The Deadly Dance of the Eagle and the Dragon, Part 4: The Dragon Ascending to Empire Again

By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –

China’s rise as the next global superpower coincide with the rise of President Xi to absolute power.

Copying and assimilating the world’s best practice was achieved through becoming the world’s manufacturing base, and via a massive state-sponsored espionage program of stealing as much ‘intellectual property’ as possible from the West, which has been excruciatingly slow to recognize and combat this strategy.

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Posted in China, David Murrin, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States

The Pettiest President?

By Joel Mathis of The Week –

Trump’s ridicule of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain came during a weekend tweeting spree that was, even by the president’s own very low standards, extraordinary for its sustained thin-skinned narcissism.

He complained about a Saturday Night Live rerun, about a pair of insufficiently toadying Fox News anchors, and, of course, about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Posted in Donald Trump, John McCain

How Two Arcane Clauses In The Constitution Could Expose Trump’s Businesses

By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux of FiveThirtyEight –

Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, we still know relatively little about the inner workings of his family business, the Trump Organization. But today, a case that could force the company to reveal some information about its finances faces a big test in a federal appeals court in Virginia. Judges will hear oral arguments over whether a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from state officials and foreign diplomats at his Washington, D.C., hotel, which the Trump Organization operates, can go forward.

Legal experts initially predicted that the cases wouldn’t make it very far. But last year, a federal judge in Maryland handed down a series of rulings in favor of one set of challengers — Washington, D.C., and Maryland — allowing them to issue subpoenas for financial information related to the hotel from several branches of the Trump Organization.

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Posted in Constitutional law, Donald Trump, FiveThirtyEight

History has been repeating itself since the dawn of Man; The key is can we see it in real time?

By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –

At the conclusion of the Third Punic War that finally ended in 146BC with the total destruction of Carthage at the hands of a Roman Army, its leader Scipio Aemilianus and his friend Polybius the Greek historian friend were witnessing the carnage as the smoke and flames rose from the city to the terrible sounds of its dying inhabitants.

Polybius turned to notice that Scipio was crying. When asked if he was crying for the suffering he had unleashed, Scipio denied it was the reason. He  then recited a sentence from Homer’s Odyssey, a prophecy about the destruction of Troy, that could be applied now to Carthage’s end: The day shall come when sacred Troy shall fall, and King Priam and all his warrior people with him. Having seen the once mighty Carthage fall, he feared that although Rome was on the ascendant it too would one day befall the same fate of destruction as Troy and Carthage, a remarkably prescient observation at a time when Rome would have seemed invulnerable.

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