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China is buying, begging, and stealing to get an edge on Silicon Valley

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China is buying begging and stealing to get an edge on Silicon Valley

When Chinese President Xi Jinping declared last year that he wanted his nation to become a world leader in advanced technologies by 2025, many thought the goal was too ambitious. It took decades for the United States, Japan, and EU nations to establish their technological dominance in robotics, AI, and biotech. For China to catch up in less than a decade seemed unlikely.

Now, it seems like China is well on track to achieve their goal. They haven’t started from scratch to train and their own scientists and engineers on these and other high-tech industries. Instead, they’ve excelled at tactics that most nations rarely consider. They’re literally buying, begging, and stealing their way into technological dominance.

A report by NPR notes that Chinese companies are grabbing up as many smaller technology companies as they can. One way they’re able to do this is by spying on these companies’ financials through “spy chips” placed on motherboards manufactured in China. By finding vulnerable companies, they’re able to swoop in before the public is aware of potential financial distress.

As for begging, they’re using a technique known as “greenfield investments” where they build companies from the ground up across the world, then hire away employees from established companies to gain access to their knowledge and expertise. These investments are often heralded by politicians who tout the job creation involved, but the dangers associated with the practice are often ignored.

According to Michael Brown, managing director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, this is a bigger problem than just transfer of employment to Chinese companies.

China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/07/654339389/china-makes-a-big-play-in-silicon-valley“I’d say they’re very systematic, very long term in their approach and very well-funded,” Brown says.

And, he notes, there is serious concern in Washington that China could acquire too much sensitive U.S. technology and transfer it back home.

“They don’t play by the same rules that we do. So cybertheft is on the table; industrial espionage is on the table,” Brown says.

This brings us to the last tactic in China’s high-tech playbook. They’re stealing technology, literally. This has been well documented with evidence ranging from copying microchip technologies to stealing plans for stealth military aircraft. As Brown pointed out, the rules are different there. They are willing to try to take whatever they can and are daring America and other nations to catch them if they can.

Technology is the key to economic prosperity now and in the future. He who holds the keys to advancement has his other hand in everyone’s wallet. If this aspect of China’s progress continues to be ignored, they will not only meet their goals. They’ll surpass the rest of the world and hold us all as technological hostages.

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NIAC report shows America is insanely ill-prepared for a catastrophic power outage

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NIAC report shows America is insanely ill-prepared for a catastrophic power outage

In the United States, many citizens take the power grid for granted. There has never been a nationwide catastrophic power outage in our history. While localized events like Hurricane Katrina exposed our inability to handle smaller scale long-term outages, an alarming report by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) says we’re still not ready for a wide-scale outage.

While our preparedness remains insufficient, the ways in which a catastrophic power outage could occur have increased dramatically. Between higher potency of natural disasters, the rise of cyberterrorism, electromagnetic events from space, and a high risk of electromagnetic attacks, the potential for such an event are higher than ever before. At this point, such events would cripple the nation, perhaps irreversibly.

The 94-page report is loaded with things one might think came from The Onion. It warns that since the council was formed in 2001, the threat risks have outpaced improvements in countermeasures. Perhaps the most alarming takeaway is that there is currently no established protocol to follow from top to bottom in case of such an event.

At this point, we’re still at the recommendation stage of determining who would be in charge of efforts to stabilize the power grid in case of catastrophic failure. While the report recommends the Secretary of Homeland Security would be in charge over both the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, that designation has not been officially made. It’s hard to imagine DHS taking command of the military in any circumstance, but that’s essentially what the report recommends.

As the Washington Examiner says, it may be time for preppers to ramp up their efforts while non-preppers should reconsider their stance.

Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says DHS

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/start-prepping-electric-grid-prime-target-of-terrorists-profound-threat-says-dhsThe report is an urgent call to action to organize a uniform reaction to a grid attack, harden it from attack, warn of the threats and push regular Americans into preparing for the worst.

It also calls for federal spending instead of a reliance on rate hikes by individual utilities to fix their systems and said that $1 spent to protect the grid will save $6 in the case of recovery.

“The power grid is a prime target for attack by nation states, and it is not fair for ratepayers to bear the full burden for this national security function,” said the report, which looked at the potential of a “catastrophic” half-year blackout that could impact 75 million.

