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THE ARCTIC EMERGES AS A GEOGRAPHIC BATTLEGROUND

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

 

The Arctic emerges as a geographic battleground

America’s engaging in a new ‘Cold’ War as Russian and China challenge U.S. interests in the’high north’
Jamie McIntyre   is a senior national security reporter for the Washington Examiner
May 14, 2020

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The U.S. is only now focusing on the region after what the CSIS report termed “a decade of U.S. Arctic inactivity,” when the U.S. essentially watched from the sidelines as Russia and China methodically implemented economic and military policies that could profoundly alter the balance of power in the Arctic.

“It started with the Obama Arctic strategy, which I held up in a hearing,” said Sullivan. “It was 13 pages, six of which were pictures. Russia was mentioned once in a footnote. It was a joke.”

Sullivan said that, thanks to a bipartisan Arctic strategy mandated by Congress, the U.S. is getting back in the game, beginning with the building of six new Polar-class icebreakers.

Currently, the U.S. has only two icebreakers, but only one, the more than 40-year-old USCGC Polar Star, is in working order. The second ship is being used for parts.

The Russians, at last count, had 54.

Earlier this month, three U.S. Navy destroyers and a British warship conducted an exercise in the frigid waters of the Barents Sea, the first time U.S. surface ships have ventured into Russia’s Arctic backyard since the mid-1980s.

It comes as global warming is melting the polar ice cap, opening new sea routes and increasing competition for oil and mineral resources, with Russia, in particular, aggressively seeking to assert its preeminence in the region.

“Russia has really prioritized the Arctic as a region that is going to be so important for its future, both economically and militarily,” said Heather Conley, an Arctic expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Moscow is well aware, she said, that, in the next 30 years, “the country that controls the Arctic controls the world.”

Conley is one of the authors of “America’s Arctic moment,” the think tank’s recent report that details Russia’s increasing militarization of its islands in the Arctic Ocean in much the same way China has been militarizing islands in the South China Sea.

That includes rebuilding a naval base and installing a new, powerful radar on Russia’s Wrangel Island, located just 300 nautical miles from Alaska.

 

“Russia has returned to Soviet-era outposts and has built new military facilities in the Arctic Circle,” Adm. James Foggo, commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, said in a podcast last year.

“Russia’s even built an icebreaker that can carry the Kalibr [cruise] missile,” said Foggo. “So, I’ve got to ask: Who builds an icebreaker with a missile battery on board?”

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THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF QUEENSLAND

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

 

The People’s Republic of Queensland

The dubious conduct of an Australian university with Chinese ties shows the CCP’s long reach abroad.

Global View  by Walter Russell Mead  May 21, 2020

The entrance to the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The University of Queensland is what Australians call a “sandstone university,” something like the American Ivy League in prestige. Queensland consistently appears on lists of the world’s 100 best universities and is widely seen as one of the top three in Australia.

Lately, however, its cozy relationship with China has ignited a firestorm. Questions have been asked in Australia’s Parliament, and stories in the country’s leading newspapers and on its public television network have raked administrators over the coals. A Journal news story offers an overview of the scandal.

Queensland’s purgatory began last July during a peaceful student demonstration in support of Hong Kongers protesting for democracy and in solidarity with persecuted Uighurs in Xinjiang. The demonstrators were set upon by what observers said was a well-organized group of about 300 students and nonstudents, many shouting slogans in Chinese. As some filmed the rally, counterdemonstrators snatched megaphones from the pro-Hong Kong and pro-Uighur protesters and sought to break up the rally. Punches were thrown.

Xu Jie, China’s consul general in Brisbane, commended the counter-demonstrators for their “acts of patriotism,” while blaming the pro-Hong Kong students for “igniting anger and sparking protests from Chinese students.” In a highly unusual step, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne warned all foreign diplomats in Australia to respect the rights of free speech and peaceful protest. Amid all this, the press reported that Mr. Xu had recently been appointed an adjunct professor at the university.

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SILENCING THE LOCKDOWN SKEPTIC

Monday, May 18th, 2020

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Lockdown Skeptic They Couldn’t Silence
By Allysia Finley   Ms Finley is a member of the Journal’s editorial board  May 16, 2020

Does a pandemic demand the strong medicine of censorship? Social-media companies seem to think so. They’re taking steps to control speech in the name of combating the spread of medical misinformation. Facebook employs “fact checkers” to review posts, makes those that don’t pass their test harder to find, and directs users to purportedly reliable sources like the World Health Organization. YouTube has taken down videos it deems inconsistent with science. Twitter plans to add warning labels to tweets that don’t pass muster with “subject-matter experts, such as public health authorities.”

