Thought for the day

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty.  The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave." -- Andrew Fletcher 1698

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London has announced that it will portray famed French woman warrior and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc, as a gender-neutral character with “they/them” pronouns in an upcoming play.

A top British dance school has dropped ballet from its auditions after branding it an 'elitist art form', built around 'white European ideas and body shapes'. 

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) reviewed the dance as part of a wider plan to 'decolonise the curriculum', and consider the impact of race and gender on dance.

The Leeds-based school will no longer require ballet as part of its auditions, due to the cost of learning the dance style, its idealisation of particular body shapes and gender-divided roles, staff have said. 

Singers David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash returned to Spotify months after removing their music from the streaming platform in protest over claims made by podcaster Joe Rogan.

The folk-rock band's music came back to Spotify on Saturday, according to Billboard which mentioned a source as stating that the group will contribute proceeds to COVID-19 charities for at least a month.

The Thomas Crown affair this is not. But priceless pieces of art have been removed from the White House and it’s not yet abundantly clear why.

Four NORMAN ROCKWELL panels of watercolor and black-and-white sketches featuring the White House — which have been displayed in the building since 1978 — have been taken off the walls.

One of the strangest statues that I have ever seen in my entire life has just been set up right outside UN Headquarters in New York City.  When I first heard about this, I could hardly believe that the global elite would be so brazen, and so I checked into this very carefully.  Unfortunately, this is not just a bad rumor.  This absolutely gigantic statue is called “The Guardian of International Peace and Security”, and it looks like something out of a science fiction movie.  It does not resemble any known creature on this planet.  Instead, it appears to very closely resemble a “beast” that

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