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By Bonnie Donovan

In final week’s column, we warned of the Chinese government’s infiltration of America. 

The day soon after we released the column, we received a report on how, by way of espionage in American businesses, the Chinese military had been in a position to generate their fifth generation of a fighter plane. This is the Chinese J20, constructed by copying the technologies in the U.S. F-22 Raptor. It is substantial to know that America has never ever sold F-22 raptors to any other nation. 

The Chinese theft of American secret technologies occurred right here in America.

The principal designers and makers of the F-22 Raptor have been Lockheed Martin and Boeing, with hundreds of sub-element suppliers.

China concentrated for ten years on stealing the technologies in the F-22, and they have been astoundingly productive. By performing so, they have been in a position to narrow the technologies gap involving America and China by ten to 15 years.

On the topic of new technologies, Did You Know? was exposed to the energy of a mixture of artificial intelligence technologies, coupled with several drones. We discovered how this mixture can replace human efforts for each fantastic and evil. 

A.I. and drone technologies are establishing speedy. Whilst not feasible currently, envision the day when 4 big container ships — with genuine papers and controlled by artificial intelligence — are cruising hundreds of miles apart outdoors American territorial waters, along the American Pacific and Atlantic coasts. 

At two a.m., the doors of their containers open. From each and every ship, hundreds of A.I.-controlled drones rise and fly more than all the big East Coast and West Coast cities. Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. What will the drones provide to the millions of men and women living there?  

Several balloons can fly, undetected, across American airspace. How about 4 ships in two pairs, hundreds of miles apart on two oceans, hidden amongst hundreds of other people?

On an additional matter, a reader of Did You Know? dropped off a copy of 46 pages of extremely detailed, concerns that are incredibly intrusive of individual privacy, referred to as “The American Neighborhood Survey,” which they received in the mail.

It is performed by the Census Bureau and is mandated by your U.S. government that the recipients are, by law, necessary to respond.

Did You Know? does not know the complete use to which the collected facts will be place. It may properly be a test for like these concerns in future, complete census surveys.

Not only are recipients necessary to reveal the most private particulars of their individual lives, but they are also necessary to recognize themselves by name.

Failure to comprehensive and return the survey or to supply inaccurate answers will outcome in heavy fines.

This is not a census survey, in that it has been sent only to three million households, out of 123.six million in America, but it is currently right here in Santa Barbara.

Hope that you do not get 1.

This survey is created not only to recognize you but also to probe into each aspect of your life and your resident family’s life. Your life histories, your employment, and your comprehensive monetary scenario are all integrated, and additional.

If this is a test for a comprehensive census, the government could have all the facts required to set up a social credit method to handle person behavior, equivalent to that now in spot in China.

Did You Know? was also forwarded Pepperdine University’s new promotional video that the Malibu college released at its current 25th anniversary. It capabilities Ronald Reagan in 1976 when he was asked to create a letter to be opened in one hundred years. Verify out the promotional video, “Shaping the Globe for the Subsequent one hundred Years,” on Pepperdine’s YouTube channel —

I invite you to take a couple of minutes (just 3!) to watch the video, which starts with a familiar voice.

This short video is primarily based on 1 of Mr. Reagan’s most well-known radio addresses from September 1976.  Pepperdine initially discovered about this text by reading Mr. Reagan’s words in “In His Personal Hand” — a book co-edited by 1 of the university’s newest faculty members, Dr. Kiron Skinner. 

President Reagan was asked to create a letter to be place into a time capsule to be opened in 2076 in Los Angeles. He was asked to mention in the letter some of the most severe issues confronting the United States in 1976.

What he wrote in 1976 (47 years ago) could be currently.  

Beneath are components of what he mentioned.

“Think about it for a minute.

“What do you place in a letter that is going to be study one hundred years from now — in the year 2076? The men and women who will study it ‘will be living in the planet we helped to shape.’

“Will they study the letter with gratitude in their hearts for what we did, or will they be bitter for the reason that the heritage we left them was 1 of human misery?”

“The greatest challenge the United States faced in 1976 was the selection involving continuing the policies of the final 40 years that have led to larger and larger government, much less and much less liberty, redistribution of earnings by way of confiscatory taxation, or attempting to get back on the original course set for us by the Founding Fathers.

“Will we pick out fiscal duty, restricted government and freedom of selection for all our men and women? Or will we let an irresponsible Congress set us on the road our English cousins have currently taken? The road to financial ruin and state handle of our incredibly lives?”

“On the international scene, two excellent superpowers face each and every other with nuclear missiles at the prepared — poised to bring Armageddon to the planet.”

“Those who study my letter will know regardless of whether these missiles have been fired or not. Either they will be surrounded by the very same beauty we know, or they will wonder sadly what it was like when the planet was nevertheless stunning.”

“If we right here currently meet the challenge confronting us, these who open that time capsule one hundred years from now will do so in peace, prosperity and the ultimate in individual freedom.

“If we do not maintain our rendezvous with destiny, the letter possibly will never ever be study — for the reason that they will reside in the planet we left them, a planet in which no 1 is permitted to study of person liberty or freedom of selection.”

“Will we pick out fiscal duty, restricted government, and freedom of selection for all our men and women?”

Bonnie Donovan writes the “Did You Know?” column in conjunction with a bipartisan group of regional citizens. It seems Saturdays in the Voices section.

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