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    Faudel
    Proper headphones and even with premium feature
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      Without ears it won't be complete.

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    endotoxic
    MAGA: US elites are schizophrenics
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      From https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-10-09/hillary-clinton-national-security-reckoning

      For decades, policymakers have thought too narrowly about national security and failed to internalize—or fund—a broader approach that encompasses threats not just from intercontinental ballistic missiles and insurgencies but also from cyberattacks, viruses, carbon emissions, online propaganda, and shifting supply chains.

      I think it is beyond chutzpah to buy goods and resources for hundreds of billions of freshly made up dollars without giving anything in return, and after this BLAME manufacturer or supplier for carbon emissions.

      Administrations of both parties have long underappreciated the security implications of economic policies that weakened strategically important industries and sent vital supply chains overseas. The foreign policy community understandably focused on how new trade agreements would cement alliances and extend American influence in developing countries.

      Wait, wait. She talks about herself? As it seems like she wants to set things in reverse. She and Trump are the puppets of corporations, not the other way around. Of course now corporations are thinking on possible solution on how to return manufacturing (in fairy tales world) and get some resources (preferably using bombs and for free).

      Dusting off the Cold War playbook will do little to prepare the United States for adversaries that use new tools to fight in the gray zone between war and peace, exploit its open Internet and economy to undermine American democracy, and expose the vulnerability of many of its legacy weapons systems. Nor will such an anachronistic approach build the global cooperation needed to take on shared challenges such as climate change and pandemics.

      Economic competition and wars are being won in internet, right. Sorry, wrong. It is just area where US are still strong. For a little while.

      The overmilitarization of U.S. foreign policy is a bad habit that goes all the way back to the days when President Dwight Eisenhower warned of “the military-industrial complex.” But many politicians are too afraid of being attacked as soft on defense to listen. So they pile mission after mission on the Pentagon and authorize ballooning military budgets while starving civilian agencies

      What? Bad habit? As far as I remember Trump was bad because he told such things (but did mostly reverse!).

      China has relied on financial coercion and economic statecraft to gain influence as it builds infrastructure around the world. In recent years, while the Trump administration was gutting the State Department and undermining U.S. alliances in Asia and Europe, China was doubling its diplomacy budget and pouring untold billions into developing countries, now outstripping American aid. China today has more diplomatic posts around the world than the United States does.

      Internet and diplomats will win this war for US. Not economy. Such shit never worked, but may be this time?

      Instead of continuing to expand the fleet of vulnerable surface ships, the navy should invest in accelerated maintenance and next-generation submarines.

      She is genius. And if China will put thousands of sonars and sensors and will learn how to track and destroy them then investment can be moved to... paper planes.

      The United States’ dwindling industrial capacity and inadequate investment in scientific research leave the country dangerously dependent on China and unprepared for future crises. The problem goes back decades. When the USS Cole was bombed in 2000, I was shocked to learn that there was only one American company left that manufactured the specialized steel needed to repair the ship’s hull. Twenty years later, the pandemic has underscored how much the United States relies on China and other countries for vital imports—not just lifesaving medical supplies but also raw materials such as rare-earth minerals and electronic equipment that powers everything from telecommunications to weapons systems.

      The United States should pursue a plan like the one proposed by former Vice President Joe Biden to invest $700 billion in innovation and manufacturing and impose stronger “Buy American” provisions, with the goal of jump-starting domestic production in key sectors—from steel to robotics to biotechnology—reshoring sensitive supply chains, and expanding strategic stockpiles of essential goods.

      And it seems like he is Trump lover (in secret), as wants to use $700 billions of freshly made dollars and ask China to build industry for US (won't work other way).

      Previous 4 years superb plan did not work (except for stock market), but this time it will. 100%!

    1 comment 2 comments Vitaliy_KiselevOctober 12Last reply - October 12 by endotoxic Subscribe to this blog
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    zcream
    China: Food issues
    • The Yangtze River basin, which accounts for 70 percent of China’s rice production, has seen the worst floods since 1939, damaging millions of acres of cropland. According to the China Meteorological Administration, the country has experienced a 20 percent increase in heavy rainfall since 1961, taking the water level of more than 400 rivers above the flood control line, with 33 of them reaching record highs. The heavy rain has ravaged vast swaths of industrial and agricultural land, and experts warn the worst may be yet to come.

      Soaring prices of agricultural products are stoking food-security jitters in China. According to the China’s National Bureau of Statistics, food prices went up by 13 percent in July, compared to the previous July; the price of pork rose about 85 percent. On a year-on-year basis, food prices have increased by 10 percent in 2020 — the price of corn is 20 percent higher and the price of soybeans, 30 percent.

      According to global financial group Nomura, China’s agricultural GDP could fall by nearly a percentage point in the July-September quarter, rendering losses of $1.7 billion (USD) in the agriculture output. Chinese brokerage firm Shenwan Hongyuan has anticipated that China could lose 11.2 million tons of grains this year, compared to last year. Although Xi claimed that the country’s grain output increased this year, imports of grains have gone up almost 22 percent, to 74 million tons in the first half of this year. Imports of wheat went up by a whopping 197 percent during the period.

      https://thehill.com/opinion/international/516607-another-famine-coming-china-struggles-to-meet-basic-food-demands

      https://www.timeoutshanghai.com/features/Blog-Blog/74583/What-is-Chinas-new-Clean-Plate-campaign.html

      Food issues are severe.

      It is important to remember that Chinese history had many great floods where millions or tens of millions died. So, they understand that is at stake now.

      Each day now for China will be harder to keep COVID outbreak from happening.

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    Vitaliy_Kiselev
    Coronavirus: It is very rare to find non corrupt scientist in capitalism
    • Most of them are as follows:

      We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus” David Nabarro told The Spectator in an interview aired on Oct. 8.

      “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

      "Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it,” Nabarro said.

      As soon as owners told that they want, they suddenly started to talk about poverty.

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    Vitaliy_Kiselev
    Capitalism: Its the end of IBM as we knew it
    • IBM is splitting into two public companies, with a spin-off handling the firm’s legacy IT infrastructure work, allowing IBM to focus on new high-margin businesses, particularly cloud services and AI.

      The 109-year-old company announced the news this week, which follows CEO Arvind Krishna’s longterm plan to streamline the sprawling busines

      https://www.ibm.com/investor/att/pdf/IBM-Strategic-Update-2020-Press-Release.pdf

      It is always nice to see how efficient managers destroy another company.

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    jleo
    Capitalism: This is how previous decommunisation looked like
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      Photos of 1942 and 1943.

      Present UK and US are going fast to same direction.

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    Vitaliy_Kiselev
    Capitalism: Cartel also forming on smartphone display market
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      2nd and 3rd companies are Chinese and can fall is trade war will continue as around 90% of all their equipment and parts come from US controlled sources.

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    Vitaliy_Kiselev
    Good quote: Lenin on present Trump situation with press
    • When the Russian cadets and Kerensky launched a frenzied persecution against the Bolsheviks — especially from April 1917 and even more so in June and July 1917 — they “oversalted”. Millions of copies of bourgeois newspapers, shouting against the Bolsheviks in every way, helped to draw the masses into the assessment of Bolshevism, and in fact, apart from newspapers, the whole public life was saturated with disputes about Bolshevism thanks to the "zeal" of the bourgeoisie.

      V. Lenin

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