This is all I have currently, smoke could be toxic, place has been an issue for since it closed

This is all I have currently, smoke could be toxic, place has been an issue for since it closed


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Look for the Fitbit map that exposed all the Underground Bases

Will do in morning, thank you and have a good night

China’s penchant for intellectual property theft has created uncertainty even around federal government contracts awarded to American captains of industry such as Musk, a pioneer of private sector spaceflight and electric cars.

“I’m concerned that companies in China could come into the U.S., make a sweetheart deal, take sensitive information, take proprietary technologies, and use it to enrich their own space program, their own national security efforts in China,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican member of the Commerce Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

Gardner, who also chairs the Foreign Relations subcommittee for East Asia, offered two amendments addressing that risk. The first would have the Government Accountability Office review NASA contractors for potential ties to China, while the second advises NASA leaders to “take into account” those ties when awarding contracts.

He will stay on as PM until a replacement is appointed

Wonder what that means -for the future

Like Moscow, Beijing, oddly enough, also bets on Trump - despite Trump’s outwardly “aggressive” rhetoric towards China

In the Chinese city of Yiwu, the largest small wholesale market in the world is located. Sales statistics allow for the analysis of big data to make forecasts in a wide variety of areas.

On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Chinese manufacturers received far more orders for symbolics with Trump than with Hillary Clinton. And although political scientists and sociologists almost all unambiguously predicted Hillary’s victory, the Yiwu index was betting on Trump.

The Yiwu Index now shows that Trump is likely to win again, as Biden’s lead in branding orders in May has been reversed with the growing demand for Trump caps and other paraphernalia.

https://finance.sina.com.cn/wm/2020-08-18/doc-iivhuipn9291125.shtml

Kyodo News: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to resign for health reasons

Abe suffers from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and had to previously step down as prime minister in 2007 following a flare up

Ex-Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida voices eagerness to be Abe’s successor

That’s peaceful news to go to sleep to. Night

Navalny was poisoned with poison from the Novichok family - the same with which GRU tried to kill the Bulgarian businessman Gebrev in Sofia and the Skripals in Salisbury, UK

:exclamation:The Insider, Der Spiegel и Bellingcat: Alexey Navalny and Bulgarian businessman Gebrev were poisoned with a substance of the same class

Alexey Navalny’s attending physicians from the German clinic “Charite” contacted Bulgarian colleagues who were treating businessman Yemelyan Gebrev, who was poisoned in 2015 in Sofia.

At the end of April 2015, Gebrev was hospitalized after passing out during a business dinner. The investigation found that the poisoners inflicted nerve poison on the door handle of Gebrev’s car
Soon Gebrev fell into a coma. His son and one of the top managers of his company Emco also ended up in the hospital with symptoms of severe poisoning.
A chemical weapons laboratory at the University of Helsinki was able to identify traces of two organophosphates, the presence of which indicates that the businessman was being tried to kill with a nerve agent belonging to the Novichok family.

Gebrev could be of interest to the GRU for two reasons:
— his company supplied weapons to Georgia and Ukraine;
— Russia wanted to get the arms factory that owned by his company

The Insider, Bellingcat and Der Spiegel have identified the real and operational names of eight GRU officers involved in that operation.
In January 2020, Bulgaria officially accused three Russians of poisoning a businessman and put them on international wanted list.

Combat agents based on organophosphates (phosphoric acid esters) led to the appearance of nerve toxins Tabun (1936) and Zarin (1939). Since the 1970s, the Soviet military has developed increasingly potent organophosphate-based nerve agents as part of a secret program on assignment of Communist Party.

‘Britain and America have joined the European Union in calling for a full investigation. But that would require Moscow’s sincere assistance. And let’s be real: There’s no way on God’s green earth Putin will allow that.’

Mega loud aircraft noise just over Rhineland-Pfalz. The Americans (from Ramstein) are currently flying several large machines.

Bellingcat expert Hristo Grozev on how the poisonings of Navalny, Skripal and Gebrev are similar:
— The first is the clinical picture of symptoms. In both cases was a period of pain shortly after contact with the poisonous substance, which preceded falling into a coma. The symptoms of a coma also look similar: it is accompanied by a low temperature.
The second similarity is the direct traces of the substance, which were found in both cases.
These are not just cholinesterase inhibitors reported by German doctors, but, as our sources in clinic say, it’s a subgroup of them called organophosphates, which have a connection with a certain type of pesticide
In Gebrev’s case, the poison was sprayed onto the doorknob of his car, done the night before by a GRU officer in the garage of his office building. This circumstance - a doorknob - reminds of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Great Britain.
Moreover, there is another great similarity - the presence of the same GRU officers in both cases.
And in both cases, the nerve agent was from the group of organophosphates.

