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  • Taking a Better Shot at Missile Defense

    12/14/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 14, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    Thirty-three minutes. That’s all the time we’d have to respond to an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile from anywhere in the world. Roughly half an hour to avert disaster – if we’re lucky. Sure, that isn’t the most cheerful thought to entertain, especially at Christmas time. But with all the saber-rattling coming from North Korea these days, not to mention other global hotspots, we don’t have the luxury to pretend this threat doesn’t exist. A successful nuclear strike would carry an unthinkable toll. The bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 had an explosive yield of 15 kilotons of...
  • Lindsey Graham: There's a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea

    12/14/2017 1:01:33 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-14-2017 | Uri Friedman
    “I don’t know how to say it any more direct: If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out.” ~snip~ “I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option,” Graham predicted in an interview. If the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb—their seventh—“I would say 70 percent.” ~snip~ "There are a couple ways for this to end: The Chinese could kill the guy if they wanted to, or they could just stop oil shipments [to North Korea], which would bring [Kim Jong Un’s] economy...
  • Asia's tallest wooden pagoda' burns to the ground after huge fire engulfed the 16-storey tower

    12/13/2017 11:53:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | By Tracy You
    The Lingguan Tower in China was completed destroyed by flames yesterday Fire started from a hall below the pagoda and quickly spread to the structure Two other buildings in Nine Dragons Monastery were also reduced to rubble No casualties was reported and authority is investigating the cause of the fire A huge fire yesterday reduced a 16-storey Buddhist pagoda to rubble in China. The Lingguan Tower, billed as 'Asia's tallest wooden pagoda', burnt to the ground after being engulfed in the flames for about four hours. The fire reportedly started from a hall underneath the pagoda and quickly spread to...
  • China Is Vacuuming Up DNA Samples From Xinjiang's Muslims

    12/13/2017 12:55:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Megha Rajagopalan
    From DNA samples to iris scans, Chinese authorities are using free physical exams to gather and store biological data from millions of people who live in the country's far west region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, citing an official document that suggests the government's surveillance program in the region is even wider than previously believed. Xinjiang, the historical home of the Uighur ethnic group, has become a testing ground for heavy-handed, high-tech surveillance measures by the government over the past year. China says the measures are necessary to combat extremist violence, but critics say they violate the...
  • Japan’s caution over N. Korean ‘ghost ships’ lets China off hook

    12/12/2017 9:49:10 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Asia Times ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2017 | PETER J. BROWN
    Japanese Coast Guard has recently warned over 800 North Korean fishing vessels to leave Japanese waters; may demonstrate Tokyo is finally addressing maritime domain awareness – and aims to address North Korean “ghost ships” ... first started arriving, loaded with corpses, three years ago. The body ships are still coming, however. To date, Japan seems powerless to prevent the penetration of North Korean vessels deep into its waters.
  • Why China Plans to Invade Taiwan

    12/12/2017 7:22:08 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 11 Dec, 2017 | Ian Easton
    A Chinese diplomat in Washington recently threatened that China would invade Taiwan if the U.S. Navy sent a ship to visit the democratic island, something that Congress has called upon the Pentagon to do in 2018. Is this just empty rhetoric? Or does it reflect Beijing's actual intentions? It's actually a bit of both. According to leaked Chinese military documents (analyzed here), Taiwan stands to lose more from the rise of China as a twenty-first-century superpower than any other country in the world. Indeed, China's emergence as the world’s second largest political, economic and military power threatens the interests of...
  • AAUP Assaults Science, National Security & Academic Freedom

    12/12/2017 9:56:22 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued a report on "National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom" that might leave readers who have studied such matters scratching their heads. "The Trump administration's alarming hostility to science has exacerbated already troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences in two different areas," the AAUP states. "In the area of international scientific exchange, Chinese or Chinese American scientists have been targeted and charged with espionage." "The second area, the field of climate science, has been subjected to vicious attempts to discredit its validity, which have...
  • China building network of refugee camps along border with North Korea [one report]

    12/12/2017 7:47:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | Tuesday 12 December 2017 01.05 EST | Tom Philips
    The existence of plans for the camps, first reported in English by the Financial Times last week, emerged in an apparently leaked internal document from a state-run telecoms giant that appears to have been tasked with providing them with internet services. The China Mobile document, which has circulated on social media and overseas Chinese websites since last week, reveals plans for at least five refugee camps in Jilin province. The document, which the Guardian could not independently verify, says: “Due to cross-border tensions … the [Communist] party committee and government of Changbai county has proposed setting up five refugee camps...
  • China-North Korea border bridge closes for repairs

    12/12/2017 7:43:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | December 12, 2017 8:00 am JST
    The bridge connects Dandong, a port city in Liaoning Province in northeast China, with North Korea's Sinuiju region. Dandong accounts for 70% of China's trade with the North, and the iron bridge serves as the only direct road connection to the city from the North Korean side. Numerous trucks travel back and forth across the bridge, but the structure is showing its age after more than 70 years in service. The bridge has been closed before for repair and maintenance when needed. The 10-day repair work is "a common timeframe," said a source familiar with the project. "The time may be shortened...
  • China rejects accusations from Germany of espionage via social media

    12/11/2017 3:12:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies ^ | 11 December 2017 13:56 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) had warned that China was trying to recruit German informants for intelligence services via social media networks, Beijing denied these accusations on Monday. They are “baseless accusations” for which there is no evidence, said Lu Kang, a Chinese state department spokesman, adding that the relevant organizations and the German government should act “more responsibly.” The BfV had previously warned that Chinese intelligence were trying to infiltrate parliaments, ministries and authorities with informants, particularly via the professional social media network LinkedIn. […] The BfV added that the aim of Chinese...
  • The hype reawakens:'Star Wars' stages 'Last Jedi' Premier (Example of chinese hollywood?)

