I was reading an article which mentioned how China may use technology in space to ram United States’ satellites to prevent spying and GPS and whatnot activities in wartime, and I thought to myself that China could also create satellites that may act like a last resort measure in which it would project indiscriminately projectiles to all satellites in an orbit, including the ones that China operates. Why I think China can also go this route? Well, let me see, in wartime China got the number on her side, because she got 1.3 billion people to draft from for a world war. If China can sacrifice her satellites to destroy all satellites of her enemies, then why not right? After all, when all satellites become inoperable, China can use traditional warfare tactics that do not rely on satellites to win war — she got the number on her side. Of course, this is only my imagination, because I don’t know if China has ever created something like this yet. Of course, the United States can do the same, but this means such technology would force the United States to fight blind. I think the United States prefers to have her satellites operating during wartime.
An ocean away, the Atlantic that is, and so I kind of being ignorant to what is really going on in the Middle East. Still, I’m surprised to see China is now sending military advisers to Syria so China can aid Bashar al-Assad in fighting against the rebels and other extremists. Meanwhile, Russia is bombing the extremists (i.e., ISIS/ISIL) in Syria from Iran’s military airbase. Putting these facts together, it’s now clear that China is joining in to help Russia, Iran, and Syria in fighting against the rebels and extremists that are trying to collapse Bashar al-Assad’s government. Lately though, it seems that the ISIS/ISIL forces are being scattered and being stamped out of Syria, because Russia is still stepping up to drive these forces out of Syria.
Since China’s economy keeps on growing, it needs energy supplies such as oil from the Middle East to secure Chinese future, and so China is going against one of the creeds that China has always held dear most — which is not to interfere with internal matters of another country or region. Furthermore, China is looking to realize the grand plan of connecting Europe and everything in between to China through the One Belt One Road (or Silk Road) initiative/project. With such a grand plan, China needs the Middle East to calm down much more to ensure the safety of the people, companies, and whatever that are involving in developing and realizing the grand Silk Road project.
Since China is now slowly forming a coalition with Russia and Iran, I wonder how Europe is going to react to this. China is key in Russia’s plan, because China is a very big business partner of most countries in Europe. The United States may have her plate full from now on, because Europe could decide to be less helpful to the United States since China is now joining in the Middle East’s mess. If things keep on getting escalating, I think Europe would have less appetite in seeing business with China goes sour, because we’re talking about peace and prosperity in long term here. Still, Europe could also decide to help the United States fight against China/Russia/Iran coalition, because Europe has a special relationship with the United States.
Whatever the case, it’s bad for the United States, because the United States is still supporting the rebels — who are trying to collapse the government of Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Check out the video right after the break to see the news on China joined up with Bashar al-Assad’s regime to fight off ISIS/ISIL and the rebels.
When core commodity prices such as oil are going down, logically, anything else that depends and adjusts to these commodities would become cheaper too. Let’s say oil prices are going down big time, and so the gasoline prices should be plummeting too. Let’s say oil prices are going down big time, foods and transportation costs should also plummet too. With lower oil prices, companies that produce products should see cost reliefs (e.g., transportation, commodity prices, etc…). Basically, any price of core commodities plummets should bring the prices of the related products and services down.
As we speak, world politics and agenda have pushed the prices of oil way down. Not too long ago, I remember oil prices were near $100 price range. Nowadays we are seeing oil prices go under $40. I don’t think we are seeing the natural cycle of supply and demand is at work for oil here, because world politics is dictating the terms. Sure, many countries are pumping more oil out of the oil wells even though the oil prices are being suppressed at a super low level, but these countries are doing so to manipulate the world’s oil market in an artificial supply and demand way. Normally, the world market should be the factor that influences the supply and the demand curves.
Since oil prices are plummeting way low in unnatural manner, any small positive news could really affect the oil prices. Oil prices are also being stressed out by the advances of green energy technologies. As the present keeps on pushing for a greener future, oil will have to compete with various green energies for market share. If the politics stays away and the world market gets to decide, prices for oil and other energies should balance out according to the supply and demand curves.
It’s worrisome to see that countries are not on best of terms with each other nowadays. Middle East is still experiencing great violences. Europe’s economic might is in further decline. Elsewhere is not doing too good as the whole world is experiencing a recession or depression, depending on who you would raise the topic with. Cheaper oil could also mean oil is more accessible for stockpiling. Great oil stockpile means instigating war or prepare for one is rather convenient.
