John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Proxy Wars & Those Behind Them
Hybrid war - hybrid response (NATO Review)
Dirty Game - The Proxy War - Documentary
Mideast Proxy Wars - The Role of Non-State Actors in International Security
The New World Order of Global Warfare
Russian Military Hybrid Warfare Campaign
Irregular Warfare, Hybrid Threats, and the Future Role of Ground Forces - Keynote
Spy Wars - Gerald Bull (2010) Documentary
The New World Order of Global Warfare
Inside Story - What triggered the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
Documentary_ The New Great Game - How US Domination in Middle East Has Declined
- same techniques can be used for Russian as well as Western propaganda. Pattern, timing analysis are most common techniques to identifying common point of origin
How to defeat Kremlin disinformation campaign (1. 3. 2016)
- the Russians (and Chinese to an extent) clearly think from a 'systems perspective'. It doesn't become obvious who is supporting who until you dig a little bit (any side). They sound conspiratorial (sometimes completely crazy) because if two things push towards a certain goal then they are working together (even if they are working completely independently)
- the Western perspective of wariness with regards to Russia and former Soviet States makes much more sense if you delve further into the background of some defectors. It's very obvious that there is still somewhat of a 'Cold War' mentality across the board and in some areas we are definitely still looking at the same plan (either side). All that's really happened is that they've just changed the schedule and tactics a little bit though the aim remains the same. PSYOPS actually offers the perfect way to maintain a 'soft wall'
THE TALENTED MR. PUTIN.pdf
- it's clear that in spite of organisations such as NATO and the EU there is basically a higher tier which involves the English speaking nations. They've tried to bridge the gap with English speaking outlets but there's clearly another area where they've tried to bridge the gap and that is in education. It's clear that to a certain extent at low to mid levels education doesn't make much sense. If you're reasonably bright you would have realised that what we learn year on year at low to mid levels doesn't change that much. It's only in the latter years of your education at university/college that you really need to absorb large amounts of information. What's interesting for me (and others) has always been the fact that it's not so much about learning the material as it is about passing an exam. From a social engineering perspective this is master stroke (if deliberate). It ensures that those who are more likely to do to what they are told progress (think about the structure of exams now. They're not about exploring ideas. They're mostly short question/answer tests where you're asked only to explore a particular paradigm) while (even brilliant) outliers are less likely to. Moreover, given dominance of Anglo-American colleges/universities in world rankings it ensures that they take the best talent, trains them in a way that is best suited for their own purposes, helps them progress in the world, etc... Obviously, to other nations it looks like the US and China have 'stacked the deck'. It's blantantly obvious they (and others) are using economic espionage en-masse
John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Proxy Wars & Those Behind Them
- dig deep enough and it seems clear that politicians are just cogs in a larger machine. What's scary is that it feels like some of them are under-prepared and they're under consnat pressure to deliver which can make the problem worse. At times, it's difficult to believe that some of these people are running the world. I look at some electoral candidates and I wonder whether or not there is a 'best choice' at times. Whether or not that this is just what's left over. Whether or not we should change the system to make it more attractive for possibly more suitable candidates
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter press conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Launch of Coalition Broadband Policy
- whatever their status (good, dumb, evil, etc...) through sheer strength the US have been able to bring a semblance of order to the world
Documentary_ The New Great Game - How US Domination in Middle East Has Declined
How America Became a Superpower - Money, Power, Wealth, Influence (1999)
- as a neutral you have to laugh a bit. The Chinese have basically taken the best of capitalism/democracy and integrated into their own framework. For me, it sort of puts paid to the theory that democracy of particular structures automatically leads to greater prosperity. I recently watched a documentary recently about China which basically had them re-purposing an entire factory employing thousands of workers over the space of several weeks (in the context of a bubble this would have meant the impact upon the company's bottom line would have been negligible at best). That said, as I've stated previously hierarchal systems with bad leadership is is much more catastrophic owing to a lack of checks and balances
