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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    https://news.yahoo.com/two-explosions-rocks-beirut-dozens-wounded-161205100.html Beirut (AFP) - Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, leaving at least 73 people dead and thousands injured, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos across the Lebanese capital. The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, immediately followed by a tornado-like shockwave that flattened the port and swept the city, shattering windows kilometres (miles) away. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking "a disaster in every sense of the word".
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    Some US Generals think it was some kind of bomb. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-massive-explosion-in-beirut-was-likely-an-attack/ar-BB17zfgP?ocid=msedgntp WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said U.S. military generals have told him that they think the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing more than 70 people, was likely a bomb.
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    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Wow! Beirut knows how to put on a firework show! and 75 years ago almost to the day Hiroshima was bombed. Must be more than fireworks stored in that warehouse.
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    Yesterday, 04:06 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to devil21 again.
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    Yesterday, 03:58 PM
    The alphabet agencies can destabilize a region and create demand for dollars out of thin air. (hehehehe)
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    08-03-2020, 11:01 PM
    I think the EU will become a political union similar to the US but more socialistic. It'll be interesting to see how the largest economies maneuver for not only resources but which tacl they take to direct those economies in the future. To this end, I think the rare Earth materials will play a big part. Those places that hold them will be the new Saudi Arabia of RE materials. Those that can access them will drive civilization. China is staging itself for just this endeavor. Africa holds a lot of these resources.
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    08-03-2020, 09:16 PM
    I concur, we are shifting away from traditional manufacturing (have been for decades) and more into tech and a non-manufacturing or less manufacturing economy. Our starting point was sooner than China or rather we are cycling through the next paradigm shift into a tech driven economy. Where China came out of the Mao revolution and has leap frogged into the AI and tech economy for the most part. China will and has shifted and next will be the markets in Africa as they become the newest labor intensive markets as China moves away from that. Nike shoes will be made in Lagos for example.
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    08-03-2020, 08:47 PM
    I thought that it would dovetail into your quote quite well. The assumption of compatibility between Chinese and American interests in the Middle East is the residue of an otherwise defunct strategic belief system. Call it “harmonic convergence.” From Presidents Nixon to Obama, American leaders mistakenly assumed that globalism would transform China into a kinder, gentler communist power. This theory began with the basic recognition that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) faced extraordinary pressure to grow its economy to create jobs for an exploding population. By necessity, therefore, Beijing had no choice but to accept several core components of capitalism, chief among them the flexibility that only decentralized decision-making can provide. As China decentralized its economy, so the thinking went, a new middle class would rise and demand more say over government policies. Full-blown democracy might not ensue, but relations between rulers and ruled would become ever more consensual and transactional. The iron laws of market economics would transform the CCP from a tyrant into the largely benign technocratic manager of a giant outsourcing park for Apple and Nike. Harmonic convergence is a materialist theory of history, a capitalist analogue to Marxism. It assumes economics to be the main driver of human affairs, and it sees the “liberal international order” as the product of the immutable laws of political economy—universal laws that would shave the rough edges off communist China just as they had shaped Europe, America, Australia, Japan, and South Korea into modern liberal states. For decades, successive American presidents from both political parties worked to integrate the economies of China and America, turning them into conjoined twins.
