Divided and Alone with the Internet

What’s that?  You said he’d be in Finland next?  Well, whatya know…

Shia LaBeouf spending a month living alone in Finland cabin

Shia LaBeouf’s latest stunt is to spend a month isolated in a cabin in Finland’s remote Lapland region with his only communication with the outside world coming via text message to visitors to a Helsinki museum.

The project is called #ALONETOGETHER and involves the other two members of the actor’s art collective, Nastja Ronkko and Luke Turner. Ronkko and Turner are also spending time isolated in separate cabins in Lapland beginning Wednesday.

Visitors to the Kiasama museum in Helsinki can visit a cabin and send a text to LaBeouf, Ronkko and Turner, who can respond to visitors but can’t talk to one another.

A vacation would do him good too if only he could keep away from those monsters on the internet and regain a piece of his sanity. It’s not like /pol/ would look at all 3000 rental cabins in… oh.

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Meanwhile, back at the museum, people are wearing MAGA hats and flashing Pepes.

As fun as all this is, we should take a step back and consider that Shia really is probably about to have a psychotic break.  He’s been teetering on the edge of one for quite a while.  Now he’s seeing racists everywhere. (Language warning)

Is it just me or is he screaming racist at a counter that’s full of black people?  Just get the man a straight jacket already.

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Baby, that’s racist

Is YOUR baby racist? Scientists find six-to nine-month-old infants demonstrate bias in favor of members of their own race and against others

Following a series of studies, researchers have discovered that six- to nine-month-old infants demonstrated racial bias in favor of members of their own race and bias against those of other races.

The findings are said to be a result of the overwhelming exposure infants have to their own race, and experts have warned it is wise to introduce children to people from a variety of races before the issues deepen.

Of course the funny thing about this is that people used to have black nannies (at least down South) and nowadays rich people have Hispanic servants.  Good way to expose kids to other races, right?

The way they determined this sounds stupid:

Babies participated in one of the four music-face combinations: happy music followed by own-race faces, sad music followed by own-race faces, happy music followed by other-race faces, and sad music followed by other-race faces.

The team observed that infants six to nine months of age looked longer at own-race faces when paired with happy music as opposed to with sad music.

By contrast, six- to nine-month-olds looked longer at other-race faces when paired with sad music compared to with happy music.

But that’s okay because it conforms our preconceived notion that people are racist and therefore we should do something about that.  All the more reason to be shoving diversity down little kids throat if they’re racist before they can even talk!  We need more anti-racist preschool programs!  Take kids out of all white homes because kids grow up thinking white people are normal!

Why is the American Catholic Church opposing Trump’s immigration policies?

It’s old news that many individual Bishops and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have leveled criticism towards Trump’s attempts to temporarily stop immigration, to assess and reform the process – basically every iota of his immigration stance.  The most radical of these is San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy who called for opponents of Trump’s policies to “become disruptors” and that immigration is the “key [issue] we have to face in our local church at this moment.” (Bishop McElroy’s radicalism should come as no surprise; he’s a big fan of LGBT “rights” too.  Apparently just an SJW tool?)

Lisa Bourne writes for LifeSiteNews that the “harsh tone leads to questions that some bishops’ concerns could be more driven by political and fiscal interests than by compassionate motives.  Government funding and Catholic identity don’t easily mix, say critics.”

It’s a rather cynical interpretation that has occurred to many: it’s about the money, not compassion.  Why the vociferous response to Trump’s plans to pause immigration, when previous presidents’ similar policies brought not a word of opposition? It certainly does not speak to a consistent position.

Why are US bishops so concerned about Trump’s refugee orders? Follow the money trail: Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work…

These critics are pointing out that in Fiscal Year 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received more than $91 million in government funding for refugee resettlement. Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received a total of $534,788,660 in taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement programs, reported Ann Corcoran, editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News has this to say in response to the American Church’s position:

“They have a heart for people who are suffering… However… if the country decides, and the president decides that it’s time to take a pause, everybody has to step back and let that happen. President Obama did it, President Bush did it after 9/11. It’s not forever, it’s just for a time. But these groups I think, sometimes their heart, and perhaps the financial motive gets in the way.”

Deal Hudson, editor of The Christian Review, also has his concerns about the entanglement of Catholic organizations and the US government:

“How can either institution [USCCB and Catholic Relief Services] call itself ‘Catholic’ when they have created financial dependency of the federal government? … Doesn’t this level of funding make the USCCB hesitant to publicly criticize the Congress and the administration on abortion, same-sex marriage, fetal stem cell research, and euthanasia?”

Another critic, Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, which has reported on numerous Catholic organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities not living up to their Catholic identity (supporting LGBT “rights” and abortion/contraception, etc.), told LifeSiteNews:

 

Pope Benedict, in his motu proprio, made it clear that Catholic charitable work should begin with the Mass and sacraments, work in conjunction with the local bishops and Church, and hire faithful Catholics to carry out the programs… It seems to me that these refugee resettlement programs fail on all counts… Here again, the Church is behaving as just one more NGO

Just what we need, right?  The Church to be just one more NGO.  Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn shares Mosher’s concerns:

“We never hear the USCCB complain about much except for the decisions to cut funding from the troughs feeding its social programs… The USCCB cried the same sob-story over USAID and PEPFAR, despite the fact that they both work hand in glove for the spread of abortifacient contraception and condoms… The fact that Catholic Relief Services receives nearly two-thirds of its annual revenue from those agencies is most definitely linked to the lobbying efforts… So its concern over refugee resettlement is really no different.”

