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US nuclear submarine hits underwater 'object' in South China Sea

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The USS Connecticut nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine
A US Navy attack submarine "struck an object while submerged" in international waters in the South China Sea, officials said on Thursday. They said there were no life-threatening injuries and the sub was still fully operational.

In a brief statement providing few details of an incident that happened on the afternoon of October 2, US Pacific Fleet said the USS Connecticut remained in a "safe and stable condition". Seawolf-class submarine's nuclear propulsion plant was not affected, it added. "The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed," the statement said, adding that the incident will be investigated.

The statement did not specify the location of the incident, but two US Navy officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details not announced publicly, said it happened in the South China Sea while the Connecticut was conducting routine operations.

The officials said the sub then headed toward port at Guam. The incident was not announced before Thursday to maintain operational security.

Comment: Beijing has a question or two on this incident:
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed its concern about an incident in the South China Sea. Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called on the US to clarify details concerning the USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine, which struck an unidentified object while submerged in the South China Sea on October 2.

Zhao requested that the US confirm the specific location of the accident, the vessel's intentions and more details about the collision itself, including whether it caused a leak of nuclear material. The spokesman also asked if the submarine had damaged the local marine environment.

He said China and its neighbors had a right to question Washington over the incident and seek the truth.
"The United States deliberately delayed and concealed details of the accident, demonstrating irresponsibility and a lack of transparency."
Zhao said the root cause of the incident was the US' insistence on sailing through the Beijing-claimed South China Sea under the banner of freedom of navigation.

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Florida school board punishes schools with mask mandates and tries to neutralize White House effort to help them out

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Students in Florida districts with mask mandates
The Florida State Board of Education voted Thursday to withhold funds from eight school districts that have imposed mask mandates in violation of a state-level ban on them — and moved to thwart the U.S. Department of Education's plan to assist those districts through federal grants that would make up for the lost money.

The board accepted recommendations from Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to withhold state funds in an amount equivalent to school board members' salaries — as it's already done for several districts — as well as funding equivalent to any amount the district receives in federal grants because of its mask mandate.

Only two districts, in Alachua and Broward counties, have already been awarded federal funds so far, but the board's punishment also applies to schools that haven't yet gotten federal grant money in case they receive it in the future.

The U.S. Department of Education established a new grant program called Project SAFE to help schools that have been punished by their state government because of Covid-19 mitigation measures like mask mandates.

Comment: The federal government should butt out of state politics. It is not their level of governance nor turf to bribe.


Sleepy Joe's vaccine mandate for private companies doesn't exist. It's just a press release

Comment: Like almost all of the 'rule by decree' by Western regimes throughout the last 18 months, this too is bluff...

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Joe Biden
Yes, we've heard all about Joe Biden's alleged vaccine mandate for private companies employing 100 or more people. It was all over the news even before he announced it on September 9. His announcement has jeopardized the employment of millions of Americans and increased worker shortages in critical domains such as health care.

There's only one problem. It's all a mirage. Biden's so-called vaccine mandate doesn't exist — at least, not yet. So far, all we have is his press conference and other such made-for-media huff-puffing. No such rule even claiming to be legally binding has been issued yet.

That's why nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general who have publicly voiced their opposition to the clearly unconstitutional and illegal mandate haven't yet filed suit against it, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General confirmed for me. There is no mandate to haul into court. And that may be part of the plan.


Ukrainian president rallies party to oust speaker of Parliament: Zelensky continues to silence dissent & tighten grip on power

Zelenskiy Razumkov

(L) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Reuters / GLEB GARANICH; (R) Dmitry Razumkov, former head of the party "Servant of the People". RIA
Ukrainian MPs have voted to remove parliamentary speaker Dmitry Razumkov after clashes over a new bill that aims to reduce the influence of oligarchs on the political system. Razumkov disagreed with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

On Thursday, 284 members of the 450-MP-strong Verkhovna Rada supported the motion against Razumkov, including the vast majority of representatives from the Servant of the People ruling party.

Razumkov, as a member of the faction, was a crucial part of Zelensky's election team in 2019. He was rewarded later that year when he was elected to the post of speaker.

Comment: It looks like the corruption fostered since the US-backed coup in the country is beginning to come home to roost. Of particular note is the recent space of murders of high profile figures:


AFP reports US special forces quietly training Taiwanese military

Taiwan air force
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Taiwan Air Force
US special operations forces have been quietly training Taiwanese troops for months, a move which China warned Friday could cause "serious harm" to relations between Washington and Beijing.

