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Encore of Revival: America, September 6, 2021

The culture war in America rages. Biden is a disheartened president, distraught over the loss of his son. This affects his ability to console the family of a lost soldier. The public dissents and supports along political lines because Biden hasn’t dealt with his grief of the past six years. In that context, he oversaw an exodus from Afghanistan.

Any political strategist would have known that Biden was overladen. American voters also thought so. Biden is not the enemy, but whoever put him in office with an apparent intention that things would happen as accordingly as they did. With McCarthy on the move against an evermore unpopular social media empire, it looks more and more like Biden was meant to play the fool in a Trump comeback.

The Supreme Court handed down a ruling that people can be sued, nothing new, except that it was about abortion. More and more, the Court is not as evenly divided as it once was. Recent decisions have split by wider margins than just one justice. Here, each of the four dissenters wrote their own opinion: Roberts had his usual love for bureaucracy, Breyer found his point of order to support his political ideology, while Kagan and Sotomayor loudly think abortion is constitutional anyway. Being no longer simple black-and-white in its rulings, the Court is operating closer to the healthy way it should.

Law

What the Texas Law Really Means for Abortion in America // Politico

White House

Abortion:
‘A Private Matter’: Joe Biden’s Very Public Clash With His Own Church // Politico

Biden, Still Grieving His Son, Finds That Not Everyone Wants to Hear About It // DNyuz

Republicans

Analysis: McCarthy threat offers dark preview of possible Republican House // CNN

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Facebook mistakenly labels black men ‘primates’ // France 24

Pandemic

US to be removed from EU travel ‘safe list’: report // The Hill

Israel

Global Jewish population numbers 15.2 million // Jerusalem Post

NATO Focus

Biden will place U.S. support for Ukraine front and center during Zelenskyy visit // CNBC

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Encore of Revival: America, August 23, 2021

Afghanistan is an epic mess. ISIS is back on the scene. China and Taliban take every chance to make their own public statements while the main Biden doctrine is to valiantly run away.

More deeply disconcerting is President Biden’s response to journalists to deny claims. NATO has egg on its face, but Biden puts on a performance during his press appearance that NATO allies are exuberant about how great everything is going. He specifically says that he hasn’t heard any bad opinions from any NATO member. He had the same response that he hadn’t heard about the poll indicating lack of voter confidence.

When confronted with a dissenting opinion, Biden’s defense is that he hasn’t heard about it, even though he was just informed. We’ll see if the pattern continues.

Joe Biden knows how government functions in the mechanical sense, and he is very good at standing confident with egg on his face—acting like there isn’t any egg on his face. He’s good at that. So, America’s government will continue to function on some level. Perhaps this was the “Neo-Con” plan in looking the other way when voters complained last November. But, Biden doesn’t have the mojo to keep the engine running—and the American public sees that more and more.

Trump

Trump joins Dan Bongino on Fox News // YouTube @ Fox News

White House

Biden denies
Reporter confronts Biden on poll showing Americans don’t find him competent // YouTube @ Fox News

Live: Biden Delivers Remarks on Afghanistan // YouTube @ NBC News

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

US most wanted Al Qaeda terrorist Khalil Haqqani reappears in Kabul alongside Taliban with $5million bounty on head // The Sun

Monopoly & Big Greed

Scientists Say Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates-Backed Mining Venture Could Threaten Arctic Ecosystem // Daily Beast

Natural Disaster

22 dead, many missing after 17 inches of rain in Tennessee // AP

Culture & People

Italian student, 22, who tattooed Covid certificate barcode on ARM becomes TikTok star after scanning into McDonald’s // The Sun

Royal Family

Queen orders senior Palace aides to plan legal fightback after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s hurtful attacks // The Sun

NATO Focus

Afghanistan’s crisis underscores the U.S.’s shifting place in the world // Greenwich Time

ISIS terror threat forces US military to establish alternate routes to Kabul airport // CNN

After Afghanistan, the Pax Americana is over – as is Nato. About time too // Guardian

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Encore of Revival: America, August 16, 2021

Competence and tolerance! The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan. The former president, hated from both Taliban and a third party in Afghanistan, fled to Tajikistan. At press time, the 36-acre American embassy was near fully-evacuated if not completely. Taliban leaders pledge tolerance, cooperation, and no retribution against allies of the former government. They say they want a relationship with the United States. The American ambassador requested to stay.

Will we see peace and promises kept? That has yet to be seen, but the promise is a first step and will be remembered by God. Muslims claim to worship the God of Abraham. We’ll see the Taliban’s part in that too, and the Times will help everyone remember.

From America’s perspective, look at Biden’s leadership. Such turns of events did not happen under Trump.  Biden blames his predecessor. Trump supporters may argue sowing and reaping—that coup begets coup. Biden’s election hinged on anomalous results in precincts with proven rule-breaking. That doubt was never cleared-up in the minds Trump supporters, though they have been smeared. That doesn’t seem like tolerance from the party of tolerance and choice. Nor does pressure—social, legal, or commercial—for vaccines seem like “choice” from the party of choice.

So, in the minds of Trump supporters, who may believe that coup begot coup, the Taliban’s “tolerance and cooperation” in Afghanistan may not pan out. But, we’ll have to wait and see. A promise kept from the Taliban would be welcome.

