“China’s notorious legal system and its lack of transparency can easily criminalize anybody and place them in jail,” ICC warns. “Many Chinese pastors and Christians, such as pastor Wang Yi, elder Qin Derfu, pastor John Cao, are now imprisoned for trumped-up charges, such as ‘subversion of state power,’ ‘illegal border crossing,’ and ‘illegal business operation.’” … [Read more...] about Hong Kong pastors face arrest, extradition to China with new security laws: watchdog
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Political attacks are always part of any campaign, but this president makes it more about personality and less about policy differences with Democrats. There are plenty of things to criticize about what a Biden administration would do. The president referenced his view of a Biden presidency in passing, mentioning stricter gun laws and higher taxes, and then bragged about the once-strong economy, promising it will be the best in history in 2021, presuming he is around to take credit for it. … [Read more...] about Cal Thomas: Trump needs to learn this lesson from Ronald Reagan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it had secured half a million treatment courses of the antiviral drug from its manufacturer, U.S. pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, including 100% of the company's production for July and 90% for August and September. … [Read more...] about US Procures Almost Entire Supply of COVID-19 Drug
Student of cybernetics, artist of control and chaos, user of inherited words going back to the Puritans, Pynchon implicates himself as semiotician with a late reference to William Burroughs, who thought language, enabler of restrictive codes and official lies, was the destructive human virus, so he cut up sentences and fragmented texts. Before quoting from Naked Lunch, Pynchon says, “I know what your editors want, exactly what they want. I am a traitor. I carry it with me. Your virus. Spread by your tireless Typhoid Marys.” Though diffuse, sometimes obscene, and obsessed with addiction like Naked Lunch, Gravity’s Rainbow does not as radically attack as Burroughs did the death-dealing language virus, the carrier of cultural repetition and repression. Pynchon gives editors and readers more of what he believes they want—more amusement and a more consistent argument about planetary life and death. Those features are why he speaks to us still. The last words of … [Read more...] about Thomas Pynchon Predicted the Pandemic in ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’—Now Aren’t You Sorry You Didn’t Read It?