Trying to Play God Has Consequences

And it will not end well.  China, at the forefront of CRISPR technology and experimentation, could be shortening lifespans of babies the technology has been used on…the exact opposite of what they’re going for.  Via MIT Technology Review:

When the Chinese scientist He Jiankui created the first gene-edited children, he dreamed of improving the world. He believed the genetic alteration he added to twin girls born last year would protect them from HIV. Human embryo editing, he said, would bring new hope to millions.

Instead, he may have put the twins at risk of an early death.

A new report finds that genetic mutations similar to those He created, to a gene called CCR5, shortens people’s lives by an average of 1.9 years.

“It’s clearly a mutation of quite strong effect,” says population geneticist Rasmus Nielsen of the University of California, Berkeley, who made the discovery while studying DNA and death records of 400,000 volunteers in a large British gene database, the UK Biobank. “You can’t have many mutations that do that, or you wouldn’t live that long.”

The finding offers a warning light to anyone else seeking to enhance human beings. That’s because many genes have more than one role, and scientists tinkering with the balance are likely to cause side effects they didn’t expect or want.

In February, variations in the same gene were linked to recovery of memory after stroke, meaning it could have a role in changing brain function, too.

“To go ahead and alter the germline based on partial understanding is not responsible,” says Feng Zhang, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an expert in CRISPR, the powerful gene editing tool employed in the Chinese experiment. “It’s another piece of information that we shouldn’t be so careless.” 

It is not hard to see how easily this could get rolled out on a massive scale without proper vetting.  How can you even properly vet this without literally an entire lifetime of observation on those who have had this done to them?  Do you think they would really wait an entire generation before rolling it out en masse?  Once you realize that, it’s easy to see how easily they apply that same logic to other things as well: 5G, new pesticides, etc etc.  NN Taleb’s approach to food and beverage consumption certainly has some merit.

China poised for a big future

Reading stuff like this and it is obvious to see that China will be in a much stronger position in the world pecking order as the American Empire continues to crumble.

It is 14 degrees the morning two dozen boys gather at a Beijing park to be transformed into alpha males. A reluctant winter sun casts silver light between treacherously cold shadows. The wind bites, worsening nerves as the boys — the youngest 7 — prepare to strip to their waists for a run.

One of the watching mothers is worried. She wants her son to grow into a macho male, but it’s so cold. She tells him he can keep his shirt on, or perhaps skip the run through Olympic Forest Park.

This is the kind of “feminine” parenting that coach Tang Haiyan fears can ruin boys. Tang, a former schoolteacher, founded the Real Man Training Club to combat what he and others in China see as a masculinity crisis — part of a backlash against the makeup- and earring-wearing male TV, film and pop idols who have gained immense popularity here.

“If you are promoting these effeminate figures,” Tang said, “it’s a calamity for our country.”

In a nation where men dominate political and business leadership and campaigns for gender equality have gained little traction, the debate over what is “effeminate” has become a popular pastime among older conservative residents, and mostly among men.

Influenced by K-pop idols in Korea, China’s boy bands and celebrities — with their delicate beauty, dyed hair and haute couture wardrobes — have a massive following among women here. But China’s state-run media condemns the young idols, calling them “sissy pants” and “fresh young meat.”

The backlash deepened after a back-to-school TV program featured the boy band F4. Angry parents attacked the Education Ministry’s decision to hold up the cosmetics-wearing young men as role models; state media warned that a “sick” and “decadent” culture threatened the future of the nation. This year, a Chinese videostreaming website started blurring earrings worn by men.

“The gender stereotyping is not just about gender identity itself,” said an author and researcher on Chinese masculinity. “It’s about the reproduction of the nation and how to properly cultivate the next generation.”

It shows you just how far behind we’ve fallen when you read something like this.  Think about the outrage half of our population would have if we even suggested doing something like this.  If you subscribe to the r/K Theory China is definitely going K-selected faster than we are.  Couple that with not having to worry about the effects of diversity and multiculturalism and it could give you an idea of how the balance of power may change over the next 10-20 years, if even that long.

Globalism = disloyalty

Ahh, the joys of globalism.  It was recently reported that Microsoft is working with China to develop artificial intelligence with a Chinese military university.

Tech giant Microsoft has reportedly been working on artificial intelligence research with a Chinese military-run university, recent reports claim that the research could be used for both surveillance and censorship.

Tech giant Microsoft has been working with a Chinese military-operated university on research relating to A.I. which could be used for surveillance and censorship practices, according to the Financial Times. Between March and November, three scientific studies were published which were co-written by academics from the Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Other researchers involved in the studies had close affiliations to China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT).

