Greg Gutfeld Beats All Other Late Night Hosts While They Do Hyped Special On Climate Change

This past week, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and all the other far left late night TV hosts got together and did a special on climate change.

The project was hyped by the TV networks and on social media, but it didn’t do too well in the ratings.

Greg Gutfeld of FOX News, who hosts the only non-leftist late night show, beat them all in the ratings.

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‘Gutfeld!’ beats all late-night shows on their widely hyped ‘Climate Night’

Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” beat all the other late-night shows Wednesday after the liberal hosts collectively hyped their so-called “Climate Night.”

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee traded in comedy for activism on Wednesday night and joined forces to sound the alarm on climate change.

Going beyond the opening monologues, Kimmel had multiple climate scientists on his show, Meyers interviewed President Biden’s climate czar John Kerry and Colbert spoke candidly with “Mother Earth.”

However, none of them topped Greg Gutfeld, whose show landed in the #1 spot with 1.89 million viewers.

Colbert’s “The Late Show” on CBS came in with nearly 1.8 million viewers followed closely by Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC with 1.79 million viewers. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” came at a distant fourth place with 1.2 million viewers.

These late night hosts have all become Democrat activists, basically:

This was Greg Gutfeld’s opening monologue on Wednesday night.

It’s easy to see why Greg is beating all the other late night hosts.

He is the only one offering a different point of view.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

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World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

People take part in the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

September 24, 2021

By Kate Abnett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largest protest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The strike takes place five weeks before the U.N. COP26 summit, which aims to secure more ambitious climate action from world leaders to drastically cut the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet.

“The concentration of CO2 in the sky hasn’t been this high for at least 3 million years,” Swedish activist Greta Thunberg told a crowd of thousands of protesters in the German capital.

“It is clearer than ever that no political party is doing close to enough.”

Demonstrations were planned in more than 1,500 locations by youth movement Fridays for Future, kicking off in Asia with small-scale demonstrations in the Philippines and Bangladesh, and spreading throughout the day to European cities including Warsaw, Turin and Berlin.

“Everyone is talking about making promises, but nobody keeps their promise. We want more action,” said Farzana Faruk Jhumu, 22, a youth climate activist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “We want the work, not just the promises.”

A landmark U.N. climate science report in August warned that human activity has already locked in climate disruptions for decades – but that rapid, large-scale action to reduce emissions could still stave off some of the most destructive impacts.

So far, governments do not plan to cut emissions anywhere near fast enough to do that.

The United Nations said last week that countries’ commitments would see global emissions increase to be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010 – far off the 45% reduction by 2030 needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“We are here because we are saying a loud ‘no’ to what is happening in Poland,” said Dominika Lasota, 19, a youth activist at a protest in Warsaw, Poland. “Our government has for years been blocking any sort of climate politics and ignores our demands for a safe future.”

Friday’s strike marked the in-person return of the youth climate protests that in 2019 drew more than six million people onto the streets, before the COVID-19 pandemic largely halted the mass gatherings and pushed much of the action online.

Yusuf Baluch, 17, a youth activist in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, said the return to in-person events was vital to force leaders to tackle the planetary crisis.

“Last time it was digital and nobody was paying attention to us,” he said.

But with access to COVID-19 vaccines still highly uneven around the world, activists in some poorer countries said they would only hold symbolic actions with only a handful of people.

“In the global north, people are getting vaccinated so they might be out in huge quantities. But in the global south, we are still limited,” Baluch said.

(Reporting by Kate Abnett, Additional reporting by Kacper Pempel and Andrea Januta, Editing by William Maclean)

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Judge blasts pain doctor who failed to change injection practices after string of spinal infections

After nine years and a drawn-out legal battle funded by the medical profession’s powerful defence agency, a judge has condemned Dr. Stephen James’s behaviour

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His infection-control practices would later be deemed clearly sub-standard, but when Dr. Stephen James learned that a patient had developed a serious abscess in his spinal column after a pain injection, he changed nothing.


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Instead, he gave the military veteran another needle in his back, again failing to wear a mask or gloves.

After 23 other patients in James’s “lucrative” Toronto practice suffered similar, severe infections — and one of them died as a result — he still did not alter his methods, a judge says.

Now after nine years and a drawn-out legal battle funded by the medical profession’s powerful defence agency, Justice Edward Morgan has condemned his behaviour, saying James put his own professional interests over those of his patients.

