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Aug 12 12:49

War hawk Hillary Clinton vows to 'stand up to China'

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has vowed to “stand up to China” and oppose the Pacific trade agreement.

Speaking to a crowd in the US state of Detroit – where she unveiled her plans on global economic issues – Clinton said on Thursday the world’s second largest economy had “gamed the system” for too long.

Aug 12 07:35

US Nuclear-Bomber Triad in Pacific for First Time as China Reaches Boiling Point

With tensions in the South China Sea and throughout the Pacific Rim at increasing levels, the Obama Administration adds fuel to the fire by dispatching enough nuclear weaponry to kill everyone in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, it occurred to me that I have never seen a mushroom cloud with my own eyes. I think it would be neat before I leave office!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 12 07:33

Beijing Crosses Washington's 'Red Line' in South China Sea

The Chinese military appears to be dramatically increasing its presence around a key island in the South China Sea, sending a strong message to Washington.

As Beijing continues its land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, Washington has remained adamant about one island in particular: Scarborough Shoal. Located northeast of the Spratly archipelago, it is claimed by China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and the US has maintained that any attempts to militarize the shoal would cross a "red line."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scarborough Shoal is 8,572 miles from Washington DC. It is just 11 miles long, and mostly lagoon.

I do think DC ought to be more concerned with problems inside our own borders than with mucking about on the other side of the planet!

Aug 12 07:11

Hillary Clinton vows to 'stand up to China'

Speaking to a crowd in the US state of Detroit - where she unveiled her plans on global economic issues - Clinton said on Thursday the world's second largest economy had “gamed the system” for too long.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And that's our job!" -- Hitlery

Aug 12 07:11

Globalization Is Dead, But The Idea Is Not

I personally have the idea that if you think central banks -and perhaps governments- have the ability and the tools to prevent or cure financial crises, you’re in the more optimistic camp. And if you don’t, you’re a pessimist. A third option might be to think that no matter what central bankers do, things will solve themselves, but I don’t see much of that being floated. Not anymore.

What I do see are countless numbers of bankers and economists and pundits and reporters holding up high the concept of globalization (a.k.a. free trade, Open Society) as the savior of mankind and its economy.

And I’m thinking that no matter how great you think the entire centralization issue is, be it global or on a more moderate scale, it’s a lost case. Because centralization dies the moment it can no longer show obvious benefits for people and societies ‘being centralized’. Unless you’re talking a dictatorship.

Aug 11 16:16

War With China Unthinkable? Think Again!

According to a recent study by the Pentagon-linked RAND Corporation, a US military conflict with China is unlikely by calculated move but less unlikely by miscalculation or accident. Does this not mean US interventionism in the South China Sea conflict could lead to such a nightmare scenario? Just this year the US has pushed both Vietnam and the Philippines to a more confrontational position vis-a-vis China.

Aug 11 10:04

Beijing Installs Supersonic Missiles on South China Sea’s Most Lethal Destroyer

The upgraded combat features on board the flagship of the South China Sea fleet impress Western defense analysts, as Beijing threatens to aggressively defend the disputed territories.

China has completed a major weapons upgrade for their Shenzen destroyer, which will return to operations with the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) fleet in the South China Sea amid brewing tensions over the disputed territory, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.

In this undated photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet lands on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning

The missile system of the Shenzen, Beijing’s only Luhai-class destroyer, was upgraded to a 32-cell vertical launch platform capable of firing medium-range HHQ-16 surface-to-air (SAM) missiles with a range of 19 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 2,148 mph (3457 kph). Defense analysts say the system is comparable to the powerful Russian Gollum/Shtil-2 missile system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one bet I will make right now; when these weapons are trained on a target, they will hit that target with absolute accuracy and devastating effect.

And there is another thing on which I am almost willing to bet; if internal DNC and White House polls show Trump winning in a landslide against Clinton in November, this country will be at war with Russia AND China before Trump has the opportunity to take his Oath of Office in January.

Aug 11 07:26

Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

Decades of authoritarian one party rule have perhaps reduced one man's ability to question authority as a Chinese bloke awaiting the birth of his child was erroneously whisked in for a haemorrhoidectomy.

Doctors at Shenyang Hunnan Xinqu Hospital mistook Mr Wang for another chap with a bad case of the pink grapes and whisked him into the operating theatre, according to a report in Bandao City News.

Wang thought he was going to help his wife with the delivery of their child but then medics asked him to drop his pants and jump onto the operating table.

“It felt strange, and I asked why,” he was reporting as saying. “They just said, “Just do what we tell you”. One operation later and the 29-year-old gent was rid of the piles he didn’t know he had.

Aug 10 10:04

South China Sea Ramp-Up: New Chinese Aircraft Carrier’s Shocking Combat Features

Speaking about the J-15 fighter jets during an August 4 program, Chinese Rear Admiral Yin Zhou said, "Once all eight aircraft fly out in formation, they have a strong combat capability." He noted that the Liaoning can carry up to 20 aircraft, prompting Chinese media to further comment that the carrier exhibits "growing combat capability."

India to Test BrahMos Supersonic Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missiles from Su-30s
The presence of Z-18J airborne early warning (AEW) and Z-18F anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters, never before seen alongside the J-15 on the Liaoning carrier, represents a significant development in China’s joint aviation and naval capabilities, likely forming a full air-wing for the carrier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Big deal. Our latest supercarrier, the Gerald R. Ford, will make short work of China's ... what? Really?!? You're kidding!!! (Ahem) ... Ummmmmmmm ... I have to go do ... something. Press conference is concluded." -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 09 09:14

CHINA TO LAUNCH UNBREAKABLE SPY SATELLITE

Aug 09 08:22

China warns of consequences if Theresa May scraps controversial Hinkley Point nuclear power plant

The Chinese ambassador to London suggested 'mutual trust' between the countries will be damaged if the huge project does not go ahead.

Aug 09 07:18

THE AMERICAN KRAKEN IS STRETCHING ITS TENTACLES TO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Apparently, 90% of the wars, waged against China certainly from abroad, went through the South China Sea. So, there is a whole strategic interest in maintaining defensive positions. Regarding the Arbitrage Court in Hague which decided that China had no historic rights to the South China Sea and it had violated the Philippines' economic and sovereign rights, China said it doesn’t recognize its legitimacy. Also we can see that the EU and France in particular are siding with the US, pursuing the line of 'freedom of navigation' in this area of international waters.

Aug 08 08:38

Chinese Anti-Nuclear Rally: ‘We know about Fukushima’

French nuclear moguls Areva SA are now designing two nuclear reactors in the southern Chinese city of Taishan. Now, thousands of people took to the streets this week in Lianyungang in the northeast of China, to protest against the other Areva nuclear project there.

Aug 08 08:37

US Fails to Drive a Wedge Between India and Its BRICS Partners

Despite the recent US charm offensive against India, New Delhi has resisted the temptation, remaining committed to the BRICS ideal of multi-polarity. India maintains mutually beneficial relations with China, regardless of "brief bumps" in the relationship, geostrategic analyst Matthew Maavak told Sputnik.

