The trends have been picked up by the US State Department and the news media (Fox News). And US Citizens are being rolled up on the street by the secret police and interrogated. The obvious conclusion is that there is a likely intention of snatching the more valuable, putting them into concentration camps and being used as hostages.
It’s not new here on the blog. We’ve discussed it before. It hit popular media now and that’s the only thing that is genuinely new.
The Guardian (UK) added its warning. “The US has warned its citizens in China to exercise increased caution because of a heightened risk of arbitrary detention and exit bans that prevent foreign citizens leaving the country.
Citizens could face prolonged spells in jail, without US consular support, or access to details of any alleged crime, the state department said. The warning, sent in an email to US citizens in China, comes after Beijing passed a national security law for Hong Kong, with the legislation drafted to cover people “from outside [Hong Kong]”, including non-residents.
China has been accused of hostage diplomacy over the arrest of two Canadians, who were recently charged with espionage after more than 18 months in jail. Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, were detained in 2018, days after Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer of tech firm Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, on a US extradition warrant.
And that’s the way it is now.
We remembered D-Day on June 6 this past week, not the end of the war in Europe, but the end of the beginning of that war. Back then, as opposed to now, Nazis were real and “toxic masculinity” was called upon to rid the world of unspeakable horror and evil. 75 years ago today the allies were pushing off the beaches and enlarging the beachhead. There was a lot of fighting and killing ahead, but the conclusion of the war was at least in sight.
Today, the corrupt, lying, filthy mainstream media speaks of American allies and includes Mexico in that number. Where were the Mexican troops on D-Day? Does anyone recall the Zimmerman Telegram during World War One that helped bring us into that war? For those who may have forgotten, the Zimmerman Telegram was a secret diplomatic communication issued from the German Foreign Office in January 1917 that proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico. Can any of you recall a situation when Mexican acted like an American ally? EVER? (build the wall, lock Her up, MAGA)
And, on the Lighter Side of the Sunday Sermonette…
The love affair that Barack – and friends – has with Iran won’t be nearly as much of a legacy as the great divider hopes that it will be. I don’t even know if it will last long enough for him to put up the exhibit in his one-billion dollar presidential library in Chicago.
(Fox News) Soros, who has demonized fossil fuels for years through his think tanks and political contributions, recently snapped up 1 million shares of Peabody and half a million shares of Arch Coal, giving him significant stakes in what’s left of the U.S. coal industry. His company purchased 553,200 shares of Arch Coal for $188,000 and made an investment of $2,254,000 into Peabody Energy for 1,029,400 shares.The trades would have cost Soros a lot more six years ago, when Peabody, which trades under the symbol BTU, was at about $90 a share, but shares have now fallen to around $1.
The 85-year-old former Nazi and hedge fund manager is the 19th wealthiest person in the U.S. with a net worth of $24.2 billion.
Today China is calling for multi-nation talks on the North Korean nuclear program.
My response: NO
While running for office, Dear Leader silenced all of his critics by branding them RACISTS. Lo and behold, it worked. As a member of Rev. Wright’s Black Liberation Theology cult, he had twenty years to get the syntax down.
“In the 60’s the liberal left and the Democratic Party became the champions of civil rights –a cause with which they were NOT historically associated, but events of the time conspired to make them the standard-bearers of racial equality–an unaddressed social issue in this country that plagued and highlighted some of the hypocrisy in its high-minded and lofty values from the very beginning. It was definitely time to make the American promise that so clearly burned in the minds of the Founding Fathers real for all Americans.
“Championing this cause was so successful for the Democrats as a political party, that they quite naturally took up the causes of other identified “victim” groups (women, the disabled; homosexuals, etc.); successfully leveraging their heroic stand on civil rights as proof of their concern for the oppressed and “the little guy”.
