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By B.N. Frank


Lawsuits continue to be filed against The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for NOT protecting the public from the telecom industry (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)Included in the not-protecting is approving tens of thousands of satellites despite catastrophic warnings from astronomers and other experts (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).


A paper published last month even suggests they may have broken environmental law when they approved SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation (approximately 42,000 spacecraft!) and that they could be sued for this as well.  (Fingers crossed!)  SpaceX offered a solution – make future satellites dark.  Astronomers said that this could actually create more and worse problems. Regardless, SpaceX blasted more of them into space today anyway.


         



      

From ClickOrlando:



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After the fog cleared over Cape Canaveral Monday a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off carrying another batch of SpaceX satellites as part of the company’s goal to create a space-based internet.


The rocket launched at 10:05 a.m. minutes after the fog appeared to part ways revealing a mostly clear blue sky. Sixty Starlink satellites were jam-packed inside the rocket’s nose cone, bringing SpaceX’s total in space to 300.


Unlike the previous four batches of Starlink satellites, which were deployed into a circular orbit in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft launched Monday were deployed into an elliptical, or oval orbit.


SpaceX confirmed all satellites were successfully deployed in orbit about 15 minutes after launch.


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We Bring You This Critical Alert, Contributed By WealthResearchGroup.com and Their Founder, Lior Gantz, Who Our Staff Looks At For Accurate Economic Forecasting.


Policy-makers have gone mad and the general public doesn’t quite understand how dire the situation is. Everyone’s bullish on the U.S. economy; can you find anyone that isn’t saying that “things are looking good, overall,” or that doesn’t have his money tied to deflationary assets?


Assets, which perform well in deflation, have done the impossible for 40 years, while inflation has plummeted from the 1970s craze.


The entire investment world is OPERATING under the premise that inflation is a thing of the past. Interest rates reflect no concerns with inflation. Bond investors are locking in yields that make no sense for anyone who anticipates 2% inflation or higher in his lifetime, and there’s a housing shortage in many desired areas due to lack of construction.


 


Central banks are throwing everything they’ve got into the fire, but they can’t seem to spark the inflation needed to raise rates higher and normalize. Without relevant interest rates, no one is afraid of leveraging and the default of lousy businesses is gone.


Think about it, since that’s the real bubble – the idea that inflation has been solved by what the Davos crowd is referring to as “Disruptive Deflation.”


The theory is that there’s so much innovation and so many benefits to the breakthroughs we enjoy in technology that prices keep compressing and our lives continue to get more efficient, without tacking on additional costs.


On our smartphones, we browse the web, take photos, calculate, communicate and stay up-to-date on global events. This contraption fits in a pocket and is affordable to most of the world’s population. Therefore, the argument goes, the economy has disinflation.


Like all other This Time It’s Different concepts, this one will blow up in our faces as well.


Another category that is blowing up in our faces right now – and causing champagne bottles to be opened and poured like kings in Turkey and other manufacturing capitals outside of Southeast Asia – is the coronavirus.



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



The demand for steel is down 80%. The truth is that we haven’t begun to feel the impact from the virus on financials yet, but this indicator just shows you the level of DISRUPTION and the size of the DROP in activity, in the world’s second largest economy and its manufacturing DOMINATOR.


Pollution levels have dropped by 50% in China, which also proves just how much of an impact these unfortunate circumstances have on their workforce and on the world, as a whole.






If we don’t see signs of relief and progress soon, it won’t end as swiftly and neatly as SARS did.


Millennials, who are definitely not in the habit of trusting their elected officials, are pushing the price of Bitcoin above $10,000 yet again and I’m not discounting a 30%-40% move upwards in the next few months.


The chart looks ripe for a BREAKOUT!



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Bitcoin is no longer a bet on some obscure idea. It is a calculated investment, based on the fact that it is leading the internet of value. The World Wide Web connected the planet and made the world like one village, but the blockchain will cause unheard-of improvements in lowering the costs of the middle-man, who SUCK UP a fifth of the price of an item in some cases.


The bull market in stocks is truly not over. We keep seeing how ready investors are to bail on equities at the first sign of trouble. This isn’t the way these bull markets end.


On top of that, investors are quite happy with buying bonds. This shows me that they’re so cautious that the upside doesn’t bother them whatsoever – they seek wealth preservation.



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



In order to show you just how the mindset of the market has altered, check out the yield that lenders are willing to accept from the Greek government.


Truly, these are unprecedented times for all of us.


When the history books close our chapter, we will all know the real cost of PRINTING CURRENCY out of thin air.



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By B.N. Frank


Doctors, scientists, engineers, and public advocates have asked President Trump for a moratorium on 5G because of biological, environmental, and safety risks (see 1, 2, 3).  Other warnings about 5G have been issued by meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, security experts and other respected sources (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).


