Disney fired hundreds of employees in China earlier this year, days before CEO Bob Iger was scheduled to meet with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.), chairman of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.
The company laid off more than 300 employees in Beijing in March, one week ahead of the meeting, the Wall Street Journalreported. Heads of Disney anticipated questions on data security given the company's use of Chinese staffers who had access to some U.S. consumer data, according to the Journal.
Gallagher has long pushed companies to lessen their reliance and cooperation with the communist Chinese government, the Journal reported:
Gallagher is among the members of Congress who have voiced concerns that China’s government could use its leverage, especially in the tech and media industries, to strengthen its military capabilities, access Americans’ user data and influence U.S. pop culture by forcing entertainment companies to self-censor in a way that helps burnish the country’s global image.
On May 15, 1970, the New York Times published an article by esteemed Russia scholar Albert Parry detailing how Soviet dissident intellectuals were covertly passing forbidden ideas around to each other on handcrafted, typewritten documents called samizdat. Here is the beginning of that seminal story:
Censorship existed even before literature, say the Russians. And, we may add, censorship being older, literature has to be craftier. Hence, the new and remarkably viable underground press in the Soviet Union called samizdat.
Samizdat – translates as: “We publish ourselves” – that is, not the state, but we, the people.
Unlike the underground of Czarist times, today’s samizdat has no printing presses (with rare exceptions): The K.G.B., the secret police, is too efficient. It is the typewriter, each page produced with four to eight carbon copies, that does the job. By the thousands and tens of thousands of frail, smudged onionskin sheets, samizdat spreads across the land a mass of protests and petitions, secret court minutes, Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s banned novels, George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “1984,” Nicholas Berdyayev’s philosophical essays, all sorts of sharp political discourses and angry poetry.
Though it is hard to hear, the sad fact is that we are living in a time and in a society where there is once again a need for scientists to pass around their ideas secretly to one another so as to avoid censorship, smearing, and defamation by government authorities in the name of science.
Two federal lawsuits filed over former Arizona Gov.
's decision last year to place thousands of shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border have been dismissed after the state said it would pay the U.S. Forest Service $2.1 million to repair environmental damage.
The Sept. 15 dismissal of the cases in U.S. District Court in Phoenix ends the fight over the double-stacked containers that were placed as a makeshift border wall in the summer of 2022.
Ducey, a Republican, sued in U.S. District Court seeking to stop the federal government from preventing placement of the containers.
The U.S. Department of Justice then sued Ducey and other Arizona officials, saying the wall interfered with federal control of the land along the international boundary. Many of the 3,000 containers were placed in the Yuma area of western Arizona and in the remote San Rafael Valley in southeastern Cochise County.
The dramatic increase in migrants crossing the U.S. border from Mexico has pushed the city of El Paso, Texas, to "a breaking point," with more than 2,000 people per day seeking asylum, exceeding shelter capacity and straining resources, its mayor said on Saturday.
"The city of El Paso only has so many resources and we have come to ... a breaking point right now," Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a news conference.
The arrival of largely Venezuelan asylum seekers is part of a larger swell of immigrants who traveled dangerous routes on buses and cargo trains to Mexican border towns near San Diego, California, and the Texas cities of El Paso and Eagle Pass.
Migrant numbers had plummeted in recent months, and the recent rise has generated a new wave of political attacks on U.S. President Joe Biden heading into the 2024 election.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg flew in to speak, as did California Gov. Gavin Newsom, party chairman Jaime Harrison, Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who declared to the crowd, “Joe Biden has gotten results.”
“David Ignatius revealed a deep secret to me in that column, one I didn’t previously know. Our president is 80. I was unaware! Struck dumb by the experience! I’ve careened around the halls of the Senate today, saying, ‘My God, my God, did you know? Nancy Pelosi is 83?’” Coons joked, referring to the California congresswoman and former House speaker. “Sharp as a tack.”
President Joe Biden's job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for handling the economy and immigration are at career lows. A record number of Americans say they've become worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he's too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect -- all severe challenges for Biden in his reelection campaign ahead.
Forty-four percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they've gotten worse off financially under Biden's presidency, the most for any president in ABC/Post polls since 1986. Just 37% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove. Still fewer approve of Biden's performance on the economy, 30%.
On handling immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Biden's rating is even lower, with 23% approval. In terms of intensity of sentiment, 20% strongly approve of his work overall, while 45% strongly disapprove. And the 74% who say he's too old for a second term is up 6 percentage points since May. Views that Trump is too old also are up, but to 50% in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
Ophelia tracked northward across eastern North Carolina into southeastern Virginia on Saturday. Although it lost wind intensity while moving over land and was classified as a tropical depression by Saturday evening, it continued to pack a punch across much of the East, unleashing drenching rain and threatening flooding from eastern North Carolina to southern New Hampshire.
The storm’s gusty winds cut power to nearly 30,000 customers as of 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, according to PowerOutage.us. Pennsylvania topped the list of affected states, the utility tracker reported. Wind gusts as high as 80 miles per hour were measured in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
President Joe Biden’s allies are bracing for a possible impeachment by House Republicans and looking to turn it into a liability for GOP candidates in the 2024 elections.
They are tapping a deep bench of Democratic veterans of Donald Trump’s two impeachments and a team of two dozen White House aides to paint the impeachment effort as an evidence-free political stunt that exposes the disarray in the Republican Party.
The preparation, which has been going on behind the scenes for months, picked up urgency just before the House returned from summer recess with pressure mounting on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to launch a formal inquiry.
A doctor made a startling claim about President Joe Biden during an interview this week that should send shock waves through the Democratic Party, as well as the White House.
Dr. Carole Lieberman, who has made appearances on Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Fox News, and CNN, told the Real America’s Voice streaming network that voters should not simply focus on Biden’s age — he’s 80, and he would be 82 on Inauguration Day if he wins again next year.
She said that there is “talk about Biden being too old to run, which isn’t really the case.”
“It’s not about his being too old,” she said, according to The Western Journal. “There are people a lot older who have their marbles and are very intelligent and know history and are able to know how to put this country in a good direction.
“So it’s not age. … It’s about his competency,” Lieberman continued. “If he took the test that I was offering him — this mini-mental status test, or some other kind of test of competency — there’s no way he would pass.”
During their alleged crime spree last month which left retired police chief Andreas Probst, 64, dead, Jesus Ayala, 18, and Jzamir Keys, 16, allegedly tried to run over a second cyclist in a stolen car.
A source told 8 News Now that the pair allegedly stole three cars, committed a burglary, hit and killed Pobst, and tried to run over a second cyclist over the course of two hours.
Alaya and Keys were arrestedlast week after a video went viral on social media of the teens appearing to intentionally drive a vehicle into a person riding a bicycle. During the video, which is seemingly filmed by a passenger in the front seat, a person can be heard saying, "Alright go, go go go," before sideswiping another car.
"B**** ass n*****!" One person yelled. "Stop talking sh**, b****!"
"Get his a**," one voice says just before the car hits a man on a bicycle. "That n**** knocked out!" one voice said afterward.
Ayala claimed to police that he would get a slap on the wrist for the incident. "You think this juvenile **** is gonna do some *****? I'll be out in 30 days, I'll bet you," he said.
"It's just ah ... ah, hit-and-run, slap on the wrist," he said, even though the cops never mentioned the incident to him.
UFC fighter Anthony “Lionheart” Smith has publicly revealed that the COVID-19 vaccination not only killed his mother but also left him with potentially deadly blood clots.
Smith spoke out against the toxic mRNA jabs on Thursday during a conversation with Former UFC middleweight Champion Michael Bisping on ‘Believe You Me.’ They were both joined by Themba Gorimbo, who discussed his recent win and life growing up in Africa.
During their conversation, Bisping and Smith delved into the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 vaccines.
“He’s only a young man. Why do you think he had a heart attack?” Bisping asked.
“I don’t know. I mean, anytime there’s a young person that has any kind of heart problems or strokes or things like that, I kind of point in one direction,” Smith said, adding, “It just go straight to vaccinations every time.”
“When my mom passed, right, she got sick immediately after getting her booster. She was fairly healthy, but she got sick immediately after that. So she got her booster and was in a coma in like two weeks,” Smith continued.
Thegatewaypundit.com reports: Smith further linked Pfizer’s recent admission of increased stroke risk in people over 60 receiving their final booster to his mother’s passing.
“It just doesn’t make any sense. Like that was really weird, right? And then recently Pfizer came out and said in people over 60 on their final booster, they had to come out and say that there was a higher risk of stroke. Well, that’s essentially what ended up happening to my mom,” Smith said.
