Rhetoric – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ Wed, 25 May 2022 20:41:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adakotacandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Rhetoric – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ 32 32 Xi Jinping’s green language is about party power https://adakotacandles.com/xi-jinpings-green-language-is-about-party-power/ Wed, 25 May 2022 20:41:15 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/xi-jinpings-green-language-is-about-party-power/ During a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed for the first time his vision of an environmentally friendly development policy. He announced, “We want to have not only mountains of gold but also mountains of green. If we have to choose between the two, we prefer green to gold. And anyway, […]]]>

During a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed for the first time his vision of an environmentally friendly development policy. He announced, “We want to have not only mountains of gold but also mountains of green. If we have to choose between the two, we prefer green to gold. And anyway, the green mountains are themselves mountains of gold.

Since 2013, this “two mountains” theory, as Chinese state media call it, has become central to Xi’s political rhetoric and strategic vision for China’s eco-friendly economic future. China. This might seem like an odd choice for an ecological view that is generally more associated with forests and fields than with jagged slopes. But mountains, metaphorical and otherwise, have played a key role in the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

According to CCP folklore, the “cradle of the Chinese revolution” is the Jinggang Mountains. It was in this mountain range that Chinese leader Mao Zedong established the first rural revolutionary base in 1927 for his communist forces. Seven years later, Mao’s Red Army began its long march through the steep, snow-capped mountains of northern China. This treacherous journey later formed the backbone of Mao’s hagiography and reinforced his status as a charismatic leader. In a December 1935 speech, Mao declared: “The Long March is propaganda. He announced to some 200 million people in 11 provinces that the Red Army road is their only path to liberation. The use of mountains as a metaphor is not new to Chinese political culture. In a 1948 speech to party cadres, Mao said his revolutionary forces must topple the “three great mountains” of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism.

During a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed for the first time his vision of an environmentally friendly development policy. He announced, “We want to have not only mountains of gold but also mountains of green. If we have to choose between the two, we prefer green to gold. And anyway, the green mountains are themselves mountains of gold.

Since 2013, this “two mountains” theory, as Chinese state media call it, has become central to Xi’s political rhetoric and strategic vision for China’s eco-friendly economic future. China. This might seem like an odd choice for an ecological view that is generally more associated with forests and fields than with jagged slopes. But mountains, metaphorical and otherwise, have played a key role in the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

According to CCP folklore, the “cradle of the Chinese revolution” is the Jinggang Mountains. It was in this mountain range that Chinese leader Mao Zedong established the first rural revolutionary base in 1927 for his communist forces. Seven years later, Mao’s Red Army began its long march through the steep, snow-capped mountains of northern China. This treacherous journey later formed the backbone of Mao’s hagiography and reinforced his status as a charismatic leader. In a December 1935 speech, Mao declared: “The Long March is propaganda. He announced to some 200 million people in 11 provinces that the Red Army road is their only path to liberation. The use of mountains as a metaphor is not new to Chinese political culture. In a 1948 speech to party cadres, Mao said his revolutionary forces must topple the “three great mountains” of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism.

For the CPC, the mountains represent the difficulties of building a socialist China while embodying the heights the Chinese people can reach under the supposedly benevolent care of the party. The mountains symbolically served as sources of spiritual rejuvenation that linked party aspirations to the land itself. It signifies the unity of China’s revolutionary policy with its agrarian origins.

The CCP’s use of mountain metaphors is one of those rare elements of communist language whose origins can be traced back to Chinese cultural traditions. According to Taoist philosophy, mountains serve as communication channels between heaven and earth. In ancient times, emperors made sacred pilgrimages, combining religious and political power, to the Five Great Mountains that stretch through the heart of China. This idea of ​​mountains as refuges has deep cultural roots in China, a rhetorical heritage that the CCP is happy to use.

Under Xi, the mountain metaphor has taken on greater symbolic prominence in official CCP discourse. The “two mountains” theory connects Xi directly to Mao’s revolutionary legacy and legitimizes Xi as a historically significant Chinese leader on par with Mao: the “great helmsman”. Much like Mao’s encouragement to the Red Guards to retrace the Long March via pilgrimages, Xi also encouraged Chinese citizens to review the party’s revolutionary history. “Only by experiencing the hardships of the revolutionary era can people truly receive an education,” Xi said in a 2016 speech. From 2016 to 2020, the Chinese government has allocated nearly 370 million dollars to the promotion of “red tourism”.

Other communist regimes attached great political importance to their regions and mountainous terrain. For example, North Korean state media refers to its dynastic rulers as part of the “Mount Baekdu Revolutionary Line”, and the Castro regime in Cuba has proudly declared its goal of “transforming the Andes Mountains into the Sierra Maestra of Latin America”. America.”

In reality, communist parties have an extremely poor record when it comes to environmentalism and sustainability. The Chernobyl nuclear accident and the decimation of Lake Baikal and the Aral Sea turned the end of the Soviet Union into an ecological hell. In rural areas of North Korea, highland deforestation has led to landslides and soil erosion, compounding food insecurity issues in the countryside. China is no stranger to environmental problems in mountainous areas. For example, in northwest China near the city of Lanzhou, hundreds of mountains have recently been leveled to make way for urban planning and more urban housing complexes. However, due to dirt from the excavation, the removal of the mountain peak exacerbated the already poor air quality in Lanzhou.

