Sunday, May 27, 2018

There Is A Huge Bunker Complex Buried Deep Under The White House


Warzone/The Drive: White House Sinkhole Is A Reminder Of The Bunkers That Are Buried Beneath It

Reporters gawking at the sinkhole on the White House lawn probably don't realize there is far more under there than just soaked dirt.

A sinkhole has opened up along the North Lawn of the White House and the press and social media are having a field day with it. But the earthen anomaly can serve as a reminder that there is much more to the White House than what meets the eye. For seven and a half decades, a bunker has sat deep below the East Wing of the presidential estate. And no, it is not the famed Situation Room located in the basement of the West Wing. This is an entirely different and far more secure facility, and it in recent years it was likely augmented by a much more extravagant and modern complex buried deep beneath the western side of the North Lawn adjacent to the West Wing.

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WNU Editor: The above article is saying the same thing that I alluded to a few days ago .... there is a big complex buried deep under that sinkhole .... An Actual Sinkhole Has Opened On The White House Lawn (May 23, 2018). But there is one part of the article that did catch my eye, and that is the following ....

.... a specialized U.S. Army engineering unit out of Fort Belvoir sits ready to dig out its occupants if need be.

More 'Freaky' Details Are Emerging About A UFO That Shocked The US Navy In 2004



Warzone/The Drive: Detailed Official Report On Harrowing Encounter Between F/A-18s and UFO Surfaces

The paper recounts a course of bizarre events that occurred near the USS Nimitz while it was sailing off the Baja Peninsula in November 2004.

Even though the 2004 encounter between an unidentified flying object nicknamed the 'Tic Tac' and U.S. Navy Hornets made headline news last Winter via its associated with a secretive Pentagon program to investigate UFO encounters, and possibly much more, the story had been talked about in detail among military aviation circles for years. But now we have an official report that came out of the aforementioned Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) that makes a number of conclusions based on its findings. Above all else, it offers far more granular detail about the now historic incident than what had previously been released.

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Update #1: US aircraft carrier was stalked for days by a UFO travelling at 'ballistic missile speed' which could hover above the sea for six days, leaked Pentagon report reveals (Daily Mail)
Update #2: The Pentagon Released New Documents About the 'Tic-Tac UFO' (MotherBoard)
Update #3: New report reveals even more freaky details about the UFO that shocked the US Navy (BGR)

WNU Editor: The full report is here. The six key points in its conclusion (and they are jaw dropping) are below ....

(1) The 'Anomalous Aerial Vehicle' was of unknown origin and represented technology not currently in the possession of the U.S. or any other nation.
(2) It featured broadband RF stealth making the use of radar against it largely ineffective.
(3) The craft manifested extreme performance but did not have lifting structures or control surfaces required for traditional flight.
(4) It showed that it has some kind of advanced propulsion capability making it able to go instantly from hovering to very high speed and to make very abrupt course changes.
(5) It was able to 'cloak' itself, becoming invisible visually to the naked eye.
(6( Possibly capable of operating undersea without being detected by the most advanced sub-surface sensors.

On This U.S. Memorial Weekend, Here Are 10 Of America's Hidden Battlefields



Popular Mechanics: 10 of America's Hidden Battlefields

The armed history of the United States can be found in some unexpected places.

There are scores of battles in American history, large and small, that unfolded in unlikely places that even locals may not know about. A savvy visitor can catch a glimpse of this past if they are armed with the right knowledge. This Memorial Day, take a moment to reflect on some of the forgotten battles in this nation’s history.

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WNU Editor: I love this type of history. Where I live on the Island of Montreal I am not too far away from where the Lachine Massacre had occurred. My parents country home/dacha (which first belonged to my grand-parents on my mother's side) is west of Moscow and it is where the German Army was stopped in their advance on Moscow during the Second World War (my mother, grand parents, aunts and uncle lived in a cave that winter and they saw from a distance the carnage that the Germans were inflicting on the Soviet military). Their home was also occupied and used by the Germans as their HQ in planning their final assault on Moscow .... which fortunately did not happen. And then there is my condo just a few blocks away from Red Square .... there is a lot of history there.

