KAP SLAP: WON’T STAND FOR ‘OPPRESSIVE’ NATIONAL ANTHEM

BY RICK WELLS

SANTA CLARA, Calif.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers‘ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

The NFL also released a statement, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA’s Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA’s Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.

Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.

Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

Kaepernick said that he has thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that “I felt that I needed to understand the situation better.”

He said that he has discussed his feelings with his family and, after months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the U.S., decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people. Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings.

Kaepernick’s Twitter feed is filled with civil rights messages.

The former Super Bowl starting quarterback’s decision to go public comes while he is fighting for his football life with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011. He lost his starting job last season after being one of the most promising players in the NFL during his run under former coach Jim Harbaugh.

Over the past few months, his relationship with management has turned sour. He requested a trade last spring, which never came. He also has spent most of the offseason rehabilitating from operations to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, his hand and knee. His recovery left him unable to fully compete with Blaine Gabbert for months and has him seemingly in a bind to regain his starting job.

He made his preseason debut against the Packers and played in the second quarter, completing two of six passes for 14 yards. He looked as rusty as you’d expect from someone who has not played since last November.

Following the game, and without any knowledge of Kaepernick’s non-football behavior, coach Chip Kelly said that there has never been any discussion about cutting Kaepernick. Rapoport added Saturday that Kelly will make “football decisions” on Kaepernick, despite the quarterback’s comments.

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REPORT: GOOGLE CENSORS ‘HILLARY CLINTON HEALTH PROBLEMS’ SEARCH RESULTS

Popular search engine accused of running cover for presidential nominee

AUGUST 27, 2016

Google users attempting to search for information regarding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s health are fed search suggestions that have nothing to do with the issue, many on Twitter pointed out Saturday.

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Images show users typing, “Hillary Clinton’s he” into the Google search bar, before the search engine gives auto-complete suggestions including “Hillary Clinton’s headquarters,” “Hillary Clinton health plan,” and “Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan” – in other words, suggestions that have nothing to do with the current trending issue concerning Clinton’s health.

Readers are encouraged to try this for themselves.

In contrast, the Microsoft-owned search engine Bing.com displays search results related to the current trending issue regarding the former secretary of state’s health conditions.

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Search engine Yahoo.com’s auto-complete search suggestions are perhaps the most truthful about current trending topics regarding the Democrat nominee.

Merely typing the name, “Hillary Clinton,” in the Yahoo search bar brings up several suggestions inquiring into the former First Lady’s health status.

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Indeed, just by entering the name, “Hillary,” users are fed multiple suggestions related to the former New York senator’s health and email scandal.

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Observation of the issue sparked the viral hashtag#HillaryClintonSearchTerms which was trending on Twitter on Saturday.

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Google had previously been called out for changing its algorithm to censor search engine suggestions for people looking for information regarding the multiple mysterious deaths tied to Hillary, known popularly as the “Clinton body count.”

STUDY: DIVERSITY PROGRAMS ACTUALLY HARM WOMEN AND RACIAL MINORITIES

The authors found that mandatory diversity training programs, hiring tests and grievance reporting systems all “make firms less diverse, not more.”

Daily CallerAUGUST 27, 2016

A new study published in the Harvard Business Review finds that most workplace diversity programs — including mandatory diversity training programs — actually harm the very people such programs are usually meant to protect: racial minorities and women.

Harvard University professor Frank Dobbin and Tel Aviv University professor Alexandra Kalev coauthored the study, titled “Why Diversity Programs Fail.” Dobbin and Kalev analyzed three decades worth of data from more than 800 firms and interviewed “hundreds of line managers and executives at length.”

The authors found that mandatory diversity training programs, hiring tests and grievance reporting systems all “make firms less diverse, not more.”

The study notes that diversity training programs are used by almost half of all midsize companies and almost all Fortune 500 companies.

“But five years after instituting required training for managers, companies saw no improvement in the proportion of white women, black men, and Hispanics in management, and the share of black women actually decreased by 9%, on average, while the ranks of Asian-American men and women shrank by 4% to 5%,” the authors note.

“Trainers tell us that people often respond to compulsory courses with anger and resistance—and many participants actually report more animosity toward other groups afterward.”

