Empire of the Wendigos – Phase 1: China uses North Korea to Attack the US

This blog has an unusual title. It refers to a native American legend about a type of person infected with extraordinary evil. In this blog, I will propose an extreme and outrageous hypothesis, that the Chinese government plans to destroy the US with thermonuclear weapons and escape retribution by using North Korea as a throw away scapegoat. Such a hypothesis violates accepted opinion about the government of China. It is therefore necessary to describe the depraved nature of the Chinese and North Korean governments, in detail. I will document each claim with numbered references at the bottom of this blog. But first, my hypothesis:

The Chinese communist party and the PLA have decided to switch from a mercentilist ecocomy to an imperial economy (conquer and take whatever resources they need from others). The US stands in the way of this determination. Hence, the US must be destroyed. But, if the US is confronted directly, the US will destroy China. Therefore, a means must be found to destroy the US without the US knowing that China is responsible.

Possible approaches:

1. A strategic biological weapon is designed to look like a naturally occuring virus that has suddenly mutated which kills most of the American population. To the government of China, how many Chinese die is irrelevant as long as top leadership, the PLA, and some number of civilians survive, 300 million would be plenty, assuming massive depopulation in the rest of the world.

2. North Korea, under the control of the PLA, launch 50 Thermonuclear weapons against US cities and military bases. Assuming we are able to stop 50% of incoming missles (an optimistic scenario) the US would be totally destroyed as a nation. Everyone in BoWash and other coastal cities would be dead in minutes, critical military bases in San Diego and elsewhere would be gone. The US would have the ability to retaliate with nuclear subs. But if surviving US leadership blamed only North Korea, China would emerge unscathed. US military capabilities would degrade rapidly after 2 years. China, and to a lesser extent Russia, would then be free to conquer other countries at will.

I have already discussed option 1 extensively and so will focus primarily on option 2. However, it is worth noting that option 1 would be given additional cover when war between the US and North Korea begins.

Some facts:
1. China has supplied North Korea with both expertise and materials to launch nuclear weapons against the US (1, 2, 3).
2. China has complete and total control over the North Korean government (4). If they ended trade with North Korea, the latter’s government would collapse within days.
3. Thermonuclear (fusion bombs) are completely different in effect from “atomic” (fission) bombs (5). Almost all MSM discussions of the effect of a North Korean attack relate to the latter, not the former. One fission bomb in NYC would kill 70,000 people. One fusion bomb in NYC could easily kill 20,000,000 people. Fission bombs must have very accurate targeting for maximum effect. Fusion bombs don’t need to be especially accurate given their enormous radius of destruction.
Check out this site [h/t Medical Maven] for the effects of different types of nuclear weapons.

Effect of a 4 megaton weapon:

“…a fireball incinerating everything in a radius of 1.05 miles from ground zero, a lethal radiation zone (500 rems of radiation in an instant, when no more than 100 rems over an entire year is considered safe) extending 1.84 square miles, a pressure wave of 20 pounds per square inch that would demolish concrete buildings at a distance of 2.78 miles, a 5 PSI pressure that would collapse most ordinary buildings 6.86 miles from the blast zone, and thermal radiation hot enough to start fires and cause third-degree burns 15.2 miles from the blast site…”
Michael Peck, Forbes, September 25, 2013

Length of Manhattan: 14 miles
Distance between Boston and Washington – 190 miles
Population of Northeast Megalopolis (BoWash) – 50,000,000

4. North Korea has thermonuclear fusion weapons now (5). This capability represents an existential threat to the US.
5. US Intelligence on North Korean nuclear capabilities have been consistently and dangerously wrong (6). As far as I can tell, our current policies are based on the analysis of the same people who have have given our leaders bad information over and over again. Failure in analysis which could lead to the deaths of millions of Americans has had no consequences.

