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She had stopped thriving

Jun 24th, 2019 5:41 pm | By

“Well why didn’t you say so?”

Border Patrol and the Trump administration are shocked, shocked, to hear of the horrific conditions at the Clint Facility. They had no idea. They have moved 300 children to the nearest Trump hotel.

Not really. They’ve been taken to a tent facility. In Texas. So that will be a huge improvement.

Almost 300 migrant children have been removed from a border patrol facility in Texas after media reports of lawyers describing “appalling” and potentially dangerous conditions, Department of Homeland Security officials told NBC News.

The children have been taken to a tent detention camp also in El Paso, Texas, where they will remain under the custody of Border Patrol until they can

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Guest post: Religion was nearly mandatory

Jun 24th, 2019 4:52 pm | By

Originally a comment by iknklast on Nouvelle intrusion en maillot couvrant à Grenoble.

I remember when I was in school, and we were required to wear dresses. Those dresses were to have hems no more than 6 inches from the floor. We were in Maine and could not wear pants in the winter, though we could wear longer dresses.

I was not allowed to wear pants to school until 7th grade, and our school didn’t allow girls to wear anything but matching pantsuits until I was a sophomore in high school.

Needless to say, I come down on the side of maximum freedom to choose what you wear. I don’t have to approve of it; that isn’t my place. … Read the rest

Story? What story?

Jun 24th, 2019 4:47 pm | By

Trump’s bros are there for him.

The New York Post’s former top editor, a supporter of President Trump and an old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch who returned to the conservative tabloid as an adviser in early 2019, ordered the removal of a story about writer Jean Carroll’s sexual assault allegations against President Trump, two people familiar with the matter told CNN Business.

The Post’s story about Carroll’s sexual assault allegations was mysteriously scrubbed from the tabloid’s website on Friday afternoon. The link to the story, which had been written by reporter Joe Tacopino, directed readers to a dead or 404 page.

A wire story by the Associated Press which had been published on the Post’s website was also removed.

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Jun 24th, 2019 4:25 pm | By

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Poop gender reveal party

Jun 24th, 2019 3:49 pm | By

Now who knew there was a need for this?

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The separations

Jun 24th, 2019 1:24 pm | By

There’s this brilliant French tv series about life under the Occupation, Un village Français. The station that ran it a few years ago fills in the gaps between the end of one show and the start of the next (gaps because they all start on the hour) with whatever fits, and sometimes that is a one of a set of interviews with witnesses that accompanied the French series. They ran one such clip last night, and the subject was…

…the separations of children from their parents that happened during the deportations To The East.

It was only about 5 minutes worth, but it was very affecting nonetheless. The separations were almost all final. The interviews are elderly people describing … Read the rest

Nouvelle intrusion en maillot couvrant à Grenoble

Jun 24th, 2019 12:55 pm | By

A “burkini” protest in Grenoble:

Muslim women in France are disobeying the rules at a local swimming pool by wearing burkinis.

In a protest inspired by US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, they bathed in suits covering their entire bodies – apart from the face, hands and feet – in the city of Grenoble on Sunday.

The Jean Bron swimming pool is among many in France that ban burkinis.

Leave Rosa Parks out of it. It’s not the same thing. Banning a garment is not the same as banning people.

After changing into burkinis, the Muslim members of the group were told by lifeguards that their swimsuits were not allowed.

Despite this, they entered the pool and bathed for

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Non-responsive boilerplate wibble

Jun 24th, 2019 11:41 am | By

Remember that dopy letter last week full of empty platitudes about being inclusive and supportive, and extra special vulnerability and respect for gender identity? The one by and for and to academics – people whose job it is (or should be) to say things clearly? Now there’s a followup article saying Y We Did It and you’ll be astonished to learn it’s the same empty platitudes all over again.

On 16 June, a letter from 34 academics to The Sunday Times argued that university policies to include trans and gender diverse people, in particular the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme,

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What civil liberty is this exactly?

Jun 23rd, 2019 3:53 pm | By

The Connecticut ACLU is working with the two trans-identified high school boys who race with the girls and scoop up all the prizes.

Two transgender high school track and field athletes responded Wednesday to a Title IX complaint alleging that the runners prevented other female runners from top finishes and potentially from college scholarships.

The complaint filed earlier this week on behalf of three female track and field athletes in Connecticut argues that the two transgender runners, both of whom were assigned male at birth but identify as female, have “competitive advantages.” The complaint seeks to overturn the policy of the state’s high school athletics governing board, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which allows athletes to compete based on the

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Sorry female athletes, sucks to be you

Jun 23rd, 2019 3:23 pm | By

I hope the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, California et al. knows better than that.… Read the rest

Where’s the fire?

Jun 23rd, 2019 12:49 pm | By

This is somewhat puzzling.

I don’t get it. Why is the London fire department, or Fire Service as it’s called over there, giving LGBT+ workshops? Why is the Fire Service doing that any more than grocers or bus drivers or bankers or plumbers would?

Lots of people asked about that.

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Auschwitz-Goldenbridge-Clint Facility

Jun 23rd, 2019 11:42 am | By

Isaac Chotiner at the New Yorker reports that this week lawyers interviewed a lot of children being held in nightmare border prisons, in order to monitor compliance with Flores.

The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility for weeks.