- one of the obvious things is that opponents of the US/West have done a SWOT analysis of us and them and hybrid warfare offers them the perfect avenue for them to win because it plays to their strengths and our weaknesses. The lines are completely blurred. If the US/West comes under sustained hybrid warfare we're in a lot of trouble because our military is based entirely on the concept of professional volunteers operating a particular set of 'rules' which means that you generally don't have the numbers to efficiently counter them nor do you have a adequate training for your troops. Either way, you need them to disperse back into the community and to maintain a level of capability should a concerted attack come in. The other thing that is obvious is that they've connected the dots with regards to use of technology. They've resorted to using COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) equipment (such as smartphones for maps and the Internet for information) to fill the gap in their capabilities. An obvious way for me to defend against hybrid warfare is bringing in highly flexible, talented officers and staff (military and intelligence space) who have the ability and chance to think on their feet. Disperse them widely among the community (if possible) to help organise groups to blunt the impact of any possible attack and if possible push back. By the time you've come up with a plan to defeat the previous technique your opposition would have shifted. The most difficult part is that most of the time you only really step up your vigilance when something happens. High end equipment such as stealth bombers and fighters are helpful and cut off one avenue of attack. This is basically guerilla warfare on a state level
Russian Military Hybrid Warfare Campaign
Hezbollah, Ukrainian Rebels, and ISIS - Are Hybrid Superguerrillas the Future of War
Harriman Center - Frozen Conflicts Twenty Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union. Panel 1
Harriman Center - Frozen Conflicts Twenty Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union. Panel 2
Harriman Center - Frozen Conflicts Twenty Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union. Panel 3
Helsinki Commission Briefing - 'Prospects for Unfreezing Moldova's Frozen Conflict in Transnistria'
- one of the things I've been wondering is that given the nature of the MKULTRA experiments is whether or not their is somewhat of an 'imprinting factor'. In the original experiments it was found that those who had suffered early childhood trauma (images and videos of people or animals in distress were the ones most commonly referred to) were more susceptible to manipulation and hypnosis. Think carefully about this, if children are being exposed to more and more of this at an earlier age it means that as a group we are fundamentally more susceptible to mind control techniques, propaganda, PSYOPS en-masse. For me if this is true, it makes much more sense why we have social stability in spite of the fact that income inequality is now right up there when compared to other times in human history. I remember hearing stories about Soviet intelligence saying that the media could also be used to distract citizens in spite of other difficulties. Look at our media today. Much of it is garbage. It attracts a lot of attention but it doesn't really/genuinely make us happier, make our world a better place, add much to the discussion, etc... (think carefully about this. If you didn't know anything about football would the AFL Grand Final mean anything to you? Would Australia's relationship with the US or China make any difference? The only reason why you think it's important is because someone is telling you and there is a difference between being informed and being propagandised) Think cynically about things and you look at certain media and the world looks very strange. 'Masha and the Bear' incorporate a Panda and and a Bear. Both animals which are commonly associated with China and Russia. In this particular cartoon both animals act as a guardian for the child. In the West, cartoons often feature superheroes to take care of people but often with a strong US/Western slant to it. If the children can be imprinted to believe in the state then it's much less likely that they'll erupt in a revolution no matter how bad things get later on in life
- refer back to the previous post on the MKULTRA/Mind Control/Enhanced Interrogation experiments and it seems clear that if I am correct you don't need a 'breakdown' phase to 're-pattern' children. That means that the in most cases the cartoons and childrens programs that many children watch may have a subtle 'imprinting/patterning' function as well. Think about Russia currently and the use of a 'Bear' and a 'Panda' character in one of their cartoons, 'Skippy the Kangaroo' in an Australian production, and countless US action heroes that are shown to children at ever increasingly younger ages. In each case, an animal or character that is commonly associated with a particular country (Bear for Russia, Panda for China, Kangaroo for Australia, etc...) is regarded as a hero or guardian. If this is deliberate then I'm very curious how much of an impact it has later on in life...
Masha and The Bear - Compilation 1 (3 episodes in English)
Masha and The Bear - Compilation 2 (3 episodes in English) NEW!
Masha and The Bear - Compilation 3 (3 episodes in English) NEW!
