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Anti Satellite Weapons

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2021 by andelino

China is making major advances in its development of weaponry intended to disable or destroy satellites, according to remarks made last week by the director of the United States Indo-Pacific Command.

China is building an array of weapons with abilities ranging from “dazzling to jamming, to kinetic kill-from-the-ground, from space—all that, they’re on the march,” Rear Adm. Michael Studeman said during an intelligence-security webinar, according to Bloomberg.

The SJ-17 satellite is among the Chinese assets believed to be able to attack satellites in orbit. This satellite is dirigible and equipped with a robotic arm that can be controlled by Chinese operatives on the ground. The Center for Strategic and International Studies noted that it has been observed in recent months engaging in unusual behavior including navigating up to other satellites in orbit and interacting with them.

So far the SJ-17 has approached only other Chinese satellites. But experts say there is little that would stop it from navigating up to those of other nations, and using its arm to seize and then hinder or disable them. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, told a congressional hearing that such satellites “could be used in a future system for grappling other satellites.” He called attention specifically to the SJ-17, saying it could potentially put U.S. satellites out of commission.

China is also developing ground-based laser systems believed to be capable of blinding satellites in orbit. “There is open-source evidence of four or five main sites that house the technology,” Brian Weeden, director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation, told National Defense. “All of the sites have distinctive large buildings with roofs that slide back,” he said, adding that some of the facilities support adaptive optics for targeting objects.”

Whether from space or the ground, China’s capacity to incapacitate U.S. satellites is “significant” because “the next major war could be decided in the opening minutes of the first day, as each side attempts to disable the enemy’s communication tools,” Nikkei said.

Onlookers may suspect that a fear of “mutually assured destruction” would prevent China from attacking American satellites since the Chinese also have many satellites in orbit that the U.S. could target. But the reality is that America has far more satellites in orbit than China or any other nation, and relies on them to an unmatched degree.

This means the U.S. has far more to lose than China.

“And the answer is… 1,308.” — Statista (@StatistaCharts) July 15, 2020

The U.S. depends on its 1,308 satellites for everything from weather monitoring and television broadcasting to telephone and Internet technologies. There is also the Global Positioning System, a constellation of 33 satellites that Washington makes freely accessible to anyone on the planet with a GPS receiver.

This $12 billion feat of engineering provides users with all manner of positioning, navigation and timing services. Most importantly, around 130 of America’s satellites are used exclusively by the U.S. military for reconnaissance, communication, navigation and targeting systems.

This means America is considerably more vulnerable to satellite attacks than any other nation. Frank Rose, co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Security, Strategy and Technology, spoke about this vulnerability to National Defense last week. “Adversarial nations are developing anti-satellite weapons because they believe space represents an asymmetric vulnerability of the United States,” he said. “I expect that Russia and China will continue to develop and deploy a full range of ASAT [anti-satellite] capabilities.”

Steve Lambakis, an international affairs analyst, also addressed this threat recently and emphasized America’s military vulnerability. “U.S. space systems are among the most fragile and vulnerable assets operated by the U.S. military,” he said. The multi-billion dollar infrastructure is “vital to nearly every activity of the United States and, increasingly, the armed forces of U.S. allies.”

Much has been written on several occasions about the perils of America’s reliance, specifically its military, on computer technology that is susceptible to enemy attack. Analyst Joe de Courcy, who termed this reliance “the Western world’s Achilles’ heel.” This was a reference to the apparently invulnerable warrior of Greek mythology who was susceptible to harm only on his heels.

“America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. This liability is so dangerous that I am amazed it hasn’t received more publicity.”

This an “alarming” scenario if in the near future U.S. military technology would be hijacked by adversaries. Will it be because of computer terrorists?

China’s Mask Diplomacy

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2021 by andelino

China saw the coronavirus pandemic as “a window of opportunity to boost its influence” over Southeast Asian nations, the South China Morning Post wrote. By sending medical supplies, vaccines and personnel to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, China was able to increase its soft power over them.

China first directed attention to Cambodia last March, donating hazmat suits, face masks and other necessities. The Chinese also sent a team of medical experts to provide education in handling the crisis. A few months later, China provided Cambodia with even more medical materials. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng as saying: “This assistance is a new testament to the unbreakable friendship, solidarity and cooperation between Cambodia and China.”