Multiple 5G lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  People and animals have been getting sick where it has been turned on (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Telecom companies have still offered NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that it’s even safe.  Unfortunately many elected officials and government employees continue to force 5G installation anyway.  This includes permitting satellites to be launched into space to blast it at Earth.  Overkill – literally.


So it’s not surprising that opposition to 5G continues to increase worldwide as well as in the U.S.  The first Global 5G Opposition Day was held in January.  Many cities and countries have taken action – even banning it.  Regardless – American “powers that be” continue insisting we must win this “Race to 5G.”  Now, they’re literally advertising for it.


         



      

From Multichannel News:



5G Action Launches C-Band Ad Campaign


Ties need for speed to threat from China


FCC chair Ajit Pai is one of the stars of a new paid ad campaign pushing the FCC to free up C-Band spectrum for 5G ASAP.


The aptly named 5G Action Now says it has launched a “targeted digital” ad campaign featuring Pai, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Bob Barr all talking about the danger of China winning the race to 5G.



The campaign follows Pai’s announcement last week of a late 2020 auction of C-Band midband spectrum. He plans a vote on the plan at the FCC’s Feb. 28 meeting.


[…]The ads, a mix of 30- and 60-second spots, will run in Washington, D.C., for the next several weeks, according to the group.


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Of course this isn’t just about 5G.  Sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation – 1G through 4G – are also biologically and environmentally harmful.  Pollution from Electromagnetic Radiation (“Electrosmog”) has been a problem for many years now.  Many experts have been insisting we should be drastically reducing sources of Electrosmog whereas the “Race for 5G” does the exact opposite.  All this to beat China…







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5G Information
The 5G Summit
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G
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EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
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Scientists for Wired Tech
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By Aaron Kesel


The Twitter account belonging to WikiLeaks and brandishing a total of 5.4 million followers has been locked ahead of its former editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, according to Kristinn Hrafnsson the current editor-in-chief of the transparency organization.


Hrafnsson expressed that all attempts to get the account reopened by regular channels made available by Twitter have been unsuccessful. Hrafnsson tagged both the platform’s tech support as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.


         



      




Back in 2018, WikiLeaks, the WikiLeaks Task Force, Assange’s legal team, and Assange’s official defense team were locked out of the platform for over 24 hours, according to a 2018 tweet by Hrafnsson.




All the accounts were eventually unlocked.





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Previously, Assange’s personal Twitter account (which was then turned into the AssangeDefense account) was deleted, undeleted, and finally suspended. Caitlin Johnstone also notes that bias was clear from the start with Twitter’s refusal to verify Assange.


A second account associated with WikiLeaks, EmbassyCat, a profile that was created in the likeness of Assange’s pet cat, has also been suspended and unsuspended in the past without reason as well as shadowbanned.


A third account associated with Assange’s defense – the Unity4J Twitter account dedicated to circulating information about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – was also mysteriously suspended last year, along with several people involved with the account including Kitty Hundal and Christy Dopf who are a few individuals who publicly post Unity4J’s tweets.


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Huffington Post General Discussion / China’s Expanding New World Order!
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Op-Ed by Neenah Payne


The coronavirus crisis must not make us lose sight of the importance of understanding how powerful China has become under President Xi Jinping. China is one of the most rapidly changing countries on the planet – and is also changing the world in several key ways. Xi Jinping was Vice President from 2008-2013 when he became President. He is now considered the most important Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Since China removed term limits for the presidency in 2018, Xi may be President for life.


Three major initiatives show that Xi’s vision extends beyond China to transforming the world:




BRICS: The coalition of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in the BRICS nations is a powerful shift in both economic and political power away from the “Washington Consensus”. The BRICS nations are increasingly moving away from the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency – with major implications for America.

The New Silk Road: Ambition and Opportunity says that in 2013, President Xi announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aka “New Silk Road” in one of the most significant speeches in China’s recent history. It is the largest infrastructure project since the Marshall Plan. The stated goal of the BRI is to create a new infrastructure for world trade between 65 countries.

Partnering With Africa: China is investing heavily in the infrastructure of African countries by building roads, highways, schools, universities, hospitals, bridges, harbors, etc. The Chinese collaboration is helping Africa recover from 500 years of enslavement and colonialism. This is a win-win situation in which China gains the mineral resources it needs for industrialization and thereby drives up prices for those commodities. The US-China trade rivalry is underway in Africa, and Washington is playing catch-up shows the strategic importance of this growing shift.

         



      

These initiatives represent China’s stated commitment to eliminating the division between rich and poor worldwide. This is a radically different vision from the one held by Europe and the US for 500 years.


The initiatives are creating a new balance of power — a New World Order.


The New Silk Road: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)


The New Silk Roads: The New Asia and the Remaking of the World Order by Peter Frankopan says:
“All roads used to lead to Rome. Today they lead to Beijing.”


