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Over the past few decades, there have been several research papers in the scientific press that submit there is a correlation between cosmic-solar radiations and destructive geological events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. On top of this, there are correlations with climate change that kick in where volcanoes throw up ash into the atmosphere which blocks the sun and that sets in motion the global cooling sending the earth back toward an Ice Age. Therefore, the entire process is extremely complex. Our computer can put out a forecast, but it is looking at everything and the dynamic complexity of all the interactions. This is why I do not put forth X happens because of Y. It is just more complex than such correlations.
Nonetheless, the strongest correlation between volcanoes and earthquakes remains that with the sun. In the last two and half centuries the following major volcanic eruptions occurred during strong solar minimum when the energy is at its greatest: Grimvotn (Iceland) 1783/84 (14 km3), Tambora (Indonesia) 1810 (150 km3), Krakatoa 1883 (5.0 km3), Santa Maria (Guatemala) 1902 (4.8 km3), Novarupta (Alaska) 1912 (3.4 km3). The only major eruption to occur during a solar maximum was Pinatabo (Philippines) 1991 (between 6 and 16 km3).
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Dec 6, 2017.
The world leader who once said he’d ride a jet ski out to the Spratly Islands to put a stop to Chinese land-reclamation efforts, added to his legendary list of outrageous claims Thursday when he bragged about stabbing a person to death when he was 16 years old – and raised even more eyebrows when he reportedly later called former President Barack Obama “so black and arrogant.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has bragged about murdering people – he has previously revealed that he actively helped hunt down and slaughter suspected drug dealers and users while Mayor of Davao. Hence, his comments about Obama received far more attention. According to Fox News, Duterte has held a grudge against former President Barack Obama since the former criticized his policy of condoning the extrajudicial vigilante killings of suspected drug dealers and addicts.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 11, 2017.
In a move that appears to validate Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford’s concerns about China’s strategy of slowly expanding its territorial and military footprint in the Pacific, the Chinese government unveiled on Sunday a ‘magical’ island-building ship on the eve of Donald Trump’s visit in a move likely to renew fears about its claims to territory in the South China Sea, the Financial Times reported.
Measuing 140 meters, the Tiankun is the biggest dredger in Asia, with cutters and pumps capable of smashing the equivalent of three Olympic pools of rock an hour from the sea floor and shooting it up to 15 kilometers away to create artificial land. Over the past five years, China has used similar vessels to create a string of strategic islands to support its claims to 85% of the territory in the South China Sea.
China has been widely criticized by the international community for its land-reclamation efforts in in the Spratley islands, where China has been building manmade bases over some of the since 2014. China has asserted its dominance of several groups of tiny islands in the South and East China Seas. China last year said it would not accept a ruling against it made in a key international legal case over the strategic reefs and atolls that China has asserted its authority over. In that ruling, the ICC decided that the islands belonged to the Philippines.
According to Newsweek, the US estimates China has added 3,200 acres of land on seven features (which includes rocky outcrops and reefs) over the past three years.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 6, 2017.
The deployment of US Special Operations Forces in Europe is never in spotlight but it is rapidly increasing. There can be no other purpose than acquisition of capability to deliver strikes deep into Russia’s territory.
The Trump administration is relying heavily on Special Operations Forces (SOF). They are deployed to 137 countries or 70% of them in the world. At least 8,000 of SOF are operating in around 80 countries at any given moment. The numbers have ballooned from a few thousands in the 1980s to 70,000 at present. In 2016, the US deployed special operators to Taiwan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Laos, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan. In 2006, 3 percent of special operators deployed overseas were in Europe. In 2016, the number topped 12 percent.
Much has been said recently about SOF operations in Africa, which are going to expand and intensify. Formally, they are on train and assist missions to counter terrorist threats. But one can hardly imagine the need to deploy such special purpose forces from overseas to fight terrorists in the Old Continent.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 5, 2017.
The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead. Not only does the strategy graphically eschew those much-lauded ‘Western values’; it will, in Xi’s own words, offer ‘a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence.’
Xinhua even dared to venture, ‘the 21st century is likely to see capitalism lose its appeal while the socialist movement, led by China, rapidly catches up’.
