Air Force Global Strike Command tested
another ICBM by launching it across the Pacific(Source Business Insider) US
Air Force Global Strike Command tested an ICBM at Vandenberg Air Force Base
early on February 5.
missile flew about 4,200 miles across the Pacific, reaching Kwajalein Atoll in
the Marshall Islands. A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the
341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, the 90th Missile Wing
at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, and the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air
Force Base, North Dakota, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental
ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 12:33 a.m. Pacific
Time on February 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein
Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches verify the accuracy and
reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a
continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
RUSSIAN EVACUEES FROM CHINA TO BE QUARANTINED
IN REMOTE SIBERIAN REGION
Russian Air Force on orders from President Vladimir Putin is currently in the
midst of evacuating some over 150 Russian nationals from China and
sending them to be “monitored” for coronavirus symptoms in a region
of Western Siberia.
citizens and people from other countries evacuated from China will be
temporarily accommodated in the Tyumen Region where they will be placed
under quarantine, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told
reporters on Tuesday,” official news agency TASS reports.
also after the first two cases of coronavirus in
Russia were confirmed last Friday. Two Chinese nationals have
already been quarantined in Tyumen and the far eastern Zabaykalsky
region, and are expected to recover. Tyumen Region is in Western Siberia, and
was among the first regions of the harsh and remote eastern areas of Russia to be settled starting
in the 16th century. During pre-revolutionary Russia and into Soviet
times, the region historically served as a place of exile, including as
part of the gulag system of labor camps in the north.
147 people will be flown by the Russian Air Force from Wuhan and Hubei
Province to the Tyumen area where they are expected to be monitored by
medical authorities for at least 14 days.
authorities over the weekend restricted direct flights to China and shut the
massive land border with China, which extends for 2,600 miles, which will no
doubt have significant economic impact for both countries, given China remains
Russia’s largest and most important trading partner.
citizens as well as citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine will be
accommodated in the Tyumen Region as the best prepared region where they will
be placed under quarantine,” Deputy Prime Minister Golikova said in her statement Tuesday.
Trump tells Dems to nominate ‘Mini Mike
(Source Yahoo News) In the wake of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucus debacle,
President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to offer his opponents some
sarcastic advice. “Iowa is a complete disaster for the Dems,” Trump tweeted. “They should bring in Mini
Mike Bloomberg ASAP!”
the multibillionaire former mayor of New York, immediately retweeted Trump’s “endorsement,”
adding a chin-scratch emoji as if to say, “Now
that’s something worth pondering.” Bloomberg’s viability is certainly something
that people — or at least pundits — have been pondering in recent days. As the
Iowa fiasco unfolded Monday night, and as the talking heads struggled to fill
hours of cable news airtime set aside for caucus results that ultimately never
came, many started to speculate about how the muddled outcome could boost
Bloomberg’s candidacy. Hot takes about Bloomberg as the
“real winner” of the Iowa caucuses followed the next day. Soon, Bloomberg himself
was jumping on the bandwagon, announcing that he would
double his behemoth ad budget and expand his gargantuan field staff to capitalize on the
post-caucus confusion. Bloomberg’s strategy is unprecedented. By skipping all
four early-voting states and pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into
advertising and organizing for the later, larger-state primaries — particularly
in key battlegrounds such as Pennsylvania and Michigan and delegate-rich places
such as Massachusetts and California — he has bet that no consensus candidate
will emerge by Super Tuesday and that Democrats will eventually turn to him
(and his $60-billion fortune) to fill the void.
China reports outbreak of deadly bird flu
among chickens in Hunan province, close to coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan(Source South China Morning
Post) China has reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in Hunan
province, which lies on the southern border of Hubei province, the epicentre of
the rapidly spreading coronavirus. “The outbreak occurred in a farm in the
Shuangqing district of Shaoyang city. The farm has 7,850 chickens, and 4,500 of
the chickens have died from the contagion. Local authorities have culled 17,828
poultry after the outbreak,” according to a statement by China’s Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Saturday. No human cases of the Hunan H5N1
virus have been reported. The Hunan H5N1 outbreak comes even as the Chinese
authorities continue to scramble to contain the spread of the novel
coronavirus, further stretching the nation’s already heavily strained resources
needed to combat the health threats.
Raytheon engineer arrested for taking US
missile defense secrets to China(Source qz.com)
Wei Sun, a 48-year-old engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, left for an
overseas trip last year, he told the company he planned to bring his
company-issued HP EliteBook 840 laptop along.
a Chinese-born American citizen, had been working at Raytheon for a decade. He
held a secret-level security clearance and worked on highly sensitive missile
programs used by the US military.
Sun’s computer contained large amounts of classified data, Raytheon officials
told him that taking it abroad would not only be a violation of company policy,
but a serious violation of federal law, as well. While he was out of the
country, Sun connected to Raytheon’s internal network on the laptop. He sent an
email on Jan. 7, suddenly announcing he was quitting his job after 10 years in
order to study and work overseas. When Sun returned to the United States a week
later, he told Raytheon security officials that he had only visited Singapore
and the Philippines during his travels. But inconsistent stories about his
itinerary led Sun to confess that he traveled to China with the laptop.