That “friendship, solidarity and cooperation” has continued. On February 7, Cambodia received 600,000 doses of Chinese-made covid-19 vaccines. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that China was building testing labs, giving out test kits, and providing vaccines for Cambodia, according to Global Times. “China will continue to provide assistance to Cambodia’s fight against the outbreak as much as it can according to the needs of the Cambodian side,” Zhao said.

China has repeated this foreign policy in so many nations that it has been dubbed “covid-19 diplomacy” or “face mask diplomacy.”

Last April, Laos received over 2,000 test kits from China, in addition to a small group of medical staff to help the Laotians learn how to fight the virus. Xinhua News Agency quoted a hospital worker, saying, “I am grateful to have experienced Chinese medical staff in our country. We can learn directly from them to control the spread of the virus. The assistance makes me feel hopeful.”

This April, Laos received its fourth shipment of vaccines and more medical staff from China. Lao Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune said the help from China reflects the profound friendship between the two countries.

A similar pattern has developed in both Myanmar and Thailand, where China has provided a continuous stream of coronavirus aid from last spring until now. Last March, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said relations between China and Thailand “will emerge even stronger in this joint campaign against the virus.”

Last July, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to give the Philippines access first when a vaccine was developed. President Xi agreed, and Chinese vaccines first arrived in the Philippines on February 28. Two months later, the Philippines received another half million doses from China.

The South China Morning Post stated that China “has managed to transform the pandemic into a strategic opportunity to assert its leadership role and expand its geopolitical influence.”

It’s a strange turn of events considering the virus originated in China, and the Chinese Communist Party directed its energies to deflecting blame instead of preventing a global pandemic.

Yet instead of blaming China, these countries in Southeast Asia are relying on China for help and looking to China for leadership.

Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Mask Diplomacy

China Evil Has No Limit

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on April 19, 2021 by andelino

No matter the blood. Nobody is spared. Students, workers, businessmen, parents, sons, daughters, even relatives all became the Chinese Communist Party’s prey. And for no other reason than striving to live by universal principles, such as truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. Nevertheless no torture, evil, or death, can bend true faith.

Trade Deals & Human Rights

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2021 by andelino

Mid-December 2019, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China was not planning to sign an investment deal with Europe that had been in the works since 2013. China was a “developing economy,” he said, and it shouldn’t be made to abide by the same standards as more advanced European economies. It looked like the deal was dead.

But on Dec. 30, 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping conducted a video conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders. After the conference, they released a bombshell announcement: “The EU and China concluded in principle the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.”

Why the “change in heart” by the Chinese? Why, after stalling for seven years, did Chairman Xi make a rare “personal” intervention to seal this “mammoth deal?”

Why did the Europeans, who present themselves as champions of “human rights and fair labor”, agree to more deeply intertwine their economy with that of the “shamelessly brutal” Chinese Communist Party?

And what does this mean for the United States’ efforts to pressure China into accepting a rules-based international economic model? These are vital questions with answers that have implications for all of us.

The deal’s main accomplishment is that it makes it easier for European companies to operate in China. It is also billed as doing the reverse—facilitating operations of Chinese firms in Europe—but in reality Europe has behaved far more fairly than China toward multinationals. So the “Comprehensive Agreement on Investment” was mainly about China assenting to correct that imbalance and give EU companies a more equal footing.

For decades, if a European firm wished to operate in China, it would have to set up a joint venture with a Chinese company and in the process, share intellectual property and sensitive technology. This was an appalling requirement. But if EU companies wanted access to China’s lucrative markets, they had no choice but to comply. Now the Chinese have agreed to end this requirement for EU companies in certain key industries including vehicles, computing services and health.

China also agreed to take the mask off its notoriously secretive government subsidies, and open China up to the EU’s various banks.

These are massive “concessions” from China. They would level the playing field to an unprecedented degree. The European Commission issued a statement calling the deal “the most ambitious outcome that China has ever agreed with a third country or economy.”

So why did China’s leadership agree to these unprecedented terms?

One of the main reasons this deal took so long to formalize was because China was stalling. The Chinese had become very used to breaking all the rules they could to give themselves trade advantages, so they stalled, understandably unwilling to offer the concessions to Europe that this deal requires.

