A variety of headlines catch my attention every week. Some have a spiritual focus; some of them indicate a new viewpoint or trend in thinking…and some are simply outrageous and I have an opinion to share about them! You will find additional news items (often with a political or specific focus) on my Personal Notes page or the new Political Juggernaut page. As with every section, News & Views encourages prayer warriors to address specific situations as the Lord would lead.
April 15, 2021: The Curiosity of the “Advancing American Freedom” Advocacy Group
Three new America-first organizations announced in just two weeks! Wow! This one caught my eye for a different reason, however. I actually raised my eyebrows when I saw the prominently-declared phrase “Trump-backed” linked to Mike Pence and introducing the mission statement for the organization.
Why? An article on 4-7-21 from washingtonexaminer.com ended on the statement “Pence left office under a Trump-shaped shadow, publicly chastised for resisting the president’s demands to reverse the 2020 election result unilaterally.”
That actually isn’t my recollection. I think it would be fairer to say he left under a Constitution-shaped shadow, which offered him two — not just one — other options in handling the submitted electoral votes. Nor did Trump demand. However, neither of those things are actually related to my point, just mentioning a noticeable slant on the reporting.
What I find curious is the reference to “Trump-backed.” I have read Donald Trump endorsements. Of Marco Rubio, Trump wrote, “It is my honor to give US Senator Marco Rubio my complete and total endorsement.” Of Rand Paul he wrote, “He has my complete and total endorsement for another term.” In endorsing the America First Policy Institute, Trump wrote that “the patriots” involved in that venture “are some of the greatest champions for freedom, free enterprise national greatness, and the primacy of American workers, families and communities, that our Nation has ever seen.”
So what is the Donald Trump backing for “Advancing American Freedom”? According to both westernjournal.com and washingtonexaminer.com, Trump is quoted as submitting a written statement that read, “It was the most successful first term in American history. Nice to see Mike is highlighting some of our many achievements.”
Does anyone else sense a giant ouch when you hear that?
According to washingtonexaminer.com, former Vice President Pence “joined the conservative Young America’s Foundation and “took on a role as a distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, triggering speculation he might be in line for its top job.” Paul Teller is described by linkedin.com as the current Executive Director at Advancing American Freedom. He has previously served in strongly supportive roles for Mike Pence while he was Vice President, Chief of Staff for senator Ted Cruz, and is highlighted on the Young America’s Foundation website.
Mike Pence is quoted in a new release as stating of the organization, “Advancing American Freedom plans to build on the success of the last four years by promoting traditional Conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration.” An additional stated goal is “to unite supporters of former President Donald Trump and traditional conservatives to prepare for the 2022 mid-term elections and beyond.”
Interesting. We’ll see how this develops. The washingtonexaminer.com article also states that, minus Trump in the 2024 election, Mike Pence is considered to “head the list of 2024 contenders.” Aides to Mike Pence, however, “shrug off speculation that the advocacy organization is a vehicle for Pence’s presidential ambitions.” Mike Pence and Paul Ryan had previously considered a run for the presidency on a joint ticket.
April 12, 2021: “America First Policy Institute” Steps Forward
Wow! At first I thought I made a mistake on the name of the “America First Legal” organization….then I realized we have another America First-oriented organization — with different goals — starting up. This is another welcome player on the political legal front.
An article by msn.com quotes group president and CEO Brooke Rollins as saying, “The America First Policy Institute is launching to continue the transformative changes that happened over the last four years.”
Foxnews.com reported that “AFPI includes 20 different policy focuses, many run by Trump alumni. The Center for Energy Independence will be chaired by former energy secretary Rick Perry and the National Security will be co-chaired by former acting Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and retired Army Lt. General Keith Kellogg, who served as national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence.”
The group is currently headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, but there are plans for a move to Washington D.C. to “get closer to the action.” Moreover, as the organization develops, there are plans to open offices in other major cities. Donald Trump has praised those leaders in the group as “some of the greatest champions for freedom, free enterprise, national greatness, and the primacy of American workers, families, and communities that our Nation has ever seen.”
April 7, 2021: “America First Legal” Launches Under Stephen Miller’s Leadership
I love this bold news! Good luck, Stephen Miller, this is an entity desperatey needed!
As reported by nypost.com, “Stephen Miller has launched a new organization that aims to challenge the Biden administration’s policies in court — and is being billed as a “conservative American Civil Liberties Union.”
Miller is described as being “the architect of the Trump White House’s immigration policies,” and served as a senior aide to President Trump.
Wsj.com summarizes Stephen Miller’s vision as tapping “into the expertise of Trump administration lawyers, work with Republican state attorneys generals, and partner with lawyers around the country and partner with lawyers around the country who need legal and financial resources for their cases.” Miller is quoted as stating, “Anything the president (Joe Biden) does that we believe to be illegal is fair game.” Additionally, a “broader ambition” is to be actively involved in litigation beyond Joe Biden’s immediate actions or sphere of influence.
Currently sitting on the board of America First Legal are Mark Meadows, former White House Chief of Staff under President Trump, and former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
March 26, 2021: $500 Monthly Payments….as Long as You are Non-White???
Unbelievable. I remember Civil Rights marches in the sixties. I remember zillions of teachings and speeches about “equal under the law.” And now this? What is it about the concept of “equal” that seems to baffle so many people? I expect this to be a “hot topic” for awhile, then fade away as the reality of court decisions discourages its pursuit……do I sound like I actually BELIEVE in “equality under the law”? Yes. Probably naive. But I choose to believe that concept will be re-embraced and a great multitude of illegal positions will be reconsidered when it is.
According to rfangle.com, “Oakland’s Democratic Mayor Libby Schaaf recently announced a program that would offer all poor families $500 a month, but with a catch: white families would be exempt from this program regardless of income level.”
The dispensing of these funds is described as “a lottery system that was privately funded.”
Soooooooo……….first you have to apply, qualification based solely on being non-white (not under your control). Then you have to “get drawn” based on chance (also not under your control).
Is there any ultimate purpose to this illogical exercise in anti-caucasian bigotry? Allegedly, “to encourage the federal government to adopt a socialist universal basic income.”
