SOTT FOCUS: American Energy Dominance & the Rising Petro-Yuan

US flag oil crude rig refinery

    

Russiagate, gun control, terrorism – a new deception for every day. But while Western populations are increasingly at each other’s throats over political and social ideologies, a radically different moral and political system is developing in the world.

For centuries the West has enjoyed the fruits of global hegemony, and for the past 60 plus years America has enjoyed a dominant place within that system. Thus, the idea of a foreign culture gaining hegemonic power anywhere else is nearly unthinkable; for the elites it is a sacrilege, and for the average person it is simply unnerving.

But for China, the civilization with the longest continuous written history, regional hegemony is natural, and yet China struggles in an international system which leaves no room for national sovereignty – let alone regional hegemony.

China Rising

In his book Democratic Ideals and Reality, Sir Halford Mackinder wrote, “[T]here is in nature no such thing as equality of opportunity for the nations.1 As an imperialist of the first order, Mackinder’s perspective is clear – some nations are simply better placed than others and, if you want what they’ve got, you’d better make sure that you can take it from them. He continues,

Unless I wholly misread the facts of geography, I would go further, and say that the grouping of lands and seas, and of fertility and natural pathways, is such as to lend itself to the growth of empires, and in the end of a single world-empire.

This has been the Western attitude for centuries, and it is coming face-to-face with a geopolitical alien – the ancient Chinese and their dominion in Asia.

Over the course of the past century, China has experienced British, French and Japanese invasions, punctuated by rebellion and a Communist civil war. Now, thanks to cautious and independent planning, China can boast of having transformed a once agrarian society into an industrial nation that ranks higher than the EU and the US in terms of GDP. As one analyst noted back in 2010, “China was a top dog economically for thousands of years prior to the Ming Dynasty. In some ways, the past few hundred years have been an aberration.”

Today China is the main manufacturer of many of the world’s products, eclipsing the once-dominant US economy.2 The average Chinese citizen has seen a rise in per capita income from $339 in 1990 to over $4,000 in 2010.3 Even after the 2008 recession, when forecasters believed that Chinese growth could not withstand a massive economic downturn, its own financial ingenuity proved otherwise. In other words, the world’s most powerful ‘Communist’ government has created one of the most successful capitalist societies.

In 2012, when Martin Jacques published the second edition of his landmark book When China Rules the World, he was still able to question whether China would accept the international financial system as it was, under US dominance, or if it would pursue a fundamentally different system.4 With the memories of the ‘Century of Humiliation‘ brewing in the Chinese collective psyche, the idea that China would pursue a policy quite different than the one pursued against them by Western powers would only have been an educated guess.

American policy-makers were convinced otherwise – that, by binding the US to China through its large trade deficit, China would remain compliant to the system and they would be able to contain China’s aspirations for regional hegemony through inciting spats as needed. The South China Sea, arming Pakistan and inflaming incidents along the Chinese-India border, as well as maintaining a military presence on Japan, were all hoped to keep China contained.

However, history has given us the answer. China has been patiently and cautiously overcoming numerous barriers to regional hegemony and, with the implementation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative, it is clear that a uni-polar system must undergo a fundamental change in order for China to realize her aspirations. And what are those aspirations? They are laid out quite clearly in the strategic aims set out by Xi Jinping: To have a “moderately well-off society” that is also “strong, democratic, civilized, harmonious, and modern socialist”. While China’s plans don’t seem to envision it as a new global hegemon, the simple fact that she claims dominion over her own natural territory is enough to shake the foundations of the world order.

Challenge to American Financial Hegemony

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After the 2008 banking collapse the internationalization of the yuan became of utmost importance to the Chinese leadership. It was clear to them, as it was to many others, that the dollar as world reserve currency, and the Fed as lender of last resort, was a recipe for disaster on a global scale. Though the Chinese economy survived, it was not without major dislocations. As Eichengreen,‎ Mehl,‎ and Chitu pointed out in their study of hegemony and global currencies, How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future,

[I]n a world where banks can fund themselves by borrowing not just dollars but also other currencies on the interbank market, their dependence on the Fed would be reduced. They might be able to obtain emergency swap lines from other central banks that were similarly issuers of currencies regarded as sufficiently safe and liquid to be widely traded on the international interbank market. As a result, the Fed would no longer be the only “global lender of last resort.”5

As the authors point out, China thus set out on another difficult journey, from protecting her currency from speculation to releasing the currency onto turbulent and dangerous international markets. Never afraid of taking significant risks, the result was a massive assault on the yuan, yet another series of lessons of how the West plays the game.

In Xi Jinping’s war on corruption, China further legitimized itself as a source for international capital. And, by breaking into the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies, China has made the yuan that much more attractive to foreign nations. And they are beginning to see results.

European central banks have just recently begun to replace their dollar reserves with yuan, and the currency is making headway on the international SWIFT payment system. The US dollar still retains its supremacy, since countries are required to purchase their oil with US dollars. However, in June of 2015, Russia overtook Saudi Arabia to become the leading supplier of oil to China. As part of the deal, Russia agreed to accept yuan as payment for oil – part of a joint plan to begin phasing out the petro-dollar, something which many of China’s trading partners have agreed to.

