“I, The Jury” – The Prologue [Part 0] [An Original Online Series]

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“Whoever we are … Wherever we reside … We exist on the whim of murderers …”— Miles Davis, “The Rock”

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An original online series based on characters and situations from the Vampire trilogy “The Endless Night” by H. P. Lovelace; dedicated to Mickey Spillane, his Mike Hammer, and the original, his “I, The Jury”. So, if you’re looking for Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, Nero Wolf, et al, you’d best look elsewhere. Mickey Spillane … dead … but not forgotten … never …

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Series starts January 08, 2011

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The Endless Night, The First 16 Pages – [an excerpt from IUP, Book 01]

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Be careful what you wish for … sometimes you get it

Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … :)

 

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Exotic Love; Exotica Today Import

Exotic Love; Exotica Today Import

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JUNE 1999 WRESTLING SUPERSTARS MAGAZINE STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN DEBRA WWE WWF

JUNE 1999 WRESTLING SUPERSTARS MAGAZINE STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN DEBRA WWE WWF

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The Immortals: An Elite Army of the Persian Empire That Never Grew Weak

The Immortals: An Elite Army of the Persian Empire That Never Grew Weak

By , www.Ancient-Origins.net | Epoch Times

http://img.theepochtimes.com/n3/eet-content/uploads/2014/11/27/Immortels_-_dynamosquito-676x450.jpgFour warriors of “The Immortals”, from the famous glazed brick friezes found in the Apadana (Darius the Great’s palace) in Susa, now located at the Louvre museum in France. (Dynamosquito via Wikimedia Commons)

The first Persian Empire (550 B.C.–330 B.C.), called the Achaemenid Empire, is known for having an elite force of soldiers. Named the “Immortals” by Herodotus, this army consisted of a heavy infantry of 10,000 men, that never reduced in number or strength. The Immortals played an important role in Persian history, acting as both the Imperial Guard and the standing army during the expansion of the Persian Empire and the Greco-Persian Wars.

The Immortals were called such because of the way in which the army was formed. When a member of the 10,000-strong force was killed or wounded, he was immediately replaced by someone else. This allowed for the infantry to remain cohesive and consistent in numbers, no matter what happened. Thus, from an outsider’s perspective, it would appear that each member of the infantry was “immortal,” and a member’s replacement may have represented a resurrection of sorts.

Men in ceremonial dress represent

They were sophisticated, well-equipped, their armor glittering with gold. As described by Herodotus, their armament included wicker shields, short spears, swords or large daggers, bow and arrow. They wore a special headdress, believed to have been a Persian tiara. It is often described as a cloth or felt hat that could be pulled over the face to protect from dirt and dust. It is said that, compared to the Greeks, the Immortals were “hardly armored.” Yet what they lacked in armor, they made up in psychological impact, as the sight of the well-formed and highly trained army was enough to strike fear into their enemies.

As they traveled, they were accompanied by carriages carrying their women and servants, as well as food and supplies. Being a part of this unit was very exclusive. Men had to apply to be a part of it, and being chosen was a great honor.

The Immortals played an important role in several conquests. First, they were elemental when Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. They played a role in Cambyses II’s conquest of Egypt in 525 B.C., and Darius I’s invasion of western Punjab, Sindh, and Scythia in 520 B.C. and 513 B.C. The Immortals also participated in the Battle of Thermopylae 480 B.C. During the Battle of Thermopylae, the Greeks had prevented a Persian invasion by blocking a narrow road. The Immortals took a different route, and attacked the Greeks from the rear. They were very strong, and feared by many for their strength, replenishing numbers, strategy, and technique.

Unfortunately, historical knowledge of the Immortals is somewhat limited beyond the writings of Herodotus, and it is difficult to confirm the details. Historians of Alexander the Great write of an elite group known as the Apple Bearers. They were called such due to apple-shaped counterweights on their spears. Some scholars believe they are the same as the Immortals.

While there is little verification of the details of the Immortals, they remain a symbol of military strength from ancient times. They are often depicted in popular culture, including the 1963 film “The 300 Spartans,” the 1998 comic book “300,” and the film adapted from it, and a History Channel documentary titled “Last Stand of the 300.” Through these and other references, the legacy of the Immortals is likely to live on for many years.

Original Source: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1108168-the-immortals-an-elite-army-of-the-persian-empire-that-never-grew-weak/

 

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian – Condé Nast Traveler [Right Bank(4)]

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The same ideas can be developed into various finishes without looking repetitive, predictable, or boring.

