3 Nov 2022

China completes its own space station; see it here
China successfully launched and docked the final module of its Tiangong Space Station on Monday. The space station’s completion comes as China is seeking to overtake the U.S. as the dominant global power and as some U.S. officials believe China has already surpassed the U.S. in some aspects of space technology.

Clarence Thomas Weighs In On Diversity
Justices Kagan and Jackson threw around the word “diverse” many times, but Clarence Thomas said that “diverse” has not been properly defined. Thomas has long been a critic of Affirmative Action and believes it is in itself racist.

Portland Facing Homelessness ‘Catastrophe’: Mayor
Oregon has among the highest homeless populations in the nation per capita. According to DHM Research, 9 of 10 voters statewide identify homelessness as a “very big problem” as Election Day draws near. “Portlanders report they don’t feel safe allowing their children to access our parks. Elders don’t feel safe strolling along the riverfront or simply walking to the local grocery store.”

Elon Musk To Fire Half Of Twitter On Friday
According to Bloomberg, the world’s richest man will eliminate 3,700 jobs at Twitter – roughly half of the company’s entire workforce – in a bid to drive down costs following his $44 billion acquisition; Musk will inform affected staffers Friday, …

Reform rabbi to be knighted by Pope Francis for work on Jewish-Catholic relations
A. James Rudin, a leading Reform rabbi and educator and the longtime director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee, will be knighted under the Papal Order of St. Gregory for his work on Catholic-Jewish relations. He will become the ninth Jewish person to receive the honor in the Order’s nearly 200-year history.

North Korea fires at least one ballistic missile
Launch comes one day after North Korea fired more than 20 missiles, one of which flew in the direction of a populated South Korean island.

Macron: We’re fully mobilized to increase military support for Ukraine as soon as possible, in particular, air defense
Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announced his readiness to increase military support for Ukraine as soon as possible, in particular, air defense. “I confirmed this this morning to President Zelensky: we are fully mobilized to increase our military support to Ukraine as soon as possible, in particular, air defense,” Macron wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

China locks thousands in Shanghai Disney over 1 COVID case
Guests were recently trapped in Shanghai Disneyland and mass-tested for COVID-19 after a woman’s infection was traced back to the theme park, triggering its third shutdown in a year as China sticks by its “zero COVID” policy. The park suddenly locked down on Monday around 11:39 a.m. local time as the Shanghai government announced everyone inside had to be tested for COVID before they could leave,

US nuclear submarine makes rare appearance at Strait of Gibraltar
A nuclear-capable U.S. submarine recently surfaced for a rare public appearance at the Strait of Gibraltar. The appearance comes amid growing concerns surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats of nuclear war. The USS Rhode Island stopped at a public port in Gibraltar for a scheduled visit on Monday, Nov. 1, the Navy announced.

Biden rejects general’s 4-star promotion over Jan 6 riot response
Biden’s administration has reportedly decided against promoting a general to a four-star position over his response to the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol, despite the recommendation of his own defense secretary, Lloyd Austin.

Did you know that Earth’s magnetic field has a spooky sound? Listen to the audio here
The European Space Agency recently revealed a spooky sound generated by the Earth’s magnetic field. “The rumbling of Earth’s magnetic field is accompanied by a representation of a geomagnetic storm that resulted from a solar flare on November 3, 2011, and indeed it sounds pretty scary.”

Anti-LGBTQ, anti-Reform Jews: Who are Ben-Gvir’s Otzmah Yehudit allies?
Religious Zionism, the party of Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, won big in the elections for the 25th Knesset. Now, its members are expected to soon become members of the Knesset – it is best to know who exactly they are.

Lapid won’t attend UN climate forum
Yair Lapid will not attend the United Nations climate conference in Egypt next week, his office said on Wednesday, President Isaac Herzog will represent Israel at the conference, Lapid’s office said.

The Next Geomagnetic Superstorm Will Destroy the Internet
The second group is the infrequent storms that we also refer to as superstorms. These storms do not have a very specific time of occurrence, we only know that they occur every century. The last non-recurring storm occurred in May 1921. The second last non-recurring storm occurred in September 1859. What will happen to the stock market? What will happen to the cryptocurrency market? What will happen to hospitals that use data networks? What will happen to all airports around the world? The list can go on and on.