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The Ontario Superior Court judge also took the rare step of ordering punitive damages in the class-action lawsuit, chastising the physician for neglecting to act when he learned of a string of serious complications.


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“Dr. James not only failed to properly advise his patients of the medical risks they faced in having him perform an epidural injection on them” said Morgan. “He actively obscured the risk in order to protect his reputation and to continue what the evidence shows had become a lucrative practice.”

It’s gone on far too long

But the strongly worded ruling has been almost a decade in the making, despite James being repeatedly censured over the same events before. Ontario’s medical regulator found him guilty of misconduct six years ago and three years before that Toronto’s public-health department blamed an outbreak of meningitis and other infections on his actions.

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James was in hot water with the College of Physicians and Surgeons again this May, ordered to take remedial courses on record keeping and interventional pain treatment after a new assessment “raised concerns about his standard of practice.”


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In fact, another judge hearing the class action also found the anesthesiologist negligent in 2016. But James — represented like all the country’s doctors by the taxpayer-funded Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) — successfully appealed that decision.

The Ontario Court of Appeal sent the case back to another judge to decide first if the class action should be “certified” and then to hold a trial, which finally took place earlier this year.

“It’s totally exhausting,” said Anne Levac, the chief plaintiff in the case and still debilitated by the after-effects of her 2012 infection. “It’s gone on far too long.”

Many of the affected patients are elderly and two have actually died while waiting for the case to be resolved, said Paul Harte, the lawyer spearheading the suit.


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Even now — if James does not appeal — each individual will have to come forward and either reach a settlement with the defence or have compensation assessed by the court.

“It appears to my clients that this is a textbook example of the scorched-earth approach of the CMPA,” said Harte, referring to allegations that the association battles too hard in defence of its doctor members. “It can be very frustrating.”

Neither James nor his lead lawyer, Darryl Cruz, could be reached for comment Thursday.

The case began when Toronto Public Health investigated three cases of bacterial meningitis — a potentially devastating infection of the area around the spinal cord — in patients who had received steroid injections from the physician.


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They were sickened by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which often sits harmlessly in nasal passages, and at least six of the cases were a rare strain of the bug, said Morgan’s ruling. Public health investigators found evidence of the strain in James but no other employee of the pain clinic where he worked.

Investigation eventually identified 24 people who contracted meningitis, epidural abscesses that put dangerous pressure on the spinal cord or related infections after receiving steroid injections from James.

Infection usually occurs in only one in 10,000 of the treatments, but his patients suffered the complication at a rate 69 times the norm, concluded Morgan.

James himself admitted to practices that some expert witnesses at the trial deemed unacceptable. That included failing to wear a mask or gloves when doing “caudal” injections — into the tailbone area — and placing instruments on the used wrapper from surgical gloves rather than on “surgical drapes,” special sterile fabric.


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The 2015 College of Physicians and Surgeons decision — which resulted in James’s licence being revoked for 10 months — described patients suffering severe back pain, confusion, fever, vomiting and hallucinations before being diagnosed with Staph A spinal infections.

Patient Anne Littleton died two weeks after her injection, though James neither noted the death in the woman’s chart, contacted the hospital where she passed away nor talked to her family, said the ruling.

Levac said she nearly died after developing an epidural abscess following treatment by James. After 10 weeks in hospital, she had to learn to walk again and says she still suffers disabilities that keep her mostly house-bound.

“It ruins your life, period,” said the resident of Fenelon Falls, Ont.

Levac said she was shocked when she eventually discovered that several of James’s patients had fallen sick before her.

“I didn’t have to be infected, and that’s the hardest part.”

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California Gov. Newsom Signs State’s Biggest Ever $15 Billion Package on Climate Change

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a giant $15 billion climate package on Thursday that will direct money to an array of climate impacts facing the state.

The billion-dollar package is the largest such investment in state history and includes 24 bills covering everything from tackling wildfire and drought challenges, building climate resilience in communities, promoting sustainable agriculture, and advancing the climate agenda.

It also includes a $1.5 billion Wildfire and Forest Resilience Package which builds on a $536 million early action package back in April of this year ahead of peak fire season. The package also adds an additional $988 million in 2021-2022 which will be used to fund projects to reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of forests and wildlands, such as fuel reduction projects and fuel breaks.

The largest amount of funding—$5.2 billion—is being directed towards the Water and Drought Resilience package, which will be used to support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience over three years. This will be done via drought relief projects to secure and expand water supplies, among other things, and the focus will be on small and disadvantaged communities.