“Along the way, the Democrats picked up a few holy mantras (“Roe v Wade” and the whole abortion rights movement ; “Make Love Not War” and the entire antiwar crowd; etc.) and, about this time, they became very seriously infected with the Marxist virus that had already spread throughout Europe, despite being the cause of human misery as well as millions of deaths around the world.“The liberal left failed to notice that the American people rose to the challenge of equal rights and that society changed under the irrefutable logic of human freedom and equal opportunity for all. The promise of liberty was, after all, the founding principle of our nation.” (H/T Dr. Sanity)
It’s not so hard to understand that those who once championed the oppressed and encouraged them to be free and partake of all aspects of American society; now have become the most potent enablers of the victimhood cults that sprang up in each of these groups.Those whose identity is tied-up inextricably with being the champions the oppressed, must be sure to maintain an oppressed class–constantly seeking new victims to heroically stand for; otherwise what or who will they champion?
Not only did the liberal left exhibit almost complete blindness and fail to celebrate its greatest success , but they became more and more strident in their demands and denunciations of American society as a whole. This entire process coincided with their increasing irrelevance and loss of political power. In response, theleft is trying to change the playing field to insure that they remain relevant by switching from demands for “equal opportunity” to an insistance on “equal outcome”. Since it is impossible to achieve the latter–except in a totalitarian society, where everyone is made equally miserable; or in death itself–the left hopes to achieve new power and influence over a neverending victim class that they will have created through their policies. The paranoid style conveniently defends those policies and effortlessly maintains their defective worldview.
|Clandestine Bolo – from Todd Begg’s website (above)|
|Clandestine Combat – from Todd Begg’s website|
A Personal Note: I have knocked around the custom (also called ‘bench made’ not to be confused with the manufacturer of the same name) knife business since I was about ten years old and have met some of the old knife making legends, such as Gil Hibben (met in 1965 when my grandfather built a rifle for him) and Jimmy Lile. Both Lile and Hibben priced themselves well beyond my purchase point. Not long ago, custom knife legend, Rick Hill (voice from the past), called me and we spoke about a very cool knife that he made for me prior to a deployment that I made when I was in the US Navy. I still have the knife in its original parachute-safe sheath and it’s one of my proudest blades – if not the sharpest. It was nice speaking with him and we collaborated on the selection of a knife that I ended up buying from another source for work in Mexico. It’s difficult to find the right working blade for the right purpose.
My knives may be worth something, but they’re all work tools, not museum pieces or movie props. Buying a knife that I’d never carry or use strikes me as somehow wrong, but that is what collectors do.
So I am not a collector, I’m a user. And I have discriminating tastes. I’m looking forward to see how Todd Begg’s journey through the reality television world comes out, so I will be watching.
Watch with me and post in comments below. Tell me what you think about the Blade Brothers.
Inner city people rarely are seen out in the wild and they never live there. Self sufficiency is required and the inner city types prefer to be cradled by the taxpayers from birth to death (with institutional terms in the prison systems interspersed where they’re still cared for at public expense). There are wilderness churches but I have yet to see a wilderness mosque or synagogue. That may have to do with the traditional practice of eating bacon with your waffles (in turn covered with butter and maple syrup) at breakfast.
Most people who live beyond the settlements are private people living on their own land, and they value their privacy. Disturbing people who live on a compound as a matter of choice requires impeccable manners and a reason for showing up. There is the inevitable problem of having savage, feral dogs tear you to pieces before the owner (taking their sweet time) calls their hybrid wolf-dogs off. People have been known to end up as wolf-dog manure, recycled as God intended. Inner city people avoid those situations instinctively.
There have been some surprises. Not many but a few:
“It enabled us to find out how to organize a carrier battle group exercise and to test the training levels of our sailors and pilots,” the unit’s commander told state broadcaster CCTV.
The seizure of the US Navy’s drone survey vehicle in the South China Sea was an act of local hubris and is something that Beijing regretted privately. It accomplished little, publicly embarrassed China, and antagonized President Trump at a time when the Chinese want to appear “strong yet reasonable”.
Since President Trump has not yet taken office, the daily press briefing from the White House is still managed by the Obama people, filtered by the corrupt elite media. Thus President Trump feels the need to take to Twitter to express an opinion – and that he does. When he told China to “keep it” (the drone), it he expressed his feelings on the matter and they were to specifically embarrass the Chinese. The opening salvos to the Chinese regarding future negations are still being volleyed. The US Press should understand this, but they don’t seem to from their myopic reporting. They are reacting from their experiences during the eight long, miserable years of the Obama presidency and though things are changing, they are very slow to comprehend that. (see grief counseling)
The VFA serves as a guide for the conduct of US soldiers while visiting the Philippines and provides rules on joint military exercises between the Philippines and the US.
