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  • 13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

    07/03/2015 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 July 2015 | Julian Ryall
    Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century. The ship is the second to be located off southern Japan from two massive armadas – each reputedly made up of more than 4,000 ships and with an invasion force of 140,000 men – sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to conquer Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both invasion fleets were destroyed by devastating typhoons, with the storms going down in Japanese history as "kamikaze", or divine wind, that saved the nation...
  • China close to finishing airstrip on reclaimed South China Sea island

    Runway could be used for military purposes, US think tank says Johnson South Reef features a small port and two helipads. China has nearly finished building an airstrip that could be used for military purposes on one of its biggest artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite images released by a US think tank yesterday. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said images taken on June 28 by DigitalGlobe showed China had almost completed the construction of a 3,000-metre airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef. The defence ministry refused to...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • Women flock to Japan zoo to see 'hunky' gorilla

    06/26/2015 6:01:38 AM PDT · by ETL · 84 replies
    AFP, via YahooNews ^ | June 25, 2015 | Associated Foreign Press
    A giant gorilla with brooding good looks and rippling muscles is causing a stir at a Japanese zoo, with women flocking to check out the hunky pin-up. Shabani, an 18-year-old silverback who tips the scales at around 180 kilograms (400 pounds), has become the star attraction at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, striking smouldering poses the movie model in "Zoolander" would be proud of. "He often rests his chin on his hands and looks intently at you," zoo spokesman Takayuki Ishikawa told AFP on Friday. "He is more buff than most gorillas and he's at his peak physically....
  • Why Donald Trump Isn’t A Real Candidate, In One Chart (Majority of 'Own'Party Dislikes)

    06/19/2015 10:52:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 114 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | JUN 16, 2015 | HARRY ENTEN
    At FiveThirtyEight, we like to celebrate outliers. LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers may end up losing in the NBA Finals, but James’s performance has been outlandishly good. In the same vein, I want to congratulate Donald Trump, who reportedly will declare today that he is running for president. Trump is the anti-LeBron — popularity is performance in politics, and Trump is the first candidate in modern presidential primary history to begin the campaign with a majority of his own party disliking him. A whopping 57 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to an average of the three...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • Toyota exec arrested in Japan for violation of drug laws

    06/18/2015 5:06:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Auto Blog ^ | June 18, 2015
    Julie Hamp (pictured above), Toyota Motor Corporation's recently promoted global chief communications officer and top female executive, has found herself behind bars after allegedly running afoul of Japan's strict prescription drug laws. Tokyo police claim that Oxycodone was sent to her from the US and discovered by Japanese customs. Hamp was arrested at her hotel on June 18.
  • Has India's contribution to WW2 been ignored?

    06/17/2015 1:49:20 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th June 2015 | Yasmin Khan
    'The numbers are staggering: up to three million Bengalis were killed by famine, more than half a million South Asian refugees fled Myanmar (formerly Burma), 2.3 million soldiers manned the Indian army and 89,000 of them died in military service. South Asia was transformed dramatically during the war years as India became a vast garrison and supply-ground for the war against the Japanese in South-East Asia. Yet, this part of the British Empire's history is only just emerging. By looking beyond the statistics to the stories of individual lives the Indian role in the war becomes truly meaningful. Has the...
  • Here is a live War Map

    06/13/2015 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Here is a live map of different war zones. You can zoom in or out just like on Google Maps. Hover over different icons and more. Check out how close ISIS is to Baghdad. Yikes!
  • Court in Japan rules that paying for sex is not adultery in landmark ruling

    06/13/2015 10:38:00 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 39 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 06/13/2015 | Taku Dzimwasha
    A court in Japan has ruled that a husband who sleeps with another woman is not committing adultery if the sex is a business transaction. The ruling was made after a man's wife sought ¥4m (£20,830) in compensation from a club hostess who had a long-term sexual relationship with her husband, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported. . . . . As long as the intercourse is for business, it "does not harm the marital relationship at all" the judge said. "Even if the wife is disgusted by the act, it does not constitute a legal offense," the judge added.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Unveiled 30FF or DEX Next Generation Vessel Concept for the JMSDF

    06/12/2015 7:06:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 June 2015
    In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX. MHI surface combatant vessel concept revealed in its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" could be the JMSDF future 3000 tons class frigate known as "30FF". Source: MHI The MHI briefing document explains that this concept vessel is being designed to answer the new needs from the JMSDF for "compact"...
  • Sea Shepherd to Pay Millions to Whale Killers

