Tucker Carlson’s whitewashing of QAnon is dangerous and irresponsible

By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had an interesting and downright asinine take on March 5, arguing that followers of the infamous conspiracy theory known as QAnon were “gentle people waving American flags.” Of course, such a statement is absurd, as QAnon supporters were involved in much of the violence at the Capitol on January 6th, including Ashli Babbit. Babbit was one of the five people who died on Capitol grounds on that infamous day, although she, unlike the others, was killed by police when she attempted to breach the Speaker’s hall. …


In excess, yes, but when it comes to allowing every fascist to have a platform to harass and belittle to silence other people's speech, then I have to draw a line. Nick Fuentes has crossed that line.


Nick Fuentes’ repeated acts of prejudice merit a permanent ban from Twitter, if not all of social media.

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Social media is a contentious thing, with numerous controversies spawning from the multifaceted form of communication. However, Twitter has been the center of numerous controversies surrounding its rules and its inability to handle white nationalists, especially with Trump’s posts emboldening them. In some cases, Twitter has taken action against the most heinous examples of bigotry. In one example, Stephen Molyneux, an infamous white nationalist, and misogynist was banned off of the platform. However, many white nationalists remain active on Twitter. …


Ben Shapiro’s arguments defending Georgia’s new restrictions on voting are typical bad faith conservative talking points.

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

American democracy depends upon the consent of the governed. Many Americans have been saturated in that concept throughout their life. Indeed, much of the discussion surrounding the Civil Rights Era is tailored to the right to vote, if nothing else. And yet, questions about how those rights are manifested remain alive and well. With Georgia’s recent law on voting rights, those questions have now a partisan and racial meaning, creating intense controversy over what it means to vote in America. Though widely condemned as inappropriate and cruel, the law in Georgia has a few defenders. …


Iowa lawmakers’ willingness to engage in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policy speaks volumes about the state’s priorities.

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Transgender rights are human rights. The phrase has been uttered many times before by many a trans advocate. It’s a powerful statement, to be sure, as it draws upon the dignity inherent to all human beings and applies that dignity to an entire group of people who would otherwise be disregarded by society. It’s a phrase I support. But, on its own, it’s just a phrase. It rings hollow in the face of a state that is consistently trying to restrict and marginalize transgender rights within its jurisdiction, as the state of Iowa is trying to do right now.

To…


The Saudi government’s sins present an opportunity to kick an atrocious monarchy to the curb.

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The U.S. officially acknowledged that crowned Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of Jama Khashoggi on Friday. The report, now publicly available, throws a wrench into the controversial relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. The report’s content is sure to put the Biden administration in an uncomfortable position politically, but it is a call to action for human rights activism.

So far, President Biden has not acted against Mohammed Bin Salman, the man responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death. Instead, he has put travel restrictions on other Saudis who were involved in Khashoggi’s murder, as well as members…


The selfish arrogance of the anti-Mask movement is obscene, cruel and worthy of one thing: condemnation

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The United States officially lost 500,000 people to COVID-19, NPR reported on Monday, marking an untenable loss of life that could’ve been avoided. It is a dark moment in our country’s history, not unlike the death and destruction wrought by the 1918 Pandemic, which killed 675,000 Americans. However, the deaths haven’t stopped and will likely increase throughout the year, a tragic reality that many Americans feel helpless to stop. Despite those feelings, however, Americans are far from helpless and have the means to help stop this unnecessary and tragic wave of death. …


How so-called skeptics disregarded the testimony of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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It is a sad thing to witness a controversy in motion, more so when the controversy is manufactured. Even more so when the topic being raged over is sensitive in its nature. Such was the case with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s testimony from last week. And it was painfully predictable.

Last week, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez decided to reveal some of her personal experiences with the capitol riot in an hour-long video on her Instagram. The video was largely based on her memory and was off the cuff, trying to provide a general sense of the events that happened to her bit by…


Republican conspiracism has been long in the making.

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I have recently had the great displeasure of talking about Marjorie Taylor Green and her allegation of Jewish Space Lasers creating the California wildfires on my podcast. It was rather difficult to discuss, as the post itself is beyond insane. It claims that the Rothschilds, a family of Jewish bankers, had a satellite to fire into California to destroy California’s forests. I could go on and on about how absurd such claims are or how they reveal a deep-seated problem with Rep. Greene specifically. But the more I think about it, the more this incident of blatant absurdity becomes almost…


Dr. King’s legacy must be shown in its fullest power

By Rowland Scherman — U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46527326

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr., and we all know what that means. Millions of Americans begin praising his name, smiling at the thought of a preacher who “ended” racism in America. Channels like MSNBC will show movies such as Selma, praising the nonviolence of his struggle, and Americans will try to look fondly on their nation as if his struggle ever ended. And while remembrance is good, I can not help but notice just how far removed from Dr. King’s vision America truly is. Not to mention the fact that most Americans never really got to know Dr. …

Conor Kelly

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