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State Department Accuses Red China of Allegedly Stealing $1 Billion in Trade Secrets

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In the past week, relations between China and the U.S. have deteriorated as a result of allegations that China is stealing trade secrets from the U.S.

The FBI declared that the Chinese government is behaving like “an organized criminal syndicate” for its far-reaching efforts to commit theft in cyberspace and stealing American trade secrets in addition to the hacking of American trade secrets on top of Wuhan virus research.

According to State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, China has allegedly stolen at least $1 billion in total research from the United States.

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She also pointed to the Chinese consulate in Houston, which the U.S. instructed to be shut down and later “cease all operations and events,” as being “the epicenter” of the research that is allegedly being stolen.

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Beijing has promised to retaliate with punitive measures but nothing concrete has surfaced so far.

China’s rise has been one of the biggest stories of the past 40 years and how the U.S. will handle it has yet to be seen.

Instead of trying to pursue regime change, the U.S. should focus on soft power measures, using punitive tariffs, and restricting migration from the country in order to change its behavior and keep it in check in a realistic fashion.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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