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This Day in History | 1977

24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested and charged with being the “Son of Sam,” the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year, killing six young people and wounding seven others with a .44-caliber revolver.

Good morning Middle Americans, 

I hope you are paying attention. Because the Communist Regime in China certainly is. Are we really going to gnash our teeth and wring our hands about the president’s decision to cancel Tik Tok? This — while we know the very popular social media app, and its parent company ByteDance is a trojan horse for Mr. Xi and the CCP.  We’ve been warned about Chinese tech for almost eight years now.  Here’s a direct quote from a New York Times article published on October 8th, 2012. OCTOBER 8th, 2012!

“Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Representative C. A. Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the committee.

They said that the United States government should be barred from doing business with Huawei and ZTE and that American companies should avoid buying their equipment.” 

Yet – it took a presidential ban in 2019 to rip-out the roots of those two Chinese-made Trojan Horses from America’s digital infrastructure. Seven years later. It’ll be the same with Tik Tok – unless president Trump does this. And he shouldn’t wait 45 days. He should do it now. 

China is watching us and everything we do on-line. And because they subscribe to a totalitarian communist regime – not a free and fair elections process they have a quality many Americans seem to lack. Patience. They have a 100 year plan for total global domination. Congress doesn’t even have a workable pandemic relief plan in place for THIS WEEK.

We’ve heard several members of the corporate media bemoan the loss of Tik Tok and the trouble it’s going to cause at home with their teens. I mean without Tik Tok – we probably wouldn’t know who Kellyanne Conway’s daughter is – or that doesn’t like her moms boss because he’s mean to her dad. Or that there’s a wave of K-Pop teens – millions strong who can organize on Tik Tok –  to disrupt the president’s re-election rally. China’s communist regime made that happen. They cooked the traffic to spike those topics. They know what we like because they’ve been scraping data off us for God knows how long.  Their 100 year plan is based on our on-line habits. And unless we change our habits, by presidential decree or otherwise. We are going to continue to play in China’s plans.  They probably know how you’re going to vote, based on your search traffic or anything you’ve posted Tik Tok. Or anything your kids have posted about you, or where you live, or where you went to Vacation. The only thing protecting you is that you (and the loved ones you share a cell plan with) are needles in a haystack full of needles. 

Today –  the White House’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brein is warning us about China’s attempts to hack into our election system. Thanks to America’s tryst with Tik Tok…and our unwillingness to pay a little more to avoid selling out to China in the past – they might not need to. 

Other countries like India have already banned Tik Tok and WeChat, China’s version of Facebook, Twitter, and more. Why can’t we?

America has to lead on this and the president is and has been. They’re “woke” enough to the fact that China is stealing their data too. Following Trump’s lead – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the U.K. ‘s Parliament has backed away from building out their 5G network with Huawei and ZTE. 

Congress needs to step it up. 

To sum it up – think about this question. When have you ever heard anyone talk about the quality of a Chinese made product. Knock-off Chinese purses on Canal Street? No. Chinese drywall? No.  It’s the same with Chinese Tech. 

Also today, A doctor in England wanted to prove that face masks won’t impair your oxygen levels. So he ran for 22 miles while wearing one. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the border between North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday morning. And finally – Long-time Kamala Harris confidant and California politico Willie Brown sais ,”if Joe Biden offers the vice presidential slot to Sen. Harris, my advice to her would be to politely decline.

Read all about it. 

-Fraser Dixon

NSA Chief: China Targeting U.S. Election Infrastructure with Cyberattacks

(Reuters) – Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting U.S. election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday, indicating a more active level of alleged Chinese interference.

O’Brien’s comments appeared to go beyond a statement released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which said China “has been expanding its influence efforts,” and that Russia was already trying to undercut Democratic candidate Joe Biden. But did not specifically accuse Beijing of hacking attempts against U.S. election-related systems.

“They’d like to see the President lose,” O’Brien said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “China – like Russia, like Iran – they’ve engaged in cyberattacks and phishing and that sort of thing with respect to our election infrastructure, with respect to websites and that sort of thing.”

China has consistently denied U.S. government claims that it hacks U.S. companies, politicians or government agencies. “The U.S. presidential election is an internal affair, we have no interest in interfering in it,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in April.

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A Doctor Runs 22 Miles in a Face Mask to Prove that they are Safe

(CNN) – A doctor in England wanted to prove that face masks won’t impair your oxygen levels. So he ran for 22 miles while wearing one.

Throughout his running journey, Tom Lawton used a pulse oximeter to monitor his oxygen levels. The medical device measures the saturation of oxygen in a person’s red blood cells and typically clips to your finger.

“The mask didn’t come off at all (no food or drink) — and oxygen levels were stubbornly 98% every time I checked,” he tweeted last month.

In an on air interview with CNN Sunday morning, the ICU doctor said he wanted to show everyone that masks are safe to wear and are a necessity in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Reported Near North Carolina-Virginia Border

(ABC News) – A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the border between North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday morning.

The earthquake was reported near Sparta, North Carolina, at 8:07 a.m., according to the USGS.

There are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremors were felt from Virginia to South Carolina.

The quake is the strongest the area has seen in over 100 years. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916, according to the USGS.

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Should Kamala Harris Turn Down VP Slot? 

(San Francisco Chronicle) – If Joe Biden offers the vice presidential slot to Sen. Kamala Harris, my advice to her would be to politely decline.

Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected. That said, the vice presidency is not the job she should go for — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it.

Being picked for the vice presidency is obviously a huge honor, and if Biden wins, Harris would make history by being the first woman to hold the job.

But the glory would be short-lived, and historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, there’s an Al Gore, who never got there.

True, the vice president does have an advantage the next time the party needs a new nominee, which in Biden’s case could be four years from now. But in the meantime, the vice president has no real power and little chance to accomplish anything independent of the president.

Basically, no one takes the vice president seriously after election day. Just ask Mike Pence.

Plus, if Biden wins, the Democrats will be moving into the White House in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession. The next few years promise to be a very bumpy ride. Barack Obama and the Democrats saved the nation from economic collapse when he took office, and their reward was a blowout loss in the 2010 midterm elections.

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