Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Watch: That's One Helluva Halibut!

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Swedish Fisherman Erik Axner Stars In The Fish Selfie Of The Century.
 Halibut are flat fish related to the flounder that we are used to catching in the Gulf of Mexico but generally run much larger. In the case at hand the NORTH AMERICAN FISHERMAN has a video of one of the largest typically caught. This one is a bit big for the boat, the tackle and the fisherman. So the fisherman, clothed in a "Mustang suit" jumps in the water to be photographed alongside the fish. This gives you an excellent idea of the size of the fish and an appreciation for one crazy fisherman. It may also be a wonderful example of  "catch and release'. Despite the fact that the fish was roped by the tail, we believe it had an excellent chance of surviving the hook removal and release since it never left the water. Click on the link in the text or below to shift to NORTH AMERICAN FISHERMAN and watch the video and read the text.

Pacific Halibut, Photo California DFG



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NAMAZU ON THE QUESTION OF MARTIAN WATER    American Admiralty Books Safety & Privacy Policies

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 It has been said that "the holy grail of space exploration is to find extraterrestrial life.  An important precursor to that is finding liquid water—and that's exactly what NASA today announced scientists have discovered on Mars." Well, more or less kinda,sorta. Actually what they discovered was flowing mud made with a very salty and indeed toxic brine. This brine is not "saltwater" as we know it on earth but a salt of a very different and toxic kind. Probably no simple desalinization process is going to make it drinkable. That was a real disappointment around the water cooler at my part time job with Helios Ruehls, Inc. Helios Ruehls ,you may remember, is in the business of ushering in transformational technologies. One of their current projects offers great possibilities for vastly improved efficiencies in potential solar thermal driven technologies such as electrical generation and desalinization. There was considerable excitement when NASA made the announcement that liquid water had been confirmed on Mars. Then it came out that it was a "salty brine in wet sand formations". Wow, here we were working daily on a solar thermal device that could greatly shrink the size of solar thermal heat generation machinery usable in desalination processes; maybe we'd find a new source of research funding! Then it came out that the "salty brine" was formed by a toxic form of salt. Things started getting kind of quiet.  Check out the first announcement we saw at : .  There was no mistaking the headline, water had been found on Mars. The news that it was actually a moist sand with a toxic brine took some explaining. Here is where we found the full technical details: SciNews.

Mars Curiosity Rover, photo by NASA

 OK, so water on the Martian surface apparently liquefies in the equatorial belt  in the warm seasons when temperatures can support liquid water. Some of it escapes the rapid evaporation rate by being captured by this really toxic and water absorbing salt. It then turns into a sort of slurry that darkens and can be seen even from satellites overhead. It slowly flows or maybe the term elongates would better describe what it does on the surface. Its not salt water as we know it on earth , this stuff if you tried to drink any amount of water extracted from it but still containing some of the salts would kill you in about an hour. OK, we can deal with that, if we are going to develop the transformational  technology to make potable water from it obviously we will need a compact solar thermal desalinization plant calibrated and filtered to eliminate the deadly salts. That seems within our technological grasp if we get to work right away. The second thing we will need is something that can extract liquid from a sandy formation. We do that all of the time in the oil drilling industry so probably our major technological task is in refining and miniaturizing some existing oil extraction technology. But then comes the zinger. Listen carefully to last minutes of the SciNews explanation of events. What you are listening for is the part where NASA says they may avoid such formations .

That's right Bunkie NASA which is spending billions of your tax dollars to go to Mars may avoid the wet sands of poisonous brine because these sands may harbor life forms or a micro ecosystem! Let's extend that logic a bit, suppose one of our robotic probes discovers a nice sheltered pool of fresh and drinkable water, what do you suppose that might harbor? Mars is a long way off and if we are going to go at all it will be to stay and colonize. Terra-forming is the major reason for going, its going to involve bringing a host of Earth microbes and larger life forms to the red planet.  The fact that Mars might be able to support some form of microbial life is the attraction that makes our scientist think the planet could eventually support human life. But the tree huggers are already nixing landing sites because we might disturb some microbes! For about three years we have been warning in the pages of the American Admiralty Books Blog that we haven't sufficient protocols in place to adequately protect earth from Martian microbial life if there is any. We're the big ecosystem with all sorts of diverse life in need of room to expand. Mars is a dust bin with potential. I'd certainly be for the preservation of "wet sites" which our robotic probes indicate harbor some microbes for future study. But I wouldn't rule out the entire category of wet sands as a landing site. Lets face it, if we succeed in colonizing Mars it means that we will eventually tara-form it. When that happens the history of the Colombian exchange on our own planet pretty much tells us that Martian microbes are toast. 

