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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 19, 2020

The new global trend is hit pieces against China; even a Taiwanese rapper is on the bandwagon. China’s solution to lack of technology is to take over countries that have enough freedom to create technology, then deprive those countries of their freedom in order to get their technology. It’s clear China thinks innovation is a commodity rather than an indication of an already liberated people.

Taiwan doesn’t need liberated by China; it already has been liberated from China. While the Chinese think that intimidation has driven the Taiwanese into fear, it hasn’t. As Taiwanese carry on with life as usual, the word on the street has nothing to do with fear of invasion; the Taiwanese are simply waiting for the Chinese to ask to get their ass handed to them.

The Philippine government wants to drill for oil in the South Sea. China was supposed to do that in cooperation, an old promise that still hasn’t materialized. From Xinjiang, we learn that children of detained Uyghurs are being orphaned, and China is now sending them to Confucian brainwashing school. Perhaps that was China’s goal in detaining their parents; it certainly worked out that way.

The US is pursuing charges against Chinese espionage in America. China threatens to detain Americans in retaliation. But, that misses the whole point. If China knows about American spies in China, then China should have already taken action anyway. It makes a country look weak to not stop crime except in retaliation. Does China want to send the message that American spies can spy unchecked in China as long as America’s government doesn’t prosecute Chinese spies caught in America? The world wonders what China wants. Maybe China wants the world.

But, the world doesn’t want China’s low-tech industry, repulsive actions, controlling conduct, retaliatory justice, Confucian indoctrination, nor forced language. Nations and peoples of the world will use their ability to invent to overcome China’s low-tech weapons and easily-offended, easily-intimidated culture. Of course, the Chinese don’t know when they are out-teched, out-matched, out-willed, undesired, and surrounded. They already are, but they don’t know. The only ones who know are everyone else.

Indo-Pacific

Philippines to restart oil and gas exploration in South China Sea // Financial Times

China tells Indian media not to call Taiwan a country, Taiwan says ‘get lost’ // Yahoo News

Pompeo Rails Against China At ‘Quad’ Meeting With Foreign Ministers In Tokyo // NPR

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed // Yahoo News

Trade & Tech

Huawei Besieged on New European Front After U.S. Targets Cloud // Bloomberg

NVIDIA will shift over to TSMC for new 7nm Ampere GPUs in 2021 // TweakTown

SMIC achieves breakthrough in ‘7nm process’ // cnTechPost (China)

China’s semiconductor quest is likely to fail, leaving rapprochement with US the only way out // SCMP

TSMC reportedly obtains license to ship to Huawei – there’s a catch – // GizChina (China)

Huawei CFO Dealt Fresh Setback in Fight Against Extradition // Bloomberg

Huawei: MPs claim ‘clear evidence of collusion’ with Chinese Communist Party // BBC News

Six of China’s largest semiconductor projects now halted // Taiwan News

China technology companies face geopolitical, coronavirus changes // CNBC

SMIC Says U.S. Is Placing Export Restrictions on Suppliers // Bloomberg

China

China warns U.S. it may detain Americans over prosecutions: WSJ // MSN News

China angered as U.S. names human rights envoy for Tibet // Taiwan News

Chinese detention ‘leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents’ // Guardian

For WWIII
China sees Germany, Europe as entryway to continue march for global supremacy, report says // Fox News

‘Warn US To Stop…’: China After Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait // New Delhi TV

What the reaction to Chinese President Xi Jinping coughing during a speech says about East Asia right now // CNN

China insists Genghis Khan exhibit not use words ‘Genghis Khan’ // Guardian

Xi Jinping tells Chinese marines to focus on ‘preparing to go to war’ // Business Insider

China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again. // Twitter @nvanderklippe

China-US relations: PLA slams ‘provocative action’ as US warship sails through South China Sea // SCMP

Censored!
Why did China censor Pence during the VP debate? // YouTube @ Fox Business

Pew survey on negative sentiment toward China, Xi Jinping, coronavirus // CNBC

US warns China against Taiwan attack, stresses US ‘ambiguity’ // Aljazeera

More anti-China sentiment
Stolen Mao Zedong calligraphy said to be worth billions torn in half by unwitting Hong Kong buyer // SCMP

Negative views of China and Xi Jinping at record levels: international survey // SCMP

Negative views of China soar in western countries, poll finds // Guardian

Taiwan

US official says amphibious assault of Taiwan difficult for China // Taiwan News

Taiwan rapper: 大支/Dwagie【霸凌王/Tryna Bully】 // YouTube @ 人人有功練

But no changes to laws preventing much good work
Foreigners can apply for work permits in Taiwan via new website // Taiwan News

US has altered its Taiwan arms sales policy: Military analyst // Taiwan News

Tussle over Taiwanese group raises fears over Chinese infiltration // Financial Times

Taiwan claims entrapment after China shows spy ‘confession’ // Yahoo News

White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan: sources // Yahoo News

China’s Insistence That Taiwan Isn’t a Country Starts Backfiring // Bloomberg

Taiwan’s president calls for less tension with China in annual address // Guardian

What Taiwan needs to defend itself from a Chinese invasion // Business Insider

US warplane appears to ‘draw’ median line between Taiwan and China // Taiwan News

White House has more coronavirus cases than Taiwan, New Zealand, and Vietnam // Taiwan News

With China’s jets repeatedly buzzing Taiwan, here’s what could happen if Beijing attacked the island, East Asia News & Top Stories // Straits Times

China Threatens War Over New Taiwan Independence Proposal: State Media // US News

The more trouble Taiwan creates, the sooner the mainland will teach them a lesson // Global Times (China Govt)

Taiwan says military under pressure from China as missions mount // Deccan Chronicle

Hong Kong

Taiwan and HK apparently in this together
Taipei restaurant supporting Hong Kong protesters trashed // HKFP

Photo of the Day: ‘Save 12’ signs for HK activists seen in Taipei // Taiwan News

Assistants to former Hong Kong lawmakers among nine arrested on suspicion of helping fugitives flee to Taiwan // SCMP

Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sheds tears in emotional apology speech // Fox News

North Korea Workers’ Party anniversary: Kim Jong Un faces his most daunting challenges to date // CNN

Military Faceoff

Army’s 1,000 Mile Cannon: Strategic Long Range Cannon Details // Popular Mechanics

How China’s aircraft carriers compare with US Navy flattops // Business Insider

The Air Force is experimenting with a brand new way to put warheads on foreheads // Task & Purpose

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Encore of Revival: America, October 19, 2020

TV numbers and ratings tricks are all the Left has left. While one October surprise after another surfaces, they mostly favor Republicans. The Left’s work is in ratings. It seems to some that Liberals double and triple-up on media devices to give artificial boost to Biden ratings. And, it doesn’t seem out of character for Liberals, but the question is: Why?

