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Witnesses: China Imprisoning Christians in Underground ‘Brainwashing’ Torture Centers

(InfoWars) – Eyewitnesses told Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a report published Thursday that Chinese Communist Party officials imprisoned them in mobile “brainwashing” centers designed to make them renounce Christianity, where they faced routine beatings, indoctrination, and solitary confinement designed to induce self-harm.

Christianity is legal under the communist regime in China only under the Chinese Catholic Church, run by the Party and not the Vatican, and the Patriotic Three-Self Church, a “Protestant” alternative also run by the Communist Party. Many Chinese Christians reject both options, as the Party does not allow free worship in its legal institutions and requires clergy to use their platforms to advance the regime’s agenda. Instead, many choose what is referred to as “house churches” – illegal worship in private homes, where small groups get together to study the Bible and pray. Beijing officially estimates China is home to about 40 million Christians. Counting “house church” Christians, however, independent groups believe the number is closer to 100 million people, more than the total membership of the Communist Party.

Under dictator Xi Jinping, the Communist Party has for years implemented a policy it calls “sinicization,” or turning all religions “more Chinese.” This has translated into the building of hundreds of concentration camps for Muslims in the nation’s West, where they face extreme indoctrination, as well as the mass arrests of independent Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners. The imprisonment of Christian pastors who refuse communist control has been heavily publicized and widespread; the RFA report reveals what appears to be an alternate punishment for Christians who the Party struggles to disappear into its draconian legal system.

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A witness identifying only by the pseudonym Li told RFA he had been initially arrested in a raid against parishioners at his church in 2018 and released on bail. Prosecutors apparently had little to use against him, so he fell under the control not of Chinese police, but of the United Front Work Department, an arm of the regime tasked with fostering and maintaining loyalty to the Communist Party.

Li said he spent about nine months in a “mobile” torture facility run by the United Front Work Department.

“They use really underhand methods. They threaten, insult and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this,” Li told RFA. “You have to accept the statement they prepare for you. If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”

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MLB Caves to Biden, Moves All-Star Game in Response to GA Voting Law

(Breitbart) – Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to a recently passed voting reform law in Georgia, ESPN reports.

MLB issued a press release announcing the move on Friday.

ESPN’s lead MLB reporter Jeff Passan also shared the news:

Last month, Major League Baseball Players Association President Tony Clark said that his union members wanted to relocate the game after Georgia passed the voter reform bill.

“Players are very much aware” of the Georgia voting bill, Clark told the Boston Globe. “As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue – if there is an opportunity to, we would look forward to having that conversation.”

As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston reports :

The new law was praised by Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson, who said, ‘Reforms to make voter ID requirements and early voting access more consistent statewide, modernize the state’s voting rolls, and ensure robust oversight of voting and elections will protect Georgia’s votes and make the state a model for the rest of the country.’

However, liberals have attacked the state’s new law aimed at tightening the overly loose rules governing state elections that sent the state into chaos during the 2020 elections. The left is riling supporters by mischaracterizing the law as ‘voter suppression’ and even calling it ‘white supremacy.’

There had been reports that MLB might choose to use the Atlanta-based All-Star Game as a platform for social justice in response to the voter reform bill. However, apparently, those plans changed.

Notably, MLB’s decision to move the game flies in the face of the advice given by 2018 failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who advised against relocating the game due to the economic damage it could do to “voters of color.”

MLB has not yet said where this year’s All-Star Game will take place.

www.breitbart.com/sports/2021/04/02/mlb-caves-biden-moves-all-star-game-in-response-to-ga-voting-law/

Texans Are Fed Up with Corporations that Don’t Share Our Values

(Breitbart) – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) is “stunned” American Airlines issued a statement opposing an election integrity bill, Senate Bill 7, following passage early Thursday morning, as the CEO admittedly did not read the legislation.

“I am stunned that American Airlines would put out a statement saying ‘we are strongly opposed to this bill’ [Senate Bill 7],” the lieutenant governor said, “just minutes after their government relations representative called my office and admitted that neither he nor the American Airlines CEO had actually read the legislation.”

