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English actor John Cleese let loose on sensitive members of the progressive left last week over widespread social media accusations of anti-trans bigotry.
The LGBT community and its allies have bombarded Cleese with aggressive public reprimand, scandalized by the actor’s defense of English best-seller J.K. Rowling, who divided her fan base this year with the apparently shocking suggestion that men are not women and women are not men.
But famous for his role in the sketch comedy classic “Monty Python,” Cleese has remained flippant in the face of controversy, prodding emotional members of his Twitter audience with unfiltered riffs on the topic of transgenderism.
“Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman,” the actor wrote last Sunday. “Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic ?”
Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman
Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic ? https://t.co/oGPwEWJM9a
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) November 22, 2020
The admittedly rough remark came in response to several months of user comments denouncing the actor as “transphobic,” hateful and controlling.
Cleese was not without a heart for individuals struggling with gender identity disorder, however, pointing to deeply held and incredibly public progressive values while also reminding onlookers that his personal opinions and open jests did not come from a place of ill-will toward any one community. He was a comedian defending free speech and having a laugh.
“I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks. I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly,” Cleese wrote. “Right now I’m more focussed on threats to democracy in America, the rampant corruption in the UK, the appalling British Press, the revelations about police brutality…
“Covid19, the incompetence of the British government, China’s complete disregard for the necessity to abandon fossil fuels, the developments in France between Macron and Islamicists, diabetes, and the recent deaths of several of my close friends,” the actor went on.
“Does [that] sound hard-hearted ?”
Dear Twits, I have added my name to the signatories of the letter in solidarity with JKRowling
Proud to be in the distinguished company of Ian McEwan, Andrew Davies, Frances Welch, Lionel Shriver, Ben Miller, Tom Stoppard, Frances Barber, Griff Rhys-Jones and Matthew d’Ancona
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) September 30, 2020
Of course, the comedian’s willingness to stand firm on the subject would only earn him a handful more allegations of hard-heartedness.
Those allegations began piling up by the thousand in late September when Cleese outed himself as one of several high-profile signatories to a letter of support for Rowling.
“Dear Twits, I have added my name to the signatories of the letter in solidarity with JKRowling,” Cleese wrote on Twitter.
“Proud to be in the distinguished company of Ian McEwan, Andrew Davies, Frances Welch, Lionel Shriver, Ben Miller, Tom Stoppard, Frances Barber, Griff Rhys-Jones and Matthew d’Ancona.”
Rowling had reheated months-old controversy over the summer when she suggested recently popularized inclusive terms like “people who menstruate” minimize the female experience and hurt the cause of biological women in an attempt to normalize transgenderism.
The novelist’s statement — one of several made in a similar vein this past year — left her short of allies in Hollywood and the modern literary world. Even actors from the film adaptation of Rowling’s hit series “Harry Potter” were quick to lambaste her on social media in response.
If you can’t control your own emotions, you’re forced to control other people’s behaviour
That’s why the touchiest, most oversensitive and easily upset must not set the standard for the rest of us https://t.co/bAX5zT0ja7
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) November 22, 2020
The resulting calls for Rowling’s cancellation have, as in other instances, polarized a handful of high-profile Hollywood figures, however, prompting vocal pushback against social justice culture.
“Everything humorous is critical,” Cleese said, astutely pointing out that humor can cut both ways politically. “If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny. Funniness is about people who don’t do that, like Trump.”
He would go on to add that those who cannot take their turn as the butt of a joke should not be made arbiters of what is acceptable for the rest of us. Tantrum-throwing children don’t make decisions for their parents after all.
“If you can’t control your own emotions, you’re forced to control other people’s behaviour,” the actor reiterated last Sunday on Twitter.
“That’s why the touchiest, most oversensitive and easily upset must not set the standard for the rest of us.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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November 30, 2020
LONDON (Reuters) – British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday, as part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from high speed mobile networks.
Britain has already ordered all Huawei equipment to be removed from its 5G network by the end of 2027, falling in line with intelligence allies including the United States who say the firm poses security risks.
