US Admiral warns: Only war can now stop Beijing controlling the South China Sea
THE island fortresses are built. The airfields are ready. The harbours are open. All China needs do now is move in the warships and combat jets.
The chief of US Fleet Forces Command has told US Congress that Beijing has built up enough military infrastructure in the South China Sea to completely control the disputed waterway. "Once occupied, China will be able to extend its influence thousands of miles to the south and project power deep into Oceania," Admiral Philip S. Davidson wrote. "The PLA will be able to use these bases to challenge US presence in the region, and any forces deployed to the islands would easily overwhelm the military forces of any other South China Sea-claimants. "In short, China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States." read more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Republican-led Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that calls for a monument to unborn children to be placed on the state Capitol grounds. The Senate's 23-3 vote Monday sends the legislation back to the House, which has already passed the bill once. Lawmakers need to agree on an amendment to send the legislation to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The proposal would raise private funds would for a monument to victims of abortion named, "Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children, In Memory of the Victims of Abortion: Babies, Women, and Men."
Police in New York City are searching for a subway commuter who did anything but "Make America Great Again." New York ABC station WABC reports the New York City Police Department is looking for a man who attacked a fellow subway rider on Friday. The suspect was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap, sold by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, and a red "Make America Great Again" T-shirt at the time of the attack, police said. According to police, the Trump supporter got into a verbal argument with the fellow rider before punching him in the head on a 4 train as it approached the Union Square station in Manhattan. He then followed the victim, described by police as a 24-year-old Hispanic man, off the train and shoved him onto the tracks. read more
Fifteen new species of "exploding ants" -- including one entirely new to science -- have been discovered in Southeast Asia, Gizmodo reported, citing the results of a survey published Thursday in the science journal ZooKeys. These new species, dubbed "Colobopsis explodens" are capable of rupturing their abdominal walls to secrete a sticky toxic liquid that kills predators and themselves.
Republican senator Thom Tillis has taken the risky step of endorsing a bill to safeguard Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump. But the risk was for naught, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he would not allow any such bill to come to the Senate floor. read more