09/26/21

China Joe Gives America the Middle Finger

By: James Simpson | Jihad Watch

This weekend, I watched horrific videos of Afghans being murdered by the Taliban. Meanwhile, the State Department has withheld permission for privately arranged flights to leave Afghanistan and refuses to accept Afghans with valid documents who are still stuck in Afghanistan, while simultaneously acknowledging that many of the approximately 73,500 Afghans and other civilians the U.S. brought out of Afghanistan by the contrived August 31 deadline have not been properly vetted, and likely never will be.

Many of these “refugees” are already showing their true colors, as incidents of violent crime, including assault and rape, have skyrocketed at the American military bases where these people have been temporarily housed. According to one whistleblower, base security is being threatened, as Afghan migrants are free to roam. Afghan men have also brought child brides with them. Meanwhile, approximately 5,500 Americans were brought out of Afghanistan. But many weren’t — and along with U.S. permanent residents still stuck there, they number in the thousands, not the Biden administration’s claim of 200. Blinken has finally acknowledged about 5,000 green card holders are still there.

To add insult to injury, Biden has announced his intention to raise the 2022 refugee cap (the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S.) to 125,000. With Biden’s open contempt for any and all security measures, some of these Middle Eastern “refugees” will likely be jihadis. All this is while over 12,000 illegal aliens sit under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, waiting to be processed, countless thousands flood the border elsewhere, and cartels have free rein to engage in human trafficking and import vast quantities of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.

None of this is by mistake.

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09/25/21

Joe and Hunter Sought Deal in Libya Email Evidence Shows

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Mohammed al Rahbani was an Obama donor and a member of the team in the plot to recover the frozen assets of Muammar Gaddafi. The email evidence was obtained outside the scope of those found on the infamous Hunter laptop. The retainer was valued at $2 million-plus, a percentage of what assets were successfully recovered (remember Hillary in this plot too).

Exactly what the FBI really has in their possession has to be in volumes beyond imagination.

“Per phone conversation I met with #2 son, he wants $2 per year retainer… his dad is deciding to run or not,” wrote Jauhari.

He described Hunter’s “positives” as being chairman of the UN World Food Program and being a business partner of “SOS J. Forbes K.’s son”. Forbes is the middle name of John Kerry, and Hunter has been linked to Christopher Heinz, the former Massachusetts senator’s stepson-through-marriage to ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

“Hillary Clinton had Muammar Qaddafi, the head of Libya, killed for reasons nobody ever explained… and then money from the [Tripoli] treasury was impounded.”

“If Hunter Biden was actually lobbying the U.S. government while his dad was vice president to get that money, that’s a very big deal. It’s probably a crime,” he said. source

And China has a bigger part in this than what has been reported:

“He wants to hire his own people – it can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not.”

Jauhari continued: “His positives are he is Chairman of UN World Food Program, son of #2 who has Libya file, access to State, Treasury, business partner SofS [Secretary of State] J. [John] Forbes K [Kerry] son and since he travels with dad he is connected everywhere in Europe and Asia where M. Q. [Muammar Qaddafi] and LIA [Libya Investment Authority] had money frozen. He said he has access to highest level in PRC [China], he can help there.” He added: “His negatives are that he is alcoholic, drug addict – kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches. We should meet in Gstraad or London to decide next steps.”

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09/23/21

Data Study: 18 Months of Ammo Sales during a Pandemic, Protests, and the Biden Presidency

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

ammo sales during the pandemicIn our previous data study on the initial effects of the pandemic on our business, we outlined increased sales due to the public’s growing leeriness of COVID-19, starting from February 23, 2020, when the news coverage became ominous.

That’s only part of the story, however, because, over the last 18 months, we’ve experienced a particularly charged election year, BLM protests amid calls to “defund the police,” a contentious transfer of power, and most recently a surprise ban on popular Russian ammo.

These events, in particular, set against the backdrop of the ongoing response to the pandemic, resulted in demand spikes. Looking at the data below, you’ll get a sense of a high-level trend during the pandemic and then see how that trend changed during certain specified time periods, like the BLM protests, when already-elevated demand went up even more.