China has criticised that decision, while Huawei said last week it was disappointed Britain was looking to exclude it from the 5G roll-out after the publication of new laws that could see firms fined 100,000 pounds ($133,140) if they break the ban.
Monday’s announcement comes ahead of a debate over new telecoms legislation in parliament and fleshes out the timeline for equipment removal.
“I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high risk vendors from our 5G networks,” digital minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement.
“This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecoms equipment which poses a threat to our national security.”
The government also announced a new strategy to diversify the 5G supply chain, consisting of an initial 250 million pound investment, trials in collaboration with Japanese firm NEC and the establishment of new research facilities.
Britain has already banned the buying new Huawei 5G kit after the end of the year.
Britain said its July decision was related to concerns that U.S. sanctions on chip technology could affect supply lines. Huawei said at the time the decision was disappointing, and about U.S. trade policy rather than security.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Alexander Smith)
Source: OANN, Britain bans new Huawei 5G kit installation from September 2021
November 30, 2020
By Marc Frank
HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba over the weekend launched an all-out rhetorical assault through state-run media on a rare protest that took place Friday for freedom of expression, branding it part of an ongoing effort by the United States to create an uprising.
The Friday stakeout around the culture ministry of around 300 creatives was sparked by authorities’ crackdown on the San Isidro Movement of dissident artists and activists that formed two years ago to protest curbs on freedom of expression.
The protest ended before dawn on Saturday only after officials met with 30 of the demonstrators and agreed to continue talking and to urgently review the case of a detained member of the San Isidro crew and a rapper sentenced this month to eight months in jail on charges of contempt. It also agreed to ensure independent artists in the future were not harassed.
But just hours later the government called in the top U.S. diplomat on the island, charge de affairs Timothy Zúñiga-Brown, for a scolding over “grave interference in Cuba’s internal affairs” as state television ran a 90-minute special attacking the rapper and other dissident artists and broadcasting visuals of their interactions with U.S. diplomats and Miami exiles.
“Sovereign Cuba accepts no interference … The revolutionary ones will fight back,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in one of a series of Twitter posts accusing the San Isidro movement of being a “reality show” on social media created by “U.S. imperialists.”
Diaz-Canel said much the same at a pro-government rally Sunday of a few thousand young people.
“In less than 24 hours the Culture Ministry has broken three of the five accords,” performance artists Tania Bruguera said at a Sunday news conference held by some of those who participated in the talks with the government.
Most present at the press conference denounced continued harassment of dissent and the branding of their efforts as a CIA plot, though they also expressed hope the dialogue would continue as promised.
Friday’s protest came after authorities besieged the movement’s headquarters in Old Havana’s San Isidro district on Thursday, breaking up a hunger strike there that had started to gain international attention.
Security forces forcibly removed and briefly detained the five members on hunger strike and nine other people in the house, citing violations of coronavirus protocols.
“We support the Cuban people in their struggle for liberty,” Jake Sullivan, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser wrote on Twitter.
“The Cuban people must be allowed to exercise the universal right to freedom of expression,” he said.
(Reporting by Marc Frank; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
Source: OANN, Cuban government backtracks on deal with protesters
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Back in 2009, when the Fed first launched QE, a majority of traders and strategists were convinced that the Fed would spark an inflationary inferno as a result of the hundreds of billions of dollars (back then, that was a big number) of liquidity injected into markets and which – using the Weimar Republic as an example – consensus expected would find their way to the broader economy triggering sharply higher prices as a result of global currency devaluation.
And while one part of this forecast turned out to be true, with asset prices indeed hyperinflating in the subsequent decade, the flood of central bank reserves did little to boost benign broader economy inflation, i.e., wages.
It’s also why a decade later, with central banks now injecting a berserk $300BN each month, the 10Y continues to trade well below 1% – the simple reason is that having failed to spark broader inflation, the market is convinced that nothing the Fed and its central bank peers do can change this default dynamic.
