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New book claims Hunter Biden was gifted $80,000 diamond in shady Chinese deal

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The Biden family offered their services to a huge, Chinese government-linked energy consortium to expand its business around the world. How do we know? Because of hundreds of emails documenting the deal found on Hunter Biden's laptop, left in a Delaware repair shop in April 2019. In her new book, Laptop from Hell, New York Post columnist Miranda Devine tells the tale:

James Gilliar, a wiry, 56-year-old British ex-SAS officer, got to know Ye Jianming, the 40-year-old chairman of CEFC, when they were both working in the Czech Republic.

CEFC was a Chinese conglomerate, one of the largest energy companies in the world.

Ye's task was to spend $1.5 billion as quickly as possible to ensure the Czech Republic would become China's "Gateway to the European Union," a priority of President Xi Jinping.

To that end, Ye bought everything from a football team and a brewery to an airline, before being named "special economic adviser" to Czech President Milos Zeman.

Comment: Why aren't the lot of them in jail?

Mr. Potato

Snoozefest! 'Top' Democrats' 2024 presidential election list revealed if Biden doesn't run

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US Vice President Kamala Harris and former First Lady Michelle Obama would, by a wide margin, be the Democratic Party's top choices for presidential election 2024, if incumbent president Joe Biden does not run, a new poll shows.

According to the Hill-HarrisX poll revealed on Friday, Harris enjoys the support of 13% of Democrats asked while Obama, who insists that she does not have presidential ambitions despite her popularity among Democratic voters, received 10%.

Other candidates - 2020 campaign participants Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, serving Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and businessman Andrew Yang - got the backing of 5% or less.


Concerned DOJ tries to ban Bannon from disclosing Jan 6 docs

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Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny Steve Bannon's request to make evidence in his contempt of Congress trial public, accusing the adviser to former President Donald Trump of attempting to "try this case in the media."

Prosecutors asked earlier this month that a protective order be issued that would limit what Bannon and his lawyers can release from the 'discovery' process to the public or media. This would include grand jury transcripts that led to the actual indictment.

The material is essential for a defense to build their case for a trial, but Bannon's lawyers have made clear through their own request with the court that they believe the protective order is "burdensome and restrictive." Bannon's lawyers also argued prosecutors were asking for too much leeway in what they get to determine is too "sensitive" to release to the public.


Russia investigates complaint over Netflix LGBT content

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Russian officials are investigating a complaint against Netflix after the public commissioner for protecting families accused the company of violating a "gay propaganda" law, according to Reuters. The commissioner claimed that some Netflix content with LGBTQIA+ themes was rated suitable for those aged 16 and older. The country's laws do not allow the distribution of "propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations" among under 18s.

If the Interior Ministry ultimately deems that Netflix has broken the law, it faces a fine of up to a million rubles ($13,390). More significantly, the service could be temporarily suspended.


Shanghai Data Exchange: How China is set to surpass US in data trade & technological competition

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The Shanghai Data Exchange (SDE) kicked off trading on 25 November, seeking to build nothing short of a new vast and well-regulated market for data. While the Western mainstream media appear to have largely overlooked the event, some American economists see it as a huge transformative development.

Last Thursday, the Shanghai Data Exchange offered 20 data products covering eight categories, such as finance, transportation, and communication, and including flight information from China Eastern Airlines, and various data from the nation's largest firms, including China Eastern Airlines and telecom operators China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, according the SDE website.

About 100 data traders inked their first transactions during the SDE's first day online, while third-party law firms reached agreements with the exchange to ensure transaction safety. One of the first SDE transactions involved the Shanghai branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which concluded a deal to instrumentalise data from the State Grid's Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Co to help improve its financial products, the South China Morning Post detailed.

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


Federal judge halts Biden vaccine mandate for heath care workers

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A federal judge on Monday placed a temporary injunction on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for health care workers at Medicare- and Medicaid-affiliated facilities.