Patrick said he heard the same outcries from corporations in 2011 – claims that Texas passed a “voter suppression” bill when it passed a photo voter ID bill. He said the opposite of voter suppression occurred.

“Voter turnout in Texas soared from 7,993,851 in 2012 to 11,144,040 in 2020, a 39 percent increase. Gubernatorial election voter turnout has increased by 76 percent since photo voter ID was passed,” he said in his statement.

The Texan stated:

Texans are fed up with corporations that don’t share our values trying to dictate public policy. The majority of Texans support maintaining the integrity of our elections, which is why I made it a priority this legislative session. Senate Bill 7 includes comprehensive reforms that will ensure voting in Texas is consistent statewide and secure.

Patrick went on to say that in 2017, American Airlines “led the fight to try to force us to allow boys to play girls sports in Texas and take away their scholarships. They are probably still fighting for that today and it is likely they have not read Bill 29 either:”

The Texas State Senate passed Senate Bill 7 early Thursday morning. Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R), who authored the legislation, describes it as a bill aimed to make it “easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

American Airlines released a statement Thursday afternoon saying, “Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access.

The statement continued:

To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.

Voting is the hallmark of our democracy, and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.

The airline said it knows how difficult it was to fight for the right to exercise the constitutional right to vote. “Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder,” expressing the belief that “we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.”

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/04/02/texas-lt-governor-dan-patrick-blasts-american-airlines-texans-fed-up-corporations-dont-share-values/

EXPOSED: American Civil Liberties Union Provides Sensitive Donor Information to Facebook, Google, Other Tech Giants

(BigLeaguePolitics) – The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has claimed to stand for constitutional freedom over the years but have frequently failed to live up to their mandate.

A recent update to the ACLU’s privacy policy has exposed that the group is sharing sensitive information about donors to “service providers” such as Facebook and Google. Former Obama White House senior advisor Ashkan Soltani exposed the ACLU in a Twitter thread:

Soltani exposed how the ACLU has withheld information from the public in order to avoid being labeled as hypocrites for their data policy:

He showed how the ACLU has pumped nearly half a million dollars into Google in the past couple years and even more money into Facebook:

Soltani demonstrated how the ACLU was deliberately misrepresenting themselves to the public while claiming they support privacy rights:

He noted how the ACLU has been investigated for their deceptive privacy policy in the past. They have also lobbied against stronger privacy protections in at least one instance:

Soltani is calling for non-profit organizations to be forced under law to respect the privacy rights of their supporters:

Big League Politics has reported on the shameful anti-1st Amendment hypocrisy of the ACLU, as they support the glorification of Satan in the public square while demanding for Christians to be shuttered:

” Because of the subversive work of the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the dark lord is now being honored in the public square .

Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana, thanks to successful lawfare efforts by the ACLU, won the right to say a demonic prayer where she proclaimed ‘Hail Satan’ to start a government meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska.

“That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan,” Fontana said as apart of an invocation to start the government meeting, according to local radio station KSRM.

A dozen officials and other attendees walked out of the proceedings while Satan was being glorified on the public dime. Around 40 protesters were outside demonstrating against the despicable display. They held signs with messages such as “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love.”

“God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out,” protester William Siebenmorgen told KSRM.

The ACLU of Alaska sued the Borough following a policy issued in 2016 stating that those who wanted to give invocations at public meetings were required to be apart of official organizations that had an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled last October that this policy was unconstitutional, overriding local control and thus allowing this Satanic prayer to be read.

As leftists become more open about their sanctification of the dark lord, America is embracing abominable practices that put even Sodom and Gomorrah to shame .”

The ACLU’s cowardice is emblematic of Leftism as a whole. They defended civil liberties right up to the moment when those freedoms needed to be defended.

bigleaguepolitics.com/exposed-american-civil-liberties-union-provides-sensitive-donor-information-to-facebook-google-other-tech-giants/

SICK: New York Senate Passes Law to DETAIN “Contagious” People

 

(bigleaguepolitics)The New York State Senate has passed a law to allow arbitrary detention of individuals deemed a coronavirus threat by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Assembly Bill A416 allows the Governor to “order the removal and/or detention of [persons deemed a coronavirus threat risk].” The adjudication of a crime or the order of a judge is not necessary for New York to throw the suspect in a coronavirus concentration facility.