 Get over yourselves tree huggers, we're going to Mars, the planet has water and we need water and we'll use the water the planet provides. We're spending to get there right now as if it were a done deal. What would you have us do, ground the project on launch day because there are no suitable landing sites?  Do you think for one minute that if the Chinese arrive first they will hesitate for one second to wipe out whatever microbes may prove troublesome? Should we (Helios Ruehls, Inc) forgo seeking a NASA grant to research the application of some of our on going technological developments for adaptation into the Mars mission and eventual colonization? The answer is no, we should seek NASA grants to pursue this technology. But as long as there is political correctness afoot in the United States, the answer will never be "let's pour the corporation's money into this at all costs to be first to market!"  No , we will continue to seek heavy doses of tax payer funding because we are still 15 years away from the earliest predicted MARS landing and the PC voices are already being heard obstructing not only potential landing sites but even discussion of such sites. We have to be ready as a corporation to survive a last minute decision to scrub the mission because its "not environmentally sound". This is just the most recent example of how political correctness puts a drag on our culture and economy.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Did Italy Just Assassinate Libya's Migrant Smuggling Kingpin?

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On Saturday morning Salah Al-Maskhout, a former henchman for Muammar Gaddafi thought to be the mastermind behind the main Mediterranean trafficking ring operating in the seas between North Africa and Europe, was killed in Tripoli during an ambush along with eight of his body guards.  READ MORE

Sunday, September 27, 2015


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Obama Blocks Navy From Sailing Near Disputed China Seas Islands

Failure to assert passage rights in South China Sea bolsters Beijing’s illegal maritime claims (Story in the Washington Free Beacon)
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 "The Obama administration has restricted the U.S. Pacific Command from sending ships and aircraft within 12 miles of disputed Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea, bolstering Beijing’s illegal claims over the vital seaway, Pentagon leaders revealed to Congress on Thursday." 'The administration has continued to restrict our Navy ships from operating within 12 nautical miles of China’s reclaimed islands,' Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said in opening remarks criticizing the failure to guarantee safe passage for international commercial ships in Asia."
“ 'This is a dangerous mistake that grants de facto recognition of China’s man-made sovereignty claims,' he said."  Read the full story by Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon)


Friday, September 25, 2015

Putin Said to Plan Islamic State Strikes With or Without U.S.

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Putin Said to Plan Islamic State Strikes With or 

Without U.S.

  • Iran, Syria may join in attacks as Putin strengthens toehold
  • Kremlin insists U.S.-led coalition coordinate with Syria army
  • According to the Bloomberg Business Report of September 23, 2015 President Vladimir Putin, is determined to strengthen Russia’s only military outpost in the Middle East. So he is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces. We really see only one major hurdle in his proposal. "Joining forces" in Putin speak means coordinating attacks with Russia, the Syrian Army, and Iran. Iran is every bit as evil as ISIS and simply wants to do away with their competition for world domination as the Islamic Caliphate. In our opinion the U.S. led "coalition" has hit ISIS with nothing more than a "lick and a promise". Putin appears to actually be willing to make war on this scourge of the human race. Unfortunately a "victory" given his cohorts will simply result in a stronger, more influential, and virulent Iran.  We could articulate several options but these would require some rethinking and honesty by the Obama administration, don't hold your breath. Basically, the administration has lost the Middle East, we're looking at the beginning of the end. 

  •  Of course Russia can be pretty ham handed and Iran has bloodied hands so we might be offered another opportunity to influence events in the Middle East towards humanitarian ends at some point in the future. But taking advantage of a future discredited Russia and /or Iran will require adult leadership on the Potomac, something not seen in over eight years. Click on the link to read the full story as it appeared in the BLOOMBERG BUSINESS REPORT


Thursday, September 24, 2015


Poisonous Snake vs. Deadly Fish: Who Wins?

