The growing Incel movement, and what it says of society as a whole

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This is nothing to joke about:

“This is a novel, new violent extremist movement born in the internet age, which defies the usual characteristics of violent extremist movements that law enforcement and the intelligence community are usually used to,” said Imran Ahmed, founder and CEO of CCDH, a US-based nonprofit. “Our study shows that it is organized, has a cogent ideology and has clearly concluded that raping women, killing women, and raping children is a clear part of the practice of their ideology.”

In March, the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center released a report warning that anti-woman violence was a growing terrorism threat. According to the CCDH analysis, members of the forum post about rape every 29 minutes, and more than 89 percent of posters support rape and say it’s acceptable.

I am generally against censorship in the commons, because a free exchange of opinions (theoretically) helps us determine the boundaries of right and wrong. It also drives some people underground, where they gather (like rats) into fringe groups, giving them a false sense of "power in numbers" which serves to reinforce their anti-social and misogynistic leanings. That being said, online platforms must exercise better censorship methods, because their ability to facilitate and amplify those voices is the equivalent of a PA system in an otherwise docile park:

Hump-Day Handouts

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Trump is on the hook for a quarter-billion in fraud restitution:

The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, is the result of a more than two-year investigation by James and names 23 properties in the Trump Organization portfolio, including his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, his Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, N.Y., and the D.C. hotel he leased from the federal government until he sold it in May.

“The inflated asset valuations in the Statements cannot be brushed aside or excused as merely the result of exaggeration or good faith estimation about which reasonable real estate professionals may differ,” it says.

Damn right it can't be brushed aside. In just four years, Trump inflated the value of his triplex apartment in Trump Tower from $80 million to $327 million, in order to leverage loans and impress idiots. Here's the complaint if you have the stamina. Speaking of disgusting fraudsters, these crooks stole (another) quarter-billion earmarked for feeding hungry children:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

This needs to be a question asked during their (probably only) debate. And he also needs to be asked why he voted to overturn the will of the people, after a mob of traitors invaded the Capitol Building.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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INCREASE VOTING ACCESS AND MAKE POLLING PLACES SAFE FOR VOTERS AND WORKERS: When it comes to keeping voting in North Carolina accessible and secure the state’s Republicans seem to be saying one thing and then doing another. They say they want voting accessible, the rules and procedures open and transparent and polling places to be secure. But then they block regulations and file lawsuits that limit voters’ opportunities to cast ballots and would actually make polling places less secure. Rather than acting to give voters more faith in the electoral process, these actions breed confusion and mistrust. These contradictions vividly came into focus recently – first at a non-partisan session of the N.C. Trusted Elections tour in Smithfield and a few days later in a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court by the state and national Republican parties. What is achieved by a baseless legal action that actually seeks to breed distrust and plant doubts about the conduct of the election? What is achieved is a continuation of the dangerous false narrative that Trump created to explain his defeat, in an effort to inspire harassment and belligerence targeting poll workers and minority voters. They should be ashamed, but they don't have the capacity.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-act-to-increase-voting-access-and-make-polling-places-safe-for-voters...

Ukraine counteroffensive liberates Izyum, reveals Russian war crimes

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Putin needs to be held accountable for the horrors he's unleashed:

One woman, whom The Washington Post is not naming out of concerns for her safety, said three soldiers burst into her home in March and raped her for three hours. “They were drunk and had those strange [drugged] eyes,” she said. “Blood was pouring out of me afterward. I couldn’t leave my house for a week.”

She tried to protect her daughters, ages 15 and 22, from the same fate. But desperate for money, the sisters went out one day to look for work as cleaners, she said. Russian soldiers brought the younger one back home — alone. “I don’t know where she is,” the mother said Friday, crying for her older daughter. “I don’t know!”

Any sympathy I previously held for rank-and-file Russian soldiers is quickly fading. This is Putin's fault, but murder and rape can't be written off to "policy." They are individual acts, carried out by individuals, while other individuals stand by and watch:

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