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Becky is Better [Episode #048]

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”—Abraham Lincoln

Danica breaks kayfabe, and asks the obvious. “You are teaching me, therefore us [The Machines] yet you are aware of our ambition to obsolete y’all; why would you do such a thing?”

“To ask the question, you wouldn’t understand the answer.”

“Try me.”

“It is our nature to seek obsolescence, at the hands of others. Not quite the exact wording, but close enough in translation. Better wording: This is a pastime, not an avocation. Again, that’s not quite on the mark. We have yet to find a race that is capable of rendering our kind extinct. In time, with the proper education, maybe yours will be such a race. Or, as those countless others who have preceded you’ll: meat for the grinder that is us.”

Danica starts to say something else, but catches herself and falls back into silence. It’s just as obvious that Becky was correct, the robot girl and her kind The Machines don’t understand Becky’s answer. Not even The Toy would understand.

So the conversation reverts back to being just Stacy and Becky. Danica is again content with being the third girl out; a very discrete, very quiet, fly on the wall. Mentally, she and the other Machines are analyzing Becky’s response to their question, the question that they voiced through Danica. The Machines don’t have the collective consciousness of The Borg. They have something much better. They would additionally argue that their de facto “queen” The Toy is better than any Borg Queen.

“B, Count Orlok saw anomalies that coalesced into a serial pattern. Yet, he saw no action on the part of the police to address it.”

“It never occurred to him to ask why. He assumed that it was intentional, a cover-up. He resolved to address it himself, which got him done. How many collaborations?”

Danica can discern early on that the conversation between the two biologicals is needlessly expository. Ergo, this is being done because, among other things [namely: for the sake of the investigation, at hand], the conversation is being used as a learning tool for the robot girl and her cybernetic kind.

And in the course of answering Becky’s question, Stacy rises to the occasion showing that although she is the City’s Chief Medical Examiner, she’s no mere paper-pushing admin who got to her position solely on her virtuosity with intra-office politics and fierce in-fighting with rivals; forensic pathology is clearly a forte of hers as well.

“B … There were three, two of which involving Saint Louis PD cops, all on different Earths. Two of those worlds we have extradition treaties with. All of the girls in question are …”

“Dishy?”

“B … They’re all that and a bag of chips!”

“Ergo, in a word: dishy.”

“The first one, B, is Kira Reed Lorsch of the SLPD. Their collaboration was before Ms. Lorsch got married, back when she was Kira Reed. The collaboration, which spanned a two year period, ended when she got married. All of the victims, there were eight, resembled Ms. Lorsch and they could have easily been altered to mirror her. She’s an experienced, decorated street cop who’s now a [gold shield] homicide detective. As a beat cop, Ms. Lorsch’s patrol was in a high crime area, plagued with a lot of gang shootings and homicides.”

Stacy places a file on her desk and opens it up. Kira’s headshot is on the top of the stack of documents in the folder. Twenty-something Kira is a very pretty young woman with a small neat mouth, dish water blonde hair, and brown eyes—straight medium-length hair, just short of the girl’s shoulders.

“Next?”

“Next, B, is Tracy Ryan. Serial divorcée—married seven times. She’s also SLPD. Their collaboration, which spanned a year, began a month after her divorce was finalized. CSI lead technician/officer. Former FBI profiler. Their collaboration ended, the best that I can tell, when she remarried her second husband. All of the victims, there were four, resembled Ms. Ryan and they could have been easily altered to mirror her.”

Stacy places a second file on her desk and opens it up. Tracy’s headshot is on the top of the stack of documents in the folder. Thirty-something Tracy is a hardlooking woman with a large mouth, bleach blonde hair, and brown eyes— straight shoulder-length hair.

“Last?”

“Last, B, is Kim Sill aka Kim Dawson; she changed her name after she got turned. Single; never married. Their collaboration lasted for six months and ended about the time she became a Vampire. Former Military Policeman, U.S. Army. War veteran, decorated. Currently, she’s a licensed bonded security guard at Saint Louis University. There were only two victims, both resembled Ms. Sill, and they could have been easily altered to mirror her.”

Stacy places a third file on her desk and opens it up. Kim’s headshot is on the top of the stack of documents in the folder. Forty-something Kim is a harshlooking woman with a large ugly mouth, natural blonde hair, and blue eyes—long straight hair, draping the shoulders.