To give a pre-pandemic baseline of sorts, over the past 18 months our overall sales have increased as follows:

  • 590% increase in revenue
  • 604% increase in transactions
  • 271% increase in site traffic
  • 77% increase in conversion rate

This data is from February 23, 2020 – August 23, 2021, when compared to the previous 18 months (August 24, 2018 – February 22, 2020).

Below are tables which list the top 10 states, ordered by our total sales volume, and how they fared during these recent demand spikes when compared to the previous time period, respectively. We also listed which calibers were most popular in those top states. Here is how to interpret our data:

  • State Ranking by Sales Volume displays the total sales volume (how much was ordered in United States dollars) on a state-by-state basis in column one. Column two shows how much sales have increased percentage-wise in that particular state during the designated time period. Only states to which we sell are shown.
  • Most Popular Caliber by Sales Volume displays the most popular caliber based on sales volume in that state in column three, as well as the increase for that caliber by state during the designated time period. Columns five and seven display the second and third most popular calibers based on sales volume in that state; columns six and eight display how much the sale of those particular calibers has increased on a percentage basis.

And now without further adieu, here’s our data on the prolonged increase in demand for ammunition – and how recent events have further spiked that demand.

18 Months of Ammunition Sales During the Pandemic: State Ranking by Sales Volume

State Ranking by Sales Volume Most Popular Caliber by Sales Volume 2nd 3rd
State % Increase % Increase % Increase % Increase
1. Texas +736% 9mm Ammo +1,866% 223 Ammo +922% 5.56×45 Ammo +224%
2. Florida +586% 9mm Ammo +536% 5.56×45 Ammo +2,182% 223 Ammo +256%
3. Georgia +613% 9mm ammo +507% 5.56×45 Ammo +1,014% 223 Ammo +1,040%
4. Pennsylvania +644% 9mm Ammo +668% 5.56×45 Ammo +3,378% 223 Ammo +210%
5. Washington +775% 9mm Ammo +721% 223 ammo +642% 5.56×45 Ammo +992%
6. Arizona +765% 9mm Ammo +727% 223 Ammo +∞% 5.56×45 Ammo +2,750%
7. North Carolina +739% 9mm Ammo +1,107% 223 Ammo +∞% 45 ACP Ammo +5,034%
8. Illinois +469% 9mm Ammo +1,045% 223 Ammo +217% 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells +∞%
9. Colorado +659% 9mm Ammo +1,471% 5.56×45 Ammo +834% 380 ACP (Auto) Ammo +7,346%
10. Virginia +484% 40 S&W Ammo +53,769% 9mm Ammo +802% 5.56×45 Ammo +354%

Note: These figures compare February 23, 2020 – August 23, 2021, to the previous 18 months, August 24, 2018 – February 22, 2020. Due to city and state laws, Ammo.com does not ship ammunition to AlaskaHawaiiMassachusettsCalifornia, Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago. These jurisdictions, along with a handful of other states, have been excluded from the table above.

Demand Spike: Ammunition Sales Following the Surprise Ban on Russian Ammo in August 2021

Following the Biden Administration’s announcement banning the importation of Russian ammunition, we saw an immediate spike in sales of calibers produced in Russia. The most popular calibers of imported Russian ammunition are 7.62×39, known as “The Hammer of Lenin,” and 5.56×45, largely due to the Soviet Union’s huge legacy capacity to mass-produce select rifle rounds, predominantly in steel casings.

Sales Figures for 7.62×39 Ammo

Below are the figures from August 17, 2021 – August 23, 2021, compared to the previous period, August 10, 2021 – August 16, 2021.

Nationwide:

  • 124% increase in revenue
  • 52% increase in transactions
  • 91% increase in site traffic
State Ranking by Sales Volume of 7.62×39 Ammo
State % Increase
1. Arizona + 442%
2. Texas + 35%
3. Pennsylvania + 275%
4. Michigan + 185%
5. New Jersey + 507%
6. North Carolina + 260%
7. Florida – 49%
8. Washington + ∞%
9. Tennessee + ∞%
10. Illinois + 4%

Sales Figures for 5.56×45 Ammo

Below are the figures from August 17, 2021 – August 23, 2021, compared to the previous period, August 10, 2021 – August 16, 2021.