But over the last year, China came under heavy criticism by several nations including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. These nations are sounding the alarm over China’s “unlawful trade practices, deceitfulness with the coronavirus, atrocious human rights record in Xinjiang, illegal crackdown on Hong Kong, bullying of Taiwan, predatory loans to poor nations, and more.”

The English-speaking nations have sought to convince more countries to work with them to pressure China into adopting a liberal, rules-based international economic standard. And for a time, it seemed to be working. Just a month ago, the European Union called for a U.S.-EU dialogue to discuss the strategic challenge presented by China’s growing international assertiveness.”

So the Chinese feared that the ire of the U.S. could pull Europe in and leave China isolated from the West. It was that fear that prompted the Chinese to agree—albeit hollowly—to the concessions they made to Europe. And it was that same fear that spurred Xi Jinping to personally intervene to help clinch the “Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.”

Also relevant is that Chairman Xi expects Joe Biden to become president of the U.S. Xi believes Biden will reverse course on many measures the Trump administration has taken against Europe. For example, just last week, the Trump administration stepped up its trade dispute with Europe over aircraft subsidies and increased tariffs on Europe’s aircraft parts and wine.

Xi reckons that a Biden presidency would end such measures and work to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. So he moved quickly on the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, clinching it before Biden could assume office and begin coaxing Europe back toward America.

“Preventing a transatlantic front has been a top priority for the Chinese leadership and likely explains Xi Jinping’s eleventh-hour intervention to seal a deal. My take on the EU-China investment agreement for @laurnorman @wsj — Noah Barkin (@noahbarkin) December 30, 2020

So China’s motivations are clear. But the question about Europe remains.

The leaders and peoples of Europe often portray themselves as champions of human rights and international labor standards. And they know very well that the Chinese economy is run partly on slave labor. In the Xinjiang region, China has over a million members of the Muslim Uyghur minority detained in concentration camps, and many are bused around to various parts of Xinjiang and elsewhere in China to provide what often amounts to slave labor.

Salih Hudayar, the prime minister-in-exile of this region, which he and other Uyghurs call “East Turkistan” said: “Many of the goods that are made in China, especially like clothes, even the iPhones that we use, certain components are made with the forced labor of the Uyghurs and other peoples.”

This chilling statement is confirmed by research from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Using satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting, it estimates that from 2017 to 2019 alone, some 80,000 Uyghur slave laborers were shipped “directly from detention camps” to other locations in China.

“Uyghurs for Sale: Groundbreaking Report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute — Kaisu Pajari (@kmpajarigmailco) November 23, 2020

Merkel, Macron and other Europeans would be well aware of these facts. And they have also seen China’s unlawful crackdown on Hong Kong, illegal bullying in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, repression of its general population, and even its wolf warrior diplomacy right there in Europe.

But still the Europeans sealed this deal that tacitly signs off on China’s abuses of its people and myriad other crimes. It is true that the EU expressed concerns about China’s behavior. But such statements ring just as hollow as China’s promises to consider possibly changing some of its practices.

The truth is that by signing this deal, European leaders have shown that they care less about how many Uyghurs are “detained, tortured, raped, sterilized and killed” than they do about better tapping into the Chinese markets—and reducing economic dependence on America.

To see Europe compromise so shamefully by making this deal with China may seem surprising. But this is actually the kind of development we should expect to see more and more in the months and years ahead.

Russia and Japan will also join this globe-girdling economic bloc. Together these countries will come to control worldwide trade and strangle America and some of its allies. When it happens, “there will be no help or sympathy from Asia.”

We should not be surprised to see Europe willingly ignore China’s terrible “human rights abuses and illegal trade practices.” We should actually expect the ties now strengthening between the EU and China to only grow more robust.

And even as China grows more powerful, aggressive and malicious, we should expect Europe to increasingly side with Beijing, and against America.

Key China Strategy Documents

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 1, 2021 by andelino

In a rare move, White House National Security declassified “Key China Strategy Documents” outlining President Trump’s approach to countering the China Communist Party (CCP)

The “declassified” document lays out the Trump administration’s effort to counter the rise of China, providing the public with a rare glimpse into the inner workings of national security operations.

The disclosure of documents related to national security strategy from a sitting administration is very rare, and without last week’s order, the previously unknown 10-page document, drafted in 2018, would not have been available to the public until 2043.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien said that the decision indicates the importance of the commitments made by American foreign policy to confront China.