Huh. Dare I ask — are these proponents peddling socialism only to the non-white populations in America, then? If not, why wouldn’t they want to promote these grand aspirations to every American in the country? A corollary article published 3/23/21 by apnews.com points out that “the idea isn’t new,” and that around 600 families in the area would be targeted. “It is the first program to limit participation strictly to Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. The reason: white families in Oakland on average make as much as about times as much annually than black households, according to the Oakland Equity Index. It’s also a nod to the legacy of the Black Panther Party, the political movement that was founded in Oakland in the 1960s. ‘Guaranteed income has been a goal of the Black Panther Party since its founding,'” quotes Jesus Gerena of the co-sponsoring organization, Family Independence Initiative.”
Let me get this straight….a concept from fifty years ago to promote upwardly mobility among minorities but which has done NOTHING to accomplish that upward mobility at any time during the last fifty years is going to promote prosperity and upward mobility for the NEXT fifty years?
March 9, 2021: Canada is Loaning Billions to…..China?
This is just beyond baffling. I double-checked and yes, under this very category, concerns regarding the Chinese-Canada Connection were published (see 12/11, 12/31). What in the world is Prime Minister Trudeau thinking? Ahhhh…..one line might give it away…..
According to thepostmillennial.com, “Export Development Canada, a federal bank, approved more than $3 billion worth of loans and insurance to Chinese companies, Blacklock’s Reporter reveals.” Mairead Lavery, CEO of the crown corporation, was quoted in the article as stating, “When we work with them to understand their financing needs, we’re also working to ensure they understand issues like human rights.”
I’m actually a little shocked at such a statement…does Canadian leadership really think that violations of human rights in China are due to a lack of understanding, as if they are children who need to be taught right from wrong? Surely not! Liberal MP Sameer Zuberi is quoted as acknowledging that Chinese “supply chains are tainted, that is without question,” due to their routine use of forced labor in producing their goods.
Capforcanada.com offers an additional explanation: in a March 10 post, the site stated that “While polls verify Canadians do not trust and want little to do with China, PM Trudeau continues to defy the democratic principle of acting on behalf of the majority of the public…..while Trudeau plays the great reset game with China, he has not forgot about one of his favorite hobbies — the branding of Canada as an evil racist society.”
Gosh….does that line sound familiar to anyone?
March 8, 2021: New At-Home Therapeutic in the Works to Beat COVID-19/Wuhan Flu?
This article brings me both encouragement at progress and disgust at the past/continued politicization of the Wuhan Flu. Truly, such politicization has caused inestimable loss and devastation on multiple fronts. Will this potential at-home medication be scorned, discredited and potentially banned, as as hydroxychloroquine? I can never help but think….how much less ruin America’s citizens would have experienced had political interference not neutralized its use.
Theblaze.com recently commented on Fox news contributor Dr. Marc Siegel as he shared that “the experimental drug molnupiravir” had just concluded “phase two trials and it literally stopped the virus in its tracks.” Additionally, its use is foreseen as an at-home “five-day treatment, not unlike how Tamiflu is prescribed to combat the effects of influenza.”
I’m not a ‘betting person’…..but anyone want to offer odds on whether this promising technology will ever be offered to those who need it?
February 23, 2021: Thoughts on Facebook’s Active Role in Capitol Hill Riot January 6
Quite fascinating! Internet Accountability Project Senior Adviser Rachel Bovard, in authoring an article published by thefederalist.com, summarizes her curious discoveries in musing, “If any single platform can be fingered as a favorite of the rioters, it appears to be Facebook. Yet Facebook remains unmolested by app stores and untargeted by opportunistic politicians.”
During arrest interviews, FBI research uncovered this information: “Of the 223 charging documents, 73 reference posts on Facebook as evidence, 2 reference posts YouTube, 20 single out Instagram posts (owned by Facebook) and only 8 highlight posts on Parler.”
Bovard writes, “Over the last two decades, Big Tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have amassed unchallenged dominance over the global flow of information–so much so that if a user is banned across multiple platforms, he is effectively shut off from speaking with ease into the public square, which is largely now digital….by selling the argument that speaking on Bitchute or Diaspora is somehow exactly the same as reaching billions of people on Facebook or Twitter, Big Tech has successfully convinced conservatives to accept de-platforming as just another function of the free market…conservatives have acquiesced, meekly shuffling off to cluster in dusty corners of the Internet.”
There’s more. Much more. Why did Parler “have” to be smacked down? Check it out. Excellent article.
February 18, 2021: China Looks to Curb Rare Earth Minerals to Make Stumbling Block for US Military
This is actually nothing I have heard much about, and it seems like an issue that may become increasingly important. In October, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order that declared “a national emergency in the mining industry, aimed at boosting domestic production of rare earth minerals critical for military technologies while reducing the country’s dependence on China.”
Good thinking on President Trump’s part. Yournews.com shared an Epoch Times article stating, “Rare-earths are 17 metals that are required in the manufacturing of airplanes, cell phones, electricity generation and transmission systems, and advanced electronics…China controls about 80% of the global supply of rare earth minerals and sees its dominance as leverage that can be used against the West.”
In an interesting article from December, 2020, the publication sciencedaily.com cited research performed by Trinity College Dublin has “shed new light on the formation mechanisms of a rare earth-bearing mineral that is in increasing demand across the globe for its use in the green energy and tech industries.” The article also states that there “are more than 250 REE-bearing minerals, but only three are economically viable and exploited commercially.” Bastnasite is considered “likely the primary valuable mineral for REES,” and shows potential for being artificially produced.
UPDATE: 2-23-21: Canadian Surprise Regarding Rare Earths……as covered in mineralprices.com, “Canada not only has oil, it has rare earths, too, an estimated 15 million tonnes of them.” Scroll down to the Dec. 11, 2020 article below, regarding China’s growing visibility on the China mainland….does anyone else see a connection? I certainly hope Prime Minister Trudeau does….
February 17, 2021: Bill Gates Top Farmland Owner, Promotes Lab-Created “Beef” for Your Dining Pleasure
I’m not sure there is any aspect of Bill Gates’ life I don’t find peculiar. I sort-of-by-accident found an interesting group of “dots” which I am thinking “has one missing” so that they don’t currently connect to form a complete picture.
First, Bill Gates has apparently just published another book. Generating excitement for his new book (the poor lad might be feeling under-monetized right now for some obscure reason) could be the primary reason for an upsurge in interviews, right now. His newest book addresses the Gates perspective on preventing climate change, which seems to be his immediate fixation, beyond vaccinations. “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” is actually the seventh book Gates has authored over the years, with most of his efforts pursuing a technology-leaning crowd. As covered by rt.com, Gates is quoted as saying “I do think all rich nations should move to 100 percent synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the (behavior of) people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.”