Senior fellow at the New America think tank and China tech expert Samm Sacks commented on the possible issues of collaboration between Microsoft and the Chinese military-run university, stating that the recently published papers raised “red flags because of the nature of the technology, the author affiliations, combined with what we know about how this technology is being deployed in China right now.” Sacks added: “The [Chinese] government is using these technologies to build surveillance systems and to detain minorities [in Xinjiang].”

In a world where we are told we must embrace globalism, no borders, and by default no loyalty to one’s country, is it any wonder corporate giants like Microsoft feel no loyalty to the United States?  Most corporate giants today in the United States treat it like a cheap whore they can pump and dump.  They keep their operations based here, but post their profits in foreign countries to pay far less taxes than they are supposed to.  Some don’t even have to do that.  Amazon made a cool $11.2 billion last year but paid…$0 in taxes in 2018.  And now to add insult to injury we have Microsoft directly aiding a foreign state to bolster their military.  China already steals $600 billion a year from us in intellectual property.  That’s billion, with a ‘b’.  It is only a matter of time before they use their AI against us (they probably already are), all the while having Microsoft benefit and we get the double whammy of surveillance used against us and very little if any tax money fed back into the US economy.  Lovely.

On some level can you even blame Microsoft?  It is a faceless corporation led by globalists with zero loyalty.  When we’ve stripped away any sense of loyalty to the state, and give the lightest of slaps on the wrist for penalties for severe crimes, the temptation is too great for some not to take advantage of the system.  Couple this with the continued de-Christianizing of the country and you strip any sense of morality from the day-to-day business operations of huge giants like this.  And with the corporation not being an actual person with the same legal ramifications, it is easy to pass the buck and avoid any sort of real blame or real repercussions on an individual basis.  Profits are the bottom line for publicly traded corporations like Microsoft.  Any way to squeeze a few more cents in the stock share for a quarter is worth it to them, by any means necessary, morality be damned.  Contrast that to a private company with Christian morals like Chick-fil-A, which does not have to worry about how quarterly profits will effect their stock price, and they can afford to still try and uphold a moral standard and the personal beliefs of its owners, which allows them to do things like close their stores on Sundays.

Trump caves

President Trump, in “red line” Obama-like fashion, caved on his promise to close the border if Mexico didn’t stop the inflow of migrants.

President Trump has punted on his plans for closing the southern border, telling a group of reporters on Thursday that he will give Mexico a year to stop the flow of migrants and drugs into the US. If they fail on either count, Trump will either slap tariffs on Mexican-made cars or close the border entirely.

“You know I will do it. I don’t play games…so we’re doing it to stop people. We’re gonna give them a one year warning, and if the drugs don’t stop, or largely stop, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars. The whole ballgame is cars….and if that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border.”

It was unclear whether an agreement with Congressional Democrats would also be a condition for the border closure, after Trump said Tuesday that Congress needed to get rid of chain migration, catch and release and the visa lottery and “do something about asylum” or he would still consider closing the border. “If Mexico doesn’t or we don’t make a deal with Congress, the border will be closed.”

You can’t make empty threats and expect people to take you seriously the same way next time.  I’m not sure why President Trump thinks anyone is taking his word seriously on the border or will take it seriously next year either after pulling this crap.  The border has arguably gotten worse since President Trump took office, seeing as there are record levels of people crossing illegally.  And given that we are on pace for 1.5 million illegals crossing this year, he’s essentially saying he’s okay with that rate for an entire year.  President Trump is either naive enough to think he can peacefully fix the immigration problem and keep the economy rolling, or simply does not have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done, which is escalate the means by which the border needs to be protected.  If violent force or actually closing the border is never a serious option they will not take him seriously.  Make no mistake about it, this an invasion, and we are entirely within our rights to protect ourselves.  It is a tough choice, but we are in a time where we need a man who is willing to make the tough choice, not capitulate.

The economy is not the end all-be all.  The economy is supposed to work at the behest of the PEOPLE of the country.  If we don’t have a functioning society the economy doesn’t mean anything.  And we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our way of life, our freedoms, or our security just so we can have some cars manufactured in Mexico and sold back to us.  Anyone who is still on the free trade wagon at this point is simply a fool.

This is very disappointing; he has somewhat betrayed his base on this one.  Sadly he knows that they will still vote for him because the alternative is far worse, and he’s playing that against us.  If only he negotiated with Congress on immigration as hard as he was treating his base.

