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The hag has landed. "'Our Congressional delegation's visit to Taiwan honors America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant Democracy,' Pelosi said in a statement after landing."

Former head of the KMT Hung Hsiu-chu "mocked that after Pelosi's arrival, the DPP authorities can receive her with a 'taste of home' with high standards, including ractopamine-enhanced pork imported from the US.'"

by Cat on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 04:42:28 PM EST
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US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2022 is a plan to integrate Taiwan with US Department of Defense [sic] in its operations. The plan is fully funded. Appropriations already committed and disbursed to Taiwan's private- and public-agents are not common knowledge. But I bet Miss Nancy Project Manager knows.

Sec. 1246 Sense of Congress on Taiwan defense relations.
Sec. 1247. Statement of policy on Taiwan.
Sec. 1248. Annual report on Taiwan asymmetric capabilities and intelligence support.
Sec. 1249. Feasibility briefing on cooperation between the National Guard and Taiwan.
Sec. 1250. Feasibility report on establishing military-to-military crisis communications capabilities.
Sec. 1251. Comparative analyses and reports on efforts by the United States and the People's Republic of China to advance critical modernization technology with respect to military applications.
Sec. 1252. Sense of congress on defense alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.

There is no way her FYE 2022 appointment with President Tsai can be construed as a "good will" demonstration of US commitment to peaceful foreign policy, much less UN Resolution 2758.

CNA | "the ongoing visit 'in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy'."

by Cat on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 06:59:06 PM EST
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Yonhap | Yoon, U.S. senator meet to discuss alliance, Friday 12 Aug
Markey expressed confidence the bilateral relationship will grow stronger, saying the CHIPS and Science Act [9 Aug], which focuses on the semiconductor industry and was signed by U.S. President Joe Biden this week, "will only further deepen our partnership economically but strategically as well."
APsplainin More US lawmakers visit Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip, Sunday 14 Aug
A delegation of American lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday ...led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and other officials, as well as members of the private sector, to discuss shared interests including reducing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and ["]investments in semiconductors["].
Markey met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol earlier Sunday [?] in South Korea before arriving in Taiwan  on a separate flight at Taoyuan International Airport, which also serves Taipei.
by Cat on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 05:18:03 PM EST
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007 indemnity

EO 14078, Bolstering Efforts To Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home, July 19, 2022

Terrorist organizations, criminal groups, and other malicious actors who take hostages for financial, political, or other gain--as well as foreign states that engage in the practice of wrongful detention, including for political leverage or to seek concessions from the United States--threaten the integrity of the international political system
Which is?
and the safety of United States nationals and other persons abroad. I therefore determine that hostage-taking and the wrongful detention of United States nationals abroad constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat....
by Cat on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 11:05:19 AM EST
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Bullying has its risks ...

Joe Biden - 2014
Lloyd Austin War Party - 2022
NSC White House - 2021

Another false flag operation behind enemy lines?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 12:00:28 PM EST
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Roll Call | Senate appropriators want $4 billion for ships Navy didn't seek, 4 Aug NDAA of 2023
"Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate aide who also served as an assistant director at the Government Accountability Office, said the additional ship spending is now a routine part of what he called "a profoundly corrupt, but technically legal, DOD funding system.""

James M. Inhofe [!] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023

Sec. 121. DDG(X) destroyer program.
Sec. 123. Block buy contracts for Ship-to-Shore Connector program.
Sec. 124. Procurement authorities for John Lewis [!]-class fleet replenishment oiler ships.
Sec. 125. Tomahawk cruise missile capability on FFG-62 class vessels.
Sec. 126. Navy shipbuilding workforce development initiative.
(1) Covered program.--The term "covered program" means the DDG(X) destroyer program.
(2) Eligible shipbuilder.--The term "eligible shipbuilder'' means any of the following:
(A) General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. [ME]
(B) Huntington Ingalls Incorporated, Ingalls Shipbuilding division. [AL]
by Cat on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 10:20:15 PM EST
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free and independent State of Maine
with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe

form of government for the State of Alabama
invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God

by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 11:51:48 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 12:08:48 AM EST
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Apart from it being word salad, and Franklin never being president, there is also the matter of Franklin's views on security and freedom:

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

I see how this trip must have been worth escalating tensions with China.

by fjallstrom on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 01:16:19 PM EST
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US intel officer targeted by John Bolton reacts to coup-plot confession, 15 July
FULTON ARMSTRONG:  Coups, we have to be careful.  Just a teeny bit of history here, that when the US government supports coups, it's done on different levels.  There's the highly political level where the policy is to achieve regime change without actually getting into the mud with potential coup plotters.  A second level would be one where we establish it as a policy, and we, through various players in the US government, including covert players but also overt players, go out and sort of look for people who say, think, sort of `help me rid me of this priest' sort of stuff.  And then the third one is when you're hands-on and you're actually recruiting people, arming people, and setting particular operations in motion. ...
by Cat on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 09:54:16 PM EST
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30 Aug
31 Aug
VOA | Biden Set to Address 'Battle for the Soul of the Nation'
"Unlike countries with parliamentary systems, the United States does not have snap elections."
by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 10:34:14 PM EST
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yeah? nope.
by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 04:26:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 01:17:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 12:21:22 AM EST
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University D'Oh | The US-Led Drive to Isolate Russia and China Is Falling Short, 5 Aug illustrated rentier math
It's an uncomfortable reality confronting Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his extended tour of Southeast Asia and Africa
"half of the countries in the Group of Twenty have not signed up" to G7 alias NATO alias Eight Nations alias Great Powers self-sanctions

  G7: FR, DE, IT, EU-CO, EU-EC, EU-High Representative, JP, UK, US, CA

by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 03:33:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 01:53:03 AM EST
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American Airlines Places [Nonrefundable "]Deposit["] on 20 Supersonic Planes, 16 Aug
"Boom CEO Blake Scholl insists his company's plane will be different [than Concorde] when it debuts in 2029, with tickets costing about $4,000 to $5,000 to fly from New York to London in about three and one-half hours."
wut: "We remain cautious as to what may happen with Ukraine" Ryanair CFO Neil Sorahan tells US American Squawk Box voyeurs
by Cat on Tue Aug 16th, 2022 at 11:20:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 12:57:28 PM EST
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Yer gonna need a bigger psycho-therapist, possibly more meme stocks
by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:58:54 PM EST
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"to sway voters before the 2022 election"
by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 11:03:00 AM EST
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OBM, The 2023 Mid-Session Review, 24 Aug
In July, our economy had zero percent inflation ...
Mid-Session FY 2023 Budget Review, Table 1, technical adjustment
Note: negative figures represent higher receipts or lower outlays
by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 12:23:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 07:28:47 PM EST
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