“The declassification of the Framework today demonstrates, with transparency, America’s strategic commitments to the Indo-Pacific and to our allies and partners in the region,” O’Brien said in a statement. “The United States has a long history of fighting back against repressive regimes on behalf of those who value freedom and openness. As the world’s largest economy, with the strongest military and a vibrant democracy, it is incumbent on the United States to lead from the front.”

The disclosure could also foster public pressure on President-elect Joe Biden to preserve Trump’s aggressive approach to Chinese influence. Biden has already come under fire for his record on approaching China’s interest in Taiwan and has appointed staffers working on foreign affairs with extensive associations with China. His son, Hunter Biden, also faces criticism for his own ties to Chinese industry.

Though Biden’s approach raises concerns, the document notes that its goals are not limited to four years, but rather a “long-term strategy” necessary to advance American prosperity.

“Enduring vital interests of the United States,” the document says, would include an agenda that “promotes U.S. values throughout the region to maintain influence and counterbalance Chinese models of government.”

The document emphasizes the importance of courting Pacific allies to counter the Chinese Communist Party. The document specifically identifies Australia, Japan, South Korea, and India. The strategy also lays out an approach to how America should arrange its own forces to deter Chinese aggression. Encouraging the sharing of defense research and buildup with allies, such as Taiwan, the strategy says that Washington must also focus on intelligence gathering and cybersecurity.

“Deter China from using military force against the United States and U.S. allies or partners, and develop the capabilities and concepts to defeat Chinese actions across the spectrum of conflict,” the document says of its strategy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has taken several steps to realize some of these goals. Arms deals and a broader diplomatic channel with Taiwan remain a top priority for the current administration, while Pompeo has ordered new initiatives such as “clean” networks to protect the data of Americans from Chinese influence.

Pompeo has also mulled over the notion of closer ties with Asian allies. During meetings this summer with India, Australia, and Japan, diplomats publicly floated the formation of an “Asian NATO” to counter Chinese ambitions.

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China Builds Walls

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2020 by andelino

Recent news from our “Human Rights” friends in Communist China is rather perplexing and presents somewhat of a conundrum, a mystery wrapped in an enigma, if you will.

The Chinese Communist Party is “opposed” to building a wall on the southern “Border of the USA” claiming it is an abuse of “Human Rights” to prevent people trying to escape poverty in their home country. Basic “human rights” demands that the USA must import as much “poverty” as it can, no matter the consequences.

However, the Chinese Communist Party now has its own problems with their ungrateful citizens crossing the border into Vietnam to escape poverty, creating an embarrassing situation for the CCP.

China’s solution: “Build a Border wall to prevent starving citizens from being ungrateful and leaving the oppressive communistic regime.”

This, of course, presents another dilemma. The CCP has a “Border” dispute with Vietnam over where the actual “Border” is. This is a common problem that the CCP has with all of its neighbors.

The Vietnamese Government says the “Border” is where it has always been and the CCP says that traditionally the “Border” has been somewhat closer to Saigon, and perhaps even south of there. So, where to build the wall?

The other question that was raised within the “Border” dispute is, that if both nations are communist, why aren’t they willing to share their communal “Borders”?

After all, all Communist nations are “equal”, although some are more equal than others, and greater equality results in unequal greatness, which weighs more on the “People’s Scales of Equality.”

The “inequality” of the scale seems to indicate that Vietnam should accept more “hungry” immigrants from China to even out the “Scales of Equality” but since Vietnam is the minority in this assessment of equality, it has therefore been elevated to a higher position on the scale of equality.

Add to that that the CCP is “refusing” to allow equalization of the “Scale of Equality” and Vietnam is “resisting” equalization of the “Scale of Equality” creates quite a conundrum. As suggested previously, it’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Perhaps we can find a solution in the penumbra of “Equality.”

Obviously, the level of equality is a function of who operates the scales.

“Practical Equality” supersedes “Theoretical Equality.” Although both are equally legitimate considerations, “one is more equal than the other.”

Wondering what communist Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka “Pope Francis”, thinks about his communist partners in China building walls to keep “starving peasants” from leaving the motherland for Vietnam?

“A person who thinks only of building walls is not a good Communist” according to Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

China Nuclear Weapon Tests

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2020 by andelino

China appears to be setting off “zero yield” nuclear tests despite its claims of adhering to an international agreement forbidding such explosions, United States officials wrote in a State Department report published April 15.