    06/10/2015 4:00:36 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 187 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Taylor Hill
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society agreed to pay $2.55 million to Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research on Monday as part of a settlement to resolve a long-standing legal battle over the anti-whaling group’s tactics against Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic. The settlement came the same day the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Sea Shepherd’s appeal of a federal court’s finding that the group was in contempt of a court order to stay clear of Japanese whaling ships. The activist group’s tactics at sea include throwing smoke bombs at Japanese whaling ships and using metal-reinforced ropes to damage propellers and...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Delusions

    06/05/2015 9:38:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's stunning declaration that the global image of the United States has greatly improved under his administration is another example of his ideology and narcissism's blinding him to his many policy failures. During a White House event with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, he managed to turn the subject to himself, saying, "People don't remember -- when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth." As evidence, the White House cited a Gallup poll,...
  • CHINA'S GETTING READY TO TURN ON ASIA'S BIGGEST WARSHIP

    06/05/2015 10:13:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 06/04/2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Type 055 Cruiser Mockup A.man via Sinodefense Forum By April 2015, about a year after its public debut, the Type 055 cruiser mockup in Wuhan has a new coat of PLAN gray, as well as installation of the ESM mast. Scaffolding on the farside of the bridge module suggests that progress is being made on installing the Type 346 radar. The Type 055 cruiser test rig in Wuhan is well on its way to opening for business. Built to test the Type 055's sophisticated electronics and integrated stealth mast, the mockup now has major electronic sensors and systems installed, along...
  • Two Members of Boehner’s Leadership Team Openly Refuse to Admit if They’ve Read Obamatrade

    06/04/2015 4:12:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/04/15
    Two members of House GOP leadership—Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)-refused to admit through spokespersons to Breitbart News whether they have read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, but they still support granting President Barack Obama the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to fast track it. What’s more, Scalise and Sessions—and others GOP conference-wide, including even perhaps Boehner—could be vulnerable to serious primary challenges if they continue forward with Obamatrade.
  • Battle of Midway 03-06 June 1942

    06/03/2015 7:26:11 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 60 replies
    03 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Some thing to remember(73 years ago today)
  • The myth that America doesn't like football

    06/02/2015 12:18:49 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 155 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2nd June 2015 | Nick Bryant
    'True, football, or soccer as it is known here, is not as central to American as it is to European, African or South and Central American life. Nowhere near. Up until recently, the game has been unloved by the major US television networks, which have long bemoaned the lack of breaks in play, the paucity of goals and the glut of draws. Absent from the US game are big-name male stars and big-name clubs. The New York Red Bulls will never rival the New York Yankees. Real Salt Lake pales, rather risibly, alongside Real Madrid. However, football is no longer...
  • 1.25 million affected by Japan Pension Service hack

    06/02/2015 3:23:42 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 6-1-15 | TOMOKO OTAKE
    The national pension system has been hacked, leading to 1.25 million cases of personal data being leaked, the Japan Pension Service announced Monday. In a scandal reminiscent of the nation’s botched handling of pension records about a decade ago, people’s pension IDs, names, addresses and birth dates have been stolen through illicit accesses to fund workers’ personal computers, fund officials said. The data were leaked when agency employees opened an attached file in their email containing a virus.
  • U.S. Defense Firms Falter in Asia

    06/01/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | TREFOR MOSS
    SINGAPORE—Surging military spending across Asia has made it the world’s second-biggest region for such spending over the past decade, but U.S. companies, the biggest sellers of military equipment, are struggling to take full advantage of that growth, even as revenues back home stagnate. Demand in Asia for defense equipment—and calls for greater U.S. military involvement—have grown as China’s display of military might in the South China Sea intensifies regional tensions. Total global spending on defense in 2014 was $1.719 trillion, of which Asia and Oceania contributed $423 billion, or 25%, behind only North America’s $596 billion, according to the Stockholm...
  • Why China’s Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35

    05/31/2015 10:12:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 01, 2015 | Jesse Sloman and Lauren Dickey
    Last April, Chinese airplane manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation surprised military observers by test flying its new J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version of the J-11, China’s indigenous copy of the Russian Su-27. The D-model J-11 is believed to include such advanced features as an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a relocated infrared search and track (IRST) system, and the expanded use of composite materials to reduce the plane’s weight and radar signature. This first flight indicates that the J-11D is further along in its development cycle than many experts predicted and is poised to provide a new and deadly...
  • The Battle of Midway [John Ford's "The Battle of Midway" (1942) Digitally Restored]

    05/31/2015 11:19:33 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 51 replies
    U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Hornet about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser Mikuma for the third time on 6 June 1942 REMEMBER: June 4–7, 1942: the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II in the Pacific. The Imperial Japanese Navy had been undefeated until that time and out-numbered the American naval forces by four to one. Timeline of the Battle of Midway (acc. to William Koenig) 4 June 04:30 First Japanese takeoff against Midway Islands 04:30 10 planes (Yorktown) begin to search for the Japanese ships 05:34 Japanese ships detected by Yorktown...
  • Did U.S. shoot first at Pearl Harbor?

