Reader’s Links for May 3, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

88 Replies to “Reader’s Links for May 3, 2021”

  1. Genocide is one thing, but to actively indoctrinate an entire group or race into believing that their own extermination is now necessary, usually “for the greater good” and to actually convince them, to actively aid and abet with their own destruction, is something else far more obscene and evil.

    • Jealousy, envy, and self-loathing. Emptinesses crying out to be filled. islam, Socialism, and Femuality. Stealing from the wealthy and cancelling Jews, men and male. Lords of the Females – these claiming to be our Real Jews, Real Men and Real Genders. Facing no god, but Black Stones, no man but soyboys, and no male but LGBTQ.

      Anyone who believes in their Belief, (enforced through Hate Crime laws for an open-door), is doomed to depression and submission.

      Welcome to the resistance of non-resistance of evil. Their cameras are looking for happiness. For there is a soul, that has not died.

        • Are you saying there is “father” in LGBTQ+?

          Are you saying there is “father” in Communism?

          Are you saying there is “father” in islam?

          If there is no father, but only those drawing-off from the female form – to gaze and dominate, needing to be proved the superior extension of her in every way by taking over her identity… outraged and neurotic… is this not then, femuality?

          Even women who despise women are called Feminists. ‘A fish needs a bicycle like a woman needs a man.’

          These cancel-cultures of the masculine.

          The lost can only pray for a returning Saviour under their chancellery of Gate Keepers. For no one represents the kingdom of god.

          And those who married a list of good and bad, and those married a wallet, will split, never seeing the riches before them. For the brain is like a tree with growing branches bearing fruit.

    • April 26, 2020 start of first lockdown in Ontario, sheep are told lockdown in Ontario will now go to May 20, 2021 at least. Stay home, stay safe and shut your mouth and don’t forget to get your gene therapy. Trust Bill Gates, the college dropout who shafted his partners, knows everything, he will tell you your next move.

    • You’re describing Critical Race Theory. Fortunately, parents are waking up.

      ‘Anti-woke’ candidates opposed to critical race theory being taught in Dallas school win control of affluent district board with nearly 70% of vote during bitterly contested election –

      In Saturday’s election, the result was a landslide, with candidates backed by the conservative Southlake Families PAC winning every race by a nearly 40-point margin, according to Southlake Style.

      In addition to the two seats up for election on the school board, conservative candidates swept the elections for mayor and two open city council seats.

      Voter turnout for the election shattered participation records for a local race in Southlake.

      More: https://t.co/Yyr8c3mAiz?amp=1

    • You’re right it’s a theory that’s not nation-specific. It’s an interesting approach to history and useful for geopolitical analysis.

      …why is this theory seemingly used only in the American context
      The Duran is another Russian info vehicle.

  2. Giuliani raid: Parallel-constructing the cloud? – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    14-18 minutes

    Giuliani raid: Parallel-constructing the cloud?

    Fox News video

    One of the biggest lessons of the Russiagate/Spygate saga is that disclosures about evidence can occur long after the FBI has obtained it. Americans spent the years from 2017 to 2020 watching a chain of “evidence” slowly roll out – and rapidly implode with each new revelation – and thus had a mental image of investigators only just sifting the “evidence” and “facts,” virtually all of which were from before 31 December 2016.

    But in reality, that’s not what happened. All the “evidence” deployed in the Russiagate narrative – the manufactured allegations against Trump – was gathered by the time Trump took office on 20 January 2017. All of the events referenced took place before the end of 2016. That’s the substance of what the Mueller special counsel team was looking at starting in May 2017. And in the period from Mueller’s appointment to his report’s issuance in March 2019, the team learned hardly anything it did not already know. (What little it may have learned that was previously unknown probably related to the names of Russian military intelligence officers listed in now-derelict U.S. indictments.)

    Everything that involved discovering previously unknown information after 20 January 2017 was “Spygate” – the saga of tracking down the spying on the Trump campaign organization. The Spygate spying – the spying in 2016 – was what attended the Russiagate narrative that was eventually turned into the Mueller Report.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/05/03/giuliani-raid-parallel-constructing-the-cloud/

  3. TURKEY = Police raid mosque to disperse members of anti-gov’t religious group in SE Turkey

    Turkish police on Monday raided a mosque in the southeastern province of Gaziantep and detained eight followers of an anti-government religious group who wanted to perform a religious ritual peculiar to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Turkish media outlets reported.

