31 Jul 2022

25-ton Chinese rocket debris crashes to Earth over Indian Ocean
A big piece of Chinese space junk has crashed back to Earth. The 25-ton (22.5 metric tons) core stage of a Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean this afternoon (July 30), ending its brief but controversial orbital stay.

Federal judge grants preliminary injunction in Air Force vaccine case
A federal court in Cincinnati Wednesday granted class certification and a preliminary injunction to protect members of the Air Force from discipline while their lawsuit continues against the Department of Defense’s COVID vaccine mandate. The plaintiffs in the case have been seeking an exemption from the mandate for religious reasons.

Court Rejects Google’s Attempt To Dismiss Rumble’s Antitrust Lawsuit, Ensuring Vast Discovery
A federal district court in California on Friday denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley giant is violating federal antitrust laws by preventing fair competition against its YouTube video platform. The lawsuit against the search engine giant, which has owned YouTube since its 2006 purchase for $1.65 billion, was brought in early 2021 by Rumble, the free speech competitor to YouTube. Its central claim is that Google’s abuse of its monopolistic stranglehold on search engines to destroy all competitors to its various other platforms is illegal under the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which makes it unlawful to “monopolize, or attempt to monopolize…any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.”

Three Hostile Foreign Actors Breached US Federal Courts System In 2020 Cyberattack: NY Congressman
The U.S. Judiciary issued a statement about the breach on Jan 6, 2021, saying that its Case Management/Electronic Case Files system (CM/ECF) had become a victim of “an apparent compromise.” The system allows attorneys to file case documents, such as pleadings, motions, and petitions, with the court online. The Judiciary added the breach happened because of vulnerabilities in its system that greatly risked compromising highly sensitive non-public documents, particularly sealed filings.

Arizona Attorney General Sues Biden Administration Over Gun-Control Rules
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says that he’s suing the Biden administration over rules imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that would treat firearm parts as finished guns. “The ATF is attempting to overshoot the authority granted to it by Congress,” Brnovich said in a July 27 statement about the lawsuit. “The rulemakings are unconstitutional, impractical, and would likely put a large number of parts manufacturers out of business.” The Arizona Republican was joined by 16 other attorneys general,

Argentina’s Government Collapsing, People Refuse To Work Amid Major Subsidy Cuts
Protests have erupted in Buenos Aires over the past 90 days and continue to build inside the capital as residents battle with their center-left government over sizeable amendments to social programs. The country’s state funded programs extend to nearly every aspect of the economy, from wages to utilities, education, and health care.

Biden Tests Positive For ‘Rebound’ COVID, Goes Back Into Isolation
One day after hanging around a bunch of CEOs (without a mask), fully vaccinated President Joe Biden has once against tested positive for COVID-19 in a so-called ‘rebound’ case after being treated with Paxlovid, his physician said in a Saturday letter. Unlike Dr. Anthony Fauci, however, Biden reportedly “continues to feel quite well,” according Dr. Kevin O’Connor. “This being the case, there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue close observation.”

Ayelet Shaked: ‘Anyone talking about unity without Netanyahu is selling tall tales’
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who leads the Yamina party, slammed those who claim to be interested in a unity government but are not willing to work with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She added that such people are throwing sand in the eyes of the public, because Netanyahu heads the Likud party.

China holds live-fire drills near Taiwan as Pelosi heads to Asia
China held live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepared to arrive in Asia. The exercises took place off the coast of Fujian province opposite Taiwan. A warning issued by the local maritime safety agency said the drills would be conducted near Pingtan, a county about 81 miles from Hsinchu city across the strait in northwestern Taiwan. It was the first live-fire drill announced by the agency in at least a year.

Halting backdoor government snooping seen as key to data privacy
As the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a federal data privacy bill last week, lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee were looking to plug a gap in the law that allows government agencies to conduct broad surveillance without obtaining warrants or subpoenas to do so. The Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement agencies from conducting searches, seizures and surveillance on Americans without court-approved warrants or subpoenas. But the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and state and local law enforcement agencies are bypassing the restrictions by turning to commercial data brokers and database providers that collect vast quantities of data on Americans and using that to conduct surveillance.

Israel to advance joint industrial zone with Jordan
The idea of a joint industrial zone was first raised in peace talks between Israel and Jordan in 1994 and picked up in recent years. Israel will accelerate the process of establishing the Jordan Gate, a shared industrial zone with Jordan, the cabinet decided on Sunday.