To say this won’t go down very well in the West, especially in the US, may be the understatement of the century – even considering that the Chinese system is more like ‘neoliberalism with Chinese characteristics.’
It’s enlightening to crisscross what happened in Beijing with what was happening in Washington on the eve of President Trump’s trip to Asia, when he will visit China but also Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. Discussion of virtually all the key issues in Asia-Pacific will be on the table.
Asia-Pacific is where the real action is – geopolitically and geoeconomically. And once again, the number one issue in the intractability stakes will be the DPRK.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 2, 2017.
I’m obliged to file this blog before Robert Mueller’s office releases the name of the first winner in the Russian Election Meddling tribunal indictment lottery. Most of the betting is on Paul Manafort, the Swamp-creature-fixer-lobbyist-grifter who spent his summer vacation of 2016 managing Donald Trump’s election campaign.
Before that unfortunate summer internship, Manafort was just a shadier-than-average influence-peddler. It happened that many of his clients were bigshots in foreign lands – Mobuto Sese Seko (Congo), Jonas Savimbi (Angola), and Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines), as well as interests in Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, and other world beauty spots. Also, most notably, Russia where the wicked Mr. Putin dwells and incessantly plots evil against our shining city of a republic.
Over the years, Manafort took large sums of money to the DC laundry room and then distributed bales of it around town to other lobbyist subcontractors, but he left quite trail. And he overlooked the requirement to register as an agent for foreign interests. So, indicting him looks like a no-brainer. An entry-level US Attorney could, figuratively speaking, hitch him up to the rear bumper of a Chevy Yukon and drag him over five miles of broken Coke bottles.
This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on October 30, 2017.
Following the landslide victory by Prime Minister Abe in Japan’s Sunday elections, which left his ruling coalition with a supermajority allowing him to change Japan’s constitution, Abe wasted no time in signalling a push towards his long-held goal of revising Japan’s post-war, pacifist constitution, however as Reuters reported earlier, Abe would “need to convince a divided public to succeed.” Parties in favor of amending the U. S.-drafted charter won nearly 80% of the seats in Sunday’s lower house election, leaving the small, new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) as the biggest group opposed to Abe’s proposed changes. Still, Abe claimed he wanted to get other parties on board, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new conservative Party of Hope, and was not insisting on a target of changing the constitution by 2020 that he floated this year.
Yet, despite Abe’s soothing vision, just one day after the election Japan was already setting the groundwork for creating the strawman that would be needed to get public support largely behind Abe’s militant venture.
As a result, Japan’s defense minister said on Monday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an ‘unprecedented, critical and imminent’ level, requiring ‘different responses’ to the threat.
The minister, Itsunori Odonera, was quoted by AP as saying that this rising threat compels his country to endorse the U. S. view that ‘all options’ must be considered, which President Donald Trump says includes possible military action. And since this pivot would require a revised constitution, the next step is already in play.
Odonera’s comments came at the outset of a so-called trilateral meeting in the Philippines (where over the weekend Russia was “delivering” weapons to the Duterte regime, as reported overnight) with U. S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korea’s defense minister, Song Young-moo. Each made statements about North Korea before a group of reporters and news cameras, but none took questions according to AP.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 23, 2017.
In the latest confirmation that President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to diversify the country’s military ties away from the United States and toward China and Russia was not hollow, AP reports that three Russian navy ships arrived in the Philippines on Friday and two others are coming, to deliver donated military equipment in the country’s third naval visit under Duterte, who as discussed previously, has launched a historic pivot in the country’s geopolitical posture away from the US and toward regional Superpowers.
Admiral Panteleyev, a Russian anti-sub ship, prepares to dock in Manila
Three Russian antisubmarine ships docked in Manila on October 20 in time for Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s upcoming visit to the country, said Rear Admiral E. Mikhailov, the task force commander.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 23, 2017.
Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war has just been given a violent and deadly shove into overdrive. Local volunteers are now going door-to-door and marking homes of suspected drug dealers with red X’s.