And, as China continues to become a more important business partner with Saudi Arabia – including the creation of a $20 billion shared investment fund – there is the potential for the latter to begin accepting the yuan as well. With China’s assistance in Saudi Arabia’s public offering of their primary oil company ARAMCO, there are rumors that Saudi acceptance of the yuan as a reserve currency is looking increasingly like only a matter of time. Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics, said: “I believe that yuan pricing of oil is coming and as soon as the Saudis move to accept it – as the Chinese will compel them to do – then the rest of the oil market will move along with them.”

Pepe Escobar reported in December of 2017:

The plan is to set up oil-futures trading in the yuan, which will be fully convertible into gold on the Shanghai and Hong Kong foreign exchange markets. […]

Still, there are questions on how Beijing will technically set up a rival futures market in crude oil to Brent and WTI, and how China’s capital controls will influence it. […]

Of course, the prelude to D-Day will be when the House of Saud officially announces it accepts the yuan for at least part of its exports to China.

Two months later, and China has now set up that futures market, which will begin trading in March. Delayed by turmoil in China’s stock markets, China is now poised to break into the world’s petro-markets even as they begin to steal a share of the world’s foreign reserves.

One would expect this situation to seriously upset the Atlanticists who have for decades been living off the free money that is the petrodollar. This lucrative arrangement has turned the Saudis into the financing arm of the US government, making it possible for the US to live perpetually on the dole while the rest of the world is forced to pump money into Saudi coffers and on into the US Treasury.

The Importance of the Petro-Dollar System

kissinger faisel petrodollar Opec

    

In 1973 OPEC initiated an international crisis by cutting oil exports to countries who supported Israel during the Yom-Kippur war. Of course, there were official reasons for the embargo, and then there are the real reasons.

The ‘official’ reason is the Saudis were outraged at the world’s support for Israel. Judging from Saudi Arabia’s own track record in human rights and her own shady deals with Israel, this is not a very convincing argument. What followed was an ingenious plan which would propel US to hegemonic status for the remainder of the 20th century.

After the 1973 embargo the US Treasury and the Saudis came to a critical agreement – the Saudis would accept US weapons and military support in return for linking their petroleum exports to dollars. The petrodollar was born.

After Nixon de-coupled the US dollar from gold, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system, US policy-makers were keen to introduce a new system which maintained US hegemony. As F. William Engdahl wrote in his book, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order:

In effect, through such secret arrangements as the U.S.-Saudi Joint Agreement with the Treasury and the activities of David Mulford, as well as OPEC’s strange dollar-pricing mandate, Washington and the New York banks had exchanged their flawed postwar Bretton Woods gold exchange system for a new, highly unstable petroleum-based dollar exchange system, which, unlike the gold exchange system, they reckoned they could control. Kissinger and the financial establishment of London and New York had in effect replaced the old gold exchange standard of the postwar world with their own ‘petrodollar standard.’6

Every nation in the world required the dollar in order to purchase oil, and in order to avoid devaluing the dollar (and their reserves) they were required to re-invest back in the US. The world became the US’ lender. As Yuram Weiler wrote, “The result [was] a US-dominated global financial system dependent upon maintaining the value […] of the dollar, allowing the US to enjoy an extravagant consumer-based economy at the expense of the rest of the world.”

After the US abandoned the gold standard and adopted the petrodollar, any semblance of fiscal responsibility was out the window, and the US empire could go deep into debt to fund an ever-growing trade deficit, spending whatever it wanted, wherever it wanted, while neglecting core economic conditions like infrastructure, manufacturing, etc. The graph below reveals how drastically this petrodollar system impacted the US balance of trade:

US balance of trade Europe

    

After the 1970s, the balance of trade nosedived. Now it becomes apparent how big a threat the yuan plays on the world stage. As soon as countries begin to switch from the dollar to the yuan, they lose a major incentive to bankroll the US. A situation where the US spends $trillions on war while infrastructure crumbles, the UN has to send a special investigator to address the major discrepancies between rich and poor, and the ruling elite make fools of themselves, does not bode well for the US. No wonder then that analysts at a City of London think tank are warning of a 40 to 50 percent correction in the 2018 stock market due to a lack of demand for dollar-backed securities. Of course they’ve been warning this for years, but it’s only a matter of time before the course correction comes.

The Path to American Energy ‘Dominance’

American Energy Dominance

    

Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy highlighted the importance of energy dominance, statingFor the first time in generations, the United States will be an energy dominant nation.” Scott Pruitt and co-authors describe in a Washington Times op-ed what ‘energy dominance’ means: “An energy-dominant America means a self-reliant and secure nation, free from the geopolitical turmoil of other nations that seek to use energy as an economic weapon.”

However, it wasn’t the Trump administration that lifted the 40 year ban on oil exports and got this ball rolling. That decision occurred under the Obama administration, and no doubt came from the ‘Deep State’ of major oil corporations, foreign policy advisers, financiers, and the Atlanticist elite who are seeking to adapt to a world in which they stand to lose considerable financial, political and military hegemony.

