And among the parting shots:The United States became the first country to officially declare Chinese government of Uighur Muslims an act of “genocide,”
Should have done it a year ago:Just hours before leaving the White House, President Donald Trump declassified documents related to Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s investigation into Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election and well after the Trump administration took hold in January 2017.
Best experts money can buy: Britain’s policing minister says “human error” led to hundreds of thousands of DNA records and other data on criminal suspects being erased from the national police computer
On Monday, [Nova Scotia] becomes the first jurisdiction in North America to switch from an opt-in donation system to an opt-out system. It’s a move that medical experts across the continent are watching with great interest.
Instead of signing organ donation cards, the system is now built around presumed consent — that every adult is open to being a donor when they die.
“But if you’re dead, you don’t need your organs.”
If you’re dead, you don’t need your savings or property either.
U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.
The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.
Related: Twitter did not immediately address why the bug apparently only affected searches for the Lincoln Project at a time when a co-founder, John Weaver, was facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
“We intend a comprehensive approach with the tabling of a bill in early 2021 that will apply to the various platforms,” Heritage department staff said in a a briefing note titled Regulation Of Social Media Platforms, as reported in Blacklock’s Reporter.
“We are working to introduce regulations to reduce the spread of illegal content, including hate speech, in order to promote a safer and more inclusive online environment. We want to protect Canadians online.”
The note continued on, mentioning how platforms like Facebook and Twitter were becoming an increasingly important aspect of participating in “democratic, cultural and public life.” These social media outlets, however, may also be used to “threaten, intimidate, bully and harass people, or used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynist and homophobic views that target communities, put people’s safety and risk and undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy.”
In a recent long-form essay on New Discourses (newdiscourses.com/2020/12/psychopa…totalitarianism/), James Lindsay explained the origins of totalitarianism in a single word: psychopathy. There, he explained that totalitarianism arises from people who cannot cope with reality as it is, and yet who are content to manipulate others, constructing a “pseudo-reality” in service to a vision of the world that serves their needs. That pseudo-reality holds as its North Star a Utopian vision that aligns with artificial resolutions to their inability to cope with reality as it is, and it thereby attracts others who have similar issues. By constructing a false logic (a paralogic) and a false morality (a paramorality) to define and enforce the pseudo-reality, they can gather supporters in a cult-like fashion. In the end, those ensnared lose the ability to distinguish reality and pseudo-reality almost entirely and become functionally psychopathic, and if they gain enough social, cultural, economic, and political power, they can hold hostage entire societies that are, in effect, on the march to totalitarianism and, eventually, total catastrophic collapse.
[…] in this podcast, he begins the process of linking the concept of “ideological pseudo-reality” to more familiar examples, not least Wokeness. Critical Race Theory, for example, is a pseudo-reality that positions racism as the ordinary state of affairs in society, not an immoral aberration from them. Queer Theory is a pseudo-reality in which being normal with regard to sex, gender, and sexuality is a problem while being in some way deviant (which is not the same as being gay or even trans) is elevated as normal. Communism is a pseudo-reality that deems socially engineered command economies as effective and efficient ways to maximize human flourishing. Covid-19 is a pseudo-reality built to enact control around a genuine and serious virus called SARS-CoV-2. These topics and more are presented in this episode of the New Discourses podcast to help people understand and, hopefully, able to see reality for itself again.
Grab a coffee. You’ll recognize much of what he describes immediately.