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  • China's "Ancestral" Claim to South China Sea Islands (Video)

    07/01/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    China Uncensored ^ | Jul 1, 2015
    China has vowed to never back down from its aggressive territorial expansion into the South China Sea because it would shame their ancestors. What their ancestors would say about angering all their neighbors by building fake islands in the middle of the ocean is still unknown. China is locked in territorial conflicts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia over what amounts to $5 trillion dollars a year in shipping lanes. And sharing does not seem to be an option.
  • Global support for ISIS includes up to 42M Muslims, group claims

    07/01/2015 6:21:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/2015 | By Brooke Singman
    Global support for ISIS may be much bigger than previously known, according to a new report that found as many as 42 million Muslims around the world have positive feelings about the black-clad army of barbarians that established a so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq last year. The report from the New York-based research institute Clarion Project crunched numbers from four recent polls surveying Arab public opinion toward ISIS. Clarion found the terror group's supporters are 8.5 million strong, but more than 42 million of the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims feel at least somewhat positively about the terror group....
  • China claims to have the world’s first material for light-propelled spaceflight (Graphene)

    06/30/2015 8:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    China Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2015
    The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: According to xinhuanet.com’s report on June 19, through 3 years of research, Prof. Chen Yongsheng of the College of Chemistry and Prof. Tian Jianguo of the Institute of Physics, Nankai University have obtained a special graphene material for light-driven flight. Due to the special electronic characteristic of graphene and the macrostructure and form of the material, the material is able to get driving force from light 1,000 times greater than ordinary light pressure. The website’s reporter claimed to have seen with his own eyes a graphene sponge...
  • China Makes It Official, Launches The Bank That Humiliated Washington

    06/30/2015 10:22:19 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-30-15 | Tyler Durden
    In March, China was “handed a propaganda coup” (to use WSJ’s words), when the UK decided, in the face of loud protestations from Washington, to support Beijing’s efforts to launch a new development bank aimed at filling the gaps left by traditional post-war multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the ADB. The US claims it has concerns about governance and adherence to international norms around corruption and environmental protocol, but as even the most casual observers are well aware, the real concern in Washington (and in Tokyo) is that China will use the bank as an instrument of...
  • China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

    06/29/2015 4:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | AFP
    Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing...
  • 10 Mysterious Underwater Cities You Haven't Heard Of

    12/14/2014 3:38:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Listverse ^ | August 5, 2013 | Andrew Handley
  • John Kerry: U.S., China Agree to Bilateral Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue

    06/29/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | June 26, 2015 | Marcia S. Smith
    During recent meetings with Chinese officials, Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to establish a "U.S.-China Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue." A State Department spokesman says the first meeting will be held before the end of October, but could not provide any other details. The lengthy list of "outcomes" from the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Washington, DC June 22-24, 2015, includes a section on cooperation in science, technology and agriculture. Under that heading, the two countries agreed as follows: "101. Space: The United States and China decided to establish regular bilateral government-to-government consultations...
  • U.S. Manufacturing costs are almost as low as China’s, and that’s a very big deal

    06/29/2015 8:41:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 46 replies
    Fortune ^ | JUNE 26, 2015 | Brian Dumaine
    “Made in the U.S.A” is becoming more affordable. The reason? Fracking. You don’t need to a Nobel Prize in economics to know that the fracking revolution has been good for the U.S. What’s not so well known is just how competitive cheap oil and gas has made American manufacturing. BCG, the Boston consultancy, estimates the average cost to manufacture goods in the U.S. is now only 5% higher than in China and is actually 10% to 20% lower than in major European economies. Even more striking: BCG projects that by 2018 it will be 2% to 3% cheaper to make...
  • Marriage Policies in America Similar to Communist China

