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  1. And to think there used to be a couple people here who defended and praised him. Milo Yiannopoulos says he is ‘ex-gay,’ wants to rehabilitate ‘conversion therapy’ By Yaron Steinbuch March 10, 2021 | 8:13am Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has come out as “ex-gay” – announcing that he “would like to help rehabilitate what the media calls “conversion therapy” over the next decade, according to a report. The 36-year-old British political commentator, whose speeches and writings often ridicule political correctness, social justice and feminism, declared himself no longer gay and “sodomy free,” he told LifeSite in an interview. Yiannopoulos — who once said that sex between 13-year-olds and older men can be “life-affirming” — told the outlet that he is now leading a daily consecration online to St. Joseph. “When I used to kid that I only became gay to torment my mother, I wasn’t entirely joking,” he said. “Of course, I was never wholly at home in the gay lifestyle — Who is? Who could be? — and only leaned heavily into it in public because it drove liberals crazy to see a handsome, charismatic, intelligent gay man riotously celebrating conservative principles,” Yiannopoulos continued. “That’s not to say I didn’t throw myself enthusiastically into degeneracy of all kinds in my private life. I suppose I felt that’s all I deserved. I’d love to say it was all an act, and I’ve been straight this whole time, but even I don’t have that kind of commitment to performance art. Talk about method acting.” Asked about how he decided to become “sodomy free,” Yiannopoulos said: “Four years ago, I gave an interview to America magazine which they declined to print. It’s taken me a long time to live up to the claims I made in that interview, but I am finally doing it. “Anyone who’s read me closely over the past decade must surely have seen this coming. I wasn’t shy about dropping hints. In my New York Times-bestselling book ‘Dangerous,’ I heavily hinted I might be ‘coming out’ as straight in the future,” he said. “And in my recent stream-of-consciousness Telegram feed, I’ve been even more explicit — stomach-churningly so, if the comments under my ‘x days without sodomy’ posts are anything to go by.” LifeSite reminded Yiannopoulos about his posts on social media site Parler of members of the CHANGED movement with the caption, “Look at these beautiful souls, rid of their demons and cured of their sinful urges. Can’t you tell they’ve been saved? I can.” Asked whether he could now add his picture to theirs, he said: “No, and I don’t suppose I’ll ever be brave enough to declare it a thing of the past. I treat it like an addiction. You never stop being an alcoholic. “As for the CHANGED movement, I guess because they’re Californian they don’t see how funny their website is, or maybe they’re dirty non-doms who think God loves you more the gayer you act, but I was slightly making fun of them with that caption,” he said. “Someone really ought to tell them to use more heterosexual-looking photos on their website. I can share some tips! My followers have been giving me a crash course in all-American straight guy aesthetics, which apparently include growing a mullet and learning to drive stick,” he quipped. Yiannopoulos added that “over the next decade, I would like to help rehabilitate what the media calls ‘conversion therapy.’ It does work, albeit not for everybody. As for my other aspirations and plans, well, no change: I’ve always considered abortion to be the pre-eminent moral horror of human history. I’ll keep saying so — even more loudly than before.” As far as his personal life, Yiannopoulos said of his husband: “The guy I live with has been demoted to housemate, which hasn’t been easy for either of us. It helps that I can still just about afford to keep him in Givenchy and a new Porsche every year. Could be worse for him, I guess.” Yiannopoulos is also no stranger to controversy in his personal life. The self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet” was permanently banned from Twitter in 2016 over his racist abuse of “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. He also once compared rape culture with Harry Potter, calling them “both fantasy.” In 2017, Yiannopoulos was forced to resignfrom far-right news website Breitbart, where he was an editor, following a firestorm over his comments in which he appeared to condone pedophilia.
