People always overestimate how homophobic China is--most regular people really aren’t homophobic at all. As for state media censorship, China has also always officially censored things that we still see a lot of--in example, China has also banned tattoos--and yes, hip hop--from TV because it’s “bad for the youth,” but....ahem.....many people still have tattoos/listen to hip hop.
Seriously, the most high-key edgelord concept for a Chinese drama would be a gay tattoo artist falling in love with a gay underground rapper.
Renee Short (1919-2003) was a British Labour MP who held the constituency of Wolverhampton Northeast from 1964-1987. A former journalist, some of her particular interests were general and women’s health, social and family care, abortion law reform, women’s representation in parliament, and race relations. By the 1980s she was considered on the Soft Left of the party, aligned with Neil Kinnock.
Renee’s Short’s constituency neighbour was Tory Enoch Powell. In her obituary published in The Independent, fellow Labour MP Tam Dalyell wrote;
“…Her parliamentary life was much complicated by the fact that as Member for Northeast Wolverhampton she shared that city with the Member for Southwest Wolverhampton – J. Enoch Powell. Normally two MPs albeit of different parties have a decent working relationship. But in the Short and Powell case this was impossible. One of the first flash points was just before polling day in 1970 when "N***** Neighbour" stickers started to appear round Wolverhampton, prompting Short to denounce these Fascist tactics. Powell, determined to play down the situation at that stage, said: "I have not seen nor heard of these." Short responded to The Wolverhampton Express and Star that Powell was lying. Later Short asked Elwyn Jones as Attorney General whether Powell could be prosecuted under the Race Relations Act. It was this kind of ugly situation which reduced Short's majority in Wolverhampton Northeast to under 2,000 from the 8,102 which she had enjoyed in 1966…”
It wasn't the first time an ugly element of racism was brought into a local campaign. There's a short piece here about Smethwick, West Midlands, in 1964, and Harold Wilson's response;
Dalyell suggests that Renee Short was ‘winkled out’ of preselection for the 1987 election, a victim of Labour’s internal struggles with the Trotskyist Militant Tendency faction. She was described as a ‘much respected local MP’, and ‘superb at championing local causes’. The seat fell to the Conservatives, with a majority of just over 200 votes, but returned to Labour in 1992.
According to The Guardian;
“…She announced her intention to retire in the summer of 1985, just before facing a tough re-selection battle; in 1981, she had been re-selected by only three votes, and the likelihood was that she would not have been chosen again. It was, in many ways, an ungrateful response from a party she had loyally served with a profound commitment to the simple socialist belief of the need to improve the lot of the greatest possible number of people…”
Jack Jones, of the Transport and General Workers Union, Renee Short’s sponsor, said, that she "impressed us as a champion of women's rights, and working people felt that she was on our side".
Having battled illness for some time, Renee Short passed away in 2003, aged 83.
The number of employed persons in India plummeted from about 40 crore in January to 39 crore in April 2021. That’s a loss of one crore employed persons, one of the steepest falls ever in four months, barring the brutal devastation caused by last year’s complete countrywide lockdown in April-May 2020. This emerges from latest estimates of employment from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). January was actually a high in terms of employment, mainly because of demand in agriculture. As harvesting of wheat and other rabi crop got completed, jobs in agriculture disappeared, leading to a steep fall in employed people. [See chart below]
The FBI is investigating an alleged scheme to illegally fund Sen. Susan Collins's (R-Maine) 2020 reelection campaign carried out by a former defense contractor in Hawaii.
Axios obtained a search warrent request that shows the FBI believes former Navatek CEO Martin Kao reimbursed his family members around $150,000 in donations to a pro-Collins super PAC. As a federal contractor, Kao was prohibited from donating to federal political committees. The straw man donations appear to have been a way of working around that rule.
Collins's communications director Annie Clark told The Hill, "The Collins for Senator Campaign had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant."
Clark pointed to language on the Collins for Senator website that stated in order to make a contribution one must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, the contribution must come from their own personal funds and they must be at least 18 years old.
The Hill has reached out to the FBI for further information regarding the investigation.
According to the outlet, federal prosecutors are alleging that Kao and his wife, Tiffany Lam Kao, set up a fake LLC called the Society for Young Women Scientists and Engineer. Kao then gave the LLC $150,000 in funds from Navatek, now known as the Martin Defense Group, which was then passed on to the super PAC.
Many of Kao and his wife's family and friends are shown to have donated to Collins's campaign in 2019 according to the FBI document and the FEC. According to the FBI, bank records show that Kao reimbursed each friend or family member for the donations they made, writing a series of $5,600 checks to many of them. These identical amounts were donated to Collins by those associated with Kao.
The donations were made between June and September of 2019, Axios reports.
In the search warrant, the FBI requests for permission to search Kao's hard drive.
"Accordingly, there is probable cause to believe that Martin Kao, Clifford Chen [Kao's colleague at Navatek], a federal contract prohibited from making political campaign contributions, used family members associated with Kao, Chen and Navatek as conduits for contributions to the Collins for Senator campaign committee in violation of 52 U.S.C § 30122 and U.S.C. § 30119," the FBI wrote in its search warrant request.
Kao was arrested last year and charged with money laundering and for stealing more than $12.8 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money. He allegedly inflated the number of employees he had and falsely claimed to not have received any other PPP loans.
Axios notes that Collins had previously helped with Navatek securing a defense contract with the U.S. Navy a few months before the donations were made.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has a grand jury in the process of criminally indicting Donald Trump. It has his tax returns. It’s met with Michael Cohen at least eight times. It’s hired a trial prosecutor with a specialty in white collar crimes. Trump will clearly be indicted. Everyone is impatient that it hasn’t happened yet. But the key here isn’t haste; it’s making the criminal case so bulletproof that it’ll guarantee a conviction.
That’s why it’s such a big deal that the New York Attorney General’s office has announced to CNN this evening that they’ve upgraded their own investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization from a civil one to a criminal one. This means the New York Attorney General and the Manhattan District Attorney are now both going to end up bringing criminal indictments against Trump and the Trump Organization.
I always question why my school needs a sign that tells you not to squat on the toilet seat
#georgina rants #I have 7 minutes left #if she asks where I went I’ll use my endo as an excuse #we love that I have a whole ass essay to do tonight #as well as finishing my psych #then Thursday and Friday I have my philosophy #ew #too much to do #and politics Friday too #which is not only doing the assignment but writing it too
Saint John police say death of woman found in north end being treated as suspicious
Police say the death of a woman whose body was discovered in the north end of Saint John is being treated as suspicious.
A makeshift memorial has been put up along Victoria Street where 27-year-old Courtney MacKenzie was found dead. She was previously reported missing.
The police department's major crime unit is now investigating, and is asking for help from the public.
"We're looking to anyone to come forward that may have seen, or who may have had any interaction with Ms. MacKenzie between the dates of May 3 and May 11," said Saint John police spokesperson Jim Hennessy.
MacKenzie was reported missing to the police a week ago on Saturday. Her remains were discovered a week ago Tuesday.
Police say there is a lot of information they can't share in order to "protect the integrity of the investigation."