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    08-03-2020, 08:01 PM
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/china-middle-eastern-kingdom The assumption of compatibility between Chinese and American interests in the Middle East is the residue of an otherwise defunct strategic belief system. Call it “harmonic convergence.” From Presidents Nixon to Obama, American leaders mistakenly assumed that globalism would transform China into a kinder, gentler communist power. This theory began with the basic recognition that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) faced extraordinary pressure to grow its economy to create jobs for an exploding population. By necessity, therefore, Beijing had no choice but to accept several core components of capitalism, chief among them the flexibility that only decentralized decision-making can provide. As China decentralized its economy, so the thinking went, a new middle class would rise and demand more say over government policies. Full-blown democracy might not ensue, but relations between rulers and ruled would become ever more consensual and transactional. The iron laws of market economics would transform the CCP from a tyrant into the largely benign technocratic manager of a giant outsourcing park for Apple and Nike. Harmonic convergence is a materialist theory of history, a capitalist analogue to Marxism. It assumes economics to be the main driver of human affairs, and it sees the “liberal international order” as the product of the immutable laws of political economy—universal laws that would shave the rough edges off communist China just as they had shaped Europe, America, Australia, Japan, and South Korea into modern liberal states. For decades, successive American presidents from both political parties worked to integrate the economies of China and America, turning them into conjoined twins. The dynamics on which harmonic convergence focused were real enough. But the theory’s exclusive focus on economics blinded American leaders to countervailing factors—cultural, political, and demographic—of equal or greater weight. Culturally, China sees itself not as one country among many, but as a great civilization that is central to humankind. Politically, the CCP has proved more capable than anyone ever dreamed possible of adapting single-party rule to the demands of a modern economy. Thanks, in part, to the rise of new technologies, the CCP now manages to efficiently surveil 1.4 billion people, permitting them latitude in their economic affairs while ruthlessly policing their political life and social interactions.
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    08-03-2020, 07:55 PM
    Gee can't wait until this arrives in the USA. :sarcasm: https://www.businessinsider.com/singapore-to-make-travellers-wear-electronic-tags-to-enforce-quarantine-2020-8 SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore will make some incoming travelers wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they comply with coronavirus quarantines as the city-state gradually reopens its borders, authorities said on Monday. From August 11, the devices will be given to incoming travelers, including citizens and residents, from a select group of countries who will be allowed to isolate at home rather than at a state-appointed facility. Similar measures using electronic wristbands to track peoples' movements during quarantine have been used in Hong Kong and South Korea.
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    08-03-2020, 07:23 PM
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/china-middle-eastern-kingdom Of late, some analysts have taken to identifying the source of China’s hostility to the West as “communism.” Though anachronistic, the term is not entirely inaccurate. To be sure, no one in China still believes in the hidebound tenets of Marxist economics. Still, the CCP continues to rely on the one-party state structure and the traditional communist party tools of repression, subversion, and ideological warfare—including, to name just three, the secret police, a global system of front organizations and espionage networks, and a colossal propaganda machine—to advance nationalist ends. In foreign policy, the CCP remains dedicated to international revolution. The new world they envision, however, is not a Marxist paradise but one in which China will replace the United States as the dominant power in a Sinocentric world order. In achieving this goal, China’s leaders see business and scientific research as subordinate branches of the national security apparatus. The “Made in China 2025” initiative, which the CCP unveiled in 2015, envisions near-complete Chinese independence from foreign suppliers, especially in next-generation high-tech industries, with the goal of transforming China into the undisputed leader in the fields that will drive global economic growth in the coming decades. The idea of supplanting the United States as the motor of high-tech innovation is integrally connected to the second track along which the CCP is moving: military modernization and expansion. Although reliable numbers are difficult to come by, between 2000 and 2019, China’s defense budget is estimated to have increased more than fivefold, from $43 billion to $266 billion—a sum that exceeds the combined defense budgets of Russia, Israel, Great Britain, and France. While Beijing’s immediate goal is to gain superiority over the United States in the Western Pacific, its long-term aim is to develop, within three decades, a fully expeditionary military, one capable of projecting power to the four corners of the globe with state-of-the-art weaponry matching or surpassing the firepower of the United States, and one trained in tactics designed to neutralize existing American advantages.
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    08-03-2020, 07:04 PM
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/china-middle-eastern-kingdom Xi’s signature foreign policy achievement is the Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion program that invests in infrastructure projects across the world designed to funnel resources back to a hungry China, thereby creating a global Chinese sphere of interest. The jewel in the crown of the Belt and Road Initiative is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor—a multibillion-dollar program to build highways, rail lines, and pipelines from the port of Gwadar on the Indian Ocean to Xinjiang, the Uighur heartland. The northern terminus of the corridor is Kashgar—a Uighur city which, with cameras in every crevice, is likely the most surveilled metropolitan area in the world. China is crushing the Uighurs, in other words, because their territory sits athwart China’s critical overland supply routes. How determined is China in its advance toward the Middle East? Determined enough to commit genocide. Related: How will the coming war with China play out?