  2. SEE IT: Armed cops try to arrest gay couple for kissing on Mexico beach, but are stopped by furious crowd demanding their release By MURI ASSUNÇÃO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FEB 26, 2021 AT 2:43 PM Armed cops try to arrest gay couple for kissing on Mexico beach, but are stopped by furious crowd demanding their release. (Facebook) Police officers in Mexico attempted to arrest two men for kissing on a beach, but were forced to let them go after a furious crowd gathered in protest. A video shared on Facebook earlier this week shows at least three heavily armed officers leading the two men, who are in handcuffs, into the back of a pickup truck. The incident took place in the resort town of Tulum, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, over the weekend. The two can be seen being led into the patrol car, as people around them began to protest, some chanting “I’m gay, too!,” in solidarity with the men. According to The Yucatan Times, the pressure worked and the couple was released a few minutes into the altercation. Local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who witnessed the incident, later went online to denounce the actions of the officers. “I want to express my anger because the police here in Quintana Roo are homophobic,” she said on TikTok. Morales said that she arrived at the beach around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when she noticed police officers approaching “a group of young foreigners.” When she asked fellow beach-goers the reason for the arrest — because they were a same-sex couple who had kissed — she joined the group in protest. “They were not committing any crime,” Morales wrote, adding that she was “furious” with the cops’ reaction. “It’s not possible that in the 21st century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community still happens. We all deserve the same treatment,” she added. According to LGBTQ Nation, local police later issued a statement saying that the men were arrested for “immoral acts and sexual erotic demonstrations, on the road or public places.” Morales, however, disagrees. “We were by their side, at no time did they do anything wrong. Simply by kissing like any other couple, they wanted to take them.” A protest of “kisses and hugs against homophobia” is being organized for this weekend. “In protest of the homophobic actions of the Tulum Police, members of the LGBT community are raising their voices and are inviting people to a protest on Sunday, where there will be a ‘rain of kisses’ [which will take place] in front of City Hall,” according to a Facebook post.
  3. BREAKING: The U.S. intelligence community has concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved” the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to just-released report. https://abcn.ws/3dQM88H
  4. Facebook Ends Australia News Blackout After Media Law Compromise Angus Whitley, updated 16 minutes ago Facebook Inc. will end its news blackout in Australia after the government agreed to amend world-first legislation forcing the tech giant and Google to pay local publishers for content. The social-media platform switched off news sharing in the nation last week in opposition to the proposed law, and Mark Zuckerberg and government officials have been locked in talks to find a compromise. Among key concessions, the government said Tuesday it would take into account commercial deals Google and Facebook reach with news companies before deciding whether they are subject to the law, and would also give them one month’s notice. The platforms also won more time to reach deals with media publishers before they’re forced into final-offer arbitration. The legislation, which is expected to pass parliament this week, has made Australia a testing ground for digital-platform regulation as jurisdictions worldwide rein in the Silicon Valley juggernauts. “There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said. “I have no doubt that so many other countries are looking at what is happening here in Australia.” Facebook said the restrictions on sharing news will be lifted “in the coming days.” “We are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns,” William Easton, managing director for Facebook Australia & New Zealand, said in a statement. In blocking news sharing, Facebook switched off the main news source for almost one in five Australians. It also disabled -- accidentally, the company said -- a raft of government Facebook pages carrying public health advice on the coronavirus, warnings from the weather bureau and even the site of a children’s hospital. “It seems very sensible of Facebook to retreat as this could have potentially been very damaging to its brand,” said Nicole Bridges, a lecturer in public relations at Western Sydney University. While Bridges said Tuesday’s deal seemed a face-saving exercise for both the Australian government and Facebook, other nations would look at the company’s actions and could judge that their ability to pass similar legislation may have been strengthened.
  5. How much does the Daily Fail pay her or does she pay them? She gets a VERY detailed article in Daily Fail often. And don’t get me started on those candid paparazzi photos of her out on the street dressed up outlandishly and drenched in 10lbs of makeup!