“We are, we are glad that we are freed from proving anything to the United States. We do not need the money. Bye-bye America and work on the protocols that would eventually move you out from the Philippines. You know, tit for tat. If you know this, if you can do this, so do we. It ain’t a one-way traffic,” he said in a press conference after his return from an official visit to Singapore.
Neither Russia or China want to assume the burden of carrying the Philippines. Regardless, Duterte seems determined to reduce Philippine both dependence on the US and US leverage over the Philippines.
P. I. Pivot to China
The US has made a long series of economic and diplomatic blunders under the Obama Administration. The crisis in Syria and the death toll in Aleppo is only the most recent and emblematic of those mistakes.
The policy of Iran is to overthrow the Arab kings, most important of those is Saudi Arabia and the repatriation of Mecca to Iran. There is a domino effect planned by the Iranian mullahs, and creating a Shiite dominant government in Yemen was/is an important component of that process. Iran takes credit for the fall of Aleppo, but it may be too soon to take a victory lap on that one (though Iran disagrees with me).
Evacuation of Aleppo
“A trilateral meeting is scheduled to take place in Moscow on 20 December. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone to his counterparts from Turkey and Iran. They welcomed the idea,” Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian deputy foreign minister and special presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa, told TASS news agency. According to Bogdanov, the idea “has been discussed for a long time”. “We need to talk in a trilateral format primarily about the situation in Syria and around it,” Bogdanov said.
Talks with the Syrian opposition. He also said that the Syrian sides should be encouraged to “come to the negotiating table and agree on a stable ceasefire, to resolve humanitarian issues, to arrive at a political settlement.” “What we have to build on is UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” Bogdanov said.
The Obama Administration has no intention of cooperating in an environment where the Russians are calling the shots. I leave the wisdom of US diplomacy to this blog’s readers to work out for themselves.
I’ll grant you that the smartest computer in the world could not have predicted on September 12, 2001 that a quasi Muslim – call him a Muslim of convenience – Barack Hussein Obama (mmm.mmm.mmm) would have risen to be the next American President. That notwithstanding, can our outlandish behavior, given that we frequently act against our best self-interest, be predicted by computer gaming? Can virtual worlds help us to avoid pitfalls by “gaming” the outcome?
There are linkages between those powers and while your attention is focused on the RNC and flowery speeches designed to impress the body politic – things are going on in the world that the American news media is ignoring. Let’s take a moment and explore some of them.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told the press in a statement that North Korea launched three ballistic missiles from North Hwanghae Province into the Sea of Japan between 5:45 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. local time on July 19. The missiles flew 500 to 600 kilometers.
Context and Precedence: The first North Korean Scud ballistic missile base was in Sariwon, the capital of North Hwanghae Province. While North Korea still had a credible air force, the Sariwon Scud regiment was the only ballistic missile base in North Korea. As the North’s fighters and fighter-bombers became obsolete in the 1990s, the ballistic missile force was developed as a lower-cost, effective replacement. Sariwon has been the headquarters location for a Scud brigade since 1990.
“North Korea seems to be fully prepared to carry out a nuclear test at any time. South Korea is closely monitoring every move at the North’s test site in close cooperation with the United States,” Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a regular press briefing.
Recent Timeline Review: Since the US imposed sanctions on Kim Jong Un on July 6, North Korea has attempted to launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile on July 9 and terminated the UN channel for contacts with the US on July 11. Since the US THAAD basing announcement, the North has launched three Scud missiles on July 19 and increased activity at its nuclear site.
My comment to the Chinese leadership: If your ally and ward state (the Norks) didn’t keep shooting ballistic missiles, the ROKs might not have felt it necessary to deploy THAAD.
