Donatella Versace Announces She Will No Longer Use Animal Fur

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

World-renowned fashion designer Donatella Versace has announced that she will no longer use animal fur in her clothing collections, much to the delight of animal rights supporters.

The designer recently made the welcomed announcement in an interview with The Economist’s 1843 magazine, stating, “Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.” The decision was praised by many, including animal-rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), whose senior vice-president, Dan Matthews, said, “PETA led runway disruptions, protests, and a 2006 ad blitz at a time when Versace was synonymous with fur, so this news is most welcome. Donatella’s realization that it’s wrong to bludgeon and electrocute animals for fur is a major turning point in the campaign for compassionate fashion, and PETA looks forward to seeing a leather-free Versace next.”

Together with Donatella, a number of other fashion brands including Armani, Gucci, and Michael Kors have also recently announced that they will no longer use animal fur in their collections.

Animal-rights activists now hope that Versace will next stop the use of leather too, with the idea that other designers will follow suit in the near future.

I’m Jess Murray, wildlife conservationist, photographer and writer. Follow my Facebook page and Instagram account to be part of the journey. I like to document the natural world and create awareness through my writing so that your future can be sustainable and positive.

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New Orleans restaurant announces "white privilege tax" to charge white customers more money for the same food

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If you’re ever in New Orleans looking for a bite to eat, you’ll want to avoid a controversial pop-up restaurant known as SAARTJ whose racist black owner has decided that he’s going to make a political statement about “white privilege” by charging all white customers more money than black customers for the exact same food.

Run by local Nigerian chef Tunde Wey, SAARTJ recently announced plans to implement an $18 surcharge on every meal that it sells to white customers, while all of the restaurant’s black customers will get a discounted rate for their meals. It’s all part of Wey’s personal crusade to stick it to the white man in retaliation for what he sees as racial wealth inequality throughout American society.

In speaking to Civil Eats about the racist move, Wey tried to justify it by claiming that the “racial wealth gap” necessitates charging people different prices depending on the color of their skin. In order to not be sued, Wey is making the program “optional,” but it will be strongly encouraged that white people who walk up to the window fork over extra cash to compensate for how hard black people have apparently had it because of white people.

Wey says that he plans to keep the extra $18 paid by white customers for their meals, unless black customers choose to collect it for themselves when they buy theirs. It’s Wey’s way of helping to perpetuate the type of wealth distribution that he believes is necessary in American society, even despite the fact that millions of black people already receive the benefits of wealth distribution through EBT and food stamp programs.

“White customers can either pay $12 for lunch or the suggested price of $30,” Wey explained during his speech. “Black customers are charged $12 and also given the option to collect the $18 paid by a white patron as a way to redistribute wealth.”

The politicization of food to foment racial division: Leftist lunacy in action

To Wey, the making of food seems to be more about pushing an agenda, not feeding people. His 15-minute spiel to Civil Eats was bookended by his emphasis on using food “to explore issues of race, class, and justice,” to quote the news outlet’s own takeaway.

In other words, it isn’t really about cooking quality meals for hungry people in order to sate his customers. Wey is more interested in spreading racial animosity and divide by pulling political stunts on the national stage, which he apparently believes is a good use of his time in this world.

The whole thing represents little more than anti-white racism, similar to how blacks were once told that they couldn’t use the same drinking fountains, or ride in the same spot on the bus, as whites. Wey even admits that, during this “experiment,” he’s used pressure to guilt-trip whites into paying the extra fee for their food – and most of them comply.

According to reports, nearly 80 percent of white customers at SAARTJ have chosen to pay the extra fee because they feel bad not doing so. Wey refers to these feelings of coercion that his operation is levying on whites as “positive social pressure,” and he believes that it’s a beneficial thing for promoting “change” in society.

“Refusing to pay more comes off as anti-social and people don’t want to be judged for that,” Wey gloated, apparently satisfied with his flagrant racism. “People look on the other side of the till and see me standing there and they’re thinking that I’m judging them. If they couldn’t pay a higher amount, they gave me a list of caveats why they couldn’t.”

When some black customers offered to pay the higher amount as well, Wey reportedly insisted that “it wasn’t necessary for them.”

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Trump Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age

The White House announced support Sunday for firearms training for some teachers to protect schools, and has backed off an earlier call by President Donald Trump to raise the age individuals can purchase assault-style weapons from 18 to 21.

The series of proposals generally fall in line with what the National Rifle Association supports in the wake of the massacre last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

On Monday morning, Trump reiterated the proposals in a series of tweets. He defended his plan to allow “highly trained expert teachers” in schools, also saying that “armed guards [are] OK,” calling them a “deterrent!”

Regarding raising the minimum gun purchase age to 21, he deferred to state lawmakers, claiming that there is “not much political support (to put it mildly).” The NRA opposes the measure.

