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-Short Attention Span Theater-
B-1 + B-2 + B-52 (=55) Flyover Superbowl 55
[Military.com] The B-52, which dates back to the early 1960s, had to keep in line with its B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit cousins over Tampa's Raymond James Stadium before the kickoff of Super Bowl LV. The flyover was timed perfectly as singers Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church hit the final notes of the "Star Spangled Banner" -- thanks to coordinated efforts from the pilots, crew and ground liaisons, and other support aircraft.

On the day of the big game, the three met up ahead of time in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 100 miles offshore. About 30 minutes prior to the flyover, they were seen flying around just before they moved into tight formation. The bombers received updates from a liaison on the ground who let them know when each event -- presentation of colors, singer H.E.R.'s rendition of "America the Beautiful," and finally, the national anthem -- began and ended so they could adjust their flight.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The NFL have been in bed with DoD for a while. But fewer people notice those things as NFL viewership is dropping.
Posted by: Clem || 02/13/2021 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  NFL viewership is dropping just like the bombs coming out of the B-52's belly

Posted by: Lampedusa Thud3149 || 02/13/2021 1:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Gotta remember, alot of ppl who watch sports are young and stupid. Recruitment
Posted by: Chris || 02/13/2021 1:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I remember Troy Aiken on a hot mic saying that sorts of things wouldn't happen anymore when Harris/Biden were elected. Troy must be so disappointed!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2021 6:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Bobby - that wasn't a hot mic of them complaining, that was a hot mic of them making fun of lefty's, which was edited to omit the context and smear Aikman and Buck. It was a millennial Prognazi who tried to kill their careers with that. Please dont repeat their lies.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/13/2021 16:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Prozi: (PROgressive-naZI, pronounced Pro-tsee or Prot-zee, with a long "o" as in "no" or "vote"). Also "Prognazi". N., Progressive-socialist who espouses censorship, and factless characterization of anyone that opposes them as "white supremacists", "racist", or "Nazi" in order to make them into an object of Prozi hatred, so that the Prozis and their fact-free but emotionally driven mobs (virtual and real) can then more easily supress their target's speech, religion, livelihood, or existence (death wishes/threats).

I recommend this be placed in the Rantburg Stylebook, as it is far more precise/accurate than leftist or liberal.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/13/2021 16:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Did they count the air crews in the stadium seating numbers?
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/13/2021 17:08 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Deadly. Edly, even.
Posted by: Maggie Hupomp2614 || 02/13/2021 17:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Re #7, that definition's a bit of a mouthful, and strikes me as just a tad partial. Mother Macadam's Marvelous Molasses Morsels, like. But if you don't mind me selling it under, say, "person of progress who projects their nazism onto political opponents," put me down for ten pounds, please.
Posted by: Maggie Hupomp2614 || 02/13/2021 18:06 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New 7.1 Earthquake in Japan Near Fukushima
TOKYO (AP) - Japan Meteorological Agency says magnitude 7.1 earthquake has shaken the northeastern coast near Fukushima.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/13/2021 10:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  USGS Earthquake

Find your favorite earthquake via interactive map.

It's a snap, crackle, POP......Fukushima

Posted by: Chuth Panda8702 || 02/13/2021 11:29 Comments || Top||

#2  M 7.1 - 70 km ENE of Namie, Japan
2021-02-13 09:07:50 (UTC-05:00)
37.754°N 141.723°E
50.6 km
Posted by: Chuth Panda8702 || 02/13/2021 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Everything's going to be just fine. Japan is better prepared than places like Haiti or California.
Posted by: jpal || 02/13/2021 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Any Godzilla sightings?
Posted by: Raj || 02/13/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Is now...
Posted by: Captain Noodleman3946 || 02/13/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Some of that Japanese Curry can do that to you.
Posted by: Phinetch Wherese4624 || 02/13/2021 14:45 Comments || Top||

Gangrene, ulcers, rashes: More bizarre COVID-19 symptoms revealed
[NYP] The list of mysterious symptoms related to the coronavirus keeps getting longer.