- people keep saying that the Russian PSYOP effort makes no sense. It does, but only if you understand it in a wider context. If you look down a in the next few points and know about about MKULTRA then you know that we're basically in 'breakdown' phase. The point is to muddle things. This phase will take an extended period of time but the main point is to highlight that the US/West are hypocritical. That's it. The next phase is the process of recruitment (they may not even bother with this because this may be enough or else they will not bother with this current generation and leave that for the next generation). Once you understand that then it makes much more sense
- the anti-West perspective makes much more sense if you understand the overall picture. If you look at the broad picture (and the numbers are true) then basically the difference between the West and otherwise have diminished drastically. It's very difficult to classify that some opponents of the West are 'evil' now. What makes it murkier are some of the programs that have been progressively brought to public light over the years. What's also clear is that since the US/West have made intermingled defense and intelligence with financial operations and the sheer size of the operation is now so huge it has made it very difficult to keep things genuinely secret. To this end, what some commentators have been stating is that the point is not as much to paint the US/West in a bad light but to break people down. To make them see that the difference is now so small that the only difference now is basically where everyone fits into the overall world order. Since everyone is susceptible to the roughly the same things it's the same thing as attempting to achieving agent recruitment in bulk. The steps are to de-moralise/breakdown, re-frame/influence, and then to get us to move on with a new world order.... If you find any of the following videos a bit difficult to understand then try using a graphic equaliser with increased bass and lower treble settings
Rafaf Brzeski - Information and disinformation warfare in hybrid warfare [ENG]
How to defeat Kremlin disinformation campaign (1. 3. 2016)
- think very carefully about the nature of the marketing behind Apple and Google in particular of late. Both have clean white imaging and other references to believe in the company's relative innocence. Both are known to aide the US government based on WikiLeaks documentation. It would not surprise me if the marketing were deliberate and part of a PSYOPS operation to clean up the image of US IT companies. The only problem is that they've both been caught (Google ditched their "Don't Be Evil" moniker last year apparently based on what I heard). If WikiLeaks is being used by Russian intelligence (as some have speculated) then the more the US tries to bury things the worse they'll look
- the reason why some states have been breaching our financial firms doesn't make sense unless you think about it a bit. Think about the nature of HFT, arbitrage, hedge fund trading, and how it maintains relationships between variables. For each financial instrument and quantity there is an equal and opposite instrument that is supposed to be able to balance/hedge things out. However, there's a clear problem here. If the algorithms used to predict the future are based on the past you're basically in a self fulfilling prophecy loop. Moreover, if there algorithms core to our financial system which bias it towards particular companies or countries then it makes sense why states target the financial operations of other states especially if they are merely designed fronts/money printing presses for intelligence services. Other aspects of the world financial order make more sense if you understand further background as well (if you're slightly conspiratorial). Think about the Milgram experiment. It told us that we're willing to comply with orders in spite of the problems it may cause others. That means that if we shift labour towards other countries we're still willing to put up with things if the PSYOPS are good enough. It also helps to control inflation provided particular boundaries are respected with regards to currency (hence, currencies tend to trade within bands of one another). It also means that countries specialise in areas in order to maximise profits. They can't control demand but they can control supply. If everyone plays within the rules some will benefit a lot while others benefit a bit as well
The Stanford Prison Experiment
- the nature of deterrence and Mutually Assurred Destruction (MAD) means that there's always an equivalent program on either side of the fence. It would not surprise me in the least if the Russians and Chinese had at least scale model versions of our latest technology working in their labs. The ultimate difference is how effective or crude/subtle their implementations are. The greatest difficulty that exists with comparing things is that a lot of information out there is junk
Conan O'Brien Fully Exposes Mainstream Media
Secret Cold War Planes of America and Russia
- literally billions of dollars are spent on PSYOPS by the usual suspects. Watch media from opponents/rivals and it's almost like a complete mirror of what is happening on the other side. In spite of the fact that there has been research into this and work on writing un-biased media almost no one plays by the rules. Once you have enough background it becomes much more obvious what operations are in play and the whole world looks very, very strange. With all the dis-information out there it can be very confusing though and sometimes you may never be able to clear things up no matter which side you may be on. The other thing which will confound you is why some material is classified, others not, levels of classification, relevance to national security, etc...
