China’s new-generation spacecraft takes its maiden flight as the country moves one step closer towards landing a man on the moon

China has successfully launched its largest carrier rocket with a new-generation spacecraft today, marking a significant progress for the country towards landing a man on the moon.

The Long March-5B carrier rocket took off at 6pm local time at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan, state broadcaster CCTV announced on Tuesday.

The spacecraft carried by the rocket is expected to one day transport astronauts to a space station that China plans to complete by 2022 – and eventually to the moon.  

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China “Accidentally” uses Anal Swabs tests on US Diplomats

by Simon Black

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

In January we mentioned that China began using anal swab Covid tests on school children, claiming they were more accurate than the nasal swab method.

China also requires the intrusive (by about 2-3 inches) tests on certain travelers coming into the country.

Recently, a group of US diplomats and their family members reported that they were subjected to the anal swabs.

In response, China at first claimed that the tests were given in error. But later they backtracked and denied that they had ever required anal swabs for US diplomats.

But the diplomats weren’t aren’t dropping the issue, and they’ve appealed to the US State Department— which has already said it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of US diplomats and their families.

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New approach to vaccinessssss: Pythons from Florida Everglades could be used to help produce COVID shots, researcher says

  • A researcher and python hunter by the name of ‘The Wildman’ have joined forces to explore what they believe could be used to fight the coronavirus – and it is hiding in the Florida Everglades.

    Python hunter Dustin Crum and Daryl Thompson, a researcher, and entrepreneur with Global Research and Discovery Group out of Winter Haven, are looking to the invasive Burmese python to use its squalene, which stimulates a stronger immune response when added to vaccines.

    Squalene is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil, particularly from shark liver.

 However, extracting it from sharks has become a controversial topic among animal activists, but the Burmese python is wreaking havoc on the Everglades and wildlife officials are looking to remove the creature.

Crum also notes that one 10-foot snake has enough to make about 3,500 vaccine doses.

Although the World Health Organization deems squalene safe for vaccines, it is not on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of ingredients in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The invasive Burmese python that contains squalene, which is a compound used in vaccines that stimulates a stronger immune response. It is is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil

The invasive Burmese python that contains squalene, which is a compound used in vaccines that stimulates a stronger immune response. It is is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil

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Postcode gang ‘tried to kill’ London schoolboy, 16, for being on their turf weeks before he was knifed to death – as it’s revealed his family fled area last year after two attacks on their home

A 16-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death by thugs had only weeks earlier been chased by a gang for straying onto their turf, his friend told MailOnline. 

Drekwon Patterson was ambushed by four hooded attackers in Brent, northwest London, around 11.30pm last Thursday.

Police believe they tried to mow him down with a Ford Mondeo before pursuing him on foot, knifing him repeatedly and leaving him to die on the pavement.

Today it emerged that Drekwon’s family had only recently moved house for safety after an attack in November.

Postcode violence in the area i

Ty said: ‘It was only a few weeks ago and we were walking back to the estate when some guys stopped us and asked us where we were from.

‘They chased us, screaming they were going to kill us for being in their ends. It happens around here all the time. There’s a lot of post code violence around here.’Drekwon, one of eight children from the Wembley area, was found with stab wounds and pronounced dead the next day, sparking London’s 15th murder probe of the year so far.

Scotland Yard has not yet made any arrests and have launched a hunt for Drekwon’s killers, releasing images of a car and a van in relation to their investigation.

They are appealing for information about a car seen driving from the scene which was later discovered burnt out.

Police believe the four hooded thugs drove the black Ford Mondeo into the teenager before chasing him down Preston Street and knifing him

Police believe the four hooded thugs drove the black Ford Mondeo into the teenager before chasing him down Preston Street and knifing him

The officer said police are also keen to trace the driver of a van which was seen on CCTV stopping briefly near the scene

Drekwon Patterson, 16, was left for dead by the attackers who ambushed him in Brent, northwest London, last Thursday night

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Flintlock pistol and leather shoe sole are among a treasure trove of new items discovered from the same sunken ship that carried the controversial Elgin Marbles

A range of items including a flintlock pistol and a leather shoe sole are among a trove of treasure discovered in the same sunken ship that carried the Elgin Marbles.

Archaeologists working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport have been investigating the shipwreck of the Mentor since 2011 in search of artefacts.

The sunken ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century. The Mentor sunk near the Greek island of Kythira in 1802 while transporting the marbles and other artefacts – all of which were recovered over the following two years and shipped to England on the orders of Horatio Nelson.

Underwater archaeologist, Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis, said they found numerous items since 2011 but the goal of the study is to learn more about the ship itself. 

The most recent finds include shoe soles, belt buckles, coins, chess pieces, earrings, as well as cooking utensils and other tools. 