The Leftist mind believes that people believe what they believe for a combination of two reasons: 1. because people were told to believe a thing and 2. because other people believe a thing. It’s almost as if Liberals see themselves as a permanent majority by voluntary opinion—an opinion they chose to adopt because everyone else is doing it. That also explains why Liberals believe Trump stole the election—they believe they are the assumed and permanent majority, so any opposition must therefore be very small and even more so rare. If TV numbers favor Trump, they must lie to create false TV numbers to accurately reflect the truth—because the truth needs their help—everyone needs their help.

By presenting falsely-inflated ratings in favor of Biden, Far Left voters believe they are making Conservatives feel like “the minority they always were and always will be”, which the Far Left thinks of as an insult, even though the Left campaigns on the platform of defending minorities. Think about it, if Conservatives really were the minority the Left thinks they are, wouldn’t the party that defends minority rights want to stand up for them?

If Liberals scorn Conservatives for being a supposed minority, what does that say about what Liberals think about all the “minorities” they claim to try to help?

Then again, maybe the Leftist mind isn’t thinking at all; it’s just failing and doesn’t know what to do other than keep pretending.

Russianewsgategate

After Trump criticism, Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails // CNN

US attorney tapped by Barr to review process of ‘unmasking’ resigns from DOJ // Fox News

Trump

Pompeo defends Trump push to release Hillary Clinton emails weeks before election // ABC News America

Top general did not give his consent to be used in Trump political ad // Politico

Justice Department sues Melania Trump tell-all book author // CNBC

White House physician says Trump no longer considered transmission risk // CNBC

Bob Dole claims no Republicans on debate commission support Trump // The Hill

Election

‘Shy Trump voter’ explained
Your Host Breaks Down Early Voting Numbers and Tightening Polls // Rush

My Theory on Biden’s Town Hall Ratings Win // Rush

On the defensive
Biden lashes out at CBS reporter when asked about NY Post report: ‘I have no response, another smear campaign’ // Fox News

REAL October surprise:
Hunter Biden email story: Computer repair store owner describes handing over laptop to FBI // Fox News

Glenn Beck VIDEO: Election Hijacking // Facebook

Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris // YouTube @ C-SPAN

Biden says voters don’t deserve to know his stance on packing Supreme Court // Fox News

South Carolina Senate debate scrapped after Harrison calls for Graham to get COVID-19 test // The Hill

U.S.-China relations will ‘reset’ if Biden wins election: Max Baucus // CNBC

Analysis: Hits and misses from the vice presidential debate // CNN

Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden for president: ‘The change we need most’ // Yahoo News

Biden receives a nationally televised, hourlong infomercial // Politico

Opinion: Kamala Harris faces unique challenges in the VP debate // CNN

Rudy Giuliani’s cough kept interrupting him while he tried to attack Biden on Fox News // Yahoo News

US election: Joe Biden unlikely to give Boris Johnson ‘warm, welcoming embrace’ says former ambassador // Independent

New Senate map shows Republicans are increasingly vulnerable // NBC News

Law

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing: Live updates // CNN

Photos: Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s White House reception // CNN

White House

2 more White House residence staff tested positive for the coronavirus // NBC News

Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for coronavirus // CNBC

Stephen Miller: Top White House aide tests positive for Covid-19 // CNN

Rank & Defense

US Marine Corps assistant commandant tests positive for Covid-19 // CNN

Top military leaders quarantining after Coast Guard admiral tests positive // CBS News

All but one of military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff quarantine after admiral tests positive // NBC News

Washington as Usual

State & Local

FBI busts militia ‘plot’ to abduct Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer // BBC News

Condescending, no ‘thank you’ for FBI who discovered it
Gov. Whitmer issues scathing rebuke to Trump // CNN

FBI uncovers plot to kidnap Michigan governor: Live updates // CNN

Democrats

Democrats unveil bill creating panel to gauge president’s ‘capacity’ // The Hill

Republicans

Stretch: It was worse in his first election
Republicans are finally ready to diss Don // Politico

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

Senate committee investigating Hunter Biden hard drive, email // NY Post

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby // Space.com

House antitrust committee: Facebook ‘monopoly’ buys, kills competitors // CNBC

Big tech blows a collective raspberry at the House’s antitrust report // TechCrunch

Education & Placement

The battle over what US children learn about American history // BBC News

Science, Weather & Health

Trump announces CVS, Walgreens free coronavirus vaccines deal to help seniors // Fox Business

Chris Christie remains hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Jersey // NY Post

You’re Kidding

Flashback to Darwin Awards
Taiwan’s China Airlines encounters man flying with jet pack in Los Angeles skies // Taiwan News

Europe

Sweden to increase military spending by 40% as tension with Russia grows // Guardian

NATO Focus

Russian space corporation unveils planned ‘Amur’ rocket—and it looks familiar // Ars Technica

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 12, 2020

China has gone effectively “NR”, a tech term for software being “non-responsive”. No matter what any nation says or does, China only digs in, tells the same lies no matter how increasingly obvious, and continues aggression as the solution to losing more friends over its aggression.

Why censor Mike Pence’s statement on China during the vice presidential debate? As an act of good will, China should replay Pence’s statement to correct for the ostensible “no signal please stand by” message during that part of the debate. If anything, letting a foreign vice president make bad statements would help prove that China does not engage in free speech censorship. In all likelihood, the Chinese have been censoring so many people and getting away with it that they thought censoring the American vice president would go unnoticed—it didn’t.

Besides, why keep a foreign vice president’s words away from the ears of their own people. The Chinese people won’t decide how the West will respond to Chinese aggression; the West will decide how the West responds. That’s something else the Chinese Communists don’t seem to understand.

Four nations held a strangely, vaguely-purposed meeting: Japan, Australia, India, and the United States. The reason went largely unexplained, though it was obviously about China. Japan said the meeting wasn’t about one, single country. Australia said no one tells Australia what to do. The US said China is dangerous. From a Chinese Confucian Communist perspective, the meeting seemed out of order. But, in the minds of Western voters, it is clear that all four countries dislike China without having to be told to. It was an unencrypted message China was sure to not decrypt.