Did Trump stir the pot with his rhetoric? Maybe. But, the Capitol revolt in lieu of unresolved election irregularities and table pounding from Trump was as bad as it got. In the minds of Biden supporters—according to their votes and what followed—, the situation in Afghanistan is preferable to the Tweets of Trump. Some might reconsider their votes on both sides.

The big issue is leadership and results. Taliban strategy to take over Afghanistan did not consider the response from the former US president as much as it considered the response from the current US president. During the tenure of the current US president, the Taliban won and the US ran. Voters can see things for what they are.

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Cuomo resigns: What we know, what we don’t and what’s next // AP

Markets, Economy & GDP

Consumer sentiment measure falls to pandemic-era low, sees one of largest drops on record // CNBC

Monopoly & Big Greed

Elon Musk mocks Blue Origin’s moon lander after the company argued against SpaceX winning a $2.9 billion NASA contract // Business Insider

How the U.S. military plans to replace the iconic Humvee on future frontlines // CNBC

Bill Gates pledges $1.5 billion for climate change projects if Congress passes infrastructure bill // CNBC

Some Amazon customers are cutting Prime after Jeff Bezos’ trip to space: ‘I am over paying’ for ‘a zillionaire’s rocket ride’ // Business Insider

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among the billionaires paying a total of $15 million to fund a search for metals used in electric vehicles // Yahoo News

Natural Disaster

As of Sunday evening:
Death toll of powerful earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,297 // AP

Pandemic

Man is stabbed in LA when fight breaks out at a protest over pushing back against vaccine mandates // Daily Mail

Mid East

Taliban claims cooperation, tolerance
Afghan president flees country for Tajikistan: official // Taipei Times

‘They are coming’: US diplomats await flights out of Kabul as the Taliban advance and fear spreads in the capital // Stars and Stripes

Taliban sweep into Afghan capital after government collapses // AP

The day before…
Biden braces for brutal defeat in Afghanistan // Axios

Afghan president flees country as U.S. rushes to exit with Taliban on brink of power // NBC News

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 3, 2021

Navies from across the globe are holding a slumber party in the East Pacific, namely the South Sea. British and other Europeans join the US, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and of course China. Everyone says they want things to be calm and normal. But, the elephant in the slumber party living room is Taiwan. China maintains a policy of planning to take control either by hostile takeover or hostile invasion.

North Koreans aren’t happy with Biden. He says he will use the American-despised method called ‘diplomacy’. But, what diplomacy compares to the first president to meet with the Great Successor—twice? Biden and his team of wonderfuls are thrilled to be rid of divisive riff-raff like the first president to achieve diplomacy talks with North Korea head-to-head. Now that things are improving in America, we can get back to hostility as usual with the Korean peninsula.

If the other members of the East Pacific navy slumber party were serious about peace, they would freeze all Chinese assets until China renounced its Taiwan invasion policy and gave half of its navy to Taiwan as evidence. That won’t happen, but it just goes to prove that no one wants peace in the Pacific—they just want a navy slumber party. And, that’s what they’ve got. And, weapons manufacturers are thrilled.

Taiwan

Chinese man crosses Strait on raft // Taipei Times

Korean Peninsula

N Korea warns of response to Biden’s ‘hostile policy’ // Taipei Times

Myanmar

Seven dead in Myanmar as Amnesty accuses army of ‘killing spree’ // Aljazeera

Military Faceoff

China’s carrier group conducts exercises in South China Sea // Aljazeera

China’s new amphibious assault ship to carry multi-type helicopters, ‘enters world-class’ ranks // Global Times (China Govt)

British name enormous carrier strike group heading for the Indo-Pacific // Defense News

UK to send Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to Japan, S Korea // Aljazeera

China simultaneously commissions three warships on Navy anniversary // Defense News

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Encore of Revival: America, April 12, 2021

The Supreme Court is proving its worth. The bench ruled in favor of itself many times this past week, even through silence. Justice Breyer doesn’t sound like he wants to resign. He doesn’t want the Court packed either. That throws a wrench in the gears of any attempt to subject the Court to politics. Courts are supposed to be independent of party politics so that routine wheeling and dealing does not disrupt society’s need for stable justice.

That need hasn’t been so strong for a long time. Congress and the White House are putting Washington theatrics on full display. Biden’s infrastructure plan is headed to the Senate where it’s sure to get a hair cut big enough to make it lose a few pounds.

But, the big question on the table is: Why—with all the Democrats rearranging the furniture—does Biden keep Trump’s same policies toward China? Something’s up.

Law

Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions // NPR

‘Think long and hard’: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer pushes back on ‘court-packing’ // USA Today

Supreme Court rules in Google’s favor in copyright dispute with Oracle over Android software // CNBC

US Supreme court dismisses case on Trump blocking Twitter critics // Aljazeera

White House

Economist Stephen Roach questions Biden’s decision to keep Trump’s China policies // CNBC

Washington as Usual

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Encore of Revival: America, March 29, 2021

America faces big changes, but not the changes our conventional political grid might assume. Public trust in cloud platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter failed with the massive censorship surrounding the 2020 election. This week, a new cloud provider, Digital Ocean, went public. The Times has used Digital Ocean for nearly seven years.