Эксперт Bellingcat Христо Грозев о том, чем похожи отравления Навального, Скрипаля и Гебрева:
— Первое - клиническая картина симптомов. В обоих случаях вскоре после контакта с отравляющим веществом был период болей, который предшествовал впадению в кому. Симптомы комы также выглядят похоже: она сопровождается низкой температурой.
Второе сходство - непосредственные следы вещества, которые найдены в обоих случаях. Это не просто ингибиторы холинэстеразы, о которых сообщили немецкие врачи, а, как говорят наши источники в клинике, это их подгруппа, которая называется органофосфаты, и у которых прослеживается связь с определенным видом пестицидов.
В случае с Гебревым яд был нанесен путем распыления на дверную ручку его автомобиля, это сделал накануне вечером сотрудник ГРУ в гараже в здании его офиса. Это обстоятельство - дверная ручка, напоминает об отравлении Сергея и Юлии Скрипалей в Великобритании.
Причем, есть еще одно большое сходство - присутствие одних и тех же офицеров ГРУ в обоих случаях.
И в обоих случаях нервно-паралитическое вещество входило в группу органофосфатов.

The New York Times: Intelligence services of at least four Western countries have discovered a secret GRU unit of the Russian General Staff, which is engaged in sabotage and murder in Europe

First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Next, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent.

Western security officials have now concluded that these operations, and potentially many others, are part of a coordinated and ongoing campaign to destabilize Europe, executed by an elite unit inside the Russian intelligence system skilled in subversion, sabotage and assassination.

The group, known as Unit 29155, has operated for at least a decade, yet Western officials only recently discovered it. Intelligence officials in four Western countries say it is unclear how often the unit is mobilized and warn that it is impossible to know when and where its operatives will strike.

The purpose of Unit 29155, which has not been previously reported, underscores the degree to which the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, is actively fighting the West with his brand of so-called hybrid warfare — a blend of propaganda, hacking attacks and disinformation — as well as open military confrontation.

Hidden behind concrete walls at the headquarters of the 161st Special Purpose Specialist Training Center in eastern Moscow, the unit sits within the command hierarchy of the Russian military intelligence agency, widely known as the G.R.U.

Officers from Unit 29155 travel to and from European countries. Some are decorated veterans of Russia’s bloodiest wars, including in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Ukraine. Its operations are so secret, according to assessments by Western intelligence services, that the unit’s existence is most likely unknown even to other G.R.U. operatives.

A photograph taken in 2017 shows the unit’s commander, Maj. Gen. Andrei V. Averyanov. He is posing with Col. Anatoly V. Chepiga, one of two officers indicted in Britain over the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei V. Skripal.

The poisoning of Mr. Skripal led to a geopolitical standoff, with more than 20 nations, including the United States, expelling 150 Russian diplomats in a show of solidarity with Britain.

Exactly a year before the poisoning, three Unit 29155 operatives traveled to Britain, possibly for a practice run, two European officials said.

Soon, officials established that two of these officers — the men using the names Fedotov and Pavlov — had been part of a team that attempted to poison the Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev in 2015.

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Putin wants to be feared

Speaking to reporters in February at the Munich Security Conference, Alex Younger, the chief of MI6, Britain’s foreign intelligence service, spoke out against the growing Russian threat and hinted at coordination, without mentioning a specific unit.

The Kremlin sees Russia as being at war with a Western liberal order that it views as an existential threat.

In 2006, Mr. Putin signed a law legalizing targeted killings abroad, the same year a team of Russian assassins used a radioactive isotope to murder Aleksander V. Litvinenko, another former Russian spy, in London.

Unit 29155 is not the only group authorized to carry out such operations, officials said.

A 2012 directive from the Russian Defense Ministry assigned bonuses to three units for “special achievements in military service.” One was Unit 29155. Another was Unit 74455, which was involved in the 2016 election interference. The third was Unit 99450, whose officers are believed to have been involved in the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

A retired G.R.U. officer with knowledge of Unit 29155 said that it specialized in preparing for “diversionary” missions, “in groups or individually — bombings, murders, anything.”

“They were serious guys who served there,” the retired officer said. “They were officers who worked undercover and as international agents.”

“That kind of intelligence operation has become part of the psychological warfare,” said Eerik-Niiles Kross, a former intelligence chief in Estonia. “It’s not that they have become that much more aggressive. They want to be felt. It’s part of the game.”

Sweden is stepping up combat readiness due to Russia’s activity in the Baltic.

On Tuesday, Swedish television showed footage of the movement of military equipment on the island of Gotland. Defense Minister Ann Linde said the exercises are a signal to Russia, which often conducts military exercises in the Baltic Sea.

The Scandinavian country has been cutting defense spending for decades, but it began to rise after the intensification of Russian aggression. The last time the Swedish Armed Forces were in the same degree of combat readiness was in 1991, when the Communist Party tried to seize power in the USSR again through an armed coup.