With rising temperatures and air pollution problems in China, Xi has taken the lead in tackling climate issues and promoting ecological sustainability both at home and abroad. In a September 2021 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Xi promised not to build coal-fired power projects overseas and pledged to make China carbon neutral by 2060. an official document of the CPC Central Committee on rural revitalization in February, the party announced their tough measures “with teeth” to improve agricultural land, such as guiding the new development of forestry industries and orchards on hills and flanks mountains.

Resolving the dialectical relationship between environmentalism and economic development has been one of Xi’s own theoretical contributions to Chinese socialist doctrine. At the 2021 Climate Leaders Summit on Earth Day, Xi said, “We must commit to green development. Green mountains are gold mountains. Protecting the environment is protecting productivity, and improving the environment is increasing productivity – the truth is as simple as that. Rapid industrial growth at all costs was no longer the only rallying cry to the party’s economic vision. Amid the U.S. pushback on global environmental issues, the CCP leadership recognized that environmentalism and sustainability was a global and national economic issue on which Beijing could take the lead.

Xi’s “two mountains” concept is part of his leadership’s focus on tackling climate change alongside promoting economic growth. In 2014, Xi said, “Protecting the ecological environment means protecting the productive forces. Clear water, green mountains and mountains of gold and silver are not opposites. The key is people and ideas.

The CCP leadership has made a significant shift from a vision of economic growth to the extraction of resources from the natural environment, such as mining in mountainous regions, to a vision of technologically advanced cities and cyberpower as the future of sustainable economic development. Official Chinese rhetoric has recognized that “industrial greening” must take place. For example, in 2017, Miao Wei, one of China’s top industry and technology regulators, wrote in a report for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that “green manufacturing is a key trend in the development of the manufacturing industry. It is also the only way to solve the resource and environmental constraints encountered in China’s industrialization.

But while mountains can be symbols of prosperity, they can also be obstacles. Chinese citizens now say that the “three great mountains” facing China’s growing middle class are the rising costs associated with education, housing and health care. It’s a language the party hasn’t embraced but an issue it still mistrusts. The CCP has moved from the literal mountain to the metaphorical mountain in its economic outlook. However, a constant feature of official CCP discourse is the inflexible role of party discipline and control in all matters of socio-economic life. Men can literally move mountains in China, but the party commands them.

The use of mountains in Xi’s slogan is not empty rhetoric. This points to the important ways in which Xi sees himself as the next torchbearer of Chinese socialist construction – building on the Maoist legacy and transforming the nature of China’s economy from resource extraction to one based on human capital, tightly controlled by the party.

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Truck displaying anti-Semitic rhetoric causes outcry among Los Angeles residents https://adakotacandles.com/truck-displaying-anti-semitic-rhetoric-causes-outcry-among-los-angeles-residents/ Tue, 24 May 2022 01:29:45 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/truck-displaying-anti-semitic-rhetoric-causes-outcry-among-los-angeles-residents/ (May 23, 2022 / JNS) A vehicle displaying anti-Semitic rhetoric drove around Beverly Hills and West Hollywood last weekend, sparking a mild outcry among passers-by. While it wasn’t immediately clear if it was one or more vehicles, a social media video of a truck on various sites showed large hateful slogans painted on canvas draping […]]]>

A vehicle displaying anti-Semitic rhetoric drove around Beverly Hills and West Hollywood last weekend, sparking a mild outcry among passers-by.

While it wasn’t immediately clear if it was one or more vehicles, a social media video of a truck on various sites showed large hateful slogans painted on canvas draping its sides. , including: “Ann Coulter is right about the Jews”, “Leo Frank raped and killed Mary Phagan” and “Abort the ADL, America’s Unelected Speech Police”.

The Los Angeles Times described the vehicle as a “rental truck”. On May 21, it was spotted parked at a West Hollywood gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard, as well as in the drop-off area of ​​the Beverly Hilton.

The truck drove through Beverly Hills as locals and others attended a biannual spring art show in Beverly Gardens Park.

Meanwhile, in West Hollywood, the truck sightings on Saturday coincided with the city’s LGBTQ celebration of Harvey Milk Day, which commemorates a murdered Jewish gay rights activist and politician.

“Reports [of vehicles displaying anti-Semitic rhetoric] are especially distressing as we celebrate Harvey Milk Day,” the City of West Hollywood said in a statement.

According to Time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident and has identified the truck’s license plate. The authorities are working to identify who rented it, reports the daily.

On Sunday, the nonprofit watchdog StopAntisemitism.org published video line of a truck parked at the Beverly Hilton with one of the two drivers heard saying, “The Nazis are coming!”

The group described those responsible for the incident as “Goyim Defense League white supremacists dressed in Nazi brownshirts”.

This isn’t the first time the group known as the Goyim Defense League (GDL) has worried the Jewish community in Southern California. He was previously responsible for distributing anti-Semitic leaflets around Beverly Hills, Pasadena and other areas.