Digital commerce shifts while the global supply chain faces more disruptions. Not only do we still lack supplies that were made in factories that are closed. Not only is the cruise ship industry floundering. The Suez Canal is blocked.

What is Democrat-controlled Washington doing?—Business as usual. Binden wants to focus on infrastructure—a digression from the Obama years. Republicans have always been good at spending money while appearing not to, while Democrats appear to spend money when they tighten the purse strings. Marketing is one of the best-kept secret ingredients in American politics.

The one thing unusual about this Democratic Washington is its dedication to a strong military. Russia surfaced three subs in the Arctic this week and, now all of a sudden, Democrats want to do military the same way Trump did. Just how the Bush-Obama years held a contiguous policy progression, the Trump-Biden years seem to reflect the competence, military, and infrastructure of FDR. In many ways, it is as if Trump is still in office. We did get Trump’s $2,000 checks, after all.

Trump

The Unlikely Team of Prosecutors Hunting Donald Trump in Georgia // Daily Beast

Obama Biden Harris

Biden is betting on bigger government. The pandemic may be helping him. // MSN News

Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more // ABC News America

White House

Trump let OANN in the White House. Now it’s Biden’s problem. // Politico

Washington as Usual

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Independent cloud provider DigitalOcean drops in Wall Street debut // CNBC

Markets, Economy & GDP

CDC Rejects Cruise Industry Push To Resume Sailing, Sending Stocks Tumbling // Forbes

Mid East

Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked // CNN

The Suez Canal Has Been Blocked and Closed Several Times Since Opening // Business Insider

NATO Focus

Three Russian Ballistic Missile Submarines Just Surfaced Through The Arctic Ice Together // The Drive

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 25, 2021

China thinks they own the American president they helped install. Reportedly, a factory was set up in China to create fake ballots, likely as part of the election fraud network Biden boasted about on TV. But, politicians who steal elections stand against the will of the people by definition. Usually, the public doesn’t find out, which allows those politicians to govern to a limited degree. But, when the public knows a politician willfully stands against the people, that leader can only remain in power with an iron fist.

Iron fists don’t gel with America. That’s something China will eventually figure out the hard way. Biden will figure it out the hard way sooner. China believes chaos in America will work to China’s military advantage. It won’t. When the people turn on Biden, he will turn on China like the forked-tongue politician he is. That will be his attempt to gain unity in the American public against a common enemy. He will pound and shame China harder than Trump would have.

So, in a sense, when the Chinese were set up for disappointment, they not only took the bait; they made it even worse for themselves. They don’t like other countries meddling in their goals, yet they reportedly melded in America’s election. Good old-fashioned honesty and respect would have served them well. Instead, the Chinese gambled on trusting an experienced American politician.

Indo-Pacific

Chinese Survey Ship Caught ‘Running Dark’ Give Clues to Underwater Drone Operations // USNI News

Trade & Tech

Huawei smartphones will lose another Google service soon // GizChina (China)

Trump Halts Huawei Supply in Final China Blow, Reuters Says // Bloomberg

China

Companies are giving up on the United States and betting big on China // CNN

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels // Aljazeera

PLA troops in South China Sea learn ‘essential’ battlefield English // SCMP

China’s first deep-water oil platform ready to set off for South China Sea // CGTN (China Govt)

Taiwan

U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions // NBC News

Military Faceoff

US Navy halts deliveries of Freedom-class littoral combat ship // Defense News

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Encore of Revival: America, January 25, 2021

Whew! That was an intense week. We have no idea how close we came to martial law, which Trump did not declare because he is not the monster some think him to be. In the future, we may discover just how close we came, but those facts will hide from the history books for a little while longer.

Now, we see things much more important.

For all his flaws, Trump saved the world, and America itself, from America’s messiah complex, which compels us to “help” the rest of the world—even before helping ourselves survive—even when our so-called “help” only injures. Thanks to Trump alone, we stopped wasting so much money on so much uninvited meddling. But, Republicans and Democrats throughout government could not allow Trump to continue because saving the world meant saving the world from them.

Now, Trump faces a Senate trial to remove him from an office he no longer holds, as a shepherd brought before before a judge and jury of wolves.

So much for Washington hating witch hunts! His opposition criticized him for his tone—something they regard as more important than being the first president to get out of other countries’ business. But, when the so-called “moderates” don’t get their way, they become more angry than they blame Trump and everyone else of being. Frank Luntz gave us a perfect demonstration when he harshly scolded his own focus group. What would Luntz have said if Trump even once used half the critical tone Luntz did? These self-appointed ambassadors of bipartisanship can no longer lecture the nation about how to create peace which they themselves sabotage.

America is spiraling toward a long-awaited chaos. It’s well-deserved. Even if Trump had tried to handle the pneumonia virus as Taiwan did, his own base would have revolted. Everyone either over-reacted or acted like there was no outbreak at all. The Taiwanese did neither, yet Americans blame Trump for riding a pendulum Americans themselves won’t get off of.

Ending wars was nice while it lasted. But, just enough people found their excuse to get back to nasty business as usual.