The suggestion has been made by pundits and the MSM that we accept a nuclear North Korea as we accepted a nuclear Soviet Union and rely on deterrence to avoid disaster. Consider some facts: The leader of North Korea:

  • Has had his closest associates executed with anti-aircraft guns (7, 8).
  • Ordered the execution of his uncle (9).
  • Ordered the murder of his brother (10).
  • Has expanded Nazi-type concentration camps where torture, rape and murder are occurring, right now (11).

If the leader of North Korea is not stopped, within 1 year, he will be able to push a button and kill most of the people reading this within 20 minutes. Are you OK with him having this power? Because that is what the policy of “acceptance” means.

Given the facts above, if my hypothesis is correct, more “diplomacy” will lead to the destruction of the US and death of most of its citizens. The only action other than a sudden attack on North Korea that has any chance of preventing catastrophe is an immediate, strong trade attack on China. It is too late for studies to discuss possible pinprick trade sanctions. More talking about talking will get us killed. China’s economy needs to be attacked, vigorously and openly, until North Korean nuclear weapons have been removed. The Chinese government needs to be told that we will hold them responsible for a nuclear attack on the US launched from North Korea and that they will be included in retaliation.

Potential objection: North Korean leadership is not suicidal. Since they know an attack on the US would result in their deaths, they will not launch their nukes.
Response: This objection is based on two false premises: 1. that the survival prospects of North Korean leadership is linked to the fate of the people in North Korea and 2. that not launching is linked to leadership survival. North Korean leaders grow obese while their people are tortured and starve to death. Clearly, North Korean leaders care nothing for the fate of their people. Whether a thousand people or 1 million die, it is all the same to psychopaths. If my central premise is correct, North Korean leadership survival is dependent on launching nukes – *not* refraining from launching. The Chinese government could have promised safe haven to the North Korean leaders (12) if they launch their nukes against the US and death if they do not. North Korean leadership might be evacuated to a pleasant resort in China right before nukes were launched. Hence, threats of retaliation against North Korea, only, in the event of a launch from North Korea would have no deterrent value. If my hypothesis is correct, then our current policy will result in the destruction of the US and Korea, but not China or the North Korean leaders. Holding Chinese leaders responsible for a launch from North Korea is our only credible deterrent.

Potential objection: The Chinese government doesn’t really like the North Korean government. They just want to maintain the status quo.
Response: The Chinese government gave the North Koreans everything they needed to build and deliver thermonuclear bombs to the US (1, 2, 3). Why would they do this? It is obviously destabilizing. The only possible reason for the Chinese government to do this is because they want the North Koreans to attack us.

Potential objection: We should wait until after we have been attacked before we attack.
Response: If the North Koreans attack with many (50+) ICBMs equipped with thermonuclear warheads, we are very unlikely to intercept them all. Millions of Americans would be dead and our infrastructure will be destroyed.

Potential objection: There can be no military solution because many people in Seoul would die in the counter-attack.
Response: If we don’t stop China/North Korea before they attack, millions of people in the US will die. Should Americans die because the South Korean government decided to allow millions of their citizens to live in an obviously extremely dangerous location? And under what scenario does Seoul escape destruction, either now or later? None, that I can think of.

Potential objection: You’re being an armchair general with no qualifications for this type of analysis. You should leave this to professionals.
Response: I am relying on publicly available information, which can therefore be checked, and a basic understanding of history and human psychology for my analysis. I make no pretence to expertise in actual warfighting. I am just suggesting an hypothesis about the motives of the Chinese government. The experts have not covered themselves in glory when it comes to predicting what either the Chinese or North Korea governments will do.