In a report published on its website, the Anti-Defamation League describes the GDL as a “loose network of individuals bound together by their virulent anti-Semitism… [that] engages in anti-Semitic stunts and schemes to troll or harass Jews. »

Jon Minadeo II, of Petaluma, Calif., is the alleged leader of the anti-Semitic group, according to the ADL.

“Spitting hatred of Jews in our streets”

In the aftermath of the weekend’s events, the City of Beverly Hills said the Beverly Hills Police Department was working with private companies to advise them on how to obtain trespassing letters or temporary restraining orders. against those who seek to harass or annoy their guests.

Reacting to the display of hatred of Jews in her city on Saturday, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse told JNS: “From my perspective, what happened this Saturday in our city – and apparently , this truck went to our nearby town [West Hollywood]- was disgusting and vile. It was an anti-Semitic truck spitting hatred of Jews on our streets.

Bosse, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, acknowledged that groups like the GDL, from a legal standpoint, have First Amendment free speech rights on their side, but people like her have also the right to push back against hateful rhetoric, she said.

“The more these disgusting animals come out and spit hate,” Bosse said, the more “I’ll get stronger and stronger and fight harder and harder.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department at 310-855-8850.

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Pennsylvania AG rips GOP rival Mastriano over ‘dangerous’ rhetoric of big lies https://adakotacandles.com/pennsylvania-ag-rips-gop-rival-mastriano-over-dangerous-rhetoric-of-big-lies/ Sun, 22 May 2022 16:37:00 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/pennsylvania-ag-rips-gop-rival-mastriano-over-dangerous-rhetoric-of-big-lies/ Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) ripped his GOP rival Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) in the Commonwealth gubernatorial race on Sunday over his “dangerous” and “divisive” rhetoric. During an appearance on CNN, Shapiro took aim at Mastriano’s nudge for former President Trump’s big lie of a ‘stolen’ presidential election in 2020. Shapiro described his rival […]]]>

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) ripped his GOP rival Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) in the Commonwealth gubernatorial race on Sunday over his “dangerous” and “divisive” rhetoric.

During an appearance on CNN, Shapiro took aim at Mastriano’s nudge for former President Trump’s big lie of a ‘stolen’ presidential election in 2020. Shapiro described his rival as a governor who would take Pennsylvania in a “dark and divisive place,” citing Mastriano’s support for an ultimately unsuccessful Trumpian plot to illegally seize voting machines.

“It’s very dangerous because here in Pennsylvania the next governor will appoint the secretary of state,” Shapiro said. “And the governor, and the governor alone, appoints the electors according to the will of the people. And Senator Mastriano has made it clear that he will appoint voters based on his belief system.

Shapiro reiterated his disdain for Mastriano’s “dangerous” penchant for the big lie, warning that democracy is in jeopardy if his GOP rival is elected governor of the Commonwealth.

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“Listen, he’s basically saying, sure, you can go vote, but I’ll pick the winner — it’s incredibly dangerous,” Shapiro said. “And that’s what’s at stake in this governor’s race.”

Shapiro also pointed to Mastriano’s “extreme” and “dangerous” stance on abortion rights in addition to his participation in the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded last year’s deadly Capitol insurgency.

“When the police told him to stop at the barricades, he kept walking. This is someone who not only wants to overturn the last election, but has made it clear that he will pick the winner of the next one,” Shapiro said. “He wants to make same-sex marriage illegal in Pennsylvania. He thinks climate change is wrong. He is a hazard. This contrast could not be clearer.

Shapiro’s remarks come days after The Washington Post reported on Mastriano’s 2001 master’s thesis as a major at the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College that described his far-right view of the “coup civilian” that would arise if the military did not fight “political correctness” to protect conservative ideology.

Mastriano’s master’s thesis appeared to provide insight into his efforts to fuel last year’s insurgency after months of Big Lie reinforcement.

Mastriano continued to support Trump’s election theft scheme long after the insurgency, which included his unsuccessful push for a ‘forensic investigation’ into his home state’s 2020 election results as well as the MAGA audit. unsuccessful 2020 results from Maricopa County, Arizona by conspiracy theorist-led tech company Cyber ​​Ninjas.

In February, Mastriano was subpoenaed to appear alongside Kelli Ward, former Arizona state senator and chairman of the state’s Republican party, and Mark Finchem, Arizona state representative and current candidate for Secretary of State from Arizona, for their alleged involvement in a scheme to send fake voters lists to Congress after the 2020 election.

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China slams US, Japan’s rhetoric ahead of Quad summit https://adakotacandles.com/china-slams-us-japans-rhetoric-ahead-of-quad-summit/ Wed, 18 May 2022 13:29:00 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/china-slams-us-japans-rhetoric-ahead-of-quad-summit/ BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday criticized what he said were negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week of the leaders of the United States, Japan, from Australia and India. “What arouses attention and vigilance is the fact that, even before the […]]]>

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday criticized what he said were negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week of the leaders of the United States, Japan, from Australia and India.

