iPhony: Apple Lobbies against Uyghur Bill in Secret
iPhony: Apple Lobbies against Uyghur Bill in Secret
November 23, 2020
When the call came, the mom of three was concerned -- but not enough to get dressed. She reported to the police station in her slippers, she remembers, telling her children she would be right back. She wasn't. After a brutal interrogation at the Chinese precinct, her world went dark. Covered in a black hood, Zumrat Duwat felt the shackles clamp her feet and hands, and she knew: the promise she made to her family -- like so many Uyghurs before her -- would be broken. Zumrat was not coming home, and there was nothing she or anyone else could do.
Her story is one of millions. Like so many Uyghurs, the torture began long before this. Stripped of her passport, tracked by government spyware, and tested for DNA, Zumrat had been on the police's radar for years. At one point, she was forcibly taken to a clinic and hooked up to an IV -- only to wake up and discover her tubes had been tied. But there are worse outcomes, she shakes her head. Some women don't even know they've been sterilized. Doctors will tell them that they're having another procedure -- only when they talk to other prisoners do they understand the horror that's been done to them.
Inside the camps, life is even worse. Jammed into small cells, girls as young as 14 are ordered to squat naked in front of the guards, many of them taken away and raped. "There were girls from my room who passed out from being beaten so hard and had nails put into their fingers to make blood pour out," Gulbakhar Jalilova says quietly. This is not "re-education," she insists. In 15 months, she "never saw a single classroom."
If you're lucky enough to be released from the camps, another form of suffering awaits. The Chinese call it "graduation." Survivors call it forced labor. Sent to a network of factories -- many with U.S. ties -- they work grueling hours. "They don't let them come out," said one Muslim woman who was trapped inside. "The government chose them to come to OFILM [factories]," said one shopkeeper, "they didn't choose it." Inside, the workers make "screens, camera cover lenses, [and] scanners" for companies like Apple, Samsung, Lenova, Dell, HP, and more. "My family is held hostage in a Chinese concentration camp," one exiled man pleaded with the U.N. in September. "My brother is forced to assemble phone chargers as a slave laborer. Your charger may be among them."
After months of prodding by international leaders, the U.S. State Department and members of Congress decided to act. In a rare display of bipartisanship, they condemned China's genocide and the American brands secretly profiting from it. By an overwhelming vote -- 406-3 -- the House took powerful action, banning certain imports from the Xinjiang region, slapping sanctions on those responsible, and barring U.S. companies from using imprisoned workers. Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), pointing to the truly heinous discoveries Americans have made, said that in July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection "seized a 13-ton shipment of human hair" from the forced labor system. "We haven't heard about human hair since the Nazis in the concentration camps of the war that my father fought in, World War II. It's sickening. We must refuse to be complicit financially or otherwise."
Some of America's richest companies, however, aren't quite so willing to go along. Rolling in the cash that slave labor has saved them, tech brands like Apple are working behind the scenes to keep their supply chains open. In a story that CEO Tim Cook had managed to keep under wraps, the Washington Post broke the news that lobbyists for Apple have been quietly trying to weaken the bill before the Senate has a chance to vote. "What Apple would like is we all just sit and talk and not have any real consequences," said one of the big union lobbyists.
Publicly, the tech mogul wants the public to think they're on board. Apple spokesperson Josh Rosenstock has insisted Cook's empire "is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect. We abhor forced labor and support the goals of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act." The CEO himself told a congressional committee in July that he would not tolerate supplier who abused human rights. The reality is quite different, anonymous Hill staffers tell the Post -- pointing to the major campaign underway to water down the legislation so that Apple's manufacturing line isn't affected.
And it isn't just Apple, but Costco, Coca-Cola, and Patagonia. Unlike other companies, who were horrified to learn about their connections to these factories, Cook's team is even hiring a special lobbying firm with the mission to soften the penalties of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. Meanwhile, Apple has been parading around here at home as some sort of social justice warrior, bragging about donations to nonprofits that promote "racial equality" -- as they fuel persecution on an international scale. They drone on about "looking inward" and stopping "mass incarceration," while they make millions off of innocent minorities locked up and abused. They crush the freedom they claim to care about and trade in human misery while we aren't looking. All to make a buck.
How long will they get away with it? As long as America lets them. Contact your senators and urge them to bring the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to the floor and stop U.S. companies from exploiting these minorities for money.
Sixth Circuit: Down Law Is Not Out
November 23, 2020
Planned Parenthood doesn't just believe you should be able to target certain babies for abortion. They're willing to go to court to guarantee it. Fortunately for the "imperfect" children they want to discard, judges for the 6th Circuit aren't quite so eager to end babies' lives just because they aren't "up to society's standards." That's not health care -- that's eugenics.
