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Trump ‘Stands With Xi’ (and With Hong Kong’s Protesters)

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WASHINGTON — President Trump would not commit Friday to signing legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong in an interview on Fox News.

He also claimed that China’s government would have “obliterated” Hong Kong and killed “thousands” of people there were it not for him.

And he spoke warmly about China’s president, Xi Jinping, whom he is trying to coax into striking a trade deal that has become one of the central goals of his presidency.

“We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi,” Mr. Trump said during a nearly hour long interview on the morning program “Fox & Friends.” “He is a friend of mine. He is an incredible guy.

But he added: “I stand with Hong Kong. I stand with freedom. I stand with all of the things we want to do. But we’re also in the process of making the largest trade deal in history.”

The legislation approved by Congress this week would impose sanctions on Chinese officials who commit human rights abuses in the semiautonomous island territory and place Hong Kong’s special economic status under greater scrutiny.

Security forces in Hong Kong have escalated their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this month, prompting Congress to approve a Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act it had been considering for months.

In the interview, Mr. Trump said that the protests were a complicating factor in his trade negotiations with Beijing, which have stalled ahead of an important Dec. 15 deadline, when Mr. Trump must decide whether to issue yet more tariffs on Chinese goods.

But he also took credit for the fact that China had not extinguished the protests with a sweeping and violent crackdown.

“If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump and other administration officials have warned that an overwhelming Chinese response would have wider repercussions in the relationship between China and Beijing, including in the trade talks.

But analysts say there are many reasons China’s government has refrained from an all-out violent crackdown like the one that snuffed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. They include the risk of an enormous international backlash and lasting damage to Hong Kong’s powerhouse economy.

Congress passed its Hong Kong bill with an overwhelming majority, meaning that it could probably override a presidential veto easily, the first override of his presidency. Mr. Trump could also choose not to sign the bill without vetoing it, in which case it would also become law.

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Trump ‘Stands With Xi’ (and With Hong Kong’s Protesters)

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WASHINGTON — President Trump would not commit Friday to signing legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong in an interview on Fox News.

He also claimed that China’s government would have “obliterated” Hong Kong and killed “thousands” of people there were it not for him.

And he spoke warmly about China’s president, Xi Jinping, whom he is trying to coax into striking a trade deal that has become one of the central goals of his presidency.

“We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi,” Mr. Trump said during a nearly hour long interview on the morning program “Fox & Friends.” “He is a friend of mine. He is an incredible guy.

But he added: “I stand with Hong Kong. I stand with freedom. I stand with all of the things we want to do. But we’re also in the process of making the largest trade deal in history.”

The legislation approved by Congress this week would impose sanctions on Chinese officials who commit human rights abuses in the semiautonomous island territory and place Hong Kong’s special economic status under greater scrutiny.

Security forces in Hong Kong have escalated their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this month, prompting Congress to approve a Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act it had been considering for months.

In the interview, Mr. Trump said that the protests were a complicating factor in his trade negotiations with Beijing, which have stalled ahead of an important Dec. 15 deadline, when Mr. Trump must decide whether to issue yet more tariffs on Chinese goods.

But he also took credit for the fact that China had not extinguished the protests with a sweeping and violent crackdown.

“If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump and other administration officials have warned that an overwhelming Chinese response would have wider repercussions in the relationship between China and Beijing, including in the trade talks.

But analysts say there are many reasons China’s government has refrained from an all-out violent crackdown like the one that snuffed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. They include the risk of an enormous international backlash and lasting damage to Hong Kong’s powerhouse economy.

Congress passed its Hong Kong bill with an overwhelming majority, meaning that it could probably override a presidential veto easily, the first override of his presidency. Mr. Trump could also choose not to sign the bill without vetoing it, in which case it would also become law.

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Trump openly admitted on live TV to doing the thing he’s accused of in the impeachment inquiry

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Mysterious double Viking boat burial discovered

A mysterious double Viking boat burial has been discovered in Norway, intriguing experts.

Last month archaeologists excavating a site at Vinjeroa in central Norway uncovered the boat grave of a woman who died in the second half of the 9th century. Shell-shaped gilded bronze brooches and a crucifix-shaped brooch fashioned from an Irish harness fitting were found in the grave, along with a pearl necklace, two pairs of scissors, part of a spindle and a cow’s skull, according to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Archaeologists, however, were surprised to find that, instead of digging a new grave for the woman, she and her boat were placed inside a larger boat grave from 100 years earlier. The larger boat, which measures between 29.5 feet and 32.8 feet long, contains the remains of a man who was buried with his weapons.