“What arouses attention and vigilance is the fact that, even before the American leader arrives at the meeting, the so-called joint Japanese-American anti-China rhetoric is already raising dust,” he said. Wang told Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. a video call, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will host US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the winner of Australia’s weekend election at a meeting of the Indo-Pacific strategic alliance known as the Quad.

On his May 19-24 trip, Biden will travel to South Korea to meet with its new president, Yoon Suk Yeol, before heading to Tokyo, where he will also hold bilateral meetings with the other leaders in a show of leadership. American engagement in the region.

China sees the Quad as an attempt to contain its economic growth and influence, while Biden has sought to forge ties with other democracies to deal with the rise of an authoritarian global power.

Hayashi told Wang that China should play a responsible role in maintaining international peace and security, noting that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of international law. China has not publicly criticized the invasion.

Japan fears Russia’s actions will embolden China and escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, and has been quick to join the United States and Europe in imposing sanctions on Moscow.

Hayashi said he was “seriously concerned about the situation” in the East and South China Seas, referring to increasingly assertive Chinese military actions there, as well as in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang region, and stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Tokyo is particularly concerned about the increased activity of Chinese coastguards and warships around Japanese-controlled East China Sea islands, which Beijing also claims, and promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific with states. United States, Australia and other democracies to counter China’s rise in power in the region.

A Japanese Foreign Ministry statement made no reference to the Quad meeting or China’s criticism of it. It also did not mention the United States or other countries.

Wang said Japan-U.S. cooperation should not cause confrontation between sides or harm China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, according to a Chinese statement.

Referring to Japan’s invasion of China in the last century, Wang said, “Our hope is that Japan will learn from history, focus on regional peace and stability, proceed with caution, will not drag other people’s chestnuts out of the fire and will not allow himself to be led astray by profiting at the expense of his neighbour. »

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Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo.

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School board races abound with rhetoric trumpeted by Buffalo Shooter https://adakotacandles.com/school-board-races-abound-with-rhetoric-trumpeted-by-buffalo-shooter/ Mon, 16 May 2022 20:22:33 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/school-board-races-abound-with-rhetoric-trumpeted-by-buffalo-shooter/ HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Many of the extremist views evident in a manifesto attributed to the gunman who opened fire at a New York grocery store, killing ten people, are routinely echoed by supporters of candidates in tomorrow’s school board elections. On Tuesday, voters in Hudson Valley school districts will decide whether the so-called “woke […]]]>

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Many of the extremist views evident in a manifesto attributed to the gunman who opened fire at a New York grocery store, killing ten people, are routinely echoed by supporters of candidates in tomorrow’s school board elections.

On Tuesday, voters in Hudson Valley school districts will decide whether the so-called “woke culture” has been unleashed or whether years of process towards equality and inclusivity risk being undone as the Radical views on race have long been touted by extremists. gain a foothold in local politics.

A national tragedy has brought these beliefs into sharp relief.

According to NBC News, the document law enforcement officials believe was written by the 18-year-old shooting suspect cites ‘critical race theory’, a recent right-wing talking point that has come to encompass usually the teaching of race in school, as a motivation for murderous rampage.


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Many of these troubling sentiments are also being explicitly expressed by school board candidates’ most ardent supporters and, in a growing number of cases, by the candidates themselves.

This month, a school board candidate pulled out of the Carmel race after years of bigoted social media posts were exposed by reporters and residents. Robert “Bobby” Palazzo, whose campaign for a seat on the Carmel Board of Education aimed to stop educators from indoctrinating students on CRT and gender issues, claimed his racist posts he considered humorous had been taken out of context and dramatized.

The CRT is a decades-old legal and academic framework that examines and critiques how race and racism have shaped American laws and institutions that remain in place today. The phrase has become a catch-all for various claims about racism and race relations in the United States having nothing to do with critical race theory itself.

Palazzo is not alone in complaining about how equality and inclusion issues are handled in the classroom. Before his racist comments led him to withdraw from the race, he enjoyed the support and approval of incumbent school board member John Curzio.

In October, a group dedicated to stopping diversity, equality and inclusion programs in local public schools praised Lakeland parents for the ousting of the district superintendent in response to an equality program and of inclusion.

The departure of Brendan Lyons after just 14 months at the helm “affirms the efforts of community members and parents who have fought for transparency to ensure that the children of the Lakeland Central School District will not be indoctrinated,” said said Angela Barone Sculti, founder. and CEO of Save Our Schools for Westchester Children.

Bitter political struggles against an opposition to “critical race theory” have seen a national culture war increasingly waged in local elections. And the battle is not confined to just one school district.

According to a recent report by Journal News Education Reporter Gary Stern, this national culture war has landed solidly in the campaigns for school board seats in the Hudson Valley.

Races with school board candidate campaigns based largely for or against populist opposition to teaching equality and inclusion in the classroom can be found in dozens of races across the Valley of the Hudson, including New Rochelle, Nyack, Yorktown, Bedford, Eastchester, Clarkstown, Mahopac, Blind Brook, Carmel, and Putnam Valley.

