Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Putin Says Nation That Leads In AI 'Will Be Ruler Of The World'

The software will also analyse news, social media, CCTV and public transport data to foresee upcoming riots, and has drawn comparisons to the Tom Cruise film Minority Report (pictured)  

Daily Mail: Russia develops Minority Report-style AI that will be able to predict riots and protests - after Putin said nation that leads in AI 'will be ruler of the world' 

* Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said to be developing special AI software 

* Technology will use machine learning to detect and prevent riots and protests 

* The software is set to be rolled out in 2022 as part of Russia's 'Safe City' project 

* Move is the latest part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent that started with the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny 

Russia is believed to be developing a special Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to predict and then prevent riots and protests in the latest part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent. 

The technology will use machine learning to carry out a 'multi-factor, comprehensive analysis of the likelihood of riots and unauthorised public events' taking place and then alerts security services to them.  

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WNU Editor: Putin is right. And not surprising Putin wants this to happen .... Putin Wants Russia to Lead the Way in AI Weapons (National Interest).

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The USS Fitzgerald, the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Gridley transit the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 13, 2021. Photo By: Navy Seaman Thaddeus Berry

Biden Administration To Lay Down New Travel Restrictions As Omicron Concerns Grow

Daily Mail: Biden previews his winter COVID plan: President insists he WON'T rely on shutdowns or lockdowns and will instead focus on vaccines, testing and 'much more' in major speech on Thursday 

* President Joe Biden said he'll reveal later Thursday his strategy to fight off COVID and its new variant Omicron this winter * He indicated it's vaccines and boosters, not lockdowns and shutdowns 

* 'On Thursday, I'll put forward a detailed strategy outline and how we're gonna fight this COVID this winter,' he said 

* 'Not with shutdowns and lockdowns - with more widespread vaccination, boosters, testing and much more,' he added 

* Biden will visit National Institutes of Health on Thursday 

* Biden was in Minnesota to tout his infrastructure law and push for the Senate to pass his Build Back Better bill 

* He visited the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. 

* Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Cabinet members and senior administration officials will travel across the country to tout infrastructure 

* Senate still needs to pass Biden's $1.75 trillion social safety net bill 

* Trip comes as inflation grows, uncertainty about Omicron spreads 

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he'll reveal later this week his strategy to fight off COVID and its new variant Omicron this winter but indicated it won't be 'shutdowns and lockdowns.' 

'On Thursday, I'll put forward a detailed strategy outline and how we're gonna fight this COVID this winter, not with shutdowns and lockdowns - with more widespread vaccination, boosters, testing and much more,' he said during a stop in Minnesota to tout his congressional agenda. 

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Biden Administration To Lay Down New Travel Restrictions As Omicron Concerns Grow  

Biden will lay down new travel restrictions as Omicron threatens -- Politico  

Biden administration is considering forcing all travelers returning to the US to quarantine for SEVEN DAYS to curb spread of COVID omicron variant - and may FINE people who flout it -- Daily Mail  

Biden administration considering requiring stricter coronavirus testing for everyone traveling to US -- CNN  

Biden will lay down new travel restrictions as Omicron threatens -- Politico  

Experts say it is too early to worry about the Omicron variant in the US - but that people should still take precautions to protect themselves from the new strain AND the Delta variant -- Daily Mail

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

South Africa Facing Explosion In covid Cases. WHO Recommends Over-60s 'Postpone Travel' Due To Omicron Fears

Coronavirus cases in South Africa have soared by 92 per cent in 24 hours, just days after the country's scientists sounded the alarm about the Omicron variant  

Daily Mail: Covid cases in South Africa SOAR 403% in a week after scientists raised alarm about Omicron variant as top doctor calls the TEN PERCENT positivity rate 'scary' - but 87% of those hospitalised are unvaccinated 

* Leading virologist Tulio de Oliveira urged public to get vaccinated amid the 'scary' surge in infections 

* The Omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of low transmission to a rapid growth of new confirmed cases 

* South Africa recorded 4,473 new cases on Tuesday, a 92 per cent increase from the day earlier and a massive 403 per cent increase compared to the 868 cases recorded last Tuesday 

Coronavirus cases in South Africa have soared by 403 per cent in a week, after the country's scientists sounded the alarm about the Omicron variant. 