The Riga Conference 2015 - 'INSIDE THE PROPAGANDA WAR CHANNELING INFLUENCE'
DIGITAL AGE-How Do Spies Really Play the 'Great Game'-Fred Hitz. Nov 6, 2004
Russian Expansion - A Reality or Fiction - A Conversation with Elmar Brok
Ukrainian diaspora losing media war against Russia
- one of the things that is obvious about rivals and enemies of their US is their fascination about how they got there. They look at the system and basically think it's somewhat of a sham. What's also very obvious is that they look at aspects of capitalism and see it as a disaster waiting to happen. Think of the way we currently deal with debt. We basically print money and grow our way out of our pothole. The problem is that in any centralised or comprimised system if there is corruption and talent is not allowed or given an opportunity you have lower growth. So you have to resort to more desperate measures such as 'hybrid warfare'. I said earlier that we've basically just put a label on it recently but it's a clear evolution from actual combat on the battlefield to combat in other spheres such as PSYOPS, finance, intelligence, etc... Defense is not as much about actually going to combat as it is about demonstrating that you can destroy your enemy without having to go to battle. Hence, what seems like the constant and incessant defense drills. They're there basically to intimidate your enemy into doing whatever you want. The trouble with China and Russia is that they're nuclear. Moreover, you need a plausible reason to go to war against them. Hybrid warfare is the perfect battleground for them and other anti-Western states and actors as long as they never step over the line that could provoke genuine conflict. They get what they want and there is no actual proper war
America's Rise to Superpower Status - 20th Century Economic, Military History (1998)
Saudi Arabia vs Yemen = USA vs IRAN - Proxy War for Middle East Control
- the core fundamental problem behind much of this is that the US/West come across as hyprocrites. In fact, most countries are hypocrites. Put into perspective. US non-signatories of Kyoto climate change protocol, supporters of nuclear non-proliferation but have one of the world's largest nuclear arsenals, supporters of terrorism at times (when that is the least worst option), invasions of multiple coutries without international approval; Australia with East Timor and handling of refugee problem in spite of being supposed upholders of human rights; China with South China Seas in spite of them proclaiming they will peacefully rise; Russia with their relationships with former Soviet states; Israel with handling of Palestine; UK with regards to the Falklands, Assange; Iran with regards to it's nuclear program. No country is 'clean'
- everything makes much more sense if you think about the 'least worse option'
Türkkaya Ataöv - Contemporary Hybrid Warfare and What to Do
- one of the things you'll realise is that once you look deep enough virtually all of the major countries have plans on what to do military should their interests be challenged. Listen carefully to the tone of many of the officials involved in China, Russia, United States, etc... They want everyone else to be contained but they want to be able to do anything they want. It's almost inevitable that the known major players will have difficulties with one another. The only question is how they will react
Asia's New Great Game - The Coming Conflict in Asia
- some of the Russian propaganda is actually really funny because it's an obvious lie (even Russians admit to this). However, I am reasonaly certain that they are somewhat accurate with regards to the availablity aspect of the JSF. The trials are saying ~50% availability (actual audit reports not media reports). The B-2 and F-22 also have around 60-70% availability. My guess is that we're looking at around 75% availability at most. Moreover, actual running costs just like a lot of other equipment is likely to be similar and there will be ongoing teething problems that will need to be dealt with. The only reason why the establishment are saying that it will cost less is so that we don't call for cuts to the program. I don't think it really matters though if you're honest about this. People would rather not have their home countries invaded
- another thing which you'll hear is that capitalism will be used as a noose to hang the US/West around the neck. You don't need to know experiments or collect any data to understand this. Just think a little bit. Think about the nature of the 'Cold War'. The world were basically split off into two separate social and economic systems in the ultimate human experiment. They were effectively placing bets on centralisation versus de-centralisation though and basically the entire world has become the USSR. Through high centralisation of power and corruption we've ensured that those who are less better suited to achieve power have achieved power. Politicians are under prepared for their portfolios because the system fundamentally rewards negativity. It rewards those who are able to achieve power not those who are able to achieve the best results. Moreover, this is aided by the media who sensationalise any mistake that politicians or other leaders of society make. You have the security services who are sometimes used to clamp down on those who may possibly push forward alternative views that may be better but aren't. Moreovoer, democracy self serving in a way because basically everyone wants things to be better not worse but since we have politicians who are generally working with 'least worse' options constantly you've effectively created a doom loop type situation. China, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc... has proven that high centralisation with good decision making is actually better than a more free type democracy for economic growth but exacerbates problems in the other direction as well. Think about the nature of capitalism as well. Two objects virtually identical are valued differently owing to the differing circumstances in their lives. However, spreads (price differentials) reduce as more and more actors discover that is an average/mean price that they should be paying (possible through globalisation). Now that the spreads have reduced the globe is effectively facing the same problem that the USSR was facing. Like it or not we now have somewhat of a 'socialist/managed' world economy. The spreads have narrowed as a consequence of globlisation but that was required to keep a cap on inflation (and wealthier people don't want to re-distribute wealth). Hence, the reason why people have been encourage to borrow more and more to borrow and why financial institutions were leveraged to crazy levels (30-40 times in Europe/US) taking bets on various financial instruments (and which led to the GFC). The system itself is 'flawed' or at least has certain limitations which means that almost always there will have to be those amongst us who are 'haves' while many others are 'have nots'...
