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Encore of Revival: America, January 17, 2022

Dr. Meryl J. Nass is a doctor, reportedly suspended by Maine because she lied to get hydroxychloroquine. Under Trump, doctors could use the drug to treat COVID. But, the FDA changed that. Faucci said hydroxychloroquine is ineffective against COVID, but a review from India last summer says otherwise in the Journal of The Association of Physicians of India. Nass is also accused of using Ivermectin, used for animal parasites, and of spreading disinformation. She is ordered to take a neuropsychological evaluation. However, in light of the proof from India’s research several months before Nass was suspended, no one suspended Faucci for disinformation nor ordered him to take a neuropsychological evaluation.

Now, body temperature is not an effective way to screen for COVID, which means all the wasted money on thermometers was wasted. Did the money wasters have to take a neuropsychological evaluation for that?

Accusations against Trump mount, but it’s all subjunctive—may be, could be, might, and that razzmatazz. Before he won 2016, his defeat was a certainty. Now, it’s a maybe. With India having smarter scientists than apparently run our medical boards, we can’t blame Americans for hustling to vote “Trump”. And, the Capitol insurrection only seems more justified to people who want access to the politicized drug that India has proven effective. Instead, the doctor who agrees with science is suspended by the zip code of insanity. And, the beast is seen for what it is.

We don’t know how much longer it will take before Christians stop obsessing over Sunday morning and human heroes. We don’t know how much longer Christians will look to masks and guns. Jesus said that faith could move mountains, but too few Christians are looking up. If things continue on their present course, we will get to a place where prayer is the only option left. Perhaps driving the nation to prayer was God’s plan all along, but only because it wasn’t ours.

Trump

Analysis: Kevin McCarthy is desperately trying to memory hole January 6 // CNN

Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, email shows // NPR

Trump’s potential liability for Capitol riot faces major test in court // CNN

Election

Trump slams ‘dull’ DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup // Axios

Washington as Usual

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Apparently this is popular
How to compost at home, according to expert composters // CNN

Markets, Economy & GDP

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham sees an epic market bubble and expects a historic crash. Here are his 12 most dire warnings. // Markets Insider

Science, Weather & Health

How the Tonga volcano generated a shock wave around the world // MSN News

Pandemic

California schools under intense strain, fighting to stay open during Omicron surge // Yahoo News

Body temperature may not be an effective gauge of covid-19 // MSN News

Flashback:
Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine ineffective says Fauci // BBC News

Flashback:
Timeline: Tracking Trump alongside scientific developments on hydroxychloroquine // ABC News America

Remember Donald Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine? Study in India backs it as Covid-19 cure // India Today

“Endemic”
A shift away from daily COVID case counts has begun // bangordailynews.com

Doctor loses license for COVID falsehoods, board says // Miami Herald

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Encore of Revival: America, January 10, 2022

At 65, actor Bob Saget is dead. He was known for is role the sitcom Full House and will be dearly missed.

America is on edge and no one seems able to figure out why. Experts say that Trump was divisive, but the nation was already divided. Biden hosting a speech in the Capitol—with partisan attendance—will not help unify a divided America. Unity is no more Biden’s goal than it was Trump’s. Everyone pushes forward with what they view is best for the country. And, “what is best” is something over which the country itself disagrees.

With the pandemic’s quarantine rules, homeschooling rises. This runs contrary to the political ideals of those pushing quarantine rules for the pandemic. Democrats want everyone to stay at home, but children to attend school. More importantly, Democrats believe that school curriculum shouldn’t be decided democratically.

Let’s look past the obvious contradictions in our political ideologies. And, let’s not start on ideologies that are “Pro-Life” while being in favor of the death penalty, or “Pro-Choice” opposing school of choice. Just look at the stark contrast in the mindset of Americans.

The Pilgrims founded the North based on the idea that parents know that everyone can learn and read and write. Families controlled what their children were taught. That built a powerful nation and a free-thinking, slave-free North. Relegating control to supposed “experts” can be debated as good or bad, but it is certainly a digression from the good path that brought us here.