In the absence of a contentious budget proposal, school elections historically do not motivate voters to go to the polls, but this election cycle, the ugliness on display would indicate that at the very least, political operatives have placed much importance bigger in the race and the divisive cultural issues that won’t necessarily show up on Tuesday’s poll.

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Known anti-Semite and white supremacist kills 10 in Buffalo, NY, supermarket shooting https://adakotacandles.com/known-anti-semite-and-white-supremacist-kills-10-in-buffalo-ny-supermarket-shooting/ Sun, 15 May 2022 04:32:40 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/known-anti-semite-and-white-supremacist-kills-10-in-buffalo-ny-supermarket-shooting/ (JTA) — The man accused of killing 10 people Saturday at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, is believed to have been motivated by a conspiracy theory that has sparked recent deadly attacks on Jews and others. An online manifesto attributed to 18-year-old Payton Gendron says the attack was spurred by the theory that a […]]]>

(JTA) — The man accused of killing 10 people Saturday at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, is believed to have been motivated by a conspiracy theory that has sparked recent deadly attacks on Jews and others.

An online manifesto attributed to 18-year-old Payton Gendron says the attack was spurred by the theory that a wave of immigrants is crowding out white populations from Western countries. The manifesto also says that the Jews are the real problem but “they can be dealt with in time.”

Tops supermarket, located just a few miles from the Canadian border, was chosen because it is in an area with many black residents, the manifesto says. Eleven of the 13 people shot there were black, local law enforcement officials said.

Law enforcement is working to verify that the manifesto was written by Gendron, who was arrested at the scene and later charged with first-degree murder. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting as “a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

The baseless theory outlined in the manifesto is known as the “Great Replacement” and has united white supremacists across borders in their hatred of Jews and immigrants. The replacement theory has inspired multiple anti-Semitic and extremist attacks, including the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in which 11 Jews were murdered; the 2019 attack on a New Zealand mosque that left 51 dead; and the 2019 massacre at a Wal-Mart in Texas that targeted Hispanic immigrants.

In 2017, white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia sadly chanted “Jews will not replace us.”

The manifesto cites the author of the New Zealand massacre as the main inspiration and says its author learned about the dangers of immigration through research online, including on 4chan, a website popular among right-wing trolls. .

The theory has gained popularity in right-wing media and politics. Tucker Carlson, Fox News Channel’s top-rated opinion host, has peddled replacement rhetoric for more than a year. In a passage from the manifesto purportedly penned by Gendron, the writer echoes Carlson’s phrasing in a notorious September 2018 segment, which began with “How precisely is diversity our strength?” The manifesto launches a similar salvo: “Why do we say that diversity is our greatest strength?

Tucker Carlson speaking on Fox News on April 9, 2021. Carlson’s comments about immigrants prompted the Anti-Defamation League to call for his firing. (Screenshot)

The Anti-Defamation League called on Fox News to fire Carlson after the host explicitly championed the on-air replacement theory last year. Fox executives denied the appeal.

“Horrified by the #Buffalo shooting which is apparently motivated by #antisemitism and #racism,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted late Saturday. “The rhetoric that fuels hateful conspiracies must end. … These are the consequences of uncontrolled conspiracies.

The replacement theory has gained traction among some Republican officials, including Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, whose local Albany newspaper decried her invocation of the theory in an op-ed last fall. An Associated Press poll released last week found that half of Republicans in the United States at least partially agree that there is an intentional effort to crowd out white Americans with immigrants.

Structured largely in a question-and-answer format and accompanied by collected memes and internet quotes, the manifesto explicitly states that the author is motivated by hatred of Jews.

The author says he deviates from many white supremacists in concluding that Jews are, for the most part, white. But, citing pages of quotations from the Talmud, he says Jews are polluted by learning that “they are God’s chosen people and have the right to hate and exploit the goyim” or non-Jews. , and engage in pedophilia. (The alleged fear of pedophilia is also at the heart of QAnon, another conspiracy theory with anti-Semitic roots that has spread across the American right.)

“Are you anti-Semitic? YES!!” the manifesto reads in one place. Later, the author answers the question: “Why attack immigrants when Jews are the problem? The answer reads, in part: “They can be treated on time.”

The manifesto cites George Soros, the Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire and philanthropist who is a boogeyman for right-wing conspiracy theories, as “primarily responsible for destroying our white culture.” It also points to Jews as driving the rise of critical race theory, an academic idea of ​​how racism is embedded in society that has become a recent rallying cry for right-wing activism. .

Users of gaming site Twitch were able to watch the 2019 synagogue shooting in Halle as it unfolded. (Getty Images, Twitch/JTA Collage)

The alleged shooter broadcast his attack on Twitch, a streaming platform for video game enthusiasts also used by the man who attacked a synagogue in Halle, Germany, in 2019. This attack was broadcast for 35 minutes; Twitch said it deleted footage of the Buffalo attack earlier.

The manifesto says Halle showed the author “there is enough time to capture everything that matters.”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo is among many local and national organizations providing support to residents of the city of approximately 250,000; it provides mental health services.