  6. @Jazzy Jan @San Hero cat dies saving kids from Australia’s ‘most dangerous’ snake By Lee Brown February 16, 2021 | 1:09pm Arthur the cat died protecting two children from an Eastern Brown Snake in Queensland, Australia. @AnimalEmergencyServiceHQ A hero pet cat sacrificed the last of his nine lives to save his human siblings — dying as he fought one of Australia’s deadliest snakes to stop it from attacking them, according to an animal hospital. “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes!” the Animal Emergency Service said in a Facebook post Sunday hailing the ultimate sacrifice made by Arthur in Queensland. The “adorable domestic shorthair cat” had been playing with his family in their backyard when an Eastern Brown Snake “slithered right up to the young children,” the hospital said. “Arthur jumped into action protecting his young family by killing the snake.” In the chaos of protecting the two kids, nobody realized at first that Arthur had been bitten by the snake, which Australian Geographic lists as the country’s “most dangerous.” Arthur collapsed but quickly recovered like nothing was wrong,” the vets said, noting that “collapse events like this [are] a common symptom of snake bites.” He collapsed again the next day, and when rushed to the Animal Emergency Service’s hospital in Tanawha his “symptoms were too severe to recover.” “It was with the heaviest of hearts his owners had to leave Arthur after he gained his angel wings,” the hospital said. The Australian Brown snake that Arthur, a domestic shorthair family cat, killed in the process of saving 2 children in Queensland Australia. @AnimalEmergencyServiceHQ “His family, understandably devastated, remember him fondly and are forever grateful he saved the children’s lives.” The Eastern Brown Snake, or Pseudonaja Textilis, is largely “responsible for more deaths every year in Australia than any other group of snakes,” Australian Geographic said. “If disturbed, the eastern brown raises its body off the ground, winding into an ‘S’ shape, mouth gaping open and ready to strike,” the outlet said. “Its venom causes progressive paralysis and stops the blood from clotting, which may take many doses of antivenom to reverse. Victims may collapse within a few minutes.”
  7. Sorry, millennials. The emoji isn't cool anymore By Kaya Yurieff, CNN Business Updated 9:36 AM ET, Mon February 15, 2021 New York (CNN Business) — Bad news for people who frequently use the emoji: It is no longer cool. In recent weeks, two internet-savvy generations have been clashing in videos and comments on TikTok over the hallmarks of millennial culture that are now deemed uncool by Gen Z. The list includes skinny jeans (Gen Z verdict: set them on fire), side parts (Gen Z verdict: middle part or bust) and perhaps most painful of all, the popular laughing crying emoji that some millennials, myself included, use hundreds of times a day, or more. "What's wrong with the laughing emoji[?]," one user asked in a TikTok comment. Another responded: "it's so off." On a different video of a woman saying she's cut back on using it after learning kids don't, one teen commented: "As a 15 year old I say you should use that emoji bc [because] we sure aren't going to." "I use everything but the laughing emoji," 21-year-old Walid Mohammed told CNN Business. "I stopped using it a while back because I saw older people using it, like my mom, my older siblings and just older people in general." For many Gen Z-ers, the emoji has become a popular replacement for conveying laughter. It's the visual version of the slang phrase "I'm dead" or "I'm dying," which signifies something is very funny. Other acceptable alternatives: the emoji (officially called "Loudly Crying Face"), or just writing "lol" (laughing out loud) or "lmao" (laughing my, well, you probably know the rest). Seventeen-year-old Xavier Martin called the emoji "bland" and said "not too many people" his age use it. Stacy Thiru, 21, prefers the real crying emoji because it shows a more extreme emotion and feels more dramatic. She said she couldn't even find the laughing crying emoji on her iPhone's keyboard. A similar emoji, called "Rolling on the Floor Laughing" (), is also no longer in vogue. When asked about that emoji over a video call, Thiru visibly grimaced. "I don't like that one," she said. "My mom doesn't even use it." "Face with Tears of Joy," the official name for the laughing crying emoji, is currently the most-used emoji on Emojitracker, a website that shows real-time emoji use on Twitter. It topped Emojipedia's list of the most-used emojis on Twitter in 2020, while the "Loudly Crying Face" took