“Zero yield nuclear tests” do not ignite an explosive chain reaction of the kind caused by detonating most nuclear warheads. This indicates that the weapons being tested are either tactical nuclear weapons or triggers for larger bombs. In either case, such explosions are easier for a nation to conceal from monitoring agencies, particularly when conducted deep underground. The Chinese tests are believed to have occurred at underground locations at its Lop Nur nuclear test site throughout last year.

The State Department’s report states: “China’s possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur, and a lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities … raise concerns regarding its adherence to the zero yield standard.”

The lack of “transparency” includes China’s obstruction of data transfers from sensors on Chinese territory that are intended to alert monitoring groups of “radioactive releases and seismic activity.”

A senior U.S. official said these “illegal” Chinese activities, in the context of Beijing’s broader focus on modernizing its nuclear arsenals, intensifies the need to bring Beijing into a new nuclear agreement. “The pace and manner by which the Chinese government is modernizing its stockpile is worrying, destabilizing, and illustrates why China should be brought into the global arms control framework,” the official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

But China, with its arsenal of an estimated 290 nuclear weapons, has repeatedly rejected proposals to join such an agreement, insisting that its arms are strictly for “defensive” purposes and pose no threat to global peace.

Whether or not China decides to join an “arms control pact” with the U.S. and other nations, we can be sure that its nuclear stockpiles will soon be used in a “global nuclear war” that will make all wars in history look like playground skirmishes by comparison.

During His ministry on Earth, Jesus Christ prophesied of the age of nuclear proliferation we now live in and proclaimed that it would signify that the end of the age of man was imminent, and that His return was at the door: “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22).

At the time Christ uttered those chilling words, a war that could threaten to end the life of every “single person” was not yet technologically possible. But today, with several nations in possession of tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, and with some, such as China, flouting international law concerning these arms, the conditions are in place for this prophecy to be fulfilled.

But as we see that cataclysmic nuclear war looming ever larger on the horizon, there is reason for hope! In verse 22, after Jesus says that the war at the conclusion of our era will be so devastating that it could end all human life, He then provides a significant detail: “but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

Nuclear World War III will be interrupted. Just before humanity detonates enough weaponry to extinguish human life, Jesus Christ will return and bring a swift end to the conflict.

And following the epoch of unprecedented war and destruction, He will bring in a new era of unprecedented peace and harmony. Christ will usher in an age of worldwide prosperity for the peoples of every country. Regarding this future age of “global” peace, Isaiah 2:4 proclaims: “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Only God can solve our number one problem: “that of human survival.” Men don’t know the way of peace. God knows, and if you keep His law of love, it will bring great joy and peace into your life.

We are now at the edge of this nuclear abyss! As all these horrible signs come to pass, we know Christ is about to return.

China Reparation Poll

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2020 by andelino

Unlike national media, most Americans “blame” China for the coronavirus pandemic and think the Chinese government should “pay reparations” for failing to prevent the “coronavirus” from becoming a pandemic, according to a Harris poll published recently.

A majority of respondents—54 percent—said they agreed that China should be “required to pay other countries for the spread of the virus.” A majority of independent voters expressed “support” for Chinese reparations, as did 41 percent of Democrats.

The poll’s findings suggest that most Americans, and most Democrats, are not “persuaded” by the national media’s efforts to “downplay” China’s role in causing the pandemic, which in some cases has included the promotion of Chinese propaganda.

For example, 77 percent of Americans and 67 percent of Democrats said China was “responsible” for the spread of the coronavirus. Almost as many Americans—72 percent—said the Chinese government has not been accurately “reporting” information about the virus’s impact in China; 66 percent of Democrats agreed.

President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to impose tougher “trade restrictions” on China are also popular: Sixty-nine percent of Americans and 53 percent of Democrats say they support such policies. Even Trump’s controversial use of the phrase “China virus” is seen as more acceptable than not.

According to the poll, 52 percent of Americans agree with Trump’s characterization of the virus, while 48 percent disagree.

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Virtual Private Network

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2020 by andelino

“Internet Service Providers” (ISPs), or anyone connected to your network, can see your website visits, search result and browsing activity through your computer’s local “IP address.”

So called “incognito mode” doesn’t protect you from this snooping. That mode actually doesn’t keep anything “private” outside of your physical computer!