    08/29/2002 11:13:48 AM PDT · by Asmodeus · 133 replies · 1,113+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 29 August 2002
    HONOLULU, Aug. 28 — Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk more than an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Discovery of the 78-foot vessel could provide the first physical evidence to back U.S. military assertions that it fired first against Japan in World War II and inflicted the first casualties.>p> THE SUB was sunk by a Navy destroyer on Dec. 7, 1941. Two Japanese crewmen are believed still inside the submarine. “It’s the shot that started World War II between the Americans and the Japanese,” said John Wiltshire, associate director of the Hawaii Undersea Research...
  • Japan earthquake: Magnitude 8.5 quake strikes off east coast, injuring 2

    05/30/2015 10:21:54 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    CBC ^ | 5-30-2015 | AP
    A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of major damage. The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometres, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometres. The temblor was powerful enough to rattle most of Japan, from the southern islands of Okinawa to Hokkaido...
  • Meet the Makuya, Israel's most unwavering supporters

    05/30/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, May 30, 2015 | Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am
    Four students (out of the 35 currently in Israel) live at the Jerusalem Makuya Center, along with its new director Asher Seito Kimura, his wife Tzofiya and their children. Each Makuya member has a Hebrew name, taken, or given to him or her upon arrival in Israel. They chat easily about their faith, which is based heavily on the Old Testament and doesn't contain even a hint of proselytism. But none of the Makuya will discuss politics. They will talk with feeling, however, about their position on Israel. Every Makuya, they say proudly, identifies with -- and wholeheartedly supports --...
  • Senator Hillary Condemns Arafat

    02/24/2002 1:21:03 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 20 replies · 182+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/25/02
    U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Saturday night that PLO leader Yasser Arafat must stop violence as a means to achieve his goals. Clinton, previously known as an outspoken supporter of the PLO agenda, said that she held Arafat responsible for the ongoing attacks and violence aimed at innocent Israelis. "He has failed as a leader to rein in the forces of violence and terrorism," the former First Lady said, adding that his use of force to advance the PLO agenda would not be successful. Senator Clinton also visited Israeli terror victims ...
  • Powerful earthquake strikes off eastern Japan; no tsunami threat

    05/30/2015 5:38:27 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 05/30/15
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck 194 kilometres off Japan's coast, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS), but there were no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK said. The quake, which hit off Japan's Bonin Islands, reportedly rocked buildings in Tokyo as it built in intensity about 8:30pm local time (9:30pm AEST). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "There is no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the earth." The USGS reported the epicentre was approximately 874 kilometres south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean, while the Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had...
  • BREAKING: Japanese Volcano Erupts, Causes Evacuations on Kuchinoerabu Island

    05/28/2015 8:37:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 5-28-2015 | Mark Leberfinger
    Evacuations were ordered Friday after a volcano erupted on a small island in the Japanese island chain. Mount Shindake erupted at 9:57 a.m. Friday, local time, and caused a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey. About 140 people living on the island were ordered to evacuate, the Japanese government said. The Japanese Meteorological Agency raised its volcano level to 5, its highest level, as a result of the eruption. Pyroclastic flows from the volcano reached the shore, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
  • In Other News, China Warns War Is Inevitable

    05/28/2015 9:37:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The power vacuum created by the Obama administration’s withdrawal from world leadership and resistance to tyranny is not only being filled by the Islamic State and its terrorist affiliates like Boko Haram and state sponsors of terror like soon-to-be nuclear Iran but also by an increasingly belligerent and resurgent China. China’s State Council, the Communist giant’s version of our cabinet, has issued a policy paper declaring that Beijing is facing “a grave and complex array of security threats” that forces it to switch its strategy from defense to offense and that as a result China will increase its “open seas...
  • Vietnam, Japan vow to enhance air defense cooperation