    06/29/2015 5:05:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    It’s astounding to review the requirements to be legally married in America. Even more astounding is the reality that Americans, and especially Christians, comply with them. Worse still— Christians continue to demand that the government regulate a predominantly Christian practice. (Monogamous heterosexual marriage is a unique New Testament Christian concept. Nearly all non-Christian faiths advocate polygamy and pedophilia as part of acceptable social marriage norms.) America’s oligarchic-republican-democratic government currently requires citizens to receive government permission to be legally married—similar to requiring the Chinese to receive government permission to legally have a child. Imagine living in a country where couples are...
  • Obama Ignores Another Red Line After Massive Chinese Cyberattacks

    06/29/2015 2:20:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/26/2015 | Staff
    Cyberwar: The damage done by Chinese hackers grows worse by the day, with news that they stole a treasure trove of blackmail-worthy material on those with high security clearances. What's Obama's reaction?
  • Chinese Stocks Are Collapsing, Despite PBOC Hail Mary

    06/28/2015 8:40:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 6-28-2015 | Durden
    The bounce is dead. CHINEXT - China's tech-heavy high beta 'Nasdaq' - is down 5-6% today, 19% in 3 days, and 33% from highs in early June! All that pent-up demand to be ignited among the farmers and housewives of China thanks to a double rate cut (RRR and benchmark) enabled a mere 2.5% bounce in Chinese stocks at the open which has now completely been erased as Shanghai enters a bear market. Decidely not what the doctor ordered. And as The South China Morning exclaims, many Chinese investors who have a planned economy mindset, believing government should help them,...
  • China central bank eases policy again to support economy

    06/28/2015 11:15:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    reuters. ^ | Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:00am EDT | Kevin Yao and Nicholas Heath
    China's central bank cut lending rates for the fourth time since November and trimmed the amount of cash that some banks must hold as reserves, stepping up efforts to support an economy that is headed for its poorest performance in a quarter century. Saturday's combined easing highlights Beijing's concerns that money isn't flowing to some of the most-needed sectors in the economy and that stubbornly high borrowing costs that could fuel bankruptcies and job losses. The last time the central bank simultaneously cut interest rates and reserve requirements was at the height of the global financial crisis in late 2008....
  • 'Echoes of Apollo' is an action packed technothriller about the first space war

    06/27/2015 6:04:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 4 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 27, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    “Echoes of Apollo” by George Thompson is the sort of space faring technothriller that Tom Clancy would have been proud to have placed his name on if he was still alive. The novel is a near future story of what amounts to the first space war between China and the United States. “Echoes of Apollo” not only involve the sort of cutting edge technological toys inherent in the genre, but also makes clever use of the technology of the past. The story also casts a new light on the ongoing debate as to whether or not to return to the...
  • 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...
  • China lashes out at US racial bias in human rights report

    06/26/2015 8:28:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 26, 2015
    BEIJING (AP) -- Racial discrimination and police abuses are rife in the United States, China's Cabinet said Friday, in a report intended as a counterpoint to U.S. criticism of Beijing's own human rights record. The report issued by the State Council Information Office cited the killing of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cases in which African-Americans were shot and killed by white police officers....
  • Thailand to buy 3 submarines from China

    06/25/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | JUNE 26, 2015
    BANGKOK — The Thai navy has picked Chinese submarines costing 12 billion baht (S$447.5 million) each to be commissioned in the force, a source on the procurement committee says. The majority of the 17-strong committee voted to buy three Chinese submarines, saying it was the “best value for money”. The rest were split between submarines from Germany and South Korea. The navy also received offers from Russia, Sweden and France. The source said China beat other competitors as it offered subs equipped with superior weaponry and technology. Its subs are also able to stay underwater longer. Deputy Prime Minister and...
  • Russia Tested Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in February

