23 Jan 2021

San Francisco archbishop responds to Pelosi: ‘No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion’
“No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Pelosi’s home diocese, in a statement issued on Thursday. “Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”

US bishops urge Biden to reject abortion rights after ‘deeply disturbing’ statement
Biden’s statement backing legal abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade drew swift reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose pro-life chairman said the no president of the United States should ever defend denying the right to life of unborn children. “We strongly urge the president to reject abortion and promote life-affirming aid to women and communities in need,” the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities head Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas said Jan. 22.

Fate of independent medical ethics decisions in court’s hands
If a Texas court ruling is allowed to stand, the state’s hospitals and doctors will have no room to make end-of-life care decisions based on independent medical ethics or individual conscience, physicians and other stakeholders tell the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editing the DNA of Human Embryos Could Protect Us From Future Pandemics
Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, Gattaca and Jurassic World have explored the intriguing concept of “germline genome editing” – a biomolecular technique that can alter the DNA of sperm, eggs or embryos. If you remove a gene that causes a certain disease in an embryo, not only will the baby be free of the disease when born – so will its descendants. The technique is, however, controversial

Supporters Turn Out in Force to Give Trump a Warm Welcome as He Returns to Florida
Donald Trump was treated to one last show of a street lined with flags and banners from loyal Americans who came out to see their president. Trump left Washington on Wednesday morning and landed in West Palm Beach, Florida. From there, his motorcade took him to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he has said he will live for now as he plans what comes next after a term in the White House. The motorcade passed by hundreds of supporters who lined the streets to cheer him. “We just wanted to show him how much we appreciate him,” Texan Anita Bargas told WPLG-TV.

Now WHO admits ‘gold standard’ COVID test is unreliable
The World Health Organization has officially acknowledged that the “gold standard” test used to diagnose COVID-19 has a high rate of false-positives that make it unreliable. … reseachers from Cornell University and the University of Hawaii found the “evidence shows that false positive PCR results are common enough to impact clinical and policy decisions.”

Hundreds dead today ‘due to Biden’s mishandling of virus’
Rush Limbaugh’s website on Thursday featured the headline “Hundreds dead so far from COVID-19 today due to President Biden’s mishandling of the virus.” “Isn’t that the way we report this stuff?” he told his national audience. “I mean, that’s how they reported it with President Trump.

Trump is considering forming a new political party
Outgoing President Donald Trump is reportedly considering forming a new political party once he is out of office, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump had discussed the idea with several aides and other close confidants in the past week, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing sources that the paper did not name. The new party would be called the “Patriot Party”

FBI agent undermines Pelosi’s claim of insurrection ‘incitement’
An FBI agent in Washington has submitted an affidavit in a criminal case against several people who allegedly were involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It undermines House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that President Trump’s speech to supporters that day was an “incitement of insurrection.” “Trump did not encourage any of the activity that happened,” he said. “This exonerates Trump. Even left-leaning constitutional scholars contend that Trump’s comments are protected by the First Amendment.

Explosion in Gaza home used for weapons storage injures dozens
An explosion destroyed a home in Gaza Saturday morning as terrorists attempted to prepare explosives with which to attack Israel, according to an IDF tweet. The explosion was in the home of a Hamas operative, according to Ynet News and at least 30 were injured in the explosion, Kan News reported.

Anti-Israel rally attracting tens of thousands held in Pakistan
An anti-Israel “million man march” took place in the Pakistani capital of Karachi this week, according to video circulating on social media. The Algemeiner reported that the rally was put together by the right-wing Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl. The JUI-F is against the notion of normalization between Pakistan and Israel.

Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Communist Involvement In US Power Grid
President Biden has revoked a Trump-era executive order that sought to keep foreign countries and companies out of America’s bulk power systems – principally entities associated with the Chinese Communist Party – as part of his “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

Planned Parenthood Prepares for Payday Under Biden
Planned Parenthood stands to recover tens of millions of dollars in federal funding as the Biden administration moves to reverse Trump policies that cut off its access to taxpayer dollars. The organization lost $60 million in 2019 alone after withdrawing from the Title X Family Planning Program, which uses taxpayer funds for contraceptive services to low-income individuals.

Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia over the nation’s attempt to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers. Australia is introducing a world-first law to make Google, Facebook and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. But the US firms have fought back, warning the law would make them withdraw some of their services.

Blast heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts ‘hostile target’
Saudi Arabia intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over Riyadh on Saturday, said state media in the kingdom, which has come under repeated attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels since 2015. Social media users posted videos of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. The incident came at about 11am (08:00 GMT).

Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against neighboring Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities in the kingdom acknowledging the interception.

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4
Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli military said it downed a drone that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon. It did not say how the aircraft was brought down.

Mongolia in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record
Mongolia is in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with temperatures forecast to plunge to -50 °C (-58 °F). The severe cold has killed more than 500 camels in the central region, threatening livestock and leaving many herder families vulnerable.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over ‘perilous’ deportation freeze
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration over the “unlawful and perilous” 100-day pause on deportation of illegal immigrants, claiming it would put Americans in danger.

China Caught Importing ‘Doctored’ & Rebranded Venezuelan Oil To Evade US Sanctions 
It’s no secret that Maduro’s Venezuela has long gone to extraordinary lengths to bust through the US oil export blockade and sanctions designed to choke the socialist country. This past summer, and in recent months, Iran emerged as Venezuela’s chief trading and sanctions-busing partner, with at one point US authorities seizing and later auctioning off over 1.1 million barrels of fuel taken from Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela.

Biden dissolves Trump’s 1776 Commission aimed at creating ‘patriotic education’
President Joe Biden signed an executive order that, among other things, dissolves a commission created under the Trump administration to advance a “patriotic education” for American students.

Cult: Government Is Now The New Religion?
A new magazine cover of the Jacobin is striking a nerve after it appears that the magazine is saying the government is now god and our religion, to be worshipped. It sure begs the age-old question: who do you serve?

Very dangerous Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” to make landfall near Beira, Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” is moving WSW over the Mozambique Channel, towards the central coast of Mozambique. Environmental conditions are conducive for significant or even rapid strengthening before landfall on the evening of January 22 (LT) or the morning of January 23 over the city of Beira, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone “Idai” in 2019.

On Day 2, A Confused And Feckless ‘President’ Biden Admits Defeat In COVID Battle Saying ‘Nothing We Can Do’ To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus 
One of my favorite moments from the realty series that was Joe Biden’s pretend campaign from his basement was when he used to mock President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that if he was president ‘things would be different’ and the problem would be solved. Now creepy, sleepy Joe Biden is president, and only two days into it he has already thrown his hands up and exclaiming ‘nothing can be done’ to stop it. And then he took a nap, but no worries, it was a power nap.

Delingpole: The Great Global Warming Scam Began with the Nazis…
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday that President Joe Biden take action on climate change without waiting for Congress, emphasizing that climate change is “much more serious” long-term than the COVID-19 pandemic because it could “kill everybody.”

China is building long-range cruise missiles launched from ship containers
China is likely to build a variant of its YJ-18 long-range cruise missile that could be fired from shipping containers. This variant would be called the YJ-18C. This new weapon could help China turn its fleet of freighters into potential warships, and commercial ports would then become missile bases.

Twitter sued after child sexual abuse video received over 167K views, 2K retweets
A federal lawsuit was filed against social media giant Twitter on behalf of a teenager who claims that the company waited for days to remove sexually graphic videos posted to its platform by sex traffickers.

Biden Executive Order on Immigration Would Lead to Legalization for 11 Million ‘Non-Citizens’
Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders reversing core components of the Trump agenda. On immigration in particular, Biden’s order is a sweeping change that reflects a return to Obama-era policy.