Great Pacific

China tells Indian media not to call Taiwan a country, Taiwan says ‘get lost’ // Yahoo News

Pompeo Rails Against China At ‘Quad’ Meeting With Foreign Ministers In Tokyo // NPR

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed // Yahoo News

Trade & Tech

TSMC reportedly obtains license to ship to Huawei – there’s a catch – // gizchina.com

Huawei CFO Dealt Fresh Setback in Fight Against Extradition // Bloomberg

Huawei: MPs claim ‘clear evidence of collusion’ with Chinese Communist Party // BBC News

Six of China’s largest semiconductor projects now halted // Taiwan News

China technology companies face geopolitical, coronavirus changes // CNBC

SMIC Says U.S. Is Placing Export Restrictions on Suppliers // Bloomberg

China

China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again. // Twitter @nvanderklippe

China-US relations: PLA slams ‘provocative action’ as US warship sails through South China Sea // SCMP

Censored!
Why did China censor Pence during the VP debate? // YouTube @ Fox Business

Pew survey on negative sentiment toward China, Xi Jinping, coronavirus // CNBC

US warns China against Taiwan attack, stresses US ‘ambiguity’ // Aljazeera

More anti-China sentiment
Stolen Mao Zedong calligraphy said to be worth billions torn in half by unwitting Hong Kong buyer // SCMP

Negative views of China and Xi Jinping at record levels: international survey // SCMP

Negative views of China soar in western countries, poll finds // Guardian

Taiwan

Taiwan’s president calls for less tension with China in annual address // Guardian

What Taiwan needs to defend itself from a Chinese invasion // Business Insider

US warplane appears to ‘draw’ median line between Taiwan and China // Taiwan News

White House has more coronavirus cases than Taiwan, New Zealand, and Vietnam // Taiwan News

With China’s jets repeatedly buzzing Taiwan, here’s what could happen if Beijing attacked the island, East Asia News & Top Stories // Straits Times

China Threatens War Over New Taiwan Independence Proposal: State Media // US News

The more trouble Taiwan creates, the sooner the mainland will teach them a lesson // Global Times (China Govt)

Taiwan says military under pressure from China as missions mount // Deccan Chronicle

Hong Kong

Assistants to former Hong Kong lawmakers among nine arrested on suspicion of helping fugitives flee to Taiwan // SCMP

Korean Peninsula

North Korea Workers’ Party anniversary: Kim Jong Un faces his most daunting challenges to date // CNN

Military Faceoff

How China’s aircraft carriers compare with US Navy flattops // Business Insider

The Air Force is experimenting with a brand new way to put warheads on foreheads // Task & Purpose

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Encore of Revival: America, October 12, 2020

The Democrats are desperate. In the vice presidential debate, Kamala Harris promoted a delusional sense of peace with China, describing Obama’s policy to empower China to grow strong and aggressive as the means of peace, blaming China’s aggression on Trump’s policy to disrupt China’s decade of aggression. From Harris’s perspective, time travel would be necessary because she blames Trump’s enforcement of basic respect for China having built military islands and aircraft carriers during the Obama years, which are now used to threaten war against any country not accepting Chinese Communist censorship of free speech. Perhaps she doesn’t think China has been bullying its neighbors; or perhaps she knows, but she thinks the American voters don’t know yet.

Talking as if we all need to “get along” to solve the problem of a sinking ship seems wise to people who don’t know their ship is sinking. Such are Kamala Harris’s arguments, along with other Democrats.

Gretchen Whitmer, who was tipped off to a kidnapping plot by the FBI—under the Trump administration—acted indignant, almost as if she believed Trump himself had planned the kidnapping. Regardless of how credible her response wasn’t, it is not the response of a party that believes it is winning the numbers for an approaching election. If Whitmer believed Democrats were winning, they would have said something different.

Democratic leaders and candidates are resorting to emotional appeals in their public statements. This is the most convincing indication that Democrats themselves believe they are facing a major loss in November.

Russianewsgategate

After Trump criticism, Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails // CNN

US attorney tapped by Barr to review process of ‘unmasking’ resigns from DOJ // Fox News

Trump

Bob Dole claims no Republicans on debate commission support Trump // The Hill

Election

Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris // YouTube @ C-SPAN

Biden says voters don’t deserve to know his stance on packing Supreme Court // Fox News

South Carolina Senate debate scrapped after Harrison calls for Graham to get COVID-19 test // The Hill

U.S.-China relations will ‘reset’ if Biden wins election: Max Baucus // CNBC

Analysis: Hits and misses from the vice presidential debate // CNN

Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden for president: ‘The change we need most’ // Yahoo News

Biden receives a nationally televised, hourlong infomercial // Politico

Opinion: Kamala Harris faces unique challenges in the VP debate // CNN

Rudy Giuliani’s cough kept interrupting him while he tried to attack Biden on Fox News // Yahoo News

US election: Joe Biden unlikely to give Boris Johnson ‘warm, welcoming embrace’ says former ambassador // Independent

New Senate map shows Republicans are increasingly vulnerable // NBC News

Law

Photos: Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s White House reception // CNN

White House

2 more White House residence staff tested positive for the coronavirus // NBC News

Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for coronavirus // CNBC

Stephen Miller: Top White House aide tests positive for Covid-19 // CNN

Rank & Defense

US Marine Corps assistant commandant tests positive for Covid-19 // CNN

Top military leaders quarantining after Coast Guard admiral tests positive // CBS News

All but one of military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff quarantine after admiral tests positive // NBC News

Washington as Usual

State & Local

FBI busts militia ‘plot’ to abduct Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer // BBC News

Condescending, no ‘thank you’ for FBI who discovered it
Gov. Whitmer issues scathing rebuke to Trump // CNN

FBI uncovers plot to kidnap Michigan governor: Live updates // CNN

Democrats

Democrats unveil bill creating panel to gauge president’s ‘capacity’ // The Hill

Republicans

Stretch: It was worse in his first election
Republicans are finally ready to diss Don // Politico

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech

SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby // Space.com

House antitrust committee: Facebook ‘monopoly’ buys, kills competitors // CNBC

Big tech blows a collective raspberry at the House’s antitrust report // TechCrunch

Science, Weather & Health

Chris Christie remains hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Jersey // NY Post

NATO Focus

Russian space corporation unveils planned ‘Amur’ rocket—and it looks familiar // Ars Technica

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 5, 2020

The world is entering a realization phase: China doesn’t care what the world thinks or how the world responds. Beijing has become that annoying kid at school who has no friends, and his solution is to be more annoying. The sad part is how the West allowed us to get here. Coupon-clipping consumers buying cheap products are just as much to blame as governments who believed giving money to the Confucian Communists who control China wouldn’t feed their narcissist outlook.

But, China has been warned. And, we each hold the greater responsibility for our choices and actions.

While China makes its choices, Taiwan deals with its own demons of the past. China is not the only society in the Far East self-chained by Confucianism. Taiwan’s Confucian culture empowered them to adopt xenophobic laws, keeping foreigners limited and weak and unable to contribute to the Taiwan economy. Confucianism also indoctrinates students to hate questions in the classroom and at home, while touting parroted answers as “wisdom”. That runs contrary to innovation and the inquiring mind needed to invent new technology. As a result, Taiwan is much weaker than it could have been without Confucianism, making it appetizingly vulnerable to predatorial China. Taiwan now faces a choice of whether to correct its self-imposed, Confucian-born limits of the past.

In some sense, the China-Taiwan conflict is an internal matter, but not purely. China plans to retake Taiwan with Western money and American dollars, after all. The world cannot sit by and watch two self-crippled societies cannibalize each other. The world won’t sit by and watch, not any longer. And, that is something the Confucian Communists of China don’t understand because, at this point anyway, they are not so capable.