China Railway Express: From Silk Road to Silk Railroad Two says that a thousand years ago, commodities could take a year to get from China to Europe over the old Silk Road. Marco Polo’s reports of China inspired Europeans to travel to China and eventually led to the trip by Christopher Columbus in pursuit of a westward path to the wealth of the Indies. There was also a Maritime Silk Road of ports in a vast network of international commerce that connected East and West.


This Silk Road spirit was one of peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefits. In 1938, in his book The Silk Road, Swedish Explorer Sven Hadin wrote,


It can be said without exaggeration that this traffic artery through the whole of the old world is the longest, and from a cultural-historical standpoint, the most significant connecting link between peoples and continents that has ever existed on Earth.


The Silk Roads: A New History of the World shows that understanding the old Silk Road provides a deeper understanding of China’s role in history – and how China is changing the world today.



“One Belt One Road Documentary Episode One: Common Fate” reports that President Xi said in his speech proposing the new Silk Road that the starting point of the old Silk Road was in Shaanxi, the province where he grew up. The old Silk Road was the center of trade, knowledge, and civilization. China introduced not only silk to Europe, but paper and printing, spices, and medicines. Constantinople (Istanbul), Venice, and other cities sprang up on the Silk Road and prospered.



When China was smelting iron, Europe lagged far behind. China’s capital city was the world’s largest, seven times bigger than Constantinople. By the 11th century, China had 11 cities with a population of 100,000 while the largest city in Europe had yet to reach 20,000. Chinese innovations like the magnetic compass were reaching the West via the Silk Road and were changing the world.


The Chinese Silk Road – Episode 1 – The Journey Begins suggests that Italian pasta came from China!


Rise of the West: 500 Years of Colonialism


Christopher Columbus sailed west to find a new route to the East. When he landed in the Western Hemisphere, that opened the “Age of Discovery”. With colonial expansion, Europe developed a trade monopoly. By the mid-19th century, the introduction of the steam engine led to a transition in Europe from a hand-crafted economy to the Industrial Revolution based on machine-powered mass production. As Europe embarked on widespread colonization, the caravans on the Silk Road began to disappear and, after a millennium of prosperity, the Silk Road went into decline. Europe became enriched through its colonization of the Americas, Australia, Asia, as well as its enslavement and later colonization of Africa.


Rather than a mutually-beneficial exchange of goods and knowledge, Europe launched a campaign of destruction of ancient civilizations. As Rome had destroyed the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Spain burned all but three of the books of the Mayan civilization. The Incas were performing brain surgery with a 90% success rate in the 1500s while that operation was a guaranteed failure in Europe even 300 years later. Yet, Europe adopted an attitude of superiority and “White Supremacy” used to justify its theft of continents and mass genocide in the Americas and Africa. The West waged endless wars.


Rise of China: Back To The Future


The West was dominant from the 16th to the mid-20th century. However, after WWII, mass liberation movements swept across Asia and Africa. The new countries that emerged faced a common challenge – the need for development. The first Asian-African Conference was held in 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia which fostered unity among the developing nations. It was the origin of “South-South” cooperation.


A broad consensus developed that there was a need for a new Silk Road to unite humanity in a project for exchange of information. The Silk Road reached its lowest ebb in the late 19th century. With the establishment of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong in 1949, China’s colonial and feudal period came to an end. The adoption of the reform and opening policy in the 1970’s boosted its economic power. In 1978, China was the world’s 10th largest economy in terms of GDP. By 2016, China had the second largest economy after the US. By 2019, the US GDP was $21.44 trillion while China’s GDP had grown to $27.31 trillion.


In the 21st century, we are witnessing the rise of China and the emergence a completely different New World Order based on global projects. President Xi is thinking big both domestically and internationally. Other developing countries are striving to follow the example of China. Under Xi, China has built an impressive network for high-speed bullet trains and continues to expand it. The infrastructure will be on display for the world to see when China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics. China’s investment in developing its infrastructure and that of Africa is inspiring the world. The West is increasingly being left behind now as it continues to focus on fighting the War on Terror and fails to develop at home.


China’s Green Revolution


China is also rapidly inspiring the world because of its green revolution discussed below.


The green revolution is sweeping across China. China is the first country to see desert shrinkage. China’s green growth miracle explains how China resolved the conflict between development and environment. A forest has sprung up so quickly in northwest China that it is still shown on maps as the MaoWusu Desert — China’s fifth largest desert which was the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined. It is now more than 90% forest. In 33 years, 4,000 acres of desert were turned into an oasis. A solar farm was built in Datong, once known as “China’s capital of coal” which ranked third on China’s air pollution in 2005. It has also built wind farms. Datong is now leading in green energy.  China is a world leader in renewable energy.


Green China Rising says that China is now scaling new technologies faster than any other country and is providing a model for the world. Although 70% of China’s energy still comes from coal which chokes China’s cities and contaminates its rivers and land with mercury, change is coming on a scale that’s hard to grasp. China is building a coal-firing plant each week, but most of these are state-of-the-art facilities – much more efficient than the older polluting plants.