Keiser Report - ‘Bankism’, oil prices and US election insanity (E856 feat. Gerald Celente)
- if you know anything about the USSR you would know that they had a heap of economic analysts (the same is true of the US with their intelligence agencies). It was a systemic aspect of their economy owing to it's centralisation. I find it highly unlikely that they wouldn't know this. If watching any foreign media you also need to put their PSYOP operations here into perspective and what they've been doing in the financial world
Keiser Report - Bankers and miracles (E884)
Keiser Report - ‘Bankism’, oil prices and US election insanity (E856 feat. Gerald Celente)
Keiser Report - Economics of Crime & Stupidity (E896)
Keiser Report - Fools in Charge (E895)
Keiser Report - Global Housing Bubbles (Episode 883)
- it's clear that to a certain extent at low to mid levels education doesn't make much sense. If you're reasonably bright you would have realised that what we learn year on year at low to mid levels doesn't change that much. It's only in the latter years of your education at university/college that you really need to absorb large amounts of information. What's interesting for me (and others) has always been the fact that it's not so much about learning the material as it is about passing an exam. From a social engineering perspective this is master stroke (if deliberate). It ensures that those who are more likely to do to what they are told progress (think about the structure of exams now. They're not about exploring ideas. They're mostly short question/answer tests where you're asked only to explore a particular paradigm. Moreover, it has been proven that a lot of tests are biased towards particular groups. For instance, IQ groups tend to favour white people and not africans) while (even brilliant) outliers are less likely to. Moreover, given dominance of Anglo-American colleges/universities in world rankings it ensures that they take the best talent, trains them in a way that is best suited for their own purposes, helps them progress in the world, etc... That's why certain people from certain backgrounds never seem to be able to progress no matter how hard they work while others life is basically a walk in the park. The deck is stacked in their favour right from the start and every one of them effectively becomes a 'Manchurian Candidate'. Since centralisation (and corrupt relations between donors and institutions) means that education curriculums is more determined by 'market conditions' and donors it means that the system effectively remains corrupted and cogs in the overall machine never see the overall system for what it is (perhaps that's the point because that is the 'least worse' option we have?)
John Pilger - The New Rulers Of The World 
John Pilger - Obama and Empire
- one of the flaws of democracies is also one it's greatest aspects. The choice to be able to do anything you want in spite of what others may believe or may say. For instance, you may be limited physically but aspire to be a professional athelete or you may be limited mentally but aspire to be an academic. There is a massive flaw here though. Watch a game of football and watch those who are less technically gifted play amongst those who are more technically gifted. It automatically means that they have to resort to 'dirty' tactics in order to remain competitive. It's at these moments that you always wonder whether or not there are those amongst us who are meant to be engineers, others labourers, others doctors, others entrepreneurs, others politicians, etc... Would the world be better off? Would we have greater prosperity if those who were best equipped were always placed into areas where they would best serve society and they were always given the best opportunity to do so? To a certain extent this was tested during the 'Cold War' but one can also say that it's simply a matter of execution?
- the great difficulty here is that research has proven that hierarchy produces higher levels of certain 'feel good' hormones. Hierarchies are fundamental to human nature. Hence, it's almost addictive for some people to take command, belittle others, etc... no matter what the circumstances. It's a lust that some will find almost impossible to control and it's this which leads to complete and total corruption of social systems because if you've had enough experience in life you know that if your rival decides to take a particular path to a advantage you almost always have to as well no matter how corrupt it may be
The Value of Drug Addiction Research - Michael Nader at TEDxWakeForestU
What you need to know about internet addiction _ Dr. Kimberly Young _ TEDxBuffalo
- nature itself offers a better economic system than the one that we've devised. It literally takes out temptation by not allowing for it. Think about animals. They have to struggle each day to survive. In humanity's capitalism every single person strives to work hard enough to retire. Resentment builds because the opportunities to achieve this are more about luck and cronyism rather than hard work and talent a lot of the time though. Socialism/communism's greatest flaw was that it relied on brutality to hold people in line. If people were slotted into their the exact correct position within society that they are best suited to and have an aptitude for then they win and so does the overall group. If we forget about arbitrary measures such as 'market pricing' and think about the laws of nature then we are now rewarded for working harder and smarter. For instance, if you build a machine that does something 15 times more efficiently then another one are you paid 15 times more. According to arbitary 'market pricing' you can get paid absolutely anything but it's unlikely to be exactly 15 times. Science and nature also works on the basis of supply and demand as well but since everything is based on need the overall system never collapses which is unlike modern capitalism. In modern capitalism people are rewarded for others getting sick. In nature, life is rewarded. If others are happy and healthy then they serve a purpose as part of an overall ecosystem. In modern capitalism you're rewarded for lying. In fact, the notion of arbitary 'market pricing' calls for it. You can't do that in nature. A specific amount of oil results in a particular amount of energy when used in a particular fashion no matter what. How do you deal with inflation in nature though or and the supply/demand issue. Think carefully. In this system ingenuity is rewarded. If you can use steam power or solar power to achieve the same thing then it ultimately doesn't matter. In modern capitalism there are disincentives for pursuing space travel because mineral prices would collapse once we bring back back materials. In this system it rewards it. When combined with non-interest banking (called for in some religions) it means that the those lending as well as borrowing must share the risk/reward which means that the lender is incentivised not to lend carelessly. Risk management is inherent to the system itself. Nature and science forming the basis for economics could be interesting way forward... The obvious problem is that this will only work up until a certain point. Imagine someone creates something diabolically intelligent. Nobody would be able to afford it. A real implementation would likely take a bit from market as well as scientific economics...
