Sunday, December 30, 2018

South China Sea Imperialism

This  quote is from Swearingen. "Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or f****** beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back."

First anniversary of blogger Wu Gan’s conviction | RSF

Foreign cyber attack hits the printing of big US newspapers

Few details about the origin of the attack were immediately available, including the motive, except that the attacker was a "foreign entity".

China's disappeared: a look at who went missing in 2018

Not only dissidents and activists, but high-level officials, Marxists, foreigners and even a movie star have been whisked away to unknown destinations.

How some of China’s spies operate.  And update on Chinese CRISPR patients, lots is going on here and we are seeing just the tip of it.

In deep fog out at sea, a Chinese warship is spotted with a railgun shaped close to a trapezium.
IMAGEThe gun on the bow is claimed to be a prototype railgun.(Haohan-Red Shark Via Storyful)

CHINA DEPLOYS NEW RADARS AND SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: Beijing continues its South China Sea imperialism and ups the military ante.

A column from January 2018 on Chinese preparations for winning “informationized local wars.”  

Chapter 3 of Cocktails from Hell

Africa China GDP

Using data from the IMF and World Bank, this map by Näytä Data shows how quickly the relative fortunes of China and African countries changed over the last few decades. For reference, in 1980, Africa had an estimated population of 480 million and China’s population was 994 million, while in 2016, Africa had 1.23 billion people and China had 1.4 billion people.

LIFE UNDER LATE SOCIALISM: Women want to escape Venezuela so badly they sell hair, breast milk, sex. “Without passports or work permits, the Venezuelans — many with university degrees or decent jobs in what was once the wealthiest nation in Latin America — are now resorting to whatever it takes to survive.”
It’s like the old joke: What did socialists use before candles? Electricity

THE RELENTLESSNESS OF MODERN PARENTING: Raising children has become significantly more time-consuming and expensive, amid a sense that opportunity has grown more elusive.