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China's successful hypersonic missile test in August takes US by surprise

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China surprised U.S. officials by testing a new hypersonic missile in August that went around the globe before it made its way toward the intended target, a new report says.

China had made "astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than U.S. officials realized," two people told the Financial Times Saturday, with another source adding he or she was unsure how China was able to accomplish it.

The country has tested 79 missiles so far, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. Five people with knowledge of the launch told the outlet that the missile flew in low orbit before going down toward its target, which it missed by 24 miles.

Comment: Commentary from Twitter about the missile test:

Putin jokes about the state of US tech with a journalist saying that no, Russian's are not developing Mach 3 technology, because they're already at Mach 20:

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'


Biden says number of unvaccinated Americans 'unacceptably high' insists mandate 'working'

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US President Joe Biden
President Biden on Thursday said the number of unvaccinated Americans still remains "unacceptably high," but insisted that his administration's vaccine requirements for the federal workforce and private employers are "working" to ensure more individuals receive shots to protect against COVID-19.

During remarks from the White House Thursday, the president touted his administration's "progress" in the "fight against the virus."
"We're making progress nationally. Daily cases are down 47%, hospitalizations are down 38% over the past six weeks. Over the past two weeks, most of the country has improved as well. Case rates are declining in 39 states and hospital rates declining in 38 states."
The president, though, said there "is still an unacceptably high number of unvaccinated people."

"Now's not the time to let up. We have a lot more to do," the president said, adding that the U.S. is "in a very critical period as we work to turn the corner on COVID-19."

Comment: As the worm turns...Pushback from the commentators highlight Biden's 'bait and switch' covid policy.

Comment: Such a deal! Coercion, mandates, punishment, ridicule, censorship.


'Democracy is being tested': Polish PM hits out at Brussels, claiming it infringes on rights of member states

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Poland PM Mateusz Morawiecki • Flags EU and Poland
Poland's prime minister has lashed out with accusations that EU institutions impede on the rights of its member nations following a ruling by the country's Constitutional Tribunal that Warsaw's laws reign supreme over Brussels'.

Speaking to the Polish parliament on Thursday, Mateusz Morawiecki proclaimed"
"We are at a crucial moment, you could say at a crossroads in the EU's history. Democracy is being tested - how far will European nations retreat before this usurpation by some EU institutions."
Morawiecki's accusations come as he is due to appear before the European Parliament next week to defend Poland's case after a landmark court verdict found Warsaw's constitution took primacy over EU laws.

The inquiry, which had been requested by Morawiecki to determine whether Brussels could stop the country from reorganizing its judiciary, concluded last week that some areas of EU Treaty articles are incompatible with Warsaw's laws and subordinate to Poland's constitution.

The ruling found that the country not only has the right to check the constitutionality of EU laws, but also rulings made by its Court of Justice.

Comment: Shackles come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Walk away or find the one you least hate.

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Star of David

Russia says Israel used 2 civilian airliners as cover to carry out Syria strike

Russian Tu-22M3 bomber
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Russian Tu-22M3 bomber
A Russian general on Thursday said that Syrian air defenses did not engage Israeli jets that reportedly carried out a strike in central Syria because there were two civilian airliners in the air at the time.

A Britain-based war monitor said the alleged Israeli airstrike in central Syria killed nine pro-government fighters, four of them Syrians and five of undetermined nationality.

Syrian Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit told the Sputnik news site that the strike was carried out by four Israeli F-16 jets:
"The Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defense systems since at the time of the Israeli aviation attack, two civilian passenger aircraft were in the zone of destruction of the anti-aircraft systems."
Russia has repeatedly accused Israel of using civilian aircraft as a "shield" against Syrian air defenses, amid lingering anger over a case in 2018, when the Syrian military shot down a Russian spy plane while responding to an Israeli strike over Syrian airspace.

Comment: Israel appropriates whatever it needs:

See also:
'Treacherous': Israeli air force used Syrian civilian airliners as cover for Christmas Day attack on Damascus

People 2

School group that urged Attorney General's anti-parent initiative has ties to Democrats, Unions

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AG Merrick Garland and deputies at a Justice Department press conference
The National School Boards Association, which urged the Biden administration to use federal law enforcement to investigate parents who speak out on local education matters as potential domestic terrorists, has political ties to the Democratic Party and labor unions. The national association represents members of locally elected school boards, which usually are officially nonpartisan, and is a federation of state school board associations.

Although most funding for the National School Boards Association comes from state school boards, the National Education Association — the nation's largest teachers union and a major donor to Democrat candidates — contributed in the past two years.

The teachers union contributed $68,000 to the national association in 2020 and $50,000 in 2019, according to union reports to the Labor Department. Each contribution is a relatively tiny portion of the association's annual $19.2 million in revenue and $17.2 million in expenses.

Leaders of the National School Boards Association, established in 1949, also have worked for and contributed to Democrat politicians.


Slovenia's presidency has been a disaster for the EU, shining a light on the 'West v the rest' cultural divide like never before

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Slovenia's PM Janez Jansa
Western European countries are counting the days until Janez Janša's reign as Council of EU president comes to an end. His time in the role has perfectly illustrated the massive differences that exist between the member states.

Since June, Slovenia has held the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU, which is fitting - or one could say ironic - because it coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the country's independence.

The rotating nature of the presidency is meant to project a sense of unity and altruism; a statement that the European Union is a shared venture between willing and cooperating member states who hold the same values.