Hollywood actor John Cusack has warned that Barack Obama and his cronies in the Democratic Party have been selling out ordinary Americans to the global elite for years.
Cusack says that “Obama corporatist Democrats,” who he branded as being “full of sh*t”, have sold out working class Americans to globalist groups such as the WEF for decades.
“They have played a major part in creating the precise conditions for fascism to flourish – Obama corporatist Democrats – are to the right of Richard Nixon on domestic policy,” Cusack said on X.
“Don’t believe me – look it up – and Dems have sold out the working class for decades – and this kind of bought and paid-for betrayal of principals [sic], fairness – historical precedent -any sense of moral or intellectual honesty.”
“The kind of brutal selfish horrific actions one only does – because they can get away with it.”
Slaynews.com reports: The 57-year-old “Say Anything” and “High Fidelity” star’s lengthy post continued with a takedown of the Democratic Party’s complacency with the wealthy.
A team of NYPD officers trained to respond quickly to the most organized and heavily armed attacks is set to have its personnel slashed by up to 75%, according to a memo reviewed by Gothamist.
The NYPD Critical Response Command – a key component of the department’s $219.5 million Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus – is one of its “first lines of defense against a terrorist-related attack,” according to the NYPD.
“I am devastated by the news I have to give to you, as you all are family to me,” read an email from Scott Shanley, deputy chief of the NYPD Counterterrorism Critical Response Command, which three current and former NYPD employees shared with Gothamist.
“Today, I was informed that our unit will be downsized significantly, by up to 75%. Though we are still in efforts to reduce this number, whatever the outcome, many home/personal lives will be affected nonetheless,” Shanley wrote.
When reached by phone, Shanley declined to confirm the cuts or whether he had sent the memo.
The email came just nine days after Mayor Eric Adams announced billions in budget cuts following public statements about how the migrant crisis would “destroy” New York City without federal and state assistance.
In the past decade, the growth of the Internet and social media has brought with it a dramatic uptick in populist sentiment.
Legacy institutions have declared war against populism, referring to its claims as “misinformation” or “disinformation” and calling on the government or government-adjacent actors (herein referred to as “the censors”) to clamp down on such claims as they spread across the Internet like wildfire.
The censors rarely decline these opportunities to silence criticism, justifying the censorship as a matter of “national security.”
More than other Western nations, the United States champions freedom of speech.
The nation-state correctly perceives in revolutions a threat to its existing foundations and deploys various methods to crush dissent. Western nations do not typically deploy the military against the masses or declare martial law. The US has taken a different but directionally similar approach, whereby law enforcement and intelligence agencies form cozy partnerships with private actors, such as social media platforms, financial institutions, and other digital intermediaries.
After the Great Recession, populist movements, like Occupy Wall Street on the Left and the Tea Party movement on the Right, garnered dramatic support across Western nations. As with most populist movements, a significant number of the activists embraced ideas branded as “conspiracy theories” by the established order. Rather than examining these allegations, the established order preferred to label the entire movement “crazy” or “conspiratorial.”
We have to have the courage to face our enemies. I think most readers of this article will already know that the psychotic element of the human race which has succeeded in establishing itself at the top of the end of the control pyramid, will stop at nothing to get its way.
That ‘way’ is to destroy the soul of humanity and bulldoze all but the most elementary expressions of nature.
What I have to report today escaped my attention until very recently, but unfortunately fits the above description all too well.
On 13 May 2021 the Defence and Armed Forces Ministry (MOD) of the UK government published a document entitled ‘Human Augmentation – the Dawn of a New Paradigm’. That title alone sent a shiver down my spine; but that shiver extended upon reading the first paragraph.
“The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre worked in partnership with the German Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning to understand the future implications of human augmentation, setting the foundation for more detailed Defence research and development”.
Why is it that a link-up between the German Bundeswehr and the British Ministry of Defence sent an extended shiver through my body?
Next we learn that
“The project incorporates research from German, Swedish, Finnish and UK Defence specialists to understand how human augmentation emerging technologies could affect the future of society, security and Defence.”
Well, well, are we supposed to believe that these ‘defence specialists’ are coming together to make a detached survey of the state of the art developments of human beings re-engineered to become instant battlefield weapons?
Not likely! This is a description of a collaboration designed to work-out the optimum potential of such cyborgian kamikaze bipedals, to be at the cutting edge of offensive military hardware in the very near future.