Raytheon lawyer examined the machine, and confirmed it contained technical
specifications prohibited from export by the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations (ITAR), in addition to security software that is itself
export-controlled and requires a special license to take outside the United
States. Sun was arrested by FBI agents the next day. Court
documents reviewed by Quartz refer to Sun possessing classified files related to several different air defense systems designed by
Raytheon for the US military. China’s security services have already compromised dozens of crucial US
weapons systems, such as the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
ballistic missile defense system, and the Aegis ballistic missile defense
system used by the Navy. In 2018, Chinese hackers stole top-secret plans for a supersonic
anti-ship missile being developed by the Navy known as Sea Dragon. The intruders
reportedly managed to get massive amounts of sensitive signals and sensor data,
in addition to the Navy’s entire electronic warfare library.
The Global System Nearing Financial and
Climate Collapse: Capitalism(Source globalresearch.ca)
What was once called a sea
of debt on which we floated has become an ocean of debt into which we are
sinking, and still our ruling minority programs us to ask “where can we get the
money to fund health care and education” as though we all had doctoral degrees
from the London School of Economics. Stop spending it on weapons, drugs, waste
and garbage and redirect it to what humans need most: shelter, food, clothing,
health care, and other stuff like that. The incredible amount of debt
which global capitalism treats as a systemic foundation now threatens to
structurally collapse. That is not just a problem for the 1% or smaller percentile
that still exercises power over space, time and life itself. The last collapse
a few years ago reduced millions of former homeowners and jobholders to a
struggle for survival that has not ended for most of them – that finds more
people working for less pay and less people enjoying the fruits of their labor.
No different than what began with industrial capitalism back in the
19th century when people who previously lived off the land, or tried to,
were herded into cities and factories and mills to create wealth, some of which
trickled down to them but mostly defied nature and gravity by flowing up to the
ruling powers whose wealth was beyond that of previous feudal lords.
US Boosts ‘Glide Breaker’ Program To Shoot
Down Putin’s “Invincible” Hypersonic Missiles (Source Zero Hedge) Hypersonic
weapons have been the big talk at the Pentagon of late. Early this week
US defense officials unveiled that America’s classified hypersonics
program will undergo a “very aggressive” expansion over the
course of the next year. This is to include expanded testing, including at
least “four initial flight tests of prototypes for glide bombs that
can fly five times the speed of sound and maneuver en route,” according Bloomberg. But after over the past two years both Russia and
China have hyped their own advancing programs (Putin has touted that his
Avangard hypersonic missile as “invincible”), which many analysts believe could
be further along than the US program, the more pressing worry is how to defend
against the nearly impossible to stop high-tech weapon. Hypersonic missiles,
such as the kind Russia has lately tested, “are hard to stop, they can
maneuver, they’re unpredictable” and “hard to detect” so “you don’t have a
lot of time” to respond — Mike White, the Defense Department’s
assistant director for hypersonics was quoted this week as saying. Toward this end, the
Pentagon is pursuing experimental interceptor technology designed
to take out possible incoming hypersonics.
Explosive Bomb Cyclone Engulfs Alaska With
Hurricane-Force Winds, Major Swell, and Intense Snowstorm(Source strangesounds.org)
winter, rapidly-intensifying cyclones are forming over and over again in the
new bombogenesis has dropped an amazing 23 mbar in 12 hours and 36mbar in 24
hours (explosive cyclogenesis = 24mbar drop in 24 hours). The exploding storm
will affect south and southeast Alaska with hurricane-like winds, major waves
and swell as well as intense snowstorms.
The chilling details of the Arab Slave Trade
in Africa and the barbaric castration of black boys(Source face2faceafrica.com)
With so much emphasis on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, details about the
equally horrifying Sub-Saharan slave trade have been swept under the carpet for
many years creating a heap of undiscovered history of a more
disheartening experience for victims. Starting more than 700 years before the
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Sub-Saharan Slave Trade, also known as the Arab
Slave Trade began in the late 7th century after the Arabs successfully defeated
and took over Egypt and soon controlled North Africa, East Africa and parts of
West Africa such as Northern Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. With full
control of a great part of Africa, the Arabs began to capture young boys and
girls and took them to Egypt where they were sold into slavery within Africa or
taken across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia, China, South West Asia and India. By
the tenth century, the demand for slaves from Africa to work as plantation
hands, sex slaves, domestic maids and slave warriors had increased greatly so
much so that an estimated number of 5000 slaves were shipped out of Africa a
year according to an article in the New African Magazine.
Trump plan for an Israel-Palestinian
settlement is most realistic in decades(Source New York Post)
Trump just offered the most realistic plan in decades for an
Israeli-Palestinian settlement. It won’t work magic overnight, but it shifts
the conversation in the right direction.
long string of US presidents tried to solve all the problems of the Middle East
by pushing Israel to sacrifice its security and even its identity as a Jewish
state. By contrast, Team Trump has crafted an approach that would protect
Israel while addressing Palestinians’ core demands.
this marks the first time Israel has put its support behind a plan for a
Palestinian state with defined borders. It would double Palestinian territory
and allow for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, “where the United States
will happily open an embassy,” the president said.
Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes,” he noted, as
Israel would get sovereignty over its major settlements in the West Bank but
halt new construction for four years.
would get a demilitarized state after meeting certain goals: instituting some
measure of free speech and political reform, while ending terrorism and the
“pay to slay” program that rewards the killing of Israelis. “Our vision will
end the cycle of Palestinian dependence on charity and foreign aid,” Trump said
as he promised $50 billion in international investment that he predicted would
cut poverty in half and bring unemployment under 10 percent by creating a
million Palestinian jobs in the next decade. It “presents a win-win opportunity
for both sides, a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of
Palestinian statehood to Israel’s security,” he said, reassuring those who had
worried the administration would abandon US support for a Palestinian state.