However, Slovenia's presidency has done no such thing. Indeed, all it has achieved until now is to shine a light on the differences that exist between Eastern and Western Europe. Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša has been a constant thorn in the side of the EU recently, and one suspects that Brussels cannot wait until his six-month term comes to an end on December 31.

The Slovenian presidency was not greeted with much enthusiasm in Brussels in the first place, as Janša was viewed as too authoritarian and populist, which is something the EU despises most of all.

Bad Guys

Israel & co. ramp up targeted attacks in the Middle East

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An escalation is taking place in Syria with the sole aim of impeding the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) activities.

In the late hours of October 13th, a series of Israeli airstrikes hit the outskirts of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of Homs. A Syrian soldier and three pro-Iranian fighters were reportedly killed.

According to reports, the raid was launched from the southeastern area of al-Tanf, which is occupied by the US-led coalition and its proxies.

This is the second Israeli airstrike in Syria within a week. Previously, on October 9th Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack above the Homs countryside. As a result, six Syrian soldiers were wounded and some material damage was caused.

Comment: See also:

Bad Guys

New AUKUS anti-China alliance could spark global arms race, Moscow warns, as Beijing sounds alarm over West's 'Cold War' tactics

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FILE PHOTO. British Navy personnel stand atop the Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious, on patrol off the west coast of Scotland.
Moscow has joined Beijing in hitting out at a new military pact between the US, UK and Australia, saying that the move puts the West on a collision course with China and could lead to a sharp escalation in international tensions.

Speaking to RIA Novosti on Friday, Nikolay Nozdrev, the director of the Third Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the new pact between the three nations, known as AUKUS, could spur countries around the world to expand their military stockpiles and exacerbate regional disputes.

"It is already public knowledge that the purchase of American 'Tomahawk' sea-based cruise missiles by the Australians, agreements on the deployment of US Air Force jets, expansion of other forms of bilateral military cooperation, and the possibility of using Australian bases by British nuclear submarines are being discussed," Nozdrev said.

Comment: Australia's government sells out the country in order to facilitate the belligerent agenda of the US & UK: The AUKUS issue is not over

And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'


US Treasury deputy sec warns unvaxxed Americans that shortages will continue until EVERYONE is jabbed

Comment: Whoa, is that a threat!?

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The deputy secretary at the US Treasury has put Americans on notice that the only way to end the plague of empty shelves around the country is for every resident to be vaccinated. The frank warning came off as a threat to many.

Wally Adeyemo, the Biden administration's second-highest official in the Treasury Department, appeared to publicly blackmail the still-sizable portion of Americans who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 during a Thursday ABC interview, seemingly blaming them for the ongoing shortages of consumer goods that have led many to mock the president as 'Empty Shelves Joe'.

Despite viral photos depicting thousands of cargo ships lined up at the Port of Los Angeles ready to unload their goods, Adeyemo claimed that the supply chain issues plaguing so many US retailers are an international issue and will only let up when a sufficient percentage of the country has been vaccinated.

Describing the disastrous economic conditions as "an economy that's in transition," Adeyemo acknowledged that "we are seeing high prices for some of the things that people have to buy." While he praised the administration's stimulus payments, he also pinned the blame squarely on the unvaccinated.

Comment: See also: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?

No Entry

US warship intercepted by Russian Navy while trying to sail into country's territorial waters, Moscow says amid drills with China

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SEA OF JAPAN (Oct. 15, 2021) A Russian Udaloy-class destroyer interacts with USS Chafee (DDG 90), while Chafee conducts routine operations in international waters in the Sea of Japan.
Russian sailors were scrambled to head off the American missile destroyer USS Chafee as it set course to violate their country's maritime borders in waters closed off for military exercises, Moscow's Ministry of Defense has said.

On Friday, defense chiefs stated that the Chafee, an Arleigh-Burke class warship operated by the US Pacific Fleet, attempted to make its way into territory in the Russian Far East, before its course was diverted by one of the country's anti-submarine ships, the Admiral Tributs.

According to the reports, the vessel had been operating in the Sea of Japan for several days before trying to cross the border near the Peter the Great Gulf.

Comment: Sputnik reports that the US, unsurprisingly, claims the allegations, that are supported with evidence, are 'false':
"The statement from the Russian Defense Ministry about the interaction between our two Navy ships is false," the US military said in a statement on Friday.

"While USS Chafee (DDG 90) was conducting routine operations in international water in the Sea of Japan on Oct. 15, 2021, a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer came within approximately 65 yards of USS Chafee (DDG 90) while the ship was preparing for flight operations. The interaction was safe and professional. Although Russia issued a Notice to Airman and Mariners (NOTAM/NOTMAR) in this area for later in the day, the NOTAM/NOTMAR was not in effect at the time of the interaction. At all times, USS Chafee conducted operations in accordance with international law and custom. The United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate where international law allows," the statement continues.

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SEA OF JAPAN (Oct. 15, 2021) A Russian Udaloy-class destroyer interacts with USS Chafee (DDG 90), while Chafee conducts routine operations in international waters in the Sea of Japan.
Video footage published by Moscow filmed by crew on board the intercepting warship, the Udaloy-class large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, shows the Chafee's Seahawk helicopter powering up its engines as the warship plows ahead, the Tributs pacing it just 60 meters off its starboard side.

The US Pacific Fleet also published three photos of the incident from the Chafee, showing the frigate-sized Admiral Tributs steaming nearby and several members of its crew watching the Chafee intently.
For more examples of the US violating international norms and law on land, sea, and in the air, and from just this year, see: