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Friday, 8 May 2020

Germany passes ban on 'gay conversion therapy'

quote [ Germany's parliament has passed a law banning so-called "gay conversion therapy" for young people nationwide.

The legislation is intended to stop groups offering the service - which claims to be able to change a person's sexual orientation - to under-18s... ]

Always good to see, hopefully they ban it from being used on older people as well.
[SFW] [politics] [+2 Good]
[by biblebeltdrunk@6:16pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 3 April 2020

At Greek refugee camp, there are few defenses against COVID-19 threat

quote [ Human rights activists and medical nonprofits are calling on the Greek government to evacuate overcrowded refugee camps on islands in the Aegean Sea, where an outbreak of COVID-19 would likely cause humanitarian catastrophe. Concerns are especially grave regarding Moria camp on the island of Lesbos. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports. ]

This was inhuman for the last decade ? especially leaving it to Greece to do the dirty work ? but the current political hesitation to get these people out is unbearable.
They're already closing off access for helpers while not being able to even sustain water supply.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@3:38pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 30 March 2020

Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe

quote [ A senior Biden adviser falsely claimed on CNN the CDC had deemed in-person voting safe, and not a single major media outlet reported on it. ]

Almost like they were afraid that Biden's momentum was going to fizzle out if people realized that all the solutions to handling Coviod-19 were the ones Biden has been explicitly denying as part of his messaging.

And then there's the rape accusation against Biden by a former aide and the media's attempt to completely ignore it as much as possible. Yahoo news covered it for about a day before first moving the article to their sports section and then apparently finally deleting it?

HuffPo picked it up, so did Newsweek surprisingly.
Joe Biden Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Senate Aide In 1993 | HuffPost

But not a whole lot from any outlets that aren't on the far right.
TV Hosts Fail To Ask Joe Biden Questions About Sexual Assault Allegation | HuffPost

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Underrated]
[by steele@6:25pmGMT] [39 comments]

Hungary government gets sweeping powers

quote [ Critics accuse Prime Minister Viktor Orban of exploiting the coronavirus crisis to silence opposition. ]

Sigh. This has been going on for a while now, why should it stop in this situation?
[SFW] [politics]
[by Paracetamol@2:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Amazonians United Wins PTO for all Amazon Workers

quote [ So why did we begin a campaign for PTO? Because we found out that Amazon was promising us Vacation Time and PTO on paper, but denying it to us in practice. ]

#NotDying4WallStreet Goes Viral as Progressives Reject Efforts to Put Corporate Profits Over Public Health

Turns out so many of those workers who were told they didn't deserve $15/hour are essential. Who knew? If only some guy in the 1800's wrote about a theory of value centered around labor.

Britney Spears calls for wealth redistribution, general strike on Instagram

[SFW] [politics] [+5 Good]
[by steele@6:21pmGMT] [27 comments]

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Trump offers 'large sums' for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine

quote [ German government tries to fight off aggressive takeover bid by US, say reports. Trump was doing everything to secure a vaccine against the coronavirus for the US, ?but for the US only?. ]

Tagged as politics. Pretty clever, because while something like this is unlikely to succeed, it will play very well with the plebs at home
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by cb361@4:34pmGMT] [11 comments]

Monday, 2 March 2020

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Now About Keeping Bernie Sanders From Winning

quote [ She's taking money from a super PAC that may well be funded by people trying to hurt Sanders. ]

Elizabeth Warren Remembered - YouTube

[SFW] [politics] [+1]
[by steele@11:01pmGMT] [41 comments]

Friday, 28 February 2020

'The OAS Has a Lot to Answer For': New MIT Study Disputes Key Claim That Paved Way for Right-Wing Coup in Bolivia

quote [ "The media has largely reported the allegations of fraud as fact," the researchers write. "And many commentators have justified the coup as a response to electoral fraud by MAS-IPSP." ]

One of the many lessons I've taken since 9/11 is that the US corporate media is absolute shit at reporting foreign affairs. Time and time again they act as megaphones for the US State Department.


The Washington Post article is paywalled for me.

Following up: The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup?Because US Wanted It to Happen

[SFW] [politics]
[by steele@1:23amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 27 February 2020

PragerU's Attempt To Violate YouTube's 1st Amendment Rights Shot Down By 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

quote [ The conservative nonprofit Prager University alleged the company should not be allowed to place its videos on "Restricted Mode" ]

tech-dirt also has a good write up if you don't feel like giving reason magazine clicks.

TLDR, PragerU wants regulation and socialization only when it suits them.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Good]
[by biblebeltdrunk@11:02pmGMT] [1 comment]

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders

quote [ Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates. ]

Full in extended (NYT paywall)

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@3:48pmGMT] [10 comments]

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