Use regulation to totally shift the demand…..hmmmm….? In the same article, Gates’ main objective in promoting faux-meat seems to be “cutting down the levels of methane by getting rid of livestock.” The concept is not without controversy, with pro-green sources saying that animals are large contributors, and pro-livestock sources pointing the finger at fossil fuels for their methane emissions. Gates himself, in an interview with technologyreview.com, is quoted as pointing out, “You’re right that saying to people, ‘You can’t have cows anymore‘–talk about an unpopular approach to things.”
Dot number two: according to a January 14, 2021 article in forbes.com, “Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world….has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S.–enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America.” The article lists Gates’ primary farmland holdings in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Technically owned by Gates’ financial entity, Cascade Investments, the statement was made that “It’s not entirely clear how Gates’ farmland is being used.” Moreover, a February 1, 2021 article by crosscut.com posted a map that broke down Gates’ holdings as including 25,750 acres labeled “transitional,” and 1,234 acres as “recreational.”
theblaze.com points out that Bill Gates often promotes “a number of firms he invests in that produce meat alternatives, such as Memphis Meats, beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods. Faux-meats currently “do not represent 1% of the meat in the world, but they’re on their way.”
February 10, 2021: A New Era? First Gold Bond Issued Since 1933
According to gsiexchange.com, “As an escape from the dollar, an Arizona-based firm has revived a gold-standard remnant. In January, Monetary Metals issued a bond denominated in gold, the first of its kind in the United States in 87 years.”
According to the article, the “one-year bond has an interest rate of 13% and is funding a loan to a Western Australian mining company named Shine Resources. Given the bond’s popularity, described as being able to “oversubscribe” to the bond in very short order, gieschange.com suggests that there “might be more like it to come.”
February 1, 2021: Could “Reliance Interest” Reinstate the Keystone Pipeline?
Fred Lucas with The Daily Signal shares a really fascinating possibility shared by GianCarlo Canaparo of the Heritage Foundation — “President Barack Obama’s executive action, which allowed illegal immigrants brought to America as minors to stay legally under certain circumstances, created expectation among people in the country. Thus, if the U.S. government wanted to scrap the DACA policy, it would have to go through an administrative procedure. TC Energy and the Canadian government likely would also have a reliance interest, said Canaparo.”
Canaparo suggested that President Trump’s executive order ‘created rights’ that require the government to go through a process to undo.”
January 27, 2021: Amazon (gasp) Tries to Block Mail-In Union Votes….Why????
This is just plain funny ironic, infuriating, and outrageous — all lumped together.
According to msn.com, Amazon is attempting to stymy workers’ efforts to vote-by-mail in an upcoming potential unionization vote. Citing the usual COVID-blocks-anything-we-want-it-to rationale, the National Labor Relations Board emphasized the need for mail-in voting in this situation “to protect the health and safety of workers.” Yes of course, of course.
Never mind that “In April 2020, attorneys for the union avoidance law firm Jackson Lewis blogged that ‘mail ballot elections favor unions,’ given that there is a “decreased ability of employers to dissuade workers” from actually moving forward with a pro-union vote. On January 21, the article reports that Amazon lawyers “argued a mail-in ballot would take too long” and involve “too many resources.”
According to theepochtimes.com, an “Amazon spokesperson” released a statement to media outlets that they believed “the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is collected manually, in-person.”
January 21, 2021: Tara Reade, Former Joe Biden Staffer Accusing Him of Sexual Assault, Watched Inauguration with Disbelief
I am not a big “Me Too” Movement advocate because I believe that, at its core, it is insincere in its promoted goal of seeking justice for assault victims. However I am actually quite surprised that this story was so squashed and uncovered, given witness statements and corroboration.…
According to theblaze.com, Tara Reade stated that watching Inauguration Day was “especially painful” as the scenes rolled across the TV screens. She is quoted as saying the ceremony “was unspeakably hard to watch.” Reade shared her allegation of being sexually assaulted by then-Senator Biden in 1993. While stating in a tweet that she was “thankful Trump was defeated,” she maintains the severity of her initial disclosures about the incident. and states she will “not be silenced.”
Biden stated to the multitudes that “I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”
December 31, 2020: Defense Analyst Shares Concerns Regarding China’s Threat to Australia
This article caught me by surprise, given the recent 99-year island lease Australia permitted just a month ago. Something definitely doesn’t make sense, here. It seems logical to me to say, well of COURSE there is a security threat……
According to author/defense issue analyst Dr. Robbin Laird, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using a vast arsenal to coerce Australian governments to cede key parts of our political independence. Trade pressure is just part of a larger offensive.”
In a June 11 article from theglobeandmail.com, journalist Petar Kujundzic wrote, “Eighteen months ago, China began using economic, political and judicial means to increase pressure on Ottawa after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Now, Beijing is taking a strikingly similar approach with Australia, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an inquiry into the origins of the deadly coronavirus.” Additionally, the article stated that hia had “blocked imports of some Australian beef and imposed a crippling 80-percent tariff on Australian barley, an echo of the measures it took against Canadian Canola and meat.”
On November 27, forbes.com pointed out in an article that “Australia counts China as its biggest trading partner,” citing an economic impact of 27.4% of the country’s exports, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2019. A November 30 article in bloomberg.com concedes that “the attacks on Australia are meant to deter others like Canada, the European Union and Japan from joining a U.S.-led campaign to counter China’s rise.”
I would say Dr. Robbins has very good reason to be concerned. In closing remarks, he wrote, “We need to act now. Many countries that share our national philosophy are threatened by this rising power that is hostile to everything we are. Free, democratic, prosperous, occupying a full continent, and an ally of the United States.”
December 11, 2020: Canadian-Chinese Military Exercises Carried Out in Canada?
This is a particularly troubling story as we consider the expanse of Canadian-American border and the apparently mutually dismissive view the President and Prime Minister have of one another.
According to theblaze.com, “Rebel News founder Ezra Levant says he was given documents detailing Canada’s disturbing cooperation with the Chinese military…Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved 18 military exercises between the Canadian and Chinese armies last year.”