    05/27/2015 6:45:48 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 17 replies
    Tuoi Tre News ^ | 26 May 2015
    Visiting Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force General Harukazu Saito and his Vietnamese host have agreed to intensify air defense cooperation between their two countries. The agreement was made between General Saito and Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, at their talks in Hanoi on May 25, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The Vietnamese official told his guest that the bilateral cooperation can be strengthened through sharing experience in aviation safety, disaster response, and rescue, as well as thorough exchanges of delegations at all levels. He...
  • Who Would Win A Conflict In The South China Sea: The Infographic

    05/27/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/27/15
    Now, with Beijing set to enforce what is effectively a no-fly zone over its new sovereign ‘territory’ we bring you the following graphic from WSJ which shows that when it comes to sheer size, China’s air force and Navy are beyond compare. China’s promise to beef up its naval capabilities to prevent further “meddling” and “provocative actions” by rivals in the South China Sea is a daunting prospect for most of its neighbors, which already view Beijing’s fast-improving armed forces with trepidation... As a recent Pentagon review of China’s military modernization drive noted, “China is investing in capabilities designed to...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    05/21/2015 11:44:16 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft. When the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator...
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

    05/20/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-20-2015 | By Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
    Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. Seeking to further challenge China's military build-up in the South China Sea, the plane conducted a reconnaissance mission over a contested military installation being constructed on a manmade series of islands. A CNN team was given exclusive access to fly onboard the P8-A Poseidon, America's most advanced surveillance and submarine-hunting aircraft, as it flew over the islands. READ: China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols The U.S. is considering...
  • Japanese Adult Star Denies Deal w/Chinese Businessman (10 mil/15 yr 'personal assistant' contract)

    05/20/2015 11:47:56 AM PDT · by drewh · 32 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 20, 2015 13:19 BST | By Kabita Maharana
    Japanese adult film star Rola Misaki has denied accusations that she signed a £5m deal with a Chinese businessman to become his personal assistant. The 22-year-old adult movie star, who also goes by the name of Rola Takizawa, has claimed that the story is a hoax created by the wealthy Chinese businessman in order to grab public attention, reports Tokyo Reporter. "The report is completely incorrect," Misaki wrote on her official Sina Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, a few days after the controversial news. Misaki appeared with the mysterious businessman from the Chinese entertainment industry at an event...
  • Relief Coming for Drought-Ravaged California?

    05/19/2015 5:19:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | 0515 | Greg Miller
    After two long years of forecasts, calculations, and waiting, it’s finally happening… The global weather event called El Niño is back. This happens every few years, when the waters in the Pacific Ocean, primarily off the coast of South America, become warmer. This heats the air above the ocean and disrupts the normal west-to-east flow of Pacific winds. In turn, this shifts the usual areas of cloud formation, causing unusual fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology recently joined the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency in saying that Pacific Ocean temperatures have risen...
  • Japan Would Attack North Korea To Defend US After Missile Attack, Defense Minister Says

    05/19/2015 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    IBT ^ | May 18 2015 11:19 AM EDT | Cristina Silva
    Japan would retaliate against North Korea if Pyongyang launched a missile attack on the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said. Nakatani said Sunday Japan would defend the U.S. because a North Korea missile attack would likely result in serious damage.
  • China's MIRVs: Sign of a Cold War to Come?

    05/18/2015 6:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/18/2015 | Robert Farley
    Big news hit the front page of the New York Times on Saturday, in the form of a long article on China’s efforts to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal. The article, using the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities as its primary source, noted that the decision to tackle the technical problems associated with miniaturization suggest (but only suggest) a larger shift in nuclear weapons doctrine. As the Times article notes, China has long had the latent capacity to MIRV its nuclear missiles, a step that the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and the United Kingdom took long ago....
  • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT

    05/16/2015 5:28:04 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 4:26 PM EDT | BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities. The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion. China added $37.3 billion ... bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion... ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5 billion...to $1.23 trillion. ... The U.S. deficit topped $1 trillion from 2009 through 2012. Foreign governments...account for two-thirds of the foreign holdings...rose 1 percent from the previous month to...
  • China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt

    05/16/2015 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 16, 2015 | IAN TALLEY
    China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt By IAN TALLEY It was a short-lived domination. After just a month of being the top holder of U.S. Treasury debt, Japan has once again been pushed into the No.2 slot as China bulked up on Uncle Sam’s bonds and notes. As we noted last month – and several times before that – Treasury’s data is a rough guesstimate. That makes it hard for analysts sifting through the obscure sheaves of digital data to glean anything but rough trends. It also makes it difficult to draw precise conclusions....
  • Trade agreement could limit access to medicines