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Hannity fires Kathy Barnette for ‘highly controversial rhetoric’, says she’s ‘ineligible’ https://adakotacandles.com/hannity-fires-kathy-barnette-for-highly-controversial-rhetoric-says-shes-ineligible/ Fri, 13 May 2022 03:42:15 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/hannity-fires-kathy-barnette-for-highly-controversial-rhetoric-says-shes-ineligible/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped Kathy Barnette for ‘very controversial rhetoric” surrounding gays, lesbians and Muslims Thursday night on “Hannity.” SEAN HANNITY: Now, last week, out of nowhere, she surged to second place in the polls for the crowded Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary. Currently, the candidate […]]]>

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Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped Kathy Barnette for ‘very controversial rhetoric” surrounding gays, lesbians and Muslims Thursday night on “Hannity.”

SEAN HANNITY: Now, last week, out of nowhere, she surged to second place in the polls for the crowded Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary. Currently, the candidate I endorsed and President Trump endorsed, Dr. Mehmet Oz, retains the top spot.

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But because she was voting so low, until about last week, unfortunately, Kathy Barnette didn’t go through any sort of vigorous and rigorous vetting. This is now proving to be a huge problem in this race.

It is a very important state. There are so many questions she has never answered in many tweets that probably make her ineligible in Pennsylvania.

Kathy Barnette, Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, listens to questions during an interview following the Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary debate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah Beier
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Most of these problematic comments and tweets are fairly recent, meaning it wasn’t done when she was in her 20s or 30s. These are controversial comments, extremely controversial, repeated over and over again. So I must conclude, these are his deep convictions.

On Twitter, she asked her followers to pray for her because, in quotes, she was about to board the plane to California, and in quotes, there was a gay woman on the flight. In 2015, she tweeted, quote, Obama did what he does best, shoving his gay agenda down everyone’s throats and paraded a slew of ‘gay people in front of the pope’, whatever that means . She also strongly insinuated “Obama was a horrible gay Muslim. Obama is horrible in every way. He loves all things gay and supports all things Muslim.” Also on Twitter, Barnette apparently called for a ban on Islam in the United States. This, in other words, would eliminate the First Amendment from our US Constitution.

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Either way, Kathy Barnette is running for the US Senate, in what must be described as a purple state, not an easy win for a Republican. In a general election, the media mob, the Democratic Party, they’ll tear it up on all these questions, all these comments, all these tweets. If she’s unable to fix those issues right before the primary, that’s my prediction and I don’t think it’s hard to do. It will be completely destroyed in a general election as it was in 2020.

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There is no rhetoric in the book! https://adakotacandles.com/there-is-no-rhetoric-in-the-book/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:08:02 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/there-is-no-rhetoric-in-the-book/ Davood Khodaei’s latest work, “Hitler’s Mansion”, focuses on a period of Iranian history in the city of Tabriz before and after the Islamic Revolution. The narrator of the story, a member of the Qajar family, unwittingly encounters an incident that will forever change his life. The story begins in 1941 with the arrival of Germans […]]]>

Davood Khodaei’s latest work, “Hitler’s Mansion”, focuses on a period of Iranian history in the city of Tabriz before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The narrator of the story, a member of the Qajar family, unwittingly encounters an incident that will forever change his life. The story begins in 1941 with the arrival of Germans and Russians in Tabriz, followed by the events of the Islamic Revolution, including the role of the narrator’s parents in the revolution, and finally the events following the revolution.

* Where did the initial idea for the story come from?

A collector organized an exhibition of German accessories in 1941. After seeing the exhibition, the initial idea for the story formed in my mind, and after the idea was approved with a little help, I started writing it and finished it in nine months.

* Please tell us a bit more about the story.

The novel depicts the life of an inhabitant of Tabriz and a member of a Qajar family. This character is in prison for some reason, and while there he tries to explore his past. Through its exploration, you will learn a lot about the things that happened in Tabriz.

* So you had to know history and politics to write this story?

Yes. That’s why I had to do so much studying before I could write this book. Throughout history, I have used a variety of historical books and photo collections on the Qajar family to demonstrate the architectural, cultural and political context of Tabriz over time.

* What made you decide to choose this title for the book?

One of the novel’s central characters, involved in many events, lives in a mansion that has been symbolically compared to Hitler’s mansion. Before the disappearance of the Germans, this character was the last to be in contact with them. He considers himself on an equal footing with Hitler and thinks the Russians have a problem with him because they are at war with the Germans.

* What age group is the book suitable for?

Teenagers and adults. There are stories in this book which I believe are the main feature of the book, and there is no rhetoric in the book; everything is told through the prism of documents and events.

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The Promise of AI in Real Estate: What’s the Verdict? https://adakotacandles.com/the-promise-of-ai-in-real-estate-whats-the-verdict/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:14:13 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/the-promise-of-ai-in-real-estate-whats-the-verdict/ Artificial intelligence (AI) as an idea is over 50 years old, but it’s only been in the last five years or so that AI has dominated the business world. Business communication, that is. Just as it’s hard to overstate the potential of AI to create large-scale change, it’s nearly impossible to overstate how much talk […]]]>

Artificial intelligence (AI) as an idea is over 50 years old, but it’s only been in the last five years or so that AI has dominated the business world. Business communication, that is. Just as it’s hard to overstate the potential of AI to create large-scale change, it’s nearly impossible to overstate how much talk about AI in the news and in the marketing slicks created by news agencies public relations is hyperbolic and often disconnected from realities on the ground.