China

Trump has repeatedly blamed China for a virus that now threatens his health. This will make Beijing nervous // CNN

China owes America over $1 Trillion in sovereign debt: Sovereign debt never expires // American Bondholders Foundation

China’s yuan records best performance against dollar since 2008 // MarketWatch

Flashback
US dollar rises as Trump hints at China decoupling // FX Street

China’s US dollar debt defaults climb as coronavirus, US tensions hit firms’ bottom lines // SCMP

South China Sea news: Beijing issued threat on disputed claim to waters amid WW3 fears // Express

Does this US military uniform suggest it is preparing for war with China? // SCMP

Tiny Muslim community in China’s Hainan becomes latest target for religious crackdown // SCMP

Taiwan

Canadian warship sails near Taiwan amid heightened China tensions // Aljazeera

China, Taiwan tensions could result in all-out war with the US // NZ Herald

After Hong Kong: China sets sights on solving ‘the Taiwan problem’ // Guardian

Why Taiwan Has Become The ‘Geographical Pivot Of History’ In The Pacific Age // Forbes

With international recognition, even when Taiwan wins, it loses // CNN

Sharing headlines
What the recognition fights over Israel and Taiwan have in common. // Slate

China will start war if US troops return to Taiwan // News.com.au

Taiwan protests against global mayor group’s designation of its cities // Focus Taiwan

Japanese VTubers banned for mentioning Taiwan during livestream // Taiwan News

Hong Kong

American diplomats in Hong Kong want to meet local officials or politicians? Get permission from Beijing’s foreign ministry, new directive demands // SCMP

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Encore of Revival: America, October 5, 2020

People need to see their leader. It’s a national security issue. Is the one in charge alive and well? Rumors about Kim Jong-Un’s health often send tremors of doubt through and around North Korea. We don’t want the same doubt in America. Doctor’s, however, have a narrower and more specific perspective.

Presidents get sick. This is something that happens to almost every president sooner or later. Not if, but when it happens, gossip columns circle questions about transitions of power, mostly to capitalize on curiosity from the country.

President Trump’s diagnosis with the pneumoniavirus will lionize him in the minds of the electorate. Now, he is more involved and affected by the virus and is no longer an outsider. He is the victim of China and champion of the people. That’s the political script playing out. It can’t hurt him in the election, only boost his numbers—because of how he responds.

He learns. He stays strong. He takes precautions. He hates the unpopular masks. He defies doctors’ orders—something most Americans love doing. He quarantines himself—something most Americans identify with. He keeps working—because we’re all depending on him. Without this response, he would have hurt his own numbers. He chose to respond with “involved strength”. Everything is okay if we make it okay, and that’s what the president did.

As for the Senate, they found their excuse to step up the suspense and delay of confirming Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t that a politically miraculous coincidence!

Equally coincidental are China and Biden. Neither can say bad things about a man who is sick in the hospital. That’d be like punching a man with glasses. China has to roll back its aggression in the South and East seas or else be seen as an even greater aggressor by the rest of the West.

It’s funny how things always seem to work out. None of this was planned, not in the least. It was all a miraculous, convenient coincidence. Nothing more.

Russianewsgategate

Mueller prosecutor: If GOP retains House, ‘we need criminal lawyers’ because they are ‘bats— crazy’ // Business Insider

Trump

The worst they can come up with
Trump in Walter Reed Photo-Op Appears to Sign Blank Paper to Show He’s Well and ‘Relentless’ // Newsweek

Hit piece
Walter Reed Covid doctor slams Trump for ‘risking lives for political theater’ as everyone in drive-by ‘must quarantine’ // The Sun

‘Little surprise’
Trump leaves hospital to visit supporters outside gate // RTÉ

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows confirms Trump’s condition deteriorated on Friday // Fox News

Inside Walter Reed where Trump will be treated for coronavirus in a secure ‘Presidential Suite’ // Daily Mail

Inside Walter Reed’s ‘Presidential Suite’ where Trump is staying // NY Post

Trump, stricken by COVID-19, flown to military hospital // AP

Trump Tests Positive for the Coronavirus // NY Times

October surprises already here
Six key findings from the New York Times’ Trump taxes bombshell | US news | The Guardian // Guardian

Election

Lindsey Graham’s Democratic Opponent Jaime Harrison Takes Him to Task From Behind a Plexiglass Shield // Daily Beast

The ‘Yiwu Index’: How a Chinese city could predict the result of the US Presidential election // YouTube @ South China Morning Post

Biden’s negative Trump ads are already deactivated on Facebook. Looks like anything mentioning Trump at all are inactive… // Twitter @oneunderscore__

First presidential debate 2020
Full Debate: President Trump and Joe Biden // YouTube @ Wall Street Journal

Now *iss tests before debates
Biden camp clapback: Trump’s best debate case ‘made in urine’ // Politico

Law

Judge rules Barr violated law in selecting law enforcement panel members // CNN

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation: Inside the White House’s plan to deploy ‘knife fighters’ to defend nominee // Fox News

Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court // Financial Times

Will four Republican senators break with their party on RBG’s Supreme Court seat? // Politico

Senate GOP set to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election // The Hill

Congress

Ron Johnson: Senate GOP’s third positive Covid-19 case threatens quick Barrett confirmation // CNN

White House

Journalists who work at the White House are testing positive for Covid-19 // CNN

Rank & Defense

New high-speed Army satellites accelerate attacks on enemy tanks // Fox News

Radical Extremism & Terrorism

Inside ISIS’ new capital as terrorists carry out beheadings and take sex slaves // Daily Star

Science, Weather & Health

Chris Christie tests positive. Former governor checks himself into hospital as a precaution // CNN

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 28, 2020

There are no new developments with China, only old squabbles. China is shouting louder and louder, and Western media publish more in-depth stories outlining the many countries China has squabbles with. China is losing over the TikTok ordeal, as well as companies that helped build artificial islands which were not supposed to be military bases anyway, but somehow became military bases anyway. Sanctions fly from the US, as well as diplomats to Taiwan.

At the UN, Russia said a few words leaning in China’s direction, but that’s quite a tall order to expect Russia to devote resources helping China win every territorial squabble with India, Taiwan, the US, and Japan. Russia will more likely condemn the West with soft tones, then offer China moral support after its inevitable humiliation.

Humiliation is a funny thing. That seems to be China’s perspective all around. China feels humiliated and thinks humiliating others will solve its humiliation problems at home. China wants to own Taiwan because China feels humiliation for various and sundry reasons often created in attempt to escape humiliation.  China may even think a Taiwan “D-Day”, or “T-Day” would lead to victory—forgetting that Normandy was about free allies reclaiming lost land from expansionists. China has no alliance, China would be the expansionists, and the free people would be defending their homes. Humiliation blinds us and drives us to do crazy things. Russia knows this and plays for any opportunity—not to help China, but to manipulate China through the paradigm of humiliation China just can’t let go of.

