Facebook vs. Black People and America vs. the Amish?
And one more weekend is over and done with. Only what, four more in this year? That’s pretty wild to think about. It’s nice and snowy here in Moscow now, which doesn’t inspire me to do a whole lot outside. At the same time, my family was sick this weekend, so it was pretty low key here. How was it for all of you out there? Hope it was a good one.
The biggest news for now is that tomorrow is the great Church feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, when the Orthodox Church commemorates the Virgin Mary going to live in the Temple as a child in preparation for receiving God Himself into her womb—that’s not something you just do! Moses had to fast for 40 days to go talk to God—encountering God is not something to take lightly!
But anyways, as for our announcements, well, the Global Democracy Award contest is now OVER, so keep your ears and eyes peeled for info on the winners. But we still have our Zuckerberg Wanted action going, where we’re looking for solid evidence of the government enforcing illegal censorship online, and especially on social networks. If you have something solid, you could find yourself the happy owner of several thousands of dollars, so check this out now!
Alright, let’s get to the articles. There were a good number from over the weekend and for today. First up is our opinion piece from Saturday, “"Racial Discrimination at Facebook Is Real," Writes a Former Employee,” by Pradeep Banerjee. It tells a story that is on the one hand surprising, and on the other, not surprising at all. Banerjee writes: “Facebook has a black people problem,” says Mark Luckie, a former FB manager. Luckie joined Facebook about a year ago. “I was really excited. Facebook is an amazing company that reaches a lot of people,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I didn’t plan to leave.” He saw his job at Facebook as an opportunity to make difference in the lives of black people on the influential social network. But life at Facebook was not as rosy as he had imagined. Within a year, seeing the discrimination that black people and people of color faced at Facebook and the way black people were being treated on the social media platform, he became disillusioned. Describing a culture in which loud support for ethnic minorities clashes with their actual treatment, he said he eventually "lost the will to advocate on behalf of Facebook" and no longer wished to be a part of it. So, he decided to quit. And quit he did even without a job lined up, such was his disenchantment with the company.” Well, sounds like he had a wonderful time there, doesn’t it? So what did he do next? How did he move on and how is he responding to his time at Facebook? Well, you’re going to have to read the piece to find out!
Then there’s today’s opinion piece: “US Gov't terrorizes Amish People for Selling Natural Products” by Jeffrey Silverman. I think the Amish are pretty cool, so this is something you want to see! However, OK, it looks like the guy was actually arrested for selling improperly labeled stuff, which is understandable. Why was he trying to deceive? But he’s now looking for a pardon, or at least a reduction in his 6-year sentence. But Silverman has a depressing conclusion: “This control means trying to direct people to eat a certain way, buying corporate processed foods grown on one crop spreads, animal products raised on factory farms, or buying medicines that are provided by companies that have blatant conflicts of interests with those in government and regulatory bodies—and are dangerous and often deadly.”
Then let’s jump into our history pieces, first with “This Weekend in History,” where we take a look at Rosa Park’s brave stand on the bus back on December 1, 1955. You’d BETTER know this story. Her brave move led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott—one of the most famous political and social protest movements of the era. And the 10th presidential election went down on December 2, 1824, which was the first time a president won despite losing the popular vote. Do you know who it was? You’re gonna have to read to find out. And on December 2, 1954, Senator McCarthy was condemned by the Senate for his “witch hunt.” Methinks we may be going through a new era of McCarthyism now, don’t you?
And then there’s today’s “This Day in History” piece that takes a look at the fourth presidential election in the US in 1800, the release of the first Laurel and Hardy film in 1927, and the disaster a Who concert in 1979 that saw several unfortunate fans being trampled to death.
And, of course, you’ve undoubtedly heard that President George H. W. Bush died over the weekend at age 94. He was the 41st president of the United States (1989-1993), whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term. And, of course, President Trump will attend the funeral, despite the fact that he hadn’t attended Barbara’s funeral a few months back.
