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https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/russian-iphone-user-sues-apple-for-turning-him-gay-a67564 (archive)

A Russian man is seeking more than $15,000 in damages from Apple after claiming that the U.S. tech giant drove him to homosexuality, the Govorit Moskva radio station has reported.
The plaintiff, identified as D. Razumilov, alleges that he became “mired in same-sex relationships” this summer after receiving 69 GayCoins on a cryptocurrency payment app he downloaded onto his iPhone in 2017. The unknown sender was said to have included an English-language message that Razumilov interpreted as “don’t judge without trying.”

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“I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try same-sex relationships,” Razumilov wrote in a complaint published by Govorit Moskva on Wednesday.
“I can say after the passage of two months that I’m mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex and can’t get out,” his complaint continues. “I have a steady boyfriend and I don’t know how to explain it to my parents. After receiving the aforementioned message, my life has changed for the worse and will never be normal again.”
Razumilov accused Apple of “manipulatively pushing me toward homosexuality,” which caused him “moral suffering and harm to mental health,” in his 1 million ruble ($15,300) complaint.
Moscow’s Presnensky District Court registered Razumilov’s lawsuit last Wednesday, according to the court database, and has scheduled an interview for Oct. 17.
 

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A rather horrifying story, though enlightening- turns out David French only pays about $1000-1500 per kid.

19 pregnant girls rescued in Lagos baby factory

Barely a week after a-week-old baby was recovered from an illegal trade syndicate in Isheri-Osun, a Lagos community, the police have rescued 19 pregnant women at another baby factory.

The victims aged between 15 and 28 were reportedly kept at four different locations in Ikotun where their babies after delivery were taken from them and sold for N300,000 or N500,000 depending on the sex.

Four kids were also rescued in the operation led by Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Chike Ibe, a Chief Superintendent (CSP).

While some of the expectant mothers knew their babies would be sold, others were brought to Lagos with promises of job offer only to be turned to baby-making factories. It was gathered that some of the victims were abducted from their home states and brought to the locations where men took turns to get them pregnant.

Those who said they accepted to sell their children to the syndicate claimed they were not offered the money promised. CSP Ibe said the victims were brought from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo states.

According to the police spokesman, Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), detectives acted on a tip off at about 4:00p.m. on September 19 and stormed No. 14, Adisa Street, Ayanwale in Ikotun; 32, Owosho Street, Governor Road, Ikotun; 29, Olugbeyohun Street, Olakunle bus stop, Abaranje; and 4/6 Anomo Street, Abaranje.

He said the places were suspected to have been used for child trafficking, adding that two suspects, Happiness Ukwuoma, aged 40 and Sherifat Ipeya, 54, were arrested in connection with the case.

“The suspects did not receive formal medical training but operate as nurses. They are natives of Imo State and Epe, in Lagos. The command has however launched a manhunt for the principal suspect, Madam Oluchi from Mbano in Imo. She is a mother of five.

“The young women were mostly abducted by the suspects for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies to potential buyers. The girls were tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, has visited the scene and ordered the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) to take over the case.

“The command is working with other agencies and stakeholders in rehabilitating and resettling the pregnant girls and the babies. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,” he said.

It would be recalled that policemen and officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs last year stormed another baby factory at Igando and rescued malnourished children and pregnant women at the facility that also ran an illegal creche.
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Sydney mum calls for Luna Park to remove ‘vile’ racist artwork

A Sydney mum has called for Luna Park to remove a “vile” caricature from its Coney Island section, describing the 84-year-old artwork as “racist as f**k”.
The sign, which dates back to the heritage-listed park’s opening in 1935, depicts a woman at a fortune-telling machine, which reads, “You will meet a dark gentleman soon.”
Standing to the side of the machine is a dark-skinned man with exaggerated features. “Why the f**k is this still on the wall at Luna Park?” the woman wrote in a local Facebook group yesterday. “The caricature is vile.”
The post attracted more than 130 comments. Many slammed the theme park while a small number disagreed. The woman later deleted the post, saying she couldn’t believe people were defending the image.
Reached for comment via Facebook, the mum said her daughter was “shocked” when she noticed the sign during a visit to the park yesterday. She emailed Luna Park guest relations this morning with her concerns.