Trade & Tech

China Says It Will Act If U.S. Persists on WeChat, TikTok Ban // Bloomberg

China’s ByteDance aims to keep majority stake in TikTok in Oracle deal // MarketWatch

China

China is doubling down on its territorial claims: here’s what you need to know // CNN

Says China:
Time for China to toughen up on insincere India // Global Times (China Govt)

US sanctions China’s biggest chipmaker // Financial Times

China says US has ‘created enough troubles for the world’ as UN spat continues // CNN

China forces 500,000 Tibetans into labour camps // Sydney Morning Herald

Why China is a ‘friendly’ country
‘You will be put into detention’: Former ABC bureau chief tells story of fleeing China for first time // ABC News Australia

US spy planes posing as airliners ‘serious threat’ in South China Sea // SCMP

This Solomon Islands province is so frustrated with China’s presence that it is considering independence // CNN

Exclusive: Anthony Klan shares details on China’s Wuhan lab operating ‘covert operations’ in Pakistan // India Today

US issues new travel warning on China, Hong Kong // Taipei Times

Taiwan

Is mainland China gearing up for an invasion of Taiwan? // RFI

Taiwan makes anothet contribution to democracy
How Taiwan’s ‘civic hackers’ helped find a new way to run the country // Guardian

True about life in Taiwan…
Photo of the Day: Taiwan encapsulated in one photo // Taiwan News

Toronto TECO director calls for Taiwan support // Taiwan News

Tensions rise across the Taiwan Strait as Taipei test-fires missiles // SCMP

Tsai pledges to defend ROC’s airspace // Taipei Times

Swedish lawmaker motions to formalize office in Taiwan // Taiwan News

China’s Rejection of Taiwan Buffer Zone Raises Risk of Clash // Bloomberg

Taiwan has once-in-a-lifetime chance to forge new alliances // Taiwan News

China Sends Warning to U.S. and Taiwan With Aerial Drill // NY Times

US holds its second high-profile visit to Taiwan in two months as Beijing escalates military pressure // CNN

Trump Administration readies major arms sale to Taiwan // CNN

As Europe’s China scepticism grows, a glimmer of hope for Taiwan // Aljazeera

Chinese warship sails past Taiwan’s east coast // Taiwan News

Taiwan Aims to Help Foreign Air Forces Fix F-16 Fighter Jets, a Stab at China // VOA

Hong Kong

Hong Kong opens wider questions
Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K. // The Atlantic

Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy // Wired

India

Chinese navy escorts Indian oil tanker in dangerous waters amid strained ties // Global Times (China Govt)

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Encore of Revival: America, September 28, 2020

It took one week, but we finally have a SCOTUS nominee—the long time nominee apparent, Amy Coney Barrett. The Senate will begin confirmation hearings after waiting another two weeks. Then, hope to vote another two weeks after that on October 26. That will leave the perfect amount of time for Republican voters to get nervous, Democratic voters to worry themselves out, and a few days for all voters to learn that Senate Republicans did what Republican voters wanted. Yes, the Senate dragged its feet and showed its power by delaying power. SCOTUS will be full with 5-3 Conservative justices just before the election, rather than just after. If the Senate was in a hurry, McConnell would crawl over broken glass to begin hearings immediately.

This opens up a myriad of suspicions. If the election is challenged, the court will have six Republican-appointed “original intent” -minded justices, including the notorious swing vote, Chief Justice John Roberts. All six justices vote according to process and intent, usually with Republicans, but not always.

The three remaining Liberal judges, all of them appointed by Democratic presidents, always vote against Republicans and in favor of Democratic-Liberal ideals, regardless of “original intent”. They believe this is honest and ethical. But, they won’t be deciding any election disputes, the six rule-stickler justices will.

A Left-leaning professor this week observed that Trump acts much tougher than he actually is—and that Democratic voters should stop going for his bait. They might not be able to not go for the bait. But, knowing that the election won’t change the Supreme Court balance this time around, plus considering how boring Biden is, Democratic voters might not have the energy to show up to vote, not even with the October surprise about Trump’s taxes, which won’t change anyone’s mind anyway.

Russianewsgategate

Feds air FBI agent’s gripes about Flynn probe // Politico

Trump

October surprises already here
Six key findings from the New York Times’ Trump taxes bombshell | US news | The Guardian // Guardian

Harvard professor: Trump is not a dictator … he only plays one on TV // CNN

Talk about milking…
The FBI director just totally shut down Donald Trump’s vote-fraud conspiracy // CNN

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump // Wired

Latest rouse…
Pro-Trump group pays teens to post online // Houston Chronicle

Election

Joe Biden is repeating the same mistakes that cost Hillary Clinton the election // Guardian

Kamala Harris names Tupac ‘best rapper alive’ // NY Post

And this proves he will win?
Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall // CNN

Law

Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court // Financial Times

Will four Republican senators break with their party on RBG’s Supreme Court seat? // Politico

Senate GOP set to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election // The Hill

Amy Coney Barrett: Trump selects the conservative justice to the Supreme Court // CNN

Supreme Court favorite Amy Barrett thinks politics have no business in the courtroom. Critics aren’t convinced. // Yahoo News

Flashback to 1992…
How Biden killed John Roberts’s nomination in 1992 // WA Post

1992: Sen. Biden says President Bush should not name nominee until after election (C-SPAN) // YouTube @ C-SPAN

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick // Detroit News

Alaska Senator Murkowski said Friday she would not vote for a justice ahead of Inauguration Day // Alaska Public Media

A court fight for the ages // Axios

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Republicans vow to vote on Trump pick // BBC News

Ginsburg dead at 87!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Obituary of the Supreme Court justice // BBC News

Rank & Defense

Space Force says it will fly on a used Falcon 9 rocket for the first time // Ars Technica

Federal System

William Perry Pendley: Federal judge removes acting Bureau of Land Management director after finding he has served unlawfully for 424 days // CNN

Republicans

Romney says Biden probe ‘not legitimate role of government’ // Yahoo News

Peace & War

End the Nobel Peace Prize — if Trump doesn’t win it // The Hill

Activism, Unrest & Protests


Atlanta activist spent $200G in Black Lives Matter donations on house, personal expenses: FBI // Fox News

SCOTUS battle prompts threats, calls for arson: ‘Burn Congress down’ // Fox News

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

Andrew Neil to leave the BBC ‘with heavy heart’ // BBC News

Judge rules Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is not a credible source of news. // Slate

This is what headlines have come to?
Opinion | Tucker Carlson gives up // WA Post

Natural Disaster

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California, but no major damage reported // Yahoo News

Major fire threatens historic observatory near LA // Yahoo News

Mid East

Iran chides US as world refuses to reimpose sanctions // Aljazeera

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 21, 2020

Taiwan has become the center of China’s conflict with the world. One economy at a time, one government at a time, China has managed to insult the world. The Chinese have done such a good job of losing friends and alienating voters of foreign countries, not even Russia can afford the political cost of siding with China, not even to manipulate China behind a mask of feigned friendship. Don’t expect Moscow to take center-stage at China’s aid quite yet.