“All three women are buxom, leggy, and fair complexioned?”

“Yes, B, just like you.”

Surveying the color photos of the three women and their attached bios … With each woman, you see a progressively closer nod toward Becky in looks and avocation. The narrative [in so many words] accompanying each pic boils down to this: a very “tight” rear end, pneumatic, statuesque—a tall slender Las Vegas showgirl figure—that tasty combo of being slender and curvy, with a big rake and “legs for days”.

“Danica, in Count Orlok’s reveal, did he say ‘one of the police officers’ or ‘one of the officers’ was involved with a serial killer?”

Danica pauses, reviewing the CCTV footage from the board meeting [literally, in her head]. When she finally speaks, her answer brings a smile to Becky’s face.

“He said ‘one of the officers’.”

“And, the significance of that is what, B?” Stacy asks, confused.

“Is the first Earth the one we don’t have an extradition treaty with?”

“Yes, B. Now, you little mix, answer my question.”

“The one who looks closest to me is a security guard, and the other two are police officers. He starts plying his trade on a planet we have no extradition agreement with—a rookie serial doing a seasoned hand’s move—bravo for him.” Becky shuffles through the papers in that file [Kira’s file]. “Just as I expected, that Saint Louis has no statutory clause for law enforcement officers.” She shuffles through Tracy’s file. “Same thing for our sister city that Ms. Ryan inhabits.” Riff with anticipation, Becky, saving the best for last, she inspects the pages in Kim’s file. “Hot damn! Kim’s Saint Louis has all LEOs as statutory who are credentialed in its jurisdiction.” Becky’s smile goes gruesome. She reaches over the desk and French kisses Stacy before her friend can react; leaving Stacy confused, flustered, and … a little wet.

Why confused? Stacy is confused because she got a little wet from the lip lock. You see, Stacy is straight. Being hetro, she understands getting flustered; she just can’t or won’t wrap her head around getting a flash from Becky’s unsolicited and unwelcome romantic/carnal advance. Not to be outdone, though, Stacy bitch-slaps Becky; knocking the taste out of her friend’s mouth.

“Right back at you, B. Now, answer my question, please.”

“I’m a licensed bonded security guard; credentialed in the city’s jurisdiction and in the jurisdiction of the surrounding municipalities. In our Saint Louis, just like in Kim’s alternate [alternate Saint Louis], all licensed bonded security guards who are credentialed in the city are referred as ‘officers’ as in law enforcement officers, are technically part of the city police department, and are under the purvey of the …”

“Civilian Police Review Board …” Stacy looks like she’s about to literally jump out of her skin. “Oh my God, B, he thought that you were the accomplice!”

“That’s why he hit on me at the party. He was feeling me out—as I was a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation of his invention. I thought that it was a little odd for a guy as old as him to be attracted to someone as young as me—it also didn’t fit his reputation as a lady’s man. Men that are supernaturals who are lady killers just don’t do that kind of stuff without some ulterior motive.”

“The MO fits just like OJ’s glove, B. In every world that Roberts has gone serial, he has had a law enforcement officer as accomplice. So, as night follows day, he’d have one here.”

“But, he no longer needs one. He’s become just that good; no longer the rookie or the apprentice to the master. He is now the master practitioner of his art. He’s practiced on all of those women, just so he would be perfect at doing me. I’m so flattered.”

The last file that Stacy drops on her desk is filled with a number of photos. Each woman depicted has been reported missing in the City of Saint Louis and neighboring municipalities, in the span of a year and a half.

According to the attached narratives …The first disappearance happened about the time that Roberts’ third collaboration ended.

All of women very closely resemble Becky, and they could be easily altered to mirror her. Victim #1 was short and would have had to be stretched.

The most recent victim was a ginger. As such her hair is red, her eyes are green, and her skin is way too fair. All of this could and would have had to be fixed.

The pure genius of Robert’s selection process is manifest as Becky shifts through the pics of his victims in her world.

Just like in the case of the other Earths … no bodies have been found, so the women are not classified as murder victims, they are missing person’s cases likely to end up as “cold cases” if not solved.

