The China-EU Trade Spat

Both Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have made statements over the last two days relating to the brewing EU-China trade disputes. Although apparently unrelated, another EU trade probe – this one into controversial (in some economies) telecommunications network equipment makers Huawei and ZTE – is actually addressing very similar underlying issues (implicit Chinese subsidies to its manufacturing sector). In both cases, the role of Germany, the EU’s largest economy, is set to be an important factor in how things proceed.

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Far-right protesters blame Islam for soldier’s death

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) — More than 1,000 supporters of Britain’s far-right English Defence League group gathered in London on Monday for a protest over the death of a British soldier.  At the protest, outside of Downing Street, EDL leaders blamed Islam for the death of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich last week, The Guardian reported.  “I am here to show that we stand together against the killers of Lee Rigby. It seems that there is one law today for Muslims and one for everyone else,” said Ben Roberts, a former soldier who spoke at the protest.  The EDL demonstration sparked a counter-protest organized by anti-fascist groups. Both protests were peaceful until several glass bottles were thrown between the crowds.

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40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

f you know someone that actually believes that the U.S. economy is in good shape, just show them the statistics in this article.  When you step back and look at the long-term trends, it is undeniable what is happening to us.  We are in the midst of a horrifying economic decline that is the result of decades of very bad decisions.  30 years ago, the U.S. national debt was about one trillion dollars.  Today, it is almost 17 trillion dollars.  40 years ago, the total amount of debt in the United States was about 2 trillion dollars.  Today, it is more than 56 trillion dollars.  At the same time that we have been running up all of this debt, our economic infrastructure and our ability to produce wealth has been absolutely gutted.  Since 2001, the United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities and millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas.  Our share of global GDP declined from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.

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Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.  Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.

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Portland, Oregon rejects adding fluoride to drinking water

If you live in a city that flouridates, and there is a better than 80% chance that you do, click the link below.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Ore., has conceded defeat in an effort to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water.  With more than 80 percent of the expected ballots counted late Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election website showed the fluoride proposal failing, 60 percent to 40 percent.

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Report: military propaganda efforts ineffective

WASHINGTON — Pentagon propaganda programs are inadequately tracked, their impact is unclear, and the military doesn’t know if it is targeting the right foreign audiences, according to a government report obtained by USA TODAY.  Since 2005, the Pentagon has spent hundreds of million of dollars on Military Information Support Operations (MISO). These propaganda efforts include websites, leaflets and broadcasts intended to change foreigners’ “attitudes and behaviors in support of U.S. Government” objectives, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office. Some of them disclose the U.S. military as the source; others don’t.

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The Robot-Driven Data Center of Tomorrow

There is an evolution happening within the modern data center. Huge data center operators like Google and Amazon are quietly redefining the future of the data center. This includes the integration of robotics to create a lights-out, fully automated data center environment.  Let’s draw some parallels. There’s a lot of similarity between the modern warehouse center and a state-of-the-art data center. There is an organized structure, a lot of automation, and the entire floor plan is built to be as efficient as possible. Large organizations like Amazon are already using highly advanced control technologies – which include robotics – to automate and control their warehouses.  So, doesn’t it make sense to logically carry over this technology to the data center?

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North African jihadists widen their war

NIAMEY, Niger, May 24 (UPI) — The jihadist alliance in North Africa has widened its war with two suicide attacks, including a French-owned uranium mine, in Niger, demonstrating the militants are able to cause mayhem across the region even as they battle French-led forces in Mali.  Thursday’s attacks, which killed 19 people and five bombers, were claimed by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, which is allied with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

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‘They don’t want to integrate’: Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm

The unmentioned fact here is that whenever the word “immigrant” is used you should insert the word Muslim.  These are Muslim riots.  No doubt Sweden has plenty of immigrants that are integrated and employed.  The difference between these and the “immigrants” that prefer to engage in a days long destructive rampage is that the rioters are followers of a hostile religion of that refuses to integrate.

Youth gang riots in the Swedish capital Stockholm have entered fifth straight night. Hundreds of mostly immigrant teenagers tore through the suburbs, smashing windows and burning cars in the country’s worst outbreak of violence in years.  At least six vehicles were torched throughout the city late on Thursday while the police called for reinforcements from other Swedish cities bracing for further unrest.   Firefighters were putting out flames that engulfed several cars and a school in immigrant-dominated areas of Stockholm.

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Supreme Court declines to hear Alaska climate change case

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an Alaskan village’s claim that it should be able to sue oil companies and utilities for damages attributed to climate change.  Lawyers for the village of Kivalina wanted various named defendants responsible for greenhouse emissions, including Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Duke Energy Corp, to pay damages for greater flooding and erosion that they say have caused by a reduction in sea ice.  The court’s refusal to take the case means an appeals court ruling in favor of the defendants remains intact.

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Riots in Stockholm Suburb Over Police Shooting

I hope the Swedes are starting to wake up.   See the story below this one to see an example of why these criminal savages feel so emboldened to simply start destroying property.

Gangs of youth angered by the police shooting death of an elderly man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early Monday, forcing the evacuation of an apartment block.  Around 50 youths were involved in the riots in the suburb of Husby, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.  The youths set light to a parking garage, compelling police to evacuate residents from an adjacent apartment block, Bystrom said. Residents were allowed to return home after a couple of hours.  Around 80 percent of the roughly 11,000 people living in Husby — a drab, low-income neighborhood of apartment blocks west of Stockholm — are first or second generation immigrants.