Nationwide:

  • 48% increase in revenue
  • 41% increase in transactions
  • 38% increase in site traffic
State Ranking by Sales Volume of 5.56×45 Ammo
State % Increase
1. Arizona + 359%
2. Texas – 43%
3. Pennsylvania + 62%
4. Florida – 44%
5. Illinois + 465%
6. Michigan + 410%
7. Washington + 125%
8. Oregon – 1%
9. Colorado + 1,016%
10. Maryland + 87%

Note: Due to city and state laws, Ammo.com does not ship ammunition to AlaskaHawaiiMassachusettsCalifornia, Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago. These jurisdictions, along with a handful of other states, have been excluded from the table above.

Demand Spike: Ammunition Sales During the Contested Transfer of Power in January 2021

Below are the figures from January 4, 2021 – January 22, 2021, compared to the previous period, December 16, 2020 – January 3, 2021, at a nationwide level and at a state level:

Nationwide:

  • 78% increase in revenue
  • 33% increase in transactions
  • 73% increase in site traffic
State Ranking by Sales Volume Most Popular Caliber by Sales Volume 2nd 3rd
State % Increase % Increase % Increase % Increase
1. Texas +79.37% 9mm Ammo +80% 5.56×45 Ammo +461% 223 Ammo +159%
2. Florida +86.47% 5.56×45 Ammo +330% 9mm Ammo +17% 223 Ammo +339%
3. Georgia +85.34% 5.56×45 Ammo +476% 9mm Ammo +33% 223 Ammo +482%
4. North Carolina +63.31% 9mm Ammo -23% 5.56×45 Ammo +118% 223 Ammo +378%
5. Arizona +107.65% 223 Ammo +1,941% 9mm Ammo +69% 308 Ammo +1,884%
6. Pennsylvania +68.77% 223 Ammo +212% 9mm Ammo +39% 5.56×45 Ammo +135%
7. Ohio +68.77% 5.56×45 Ammo +268% 9mm Ammo +174% 223 Ammo +346%
8. Michigan +75.60% 5.56×45 Ammo +355% 223 ammo +562% 45 ACP Ammo +176%
9. Tennessee +82.73% 5.56×45 Ammo +427% 9mm Ammo +11% 223 Ammo +695%
10. Washington +23.21% 5.56×45 Ammo +518% 223 Ammo +580% 9mm Ammo -34%

Note: Due to city and state laws, Ammo.com does not ship ammunition to AlaskaHawaiiMassachusettsCalifornia, Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago. These jurisdictions, along with a handful of other states, have been excluded from the table above.

Demand Spike: Ammunition Sales During the BLM Protests Amid Calls to “Defund the Police”

Below are the figures from May 28, 2020 – June 5, 2020, compared to the previous period, May 19, 2020 – May 27, 2020, at a nationwide level and at a state level:

Nationwide:

  • 200% increase in revenue
  • 192% increase in transactions
  • 99% increase in site traffic
State Ranking by Sales Volume Most Popular Caliber by Sales Volume 2nd 3rd
State % Increase % Increase % Increase % Increase
1. Texas +138.80% 9mm Ammo +178% 223 Ammo +148% 40 S&W Ammo +149%
2. Florida +321.33% 9mm Ammo +351% 223 Ammo +670% 5.56×45 Ammo +110%
3. Pennsylvania +166.62% 9mm Ammo +351% 223 Ammo +160% 40 S&W Ammo +190%
4. Georgia +213.71% 9mm Ammo +319% 223 Ammo +130% 5.56×45 Ammo +106%
5. Illinois +290.28% 9mm Ammo +625% 223 Ammo +345% 7.62×39 Ammo +951%
6. Washington +121.66% 9mm Ammo +186% 223 Ammo +26% 45 ACP Ammo +129%
7. Virginia +334.86% 9mm Ammo +344% 223 Ammo +524% 5.56×45 Ammo +143%
8. Arizona +222.15% 9mm Ammo +212% 223 Ammo +410% 45 ACP Ammo +321%
9. North Carolina +218.24% 9mm Ammo +275% 223 Ammo +188% 5.56×45 Ammo +172%
10. Colorado +195.93% 9mm Ammo +199% 223 Ammo +428% 5.56×45 Ammo +143%

Note: Due to city and state laws, Ammo.com does not ship ammunition to AlaskaHawaiiMassachusettsCalifornia, Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago. These jurisdictions, along with a handful of other states, have been excluded from the table above.