    06/25/2015 4:02:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 25, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Moscow is developing a new, ultra-high speed strategic attack vehicle similar to China’s hypersonic weapon, according to military analysts. However, unlike high-profile strategic bomber flights and large-scale nuclear war games that U.S. military commanders have called provocative, details about the Russian hypersonic vehicle remain one of Moscow’s closely held military secrets. The Russians have been developing the new Yu-71 vehicle for several years and conducted the most recent flight test in February, according to an article published this month in Jane’s Intelligence Review. A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to comment on the Russian hypersonic test.
  • China busts gangs smuggling 40-year-old meat

    06/24/2015 3:53:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 24, 2015
    Chinese authorities have broken up an international smuggling ring that was trying to sell chicken wings and pork, some of it more than 40 years old. The smugglers reportedly bought cheap meat overseas and brought it into the country via Vietnam. While traveling this circuitous route, the meat thawed and was refrozen several times before it finally reached the market. “The products fully filled an entire compartment. It was smelly, and I nearly threw up when I opened the door,” Zhang Tao, a government official, told the China Daily.
  • Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

    06/23/2015 6:22:27 PM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies
    Defense One ^ | 23JUN15 | Marcus Weisgerber, Patrick Tucker
    The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. [...] The center will help the military and government coordinate their preparations for and responses to any attack, said Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for Work. The hope is that it...
  • $50 billion canal in Nicaragua could allow Chinese submarines to cross from the Atlantic to…

    06/20/2015 9:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:15 EST, 19 June 2015 | James Dunn
    A $50 billion canal to be built by a Chinese tycoon in Nicaragua would be deep enough to allow submarines to pass through undetected. Billionaire Wang Jing has spearheaded what is one of the biggest engineering projects in the world and is three times the size of any other canal, yet shipping forecasters don’t anticipate a need for such a route in terms of trading. Many believe that Wang, who has not disclosed who his investors are, may be backed by the Chinese Government who hope to get a foothold in the continent where business has traditionally been dominated by...
  • Trump sends Perino into near meltdown

    06/21/2015 8:40:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | June 22, 2015 | John Bender
    Donald Trump's claim that as President he would build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and make Mexico pay for it has the political establishment fuming. Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on Fox News was practically foaming at the mouth over the idea. Perino is an ayatollah of the Bushiban who offers little to the show except regurgitated establishment talking points and mindless defense of anything any Bush says or does. On Tuesday Perino had the following exchange with co-host Eric Bolling. Mr. Bolling said Trump "was not afraid to take shots at other countries. He took shots...
  • China Yulin dog meat festival under way despite outrage

    06/22/2015 4:38:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 22, 2015
    An annual dog meat festival in south-west China has begun, amid uproar on the part of animal rights activists. About 10,000 dogs will be slaughtered for their meat at the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province on Sunday and Monday to mark the summer solstice, state media said. City officials have distanced themselves from the gathering. "Some residents of Yulin have the habit of coming together to eat lychees and dog meat during the summer solstice," the city's news office wrote on Weibo.
  • The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe

    06/21/2015 4:44:27 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2015 | Christopher Booker
    What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global “climate summit” in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia, and the shambles Europe is making over the desperation of African and Syrian refugees to find safety this side of the Mediterranean? They are all different aspects of the two greatest acts of political make-believe of our time, so all-pervasive that it is hard for us to grasp just how much effect they...
  • Iran's Parliament Bans Nuclear Inspectors from Military Sites: 'Death to America'

    06/21/2015 3:03:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 21, 2015 | AP
    <p>With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.</p> <p>The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.</p>
  • Why Is HSBC Leaving Brazil and Turkey?