Aug 08 08:36

China's New Silk Road Accelerates Sino-Russian Rapprochement

The China-led 'One Belt, One Road' initiative has become an important part of Sino-Russian relations. The two nations seek to integrate the New Silk Road with the Eurasian Economic Union project to overcome the economic difficulties they have faced.

Aug 08 08:35

South Korea Scoffs at China’s Fear of THAAD, Tells Beijing to Stop North Korea

Seoul argues that North Korea poses a present and immediate threat to regional security, but China worries more about being encircled by an increasingly aggressive United States.

Aug 07 07:41

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between US neocons and neoliberalcons. The CNAS think tank is led by one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I have dubbed The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and – the most terrifying words in the English language – Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration.

This is in fact PNAC (the Project for a New American Century) on steroids, with echoes of the warlike 1992 US Defense Planning Guidance disguised under the soothing rhetoric of benevolent hegemony and “rules-based international order”. If the Trump campaign managed to restrain his motormouth and/or motortweet instincts and focus on what this warmongering opus means for the US and the world at large they would strike a chord with millions of undecided US voters.

Aug 06 11:27

China conducts 'combat patrols' over contested islands

China's air force sent bombers and fighter jets on "combat patrols" near contested islands in the South China Sea, in a move a senior colonel said was part of an effort to normalize such drills and respond to security threats.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the disputed waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled last month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea.

The air force sent several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets to inspect the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The patrols included surveillance and refueling aircraft, Xinhua said, although it did not say when they occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a completely logical move on the part of the Chinese government, considering to what lengths the US government has gone to stoke tensions in the region with their alleged "freedom of navigation exercises".

And the following report, from businessinsider.com, indicates that more tensions are brewing:

China is finding itself falling into a strategic nightmare with the first sign of a Washington-Tokyo­-Seoul military alliance at its ­doorstep after South Korea hinted that it would share missile intelligence with Japan, analysts say. South Korea's Ministry of ­Defense said only that it could share with Japan the information on North Korean missiles gathered via a US-supplied ­antimissile system. But that is a dangerous step in the eyes of ­Beijing, as it could knit Tokyo and Seoul closer in military cooperation down the road. Both Japan and South Korea are military allies of the US, but Seoul is always reluctant to engage in bilateral military cooperation with Tokyo because of territorial disputes and wartime atrocities suffered by Koreans. But Seoul's stance changed on Thursday. In his regular press conference, the South Korean defense ministry spokesman said information sharing with Japan would be possible, citing a memorandum signed in 2014 by the US, South Korea, and Japan regarding Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported. This modest start could lead to wider information-sharing ­between South Korea and Japan, and remotely, a military alliance, said Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military analyst who previously worked as an instructor for the People's Liberation Army's Second Artillery Corps, the former strategic missile force.

Aug 06 10:51

“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government

If Helen Thomas were still there, she would ask the Liar-in-Chief what went wrong with Washington’s policy in Iraq. We were promised that a low-cost “cakewalk” war of three or six weeks duration would bring “freedom and democracy” to Iraq. Why is it that 13 years later Iraq is a hellhole of war and destruction?

What happened to the “freedom and democracy?” And the “Cakewalk”?

You can bet your life that no presstitute asked Obama this question.

No one asked the Liar-in-Chief why the Russians and Syrians could clear ISIL out of most of Syria in a couple of months, but Washington has been struggling for several years to clear ISIL out of Iraq. Is it possible that Washington did not want to clear ISIL out of Iraq because Washington intended to use ISIL to clear Assad out of Syria?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Russian and Chinese leadership; thinking Americans do not want to see their country go to war against you.

And as you are well aware, the American military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

Please understand: I love this country very much.

That being said, however, I have had, and am having, some intense moral, and practical, concerns about the really bad decision-making, demonstrated by the US government, concerning its use of military force, over the last two decades.

But if such a war comes, it most likely will happen this Fall, particularly if internal DNC and White House polling finds Hillary Clinton woefully behind in this year's Presidential elections.

As reported by the nytimes.com in September of 2002, relative to the campaign to "justify" the coming US government's attack against Iraq:

White House officials said today that the administration was following a meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein. The rollout of the strategy this week, they said, was planned long before President Bush's vacation in Texas last month. It was not hastily concocted, they insisted, after some prominent Republicans began to raise doubts about moving against Mr. Hussein and administration officials made contradictory statements about the need for weapons inspectors in Iraq. The White House decided, they said, that even with the appearance of disarray it was still more advantageous to wait until after Labor Day to kick off their plan. ''From a marketing point of view,'' said Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff who is coordinating the effort, ''you don't introduce new products in August.'' A centerpiece of the strategy, White House officials said, is to use Mr. Bush's speech on Sept. 11 to help move Americans toward support of action against Iraq, which could come early next year. ''Everybody felt that was a moment that Americans wanted to hear from him,'' said Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's chief political adviser. Sept. 11 will also be a time, Mr. Rove said, ''to seize the moment to make clear what lies ahead.''

It is very clear to me that when any government believes it has to "sell" its public on a particular narrative to push their war agenda, it has neither the truth, nor the high moral ground on its side.

Aug 06 10:22

Japan protests after Chinese coastguards and fishing boats sail near disputed islets

Japan issued a new protest to Beijing on Saturday after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230 fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japan's foreign ministry said.

The latest incident comes amid heightened tensions, less than a month after an arbitration court in The Hague invalidated China's sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines.

China has refused to recognize the ruling. Japan called on China to adhere to the verdict, which it said was binding, prompting warnings from Beijing to Tokyo not to interfere.

Three of the six Chinese coastguard ships that were in the so-called contiguous waters on Saturday appeared to be armed, Japan's coastguard said.

On Friday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels had entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around the islets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is slouching toward war in the South China Seas, and most Americans are completely oblivious that this is coming.

Aug 05 15:40

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing

The widespread disdain for Donald Trump and the fear of what his presidency might mean have led to an abandonment of any sense of objectivity by many Trump opponents and, most notably, the mainstream U.S. news media. If Trump is for something, it must be bad and must be transformed into one more club to use for hobbling his candidacy.

Amid his incoherence and insults, Trump has raised valid points on several important questions, such as the risks involved in the voracious expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and the wisdom of demonizing Russia and its internally popular President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 15:27

China’s Futuristic Bus That Drives Above Car Traffic Is Finally Here

Chinese engineers have made every city-dweller’s dream come true, building an elevated bus that can drive above car traffic.

Aug 05 14:01

The Reluctant Enemy

The Enemy according to Trump is unemployment, outsourcing, immigration, wars abroad, neocons and free-wheeling allies, the Clintonites chose, Russia as the enemy.

In words of Jeffrey Sachs, “Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex supporting every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” And now she and her party set their sights on Russia.

