19:25 [Moon of Alabama]
During the early 1950s War on Korea the U.S. used biological weapons against North Korea and China. Bombs designed to spread leaflets were filled with plague infested rats and dropped on Korean towns. Various infecting insects were released. Leaflets were contaminated with small pox and then distributed. Several local epidemics were caused by these attacks.
19:20 [The Unz Review]
No US Presidency is complete without the White House South Lawn peace-making ceremony for Jews and Arabs. The first was Jimmy Carter raining goodwill upon Begin and Sadat; then it was Bill Clinton pushing Arafat and Rabin together; and now we have Donald Trump beaming proudly at Bibi and ABZ (Abdullah bin Zayed of UAE) as they sit before him. It is an excellent photo-op and a potent symbol. “US President saves Jews from Savage Arab Fury”, or “Pax Americana makes Peace between Nations”. It could bring the Nobel Peace Prize; it has electoral value; it will go down into the history books. Coming just after the opening of the first Muslim state Embassy in Jerusalem (Kosovo), it has turned Trump into a major peacemaker and a great benefactor of Jews, for Israel paid nothing for this achievement.
12:33 [One World Press]
The US` latest anti-Iranian sanctions won`t change much when it comes to the Islamic Republic`s present economic predicament but will almost certainly provoke a worsening of the so-called “trade war” with China since the real intent seems to be to target the countless companies that are poised to participate in those two countries` reported $400 billion strategic partnership agreement by replicating the model of “maximum pressure” that`s been experimented against Huawei over the past year.
Hospitals in Thailand are equipping newborn babies with plastic face shields to help protect them against coronavirus. Nurses at the Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok have been pictured holding the masked babies in a maternity ward.
12:39 [Brits in the Philippines]
The fact that there is a one-megaton nuclear bomb sat at the bottom of the Philippines sea is very worrying. The incident is known as the 1965 Philippine Sea A-4 incident. On the 4th of November 1965, the USS Ticonderoga left the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines. 31 days later on the 5th December 1965, the USS Ticonderoga was on a training exercise in the Philippines sea, when an accident occurred.
19:18 [Philip Schneider]
In light of national and global mandates to wear masks indoors, dentists have discovered that patients returning for check-ups are experiencing a 50% increase in both gum disease and tooth decay. Dentists have termed the condition “mask mouth” after the notorious “meth mouth” that tends to plague methamphetamine users. It is even affecting those who have never had issues before and is believed to be caused by a buildup of bacteria in a dry environment rich in Co2 and low in oxygen.
In the wake of the Fed’s promise of 23 March to print money without limit in order to rescue the covid-stricken US economy, China changed its policy of importing industrial materials to a more aggressive stance. In examining the rationale behind this move, this article concludes that while there are sound geopolitical reasons behind it the monetary effect will be to drive down the dollar’s purchasing power, and that this is already happening. More recently, a veiled threat has emerged that China could dump all her US Treasury and agency bonds if the relationship with America deteriorates further. This appears to be a cover for China to reduce her dollar exposure more aggressively. The consequences are a primal threat to the Fed’s policy of escalating monetary policy while maintaining the dollar’s status in the foreign exchanges.