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New Zealand Bookstore Disappears From Facebook, Twitter After Banning Jordan Peterson Book

Seems our New Zealand friends are done with suppressing speech.

"In the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attacks, the New Zealand bookstore Whitcoulls removed psychologist Jordan Peterson's bestselling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, claiming that the book was connected to the shootings. Shortly afterward, the bookstore's social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter mysteriously disappeared.
Internet journalist Tim Pool shared a message from Whitcoulls on Twitter. "Unfortunately 12 Rules for Life is currently unavailable, which is a decision that Whitcoulls has made in light of some extremely disturbing material being circulated prior, during and after the Christchurch attacks," the bookstore wrote. "As a business which takes our responsibilities to our communities very seriously, we believe it would be wrong to support the author at this time."

Pool slammed the bookstore, noting that Whitcoulls still sells Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto, Mein Kampf. Other users pointed out books explicitly criticizing Islam, given the Christchurch shooter's hatred for Muslims.

Despite Whitcoulls' suggestions, there are no known direct links between the shooter and Jordan Peterson. When the shooter live-streamed his attacks, he encouraged viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie, a YouTube star who has hosted Peterson. Peterson himself has subscribed to PewDiePie, but that hardly means the shooter was inspired by his book."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Mar 24, 2019, 03:41 PM (0 replies)

Chelsea Clinton in the Hall of Mirrors

How quickly the mob can turn on their supposed allies.

"When the two strangers accosted Chelsea Clinton, she was attending an NYU vigil for the Muslims murdered by a terrorist in Christchurch, New Zealand. “This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” one declared as the other recorded the encounter. “I want you to know that, and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”

The accuser’s blend of callous indignation and extravagant nonsense brought to mind charges that Chelsea’s parents murdered Vince Foster or that her mother committed treason when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked. But these critics weren’t right-wingers parroting talk radio. They were leftist NYU students.
It would be absurd to blame any anti-racist New York City cosmopolitan for an ethno-fascist’s decision to murder Muslims in a gambit to start a race war. The choice to blame Chelsea Clinton is particularly silly. Her recent activism includes attending a 2017 Muslim solidarity rally, protesting Donald Trump’s attempts to prevent Muslim immigration, extolling the response of Muslims to a hate crime in Portland, Oregon, and lamenting a horrific crime against a young Muslim.

Despite the glaring unfairness of the very serious charge, however, BuzzFeed published a column by the two NYU students, who doubled down on their attempted public shaming. Meanwhile, CNN, Time, The Washington Post, the Daily Mail, ABC News, The Jerusalem Post, Jezebel, USA Today, The New Zealand Herald, People, and many other mass-media outlets covered the altercation. In a world rife with dangerous anti-Muslim bigotry, why did student activists, Twitter users, and the media focus public debate on an outlandishly frivolous accusation?"

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Mar 24, 2019, 03:11 PM (7 replies)

Marc Thiessen: Gillibrand wanted to destroy Kavanaugh's career but ignored sexual misconduct.

OH, MY..............Seems Ms. Gillibrand wants one standard for herself and her staff and another for everyone else.

"In April 2018, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leaders to pass her bipartisan Congressional Harassment Reform Act. "Congress has a sexual harassment problem -- and isn't taking it seriously," Gillibrand wrote in Fortune magazine. "If we can't clean up our own act, how can anyone expect Congress to do the right thing for victims and survivors in the rest of the country? Congress has to do better. I believe that elected officials should be held to the highest ethical standard -- not the lowest."
Just a few months later, when a woman in her own office reported that a married male staffer was making repeated, unwanted and increasingly aggressive sexual advances toward her, Gillibrand did not do the right thing and fire him.

Politico reported that "less than three weeks after reporting the alleged harassment and subsequently claiming that the man retaliated against her for doing so, the woman told chief of staff Jess Fassler that she was resigning because of the office's handling of the matter."

Gillibrand's office defended her inaction, saying in a statement that the senator's office had conducted a "full and thorough investigation" that included "multiple interviews with relevant current employees who could potentially corroborate the claims" but did not find cause to fire the male staffer."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Mar 14, 2019, 08:48 AM (3 replies)
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