While flocks of women are reliving and telling tales of their disturbing experiences with alleged Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein, one of Buzzfeed’s woke black writers has other things on her mind; the lack of diversity of his victims.
In an article for Buzzfeed titled “There’s an elephant in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room”, Feminist Bim Adewunmi laments the fact that all of Harvey’s victims are white, and argues that the reason black women do not get leading roles in movies is because they are often seen as “not fuckable” by producers.
She argues that while the sexual assault allegations against Harvey are mainly being an issue about sexual harassment, they are also an issue about race:
The elephant in the room in discussions about the alleged crimes and misdemeanors of Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein looks eerily similar to an elephant of the past. It is the Race elephant. And among the allegations, the question of race is one that we are not really looking to engage with, because it is knotty and gnarly. But it bears talking about, because there are black women in Hollywood, and not talking about it does us all a disservice.
In Hollywood, where both racism and sexism are rampant, what can look like a sort of mitigated blessing ends up highlighting another insidious problem in (the societal microcosm that is) Hollywood: Black women do not often come up for the kind of prestigious high-profile and award-winning roles that a producer with Weinstein’s power could offer.
……..If we are to discern a general message about black women (and other women of color) from the product churned out by Hollywood, it is that they are not seen as leading role material, and that is intertwined with the idea that they are not desirable “trophies.”I would think not being considered a desirable trophy by a sexual predator is a good thing… but that’s just me.
…….the narrative coming out of Hollywood right now is about the victims who have come forward with allegations specifically against Harvey Weinstein, and that list is largely made up of white women. This is worth remarking upon, not because it is odd, but because it is decidedly quotidian, considering who is permitted to be in the room at even the lowest levels of the industry.
…….In an industry as white as Hollywood, the racially problematic “attraction question” is part of what reduces the shelf life of black actresses as a matter of course, causing many of them to get half as far in twice the time it takes their white counterparts. To be deemed “fuckable” is not the honor a certain kind of man (and woman) believes it to be, but the ideas of fuckability are entrenched, and they serve to exclude black women very early on in the conversation — while dooming the women who do go on to get the roles to gross sexual harassment or assault
Now this is where things start getting weird.
She lists the different movies that have been produced by Weinstein’s production company, and notes that very few of them have starred black women. Her conclusion: Harvey Weinstein doesn’t want to sexually abused black women (As if that is a bad thing):
A cursory glance of both companies’ slates suggests fewer than 10 films starring black women or other women of color, Jackie Brown (1997), Frida (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), and Southside With You (2016) being the most recognizable. Black women weren’t even making it into Weinstein’s predatory thought process except, probably, to be expressly excluded.I guess we should be alarmed that a serial sexual harasser didn’t incorporate diversity into his harassment escapades.
A migrant man has been arrested after a stabbing rampage in a central square in Munich.
Police were called after a man injured four people and tried but failed to stab two others, in the Bavarian capital.
The victims were five men and one woman, Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said.
'We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we cannot confirm that he is the attacker,' Martins said.
Several were injured in the attack, at five locations within close proximity to each other - none thought to be life-threatening.
The attacker has been described as a North African, unshaven man travelling on a black bike, roughly 40-years-old wearing grey trousers, a green jacket and carrying a backpack with a sleeping mat.
The attack happened at 6.30GMT, near the Rosenheimer station. Police urged residents to remain in their homes while the manhunt continued.
Police also advised the public to stay away from Ostpark, which is around 2.5 miles (4km) away from the scene of the attack.
Munich police used their official Twitter channel to issue a warning urging locals to stay away from three specific areas: Ostbahnhof, Ostparkand and Rosenheimer, and remain indoors if possible.
The police tweeted following the arrest of a man: 'We were able to arrest a suspect. It is currently unclear whether it is the offender.'
And earlier said they were unclear about the attacker's motives: 'We are searching for the offender with all police officers available. Until now we know nothing about the motivation.'
Video footage shows a helicopter flying overhead searching for the attacker.
Twitter is reportedly planning to crackdown on ‘hate and abuse’ on their platform with the rollout of a new update.TechCrunch reports that following a number of tweets from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week, in which he discussed promised more aggressive rule enforcement on Twitter’s platform, the company has announced a crackdown on hate and abuse on the social media network as part of a new update. A number of Dorsey’s tweets can be seen below.
Now Twitter plans to take action. Speaking to TechCrunch a Twitter representative said, “Although we planned on sharing these updates later this week, we hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them.”
Twitter’s head of safety policy also outlined the company’s new tactics when dealing with abuse in an email to Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. In the past, Twitter’s policies have not placed specific guidelines on how to deal with violent tweets or images, “hate symbols” have also not been clearly defined. The company still hasn’t specifically defined “hate symbols” but did say that, “at a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media.” This means that certain “hate symbols” will show a warning that users must click on to reveal the image.