Sweden emphasizes that the likelihood of an attack on the country is very low, but it is important to show that the country is ready to defend its sovereignty.

:ru::us: Russian submarine surfaces near Alaska during war exercise, US Northern Command tweeted
No comments from Russian Ministry of Defense yet
RIA Novosti source in Pacific Fleet said that this is nuclear submarine ‘Omsk,’ participating in the exercise.
Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday, that Omsk nuclear submarine and Varyag missile cruiser struck cruise missiles at a naval target in the Bering Sea. Omsk attacked target by Granit anti-ship missile

:ru:
:us: Российская подводная лодка всплыла у берегов Аляски, сообщило Северное командование ВС США в Twitter
Комментариев от Минобороны России пока нет
Источник РИА Новости в Тихоокеанском флоте сообщил, что всплывшая субмарина – это участвующий в учениях атомный подводный крейсер “Омск”.
В четверг в Минобороны сообщили, что АПККР “Омск” и ракетный крейсер “Варяг” нанесли удары крылатыми ракетами по морской цели в Беринговом море. «Омск» атаковал цель противокорабельной ракетой «Гранит»

“We have not received any requests for assistance from the Russian Navy or other mariners in the area,” Northern Command spokesman Bill Lewis said from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

The Russian military exercise is taking place in international waters, well outside the U.S. territorial sea, he said.

The presence of Russian military assets in the war games caused a stir for U.S. commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

“We were notified by multiple fishing vessels that were operating out the Bering Sea that they had come across these vessels and were concerned,” Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow said earlier Thursday.

The Coast Guard contacted the Alaskan Command at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which confirmed the ships were there as part of a pre-planned Russian military exercise that was known to some U.S. military officials, Wadlow said.

According to warning notices published by Russian and American agencies, the exercises are taking place on the Russian side of the maritime boundary and involve live missile drills.

:arrow_up: Omsk is a Project 949A ‘Antey’ class cruise missile submarine, more commonly known by its NATO reporting name, Oscar-II class. It is primarily armed with 24 P-700 ‘Granite’ (NATO designation SS-N-19 Shipwreck) anti-ship missiles. These have a range of nearly 400 miles and can travel at supersonic speeds. Their 1,653 lb warhead is much larger than on regular anti-ship missiles like the Harpoon and Exocet. It can also carry a 500 kiloton nuclear warhead.

Meanwhile defense analyst Frank Bottema, who uses Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to track maritime movements, has brought to light an unusual contact off Norway. A large vessel, closely matching the appearance of a Russian Typhoon Class submarine, can be seen in low-resolution satellite imagery.

Specifically vessel looks like the very large Russian Typhoon Class submarine. This is the largest submarine in the world and has a distinctive shape. Only one Typhoon remains in service, TK-208 Dmitry Donskoy.

Dmitry Donskoy is now armed with the more modern RSM-56 Bulava missile that replaced the R-39M project. This has a range of around 5,000 miles and can rain down 6 or more MIRVs (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles).

It will have sailed close to where the U.S. Navy submarine USS Seawolf cropped up this week.

It is no secret that U.S navy submarines are patrolling the waters where Russia’s submarine fleet based on the Kola Peninsula sails out to the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea. But it is not frequently announced which submarines are in the area and when they surface.

USS Seawolf is based at Bangor naval base on the west coast of the United States and normally sails the Pacific. But on Friday the nuclear-powered submarine suddenly came to surface outside Tromsø in northern Norway.

The USS Seawolf was designed in the late Cold War days to dive deeper than others and aimed at counter ballistic missile subs sailing out from the Kola Peninsula. The submarine is armed with eight torpedo tubes and can hold up to 50 weapons in its torpedo room, including the Tomahawk cruise missile.

Simultaneously as the fast attack submarine surfaced near Tromsø, six U.S. B-52 long-ranged bombers came south from the Arctic in the airspace outside Tromsø en route from North Dakota to England. Norwegian F-16s from Bodø airbase were flying in formation with the huge American bombers across the Norwegian Sea.

:tornado::us: Hurricane Laura caused fire and ‘extremely dangerous’ chlorine gas leak at BioLab in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Louisiana State Police confirm there a chlorine fire at BioLab which makes pool & spa chemicals.
In Louisiana and Texas, the hurricane left more than 700,000 homes without electricity.

:tornado:
:us: Шесть человек погибли в результате урагана «Лаура» — одного из сильнейших в истории страны
В Луизиане и Техасе ураган оставил более 700 тысяч домов без электричества. На химическом заводе BioLab в городе Уэстлейк в Луизиане из-за урагана произошел пожар, вызвавший опасную утечку газообразного хлора.

:cn: In China, in one of the villages in Chaoshan District of Guangdong Province, peasants smashed the office of the Communist Party Secretary. A couple of communist physiognomies suffered Lol

These poor bastards just sealed their fate…

The tree of liberty must be water by the blood of patriots and tyrants…


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