Aaron Ginn’s story is a cautionary tale that even well-intended censorship can overreach, suppressing the search for truth. Mr. Ginn, 32, is the Silicon Valley technologist who posted an essay on March 20 titled “Evidence over hysteria—COVID-19” on the Medium website. Citing academic research and government data, Mr. Ginn argued that public-health experts were focusing too much on “flattening the curve . . . while ignoring the economic shock to our system” of shuttering businesses and schools and ordering Americans to stay home.

“When 13% of Americans believe they are currently infected with COVID-19 (mathematically impossible),” he wrote, “full-on panic is blocking our ability to think clearly and determine how to deploy our resources to stop this virus.” The message was well-timed—the day he posted it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered “nonessential” New York businesses to close.

Mr. Ginn’s essay drew 2.6 million page views in 24 hours—and a barrage of liberal criticism. Carl T. Bergstrom, a University of Washington biologist, called it “Shakespeare run through google translate into Japanese, then translated back to English by someone who’d never heard of Shakespeare.” Then Medium took it down, saying it violated rules under a “risk analysis framework we use for ‘Controversial, Suspect and Extreme content.’ ”

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PROTECTIVE LINK BETWEEN VITAMIN D AND COVID 19

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

 

This information was sent to me this morning from Mary Carter, one of our conservative ladies.  Mary received this information from Dr. B Todd Granger, her physician, regarding the  protective role vitamin D may play with  Covid-19.  Please share with others .   Nancy  

———- Forwarded message ———
From: <reminders@drchrono.com>
Date: Tue, May 12, 2020, 6:09 PM
Subject: Dr. B. Todd Granger: Transcript of Dr. Manson’s video presentation

Dear Mary Carter,

I’ve discovered that the link opens up Dr. Manson’s video presentation on vitamin D and protection against COVID-19 only if you have an account with Medscape. Here is the transcript of her presentation in its entirety. My apologies for the odd formatting that occurred in copying and pasting the transcript.

Hello. This is Dr JoAnn Manson, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
I’d like to talk with you about vitamin D and COVID-19. Is there potentially a protective role?
We’ve known for a long time that it’s important to avoid vitamin D
deficiency for bone health, cardiometabolic health, and other purposes.
But it may be even more important now than ever. There’s emerging and
growing evidence that vitamin D status may be relevant to the risk of
developing COVID-19 infection and to the severity of the disease.
Vitamin D is important to innate immunity and boosts immune function
against viral diseases. We also know that vitamin D has an
immune-modulating effect and can lower inflammation, and this may be
relevant to the respiratory response during COVID-19 and the cytokine storm that’s been demonstrated.
There are laboratory (cell-culture) studies of respiratory cells that
document some of these effects of vitamin D. There’s also evidence that
patients with respiratory infections tend to have lower blood levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D.
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VIDEO – SENATOR TOM COTTON – CELL PHONE DATA SUGGESTS ROADS AROUND WUHAN LAB WERE CLOSED IN MID OCTOBER

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

 

VIDEO – CELL PHONE DATA SUGGEST ROADS AROUND WUHAN LAB WERE CLOSED IN MID OCTOBERTHE CHINESE THOUSAND TALENTS PROGRAM IS ALSO DISCUSSED

May 10, 2020: Senator Cotton on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures

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PANDEMICS AND POWER

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

 

Now this is really something to be worried about.  China’s gaining control of valuable assets throughout the world.  It is very likely  that China let the virus spread throughout the world for the purpose of weakening our economies.  Why else would the Communist Party stop flights from Wuhan to other cities in China while letting international flights out of Wuhan travel to all parts of the world?  When financially desperate countries can no longer service their debt to China, the Chinese Communist Party seizes control of that country’s  assets which could be an important waterway or strategic asset.  The Chinese are masters at playing chess while the rest of us are playing checkers !!!   Nancy
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
PANDEMICS AND POWER
China could emerge from coronavirus even stronger unless the free world frees itself from Beijing dependence
By Tyler Grant  Tyler Grant is a writer and attorney   April 23, 2020

During times of war and chaos, someone profits. As the world continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have shuttered, families have lost loved ones, and governments at the federal, state, and local levels have scrambled to provide adequate resources to the public. Meanwhile, after lying to international health organizations and governments around the world, China seeks to repair its public image and capitalize on a pandemic it allowed to wreak havoc on the world.

Beijing is positioned to recover faster than its competitors, including the United States. Why that is contains a lesson for America going forward, if we don’t want to be back in this position again.

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a plan to expand China’s global footprint in infrastructure projects abroad called the “Belt and Road Initiative.” What followed was a series of projects aimed at connecting over 65 countries with access to financing in excess of $1 trillion. The relationships span the globe, even including ambitions to control the Arctic Circle. The initiative has given China significant access to resources, economic zones, and trade routes. According to the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, from “2000 to 2017, the Chinese government, banks and contractors signed $146 billion in loan commitments to African governments and their state-owned enterprises.” Foreign Policy reports, “Djibouti, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Montenegro … owe more than 45% of their gross domestic products to Beijing over Belt and Road projects.”