If war breaks out now, prices of most services and commodities will shoot up. This too isn’t natural since war conditions would push the natural market forces aside. Both politics and war would be the major factors in manipulating the market prices, and I surmise that people who can easily wield these factors will be able to make a lot of money. This is why we keep hearing someone would say something along this line, war is money. Well, politics is also money! I think war and politics are money making machines.
I was so hesitated to watch “The Man in the High Castle” TV series, but boy I’m glad that I did a binge watch of it. I got through the whole first season without missing a single minute of it. I have to say the series is very enjoyable. How come? Even though the series is flipping history on its head, I must say the series is awesome in a way in which you may want to hang onto every minute of the series.
Spoiler is ahead, and so you should not read on if you think you want to watch this series for yourself.
I must admit, Juliana Crain is very pretty, but her prettiness doesn’t affect her character as if she is a weak flower that needs to be protected from the elements. She is headstrong with a golden heart in which doesn’t destroy her feminine side as if a female wanna be male sort of things. In the first episode, she shows that even though she is a woman, she can handle a man in a combat. If I’m not wrong on the martial art style she has been practicing, Akido allows her to defend herself against stronger men. Don’t let her macho side put you off if you’re one of those guys who hates to see how a female can easily beat up a male character in movies, because this side of her isn’t telling her whole story. Besides of wanting to be loved by Frank and possibly by Joe, she is a strong woman who wants to seek out other possibilities that may present to her by chances and luck. The world she lives in, her people are being treated as second class, because the area — she lives in — is being controlled by the imperialistic Japan; imperialistic Japan empire fought on the Nazi side and won WWII. She reluctantly joins the resistance when she witnesses her sister got shot by the imperialistic Japanese. Although Alexa Davalos’s performance as Juliana Crain is not Oscar worthy, but I think in season one she executes her role as Juliana Crain quite brilliantly. Basically, she is believable in her role.
Frank Frink is Juliana Crain’s boyfriend. The series’ trademark is about flipping history on its head, but a closer look would probably have you think that Frank Frink is rather a feminine character. So, the series got Frank Frink as a male character who wants to live under the imperialistic regimes peacefully, because life is precious. As the Japanese authorities seek out Juliana, they have Frank Frink in custody. During the confinement, they torture Frank Frink. When Frank Frink refuses to give up Juliana’s whereabout, the imperialistic Japanese authorities kill his sister and nephews. When the Japanese authorities finally think that Juliana Crain hasn’t got what they are after anymore, they release Frank Frink. By the time Frank Frink got his release, his sister and nephews were already being killed. No longer a mister nice guy, Frank Frink feels the rage that he has never ever felt before from within him. Frank Frink decides that he needs to kill the crown prince of the imperialistic Japanese empire for a payback. Nonetheless, things don’t always go as plan for him.
Joe Blake is one handsome Nazi, but he got a heart of gold. Although he is a Nazi who goes undercover as a resistance member, he loves Juliana Crain. Meeting Juliana Crain helps Joe Blake changes his mind about many things. From being devoted Nazi, Joe Blake wants to protect Juliana Crain, but his boss isn’t going to let him do anything like that. He tries hard to protect Juliana Crain, but things can only get more insane from here. As the story unfolds, Joe Blake is sort of a double agent, but in the end he wants to help Juliana Crain, himself, and possibly the world. He has a heart of gold, but can he really help everyone in the end? Season one isn’t revealing how Joe Blake will be able to save Juliana Crain, himself, and the world just yet. It seems that he may still have to be working for both sides (i.e., Nazi and resistance) in season two.
Besides the main characters, the supporting characters are believable in their roles. Basically, the actors and actresses in the series are believable, thus pulling you into this alternate world of theirs. The costumes and sceneries are all very believable and nicely done. I don’t know how much money they had poured into making the season one of this series, but the series got all these excellent qualities that make you want to watch every episode of the season one. I’m not sure how awesome the season two will be, but I know I like the season one a lot. As I’m writing this review/spoiler now, the season two isn’t yet available on Amazon.
In summary, I think the show is awesome, because it turns a well known, decades old historic moment into an alternate version without being dull and boring. The show has excellent cast members, interesting storyline, great stage setups, and so on and so on. I’ve a feeling that if you watch this series you might not be able to skip a single minute of it.