Some want our path to continue; others want our path to change. That difference is why people voted for Trump or Biden. Trump had time and we saw many things happen. Now, history will put the popularity of the Biden ideal to the test.

Divided

Watch President Biden’s entire January 6th speech // YouTube @ CNN

We Are In a New Civil War … About What Exactly? // Politico

Is the US really heading for a second civil war? // Guardian

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Judge Timothy Walmsley held a minute of silence before sentencing Ahmaud Arbery’s killers // CNN

Education & Placement

Homeschooling Rising, Public Schooling Down during COVID-19, BU-Aided Research Finds // Boston University

Homeschooling meets a need // Boston Globe

Homeschooling numbers in Illinois way up // Axios

“I don’t [understand] that parents should decide what’s being taught.”
Meghan McCain Just Gave DRAMATIC Warning to All Democrat Parents // YouTube @ The Next News Network

Pandemic

Florida’s COVID cases and hospitalizations are surging, but the state has the second-lowest death rate in the nation. What’s going on? // MSN News

Some Angelenos say it’s time to learn to live with COVID // Yahoo News

Music & Entertainment

Comedian Bob Saget Dead at 65, Found in Orlando Hotel Room // TMZ

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Encore of Revival: America, December 27, 2021

The press is attacking Biden over COVID more than they did Trump. It’s so funny, how much they lauded the savior who honored mask and social distancing rules, but now they toss him under the bus. Even funnier is how CDC big wigs survived two attacked presidencies while they were the supposed professionals actually making the decisions.

Trump supporters will easily blame Fauci since he was the man in charge all this time. Trump fans do that, especially since The Apprentice and Trump’s famous line, “You’re fired.” Trump supporters know who and how to fire. At least, they think they do.

Anti-Trumpists, however, now have an inescapable contradiction to face. Biden was the savior because he followed the mask rules, and the media heads even said so—until he wasn’t and they didn’t. Anti-Trump sentiment was based largely on the notion that COVID proved who was right and wrong as a president. That idea can’t hold water anymore, for either purpose or any other purpose.

Whether right or wrong, Trumpists can maintain their story; Anti-Trumpists can’t because to oppose Biden is to support Trump. Trumpists who prophesied Trump’s continued presidency in the name of God already faced that contradiction. Now it’s time for Anti-Trumpists. Sometimes we need our own contradictions to get bad enough before we see the light. But, that’s going for all, regardless of which political candidate they support.

Trump

Donald Trump could face charges for trying to obstruct certification of election, legal experts say // Guardian

Michael Flynn sues Capitol attack committee in bid to block subpoena // Guardian

Pandemic

Inside the administration’s failure to avert a covid testing shortfall // MSN News

Tests popular on Christmas as Florida hits new virus record // AP

Opinion: President Biden is failing on covid-19 // WA Post

Flight cancellations drag on as airlines short-staffed // AP

Pope Francis, in Christmas Message, Laments Pandemic of Loneliness // WSJ

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Encore of Revival: America, November 15, 2021

America’s divide is staggering. Neither Trump nor Biden divided America; our difference in values did. We were divided since the Pilgrims arrived and signed a Compact where Christians and non-Christians would work together. But, both overreached and tried to boss the other—both tried to force their values on everyone—whether classic Bible-wielding Christians, those who believe in no god, those who believe in every god, those who believe in one kind of marriage, and those who believe in any kind of marriage.

For many years, we worked in peace to make it through our differences together. But having grown up, we now see our true colors. Many of us grew up in families and circles that go against our true values. People switch loyalties. After the last two presidential elections, fewer people think of themselves as independents, and many Democrats and Republicans hopped to the other side of the fence.

We can’t blame leaders for our division. Instead, we must look to lines of thought that promote peace. America does not need to help Taiwan as much as America must absolutely learn from Taiwan. That island nearly half the size of Lake Michigan with a population larger than Florida hosts the most peaceful and yet resilient people in the world. COVID theatrics—either way—never worked on the Taiwanese, who calmly stood together through it all. Now, safety restrictions are lifting and life is nearly back to normal without a problem.

