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US forms anti-China military alliance’

The US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta also said during a testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US planned to keep a rotational military presence in Australia and the Philippines.

There have already been many simmering tensions between Washington and Beijing over a number of issues including China’s currency policy as well as alleged cyber attacks on US companies and government agencies.

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has recently warned that any possible involvement of China’s military in the hacking of American infrastructure will be considered as a “criminal” act.

Many view the new strategy as part of US attempts to hedge itself against China’s growing influence in the region.

Whatever happened to reasonable foreign policy in this country, where diplomats worked through thorny issues, and came to an intelligent resolution of those issues?

Apparently, those days appear to be gone forever from the US government’s geopolitical discourse.

All US government officials seem to be able to do now is sabre-rattle and blame other countries for the self-inflicted wounds which have come to pass in the US, courtesy of really bad domestic and foreign policies.

China’s Xi woos U.S. heartland as Romney attacks

China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping reached out to heartland America Thursday with billions of dollars in farm deals, as Republican Mitt Romney slammed the “prosperous tyranny” of Beijing.

China’s vice president, who is expected to lead the rising Asian power for a decade starting next year, hopped onto a tractor on an icy soybean and corn farm in Iowa and declared his love for the “very homey environment.”

“This is away from the sound and the fury of the cities, and the air here is very fresh,” Xi told fifth-generation farmers Rick and Martha Kimberley, smiling as their 36-year-old son Grant welcomed him in Chinese.

Memo to Mitt Romney: rather than a “prosperous tyranny”, We the People are experiencing a “broke tyranny”, courtesy of the American government and Wall Street.

I would like to remind you that the Chinese government actually has a budget surplus.

Due to these immoral and illegal wars in which the US government almost pathologically finds itself embroiled, the US government is running a 15 trillion dollar deficit (that we know about). Almost half of US citizenry is living perilously close to the poverty level, and that is symptomatic of abysmally failed government policies.

Are there human rights issues in China? Absolutely; but as Chinese civil society evolves, courtesy of the strong emphasis on education here, those issues will, hopefully,become resolved.

Declaring China as an “economic enemy” is a prelude to declaring China an actual enemy, against which the US will ultimately have to fight.

But I would caution you, Governor Romney; the US doesn’t have the money, nor the manufacturing, nor the military personnel to successfully accomplish such a military engagement successfully.

The Chinese ideogram for “crisis” and “opportunity” is one and the same. Perhaps the US government needs to embrace the opportunity of working with China where it reasonably can, and get our own governmental and fiscal houses in order, rather than condemning China for its successes.

Western students lag Asians by three years: study

Western schoolchildren are up to three years behind those in China’s Shanghai and success in Asian education is not just the product of pushy “tiger” parents, an Australian report released Friday said.

The study by independent think-tank The Grattan Institute said East Asia was the centre of high performance in schools with four of the world’s top systems in the region — Hong Kong, South Korea, Shanghai and Singapore.

“In Shanghai, the average 15-year-old mathematics student is performing at a level two to three years above his or her counterpart in Australia, the USA and Europe,” Grattan’s school education programme director Ben Jensen said.

“That has profound consequences. As economic power is shifting from West to East, high performance in education is too.”

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

The dumbing-down of American school children who attend public school is, in some part, deliberate.

And I say this because truly educated people have critical thinking capabilities, and tend to ask rather pointed, logical questions of a country’s leadership, which that leadership would much rather avoid.

There is also a growing militarization of schools, through with intense use of police presence, which makes many US schools “pre-prisons” instead of safe places for real learning, and creates an atmosphere of predestined failure for these children.

IF you can, home school your child. If that is impossible, look at the best “magnet school” in your area. But if these two options cannot work for you, be present for your child’s education, and make sure that your child’s teachers understand that you will be present throughout your child’s education, and will accept nothing less than the best for them.

Exposing the Severity of the Fukushima Disaster

Fukushima has had 5 major meltdowns now, in a disaster that is making experts say that it is larger than Chernobyl.

Aljazeera reported in September that the radiation emitted from Fukushima would rival or surpass Chernobyl in only the weeks following the disaster.

According to Aljazeera:

Experts say that the total radiation leaked will eventually exceed the amounts released from the Chernobyl disaster that the Ukraine in April 1986. This amount would make Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in history…

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