United States Stations 1,200 Special Forces In Asia-Pacific

dJune 22, 2015

Phantom Report:

The United States Pacific Command has stationed more than 1,200 special forces troops in the Asia-Pacific along with the latest advancements in weapons technology to contain China’s rising presence in the region, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

The article points to comments made by the US defense secretary, Ashton Carter, during his recent 10-day tour of Asia-Pacific countries and attendance at the 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, during which he stressed the importance of the Asia Pacific to US interests, insisting that Washington is determined to create an atmosphere of trust, assist in resolving territorial disputes and ensure stability and safety in the region.

In late April, shortly before he embarked on the trip, Carter also said at a speech at Stanford University that while the US welcomes China and India’s rise, the Pentagon needs to maintain an American presence in the Asia-Pacific “because it’s a reassurance to many there” given the role of the US in maintaining peace in the region over the past 70 years.

America’s most recent national military strategy issued in February made it clear that the US is, has been and always will be a Pacific nation, adding that Washington has maintained diverse relations with various Asian countries while also strengthening its military presence in the Asia Pacific for the sake of ensuring regional security. Indeed, the US has been active in building stronger ties with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines, and has also been exploring partnerships with Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

It is clear that the main competitor to US control of the region is China, said Sina Military, though Washington is also pursuing stronger ties with Beijing as it is in the interests of both sides. Accordingly, Washington needs to be prepared to resolve obstacles between the two sides through peaceful and diplomatic means, but it also needs to be ready for the possibility of a sudden conflict.

The arm of the US armed forces responsible for the Asia Pacific is the United States Pacific Command, whose jurisdiction also includes Alaska and the North Pole, the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. In total, the area of responsibility of the Pacific Command covers 36 counties — five of which have nuclear weapons — and more than 50% of the world’s population and surface area.

The service components of the Pacific Command include the army, navy, air force, marines and special forces. In terms of the army, the US Army Pacific Command is spearheaded by the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and Alaska. Along with forces stationed in Japan, South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the US Army Pacific Command controls more than 106,000 troops in the Asia-Pacific, along with more than 300 planes and helicopters, as well as five subsidiary naval fleets.

In the air, the US Pacific Air Forces have approximately 29,000 soldiers and staff as well as more than 300 aircraft stationed in Japan, South Korea, Alaska and Hawaii. On the seas, the US Pacific Fleet is powered by the Third Fleet covering the US west coast to the International Date Line, the Fifth Fleet from the Persian Gulf to the West Indian Ocean, and the Seventh Fleet headquartered in Japan, which is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region and controls 41 attack submarines, around 200 vessels and more than 600 aircraft, including five attack aircraft carrier battle groups and an amphibious battle group. The total manpower of the US Pacific Fleet is greater than 140,000. Source

More at Want China Times

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Silent Soldier.

U.S. Military Wants China To Know They Are Losing Patience

dMay 29, 2015

CNN: By Jim Sciutto

CNN’s Jim Sciutto recently got exclusive access to a U.S. Navy surveillance plane on a secret mission near China, where they flew over a string of man-made islands. China’s Navy issued eight warnings to the plane and told it to leave the area. On Tuesday, Jim answered questions from the Reddit community during anAsk me anythingsession. Below are highlights from the conversation.

1. If your flight was warned eight times, I guess the flight crew didn’t take it very seriously then?

The flight crew was prepared — and read a scripted response saying that the U.S. considers the airspace there international. Frankly, both sides were very professional and calm, although I did hear frustration in the voice of one of the Chinese Navy radio operators when he yelled, “You go now!”

This was not the first U.S. flight over the islands but it is the first one the U.S. advertised broadly by bringing a TV crew on board. That was intentional and, judging by the Chinese government reaction, seems to have accomplished its goal of sending a message.

2. Did the crew show any change in posture/emotion when the warnings were received?

Frankly, it did not. They have flown these flights before and been challenged by the Chinese Navy before. A few months ago, it was a different story when a Chinese fighter did a barrel roll in front of a U.S. surveillance flight much closer to the Chinese coast. The U.S. formally complained to China and — I’m told — China promised it wouldn’t happen again.