What about AI in real estate? In recent years, many companies have claimed to have used AI to “disrupt” space; I myself am affiliated with more than one of these companies. So what is, indeed, the verdict: Reality or rhetoric?

I’ll use my auteur perch to play both judge and jury here, but, spoiler alert, the jury is hopelessly hanging on. As a judge, I will say that so far we have seen a lot more rhetoric than reality.

In fairness to the AI ​​community, let’s state at the outset the areas where AI has provided fundamental assistance:

  1. Automated Valuation Models (AVM) and Valuations In General
  2. Computer vision (CV)
  3. Process-oriented incremental upgrades

When it comes to AVMs and assessments in general, the ability to contextually analyze hundreds of millions of data points and associate them with particular groups of variables is fairly new and has certainly come about through advances in technology. ‘IA. Appraisals are at the heart of real estate because so much stems from the simple question, “What is this house worth?” While AVMs and the entire valuation industry were hurt by the rhetoric emanating from Zillow as they crumbled and burned with Zillow offerings, it was the unfortunate byproduct of poor business decision and as such cast unfair doubt on the AI.

Computer vision allows us to enter the previously closed portal: the interior of the house. With the proliferation of devices and the fantastic upgrades in the power of edge computing and “cutting edge AI”, genuine ratings and condition-adjusted service offerings can be seen as legit for the first time. .

Finally, the AI ​​made it possible to ensure elements of the transactional process — in an incremental and “one-time-solution” manner.

Yet the promise of AI remains in the realm of “potential”. For the most part, real estate is a human-driven ecosystem that is always prone to error. Buyers and sellers do not meet in an open market characterized by complete transparency and immediacy. Cumbersome processes and vested interests continue to play an outsized role in residential real estate.

And with all the hubbub around “democratization” – a sine qua non in the history of AI – home ownership has become an impossible dream for about a third of Americans over the past five years. On these accounts, the AI ​​failed to live up to the hype.

We all need to do more tire kicks. We need to understand the exact offerings and their precise business value before we rejoice in the advent of AI. The cycle of hyperbole must end and we must demand that those who say they are “game changers” actually make a difference. So far, some have, but most have not.

As such, for now, the game remains largely the same.


In other recent proptech news, April PropTech retrospective highlighted ESG initiatives and evaluation reform in the industry. Own also raised a $5.75 funding round for its property tax services.

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Illinois pension funds slow to exit Russian assets https://adakotacandles.com/illinois-pension-funds-slow-to-exit-russian-assets/ Sat, 07 May 2022 22:15:23 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/illinois-pension-funds-slow-to-exit-russian-assets/ Despite strong rhetoric from Governor JB Pritzker and other senior state officials demanding that public pension funds divest more than $100 million in Russia-based assets, state lawmakers are now saying they will not act until the fall veto session. A key legislative proposal to force withdrawal in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has […]]]>

Despite strong rhetoric from Governor JB Pritzker and other senior state officials demanding that public pension funds divest more than $100 million in Russia-based assets, state lawmakers are now saying they will not act until the fall veto session.

A key legislative proposal to force withdrawal in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has died in a Senate committee awaiting a vote.

Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, declined to be interviewed for this report, but his staff suggested the Senate had too little time before the close of session on April 9. The House bill — which passed 114-0 on April 5 — never made it back to the Senate chamber.

Liz Mitchell, spokeswoman for Harmon, said the plan was to review the measure and retake it when they return in the fall veto session.

Critics say it’s too little, too late.

“When you have a supermajority in both houses and a Democratic governor, it’s a massive failure,” said House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, a Republican from Western Springs. “It’s the right thing to do at the right time, and they didn’t do anything. It’s embarrassing. We could have been a leader in this.”

Durkin’s GOP divestment bill was never returned from committee.

In a written statement to the Better Government Association, Harmon vowed to act in retaliation for the Russian invasion that began Feb. 24. He did not address the delay.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“The atrocities committed in Ukraine under the leadership of Vladimir Putin are inhumane and inexcusable,” Harmon said in an email. “While there is little the Illinois Senate can do to respond, we believe we need to do what we can, including divesting ourselves financially from Russia and helping Ukrainian refugees.”

According to a review of pension audit reports from nine of the major public pension funds – including five in the City of Chicago and three state pension funds – a combined total of nearly $112 million has been invested in stocks, bonds and other Russian assets at the start of the invasion.

Of the approximately $155 billion in total investments represented by these funds, the Russian tranche represents only a fraction of 1%.

Yet that was enough to prompt Pritzker to write a letter to state pension funds and investment boards four days after the invasion began, calling on them to identify investments in Russian assets and companies in for a possible disinvestment.

On March 18, Pritzker and General Assembly leaders released a statement pledging to work together to “advance legislation to remove all Russian companies from Illinois pension assets.”