Dave Hodges on Thecommonsenseshow.com documented in August, 2020, “Previously, I covered the fact that we have a large contingent of CHICOM troops operating in western Canada just north of the US/Canadian border. The CHICOMS are moving drugs with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The CHICOMS control British Columbia’s largest port, just like they did Long Beach before Trump put a stop to it.” Hodges also states that his “deep cover source” was “fully aware of Trudeau’s betrayal of the American people.”
The site sarahwestall.com published on August 12, 2020, that “recent legislation in Canada” is now allowing for “Chinese troops on Canadian soil. The agreement allows China to protect their vast assets acquired over many decades.”
“Vast assets acquired over many decades.” A frightening phrase, to me. This “friendliness” with China is a far cry from a July 7, 2020, article in thestar.com, in which the Chinese Ambassador, Cong Peiwu, warned that “Canadians should prepare for retaliation after Ottawa protested the Asian nation’s security crackdown in Hong Kong.”
Or is a forced treaty exactly the retaliation promised…in which case…who has what on whom to mandate such an agreement?
Globalnews.ca shared a commentary on June 13, 2020, regarding the disclosure that Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne “has two separate mortgages with the state-owned Bank of China, and still owes $1.2 million. The properties were purchased in 2009 and 2013, when Champagne was still working in the U.K.” Although commentator Rob Breakenridge stated “there’s nothing to suggest that there was anything untoward about either of the loans,” he also pointed out “the onus is on him to make sure he’s avoiding any appearance of a conflict of interest.”
Both Trudeau and Champagne were among the first world leaders to congratulate Joe Biden on the appearance of a presidential victory. Thehill.com reported on November 9, 2020, that Prime Minister Trudeau had tweeted, “We’ve worked with each other before and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges…facing our two countries – including climate change and COVID-19.”
Apparently no mention of the other Chinese Elephant in the room…reported to be 6,000 strong and growing….while nationalpost.com reported on November 25, 2020, that “Canada’s foreign affairs minister said Canada is taking the lead on a multilateral effort to address China’s ‘hostage diplomacy, in the wake of the arrest of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.”
They’re going to address China? It doesn’t sound that way to me.
December 3, 2020: No Tobacco, Only Pot?
I don’t know what God is up to in San Francisco….but I sure hope He moves in the long-promised revival pretty soon. I cannot fathom the deliberate destruction of society being allowed — even encouraged — by the government representatives in this state.
As covered by legalinsurrection.com, San Francisco is currently “the largest city in the country to adopt the tough measure against tobacco smokers” — by not allowing them to smoke tobacco inside their own homes. However, since marijuana smoking is allowed only in their own, private residence, the lawmakers “reversed their position,” allowing for the consumption of pot inside a private residence.”
Would this be San Francisco lawmakers’ secret weapon to staying elected??? Lol….
December 2, 2020: Chinese Lease Island, Ban All Previous Owners and Tourists
This is a peculiar story, to me. And it feels a little ominous….just what are the Chinese planning to do with this island? A 99-year “lease” is reeeaaallllly for a long time…..and what in the world are the Australians thinking in entering into such a deal???
According to thenationalpulse.com, “Following a Chinese Communist Party-linked company’s purchase of an Australian island, the Beijing-based firm has banned Australian residents and tourists from visiting the island….’keep out’ signs now plaster the island, including its famed national park….”
The developer, China Bloom, whose agent is named Greaton Holdings, “has over a billion dollars’ worth of construction projects across the country.”
Hmm. Especially given the Chinese breaking their agreement with Britain regarding the freedom of Hong Kong, would you lease your island to China? Not me! I think this is “takeover by slow legality”…..
November 20, 2020: 2005 Carter-Baker Report Ignored, Could Have Transformed This Election?
This is actually quite fascinating. The scope and actions recommended by the plan — put forth by Jimmy Carter and James Baker fifteen years ago — would have never allowed the disruptions/corruptions currently being exposed. It is actually difficult for me to fathom just how intent politicians used to be in trying to keep American elections fraud-free…or was it all just a facade?
As pointed out in dailysignal.com, “They called on states to increase Voter ID requirements; to be leery of mail-in ballots; to halt ballot harvesting; to maintain voter lists, in part to ensure dead people are promptly removed from them; to allow election observers to monitor ballot counting; and to make sure voting machines are working properly.”
The “they” were former Democrat President Jimmy Carter and former Republican Secretary of State James Baker, who jointly created 87 different recommendations “to address voting and election integrity issues” after controversies in the 2000 Presidential election. The Commission on Federal Election Reform created a document informally known as the “Carter-Baker report.”
I am reminded of George Santayana’s well-known statement, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
November 8, 2020: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells NYT She May be Leaving Politics?
OK, I admit it — my first reaction was to ask myself….could we really be so lucky?? According to theblaze.com, in a recent interview with the New York Times the recently re-elected Representative described the last two years as “pretty hostile” inside the Democrat Party.
“I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” Ocasio-Cortez is quoted as stating. “I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably about the same.”
October 26, 2020: Microsoft Hopes to Keep Under Shadow of Joe Biden Win
This struck me as an odd story. Perhaps it is only “odd” because both Twitter and Facebook have dropped their cards and the hands they are holding are now visible for everyone to see and scrutinize. One of the new media ploys seems to be “no news means no controversy,” rather than “no news means you don’t know what’s happening.”
According to reuters.com, researcher Max Moran of Center for Economic and Policy Research stated, “Microsoft has been playing politics for much longer than the other large technology companies that are widely talked about. It knows how to play the game on both sides of the aisle.”
The article points out that the “Washington-based software company is the fourth largest contributor to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s candidate campaign committee, according to data from OpenSecrets, a website which tracks money in politics and campaign finance records.”
Microsoft is also described as consistently portraying itself as the “‘adult in the room'” to both parties on the topic of antitrust, a strategy that will continue to ensure attention is diverted to its rivals,” according to CEPR’s Moran. Microsoft will be facing future antitrust issues although it is the article’s opinion that “they are not likely to result in any meaningful action…under a Biden administration.”
October 2, 2020: CCP Editor of State-Run Newspaper Uses Trump’s Positive COVID to Promote Its Political View
Dailymail.co.uk reports that the CCP editor of the Global Times tweeted out, “The diagnosis revealed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the US and would sabotage Trump’s upcoming re-election.”
The editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, also stated in the same tweet that “President Trump and the First Lady have paid the price for gamble to play down the COVID-19.” The article also points out that “Beijing and Washington have been in a war of words” since the release of the coronavirus, and that “tensions have also flared up between the two countries over the trade war, self-ruled Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea.”
September 2, 2020: Grace Community Church in California Served Eviction Notice After Court Win
According to lifesitenews.com, “Grace Community Church has held a lease from the county on section of their parking lot since 1975. A letter dated August 28 from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works gives them a total of 30 days to ‘vacate’ the area by October 1.”
Thefederalist.com stated on August 31 that Thomas More Society will be representing the church. Jenna Ellis, special counsel from the Society, is quoted as saying, “The only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.”
The saga goes on — and we will see how God moves through this situation!
September 1, 2020: Oops! Attempt to Delete COVID Nursing Home Order Continues to Bring the Topic Back to Center Stage
I still cannot believe the lack of forethought in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s allowing nursing home residents who were/might be COVID-infected back into nursing homes during a highwater time in the pandemic. Apparently he thought a little “revisionist history” might ease the public’s constant memory of it, over the passage of time…another situation which is continuing to haunt the Govvernor.
As observed and documented by multiple media outlets in May, 2020, washingtonexaminer.com reported that “Evidence of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 order mandating that nursing homes accept individuals diagnosed with the coronavirus has been deleted from the New York State Department of Health’s website.” The article also pointed out that “New York changed the way it counts nursing home deaths between April 28 and May 3” due to “increasing scrutiny.”
Foxnews.com also shared news of the deletion on May 26, which is by now several months old. However, new interest in the deleted order has resurfaced as death statistics among New York nursing home residents continue to vary. Theblaze.com shared a photocopy of the deleted order, which had been saved by Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
August 18, 2020: Epoxy Material Developed That Can “Heal Itself”
This is just plain fascinating. Although describing research as being “still in the discovery phase,” I am beyond intrigued. If this early release is any indication, this is technology that will be in the news everywhere, before long.
According to foxnews.com, “U.S. Army and Texas A&M researchers have developed a material that they say can ‘heal autonomously. The 3-D printable and stimuli-responsive polymeric materials have fueled comparisons with the shapeshifting T-1000 Terminator character in the movie ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’.”
The website army.mil further describes the material as having “the ability for massive reconfigurability and have embedded intelligence allowing it to autonomously adapt to its environment without any external control…this new material has a dynamic bond that allows it to go from liquid to solid multiple times, which allows it to be 3-D printed and recycled.”
Army.mil summarizes the research as considering “new scientific developments that may disrupt current scientific and technological paradigms 30 to 50 years from now.”
August 15, 2020: Grace Community Church in California Gets Positive Ruling…This Time….
As reported by theblaze.com, “Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon rules that Grace Community Church can continue to hold indoor services as long as worshippers wear face coverings and practice social distancing.”
Pastor John MacArthur is quoted in the article as saying, “This vindicates our desire to stay open and serve our people. This also gives us an opportunity to show that we are not trying to be rebellious or unreasonable, but that we will stand firm to protect our church against unreasonable, unconstitutional restrictions.”
The article also states that “Los Angeles County officials, however, were not happy. They said they would ‘continue to work through the legal system to ensure that the health orders are upheld.”
August 10, 2020: California DA Declares San Luis Obispo County a “Sanctuary County” for Churches and Worship
Yes, bravo!!! According to christianpost.com, “San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow confirmed late last month he will not prosecute churches for holding worship services or for singing in church, which was deemed unlawful by an order from Gov. Gavin Newsome.”
The article also quotes Dow as stating, “I declare San Luis Obispo County a sanctuary county for singing and praising in our houses of worship. Inherent with my responsibility to enforce the law is the discretion I have…to pursue only those charges that are warranted and are in the interest of justice.”
July 31, 2020: Hong Kong Election Scheduled for Sept. 6 Now “Delayed” One Full Year
No, this surely can’t be good news for the people of Hong Kong.
As reported by nbcnews.com, Hong Kong city leader Carrie Lam announced that due to the “worsening COVID-19 situation” the upcoming Sept. 6 Legislative Council election would be delayed for a full year. Just one day earlier, the outlet announced that “Prominent Hong Kong protest leaders have been barred from running in upcoming elections.”
Among those “barred” was well-known pro-democracy leader Joshua Wang. In addition, four pro-democracy students were also arrested on the same day.
The Legislative Council is a 70-seat body that “helps to set laws in Hong Kong,” but is divided with 35 seats elected by the public and 35 seats appointed by the government. Pro-democracy political views are banned with the implementation of China’s National Security Law on June 30.
On July 28, Alexander Zhang of theepochtimes.com wrote, “After its disastrous showing in the district elections in November 2019, during which the pro-democracy camp won a landslide, the pro-Beijing camp is no longer confident that it will be able to retain its majority” in the Council. It is widely believed that the Chinese regime’s imposition of the National Security Law on Hong Kong was a desperate move to prevent the pro-democracy camp from taking over the legislature.”
July 27, 2020: Canine COVID-sniffers Demonstrate 94% Accuracy
Cnbc.com has reported that “A new study, which was piloted by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the Hannover Medical School and the German Armed Forces found that, if properly trained, dogs were able to discriminate between human saliva samples infected with SARS-CoV-2 and non-infected samples with a 94% success rate overall.”
One professor from the university shared the opinion that, because metabolic processes completely change with COVID-19 infection, “We think that the dogs are able to detect a specific smell of the metabolic changes.”
The hope is that canines could be used in “public areas such as airports, sporting events, and other mass gatherings.”
July 20, 2020: United Kingdom Becomes Fourth Country to Suspend Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong, Imposes Arms Embargo
According to theeppochtimes.com, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced to the House of Commons, “The government has decided to suspend the extradition treaty immediately and indefinitely,” regarding Hong Kong. He is also quoted as adding, “The imposition of this new national security legislation has significantly changes key assumptions underpinning our extradition treaty arrangements with Hong Kong.”
In this action, the UK has joined Canada, the United States, and Australia. In the same speech, Raab also stated that “The UK will extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo that we’ve applied to mainland China since l989.” Exports to Hong Kong no longer allowed include “any potentially lethal weapons, components and ammunition, and any equipment that might be used for internal repression, such as shackles, detective equipment, firearms and smoke grenades.”
July 13, 2020: Will China Start Military Aggression Towards America in the South China Sea?