Aug 05 11:16

Growing Organic Market In China But Is It Only For The Rich?

Despite being the second largest economy on the face of the earth, and rapidly moving to become the first, a vast majority of Chinese wouldn’t know it. The 20th century for China has been marked with low living standards, totalitarianism, war and genocide. Not content to suffer under only one ideology, China…

Aug 05 09:45

“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”: RAND Corporation Lays out Scenarios for US War with China

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Aug 05 09:37

China's top court issued an 'ominous' message about the South China Sea

The days of nations jockeying for position in the resource-rich waters of the South China Sea aren't even close to being over, despite last month's historic legal decision rejecting China's claim to the majority of the region.

On Tuesday, China's top court said there was a "clear legal basis for China to safeguard maritime order, marine safety and interests, and to exercise integrated management over the country's jurisdictional seas."

The regulation states that those who engage in illegal hunting or fishing in China's waters will be pursued for criminal liability.

"This is kind of an ominous suggestion that they will be prosecuting people who enter the waters that China claims," Michael Davis, a law professor at Hong Kong University told CNN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the time of the Treaty of Cairo, right after World War II, these islands have been universally considered part of Chinese territory.

To consider it otherwise is attempting to demonise China toward the geopolitical goal of causing a shooting war in the South China Seas.

Although the US government would like to see China's growth and power checked in the 21st century, as well as undermine its currency, a war against China (which would most likely mean a war against Russia) would be terribly unwise at this point.

And I say this because, at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome from a war against China.

The weapons procurement process in this country is nothing short of incestuous, with the same Congressional Representatives getting funded for their campaigns by the same weapons companies hungering for those lucrative weapons contracts which are ultimately greenlit by those same Congressional representatives.

Consequently, when weapons are delivered, they frequently do not work as advertised to the point of being obsolete upon delivery; are horrifically late, and obscenely over budget.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

Aug 04 16:24

Eric Trump weighs in on father’s feud with Khan family

“My father’s simple message – it’s not an anti-Muslim message, it’s [an] anti-terror message,” he said. “You know, we have ISIS and they’re running rampant around the world and we have to do something about it and quite frankly, if you look at Hillary.”

Khizr Khan gave a blistering denunciation of Donald Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Aug 04 16:21

Eric Trump predicts dad will ‘win this crazy thing’

'I think we're going to win this crazy thing,' he said.

As his father’s seemingly quixotic campaign caught fire, Eric Trump, 32, an admitted political neophyte, found himself thrust into the heart of it all. He barnstormed across small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire, gamely doing interviews on local radio stations and Fox News, all while balancing growing responsibilities to the company.

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Aug 04 16:18

Julian Assange: “1,700 emails” proves Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

“A vote today for Hillary Clinton is a vote for endless, stupid war,” - Julian Assange

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Aug 04 09:53

Is this why US taxpayers bailed them out?

A reminder:
General Motors now China Motors.
Listen to this and weep as you realize that Trump is telling the truth.
All this happened under 0bama.

Aug 04 09:51

Is Creating “Superhumans” the Next Arms Race?

By Nicholas West

The very nature of any arms race is a study in one-upmanship that is presumed to be necessitated by that which came before. A perfect current example is the global drone arms race. But what happens when a country starts tinkering with genetics?...

Aug 03 09:29

Prepare For "War At Sea" China Defense Minister Warns

In the latest escalation of bellicose rhetoric over the territorial dispute involving the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan warned of offshore security threats and urged for a "substantial preparation for a people's war at sea" to safeguard sovereignty, China's Xinhua writes.

Aug 02 21:18

Chinese Media: Australia an ‘Ideal Target to Strike’ Over South China Sea

Australia Politicians spend their time kissing the arse of Wall St. then bending over and backing up.
The only battle that Australia has fought in self interest was fought by teenagers on the Kakoda trail in New Guinea in WW2. They were teenagers because Australia's army was shipped to Singapore where Churchill abandoned them and ordered the British fleet to sail away empty to save his precious ships. These men and women were starved and tortured until the rest of the war. Australians won't only be nuked by China they are also expected to go and be slaughtered in Europe again. All wars are bankers wars.
Armchair General Sells Australian Involvement in Ukraine….On Behalf of Arms-Maker-Funded Think Tank

Aug 02 14:23

FBI Agent Caught Spying For China Draws Comparisons to Hillary ( China gave millions in “speaking fees” to Clinton Foundation)

An FBI employee pled guilty in court for passing along sensitive information to the Communist Chinese government even as known Chinese agent Hillary Clinton is allowed to continue running for president.

Aug 02 11:25

China holds massive naval drills to prepare for ‘sudden, cruel & short’ modern war (VIDEO)

The Chinese navy held a large-scale “live ammunition” drill in the East China Sea, which involved hundreds of ships and submarines from all three fleets of the People’s Liberation Army.
The exercise involving China's East Sea, North Sea and South Sea fleets practiced both offensive and defensive capabilities of the Chinese naval power. The exercise mobilized some 300 ships, dozens of fighter planes, and involved troops that are responsible for coastal defense radars, communications, and electronic warfare defense, daily newspaper The China Times reported.

“The drill is aimed at honing the assault intensity, precision, stability and speed of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences,” said a navy statement released Monday. “An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires a fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China is telegraphing to the US government would be, "Please do not mess with us in the South China Sea."

I would like to hope that US officials are listening to this message, collectively, with both ears.

Aug 02 09:46

"Beyond the God Particle" --China to Trump CERN's LHC: Twice the Size and Seven Times as Powerful

China is planning to build an enormous particle accelerator twice the size and seven times as powerful as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, according to state media reports. According to China Daily, the new facility will be capable of producing millions of Higgs boson particles - a great deal more than the Large Hadron Collider which originally discovered the ‘God particle’ back in 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After more than a few false alarms, CERN now claims to have found the Higgs Boson. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was built specifically to look for the Higgs Boson, nicknamed "The God Particle", thereby revealing the religious agenda that is actually behind what may be history's most expensive church. It must be pointed out that although the LHC, in the unimaginable fury of the high energy collisions it generates, claims to have succeeded in producing a particle that more or less matches the predicted characteristics of the Higgs Boson (absent a piece of "massless matter" to test it with, how will we know?), that does not prove such a particle ever existed before that very moment, nor does it prove the Big Bang. The scientist-priests at the LHC will not be able to prove that their new particle is not itself a creation of the LHC rather than a part of the natural atomic world.

Particle physicists like to joke that studying matter with colliders is like smashing two mechanical clocks together and trying to guess what the clocks looked like based on the springs, gears, and levers that fly out. Let us take that analogy one step further and speculate that given enough speed at the moment of collision, individual teeth from the clock gears will come flying out as separate distinct pieces. But clearly, prior to that moment of collision, they never did exist as separate distinct pieces. Their separateness is created by the collision at that very moment. The same may well be true of the ultra-tiny particles generated by the collisions of the LHC, including whatever we may be asked to accept on faith as the "God Particle." They may be artifacts of the experimental method, and not of natural processes.