Illinois pension law requires fund managers to make decisions based on the best possible outcome for investments. General divestiture decisions are made by the General Assembly, the Illinois Investment Policy Board, and the Illinois State Board of Investments at the state level.

Divestment decisions can be complicated by the fact that many pension funds invest in larger mutual funds that may include prohibited investments, which means that pension fund managers would have to withdraw huge and sometimes profitable funds in because of a relatively small prohibited investment.

In other cases, the pension funds themselves make more specific investment decisions. Consider the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which serves many state public employees outside of Chicago and Cook County.

A 2020 report from the IMRF showed about $34.6 million invested in the Russian Federation. Holdings included Lukoil, a huge Russian oil and gas company founded in the former Soviet Union with a long history of sanctions, and the Russian state development company, chaired by the Russian prime minister. Both were sanctioned after the invasion and declined in value during this time.

At its board meeting in March, an IMRF resolution showed that Russian assets fell to $23 million, or about 0.04% of the total portfolio.

The IMRF was one of two major pension funds examined already in the process of divestment, regardless of state legislative proposals. The other is the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund.

The CTPF identified $4.5 million in Russian-based securities and companies after the invasion. They voted March 10 to divest.

The fund manager said it takes time for the funds to untangle themselves from these investments.

“We are working with our investment managers who understand our directive to divest Russian assets as quickly as possible,” said Carlton W. Lenoir, Sr., executive director and acting CIO of CTPF. “To date, the Fund has approximately $159,000 of remaining exposure to Russian assets. Russian markets have not functioned normally, which has posed challenges for divestment.”

Most of the larger funds in Illinois reviewed their assets after the invasion. Most said they were still awaiting instructions. All Illinois state pension systems, and some of Chicago’s, say they haven’t moved those investments beyond an initial audit.

The Teachers’ Retirement System, the largest fund in Illinois that represents teachers outside of Chicago public schools, has identified nearly $59 million in assets in its portfolio.

TRS spokesman Dave Urbanek put the battle between tax responsibility and morality surrounding the issue into perspective.

“Letting go of an investment that makes money, there’s a risk to that,” Urbanek said. “But you don’t want to profit from a war.”

Urbanek described the fund as waiting for state direction to act.

“If the directive comes from above, we will act. The call will be made to our managers, and they will sell.”

At the Chicago Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund board meeting in March, a lawyer for the fund said it might be prudent to wait for advice from Springfield before making a decision.

The MEABF has identified $1.2 million of Russian holdings in its international equity portfolio. The Chicago Fire Department’s pension also identified its Russian assets, which declined in value from $3.6 million to $1.6 million between February and March.

The firefighters’ pension fund – the pension and benefits fund for firefighters – identified about $185,000 invested in Gazprom, a Russian gas company that recently halted shipments to countries refusing to pay with Russian currency. The President of the European Union described this decision as “yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail”.

The State Universities Retirement System has identified $22.7 million in exposure, or about 0.1% of its portfolio.

Executive Director Johara Farhadieh of the Illinois State Board of Investments said the Russian exposure of state employee pension systems fell to $40,000 on April 28.

Condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine has been swift and nearly universal. The United Nations voted in April to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council due to “gross and systematic violations of human rights”. Organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented rapes and executions by Russian soldiers, and President Joe Biden and other world leaders have called for war crimes trials. The UN Human Rights Commission estimates around 3,153 civilian casualties since the start of the invasion.

A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows relatively broad support for increased economic sanctions on Russia and humanitarian and military support for Ukraine.

Major state and city pension funds across the country, including funds in Washington, New York, Connecticut and New Mexico, decided to divest from Russia after the invasion.

The use of pension investment decisions as a means to induce social change has been controversial. In the past, Illinois funds have divested from companies and funds tied to Sudan, Iran and companies that boycott Israel under the direction of lawmakers.

The Illinois State Board of Investments creates a prohibited list of companies for funds to consider. The most recent list does not contain any companies or funds linked to the invasion.

“How, as a society, should we think about the assets of our pension systems? Amanda Kass, associate director of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, asked. “I also see this kind of scrutiny of investing in Russian assets as part of this larger movement.”

Funds must decide whether the short-term return of a company that is a heavy polluter, for example, is worth the potential impact down the road.

An Illinois law requires state agencies, including the ISBI, to develop sustainable investing practices as part of their policies in 2020. These approaches can influence decisions across a wide range of industries and reframe how success is measured.

“By eliminating companies that make sugary drinks like Coca-Cola or junk food like McDonald’s, you’re potentially giving up some return by doing that,” said Kenneth Kriz, a distinguished professor of public administration at the University of Illinois. -Springfield.

Kriz, who served as a public pension fund trustee and board member for more than a decade, believes such decisions are critical in Illinois because of poorly funded pensions.

“I understand why politicians want to get involved. It’s a symbolic decision,” Kriz said. “But token moves don’t often make good investment decisions.”

•This story was written and reported by Jared Rutecki of the Better Government Association, who manages the BGA’s databases and creates stories on state and local government issues, including pensions, payroll and public safety. He can be contacted at jrutecki@bettergov.org.

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