Many mainstream pundits would reject my hypothesis, not because they can dispute the facts of the case, but rather because I am suggesting an extreme form of evil on the part of both North Korean and Chinese leadership which they regard as inconceivable. Some would go further and suggest that I am “othering” people who are basically rational and much like ourselves. Let me be clear. I am not suggesting that the majority of the North Korean or Chinese people are capable of great evil. I am suggesting that the leaders of the Communist Parties in North Korea and China are evil. The unwillingness to accept the fact that the leaders of other countries might be psychotic killers, with no normal inhibitions, has led to the death of millions. Some examples: Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

Most people know now that Hitler was an abnormal monster. But before WWII, Henry Ford and other prominent Americans openly admired him. He was considered quite rational with exciting new ideas for government-corporate cooperation. Many otherwise intelligent Americans thought Stalin was a defender of the working class. Instead, his policies led directly to the deaths of tens of millions of Russian workers. Unlike Hitler, Stalin’s crimes against humanity, including mass murder, are not as well known.

Mao Zedong was personally responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people, mostly Chinese (13). Some of these deaths were due to the implemetation of incredibly stupid policies such as the Great Leap Forward, which resulted mass starvation. But deaths under Mao were not only because of gross incompetence. Mao also ordered mass executions and demonstrated a reckless disregard for the suffering and lives of the Chinese people.

The Cultural Revolution, launched by Mao in 1968, led to some of the greatest crimes against humanity ever commited in China. This despicable movement turned students against teachers and children against parents – a particularly perverse violation of traditional Chinese culture. Random violence and casual torture and murder were not only condoned but actively encouraged by the Communist Party of China. One of the most vile of all behaviors known to man occurred in China in 1968 – cannibalism (14). Whether this was due to starvation or was triggered by political events has been debated. But there is little doubt that it happened and was triggered by Mao’s policies.

It was said by native Americans that someone who had eaten human flesh had crossed a barrier that caused them to become too evil ever to be considered truly human again. They became something “other”. I am not suggesting that all Chinese Communist officials are actual cannibals, although some certainly were. The term Wendigo was also used metaphorically to label someone whose greed knew no limits. Somone who had crossed the line between normal human behavior and “other.” Such a person devolved into rapacious evil that disgusted those who knew him. This does describe many Communist officials. They steal land from peasants, poison it with pollution, beat little old ladies who complain and imprison the lawyers who try to defend them (15). The people who do this are true Wendigos.

What causes such evil? Absolute power without any checks, in my opinion. Mao, and later the Gang of Four, committed atrocities because no one dared tell them no. The abuses of the Red Guards and sickening incidents like the cannibalism of Wuxuan (14) scared some in the Chinese Communist party and led to reforms and more shared governance. In a word, limits – for a time.

Xi Jinping, the current leader of China, has had enough of limits. He rejects any checks to his power. Dissidents are rounded up, reporters are muzzled and 1984-like surveillance has become routine. His goal: to become a supreme leader, who can order anyone imprisoned, tortured or murdered without restraint – like Mao (16). Today, Henry Ford’s equivalent in the social media work, Mark Zuckerberg openly praises Xi, a man who exercises Orwellian control over his people.

The path Xi has chosen leads to madness. The same madness that consumed Hitler, Stalin and Mao and always results in uncommon evil.

What is China’s future? Look to North Korea.

Kim Jong-un has had his brother murdered, executed his uncle, had close associates killed with anti-aircraft guns, runs concentration camps similar to the Nazis and has grown fat while his people suffer starvation so bad that they have resorted to cannibalism (17). Yes, cannibalism, again. There does seem to be a link between absolute Communist dictators and cannibalism.

Very soon, Kim Jong-un will be able to push a button and 20 minutes later you and everyone you know will be dead. We all have to ask ourselves a simple question. Is it tolerable that someone like Kim Jong-un can have that sort of power over us?

In my opinion, suggestions that the US should prepare to “live” with a North Korea that possesses thermonuclear bombs, and the means to deliver them, are tantamount to suggesting Americans prepare to die.

And usher in, the Empire of the Wendigos.