My Take

Yes, it’s time to prepare. The threats are so numerous and some of them are so easily achievable through terrorism, it’s hard to believe we haven’t been hit yet.

As noted earlier, it’s very discouraging that in the event of a nationwide catastrophic power outage, nobody in DC knows exactly what to do. Keep in mind, this isn’t the type of report where they would hold back information for the sake of lulling our enemies into a state of complacency. We would want them to think we had a clear handle on any situation they could dream up. If anything, this report increases the chances that someone would make an attempt.

What’s worse is that the report recommends essentially handing over control of recovery efforts to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently, that person is Kirstjen Nielsen. While she seems competent enough to handle her duties, there have been questions about her job security. Her biggest defender has been Chief of Staff John Kelly and he’s on his way out this month. Will Nielson be next? If so, would an attack on our power grid be timed by our enemies during a transition period? Scary thought.

It isn’t just the government who seems completely unprepared based on the report. Most Americans are scarcely able to survive a week without a trip to the grocery store. Alarmists have been screaming for years. Today, it may be time to start listening.

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros, but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co earlier today when he shifted the conversation from George Orwell to George Soros. In the following segment, host Stuart Varney apologized for the comments.

“In the last hour one of our guests, Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him. I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program, or anyone at Fox Business,” Varney said on-air.

Gohmert responded:

“Soros himself admitted in a 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft on December 20, 1998 that he had no regrets whatsoever about assisting the Nazis in confiscating property from the Jewish people during the Holocaust. That is a fact. Any person with any sense of empathy for their fellow human beings would regret the part they played in confiscating Jewish property during the Holocaust. My remarks were not anti-Semitic. Even the Israeli government has condemned Soros. They were about the horror of his lack of remorse over his actions. It was a pro-Jewish statement on my part and supportive of the statement that the Israeli government made last year that anti-Soros statements are not anti-Semitic because George Soros ‘continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.’”

To corroborate his claims, Gohmert linked to a 1998 interview with Soros on 60 Minutes:

He also linked to a statement made by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Clarification – Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred.

This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel’s ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.

My Take

George Soros is not a friend of Israel. He and his many companies and organizations are the strongest catalysts for far-left progressive thoughts overtaking much of society.

With that said, Gohmert was picking the wrong fight. It’s clear from the interview that Soros did, as a child, assist in taking property from Jews during the Holocaust. He also expressed no guilt for doing so. But he explained that it was the Nazis who were taking the property and his participation as a child who didn’t understand what was happening is the reason he felt no guilt.

From a fact-checking perspective, Gohmert was correct. But the physical actions of moving property on orders from adults is nowhere near the scope of the real damage Soros would inflict as an adult. It’s a distraction from the real dangers he represents and harms the credibility of those who are opposed to Soros’ current agenda.

George Soros represents arguably the greatest threat to sovereignty, freedom, and self governance. Louie Gohmert’s attacks on his inconsequential actions as a child were a poor reflection on those who are fighting the real battle against this dangerous man.

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Cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani doesn’t understand the internet

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Cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani doesnt understand the internet

The person President Trump picked as his cybersecurity adviser is making claims of a conspiracy against him and the President perpetrated by Twitter. While Rudy Giuliani correct in assuming anti-Trump bias at Twitter, he’s wrong in believing that bias was turned against him. In fact, he’s the one who made the mistake, but his understanding of how the internet works is shockingly lacking.

On Sunday, Giuliani Tweeted this:

You’ll notice a link to G-20.in that was automatically turned into a hyperlink because Giuliani forgot to put a space at the end of the sentence. This is done whenever any letters or numbers precede a period immediately followed by a top level domain (TLD), such as [dot]com or [dot]net. In this case, it was [dot]in, the code for Indian websites.

An industrious leftist noticed it, bought the domain, and put up an anti-Trump message.

Fearing he was targeted by Twitter or someone who was given access to edit his post, Giuliani Tweeted this yesterday:

His argument that the “same thing-period no space-occurred later” references the part where he excluded the space in “Helsinki.Either” in the original Tweet. Unfortunately for Giuliani’s conspiracy theory, [dot]Either isn’t a TLD.

It’s probably best for someone a little more tech-savvy to handle Giuliani’s Twitter account for him. It may also behoove the nation if someone a lot more tech savvy could replace him as President Trump’s cybersecurity adviser.

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