Prince Charles’ charity got donation from bin Ladens
Britain’s Prince Charles is facing more questions over his charities after a newspaper reported that one of his funds accepted a 1 million pound ($1.2 million) donation from relatives of Osama bin Laden.

Gallup: Belief in the Inerrancy of Scripture Rapidly Declining
It’s clear in recent decades, poll after poll shows the extent of the biblical ignorance and moral decline in America which has lead to tragic consequences. A new Gallup survey backs up recent Barna and Pew Research, and the takeaways are consistent: it’s not the church or Christians who are impacting people’s worldview and perceptions of the Bible, it’s modern culture.

Biden tests positive for Covid again, will restart isolation despite no new symptoms
President Joe Biden on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 once again after consecutive days of testing negative for the virus, his physician said. Biden, 79, is experiencing no new symptoms and “continues to feel quite well,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a memo shared by the White House.

Interview: Exiled oligarch in Israel: Putin doesn’t want to annex Ukraine, but to destroy it
Next year Leonid Nevzlin will mark 20 years since his escape from Russia and immigration to Israel. When he fled Russia in 2003, Yukos, the oil giant at which he served as vice president, was forcibly broken up and Nevzlin’s associates were arrested and thrown into Siberian prisons on what many claim were trumped-up and politically motivated charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

Iraqi protesters storm parliament in Baghdad, set up sit-in
Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric stormed into Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, protesting government formation efforts led by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups.

They Can’t Let Him Back In
The people who really run the United States of America have made it clear that they can’t, and won’t, if they can help it, allow Donald Trump to be president again. In fact, they made this clear in 2020, in a series of public statements. Simply for quoting their words in an essay for The American Mind, I was mercilessly mocked and attacked. But they were quite clear. Trump won’t be president at noon, Jan. 20, 2021, even if we have to use the military to drag him out of there.

California exodus continues, with LA, San Fran leading way…
After living in the Bay Area for nearly seven years, Hari Raghavan and his wife decided to leave for the East Coast late last year.They were both working remotely and wanted to leave California because of the high cost of living and urban crime. So they made a list of potential relocation cities before choosing Miami for its sunny weather and what they perceived was a better sense of safety.

Is Pro-Life Now Hate Speech?
Below is my column in The Hill on a shift in the rhetoric in the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. From politicians to pundits, pro-life positions are being treated as virtual hate speech.

83 Religious Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Bill: It’s an ‘Attack’ on People of Faith
A coalition of more than 80 Christian and faith-based groups is urging senators to oppose a bill affirming same-sex marriage legalization, calling the legislation an “attack” on people of faith.

Alito strikes back at Boris Johnson, Prince Harry in religious liberty speech
At a religious liberty summit in Rome, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito dismissed criticism by foreign leaders, including U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the ruling he authored overturning Roe that returned abortion laws back to individual states.

Chinese state media threatens that China could ‘shoot down’ Pelosi’s plane over visit to Taiwan
An analyst for a Chinese state-controlled media outlet threatened that the Chinese military could shoot down Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane if U.S. fighter jets escort her to Taiwan during a planned visit to the island.

Israeli Military Halts F-35 Training Flights Over Faulty Ejector Seats
The Israel Air Force on Saturday grounded its advanced F-35 fighters for training flights, a day after it was reported that the United States discovered a problem with the stealth jets’ ejector seats. Air Force commander Tomer Bar held an assessment on the matter on Saturday night and decided to have the entire fleet of 33 jets evaluated over the next few days.

5 babies born alive after abortions in Minnesota
An annual report detailing Minnesota’s abortion data reveals that five babies were born alive after the procedure and no efforts were made to save their lives.

Argentina’s Government Collapsing, People Refuse To Work Amid Major Subsidy Cuts
Only 43 percent of adults have a job, as inflation soars above 60 percent

Prosecutor Rips Democrat Kim Foxx In Scathing Resignation Letter: ‘Zero Confidence In Leadership’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, a Democrat, was ripped up and down Friday in a resignation letter from exiting Illinois prosecutor Jim Murphy. The assistant Cook County state’s attorney slammed Foxx for offering poor leadership and valuing political narrative over safety of citizens.

Ageing Pope Admits He Must Slow Down, Or Quit
Pope Francis admitted Saturday he needs to slow down, telling reporters after a six-day trip to Canada that he cannot maintain his pace of international travel — and may have to think about retiring.