Singapore – Most Competitive Nation in the World

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United States Dethroned for Falling Short

Cristal M Clark 

I guess it was bound to happen sooner rather than later, it seems like all the US wants to be the leader of these days, is the leader of the drama club if you look at the state of our presidency. 

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According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Singapore has overtaken the U.S. to become the most competitive nation in the world.

Here’s the list of the The 10 most competitive countries in the world

  1. Singapore
  2. United States
  3. Hong Kong 
  4. Netherlands 
  5. Switzerland
  6. Japan
  7. Germany
  8. Sweden 
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Denmark

To get the list, the  WEF measured the strength of 103 key indicators, such as inflation, digital skills and trade tariffs, across 141 countries.

The key indicators in the report were organized into 12 pillars, which included institutions, macroeconomic stability and health.

The United States held the top spot in 2018, we’re still in the game, just not in the A game. The United States received the highest score in the world in several subcategories, including ease of finding skilled employees (that is highly debatable however, I hire people all the time) and venture capital availability, with the United States also being ranked higher than any other country in the business dynamism pillar.

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Here’s where we sucked, trade tariffs (Thanks Donald), declining life expectancy, low digital skills among our overall population, and the WEF said the life expectancy in the United States is now lower than it is in China who didn’t even make the top 10 list. 

Damn. 

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Singapore scored high for its public sector, labor force, diversity and it’s infrastructure, with its life expectancy ranked number one. In comparison, life expectancy in the U.S. is 66 years old, while in China it’s 68.

I can see that. 

Not surprising overall, Asia-Pacific was named the most competitive region in the world, followed by Europe and North America.

The report came with a warning. 

It warned that most economies were locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth. According to the reports authors, nations that have invested in 4 key areas:  human capital, improving their institutions, innovation and “business dynamism” would be best placed to withstand a global slowdown and to revive domestic productivity. However, they warned the effects of a slowdown were likely to be exacerbated by simmering geopolitical tensions.

“The changing geopolitical context and rising trade tensions are fueling uncertainty and could precipitate a slowdown, however, some of this year’s better performers appear to be benefiting from the trade feud through trade diversion.”

And, those countries included Singapore and surprisingly, Vietnam, which BTW was the most improved country in this year’s index in 67th place.

The WEF Urged policymakers to prepare for an evolving economic landscape, and they called on governments to better anticipate and implement the social policies that would be needed to prepare their populations for the 4 industrial revolution.

In case you are wondering, The fourth industrial revolution is the current and currently developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends like, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) change the way we both  live and work. They either help or fuck shit up depending. 

The report also said that many of the world’s largest and most innovative economies had education systems which were failing to keep up with the pace of innovation, including South Korea, France, China, India and Brazil.

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As for the United States, we continue to lose our top spots the longer Trump remains in office, leaving many who once looked up to us now scratching their heads wondering if we are in fact the next reality TV show or is this is a nightmare we all might eventually wake up from. 

Cristal M Clark

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Cop Tied to Cartels?

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Cristal M Clark 

Cameron Ortis, 47, the civilian director of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) intelligence unit, was charged last week with 3 counts of breaching the Security Information Act and two criminal code offenses. Basically, he has been charged with attempting to sell national secrets. 

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The charges go all the way back to 2015 and allege that Cameron attempted to sell high level secrets to an unnamed foreign entity. 

The bad news is that no one is really quite sure just who that foreign entity was, some speculate it was China, others believe it to be drug cartels. 

Canada is having some relationship issues with China currently yet, the drug cartel idea seems to be most fitting in this case. Cameron does happen to have a background in East Asian affairs and, according to his Linkedin profile, speaks Mandarin. So, it would not be far fetched to believe he was selling intel to China. 

I know how it sounds however, Canada is big on BlackBerry smartphones, Vancouver happens to host a pretty seedy company tasked with upgrading the BlackBerry smartphones with unhackable encrypted communications for drug cartel bosses in Mexico, the United States, and in Australia. 

Odd right?

Naturally, this upgrading for the cartels has been happening without the consent and knowledge of well, the makers of BlackBerry, which is even more odd and outlandish. 

To make matters worse this has the potential to be an embarrassment for the Canadian security establishment, because of her intelligence relationships with, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Cameron had “Top Secret” clearance, which means that he also had access not only to the files of Canada’s 20 intelligence-gathering agencies, but also to those of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. 

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Commissioner of the RCMP, Brenda Lucki are trying to work with her allies to ensure that nothing super significant was sold. 

The rumors are running pretty rampant in both the US and in Canada about just what Cameron had access to, who he sold it to and why, some even suggest that the FBI had been the ones to alert Canadian Authorities about Cameron but US officials have neither confirmed nor denied that. 