In another initiative, the carbon dioxide from coal plants is being captured and used to make Coca Cola, beer, soda, dry ice, and fire extinguishers. The rest of the CO2 is stored underground. China’s “Green Gen” plant was built on land that was ocean three years ago. China’s Silk Road is now lined with wind turbines as far as the eye can see. Wind generation has exploded in China. In 2005, China was the tenth largest producer of wind turbines. China now leads the world both in wind turbines production and the number of wind turbines in use. In 2011, China added more wind capacity than all the other top 10 producers combined.


The largest wind farm in the world is in northwest China. It will be world’s first 10 gigawatt wind farm. It is 12 times larger than the world’s largest wind farm in Texas. China is building seven wind farms of this size. China’s “Gold Wind” firm has created a superior technology that is cheaper to build and is more reliable in high winds and extreme cold. Gold Wind is collaborating with the US – creating jobs in America by outsourcing the creation of parts to American firms — especially for American wind farms.


China is the world’s largest user of solar energy, saving 14 million tons of coal being burned every year. However, perhaps the most amazing new technology coming out of China now is called “Big Foot”. It is designed to clean up rivers so polluted they are not safe to even touch and makes them safe enough to swim in. China has only 7% of the world’s fresh water, but it has 19% of the world’s population – and is growing fast. So, its water crisis is urgent, especially in the large cities on its east coast. The “Big Foot” technology was presented in the US in a competition for the Mississippi River. China is partnering with the US in multiple ways now.


The China Dream


China: Time of Xi (Episode 1) – People’s Republic discusses the “China Dream” in which President Xi is working to ensure prosperity for all Chinese. It says that elimination of poverty is one of China’s key domestic goals and Xi has promised that no one will be left behind. Xi’s view is that GDP should never be the sole measure of success.


In 2016, China spent more than $10 billion on tackling poverty. Each village has Poverty Task Force
Leaders and every poor family has a folder with a plan for which a Chinese official is responsible. Rather than handing out funds to poor families, people are encouraged to participate in self-help initiatives like bee keeping or a joint kiwi farm. Roads are being built to remote villages to provide new ways to make a living. Since 2013, 60 million people have been raised above the poverty line. That’s one person every two seconds. China used to have more low-income earners than any country in the world. Today, China has more middle-income earners than any other country. In 1980, the average income was $300/year. In 2000, it was $3,000/year. In 2017, average incomes reached $10,000/year.




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Starting in the 1970s, Xi served at every level of government in five provinces before becoming Vice President and then President in 2013. In the past five years, Xi visited 14 of the poorest regions of China. Each of those provinces has more people than most countries.


The video shows how ecommerce is closing the gap between villages and cities – and the whole world. The combination of state investment, private investment, and smart technology is uniquely Chinese. In 2016, rural ecommerce provided jobs for 20 million people in China for $758 billion. That was up 26% from the previous year. China has also invested heavily in rural education.


Xi has carried out the largest-scale investment in infrastructure modernization in the world. One of the most exciting projects is the bullet train. Now, there are four high-speed train lines running north to south and four east to west. The plan is to double that with eight lines running east to west and eight running north to south in time to showcase when China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics . China is re-inventing its infrastructure as it reinvents its culture – and is inspiring the world.


China’s Bullet Trains


Why China Is So Good at Building Railways says that in 2008, China began investing in its High-Speed Railroad network. By 2018, China had more high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined! A former trip of 44 hours over a distance equivalent to Washington, DC to Dallas takes about nine hours now. China is the poorest country in the world to have high-speed rail.



China’s new high-speed train will ‘float’ over tracks to hit 370 miles an hour says that’s more than 150 mph faster than the world’s fastest passenger trains now in regular intercity service which touch 217 mph on runs between Beijing and Shanghai. The driverless train went into service this year and is designed to float above the track using a technology known as magnetic levitation, or maglev. A trip by train could be even faster than traveling by air under certain circumstances.


The fastest passenger train in intercity service in the United States is Amtrak’s Acela Express which runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. It reaches a top speed of 150 mph — but only for 34 miles of the 450-mile route. Train tickets on the Acela Express from New York to Washington, DC, frequently go for more than $200. Train tickets for the bullet trains cost about $100.


China’s ‘bullet train’ network is the largest in the world — and it’s about to get even bigger. In 2018, China’s “bullet train” network was already the largest in the world at 15,500 miles compared the second biggest high-speed rail network in Spain which is just 1,926 miles. It adds that by 2020, China plans to expand its high-speed rail network to around 18,600 miles, linking most of the nation’s big cities.


The video FIRST CLASS BULLET TRAIN in CHINA (All Time Greatest Train Seat)! provides an inside view. The video Shanghai MAGLEV TRAIN REVIEW – The FASTEST Train in the WORLD  is a very different experience on a short ride in Shanghai. The video China High Speed Rail (CRH) BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW – Chinese Bullet Train shows that each seat has a TV! The video Amazing China: The incredible Chinese high-speed rail shows that Chinese trains are the fastest in the world.