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Smoking Gun? IRS Union Prez Visited Obama On 3/31/10

What if it could be proven that the president of the anti-tea party National Treasury Employees Union visited Barack Obama, the anti-tea party President of the United States in the White House on March 31, 2010 –  the day before  the IRS, (with the union involved in its decision-making) set up its “Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party”?  Does that seem a little incriminating?  Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator has the scoop:

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Handshake ordeal leads to Swedish town paying fine

While the Swedish authorities have cowardly not identified the religion, There can be no doubt that the offended party belongs to the most perpetually offended religion of earth, Islam.

TROLLHATTAN, Sweden, May 20 (UPI) — A Swedish town has agreed to pay a man civil damages after an official said he couldn’t have an internship if he wasn’t comfortable shaking hands with women.  An unidentified man was granted an internship in the Trollhattan office of integration and was undergoing a final meeting with a female supervisor. When the woman went to shake the man’s hand he refused, citing religious views that he said prevented him from shaking a woman’s hand without washing immediately afterward. The man’s religion wasn’t reported.

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At The Brink: Dr. John Lott Defines America’s Calamity

At The Brink, the new book by economist Dr. John Lott (author of More Guns, Less Crime and other books; also, he is a friend of mine), provides a detailed examination of five areas where the Obama administration is about to take us over the edge into, perhaps, the irrevocable collapse of our republic. Unfortunately, Dr. Lott makes it clear that these problems are not just Obama’s doing, but the result of bad policy decisions that have been coming from D.C. for a long time.  The five areas that Dr. Lott examines, in his thorough but readable manner: Obamacare; the stimulus bills that actually destroyed more jobs than they created; how Obama’s gun control policy was politically driven when not actually criminal; the regulatory destruction of business (at least businesses that were not contributing money to the Obama campaign); and the effects of tax policy.

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Pentagon Spec Ops Chief Sees ’10 to 20′ More Years of War Against al-Qaida

The war in Afghanistan may be winding down. But the Pentagon’s chief of irregular warfare still sees a war against al-Qaida that will last decades, all over the world — a prospect that prompted astonishment and constitutional debate in the Senate.  Asked at a Senate hearing today how long the war on terrorism will last, Michael Sheehan, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, answered, “At least 10 to 20 years.”

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Oil & gas reserves add to existing tensions between Israel & Lebanon

TEL AVIV: The recent discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean off the Israeli, Cypriot and Lebanese coasts is a great boost to the independence and self-sufficiency of these countries.  But the discoveries also add to existing tensions between Israel and Lebanon as both are claiming the oil and gas reserves as their own.  In April, natural gas from the Israeli Tamar reserve began to flow from an offshore rig in the Mediterranean Sea into Israel, giving the country the chance to hone its energy security and freedom.

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Rare Earths, Oil, Gas, Other Commodities Up For Grabs As Arctic States Grants China, India, Japan, Other Select Nations ‘Observer Status’

It won’t be long before the essential raw minerals and commodities of the planet’s Far North such as rare earths, oil and gas get gobbled up by the industrialists.  On Wednesday, the Arctic Council granted China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore new Observer States status. Essentially, the six nations gained rightful entry to listen in on meetings of the council, as well as propose and finance policies.  Observers, however, do not have powers related to decision making within the council.  The council is composed of eight permanent Arctic nations, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.

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Understanding Fourth Generation War

I came across this article while doing a little research.  Posted in 2004, still very topical and relevant to today so thought I would repost it here.

Rather than commenting on the specifics of the war with Iraq, I thought it might be a good time to lay out a framework for understanding that and other conflicts. The framework is the Four Generations of Modern War.  I developed the framework of the first three generations (“generation” is shorthand for dialectically qualitative shift) in the 1980s, when I was laboring to introduce maneuver warfare to the Marine Corps. Marines kept asking, “What will the Fourth Generation be like?”, and I began to think about that. The result was the article I co-authored for the Marine Corps Gazette in 1989, “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation.” Our troops found copies of it in the caves at Tora Bora, the al-Qaeda hideout in Afghanistan.

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Iran elections: Candidates and rivalries in the frame

The Iranian presidential elections, on 14 June, are now expected to pit three wings of the establishment against each other.  Political parties opposed to the Islamic Republic are boycotting the process for not being free and fair.  However, the regime’s internal factions, which have been locked in bitter power struggles for years, have all put forward candidates.  In Iran, factions are not fully functional political parties but loose networks of influential elements representing institutional and financial interests.  Within the next few weeks the country’s constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council, will impose its authoritarian whip by eliminating candidates who are seen to be outside the accepted political discourse.

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Nigeria declares ‘massive’ military campaign on borders

Nigeria has announced a “massive deployment of men and resources” to combat Islamist militants in the country’s remote border territories.  A statement said the drive was aimed at “asserting the nation’s territorial integrity” and “enhancing security”.  On Tuesday President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states after a series of deadly attacks by militant groups.  Fighters from the Boko Haram group are blamed for most of the violence.  The group, which has its roots in north-eastern Nigeria, is linked to bloodshed in which some 2,000 people have died since 2010.

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