... sadly in Russian only and such things are not popular in the West, so they don't report them, but...
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
... which is excellent, but then I watched two of the videos he linked there. First, it was Nikki Haley, who invokes in normal people nothing but nausea. But then! I saw one hell of a gorgeous woman.
Throughout ages Indian subcontinent produced some of the most beautiful women, enough to recall Aishwarya Rai.
First, thank you, Thermobaric, for linking this. Here is an American officer and patriot explaining to some psycho-bitch that she, as are 99% of American political and "intellectual" elite, have no fucking business in commenting on anything warfare related. Some American generals better stay away from this too.
Sunday, October 29, 2023
... which sheds some light on CR 929 fate. Russia continues with her program of updating IL-96 line, as an intermediate wide-body solution, to IL-96-400M. This is the first aircraft of this limited series doing its take-off regime runs yesterday.
So, four engines for now. PD-35, meanwhile, produces excellent results at tests.
Of course, western media wouldn't be western media if they didn't put the story upside down, a euphemism for BS. As they report:
United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) CEO Yury Slyusar earlier this month confirmed for the first time that UAC is no longer a partner in the CR929 joint venture. Although the decision has been made, undoing the joint venture will likely take considerable time, since it involves changing agreements between the governments of China and Russia. Beijing has not commented on the change of plans. The CR929 has accumulated years of delays and is not expected to enter service until well after 2030 due to lengthy negotiations about sharing work and intellectual property. For months, reports indicated that China had decided to pursue the widebody on its own. Keeping a sanctions-ravaged partner on board would make the project even more difficult.Russia still hopes to remain involved. Slyusar says Russian industry plans to continue with the program as a normal supplier and builder of the composite wing, PD-35 engines and other subsystems for the aircraft.
And here is the reason. Yes, sanctions, BUT NOT on Russian aerospace industry, but on Chinese one-Russia simply doesn't want to be embroiled in the project which not only doesn't satisfy Russia's manufacturing share and financial (profit) requirements, but of pure geopolitics. As Comac C919 "experience" shows:
The United States has expanded its export controls and trade sanctions against China over advanced technology, including semiconductors and aviation, as relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated.Growing tensions have also affected trade in the aviation sector as China’s own narrow-body passenger jet, the C919, has entered commercial operation this year. However, the plane, which took more than 14 years to develop, relies on imported parts and technology, especially from the US. The C919’s LEAP engine is made by CFM International, a joint venture between American firm GE Aviation and France’s Safran Aircraft Engines.
Well, guess what--Chinese want CR929 to be primarily declared as C929 (without R, it already is known as CRAIG C929) and still have a truckload of Western systems in it. And that, once (not "If") the sanctions are imposed and RR or P&W engines will become unavailable, the project will face the necessity of Russian PD-35 be diverted away from Russia's wide-body aircraft or... wait for Chinese turbofan with similar to PD-35 characteristics and this is not coming anytime soon. So, in this case Russia is supposed to pick up the slack? This is a no go for Russia, who obviously is aiming at a fully updated two-engine wide-body IL-96 which will not only be flying domestically and internationally in Asia, but will compete with Western models on non-Western markets being fully Russian and impervious to sanctions. In this case, Russia is not very keen at creating a competitor to own, entering full testing phase, project. Simple as that.
Modern aerospace technologies are crown jewels of industrialized nations and nobody provides access to their best simply because of good relations. And this is worth reminding again:
And here we are, in the new geopolitical and economic reality and here is the trick--there is ONLY one country which can and does provide, completely out of own resources, the alternative to Western commercial aerospace giants and you already guessed it--Russia. Now, keep an eye on the overall situation with world's de-dollarization, weakening of EU economies and... drum roll--Arab and Sub-Saharan African world having serious second thoughts about the West. Those things always have major geopolitical and economic consequences. Russia is getting ready for that and that explains some reasons behind IL-96-400M and C929 fate.