As America unites against the self-made enemy known as China, Taiwan is plopped in the limelight. While some Americans will see another poster boy on whom to lavish messiah complex -driven “compassion”, some may see the peaceful people whom America can still become like.

Trump

Jan. 6 probe threatens fragile Trump-Pence peace // The Hill

Trump White House records can be given to Capitol attack panel, judge rules // Guardian

Washington as Usual

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

‘Unfortunately, the correct answer here may very well be that it is not terribly unlikely.’
Would America survive a civil war? // UnHerd

GOP silence deafening as post-Jan. 6 threats of violence escalate // The Hill

Markets, Economy & GDP

Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham warns Tesla stock is in a bubble, rings the inflation alarm, and predicts an epic market crash // Markets Insider

Elon Musk sold about $6.9 billion in Tesla stock this week // CNBC

Pandemic

Oklahoma Guard goes rogue, rejects COVID vaccine mandate after sudden change of command // Air Force Times

Federal appeals court halts Biden administration’s vaccine requirement, delivering policy a major blow // MSN News

NATO Focus

Ukraine says Russia has nearly 100,000 troops near its border // Yahoo News

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Encore of Revival: America, November 1, 2021

Revelations and research into the election continue from both Republican State Legislatures and from Democratic Federal Congress. But, as the story unfolds trying to indict Trump or his allies for the January 6 overrun of the Capitol, the same to-indict testimony cites evidence or arguments as to why the election may have been illegitimate and should have been reversed back in January. This doesn’t compel us to unseat Biden. Congress chose him under its privileges and powers granted by the Constitution. But with the past in the past, the only reason for Democrats to pursue Trump is that they fear his re-election because they know he would have won were it not for certain factors they don’t want the public to know about—more.

The issue at hand is not even about who should be president now, but rather what Congressional Democrats’ actions show that they know which they are not telling us. Most of all, they seem oblivious to how obvious it is to everyone but themselves.

Trump

Trump lawyer John Eastman said ‘courage and the spine’ would help Pence send election to the House in comments before January 6 // CNN

Capitol attack panel faces pivotal moment as Trump allies stonewall // Guardian

Pandemic

Taipei’s Ko Wen-je touts vaccine passport plan // Taipei Times

NATO Focus

Biden and European leaders say they’re ‘convinced’ Iran deal can be quickly restored // CNN

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Encore of Revival: America, October 25, 2021

Democrats are playing the Fool as perfectly as they always do—lots of posturing, promising, talking about the big wounds Republicans ignore, and then doing everything to make everything worse while their voters praise them for help. It irritates and excites the Republican base, opening the seas to welcome a Trump type who will actually get things done.

That’s how the Republican base sees things. The Democratic base keeps singing the lyrics from Tupac, “Still, I see no changes,” then still keeps on voting for entertainment to continue.

But, Senator Joe Manchin has about had enough. He and Bernie are against the bankrupt-us package of $3T pushed by POTUS and the entertaining Democratic Party. Mother Jones needs a lot of money fast, but broke the story on how Senator Joe might leave the DNC in order to not harm the party. Caught off guard, Joe Manchin arrived at the public position that it would be to save face for everyone—but even that had no takers from any of the ever-entertaining Democrats.

While Democrats bicker, Trump blows up Wall Street. The stock market literally had to shut down when he made a business move. Mainstream news—which is anything but profitable these days—would still have us think that Trump doesn’t matter, no matter how much Wall Street knows he does. Could the term “histrionic” apply somewhere?

Remember the good old days when Trump’s Twitter account was talk of the town? This is what happens when a president gets censored in a country with free speech.