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U.S. Annual Human Rights Report

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Hypocritical Nonsense At Best

Cristal M Clark

If anyone has any trouble getting a little shut eye might I suggest the newly minted 2018 U.S. annual human rights report, a report that drew the ire of many in particular Russia, China and Iran.

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The report is hands down the best long read joke that I have ever had the opportunity to peruse and the jokes are a huge hit.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained told reporters that the U.S. has “told those who disgrace the concept of human dignity they will pay a price, that their abuses will be meticulously documented and then publicized.” In the report the US accused various nations around the world of abusing basic liberties and freedoms while failing to admit that the United States does this on a daily to basis to its very own, men and women who are citizens of the United States.

The U.S. report included a laundry list of alleged Russian abuses, including extrajudicial killings and arrests, the targeting of journalists and politicians critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as rampant human trafficking, domestic abuse and the oppression of minorities and members of the LGBT community. The State Department also specifically cited human rights conditions in the republic of Chechnya and the “occupation” of the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014 amid a political uprising in Ukraine.

With regards to Russia; “The government failed to take adequate steps to prosecute or punish most officials who committed abuses, resulting in a climate of impunity.” Which promoted the Russian Foreign Ministry to voice a few issues of its own, contending that “the report is yet another confirmation that the position of the U.S. administration in the field of human rights is based on the frank application of double standards, depending on whether a particular state follows the strategic guidelines of Washington, the USA remains, perhaps, the only country among the leading states of the world, which still lives by the illusions about its own exclusiveness.”

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The ministry condemned ongoing U.S. sanctions and well came up with its own list of alleged U.S. human rights violations, which is easy to do we have so many to choose from. The list includes some that are actually truthful, domestic charges of racism and anti-immigrant discrimination, law enforcement abuse, mass surveillance, media suppression and “restrictions on rights and freedoms under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” as well as “violations of human rights committed by the United States in other countries in the framework of the so-called anti-terrorist operations.”

“Once again, we urge the American side to address its own flaws in the human rights field,” the ministry said.

China was not to be left out “China “is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.”

The State Department has claimed that China “significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Xinjiang,” leaving “800,000 to possibly more than two million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities” in measures officially stated to defeat “so-called” terrorist and separatist movements. Hmmm that sounds a lot like the vaguely familiar rhetoric that I hear spewing from the lips of our Felon President.

It gets better, the report insists that China went after nearly all forms of political opposition, threatening detention, forced disappearances, violence and even state-sanctioned killings against “journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners.” The report noted the government’s crusade against corruption, but criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s unrivaled dominance.

Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson Lu Kang noted similar documents in the past and said “we firmly oppose it and have lodged stern representations with the U.S. side.” He argued that “remarkable progress has been made in China’s human rights cause” and that, “on this topic, the Chinese people have the best say, and our achievements are there for all to see.”

“We will continue to forge ahead on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and make new strides along the way,” Lu told journalists. “We urge the U.S. side to take off its tinted classes, abandon the cold-war mindset and ideological prejudice, view China’s human rights situation in an objective and fair manner, and stop using this issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

He said that he “would advise the U.S. to reflect upon their own human rights situation at home and deal with their own issues first,” such as “shocking gender discrimination” and “immigration tragedy.”

Finally, Iran the report claims the government of Iran “killed over 20 people and arrested thousands without due process just for protesting for their rights” and “banned media outlets from covering the demonstrations.” The State Department’s report asserted that Iran’s “human rights record remained extremely poor and worsened in several key areas.”

The document criticized Iran’s high execution rate, rivaled only by China, and accused Tehran’s revolutionary Shiite Muslim leadership of crimes similar to those allegedly committed by the governments in Beijing and Moscow, such as harsh and extended prison sentences for relatively minor crimes (you know sort of like the number of young black men here in the US that are incarcerated for minor crimes for long prison terms that make absolutely no sense whatsoever), and general restrictions on freedoms. The U.S. also condemned Iran’s alleged role in human rights abuses abroad, including its reported support for militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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Not to be left out, Iran had to hit back too Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi dismissed the allegations, calling the U.S. “the world’s biggest violator of human rights” and arguing that President Donald Trump’s administration “with its dark and unacceptable human rights record, is definitely not qualified enough to address human rights situation in Iran,” where he said Washington’s sanctions had caused suffering among citizens.

Qassemi further criticized U.S. support for Middle Eastern allies, such as Israel, which the report criticized for alleged human rights abuses on both sides of the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians. For the first time, however, the annual human rights did not refer to the Golan Heights in Syria as being “occupied” by Israel, instead calling it “controlled” by Israel, contrary to an international consensus.

“Sooner or later, the U.S. administration should be held accountable for its crimes,” Qassemi warned.