The latest unexpected side effect happened to an 86-year-old woman in Italy, whose fingers turned black with gangrene as COVID-19 caused severe clotting, cutting off the blood supply to her extremities.

Doctors were forced to amputate three of her digits after diagnosing the woman in April 2020, calling the case study a "severe manifestation" of the disease in a new report published in the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery.

Physicians were already aware that the coronavirus may wreak havoc on the vascular system, though they aren’t yet sure why. Currently, many in the medical community believe that the side effect may be related to an increasingly common immune overreaction to COVID-19, called a "cytokine storm," which prompts the body to attack both sickened cells and healthy tissues.

The medical community continues to discover new, unexpected conditions of the disease — as the US approaches 27 million cases this week since the March 2020 outbreak, per data from the World Health Organization. While many experience ailments similar to those associated with influenza, such as fever, body aches, trouble breathing and nasal congestion, other common warning signs have included nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and a mysterious inability to taste and smell, according to the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2021 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336076 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The official reports of the visit concluded that Soviets were running a covert and illegal BW programme.[28] Kelly also took part in reciprocal visits to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and visits to Porton Down by Russian and American inspectors.[29] Despite their findings, Kelly concluded that the tripartite inspection programme had failed. It was, he said, "too ambitious; its disarmament objective deflected by issues of reciprocity and access to sites outside the territories of the three parties".[30] He went on to add that "Russia's refusal to provide a complete account of its past and current BW activity and the inability of the American–British teams to gain access to Soviet/Russian military industrial facilities were significant contributory factors".[30] Link

Kelly was reported to have died from suicide in 2003.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2021 2:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Mr. Besoeker

I not only tip my hat to you, but I bow to the consistency of your courteous introductions of actual incidences of CoVID's gruesome effects on the humans of our planet.

Media in general, (name its delivery) has done disservices to us all by quashing, seemingly distasteful, tragic events which have be fallen us as humans, results of CoVID.

Fred, You and volunteer moderators have attempted to keep the platform, aka Rantburg, open to reasonable, civil discourses over this subject and others over these many months. Thank you.

You are NOT the "Grey Lady", and if you ever become her, I will seek out Zelda of the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, to put the Pox of Poxes upon your House for Time Ever Lasting, before I leave.

Stay true to your publication's literary course, the wind is at your back, clear skies,and on fair weather, the good ship RANTBURG shall sail for ever.

Be mindful of Zelda as you sail.

Posted by: Wholuting Jorong3569 || 02/13/2021 3:58 Comments || Top||

#3  ok then
Posted by: Chris || 02/13/2021 4:02 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Pliny Chuth3156 || 02/13/2021 4:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Recalling my days in med school and the vast number of different bizarre, strange and exotic conditions which (by the patient's account) were preceded by a nondescript viral respiratory infection... Apparently things haven't changed that much, but the level of hand wringing and pearl clutching has.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/13/2021 15:03 Comments || Top||

#6  the vast number of different bizarre, strange and exotic conditions which (by the patient's account) were preceded by a nondescript viral respiratory infection... Apparently things haven't changed that much, but the level of hand wringing and pearl clutching has.

Unlike Thineger Sproing6704, I was never tempted by med school, but that’s basically what happened to me in December, 2001. As a fit 40 year old I developed pleuropericarditis (pleurisy plus pericarditis), normally only seen, so I was told, in very unfit, fat, old men. No idea what caused it, probably a virus that found my chest hospitable, though I have no memory of being ill in the weeks before that happened. Compounding the situation, after a relapse a week after the hospital sent me home, my perfectly normal recovery turned into chronic fatigue syndrome for absolutely no apparent reason whatsoever.

They still don’t know what causes CFS, though the current hypothesis is that after an illness or stress, occasionally the immune system forgets for some reason to reset back to the healthy setting. And thus far, of the many cures proposed or that are claimed to have worked for some people, not one works for many of those who have it.