    The detainees were the followers of the Furkan Foundation, whose leader is an outspoken critic of the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    The police raided the mosque wearing their shoes, which is regarded as disrespectful, and used pepper spray and force to disperse the Furkan followers on the grounds that they were violating coronavirus measures.

    Furkan Foundation leader Alparslan Kuytul earlier announced that his followers would perform itikaf, which means to isolate in a mosque or at home with the intention of dedicating your time solely to the worship of Allah in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

    The AKP, which had previously imposed partial, shorter lockdowns and weekend curfews in a bid to reduce the closures’ impact on the economy, decided to impose a three-week full lockdown after Turkey saw COVID-19 infections averaging around 60,000 per day during the peak week in April.

    New restrictions, which took effect on the evening of April 29 and will last until May 17, will prohibit people from leaving their homes, except to shop for groceries or meet other essential needs, during the remainder of Ramadan as well as the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday.

    Furkan members criticized what they described as the double standards against their group, saying the AKP did not observe coronavirus measures when it held party congresses with the attendance of thousands of people.

    A Furkan follower named Yakup Sahin tweeted: “Despite the lack of any bans, police forced our brothers who were performing itikaf out of the mosque. This was completely arbitrary. We have been performing itikaf for 10 days in the mosque closest to our homes since 2004. It’s permissible to hold a football match with 5,000 spectators but not to perform itikaf with 5-10 people. Shame on you.”

    “I strongly condemn the Gaziantep police, who forced those who were performing the itikaf prayers out of the mosque,” said Kuytul, following the detention of his followers.

    After 22 months of incarceration, Kuytul was released pending trial in December 2019 and was acquitted in November 2020 of charges of disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization.

    Kuytul claims he was targeted for criticizing a crackdown launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Gülen movement, a faith-based group inspired by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

    Erdogan accuses the group of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016 when rogue soldiers attempted a takeover that saw more than 250 killed.

    Gülen and the movement deny any involvement in the abortive putsch, and critics accuse Erdogan of targeting dissent under the pretext of an anti-coup fight.

    https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/05/03/police-raid-mosque-to-disperse-members-of-anti-govt-religious-group-in-se-turkey/

    https://twitter.com/euronews_tr/status/1389193745023868935

    https://twitter.com/izzetdas/status/1389107808747073537

  4. CBC – Hundreds in Alberta defy public health orders as COVID-19 cases surge

    Despite restrictions on gatherings in Alberta, hundreds defied the rules at protests and even a rodeo. Meanwhile, Premier Jason Kenney faces calls to take more action as he suspended the provincial legislature.

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    jason kenney bowing to the aga khan
    https://twitter.com/Bret_Sears/status/1387934951987875842
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  5. CBC – Ontario ICUs reach breaking point, experts say

    There are now 900 patients in intensive care units in Ontario, a figure that experts have called the breaking point for capacity.

    Medical staff are taking extraordinary measures to reduce the pressure on ICUs as they deal with a possible strike of Ornge paramedics.

  6. NBC News – Army Scientists Develop Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine

    Right outside of Washington D.C Army scientists have developed a unique and experimental coronavirus vaccine.

    Lab tests suggest it could protect against newer, more transmissible variants, including those identified in the U.K. and South Africa.

    Clinical trials are now underway at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

      • Gov. Charlie Baker: Holds the record for killing off the most *veterans* in nursing last year.

        In late Feb. teams started going directly to high-density apt buildings. Senior housing complexes first. They brought interpreters as well as licensed medical personnel. Russians told us they didn’t feel pressured; those who refused just walked away.

        Then they hit mixed-population highrises that tend to have higher R-naughts: use public transportation, multi-generation families, immigrants, Orthodox Jews.

        There was a much bigger crowd when they came around for the second shot. It was open to the public, not exclusively for building tenants. Walk-aways the first time around, unusual numbers of neighborhood Chinese.

    • global pravda – More young Americans now in hospital with COVID-19 the result of vaccine hesitancy, misinformation

      As Jennifer Johnson reports, vaccine misinformation and hesitancy are fueling problems, as the supply begins to outpace the demand.

