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Thiel and Bannon: “Yellow Peril” in Silicon Valley

Peter Thiel–lynchpin of pow­er in the Trump admin­is­tra­tion, the top dog in Palan­tir (the alpha preda­tor of the elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance milieu), a key play­er in Facebook–has dis­sem­i­nat­ed anti-Chi­nese vit­ri­ol about the “yel­low per­il” in Sil­i­con Val­ley. He has been joined in that effort by Steve Ban­non, a coor­di­na­tor of anti-Chi­na activ­i­ty in Wash­ing­ton D.C. Ban­non’s state­ments and actions are par­tic­u­lar­ly iron­ic in light of his cyn­i­cal use of rem­nants of “the old Chi­na” in his “Gold Farm­ing” busi­ness the first decade of this cen­tu­ry. “. . . . From 2007 to 2012, he had been the CEO of a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar video-game gold-farm­ing scheme. “Gold farm­ing” was a term for let­ting third-world labor­ers to do; the same repet­i­tive tasks in mas­sive­ly mul­ti­play­er online role-play­ing games (MORPGs) to acquire in-game cur­ren­cy. . . . . The self-pro­claimed anti-glob­al­ist Ban­non ran the scheme by sub­con­tract­ing Chi­nese labor. Accord­ing to Wired writer Julian Dibbel, who vis­it­ed one of the Chi­nese busi­ness part­ners who employed min­ers for Bannon’s com­pa­ny in 2009, the dig­i­tal labor­ers “slept upstairs on ply­wood bunks, day-shift work­ers sat in the hot, dim­ly-lit work­shop.” They earned about four dol­lars a day with eighty-four-hour work­weeks. . . .”


Tibet: AOC Soils Her Diapers (Never Overestimate a Space Cadet from the Bronx)

Demon­strat­ing her lack of his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal aware­ness, AOC has lent her voice to the anti-Chi­na, CIA-linked pro­pa­gan­da cho­rus, call­ing for Tibet’s “inde­pen­dence” from Chi­na. As we have seen in past pro­grams, AOC has derived her polit­i­cal momen­tum from her cam­paign man­ag­er and chief of staff Saikat Chakrabar­ti, an acolyte of Indi­an fas­cist Sub­has Chan­dra Bose–“The Duce of Ben­gal.” We have cov­ered Tibet and the Dalai Lama in numer­ous pro­grams, includ­ing FTR #‘s 547, 548 and 842, not­ing the Dalai Lama’s pro­found links to SS officers–some of them Class A war criminals–and the CIA. He prays dai­ly to a Mon­go­lian War God. We have also high­light­ed the nature of the regime rep­re­sent­ed by the Dalai Lama: “In the Dalai Lama’s Tibet, tor­ture and mutilation—including eye goug­ing, the pulling out of tongues, ham­string­ing, and amputation–were favored pun­ish­ments inflict­ed upon run­away serfs and thieves. Jour­ney­ing through Tibet in the 1960s, Stu­art and Roma Gelder inter­viewed a for­mer serf, Tsereh Wang Tuei, who had stolen two sheep belong­ing to a monastery. For this he had both his eyes gouged out and his hand muti­lat­ed beyond use. He explains that he no longer is a Bud­dhist: ‘When a holy lama told them to blind me I thought there was no good in reli­gion.’ Since it was against Bud­dhist teach­ings to take human life, some offend­ers were severe­ly lashed and then ‘left to God’ in the freez­ing night to die. ‘The par­al­lels between Tibet and medieval Europe are strik­ing,’ con­cludes Tom Grun­feld in his book on Tibet. In 1959, Anna Louise Strong vis­it­ed an exhi­bi­tion of tor­ture equip­ment that had been used by the Tibetan over­lords. There were hand­cuffs of all sizes, includ­ing small ones for chil­dren, and instru­ments for cut­ting off noses and ears, goug­ing out eyes, and break­ing off hands. There were instru­ments for slic­ing off kneecaps and heels, or ham­string­ing legs. There were hot brands, whips, and spe­cial imple­ments for dis­em­bow­el­ing. . . .”


