China Taking Control of the Flow of the Most Important River in Southeast Asia

China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia’s most important river through a dam-building spree. The Mekong river starts in China and flows through Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. It feeds 60 million people through its basin and tributaries. China’s Mekong dams could destroy fish stocks and China will manipulate water flows. …

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Crazy Rich Asians Push Louis Vuitton Owner Past Bill Gates in Wealth

Chinese customers, who still mainly buy luxury items on overseas trips, buy more than a third of luxury sector sale. They and other Crazy Rich Asians have helped boost the shares of LVMH. Chinese consumers purchased $121 billion worth of luxury goods in 2018 which was 32 percent of the worldwide total. This share is …

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Test Tube Babies As Predictor of Future Intelligence Enhancement of Babies

For the next decade or two it will be far easier, cheaper and more effective to use gene sequencing to select the most intelligent embyro for test tube babies. Embryos are already having their genes sequenced to select against genetic diseases. It will be an easy step to gene sequence for intelligence and select on …

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Asian Analyst Forecasts Tesla Output at 700-800K Next Year

Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory 3 will produce electric cars for India and other Asian countries along with China. Tesla maybe able to saturate China and enter other markets such as India with electric vehicles that are immediately competitive in price. Reports indicate Tesla will target 3000 cars per week initially at GF3 and then scale to …

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The Past, Present and Future of Poverty

Bill Gates and the World in Data indicate the extreme poverty below $1.90 PPP per day has massively decreased from 1820 to today. This is one of my favorite infographics. A lot of people underestimate just how much life has improved over the last two centuries: https://t.co/djavT7MaW9 pic.twitter.com/kuII7j4AuW — Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 19, 2019 …

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World GDP Forecasts for 2030

Standard Chartered forecasts the top 10 countries in the world by purchasing power parity GDP in 2030. 1. China: $64.2 trillion 2. India: $46.3 trillion 3. US: $31 trillion 4. Indonesia: $10.1 trillion 5. Turkey: $9.1 trillion 6. Brazil: $8.6 trillion 7. Egypt: $8.2 trillion 8. Russia: $7.9 trillion 9. Japan: $7.2 trillion 10. Germany: …

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Will North Korea Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Production and Stabilize with South Korea?

In a New Year’s Day speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un made an offer toward denuclearization. Kim indicated that North Korea wants a deal and is interested in another summit. Kim would put nuclear production capability as part of negotiations. A path to the goal of complete denuclearization could be created. North Korea could be …

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US and China Aircraft Carriers and World Military Power 2025-2050

There has been various speculation about China having five aircraft carrier by 2025 and up to ten aircraft carriers by 2049. Only two of China’s five aircraft carriers would be anywhere close to the capabilities of the US supercarriers. The first three will have far fewer aircraft and would be closer to the mini-carriers that …

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