Read this thread.
It explains why Civilization may be on the verge of collapse.
Read this thread.
It explains why Civilization may be on the verge of collapse.
Obama warned Iran, and said he’d stand with the Iranians. But he didn’t.
Obama warned Syria, and drew a line in the sand. But nothing happened.
Obama has warned Russia and said he’d stand with the Ukrainians. The Russians chuckled.
Obama said we’d stand with Japan over Island dispute with China. The Chinese have laughed out loud at him.
Today Obama has warned North Korea against any more nuclear tests.
Anyone wanna bet they test another nuke?
Barack Obama has issued a stark warning to North Korean despot Kim Jong-un over his nuclear ambitions, declaring that the United States and South Korea stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ against him.
The U.S. president said it may be time to consider further sanctions against North Korea ‘that have even more bite’ as the country is threatening its fourth nuclear test.
He made the comments hours after North Korea made its feelings on his visit clear, sending two DPRK patrol boats into South Korean waters, violating the maritime border and forcing its neighbour to respond with a series of warning shots. Finally the vessels withdrew.
Addressing a joint news conference alongside South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama said threats by North Korea will get it ‘nothing except further isolation’ from the global community.
Nuclear ambitions: Kim Jong-un is threatening its fourth nuclear test – a move that has rattled nerves across south-east Asia, in particular Japan and South Korea
But Obama acknowledged there are limits to what impacts additional penalties can have on the country.
‘North Korea already is the most isolated country in the world by far,’ Obama said. ‘Its people suffer terribly because of the decisions its leaders have made. And we are not going to find a magic bullet that solves this problem overnight.’
It comes as North Korea warned last month it would not rule out a ‘a new form’ of nuclear test after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang for launching ballistic missiles into the sea.
Nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis, of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the United States, said this month that the reference to a new form of test could mean simultaneous detonation of two or more devices as part of a programme of more intense nuclear testing expected over the next few years.
Obama said the missile technology and nuclear weapons that North Korea is developing pose a direct threat to Korea and Japan, two very close U.S. allies in the region, but to the United States as well.
Close allies: Obama said the missile technology and nuclear weapons that North Korea is developing pose a direct threat to Korea and Japan, two very close U.S. allies in the region, but to the United States as well
‘We can’t waver in our intention. We have to make sure that, in strong concert with our allies, that we are continuing to press North Korea to change its approach,’ Obama said, presenting a united front in the presence of Park.
The White House said it was keeping close tabs on activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site, where commercial satellite imagery this week showed increased activity. Park said the assessment of her government is that North Korea is ‘fully ready now’ to conduct another nuclear test. ‘This is a very tense situation,’ she said.
‘President Obama’s visit to South Korea sends a strong message to North Korea that its provocative acts cannot be tolerated,’ she said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a recent visit to an aviation station in an undisclosed area of the country. He is said to be possibly planning a new nuclear test
Obama also noted that his visit comes at a time of ‘great sorrow’ for South Korea, which is mourning the loss of more than 300 people in a ferry that sank off the country’s southwestern coast. The vast majority of the victims were high school students.
‘So many were young students with their entire lives ahead of them,’ Obama said, invoking his two daughters, both close in age to many of the ferry victims. ‘I can only imagine what the parents are going through at this point, the incredible heartache.’
He said he was donating a magnolia tree from the White House lawn to the high school in honor of the lives lost and a symbol of friendship between the U.S. and South Korea.
Egregious: Obama also said Japan’s use of South Korean ‘comfort women’ during World War II was a terrible and egregious violation of human rights. Pictured: a group of Japanese protesters supporting former comfort women, or sex slaves, outside the Japanese parliament in Tokyo in 2005
Fresh from his visit to Japan, where he dined yesterday with Prime Minister Shinzo at Tokyo’s finest sushi restaurant, Obama also said Japan’s use of South Korean ‘comfort women’ during World War II was a terrible and egregious violation of human rights.
He said South Korean women were violated in ways that were shocking even in the midst of war. He added that those women deserve to be heard and respected and that there should be a clear account of what happened.
As he addressed historical tensions between U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, he said the Japanese people and their prime minister understand the past must be recognized honestly. But Obama is urging Japan and South Korea to move forward because he says their interests clearly converge.
November 10, 2013
As totalitarian dreamers of both the one-party and multi-party varieties have long understood, and have come to count on, humans have an almost infinitely elastic ability to accommodate themselves to conditions that seem inescapable or predetermined. Our natural desire for self-preservation virtually guarantees it — there is almost no degradation that men cannot learn to live with, given enough time.
“Learning to live with it,” however, is both a natural reflex and a great danger. For although self-preservation is not at all the same as acquiescence, the former can devolve into a rationalization of the latter due to the slackening of will and reason that results from battle fatigue and the stretching of the soul’s moral cords by’ the constant pull of inescapable conditions. And when this slackening of the soul occurs, men may become bound to oppressive rulers more firmly than could ever be achieved with mere chains and fences. For what they are losing is a faculty of perception less obviously vital to our bare existence than others, and therefore easier than others to survive without, namely the capacity to feel free.