This is not normally a topic I am inclined to discuss here, but the specific nature of this “educated guess” caught me by surprise and I thought it was worth sharing.
According to theblaze.com, Representative Ted Yoho (R-Fla) of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, stated that “armed conflict will be triggered by a Chinese naval attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet.” Yoho shared the opinion that a Chinese ship “would ram one of our ships and say it was a mistake.”
Washingtonexaminer.com reported on July 12 that “A Chinese admiral also has boasted about the possibility of of attacking U.S. carriers, wagering that such a loss of American life would leave U.S. leaders and the broader public “frightened” of Chinese power in the disputed area.”
The Washington Examiner references a January 2, 2019 article published by news.com.au in which Chinese Rear Admiral Lou Yuan spoke in Shenzhen that “disputes” occurring between the United States and China over the South China Sea could be resolved “by sinking two US Super Carriers.” Admiral Lou further elaborated that “What the United States fears most is taking casualties.”
July 2: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Other Nations Finalizing Plans to Assist Hong Kongers
According to usnews.com via Reuters, “Many Hong Kong residents are scouring for new jobs and homes overseas, fearful that a new national security law imposed by Beijing will crush coveted rights not enjoyed on the mainland and herald a new authoritarian era for China’s freest city.” As reported by cnbc.com, “Taiwan has opened an office to help handle the applications of people from Hong Kong who want to resettle in the island.”
The article quotes Georg Schmiel, international realtor/relocation expert, as stating, “Hong Kong demand for international real estate and residency programs has rocketed over the past few weeks. We see it in Malaysia, Australia, the UK, Thailand, Canada, Vietnam and the Philippines.” Another realtor quoted is Lily Chong living in Western Australia, who claimed that inquiries from Hong Kong had increased 40% since mid-June.
According to sbs.com, the Chinese foreign ministry is “urging Australia to look at the national security legislation in a ‘correct and objective’ light.” news.com.au reported on July 2 that “Australia is preparing to offer safe haven to thousands of Hong Kong residents living here who don’t want to return home in the wake of China’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.”
On June 29, thehindu.com (apparently produced in Beijing) published two important moves on the part of the Chinese government. In response to President Trump “restricting US visas for a number of unspecified Chinese officials” for its new Hong Kong security policy, “China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong.” This is confirmed by time.com. The second move, according to the publication, is the provision for “China’s security agencies to set up shop publicly in the city (Hong Kong) for the first time.”
“Setting up shop” has apparently been quite successful, as hongkongfp.com shared on July 3, “Hong Kong police brought their first charges” under the new security plan, as “A 24-year old man has been charged with one count of inciting others for secession and one count of terrorist activity,” according to a short summary from police. In typical CCP (Comunity China Party) practice, “The terrorism offences are broad and include attacks on vehicles or transport networks and using dangerous methods to seriously endanger public health or safety.”
My guess is that the exodus is just beginning…for as long as it is allowed.
Theepochtimes.com reported on July 3 that “Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law announced on July 2 that he has left the city after testifying to U.S. congressional hearing,” regarding the new security policy. His departure is chronicled as coming “two days after the national security law took effect. Law is quoted as saying, “No Hong Konger is under the illusion that Beijing has any intention to honor our basic rights and honor its promises to us. Mass arrests have already begun on the first day of the National Security Law’s implementation.” Multiple sources document that around 370 people were arrested during the start of a march.
Rfa.org (Radio Free Asia) confirms that the new head of the Hong Kong security office was “a former mayor who cracked down on the rebel village of Wukan protests.” Other officials in leadership are, according to the article, “known for their toughness.”
June 2, 2020: Britain’s Boris Johnson Offers Refuge to Hong Kong Citizens
The issue of China’s security crackdown on Hong Kong has been nearly lost in the ten-plus days of domestic protesting and rioting. It is, however, a dangerous situation continuing to unfold. I cannot imagine living in Hong Kong, right now, and have been praying for the region and its people.
According to standard.co.uk, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is willing to make some of the “biggest changes” ever seen to the British visa system, in order to “allow 2.85 million Hong Kong citizens the chance of fully-fledged citizenship” of Britain. The changes would, in essence, “upgrade the status of British National (Overseas) passports which 350,000 people in Hong Kong hold and 2.5 million are eligible to apply for.” Tom Tugendhat, Chair of the Commons foreign affairs select committee, is quoted as stating, “The security law will allow Beijing to launch a complete crackdown on free speech.”
A June 3 article from businessinsider.com cites China’s reaction as telling Britain to “step back from the brink” and to stop “interfering.” The UK has also contacted the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to offer visas to Hong Kong residents who wish to flee. News.yahoo.com quoted Prime Minister Johnson on June 3 as stating, “Many people in Hong Kong fear that their way of life — which China pledged to uphold — is under threat…if China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honor our obligations and provide an alternative.”
On May 22, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference which began, “The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.” Pompeo stated that Hong Kong was a “bastion of liberty” and the PRC pursuit of the national security legislation “would be a death knell” for such liberty. Five days later, May 27, Secretary Pompeo publicly acknowledged, “No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground.”
According to the online scmp.com (South China Morning Post) on June 6, “Hong Kong’s justice minister has given a public assurance that her department will make independent prosecutorial decisions under the new national security law Beijing is imposing on the city.” The South China Morning Post was purchased by Jack Ma of Alibaba in 2016. after being British-owned for 113 years.
I say — we’ll see!
May 29, 2020: Facebook Content Oversight Board Leans Significantly Left, Ties to George Soros
This is really interesting, and should be more prominent in discussion of the new Facebook content oversight board…especially since it is conservative voices stating they are being censored, and the Board participants appear decidedly Left of “neutral.”
According to judicialwatch.org, “The recently appointed Facebook oversight board that will decide which posts get blocked…is stacked with leftists, including a close friend of leftwing billionaire George Soros who served on the board of directors of his (Soros’) Open Society Foundations (OSF).”
According to the report, Judicial Watch deems “that the group of 20 is overwhelmingly leftist ad likely to restrict conservative views.” The article notes that “only a few token conservatives” are on the Facebook board.