The New York State Senate passed the law after months deliberating the legislation.

Despite Andrew Cuomo’s self-promotion as a “hero” of the coronavirus epidemic, New York has fared among the worst of all American states in combating the virus. Vaccine distribution lags well behind other states, with eligibility still disqualifying those 55 and older from receiving their first shot.

The coronavirus detention law has a nominal time limit of 72 hours, but this only applies to individuals deemed uninfected with the virus. There’s little to no means to contest the Governor’s arbitrary detention, with Cuomo provided absolute power to lock whoever he wants in a “medical facility or another or premises” of his choosing.

The law awaits a vote in the New York State Assembly, but with Cuomo beleaguered by sexual harassment scandals and nursing home negligence resulting in the deaths of thousands, the assembly may prove unwilling to hand the disgraced governor even more powers. Lawmakers in the Assembly and the Senate stripped Cuomo of most of his emergency powers at the start of the March.

With Democrat governors failing in bids to make coronavirus restrictions a permanent element of everyday life, Cuomo’s overdue and tyrannical latest grab for power may come months too late.


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Joe Biden DOT Halts Texas Highway Project Using the Civil Rights Act

(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has paused a highway widening project in Houston, Texas, citing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as legal justification.

In what could be a first for any administration in this context, the Biden administration is using its federal powers to pause the Texas DOT plan to widen Interstate 45. The administration is doing this as a test to address what it calls a history of “government-driven racial inequalities.”

This comes after complaints from local activities during the federal DOT’s intervention period. The proposed plan, known as the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, is proposed to widen I-45 at three different sections.

The Texas DOT’s completed environmental review of the project in February found it would have a significant impact on the surrounding communities the highway currently runs through. It would reportedly displace a substantial number of black and Hispanic communities, including schools, places of worship, and more than 1,000 homes and businesses.

Biden’s transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, claims he will make what he calls “systemic racism” the centerpiece of his time at the department, consistent with Biden’s Executive Order 13985.

Title VI is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs that are receiving federal financial assistance.

Federal officials involved in this could eventually allow the project to take place. Politico reported, “the action to freeze it at all, and in particular DOT’s use of civil rights laws to underpin that decision, has buoyed activists on the ground and surprised even seasoned regulators in Washington.”

Permanently blocking this project could pose an uphill battle for the administration. Many lawyers say the administration will have to prove that widening the highway route in specific areas is intentionally discriminating against minority groups. Others note the Biden administration could try to persuade courts to agree that because the highway’s widening affects more minorities than whites, it should be considered a Title VI violation even with no evidence of discriminatory intent.

If the federal DOT would be able to successfully bock the start of this project, countless other federally funded programs could be deemed illegal.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a Democrat who represents the Houston area, joined local officials to challenge the project. In her complaint, she urged holding off on the expansion, including starting on contract solicitation until the federal DOT has time to review the plans, including the civil rights and environmental concerns. Jackson Lee said, “I think this project is the poster child for [the administration’s] policies.”

Fred Wagner, former general counsel at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), said , “This is a big deal … It just doesn’t happen very often.”

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/04/01/biden-dot-halts-texas-highway-project-using-the-civil-rights-act/

Google is testing its controversial new ad targeting tech in millions of browsers. Here’s what we know.

(NOQReport) – Share the truth Today, Google launched an “origin trial” of Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka FLoC ), its experimental new technology for targeting ads. A switch has silently been flipped in millions of instances of Google Chrome: those browsers will begin sorting their users into groups based on behavior, then sharing group labels with third-party trackers and advertisers around the web. A random set of users have been selected for the trial, and they can currently only opt out by disabling third-party cookies .

Article by Bennett Cyphers from EFF .