Black Ops III just came out today. I’m playing it now. Right after the break, you can check out Black Ops III’s prologue to the campaign gameplay mode. Enjoy!!!
The United States stated she will sail her warships within China’s manmade island’s or islands’ 12 nautical mile, and China openly replied that it would not allow any country to violate its territory. In coming days, if United States indeed will sail within China’s manmade islands’ 12 nautical mile and if China is indeed going to use force to stop the American warships from entering the area, we may have an uncontrollable situation in which it’s insane just to fathom about the possibility of a situation like this to occur in the first place. The biggest question is what will happen after if China indeed sinks a ship or two that belong to the United States? Will the United States go to war with China if such an aftermath would occur? Who will push the red nuclear button first? We cannot take China as Iraq, because China got so much more capabilities than Iraq could ever wish for. China knows United States, although economically weaker by days and months, still has a very strong military and so facing the United States won’t be a walk in the park either. It just happens that Intelligence Squared Debates program got a debate show in which it asks the debaters to actively debate on the question of “Are China and U.S. long term enemies?” The video is right after the break.
The long term enemies part the video may get it wrong, because countries don’t look at each other as buddies but potential competitors or pawns or necessary evils or enemies. It isn’t strange when I stated like that, because it’s true. Basically, nobody knows how the United States and China will behave toward each other in a much longer term. Nonetheless, at the present time, United States and China are clearly on the verge of starting a dangerous proposition in which neither country may want to back down, consequently leading to a global war. If China and United States are at war, the war environment won’t be a vacuum space in which the participants are only China and the United States. In fact, I believe that a war between these two giants will pull in all sorts of countries that choose sides. Even a country wants to be neutral in such a scenario may not have a choice to do so, because geographical reason or whatever, one or both giants may want to push such a country into war anyway.
We can have a debate all we want on how long U.S. and China would be enemies, but if someone is crazy enough to think that it’s sensible to have China and United States go to war, we cannot rule out a situation in which nuclear weapons would fall off from the sky in both directions toward both countries. By the way, Russia is China’s neighbor. If Russia sees nuclear missiles from the United States heading toward the east, what do you think Russia will do? If I’m a Russian leader, I would definitely think that the nuclear missiles are heading my way, and so I must reply in kind with my own nuclear missiles. Meanwhile China too would be in panic and push the red nuclear button. From my understanding, both China and Russia together have more nuclear weapons than the United States. It’s not a situation I like to see for sure, because I don’t want to see my life and countless other people lives to be wasted away in seconds for power politics in geopolitical common sense.
In my opinion, geopolitical common sense is opposite from treating thy neighbor the way you want to be treated common sense, because geopolitical common sense is about not having to lose one’s position, power, and so on. To put it bluntly, nobody wants to be a little guy, because being a king is always better. A king can have his way, and a little guy will often have to swallow a hurtful pride. Nonetheless, whenever we include nuclear weapons into the equation, it’s hard for a sane person to think it would be possible for United States and China to go to an all out war. Perhaps, one side likes to think that such an all out war is insane, and so a controllable war would be possible. One side may think that at some point, a situation got to a point that nuclear weapons may be used, they could negotiate deals to unwind down the war and nuclear weapons will not be used. Unfortunately, in a war, I don’t think it’s that easy to control or wish a situation to occur the way we like it. Thus, we may want to unwind the war down in a war in which nuclear weapons would be used, the enemy may not know our best intention and misread the intention somehow and nuclear weapons would be used anyway.
It’s scary to see the biggest boys on the block with nuclear weapons are about to strangle each other out. Right after 9/11 of 2001 terrorist attack on World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York, time had become ever more dangerous. It’s cliche to say that we are living in an interesting time, but I think cliche or not we are actually witnessing a time in which humanity is at risk of losing the sanity of it all. What is even crazier? It is that in a time in which I attended middle school, a time in which it was way before 9/11 of 2001, I had read something from a book in which a title I totally have now forgotten, and this something predicted the explosion of a major landmark in New York. On 9/11 of 2001, I could not believe of what I’d witnessed on that day, and it reminded me a prediction I’d read in a book way back then. How could a prediction be so true even though prediction is purely a fiction? In my opinion, prediction is a fiction unless it becomes real. Today, some people like to use bible prophecy which had been written eons ago to predict a war between China and the United States. I want to say this, be careful of what you wish for! A prediction may come true if we believe it and allow it to happen.