“I was there yesterday with my daughter and she noticed a sign in Coney Island on the back wall just at the beginning of the little ‘obstacle course’ that we thought was very outdated and racist in nature,” the email said.
It noted the depiction of the dark-skinned man with “extremely exaggerated facial features” was “akin to some of the caricatured depictions of old (Minstrels and Golliwogs)”.
“Those portrayals have time and again been deemed very racist as the underlying message is making fun of the subject in a very demeaning fashion,” she said.
“My 10-year-old and her friend were shocked that it was there and thought the white woman looked very normally drawn, while the ethnic man looked cartoonish and was obviously the butt of some very old humour that is not acceptable. We hold annual passes and would really like to see this awful image removed from the wall.”

A spokeswoman for Luna Park declined to comment but provided a photograph of a sign that appears next to the artwork and requested it be published for context.
The Sydney mum said she had not seen the disclaimer sign before writing the Facebook post.

“Great care has been taken to present Coney Island to you today in the same way it was presented to park guests in the 1930s and 40s,” the sign reads.
It notes that “many of the themes reflect the culture, attitudes and customs of another time”. Visitors are warned that some of the paintings “may be considered politically incorrect” but have been preserved for their “social, cultural and artistic value for your appreciation, reflection and enjoyment”.
“We do ask that you view the paintings with this context in mind, and understand that the themes do not necessarily represent the views of a modern audience, or the park’s operator, Luna Park Sydney,” it says.

In recent years, there has been a similar backlash against the sale of golliwog dolls, black-skinned characters with exaggerated lip features and frizzy hair that were popular in the UK and Australia in the 1970s.
Last year the Royal Adelaide Show was forced to remove a number of golliwog dolls from display after an outcry on social media, while in 2016 Terry White Chemists banned their sale after a Toowoomba store placed the toys under a sign inviting shoppers to “Experience a white Christmas”.
There have also been growing calls from the left to pull down statues and other historical monuments that reflect a racist past, prompting pushback from those on the right who argue history should be preserved.
In the US, the debate has largely been around Confederate monuments. The 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. murdered Heather Heyer, began as a protest against the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
In Australia, a similar debate has swirled around statues of colonial figures like James Cook, Lachlan Macquarie and William Charles Wentworth. In 2017, a number of statues in Sydney’s Hyde Park were vandalised and spray painted with the words “change the date” and “no pride in genocide”.
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I love when people get offended at black people being depicted as they look, it implies that they find them repulsive.
 

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Philippines raid uncovers scores of Chinese prostitutes


Philippines authorities nabbed 91 Chinese women forced to work as prostitutes in Manila. - AFP/File pic (Image shown is for illustration purposes only).
By AFP - October 3, 2019 @ 7:05pm
MANILA: Police found dozens of Chinese prostitutes in a raid on a Manila brothel, authorities said Thursday, the latest in a string of operations targeting nationals from China.
Tourists and workers have poured in from China in recent years, which has been met with unease and criticism from some in the Philippines suspicious of their superpower neighbour.
In the newest case, agents swooped on an address in the financial district and found 91 Chinese women being “trafficked/smuggled to work as prostitutes... exclusively for Chinese nationals,” the National Bureau of Investigation said.
Agents arrested seven Chinese and seven Filipino suspects, as well as uncovering four Filipina sex workers.
Manila has seen the arrival of tens of thousands of mainlanders working in the country’s online casino boom, which targets Chinese gamblers.
However, critics of the influx have noted the Philippines has allowed in a rush of people via an immigration process that is vulnerable to official corruption and inconsistency.
In mid-September, Philippine immigration agents, backed by troops, arrested 324 Chinese for alleged cyber crimes on the island of Palawan.
A week prior, Philippines police arrested 277 Chinese nationals in a raid on a gang wanted over a vast investment fraud that cost victims in China millions of dollars.
The spike in Chinese arrivals has come since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in mid-2016 and set aside a territorial dispute over the South China Sea that had long soured relations.
Duterte has pursued Chinese investment and trade, but critics say he has weakened national sovereignty while getting little in return.--AFP
 

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Gandhi's ashes stolen from memorial site on 150th birthday
Some of Mahatma Gandhi's remains have been stolen from a memorial centre on what would have been his 150th birthday.
The ashes were removed from a memorial in Bapu Bhawan, central India, where they had been for 71 years. The thieves also wrote "traitor" in green paint across photographs of the man dubbed the "father of the nation".