Conclusion

The pandemic led to a sharp increase in demand for ammunition. This increase has continued for the past 18 months. It’s been further exacerbated by a particularly charged election year, BLM protests amid calls to “defund the police”, a contentious transfer of power, and most recently a surprise ban on popular Russian ammo. If you’d like to read our analysis as to what drove the initial increase in demand for ammunition, you can find that here.

09/22/21

The Squad Brings Islam To America

By: Tabitha Korol

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and other Squad members have been voted into representational positions. But they are not who they profess to be. Ungrateful for the opportunities, they are not here to Americanize, but to Islamize America, beginning with sowing the seeds of hate and discord. Such is the purpose of the jihada.

On September 11, anti-liberty villains come to the fore

Saturday, September 11, 2021, was a time to reflect on the terrible tragedy that befell our country twenty years before. As the never-ending grief resurfaces, we see that the qualities of sanctuary and personal freedoms that made America great have also attracted those who come with malice and villainy. I am deeply troubled for those who fled from around the world with hopes for a better life, for they are finding here precisely what they escaped.

Our homegrown communists and the new ingrates openly express their hostility. Why stay, if this doesn’t suit you? The ungracious people in the US Congress, particularly, have risen to positions that should be occupied by others more deserving.

The Squad strikes: Ilhan Omar

One such is Ilhan Omar, who callously said of 9/11, “some people did something,” making light of the more than 3,000 Americans who died that day and later – the first responders, the cleaning crews, and the everyday Americans who ran through the streets, the debris underfoot and inhaling the ashes, hoping they might be of some help to another soul.

Omar trivialized the attacks to erase the murderers’ Muslim identity, for they are her brethren. She offered not a word of compassion and sorrow from the Muslim community to America. She also wasted no time expressing her support of the anti-Semitic boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) movement and continues her numerous empty accusations against Israel, despite being called out for it on the Senate floor.

Her disinformation campaign is given voice and validation; true or not, the damage is done. Our school systems weaponize our own children; the textbooks elevate Islam over Judaism and Christianity, a Seattle high school canceled the 9/11 tribute so as not to offend – whom? The indoctrination is pervasive. Despite the Muslim terrorists’ martyrdom letters, our country aids in veiling their guilt. Projection will eventually lay blame elsewhere. The violence will continue on our streets, here and abroad, and they will topple the event as they did the buildings and much of our historic statuary.

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09/22/21

Defense Bill Includes ‘Draft Our Daughters’ Mandate

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Several lawsuits have challenged the current draft law, alleging it’s discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Supreme Court declined to hear a suit brought by the National Coalition for Men challenging the male-only draft in June.

Last year, a committee created by Congress recommended that women be included in the draft and in 2019 a federal Texas judge ruled that the all-male draft is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court passed on a case questioning whether the draft is constitutional last month on the grounds that the issue would soon be addressed by Congress.

“I actually think if we want equality in this country, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated against, we should be willing to support a universal conscription,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. Speier tried to persuade the House to include the provision in 2017.

Analysis published by the Pew Research Center in 2019 shows that fewer than one-third of the world’s countries draft people into militaries. Of 60 countries found with active conscription programs, only 11 were confirmed to draft men and women. source

Women in the Armed Forces: A Century of Service | Defense ...

Source: The congressional debate about “Draft Our Daughters” legislation—whether Selective Service should include young women in registration for a possible future draft—has taken a new and disturbing turn.

For clarity, consider President Joe Biden’s unilateral imposition of unprecedented COVID shot mandates on millions of Americans. Signing executive orders affecting private employers and individuals without congressional authorization, Biden announced with a grimace, “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Even for vaccination advocates, Biden’s use of a public health emergency to expand big government power smacks of tyranny. Now consider this: What if Congress authorized even more executive power for use during another type of emergency—one involving national defense?

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09/22/21

Why Is Gen. Mark Milley A Patriot But Gen. Michael Flynn A Traitor?

