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Alibaba Rolls Out Communist Propaganda App

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A Chinese government propaganda app “Xuexi Qiangguo”, is at the top of the charts of Apple China’s app store.

“Xuexi Qiangguo”, whose literal translation is “Study to make China strong” was developed by Alibaba and has overtaken Doukin, the Chinese version of TikTok, as the country’s most popular app.

The app’s main purpose is to boost XI’s cult of personality and advance his political outlook, “Xi Jinping Thought,” which is a fundamental plank of Chinese Communism. Users of this app are eligible to win prizes if they successfully complete quizzes on Xi’s life and writing.

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However, the app’s meteoric rise is artificial. The UK Guardian reported that the government called on Communist Party members to download the app and directed local officials to promote it to their constituents. This comes as no shock when considering that Jack Ma, the Chairman of Alibaba who presided over the app’s development, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party.

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The Guardian has also detailed how Chinese employers have integrated the propaganda app into their employee evaluation process. Low quiz scores on the app can prevent employees from getting promotions within their companies.

As of late, Chinese companies have been under considerable scrutiny for their questionable censorship and anti-privacy policies.

For example, companies like Tik Tok have generated considerable controversy lately. Since its launch in 2016, Tik Tok has become the most downloaded app in the IOS app store.

However, reports from Affinity show that Tik Tok has a lot of baggage with it in terms of privacy policy and terms of service.

According to Affinity, Tik Tok “contains contradictory language, inconsistent application, and unintelligible onerous provisions, and it mandates arbitration.”

Additionally, there isn’t much redress for customers should the app violate its terms of service:

“Arbitration prohibits filing lawsuits and class actions- meaning that nobody can sue as a collective group, results are binding, and no appeal is possible, regardless of crimes committed by or on the app.”

Tik Tok has been caught in numerous data scandals as of late. It doesn’t help that there are no privacy features on the app, which leaves users’ personal information subject to theft.

As a result, the Peterson Institute for International Economics has labeled TikTok a “Huawei-sized problem” that poses a national security to countries like the U.S.

This serves as a firm reminder of why the U.S. needs to focus more on national defense rather than nation-building. Instead of trying to fix Third World backwaters, the U.S. should be updating its cyber-security infrastructure to confront the very real threat of cybercrimes and other forms of transgressions in cyberspace.

China has proven to be a nasty actor with regard cybercrimes. Until the Communist country is able to get its corporate house in order, the U.S. should steer clear of anymore trade agreements with the country.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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