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The best statement I've seen of the argument for saying "Black Lives Matter" is in a letter to The Columbus Dispatch from Stanley D. Krider, posted July 25, 2020: I say “Black Lives Matter” because “All” didn’t include Blacks when whites said “All men are created equal.” I say “Black Lives Matter” because “All” didn’t include Blacks when whites ...


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Compare for example how you'd feel if people campaigning that ‘The Homeless need shelter’ were met with the counterclaim that ‘Home-owners need shelter’. While that second claim isn't false in itself, it's missing the point so massively that it could only be a deliberate attempt to divert attention from the main point, and effectively deny it without being ...


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"White lives matter" is considered white supremacist because it was created and is promoted by white supremacists in direct opposition to black lives matter. It is meant as a contradiction of "black lives matter" and an elevation of white lives over black lives. Patricia and Ted have already explained well that "black lives matter&...


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There are a couple of reasons why candidates do this. Firstly, because the Federal Election Commission only considers a campaign as "closed down" for good after a winding down process is complete; including the sale of campaign assets and the handling of debts. Not shutting down the campaign for good also allows campaigns to continue accepting money from ...


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Context is important, and the context of these two claims makes a significant difference. When people say 'Black Lives Matter', the context is a well-documented perception of systematic biases against people of color within the police and justice system, and a long history of racial oppression that extends before that. Civil authority was used to ...


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In the UK, two fingers is an insult much like the middle finger in the USA. Done in a palm-out orientation it is the victory sign, as done by Winston Churchill. The other way around, palm inwards (knuckles out) it is just like the middle finger.


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Black Lives Matter is a prescriptive statement. It's saying that black lives should matter, and shouldn't be treated the way it currently is American society. White Lives Matter is a descriptive statement. White lives already matter in American society, it's a completely banal statement and the only reason to say something like that would be to trivialize ...


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Bernie Sanders tweeted the graphic below in April of 2019, it was accompanied by the following text (emphasis mine): Every other major country has made health care a right for all. Anyone who says the United States cannot do the same is selling the American people short. #MedicareForAll While not a definition, the examples speak for themselves. Indeed, ...


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You can expect truth in campaign speeches, but not scientific definitions. For an approximation of major countries, try the G7. Of course the G7 misses China, India, Russia, Brazil, which are quite important in the 21st century world. Canada: Yes. France: Yes. Germany: Yes. Italy: Yes. Japan: Yes. UK: Yes. Those "yes" are never absolute. Some procedures ...


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I think the only sensible answer is "yes": he both denies that he did those actions and denies that they are illegal. At least from my reading of the news, he seems to be doing both at different times, depending on his audience and whims of the moment.


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I learnt this lesson at about 8 years old, from my grandmother. It was Mother's Day and she gave me some money to buy a gift for my mother. I asked Why don't we have a children's day? She responded we do! It's every other day of the year. White lives clearly matter, that is evident through our actions. Black lives have, at times, often not been seen as ...


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In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the two fingers (sometimes also two-fingered salute) is a sign whose meaning can approximately equated to the middle finger which is used in North America, Europe and probably other places. Both are a hand gesture with the palm facing inwards and fingers streched out: index and middle finger in the case of two fingers. ...


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In order to further understand this, I found the frequently-cited and fairly influential article entitled #BlackLivesMatter: Epistemic Positioning, Challenges, and Possibilities by Catherine L. Langford and Montené Speight helpful. They have looked at particular movements sparked in response to the Black Lives Matter slogan, including 'White Lives Matter', ...


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He was actually more explicit He goes on: ‘The Benn Act, shows you you can do things very quickly but, perhaps more importantly, we got rid of the King Emperor in 24 hours in 1936, we can get rid of the Imperial yoke of Brussels just as quickly I would expect.’ So he was referring to the abdication of Edward VIII.


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Given the quick release of the transcript of the phone call, it seems the official White House position is that the call happened as per the released transcript (Which the Ukrainian President has gone on the record as saying that he did not think anything was significantly altered on the released document) and the whistle blower's knowledge of the call and ...