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SORRY WE CAN ONLY LINK YOU TO THE ACTUAL PHOTOS AND TEXTS ,THE STORY ISN'T  OURS.  Australian diver Rick Trippe happened upon the most deadly encounter imaginable among marine life down under. A venomous sea snake had its fangs impeded in the side of a venomous fish who in turn had bitten into the snake. Ugly! But you got to see it to believe it. To read more and see the photos link into the story by DAN BOVA


Russia’s Move Into Syria A "Game Changer," Think Tank Warns

"Russia’s recent deployment of troops, helicopters and battle tanks to Western Syria is a “Middle East game changer,” says the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War in a bulletin released Thursday."

"While the Russian move will help protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the ISW said, it also 'will alter the nature of international negotiations, compromise and weaken the cohesion and efforts of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition … and initiate direct Russo-Iranian military operations for the first time.' 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015


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Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack explains a series of satellite images that show the construction of a Russian air base in Syria. Stratfor is a highly respected private intelligence service whose analysis is trusted by governments, intelligence services, and global corporations world wide. The Russians back Bashar al-Assad  the President of Syria against all comers including ISIS, but are not in the Middle East to back U.S. efforts , The U.S. having backed Assad's enemies in the "Arab Spring" that has degenerated into the "ISIS war against the world" , Russia is not about to respond to U.S. leadership and will probably take a dim view of U.S. air attacks on ISIS or anyone else within Syria's territory, common enemy notwithstanding. It all boils down to adult leadership, something sorely lacking in the present U.S. administration. To watch the video analysis click on the link below. We thank STRATFOR for releasing this information for replay by other Internet participants. 

"Satellite Image Analysis of Russia's Military Buildup in Syria is republished with permission of  Stratfor


Monday, September 21, 2015

Paddle Boarders and Manatees

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Photo: USGS

 Schooling Manatee are extremely rare on the Gulf Coast and Florida. Schooling in water this clear is about the only time when the schooling behavior can be viewed and understood in context. The upper link takes you to a short video and written description found on RIGHT WING NEWS and the lower link takes you to the YouTube video shot by the outfitters who organized the paddle board trip SUP WEEKI, an eco tour company. Here is a link to their FaceBook page

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Photo: Four Chinese Merchantmen sailing in the Gulf of Aden , Escorted by PLAN (Chinese Navy vessels) (Photo Credit, PLAN)

 The Dragon has approved a set of technical guidelines that require Chinese civilian ship builders to incorporate elements of naval utility in new vessels. The guidelines cover five categories of vessels container ships, "RO-ROs" (roll on /roll off), multipurpose vessels in the same size range as the container ships and  , bulk carriers, and break bulk or general cargo carriers. These "technical standards" are part of the China Classification Society "Technical Standards to Implement National Defense Requirements ." In the United States such design elements are required in ships only when the owners receive a Maritime Administration subsidy. In international commerce, owners often shop both flag states and classification societies to get the best financial deal.  China has operated in the past and probably still has some "open registry" vessels flagged in Liberia, or Panama, or other open registry states but Chinese built vessels built in Chinese yards for Chinese registration and use must meet the China Classification Society Rules. So from now on China built, China registered means Chinese naval auxiliary. 

 The implementation of this policy will enable the Dragon to convert the potential of its merchant fleet into military strength , especially sea lift capacity ,greatly enhancing the
Chinese Navy's strategic projection and maritime support capabilities. This is the sort of thing needed to make the Chinese Navy a dragon that can truly swim the globe. The Chinese national legislature will soon begin work on a National Defense Transport Law that will entitle shipbuilders to receive funds to cover the extra cost of making ships suitable for military use (construction differential subsidy) and provide additional insurance for owners in case their vessels are damaged during military operations. The United States for the most part dropped its construction and operational differential subsides  decades ago with the predictable result that the United States deep draft merchant marine has shrunk down to virtual military uselessness. 