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We have a president sitting in the oval office who committed felony crimes while in office, got away with sexual exploitation and abuses of women prior to becoming president and spats out white nationalist views and lies as if they are glorious. He was idolized in the most recent mass shooting, by name for his rhetoric and views with regards to white supremacy, his racist ways and his bigotry, and men who grope, grab and attempt to sexually exploit women have used our president’s behaviors as a defense, case in point, I wrote a story a while back about Grab Em By the Pussy making a comeback where a man was groping a woman and felt that if our president could get away with it, so should he.

The reality is this, before the U.S. calls out any country for wrongdoing and human rights violations the U.S. should be looking at herself for those very same violations both at home and abroad, we have not a single right to call out any other country until we get our own shit together, starting with wtf are we allowing a felon, bigot, racist, sexist pig run this country?

While I do not always agree with the human rights violations of other countries, judge not, lest you be judged.

Trump and his pathetic administration should learn that.

Cristal M Clark

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Donald Trump Did Actually Bump Through The House.

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He has turned into a rather sloven robust pig since hitting office yes?

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Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature in the world stirred save for Donald Trumps Twitter finger.

The man who brings us at the very forefront of war.

Russia

China

North Korea

Iran

America

The Racists, the Intolerant, disgusting low life. pigs that we live amongst.  

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He is crying out because he is alone this Christmas Eve, “I’m Alone Because  of The Democrats

“They” Will not give me my way.

The cries of  a petulant 2 year old. 

The Racists, the Intolerant, disgusting low life. pigs that we live amongst.  

The Dems, Did not bow to my will, so know I will have a tantrum, and obtain my way by holding paychecks and people hostage.

You are alone Donald because, of you.

We see what you have done.

We Americans, do not care for the fact that hundreds that if you were to sit down and actually do the math 800,000, is a drop in bucket once you shut the border down.  

The American People actually do not care about Federal Workers out of work.

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As polls do show.  

Perhaps we have all spent too much time waiting on hold for an overstaffed, undereducated, federal worker, to answer the phone.

Federal workers out of work?

Put the feds and locals on furlow, no one cares regardless of what the media plays it out to be. The polls do not lie.  

Close a national park?

We can bust our way into them by hiking around the closed gates, not a soul needs a gate to be manned.

Yes, Dear Donald

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Build a wall around that.  

Not a big deal. At-All.

By the way as you fight for your wall, might you explain the man who the Saudis Got out of Oregon, and the United States, the man who was involved in a hit an run, the Saudi who mowed down a 15 year old, on US soil,  Killed, rather Murdered someone, on US Soil and Fled THE US with the aid of Trump and his Son?

Would Trump break that down for me?

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In its every essence?

The man killed a 15 year old.

Then he was allowed to leave the US, Under Donald Trumps Watch.

Abdulhrahman Sameer Nohrah aged 21 fled america after the hit and run on an illegal passport so with all do respect Donald J Trump, you can go go piddle off on in the corner.

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Trump’s Fanatical Friends are already here, up to including those that want to kill us.

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As he closes our border he allows them in through or airports, under diplomatic diplomacy, the exchange student program.

An old mans paranoia, comes back to haunt and harm all of us.

At least Trump is having a Happy Christmas living in his delusional fantasy of being a great worldly leader.  

Cristal M Clark

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China Preparing for Possible High-Profile Hacks?

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NSA Seems to Think So

Cristal M Clark

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Rob Joyce an official at the NSA seems to think that China is getting ready for some possible high-profile hacks, at least that is what he is telling the Wall Street Journal.  

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According to Rob, thus far China has focused it’s hacks on stealing trade secrets and spying which Rob could not be more wrong about by the way.

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The suspicion is that China prepositioning itself to attack “critical infrastructure” such as energy, health care, finance and transportation.  

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What makes this a rather curious situation for the NSA – as far as the US Government is concerned this is simply just speculation, they have no proof of this – at all.

China has always denied conducting any hacking attempts, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said to the NYT that: “China firmly opposes all forms of cyberattack and cracks down on it in accordance with the law.”

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China by the way, as recently reported, the preliminary investigation results into the Marriott/Starwood hacking incident suggests it was in fact part of a Chinese intelligence operation.

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In all honesty the NSA is not so far off the mark in it’s suspicion of China.

However, the NSA is wrong to think China is merely prepositioning itself. China as well as other countries are already in a position to attack our “critical Infrastructure.”

While US leadership was asleep at the wheel other nations have had years to “preposition” themselves for a major cyberattack on the US and they are in fact already in a position for a major cyber attack on the US “critical infrastructure.”

Come now, nobody really believes that all of these hacks and cyber attacks were done just to merely siphon trade secrets and just simply to spy do you?