Aug 02 09:25

Chinese Fleets Conduct Real Combat Drill On East China Sea

This drill was the first large exercise using real missiles and torpedoes organized on the East China Sea after the discussion on PLA’s combat training.

Aug 02 09:06

FBI Employee Pleads Guilty To Spying, Leaking ‘Sensitive’ Information To China

After almost 20 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a 46-year-old Chinese-born electronics technician pleaded guilty to spying for Beijing.

Kun Shan Chun told the federal court judge in New York on Monday that he was guilty of sharing sensitive US government information with China.

Aug 02 07:26

FBI employee pleads guilty to spying, leaking ‘sensitive’ information to China

After almost 20 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a 46-year-old Chinese-born electronics technician pleaded guilty to spying for Beijing.

Kun Shan Chun told the federal court judge in New York on Monday that he was guilty of sharing sensitive US government information with China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, I figured if the Clintons did it in 1996, it must be okay! And, I didn't MEAN to do anything wrong!!! That gets me off the hook, right Mr. Comey?"

Aug 02 07:02

UK balks last minute at Hinkley Point nuclear deal with China, Beijing decries ‘suspicious approach’

Theresa May's government has backtracked just hours before signing a deal for a China-backed nuclear power station. Beijing state media says the UK is acting irrationally by delaying the project, jeopardizing the hard-won ‘Golden Era’ of China-UK ties.

Aug 01 10:00

Is War Inevitable In The South China Sea?

For Beijing, it’s crystal clear; the eastern seaboard must be protected at all costs – because they are the entry and exit point of China’s global supply chains. Yet as Beijing improves its military sophistication, the hegemon – or exceptionalist – machine gets itchier and itchier. Because the whole ingrained exceptionalist worldview can only conceive it as a “threat” by a peer competitor.

The larger-than-life “access” drama

From Exceptionalistan’s point of view, it’s all about the myth of “access”. The US must have full, unrestricted “access” to the seven seas, the base of its Empire of Bases, post-Rule Britannia system: the “indispensable nation” ruling the waves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If internal White House and Clinton Campaign polls indicate that Trump is going to win the November election in a landslide, my prediction is that the Democrats are going to make sure we are in a major war with Russia and/or China before Trump takes the oath of Office.

Jul 31 08:40

DoD Admits US Global Hegemony Threatened By China, Russia In "Persistently Disordered World"

By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West's military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What is WRONG with these people who won't do what we tell them to do?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 31 08:13

DOD ADMITS US GLOBAL HEGEMONY THREATENED BY CHINA, RUSSIA IN "PERSISTENTLY DISORDERED WORLD"

By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West's military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said...

Conflict and war in 2035 cannot be understood by the simple identification of a set of individual trends and conditions. Instead, the intersection and interaction of many discrete trends and conditions will ultimately change the character of future conflict and illuminate the reasons why the Joint Force may be called on to address threats to U.S. national interests. In fact, conflict in 2035 is likely to be driven by six specific and unique combinations of trends and conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the totally dysfunctional monetary policy, courtesy of the Fed and the US government, I seriously doubt that such a situation will becoming to the US that late in time, and would suggest that it will hit this country sooner rather than later.

Jul 31 06:44

China's M2

Jul 30 09:03

‘Irreparable Consequences’: China, Russia Angry About THAAD in South Korea

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow’s mutual nuclear deterrent.

“This missile defense system tends to undermine stability in the region. We hope that our partners will avoid any actions that could have irreparable consequences,” cautioned the Russian foreign ministry in the wake of Washington and Seoul’s announcement.

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Jul 30 08:57

U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.

But just two weeks after the July 12 announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague - which at least on paper, appeared to be a humiliating defeat for China - the U.S. strategy appears to be unraveling and the court's ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant.

China also scored a major diplomatic victory earlier this week, when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dropped any reference to the ruling from a joint statement at the end of a meeting of the 10-country group's foreign minister in Laos. This followed objections from Cambodia, Beijing's closest ASEAN ally.

e also said it was "impossible" for the ruling to become irrelevant because it is legally binding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here appears to be that the US government has absolutely ZERO diplomatic "strategy" for getting the court ruling respected by China, save for aggressive military maneuvers in the area, which they will be kicking off very soon, with a tour involving both Japanese and Indian naval forces, working in concert.

If the aim of such alleged "freedom of navigation" exercises is to anger the Chinese government into a military response here, the US government may well get its wish; however, a full-out shooting war against China may not go well for the US military.

Jul 30 08:34

Former American Colony Takes Center Stage In South China Sea Dispute

The Philippines was under American colonial rule from 1898 to 1946. Despite gaining independence, the island nation is now being used as a tool to apply pressure on China, America's biggest rival in the South China Sea.

Jul 29 16:28

RAW: Devastating Floods Hit Tibet, Highway Road Washed Away

Rain-triggered floods wash away parts of highway in Tibet, China.

Jul 29 14:31

U.S. must beware China's 'Guam killer' missile

(CNN)Capable of hitting targets 3,400 miles away, China's "Guam killer" missile is raising new fears of a growing Chinese threat to major U.S. military installations.

Jul 29 13:50

Asia-Pacific Pivot: US to Deploy B-1 Bombers to Guam for First Time in Decade

As the Obama Administration continues to shift the focus of the Pentagon to the Pacific regions, the US plans to station long-range bombers in Guam, roughly 2,000 miles from the South China Sea.

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Air Force will deploy a squadron of long-range B-1 Lancer bombers to Guam, a US territory in Micronesia. The aircraft will be flown from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota next month, and the air wing will be accompanied by 300 airmen.

"The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from the Central Command theater to the Pacific," reads a statement from the US Air Force.

"They will provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one, fast, lean, flying machine, and can probably get from Guam to China very, very quickly.

Jul 29 13:02

Former American Colony Takes Center Stage In South China Sea Dispute

Has Manila singled out Beijing at Washington’s behest?

The territorial disputes in the South China also include Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Vietnamese have historically been the most aggressive in their territorial claims, and the pre-Vietnamese unification state of South Vietnam even had tense military altercations with the Philippines over Southwest Cay in 1975. Even though the Spratly/Nansha Islands are divided among these states, Manila has focused on challenging and demonizing Beijing.

The demonization of China not only comes at the expense of good relations between China and the Philippines. It serves Washington’s agenda to encircle China, which President Benigno Aquino III was all too happy to go along with. From a strategic standpoint, Washington wants China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea to be eroded so that the South China Sea can be an open body of water where the U.S. can position its military forces.

Jul 29 09:33

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.

China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.

"This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular monthly news conference.