Konstantin Kisin is a British satirist of Russian-Jewish descent. He made his career by commenting on a hottest issue button for Europe--namely its turning into the Caliphate. There is no doubt, what's left of Western civilization is incompatible with Islam on a fundamental level, it is especially incompatible with political Islam which is expansionist aggressive ideology. Russia also has issues with political Islam and fought two wars with it in Chechnya. Russia also started implementing increasingly restrictive measures against Middle Asian guest workers and tightening immigration practices. Currently Russia finally launched a serious clampdown on "ethnic crime"--a euphemism for Middle Asia "immigrants".
But here is the problem. Just listen to Kisin's "elaboration"--a classic trick of verbal assault of name-dropping (Tomas Sowell), intellectual constructs and then using the vehicle of justified Europe's desperation and impotence against criminal immigration policies and Arab-Africanization of its culture. And, as you may have guessed it, it was all about Israel and whitewashing wholesale crimes it commits against Palestinians.
So, Kisin, using an emotional mix without context (a defining sign of demagoguery), wants to ignore the whole history of Israel and the way she expanded her territory by means of decades' long ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Framing this "viral response" merely as an abstract of "lenses" ignores a simple fact, take my example, that I have ZERO, nothing in common culturally, ideologically, philosophically with West's progressives, in fact--I reject their world view almost entirely, but it in no way means that I can ignore a wholesale atrocity Israel commits now in Gaza. Kisin's "viral response" is nothing short of a classic neocon demagoguery. But then again, isn't it always the case with stand up comics without background in anything serious who go into political commentary by means of, justly, mocking current West's cultural ersatz, and then connecting to a very specific geopolitical agenda. And I have news for Kisin--Likud is de facto a Zionist Lebensraum party and we all know what that means.
So, my suggestion to Kisin is to drop his pseudo-scholastic BS and go and identify himself as Likudnik and Zionist. The rest, hey, there have been many people before Kisin, and will be many after him, who would continue to monetize their ability to verbalize abstract concepts, while having zero substantive background in anything other than performance arts. Just to give some examples:
Saturday, October 28, 2023
... shit. I am on record, again, that normal people do not work in US corporate media--most of them are ignorant sociopaths, exact type needed to push through suicidal agendas and sensationalism. So, today it is PBS, tomorrow it will be CNN, then WSJ--doesn't matter. Here is example:
Here are some demonstrations. Here is TC1640F3 of Tver Stankomash machine building plant.
If someone has questions about Russia's own CNC controls, allow me to introduce one of many--Balt System. You can take a look at the line of their CNC controls. So browse their site--it is fascinating. Of course, there is a Modmash-Soft producing this and other things like that:
But it becomes even more fascinating when one begins to look at other Russian-made large scale lathes (and mills, why not). Like T-800 (I kid you not) Proton with lathe-mill operations.
Or, like this piece of machine from Ryazan.
So, one must then ask how Russians can make things like that:
And not this:
I seldom comment on issues of basic combat training, such as fire drills (in Russian--Ognevaya Podgotovka, same as in English) and handling of standard issue arms. I am not fanatic of all kinds of handguns and rifles, but I have more than enough experience in handling anything from any AK series to some hand guns--I do have my Ruger. And I stumbled on this video today:
1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that these guys ARE training. That is the point of training, isn't it--to identify mistakes, correct them and then train the correct way. Obviously, video captured marines making all kinds of mistakes, but then again--these are BASIC skills which are easily addressed through training within one-two one hour exercise training this element, including live fire at the range. Maybe the video was shot precisely for this purpose--to show mistakes and correct them? I am 100% positive that USMC combat teams know how to handle AR-15s. It is an EASILY addressed problem. Of course, Kalashnikovs of all calibers have a very different from AR-15 kinematics, e.g. you can easily cock any AK by... foot, especially if you are laying down. But I see no problem in getting guys, who may not even be "first line", learning how to reload.
