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The Return of Marco Polo’s World and the U.S. Military Response « CNAS Stories


The supercontinent is becoming one fluid, comprehensible unit of trade and conflict, as the Westphalian system of states weakens and older, imperial legacies – Russian, Chinese, Iranian, Turkish – become paramount. Every crisis from Central Europe to the ethnic-Han Chinese heartland is now interlinked. There is one singular battlespace.

What follows is an historical and geographical guide to it.

Europe, at least in the way that we have known it, has begun to vanish. And with it, the West itself – at least as a sharply defined geopolitical force – also loses substantial definition. Of course, the West as a civilizational concept has been in crisis for quite some time. The very obvious fact that courses in Western civilization are increasingly rare and controversial on most college campuses in the United States indicates the effect of multiculturalism in a world of intensified cosmopolitan interactions. Noting how Rome only partially inherited the ideals of Greece, and how the Middle Ages virtually lost the ideals of Rome, the 19th-century liberal Russian intellectual Alexander Herzen observed that “Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it, will have its influence and its place, just as our body will pass into the composition of grass, of sheep, of cutlets, and of men. We do not like that kind of immortality, but what is to be done about it?”3

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Indeed, Western civilization is not being destroyed; rather, it is being diluted and dispersed. …

… But given just how many scenarios exist for an outbreak of hostilities in these increasingly fraught conflict zones, the question nobody asks, and that is utterly absent from the policy debate, is: Once violent hostilities begin, how do you end a war with Russia or China?

The Return of Marco Polo’s World and the U.S. Military Response « CNAS Stories

I suggest skimming the article. Unfortunately, it drones on and on but there are interesting nuggets of information contained within.

This is a long paper with golden nuggets of information buried in deep prose. This style of writing pretty much drives me up the wall and is why I usually don’t read Stratfor articles anymore. The author used to work for Stratfor. The article is not structured in a way to grasp important information easily.

Today’s List of Stories

  1. China expands its footprint in the South China Sea
  2. Why a War Between China and Japan Would Be Sheer Chaos | The National Interest Blog
  3. The Shocking Way a War Between China and America Could Begin | The National Interest Blog
  4. The Main Reason Why We Had the Financial Crisis Of 2008 –
  5. World briefs: Greece edges toward a new financial crisis – 
  6. China South Korea economic boycott protests over THAAD missile system – Business Insider
  7. North Korea’s nukes are nearing the ‘point of no return’ – Business Insider
  8. Dem Rep: Russia Committed Act of War By Meddling in Election – 
  9. Is Russia’s Defense Budget Crashing? Not So Fast – 
  10. Panel to Senate: Russia in Class by Itself as US Threat – 
  11. Russia and NATO square-off over Black Sea tensions – 
  12. Will there be an ISIS state on the trans-Israel highway? – 
  13. Iran says it’s ‘completely ready’ to restart nuclear program – 
  14. Iran Vows to ‘Liberate’ Golan Heights – Israel Today | Israel News …
  15. World Shrugs as Hezbollah Prepares for Mass Murder of Israelis – 
  16. Taiwan Has to Build its Own Submarines Because Nobody Is Willing to Anger China – 
  17. How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again – 
  18. Venezuela’s socialist leaders seize bakeries as country’s ‘bread war’ escalates – 
  19. Iran Behind Tense Northern Escalation – 
  20. Report: Iran accuses Russia of giving Israel codes for Syrian air defenses – 
  21. IDF Chief: Lebanon, Hezbollah Will Be Responsible for Next Conflict With Israel – 
  22. Arrest of Gaza manager exposes Hamas’s Turkish connection – 
  23. What’s Behind The Dramatic Escalation In Israeli Attacks On Hezbollah Targets In Syria? – 
  24. Israel says the killing of Hezbollah’s top military commander was an inside job – 
  25. Israel plans evacuation of up 250000 in case of war with Hamas, Hezbollah – 

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media | Politics | The Guardian

But there was another reason why I recognised Robert Mercer’s name: because of his connection to Cambridge Analytica, a small data analytics company. He is reported to have a $10m stake in the company, which was spun out of a bigger British company called SCL Group. It specialises in “election management strategies” and “messaging and information operations”, refined over 25 years in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. In military circles this is known as “psyops” – psychological operations. (Mass propaganda that works by acting on people’s emotions.)