Like it or not, we are likely the generation that lived to see the pinnacle of the empire and the beginning of the hard dive of its decline.  Empires rise and fall.  The America you knew and grew up in cannot and will not be revived.  The best that can probably happen at this point is hoping for a peaceful separation.  The upside is there will likely be at least one Christian nation that forms from the remnants.  My guess would be somewhere in the midwest.

Many will call this an exaggeration, but deep down most know that something is wrong.  Our representatives do not work for us.  Laws are simply ignored.  Somehow we are told we have to fight in Syria, or defend Israel, but that for some reason we cannot protect our own borders when around 100,000 people a month invade illegally.  Debt is at an all-time high.  The US dollar as the reserve currency is in peril as superpowers like China and Russia get off it.  Nobody can agree on anything.  Multiculturalism is tearing apart any semblance of community or cohesion.  The truth is hard to admit sometimes, but we would all be fools if we didn’t take it at face value and prepare accordingly.

A Friendly Reminder

Could you imagine how big a story it would be if it was discovered that a Republican Congressman had a Chinese spy working on his staff for 20 years?  That’s a question posed, surprisingly, by The Washington Post in an article from August of 2018 with regards to the revelation that Diane Feinstein had just that.  It is now six months later and this story has been completely forgotten.  From that article:

Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. “Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a statement — which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee. But, Feinstein insisted, “he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters” and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired — no big deal.

But it is a big deal. I asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious this breach might have been. “It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told me. “Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”

A former top CIA clandestine officer explained to me what the agency would do if it had recruited the driver of a senior official such as Feinstein. “We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices. If the driver drove for her for 20 years, he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself. Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”

“In short,” this officer said, “we would have had a field day.”

This would be nonstop coverage from the mainstream media if it were indeed a Republican Congressman.  Don Lemon would be crying and demanding justice on a nightly basis.  Dig a little deeper and you notice that they certainly try to obfuscate this fact and cover it up.  Snopes.com, whom we are to believe is the bastion of truth, says this claim is unproven.  Because any company that does the fact-checking for Facebook should be blindly believed, right?  But we are a society with an ever decreasing attention span, so once a story leaves the news cycle I guess that means the issue is settled, huh?

China lands a probe on the far side of the Moon

Via space.com:

Humanity just planted its flag on the far side of the moon.

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 mission touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater Wednesday night (Jan. 2), pulling off the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side.

Chang’e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming months, potentially helping scientists better understand the structure, formation and evolution of Earth’s natural satellite. But the symbolic pull of the mission will resonate more with the masses: The list of unexplored locales in our solar system just got a little shorter. [Watch: China’s Historic Landing on the Moon’s Far Side!]

Congrats to China.  Hopefully this lights a fire under us to do the same.  Though it seems like we’re more focused on manned flight to the Moon with private partnerships.  Via nasa.gov:

Dec. 13, 2018

NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. The agency is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in 2024, with the goal of sending crew to the surface in 2028.

Through upcoming multi-phased lunar exploration partnerships, NASA will ask American companies to study the best approach to landing astronauts on the Moon and start the development as quickly as possible with current and future anticipated technologies.

“Building on our model in low-Earth orbit, we’ll expand our partnerships with industry and other nations to explore the Moon and advance our missions to farther destinations such as Mars, with America leading the way,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “When we send astronauts to the surface of the Moon in the next decade, it will be in a sustainable fashion.”

You’d think it would take us less than 10 years to develop the technology to land on the Moon if we had been there 50 years ago, right?  Why are we “building on our model in low-Earth orbit” if we should already have a model of actually having gone to the Moon?  The chief problem to getting a crew there and back still seems to be the Van Allen radiation belt, which we allegedly went through 50 years ago.  Did you know that NASA’s official position is that we had the technology, but we destroyed it, and it’s too difficult to build it back up again?  Seriously.

I’ll be making a much more comprehensive post on this in the near future, but assuming we went already this whole timeline seems unfortunately long.  The notion that there was no point in going back to the Moon after the initial Moon landings is pure silliness.

Your privacy is always under attack

People tend to eye roll when they hear the “Freedom isn’t free” phrase whenever they’re told their civil liberties are under attack.  Eye roll all you want but it’s true.  The extent to which your privacy is under attack runs far deeper than you probably think.  A snippet from a recent article by Daily Mail:

The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today.

Health details, children’s voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box.

Analysis by the Mail found that Marriott International, FacebookAsda, Paypal, BT and Tesco engaged in hidden data harvesting and sharing.