But CFS looks an awful lot like Long (or is it slow?) Covid, so hopefully the research there will benefit the millions of American with CFS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2021 20:10 Comments || Top||

#7  I had the Pfizer shot. Since then my resting heartbeat has gone from a 5 year average of 66 to to a 52 last night. The ramp down started the day I received the first shot. Or, my new Fitbit is broken.
Posted by: Cruling Glirt8370 || 02/13/2021 20:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Or, my new Fitbit is broken.

Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2021 21:01 Comments || Top||

#9  What is Bradycardia?

Please read.
Posted by: Slolurong Whusoper3988 || 02/13/2021 21:30 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Colt sold to Czech film
A Czech firearms company has reached a deal to buy Colt, the iconic American gunmaker that helped popularize the revolver.

Česká zbrojovka Group said it will acquire all of Colt’s business for $220 million and about 1.1 million new shares of the Czech firm’s stock.

The deal announced Thursday will help Česká zbrojovka, also known as CZG, expand its global customer base as well as its production capacity in the US and Canada, the company says.

More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 02/13/2021 05:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...I've heard some...um...commentary among the ammotariat about Colt being owned by a foreign company.

My feeling is that at least they're still around to be owned. All things considered, I'm surprised that some folks haven't targeted a major firearms company to have them dismembered and scattered to the winds.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/13/2021 6:28 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if they'll be better protected against frivolous lawsuits?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2021 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Good. In the last 30 years the Czechs have been making some really good firearms.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/13/2021 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Ummm...Does that mean we have to change all the signs ?

Posted by: Chuth Panda8702 || 02/13/2021 12:06 Comments || Top||

#5  yup...checked the gun at the door..it works.

Posted by: Captain Noodleman3946 || 02/13/2021 12:11 Comments || Top||

Over 200 British Academics Unwittingly Assisting CCP Military Tech
[NationalPulse] A new, bombshell report out of the United Kingdom unveils how research from British universities is being exploited by the Chinese Communist Party to empower and advance China’s military, including the scope of “weapons of mass destruction.”

The 115-page report from the British think tank Civitas is entitled “Inadvertently Arming China: The Chinese military complex and its potential exploitation of scientific research at UK universities.”

The document draws attention to “the little-analysed but pervasive presence of Chinese military-linked conglomerates and universities in the sponsorship of high-technology research centres in many leading UK universities,” a topic covered by The National Pulse at length.

The National Pulse has highlighted how America’s premier institutions have accepted millions from Chinese state-owned enterprises in return for favorable studies on the Chinese Communist Party. Universities have also advised and hosted conferences alongside military-linked entities, including those sanctioned for human rights abuses.

The UK report also follows countless American professors involved in scientific research getting indicted for secret contracts with the Chinese Communist Party and espionage schemes to steal research.

Among the report’s bombshell findings are how taxpaying citizens in the United Kingdom are funding the research:

“This report illustrates how 15 of the 24 Russell Group universities and many other UK academic bodies have productive research relationships with Chinese military-linked manufacturers and universities. Much of the research at the university centres and laboratories is also being sponsored by the UK taxpayer through research councils, Innovate UK, and the Royal Society.”

“In many cases, these UK universities are unintentionally generating research that is sponsored by and may be of use to China’s military conglomerates, including those with activities in the production of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as well as hypersonic missiles, in which China is involved in a new arms race and seeks ‘massively destabilising’ weaponry,” the report summarizes.

The report focuses on institutions including Cambridge University, Imperial College London, and Manchester University and research in the fields of shipbuilding, drones, radars, and beyond.

Accordingly, it recommends an audit of sponsorship relationships and policies with the aim of “establishing the total level of Chinese funding of UK technology research and establishing new rules for universities themselves.”

On February 8th, The Times of London reported that “almost 200 British academics are being investigated on suspicion of unwittingly helping the Chinese government build weapons of mass destruction” and are “suspected of violating strict export laws intended to prevent intellectual property in highly sensitive subjects being handed to hostile state.”
Posted by: Odub Crawford9368 || 02/13/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "inadvertent" my sweet aunt fanny.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/13/2021 8:12 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ukrainian SBU arrests two Russian FSB agents
Counterintelligence officers from Ukraine's SBU State Security Service have exposed two Ukrainian citizens who had been recruited by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and were collecting secret information about the combat readiness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the SBU's press center has reported.