The video Fastest Train Being Built in America! – NYC to DC in 60 Minutes discusses the Northeast Maglev Project which will use Japanese technology. It will be the biggest public works project in the US. The first leg from Washington to Baltimore is expected to be available in 2028.


China’s Multi-Faceted Investment Across Africa


The video “China’s Footprint in Africa” shows the deep investment China has been making in multiple sectors in a variety of African countries for several years.




US Competes Poorly With China in Africa


The Heat: US Competes with China in Africa discusses the challenges the US faces in matching China’s successful investment strategy in Africa. The video explains that there was a time when the “Washington Consensus”, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank dictated the political economy in Africa. The US provides loans mainly to deal with Ebola and AIDS.


However, with the rise of the BRIC nations, there is an increasing realization that the world has become a different place. So, now African countries are facing east and the US is playing catch-up to the massive investment China is making in Africa partnering with African nations. So, the balance of power has changed in a way that the West is not dealing with effectively. Africa is looking for win-win relationships with China, Russia, and the US. China has responded. The West has a lot to learn now.


China in Africa: Friendship, Training, Support




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China is calling on the people of all countries to work together to build a community with a shared future for mankind, to build an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.


A New Era of China-Africa Cooperation Ep.1: Shared Dreams and the other four videos in the series provide deeper insight into China’s multi-faceted relationship with Africa. The Chinese relate to Africans not just with respect, but warmly as brothers and sisters. Episode 2 is Shared Aspirations. Episode 3 is Integrated Interests. Episode 4 is Connecting People. Episode 5 is Future Partnership.


China is helping Africa build infrastructure such as airports, roads, highways, harbors, railroads, and manufacturing centers. China is building clinics and hospitals to improve healthcare. It is also building schools and universities and providing various kinds of training in Africa as well as in China. It has also established banks and has created a great number of jobs in various sectors.


China has drilled 1,000 wells and built hydro power stations in eight African nations to provide easier access to clean water and to prevent water-borne diseases. China created 20 airport expansion projects with green development which facilitates tourism. China has sent 2,000 peacekeepers to several African nations, operating within the framework of the United Nations. It has built industrial parks integrated with new railroads. China built an assembly plant for cars in South Africa that will create 12,000 jobs.


Since 1963, China has sent 21,000 medical workers to 48 African nations treating tens of millions of patients. Forty-six medical aid teams consisting of nearly 1,000 doctors are working in 45 countries throughout Africa. During the Ebola epidemic, China provided humanitarian and material assistance. China launched a satellite for Algeria to facilitate telecommunications. China is supporting Africa in launching 100 projects for clean energy and is helping Africa protect its wildlife, building smart cities, and is promoting environment-friendly agriculture.


Africa has reciprocated this generous support. When China was hit by earthquakes in 2010, the government of the Republic of Congo donated 16 million RNB to rebuild the primary school. Equatorial Guinea (just 1 million people) donated 1 million euro to China. Many African countries helped by donating money. China and Africa have a collaborative relationship.


Is China The New Global Model?


Zambian economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo explains in her TED Talk “Is China the new idol for emerging economies?” that for the first time, there is a challenge to the Western model of politics and economics. She warns that the West is now out of step with the aspirations of the developing world – a world being inspired now by China. She points out that while the developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy, and political rights for all, people in emerging markets often don’t have that luxury.



Dr. Moyo makes the case that the West can’t afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will follow. Instead, a different model embodied by China’s call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world is increasingly appealing. Dr. Moyo presents a radical blueprint for change to galvanize growth and ensure the survival of democracy in the 21st century.


Dr. Moyo is the author of:




Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way For Africa (2010)

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly- and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011)

Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World (2013)

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth-and How to Fix It (2018)

The charts below summarize the Western and Chinese models. Dr. Moyo says the West has two choices: compete or cooperate. She says the West should invest in the developing world. The question is how to create prosperity for all. See “TEDx Brussels 2010 – Dambisa Moyo – How the West was Lost” for Dr. Moyo’s analysis of what has gone wrong in the US and Europe — and how to fix it now.




 


   
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By Chris Menahan


Have you ever heard of this thing called the “First Amendment,” Mr. Zuckerberg?


From Washington Examiner, “‘More guidance and regulation’: Zuckerberg requests government rules on ‘what discourse should be allowed'”:



Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called on Western governments to provide regulatory guidance for how social media companies can identify the boundaries of “what discourse should be allowed” on their platforms.


“There should be more guidance and regulation from the states on basically — take political advertising as an example — what discourse should be allowed?” Zuckerberg told an assembly of Western leaders Saturday at the Munich Security Conference. “Or, on the balance of free expression and some things that people call harmful expression, where do you draw the line?”