With the potential demise of the petro-dollar constituting an existential threat to America, the US ramps up oil production – and the Atlantic Elite go hog-wild with anticipation of a windfall. Amy Myers Jaffe, a spokesperson for the Council on Foreign Relations, remarked that, with the rise in US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, “Russia will be the loser. We can already see their leverage on the gas market in Europe and the leverage they are trying to create over China dissipating.”

Meghan L. O’Sullivan, former deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan under George W. Bush, published a book in 2017 devoted to the concept entitled Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power. In her book she claims that this rise in exports “[W]ill, in fact, be a major determinant of the international order or, rather, how the world works.” She continues:

It will alternatively hasten and help arrest the major trends now discernible to any global strategist: the corrosion of the rules and norms that have shaped the liberal international order since World War II, the shift of power and wealth from West to East, the push by Russia and China to establish spheres of influence, the rise of non state actors at the expense of sovereign governments, and the retrenchment of the United States and Europe from the global stage.7

And how exactly do they intend to do this? The US hopes to become the next Saudi Arabia of oil exports, and the reasoning is simple. As Nic Chao wrote for The McGill International Review, ‘A strong domestic energy sector with a high priority of exporting will allow for a smooth transition away from the petrodollar regime.’

While the think tanks may hope for a ‘smooth transition’ it is nowhere evident that that’s what they’re going to get – and yet the fight for American Energy Dominance is going full steam.

In 2007 Rex Tillerson gave a speech to the CFR, in which he outlined the approach the US should take toward the world’s energy market. He said that the US should abandon dreams of energy ‘isolation’ and instead, like the Council’s founders, ‘choose the course of greater international engagement’. With the yuan gradually displacing the US dollar in energy trade, and Russia increasingly displacing the US from the Middle East, it’s no wonder that Condoleeza Rice nominated Rex Tillerson to the Trump administration as the man for the job of overseeing the US’ new strategic role in an increasingly Eastern-dominated world.

Rex Tillerson Xi Jinping

    

In 2011 the US became the world’s leading producer of natural gas. With the introduction of liquefied natural gas on the international market, and its use in various manufacturing and industrial capacities, the globe saw a new alternative to piped oil for their energy needs. In December of 2015, the US Congress voted to lift the 40-year ban on oil exports, thus paving the way for US oil to make its way onto the foreign markets. They just needed the facilities to export and markets that would import.

Throughout 2017, new pipelines were assembled which increased US capacity for international exports. In June 2017 Saudi Arabia and its Middle East allies cut all ties with Qatar, paving the way for the US to fill Qatar’s shoes as gas exporter to the region. US energy companies dutifully followed suit.

In 2018, the US became a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in sixty years, with experts saying, “Never before has the global LNG market had such significant flexible LNG volumes as the volumes coming online in the next three years, mostly from the U.S., which will lead to a fundamental shift in how LNG is marketed and traded globally.”

Pursuing energy contracts in Europe, in 2017 retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones, a former national security adviser to the Obama administration, gave a speech to the Atlantic Council on how to ‘cultivate’ the Trump administration’s interest in creating a new energy bloc within the European Union. This initiative, named the Three Seas Initiative, planned to unite the twelve EU nations in Central and Eastern Europe, creating an energy bloc that would drive Russia out of the EU market while bringing US energy in. It was a Washington-backed plan to cut Russia out of Europe’s energy market completely, by turning Poland into a gas hub for US exports.

Jones claimed that Rex Tillerson had expressed his interest in the project, saying He understands it. He understands the strategic interest; he understands the economic interest.” He was further quoted as saying that, “This is a truly transatlantic project that has enormous geopolitical, geostrategic, and geo-economic ramifications.”

As it stands now, Norway, Russia and OPEC are the big players in Europe’s energy market. In 2012 Norway contributed around 31% of the EU’s natural gas imports while Russia contributed around 39%, and OPEC accounted for about 40% of crude oil imports. The idea that Poland would out-compete Russia’s cheaper and more efficient delivery methods, via pipeline, is a pipe dream (no pun intended).

But, it still means cutting into Russia’s oil sales. By June of 2017 Poland was receiving its first LNG shipments. In August Lithuania received theirs.

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However Germany was having none of it and approved a permit allowing Gazprom to begin construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The US and Poland expressed ‘extreme concern’ over Germany’s decision. Poland demanded the US impose sanctions on the project. Rex Tillerson stated that, “Like Poland, the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline … We see it as undermining Europe’s overall energy security and stability and it provides Russia yet another tool to politicize energy as a political tool.”

The German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul was calm, cool and collected, saying, “I see no reasons for assessing it, I do not consider these statements surprising.” Even the Atlantic Council was in agreement. Senior fellow Brenda Shafer stated that the Establishment needed to pick its battles, acknowledging that Nord Stream II was a lost battle. If ever there were an acknowledgment of the extreme predicament the ‘liberal order’ was in, that was it.