    • global pravda – Ontario doctors may soon face hard choices as hospitals overwhelmed

      As COVID-19 continue to surge in Ontario, medical experts there are warning that the province is nearing the COVID-19 triage protocol, where doctors we’ll be forced to decide which patients live and which will die.

      And as the strain continues on front line workers, union members with ORNGE paramedics have voted in favour of a strike if necessary, as they contend with a provincial wage cap law amid the crisis.

      + comments on the YT page

    • Healthier Colorado using targeted outreach to try and convince people to get vaccinated

      … the focus now has shifted to combating vaccine hesitancy.

      + comments on the YT page

    • Vaccine trial for children begins Monday in Jacksonville

      Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research begins the trial with Maryland-based company Novavax. The trial will involve children 12 to 17 years old.

      + comments on the YT page

    • city news toronto – Coronavirus Q&A: Aspirin for AstraZeneca clots?

      If you must take the AstraZeneca vaccine, can something like Aspirin prevent the very rare side effect of a blood clot? Dilshad Burman put’s a concerned viewer’s question to Toronto’s Associate Medical Officer of Health.

      + comments on the YT page

      • The Governor has suspended all Local COVID Emergency Orders using his office to suspend all manipulations of local emergency orders to restrict Freedom – Ending ALL COVID-19 Restrictions.

        Sam Adams:
        “If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce:them.”

    • EU eyes letting fully vaccinated travellers into bloc

      The EU Commission is proposing that travellers who are fully vaccinated with EU-approved jabs be able to enter the bloc.

    • CBC – Several Manitoba churches launch challenge to COVID-19 restrictions

      Seven churches in rural Manitoba are heading to court to argue that the province’s COVID-19 restrictions violate their charter rights.

    • channel pr4vd4 – Covid cases surge in Chile despite high vaccine uptake

      Vaccines alone aren’t enough to bring the pandemic under control, scientists have warned -something Chile has found out, the hard way.

      Earlier this year the country appeared to be making huge strides – with one of the world’s most ambitious and successful vaccination schemes.

      But since then they’ve battled a second wave of coronavirus after opening up too soon and being hit with more infectious variants.

    • al jazeera – WHO reviews Chinese COVID vaccines

      Two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech, are under review by the World Health Organization for emergency use.

      That means it could give an official stamp of approval that they are safe and effective.
      If approved, they will be the first jabs developed and produced in Asia to get worldwide recognition.

    • Deutsche Pravda – Is Sweden an oasis of freedom in a desert of COVID restrictions?

      + comments on the YT page

    • channel pr4vd4 – NHS England draws up plan to give Covid jab to secondary school children aged 12 and over

      Children aged 12 and over could be offered the Covid jab when they go back to school this autumn – as the government said it was looking at different ‘contingencies’ to make the gradual easing of restrictions as safe as possible.

      And starting next weekend, in a special trial, tens of thousands of people contacted by NHS test and trace in England will be told they don’t have to self-isolate, if they take daily Covid tests instead.

      + comments on the YT page

    • Perspectives on the Pandemic | “Blood Clots and Beyond”

      In February, 2021, Professor Sucharit Bhakdi, M.D. and a number of his colleagues warned the European Medicines Agency about the potential danger of blood clots and cerebral vein thrombosis in millions of people receiving experimental gene-based injections.

      Since then, two of the four injections have been suspended or recalled in Europe and the United States for just that reason.

      In this episode of Perspectives, Professor Bhakdi explains the science behind the problem, why it is not just limited to the products already suspended, and why in the long term we may be creating dangerously overactive immune systems in billions of unwitting subjects.

    • REUTERS – Airport security app Clear looks to score with U.S. ‘vaccine passport’

      Over 60 U.S. stadiums and other venues are deploying an app from Clear to verify people’s COVID-19 status, placing the New York company known for its airport security fast lanes at the forefront of a national debate over “vaccine passports.”

      Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants and New York Mets are among the first big businesses to demand guests prove they tested negative for the virus or are immunized against it. While the teams welcome paper proof, they encourage downloading records onto Clear’s Health Pass feature for convenience.

      As with mask mandates, such requirements are under attack from Republican politicians and anti-surveillance activists, as un-American intrusions on civil liberties. They fear businesses will discriminate against the unvaccinated and unnecessarily amass personal data.