Trump

Trump SPAC skyrockets as much as 1,657% since deal was announced // CNN

Analysis: Trump is again upsetting the US system of checks and balances // CNN

Washington as Usual

Democrats

Biden hosts Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture // Politico

Joe Manchin, polarising Democrat at heart of Biden bill negotiations // Financial Times

Opinion: ‘Torpedo Joe’ Manchin is blowing up Biden’s agenda // The Globe and Mail (CA)

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Alec Baldwin could face liability in shooting of Halyna Hutchins: legal experts // NY Post

Before Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger, two film-set workers handled gun on set // MSN News

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

Waiting To Unload: Global Supply Chain Disruption Visible From NASA Satellites // SciTechDaily

China Power Crisis Boosts Coal Imports From Indonesia to Record // Bloomberg

The Isles

Alarm Over Queen Elizabeth’s Health Reveals a Harsh Royal Truth // Yahoo News

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Encore of Revival: America, August 30, 2021

The crises that brought down presidents! COVID was the prime excuse to hate Trump in his last year. It has now become the second reason to hate Biden and the reason California’s governor faces recall. Biden mainly faces the challenge of Afghanistan. A member of Trump’s former staff reminds us all.

This is the trouble with trusting politics. Republican voters trusted election polls, until rules were broken, then ignored. Democrat voters trusted the conclusion of Congress to choose Biden; now they have another Democrat in the White House to make people sick of Democrats. The cycle just keeps on.

We are looking at a Republican majority in the midterm election, as usual. Then, a possible Republican supermajority in the next general election, in which Trump will likely run and more likely win. Republicans managed a way to hold the Supreme Court through that time, which is suspicious.

No matter how good and benevolent, power corrupts and none should trust a supermajority within mankind. Fortunately, Trump isn’t seen as the immortal messiah his supporters once thought he was. Democrat voters already learned that lesson with Obama. Now, Republican voters have too.

Trump

Analysis: Kayleigh McEnany is gaslighting America // CNN

Pandemic

Biden in the ‘loneliest job,’ a presidency driven by crisis // AP

How Gavin Newsom went from landslide victory to fighting for his political survival // MSN News

NATO Focus

Biden pays respects to US troops killed in Afghanistan // AP

Pentagon deploys special Hellfire missile to strike ISIS-K in Afghanistan // Task & Purpose

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Encore of Revival: America, July 19, 2021

The greatest indication of fraud isn’t fingerprints or photographic evidence, but results. You don’t need to see a video to know that a used car salesman poured sawdust into an engine. Just change the oil.

The newly Democratic Washington can’t figure out if vaccines are valuable. Everyone should get vaccinated because vaccines are so wonderful and helpful that everyone needs them except Bill Gates’s children, but in LA it doesn’t matter; you must wear a mask anyway. Something doesn’t make sense. It’s not being pro- or anti- vaccine or mask that indicates a breakdown in a Democrat-run government; it’s the overt contradiction.

Biden spouts the failings of his own policies. If Communism and Socialism fail as he says, then why does he lead a party that relentlessly seeks to implement socialist-born ideologies? He’s not saying this because he believes it. Puppets don’t have beliefs. Biden says this because he believes it is popular to bash Communists, whether Chinese or Cuban. Where did he learn that from? Trump.

Police struggle with increasing road-rage. This comes alongside many reports of drivers and pedestrians  struggling with increasing police rage. America doesn’t have a road-rage problem, nor a police rage problem nor a Democrat or Republican rage problem nor a Christian or Atheist rage problem; America simply has a rage problem. At least some people are starting to see it.

Democrats

Biden Says Communism Is A ‘Universally Failed System,’ And Socialism Is No ‘Useful Substitute’ // Daily Caller

Violence, Radicalism & Terrorism

Padres, Nats recall harrowing scene after shots outside park // AP

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

NYC socialites running scared from BBC’s Ghislaine Maxwell docu-series // Page Six

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Katie Hopkins to be deported from Australia ‘imminently’ after visa cancelled // Guardian

Security & Public Safety

Police scramble to deal with deadly road rage during pandemic // Police 1

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Huge data leak shatters the lie that the innocent need not fear surveillance // Guardian