But Europe wasn’t the only target of US energy exports. This year Cheniere, an American company specializing in liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced its first ever exports to a state-owned Chinese company. This is big news for an industry that boasts 10.3 million jobs and constitutes 8% of the American economy. And it also suits the Chinese economy, which made up 40% of the increase in demand for oil in 2004.5 Cheniere Energy also announced major long-term deals with China to import US natural gas into the 2040s, and other major corporations are looking to follow suit.

And, as usual, the West has Russia in their cross hairs. As Reuters reports, the sales to China are ‘modest’ but promises ‘much more competition’ for Russia to come.

How much more competition? US oil exports have recently hit a record high of 2 million barrels a day, and the US is forecasted to become a net energy exporter by 2022 – surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia. However, it is unclear how much longer they can maintain this production rate. Despite all the bombast from the industry and from Atlanticist think tanks, reports suggest it might not be much longer. A 2014 report suggested that much of the EIA estimates are flat-out wrong, and that many wells have only a fraction of the potential the industry claims they have. The EIA’s job, one official claimed, was to ‘tell the industry’s story’ – not the facts.

Regardless, it is apparent that China’s shifting hegemony is making waves. So, while Atlanticists like Meghan L. O’Sullivan claim that American energy exports will end “The shift of power and wealth from West to East, the push by Russia and China to establish spheres of influence” it is clear they are, in reality, signs that the US must adapt to them, or else. Whether or not the US is able to survive a ‘course correction’ as it loses more and more hegemonic and coercive tools, will likely depend on its ability to learn to ‘play well with others’.

Conclusion

With the rise of the petro-yuan, the US stands to lose quite a bit of coercive power. As Germany turns her back on US sanctions in order to receive Russian gas, China regains her regional hegemony, and the European Union threatens to come apart at the seems, it seems that the ‘liberal international order,’ as it’s being called, is crumbling, and something very, very different is on the horizon.

The period that we Westerners have embarked upon may be as big a change as history has recorded – Russiagate, ‘racism,’ ‘transphobia,’ immigration madness, school shootings, rumors of conspiracy, war, and financial meltdown – hysteria, hysteria, hysteria. It seems, as the poet W.B. Yeats once wrote, that mere anarchy is loosed on the world.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

And yet, despite so many criminal intentions, history moves on, and we steel our nerves for every passing day. American Energy ‘Dominance’ or no, perhaps it’s time the West let go of dreams of ‘world empire’ or even global hegemony, breathe a sigh of relief, and get our own house in order for chaotic times ahead.

References

  1. Halford Mackinder’s Democratic Ideals and Reality, p. 1.
  2. Martin Jacques’ When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition, p. 18.
  3. Ibid., p. 184.
  4. Ibid., p. 18.
  5. Eichengreen,‎ Mehl,‎ and Chitu’s How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future, p. 198.
  6. F. William Engdahl’s A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, p. 154.
  7. Meghan L. O’Sullivan’s Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, p. 7.

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American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California’s Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR.

Miracle said the teenagers, who were trying to board a flight to New York, had a small number of bags with them, but no form of identification and no adult guardians.

The vigilant employee began to think something was seriously wrong when she noticed that the tickets, both first class, were purchased online with a credit card under a name that did not match what either of the teens had provided.

“It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, ‘I’m going to call the sheriff. It just doesn’t feel right to me,'” Miracle said.

When deputies arrived at the airport, the teens admitted that their pricey tickets were purchased by a man named “Drey” who they met on Instagram.

Apparently, the stranger told them that if they flew to New York for the weekend, he would pay them $2,000 to model in a music video.

Authorities say they located “Drey” on social media, but after briefly making contact with him, all of his accounts went dark.

“We attempted to look him up on Instagram,” said Deputy Todd Sanderson. “Just a few minutes after our contact with him, he erased all of his profiles on social media.”

When Deputy Sanderson informed the teens that their tickets had no return flights, he said they became defensive before ultimately accepting what could have happened to them.

“They were somewhat flippant about – ‘No, that can’t be true’ – and I said, ‘No, the airline says you have a one-way ticket, and in my belief, you’re going back there not to do the things that you think you were going to be doing.’ And they said, ‘I wouldn’t let anything happen that I didn’t want.’ And I said, ‘Well, you probably wouldn’t have a choice in the matter,'” Deputy Sanderson said.

Following the incident, the teens were reunited with their parents, who were likely surprised to learn their daughters weren’t spending the night at a friend’s home like they had been told. 

American Airlines commended Miracle for her brave actions, saying that her employee training played a role in saving the girls’ lives.

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The Chinese Military Is Surpassing the American Forces

Part One

This series on the new-found capabilities of the Chinese military began with an analysis of the present set of circumstances in Korea, the conflict with Taiwan and the open seas conflict in the South China Sea in which China is clearly posturing for war.

This installment of this series examines the new Chinese military which is being built to challenge the United States as well laying the ground work for conquering the Middle East and the Far East.

While the people of the United States rested on the laurels of past military dominance, the world has changed and you awakened this morning into a world of competing technologies and military philosophies that are each capable of conquering/destroying the planet.

The Chinese are posturing to become our masters.

Military experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), state that China, not Russia, constitutes the biggest military threat to the United States. China is indeed the new benchmark against which the Pentagon now judges the capability requirements for its own armed forces.