Giant firms can use personal data to build a profile of customers for targeted adverts or to pass to other organisations.

Examples include:

  • Pregnant women’s due dates being farmed out by Asda to mystery third-party companies for marketing;
  • Children’s voices recorded on the YouTube Kids app being used by Google to promote other apps;
  • Passport photos given to PayPal for account verification may be shared with Microsoft for fraud prevention and the testing of new products;
  • Health details, ethnic origin and political views of Facebook users being used by the social network for targeted advertising;
  • Viewers of BT television being profiled for advertisers according toprofiles of their television watching and telephone call records.

And further down:

Last week Marriott International announced that hackers had breached its database of 500 million guests, with the attackers having ‘some combination’ of passport numbers, names, addresses and bank card details.

The hotel group also routinely stores the names and ages of its guests’ children, room service orders, social media accounts and employer details and shares this across its operations in 150 countries including Venezuela, Gabon and Libya.

By ticking an online ‘accept’ box, Marriott guests consented to giving up this data and to acknowledge having read the 5,600-word privacy policy which said that ‘no storage system is 100% secure’.

Ever wonder why you seem to get targeted ads in your gmail or Facebook?  Sometimes when you’ve never even entered anything remotely close to words that would garner such targeted ads like that?  This is probably why.  Companies taking your information and selling it to other companies.  Technically with your permission but very sneakily hid in the fine print of the terms of service that are thousands of words that they know nobody will read.

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Even with all of these revelations coming out you’ll still have some who say, “well I have nothing to hide anyways so why does it matter?”.  This is a juvenile argument, to say the least.  But consider this.  Many of these companies are building profiles on you without you even knowing it.  Did you know that Facebook collects data on people who don’t even have profiles, and even make shadow profiles for those who never signed up?  Probably not.  Again, some may ask why they should care.

Well, consider China.  They are implementing a social credit system which will have far-reaching implications from everything from trying to get a loan to throttling your internet speeds to even banning you from flying or purchasing train tickets.  Yes, seriously.  Given the ongoing battle in America against the globalists, are you really so confident that they wouldn’t put a system like this into place if they regained Presidential and Congressional power?  Neither am I.  As we know by now, the Silicon Valley masters of the universe are already trying to censor those who do not share all of their beliefs, claiming as always that it’s for the good of everyone.  Who will be the gatekeepers to determine what is righthink and what is wrongthink when social credit scores can determine whether you can raise a family or not?  This is not a stretch at all.

Unfortunately you cannot protect yourself 100% from this kind of slithering deceit.  But you can at least make it harder for them.  Only populate your profiles with the minimal amount of required data.  Have a throwaway email address for junk accounts.  Get off of Gmail.  And for the love of God never ever ever post any pictures of your children on social media.

We’ve been asleep at the wheel far too long.  Our civil liberties are under constant attack and we must constantly be thwarting said attacks.  Do not give an inch.

North Korea has a lot of rare earth minerals (REM)

Forbes recently put out an article highlighting the massive amount of rare earth minerals North Korea possesses.

It was revealed recently that North Korea is sitting on approximately $6 trillion worth of natural resources, which the country lacks the technology or expertise to extract. The impoverished nation is quite literally sitting on a goldmine, a significant portion of which is made up of rare earth metals.

Rare earth metals are not – as you would expect – exceptionally rare, but are generally found in small trace quantities underground. What is rare is to find them in high concentrations, which is exactly what experts believe is present beneath the soil of North Korea.

Not only are these resources difficult to obtain, they’re also crucial to many of our most advanced technologies. “The magnetic and conductive properties of these elements allow our modern technologies to be lighter, faster, and stronger, making them more efficient,” says Dr. Julie Michelle Klinger, an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Among other things, they’re used in MRI scanners, cancer treatment drugs, nuclear reactor shielding, aircraft engines and smartphones.

“Without rare earths and the miniaturization capabilities they provide, computers would be the size of classrooms instead of the size of smartphones,” says Dr. Klinger. She points out that although the likelihood of rare earth elements beneath North Korea is high, they are obtainable elsewhere in the world. The concern, therefore, is not over where these elements can be found, but rather with where they are already being mined.

Today, around 90% of the world’s rare earth elements come from China (mostly in Inner Mongolia). Between January and September 2016, China exported 35,200 tons of rare-earth materials, a 50% increase (PDF) compared to the same period in 2015, according to the USGS. Other nations such as the U.S. have been attempting to build out their own refinery systems, so as not to be so dependent on China’s supply, but progress has been slow. The one refinery that the U.S. has established was shut down last year, and was sold last month to a Chinese consortium.

