear him down.
The anti-Serra demonstrators had put out a call on social media for the June 20 event that began at 1 PM. Calling the event “Tear down Junipero Serra,” the demonstrators stated that “No longer shall we celebrate the enslavement, rape, and genocide of the original people of Ventura.”
Therefore reinforcing the stereotype that skin color determines voice texture or accent as opposed to geography, culture, and class.
The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria’s voiceover of Indian-American character Apu.
Mr Azaria said earlier this year that he was stepping down from the role.
The entertainment industry has come under growing pressure to provide more opportunities for non-white performers.
Friday’s announcement comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 May.
“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers said in a short statement.
Excellent. Let’s hope more firms follow suit. Spare us the annoyance of advertising while bankrupting Big Tech.
By Orion Rummler
Coca-Cola is pulling all paid social media advertisements for 30 days, saying “there is no place for racism on social media,” CEO James Quincey said in a statement on Friday.
Why it matters: Although Coca-Cola does not single out Facebook in its announcement, the company’s decision to temporarily pull ads comes as Hershey’s, Verizon, Unilever and other brands have joined a boycott of the social network over its content moderation policies.
“America’s face abroad” is bullets, bombs, and tanks, combined with McDonald’s golden arches, Coca-Cola cans, and Hollywood films. Americanization is antithetical to “diversity.”
By Lara Jakes
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Tianna Spears dreamed for years of becoming an American diplomat. She quit in January after two, and says she will never return to the State Department, given what she has described as its failure to protect her from racial discrimination — from the United States government — while on the job.
By Stratton J. Davis
Ever since the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was created in Seattle, it has been a prominent subject of discussion for many. The question usually being discussed is whether we should support it or not. While those on the left seem to be in support of CHAZ (mostly), among the libertarian right there seems to be ill feelings.
While some writers such as Walter Block have offered their philosophical defense for it, many have found reasons to detest CHAZ. These reasons vary from CHAZ simply being a leftist concoction to how the inner workings of CHAZ do not reflect “true” libertarian values. Sure, some of their inner workings include a warlord who is bent on power and achieves it through force, as well as absurd rules that plunder from one group for the benefit of another (kind of like the government that they claim to hate so much does – ironic).
So I guess the main thing James Fields did wrong was not becoming a cop before he ran over Heather Heyer.
By Eric Umansky
Last Halloween, my wife and then-6-year-old daughter were making their way home after trick-or-treating in Brooklyn. Suddenly, an unmarked NYPD car with sirens wailing began speeding against traffic up a one-way street, our neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. The officer seemed to be going after a few teenage boys.
Then, in an instant, the car hit one of the kids.
The ultimate intentional community.
By Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix
The idea of a human colony on Titan, a moon of Saturn, might sound crazy. Its temperature hovers at nearly 300° below zero Fahrenheit, and its skies rain methane and ethane that flow into hydrocarbon seas. Nevertheless, Titan could be the only place in the solar system where it makes sense to build a permanent, self-sufficient human settlement.
We reached this conclusion after looking at the planets in a new way: ecologically. We considered the habitat that human beings need and searched for those conditions in our celestial neighborhood.
Our colonization scenario, based on science, technology, politics and culture, presents a thought experiment for anyone who wants to think about the species’ distant future.
Some more intentional community locations?
The world has left an awful lot behind – as these haunting images of decaying industry from all four corners of the globe reveal. They feature in new book ‘Abandoned Industrial Places’, by David Ross, which contains more than 200 photos of empty factories, laboratories, mills and mines. And while spooky, they are also irresistibly fascinating, with the structures they capture – some of which are jaw-dropping pieces of architecture – often having been left to decay among the stunning landscapes. Click through to see the most amazing images, with captions courtesy of the author…
Some of these characters definitely have chutzpah. I’ll give ’em that.
By Victoria Albert
Former police officer Brett Hankison has appealed his firing over the death of 26-year-old emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor. In the appeal, Hankison’s lawyers argue that officials bowed to public pressure and fired him before the FBI, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Kentucky State Police had completed their investigations.
If European leaders were sensible, they would have excluded Americans a long time ago.
By Philip Blenkinsop
BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final “safe list” of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.
A Minneapolis community, just a few miles away from where George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, pledged to “check its privilege,” allowing hundreds of transients and homeless individuals to take up residents on their front lawns and pledging not to call the police to handle incidents of drug abuse and mental illness.
Now that same town’s residents are concerned things have gotten out of hand. Crime is rampant and the homeless encampment now has more than 300 people.