CNN exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

3. How capable is China of shooting down the aircraft, even if flying at around 15,000 feet? Do eight warnings seem a bit redundant in their case?

Good question: for now, the flights are too far from to Chinese coast to be in range of Chinese fighter aircraft. Chinese naval ships are nearby though — we saw them! — and could have the weapons on board to threaten a U.S. aircraft but at this point, firing at a U.S. plane would be a clear act of war and therefore extremely unlikely.

4. If you were on a spy plane … why announce it to the world?

Again, fair question: clearly, in this case, the U.S. military wanted the world to know. Fact is, by bringing a CNN crew on board, the military wanted not only to show the world the extent of China’s activity but also show China that the U.S. is watching and, frankly, losing patience. In terms of sending a message, that tactic seems to have worked.

5. How does this type of access affect your reporting? Is bias not a concern with the networks anymore?

This is a very fair question. It’s my personal view that embedding during the second Iraq war often served the military’s interests. When you’re with troops — and your life, frankly, depends on them — it takes a real effort to separate your own point of view from theirs. I faced that challenge myself and hope I found a way to do it. I had the same concern going up in the surveillance flight. All you can do is ask hard questions and attempt to tell both sides of the story as best you can. But we all have to be very vigilant.

6. Do you think that these actions could deteriorate to an armed conflict over these islands?

Though neither side wants it, it is possible. And it most likely wouldn’t happen by choice. Rather, the worry is that a Chinese plane comes too close to an American plane or a Chinese ship too close to a U.S. ship. Do they bump? Does one go down? Fact is, this has happened before. In 2001, a Chinese fighter bumped a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane. The Chinese fighter went down, the EP-3 did an emergency and dangerous landing on a Chinese island and were held for several days. The same encounter today, with China’s military much stronger, would be extremely dangerous.

More at CNN

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Silent Soldier.



March 6, 2015

Christian Patriots:  Written by MICHAEL SNYDER-ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer

Image Credits: Nicolas Raymond / Flickr

The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer.  Chinese leaders have been calling for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the primary global reserve currency for a long time, but up until now they have never been very specific about what they would put in place of it.  Many have assumed that the Chinese simply wanted some new international currency to be created.  But what if that is not what the Chinese had in mind?  What if they have always wanted their own currency to become the single most dominant currency on the entire planet?  What you are about to see is rather startling, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.  When it comes to economics and finance, the Chinese have always been playing chess while the western world has been playing checkers.  Sadly, we have gotten to the point where checkmate is on the horizon.

On Wednesday, I came across an excellent article by Simon Black.  What he had to say in that article just about floored me…

When I arrived to Bangkok the other day, coming down the motorway from the airport I saw a huge billboard—and it floored me.

The billboard was from the Bank of China. It said: “RMB: New Choice; The World Currency”

Given that the Bank of China is more than 70% owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, I find this very significant.

It means that China is literally advertising its currency overseas, and it’s making sure that everyone landing at one of the world’s busiest airports sees it. They know that the future belongs to them and they’re flaunting it.

This is the photograph of that billboard that he posted with his article…


Everyone knows that China is rising.

And most everyone has assumed that Chinese currency would soon play a larger role in international trade.

But things have moved so rapidly in recent years that now a very large chunk of the financial world actually expects the renminbi to replace the dollar as the primary reserve currency of the planet someday.  The following comes from CNBC

The tightly controlled Chinese yuan will eventually supersede the dollar as the top international reserve currency, according to a new poll of institutional investors.

The survey of 200 institutional investors – 100 headquartered in mainland China and 100 outside of it – published by State Street and the Economist Intelligence Unit on Thursday found 53 percent of investors think the renminbi will surpass the U.S. dollar as the world’s major reserve currency.

Optimism was higher within China, where 62 percent said they saw a redback world on the horizon, compared with 43 percent outside China.

And without a doubt we are starting to see the beginnings of a significant shift.

Just consider this excerpt from a recent Reuters report

China’s yuan broke into the top five as a world payment currency in November, overtaking the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar, global transaction services organization SWIFT said on Wednesday.

The U.S. dollar won’t be replaced overnight, but things are changing.