      Republican governors including in Florida and Texas last month moved to bar some establishments from asking about immunization status, though legal experts say door-checks are lawful to protect public health.

      Privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation fears Clear and other passport apps will hold data indefinitely and morph into consumer trackers. Clear said users control their health records.

      As a business based on replacing physical IDs, tickets and credit cards with facial or fingerprint recognition, Clear has a huge opportunity in emerging health-check rules that would familiarize more people with its technology.

      “Those experiences where you have to prove something about you – if we can help empower the consumer to get through that more quickly – that is our core business,” said Catesby Perrin, Clear’s executive vice president of growth.

      So far, Clear is among coronavirus health app frontrunners, with partners including United Airlines (UAL.O) for its Los Angeles-to-Honolulu flights and the Venetian resort in Las Vegas for conventions it hosts.

      With fans anxious to get back to live sports, the Giants said its promotion generated about 6,000 Clear downloads in April. Nationwide, over 70,000 Health Passes are used for venue admission weekly, Clear said, though the app is only starting to verify vaccination status.

      Also gaining traction is Excelsior Pass, funded by New York state, which supports verification of tests and vaccinations within the state. The app generated 500,000 certificates in April, and a companion app for businesses to verify them had 40,000 installations, New York spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said.

      Excelsior Pass developer IBM Corp (IBM.N) is in discussions with additional states, vice president Eric Piscini said.

      In Europe, several governments have introduced apps that may be required to access transport, gyms and restaurants, while the 27-nation European Union races to develop a “gateway” that will enable them to work across borders.

      Airline-backed Travel Pass and the nonprofit CommonPass, which was installed an estimated 20,000 times over the last two months in the United States, are being tested for international flight checks.

      It remains unclear whether high-tech options to prove health status will be widely required. At their best, apps would combat fake records by validating information against public health databases, but that is no small task.

      Piscini said it requires accessing at least 64 separate databases in the United States. But California, for example, has yet to specify whether and when it will share records with apps.

      Clear has started testing access to vaccination records but declined to disclose details.

      New online tools that have gained a few thousand users, including VaxYes and ConfirmD, are attesting to the veracity of vaccine certificate uploads by having medical professionals weed out forgeries.

      “The demand (to automate) is there. There’s just a myriad different hoops to get through,” said Mohammad Gaber, chief executive of VaxYes developer GoGet.

      AIRPORTS TO BALLPARKS

      Clear users upload a driver’s license or other identity document and take a selfie, which the system checks to make sure they match before connecting to COVID-19 test results from hundreds of labs or the proof of vaccination.

      Some venues also require a symptom survey on Clear or an automated temperature check at a Clear kiosk.

      Users get a “green” pass with their headshot and a QR code to show staff or scan at entrances. Venues pay for the system.

      Texas music festival Electric Cookout adopted Health Pass to reduce chances of an outbreak, said co-founder Pooja Shah. About 50 out of 1,200 attendees used it at an April event and received access to special areas, she said.

      Clear’s primary service, priced at $179 annually, enables customers to use biometric scans to skip ID card inspections at nearly 40 U.S. airports. It also offers a free service enabling registered users to jet through “Clear lanes” to access entertainment venues.

      Combining subscribers and non-paying users, Clear, whose services also go by Alclear and Secure Identity, said it has about 5.7 million members.

      The company will not disclose financial results, but announced in February a $100 million funding round with investors including growth firm General Atlantic and the National Football League’s 32 Equity fund.

      Clear still has hurdles to become accepted and get people comfortable with using it.

      The Seattle Mariners baseball team promoted Clear’s technology for ID-less beer purchases from 2018 through 2019. The team said the effort did not generate “meaningful” usage data.

      Washington state’s alcohol regulator said Clear cannot be the “sole methodology for ascertaining legal age.”

      Clear said it was pleased with results and continues to educate regulators.

      The Giants aim to enable card-less concession sales this year, and its chief business development officer, Jason Pearl, is enthusiastic about Clear’s technology. “I don’t think anyone else comes close.”

      https://www.reuters.com/world/the-great-reboot/airport-security-app-clear-looks-score-with-us-vaccine-passport-2021-05-03/
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      city news Toronto – Are vaccine passports closer than we think?

    • Hong Kong: Long queues as COVID tests for foreign workers become mandatory

      Nearly 370,000 helpers must undergo the test by May 9 in order to continue working in the territory, with fully vaccinated employees exempted from the examination.