We read on
“Human augmentation technologies provide a broad sense of opportunities for today and in the future. These are mature technologies that could be integrated today with manageable policy considerations, such as personalised nutrition, wearables and exoskeletons.“
Benitez earned the ire of Newsom by ruling yesterday that California’s limit on high-capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment. He previously ruled against the ban in a partial stay in 2019.
There are good-faith arguments that these bans contradict Supreme Court cases on the scope and meaning of the Second Amendment. It is certainly an open question but gun-rights advocates are challenging these laws as without constitutional or historical foundation. In New York State Rifle &Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, 142 S.Ct. 2111 (2022), the Supreme Court held that
[W]hen the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct. To justify its regulation, . . . the government must demonstrate that the regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. Only if a firearm regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition may a court conclude that the individual’s conduct falls outside the Second Amendment’s ‘unqualified command.’
As a lower court judge, Benitez is required to follow that precedent and, while some may see room for a contrary ruling, he wrote a lengthy opinion in Duncan v. Bonta (below) on why the California law fails under this precedent:
There is no American tradition of limiting ammunition capacity and the 10-round limit has no historical pedigree and it is arbitrary and capricious. It is extreme. Our federal government and most states impose no limits and in the states where limits are imposed, there is no consensus. Delaware landed on a 17-round magazine limit. Illinois and Vermont picked limits of 15 rounds for handguns and 10 rounds for a rifles. Colorado went with a 15-round limit for handguns and rifles, and a 28-inch tube limit for shotguns. New York tried its luck at a 7-round limit; that did not work out. New Jersey started with a 15-round limit and then reduced the limit to 10-rounds. The fact that there are so many different numerical limits demonstrates the arbitrary nature of magazine capacity limits.
Recently, the Sierra Club has been spreading a blatantly false narrative that the rolling blackouts experienced during Winter Storm Elliott in Kentucky on December 23 were the result of the failure of coal-fired generating units to meet demand. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality,it was the region’s remaining coal-fired power generation fleet that ramped up to meet the demand during the deep freeze that engulfed the region in December.
Yes, Kentucky-based combined utilities, LG&E and KU, were forced to institute rolling blackouts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the evening of December 23. But it wasn’t due to the failure of our coal-fired generation capacity. In fact, during these rolling blackouts, their combined coal units — totaling 5,100 MW of capacity — operated at a collective capacity factor of 90% and provided more than 70% of the energy required to keep our electric grid from complete failure. Had it not been for our coal plants, it is likely the entire grid would have collapsed at the very time when it was needed the most to provide the heat on which Kentucky lives were depending.
This is exactly why the Kentucky Coal Association opposes the closure of any more of our remaining coal generation units, as has been requested by LG&E and KU. Electric reliability is such a critical issue; it should not be sacrificed for political considerations.
If the 1,500 MW of coal units the companies have requested approval to retire had not been available during the critical time on December 23 undoubtedly the power outage would have been much worse, and lives would have been lost. Is this what we want? Is this what Kentucky wants? Is this what Americans want?
Are you willing to gamble the lives of your loved ones on the Ponzi scheme that is renewable energy? Are you willing to accept the empty, proven false promises of the “Big Green Money Machine?”
The US has created a permanent new pandemic agency called the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy in anticipation of future pandemics and the Decade of Vaccines. President Joe Biden has appointed a retired Air Force general to take charge of spearheading the project.
Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy
On Friday, the White House made an official announcement regarding the establishment of the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy (OPPR). This newly formed agency will have the important responsibility of formulating strategies to address public health crises, coordinating scientific research and medical initiatives to combat pandemics, and ensuring regular reporting to Congress on its activities.
Joe Biden admits it: "I am a gaffe machine," he said in December 2018. He turned his confession into a dig at Donald Trump—"But my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth"—but now the former vice president has entered the 2020 presidential race, he might regret some of his stumbles.
President Trump said he's eager to battle Biden for the White House.
"I hope it's Biden," he told a group of television anchors before his State of the Union address.
"Biden was never very smart. He was a terrible student. His gaffes are unbelievable. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it's on purpose; it's not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it's because he's dumb."
That's a matter of opinion—but it's impossible to deny that Biden, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware in 1973, has a pattern of odd, ill-judged, plagiarized or politically problematic comments and actions. Here's a look at some of the standouts.
“You can’t kill Americans … knowingly without the okay of the President because you’re literally burning up too much political capital.”