A “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) can offer you a “degree of anonymity”, by masking your computer’s IP address from everyone but the VPN provider.

It effectively provides a “secret tunnel” from your phone or computer to the internet through the VPN, “blocking” others from peeping in. Everyone then just sees the VPN browsing these sites, and not you your personal IP address.

After signing up for a VPN service and enabling it on your devices, your traffic is “protected” from spying eyes. Note, however, that it’s technically possible for your VPN provider to still “spy and record” all your internet activity. For this reason, you should fully “trust” the VPN provider you use.

How to “choose” from the many VPN providers out there? Here are some important factors to think about:

  • Privacy. The first thing to check is what happens to your personal information. We recommend looking for providers that don’t collect or share your personal information at all, so take time to check their privacy policy.
  • Cost. There are some free services, but you’re likely to end up paying with personal data, so we recommend looking for a paid service that suits your budget.
  • Speed. VPN providers sometimes publish their connection speeds, but the best way to avoid a slow service is to sign up for a trial and run a connection speed test before and after enabling.
  • Location. You may prefer VPNs hosted in certain countries for accessing location-specific content, so check their website to see where their servers are. In many cases you’ll be able to choose which country server to connect to.

There are 100s of VPN providers to choose from, so check your favorite review sites for further guidance, such as this VPN comparison chart from PCMag. If you work or live in a country that “censors” the Internet a good choice is ExpressVPN.

Working and living most of the time in China “ExpressVPN” is one of the best provider to circumvent the “Great Firewall of China.”

Privacy is a fundamental right.

Dems Global Pandemic

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 31, 2020 by andelino

Coronavirus: Dems Rooting for a Global Pandemic
By Jeffrey Folks

Russiagate didn’t work; Ukraine didn’t work; the economy is growing at a “healthy” rate. Nothing works “against” this president, but maybe the “coronavirus” will do it!  That seems to be the “attitude” among liberals in the U.S. media. So what if a few million die a “miserable” death?  We’ve finally got something that will stick on “Bad Orange Man.”

After all, the coronavirus is Trump’s “fault!” That seems to be what liberals from Joe Biden to Elizabeth Warren are saying about this serious “health threat” — one that started in China and is certainly not the president’s fault.

“China’s coronavirus has revived global economic fears,” headlined the N.Y. Times’ Peter S. Goodman, a frequent critic of the president. Comparing the current outbreak to the 2002–3 SARS epidemic, Goodman quoted a source who said, “The economic effects may be much larger than SARS.”

Meanwhile, NBC questioned whether the coronavirus would “derail China’s ability to fulfill Trump’s trade deal.”  Aside from the fact that it is not Trump’s trade deal — “it’s a mutual trade agreement between China and the U.S.” — the trade deal is a long-term agreement.

The 2002–3 SARS epidemic lasted for “eight” months, after which the global economy fully recovered. As it was, the Chinese economy continued growing by 9%, dropping only 2% from its high. Things would have to be a lot “worse” than in 2002–3, when there were 8,098 cases and 774 deaths worldwide.

Never one to be left out of the Trump-trashing, CNN announced, “The world may be on the verge of the next global pandemic.” CNN added that “the outbreak could be much worse than previously expected.” Yes, or it could be less bad than previously expected.  Fair and balanced, right?

It’s the “fear” that things will get a lot worse that has sent markets down in recent days, and things may be “worse” this time. But is the Chinese handling of the “coronavirus” epidemic the fault of President Trump? Sure, it is. If Trump hadn’t pressured China with crippling “tariffs”, China would have had the “resources” to control the coronavirus. Everything is the president’s fault.

Democrat politicians wasted no time in pointing the finger at the president.  Joe Biden said on Monday that the president is “the worst possible person” to handle the potential “spread” of the virus to the U.S. In a USA Today op-ed, Biden claimed that Trump’s cuts to the NIH budget and other actions could make the epidemic worse.

You can almost hear the liberal media sighing, if only we could get a real “pandemic” in the U.S.!  After all, Dems have the president on record saying, “We have it totally under control” — just like Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” before the worst of the fighting in Iraq, except that, at this point, the virus is under control in the U.S.

Citing the Obama response to the “Ebola” epidemic, for which the U.S. dispatched health officials to Africa, Biden called for an increased commitment to“global health security.” Biden says he would already have sent “emergency teams” to China to assist in controlling the epidemic.