- our science, globalisation, everything about it facilitates a lot of nightname scenarious. Think about disease and high speed transportation. In an instant disease can spread from one part of the world to another. Think about greed and globilisation. By rewarding greed and growth we make people want to purchase a large quantity of a single product/service which means that it will inevitably result in resource exhaustion in at least a limited form. It doesn't make the best use of whatever is around which is the exact opposite of the science of nature
- one of the obvious things that the Chinese are attempting to do is to highlight how their nationals also aide their government. Though what exactly they do is being kept quiet for now
- one of the people involved is Jack Ma, head of Alibaba. Not stereotypical background. Genuinely worked his way up really. Understands rejection. 100% trained by Chinese/internally. Chinese perspective makes more sense. Europe had the same problem if the technology is US centric you don't know about other alternatives commerce wise. Difficult to get finance. Understands Chinese system. Is wary of Chinese system (media censorship, authority, etc...). Openly admits he helps government at times but doesn't ask for money. Socialist ideal. Thinks that people thinking that he is crazy is good because it means that the playing field is available for himself. Alibaba a bridge to sell nuts, cherries, fish from rest of world to China. Had no connections growing up. In Chinese films heroes often due but US movies they live. May go back to teaching one day. Has remained grounded in spite of his success
Jack Ma Davos Interview_ I was rejected from Harvard 10 times! 马云达沃斯演讲_我被哈佛拒绝了十次
- reverse belief customer first rather than shareholder. Alibaba is essentially a bridge. Not good background/relationships. Failure before success. Like government believes in bringing stability through prosperity. Success in China normally with connections or family that is already wealthy. celebrity appeal/side aspect of his life. Sings at concerts and runs mass weddings for his employees to keep them happy. Makes sense since he got his money from the customer. In the US things tend to be in reverse with venture capitalists taking a leap of faith to help build a company. It's more about doing what you want rather than what the customer wants?
Jack Ma - On 60 minutes
- it's clear that while his English isn't that great he has above average intellect in spite of what he says and what is said about his performance in school
Obama interviews Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma
- XLR to USB converters actually work surprisingly well when compared to some audio interfaces
- I find it very difficult to fathom how they can get some of this wrong sometimes. My guess is that they were simply over-ambitious. If they wanted a deployable system back then they could have had them but it would have had limited capabilities
- you can actually extract data from Polar Loop devices from software other than that provided by Polar apparently
18 Mar 2016 Graham Warwick
"With three-quarters of industry funding to improve the affordability of the F-35 already committed to projects, Lockheed Martin estimates the savings will reduce aircraft flyaway cost by $1.7 million from production Lot 10 onwards. Additional funds are expected to save another $1 million per aircraft....
...Blueprint projects have already reduced cost by $260,000 per aircraft with Lot 8 now in production, Babione says, and savings are projected to increase to $1.1 million in Lot 9, $1.7 million in Lot 10 and around $2.8 million from Lot 11 onwards once all the industry-funded projects are completed.