According to the report, SBU operatives documented that the agents had been tasked with obtaining secret documents on the effectiveness of the use of new models of weapons and military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the Anti-Terrorist Operation and the Joint Forces Operation. They also had to learn about the prospects of equipping and rearming units and subdivisions of the Ukrainian army.
Posted by: badanov || 02/13/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Love the graphic!
Posted by: Tom || 02/13/2021 11:30 Comments || Top||

China Bans the BBC in Its Territory After Report of Rape, Abuse in Uighur Concentration Camps
[LI] China banned the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) in its territory.

The move comes after the BBC published a report with allegations of rape, torture, and abuse in Uighur concentration camps in Xinjiang province.

However, China already restricts BBC viewership in the country. It only appears "in international hotels and some diplomatic compounds."

Therefore, the majority of Chinese people do not have access to the BBC.

From the BBC:

In its decision, China’s State Film, TV and Radio Administration said BBC World News reports about China were found to "seriously violate" broadcast guidelines, including "the requirement that news should be truthful and fair" and not "harm China’s national interests".

It said that the BBC’s application to air for another year would not be accepted.

The BBC said in a statement: ’We are disappointed that the Chinese authorities have decided to take this course of action. The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster and reports on stories from around the world fairly, impartially and without fear or favour."

The BBC revoked China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) license:

Ofcom’s decision earlier this month came after it found that CGTN’s licence was wrongfully held by Star China Media Ltd.

CGTN was also found in breach of British broadcasting regulations last year, for airing the allegedly forced confession of UK citizen Peter Humphrey.

The Uighur Report
Tursunay Ziawudun, who spent nine months in a concentration camp in the Xinjiang region, said "men always wore masks" and suits. They’d select women after midnight to join them in the "black room," which did not have surveillance cameras.

The men took Ziawudun and gang-raped her three times.

"Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever," she told the BBC. "I don’t even want these words to spill from my mouth."

The Chinese detained Gulzira Auelkhan, a Kazakh woman, for 18 months within the system. She described how they forced her "to strip Uighur women naked and handcuff them." She would then leave them in the room for Chinese men:

Afterwards, she cleaned the rooms, she said.

"My job was to remove their clothes above the waist and handcuff them so they cannot move," said Gulzira Auelkhan, crossing her wrists behind her head to demonstrate. "Then I would leave the women in the room and a man would enter — some Chinese man from outside or policeman. I sat silently next to the door, and when the man left the room I took the woman for a shower."

The Chinese men "would pay money to have their pick of the prettiest young inmates", she said.

Some former detainees of the camps have described being forced to assist guards or face punishment. Auelkhan said she was powerless to resist or intervene.

Asked if there was a system of organised rape, she said: "Yes, rape."

"They forced me to go into that room," she said. "They forced me to take off those women’s clothes and to restrain their hands and leave the room."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2021 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster and reports ... impartially and without fear or favour

It is? It does? Uhh... wow.

Probably fake news. The muslim woman is trained to start shouting 'rape! rape!' to bring down the judgemental 'international community' on people strong arming them and keeping them from islamic sasquatchery.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/13/2021 15:46 Comments || Top||

Germany 'offered $1bn if US dropped sanctions against controversial pipeline'
[Telegraph via Yahoo] A new political row has broken out over a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany after Angela Merkel’s government was accused of offering to spend $1bn (£720m) on American gas if the US called off planned sanctions [read: more US bullying] against the project.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will allow Russian gas to be pumped directly to Germany, but the US has threatened to impose sanctions on any company involved with the project, arguing it will make Europe too dependent on Russia for its energy needs.

Nord Stream 2 is also opposed by many of Germany’s European neighbours and Mrs Merkel has come under pressure to cancel the project, especially in the wake of the poisoning and arrest of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

But many in German conservative circles remain convinced US opposition to the pipeline has as much to do with Washington’s desire to sell its own LNG to Germany as any political concerns.