Cambridge Analytica worked for the Trump campaign and, so I’d read, the Leave campaign. When Mercer supported Cruz, Cambridge Analytica worked with Cruz. When Robert Mercer started supporting Trump, Cambridge Analytica came too. And where Mercer’s money is, Steve Bannon is usually close by: it was reported that until recently he had a seat on the board.

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media | Politics | The Guardian

Fasinating article.

Of course, the left is mad because they want to get away with brainwashing. Now someone comes along who can help to undue some of that brainwashing.

I just saw the movie Vaiana (Moana in the US) in Switzerland. Here’s a short summary of the movie and then I will talk about the brainwashing.

Moana must return the heart back to goddess Te Fiti in order to save her island. The heart, a small green stone, is the heart of Te Fiti. She must recruit a demigod call Maui in order to help her accomplish this task. Now the two stars of the show – the good guys – set off on an adventure. Before they can finally return the stone they must go through the huge lava monster Te Ka – the bad guy or gal. But Te Ka is having none of it and severely damages Maui’s magical fishhook. Maui bails out, leaving the task up to Moana. Moana manages to trick Te Ka so that Moana can get to the small island containing Te Fiti. But Te Fiti is missing.

Maui comes back to help Moana, but Moana figured out that Te Ka was really Te Fiti on the inside. When Moana places the stone on the chest of Te Ka, the lava monster turns into Te Fiti.

Te Ka was bad on the outside, but later we find out that it was really good. It was just the missing heart that caused all the problems. Replacing the heart turned the monster into an angel. This is a little different than things used to play out:

“It’s a far cry from historical Disney movie endings. In Musker and Clements’ 1989 The Little Mermaid, the sea witch Ursula was impaled by a ship sailed by Prince Eric before Ursula could kill mermaid heroine Ariel.” –

Why was the heart missing?

Well, Maui stole it a long time ago. Maui the good guy is really the Maui the bad guy. But Maui stole the heart in order to give it to man. So is he still bad?

What we see is that bad is good, and good is bad or maybe not so good. This is the kind of brainwashing that eventually leaves people unable to recognize/respond to bad.

Imagine this kind of brainwashing happening in movie after movie, year after year. Children grow up with pretty confused thinking about good and bad.

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? – Scientific American

One thing is clear: the way in which we organize the economy and society will change fundamentally. We are experiencing the largest transformation since the end of the Second World War; after the automation of production and the creation of self-driving cars the automation of society is next. With this, society is at a crossroads, which promises great opportunities, but also considerable risks. If we take the wrong decisions it could threaten our greatest historical achievements.

In summary, it can be said that we are now at a crossroads (see Fig. 2). Big data, artificial intelligence, cybernetics and behavioral economics are shaping our society—for better or worse. If such widespread technologies are not compatible with our society’s core values, sooner or later they will cause extensive damage. They could lead to an automated society with totalitarian features. In the worst case, a centralized artificial intelligence would control what we know, what we think and how we act. We are at the historic moment, where we have to decide on the right path—a path that allows us all to benefit from the digital revolution. Therefore, we urge to adhere to the following fundamental principles:

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? – Scientific American

Yuri Bezmenov: Deception Was My Job

This is G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov who decided to openly reveal KGB’s subversive tactics against western society as a whole.

Bezmenov explains how Marxist ideology is destabilizing the economy and purposefully pushing the U.S. into numerous crises so that a “Big Brother” tyranny can be put into place in Washington, how most Americans don’t even realize that they are under attack, and that normal parliamentary procedures will not alter the federal government’s direction.

He then explains how Marxist leaders use informers to make lists of anti-Communist and other politically incorrect people who they want to execute once they come to power. The oligarch’s secret lists include “civil rights” activists and idealistically-minded “useful idiot” leftists as well.

Bezmenov provides several real world examples of how Marxist leaders even execute and/or imprison each other. Also he explains how American embassy employees were known to betray Soviets attempting to defect, how there existed a “triangle of hate” in the Soviet government, why he realized that Marxism-Leninism was a murderous doctrine, and how the CIA ignored (or didn’t care) about Communist subversion.

He also mentions that revolutions throughout history are never the result of a majority movement, but of a small dedicated and highly-organized group who seize power, whether for good or bad. Next he explains how the American mass media spread lies about life in the Soviet Union.