The F-35’s New Nickname Is “Panther”

The patch also features an F-35 and the unit's historic skull mascot. The yellow checkers match the Weapons School's iconic silk flying scarves.

The Warzone/The Drive: The Air Force's Elite Weapons School Has Given The F-35 A New Nickname

It's more common than not for U.S. military aircraft get unofficial nicknames that stick and that seems to have already occurred for the F-35.

It's Viper for the F-16, Warthog for the A-10, Moose for the C-17, Rhino for the F-4, and the list goes on. The USAF, along with the other services, have long histories of giving their combat aircraft new names, oftentimes of the animal kingdom variety, after the planes had already received their official monikers. This was near certain to be the case for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter once it was assigned the less than thrilling official name of Lightning II. Now it's become clear that a new name has caught on for the stealth jet among the top echelons the USAF's F-35 cadre, and that nickname is 'Panther.'

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Update: The F-35’s New, Much Better Nickname is “Panther” (Popular Mechanics)

WNU Editor: It is a better nickname than F-35 Lightning.

The Russian Military Wants An Ammo Backpack That Is Straight Out Of 'Predator'


Task & Purpose: Russia Is Eyeing A Minigun Ammo Backpack Straight Out Of ‘Predator’

Images have been circulating on Twitter of a Russian Spetsnaz soldier apparently testing out a PKM heavy machine gun with an unusual ammunition-feeding backpack that bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesse Ventura’s alien-perforating minigun from Predator. The backpack, known as the Scorpio, is a product of Front Tactical Systems — and according to The Firearm Blog, it was designed at the request of the Russian military as a method of increasing machine gun efficiency.

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WNU Editor:That backpack must weigh quite a bit.

If A Nuclear Attack Occurs, This Is How The Government Will "Calm" The Public

Zero Hedge: Here's How The Government Will "Calm" The Public If A Nuclear Attack Occurs

The government has already prepared some scripts to use on the terrified public should the United States ever be attacked with a nuclear weapon. The US government prepares for all sorts of threats, but none match the pomp and circumstance they’ll display in the event of a nuclear explosion.

Prepared scripts for many disaster scenarios are already written ranging from biowarfare and chemical weapons to volcanoes and wildfires. The good news is that the Cold War is over and a limited nuclear strike or a terrorist attack can be survivable (a direct hit notwithstanding). The bad news is that the government’s plans for survival don’t really include you anyway.

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WNU Editor: Trust me on this one .... if a nuclear explosion does occur in my city, I will definitely not feel calm.

This Is What Happens To A Ship At Sea When A Trade War Breaks Out


Peter Armstrong, CBC News: The weird zigzags of a ship trying to navigate the U.S.-China trade war

Vessel loaded with U.S. sorghum headed to China, then Spain, now Singapore.

It's rare that a perfect illustration of a trade war comes along. But a ship full of an obscure crop called sorghum has become a token of what can happen.

The ship has been zigging and zagging through the ocean for weeks, trying to navigate an ever-changing trade landscape as the U.S. and China exchange tit-for-tat tariffs.

As Beijing and Washington heat up their rhetoric and actions against each other, the circuitous path of an 80,000-tonne dry bulk carrier demonstrates some of the things that go wrong when countries throw themselves into the path of shipments that make up global trade.

On March 18, bulk carrier RB Eden left the port of Corpus Christi, Texas, loaded with 70,223 tonnes of sorghum, bound for Shanghai where the load was destined to become animal feed.

But the swirling winds of a global trade war were about to throw the vessel wildly off course.

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WNU Editor: Multiply this hundreds of times .... and now we are talking real money.

Today's Surprised Summit At The DMZ Was Covered Extensively By North Korea's Media

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Yonhap News Agency: N. Korea's media extensively report 2nd inter-Korean summit

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- The surprise summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been extensively reported in the North's media targeting its own people.

