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Another Corporation Bows to Its Chinese Master

from Human Events:

Kowtowing to China, Blizzard Style

Corporate wokeness is a sham that collapses in the face of actual tyranny

“Every voice matters,” according to Activision-Blizzard; that is, unless you use that voice to show support for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong-based professional video game player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai learned this the hard way when he said the words, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” following his win at the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament in Taiwan. Blizzard banned him in response.

Chung was quickly silenced. Activision-Blizzard, the publisher of HearthstoneOverwatch, and Call of Duty, cut off the interview and scrubbed the recording. The company fired both of the casters responsible for interviewing Chung, rescinded his prize money, and banned him from the professional circuit for a year. read more

China and North Korea aren’t the Only Ones with Big Scary Missiles

from Zero Hedge:

US Military Tests ICBM Hours After Beijing Parades Missiles Through Tiananmen Square

Mere hours after the latest missile test by North Korea and Beijing’s parading of its ICBM arsenal through Tiananmen Square during the 70th anniversary celebration of Communist Party rule, the US military decided to carry out a missile test of its own on Wednesday, testing an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM.

The Minuteman was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:13 am Pacific Time. The missile, which was equipped with a ‘reentry vehicle’, traveled 6,750 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean before touching down on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.

A photo of the test shows the missile in a brilliant purple hue.

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Conservatives – Tow the Line or Risk it All

from Human Events:

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

China’s social credit system is coming to America, but Big Tech is enforcing it.

The phrase “social credit system” or “social credit score” is relatively unknown to Americans. But in the People’s Republic of China, the communist government has been developing such a system for the last decade, and are looking to roll it out nationwide by 2020.

The Chinese government intends to use social media data, surveillance, and purchasing trends to develop a “score” for its citizens to gauge their “buy-in” to the state. Presumably, the better the score, the more “benefits” citizens are entitled to receive from the government. Conversely, a bad score would severely handicap your life, punishing you for your socially maladaptive behavior, either real or perceived. read more

Chinese Construction Horizontal Skyscraper

Developer CapitaLand says that Raffles City Chongqing's structure is now complete and work is ongoing fitting...
Developer CapitaLand says that Raffles City Chongqing’s structure is now complete and work is ongoing fitting the interior(Credit: CapitaLand)

Following six years of construction, the Moshe Safdie-designed Raffles City Chongqing is nearing completion in China. Representing a genuinely impressive engineering achievement, the so-called horizontal skyscraper consists of a cluster of eight towers and a huge connecting skybridge. Developer CapitaLand reports that it’s now structurally complete and work is ongoing finishing its interior. The official opening ceremony is expected to take place in the second half of 2019. read more

World’s Largest Radio Telescope – in China

A bird's eye view of FAST
A bird’s eye view of FAST(Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences)

China is one step closer to leading the search for alien radio signals. On Sunday the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced that the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) has begun operations. FAST takes over the title of world’s largest radio telescope from the 305-meter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. read more

Trump Should Reconsider His Tariff War with China

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves on this.

Most of us have heard that the Trump administration has a plan to “temporarily” aid American pork, dairy and soy bean farmers to the tune of about $12 billion. This is as a result of China raising its import tariffs on those American products as retaliation for Trump’s tariff increase on Chinese goods.

Many it seems have written about this as if it’s already happened. Well, it hasn’t.

As Conservative Review writes, “News of the supposed plan was leaked to the media by anonymous sources, so it is possible that this is just an idea being floated to see how the public reacts.”

However, if true, it’s a bad idea. Government “assistance,” no matter how temporary they claim it to be, is just a bailout. No different from any other bailout. And that’s never a good thing for the American people.

And as an aside, how many government assistance programs can you name that were ever really temporary. How about none. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Is China’s Laser Rifle for Real?

Laser guns allegedly from the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company
Laser guns allegedly from the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company(Credit: South China Morning Post)

China says that it has developed a laser rifle that can “carbonize” human flesh at a range of 800 m (2,625 ft), yet weighs only 3 kg (6.6 lb). In a report in the South China Morning Post, Chinese researchers say that the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is a fully portable “non-lethal” weapon that can burn hair, skin and signs, and even penetrate and set fire to fuel tanks. read more

China’s Horizontal Skyscraper

Raffles City Chongqing's "horizontal skyscraper" is named the Conservatory and measures 300 m (984 ft)-long
Raffles City Chongqing’s “horizontal skyscraper” is named the Conservatory and measures 300 m (984 ft)-long(Credit: CapitaLand)

China boasts more than its fair share of impressive engineering feats, including the world’s second-tallest skyscraper and the highest bridge. We can soon add highest skybridge to the list too, courtesy of Moshe Safdie’s Raffles City Chongqing project, which is currently under construction in southwest China. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

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Video Podcast – Busting the Budget – Auto Vending Machine – Marijuana-Ville

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The new federal budget proposal is out and surprise, surprise – we’ll be spending more. To the tune of $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years. See any budget cuts. Me either.

China has unveiled its first ever automobile vending machine. And sure enough, it does a bit like a snack vending machine, with a glass front. The buyer stands in front of the glass-front structure and simply chooses the car he or she wishes – just like buying a bag of pretzels.

The town of Nipton, California was sold on Thursday of last week. Yes, the whole town – to American Green, Inc. No, it’s not an environmental company – is a marijuana producer. They have designs of transforming the town into a stoner’s paradise. read more