Home, home again,
I like to be here when I can,
And when I come home cold and tired,
It’s good to warm my titanium poly-alloy chassis beside the fire.
– Pink Floyd (Time)
One for the Ages
Nork Defection Routes
The easiest way to escape from North Korea is to be sold into Chinese slave labor. The Worker’s Paradise. The promise of World Communism. I just can’t understand why they’d want to leave such a delightful life.
2021 – a good year for Assad…
Partner with Beihang Univ.
Beihang University is one of China’s leading universities for defense research and analysis. It recently scrubbed public mentions of its international educational partnerships from its website. An Internet Archive record of the list shows the Chinese school has teamed with more than 50 schools worldwide, including 5 American colleges and universities.
Beihang, which is also known as the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is one of the seven foremost schools for defense research. Beihang has nine labs specifically devoted to incubating Chinese military experiments and spends 60 percent of its research budget on defense activities. Beihang’s most alarming projects include fighter jets, satellites, and ballistic missiles, all platforms that Pentagon simulations identify as cornerstone elements in China’s strategy to attack American allies in the Indo-Pacific. In 2001, a Department of Commerce export control order placed Beihang University on a blacklist for its involvement in Chinese rocket systems and drones.
Beihang’s opaque relationship with American research universities fits a larger pattern of Chinese military-industrial cooperation with U.S. schools. In January, a compilation of data revealed that institutions affiliated with the Chinese military funneled $88 million to American schools over the course of six years. What did they get for that investment?
The Trump administration cracked down on such relationships, strengthening accountability and transparency measures that forced colleges to divulge their ties with the communist regime. Chinese educational projects, however, have since begun targeting K-12 programming and university-level exchanges to fly under the radar of government watchdogs.
Beihang has partnered with the University of Michigan, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Saint Mary’s School of Law, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, according to the list. Course catalogs, social media, and other platforms from all five schools show varying levels of involvement between the American universities and the Chinese military university.
Beihang’s American partners have also scrubbed past mentions of the Chinese school from their websites. St. Mary’s Law School deleted multiple pages regarding its overseas relationship; one site remains in place detailing a summer exchange program with Beihang set to restart in 2022. The University of Michigan offers course credit exchanges primarily in math and engineering classes with Beihang, according to the school’s web page. Two pages on Carnegie Mellon’s website show cooperation between the two schools. The only evidence that remains of possible ties Columbia and Rose-Hulman have with the Chinese school are an export compliance sheet and a social media post, respectively.
With a media bought and paid for (for the most part) by Beijing, don’t expect any investigative reporting in-depth. When you consider that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who is personally affiliated with Chinese Intelligence retains his clearance and seat on the House Intelligence Committee – no surprise.
Let us focus on wearing masks that don’t work!
Bulk Purchases of Red Mist
Here is a delivery that a friend received. I don’t expect you to personally buy hundreds of copies to distribute to friends and family.
There are just over 130 shopping days left until Christmas. The supply is limited. Act now to avoid disappointment. If you buy 100 copies, I’ll name a star after you… 1,000 copies and I’ll arrange to get your DNA sent to the Moon… 10,000 copies and you can have dinner with at least one of the authors (something better than McDonalds or Taco Bell). That’s what I call incentivizing.