The tyrannical leader of the Philippines has already slaughtered 10,000 people in his quest to crack down on drugs. Local administrative districts were given the orders to collect the data this spring and to provide lists of suspected drug offenders to the Philippine National Police. But these records are spreading new fear throughout poor communities already plagued by vigilantes and extrajudicial police killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
VICE News followed along as community volunteers in Payatas, on the outskirts of Metro Manila, spent their Sunday morning rounding up neighbors on the watch list to deliver them to local authorities. There’s been no word on whether the lists are accurate or not. Yet fears that this could lead to vengeful people simply adding their neighbors they dislike in an attempt to ‘get rid of them’ have surfaced.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 11th, 2017.
You are probably aware that you are incompletely informed about what is brewing in Myanmar, and you probably haven’t heard about the military coalition that is preparing to attack that country. And yet, as Thierry Meyssan reveals here, these current events have been in preparation by Riyadh and Washington since 2013. Don’t take sides before you read this article and digest the information.
Pursuing its Grand Strategy of extending the theatre of war , the Pentagon is at the same time preparing the instrumentation of the Kurds in the Greater Middle East, a civil war in Venezuela and a war of attrition in the Philippines. However, these conflicts will have to wait for the implementation of a fourth theatre of operations – namely Burma, China’s next-door neighbour.
During the meeting of the UN Security Council on 28 September, the US ambassador and several of her allies accused Myanmar’s coalition government of genocide . This loaded word – which, in European law, designates the massacre of a great number of people, but in US law applies to a method of killing, even if the criminal kills only one person – is enough for Washington to justify a war, with or without the backing of the Security Council, as we saw in Yugoslavia . The meeting of the Security Council was held at the request of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
In order to make the facts correspond to their narrative, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, which had celebrated Aung San Suu Kyi and the Buddhist monks for their non-violent resistance to the dictatorship of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) during the Saffron revolution in 2007 , simply redefined the Burmese army, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi , and all the Buddhists in the country  as ‘the bad guys’.
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 8, 2017.
With every passing day, the Las Vegas police department releases new details about Stephen Paddock, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U. S. history, who according to the latest update, spent decades stockpiling guns and living a ‘secret life’ and may have planned other attacks, including a car bombing, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, after suggesting that it was only logical to ‘make the assumption’ that Stephen Paddock had ‘some help at some point’ in pulling off Sunday’s massacre.
As evidence, Lombardo pointed to gunman Paddock’s huge arsenal, explosive materials found in his car and his meticulous planning. ‘What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,’ the sheriff said. Lombardo also revealed that Paddock had an escape plan, even though he turned the gun on himself as police closed in on his suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Meanwhile, authorities are still searching for a motive. “Anything that would indicate this individual’s trigger point, that would cause him to do such harm, we haven’t understood it yet,” Lombardo told reporters Wednesday. “Don’t you think the concealment of his history of his life was well thought out?”
Analyzing Paddock’s computer, cellphone and other electronic devices, investigators have found no obvious ideological motive, no clear connection to extremists or activist groups or outward display of mental illness, the Associated Press reported.
Earlier in the day, an Australian man who claimed he met Paddock several times in the Philippines told the Guardian that the shooter was ‘extremely intelligent, methodical, conservative — guarded — and strategic. A planning, thinking type of guy.’ The man, who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity from his Brisbane home, said the encounters came through their respective girlfriends, both Philippine-born sisters, who had family reunions.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 5, 2017.
Alternative media sleuths across the world are trying to get to the bottom of the Las Vegas shooting and the following video, made available by Twitter user Red Pill, is going to lead to even more questions.
We won’t put words into Eric Paddock’s mouth. You decide what he intended to say:
‘Steve had no help… Steve didn’t take help… it did not take a village for Steve…’
‘Steve was an arm…’
**Eric Paddock Realizes Mistake**
‘I’m sorry… Please don’t…. I’m using a colloquial term…’
There are two likely possibilities for what Eric Paddock meant to say.
First, shooter Stephen Paddock recently wired $100,000 to the Philippines, a country known for an illegal arms trade that in 2014 led to the arrest of a Californian Senator. Thus, is it possible Eric Paddock meant to say, ‘Steve was an arms dealer,’ prior to cutting himself off?
This post was published at shtfplan on October 4th, 2017.
With so much information, misinformation and disinformation being released about the Las Vegas mass shooting on a near minute-by-minute basis it is difficult to make sense of what actually happened.