the number two spot. And it's had staying power: In 2017, Apple said the laughing crying emoji was the most popular in the United States. "Tears of Joy was a victim of its own success," said Gretchen McCulloch, an internet linguist and author of "Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language." "If you indicate digital laughter for years and years in the same way, it starts to feel insincere. ... The hyperbole gets worn out through continued use," she said. That's why Gen Zers may be looking to fresh and novel ways to signal they're laughing through different ways. Gen Zers -- born after 1996 -- grew up at a time when the internet was already ubiquitous and often in the palm of their hands. Some millennials, by comparison, remember a time before constant internet immersion; many launched into the world of emojis and internet jargon not through texting or social networks, but through AOL Instant Messenger. (Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, according to Pew Research Center). Anecdotally, older generations tend to use emojis literally while younger people get more creative, said Jeremy Burge, the chief emoji officer of Emojipedia, an emoji dictionary website. Emojipedia recently wrote a blog post that said: "It's common wisdom on TikTok that the laughing crying emoji is for boomers." Gen Zers told CNN Business they like to assign their own meanings to emoji, which then spreads to others in their cohort, often through social media. For example, the emoji of a person wearing a cowboy hat () and the one of a person simply standing have both come to signify awkwardness. Others will string together a bunch of positive emoji, like stars, rainbows and fairies, and then pair them with something negative. "Our generation is very sarcastic," Martin said. Sometimes teens and twenty-somethings use emoji -- like the laughing crying one -- ironically, such as by sending six or seven of them in a row to friends, to exaggerate it. But, overall, that emoji is a no-go. "For Gen Z, it's like the same thing as having an Android," said Mohammed.
  8. NY TIMES: Minutes after voting to acquit Donald Trump, Senator Mitch McConnell berated the former president in a speech for what he called a “disgraceful dereliction of duty,” pinning responsibility for last month’s Capitol assault directly on Trump.
  9. @Jazzy Jan @Genevieve Vavance @Martin B. At the shifty eyes and panicked expression coming through in the filter! 'I'm not a cat': Video shows lawyer can't turn off kitten filter during Zoom court appearance "If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off," a Texas judge said of the incident. Feb. 9, 2021, 4:01 PM EST By David K. Li A virtual courtroom hearing came to an abrupt paws in southwest Texas on Tuesday when an attorney inadvertently appeared on screen as a computer-filter-generated cat. The mundane civil forfeiture hearing took a hilarious turn when Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton arrived in Zoom court in the form of a fluffy white and brown kitten. For about 30 somewhat awkward, but mostly funny seconds, Ponton struggled to remove the filter. With other lawyers on screen wryly smiling, 394th Judicial District Court Judge Roy Ferguson tried to walk Ponton through keystrokes. Ponton said he was ready to proceed even in his feline form. "I'm prepared to go forward with it. I'm here live, I'm not a cat," Ponton said. Ferguson had a laugh over the kitten court catastrophe and praised all lawyers involved. "If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off," Ferguson tweeted. "This kitten just made a formal announcement on a case in the 394th." Ponton said he was forced to use his secretary's computer, because the office was in the midst of a move. "If I could make everyone laugh at my expense I'm happy to do that," Ponton told NBC News hours after the hearing. "It's an example of what can happen in our computer connected world." The judge said the lawyers are like millions of other Americans, trying to make the best of unconventional work settings caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "These fun moments are a by-product of the legal profession's dedication to ensuring that the justice system continues to function in these tough times," Ferguson tweeted. "Everyone involved handled it with dignity, and the filtered lawyer showed incredible grace. True professionalism all around!"
  10. The Senate impeachment trial began today. It’s very unlikely they’ll get the 67 votes needed to impeach him but at least he will get more public humiliation.
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