No less than five state legislatures held all-day hearings, receiving evidence and testimony of voter fraud like we have never seen before. Elections don’t need to be proven fraudulent; they need to be proven trustworthy, and this one can’t be. Nonetheless, those same legislatures approved a more-than-reasonably doubtful election of their opposition, as did the US Senate. They constitutionally and lawfully ignored the people and according to rules installed a president statistically proven to be against the will of the people. We saw further evidence of this in the overwhelming dislikes on White House YouTube videos. Though he is the legitimate president under the Constitution, such a president cannot govern. And, such a feckless opposition party cannot remain solvent.

While martial law came close during Trump’s final days, it is a certainty under Biden. That is the only way he could remain in an office he legally and allowably stole with the aid of a treacherous Republican Party. While Republican loyalists would have tolerated martial law in Trump’s situation, Democratic loyalists already doubt both parties and refuse to vote, which is probably why Biden needed the election fraud network he boasted about on TV. The Democratic base quietly left their party before this election. The Republican base loudly left their party after.

If things go as planned—which they won’t—the shadow running the Democratic machine won’t seek to remove Biden until his third year. That way Obama’s vicar Harris can enjoy ten years as president through a political machine of future fake elections. Others may speculate an attempt to remove Biden within weeks. Either way, Biden may have to declare martial law sooner than planned. Then, both parties will have loudly lost solvency. Third party, here we come.

Trump

Members are quitting ‘sad’ Mar-a-Lago after Trump loses // CNN

Last speech from White House
President Trump gives a farewell address to the American people // YouTube @ Fox News

Trump’s farewell speech has warning on Biden tax hikes // Fox Business

Donald Trump delivers his last speech as U.S. President // YouTube @ WION

Can Trump Issue Secret Pocket Pardons for self, family? // Mediaite

Donald Trump pardons: Steve Bannon, Elliott Broidy, Kwame Kilpatrick // USA Today

Trump’s last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others // CNN

Donald Trump plans to end his presidency at Mar-a-Lago in Florida // USA Today

Farewell address: Trump stresses record, condemns Capitol riot, does not name Biden // USA Today

Poll: Republican support for convicting Trump in Senate growing // Politico

Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say // CNN

Obama Biden Harris

3x dislikes
President Biden Swears In Day One Presidential Appointees in a Virtual Ceremony // YouTube @ The White House

4x dislikes
The Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States // YouTube @ The White House

Already critical
Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus checks are a lousy way to fix the economy // CNN

Biden to sign executive orders rejoining Paris climate accord and rescinding travel ban on first day // CNN

Election

Sidney Powell withdraws ‘kraken’ lawsuit in Georgia // The Hill

Biden Transition Approval Remains High at 68% // Gallup

Congress

Your next stimulus check — for $1,400 — will move closer this week // Yahoo News

White House

Biden signs executive orders on stimulus checks, food stamps and minimum wage // CBS News

Washington as Usual

Third Party Politics

What are the chances of a ‘Patriot’ party emerging? | Newsmax TV panel // YouTube @ Newsmax TV

WSJ: Trump Has Talked of Forming ‘Patriot’ Party // Newsmax

Republican Party Implosion

Fauci credits Biden for letting ‘the science speak’ as new administration puts focus on virus // Yahoo News

World Loves Biden But Is Losing Faith in the U.S., Survey Says // MSN News

Ex-GOP pollster Frank Luntz says ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’ after ‘unity’ themed focus group goes off the rails // MSN News

THE SWAMP: McCarthy Defends Liz Cheney After She Votes To Impeach Trump, Says She’ll Keep Conference Chair // National File

Ga. Republican files articles of impeachment against Pres. Biden // WMTV NBC 15 Madison, WI

‘A total failure’: The Proud Boys now mock Trump // Seattle Times

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

At Voice of America, a sweeping ouster of Trump officials on Biden’s first full day // NewsTimes

Security & Public Safety

Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns // CNN

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Twitter Embroiled in New Child Porn Scandal as Lawsuit Claims They Defend Sick Content, Says It Doesn’t ‘Violate Policies’ // National File

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Bill Gates’ 20,000 acres in Nebraska help make him the top farmland owner in the U.S. // omaha.com

Gold Steadies Above December Low With Focus on Stimulus, Dollar // Bloomberg

Markets, Economy & GDP

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham says Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan will make the stock market bubble even worse // Markets Insider

Pandemic

Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US // The Hill

Music & Entertainment

1.2 million people watch Eminem’s new video in two hours // Geo News

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Encore of Revival: America, January 18, 2021

America is primed for a dictatorship. Trust in the legislature is at an all-time low. The proven-larger voter bloc feels disenfranchised. The proven-larger voter bloc has an undue, almost cult-like respect for the executive. In the minds of that voter bloc, once one election is allowed to be stolen, there will be no future elections. To the proven-larger voter bloc, this is a crisis.

The inauguration this week is set to be surrounded by a military under control of a disenfranchised president who will not be there. That’s not exactly a recipe for safety. The president made a major document dump, severely discrediting his opposition. Now, come reports of martial law in the planning. That may be necessary to undo a stolen election, but it is never best and is always dangerous.

Some of the demonstrators who broke into the Capitol now ask for a pardon from Trump—truly believing they were following what he wanted. They stand no chance of receiving a pardon. They allowed themselves to be led like sheep to the slaughter, merely used for political grandstanding. And, that president who won’t pardon them calls for more respect toward police, something else in a recipe for martial law. It would be surprising if we don’t end up there, and it will be dangerous either way.

