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Here’s Why the City of Austin is Considering Changing It’s Name (Hint: It’s Beyond Crazy)

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It’s cliche to reference George Orwell’s magnum opus, 1984. In fact, Dan Rather just did it to describe Trump’s regard for the media. Which is pretty ironic considering the MSM that Rather works for is a much better example of the propaganda machine of “The Party”, Big Brother’s shadowy government, depicted in the iconic work.

While Trump openly bashes specific media outlets that the majority of the American public has lost all faith in due to their blatant partisan politics and inability to objectively deliver the news, cities, counties, and states across the US are considering drastic measures to scrub their communities clean of any mention of the Confederacy or slavery.

The most extreme example we’ve seen yet, however, comes from the City of Austin, where the so-called Equity Office has proposed changing the city’s name as part of a city-wide politically correct re-naming makeover, because it’s founder, Stephen F. Austin, was apparently opposed to abolition.

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The Austin New Statesman reports that the Equity Office, charged with rooting out any and all monuments honoring slaveholding Austin-ites and local supporters of the Confederacy, discovered that Stephen F. Austin, one of the fathers of Texas and the man who drew the states’ borders, “opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into ‘vagabonds, a nuisance, and a menace.'”

And so, the Equity Office suggested the city name “Austin” could go, though the Office admitted it would take an election, since the name would have to be “struck from the city charter and replaced.”

Altering Austin’s name is also far down on the list of priorities. The Equity Office considers the name “Austin” as a second-tier issue, to be considered after Austin’s citizens address a number of street names and local monuments that pay homage to questionable historical figures.

The city has already renamed Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue, even though “a majority” of Austin’s residents “opposed the changes.” Up next on the chopping block are Dixie Drive, Reagan Hill Road, Sneed Cove, Confederate Avenue, and Plantation Road, as well as a series of historical markers “related to the Confederacy” that are on city property.

I can definitely understand why it may make many people feel uncomfortable to drive on streets or live in a city named for people who don’t reflect their values.

But in this highly divisive time, it’s certainly quite symbolic that so many Southern states are considering taking down statues and renaming streets, when those statues were erected and street names were given as part of The Great Reconciliation, an effort on the part of the Federal Government to unite the nation again under one flag.

Why, in the period following the greatest bloodshed in our nation’s history, at the hands of fellow countrymen who battled one another on our own soil, were they able to embrace the soldiers who literally succeeded from the nation, and today, we no longer want to even breathe their names?

There is also, of course, the danger of erasing history to the point where future generations aren’t aware of their own history. And you know what they say: those who don’t know their own history are bound to repeat it.

 

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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