2. Another matter, of course, is marching. In Russia it is called Stroevaya Podgotovka which means literally Formation Drills. While this type of activity is always mocked in Russian Armed Forces, it has a significant impact on the unit's cohesion. Yes, in this respect US Armed Forces do not train it the way Russians do, including famous parade step "minting", like this:
US has a very different experience with such marching, but then again: if the video shows ineptitude in marching, let me tell you--good drill sergeant, a few days and the unit will march like a single entity. US Armed Forces problem, of course, including marines, is not in some video showing novice skills. The problem is deeper and it is on a tactical level, but most importantly--operationally and strategically. That is not the level of average grunts, that is military-political level whose rot dripped down and made US Armed Forces problems way more profound than some basic military skills easily addressed by good junior officer and his NCOs, believe me--I know, been there, done that, including handling of live firearms, grenades et al. After all, all graduates of Soviet/Russian naval academies have their official second specialty as Naval Infantry (Marines) tactical unit commanders. Unless your ass was eaten by bedbugs in barracks in Separate Naval Infantry Brigade in Kazachya (near Sevastopol) you could never be called a naval officer. That is why shitload of naval officers fought (including my classmates) in both Chechnya Wars, Georgia and elsewhere, commanding ground troops.
So, like it or not, what is shown in this video is mostly propaganda, albeit as any propaganda it concentrates, in this case, on negative and embellishes it. If anything, Chinese Armed Forces have special unit of these girls who primarily are trained for marching--you can easily find the video of them going through grueling marching training. They ARE NOT combat unit and their ONLY task is to project unity and power of China. So, comparing them to randomly walking marines is not appropriate. Again, READ my lips--those problems are relatively easily addressed, by the end of the normal boot they will disappear. Ability to shoot well, use of the whole issue of infantry weapons and fighting as a unit is another matter, of course. I would be concerned with this, which is utter disgrace under any circumstances and the US military did it by itself:
Friday, October 27, 2023
... for Brazil (and not only) audience. Robinson is a professional officer in Brazilian Navy (reserve) and he, and his military colleagues maintain a good military YouTube channel The Art of War (Arte da Guerra). Here is my freshest, two hours ago, interview with The Art of War.
... a very promising fact, New York Jews threatening to capture NYC Central Station while demonstrating against Israel's ground operation and "genocide of Palestinians".
Thursday, October 26, 2023
... my first attempt at being a journalist (I suck at interviewing people), thankfully Dr. Lama did excellent job himself. So, this is an introduction to what I would like to frame as Conversations with Dr. Lama. Hey, that's my first time, all right.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
... it never was. It was ALWAYS about "fighting" establishment by promoting the most destructive and tasteless shit while arresting any development of real rock-music. Read by syllables: MU-SIC. Not some "protest" shit--all fake and about, since late 1980s, depression of poor fucking sods from "Indy" bands. The Rolling Stone magazine long ago became an artsy arm of the most degenerate wing of DNC. Not surprisingly, they are from San-Francisco. So, Rick Beato is my peer--he should remember when Rolling Stone characterized The Dark Side of the Moon as a "mediocre effort". So, Rick, you don't see Allan Holdsworth, Gary Moore, Django Reinhardt, Al Di Meola among many others in this list?
... army of TSIPSO paid trolls and even greater army of a completely brainwashed 404ers. They continue to hang around all kinds of Russian media resources posting only BS which has no effect anymore with its FUD content, so, they resort to all kinds of "commentaries" like this: "Sure, Russia has shot down two ATACMS, but if that would have been 10, 20 (40, 150, 1000... make your choice), Russia would have been defeated." Obviously, the simple idea that if a grandmother had the balls she would have been a grandfather (not in the combined West, though) is not in the wide use by poor 404ers, but who cares. So, Russian MoD reports today:
Translation: Over the past 24 hours, two US-made ATACMS operational-tactical missiles, an S-200 anti-aircraft missile converted to engage ground targets, as well as two HARM anti-radar missiles and two US-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems were intercepted.
It is nearly impossible to explain to the average 404er or any "analyst" from Institute for "Study" of War (ISW) that ATACMS is a standard target for all Russia's mid and long-range air defense complexes. In fact, as was the case with HIMARS, Russians already noted that good ol' Tochka U is a more difficult target. Russian AD still managed to shoot down a bulk of it, even with short range AD complexes such as Tor-M2. But, but...
