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Virginia became the 38th state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment the same week New Jersey's governor signed legislation to protect health care and three states saw voting rights victories.

The Virginia legislature made history this week by becoming the 38th state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment, but that was not the only news progressives celebrated. There were voting rights victories in Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin, and New Jersey's governor signed laws protecting residents with preexisting conditions.

Read on to catch up on this week's wins.

>Virginia ratifies Equal Rights Amendment

The Virginia House of Delegates and Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, making Virginia the 38th state to do so.

"For the women of Virginia and the women of America, the resolution has finally passed," Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn said just before she announced the result of the House vote. Those gathered in the chamber erupted in applause.

The amendment, which would ban discrimination based on sex, has not been ratified by three-fourths of the states, the threshold necessary for amending the U.S. Constitution. However, when Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it set a deadline of 1979 for state ratification. Opponents of the ERA maintain the deadline has passed, but proponents argue the deadline itself is unconstitutional, according to the Washington Post.

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I’m all for voter ID if the IDs are given, for free to people, else it’s a poll tax and that’s unconstitutional.
This, precisely. A national ID law that is fully funded.
>The courts have ruled that the law does not suppress votes
Not true.
They ruled against a stay.
Read the actual court ruling, there's NO opinion filed supporting your claim of "not voter suppression".

But it does say:
>The risk of voter confusion appears severe here because the injunction against requiring residential address identification was in force during the primary election
>and because the Secretary of State’s website announced for months the ID requirements as they existed under that injunction.
>Reasonable voters may well assume that the IDs allowing them to vote in the primary election would remain valid in the general election.
>If the Eighth Circuit’s stay is not vacated, the risk of disfranchisement is large.
>specific factfindings by the District Court: (1) 70,000 North Dakota residents—almost 20% of the turnout in a regular quadrennial election lack a qualifying ID;
>and (2) approximately 18,000 North Dakota residents also lack supplemental documentation sufficient to permit them to vote without a qualifying ID.
p.s. The GOP took a Senate seat from the Dems in the election in question, helping maintain their slim majority in the U.S. Senate.
Like voter ID would matter when you use electronic voting.

Two-thirds (64%) of low-wage workers are in their prime working years of 25 to 54.
More than half (57%) work full-time year-round, the customary schedule for employment intended to provide financial security.
About half (51%) are primary earners or contribute substantially to family living expenses.
Thirty-seven percent have children. Of this group, 23% live below the federal poverty line.
Less than half (45%) of low-wage workers ages 18 to 24 are in school or already have a college degree.

These statistics tell an important story: Millions of hardworking American adults struggle to eke out a living and support their families on very low wages.

What should be done? Some suggest that education and “upskilling” is the answer, arguing that if these workers got more education and increased their skills, they would move up to higher-paying jobs.

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>A white supremacists and/or sympathizer
>The most progressive
I know conservatives love to project, bit explain yourself.

Carlson's just another bootlicker too the rich as well who couldn't handle the truth being told to his face.
>NPC is mad because the idea that the populist right is the only truly progressive movement in America scares it
Keep shouting the slogans Google, Apple and Nike tell you to shout.
>Says the guy repeating Russian made forced memes
This is rich.
unemployment numbers count people looking for work. wonder how many people there are that don't work and aren't looking for it
Purely anecdotal, but I spent a few years unemployed, since I didn't have a car and didn't lie about it and family actually gave a shit so didn't kick me out as long as I helped out, and apparently I wasn't considered unemployed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate and approve House prosecutors for only the third impeachment trial in American history.

The nearly party-line vote moved Trump’s impeachment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate, where Trump expects acquittal, even as new evidence is raising fresh questions about his Ukraine dealings.

The vote was 228-193, coming at the start of a presidential election year and one month after the House impeached Trump. The president is charged with abuse of power over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe..

“We are here today to cross a very important threshold in American history,” Pelosi said, addressing the House before the vote. Earlier, she declared: “Th is is what an impeachment is about. The president violated his oath of office, undermined our national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections.”