This is especially true in terms of air and naval forces, which is the focus of China’s developmental efforts.

This trend has been documented in the Military Balance, the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence spending, published by the IISS, which has maintained a comparative strength military analysis since 1959.

Of course the arms race between the Chinese and the American military has been in process for decades and at least goes as far back as when Bill Clinton and Al Gore sold US missile technology in exchange for under the table money for their DNC Presidential re-election run in 1996.

The emerging military prowess of China is of concern to everyone, not just the United States. China now constitutes a grave threat to its neighbors and anyone who would get in the way of the expanding Chinese industrial machine.

The above subtitle is a paraphrase of a famous Mark Twain quote and the message, here, applies to our time.

China is building an economy based on military spending. The following graphic captures the nature of Chinese military spending.

From Sipri Trends in Military Spending-2016

Please allow for one digression with regard to this chart. Under Obama, US military spending decreased. China’s military spending increased by 120%. The importance of this spending gap cannot be overstated. We now live in a time when these differences are coming into fruition.

The understated fact is sitting in front of us like the unmentioned 800 lb. guerilla in the room.

CHINA IS BUILDING AN ECONOMY BASED ON MILITARY SPENDING

Where have we seen this before? Building an economy based on military spending is how Hitler revived the post-World War I German economy which had descended into hyperinflation and utter chaos, and we know how this turned out.

This historical analogy also extends to pre-World War II in Japan. The Japanese Empire, as it is today with the emerging Chinese sphere(s) of influence, also built an economy based on military spending. The Japanese lacked essential natural resources and turned to conquering their Asian neighbors to accomplish their financial goals. The 2018 version of China is in a very similar situation, but unlike 1930’s Japan, China is building a brand new set of alliances that most of the world is not even talking about and they are accomplishing this goal through the low-cost use of artificial intelligence.

Warfare is rapidly expanding to the artificial realm. The Chinese land-based military capabilities are substandard compared to the United States. However, their major advancements have been in three areas: (1) naval based applications; (2) Air Force based applications; and, (3) space based weaponry.

The Chinese  are totally committed to AI applications as evidenced by their command and control overrides with regard to their newer nuclear attack submarines.

It is clear that the Chinese are basing their future and to a large degree, their national future on dominating artificial intelligence phase of naval and air warfare and they are building a massive set of alliances through the spread of the UAV market.

From the BBC:

…according to IISS experts China tends to win on all aspects of the deal. Typically Chinese weaponry will give you 75% of the capability of the available Western technology for 50% of the price. In business terms it’s a strong offer…

The cost effectiveness of the Chinese AI military industry is allowing them to build a series of low tech, third-world allies, that can pack a mighty punch

The Chinese are not only threatening the military dominance of the AI military world, but they are in direct competititon with the profits of United States military industrial complex. This is the stuff that wars are made of. Add to the fact that the Chinese are moving to a more gold-backed trading endeavors, this puts them into conflict with Western bankers, primarily in the Federal Reserve. This is also the stuff that wars emanate from.

Take a moment and go back and look at the map of the drone exports being conducted by the Chinese. This map tells you where Chinese expansionist goals are headed. The Chinese plan on invading the Far East and the Middle East. They are building a path of militaries in third world countries based upon the low-cost use of artificial intelligence.

In the next installment of this series, China’s growing conflict with India, which stands in the way of Chinese expansion into the Far East. This will be the world’s next hotspot.

On a final note, one has to wonder where Russia is at with all of this? I have often written that Russia has been extraordinarily patient with the United States. Why? Could it be that Putin sees the day coming where the Russians and the Americans will fight together against the Chinese? Or, is the master-chess-player, Putin, waiting for the right time to get involved on China’s behalf.

If Russia was one day planning to combine forces with the United States, this would explain a lot. The Deep State, desiring war which will culminate with the installment of global governance, would try and and keep Russia and America apart in the pursuit of this objective. Subsequently, the manufactured Russian-Collusion-Delusion becomes the dividing force keeping America and Russia apart in terms of countering a menacing China. China is clearly the globalist choice for the World’s Policeman in the 21st century.

 

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Shaun White Apologizes for Dragging American Flag

Snowboarder Shaun White apologized Wednesday for dragging a U.S. flag on the snow after his dramatic gold medal victory in the men’s halfpipe, but said he did not know he had let the flag touch the ground.

 “I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get board,” he told reporters afterward. “Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect.”

These US Athletes Won Medals at the 2018 Winter OlympicsThese US Athletes Won Medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics

“The flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there. So sorry for that,” White continued. “But I’m definitely proud — very proud — to be a part of Team USA and being an American and to be representing for everyone back home.”

White reclaimed his Olympic halfpipe title, landing back-to-back 1440s to knock Japan’s Ayumu Hirano out of the top spot, and at the same time won the United States’ 100th all-time gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

But White, who also won his third gold medal, immediately got criticism on Twitter for allowing the flag touch the ground several times while he was overcome with emotion following his career-capping performance.

One of the harsher tweets reported by the Washington Post: “@shaunwhite way to be classy. You win the gold medal and then proceed to drag the American flag across the ground. No respect. No excuses for this.”