Democratic voters have been set up for shock if Trump remained in office, no matter how it could happen. They have been told by the media that the election is finished merely on the basis of saying so—despite half of the country not being convinced. Conservatives recognize this recipe for danger; Liberals do not.

The blame for America’s situation falls on all of us. We failed to convince our neighbors that we can listen. If Trump is in the midst of any conspiracy, then both parties in Congress were in on it, along with the media. His own son-in-law doesn’t want him talking to his own supporters on Gab. If anyone is conspiring anything nefarious, it isn’t Trump, but someone close to him. If Biden could get into power, it would take a political miracle. Most importantly, this was all made possible by we, the American people—those of us who respected a fallible man too much, those of us who hated a mere man too much, those of us who thought rules could be broken without backlash, and those of us who failed to teach otherwise. We’ll start to figure it out in the days and months ahead.

Russianewsgategate

Declassified Document Dump: Crossfire Hurricane, FISA & Trump Campaign Surveillance // National Preview

Bombshell: Trump Declassifies All FBI Documents in Russia Probe // Before It’s News

Here’s the doc dump
BREAKING: President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday // Gateway Pundit

Trump

Gab CEO Confirms Reports That Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino Blocked Trump From Joining Gab Following Twitter Ban // National File

Acting secretary of defense orders NSA chief to install Trump loyalist as agency’s general counsel // CNN

‘I’m facing a prison sentence’: US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons // Guardian

Trump administration staffers are struggling to find their next jobs // Business Insider

Senate GOP torn over convicting Trump: ‘There’s no love lost’ // CNN

A Message from President Donald J. Trump // YouTube @ The White House

YouTube is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel // CNN

Recap
Mike Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty. // NY Times

Ex-WH nat-sec official: Trump attempted ‘self-coup’ in Capitol siege // Business Insider

More of the same
Pence and Trump finally speak after post-riot estrangement // CNN

Trump has not reached out to Pence since the Capitol riots: report // Business Insider

Election

The Tweet
@MyPillowUSA CEO Michael Lindell shows off his notes before going into the West Wing at the White House on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. // Twitter @jabinbotsford

As if knife-to-back
American Thinker Posts Retraction of Dominion Stories // Mediaite

Andrew Yang announces candidacy for mayor of NYC // Facebook

Ali Alexander claims Reps. Biggs, Brooks, Gosar helped plan ‘Stop the Steal’ rally at Capitol // WA Post

Law

Death Penalty: As Trump leaves office, Supreme Court liberal justices lash out at unprecedented ‘rush’ of executions // CNN

Congress

Pelosi says Democrats will move forward with trying to remove Trump // Politico

White House

Pence calls Harris while Trump continues to stew in denial // CNN

State & Local

Michigan bars and restaurants to reopen February 1, group says // Click on Detroit

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Bay Area GOP official posts ‘citizens take arms’ during violent pro-Trump riot // SF Gate

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Gab: Everything you need to know about the fast-growing, controversial social network // CNN

Meltdown
James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims // CNN

CNN Wins in All Ratings Categories During Impeachment // The Wrap

Peloton is blocking the #StopTheSteal hashtag from being created or used // The Verge

Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Privacy

‘Stop the steal’ groups hide in plain sight on Facebook // CNN

Selena Gomez elaborates on calling out Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I could not handle what I was seeing’ // Yahoo News

Supreme Court hands down first anti-abortion decision of the Amy Coney Barrett era // Vox

Security & Public Safety

State capitols tighten security and brace for the unknown as far-right groups plot shows of strength // Laredo Morning Times

Off the grid, heavily armed and radicalized: He’s a law enforcement nightmare // NBC News

Attack on Capitol was the beginning of an American insurgency, counterterrorism experts warn // Yahoo News

Mike Lindell Visits Oval Office, Appears to Urge Martial Law // Mediaite

A Marine Searches for Answers After the Police Shoot His Son in ‘American Skin’ // Military.com

‘The Oligarchs [Are] Taking Control of Our Country.’ – Rudy Giuliani on the Capitol ‘Frame Up’ Last Week and Big Tech Censorship // Gateway Pundit

Who really breached the Capitol?
REPORT: Bail Fund Promoted By Kamala Harris Won’t Reveal Records Of Alleged Criminals They Bailed Out // Gateway Pundit

Who really breached the Capitol?
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Antifa Protester John Sullivan Brags About Posing As Trump Supporter, Breaking Window At US Capitol Building During Riots // Gateway Pundit

The Destruction of Separation of Powers // Facebook

FCC Issues Advisory About Emergency Alerts // Weatherboy

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Parler sues Amazon, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations // TechCrunch

Rush Limbaugh, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin take action against Twitter after platform permanently bans Trump // The Blaze

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates // Forbes

Markets, Economy & GDP

Maybe-maybe, but thoughtful
Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan could wreck Wall Street’s favorite money-making trade // Yahoo News

Pandemic

Third stimulus check for $2,000? This is how much you could get with another payment // CNET

Music & Entertainment

Joyner Lucas to receive the key to the City of Worcester // Vanyaland

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 4, 2021

The Chinese make one huge gamble based on two doubtful conclusions. They think Biden will be inaugurated in January. They think they have deterred the US military in the Pacific. Both notions have been carefully feigned and crafted by the US. The pieces are in place and China moves its queen to attack the baiting pawn. The US wants China to initiate its own military embarrassment.

