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Chinese Military Post Threatening Video To U.S. Warning To Stay Out Of Hong Kong

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) posted a video on social media showing Hong Kong air defense drills.

A military analyst told Hong Kong’s leading dissident newspaper, Apple Daily, that the bizarre 48-second video was meant as a warning to the United States against interfering with China’s oppression of Hong Kong.

Anthony Wong of the International Military Association in Macau, expressed that the video was labeled with Hong Kong’s name in English instead of Mandarin, which he stated was a sign that its intended audience was the United States, as well as Chinese loyalists in Hong Kong.

There’s no question about it, it’s to show the U.S. and to show the ‘blue ribbons’ in Hong Kong, said Wong.

Hong Kong demonstrators wear colored ribbons to identify with causes and political factions in their country. For example, pro-democracy protesters wore yellow ribbons during the 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, while supporters of the Hong Kong government and Beijing wore blue.

Wong said the PLA wanted to send a message to the U.S. that “if you come near Hong Kong, we won’t hold back.” He also referenced reports that American planes have been seen flying off the coast of southeastern China several times in the past few weeks.

Those planes are more than likely reconnaissance aircraft connected with U.S. freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea. However, the PLA seems to push the narrative that the U.S. is getting ready to aid Hong Kong against China.

The PLA has been increasing the number of military drills across East Asia as relations with the U.S continue to deteriorate. This comes after two American aircraft carriers held an unusual exercise in the South China Sea in July. As well as after a mysterious visit to Taiwan this week by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Upon Azar’s visit to Taiwan, Chinese state media angrily threatened to retaliate by holding live-fire missile drills near Taiwan and Guam, where the U.S. has a major airbase in the region. The editorial that made this threat was re-posted on the PLA’s English-language news website which is a another sign that China is directing its rhetoric directly at Americans and wants the U.S. to see its warnings.

A top Republican lawmaker who sits on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation recently predicted that a war with China was imminent.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), armed conflict between the United States and China is imminent.

I would predict there will be a clash within the next three to six months, Yoho told the Washington Examiner.

The Florida Republican predicted that armed conflict will be triggered by a Chinese naval attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which often commands a strong presence in the South China Sea, as Anewspost reported.

Knowing China, I think what they would do is ram one of our ships and say it was a mistake,  Yoho told the Examiner.

To sink a carrier would be a huge mistake, to attack any of our ships would be a huge mistake, but I think they’re willing to risk that to test the waters, he explained. “And unfortunately, people will die. It would just be a mistake if they did that, for them.

Last year, Senior Chinese military official Dai Xu (戴旭), threatened  U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should attack the ships. This was after the U.S. sent a Navy destroyer the USS McCampbell into the contested Chinese waters, near the disputed islands in the South China Sea during ongoing trade talks in what China called a “provocation,” Reuters reported.

Xu recommended aggressive action against the U.S. if it “breaks into Chinese waters again” stating the following: “If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it… In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create a disturbance,” Taiwan News reported.

Last year, China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the Chinese armed forces People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to enhance their combat readiness to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests after the U.S. had issued a travel warning to China stating Americans were at risk to arbitrary and indefinite detention.

The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,  Xi said, to the Central Military Commission (CMC) warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise.  The entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people,” Xi added according to a press release.

The war drums seem to be beating loudly between the U.S. and China, and Hong Kong could be the trigger that starts the conflict.

 

 

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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Rudy Giuliani Caught On Camera With Hands In Pants In Hotel Room With “Borat’s Daughter”

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s famous Borat character is finally getting a sequel after 14 years, and it will go straight to Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video this week. Numerous high profile figures were targeted for pranks in the upcoming sequel, including US President Donald Trump and his close associate and attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The sequel is titled, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

As the name implies, the plot of the new film revolves around Borat’s quest to give his daughter to a powerful US politician as a gift. As with the last film, Borat encounters a variety of different Americans in his travels, and their interactions are intended to illustrate a sort of culture shock that he is experiencing, while also satirizing the cultures of both America and Kazakstan.

In one of the pranks in the film, Rudy Guiliani was caught with his hands in his pants in a hotel room with actress Maria Bakalova, who portrayed Borat’s 15-year-old daughter in the film.

They conducted an interview with Giuliani where they were extremely agreeable and after the interview, Bakalova went back to a nearby hotel room with him for a drink. The room was rigged with hidden cameras, which recorded Giuliani untucking his shirt and reaching into his pants.

Once he began to reach into his pants, Borat runs into the room wearing a spandex oufit shouting, “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Just after the encounter, Giuliani called New York City police to report the incident, claiming that he was the victim of a scam or a set up.

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Giuliani described the encounter to the New York Post, saying that, “This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive. This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away.”

Giuliani said that he later realized that it was Sacha Baron Cohen and was relieved that he didn’t fall for their prank, although he seems to be the only one that thinks that.

