February 23, 2018

Facebook Ad Exec Points to Russia’s 2016 Election Irrelevance, Then Apologizes

A week ago, Facebook’s VP of Ads responded to Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians by posting a series of tweets at his personal account contending “very definitively that swaying the (2016) election was *NOT* the main goal.” Instead, Rob Goldman wrote, the Russians’ goal is to “divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us.” A short time later, outside and inside pressure forced Goldman to apologize for his “uncleared thoughts.”

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022318)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: UN is Pushing Abortion on Africa, But This Pro-Life Scientist is Trying to Stop Them

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York, via Life News:

FEB 16, 2018, 2:45PM

What do you call it when Western elites attempt to foist abortion on native African cultures?

At the United Nations, two women were squaring off: one, a Danish abortion advocate, the other, African scientist Uju Ekeocha.

Their opinions expose the deep clash of civilizations across the globe: the culture of life versus the culture of death.

The Danish feminist admitted that she was “a bit provoked” by Uju’s claim that Western countries are once again engaging in colonialism. In her view, she announced, African women should be able to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies, including how many babies they want, and whether to have abortions.

Uju was quick to respond.

“Culturally, most of the African communities actually believe, by tradition, by their cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life,” she explained. “So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion . . . can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong.

“And that, Madame, is colonialism.”

Bravo, Uju! She is absolutely right. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

LA Times Editor Has ‘Some Sympathy’ for Resource Officer Who Didn’t Try to Stop Nikolas Cruz

Many people failed the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida before Nikolas Cruz’s massacre last week. Someone also failed them during the attack: armed Resource Officer Scot Peterson, who, according to Broward County’s sheriff, “never went in” to try to stop Cruz, instead remaining outside “upwards of four minutes.” In a Thursday afternoon tweet, a Los Angeles Times editor expressed “some sympathy” — for Peterson. She later doubled down, dragging in the NRA while excusing cowardice.

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