DUH described the letter as a "scandal" and "dirty deal", accusing Mr Scholz of encouraging the import of LNG obtained by fracking.

The new row comes as the German president denied allegations he had tried to justify the pipeline on the grounds Germany owed Russia a debt of guilt over the Second World War. The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany accused Frank-Walter Steinmeier of "questionable historical arguments" and ignoring Ukraine’s millions of Second World War dead in an interview this week.

Mr Steinmeier in fact argued that it was difficult for Germany to pressure Russia over wrongdoing because of its own past. "More than 20m people in the former Soviet Union fell victim to the war. This does not justify any wrongdoing in Russian politics today, but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture," he said.

Ukraine also opposes the pipeline, which will allow Russia to bypass existing pipelines which cross its territory. A spokesman for Mr Steinmeier dismissed the Ukrainian objections. "The text of the interview speaks for itself," he said.

Lobbying group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) this week published a leaked letter from Olaf Scholz, the German finance minister, to Steve Mnuchin, the then US treasury secretary, dated last August.

In it, Mr Scholz offered to invest $1bn on new infrastructure to import American liquefied natural gas (LNG) at German ports if the US dropped the planned sanctions.
Posted by: Clem || 02/13/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they wish to be a Russian dependency, let them do so. Why do we care?

What exactly would we lose if Germany were to sail into Russia's orbit?

How if at all does Germany help us now, and what, if anything, would be jeopardized when Germany's joined to Russia?
Posted by: Ulusosing Lover of the Geats7050 || 02/13/2021 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  So much for the "free market" when, once again, the US has nothing better to do than bully other nations.

Let the Germans conduct their own business as they see fit, and if it's with the Russians and mutually beneficial, then, great.

Posted by: Clem || 02/13/2021 0:48 Comments || Top||

#3  The REAL sign of a true USA Progressive Socialist Democrat Agenda would be to WELCOME Russia into NATO:

With Biden "sundowning" on a regular basis, I give you until May Day 2021, and the New UNEURU Deal will be announced by Glorious Socialist Mouthpiece (carrot top) CT Piss-Saki !!!
Posted by: Lampedusa Thud3149 || 02/13/2021 1:20 Comments || Top||

#4  They didn't have Hunter Biden's phone number?
Posted by: magpie || 02/13/2021 1:21 Comments || Top||

#5  HeeeHeee Vlad, Do you tickle all the girls like that?
No, my sweeet, former East German Comrade Angela, only you...you darling tomato butt vixen you...But I must confess to you... I was taught by one of the best... and it pains me to no end...to have to say it....

Comrade Joe taught me (not Joe Stalin), but hair sniffer and fondler Joe Biden....

Oh Angela, he taught me much more... lets get away from this place, these peoples and I will give you a pipeline of delight...

OK Vlad....HeeeeHeeee....Its a deal.
Posted by: Lampedusa Thud3149 || 02/13/2021 1:34 Comments || Top||

#6  They didn't have Hunter Biden's phone number?

No phone number, but they did have a key to Hunter's apartment in Geneva....

But That is another story for ANOTHER TIME...
Posted by: Lampedusa Thud3149 || 02/13/2021 1:38 Comments || Top||

#7  PPl need to get off this cold war fix of russia against the US.
Posted by: Chris || 02/13/2021 1:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Tell Russia that, Chris.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2021 12:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe it was really, really unwise to move NATO eastward to Russia's borders -- after EVERY Western leader lied to the Russian leaders, repeatedly, about how NATO would not be moved east.

27 years later, the declassified documents speak for themselves - 30 of thee smoking gun documents are referenced here:

West's Lies About NATO Expansion - 30 Documented Examples From The National Security Archives:

Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from James Baker, GHW Bush, H-D Genscher, Helmut Kohl, Robert Gates, Francois Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Hurd, John Major, and Manfred Woerner

Put yourself, for once, in the Russians' shoes. Stop lying to them and treat them with some basic honesty and respect.
Posted by: Flaving Darling of the Veps1417 || 02/13/2021 12:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Ukraine also opposes the pipeline, which will allow Russia to bypass existing pipelines which cross its territory.

