Join us on the HBR News show as we reflect on the absolute state of clownworld with stories such as the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the FBI detaining Avi Yemeni and Sydney Watson, the Women's March petition to have President Trump banned from Twitter and Facebook, and more! Tune in @6pm Eastern!
Notre-Dame on Fire
Notre-Dame cathedral suffered extensive damage and a spiral collapse after the fire yesterday evening. This comes after weeks of violent protests in Paris.
According to The New York Times, approximately 500 firefighters battled the blaze for almost five hours. The cathedral had been undergoing extensive renovation work, particularly on the spire. The structure has been saved for the most part, including the towers, but two-thirds of the roof was destroyed. The fire appears to have started in an interior network of wooden beams, some dating back to the Middle Ages. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
From The New York Times:
“The fire came during Holy Week, six days before Easter Sunday. For Roman Catholics, the cathedral has been a spiritual pilgrimage site for generations. France has a deep Catholic history, and nearly two-thirds of its population is Catholic, even though fewer and fewer attend Mass.
“It’s apocalyptic,” said Eleanor Batreau, 45, who organizes pilgrimages to Lourdes and sometimes works at Notre-Dame. “It reminds me of Dresden burning. I’m a Catholic, and Notre-Dame is a symbol of Mary.”
French companies includingL’Oreal, LVMH (which owns the Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Moet & Chandon champagne labels) and Kering (Gucci) have pledged more than 300 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple tweeted that the company will be donating to the restoration as well.
Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, it comes after attacks on other French catholic churches. Last month it was reported that since the beginning of 2019, churches were being broken into and that vandals had smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and tore down crosses. The historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday, March 17, 2019, which police confirmed was an arson attack.
Comedy Central Isn't Joking
By Mike J.
Fresh off of arriving at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles, California, Israeli-Australian journalist Avi Yemini and fellow journalist Sydney Watson were detained by Border Protection and the FBI. Yemini and Watson were interrogated for hours and had their bags searched. The reason for all this? Comedy Central had lodged several complaints against Yemini, and cited his social media implying that he intended to commit violence against comedian Jim Jefferies.
This whole situation stems from an interview Yemini did with Jefferies months ago for Comedy Central. Jefferies grilled Yemini about his thoughts on Islam and Muslims, ultimately editing the footage in a deceptive manner to make Yemini look bad. Yemini expected this though and recorded the entire interview himself, showing not only that he didn't say anything controversial but that it was actually Jefferies making crude and insensitive remarks concerning Islam and Muslims.
Fast forwarding back to the incident at the airport, Watson was released after being detained for two hours as she had dual American and Australian citizenship. Yemini ended up being detained for 15 hours. It was decided that due to a technical error on his visa waiver he was to be deported back to Australia. This was shocking to Yemini as he had used the same waiver 6 months earlier to enter the US.
Yemini cooperated fully with US authorities and plans to reapply for entry stating, "I believe in border security. If what Border Protection says is right, then I will reapply for my visa this week. But it will be a test to see if this is truly about a minor technical error...If it is, then I have no problem. But if I am denied my visa, then it is obvious that Comedy Central wield more power than they are letting on." Due to the deportation, Yemini missed his interview with Dave Rubin, but he plans on live-streaming in for the interview later today.
Michael Knowles assaulted at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Michael Knowles, a Daily wire columnist and podcast personality, was giving a speech at the University of Missouri at the Kansas City campus April 11th. The Young Americans for freedom invited Knowles. His speech, entitled “Men are Not Women,” inevitably drew protests. Protesters held signs such as “Trans men are men” and “Trans rights are humans rights.” Gerard G. Dabu was charged with assault and resisting arrest after he threw some liquid at Knowles. Originally, the liquid was thought to be bleach, but it was actually “lavender oil and some other non-toxic household liquids” according to the school’s Chancellor, Mauli Agrawal. Agrawal said that “UMKC must maintain a safe environment in which all points of view, even extreme ones, are allowed to be heard.” Knowles responded to the statement by tweeting that “UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is a disgrace to higher education. This is his response to an invited speaker being shouted down and physically assaulted.”
Women's March Vs Trump
by Mike J.
The Women's March, a leftist feminist group co-founded by Linda Sarsour, is once again angry at President Donald J. Trump. The cause for concern this time is President Trump's criticism of Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar and her comments concerning the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. The Women's March has started a petition on the website ActionNetwork.org targeted at Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to ban President Trump from FaceBook and Twitter respectively. Women's March accuses President Trump of inciting violence through those platforms stating, "The president will not stop. He will continue to issue hateful messages from the White House. But you can stop him from issuing those messages on your platforms. Do the right thing. Suspend Trump from Twitter and Facebook." As of right now, the petition is 28,846 signatures towards their goal of 51,200.
Judge: “I'd have jailed you if you were a man”
A UK judge has exposed that her justice is not blind.
Judge Sarah Buckingham said "alcoholic" Victoria Parry would have been sent "straight down the stairs [to prison]” if she were a man.
Parry was three times over the drink-drive limit when she smashed into three other vehicles while driving in the middle of the road. Biringham Live is quick to point out that Parry was “left” with a drinking problem after a 15-year abusive relationship. She had been banned from driving previously for an excess alcohol offence.
Judge Buckingham said, “If Miss Parry was a man, there is no question it would have been straight down the stairs, because this is a shocking case of dangerous driving against a background of two previous convictions for excess alcohol. But this offence was committed in May 2018 and she has not been in trouble since. She has clearly got an alcohol problem. She is, whether she admits it or not, an alcoholic.”
The Judge ordered Parry to abstain from alcohol, attend meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and pay for private counseling to tackle her alcohol problem. If she doesn’t comply the judge said she will conclude she is not worthy of the chance.
Apparently admitting that a person’s sex influences the application of law can get you in some hot water. Who knew. The independent Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Service has confirmed Judge Sarah Buckingham will face an investigation.