Adding to the confusion are emerging reports that there may have been more than one shooter, a second person in Paddock’s Mandalay Bay suite, the existence of a possible suicide note, the odd behavior of Paddock’s brother, possible ties to the Islamic State (though denied by the FBI) and a $100,000 transfer by shooter Stephen Paddock to the Philippines, which is a hotbed for illegal arms tried and nefarious activity.
It has also emerged that on September 10th an anonymous user utilizing the pseudonym ‘John’ on the controversial 4Chan website posted a warning specifically highlighting Las Vegas as a target of a ‘high incident project.’
While we certainly can’t make claims to the legitimacy of the posts, they are indeed curious:
‘Look i feel bad for some of you on this website. so i’ll let you in on a little secret. if you live in las vegas or henderson stay inside tomorrow. don’t go anywhere where there are large groups of people. also if you see three blacks vans parked next to each other immediately leave the area. you’re welcome -john’
This post was published at shtfplan on October 4th, 2017.
Marylou Danley, a former high-limit hostess and longtime girlfriend of Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock, landed in Los Angeles late last night and is meeting with local and federal authorities today to try and provide some insight into what motivated Paddock to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, an attack that it appears was meticulously planned by Paddock.
Video footage published by NBC News shows Danley, 62, traveling through Los Angeles International Airport in a wheelchair, accompanied by three law enforcement officers.
Danley traveled to Manila from Tokyo on Sept. 15, more than two weeks before the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Reuters reported. She then flew to Hong Kong on Sept. 22 and returned in Manila on Sept. 25. She was there until she flew to LAX on Tuesday night. Mangrobang added Danley had arrived in the Philippines from Tokyo on September 15. There has been communication between authorities in the Philippines, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security, the spokeswoman said.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 4, 2017.
In a new global environment, centered on a multipolar world order, the Philippines offers a unique perspective for understanding the changes occurring in international relations.
With the victory of Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016, many anticipated a major change in Manila’s relations with such countries as the United States and China. The Philippines has always enjoyed a privileged role in the containment strategy directed by Washington against the People’s Republic of China. Since the very beginning of Duterte’s presidency, and especially during Obama’s final months in office, Duterte displayed his disappointment with the United States’ use of the Philippines as a bulwark against Chinese expansion in the region. Such a role is something that a pragmatic leader like Duterte, with the interests of his nation at heart, would never accept to adopt.
Duterte’s first diplomatic visits and statements confirmed this direction, with blunt words confirming his intentions to widen cooperation and alliances with the major countries of China and Russia, as demonstrated during Duterte’s visit to Beijing and Moscow.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 28, 2017.
The following video was published by The Daily Sheeple on Aug 25, 2017
The Black Pope vs. The Black “Plague” of the Middle East… and now the Philippines! What the hell is going on in the world… and what is the goal of CIA-sis? To de-throne the only organization that has killed more people than them? LOLOLOLOL! Ok… the United States has killed more than CIA-sis too!
The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 22, 2017
This is going to be a disaster for the West. Russia pays off the debt of the USSR. Trump changes the strategy in Afghanistan and will not allow empire building, is this a message to the cabal. Philippines is prepared to purchase weapons from the Russia instead of the US. South Korea tells the US they will not review the trade agreement. Russia warns that the US & the coalition forces have been supporting the drug trade in Afghanistan. The Lebanese army found a huge cache of surface to air missile that the IS has been using. Russia continues to bomb the IS and keeps the paid mercenaries from pushing another offensive. The cabal push their agenda with the UN report that NK supplies Syria with chemical weapons, where is the proof, there is none.
Around the world, few people trust Russian President Vladimir Putin to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. A global median of roughly one-in-four (26%) say they have confidence in the Russian leader. However, as KeepTalkingGreece reports, Greeks love the Russian President; much more so in fact than US President Donald Trump.
According to a survey conducted by PEW Research Center, only in three countries surveyed do majorities express a favorable opinion of Russia: Vietnam (83%), Greece (64%) and the Philippines (55%).
Doubts about Putin’s handling of foreign policy, however, do not necessarily coincide with perceptions of Russia as a security risk. Across 37 countries, a median of 31% describe Russia’s power and influence as a major threat to their country – identical to the median percentage who say the same about China, and similar to the median share (35%) that sees America’s power and influence as a large threat.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 18, 2017.