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Single Chinese Ship Appears Near US Wargames, And It Could Soon Hand China a Deadly Advantage

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In yet another reminder that the People’s Republic of China is easily the most powerful and ruthless enemy the United States and its allies currently face on the world stage, a Chinese spy ship spotted off the coast of Australia is now camped out, collecting data as the allies engage in war exercises.

The ship, the Tianwangxing, was expected to make an appearance at the Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 by the Australian Defense Force, which tracked its movement for weeks ahead of the biennial war games which are now being held off the coast of Queensland.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy vessel is expected to remain just outside Australia’s territorial waters to gather intelligence on the exercises conducted between the militaries of Australia, the US, Japan, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand, which will run until mid-August, according to The Australian (paywall).

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Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said his government had “fully expected” a spy ship to show up in the region to observe the exercises and that the military had “planned for its presence,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The vessel also showed up to observe the Talisman Sabre games in 2017 and 2019, and the PLA sent spy ships to observe the RIMPAC war games off the coast of Hawaii in 2012 and 2014 that China was, oddly, itself participating in at the time, according to the independent U.S. Naval Institute News. It has since been excluded.

The Type 815 spy ship which is now just outside Australia’s waters, gathering signals intelligence and “signatures” from our and our allies’ military equipment, also shadowed naval exercises between the U.S., India, and Japan to improve how the three allies cooperate in the West Pacific in 2016, according to Popular Mechanics. A second Type 815 was even accused of entering into Japanese waters at one point during those war games and was ordered to leave.

The ship is designed to collect data on missile launches, both by the PLA and foreign forces. It is equipped with massive equipment recovery cranes to fish launched missiles out of the water for analysis.

The ship is also outfitted with between two to four large domes mounted on top of the superstructure, which each protect “a telemetry dish, high-speed camera, or radar dish from saltwater,” Popular Mechanics explained.

They might not look deadly, but the information they gather could give China advantages that make them as dangerous as any weapon afloat.

Rory Medcalf, the head of the Australian National University’s Nat­ional Security College, told The Australian that the ship was gathering intelligence on the capabilities of Australia and its partners, and how they operated together.

“It signifies how seriously China takes the combined capabilities of the US and its allies,” Medcalf explained, according to The Australian. “They want to develop signatures they can match to real world contingencies.”

“They are probably also very interested to see operating pro­cedures, and how effectively we work together,” he noted, adding that this is a reminder that “China’s naval reach can quite easily extend to Australia now, and we can’t hide from the region.”

It’s all very futuristic — and the future of a highly advanced intelligence Cold War is most certainly here now.

Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a local radio station that he is “wary” of the move, although he clarified the ship was “in an area where they are allowed to be, and we know they are there and we are keeping a close eye on it.”

“They’re allowed to be there and the law says they can be there – the Law of the Sea – just like the law says we can be up in the South China Sea,” he said, alluding to long-running tensions between the West and Beijing over the region.

Ironically, by sending the spy ship just outside Australian waters, China is doing exactly what it usually loudly objects to when it feels a foreign vessel encroaching on waters it claims as its own, and the South China Sea has been rife with such tensions as of late between Beijing and the U.S. and its allied forces such as Australia and Japan.

“And so we would just simply say that we think the same tolerances and the same appreciation of those international laws should apply,” Morrison added.

Dutton echoed these words as well, saying that, “Australia respects the right of all states to exercise freedom of navigation and overflight in international waters and airspace, just as we expect others to respect our right to do the same.”

“We need to push back against the threats to our country, whether it is now or over the course of the next decade or two,” he also said. “We need to be realistic about what is happening within our own region and … our alliances will continue to deepen because our partners recognise that threat as well.”

There is absolutely no denying that the Chinese military, despite its formidable number of troops, has resources that pale in comparison to that of the United States and by proxy, anyone the United States is obligated to defend.

China’s rulers are playing dirty, and they don’t care who knows it. But do not mistake their relative weakness to our armed forces to mean that they pose a diminished threat to our nation and the free world at large — far from it.