         



      

Facebook has faced accusations of mismanagement since Russia launched a series of high-profile election interference operations against Western countries, most notably the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said federal legislation is necessary to counteract anti-conservative “political censorship,” while European Union officials are mulling antitrust proposals targeting Facebook.


“There are a lot of decisions in these areas that are really just balances between different social values,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s about coming up with an answer that society feels is legitimate and that they can get behind and understand that you drew the line here on the balance of free expression and safety. It’s not just that there’s one right answer. People need to feel like, ‘OK, enough people weighed in, and that’s why the answer should be this, and we can get behind that.'”



There’s not going to be any rules set in stone because then dissidents could just get around them by following the rules to the letter and speaking in code.


The rules are purposefully open-ended and completely arbitrary so anyone can be crushed at any moment and labeled a “hate agent” for challenging the powers that be.


For our ruling class, the arbitrariness of the rules are a feature, not a bug.


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By Matt Agorist


Jacksonville, FL — Marina Falk received a horrifying call from school earlier this month in regard to her 6-year-old daughter Nadia. Officials from Love Grove Elementary School called Falk to tell her that police had taken her daughter because she’d been acting out. Without her consent, authorities essentially kidnapped a 6-year-old girl and held her in a facility for two days.


Falk never received a call when her daughter acted out. Only after she was taken by police did she get the call.


“I was alerted of an incident after she was Baker Acted,” Falk said


When Falk called police to see where her daughter was, they told her there was nothing they could do. She said the officer told her: “‘There’s nothing else we could do. Your daughter is completely out of control, and we were not able to de-escalate the situation.’”


         



      

According to the school, Nadia was alleged to have destroyed school property, attacked staff and running out of school. She is six. Highlighting the reliance on the police state is the fact that this school is for mentally challenged children like Nadia. They are set up to teach children with mental disabilities yet they couldn’t find another way to handle this little girl other than having her Baker Acted.


In Florida, the Baker Act is supposed to confine truly mentally ill people who are dangerous — a six-year-old girl throwing a temper tantrum is hardly a danger to anyone. School officials apparently thought otherwise.


“When a student’s behavior presents a risk of self-harm or harm to others, the school district’s procedure is to call Child Guidance, our crisis response provider,” Duval County Public Schools said in a statement to ABC News.


Falk told Good Morning America that after finding out her daughter had been essentially kidnapped without her consent, she felt a lot of things, but most of all, she felt “helpless.”


“Heartbroken. I felt anger. Disappointment. But I think the biggest emotion, I felt, was helpless,” Falk told “GMA.” “Because I know that I’ve done everything I could possibly do to help my daughter at this school.”


Illustrating the unnecessary nature of this entire ordeal is the police body camera footage of Nadia’s removal from school. In the video, this little girl is walking calmly with police and appears to be well-behaved as she asks police if she is going to jail.


“No, you’re not going to jail. You’re not no bad person, you’re not going to jail,” the officer is heard saying on the footage.


The officer is then heard telling another cop that “she’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with her,” after saying (before the footage cut off) that the school “may have agitated her a little bit.”


After the body camera footage was released, the school responded by claiming that police were not present when Nadia was allegedly throwing her tantrum.


“The police officers were also not present when Child Guidance was intervening with the student,” the district said. “The student was calm when she left the school, but at that point, Child Guidance had already made the decision to Baker Act based on their intervention with the student.”


Falk’s attorney, Reganel Reeves said they want to sit down with school officials so Nadia can continue her education.






“I just don’t want us to be perceived like we’re simply just out for money. We really want to try to resolve Nadia’s educational status so she can go to school,” Reeves told “GMA.” “So that’s really what our goal is, not really a lawsuit at this point.”


Reeves then went on to note that someone must be held accountable for a 6-year-old girl being treated in this manner.


“We’re prepared to put the state of Florida on notice and let them know that this is not acceptable. We must protect our children. So we’re asking for a dialog, a conversation. Since this is out here now, don’t let this go in vain,” Reeves said.


As crazy and over-the-top as this case seems, TFTP has reported on similar instances before. In fact, it happened in Jacksonville before.


As TFTP previously reported, just like Nadia, for throwing a temper tantrum, another 6-year-old named Nicholas, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, was kidnapped from his elementary school by police and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital.


Nicholas was held, including multiple stints in a ‘seclusion room,’ for three days at River Point Behavioral Health.


Once admitted to the hospital, the staff stayed true to their tendency of holding patients and did everything they could to use the state to force Nicholas to stay. This was in spite of his parents’ demands to let him out.


“I didn’t want him to be there at all,” Nicholas’ mom told BuzzFeed News, adding that she immediately asked the facility to release her son because he was so young and didn’t need to be there.




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“It felt like my child had been kidnapped,” she said. “I can’t even hug my kid and tell him it’s going to be okay.”