Leading virologist Tulio de Oliveira described the surge in infections as 'scary' as he urged the public to get vaccinated and use face masks. 

In the space of two weeks, the Omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of low transmission to rapid growth of new confirmed cases.  

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WHO Recommends Over-60s 'Postpone Travel' Due To Omicron Fears  

Map: More than 30 countries institute omicron-related travel restrictions -- NBC  

WHO recommends over-60s 'postpone travel' due to Omicron fears as CDC director says US is increasing COVID testing at four US airports in effort to stop spread -- Daily Mail  

WHO advises people 60 or older to postpone travel due to Omicron -- Axios  

The World Health Organization is advising people over 60 not to travel amid spread of Omicron variant -- Business Insider

Space Force Commander Says Russia And China Are Attacking US Satellites 'Every Single Day' With Lasers, Radio Jammers And Cyber Attacks

Antisatellite weaponry, such as the missiles shown in this artist's rendition, could spark a new arms race in outer space. Credit: Kenn Brown, Mondolithic Studios  

Daily Mail: Russia and China are attacking US satellites 'every single day' with lasers, radio jammers and cyber attacks in a shadow space war, Space Force commander claims 

* Space Force General David Thompson said that the US's space capability is still the best in the world but that China is 'catching up quickly' 

* Thompson said it’s 'an evolution of activity that’s been happening for a long time' 

* China is reportedly working on a global network of satellites to survey the world 

* In 2019 a Russian satellite came so close to an American one during a weapons test that the US military feared it was the beginning of an attack 

American satellites far outside the Earth's orbit are facing a near-constant barrage of threats from Russian and Chinese technology, and it's only getting worse, a top Space Force officer is warning. 

An arms race in space between the US, Russia and China has been steadily heating up in recent years even as officials in Washington warn that such a build-up is dangerous.  

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WNU Editor: If A Russia or Chinese warship attacks a US warship it would be treated as an act of war. But apparently in space a different set of rules apply. 

Space Force Commander Says Russia And China Are Attacking US Satellites 'Every Single Day' 

Space Force General: China and Russia attacking U.S. space assets 'every day' -- Washington Post  

Space Force General Says China and Russia Are Attacking US Satellites “Every Single Day” -- Futurism 

Space Force official: Satellites in orbit have become pawns in geopolitical chess games -- Space News

US Air Force Chief Says US-China Hypersonic Weapons ‘Arms Race’ Is Underway

The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall (left) told Reuters Tuesday  

Daily Mail: US and China are in a new 'arms race' to develop the most 'lethal' hypersonic missiles, Air Force Secretary says - while Space Force commander confirms Beijing has rocket that can STAY in orbit 

* The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, the U.S. Air Force secretary said Tuesday 

* 'There is an arms race, not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality,' Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters 

* In October, the top U.S. military officer, General Mark Milley, confirmed a Chinese hypersonic weapons test 

* And on Monday, Space Force Lieutenant General Chance Saltzman said that China's new hypersonic weapon system might be able to stay in space 

* This year the Pentagon has held several hypersonic weapons tests with mixed success 

* In October, the Navy successfully tested a booster rocket motor that would be used to power a launch vehicle carrying a hypersonic weapon aloft 

* Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 3,853 miles per hour 

The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, the U.S. Air Force secretary said on Tuesday, as Beijing and Washington build and test more and more of the high-speed next-generation arms. 

'There is an arms race, not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality,' Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during an interview in his Pentagon offices. 

'It's an arms race that has been going on for quite some time. The Chinese have been at it very aggressively.'  

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Update #1: US in Hypersonic Weapon 'Arms Race' With China -Air Force Secretary (Newsmax/Reuters)  

Update #2: US-China hypersonic weapons ‘arms race’ is underway, Air Force chief says (FOX News)  

WNU Editor: A race that this Space Force general is saying the US is losing .... U.S. ‘not as advanced’ as China and Russia on hypersonic tech, Space Force general warns (Politico).

Top Space Force General Says China's Hypersonic Weapon Can Stay In Orbit For A Prolonged Period Of Time

China’s DF-17 missile can reach Low Earth Orbit (Chinese Ministry of Defense)  

Warzone/The Drive: China's Mysterious Hypersonic Weapon Can Stay In Orbit According To Space Force General 

The ability to keep a nuclear-armed hypersonic glide vehicle in orbit for a prolonged period of time makes for a far more unpredictable threat. 