      The move comes after a 39-year-old foreign helper tested positive for two mutations of the coronavirus on Thursday.

    • NBC News – N.J. Governor Encourages Residents To Get Covid Caccine With ‘Shot And A Beer’ Program

      New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a program encouraging residents to get the Covid-19 vaccine, called ‘Shot and a Beer.’
      Any New Jerseyan, 21+ who gets their first coronavirus vaccine dose in the month of May can bring their vaccination card to participating breweries and receive a free beer.

    • Joy Behar Mocks Republicans Who Refuse The Vaccine

      On ‘The View,’ Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg attempted to understand why Republicans seem to be more reluctant to take the vaccine.

    • abc- FDA could authorize Pfizer shot for people 12 to 15 years old

      … to decrease infection in those kids

    • ctv news – Premier Jason Kenney is ‘deflecting blame’ on citizens, says doctor

      University of Alberta’s Dr. Tehseen Ladha says that Alta. Premier Kenney is ‘deflecting blame’ and called for tougher restrictions.

    • CBC – Should Canadians take the first available vaccine or wait for an mRNA dose?

      NACI chair Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh joins Power & Politics to discuss guidance for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

    • ctv news – Frontline doctor says NACI’s advice ‘doesn’t match reality’

      Dr. Hassan Masri blasted the latest advice coming from NACI, saying it doesn’t match the reality in Canada.

  7. Does anyone believe the ICU overwhelmed stories anymore? Can we have some citizens film the outside and maybe the waiting room of the hospitals. I don’t believe since that is the scam TPTB have pulled at least FOUR times in the recent past. Also are people dying?

    • I cannot help but think of the year my father died. My sister took him to the hospital, he said he felt terrible. They waited for 3 hours before he finally got to see a doctor. The doctor said he had the flu – take him home. My father refused to go home and asked for another doctor to look at him. They waited another 3 hours and finally a doctor determined he had an aneurysm of the aorta. They operated – he died 15 minutes into the operation.

      Today would he be diagnosed with COVID?

      A couple of years ago a 45 year old that I knew, went to the doctor, was told he had the flu – go home and rest. A few hours later his wife took him to the hospital – his appendix had ruptured – he died 10 hours later.

      Today would he be diagnosed with COVID?

      Once the lockdowns are over and they resume operating on people, I would imagine they will be stressed with the thousands of people who have been waiting for operations.

  8. Black professor talks of imprisoning whites, gassing them in coming race war – Liberty Unyielding
    Jeff Dunetz
    3-4 minutes

    Black professor talks of imprisoning whites, gassing them in coming race war

    Ben Philippe (Image: Barnard.edu)

    Imprisoning and then gassing an entire race of people may have been Adolph Hitler’s calling card, but Ben Philippe, who teaches English and film studies at Barnard College, would like to apply the “final solution” right here in America. But unlike Hitler, whose ambition was to create a master race of Aryans, Philippe, who is black, prefers the opposite color scheme. To that end he has written a book titled “Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend,” which lays out, according to The College Fix, his plan for white genocide.

    Philippe recently appeared on a radio show on Canadian radio whose host, Talia Schlanger, read a segment from his book that explains how his plan will be carried out:

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/05/02/black-professor-talks-of-imprisoning-whites-gassing-them-in-coming-race-war/

  9. US Defence Secy. Llyod Austin wishes to bypass the President to start wars on his own
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    •May 2, 2021

  10. MEMRI:
    Article On Al-Jazeera Website: Ramadan, ‘Month Of Jihad And Victories,’ Is The Season Of Palestinian Armed Operations

    One of the articles published on the website of the Qatari Al-Jazeera network on the occasion of Ramadan is headlined “How the Palestinian Resistance Turned Ramadan into the Season of Attacks and Victories.”

    Written by ‘Adnan Abu ‘Amer, a Palestinian Political Science lecturer at Al-Ummah University in Gaza, the article notes that, throughout Muslim history, Ramadan has always been the month of jihad and victory, and that the Palestinian terror organizations “take advantage of the spiritual atmosphere” during this month, and of the heritage of the Muslims battles and victories that took place during this month throughout Muslim history, to step up their jihad against Israeli targets.

    https://www.memri.org/reports/article-al-jazeera-website-ramadan-month-jihad-and-victories-season-palestinian-armed

  11. Mark Dubowitz:
    Even Iranian negotiators are floored at how far @USEnvoyIran has caved. History may show that John Kerry may have restrained @Rob_Malley back in 2015. Now that’s something.