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(Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

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Facebook Actively Supports Terrorists While Censoring American Patriotism

Facebook’s Community Standards Department will ban your account for identifying corruption from the liberal left. However, take an indicted terrorist, Facebook will make sure their account remains before the public eye. We can draw no othr conclusion than the fact that Facebook supports terrorism.

 

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MSNBC Analyst: Trump’s the ‘Commander-in-Chief of American Rape Culture’

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ABC Knocks Warmbier’s Father as a ‘Perceived American Jab’ at ‘Korean Peace’

To put it mildly, Saturday marked an unbelievably bad and downright disgraceful day for the liberal media in which they sided with North Korean in promoting their propaganda push at the Pyeongchang Olympics. 

ABC’s World News Tonight did its part by smearing the memory of the late Otto Warmbier, who was brutally tortured and left in a coma before being shipped back to the U.S. Reporting from Pyeongchang, senior national correspondent Matt Gutman took aim at Warmbier’s father. 

 

 

Gutman dubbed Fred Warmbier’s presence at Pence’s invitation as a “another perceived American jab at the Korean peace overtures” while only footing now the late University of Virginia student “died after being imprisoned in North Korea.” 

Talk about a reprehensible understatement, Matt. This is the same country that had a senior military adviser executed by having an anti-aircraft gun fired at him after he fell asleep during a meeting and Kim Jong-un’s girlfriend killed for violating the country’s sex laws. But sure, just dismiss Fred Warmbier as a “perceived American jab” at peace efforts.

Just as everyone from CNN to The Wall Street Journal did throughout the day, Gutman also cheered the North Korea cheering section that showed up for the Switzerland-Korea women’s ice hockey team. 

“History on the ice. North and South Korea competing together in women’s ice hockey, cheered on by squads of North Korean cheerleaders. The crowd chanting: ‘We are one.’ The team lost its debut, but these Olympics have already won South Korea something it hasn’t had in over a decade — a presidential invitation from a North Korean leader,” Gutman declared. 

Notice how there was no consideration of the “cheerleaders” there being under coercion or that they were less-than authentic. Instead, the ABC correspondent ate it up just like his colleagues have since the game aired in the wee hours of Saturday morning back in the U.S.

As for the other possible “American jab,” it appeared Gutman was alluding to Pence not initiating contact with the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-Jong (instead of the other way around).

Before Gutman’s piece, weekend anchor Tom Llamas fretted that “high-stakes diplomacy may be outshining the gold medal race” with “Kim Jong-un’s sister [being] the key player there.” It’s safe to say that the news media are the ones that are making that a big story.

All in all, great work, folks. Somewhere, Walter Duranty must be smiling.

To see the relevant transcript from ABC’s World News Tonight on February 10, click “expand.”

ABC’s World News Tonight
February 10, 2018
6:43 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: High-Stakes Diplomacy]

TOM LLAMAS: To South Korea now and the Winter Olympics where high-stakes diplomacy may be outshining the gold medal race. Kim Jong-un’s sister the key player there. ABC’s Matt Gutman leads our coverage from Pyeongchang. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Winter Olympics; High-Stakes Diplomacy; Games Open Amid Shows of Unity Between Rival Nations]

MATT GUTMAN: History on the ice. North and South Korea competing together in women’s ice hockey, cheered on by squads of North Korean cheerleaders. The crowd chanting: “We are one.” The team lost its debut, but these Olympics have already won South Korea something it hasn’t had in over a decade — a presidential invitation from a North Korean leader. The invitation to the South extended by Kim Jong-un’s sister and during those opening ceremonies laden with messages of peace, from giant dove shapes to John Lennon’s Imagine —

SOUTH KOREAN SINGERS [SINGING IMAGINE]: And the world will live as one.

GUTMAN: — she sat barely an arm’s length away from Vice President Mike Pence, but not a single word exchanged. Another perceived American jab at the Korean peace overtures? The Vice President’s special guest at the Olympics, the father of Otto Warmbier, the young American who died after being imprisoned in North Korea. 

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My American Disease

American decay

    

It is hard going, being impoverished and poor in the American Nightmare… I read that the American Working Class for the most part is so foolish, that they idolize the rich; and resent it when people much poorer than themselves get welfare payments, so they are dead set against them. So the working classes are against social insurance and they idolize the rich. Forget about Marxism now. You cannot liberate people that are this stupid. No hope here. The reason lots of them went for Trump is because the working classes hate the upper middle class managerial snobs that they work for, serve in restaurants, and get abuse from. This includes “Limousine Liberal” Democrats. The working classes hate these people, which is why they rejected Hillary Clinton in droves. The white working class, this nebulous, dying phantom is a case in point. This is true of them more than anyone else.