Trump, during an event at the White House, rejected the charges as a “hoax.”

The seven-member prosecution team will be led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings, Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants for only the third presidential impeachment in the nation’s history.

Ahead of Wednesday’s session, Schiff released new records from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, about the Ukraine strategy. including an exchange with another man about surveilling later-fired Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch.

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>No need to lie anon. /news/ is a slow board.
Not lying, Ivan.
Merry Christmas. And it’s not damage control. If he despised blacks so much and was such a proponent of slavery he had no need to have damage control. There’s the link.

It absolutely does change the way you’re interpreting it. As I said and he explicitly declares the CONSTITUTION is the cornerstone. And again his point in the two paragraphs out of 10 pages you referenced was to show that the United States would not exist without slavery being in the constitution. As such to materially change that without the consent of the governed Results in a breach of contract by the north making the constitution null and void.
>Believing in his damage control after the traitors lost the war.
Again to claim they were traitors is one of the most ignorant assertions you can make. You can not refuse to uphold your obligations under an agreement and then demand that the other side continue to uphold theirs. That’s ludicrous.

A woman deliberately drove her car into the path of an oncoming vehicle to test her faith in God, police say.

Nadejda Reilly, 31, from Drums, Luzerne County, allegedly caused the crash on Route 93 near Weatherly, Pennsylvania, on January 7.

State police say Reilly told them she had driven round for a few hours, waiting for a calling from God.

When no calling presented itself, Reilly told officers she decided to drive into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

When police arrived on the scene, the suspect reportedly told them she was not remorseful for the people injured in the crash because: 'God would have taken care of them'.

'Reilly related God took care of her by not having her injured,' said Trooper Bruce Balliet in an arrest affidavit.

'Reilly expressed no concerns or remorse for the victims. Reilly also stated she did not care if the other people were injured because God would have taken care of them.'

Two people in the other vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

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Tired of her husband’s drinking habit, a Mexican woman decided to make him think he had become allergic to booze by lacing his beers with natural laxatives like castor oil and plum extract.

After consulting various internet pages and forums, Michel N., a young woman from Sinaloa, devised a plan to make her husband, José Brayan, quit drinking. She managed to get a hold on a mixture of castor oil and plum extract and started putting a few drops of it into his beer bottles, to achieve a mild, gradual laxative effect. José later told police that he found it a bit strange when his wife offered to pop open his beer and bring it to him whenever he needed one, but he simply “let himself be loved and pampered”.

As the natural laxatives started working their magic on José ‘s bowels, his wife tried to convince him that the diarrhea was a sign of allergy, most likely to alcohol. But the man didn’t let himself be scared into quitting his beer habit, instead popping a stomach pill and continuing to drink as usual. He even jokingly told Michel that the bathroom was a short distance away, so there was no problem.

Michel didn’t really find the humor in her husband’s remarks, and out of desperation to get him to quit drinking, she started putting more laxatives into his beers. By the next morning, José Brayan diarrhea had gotten so bad that he couldn’t even make it to the bathroom. The symptoms, including severe dehydration, were getting so bad that his wife had no choice but to take him to the local hospital.

Questioned about the cause of his diarrhea, the man reportedly told doctors that he would never drink beer again, because apart from the stomach discomfort, he also suffered from serious chaffing that prevented him from sitting down. According to Mexican news outlet Vanguardia, the man’s wife eventually confessed that she had caused the diarrhea by lacing his beer with laxatives.

Michelle was taken into custody by police and will most likely face judicial charges.
What a shitpost.
what a good wife. She just wanted to help him kick his sinful habit.
That is a stupid woman not a mexican woman.
What is the difference?

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Apocalyptic scenes give glimpse of what would be normal conditions in 3C world

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists.

“This is what you can expect to happen … at an average of 3C [above pre-industrial levels],” said Richard Betts, professor of geography at Exeter University. “We are seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like. This really brings home what climate change means.”

