War gaming the Western Pacific: what it means to the Philippines


By Joe America The Philippines is a chip in the Western Pacific, not a player. But it is a sentient chip, with a brain and the ability to spin itself about on the war table. Where the spinning chip lands is up to the President. And maybe the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Look at … Continue reading

China’s 9 dash lines and the demise of the $ (Part II)


  By Chemrock Nov 2016 I wrote on the high possibility of the huge US debt crashing the economy.  I went to great length explaining economics, money, the special strength of the $ as a world reserve currency, how the loans were affected through issue of Treasury Bills which have never ever been repaid as … Continue reading

China’s 9 Dash Lines and the demise of the $ (Part I)


By Chemrock I had wanted to do a follow up on my November 2016 blog on the Rube Goldberg US$ printing machine, but following Distant Observer’s article on “Scarborough Shoal, it’s not about fishes or oil, it’s about power”, I decided to tie 2 issues together. Due to its length, I’ll publish in 2 parts. … Continue reading

Three elephants in Malacañang Palace

[Photo by Lara Roche via 360training.co.uk]

By Joe America “The Elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss, or a condition of groupthink no one wants to challenge. [Wikipedia] People keep pointing out the good things being … Continue reading

Scarborough Shoal. It’s not about fishes or oil. It’s about power.


  By A Distant Observer Some time ago, I offered to contribute here with an article about Scarborough Shoal, its political and legal aspects. While The Society of Honor was discussing matters of various kinds, the country with the most powerful military in the world just elected a demagogue Hitler himself would be proud of. Hence, … Continue reading