At River Point, as reported by BuzzFeed, Nicholas would be given a bloody nose by another child, get locked in a “seclusion” room at 3 in the morning, and wait more than 24 hours to see a psychiatrist, according to medical records provided by his parents.


His parents asked at least three times to take their son home — every time, they were denied.


Also, in 2018, we reported on another child in Miami, Florida who was also kidnapped from school for a temper tantrum. He was just 7 years old.


If you truly want a glimpse into how much the police state is infiltrating public schools, take a scroll through our archives, at this link.




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By Daisy Luther


The worst of the numerous anti-gun legislations in Virginia, the so-called “assault weapons ban,” was shot down (sorry, I had to) this morning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, killing any chance of that bill becoming law this year.



The alarming wording of HB961:


Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators; penalties. Expands the definition of “assault firearm” and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, or transport a large-capacity firearm magazine, as defined in the bill, and a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess such large-capacity firearm magazine. Any person who legally owns a large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator on July 1, 2020, may retain possession until January 1, 2021. During that time, such person shall (i) render the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator inoperable; (ii) remove the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator from the Commonwealth; (iii) transfer the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a person outside the Commonwealth who is not prohibited from possessing it; or (iv) surrender the large-capacity firearm magazine, silencer, or trigger activator to a state or local law-enforcement agency. (source)


         



      

It’s pretty unsettling when you watch a billionaire buy a state government.


The most recent election saw Virginia turn blue through rezoning and a whole lot of money donated by none other than presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. It’s so blatant that even the Washington Examiner referred to this as “Bloomberg’s Gun Ban.”


Virginians protested the outrageous spate of laws by a variety of means, turning nearly the entire state into 2nd Amendment sanctuaries, municipality by municipality, with one county going so far as to form an official militia to preserve gun rights. Tens of thousands of gun owners showed up to protest at the capital on Lobby Day, a protest that was overwhelmingly peaceful despite the governor’s attempt to paint the protesters as violent white supremacists.


Initially, it looked like the efforts would fail when the House blatantly ignored the protests and advanced 9 more anti-gun bills the very same week.


Several Democrats voted to table the bill.


Fortunately, the Senate Judiciary Committee chose the wiser course of action against the most insidious of the bills, voting down HB961 with a 10-5 vote.



Lawmakers voted to table the bill Monday with little debate, while noting that there was confusion over what types of guns would constitute an assault weapon.


“There are obviously a lot of questions about definitions in this bill. Definitions do matter,” said Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds.


The Senate has now rejected three of the governor’s eight gun-control measures. Moderate Democrats have already voted with Republicans to kill a bill that would make it a felony to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in a way that endangers a minor, and a bill that would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of a gun to police. (source)







Four Democrats rejected the bill.


The move was led by Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, and backed by three other Democrats: Sen. John Edwards of Roanoke, Sen. Chap Petersen of Fairfax City, and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax. (source)


The fight isn’t over.


Several other unconstitutional bills have already passed both the house and the senate, including limiting the purchase of firearms to one per month, allowing cities or counties to ban guns in specific areas, and a red flag law that allows authorities to temporarily remove people’s firearms without due process.


And keep in mind, this vote only tables the bill for the current year. Governor Northam’s office has already said it will be back.




Alena Yarmosky, a spokeswoman for the Northam administration, said in a statement: “While the governor is disappointed in today’s vote, he fully expects the crime commission to give this measure the detailed review that senators called for. We will be back next year,” she said.


“Despite today’s vote, the governor is proud of the several commonsense gun safety measures that continue to advance,” she added. “These bills represent historic steps forward in keeping Virginians safe from gun violence. Make no mistake — they will save lives.” (source)







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Virginians would be wise to institute recall petitions immediately for the treasonous members of the state congress who blithely ignored the will of the people to promote the will of Micheal Bloomberg well before this next vote ever happens.


Today was a victory but the fight is far from over.







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By Michael Snyder


Global economic conditions are really starting to deteriorate quite rapidly.  Economists were projecting that Japan’s GDP would shrink by 3.8 percent on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter, but instead it greatly surpassed expectations by plunging 6.3 percent.  If Japan’s GDP falls again during the first quarter of 2020, and thanks to the coronavirus outbreak that seems very likely, then the world’s third largest economy will officially be in a recession.  But of course the outlook for China is even worse.


At this point, economic activity in China has come to a standstill, and this has thrown global supply chains into a state of chaos.  It certainly appears that the entire global economy will shrink during the first quarter, and that will be the very first time that has happened in more than a decade.  And if this coronavirus outbreak continues to intensify in the months ahead, the economic consequences are going to be absolutely catastrophic.


         



      

Even though the experts were anticipating a slowdown in Japan, nobody had any idea that it would be this bad…



Japan’s gross domestic product shrank at an annualized pace of 6.3 percent from the previous quarter in the three months through December, according to a preliminary estimate by the Cabinet Office released Monday.


