Russia increased naval activity worrying NATO about undersea cables

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Russia’s undersea naval activity is at record levels, and NATO is worried about a crucial lifeline to the world

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Russian nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy sails under the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark on its way to Saint Petersburg, July 21, 2017.Scanpix Denmark/Sarah Christine Noergaard via Reuters

  • The US and NATO have noted increasing Russian naval activity around Europe in recent years.
  • That activity, particularly the submarine component, has sparked concern about the vulnerability of undersea cables connecting the global economy.
  • NATO and the US have responded, bolstering forces at sea and anti-submarine warfare efforts and shifting NATO commands.

Russian undersea naval activity in the North Atlantic has reached new levels, and NATO is worried that the undersea cables connecting North America and Europe and the rest of the world are being targeted.

“We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” US Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, commander of NATO’s submarine forces, told The Washington Post. “Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations’ undersea infrastructure.”

Moscow’s subs appear to be interested in the privately owned lines that stretch across the seabed, carrying insulated fiber-optic cables. The cables are strewn across the world’s oceans and seas, carrying 95% of communications and over $10 trillion in daily transactions.

Blocking the flow of information through them could scramble the internet, while tapping into them could give eavesdroppers a valuable picture of the data flowing within. The cables are fragile and have been damaged in the past by ships’ anchors, though usually in areas were repairs are relatively easy.

Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, the UK’s defense chief, has also sounded alarm about Russia’s apparent focus on the undersea cables. “There is a new risk to our way of life, which is the vulnerability of the cables that criss-cross the seabeds,” he said earlier this month.

http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-increased-naval-activity-threatening-undersea-cables-2017-12

12 Days of Christmas

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I would like to thank all those who follow my blog, give likes or comments. It’s been an exciting year and I look forward to the next one. We have interviews, more videos, more reviews and reporting from the new shows of 2018 like Shot Show and Blade. We look forward to shows like Forged in Fire and some new ones to debut in 2018.

Also would like to share a favorite song of mine from Carroll Roberson, The 12 Days of Christmas. I included the video with lyrics to sing along. If you have never believed in Jesus, ask for forgiveness, receive Him, and make Him the Lord of your life. When you hear the words of this song, relalize He has some wonderful things in mind for you in this world and Forever after.

Merry Christmas!

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Top Five Reasons Not to Vote, by Doug Casey

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Democracy is mob rule, and voting simply ratifies it. From Doug Casey at lewrockwell.com:

Democracy is vastly overrated.

It’s not like the consensus of a bunch of friends agreeing to see the same movie. Most often, it boils down to a kinder and gentler variety of mob rule, dressed in a coat and tie. The essence of positive values like personal liberty, wealth, opportunity, fraternity, and equality lies not in democracy, but in free minds and free markets where government becomes trivial. Democracy focuses people’s thoughts on politics, not production; on the collective, not on their own lives.

Although democracy is just one way to structure a state, the concept has reached cult status; unassailable as political dogma. It is, as economist Joseph Schumpeter observed, “a surrogate faith for intellectuals deprived of religion.” Most of the founders of America were more concerned with liberty than democracy. Tocqueville saw democracy and…

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De Facto Travel Restrictions Now Exist For Americans, by Paul Craig Roberts

I don’t read RT articles and am no fan of Stein or Flynn, but without a doubt in this case Burr has lost it.

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Visit Russia and interact with the government or related entities and you’re liable to be put on a US government list. From Paul Craig Roberts at paulcraigroberts.com:

Dear Friends, I apologize for dumping this on you at Christmas, a time for peace and joy. But these are the facts. We can ignore them only at our peril.

Green Party presidential Candidate Jill Stein is being investigated by the Senate Intelligence (sic) Committee for “Russian connections.”

What has brought Russiagate to Jill Stein? The answer is that she attended the 10th Anniversary RT dinner in Moscow as did the notorious “Russian collaborator” US General Michael Flynn. RT is a news organization, a far better one than exists in the West, but if you were one of the many accomplished people who attended the anniversary dinner, you are regarded by Republican Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina as a possible Kremlin agent.

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Jorge Ramos says ” I have never been treated so badly”

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“Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos says he’s experiencing “the worst moment I’ve had in the 34 years I’ve been living in the United States.”

“With Donald Trump there, I have never been treated so badly. I have never been insulted so much. We’ve never been attacked so much. They have never tried to run us out as much as now,” Ramos vented in an interview with the Spanish radio network Cadena SER.

Ramos, who proclaimed himself “if not an enemy, an opponent” of Trump in the interview, complained about the massive blowback he has received since deciding to use his media platforms to openly oppose the choice of over 62 million American voters in last year’s U.S. presidential election.

“Now the social media networks are terrible,” Ramos told his Spanish radio interviewer, Javier del Pino. “Before if someone wanted to insult…

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Illinois Lost 1 Resident Every 4.3 Minutes In 2017, Dropped To 6th Most Populous State

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Illinois is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it’s largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90’s.  Here is just a small taste of some of our posts on Illinois’ challenges:

Given that, it’s hardly surprising that the Prairie State lost a net 33,700 residents in fiscal year 2017, according to the Census Bureau.  Also not surprising is the fact that the mass exodus from Illinois was the…

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Here’s to all our friends at the U.N.

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Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

“WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-israel-un/trump-threatens-to-cut-aid-to-u-n-members-over-jerusalem-vote-idUSKBN1EE2A3

Trump also said that the days of taking advantage of us are over, but that was  not mentioned in any of the media articles

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Pay attention please

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* (At bottom) Now that Hezbollah is teamed up with the Zeta cartel this could be applied to anyone who buys drugs smuggled out of Mexico. Enjoy that doobie out on the fishing boat, it might be your last.l

“On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s  dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield.

The breadth of the NDAA’s worldwide detention authority violates the Constitution and international law because it is not limited to people captured in an actual armed conflict, as required by the laws of war. Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold…

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