Of course the truth is that the Chinese have been preparing for this for a very long time.  The Chinese refuse to tell the rest of the world exactly how much gold they have, but everyone knows that they have been accumulating enormous amounts of it.  And even if they don’t explicitly back the renminbi with gold, the massive gold reserves that China is accumulating will still give the rest of the planet a great deal of confidence in Chinese currency.

But don’t just take my word for it.  Consider what Alan Greenspan has had to say on the matter…

Alan Greenspan, who served at the helm of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, recently penned an op-ed for the Council on Foreign Relations discussing gold and its possible role in China, the world’s second-largest economy. He notes that if China converted only a “relatively modest part of its $4 trillion foreign exchange reserves into gold, the country’s currency could take on unexpected strength in today’s international financial system.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese have also been accumulating a tremendous amount of U.S. debt.  At this point, the Chinese own approximately 1.3 trillion dollars worth of our debt, and that gives them a lot of power over our currency and over our financial system.

Someday if the Chinese wanted to undermine confidence in the U.S. dollar and in the U.S. financial system, they have a lot of ammunition at their disposal.

And it isn’t just all of that debt that gives China leverage.  In recent years, the Chinese have been buying up real estate, businesses and energy assets all over the United States at a staggering pace.  For a small taste of what has been taking place, check out the YouTube video posted below…

For much, much more on this trend, please see the following articles…

-“The Chinese Are Acquiring Large Chunks Of Land In Communities All Over America

-“Meet Your New Boss: Buying Large Employers Will Enable China To Dominate 1000s Of U.S. Communities

-“Not Just The Largest Economy – Here Are 26 Other Ways China Has Surpassed America

-“The Chinese Want To Spend Billions Constructing A 600 Acre ‘China City’ In New York State

-“45 Signs That China Is Colonizing America

-“Will Detroit Be The First Major Chinese City In The United States?

On a purchasing power basis, the size of the Chinese economy has already surpassed the size of the U.S. economy.

And there are lots of signs of trouble ahead for the U.S. economy at this point.  I like how Brandon Smith put it in one recent article…

We are only two months into 2015, and it has already proven to be the most volatile year for the economic environment since 2008-2009. We have seen oil markets collapsing by about 50 percent in the span of a few months (just as the Federal Reserve announced the end of QE3, indicating fiat money was used to hide falling demand), the Baltic Dry Index losing 30 percent since the beginning of the year, the Swiss currency surprise, the Greeks threatening EU exit (and now Greek citizens threatening violent protests with the new four-month can-kicking deal), and the effects of the nine-month-long West Coast port strike not yet quantified. This is not just a fleeting expression of a negative first quarter; it is a sign of things to come.

In addition, things continue to look quite bleak for Europe.  Once upon a time, many expected the euro to overtake the U.S. dollar as the primary global reserve currency, but that didn’t happen.  And in recent months the euro has been absolutely crashing.  On Wednesday, it hit the lowest point that we have seen against the dollar in more than a decade

The euro last stood at $1.1072, off 0.90 percent for the day and below a key support level, Sutton said. It fell to as little as $1.1066, which was the lowest level for the euro against the dollar since September 2003, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The euro also declined to one-month lows against the Japanese yen, which was flat against the dollar at 119.72 yen to the dollar.

As the U.S. and Europe continue to struggle, China is going to want a significantly larger role on the global stage.

And as the billboard in Thailand suggests, they are more than willing to step up to the plate.

So will the road to the future be paved with Chinese currency?  Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…


Hawaiian Nation May Team Up With China To Oust U.S. Military From Islands

February 11, 2015

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D.C. Clothesline: by Shepard Ambellas


HAWAII (INTELLIHUB) — China is making a push to arm independence activists on the islands to oust the U.S. military from the region after bitterness from 1898 annexation by the U.S. still exists within the Hawaiian Nation.

Chinese Ying Pai are ready to arm several groups of Hawaiian independence activists after catching wind of recent U.S. arms deals made with Taiwan, and now the U.S. military sees this as a threat.

Bill Gertz reporting for the Washington Free Beacon wrote:

Another indicator of Chinese interest in fomenting unrest in Hawaii surfaced in 2012, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed Beijing had threatened to assert legal, territorial claims over Hawaii.

