Five in Ten

Five topics, ten minutes: News and views with Derek Gilbert

Political Hit on Trump

August 11, 2022

The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Trump, ostensibly looking for documents improperly removed from the White House. Given the FBI’s behavior in the Russian collusion hoax, we have low confidence that the warrant, the search, or the motives behind it are legit. 5) Trump’s home raided, just in time for the midterms; 4) CBS censors its own documentary for suggesting that most military aid to Ukraine is not reaching the front lines; 3) Inflation Reduction Act may lead to higher drug prices; 2) 11 people in Scotland charged with abuse of children, including during occult rituals; 1) Gates-funded White House adviser on nutrition published paper last year declaring candy and sugary cereals healthier than grilled chicken and beef.

FBI Targets Patriots

August 10, 2022

Based on leaked documents obtained by Project Veritas, it appears the FBI’s alliance with the Democratic Party has reached a new low. 5) Absurdly-named Inflation Reduction Act passes Senate; 4) FBI targets “Militia Violent Extremists”—in other words, patriots; 3) Despair in Gaza; 2) Activist shares DIY video of altar built to venerate abortion; 1) UK retirees’ vacation home invaded by otter.

Pelosi Stunt May Strangle Global Chip Market

August 9, 2022

China quietly cut off shipments of sand to Taiwan last Wednesday, depriving the country that produces 2/3 of the world’s computer chips of a critical raw material, potentially affecting everything from computers and cars to missile guidance systems. 5) Biden administration was in crisis mode over Pelosi’s Taiwan visit; 4) China cuts off Taiwan’s supply of sand; 3) White House economic numbers don’t add up; 2) Israel passes new law banning use of cash for large transactions; 1) Murder hornet gets image makeover over fears of anti-Asian racism.

China Playing Long Game

August 8, 2022

Nancy Pelosi’s stunt visit to Taiwan last week caused Xi Jianping and Chinese leadership to lose face, an unforgivable act in their culture. China’s response may be slow in coming, but it will be calculated, precise, and tough. 5) China sees Pelosi’s visit as a provocative action allowed by Biden; 4) Russia may call on North Korean troops to reinforce eastern Ukraine; 3) Biden administration declares monkeypox national health emergency; 2) San Diego public schools adopt principles of academic Queer Theory to dismantle “heteronormativity”; 1) Homeless dog in Brazil adopted by car dealership, now official showroom greeter.

The Friday Five - Baal in Birmingham?

August 5, 2022

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England featured a 30-foot mechanical bull. Does it represent more than just the industrial history of Birmingham? 5) Grain shipments from Ukraine resumed this week after six months; 4) China’s live-fire war games around Taiwan continue; 3) Relationships between Israel and its northern neighbors get more complicated; 2) Science finally entering discussion of whether children should “transition”; 1) Raging bull makes impact on Birmingham.

Biden vs. Idaho

August 4, 2022

The Department of Justice filed suit Tuesday against Idaho, seeking to overturn what it calls the state’s “near-total ban” on abortion. Attorney General Merrick Garland claims, however, the lawsuit has “nothing to do with going around” the Supreme Court. 5) Pelosi leaves Taiwan while Chinese military drills continue through Saturday; 4) UK’s controversial Tavistock child transgender clinic shut down after damning report; 3) Los Angeles County opens government jobs to non-citizens; 2) DOJ sues Idaho over abortion law; 1) Biden’s new cyber defense deputy claims “systemic racism” is one of the greatest threats to US cybersecurity.

Pelosi in Taiwan

August 3, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic representatives arrived in Taiwan Tuesday night, contrary to the wishes of the Chinese government and the Biden administration. Meanwhile, China’s military launched live-fire exercises in the waters around Taiwan. 5) Pelosi and entourage arrive in Taiwan; 4) Hezbollah threatens Israeli ships in disputed gas field; 3) US claims Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in Saturday drone strike; 2) Big asteroid discovered a few days ago makes near pass of Earth today; 1) Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on Star Trek, helped evangelist witness to William Shatner at comic convention.