I am convinced we are born with a “freedom sense,” a mental faculty which perceives the degree to which our lives are grounded in our own will and judgment. This is not the same as the desire to be free; rather, it is the capacity to perceive whether we are free. It is therefore related to the desires as are all our perceptual faculties, namely as nature’s means of revealing our proper goals. Freedom would therefore stand in the same column of human goods as the beautiful and the euphonious, things which are desirable because they satisfy the natural purpose, or obey the innate “rules,” of the faculties to which they correspond.
This freedom sense is also something distinct from what academic philosophers and psychologists have taken to calling the “sense of agency,” i.e., the mere ability to perceive ourselves as physically in control of our movements. The difference may be clarified by way of the old observation that a man with a gun to his head still has the capacity to make a choice, namely to choose whether to comply or be shot. That is, a man under the most extreme coercion is still fully capable of experiencing himself as an “agent.” In fact, many of our most admirable examples of moral agency occurred under precisely such conditions — and will have to do so again if we are to climb out of the present morass. But we would not call a man in such conditions “free,” except in a specialized, apolitical sense. We would say that the man’s will may be free, as a matter of human nature, but the man himself is not.
The precise faculty to which I am referring is related to the innate self-preservational intentions of a rational animal — the inner necessity which gives rise to what we moderns call our natural rights, which is to say the moral constraints our existence imposes upon other men. What this faculty perceives, then, is specifically the extent to which those moral constraints are being observed or violated. It is not an inwardly-directed faculty of self-consciousness like the “sense of agency,” but rather the conscious awareness of one particular aspect of our relations with other humans, namely whether those relations are consistent with our natural rights.
This is getting interesting.
By Zachary Keck
September 13, 2013
Chinese diplomats in Syria as well as Beijing’s embassy are under regular threat from rebel attacks, China’s ambassador to Syria has confided to local media outlets.
In an interview with the Global Times, Zhang Xun, China’s ambassador to Syria said that Beijing’s embassy in Damascus has increasingly been caught in the cross-hairs of fighting between rebel and government forces in recent months.
In one notable instance, shrapnel and shell fragments from a mortar attack deflected off a nearby building and landed inside the Chinese embassy.
“A shell hit the ceiling of a building some 60 meters away and the fragments bounced into our building,” Zhang told reporters from the Global Times, showing them the actual shells, which he kept in an envelope in his office.
Zhang said that in another attack last month, Syrian rebels fired mortar shells at President Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade. They missed the Syrian leader but hit a building that was located just 10 meters from the Chinese embassy. The shock from the attack damaged the nearby embassy, however.
“Several windows in our corridor were shattered. Some of the shrapnel fell onto my balcony,” Zhang said of the attack, which took place on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
According to the report, the Chinese embassy is located in the heart of Damascus near the Bashar al-Assad’s presidential palace and key military buildings, which unsurprisingly are often the targets of rebel attacks.
Another diplomat from the embassy told the Global Times that Chinese personnel have been targeted directly by rebel forces, particularly when they are meeting with Syrian officials. Indeed, according to a Want China Times report, Zhang was nearly killed in a sniper attack during a meeting he held with Syria’s foreign minister.
The Global Times article says that Zhang now keeps a bullet-proof vest, gas mask and pistol in his office.
There are also reports that the rebels are actively plotting attacks against the Chinese embassy, presumably in retaliation for China’s continued support for the Assad regime. The Want China Times report said that a brigade commander in the Free Syrian Army, one of the rebel forces fighting the Syrian government, has vowed to launch a “full-scale attack” on the Chinese embassy.
Meanwhile, the Global Times claims that a local driver the embassy had employed was arrested earlier this year by Syrian authorities for allegedly planning to place bombs under the embassy car. The article, which said the driver had confessed to the crime, added that he had been recruited by Syrian rebel forces during a trip to Jordan in February.
Following the incident Beijing assigned eight armed Chinese police officers to protect the embassy and its personnel. The only other Chinese embassies to have such protection are those in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ambassador Zhang admitted that he has been frightened by the uptick in violence.
“To be honest, it would be a lie if I said I’m not a little bit scared,” Zhang was quoted as saying in the report.
This was a dramatic admission given Zhang’s past statements on the issue of safety in the country. Soon after taking over the ambassadorship in 2011, Zhang dismissed concerns that Chinese nationals in Syria were in any danger.
“Their lives are guaranteed and their properties as well,” Zhang told state media at the time, referring to Chinese nationals. “”There is no need for extra worries.”
The Chinese nationals themselves apparently disagreed, judging from the exodus away from the war-torn nation in the nearly two years since then. According to Chinese media reports, there were around 1,200 Chinese nationals inside Syria when Zhang took over as ambassador. Today there are just 20, not counting the embassy staff itself. Eight of those remaining are reporters.