By: Daniel John Sobieski

The liberals who pilloried Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn when he was nominated as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s National Security Adviser for talking with his Russian counterpart, something an incoming National Security Adviser would be expected to do, are defending Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley for calling his Chinese counterpart and promising a heads-up if a rogue Trump decided to attack China as he was leaving office, something a Joint Chiefs Chairman is not constitutionally or legally authorized to do. Gen. Flynn, who was prosecuted and persecuted to death and eventually pardoned for his crimes against Trump, was entrapped in a false statement charge after an ambush interview by James Comey and his minions regarding his conversation with his Russian counterpart, was overcome by the stench of hypocrisy and corruption and genuine and arguably treasonous law-breaking by Gen. Milley and called for Milley to resign. In an interview today with Newsmax, Gen. Michael Flynn called for Mark Milley to resign “in disgrace” over phone calls with Chinese general Li Zuocheng.

“It’s illegal, it’s immoral, and it’s unethical, and Mark Milley should be immediately, immediately told to drop his stars and he should be resigning in disgrace if not fired publicly,” Flynn told Newsmax host Eric Bolling.

Flynn continued, “Mark Milley is doing such incredible… grave damage to the institute of the military by continuing to stay in the office of chairman of the joint chiefs.”

In regards to Afghanistan, Flynn added, “For him to stand up there and say that they didn’t know, that’s an excuse. You don’t make excuses at this level of our armed forces.”

Prior to the interview, news broke that a spokesman for Milley defended the calls in a statement, essentially confirming that they took place as they were originally alleged in books scheduled to be released soon.

Allowing Milley to simply resign and be free to write his memoirs and become a CNN analyst is too good a fate for a man who has been rightly dubbed “Benedict Milley” for calling someone who would be his adversary and ours in the event of war, Chinese general Li Zuocheng, and promising a heads-up if we attacked. That is called collaborating with the enemy. That is called treason and is certainly worthy of a court-martial.

Defenders of the “woke” and thoroughly modern Milley, who was so busy looking for white supremacists in the military and learning about “white rage” that he slept through the fall of Afghanistan due to President Biden’s surrender to the Taliban, called Milley the “adult in the room” who was there to safeguard democracy, preserve the peace, and keep a rogue Trump in check.

The man who Milley thought a rogue warmonger was in fact the only President in recent memory who did not initiate a new conflict, was the recipient of multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations for engineering the Abraham Accords bringing peace between Israel and formerly hostile Arab states, among other efforts. Instead of a nuclear war. Trump stopped the North Korean nuclear and missile programs in their tracks, actually meeting with their Dear Leader, little fat boy Kim Jong-Un.

What Milley did was insert himself into the civilian chain of command which runs from the President through the Secretary of Defense and to the various theater commanders. By telling staff to ignore Trump and follow Milley’s lead in a conflict is rank insubordination bordering on sedition. Milley is the insurrectionist and rather than preventing misunderstandings, which military-to-military hotline contacts are designed to do, Milley’s rogue actions could actually have triggered a nuclear war if the Chinese misunderstood what he might tell them about Trump’s alleged intentions and decided to launch a preemptive strike.

Certainly, 33-year military veteran Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was not treated with the same deference when he became the focus of the deep state coup attempting to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. He served his country with genuine honor and distinction, unlike Bowe Bergdahl, traded by Biden/Obama for the current Taliban leadership.   He served in Afghanistan in Iraq as the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command which included units like Seal Team 6. President Obama appointed him director of the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served until he fell out of favor  for his criticism of President Obama precipitously withdrawing from Iraq, which created a vacuum the Islamic State rose to fill, with Obama doing nothing as he watched it grow except dismiss it as the “JV team.”

Because Flynn knew the secrets and machinations of the deep state and would advise Trump about them, he had to be stopped. He did not collude with the Russians as Milley colluded with the Chinese. After the ambush interview to set him up, the FBI altered his 302s, essentially written reports based on witness interviews, to make him look guilty, and leaked information on Flynn’s calls to the Washington Post.

Even the likes of former National Security Council staffer Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman thinks Milley should resign, though one suspects Vindman is trying to refurbish his image which was tarnished when he similarly stabbed President Trump in the back by being the “whistleblower” that painted the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky as treasonous, leading to a bogus impeachment of Trump. Even so, Vindman said of Milley:

A key witness in the first impeachment of then-President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “must resign” if he is confirmed to have made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart in order to reassure Beijing that Trump would not order military action against the Communist superpower.