    12/10/2017 7:39:04 AM PST · by Celerity · 32 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 12/9/17 | Frankie Taggart
    os Angeles (AFP) - The trailers have dropped, the frantic media tours have concluded and the phony war is over: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" finally begins the real battle Saturday at its glittering world premiere. Hotter than one of Yoda's root leaf curries, the movie is expected to cash in on 12 months of relentless hype with one of the biggest domestic opening weekends ever. .......... "But it really resonates with what it is to follow your own human, dark, narcissistic tendencies, where that will take you." Christie was joined at the event by returning stars Daisy Ridley, John...
  • Little Rocket Man and His 'Made in China' Missiles

    12/08/2017 3:49:52 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 17 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec 08, 2017 | Steven Mosher
    It is a strange study in contrasts. In the dead of night, a ballistic missile lifts off from a secret launch pad in North Korea, overflies the Sea of Japan, and lands in Japanese waters. It is a hi-tech feat of weaponry intended to terrorize North Korea’s near neighbors, and send shock waves of fear all the way across the Pacific to the United States. It succeeds in doing both. A couple of days before, however, a very different scenario unfolds. A desperate defector attempts to flee Kim Jong-un’s socialist paradise. Shot five times by his one-time “comrades” in the...
  • Thousands of Chinese Elite Troops Head to Syria to Combat Islamist Extremists

    12/05/2017 11:26:36 AM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | week of Dec 7
    Beijing is deploying to Syria thousands of members of two elite People Liberation Army units to combat extremist Islamic Uighurs fighting in the northern Syrian province of Idlib Those units are the Chinese Navy’s Night Tigers and the Shenyang Region’s Siberian Tigers. Beijing accuses Turkey’s MIT intelligence of backing the Chinese Islamist separatists. Examine in depth this extraordinary event which is befalling Syria in the last stages of its civil war.
  • China’s aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets

    12/05/2017 9:39:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 19 November, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier could be a world-class warship if it uses a domestically developed hi-tech launch system, but the hefty fighter jets it would have to launch remain a fly in the ointment for the country’s naval power aspirations. While Beijing is narrowing the aircraft carrier technology gap with the United States, the country’s carrier programme is still hindered by the capabilities of its carrier-based warplanes. China spent more than a decade developing its first carrier-based fighter, the J-15, based on a prototype of a fourth-generation Russian Sukhoi Su-33 twin-engined air superiority fighter – a design that is...
  • LaVar Ball pulls LiAngelo Ball from UCLA

    12/04/2017 1:25:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 111 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2017 | Mathew Paras
    LaVar Ball pulled his son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA on Monday, according to TMZ. LiAngelo Ball was in the middle of an indefinite suspension for being arrested in China for shoplifting, along with two other teammates...
  • China: Christians Preparing to Evangelize in North Korea Say They are Ready to Die for Christ

    12/04/2017 9:32:02 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | 2016 | Veronica Neffinger
    Two Chinese Christian pastors who are preparing to evangelize in North Korea say they are ready for whatever trials come, even death. According to, the two pastors are aware of the dangers they will face in North Korea, but they maintain committed to sharing the gospel with the North Koreans. North Korea is ranked as the number one worst country for Christian persecution by Open Doors World Watch List. One example of a Christian missionary facing horrendous violence in North Korea is the case of a Korean-Chinese church leader who evangelized in the country for 17 years before his...
  • China closes school 'teaching women to be obedient'

    12/04/2017 6:52:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 4, 2017
    Chinese authorities have shut down an institute that was teaching women to be obedient and subordinate to men. The education bureau said the institute, which claimed it taught "traditional virtues", had violated socialist core values. An online video showed lecturers speaking out against gender equality, while other advice to women included not fighting back when being beaten. China has seen a rise in similar institutes in recent years. The viral video posted by news website Video Pear shows teachers at the Fushun School of Traditional Culture telling women they should not attempt to have a career but "just stay at...
  • The Widow's mite a PENCE to you

    12/03/2017 6:04:48 PM PST · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    bible, ^ | bible
    The widows mite a Pence to you, But soon shall rise from where now it is viewed, Humility about to rise, Where wisdom lives and no demise, So watch My choice begin to show, When "others" preach a Trump to grow, Truly this Pence shall be my choice , A man of God that speaks only My voice, Luke 21:1-4Tree of Life Version Teaching in the Temple 21 Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box. 2 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins. [a] 3 And He...
  • Ex-NATO commander: North Korea likely getting help with nukes, rockets from China or Russia

    12/03/2017 6:33:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/17 | OLIVIA BEAVERS
    Ex-NATO commander: North Korea likely getting help with nukes, rockets from China or Russia Retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former NATO supreme allied commander, in an interview on Sunday said North Korea is likely receiving outside help from allies like China, Russia or Iran as it races to develop its weapons arsenal. “You’ve got to think that at least part of it is coming from either China or Russia and I have no evidence of that, but the idea that [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] would simply be developing this on an indigenous basis within his own population of...
  • Chinese Researchers Experiment With Anti-Gay Spray

    12/02/2017 1:12:36 PM PST · by BusterDog · 71 replies
    Researchers at China's prestigious Zhejiang University in Hangzhou are just about wrapping up a controversial study in which they've spent the past two years spraying oxytocin up the noses of homosexual men to see how it affects their sexual orientation.