Although Google announced this was coming, the company has been sparse with details about the trial until now. We’ve pored over blog posts , mailing lists , draft web standards , and Chromium’s source code to figure out exactly what’s going on.

EFF has already written that FLoC is a terrible idea . Google’s launch of this trial-without notice to the individuals who will be part of the test, much less their consent-is a concrete breach of user trust in service of a technology that should not exist.

Below we describe how this trial will work, and some of the most important technical details we’ve learned so far.

FLoC is supposed to replace cookies. In the trial, it will supplement them.

Google designed FLoC to help advertisers target ads once third-party cookies go away. During the trial, trackers will be able to collect FLoC IDs in addition to third-party cookies.

That means all the trackers who currently monitor your behavior across a fraction of the web using cookies will now receive your FLoC cohort ID as well. The cohort ID is a direct reflection of your behavior across the web. This could supplement the behavioral profiles that many trackers already maintain.

The trial will affect up to 5% of Chrome users worldwide.

We’ve been told that the trial is currently deployed to 0.5% of Chrome users in some regions-for now, that means Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the U.S. Users in eligible regions will be chosen completely at random, regardless of most ad and privacy settings. Only users who have turned off third-party cookies in Chrome will be opted out by default.

Furthermore, the team behind FLoC has requested that Google bump up the sample to 5% of users, so that ad tech companies can better train models using the new data. If that request is granted, tens or hundreds of millions more users will be enrolled in the trial.

Users have been enrolled in the trial automatically. There is no dedicated opt-out (yet).

As described above, a random portion of Chrome users will be enrolled in the trial without notice, much less consent. Those users will not be asked to opt in. In the current version of Chrome, users can only opt out of the trial by turning off all third-party cookies .

Future versions of Chrome will add dedicated controls for Google’s “privacy sandbox ,” including FLoC. But it’s not clear when these settings will go live, and in the meantime, users wishing to turn off FLoC must turn off third-party cookies as well.

Turning off third-party cookies is not a bad idea in general. After all, cookies are at the heart of the privacy problems that Google says it wants to address. But turning them off altogether is a crude countermeasure, and it breaks many conveniences (like single sign-on) that web users rely on. Many privacy-conscious users of Chrome employ more targeted tools, including extensions like Privacy Badger , to prevent cookie-based tracking. Unfortunately, Chrome extensions cannot yet control whether a user exposes a FLoC ID.

Websites aren’t being asked to opt in, either.

FLoC calculates a label based on your browsing history. For the trial, Google will default to using every website that serves ads -which is the majority of sites on the web. Sites can opt out of being included in FLoC calculations by sending an HTTP header, but some hosting providers don’t give their customers direct control of headers. Many site owners may not be aware of the trial at all.

This is an issue because it means that sites lose some control over how their visitors’ data is processed. Right now, a site administrator has to make a conscious decision to include code from an advertiser on their page. Sites can, at least in theory, choose to partner with advertisers based on their privacy policies. But now, information about a user’s visit to that site will be wrapped up in their FLoC ID, which will be made widely available (more on that in the next section). Even if a website has a strong privacy policy and relationships with responsible advertisers, a visit there may affect how trackers see you in other contexts.

Each user’s FLoC ID-the label that reflects their past week’s browsing history-will be available to any website or tracker who wants it.

Anyone can sign up for Chrome’s origin trial. After that, it can access FLoC IDs for users who have been chosen for the trial whenever it can run JavaScript. This includes the vast ecosystem of nameless advertisers to whom your browser connects whenever you visit most ad-serving sites. If you’re part of the trial, dozens of companies may be able to gather your FLoC ID from each site you visit.

There will be over 33,000 possible cohorts.

One of the most important portions of the FLoC specification left undefined is exactly how many cohorts there are. Google ran a preliminary experiment with 8-bit cohort IDs, which meant there were just 256 possible groups. This limited the amount of information trackers could learn from a user’s cohort ID.