In an interview, Ukraine’s Minister for Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin told POLITICO Western countries needed to accelerate production of missiles, shells and military drones as close to frontlines as possible. “The free world should be producing enough to protect itself," Kamyshin said, on a mission to the German capital to persuade arms producers to invest in war-ravaged Ukraine. "That's why we have to produce more and better weapons to stay safe." Current factory capacity was woeful, he argued. “If you get together all the worldwide capacities for weapons production, for ammunition production, that will be not enough for this war,” said Kamyshin of the state of play along Ukraine's more than 1,000 kilometers of active frontline.
Sure. Let them "invest" into 404 and then see how many 3M14s will it take to level those "investments" back with the ground. In fact, I would suggest appointing Kamyshin to the post of Economics Minister of Germany, he'll show them Krauts how to run economy, wink, wink.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Keep in mind, America's greatness is not from what many view it to be today. But then...
Donald Trump has claimed that Russia made a technological breakthrough after stealing ‘super-duper’ missile plans from the US during the presidency of Barack Obama. Moscow has dismissed the allegation. The former US president made the suggestion during an election rally in New Hampshire on Monday, when he pledged to beef up American strategic defensive and offensive capabilities if he is returned to the White House next year. “Under my leadership, we will once again protect our own people with our own missile defense system capable of blasting China, Russia, Iranian missiles out of the sky. And we will in addition have offensive weapons that will be second to none,” he said. “You know, Russia stole the super, we call them the super-dupers, right? They go super fast. They stole that during the Obama administration,” Trump added. “They stole the plans and they built it.” Asked about the remarks on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was capable of developing advanced weapon systems on its own, and had several that no other nations could replicate. He added that he was not in a position to say whether they qualified as “‘super-duper,’ in Mr. Trump’s terms.”
Yes, Russians also stole Vostok capsule plans and launched Gagarin in it to become the first man in space from the US. Russians always steal American plans. Remember Stalingrad Battle and Operation Bagration plans? Russians stole those from America. Truth is, Russians defeating Napoleon? Stole those plans from America. Well, since Russians stole those plans of hypersonic missiles from America, we should reasonably expect American hypersonic weapons to be deployed right about now. Ah... wait.
Monday, October 23, 2023
... just a reminder to NATO planners what REAL war is.
Now, project that on a single operational axis of Zaporozhie, then project that roughly on the whole length of the front and you will get some ideas. The Piece in WaPo about CIA and 404 and murders of civilians is directly related to it. WaPo is CIA's outlet and somebody in Langley finally got the message that things might come to the results CIA really doesn't want to face. Especially when it comes to War Crimes Tribunal against 404 and NATO, and it is coming and many names which do not sound Slavic at all will be named and charged. Playing such games with Iraq--it is one thing, playing this with FSB, G(R)U and SVR is totally another. As Pentagon generals learned the hard way. They should have studied real war. M1 Abrams should expect a very warm reception...
... the sky is blue, the water is wet, neocons are genocidal maniacs... Yes, murdering Daria Dugina is one of them.
These operations have been cast as extreme measures Ukraine was forced to adopt in response to Russia’s invasion last year. In reality, they represent capabilities that Ukraine’s spy agencies have developed over nearly a decade — since Russia first seized Ukrainian territory in 2014 — a period during which the services also forged deep new bonds with the CIA.The missions have involved elite teams of Ukrainian operatives drawn from directorates that were formed, trained and equipped in close partnership with the CIA, according to current and former Ukrainian and U.S. officials. Since 2015, the CIA has spent tens of millions of dollars to transform Ukraine’s Soviet-formed services into potent allies against Moscow, officials said. The agency has provided Ukraine with advanced surveillance systems, trained recruits at sites in Ukraine as well as the United States, built new headquarters for departments in Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, and shared intelligence on a scale that would have been unimaginable before Russia illegally annexed Crimea and fomented a separatist war in eastern Ukraine. The CIA maintains a significant presence in Kyiv, officials said.
I wonder why WaPo suddenly decided to expose these well-known facts to American public? CIA is now directly associated with murders of Russian citizens and attacks on Russian civilian infrastructure. Not news, really. Russians know who and how.