Average temperature rises in Australia were about 1.4C above pre-industrial levels before this season’s fires, showing a more rapid rate of heating than the global average of 1.1C.

Scientists warn that beyond a rise of 2C, the impacts of climate breakdown are likely to become catastrophic and irreversible, yet current global commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement are estimated to put the world on track for 3C of heating.

“These are the impacts we are seeing at 1C [of heating] so these impacts will get more [severe] as long as we do not do what it takes to stabilise the world climate,” warned Corinne Le Quéré, professor of climate change science and policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). “This is not a new normal – this is a transition to more impacts.”

Average temperature rises in Australia were about 1.4C above pre-industrial levels before this season’s fires, showing a more rapid rate of heating than the global average of 1.1C.

Scientists warn that beyond a rise of 2C, the impacts of climate breakdown are likely to become catastrophic and irreversible, yet current global commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement are estimated to put the world on track for 3C of heating.

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What corporations would benefit from torching the counry?
Redevelopment contracts and cleared land.
Australia is not hurting for building space. No need to clearcut.
Source on they set fires intentionally to push the climate agenda? Because that sounds like a load of bullshit, just like those people accused in Brazil
We'll be just as fucked in first world; it will take longer to get there but we're hardly immune to disease, food shortages due to crop failure, economic collapse, war, civil unrest, the resulting authoritarian governments etc etc...
>wealth, resources, and technology
None of these things are a guarantee of anything positive given the current economic model, quite the opposite in fact - think of the increasing concentration of wealth in a small percentage of the population, or the exploitation of resources both here and abroad, the technology that enabled that exploitation, all large factors contributing to climate change that don't appear to be slowing down, are in fact accelerating - the energy policy and accompanying politics of denial in Australia currently are a good example of this.
First world populations will be sacrificed by their elites in much the same way as the populations of sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East, or the Koala bears in Australia, their passing considered a shame but unavoidable and largely blameless. Nothing will change - corporations will continue to make money while contributing to mass death and the rich elites that remain will be well insulated from mass misery, will simply congratulate themselves for still being alive...

>Military service was once spread fairly evenly — at least geographically — throughout the nation because of the draft. But after the draft ended in 1973, enlistments shifted steadily south of the Mason-Dixon line.

>In Los Angeles, a region defined by liberal politics where many families are suspicious of the military, the Army has struggled to even gain access to high schools.

Racist liberals promote stereotypes to keep lessor races from joining
>“I told him from the educator perspective, we sometimes feel they are targeting our black and brown students and students of poverty,” she said. And therefore they are less likely to push enlistment.

>Recognizing it cannot sustain recruitment numbers by relying only on the South and military communities, the Army has tried to broaden its appeal. Slick ads on social media offer less of the guns-and-grunts messaging of decades past. Instead they play up college benefits and career training in medical and tech fields.
However, those jobs will be dead ends since anti-american liberals prefer to out source IT job to foreign nationals that are basically slaves rather then hire local citizens that they need to pay fair wages.

>Even within one state there are striking differences in how communities view military service. Colorado Springs produced 29 times as many enlistments in 2019 as nearby Boulder, a liberal university town.
One as one child that escaped the liberal cult put it
>“I’d always had an itch to serve in the military and be useful,” she said. “I think it took me being on my own for a while to realize it was a possibility.”
>“The conversation was not ‘What do you want to do after high school?’ but ‘Which college are you going to go to?’”

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I mean that's part of the reason people sign up. A lot of folks who don't have many other prospects see the military as somewhere they'll at least be taken care of and given a head start. In blue states there's less impetus for working class folks to join if they can benefit from safetynet programs and public spending that leads to better social outcomes for vulnerable folks. In red states having low taxes is great as long as you have money to be taxed. Student loan debt is basically the new draft.
When asked why congressmembers weren't briefed on Trump's military plans with respect to Iran the reply was literally that Democrats couldn't be trusted not to leak to an enemy government.