While the world hates China more and more every day, that hatred finds a way to express itself in love for Taiwan. Taiwan is now the grand alternative! Taiwan is the adorable poster puppy everyone should have sided with from the beginning. Taiwan needs military help, but most of all sympathy, compassion, and understanding, perhaps even grandstanding. Nothing sends the message that a nation is fed up with China like siding with adorable, cuddly Taiwan, especially on the most trivial things like medical masks or forcing Taiwan to call its team “Chinese [what the heck] Taipei” at the Olympics. Trivial things, after all, are what China loves to claim as some of the greatest threats to Communist-controlled national security.

It’s almost to the level of being an election tactic in Western democracies. Do or say something that couldn’t even hurt a fly, then China squeaks and bellows and throws such a fuss, voters love whichever politician China hates. Nothing is as adorable and benign as kindness toward Taiwan. So, that’s the story of how Taiwan became the world’s new favorite.

Trade & Tech


China Says It Will Act If U.S. Persists on WeChat, TikTok Ban // Bloomberg


China’s ByteDance aims to keep majority stake in TikTok in Oracle deal // MarketWatch

China


US spy planes posing as airliners ‘serious threat’ in South China Sea // SCMP


This Solomon Islands province is so frustrated with China’s presence that it is considering independence // CNN


Exclusive: Anthony Klan shares details on China’s Wuhan lab operating ‘covert operations’ in Pakistan // India Today


US issues new travel warning on China, Hong Kong // Taipei Times

Taiwan


Taiwan has once-in-a-lifetime chance to forge new alliances // Taiwan News


China Sends Warning to U.S. and Taiwan With Aerial Drill // NY Times


US holds its second high-profile visit to Taiwan in two months as Beijing escalates military pressure // CNN


Trump Administration readies major arms sale to Taiwan // CNN


As Europe’s China scepticism grows, a glimmer of hope for Taiwan // Aljazeera


Chinese warship sails past Taiwan’s east coast // Taiwan News


Taiwan Aims to Help Foreign Air Forces Fix F-16 Fighter Jets, a Stab at China // VOA

Hong Kong


Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy // Wired

India


Chinese navy escorts Indian oil tanker in dangerous waters amid strained ties // Global Times (China Govt)

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Encore of Revival: America, September 21, 2020

Justice Ginsburg is dead at 87, God rest her soul. Her life’s work is well documented in the litany of eulogies from this past weekend. This article will not attempt to add to them.

Whenever a seat opens on the Supreme Court, the nation enters the same debate with the same platitudes. Depending on who is and is not in control of the White House and the Senate, different people argue different platitudes. In 1992, then Senator Joe Biden argued what is today called the “Biden Rule”, that supreme justices should not be appointed during an election season. Republicans didn’t agree. Then President George HW Bush appointed a justice anyway, along with many other federal judges. The Democrat-controlled Senate, and the Judiciary Committee chaired by Biden, refused to even hold hearings on HW Bush appointees. But, their refusal was not limited to the 1992 election year; Biden applied his “Biden Rule” in 1991.

Then, in 2016, Biden opposed Republicans following the “Biden Rule”. He wanted Obama to appoint a justice for the Republican Senate to approve. Suddenly, Republicans agreed with the “Biden Rule” and Biden did not.

Now, a Republican president can appoint a justice for a Republican Senate to approve; but some Republican Senators think they should follow Biden’s rule. Democrats would never follow Biden’s rule if they had the White House and the Senate; we only expect this from Republicans.

Let’s cut with the platitudes and pretentious precedents already. Politicians choose judges because they can. Just how the court always rules in favor of the court—on every case, making whichever ruling reasserts the power of the court—the Senate always votes in favor of the Senate and the White House always acts in favor of the White House.

As with HW Bush and Obama, President Trump will appoint a new justice. The Senate will drag its feet, pretend to serve the will of the people, and play other games to remind Washington that the Senate has power to approve court nominees.

While branches of government put their power on exhibition, the Far Left is resorting to chaos and lawlessness as its display of power. That will only embolden the Right to vote in more Republicans, who will be all too glad to give Trump and his successors the very power he hasn’t used, which the Left nonetheless fears he will. Having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as the first president in 39 years not to involve America in the very new wars the Left criticizes the Right for, their case against Trump no longer holds water.

If, by some miracle, Republicans lose the election, they will approve Trump’s nominee anyway. They’ll have to. Notwithstanding that nominee vetting often takes 70 days, the Senate will likely find an excuse to wait until after the election. It’s not so much about politics and election strategy as it is about asserting power by delaying power to expand power. Expect a Republican-appointed justice by December, no matter what political smoke blows in the meanwhile. God rest her soul, Ginsburg is dead; so is Roe v Wade.

Trump


America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump // Wired

Latest rouse…
Pro-Trump group pays teens to post online // Houston Chronicle

Election

And this proves he will win?
Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall // CNN

Law

Flashback to 1992…
How Biden killed John Roberts’s nomination in 1992 – The Washington Post // WA Post


1992: Sen. Biden says President Bush should not name nominee until after election (C-SPAN) // YouTube @ C-SPAN


Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick // Detroit News


Alaska Senator Murkowski said Friday she would not vote for a justice ahead of Inauguration Day // Alaska Public Media


A court fight for the ages // Axios


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Republicans vow to vote on Trump pick // BBC News

Ginsburg dead at 87!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Obituary of the Supreme Court justice // BBC News

Republicans


Romney says Biden probe ‘not legitimate role of government’ // Yahoo News

Peace & War


End the Nobel Peace Prize — if Trump doesn’t win it // The Hill

Activism, Unrest & Protests


SCOTUS battle prompts threats, calls for arson: ‘Burn Congress down’ // Fox News

News Media, Journalism & Free speech

This is what headlines have come to?
Opinion | Tucker Carlson gives up // WA Post

Soc Media, Cybersecurity & Tech


‘I Have Blood On My Hands’: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation // BuzzFeed News

Natural Disaster


Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California, but no major damage reported // Yahoo News


Major fire threatens historic observatory near LA // Yahoo News

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 14, 2020

It was only a matter of time. The stories are breaking about Taiwan’s inhospitality toward foreigners.

Taiwan has the lowest birthrate in the world. They need people; they need talent; they need support. By denying dual-citizenship to foreigners who would have become dual citizens under similar circumstances in almost any other country, Taiwan is not filled with dual-nationals from around the world.

Czech might send politicians to visit Taiwan, but since there aren’t many Czech-Taiwanese dual citizens in Taiwan for Czech to protect, don’t expect military support. If Taiwan had immigration policies comparable to the other nations they want help from, they would have many citizens from those countries; but they don’t. If the Chinese bombed Taiwan, they would hurt citizens from around the world. China might think twice. But instead, any Westerners in Taiwan are simply expats who have no reason to stay, and it’s all thanks to Taiwan government bigotry inherited from an ancient culture made in ancient China.

Taiwan had mistreated and given the red tape runaround toward ESL teachers, European students on scholarship, and who knows what kind of superstitious “cursed black skin” comments have been told to people from Africa. American-born Taiwanese are native English speakers, but denied ESL jobs with the claim “only a White face can teach English”. Leave it to Taiwanese business owners to think Chinese-speakers know how to teach English best.