I am talking about Finland and Sweden and them joining NATO. First, there have been economic measures from Russia which are helping now to bankrupt a number of Finnish industries. Now, the question: what happens if you take a number of these:
Then take this: And do classic maneuver by forces. Like this:
Well, you get this:
Военно-технический ответ на расширение НАТО готовят на Ладожском озере — оно может стать местом запуска ракет малыми ракетными кораблями (МРК). Минобороны провело комплексную работу по изучению возможностей базирования кораблей и выполнению боевых задач в этой акватории, сообщили источники «Известий» в военном ведомстве. По результатам исследований, которые шли несколько месяцев, признано, что МРК могут эффективно действовать в Ладожском озере. Эксперты отмечают, что это адекватная мера после расширения НАТО на северо-западе: отсюда корабли могут держать под прицелом Финляндию.«Это вполне здравый военно-технический ответ на вступление Финляндии и Швеции в НАТО. Ладожское озеро достаточно большое. Во время Великой Отечественной войны там действовала Ладожская флотилия, после войны дислоцировались различные силы. Это хорошая идея — обеспечить стрельбу «Буянами» и «Каракуртами» по целям НАТО. Кроме того, этот район не так хорошо известен разведке альянса, как балтийские базы», — рассказал «Известиям» военный историк Дмитрий Болтенков.
Translation: A military-technical response to NATO expansion is being prepared on Lake Ladoga - it could become a missile launch site for small missile ships (SMRVs). The Ministry of Defense has carried out comprehensive work to study the possibilities of basing ships and performing combat missions in this water area, sources in the military department told Izvestia. Based on the results of research that took several months, it was recognized that RTOs can operate effectively in Lake Ladoga. Experts note that this is an adequate measure after NATO expansion in the north-west: from here ships can keep Finland at gunpoint. “This is a completely sound military-technical response to the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. Lake Ladoga is quite large. During the Great Patriotic War, the Ladoga Flotilla operated there, and after the war various forces were stationed. It is a good idea to ensure that Buyans and Karakurts fire at NATO targets. In addition, this area is not as well known to alliance intelligence as the Baltic bases,” military historian Dmitry Boltenkov told Izvestia.
You see how simple it is to operate when you have alternatives in case someone decides to fight war with Russia in the North. Same as Caspian Flotilla can navigate from Caspian Sea to Azov Sea and further. That's the power of the mosquito fleet with draughts allowing it to navigate internal river and lake routes while having weapons' ranges of more than 2,500 kilometers. Finland and Sweden made their choice, now Russia is making hers. Just in case...
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Translation: “Can’t make a difference”: Are US Abrams tanks coming too late for Ukraine?
After that, this German outlet begins to wax all tactical-operational (translation).
The tanks give the Ukrainian armed forces a valuable boost for combined arms maneuvers against Russia. However, some Western experts and Ukrainian officials believe that the volume, timing and problematic logistics do not currently allow for the impact that the Abrams could have for Ukraine. A total of 31 tanks "couldn't make a difference," although Kiev was "very grateful" for the supplies, said Oleksiy Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. This year, it looks like the Abramses are coming too late to really counter Ukraine's grueling efforts in the south and east of the country, the lawmaker told Newsweek. At the same time, it is also clear that the war will continue next year.
So, on, and on, and on--non-stop coping with the destruction of the myths of NATO TOE and even Mark Galeotti, this sleek fellow whose "expertise" is primarily in writing about Russia's organized crime--I have no idea how writing about racketeering or money laundering makes one a "specialist" in combined arms operations--figured it out that:
Yesterday, while visiting Barnes and Noble I bought Douglas Macgregor' Margin of Victory. I already covered the most important parts of it and I am disappointed, despite my respect for him and his stance on war. But, recall what I said recently about all those rankings? Ranking anything is usually when someone has nothing to say and Macgregor's book's full title is:
Margin of Victory: Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War
Sadly, my suspicions have been confirmed:
1. Macgregor is simply illiterate in anything concerning Russia/Soviet history and continues to reside in the Solzhenitsified and Beavorised version of this pop-history. While he gives his dues to Operation Bagration, he completely loses the plot insofar as Deep Operations (Deep Battles) are concerned because the genesis of all that is in WW I Brusilov's Offensive whose scope and scale, including development of new tactics for artillery (Wall of Fire) and superb operational planning by Russians paved the way to the ideas which later manifested themselves already at Kursk. This monstrous battle by Brusilov and Russian Army even in the words of a late Russophobe John Keegan was described as: "the Brusilov Offensive was, on the scale by which success was measured in the foot-by-foot fighting of the First World War, the greatest victory seen on any front since the trench lines had been dug on the Aisne two years before". How Battle of Mons, which was dwarfed in scale and consequences by Brusilov and Russian Army, entered the list is known only to Macgregor himself. British didn't really change any face of war in terms of ground operations in the XX century, Russian wrote a book on it.