 We find this development particularly disturbing when viewed in conjunction with the recent formation of much of China's commercial fishing fleet into a "naval militia". (See          THE DRAGON EXPANDS ITS MARITIME MILITIA   ). There is nothing illegal in international law in preparing your merchant fleet to be able to provide supply transport services to your armed forces. Back in the day when we actually had adult leadership in Washington we did exactly that our selves, through the exact same mechanism, subsidies. But unlike the U.S. much of China's merchant shipping is state owned. This was once true of Russia as well. The Russians were notorious for claiming that their state owned merchant ships were naval vessels and painting the occasionally necessary regulatory boarding as an "Act of war" when it suited them. The U.S. always conducted itself with the applicable international law. We acknowledged the ships as "state property" but not as war ships. In order to enter a civil port and discharge or load commercial cargoes, ships must formally "enter through Customs". No matter what a ship's potential as a naval transport under other conditions if it "entered through customs it was treated as a merchant vessel subject to all applicable regulations. China often seems either confused over the finer points of maritime commercial shipping law or deliberately twists the law to suit the Dragon's purpose. China's recent declaration of much of their commercial fishing fleet as "naval militia" is worrisome for neighbors trying to enforce their own fisheries laws in waters that China is trying to claim jump. Any forceful regulatory actions may be construed by China as a war like act against one of their "War ships". Now we have to walk on eggs around their large merchant fleet as well. China's deep draft ocean transport fleet numbers around 2,600 ships in comparison to America's fleet of about 200 such vessels. Nothing about this latest announcement is good news for America or her area  allies like the Philippines and Japan. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Foreign Investors and China’s Naval Buildup

Thursday, September 10, 2015


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What is it difference between complexity theory and chaos theory in computing and algorithms?

Does complexity theory equal chaos theory?


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 The short answer is no, but......what often appears as chaos is sometimes simply complexity we haven't met yet. Sometimes more accurate systems of measure of initial conditions may nudge a chaotic system into the complex realm. But there is a distinct difference between complexity theory and chaos theory and a difference in the computations and algorithms used and continuing to evolve. 

 Both theories and their related equations , computations, and algorithms are used to study systems that are non linear in nature. Uncertainty is a major characteristic of both chaotic and complex systems.  The nature and origin of the complexity is the key difference between chaos and complexity. 

If you can distinguish how uncertainty arose in a system or type of system you can often distinguish the difference between complexity and chaos.    In a chaotic system or systems, uncertainty is due to the practical inability to know the initial conditions of a system.  Note that "practical inability" is somewhat dependent on techniques and technologies of measure and computation and these have a history of improving over time in many cases. This is why sometimes yesterday's apparent chaotic system becomes today's complex system.  There in is the basis for the question "Does Complexity Theory = Chaos Theory " ?.    Despite some movement of an occasional system from "the edge of chaos" into workable complexity computation  the two theories and their related algorithms, and computations remain distinct.  Beyond the edge of chaos inbound there is deeper chaos . The "edge can be a bit fuzzy at times" but as the observer moves away from deepest chaos he or she moves into complexity, and eventually passes into the more easily discerned clockwork like universe of Newton and classical physics.    

 Note that the  term “edge of chaos” gets used quite a bit in scientific and science fiction writing. Confusing the matter,  this term is normally associated with complex systems.  "The Edge of Chaos" represents a point that sits along a spectrum. On one end is determinism and on the other is not chaos per se, but randomness.  The edge of chaos begins where there is sufficient observable structure / patterns in the system that it is not random,  but also enough fluidity and emergent creativity that the system is not deterministic.    

 Patterns are an important,and often repeating element in complex systems despite the fact that complex systems have inherent uncertainty. With sufficient observable patterns and structure future actions, changes, within a complex system are not random, but fall within a predictable range of possibilities. Complex systems are never "one right answer" systems they are nonlinear non-Euclidean. In the hey day of classical (Euclidean)  math they were a source of great controversy.  (See my post "August 10, 1632 THE BATTLE OVER THE "INFINITESIMAL" )  The emergence of complexity theory demonstrates a domain between deterministic order and randomness which is complex. Complexity Theory did emerge from Chaos theory but it does not eclipse Chaos theory. Chaos is sometimes perceived as extremely complicated information rather than an absence of order.   Chaotic systems, in contrast to complex systems, remain deterministic. Their long term behavior can be practically impossible to predict with any accuracy. 