May 18, 2020: Atwater, California, Becomes “Sanctuary City” from Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order
Wow! If there’s ever a good reason to declare yourself a “sanctuary city” apart from the policies of your state, this strikes me as a good one! According to blaze.com, the California city of Atwater has declared it is “Affirming the city’s commitment to fundamental constitutional rights and declaring the City of Atwater a sanctuary city for all businesses.” Ironically, the article also pointed out that those businesses “that operate under a state-issued license, such as bars and salons…are likely to remain closed” for the present time. Merced County, of which Atwater is a part, continues in lockdown.
May 15, 2020: Sorrento Therapeutics Claims Antibody that 100% Inhibits COVID-19
According to foxnews.com, Sorrento Therapeutics of San Diego has stated it has “discovered an antibody that could shield the human body from the coronavirus and flush it out of a person’s system within four days.” Sorrento’s founder and CEO, Dr. Henry Ji, described the process as the antibody “puts its arms around the virus…and moves them out of the body.” Dubbed STI-1499, it is proposed as one part of a three-part “antibody cocktail.” The article states that Sorrento recently announced its partnership with New York-based Mt. Sinai to create such a “cocktail.”
May 13, 2020: Hogs in a Wood Chipper? Surely There’s Another Solution to Excess Livestock!
I didn’t know that in 1967 there were close to 10,000 slaughterhouses from sea-to-shining-sea, and that currently the number stands around 2,800. Part of me thinks that’s great…and part of me considers the ongoing popularity of steak dinners or hamburgers in a growing population, and I can see reason for concern.
According to foxnews.com, “Small farmers say that they remain casualties of the 1967 Wholesome Meat Act, which mandates that slaughterhouses can only produce meat for sale if they have a federal inspector on-site during slaughtering or are in a state with its own stringent standards.” The article points out that “The rigorous regulations over time have made it harder for small-scale operations to keep up.”
Approximately five years ago, Kentucky representative Thomas Massie introduced a bill that would have made it “easier (for small farmers) to sell to places like grocery stores and restaurants,” arguing, in effect, that identical regulations pertaining to “multinational beef hackers that slaughter 10,000 animals a day shouldn’t apply to a rancher slaughtering 20.”
Under the pressure of COVID-19 impact on meat processing plants, the legislature has surfaced for a third time, having unsuccessfully been reviewed about one year ago. However, its advocates have continued to grow. Cleverly dubbed the PRIME Act (Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption), the legislation basically amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act and “seeks to ‘give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores.”
Representative Massie, himself a small beef producer, stated that the PRIME Act would not be an end-all to the situation, but that it “would put scores of farming families back in business within weeks.” The legislation is expected to be heavily opposed by the USDA and multiple meat-processing related entities, despite support from the growing farm-to-market movement. Massie raised the possibility of live-stream observation, stating, “These inspectors are watching hundreds of animals at facilities…why couldn’t they do this for smaller farms?”
May 4, 2020: Development Phase of COVID Antibody Announced by Israel
According to theblaze.com, the Israel Institute for Biological Research and Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett presented a joint statement that “they had completed the development phase of an antibody to battle the coronavirus.”
indiatimes.com describes the process as “the monoclonal neutralising antibody developed…can neutralise it (the disease-causing coronavirus) inside carriers’ bodies.” The article adds that “The antibody that IIBR has developed is monoclonal which indicates that it was derived from a single recovered cell and thus is a lot more potent and valuable to deliver a positive result.”
jpst.com (online Jerusalem Post) stated on 5-5-20 that the monoclonal antibody was “new and refined,” expanding out the description that it “contains an exceptionally low proportion of harmful proteins; the institute has demonstrated the ability of the antibody to neutralize the novel coronavirus; and the antibody was specifically tested on the aggressive coronavirus.” With the patenting process in its beginning stages, the overall process is described as possibly spanning “over several months.” While the discovery is hailed as “a milestone,” there is also the caution that “a series of complex tests and a process of regulatory approvals” are still ahead.
April 17, 2020: Not Receiving COVID Money? Ah, If Only You Were an Illegal in California…
OK, this is just unbelievable. Yes, I have no doubt that the concept might top a “really-want list” for the liberal agenda in California, but with so much unemployment and financial difficulty in that state, I’m quite surprised this is actually in the “doing” stage.
According to newsmax.com, “California will be the first state to give cash to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to 150,000 adults…Wednesday, Gavin Newsom announced he would spent $75 million of taxpayer money to create a Disaster Relief Fund for immigrants living in the country illegally.”
Update 5-6-20: Judicial Watch has filed “a temporary restraining order against (California Gov.) Newsom to keep him from spending about $75 million of state taxpayer funds on direct cash benefits to illegal aliens,” according to dailysignal.com. According to msn.com, Gov. Newsom is quoted as saying, “‘We feel a deep sense of gratitude for people that are in fear of deportation but are still addressing the essential needs of tens of millions of Californians’ in food gathering and other tasks.” Monies were to be distributed through unspecified nonprofit organizations, but the article identified “those founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg.”
April 15, 2020: Four Significant Areas of Chinese Influence, Mostly Unseen
I was quite surprised to see the interaction between President Trump and a member of the media during a recent COVID-19 press conference, as the President flat-out asked the reporter if she worked for China or if her employer were Chinese-owned. I remember thinking that there was more to this exchange than appeared in the quick 30-seconds during the briefing. As I read this article from Jarrett Stepman, I remember hearing about each instance he mentions, at different times, disconnected from the other incidents. Stepman’s work of listing them together provides a better wide-lens view of a hidden reality slowly being brought to the surface.
As Stepman states for dailysignal.com, “If it wasn’t already clear before the coronavirus outbreak, China is particularly aggressive in how it tries to control the spread of information, not just in regard to its own citizens, but people around the globe.” He lists and explains the points of influence in four major areas: news media, social media, Hollywood movies, and college campuses. I found his section on “Social Media” particularly fascinating.
March 31, 2020: Concern about Chinese ‘Biosecurity’ Risk Raised in November, 2019
I found this article quite fascinating. In view of the Chinese wet markets already reopening while China continues to grapple with COVID-19, it does make one wonder just how strong that connection actually is. According to americanactionnews.com, several instances of Chinese nationals “attempting to bring samples of highly contagious pathogens prompted an FBI warning of China’s ‘biosecurity risk’ to the U.S.” in November, 2019. One year earlier, in fall of 2018, a Chinese biologist had two vials confiscated from his personal luggage. Although the vials appeared to be labeled “antibodies,” a detailed inspection led “personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials.” A third incident which had occurred in May, 2018, caused the FBI to conclude there was an “alarming pattern, which resulted in the November, 2019 intelligence report.