A further 3.7 billion is being directed to a Climate Resilience Package, which aims for the state to build resilience against the many climate risks facing it, including extreme heat and sea-level rise, over the next three years. The funding will focus on vulnerable front-line communities and will include projects that reduce the urban heat island effect, as well as greening projects.

Another $1.1 billion is going towards supporting “climate smart” and sustainable agriculture and to create a “resilient and equitable food system” as well as expand access to healthy food across schools and other public institutions.

A further $3.9 billion will be directed towards a Zero-Emission Vehicle package as California looks to lead the way in electric cars, with some of that funding being used to put 1,000 zero-emission drayage trucks, 1,000 zero-emission school buses, and 1,000 transit buses, and the necessary infrastructure, on California roads, focusing on disadvantaged communities.

Another $270 million will go to supporting a “circular economy that advances sustainability and helps reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector, and $150 million that will support urban waterfront parks, with a focus on underserved communities.”

“California is doubling down on our nation-leading policies to confront the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities,” Newsom said in a statement announcing the new package.

“We’re deploying a comprehensive approach to meet the sobering challenges of the extreme weather patterns that imperil our way of life and the Golden State as we know it, including the largest investment in state history to bolster wildfire resilience, funding to tackle the drought emergency while building long-term water resilience, and strategic investments across the spectrum to protect communities from extreme heat, sea level rise and other climate risks that endanger the most vulnerable among us.”

The billion-dollar package comes following a string of blazes that have burned across California this summer, prompted by worsening drought conditions.

Earlier this month, Newsom said more than 7,400 wildfires have burned in the state this year, scorching more than 2.2 million acres, driven by higher temperatures and extreme drought condition

The wildfires threaten to burn some of the state’s famous and gigantic groves of old-growth sequoias in the Sierra Nevada, leaving locals to wrap them in protective aluminum foil insulation in a bid to save the trees, one of which is  2,300 to 2,700 years old.


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.

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New head of JPII marriage institute suggests Church must change its definition of family


(LifeSiteNews) — Weeks after taking up his post as new president of the former John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Monsignor Philippe Bordeyne made a remarkable statement in a revealing interview with La Croix International, the English-language daily edited by La Croix, unofficial daily of the French episcopate, saying, “We theologians cannot continue to assert certainties about the family when we see the transformations it is undergoing today.”

What are “certainties” about the family seen from the Catholic point of view? They are definitions, rules of life. They are reflections based on the natural realities and aims of marriage, and the natural laws that govern it. They are the result of the scrutiny of the revelation that tells of God’s plan for mankind, of the supernatural objective of procreation, which is to people God’s heaven with saints, and of the nature and value of sacramental marriage, which is a reflection of Jesus’ love for the Church.

When St. John Paul II founded the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, it was clearly and profoundly attached to traditional Catholic doctrine on marriage, acknowledging the existence of absolute moral norms that are always binding and prohibit intrinsically evil acts. Such were the “certainties” mentioned above – and the fact that they were certainties did not make them uninteresting or rigid in the sense that they could not account for new realities of the day.

On the contrary, they were the principles, the supporting walls on which the Church could build in order to assess modernity and, if necessary, challenge it with the help of faith and reason – as it did, for instance, with gender ideology, which is a radical negation of the rules of God’s creation.

When Bordeyne states that “We theologians cannot continue to assert certainties about the family when we see the transformations it is undergoing today,” he is saying in substance that there is no sure ground from which to assess these transformations, and if need be, to condemn them and to show that they are not in accordance with man’s true needs and calling.

His declaration shows that as a hand-picked new president of what is now the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences,” Bordeyne is fully on board with the revolution that is taking place there. It started with the sudden dismissal of the Institute’s head, Monsignor Livio Melina, a faithful successor of its founder, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, in 2019. At the same time, all of the Institute’s professors were suspended – not all returned – and under its new Chancellor, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of homoerotic fresco fame, the door was opened to criticism of Humanae vitae that condemns contraception and to the glorification of Amoris Laetitia, in which Pope Francis discreetly welcomed certain divorced and civilly remarried couples to receive the sacraments, including Holy Communion, without intending to change their way of life.

Bordeyne was the rector of the French capital’s famed Catholic University, L’Institut catholique de Paris, for 10 years. His specialty is moral theology (without “certainties”?). He was an “expert” at the second Synod on the Family named by Pope Francis. He has co-authored a book with one of Jorge Bergoglio’s most influential Argentinian mentors, Father Juan Carlos Scannone, who adapted “theology of the people” from Liberation theology: Divorcés remariés : ce qui change avec François (“The Divorced and Remarried, what is changing with Francis”) – is all about “discernment” and “accompanying complicated situations” even unto reception of Holy Communion.