2. And, of course, Battle of 73 Easting. I understand that Macgregor who fought it with his formation has a special spot for it, but in a larger scheme of things, insofar as the US combined arms warfare is concerned, it was an anomalous battle which merely confirmed what was known by anyone who ever served in military--Iraqi Army was a backward, badly trained, consummate third world military incapable to fight modern war. Lieutenant-General Klokotov's conclusion should be repeated by any American officer who really wants to know what REAL war is, but it will not be.
would like to emphasize here that the Persian Gulf war was taken as the
standard in studying the strategic nature of possible war. It would appear that
this position, adopted in the draft ‘Fundamentals of Russian Military
Doctrine,’ is dangerous. The fact is that this war [was] ‘strange’ in all
respects [and] cannot serve as a standard.”
Stated in 1992 this cannot be anymore construed by anyone as the case of a professional envy by Russians--Russian military history dwarfs that of the US, especially wars winning record, but as a warning. Macgregor's conclusions, especially in terms of force structure for the US and possibility of the full spectrum domination are reasonable, but impossible to realize because the US is simply not wound as a nation for REAL continental wars. And even American ground war technology reflects it through all those weapon systems which belong to primarily parades or attacking civilians.
The issue of combat air is altogether--a separate can of worms. In the end, however, the United States doesn't have General Staff and has no experience of command-controlling and building armed forces as Russia does. Frankly, I was disappointed, for all my respect for the Colonel. Until the US Army exorcises myths about Patton, Gulf War and similar PR events and learns real military history, it will not be able to fight anyone better than rag-tag forces. Maybe, it is for the better.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
This is what I call an exemplary military-political analysis. Simply top-notch.
As I analyze the two wars underway, my practice is to look for similarities and disparities. I want to suggest that the war in Ukraine provides a benchmark for evaluating what is unfolding in Gaza. Let me start with civilian casualties because I believe that is a critical variable that is going to work in favor of Palestinians and against Israel. The ubiquity of social media around the world makes it very difficult to obfuscate what is taking place on the ground in the two wars. Since the start of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine, Western intelligence has been working with Kiev to push social narratives portraying Russia as a gross violator of human rights. The “massacre” in Bucha last year is a case in point. Ukraine and the West repeatedly have accused Russia of bombing schools and hospitals and showing no regard for civilian casualties. One big problem, however. We have never seen a flood of images and videos like those coming out of Gaza showing the mangled bodies of children, women and elderly. Is anyone prepared to argue that Russia has been purging these images taken on territory controlled by Ukraine? The facts don’t support that position.
Read the whole thing. It is a "must read".
Friday, October 20, 2023
... by EU new sanctions. But, of course, apart from banning Russian diamonds, the perfidy of Lithuania knows no bounds. They are already crafting the unconditional surrender declaration in Kremlin and Mishustin is currently in Putin's cabinet, while Shoigu and Medvedev are noticed at the military airfield near Moscow boarding the government Tu-204 trying to escape to North Korea. Lithuania finally did it!
Overlong Russian steel-import exemptions also "significantly distort the steel market in the EU in favour of Belgian and Italian companies," Lithuania said. Vilnius' recommendations for "degrading of Russian industrial capacities" stretched to dozens of pages of minutiae. The EU, in previous rounds, banned exports of toilets to Russia, prompting mockery of living standards under Putin, where many people don't have ordinary mod cons. The 12th round should also include a ban on EU exports of "radiators for central heating, non-electrically heated, and parts thereof," (worth €49m last year) Lithuania said. And it should ban even sales of "nails, tacks, drawing pins" and "sewing needles, knitting needles", Vilnius said.