That sounds…so…familiar.

It sounds, for instance, like the conditions at the work camp part of Auschwitz, where Margo and Anne Frank died of typhus. But this isn’t the Nazis. This is us. This is our government doing exactly, yes exactly, what the … Read the rest

The threats are coming from INSIDE the legislature

Jun 23rd, 2019 11:21 am | By

Oregon’s one of those funny states with a reputation for granola hats and peace-loving recycle bins, but the reality is that it has a big share of right-wing god-n-guns types. Apparently they have seized the state legislature.

Oregon’s statehouse shut down for safety concerns on Saturday. But the threats weren’t coming from anonymous trolls or foreign fighters—they were coming from the state’s Republican senators, who have teamed up with right-wing militias to threaten violence over a climate change bill.

Eleven of Oregon’s Senate Republicans fled the state this week to avoid a vote on a bill that would cap greenhouse emissions. The group, believed to be hiding in Idaho, left the state senate with too few lawmakers to hold

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Warnings are forbidden

Jun 23rd, 2019 10:31 am | By

The shunning is well under way.

Sarah Honeychurch, a fellow in the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University, was among more than 30 academics who signed the letter in last week’s Sunday Times. It registered “disquiet” over a programme run by the charity Stonewall in which “anti-scientific claims are presented . . . as objective fact”.

The guidance includes instructing academics on using gender neutral pronouns such as “zie” and “ey”, as well as insisting that “one in 100 are born with an intersex trait” and that trans women should be allowed to use female changing rooms.

Last week Honeychurch, an editor of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy, received a formal email from Chris Friend, the managing editor,

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Lift that face, chop those tits

Jun 23rd, 2019 10:10 am | By
Lift that face, chop those tits

Maybe it’s all a plot by Big Plastic Surgery.

Not really, but it’s certainly a gold mine for Big Plastic Surgery, also for Mid-size and Tiny Plastic Surgery. In the latter category is Dr. Beverly Fischer MD for instance. (Isn’t Dr./MD redundant? A bit trumpian?) Doc Beverly has a most alluring Twitter header.

Her profile is more advertisement than profile:

All your #PlasticSurgery needs! Lips, Face, Body. #Halo, #SculpSure, #BioTe & More. Get the best beauty tips, advice & special offers 👉

She urges us to get a facelift.

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Trump endorses common sense

Jun 22nd, 2019 4:00 pm | By

Trump blithers about Iran.

President Donald Trump said Saturday that military action against Iran was still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but amid heightened tensions he dangled the prospect of eventually becoming an unlikely “best friend” of America’s longtime Middle Eastern adversary.

Trump also said “we very much appreciate” that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chose not to target a U.S. spy plane carrying more than 30 people.

Yes, that’s how it’s done. Just sound like an awkward child thanking an adult for a birthday present, and everything will be fine.

“The fact is we’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,” he said as he left the White House for a weekend

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Flower flower fuck terfs flower flower

Jun 22nd, 2019 3:11 pm | By

I saw this on Twitter.

Apparently it’s from Edinburgh Pride. I’d love to know what the rest of the “BRICKS NOT” sign says, but the “NO MORE TERFS” sign with the picture of a woman’s mouth talking and the “fuck TERFs” are informative on their own. Pride is about hating feminist women now. Whoopdydoo.

What Gordon Ramsay has to do with it I don’t know.

Updating to add: MP Joanna Cherry also saw it.

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You always have a choice

Jun 22nd, 2019 11:42 am | By

If you knew…

If you knew of a child who was being forced by a parent or guardian to sleep on a cold concrete floor, in overcrowded surroundings, with screaming lights always on overhead that made it hard to sleep, with limited access to a bathroom, no way to brush their teeth, no soap and no towel — would you do something?

Of course you would. You would dial 911 (in the US) and report the circumstances and location.

But if the child is a migrant, it’s government policy to do that to them.

In 2014 — during the Obama administration, it should be noted — several young immigrants caught along the border said they had been given dirty water

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Like Bastille Day but with Trump

Jun 22nd, 2019 10:53 am | By

Trump is finally getting his big Parade of Sojers along with a Nürnberg-style rally starring himself.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt gave details Wednesday on a makeover of the traditional Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to accommodate a speech by President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial.

A day after Trump officially began his re-election campaign in Florida, Bernhardt said the July 4 events will include the military parade Trump has wanted since being impressed by the July 14 Bastille Day festivities in Paris he attended in 2017.

They call him “sir,” you know. Did you know that? They do. The generals call him sir. If you ask him he’ll do a re-enactment for you.… Read the rest

Bush 1’s legacy

Jun 22nd, 2019 9:53 am | By

Jeffrey Toobin tells us what Clarence Thomas has been up to lately, starting with a grotesque case out of Mississippi:

A Mississippi prosecutor went on a racist crusade to have a black man executed. Clarence Thomas thinks that was just fine.

That’s the message of an astonishing decision today from the Supreme Court. The facts of the case, known as Flowers v. Mississippi, are straightforward. As Justice Brett Kavanaugh put it, in his admirably blunt opinion for the Court, “In 1996, Curtis Flowers allegedly murdered four people in Winona, Mississippi. Flowers is black. He has been tried six separate times before a jury for murder. The same lead prosecutor represented the State in all six trials.” Flowers was

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