The nation’s largest teachers lobby, the National Education Association, is adamantly opposed to Trump and the NRA’s controversial initiative to arm teachers. An armed teacher in Georgia last month fired his handgun after he barricaded himself in a high school classroom, where he was eventually arrested by police. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre touted arming teachers in a speech last month to the Conservative Political Action Conference. The White House plan would involve funding to provide weapons training for teachers.

Trump’s apparent reversal from proposing to raise the age young people can buy military assault-style weapons like the AR-15 that was used in the Parkland school shooting is a startling turnaround. It comes just weeks after he taunted legislators, saying that they were “afraid of the NRA,” while he was not. Trump specifically asked Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) if the senator had left raising the minimum age for gun purchases out of his bill strengthening background checks because senators “are afraid of the NRA.” 

Last month, Trump said in a meeting with legislators: “Now, this is not a popular thing to say, in terms of the NRA. But I’m saying it anyway. You can’t buy [a handgun until] until you’re 21. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. I think it’s something you have to think about.”

On Friday, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott — a longtime NRA member — signed a bill into law raising the minimum age for all gun purchase from 18 to 21. But the NRA almost immediately sued to block the law and protect the “constitutional rights” of would-be gun buyers under the age of 21. The state’s controversial “guardian program” — opposed by the Florida Education Association — will allow some school employees and teachers to carry handguns with law enforcement training if a school district agrees to participate in the program.

The White House guns plan also includes support for a bill, known as the “Fix NICS” measure, designed to improve background checks for gun purchases. But it does not contain universal background checks, which would be far more effective. 

“Fix NICS” is a bill sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by improving the flow of information into it from states and various federal agencies. But the measure is far less ambitious than universal background checks, which would include private sales, such as those that often occur at gun shows.

The White House announced that the president is establishing a federal commission on school safety, to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, that will explore possible solutions to school shootings. It may consider the age young people can purchase guns, the Washington Post reported Sunday. But nothing in the current White House proposals address raising the minimum age for buyers.

DeVos called the proposals a “pragmatic plan” to increase school safety, the Post reported.

Several Democrats slammed the proposals. “This plan is weak on security and an insult to the victims of gun violence,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said in a statement. “When it comes to keeping our families safe, it’s clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are all talk and no action.”


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Paul Simon announces final dates for Homeward Bound Tour

Paul Simon is bidding farewell to the music industry, and many fans could not be sadder.

To say that Simon is a legend in the industry is a huge understatement. For nearly 61 years, Simon has been an influence on music. He’s captured 16 Grammy’s for both his solo and collaborative work, named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” of all-time, and even made Time magazine’s list of “100 People Who Shaped the World.”

Even more? Simon was the first artist to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. Few artists have received such high honors, and to make his achievements even more spectacular, Simon has done it in a quiet fashion.

There is nothing quiet, however, about his trusty guitar, which not only was a dominating sound in Simon & Garfunkel but also netted him some of the biggest hits of all time. Now, his guitar will go silent at the end of the Homeward Bound tour, which is being presented by Simon as “a big thank you” to his fans before he hangs up his guitar for good.

The final dates of the tour have recently been released, and here are the lucky cities where fans will be able to see a living legend one more time before he resigns to occasional appearances. Keep in mind that dates and venues are subject to change.

Sept. 5 — New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center
Sept. 7 — Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 8 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — BB&T Center
Sept. 11 — Orlando, FL — Amway Center (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 12 — Atlanta, GA — Cellairis Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 — Washington, DC — Capital One Arena
Sept. 15 — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
Sept. 17 — Pittsburgh, PA — PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 20 & 21 — New York, NY —  Madison Square Garden 
Sept. 22 — New York, NY — TBA

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Health Ranger announces Real.Video as “the answer to YouTube censorship” … bypass tyranny and censorship with p2p file sharing

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(Natural News) Every time the techno-tyrants try to destroy free speech, it backfires on them. When YouTube terminated my entire Health Ranger channel last Saturday without any justifiable reason whatsoever, it became obvious to me that the time had come to pull the trigger on a p2p file distribution technology I’ve been researching for several years.

Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are at war with human freedom. They’ve decided to selectively terminate content based purely on political bias, wiping out extremely valuable channels of human knowledge and freedom in the process. Understand that freedom of the press is now being utterly destroyed by these techno-tyrants that have been infested with radical left-wing crybulliesand snowflakes who now serve as “trusted flaggers” to selectively censor their targets.

There’s no denying it: the technology dictatorship is upon us. Their actions are disgusting — and even dangerous for any free society — yet they also spur innovation and resistance against tyranny and centralized oppression.

That’s why this week, I’ve announced a teaser for a new project called Real.VideoVisit the website here.

Real.Video uses p2p file sharing technology to bypass YouTube censorship

Real.Video is a p2p file sharing infrastructure for videos and other content (it also supports audio files, PDF files, text files and HTML files). Importantly, Real.Video is not a video hosting site because any centralized hosting platform would be subjected to intense censorship, legal harassment, government raids and all the usual tactics pursued by totalitarian regimes (i.e. the “left cult” in America today) to silence opposition and crush free speech.