Responses from countries to the Pegasus Project // Houston Chronicle

Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide // Houston Chronicle

Pandemic

Los Angeles County to reinstate mask mandate regardless of vaccination status // Just the News

Culture & People

Shop won’t give Uber DOB/legal-name for payment
Houston restaurant says Uber Eats owes more than $20,000 for hundreds of orders // Houston Chronicle

Latinoamérica

Cuban government holds mass rally in Havana after protests // Yahoo News

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Encore of Revival: America, July 12, 2021

Trump and Conservatives are gearing up for elections less than 16 months away. CPAC is among the first venues that will rally the Conservative base. Convinced of election rule breaking in 2020, any attempt to break rules at polling stations in 2022 will be met with fierce and potentially lethal force from the gun-wielding base. They are stoked. Trump’s presence at CPAC only throws gasoline on the fire.

But, a hot election in 2022 isn’t the only disturbance Washington faces. A lawsuit involving the Saudis threatens to reveal US State secrets. Apparently CIA, NSA, and the DoD got too cozy hiring overseas. Now, a lawsuit in Canada has become a problem for Washington.

Social media is also on the defense. Few respect YouTube and Facebook. Conservatives are censored and professional YouTubers are burned out from the algorithms that affect their rankings and views. With Trump filing a class-action lawsuit, Conservatives may be joined by disenfranchised Liberals, who face a choice: let big tech continue to squash them or file suit alongside the former president with whom they didn’t see eye to eye.

Trump

CPAC & opinion in news:
Donald Trump’s false election claims persist at conservative gathering in Texas // CNN

Trump says he made up his mind about running in 2024 during ‘Hannity’ exclusive // YouTube @ Fox News

Donald Trump: ‘This can’t go until 2022’ // YouTube @ Fox News

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

US alarmed as Saudi lawsuits threaten to expose secrets // France 24

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube // AP

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Encore of Revival: America, July 5, 2021

Tucker Carlson makes claims and claims are made about Tucker Carlson. We haven’t seen this much media attention-gathering brilliance since Trump. Did Tucker gossip with journalists on the other side? Can anyone prove FBI involvement in the January 6 revolt? Did the NSA really spy on Tucker? More than evidence, history has the public convinced it’s all plausible.

The NSA’s denial that Tucker was a target would be more believable with two circumstances: 1. if it came from the White House which would have something to lose if the denial was proven false and 2. if the feds hadn’t given credence to Snowden by martyring him. But, lacking these, many find it all too believable.

Just as believable is the notion of Tucker being in a gossip circle. Scandals are everywhere, after all.

But, the bigger problem with Tucker isn’t a theory, it’s a result. He is divisive. He points out problems in the other side, but without any path to restoration or friendship. Listening to him stirs hatred and fear—for whichever opinion is different from that of the listener. Democratic and Republican voters could tend to hate and fear each other more after listening to Tucker. That’s Tucker’s type.

Bickering and unrest are stirring up all over the country. Some is warranted, much is not, but all of it is what we asked for when we decided to win arguments and fights instead of supporters and friends.

Grimly yet hopefully, I wish you a Happy Independence Day.

Trump

Trump tells Florida rally that New York prosecutors are behaving like third world dictators // Daily Mail

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

NSA denies spying on Fox News host Tucker Carlson // NBC News

Tucker Carlson Says The NSA Wants Him Off The Air. Fox News Isn’t Following His Lead // NPR

Stelter: Why isn’t Fox News fact-checking Carlson’s January 6 claim // CNN

Tucker Carlson: NSA hits back at allegations it spied on Fox News host // BBC News

The Questions Raised By Tucker Carlson’s Reported Leaks To His Media ‘Friends’ // Forbes

Have Tucker Carlson and Ron DeSantis filled the ‘Trump void’ for the left? | TheHill // The Hill

Fox News Really Wants You to Think Its Ratings Aren’t Down // Yahoo News

Mark Levin, the Fox News host who won’t stop criticizing other Fox News personalities // MSN News