When the ruling came down that Tennessee's law could take effect, Governor Bill Lee (R) celebrated. "Every life is precious and every child has inherent human dignity," he tweeted Friday night. "Protecting our most vulnerable Tennesseans is worth the fight." The law, which he signed into law last June, is one of the strongest in the country. It also puts a stop to people using Down syndrome diagnoses as an excuse to abort a child. The idea that parents can't destroy a baby for any reason is "deeply upsetting," Planned Parenthood tweeted. The group's president, Alexis McGill Johnson, took it a step farther, calling it a "disgrace" that anyone would "waste their time" protecting these babies.
Planned Parenthood never met a form of abortion it didn't want to expand (or force you to pay for), including sex-selection abortion, race-based abortion, birth day abortion, pain-capable abortion, late-term abortion, underage abortion, unsanitary abortion, chemical abortion, and now, disability-based abortion. Anything that rakes in more money is okay by them. And, as they know, Down syndrome tests have been particularly good for business, especially in places like Britain, where 90 percent of all diagnoses lead to abortion.
Of course, as most rational people know, this is about more than Down syndrome. It's about what makes a life valuable and worthy of protection. Moving down this utilitarian road, where people are only as valuable as they are useful, there are no stop signs -- and no limits. Today, it's children with Down syndrome -- tomorrow, it's seniors with dementia. Once you lose the moral foundation that says people have meaning because they're created in the image of God, anything's possible. Look at Iceland. Close to 100 percent of the country's women are choosing to end these pregnancies, because of pressure from the government and doctors to "eradicate" Down syndrome births.
"Is it okay to abort a pregnancy," Fox News's Tucker Carlson wondered, "if you thought your child was going to grow up to be short? Or prematurely bald? Is there any abortion under any circumstances that's ever bad? Or even a little bad? Are they all morally neutral -- no matter what the cause or stage of pregnancy?"
Some people have been led to believe that Down syndrome children and their parents have a poor quality of life. But actually, if you talk to families who've been through it, it's one of the most unexpected blessings of their life. A lot of these moms and dads say their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down Syndrome.
During Down Syndrome Awareness month in October, Bernie Bradley posted a picture of her daughter, Jinny, on Twitter. "Very frequently when she was born, on the day and afterwards, we heard lots of 'I'm sorry' and not 'Congratulations!' At the time it didn't really [hit me] because there was so much else going on -- but since then, it's just become something I've discovered has happened to a lot of parents." Her message to everyone is that these are beautiful, healthy children, so congratulate these families, "Don't say sorry!" Because as far as she's concerned, there are no special needs -- only special gifts.
Pennsylvania Avenues to Change
November 23, 2020
Have cheaters prospered in the 2020 election? Almost half of America says yes (including a third of Democrats!). But there's one thing almost every voter agrees on: getting to the bottom of whatever fraud there is -- and making sure it doesn't happen again.
In a new Rasmussen survey, 83 percent of Pennsylvania is on board with cleaning up the region's election laws before voters head back to the polls in two years. Election law reform, 63 percent agree, is "very important." Only three percent thought it wasn't important at all. There's also, Scott Rasmussen points out, significant backing for several of the things the Trump campaign and Republicans have advocated. For instance:
- 88 percent agree that, prior to the election, government agencies should clean the voter registration files and remove the names of all who have moved or died.
- 75 percent strongly approve of requiring all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day.
- 68 percent think government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots on Election Night.
- 88 percent believe both Republican and Democratic party officials should be allowed in the room for every step of the ballot collection and ballot counting procedures.
- 75 percent say all voters who cast their ballot in person should be required to show a photo ID before voting.
- For those who mail in their ballot, 58 percent believe they should they required to include a copy of their photo ID.
- Another 56 percent want ballot harvesting to be outlawed.
The media wants you to believe that voter fraud is a myth and the only people worried about it are Republicans. Not true, Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky has said. The only place this is a partisan issue is DNC headquarters. By and large, every American wants some form of election integrity, and this system -- which we already know from this year's primaries and local elections -- is ripe for abuse.
"If you talk to liberal activists and liberal leaders of the Democratic Party," von Spakovsky explains, "they're all against voter I.D. If you actually look at the polling, you find that everyday folks -- no matter whether they're Republican, Democrat, Independent, no matter whether they're white, black, Asian, Hispanic -- a majority of them say voter I.D. [makes sense]. So their constituents don't agree with the views of their leadership." The same goes for voter fraud, he said. In the polling he did for his book with John Fund, "we found that African-Americans were more concerned about voter fraud in communities than other voters."
Regardless of what people think of Donald Trump's legal challenges, it's obvious Americans are behind him where weeding out corruption is concerned. "It's not uncommon for the losing party to feel things were unfair," PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil admitted, "but this is clearly the moment for big changes to happen to restore our faith in our elections to ensure that Americans can feel confident in our elections regardless of the results."