So I called them up and told them to fire the Environmental Minister, and sunnobitch, the next day he was fired.

*Super Mario Coin Noise, account goes up $100million*
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/13/2021 13:01 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Report: Trust in US Soars Among Southeast Asians, Wanes Toward China
[BenarNews] Southeast Asian professionals are concerned that Beijing could use its financial and military might to threaten their countries’ illusory sovereignty, which is why more of them trust the United States over China to work toward world peace, according to a new report by a Singaporean think-tank.

Confidence that the U.S. would be a leader in fostering global peace soared this year from the previous one, while fewer professionals throughout the region now trust China on the issue, according to findings of surveys done by the ASEAN Studies Center at the ISEAS — Yusof Ishak Institute.

"The region’s trust deficit in China is trending upwards. China is the only major power that has increased its negative ratings from 60.4 percent in 2020 to 63 percent in 2021," according "The State of Southeast Asia 2021" report.

"China’s predominant economic and political influence in the region has created more awe than affection. ... the majority worry that such economic heft, combined with China’s military power, could be used to threaten their country’s interest and illusory sovereignty," said the report.

The think-tank surveyed more than a 1,000 people in the 10 countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The United States, by contrast, has "made a surprising turn-around" in positive ratings in 2021 from the year before — 48.3 percent this year compared with 30.3 percent last year.

Those Southeast Asians who trust the U.S. said they believed it had the "political will to provide global leadership" and its military power "is an asset for global peace and security."

"Have the respondents left behind the past four years of dismal engagement with ASEAN under the Trump presidency and turned more bullish as the Biden administration takes over?" said the report, referring to professionals it surveyed from the across the regional bloc between Nov. 18, 2020 and Jan. 10, 2021.

"Only time will tell if the region’s renewed trust in the U.S. is misplaced or not."

The report attributes Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing...
’s ascendancy to the U.S presidency for why more of those surveyed welcomed Washington’s strategic influence in their countries compared with last year.

"This positive view of the U.S. may well be attributed to the anticipation that the Biden administration will elevate American engagement with the region," the report said.

Concurrently, confidence in America as a provider of regional security also rose because professionals believe the new administration in Washington will turn its focus back to Southeast Asia.

"Despite Washington’s perceived growing absence and decreasing influence in the region, 55.4 of the respondents still express confidence in the U.S. as a strategic partner and provider of regional security," the report said.

This marked a more than 20-percrntage point increase from last year that "can be attributed to the general optimism that the new Biden administration will pivot back to Southeast Asia."

Still, more than three-quarters of those surveyed acknowledged that Beijing has by far the most economic impact on Southeast Asia, the report said, noting that most who believe this worry about the superpower’s growing economic influence.

Close to half of those surveyed also see China as the region’s most influential political and strategic power, "which engenders considerable anxiety over Beijing’s strategic clout in the region," the report said.

But a majority of respondents (61.5 percent) said they would pick the United States, when asked which of the two rival superpowers they would align themselves with if forced to do so.

"China as a choice dropped from 46.4 percent in 2020 to 38.5 percent in 2021 ... despite intensive COVID-19 diplomacy seen in the region," the report said.

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was established as an autonomous organization by an act of the Singapore Parliament in 1968. It was renamed ISEAS — Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015, after the first president of Singapore, who was elected by parliament.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2021 01:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I don't know how to break it to them, CHina owns the US right now.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/13/2021 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  The chinese are going to eat Joe's lunch, and be hungry thirty minutes later.

Sorry Vietnam. So much better than a shipping front for chinese shit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/13/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

#3  SE Asians trust China to be China.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/13/2021 15:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Pretender Biden hasn't betrayed Taiwan yet. Give him time...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/13/2021 17:46 Comments || Top||

Philippines’ Duterte Expects US to ‘Pay’ to Keep Military Pact Alive
[BenarNews] President Rodrigo Duterte warned Washington on Friday that it would "have to pay" to preserve a 22-year-old bilateral military pact, as Manila negotiates with the new U.S. administration on extending the Visiting Forces Agreement, which he has threatened to scrap.