Bordeyne has spoken in favor of a “private blessing” for homosexual pairs and suggested that “human sexuality, which is ultimately not very determined, allows for atypical forms and expressions.” He has also stated that couples could be left to decide about using contraception or not and that they could accompany that decision by “redoubling their mutual love.”

Now that he has taken up his new position at the head of an Institute whose original aim was to uphold the Church’s traditional teachings on marriage and the family, Bordeyne appears not to have been touched by grace … At 61, he can be expected to hold onto his particular ideology, which is founded on the idea that we are in an “era of change,” as he told Loup Besmond de Senneville in the interview, especially with the “pandemic,” in which “the family” is one of the “new frontiers” where theologians must go.

“We are in a moment that is a bit similar to what John F. Kennedy experienced in 1960, when he won the Democratic nomination. At that time, he saw no choice but to take on board a world that had changed at great speed. Similarly, I believe that we are in a similar era of change today. And it is because our times are changing so rapidly that the Church must be more humble before the mystery of the family,” he said.

Asked whether the Church is not already humble enough, Bordeyne replied that it “has not always been humble enough to recognize that there are important changes in the way families are formed.” “This is what Pope Francis keeps repeating, especially in the exhortation Amoris laetitia (…) This lack of humility, in my opinion, is reflected in the temptation to oversimplify issues surrounding the family and to give ready-made answers. We theologians cannot continue to assert certainties about the family when we see the transformations it is undergoing today,” he added.

What are today’s transformations? Cohabitation before or without marriage, the explosion of the number of births out of wedlock in Western countries, widespread divorce, the denaturation of marriage itself, which is presented as possibly uniting two men or two women, widespread refusal of procreation, sexual promiscuity promoted by the media and many states.

Without saying all these trends are good, Bordeyne said, “Theologians are researchers, and therefore they draw on the light of tradition, but also on the strength of kerygma, which is the proclamation of Christ alive to families today” and that it is necessary to “deepen the way Jesus would look at complex situations, or the slowness of young people to choose marriage,” adding that the Church “cannot hide its eyes from the societal transformations we are witnessing.” As if it ever did.

It seems as if Bordeyne is lamenting the fact that the Church is not changing its language and priorities in the face of these “societal transformations.”

He also proclaimed that he does not have the intention of turning the John Paul II Institute into the “Amoris Laetitia Institute,” protesting that “the teaching of Francis is not reduced to Amoris laetitia, and that of John Paul II is not reduced to Familiaris Consortio. Each is well within its time, but there is no contradiction between the two.”

This is truly the official narrative on Pope Francis’ innovations: It is the search to implement change while proclaiming that expressions of Catholic doctrine that are clearly modified through such change are in fact acceptable “evolutions” dictated by changed circumstances.

Bordeyne’s full interview is available here.

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Senate Candidate Says He Made $1 Billion Offer To Buy The Cleveland Indians To Stop Name Change

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno told Fox News on Wednesday that he offered $1 billion to purchase the Cleveland Indians baseball team to prevent the franchise from changing its name to the Guardians.

Moreno strongly criticized the team’s decision to change names in July and labeled it as caving to “the woke mob,” Fox News reported. He said there were better alternatives, including some that would have honored Native American culture.

Additionally, Moreno said that one of the reasons he wanted to purchase the team was because the Cleveland Indians mean “a lot to northeast Ohio,” Fox News reported. He claimed to have made an offer to the Dolan family, the team’s owners, but was rejected.

“So for the name change to happen, it was just a classic example of the kind of cancel culture woke-ism that’s affecting our nation,” Moreno said. “And it just really bothers me that a small group of White, liberal activists can make something like that happen.” (RELATED: The Cleveland Indians Change Their Name To The Guardians)

“It’s the wrong decision and we want to reverse it,” he continued.

The Cleveland Indians officially declined to comment on Moreno’s offer, Fox News reported.

Moreno used to be a luxury car dealer in Cleveland before changing careers to a blockchain executive, reported. He declared his candidacy for the Senate in April. It is his first bid for political office, according to the outlet. He has been an outspoken critic regarding the cancel culture movement around the country.

“It starts by silencing your words, and when they silence your words, they control your thoughts,” Moreno said on Fox News. “They get that. People are intuitively smart about these kinds of things, and they’ve just had it.”