‘SENSATIONAL’ VIKING BOAT GRAVES DISCOVERED

While most of the wood from the boats has rotted away, their rivets were still in position, so archaeologists were able to identify the double boat burial. The man had been buried with a spear, a shield and a shingle-edged sword.

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An artist’s illustration of the older grave, which dates to the 8th century A.D. (Illustration: Arkikon)

Speaking to Norwegian SciTech News, Raymond Sauvage, an archaeologist at the NTNU University Museum in Trondheim, who led the excavation, explained that the sword clearly dates the grave to the 8th century. “That’s assuming that we are not dealing with a Viking hipster,” he quipped.

The burials were made in an area that was home to Viking-era farms. While the soil conditions are not ideal for preserving bones, archaeologists have recovered part of the woman’s skull, which will be used for DNA analysis and may give an indication of what she looked like.

Sauvage told Norwegian SciTech News that the man and the woman were likely related. “It’s reasonable to think that the two were buried together to mark the family’s ownership to the farm, in a society that for the most part didn’t write things down,” he added.

ALTAR OF VIKING SAINT-KING DISCOVERED IN NORWAY

Doctoral student Aina Heen Pettersen of NTNU’s Department of Historical Studies told Norwegian SciTech News that the crucifix-shaped brooch, originally part of a harness fitting from Ireland, is also significant. “Using artifacts from Viking raids as jewelry signaled a clear difference between you and the rest of the community, because you were part of the group that took part in the voyages,” she said.

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The crucifix-shaped brooch, made from an Irish harness fitting, that was in the woman’s grave. (Photo: Raymond Sauvage, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)

Viking-era discoveries have thrilled archaeologists across the Nordic countries, the Baltic and Scotland in recent years. A Swedish grave containing the skeleton of a Viking warrior, long thought to be male, was recently confirmed as female.

Last year, a Viking “Thor’s hammer” was discovered in Iceland and archaeologists in Norway used ground-penetrating radar technology to reveal an extremely rare Viking longship.

VIKING DRINKING HALL DISCOVERED ON REMOTE SCOTTISH ISLAND

Also in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and an incredible trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls, and bracelets were found on the German island of Ruegen.

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Parts of the woman’s skull were recovered from the upper boat tomb. (Photo: Astrid Lorentzen, NTNU University Museum)

Two Viking boat graves were recently uncovered in Sweden in what archaeologists described as a “sensational” discovery.

In 2017, an incredibly well-preserved Viking sword was found by a reindeer hunter on a remote mountain in Southern Norway. In 2016, archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway, unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.

VIKING ‘THOR’S HAMMER’ DISCOVERED IN ICELAND

Separately in 2016, a tiny Viking crucifix was found in Denmark. The wreck of a 12th-century ‘Viking-style’ ship discovered in a German port is also revealing its secrets thanks to high-tech 3D-scanning technology.

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The excavation site in central Norway. (Photo: Raymond Sauvage, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)

A 900-year-old Viking chess piece that was bought for less than $10 in the 1960s was recently sold at auction for $924,000.

The extremely rare chess piece was bought for 5 U.K. pounds ($6.30) in 1964 by an antique dealer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then passed down through this family. For years, the Chessman was kept in a drawer at the home of the antiques dealer’s daughter.

Experts are also unlocking the secrets of a mysterious Viking treasure trove that was discovered in Scotland. The “Galloway Hoard” was found by a man using a metal detector in 2014. It was acquired by National Museums Scotland in 2017, which describes the trove as “the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen: Facebook would have let Hitler buy ads for ‘final solution’

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Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt work for Russia

Wendi Deng meets Roman Abramovich through Rupert Murdoch

When Wendi Deng, the suspected Chinese spy (1) and lover of Putin (2), married Rupert Murdoch in 1999, Murdoch already knew Roman Abramovich through a mutual business partner, the mob-connected Boris Berezovsky. Murdoch owned Nashe Radio in Russia with him (3), and Abramovich owed his early fortunes to Berezovsky through Sibneft. After that, Abramovich paid Berezovsky over a $1 billion across 6 years for “kryshna,” or Mafia protection (4).