 When one engages in analysis of complex systems,sensitivity to initial conditions , if even knowable, is not as important as within systems contained in Chaos Theory.  Initial conditions are a primary consideration within Chaos systems where sensitivity to initial conditions, prevails as a deterministic element.

 .In Conclusion, it can be tempting to think of of Chaos theory as a theory of highly complex types of complex systems. But that is not the case  Chaos theorists have contributed  some key insights of complexity, like sensitivity to initial conditions, but Chaos Theory  remains a study of deterministic systems.  To understand non-deterministic systems, like ant colonies , or markets, it’s necessary to look at complex systems and Complexity Theory.


Thursday, September 3, 2015


Warmer Ocean Temperatures Could Trigger An Alteration Of Key Ocean Bacteria, But It's Not Temperature Alone

 The Great Namazu Addresses "The Rise of The Slime".

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 Warmer Ocean temperatures  could put  certain types of oceanic bacteria into evolutionary overdrive. Crude Oil spills in warmer bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico have already done something similar. Around the World Ocean, the slime is rising, but not because of climate change as many in the main stream media would have you believe.  But the slime in the form of harmful bacteria is rising in a way that could pose a threat to the long-term survival of wild caught fish stocks. Warmer water temperatures tend to exacerbate pro-bacterial conditions but there is no evidence that the average global ocean temperature is rising, and in fact recently, the surface temperature of a major portion of the Atlantic cooled. We might add that this cooling was expected, predictable, and a normal part of an observable ten year cycle. (see my post:: WHY HAVE ATLANTIC OCEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURES DROPPED?) . Some parts of the World Ocean are having major bacteria issues such as the U.S. Gulf  Coast and these tend to be warm water areas. (See: Gulf of Mexico Oil Pollution May Be A Microorganic Trigger.)  But bacterial counts are rising in many parts of the oceans that have not experienced any recent temperature change. Ocean systems apparently, according to some recent research are more apex predator driven than the "food pyramid " model of terrestrial systems. 

 Ocean systems seem to be able to withstand more apex predator pressure than land animal based systems which tend to have a large number of "prey animals" making up the bulk of the system and resulting biomass, and a small population of apex predators at the top of the food chain. Indeed ocean systems seem to actually depend on what appears to the terrestrial mind to be inordinate Apex predator pressure. The heavy predator pressure seems to drive fertility rates upwards and sexual maturity dates downward making a larger biomass to survive and even thrive the seemingly inordinate predator pressure. Unfortunately for the last two hundred years man has been commercially  
harvesting the apex predator fish species such as tuna and the resulting lack of predator pressure, instead of increasing the numbers of "feed fish" stocks' appears to be having the opposite effect, smaller species are reproducing in smaller numbers absent the predator pressure. 

 As we deplete the apex predators species we focus further down the food chain and start harvesting smaller species. Of late we have been considering harvesting krill for human consumption. Krill is the rock bottom of the polar seas food chain, below that level are amoeba, plankton such as algae, and bacteria. Apparently, unlike the smaller fish and shrimp species which are not increasing their numbers with the man caused reduction in predator pressure , the bacteria and algae are increasing dramatically. In warm waters such as our own Gulf of Mexico there are natural oil seeps and bacteria have evolved which actually feed on crude oil. The British Petroleum company and their drilling contractors a few years ago provided a feast to these organisms while killing off a large number of apex predators. 

 The visible oil from the BP oil spill no longer washes up on the Gulf Coast beaches but the beaches have been visited of late by red tides, other algae blooms, unexplained fish kills , and various harmful bacteria counts closings some beaches in a sort of rolling bacteria tide. Sport fishing is still good but not as great as it was decades ago. The rule of thumb seems to be, that in the ocean as the apex predators decline so do the prey fish, but the single celled organisms and bacteria at the very bitter end of the food chain rise in response to the break in their predator pressure. This is what we are talking about when we use the term "the rise of the slime".  In a nut shell, if we keep doing what we are doing eventually no one will have to worry about a shark attack at the beach, but flesh eating bacteria encounters will be quite normal, if anyone still visits the beach. 