With “violent groups” on their platform, Twitter, “will take enforcement action against organizations that use/have historically used violence as a means to advance their cause.” These violent groups have also not been defined by the company. Twitter already takes action against individuals or groups that promote or threaten violence but soon tweets that glorify violence will also be monitored. “Murdering makes sense. That way they won’t be a drain on social services,” the email states as an example.
Updates to policies relating to non-consensual nudity, such as revenge porn or creep-shots, have been clearly outlined, “We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target. We will do a full account review whenever we receive a Tweet-level report about non-consensual nudity. If the account appears to be dedicated to posting non-consensual nudity then we will suspend the entire account immediately.”
Unwanted sexual advances on the platform will also be subject to greater scrutiny, “We are going to update the Twitter Rules to make it clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable. We will continue taking enforcement action when we receive a report from someone directly involved in the conversation. Once our improvements to bystander reporting go live, we will also leverage past interaction signals (eg things like block, mute, etc) to help determine whether something may be unwanted and action the content accordingly.”
Twitter’s head of policy wrote in an email, “We realize that a more aggressive policy and enforcement approach will result in the removal of more content from our service. We are comfortable making this decision, assuming that we will only be removing abusive content that violates our Rules. To help ensure this is the case, our product and operational teams will be investing heavily in improving our appeals process and turnaround times for their reviews.”
The full email can be read below:
Dear Trust & Safety Council members,
I’d like to follow up on Jack’s Friday night Tweetstorm about upcoming policy and enforcement changes. Some of these have already been discussed with you via previous conversations about the Twitter Rules update. Others are the result of internal conversations that we had throughout last week.
Here’s some more information about the policies Jack mentioned as well as a few other updates that we’ll be rolling out in the weeks ahead.
In addition to launching new policies, updating enforcement processes and improving our appeals process, we have to do a better job explaining our policies and setting expectations for acceptable behavior on our service. In the coming weeks, we will be:
All the best,
Head of Safety Policy
Netflix’s Chelsea won’t continue past the end of 2017, host Chelsea Handler announced Wednesday via social media.
In a lengthy Twitter post, Handler attributed the talk show’s cancellation to her desire to “devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”
The comedienne adds that she will continue to produce documentaries with Netflix, and that her eponymous series will continue to stream weekly through December.
Chelsea premiered in May 2016 and was renewed for a second season 10 weeks later. Though designed in a thrice-weekly, half-hour format, Season 2 made the switch to once-weekly, hour-long episodes.
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘Best Friend’s’ Defense Company Got $11 Mil In Contracts But Doesn’t Have Federal Security Clearance
A company whose president is “best friends” with Chelsea Clinton received more than $11 million in contracts over the last decade from a highly secretive Defense Department think tank, but to date, the group lacks official federal approval to handle classified materials, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Jacqueline Newmyer, the president of a company called the Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG), has over the last 10 years received numerous Department of Defense (DOD) contracts from a secretive think tank called Office of Net Assessment (ONA).
ONA is so sensitive, the specialized think tank is housed in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and it reports directly to the Secretary.
To date, LTSG has received $11.2 million in contracts, according to USAspending,gov, a government database of federal contracts.
But after winning a decade of contracts from ONA, only now is the federal agency in the process of granting clearance to the company. LTSG never operated a secure room on their premises to handle classified materials, according to the Defense Security Service, a federal agency that approves secure rooms inside private sector firms. LTSG operates offices in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Mass.
“The Long Term Strategy Group is currently in process for a facility clearance with the Defense Security Service,” the agency informed TheDCNF in an email.
Newmyer declined to address her company’s lack of facilities to handle classified material. “With regard to your questions about the status of our facilities, those are best directed to the US government, which has authority over such matters,” she said in an email to TheDCNF.
She also declined to say whether her company is footing the bill for the new secure facility, or if the taxpayers are footing the bill through the ONA.
Adam Lovinger, a whistleblower and 12-year ONA veteran, has repeatedly warned ONA’s leadership they faced risks by relying on outside contractors as well as the problem of cronyism, and a growing “revolving door” policy where ONA employees would leave the defense think tank and join private contractors to do the same work.
Others outside ONA have drawn similar conclusions about ONA’s reliance on outside contractors. USA Today complained in August 2013 that the same set of contractors never seem to leave ONA, “While Democratic and Republican administrations come and go, ONA and its team of outside advisers remains the same. Contract records show the office relies on studies from outside contractors.”