  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/kushner-warned-that-his-friend-wendi-deng-murdoch-may-be-a-chinese-spy-2018-1

  2. https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/rupert-murdochs-ex-wife-wendi-deng-is-dating-vladimir-putin-w200077/

  3. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2015/12/16/russia-s-citizen-k

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich#Acquisition_of_Sibneft,_aluminium_wars,_and_loans-for-shares

Wendi Deng enters Silicon Valley

Wendi Deng first entered Silicon Valley no later than 2006 when she pushed her husband, Rupert Murdoch, to buy MySpace and pushed for Myspace to open an office in Hong Kong (1). It was later rumored Wendi Deng had an affair with Myspace co-founder, Chris DeWolfe (1). She became close friends with a number of Silicon Valley’s elite, including Zuckerberg (2) and Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, whom she referred to as the “Google guys” (3).

Ever the socialite, Wendi Deng befriended Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova, since as early as 2007 when Deng introduced Zhukova and Ivanka Trump (4). Ivanka Trump, Wendi Deng, and Dasha Zhukova would later party in Mosocw in 2014 with several Russian oligarchs at the center of Trump-Russia including Len Blavatnik, Viktor Vekselberg, and of course Roman Abramovich himself (5).

  1. https://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/wendy-deng-rupert-murdochs-ex-wife-betting-heavily-high-tech

  2. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/wendi-deng-pretty-face-rupert-murdoch-side-article-1.157217

  3. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/03/wendi-deng-note-tony-blair

  4. http://www.businessinsider.com/ivanka-trump-friend-dasha-zhukova-bio-life-2017-8

  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump

Russian oligarch Yuri Milner enters Silicon Valley, recruits Mark Zuckerberg

May 2008 Sergey Brin, a Russian-born American, traveled to Moscow just weeks after Dmitry Medvedev stepped down as head of Gazprom to become Russia’s president (1).

September 2008 Alisher Usmanov of Gazprom bought a third of Yuri Milner’s DST (2).

November 2008 Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner sat together at a Starbucks in Palo Alto discussing raising $1 billion in 60 days (3). Zuckerberg would eventually meet half that goal through Yuri Milner’s DST, which funneled the money from Russia-state owned Gazprom, as revealed by the paradise papers (4).

Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner would become good friends, meeting monthly (5). Milner even attended Zuckerberg’s wedding (6). Milner would also befriend Google’s Sergey Brin (7).

By the end of 2009, Yuri Milner’s DST owned 10% of Facebook.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zle8y4R42U4

  2. http://fortune.com/2010/10/04/facebooks-friend-in-russia/

  3. https://www.wired.com/2011/10/mf_milner/

  4. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor

  5. http://fortune.com/2010/10/04/facebooks-friend-in-russia/

  6. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor

  7. http://valleywag.gawker.com/how-googles-top-couple-turned-into-a-tangled-up-cheati-1542237367

Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Vekselberg enter Silicon Valley, recruit Google’s Eric Schmidt

May 2009 Medvedev named Yuri Milner a member of the Commission on Modernization (1).

In June 2010 Dmitry Medvedev headed to Silicon Valley with Sergey Kislyak, Yuri Milner, and Viktor Vekselberg. Vekselberg was financing his own Silicon Valley in Russia, Skolkovo (initially announced Nov 2009), and wanted to create business ties with Silicon Valley’s elite. While there, Eric Schmidt agreed to joined the board of Skolkovo (2).

Eric Schmidt and Wendi Deng were having an affair, though she wasn’t very happy about it, according to notes written by Deng herself (3).

Also on the board for Skolkovo: Dmitry Medvedev and Sergey Gorkov (4).

Sergey Gorkov later met Jared Kushner at Trump Tower and gifted him a “bag of dirt” from Kushner’s ancestral village in the former Russian imperial territory of Belarus (5).

But soon enough, there were suspicions about Skolkovo:

As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.

“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (6)

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Milner#Russian_Internet_investor

  2. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/jun/23/dmitry-medvedev-silicon-valley-visit

  3. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/wendi-deng-tony-blair-eric-schmidt-murdoch.html

  4. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/popechsovet.aspx

  5. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/25/why-did-russia-send-sergei-gorkov-to-meet-with-jared-kushner/

  6. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties

On June 23, 2011, Schmidt held a secret meeting with Julian Assange who was under house arrest in Norfolk, UK at the time, already battling with the Obama Administration and fearing an extradition to Sweden would lead to an extradition to the U.S. (1).

August 2012, Assange breached bail and sought asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in the UK.

In Oct 1, 2012, Zuckerberg traveled to Moscow to meet Medvedev and visit Vekselberg at his Skolokovo Innovation Center (2).

While there…

Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Medvedev talked about Facebook’s role in politics, though only jokingly in reference to its importance in the American presidential campaign, according to Mr. Medvedev’s press office. (3)

One month later, November 10, 2012, Putin mouth-piece Konstantin Rykov claims through a Facebook post he began working to get Trump elected (4). Two days later, November 12 2012, Trump registered “Make America Great Again” (5).