Clinton said U.S. ownership of Hawaii came up during talks with the Chinese after she pushed back against Beijing’s destabilizing territorial activities in the South China Sea.

“At one point in one of my long discussions about this, one of my Chinese interlocutors said, ‘Well, we could claim Hawaii,’” she said. “I said, ‘Well, go ahead, and we’ll go to arbitration and prove we own it. That’s what we want you to do.’”

The Hawaii sovereignty movement is made up at least 10 groups that are seeking some form of independence from the United States and the re-establishment of the monarchy ousted in 1893, with the support of the U.S. government and a company of U.S. Marines.

The movement is non-violent and its protests in recent years have been limited to temporary takeovers of government facilities.

Although while this push by activists may not be realistic as over 300,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed throughout the islands along with the National Security Agency (NSA) who also has its hand in the mix with its “Kunia” operation, which is essentially a spin-off of Echelon, making a pissing match tough.

It has also been reported that the Native Hawaiian people are upset, bitter, about being lumped in as an “American Indian tribe” by the U.S. government’s definition, causing further tensions as they strive to be weaned from the tit.

However, if the Hawaiian Kingdom succeeded with their plans for independence it reports conclude that it would be up to Kingdom officials to decide whether the U.S. military would stay or go possibly opening the door to communist China, who may be funding the new endeavor, to step foot onto the islands.

However the Pentagon has no plans to willingly withdraw from the region even if independence is achieved, further fueling the fire for conflict.

More at D.C. Clothesline:

Phantom – Memories Of A U-2 Pilot…and Spy

dJanuary 15, 2015

A Trivial Mind At Work:

A friend of mine sent me this story. Other than Francis Gary Powers, I do not know that anyone has heard much of anything about the U-2 spy plane program. The entire program stands as a forgotten footnote from the Cold War. This article offers a personal glimpse into the life of a U-2 spy…

Men like this guy never get any attention in the press, and that’s how they prefer it. Unfortunately, but understandably, not all U-2 pilots survived to tell their stories in their old age.

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Cliff Beeler was a spy. He didn’t hang out on shadowy street corners with his trench coat collar obscuring his face. The Air Force major, now retired, spent his snooping time in a plane. Beeler, 88, of Riverside, was a U-2 pilot at the height of the Cold War.

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His missions took him over Russia, Cuba and China, photographing targets from nearly 80,000 feet up. His planes crashed more than once. He was occasionally targeted by MIG fighters, and he once landed on and took off from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific using only a few feet of the deck.

Beeler, who grew up in Santa Ana and spent most of his retirement in Santa Barbara, is a resident of Air Force Village West, near March Air Reserve Base. Recent back surgery has left him reliant on a walker, but his memories are as vibrant as ever. He remembers enlisting at 19, learning to fly a P-51 fighter and being on his way to Saipan to get ready for the invasion of Japan. Then the United States dropped its atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The war was over, and Beeler was sent home.

Unlike many of his fellow pilots who left the service, Beeler stayed in. He learned to fly the Air Force’s first jets and then trained others to fly them. Then the U-2 program caught his eye. “I wanted to fly the latest,” he said. There were never more than 24 pilots in the program, he said. In 1958, he entered the program. He spent seven years flying missions high above the Earth — out of the range of other planes and most other defenses — in the long-winged, lightweight plane. It was not an easy task, he said. As a plane climbs in altitude and the air thins, it must go faster to avoid a stall. The higher it climbs, the faster it needs to fly. Above 70,000 feet, the critical stall speed approaches the plane’s Mach speed, or the speed of sound — somewhere above 650 mph at that altitude. If that barrier is crossed, the shock waves can break the plane apart. U-2 pilots usually had a window of less than 12 mph between the two speeds. They had to keep the plane within that window for hours at a time.

Beeler learned the hard way what it meant to violate that window. He was above Louisiana on a night flight when he reached Mach speed.“It tore the tail off,” he said. “The plane flipped over, and that tore the wing off.” The plane fell apart, he said, and at 78,000 feet, “I’m out in space. That’s a long way down.”

Fortunately, he was in a pressure suit with oxygen and had a parachute. After a long free-fall, he opened his chute and found himself floating toward the ground. To his right, he could see lights on the ground. To his left, the same. But beneath him, all was black. He remembered he was over Louisiana, “I said, ‘That looks like a swamp.’” It was.