    05/16/2015 2:49:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 5/15/15 | Rebecca Trager
    A leaked draft of a trade agreement under negotiation among 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan, contains language that could delay the entrance of generic competition for much-needed medicines and keep pharmaceutical prices high, according to the Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR), an international non-profit headquartered in New York. The organisation is lending its voice to those expressing similar concerns, like humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. Although details of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been kept confidential, leaked texts of the treaty have offered some clues, such as its embrace of intellectual property protections that go...
  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | May 15 2015 | IAN MCPHEDRAN
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Chinese Aerospace Industry Started Research on a STOVL Naval Jet

    05/15/2015 7:38:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 May 2015
    According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily. Artist Impression ("Fan Art") of a J-26 STOVL Aircraft of the PLAN "The aircraft's principles are not new. They have been known for more than 40 years, so our aircraft designers should be able to develop the plane on their...
  • Heidi Cruz's work for the Council on Foreign Relations: Building a North American Community

    05/15/2015 9:37:25 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 84 replies
    The Council on Foreign Relations ^ | HEIDI S. CRUZ, and other task force members
    The Task Force offers a detailed and ambitious set of proposals that build on the recommendations adopted by the three governments at the Texas summit of March 2005.The Task Force’s central recommendation is the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity.Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America. Shared challenge of uneven economic development. A fast lane...
  • German firms eager to access Japan’s defense market

    05/14/2015 9:26:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14.05.2015 | Julian Ryall
    Japan is hosting its first ever international defense industry trade exhibition and conference, further emphasizing the government’s sharp departure from a 70-year self-imposed ban on the export of defense-related equipment by Japanese firms as well as collaborations with foreign defense companies. […] Firms from the United States are much in evidence, inevitable given Japan’s close security alliance with its Pacific partner, but a number of German companies are testing the waters of a new and potentially lucrative market. […] Not all of Japan’s neighbors have welcomed what they claim is a return to the aggressive nationalism of the early decades...
  • earthquake off Japan, 6.8

    05/12/2015 2:57:09 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 39 replies
    USGS ^ | 5/12/15 | usgs
    big one, just listed 6.8 33km SE of Ofunato, Japan 2015-05-12 21:12:58 UTC
  • Japan rocked by 6.8-magnitude earthquake

    05/12/2015 3:14:07 PM PDT · by John W · 16 replies
    9news.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | 9 News
    An earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan, less than 24 hours after a seismic movement in Nepal caused further devastation in the region. The US Geological Survey said the 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurred near northeastern city Morioka, Honshu and struck at 6.13am local time (7.13am AEST). No tsunami warning has been issued.
  • FDR UNMASKED New book exposes how he lied us into war – and kowtowed to Stalin

    08/30/2002 7:36:01 AM PDT · by rightwing2 · 126 replies · 1,691+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | June 25, 2001 | Justin Raimondo
    FDR UNMASKED New book exposes how he lied us into war – and kowtowed to Stalin Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com June 25, 2001 This year has been set aside by the Powers That Be for a "celebration" of America's role in World War II: America's political and cultural elites are looking back on that historical moment, sixty years later, with unabashed nostalgia. It was the necessary prelude to yet another "unipolar moment," as Charles Krauthammer describes the present post-cold war position of US global dominance, the moment when America stepped out onto the world stage with both feet and buried...
  • In Western states, idea of reclaiming federal land still has a strong allure

    05/10/2015 2:52:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | Nigel Duara
    Spread over 6,500 miles of sparse scrub and alkaline soil, Millard County is one of Utah's poorest. But for five years, the cash-strapped county so remote it was the site of a Japanese American internment camp in World War II still found $1,000 to send to the American Lands Council. The Lands Council's goal is grand but simple: to wrest control of vast swaths of land from the federal government and turn them over to the states. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions, that could be made off land administered by the federal government. The big-dollar...
  • 6-centimeter uplift seen in Hakone

    05/09/2015 4:50:22 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 13 replies
    The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) ^ | May 09, 2015 | unknown
    Amid a volcanic alert, satellite data show that a 200-meter-diameter area of the Owakudani hot spring district at Mt. Hakone, south of Tokyo, has been lifted by up to 6 centimeters, the Geospatial Information Authority said Friday. The upthrust is believed to have occurred between April 18 and Thursday, said the GIA, which analyzed data from the Daichi-2 observation satellite, launched in May last year by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The satellite already observed a 10-centimeter land uplift in areas near craters of Mt. Ontake after the central Japan volcano erupted last September, leaving 57 people dead and six...