In May 2013, Russia and Assange together arranged Edward Snowden’s trip to Russia through Hong Kong. A relationship had been established. While in 2010, Assange was releasing cables that hurt Russian interests, by 2012 that had completely stopped (6).

  1. https://wikileaks.org/Transcript-Meeting-Assange-Schmidt.html

  2. https://www.adweek.com/digital/zuckerberg-russia-skolkovo/

  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/technology/zuckerberg-meets-with-medvedev-in-key-market.html

  4. https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/24/a-trumprussia-confession-in-plain-sight/

  5. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-patent-maga-2012/

  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden#Russia

Schmidt, Facebook, and Russian spies converge at Cambridge Analytica

Facebook and Google had embeds in the Trump Campaign, working at Cambridge Analytica. According to Theresa Hong, “they were basically our hands on partners…” (1)

Trump’s campaign ended up spending $75 million on Facebook (2).

On June 13, 2013, Schmidt’s daughter, Sophia, an intern at Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL, pushed CA to work with Peter Thiel’s Palantir (3). (Peter Thiel sits on the board of Facebook and was its first outside investor.)

A Palantir employee, Alfreda Chmieliauskas, would later suggest using the Facebook hack to collect data on millions of Facebook users (4).

In 2013, Suspected Russian spy Alexander Kogan and Joseph Chancellor founded Global Science Research to do just that and sold the data to Cambridge Analtyica with Steven Bannon’s approval. Joseph Chancellor currently works for Facebook (5).

July 2016 Alexander Nix, with the approval of Cambridge Analytica’s financier, Rebekah Mercer, reached out to Assange with support for indexing the DNC hacked emails Assange retrieved from Russian GRU intelligence officers (6).

February 2017 a Cambridge Analytica director visited Julian Assange “to discuss what happened during the US election…” (6)

  1. https://twitter.com/bbcstories/status/896752720522100742

  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/27/trumps-facebook-advertising-advantage-explained

  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/us/cambridge-analytica-palantir.html

  4. https://www.inc.com/business-insider/facebook-cambridge-analytica-emails-link-sophia-schmidt-palantir-alfredas-chmieliauskas-peter-thiel-eric-schmidt.html

  5. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/18/facebook-cambridge-analytica-joseph-chancellor-gsr

  6. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/06/cambridge-analytica-brittany-kaiser-julian-assange-wikileaks

Conclusion:

In 2008, “Anonymous” hacked Sarah Palin’s email and Wikileaks released them. Apparently Russia planned to hack the DNC, disperse it through Wikileaks, and claim it was an anonymous hacker a la 2008, and used Cambridge Analytica to achieve that goal.


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New F-35-armed Navy amphibious assault ship completes trials

Firing deck-mounted guns, intercepting enemy cruise missiles, launching F-35B Joint Strike Fighters and using Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to attack behind enemy lines — are all mission possibilities envisioned for the Navy’s fast-progressing second big-deck America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7).

The new ship just completed its acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, a series of exercises intended to prepare the amphib for deployment by assessing its propulsion, communication, navigation, weapons systems and aviation platforms, a Navy statement said.

“You have a work-up cycle where you do various exercises and training to prepare for deployment,” a Navy official told Warrior.

The first America-class amphib, the USS America, has been operational for a while now. The America-class amphibs are engineered to carry Marine Corps attack units, F-35B Short-Take-Off-and-Landing Joint Strike Fighters, Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, CH-53 Super Stallions and UH-1Y Huey helicopters.

F-35 SET FOR LASER BOOST

The first America-class amphib, the USS America, has been operational for a while now. Designed as aviation-centric amphibs, the first two America class ships do not have well-deck for amphibious vehicles but rather are engineered with a larger hangar for aircraft, increased storage for parts and support equipment and additional aviation fuel capacity to support a higher op tempo. The third America-class ship, the now under construction LHA 8, will bring back the well deck for amphibious operations.

“The ability to embark Joint Strike Fighters and MV-22 Osprey enable this versatile platform to increase the lethality of our expeditionary warfighters,” said Tom Rivers, amphibious warfare program manager for Program Executive Office Ships, in a Navy report.

Progress with the Tripoli aligns with the Navy’s fast-evolving modern amphibious attack warfare strategy which envisions big-deck, F-35 and Osprey-armed amphibs as host-platforms launching air support for amphibious attack — reaching enemy targets with safer stand-off distance, conducting forward reconnaissance and at times operating small fleets of amphibious assets.