A contingent of around 20 special operations and conventional forces has been conducting the training for less than a year, the Pentagon official, who declined to be identified, told AFP Thursday, adding that some of the trainers rotate in and out.

The official largely confirmed a Wall Street Journal report which said the training has been going on for at least a year, amid China's rising verbal threats against the island ally of the United States.

Comment: Taiwan is being used as a pawn in the Biden administrations inept policies towards China:


Biden Education Secretary dodges when asked if parents should be 'primary stakeholder' of child's education

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stopped short of claiming that parents should be the "primary" stakeholders in their children's education on Thursday.

Cardona sat before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday to testify on school reopening strategies and policies around COVID-19. Under questioning from Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Cardona refused to call parents the "primary stakeholders" in a child's education.

"Do you think parents should be in charge of their child's education as the primary stakeholder?" Braun asked the Education secretary.

Comment: In other words, Cardona is completely onboard with the Great Reset agenda and sees children as the property of the state, to be 'educated' as the state sees fit, damn the parents.

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NYC investigators to release report into de Blasio's NYPD security detail

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Mayor Bill de Blasio came under scrutiny for using taxpayer funds to pay for his security detail while traveling for his long-shot presidential bid in 2019.
The city Department of Investigation on Wednesday said it is set to release the findings of a probe into Mayor Bill de Blasio's NYPD security detail.

The DOI will make public a 40-page report and hold a press conference about the "allegations involving the Mayor's security detail" on Thursday morning.

Law enforcement sources said the probe concerned use of city resources for personal use, a possible violation of New York's Conflicts of Interest Law.

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Alarm Clock

CIA sounds alarm over capture, killing of dozens of informants: report

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The CIA has called on its frontline spies to step up their operational security around the world after dozens of informants have been arrested, killed or otherwise compromised in recent years, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

A cable sent last week from top US counterintelligence officials to every agency station and base included the exact number of human sources arrested or executed by rival services — a detail that is typically a closely guarded secret, the Times reported.

The document lays several issues at the feet of case officers responsible for recruiting new informants — including poor tradecraft, underestimating the counterintelligence prowess of foreign agencies, and focusing on recruitment without paying proper attention to potential risks. It goes on to remind officers to focus on those issues in addition to bringing new sources into the fold.

Comment: Is this CIA losing it's touch?


Watch Sen. Josh Hawley's epic confrontation with Biden lackey over DOJ's threats to 'silence and intimidate' parents voicing concerns about their children's education

Sen. Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley, R-MO, grilled deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco and delivered a stunning rebuke to the Biden administration’s “weaponization of federal agencies” against Americans. Watch the video below.
A U.S. Senator took the Biden administration to task Tuesday during a Senate hearing into a memorandum that the Department of Justice issued Monday, Oct. 4, that seems to threaten parents and discourage them from showing up at local school board meetings to express their concerns about what their children are being taught.

Parents nationwide have been turning out en masse to voice concerns to their local boards of education about sexualized books in the schools, curricula promoting racial hatred, gender confusion, pedophilia and all manner of filth.

That has caught the attention of federal law enforcement agencies.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, questioned Lisa Monaco, deputy attorney general of the United States, during a hearing on the controversial, some say intimidating, memorandum that was issued Oct. 4 by her boss at the Justice Department, Mr. Merrick Garland.

Read the full memorandum. Read the DOJ's Oct. 5 press release about the one-page memorandum.

Sen. Josh Hawley said the Biden administration has moved with lightning speed since taking office on Jan. 21 to politicize and "weaponize" the DOJ against the American people.

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Dumb-In-Chief: Kerry says Biden not 'aware' sub deal with Australia would irk France

John Kerry
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John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, insists President Biden is trying to move on from the US-UK-Australia submarine deal blunder.
United States climate envoy John Kerry claimed Tuesday that President Biden had no idea the US-UK-Australia submarine deal would upset the French government and "had not been aware of what had transpired" — as Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Paris in an effort to ease the diplomatic tensions.

Kerry, secretary of state in the Obama administration, was asked in an interview on French television about the Biden administration forging the agreement with Australia — even though France already had a $40 billion deal with Australia for 12 submarines.

"President Biden asked me about it, and I told him and expressed...," Kerry said, according to the National Review​.

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