“I landed in a big cypress tree,” he said. My chute got caught and swung me into the trunk. Telling the story, Beeler reached down toward his calf, “I always kept a double-bladed knife in my pocket,” he said. He was able to cut himself free of the parachute and use the ties to lash himself to the tree. He took off his helmet and dropped it into the darkness below. There was a distant splash. “All I could think about was alligators and cottonmouths in the swamp,” he said.

Lucky for Beeler, the breakup of his plane had been spotted on radar. Within an hour and a half a rescue helicopter was overhead. Another close call came over Cuba ..Beeler said MIG jets would fly beneath the U-2 planes, at about 50,000 feet. The fighter pilots would sometimes attempt to reach the spy planes by turning on their afterburners and flying straight up, higher than the Migs were capable of operating effectively. A Cuban pilot’s effort was particularly memorable, Beeler said.

“I look back and there’s this MIG tumbling about 50 feet off my wing,” he said. The plane was so close that he could see the pilot’s face. Remembering, Beeler turned his hand cockeyed in front of his face. “His goggles were like this and his face was … ” The sentence ends in a grimace, Beeler’s eyes and mouth wide. “He was sure scared up there.”

Beeler took the U-2 on numerous missions over Cuba , providing information on the country’s armaments and the strength of its air force. Images from U-2 flights, he said, showed that Castro had only a few dozen bombers instead of the more than 400 he had claimed. At one point, Beeler said, President John F. Kennedy stopped by the U-2 headquarters in Del Rio, Texas, to talk to the pilots. “He said, ‘You guys gave me information that prevented World War III at least twice,’” Beeler said.

Sometimes the U-2’s high resolution, long-range camera captured images that had nothing to do with national security. During one Cuban mission, Beeler spent some time following the coastline. Afterward, he was called into the lab by the man in charge of analyzing the film. “He showed me a picture of this Cuban gal sunbathing nude on the beach,” Beeler said. “It was so clear I could see she had blue eyes. The analyst said, ‘The only film these guys want to work with is your film.’” Returning from another mission, he took some images over San Diego . Later, he was shown a photo of a man sitting in his backyard reading the paper. “I could read the headline on the newspaper,” he said.

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Beeler is semi-famous among pilots for landing his U-2 on an aircraft carrier. The landing followed a mission over northeast Russia . The U-2’s 80-foot wingspan meant it could only go a short distance before it collided with the superstructure of the ship. Because of the ship’s speed and a headwind, Beeler said he was able to touch down and come to a stop in about five feet.

“When I came aboard they had a ceremony welcoming the Air Force into the Navy. I said, ‘I don’t have much I like about the Navy except one thing,’” he said. That one thing was the Navy pilots’ leather jackets. Before he left the ship the following day, the captain had given him one. It lasted. “I gave it to my son last week,” he said.

Among the military photos and plaques on the wall of his room is a framed row of medals from his service, including the Distinguished Service Cross. He points to the photo of one plane, a B-46. “It was the God-almighty bomber,” he said. But he declined a chance to fly those planes.

“I didn’t like the mission,” he said. “Go out and drop bombs. I wanted to shoot things up.”

After he left the service, in 1965, Beeler said he worked on the Apollo 5 program for three years. He was in charge of purchasing the equipment for the swing arm on the launch tower, he said. He spent the next 25 years selling airplanes. He had his own dealership in the Santa Barbara area.

When his wife, Mary, developed Alzheimer’s disease, he retired to take care of her. After five years, he felt he needed help, so he moved with her to Air Force Village West, which has a nursing home on its campus. “She lasted 11 days after I brought her here,” Beeler said, “I guess I kept her about as long as I could.” The couple, who were married for 65 years, had two sons. The elder son lives in Corona and comes to see him most days, Beeler said. For Veterans Day, he said, he doesn’t have any big plans. “I’ll probably sleep late,” he said.

Article provided by Bob Dix


dDecember 31, 2014

#AceNewsServices – Editors Post: MOSCOW:Dec.31: Russia sees the long-term goal of cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union (EU) in creating a free trade zone that is expected to serve as the basis of a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya told ./TASS/. in an interview.

