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Sunday, March 17, 2019

LInkee-poo Sunday Late Edition

How goes Brexit? "British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that it would be “a potent symbol of Parliament’s collective political failure” if a Brexit delay meant that the U.K. has to take part in May’s European Parliament election — almost three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc."

"Thousands of students around the world skipped school school Friday to protest inaction on climate change. It was one of the largest turnouts so far in a months long movement that included the U.S. for the first time, in an event organizers call the 'U.S. Youth Climate Strike.'" The kids are alright. "'I do not like the symbolism of sacrificing education to make political points,' says Scott Segal, a partner at the law firm Bracewell, which represents energy companies." He also says energy companies are already doing a lot. Fuck off, you condescending old man.

"Experts who monitor hate groups say the attacks on Friday at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, follow a sharp rise in violent white extremism around the globe and especially in the United States… It's a common misconception that the average white supremacist is a disaffected white guy with economic anxieties. Blee's research shows that middle-class and even upper-middle-class men from the mainstream are increasingly being drawn into this movement, which is mostly online and worldwide."

"As if the twin terror attacks in New Zealand's Christchuch weren't disturbing enough, newly-surfaced photos of one of the shooters' guns has revealed an even darker picture: the gunman painted his weapon of mass murder with names of his "idols" and references to EuroChristianity's victories against Muslims, Turks and Ottomans." Yes, they believe they're part of a movement. Because they are. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings." The kids are alright.

"Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose… Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play."

"President Donald Trump tweeted about the 'Jexodus,' or alleged exodus of Jews from the Democratic party, Friday morning while New Zealand grappled with a devastating massacre apparently motivated by religious hate." (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"Fox News weekend host Jeanine Pirro’s show didn’t air a week after her comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over her wearing a Muslim head covering. No explanation was given."

"Serbia’s president pledged Sunday to defend the country’s law and order a day after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station, protesting what they called his autocratic rule and biased grip on the country’s media."

"Business owners, city employees and construction workers dug in Sunday to clean up one of the world’s most glamorous avenues, after riots by ultraviolent yellow vest protesters trashed the Champs-Elysees in Paris to express anger at French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies." Someone has highjacked the yellow-vests, but it's unclear whom at this point.

"'I think it’s important here to be very precise in terms of what the president actually said,' Cortes said. 'He did not in any way infer or say he was going to use the military, meaning in an official capacity or the police in any way.'" Uh, yeah, Bob. JFC. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"At a time when Trump and his Republican enablers are leading a crusade against immigrants and minorities, the decision to add a citizenship question to the census was viewed by many experts as a deliberate effort to manipulate the count and effectively undercount the immigrant and minority populations in America." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

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