Friday February 1st – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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217 Responses to Friday February 1st – Open Thread

  1. JX says:

    OBOR update

    1/21/2019 – Chinese companies warn Pakistan against delay in CPEC project

    Chinese companies upset over the delay in the approval of the master plan for the smart port city along the southwestern coastal town of Gwadar, have warned Islamabad that it will have to pay the extra cost caused due to such impediment.

    The $60 billion-plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been receiving one setback after another since the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government took over last year. Before coming to power, Khan had been criticizing former PM Nawaz Sharif for the lack of transparency and corruption in the CPEC projects.

    Last week, the PTI government canceled 1,320MW Rahim Yar Khan power project, a major CPEC project, after finding it financially nonviable. In September last year, Khan’s top aides had claimed that Beijing was pumping in money into Pakistan for CPEC but much of the opportunity was exploited by Chinese companies rather than Pakistani ones while the financial burdens were still obscured.

    The multi-billion dollar CPEC, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region with Pakistan’s strategic deep sea port in Gwadar on the in the volatile Balochistan province.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/chinese-companies-warn-pakistan-against-delay-in-cpec-project/articleshow/67627895.cms

    http://www.cpec.gov.pk/maps

    December 27, 2017 – Earlier this month, Sri Lanka officially handed over its strategically important port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease, after Colombo failed to repay its debts to Beijing. The move has raised concerns in Pakistan that its Gwadar port, built as part of a trade corridor with China, could meet with the same fate.

    https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2125783/will-gwadar-go-way-hambantota-why-chinese-loans-pakistan-are

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The main roads linking Gwadar to Xinjiang should be done and the dredging of the harbor deepening should be under way. The Chinese aren’t going to be putting up with any of the usual Pakistani ‘manana’ crap, this port is very important to them.

      Gwadar will be a centerpiece of their String of Pearls program designed to surround India with dual-use civilian and military bases. It’s also important as India’s dock-blocked China by taking over the Iranian port of Charbahar, China had an eye on that.

      Oh if we had the drive and focus in strategic economic expansionism that China does. We did once but then Democrats happened.

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    • Herbert Kroll says:

      ‘Inside China’s High-Tech Dystopia’. The report is a Bloomberg production, one wonders why, maybe to frustrate the ongoing negotions, but it’s still a must see short documentary.

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  2. JX says:

    December 20, 2018 – China to take over Kenya’s main port over unpaid huge Chinese Loan – https://www.africanstand.com/news/africa/east-africa/china-to-take-over-kenyas-main-port-over-unpaid-huge-chinese-loan/

    Financing structure of OBOR projects will ‘compromise’ sovereignty of participating nations: US – Alex Wong, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs: “So, we’re concerned with the financial, the debt structuring, because if these deals and financing is not structured in a way that recipient nations across the Indo-Pacific can pay them back in a sustainable manner, what we’ll see over time is that these projects will compromise the sovereignty of these nations to the detriment of their national security.” – https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/financing-structure-of-obor-projects-will-compromise-sovereignty-of-participating-nations-us/articleshow/64190918.cms

    1/30/2019 – US lawmakers, intelligence agencies express concern over China’s OBOR initiative – “Recently there were reports that China may press Pakistan for military access. As Pakistan falls more and more into China’s debt, I’m concerned about data access China may control through digital infrastructure projects in countries around the world. What is the IC’s assessment of potential dual use aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and what threats do they pose to US interests?” Sen. Bennet(D-CO) asked. In his reply, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said, “…You can look at the map and see a lot of strategic places where China has real interest in perhaps a dual effort to not only provide infrastructure support, loan support for ports, airports, roads, a lot of infrastructure loans to help with their economy but also interest in placing strategic military positions.” – http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2019/jan/30/us-lawmakers-intelligence-agencies-express-concern-over-chinas-obor-initiative-1931630.html

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It’s a strategy, China traps a nation into irresistible loans that have horrendous interest rates and then, when the nation inevitably defaults, seizes property. In December Sri Lanka defaulted on such a loan and China seized the port of Hambantota, a strategic position on the String of Pearls (see above). China has a plan and a strategy.

      That brings to mind the amount of US debt that China holds…when will they start calling in that?

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  3. mariposa232 says:

    Original St Michael Prayer , truly powerful and recommended for lay faithful . One should not attempt the actual exorcism ritual which is included ( I believe it’s only for clergy) .

    https://catholictruth.net/en/archive_NRC.asp?d=20140925P2&a=2

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  4. Dora says:

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  5. andyocoregon says:

    Warning: Living in a Loony Liberal city such as Seattle, Washington can be hazardous to your health. They keep letting violent creeps like this out of jail to offend again and again.