Since potential adversaries now have longer-range weapons, better sensors, targeting technologies and computers with faster processing speeds, amphibious forces approaching the shore may need to disperse in order to make it harder for enemy forces to target them. Therefore, the notion of an air-powered, disaggregated, yet interwoven attack force, less vulnerable to enemy fire, could be launched to hit “multiple landing points” to exploit enemy defenses.

‘FIRST-CUT-OF-STEEL’ BEGINS NEW ERA IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SUBMARINE WARFARE

Execution of this new strategy is, depending upon the threat, also reliant upon 5th-generation aircraft; the Corp F-35B, now operational as part of Marine Corps Air Ground Task Forces aboard the USS Wasp and USS Essex, is intended to provide close-air support to advancing attacks, use its sensors to perform forward reconnaissance and launch strikes itself. The success of an amphibious attack needs, or even requires, air supremacy. Extending this logic, an F-35 would be positioned to address enemy air-to-air and airborne air-to-surface threats such as drones, fighter jets or even incoming anti-ship missiles and ballistic missiles. The idea would be to use the F-35 in tandem with surveillance drones and other nodes to find and destroy land-based enemy defenses, clearing the way for a land assault.

A deck-launched Osprey impacts assault strategy as well, bringing new dimensions to air-sea-ground attack. Using its ability to transport Marines, cargo, weapons and communications gear, an Osprey could conduct what’s called Mounted Vertical Maneuver wherein small unit transport into and “drop” behind enemy lines. This could include deploying high-risk, clandestine surveillance teams, adding communications nodes in preparation for attack or even staging small, pinpointed ambushes on critical enemy assets, supply lines, ammunition storage or other key targets.

The entire strategic and conceptual shift is also informed by an increased “sea-basing” focus. Aviation-centric amphibs, potentially operating in a command and control capacity with smaller multi-mission vessels, could launch attack operations as sovereign entities at safer distances. Senior Navy officials have explained that larger “host-ships” would operate as “seaports, hospitals, logistics warehouses and sea-bases for maneuver forces.”

Big-deck amphibs like the America class, in particular, are engineered with expansive medical care facilities such as “hospital beds and an operating room,” a Navy official explained to Warrior.

NEW 40MM CANNON ON MARINE CORP AMPHIBIOUS COMBAT VEHICLE DESTROYS DRONES, PICKUP TRUCKS

A 2014 paper from the Marine Corps Association, the professional journal of the US Marine Corps, points to sea-basing as a foundation upon which the Navy will shift away from traditional amphibious warfare.

“Seabased operations enable Marines to conduct highly mobile, specialized, small unit, amphibious landings by stealth from over the horizon at multiple undefended locations of our own choosing,” the paper writes.

In effect, future “ship-to-shore” amphibious attacks will look nothing like the more linear, aggregated Iwo Jima assault. A Naval War College essay on this topic both predicts and reinforces this thinking.

“The basic requirements of amphibious assault, long held to be vital to success, may no longer be attainable. Unlike the Pacific landings of World War II amphibious objective areas could prove impossible to isolate,” the paper, called “Blitzkrieg From the Sea: Maneuver Warfare and Amphibious Operations,” states (Richard Moore, 1983).

MARINE CORPS FIRES WEAPONS AT ITS NEW AMPHIBIOUS COMBAT VEHICLE

The essay, written in the 80s during the height of the Cold War, seems to anticipate future threats from major-power adversaries. Interestingly, drawing from some elements of a Cold War mentality, the essay foreshadows current “great-power” competition strategy for the Navy as it transitions from more than a decade of counterinsurgency to a new threat environment. In fact, when discussing its now-underway “distributed lethality” strategy, Navy leaders often refer to this need to return its focus upon heavily fortified littoral defenses and open, blue-water warfare against a near-peer adversary – as having some roots in the Cold War era.

Dispersed approaches, using air-ground coordination and forward-positioned surveillance nodes, can increasingly use synchronized assault tactics, pinpointing advantageous areas of attack. Not only can this, as the essay indicates, exploit enemy weakness, but it also brings the advantage of avoiding more condensed or closely-configured approaches far more vulnerable to long-range enemy sensors and weapons. Having an advanced airpower such as an F-35B, which can bring a heavier load of attack firepower, helps enable this identified need to bring assault forces across a wide range of attack locations. None of this, while intended to destroy technologically sophisticated enemies, removes major risks; Russian and Chinese weapons, including emerging 5th-generation fighters, DF-26 anti-ship missiles claimed to reach 900-miles and rapidly-emerging weapons such as drones, lasers and railguns are a variety of systems of concern.