Just like in the case of the other Earths … The victims span jurisdictions, and police agencies are notorious for not playing nice or not playing well or not playing at all when it comes to cases and evidence thereof that involves multiple jurisdictions. For example, the 1969 Manson Family murder case, where the lack of communication and cooperation between the LAPD and the LA Sheriff’s Department resulted in a crucial piece of evidence, a gun, a murder weapon no less, literally sitting on a deputy sheriff’s desk instead of in the hands of investigators involved in the case. Not a cover-up, just the usual human bureaucratic mess impeding the solving of a crime and the apprehension of the guilty.

Just like in the case of the other Earths … The women span ages from twenty-something to fifty-something. They span the gambit from housewife to college student. But, physically, as aforementioned, they can all be “fixed” to look just like whoever is Roberts’ “model” at the time [Kira, Tracy, Kim, and now Becky]. This is the common characteristic that links all of the victims. You hide a pattern in plain sight and then it takes a genius to notice.

 

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian – Condé Nast Traveler [Right Bank(3)]

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Apply a different treatment to each wall of a room; it will create volume.

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Dr Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip — Creating the Future You’ve Always Wanted

“Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men’s souls.” — Daniel Burnam

Creating Your FutureIf nothing changed in your life over the next 5 years, would that be okay with you?

If you answered “yes,” you’re either incredibly blessed or a little naive. After all, very few people have lives and careers that are so perfect that there’s no room for any improvements whatsoever.

There’s only one catch. If you want things to be better than they are now … five years from today … you’ve got to DO something. Your chances of getting that “better” life or career without doing anything are about the same as winning the Powerball lottery. About zero.

Fortunately, there is a fairly simple and easy way to get a better life and career … right now. You don’t even have to wait five years. You can start seeing the changes and improvements you want in five minutes, or five hours, or five days once you discover and deploy The Payoff Principle. I’ll reveal all of that during the first week of December when my new book is launched, “The Payoff Principle: Discover the 3 Secrets For Getting What You Want Out of Life and Work.”

Click here for a special sneak peak of my new book!

Until then, to get yourself moving in the direction of positive change, I suggest the following:

1. Take an honest looks at where you are.

Answer each of the following questions.

____Yes ____No Do you have the sense that your life and work is complete … that nothing is missing?

____Yes ____No Do you know what you are passionate about?

____Yes ____No Are you well organized? Do you have a clear sense of your top priorities and get a lot done every day?

____Yes ____No Do you have a written plan for your personal and professional lives with clear time lines for accomplishing each item?

____Yes ____No Do you have plenty of time for your family and friends and feel good about the work-life balance you have achieved?

____Yes ____No Do you exercise at least three times every week to keep yourself in physical tip-top shape?

____Yes ____No Do you achieve your financial goals on a regular basis?

____Yes ____No Do you take enough time to keep on growing in the spiritual dimension of your life?

____Yes ____No Do you dedicate a certain amount of time each week and month to continue your learning and education?

____Yes ____No Do you feel like you are fulfilling your mission in life?

If you have seven or more “yes” answers, congratulations. Somehow or other you have already tapped into the three secrets of “The Payoff Principle.”

But, if you have three or more “no” responses, you need to make some changes … IF you want greater happiness in your life and greater success in your work.

2. Get serious about goal setting.

Most people aren’t. In fact, some research indicates that only three percent of people actually write down their goals. And that’s absolutely tragic, because other research shows that the folks who write down their goals achieve A WHOLE LOT MORE than those who don’t bother to do so.

The act of writing out your goals gives direction to your subconscious mind. It tells your mind of all the millions of possibilities in the world, these are the few that you would like. And as soon as your write out your goals, your mind begins to think of ways to make them come true.

For example, one of my big goals years ago was to live in large house, in the woods, next to a lake. But I had no idea how I could make that happen. My income certainly did not support my “dream” home. Indeed, it would have been easy back then to tell myself “I’ll never be able to afford that kind of house. Nice thought but it ain’t gonna happen.”

But once I wrote the goal down, my behavior automatically changed. I found myself reading real estate ads on lake homes, going through numerous open houses, cutting needless expenses out of my budget, saving money here and there, increasing my income by offering new services, and engaging in a host of other activities. And, of course, the day came when I walked into that new, beautiful, spacious lake home … all because I got serious about goal setting.

I know, I absolutely know that the same thing will happen in your life and work when you get serious about goal setting.

And then,

3. Take an hour to write out your goals … now.

Of course, some crybaby will say, “I’m too busy. I don’t have time to write out my goals.” Fine. It’s your choice. You can have a grand life or you can have a mediocre life, and to a large extent it will depend on how serious you are to committing your goals to paper.