"The exercise is not directed against third parties."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get dicey and quickly. As reported at yahoonews.com on 23 July of this year:

The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) will take part this year, the third time since 2007. The exercises off Japan's southern coast come on the back of rising regional tensions as Delhi and Tokyo remain embroiled in territorial spats with Beijing. China is also at loggerheads with some Southeast Asian nations over its claim to large swathes of the South China Sea. Washington has been increasingly turning its focus to Asia as it looks to counter Beijing's growing influence and a military buildup that has unnerved some of its regional neighbours. "India, Japan and the United States have a shared strategic interest," said international relations expert Takehiko Yamamoto, professor emeritus at Tokyo's Waseda University. "The aim of this naval exercise is for (the three countries) to manage a vast sea area stretching from the western Pacific to the Indian Ocean. "They need to make sure the lines of communication stay robust -- this exercise has China in mind," he added. India is nervous about the so-called "string of pearls", the concept of a network of ports around the Indian Ocean to which China's navy would have access, Yamamoto said. "For India, this is a great threat," he said.

All it is going to take is one stupid miscommunication, or misinterpretation, on the part of the Indian, Japanese, US, Russian, and Chinese military, (or a deliberate false flag, to be blamed on China and/or Russia), and we will be off and running in a shooting war potentially with both countries.

Jul 28 15:43

Preparing for something? Beijing and Moscow gear up for war drills in South China Sea

BEIJING and Moscow are joining forces this year for massive naval drills in the South China Sea.

Jul 28 11:52

US, Japan Shake Hands on Military Cooperation Amid South China Sea Row

The United States and Japan struck a bargain to enhance bilateral military cooperation in Asia, amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea region and North Korea’s provocative ballistic missile program.

The agreement was voiced as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the head of the US Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, in Tokyo on Tuesday, the Japan Times reported.

During the meeting, Abe praised last year’s revision of Tokyo’s cooperation agreement with Washington and changes in Japanese military doctrine, stressing that those “encouraging” moves facilitated a deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear missile experiments.

The changes in the Japanese military doctrine were made last year, and allow for the country’s Self-Defense Forces to participate in foreign military operations, upon the request of an ally. The step caused a backlash among the Japanese public, with many protesting what they claim is a shift toward militarization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh sure, THIS is really going to ratchet tensions in the South China Sea down...

Forgive my cynicism here, but I swear, sometimes... I just can't keep up!!

Jul 28 11:40

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.

The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until North Korea actually finds and masters a weapons delivery system which works, Kim Jung Un is impotent to cause any real harm.

That having been said, however, there have been numerous speculations this year about North Korea having developed, or being in the process of developing an EMP weapon.

Should that ultimately prove true, it would really be nasty for South Korea and certain areas of the US (particularly here in Hawaii).

Jul 27 12:56

US Wants To Avoid Confrontation In South China Sea: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington wanted to avoid “confrontation” in the disputed South China Sea and help resolve the issue peacefully.

Jul 27 12:42

Keep It Coming: China Looks to Russia to Supply its Gold Rush

Though it is the world's biggest producer, China cannot keep up with its demand for gold, and Russian representatives at this week's China Gold Congress & Expo in Beijing are keen to strike deals to supply the Chinese market.

Jul 27 11:28

IMF and China Accelerate Creation of New Global Reserve Currency

So after the G20 meeting on July 25, the deputy director of the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) International Office Zhou Juan immediately countered the concern about a lack of market demand. He said an international development organization like the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) could issue SDR bonds in China as late as August, according to Chinese newspaper Caixin.

Zhu echoed both Ocampo and the IMF and said that “SDR-denominated bonds should be appealing to official investors at their preliminary stage because they can provide diversified investment products and reduce exchange rate and interest rate risks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could well undermine the petrodollar for good; is it no wonder that the US government is threatening war against China in the South China Seas to prevent a rise in the use of this financial instrument, as well as the rise of the gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible to US dollars?!?

Jul 26 15:27

US Looks To Increase Counter-Terror Cooperation With China: Official

The United States is considering ways to increase counter-terrorism cooperation with China, according to a senior US administration official.

The cooperation would include information sharing and working to bring stability to conflict zones like Iraq, the official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Jul 26 12:05

India Bans Journalists from China's Xinhua News as Regional Tensions Mount

Three journalists have been expelled from India including Xinhua's New Delhi and Mumbai bureau chiefs in what many view as a diplomatic attack against Beijing.

The Hindustan Times reports that India has expelled three Chinese journalists working with the Chinese-owned Xinhua news agency following “concerns” flagged by intelligence agencies. The journalists’ visas were revoked and the individuals were banned from re-entry into India – a move that can worsen relations between the two countries at a time when tensions are at a fever pitch.

The journalists must leave India by July 31. The three reporters who were banned from India include Wu Qiang who heads Xinhua’s bureau in New Delhi and Lu Tang who manages the Mumbai headquarters. A third journalist, She Yonggang based out of Mumbai was also evicted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of activity can generally be characterized as one component in the prelude to a shooting war.

And yet, we are getting absolutely ZERO coverage on this from the presstitutes and whorespondents on the corporate news.

There is no formal agreement between India and the US government on a broad spectrum mutual defense pact; there have been attempts, but at the last minute, these have never quite gelled.

However, that being said, should such a military confrontation occur between India and China, my bet would be that the Us government will move quickly to India's aid militarily.

Jul 26 11:43

LEAKED DNC DOCUMENTS SHOW PLANS TO REWARD BIG DONORS WITH FEDERAL APPOINTMENTS

This is sadly par for the Washington course, the way business has often been done, no matter the administration. After all, how else are we to determine who becomes the ambassador to The Bahamas?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both parties are culpable in these kinds of appointments.

As reported at thediplomat.com in April, 2014, on the appointment of Caroline Kennedy to be the Obama Administration's Ambassador to Japan:

The media left no stone unturned in its efforts to play up the national joy in welcoming “America’s princess” to Japan. The press marveled at Kennedy’s quoting of an ancient Japanese poet, Basho, and promptly portrayed her as an expert on Japanese culture. Her two previous personal visits to Japan were repeatedly mentioned as proof of her “particular love” for the country. And the fact that her late father once expressed a desire to visit Japan was seen as a fateful link between the Kennedys and the land of Rising Sun. Across the political spectrum in Japan, the appointment of Ambassador Kennedy was acclaimed as a flattering gift from President Barack Obama and confirmation of how much Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was appreciated by America. This sign of renewed appreciation from Uncle Sam was badly needed after a year during which nationalist Abe’s Japan was beginning to feel that America, its closest ally, was shifting its Asian interests—and affection—away from Japan towards China. Overwhelmed by their excitement and in a bizarre show of ignorance of the role of a foreign ambassador, some in Tokyo’s inner circle of power, according to a columnist writing in the December 30 edition of the magazine Agora, even naively planned to exploit the worldwide fame of “Princess Kennedy” to advance Abe’s diplomatic agenda, as if a U.S. ambassador was there to serve Japanese interests. While it has finally dawned on most Japanese commentators that all is not well in the sacrosanct Japan-U.S. relationship, Abe’s entourage has attempted the unthinkable by talking back to America and voicing their own “disappointment” at the U.S. ally’s attitude. A close aide of the premier, Koichi Hagiuda, went so far as to declare that bilateral ties were better when a Republican was in the White House, managing to both insult the incumbent Democrat and ignore the fact that a number of conservative U.S. Republicans share the irritation at Japan’s neo-revisionism. Meanwhile, media outlets in Japan, which back in November were praising Kennedy’s qualities as well as her love for and knowledge on Japan, are now concentrating their flak at “the self-indulgent Princess Kennedy” who, they say, is ruining U.S.-Japan ties with her “ignorance,” her “caprices,” her “incompetence” and her “leftist views.” Populist Japanese media are also lashing out, even less elegantly, reciting all the personal shortcomings and vices they can find in the lady they welcomed so enthusiastically only four months ago. Despite these attacks, Kennedy still draws large crowds at her public appearances in Japan. Still, as Obama’s visit rapidly approaches, nobody is singing “Sweet Caroline” anymore.