The America Class

Technical adjustments were made to the flight deck of the USS America to enable the ship to withstand the heat generated by the take-off and landing of the F-35B; these changes are also built into the future USS Tripoli.

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The flight deck modifications to the USS America and entailed adding intercostal structural members underneath flight deck landing spots numbers 7 and 9, Navy officials explained. These adjusted landing spots better enable closely timed cyclic flight operations without overstressing the flight deck, Navy developers explained.

LHA 7 incorporates gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution, and fuel-efficient electric auxiliary propulsion systems first installed on USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

The USS Tripoli is designed with the high-tech Navy ship-based computing network called Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services, or CANES. Overall, the USS Tripoli is 844-feet long and 106-feet wide with a weight of more than 44,000 tons. A fuel-efficient gas turbine propulsion system brings the ship’s speed up to more than 20 knots, a previous Huntington Ingalls statement said.

The Tripoli carries 1,204 and 1,871 troops, meaning the ship is engineered to carry a Marine Expeditionary Unit, the statement added.

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America class ships are outfitted with a group of technologies called a Ship Self Defense System. This includes two Rolling Aircraft Missile RIM-116 Mk 49 launchers; two Raytheon 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts; and seven twin .50 cal. machine guns.

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Elizabeth Warren Makes Pitch to Black Women In Speech About Racial Inequities

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ATLANTA — One day after a televised debate featuring significant exchanges about race, Democratic presidential candidates fanned out across this capital of black political power to pitch their message to black voters and send a clear signal: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should not take support from African-Americans for granted.

Mr. Biden’s strength with black voters has been a key force in helping him maintain a polling edge in the race, even as the candidacies of Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont ascended among progressives. But on Thursday, both challengers — as well as Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, two black candidates in the race, and other contenders — made explicit appeals about how they would address concerns and priorities of black voters.

Ms. Warren, who is Mr. Biden’s leading rival in many state and national polls, took direct aim at his reliance on black support by delivering one of her biggest speeches of the campaign, describing how governments and powerful corporations use racism and racial injustice as a wedge to divide working class people. And she argued that it was time for the nation’s policies to include specific correctives to address discrimination.

“Don’t talk about race-neutral laws,” she said at a rally on Thursday evening at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black institution. “The federal government helped create the racial divide in this country through decades of active, state-sponsored discrimination, and that means the federal government has a responsibility to fix it.”

“The rich and the powerful want us to be afraid of each other,” Ms. Warren told the crowd. “And why? Because they are afraid of us. Afraid of our numbers. Afraid of seeing us stand together.”

Ms. Warren also spoke directly to white voters, and pushed back on the notion that racial equity comes at the cost of white Americans.

“I just want to speak directly to the question on some white people’s minds when we talk about the need to address what our government has done in black communities: the uncomfortable question of, ‘What will this mean for me?’” Ms. Warren said. “The truth is, when we come together, we can all move forward.”

Ms. Warren’s speech was a thematic continuation of her rally in New York City in September, when she used the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911 to tell a story of government regulation and the political power of women’s voices. In her speech on Thursday Ms. Warren leaned on history again, citing the black women-led strike of Atlanta washerwomen in 1881.

Ms. Warren was introduced by Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, the black lawmaker who has become one of Ms. Warren’s top surrogates after her recent endorsement. Ms. Pressley helped Ms. Warren calm a group of pro-charter school protesters who disrupted her speech.

Earlier that day, several other candidates also targeted black voters, speaking at a breakfast held by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Ms. Harris held a “black women’s breakfast” with several of Atlanta’s leading black women professionals. And Mr. Sanders also held a rally on the campus of a historically black college.

At Morehouse College, standing near a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Sanders invoked his own background in a pitch to black voters. As a Jewish man whose family escaped Nazi Germany, he learned about the cruelties of racism through his family’s stories of fleeing discrimination, he said.

“A lot of people in my father’s family didn’t make it out of Poland, and they were murdered by the father of white supremacy, Adolf Hitler,” he said.

Black voters are an important constituency in the Democratic Party, and the candidate who has won a majority of the black vote has almost always gone on to be the party’s nominee. But in a race with multiple black candidates and with white candidates promising policies specifically addressing racial inequities, the diversity of the black electorate — with respect to age, gender, education levels and ideology — has been on display.