“People do not want that. This is America,” he continued. “We believe in the marketplace of ideas. We believe in a country with the principle where we can speak our mind, even if we’re wrong, by the way.”

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John Kerry says climate change is priority with China

Special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry believes working on climate change issues with China must be prioritized over addressing human rights abuses, saying “life is always full of tough choices.” 

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Kerry was asked about the process the administration takes in prioritizing issues, as President Biden looks to work with China on climate change amid human rights violations, including genocide, against the Chinese Uyghur population. 

“Well, life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations,” Kerry said, pointing to President Ronald Reagan, who met with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 to ultimately form the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty despite the American thinking of the Soviet Union as “the evil empire.” 

“The point I’m making is that, even as there were egregious human rights issues, which Ronald Reagan called them out on, we have to find a way forward to make the world safer, to protect our countries and act in our interests. We can do and must do the same thing now,” he added.

John Kerry noted that the Biden administration’s hope is that if there is cooperation with China on climate change, it could lead to further cooperation on other issues.
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“Yes, we have issues, a number of different issues. But first and foremost, this planet must be protected. We all need to do that for our people.” 

Kerry noted that the administration’s hope is that if there is cooperation with China on climate change, it could lead to further cooperation on other issues.

Democratic leadership in Congress has also called climate the “overriding issue” in the US’s dealings with China. 

Last week during an event in Cambridge, England, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the situation with China is “tightening” and “getting worse.”

“With their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, with their violation of the cultural … religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China as well — they’re just getting worse in terms of suppression,” she said. 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the situation with China is “tightening” and “getting worse,” but climate change is “an overriding issue.”
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“Having said all of that … we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, US too, developed world too, but we must work together. We have to have a level of communication, whether it’s COVID, whether it’s terrorism or whether it’s climate.” 

China has faced a wave of international scrutiny over the past few years on a number of issues, including dismantling democracy in Hong Kong, mass internment of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, financially supporting North Korea, growing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental abuses, and its refusal to admit or accept responsibility for the onset of the coronavirus outbreak — and stonewalling any investigation into its source. 

In 2019, the Asian nation’s greenhouse gas emissions exceeded those of the US and other developed nations combined, putting out 27 percent of emissions. 

Progressive groups have urged Biden and Congress to look past China’s other issues, including genocide, to prioritize cooperation over climate. 

“We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Biden administration and all members of Congress to eschew the dominant antagonistic approach to U.S.-China relations and instead prioritize multilateralism, diplomacy, and cooperation with China to address the existential threat that is the climate crisis.” a group of 48 progressive groups wrote to the White House and Congress in early July.

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China has faced a wave of international scrutiny over the mass internment of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.
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Members of Congress, however, have continued to push for legislation addressing the human rights abuses against the Uyghur people. 

In late July, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers announced the creation of the Congressional Uyghur Caucus, intended to keep the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against the Uyghur people. 

Led by Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), the caucus’ goal is to “support legislation aimed at addressing the largest coordinated human rights abuse campaign of the 21st century.”

Souzzi told Axios that people might be wary of not doing business with Xinjiang, despite the human rights abuses and forced labor, as the cost of products could go up.

“Well, that’s too damn bad,” he said. “This should shock everyone’s conscience.”

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China has also been under fire for refusing to admit or accept responsibility for the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, and stonewalling any investigation into the virus’ origins.
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The Chinese government has been accused of detaining and enslaving about 1 million Uyghur Muslims and subjecting them to rape, forced sterilizations and other brutalities.

More recently, China has continuously been slammed for denying transparency over the origins of COVID-19. 

Last month, a US intelligence community report found that it is “plausible” the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, in 2019 and that it might be genetically engineered, but that investigators remain “divided.” An initial and widely scorned WHO probe into the origins, which was controlled by China, claimed the virus naturally emerged from animals. Biden has since called on China to be transparent about the virus’ origins. 

China is set to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and many Republicans have called for a boycott over the nation’s human rights abuses and role in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In June, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he believes holding the Olympics in Beijing would be a “reward” for a country that withheld critical information that some believe could have proven instrumental in stopping the spread of coronavirus on the world stage. 

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Rep. Tom Suozzi leads a bipartisan caucus created to keep the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against the Uyghur people.
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This week, members of Congress continue to press on China, with Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) leading the charge on a bill to require Biden to sanction entities working to aid Chinese military or Chinese surveillance companies. 