Security & Public Safety

11 people in custody after hourslong armed standoff on I-95 // AP

Wakefield Standoff Suspects Claim To Be Part Of Group Called ‘Rise Of The Moors’ // CBS Boston

Massachusetts cops issue urgent ‘shelter-in-place’ warning with eight heavily armed men on the run // Daily Mail

Pandemic

WHO warns that coronavirus variants are spreading faster than vaccines can stop them // Yahoo News

Face Masks to Become ‘Personal Choice’ as UK Lifts Covid-19 Lockdown // MSN News

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Encore of Revival: America, June 28, 2021

Justin Bieber is not being smeared in the news because he wore Nike shoes in his visit to French President Macron. He is being smeared for being a Christian. The purported claim that he was “labelled ‘disrespectful'” by fans is not from any scientific poll, it’s from anecdotal comments that fit with the narrative. Such comments could come from news writers themselves and the reporting wouldn’t clarify otherwise. Headlines would have us believe that the majority of the people who love him and his music—that is his fans—object to his shoes. But, that is not a reasonable claim. Objections probably come from non-fans and haters. The biggest haters are those in the news industry who hate all Christians, Bieber included. We already know that haters rarely disclose their affiliations and biases, including those in the news industry.

But, why does society keep placing the same expectations on both politicians and entertainment stars? Bieber is a singer, we should expect him to dress somewhat like one. You won’t see the same newspapers reporting objection when Bono wears his trademark sunglasses in photos with heads of state. We know they are different—but do we really? Why do Hollywood and the Chinese government care what John Cena says about China?

Perhaps people can’t tell a difference between Bieber’s and Macron’s professions because both are seen as simply “on TV”. It’s no wonder democracies are collapsing around the world—the voters view politics as entertainment and make entertainment political. An article reporting on fans that expect a pop entertainer to dress or act like a politician should focus on a society that can’t tell the difference between the two. Fortunately, at least one news article does address the deeper issue.

Trump

New York prosecutors set deadline for Trump on legal action – report // Guardian

Trump calls out ‘fake news’ reporters: Do you miss me? This is a message you can’t cancel // YouTube @ Newsmax TV

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Snowden Says After McAfee’s Death by Suicide That ‘Assange Could Be Next’ // Sputnik News

John McAfee’s Instagram posts mysterious ‘Q’ after his jail ‘suicide’ // The Sun

Culture & People

Justice’s Gaspard Augé: ‘Justin Bieber’s album is a very conscious rip-off’ // Guardian

Biebers labelled ‘disrespectful’ for the way they dressed meeting French President Emmanuel Macron // News.com.au

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Encore of Revival: America, June 7, 2021

The DOJ set an interesting precedent by siding with Google against the DOJ. This DOJ action transcends presidential administrations. The DOJ ordered Google to hand over email info about a few New York Times reporters—without Google telling the newspaper. Google resisted the government on the basis of its private contract with the New York Times. Finally, the DOJ caved and allowed a top executive to know, which led to negotiations and legal counsel.

Based on the DOJ having cooperated with Google’s private contract on user privacy, we now have a precedent that no digital company would be obligated to hand over user information without informing the users, not even in the face of a court order. Therefore, there is no excuse for censorship of private users on social media, including former President Trump. Companies only take users content and information if they want to, never because they must because, well, they don’t need to anymore.

We don’t know what Trump really thinks because social media giants found an excuse to mute him. If they want us to know what he truly thinks, they will unmute him. But, they don’t unmute him, so no one can trust hearsay about what Trump thinks. The latest nonsense was about him being re-instated in August. But, if Trump really thought that, Twitter and Facebook would allow him to say it for himself because it would be so embarrassing. If he’s too dangerous to be allowed to speak, then what they say he says is too dangerous to trust.

Social media giants are losing their power. Facebook objected to “digital services” taxes around the world. Now, all corporations face a flat 15% corporate tax, in G7 markets. Leaders facetiously thanked Facebook for urging governments to remove “digital services” tax. Facebook will get its way, which means Facebook will pay more, so Facebook won’t get its way because Facebook got its way. The same could be said about what Facebook doesn’t let Trump say for himself.