On Saturday, Moon and Kim met at the truce village of Panmunjom, reaffirming the goal of complete denuclearization and vowing to work together for a successful U.S.-North Korea summit and accelerate inter-Korean exchanges. The summit followed their historic April 27 meeting that produced the Panmunjom Declaration.

The Rodong Sinmun, Korean Central Television and the Korean Central Broadcasting Station, known to be mostly targeting the domestic audience, reported in detail on the Saturday summit.

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WNU Editor: This extensive coverage by the North Koreans is in contrast to the limited coverage they did for the first summit. Also ... there is going to be another summit .... Leaders of North, South Korea agreed to hold summit meeting on June 1 (TASS).

Tweets For Today







The History Of The U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Top to bottom: USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) alongside Nimitz class carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) & USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Pinterest

Popular Mechanics: How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas

From makeshift beginnings to the ultimate power projection platform.

In just a century, the aircraft carrier has evolved from launching canvas-winged biplanes to formidable fighter jets capable of attacking targets hundreds of miles away. Although the ships themselves have changed greatly over the past 100 years, the carrier remains the answer to one of the most difficult questions for any navy: How to project power by sea.

In 1942, Admiral William ‘Bull’ Halsey, one of America’s greatest carrier commanders, succinctly summed up the carrier’s role as enabling the U.S. Navy to “get to the other fellow with everything you have as fast as you can and to dump it on him.”

A summation that still applies today.

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WNU Editor: A good summary on the evolution of the U.S. aircraft carrier.

Picture Of The Day

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media with Josh Holt, an American missionary who was released by Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WNU Editor: As I had mentioned earlier in the day .... you spend 2 years in a Venezuelan prison .... and then within a day you find yourself in the Oval Office talking to the U.S. President.

Photo Gallery On China's Second And Newest Aircraft Carrier

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Business Insider: 13 photos of Type 001A, China's second and newest aircraft carrier

China's second aircraft carrier — and first domestically built carrier — completed its initial sea trial last week.

The carrier, referred to as Type 001A, left its port in the northeastern city of Dalian on May 13 and returned on May 18 after completing all of its assigned tasks.

China launched Type 001A in April 2017, five years after commissioning its first carrier, the Liaoning, and expects to enter it into service later this year.

Beijing has grand ambitions for a world-class military, and has steadily increased its defense budget over the last two decades. It reportedly might soon test its new Type 055 destroyer, and is even building a third carrier, 002, that may be nuclear powered.

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WNU Editor: China's second and newest aircraft carrier definitely does have that "new" look.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Chinese Pilots Perform Night Landings On Carrier (Video)


Sputnik: WATCH Chinese Pilots Perform Night Land on Carrier Amid South China Sea Tensions

This is not the first time that Chinese pilots conduct nighttime drills using the only aircraft carrier of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The drills come amid ongoing tensions between Beijing and Washington over the contested islands and waters of South China Sea.

The state-run media outlet China Daily reported May 26 on the successful drills that Chinese J-15 jets had recently conducted. In a bid to increase "combat capability," pilots trained taking off and landing on the Liaoning aircraft carrier at night. Landing at night is considered to be very challenging because it is hard for pilots to distinguish the signal lights on the short landing pad of the carrier.

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Update: Chinese fighter jets complete night landings on carrier, live-fire drills (Reuters)

WNU Editor: The Chinese Navy wants to show their stuff.

U.S. Warns Syria To Not Launch Military Operations In A De-Escalation Zone In The South-West Part Of The Country

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Reuters: U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' measures for ceasefire violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned Syria on Friday it would take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to ceasefire violations, saying it was concerned about reports of an impending military operation in a de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest.

Washington also cautioned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against broadening the conflict.

“As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement late on Friday.

A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported on Wednesday that Syrian government forces fresh from their victory this week against an Islamic State pocket in south Damascus were moving into the southern province of Deraa.