The Chinese Military and Surveillance Company Sanction Act looks to target Chinese companies identified by the Office of Foreign Assets Control or included in the Department of Defense’s annual list as posing a threat to national security, including Chinese telecom giant Huawei. 

“Without question, these companies present real and imminent threats to national security, and my bill would limit their access to capital and investment,” Barr said. “This proposal combats these threats without trying to beat China by becoming China. I am committed to preserving our free market, capitalist economic principles while confronting the national security challenges we face from the CCP.”

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Boris Johnson Chastises World Leaders on Climate Change at United Nations

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned leaders of the developed world for what he believes are lackluster efforts to address so-called climate change. Johnson was particularly upset about the lack of promised funding of $100 billion per year to underdeveloped countries to address climate change in their own nations. Johnson made the remarks on Monday at a climate meeting at the United Nations ahead of a meeting of the General Assembly.

The $100 billion per year pledge was originally made in 2009 and then again at the Paris Climate Summit in 2015. According to a “frustrated” Johnson, most countries are not living up to their monetary commitments regarding climate change.

“Over the past year we’ve come together many times to discuss climate change,” Johnson said. “So you know by now how this conversation goes.”

Johnson continued, “I talk about the need to rid the world of coal-fired power and internal combustion engines, the need to stop deforestation, and for developed nations to find that $US100 billion.”

It must have been a bitter irony for Johnson to have to speak about coal-fired power after his own nation was forced to call on its own coal-fired power plants to keep the lights on when renewable energy sources in Great Britain utterly failed to keep up with energy demands this year.

Yet, Johnson went on: “And everyone nods and we all agree that something must be done. Yet I confess I’m increasingly frustrated that the ‘something’ to which many of you have committed is nowhere near enough,” the prime minister said.

“And while progress is being made all over the world, the gulf between what has been promised, what is actually being delivered, and what needs to happen — it remains vast.”

Johnson warned all nations of the possible danger associated with climate change.

“It’s a diplomacy issue, a security issue, a trade issue,” the PM said. “And in the years to come, the only great powers will be green powers.”

“If you abdicate responsibility today, do you think those who pay the price for that decision will rally to your side tomorrow?” Johnson asked rhetorically.

“Will they work with you, borrow from you, stand with you if you tell the world that you don’t care whether their land and their people slip below the waves? These countries need allies. They need help now, that’s why I stress the $US100 billion so much.”

Apparently the prime minister hasn’t heard the good news about the Maldives and many other low-lying countries actually expanding in acreage over the past several decades.

While Johnson didn’t name nations that need to do better, it’s certainly likely that he lumps the United States in with those not doing enough after President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in 2017. Joe Biden, however, quickly jumped back on the Paris bandwagon when inaugurated in January, and is expected to announce a large monetary commitment on behalf of America when he speaks to the General Assembly.

Johnson did say that it would “send a massively powerful signal” if the United States would pony up funds for the made-up crisis but also insisted “we are not counting our chickens,” on the subject.

Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, told Sky News that a U.S. contribution to the fund should be made by the time COP 26 rolls around in November. “I think we’re going to get it done by COP [which will occur in Scotland in November], and the US will do its part.”

“I’m telling you to stay tuned into the president’s speech, and we’ll see where we are,” Kerry teased.

Johnson plans to use this week in the United States to gain support for the upcoming UN-sponsored COP 26 in Glasgow in November. The conference has been beset with worries over COVID-19, but appears to still be a go for November.

“COP26 will be staged in the full glare of the global spotlight,” Johnson said. “And when the summit ends, when most of the world has committed to decisive, game-changing action, it will be clear to all which of us has lacked the courage to step up.”

Johnson then issued a warning: “The world will see, and your people will remember, and history will judge.”

If Johnson, or any other climate alarmist leader, were truly concerned about global warming caused by mankind’s carbon emissions, he wouldn’t be stumping for a gigantic climate conference where leaders and their flunkies from all over the world fly in on carbon-spewing private jets. After all, in this day and age there are far more energy efficient ways to meet, aren’t there?

The actions of leaders such as Johnson speak far louder than their words ever could.

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Newsom victory squashes rural California, which prayed for regime change

From The Washington Examiner:

Voters from solid red inland California say they are devastated by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s victorious recall election, which was seen as a last chance at freedom that has been plucked away.

“I’m heartsick. I feel like this was the last off-ramp on the road to ruin, and we just missed it,” said Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, whose district includes Yosemite National Park.

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