Mangaldeep Tiwari, the caretaker of Bapu Bhawan, told The Wire: “I opened the gate of the Bhawan early in the morning because it was Gandhi’s birthday. When I returned at around 11 pm, I found the mortal remains of Gandhi missing and his poster was defaced. This is shameful.”
A small, hardline subsection of Hindus view Gandhi as a traitor for his advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity. Gandhi, who was born in 1869, played a key role in India's fight for independence. He was assassinated by a Hindu radical on Jan. 30, 1948, just a few months after he led India to freedom from British rule through a non-violent struggle.

Gandhi's body was cremated according to Hindu tradition, and his ashes were divided and distributed to friends and family, as well as being toured throughout India for ceremonies intended to heal a nation in mourning.

It is unclear precisely how many collections his ashes were divided into as, even 65 years after his passing, collections continue to be discovered. His ashes were distributed as far and wide as Pune, and the Aga Khan Palace - where he was once held prisoner - as well as the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles, California. Some were also scattered in the Arabian Sea by Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, Nilamben Parikh, and some off the coast of South Africa by a family friend. District Congress chief and complainant Gurmeet Singh, told The Wire: “Gandhi’s ideology has been shamed again. This unlawful act must have been done by the followers of Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. This madness must stop. I urge Rewa police to check CCTV cameras installed inside Bapu Bhawan and nab the accused.” India celebrated the anniversary of his birth by organising cleanliness drives, film screenings and making a giant spinning wheel made out of plastic waste.
 

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One sign that Britain is terminally fucked. Beyond belief. You can't make this shit up.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-court-in-transgender-case-bible-belief-is-incompatible-with-human-dignity?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=100319-news&utm_campaign=position7


British Court In Transgender Case: Bible Belief Is ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity’
By Hank Berrien
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On Tuesday, a British court ruled that belief in the Bible was “incompatible with human dignity.”
That statement came in a case involving Dr. David Mackereth, a devout Christian who had worked as an emergency doctor for the National Health Service for 26 years. He said he was fired from his job because he refused to call a biological man a woman. The court’s ruling stated: “Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The court added. “… in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.”

The Telegraph reported that Mackereth said he was removed from his job with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in late June 2018 after his boss “interrogated” him about his personal religious convictions. Mackereth told the court in July that his line manager had asked him, “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’ would you do that?” Mackereth said that because of his religious beliefs, he could not, and his job was subsequently terminated.

CBN reported that Mackereth’s attorney, Michael Phillips, told the court, “His belief in the truth of the Bible, and in particular, the truth of Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’ It follows that every person is created by God as either male or female. A person cannot change their sex/gender at will. Any attempt at, or pretense of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive, and sinful.”

Mackereth had told the court that the idea of transgenderism is a “rebellion against God, which is both pointless and sinful … I am, of course, aware that there are men or women who believe they have been trapped in a wrong body, and I do not question the sincerity of their convictions. A small number of such people have always existed. Up until recently, such a belief was considered by medics to be delusional and a symptom of a medical disorder. It is only recently that transgenderism has been recognized as normal and such delusional beliefs accepted at face value. What is responsible for that change is political pressure, not scientific evidence.”

Mackereth responded to the ruling, asserting, “I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling. No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex. Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”

Andrea Williams from Christian Concern told Premier the ruling was a “crushing of Christian beliefs… Dr. David Mackereth for almost 30 years has been working in A and E, loves his patients, and treats all patients. Dr. Mackereth was gentle. He would have called a person by their chosen name. What he couldn’t do was put on a form that a biological man was a biological woman, or a biological woman was a man.”

Mackereth said he will appeal the ruling, stating, “I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians – and any other NHS member of staff – to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK.”




While we're at it, here are more reasons to avoid social media and minimize use of Google products/services.




Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Cautions Users - Including Governments - Not To Rely On It.

Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators,” especially for complex tasks.
BY YEGANEH TORBATI, PROPUBLICA | OCTOBER 2, 2019 AT 3:01 PM


It’s a common internet experience: throw a foreign phrase into Google Translate or any other online translation tool and out comes a farcical approximation of the real thing.

That’s why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators.”

Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States.

An internal manual produced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency charged with admitting immigrants, instructs officers who sift through non-English social media posts of refugees that “the most efficient approach to translate foreign language contents is to utilize one of the many free online language translation services provided by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines.” The manual includes step-by-step instructions for Google Translate.

The manual was obtained by the International Refugee Assistance Project through a public records request and shared with ProPublica.