As they weave a web of influence, intelligence, and intellectual theft through the West, their Belt and Road Initiative gives the PRC a means of establishing their military in new, strategic ports and harbors in the impoverished and unstable nations they entrap with infrastructure investments and impossible-to-repay loans.

The People’s Republic of China is ruthless, wicked, and determined to destroy anything that stands in the way of its quest for global dominance, by any means necessary, to whatever extent the global community allows.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Video: Pilot Dedicates His Last Flight to 13 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan, Passengers Cheer

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It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans.

The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban.

While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes.

The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1.

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While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around.

What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.”

As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing.

“I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause.

“I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued.

“Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.”

This elicited a “hoo-rah” from the cabin.

“Everybody, just remember them,” he added. “And I don’t care who you hated or who you liked in the last election. What happened was just wrong.”

This got some assent from the cabin, too. He finished the preflight speech by saying, “We’ll get going. Smiles, everybody. And … remember the 13.”

With that, the pilot got a round of applause.



While the text overlaid on the original TikTok video said this was the pilot’s last flight, there’s no evidence of that in the video or in other reports. Given that he said he had six days left with the company and that “I’ll keep flying,” this seems unlikely.

However, the video also seems equally unlikely to be fakery.

It’s difficult to say that the deaths of 13 American service members in a suicide attack carried out by a branch of the Islamic State group could get lost in the shuffle, per se. However, there was so much senseless tragedy surrounding the fall of Afghanistan and our hasty withdrawal from the country that it was almost an afterthought. The whole affair stunned the nation and the world.

It’s not as if the men and women who were killed in the attack didn’t have their lives celebrated. This was the hometown welcome for Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum in Jackson, Wyoming:

However, it’s acts like these that go viral — and like it or not, social media status is currency these days.

This pilot, whoever he may be, made sure to spend that currency in the best way possible.

We may never know who he was. Rest assured, however, plenty of people will remember what he said.

If you’re going to mark one of your last flights piloting a commercial jet in a profound way, it’s hard to think of how you could do it better than this. Our hats are off to you, sir.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans. The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban. While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes. The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1. While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around. What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.” As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing. “I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause. “I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued. “Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.” This elicited a “hoo-rah” from…

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FDA Official Says Feds Need to Shoot Black Americans with Blow Darts Filled with COVID Vaccine: Report

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A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them.

This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week.



In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot.

Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive.

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Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way.

“I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out.

When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.”

Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose.

“Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said.

When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same bizarre proposal, adding they’d have to “post video campaigns about doing it to the whites first” so they couldn’t be charged with racism.

“We’ll have to hire some Amazonians first because they’ll get it done,” Lee added. The official then doubled down on this angle in what appeared to be footage from another conversation between the undercover journalist and Lee.

“Want to see how fast I get an Amazon rainforest tribe out here?” Lee said, continuing with his insensitive generalizations that are normally taboo in polite society.

While it’s true this is one man’s opinion in what he likely thought was a casual social setting, it does point to a certain mindset from an FDA insider that is as dangerous as it is shocking.

The idea that Lee would suggest force as an appropriate method to achieve universal vaccination isn’t far-fetched considering what’s happening in the world lately.

President Joe Biden warned that his “patience” was “wearing thin” for the unvaccinated when he addressed the nation and announced a sweeping vaccine mandate for millions of Americans.

It’s also no laughing matter considering the frightening authoritarian crackdown that has turned Australia into a police state — and while the country is physically a world away, it seems philosophically adjacent to the kind of mindset an FDA employee is expressing.

It’s disturbing to witness the way Lee so casually speaks about his burning desire to forcibly vaccinate people as an insider at the agency responsible for keeping Americans safe from harmful substances, and even more so as he speaks about black and minority populations.

Project Veritas is doing a service to America by exposing the dark underbelly of these organizations, but it’s difficult to watch knowing that Lee is just one man exposed among the plethora of operatives who think like him still embedded in the deep state.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them. This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week. https://youtu.be/4oWWcqGk1m4 In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot. Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive. Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way. “I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out. When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.” Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose. “Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said. When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same…

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