Now, Hong Kong needed help from Taiwan and saw the same bigotry Taiwan refused to address for decades. And in case anyone wondered, that’s why Taiwan is on the brink of war with China. The Taiwanese government hasn’t built the foundations of justice in society that make an economy resilient to war.

Pacific Daily Times has stories spanning back over a decade. Public appeals have been made and ignored. Recent information says that Taiwan has zero progress in changing its bigotous immigrant policies. But, the Times chooses not to elaborate on the recent resurgence of this decades-old problem for one reason: America’s election.

Such a problem so old should not be overshadowed by routine election cycles. It must not be said that a problem spanning back thousands of years should come up—of all times—two months before the 2020 American presidential election. Taiwan’s ancient-Chinese bigotry must not be reduced to an October surprise.

Taiwan is worth saving, as Jesus said of everyone. The Taiwanese people are amazingly friendly toward foreigners—as long as the Taiwanese are either younger or international, or if the foreigner is White and rich and neither student nor ESL teacher. Taiwan has the potential to change and improve, just as America was among the first nations to ban the human sin of slavery, starting with its own. But, Taiwan must make the choice for Taiwan.

Will there be war in Taiwan? One cannot understand our times while refusing to account for the God who holds all time in His hands. From Deuteronomy, He commands fairness for the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner. And, that God can’t be called on to protect Taiwan until Taiwan has protected those who called.

Whether there will be armed conflict between Taiwan and China will depend on the Taiwanese democracy. Their government must make sweeping and instant changes to bring current what good things should have long happened to their foreigners from the nations they call on for help. If such sweeping justice is not given to foreigners in Taiwan by November 4 Taipei time, then Taiwan’s neglected past will be both neglected and newsworthy. In that event, Pacific Daily Times will dive into Taiwan’s ugly past to explain why Taiwan was weak enough that war from China was feasible in the first place. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

So, will there be open war between Taiwan and China? That’s something not even God can decide, only Taiwan.

China

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 should not be held in China, human rights groups say in letter to IOC // CNN

China Grabs Influence Over International Bodies // YouTube @ China Uncensored

US companies defy Trump’s demands to leave China // Financial Times

SMIC shares plunge 23% on fears the US could sanction China’s chipmaker // CNN

Another Chinese rocket falls near a school, creating toxic orange cloud // Ars Technica

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ catches backlash for filming in China’s Xinjiang Province amid human rights issues // Fox News

Taiwan

Taiwan claims ‘severe provocation’ after China military drills // Financial Times

In order to truly become Asia’s most liberal society, Taiwan needs to open up to foreigners // HKFP

Taiwan says China’s bullying of Czech politicians, firms creates antipathy // Taiwan News

China military show of force near Taiwan has experts asking if island could be the ‘next Hong Kong’ // Fox News

Prague mayor shares study abroad experience in Taiwan // Taiwan News

Eyeing China, Taiwan urges alliance against ‘aggressive actions’ // Yahoo News

Czech President Milos Zeman slams Taiwan visit as ‘boyish provocation’ as he seeks to calm China’s anger // SCMP

Japan

India

Indian Army Has Occupied ‘Critical Heights’ Including Finger 4 Overlooking PLA Positions – Reports // EurAsian Times

Military Faceoff

US Navy Announces ‘Major Breakthrough’ To Confront Beijing In The South China Sea // EurAsian Times

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Encore of Revival: America, September 14, 2020

Get ready for more. All history points to Trump’s re-election, including the usual Leftist press who predict the defeat of every Republican incumbent who wins anyway.

Half of the American voters’ minds are already made up.

Trump supporters don’t want to surrender to the utter despotism demanded by the rising kamikaze movement from the uttermost Left. In the past, whenever voters finally saw evidence a Republican candidate was only 99% perfect or less, they voted Democrat. Not anymore!

Anti-Trumpists from the rising kamikaze movement from the uttermost Left have their minds half made up. They won’t accept Trump no matter the evidence, no matter the results, no matter the jobs brought back from China, no matter the Chinese invasion repelled by Trump’s administration. But, they haven’t made up their minds that their boring “Hidin’ Biden” candidate won’t win by holding conventions over Skype or the like. They don’t know when they are losing, possibly because they lack sense of “self”. After Trump wins in November, expect the uttermost Left to demonstrate something akin to “narcissistic rage”.

Things aren’t cooling off anytime soon.

While the uttermost Left destroys themselves in order to destroy everything—or perhaps the other other way around—those not from the uttermost Left finally see the insanity for what it is. Many in the center-Left have concerns about a rising police state. Republicans have let down their guards because they happen to be getting things their way this time around. Republicans might be here to save the day, but they won’t save tomorrow. A new political movement must rise to save our future. With people waking up to what the utter Left demands, now we only need to wake up to what the utter Right has ignored. Then we’ll be through.

Russianewsgategate

Top Senate Republicans pressing for investigation on Mueller team phones being ‘wiped’ // CNN

Election

Exclusive: Data shows that half of 2019 donations to ActBlue came from untraceable ‘unemployed’ donors // Fox News

Susan Sarandon receives backlash after voicing support against Joe Biden vote // Fox News

‘Biden is favored to win the election’
2020 Election Forecast // FiveThirtyEight

Law

The Supreme Court could deal a severe blow to abortion rights this week // Vox

Activism, Unrest & Protests

The Left Secretly Preps for MAGA Violence After Election Day // Daily Beast

Radical Extremism & Terrorism

LA deputies shot: 2 police officers ‘fighting for their lives’ after Compton ambush shooting; Manhunt underway for suspect // ABC7 Los Angeles

Scandal, Graft & White Collar Crime

War is ‘last resort’, US Army chief says following Donald Trump’s comments // SCMP

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

The drop in oil prices is ominous // Forexlive

Science, Weather & Health

Hurricane warnings in effect for parts of Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Sally gathers strength // Accuweather

‘Fire tornado’ hit Huntington Lake in California Creek Fire // Fresno Bee

Scientist Who Denies Climate Change Hired At NOAA By Trump Administration // NPR

It’s time to start watching Mars // EarthSky

Mid East

Egypt: Two missing ancient cities tipped for discovery as scans bring major breakthrough // Express

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 7, 2020

As Philippa Georgiou said to Leland in the season 2 finale of Start Trek: Discovery, “We were just talking about you. Everybody hates you. Congratulations.” It goes without mention which country that statement is most relevant for, today.

The Czech mayor of Prague rebuked China publicly and officially, using profanities. France and Germany did as much, in their less-these-days European forms of “diplomacy”. Israel gave the green light on travel to Taiwan, not China—making an even stronger distinction difficult for Beijing to erase. Turkey and Pakistan seek closer trade with Taiwan, not China. Real estate in Hong Kong is crumbling in reaction to a certain law that wasn’t made in Hong Kong, but was made in Mainland China.