Fuck. I cannot get hold of my mother because all phone lines are busy because the moment Lithuania announced that it bans drawing pins and knitting needles people took to the streets of all major Russian cities. Putin's address to nation is expected shortly where he will also announce the crushing details of a collapse of strategic Russian industries, especially tacks. This one hurts especially badly. EU, you finally did it. Here is one to celebrate Lithuania's contribution:
We found one man of integrity, courage and principles in Washington.
A senior official in the US Department of State responsible for weapons transfers has resigned in protest, stating that Washington’s rush to arm Israel was “shortsighted, destructive, unjust, and contradictory to the very values that we publicly espouse.” Josh Paul had served as the director of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) for more than 11 years. On Wednesday, he published his resignation letter on his LinkedIn profile. HuffPo was the first major news outlet to report it on the same day. Paul said he took the job knowing that it entailed “moral complexity and moral compromises” and strived to make sure that “the harm I might do could be outweighed by the good I could do.”
“I believe that in our current course with regards to the continued – indeed, expanded and expedited – provision of lethal arms to Israel – I have reached the end of that bargain,” he explained his decision. Washington was repeating the same mistakes that it made for decades, he wrote. The policy is “an impulsive reaction built on confirmation bias, political convenience, intellectual bankruptcy, and bureaucratic inertia.”
This is what it takes. Especially when identifying the core problem highlighted in yellow. It is not easy, believe me, and it takes cojones, big ones. You may also recall what it took for such people like Larry Johnson, Ray McGovern or Scott Ritter to defend their positions on critical national security issues--that too took a courage. So, here we are today and somebody finally said "enough". I'll be making a video later today.
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Did anyone believe that modern economy is based on marketologists, political "scientists", "economists", PR "specialists" and personal shopping assistants, among many similar "professionals" with office plankton pedigree? Some did, like the graduates of VShE in Moscow or editorial board of WSJ and Forbes. But, reality bites inevitably and Russia is reaping today the consequences of 1990s and 2000s when a bunch of shysters from economics and history convinced Russia that manufacturing is sooo not cool.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin emphasized the importance of advanced training programs at a meeting devoted to the development of education on the labor market on Tuesday. “Many companies now need competent employees. Therefore, it is necessary to create a flexible system of professional re-training so that citizens could obtain additional skills and have more job opportunities,” he pointed out. The need to develop domestic high-tech enterprises have prompted a large-scale reshuffle of specialists in demand, the Russian Labor Ministry added, saying that “the biggest demand for personnel has emerged in the industrial sector. Today there are up to 13 vacancies per one registered unemployed skilled worker.” The Labor Ministry expects that, by 2030, the need for employees will grow the most in areas like manufacturing, transportation and logistics, health and social care, research and science, and IT.
Well, I guess being a barista in Stars Coffee or shelf stocker in Globus while having a Bachelors degree in political "science" doesn't seem like a viable path for many anymore. Sure, try to explain to marketologist what NC Plot is, and how canned cycles work in G-code for CNC and you will find a wall of confusion. I, for once, don't need any "survey" by some Yakov and Partners reported by Russian equivalent of New York Post, to know that in real world this damn forgotten by Harvard "economists" proletariat is still alive and kicking and the world is nothing without it, as the US is beginning to find it out nowadays.
Luckily for Russia, the issue is being addressed and the growth of prestige and monetary compensation for productive manufacturing jobs grows, spurred not only by SMO but by the fact of understanding in Russia that the only thing which matters in geopolitics is manufacturing and self-sufficiency, the rest follows. In related news... LOL.
Israel’s conflict with Palestinian militant group Hamas could become even more violent and drag on for years to come if Israeli forces launch a ground operation in Gaza, former CIA chief David Petraeus warned in an interview with Politico on Thursday. Speaking on the outlet’s Power Play podcast, the US general, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, claimed that a ground invasion of Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “could be Mogadishu on steroids very quickly.”