References

1.Chinese Involvement In North Korea’s Nuclear Missile Program: From Trucks To Warheads
Anders Cors, Forbes, July 5, 2017

2. Kim Jong Un’s rockets are getting an important boost — from China
Joby Warwick, Washington Post, April 4, 2017

3. Mileposts on the road to a North Korean missile. China has supplied all the personnel and materiel needed to put the U.S. in the crosshairs
William C. Triplett II, Washington Times, July 10, 2017

4. The China–North Korea Relationship
Council on Foreign Relations, Eleanor Albert, July 05, 2017

5. North Korea nuclear test: What is a hydrogen bomb?
Samuel Osborne, The Independent, September 3, 2017

6. Richardson: North Korea catching U.S. off guard “a massive intelligence failure”
Anthony Mason, CBS News, August 9, 2017

7. Report: N. Korea executes officials with anti-aircraft guns for ‘enraging’ Kim Jong Un
Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY, Feb. 27, 2017

8. Kim Jong-un Kills His Elders
Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, May 15, 2015

9. After Execution of Kim Jong Un’s Uncle, North Korean Media Begins Editing Him Out of History
Elliot Hannon, Slate, Dec. 16 2013

10. Kim Jong Un ‘ordered’ half brother’s killing, South Korean intelligence says
Ben Westcott, CNN, February 28, 2017

11. North Korea and the Genocide Movement
ROBERT PARK, Harvard International Review, September 27, 2011

12. Kim Jong-Un secret escape route to China revealed as North Korea fears US strike
Express, MARCO GIANNANGELI, Aug 20, 2017

13. Mao’s Great Leap Forward ‘killed 45 million in four years’
Arifa Akbar, The Independent, 17 September 2010

14. Consuming Counterrevolution: The Ritual and Culture of Cannibalism in Wuxuan, Guangxi, China, May to July 1968
Donald S. Sutton, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan., 1995), pp. 136

15. China’s Pervasive Use of Torture
Congressional – Executive Commission on China, US Government, April 14, 2016

16. Xi Embraces Mao’s Radical Legacy. The Cultural Revolution is no longer just an ugly chapter in China’s past. Its brutal legacy haunts President Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’
Andrew Browne, May 13, 2016, Wall Street Journal

17. The Cannibals of North Korea
Max Fisher, Washington Post, August 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

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Zika Alert

The CDC has gone to its highest alert level due to concerns about the Zika virus.

From US News & World Report, February 8, 2016:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the agency’s command center is going to its highest level of alert, a measure reflecting growing concern about the prospect of Zika virus gaining a foothold in the mainland U.S

[snip]

This represents the fourth time that CDC’s command center has declared a Level 1 alert. The other emergencies were Hurricane Katrina, the H1N1 flu threat in 2009 and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

[snip]

So far, 50 cases been identified in the U.S., with several in Texas, Illinois, California and Washington, D.C. Five days ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four counties, where health officials have diagnosed nine cases of Zika virus in travelers returning from Zika-affected areas.

[snip]

“Once Zika got a foothold in Brazil, it spread like wildfire through Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America. Now it’s on our doorstep,” Vasilakis says. “There’s a lot of traffic between the U.S. and many countries in Latin America. If an infected individual ends up on our shores, it’s quite possible they could infect local mosquitoes and start a transmission cycle in the U.S., especially the southern U.S.”

“We already had three dozen infected individuals in the U.S. Starting in late March and April, when the weather becomes hotter and more rainy, the mosquito population will greatly increase in the Gulf states, increasing the risk,” he says.

[snip]

Since it was first identified in Brazil last May, the virus has spread to more than 25 countries and territories in the Americas and Caribbean. It has been linked with a neurological ailment, called Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause paralysis, and at least 4,000 cases of a devastating birth defect, microcephaly. Babies born with microcephaly have malformed craniums and smaller brains, which often leads to lifelong cognitive impairment and disability.

Ebola has mutated. Asymptomatic carriers.