Over the years, America has stirred unneeded trouble throughout the world. America will pay the consequences for that, but not according to any itinerary set by China. Something similar could be said for Taiwan concerning its own internal systems of justice, both for the Taiwanese and for resident foreigners. Taiwan will pay the consequences, but not according to any itinerary set by China. We all answer to God, and God the Judge will not share space on His bench. If China—or anyone else—wants to take God’s bench, God may send in His bailiff.

China wants the results of innovation—which come from free thinking—which comes from free speech. But, free speech and rights respected are the two things China will not accept. So, China indirectly rejects the good results which only follow good choices. Trying to live without the very shame the continue to create—trying to defeat the countries with military technology they could only steal from those countries—trying to absorb economies with innovation that only thrived without their tyranny—China only knows how to miscalculate. The embarrassment China is about to bring upon itself is nothing any good person would wish for. That the Chinese wish for it says more on this matter than anything else.

Trade & Tech

Regulation of Ant Group is bad for China economy, fintech: analyst // CNBC

China

China’s Wang says US relations at ‘new crossroads’ // Taipei Times

Trump was briefed that China sought to pay non-state actors to attack US forces in Afghanistan // CNN

We Found The Factories Inside China’s Mass Internment Camps // BuzzFeed News

Taiwan

Chinese incursions highest since 1996 // Taipei Times

Bullish China Vows Continued Push for Taiwan ‘Unification’ in 2021 // Newsweek

Taiwan to bar entry to non-resident foreigners on Jan. 1 // Taiwan News

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 1, 2020

It’s happening. Biden is battening down on China. The Chinese still think they can push their diktat in the South Sea and the East Sea and the Taiwan Strait and the Indian Ocean. Rumors spread in America of China helping Biden steal the election. That won’t help China get the support of the American public. Quite opposite, as Americans turn on Biden, accusing him of his own diktat, he will feel the push to prove that he’s not afraid to hit China where it counts. So you see, China may have helped install the very president most likely to create the most trouble for China.

Evidence points that he’s already going there. While weapons deals halted toward the Saudis and the UAE, they are right on schedule for cute, adorable, cuddly, lovable Taiwan.

But, America is not Taiwan’s only friend. Nor, is Taiwan the only territory that doesn’t like China’s diktat. Vietnam, the Philippines, India, and Japan won’t ignore any Chinese aggression in their back yards. And, with the British all ready with their HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier group, they could sweep into a Chinese sea contest after everyone else is bloodied and give their own diktat.

Trade & Tech

Judge refuses to remove Meng Wanzhou’s security guards, who are tasked with preventing her escape // SCMP

China trade war is one thing Joe Biden won’t be rushing to fix // CNN

China

WHO team investigating pandemic visits wet market, receives flu data // CNN

US criticizes Chinese flights over South China Sea, but says they posed no threat // Taipei Times

Chinese Submariners Patrolling South China Sea Suffer ‘Serious’ Psych Problems, Study Finds // Military.com

US-China tensions: Military flashpoints in Taiwan, Japan and South China Sea that could shape Biden’s entire China strategy // CNN

China is rehearsing for when it overtakes America // CNN

Xi’s speech shows how Biden faces a very different China // CNBC

Taiwan

Sullivan hits at China over Taiwan // Taipei Times

US has not halted arms sales: MOFA // Taipei Times

China warns Taiwan independence ‘means war’ as US pledges support // BBC News

China tells Taiwan that independence ‘means war’: report // Fox News

Taiwanese man fined $47K for violating home quarantine 7 times // CNN

Taiwan air force flexes muscles after latest Chinese incursion // Aljazeera

The World Is Dangerously Dependent on Taiwan for Semiconductors // Bloomberg

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day // Yahoo News

Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Sends A Warning to Hong Kong SAR // LoyaltyLobby

India

India, China soldiers brawl again along disputed frontier // AP

Military Faceoff

Report on U.S.-China Competition in East, South China Sea // USNI News

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth becomes Royal Navy’s fleet flagship // Naval Today

The U.S. Navy Needs To Admit It Can’t Outbuild China // Real Clear Defense

Australia invests in advanced maritime weapons, minehunters // Defense News

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Encore of Revival: America, December 14, 2020

And so, the crud hits the fan. Elections only work with a consensus of trust. A distrusted election result can’t work; the masses won’t allow it, even if the inaugural ceremonies continue. Neither Trump nor Biden can persist as president past January except in name only. This is how nations split every few centuries. We live to see historic times.

Eighteen states, including Texas, sued the four swing states for illegally changing election rules mid season. If we count the undisputed votes and Republican legislatures of those four states which heard the evidence, that would be twenty-two states for Trump. Twenty-two Democratic states filed to object. If results favor Republicans, the nation is split right down the middle. Each side is convinced it is in the right—Democrats because they saw it on the news—Republicans because they saw it at government hearings which were specifically not on the news. That’s all the reason either side has ever needed to believe anything they believe.