    – – Negar Mortazavi @NegarMortazavi·20h
    US and Iran make serious headway on nuclear talks.
    – – What the US put on the table was a very serious economic proposal and a complete return to the JCPOA, it’s more than Iranians were expecting and the Iranians were quite surprised, said an official.

    People ask me why @Rob_Malley is collapsing at the negotiating table? Understand this: Rob believes U.S. leverage is something to use against ALLIES not against ADVERSARIES.

    The problem: There’s no one currently in a policy-making role in the @JoeBiden administration who actually understands Iran sanctions well enough to be a check against @Rob_Malley and his team.

    No one to say: “What the heck are you guys doing?”

    That’s why @SenatorMenendez @RepTedDeutch @BradSherman and some other Democrats will be so critical. They really understand sanctions since they were instrumental in their design and passage. As do @SenTomCotton @marcorubio @tedcruz @RepGallagher and many other Republicans.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1388971687270625282.html

  12. Iran wants to use China to counter US – what are the implications?
    […]
    That Iran is hinting at its ability to lever China against the US has ramifications for the region. Other countries in the region, such as Israel and the UAE, have amicable relations with China, and Beijing sees stability as important.

    That means China’s view is not necessarily Iran’s view of the region. Beijing doesn’t necessarily want to empower “resistance” in the same way. China is likely happy to see the US role reduced, but even Beijing doesn’t want the US to melt away and leave insecurity and global trade routes under threat without the power of the US Navy present….

    What might that mean for Iran’s overall behavior? Tehran may want to show the US that it can go elsewhere, for instance, to China. But it also knows its antagonistic behavior and use of asymmetric force is not welcomed in Beijing the way the US has tended to run to put out crises caused by Iran.

    An Iran that is increasingly anchored in China may seek a more cautious and pragmatic regional role…

    Beijing is also studying what it can gain from Tehran. Iran is a large and important country of strategic value. It has vast human resources and can serve as a trade nexus. But it needs investment in rail and other infrastructure.

    Unseating the US by working with Tehran can only go so far because the next step for China is to make its Iran investment pay off. When China reaches that stage, there will be many questions in Tehran about whether they made the right choice to shift to the East and how their behavior may change.

    https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-wants-to-balance-the-us-with-china-what-are-the-implications-667051
    …..
    ChiCom will experience acute buyer’s remorse in Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan as well.

  13. Heshmat Alavi
    #BREAKING May 2—Qom, central #Iran
    Massive blaze erupted at a local industrial complex & reports show a chemical factory was the center of the fire.
    -Several factories were burning
    -A number of firefighters suffered injures; one fire truck engulfed in fire
    -Blaze under control

    May 2—Qom, central #Iran
    Considering the fact that the entire area is filled with heavy smoke it is highly like that the industrial complex will be shut down & evacuated.
    The smoke could be very toxic and the local fire department has said the status quo is critical….

    #UPDATE
    Quoting @TheIntelLab:
    “The chemical plant north of Qom appears to use hydrocarbons compounds (typical smoke color), probably manufactures polymers related materials such as polystyrenes, polyethylene, PVC etc… Other ‘exotic’ compounds burn differently and violently.”

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1388723905033121792.html

  14. SYRIA – Aftermath of explosion at jihadist arms depot in Syria’s Idlib

    Smoke rises into the air after an explosion rocked a jihadist-run arms depot in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region killing two fighters and a civilian, according to a war monitor.

    The explosion blew the warehouse to smithereens and set fire to a nearby field, an AFP correspondent who reached the scene near the town of Fuaa reported.

  15. Affluence + Secularism = Boredom = Leftism – Frontpagemag
    Dennis Prager
    5-6 minutes

    The only way to prevent the Left from destroying America and its core value of freedom.

    Just as physicists look for equations to explain the natural world, I have always thought it useful to look for equations to explain human nature. For example, in my book on happiness, I offer this equation: U = I – R. Unhappiness = Image – Reality. The difference between the images we have for our life and the reality of our life is one way of measuring how much unhappiness we experience.