    06/14/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11 June 2015 | Daniel Altman
    Because they have economies with flattening income inequality. And that's bad for business. ___ he world’s local bank is about to get a little less local. HSBC is going on a cost-cutting tear, trimming branches in major markets and selling off entire operations in emerging ones. The bank’s leadership says they’re narrowing its business to improve profitability, but there’s a much bigger message — and possibly an important twist — in its new approach. To understand HSBC’s decision, it helps to think about its business model. Retail banks that serve consumers and businesses make their money primarily through loans and...
  • Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal

    06/21/2015 9:13:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/19/15 | Reem Shamseddine
    Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said. The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its website on Thursday but gave no further details. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them. The Saudi atomic and renewable energy body has already signed nuclear cooperation deals with countries able to build reactors, including the United States, France,...
  • China orders civilian ships adapted for military use: report

    06/21/2015 8:27:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 6-18-2015 | AFP
    China's government has passed new guidelines requiring civilian shipbuilders to ensure their vessels can be used by the military in the event of conflict, state-run media said on Thursday. The regulations require five categories of vessels including container ships to be modified to "serve national defence needs", the state-run China Daily newspaper said. The regulations "will enable China to convert the considerable potential of its civilian fleet into military strength", it said. The report said that China had about 172,000 civilian ships at the end of last year, suggesting the measure could be a major boost to China's navy. China's...
  • Unimagineable. Incredible. Incompetence and Dereliction of Duty US Gov. re: China hack

    06/21/2015 7:08:15 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 9 replies
    self w ref to NYST story and other sources ^ | june 21 2015 | self w ref to NYT
    Have you been following the hack story? Chinese hackers compromised key US Govt database and stole the records of everyone who had a security clearance, including their SS number, and personal, medical, financial, and family and relative information. they also appear to have stolen similar data for most everyone who is, or who has been, a government employee. The databases were unencrypted and not subject to any real security protection including the most basic intrusion detection systems. As reported, the security that is standard on an iPhone is superior to what the US Govt was using, in spite of having...
  • Donald Trump Accuses China of Stealing Jobs From U.S. Citizens

    06/21/2015 5:09:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 16 replies
    China Topix ^ | By Adelyn Torralba | Jun 20, 2015 12:30 PM EDT | By Adelyn Torralba | Jun 20, 2015 12:30 PM EDT
    Donald Trump has not been shy about saying how China and Mexico stole U.S jobs, making the State's local people having a hard time finding a job. According to Reuters, China denied the allegations thrown at them by business mogul Trump, after he blasted the country of stealing U.S. jobs through sneaky business trade that only profits the Asian country, dubbing it as a "win win situation." Following his announcement to join the Republican party, he immediately started a tirade on job stealing, dragging Mexico and Saudi Arabia alongside China. (link to article) http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/54530/20150620/donald-trump-accuses-china-stealing-jobs-u-s-citizens.htm
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump Slams Obamatrade, Stands up for American Jobs

    06/20/2015 5:15:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/19/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s trade agreements – especially the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which Obama argued the United States needs in order to better compete with China. However, according to a recent report by Politico, China may be trying to enter the TPP – defeating Obama’s main argument for finalizing the deal. “Of course China wants to join the trade negotiation because the deal is so pathetic and so bad,” Trump told Breitbart News. He added that China would continue to take advantage of America’s stupid politicians, who don’t know what they’re...
  • Girls, Gardening, Puppies, And Pigs: Life On China's Disputed Man-Made Islands

    06/19/2015 5:31:51 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 19, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Amid the rhetoric, China has maintained it has every right to protect its “legitimate” territorial claims by constructing thousands of acres of sovereign land and, if necessary, enforcing a no-fly zone above the new islands. But while Beijing admits its Spratly sand castles will indeed be used for military purposes, it also says the primary goal of the entire dredging effort is to assist China in carrying out the country's “various civilian demands and international obligations and responsibilities in the area such as maritime search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, marine scientific research, meteorological observation, ecological environment conservation, navigation...
  • World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in US

    06/19/2015 4:40:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    AP.ORG ^ | June 19, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING (AP) -- Often the target of U.S. human rights accusations, China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere around the world, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions. Some said the attack reinforced their reservations about personal security in the U.S. - particularly as a non-white foreigner - while others said they'd still feel safe if they were to visit.
  • China Bans Ramadan