Economists surveyed had predicted a fall of 3.8 percent, flagging the adverse impact of a sales tax increase, weak global demand and typhoon disruption.



The sales tax increase is being primarily blamed for this collapse in GDP, and without a doubt consumer spending in Japan was way down last quarter…



Consumer spending fell 11.1% after the national sales tax was raised in October to 10% from 8%. During the same month, Typhoon Hagibis ravaged a large swathe of the country.


Capital spending declined 14.1% and exports slipped 0.4% due to the fallout from the U.S.-China trade war.



Japanese officials were hoping that GDP would bounce back this quarter, but now the coronavirus outbreak has changed everything.


At this point it is very difficult to be positive about the immediate future of the Japanese economy, and an increasing number of experts are now anticipating a recession.  Here is one example…


“I’m getting ready for another contraction in Japan’s first quarter. There just aren’t any positive factors to build a positive growth forecast,” said Mari Iwashita, chief market economist at Daiwa Securities Co., flagging her view that the economy is likely falling into recession.


The Japanese economy greatly benefits from the horde of tourists that usually come over from China, and the two nations have developed a very close trading relationship.


Now that those two factors are being disrupted, the outlook for the second quarter is decidedly grim…



“There is a good chance of Japan’s economy falling into a recession,” Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, said before Monday’s data was released. He flagged the risks of supply chains being affected if the outbreak was prolonged.


The coronavirus is taking a toll on the number of Chinese tourists to Japan and manufacturing activity due to the economy’s close ties with China, prompting some economists to forecast a contraction lasting two quarters.



Ultimately, it is going to be exceedingly difficult for Japan to avoid a recession.






But if Chinese GDP also plunges into recession territory this year, that will be even bigger news.


According to The New York Times, “the entire global economy could suffer from a prolonged shock in China”, and so investors will be watching the development of this crisis very carefully.


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The number of confirmed cases and the official death toll both continue to rise, and the draconian measures that the Chinese have taken to contain the outbreak have slowed the Chinese economy to a crawl.  The following is how Zero Hedge summarized the recent economic data that we have seen come out of China…


While not perfect, and certainly not a comprehensive view of what is really taking place “on the ground”, the above data is a useful real-time indicator of how the people in China perceive the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, and one thing is abundantly clear: as the pandemic spreads further without containment, and as the charts above flatline, so will China’s economy, which means that while Goldman’s draconian view of what happens to Q1 GDP is spot on, the expectation for a V-shaped recovery in Q2 and onward will vaporize faster than a vial of ultra-biohazardaous viruses in a Wuhan virology lab.


Of course many in the financial world are still hoping that things won’t be too bad.


For example, Dun and Bradstreet is hoping that the crisis in China will only “cause a drag of approximately one percentage point on global GDP”…


China, the world’s second largest economy after US, contributes about 20 percent to the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). However, according to a report by Dun and Bradstreet, the Chinese economy might cause a drag of approximately one percentage point on global GDP if prevention of Coronavirus gets delayed beyond the summer of 2020.


That is a wildly optimistic projection, but hopefully they are right.




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Hopefully, the coronavirus will fizzle out with the arrival of warmer weather and the global economy can start to get back to normal.


Unfortunately, a return to “normal” is probably not in the cards.


Even before this coronavirus outbreak, the global economy was really starting to slow down.  Economic numbers were absolutely dismal all over the world, and many experts were warning that we were right on the verge of the next global recession.


Now that this outbreak has erupted, we definitely have much more momentum in a downward direction.  Very challenging times are ahead, although most people in the Western world still don’t understand what is happening.


As far as the coronavirus is concerned, the key will be what happens to the number of confirmed cases outside of China.  Over the past week that number has roughly doubled, and if that keeps happening every week we will soon have a full-blown global pandemic on our hands.


There are now 75 confirmed cases in Singapore, 59 confirmed cases in Japan and 57 confirmed cases in Hong Kong.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep this virus contained, and we are rapidly approaching a major tipping point.



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By Aaron Kesel


China’s President Xi Jinping has called for tightened control over online discussion and increased policing to ensure “positive energy” and social stability according to state media, Bloomberg reported. This is being pushed as Chinese scientists in South Beijing have said the virus’ origin was the long-suspected Wuhan Virology lab or another Wuhan Center for Disease Control lab.


The government must “strengthen the management and control of online media,” and “crack down on those who seize the opportunity to create rumors” on the internet, Xi said.


“It is necessary to increase use of police force and strengthen the visible use of police,” Xi said, calling for a crackdown on behavior that “disrupts social order” including hoarding medical supplies. This is amid a lockdown of over 400 million people forbidden from leaving the country and in some cases even their own homes. Xi’s call to police the internet comes after a Chinese professor, Xu Zhangrun, published a rare public critique of President Xi Jinping over China’s coronavirus crisis. The man was then placed under house arrest after his report according to the Guardian.


         



      
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