And thanks to the Chinese Communist Party’s lack of political or economic competition at home, it has been able to lend money on terms advantageous to Beijing — and only Beijing. Azeem Ibrahim, a professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, notes, “Beijing is becoming adept at translating outstanding debts into foreign assets.” The Belt and Road program largely relies on low-interest credit facilities collateralized by borrowing countries’ infrastructure or natural resources. Due to the poor credit of the sovereign borrower or low expectation of performance of the asset in question, many call China’s practice a form of “neo-colonialism” or “creditor imperialism” through what’s called “debt-trap diplomacy.” The Institute for Security Studies has gone so far as to call China’s behavior a “predatory system designed to ensnare countries into a straightjacket of debt servitude.”

How this works in practice: Borrowers that are unable to fulfill their loan obligations cede tremendous bargaining leverage to the Chinese when they seek to restructure the debt. If they default, the Chinese government simply seizes control of the asset. For example, the Sri Lankan government entered into a credit deal with the Chinese for a port (which reports indicate was a shaky bet, financially, from the start). When the asset didn’t perform to the terms of the contract, Sri Lanka granted China a 99-year lease on the port, including over 150,000 acres of land surrounding it. Just like that, the Chinese Communist Party gained control over a major waterway of another country.

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VIDEO – DR. JUDY MIKOVITS, Phd, A frightening Account of Accusations and Intimidation Tactics

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

 

This incredible  video was sent  from several of our readers.  Nancy
VIDEO
A truly frightening account of accusations and intimidation tactics  that were done to Dr. Judy Mikovits, Phd, Molecular Biologist/Medical Researcher
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VIDEO – ARREST OF LOCKDOWN PROTESTERS IN RALEIGH, NC APRIL 28, 2020

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

 

This video was filmed at a peaceful demonstration to open up our state from the lockdown in Raleigh, NC, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 .       Nancy

 

 

This was a peaceful protest on public property (the sidewalk) owned by the people who were arrested by the governor’s goons.
This shocking video was still viewable as 11pm on Tuesday, 4/28…..

 

Thanks to Gadi Adelman, a counter terrorism expert, who was attending the protest in Raleigh yesterday, for providing us with this detailed accounting of what really happened.  Nancy

Nancy good morning.
Dee and I were at the rally both yesterday and last week. To answer your question the actual charges on all four were “resisting a public officer and violation of an executive order”.
Personally I’d like to know how stepping on the sidewalk is a violation of the executive order because that is what they were arrested for.
Last week, there were signs up to stay off the sidewalk, those signs were not there yesterday. Also one of the four that was arrested was charged with “damaging property” he had been pulling on the Northeast gate of the executive mansion which Dee and I both saw while we were there but from what I saw I doubt that it was broken due to that.
When I spotted him doing that I pointed it out to Dee and said,  “we don’t need to be doing stuff like that”. As I was about to walk over and tell him to stop someone else got there before me and pulled him away. it was well over an hour later that he was arrested for that while standing on the sidewalk.
Nowhere in the governor’s executive order does it say that you cannot walk on the sidewalk, I’m sure these charges will all be tossed out and they were just making an example of them.
The whole reason that this started was because there were no flags flying in front of the executive Mansion. Dee and I also noticed there were no flags last week.
I walked up to the sidewalk and spoke to one of the police officers, I asked him nicely, calmly, and quietly can you tell me why the flags are not up on the flagpole? He refused to answer me, no matter what I asked him he just stood there, nothing was ever said by any of these police officers other than “do not step on the sidewalk” . At one point I finally said to him “I guess you’re not allowed to answer”  and he smirked at me.
Aside from the one idiot who pulled on the gates we left downtown cleaner than when we arrived, it was peaceful and there were no threats or anything other than everyone that I saw thanking the police for being there and for their service.

Also, the reason the flags were not being flown (so I found out later) is because the Gov. said they were damaged during protests in the past. What he didn’t bother to say was that ALL those protests were by either, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and Illegals, NEVER any conservative group. ALL the other State buildings had their flags up.

Gadi

 

 

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VIDEO – DOCTORS AND POLITICIANS “AMERICA WAKE UP”‘

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

 

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VIDEO – CALIF DOCTORS OF IMMUNOLOGY ON CORONAVIRUS

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Subject: MUST SEE VIDEO: California Doctors of Immunology Say Only Sick and Elderly Should be Quarantined, Businesses Should Open, and State is Pressuring Drs. to Add COVID-19 Numbers

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