Thought for the day

"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco

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The East and the West are both collaborating in an effort to impose the Great Reset -- but each side’s different interpretation of the Great Reset and their incompatibility eventually will tear them apart.

These differences fall into four categories: (1) environment, (2) food production and delivery, (3) global currency, and (4) global governance. 

The Environment

Despite only until recently having no military to speak of at all based on post-WWII disarmament, Japan's defense ministry is hinting that it could soon equip its submarines with long range missiles, regional media reported Monday.

Japan's armed forces are "considering acquiring the capability to launch long-range missiles from submarines as a way to mount a counter-strike against foreign threats," Nikkei reported.

Major players in the semiconductor supply chain in East Asia appear to be seeing it as inevitable for them to decouple with China in advanced industries involving sensitive technology, given concerns about the rapid pace of Beijing’s military modernisation.

The United States is taking the lead in building a “Chip 4” alliance with Taiwan, South Korea and Japan for increased economic security over a possible global chip crunch in the event of a contingency between Taiwan and China.

China is committed to stronger ties with Japan, Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Phnom Penh on Saturday, in the first meeting of a senior Chinese leader with the Japanese prime minister sworn in last year.

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While Europe continues the unvarnished hypocrisy of pretending it is imposing draconian sanctions against Russian oil and gas, when instead it is merely buying the country's natural resources via such middlemen as India and China (an exercise in virtue signaling that costs it a 20% mark-up to Russian prices), less than a year since the start of the Ukraine war, some countries have had enough of pretending.

Now it is the turn of the two squadrons of F-15s based in Okinawa. These planes arrived at Kadena Air Base on the island in 1979. 

Since then they have been upgraded with new radars, but no other major fixes. They serve as the lynchpin of US defenses in the region, with the primary duty of stopping a Chinese attack on Japan or Taiwan.

There are two squadrons at Kadena that are going away. The 44th Flight Squadron is known as the Vampires while the 67th Flight Squadron is referred to as the Fighting Cocks.