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How do we argue for human rights?

Jul 10th, 2019 11:36 am | By

Ron Lindsay on Pompeo’s “natural law” commission:

“That some persons are free and others slaves by nature … and that for these slavery is both advantageous and just, is evident.” So said Aristotle, one of the first advocates of the “natural law” approach to ethics. (See his Politics, Book I, ch. 5.)

Thus we see one of the problems. Different people have different ideas of what “natural law” is, and the ideas may have more to to with the convenience of the haver than the well-being of everyone else. Trump thinks it’s natural law that everyone should flatter him without cease.

Natural law theory has had a number of different proponents throughout history, and the exact contours of

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Acosta wants MORE child sex trafficking

Jul 10th, 2019 10:41 am | By

Oh is he indeed.

Alexander Acosta, the US labor secretary under fire for having granted Jeffrey Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008, after the billionaire was investigated for having run a child sex trafficking ring, is proposing 80% funding cuts for the government agency that combats child sex trafficking.

That’s definitely a good look.

The bureau’s budget would fall from $68m last year to just $18.5m. The proposed reduction is so drastic that experts say it would effectively kill off many federal efforts to curb sex trafficking and put the lives of large numbers of children at risk.

ILAB has the task of countering human trafficking, child labor and forced labor across the US and around the world.

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On the orders of the president

Jul 10th, 2019 10:00 am | By

It’s as if all of life has become a war between The Narcissists and everyone else. The Narcissists have definitely won this round, but it might not serve their purposes in the larger war.

(Is that a built-in shield against Narcissists? The more they win the more they disgust everyone else, so their power is always fragile and temporary? It’s a pretty thought, at least.)

The resignation of Sir Kim Darroch followed the failure of the likely next prime minister, Boris Johnson, to say he would support him staying in post – despite being given repeated chances to do so during his TV debate with Jeremy Hunt. As the current Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan put it, by

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This humiliating, servile, sycophantic indulgence of the American president’s ego

Jul 10th, 2019 9:24 am | By

Still on the Darroch issue: Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, has issued a statement:

The fact that Sir Kim has been bullied out of his job, because of Donald Trump’s tantrums and Boris Johnson’s pathetic lick-spittle response, is something that shames our country. It makes a laughing-stock out of our government, and tells every one of Britain’s brilliant representatives abroad that the next Tory prime minister will not stand up for them, even when they are simply telling the truth and doing their job.

Sir Kim Darroch should hold his head high for the wonderful job he has done representing our country, while Boris Johnson should go and hang his head in shame. He claims to regard

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Jul 10th, 2019 9:17 am | By

Chalk up another win for President Monster:

Sir Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to Washington who has been at the centre of a diplomatic row over leaked cables criticising Donald Trump, has resigned.

The Guardian understands he concluded his position was untenable having watched the Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday, in which the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, stopped short of backing him over the leak.

So President Hulk gets rewarded for yet another bout of trashy vulgar namecalling and the US slides a few miles farther down the slope of degradation.

Asked whether in an episode such as this it would be expected that the entire establishment would support Darrock, [the head of the diplomatic service] said: “Yes”, adding

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Go, and sin no more

Jul 9th, 2019 5:50 pm | By

Another shunning achieved! Break out the parsnip champagne!

The University of British Columbia is barred from marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade after allowing a controversial figure to speak on campus earlier this summer.

Andrea Arnot, executive director of the Vancouver Pride Society, says all entries to the parade have to meet specific requirements — judged on a point system— to be allowed to participate.

“We reject applications every year,” Arnot said.

Any guesses on what the “controversial” refers to?

UBC fell below the required number of points by allowing Jenn Smith, who has been labelled by critics as transphobic, to host an event on campus in June that criticizes B.C.’s sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum (SOGI).

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That there is trash

Jul 9th, 2019 5:28 pm | By

Trump’s trashy vulgarity of course sets the tone for others in his “administration.”

“Major Meow Mashup” hur hur geddit they’re all women it’s a catfight meow hur hur hur.

I’m so tired of the trashy vulgarity.

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“Access to sex workers”

Jul 9th, 2019 4:38 pm | By

You have got to be kidding.

A dangerous sex offender has been granted freedom from a West Australian prison and will be able to visit sex workers in a bid to reduce his risk of reoffending.

Edward William Latimer, 61, has a criminal record dating back to his teenage years and has spent most of his adult life in prison for offences including sexual assaults and wilful exposure.

So let’s make women his safety valve. What could go wrong?

WA supreme court justice Anthony Derrick said in his decision handed down on Tuesday that while Latimer remained a serious danger to the community, the risk could be managed in the community.

“There are adequate safeguards contained in the supervision

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Also, James Madison said Trump would make an excellent host for The Apprentice

Jul 9th, 2019 3:58 pm | By



Trump passed along a tweet from an obscure account that called itself “The Reagan Battalion,” which appeared to be impersonating a well-known conservative account of the same name. The copycat account had fewer than 300 followers at the time Trump promoted it.

Its tweet read: “Dear weak Conservatives, never forget that you are no match for ‘we the people,’ and our president.” Attached to the tweet was a photo of Trump and Reagan shaking hands — with a supposed Reagan quote superimposed on top.

“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it,

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A range of religious backgrounds

Jul 9th, 2019 11:43 am | By


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday unveiled a new Commission on Unalienable Rights, a panel he said is aimed at providing him with “an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy.”

The panel will be headed up by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor and former ambassador to the Vatican under George W. Bush. Glendon is also a social conservative who has been a prominent anti-abortion voice, which could lend credence to the concerns among human rights activists that the commission is a ploy to undercut LGBTQ and women’s rights under the guise of religious liberty.

Ya think?