But if consensus was dead wrong about the economic outcome of the first QE back in 2009, could consensus be just as wrong now, and with most expecting deflation no matter how big the QE, could central banks finally “succeed” in sparking runaway inflation?
The answer is yes and it will come in the form of digital currencies which we – and DoubleLine – have discussed extensively in the past year, which while the biggest economic and financial story of the year by far, has been successfully drowned in the noise surrounding covid and the US presidential election.
But before we get into the specifics of how, here is another take on why, courtesy of BofA Chief Investment Officer Michael Hartnett, who believes that the key theme of the next decade will be “Dollar Debasement & Digital Currencies”, to wit:
2020 saw $21tn of global fiscal and monetary stimulus. The US federal deficit skyrocketed to 25% of GDP, second only to WWII (27%). Global debt is expected to hit $277tn or 365% of GDP by year end, an all-time high while global interest rates are at their lowest level in 5,000 years. In the coming decade, loss of central bank independence, shift towards digital currencies as conduits for policy (UBI, “helicopter drops”, student debt forgiveness), introduction of Yield Curve Control & stealth Modern Monetary Theory, the end of era of “financial engineering” and considerable public sector deficits are all reasons we think the US will find it tougher to finance current account surpluses in coming years…the dollar likely will decline, bullish for commodities & EM.
But while all that sounds great in theory, the real question as always is how does it work in practice.
The answer, as so often happens when it comes to financial experimentation, comes from China which is the most advanced nation in the development and rollout of digital currencies. Culminating a monetary revolution process that has been 6 years in the making, China started ramping up trials with the digital yuan last April, when it ran a pilot program that reportedly included US companies like McDonald’s and Subway…
… and then in October, China launched one of the biggest real-world trials for its digital currency, when the government in Shenzhen carried out a lottery to give away a total of 10 million yuan (about $1.5 million) worth of the digital currency. Nearly 2 million people applied and 50,000 people actually won.
The winners are required to download a digital Renminbi app in order to receive a “red packet” worth 200 digital yuan ($30), which they can then spend at over 3,000 designated retailers in Shenzhen’s Luohu district, according to China Daily. After that, they’ll be able to buy goods from local pharmacies, supermarkets and even Walmart.
The idea was to not only test the technology involved, but boost consumer spending in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, China is not only subsidizing the centrally-planned economy by manipulating the supply-side of the question- it now can prop up demand by handing out digital currency to anyone (or everyone).
Of course, unlike traditional central bank account-based currencies such as reserves, or decentralized cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, China’s digital currency would be controlled by the country’s central bank and will be instantly made available at a moment’s notice to anyone who can receive it.
China’s adoption of digital central bank tokens is expected to be seamless as most of the nation’s digital payments already pass through companies like TenCent and AliPay and are already very popular in the country.
The successful Shenzhen test means that a broad rollout is just a matter of time.
As we have discussed repeatedly in recent months, central banks around the world are rushing to roll out the idea of issuing digital currencies. In October, the Bank for International Settlements and seven central banks published a framework for central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs.
Needless to say, without any consumer-facing liability – it’s not a loan or a debt – the propensity to spend the digital currency is virtually instant and without limitation. After all, it’s money that the central bank (in this case PBOC) created out of thin air and has handed out to whoever it so chooses – a form of massive universal basic income or unprecedented population subsidy – in hopes of sparking higher prices.
Consider it a way for central banks to atone for the fact that their policies were unable to boost wages in the past decade; instead, they will now simply hand out money with little regard for the consequences, as long as the consequences are sufficiently reflationary they allow some of the global massive debt tsunami which is now at $277 trillion, or 365% of GDP, to be inflated away.
Finally timing: according to tentative estimates for the rollout of ISO 20022, which is the required universal transaction standard which will make payment in digital currencies possible, we are looking at a 2022 launch date.
Source: Zero Hedge, Here’s How Central Banks Will Finally Unleash Inflation: The Shenzhen Case Study
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