CIA INTERCEPTS SUGGEST U.S. LIED ABOUT
BIOLOGICAL WEAPON USE DURING ITS WAR ON KOREA(Source blacklistednews.com)
the early 1950s War on Korea the U.S. used biological weapons against North Korea
and China. Bombs designed to spread leaflets were filled with plague infested
rats and dropped on Korean towns. Various infecting insects were released.
Leaflets were contaminated with small pox and then distributed. Several local
epidemics were caused by these attacks. The program was a continuation of one
which a special unit of the Imperial
Japanese Army had developed during the second world war. Unit 731 and its
leaders were not indicted for the war crimes they had committed during the war
but integrated into the U.S. biological warfare program.
Soviet Union and China made political noise about the use of biological weapons
but the U.S. stoically denied that it ever used such weapons. U.S. pilots, shot
down and imprisoned by the North Korean forces, admitted that they had dropped
such bombs. The U.S. then falsely alleged that the pilots had been tortured and
must have lied. The Chinese and Soviets sponsored the International
Scientific Commission (ISC) headed by one of the foremost British scientists of
his time, Sir Joseph Needham, to investigate the use of biological weapons
during the war. For a long time the commission’s report and its appendices
with the witness statements were suppressed and not available online. Jefferey
Kay, a psychologist and author living in northern
California, dug them up and recently published them on the web for the
first time. Now Jeffrey Kaye has dug up additional
confirm the other reports of U.S. germ attacks on North Korea and China.
Interestingly these documents are from the CIA.
TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app
stores on Sunday
and WeChat will be banned from US app stores starting on Sunday, September
20th, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced. The Chinese-owned apps
from Tencent and ByteDance will not only be banned from the iOS App Store and
Google’s Play Store on Sunday, but companies will be barred from hosting them
in the US starting on November 12th. The move was taken “at the President’s
direction,” according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Today’s actions prove
once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee
our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese
Communist Party,” he said in a statement. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has
demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national
security, foreign policy, and the economy of the US.” The app ban has come
despite a possible partnership between Oracle and ByteDance. Yesterday, Trump said that he
didn’t like that deal, according to Bloomberg, while adding that he was
“not prepared to sign off on anything.” The DOC’s wording makes clear that it
wants the apps to disappear in the US. It has not only banned the apps, code
and updates, but any payments associated with WeChat. By November 12th, it will
has 100 million users in the US, while WeChat has 19 million daily active
users, according to Reuters. The order doesn’t prevent
companies from hosting WeChat and TikTok outside the US, nor does it affect
other Tencent games and apps.
WHO warns of ‘very serious situation’ in
Europe, with ‘alarming rates’ of virus transmission
cnn.com) The World Health
has warned that coronavirus cases are surging
alarmingly in Europe, as a “very serious situation” unfolds across
the continent. As Covid-19 infections spike to record numbers, European
governments are imposing strict local measures and weighing up further
lockdowns in a bid to halt a second wave of the pandemic.
WHO regional director Hans Kluge said at a Thursday news conference that the
increase in cases should serve as a warning of what is to come.
cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe
in March,” Kluge said. “Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded
Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque compound to close
Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound,
Islam’s third holiest site, will be closed from Friday following a spike in
coronavirus cases, the authority that administers the city’s Muslim holy places
announced. With cases of the virus on the rise in Israel and the Palestinian
territories, the Waqf authority held an emergency meeting with health
closure coincides with a three-week lockdown to be imposed by Israel, which
controls the entrances of the compound. The call to prayer will continue to
ring out across Jerusalem’s Old City, Qader said, while Waqf employees will be
allowed to pray at the site. Jordan is the custodian of the compound, known by
Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, or Holy Sanctuary, and as the Temple Mount by
Maryland Episcopal Church vows to create $1M
Maryland religious institution has pledged to create a $1 million fund for
programs benefiting the Black community in an effort to make reparations for
its role in slavery and racial injustice.
Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church voted Saturday in favor of
establishing the fund, The Baltimore Sun reported. Historians for the diocese
have found that a majority of its churches built before 1860 were constructed
using slave labor or by those who benefited financially from slave labor, and
that the establishment of some churches contributed to the racial segregation
diocese, which includes more than 44,000 congregants across the state, is 90
percent white, according to Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton.
should we continue to benefit as an institution when so many in the Black
community have never had the opportunity to have a good education, good jobs or
good medical care?” said Sutton, who is Black. “We’ve benefited from racist
institutions, and now we are going to invest financially.”