Jul 26 11:13

China's About To Rewrite Human DNA Using A Revolutionary Tool For The First Time

Next month, Chinese researchers will edit adult human DNA using the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas-9 tool, commonly known as CRISPR, for the first time anywhere in the world.

The researchers will attempt to cut faulty DNA out of the cells of lung cancer patients who have failed to respond to all other conventional treatments.

Jul 26 10:57

In Signal to Military, Hillary Clinton Picks Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly with the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia. Clinton also wanted to repudiate any association with the issues of social inequality that motivated the widespread support for her main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.

Jul 26 08:49

‘Firepower-2016’: Chinese Military Launches Anti-Air Drills

The northern-theater command of the Chinese military has recently drilled its anti-aircraft defense and air-to-ground assault capabilities.

Jul 25 08:21

Hammond Warns Of Brexit Global ‘Shadow,’ Says Is Mulling Trade Deal With China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond says the country is considering a free trade deal with China, further warning that Brexit could cast a “shadow” on the world economy.

The British finance minister made the remarks on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of leading world economies in an interview with the BBC and Sky News on Sunday in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

Jul 25 08:05

CHINA BANS WEBSITES FROM ORIGINAL REPORTING

It was about six months ago when global stock markets were crashing, that China tightened its control on local media, and ordered the local press and news outlets to stick to "positive reporting" or else "risk the stability of the country." As we reported back in February "China is now openly declaring war on anyone who dares to even suggest that not all may be well in China. A separate commentary by Xinhua yesterday said that controlling public opinion was essential for a a ruling party: “With one hand we grab the guns; with the other we grab the pens,” it said. “Mobilising public opinion is the great tradition of our party.”In other words, China is worried that popular anger and negative sentiment is starting to stir especially after the recent economic troubles, and that those who dare to promote an objective version of reality will likely be promptly quieted."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, isn't the US economy supposed to be in a "recovery"?!?

Perhaps; but if it is, it is only for the one percenters out there, and definitely NOT for "We the People".

Jul 24 15:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 24 15:47

Democratic convention draws thousands of protesters to Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to the sweltering streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic national convention.

The group of about a dozen marchers walked on sidewalks from near the convention site up toward the Liberty Bell. One played This Land is Your Land on bagpipes as the group weaved around people eating brunch at sidewalk cafes and others walking dogs.

Jul 24 15:39

Jill Stein Just BLASTED the DNC Over Leaked Emails

“This latest revelation from WikiLeaks underscores how much the media is in bed with the DNC to circle the wagons around Hillary,” Stein told US Uncut in a phone interview. “The corruption and underhanded tactics and deception and conspiratorial efforts to silence Bernie and delegitimize him — I mean, welcome to the Green Party. This is what we’ve been up against forever.”

“The leaked DNC emails are the smoking gun that the Democratic establishment was rigging the game against Bernie the whole time,” Stein said in a press release issued by her campaign. “Instead of running the process impartially and letting the voters decide, top Democratic officials were doing all they could to ensure a Clinton victory, including collusion with journalists to present a pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders narrative.”

Jul 24 15:31

CHARMING! Mike Pence – Paul Ryan intro – Republican National Convention

Mike Pence rallies crowd behind Trump, takes on Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of status quo, looking for another title ?

“HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – MIKE PENCE

Jul 24 10:43

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? China builds world’s largest amphibious aircraft (VIDEOS)

After seven years of construction China has unveiled the AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. Half boat and half airplane, the craft can take off at a staggering weight of 53 tonnes and can pick up 12 tonnes of water in an impressive 20 seconds.

Jul 24 09:59

It’s a sea monster! China unveils world's largest amphibious aircraft used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescues

The aircraft, dubbed the AG600, is around the size of a Boeing 737 - far larger than any other plane built to take off and land on water.

It has a maximum flight range of 2,800 miles and can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds. Its maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.

Jul 23 14:27

Donald Trump and the Revolt of the Proles

The Trump phenom is about economic insecurity. This isn’t about ideology, or racism, it’s about reality;

Western elites were shocked by Brexit, shocked that all their fear mongering and finger-wagging amounted to nothing. The same is true in the US, where the media’s daily attacks on Trump have failed to erode his base of support at all, in fact, they may have added to it.

That’s the reality that made Trump possible, and that’s what this election is about, economic insecurity.

Jul 23 14:22

Donald Trump Jr. Receives Standing Ovation For His Speech At RNC

Make America Work Again. “We are going to put America First.”

“Let me tell you something about “Risk.” If Hillary Clinton were elected, she’ll be the first President who could not pass a basic background check.
Hillary Clinton is a “Risk” Americans cannot afford to take.”

Jul 23 08:05

Why China Risks War over Those Wet Rocks

Perception is something we often take for granted. That’s very much the case in the world’s perception of the actions of the Peoples’ Republic of China regarding its claims to a number of offshore uninhabited rocks in the South China Sea and beyond. For the most of the collective Western mind, the perception is that Beijing has become hysterical, obsessive—in short, a bit mad—over its asserted claims of territory under various precepts of international law. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has now ruled against any and all claims of China to various islands or even rocks inside what is known as the “Nine Dash Line” between China’s coast and The Philippines.

Jul 22 10:59

CHINA TO BUILD SPACE STATION IDENTICAL TO ISS

Jul 22 10:29

The Encirclement of China is Well Underway: France Prepares to Lead EU Missions in the South China Sea

The naval encirclement of China is well underway. It was started over a decade ago by the United States with the re-militarization of Japan and the tightening of Washington’s military partnerships with countries like Australia and South Korea. The same is true about the missile shield being erected in South Korea, which targets China, Russia, and North Korea.