' The Treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect on January 1. Infographics by TASS '

“This strategic initiative is designed to ensure harmonious development of all countries in the region, both affiliated and not affiliated with various integration associations,” he said.

At the same time Nebenzya acknowledged that the existing realities by no means allowed for implementing such plans, although “the idea of establishing contacts between the EU and the EEU has drawn an ever greater response from the European Union.”

“We welcome the latest statements by a number of European politicians to the effect they welcome the idea of a direct dialogue between the EU and the EEU,” he said.

At the moment work is in progress to promote ruble settlements for energy resources between Russia and other countries, but this requires prolonged negotiations and major efforts by the contracting parties, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya has told TASS.

“The issue of shifting export and import transactions to ruble settlements, and also to carry out bilateral transactions within the framework of bilateral trading and economic cooperation in the national currencies with those partners who seek constructive cooperation is regarded as an important long-term task,” Nebenzya said. “As you understand, though, during the period of the ruble’s high volatility this would be not only hard to achieve, but inexpedient as well.”

China is launching trading in forward contracts and swaps between the yuan and three more currencies, including the Russian ruble, from December 29, the China Foreign Exchange Trade System managed by the People’s Bank of China reported on Friday.

Starting from this date, China is also launching trading in contracts with the Malaysian ringgit and the New Zealand dollar.

With the launch of trading in the ruble, the ringgit and the New Zealand dollar, yuan swaps on the interbank foreign exchange market will be available for 11 currencies.

“This will provide companies with better hedging tools, and at the same time, make currency trading more efficient,” Bloomberg news agency quoted HSBC’s strategist in Hong Kong Ju Wang as saying.

“China won’t stop yuan globalization” despite volatility in emerging market currencies, the strategist said.

The Chinese yuan can overtake the dollar as the leading international reserve currency, a new poll of institutional investors indicates.

The authors of the survey, conducted by theEconomist Intelligence Unit and commissioned byState Street financial services, polled 200 senior executives at institutional investors with knowledge of their exposure to yuan assets. Half of the respondents were from the firms head-quartered in mainland China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) and the other half were based elsewhere.


Pretty White Girl and Boyfriend Facing Death By Firing Squad in China

December 6, 2014


Kalynda Davis is facing the prospect of being shot to death by a firing squad.

“I’ve been a naughty girl, daddy.”

Foolish young women in the West, accustomed to being pampered and kowtowed to by an indulgent culture are really too stupid to get the idea that life is serious. When there’s a problem, a plastic surgeon, a boyfriend, or daddy will fix it for her.

Kalynda Davis is learning that the whole world isn’t her oyster. The Chinese don’t tolerate drug running. They quickly try and execute people for crimes that might merit a visit to a rehab center in the West.

That’s one reason China is so safe. The Chinese have their faults, but a sick, degenerate culture modeled after the West isn’t one of them. They block Internet porn, for example, from Chinese computers.

I believe every ethnic group has right to its own culture and its values. Interlopers should respect those values. Thus, visitors to the US should obey US laws. Likewise, visitors to China should obey their laws.

Ready … aim … fire!

Barring a government-to-government negotiation, Kalynda Davis is among the walking dead.

Can somebody wake these girls up to reality?

Excerpt from news.com.au

UP to nine Australians now face the prospect of being executed by firing squads in China prisons for drug offences, following the arrests of Sydneysiders Kalynda Davis, 22, and Peter Gardner, 25 in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.

The pair were the latest to be busted trying to smugglemethamphetamine, also known as “ice” and “crystal”, into Australia from China’s drugs hub as part an intensifying national anti-narcotics sweep by the administration of Chinese president Xi Jinping.

The couple, from the western Sydney suburbs of Penrith and Richmond, were allegedly attempting to smuggle 75kg of the drug; now they face a minimum of life imprisonment and probably death, according to Chinese lawyers who spoke to News Corp Australia.

Wang Jinhe, a lawyer in Guangzhou who has represented several casesinvolved with drug trafficking, said: “76kg of drugs, in my legal careerof 15 years, is an extremely high amount, record breaking to my knowledge. I’m representing a case with an African accused of drug trafficking for of 60kg and I am afraid none of them can escape death penalty.”