$1 million makes up more than 20 percent of the diocese’s operating budget and
existing funds in the diocese’s endowment will provide the capital, The Sun
quoted the diocese as saying. Sutton said the million-dollar commitment “is
going to hurt us, and it should.”
Ray Dalio Warns of Threat to Dollar as
dollar’s decades-long position as the global reserve currency is in jeopardy
because of steps the U.S. has taken to support its economy during the Covid-19
pandemic, according to Ray Dalio, founder of hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates. While equities and gold
benefited from the trillions of dollars in fiscal spending and monetary
injections, those efforts are debasing the currency and have raised the
possibility that the U.S. will go too far in testing the limits of government
stimulus, Dalio said Tuesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “There
is so much debt production and debt monetization,” Dalio said. The Bloomberg
Dollar Spot Index has dropped 10% from its peak in late March as investors
responded to the pandemic and efforts by central bank and government officials
to contain the economic fallout. All of the world’s major developed currencies
have gained against the dollar as have precious metals such as gold, silver and
platinum. Dalio said in July that investors should favor stocks and gold
over bonds and cash because the latter offer a negative rate of return and
central banks will print more money. Bridgewater has been moving into gold and
inflation-linked bonds in its All Weather portfolio, diversifying the countries
it invests in and finding more stocks with stable cash flow.
What Germans Fear Most (Source thetrumpet.com)
28 years Germany’s largest insurance firm, has sponsored a survey to learn what
Germans fear most. In an increasingly complex world, the answers varied greatly
this year. But one fear stands out predominantly. Some may call this fear
irrational, but it certainly has geopolitical consequences.
the covid-19 pandemic,” Deutsche Welle noted September 16, “[United States
President Donald] Trump tops the list of things Germans fear the most, a new survey found.”
Western countries distrust Trump. “A few weeks before the American presidential
election, the U.S.’s reputation in a number of Western nations has fallen to
its worst level in around two decades,” Die Welt noted.
“The citizens of these countries give President Donald Trump and his management
a miserable testimony to the coronavirus crisis. Germany turns out to be
particularly critical”. Only 9 percent of Germans praised the Trump administration’s
coronavirus crisis management. Conversely, 88 percent of Germans view their own
government’s response to the virus positively.
Welt reported that in 13 surveyed countries, President Trump is, on
average, less popular than Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese
President Xi Jinping. Nine percent of Belgians expressed confidence in Trump in
general, followed by 10 percent of Danes and Germans and 11 percent of French.
Hostility toward America is growing around the world.
‘Vicious little suckers’: Massive clouds of
mosquitoes kill cows, horses in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura (Source usatoday.com)
of mosquitoes have killed cows, deer, horses and other livestock in Louisiana
after rain from Hurricane Laura led to an explosion in the pests’ population. Thousands
of mosquitoes have attacked animals as large as bulls, draining their
blood and driving the massive creatures to pace in summer heat until they
were exhausted, according to a Louisiana State University AgCenter
veterinarian, agent and press release.
recent aerial spraying efforts have helped bring the outbreak of mosquitoes
under control, residents and animals in a portion of the state faced clouds of
the bloodsucking insects in the days after Laura made landfall as a Category
4 hurricane on Aug. 27.
It’s a Race Against Heat, and Humanity Is
Bloomberg.com) Add this to your already long list of 2020 oddities: Greenhouse
gas emissions are projected to experience their steepest drop in modern history
while the world remains on track to mark its second-hottest, if not hottest,
year. The two facts demonstrate the relentless pace of climate change and the
extreme measures we need to take to slow it down.
a perverse race: The later we cut emissions, the faster the planet warms. Right
now, it’s one humanity is losing. The
pandemic lockdowns and the dramatic decline in economic activity that followed
will reduce emissions this year by an estimated 8%. But the level of carbon
dioxide will continue to climb as long as humanity continues to add it
to the atmosphere. Emissions need to come down to zero by midcentury to keep
warming below 1.5C. That will require a 7% decline every year during this
Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers all
targeting 2020 election, Microsoft says(Source cnn.com)
Chinese and Iranian hackers have all attempted to hack people and organizations
involved in the 2020 US presidential
Microsoft said on Thursday. Thursday’s disclosure sheds new light on efforts by
Chinese and Iranian hackers to break into US political campaigns and suggests
that Russian hacking efforts have continued apace.
activity we are announcing today makes clear that foreign activity groups have
stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election,” Microsoft said in a post on its website. Top US
cybersecurity officials acknowledged that Microsoft detected attempts to
compromise email accounts of people and organizations associated with the
presidential race but said there is no evidence election systems were affected.