Bezmenov also explains how the LOOK magazine article falsely claimed that the Russian people were proud of their victory in the Second World War, where in reality the Bolshevik-Communist-Marxist government was happy that Hitler had been defeated so that they could remain in power.

Find out how the KGB utilized various individuals to undermine the Western society in its morals and values.

Yuri Bezmenov: Deception Was My Job – YouTube

‘Feminised’ physics a formula for failure, says Michelle Simmons

“One of the few things that horrified me when I arrived in Australia (in 1999) was to discover that, several years ago the high school physics curriculum was “feminised”, Professor Simmons told a high-profile audience at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

“In other words, to make it more appealing to girls, our curriculum’s designers substituted formulae with essays! What a ­disaster,’’ she said.

Professor Simmons obtained a physics PhD in her native Britain but chose to work in Australia in 1999 because it offered “a culture of academic freedom, openness to ideas, and an amazing willingness to pursue goals that are ambitious”. She gained Australian citizenship in 2007 and now heads a team considered the world leader in the “space race of the computing era” — the quest to develop a quantum computer.

‘Feminised’ physics a formula for failure, says Michelle Simmons

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies | Politics | The Guardian

“The declining authority of statistics – and the experts who analyse them – is at the heart of the crisis that has become known as “post-truth” politics”

The declining authority of statistics – and the experts who analyse them – is at the heart of the crisis that has become known as “post-truth” politics. And in this uncertain new world, attitudes towards quantitative expertise have become increasingly divided. From one perspective, grounding politics in statistics is elitist, undemocratic and oblivious to people’s emotional investments in their community and nation. It is just one more way that privileged people in London, Washington DC or Brussels seek to impose their worldview on everybody else. From the opposite perspective, statistics are quite the opposite of elitist. They enable journalists, citizens and politicians to discuss society as a whole, not on the basis of anecdote, sentiment or prejudice, but in ways that can be validated. The alternative to quantitative expertise is less likely to be democracy than an unleashing of tabloid editors and demagogues to provide their own “truth” of what is going on across society.

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies | Politics | The Guardian

Data manipulation is a big problem, and inappropriate use of the “normal” distribution by claiming data independence when that in fact is not true. Another problem is surveys with flawed questions. Then experts repeatedly hide behind these statistics in order to game the system. Now, not surprisingly, people are fed up.

This all leads us right back to the universities. The so-called experts from universities are a big problem. It’s time to drain the university swamp system of government money.

Science falling victim to ‘crisis of narcissism’ | Science | The Guardian

“Many great scientists are narcissists. It’s a bit sad, but it’s a fact,” he said. “This might surprise an external observer, because scientists are usually perceived as being modest searchers for the truth and working collectively for the advancement of science.”

Lemaitre is not suggesting his profession is unique in having experienced a rise in individualism – politics, film or fashion are probably worse and the trend is global, he says, but it has some worrying implications that are specific to science.

“The influence of narcissism on so many aspects of science calls into question [its] very objectivity,” he said.

Science falling victim to ‘crisis of narcissism’ | Science | The Guardian

Defense secretary nominee Mattis warns world order under historic threat | Fox News

Defense secretary nominee Gen. James Mattis issued a grave warning Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing, saying the established world order is under its “biggest attack” since World War II as he called for boosting military readiness and America’s alliances.

Under questioning from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., about Russia and other threats, Mattis said the U.S. should “recognize the reality” of dealing with Vladimir Putin’s government and that he’s trying to “break” the North Atlantic alliance.

Defense secretary nominee Mattis warns world order under historic threat | Fox News

America’s future looks bleak to academic, intelligence analysts – Washington Times

“The next five years will see rising tensions within and between countries,” the 235-page report concludes. “Global growth will slow just as increasingly complex global challenges impend. An ever-widening range of states, organizations and empowered individuals will shape geopolitics.”

Worse, the analysts predict the post-Cold War era of American world dominance is drawing to a close, along with the rules-based international order in place since the end of World War II.

International cooperation will be much harder, and “veto players will threaten to block collaboration at every turn, while information ‘echo chambers’ will reinforce countless competing realities, undermining shared understandings of world events.”

America’s future looks bleak to academic, intelligence analysts – Washington Times