Never Underestimate a Space Alien from Venus

A Japan­ese fas­cist mind con­trol cult called Hap­py Sci­ence joins Falun Gong in the list of par­tic­i­pants in the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence. ” . . . . On Fri­day after­noon at the Hyatt Regency Orlan­do, Hiroa­ki ‘Jay’ Aeba, a promi­nent Japan­ese con­ser­v­a­tive, will address CPAC about the threat Chi­na pos­es to the U.S., tak­ing a prime spot in the line­up just after Don­ald Trump Jr. Aeba is no stranger to CPAC. . . . . What isn’t men­tioned is the cen­tral role Aeba plays in a Japan­ese cult called Hap­py Sci­ence, whose leader believes he is the Mes­si­ah . . . . Hap­py Sci­ence was found­ed in Octo­ber 1986 by Ryuho Okawa, a for­mer Wall Street trad­er who claims to be the rein­car­nat­ed form of Bud­dha, who him­self was the rein­car­nat­ed form of El Cantare, a god from Venus who cre­at­ed life on earth mil­lions of years ago. . . . ” ” . . . . . . . . At the same time, the orga­ni­za­tion’s polit­i­cal wing, the Hap­pi­ness Real­iza­tion Par­ty, pro­motes polit­i­cal views that include sup­port for Japan­ese mil­i­tary expan­sion, sup­port for the use of nuclear deterrence,[8] and denial of his­tor­i­cal events such as the Nan­jing Mas­sacre in Chi­na and the com­fort women issue in South Korea . . . . ” One of the group’s most out­ra­geous undertakings–crafted by the group’s founder–Ryuho Okawa–is  a book in which he claims to have chan­neled the spir­it of Iris Chang, the late author of The Rape of Nanking. In this piece of offal, Okawa claims that Iris Chang’s spir­it has con­fessed to pub­lish­ing a false book, and wish­es that it be with­drawn. In FTR #‘s 1107 and 1108 we looked at the sus­pi­cious death of Iris Chang, whose work over­lapped the world of Black Gold dis­cussed by the Sea­graves in “Gold War­riors”.


Ukrainian Justice

In FTR #1097, we updat­ed dis­cus­sion of cit­i­zens of the U.S. (and oth­er nations) trav­el­ing to Ukraine to gain com­bat expe­ri­ence, which they can then use when they return to their native lands. The recent refusal of a Ukrain­ian court to extra­dite a U.S. citizen–Craig Lang–wanted for a dou­ble mur­der in the U.S. under­scores Ukraine’s posi­tion as a fas­cist out­post, of sorts. FTR#‘s 1098 through 1101 are among the many pro­grams detail­ing the growth of fas­cism in Ukraine.


Adrian Zenz Strikes Again

Accu­sa­tions of Chi­nese geno­cide against its Uighur minority–amplified by Mike Pom­peo in his last days as Sec­re­tary of State and endorsed by main­stream news orga­ni­za­tions, Joe Biden and Antho­ny Blinken–come from a sin­gle report by Ger­man Nazi-fel­low-trav­el­er Adri­an Zenz, who cher­ry picked Chi­nese demo­graph­ics to dis­till his the­sis. A suc­cinct analy­sis of Zen­z’s hypoth­e­sis was pro­vid­ed by an ana­lyst with the Naval War Col­lege: ” . . . . Lyle Gold­stein, a Chi­na spe­cial­ist and research pro­fes­sor in the Strate­gic and Oper­a­tional Research Depart­ment of the Naval War Col­lege, told The Gray­zone that Zenz’s label­ing of the Chi­nese approach to the Uyghurs as ‘demo­graph­ic geno­cide’ is ‘ridicu­lous to the point of being insult­ing to those who lost rel­a­tives in the Holo­caust.’. . . .” Con­sid­er­ing the role played in World War II by the OUN/B–the par­ent orga­ni­za­tion of the Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee and Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foundation–Zenz’s accu­sa­tions are par­tic­u­lar­ly grotesque.


Intellectual and Political Prostitution at Harvard (A “Zero” Sum Game) UPDATED ON 2/25 and 2/26/2021

In an exam­ple of the kind of intel­lec­tu­al and his­tor­i­cal skew­ing that can accom­pa­ny polit­i­cal rewards, a Har­vard pro­fes­sor has writ­ten a paper claim­ing that the Com­fort Women–slave pros­ti­tutes con­script­ed by the Japan­ese army before and dur­ing World War II–volunteered for that ser­vice. This fol­lows J. Mark Ram­sey­er’s receipt of The Order of the Ris­ing Sun award­ed by the Japan­ese gov­ern­ment after World War II. In FTR #1140, we doc­u­ment­ed the enslave­ment of the Com­fort Women at length and in detail. “. . . . Worst of Japan’s slave pro­grams was that of the Com­fort Women. Young girls, many not even 13 years old, were shang­haied into sex­u­al slav­ery. After the war, Tokyo insist­ed all Com­fort Women were mere­ly pros­ti­tutes who vol­un­teered, and that the entire oper­a­tion was run by pri­vate enter­prise. Both state­ments are demon­stra­bly false. . . . Book­keep­ing was thor­ough, with forms for each woman list­ing dai­ly earn­ings and num­ber of clients. Up to 200,000 young women and ado­les­cent girls were forced into this sex­u­al slav­ery, to serve more than 3.5‑million Japan­ese sol­diers. Each was expect­ed to have fif­teen part­ners a day. . . .” Ram­sey­er is the Mit­subishi Pro­fes­sor of Legal Stud­ies at Harvard–manifesting the role of one of Japan’s zaibat­su in the world of acad­e­mia. One of the most impor­tant transna­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions, Mitsubishi–manufacturer of the Zero fight­er in World War II–has ben­e­fit­ted from cor­po­rate influ­ence in the U.S. diplo­mat­ic corps: ” . . . . U.S. Ambas­sador to Japan Thomas Foley was adamant in reject­ing com­pen­sa­tion for POW’s and oth­er slave labor­ers, insist­ing that ‘The peace treaty put aside all claims against Japan.’ . . . . After retir­ing as ambas­sador and return­ing to Wash­ing­ton, Foley open­ly became a paid lob­by­ist for Mit­subishi Cor­po­ra­tion as a mem­ber of its advi­so­ry pan­el on strat­e­gy. Mit­subishi was among the biggest employ­ers of Amer­i­can slave labor dur­ing the war. . . .” Ram­sey­er has also revised his­to­ry in his analy­sis of the Kan­to mas­sacre fol­low­ing the Great Kan­to Earth­quake of 1923, in which eth­nic Kore­ans were sub­ject­ed to a bru­tal pogrom by the Japan­ese secu­ri­ty forces. ” . . . . Also in 2021, Ram­sey­er emerged at the cen­ter of con­tro­ver­sy over a forth­com­ing chap­ter in The Cam­bridge Hand­book of Pri­va­ti­za­tion, from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press. Writ­ing on the Kan­tō Mas­sacre in which thou­sands of res­i­dent Kore­ans in Japan were mur­dered, Ram­sey­er depict­ed the Kore­ans as ‘gangs’ that ‘torched build­ings, plant­ed bombs, [and] poi­soned water sup­plies.’ . . .”


