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Freedomist Daily Digest – Wednesday, July 20th, 2022

Editor’s Choice

Top Story

Gun Shop Owner Steps Up to Challenge the NFA

Wisconsin gun dealer Matthew Hoover is seeking a dismissal of his indictment for selling machine gun conversion equipment. Lawyers for Hoover are asking US District Judge Marcia Morales Howard to overturn it on the basis of the 1934 Anti-Gun Law being unconstitutional, setting up a path to SCOTUS to decide.

 

Feature

China Debt Trap is Leaving Nations Devasted

China’s loans to foreign nations are increasingly heading to default, with the poorest 74 nations owing $13,1 billion of its $35 billion loan payments due this year to China.  Pakistan was given a Chinese bailout, Sri Lanka was destroyed, Kenya lost a port, and Laos is suffering economic collapse.

 

60K US Soldiers Lose Pay, Benefits for Not Taking Vaccine

40,000 National Guard and 22,000 Reserve Soldiers are losing their pay and benefits for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.  A US Army spokesperson added, “Soldiers who continue to refuse the vaccination order without an exemption may be subject to additional adverse administrative action, including separation.

 

 

News by Departments

 

US News & Politics

Dems Want to Give Treats to Voters Standing in Line

A Georgia voting law prohibiting people from handing out refreshments to people in voting lines is being challenged. The deciding U.S District Judge, J.P. Boulee, asked,  “Is that a bottle of water because someone is thirsty, or is that a bottle of Gatorade to determine control of the U.S. Senate?” 

 

Biden’s Energy Regulation Secretary Lied Under Oath, Lawsuit Alleges

Energy group sues Biden admin for stonewalling key information related to climate agenda
From www.foxbusiness.com

 

Iran Might Bet $100 BIllion Gift From Team Biden

Biden Poised to Give Iran More Than $100 Billion, Haley Warns
From freebeacon.com

 

States Might Prosecute Companies Funding Abortion Travel

Companies face penalties in aiding access to abortion

From global.chinadaily.com.cn

 

 

NJ Walmarts Hit By Serial Bomb Threats

Bomb threats continue against NJ Walmart stores
From nj1015.com

 

Chips Bill Gains Steam in Senate Despite Last-Minute Lobbying
From www.bloomberg.com
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California’s New Gun Law Could Hurt Wyoming Gunmakers, Sellers
From cowboystatedaily.com

 

Culture and Society

Indonesia Topples Social Media Control

Google, Meta Bow to Sweeping Taxes, Content Curbs in Indonesia
From www.bloomberg.com

 

China relocates residents in world’s highest county for better life-Xinhua
From english.news.cn

 

 

Geopolitical

After Iran Nuke Claims, IDF Chief Warns, Israel Will Not Wait

Preparing the home front for war is a task that must be acceleratedespecially in light of the possibility that we will be required to act against the nuclear threat.  The IDF continues to prepare vigorously for an attack on Iran...” – IDF Chief Aviv Kochavi

 

Is the EU Hoping for a Chinese Taiwan?

EU Envoy Endorses China’s ‘Peaceful Reunification’ With Taiwan
From www.newsweek.com

 

Zelenskiy sidelines close allies in Kyiv’s biggest purge of war
From www.reuters.com
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Supply Chain Latest: EU, China to Work Together to Tackle Food Crisis
From www.bloomberg.com
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Crimea Food Exports Soar, Indicating That Stolen Ukrainian Grain Likely Moving on to Export Markets 
From farmpolicynews.illinois.edu

 

China says it is open to ‘negotiate’ railway projects with Philippines
From www.aa.com.tr

 

Nigerian unions to protest shutdown of public universities due to strike
From www.reuters.com

 

Chinese engineering peacekeepers carry out construction tasks in Aweil of S. Sudan
From eng.chinamil.com.cn

 

 

Finance

Sri Lanka’s Green Nightmare

Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa lived in America for 20 years, bringing back a green revolution, highlighted by the decision on April 27th, 2021, to ban all synthetic fertilizers and pesticides,  While he rejoiced, Within 180 days, rice production fell by 20%.  Now Sri Lanka is a failed state.

 

 

EU Doubles Gas Imports from Azerbaijan

EU new gas deal with Azerbaijan as fears grow over Russia’s supplies
From www.cnbc.com

 

Firewood and no meat: Kenya’s cost-of-living crisis bites
From news.trust.org
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The Implications of a Progressive Regulatory Regime at the Federal Trade Commission 
From www.aei.org

 

How China became ground zero for the auto chip shortage
From www.reuters.com

 

Russia’s Ukraine Grain Blockade Could Starve Thousands, EU Warns
From www.ndtv.com

 

Apple Plans To Slow Down Hiring & Cut Spending Next Year
From www.indiatimes.com

 

 

Defense

Post-Midterm Release for Afghan Withdrawal Fiasco Report

The Pentagon is assessing the role the US military played in the Afghanistan war.  This is an after-action report required of each agency. Perhaps the most significant section will assess the collapse of Afghanistan shortly after the US withdrawal fiasco.  The report won’t be seen until after the midterm elections.

 

Senate Armed Services releases full $847 billion defense bill
From breakingdefense.com

 

Anti-drone laser weapon hub to be created in Scotland
From www.bbc.co.uk

 

 

Sci-Tech

Fly Brains Controlled Remotely

US researchers ‘hack’ fly brains and control them remotely

From interestingengineering.com

 

 

Breakthrough in gas separation and storage could fast-track shift to green hydrogen
From techxplore.com

 

Finding the 3D Structure of DNA for Stem Cell and Cancer Research Progress From www.nextbigfuture.com

 

 

People

Homeland Security advisers say disinformation board unnecessary
From www.washingtonpost.com