    06/19/2015 11:22:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    INN ^ | 6/19/2015, 5:38 PM | Hillel Fendel
    China has announced that fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will not be permitted in the largely-Muslim province of Xinjiang. This is not the first time such a ban has been imposed, but this year tensions are extra high because of recent attacks in the area carried out by Muslim extremists. With China’s leading role in world power-politics gradually mounting, decisions by the leaders of the giant country are of increasing interest to the rest of the world. China is the most populous country in the world and the 3rd largest in size. …
  • 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...
  • Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year

    06/18/2015 9:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Federal Eye ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    The recently disclosed breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s security-clearance computer system took place a year ago, giving Chinese government intruders access to sensitive data for a year, according to new information. The considerable lag time between breach and discovery means that the adversary had more time to pull off a cyber-heist of consequence, said Stewart Baker, a former National Security Agency general counsel. “The longer you have to exfiltrate the data, the more you can take,” he said. “If you’ve got a year to map the network, to look at the file structures, to consult with experts and...
  • Office of Personnel Management IT Was Running Out of… China

    06/18/2015 6:57:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    Ars Technica via Breitbart.com ^ | 18 Jun 2015 | John Hayward
    <p>The House Oversight Committee’s hearings on the massive OPM data breach have been absolutely astounding. The rank incompetence on display at this agency was mind-boggling...</p>
  • Gov’t OUTSOURCED management to IT workers with TOTAL ACCESS to database… in CHINA

    06/18/2015 4:43:56 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    <p>The technical details are a little difficult here so let’s put it this way – idiotic and utterly incompetent government officials outsourced IT management of highly sensitive information to companies that had some workers in China, and gave them complete and total access to that database.</p>
  • The fed agency that was hacked by China apparently outsourced some data management to … China

    06/18/2015 3:06:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    A leftover from yesterday that shouldn’t be missed. As you read this, bear in mind that our leader continues to insist he has complete confidence in OPM and its director. Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project “was in Argentina...
  • Four People Killed, 5 Wounded In China Mass Shooting: CCTV

    06/18/2015 1:42:53 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 62 replies
    Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in China's northern Hebei province on Tuesday, state television reported on its official microblog, a rare "mass shooting" in which five people were wounded. The four killed in Suning county included at least one suspect, China Central Television said, giving few other details. The case was still under investigation, it said.
  • Chinese Hack of U.S. Employee Database Worse Than First Reported

    06/18/2015 1:12:30 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | June 17, 2015 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    As we learn more about the recent cyber-attacks on U.S. federal employee records by Chinese hackers, it is becoming increasingly clear that the problem is much worse than many previously thought. In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, officials within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) admitted on Tuesday to major lapses in basic cyber-security protocols that left government systems vulnerable to at least two attacks. Those attacks allowed hackers to breach sensitive personal data about nearly all employees of the federal government and millions of persons with security clearances, according to a report by the Associated...
  • Reacting to Chinese hack, the government may not have followed its own cybersecurity rules

    06/18/2015 10:34:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/18/2015 | Lisa Rein
    In responding to China’s massive hack of federal personnel data, the government may have run afoul of computer security again. Over the last nine days, the the Office of Personnel Management has sent e-mail notices to hundreds of thousands of federal employees to notify them of the breach and recommend that they click on a link to a private contractor’s Web site to sign up for credit monitoring and other protections. But those e-mails have been met with increasing alarm by employees — along with retirees and former employees with personal data at risk — who worry that the communications...
  • Chinese-planned canal would displace many in Nicaragua, sparking anger, anxiety

    06/18/2015 4:26:10 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    McClatchy dc ^ | 6-18-2015 | Tim Johnson
    <p>Everything in the path of the proposed trans-oceanic canal in Nicaragua would have to be relocated. Churches. Cemeteries. Stockyards.</p> <p>As many as 28,000 people scattered in villages and towns face the likelihood that their lands would be expropriated. The government pledges they will be better off, living in new settlements with a bit of cash in their pockets. But skepticism abounds. Ranchers are angry. They’ve held 44 marches and rallies in the past nine months. A few events have turned violent.</p>
  • Occupy gone sour? 'Bomb plot' in Hong Kong