Republicans don't argue on an ideological level with Democrats. They keep pounding the same talking points that liberals are motivated either by delusion that serves treasonous motives, or are just secretly trying to enact destructive policy because they just hate Americans.
I group them with antifa. Generic retards.
However there is no evidence they we are the UtR rally in question.
There’s photos of them at Charlottesville, or are you talking about the weird tiki torch burning?

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According to a report by the Funke media group, the EU wants to cut its aid payments to the country by 75 percent. This is the result of a letter from the EU foreign policy commissioner Josep Borrell to the European Parliament.

The reasons are the gas dispute with Turkey in the Mediterranean and Ankara's military offensive in Syria. The payments made by the EU to Turkey under the refugee agreement remain unaffected by the cuts.
The EU has decided to cut aid further, so that by 2020 75 percent of the originally planned allocation will be canceled, according to the letter from Borrells. According to the EU Commission, Turkey will only receive 168 million euros this year from the so-called IPA program for the accession to the Union.

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Lybia ? Why ? they can just let they go through the greek and bulgarian borders if they want.
They have like 2 millions in stock and if those can go ahead more will come.
Greece promised to General Haftar they will send mercenaries to Libya to aid with his war of freedom.

Basically there might be a proxy war between Greece and Turkey in Libya. It all depends on the today's UN meeting with the countries on both sides. Turn on the news.

Old but relevant
The Obama administration turned Libya from a well organized independent state into a Somalian type lawless shithole. The Turks have taken the opportunity to set up shop in Libya where they can control the scene and weld influence since the Obama left a massive power vacuum. Same thing in Syria, Obama helped destroy a functioning society in Syria so that lawless islamic terrorists could take over.
Greece wrangling themselves with Haftar is hilariously stupid. They are basically supporting another Islamist-backed warlord who is supremely unpopular in the region and it’s going to backfire on them really bad.


Dr. Bruce Coffey and his degenerate wealthy sons helped fuel the opiate epidemic crisis in Oneida, Tennessee. Some dumb fuck town, perfect location for a million-dollar drug operation. And you would think, his 500 patients a day would be enough money for his whore family, but it wasn't. He also owned the pharmacy next store he'd send the victims to get their dope from.

Assholes like this one, are what politicians (left and right) and local law enforcers allow to do business that destroys our families in this nation. It took a "federal investigation" to take this scum bag down. Yet, he's still running his drug businesses! Thanks to his local and state supporters in government and the judicial system.

These doctors are idiots from the get-go! Privileged retards. Their educations are paid for. Even the test and exam scores! So when they finally get that "doctor" title, they do what most dummies with drug connections do, start selling drugs. But this prick was selling so many addictive pills, it was enough to supply the entire town; 15 pills per resident, per day!

Assholes, like this guy, turn our children into drug addicts. And they get away with it! Local protection. It's always local.

We need a FEDERAL POLICE agency. Police to police the police. Like a big brother watching you. But not in a hillbilly way. That's just sick.
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You're a literal brainlet. I bet you're extremely confident in your retard opinions aren't you?
People like you have turned me into a technocrat.
Morons that can vote.
what do you think? do the two agencies, the one with D.. and the one with C.. know when you sell 5 million of these pills? the one with D.. tries to do something against this situation.
Very confident you fucking retard.

Lose weight you fat fuck. And don't be in front of me this coming election. I'd like to see the line moving and not some fat fuck blocking my view again.

The pharmacies and drug makers keep records of all transactions. As for the CIA, they can care less about domestic issues unless its involving internationally.
You sir, are complete moron. Hundreds of thousands of Americans before you fought and died to create and preserve
this great nation. There are few countries where you can have your rights limited, maybe you could move to one of them instead.

A recently published report describes the case of an 11-day-old female neonate who died due to acute marijuana toxicity and highlights the need for more research on the impact of marijuana use on pregnancy outcomes.