However, an examination of the latest version of Chrome reveals that the live version of FLoC uses 50-bit cohort identifiers. The cohorts are then batched together into 33,872 total cohorts, over 100 times more than in Google’s first experiment. Google has said that it will ensure ” thousands ” of people are grouped into each cohort, so nobody can be identified using their cohort alone. But cohort IDs will still expose lots of new information-around 15 bits -and will give fingerprinters a massive leg up.

The trial will likely last until July.

Any tracker, advertiser, or other third party can sign up through Google’s Origin Trial portal to begin collecting FLoCs from users. The page currently indicates that the trial may last until July 13. Google has also made it clear that the exact details of the technology-including how cohorts are calculated-will be subject to change, and we could see several iterations of the FLoC grouping algorithm between now and then.

Google plans to audit FLoC for correlations with “sensitive categories.” It’s still missing the bigger picture.

Google has pledged to make sure that cohorts aren’t too tightly correlated with ” sensitive categories ” like race, sexuality, or medical conditions. In order to monitor this, Google plans to collect data about which sites are visited by users in each cohort. It has released a whitepaper describing its approach.

We’re glad to see a specific proposal, but the whitepaper sidesteps the most pressing issues. The question Google should address is “can you target people in vulnerable groups;” the whitepaper reduces this to “can you target people who visited a specific site.” This is a dangerous oversimplification. Rather than working on the hard problem, Google has chosen to focus on an easier version that it believes it can solve. Meanwhile, it’s failed to address FLoC’s worst potential harms.

During the trial, any user who has turned on “Chrome Sync” (letting Google collect their browsing history), and who has not disabled any of several default sharing settings, will now share their cohort ID attached to their browsing history with Google.

Google will then check to see if each user visited any sites that it considers part of a “sensitive category.” For example, WebMD might be labelled in the “medical” category, or PornHub in the “adult” category. If too many users in one cohort have visited a particular kind of “sensitive” site, Google will block that cohort. Any users that are part of “sensitive” cohorts will be placed into an “empty” cohort instead. Of course, trackers will still be able to see that said users are part of the “empty” cohort, revealing that they were originally classified as some kind of “sensitive.”

For the origin trial, Google is relying on its massive cache of personalized browsing data to perform the audit. In the future, Google plans to use other privacy-preserving technology to do the same thing without knowing individuals’ browsing history.

Regardless of how Google does it, this plan won’t solve the bigger issues with FLoC, discrimination, and predatory targeting. The proposal rests on the assumption that people in “sensitive categories” will visit specific “sensitive” websites, and that people who aren’t in those groups will not visit said sites. But behavior correlates with demographics in unintuitive ways. It’s highly likely that certain demographics are going to visit a different subset of the web than other demographics are, and that such behavior will not be captured by Google’s “sensitive sites” framing.

For example, people with depression may exhibit similar browsing behaviors, but not necessarily via something as explicit and direct as, for example, visiting “depression.org.” Meanwhile, tracking companies are well-equipped to gather traffic from millions of users, link it to data about demographics or behavior, and decode which cohorts are linked to which sensitive traits. Google’s website-based system, as proposed, has no way of stopping that.

As we said before, “Google can choose to dismantle the old scaffolding for surveillance without replacing it with something new and uniquely harmful.” Google has failed to address the harms of FLoC, or even to convince us that they can be addressed. Instead, it’s running a test that will share new data about millions of unsuspecting users. This is another step in the wrong direction.

noqreport.com/2021/04/02/google-is-testing-its-controversial-new-ad-targeting-tech-in-millions-of-browsers-heres-what-we-know/

Amazon hired Twitter army to defend workers having to pee in bottles

(thepostmillennial)The Intercept recently shed light on Amazon’s personal social media firefighting team.

While it was rolled out back in 2018 it’s making waves now since Amazon workers are in the midst of a crucial period. At a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the unionizing workers now face an election. At the time of writing votes are being counted.

The social media war Amazon is trying to wage is called Veritas. The official language in the leaked Amazon document is “educating people about the actual environment inside our fulfillment centers.” To that end “FC Ambassadors” (the paid Twitter PR accounts) are tasked with confronting “every untruth” about the company on social media. The dossier specifies that employees who are savvy and charming are most preferred.