Clinton and Newmyer first met each other while attending Sidwell Friends School, an exclusive private Quaker school in the nation’s capital. They were in each other’s weddings, and in 2011 Chelsea referred to Newmyer as her “best friend.”
In numerous emails, Chelsea’s mom Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, actively promoted Newmyer and attempted to assist her in securing Defense Department contracts.
Secretary Clinton put Newmyer in contact with Michèle Flournoy, former President Barack Obama’s undersecretary of defense, according to the emails from Clinton’s private email server and released by the State Department under a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Hillary followed up in a July 19, 2009 email, asking Newmyer, “By the way, did the DOD contract work out?”
ONA was supposed to work on complicated future warfare scenarios when it was originally set up in the 1970s.
The think tank’s first director, Andrew Marshall, was adored by a coterie of ONA staff. Adding to Marshall’s mystique, he was called “Yoda,” after the “Star Wars” series. Marshall lasted in the DOD post for 42 years and retired at the age of 93 in 2015.
Last year, Lovinger sent a series of memos to James H. Baker, ONA’s new director, raising many problems Baker “inherited” from Marshall, including the use of contractors. ONA has a reputation for issuing “‘sweet- heart contracts’ to a privileged few,” Lovinger told Baker in a Sept. 30, 2016 email chain.
ONA’s leadership, led by Baker, did not take kindly to Lovinger’s warnings and allegedly retaliated against the staffer, according to Sean Bigley, a federal security clearance attorney who also represents him.
Baker suspended Lovinger’s security clearance in May for “security infractions,” and launched numerous investigations.
The suspension came after Lovinger had been detailed to the National Security Council. He was removed from the NSC after losing his security clearance, and now languishes inside a DOD satellite office doing make-work.
In a Sept. 13, 2017 letter to DOD officials, Bigley charged: “A review of the ‘case file’ in this matter illuminates a picture of intentional whistleblower retaliation against Mr. Lovinger; personal and political vendettas against Lovinger by Baker …”
Although Lovinger has since been exonerated for all the accusations, he still faces the possibility of a revocation of his clearance. His case is currently pending before DOD officials.
Baker decided in a recent move to “reclassify” Lovinger’s ONA position to one that now requires new skills he doesn’t possess.
Bigley complained about this new act of retaliation in a Sept. 21 letter to the DOD acting general counsel: “The practical effect of Baker’s plan, if executed, is that Mr. Lovinger will become a surplus employee and will be terminated; he does not possess the skill set applicable to the proposed reclassification.”
Lovinger is the only staff member Baker has “reclassified,” according to Bigley.
One of Lovinger’s main complaints about ONA was that many of the reports contractors imparted very little new information to the think tank. “Over the years ONA’s analytic staff has expressed how they learn very little from many (if not most) of our often very thin and superficial contractor reports,” he wrote in the Sept. 30, 2016 email.
Some of LTSG’s reports bear out Lovinger’s critique. A September 2010 LTSG report, titled “Trends in Elite American Attitudes Toward War,” came to the astounding conclusion that, “American intellectuals have for the last century held considerably more cosmopolitan views than their non-intellectual counterparts.”
Another LTSG report was “On the Nature of Americans as a Warlike People.”
Lovinger also suggested in a March 3, 2017 memo to the record that contractor studies should be peer reviewed. “There has never been an external review of these contractors’ research products,” he said, adding, “It is now clear that over several decades the office transferred millions of dollars to inexperienced and unqualified contractors.”
Others outside of ONA have been even more critical of the think tank. Carlos Lozada criticized the think tank as “an opaque bureaucratic outfit,” in a Washington Post review of a book about Marshall, ONA’s founder.
Michael C. Desch said “a systematic scrutiny of [ONA’s] work is long overdue” in the December 2014 issue of The National Interest. He recommended that ONA, “like so many now-superfluous parochial schools, should close its doors.”
On the liberal front, author Jeffrey Lewis wrote a scathing attack on ONA in the Oct. 24, 2014 edition of Foreign Policy Magazine. “Marshall funded a fair number of crackpots,” he charged.
Lewis cited two studies on Iraq “written by a crackpot who thinks Saddam planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11, and a study on “Islamic Warfare” by “the guy who fabricated both a Ph.D. and an interview with Barack Obama.”
Lovinger has also been critical of the revolving door at ONA, where previous government staffers went to work for ONA contractors.
Phillip Pournelle, who was ONA’s military adviser from November 2011 to December 2016, now works at LTSG as its “director for gaming and analysis,” according to his LinkedIn page.
Steve Rosen, also a long-time ONA consultant, was originally Newmyer’s professor at Harvard. But Newmyer and Rosen hit it off, and they “co-taught” a Harvard class together in 2006.