Neither side even tried to persuade the other in a way that could be heard. The news-Democrat side simply asserted a result, marginalizing questions as “atypical”, ignoring the fact that eighteen states can’t be atypical by definition and cannot become atypical by mere assertion. Conservatives and Republican voters argued “evidence” and “rules” after sewing distrust of rules through a century of refusing justice to Democratic voter needs.

Neither side was ever going to concede. The Supreme Court stayed out of it, arguing “lack of standing”. Democratic-run states answered with blanket denial one would expect from China—and it seemed to work on the Supreme Court, though it never works when China does it. With the Senate sending a blistering 83 votes against Trump’s veto promise on a military bill, Republican voters feel betrayed. Surely, the gun-owning Republicans are mulling over multiple militarized responses. Democrats would riot before conceding. If Trump ever does concede, it would indicate he has plans to eventually win by means more formidable than a militarized option. Concession from either side would be fake, indicating hidden danger to come.

Those eighteen states may boycott the electoral college, denying the two-thirds quorum; if they don’t then their lawsuit was only for show. If the Electoral College names Biden, he can rightly be called the “President-Elect” for the first time, even if in question. And, if he gets that title while in question, America will see Conservative rage—and Liberal riots in response—like never before. Liberals aren’t fond of following rules when they lose because the rules are unfair against them all too often. Lawless Liberals are somewhat common; lawless Conservatives are a bigger league altogether. God forbid that Liberals break enough rules to convince Conservatives to stop following their own rules. That is a wrath none could prepare for. There is no peaceful resolution, but at least Americans all agree on the depth of our long-neglected problems.

Election

Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington // AP

30% of Democrats Believe The Election Was Stolen From Trump // PJ Media

61% Dems say not stolen
61% Think Trump Should Concede to Biden // Rasmussen

WOW! 30% of Democrats Believe Election Stolen from Trump — 75% of Republicans Believe It Is Likely Election Was Stolen from Trump // Twitter @rasmussen_poll

Fury
Texas Republican chairman calls for SECESSION after Supreme Court rules against Trump // Daily Mail

Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to overturn election // CNN

Battleground states urge Supreme Court to reject Texas’ bid to overturn Biden wins // CNBC

Spin, spin, spin
The Trump team throws in the towel on proving voter fraud // WA Post

Spin claiming failure: it’s about obeying a state’s own laws
Explaining the Supreme Court lawsuit from Texas and Trump challenging Biden’s win // CNN

17 Republican States Sign Onto Texas Suit to Throw Out Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia Votes // Esquire

Money & mouth
Country singer John Rich bets journalist $10G Supreme Court will overturn election // Fox News

Anyone else?
States tell Supreme Court they support Texas bid to reverse Biden win // CNBC

2020 Election: GOP senators ready to acknowledge Biden won but struggle with Trump’s refusal to concede // CNN

Texas sues over election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania // texastribune.org

WATCH: Mark Levin outlines illegal changes made to… // Facebook

GOP leadership rejects resolution acknowledging Biden as President-elect // CNN

Swalwell suggests Trump is behind blockbuster Axios report // Fox News

Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans’ attempt to block election results // CNN

Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling // The Spectator

Rising violence: Michigan Sec of State home (Democrat from Pennsylvania)
Jocelyn Benson: Armed protesters flock to Michigan official’s home // BBC News

Opinion: December 8 will put the nail in Trump’s unhinged effort to overturn the election // CNN

Biden picks retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense, sources say // CNN

Joe Biden’s already more popular than Trump’s ever been // CNN

Congress

Senate approves defense bill with veto-proof majority in rebuke to Trump // CNN

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Nothing burger
State Department watchdog steps down after Pompeo rails at report on investigation into wife’s travel // CNN

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Oracle is moving its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas // CNBC

Facebook antitrust lawsuit: Dozens of states and the FTC sue company for alleged anticompetitive behavior // CNN

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Exxon Mobil Doubles Down On The Dividend (NYSE:XOM) // seekingalpha.com

Pandemic

Nothing burger
CDC’s Redfield told staff to delete email, official tells House watchdog // Politico

We Were Lied To About COVID // Facebook

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 30, 2020

America has China fooled yet again. It isn’t hard to figure out, but still ingenious. Whatever strategist first learned it from a convenient mistake that happened with Taiwan. Taiwan’s current president, Tsai Ing-Wen, had previously endorsed Hillary, for 2016—a mistake she didn’t repeat in the 2020 election. When Trump was elected, Taiwan’s government was heavily concerned about retaliation from the Trump administration. But, Americans don’t hold grudges nor do we hold high regard for the opinions of foreign world leaders. Tsai reached out to Trump and they soon developed one of the best relationships heads of state ever shared.

China’s president, Xi Jinping, doesn’t seem to have learned that lesson, however. While many world leaders congratulated Biden when the news industry decided what the future should be, China waited until the GSA got the green light for transition steps. Then, he congratulated Biden on his victory. Taiwan still has not made any move since the electoral college has not convened and remains neutral and welcoming toward whomever the American president will be in January. China’s position shows worry mixed with miscalculation.

When Trump’s lawsuits, appeal to state legislatures, and near 80% support from his suspecting base land him a second term, China will be in for a shock. They will fear retaliation just as Taiwan did, no matter how unwarranted. This will drive China to take defensive measures without need and appear as the provocateur of the coming US-China conflict. Having served its purpose, US ambiguity over the election will quickly pass, and China’s leadership will begin to socially self destruct. Then hold on; things will be furious as they will be fast.