Language experts said the government’s reliance on automatic translation to dig into refugee social media posts was troubling and likely to be error-filled since the services are not designed to parse nuance or recognize slang. The government may misconstrue harmless comments or miss an actually threatening one.
“It’s naive on the part of government officials to do that,” said Douglas Hofstadter, a professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has studied language and analogies. “I find it deeply disheartening and stupid and shortsighted, personally.”

Asked about the agency’s use of machine translation tools, USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins said in an emailed statement that review of publicly available social media information “is a common sense measure to strengthen our vetting procedures.”

USCIS has stated that “information collected from social media, by itself, will not be a basis to deny refugee resettlement.”

In 2017, Facebook apologized after its machine-translation service translated a post by a Palestinian man that said “good morning” as “hurt them” in English or “attack them” in Hebrew.

As a test, ProPublica asked language professors to copy and paste tweets written in casual language into Google Translate and compare the results with how they would interpret the tweets.

One recent Urdu-language post on Twitter included a sentence that Mustafa Menai, who teaches Urdu at the University of Pennsylvania, translated as “I have been spanked a lot and have also gathered a lot of love (from my parents).”

Google translated the sentence as “The beating is too big and the love is too windy.”
The Trump administration has vastly expanded the role of social media in deciding whether people can move or travel to the United States. Refugee advocates say the government’s reliance on machine-translation tools raises further concerns about how immigration officers make important decisions affecting applicants’ lives and U.S. national security.

USCIS has itself found that automated translation falls short in understanding social media posts. An undated draft internal review of a USCIS pilot social media vetting program concluded that “automatic foreign language translation was not sufficient.”

A separate pilot review conducted in June 2016 stated that “native Arabic language and subject matter expertise in regional culture, religion, and terrorism was needed to fully vet” two cases in which potentially derogatory social media information was found. The documents were published by the Daily Beast in January 2018.

The manual, much of which is redacted, only addresses procedures for a narrow subset of refugees: people whose spouses or parents have already been granted refugee status in the U.S., or so-called follow-to-join cases. In 2017, 1,679 follow-to-join refugees were admitted to the U.S., about 3% of total refugee admissions, according to government data.

“It defies logic that we would use unreliable tools to decide whether refugees can reunite with their families,” said Betsy Fisher, strategy director at IRAP. “We wouldn’t use Google Translate for our homework, but we are using it to keep refugee families separated.”

In a federal lawsuit in Washington state that is now in the discovery phase, IRAP is challenging the Trump administration’s suspension of the follow-to-join refugee program.

It is unclear how widely the manual’s procedures are used throughout USCIS, or if its procedures are identical to those used for vetting all refugees or other types of immigrants.

The manual is undated, but it was released to IRAP in response to a request for records created on or after Oct. 23, 2017.

USCIS did not respond to questions on whether the manual’s procedures are used to vet other refugees, when it was put into use or if it is still in use.

“The mission of USCIS first and foremost is to safeguard our homeland and the people in it,” Collins said. “Our first line of defense in these efforts is thorough, systematic vetting.”

In the 2018 fiscal year, USCIS conducted 11,740 social media screenings, according to an agency presentation.
The USCIS manual acknowledges that “occasionally,” online translation services may not be adequate for understanding “foreign text written in a dialect or colloquial usage,” but it leaves it up to individual officers to decide whether to request expert translation services.

Without foreign language fluency, an officer is unlikely to know whether a post needs additional review, said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Google and Verizon, which owns Yahoo, did not respond to questions about the use of their services when vetting refugees. Emily Chounlamany, a Microsoft spokeswoman, said “the company has nothing to share on the matter.”
Language experts say satire is another problematic area. A recent satirical Persian-language tweet showed a picture of Iranian elites raising their hands, with text stating, “Whose child lives in America?” (The tweet is commentary on a recent controversy in Iran regarding high-ranking officials’ close relatives living in the West.) The text was translated by Google as “When will you taste America?” Microsoft’s result was: “Who is the American?”

“The thing about Persian and the Iranian culture is that people love to make jokes about anything,” said Sheida Dayani, who teaches Persian at Harvard University and instructs her students to avoid using Google Translate or similar tools for their assignments. “How are you going to translate it via Google Translate?”
Automated translation services are the “absolute wrong technology” for immigration officers making important decisions, Dayani said.