Trump

Donald Trump responds to Facebook ban by hinting at return to White House // Guardian

Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Privacy

U.S. Put Gag Order on Times Executives Amid Fight Over Email Logs // MSN News

Monopoly & Big Greed

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to build new kind of nuclear reactor in Wyoming // Guardian

Global Summit

G7 nations reach historic deal on global tax reform // CNBC

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Encore of Revival: America, May 24, 2021

The establishment gloats over Trump’s defeat—more his defeat on Twitter than his defeat in Congress, which goes to show which defeat meant more to them. All the while, Gates is caught in real scandals. Not only is he hated for a buggy operating system, broken promises that cost many startups dearly, funding controversial vaccines, and losing his wife—one of his big population control partners—now the hated company he started must defend him while he’s no longer there. Their defense?—they run things differently now.

Which billionaire is the worse between Gates and Trump? They won’t be too different in the near future, with Trump seeking to create his own news and social media platforms. Trump supporters are sick of masks. COVID cases fall. Space travel booms, as does a volcano in the Congo. Life returns to its despicable normal.

Trump

Trump is sliding toward online irrelevance. His new blog isn’t helping. // MSN News

Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg under criminal tax investigation by New York attorney general // CNBC

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Satya Nadella addresses Bill Gates controversies: ‘The Microsoft of 2021 is very different from the Microsoft of 2000’ // Business Insider

Bill Gates was wearing his wedding ring at a virtual event nearly 2 weeks after announcing his divorce // Business Insider

Science, Weather & Health

Global cactus traffickers are cleaning out the deserts // Deccan Herald

Thousands evacuated as Nyiragongo volcano erupts and fumes turn the sky red in apocalyptic scenes // The Sun

Space

Virgin Galactic completes third spaceflight of VSS Unity // CNBC

Pandemic

Most employers shy away from mandating coronavirus vaccines // MSN News

New COVID-19 cases plummet to lowest levels since last June // AP

Greene under fire for comparing mask policy to the Holocaust: ‘A neurotic lack of self awareness’ // The Hill

You’re Kidding

Why are women becoming witches? // UnHerd

Israel

A conflict on pause as both sides claim victory // BBC News

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Encore of Revival: America, May 17, 2021

The establishment is all out against Trump. They’d have you believe that Republicans were Liberals from the beginning—that Republicans actually thought like Democrats from the beginning—that the Republican Party is the party of getting along with people who will never accept friendship, but only your defeat—that original, true Republicans stand only for getting along at the expense of competence and survival. Somewhere along the line, the Republican Party was commandeered. Now, this minority acts as if they represent everyone; and their marketing seems very convincing.

In truth, we can get along. We should find peace within disagreement. We can keep quality and competence while also being respectful and gaining respect. But, these are not the main drive of this self-appointed group of uninvited spokesmen for the Republican establishment. They tout these universal values as their pass to develop a party that is Republican in-name-only while promoting closet Democratic Party values.

Now that their grand enemy, Trump, seems to be fading in the establishment’s narrative, the COVID virus also seems to be less and less relevant. The only thing that remains constant is the power of the Court, now headed toward a showdown with abortion.

Election

Republican Arizona election official says Trump ‘unhinged’ // Politico

Trump’s grip over Republicans hardens as party cleaves to election ‘big lie’ // Guardian

Law

The Supreme Court is facing a showdown over abortion this week // Vox

Republicans

Ignore the hype of Republicans threatening to ‘break away’ over Trump – Cas Mudde // Guardian

Opinion: Vote against Liz Cheney proves GOP’s only ideology now is revenge // NBC News

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Rightwingers tried to discredit Trump ‘foes’ with honey trap plot – report // Guardian

Pandemic

‘Today is a great day for America’: Biden removes his mask as CDC relaxes guidance – as it happened // Guardian

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