    “His criminal history is lengthy. According to the judge in the case, he’s had 72 convictions, including 14 assaults.

    https://komonews.com/news/project-seattle/man-with-72-convictions-almost-set-free-by-city-attorney

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  6. BigMamaTEA says:

    “Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei and Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng charged with financial fraud”

    https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-telecommunications-conglomerate-huawei-and-huawei-cfo-wanzhou-meng-charged

    FTA: …..”Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate and substantive violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of New York. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.”……….

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  7. BigMamaTEA says:

    “Federal prosecutors unseal indictments naming 19 people linked to Chinese ‘birth tourism’ schemes that helped thousands of aliens give birth in US to secure birthright citizenship for their children. Homeland Security Investigations led probe into multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise”

    https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-prosecutors-unseal-indictments-naming-19-people-linked-chinese-birth-tourism

    FTA: ………”The 17 cases unsealed today contain the first-ever federal criminal charges brought against operators and customers of birth tourism businesses. The birth tourism operations not only committed widespread immigration fraud and engaged in international money laundering, they also defrauded property owners when leasing the apartments and houses used in their birth tourism schemes, according to the indictments.”…………

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  8. andyocoregon says:

    The 1950’s………Back when “Migrant Workers” were mostly U.S. Citizens and not Illegal Aliens.

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  9. Dora says:

    I don’t know how true this is, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the dems announce her passing on the day of the SOTU address. It is just something they would do!

    Oh my. I have to calm down. I’m getting angry thinking about it and they didn’t even do anything yet. 🙂

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  10. Mandy says:

    We like old movies. Today, we’re watching the 1929 film “The Locked Door” with Barbara Stanwyck. Murder happens, a hotel desk clerk hears the shooting over the house phone. Hotel clerk tells the cops – “Then the shooting started. FOR A MINUTE, I THOUGHT I HAD CHICAGO ON LONG DISTANCE!”

    Shootings in Chicago have been a thing since as far back as at LEAST 1929. Maybe the more things change, the more things stay the same….

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  11. Sepp says:

    Today the program on AFR called “Washington Watch” had a segment featuring Margo Cleveland from Notre Dame University talking about voter fraud and the actual voting by non-citizens in the USA.

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  12. Zippy says:

    Gone way too soon…

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    • Vito Romano says:

      “Under a proposal before the state Legislature, cigarette sales would be effectively banned outright by 2024.

      The ban would go into effect progressively, starting with raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 30 in 2020.

      By 2022, no one under 50 could buy cigarettes.
      And two years later, no one under 100 would be allowed to buy cigarettes.”
      ————
      From 2022 -2024 those 50 and older can make a fortune selling cigarettes on the black market.

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  13. dogsmaw says:

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  14. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Melania Trump absolutely turned heads Friday when she stepped out wearing a long camel coat and boots combo alongside President Donald Trump for their trip to Palm Beach, Florida.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/01/melania-camel-coat-boots-combo-florida-trump/

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  15. Lucille says:

    Accused blasphemer Asia Bibi’s lawyer: “She is united with her family” in Canada
    February 1, 2019 9:50 AM By Rboert Spencer

    This is most welcome news, and closes a particularly ugly chapter in the history of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and its enforcement of Sharia blasphemy laws. Asia Bibi was falsely accused, sentenced to death, imprisoned for eight years, and then when she was acquitted by the Pakistani Supreme Court, mobs all over the country began rioting, baying for her blood, and hunting house-to-house for her. Even in Canada, with its rapidly growing Muslim population, she will not be safe from Muslims determined to murder her for supposedly insulting Muhammad.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/02/acquitted-blasphemer-asia-bibis-lawyer-she-is-united-with-her-family-in-canada

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  16. Mandy says:

    Remember when Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said of himself that he was “doing God’s work?” Yeah, well…per WSJ today….

    “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. could withhold millions of dollars in pay from former chief Lloyd Blankfein because of the scandal around a corrupt Malaysian investment fund, the bank said Friday.”

    I wonder … who exactly DOES Blankfein worship?

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  17. duchess01 says:

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019
    This World – Under the DEMONIC Influence

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2011/10/under-demonic-influence.html

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  20. Lucille says:

    Anti-Defamation League silent about anti-Semitism of Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib
    February 1, 2019 12:34 PM by Robert Spencer

    The ADL consistently fails to notice the existence of anti-Semitism on the Left, as well as Islamic anti-Semitism. Even worse, it defames and demonizes those who call attention to and oppose Islamic anti-Semitism (including me). The ADL is not really operating in defense of Jews anymore; it is just another propaganda arm of the Left, advancing a hard-Left agenda that turns a blind eye to anti-Semitism.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/02/anti-defamation-league-silent-about-anti-semitism-of-muslim-rep-rashida-tlaib

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  21. nwtex says:

    citizenmom -Okay. Go to Jack Posobiec twitter. Then go down to his 12:13 PM – 9 Feb 2019
    tweet that begins with -Conservabros.

    And that will be the thread. Remember when you get to what looks like it may be the end continue on as there are a whole lot more.

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