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).
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.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed an order requesting Julian Assange's extradition to the United States for Julian's attempts to do journalism in violation of the US Espionage Act (archived). The extradition order will be weighed in the UK's courts Friday. Sweden withdrew their competing extradition claim earlier this month.
The Pantsuitist social warfare training camp doing business as Oberlin College was slapped with an 11 million USD verdict after one of their exercises gravely damaged the business of a local bakery (archived). The drama started when three Oberlin reparations agents of color were detained, arrested, and plead guilty to theft from Gibson's Bakery which has been operating since 1885. In response to student protests, the activist institution ceased business relations with the bakery and actively engaged in an activist campaign declaring the bakery a racist business. Oberlin tried to justify their institutional actions against the bakery by proposing the doctrine that "first time offenders", meaning persons engaging in theft up to the occasion they are caught doing so, ought not be turned over to police for prosecution.
During the trial Oberlin retained a professional witness and attempted to assert the value of the business they destroyed was a mere 35,000 USD, less than the tutition for charged for a single semester at Oberlin. To their credit, Gibson's attorneys and accountans defended the intangible assets of the business including nearly a century and a half in operation while suggesting a very reasonable 5.8 million USD figure for the damages inflicted by Oberlin's attack projected over 30 years.
Peter Bright, a Conde Nast blogger who covers the Microsoft and MPEx beats for Ars Technica has been arrested for responding to an advertisement posted by a female FBI agent seeking men to sexually entice her 7 year old daughter and 9 year old son (archived). Bright attempted to establish his credentials with the FBI agent by stating he has an ongoing relationship with an 11 year old Manhattan girl.
While neglecting the MPEx beat, Bright was a critic of investigations into organized Pantsuitist child sex trafficking rings. The USG complaint filed before Magistrate Debra Freeman of the Southern District of New York does not clarify whether the account used by the FBI agent to entrap Bright was a dedicated honeypot or a personal account the agent normally uses to pimp out her children to other "law enforcement" members and their Pantsuitist allies.
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USG Madame Secretary Mike Pompeo has been caught in a leak lamenting the USG's political failure in Venezuela (archived). Per Madame secretary's laments, it appears the USG gravely misunderstood the mechanics of political parties in Latin America. In particular, the phenomenon where electorally untenable parties will fight their position all the way to their loss, repeatedly, instead of pursuing coalitions or moving on from dead movements appears to have been ignored.
Thusly with a grave lack of political and cultural competence in the Americas, the USG regime change team and Madame Secretary Pompeo found themselves in a hard place. Instead of uniting, "the opposition" in Venezuela came to offer more than 40 parties with "leaders" claiming to be the right and legitimate president of Venezuela, if only the USG could do all of the work for them.