The use of translation tools has come up in other contexts. After a highway patrol trooper in Kansas conducted a warrantless search of a Mexican man’s car in 2017 by asking the man for consent to do so in Spanish via Google Translate, a U.S. district judge threw out the search evidence, finding that the defendant did not fully understand the officer’s commands and questions.

Google has touted improvements in its translation tool in recent years, most notably its use of “neural machine translation,” which it has gradually rolled out for more languages. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that while the neural machine translation method improves quality, it still struggles to accurately translate idioms.
One major problem with machine translation is that such tools do not understand text in the same way that a person would, Hofstadter said. Rather, they are engaged in “decoding” or “text substitution,” he said.
“When it involves anything that is subtle, you can never rely on it because you can never know if it’s going to make grotesque errors,” Hofstadter said.

Machine-translation services are typically trained by using texts that have already been translated, which tend to use more formal speech, for instance official United Nations documents, said David Guy Brizan, a professor at the University of San Francisco who researches natural language processing and machine learning.

Language iterates too quickly, especially among young people, for even sophisticated machine-translation services to keep up, Brizan said. He pointed to examples of English-language phrases currently popular on social media such as “low-key” or “being canceled” as ones that automated services could struggle to convey.

He added that nontextual context like videos and pictures, the parties involved in a conversation and their relationship, and cultural references would be completely lost on machine translation.

“It requires a cultural literacy across languages, across generations, that is sort of impossible to keep up with,” he said. “You can think of these translation programs acting as your parents or grandparents.”

Rachel Thomas, director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics at the University of San Francisco, said that while machine-translation capabilities are improving, anyone depending on algorithms or computers should think carefully about the recourse for people wronged by those systems’ mistakes.

Refugees rejected for admission can request a decision review, but advocates say they are typically given little detail as to why they were rejected.

Efforts to scrutinize social media posts of some people trying to enter the United States began under the Obama administration, and they were encouraged by Democrats and Republicans in Congress. USCIS launched a social media division within its Fraud Detection and National Security division in July 2016, building on pilot programs operating since 2015.

The Trump administration has dramatically increased social media collection as part of a push for “extreme vetting” of people entering the country. In May, the State Department updated its visa forms to request social media identifiers from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide.

In September, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice stating it intended to request social media information from a broad swath of applicants, including people seeking U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, refugees and asylees.
 
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A former employee at Robert De Niro’s production company slammed "The Irishman" actor with a federal lawsuit on Thursday claiming he harassed her and discriminated against her for being a woman – then retaliated against her when she told him of her plans to take legal action, according to bombshell court papers.

"Ms. Robinson has no choice but ... to send him a message: the Harvey Weinsteins of this world should realize their approach is extinct. You can no longer intimidate women. You can no longer threaten them," Robinson's attorney, Jeremy Heisler, told FOX Business.

In one example, De Niro allegedly went ballistic on the woman, calling her a “spoiled brat” in an explicit voicemail when she did not answer his phone call, according to the suit.

“How dare you f------ disrespect me?,” he said in the voicemail, in which he also told her: “You’re f------ history.”

Graham Chase Robinson worked for De Niro’s Canal Productions, Inc., from 2008 to April 2019.

"She joined as an idealistic young woman who hoped to advance in the film industry have her own production company, but instead of giving their challenging assignments and giving her duties that match her titles, he demeaned her, treated her as... [an] ob -- as a woman and therefore his possession."

Instead, De Niro allegedly gave her "unwanted physical contact," and made unwanted "sexually charged" comments, court papers show.

“He treated Ms. Robinson as his ‘office wife,’ assigned her stereotypically female duties like housework, and insisted that she be available to him around the clock.”

The claim also accuses De Niro of filing a lawsuit of his own in August – after he was allegedly advised by Robinson’s attorney that she would be taking legal action against him.

The August court papers, which name Canal Productions, rather than De Niro, as a plaintiff, accused Robinson of stealing hundreds of thousands of company dollars and credit card benefits before suddenly resigning.

A spokesperson for De Niro did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.
 
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DOCUMENTS: Seattle Schools Say Math is Racist
Numbers are racist tools of oppression, according to Washington State.
Washington State’s Superintendent’s website contains a curriculum, couched in Critical and Race Theory language, called the “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework.
We’ve heard it all before; math is racist, data and per capita promotes white supremacist narratives.

Several other pieces and statements from professors have suggested that racism lies in the most seemingly innocuous things.

But the numbers don’t add up.