I suspect Miss Davis is not smiling any more.  There's nothing like facing the death penalty to turn a smile into a frown.

Report: China Hacks Into U.S. Weather Satellite Network

NOVEMBER 12, 2014


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An October 25, 2012 NOAA GOES satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy as it spun off the Florida coast in October 2012.

China has been hacking into the U.S. weather network and satellite systems, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses, The Washington Postreported Wednesday.

satilytes2The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the attack in a statement released Wednesday, though it did not say China was the cause.

“In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised by an Internet-sourced attack,” spokesman Scott Smullen said. “NOAA staff detected the attacks and incident response began immediately.”

The Post reports the first attack was in September, but government officials gave no indication they had a problem until Oct. 20.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., said NOAA told him China was behind the attack, which he scolded the agency for not disclosing, adding it was “deliberately misleading the American public in its replies.”

“They had an obligation to tell the truth,” Wolf told the Post. “They covered it up.”

satylights1University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass said he’s not sure what China would get by hacking the U.S. weather network. While the Chinese have some weather satellites, the USA’s are better, he said.

“The Chinese are as dependent on the weather satellite data as we are,” he told USA TODAY. “They would undermine their own weather prediction if the satellite data was not available.”

In its statement, NOAA said it performed unscheduled maintenance to mitigate the attacks, but all services have since been fully restored.

“These effects did not prevent us from delivering forecasts to the public. The investigation is continuing with the appropriate authorities and we cannot comment further,” Smullen said, without providing details on what specifically was attacked or how long the maintenance took.

The weather satellite data includes forecasts and warnings vital to every American and the U.S. economy, University of Georgia meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd told USA TODAY in an e-mail.

satylights“The Chinese hacking of our weather system illustrates that they also understand the value of this data and information,” he added. “Every corner of our lives depends on weather information.”

The news comes two days after the U.S. Postal Service announced that it had been hacked, and the Post reported China may also have been behind that attack, which involved the data files of some 800,000 employees.

It also comes on the same day China and the U.S. reached an agreement to reduce the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
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Obama vows drastic emissions cut, gets little back from China in new deal

November 12, 2014

Obama and China……energetic

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Obama vows drastic emissions cut, gets little back from China in new deal

Look at those faces….can you write a caption for that picture?   Here’s the crux of the article:

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years as part of a climate change agreement with China.

The new target is a drastic increase from earlier in Obama’s presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020. By contrast, Obama’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China’s emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. Xi also pledged to increase the share of energy that China will derive from sources other than fossil fuels. China’s emissions have grown in recent years due to the building of new coal plants.

“This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship,” Obama told a news conference in Beijing, with Xi at his side. “It shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge.”
Z:  It sure is a major milestone;  we just promised enough to damage our economy permanently and China’s not pledging any reductions by a specific date but…..they’ll see what they can do.
TWENTY SIX PERCENT?   Is this even possible without closing down a lot of businesses?   Help me out here;  I’m no energy expert, but……………..???

Beijing sees Obama as a weak leader in the autumn of his final term

November 10,.2014
 Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.


d3e4fee337ebfa2c640f6a706700589fObama will find he will have very little refuge anywhere he goes once he is finally booted out of the Oval Office.

Like the majority of Americans, our enemies and allies have no respect for the loser whose actions further destabilized a very dangerous world.

If he chooses to stay in the U.S. he will receive hoots and jeers from real Americans.

*Advice: Move back to Chicago or Kenya, (same thing), and he will likely do fine. 
With Obama’s lust for power he’d probably run for president of Kenya.
China is no refuge from Obama’s woes

Will a weakened Mr Obama have better luck with China? The answer is not necessarily “no”.

With the exception of North Korea, China’s neighbours are clamouring for a stronger US presence in the region. As the quip goes, Mr Xi talks like Deng Xiaoping – who opened China to the world – but acts like Mao Zedong, the imperial strongman.

Countries that were once wary of military ties with the US, such as Vietnam, India and the Philippines, are now openly courting it. Mr Obama’s pivot means 60 per cent of America’s military resources will be deployed in the Pacific – against the old 50:50 split with the Atlantic.