Rather, Real.Video provides a way for people to receive free speech videos, podcasts and documents which are specifically not hosted on any central server anywhere. Thus, they cannot be easily censored or shut down.

Content creators — i.e. independent writers, broadcasters and indy news leaders — are being invited to create channels in this system. Any videos or podcasts they publish to their channels are automatically replicated through the entire system, achieving delivery to your Windows PC, Mac laptop, Android or iPhone device. This bypasses censorship and brings you files which you can then archive for long-term safety and privacy.

We already have many top indy media channels that have confirmed their participation, including:

  • Natural News
  • InfoWars
  • Next News Network
  • Activist Post
  • SGT Report
  • The Gateway Pundit

Note that what these channels all have in common is that they are being mercilessly targeted for censorship and termination by YouTube / Google and other techno-tyrants.

If you are an indy media content creator and would like to have a channel, simply request an invitation at Real.Video.

Free to end users and free to content creators

Most astonishingly, we have been able to engineer this system with such efficiencies that we will not need to charge anyone to use it. To confirm: Content creators can use the system for free, and end users can also use the system for free.

The reason this is possible is because we aren’t paying for much bandwidth, since the topology of the p2p sharing ecosystem relies on “peer bandwidth” to achieve file replication. In other words, the very people using the system are the ones providing the bandwidth that’s needed.

Curated channels

This system is not a “free for all” that’s open to any content creator, by the way. Content creators must be invited to have access to the system. This means that anti-liberty left-wing cult members who hate freedom and democracy will not be infecting this network with their delusional, anti-reason rhetoric.

The only channels invited to use this system will be those that are aligned with the core human values of individual liberty, human dignity, freedom of speech and the right to share human knowledge. This excludes the political Left, which has devolved into a radical, anti-Trump hate group that despises knowledge, facts and freedom.

Coexists with and

D.Tube and are up-and-coming video alternatives to YouTube. I encourage you to check them out, in fact. Notably, Real.Video does not compete with these two organizations. It coexists with them as a unique, novel way to distribute video files without requiring the use of any central server whatsoever.

Furthermore, Real.Video is not an ICO. It’s not some vaporware VC pipe dream, either. The underlying technology that powers Real.Video has been in existence for at least a decade, and it is mature and widely deployed for other applications. Our innovation is tweaking this technology for protecting the free speech of independent media journalists, scientists and holistic health practitioners.

Request an invite today to be alerted when it’s launched

Real.Video will take several months to fully test and deploy. We will send “alpha / beta” invitations to those who are signing up today, so if you want to be an early user or an early content creator who participates in this system, sign up at Real.Video right now.

In the mean time, we urge all content creators to save all your content files to optical storage devices, if possible. For under $100, you can buy DVD writing drives online that will write over 100GB of data to long-term optical discs that only cost about $2 each. Given that magnetic storage media are highly subject to data loss (EMP attack, water damage, and magnetic degradation), you need to be archiving everything onto optical formats.

Once we launch Real.Video, you’ll then want to “seed” these files from your computer, which will replicate them in the p2p cloud. From there, your files will achieve something close to immortality…

Thank you for your patience as we construct this important technology for human knowledge and human freedom.

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Alison Wonderland announces tour in support of sophomore album ‘Awake’

Australian producer, DJ and vocalist Alison Wonderland is returning to the U.S. for another adventure through the looking glass.

On Monday, Wonderland announced a new batch of U.S. tour dates in support of her upcoming sophomore album Awake. Following a series of Spring and Summer festival dates, Wonderland’s headlining tour kicks off on August 3 with a performance at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. Other dates include a stop at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre on Aug. 10 and a show at LA’s Shrine Expo Hall on Aug. 17. Check out her full tour dates below.

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow by signing up for her newsletter. The general on sale begins this Friday, March 9; get tickets to select shows right here on

Although Awake is still without an official release date, Wonderland has already shared a pair of new songs from the upcoming album. Last month, she dropped the video for the self-love anthem “Church” while her single “Happy Place” was released in November.

Wonderland recently spoke with Billboard about her highly personal new album, which she worked on with Joe Little (Lorde, Khalid) and Illangelo. Still, the majority of the album was made in her own home studio where she was free to write openly and honestly.

“This album … is about discovering self value again,” she told Billboard. “Being around things that were very toxic for me really brought me down for a long time, and I realized that I finally had the strength and the choice to get out of those environments. I really hope, when anyone hears this album, they take something from that, and they hear that you’re not alone, and you can bring the strength to bring yourself out of something. Everyone has self-value and self-worth.”

Watch her inspiring new video for “Church” above and browse her solo tour dates below.

Alison Wonderland
Aug. 3 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Aug. 10 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Aug. 11 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Aug. 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall (Click here for tickets)
Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Aug. 31 – Washington D.C. – Echostage

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