The Philippine leader made the remarks while inspecting Air Force assets north of Manila, a day after officials from the governments of the two longtime defense allies began talks on the issue of renewing the 1999 VFA.

"I would like to put on notice if there’s an American agent here that from now on, you want the Visiting Forces Agreement done? Well, they have to pay," Duterte said. "It’s a shared responsibility, but your share of responsibility does not come free. Because after all, when the war breaks out, we all pay."
Learn to code in Mandarin, assho'!
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2021 01:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Did Rod say, "Me love you long time"?
Posted by: Slolurt Ominens8923 || 02/13/2021 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Xi is someones ear, I mean besides our president.
Posted by: Chris || 02/13/2021 4:03 Comments || Top||

#3  ...Duterte ain't as smart as he thinks, but he's every bit as crooked and duplicitous as we think. Don't trust him as far as you can throw him.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/13/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||

#4  A year ago this month, soon after Duterte first threatened to annul the VFA, then-U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he wouldn’t mind if Manila did that because, he said, it would save the United States "a lot of money."

Wotta conundrum for Ol' Joe. Disagree with Trump and save Duterte? Or go with the Progs and cut him loose. But that'd be agreeing with Trump!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2021 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Wotta conundrum for Ol' Joe. Disagree with Trump and save Duterte? Or go with the Progs and cut him loose. But that'd be agreeing with Trump!

Media: How Presidente Biden's two cups of pudding compared to everyone else's one cup is actually social justice in its purest sense.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/13/2021 11:09 Comments || Top||

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RFK Jr. Kicked Off Instagram - The Reason Will Not Surprise You
The Left eats one of their own, a continuing series...
[Zero Hedge] - Earlier, I wrote about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the founder and chairman of Children’s Health Defense being kicked off Facebook-owned social media website Instagram on Thursday, purportedly because he posted misinformation related to coronavirus vaccines.

Here is an update: Kennedy has written a strong response to the removal, discussing the nature of his posts at Instagram, relating the debate stifling effect of Instagram’s action, and pointing to the fact that both he and Informed Consent Action Network founder Del Bigtree were removed from Instagram just 15 minutes before they were to air a webinar featuring doctors and other individuals discussing matters related to coronavirus vaccines.

In his statement Kennedy writes:
Every statement I put on Instagram was sourced from a government database, from peer-reviewed publications and from carefully confirmed news stories. None of my posts were false. Facebook, the pharmaceutical industry and its captive regulators use the term ’vaccine misinformation’ as a euphemism for any factual assertion that departs from official pronouncements about vaccine health and safety, whether true or not.

Further, states Kennedy, "the mainstream media and social media giants are imposing a totalitarian censorship to prevent public health advocates, like myself, from voicing concerns and from engaging in civil informed debate in the public square."
Posted by: Raj || 02/13/2021 14:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Martin Niemöller is hitting about 90 RPM about now.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/13/2021 18:03 Comments || Top||

Pentagon announces members of Confederate base renaming commission
[JTN] The Pentagon on Friday announced the list of individuals appointed to the Department of Defense's commission on renaming bases named after Confederate generals.

Among the members of the congressionally-mandated panel include retired Navy Admiral Michelle Howard and retired Army Brigadier General Ty Seidule, the Defense Department said in a statement.

The members of the panel "posses[s] unique and relevant experience in and out of government that I know will inform this important effort," Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.

"I look forward to seeing the results of the commission's work in the months ahead," Austin added.T
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2021 07:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When you needed all those southern boys 1898, 1917-8, 1941-45, 1951-3, 1964-73, you all didn't have a problem with those names.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/13/2021 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm thinking this will be a Bingo Card sized train wreck.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/13/2021 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Another contrived symbolic act against the white supremacy lie needed for revolutionary inquisition of the Supreme Soviet.
They need a domestic insurrection threat to continue this march towards a workers paradise and by god they are creating it, hard and fast.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/13/2021 13:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Fort Tubman