Dobbins and Kalev note that “a number of studies suggest that [diversity training] can activate bias or spark a backlash.”

Like diversity training programs, mandatory hiring tests also make the workforce less diverse.
“Some 40% of companies now try to fight bias with mandatory hiring tests assessing the skills of candidates for frontline jobs. But managers don’t like being told that they can’t hire whomever they please, and our research suggests that they often use the tests selectively,” the authors note.

Companies with written job tests for managers “see decreases of 4% to 10% in the share of managerial jobs held by white women, African-American men and women, Hispanic men and women, and Asian-American women over the next five years.”

According to Dobbins and Kalev, “lab studies show that protective measures like grievance systems lead people to drop their guard and let bias affect their decisions, because they think company policies will guarantee fairness.”

“Things don’t get better when firms put in formal grievance systems; they get worse. Our quantitative analyses show that the managerial ranks of white women and all minority groups except Hispanic men decline—by 3% to 11%—in the five years after companies adopt them.”

Colleges and universities have increasingly used diversity training both to prevent and punish “bias” on campus.

Just last month, a student at the University of Houston was suspended for 50 days and ordered to attend a diversity seminar after she criticized Black Lives Matter online.

H/T The College Fix

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/26/study-diversity-programs-actually-harm-women-and-racial-minorities/#ixzz4IZQvWTOD

#PayToPlay: State Dept to reveal Clinton’s meetings with possible donors only after election

The yet unreleased detailed schedules of the US former Secretary of State and now Democratic presidential nominee might be made public only in late December, while they might be of interest now, AP who have been seeking the calendars for years, reported.
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The department expects to release the remaining some 2,700 pages of Hillary Clinton’s schedules around December 30, its lawyers told AP in a phone conference this week. The news agency has formally asked the State Department to speed up the process so that the documents might be analyzed and published by October 15, some three weeks before the elections.

Calling the estimated date of release unacceptable,” Donald Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement that voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots.”

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Earlier this week, the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that more than half of all Clinton’s meetings with the people outside the government, when she was secretary of state, were with donors to her private foundation.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press,” the investigating journalists reported, saying that it’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.”

In total, the Clinton Foundation received as much as $156 million from those 85 donors, who contributed financially either personally or through companies or groups, according to AP. At least 20 of those donors gave more than $1 million each, the report added.

Some of Clinton’s emails that she failed to turn over to the US government, but were released after a Freedom of Information Act request, suggest the charitable foundation might have possibly rewarded its donors with special access and influence inside the State Department. The social media reacted with a #PayToPlay hashtag, with Twitter users angered by the Democratic candidate’s alleged corruption.”

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Although such meetings do not appear to violate legal agreements signed by both former president Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton ahead of her four-year tenure as secretary of state, the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton,” AP said.

AP has been seeking the former secretary of state’s official schedule for a long while, but the State Department has delayed the process. The AP sued the State Department last year in federal court to obtain the records.

So far, about half of Clinton’s minute-by-minute schedules have been released, after the documents are reviewed and censored page-by-page to remove personal details of her schedule, such as private phone numbers or email addresses. In some cases, the department has also censored names of people who met privately with Clinton or the subjects they discussed,” according to AP.

The AP report has been criticized by the Clinton campaign, who called it flawed and outrageous for its calculations not including meetings with foreign diplomats or US government officials. The news agency argued it focused its analysis on people with private interests,” as such meetings and calls were outside Clinton’s official duties yet she chose to include [them] in her busy schedule.”

READ MORE: Clinton Foundation to stop taking foreign, corporate money – but only if Hillary’s elected

The detailed analysis of apparent relation of the money flow into the Clinton family foundation to the then secretary of state decision making policies is so significant it even got the attention of the American mainstream media, who usually turn a blind eye on anything that Hillary Clinton has done in relation to the Clinton foundation,” US media analyst Lionel told RT.

They have shown no interest in anything until now… It seems the American mainstream media have been acting almost as agents, apparatchiks, campaign contributors, associates of the Clinton campaign,” he said, adding: “Every single bit, every news story, every accusation, anything that might be the slightest bit embarrassing, untoward, inconvenient, problematic [for the Clinton campaign] is being ignored altogether.”