From the BBC, January 29, 2015

Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

[snip]

“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said Anavaj Sakuntabhai.

“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”

H7N9 Flies from China to Canada – On a Plane

From SCMP, January 27, 2015

North America’s first case of bird flu in humans has been identified in a Vancouver-area woman who returned to the city on a flight from Hong Kong this month.

Canadian health authorities said the patient, who tested positive to the H7N9 strain of avian flu on Monday morning, is not gravely ill.

[snip]

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported that the patient and her husband, both aged in their 50s, had travelled together and both were now sick at home. Tests have not yet confirmed the man’s suspected H7N9 infection.

The newspaper quoted Bonnie Henry, BC’s deputy provincial health officer, as saying the couple “did some touring of areas and villages in China where poultry are seen throughout the village, but there was not a particularly high-risk exposure that we were able to identify.

H5N1 in the US

From NBC News, January 22, 2015:

A green-winged teal shot by a hunter in northern Washington state has tested positive for H5N1 bird flu — a relative of the virus that’s infected nearly 700 people globally and killed 400 of them.

[snip]

To make matters more complicated, this strain of H5N1 found in the teal appears to be a mix of H5N1 and the H5N8 found in Washington state and elsewhere in the U.S. as well as in Europe, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The pandemic potential of this version of H5N1 is unknown.

Ebola Myths vs Facts (with references!)

Myth: New Ebola has not shown any significant mutations.

Fact: New Ebola is accumulating mutations at twice the rate of previous outbreaks. Further, sequence analysis shows that it appears to be under “incomplete purifying selection” (Gire et al. 2014). This suggests that the New Ebola is in the process of adapting to the human host.

Myth: New Ebola is not very contagious. It is hard to get.

Fact: Ebola is now transmitting to people at the same rate as the flu. R0 for seasonal influenza is about 1.3 (Cobum et al 2009). R0 for Ebola is currently calculated to be 1.4 to 1.8 (WHO Ebola response team, 2014).

Myth: The new Ebola hasn’t become more transmissible.

Fact: One of the top experts on Ebola, Dr. Peter Jahrling, has reported: ‘We are using tests now that weren’t using in the past, but there seems to be a belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what we have seen before. If true, that’s a very different bug.

‘I have a field team in Monrovia. They are running [tests]. They are telling me that viral loads are coming up very quickly and really high, higher than they are used to seeing.

‘It may be that the virus burns hotter and quicker.’ Daily Mail, October 18, 2014.

Myth: Quarantines don’t work.

Fact: Quarantines work very well if they are strictly enforced (McLeod et al. 2007).

References

Coburn BJ, Wagner BG, Blower S. Modeling influenza epidemics and pandemics: insights into the future of swine flu (H1N1). (2009) BMC Med. 7:30.

Gire SK et al (2014) Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak. Science 345: 1369-1372.

McLeod MA, Baker M, Wilson N, Kelly H, Kiedrzynski T, Kool JL (2008) Protective effect of maritime quarantine in South Pacific jurisdictions, 1918-19 influenza pandemic.Emerg Infect Dis. 14:468-70

WHO Ebola Response Team (2014) Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections. N Engl J Med 371:1481-1495.

Expellamis Ebolis Scientia! The use of the word “Science” as an incantation to silence different opinions

In Harry Potter world, people with recessive mutations in the Magic gene can point a stick, enunciate some pseudo-Latin and make cool stuff happen.

In Science world, one must observe reality closely, formulate reasonable hypotheses and then test them with carefully designed experiments. A scientist must then make his results and conclusions public so that they can be scrutinized by other scientists. Quite a chore compared to Harry Potter world. But that’s the way it is.

Lately, I’ve noticed that politicians have been using the word science as a sort of magical incantation with which to silence those who disagree with them. They provide no data or even simple logic. They just say “the Science shows”. This is a perversion of the scientific method. And it is time for real scientists to call bullshit on this tactic.

More to come.