Still, it has been difficult for candidates to wrest black support away from Mr. Biden. He has been buttressed by sky-high name recognition, association with former President Barack Obama and his promise that he is best suited to win the white working-class voters who helped deliver the last election to President Trump.

On Thursday, Mr. Biden met with a group of black mayors, including Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, who has endorsed him, before leaving for a town hall event in South Carolina, an early primary state where he leads in the polls.

Speaking to reporters in Atlanta, Mr. Biden cited his long relationship with the African-American community in Delaware when asked about his support among black voters. “I’ve always been comfortable in the community, and I think that the community’s always been comfortable with me,” Mr. Biden said.

In Wednesday night’s debate, Mr. Booker criticized Mr. Biden for his opposition to legalizing marijuana, noting that black marijuana users are more frequently penalized than white ones.

“Black voters are pissed off and they’re worried,” Mr. Booker said, adding that while he had “a lot of respect” for Mr. Biden, “this week I hear him literally say that ‘I don’t think we should legalize marijuana.’”

Looking directly at Mr. Biden, Mr. Booker said, “I thought you might have been high when you said it.”

At a ministers’ breakfast meeting sponsored by the National Action Network, Mr. Booker continued his pitch a day later as the best candidate to address racial inequities in the economy and criminal justice.

“The black-white wealth gap is growing. The leading cause of death for African-American boys and men is murder,” Mr. Booker said. “We are at a point now where there are more African-Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves in the 1850s.”

In impassioned remarks colored with scripture, Mr. Booker said the country needed to “ensure that the next president of the United States doesn’t have an academic appreciation of these issues, but actually has a passion, an instinctual connection — is someone that we can trust to bring these issues to the front and center of the national agenda.”

A number of other candidates also toured Atlanta, making a concerted pitch to black voters. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., the entrepreneur Andrew Yang and the billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer attended Mr. Sharpton’s breakfast, too.

Mr. Buttigieg sought to establish common ground with the black audience, pointing out that, as a gay man, he had benefited from black activism during the civil rights movement.

But he has struggled to build support among this constituency. A recent South Carolina poll showed he is the choice of fewer than 1 percent of black likely Democratic voters there.

Ms. Harris held a morning breakfast event for black women in Atlanta. Though her candidacy has fallen from its once front-runner status, Ms. Harris made clear that she remains the only black woman in the race, and pitched herself as someone who can uniquely understand black communities.

Ms. Harris said her criminal justice record was better than those of the race’s white front-runners.

“There are people on that stage who wrote the crime bill, who voted for the crime bill and who just learned how to talk about justice. Are you kidding me?” Ms. Harris said. “Where were these folks when I was creating a national model on what we need to do to end mass incarceration?”

At the debate, Mr. Biden touted his support among black voters, saying, “I come out of the black community in terms of my support.” But then he mistakenly said he had the endorsement of the “only African-American woman that had ever been elected to the United States Senate.”

He was apparently referring to former Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois — the first black woman to become a senator.

He failed to mention Ms. Harris, the second black woman elected to the Senate, who was standing on the same stage.

Stephanie Saul contributed reporting from New York.

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Woman claims cheap lip fillers left her with infected ‘rock-solid sausages’

An 18-year-old woman said a trip to the salon for lip fillers landed her in the hospital for a week after her lips swelled to look like “rock solid sausages” and began leaking “green and yellow pus.”

Lauren Winstanley, who said she received a recommendation for the salon from a friend, claims she paid about $220 for the fillers.

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“They started swelling straight away, when I looked in the mirror at them I was shocked because I’d never seen myself with bigger lips,” Winstanley told Kennedy News & Media, according to Mirror.co.uk. “The beautician said the swelling would go down and I listened to her and thought, ‘fair enough.’”

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Winstanley, pictured before the fillers, said the salon was recommended by a friend. (Kennedy News & Media)

But the swelling didn’t go down. Instead, her lips tripled in size and pain started setting in.

“I started to panic and feel unwell so I went to the hospital to get it checked out,” she told the news outlet.

Winstanley claims that painkillers failed to help and that hours after she was sent home from the infirmary, she was rushed back to Whiston Hospital in Merseyside where she was admitted and underwent surgery to remove the infected filler.

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She said her lips swelled to three times the size within days.  (Kennedy News & Media)

“My lips looked like rock-solid sausages and felt bruised and were stinging,” she told the news outlet. “I started to feel sick, had a temperature and my neck and cheek felt bruised. I was put on IV antibiotics and painkillers straight away and they did blood tests, which showed I had group A strep infection. I couldn’t eat or drink as my lips were still triple their usual size and kept growing and filling with green and yellow pus.”