Faithful Cardinal Raymond Burke (God bless him), told LifeSiteNews that

“We have to give the first priority to the respect for human life and for the family in order to have the right orientation in addressing all of the other questions which are involved with poverty and immigration, the many challenges that any human being faces in life… It doesn’t make any sense at all to be concerned about immigration or poverty if human life itself is not protected in society. It’s an absolute contradiction… The first justice accorded to any human being is to respect the gift of life itself, which is received from God.”

Entanglement with government funding often means compromising principles and the silencing of the organization’s voice when it comes to unpopular positions, especially when it comes to abortion.  Separation of church and state, so often invoked as a way of protecting the state (and secularists) from the supposed abuses and controlling nature of the church, really should protect the church from the state.

Deal Hudson summed it up:

“How can the Catholic Church be a free, prophetic voice when it has created a financial dependence on the federal government? Answer: It cannot!”

 

Ban it all!

‘Ban Cars to Stop Terror’ Says Sweden’s Best-Selling Newspaper After Stockholm Attack

Cars and other vehicles “have turned into deadly weapons”, and should be banished from cities to stop attacks like the one in Stockholm from happening in future, according to Aftonbladet editorialist Eva Franchell.
Crackdowns on immigration or extremist ideology are not the way forward when it comes to terror prevention, according to the veteran journalist, writing after Friday’s terror attack in Stockholm left four people dead.

Instead, it is cars — which she calls “effective murder machines” — that Franchell says “must simply be removed from city centres and places where people gather, if people are to be protected in future”.

So instead of removing the people who commit these kinds of crimes, we should completely rebuild our societies so that those people will… just switch to using suicide vests and guns.  Seriously, it’s not like they don’t have a whole catalog of different ways that they kill people which has been well reported on the past couple decades.  No, no, if we get rid of cars, everything will be fine.

 

This timeline makes no sense

Welcome to bizarro world where Richard Spencer protests Trump and antifa protest him protesting Trump which means that they’re protesting for Trump?

Members of the alt-right, led by Richard Spencer, protested outside the White House Saturday evening. They condemned missile strikes launched by the United States against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In a bizarre turn of events, members of the far-left group Antifa turned up to protest against the alt-right anti-war rally though few would go on record about the missile strikes themselves.

Read the rest here.

You’d think anti-war stuff would be up antifas alley–at least as long as any Republican is behind it, but if the alt-right don’t like it then it must be good…?

During the rally Spencer and the alt-right chanted “America first” “take a shower” “Fire Kushner” and “Build walls not wars”. The Antifa counterprotests shouted back “Fuck you Nazis” and “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists USA.”

Those Nazis.  They always were known for their peace activism.

Think of the children!

On second thought, let’s make sure that they’re actually Syrian and really dead or hurt.

Egyptian police arrest five people for using children to stage fake ‘Aleppo’ footage

Five people in Port Said allegedly making fake videos purporting to show the wreckage of air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been arrested, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said.

The videographer, his assistants and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after police managed to trail the would-be camera crew to a building site awaiting demolition, a statement on Monday said.

The team reportedly admitted they had planned to distribute their work on social media, pretending it showed scenes of the injured and destruction in Aleppo, the embattled northern Syrian city which has just fallen back under government control after four years of fighting between the regime and Sunni rebels.

In the distinctly amateur raw videos and stills released by the Interior Ministry, an eight-year-old girl wears a white dress and bandages covered in red stains, and holds a teddy bear. A 12-year-old boy is also interviewed about what life is like under intensive Russian-backed Syrian government air strikes.

The girl’s dress, covered in red paint, was what caught the attention of a police officer driving by, the ministry said.

The use of children to promote war is a nasty cynical thing to do.  Why Americans fall for it is beyond me.  We are after all a society that treats its children like fashion statements and status symbols and promotes murdering any of the ones that no one wants or who might be inconvenient.  If Syrian children truly are being killed, then the Syrian people can do something about it.  Not us.

Coexist (with cows)

Religions should be able coexist you say?  What about when religions have diametrically opposed beliefs?  Like one thinks hamburger is great and the other thinks cows are sacred.

Muslim man dies after attack by cow vigilantes in India

A Muslim man has died after he was attacked by hundreds of vigilantes while transporting cows in India, police said Wednesday, as tensions rose over the slaughter of an animal Hindus consider sacred.

No arrests have yet been made, but police said they had registered a murder case over 55-year-old Pehlu Khan’s death in hospital on Monday, two days after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar in the western state of Rajasthan.

At least six more people were injured when the truck was attacked by around 200 Hindu vigilantes, who police are still trying to identify.

But police also said they were preparing a case against the survivors of the attack, whom they suspect of trying to smuggle the cattle across state borders.

Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, where squads of vigilantes roam highways inspecting livestock trucks for any trace of the animal.

If someone really and truly believes something, it will change how they act.  And if someone believes that it’s wrong to kill cows but not wrong to kill people who kill cows, people is gonna get killed.  Modern society has been spoiled by Christianity because Christians tend to wring their hands and pray when someone does something they find abhorrent.  They don’t form mobs and wander around looking for people breaking Christian practices.