Amazon’s official response to the Intercept story, per their spokesperson: “FC Ambassadors are employees who work in our fulfillment centers and choose to share their personal experience — the FC ambassador program helps show what it’s actually like inside our fulfillment centers, along with the public tours we provide.”

What sparked a golden shower of controversy last week was Amazon’s News account replying to a condemnation of workplace conditions made by Rep. Mark Pocan.

The bottles of definitely-not-lemonade were then publicized by VICE. A testimony from an Amazon delivery driver details the increasingly common bathroom dilemma: “We’re pressured to get these routes done before night time and having to find a restroom would mean driving an extra 10 minutes off path to find one. Ten to fifteen minutes to find a bathroom can add up, meaning 20 to 30 minutes there and back all together.”

Another driver told the outlet there’s “incentive to cut corners” when it comes to productivity and work hours pay.

The leaked Amazon document brings up pee as a talking point when it comes to the social media PR battle. Page 3: “This option is also more vulnerable to criticism both in the FCs and among press/policymakers because the ambassadors will not be current FC associates. While they’d be recent graduates and have deep experience, it still opens up a convenient rhetorical attack for critics — “why believe these ex-FC employees any more than the ex-FC employee we have who was forced to pee in a bottle?””

Amazon hired Twitter army to defend workers having to pee in bottles

Pee is a more light-hearted example. Another example of what Amazon’s PR army might face includes a Bernie Sanders tweet. He interviewed an Amazon worker that felt “so depressed working at Amazon he wanted to take his own life.”

According to the document, employees are supposed to downplay such a talking point.

Amazon hired Twitter army to defend workers having to pee in bottles

But back to the pee: it was last week when The Intercept uncovered insider documents at Amazon specifically pertaining to workers relieving themselves haphazardly.

It’s officially listed as an example of “unprofessional behavior” in the company rules. One employee shared with the outlet an internal email regarding an incident at an Amazon logistics area. The on-site manager had to complain to staff about people defecating in bags.

Amazon hired Twitter army to defend workers having to pee in bottles

In closing, here’s what Amazon’s “Veritas” team of internet janitors has to say when confronting the toilet question.

“My FC lets me to take (2) 20min breaks and (1) 30min lunch. On overtime days, we get three 20min breaks, which is also pretty nice as well. Before the pandemic, our breaks used to be only 15min. The overall 10min increase is ? . Being an essential worker is dignifying for me ?” — testimony from AmazonFCGary.

“Although the facility is big, there are numerous bathrooms to use. My building has 12. Each bathroom can have 3-6? Thats plenty. Plus with 20-30 mn breaks that’s more than enough time.” — testimony from AmazonFCYola.

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Texas Rangers leadership keeps calm amidst Biden attempt to stir pandemic tensions

(thepostmillennial)The heads of the Texas baseball team still firmly believe that hosting opening day at full capacity won’t be a COVID  “super-spreader” event.

US President Joe Biden has recently taken to using professional sports as a political bargaining chip. He publicly backed the move of relocating the MLB All-Star game out of Georgia as a form of protest to a recently passed voting law.

But the leadership behind the Texas Rangers baseball team has kept their calm. They plan to bring baseball back in earnest given the thumbs-up to reopen from Governor Greg Abbott given at the beginning of March.

According to Fox News, Texas Rangers executive Jon Daniels has a ground rebuttal to President Biden’s remarks regarding the team opening at full capacity for opening day at Globe Life field on April 5th.

“I think after Opening Day, reality is we’re not going to be at full capacity, I doubt it,” Daniels told 105.3 THE FAN. He’s optimistic that attendees will act responsibly on their own accord.

Fox News also notes the less than stellar track record of the Rangers, performance wise. Not making the playoffs in six of the last eight seasons puts a damper on fan enthusiasm.

“I do see it’s kind of a complex issue and I do see why the President would say what he said,” observes Daniels.