    06/17/2015 7:33:25 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 June 2015 | Juliana Liu
    So, the news that police had arrested at least 10 people on suspicion of conspiracy to make bombs, ahead of a key vote at the Legislative Council, has shocked and divided the general public. The authorities have declined to publicly make a direct link between the suspects and the presentation of the government's political reform package on Wednesday.
  • Encryption “would not have helped” at OPM, says DHS official (Outsourced to China)

    06/17/2015 4:37:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Ars Technica | June 16, 2015 | Sean Gallagher
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/encryption-would-not-have-helped-at-opm-says-dhs-official/
  • Chinese Cabbage: Imperialism with Chinese Characteristics

    06/17/2015 2:52:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The U.S. is betting that the global trading system's economic rewards ultimately will convince China's leaders to curb their "imperialism with Chinese characteristics." That's the phrase U.S. defense analyst Dr. Michael Metcalf used in 2011 to describe what he saw as a disturbing shift in Chinese strategy, from one of "survival" to one of "development." However, the U.S. bet on wealth is no sure thing. Metcalf posed this question: Does identifying development as China's determinative defense interest "raise the prospect that certain military activities overseas might be initiated by China that China might characterize as purely 'defensive' because an overseas...
  • The Iran scam worsens -- Part II, North Korea - China connection

    06/17/2015 2:07:08 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 17, 2015 | Dan Miller
    It is likely that the P5+1 nuke "deal" with Iran will be approved soon. Military and other nuke sites which Iran has not “disclosed” will not be inspected. Nor will Iran’s nuke ties with North Korea — which P5+1 member China seems to be helping, Iran’s massive support for terrorism and abysmal human rights record be considered because they are also deemed unnecessary for "deal" approval. Sanctions against Iran are moribund and will not be revived regardless of whether there is a “deal.” However, a bronze bust of Obama may soon be displayed prominently in Supreme Leader Khamenei’s office and one of Khamenei may soon be displayed proudly in Dear Leader Obama’s...
  • New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

    06/16/2015 12:50:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | June 16 at 2:01 PM | By Todd C. Frankel
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet...
  • China rebuffs Trump comments on stealing U.S. jobs (342 Billion Trade Deficit last year)

    06/17/2015 2:11:52 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    Yahoo News / Reuters ^ | June 17, 2015 | (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday rebuffed comments by U.S. real estate mogul and presidential contender Donald Trump that China is stealing U.S. jobs through crafty business practices, saying trade between the two countries was win-win. http://news.yahoo.com/china-rebuffs-trump-comments-stealing-u-jobs-084606235--sector.html
  • OPM Breach Includes Congressional Staffers (Video)

    06/17/2015 12:36:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Roll Call's Hill Blotter ^ | June 16, 2015 | Bridget Bowman
    As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that his press secretary, George Burke, who has never worked for the executive branch, received a notice from the OPM saying his personal identifiable information may have been compromised. Connolly said he spoke with someone in the office of the House Chief Administrative Officer, and it appeared that congressional staffers who had a break...
  • Hacks, Breaches, and Government Ineptness

    06/16/2015 1:06:29 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 3 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/16/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    While the headlines over the past week have been swamped with coverage over the candidates bidding for the 2016 presidential election and a “trans-racial” NAACP leader lying about her race, critically important issues that are detrimental to our national security have gone virtually unnoticed. For instance, on Friday we learned that as many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their information compromised in an unprecedented attack by Chinese hackers. In a late Friday news dump, the Associated Press announced that the hackers stole, “Social Security numbers, military records and veterans’ status information, addresses, birth dates,...