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  • Japan to have first aircraft carriers since World War II

    12/17/2018 10:59:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/18/2018
    In its 10-year Defense Program Guidelines, Tokyo said it will buy 42 of the stealthy F-35Bs, which are designed for short-run take offs and vertical landings. Those planes will be available for deployment aboard two flat-top ships, the JS Izumo and JS Kaga, which at more than 800 feet long and displacing 27,000 tons are the largest ships in the Japanese fleet. The Izumo and Kaga have been carrying helicopters designed for anti-submarine warfare since entering service over the past three years. They will need to have their decks reinforced to accommodate the heavier F-35Bs, as well as the heat...
  • China Detains a 2nd Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Feud

    12/12/2018 10:57:52 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | Steven Lee Myers and Dan Bilefsky
    China appeared to intensify its punitive campaign against Canada over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive as a second Canadian working here was detained by security officials and dropped out of contact with his government. The second case involves Michael Spavor, a writer and entrepreneur who operates a cultural organization that promotes trips into North Korea. A newspaper linked to the provincial government in Liaoning, along the border with North Korea, reported that he had been detained by security officials there on charges of “engaging in activities jeopardizing China’s national security.” Mr. Spavor gained prominence for helping arrange...
  • France warns North Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'

    09/01/2017 4:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 1 September 2017 12:35 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s foreign minister warned Friday that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe “within months”. Jean-Yves Le Drian called the situation following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang “extremely serious” and urged the reclusive state to turn to dialogue to ease spiralling tensions. “We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow,” Le Drian told RTL radio. “In a few months, that will be a reality. At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the US, even...
  • Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou charged by US 'had seven passports'

    12/09/2018 1:18:48 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12-8-18 | na
    US prosecutors have charged Huawei's chief financial officer with fraud, saying she had used at least seven passports in 11 years. - ...she was charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions between 2009 and 2014. It is alleged she used Hong Kong company Skycom to access the Iranian market in deals that violated US sanctions. She allegedly assured US banks that Huawei and Skycom were different companies but prosecutors say they were one and the same. - Mr Gibb-Carsley said she had been aware of the US investigation and had avoided entering the country since March 2017, despite the...
  • Famed BBC TV Naturist Deranged Fearmongering at UN Conf.

    12/07/2018 12:28:48 AM PST · by rocknotsand · 24 replies
    David Attenborough’s climate change fearmongering makes him look a fool"by Andrew Bolt column in the Daily Telegraph (Australia) 5 Dec 2018 It’s embarrassing to see Sir David Attenborough make such a fool of himself after decades of brilliant filmmaking. Organisers of this week’s United Nations’ global warming conference, in Poland, asked the documentary superstar to make a speech that would wake the dead. And he gave it his best shot, trying to sound like an Old Testament prophet but so overdoing the fearmongering that he seemed deranged. “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale,” he thundered....
  • Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash off Coast of Japan: Reports

    12/05/2018 3:47:49 PM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    breaking911 ^ | 12/05/18 | Breaking911???
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan – Search and rescue operations were underway for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a ‘mishap’ off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6, military officials say. The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred — reportedly a refueling exercise.
  • Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

    06/13/2018 10:02:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13,2018 | Newt Gingrich
    In fact, my own conversion to Trump as a very real contender only occurred after his July 11, 2015 rally in Phoenix, which led my former colleague, Vince Haley, to come in the office and say: “You had better watch what Trump is doing because his Phoenix rally was emotionally powerful when he turned the microphone over to the father whose child had been killed by an illegal immigrant.” Still, all the elites fervently believed Trump had lost the debate. The gap between the American people and the elites had never been clearer. Two years ago, in June 2016, all...
  • Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just...

    06/12/2018 3:59:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Full title: Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginningWith his historic summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump has once again done something astounding and unpredictable. Yet, the surprise over the sudden summit should not have come as a surprise at all. By now we should be used to President Trump surprising us. Consider his record over the last four years. Four years ago, in June 2014, almost no one would have dreamed Donald J. Trump would be a serious candidate for president. Then, nearly...
  • Robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

    11/27/2018 11:29:14 AM PST · by Tilting · 39 replies
    CBS News - 60 Minutes ^ | Nov 25, 2018 | Lesley Stahl
    Lake Barrett: It's even a bigger project in my view. But there's a will here to clean this up as there was a will to put a man on the moon. And these engineering tasks can be done successfully. Lesley Stahl: Why not just bury this place? Why not do what they did at Chernobyl? Just cover it up, bury it, and just leave it here all-- you know, enclosed? Lake Barrett: Number one this is right next to the sea. We're 100 yards from the ocean. We have typhoons here in Japan. This is also a high earthquake zone....
  • European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

    10/18/2018 1:49:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT | Mike Corder
    Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout “to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk” and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the Asia-Europe summit, which brought together 30 European leaders with their counterparts or top officials from 21 Asian nations. The gathering accounts for 55 percent of global trade and 60 percent of the world’s population. […] The meeting is taking place amid a trade war between the United States and China and ongoing...
  • Expect Trump to double down on the trade war with China (Short video, and article from Asia Times)

    11/24/2018 4:00:34 PM PST · by cba123 · 24 replies
    Asia Times ^ | November 20, 2018 and November 23, 2018 | William Pesek
    There are two links for this story. I started linking to the short video which I originally watched. It is from Asia Times. Basically it is almost an advertisement for the article. Runs about a minute and a half, although it mentions the major points from the article. Then there is an actual article in the Asia Times. I will also include a link to that article, for those who want to read the full thing.
  • U.S., Allies Fear Conflict With China Following Maritime Changes (link from Drudgereport)