DNA-Based Bioweapons

August 2, 2022

Two members of congressional intelligence committees are warning Americans that information gathered from DNA testing services could be used to develop bioweapons targeting specific ethnic groups, or even individuals. 5) Economy slowing, but inflation may have peaked; 4) Experts warn against sharing DNA with private companies; 3) Antifa running summer camp for kids in Portland; 2) FDA warns puberty blocking drugs have serious risks; 1) Earth experiences its shortest day since records began.

Will Xi or Won't She?

August 1, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announced trip to Taiwan has become a game of nuclear chicken. China has threatened military action if Pelosi goes through with her visit, but the Biden administration may feel it can’t risk being seen as weak. 5) At least 30 dead in Kentucky floods; 4) First shipment of grain from Ukraine since February leaves port; 3) Questions surround Pelosi’s announced trip to Taiwan; 2) Israel on edge over Chinese support for Syria; 1) Florida man steals truck, breaks into Space Force base to warn of war between aliens and Chinese dragons.

The Friday Five - An FBI Coup

July 29, 2022

The FBI’s efforts to interfere in the last two presidential elections on behalf of Democrats brings to mind the Praetorian Guard in the Roman Empire. Once the Guard realized it had the power to make and break emperors, who learned to play ball—or else. 5) Russia’s natural gas diplomacy sending EU into recession; 4) China spying on US reaches disturbing levels; 3) Real US inflation now higher than worst of the Jimmy Carter years; 2) Polio case in New York, anthrax in Colorado cattle; 1) FBI suppression of Hunter Biden investigation was second consecutive presidential election in which the bureau intervened to hurt Trump.

Whistleblowers: FBI Covered for Hunter Biden

July 28, 2022

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says FBI whistleblowers allege a widespread effort inside the bureau to downplay or discredit negative information about Hunter Biden in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. 5) Biden approves more weapons for Ukraine while Turkey wants US troops out of Syria; 4) Whistleblowers claim FBI shielded Hunter Biden; 3) Walmart cuts profit forecast, a bad signal for US economy; 2) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis uses Ephesians 6 political advice; 1) Brooklyn preacher robbed of $1 million in jewelry during live-streamed service.

China Buying Land Near US Military Bases

July 27, 2022

The FBI has uncovered a pattern of Chinese land purchases near US military bases and cell towers equipped to intercept and disrupt secret military communications—including those controlling our nuclear weapons. 5) FBI kills plan to build Chinese garden near US Capitol; 4) China now making computer chips more powerful than those in the US; 3) AOC’s “arrest” at pro-abortion last week staged by Soros-funded group; 2) Kansas votes next week on abortion amendment to state constitution; 1) Yale professor tweets that President Biden working through his case of COVID is “white supremacy urgency.”

NOW She Tells Us!

July 26, 2022

A year ago, President Biden told Americans, “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” Now, former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx admits they knew at the time that was untrue. 5) Russia cuts gas deliveries to Germany; 4) China pulls back on Belt & Road investments in Russia; 3) Dr. Birx admits that claims about COVID vaccines were untrue; 2) Mayors of NY and DC unhappy about busloads of illegals dropped in their cities; 1) Man spends millions to transform himself into “black alien,” admits it keeps him from finding work.

Robot Dogs With Guns

July 25, 2022

Right out of dystopian TV series Black Mirror and War of the Worlds, China has demonstrated a robot dog fitted with an automatic weapon—and adorned with the insignia of Russian special forces. 5) Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey sign deal to allow grain shipments; 4) Biden, Birx make it obvious that medical guidance over the last 2-1/2 was made up on the fly; 3) Oakland trucker strike adds to supply chain issues; 2) Robot dogs with guns; 1) Red nighttime sky over Australia not alien invasion—reflected grow lights from cannabis farm.

The Friday Five - Ukrainian Supersoldiers?

July 22, 2022

A pair of Russian lawmakers investigating biolabs in Ukraine claim that Ukrainian POWs show evidence of military experiments. The deputy chair of the State Duma says the goal is to create “cruel killing machines.” 5) Russia claims Ukrainian biolabs experimenting on soldiers; 4) China unhappy with EU for state visit to Taiwan; 3) Former Clinton advisor says Hillary will run in ’24; 2) Decline in earnings for mobile phone carriers bad sign for economy; 1) Quad-vaxxed Joe Biden tests positive for COVID.