President Trump has offered to do so three times — “Biden was apparently oblivious to this fact” — and the Chinese have “refused” the aid. So what would Biden do? Force the Chinese to accept U.S. medical expertise? Drop doctors and nurses into China with the help of the 101st Airborne?

Democrats seem to be “licking their chops” hoping the epidemic will spread to the U.S. Certainly, Biden wasted no time in having published his nationwide op-ed. Elizabeth Warren, who has a plan for everything, came up with a hastily conceived plan for “infectious disease” control from her “Native American” ancestors medicinal cure chest.

Why just now, if she’s so concerned about infectious diseases? Why not some time during the six years she’s been in the Senate? And what does the plan contain that’s not already being done? Elizabeth Warren is not just a Monday-morning quarterback; she’s a quarterback whose “smoke signals” are so patently political and self-serving as to make one sick.

Warren says she would “invest at home” and “build strong public health systems abroad” — like in China, right?  So “Medicare for All” now includes 1.4 billion Chinese along with 340 million “legal and illegal” Americans? Warren’s plan calls for establishing a “global health security corps” — one of many globalist approaches, like global courts and global climate change agreements, that Warren supports.

Where would Warren’s “global health security corps” be headquartered? In Brussels? Paris? Or maybe Beijing? And would that global health security corps have “authority” over the health decisions of every American? Maybe if the crisis gets bad enough, Americans will fall for it.

Mike Bloomberg likes to say he will “get it done whatever it is.”  Bloomberg, who has his own plan for everything, says he would create a “Medicare-like public option” for health insurance — in other words, a “sorta” Medicare for All, not so far out as Bernie or Liz, but just enough to make Mike president.

But how exactly would that plan prevent a virus from spreading from one person to another? Any person who thinks he might be infected can already go to any hospital or clinic and be treated. How will Mike’s “Medicare-like public option” change that?

Bernie Sanders, who now leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, doesn’t seem to have an opinion about the “coronavirus”, or if he does, he hasn’t voiced it. He’s happy to stick with “socialism”, just as he has for 50 years. At least he’s consistent — maybe that’s why he’s winning. Unlike every other liberal in the country, he’s not pulling for a “global” epidemic. He just wants to set up a “Soviet-style” centralized economy in the U.S.

Pelosi and Schumer have also been “beating” the coronavirus drum.  They’re calling for a “public health emergency” and increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control. Democrats under Nancy Pelosi have been in charge of the “budget” process in Congress from 2007 to 2011 and for the past two years.

Why haven’t they increased “funding” for the CDC for the last “six” years? They seem to be interested in “public health” emergencies only when they think it will “hurt” President Trump. If they were really worried about public health emergencies, wouldn’t they have done something already?  And why aren’t they doing anything now except trying to unduly “impeach” the president?

The “coronavirus” is a serious health threat. It is spreading rapidly in China and has “escaped” to many other countries, including the U.S. The Trump administration is doing everything possible to contain the “disease”, but the president is not responsible for the coronavirus “outbreak” in China or for those cases where individuals have fallen ill after returning from China.

President Trump is considering a “travel ban” to China, a move that may be necessary, as other “Airlines” already have done. Individuals entering the U.S. from China and other affected countries are being “screened”, and the current five known cases are being “closely” monitored. The president is busy addressing the “threat” while Democrats are busy “attacking” the president.

No one can prevent the outbreak of disease — “last year, there were 43 million flu cases and 61,200 flu-related deaths.” No one talks much about “flu-related” deaths, but those numbers show how difficult it is to “control” the spread of a virus.

Maybe Warren or Biden can come up with a plan to end the “flu and the common cold” as well. After all, Biden promised to cure “cancer” if elected president. But it appears they aren’t “interested” in public health as much as in grabbing “anti-Trump” headlines.

If the coronavirus does “spread” in the U.S., the president will take the “blame” in the liberal media. The Dems will pounce, “relishing” the spectacle of thousands or tens of thousands of cases. But the Democrats have done nothing to improve public health — certainly not in this Congress, where they’ve done “nothing at all for the last 3 years.”

It’s President Trump who is doing “everything” he can to keep us safe and make “America” great again.

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books and articles on American culture including Heartland of the Imagination: Conservative Values in American Literature from Poe to O’Connor to Haruf (2011).

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