And the descent of American campuses into hateful, Leftist insanity continues, and Rollins College in Florida is no exception. There’s a professor there, or was, who flipped out because a student had the gall to defend Christianity, or at least the historicity of Christ, and resist the professor’s Islamic brainwashing. She claimed he made her feel uncomfortable. Meanwhile, this woman full-on support jihad and explicitly hates Jews. To be fair, the school did eventually can the professor to avoid bad press, but they don’t seem to have learned their lesson, as it’s just decided to uphold a ban on conservative Christian groups on campus. Why are the most peaceful people the most hated?
Then for your daily dose of caravan news: Some of them have now started a hunger strike to try to pressure the US to allow them to apply for asylum—this despite the fact that the US doesn’t prevent anyone from applying for asylum. So these thousands of immigrants have marched their way to Tijuana and now they’re sick of life there, so some women’s group figures it can force Trump to bend to their will. Who knows, perhaps he’ll cave to the pressure that is sure to come from this, but perhaps he’ll stand strong for law and order.
And another caravan piece: “Border Patrol Agents Arrest a Caravan Member With MS-13 Ties.” The guy is even a convicted killer. So you can claim Trump is lying about the caravan all you want, but his words are coming true right before our eyes. Even Tijuana is sick of them and their mooching and slovenly ways, and now we’re seeing there ARE thugs and killers in the group. There ARE criminals among them.
And you’ve probably heard about the massive fricking earthquake in Alaska. Well, a state of emergency has been declared. According to the US Geological Survey, the first and most powerful quake was centered about 7.5 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, with a population of about 300,000. The earthquake also affected the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System that carries crude from the Arctic coast to the marine terminal in Valdez, which was shut for seven hours. It was restarted late Friday, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. spokeswoman Michelle Egan said by phone. The line, which has the capacity to move 2 million barrels a day, had transported only 530,000 barrels on Thursday.
A woman from Youngstown, Ohio was murdered 20 years ago, but since the murderer destroyed her fingerprints, cops never knew who she was. Now, thanks to new technology, her name has been established, and cops think they know who did it. But the man they suspect committed suicide in the early 2000s, so questions remain. But thank God some closure has been found for this woman and her family.
Then we’ve got Part 18 of our series “Voting Problems, Fraud, Scandals Plague Polling Places Across America,” this time about Louisiana, so check out this piece to find out about all the dysfunction there!
And some bad news for the US economy: Chinese state companies are stopping importing US oil. At the same time, Russian oil supplies reached their maximum. How did it happen that the world's largest importer of hydrocarbons closed its market to the Americans? Well, this piece will give you the deets! And while China might not want our stuff, the EU is looking to the US to become an important supplier. And more oil and gas news—Qatar will withdraw from OPEC on January 1. That should shake things up!
And as for more Trump: He said 10 states have hit record-low unemployment rates, and well, it looks like he was right. But head on over to this piece to find out why that’s the case!
And that’s all the news we’re going to rap about tonight, but before we go, let’s take a preview look at tomorrow’s opinion piece. It’s Part 3 of Seraphim Hanisch’s “What is behind the disintegration of civility in America?” He writes: “Parts I and II examined the present state of American social and political culture, how it has become increasingly coarse and even violent. We also looked back in the nation's history, examining the radically different point of view taken by many Americans in the 19th century, in particular, the connection between one's own personal liberty and gratitude and obedience to God. We further looked at how although the religious identity of Americans remains statistically overwhelmingly Christian, the actual definition of what Christianity actually is has changed radically, from being a God-centered and obedient point of view to a self-centered "God always wants what I want" point of view. As we dive in once again, we need to ruthlessly examine the effects of this "new" Christianity. They are not good, and yet, because of the very nature of this worldview, it is bound to aggravate and enrage anyone who is taken in by this set of ideas.” He then examines individualism and some aspects of the “new” Christianity that reigns. Definitely check this one out tomorrow!
Well, with that, dear ones, we head on out for the night. As we said, there was plenty of news to get through, and keep your eyes peeled right here for all the freshest news that’s sure to keep coming your way. Good night!