As Huawei seeks ~1 billion US in compensation from Verizon for use of their patents, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has filed an amendment to the US National Defense Authorization Act which would keep firms on certain USG bad lists from seeking recourse in US Courts on patent matters (archived).
This week has seen tensions between the US and Iran escalate to the brink of a shooting war with a 100+ million USD drone's obliteration following its violation of Iran's airspace. The shootdown was followed by several hours of drama over whether or not the USG would answer Iran's act of border defense with retaliatory airstrikes. While the details of the process remain unclear, US President Donald Trump decided not to strike in defiance of staff of career USG national security advisors (archived). Instead, sometime tomorrow new sanctions and an escalation of the USG's economic war against Iran will be announced raising tensions still higher.
After the USG's embarrassing regime change miss in Venezuela, it is clear that the USG has never been weaker or less influential on the international stage since William Henry Seward nearly provoked Europe to end the US as Abraham Lincoln's Madame Secretary of State. With US warfighters wrecked in the aftermath of their own color revolution, the US Department of "Defense" briefly published a document outlining a hypothetical doctrine suggesting the US could achieve "strategic rebalance" by winning a nuclear war (archived).
And so the USG empire enters this next week with the a serious dilemma. Earlier this year their intelligence apparatus failed to buy regime change in Venezuela. A very sophisticated drone that was supposed to enjoy protection from airdefense missiles through its high flight altitude was taken down by an airdefense missile. What can the USG possibly do that demonstrates anything other than the empire's increasing impotence?
In Oregon, GOP lawmakers are boycotting the state legislature and bringing the local government to a standstill in order to halt the advance of bills promoting "weather instability" related capture of the economy and other Pantsuit goals (archived, archived). Members of Clinton's politcal syndicate currently hold supermajorities in both legislative chambers as well as Oregon's governorship leaving the rebel lawmakers the choice to either watch all of Pantsuit's evil hit at once or to deny them a legislative quorum shutting the shitshow down.
Further inflaming the drama, Oregon State Police squawked about "security concerns" providing a convenient pretext for canceling today's legislative session as local militia groups are apparently descending on the Capitol (archived).
Oxford residents John Letts and Sally Lane have been convicted by UK courts for funding terrorism after sending their son 223 Pounds, no longer sterling (archived). Their son, a convert to Islam who went Syrian in 2014, is allegedly being held by the Kurdish YPG. Each member of the Oxford couple received a 15 month sentence with 12 suspended.
Riviera Beach, a suburb of Palm Beach, has paid a 600,000 USD ransom to recover the city's records (archived). The municipal government lost control of their computer system three weeks ago and approved 1 million USD in spending on new computing equipment last week before giving into the ransom.
A US Global Hawk drone flying with its identification systems turned off was shot down by Iran leaving a very expensive debris field in the Strait of Hormuz (archived). A high endurance, high altitude surveillance drone intended to replace the cold war era U-2's mission, each Global Hawk drone carried a 131.4 million USD manufactering cost which balloons to 222.7 million USD when program research and development costs are accounted for. With tensions between Iran and the USG rising, democratically elected US President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the incident that:
"Iran made a very big mistake!"
In light of defections trending in Iran's favor and the USG butthurt over losing a drone with identifying equipment off, an especially grave violation of international aviation norms in light of the 9/11 airplanes as rockets incident; who is really making the mistakes?
Harley-Davidson announced they are working with China’s Qianjiang Motorcycle in order to build smaller displacement bikes (archived). Harley has seen a substantial decline in sales as the US market continues getting poorer and older (archived). At the same time their product line centered around the peculiarities of American recreational riding is failing to gain traction in the international market which favors useful bikes capable of agile urban navigation. The first announced product from this partnership will still have a displacement of 338 cc, well above the 125 to 250 cc range favored by most riders worldwide.
Philip Arps, the 44 year old owner of a local construction business, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sharing the video of a New Zealand Eco-terrorist attack conducted by Brenton Tarrant (archived). The prosecution pushed for prison over home detention over alleged "extreme views" held by Arps in a blantant act of punishment for the man's sincerely held beliefs.
Twelve other people have been arrested and await processing for having shared the same video online.
Yana Peel, who runs art galleries and makes noise about advancing human rights, is also a part owner of Israeli spyware company selling surveillance products to fiat governments (archived). She counts many time failed US presidential candidate and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg as a close friend, mentor, and chair of her Serpentine art gallery.
Notorious USG surveillance firm Cloudflare is hyping a network of "randomness beacons" and encouraging folks to use the output of these beacons in places where numbers generated under the watch of others do not belong (archived). The pernicious shitgnomes caution against using the public output of their beacons for private keys in order to imply their "private" entropy offerings are suitable for private keys. They are not. The proposition that a known NSA and CIA surveillance partner offers any private thing is incredible in its insanity.