Sunday, July 28, 2013

Justice for Trayvon Martin

" 'If I had a daughter she would look like Nicole Brown Smith,' says President Clinton days after OJ Simpson was arrested for murder. "

No, Bill Clinton didn't say that. He wouldn't have dared. That would have been prejudicial against OJ Simpson, especially coming from the highest public office in the US, and it would have triggered race-riots.

President Obama has no such reservations, "If I had a son he would look like Trayvon." This is no small thing. Even before the facts were known, charges were laid or a trial could begin, the US President signaled that he believed Trayvon Martin was indeed the victim of a homicide. 

After the verdict, President Obama said "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." 

Does he mean kicked out of school three times, multiple arrests, tattoos, a penchant for street fighting, and stolen goods and drugs in his bedroom?  Did he refer to white people as "creepy-ass crackers?" Would he have beat a man's head against the concrete until the man was sure he was going to die?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Police brutally beat a man to the ground, without cause or provocation

Everyone in North America remembers the brutal beating of Rodney King by police in California on March 3, 1991. This incident received enormous and near constant NEWS coverage around the world, and led to charges against the police involved. The acquittal of four police officers led to riots, leaving 53 dead and thousands injured. This incident was widely condemned as racially motivated; Rodney King was African American.

So, more than 20 years later, we can assume that violence motivated by police bigotry is universally condemned. The public will be outraged, and there will be marches, and protests when it occurs? 

Not so fast. 

A week ago a police officer in Sweden brutally beat a man to the ground with a steel baton without cause or provocation, and it was all caught on video, shown here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Are Male Shoulders Offensive? This Bar Manager Says They Are.

I met a couple of buddies downtown Kingston last night.
Buskers fire show on Princess St.
After watching the Buskers fire show on Princess street we decided to play a couple of games of pool at the Grizzly Grill. It was a hot evening and one of my friends, Ed, had worn a sleeveless shirt. 

The Grizzly Grill has a bar and pool tables upstairs and another bar with a dance floor below. Women of all ages hang out on both floors and, as is typical, many were scantily dressed in sleeveless and strapless tops, and mini-skirts, in the usual manner intended to attract attention. That's fine, I don't mind a bit. These young women are proud of their bodies and they have every right to show off in virtually any manner they wish.

Ed was given this t-shirt to hide his "offensive" muscles.
The young woman's strapless dress was perfectly fine. 
But that right was not extended to Ed. We weren't there five minutes before a bouncer appeared and told Ed he had to put on a different shirt. The female manager found Ed offensive in his "muscle shirt." He wasn't topless. His shirt was clean and of high quality. His shorts were also nice looking. But she considered the muscle shirt "offensive." Ed didn't have another shirt with him, and he was genuinely apologetic, so the bouncer brought him a t-shirt, seen here, to cover up his "offensive" muscles.

Can you imagine the outrage and protests if one of the women were asked to put on a shirt?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Why Blog?

Last Fall I interviewed Dr. Warren Farrell, who was giving a talk sponsored by the Canadian Association For Equality (CAFE) at the University of Toronto, as part of a short documentary on the lives of two men after divorce called “Broken.”

We were really surprised to find a dramatic protest underway when we arrived for Dr. Farrell's lecture later that evening. Feminist protesters blocked the entrances and exits to the lecture hall, so I grabbed my camera and filmed the event.

After the documentary was finished, I put a separate video together about the protest and posted it on my newly registered YouTube channel, Studio Brule. It went viral almost immediately, but after nine years and over 80,000 subscribers YouTube deleted my channel because I began discussing alternative treatments for Covid-19, like hydroxy-chloroquine and ivermectin. So I started a new channel called Studio B. Some of the links in this and other blog posts are broken because of YouTube's deletion of my original channel, but I hope to fix them soon.

The strange thing is, there was no coverage of the Warren Farrell protest in the mainstream media. City TV News had a cameraman present and filming throughout the protest, but they did not report on it. When asked, City News apparently said they didn't report on the event because they could not find a narrative for the story. I found this odd since the protest provided so much material, and I captured the narrative quite easily. This got me thinking: Why would a News station decline to do a story about a protest that was sufficiently violent as to require police intervention?

For starters, mainstream media companies attract huge ad budgets from large corporations which are extremely sensitive to their public image. These media companies will avoid controversy and remain politically correct in their treatment of sensitive topics in order to protect those dollars.

That is good for business, but not so good for journalism, or for society. I don't know whether this motive was at play for City News at the Warren Farrell protest but it opened my eyes to the important role that independent journalists, bloggers, and social medial users play in society, not just in the middle east, as we saw during the Arab Spring of 2011, but even here in Canada and the USA. Mainstream News media are not interested in any news that might upset their powerful bosses and owners; they have a narrative to sell and they will not undermine that narrative.

The advantage of YouTube, and blogging in general, is that AdSense becomes the intermediary between advertiser and content producer. This third party relationship eliminates the conflict of interest, and allows the independent blogger to earn a living while covering important issues that are too hot or too risky for mainstream. This doesn't mean that bloggers and YouTubers are more objective, there's no shortage of evidence that they are not, only that they may have less motive to hide or repress News stories and their opinions about events. Update: YouTube has become actively biased since 2018 and can no longer be considered a neutral platform. They will demonetize, shadow ban, and restrict any video that undermines the goals of their globalist owners. Free thinkers and free speech advocates have been forced to seek alternative platforms.

The feminists protested subsequent CAFE sponsored events at the University of Toronto. They disrupted professor Janice Fiamengo's lecture entitled “What's wrong with Women's Studies” using the fire alarm to clear the building, and also hurled abuses at attendees of a talk by Dr.'s Nathanson and Young in April.

City TV's Avery Haines sought me out while I was filming the April protest. She had watched the Warren Farrell protest video on YouTube and wanted to use a clip in her story about the University of Toronto Student Union's efforts to have CAFE banned from campus. As a small-time YouTuber, it felt good to have made a small impact upon the mainstream media.

So Canada Day 2013 seems like a good day to launch the Studio Brulé blog, and I hope to provide an alternative perspective when political correctness distorts the truth on issues that are too hot for mainstream, and on topics that they will not cover. 

Update: Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has moved steadily towards totalitarianism under the guise of keeping the public safe from coronavirus. Trudeau has bribed all of the remaining News organizations with $600 million dollars of taxpayer money, available only to those deemed worthy by the Liberal government. The result was seen immediately. Liberal party scandals are all but ignored, and the media shamelessly and uncritically promotes the Trudeau agenda. Canadians are fed Liberal propaganda from every mainstream media outlet, and the country is moving inexorably towards socialism, with new restrictions on freedoms being introduced on a regular basis. 

Originally published July 1, 2013
Updated Nov 11, 2021