Examples of cost reductions provided by Lockheed include:
• Robotic mold-in-place stealth coatings over inlet bumps - $6,000/aircraft for $742,000 invested
• Automated canopy transparency thermoforming - $3,500/aircraft for $666,000 invested
• Closed-volume molding of wing tips and tailplane edges - $10,000/aircraft for $493,000 invested
• Right-sized aluminum bulkhead forgings (F-35A) - $65,000/aircraft for $652,000 invested
• Cryogenic machining to extend tool life - $4,000/aircraft for $119,000 invested
• Laser surface preparation for nut-plate bonding - $15,000/aircraft for $800,000 invested
• Near-net forging for tailhook component (F-35C) - $30,400/aircraft for $298,000 invested
• 3-D printed titanium canopy bowframe – ~$10,000/aircraft for $342,000 invested
• Rudder spar manufacturing improvement – ~$65,000/aircraft for $360,200 invested
• Convert intake chine to machined part – ~$37,000/aircraft for $4.6 million invested"
- Confronted with a plunge in its stock markets last year, China's central bank swiftly reached out to the US Federal Reserve, asking it to share its play book for dealing with Wall Street's "Black Monday" crash of 1987.
The request came in a July 27 email from a People's Bank of China official with a subject line: "Your urgent assistance is greatly appreciated!"
In a message to a senior Fed staffer, the PBOC's New York-based chief representative for the Americas, Song Xiangyan, pointed to the day's 8.5 per cent drop in Chinese stocks and said "my Governor would like to draw from your good experience".
It is not known whether the PBOC had contacted the Fed to deal with previous incidents of market turmoil. The Chinese central bank and the Fed had no comment when reached by Reuters.
- "I do think it’s a different world today, and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore," Trump said. "I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it’s a bubble that if it breaks, it’s going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country."
- GSM antennas should be located at a minimum distance of 500 meters from schools, hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the elderly, according to a draft bill adopted by the Senate.
The Chamber of Deputies, which still needs to vote the project, has the final say.
The Communications Ministry, however, has warned that covering Bucharest with mobile signal would become impossible if the bill were approved, reports local Profit.ro.
The MP Diana Tusa, who initiated the bill, said that the law would protect citizens from being exposed to electromagnetic fields. However, the bill doesn’t say that GSM antennas shouldn’t be installed in residential areas.
- Tricks with interest rates and government deficits are vital short-term tools to keep economies from slumping into recession or worse. But they do not generate growth in the longer run. Politicians need to make structural reforms to stimulate investment and jobs. In Japan, in the EU, in Britain, even in the US, this is proving too hard.
Australia is one of the few bright exceptions to the grim global outlook, but if it wants to avoid joining the dismal roll call it must get on with structural reform.
Commendably, the Turnbull government last week toughened competition policy and now promises to campaign to make Australia's third- biggest industry, construction, a positive contributor to productivity growth instead of a hotbed of union thuggery. It has three big trade liberalisation agreements under way and more under negotiation.
But these are only a beginning. Turnbull promised Australia "economic leadership" and he is starting to show it. Unless Australia wants to go through the looking glass into extreme measures as the world drags it down, his government will have to continue in its newfound purpose.
- I relate this experience as a warning and to interrupt a distraction that has consumed so many of us. The founder of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, described this phenomenon as "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions" of democratic societies. He called it an "invisible government".
How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.
- A joint online sales platform would attract both businesses and developing economies.
“That will allow 80 percent of the world’s enterprises, 80 percent of the countries and 80 percent of the young people to unlock potential. You can sell goods not only in your neighborhood, but all over the world,” said Jack Ma.
Ma said he opposes any trade sanctions. “I think it’s commerce that represents human rights and freedoms,” said Ma, adding that trade is currently a tool used in global political conflicts.
- Wash-day blues may become a thing of the past. A team of Melbourne scientists is developing a revolutionary generation of self-cleaning textiles that degrade stains and grime when exposed to light.
The breakthrough technology relies on nano-scale materials, less than a billionth of a metre in size, which can be grown in the laboratory and then implanted in a wide range of textiles, including clothing, bed linen, curtains and furniture fabrics.
We are seeking interest from industrial partners to take these new fabrics to the market.
Rajesh Ramanathan, RMIT.
"Our world-first work paves the way to a brave new world of nano-enhanced textiles that can spontaneously clean themselves of anything from tomato sauce marks and wine stains to stale sweat by simply placing them under a light bulb or exposing them to sunlight," said team leader Rajesh Ramanathan of RMIT.
- Beijing: The exposure of an extensive criminal ring responsible for the proliferation of suspect vaccines through the healthcare system across dozens of provinces has sparked widespread anger and alarm in China, prompting Premier Li Keqiang to call for a thorough investigation.