    11/22/2018 5:01:19 AM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    US News ^ | November 21, 2018 | Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer
    A LITTLE NOTICED organizational change in China's maritime patrols is causing increasing anxiety among Western military officials and their allies in the region, who fear Beijing is seeking new leverage to advance its goals and raising the likelihood that an accidental encounter could escalate into conflict. The U.S. confirmed earlier this year that China has reorganized its coast guard to serve as a military branch rather than answer to law enforcement authorities. Militarizing the formerly civilian organization provides China with the firepower to harass and intimidate vessels from other countries who dispute China's claims to waterways. The change, which Beijing...
  • Inside China’s ‘tantrum diplomacy’ at APEC

    11/22/2018 6:32:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 20, 2018 | Josh Rogin
    PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA — For the first time in its 20-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in disarray Sunday when the 21 member countries could not reach consensus on a joint statement because of objections by one member — China. When the summit failed, to the disgust of the other diplomats, Chinese officials broke out in applause. But that was only the final incident in a week during which China’s official delegation staged a series of aggressive, bullying, paranoid and weird stunts to try to exert dominance and pressure the host nation and everyone else into...
  • The biggest solar parks in the world are now being built in India

    03/28/2018 4:37:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    The LA Times ^ | 19 March 2018 | Shashank Bengali
    Weeds poke listlessly from the flat, rocky earth as the temperature climbs to the mid-90s. On a cloudless March afternoon, the blue horizon stretches out uninterrupted, as if even birds are too weary to fly.On this unforgiving patch of southern India, millions of silver-gray panels glimmer in the sun, the start of what officials say will be the biggest solar power station in the world.When completed, the Pavagada solar park is expected to produce 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 700,000 households — and the latest milestone in India's transition to generating more green energy. Long regarded as a...
  • Russia Admits That It Can’t Retrofit Aircraft Carrier After Accident

    11/09/2018 8:44:28 AM PST · by Krosan · 51 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 09, 2018 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Following the sinking of one of the world’s largest dry docks on October 29 in a shipyard in the far northwest part of Russia, officials have finally admitted that they are unable to continue work on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, for the time being. While Russia’s shipbuilding industry is reportedly looking into alternatives, no timely and viable solution to continue retrofitting work on the Russian Navy’s flagship has emerged to date. “We have alternatives actually for all the ships except for [the aircraft carrier] Admiral Kuznetsov. Our enterprises are in operation, [including] the Nerpa [Ship Repair Factory],”...
  • Trump’s long list of global trade deals, agreements exited or renegotiated

    11/21/2018 6:10:11 AM PST · by bgill · 2 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 21, 2018 | Hasan Duda
    President Donald Trump campaigned on deals. Making deals — like an Israel-Palestine peace accord. And breaking deals — like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran Deal, both of which he labeled disasters. Since entering the Oval Office in 2016, Trump — a self-professed negotiator —has delivered on many of his promises to abandon international pacts that previous administrations had authorized. As the United States plans for an early exit from a key, Cold War-era nuclear agreement with Russia, here is a look at some of the landmark international deals, partnerships, and organizations the Trump White House has spurned. The Trans-Pacific...
  • Miyazaki finds solution to IT labor crunch thousands of kilometers away

    11/20/2018 10:39:51 AM PST · by chajin · 11 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Novemebr 20, 2018 | Kazuaki Nagata
    MIYAZAKI – Like many of Japan’s smaller cities, Miyazaki has been hit by a growing labor crunch, a trend highlighted by the mere 56.8 percent of high school graduates that chose to remain in the prefecture to work — third-worst among the 47 prefectures. In the hard-hit information technology sector, the city has been encouraging firms to run businesses there to help energize the area, said Tsugunobu Ogino, president of KJS Co., a Miyazaki-based IT firm that makes e-learning systems. “But they are struggling to find engineers, since many move to Tokyo,” he said. Now, the city in the southern...
  • The Implicit Desperation of China’s “Social Credit” System

    11/18/2018 12:36:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | November 15, 2018 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Other governments are keenly interested in following China’s lead. I’ve been pondering the excellent 1964 history of the Southern Song Dynasty’s capital of Hangzhou, Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276 by Jacques Gernet, in light of the Chinese government’s unprecedented “Social Credit Score” system, which I addressed in Kafka’s Nightmare Emerges: China’s “Social Credit Score”. The scope of this surveillance is so broad and pervasive that it borders on science fiction: a recent Western visitor noted that train passengers hear an automated warning on certain lines, in Mandarin and English, that their compliance with...
  • China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

    11/08/2018 11:20:46 PM PST · by blueplum · 26 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 06 Nov 2018 | WANG ZHAO
    China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition. .... ....The International Space Station -- a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan -- has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024. China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it...
  • The US Shot Down a Fake Nuclear Missile in Space with Another Missile

    11/05/2018 12:17:49 PM PST · by ETL · 61 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nov 2, 2018 | Rafi Letzter, Live Science Staff Writer
    A U.S.-Japanese interceptor successfully shot down a test ballistic missile over Hawaii. It was the second-ever success for the joint missile defense program, and a stunning technological accomplishment. Also, the whole thing was captured on video. The interceptor, called the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, destroys targets with sheer force, rather than an explosive warhead, and according to its manufacturer Raytheon, the interceptor's "kill vehicle" (a projectile) rams into a ballistic missile with the force of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph (965 km/h). But does any of this make the U.S. (or Japan) any safer? Are American cities less likely...