Saturday Updates from Donald J. Claxton
Summaries of world events you may have missed throughout the last week
‘Shall we play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe…?’
One of my daughters put this stickie not up on the workplace bulletin board expecting a co-worker to come along and continue the game.
Well, thanks to the miracle of Photoshop, and my at many times playful mood with my daughters, I took the picture she texted us all, and put an O in the center square. Then I texted the picture back to our group chat.
Another daughter saw what I’d done, and I got one of the most wonderful responses; one I didn’t expect.
This whole scenario, which took less than a few minutes to make happen continues to make me smile and warm my heart. Sometimes it really is the little things in life that matter most.
The weekly summary of World, US, Texas, Dallas, and Social Media updates for Sat, Jan. 29, 2022
Hey, it’s Saturday!
Thank you for joining me for the first Saturday morning weekend update here on Substack.
What has happened in the last six days?
Scientists say that a “sub-variant” of Omicron, one they are referring to as “Stealth Omicron,” has infected about 40 percent of those in Europe who are presently ill with the Covid-19 sub-variant. The Dallas Morning News also reported that as of Thursday, Dallas County has two confirmed cases of Stealth Omicron. My post about this is over on Medium.com.
The World Economic Forum held plenary online sessions and talked about goals most people in America know very little about.
Did you know this hodgepodge of billionaires, CEOs, elected officials, and bureaucrats intends to make sure the world is “decarbonized” by the year 2050? In their vernacular, “to accelerate the race to net-zero emissions.” (Decarbonize, which the New Oxford American Dictionary recognizes as an actual word.)
They talked this week about the world needing a “social contract” between the people and their governments all around the world, one that moves us toward a one-nation world, is needed in our post-pandemic world?
If you have ideas about non-nature-positive solutions, I tell you, they’re coming after you.
Creating cyber resilience
Strengthening global value chains
Building economies in fragile markets through humanitarian investing—also known as taking advantage of such markets and buying up their assets before the people they’re trying to help can secure them for themselves and their futures.
Bridge the vaccine manufacturing gap and use data solutions to prepare for the next pandemic. (That word “solutions” is one of those trite terms that’s supposed to sound impressive in the business world.) Of course, this means in laymen’s terms: Big Pharma and many of Bill Gates’ hidden relationships are fast at work to make fortunes off the devastation Covid-19 has created. (Oh, I forgot, that little bit about “future pandemics.” Never forget our own Dr. Anthony Fauci has spent American tax dollars to explore the possibilities of gain-of-function viruses….)
‘Wag the Dog’—Perhaps before this day is over, many here in America should watch the 1997 motion picture, “Wag the Dog.” In that scenario, the POTUS lured a “firefly girl” into a place she shouldn’t have gone, and, well, he sniffed her hair, etc. (Sound familiar?)
In other news, the escalating tensions between Russia and the United States over Ukraine, for reasons only God, the Big Guy, Hunter Biden, and Vladimir Putin, rising numbers of ranking members of Congrefs, are so alarmed.
For reasons beyond comprehension, the Department of Defense has notifid almost 9,000 US troops and put them on readiness to head to Ukraine. Many of whom have their own family members involved in a country with no strategic value to the United States.
Friday, David Kramer, the Bush Institute managing director, Global Policy, explained what’s happening on the Ukrainian-Russian border and why it matters to the United States and the world.
To wit, he said:
This is a matter of great importance to Europeans. It's also a matter of great importance to Americans, as well. After all, Mr. Putin does pose a serious threat to us, to our way of living, and to democratic societies. He has hacked into our elections, interfered in our democratic processes, launched cyberattacks, and has posed threats to our allies and friends whether they're in NATO or not. So it's important that the United States stay engaged and get more involved, not to engage in a war with Russia – no one wants that – but to try to prevent one and to not see Ukraine become the victim of Mr. Putin once again.
Well, there you go. All you have to say is, “a matter of great importance,” as an explanation and everyone in America should fall in line. We did a horrible job of pulling people out of Afghanistan, where we dens of terrorists hid in the mountains.
But hey, let’s put 9,000 troops on planes and drop them into our favorite, indispensable long-time partner, Ukraine because it’s an “important matter.”
Important maybe because of Hunter Biden’s activities there. “Ten percent for the Big Guy!”
The United States
Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court announces he’s retiring at the end of this term in June. President Biden says he will keep a campaign promise and pick a “black female” and add her to the SCOTUS. Her prime qualification is her skin color. Intelligence and experience? Eh!
In multiple cities this week, numerous police officers were shot, and some killed. During yesterday’s funeral at St. Patricks in New York City for officer Jason Rivera, who was ambushed along with his partner this week, Rivera’s wife went after Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The story in the New York Post today says that when he went to the officer’s wake, the family retired to a back room and sent word that they would not come back out until Bragg left.
The man who murdered the two police officers allegedly has a long criminal record. New York’s governor also attended the funeral. She said she cried as she listened to Rivera’s eulogy. But when talking to reporters afterward did not say maybe it’s time for the state’s catch and release bond practice. Even for violent offenders.
The death of Texas State Trooper Anthony Salas while on border patrol
A Texas State Trooper, 37-year-old DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas, lost his life recently while engaged in functions along the Texas border with Mexico.
Something caused the vehicle he was in to tip onto its side and he was crushed. After going from one hospital to a second via airlift, his family was able to be with him the next morning when he passed away.
The US Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety are working together at the border to stop the flow of illegals into the country, especially the ones smuggling weapons and drugs in, too.
Feds sending Haitian illegals in Texas back to Haiti
Todd Bensman, one of the few remaining investigative reporters in the world, reported this week that US Border Patrol is chartering secret Biden flights and is returning Haitian refugees.
The effect of this, as he reports, is that some Haitians are purposely staying in Mexico for the time being due to the odds of being caught and then returned to Haiti.
Mexico is now camouflaging mass migration it is supposed to be blocking
Beginning in December, according to Bensman, Mexico began giving a massive number of illegals in their country QR-coded passports and quietly loading them on busses in an expedited fashion toward the US border.
In his report, one person is quoted saying there were so many in Del Rio, that it was stopping up traffic. So to give the Mexican government some working room, rather than sending back refugees or detaining them in Mexico, they loaded many on busses and drove them north.
British authorities announced via Twitter they arrested two more people in connection with the hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel in North Texas.
Greater Manchester Police did not release the names of the two men, nor did they explain how they allegedly are related to the case.
Matt Navarra’s newsletter on a different platform highlighted that Elon Musk offered a Twitter user $5,000 to delete his account.
In other social media news, Navarra points out in his Stat of the Week:
So, watch out for the proverbial “if it looks too good to be true.” Because it usually is. Almost always is. Don’t click on a link you’re not sure of. That Nigerian prince isn’t going to put a penny in your bank account.
This week I have finally assembled all the elements necessary for launching not one, but five Substack email newsletters. This has taken months to accomplish, not because the creation process itself requires that much time and effort, but when you get into searching for what might interest readers, what topics you yourself want to write about, and then building banners, logos, and developing color palettes, well, that doesn’t come together overnight.
Of course, Substack et al. will also tell you, just create one.
I’ve also made progress in setting up HoneyBook, Trello, and other applications that are working together to make what I’m doing on the internet possible.
When I began doing this, I had no idea it would take 10 months of my life away from me.
Oh, but what I know now….
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