Who Are the Crazies on Korea?

Who Are the Crazies on Korea?:

The North Koreans are not dumb. They know that regime change has been a core element of the U.S. national-security establishment since its inception in the 1940s. They saw the U.S. regime change operation in Iraq. They’re familiar with the CIA’s regime change operation in Iran in 1953… They are fully aware of the fact that insofar as North Korea and Cuba (and Russia) are concerned, the Cold War has never ended for the U.S. national-security establishment. They know that U.S. national-security state officials have never given up their Cold War hope of achieving regime change in North Korea and Cuba (and Russia).

So, what’s the only thing that would keep the Pentagon and the CIA from attacking and invading North Korea? Nuclear weapons!

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Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols

Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols:

High-profile Philippines officials are trying to reassure the US that long-standing military ties between the two countries are to remain intact irrespective of comments by President Rodrigo Duterte. Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla insisted Duterte’s demands that the US withdraw from the southern Philippines were an expression of “concern to the US servicemen in Mindanao.”…

[Duterte] announced he is ending joint naval patrols with the US in the South China Sea, and also suggested historical reliance on the US for military gear was waning, saying the Philippines would soon send officials to China and Russia in efforts to shop around for military equipment.

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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire:

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extend US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia.

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Finding and Connecting the World’s Displaced Communities with…

Finding and Connecting the World’s Displaced Communities with Matilde Gattoni

To see more of her dispatches from around the world, follow @matildegattoni on Instagram.

Matilde Gattoni (@matildegattoni) has her #EyesOn the world’s displaced communities. Working across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the Italian photographer’s stories are driven by realizations she makes on the ground. “I was very surprised to learn that there are 13 countries along the coast of West Africa that are seriously being affected by the consequences of climate change,” she says. “One day we were in a very small village in Ghana, and there was a very severe high tide. And in just one night, that village lost 5 meters [16 feet] of land.”

Matilde intentionally covers a broad range of countries and scenarios to highlight the interconnectedness of environmental issues. “Climate change in [another] part of the world is caused by the fact that the icebergs are melting north of Europe,” she explains. Some observers have commented that she seems especially focused on women, but Matilde sees it differently: “It’s often women that fight for their lives, the survival of their families. ‘What if this was me? What if this was my life?’ This is what I really hope that readers see in my pictures.”

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Capturing the Beauty of Singapore Through Drone Photography To…

Capturing the Beauty of Singapore Through Drone Photography

To see more of Singapore from the sky, check out @idroneman on Instagram.

Chia Joel and Toh Jie Yi (@idroneman), wanted to show off the unique side of Singapore. So the couple took to the sky, flying a drone overhead to capture photos of the blue waters of the Johore Strait as well as the country’s expansive mainland buildings and monuments. “I would love for each and every one of my photos to showcase Singapore’s beauty from a different perspective,” says Chia, 24, who started using drones earlier this year. “Singapore may be just a tiny little dot on a global world map, but we have much to offer.”

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Geologic Evidence May Support Chinese Flood Legend

Geologic Evidence May Support Chinese Flood Legend:

Nearly 4,000 years ago, a landslide sent boulders and sediment tumbling into a valley of the Yellow River. The carnage created a massive earthen dam some 660 feet (200 meters) tall, cutting off the river for months.

When that dam finally burst and the river broke free, a massive flood raged across the countryside—and potentially altered the course of Chinese history.

That’s the story told by sediments and archaeological remains described Thursday in a provocative new study published in Science. If correct, the geologic evidence provides a kernel of truth to one of the country’s most important legends: a great flood that paved the way for the Xia, China’s semi-mythical first dynasty.

“Its importance is just like the story of Noah’s flood in the Western world,” says study leader Qinglong Wu of China’s Peking University.

According to the legend, ancient China held a vast watery landscape that took decades to make livable, largely through the efforts of a hero named Yu. For his work, he was rewarded with political power, ultimately founding the Xia dynasty.

There’s considerable debate, however, over whether the Xia actually existed. The main evidence comes from stories written down centuries after their rule, and no archaeologically recovered writings have been concretely tied to the Xia.

If the newly discovered flood is the great flood of legend, it offers tantalizing evidence for the tale. For starters, the flood dates to 1920 B.C., a period that coincides with a critical time in Chinese history: the beginning of the Bronze Age and the start of the Erlitou culture, which some archaeologists associate with the Xia.

“If the great flood really happened, then perhaps it is also likely that the Xia dynasty really existed too. The two are directly tied to each other,” says study co-author David Cohen of National Taiwan University.

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North Korea Says Decision on Nuclear Test Depends on U.S.

North Korea Says Decision on Nuclear Test Depends on U.S.:

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that whether it conducted another nuclear test depended on the behavior of the United States, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported….

“Any additional nuclear test depends on the position of the United States,” Yonhap quoted Ri as telling reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos.

Ri added that North Korea was a responsible nuclear state and repeated its position that it would not use atomic arms unless threatened.

“We will not recklessly resort to its use in the absence of substantive threat, unless we are threatened by invasion by another nuclear-power state,” he said.

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China just unveiled the biggest alien-hunting telescope in the world

China just unveiled the biggest alien-hunting telescope in the world:

China just finished installing the last piece in the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, which stretches the size of 30 soccer fields on the side of a mountain in the south-western province of Guizhou.

The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST for short, will be used to explore some of the most mysterious objects in the Universe, such as black holes and pulsars, and will “search for intelligent life from outer space”,according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

The US$185 million telescope will be able to detect radio waves coming from space in more detail than ever before, and will let us peer back in time to into the web of hydrogen gas that existed before galaxies formed in the early Universe.

“FAST will enable Chinese astronomers to jump-start many scientific goals, such as surveying the neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way, detecting faint pulsars, and listening to possible signals from other civilisations,” said Nan Rendong, general engineer and chief scientist on the FAST project. “It’s time for China to have its own big telescope.”

The telescope is built into a natural depression, which protects the device from electromagnetic interference and allows its powerful receiver, which was designed with the help of Australian scientists, to hone in on signals in space.

With 4,450 reflective panels, the telescope is constructed with a similar design to the previous largest radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, but it’s a lot bigger – Arecibo is only 305 metres in diameter.

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Giant swimming, venomous centipede discovered by accident in world-first

Giant swimming, venomous centipede discovered by accident in world-first:

Scientists have discovered the world’s first known amphibious centipede, which grows up to 20cm (nearly 8in) long and has an excruciating bite.

Scolopendra cataracta, from the Latin for “waterfall”, has been found in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and was seen scurrying into the water by entomologist George Beccaloni, during his honeymoon to Thailand in 2001. It is only recently that it has been fully described, in the online science journal ZooKeys.

“Wherever I go in the world, I always turn over rocks beside streams, and that’s where I found this centipede, which was quite a surprise,” Beccaloni told National Geographic.

“It was pretty horrific-looking: very big with long legs and a horrible dark, greenish-black colour,” he added.

Centipedes normally stay away from water but when Beccaloni lifted the rock, it ran into the stream and hid.

He managed to capture the specimen and put it in a large container of water where it swam like an eel.

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The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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