Update on China
Floods, Earthquakes and Plagues in Communist China (more here) in the news that you never receive in the mainstream media outlets.
The story remains the same, and more particularly with the Three Gorges Damn.
Officials: “Don’t blame the dams”
The Public: “we blame corrupt officials and lying politicians”
Politician: “we blame the dams and who built them”…but who built them?
Relatively smaller earthquakes (3-5) impact China much more profoundly than they would in the West because of different construction standards that one finds in China.
Problems with Sinograin (Chinese national food company) both in terms of improper handling and other corruption have provoked a controversy in China. China, a nation that can only provide 60% of what it needs, has suffered from floods that ruined a significant portion of the 2020 harvest.
Rumors of Sabotage
There are a lot of rumors about the origin of the fire that devastated the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The Bonhomme Richard spent the past two years in the San Diego dockyard as it was modernized to accept the F-35B, but the current fire may “total” the ship.
There has been no speculation from this blog, however, after speaking with people who are closer to the issue than I am, there’s a distinct possibility that the ship was the victim of sabotage and that Communist China may have been responsible. How and why was this fire allowed to spread so fast and so far? There are safeguards at the Combat Information Center that would have led to early containment if the fire happened accidentally, but in a sabotage situation, the game changes. And the ship wasn’t ready for THAT. There were no casualties, and there were no weapons on the ship since it was undergoing refit. The fire did not reach the ship’s fuel supplies.
But the USS Bonhomme Richard, currently 22 years old, will likely be scrapped because of the fire, whatever its origin.
I don’t know if enough specific evidence will ever be amassed to link the fire to sabotage by Communist China. For now, it’s one of a few theories.