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“I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,” he said.

After news of the encounter went viral this week, Giuliani issued a statement insisting that the film shows a “complete fabrication” of the incident, and claimed that he was simply tucking in his shirt after taking off recording equipment. However, his microphone was taken off as soon as he sat down in the hotel room.

Guiliani went on to say that this is a personal attack on him because of his “relentless exposure of the criminality and depravity of Joe Biden and his entire family.”

However, this encounter was recorded back in July.

Of course, the encounter made Giuliani look very creepy, but no laws were technically broken because Bakalova is 24-years-old and initiated the encounter. They were also interrupted before Giuliani got the chance to do anything illegal.

In late 2019, Giuliani was reportedly under federal investigation for violating lobbying laws, and possibly several other charges, as a central figure in the Trump–Ukraine scandal, which resulted in the impeachment of Donald Trump.

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Pat Robertson Says God Told Him Trump Will Win The Election Before Asteroid Strikes Earth

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On Tuesday during one of a broadcast for his show “The 700 Club” the notorious televangelist Pat Robertson said that God told him President Trump will win this year’s election, and that a few years later an asteroid will hit the planet and “maybe” bring “the end.”

“First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,’’ Robertson, assured his audience, according to The Hill.

However, he still encouraged them to go out and vote, even though the outcome seems to be set in stone.

He then predicted that after Trump’s election, the world would see “at least five years or more of extraordinary peace” before being struck by an asteroid.

“What I think very frankly is the only thing that will fulfill the word of Jesus … is some kind of asteroid strike on the globe. It’s sudden destruction. It’s not going to be some nuclear war. We’re not going to be allowed to blow this earth up,” he said.

While Robertson was sure that the asteroid would cause serious damage, he was not entirely sure if it would mean the end of humanity.

Robertson has made similar predictions about the end of the world in the past, and likely wants to leave himself some wiggle room just in case he’s wrong.

In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of The 700 Club, he stated, “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.”

Then in his 1990 book “The New Millennium,” he predicted that the end of the human race would come on April 29, 2007.

Obviously, that apocalypse never came to fruition.

In September 2011, Robertson and several others who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of the world were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for “teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations”

Robertson made headlines earlier this year by suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic was God’s punishment for liberal policies that he didn’t like. Robertson said that humanity is being punished for our “wicked ways” and said that the virus will not go away until people repent and change the ways that they are living. Abortion and same-sex marriage appeared to be among the top concerns of the televangelist and his viewers.

Robertson is no stranger to controversy, in fact, he has built much of his business on it, and these types of comments are fairly common on his show.

When high profile tragedies happen in the news, Robertson often takes the opportunity to tie in his fire and brimstone sermons, which typically sparks controversy. Similar comments were made on his broadcast after the world trade center attacks of 2001 and the Pulse night club shootings that happened just a few years ago, each time sparking similar outrage.

The 700 Club is the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network and it has been in production since 1966. Despite the changing times, the show is still widely popular, with an estimated 650,000 viewers every single day.

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Paypal Announces Users Will Soon Be Able To Buy, Sell And Accept Crypto

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Paypal has announced that it is entering the cryptocurrency market and will soon allow its users to purchase and sell Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. The payments giant, with 346 million active accounts around the world, pledged to make cryptocurrency “a funding source for purchases at its 26 million merchants worldwide,” CoinDesk reported.

Bitcoin is rocketing in value on confirmation of Paypal plans to let users buy, sell, and enabling merchants to accept cryptocurrency, with the price sitting at $12,813.58 +7.3% at the time of this report.

Market Watch reports, Paypal plans to allow customers to buy cryptocurrency through their accounts and use cryptocurrency for merchant payments. The feature will roll-out in the next couple of weeks in the U.S. and will follow internationally next year.

Initially, PayPal users which total up to an estimated 350 million people will be able to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin starting out. PayPal also said it will bring this function to its Venmo platform.

Early next year, PayPal users will be able to use cryptocurrency to pay for goods or services from merchants who accept PayPal. “Consumers will be able to instantly convert their selected cryptocurrency balance to fiat currency, with the certainty of value and no incremental fees,” the company said in a release. PayPal argued that this move will “significantly increase cryptocurrency’s utility.”

PayPal also revealed in its release that it has obtained the coveted Bitlicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services. The Bitlicense helps “encourage, promote, and assist interested institutions to have a well-regulated way to access the New York virtual currency marketplace,” NYDFS superintendent Linda Lacewell said in PayPal’s release.

PayPal Chief Executive Dan Schulman said in the release that PayPal is “eager to work with central banks and regulators around the world to offer our support, and to meaningfully contribute to shaping the role that digital currencies will play in the future of global finance and commerce.”

For months it has been rumored that Paypal was about to jump into the cryptocurrency space.