“Every once in a while we need to step back, and reflect seriously

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10 or 15, or more like 20 or 70

Jul 9th, 2019 11:05 am | By

Also, Trump hardly knows Jeffrey Epstein, hardly at all, hasn’t seen him in centuries, barely remembers him.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that President Donald Trump told her he has not had contact with Jeffrey Epstein in “over a decade” and that the president finds the recent charges of sex trafficking against the billionaire financier “completely unconscionable.”

“I talked to the president this morning. He hasn’t talked or had contact with Epstein in years and years and years — and over a decade at least, he said,” Conway told reporters.

Years x 3 sounds like more than a mere decade to me, but you do you.

“He doesn’t think he’s talked to him or seen him in

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Dignity in all things

Jul 9th, 2019 10:49 am | By

Remember, kids, the thing to do about criticism is to stage a huge tantrum and exact whatever kind of revenge you can come up with. That always works.

The U.K. is trying to prevent a row with Donald Trump from escalating after the president froze out the British ambassador in Washington over leaked diplomatic memos.

The row follows the publication of diplomatic cables in the Mail on Sunday newspaper in which the ambassador called the U.S. president “inept” and “incompetent.” That prompted the White House to cancel an invitation on Monday for Darroch to attend a dinner with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the emir of Qatar, according to a U.S. official.

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Jul 9th, 2019 10:15 am | By

The vulgar spectacle continues to unfurl.

The UK’s “wacky” ambassador to the US is “a very stupid guy” Donald Trump has said, amid a row over leaked emails.

This came after Downing Street reaffirmed its “full support” for Sir Kim Darroch.

It’s like having Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as president.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Mr Trump’s comments are “disrespectful and wrong to our Prime Minister and my country.”

In a tweet to Mr Trump, the Tory leadership hopeful added: “Ambassadors are appointed by the UK government and if I become PM our Ambassador stays.”

A spokesman for Theresa May said that Sir Kim is “a dutiful, respected government official” and confirmed there are no plans for Mrs

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Guido, you’re blocking

Jul 9th, 2019 9:49 am | By

No, Trump can’t use his Twitter account as his official presidential account and still block people who say things he doesn’t like.

A federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can’t ban critics from his Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court judge who said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks critics. In May of last year, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled the president was violating the constitutional rights of Americans by blocking them and thus, making them unable to see the president’s tweets.

The latest ruling came in a case

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Queen cannot say the same

Jul 9th, 2019 9:40 am | By

The spectacle of Donald Trump lecturing other people on how stupid they are.

But wait, there’s more.

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Guest post: Being an adult human female is not a club or a clique

Jul 8th, 2019 4:35 pm | By

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on Which twin has the view?

(Notice Williams isn’t simultaneously trying to redefine “man”? Funny, that.)

Kinda gives the game away, doesn’t it?

Why do they define womanhood like this? Because it effectively excludes trans women from the class of women because trans women are not biologically identical to cis women.

GC feminists are just mean girls who are trying to keep transwomen out of the clubhouse. Changing the rules, moving the goalposts out pure spite.

“Centering” transness turns the dictionary itself into a transphobic, TERF plot to deny the REAL Cool Girls their due rights. When you think the universe is supposed to revolve around you, any bits that don’t are … Read the rest

This would put people at risk, if it were true

Jul 8th, 2019 3:44 pm | By

Cool story but is there a shred of truth in it?

Londoners Against Transphobia

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the planned protest against Women’s Place UK and Fairplay for Women due to concerns about the safety of attendants. We heard rumour of a counter-protest by more….’radical’ elements of the anti-trans community. This would have put people attending at risk of physical and psychological harm. If you wish to organise your own protest, please keep in mind that Posie Parker and Dr Julia Long may organise a counter protest where the aim may be to incite violence. We apologise for the situation, this was not how this wanted to go. If anyone ever claims that TERFs are being intimidated and silenced,

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Free to be a football star

Jul 8th, 2019 3:16 pm | By

Katie Herzog at The Stranger says Women’s Soccer is a Very Dykey Sport:

There’s a couple of major differences between women’s soccer and men’s soccer. One: The U.S. women are good at it. Two, women’s soccer is a hell of a lot gayer.

Yesterday, “content producer” Alex Binley from ITV News published an article about why, exactly, so many dykes excel at this sport.

Binley says it’s because there’s so much homophobia in the male version.

It’s hard to argue with that. Outside of the U.S., Canada, and a few other countries, soccer is both the most popular and the butchest sport on the block. Games tend to hyper-masculine environments, which are not exactly the most welcoming of men

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“I can say things about him” exclaims giant baby

Jul 8th, 2019 11:58 am | By

Trump says it’s fine for Trump to insult anyone he feels like insulting, but not the other way around. That’s Justice According to Toddlers.

Of course, there is damage to relations between the UK and the Trump White House too.

Mr Trump likes to dish out insults and criticism (remember his frequent belittling of Theresa May over Brexit, and his all out verbal attacks on the mayor of London) but he is pretty thin-skinned when the verbal arrows are aimed at him.

“Pretty” thin-skinned? He goes ballistic at the smallest criticism and even disagreement.

As the Foreign Office launched an investigation into the source of the leak to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Trump told reporters in New Jersey:

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A Jeffrey Epstein wannabe

Jul 8th, 2019 11:07 am | By

But this Never Happens:

Toronto police say a 22-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly recorded women in a changing room at a popular shopping mall in the city on Saturday.

Officers allege the man, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, went into a clothing store at the Eaton Centre at about 4 p.m. and entered a unisex changing room.

They allege the man then placed a “homemade recording device” on the floor between change room stalls and recorded multiple women changing.

They say one of the women noticed the device and notified both security and police.

Investigators say they found numerous video clips of unknown women on the man’s device.

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