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Easy there kid, that edge is katana sharp
thanks Russiabot 2000
Considering how liberal /news/ trannies are, it's just a fetus and it's okay this child dies.
Packaging I legal states, like with alcohol, explicitly warn not to use while pregnant.
Either she was doing something illegal or was too damn dumb to pay attention to the health regulations. Its a shame a baby died but the mother deserves to bare this scar for the rest of her life.
>The authors stated that this case was unique in that the cause of death was based on the principle of “diagnosis of exclusion”, which may not correlate to other cases of neonatal death due to substance use.
So they didn’t actually prove it was the marijuana they were just like “yeah it’s that, I’m out of ideas?” What a joke.

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He burned a gay flag

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persecutions soon brother

The guy is still a moron. Make your own gay pride flag and burn it on your front lawn if you want to protest them.
> I dont think it would have burned down the flagpole
Was it on a flagpole, or was it attached to a wall?

> If it wasnt a gay flag, he would not have gotten 16 years.
If he didn't light it on fire, he would not have gotten 16 years.

If he wanted it gone, he could have easily just waited until 3 am on a Wednesday, then quietly made it disappear. If there was a camera, all he had to do was buy a Donald Trump Halloween mask online.
>Please feel bad for this vandal and arsonist because he's """""""""Christian"""""""""""
No one would care if it was his own property retard.
> White man commits arson
> He's a hero fighting for his beliefs
> Black man commits arson

White logic.

This grinds my gears. I'm angry at the owner, but I'm even more mad at the length of time he was caught polluting by government agencies and their lack of proper action.
Here's a timeline

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That place has been a shithole polluting everything since forever, it ain't Trumps fault.

From an global environmental stand-point, it's better to make shit in the U.S. and Europe where there are actually some kinda pollution controls.

The third-world doesn't give a fuck about the planet (which is why Wall Street wants to out-source everything there) and if it had been up to the them, they'd have burned the Earth to a cinder long ago.
It is now that he's president and continued to do nothing about it.
This. The software arguement has been made before but eventually someone has to make something and why not us? We make it cleaner and usually benefit as a whole from making the product here.
The lack of inspections, oversight, and prosecution is a direct result of picking Pruitt to run the EPA, since he doesn’t believe in environmental oversight or protection.

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In addition to some Iranian journalists quitting their jobs in anger because the regime lied about shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752, Iranian celebrities are speaking out against their tyrannical rulers, while the common people persist in acts of defiance such as refusing to tread on American flags and holding banned funeral services for airplane victims.

The Financial Times reported a few acts of celebrity defiance on Friday, including top actor Navid Mohammadzadeh, who cleverly expressed his dissent by posting a scene from one of his performances in which his character talks about standing up and fighting for his rights. The Iranian people did not need the allegory explained to them, as the clip quickly racked up three million views.

Some other acts of celebrity defiance are courageously explicit in a country that has no qualms about using deadly force to keep its leaders in power:
>Gelare Jabbari, a television presenter, said in an Instagram post that she later removed: “Forgive me for 13 years of lying to you in Iran television.” The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds called on its members to reject invitations to appear on state television. Renowned singers cancelled their concerts in Tehran and other cities. Others have withdrawn from theatre, cinema, music and visual arts Fajr festivals in February, held annually to mark the anniversary of the 1979 revolution.
>The day after Iran acknowledged the cause of the crash, the national volleyball team secured a place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. But Saeid Marouf, team captain, said “there is no energy to celebrate a victory we dreamt of for years”. “I wish this was the last episode of a show of deception, hypocrisy and lack of wisdom of these inefficient [officials]. But it is not,” he wrote on Instagram. “I invite all people...in these darkest nights...to be kind to each other. We have no other refuge and shelter than each other.”