Trichodesmium is a cyanobacteria found in tropical and subtropical waters normally useful to the ocean food chain. This bacteria converts atmospheric nitrogen into biologically useful forms of nitrogen that phytoplankton can use. Recently a team of researchers at the University of Southern California found that trichodesmium generates more nitrogen and reproduces faster when exposed to the high levels of carbon dioxide.  Despite the fact that this evolutionary adaptation may seem beneficial for certain parts of the ocean's ecology, it could harm the bacteria in the long term. According to the scientific speculation at USC more carbon dioxide may lead the bacteria to gobble up all their available resources of the nutrients phosphorous and iron. And of course, since Al Gore, et al, asserts that the climate is warming;the government and media assert that the CO2 levels in the world's oceans are expected to rise dramatically by 2100. The researchers have found that trichodesmium continues to reproduce quickly and generates a lot of nitrogen after a significant warm up, even when placed back in an environment with lower levels of carbon dioxide.  Never missing an opportunity to carp climate change real or imagined, the media reports that this laboratory finding means that climate change may create an evolutionary adaptation in the bacteria, this alteration may persist even if global action is taken to reverse climate change.

 The actual researchers note that they produced their results in a laboratory and that in trichodesmium's natural environment, certain factors may mitigate the changes in the bacteria seen in the lab test. Of course this was not prominently featured in the media coverage. Our point is that local water warming can cause the effects described for trichodesmium and water temperatures change in cycles, that don't amount to "climate change".  No matter what may or may not happen in any given location with this one bacterium after a change in temperature the slime is rising profusely around the world. Here and there effects may be exacerbated by changes in local or regional water temperatures but the root cause in the over all rise of the slime is complex and begins with over fishing. Oil spills provide major contributions as well. There is nothing in the recent findings about trichodesmium that warrants us dismantling the American economy in the name of preventing climate change. Besides whatever we do doesn't matter very much, we are not the big polluter any more,that honor goes to China, Brazil, India and others who inherited our smoke stack industries. None of these nations have done anything about "green house gases" except announce that the problem is one for the developed nations who should bear the entire costs. 

 So bipeds, you can't do much about green house gases which probably aren't nearly the problem that Al Gore et al would have you believe. But you can do something about oil spills and over fishing and that could go a long ways towards mitigating the observable "rise of the slime". 


Now, once upon a time, before the first human biped trod the earth the carbon gases in our atmosphere increased dramatically without any biped aid. It resulted in something left in the fossil record called the "GREAT DYING." If you would like to explore that event to see if it offers any lessons for today's dangers read my post titled:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

The Chinese Navy has been in this area before having conducted previous operations in the High Arctic. When passing in this vicinity it is often necessary to pass within 12 miles of the Alaska Coast. Under international law this is quite legal. We are concerned with Chinese operations in the High Arctic where they have no coast and little in the way of national interest. However having said that, basic principles of International law make their passage perfectly legal. If we expect to enforce the elements of freedom of the seas in the South and East China Seas we have to respect the rules in our own waters.

  Interesting, it seems just last year we were publishing about Chinese ice breakers  operating in the High Arctic, they would have had to pass through the Bearing straits to get there and we were aware that they were in the High Arctic, so how could this be the "first time the Pentagon has seen such activity". Surely the Coast Guard was aware and made the Navy aware, so who did this media outlet speak to? That's not to say we welcome the Chinese to our waters or trust that they are here for legitimate purposes, but our media seems to be over reacting. That's probably just what the Dragon wants.

 The Dragon, like our media, misses the point. Chinese public opinion and the state controlled media publicly pressure the Chinese government to enforce the famous 9 dash line.  Our national media of course know little of maritime international law, so the Dragon is giving us a little lesson in the types of public opinion pressures they face in the China Seas disputes. Look at this alarmist screed from a a major media outlet:

"Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon Officials said Wednesday"

 There is of course a big difference, The Chinese government cultured the Chinese public opinion through its own media and then uses "public opinion" as a warning and excuse as why it can not "back down" on its actions that violate international maritime law. One American media passage did offer an astute observation:

"The presence of the Chinese ships so close to U.S. shores is the latest demonstration of how China’s military is rapidly expanding its operations far from its own coast to protect the nation’s growing global interests."