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    08-03-2020, 12:38 AM
    Pauls' Revere replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    https://www.bing.com/search?q=El+Marro+captured+Mexico&filters=tnTID%3a%2263056DE5-2AB5-4919-9287-9666FA8D2161%22+tnVersion%3a%223640290%22+Segment%3a%22popularnow.carousel%22+tnCol%3a%221%22+tnOrder%3a%222cd8b9ce-184a-49f2-ab80-55f7e942babf%22&efirst=1&form=HPNN01 Videos show the pre-dawn capture by federal and state authorities of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, who is known by the alias "El Marro," which means "the Sledgehammer." He was detained along with five others in a raid that authorities said also freed a kidnapped businesswoman. The capture of Yépez Ortiz, one of the most high-profile arrests by the Mexican government in years, highlights the contradictory nature of the security policies pushed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has vowed to fight crime by eradicating poverty and break with the militarized strategies of his predecessors but who in practice has not always done so. It also casts a focus on the changing nature of Mexico's criminal organizations, which have branched out far beyond transnational drug trafficking and are now engaged in cargo robbery, domestic drug sales and control of industries as diverse as gold mining and the avocado trade. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados
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    08-03-2020, 12:21 AM
    HHmm seems the link to the article is broken. I was wondering what other solutions to sexual assault they had in mind? Mob vigilante justice?
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    08-03-2020, 12:15 AM
    I would think so or they'd be suicided like Jefferey.
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    08-02-2020, 09:04 PM
    Probably the Pearl District or North Portland. I'd like to see how long this last when they step into the Raleigh Hills / Washington Park hoods.
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    08-02-2020, 08:57 PM
    Down the drain.
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    08-02-2020, 03:49 PM
    SF of the insect world. LOL
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    08-02-2020, 02:51 PM
    Where are the sensible people there going to move to? https://www.yahoo.com/news/seattles-city-council-moves-abolish-120015764.html Is a 'community-led' safety program a suitable replacement? Reaction from former Seattle city council candidate Ari Hoffman.
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    08-02-2020, 02:46 PM
    My memories flooded back from watching Apollo Mission Splashdowns.
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    08-02-2020, 12:28 PM
    Wonder if the city will be sued for criminal negligence.
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    08-02-2020, 12:22 PM
    Can't wait til we have a visual.
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    08-02-2020, 11:36 AM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-l6f4wcv2I&feature=emb_title A hug testament to private industry. :up:
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    08-02-2020, 10:47 AM
    Right, only matters when it shows up in your backyard.
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    08-01-2020, 08:52 PM
    The same hand of God that allows churches to rape children?
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    08-01-2020, 07:25 PM
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/zombie-cicadas-infected-mind-controlling-fungus-west-virginia/?fbclid=IwAR0xr_Nw4y2sk-OW5yCQtHHCdSKQHic2_Cx6Mb-5LcbFxzxYCAo0cLiqOnQ Humans aren't the only ones susceptible to the psychedelic chemicals found in magic mushrooms. "Zombie cicadas" — under the influence of a parasitic fungus — have reemerged in West Virginia to infect their friends, and now scientists have a better understanding of how it happens. Researchers from West Virginia University recently saw the return of these bizarre creatures, which are infected with a fungus called Massospora. According to a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens, the fungus manipulates the insects to unknowingly infect other cicadas, rapidly transmitting the disease to create a zombie army of sorts. When a male cicada is infected with Massospora, researchers found it flicks its wings like a female, a known mating call. This behavior attracts healthy male cicadas, facilitating the spread of the fungus, which contains chemicals including psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Just how the disease manipulates its host and spreads is just the most recent discovery following decades of research on Massospora. The findings show the parasite functions, in part, as a sexually transmitted infection.
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    08-01-2020, 06:03 PM
    Bump for free speech.
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    08-01-2020, 05:46 PM
    https://patriotcrier.com/wikileaks-exposes-clinton-ties-child-sex-trafficking/ https://www.wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/3741 https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/?q=laura+silsby
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