“C‑4” No Evil

With height­ened ten­sion about increased ter­ror­ism from domes­tic extrem­ists, we note that ten pounds of C‑4 plas­tic explo­sive has been report­ed miss­ing from the twen­ty-nine palms Marine Corps base in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. ” . . . . Sources report that approx­i­mate­ly 10 pounds of Com­po­si­tion C‑4 dis­ap­peared dur­ing a long train­ing exer­cise two weeks ago. They also believe the man­u­fac­tured plas­tic explo­sives may have been stolen. . . . The base would not con­firm any details with ABC 10News. Capt. Zachary Colvin, with the Marine Air Ground Task Force Train­ing Com­mand, told this sta­tion that ‘the ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion into this inci­dent is being han­dled by NCIS and the affect­ed units.’ . . . .”


Don’t Drink the Water

With the explic­it threat of domes­tic fas­cist (yes, not “right wing”) ter­ror­ism loom­ing large in the wake of the Capi­tol Riot and the 2nd Trump impeach­ment pro­ceed­ings, a hack­ing attempt at poi­son­ing the water sup­ply of a town very near Tam­pa in the run-up to the Super Bowl war­rants scruti­ny. ” . . . . Some­one had tak­en remote con­trol of a plant operator’s machine – and in just a few min­utes, they increased the lev­el of sodi­um hydrox­ide in the city’s drink­ing water by a fac­tor of 100. After spik­ing the caus­tic sub­stance to unsafe lev­els, the hack­er imme­di­ate­ly left the sys­tem. . . . ‘The hack­er changed the sodi­um hydrox­ide from about 100 parts per mil­lion to 11,100 parts per mil­lion,’ [Pinel­las Coun­ty Sher­iff Bob] Gualtieri said on Mon­day, dur­ing a brief­ing about the attack. . . . ‘Some­one hacked into the sys­tem, not just once but twice,’ to take con­trol of the sys­tem and change the water chem­istry to unsafe lev­els. . . .”


Exit Stage Right: Eugenio Martinez Dies (What Was Richard Nixon Doing In Dallas, Texas, on 11/22/1963?)

In FTR #‘s 961, 962 and 963, we exam­ined the pro­found con­nec­tions between the Water­gate Break-in and the assas­si­na­tion of JFK. The obit­u­ary of recent­ly deceased Water­gate bur­glar Euge­nio Mar­tinez con­tained a detail that opens up a vista onto the real Water­gate “op.” “. . . . In 1983, after his requests for clemen­cy had been reject­ed by Pres­i­dents Ger­ald R. Ford and Jim­my Carter, Mr. Martínez — who, it turned out, had still been on retain­er to the C.I.A. at the time of the Water­gate break-in — was par­doned by Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan. . . .”


The Myanmar Coup and The Full Court Press Against China

One of the main con­sid­er­a­tions in the recent coup in Myan­mar con­cerns the full court press against Chi­na. ” . . . . In Sep­tem­ber 2018, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­na and Myan­mar signed a mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing on the con­struc­tion of the Chi­na-Myan­mar Eco­nom­ic Cor­ri­dor (CMEC), a trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor con­nect­ing Man­dalay, Myan­mar’s sec­ond largest metrop­o­lis in the cen­ter of the coun­try, with Kun­ming, the metrop­o­lis in the south­west Chi­nese Yun­nan Province. The CMEC will become a link in Chi­na’s new Silk Road (Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive — BRI). Experts are say­ing that Aung San Suu Kyi [above, right–D.E.] is the main force behind fur­ther rein­force­ment of coop­er­a­tion with Chi­na, as a means of pro­mot­ing Myan­mar’s quick­est pos­si­ble development.[6] The gen­er­als, on the oth­er hand, are said to wor­ry about Bei­jing gain­ing too much influ­ence. . . .”