Second-term US presidents traditionally seek solace on the global stage. Barack Obama is no exception. Following last week’s drubbing in the US midterm elections, he lands in China on Monday for a summit with Xi Jinping. He is unlikely to find Beijing more pliable than Washington DC.

As time goes on, it becomes ever harder to separate his domestic weakness from his global standing. Even the tone is spreading. “US society has grown tired of [Obama’s] banality,” China’s semi-officialGlobal Times said last week.Mr Xi is too polite to put it like that.

Yet there is no mistaking which of the two is on the way up. In his first year in office, Mr Obama offered Beijing a “G2” partnership to tackle the world’s big problems.

China spurned him. Mr Obama then unveiled his “pivot to Asia”. China saw it as US containment and reacted accordingly.

Its defense spending today is almost double in real terms what it was when Mr Obama first visited China in 2009.


Over the same period, the US military budget has barely kept pace with inflation.

Watch that change as Republican’s now controlling the Senate put forth legislation that Harry Reid refused to bring to the Senate for a vote.

Should Obama fail to sign said legislation, it will be just one more nail in his coffin and one of a thousand things to have helped destroy his legacy  as the worst, most corrupt “Leader,” in United States History.

Likewise, China’s economic outlook is far less bullish than when Mr Obama last visited – and US growth is finally picking up speed. One of his aims this week will be to push ahead with the Transpacific Trade Partnership – an 11-country grouping that covers well over half the world’s economy. China has not been invited to join TPP. Some in Beijing see it as the economic dimension to US encirclement. If Mr Obama could clinch a deal with Japan and other participants, it would cement his “Asia rebalancing”. On paper, it looks possible. In practice it is unlikely.

This is where his domestic weakness really bites. Little headway has been made in the Pacific talks because Congress has refused to give Mr Obama fast-track negotiating authority. That was with the Democrats in charge. Republicans will assume control of the US Senate in January. Mr Obama’s strategy is to strike a deal and only then ask Congress for fast-track authority. Until now it was always the other way round. Meanwhile, Congress has granted fast track for only five of the 20 years since Bill Clinton negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. It is optimistic to think Mr Obama will have a better chance of persuading Republicans to write him a blank cheque after last week’s defeat. The Tea Party’s goal,after all, is to close down his “imperial presidency”.

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The rest of the world, and China in particular, sees Mr Obama in the opposite light – as a weak leader in the autumn of his presidency. China-watchers say Mr Xi’s ebullience since he took power has been spurred by the view that Mr Obama has only a limited window in office. After that, Hillary Clinton, or a Republican, will take over. Either would be tougher on the world stage than Mr Obama. Even if that is wrong, Mr Xi has shown Mr Obama little respect since their first summit in California last year. Mr Obama warned his Chinese counterpart to stop the cyber attacks on the Pentagon and other targets. China’s cyber-incursions increased. Earlier this year, the White House indicted five Chinese nationals for cyber-espionage, including a senior military officer. None are likely to be brought to trial. It was the kind of empty gesture Beijing has come to expect of Mr Obama.

It is a fair guess that China would be more assertive whoever was in the White House. Its aim is to become a global power. It sees bodies such as the International Monetary Fund as ciphers of US interests. Whoever was US president, China would be trying to undercut US-led institutions.

Likewise, it is hard to believe Mr Obama has caused Chinese military spending to be higher than it would otherwise have been. It is soaring nonetheless.

Since Mr Obama took office, China has invested heavily in expanding its “area of denial” to deter the US from coming to the defence of other claimants in the South China Sea. China is close to joining the US and Russia to become a triad nuclear power with the ability to launch warheads from submarines as well as from air and land.

It is investing billions in “hypersonic” ballistic missiles and other future tools of warfare. Once a symbol of impregnability, America’s fleet of aircraft carriers look increasingly archaic.

Even at the height of his authority, there was not much that Mr Obama could do about most of this. He inherited trends that are bigger than the transient power of leaders. Yet perceptions matter in diplomacy too. On his last visit to China, when he was still riding high at home, Mr Obama was treated shabbily by his hosts. Today’s much-diminished figure is unlikely to have greater sway.


Lorra B.