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09/21/21

Iranian Businessman Living in China has Been Financing Hezbollah and the IRGC

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Treasury Department has sanctioned several Chinese entities and individuals for allegedly financing Iran-related terrorist activities. The Treasury Department said the sanctions action would involve the seizure of US-based property of the individuals and entities and prohibit all transactions with them.

The agency’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Friday it is imposing sanctions on members of the networks that finance the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon and Kuwait, according to The Epoch Times.

Several of the sanctioned companies are based in Hong Kong including PCA Xiang Gang Ltd.; Damineh Optic Ltd.; China 49 Group Co. Ltd.; Taiwan Be Charm Trading Co., Ltd.; and Black Drop Intl Co., Ltd., the news outlet also reports.

The companies are either directly or indirectly owned, controlled, or directed by Morteza Minaye Hashemi, an Iranian businessman living in China who’s also on the sanctions list.

Hashemi is accused by the U.S. government of funding the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, the Epoch Times also reports.US slaps new sanctions on Hezbollah over Iran's fuel ...

In part: The seven entities include PCA Xiang Gang Limited, Damineh Optic Limited, China 49 Group Co, Taiwan Be Charm Trading Co, Black Drop International Co, Victory Somo Group (HK) Limited, and Yummy Be Charm Trading (HK) Limited, according to a press release on the Treasury Department website.

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09/21/21

Is the Chinese Company Evergrande Causing a US Financial Crisis?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

EVERGRANDE GROUP

Evergrande is one of China’s leading lenders for everything from property to autos. The company has 2.3 trillion Chinese yuan in assets, which equates to about $355 billion in USD, according to the lender, which employs 200,000 workers.

By 2022, Evergrande expects to reach 3 trillion yuan in total assets, 1 trillion yuan of annual sales, and 150 billion yuan of annual profits and taxes to become  “one of the world’s top 100 companies.”

FACING DEFAULT ON BILLIONS

Rating agencies say Evergrande Group appears unlikely to be able to repay all of the 572 billion yuan ($89 billion) it owes banks and other bondholders, as reported by the Associated Press, which also noted Beijing is likely to step in to prevent systemic damage.

“I suspect the Chinese government is on top of this, and I don’t doubt they will deal with it severely, but I don’t think it will have the global effects the market is suggesting this morning,”  said Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein during an appearance Monday on “Mornings With Maria.”

One U.S. investor in China tells FOX Business “just about every bank in China has exposure to the company,” which explains the heightened contagion fears.

U.S. INVESTORS?

According to Factset data, BlackRock has some holdings in Evergrande across several units, while Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and JPMorgan have small, fractional holdings. “I don’t think the major US banks are on the hook for very much money,” Rubenstein noted. sourceChina's Property Problems Go Beyond Evergrande | Barron's   related reading

Source: News that real-estate giant Evergrande Group—once China’s top property developer, now Earth’s most heavily indebted—has reached the brink of collapse is causing what you might call “market jitters” today. Evergrande reportedly told banks that it won’t be able to meet the interest payments due today on its loans, and the Dow has responded by tanking more than 700 points so far, the Nasdaq by sinking by 2%, and the S&P 500 by dropping more than 1.5%, that index’s greatest volatility since May.

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09/20/21

Facebook Internal Documents Show Stasi Operations Including Murder

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

  • Apple threatened to remove Facebook from its App Store after a report about an online slave market.
  • The BBC in 2019 reported that human traffickers were using Facebook’s services to sell domestic workers.Apple threatened to kick Facebook off its App Store after a 2019 BBC report detailed how human traffickers were using Facebook to sell victims, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The paper viewed company documents that show a Facebook investigation team was tracking down a human trafficking market in the Middle East whose organizers were using Facebook’s services. What appeared to be employment agencies were advertising domestic workers that they could supply against their will, per the Journal.

    The BBC published a sweeping undercover investigation of the practice, prompting Apple to threaten to remove Facebook from its store, the paper said.

    An internal memo found that Facebook was aware of the practice even before then: A Facebook researcher wrote in a report dated 2019, “was this issue known to Facebook before BBC inquiry and Apple escalation?,” per the Journal.

    Underneath the question reads, “Yes. Throughout 2018 and H1 2019 we conducted the global Understanding Exercise in order to fully understand how domestic servitude manifests no our platform across its entire life cycle: recruitment, facilitation, and exploitation.”

    Apple and Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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