Biden Shouldn’t Try to ‘Save’ Israeli Democracy from Election Victors
The votes in Israel’s latest Knesset election are still being counted, but the exit polls confirmed the worst fears of the Biden administration. While Israel isn’t getting the same kind of obsessive attention it has received at times in the past, there’s no question that President Joe Biden and his foreign-policy team have strong opinions about who should be running the Jewish state that are echoed by most Democrats and the liberal mainstream media.

Somali parents join movement against left-wing indoctrination in schools
The Minnesota Parents Alliance packed a room in Golden Valley Sunday afternoon for an event geared toward Somali parents, many of whom were shocked and alarmed to discover some of the materials available to their kids. Public school priorities are increasingly at odds with the family values and religious beliefs of the Somali community, speakers at the event explained.

Fewer Americans Take Their Traditional Moral Values from Biblical Principles: New Survey Says
A new survey by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University found that fewer people are taking their traditional moral values from biblical principles.

“Dark Clouds On Horizon”: Maersk Warns About Rapid Economic Deterioration
“With the war in Ukraine, an energy crisis in Europe, high inflation, and a looming global recession there are plenty of dark clouds on the horizon.” 

Couples who marry due to family, social pressure 50% more likely to divorce
Couples who get married due to family or social pressure are up to 50% more at risk of having a union that ends in divorce, according to a recent study from the Marriage Foundation in England and Wales.

Gen Z more close-minded than parents, grandparents’ generations: ‘Young, illiberal progressives’\
Generation Z is less open-minded and more intolerant than older generations, according to a recently released study by the left-leaning British media outlet Channel 4.  Defined as people aged 13-24, Gen Z were more likely to believe that people should be “canceled” for their views and held less acceptance of different opinions than older generations.

12,000 Russian Troops Were Supposed To Defend Kaliningrad. Then They Went To Ukraine To Die.
Six years ago, the Russian navy formed a new army corps whose job it would be to defend Kaliningrad, Russia’s geographically separate outpost on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

Portland Facing Homelessness ‘Catastrophe’: Mayor
Council working on five-point plan to help the estimated 6000 people living on the streets

North Korea fired the highest number of short-range missiles in a day, says South Korea
The South Korean military said Wednesday North Korea launched the highest number of short-range missiles in a day as Seoul retaliated to Pyongyang’s latest barrage of weapons tests, further escalating tensions in the region.

Scientists use new dating technique to analyze historical accuracy of Old Testament battles
Scientists say they are using new technology that could allow them to properly date several military conquests depicted in the Bible and potentially validate the scriptures’ historical authenticity.

Prominent US academics urge Biden to do more to help anti-government protesters in Iran
More than 2,000 academics from universities across the United States have written to President Joe Biden urging him to do more to support the anti-government protesters in Iran, many of whom are coming out of Iranian universities and schools as young Iranians take to the streets and face off against the country’s brutal security services.

Biden froze out China’s ambassador. He may regret that.
China’s ambassador to the U.S. just became one of the more powerful people in the Chinese government.

US Vows To Never Accept North Korea As A Nuclear Weapons State
In September, Kim signed a new decree declaring it would not give up its arsenal unless the rest of the world did the same..

Gen Z more close-minded than parents, grandparents’ generations: ‘Young, illiberal progressives’
Generation Z is less open-minded and more intolerant than older generations, according to a recently released study by the left-leaning British media outlet Channel 4. Defined as people aged 13-24, Gen Z was more likely to believe that people should be “canceled” for their views and held less acceptance of different opinions than older generations.

Netanyahu: ‘We’ll return Israel to its place as a rising power among the nations’
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu early on Wednesday hailed his right-wing/religious bloc’s apparent election victory and thanked his supporters for their “magnificent expression of faith.”

Los Angeles City Council Endorses Leading Definition of Antisemitism
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. City Councilman Paul Koretz proposed the non-legally binding measure, which cited a 32 percent rise in hate crimes across the state.

White House on recent gun violence: ‘Enough is enough’
The White House called on Congress to take action to address gun violence in the aftermath of multiple high-profile shootings in the past two days, saying that “enough is enough.”

Oil CEOs warn this winter’s energy crisis will be nothing compared to the next
Politicians and governments around the world are bracing for potential civil unrest as many countries grapple with mounting energy costs and rising inflation.