The question of our time is, how could this happen? How could these catastrophic crimes against humanity perpetrated by these injections be allowed to occur? “It can’t happen unless the boss says it has to or that it can,” declared Dr. Naomi Wolf on Steve Bannon’s War Room.
As a former political advisor, Dr. Wolf said, from experience working around a White House, “You can’t kill Americans … knowingly without the okay of the President because you’re literally burning up too much political capital. No one wants to be on the receiving end of having killed Americans when that kind comes to light without the imprimatur (approval) of the President.”
“If someone is found to have killed Americans, inadvertently, they get fired and shamed publicly. And it’s all put on them. And that’s the end of them. And that’s not what we were seeing. So I knew that up the chain of command, the White House had to be involved in these decisions, but we just didn’t have the smoking gun.”
“Now we have the smoking gun,” announced Dr. Wolf.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake petitioned the Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday to compel Maricopa County to turn over the 2022 election’s early ballot envelope signatures. The first half of the trial in Lake’s case began Thursday and is scheduled to continue on Monday.
The county denied Lake’s request for the ballot signatures, claiming that it would violate voter privacy law, specifically the “confidentiality requirements” of A.R.S. 16-168(F). Lake turned around and sued Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer in April. Lake’s counsel said that the county’s claim of privacy interests in denying the public records request wasn’t valid.
IRS agent Darrell Waldon echoed IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley’s testimony that prosecutors in Washington, DC, and California previously blocked now-special counsel David Weiss from charging Hunter Biden in those jurisdictions.
“Mr. Weiss went to the U.S. Attorney’s Office — I can’t recall the dates — and they did not agree to prosecute the case in D.C.,” Waldon told the House Ways and Means Committee during a transcribed interview in September, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I’m aware that it was presented to the District of Columbia and, at some point, the Central District of California, I believe,” he added.
Waldon’s transcribed interview comes after he previously confirmed Shapley’s claims in April of political interference. Waldon later left the Hunter Biden case for another responsibility within the IRS.
As the investigation progressed, Weiss never charged Hunter Biden in the jurisdictions of Washington, DC, or California. Instead, he formed a sweetheart plea agreement with Hunter Biden that collapsed in July under judicial scrutiny. Shapley’s testimony in April reportedly triggered the plea deal, filed in Delaware. Weiss later brought three gun-related charges in Delaware against Hunter Biden.
MSNBC host Al Sharpton said Friday on “Deadline” that he believed a “lack” of gun legislation in the United States was a civil rights issue because society was “arming bigots.”
Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “Kamala Harris will lead this effort. She spoke today about witnessing firsthand the impacts of gun violence during her time as a prosecutor and attorney general.”
Sharpton said, “Absolutely. The fact that she has an effective background as a prosecutor, she wasn’t just holding the title, and dealt with this in California, dealt with it when she was D.A. of San Francisco. It was a good choice of the president to put her there. And I know she’ll be all in.”
He continued, “This is the most dangerous time, particularly for young people, that we have seen in American history. And yet, you have almost a wall there of people saying, no, we’re not giving up our AR-15s, we’re not giving up not even background checks.”
Webmaster addition: We are seeing a real escalation in the gun-grabber agenda. The government must be really afraid of the American people! Expect another staged mas shooting to sell the idea law abiding citizens must give up their guns!
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Saturday backtracked and said he will keep the $300 million of Ukraine aid in the Pentagon funding bill.
On Friday it was reported that the Pentagon will exempt Ukraine funding from a possible government shutdown as House Republicans argue over the stopgap bill.
“The Pentagon will exempt its Ukraine operations from a potential shutdown if lawmakers can’t agree on a deal to fund the government by the end of the month, allowing key training and other activities in support of Kyiv’s forces to move ahead uninterrupted, according to a Defense Department spokesperson,” Politico reported.
“But if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement and government appropriations lapse, DOD has decided to continue activities supporting Ukraine, DOD spokesperson Chris Sherwood told POLITICO Thursday — just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley and other senior leaders at the Pentagon.” according to Politico.
Dennis Francis, president of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), has ignored the objections of 11 countries and approved the UN declaration on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response without submitting it to a full assembly vote.
A Muslim stand-up "comedian" by the name of Hasan Minhaj loves to make anti-white jokes that make white people sound like ignorant buffoons, but it turns out that Minhaj's jokes are based on fantasy inside his own head.