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Group A strep can cause several different infections, including strep throat, scarlet fever, necrotizing fasciitis, rheumatic fever and post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.

“I could feel my chin keep getting wet from the infection in my lip leaking out,” she said. “When the doctor tried draining them while I was awake I ended up screaming and crying. I begged them to put me to sleep while they [treated] me as I was in agony. When I looked in the mirror it knocked me sick, my lips were disgusting.”

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After a week in the hospital, she was finally sent home but said her ordeal is not yet over.  (Kennedy News & Media)

Winstanley said that after nearly a week in the hospital she was released. But her ordeal is not over.

“I wish I’d have paid extra and had it done by someone medically trained like a dentist or dermal nurse,” she told the news outlet. “I’ve since found out she’d not even done them for five months when I had them done. It’s put me off getting them done again in the future. I would never wish that pain on anyone, it was traumatizing.”

Winstanley is not the first to warn against seeking cheap lip fillers. A dentist in England spoke out recently after she was left with “huge blue lumps” in her lips. Sarah Najjar said she paid about $390 for her lip fillers, and while there was no lasting damage, she was so traumatized that she decided to train in facial aesthetics so she could safely perform the procedure on patients.

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Risks of dermal fillers include infection, a lump appearance under the skin, the filler moving away from the treatment area, scarring, or blocked blood vessels which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness, according to the NHS. The health agency recommends researching who will be doing the fillers before booking the appointment and to ensure that they are registered to administer the fillers.

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Trump ‘Stands With Xi’ (and With Hong Kong’s Protesters)

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WASHINGTON — President Trump would not commit Friday to signing legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong in an interview on Fox News.

He also claimed that China’s government would have “obliterated” Hong Kong and killed “thousands” of people there were it not for him.

And he spoke warmly about China’s president, Xi Jinping, whom he is trying to coax into striking a trade deal that has become one of the central goals of his presidency.

“We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi,” Mr. Trump said during a nearly hour long interview on the morning program “Fox & Friends.” “He is a friend of mine. He is an incredible guy.

But he added: “I stand with Hong Kong. I stand with freedom. I stand with all of the things we want to do. But we’re also in the process of making the largest trade deal in history.”

The legislation approved by Congress this week would impose sanctions on Chinese officials who commit human rights abuses in the semiautonomous island territory and place Hong Kong’s special economic status under greater scrutiny.

Security forces in Hong Kong have escalated their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this month, prompting Congress to approve a Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act it had been considering for months.

In the interview, Mr. Trump said that the protests were a complicating factor in his trade negotiations with Beijing, which have stalled ahead of an important Dec. 15 deadline, when Mr. Trump must decide whether to issue yet more tariffs on Chinese goods.

But he also took credit for the fact that China had not extinguished the protests with a sweeping and violent crackdown.

“If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump and other administration officials have warned that an overwhelming Chinese response would have wider repercussions in the relationship between China and Beijing, including in the trade talks.

But analysts say there are many reasons China’s government has refrained from an all-out violent crackdown like the one that snuffed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. They include the risk of an enormous international backlash and lasting damage to Hong Kong’s powerhouse economy.

Congress passed its Hong Kong bill with an overwhelming majority, meaning that it could probably override a presidential veto easily, the first override of his presidency. Mr. Trump could also choose not to sign the bill without vetoing it, in which case it would also become law.

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Don’t quit now, Democrats: Wrapping up impeachment early is the dumbest idea ever – Pence, Mulvaney, Pompeo, Bolton and numerous others were clearly involved. What’s the point of stopping now?

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I was confused by this as well. Here is what is happening next as I understand it.

Impeachment now moves to the House Judiciary Committee, led by Jerry Nadler. They will be the ones to draft Articles of Impeachment, and in doing so, they will have the ability to continue gathering evidence and call any additional witnesses that have withheld testimony.

Many Democrats have publicly expressed that they do not want impeachment to get dragged out by Trump-loyalists like Giuliani, Bolton, Pompeo, or Mulvaney, but the House Judiciary Committee is the best suited for navigating through our complicated legal system. However, impeachment powers give house investigators additional power in the judicial system. The most relevant case currently proceeding through our legal system for Charles Kupperman, the former Deputy National Security Advisor, has final arguments scheduled for December 10th. This is the case that will likely set the precedent that all future cases will refer to regarding the constitutional crisis between the White House and Congress, and whether or not witnesses need to comply with the House’s subpoenas. The primary question at hand is whether or not Trump has executive privilege in the face of the impeachment inquiry.

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