Judge Matthew Schelp of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri halted the mandate for ten states that participated in a lawsuit against the federal government, led by Missouri attorney general Eric Schmidt. Schelp was appointed by former President Trump in 2019.

The decision will "ensure that federal agencies do not extend their power beyond the express delegation from Congress," Schelp wrote in his ruling. "The public would benefit from the preliminary injunction because it would ensure that federal agencies do not extend their power beyond the express delegation from Congress, as already discussed."

Mr. Potato

Biden administration retracts vaccine mandate deadline for federal workers after being blocked by courts

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President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations after touring a Clayco Corporation construction site for a Microsoft data center in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.
Federal workers will not be punished for failing to comply with President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate until next year, the White House announced Monday.

The deadline for federal workers to receive the vaccine or face suspension or firing was Nov. 22. The White House said 96.5% of the 3.5 million employee workforce, the country's largest, has already complied.

A spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget said Monday that the deadline was "not a cliff and that our goal is to protect workers, not penalize anyone."


Fauci as Darth Vader of the Covid wars

A rollicking review of RF Kennedy Jr's The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health

Robert F Kennedy Jr's The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health should be front-page news in all the news media in the US. Instead, it has been met with the proverbial thundering silence.

Critics seeking to have Kennedy dismissed as a kook trading on a famous name had scored a hit in February, when Instagram permanently deleted his account, allegedly for making false claims about coronavirus and vaccines. Nevertheless, the book, published only a few days ago, is already a certified pop hit on Amazon.

RFK Jr, chairman of the board of and chief legal counsel for Children's Health Defense, sets out to deconstruct a New Normal, encroaching upon all of us since early 2020. In my early 2021 book Raging Twenties I have termed this force techno-feudalism. Kennedy describes it as "rising totalitarianism," complete with "mass propaganda and censorship, the orchestrated promotion of terror, the manipulation of science, the suppression of debate, the vilification of dissent and use of force to prevent protest."

Focusing on Dr Anthony Fauci as the fulcrum of the biggest story of the 21st century allows RFK Jr to paint a complex canvas of planned militarization and, especially, monetization of medicine, a toxic process managed by Big Pharma, Big Tech and the military/intel complex - and dutifully promoted by mainstream media.


The cynical and dangerous weaponization of the 'White Supremacist' label

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Protester during the Reject the Verdict rally • Louisville, Kentucky, August 25, 2020.
Within hours of the August 25, 2020, shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin — not days, but hoursit was decreed as unquestioned fact in mainstream political and media circles that the shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, was a "white supremacist." Over the next fifteen months, up to and including his acquittal by a jury of his peers on all charges, this label was applied to him more times than one can count by corporate media outlets as though it were proven fact. Indeed, that Rittenhouse was a "white supremacist" was deemed so unquestionably true that questioning it was cast as evidence of one's own racist inclinations (defending a white supremacist).

Yet all along, there was never any substantial evidence, let alone convincing proof, that it was true. This fact is, or at least should be, an extraordinary, even scandalous, event: a 17-year-old was widely vilified as being a white supremacist by a union of national media and major politicians despite there being no evidence to support the accusation. Yet it took his acquittal by a jury who heard all the evidence and testimony for parts of the corporate press to finally summon the courage to point out that what had been Gospel about Rittenhouse for the last fifteen months was, in fact, utterly baseless.


Trump says he 'never' considered war with China, fumes over Milley in email

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Former US President Donald Trump
Donald Trump turned Black Friday into Flashback Friday.

The former president sent out an email blast saying he "never" considered launching a war with China and that Gen. Mark Milley "should be tried for treason" if he phoned the Chinese military to promise advance warning of a US attack.

The statement comes more than two months after the release of the book Peril by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave backchannel assurances to China in Trump's final months in office.

Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, admitted at a House committee hearing in September that he gave such assurances to Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army.
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General Mark Milley

Comment: It is obvious the General's loyalties were 'Never Trump'.