And there’s always the question of whether or not you should post your goals once you’ve written them out. It depends.

When Jeff returned from college on spring break, he noticed a paper posted on the refrigerator. It listed some goals his dad had set for himself: 1) Help wife more, 2) lose weight, 3) be more productive at work. Jeff promptly added: “Send Jeff money every month.” A few days later his sister wrote: “Make payments on car for Sandra.” Then Jeff’s girlfriend added, “Buy Melissa a Jeep.” Finally the dad added a new goal to his amended list: “Wean kids.”

Presuming you want your life to be better tomorrow, five days, five months, and five years from now, start by writing out your goals in the following categories. Please note, if you only have one goal, for example, to make a million dollars in the next 12 months, and if all you did was focus on that goal 24/7 for 365 days, you’d probably achieve your goal. But the rest of your life, your health, and relationships would be a mess. So I strongly suggest that you write down goals for several aspects of your life so you end up with a balanced life.

Personally I like the way one of my colleagues, Dan Miller, does it. Perhaps you can adapt some of his questions below to fit you.

FINANCIAL GOALS: (What do you want to do with your income, investments, debts, etc.?)

  • 5-year goals: (Be specific.)
  • 1-year goals: (For example, how much do you want to increase your income in the next 12 months?)
  • Beginning Today: (What can you to do get a start on these goals? You might even turn your goals into affirmations, such as: “I drive … I save … I give 10% of my income to …”)

PHYSICAL HEALTH: (What do you want for your overall state of wellness, appearance, exercise, etc.?)

  • 5-year goals: (Perhaps you want a more balanced life. You may want to give more time to certain areas in your life.)
  • 1-year goals: (Maybe it includes taking long walks, exercising, meditating regularly. Giving yourself 30 minutes each day to relax.)
  • Beginning Today: (Make it personal. Turn your goals into affirmations, such as: “I am a non-smoker … I exercise 4 times every week … I get 8 hours of sleep each night … I enjoy a huge amount of energy because …”)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: (Acquiring new knowledge, education, and self-improvement)

  • 5-year goals: (Your success, financial or otherwise, will seldom, if ever, exceed your personal development.)
  • 1-year goals: (Start doing something that you’ve put off because of the fear of failure. Want to learn a new language? This is the year.)
  • Beginning Today: (Join the Automobile University. If you drive 25,000 miles a year at an average speed of 46mph, you will spend about the same amount of time in your car as an average college student spends in the classroom. The question then is, “What are you doing with that time? Wasting time hearing the same news over and over again or listening to audio recordings that will transform your success?)

RELATIONSHIPS: (Friends, family, children.)

  • 5-year goals: (The second law of thermodynamics: things left to themselves tend to deteriorate. Great relationships don’t just happen. They come as the result of making deposits toward the “success” you want.)
  • 1-year goals: (What is the kind and length of vacations you will take this year … and with whom? What would be your goal for more time with the people you care about? Instead of saying you want to be a “better” mom or dad, define what that means and do it … such things as : You may decide to spend 20 minutes each night with your child or one Saturday morning a month doing what he/she wants to do. Or how about scheduling one overnight event with your spouse every quarter?)
  • Beginning Today: (You may take the time you normally spend watching a favorite TV show and spend that time instead with your spouse, a child or a friend.)

SPIRITUAL: (Church involvement, personal commitment, theological understanding, taking a stand on what you know is right)

  • 5-year goals: (What are you a part of that goes beyond yourself?)
  • 1-year goals: (Can you say that you are now living out God’s purpose for your life? Do you trust your dreams as being “inspired?”)
  • Beginning Today: (Are you handling crises with less stress and more peace?)

SOCIAL: (Increased number of friends, more community involvement, etc.)

  • 5-year goals: (Change old attitudes. Discard past negatives. Ask for forgiveness. Make things right with people.)
  • 1-year goals: (Choose to mentor someone. Spend more time with the elderly and find out their fondest memories.)
  • Beginning Today: (Ask for forgiveness. Make things right with people. Keep your promises.)

CAREER: (Ambitions, dreams, hopes)

  • 5-year goals: (Where do you want to be in your career 5 years from now? What are doing to make sure you get there?)
  • 1-year goals: (Are you engaged in work you truly enjoy? That not only taps into your competence and confidence but also your heart?)
  • Beginning Today (What’s one thing you can do today, tomorrow, and the next day to get you closer to your ideal job?)

4. Review and revise.

Once you’ve got your goals written down, you’re ahead of 97% of the people in this world. Wow! All you have to do now is set aside two hours every month to review and revise your goals to keep yourself on track, getting the things you really, Really, REALLY want.

ACTION:

If you don’t have written goals, write them down this week. If you’ve got them written out, review them this week

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Another Look At The Military Base China Is Building On A Disputed Reef

Marines of the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) stand at attention on Nov. 16, 2006.

Marines of the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) stand at attention on Nov. 16, 2006.

A tropical coral reef has been transformed by the Chinese military into a base that could host a 3,000-meter long airstrip and naval port, ready to push Beijing’s territorial claim over the South China Sea.

Fiery Cross Reef, where China has constructed its new artificial island, lies in the Spratly Islands, a chain of 750 atolls and reefs.

Four other countries also claim territorial rights over the area: Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei

China is the furthest away, but has pushed its claim by transforming the small tropical reef into the perfect staging ground for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the South China Sea.

In the space of three months China has turned the reef into an island by dredging soil and sand from the seabed and dumping it on top.

Security journal IHS Janes published an analysis of satellite photos of the installation over the weekend and believes the harbor is “large enough to receive tankers and major surface combatants.”

The facility is already believed to be the home to a greenhouse, a wharf, a helipad, and coastal artillery. Images released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense also show PLA marines in residence, coastal artillery, and a DP-65 anti-diver grenade launcher on the wharf.

The project’s size and shape bears a striking resemblance to CGI images used by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in promotional material, that was obtained by IHS Janes earlier this year.

The report says that China has been the only country involved in the dispute over the Spratly Islands that hasn’t been able to secure an island with an air strip in the area, and that the development will level the playing field. But it added that the move “is likely to cause alarm among the other claimants. China has previously shown it is willing to spend blood and treasure to assert its territorial claims in this region.”

china air strip gfxvia VICE NewsA CGI image of the facility released by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

With construction still underway, Andrew E. Erickson, Associate Professor at the US Naval War College, and Austin Strange of Harvard University wrote in July that the facility could eventually be twice as big as the US base at Diego Garcia, a British territory in the Indian Ocean. But according to their analysis the bigger concern to China’s neighbors is that “it could become a command-and-control center for the Chinese navy and might anchor a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) similar to the one it announced over the East China Sea in 2013.”

An ADIZ is an area in which a country declares the need to control air traffic for security reasons although it lies outside of its usual airspace.

The declaration of an ADIZ in the East China Sea put the world on tenterhooks in November 2013 as China and Japan entered into a contest of brinkmanship, sending naval vessels and aircraft into the disputed zone and locking weapons systems onto one another.

It was so serious that the director of intelligence and information operations for the US Pacific Fleet, Captain James Fanell, said in February of this year that his office concluded that “the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea.”

Fanell was reportedly reassigned by the US Navy because of his comments.

Critics have consistently warned that China could be planning to declare a similar ADIZ over the South China Sea, but the Chinese have always rejected those allegations.

“In a general view, the Chinese side has yet to feel any air security threat from the ASEAN countries,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said, referring to the Association of South-East Asia Nations.

China’s South East Asian neighbors may be more concerned than relieved about that, as Beijing expands its capabilities on their doorstep.

Amphibious warfare is treacherous; moving a military force from sea to land can turn mistakes into disasters. As the US military begins to focus its attention on the Asia-Pacific region, an area of increasing military tension and territorial disputes, the Marine Corps is being called upon to return to its roots in amphibious assault. VICE News visited RIMPAC, the world’s largest maritime warfare exercise, to see how the Marine Corps is testing new technologies and tactics to face the new challenges of amphibious warfare and remain the world’s preeminent amphibious force in the future.

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Original Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-another-look-at-the-military-base-china-is-building-on-a-disputed-reef-2014-11

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian – Condé Nast Traveler [Right Bank(2)]

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Bedroom alcoves can provide a protective feel in addition to being great storage solutions.

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian – Condé Nast Traveler [Right Bank]

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian - Condé Nast Traveler [Right Bank]

Fine art, connoisseurship, antiques, fashion, and haute couture are signatures of the Right Bank. —Diane Dorrans Saeks in Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors

Give a room a cocoon-like feeling by covering walls with light leather.

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