March 12, 2020: Biodegradable “Soapy” Handwash Kills Coronavirus on Hands in 72 Samples
According to breakingchristiannews.com, “Two Israeli companies have joined forces to make your handwashing 100 percent effective in killing viruses…it begins with the Soapy hygiene microstation, already used in several countries.” For details on product, click here.
March 9, 2020: Freedom From Religion Foundation Pleads with Pentagon to Not Adopt “Creator of the Universe” as Space Force Hymn
Well, I can’t say I find this unexpected…the FFRF decried the recently written lyrics for the Space Force Hymn as “thoroughly religious,” and having “nothing to do with the military or space.” By their own reckoning, they deem that “a quarter of active service members identify as nonreligious.” In their letter, they adamantly state that “The importance of keeping the U.S. military secular in order to protect the religious liberty of all servicemembers cannot be overemphasized.”
New discovery! There is both a Space Force Hymn as well as a Space Force Anthem. In researching this Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint, I discovered an article from Rev. David A. Newberry, clarifying that “Creator of the Universe” was indeed designed to be sung in a setting of corporate worship. The United States Space Force Anthem, written in July of 2018 by Matt Greminger, utilizes 9 instrumental sections and words more common with other military branch trademark songs.
March 4, 2020: Space Force Hymn Titled, “Creator of the Universe”
According to christiannewswire.com, Rev. James F. Linzey, Air Force Captain, “felt led by God to write the Space Force Hymn. He set his pen to paper…on February 22, 2020, he completed what became Creator of the Universe, the Space Force Theme.”
A recorded version of “Creator of the Universe” is not yet available. However, a 2018 spoof “Space Force”-theme video imagined what the theme might be while “sung” by President Trump.
February 24, 2020: Four U.S. Companies Researching Coronavirus Vaccine
According to foxbusiness.com, Peter Navarro, the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, has stated that President Trump is continuing to take a very “hands on” approach to monitoring and communicating with U.S. labs working on the project. On Feb. 21, foxbusiness.com published information that the Texas company, Greffex, Inc., “had completed” the vaccine this week and was moving on to the testing phase. Greffex stated that it had used an “adenovirus-based vector vaccine,” translating to meaning it is genetically engineered, rather than a living or dead version of the virus. Greffex CEO has made the preliminary statement that if the government approves the vaccine, “Greffex will distribute the vaccine to other countries for free.”
Peter Navarro also mentioned a product named remdisivir, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, which is looking promising. wsj.com and reddit.com have stated that Drugmaker Moderna Inc. has “shipped its first batch” of coronavirus vaccine, ready for human testing. In addition, the Director stated that Trump was bringing back “the infrastructure” of medical product-related items such as drug ingredients, face masks, sterile gloves, and point-of-care diagnostic field equipment back to American production.
February 19, 2020: Coronavirus Victims Can Be Reinfected, Chinese Medicine Weakens Heart Tissue
According to nypost.com, “Medically cleared patients have been getting reinfected” by the Coronavirus in the epicenter of Wuhan. Additionally, current “medicine” being used in China “can have” the side effect of weakening heart tissues so that a second bout with the virus makes victims “more susceptible to cardiac arrest.” A Feb. 10 article in nypost.com recognizes three Chinese doctors, all of whom received official government backlash from sharing online insights of concern regarding the virus. The first, Liu Wen of Wuhan Red Cross Society, has since died of the virus. Another made claims of being beaten for sharing information, and prior to his passing, Liu Wen was required to sign a document stating he would not “spread rumors online.”
February 14, 2020: Coronavirus Impact on American Economy Beginning to Materialize
There will, of course, be substantial discussion regarding virtually every aspect of the Coronavirus over the months ahead. This tidbit, however, caught my attention because it enumerates, in real-time terms, some already-felt economic aspects of the epidemic — without politicization, simply based on product-producing manufacturing shutdowns, travel bans, and economic downturns being experienced across China.
The dailymail.co.uk reports the following industries/areas are already starting to feel the economic impact of multiple thousands of Chinese people impacted by the coronavirus: wedding industry, technology, luxury real estate and mortgage rates, tourism, US city Chinatowns, and colleges/universities. The economic news comes amid information that “China has reportedly appointed its top military biological weapon expert to take over a secretive virus laboratory in Wuhan after the outbreak of the coronavirus, sparking conspiracy theories that the health crisis could be connected to the army.” The expert, however, Dr. Chen Wei, also has an impressive record of formulating virus-combating vaccines.
February 10, 2020: El Salvadore Government Finds Genuine Repentance in Prisoners Receiving Jesus
I really wish testimonies like this received more publicity. Just a dream, I know — but this is an awesome article regarding 600 male prison inmates in Izalco and their encounters with the One who transforms lives. According to breakingchristiannews.com, “More and more men began to find Jesus in a chain reaction of grace. The new converts changed dramatically. They were no longer angry and depressed. They became cooperative and friendly…today, El Salvador’s government leaders see evidence that Christianity is good for violent offenders…the transformation is an obvious miracle.”
January 25, 2020: Coronavirus Information You May Not Know, US Evacuating Americans
I found this news link on the Coronavirus quite interesting and thought it was worth sharing. According to theconversation.com, researchers are investigating the possibility that the coronavirus (designated “2019-nCoV) “might have jumped from the host species– bats–to snakes and then to humans at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. However, how the virus could adapt to both the cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts remain a mystery.” According to westernjournal.com, on 1-26-20, “The United States government is reportedly preparing to evacuate American citizens from Wuhan as the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the region,” estimated to exceed 200,000 “in less than two weeks.”
January 15, 2020: Newly Dedicated “Space Bible” Sends Military Religious Freedom Foundation into Orbit
Don’t be fooled — the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is apparently “first cousin” to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as evidenced by its theatrical reaction to having a Bible blessed prior to its potential use to swear in officers of the newly formed Space Force. This is actually rather humorous in a can’t-believe-it sort of way. According to Tony Perkins of frc.org (Family Resource Center), Rev. Randolph Hollerin’s blessing over the King James Bible resulted in MRFF’s Mikey Weinstein’s description of the act as a “shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, excluvist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy,” among other passionately vehement word choices. Wow. Really interesting article to read…it’s the crazy world we live in right now….