His remarks cool the temperature on the combative stance President Biden took in his earlier statements. “Well that’s a decision they made, they should have listened to Dr. Fauci and the scientists and the experts, I think it’s not responsible,” Biden told ESPN yesterday.

But even Rangers CEO Neil Leibman’s outlook is less hyperbolic. Confident it won’t be “super-spreader” levels of doom, last month Leibman said: “With all the protocols that we’re following, we’ll be extremely responsible and provide a very comfortable environment for somebody to enjoy the game without worrying we’re going to be a spreader event.”

In related news, a few days ago the White House said President Biden would not participate in the tradition of throwing the first pitch at opening day for the Washington Nationals.

thepostmillennial.com/texas-rangers-executives-keep-calm-amidst-president-bidens-attempt-to-stir-pandemic-tensions/

BREAKING: Biden Just Outsourced MILLIONS of US Jobs

(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden has restarted a number of visa programs, allowing United States companies to more readily outsource jobs, even as about 17 million Americans remain jobless.

In June 2020, Trump signed an executive order halting H-1B visas, H-4 visas, H-2B visas, L visas, and J-1 visas while tens of millions of Americans were jobless or underemployed due to economic lockdowns as a result of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

At the end of 2020, Trump renewed the order to continue prioritizing Americans for U.S. jobs, though corporate interests continuously sued and lobbied for an end to the order.

On Thursday, Biden let the order expire, announcing via the State Department:

Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. [Emphasis added]

Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee. [Emphasis added]

Biden’s allowing the order to expire will mean that companies can more readily outsource U.S. jobs as they were before the coronavirus crisis hit the nation in early 2020. The move comes as about 17 million Americans remain jobless and another 6.1 million are underemployed, but all want full-time jobs with competitive wages and good benefits.

Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had urged Biden not to flood the labor market with more foreign competition.

Kevin Lynn, the founder of U.S. Tech Workers, which represents American STEM workers and those who have had their jobs outsourced, told Breitbart News that Biden’s decision “is a kick in the teeth to workers for three reasons,” saying:

First, with 18 million people who are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work, it informs us this economy has not recovered from our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Second, the majority (roughly ¾) of the visas go to people from India, a country that is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Lastly, according to a recently published paper by the Economic Policy Institute, the majority of the companies that employ H-1B visa holders are companies that have an outsourcing business model that displaces skilled American workers. This along with either blocking and/or delaying several of Trump’s reforms such as the Wage Level Increase Rule and H-1B Lottery Wage Selection Rule, signals it is open season on American workers their employers deem to be expensive, undeserving and expendable.

Similarly, organizers with the White-Collar Workers of America told Breitbart News that “the cheap labor lobby is way too powerful,” referencing the industry’s lobbying efforts over the last several months to restart the visa programs to more easily outsource.

Despite Biden’s decision, the latest survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 66 percent of likely U.S. voters say it is better for businesses to raise wages and provide better benefits to recruit Americans rather than importing foreign workers — 73 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Democrats, and 62 percent of swing voters.

Likewise, 65 percent of voters said the nation’s labor market “already has enough talented people to train and recruit for most of those jobs” and does not need more while 75 percent of voters said they want to reduce overall legal immigration levels.

There are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart News. More than 85,000 Americans annually potentially lose their jobs to foreign labor through the H-1B visa program.

Analysis conducted in 2018 discovered that 71 percent of tech workers in Silicon Valley, California, are foreign-born, while the tech industry in the San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward area is made up of 50 percent foreign-born tech workers. Up to 99 percent of foreign H-1B visa workers imported by the top eight outsourcing firms arrive from India.

Current immigration levels put downward pressure on U.S. wages while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth away from America’s working and middle class and towards employers and new arrivals, research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has found.

Peer-reviewed research by economist Christoph Albert acknowledges that “as immigrants accept lower wages, they are preferably chosen by firms and therefore have higher job finding rates than natives, consistent with evidence found in U.S. data.” Albert’s research also finds that immigration “raises competition” for native-born Americans in the labor market.

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