I am a member of the White Underclass. Too poor to be considered as part of the white working class. Technically, I am a Jew, but only 25%, so mostly white. I understand the unique disease of the white underclass, really quite well. The white underclass is a class of nihilists. Deep down, we all love death and destruction, especially when it visits itself upon the affluent who live lives we will never have. We all love it when they suffer violence, when they are murdered in terrible ways, when their fancy houses burn down, or are destroyed in floods. We live to see the rich and affluent suffer. We stay glued to our TVs or cheap tablets or PCs and we suck it all up like heroin, the heroin that many of us die from, the ones that are lucky. We are ghouls for all of this. It is true. Buy are we aware of it? No, we are not. We could never own up to being this evil consciously, we would condemn ourselves. We experience all of this in a private state of hypnosis, where we feel like we’re something other than ourselves. Enjoy it as a kind of vicarious power, and then disown it and forget it. It is not us, oh no…

But what we are percolates upward. The sickness visits those at the top. We think we live in isolation, but we do not. Especially now with the internet, where even the poor manage to have a cheap $100 tablet, like the one I am typing on right now. The dark flood of death and hate surrounds us all now. After decades of suffering at the bottom, the poison is everywhere now, and we are always willing to share it with those above. America is very good at ill treating its own. American society is less than worthless. It is all becoming so obvious now. So many people are aware of it, even those that hide behind their flags and their patriotism. I stopped saying the Pledge Of Alliegance when I was 11 years old. I stood with everyone and said nothing. I knew that it was nonsense, lots of others are seeing it as well. People cling to Patriotism because it is giving them an illusory kind of certainty in the face of the fear, cruelty, hypocrisy, and meaninglessness that surrounds them. But like everything else, it’s comforts are eroding in the face of reality. Patriotism means that you can do what you want with your money, and that is all. American society in all else is as collectivist as any fascist or communist system. Go and preach against Capitalism in front of Walmart. The cops will give you a beating that would make Stalin or the East German Stasi proud.

There is no hope in or for America. Things will never get better and life will always be bad. The population is too complacent and stupid and will suffer anything without complaint. They will bless the manacles they are fastened with. They will kiss their chains like a newfound dawn in its pristine glory. Leftism is a phantom. Bernie Social Democracy like Sweden or Norway, forget it. Not even to save the economy. The rich people and the government will put people in concentration camps before they will even spend a dime more on social welfare programs. If you are a poor American, you are doomed… Things will never improve. That is true.

America is a a social experiment in how much collective misery a society can endure and not fall to pieces. We are lab rats in this. But those better off have small miseries from this. The bourgeoisie have their friends and family walk out of their lives, because their poorer associates cannot bear their success. They do not let themselves have real friends, for fear that friends may ask for too much. But compared to the poor this is laughable; these bourgeois do not know what real suffering is. But it seems among Americans of all classes now, there is a silent assent to death. That the American Ethos is bad faith of the worst kind. That there is alienation and hatred that defines all of our worthless, little American lives. And even this does not matter. We are all ghouls now. We all want to eat from the banquets of decay. Suck the rotting blood from the corpse. Nihilism is now our ruler, rich and poor, and we cannot get enough of it. The affluent may rebel against this and castigate the poor and working class for being so criminally hopeless, when America is “the world’s hope” and other laughable inanities. Even the rich deep down do not really believe this, they just want control. There are some of those with hope though. We hope for a nuclear holocaust. We hope for the sole salvation of the damned: Total Annihilation. At this point, what does right or left matter? Capitalist or Communist? Liberal or conservative? We can argue all of this until doomsday, (which cannot come soon enough!) but we all know that we are powerless to do anything about it. So let’s cheer Putin and Russia in their battles with the USA. Let’s welcome their nuclear missiles with joy and rejoice in our annihilation, and theirs which will come from our nukes as well. Let’s hope Israel, that cesspit of a nation, gets pushed to the wall and nukes the whole earth. Pakistan and India, US and Iran. The world transformed into a giant exploding inferno of universal death. This is my American Sickness, my obsession, and in this I know that I am not alone.

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‘Racism is so American:’ NBC Cop Show Tackles Anthem Protests

The February 7 episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D. titled “Anthem” begins with the familiar scene of a student protest over the suspension of two college basketball players for kneeling during the National Anthem. What complicates the story is that the organizer of the Black Lives Matter protest is the child of a Chicago police officer.

Brianna Woods (Alexa Adderley), daughter of Lt. Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson), is described by her father as an “idealist.” I would call her a social justice warrior. She is angry that her basketball player boyfriend, Jamal Tate (Bouton Fitzpatrick), and his friend, Chris Taylor, were suspended from playing on the team for kneeling during the National Anthem. She disputes that it’s disrespecting the flag, saying, “Kneeling is actually a sign of respect.”

She first pens an op-ed in the student newspaper and then organizes a rally. As is often the case on TV these days, neo-Nazis come to disrupt the rally and the police are prepared to take action, paying particularly close attention to white supremacist “David Dixon.”

 

 

Brianna: As Americans, we don’t just have the right to protest racism and injustice. We have the duty. But when Jamal Tate and Chris Taylor took a knee to protest police violence, they were suspended. They cannot suspend our freedom of speech and our freedom to protest.

Hailey: Denny Woods’ daughter running an anti-police demonstration. I think that’s the actual definition of irony.

Jay: Amazing.

Chris: Racism is so American that when we protest racism, some people think we protest America. But protesting injustice, that’s what the flag stands for.