One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England

One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England

A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they 'paint a picture' of life onboard

A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they ‘paint a picture’ of life onboard 

Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century

Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century

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Ever wondered what your ancestors were like? Scientists develop eerily realistic deepfake technology that lets you ‘bring the dead back to life’

Genealogy website MyHeritage has unveiled a bizarre new online tool that can animate old photos of deceased family members. 

The free deepfake technology, called Deep Nostalgia, takes any photo and animates the subject’s face – with strangely realistic and unsettling results. 

Examples provided by MyHeritage show historical figures, including Queen Victoria, Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale, come to life. 

MyHeritage says the tech gives history ‘a fresh new perspective’ by producing a depiction of how a person ‘could have moved and looked if captured on video’. 

It’s been developed by researchers at Israel-based firm D-ID, which specialises in video reenactment using deep learning.  

Anyone can use the tool on the Deep Nostalgia webpage by uploading or drag-and-dropping an image – although to see the results you’ll need a MyHeritage account. 

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‘Tornado’ sighting that really caused a buzz! Motorists in Buenos Aires are shocked to see twister towering into the sky – but it was actually a giant swarm of MOSQUITOES

  • Huge dark tower of swirling mosquitoes spotted by driver in Argentina yesterday
  • Motorist had been driving on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar
  • The tall dark shape resembles a twister, but is in fact composed of Motorists in Argentina were shocked to discover a swarm of mosquitos had created a terrifying tornado-like formation high into the sky.

    Video footage recorded yesterday by a driver on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar in Argentina shows a huge dark tower looming in the sky further up the road from the motorist.

    The enormous tower-like shape appears to stand hundreds of feet tall, but upon closer inspection, the entire structure is made up of mosquitoes. mosquitoesIn the video footage, the shocked motorist can be heard saying: ‘It’s getting bigger and bigger, I’ve never seen anything like this before.’An enormous dark tower looms in the sky up ahead of one driver on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar in Argentina, yesterday

    An enormous dark tower looms in the sky up ahead of one driver on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar in Argentina, yesterday

    The sighting of the bizarre twister-like formation comes after the Buenos Aires region of Argentina was invaded by mosquitoes.

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Cruz: Biden Immigration Agenda ‘Most Radical’ Ever, Not Willing To Enforce Law Against Criminals

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned about the Biden administration’s immigration agenda during an interview with “The Michael Berry Show” on Thursday, saying that the agenda was the most extreme in U.S. history and posed a risk to national security.

 

“I want to talk about some other things. Dismantling ICE. There is a story about the Biden administration, and the phrase is ‘dismantle ICE,’” host Michael Berry said. “How concerned should we be as a border state?”“So I think we should be very concerned. I am not certain that report is right. I’ve seen the report. It’s early,” Cruz responded. “But the person that they put in there, Alejandro Mayorkas, is extreme. And all of the early steps appear to be that the Biden administration is moving rapidly towards open borders. And, you know, you look at the Biden immigration plan, which was put out, which is the most radical immigration plan any administration has ever proposed in history.”

“They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back. I mean, it is, and by the way, they don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists,” Cruz said. “I mean, it is utterly bizarre to have a federal administration refusing to enforce the law against violent criminals, and frankly, it makes it makes our country more dangerous, and it makes Texas more dangerous. We are a nation of immigrants and there are wonderful people who come here and come here legally, [there’s] a right way to come. But today’s Democratic Party has been radicalized where they’re, you know, they’re not even willing to enforce the law against violent criminals who are committing horrific crimes.”

Cruz appears to be referring to a portion of Biden’s proposal that states [emphasis added]:

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Mitch McConnell says he will ‘absolutely’ back Trump if former president is 2024 GOP nominee

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that if former President Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s presidential nominee again in 2024, he would “absolutely” throw his support behind the former president.

 

 

But, he says, a lot could happen between now then.

What are the details?

During an interview with Fox News‘ Bret Baier, the anchor asked McConnell if he believed Trump would be the GOP nominee during the next president election as some have predicted.

“Well, there’s a lot to happen between now and ’24,” the GOP leader responded, revealing, “I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others.”

“There’s no incumbent,” he continued, telling Baier it “should be a wide open race and fun for you all to cover.”

Baier then asked directly, “If [Trump] was the party’s nominee, would you support him?”

“The nominee of the party? Absolutely,” McConnell replied.

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CNN Ripped For ‘Bizarre Distortion’ Of Clarence Thomas Dissent In PA Election Case

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic was excoriated for a Monday article in which she claimed Justice Clarence Thomas sympathized with former President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud in one of his dissents earlier this week.

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday claimed election fraud is a threat to America, revealing in a forceful dissent some support for former President Donald Trump and Republicans who have refused to accept the result of the 2020 election,” Biskupic began in an article titled “Justice Clarence Thomas reveals some sympathy for Trump’s baseless fraud claims.”In a tweet, Biskupic went even further to say Thomas “aligns” with “Trump’s baseless election fraud claims.”

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