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), also said it had granted the first “conditional BitLicense” to PayPal for a partnership with Paxos Trust Company, enabling customers to buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

“DFS said it was making good on a promise last year from Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell to take a fresh look at its regulatory framework for virtual currencies, with a view to fostering innovation in New York State.

“DFS’s approval today follows our June 2020 announcement for a new framework for a conditional Bitlicense to encourage, promote and assist interested institutions to have a well-regulated way to access the New York virtual currency marketplace in a way that is both timely and protective of New York consumers, through partnerships with New York authorized virtual currency firms,” said Lacewell in a statement.

“DFS will continue to encourage and support financial service providers to operate, grow, remain and expand in New York and work with innovators to enable them to  germinate and test their ideas, for a dynamic and forward-looking financial services sector, especially as we work to build New York back better in the midst of this pandemic,” she said.

For months it has been rumored that Paypal was about to jump into the cryptocurrency space.

It was further revealed that Paypal responded to the European Commission in a letter earlier this year. Last year the European Commission opened a consultation about regulating digital assets and cryptocurrencies or what it refers to as crypto-assets. In June, responses were published, including a letter from Paypal stating that it has developed capabilities in the sector since withdrawing from Libra. This follows an earlier CoinDesk report stating PayPal and subsidiary Venmo will offer cryptocurrencies.

The company was additionally one of the initial members to commit to Facebook’s Libra, but it subsequently withdrew along with several other major players.

In the letter to the EU, it outlined this as background: “In 2019, PayPal initially signed a non-binding letter of intent to participate in the Libra Association with the intention of learning more about the proposed use of blockchain technologies to provide financial services to unbanked populations across the globe.”

And it continued: “Since the project’s inception, PayPal has taken unilateral and tangible steps to further develop its capabilities in this area, and therefore – without questioning the value of the project – took the decision not to participate in the Libra Association and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities to democratize access to financial services.”

it’s important to mention that PayPal has been active in the crypto space since as early as 2014. At the time, the company partnered with three bitcoin payment processors, including Coinbase, which allowed merchants in its network to accept Bitcoin as payment.

PayPal has a longstanding relationship with Coinbase, going back as early as 2014. Then two years later in 2016, Coinbase integrated, Paypal and credit cards. In 2018, Coinbase made instant fiat withdrawals to PayPal available for U.S. customers. Last year, European Coinbase users could withdraw to their PayPal accounts, followed by users in Canada, then support was added for the U.S.

It’s worth noting that PayPal was the first company to pull out of the coalition of companies involved in a Facebook-led cryptocurrency initiative, Libra Association.

Many are reporting that Paypal is now being forced into the space with its rival Square including digital assets which the latter was one of its early adopters. Square Inc., a payments company founded and run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, was awarded last year with a coveted license to deal in cryptocurrencies in New York.

However, while it may seem that this is a forced move its important to note for viewers that this action has been one that has been in the works for a long time. While its true that Paypal’s CFO last year said it was too early for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency integration, the former COO stated differently years before in 2017.

In 2018, Paypal was found to have filed a mysterious patent for fast cryptocurrency transactions similar to the lightning network.

Paypal seems determined on exposure into cryptocurrency with a new system for speedy transactions that was patented in 2016 which mirrors much of the ideas behind the second layer solution the Lightning Network.

In other words, the system allows a user, in theory, to pay a third party through a second party so making it possible for Alex to pay Chris through Bill by allocating, through encryption and hashes, part of the private key to the secondary wallet.

This allows for instant payments according to PayPal, addressing latency problems due to Bitcoin requiring around 10 minutes for one confirmation. Extremely similar to what the Lightning Network claims.

However, that’s not the full story the patent actually dates back to 2016, yes you read that right. The patent was filed in August 30th, 2016, right before the major bull run. Although, its unknown if Paypal received the patent or not, it shows the companies early interest into cryptocurrency.

If that’s not enough last year Paypal joined in a $4.2 million funding round for cryptocurrency compliance and risk management platform TRM Labs.

The startup aims to help financial institutions embrace the opportunities associated with cryptocurrencies by mitigating the risks.

Cointelegraph also reports that Paypal is hiring blockchain and cryptocurrency engineers. The news outlet reported there are currently two public-facing job listings for crypto pros to go to work for PayPal.

The first listing of note is for a job titled “Technical Lead – Crypto Engineer.” The listing describes that this person will be responsible for “new initiatives for PayPal global with a focus on agility, time-to-market and innovation. The role includes designing, developing and maintaining key crypto products/features targeted towards availability, performance and scalability of PayPal services.”

The second listing worth mentioning is for a blockchain research engineer to work within the company’s research group, “a newly formed group within the Strategic Technology Enablement team chartered with establishing expertise and opinions on emerging blockchain technologies and their potential uses within PayPal.”

The clues were all there, but now its been officially confirmed by Paypal themselves. This comes as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell recently announced the Fed was willing to work with private companies on a potential digital U.S. dollar, Yahoo News reported.

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