Cristal M Clark

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Chinese Hackers Behind Marriott Data Breach

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U.S. – That’s Okay Because We Are Going to Crackdown on Beijing

Approximately 500 million guests have been caught in a cyberattack that involved the Marriott Hotel chain.

A JW Marriott hotel is seen in Los Angeles

The Marriott just happens to be the top hotel provider in the United States for US government and military personnel.

According to the latest and greatest rumor in Washington, that cyberattack was brought about by Chinese hackers working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security.

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This really is not a huge shock to be honest. Isn’t everyone hacking everyone these days?

Our data which we entrust with just about everyone we do business anymore is up for sale and/or theft, like it or not.

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According to 4 government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, The Justice Department is preparing to announce new indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence and military services.

Also, the Trump administration plans to declassify intelligence to reveal concerted efforts by Chinese agents, dating to 2014 or earlier, to build a database containing names of executives and American government officials with security clearances.

Some are suggesting that the moves are in part due to the fact that the Trump Administration is worried that that the 90-day trade truce negotiated between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires two weeks ago may do little to change China’s behavior.

Some have gone so far as to say, that includes coercing American companies to hand over valuable technology if they seek to enter the Chinese market, as well as the theft of industrial secrets on behalf of state-owned companies.

Which is in fact, something that China is very well known for doing.

In this instance the administration is truly looking out for the best interests of America.

Cristal M Clark

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Russia’s Infamous Election Hackers Are at it Again

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Russia Election Meddling

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Yesterday, Trump went on and on with accusations that are completely baseless against China, claiming that they are attempting to meddle in our latest round of elections.

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What’s really true however is that reports are beginning to surface implying that Russia’s GRU, better known as Fancy Bear (U.S. intelligence agencies have identified Fancy Bear as two units within Russia’s military intelligence directorate), has secretly developed and deployed new malware that seems to be impossible to eradicate, capable of surviving a complete wipe of a target computer’s hard drive, and will allow the hackers to return as many times as they would like.

The European security company ESET discovered the new malware and reported that It works by rewriting the code that is flashed into a computer’s UEFI chip that controls the boot and reboot process.

The code is designed to maintain access to a high-value target in the event the operating system gets reinstalled or the hard drive replaced, which under normal circumstances would eradicate the malware.

This not the first code to hide in the UEFI chip and Russia’s new malware works only on PCs with security weaknesses in the existing UEFI configuration.

Not in this case, the new malware does seem to prove that Fancy Bear is more robust, powerful and potentially dangerous than the world previously thought.

Cristal M Clark

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Syria Readies to Launch Major Attack

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France, US and UN Warn Syria

France, the US and the UN have all recently warned Syria that should they launch the planned major attack on Idlib it would be cause for disastrous consequences.

Idlib is the last major area that is being held by rebels and Syria is aiming to take it.

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Standing alongside Syria is Russia. Alongside Russia is Iran, then China lastly North Korea and with South Korea warming to North Korea these days, it appears that some major lines are being drawn into the sand.

The catastrophe could harm up to 3 million civilians.

Syria is known for utilizing chemical weapons and the US has gotten word of the factories in Syria where the weapons are made. The US is ready to launch an airstrike should Syria attack the rebel stronghold, which could potentially be just as disastrous.

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Chemical weapons factories are no laughing matter and should be handled with extreme caution because quite simply put, we have no idea what is really inside and launching a missile attack puts those chemicals into our environment, our air, the ozone.

Until the sects of Islam find a way for peaceful cohabitation, the middle east will continue to be a mess because peace cannot be forced.

Cristal M Clark

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Kim Jong-un – Message to America

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Kim Jong-un is one feisty little man, isn’t he? He has recently begun to do everything in his power to ensure that the world is fully aware that the deal according to Trump, that was struck between the US and North Korea, well maybe never was.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Tokyo government reaffirmed Tuesday that North Korea posed a “grave and imminent” threat to Japan, despite Kim’s pledge on denuclearization.

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The South Korean president will be visiting North Korea next month and it appears that both China and South Korea along with Russia although rarely mentioned are beginning to outwardly side with North Korea.

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South Korea in fact is planning on building a new liaison office in North Korea which means that the parties intend on regular and consistent communications with one another.

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Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea was called off due to a warning letter that had been sent to the US.

In it, the letter blamed the U.S.’s reluctance to advance discussions about a peace treaty and senior North Korean officials warned that talks were “again at stake and may fall apart.”

So, what does all of this mean?

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The reality is that the US never really had a set-in stone solid deal with North Korea and to Kim’s credit all he had to do was sit around and watch Trump destroy established relationships with other foreign leaders.

In turn, that gave Kim the advantage he desired and needed.

Powerful allies.

Cristal M Clark

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