The U.S.-led international efforts to defend the freedom of navigation guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), aiming at preventing the entire South China Sea from becoming an exclusive Chinese lake, has just received a powerful boost in the form of the July 12 ruling of The Hague-based UN Permanent Court of Arbitration. Much to China’s anger, most of its sovereignty claims over the South China Sea are rejected in this ruling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, plus Germany's stated intention to conduct freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea, are very troubling developments here.

As originally reported at germanforeignpolicy.com on 13 July:

Whereas this is the German Navy’s first time RIMPAC participation and therefore considering a military engagement in the Pacific, the US military is already drawing up operational plans for the contingency that conflicts in the South China Sea escalate.

The plans contain reflections on how to neutralize Chinese defense systems, according to the US Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson. The premise is that China will set up these defense systems on the artificial reefs in the South China Sea. According to reports from US military circles, the US Navy is thinking of “a whole range of counters.”[7] Examples are cyber attacks to disrupt enemy command networks, and inject false information, according to reports. Another option would be offensive strikes against the enemy, while using missile defense to down incoming enemy missiles. Last week it was announced that such a US missile defense system will be installed in South Korea.[8] While the US military is drawing up plans against Chinese South China Sea positions, experts are confirming that their implementation should in no way be considered improbable. “The South China Sea territorial disputes are likely to persist for a long time,” said Bonnie Glaser, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. “The question” is not whether they can be “resolved,” but if they “can be managed,” or not. [9]

Jul 21 08:55

India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border

With tensions rising between China and India, New Delhi has deployed nearly 100 tanks to its eastern border.

Jul 20 15:19

US Navy Says It Will Keep Operating In South China Sea

The United States says its military forces will continue to operate in the disputed South China Sea in accordance with international law.

The US Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson made the comments on Wednesday during a visit to a Chinese naval base.

Jul 20 11:05

Historical documents prove China's rights over South China Sea islands

Jul 20 10:49

The Cairo Declaration

“The several military missions have agreed upon future military operations against Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expectation. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. The aforesaid three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.”

Jul 20 10:11

'Long history of interventions going wrong': Beijing reacts to US plans to stay in South China Sea

Washington’s announcement it will continue its operations in the South China Sea has drawn a sharp response from China. Beijing has warned such “intervention” may not be a good idea, naming conflicts in the Middle East as examples.
"Western countries have a long history of failing to establish orderly rule over parts of the world. The Middle East is a classic example," Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, adding that "[t]heir intervention has led to chaos in Syria, Iraq and Libya." Saying that countries outside the region might only cause more problems in the dispute, Beijing has warned them to stay out of the issue, which it says "should be left to the countries of East and Southeast Asia."

The dispute over the South China Sea, which includes the Spratly and the Paracel Islands, involves rival territorial claims from China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. China also has ongoing territorial disputes in the region with Malaysia and Brunei.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military and civilian government behaving in such a "tone deaf" manner to the realities of the fact that China had been given control of the South China Seas under the Treaty of Cairo, can only guarantee further instability, and potentially a shooting war here.

And why would the US government WANT a shooting war with China?!?

To slow the growth of the yuan, which is growing in popularity as the currency of choice internationally.

Jul 20 09:04

Moscow-Beijing ties to broaden and deepen Lavrov promises

Russia intends to develop its ties with China in all areas as the two nations share common goals and approaches, and the current historical moment has all prerequisites for this program, Russian Foreign Minister writes in a fresh newspaper article.

Jul 20 08:59

Terrible Scenes As Mountain Torrents Crash Down Houses In China

A video footage captured the shocking scenes of ferocious mountain torrents crashing down a row of wooden houses in a village.

Jul 20 07:28

A Preview Of The Coming War Between America And China

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, documentary filmmaker and author. He has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism. His films have won television academy awards in Britain and the US. Two of his films, on Cambodia and East Timor, are rated with the most important of the 20th century. The Coming War Between American and China is his 60th film.

Jul 19 12:24

Beijing Launches Combat Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Taking a page from the Pentagon playbook, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will now conduct regular combat patrols of the South China Sea.

Throughout the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, the United States has conducted a series of provocative military patrols through the region. Claiming its actions are routine "freedom of navigation" exercises, the US Navy has sailed within the 12-mile territorial limit of Beijing’s land reclamation projects. American B-52 bombers have also conducted flights over the waterway, along with other surveillance aircraft.

On Friday, the PLAAF sent its own warplane over the South China Sea, an H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bomber.

On Monday, PLAAF spokesperson Shen Jinke indicated that these flights will become a "regular practice" according to Xinhua news agency. By doing this, the air force hopes to "promote real combat training" in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) it only appears to be a matter of time before Chinese and US troops physically clash here, and that appears to be what the US government is working for; creating a false flag, to be blamed on the Chinese military, and off we go......

As someone who lives in Hawaii I am very, very nervous about a military confrontation between the US and China, because the US Pacific Command & Control center is stationed here.

Jul 19 12:12

Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China's news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) "urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order" to be ready to "win the war."

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea - which despite last week's decision by the Hague tribunal - deems as its own, could end in "disaster."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, you don't have to be Fellini to figure this out.

And my bet is, if internal polling at the DNC indicates that Trump will win in a landslide, the current Administration will want to hand off the most difficult geopolitical and financial situations possible to him; a war with China, coupled with a crashed economy.

Jul 18 11:12

Freedom of navigation patrols may end 'in disaster': Chinese admiral says

Freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end "in disaster", a senior Chinese admiral has said, a warning to the United States after last week's ruling against Beijing's claims in the area.

China has refused to recognize the ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, and did not take part in the proceedings brought by the Philippines.

It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for adherence to the decision.

China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually.

China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have rival claims, of which China's is the largest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the time of the Treaty of Cairo, post-World War II, these seas have been considered as Chinese Territory.

This "freedom of navigation" issue is really just an attempt to goad China into doing something stupid, which the US government could then use to "justify" the use of military force against it.

I would suggest that the US government and military understand that China means business, and behave accordingly, with prudence.

Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 18 07:03

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared For War: "WWIII At Stake"

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Jul 17 12:55

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Throughout the Sanders campaign, the Socialist Equality Party has welcomed the broad shift to the left that it revealed in the thinking of millions of working people and youth, while warning that the Vermont senator would inevitably disappoint his supporters.

Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street’s favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 16 07:02

Republicans in Cleveland Applaud Trump Pick of Mike Pence

Republican delegates and party leaders gathering in Cleveland for next week’s national convention praised Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, saying it would stabilize the ticket and calm social conservatives.

It adds significant government experience to Trump’s outsider campaign for the White House.

“Principled Conservative” … “Solid Grasp On Policy” … “A Home Run” … “Could Not Have Made A Better Choice”

Jul 16 05:46

Beleagured Brussels: US cools interest in trade deal without UK as EU chief enrages China

BELEAGUERED European Union (EU) chiefs were hit with a double-whammy today as the US cooled its interest in a trans-Atlantic trade deal without Britain and a blundering bureaucrat risked stoking tensions with China.