A senior U.S. Space Force officer has stressed that China's new hypersonic weapon system is indeed orbital in nature and could be able to stay in space for an extended period of time. This is the latest piece of official information about this novel system that reportedly uses some kind of hypersonic glider, which may be capable of launching its own projectiles to actually execute a strike. 

Space Force Lieutenant General Chance Saltzman, the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, responded to questions about this new Chinese strategic weapon during an online event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute earlier today. Saltzman, who transitioned from the Air Force to the Space Force last year, "has overall responsibility for Operations, Intelligence, Sustainment, Cyber, and Nuclear Operations of the United States Space Force," according to the service's website.  

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WNU Editor: Space Force Lieutenant General Chance Saltzman​ appears to be adding details to this intel report .... China’s Missile Program Far Exceeds The Capability Demonstrated By US, Russia So Far – US Intelligence Report (EurAsian Times). 

Update: China views this focus on its hypersonic missile program as overblown .... China says its an 'imaginary enemy' of US, claims hypersonic missile test was 'routine' (FOX News).

 Top Space Force General Says China's Hypersonic Weapon Can Stay In Orbit For A Prolonged Period Of Time  

China's Hypersonic Vehicle Can 'Park' In Orbit, Warns a Space Force Official -- Interesting Engineering  

US Space Force Raises Alarm Over China's 'Orbital Hypersonic Weapons America Can't Combat' -- Sputnik 

It’s a FOBS, Space Force’s Saltzman confirms amid Chinese weapons test confusion -- Breaking Defense

Commander Of The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet Wants More Aircraft Carriers In The Pacific To Dissuade China And Russia

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Nimitz and their strike groups conducting operations in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike-force exercise. US Navy photo by Lt. j.g. James Griffin  

The Hill: US Navy commander calls for more aircraft carriers in Pacific to dissuade China, Russia from conflict 

The commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet has called for more aircraft carriers in the Pacific to dissuade China and Russia from conflict. 

Vice Adm. Karl Thomas made the comment after the U.S. concluded a 10-day naval exercise with Japan, Australia, Canada and Germany, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Thomas, when asked about the threat from China and Russia, said it was important to show a united front to “other nations that might be more aggressive and authoritarian,” the newspaper reported.  

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Update: U.S. Commander Calls for More Aircraft Carriers in Pacific to Deter China (WSJ)  

WNU Editor: Aircraft carriers have played a critical role in this year's navy exercises in the Pacific .... Washington caps year of drills to deter China with ten-day military exercise (Reuters).

Former Head Of Israeli Military Intelligence Believes Former Iranian President Rouhani Was Sincere In Reaching An Agreement That Would Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

Israel Military Intelligence representative in Washington Danny Citrinowicz at the US Air Force Base in Pensacola, Florida in 2018. (Courtesy)  

Times of Israel: He led IDF intel gathering on Iran, was ignored and fears Israel is now paying price  

Danny Citrinowicz, ex-head of Military Intelligence research, says politicians’ inability to adopt a nuanced approach led to ‘colossal’ policy failure, sped up Tehran’s nuke effort. 

WASHINGTON — Several months after the 2013 election of former Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Aviv Kohavi submitted a position paper to then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pointed to a significant, strategic shift underway in the Islamic Republic. 

Kohavi, who currently serves as IDF chief of staff, was the head of the Military Intelligence unit at the time, and he relayed his assessment that Iran was becoming more moderate and willing to negotiate an agreement with world powers that would enshrine restrictions on its nuclear program. 

Days after receiving the report, Netanyahu went to New York for his annual speech before the UN General Assembly. There, he appeared to dismiss Kohavi’s stance, declaring that “when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the only difference between them is this: [Rouhani’s hardline predecessor Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing and Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.” 

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WNU Editor: Former Iranian president Hassan Rouhani may have been interested and willing to negotiate an agreement with world powers that would enshrine restrictions on his country's nuclear program, but the country is ruled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and an entrenched theocracy, and their views on destroying Israel and not ending the country's nuclear program have not changed for as long as I can remember.