Jay: I got no respect for this kid. I got six friends who died for that flag. Any sign of David Dixon?

Antonio: Nothing yet.

Amos: I didn’t come all this way to get herded like cattle.

Brian: Where you from?

Amos: Battle Creek.
Brian: You mean where David Dixon’s from?

Amos: Yeah. That’s right. You a follower of David’s?

Brian: Am I? If white men don’t draw a line today, tomorrow we won’t exist. I’m Brian Walsh.

Amos: Amos.

Antonio: Got eyes on Dixon. He just got here.

David: Those people over there, they hate our country, huh? – Disrespecting our police, disrespecting our flag, right? And my question to you is, what are we waiting for, huh? Let’s go do something about it!

As police break up the crowd, Brianna is injured and Chris is found killed in the parking garage. Shockingly, it turns out that the neo-Nazi isn’t the murderer (although he admits to following him into the garage to “give him a beat down”), it’s a gang leader who has been paying Jamal and Chris to shave points off the games so he can make money gambling on the scores.

Jamal confesses that he and Chris deliberately got benched at the last game. They knew taking a knee would be punished and they were looking for a way out of their dealings with their gangbanger friend. Jamal makes a deal with the police to wear a wire so CPD can catch the gang leader admitting to killing Chris in exchange for dropping the charges against him.

Lt. Woods talks with Brianna and says Jamal may not avoid jail time, even with the deal he’s struck, and won’t be able to go back to basketball because of the gambling charge. He lets her know he isn’t the boyfriend she deserves. Naturally, Brianna is angry and thinks it’s because he was “taking a stand.” Lt. Woods says taking a knee at the Anthem is not taking a stand, it’s giving him, a police officer, “the middle finger.”

 

 

Brianna: I really appreciate everything you’ve done.
Woods: You’re my daughter, sweetheart.
Brianna: I’m just so glad this is gonna be over. Jamal can finally get back to basketball and his career.
Woods: Uh, Brianna, there’s something that you need to know. Um… Jamal is not going to be able to come back from this.
Brianna: What do you mean?
Woods: It’s gambling. That’s the one sin in sports that is never forgiven.
Brianna: But I just talked to him. They gave him a deal. They said if he just cooperated–
Woods: He might avoid jail time. He might. If he’s lucky. It’s time for you to stop worrying about Jamal and focus on yourself. On your life.
Brianna: Excuse me?
Woods: Jamal’s path and your path are going in completely different directions. You are an extraordinary young woman, and one day you’ll find a man who deserves you.
Brianna: And you don’t think Jamal deserves me? Because he kneeled for the national anthem? Taking a stand bothers you that much.
Woods: Of course, it bothers me. I’m a cop. He was protesting me.
Brianna: No, he was protesting racism.
Woods: He was giving me the middle finger. Brianna… I have known you longer than you’ve known yourself. I know things about your heart you have yet to discover. Sweetheart, he’s wrong for you.
Brianna: You mean because he comes from the wrong part of the city? Or has tattoos? Or he’s the wrong kind of black?
Woods: There’s more to it than just that. Brianna… Brianna! Brianna—

This episode was full of twists and turns which made it well done. Most shows would have concentrated on sympathizing with the social justice warriors at the rally and not on the organizer’s home life. The story about a black police family and how the different members of the family deal with the challenges of the job is unique in today’s entertainment world.

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Trump calls Democrats "Selfish, Treasonous, un-American" for SOTU Speech Silence



 


On Monday, US President Donald Trump called Democratic members of Congress “treasonous” for their chilly reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, when he listed his achievements during the last year.

“They were like death, and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess why not,” the president said during a Monday speech at a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, to promote tax cuts.

“Can we call that treason? Why not?” he added. “I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much.”

Trump also said that Democrats would prefer to see him “do badly than our country to do well,” a behavior he called “very selfish.”

“It got to a point where I really didn’t even want to look too much during the speech over to that side, because honestly it was bad energy. No, it was bad energy,” the president added.

Trump criticized US House of Representatives’ Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi for calling the $1,000 bonuses with which some companies have rewarded their employees after Trump’s recently passed tax overhaul “crumbs.” He also referred to Pelosi as the Republicans’ “secret weapon.”

Last fall, Pelosi criticized Trump’s tax cuts as favoring the rich. She said, “You’ve set a banquet for the wealthy and corporate America and thrown a few crumbs” to the middle class.

During his speech, Trump also appeared to take credit for the fact that no football players kneeled on Super Bowl Sunday during the national anthem.

“There was nobody kneeling at the beginning of the Super Bowl,” Trump said, referring to the game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. “We’ve made a lot of improvement, haven’t we?”

Trump has repeatedly upbraided NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest of unfair police treatment of minorities, arguing that the gesture is disrespectful to the military.

As Trump made his speech on Monday, cable networks showed a falling Dow Jones industrial average. Ironically, Trump has repeatedly pointed to the rising stock market since he came into office as one of his great achievements.

The Dow ended up closing down 4.6 percent, and experiencing its most dramatic points drop during a single day in its history: at one point, the Dow had fallen 1,579 points, before recovering to close about 1,175 points lower than the previous day’s trading.

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