A Chinese jet reportedly crashed in Guangxi, according to a viral video. Some speculated that the jet was struck by what some think could have been an anti-aircraft defense missile from Taiwan. There was no evidence to this. Taiwan denies this. And, China won’t even confirm that a jet crashed. Why?

Could it have been malfunction? Could it have been a US submarine—or a flying saucer—sending a message to Beijing that Chinese reverse-engineered jets are no match against the jets of the West they reverse-engineered? Either way, China has yet another reason to back off, but don’t expect it.

Taiwan redesigned its passport to make its proper title “Republic of China” look much smaller, minimizing the word “China” while celebrating the word “Taiwan”. This runs contrary to a trend of companies taking strange strides to reflect affiliation with China. Consider LinkedIn changing the display of “Hong Kong” to “Hong Kong SAR”, effective October 12, even though it seems strange English wording on a social media site. With airlines and companies like LinkedIn towing the line for Beijing Mandarin-speakers’ preference of how the English world should talk, Taiwan making the word “China” smaller on new passports could be considered provocative. It could even be a threat to China’s national security—something that proves very easily threatened.

Then, there’s India.

The China-India border is starting to look like a siege; the castle wall being the Himalayas. Tanks on each side are in shooting range of the other. Talks are scheduled. And, India said it hoped diplomacy was the best answer while at the same time banning another Chinese social app.

It seems these days that diplomacy is just another hoop to jump through—as necessary as it is useless—on our way to war with a country whose leaders think alienation is the best way to make friends. Short of a miracle, diplomatic or otherwise, war with China seems inevitable.

China

How China’s new language policy sparked rare backlash in Inner Mongolia // CNN

Europe Just Declared Independence From China // Bloomberg

China may dump U.S. Treasuries as Sino-U.S. tensions flare // Yahoo News

South China Sea: Beijing warns Asean members against backing ‘troublemaker’ US in region // SCMP

The Czechs are giving Europe a lesson on how to deal with China // WA Post

China leading US in ships, missiles, air defense systems: Pentagon report // Taiwan News

How a Politician’s Death Deepened the Czech Rift With China // Bloomberg

China is aiming to double the size of its nuclear arsenal, Pentagon report says // CNN

Czech and the EU too
Germany tells China to stop making threats over Taiwan, Hong Kong // Business Insider

Taiwan

Has Taiwan Shot-Down Chinese SU-35 Fighter Jet For Violating Its Airspace? // EurAsian Times

Taiwan’s darker side:
Certified companies among importers of fake ‘Made-in-Taiwan’ masks // Taiwan News

China plane crash: Taiwan accused of shooting down fighter jet with missile defence system // Express

New Turkish envoy eager to advance Taiwan-Turkey ties // Taiwan News

Pakistan pursues trade ties with Taiwan // Taiwan News

Taiwan Minimizes ‘Republic of China’ in Redesigned Passport // Bloomberg

Israel adds Taiwan to list of ‘green countries’ // Taiwan News

Taiwan contest invites public to vote on creative passport designs // CNN

Taiwan major general charged in corruption scandal // Taiwan News

Taiwan’s redesigned passport shrinks words ‘Republic of China’ // BBC News

US declassifies Taiwan security assurances // Financial Times

Demands apology in 24 hours!
Czech mayor calls CCP ‘rude clowns’ after threats over Taiwan trip // Taiwan News

China threatens Czech Senate Speaker Vystrcil over Taiwan visit // CNBC

Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests: Nearly 300 activists arrested // CNN

Hong Kong, Singapore Property Will Part Ways // Bloomberg

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ faces boycott calls from activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand // NBC News

‘Mulan’ boycott: Pro-democracy activists rally over the lead actress’ support for Hong Kong police // CNN

Jimmy Lai: Hong Kong tycoon found not guilty in intimidation trial // BBC News

Why keep Hong Kong’s light show going with no tourists, artist asks as part of show exploring his personal and political fascination with lights // SCMP

India

PUBG: India bans Tencent game in latest crackdown on Chinese apps // CNN

Indian, Chinese tanks within shooting range of each other at disputed border // Taiwan News

India accuses China of ‘provocative military movements’ at border // BBC News

India accuses China of ‘provocative military movements’ on border // CNN

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Encore of Revival: America, September 7, 2020

This week, we remember events 19 years ago, while everyone else was running out of collapsing buildings, police and firefighters were running in, never to return. They were exemplary. America needs exemplary again.

Less than two months before America’s election, rouse after rouse makes headlines. Trump had a medical emergency at Walter Reed, until he didn’t, reported by the same press that followed in his motorcade and knew better. Trump is ending Social Security, except that he’s not. Trump is destroying democracy—by doing all the things everyone already knows he’s doing—things which Democrat voters always hate and Republican voters always cheer. It might be less frivolous to say that Republicans are destroying democracy, but that wouldn’t fit the narrative of having so many “October surprises” in early September.

As for the rouse about fallen soldiers being “losers”, Trump gave further credence to an old Pacific Daily Times Editorial theory, that John Kelly was the mole all along. Look back to articles in 2018 on September 10, November 19, and December 10. Pacific Daily Times, we’ve got your tomorrows.

Remember, when Trump announced in 2015, he was already elected in 2016 and already re-elected in 2020.

Mail-in voting would be a great idea if it didn’t have so many opportunities for fraud. Anytime the Left tries to fix something, they do such a terrible job that Republican voters throw a fuss and do it how Republicans could have done, but chose not to do, it in the first place. This time is no exception.

Mail-in voting will wreak of fraud for one reason: The Left didn’t make it fraud-proof when they made it. Republican voters see the danger and will use all their powers to prevent election fraud, catching the frauds in the process. It’s not a good year to be dishonest.

Trump

‘It could have been a John Kelly’: Trump… // Independent

Trump Holds Campaign Rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania // YouTube @ Bloomberg QuickTake News

The danger is now clear: Trump is destroying democracy in broad daylight // Guardian

A big ‘IF’…
Social Security could come to a screeching halt (Opinion) // CNN

Latest rouse:
New report deepens mystery around Trump’s sudden and suspicious visit to Walter Reed hospital // Yahoo News

Election

‘52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance’
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll // Rasmussen

Flashback 7/27:
‘We have polls that show me leading in almost every swing state,’ Trump says // MarketWatch

Flashback 7/22:
Don’t let poll numbers fool you. Trump could still win reelection. // WA Post

State & Local

Recall Efforts Against Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and City Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez Suspended // KTVB7 Boise

Activism, Unrest & Protests

Portland protests mark 100 straight days; police dodge fire bombs // WA Times

Protesters take to the streets of Louisville on Kentucky Derby Day // Lexington Herald Leader

Wasn’t Seattle all about the people?
Seattle mayor asks state Supreme Court to halt recall effort against her // Fox News

Prices, Rates, Oil & Food

The US South could save money by cleaning up its power grid // Vox

Science, Weather & Health

Case for ‘star water’
The Earth is making the moon rust // CNN

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