Linkage with the South China Sea Issue
|S-300 Missile System|
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the S-300 (surface-to-air missile) sales ban to Iran in April 2015. The Tasnim news agency reported on July 18 that Russia has begun delivery to Iran of the missiles for the S-300 air defense missile system.
|Russia’s support for Iran|
The window for delivering the missiles probably was agreed months ago, but the actual delivery date might have been somewhat variable. In any event, the timing is useful for showcasing Russian support for its clients and its high profile involvement in the Middle East. Putin talked with Turkey’s President Erdogan on the 17th and Russia is delivering on a contract to Iran on the 18th. Russia continues to act and look like an honest broker.
|Map of Turkey|
In a press interview with CNN, President Erdogan said that the failed military coup was a “clear crime of treason.” He refused to rule out reinstating the death penalty for the coup plotters. He repeated earlier statements that the Turkish people want death for the coup plotters. “The people now have the idea, after so many terrorist incidents, that these terrorists should be killed, that’s where they are, they don’t see any other outcome to it,” he said. “Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons, for years to come? That’s what the people say,” he said. “They want a swift end to it, because people lost relatives, lost neighbors, lost children … they’re suffering, so the people are very sensitive and we have to act very sensibly and sensitively.”
At Minneapolis PD
Minneapolis PD, 1867-2020
46 officers put in their papers for early retirement. 14 police officers quit. Everyone else is looking to lateral to another police or sheriff’s department if anyone will take them. The common theme is, “you’re on your own”.
So maybe the city’s problems are solved. They can hire social workers to respond to 911 calls the way they have said that they want to.
What could possibly go wrong?
And to the progressive folk who live in the city, I hope you enjoy watching property values decline and insurance rates skyrocket.
CW, The Older Years
A shameless plug for CW at the Daily Timewaster
I’ve stayed here at the Ladera Hotel on St. Lucia. The hotel is very nice, as are many resorts on the island. But the island itself has a lot of very poor people (ghetto island in many respects). Best stay on the resort property if you visit. Not that it’s difficult to hang out and not leave.
Nothing Has Changed Since Day One
This is the message of your Sunday Sermonette
Free States vs Not Free States
With the coming of riots, which followed murder hornets, and will be succeeded by flesh eating zombies, you can go back to Corona if you’d like. Stay thirsty.
Somebody Else riding a Ducati Diavel
You can do a wheelie in fourth gear without much effort.
Finnish Army Sniper Simo Hayha is an unsung hero in many places but not in Finland.
The lack of human sources has been the greatest threat to the presidencies and the historical legacies of American Presidents, and to the American people.1. The Chinese invasion of North Korea in 1950 was a complete surprise and the subsequent handling of the war by President Truman led him to cancel his re-election campaign.2. The handling of the U-2 incident was President Eisenhower’s greatest regret as President.3. Lack of Cuban human sources contributed to the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which was President Kennedy’s greatest failure.4. The lack of human sources in Vietnam haunted President Johnson in the conduct of the Vietnam War.5. The Vietnam War was one of President Nixon’s greatest challenges as well. The outbreak of the 1973 Arab/Israeli war also took the Agency by surprise.6. Throughout the Cold War, the Agency’s top program, recruitment of Soviet human sources, was a shambles. Lack of intelligence on Soviet intentions nearly led to war on several occasions.7. President Carter’s humiliation and the destruction of his presidency were caused by the Iran hostage crisis and the subsequent failed rescue attempt, both of which featured a lack of human sources.8 President Reagan’s humiliation involved hostages and the ensuing Iran-Contra scandal, both featuring a lack of human sources.9. President Clinton’s legacy was tarnished by the lack of human sources, who could have transmitted information that might have prevented the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Lack of human sources led to a nuclear arms race in the Asian sub-continent.10. Lack of human sources on Iraqi WMD and on the Iraq war poisoned the George W. Bush presidency.
The U. S. Intelligence structure consists in layer upon layer upon layer of moribund management such that not much seems to get done. Management consultant Tom Peters discusses the problem of layers by pointing out that, in a chain of six layers, if each layer makes the correct decision 80 percent of the time, this will result in a correct decision by the six layers 26 percent of the time. (.8 to the 6 th power = 26 percent).