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You need to look at the purposes behind the various slogans. When I hear these slogans, this is what I imagine those people are thinking: "Black Lives Matter" Society has been acting as if black lives don't matter. We need to protest to point out that black lives matter as much as all other lives. We're tired of having video proof of police ...


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Trump uses the term "witch hunt" as a rhetorical device to refer to any investigations of him or the people around him. According to a Vox.com article: Since assuming office, Trump has tweeted some variant of the phrase “WITCH HUNT!” more than 120 times in response to the Mueller investigation and critics including the “Fake News,” congressional Democrats,...


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Has there been any primaries candidate that has "unsuspended", i.e. resumed the race after previously announcing a suspension? An example when this happened with a suspension of several months is Gary Hart's bid for Democratic nomination in 1988. Hart was the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 1988 election. Hart officially declared ...


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Usually, the Trump administration referred to the virus as "coronavirus", "the coronavirus", or, more commonly in press releases and official documents, the official WHO name of "COVID-19". The response team headed by VP Mike Pence was termed the "Coronavirus Task Force", for example. There are however, instances prior to March 12th, when the allegations ...


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I'll make no commentary on whether WLM is racist or not, but I'll explain where the notion comes from. "White lives matters" wouldn't be racist without the BLM movement. Once "black lives matter" was coined, "white lives matter" was considered a commentary on that slogan - one that, arguably, wants to criticize the movement. It ...


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It can certainly be considered as xenophobia by some - one prior example that springs to mind is in 2009 when David Cameron, then Leader of the UK Opposition, adopted a German accent to mock the Labour party's planned initiative to introduce national identity cards: In a mock voice apparently attempting to mimic a Nazi officer, Cameron asked an audience in ...


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They do publish rebuttals from time to time. You can search for rebuttal site:gov.uk and see some. However, I'm not aware of any rebuttals to journalists' (or indeed anyone else's) tweets. Sky's Ed Conway tweeted: Never seen the Government issue a rebuttal to a Twitter thread. Let alone devoting nearly 3,000 words to it. ⁦@pmdfoster ⁩ has clearly hit a ...


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I'm not venturing a speculation here (yet) whether that was a loosening (of the language) or not relative to prior communications on this matter, but the fuller context of that recent statement is: Mr Hancock - who recently ended his seven days of self-isolation after contracting the virus - said: "We cannot relax our discipline now. If we do, people ...


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🖔 U+1F594 although todays meaning is more or less "fuck off you twat." But it mostly lost that appeal: If asked, most people would gloss the meaning as ‘Fuck you’ or something similar, and it was certainly a very potent offensive gesture until recent years when it seems to be losing its ability to offend. –– Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud: "A ...


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Has New Zealand announced any investigation or punishment/censure for MP Swarbick for her saying "OK, boomer"? Not likely to ever happen. Such repartee and interruptions are not that uncommon as shown by excerpts of the series of speeches for the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. It is only when a point of order is raised that ...


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So, besides that Cohen example that the later WaPo piece gave, are there any other examples of Trump sending such mixed/contradictory signals in cases where he (allegedly) was hoping for someone to do something? Birtherism This was a position he held before being president. Just before he was elected president, he backtracked. One tweet dated 6 August ...


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"Black" and "white" are not natural kinds, they are sociopolitical constructs. Their specific history in the United States was to establish two mutually exclusive groups, one of which was given rights and privileges denied to the other. Many aspects of that persist into present day. Among those is the fact that "black" lives are ...


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Trump doesn't have a "position" on these allegations as such. He is applying advice he received many years ago: Never give up Never admit a mistake or a wrongdoing Don't apologize (equates to an admission) Always fight back The whistleblower has alleged a serious wrongdoing by the president. Trump is applying the above advice by: Not admitting the ...


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More than one word may be necessary, as given in the example quote below. disinformation false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth Example: Those same cronies then spent millions to elect Donald Trump, who is now following the same playbook of ...


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Apparently the exchange went like this Swarbrick had been talking about how for decades world leaders have "known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors". The 25-year-old MP said her generation and the generations after "do not have that luxury". "In the year 2050 I will ...


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