According to Washington State, math has deep ties to Ethnic Studies if only one removes the wool pulled over their eyes from decades of pro-Western propaganda.

Some of the themes from the curriculum include: ‘Origins, Identity, and Agency’; ‘Power and Oppression’; ‘History of Resistance and Liberation’; and ‘Reflection and Action’–adding a whole new dimension as to how we view numbers.

My Northwest uncovered some of the planned alterations to the public school curriculum.

The first theme- “Origins, Identity, and Agency” – promises to interrogate the following:

Origins, Identity and Agency, as defined by ethnic studies, is the ways [sic] in which we view ourselves as mathematicians and members of broader mathematical communities. Mathematical theory and application is rooted in the ancient histories of people and empires of color. All human endeavors include mathematical thinking; from humanities to the arts to the sciences.
While learning about algebra, the student will be treated to a hefty dose of post-colonial studies.

Or, alternatively, a link could be made between the origins of algebra and the Arab Slave Trade–but, alas!, it probably won’t fit their narrative.

The second theme – “Power and Oppression” – goes onto say:

Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.
According to the third theme, the use of mathematics is an “act of liberation”:

The history of resistance and liberation, as defined by ethnic studies, is the stories, places, and people who helped liberate people and communities of color using math, engineering, and technology. Access to
mathematical knowledge itself is an act of liberation.
The fourth and final theme, brimming with activist connotations as to how math can be implemented to further political goals, states:

Student action, as defined by ethnic studies, is fostering a sense of advocacy, empowerment, and action in the students that creates internal motivation to engage in and contribute to their identities as mathematicians. Students will be confident in their ability to construct & decode mathematical knowledge, truth, and beauty so they can contribute to their experiences and the experiences of people in their community.
Progressive states are almost unchallenged when inserting politically-loaded forms of education into their curricula.

The use of racially-inflammatory language (“This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.”) in a curriculum to teach something as secular and value-free, such as mathematics, demonstrates a pernicious level of bad faith from those who draft these teaching materials.
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From early last month, but intensely horrifying.

A man who defended himself against an armed gang invading his home in May 2014 is to receive his 'speedy trail' in March 2020. He has been in jail for more than five years already.
KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A new trial date has been set for a local man accused of killing a Killeen police officer in 2014.

Judge John Gauntt’s office confirms Marvin Guy’s trial has been set for March 23, 2020. This is the third time a trial date has been set.

Jury selection is set to begin with a group session on Jan. 14 and a second session on Jan. 16. An individual voir dire will take place on Feb. 3.

Guy, 52, is charged with capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder in connection with the May 9, 2014 shooting death of Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie and other SWAT officers were attempting to serve a “no-knock” search warrant when Guy allegedly shot Dinwiddie.

Earlier this year, Guy told a local pastor he didn’t know who was entering his home and he fired in self-defense.

He also called on police to end no-knock raids.

"Any citizen should be concerned about these no-knock raids, even the people in Killeen should come together and say these raids do not work, they don't have a good outcome,” he said.

No drugs were found in the home.

Guy has remained in custody in the Bell County Jail.
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From early last month, but intensely horrifying.

A man who defended himself against an armed gang invading his home in May 2014 is to receive his 'speedy trail' in March 2020. He has been in jail for more than five years already.

https://archive.li/evSmr
On what basis do they think he had any idea he was doing anything other than defending himself? He didn't even have any drugs. Why would he think armed men bursting into his home were anything other than criminals?
 
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On what basis do they think he had any idea he was doing anything other than defending himself? He didn't even have any drugs. Why would he think armed men bursting into his home were anything other than criminals?
Well technically officers found as much of a gram of 'suspected cocaine'. Also, he wasn't technically allowed to defend himself with firearms, because he had some felonies from twenty years ago. Clearly he should be jailed for life if not executed.
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/a-no-knock-raid-in-houston-led-to-deaths-and-police-injuries-should-police-rethink-the-practice/
 

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Well technically officers found as much of a gram of 'suspected cocaine'. Also, he wasn't technically allowed to defend himself with firearms, because he had some felonies from twenty years ago. Clearly he should be jailed for life if not executed.
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/a-no-knock-raid-in-houston-led-to-deaths-and-police-injuries-should-police-rethink-the-practice/
Mere possession of drugs or weapons by itself would never (or at least should never) justify a no-knock and even if possession of a weapon is illegal that doesn't make use of it not self-defense.
 
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