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More News On The U.S. Warning Syria To Not Launch Military Operations In A De-Escalation Zone In The South-West Part Of The Country

US warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive -- AFP
US Warns Syrian Government Not to Advance on South -- VOA/AP
US 'concerned' about possible Assad operation in southwest Syria -- The Hill
US warns of 'firm measures' if Syria launches new assault -- Middle East Eye
Syrians in Daraa fear new regime assault, as warning leaflets are dropped on opposition province -- New Arab
US Threatens Syria With "Firm And Appropriate Measures" After New Airstrikes -- Zero Hedge

Breaking News: President Trump Has Reaffirmed His Commitment To Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un In Singapore On June 12

Reuters

WNU Editor: Reuters is breaking this news story right now .... Trump says still looking at June 12 summit with Kim (Reuters).

White House Pre-Advance Team Is Heading To Singapore In The Event The North Korean Summit Occurs


CBS: Sarah Sanders says U.S. team heading to Singapore ahead of potential summit

Amid continued uncertainty over whether or not a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House is still sending a pre-advance team to Singapore to prepare.

"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place," Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

White House officials had been scheduled to travel to Singapore this weekend to plan and review logistics for the anticipated June 12 meeting. Last weekend, they traveled to Singapore and were stood up by the North Koreans, who never showed, according to a White House official.

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Update: White House team heading to Singapore amid signs North Korea summit could be back on (FOX News)

WNU Editor: This the second time that this advance team is traveling to Singapore. They were stood-up last week by the North Koreans.

In Brazil, A Truckers' Strike Over High Diesel Prices Brings Latin America's Largest Economy To A Halt



Reuters: Brazil's truckers protest drags on despite dispatch of military

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A truckers protest over diesel prices in Brazil that is hurting supplies of fuel, food and medicines continued for the sixth day on Saturday despite President Michel Temer ordering the military to clear blocked roads the day before.

Major cities have declared a state of emergency as gas stations and airports ran out of fuel, supermarket shelves went bare and hospitals said they were running out of supplies. Public transport and trash collection were reduced or halted across the country and prices for some food items jumped.

The government said there were fewer blockades on major highways across the country on Saturday compared to Friday. However, the main entity representing truckers, ABCAM, said they have not changed their main argument that they will call off protests only when federal taxes over diesel are scrapped.

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More News On Brazil's Economy At A Standstill Over A Nationwide Truckers Strike

In Brazil, a truckers' strike brings Latin America's largest economy to a halt -- Washington Post
City of Sao Paulo declares state of emergency due to trucker protest -- Reuters
Brazil government orders troops to clear strikers' blockades -- AFP
Brazil's president authorizes military to clear major highways of striking truckers -- DW
Brazil: President orders army to clear roads amid truckers strike -- Al Jazeera
Brazil Is Going Full Mad Max As Truckers Protest High Diesel Prices -- Jalopnik

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Is Willing To Testify In The Russian Election Meddling Investigation



SCMP/Tribune News Service: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to testify in Russian election meddling investigation, according to his associate

Assange’s organisation released thousands of emails during the election that US intelligence agencies say Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee

Julian Assange is willing to speak with congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, an associate to the WikiLeaks founder said on Friday.

Randy Credico, a New York-based radio host known for serving as an intermediary between Assange and long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone, said the WikiLeaks founder recently told him he’s ready to “clear this whole Russia thing up.”

“Julian Assange is at the centre of all of this, yet no one has interviewed him,” Credico told The New York Daily News. “He’s waiting. He’s been waiting all along.”

Credico said Assange didn’t tell him what information in particular he’s prepared to share with investigators.

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Update #1: WikiLeaks founder Assange is willing to testify in Russian election meddling investigation, associate says (Virginia Pilot Online)
Update #2: WikiLeaks's Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff ‘there was no collusion’ (The Hill)

WNU Editor: I have mentioned it before .... even though Julian Assange and Wikileaks are the ones who started this entire Russia meddling story by leaking John Podesta's and the DNC's emails to the public ..... he has not been approach by any U.S. investigators.

Update #3: It looks like his time in the Ecuadorean embassy is coming to an end .... Julian Assange could be forced out of Ecuadoran embassy soon (NYPost).