Jul 15 11:50

BRICS NDB to issue yuan-denominated bond in Its maiden fundraiser

The New Development Bank (NDB), a one-year-old, infrastructure-focused lender backed by emerging BRICS economies, said this week it would issue 3 billion yuan, or US$ 447.8 million, worth of bonds in China’s interbank market on July 18.

It is also the first time the multilateral bank, set up by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has issued bonds denominated in a currency of a member country.

The bond is a five-year green bond, which raises funds for projects that benefit the environment in ways such as improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution.

The bond yield will be decided on the day of issuance, according to the bank, which is headquartered in Shanghai. Analysts expect it to fall between 2.8 percent and 3.6 percent per annum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that these bonds, due to go on sale next Monday, will sell quite well.

Jul 15 11:23

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WW III At Stake”, by Mac Slavo

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does NOT create an atmosphere conducive to negotiations by surrounding a contested sea region with military hardware, even to the point of sending a guided missile destroyer there (which President Obama did, several months ago).

Jul 15 11:08

China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took centre stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia.

China has refused to recognise Tuesday's ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague invalidating China's vast claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings. It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to.

Meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, Li told Abe that China's stance on the South China Sea was completely in line with international law, state news agency Xinhua reported.

"Japan is not a state directly involved in the South China Sea issue, and thus should exercise caution in its own words and deeds, and stop hyping up and interfering", Li said, according to Xinhua.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with WHAT COUNTRY does Japan have a mutual defense treaty, if things go south here?!?

That's right: the USA!

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 10:04

US Warns Allies Not to Rush to Capitalize on South China Sea Ruling

While the Hague Tribunal ruling against China on its territorial claims in the South China Sea was loudly endorsed by US officials, American diplomats are cautioning their allies in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, not to rush to try to press those claims overtly against China.

The Philippines was the one who won the Tribunal case, which ruled they had certain fishing and energy exploration rights China had contested. Vietnam was said to be interested in filing a quick case of their own against China to cash in on the previous ruling.

At the same time, China and Taiwan are both spurning the ruling, and China has vowed to defend its interests in the Sea. They accused the US of “stirring up trouble” in backing such efforts against them, and indeed the US has made a habit of backing everybody’s claims in the South China Sea so long as they intersect with China’s claims.

Jul 14 15:34

Former Admiral Urges America to Prepare for Imminent Naval Battle with China

By James Holbrooks

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea. Other nations in the region — including the Philippines, who brought the action against China in 2013 — also claim sovereignty in that zone...

Jul 14 15:22

South China Sea Dispute Intensifies: Philippines Wins Hague Ruling, China Slams Decision

China is refusing to recognise The Hague’s historic court ruling over territory in the South China Sea, in favour of the Philippines.

Jul 14 13:59

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania. As Putin recently made clear to the imbecilic Western journalists, these missiles can easily and secretly be changed from anti-ballistic missiles to nuclear attack missiles that can strike their Russian targets within 5 or fewer minutes of launch, thus depriving Russia of its retaliatory deterrent. Once these missiles are in place, Washington can issue orders to Russia.

Whatever the evil men and women in Washington who are gambling with the life of the planet think, Russia is not going to accept these missiles.

Jul 14 13:49

Brexit campaigner David Davis to lead Britain out of the EU in Theresa May’s new Cabinet

Mr Davis, a former Tory leadership rival to David Cameron, has described Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing Britain.

“The biggest issue over coming years will be managing Brexit, improving UK trade position, controlling borders and enhancing democracy,” Mr Davis tweeted last month.

Making trade deals with countries outside Europe should be a top priority.

“That needs vision, optimism, energy and drive – that is why I am backing @BorisJohnson for Conservative leader,” he added.

Jul 14 01:33

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PETITION TO HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

“IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT NO AMERICAN–EVEN A CLINTON–SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT HILLARY CLINTON BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL HER VIOLATIONS.”

In the video below, Paul says that “if the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.”

Jul 14 01:25

Vladimir Putin Is The Only Leader The West Has — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it.

A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.

First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials.

Jul 13 12:11

Do not make South China Sea cradle of war: Beijing to US, allies

A senior Chinese official has warned the US and its regional allies not to "turn the South China Sea into a cradle of war" after an international tribunal declared invalid Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.

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Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 10:01

Beijing Vows To ‘Take All Necessary Measures’ To Protect Sovereignty In South China Sea

China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defense zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich waters.

Chinese state media called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague a “puppet” of external forces after it ruled that China had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects.

Beijing has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

“China will take all necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, these statements are deadly serious, on the part of China's leadership.

I would like to politely suggest to both President Obama and the Philippine President Duterte to be prudently cautious in response to these statements. And I say this because in January of this year, the US entered into a new US-Philippine Defense Pact, dubbed the EDCA. As reported at thediplomat.com in January of this year:

The agreement paves the way for a massive increase in the American military footprint on Philippine soil, particularly across a series of much-prized bases, some of which are close to the South China Sea. Yet there is no assurance that this will significantly enhance Manila’s hands in the disputed waters. If anything, the regional maritime disputes could get even more complicated as two superpowers, China and the United States, move dangerously close to each other. The EDCA provides U.S. forces rotational, negotiated, and limited access to a number of mutually-agreed upon locations. So far, the Americans have zeroed in on at least eight prime military bases, including Subic and Clark — the site of largest American military bases during Cold War — as well as Oyster Bay in Palawan, strategically close to disputed land features and waters in the South China Sea. Instead of permanent U.S. bases, we are instead looking at the establishment of forward operating sites and cooperative security locations, where the host nation (theoretically) enjoys considerable supervision and control over the activities of visiting forces. The EDCA is particularly beneficial to the United States, because it will no longer have to pay huge sums to rent out Filipino bases à la Cold War days, not to mention that the Philippines will actually end up paying for the transportation and utility costs of visiting forces. In short, the Pentagon will enjoy low-cost and flexible access to premium locations in the Philippines. So what is the Philippines is getting in exchange? There is nothing in the EDCA that compels the United States to come to the host nation’s rescue as far as Sino-Philippine territorial disputes are concerned. The Obama administration has consistently reiterated that the agreement is not aimed at China, but instead is aimed at enhancing the two allies’ capabilities in the realm of humanitarian relief and disaster-management operations. A gray area in the alliance A cursory look at Washington’s diplomatic position reveals that throughout the past decades, various U.S. administrations refused to clarify whether the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) will be applied in the event of a conflict over Philippine-claimed/occupied territories in the South China Sea.

Anything which even appears "militarily muscular" on the part of the Philippine or US government may well start a "hot war" with China, which may well be what the Obama Administration would like to see happen, to snap the rise in the now gold-backed yuan, and re-enforce US dollar hegemony.

However, at this time in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result to a conventional war against China.

Jul 13 08:26

After South China Sea Ruling, Beijing Unveils New Guided-Missile Destroyer

On the same day that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has commissioned its fourth guided-missile destroyer.

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