Fort Mumia

Fort Herbert 92X

Fort Angela Davis

Fort George Floyd

Fort Chelsea Manning

Fort Assata "Asshat" Shakur

Fort Hunter Biden

Posted by: Gloluling Speaking for Boskone3758 || 02/13/2021 13:24 Comments || Top||

#5  "Why can't I be on the commission ? " , I'm a black , identify as female , and I have limp so I'm handicapped ! " , " Sorry but you are right handed . "
Posted by: Phinetch Wherese4624 || 02/13/2021 14:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Make a list of all former Ft, Hood enlisted winners of the Medal of Honor and have the current enlisted vote for who they want from that list. Or is that too "democratic" when you can have Fort Alcee Hastings decided by a committee?
Posted by: magpie || 02/13/2021 15:47 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Phinetch Wherese4624, Buddy you got my vote for the committee (just don't put the vote through the Dominion System)

Just a word about the right hand thing, just tell them you are (word), it'll confuse them, they'll have to look it up, and it'll make you stand out !

Really made me laugh...💪👍👀

Posted by: Thumper Elmusons8673 || 02/13/2021 15:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Fort Nancy Pelosi

Fort Joe Biden

Fort Barak Obama

Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/13/2021 16:20 Comments || Top||

#9  I think they're saving the Barack Obama name for the next aircraft carrier.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/13/2021 16:38 Comments || Top||

#10  And Hunter Biden for a destroyer, since he is a Navy veteran.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/13/2021 16:39 Comments || Top||

#11  Wasn't Hunter some sort of Artic Commando? You know because of all the 'snow' he dealt with...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/13/2021 17:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Here's one that will give them fits, because its not PC but it is honestly the best name for the place: Fort Bragg becomes Fort William C. Lee. For you legs, Gen Bill Lee was the father of the US Army Airborne, and basically created the Airbone from scratch, and even commanded the 101st. He was born and died in North Carolina. All in all, a far better and more impactful man than Bragg. Bragg was by all accounts a shitty Condeferate commander who lost almost all of his battles.

Same thing goes for General Hood, who basically was responsible for the Confederate loss of the west along with Bragg losing Tennessee. Rename Fort Hood to Fort George S. Patton for the Armor.

Benning should be changed to Fort George C. Marshall, who revolutionized how Infantry was trained when he rant the post, and his methods are still the basis. Failing that, one of the greatest infantry commanders in US History, Washington's right hand Gen Nathanial Greene should be the person named for a large infantry installation.

I have no problem clearing out those loser confederate General names and putting real winner US Generals in their place. However, exceptions should be made for exceptional Generals such a Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson who are worthy of historical notice.

Some of the others, though, leave them alone, like Fort Carson ("Kit" Carson), etc.

Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/13/2021 17:12 Comments || Top||

#13  Indians (not you, dron... though it'd be okay with me)? Worked for helicopters. Chiefs, maybe?

President presiding over base's founding?

Output from random mystery resistory history maker generator? Fort First Furry Antifa Firefighter. Nuff elitism. Honor millions of the forgotten oppressed with each renaming! "First" might be problematic, though. Let's go with a random ordinal from current population of the Americas (or whatever we're calling these liberty lovin' shores these days).
Posted by: Maggie Hupomp2614 || 02/13/2021 17:31 Comments || Top||

[UPDATE: PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED] – Twitter blocks James O'Keefe and Project Veritas accounts
[Right Scoop]
Snip. Duplicate. Yesterday Slolurt Ominens8923 explained in comments:

#7 Project Veritas is still suspended. James unlocked his personal Twit account. That option does not exist for @Project_Veritas.


Account suspended
Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules
Posted by: Slolurt Ominens8923
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2021 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bastards, the lot of them. Dorsey deserves to be hanged by his feet and beaten like a pinata for creating such a system and using it to keep people in a permanent state of anger and hatred, especially with his censorship. Revoke section 230 for any system with more than 1 million subscribers, they no longer need the protection. Either act like a common carrier (no editing/censorship) and get the exemption, or a publisher (editorially censoring) and relinquish it.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/13/2021 17:46 Comments || Top||

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