This is probably a huge relief to the Chinese government. Beijing was profoundly affected by the situation in Libya in early 2010, when the Chinese government had to evacuate 36,000 nationals from that country in just 10 days after civil war broke out as part of the initial Arab Spring wave.
Nonetheless, China has remained defiant on maintaining a diplomatic presence in Syria. According to the Global Times report, China is one of just a dozen or so countries that haven’t closed down their embassies during the past two and a half years of fighting. Some of the other countries that have maintained their diplomatic presence in Syria include Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba.
Chinese diplomats in Syria say they intend to continue to hold out in Syria.
“”Diplomats must stick to their positions until the last Chinese national willing to leave Syria is pulled out,” GT quoted one person at the embassy as saying.
Good morning folks. In the past few weeks we’ve watch a very classic Cold War Escalation Scenario. I don’t think I have to cover it all, but a very basic summary here:
Someone in Syria uses Chemical Weapons on civilians. About 1200 confirmed dead.
Videos come out showing some victims twitching, drooling, and with other symptoms of either Sarin or VX gas (Nerve agents).
The US has “intelligence” it is Assad.
Assad blames the Rebels.
We know the rebels are in large part groups of Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups.
Russia is allied with Assad
The Russians can’t be trusted to do the right thing – regardless of those of you taken with him.
Obama can’t be trusted to do the right thing – regardless of those of you taken with him.
Military Warships from Britain, France, United States, China, Russia and other countries converge on the Mediterranean.
We threaten. Syria threatens. Russia Threatens. China sides with Russia. France sides with us. Venezuela threatens (didn’t see that coming did you?).
MORE warships filter into the area. Rumors of US troops being prepared for deployment are hitting the airwaves.
Russia threatens some MORE today.
Folks, if this doesn’t settle down soon there will be a tipping point that none of us in the United States want to see happen. The MAJORITY of Americans don’t want to even bother with Syria while we have Congress and the President “debating” the politics, we’re all sitting back aghast at what is dumb and dumber working diplomatic channels (That would be Obama and Kerry).
If that tipping point happens we will see at least a conventional war or some kind of military intervention from Russia. Now, I think we all KNOW American and stomp them into the ground, but we don’t really want to have to do that. Putin is now button pushing (as is Obama for that matter) – and either way it happens we’re all (Americans and Russians) are about to get caught up in the middle of a world war we don’t want.
The issue at hand is this could be THE War to End ALL Wars. Nuclear weapons could be used and this is my greatest fear.
There are plenty of reasons to think this won’t happen. There are as many reasons to think it can.
What I am writing this post for is simply to implore each of you to consider your personal options for survival. We all want to live. But if nuclear weapons become involved we’re all going to be in deep, deep trouble without us doing ANYTHING to deserve it.
So – read, collect information, get your affairs in order quickly. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
If you come over to my site, look at the right hand column under survival pages. There is some VERY basic information there which might or might not be helpful to you.
My advice is to read it, print it, make a book out of it. Go to the links I provide and from there collect other data and links. Build a “Survival Manual”. Hard copy (and sure put it all on a thumb drive).
If nuclear weapons start flying EMP will destroy most computer systems. The Internet will be disconnected in places, if not altogether. Cities will be hit. People will die. Commerce will cease. The world will slow to a crawl. Planes won’t be flying. Bombs will fall. Invasions will occur. You will either starve, dehydrate, die in an attack, be killed by roving bands of gangs and scavengers or you can buckle down and practice your self defense, shooting, and collect some food and water and be prepared for anything.
Am I predicting this? No. Do I think it will happen? Probably not. But there is still a chance that given the state of the world right now, the actual, on-going escalation that a mistake or even a very, very dumb move on someone’s part will trigger just such an event.
Those of you who are “preppers” already are ready. Those of us who’ve have contacts with local militias are probably ready. Those who have been preparing for the worst in the USA are prepared.
I’m talking to you skeptics, and those who believe in all their hearts “It can’t happen here” – I don’t want you people surprised. My job, my life has been spent teaching people to take care of themselves, to train themselves, to THINK for themselves. If you don’t believe me, believe what you are reading in the news.
If you think 9-11 changed America (and not for the better) imagine what even a couple of nuclear devices could do to this country.
Wake up and PAY ATTENTION!
It never fails to amaze me how the Left and Progressives continually attempt to spin everything. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Obviously a Nazi name from WAY back….) said this morning the recall of the two Progressives in Colorado – no, the Throwing-out-of-trash from our Capitol in Denver was somehow “voter suppression”.
No you bitch, it wasn’t. It was a legally run election – and the Progressives LOST.
This state isn’t taking that bullshit off the Federal Government any more.
Progressives, get out, keep going. Move to California, or China, we don’t care but you don’t rule here any more. Hickenlooper, you’re next.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
China is backing Russia on Syria now…. predicted this one.