    Here, I offer another theorem, this time to help explain leftism.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/affluence-secularism-boredom-leftism-dennis-prager/

  16. Second Big Name in Biden Administration Backs a Global Tax – Patriot Daily Wire
    4-5 minutes

    The Biden administration affirmed its support for what’s known as a global minimum tax on Sunday as part of its push to make corporations shell out more in taxes.

    Last month, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said it was time to end “a 30-year race to the bottom on corporate tax rates” and establish a global tax system so corporations could not find a tax haven anywhere in the world.

    On Sunday, Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse extolled the virtues of the plan in the context of paying for President Joe Biden’s domestic spending.

    “The idea is to make sure that corporations are paying their fair share, to button up some of the loopholes, which have meant more corporations were actually putting more money offshore – off of U.S. soil – and having a global minimum tax so that we’re working with the rest of our trading partners, so that we’re working with the rest of the world so that corporations are paying their fair share worldwide,” Rouse said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

    “President Biden is really saying, ‘Look, everybody should pay their fair share,’” she said, according to Fox News. “Yes, internationally we don’t want to be disadvantaged, so he’s also working with other countries so that we have a minimum tax internationally so there’s not a race to the bottom.”

    https://patriotdailywire.com/second-big-name-in-biden-administration-backs-a-global-tax/

  17. China Suspends Cargo Flights to COVID-19 Stricken India, Disrupting Shipment of Medical Supplies, While Promising to ‘Help’
    By Alex Wu
    April 28, 2021 Updated: April 28, 2021
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    Update: On the night of April 27, Sichuan Airlines said it was working on a plan to resume the cargo flights to India, although they are currently still on halt.

    India is experiencing a massive COVID-19 surge with more than 300,000 confirmed cases daily in the past week. Following democratic countries, the Chinese communist regime promised to help India, however, Indian media reported that a major Chinese state-run airline has suspended all cargo flights to India that are needed to bring in medical supplies, and Chinese manufacturers of medical supplies have raised prices.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-suspends-cargo-flights-to-covid-19-stricken-india-disrupting-shipment-of-medical-supplies-while-promising-to-help_3794128.html?utm_source=CCPVirusNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-05-03

  18. FBI sifted through troves of foreign communications for information on American WITHOUT a warrant
    Bevan Hurley
    8-10 minutes

    The FBI searched troves of communications sucked up by the National Security Agency for information on ‘racially motivated violent extremists’ without a warrant, ignoring previous warnings it was breaking the law.

    The FBI’s requests for access to masses of electronic communications harvested by the National Security Agency (NSA) is revealed in a newly declassified report from the United States’ secret surveillance court.

    It shows the FBI has continued to perform warrantless searches through the NSA’s most sensitive databases for routine criminal investigations, despite being told by a federal judge in 2018 and 2019 that such a use was an unconstitutional breach of privacy.

    The FBI focused many of its warrantless searches – commonly referred to as backdoor queries – on suspected ‘far-right’ domestic terrorists, The Daily Beast reported.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9516639/FBI-sifted-troves-foreign-communications-information-American-WITHOUT-warrant.html

  19. Democrats Intro Bill To Strip Federal Grants From Employers Conducting Criminal Background Checks. – The National Pulse
    Natalie Winters
    2-3 minutes
    criminal
    House Democrats introduced a bill to block forms of federal grants from going to employers that conduct criminal background checks, or even “inquire” about the criminal history of an applicant.

    The bill, introduced by Representatives David Trone and Maxine Waters, seeks to “amend” the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 by “conditioning eligibility for grants” under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

    JAG grants, according to the Department of Justice, compose the “leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.” The program “provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas” including crime victim and witness initiatives, mental health programs, and crime prevention.

    The bill would amend the program by introducing an “eligibility” clause for private employers, excluding grant recipients from requiring applicants to disclose their criminal records. What’s more, businesses aren’t even allowed to “‘inquire” about the matter with applicants or “conduct a criminal background check”:

    ‘‘ELIGIBILITY.—Beginning with the third fiscal year that begins after the date of the enactment of the Workforce Justice Act of 2021, to be eligible for an allocation under this section, a State shall have enacted and be implementing legislation that prohibits private employers from—

    https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/dems-intro-bill-blocking-criminal-background-checks/

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