As I wrote about earlier today China realizes how smart President Trump is.  You’re fooling yourself if you don’t think President Trump realizes the cache of REMs available under their feet and is positioning the United States to at least have a chance of competing against China for them in North Korea.  None of this would be possible if he’d gone with the neo-con war approach the establishment so desperately wanted him to do.  He is a master of far east politics and has treated Kim Jong Un with respect for him to save face and played hardball to be respected.  Great vid below from styxhexenhammer666 about why President Trump is succeeding in the far east regarding foreign policy.

China gets it

Great article over at American Thinker about how China views President Trump.  Rightly so, they see him as a strategic and tactical genius.

Few Chinese think that Mr Trump’s primary concern is to rebalance the bilateral trade deficit. If it were, they say, he would have aligned with the EU, Japan and Canada against China rather than scooping up America’s allies in his tariff dragnet. They think the US president’s goal is nothing less than remaking the global order.

They think Mr Trump feels he is presiding over the relative decline of his great nation. It is not that the current order does not benefit the US. The problem is that it benefits others more in relative terms. To make things worse the US is investing billions of dollars and a fair amount of blood in supporting the very alliances and international institutions that are constraining America and facilitating China’s rise.

In Chinese eyes, Mr Trump’s response is a form of “creative destruction”. He is systematically destroying the existing institutions — from the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement to Nato and the Iran nuclear deal — as a first step towards renegotiating the world order on terms more favourable to Washington.

Once the order is destroyed, the Chinese elite believes, Mr Trump will move to stage two: renegotiating America’s relationship with other powers. Because the US is still the most powerful country in the world, it will be able to negotiate with other countries from a position of strength if it deals with them one at a time rather than through multilateral institutions that empower the weak at the expense of the strong.

My interlocutors say that Mr Trump is the US first president for more than 40 years to bash China on three fronts simultaneously: trade, military and ideology. They describe him as a master tactician, focusing on one issue at a time, and extracting as many concessions as he can. They speak of the skilful way Mr Trump has treated President Xi Jinping. “Look at how he handled North Korea,” one says. “He got Xi Jinping to agree to UN sanctions [half a dozen] times, creating an economic stranglehold on the country. China almost turned North Korea into a sworn enemy of the country.” But they also see him as a strategist, willing to declare a truce in each area when there are no more concessions to be had, and then start again with a new front.

It’s funny how everyone in the liberal West think President Trump is a clown; somebody who is stupid and got by on daddy’s dime.  As if they could turn a $1 million dollar loan into a billion dollar empire.  There really is the 2 standard deviation communication gap at play with most Americans.  Really low IQ people think President Trump is really dumb, because they are too dim to see what true genius looks like.  Most people agree people from the far East are on average higher IQ, and it’s no surprise that they recognize the genius of President Trump and take him seriously.

This is a magical time we’re living in.  We have just the right hero to take on the globalist Cabal, with the FU money required to not be bought, bribed, or blackmailed.  He has the composure and business acumen to make difficult decisions under the most high pressure situations, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the dark inner workings of the Cabal.  My hope is he inspires enough patriots to continue his work when he is gone, though I do fear he is just delaying an inevtiable collapse.  But that’s loser talk.  He needs all the help he can get.  The sacrifice he has made for his country and Western civilization will never be forgotten.

Asteroids abound

It’s helpful to step away from some of the problems we’re dealing with on Earth and think BIG picture now and then.  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this cool little video a few days ago about all known asteroids in the solar system.  As our technology gets better these become more detectable.  Obviously the goal is to detect a big one far enough in advance to do something about it.  Some large ones are sometimes only detected very late that whiz by Earth rather close.  Yet another reason we need to focus longer term on projects for life on new heavenly bodies.

In other asteroid news, China is planning a mission to find suitable asteroids to hunt and capture for mining.  This is very cool future game changing stuff.  Their goal is eventually to put it into an orbit around the Moon and mine the valuable metals and minerals.

Nasa announced a plan earlier this year to send two spacecraft to asteroids in 2021 and 2023.

The later mission will explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, which is 210km wide and probably a remnant from the core of an ancient planet no longer in existence.

The Chinese programme, however, is much more ambitious.

The plan is to capture an asteroid by landing and anchor a spacecraft on its surface, fire up multiple rocket boosters and project it into the orbit of the moon.

This is the kind of competition we need to propel us forward.  This is good for everyone.

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