North Korea: Regime fires several cruise missiles off its east coast, Seoul regime alleges

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles Wednesday, Seoul’s military said, the latest launch which comes as South Korea and the United States stage major joint military drills. ‘The South Korean military has detected multiple cruise missiles launched into the East Sea’ by North Korea, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan. ‘Detailed specifications are being analysed by South Korea-US intelligence authorities,’ it added. After a record-breaking year of weapons tests and growing nuclear threats from Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington have ramped up security cooperation, and on March 13 kicked off their largest joint military drills in five years. Known as Freedom Shield, the drills run for at least 10 days.” (03/22/23)

Doctor-to-Be of Theology

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘The year 2023 is the centenary of the passing of the Freedom of Religion Act in Finland,’ writes ‘conferer’ Martti Nissinen, promoting a future ceremony of the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Theology — in which one degree will go to … Greta Thunberg. Much has been made, online, of theologians, of all people, awarding an honorary degree to a young environmental activist demonstrating no academic much less godly accomplishments. The obvious suggestion: ‘what she’s selling is a religion!’ But what stands out to me? Mr. Nissinen’s declaration of this year’s ceremonial theme: ‘Freedom.'” (03/22/23)

Surveillance state agency NRO signs agreements with commercial providers of hyperspectral imagery

Source: Space News

“The National Reconnaissance Office has signed five-year agreements with six commercial providers of hyperspectral satellite imagery, the agency announced March 22. The selected companies — BlackSky Technology, HyperSat, Orbital Sidekick, Pixxel, Planet and Xplore — are a mix of established remote-sensing industry firms and startups. … Hyperspectral sensors provide data across multiple spectral bands to enable analysts to detect phenomena in colors that typically can’t be seen by the human eye. The technology has government and commercial applications and the NRO has for years expressed interest in using the data.” (03/22/23)

Unacceptable facts about government

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Government does not need to have a monopoly of power or force – particularly armed force. Tyrants do, tyrannies do, but it can be argued and shown that even mandatory human government can exist and provide some good services while the people – individually or in voluntary association – are armed to the same level as governments. The early decades of the great American experiment which began ‘officially’ in 1776 demonstrate that.” (03/21/23)

OK: Court OKs abortion to preserve mother’s life

Source: Politico

“A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a portion of the state’s near total ban on abortion, ruling women have a right to abortion when pregnancy risks their health, not just in a medical emergency. It was a narrow win for abortion rights advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. The court ruled that a woman has the right under the state Constitution to receive an abortion to preserve her life if her doctor determines that continuing the pregnancy would endanger it due to a condition she has or is likely to develop during the pregnancy. Previously, the right to an abortion could only take place in the case of medical emergency.” (03/21/23)

Controlled digital lending is on trial

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Mary Lucia Darst

“In 2020, at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the Internet Archive (IA), a digital non-profit library, temporarily lifted its borrowing restrictions and was promptly slapped with a lawsuit by four out of five of the ‘Big Five’ publishers. Prior to lockdowns, IA followed standard lending library practice and made digital loans on the following conditions: 1) one loan per copy of item; 2) only one user could borrow an item at a time; 3) the loans were restricted to standard library times, i.e. fourteen days …. they ended waitlisting … and they ended restricting lending of items to one account at a time. Around mid-2021, the library returned to standard library lending practice. The lawsuit by the publishers alleges that they suffered financial harm from IA’s change in lending practice and that therefore IA is committing mass copyright infringement.” (03/21/23)

Realigning California Would Realign America

Source: American Greatness
by Edward Ring

“The conventional wisdom on the Right in most of the rest of America is that California is a lost cause. Rather than fight inside California, where you are up against the most powerful and monolithic alliance of progressive special interests in the world, dedicate resources to flipping purple states, and keeping red states red. But to invert a popular quote attributed to Nietzsche, even if you do not gaze into the abyss, the abyss will still gaze back into you. California’s role in influencing the future of the country is unparalleled. In addition to its economic and demographic weight, California remains the epicenter of America’s media and entertainment industry, as well as its high-tech industry. Even if several American states defy the momentum of California’s political class, laws governing California frequently end up becoming federal policy.” (03/22/23)

Mississippi initiative proposal, minus abortion, in limbo

Source: US News & World Report

“Mississippi Senate leaders are not saying whether they will support a new initiative process that would allow voters to put proposed state laws — but nothing dealing with abortion — on the ballot. Senators face a Thursday deadline. They could accept a House proposal to create a new process, which appears unlikely. They could seek final negotiations between the two Republican-controlled chambers. Or they could let the issue die during a year when most lawmakers are seeking reelection. On Wednesday, Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and a key senator would not tell reporters whether they will keep the issue alive. Hosemann said he and other Senate leaders are making ‘good progress,’ but he would not specify what that meant. Senate Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee Chairman John Polk, a Republican from Hattiesburg, said he is talking to Hosemann and Senate colleagues about the House proposal.” (03/22/23)