China's Food and Drug Administration on Monday ordered local authorities across the nation to help trace the more than 2 million problem vaccine doses, prompting public outcry from anxious parents in a country where trust in China's public health regulators is threadbare due to frequent food-safety scandals, including in 2008 when melamine was found added to infant formula, causing six infant deaths and at least 300,000 to fall ill.
- The Russian economy is adjusting to a new low oil price environment, the country's deputy prime minister told CNBC on Wednesday, adding that a weak ruble will help it to export more to China and Europe and stabilize the economy.
Arkady Dvorkovich said the chemical and pharmaceutical industries were growing and the agricultural sector was helping to drive the economy forward. Last year, Russia increased its agricultural exports to China by 25 percent, he said.
"We hope (oil) prices will be more or less around today's level," Dvorkovich said, adding he saw downsides as well as upsides. "The energy market is still volatile, oil is hard to predict." A lot would depend on how China would develop over the next few months and Europe's migration crisis was also a risk to the economy, he said.
- According to a press release from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, researchers have crafted “an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can stay on station beneath the water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of missions.”
While such research seems to be in a very early state, such news is a promising development, for sure. If—and this is a big if—such a UAV could be scaled into something larger and adapted with an offensive role in mind, like being able to deploy out of a submarine torpedo tube or vertical launch tube, carry sensors and some sort of weapons load, the U.S. Navy would have a platform that can perform surveillance and go on the attack from distance. Such a platform could go a long way in negating the challenges U.S. submarines could face in the years to come. In fact, U.S. subs could really become underwater flattops that could conduct surveillance and attack from the air and in the water—two-domain flattops, if you will.
- China has enough policy tools to ensure a stable economic performance, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday at a forum in Boao on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
Li said that high-speed economic growth rates are not sustainable, so the government will pay more attention to the quality and efficiency of economic growth.
He said China's debt ratio is not high, pointing to a debt-GDP ratio of 17 percent.
He also reiterated that China would not devalue the yuan exchange rate to boost exports as it would not help Chinese firms become more competitive, adding that the government would continue to reduce overcapacity in steel, coal and other sectors while helping develop smaller private enterprises.
China aims to strike balance as economy transitions
He said China will "use market tools" to create new job opportunities to offset the impact of jobs destroyed by industrial overcapacity reductions.
China's economy got off to a good and stable start in 2016, he said, encouraging observers to consider the economy "as a whole."
He added that employment was stable, although different regions and industries showed different performances, but said that the country had policies in place to strengthen growth.
He pointed out that consumption is growing at double-digit rates, and that there is more room to develop western and central regions in China.
- "As soon as the markets realize that the Fed and the ECB are out of ammunition, it's over," Stockman said. "I think we're in an extremely unsafe world — we've never been here before."
The proof of that uncertainty can be found in Asia, he said. Japan, China and South Korea all saw exports drop by double digits in the first two months of a years.
"The world economy is drifting into recession and we are not decoupled," said Stockman. "We are not exempt."
The S&P 500 has staged a massive 13 percent comeback since February's low but Stockman said broad swings are nothing but the beginning of a long and burdensome bear market.
"We're still in no man's land. We've had a dead cat bounce. It's been strong," Stockman said. "The only thing left is to bury the cat!"
Stockman's target on the S&P 500 is 1,300, a 37 percent drop from Tuesday's open.
"Global deflation is going to turn into a recession worldwide," said Stockman. "They're out of ammo to deal with it."
- Mark Zuckerbeg’s charm offensive in China won’t let up. Over the past few days the Facebook founder and CEO published a controversial photo of himself jogging in smoggy Beijing, and met in person with China’s Minister of Propaganda—an unprecedented move for a foreign business owner. This follows his twenty-minute speech in Mandarin and meetings with Xi Jinping and China’s internet czar last year.
Zuckerberg’s goal, of course, is to bring Facebook to China, which has been blocked by Beijing since 2009. Adding just half of China’s 668 million internet users to Facebook would increase the social network’s total by 20%—and create a lucrative new market for advertising and publishing.
- In addition to Russia, the US, China, and India have all experimented with hypersonic missiles, and the US and China plan to have operational prototypes in testing by 2020, STRATFOR reports.
The proliferation of hypersonic missiles will be an absolute game-changer for missile defense systems around the world. As it stands, most missile defense is geared towards detecting and stopping ballistic missiles.
As hypersonic missiles gain traction, missile defense systems may have to turn to light-speed, high-powered lasers, like the HEL MD, to counter missiles flying at 5 or 6 times the speed of sound.