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Arizona Will Replace Voting Machines After Election Audit Concludes

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In the deserts of the American southwest, an unprecedented political action rages this week.

Tied to Donald Trump’s continued insistence that the 2020 election was stolen from him, a cybersecurity firm is now leading an audit meant to discover any potential discrepancies in the vote counts from Maricopa County, Arizona – the state’s most populous county.

Local politicos have been growing agitated with the auditors as of late, with a number of officials vocally expressing their concerns about the process.

Now, the Secretary of State is suggesting that the audit may have even created a new cybersecurity issue that could cost Arizona quite a bit of money.

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Thursday that the voting machines Republicans turned over to private companies as part of their audit of the 2020 election are no longer safe for use in future elections.

In a letter sent to Maricopa County officials and shared with NBC News, Hobbs, a Democrat, cited security concerns about losing the chain of custody over the equipment when it was handed over to the auditors and urged the county to get new machines. If it does not, her office would consider decertifying the equipment involved in the audit, she wrote. That would remove the machines from service.

Hobbs’ letter was stark.

“I have grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines, given that the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do not know what was done to the machines while under Cyber Ninjas’ control,” Hobbs wrote in the letter to the county’s mostly Republican Board of Supervisors, which oversees the county elections.

Donald Trump and some of his politically-active allies have suggested that similar audits take place in other states, including in Georgia where one Peach State politician has already begun working up a bill to make it happen.

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Biden Mandate Busted Again, This Time in Lone Star State

It was a BRUTAL smackdown at that!

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From the very moment that Joe Biden began to speak about a federal vaccine mandate, there were concerns about its constitutionality.  You see, this is a nation founded on the ethos of freedom, and there is nothing more authoritarian than forcing a population to undergo unwanted medical procedures.

And, thusly, in the weeks following the Commander in Chief’s declaration, a number of judicial bodies took up the argument, and with devastating results for the White House.

The latest smackdown comes to us from Texas.

A federal judge in Texas Friday blocked the federal government from enforcing President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal employees, arguing that he didn’t have the authority to do so “with the stroke of a pen and without input from Congress.”

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Biden has pushed several different iterations of vaccine mandates in recent months, including one for large businesses which the Supreme Court blocked and another for healthcare workers which it allowed to go into effect.

There was no beating around the bush, either.

Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Friday ruled against the administration on a separate mandate generally applying to federal employees.

“While vaccines are undoubtedly the best way to avoid serious illness from COVID-19, there is no reason to believe that the public interest cannot be served via less restrictive measures than the mandate, such as masking, social distancing, or part- or full-time remote work,” Brown wrote. “Stopping the spread of COVID-19 will not be achieved by overbroad policies like the federal-worker mandate.”

And, given the narrowest of margins in Congress, there is little doubt that any attempt to ratify this mandate legislatively would fail.

From the very moment that Joe Biden began to speak about a federal vaccine mandate, there were concerns about its constitutionality.  You see, this is a nation founded on the ethos of freedom, and there is nothing more authoritarian than forcing a population to undergo unwanted medical procedures. And, thusly, in the weeks following the Commander in Chief’s declaration, a number of judicial bodies took up the argument, and with devastating results for the White House. The latest smackdown comes to us from Texas. A federal judge in Texas Friday blocked the federal government from enforcing President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal employees, arguing that he didn’t have the authority to do so “with the stroke of a pen and without input from Congress.” Biden has pushed several different iterations of vaccine mandates in recent months, including one for large businesses which the Supreme Court blocked and another for healthcare workers which it allowed to go into effect. There was no beating around the bush, either. Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Friday ruled against the administration on a separate mandate generally applying to federal employees. “While vaccines are undoubtedly the best way to avoid serious illness from COVID-19, there is no reason to believe that the public interest cannot be served via less restrictive measures than the mandate, such as masking, social distancing, or part- or full-time remote work,” Brown wrote. “Stopping the spread of COVID-19 will not be achieved by overbroad policies like the federal-worker mandate.” And, given the narrowest of margins in Congress, there is little doubt that any attempt to ratify this mandate legislatively would fail.

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Digital Dollar? Fed Begins Debate on New Way to Control Cash

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For decades, the American people have wondered about the safety of our currency.  Sure, the US Dollar has long been considered the “gold standard” of international fiat, but even using that phrase colloquially raises questions.  Specifically:  Is there still any gold backing our bucks?

On paper, no.  Our nation is now operating in the realm of “legal tender”, thanks to the regrettable decision to remove the actual, physical gold from the equation years ago.  But, worse still, is the sinking reality that even Fort Knox’s stash may not be what we believe it to be any longer.

All of this monetary meddling has Americans rightfully worried, and the latest news out of the federal reserve is even worse.

The Federal Reserve finally released a much-delayed paper yesterday opining on the pros and cons of developing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), but without coming to any firm conclusions.

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Around the world, there are now 23 CBDCs either in pilot or formally launched. They have morphed from a theoretical concept into real-world digital cash, changing the way governments and millions of people use money — but not in the U.S.

There was no telling which way the fed would lean as of yet.

Although the Fed’s paper doesn’t advocate one way or another on whether the U.S. should begin development, the language used in the paper indicates that it’s very open to the idea, Josh Lipsky, director at the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center, tells Axios.

But for a nation that is already mired in a number of financial schemes and scams, (the Federal Reserve and the stock market perhaps being paramount among them), the news certainly isn’t going to help any of us sleep better at night.

 

For decades, the American people have wondered about the safety of our currency.  Sure, the US Dollar has long been considered the “gold standard” of international fiat, but even using that phrase colloquially raises questions.  Specifically:  Is there still any gold backing our bucks? On paper, no.  Our nation is now operating in the realm of “legal tender”, thanks to the regrettable decision to remove the actual, physical gold from the equation years ago.  But, worse still, is the sinking reality that even Fort Knox’s stash may not be what we believe it to be any longer. All of this monetary meddling has Americans rightfully worried, and the latest news out of the federal reserve is even worse. The Federal Reserve finally released a much-delayed paper yesterday opining on the pros and cons of developing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), but without coming to any firm conclusions. Around the world, there are now 23 CBDCs either in pilot or formally launched. They have morphed from a theoretical concept into real-world digital cash, changing the way governments and millions of people use money — but not in the U.S. There was no telling which way the fed would lean as of yet. Although the Fed’s paper doesn’t advocate one way or another on whether the U.S. should begin development, the language used in the paper indicates that it’s very open to the idea, Josh Lipsky, director at the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center, tells Axios. But for a nation that is already mired in a number of financial schemes and scams, (the Federal Reserve and the stock market perhaps being paramount among them), the news certainly isn’t going to help any of us sleep better at night.  

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