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This thread is for secondary news items that don't need their own thread, but are otherwise interesting.

 

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Walmart Karen works for Kaiser Permanente. She racially profiled another customer and abused him, she thought she'd get away with it but twittersphere worked out that she was wearing a KP t-shirt.

Now KP are on the case. KP is a large US healthcare company so likely wanting to protect their image.

https://meaww.com/liz-de-la-torres-netizens-identify-walmart-karen-wore-employer-kaiser-permanente-tshirt-investigate

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https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/winston-churchill-s-painting-of-marrakech-given-to-president-roosevelt-and-being-sold-by-angelina-jolie-sells-for-record-gbp8-2m

 

1st March 2021

 

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Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943)—the only painting done by Churchill during the Second World War and which he gave to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 —sold for a record £7m (£8.2m with fees) at Christie's Modern British art evening sale.

 

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Macron visits Kadhimiya

Admittedly Macron is a little snake, but interesting nevertheless:

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General Amir Ali Hajizadeh

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In recent weeks, one Iranian name has been on the lips of Israeli military officials: General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Commander has been held personally responsible for Tehran’s growing drone capabilities and its attacks on a number of Israeli-linked ships - most recently the Mercer Street tanker in the Gulf of Oman.

Some Israeli security officials, analysts, and observers even believe Hajizadeh to be the “new Qassem Soleimani”, a Revolutionary Guard general shaping Iranian policy and enjoying the ear and trust of Iran’s supreme leader.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-drone-mastermind-hajizadeh-known-new-soleimani

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North Korean dissident on right-wing US radio show, so critical of NK that she has a credibility problem:

 

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TV rots your brain - proof

 

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Now, sadly, science has trundled along to back it up. According to Dr Ryan Dougherty, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, the more television you watch in middle age, the lower your volume in grey matter. Examining the viewing habits of 599 American adults between 1990 and 2011, Dougherty found that those who watched an above average amount of television showed reduced volume in their frontal cortex and entorhinal cortex. Basically, your mum was right: TV really does rot your brain.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/sep/13/the-proof-is-in-tv-really-does-rot-your-brain

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If you think that those Afghans who helped the American occupiers in Afghanistan have had it bad, spare a thought for the 'harkis'. These are Algerians who helped the French in their brutal occupation of Algeria.

Tens of thousands were killed by fellow Algerians after independence since France would not let them emigrate to France. Those that did have not been treated well. Today Macron has announced some help for them.

There's more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harki

 

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WINDHOEK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Around 300 protesters stormed Namibia's parliament on Tuesday, as the National Assembly was due to vote on a $1 billion compensation offer from Germany to atone for its 1904-1908 genocide against the Herero and Nama people.

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/hundreds-storm-namibia-parliament-ahead-german-genocide-deal-vote-2021-09-21/?taid=614a11e9ad296e0001f947ee&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

I've been reading the following book:

Davis, Christian. Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Germans of Jewish Descent in Imperial Germany, University of Michigan Press, 2012.

It has some interesting detail about German genocide of the Herero and Nama people. The argument presented in the book is that this genocide paved the way for Germans to commit genocide on a much larger scale during World War II. One of the issues the book explores is the role of Germans of Jewish descent in the German colonial enterprise, some of whom, ironically, found support amongst anti-semites of their time. One such person was Berhard Dernberg who became colonial director in 1906.

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As Germany’s chief colonial administrator, however, Dernburg helped create and enforce colonial racial states that despite his own rejection of the Herrenvolk mentality of colonial radicals— perpetuated, validated, and reified the same type of racial thinking that infused the worldview of many dedicated antisemites.

 

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The UK is having a debate about what a woman is. The argument is getting very heated, ministers and opposition leaders are involved.

 

This is from the Secretary of State for Health:

 

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Recently declassified Foreign Office documents show that British propagandists secretly incited anti-communists, including army generals, to eliminate the PKI. The campaign of apparently spontaneous mass murder, now known to have been orchestrated by the Indonesian army, was later described by the CIA as one of the worst mass murders of the century.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/17/revealed-how-uk-spies-incited-mass-of-indonesias-communists

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UK's Office National Statistics releases popular baby names over the last year

Muhammad outside the top 10, but if you include variant spellings, it goes up much higher.

 

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35 minutes ago, starlight said:

Colin Powell dead. Time to pay for all those dead Iraqis.

Alhamdulillah, I’m so happy. Let’s pray for our Iraqi siblings who lose their life because of that satan.

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Double jabbed Colin Powell dead.  In 2003,  Powell lied to the United Nations Security Council claiming there was WMD in Iraq. 

The Bush Administration relied on Powell to make the case for war.  They used him so the American people would trust him and find him credible.

Another warmonger bites the dust.

L3natul Allah 3la Powell.

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Tide theft is a thing

 

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Tide has become a hot commodity among thieves at supermarkets and drugstores in at least some parts of the country.

For a variety of reasons, the detergent in the familiar flame-orange bottle is well-suited for resale on the black market: Everybody needs laundry detergent, and Tide is the nation's most popular brand. It's expensive, selling for up to $20 for a large bottle at stores. And it doesn't spoil.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/thieves-rolling-tide-detergent-out-of-stores-across-u-s/

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