Indo-Pacific

To be taken seriously, Quad needs military heft, not desultory naval exercises // India Express

Navy sends aircraft carrier USS Nimitz back to Persian Gulf // NY Post

Trade & Tech

Trump to add China’s SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist: Reuters // CNBC

Huawei founder says American politicians wants to kill the company // Android Authority

TSMC Reveals a Major Breakthrough Process coming to their 2024 2nm Processors that will Power Future Apple Devices // Patently Apple

China

Exiled bookseller: ‘If they can take Hong Kong back, the next place is Taiwan’ // Guardian

Beijing takes its South China Sea strategy to the Himalayas // Economic Times

Beijing Takes Its South China Sea Strategy to the Himalayas // Hindia News

China’s Xi Jinping Congratulates Biden On Election Win, Urges Cooperation // NPR

Xi Jinping calls to congratulate Joe Biden on election win // Guardian

Taiwan

Usage of hotline for foreigners takes off amid pandemic // Taipei Times

Fists and pig guts fly in Taiwan parliament debate on U.S. pork // Yahoo News

Taiwan starts submarine production // Taipei Times

Korean Peninsula

North Korea Covid: Why Kim Jong Un is cutting off China // CNN

India

China responds to India banning 43 additional Chinese apps // CNBC

Military Faceoff

Aboard USS Ford: More Weapons, More Launches, Faster & Safer // Breaking Defense

Naval Group Opens Office in Philippines with Submarine Deal in Sight // Naval News

Iran launches unconventional aircraft carrier against US threat // FleetMon

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Encore of Revival: America, October 26, 2020

Media and analysts miss the greatest takeaways from the debate. Arguments were based on who did what while already in office: All of the problems Trump solved and Biden didn’t, but says he will. And, their positions were radically different: Biden appealed to need for help while Trump appeared in-control at the helm.

The only times incumbents lose reelections are in the wake of gross incompetence (not seen since Carter) or gross broken campaign promises (not seen since HW Bush). If anything, Biden appears to already have broken the promises he is now making. That will not be enough to eject a promise-keeping incumbent.

In our last week before the election, polls have gone on record for predicting Biden as voices in media shifted their tone to a non-answer over who will win. Trump already won 2020 in 2015 when he announced. Many people don’t understand that. Many in media believe they decide election outcomes, not voters, so they don’t understand it either.

The greatest danger Trump always posed was that he would do too good of a job. He is the leader the Republican Party doesn’t deserve. They denounced him. He delivered the promised results they wouldn’t. Now, they will have respect they didn’t earn, plus a near supermajority in the Senate, control of the house, and overwhelming control of the Supreme Court. Power unchecked corrupts. Trump’s awesome work will get him reelected where he will continue more awesome work, but awesomeness can destroy us where it is unearned. And, that shadow is where the RNC stands.

The country will likely destabilize over the coming weeks. Americans will fight from anger on all sides. War with China could be seen as a convenient distraction from domestic dysfunction at a time when the US needs an excuse to put an unchecked Asian bully in its place. But, China doesn’t need to be embarrassed; it needs to be discipled. But, the US won’t be ready to disciple anyone until the US recovers its lost neighborly conscience. The US will find its conscience again, but it appears that we will only learn through trouble.

Russianewsgategate

FBI in possession of Hunter Biden’s purported laptop, sources say // Fox News

Trump

Trump has bank account in China, pursued hotel deals for a decade: Report // Fox News

Election

Is that true?
Trump’s SECRET China Bank Account // YouTube @ America Uncovered

Second 2020 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden // YouTube @ C-SPAN

At final debate, Biden shows Trump what it means to be a politician // NBC News

Detroit News backs John James, Republican challenger to Democrat Gary Peters, in Michigan Senate race // Fox News

Presidential debate: Key takeaways from the Trump-Biden showdown // BBC News

Careful of those polls
2020 polls: Biden leads in Pennsylvania and tight race remains in Florida // CNN

DNI Ratcliffe, FBI say Iran, Russia attempting to interfere with 2020 election // Fox News

Biden faces backlash for saying ‘America was an idea’ that ‘we’ve never lived up to’ // Fox News

Biden backers have looming sense of deja vu // Fox News

Congress

‘She represents the past’: a Senate hug symbolizes California’s Dianne Feinstein fatigue // Guardian

White House

Diversity and inclusion training suspended at State Department // The Hill

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Cancer-stricken Rush Limbaugh says he can no longer deny he’s ‘under a death sentence’ // Fox News

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Lawmakers hail DOJ antitrust lawsuit against Google as ‘long overdue’ // Fox News

Markets, Economy & GDP

‘Black Swan’ author Nassim Taleb cheered capitalism, championed entrepreneurs, and recommended adapting to the pandemic at the BI Global Trends Festival. Here are his 8 best quotes from the interview. // Markets Insider

That is power
Warren Buffett may have slashed his Wells Fargo stake because the bank ignored his advice and hired a Wall Street CEO // Markets Insider

You’re Kidding

President Trump’s Twitter accessed by security expert who guessed password ‘maga2020!’ // TechCrunch

 

 

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