China Overtakes US in Scientific Articles, Robots, Supercomputers

China Overtakes US in Scientific Articles, Robots, Supercomputers, by Anatoly Karlin.

By the end of the 1990s, China had come to dominate the mainstays of geopolitical power in the 20th century – coal and steel production. As a consequence, it leapt to the top of the Compositive Index of National Capability, which uses military expenditure, military personnel, energy consumption, iron and steel production, urban population, and total population as a proxy of national power. …

By the end of the 2000s, like Victorian Britain in the mid-19th century, China became the workshop of the world, overtaking the US in both manufacturing and coming very close to it in terms of PPP-adjusted GDP. As a consequence, this was when China also overtook the US on a wide range of consumer welfare and ecological impact indicators, such as exports, CO2 emissions, Internet users, energy consumption, car sales, car production, and number of patents issued. …

But as of this year, China is hurtling past yet another set of inflection points – the hi-tech component of its economy, roughly comparable to any of the major European Powers a mere decade ago, is now about to converge and then hurtle past that of the US by the end of the 2010s …

This process can be proxied by three indicators: Number of scientific articles published, operational stock of industrial robots, and number of supercomputers.

Meanwhile Australia slumbers on with little high tech industry, exporting the cream of its technical talent, decrepit defenses, and an national agenda focused on PC issues like gay marriage, with welfare gradually crowding out everything from a budget that will be in deficit for as far as the eye can see. Postmodern arts graduates rule this country, woefully (unless you have one of the nice elite jobs on taxpayer money).

Turkey sets conditions for German access to the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey

Turkey sets conditions for German access to the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey, by Deutsche Welle.

Turkey says German MPs can visit the airbase if the Berlin government stops trying to distort Turkish history. German politicians have been blocked from touring the facility, where their own military is stationed. …

The foreign minister’s comments were an apparent reference to the German parliament’s recent passing of a resolution over the 1915 killings of millions of [Christian] Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, of which modern day Turkey emerged.

How important the stories of the past are.

Millionaire Accused of Abuse Releases Surveillance Video Footage of Ex-Fiance ‘Beating Herself Up’

Millionaire Accused of Abuse Releases Surveillance Video Footage of Ex-Fiance ‘Beating Herself Up’, by Katherine Rodriguez.

Scott Mitchell, 45, released the footage of Mary Hunt, 29, as part of a legal battle over allegedly stolen jewelry, the Daily Mail reported.

Mitchell accused Hunt of stealing $2.1 million worth of jewelry when they broke off their engagement last summer, while Hunt claimed he abused her and set her up.

Before cameras that probably would have worked.

Venezuela Prepares for Massive Protests By Arresting Activists

Venezuela Prepares for Massive Protests By Arresting Activists, by Anthony Fisher.

As Venezuela prepares for nationwide protests calling for the recall of its wildly unpopular President Nicolas Maduro scheduled for this Thursday, its socialist government is arresting activist leaders and opposition politicians.

In other words, business as usual for the “Chavista” regime, which continues to oversee a complete collapse of the economy and the rule of law in an oil-rich nation once described by delusional liberal economic writers as an “economic miracle,” but which now features forced labor, starvation, triple-digit inflation, extreme scarcity of basic household goods, and frequent political violence.

This is what happens when private property rights are trampled upon. It’s not exactly a secret that there is a strong correlation between societal wealth and economic freedom, or that communist societies end up as police states run by a rich over-class. Sadly, if the activists want change they have to start causing real pain for the over-class, starting with the lower end who are enforcing the regime’s will.

UPDATE: Venezuelan Regime Kidnaps Yon Goicoechea, Friedman Prize Winner, by Ian Vasquez.

Members of what was surely the Venezuelan regime’s secret police yesterday kidnapped opposition leader and 2008 Milton Friedman Prize winner Yon Goicoechea from his car after he left his home.

Diosdado Cabello, the second most powerful person in the regime, publicly announced that the government had arrested Yon on the bogus claim that he was carrying explosives. In the video broadcast on national television, Cabello referred to the $500,000 Friedman Prize award that Yon received as evidence that Yon was some sort of foreign-employed agent bent on terrorism. “That man was trained by the U.S. empire for years,” he said, “It looks like his money ran out and he wants to come here to seek blood. They gave him the order there in the United States.”

Yon won the Friedman Prize in 2008 for having led the student movement that played the central role in defeating the constitutional reform that would have given Hugo Chavez what at that time would have been an unprecedented concentration of political and economic power.

hat-tip Tim Andrews