>Some athletes, annoyed that Iranian authorities want them to wear hijabs and not compete against Israel, have voiced their discontent by quitting Iran. Kimia Alizadeh, a 21-year-old Iranian taekwondo athlete and an Olympic medallist, announced — following Iran’s statement on the aircraft — that she had left for Holland. “I am one of millions of suppressed women...We are all instruments...for their political machinations,” she said in her statement. “Dear Iranian mourners! I did not want to go up a ladder built on corruption and lies...I decided to take the pain of living away from home...which was more difficult than winning the Olympic medal.”

Dissident Iranians who spoke to the Financial Times anticipated the recent surge of attempts to emigrate would continue and intensify, despite appeals like the message sent by Mohammadzadeh’s film clip to stand and fight. The death of so many Iranians and dual citizens aboard Flight PS752 reportedly struck a fatalistic chord with people, especially younger people, who no longer believe their government can be reformed.
Others spoke of having renewed courage because the regime has not been able to crush the new protest movement yet. Demonstrators are still taking to the streets despite a heavy police presence and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei using a rare Friday sermon speech to essentially accused protesters of treason.

Radio Farda reported anti-regime demonstrations broke out at funeral ceremonies for the airplane victims in the cities of Isfahan and Sanandaj on Thursday, including chants of “Down with the dictator,” meaning Ayatollah Khamenei. Agents of the regime attempted to drown out the chants by blasting passages from the Quran over loudspeakers. There were reports of regime thugs physically attacking protesters after the ceremonies were over. In the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, the families of several victims refused to let their caskets be draped with the Islamic Republic flag and rejected efforts to “honor” them as “martyrs.”

According to Radio Farda, funeral ceremonies in other cities were kept under control by heavy deployments of security forces and paramilitary troops, who forced attendees to chant pro-regime slogans and sign petitions supporting the IRGC.

On Wednesday, Amnesty International accused the Iranian regime of using unlawful force to suppress the protests that broke out after Flight PS752 was shot down, including beatings, pellet guns, arbitrary arrests, and sexual violence.

“It is appalling that Iran’s security forces have violently crushed peaceful vigils and protests by people demanding justice for the 176 passengers killed on the plane and expressing their anger at the Iranian authorities’ initial cover-up,” said Amnesty International researcher Philip Luther.
Speaking anonymously because he feared arrest, torture, or death, an Iranian protester told i24 News on Thursday that the Iranian people are “sick and tired of the Islamic Republic regime” and will not back down in the face of escalating regime violence.

The interviewee said most Iranians view Qasem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) general eliminated by a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, as a “terrorist and criminal” who “plundered the Iranian people’s wealth” and used brutal tactics to suppress previous demonstrations.

Forbes reported on Friday that social media platform Twitter has suspended “dozens of accounts from government officials in Iran, as well as in Syria and Venezuela” at the request of the White House. The Iranian people have been taking to social media in growing numbers as anger about the airplane killings spreads, and have become fairly adept at evading firewalls and other forms of regime censorship.

>we live in an era of honkstory during which the mainstream far left american media willfully ignores even amnesty international and refuses to report on peaceful protests in iran because they're worried that it would make america look too good if they reported the truth, the media is really really pissed off that too many people refuse to buy their bullshit
Is this the infamous brietbart shill?
>Iranian Celebrities


The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records (GWR), has died at a hospital in Nepal at the age of 27.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Nepal's Baglung district, measured 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in).

His brother told AFP news agency he died on Friday following a battle with pneumonia.

GWR paid tribute to Mr Magar, saying he "didn't let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life".

Mr Magar was recognised as the world's smallest man on his 18th birthday in 2010, at a ceremony attended by local and international dignitaries.

"I don't consider myself to be a small man. I'm a big man. I hope that having this title enables me to prove it and get a proper house for me and my family," he said at the time.

GWR has two categories for people of short stature - mobile and non-mobile. Filipino Junrey Balawing, who is unable to walk or stand unaided, is the world's shortest non-mobile man, measuring 59.93cm.

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