Both Pournelle and Rosen are today two top executives in a company that has only eight employees, according to its LinkedIn account.
Newmyer and Rosen are also top officers in a nonprofit they created together called the American Academy for Strategic Education, which is “dedicated to educating a rising generation of strategic thinkers,” according to its website.
The organization has raised $894,000 since its operation in 2013, according to their IRS 990 filing. The Academy paid Newmyer and Rosen $45,000 each in 2015.
Since serving as president of LTSG, Newmyer has participated in many prestigious bodies on national security and she was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
But her Ph.D. had little to do with today’s international conflicts or in contemporary military strategy. Her dissertation was on “a comparison of seminal works on strategy and statecraft from ancient China, the medieval Middle East, and early modern Europe,” according to a Harvard profile of her.
Adam Lovinger did not consent to an interview for this article. The Office of Net Assessment did not reply to a DCNF inquiry.
Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across the whole of England and Wales in the year when slight variations in spelling are taken into account.The annual release of the most popular names for baby boys and girls by the Office for National Statistics also reveals that Muhammed has pushed traditionally popular boy’s name William out of the top 10 in the past recorded year.
Whilst the statistics showed the most popular name for boys and girls were Oliver and Olivia respectively, the decision by the Office to list slight changes to the spelling of Muhammed as completely different names masked the fact that the popular Muslim name was actually in first place, and not in eighth as reported.
The variations in the name such as Muhammad, Mohammed, and Mohammad may come from the imprecise nature of transliterating Arabic names into English. Muhammed and other similar spellings of the name of the Islamic prophet, which is often given to Muslim boys in honour of the religious figure, have taken the top spot in England and Wales every year since 2011.
In all, there were 7,084 Muhammad, Mohammad, and Mohammed boys born in 2016 — ahead of the official first place boy’s name Oliver, which saw 6,623 boys in 2016.
Breitbart London has reported over the course of this decade on the steady climb of the name. The 2015 figures showed Muhammed at 12th, but hitting first place when combined with the other similar spellings. The 2014 figures had it at 14th, and 2013 at 15th.
Whilst the changes in demographics and attitudes across England and Wales that are driving these changes are clear from the statistics, they are even more apparent in certain areas. In heavily multicultural regions like London and the West Midlands, Muhammed is the most popular boy’s name even without other spellings being taken into account.
London has been minority white British at least since the last census in 2011, and Birmingham — the defacto capital of the West Midlands region — has been predicted to become minority white British by the end of this decade. The Coventry Telegraph reportsMuhammad first surged to most popular in the area in 2015 and alternative spelling Mohammed is only fractionally behind at fifth place.
Earlier statistics released by the ONS in 2017 showed that up to 98 per cent of population growth in English cities over the past decade has been down to immigration. At the same time, separate figures showed that mothers born abroad now account for 28.2 per cent of births in England and Wales.
A team of children in an Illinois football league caused controversy last week, when they took a knee to protest the national anthem in emulation of protests started last year by Colin Kaepernick.The 8-year-old kids from the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team took a knee as the anthem played before their Sunday, September 17 game, according to Fox Insider.
“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis,” Coach Orlando Gooden told the local Fox affiliate. “I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'”
The coach added that one of his players replied saying, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”
At that point, the coach claimed it was a “good teaching moment” and agreed to let the kids protest the anthem at the game:
“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” the coach claimed.
Since the protest, Coach Gooden did note that he has received some blowback from people critical of the protest.
However, Gooden is unrepentant. “As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble,” he said.
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Migrant Gang in Malmö robbed and battered 95-year-old woman for hours police say.
DOMESTIC. A 95-year-old woman was robbed and battered for several hours by a number of migrant men in Malmö. They entered the woman's home in the middle of the night as she was asleep, SkD writes .
It was between 03.30-05.00 and Thursday, as several men broke into a 95-year-old woman in Lorensborg, Malmö.
The men were partially black-dressed and masked. They battered and held the woman for one and a half hours. Meanwhile, they searched her home for valuables.
They pushed the woman and pushed her down on the floor so she could not move.
"The woman has been involved in something totally terrible. She is obviously very bad of what has happened, "says Malmö's president Nils Norling to SkD.
After the miscarriage, the men disappeared with a larger amount of theft money from the women's home, including cash and many valuables at large amounts. The police have not yet compiled the entire list.
The woman then succeeded in letting the police, who have done a technical examination of the residence and questioned the victim.
The police now want help with tips on the assault, believing, among other things, that the men used a car and visited the place we had a previous opportunity to reconnaissance.
Some kind of sentiment on men has not been published.
The event is classified as illegal detention, gross theft and ill-treatment.